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Conservatives and independents must now choose for what and with whom they will stand: a diverse USA, globalism, and the Left, or a white America, nationalism, and the Alt-Right. There are no other meaningful options - Vox Day's manifesto in a nutshell
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Theodore Robert Beale, known by his pseudonym Vox Day,[notes 1] is a science fiction author, video game designer,[notes 2] musician,[notes 3], Christian apologist, and white supremacist blogger and activist who espouses free-market libertarianism and nationalism; he also dabbles in skepticism of vaccines [1] and the moon landing, as well as various other conspiracy theories[2].

He is the son of Robert Beale, former CEO of Comtrol and former board of directors member of WorldNetDaily who was convicted of federal charges related to tax-protesting. He is a former pundit for WorldNetDaily on whose board of directors his father is a former member. Vox Day also runs own right-wing blog, "Vox Popoli,".

He is author of the book The Irrational Atheist: Dissecting the Unholy Trinity of Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens which is an attempt at a "how-to guide" for debating atheists, as well as the political books SJWs Always Lie: Tracking Down the Thought Police, and Cuckservative: How Conservatives Betrayed America which are available via Amazon.com. Beale has also published several science fiction novels.

Beale is a former lifetime member and unsuccessful presidential candidate of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). In 2013 the SWFA voted to expel Beale over various offensive and implicitly racist statements directed at other SWFA members.[3]

Vox claims to be a member of Mensa and to have an IQ "Over the so-called 'genius' threshhold [sic]."[4] If true, one may say this demonstrates that IQ isn't everything, or that not all artists and writers live up to the "hip enlightened intellectual" stereotype.

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[edit] Personal views

[edit] Political

Vox identifies as a fiscal libertarian and a right-wing nationalist. He disagreed with American Republicans over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but shows signs of moving toward interventionism with a focus on wars on ISIS and radical Islam.[5] His conservative credentials are solid on social issues, such as homosexuality and same-sex marriage.[6]. Economically he is also a major fan of Austrian school economics and the idea of a gold standard, featuring many pieces about the Ludwig von Mises Institute and gold investment on his blog. He generally prefers to stick to battling atheists or social justice warriors (SJWs) because it is far less likely to divide his audience.

Day was also a supporter of Donald Trump's presidential run,[7] In addition, Day has referred to Barack Obama a "bad black man" in his own words. [8]

Vox is apparently is happy about a graph defining him as part of an online "neoreactionary movement" (which crosses over somewhat with the alt-right movement),[9] though he ridicules the term "dark enlightenment" as media hype.[10]

Vox is also a critic of feminism or "female equalitarianism", referring to it as "a greater threat to science than religion".[11][12]

In response to questioning from PZ Meyers on how oppressive aspects of religion benefited women, Beale suggested that practices such as honor killings, stoning, and genital mutilation benefited ancient societies from a utilitarianWikipedia's W.svg POV by discouraging female promiscuity, independence and divorce, which he claims were correlated with a "host of social ills."[13] In fairness, while Vox wasn't advocating these practices in the modern world per se, he was attempting to justify them in the context of their time using an appeal to ancient wisdom.

Day has also published a wiki website SJWList: The Complete List of SJWs. Which aims to be a catalogue documenting progressive activists, writers, or others considered a "SJW"; the site also includes names of conservatives including Ben Shapiro considered by the alt-right to be "cuckservatives" or ideological sellouts.

[edit] Conspiracies

Day has argued in favor of various conspiracy theories and has flirted with theories of vaccines causing autism and the 1969 moon landing being staged. Day has argued that the July, 2012 theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado may show evidence of being a false flag by the US Federal government to increase public support for gun control.[14]

Donald Trump Jr.Wikipedia's W.svg also retweeted a post by Vox Day alleging that a woman wearing a pro-Trump T-shirt seen making a Nazi salute at a Trump campagin rally was actually a paid Bernie Sanders activist.[15][16][17]

[edit] Religious and scientific views

By virtue of being extra scientific, Beale has attempted to coin the neologisms "scientodofic", "scientistry" and "scientody".[18]" In an "alt-right manifesto", Day makes the claim that while he accepts the current conclusions of the scientific method, he believes that scientific consensus can be abused for ad populum ideological bullying.[19]

Vox Day identifies as is an evangelical Christian creationist and a philosophical anti-materialistWikipedia's W.svg. While not flat-out rejecting modern science as young earth creationists do, he nevertheless appares to be skeptical that physical science can explain everything about the universe, which seems to tie in somewhat with some intelligent design or theistic evolution arguments. Vox has debated religion with PZ Myers and Phil Plait among others.[20]

PZ Myers has stated his opinion of Beale is that he is "in need of psychiatric help"[21] and that Beale is "an appallingly freakish idiot, and always a reliable source for the most amazingly inane claim."[22] Day has referred to Richard Dawkins as "socially autistic"

In The Irrational Atheist, Beale claims to refute Plato's Euthyphro dilemma which asks whether something is good because God decides it is so, or God decides it is because it is good. Day uses an argument used by Christian philosophers and theologians including St. AugustineWikipedia's W.svg and C.S. Lewis that it is essentially both at once.

Beale also attempts to divide atheists into two camps: "high church" atheists (who actually identify themselves as atheists and embrace atheism or Humanism as an intellectual position) and "low church" atheists (which appears to encompass everyone who simply doesn't identify with a particular religious group) with the notion of "high church" atheists attempting to treat atheism or "scientismWikipedia's W.svg" as a de facto religion. The official website for The Irrational Atheist is now offline.

[edit] Socio-sexual "hierarchy"

Day has attempted to define a "socio-sexual hierarchy" with alleged basis in evolutionary psychology and somewhat reminiscent of social Darwinism. His theories have given him some popularity among the loosely-defined "red pill" community, such as pickup artist Roosh V who has also dabbled in alt-right blogging and activism. (Day does not claim to be a PUA however and states his interest is in the "abstract and conceptual elements" rather than seduction or "practical application".) [23] Some of Day's views are available on another blog he runs, "Alpha Game Plan".

Day's hierarchy adds more categories to a "alpha/beta/omega triad" touted by some in the red pill community:

  • "Lambda" males, allegedly "straight" men who have homosexual sex.[25] Lambdas rank "below" omegas, alphas and sigmas.

Vox's theory (and other similar sociological theories regarding the notion of "alpha malesWikipedia's W.svg") have been criticized as including misinformation based on myth or "bad science". Wolf behavior expert L. David Mech for example, states that wolves do not actually become "alpha" by competing with or dominating other males as in some popular myth, but simply by mating more and producing more pups.[28]

[edit] Selected quotes

The following are various quotes from Vox Day on his Vox Populi blog regarding topics including homosexuality, scientific racism, rape, religion, women's rights, the alt-right, etc.

Conservatives and independents must now choose for what and with whom they will stand: a diverse USA, globalism, and the Left, or a white America, nationalism, and the Alt-Right. There are no other meaningful options.
Homosexuality is a birth defect from every relevant secular, material, and sociological perspective...[we must] help them achieve sexual normality.[29]
You silly English twit. Limit your historically ignorant, politically correct, socialist sensitivity concerns to Londonistan and the rest of your island.[30]
What is reprehensible is not the suggestion that Jews living in America might have divided loyalties. That is arguably the best case scenario. What is reprehensible, and quite possibly anti-semitic, is the idea that a Jew living in America cannot possibly have divided loyalties:[31]
The challenge is how to protect some semblance of free speech while strictly limiting, if not banning outright, the exercise of all non-Christian religions in Christendom. This is theoretically possible, as history demonstrates. But as events are rapidly demonstrating, in the current circumstances the latter is going to take precedence over the former.[32]
[I]mpaired social cognition... is the hallmark of the militant New Atheists. [T]he anti-religious socially autistic crusaders... simply cannot understand that your religious beliefs, whatever they might be, are no legitimate concern of theirs.[33] High Church atheism may be little more than a mental disorder taking the form of literal autism.[34]
It is absurd to imagine that there is absolutely no link between race and intelligence.[35]
There is no reason a white father should hesitate to tell his daughters what sort of young men are approved and what sort are not, regardless of what his criteria might be… If you’re not okay with it, then it is your duty as her father to tell her that you’re not okay with it, even if her reaction is to denounce you as a racist, sexist, transphobic bigot while filming herself being urinated on by an African rapper with a sub-80 IQ.[36]
The Israeli government must announce to the world a unilateral ceasefire, balanced by the deadly promise that for every Israeli soldier killed, 25 Palestinian police will die. For every civilian, 100 non-combatant Palestinian adults will be slain, and for every child, 1000 adults.[37]
Ironically, in light of the strong correlation between female education and demographic decline, a purely empirical perspective on Malala Yousafzai, the poster girl for global female education, may indicate that the Taliban's attempt to silence her was perfectly rational and scientifically justifiable.[38]
One thing that is becoming evident is that regardless of culture, women cannot be trusted to use contraception in a socially responsible manner. If it is left up to them, they will kill their societies rather than give up the pleasures of alpha-chasing. This indicates that it will not be left up to them very much longer, as societies that permit women to control their birth rates will prove to be unfit, decline demographically, and eventually expire, while those that control women will prove their fitness, remain stable or continue to grow, and expand to replace the dying societies.[39]
“a few acid-burned faces is a small price to pay for lasting marriages, stable families, legitimate children, low levels of debt, strong currencies, affordable housing, homogeneous populations, low levels of crime, and demographic stability.[13]
Because they (women) are the intellectual driving force of humanity, men will be fine... It is written that women ruin everything.
I noticed that the number of fake reviews of my books on Amazon declined considerably after I tracked down the woman from Minnesota and posted her address on this blog.[40]
I don't believe I could recommend this as a strategy for most men, but it is surely educational to learn that raping and killing a woman is demonstrably more attractive to women than behaving like a gentleman. And women, before all the inevitable snowflaking commences, please note that there is absolutely nothing to argue about here. It is an established empirical fact.[41]
First, there is no such thing as marital rape. Once consent is formally given in public ceremony, it cannot be revoked... If a woman believes in the concept of marital rape, absolutely do not marry her![42]
If the definition of rape is stretched so far to include women who have not given consent, then I am absolutely a serial rapist. So, too, is every man I know. And if that makes me a rapist, I shall endeavor to somehow survive with that upon my conscience.[43]
It's hard for those outside the science fiction publishing world to understand why so many of the people inside it are a such a collection of mentally unstable freakshows. Part of it is the genre; many of these people are simply not fit to function in the real world. You have only to look at a picture from any science fiction convention to understand this; you will not see a group of more heavily medicated people outside of a hospital or a hard-core rave.[44]

[edit] Controversies

[edit] Science Fiction Writers of America

Vox Day was formerly a lifetime Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA) member who ran unsuccessfully for SFWA president in 2013, but was expelled from the SFWA over various inflamatory blog posts and remarks.

Vox referred to former-SFWA president John Scalzi as "McRapey" over a satirical article posted by Scalzi in which he sarcastically "admitted" to being a rapist. [45].[46]. Scalzi then responded to this his blog but without calling him out by name.[47] Beale then complained about being referred to (though not actually named) as a "self-described misogynist, racist and anti-Semite, and a few other flavors of asshole."

Beale finally responded In June 2013 using a promotional SFWA Twitter feed, @SFWAauthors, to link to remarks he made on his blog, where he called black author N.K. Jemison “half-savage” and another editor a “fat frog,” among other inflammatory remarks. All this led to a review of Beale's membership, ultimately resulting in his expulsion from the SFWA, marking the first time a member had been expelled in the SFWA's history.[48] Though the Tweet was removed, the blog post is still available here.[49]

[edit] 2015 and 2016 Hugo Awards

The Hugo AwardsWikipedia's W.svg are a set of awards given to the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year. They are decided by the popular vote of attendees and supporting members of science fiction convention Worldcon. [50]

In 2013, science fiction writers Larry CorreiaWikipedia's W.svg and Brad TorgersenWikipedia's W.svg, sought to nominate writers whos works they felt did not have a "progressive" or "social justice" agenda in a coordinated slate for the Hugos, using the handle "Sad Puppies" for their campaign. Their first year slate was ineffective; their second slate managed to get a few nominations shortlisted. The stated goal of "Sad Puppies" was to make the Hugo Awards safe for old-time pulp fiction and space opera, and counter perceived political correctness and progressive bias in literary political fiction.[51][52] Their own declarations also suggested a degree of annoyance with science fiction that addressed race and gender issues.[53] Torgersen also remarked in his own words, that he was disappointed that he "no longer judge a science fiction book by its cover".[54]

In 2015, Beale introduced his "Rabid Puppies" slate, containing many of the same works.[55] Works published by Beale's minor Finland-based imprint Castalia House loomed large on his slate. The Rabid Puppies nominations increased bloc voting to the extent that they monopolized entire categories of the awards. Works nominated and supported only by the Sad Puppies slate had a far smaller chance of making the cut unless they also appeared on Beale's Rabid Puppies list.[56]

Because only a small number of members had sent in nomination ballots compared to final voting, and most were spread across the entire breadth of the industry, it only took 50-100 votes to shut out most of the competition.[57][58] Distaste for this perceived politically-motivated astroturfingWikipedia's W.svg of the Hugo Awards led at least two nominees to withdraw their nominated works, and a presenter to decline nomination.[59][60]

This is, to my mind, the amazing thing about Theodore Beale. It is not just that he is a frothing fascist, but that he believes that the best possible thing he can do with his magical genetic access to Divine Truth is to try to disrupt the Hugo Awards.
—Phil Sandifer[61]

The final award winners included only one Sad or Rabid Puppies nominee (such as the already enormously-popular Marvel Comics movie Guardians of the Galaxy). In categories in which the Puppies slates shut out all other nominees (Best Novella, Best Short Story, Best Related Work, and Best Editor for Short and for Long Form), the majority of voters opted for "No Award". [62][63][64]

In the previous 60 years of the Hugos, "No Award" was only ever chosen 5 times before, with Beale, Correia, and Torgersen setting a new record. George R. R. Martin,Wikipedia's W.svg popular author of the A Song of Ice and Fire series of fantasy novels (which the hit TV show Game of ThronesWikipedia's W.svg is based on) declared the awards "broken" and decided to give out his own awards for the people shut out by the voting slates.[65] [66] Beale claimed however that this was a "moral victory" and demonstrated inherant bias within the Hugo Awards, and was part of "his plan all along".[63][67]

If No Award takes a fiction category, you will likely never see another award given in that category again. The sword cuts both ways, Lois. We are prepared for all eventualities. - Vox Day

In 2016, Beale and the "Puppies" writers introduced another slate for the 2016 Hugo Awards,[68] again dominating the ballot. One work in particular that appeared on the list unintentionally was the surreal erotic short story Space Raptor Butt Invasion, by anonymous author Chuck TingleWikipedia's W.svg. Upon hearing that his story was nominated, Tingle began trolling Beale on Twitter.[69], then announced that, if he won, his award would be accepted on his behalf by indie game developer Zoë QuinnWikipedia's W.svg (previously known for being the center of the Gamergate controversy).

The awards ended with none of the Puppies authors and titles being promoted in the campaigns taking home any of the top prizes.. better luck next time, Ted.[70] Damian Walter of the Guardian newspaper however speculates that the failure of the Sad Puppies nominations to win any awards was less due to "progressive bias" and more likely due to them just being poor literature to begin with.[71]

[edit] Other personal details

In 1994 Beale reviewed the 1993 video game Day of the Tentacle for the Ohio newspaper the Toledo Blade, praising it highly.[72]

Beale designed an 18-button computer mouse called the WarMouse; it was originally called the OpenOffice.org mouse until Sun Microsystems took issue with unauthorized use of their trademark.[73]

In 2014 Beale claimed to be victim of an online stalker using the alias "Yamanamama" who had allegedly "spent years trolling" his and his friends' blogs'. Beale claimed to be initiating a investigation against the "troll" with the police as well as with a private investigator.[74] Poor guy...

[edit] See also

[edit] External links

[edit] Notes

  1. A pun on vox dei, meaning God's voice, which is absolutely not arrogant in any way.
  2. The War in HeavenWikipedia's W.svg, if you're curious.
  3. In the techno band PsykosonikWikipedia's W.svg between 1992-1994.

[edit] References

  1. http://www.wnd.com/2012/06/sudden-infant-vaccine-death/ Sudden Infant Vaccine Death
  2. http://www.voxday.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-secret-of-moon-water.html
  3. "SFWA Board Votes to Expel Beale", Locus Magazine.
  4. Answering questions, Vox Popoli (page dated March 27, 2010). From the context it seems that he may be referring to the Mensa entry threshold.
  5. "Muslims begin to flee" ("'If I were a Muslim in Europe, I'd be making plans to return to the Umma about now. Europeans are slow to act, but when they do, they are notoriously thorough.")
  6. Vox: "...open and culturally permissible homosexuality is an indicator of late stage societal decadence. It's not a cause of rapid civilizational decline, but it is a warning sign that such a decline is in the works."
  7. "Vox Day of #Gamergate: Why I Support Donald Trump". Heat Street. 17 April 2016. Retrieved on 18 September 2016.
  8. Vox Day: Obama is a Bad Black Man, "Dispatches from the Culture Wars"
  9. Vox: "Neoreactiony Space".
  10. Vox: "The Phony Dark Enlightenment".
  11. The real assault on science
  12. Vox Day on Women in Science, Good Math, Bad Math
  13. 13.0 13.1 Vox Popoli - A scientist beats up PZ
  14. Ed Brayton, "And Now, a Word From the Conspiracy Nuts", Freethought Blogs.
  15. "The Thing About That Photo From the Trump Rally – Whatever". scalzi.com. Retrieved on 18 September 2016.
  16. Heer, Jeet (12 March 2016). "Following in his father’s footsteps, Donald Trump Jr. retweeted a white supremacist.". New Republic. Retrieved on 18 September 2016.
  17. "A lot of Donald Trump Jr.’s trail missteps seem to involve white nationalists and Nazis". The Washington Post. Retrieved on 18 September 2016.
  18. His blog posts are the top Google results for all three words
  19. https://voxday.blogspot.se/2016/08/what-alt-right-is.html
  20. Ignorance is Blitz, Bad Astronomy
  21. Vox Day is one sick puppy
  22. Why do we even stoop to mentioning Vox Day?
  23. with Vox Day of "Alpha Game".
  24. "Explaining Sigma, Again"
  25. Vox: "Socio-Sexual Hierarchy Answer Key".
  26. In one of his reviews on Seveneves, he refers to author Neal Stephenson's "past gamma markers,” a reference to the multiculturalism present in the book.
  27. "To Be or Not to Be a Gamma"
  28. David Futrelle, [http://wehuntedthemammoth.com/2012/08/22/yo-dudes-alpha-males-are-a-myth-according-to-actual-experts-on-wolves/ Excerpt from wolf behavior expert L. David Mech on We Hunted the Mammoth.
  29. Vox: "Correcting the Gay Defect"
  30. Vox: "Illustrating MPAI".
  31. Vox: "On loyalties, divided and whole".
  32. Vox: "The First Amendment isn't merely dead".
  33. Vox: "Scientific American and social autism".
  34. Day, Vox. The Irrational Atheist. Dallas: BenBella Books, 2008
  35. http://www.voxday.net/
  36. http://www.wehuntedthemammoth.com/2016/02/23/vox-day-move-to-the-suburbs-to-keep-your-daughter-from-dating-a-rapper-with-a-sub-80-iq/
  37. WND: 1000 eyes for an eye
  38. The wages of female education
  39. Expect more of this
  40. To sign or not to sign
  41. Killer Game
  42. There is no "marital rape"
  43. [1]
  44. Why they're terrified
  45. John Scalzi's satirical blog post about "being a rapist" .
  46. SFWA Presidential Election Thoughts, Jim C. Hines
  47. Solving My Racist Sexist Homophobic Dipshit Problem,
  48. Beale Expelled from SFWA - Locus Mag
  49. Chines' blog on Vox Day and SFWA Twitter controversy
  50. Nominations and votes are available to people who purchase at least supporting memberships in the current Worldcon science fiction convention, which for 2015 was Sasquan in Spokane, Washington. Supporting memberships cost $40 US. See the registration page.
  51. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/04/13/1376743/-Freeping-the-Hugo-Awards
  52. Brad Torgersen, SAD PUPPIES 3: The unraveling of an unreliable field, Feb. 4, 2015.
  53. Katy Waldman, How Sci-Fi’s Hugo Awards Got Their Own Full-Blown Gamergate, Slate, Apr. 8, 2015.
  54. SAD PUPPIES 3: The unraveling of an unreliable field (Brad Torgersen, 4 February 2015)
  55. Vox Day, Rabid Puppies 2015, Vox Popoli, Feb. 2, 2015.
  56. Some Sad Puppy Data Analysis, Difficult Run, Apr. 14, 2015.
  57. Kameron Hurley, Hijacking the Hugo Awards Won't Stifle Diversity in Science Fiction, The Atlantic, Apr 9 2015.
  58. 2015 Hugo Awards, official site. "Best Novel" had the largest number of entries, with 1827 ballots.
  59. Charlie Jane Anders, Two Authors Withdraw Their Work from the Hugo Awards, io9, Apr. 15, 2015.
  60. Connie Willis, Why I Won't Be a Presenter at the Hugo Awards This Year, Apr. 14, 2015.
  61. "Guided by the Beauty of Their Weapons: An Analysis of Theodore Beale and His Supporters".
  62. Amy Wallace, Who Won Science Fiction’s Hugo Awards, and Why It Matters, Wired, Aug. 23, 2015
  63. 63.0 63.1 Russ Burlingame, Guardians of the Galaxy, Orphan Black and Ms. Marvel Win In Bizarre Hugo Awards Ceremony, comicbook.com, Aug. 23, 2015
  64. 2015 Hugo Award Winners Announced, The Hugo Awards, official site
  65. http://theweek.com/speedreads/620847/worlds-most-prestigious-sciencefiction-award-hijacked-by-conservative-lobby Hugo Awards hijacked by conservative lobby
  66. http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jul/20/george-rr-martin-hugo-awards-vote-game-of-thrones-science-fiction
  67. "Amazon ratings are a product of SELF-SELECTION BIAS. IPSO FACTO FIVE-DOLLAR WORDS"
  68. [http://archive.is/ZmEVj Rabid Puppies 2016}
  69. We Hunted The Mammoth
  70. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/aug/21/hugo-awards-winners-nk-jemisin-sad-rabid-puppies
  71. Hugo awards: reading the Sad Puppies' pets
  72. Toledo Blade - Sep 29, 1994.
  73. Donald Melanson, "OpenOffice distances itself from OpenOfficeMouse, joins everyone else", engadget.
  74. [2]Vox Popoli
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