Dali Zheng (郑达里)

Modern technological progress
masks societal decay.
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I will expound upon a realpolitik on the social contract: history has shown that every time, young low-status males are overwhelmingly responsible for revolution, and that their grievances are justified. Society must provide value to its lowest members, in order for it to remain functional. The recent Parkland shooting, Toronto van attack, and Santa Fe shooting, demonstrate what happens when this ultimatum is violated. When a society provides marginal to negative value in return to its lowest constituents, reciprocal behavior can be expected.

The question should not be why do these “senseless” killings happen, but rather why they do not happen with more frequency. The proliferation of high-quality pornography and displacement activities such as video games have placated the masses of young, low-status males, for whom access to sex and relationships are more restricted now than ever, and meaningful work is out of reach. There would be a spree killing every day if not for this contemporary bread and circuses to appease them. Therefore, it is no small miracle that the vast majority of low-status males do not and likely will never seek retribution for their position in life. However, it is sensational when someone finally snaps and decides to pump lead into people at the wrong place at the wrong time.

The 2014 Isla Vista killings was a watershed moment in my life. Not only was his manifesto a cultural milestone, but it was written near the school I attended, University of California, Santa Barbara. It was among the first killings which made it clear beyond a doubt that sexual access was the primary motive. Mainstream narratives may blame his mental health or gun rights as the cause, but it is evident that the perpetrator acted in a rational manner and access to firearms was not even a relevant factor for some of the casualties.

Elliot Rodger was definitively, a sexual loser. The mating game is a zero-sum game, with winners and losers on each side. For every winner, there is a loser, but it is worse than that. For every winner, there are many more losers, since the top males monopolize females, leaving only leftovers for the majority of males. Hence, Elliot Rodger plays the role of the everyman, and the antihero to this cultural narrative. In the 'kwa, with it's violent and warfaring past, killing is just a cultural pastime, a bloodsport. There is no coincidence that spree killings are concentrated in this land, which itself was seized forcibly from its native inhabitants. Violence is in the cultural DNA. That is how the game is played here: predator, or prey. It's also no coincidence that Elliot's father was a director on the Hunger Games film, which depicts young people slaughtering each other.

What has largely been ignored or considered just a footnote, is his biracial ethnicity. Elliot displays self-loathing for his Malaysian Chinese half, as evidenced by his revulsion to seeing an Asian male merely talking to a white female. This contradicted his perceived sexual dominance hierarchy, with Asians being at the very bottom for males, and whites at the very top for both males and females. This was not only in Elliot's head, but subconsciously imprinted by western cultures. He had internalized self-racism, which is all too common among Asians, male and female alike. Yet another reason why spree killings do not happen with more frequency, is many eager, self-hating Asian females willing to sexually satisfy loser white males. And yet, Elliot Rodger was unable to capitalize on his (half) white male privlege, which led him to seek revenge.

I would put forth some (un)popular sentiment that prostitution should be legalized or that girlfriends should be assigned to low-status males somehow, but these are merely band-aids applied to a bullet wound, pun intended. A long-term solution would involve making life better for the majority of males, but the contemporary Amerikwa has decided to continually degrade them while attempting to extract more value out of them. It should be apparent that such an arrangement is not sustainable over any considerable period of time.

I do not condone Elliot Rodger's actions, and I have a biological imperative to defend the three innocent Chinese males that he killed. However, without condoning his actions, I will say that I understand.

Memetics, Genetics

Memes are the most important cultural phenomena of this century, beneath the consideration of the mainstream until very recently. In the cesspools of the Internet, memes were cosa nostra, our thing which was indecipherable to the mainstream. There was a pragmatic reason for their secrecy: when a meme is decontextualized by outsiders, the original meaning is removed and it becomes a simulacrum of its former self.

Memes, like genes, compete in an environment not unlike Darwinian natural selection. They must adapt in a manner similar to genetic mutation, and survive long enough on transient storage mediums to reproduce. In this regard, they are not unlike living organisms, in the realm of consciousness rather than matter.

The senescence of a meme can be defined by progressing from a faithful representation to a perversion, until the original meaning is lost. A meme dies when there is finality, an impasse in which new ideas can not emerge. This situation can occur when it is adopted for ideological means, by an unintended audience, or any other dead-end that forces a closure to creativity.

When a meme becomes mainstream, it has reached its terminal stage, as further evolution is no longer possible. By the time a meme widely recognized, its meaning has ossified and it's already dead. Memes evolve until they reach perfection, and then they die.

Systemic Collapse

Editor's note: this was written when I was a teenager and it has been edited for stylistic changes from the original post, however the content remains mostly the same.

A respectable job, a home, and a family, was once attainable by a man by the time he reached his early twenties. The same man today likely has none of those, as a casualty of a long societal decline. The collapse of this Ponzi scheme known as society is inevitable.

History tended towards Malthusian societies, with limited resources. There were higher values that used to be culturally instilled, such as character and integrity. A man could afford not only to support himself but also a family by simply by having a work ethic, and marry young without the risks that come with marrying later. There was an implied social contract which was more or less kept, and more equitable without the politicized power struggle between both sexes. The introduction of the birth control pill was far more disastrous than the atomic bomb, since it led to the destruction of not only households but the bonds that kept them together.

The disintegration of the family unit is the key of this social breakdown. Promiscuity is the new standard, and it creates a new market which was previously suppressed: the sexual marketplace. This marketplace is more inequitable than the most dysfunctional third world countries. The old law and order does not apply in this marketplace, as institutions such as community and marriage are obsolete. Communities kept people together and ostracized anti-social behavior to maintain cohesion. Individuals without these communal bonds come apart, and the legal industry thrives on conflict. The sexual act itself is a poor simulacrum of the peak social experience.

The industrial society thrives upon depletion of resources. As the literal underworld is exhaustively mined out, so are individuals exhausted of love, or no love at all. The transiently populated cities of today appear in terms of proximity in dating profiles, where talented people go to meet but never settle, a dead end for human capital.

The systemic collapse shows in the negligence of technological infrastructure as the first world descends into the third world. Electrical grids, irrigation systems, high technology, the niceties of technological civilization will struggle to remain operational. The breakdown will advance into the later stages of the devaluation of currency, dissolution of government, and small-scale conflicts. In the post-civil world, atomized individuals will be most vulnerable, and there will be plenty of them.

America has passed its golden age of the late-20th century, and has no worthwhile future. Where do we go from here?