The Last Question

The last question was asked for the first time, half in jest, on May 21, 2061, at a time when humanity first stepped into the light. The question came about as a result of a five dollar bet over highballs, and it happened this way: ...

"I know all about entropy," said Adell, standing on his dignity.

"The hell you do."

"I know as much as you do."

"Then you know everything's got to run down someday."

"All right. Who says they won't?"

"You did, you poor sap. You said we had all the energy we needed, forever. You said 'forever.'"

"It was Adell's turn to be contrary. "Maybe we can build things up again someday," he said.


"Why not? Someday."


"Ask Multivac."

"You ask Multivac. I dare you. Five dollars says it can't be done."

Adell was just drunk enough to try, just sober enough to be able to phrase the necessary symbols and operations into a question which, in words, might have corresponded to this: Will mankind one day without the net expenditure of energy be able to restore the sun to its full youthfulness even after it had died of old age?

Or maybe it could be put more simply like this: How can the net amount of entropy of the universe be massively decreased?

Multivac fell dead and silent. The slow flashing of lights ceased, the distant sounds of clicking relays ended. Then, just as the frightened technicians felt they could hold their breath no longer, there was a sudden springing to life of the teletype attached to that portion of Multivac. Five words were printed:


The quoted excerpt is from a wonderful short story by Isaac Asimov. Below the meta realm, another "last question" presents itself.
The great divide in the West is now immigration. On which side of the issue you fall, determines where you are on the political spectrum. If you have been paying close attention over the last two decades, this has been increasingly obvious. If you have just started paying attention, it may be a bit of mystery. After all, politicians in both parties dismiss the issue. The press is unwilling to cover it, other than perfunctorily. In polite circles, the “I” word is close to being the “N” word.

Even stranger, particularly in America where the never ending election season is boiling like never before, is that politicians are allergic to the topic. Donald Trump has made immigration his central issue and risen in the polls, yet his competitors refuse to discuss it. When asked, which is rare, they get a frightened look as if they have been asked about their desire for young boys. There’s real fear in their eyes.

What’s going on? (From, Z Blog, "The 'I' Word.")

The excellent "Z Man" goes on to explain the fundamental conflict between the Stateless, Nation-less billionaire elite and their sycophants, and the bottom 80%, whose only protection from the global race to the bottom is national borders.

Since the Enlightenment, we have been operating under the premise that it is ideas that matter, not the people who hold them. America, Europa were defined by their propositions, and no thought was given to the people who dreamed up those propositions and maintained them. This Age of Ideas is drawing to a close. We are now entering the Age of Identity, as poor old Bernie Sanders found out in Seattle and Baltimore. We like our socialism nationalist, is the message black nationalists are screaming at old-school trade unionists like Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Whitopia). And now a new theme begins to spread across the political landscape: while we're spreading the green around, why not show some love for the white Americans who still, albeit tenuously, constitute the democratic majority? These are the people beginning to show up for Donald Trump.

Donald Trump's campaign for the US presidency fascinates me on two levels. First is the quaint, "Make America Great Again" slogan, which hearkens back to Ronald Reagan's "Morning In America." I call the 1980's the Last White Decade, and that was when guys like Trump came into their own. Second is the outsider-billionaire, who has apparently decided these less-alpha lickspittles can be dispensed with. In other words, let's just cut to the chase: why should the most ruthless, wealthiest, better-looking, more-intelligent people kowtow to mediocrities like Scott Walker or Jeb Bush? I bet Jerry Jones, maverick Texas oilman and football team owner, is kicking himself right now for not entering politics instead of having to invite a marshmallow like Gov. Chris Christie into his Billionaire Bros Skybox.

Trump has injected a long-simmering issue into the presidential campaign that all the Establishment-candidates and their slick consultants and pundits have been paid not to think about since the 1960's. Immigration truly is the Last Question of Western politics. Taxes per se do not really matter: around half of us are net tax consumers; the US government runs an annual deficit of hundreds of billions of dollars per year; and in no event will government ever be able to capture more than around one-third of actual GDP in taxes. The Constitution does not matter; it's a piece of paper that means whatever the regime says it means. The Culture War does not matter; a Republican Congress cannot even bestir itself to cut off Planned Parenthoood or kick transvestites out of the military.

All that really matters, in the end, is who gets to live where. In more primal terms, it's about Blood and Soil, and always has been. The Pueblos, carving holes in sheer cliff faces to keep away from their neighbors understood it; Jewish settlers and their Palestinian neighbors in the West Bank understand it. The warring factions in Syria understand it.

Most people all over the world over understand it. It is only Westerners, living in a prosperous, post-Enlightenment dreamscape who think pure, incorporeal ideas are what's holding it all together. When a critical mass of a country's people are higher-g, lower time-preference, you get Rhodesia. When the mean shifts toward lower-g, higher time-preference, it's Zimbabwe. The boorish, uncouth Trump, of all people, is the only one pointing out that Americans are what make America, and it has caught the financial and cognitive elites absolutely flatfooted.

Trump is probably the last gasp of White America, a term which encompasses negro-American descendants of slaves and Native Americans by the way, whether they like it or not. The future Hispanic/Asian plurality does not carry the baggage of slavery and native conquest and cannot be expected to maintain the privileges of America's traditional ethnic minorities.

I do not expect Donald Trump to be particularly effective, if at all. The forces arrayed against a nativist America are powerful and deeply entrenched, and the demographic battle is probably lost. My only hope is that he destroys the Republican Party, a toxic institution which is actually an obstacle to conservative reform. After Trump, I expect White America to accelerate its process of withdrawal to its redoubts in the Pacific Northwest, Northern Midwest, New England and scattered rural areas.

Finally, my apologies for the long delay in getting around to my 506th posting. After several hundred posts it started dawning on me how the same issues come up, over and over. Feminism, multiculturalism, egalitarianism, socialism in their various awful, gnostic iterations just keep wreaking havoc, and everybody just seems perplexed that the same bad outcomes keep turning out.

I have a lot of demands on my energy these days, so I may attempt to concentrate on shorter postings via Tumblr and Twitter. Please continue to browse the blogroll and tag cloud at the bottom of the page. Like I say, chances are I've written about the particular issue before.


Anti-Gnostic, do you read Dr Scheuer is a Republican but not, I think, an enthusiastic one. He tends to view the Democrats as pure evil.
I looked at the site. Over here, we call the Democrats the Evil Party and the Republicans the Stupid Party. As in Britain, the duopoly is beginning to look like the Evil/Stupids vs. the Stupid/Evils.

I am of the view that foreign policy is a dangerous distraction. We have essentially displaced our native ethnic minority, black Americans, with mestizos and indigenous. The black phenotype has largely disappeared from Central and South America, so such societies are clearly not good places for Africans. They are OK for European hidalgos, but you have to pay for a lot of security and put up with a lot of petty incompetence and corruption. And rivers of shit, as in Rio de Janiero.

Like the Syrian Alawites and Christians, one day we are going to wake up and find it's too late to do anything about it. Trump is the last chance to steer the Titanic to portside.
IA said…
I'm very glad you wrote this. I've had to recalibrate my thoughts about other blogs, writers, pundits, etc. Trump is a litmus test.
Anonymous said…
Trump is just the band changing the waltz. The iceberg awaits. The passengers must be kept happyily ignorant and liquored-up for the life boats are few.
Prior Martin said…
"After Trump, I expect White America to accelerate its process of withdrawal to its redoubts in the Pacific Northwest, Northern Midwest, New England and scattered rural areas."
What are those of us living in the Old Confederacy to do? I can't imagine living in the Pacific Northwest, Northern Midwest, or New England. I'm allergic to liberals! It seems retreating into the mountains of Northeast Georgia, Eastern Tennessee, Western North Carolina or Western Virginia is the only answer. I'll take Red Necks over Liberals any day, even if most of them are heretics.
RJPadavona said…

Prior Martin,

I live in rural Western NC and it's slowly becoming a destination point for White flight. I'm a barber and I get new customers in my shop on a regular basis who've moved here from places in the South (and up North) that are no longer inhabitable for decent White folks. Once I get to know them a little they end up telling me that's why they moved.

Yeah, a lot of us are poor and uneducated but there's not a trailer park or shantytown around here that's it's not safe to walk through any time of day or night. In fact you might even be asked inside to break bread or take a hit off a meth pipe. Hospitality at it's finest.

The cost of living is cheap, the land is fertile, and there's plenty of clean water. There's not much to do here but if you enjoy being left alone, Appalachia is one of the best places to be. And IMO, it'll be the last White stronghold east of the Mississippi. Us "crazy ass crackas" of Scots-Irish descent will fight to the death.

Prior Martin said…

Thank you for your comment, it's certainly food for thought.
Anonymous said…
Prior Martin, I lived for several years in the veritable heart of American Liberaldom- one of my apartments was literally down the street from WGBH studios, and I used to pass through Harvard Square on a daily basis. Even in that intensely SWPL milieu, it was surprisingly easy to almost completely insulate myself from liberal preaching. If you pick the right neighborhood watering holes to do your drinking, you'll find very little pro-Obama chatter (and often many pointed barbs aimed against him and his ilk). Just join the right clubs and organizations, avoid SWPL-magnets and student hangouts, and don't bring up any of your reactionary ideas at work. One should also be careful around social media (or, as I do, avoid it altogether), as a small but energetic minority of liberals, upon finding a conservative in their midst, enjoy poking the bear for fun. In any case, I quickly and easily insulated myself so well that I almost never had to listen to lefty blatherskite.

I'm not suggesting you should pack up and head for a blue state- usually, the best place to be in a crisis is wherever you have already the most friends and relatives- but if for some reason you need to withdraw, don't be intimidated by the way a town voted in a Presidential election. Most liberals pay lip-service to their insane pseudo-religion, and are happy to inflict its dire consequences on others, but stop short of allowing it to ruin their own happy homes and neighborhoods.
Bert said…
Everyone here who is into this withdrawing talk is a stupid retard.
IA said…
If you want to live in big cities two things: pay lip service to 1) race is social construct, b.) there is no difference between the sexes and III) Fox News bad. Then, when it comes to your own life act exactly like a racist, bigot, hater. Works like a charm.

Prior Martin said…
I'm not particularly worried about living in a Liberal environment as much as living in the midst of Diversity. Unfortunately I live in a city in which only a fool would go about unarmed...................I'm not a fool!
IA said…
Prior Martin, I understand. Maryland Eastern Shore isn't bad. Talbot County is conservative and aware.
Visibilium said…
Once Trump exits the race, the professional politicians will get back to their normal patterns, although they'll be slightly more energized.

Separately, I've wondered about the concept of "redoubt" in America, particularly in connection with (1) antebellum South Carolina demographics and (2) the arguments of those who opposed extending slavery to newly admitted states. While the idea of redoubts is comforting, I'd like to see evidence showing that America is a redoubt country.

On the other hand, one could see gun ownership in the modern age as being the ultimate redoubt.
knifecatcher said…
I do not expect Donald Trump to be particularly effective,

AGnos will be eating his words a year from now. This is not Perot redux, The situation is dire and events will propel Trump forward.
Trump is a committed Zionist. That should be enough to put people off.

Vote Brother Nathanael!
Cheech And Chong Found God said…
"Once Trump exits the race, the professional politicians will get back to their normal patterns, although they'll be slightly more energized."

Trump is not going anywhere. He will run as a third party candidate if need be.

"While the idea of redoubts is comforting, I'd like to see evidence showing that America is a redoubt country."

America always has its redoubts. One need go to the Carolinas to bear witness this phenomenon.

"Trump is a committed Zionist. That should be enough to put people off."

What people are you referring to?
"What people are you referring to?" Decent Americans who think that their foreign policy should not be dictated to by a foreign government and its lobbyists on American soil.
"AGnos will be eating his words a year from now."

Rarely in my life have I hoped more that I'm wrong, mate. Thanks for commenting.
Bert said…
The faggot Pope loves subhumans more than his own people:
Cheech And Chong Found God said…
First, the Pope is not a faggot. You would have to prove that he is homosexual.

Second, if you are characterizing those people who flee war as "subhuman", then you are including anyone and everyone who has tried to leave war-torn areas. Do you wish to revise your statement? Now, if you are characterizing Syrians as being "subhuman", then what metrics are you employing?

Third, HIS people are those who are in need. Were you asleep in Sunday school?

Luke 6:38--Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.

You seem so troubled, Bert.