Spandrell on Bioleninism
Greetings Spandrell, and thank you for taking the time to discuss your ideas and answer a few questions. This conversation was initiated by a discussion I had with our mutual friend Parallax Optics, my previous interview subject, so thanks also to Parallax for making this happen.
I noticed you returned to twitter when Elon Musk took over. This discussion was prompted by my reevaluation of Neoreactionary ideas and perspectives in light of several developments over the last 2-3 years, one of them being Elon Musk entering the world of politics by purchasing twitter and releasing the twitter files. I'd like to begin by having you tell us your thoughts on these developments, and also asking if this calls for a reconsideration of the concept of "The Cathedral." Specifically what I mean is that the twitter files reveal the federal government and intelligence agencies had a heavy hand in all of the things at twitter that I assume encouraged you to leave in the first place. We saw the FBI sending twitter specific accounts to watch or restrict, and even go as far as asking for IP and location information. Does this tell you we need to reconsider The Cathedral, or does it serve to reinforce the concept?
Hi, my pleasure to talk to you.
The Cathedral was a foundational theoretical concept in neoreaction as it explained the informal nexus of power that controls what we now call GAE, i.e. USG and it's vassals; and yes, the FBI basically ordering Twitter Inc. to ban accounts they didn't like absolutely proves its reality. The ostensible, written structure of the government has absolutely nothing to do with how power operates in practice.
It also proves my writing on the topic as the particular way the FBI run its op with Twitter was with a gay agent sent to San Francisco to coordinate with Yoel Roth, an obvious, flamboyant, in-your-face, **public** gay pedo; so you have the bioleninism angle right there.
Then again one problem with the "Cathedral" and the whole "Cthulhu always swims left" concept is that... well, Elon Musk bought Twitter. So it doesn't *always* swim left. The left does have setbacks now and then, and there's such a thing as a Right-ward reaction. There's plenty in history too, and I've been discussing them with OGs from this sphere for years. I honestly didn't think they would let Musk buy it and spill the beans.
But part of the diffuse, informal character of the Cathedral is that it's hard for it to coordinate effectively against acute, fast counterattacks. They might lose battles now and then to wildcards like Elon; but in the end they always win the war, and we already see Elon cucking out; our guys are still getting suspended all the time, Elon got mogged in Qatar by Kuschner... I'm not optimistic.