Thursday, July 28, 2011

Anders Breivik

Anders Breivik seems to be a very popular topic for recent internet conversation. He has been overlooked by many due to the fact that he massacred a bunch of kids, but beneath all of the violence, he is still a sane man with a message. He had a purpose to kill all of those people. Through his hatred of Muslims and "cultural Marxism", he decided that the children of the Labour Party members would grow up to continue the spread of liberalism through Europe, and therefore flood the continent with Muslims to the point that Sharia law is enacted. That is amazing that he could predict that far into the future. He must have some superhuman qualities. Or maybe he is just an extremist fundamentalist of his own philosophy.

Or is it his own philosophy? After reading a small amount of his 1500 page manifesto, he sounds like a Christian fundamentalist, minus the religious aspect. He claims that homosexuality and pornography are immoral, that women need to stay home and care for the children, and that men should provide for the family. It sounds like the same bullshit that I was fed in church as a child. I do not see how any of those things could be good for a society in any way, unless that society's goal is to make its citizens as sheepish and unhappy as possible.

He seems very inconsistent in his works. From the very beginning, he says that all ideologies must be rejected: "One of conservatism’s most important insights is that all ideologies are wrong. Ideology takes an intellectual system, a product of one or more philosophers, and says, 'This system must be true.' Inevitably, reality ends up contradicting the system, usually on a growing number of points. But the ideology, by its nature, cannot adjust to reality; to do so would be to abandon the system." Correct me if I'm wrong, but his entire manifesto is based on an ideology. In general, the more objective morals in an ideological system, the more it "suppresses reality", and Breivik's system is full of them.

There is a small amount of humor in his manifesto. The first few pages contain details on how to convert his manifesto into different formats, how to spread it around, and how to use torrents to upload and download it. This is a common pattern of philosophers, so this feature added quite a bit of credibility to his work.

The good news is that his ideology is very unlikely to spread too much. Mostly due to the fact that he killed 68 people, but also because not many people are going to read a 1500 page manifesto and defend 2000+ year old moral systems.

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