Summary: Sunday’s post discussed the past themes of the FM website project. Today we discuss what we’re doing here, and the new and disturbing themes now underway. Subscribe and join us for these glimpses at the future of America (and the world). First of two posts today.
Our alternative motto.
The FM website is special, of a type rare among the countless sources of information and insight on the internet. It is not special because of its authors (although much of the material posted or reposted here is by exceptional people). Nor because of its content (although some of it is far off the mainstream). It is its audience that is unusual — people interested in articles that challenge the tribal truths of both Left and Right.
The FM website has gained and lost several audiences during the past nine years, as its individual themes rotated from unimaginable to non-consensus to we all knew that. There were posts about our mad wars and mindless military tactics, about climate alarmists’ misrepresentation of the IPCC’s work and concealing scientists’ papers about the pause in global warming, about inequality (before it was fashionable), about the coming mass unemployment from automation (when economists were still assuring us it was impossible), and thousands of posts about delusional beliefs of both Right and Left.
All are harsh truths. Most controversial and harshest of all are the scores of posts about the decline of the American republic and ways to reform it (spoiler: we are the weak link, our acceptance of responsibility for it is the first step to reform).
Audiences came to see the current themes, stayed to see new themes which often appalled them, and left. In this cycle the Pacific time zone traffic has dropped by three-quarters, although total traffic is near record highs. Those that stayed became the core supporters of the FM website project, generating about 500 pageviews per day (roughly one-sixth of total traffic).
For years I considered the gain and loss of audiences as a failure. Now I realize it is an inevitable result of the project. The large successful website have stable tribal audiences. Coloring across the lines — with content both non-consensus and violating beliefs of both Left and Right tribes — limits its size.
Future themes, even more disturbing than those of the past
Another practice of mine that is bad for business is abandoning stories when they become mainstream. By then they are covered by media with greater resources than mine. And there are always new stories to explore. This year the subjects covered here are in transition. Previous posts were incendiary, as seen in the 50,000 comments — mostly negative (often hysterically so). The new topics being explored here might prove even more controversial than those of the past. Here are three of them, different perspectives on the strange futures that await America in the 21st century.
(1) Hundreds of posts discuss weaknesses in our military, part of the larger military reform movement. Future posts discuss why that movement has failed utterly, and how it might succeed in the future.
(2) One of the great project of elites on both Left and Right (bipartisan!) is flooding the West with immigrants from radically different cultures. Future posts explain why they do this, what they hope to accomplish, and the likely effects on western nations.
(3) Perhaps the most profound evolution in all of western history is that of gender roles. After a 150 years it has moved beyond the wildest dreams of the original revolutionaries who began it. How will this is it already changing our societies? What might be the eventual outcome? The answers will shock both the gentle souls of most Americans — and the hard revolutionaries seeking to break American society and recast it according to their dreams.
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Some of the FN posts among the most popular and of enduring value.
- Does Donald Trump have a perverted attraction to Ivanka? Details of a smear.
- Mother Jones sounds the alarm about global warming! This time about the north pole.
- Women dominate the ranks of college graduates. What’s the effect on America?
- Iran will have the bomb in 5 years (again).
- The little-known dark side of Ender’s Game.
- “Some people just want to see the world burn”.
- Peak Oil Doomsters debunked, end of civilization called off.
- The 1% won a counter-revolution while we played. We forgot that we are America’s crew, not its passengers.
- The future calls the Marine Corps, but they refuse to answer.
- The “sucker punch” at the Berkeley riot reveals the rot in our politics.
- The GOP might impeach Trump, changing our politics forever – for the better.
- Katy Perry shows us America. We should listen to her.
- Men are “going Galt”. Marriage is dying. Will society survive?