Something I’ve been noticing lately is that intelligence really doesn’t matter that much when it comes to determining what people believe. People with a 90IQ tend to believe the same stuff as people with a 120IQ, the prior just narrate the same beliefs in a less sophisticated manner.
Global warming is a decent example. A 90IQ low status white male will insist it’s a hoax, at 100 they go for “they used to predict global cooling/changed the name to climate change”, at 110 they bring in the “China and India” story, then at 120 and above they will start to insist that technology will fix it.
But the vaccines are ultimately no different. IQ really has little to do with whether you got vaccinated or not. A 90IQ low status white male will bring up some story about magnets and 5G, at 100 they’ll refer to a clotshot, from 110 onwards they bring in somewhat sophisticated arguments about mRNA persistence etc and then at the very end of the range you’ll find yours sincerely of course.
But this is not just low status white males suffering from this, the opposite occurs too. A 100IQ young blonde woman with an easy life will record some Tiktok video singing “these are a few of my favorite vaccines” to the tune of “these are a few of my favorite things” from the Sound of Music with her cat sitting next to her. A guy with a PhD in immunology will insist that the vaccines prevent the induction of autoantibodies.
In other words, we’re all trapped, by something that causes us to make up our minds, regardless of how much cognitive capacity we have available to make sense of the information we receive. You can validate that this is going on, by virtue of the fact that knowing someone’s opinion on one subject tends to reveal his opinion on every other subject too.
If you don’t like the vaccines, you don’t believe in global warming either and you don’t like having drag queens parading through your street either. And similarly, if you don’t like the vaccines, then you dislike Biden (who had nothing to do with them), while you probably believe that the whole US government is plotting against Trump (who pushed these vaccines through, continues to defend them and seems to have played an important role in getting these things out there despite safety concerns that should have been obvious to regulators).
“Wait!” You say. “I’m not a Trump supporter!” No that’s right. Above a 95IQ, a low status white male won’t openly admit to being a Trump supporter. Rather, you just get the usual shenanigans: “I don’t support him but we did not have any wars and the Permanent Washington Deep State violated our laws and set a dangerous precedent-” Yeah yeah, we get it. You’re the red tribe.
These are all things that are not really supposed to have anything to do with each other. And yet, they clearly do. And if you still have any independent capacity left to make your mind up about anything, you would realize this means you can’t really trust anything you believe about the world. It means that your mind is made up, based on unrelated factors.
So what sets these groups apart? It would be easy to say that “we” believe the system is corrupt, whereas “they” naively have trust in it. But if you fall for that line of thinking, you’re still a moron, because “you” and “they” just have a different mental image of what “the system” really is.
To a low status white male, “the system” consists of academia, mainstream media (ie not obscure blogs like mine), NGOs etc. To a blue-haired they/them wokie, the system consists of fossil fuel companies, farmer lobbies, Silicon Valley tech moguls like Musk (as a low status white male you don’t consider Elon Musk part of the system, despite him being the richest man on the planet), the Republican party, along with cultural tendencies that low status white males will claim don’t really exist, like institutionalized white supremacy.
To low status white males, Dutch farmers are not subsidized modern day aristocrats part of the “system”, rather, they’re the oppressed minority destroyed by WEF elitists who want to make us eat bugs. To a blue-haired they/them wokie, the “system” by definition includes the agricultural lobbyists who live off government subsidies and successfully convinced low status white males to eat a diet of beef and dairy that they rationalize to themselves as “keto”.
I have seen low status white males who feel very strongly about climate change peddle the sort of rhetoric implying that “Greenpeace” is part of the system, or even that “Extinction Rebellion” is part of the system. To anyone on the left that’s hilariously absurd. Whatever it is that we don’t like, we always seem to imagine as being in control of the world.
So regardless of what opinions you might have, by virtue of having opinions, you’re going to end up feeling like you’re part of a marginalized oppressed minority, against whom the whole system is organized. In fact, I had a friend who was a millionaire by the time he was 27, who felt like a marginalized oppressed person. Why? Because he will have to pay inheritance taxes, “over money that I already paid tax over” (his words).
The other tendency I notice is that we all end up believing that whatever we already like would be the solution to everything we don’t like. As an example, low status white males seem to gravitate to the Keto diet, regardless of what they’re trying to achieve. I had an LSWM colleague at work, who was a skinny guy with glasses, who also began practicing the Keto diet, because it would give him more energy by powering his brain through ketosis.
Another example is the QAnon phenomenon, which began evolving towards a kind of neocommunist cult. Once Trump would finally expose the satan-worshipping pedophile billionaires, their wealth would be seized and distributed to low status white males. No such thing happened of course, but the cult had the tendency to offer solutions to every problem.
Similarly, there’s a tendency LSWMs have, to declare everything they don’t like to be “woke”. Once “woke” is finally defeated, this means every societal problem is solved. But what is “woke” exactly? Woke is just exactly whatever it is that the low status white male you’re talking to happens to dislike. Big loud-mouthed black woman? Woke. Blue-haired they/them girl with amputated tits? Woke. Some academic who ties himself to a train to stop fossil fuel transports? Woke. Pride flag? Woke. Immigration? Woke. It’s all woke.
Of course on the other side this happens too. The solution to overpopulation is stuff they already like (education and empowering women). The solution to climate change is also stuff they already like (veganism). And it’s easy for me to bring up factoids and numbers and pie charts to insist that this makes perfect sense. But the other side can do that too and I’m trying to look at this from an emotionally detached third person perspective.
At the bare minimum I can say that if low status white males would look at the other side, they would notice the same convergence that the other side notices among low status white males. You can’t seriously convince the average low status white male that veganism would address climate change, because he’s smart enough to realize that if there were no climate change, or the Earth was cooling down, you would still endorse veganism.
The problem is that from within the tribe, this all makes sense. To a low status white male it’s perfectly obvious and internally consistent that if the “deep state”, the “global elite” and/or “woke” were defeated, all the world’s problems would be solved.
To a blue-haired they/them wokie, everything would similarly be solved if white supremacy were dismantled. Because again, they converge everything too. Veganism is a feminist issue. Pollution is a racial justice issue. Andsoforth.
But maybe that’s just the way things really are? Maybe veganism is just the climate change solution, climate change is actually just racism and it’s all misogynystic too?
Well we know that the convergence is to some degree not inherent to these topics, because in other cultures, they don’t converge in the same way. In India, banning meat is a conservative thing. It’s a way to establish ethnic dominance over Muslims. And so here we get the woke hijabi archetype, insisting that eating meat is her “human right”.
In other words, it’s not objective reality and the facts we derive from it that establish whether something is “woke” or “based”, it depends on the cultural context within which it takes place. In India, eating meat becomes very woke and progressive, as here “liberalism” still means permissiveness. It’s similar to how in Nazi Germany, smoking cigarettes was a leftist thing.
And so theoretically, you could make veganism and climate change activism very based, trad, redpilled and alpha. You could have blue-haired they/them wokies insist on their right to buy halal meat, as marching low status white males insist that it is unacceptable cruelty against cows.
I don’t have that sort of power, because I just have a blog. But if you had enough bots, it wouldn’t be hard to achieve this, because everyone just converges on what they see everyone else doing. Low status white males look around on Twitter and think to themselves “I need to follow the keto diet, that’s what all the other alpha males are doing”. Or at least, at a subconscious level. At a conscious level they just think they share the same high intelligence that allows them to see through the faulty FDA food pyramid that dares to suggests you need to eat things like bread, vegetables and fruit, full of *gasp* carbs.
But what I do know is that you can’t have a functional society like this. And no, it wasn’t always like this. In the US, Democrats and Republicans often voted with the other party. They just voted based on what they thought was good. That’s how you got someone like the Democrat Gaylord Nelson, who voted for strict immigration laws, because he thought migration would be environmentally destructive.
But by now there isn’t really any debate left, there are just two groups of people hurling insults at each other. I have tried asking low status white males what would convince them their government needs to rapidly bring carbon emissions down to zero. The answer tends to be that there’s nothing that would change their minds. That means this problem just isn’t going to get solved.
You’re not going to convince the other side of anything either. There are sacred cows you just can’t touch. Could it be that we’re not born with a blank slate? Could it be that we’re a product of thousands of years of evolution? You just can’t go there. It’s impossible to get them to consider that perhaps Dutch people produce the Netherlands and Somali people will produce Somalia even in the Netherlands, just as British people could produce Rhodesia in Zimbabwe, while Zimbabweans produce Zimbabwe.
In fact, to even say this out loud forces me into the “anonymous low status white male” basket, where I’m also not welcome because I’m a vegetarian climate change activist. And that’s why nothing is ever going to get solved and we’re just going to hurl insults back and forth at each other, congregating behind our laptops in air-conditioned sky-high flats in Europe, where we will live off fungal protein produced in vats as the world around us dies in lethal heatwaves.