July 3, 2014 § 19 Comments
In the Marvel comics I read as a kid there was a superhero called The Vision. His super power (or one of them, I don’t really remember the details) was that he could change his density. When he was on the attack, his fists became harder than diamond. When he was being attacked he faded into etherial intangibility. His capacity to alternately assert tangibly and fade away into nothingness was a weapon.
Back here in the real world things don’t phase in and out of existence, but a lot of writers use a similar strategy. They adopt a selective nihilism in their polemics by selectively asserting the nonexistence of threatening things and of things they want to protect from criticism. So Game is nothing particularly concrete and definite when it is being criticized, but it is something every man needs to learn otherwise. Neoreaction is just an etherial collection of disparate bloggers with not much in common when it is being criticized, but it is the last great hope of preserving civilization otherwise. Racism has been dishonestly used against conservatives and reactionaries for so long that we cannot even admit that it exists anymore: it is an anti-concept, like torture. And capitalism is just the inarguable way everything is by nature unless it is being criticized, in which case it doesn’t even exist.
Once you’ve recognized weaponized nihilism for what it is, you will see it everywhere. And it is both as dense as a diamond and as etherial as air.