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8BitArchitect 1 point ago +1 / -0

That's far more reductive than what I wrote.

That's because it was supposed to be. I have a (bad) habit of using reductive arguments that I learned in my teen years and it served me well in scoring points against idiots through college. You are correct that simply copying the strategy of your opponent will likely fail, but I thought that was such an obvious point as to be worthless, at least without providing an alternative.

I didn't feel the need to expand on this because it wasn't relevant. [...] My primary point behind this was to make sure that people understand that political violence is not something anyone on the right can actually take advantage of.

And my primary point is that telling someone who is considering it not to engage in political violence and failing to suggest an alternative course of action is worse than doing nothing. As you mention there are lots of people (though not enough, IMO) doing what needs to be done if it is going to be possible for us to win back the West through non-violent means, but if someone is considering violence in order to achieve anti-leftist political and social goals, they either haven't considered the peaceful alternatives, or they have rejected them and need to be shown that there is at least a possibility that non-violent means can succeed.

To be clear, I don't think you're wrong, just that you argument you present is ineffective at achieving the goal you appear to have (that being dissuading those who are against the left from engaging in political violence.)

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8BitArchitect 2 points ago +2 / -0

If the Fabian Socialists won (a claim that's probably more accurate than mine, but would take a bit longer to explain) they did so with the (witting or unwitting) help of the Soviet intelligence apparatus.

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8BitArchitect 3 points ago +3 / -0

The reason violence "works" from the left is that they are already in control of the institutions. Antifa, BLM et. al. won't be prosecuted for theft, destruction of property, violent assault, or even murder. They will receive favorable coverage in the media (or minimized coverage if their actions are harmful to the narrative). They are free to spread their message on social media largely without interference. And as long as they continue to toe the line they won't have their lives destroyed by digital (or sometimes IRL) lynch mobs, or be banned from engaging in commerce. Any action by the left that doesn't cause an overwhelmingly negative reaction from a significant portion of the populace before they can put their PR spin on it will "work" (or at least not harm them.)

Conversely, those opposed to Antifa, BLM, et. al. will be prosecuted for simply going about their lives peacefully, or exercising their rights to defend themselves, their property, or others('). Their actions will be portrayed in the harshest possible light by the media, with a healthy dose of outright lies thrown into the mix to make them look even worse. They will be heavily censored on mainstream social media sites, and even some alternatives. If they reach enough prominence, they, their employer, and/or anyone that does business with them will be harrassed online and possibly IRL until they are unable to work or engage in commerce. Nothing the right does will "work" in the short term unless they are capitalizing on a failure of the left (and these will generally only last as long as they can maintain some grasp on institutional power.)

So to summarize, for any strategy to be effective from those opposing the left, it must be part of a long term plan to subvert/destroy the existing institutions and replace them with ones we control, and/or it must be done with overwhelming public support. This is how the communists won the cold war (at the cost of the collapse of the USSR, but I'd say control of the West is a fair trade there.)

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8BitArchitect 4 points ago +4 / -0

I've previously said that in regards to the political Left, violence from the political Left, against the political center-Left absolutely works by basically culling the Left into a new position. The Left wants to be on the winning side, more than literally anything.

However, these options are not available to the political anti-Left because the anti-Left is a revolutionary force. In war you can't replicate your enemy's strategy because their strategy exists to guarantee their success. Replicating all the same tactics ends up with them winning because you're just fulfilling their objectives.

Acting as if using any tactic which is also used by your enemy will result in defeat is retarded reasoning a level above "If you fight your enemy, they win." You are correct that if the anti-left resorted to burning, looting, and murdering, that they would just be accomplishing the goals of the left, but the fact that you can already largely distinguish "right wing violence" by the fact that it targets (which is the key word) establishment institutions instead of the general public indicates that you don't have to worry about the right going BLM.

Over and over again, we've seen the political left, from their establishment position, use attacks from the political right, or even claims of potential attacks from the political right, as justification for further violent crackdowns, and a curtailing of legal barriers and rights. [...]

[T]he objective of Information Warfare operations is to drive the political right into violence, so that it may be channelized into an easier position to destroy. [...]

Even after this latest FBI shooting, we are even seeing Viva Frei being personally targeted as the man who incited the attack. The purpose of these efforts is to break the ability for political dissent to communicate; to reduce their public effectiveness; and rationalize more violent crackdowns on dissenters.

The intelligence apparatus is more than capable of manufacturing justification for whatever actions the establishment wishes to take. Rational people aren't going to go lone wolf against an FBI building because they realize that isn't going to accomplish any of their political goals. I agree that we should probably be discouraging people from doing retarded shit like attacking fortified buildings with nail guns, but it's going to happen (once again, if for no other reason, because the intelligence apparatus will stage it.)

Do NOT trust people who are calling for violence, particularly on the eve of a mid-term election that is nearly guaranteed to win the Republicans the House, and after an illegal FBI raid unified the political right around Donald Trump for a moment, and even got progressives like Tulsi Gabbard and Jimmy Dore objecting to it.

The anti-left was handed a major PR victory here, though it's one which they will be unable to capitalize on for at least the next three months. We can only hope that this gives enough institutional support to stop the bleeding 'til then, and that they actually do capitalize if they win (and God help us if they don't.) But I digress

Part of the purpose of Black Pills is to help demoralize a target population, and then to use that sense of hopelessness to inspire them into violence. This is why Black Pills and advocations of violence are enemy strategy, not just retarded.

OK, but what should we be doing instead? I know it's way harder to present a viable alternative than to just say "that's bad, don't do that", but for those careening toward the abyss, just saying "don't do that" isn't just unhelpful, it's actively harmful. With that said, in order to avoid hypocrisy, I'll give a short summary of what we should be doing instead of downing the blackpill.

First, we should be reducing our dependence on the existing system and working to become more self sufficient. Find a means of supporting yourself and your family that is as resilient as possible to cancellation and economic destruction by the left and their policies. This will look different for everyone depending on their individual skillsets, and it will be harder than going with the flow, but there are a variety of options here.

Second, we should be preparing to effectively resist tyranny (Fuck off AoV this isn't going to be a call to violence, and even if it were, it's constitutionally protected speech and the hypothetical violence would also be constitutionally protected.) To paraphrase the Second Amendment, "A properly functioning militia is necessary to secure a free state." That means not just being armed, but being familiar with the function of those arms, being physically and mentally fit, and having a group of likeminded individuals prepared to use those arms in an organized manner. Equally as important is having the political and social organization to minimize the necessity of using those arms and preserving a peaceful society.

Third, (as I stated in my top-level comment) we must either take over the existing systems and institutions, or replace them with ones we have built. We cannot simply abandon the current system because the left refuses to allow anything to exist which they do not control. This is what happened during and following the Cold War, and it gave us the mess we have now.

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8BitArchitect 1 point ago +1 / -0

I'm kind of past the point of allowing them an opportunity for contrition. Luke 17:2 outlines what I think would be appropriate.

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8BitArchitect 10 points ago +10 / -0

For the love of God

He may forgive your blasphemy, but I'm sick of fags spitting in his face.

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8BitArchitect 1 point ago +1 / -0

I prefer doing things through a browser (and not watching media on my phone) so Rumble/Locals have been fine for me (though there are definitely features they need to add/improve.)

And you could always try going through some of his backlog if you mis him that much.

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8BitArchitect 6 points ago +7 / -1

A man who made more money streaming a 6 week trial than you do in a year. Also one who wants to keep his marriage intact.

But you are right that he's a weird one, because you could tell from what little he did stream that he missed being able to do it over his ban during Maturity Matsuri.

E: Damn phone ignoring what I typed and autocorrecting it. Don't phonepost kids, it's bad, m'kay?

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8BitArchitect 2 points ago +2 / -0

One time on stream. He broadcast it live to his billions of impressionable underaged fans. That makes him doubleplus ungooder than Voldemortrumputler.

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8BitArchitect 2 points ago +2 / -0

Refusing to endorse Biden in 2020. I think he may have been the only big Marvel star not to do so in a group video they did..

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8BitArchitect 5 points ago +5 / -0

Dude's initials are literally O.P. Wonder if that was an intentional joke or not?

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8BitArchitect 5 points ago +5 / -0

I don't watch just Viva regularly, but from my (third hand) understanding this is a temporary move (three years is what I heard thrown out) to help with Rumble/Locals also moving to Florida.

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8BitArchitect 2 points ago +2 / -0

"The greatest trick the Devil ever played was convincing people he wasn't real." - Some old dead white guy (slightly paraphrased)

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8BitArchitect 3 points ago +3 / -0

I 'read' Dune (on audiobook) around the time the new movie came out, and I'd be absolutely down to go over it again, particularly if there are some people interested in going through the later books eventually. There's a lot of depth to it (and the later books) that would make for great discussion I think.

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8BitArchitect 1 point ago +1 / -0

You may never have heard a pastor use the words "death penalty" in reference to the just consequence of sin, but I have (multiple times from multiple pastors.) There is definitely some ambiguity in this usage.

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8BitArchitect 6 points ago +6 / -0

Am I allowed to notice anything about this clump of cells walking around?

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8BitArchitect 0 points ago +1 / -1

There is an explicit offer of forgiveness in the second part of the tweet. Whether his use of "death penalty" refers to a specific government punishment, or more generally to the "wages of sin" is somewhat ambiguous (it could have been made a bit more clear if he included some "lesser" sins in there like lying/perjury, theft, or covetousness, but I can see why you wouldn't include those on a twitter post.) And if you don't believe that the death penalty is an appropriate punishment, I can find citations from the New Testament that support this as being one of the roles of government.

Irrespective, I find no contradiction between the idea that the proper government penalty for a crime should be death, and that we should offer forgiveness and a second chance to repentant souls.

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8BitArchitect 2 points ago +2 / -0

There's plenty of competition there. Off the top of my head I can name Razer, Corsair, and Steel Series. Logitech just serves the broadest market (offers the most products across office, home, and gaming.)

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8BitArchitect 23 points ago +23 / -0

Minecraft has had a good ban system since before it was officially released. Servers could ban by UserID or IP, and I'm aware of at least one plugin that (among other features) allowed servers to join a ban pool and ban players that had been banned on other servers. This is a centralized ban system that is completely inappropriate for a game like Minecraft where servers are hosted independently. Different servers are going to have different rules to accommodate different age ranges, and most people will adjust their behavior to remain within those rules. Now if someone goes on an 18+ anarchy server and calls for the extermination of the Jews villagers (in Minecraft™) they can be banned from playing on any online servers.

It isn't any business of Microsoft's to tell users what they can or cannot do on servers they do not own or run, and using the excuse that "it's for the children" doesn't make it any more appropriate. The responsibility of ensuring that children are not exposed to inappropriate content falls onto their caretakers,, not Microsoft. If Microsoft wants to add an opt-in parental controls feature I'm fine with that, but not this system.

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8BitArchitect 15 points ago +15 / -0

I completely agree. Mojang is now owned by one of the biggest (if not the biggest) software developers/producers on the planet, and it hasn't done anything to improve the development of the game compared to when Notch was in charge aside from (perhaps) improving code quality. Major releases are now (mostly) annual as opposed to "when the feature(s) is/are ready" (which was often more frequent than annual before, as I recall), and it seems like only about every other major version releases anything that's really worth it. I feel like there's a decent niche market for someone that wants to clone the game on a more stable and performant codebase and add some features that Mojang/Microsoft aren't interested in (and I'm sure it's been tried, along with the variety of similar games that have been released.)

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8BitArchitect 4 points ago +4 / -0

genetic lottery-winning good looks.

This is especially apparent when you compare her to her own younger sister.

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8BitArchitect 3 points ago +3 / -0

Uncivil Law has a weakness for women and a tendency to play devil's advocate, so I'm sure there was a point where he could have been considered pro-Heard, though I doubt it was very long.

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8BitArchitect 1 point ago +1 / -0

Only if they kept the same voice actor and made sangheli hermaphrodites so "chief" could get a good dicking down.

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8BitArchitect 11 points ago +11 / -0

I don't think I've seen a show have a female character be a cuck, but "Chief" cucking Cortana (who saves his life shortly afterward) with Makee (who they try and fail to make a sympathetic character since no woman can be truly evil, despite her personal involvement in the slaughter of an entire human ship, and the upcoming fall of Reach) was unique I guess. I hope they try to pull off an awkward sex scene where Cortana takes over Kai or overlays here Blade-Runner 2049 style. Not that I think it would be good, but there needs to be more stuff to point at and laugh at how bad it is.

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8BitArchitect 7 points ago +7 / -0

A Halo fanfic would have more respect for established lore. This show basically throws out everything except some names, designs, and a few broad strokes of plot.

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