Diabolus Rex inspects welds on his Ragnarok Engine


Somewhere in Portland, a horned sorcerer is building an 80,000 pound machine designed to generate demonic energy. And he’s dead serious.

Diabolus Rex by Fotodoor PhotographyThat’s what I like about Rex. Rex doesn’t follow his pronouncements with a nervous laugh or a submissive smile. He’s not being cute or ironic. He doesn’t “just want to be loved,” and he doesn’t care if you understand.

Rex is a man who is taking his idea all the way, no matter what the cost, and no matter what other people think.

He lives like a monk, devoting most of his free time, energy and money to his great magical endeavor — and his gargoyle-like canine companion, Hannibal. He sleeps in a steel sarcophagus. He likes sake, hiking in the Columbia River Gorge, and working out with his demon kettlebells.

I don’t believe in black magic, personally. I’m sure Rex thinks I am charmingly naive in this regard.

But I do believe that if anyone could pull it off, it would be Rex.

Maybe he’ll be the one who starts the world.

If so, be afraid. Be very afraid.


Black Sun Occult Engineering and Design (for more detail photos of the Ragnarok Engine)

Mandelbrot set

Kali Yuga

H.R. Giger

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

The Goonies

Astoria, Oregon

Ragnarok Engine - GOTOS ring component


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In STW Episode #5, Swiss author and survivalist Piero San Giorgio and I probe the deeper mysteries of  Conan the Barbarian (1982), the finest film ever made.

survive the economic collapsePiero San Giorgio’s book, Survive the Economic Collapse offers both an engaging overview of many of the problems that may cause the complex societies of the First World to implode, and a basic strategy for surviving in the absence of modern conveniences. The information is broken up by these great little collapse scenarios that add humor to the apocalyptic narrative. Survive the Economic Collapse was a big hit in France, and is now available in English from Washington Summit Publishers.  It’s a great introduction to basic survival strategies for individuals, families and groups.

Relevant links:

Milius – Biography of Jon Milius, Conan Director

Alexander Nevsky – An influence on Conan? Regardless, listen to the score.

Valhalla Rising – Another barbarian film with a “mute” main character, mentioned by Piero.

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Trevor Blake - Confessions of a Failed EgoistTrevor Blake’s book Confessions of a Failed Egoist was recently published by Underworld Amusements.

A review of it in TakiMag flustered the editor at Mises.ca, who embarrassed himself with a hasty proclamation that “On Natural Rights, the Egoists Have Nothing.” He also went for the reductio ad Hitlerum (and Stalinum, Maoum, Pol Potum) in the first round, which everyone knows is just bad Internet.

The whole “natural rights” discussion started with Blake’s affirmative review of L.A. Rollins’ book, The Myth of Natural Rightsfound in Confessions.  

The (failed) egoist actually had plenty, as he explained in his response, titled “Tu ne cede malis.”

Miller at Mises packed his rebuttal with a bunch of quotes from the Bible, and convinced no one by comically concluding that the knowledge of the truth was “inside” him.  There’s a mom joke there somewhere.

A colleague at Mises tried to save face with a follow-up, but no one cared who didn’t already believe in the Christian God and “natural rights.”

Speaking of caring, why should you care?

Well, “natural rights” and “natural law” are part of a moral blind spot problem — a “Batman dilemma” — I often encounter in libertarians.

Many readers may consider themselves libertarians in some way or other, and I usually hate libertarians less than other political groups, because they like guns, mind their own business and want to keep people off their fucking lawns.

So listen in and hear Mr. Trevor Blake, failed egoist, ‘splain this whole “natural rights” business.

Trevor Blake will be reading from Confessions of a Failed Egoist on May 1st, at 5pm at Mother Foucault’s bookstore in Portland, OR.

If you liked this podcast, you may enjoy the essay “Violence is Golden” and my book The Way of Men

stw3thumbThis week’s podcast was a discussion with Paul Carter from Lift-Run-Bang, a popular lifting blog.

We talked a little bit about training, but I invited Mr. Carter to share his “feelings” about the world, and an hour and half later we found a stopping point. Paul is a funny guy and it was a great conversation. I’m sure I’ll invite him on again for a future episode.

Some topics covered include:

Handling Frustrating Emotions

“American Girls Have No Game”

Female entitlement

“Manning Up”
“The Mask You Live In”

Chaz Bono and Testosterone


Taking Risks and Living Life

Defecation as Revenge

Getting Raped by A Grizzly Bear In A Truck Stop Bathroom


Last weekend I observed a powerlifting meet here in Clackamas.

I appreciate hard work and achievement. I appreciate seeing demonstrations of the tactical virtues — Strength, Courage, Mastery and Honor. Generally, though, I’m not pulled in my the drama of sporting events.

But I know Chris Duffin, and I’ve watched him train. I know how hard he works and how relentless he is. He once told me that his tattoo of an eagle chained to his ankle is a reminder that, usually, you are the one who holds yourself down.

I was invested in this one, and the whole thing was gripping.

This artful min-documentary, made by Andrei Miclea, captured the moment.

Here is Andrei’s personal introduction to it, posted here with his permission:

I started training at EPC [Elite Performance Center] in sunny Portland, Oregon about almost years ago now. I’ve always been the type of person who becomes borderline obsessed with everything he gets himself into…this is both a blessing and a curse. One day I had one of those moments where people decide that enough is enough. I needed to do something about my lack of discipline and my general sloth-like demeanor.

So I took up the fairest sport of them all…powerlifting. See, unlike other sports, this one is a pure discipline. Your competition is you, yesterday. Forget about glory and world records, every day I step foot around the iron I’m put into a place where I can either fight to be better than my past self, or I can give up and accept failure with all of its internal consequences. In that sense its the harshest of the sports, because self-failure hits deeper in the heart of man than any failure that is contingent on other people. The weight doesn’t lie, it has no emotions, it will always be fair to you.

And it drives men to great lengths. This is what I see in Chris Duffin…restlessness. They say that very few people have what it takes to push the rest of us Joes forward, he certainty is one of those people. I’ve seen the man fall victim to the pain of an 800 pound loaded barbell mercilessly crushing him, only to bounce back stronger than ever…as if it had never happened. He chases victory as if his life depended on it. And the thing of it is…you can see it. Maybe it sounds crazy…but watch the video and just look in his eyes.

So I wanted to make this mini-documentary because its one of the few contributions I can make to this great sport, if not by ink in the record books…then by recording great feats of strengths such as these with the cinematography and production quality they deserve.

Read this interview I did with Chris here:

Make It Happen – Interview with Powerlifter Chris Duffin – By Jack Donovan


For more about manliness and the tactical virtues of Strength, Courage, Mastery and Honor, check out my book, The Way of Men.

GOP ElephantAmanda Marcotte recently wrote that “White men, as a group, vote Republican because they vote their resentments.”

The New York Times article she cited didn’t say or even imply anything about resentment. It did say that straight, working-class white men vote Republican because the Democratic Party has devoted the majority of its resources to appealing to women, gays and the various groups of less-white men who are nostalgically referred to as “minorities.” The Democratic Party has been on the opposite side of issues that working-class white men have cared about for decades, and according to the Times piece, many strategists within the party think it’s a waste of time trying to win them over.

Working-class white men vote Republican because the Democrats have made it clear that they care about representing the interests of everyone but working-class white men. These guys vote Republican because Republicans actually make an effort to tell them what they want to hear.

Basically, white men vote Republican because they’re suckers.

The likes of Marcotte say that working-class white men are motivated by fear and resentment, but the majority of people who vote Democrat are doing it for nobler reasons.

They’re not. Most of them are voting for their own short-term self-interest.

Sure, there is a small class of progressive white men who make a big show of putting everyone else’s interests first. They demonstrate their moral superiority by standing up — mostly online — for whatever “rights” they believe that women or blacks or illegal immigrants or transsexuals or chickens are somehow entitled to.

Everyone else is just voting for stuff they want.

Women vote Democrat because they understandably want the convenience of being able to kill their unwanted children. They vote Democrat because they want free birth control and they want free healthcare for the kids they decide to keep. Women also vote for Democrats because Democrats offer special programs to help women get education and jobs.

Women have always depended on men for protection, but they’d rather depend on many men than just one or a few, so they are happy to vote for measures to increase “security.” As a group, women don’t like or understand guns, so they vote Democrat because Democrats promise to take guns away from men — usually those working-class white men — and give them to the big group of men in the government.

Men have historically been suspicious of what big groups of men will do when they have all of the weapons.

Blacks vote Democrat because they are smart and racist. They were going to vote for Obama no matter what he did because he was black, and like sensible people they figure it is better to have one of your own in power. Democrats, as a group, are known for caring more about giving free stuff to black people. Blacks are smart, because they know that it is always better to get something for free than to pay for it.

Blacks also know that you don’t need a permit to buy a gun. You just go buy one from that guy down the street and, you know, take care of business. White men are afraid to buy guns without following the rules, so more rules means less white men with guns. This is good for black men, because they like the convenience of being able to wear a hoodie in the rain without getting shot by nervous white men with guns.

Latinos vote Democrat because their families came to America to take advantage of employment opportunities and all of the benefits and protections that America offers to its citizens. They figure more benefits and protections are better than less, and Democrats always offer more benefits and protections.

In places with a lot of Latinos, Democrats say that you shouldn’t have to go through the trouble of becoming a citizen to get those benefits and protections. This is convenient for Latinos who are not citizens, because using a dead person’s social security number can sometimes be inconvenient.

Gay people vote Democrat because Democrats offer gay people stuff they think they want. Aside from marriage and the sadistic thrill of being able to force Christians to make wedding cakes, this includes free healthcare. Free healthcare comes in handy when you’re a man who occasionally has sex with guys he met 30 minutes ago on Grindr, or a lesbian who occasionally gets drunk and has sex with men. (See the first point about women above.)

Transsexuals vote Democrat because they want the government to pay for the very expensive cosmetic surgeries and hormones that are necessary for them to become who they really are. Also, they are confused about which bathroom to use, so they want more special bathrooms for confused people.

(Chickens are not technically allowed to vote yet, but we hear they want to be free range, which sounds libertarian.)

As Gari Day, the white male bus driver featured in the Times article said, “Republicans make you work for your money, and try to let you keep it.”

He probably doesn’t understand how the government can afford to keep giving everyone free stuff forever. He probably does figure that some of that money for the stuff other people want is coming out of his earnings. But he’s not alone in that — I’ve yet to see a successful Democrat turn down a tax break. No one actually wants to pay more taxes.

Aside from voting to keep more of their own money and to keep the guns they bought, a lot of these straight, white, working-class men are not asking for anything. They’re too proud for that.

As old-fashioned voters, they see themselves as part of the government. They’re not just trying to get more stuff from the government and come up with reasons why they deserve it. They’re voting for a society that works the way they think things should work.

And that’s why they’re suckers.

Democratic and Republican politicians, like everyone else, see the government as a way to get what they want. Politicians want power and status. To get elected, they accept money from regular people, from rich men, from businesses, and probably from foreign countries. In return, they promise favors. That’s how the system works.

People who don’t want anything from the government are useless to politicians, because they are difficult to manipulate and impossible to please. The government, like every big bureaucracy, is in the growth business. Making the government smaller isn’t in the short-term interest of any ambitious bureaucrat. Contraction only makes political sense when you’re trying to reduce an opponent’s sphere of influence.

Democrats promise more government, and more free stuff. Republicans promise less free stuff for poor people, and promise to lower taxes in return, but they rarely manage to lower taxes for anyone but rich guys who — let’s be real — were usually born into money and didn’t work any harder than the guys driving buses. Many of the wealthy elite are white guys, true, but they care about as much about the working-class white guys as the Democratic Party leadership.

White men are suckers because they haven’t figured out that the America they believe in is already gone, and that they are the only ones who aren’t asking for whatever they can get while the gettin’s still good. They’ll vote reliably Republican as long as the Republicans keep talking about self-reliance and how things should work, and that will free up Republican politicians to do favors for people who actually want stuff.

Start the World PodcastFor the second episode of “Start the World,” I wanted to talk to someone who truly knows what it means to be a man not of the State, but living within it, so called Vince Rinehart, an activist within the Tlingit people of Cascadia, and a senior editor at anarchist web site AttacktheSystem.com.

Check out his web site at http://lingitlatseen.com/ to learn more about his vision for his people.

As was mentioned in the podcast, Vince will be speaking on Friday, May 9, at the Alternative Sovereignties Conference at the University of Oregon.

Also mentioned:

John Robb. Check out his excellent book on 4th Generation warfare, Brave New War. He blogs here.

Listen from this site (see blow) or via iTunes.


Men on StrikeCounter-Currents published an inventively and engagingly written piece by Mark Dyal on the tensions between futurism and fascism in 1920s Italy. Dyal introduced it and linked it to some of my work at his own blog. It’s an inspiring collection of quotes from Italian futurists, as well as an exploration of the relationship between revolutionary forces and the boring bureaucrats who always end up taking over.

Life is Always Right – Futurism & Man in Revolt, by Mark Dyal

I wrote a review of Helen Smith’s book Men on Strike for Counter-Currents, including some commentary on the necessarily conflicted interests of pro-male equity feminists. Smith works as an ally for men, and she aims her book at men, but I think it would be more helpful for female allies of men. Buy it for your wife or your girlfriend or your mom who wants you to get married.

Are Men the New Mexicans? – Pro-Male Feminists Are Still Feminists, by Jack Donovan

Finally, I’ve gone over Bastiat Blogger Sebastian Pritchard’s post on what he’s calling “Septivium.”I hope he cleans it up and turns it into a book. I know I’d love to publish it. He’s smart and experienced, and what he’s laying out is the kind of multi-faceted, self-honing and self-overcoming lifelong program every man should be keyed into as he stares into a very uncertain and unstable future. Become a superman. Or Batman, as the image suggests. Or maybe Bane — the hero the world really needs.

Is the fire rising?

Septivium Begins, by Sebastian Pritchard


Start the World PodcastIntroducing Episode #1 of my new podcast, “Start the World.”

In the coming months, I’ll be interviewing contacts of mine who have useful perspectives and information on masculinity, various forms of revolt against the modern world, survivalism, and other kinds of  “end times infotainment.”

My first guests were Mike Smock and Ron Danielowski of Pulse Firearms Training.

We had a lot to talk about, including resistance to tyranny, training young men for tough times, masculinity, the tactical virtues, gangs, the questionable viability of the US Constitution and “the future.”

The “Start the World” theme song is titled “Empire of the Iron Glove,” from the band Disiplin. I’ve always wanted to use it for this — it has a “B-movie apocalypse” feel that I really dig. The band is currently inactive, so I was psyched that I was able to track down one of the members to get permission to use it.

UPDATE: If you’re looking for STW on iTunes, it is here: