This is biting off a bit more than I can chew, since John David Ebert (JDE) is a good speaker and knowledgable philosophy scholar who clearly has a vindictive streak, but oh well. I have no intention of “diagnosing” JDE and I don’t have the information/will/or even proof there is any mental issue with JDE. I also am not trying to “cancel culture” JDE. Instead, I want to address the social conditions which give rise to such rants, so the people who are exposed to these rants can understand them a bit better.
After promoting the art of his now passed away girlfriend Mary Church, JDE discovered that he had been cheated on quite a bit. Since then, he has written many posts calling her a “whore,” with people telling him to stop, and other alt-right posters egging him on. I am only writing this post because after then seeing his video discussing his calling her a whore, I recognized this as the calm-toned geist of the American Southwest right-wing philosophy patch.
My experience with New Mexico libertarianism involving Mr. and Mrs. Dr. Justin Murphy, Dr. Geoffrey Miller, and Dr. Diana Fleicshman, left me with the knowledge that there is something strange happening in the Southwest. There is a serious, serious de facto think tank going on which aims to promote alternative ideas from viewpoints which are typically right wing which we can understand as the Southwest Right Wing philosophy geist.*
After hearing more people who are harder working and just as smart if not smarter than me discuss the intricacies of futurist and right wing political ideas, which it would be extraordinarily rude of me to write about after being let into someone’s home besides the general description of them being right wing and futurist, I was left at times amazed and at times shaken (what a leftie signifier!) by the feeling that I had stepped into an alternative universe.
Fleicschman, Miller, and the Professors Drs. Murphy seemed to have filled a certain void in the world, as other reactionaries have, which is to say the void of new thought.
Whatever you may think of JDE’s diatribe, and I really, really am not being cute here, I think it is mindbogglingly terrible, what you can not deny is that it is different, and it is right wing.
The idea that these ideas come out of nowhere, or that they come out of a single individual, is incorrect. But further, they are the result of a certain mini-Volkgeist.
JDE’s rants are cruel and unusual, but they are not met with no support. They are met with the support of what can only be understood as a ghost mushroom which has arisen in the desert. Living in the mushroom, taking bites of the mushroom, gazing into the mushroom, has produced this result. There is no JDE Grave Pissing rant without the Southwest Right Wing Philosophy Patch.
This is important to understand, because you are not fighting the ethical unit of a single man, but rather you are fighting as a member of a geist. To know yourself as only you and your efforts rather than you as part of a certain geist is to miss what you are. I am definitely of a few geists, as maybe we all are, and I try to make the hauntings unique. But if I was to try to enact a change in something as merely myself rather than with the spirit of a Geistpatch, I would be deluding myself.
I can’t imagine how angry the ex’s parent’s are, but this is the status quo for right wing diatribe: it is brutal, vicious. To simply call it brutal and vicious, or to become invested in cancelling someone for doing what is in fact, an essential aspect which feeds back onto itself, misses the point of engaging in such tasks.
I can introduce someone to certain ideas, but it is better to introduce them to a good thinker and a community as well. I run various facebook groups, I link people to Zero Books authors, Freud texts, Lacan texts, Zizek texts, Anarchist texts, Socialist texts, because it introduces someone to my Geistpatch, which references various Spirits and Ideas which haunt humanity.
Don’t like what JDE is saying? Haunt better than him.
*Edit after posting:
Per request of Dr. Justin Murphy: I should clarify that Justin Murphy not a right winger. It is possible the good doctor’s diagnosis that my creativity may have gotten the best of me here is accurate. It is his association with famous right wingers such as Mencius Moldbug, Nick Land and discussing right/unconditional acceleration that I know him for, but he certainly associates with left wingers and speaks with them as well, and self-identifies as a left winger, so I will not be a shitlord and mis-politico-gender him.