Clown World is paradoxical in many ways. On the one hand, there is the disintegration into total chaos, but on the other, there is the imposition of a suffocating degree of order. This paradox can be resolved once it is understood as anarcho-tyranny.
There are many different kinds of anarchism. As anyone who has spent any time with anarchists knows, none of them can agree on anything. This has led to anarchists breaking up into a kaleidoscope of different subgroups: anarcho-communists, anarcho-capitalists, anarcho-syndicalists, anarcho-nihilists, anarcho-homicidalists and more.
Like ‘anarcho-nihilism’, people don’t usually identify with the term ‘anarcho-tyranny’. It’s normally applied from the outside. Anarcho-tyranny was first discussed by philosopher Sam Francis, who attributed the apparent decay of society to mass immigration.
Francis’s logic was that multiculturalism inevitably leads to disputes over moral values, and the discord that follows is exploited by tyrants. Political freedom depends on people having enough in common to agree on what freedom means. Absent those commonalities, law and order can only be kept by force. This echoes the words of Aristotle some 2,300 years earlier, who noted that multicultural societies ended up as tyrannies.
Mass immigration is one of the major causes of Clown World, as it is has led directly to a decrease in kin intensity, and thereby to a major decrease in solidarity between any two randomly-chosen people. This decrease in solidarity has led to an increase in self-interested behaviours. This selfishness has been exploited for votes by a venal ruling class, and they have used the resulting power to enforce anarcho-tyranny.
Whatever its root causes, anarcho-tyranny can be defined as a political and judicial system wherein everything is illegal, but the ruling class only enforces the law if they want to send a message to someone they don’t like.
The ‘anarcho’ comes from that there is no proper law enforcement. Practically any law can be ignored as long as you’re on the right team. The ‘tyranny’ comes from that law enforcement is applied in an arbitrary and biased fashion, and usually to destroy the enemies of the tyrants.
The characteristic feature of anarcho-tyranny is that actual criminals don’t get punished in proportion to the suffering they have caused, but political enemies get punished extravagantly for the smallest misstep.
Perhaps the best recent example comes from New Zealand.
A man named Philip Arps was sentenced to 21 months imprisonment last year for sharing a video of the Christchurch mosque shooting. Even though the act of sharing the video didn’t harm anyone, Arps is a white nationalist and therefore on the wrongthinkers list. As such, he was given an extremely heavy sentence.
In September 2020, by contrast, a man named Marcus Barker was sentenced to home detention for the crime of sex trafficking a child. The sex trafficking of children is an act that causes unfathomable suffering; almost everyone has the wit to tell you that sex trafficking of children is a worse crime than sharing a video.
Under anarcho-tyranny, however, the severity of a crime depends not on the degree of suffering caused, but whether the crime served the interests of the ruling class. The elites don’t share mosque shooting videos, but they are into raping children.
Near New Zealand is the Australian state of Victoria, which also offers an example of anarcho-tyranny.
Victorian Police arrested and handcuffed a pregnant woman in front of her own children for promoting an anti-lockdown protest in Melbourne. This was part of a series of pre-emptive arrests of protest organisers. Police in that state have vowed to stop any and all anti-lockdown protesting, with Assistant Commissioner Luke Cornelius even calling the organisers “the tinfoil hat-wearing brigade”.
But Black Lives Matter ran a massive Melbourne protest that June, and the Victorian Police didn’t lift a finger. In fact, they took a knee to the protesters. This is despite that the coronavirus pandemic was already in full swing, and therefore that the BLM protests were no less dangerous than the anti-lockdown protests.
Similar situations prevail in Britain and in America. In Britain, people get arrested for offensive FaceBook posts while child grooming gangs escape investigation, and in America BLM mobs are running wild in areas that local law enforcement have abandoned.
This is anarcho-tyranny in practice: anyone pro-Establishment is allowed to assemble and to break the law without sanction, but anyone anti-Establishment is not even entitled to the rights that they are supposedly guaranteed by human rights legislation.
As Clown World intensifies, anarcho-tyranny will get to the point where mobs run rampant in major Western cities with no opposition from law enforcement. At the same time, people will start to get imprisoned for criticism of their government. Both bad chaos and bad order will reign over their good opposites. This could be said to be peak Clown World, and what happens then is anyone’s guess.
This article is an excerpt from Clown World Chronicles, a book about the insanity of life in the post-Industrial West. This is being compiled by Vince McLeod for an expected release in the middle of 2020.
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