Work StinksNicholas R. Jeelvy
There are several boomer-tier jokes going around the internet, and most of them predate it, about voter turnout at different times of day in the US. Something about Democrats getting an early lead but then losing it when Republicans get off from work and vote. It’s supposed to be a dig at Democrats for being unemployed, welfare leeches, or working for the government. It’s a clever dig if you value working, which I suppose a part of the population should. But here at Counter-Currents, we value honesty and truth, no matter how ugly, and we take a massive sledgehammer to pretty lies, no matter how useful.
The fact of the matter is that work stinks. It’s boring and not something that brings pride or joy to a great man. The boomer jokes in question are supposed to mock the Democrats for working, but they actually signal that being Republican is low class, because, as the bankrupt and displaced Comte d’ Frou-Frou said to the Prince Regent’s butler “I want other people to [earn money] and give it to me, just like in France, in the good old days.”
Understand here that I’m not knocking work as “any activity which involves labor” but rather the sale of one’s labor for money. And no, you don’t get a pass for being an entrepreneur – that’s even more labor on your part for less certain gains. Traditionally, a tripartite division of castes involves those who rule and fight (Kshatriya, aristocrats), those who pray (Brahmin, priests), and those who work (Vaishya, merchants). Some classifications draw distinctions between merchants, tradesmen, and physical workers, but personally, I think that those distinctions are bourgeois bullshit invented by merchants or more likely their overeducated children, in order to put on airs before yon humble street sweeper. What we are about to decry as low-class in this article are the activities of the Vaishya.
First things first – we need to admit that everyone needs resources to survive. Warriors and priests need to eat too – in fact, the protein-guzzling muscles of warriors and sugar-guzzling brains of priests probably necessitate more food for these two castes than the lowly merchant/worker. How are they to attain these resources without demeaning themselves? The right not to work – the right to have other people work in order to pay for your keep is one of the basic privileges of any aristocracy. Warriors usually take whatever the hell they want – they raid the people on the other side of the hill and live off the booty. Or they run protection rackets on their own people, which sounds bad to you because you’ve been marinating in liberal mental toxins for far too long. Taxation is the price we pay for not getting our skulls bashed in by tough dudes in fancy armor.
Sometimes they go out adventuring in foreign lands and enrich themselves by running semi-permanent protection rackets on the foreigners, at a cost to the mother country. This is colonialism, aka Empire-building and generally bad, with exceptions. Really, if we’re going to have a foreign adventure, it’s best that we go in, kick their asses, take their shit, and get the fuck out of Dodge. No good adventure story ends with “and then Qoorton the Conqueror settled to spread democracy among the savage Pisdinay tribe.”
Moving on, priests have a deal with warriors. They use their weird psyop powers (what Owen Benjamin calls wizardry) to (a) provide cohesion to the tribe, especially the warrior elite and (b) provide mechanisms of control over the population, especially the young elite. This is due to the simple fact that the greatest threat to the power elite is always from young elite males who’d like to get on top while they can still handle banging 10 women a day. Otherwise, they have to go through the boring cursus honorum and attain real power at about age 40-ish, when most men can’t physically keep up with 10 women at the same time. For those of you versed in Roman history, this was the tragic lot of Emperor Tiberius who got to be Emperor at the fresh age of 55.
The point of priestly wizardry is to convince aristocratic whippersnappers that it’s good and proper to be Tiberius and bad and improper to be Commodus, although, if I’m being perfectly honest, Commodus’s lifestyle sounds a thousand times more fun. Furthermore, warrior aristocrats are tough guys who don’t take shit from no-one. They’d rather rule in hell than serve in heaven, and this makes them prone to waging constant war of all against all. In order to have them accept a hierarchy and stop plotting against the king, priestly wizardry will be employed. For these services in providing the stability of the ruling class hierarchy, the priests are either given the right to collect their own taxes (tithes) or are let in on the warriors’ protection rackets and booty raids.
Both priests and warriors have a vested interest in keeping the merchants and workers working so that they may skim off of their labor, so the priests produce work-positive memes, and both LARP as workers in order to lead by example. So, when a young aristocrat is given the right to share in the protection racket dividend, he’s not issued a document to that effect as in a joint stock corporation, but rather, given a position in the administration of the state – usually one of the lower rungs of the cursus honorum.
Aside from giving him some rudimentary training as a ruler, this job is usually a sinecure – or what the Mafia would call a no-work job. It makes the young aristocrat look busy to proles looking in from the outside, and even allows him and the rest of the ruling class to genuinely believe the pro-work memes doled out to the proles. The less cognitive dissonance necessary to believe the necessary lies, the better.
The sinecures also serve as an additional mechanism of social control of the aristocratic class over its troublesome young. Misbehavior by intrepid young bloods can be curbed by threat of loss of sinecure. This is why, I suspect, the rulers of tomorrow are often given real jobs early in life, before they get sinecures. The prospect of really working is enough to put the fear of God in anyone’s bones, and so you take your lumps no matter how much you’d like to overthrow the old farts and be king while your dick still works.
That’s the picture of a functional society. And now let’s move on to what we have going on here.
For starters, the privilege of not working, or working in no-work or minimum-work sinecures does not lie with the ruling class, or exclusively with the ruling class. It lies with the Lumpenproletariat, the underclass, the immigrants, the racial minorities, the sexual perverts and other assorted blights on society. You as a white, heterosexual man are expected to work your fingers to the bone to feed them, clothe them, and finance their caprices. The inversion of privilege, with the underclass being privileged was already documented and explained by Mencius Moldbug in this sprawling post from 6 years ago, as pertains in that case, the right of lese majeste, the right not to be offended. Apply those same lessons from that article to the right to eat without toil and you have the same situation there. Now, what do our enemies do with all their spare time?
They have a high-low thing going on. High-performing minorities (Jews, Asians, etc.) and white progressives usually engage in priestly wizardries, aimed at keeping the cohesion of the anti-white coalition (as per Sailer) and undermining the cohesion of whites, especially the cohesion of white, heterosexual males. Any attempts to get a Männerbund going will be met with snickers of “lol, fags.” Funny how similar gangs formed by blacks and other troglodytes will never get accused of fomenting homosexualism, innit? They will also deploy memetic toxins against white warriors and priests to either neutralize them or put them in service to the progressive hegemony. A minority of these high-performers will exercise command and control functions over the low-performers, as well as enforce the tyrannical aspect of the modern anarcho-tyrannical state over the white proles. The low-performers themselves are usually engaged in raids and protection rackets, benefiting from the anarchic aspect of the modern anarcho-tyrannical state. These men are not very intelligent, but they’re organized and are accustomed to violence. When the shit hits the fan, they’ll have real-life experience with violence – you won’t.
What’s a man to do? In sane reality, the working prole has no recourse. If he stops working, he starves and nobody cares. However, we live in clownworld. You’re probably not going to get a ruling class sinecure unless you signal adherence to the insane cult of modern liberalism, and even if you try to deceive them, they have ways of weeding out false signalers. You’ll probably have to cut your dick off or something.
No, far easier to just skim from the bottom and go on welfare. Or do the barest minimum of work without actually contributing all that much and learn to live with little. Do everything in your power to stop feeding the machine, to stop feeding Globohomo and winning free time for yourself.
If you can, make sure that the resources pour in without labor, or at least without much labor, and devote your time and efforts instead to developing your martial or priestly abilities – depending on your natural proclivity.
Even if you’re fundamentally vaishya, stop working for the system. Stop thinking of work as a noble and good thing to do – it’s base and déclassé under the wisest of kings, and when it serves to feed an evil regime as it does today, it’s also evil.
Stop saying “I work for a living” like it’s a good thing. All you’re doing is signaling your low status in society and inviting abuse you’re ill-equipped to fend off.
Stop taking pride in your work, and start taking pride in your deadlift and incisive analysis.
Purge yourself of shame and learn to mooch and steal from the system that hates you.
If you’re a warrior, train for the inevitable clash.
If you’re a priest, create narratives for the warriors.
Above all, stop being Globohomo’s willing and proud serf.
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Taking pride in your work will get you nowhere. The people you work with/for can turn on you on a dime and those who do shitty work never get in trouble and everyone avoids the cost of annoying them. Experience.
Work as an identity is a bad thing.
That needs to be changed if civilization is to endure, and it would be changed in an ethnostate.
I retired from the army in 2004, since then I have only worked 2 to 3 months. I have, however, used the system to obtain two degrees, and I go to the gym five days a week, and run when the weather is good. I have noticed that when people tell you, “You should get a job.” they are usually talking about minimum wage jobs, something like a restaurant, or security job. They don’t come out, and say it, but you can see the wheels turning that way in their heads. “Get your dick skinners on that shovel boy, that hole ain’t going to dig itself.” from the movie “Platoon” in which a black is riding a seemingly white Charlie Sheen. The goal is to humble you.
Brilliant, insightful and very funny article. Thanks.
From a Traditionalist or neo-Reactionary perspective, there’s much in this analysis that is correct. The problem with it is that the times we live in REQUIRE one to work a job and climb a ladder. The rent gets due, the mortgage gets due, grandma tells you you cannot live in the spare bedroom anymore, the girl gets pregnant….and you need to be able to provide. To simply say “work is beneath me, I’m an aristocrat on the inside” and refuse to put in labor is ridiculous. To encourage people not to strive for financial security is self-destructive. Staying a broke Doomer for your entire life is not something to be proud of, no matter how much you can justify it with historical facts about the caste system, or philosophical arguments from Guenon or Evola. We live, sadly, in a world that’s run by the merchant class. They have completely restructured Western civilization to serve the ends of that class and to force people to play by the merchant class’s rules. This system does not appear ready to collapse in the near future, so for those of you who think you will be going on warrior raids for sex slaves and serfs within the next 10 years, you are going to be sorely disappointed.
As much as we may hate it, we White men (and women) need jobs. We need jobs that afford us the chance to pay for living expenses and accumulate capital. That capital can then be funneled into our Movement, and used as best eggs for when times REALLY do get rough. Thousands of white men who can barely afford to live but who feel more aristocratic while existing that way are of little value, either to us or to themselves.
I of course agree with the argument that you should try to skim off the top of the system’s resources however you can. Take advantage of loopholes that allow you to save money or things of that sort. God knows the Indians, Asians, and Jews are doing it. Don’t rip off your fellow White man who did nothing wrong, though. If you are comfortable w it, work out a living arrangement that is somewhat communal where you and a bunch of like-minded friends share an apartment. That’s not for everybody though. Absolutely make yourself stronger, smarter, more knowledgeable, and capable of handling confrontational situations. Learn how to screw the system. But at the same time, DO get gainfully employed so that you can provide for yourself, your loved ones, and this Cause. This is adapting to the situation as it is, and there is no shame in that, even if it means working a 9 to 5 so some kike can make millions each year. There’s nothing we can do about the kike CEO right now, but if it can be our people getting 55k a year with benefits out of his coffers instead of Pajeets, that’s a good thing. I’m not saying that EVERY job is justifiable (I’m not saying to work with porn peddlers or child slavers!!), but most ordinary middle class or blue collar jobs are fair game. It is what it is.
As an aside, I endorse the majority of Traditionalist philosophy, until it urges or is interpreted as urging people to simply drop out of society.
There is no Traditionalism in this article, this is called vulgar Marxism, something that even serious Marxists reject.
I don’t know what “vulgar” Marxism is, but the argument that work is degrading and beneath the “Higher” or “aristocratic” man definitely comes from Traditionalist thinking. And it leads down a slippery slope of one refusing to exert much effort to become financially secure or stable, which is a path to self ruin in the modern world unless one is A: willing to live in miserable poverty; B. Willing to Live in a communal or off-the-grid scenario; C. Born rich; D. Happy with never getting married or siring a family. The trail of logic goes “Our system is corrupt and run by Jews and degenerates, ergo any work I do works to feed this system, ergo i am more noble than most if I do not work and accumulate capital and if you judge me it is only because you’re a product of the Kali Yuga in which we live, and even if you worked hard and made a lot of money and created a White legacy that’ll last hundreds of years, I’m still better than you because I’m a Brahmin on the inside and your a Sudra.”
I’m not encouraging people to be borish busybodies, like the Boomers, who just never stop working and mow their lawns at 6 am every Saturday. But it is important that we be able to build nest eggs to support ourselves and our Movement. Adapt to this shit society as best you can. Get a decent job, save money, start a business if you can, and find a way to also include time for physical, intellectual and activist pursuits. Meet girls to at least bang for now, until you find a good one worth keeping. Work does suck in most regards, no doubt, but it’s a necessity for survival in the modern world. The monstrosity that is the globoHomo-techno-Judeo-plutocratic system we live under is slowly weakening, but it’s not collapsing anytime soon. Be ready to have to live under it for the next several decades. I say this out of concern and empathy, not from an ivory tower.
There’s nothing wrong with work, in itself. If no one worked, we’d all live like primitives. Work also provides meaning and direction for the majority of our people. Creative work benefits our nations and – ultimately – all of humanity. The problem, IMO, is that far too much ‘work’ is neither creative, nor beneficial for the organic nation. Going to the office to shuffle papers for FinanceCorp, which spends it’s days selling usurious debt to people who can’t afford it, is soul-destroying at best and treasonous at worst.
The man who grows food to feed his people, or who serves his state in a way that betters his people, or brings forward technology to benefit his people, is truly heroic and can live no better life.
The man who serves GloboCorp to make ends meet, screwing his tribe along the way, should think very hard about whether his contribution is really any greater than the welfare queens and lumpen dross he routinely criticises.
Ayn Rand has a lot to answer for.
“Vulgar Marxism” is a term in political science which denotes an extremely materialistic, economically deterministic, pedestrian version of Marxism. It was the form of the official ideology taught in schools and party academies in Eastern Europe under Communism.
According to this ideology, aristocracy is basically a “protection racket”, their goal is “banging 10 women a day” and obtaining sinecures, priests “provide cohesion to the tribe” and “mechanisms of control over the population”, etc. etc.
In short, vulgar Marxism the worldview of the Shudra.
This is timely and much-needed advice. We’ve been (((ensorcelled))) to wear wage-slave-martyrdom on our sleeves. Sisyphus was wise enough to realize his task was punishment, not progress or achievement. Taking pride in thankless self-immolation is perverse. The best advice to the working man comes from noted (((witch))) Anna Rosenbaum – shrug, Whitey.
Alissa, my bad. In before the pedants.
This guy gets it.
The good news here is that these days, with high unemployment and underemployment, it’s actually very easy to practice not identifying too much with work. Indeed, increasingly we have little choice. More good news: with all that extra free-time, we can now scour the internet to figure out all the ways the system is screwing us. From this we can safely surmise that the present régime will not last much longer …
There are almost identical arguments in Jack Donovan’s “Becoming a Barbarian”. Lots of truth in them.
The crux of this article is so true – a lot of us have jobs working for Globohomo. Our labor feeds a beast. It definitely takes from job satisfaction to say the least about it. One needs an income and family formation on the dole is unlikely or the lady attracted to such a man would most likely be undesirable. First rule – we love our people and procreate to continue our peoples existence. If this necessitates working for the beast for a while, then it has to be done.
Reading the article brought a much needed smile to my face. The advice is good, especially the bit advising against dick-ectomy and instead opting for a welfare easy ride. However, most of us by genetic inclination aren’t warriors or priests, so I would advise anyone with a marketable trade to join the ‘black economy’ working for cash while keeping off the IRS radar.
Funny and thought-provoking.
In a well-functioning society, the “workers” would not mind their surplus labor being siphoned by the wizards and warriors because the understanding would be that they are getting “something” (protection, spiritual guidance, etc.) for “something else” (their work).
The problem with how things work now, in addition to what you mentioned above, is that the value chain is hidden from the average fellow. No one really knows how value flows through our society because the debt-based financial system is set up to hide this information and to prevent its outcomes from manifesting until an unknown point in the future.
Unfortunately, this system coupled with the traditional White work ethic means that the entire society is in a race to see who is the best-paid slave.
‘.. the value chain is hidden from the average fellow.’
Indeed. Why would that be, I wonder?
Smart and funny and not far wrong.
I laughed at the penultimate line because I am a former clergyman, now self-employed and semi-retired, and a fellow geek has described my current religious musings as “gnostic evolutionism for warrior men.”
Seems I have intuitively undertaken NRJ’s advice.
we take a massive sledgehammer to pretty lies
The corpse of Chateau Heartiste isn’t even cold yet, and you’re already stealing his lines.
I am but a humble pupil of the great master Heartiste. If his exalted speech patterns have trickled down to my diction, I am certain he would approve.
That’s exactly how I read it and what I hoped you were doing. Keep CH alive until he returns!
Purge yourself of shame and learn to mooch and steal from the system that hates you.
Shorten it a bit and make it a bumper sticker or a spray-paint slogan.
The Depression-WWII generation guys gave us: “Started at 9 years old and never stopped” as if they were comparing cocks. Boomers (plus the slightly older) are worse, more working till they drop then ever before. See this:
If you recall that from the 1960-90 era, first “automation” then industry outsourcing cut workers by the millions off. Especially if they’d had some years. Nobody “starts life over” in their 40s or 50s. They only lost their savings, houses, families and finally their health. Or they went the suicide route, like lots still are now.
On her book tour for “Nickle and Dimed” in the late 90s, Barbara Ehrenreich asked, “When will American workers realize that American employers don’t want to hire them?”
Evidence indicates they got the message long time ago. Early Americans figured wage work was one step above slavery. As of century XXI, it’s one step below.
Let ’em use their “dreamers” for ALL the of it and see how that works out for them.
Hahahaha! Right on man! “I’ve been working since I was knee high to a grasshopper son,” and another will ‘brag,’ “I’ve never worked less than 80 hours a week and I’m 80,” haha. My favorite: “I don’t know what I’d do with myself if I didn’t work.” Really? Have you not developed yourself in 7 or 8 decades at all. I know exactly everything I’d do if I didn’t work.
I would add that you should proudly carry a gun; I do everywhere I go, when I can’t, I carry a knife. This is a sign of a free-thinking, sovereign, citizen, someone who exercises the right to provide for his own safety. The jews hate this, especially since all their gun control psy-ops beginning in Obamma’s second administration have failed to create a firestorm of gun control legislation.
The jews planned this hundreds of years ago, read the Hazzard circular (1862) below.
Slavery is likely to be abolished by the war power, and chattel slavery destroyed. This I and my European friends are in favor of, for slavery is but the owning of labor and carries with it the care of the laborer, while the European plan, led on by England, is capital control of labor by controlling wages. THIS CAN BE DONE BY CONTROLLING THE MONEY. The great debt that capitalists will see to it is made out of the war must be used as a measure to control the volume of money; to accomplish this the bonds must be used as a banking basis. We are now waiting to get the Secretary of the Treasury to make this recommendation to Congress. It will not do to allow the “greenback,” as it is called, to circulate as money any length of time, for we cannot control them, but we can control the bonds, and through them the bank issue.
“When the UNITED STATES declared bankruptcy in 1933 under the bankruptcy (Straw man) law known as HJR 192, pledged all Americans as collateral (debt slaves) against the national debt to the International Bankers; gave all the land to the international bankers (Federal Reserve Corporation); and confiscated and outlawed all the gold except for one ounce for each person; thus, eliminating the lawful means (Gold and Silver Coins) by which you could legally pay your debt, the UNITED STATES also assumed legal responsibility for providing a new way for you to pay.”
You’re riding on the stupid train, boy, and if I was your mama I’d smack your little bottom. Somewhere there’s a woman fixing your meals, washing your clothes and trying to make order out of daily chaos, and she’s doing it because she loves you.
I don’t have a mama, and no woman cooks my meals. Why are you always picking on me? What’d I ever do to you?
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