The Shabogans are the invisible underclass on Gallifrey. The plebs. The nobodies. The skivvies. They're not the posh drop-outs. They're not the soup-making rustics. They're the unseen guttersnipes trapped inside the Capitol. They always leave the room just before you enter it. They're the vandals who shoot stasers at the Seal of Rassilon. And maybe, sometimes, they do more than that. Maybe they riot. Maybe they erect barricades. Maybe they throw stones. Maybe they daub things like "GALLIFREY WILL NEVER BE HAPPY UNTIL THE LAST CASTELLAN HAS BEEN HANGED WITH THE GUTS OF THE LAST CARDINAL" on the walls of the Time Toilets. Because if there is hope, it lies in the Shabogans.
I'm Jack Graham. Gothic Marxist. Advocate of the struggle in terms of the strange. Shakespearean villain. Doctor Who fan. Less an organic intellectual than a one-man morbid symptom.
And I did this:
One of the quintessential aesthetic markers of our current cultural predicament is the online political spectrum. Half pseudo-graph, half meme, it is a largely crude and homemade phenomenon. It is both provocation and ‘cargo cult’ intellectualism. It is especially beloved of the more gonzo elements within the online far-Right. People create these things in their spare time. As ludicrous as they usually are, they represent a tragically doomed attempt by confused and disoriented people (if also often sinister and dangerous ones) to understand a world which seems to them to be increasingly inexplicable, complicated, and menacing. Indeed, they often reveal an attempt to understand a history which is somehow retroactively also becoming more inexplicable, complicated, and menacing. They reveal the scared befuddlement of their makers even as they boastfully claim confident certainty. One of the tragic things about these images is that they show people reaching for a way to express their fuzzy sense of political categories as complex, interrelated, liminal and evolving. They are stunted and flailing attempts to engage in dialectics.
(Dialectical thinking is, on a very base level, an attempt to systematise, and make scientific, the common sense intuitions that most people bring to their world ...
In the wake of recent dreadful events, Daniel decided to talk to Jack about the ideology of mass shootings, especially with reference to the 'Might is Right' tract cited by one of the killers.
"Might is Right" at RationalWiki: https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Might_is_Right
"Might Is Right" full text at the Internet Archive: https://archive.org/details/cu31924029107907/page/n3
"Gilroy Garlic Festival Shooting," at Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilroy_Garlic_Festival_shooting
Santino William Legan: Gilroy Garlic Festival Shooter's Instagram Page: "https://heavy.com/news/2019/07/santino-william-legan-gilroy-shooters-instagram/"
"“Read ‘Might Is Right’ by Ragnar Redbeard,” Legan wrote. His caption further asked rhetorically, “Why overcrowd towns and pave more open space to make room for hordes of mestizos and Silicon Valley white twats?”"
From Might Is Right, Chapter Three:
"You have only to look at some men, to know that they belong to an inferior breed. Take the Negro for example. His narrow cranial developittent, his prognathous jaw, his projecting lips, his wide nasal aperture, his simian disposition, his want of forethought, originality, and mental capacity: are all peculiarities strictly inferior. Similar language may be applied to the Chinaman, the Coolie ...
In a fun episode, Daniel chats with CV Vitolo-Haddad about CV's recent debate with Eric Striker.
The Striker/CV debate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAm3qijUWUk&t=5073s
Eric Striker dox from the SPLC: https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/05/01/prolific-alt-right-propagandists-identity-confirmed
Eric Striker (@AarickStriger) complains about snitches. Which are really just people Striker is frightened of. https://twitter.com/AarickStriger/status/1153503065649176576
The long awaited (by a small number of people with extremely good taste) return of the Shabcast. I chat with Kit Power about his new books, a non-fiction book about the movie Tommy and, more particularly, his new novella The Finite.
Instantly one of my personal favourite ever Shabcasts.
Mild content warnings and spoilers
Kit's column 'My Life in Horror' at Ginger Nuts of Horror, via his recent piece on Where The Wind Blows
Discussion between George Daniel Lea, Laura Mauro, and Kit on Where The Wind Blows
Kit guests on an episode of They Must Be Destroyed on Sight! talking about Tommy (and Parents)
Wrong With Authority Footnote episode on George Romero movies Martin and The Crazies, featuring Kit and Daniel Harper
This week, Daniel is joined by special guest David Neiwert, author of Alt-America and The Eliminationists, to discuss conspiracy theories and online radicalisation, Andy Ngo and concrete milkshakes, and David's recent temporary Twitter suspension.
Content warnings, as always.
This episode, Daniel tells Jack all about Andrew Anglin and The Daily Stormer. Heavy duty content warnings for both show and notes below.
"As co-defendants fight discovery, Cantwell threatens lawyer," The Daily Progress. https://www.dailyprogress.com/news/local/as-co-defendants-fight-discovery-cantwell-threatens-lawyer/article_619851ce-8ad9-599b-88fa-6f289e90d400.html
"On June 18 Cantwell posted an article about Roberta Kaplan, the lead lawyer on the case, to the messaging site Telegram, which is frequented by extremists.
“After this stupid kike whore loses this fraudulent lawsuit, we’re going to have a lot of fucking fun with her,” Cantwell wrote.
The threat was mentioned during a telephonic hearing Tuesday in federal court in Charlottesville, where lawyers discussed the snail’s pace of the discovery process in the lawsuit that alleges organizers and key participants in the Aug. 12, 2017, white supremacist rally planned and promoted violence against protected groups.
Cantwell has posted derogatory statements about Kaplan before, the plaintiffs’ lawyers wrote in a motion filed Tuesday, but his recent statement is a “thinly-veiled threat” that impairs the lawyers’ ability to carry out their work.
The lawyers asked the court to enjoin Cantwell to refrain from any future threats.
Cantwell already has been found guilty ...
Once again, sorry for missing posts. Several new episodes to share.
Episode 20 - Gavin, Goad, and Edgelord Comedy (with Samantha Kutner)
Samantha Kutner returns to talk more about Gavin McInnes, including his book, his style, his appeal, and some of his influences.
Direct Download / Permalink / IDSG on iTunes
Gavin McInnes "The Death of Cool."
Jim Goad's Group Hug
"The Surprisingly Mainstream History Of The Internet's Favorite Anti-Semitic Image"
Proud Boys News Sources Samantha (@ashkenaz89) has been consulted with.
Incident map link.
Incident Map Support for Samantha
The “misgendering” of Alex McNabb
The Truth about Charlottesville
Edging Into Extremism
For Proud Boys and Others Considering Leaving
Insights from former Proud Boys
Organizations that Can Help You Leave