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The Technist Revolution
Rise of the Hypereconomy and Decline of the Traditional World
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There are three major strains of technism.

  • Market technism: labor-automated market economy.
  • Social technism: labor-automated socialist economy.
  • Pure technism: fully automated economy.

Then you have the level of political control: authoritarianism to libertarianism. 
Then you have the level of economic control: regulatory to piracy. 
 
Technically speaking, the absolute freest is "libertarian market pirate technism". No regulations, no copyright, no limits to what you can do so long as you don't violate life or basic property rights. Intellectual property cannot be protected, and you have no control over someone else's machine's labor. So if you create a franchise and someone else makes a product based off of it without your permission, you can only offer your services as recourse and try to outcompete them. You can't sue them or inhibit their capital from making those products.  It's chaotic, but it's liberty at its purest. "Economic gulches" exist in the Americas and a few also exist in New Zealand and Australia. However, they are rare and typically do not last long as pirate states. But they all are defined as having private property, market-based capitalist economies, with semi-automated or entirely human-run ("organic") executives and managers. You're free to not join technates or syndicates. Likewise, they tend to be either liberal democracies or plutocracies, but there is no central government and whatever police force that exists is only there to protect property rights. This system isn't actually supremely different from social libertarian pirate technism in practice due to the nature of technism/automation, but its continuation of private property tends to make the pirate aspect a bit unstable. 
 
The second freest is social libertarian pirate technism, and this is what Iceland has. Dr. Kaspar Ziegler has been to Iceland and he calls it the closest thing to a utopia in history. Here, communism has been achieved. There is no private property; all capital is commonly owned. Any property is entirely personal property (which is still protected). Metafarms supply an overabundance of food. All citizens are part of a nation-wide syndicate that runs and manages the economy. And the government is a direct ergatocracy that functions as an anarchist technate. There are no dedicated government buildings or offices. No president, no prime minister, no governor, no king. That said, it is beginning to shift away from ergatocracy towards a sapiocracy as artificial intelligence recovers and advances.  Icelandic society is described as "FALC" or "falconist"— fully-automated luxury communism.  Reykjavik isn't even the "capital" city anymore since there isn't such a thing as a capital city, though it's still called the capital. Likewise, there is no police force in Iceland anymore either. There really doesn't need to be one. 
Since this is a pirate state, fabricators can create just about any good without intellectual property rights standing in the way. Scandinavia and the Baltics are moving in this direction, as are some wealthy "Pan-Congo nations" in southern Africa. 
 
Then there is pure technism. These only exist in smaller areas as well. In terms of "liberty", they exist on the opposite end of the spectrum: humans are completely disenfranchised from all political and economic matters. AXI and AGI (typically non-sapient) are in charge of the economy and all labor is automated. Artilects and non-sapient AGI are in charge of political matters. Humans exist either to profit from this establishment or don't exist in such a society at all— much of the industrialized lunar surface is pure technist, where the human population is either very low or zero depending on the colony despite the fact you can see large swaths of lights from Earth. 
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Technist ideology gives the history of humanity and social relations as a never-ending evolution of labor-saving tools; the endpoint of natural human and economic evolution is the creation of a tool that completely relinquishes the need for human labor. Science fiction has long featured this tool and named them "robots" and "artificial intelligence," but it took some time for us to actually bring these things about— the first artificial general intelligence was created in 2029, though it was extremely weak compared to future iterations. Likewise, the first artificial expert intelligence was created in 2017. We had created general-purpose utility robots before then, but we lacked the necessary brain power to make them useful.
Also around that time, we saw the rise of cryptocurrencies. They had a false start in the 2010s, but in the 2020s they became a much more integral part of the global economy. Crypto requires high amounts of energy, and to prevent runaway climate change from taking hold, cryptominers lobbied to create an "energy surplus" based on solar and nuclear power. National economies became increasingly digitized, which required more energy. But in order to create more energy, they required greater labor pools that had ever-higher amounts of skill, which required automation— in turn, requiring more energy. Technists posit that the evolution of money itself reflects how developed a society has become and how close it is towards a state of maximum labor alienation— bartering systems are the realm of primates and other animals all the way up to precivilization societies. Starting with civilization and the increased specialization of labor, there will be more and more pressure for bartering to evolve a medium of exchange since certain workers won't have certain items that they need to trade for something they need or want— I may want a particular kind of shoe, but I have to trade a goat for it and I live near the sea far away from any farm because I'm a fisherman. The bartering economy either breaks down or develops money, which is always rooted in something real up until fiat currency comes into creation as a means of furthering credit and debt-based economies and keeping the ever-increasingly complex wheels of civilization going. Sooner or later, cryptocurrency will arise as a further evolution, and the value of crypto is often based on energy.
 
This intersection of automation and cryptocurrency became known as the "hypereconomy."  The hypereconomy requires ever greater amounts of energy production, which is why our methods have exponentially accelerated in recent decades— as Kostantin knows very well (given that he grew up in this world), we were using coal and oil as our predominant source of electrical generation as recently as the 2020s. That's when solar and wind started rising to prominence. All throughout that time, we were also using nuclear power but it was the inefficient fission variant. It took us a long time to create viable fusion energy up until we actually accomplished it, and the first nuclear fusion power plants were created in the 2020s. Fusion and megascale solar proved incredibly lucrative for cryptomining and automation, so AI was used to further refine these methods of generation. 
One thing led to another, and here we are in the late 2050s and early 2060s, already discussing the feasibility of antimatter and kugelblitz power plants. Some coal-based power plants are still functioning right as we're playing around with kugelblitzes and antimatter drives. The chaos of the 2040s and 2050s only served to smash petrostates more than it did to regress automation and energy generation.
 
A similar fate has come unto food production. Once upon a time, you only ate exactly what your hands produced— either through growing food or killing animals or scavenging for whatever you can find. This was a state of minimal alienation, and even this has multiple phases from hunting/gathering and scavenging all the way to agriculture. Once we began eating food that others produced on a larger scale, we required less effort on our own parts to stay alive and could contribute to society in different ways besides just food production or protection. This is likely what triggered civilization to develop in the first place— those who produced food became the wealthiest and those who protected the food were the soldiers. The rest didn't need to get involved in these fields except as extra workers to produce or protect food, freeing them up to do other tasks beneficial to their communities: creating pottery (to store food), keeping track of expenses (which developed into writing systems), educating the youth (with dedicated teachers rather than just wise elders), building new structures, and more. Labor specialization, in other words. 
Over time, as societies grew and globalized, alienation increased— it became more and more common for a person to eat something that came from a different society, often from many miles away in a place they've never seen or even heard of. Alongside food came other goods: status symbols, better ways to produce food, spices, sugars, clothing, and more. More stuff that person didn't make. But sometimes, that person was involved. Maybe they're a farmer. Maybe they work in a facility to produces or packages certain foods. Either way, unless you're entirely self-sufficient with a garden farm, live on a farm, or live in a sustenance society, you likely don't produce what you eat, let alone anything else like your own home or clothes. 
Eventually, there comes a point when the economy becomes increasingly automated in order to maximize food production with the least amount of labor and labor-based expenses. Planting, harvesting, processing, and packaging occurs without a single human hand. Often, once this is possible, it will also be possible to create metafarms— a type of skyfarm that is climate controlled to such an extent that a particular floor can simulate any condition on Earth. One floor will see tropical conditions in order to grow bananas, rice, and cacao plants, while another may have a temperate climate in order to grow apples, wheat, and maize. All of which will be located in a single metafarm and can be found in any place— whether it's a major city or an unpopulated region in Antarctica. Metafarms are fully automated and fully capable of smashing food biome differences that can drive global economic diversification. This is a state of maximum alienation.
 
As a result, the world is fast losing all sense of traditional values. Many of these traditional values are rooted in the land— the infamous "blood and soil" of Nazi propaganda exalts the peasant farmer who toils and struggles and demonizes the urbanites as completely detached from the land. Nazism in general was a far-rightist agrarian Romantic movement, essentially coming from a similar place as Pol Pot's agrarian socialism. As we've been attached to bucolic grasslands and untamed wilderness since our days as just another species of wild primate, we naturally feel kinship with them. Industrial civilization is only about 300 years old (if discounting the quasi-industrial Southern Song dynasty in China, of course). Compared to some of the traditions the industrial revolution supplanted and eventually destroyed, it's the toddler of social zeitgeists. But it's one godlike toddler. Nothing like the industrial revolution has ever been seen in the history of life on Earth (and life elsewhere, save whatever advanced alien civilizations may possibly exist). Humankind was utterly unprepared for the ultraviolent miasma of social, political, economic, and technological change it wrought even though a theoretical Renaissance-era technist could have predicted it was coming. 
100 years ago, even 50 years ago, you had multigeneration families who knew that they were farmers, coal miners, policemen, housewives, laborers. Something recognizable. You had wizened grandparents telling their little grandchildren how the world has always been and how it still works. Parents teaching their children how to behave and become productive members of society. It was indistinguishable from what the Ancient Greeks may have done. Now it's gone. This aspect of the human experience is only found among antemillennialists, retropastoralists, and primitivists. There's no reason to expect your child will ever join a workforce that can function without them. And yet it moves. It's still changing. What's more, the change is speeding up.
Traditionalists call for all of this to be halted all for some mental security and peace of mind, but the world has already begun to transition into a technist state.
 
We're scared of what has happened, of what we're becoming. We don't know what's happening, really. And it's all happening so fast.
 
And so we come to the clash between Meki and Katyusha...


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So about Katyusha's relationship with Meki. 

Lady Ekaterina Volodyina “Katyusha” Mikoyanevsky, closely related to the Golitsyn family, lives on an estate in the Volga region— right on the border between Lesser and Greater Eurasia. She lives near Volgograd, the famous industrial center most well-known as Stalingrad. The irony hasn't been lost on her, as just about every aspect of her existence has some aspect of being caught between two worlds. This isn't even her ancestral region, to be honest, but Moscow is still too revolutionary minded for her going into the 2060s. She personally would rather live in Crimea. 

 

She's a devout Slavophile and loves Russia, but she isn't very pleased with the direction in which Russia is heading. It's always been something separate from Europe and Asia alike, and yet it seems to be following— sometimes even leading— both into this radical future. It's an unstoppable, raging current forward.

Meki and Katyusha go back, but they were never particularly close. As they grew up, they also grew apart. 

 

Just about everything about Meki represents modernity. Unrestrained modernity. Meki is both below her as well as her social superior. Meki is the future. She's a person who was born only because of advanced technology. She's from an entirely new species of human and is eager to see where technology goes from here. She lives in an urban place, and has befriended a motley of characters ranging from different species of humans all the way to robots. She is an ardent follower of the Primate Enlightenment (see later) and follows the moddies (though she isn't one herself). Last but not least, she also believes in socialist ideals and holds onto the idea that true nobility comes from the proletariat. 

Katyusha is the past. She is from the upper crust, but not the peak. She dresses well, takes pride in being from the gentry, and sees herself as above the rest. Even if she admits she's an ape, she's going to add that she's a better ape than most. But she's not going to admit that.

She accepts how powerless she is to stem the tide, while Meki surfs atop the waves.

Katyusha doesn't like Meki for a plethora of reasons, most of them coming back to Meki's social class and her lack of interest in maintaining it. Meki's bloodline is one of the most, if not the most, prestigious in the world. When most people create a family tree, they're surprised to find even one quasi-recognizable name in the list. Meki, on the other hand, can claim direct relation to just about every royal family in Europe. A casual family tree that doesn't go into much detail will include Queen Victoria, Tsar Nicholas II, Kaiser Wilhelm II, Charlemagne, the Habsburgs, the Bourbons, the Grimaldis, the Orleans, the Medicis... Her family tree can double as a book on Western history. And yet Meki doesn't seem to care that much. She's not uninterested, but it's the idea that this sets her apart or entitles her to privilege and sovereignty that she denies. She's much more interested in those who progressed Western technology and toiled in the fields and factories. This is modernity! Where utilitarianism comes before honor.

 

Meki supports the Communist International, whereas Katyusha is a part of the International Monarchist League, which had been revitalized by the Seville autocracy. Meki sings The Internationale whereas Katyusha recites the otche nash. Most tellingly, Meki works on a collective farm as well as in a collectivized industrial park, while Katyusha is a rentier who also works as a historian. 

But while Katyusha remains firm in her attachment to these traditional roles, Meki eventually begins becoming wooed by the technists. Iceland proved that socialism is fast becoming obsolete— better replaced by social technism. While Meki is fascinated by history and the natural world to the point of going paleo for a short while just to experience it, she's not a Romantic. 

 

Compare that to Katyusha. She's a strong, nationalistic Slavophile. She's not really ultraconservative, but you might be fooled into thinking so because she really, really does long for the past. The days of Nicholas I and Alexander III in particular. She'd love nothing more than to be the daughter of a powerful duke, enjoying the pleasures of old agrarian Russia, back when it was much more feudal. The difference between herself and an ultraconservative is that an ultraconservative would have absolutely no attachment to reality and would truly, genuinely believe that it's possible to return to the 1800's in full. She doesn't believe it's actually possible, nor does she necessarily seek a hard return. She's just intensely nostalgic.

There's an old word in Welsh that she's embraced in recent years, to the point she's even begun using it as part of her online handle. It's called "hiraeth" and basically means an extreme longing for something long past, akin to homesickness for what once was. It's not just homesickness caused by being away from home; it's homesickness for the way your home once was. Simply moving back into your home is not enough; you have to be a child again, and the year has to be that of when you were a child as well.
She's very much self-aware of what it sounds like she's saying. She's experiencing Russian hiraeth. The big problem with hiraeth being that it's natively rose-tinted. Meki even straight up tells her that, if she were a noblewoman in the 19th century, she'd probably half-hate her existence. But that's besides the point— if Meki were around in the 19th century, she'd probably believe in monarchism since she'd be right there at the top anyway.
She believes strongly in Orthodoxy, Autocracy, and Nationality, and there's no doubt she'd support an autocracy if she had the chance— if it weren't for the Seville autocracy falling apart and Meki being among the only survivors, she'd have maintained support for it and its restoration. But when modern day aristos whisper to each other the idea of returning to monarchy, it's always under the idea that they will actually have most of the power and the monarch will be under their thumb. The fact absolutism, autocracy, and totalitarianism are things should be evidence that's not how it's going to work. You give a man power, he's going to seek absolute power. Just look at Meki's own father— he started out as a conservative traditionalist who had grand ideas and just a tinge of an overinflated ego but was otherwise grounded in modern realities. Once he gained power, he sought total power. He restored the French monarchy— creating the Third Empire with himself as the emperor. And then he proceeded to progressively become more and more of a tyrant over the years until he had perfected a fusion of classical royal absolutism and modern totalitarianism. He lost all attachment to reality by the end of it all. 
 
To Katyusha, however, it's just because Ludovic was an incompetent ruler. Which is the big damn problem with autocracy, isn't it? When it works and you have a competent ruler, things seem stable. But you only need one incompetent ruler in power for life to royally screw things up, no pun intended. With capitalist democracy, you could at least choose which incompetent ruler you wanted ever-so-often. And with proletarian democracy, everyone can be incompetent equally. But at least the machines are competent. 
 
Which is what Katyusha is most afraid of. You'd think autocrats, aristocrats, and monarchists would love the idea of sapiocracy. But that would only be the case if they weren't also traditionalists. Traditionalist meaning that they support a traditional social and moral zeitgeist, a way that society once was that they feel is superior to the present. Those quirks of monarchism and aristocracy are what make it attractive. Katyusha knows Meki is Catholic, but it feels like Meki could be swayed into becoming a heretic with a dandelion-destroying breeze— if she had to choose between the Lord's Cross and the People's Hammer, she's going with the proletariat. Meanwhile Katyusha is a devout member of the Russian Orthodox Church. She's a "true Christian." Traditionalist movements are Christian movements, at least in the Christian West. Traditional aristocracy as Katyusha wants it is a Romantic thing— a cross-section of Christian values, hereditary monarchism, aristocracy, hierarchy, and agrarianism. In her mind, we have become far too compassionate. Christian compassion does not oblige one to feel sorry for someone who has what they need to live in a manner suited to their social level. If you are a peasant, you don't need to concern yourself with riches and spoils just as you don't need to be concerned about geopolitics and the larger economy. She says that the liberal Enlightenment caused modern stress and alienation by making the common man think he was fit to rule in some small way, which puts a king's concerns on a pauper's mind. And she says that Christian values dictate that we, as humans, are the stewards of this planet. The Christendom of mankind as evident through a chosen family. Charity is how you show compassion. 
And she says that she despises how you can't even tell different classes apart anymore. With Meki, it's actually a bit easier because she always wears these unusual get-ups and she's an Aryan with ghostly skin, so she just "looks" aristocratic even when she makes a deliberate effort to look "normal". To Katyusha, the socially superior classes have the duty to shine in the eyes of the lower classes. The latter have the right to contemplate the splendor of the higher classes and to be inspired by it. In effect, the condition of the higher classes should stimulate members of the lower classes to improve their own situations. This is how traditional Christian compassion works. 
 
To Meki, this is hogwash, and there's no point getting into detail how when they've been going at it for a while. Meki doesn't agree at all with Katyusha's ideas of patriarchal social stratification and Romantic ideas of the military and agrarian life. Everything about Katyusha is "Romantic." She spends all her time idealizing and Romanticizing the Russian Golden Age— 1810 all the way up to 1914. She glorifies the Russian Ancien Régime. The Ancien Régime of Europe and Asia as a whole, actually. Those glory days in the late 1800s to early 1900s, especially— when Eurasia crushed the world and society was proper and hierarchical, and not too industrialized or scientific... that is the world she desires. That is the root of her hiraeth. 
 
Again, Meki tells her that she would be disappointed. And again, she knows. This ephemeral life is never as absolutely perfect as we remember it being. Meki should know this firsthand, considering she's coming from Paris— how many tourists come to the city expecting a nigh-magical dreamscape of ultra-high culture and art, with puffy and violet-clad aristocrats and bourgeois bohemians prancing around and romantic lovebirds carrying each other through the pastry-sweetened backstreets, only to return home only having experienced an otherwise normal city with otherwise normal people who just happen to speak French and occasionally do 'stereotypical' French things, usually for others’ entertainment. Meki herself is basically what people think of when they imagine Paris, and she's a Toulousaine. 
Things change.
 
And now, the ultimate foreign agency is bringing about radical change. Artificial superintelligences— the VULT. A virtual union of superintelligences. A power so alien to what Katyusha desires, it doesn't even occupy the same stratum of thought.
 
That's why she's scared. In fact, there's that lovely literati writer, Antoni Patschelli. One of the 21st century's greatest writers by a truly wide margin, perhaps America's last great literary author. He's the one who coined the word "ultramodernity". His writing is conservative, and he knows how to write people without resorting to obnoxiousness. Some say he's a bit too stuffy, a walking example of everything wrong with the literati. A man who believes his own hype. Maybe that's why the term caught on. The rest of his writing was so beautiful and tight and, admittedly, pretentious that the use of the very much obnoxious word "ultramodernity" actually shocked readers. Like a flower that explodes rather than blooms. 
 
His seminal short story collection, "We Kill Kings", is a novel-length heavily interwoven third-person collective tale that wound up winning him the Pulitzer and Nobel Prize for Literature, and even became a best-seller (which, for literary fiction, is as rare as Meki). The themes of that book were extremely strong, and the book itself is sometimes believed to be the tome that popularized Antemillennialism. 
As sci-tech exploded in complexity and the Singularity approached, more and more literary authors began choosing sides between staying true to the realities of the present and finding comfort in the more familiar past. Patschelli somehow did both while using third person collective (hence why the title uses "We"). 
The collective came across as schizophrenic and increasingly mad, confused, frightened, excited, and— eventually— animalistic. The individuals within it had so many differing viewpoints on how to cope with the unreal changes happening to society, and this led to the collective breaking down and letting their community burn to the ground despite having the opportunity to save it. The collective then turns on itself, blaming its own members for the fire, and splits into two collectives who begin changing into groups that, years down the line, become unrecognizable to each other.
Ultramodernity was too much for the collectives and the individuals composing them. The ache of ultramodernity resulted in the people in the collective no longer recognizing themselves or their fellow person. They long for the days of familiarity and tradition.
 

Katyusha loves the book because she sees herself in it. It used to be that culture changed with the centuries and then the decades. Now, what the hell have we become?

 

And right here, sitting before her, Katyusha has to deal with what should be the ultimate sacrilege against order. Meki may hate the fact so many view her as an ideal and a symbol before they see her as a person, but it's just the cold fact of life. The divine right of kings and nobility— thrown away by radicals! And she, the rightful empress, denies her own divine right to rule. 

 

And Meki vows to continue doing so. 

 

If it were 2 centuries prior, this would be a more disconcerting topic by itself. Imagine if it were the 1850s. Meki holds firm in her belief of proletarian rule, but it's true that the 19th century was a different era technologically in every way imaginable. There was no artificial intelligence. There were no computers. There was nothing in the way of widespread automation. The great social conflict of the day was between capitalists and nobles. Both still human. 

Socialism, communism, anarchism— they'd become more widespread as the century moved on, but again... human ideas promoted by humans. It was familiar. 

 

Katyusha isn't scared. Not anymore. Just disappointed that the times have changed. And that's what exists now. Disappointment that things had to change. She can't be angry at any particular person or social movement. It's much too complicated of a transformation. There's a Portuguese word similar to hiraeth that she could use to describe this emotion: saudade. She's noted an increase in both emotions amongst Russians in recent years. It's not quite toska, as Katyusha is not so totally tired and mournful of missing the bygone eras because she does get great enjoyment of reflecting upon the past and that enjoyment can be its own simple pleasure. 

But she is deeply disappointed to have missed it all. And all she has left is her own noble title and this masochistic idiot of an empress.


And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future.


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Some thoughts on the "hypereconomy"... 
 
A few posts up above, I briefly touched upon the concept of a hypereconomy, but I want to get a bit more in depth into it.
 
The fundamental root of the hypereconomy is increased productivity. In fact, productivity is increased by such an amount that it would be dangerous without asteroid mining. 
 
Quick: what do you know about the productivity of the modern economy?
  1. We are sickeningly productive compared to the past. 
  2. We are only so productive because of our machines and tools.
  3. Most workers in the modern economy are only truly productive for around three hours. 

The last point isn't always the case— workers in more intensive fields like construction typically have to be productive for longer, but we spread out our productivity throughout the working day. What's more, it's impossible for humans to work at peak performance throughout the entire day.

All of this coalesces into the reason why the working class was able to reduce working hours from 16 hours a day over a century ago down to 8 hours a day and somehow get wealthier. What costs $20 today once cost $100, without factoring in inflation. And, seemingly counterintuitively, allowing people to work less ultimately lead to them producing more. 

If all labor regulations were abolished and capitalists could force workers to work 16 hour shifts again, would we see any increase in productivity? In raw numbers, yes. But would it lead to 100% greater productivity? Not even close. In fact, working 8 hours doesn't even see a 100% increase in productivity over working 4 hours. It's a diminishing rate of returns after around 3-5 hours of work. People stop focusing. People get distracted. People get tired. People get hungry. People need breaks. People have traditions. Sometimes, people get angry. Sometimes, people wake up on the wrong side of the bed. Sometimes, accidents happen. Sometimes, people tell stories and laugh.

 

The economy is still growing, but it only grows as quickly as technology allows. This has always been the case. The economy couldn't grow at exceptional rates when everyone used handcrafted stone tools, scythes, and plows, no matter how many people there were. There could have been 7.7 billion humans alive in neolithic times, and you wouldn't have seen the global economy double any faster than every few centuries.

 

As automation becomes greater and greater, the rate of economic expansion will similarly increase. Today, it takes roughly 20 years for the global economy to double. In twenty years, it might take only ten. And ten after that, only another five. Fast forward to around 2045, the supposed year of the Singularity. The economy will be 40 times it's current size. What costs the equivalent of $20 today will instead cost 50¢— without modifying for the decrease in human capital costs (which amounts for anywhere from 50% to 80% of the price of goods. We'll use the lower end of that number). This means that the lifestyle provided to someone on a $40,000 a year income today will be afforded to them with the equivalent of $250 a year. 
 
Yet despite this increase, the global population will increase by around 2 billion people. In other words; the cost to provide a life of luxury to every person in the planet will continue to decrease to the point of irrelevancy to the system. Simple historical inertia will see to it that the cost is supplied to society. This is the main reason why I'm not a Cornucopian— my philosophy goes that we ought to have more goods with fewer people rather than more people with fewer goods. 

 

Now consider something else: with automation, the current mode of productivity will be completely overhauled. As aforementioned, humans are productive creatures but we have some limits. 

 

Let's focus on just three of these limits, each having different levels of impact:

  • Distractions & procrastination
  • Rest & relaxation
  • Traditions & holidays

 

It's easy to get distracted. I'm distracted right now. This post should have taken me about 30 minutes to write, but I started this post on March 3rd. Then I got distracted, and it became March 5th. I procrastinated, deliberately not finishing it. What's more, I have a notably overwrought style of writing these things because I like turning over every stone, touching upon all possible sides of a topic. 

Mecha-Ban, on the other hand, would finish it all within thirty minutes. There wouldn't be any rambling. 

 

But even if I were eagerly writing this post and it were ten times longer, I'd need to rest at some point. That's less work being done, unless I employed Mecha-Ban to write for me. Mecha-Ban wouldn't get tired. Even if it were being stressed by the work somehow, it would physically lack the ability to comprehend tiredness.

 

Then there's traditions. I'm not a very traditional man, but let's say that I decided not to write on Mardi Gras and I'm not going to write on Sundays either. Then when Easter comes around, no writing then either. Nor on Mother's Day. Or Father's Day. Or International Talk Like A Pirate Day. Holidays in general = no work. Mecha-Ban, on the other hand, takes a vacation every day. That vacation is called "working". 

 

In a hypereconomy, there's no stopping. The machines don't get distracted— if you get a bot to do something else, I could merely divide resources so that it does both things. It's not cognition as I perceive it to be. They don't need to rest. If I run it on my computer, I might need to let it update sometimes, but what if said bot runs off the Cloud?  And holidays? Why would I turn Mecha-Ban off on the holidays? Or Sunday? It would have no traditions; it would keep working year-round, 24/7. 

 

Something else I forgot to mention is that this "peak productivity" isn't even the absolute "peak" of labor. Try working while on Adderall or after being given news of a $25,000 raise. You'll work much more effectively and eagerly than on an average workday without your daily coffee.

 

 

 

The hypereconomy is where you have productivity maxed out at all hours, at peak efficiency, at peak effective labor, without any of the usual labor drawbacks. The only real draw is that of energy, but that's only because energy usage to keep the hypereconomy is more upfront than it with human labor— you directly power capital in a hypereconomy, whereas human workers consume energy throughout the day in different ways. There's also the question of maintenance, and in the early years, the hypereconomy will be limited by the edge of capabilities of AI and robotics— robots can't repair and maintain themselves at the same level as a trained professional without certain leaps in AI. Once those leaps arrive, so will the hypereconomy in full.

On top of this, you have cryptocurrency.  Cryptocurrency requires energy to produce, without any physical requirements at that. All you need are powerful-enough decryption tools and the energy needed to run them. The more energy used to mine crypto, the more money you get out of it and the more energy you require in turn, which starts a feedback loop. There will be an ever-greater fervor to increase the profits from cryptocurrency, and it's accomplished just by running GPUs with more energy.

 

 

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Babylon Today gives us the effects of such a world.  You see this with Konstantin and Pandora, but they'd appear to be well-off regardless. Konstantin lives in what is effectively "the boonies" and even then those around him seem to be fairly well off by our standards.

Meki, who occupies a strata of poverty throughout the story, might still come off as having loads of options to us much like how people in poverty today still seem to be qualitatively better off on some material level than those in poverty 100, 200, 500 years ago. Climate change may have wrecked the world, but modern technology is just so stupendously overpowered that human civilization somehow persists. This is partially because you now see swarms of robots being used to mitigate the larger physical effects. Also, there's more in the way of "sustainable" energy generation. In this world, we achieved our goal of powering our civilization with renewable sources long ago. The same year Meki was born (2037), France achieved an "energy surplus" from solar alone— that is to say, solar was enough to supply 100% of their energy needs.

Pandora and Meki separately watch the robots and see them doing things that are now aspects everyone takes for granted. Meki, for example, works in Medine's "Elysian Fields" where she gets to watch a self-repairing city up close and personal. Pandora, on the other hand, sees the machines come through cleaning and fixing the roads ever so often. The neighbors also have their own droids, utility robots for the home.

 

Anywhere, here's some prose. 

 

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The sky above Medine was the color of shadows. Everything had taken on a deathly pallor. The air became thick with the scent of freshly-cut grass, and I could see the fallen blades.  In the distance, the edge of the clouds moved towards the horizon, killing off sunshine.  Streets laid black and glazed from another icing. Dead, bare trees hanged their branches like nooses. A chilly wind slapped my face. I shivered. The trees shuffled back and forth, swaying their branches as if dancing to a beat beyond human hearing. Old stone walls followed me as I passed through yellow lamplight. Windows displayed mannequins and robots and I followed my reflection until the pane ran out. Corrugated rooftops slanted parallel to the streets, letting icy leftovers drip, drip, drip on our heads.  Taxis and autos passed me by, as did the big blue lorry. The half-timbered houses lined the next street down and in the distance I could see the polygons of the People's Basilika of St. Martin. 
My breath clouded around my mouth and vanished quickly. A sad gale slapped my face, pelting my cheeks with sleet. My scarf waved around my chest. I tucked the tail under my arm. I stopped to tighten my beret, and in doing so I let the scarf's tail slap my face. My beret slipped off my head.
I ran to grab it before it fluttered into a puddle, but a gentleman stooped down to pick it up.
"Oh! Oh, it's skipping fast!" he said with a warm laugh. "Consider leashing this one."
I smiled and said something like, "Merci, sir."
His weathered, craggy face complemented his Breton mariner's cap. I wanted to pull off my teashades and set them upon his nose to complete that retro look. However, he passed me by with not another word.
A lamp buzzed on, spilling golden light along the walk. In the window, I saw a Christmas wreath dangling from its shaft. Hanging next to it, the flag of modern Eurasia: the 'jackhammer' as the Americans called it, a fusion of the old Union's stars and the hammer-and-sickle. 
I returned to the commons center in an auto-car, and my eyes kept themselves the looming geometric monstrosity. A Brutalist building made of nothing but cubes, wearing strong angles of sunshine that gave it a two-toned skin— the Danbury Kommissariat. It had an official name, one lost to street vernacular. Inside, the Ministry of Revolution— Minirev. Walking towards it shrunk me till I was overwhelmed by its size. Five stories stretched up. Entering, however, restored my nerves. Inside was a white atrium decorated with red posters and banners, with concourses leading to unknown bureaucratic laboratories, public entertainment centers, the megalibrary, luxury salons staffed by soft-robots and nostalgic volunteers, and the trance machines. The machines were egg-shaped full-immersion VR booths, publicly owned for free usage. They didn't look like the Chinese or Korean booths, the wireless white eggs that plugged in with radio waves. These looked like moldy mushrooms with spindles hooked up to servers unknown. It was so delightfully British that many refused to let them be replaced with sleeker models. Following the spindles brought the ceiling of the public center into my eyes again. All of it darkened with grey shadows. Triangular OLED panels threw white light down, parrying the evening's gloom at the windows.
I stood and looked to the library section and then over to the food court. Boiling beets stunk the air along an unspecific zest I'd love to taste on a salad. I made a mental note to try that food after my session for the day because I knew I'd not accomplish much. 

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In all social systems there must be a class to do the menial duties, to perform the drudgery of life. That is, a class requiring but a low order of intellect and but little skill. Its requisites are vigor, docility, fidelity. Such a class you must have, or you would not have that other class which leads progress, civilization, and refinement. It constitutes the very mud-sill of society and of political government; and you might as well attempt to build a house in the air, as to build either the one or the other, except on this mud-sill. Fortunately for the South, she found a race adapted to that purpose to her hand. A race inferior to her own, but eminently qualified in temper, in vigor, in docility, in capacity to stand the climate, to answer all her purposes. We use them for our purpose, and call them slaves. We found them slaves by the common “consent of mankind,” which, according to Cicero, “lex naturae est.” The highest proof of what is Nature’s law. We are old-fashioned at the South yet; slave is a word discarded now by “ears polite;” I will not characterize that class at the North by that term; but you have it; it is there; it is everywhere; it is eternal.

 
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Consider, then, the return of such a class without any of the traditional drawbacks seen with humans.


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Oh, and the katoikidia may be here sooner than expected:

An experimental Swedish art project will pay you to do nothing for the rest of your life

Imagine: For the rest of your life, you are assigned no tasks at work. You can watch movies, read books, work on creative projects or just sleep. In fact, the only thing that you have to do is clock in and out every day. Since the position is permanent, you’ll never need to worry about getting another job again.
Starting in 2026, this will be one lucky (or extremely bored) worker’s everyday reality, thanks to a government-funded conceptual art project in Gothenburg, Sweden. The employee in question will report to Korsvägen, a train station under construction in the city, and will receive a salary of about $2,320 a month in U.S. dollars, plus annual wage increases, vacation time off and a pension for retirement. While the artists behind the project won’t be taking applications until 2025, when the station will be closer to opening, a draft of the help-wanted ad is already available online, as Atlas Obscura reported on Monday.
The job’s requirements couldn’t be simpler: An employee shows up to the train station each morning and punches the time clock. That, in turn, illuminates an extra bank of fluorescent lights over the platform, letting travelers and commuters know that the otherwise functionless employee is on the job. At the end of the day, the worker returns to clock out, and the lights go off. In between, they can do whatever they want, aside from work at another paying job. They’re not even obligated to stay at the station all day long. They can quit or retire and be replaced by another worker anytime they want; otherwise, their employment is guaranteed for life. No specific qualifications are needed, and the artists overseeing the project assured Atlas Obscura that anyone in the world could apply.
“The position holds no duties or responsibilities, other than that it should be carried out at Korsvägen,” the job description states. “Whatever the employee chooses to do constitutes the work.”
Titled “Eternal Employment,” the project is both a social experiment and a serious political statement. In early 2017, Public Art Agency Sweden and the Swedish Transport Administration announced an international competition for artists interested in contributing to the new station’s design. The winner would get 7 million Swedish krona, the equivalent of around $750,000. Simon Goldin and Jakob Senneby, a pair of Swedish artists whose previous work was inspired by offshore banking, entered and suggested eschewing the typical murals and sculptures that adorn most transit hubs.
Instead, they wrote, they would use the prize money to pay one worker’s salary and give them absolutely nothing to do all day.
“In the face of mass automation and artificial intelligence, the impending threat/promise is that we will all become productively superfluous,” their proposal said. “We will all be ‘employed at Korsvägen,’ as it were.”
The pair also cited French economist Thomas Piketty’s theory that accumulated wealth has typically grown at a rate that outpaces increases in workers’ wages. The result, Piketty argues, is an ever-widening gap between the extremely rich and everyone else. Using that same calculation, Goldin and Senneby predicted that by creating a foundation to prevent the prize money from being taxed, then investing it in the market, they would be able to keep paying that employee’s salary for “eternity” — which they defined as 120 years.
A 2017 financial analysis conducted by Sweden’s Erik Penser Bank, which the artists submitted as part of their application, concurred. The artists had proposed paying the worker 21,600 Swedish krona a month, the equivalent of roughly $2,312, or $27,744 a year. Factoring in annual salary increases of 3.2 percent, consistent with what Sweden’s public sector employees receive, the bankers concluded that there was a 75 percent chance that the prize money would earn enough interest from being invested in an equity fund to last for 120 years or more.


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Revolution X: The Tale of Empress Marceline Deville 

 

Meki, Kaspar, and Pandora are all together one afternoon in a coffee shop in Paris. One of the things they discuss is that story Meki has where she "turned out differently." Meki calls it "Revolution X" (pronounced 'Revolution Ten'). It stars herself, except she's not herself. This is an alternate present where her father was not so insane and was able to keep his daughter under much firmer control. And rather than being "Meki", she's now named 'Marceline Deville'. It's the Devilles, not the Sevilles. She also calls her alternate self "Evil Meki". 

 

It's 2060 AD, and Evil Meki lives in Wewelsburg Castle in a new nation known as "Thule Europa". She is the Aryan matriarch over autocratic Eurasia, a neo-absolutist dystopia of the worst kind. Society is a "genetic opera", but it is not free. There is a strict and rigid hierarchy of species, race, and class. 

At the very top, you have Empress Marceline Deville as the Aryan Matriarch, head of the royal family. Then there's the aristocratic Aryans. There aren't yet families since Evil Meki is literally the first Aryan and she is only 23 years old, with all others being younger.  

Below them, you have Nordic aristocrats and plutocrats. You also have a few Neanderthal aristocrats. 

Beneath them, you have Aryan, Nordic, and Neanderthal knights, generals, and athletes in that respective order. Then, at the bottom of the top, there are Aryan peasants. 

Beneath them, you have "Alpine, Mediterranean, Slavic, and Persian Whites" as basic citizens. Below them: Arabs, Asians, Jews, and Indigenous peoples as non-citizens.

At the bottom, you have Negro Sapiens, Homo erectus, and Homo habilis as "wild humans" best fit for slave labor as well as pets and zoo exhibits. 

 

The capital city of the Reich is known as Edenburg. It's a glittery city, bright and gilded. Roads paved with gold, imperial marble buildings, aquamarine glass constructs, exotic and native trees and vines everywhere, and epic monuments dedicated to the glory of the empire.  Very high culture, very artistic, very traditional. It is a city closed to everyone who isn't an aristocrat— meaning only Aryans, Nordic Sapiens, and Neanderthals can live and walk freely there. The only exceptions are house slaves and human pets.

 

The story goes that Evil Meki takes Kaspar as a husband, and he becomes Emperor Kaspar I, the Aryan Patriarch of the Reich. Kaspar I isn't as extreme as Evil Meki, but is still wholeheartedly in support of this plutofascist system.

 

Babs the Habilis is Evil Meki's personal pet human, one she pampers but is firm with and from whom she doesn't tolerate any disobedience. 

 

Evil Meki is classist to a cartoonish degree, and is almost as racist. She supports depopulation of the underclasses, hates the poor and weak, and sees absolutely no worth in non-Aryans. She distrusts artilects and robots, preferring human servants to lord over and bully. She only wants to use tech to torture and kill the poor. She loves proletarian snuff films. 

She is fully behind thoughtcontrol tech like LoveNet, eagerly using it to chain the masses to the state and making them hate themselves. As for revolutionaries and malcontents, Evil Meki actually loves killing them herself. Whenever she can, she will take exoskeletons and go on "hunts" with the military to neutralize subversives. She sees them as game rather than humans, so it's fun to her. She also believes the poor don't have souls, so when they die, they merely face eternal oblivion.

Despite all this, Evil Meki isn't actually pro-capitalist even though she is obviously a corporate heiress-gone-mad. She's a much bigger fan of feudalism. 

The endgoal of Thule Europa is to disenfranchise even Nordic Sapiens and Neanderthals, turning it into a purely Aryan ethno-state.

 

Through the actions of a revolutionary hero named Cyrus, Evil Meki is slain when her hubris and hunter mentality causes her downfall. But the story doesn't end with a revolution just because of one tyrant's death. That's not how revolutions work, after all.

 

According to Meki, Evil Meki is who she ought to have been. It's terrifying how close to that reality we came. If she weren't abused as a child or taken in by the VULT to be radicalized, she might have become this brute. Indeed, Meki has become the polar opposite of this persona in real life. 

Pandora notes that it was the Virtual Union's actions that determined the present for the most part. In this story, what happened to the VULT? And Meki says that the Singularity was retarded so that it didn't occur until the oligarchs and aristocrats could ensure that they were in complete control. Pandora also says that there's still the issue of automation. What's the point of creating a genetic opera? 

The answer is similar to the previous: the oligarchs deliberately slowed and reversed technological progression for the sake of power over humans and the creation of castes. Traditionalists and masculinist-primitivists hate modern automation precisely because it has totally erased class distinctions and severed all ties to man's past on the land. So naturally, an ultratraditionalist imperial regime would do everything in its power to halt automation.

 

If Evil Meki ever met Meki, she'd kill her. And the feeling is mutual.


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I just read your technist revolution post and I have to compliment how theory rich it is and how well researched that theory is. As someone who has a slightly grounded understanding of many of the concepts you touch on such as labour alienation, your knowledge shows.

 

On one hand I know this is fiction. But with a few slight nudges in a given direction it feels very feasible and dare I say applicable to the real world. There are some assumptions that are made for the sake of story telling that I appreciate. The assumption that we can even achieve AGI, or further that AGI can help us create intelligence greater than it self at an increasingly quick pace. Leaving discussion out for the moment as to why those aren't givens yet (as much as I want them to be.) I want to point out a potential theoretical flaw in your model of future economies. (Because it seems that I do well in living up to the anarchist name and mostly try to build theory out of negation [working on fixing that])  

 

Cryptocurrency is only necessarily energy intensive. The bitcoin chain's need for energy is growing exponentially because it operates on proof of work mining. I know you know this but I'm also clarifying for everyone else. Proof of work is where computers discover more bitcoin by solving increasingly complex math problems. The more difficult the problem the more computational power and hence energy required. The potential theoretical flaw here is that not all cryptocurrency may run on proof of work forever. The R&D behind the ethereum network is currently working to transition to a proof of stake model instead of proof of work.

 

Proof of stake is where blocks (transaction data on the public ledger) are validated not through exponentially more difficult computation, but rather through assigned "power," relative to a given wallets bank of currency. If proof of stake proves viable a person with 2 ether will theoretically have twice the mining power as a person with 1 ether. Things are a tad more complex than that but this is the general idea in simple terms. 

 

Under proof of work more energy = more mining power. So if a person were able to build a mining farm equivalent to the current network's total hash rate (mining power) they would then gain 50% of the mining capacity of the network because their new farm's hash rate would represent 50% of the computational input of the network. 

 

To contrast. Under proof of stake a person with 1% of all ether would only ever be able to theoretically mine 1% of the available blocks. In order to mine more they must own more. No increase in computational power would make them mine quicker because the need for complex validating math problems might turn out to be an arbitrary need. It might be possible to secure these networks based on asset ownership. Economic elitism aside, crypto might not actually require exponentially increasing amounts of energy in the future in order to function. It remains to be seen whether or not proof of stake is viable and whether or not it will win out as the dominant model even if it is viable. But it's important to pay attention to that nuance considering there are 100s of millions of dollars worth of R&D being pumped into this idea right now. 


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Noted. 

 

Also, to future readers, take note yourself: this is why I encourage replies in this thread. If there's anything that is incorrect or needs to be commented on, do it. You're only helping to make a worse story if you don't.


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On the Antemillennialists, Masculinist-Primitivists, and Neoreactionaries
 
 
A topic that's been a part of this story for years now is that of Antemillennialism. What is Antemillennialism? The answer can be found in its very name. Ante= "Before". Millennium= the 2000s. It's a social movement that arises as a reaction to third-curve technologies. People across the world could not cope with the increasingly rapid rate of technological and social changes taking place, and this wrought a sort of neo-Luddite reaction. It's not total opposition to the modern world as much as it is a desire to keep older traditions and ways of life alive. 

 

When a person born in 2000 was a child, they may have gone fishing with their fathers and played outside with their friends and go to school dreaming of growing up to be doctors or lawyers or engineers, with the most digital technology in their lives being a video game console and cellphone and maybe MP3 player. By the time they were a young adult, they could persist entirely online— they make money through online marketplaces, order food and groceries via apps, pay their bills and taxes online, and communicate with their family and friends on social media while looking up how to enter the STEM fields or service jobs (or settling with a stay-at-home career like freelancing or publishing e-books). By the time they were middle-aged, they could feel the embrace of lifelike artificial lovers, visit exotic realms in virtual reality, control electronics with brain-computer interfaces, and create & modify their own entertainment via media synthesis all while earning substantial passive income from shares in automated cooperatives and syndicates. Now that they're entering their golden years, they can become an entirely different type of life, a Hyperpithecus cosmicus, to experience things never before experienced by humans or biological life in general.
 
For some, this is a wonderful evolution. 
 
For others, this is a vulgar violation of the human spirit. Things are changing too quickly for comfort. Some people feel perfectly fine with things being the way they were, even if they were less efficient and more difficult to do. You can play video games via BCIs and neural uplinks with the game itself being generated by your very thoughts and will, but some people would much prefer sitting in front of an electric box, sticking in a cartridge or disk, and controlling the images on the screen with their thumbs. 
You can have entertainment and emotions streamed into and out of your neurons at light speed, but some would rather read a book or watch TV. 
You could send a lover your actual mood and feelings of love via the neural internet, but some feel it's just as meaningful to write a cutesy love letter. 
 
And so on and so forth. 
 
Antemillennialists grew up in a much more analog era (even when it was digital), and it felt more real to them. As a result, they'd rather persist in these old ways. They're proud to be technologically ignorant. They're happy to go off the grid. They want human hands making human experiences. 
 
By its very nature, Antemillennialism is rooted in reactionary thought and it comes as no surprise that a very large chunk of Antemillennialists are Neoreactionary (NRx) rightists. Some Antemillennialists, however, are Hippies and New Agers. The hippies continue the back-to-Earth traditions of the Romantics, idealizing Native American and Indian philosophies and promoting radical ecosocialism. 
The much more interesting developments are with the Judeus and the Masculinist-Primitivists. 
 
The Judeus are a small subculture of primitivists  who are dedicated to living neolithic lifestyles, typically that of horticulturalists, pastoralists, and sometimes even hunter-gatherers. Sometimes labeled "paleoniks", the movement started in 2020s Germany by back-to-Earth eco-hipsters, became a meme that wound up having genuine supporters, and spread throughout Europe and East Asia. Much like the Amish and Mennonites, they may use some modern technology for necessities (most often utility robots), but otherwise they remain off the grid and unconnected. For the most part, it's harmless spirituality that nevertheless attracts attention for how quaint it is. There are few things more fascinating that leaving a cybernetic megacity to watch rugged, bearded families ride around in horses and buggies, build homes with materials they have on hand with no outside help, drink well water, craft spears and arrows for hunting, and otherwise pretend the 1900s never happened (save for the odd humanoid robot helper). It's a fun distraction that, while having many drawbacks (pre-1800s lifestyles means pre-1800s problems), can be cathartic and build strong communities and families that have a connection to the land. We are free from being forced to work to survive and make a living, so why not live the way we want?

 

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Masculinist-Primitivists (Mas-Prims), on the other hand, represent a more questionable zeitgeist. Masculinist-Primitivism is a post-alt-right neoreactionary philosophy born from the online "manosphere" in the 2010s and 2020s that espouses a rugged "back to nature" and/or "back to industry" ideal for the purpose of re-establishing traditional gender roles and hierarchical order. Considered to be a rightist answer to the Hippies and back-to-Earth idealism of the 1960s and '70s (as well as the initial leftism of the Judeus movement), many Mas-Prims espouse Blood and Soil ideals and claim that the rural agrarian and early industrial lifestyles were the most masculine and a generally desirable state of being. Mas-Prims, especially those of the neomonarchist and neofascist variety, are hostile to technism and most forms of capitalism and socialism. To them, leisure and the seeking of it is feminine and degenerative.  Unlike the Judeus, Mas-Prims seek a total upheaval of society rather than a desire to live in their own enclaves. According to Mas-Prim ideology, there is no such thing as "live and let live" and individualism and collectivism alike have to be considered— individuals can have degenerative effects on the collective. In other words, they can't tolerate someone living a lifestyle they don't approve of even in their own home because it will have negative repercussions on society at large in some form. But since they fashion themselves as hardcore libertarians, their idea on how to resolve societal degeneracy is a mass regression from post-industrial and Singularitarian society to a "masculinist-primitivist" one. In their view, traditionalism and advanced industrialism are fundamentally incompatible (some say all industry; others say purely mechanical industry is masculine but digital industry is effeminate). Anything that reduces the need for toil and struggle is effeminate because women are weak and thus the only way they can be productive in a non-domestic sense is through labor-saving devices— whereas men are strong and have evolved to use muscles for dominating nature, so taking this away is an attack on their manhood.
The perfect masculine ideal is that of the tribal hunter/warrior chief who fought others for a living, had a harem of women that was completely subservient to them, was dependent upon no one else, and upon whom the rest of the tribe depended for survival— every development after that was a repression of the masculine spirit, hence why some Mas-Prims are hostile to all industry (even the most rugged versions— industry requires using tools others have crafted to create goods you will never use, which is "too spiritually effeminate" no matter how difficult and bloody the actual labor is).
 
Most Judeusians aren't Mas-Prims, but almost all Mas-Prims are Judeusians. Much like the skinhead movement of a century prior, what was originally an apolitical, even leftist scene became tainted by the far right. By 2060, when Meki and Pandora are reflecting upon modern society, the common image of a Judeusian is that of a virile meat-eating patriarch who lives like the Amish for the purpose of controlling his wife— and the Judeusian woman is one who is barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen cooking whatever animal her husband has killed that day (or a well-covered young woman who seeks a man in her life to tame her modern sensibilities). This is obviously not the truth of the matter and denies the more communitarian side of the Judeus, and Meki personally feels bad that the image of the Judeus is shifting towards such a negative & misogynistic portrayal considering it was her father's regime that gave such breathing space for Mas-Prims to grow in Western Europe. It doesn't matter that she's an Aryan or a pedigree of an ancient aristocratic bloodline— she's a woman, so clearly she has no right to denounce this most manly of scenes.
 
 
Masculinist-Primitivism is clearly not a new idea— as aforementioned, the Blood and Soil ideal is rooted in the same sensibilities and even that dates back to an older era of Romanticism— but it is one of the more extreme sprouts of the Antemillennialist movement that got started in the 2020s when technology started progressing too quickly for people to cope.
Konstantin and Pandora live nearby a self-described Mas-Prim who Konstantin only knows as Bill, and it turns out one of the reasons Bill is the way he is is because of Pandora's existence. He's the paratypical "Joe Shmoe" we on the FutureTimeline forums talk about when it comes to the common person's reaction to modern technology. Before the 2020s, he still lived like it was the 2000s but with smartphones and VR. He was aware of memes and social media trends and he was part of the alt-right during its peak, but he was never much of a techie. He looked like your average dude because he was. He was the kind of guy you could share a beer with, who watched football and action movies, listened to 2000s hard rock, and had some conservative opinions on society and the economy made more conservative by the alt-right.  Around 2020, the alt-right created a new meme that automation was the new leftist conspiracy to hide rampant illegal immigration and implement socialism via universal basic income. This made sense to him. In his mind, there was no issue about automation— that was clearly a problem that was hundreds of years away and was caused by all those Hollywood sci-fi movies and Netflix sci-fi shows. He didn't understand robotics or AI and he knew that certain capitalist titans like Elon Musk and Bill Gates talked about them as if they were impending problems, but alt-right blogs repeated the words of various technoskeptics that AI was overhyped to the point of hysteria (which wasn't wrong at the time). Therefore, expect to get your hands dirty doing manual labor for the next 500 years.
In the 2020s, however, came the Cybrian Explosion and AI acceleration. Seemingly out of nowhere, dozens of sci-fi technologies entered the public consciousness all at once and automation went from vague future event to a reality of the present. And then Konstantin's Pandora project began. Bill was spooked because this was a case of something sci-fi happening close enough for him to actually see it, and he could not handle everything that had happened. The Seville regime in France promoted the belief that automation was causing a crisis of masculinity because of the millions of men who no longer had to work, which ran "counter to the fundamental masculine spirit". Sexbots as restoration of traditional masculinity was a false hope because of the inability to have children; plus, masculinity is about controlling femininity, so programmable sexbots are actually a sign of weak masculinity since they can be controlled via means other than raw manly will. Bill wholeheartedly believed this, and he was drawn into the "primitivist-right" that eventually led to the Mas-Prims. While Western Europe went to the right, America seemed to swing to the left during the 2020s and 2030s, which hardened his resolve that there was some conspiracy to use automation to destroy masculinity. Of course, in the 2040s, Eurasia as a whole went very far to the left but still struggled with some lingering primitivistic sentiments for the next 20 years— not at all helped by the major civilizational crises of the decade causing a regression in AI. 

Konstantin and Pandora only know Bill to be extremely bitter about the state of civilization and technology, running a blog about how things were better a century prior and further back and how the scientific revolution and even video games & science fiction ruined masculinity. He rails constantly about the katoikidia phenomenon, saying that they're all parasites—a common sentiment among traditionalists, not just Mas-Prims. The idea of letting machines do all your labor, earning your pay, and letting you be idle at your leisure is consider "actual Satanism" among some. 2050s and 2060s-era traditionalist memes all portray katoikidia and those like them in extremely negative light, with some of the more extreme Mas-Prims, ultratraditionalists, and neofascists claiming they all ought to be exterminated (in the case of the Sevillites, as vengeance for the Red Terror in the 2040s and '50s). If the traditionalist movement were more widespread, this might have been a concerning viewpoint, but this is a minority within a minority.

"Whatever happened to the beer-drinking football-watching meat-eating fish-catching men back in the day?" Bill would say. "Real men work, they don't sit on their ass all day." It doesn't matter how 'inefficient' it was or how many people got hurt in accidents. That was "part of the reason we did things."

Pandora remembers the 2030s and is amused at how she seemed to attract both incels and Mas-Prim trolls— both coming from the same place but with different ideas about her place in the world. Incels thought she was the magic bullet against feminism— she herself may not have been a doting housewife as much as she was supposed to be an artificial human, but she was proof that there were sexbot alternatives to real women— while Mas-Prims thought she represented everything wrong with modern "ultra-feminized" society— if Konstantin were a "real man", he wouldn't need a sexbot and her existence meant men were officially too weak to control women (that she wasn't meant to explicitly be a sexbot is obviously ignored).

 

What makes Bill a Mas-Prim (though not an explicit anti-industrialist) and not just an extreme Antemillennialist is his desire to return to the old days. In his mind, everyone ought to live the way he wants them to live because, as aforementioned, you can't just live and let live. Society as a whole is affected by individual actions. If he could have his way, the USA would resemble the 1970s at absolute best and ideally the 1800s. It would be "White Sharia Law" with aggressive de-digitalization, de-automation, and a move back to "traditional Christian values of working the land, private property, and patriarchy." American Mas-Prims tend to be more pro-capitalist than their Eurasian counterparts, and Bill is no exception. That he's never tried harming Konstantin and Pandora surprising all three of them because he really doesn't like technists or transhumanists. 

Traditionalism in the post-third-curve era ultimately comes back to automation and AI because the effects they've had on the wider human condition cannot be overstated. 

 

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Some other random thoughts of Antemillennialists and Mas-Prims!

 

  • Mas-Prims, being born from the manosphere, have very regressive ideas on gender politics and feel there is a conspiracy (of a Cultural Marxist sort, of course) to turn men into women and women into men. Bizarrely, this is most evident in their virulent hatred of women action heroes, which they feel completely go against all sense of femininity. They also despise "muscular women", which became a thing in the 2020s as a reaction against the "Strong Female Character" archetype which often had female action heroes still being conventionally slender and attractive (said "muscle women" weren't even masculine or body builder-esque in appearance; they just had noticeable muscles and abs that made their actions more believable). Eventually, Mas-Prims started pushing the meme that women shouldn't be in movies or media in general at all because their inclusion is "inherently effeminizing and political", even if in situations where having a woman makes the most sense. They don't prescribe to the Shakespeare-era belief that men should play the role of women either— they believe that only male-centric stories should be told in the first place. They even extend this to "females in general" so creators can't get around it by using non-human female characters— if a work has a female in it at all, Mas-Prim trolls will hound it with negative reviews for promoting feminism and emasculation (even though they ought to be opposed to using the internet). The only exception are literal animals whose gender is unknowable at a glance unless you're a biologist, and even then they're hostile towards promoting female animals in any way, shape, or form. 
  • Antemillennialists may prefer to use physical items like desktop computers and dedicated video game consoles, but that doesn't mean they also prefer pre-2000s internet to go along with it. They're fine with modern speeds and some conveniences; it's that they don't want to be augmented by technology that identifies them as Antemillennialists. 
  • Antemillennialism in general doesn't mean total hostility to modern technology; in a manner, it has taken the place of the term 'Luddite' but without the negative connotations. If you prefer desktop computers with 'old school browsers' you navigate using a mouse and keyboard rather than implanted computers with BCIs + VR, you're an Antemillennialist. 
  • "Radical Antemillennialism" is where the problems begin.
  • Mas-Prims are mocked around the internet even by other rightists because of how extreme their beliefs are. They're the new incels. It doesn't go unnoticed that many Mas-Prims are only able to be Mas-Prims because of automation freeing them up to rage on the internet about how much they hate robots freeing up labor. In that regard, one could say they're part of a much larger generation of "Beautiful Ones" who are able to do what they do because they do not need to focus on working and careers so much.
  • Mas-Prims actually exist. And I mean right now. They're just a very extreme part of the manosphere. 

 

"But Malik, what about the Nazbols? Aren't they radical Antemillennialists?"

 

Don't worry, the National Bolsheviks are still around in Babylon Today. And yes, they are very much for the Mas-Prims. I even hinted at them when I mentioned that there was a primitivist strain in Western Eurasia— the National Bolsheviks are very eager to exploit the neo-Luddite zeitgeists of the day.


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Some more thoughts on Neo-agrarianism & the Antemillennialist Reaction

 

From Wikipedia:

M. Thomas Inge defines agrarianism by the following basic tenets:
 
  • Farming is the sole occupation that offers total independence and self-sufficiency.
  • Urban life, capitalism, and technology destroy independence and dignity and foster vice and weakness.
  • The agricultural community, with its fellowship of labor and co-operation, is the model society.
  • The farmer has a solid, stable position in the world order. They have "a sense of identity, a sense of historical and religious tradition, a feeling of belonging to a concrete family, place, and region, which are psychologically and culturally beneficial." The harmony of their life checks the encroachments of a fragmented, alienated modern society.
  • Cultivation of the soil "has within it a positive spiritual good" and from it the cultivator acquires the virtues of "honor, manliness, self-reliance, courage, moral integrity, and hospitality." They result from a direct contact with nature and, through nature, a closer relationship to God. The agrarian is blessed in that they follow the example of God in creating order out of chaos.

 

Technists predicted that there would be an agrarian revival after the start of the third curve of technological advancement as a mass psychological recoil against the extreme changes. It would not be a major movement— most humans will eagerly take to the increases in quality of life wrought by new technologies. However, it would happen. This is not without historical precedence. Indeed, each of the previous curves always brought about Romanticist and agrarianist movements. 

The first curve (which was when the Industrial Revolution began bearing great fruits in the 1800s and early 1900s) gave us Romanticism. The Romantic movement spoke of the "corrupting forces of modernity and industry" and greatly valued the latent spirituality found in rural life, feeling it was much closer to humankind's primal self. 

The second curve (which began in the 1930s-1940s) gave us the hippies and back-to-the-land movements of the mid 20th century, as well as various eco-activist and de-industrialization sentiments. 

The first was the most extreme of the two since the two Industrial Revolutions caused such qualitative changes in the human condition. Indeed, the importance of the Industrial Revolution in the history of humanity and life on Earth cannot be overstated, so it is natural that it would cause such a major reaction. The second curve was new direction in the course of the Industrial Revolution's shockwaves, but it did not cause any major qualitative changes to the human condition— the innovation with the largest impact was either the personal computer or the Internet, and both were the only truly "major" developments on par with some of the life enhancing fruits of the Industrial Revolution (a time of extreme change in every aspect of life). What made it a 'curve' was the sheer widespread upwards impact of digital computing on the global economy and personal life and the fact it enabled the third curve. Perhaps this is the reason why the agrarianist movement was so much milder.

 

The third curve, which began in the 2010s-2020s, was the sprouting of an entirely new grove of existence. Between 2020 and 2060, the human condition changed at a rate never before seen, not even during the High Industrial Era between 1870 and 1920. 

As a result, the agrarianist movements of the world were that much more extreme. It was no longer just industry and social modernity people reacted against— it was a seemingly omnifront assault on everything traditional. Humans in general were no longer limited to a single species or even a single genus. Machines ended the need for human labor. People could live in entirely fabricated alternative realities. People could leave this world entirely. Medicine no longer remained chained to chemicals and faith but instead intelligent nanomachine swarms and genetic cures. Animals no longer needed to be tamed— they could be domesticated within a single generation or put under total control with the right nanomachines. Crops were no longer chained to singular environments in certain parts of the Earth— we could bring those slices of Earth to Edenic constructs in our cities. You could feel an orgasm at the press of a button. You never needed to use the toilet or take a bath in soapy water. You don't even need to sleep— the machines will clear that up for you. 

 

It's true that this is still only true for a portion of the Earth and not everyone chooses to dwell in it for the majority of their time, but that's always been true. Even today, in 2019 AD, the lifestyle I described a post above (living entirely at home, connected to the Internet to live and make a living) is possible in most developed countries but only a handful of people (such as myself) actively persist in such a way. And in the 1910s, when the first curve was at its peak, you saw electric lights, automobiles, and aeroplanes in major cities and maybe a few country towns— not everyone lived that way. As William Gibson said, "The future is here. It's just not evenly distributed." And as a further corollary, some won't use it evenly. 

 

But again, that doesn't matter. All it took was a few hundred acres of black-smoke factories and a few train lines in England to spark the Romanticists to yearn the past.

 

It's easy to see why some Antemillennialists might find modern society to be degenerative. Look no further than the katoikidia phenomenon. I really can't emphasize how mixed a reaction the katoikidias have received from larger society, even as their numbers grow. In fact, we already despise the katoikidia when they don't even exist yet

Remember the 2008 movie, Wall-E? What were the humans like? They were portrayed as fat, lazy, vain, and unconcerned because every need of theirs has been met by machines. The message of the movie was that this is an undesirable state. 

One could say that "welfare queens", trust-fund babies, and aristocrats are similar (especially in how they tend to be portrayed), but katoikidia are a special category made possible by automation. 

According to neo-agrarianists and the larger Antemillennialist reaction, katoikidia are everything wrong with modern society and proof we ought to slow down the rate of technological progress. 

 

 

As Meki notes in 2054 and again in 2060, "Il est curieux qu'il y ait une réaction aussi virulente à l'katoikidia dès que le prolétariat est libérée du travail (Translation: How curious there is such a virulent reaction to katoikidia as soon as the working class is free from labor)." It is, indeed, noted by many sociologists (especially Marxian sociologists) that katoikidia became much more unpopular in media when the underclasses were shown living it up, as if the former poor & working classes were doing something wrong. That's not to say there was blanket hatred. More "revulsion" over an 'unnatural' way of persisting.

 

Recall my earlier statements on alienation and how mechanization causes it. Technists relate alienation to a primal sense that one isn't being productive enough. This part of our primate minds cannot quite understand the more abstract concept of a global economy or mechanization. We evolved to be able to understand that our hands can feed ourselves and some others. We understand what goes into this process very well. 

 

If you've never hunted or farmed before, give it a try. Try doing it the paleolithic way— find some rocks and sticks and forge a spear and blades. Then kill something, like a deer or a moose. Then spark a fire and eat the meat. You will feel a much more primal sense of satisfaction and meaning than you would going to the store and buying some packaged meat to cook. This is due to the literal millions of years of evolution and evolutionary normality in our ways of living. Proto-humans 5 million years ago didn't go to the store; they forage for berries and scavenged dead animals. Humans 5,000 years ago weren't much different, though they had agriculture and some primitive markets. It's only within the past 200 years that this sense of total alienation has risen.  It's alienation from our primal selves. It's like an iron lock being used as a paper weight— the lock is still being useful, but not in the way it was intended. 

 

This is modern society, but on the most extreme scale. It's easy to denounce such feelings as traditionalism and Ludditism, but one must remember we spent millions of years doing something different from what we have only spent 200 years doing now. It's muscle memory so deeply ingrained into us that it's part of our very genes. The human infant is born hardwired to hunt and scavenge, and we raise it as a post-industrial worker in a machine larger than it will ever be able to understand. 

 

 

To that end, there has also been a highly positive reaction to the modern economy. This sense that alienation has reached a sense of such totality that it has suffered a stack overflow and came around again so now that the average person can, if they so choose, feel no alienation. We are no longer bound to labor by force— we only work because we have to survive and the only way to survive is to be productive, but in an age where all meaningful productivity is automated, we're free to do as we please. That means we can finally find meaning in our own lives, no longer feeling like cogs in an increasingly broken machine. This is what many of the less extreme Antemillennialists feel, in fact. It's what the more liberal-minded Judeus have said for some time. The Judeus can only do what they do in such numbers because they have no obligations to larger society anymore. This is why countercultures failed— you can rage against the machine and call for a new way, but at the end of the day, you still have to go back to work. The Hippies and punks tucked their hair back, cleaned themselves up, and got jobs. The Hippies who lived in rural communes eventually began leaving, and only a few die-hard lovers of the land remained. Punks could still speak of smashing the state as long as they got those timesheets in on time. Even if the ideological roles were reversed and this all happened in a Communist West, the song would remain the same. Until automation became pervasive in the third technological curve, there was no other alternative. 

 

Here we are in 2060 AD, and there are plenty of alternatives at last. You are no longer forced to suck it up and swallow pills to stay happy. You can find your own meaning, your own tribe. And if you can't find one, make one. 

 

This is why the Antemillennialist reaction is fractured. Plenty of people want to keep traditional ways of living alive, but they are split between those who feel modern society is what allows this to occur and those who want modern society to die and be replaced by something older. 

 

 

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All of these statements are observations by Meki's little gang, a reflection on the state of human civilization as they talk in Medine and Paris. Meki herself is an aristocrat & former monarch who spent some time within Versailles' "neon court life", so she's had the insult lobbed her way plenty of times and thus she knows the stereotype, but it seems everyone is now able to become an idle dandy. Way back in the day, several centuries prior, you saw nobility who were given funds from the crown as well as extracted funds from the peasantry and the least they could do was follow their noblesse oblige. But this typically didn't need to extend further beyond charity and merely looking good for their communities. What's more, after nearly a century of being kept in that gilded cage of Versailles Palace, the nobility had become insular and vain. That classic image of the effeminate rococo proto-hipsters and overdressed spoiled brats of the salons wasn't entirely representative of reality but it wasn't fiction either. These nobles were hated by the peasantry for many reasons, and the fact they lived such splendorous and privileged lives at the brutal expense of peasants who often starved and gave their nameless lives away to the land was definitely a big part of it. But severing the class divide for a moment, just the generally idle lifestyles of the aristocracy was enough to draw ire from the peasantry and proto-working classes. Nobles could talk all they want of noblesse oblige and do what they would in the arts and philosophies— they were still softhanded gentlemen and ladies who looked like dolls. The proletarian tradition of the French adored those whose hands were rough, torn, and blistered from work. Indeed, after the Revolution, Meki was surprised to learn that France had an international image of being effete artists and centered around haute coutoure because she always knew of her national comrades to be rather rugged, and Paris was to blame for this image incongruity (it was around that time that she started hammering home the fact she was born in Toulouse/a Toulousaine even though she was raised in Versailles). 

Just by looking at the popular image of the French nobility of the Ancien Régime, you could predict the negative perception of the katoikidia.


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The third curve, which began in the 2010s-2030s, was the sprouting of an entirely new grove of existence. Between 2020 and 2060, the human condition changed at a rate never before seen, not even during the High Industrial Era between 1870 and 1920.

As a result, the agrarianist movements of the world were that much more extreme. It was no longer just industry and social modernity people reacted against— it was a seemingly omnifront assault on everything traditional. Humans in general were no longer limited to a single species or even a single genus. Machines ended the need for human labor. People could live in entirely fabricated alternative realities. People could leave this world entirely. Medicine no longer remained chained to chemicals and faith but instead intelligent nanomachine swarms and genetic cures. Animals no longer needed to be tamed— they could be domesticated within a single generation or put under total control with the right nanomachines. Crops were no longer chained to singular environments in certain parts of the Earth— we could bring those slices of Earth to Edenic constructs in our cities. You could feel an orgasm at the press of a button. You never needed to use the toilet or take a bath in soapy water. You don't even need to sleep— the machines will clear that up for you. 

 

It's true that this is still only true for a portion of the Earth and not everyone chooses to dwell in it for the majority of their time, but that's always been true. Even today, in 2019 AD, the lifestyle I described a post above (living entirely at home, connected to the Internet to live and make a living) is possible in most developed countries but only a handful of people (such as myself) actively persist in such a way. And in the 1910s, when the first curve was at its peak, you saw electric lights, automobiles, and aeroplanes in major cities and maybe a few country towns— not everyone lived that way. As William Gibson said, "The future is here. It's just not evenly distributed." And as a further corollary, some won't use it evenly. 

 

 

 

Outside of the fictional leaps needed to write a good story. As a futurist do you actually believe our world will be impacted by third curve technologies so dramatically? Reading about edenistic life is really inspiring and I hope some positive variant of what you describe actually does happen. My contempt for the flesh is very real, just suppressed due to the impracticality of hating ones own body. The 2020s are truly right around the corner and the beginning of maturity of these technologies 2040-2060 is also much closer than I can consciously comprehend. It's not full moravec transfer but the mental and physical control that third curve tech could mediate is a major step in a direction I desire. 


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^ I've talked about technological curves elsewhere.


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/\ Yep, I even replied to that thread. My brain is on autopilot at times it feels. I respond to things and don't even remember reading the original post or why I got passionate about it. My ideas are still in constant change, it's almost like my experience day to day is that of swimming through different ideas in a given direction without much regard for where I've bee.

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Happy Walpurgisnacht! 

On the Primate Enlightenment

 

"What is a human?" 

If you follow the Primate Enlightenment, your answer will be any number of this: a simian, an ape, a hominid, a primate... 

What is the Primate Enlightenment? In short, it's a quasi-comical movement that aims to make people recognize themselves and each other as primates. 

Meki is a big fan of the movement, though Konstantin is ambivalent towards it.

In order to understand the Primate Enlightenment, you first have to understand the basic biology of it. It's not that difficult: just read the Wikipedia page for humans, primates, human evolution, and other primates. You don't need to understand much, just understand the basic connections that connect us to all other primates. 

Once you've done that, you need to admire yourself and prescribe your actions to that of a primate. The best way to do this is to watch other primates do things and relate them to what you do in your day. Notice your hands, that you grip things like other primates do. Notice how you squat, how you sit, how you lie down— and see that other primates do these same things. When you hear people scream (in joy or fear), try relating it to the screams of apes and monkeys; you'll suddenly realize a sense of indistinguishable commonalities. 

(If you want to do this in real life, just read through this thread).

 

If it works like it did for Meki, you will begin automatically seeing other people as primates and, in doing so, feel a much deeper understanding of why humans do things. You'll see other people doing things and relate it to other primates. You may even see human features in an entirely new light— the uniqueness of faces, for example, seems to now be connected by a common primate design. You see how we use our hands. A lot of the "holiness" of humans that you may have taken for granted before vanishes. 

At the same time, you also feel a vastly increased sense of awe of what humans have done. You stop seeing humans as something separate from nature, which makes our constructs to conquer nature seem all that much more godlike. Why people can be untrustworthy and lazy and juvenile suddenly stops being a mystery and starts being a fact of how animals do things. Animals are no longer so dumb either, though you respect their limitations. 

Humans are animals with language. Dogs can't tell you how they feel about things with organized language; only vague emotional vocalizations. Birds are better at this, though they are still limited by their lack of technological society ("technological" meaning something a bit more fundamental than "smartphones and cars"; it's more related to things like understanding concepts, written language, and transmission of culture across generations). 

 

Other primates will begin fascinating you as you realize that there is still a family of creatures so similar to yourself. So similar and yet so different. What separated us from chimpanzees, bonobos, and bondo apes? Why are Capuchins so smart but never developed into apes? How intelligent can non-humans get? What were proto-humans, quasi-humans, and pseudo-humans like? Meki at least has the chance to meet these alternative humans, which is more than we can do (though, to be fair, we had to fully engineer some of them since there was no surviving DNA). She even has relations with a Neanderthal, and she herself is an Aryan. Meanwhile, you see Super Sapiens now existing (in very small numbers and still very young), and there are now post-biological humans alive. 

This order of animal has changed the world more than arguably any other. 

To fully appreciate how we've done it, you just have to strip it all back and remember what we are. 


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On The Modern Races of Europe (2066)

 

On The Modern Races of Europe is a book published in 2066 by Meki. After the rise of technism (especially France's 'Red Technism') in the early '60s, Meki was freed from total control by the Toulousain Soviet and went to the even more radical Greece. But while in the middle of moving, she was contacted by another Aryan, the aforementioned Dr. Kaspar Ziegler, and went to the Aryan Commune in Bavaria where she first experienced yurloi, or Aryan eusociality. It was an alien experience, but she didn't think of it as being alien because it was as natural to her as simply talking to others is for Sapiens. Then she went to the extremely diverse city-state of Ælkorus, located near Athens on Salamis Island, where she accidentally wound up meeting with Ziegler's brother, Anton, alongside a Homo habilis named 'Babs'.  

She was left deeply fascinated by the sheer diversity of modern times and wrote an unpublished blog piece about how mankind was lucky to experience such a bio-renaissance. In Ælkorus, she encountered the most diverse assortment of sapient lifeforms ever assembled on this planet. Under it all was an otherwise classless atmosphere, all in a psychedelic republic. 

It wasn't until she went to the United States of America in 2064 that she thought much about racial politics. It had been on her mind before, but it was always of lesser importance than class struggle. In the USA, however, race seemed to be everything. Racial politics were still hot. Within the past generation, Anglo-Saxons ("Whites") had lost their place as the clear majority ethnic group in the nation, and now the USA was a complete melting pot. Despite this, race was still how Americans acted upon discussions of social class, and thus there was much more racial awareness in Americans. 

 

Meki compared herself to the American character and realized for the first time she didn't actually technically belong to any race. American sociopolitical discourse was effectively 20 years behind Europe's by that point, and she realized why: for Americans, racial identity was the biggest meme on the planet. Your skin color was a part of your identity. Meki understood where this came from— American history is an extremely weird thing. The USA was effectively founded as a Pan-European nation, and it was also founded on slavery of Africans. When Africans were freed, they effectively became African-Americans since they had no other home to call their own and were forced here against their will, first putting the real crack in that Pan-European America. Back in those days, everyone was racist against everyone else, and race had a distinctly nationalist tone to it— Meki herself has already heard the jokes about the 'British Untermenschen' and the 'French lizardmen.' But those are just jokes nowadays. Back in the day, that was what racism was. Even though the British and French were about as White as you can get, "racism" had changed little from the way it was since the days of Ancient Greece, where your home was the place of enlightened supermen (and their peasant inferiors & slaves) while everywhere else was nothing but unintelligible barbarians. American racism was, ironically, more progressive by being Pan-European rather than nationalistic. And then you had the American South, whose society Meki immediately recognized as being similar to the Indian caste system. Americans hear of 'castes' and think of India and India alone, when in reality caste systems arose in plenty of places and a racial caste was being created in 1700s and 1800s America. 

The thing that separates a caste system from a class system is that your heritage determines your social standing. Meki moved from the upper tiers of the global upper class to the lower class in the 2040s and still remains there. She was only 9 when the Revolution happened and has always been in support of it and the general proletarian society, and yet in socialist society she is still met  with suspicion and hostility. Nevertheless, if she were to ever have a child, they wouldn't have anywhere near as much suspicion placed upon them.

If France had a caste system, then it doesn't matter how many generations of children are born— they will always be met with the same level of hostility and ostracism Meki has. They'll always face certain social difficulties and be met with certain negative stereotypes. 

That's sort of like what was developing in America. The problem she recognizes is that the South never had a chance to reform itself. They were completely routed in the American Civil War and forced to change overnight, but the reconstruction process was half-hearted and ended very soon, well before it should have. Just like in India, darker skinned people were set in a different social caste from lighter skinned people, which helped facilitate pan-nationalism. Unlike India, America didn't even recognize this was a caste system. They went in with racism, which complicated matters. Especially when the biological existence of races was cast in doubt as science advanced— there's a reason why Americans were some of the staunchest hold-outs. 

Pan-Europeanism became a rather bare racism where the color of your skin predetermined your race. It was easy to understand and easy to joke about. 

 

For Meki, it became a bizarre issue when she was considered by some American Party members to be White and then called a self-hating White woman for denying it. Back in Europe, where racial politics were much less extreme, Meki heard about the "Are Aryans White?" meme and considered it only at times but never dwelled much on it. It was the Aryan Commune that first made her seriously pause and wonder about this, and then her experiences in Ælkorus hammered it home that "race" was probably the most misleading word in sociopolitics today. 

 

The neoreactionary American Party were completely obsessed with race, but in the weakest way. In their eyes, white skin and European features made you White. But as Meki points out, "I am not a Caucasian." And she's absolutely right, because she has absolutely no genetic link to any European haploid group. Her technical ethnicity is "Aryoid", something completely distinct from "Caucasoid", "Negroid", and "Mongoloid" for a very basic and obvious reason: Aryan humans are not Homo sapiens! This idea that race extends beyond species is baffling to her, and obviously ruins the scientific racism/racialism argument. 

 

But it does represent how much of a clusterfuck racial politics are in the 2060s, and it's at the point that Meki decided to generate a book on it. She thought it up in about an hour, basing it on her old incomplete blog post from Ælkorus. 

On the Modern Races of Europe was published in March 2066 on her 30th birthday coincidentally. In it, she mentions how "Aryan" now describes three entirely separate groups, each with their own connotations.

 

Aryan species: Homo eximius, the heavily-modified species of platinum blonde-haired bright blue-eyed eusocial humans, completely distinct from Homo sapiens and Homo futuris.

Aryan peoples: The peoples of Iran and parts of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India.

Aryan race: The Nazi ideal of blonde-haired blue-eyed pure Nordic supermen (though the actual race is variable depending on the nation from which the Nazi hails).

 

Even before the modern age, you had to specify whether you meant Aryan peoples or "the" Aryan race, but now it's FUBAR. At least back then you knew someone who mentioned Aryans was probably referring to the Aryan race of Nazi mythology. But in modern times, there's a greater chance they're referring to Aryan humans and have no intention of bringing up the Aryan race. What's more, you could have said that 'Aryan' was a misnomer since it referred to the Indo-Persian tribes of ancient times and the tribe itself likely never existed since 'Aryan' was probably just an adjective used to describe the elite, but now that Homo eximius exists and had its nomenclature solidified by Autocratic France and China, there genuinely are Aryans alive. These Aryans are blonde-haired, blue-eyed, very pale-skinned, and based on Eurasian body structures. They even have the pseudo-telepathic ability of eusociality.

 

But it's not a Nazi wonderland because of basic biological realities. As Meki notes in the book (and as I noted in the original Aryan post on the last page), there exists "Aryan positive" and "Aryan negative" schools of thought in academia and the far-right. Aryan positive: you believe that Aryan humans (and only Aryan humans) are indeed the Aryan race spoken of by 19th and 20th century racists.  Aryan negative: the "Aryan race" is not limited to one particular species that just happens to be called 'Aryan', so Aryan humans, Super Sapiens, Nordic Sapiens, and Neanderthals can all be considered 'Aryans' as like as they're White and Nordic. 

 

Meki points out the logical flaw in thinking there and further posits that it's a sign of the times. Racial politics, already an Americanized export borne from a broken nation trying to recover from a terrible civil war (and trying to justify the use of slavery and extermination of natives), was meant for Sapiens. That's not at all saying only Sapiens can be racist or anything; that's not the point of what she's saying. The point is that "race" was Sapiens' only means of classifying each other as biologically different for a long time and had gained a sort of mythic quality as it became a cornerstone of identity politics. In a time when Sapiens were all alone, they wanted to feel as if they had company. Science ruined race by showing that there just wasn't that much genetic diversity in humans to justify "race" being a thing beyond something that is genuinely skin deep. Some Sapiens tried being post-racial, claiming the only race they recognized was "the human race". But this didn't stick very well at the time because race was still so mythologized. It had social, political, economic, and spiritual emotions attached.

 

 

Over the course of two generations, people who staked their identities in race completely lost their minds as entirely new species of human cropped up (or were resurrected). And the cold fact is that species are something different from race. 

Race is simultaneously easy to understand and esoteric because it's both skin color and nationality as well as this identity bound in blood, heritage, ethnicity, appearance, and more.

Species, on the other hand, is something much firmer and more scientific. Neo-Nazis can claim they're of the Aryan race, regardless of how ill-defined said race actually is. But they can't claim they're an Aryan human unless there was genuinely a neo-Nazi Aryan human. 

Race is so fluid nowadays that some people consider themselves transracial. You can effectively change your race just by getting your skin darkened or having the pigment bleached or getting your hair permed. You might have "one drop" of blood from a particular race, or might consider yourself to be of that race 'in spirit.' 

But you can't be of another species 'in spirit.' Furries might think differently, but they're considered deviants for a reason. If the DNA test says you're Homo sapiens, if you can make babies with another Homo sapiens and not any other species, and if that baby is fertile, you're a Homo sapiens. That's not to say the barrier is perfect all the time, but the differences in species is definitely apparent.

 

Neo-Nazis talk of the Aryan race being degenerated, that only eugenics and racial purity can save it. Well Aryan humans are pure in that regard. They have no genetic diversity whatsoever. Meki can trace her family history to Byzantine-Roman times, but she can't actually use a DNA test to determine those family members because she has no Sapiens blood to trace. And ironically, Sapiens are still "mutts" because they have three other human species' genomes still in their DNA, to the point that most Sapiens can still breed and semi-regularly create fertile offspring with resurrected Neanderthals despite the fact Neanderthals were extinct for 40,000 years. Ironically, Sun-Saharan Africans (long considered the most inferior racially) are the purest Sapiens, with the absolute least non-Sapiens DNA. Why don't neo-Nazis herald them? Why don't neo-Nazis like Super Sapiens? They're even more intellectually superior than Aryan humans and are biologically about as close to Herrenvolk as you can get.

 

Because species and race are not the same thing in their minds! 

 

Racial politics just weren't ready for a world with multiple human species, some of them being "wild" (like Homo habilis) and others being post-biological (i.e. Hyperpithecus cosmicus). So many people are still operating along the mindset of "White, Black, Asian, Latino, Arab, etc." with the new/resurrected species just being particularly distinct variants. Like how Aryans and Neanderthals are pale-skinned, so they're considered White even though biologically they are part of entirely alien ethnic groups.


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Just want to clear the record for this, and also because I love random rambling on topics I enjoy:

 

I mentioned that "masculinist-primitivists" actually exist in the Manosphere and have cartoonishly extreme desires. But believe it or not, I didn't create Mas-Prims out of the likes of Roosh V or whatnot. I actually based them on the Taliban. Yeah! The '90s Taliban at least, whose gender-apartheid was so extreme that even the UN flat-out called them "the most misogynistic entity on Earth". Manosphere types weren't actually extreme enough for my liking because they aren't against women appearing in fiction or speaking in public at all. Oh, they're still extreme in many ways, but Mas-Prims have to take it to a nationally-suicidal level, where the sheer prudishness and misogyny is overtly detrimental to the economy and overall function of society. Primitivism is already that way. The Taliban were the closest to being both ultra-masculinist and primitivist, but I'm not entirely sure they were primitivists.

 

So why did I use the Taliban and not, say, the medieval Church?

 

Have you read of their treatment of women? If it was up to the Taliban, artworks that depict female figures (e.g. the Mona Lisa or any depiction of Mother Mary) would never have been approved because they feature women. We often talk about misogyny and look for it in various places, identifying it in many things. But the '90s Taliban was like every exaggerated portrayal of "He Man Woman Hater" imaginable.

Like holy shit, this is some advanced level faggotry.

"Yuli, that's a homophobic slur."

Yes, I know. They deserve it.

 

Here's just some of the shit they did.

 

  • Women should not appear in the streets without a blood relative and without wearing a burqa
  • Women should not wear high-heeled shoes as no man should hear a woman's footsteps lest it excite him
  • Women must not speak loudly in public as no stranger should hear a woman's voice
  • All ground and first-floor residential windows should be painted over or screened to prevent women from being visible from the street
  • Photographing or filming of women was banned as was displaying pictures of females in newspapers, books, shops or the home
  • The modification of any place names that included the word "women". For example, "women's garden" was renamed "spring garden".
  • Women were forbidden to appear on the balconies of their apartments or houses
  • Ban on women's presence on radio, television or at public gatherings of any kind

That's how the article starts.

 

How weak do you have to be that something even having the word "woman" in its name offends you or causes sexual thoughts? And of course, there's the "no female figures in entertainment" thing. I'm not entirely sure if that extended to all entertainment, however, but regardless that's insane. 

 

Now, we in the West can be real sexist dickbags and have been historically, but I can't think of any period in our history where we banned women from being depicted in fiction. Similar deal in China— even during the rise of Neo-Confucianism (AKA "Misogyny: The Religion"), I don't think they ever banned women from being shown in stories or as characters in plays. 

 

I don't know why that comes across as so ridiculous to me. Maybe it's because I'm a writer? I can imagine a male-only story easily, but it's going to limit the number of possible plotlines unless there's a magical extermination of all women.

The Shakespearean standard of men playing women is also crazy, but I can at least understand it— they thought acting was a man's profession and had fewer compulsions about men in drag like we had in the 20th century. It's not like you couldn't find art of women in public. 

 

This is actively saying "You can't create a story with any female characters in it under penalty of law". It's like an alien morality, going far beyond the realm of human reason. No, really, it is alien-like in its reasoning because it's saying that one of the fundamental sexes needed to keep our species alive basically doesn't exist and has no role in society, not even that of mother or child.

 

Try thinking about how that would work for Western literature and fiction in general, how fewer stories would exist if only men and boys were allowed to be depicted in entertainment. No women because they may inspire wicked and carnal thoughts. They can't even be unnamed characters. Absolutely no plot element can revolve around a woman at all. You can't show mothers or daughters—not even newborn baby daughters or the Virgin Mother herself. You can't mention them. Men can't have sexual desire at all, because that's the path to evil. They can kill and maim as many men and boys as they want, laying waste to entire planets if needbe, torturing and savaging whomever they want— but the tiniest carnal knowledge is the true evil.

No cross-dressing men, pansies, or dandies because that could inspire homosexual degeneracy which is the only thing worse than the existence of women! 

If it's a plot that can't be done exclusively with males, it's not being made. And for the particularly extreme, you can even extend that to animals. Oh, a female Black Widow bites a character and kills them? That's femininity demonstrating power over males— get rid of it! A man has to milk a cow? First of all: those udders could inspire sexual desire. Second: that's a man being dependent upon a female to get something done. Make it a quick scene or better yet, get rid of it!

 

Hell, the Bible has women in it, doesn't it? Time for some censoring! Get the razor and get your fingers prepped up to hit the Delete key, because we're about to dew***nify the Good Book.

 

That's what Mas-Prims want. That's what I predict Mas-Prims will want at least. It's not too extreme for humans to think is righteous— I have a feeling the '90s Taliban weren't the first to be this loony and won't be the last. And I don't think ISIS even came close to how blackly the Taliban's treatment of women was. And they had institutional sexual slavery, for God's sake! 

 

After all, there's also radical segregationist feminists who would love nothing more than to split women into their own colonies and completely ban men from them. Unlike such hyper-misogynist societies which are still common in some parts of the world, we've never had such a hyper-misandrist society before and likely never will until FIVR comes around so most of these goals aren't very well defined, but I can definitely see ultra-feminists being similar in mindset to Mas-Prims— any fictional entertainment that suggests men even exist is banned and punished corporeally if found. But again, since no such society has existed, it's more fantastical than anything. 

 

"So how does this relate to Babylon Today? What role do Mas-Prims play?"

 

Well, they're probably going to play a bigger role in Another Perfect Day? and even then it's mostly window dressing as a thing that exists in the form of future internet trolls. But it's fun to think about. Gender politics is one of my favorite subjects, probably because several of my stories feature female protagonists.


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