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This is my first subscriber only post for a while, too long. I think I'll also do a follow up ''quick-take'' on the Dan Snow tweet deconstructing the Napoleon myth.

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Napoleon do be that chap living in the moment, thinking about the future, but ain't looking at no screen, wild times. ;)

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This is a welcome corrective to an overreliance on memes. Simple is good but sometimes nuance is lost, and that depth can be the essential element. But then, I think that we are more than equal to the task - indeed there's a creative tension between the meme and the theorycel effortpost within our thing. The renaissance of long form writing happening on Substack right now is balancing out the Twitter hot take machine that has dominated right wing discourse since 2016. Thinkers such as yourself are a case in point.

Conversely, while the left produces walls'o'text on a regular basis, the meme so far exceeds their ability. One needs both intuition and reason to think effectively ... The left has neither.

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I never, ever do nuance on Twitter. I basically just use it for shilling and basic lib ownage.

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It's not suited to nuance at all. Tweet threads are a poor substitute for essays.

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Oh God! And they have a little thread emoji thing and announce it. Announce you're expected to navigate the jumbled up form and retards replying.

''Elon is more based than you think (Thread)''

I just roll my eyes at that point.

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I think the tweet thread is going to become a dying art form. It was always a kludge for writers to scratch an itch that Twitter was inherently unsuited for. For now, there are still many from frog Twitter who persist in the practice, despite having Substack presences, but I suspect this is simply habit.

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Remember that article I did a while back warning people about Musk's attempt at centralization? just look at the monetization. Basically the incentive structure is geared into make everyone Musk's cheif minion, Ian Miles Chong.

The Will to Chong will be strong, and the gravitational pull will wreak havoc.

I'll be sitting back and writing about it from here. It also furthers the ''Centrist Caesar'' concept.

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Yep, the Sarlacc Pit. That was on point and he's certainly moving hard in that direction, e.g. allowing longer tweets and monetization for blue checks. I'm not at all convinced it will work though. Speaking just for myself, I tend to scan past the long posts on Twitter. They get lost in the noise.

In general, I'm skeptical of his attempt to build an Everything App. Tools that attempt to do all things are frequently poor tools. There's much to be said for task-specific design.

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Jul 17, 2023Liked by Morgoth

Another highly thought provoking piece Morgoth. I am of an age (just) where I hand wrote letters to my first few girlfriends and them to me. Whilst not as shall we say, flowery and soul-baring as Napoleon's, I meant every word I said in them - as I'm sure he did too. I'm guessing today's equivalent is a WhatsApp message saying "fancy it up the arse Friday night Chardonnay?"

This makes me wonder, has a man's desires and lust always been the same, whilst his culture demands or allows how it is expressed? Or has culture actually changed those basic urges - clearly in the Internet age if the case, beyond all recognition?

You have also left me with a new existential nightmare - we are all going to be rounded up and dealt with by "rainbow-coloured garrottes!" Cheers and keep up the good work!

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Important to remember that before the age of porn the naked female form would have been a rare and precious sight for most men.

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True, except of course for the married man, but then that was all the more motivation for marriage.

Though this does bring up an interesting question. Before the age of porn, man rarely saw the nude female form, so much so that a mere showing of the ankle could be seen as provocative. But what about in ancient and pre-historic times, were modesty and clothing weren't so prominent? One is quick to say that modern prevalence of porn and nudity and sex isn't natural or demystifies women and sex. But what of the days when we all were walking around in grass skirts at most? It's interesting to think on how in many ways our modern society is actually just getting primitive. And how what we call new or unnatural are simply so old that we choose to forget. Not to say that what our modern society is currently doing is completely fine and healthy, but it is food for thought and an interesting question I feel.

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Jul 17, 2023·edited Jul 17, 2023Author

Yes it is very interesting and is an example of how relative we actually are in our mores, as per Spengler. In this way postmodernism can cut through a culture like a laser because there's actually very little holding it all together which can be measured and displayed empirically.

I suspect that somebody in ancient Greece was more accustomed with the naked form whether male or female, than somebody in medieval Germany. But herein lies the rub, they had a different grounding to their civilization.

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A very good point! Ancient Greece was culturally very different from the middle ages. And going further of Spengler, ancient Greece was a different civilization from "Western" civilization as we understand it. I appreciate the response as always. Perhaps you could ponder and do a video on how we are in many ways getting closer to ancient times as a society as the circle begins to close itself.

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This is something I've been thinking about a lot lately so I think it will become something I explore in depth in the future

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Jul 17, 2023Liked by Morgoth

Great point. It's probably to simple to say Internet porn alone has killed off true love, courtship and romance. Cultural morals and societal norms clearly play a part, which perhaps explains the past era's you refer to.

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The biggest disaster of all has been the pill.

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The pill pill is the blackest pill.

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Very true (well as far as sex goes. Women's suffrage is another huge blunder but kinda unrelated to this conversation)

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I doubt this idea of pre-historic people not being covered, man has always had taboos about being bare naked in the presence of others, it's only in our modern/ post modern interpretation that we assume otherwise.

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I disagree to some extent. Just look at all the primitive cultures with bare breasted women and little more than grass skirts or a banana peel around your dick. Not to mention all the blatant courting rituals for mating and presenting. As well as the numerous accounts of naked warriors in ancient times. I think nudity was more prevalent and not as much a taboo in ancient-primitive societies in warm climates. After all, brutal heat and no AC.

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Are Europeans from warm climates? If no then I don't care about some outsiders that don't follow clothing standards, if they live here and try it it's a different matter.

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Southern Europeans are, and thus it is no surprise that the Greeks and the Italians did such. I'm sure the Spanish did as well. But even then there were tales of the Celts fighting naked so in the warmer months even non southern Europeans could do so. If it's hot it's hot, whether that's Africa or France. And of course going back even further the planets climate used to be different. But my point is that humanity doesn't genetically have some taboo about nudity. It's cultural and our views on it today haven't always been there. There were times where we didn't care as much, and thus our fallen society ironically seems primitive or ancient in that regard.

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All of the major modern "progressive" changes have returned us to a more primitive form of existence.

Equality and women in the workplace: In primitive societies women have to work alongside men because they are always close to starvation and their working methods aren't efficient enough to allow women to stay at home.

Divorce: This simply means that the invention of life-long marriage has been reversed, with the resulting break-up of a structure that ensured the maintenance of a family's wealth for the children.

Abortion: Primitive people generally practiced abortion or post-birth infanticide when they believed they didn't have sufficient means to care for the child or wanted to concentrate resources on their other children.

These reversions to primitivism have been disguised by an increase in technological luxuries and the momentum remaining from a less primitive time.

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The text message has been a disaster for the love letter, and our romantic lives have suffered for it.

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Eh, how many were still writing love letters only right before the text message? That level of "old fashioned" romance was already on the way out before cell phones or the internet.

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Jul 17, 2023Liked by Morgoth

A tour de force yet again, Morgoth. There's quite a lot to unpack, and a second reading is definitely warranted when I get home. Whilst surreptitiously reading your piece on my afternoon break, I almost bellowed out 'too bloody right!' when you said that for normal white men, there's been literally no reason to visit a cinema for years now.

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Slightly off topic, I have often wondered at the significance that much of the slang used by the online right ("based," "simp," "thot," etc) apparently derives from black slang.

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They told us cultural appropriation is bad, so we agree and amplify.

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There were a great deal of early heretical churches prior to the consolidation of Catholic thought that held that the great mass of people simply had no souls and so the true purpose of the church would be to identify the elect and work toward their salvation. When you read most online discourse, it is hard not to agree with this sentiment—and it has nothing to do with politics. Most people are either incapable of expressing themselves or they have no strong emotions or true beliefs. If this sounds elitist or condescending, then believe me I would love to be disabused of this notion.

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Jul 17, 2023Liked by Morgoth

I would like to compliment you on this excellent piece, but I can´t find the words to do it justice.

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Thank you very much Klarkash.

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Jul 17, 2023·edited Jul 17, 2023

Thank you for this- you start with a movie review and move into areas that really need to be discussed. Memes have moved people in dramatic ways, have confronted them with inconvenient truths and changed their political outlook, but they have also narrowed their vision, and made their thinking shallower.

I started to read this out loud to my husband, a life long Napoloeonic nerd. He has a library of books on him, and has played napoleonic war games all of his life. We stopped reading and watched the trailer and immediately caught the out of place Black aristocrat. I really don’t get this as the jarring effect of it dominates an important scene.

When you started to compare Josephine to the notorious and boring girl bosses now dominating the screen my husband objected, citing the fact that Napoleon’s army loved Josephine, and felt that their luck deserted them when he divorced her. It would be hard for even a modern movie to exaggerate her importance, there is plenty to be said for her, she was seen as much more than influential at the time.

But of course this was not your point. A skillful use of how we are all jumping to conclusions, the sure and certain feeling that they will destroy yet another strong man of destiny and reduce him to a chump that just got lucky for a while, his actions directed by another of those millions of gifted women out there who needed a man through whom their abilities could be realized, because of the um, you know, patriarchy and all.

The shorthand of thinking this implies does away with the subtleties of relationships between men and women, a major part of the both the joys and anguishes of life. A man is not weak who heavily invests himself in a romantically turbulent realtionship, the opposite can be true. A woman is not necessarily a manipulative bitch because she encourages an ambitious and able man in his ambitions, even as she benefits from his success.

It is wonderful if discussions on twitter lead people to more reality based thinking, but it is necessary that those thoughts be deepened through reflection, wider reading, and historical literacy.

We live in a time when neither men nor women have an opportunity to live as they were meant to. It would be a pity if people continue to cut themselves off from a fruitful life because they are inhabiting some internet constructed persona that they allow to define them.

A great piece, thanks again for writing. I love the interviews but it’s grand to have something to read, and Napoleon is a wonderful subject.

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Jul 19, 2023Liked by Morgoth

Reminds me of how elements of the right - back when they were still vocal about the benefits of stoicism - struggled to embrace Marcus Aurelius as a man to be admired for embodying the ideal; in spite of the fact that he was regularly cucked by his wife, whom he continued to love even after her several bouts of infidelity.

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Jul 19, 2023Liked by Morgoth

Ridley Scott is more miss than hit. But even his garbage has some redeeming qualities. Think of how much mileage the “deus vult” thing from the counter jihad days got out of clipping battle scenes from the atrocious Kingdom of Heaven. (There goes the meme brain thing again).

I’ll probably check it out. As you’ve said, it’s the first thing that looks promising out of Hollywood in a long time. Ridley Scott, for all his faults can make a hell of a movie if he puts his mind to it.

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Jul 17, 2023Liked by Morgoth

I have very little to add to such a thought provoking article, so I'll keep my comment short and point out that Scott also made the execrable "Kingdom of Heaven" a few years back. A Napolean movie by Scott circa 1981 would have been mind blowing, but the man has bought into the stupid woke nonsense as he's gotten older. I expect this movie to have fantastic set pieces, thrilling battle scenes, top notch acting, and a thoroughly revolting feminist message.

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Apostolic Majesty's breakdown of Kingdom of Heaven is well worth the watch, pillories it.

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Jul 17, 2023Liked by Morgoth

If you want a sad dose “what could have been…” check out “The Duelists” by Scott, a movie made nearly 50 years ago and set in the exact same historical setting as “Napoleon.”

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Watched the trailer, don't think Scott is going ot better this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOmTuPrSFog

Waterloo, 1970, the camera tells the story as much as the actors.

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People upset with the apparent simping of a Great Man like Napoleon might consider the medieval European tradition of the courtly romance, wherein a brave chaste knight adores a lovely maiden whose affections may never be returned, at least not physically.

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A very interesting piece Morgoth. I very much enjoy how you use contemporary internet terms in tandem with analytical breakdowns and philosophy. The Blade runner joke was hilarious, but addressing the potential for wokeness for the movie but also tackling the ugly truth of historical Napoleon's simping was very engaging. I look forward to you reviewing this movie when it comes out, for better or worse. For as you say, self respecting white men with a modicum of intelligence and an interest in history haven't had any reason to look to Hollywood in quite some time.

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Yes, real people are complicated. Fiction is easier to arrange, but also requires fewer complications and it require simplicity. Hence the phrase, truth is stranger than fiction. Just like Belisarius, Napoleon was a great General, one of the greatest, with a sluttish and whorish wife whom he was devoted to.

So I am, as you say, cautiously optimistic. There hasn't been a truly satisfying film made about Napolean's life, particularly his rise to power. At the very least, this should be better than Dunc part 2.

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A new category of Chad simp must be formed behold the chimp.

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