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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 261
Interview with Marcus Follin/The Golden One
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Greg Johnson talks Marcus Follin/The Golden One about his new book Dauntless. Topics include his intellectual journey, metapolitics, his list of absolute dos and don’ts, his view of gaming, his intellectual influences (European history, Guillaume Faye, Evola, Jonathan Bowden, Counter-Currents), not becoming a victim, his political solution for Sweden and Europe, city vs. country life, building social networks, and much more.
You can buy Dauntless direct from the author or from our friends at Free Speech Library.
You can learn more about The Golden One at:
Outro music: Jerome Deppe/Gentleman Obscura
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Something I thought might be touched upon in the interview with TGO is the state of gyms today. The gym scene used to be a cool club, where people who elected to do this thing trained, often there was a circle of working class whites and good banter. The person who ran the gym was often tough, respected and kept some order and some standards. There was a certain respect to people who were strong, dedicated or maintained a good physique. But much of that has collapsed in the last 20 years -especially the last 10, thanks to the surge of immigration, the explosion of the ‘Men’s Fitness’ wing of the fitness industry, youtube, the creation of cut price gyms chains and the ongoing push of egalitarianism and anti-whiteness.
There may be a handful of private gyms out there that try to maintain some standards, but most do not, they have been dragged along with the race-to-the-bottom capitalism/globalization, and the scene in general is now utterly repugnant.
The diversity problem isn’t new here of course, and blacks are often a displeasure to train around and gyms are always forced to play their shitty music, but what’s been particularly notable is the surge of indignant bug people in gyms, these weird little icky semi autistic white guys with a sense of entitlement who train too close to you doing some utterly worthless movement, have no sense of personal space, never progress and are actually quite rude. I swear some of them seem to follow you about the gym. They just appeared in mass number over the last ten years like a sea of maggots. They clearly possess some good amount of soy-genes but behave otherwise.
Eventually you start to weigh the benefits of regular exercise with the stress that the commercial gym environment causes.
You could just buy your own equipment if you have the space for it in your apartment/house. I couldn’t stand working out in a commercial gym, so i just bought my own equipment. It’s a bit pricey to start out with but after a few years it pays off, since you don’t have to pay for a gym membership.
Indeed, my ‘next’ gym will be the one I will build myself. I’ve had a long ride of this and watched the whole thing slide into an unbelievable shit show. Before I forget, the other issue is the ongoing selfie problem; people doing extremely moderate lifts but setting their mobile phone to video it to upload to facebook/instagram. It is utterly insane and repugnant watching adult men do this. It is not masculine. It is not cool. It is its own kind of degeneracy. The late Charles Poliquin said that he thought all mobile phones should be banned from the gym floor. I agree.
The commercial gym environment has changed from a place of self-improvement (or biohacking as TGO calls it) and athleticism to a place of being perceived to self-improve, and for the big chain gyms getting as many sign ups and recurring billings as possible at any cost.
Good interview. I think video games offer something in the development of problem-solving skills for some people. The better Zelda games, like zelda64, I would have said in the past probably require an iq upwards of 115 to beat without any cheat books or whatever. Although I’m not sure my intelligence is all that high actually…
Say, to the staff, I’ve sent cash to the P.O. Box on a few occasions now and haven’t received any response when I email. I wonder if it’s received? What would be the best way to donate?
I got TGO’s book the week it came out in 2019.
Good practical advice that touches every topic.
The only con is that it should’ve been longer and went into more detail with regards to the topics covered. As it is, you could read the entire thing in an evening.
Great interview. I really like Marcus’s focus on health and it was great that he mentioned Weston A Price and the self improvement field known as ‘biohacking’.
I have been ‘biohacking’ for a few years and it has definitely made a huge difference in my sleep quality and overall ‘performance’. I have been blocking blue light with orange glasses, switched my bedside light to a red bulb and turn the wifi router off when I am asleep. Highly recommend others interested in self improvement look into these topics. I can point you in the right direction if you have questions.
The Weston A Price foundation and its chapters are a great way to meet other people who value health, traditional farming methods and healing arts.
Price’s “Nutrition And Physical Defeneration” is a great work. I second your post.
Dave Asprey’s also written some good things on bio-hacking. However, I’m not hardcore enough to do his Bulletproof Diet. I do follow his advice to do most of your daily carbohydrate intake in the evening though
Thanks for the reply.
I haven’t actually read Weston A Price’s book but I’ve learnt a lot about food sourcing and diet from the foundation. Its a great place to get started with healthy eating and from there you can adjust/personalise as you see fit.
Dave Asprey has some good info but in recent years he is sort of pandering to the mainstream and being a sort of ‘gatekeeper’ – e.g. hes chosen to not make a big deal about the health affects of 5g.
He also promotes a lot of unnecessary expensive biohacking tech which puts off a lot of beginners. The reality is that you can make huge differences for your health with a small amount of money if you focus on what is going to push the needle the most.
Another health resource worth looking into (if anyones interested) is the Functional Patterns Youtube and instagram page. Great all round info on training, rehab, prehab etc.
On videogames, it should be noted that many of us should not be playing them.
Whilst it is true that such games as Skyrim contain many important storylines which relate to us, and provide us a meaningful escape, this could also be achieved by going to fantasy literature (and there have of course been those who deny even that). When we strip away all of the surface decoration we are left with an insidious mechanism by which neurochemicals are purged from our brains, chemicals which should be released in response to real equivalents of the game’s virtual activities, which include: building, exploring, breaking, strategising, collecting, winning, losing and socialising; all of which is not to mention the generally superficial nature of their historical or narrative contents. Certain games which possess true fidelity such as The Witcher should be considered as no more than an annual reward, and the vast majority of games should not be used at all.
Whenever a game is played, the brain will compare every activity surrounding the game to that game, and the comparison almost always favours gaming. The sheer amount of engagement offered by a computer game is unlike anything besides sex and drugs. They offer empathic storytelling, intense visceral effects, engagement for sight, touch and hearing, and appeal to the entire range of male engagement with reality in the most superficial ways, for the minimum of effort. This level of overstimulation is just as dangerous for your mental health as are porn and drugs.
For these reasons, games not only waste your time when you are playing them, but will detract from all of your endeavours for the rest of the time that you are awake. True aristocrats would never be gamers, and so neither should wannabe political elites be.
I agree with you.
But if he took that stance he wouldn’t be able to reach as large of an audience.
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