The Cathedral

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My impression is that some people think that The Cathedral is some sort of a conspiracy, that it’s an evil plot to take over our minds and control mankind.  I don’t think that’s what it is. I think it’s a social technology.

Cathedral as a Tool

It exists because it provides competitive advantage to its adherents, and like any tool, it can be used or misused. Because it’s a system, it can also be gamed.

The Cathedral is a self-organizing ideological alliance of the elite (abstract thinkers). This alliance is made up of academia, media, government and business (corporate interests). It is an engine of abstract, universalist consensus building and distribution.

Humans are social animals and we organize together into groups for competitive advantage. Larger groups out-compete smaller groups (generally).Humans (and other primates) generally organize along genetic lines. This poses a problem: As the group size grows, genetic distance increases… so how do we scale the group and maintain group cohesion at the same time?

Cathedral as Self-Perpetuating Memeplex

In highly intelligent primates (humans), you can use a memeplex. A memeplex is a set of ideas, abstractions. This set of ideas should create a universal identity. Christianity is such a universalist memeplex. Christians refer to themselves (ourselves) as ‘Brothers in Christ‘. There is neither Greek, nor Jew. The dogma of Christianity enforces the idea that the members should ignore racial and ethnic differences, and remain united in their religious ideals. The Communist ideology maintains similar ideals of ignoring racial and ethnic differences. Communism maintains that all differences are merely socially constructed and must be deconstructed. Global capitalism takes a similar non-racial, non-ethnic view of the people within the nation-states. They view them merely as customers within markets, or as human resource widgets within the system of production. This is the meaning behind terms such as the ‘Proposition Nation‘. A Proposition Nation is a group of people who are united in their acceptance in a set of ideals or a creed, ignoring racial or ethnic differences.

Dogma

Throughout the West, the dogma is equalitarian. All men are created equal. The dogma is Love, and that which goes against the dogma is Hate. To deny the dogma is a heresy. Those who benefit from the group cohesion created by the memeplex will defend it, simply because it is in their intuited genetic self-interest.

Heresy

Heresies are disruptions of the ideological consensus. Because the consensus creates group cohesion, which confers competitive advantage, the system will attempt to reject the disruption. This is the point where we see the Hegelian dialectic, as a compromise or integration is attempted. At root, there is a cost-benefit analysis. If the cost of the disruption outweighs the benefit, it will be rejected. But if the benefit outweighs the cost, it will be integrated into the system.

An example of this is when Galileo disrupted the Ptolemaic view of the solar system with the heliocentric model. HBD, race realism and evolutionary psychology are similarly disruptive ideas. The system has been attempting to reject them to maintain group cohesion, but the benefits to building functional systems outweigh the costs. Thus we see the current scientific assault against the equalitarian consensus.

The Chant

Any memeplex of ideological consensus must be maintained and distributed. Humans learn through repeated exposure to stimulus. The process of distribution of the memeplex through endless repetition is known as indoctrination. We call this endless repetition of the dogma the echo chamber. We can call this by other names: Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), mind control, propaganda, etc. In call cases, it’s the process of creating in the minds of the adherents a Reality by Chanting.

Again, this is a social technology. It’s simply a tool that humans have created for the maintenance of our groups. Once the adherents are sufficiently indoctrinated, the reality of the universe is created in their minds. At this point, they have difficulty processing information which is counter to the dogma. The new information creates a painful cognitive dissonance. The modern secular cults label this information: Hate. While in religious memeplexes, these are labeled heresies or blasphemies. In the Alt-Right, we call this Taking the Red Pill. The process of overcoming our own programming is difficult. For many, this awakening is a very painful experience.

Analysis

In my opinion, abstract collectivism is a competitive strategy. It allows for group cohesion in large and disparate groups, which then allows the larger group to out-compete smaller, less-organized groups. It’s most effective in populations with a high ability for abstraction. The smarter the population, the more open they are to memeplexes.

I believe that this social technology is most beneficial in groups with single ends, meaning that they have a single reproductive strategy. When groups with competitive reproductive strategies are allowed into the system, then they may seek to game the system for their own reproductive advantage. I believe that this is what has happened in the West. We now the the anti-White bias of the Left as non-White polities attempt to gain competitive advantage within the system through the notion of White Guilt or Racism. Racism is an accusation of bad faith, of failing to adhere to the dogma of equalitarianism. Because the notion of racism is simply being used by certain groups to game the system for competitive advantage, to the white population the cost of it exceeds the benefit of group cohesion.

Conclusion

The Cathedral is a self-organizing ideological alliance of the cognitive elite. It is a social technology, which exists because it produces group cohesion in large populations and this group cohesion confers competitive advantage. Religions and ideologies are group organizing memeplexes. The tenets of the organizing memeplex may be referred to as the dogma. Ideas which conflict with the memeplex may be called heresies. The memeplex is distributed and embedded through repetition. Smart populations respond very well to indoctrination. The cohesion gained through this social technology can be very beneficial to groups with compatible reproductive strategies. This organizing technology can also be gamed, if groups with competing reproductive strategies are allowed to insert their memes into the echo chamber. The charge of racism is such a gaming of this system, and the cost of bearing the charge exceeds the benefit gained through group cohesion, thus we see a growing rejection of the notion.


 

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15 thoughts on “The Cathedral

  1. Something to consider:

    At root, there is a cost-benefit analysis. If the cost of the disruption outweighs the benefit, it will be rejected. But if the benefit outweighs the cost, it will be integrated into the system.

    Cost-benefit analysis assumes the perspective of the dominant drive. For example, a corporation may view cost-benefit in terms of profit in the coming quarter. A better planned corporation may view it terms of profit over the next year. And a still better planned corporation may view it terms of profit over the next decade. A corporation that has still more complex abstractions may recognize that it represents the interests of its owners, which may or may not perfectly align with the interests of the specific corporation.

    Hence, such abstractions could lead to decisions that may sacrifice the interests of the specific corporation to what it abstracts as the interests of its owners (regardless of whether or not the corporation is fully aware of the perspective it is assuming).

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    Let’s consider the interaction between these statements:

    The smarter the population, the more open they are to memeplexes. and

    I believe that this social technology is most beneficial in groups with single ends, meaning that they have a single reproductive strategy.

    What happens if the agents of the system are able to abstract alternative, currently non-existent “reproductive strategies”?

    You can google “The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State,” “Lebensborn,” “Chinese synthetic sperm,” “Artificial uterus,” “CRISPR” etc.

    Also from Nick Land: “Anyone who thinks this amounts to a critique of capitalism, however, has not seriously begun to ponder what capitalism is really doing. What it is in itself is only tactically connected to what it does for us — that is (in part), what it trades us for its self-escalation. Our phenomenology is its camouflage.”

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  2. The Cathedral analogy is a good analogy, but for me leaves too many things unexplained. A self-organising alliance does not explain why they organise themselves and how they do it. It’s not a just a boys club from some special private college somewhere. For me, all the evidence points to the Cathedral being an elite group of Jews. Firstly, roughly 50% of the top 1% will admit they are Jewish, secondly they are indeed a self organising alliance – organised around the ethnic tribe. They are fiercely tribal, and often share religion as well as race/ethnicity. There is no Zionist world conspiracy though, its just looks that way when a specific group operates in a nepotistic, tribal, inward focused group.

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    • What you describe does not conflict with Butch’s description.

      It exists because it provides competitive advantage to its adherents, and like any tool, it can be used or misused. Because it’s a system, it can also be gamed.

      Consider the Cathedral during WWII for further evidence of the applicability of the concept “tool that can be used in multiple ways and multiple settings.”

      [quote]A self-organising alliance does not explain why they organise themselves and how they do it. [/quote]

      Butch did address this: “Humans are social animals and we organize together into groups for competitive advantage (how). Larger groups out-compete smaller groups (generally)(why).”

      Jews may hold many of the top positions in said “organized groups” and may be using the “social tool,” aka The Cathedral to further their self-perceived interests (gaming the system). That does not preclude non-elite-Jew adherents of The Cathedral from receiving competitive advantage; both on the individual level (hence, all the shekl talk) and the group level (winning the Cold War [to say nothing of the amount of poisonous anti-biotics the West guzzled to do so]).

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      • My impression is that some people think that The Cathedral is some sort of a conspiracy, that it’s an evil plot to take over our minds and control mankind.

        I would argue that the even more anti-biotic Trojan virus conception of the Cathedral is that it is a “stupid, wanton, and blind social system;” the perspective most related to Nick Land and xenosytems and to a lesser degree with MM himself.

        Such a perspective leads to complete disrespect for and the underestimation of our enemy.

        For instance, I could argue that the current iteration of the Cathedral views humanity in much the same way as Land. However; due to his profession as a philosopher and his utter non-involvement with real Capitalism and military strategy and his resentment of the (lack of social) respect his role provides, he refuses to see the Cathedral as serving the interests of Capital. Instead, the narrative created is that Capital desperately needs his musings to further its interests. Or as I am more fond of saying, “Land was not alienated, he embraced the alien.”

        @ Butch: Thank you. I have not been this grateful to another person in quite some time. And it is quite refreshing.

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      • This is a relevant exchange from the comments on a xenosystems post

        forkinhell: “If, as good little Neoreactionaries, we attribute political change to (State) economic necessity, and therefore view e.g. the suffragettes as a movement fulfilling an economic need, in exactly the same way as the gene-shredding policy of Singapore, how much of NRx’s diagnosis of the leftward insanity ratchet is purely surface? 20th Century insanity is 21st Century fiscal responsibility (where the only alternative is those crazy Greeks).”

        Nydwracu: “Finally. Now look at mass immigration.”

        Different T: “+1 The same could be said for more policies than just suffrage and immigration; and “economic” need could be expanded to include “military.” The problem with this line of reasoning is that it provides plausible-deniability for many things that most here would consider repulsive. Add that it no longer seems possible to believe the top makes agreeable value judgments, and the line of reasoning becomes self-defeating outside of a historical context. It is much easier to consider the degenerates as just trying to maintain their place through whatever means available.”

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  3. Re: Chris B’s critical article “Misunderstanding the Cathedral Concept”

    Since Chris levels charges of badly wrong conclusions, I can only conclude Chris’s ability to abstract is badly insufficient.

    MM’s De Jouvenelian analysis is not precluded by Butch’s perspective. In fact, if Chris could properly abstract, “Cathedral as social tool” underlines such a De Jouvenelilian analysis (it just doesn’t make a moral judgment, it frames things in terms of costs and benefits).

    During Bonaparte’s conquering of the neighboring monarchies, Napoleon famously said “You cannot stop me, I spend 30,000 men a month.”

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