Compatriots as Welshmen



  1. foreign, non-Germanic (Celtic, later also Roman)


The appearance of a shared language betrays the fact that we are as foreigners unto each other. Many ways to talk about the commons, but wide gaps in vocab and psychology.

What are the commons?

Equality -> high time preference, resource centered. Women, children, paupers, low status males, minorities, even the impoverished low nobility need resources and status now; not tomorrow or next year. Coalition of the fringes.

Freedom -> medium time preference, production/exchange centered. Patricians, guildsmen, businessmen, industrialists, the middle class need access to markets and opportunities to produce into the foreseeable future. Let capital go where it will.

Order -> low time preference, dynastically centered. Patriarchs, the officer corps, landed nobles, the enfranchised, those with skin in the game want stable conditions to see their families/investments flourish into the future. Immediate security is a concern of course, just not the whole of the story. Je maintiendrai.

Towards an exchange based government

Look a which values dominate modern discourse. Non-discrimination, integration, anti-racism, feminism -> equality. Political modernity, far from being an enlightened exchange between the castes, is nothing but the elevation of low-class needs and wants at the expense and demonization of middle and upper class strategies (free speech = hate speech; capitalism = heartlessness; eugenics = white privilege; masculinity = toxic; meritocracy = oppression; etc.).

If this seems infantile, that is a feature not a bug, as it is the language of the temperamentally child-like. It is not meant to satisfy adult or responsible sensibilities, but to rally the low and shame the high.

The first steps in another language are always awkward, though perhaps also the most fun. So excuse my clumsiness as I dabble my way into propertarian thinking. To complicate things further, my instincts tell me to think of a nation as basically a large, aligned tribe (silly Teuton me), so working out all these caste dependenices comes very counterintuitively.

Still, the alt-right needs positives to work towards; no shortage of witty and hilarous commentary on the flaws of modernity, but a bad need of visions for the future.

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