– Reactionary youth. (So does being 32 make me an elder?)
You do not have a relationship to American society, any more than the co-dependent has a relationship to an addict. Once you have that epiphany, then you can either physically emigrate (as I did, but as you probably do not wish to do), or you can “inwardly emigrate.” “Inner emigration” (which Morris Berman calls the “New Monastic Option” and which you refer to as the “Benedict Option”), involves detaching onself, psychologically and emotionally, from the society at large. It means putting up effective firewalls between you and your loved ones, on the one hand, and a decaying and collapsing society on the other.
Please stop trying to save American society. You cannot do it. As Berman said in a recent talk, what we are watching is like an Abrams tank going over the edge of a cliff. You are not going to stop this. You have no influence over the trajectory of that tank, the speed with which it falls, the direction of its fall, or the size of the “moon crater” it will leave when it makes impact.
I would consider moving to Germany or Switzerland if the process could be simplified, citizenship was reasonably attainable, and I wouldn’t get crushed by taxes. I apparently look German enough that everyone one is shocked I’m not German when I’m there. But why try to get high-earning immigrants from developed countries with German ancestry when you can get Turks?
– Don’t miss all the good stuff at Theden.
– Reason takes a break from reported disconnected anecdotes about cops being violent to criticize a cop for citing “disconnected anecdotes about black criminals.” Seriously, for every story at Reason I read about police abuse, I read about three stories like this. Either anecdotes are fine and tell us something or they don’t, you can’t have it both ways.
– Outside in: “Your hopes are our horror story.”
– There is no manosphere schism.
– Fred Reed: “a man who relies on sobriety to be able to think is an intellectual weakling.”