Sunday 25 February 2024

Manifest lies

Manifesto season is upon us. Every man and his dog has a heartfelt and lengthy manifesto, words filled with sound and fury, promising everything, delivering nothing. Not one is honest, Not one lists the things you can’t expect, the stuff you must do if you wish to succeed, the sacrifices this will involve. 

As a voter and citizen of South Africa, what should you be looking for in a political party and its manifesto?
How about a track record of delivering on promises? Fat chance.
Perhaps honesty? Do they promise stuff that everyone knows is unachievable, like free medical care for all, or free tertiary education, or land redistribution without compensation. Extravagant ideas, but not a snowball’s chance in hell of being implemented.
Do they skip over the nasty bits, like crime, unemployment, infrastructure collapse?
Do any of them promise to leave you alone? To let you keep your income. To raise your kids as you see fit. To protect you from the bad guys. To stop interfering in every aspect of your life. To do less, rather than more.

On 29th May I might vote for a party with the following manifesto. I just haven't found it yet.

We will not harm you.

We will not steal from you.

We will respect you.

We will not lie to you.

We will not solve all your problems, you must do that.

We will not give you special advantages, that is not fair.

We will not fix everything, because that is too hard.


The Individualist Movement is not a party, and it is not contesting the elections. It is a group of South Africans who believe in individual freedom. However, we do have a manifesto, which follows.

The Individualist Manifesto is short, less than a page. It consists of 4 short sentences, propositions that anyone can understand. Its aim is to provide words that will protect the rights of each individual within a society, without exceptions.  It uses profound but simple words, like harm, consent, respect, property, rule of law.

The Individualist Manifesto

Render no harm without consent, except in self-defense

Respect those who respect you

Recognise property rights

Resolve disputes by jury

Governments, businesses and other individuals would have to seek consent from each and every individual before causing them harm. They would have to respect the independence of their citizens and customers. They could not take their property without their consent. This manifesto would protect the integrity of every individual, poor, rich, powerful or weak.  

This is hopelessly utopian, many would say. Yet we live most of our lives within these rules. If you are not causing harm, you expect your neighbour to respect your privacy. You do not expect your neighbour to decide what you may eat, or say, or how you must behave, in public or in private. You do not expect to be robbed, or attacked, or held captive. If you or your neighbour behaves unreasonably, you expect  to be judged for this. 

For some reason this only becomes utopian when government gets involved.

The Individualist manifesto does not promise grants, or houses, or jobs paid for by some unspecified others. Mostly, it specifies what individuals or groups may not do. 

If you are averse to lies, if you do not seek to profit at the expense of others, if you simply wish to be left alone, then this is the manifesto for you.

For more information, or to become a member, visit the Individualist Movement website at

Trevor Watkins is the founder of the Individualist Movement, the author of two books, and a contributing author for the Free Market Foundation. He publishes on a blog at  The views expressed in the article are the author’s and not necessarily shared by the members of the Foundation.

Saturday 27 January 2024

Why do we take photos?

 Trevor Watkins 11/01/2024

We used to take photos for the same reason that the rich commissioned portraits. It was a narcissistic quest for immortality, a visual representation of our place in history,  no matter how ugly, or irrelevant. To remind subsequent generations that we existed,  that we looked like this, that we had some influence in our brief time.

Nowadays we take photos because we can. Endlessly. Mindlessly. Often pointlessly. The act of recording images has been trivialised.  The awkward, stilted selfie replaces the carefully constructed portrait. The carefully posed family photograph, with no one smiling and everyone dressed in their Sunday best,  is a relic of the past, an anachronism. Rather like our modern youth, who know everything and understand nothing, we record everything, but look at nothing.

Why should we take photos?  To remind ourselves of happy or interesting times, and to share these images with others. To remember friends and relatives, past and present, near and far. To record important events such as a wedding, or a sports competition, or an award.

Social media has turned photo taking into an insane effort to live in the public eye no matter how silly or boring. Instead of grand achievements we record and distribute what we had for breakfast. We update our many followers with the most minute and vacuous details of our lives.  This is overweening narcissism gone mad. It is a form of mental illness. 

When I toured  Europe as a youngster way back in 1972, cameras were clunky and film was expensive. I could afford only 36 exposures. I was extremely thoughtful about what I photographed and who.  No doubt I missed many great shots. But those 36 photographs are amongst my most treasured possessions.  I often take them out and look at them just for the sheer pleasure of it.

The modern photographer drowns in a sea of mediocre moments captured without consideration.  When you have 300 photographs of your trip to the beach last weekend,  how can you find the one or two decent ones?

Modern tools such as Google photos can do truly amazing things - scary facial recognition capabilities, unlimited albums, intuitive search, easy sharing. And like most Google software, some truly dumb holes.  So there is no hierarchical tree, just an endless list of albums.  No tagging facility. No process to identify and remove duplicates. A clunky process for adding descriptions. 

Nevertheless, it is free and generally better than all its competitors. I have used it for years and have maybe 10,000 photos (no easy way of counting). Being somewhat obsessive-compulsive, I recently decided to organise all my photos. 

After 3 weeks of duplicate removal, photo straightening, description adding, I finally asked myself WHY? Unless you have visuals of the Kennedy assassination, your photos are not that interesting to others. In the past your parent’s friends used to impose their  “Our trip to France” slideshow on you  in exchange for a nice dinner. But you  quickly tire of repetitive shots of Notre Dame cathedral from 20 angles. Nowadays you don’t even get the dinner.

All those photos I curated so carefully are mostly boring.

Who owns your photos?

The South African POPI act

  • Any person may photograph any other person without their permission, in public spaces.

Black and white

  • You, if they were taken on your device by you. You are the copyright owner.

  • You, if they are on a storage medium curated by you (hard drive, memory stick, Google photos, your cloud account)

Grey areas

  • Google claims the right to use your photos stored by them. (Just check the “Images” section of Google search.)

  • Someone else using your camera?

  • The subject(s) of the photo? With or without consent.

  • If consent to use specific photos of specific people has been given, can it later be withdrawn? Whose responsibility is it to locate and remove such photos?

  • The owner of the thing photographed? For example, a secret design.

  • The social media platform you display your photos on?

  • The state, for certain classes of photos (military installations, child porn, compromising pictures of politicians)

Mental photos

Years ago I developed a technique for taking “mental photos” which I use regularly and have passed on to my own children. When you are in a happy or profound moment, put aside your camera and make a conscious effort to record this moment in your mind’s eye. Observe the scene closely, the texture of the light, the small distinguishing features, details of the background. Snap your mental shutter, expose your living film, cement this specific memory with care and deliberation.  Like old-fashioned film, you can’t accommodate too many of these “photos”, so make them worthwhile. When you get this right you can bring those images back to life in an instant. 

You are your own camera.

Friday 26 January 2024

Reality sucks

Trevor Watkins 26/1/24

The only thing for sure is that you are here, that you are alive, that this world is full of wonders.

- Spinoza

Reality is the state of things as they actually exist. 

Reality determines the future and explains the present. 

Faith, hopes, dreams, good intentions are all mere commentary. 

Reality is the truth, the red pill, harsh and uncaring. 

The truth is based on unequivocal evidence. Evidence is based on thorough investigation. 

Reality is persistent, consistent, repeatable, predictable, and provisional.

To identify what is real you must use reason, logic,  insight, and a healthy dose of scepticism. The scientific method provides a useful guide.


You, your past, your experiences, your free will

your parents, your ancestors

your hard assets, gold, land, resources

your age, gender, height, weight, location

death, disease, disaster

government, rules, taxes

the world, other people, other places, other things, the universe

your uniqueness, individuality, and occasional stupidity


spontaneous order


your future

your children

your hopes, dreams, earnings, achievements, stories

Love and conflict




your nationality, race, skin colour

your IQ

your relationships


ideologies (capitalism, communism, socialism)

imagination, perception


promises, contracts

your bank balance and possessions


anything dependent on others


things that are too good to be true

Why is this important? 

Because your survival depends on it. In the past, only our ancestors who understood the very real difference between a lion and a buck survived and bred. But reacting to every rustle in the grass as though it was a lion was not a good survival strategy either. You had to know what was real and not real. 

Nowadays our existence is based almost entirely on what science has revealed. Our food, health, energy, communication, transport – all based on reality, not wishful thinking.

And yet, outside of science, we live in a demon-haunted world, as Carl Sagan famously said.

The world is dominated by regimes that reject reality. China’s government still espouses the frequently failed Marxist ideology, as does our South African regime. Muslim countries persist with unworkable religious ideologies. Much of Europe cannot reconcile their socialist tendencies with the reality of budget deficits. And many Western countries are flirting with truly insane “woke” policies and ideologies that reject reality. 

How do we change our South African reality?

Like an alcoholic we must first accept our reality before we can hope to change it. 

Some South African realities

We are bound to a failed and unworkable ideology

Our finances and institutions are at the point of collapse, 

Most of our polity is corrupt.

Half our population is uneducated, underfed, unemployed, untaxed.

Crime is rampant and unpunished.

We live in a pretty country.

The grim reality is that these items are probably unfixable in the short term. Ideologies only change when their supporters die, of old age or in a revolution.  

Unfortunately, our South African reality sucks.

Tuesday 17 October 2023

Harming Hamas

‘Supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy resistance without fighting.’ Sun Tzu

The recent atrocities by Hamas and its backers have a single intention; to goad Israel into doing something unforgivably stupid, thereby damaging both Israel’s and the West’s credibility and moral standing in the world. If Israel succumbs to this provocation, it is helping Hamas and Iran to write the script.

Hamas expects Israel to exact a dreadful vengeance. Hamas expects bombs and bullets. They expect relatively innocent Palestinians to die in large numbers. They are counting on Israeli atrocities. What would Hamas and their paymasters least expect? Forbearance, wisdom, kindness, generosity, patience.

Two million Palestinians are trapped in the Gaza strip. They have nowhere to go except hell. That is part of the Hamas plan.

Here is my proposal to confound Hamas and the world.

  1. Instead of deploying 300,000 troops into hand-to-hand fighting in Gaza, Israel establishes a refugee camp on the southwestern border of the strip. 

  2. Israel and the West provide resources to rapidly fence this camp and populate it with tents, kitchens, hospitals, security services. 

  3. A refugee vetting centre is set up on the border with the Gaza strip. Only women, children and the elderly are allowed into the refugee camp. No men under the age of 70 are allowed in.

  4. Hamas will desperately attack the entrance to the camp, using all means available. This will provide a quick and easy way of identifying and eliminating Hamas operatives.

  5. When the bulk of women and children are safely in the camp, Israeli troops can start processing the remaining male population. Only heavily vetted men will be allowed into a separate male area of the camp, and will be closely watched.

  6. The men remaining in the Gaza strip can now be methodically eliminated without too much collateral damage.

The advantages of this approach are so obvious that I am sure they will be ignored.



I am a sovereign individual. I am not a slave to anyone. I believe in freedom, consent, property rights, respect and responsibility. I reject coercion and fraud.  I am a committed free market advocate. I think socialism is a plague upon humanity.  I believe that selfishness is a virtue and selflessness is not.

Yet I find that there are serious inconsistencies in my position.  Individuals are often called upon to selflessly care for their offspring and their spouses.  They must often care for their elderly parents at their own cost  in time and money.   We embrace some obligations, while resisting others.

How do I reconcile the many needs and demands of others against my own self interest? Is there a middle ground between selfish capitalism and utopian socialism? 

Across all cultures and continents the family unit is the most widespread and successful human social system. The vast majority of individualists and socialists grew up in families. A family is more than a collection of individuals, yet it is a very exclusive community. Not everyone can be a member of my family.  Families practise a unique ideology, without constitutions or parliaments or politicians, but it is well understood and accepted by its members.

The clandestiny model

Societies are expected to provide protection, law and order, economic security, and a sense of belonging to their members. This responsibility has been largely usurped by the state, on behalf of many millions of individuals in that society. Different states utilise different social orders to fulfil this responsibility.

What is the optimum social order? Humanity has tried many variations - tribalism, monarchism, despotism, anarchism, dictatorship,  democracy, capitalism, communism, socialism. They all have their dedicated devotees, but they all have profound problems exposed over the years. 

The family is the most widely practised social order, experienced by virtually everyone since the dawn of mankind, and in every society.  The family group consists of  parents, children, and grandparents, living in close proximity.  The term “dynasty” is too grand, so I have chosen the word “clandestiny” to describe the concept of multiple extended family groups, which I propose here. 

While the individual remains sovereign, and the community important, clandestiny gives the biological family a new relevance and importance.  It incorporates elements of many other social orders - 

  • Most families are ruled by a monarch, commonly the father.

  • They are managed by a benevolent despot, commonly the mother.

  • Most decisions are not subject to vote.

  • Families enjoy an instinctual and innate sense of affection and concern for other family members.

  • Families consist of individuals, never predefined groups. Race, or nationality, or class are not issues.

  • In a family children and the elderly enjoy the benefits of socialism, to each according to their needs.

  • There are elements of anarchy, no formal constitution, or courts, nor even rule of law.

  • There is no formal currency, formal employment, formal contracts.

  • The economy of a family is usually dependent on external factors - employment, reward, sometimes charity. Everyone who can is expected to contribute.

  • In a successful family, children are educated, elders are respected, parents are obeyed.

Can we apply this clandestiny family model to wider society? Can we resolve the many conflicts between other social orders using the wisdom inherent in this ancient arrangement?

Democracy is one of the most popular social orders, supposedly practised throughout the West. Problems with democracy

  • Scale: it treats huge populations as though they were a single homogenous entity

  • Representation: one person is expected to represent the interests of tens of thousands, including many who did not choose that person as their representative

  • Accountability: once elected, representatives are no longer accountable to their constituents until the next election

  • Trust: the system is riddled with corruption and nepotism.

Socialism has developed a huge following in the last 150 years since its founding.

Problems with socialism

  • Human nature:  Humans always seek their own advantage. Socialism fundamentally misunderstands human nature, believing that this “imperfection" can be corrected over time.

  • Impractical: Centralisation of command and control is technically infeasible.

  • Unsuccessful: Pure Socialism has not been successfully implemented anywhere.

  • Coercive: Marx and Lenin expected to implement their policy using force.

According to Robin Dunbar (an anthropologist at the University College of London), the optimum human group size is between 150 and 300 individuals. He suggests that humans can comfortably maintain no more than 150 stable relationships. Humans ought to associate in small groups of between 150 to 300 trusted  souls, as they have done for much of our history before cities. Such groups usually consist of your immediate and extended family, related by blood and marriage. This corresponds to the number of descendants arising in 5 or 6 generations from a single ancestral pair . But how can such a system suffice in modern times, with massive populations, alienated families, and wide geographic distribution?

You are a member of many communities in a lifetime, such as clubs, associations, businesses, political parties and countries.  But are you ever a member of your own family clan?

The clandestiny proposal

  1. Individuals voluntarily organise into explicit family groups of 150 to 300 members, and no larger than 500 members. Each family group is known as a clan.

  2. Membership in a clan is defined by sharing a common ancestral pair from 5 or 6 generations back. This defines a unique and exclusive set of individuals. The clan may be named after the common ancestral pair, and members may incorporate the ancestral pair names into their own names. Under special circumstances the clan can consider adopting members (eg orphans).

  3. An individual may simultaneously be a member of several overlapping clans based on different ancestral pairs. They freely choose which clans they join, if any. 

  4. The individuals over 70 years of age (or the 5 oldest)  in a clan are defined as the elders. The elders form an advisory council for the clan.

  5. Membership in a clan confers certain benefits:

    1. Identity: as with Scottish clans, you will belong to a uniquely named clan with specific flags, symbols, history, customs, myths, etc.

    2. Affiliation: the name and contact details of clan members is distributed to all clan members. Regular annual gatherings are planned. Local gatherings may occur.

    3. Trust: The members of your clan are your relatives, many of whom you may already know. You may be more inclined to trust relatives rather than strangers (not always true, but common).

    4. Security: clan members will freely defend the safety and integrity of other clan members, in preference to non-clan members.

    5. Support: If you have an emergency or fall on hard times, your fellow clan members are generally more likely to assist you than complete strangers. When orphaned, debilitated by age or infirmity, or imprisoned, family comes first.

    6. Solidarity (Bigger gang theory): Lone individuals, or small groups, are often subject to victimisation and prejudice by other bigger groups and gangs. Being a member of a clan can help even out the odds.

    7. Special treatment: Members of  a clan may give special benefits to other clan members such as discounts (e.g. I have an uncle in the furniture business), preferential hiring, unsecured loans, honesty, advice.

Establishing a clan

Very wealthy families employ dozens of lawyers and accountants to establish a family dynasty, usually based on a legal trust. Most mere mortals cannot afford to do this with their much smaller fortunes. However, members of a well defined clan can pool their resources to establish a clan trust to preserve their clandestiny.

  1. Identify the  ancestral pair of choice about 5 or 6 generations back, depending on the quality of your ancestry records.

  2. Constitute a clan (give it a name, identify and invite the members,  set up a trust, appoint a council of elders).

  3. Develop a set of policies and procedures for the clan. For example,

    1. Establish a clan constitution 

    2.  Establish a trust

      1. The clan may levy a voluntary membership fee to finance the trust

      2. Establish rules for investments by the trust, or withdrawals from the trust.

    3. Consider a group insurance policy to payout in cases of death, disease or injury for individual members.

    4. Consider setting up a clan bank, to offer home mortgages, tuition loans, venture capital. Clan members may provide assistance with taxes, wills, succession planning, inheritances.

    5. Consider alliances with other clans and organisations.


  1. The West is suffering an epidemic of loneliness and alienation in its populace, leading to huge suicide numbers. Gathering into clans may help address this issue.

  2. The government is expected to care for the poor, elderly and infirm. Human connection and caring has been abandoned to become the responsibility of the uncaring state. This approach will increase individual responsibility and caring.

  3. There is a long history of powerful family groupings amongst Jews, Italians, Scots, African tribes. Clandestiny is a refinement of a very old concept. 

  4. Clans can lobby government and other special interests on behalf of their members with far more influence than individual lobbying.

  5. Clandestiny resolves the tension between the libertarian selfishness of the individual and the socialist insistence on equal outcomes for all. One assists your own family in preference to strangers.

You may be your brother’s keeper, but you are not everyone’s keeper.

Wednesday 13 September 2023

Democracies don’t count

Trevor Watkins 13/9/23

"I don't care who votes. I only care who counts the votes” J Stalin

Like sad children pinning their hopes on getting a pony for Christmas, the abused South African electorate earnestly wish for a miracle in the forthcoming national elections. This time will be different, they lie to themselves. 

Otherwise serious people, like the leaders of the opposition parties, strategise and plan how they will parcel out their pathetic share of the popular will. They dream they will magically turn into princesses after the polls, despite the vast evidence to the contrary. 

Can you name a single, credible recent election? Zimbabwe is a joke. The 2020 US election was a carefully contrived coup d'etat. The first-past-the-post system in the UK makes a mockery of representative democracy. Nobody believes in the Russian elections in the Ukrainian Donbas. Not many believe in the Ukrainian elections themselves. Watch the US “democratic” party block all opponents of Biden in 2024.
Why do you believe the 2024 South African elections will be different?

“Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.”

If you want to know what people think and want, try selling it to them. Its a great system that works incredibly well, from supermarkets to stock markets, from restaurants to repair shops. If you want stupid stuff, and are willing to pay, you will get stupid things. If you want to reduce hunger in the world, buy lunch for a stranger . If you want to change the climate, I have a bridge in Manhattan I can sell you. If you want to tell me how to think and behave, go to hell.

Democracy is the impotent begging the incompetent to extract them from the excrement. It's an embarrassment to all participants. It is a macabre dance of fools performed quintenially. It is all a huge game of make believe, where the politicians pretend to care, the people pretend to participate, and the comrades win all the tenders. And yet we persist. 

 “Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy.”

The vast web of rules and regulations enforced by unelected bureaucrats is all that holds the South African state together. “Did you got a licence for that?” brings fear and trembling to the tax-paying, law-abiding and chicken-hearted population. Writing an angry letter on social media could get you Penny-Sparrowed. You will never get enough permits to organise a march. Your gun will never be licensed. So you lapse into a state of bureaucracy induced inertia, a pliant tool in the hands of the state. 

What is to be done? Well, we can take a leaf out of the majority of our countrymen’s book. Simply bypass the state, ignore the regulations, never pay the fines, profit from the incompetence of government.  Join resistance groups like OUTA and Afriforum or a taxi association. Lobby for the repeal of stupid regulations. . Get legal insurance. Grow a pair.

Could we solve our problems by increasing freedom rather than reducing it?

Our knee-jerk solution for every problem is that there ought to be a law, a rule, a regulation that describes the solution in exquisite and impossible detail, at the cost of restricting freedoms and stealing money from taxpayers. Why do we never think of doing less,  of simply getting out of the way and letting a solution evolve? Because bureaucrats don’t get hired or paid to do that.


A minority of all South Africans will go to the polls next year. A majority of that minority will vote to unthinkingly maintain the status quo. The same incompetent leaders now in power will continue in power. Sooner or later the sheer scale of the unfolding disaster will vomit up an absolute leader. Such a leader will probably be worse than our current parliament of poephols, but perhaps he will make the trains run on time. Be careful of what you wish for.

Monday 3 July 2023

The Four Hoarse men of the Epoch Collapse


Trevor Watkins 3/7/23

We are approaching the end of the post-WW2 epoch. This epoch brackets the life and times of the baby-boomer generation, now in their seventies with only a few remaining years. 

This was the epoch of progress, marked by peace, optimism, recovery, and achievement. Emerging from the horrors of World War 2, the West built a new era, free from global destruction, blessed with vast prosperity, dramatic improvements in well-being for most. Transistors, computers, space travel were invented. Starvation, many diseases, race and gender discrimination were eliminated . This could justifiably be called the epoch of human progress. And it is collapsing.

Most epochs start and end in war. The epoch of discovery started in 1815 after Waterloo and ran until 1914. This epoch was characterised by the invention of electricity, flight, the motor car,  the telephone, and many other modern marvels. The epoch of catastrophe started in 1917 and ended a mere 22 years later in 1939.   In my opinion, 2020 marks the end of the epoch of progress, and possibly the start of the epoch of collapse

Ironically, the concept of progressivism is destroying the benefits of progress. The old enemy, socialism, conceived in the British library, born in Russia and matured in China, is now infesting Western civilisation.

We have the Ukraine war providing the martial bookend of this period of relative peace. The threat of nuclear armageddon has not been wielded since the early 1960’s. Thousands of civilian deaths, meat-grinder trench warfare, indiscriminate bombing of populations, make this war a palpable, epochal catastrophe.

Many revered and respected institutions simply collapsed in the face of the Covid threat. Hallowed concepts such as freedom of speech, movement, religion, bodily choice,  all evaporated like a shallow puddle in the heat of government authority and fear-mongering. The medical community, previously revered and respected, revealed its authoritarian underbelly. Governmental institutions like WHO, CDC, FDA, NIH were all deeply complicit in a campaign of lying and corruption on an epic scale.

The intelligentsia became stupid. They abandoned reason and restraint in deference to an appalling philosophy based on victimhood, racism and gender confusion. Schools and universities were infiltrated and perverted. New words like “woke” and “cancel culture” became ubiquitous. Most of our august institutions of higher learning  are now an embarrassment to themselves and to posterity.

The global warming farce is draining the West of its vital energy supplies, to the delight of her enemies. In an orgy of self-righteousness gullible “activists”, uninformed teenagers for the most part, put pressure on pliable politicians to adopt lunatic ideas. If implemented, their ideas would guarantee the dawn of the epoch of collapse.

Echoing the ignorant mistakes of legislators in the 1930’s, governments in lockstep with banks and financial behemoths invite an economic collapse to rival the Great Depression. All the many benefits that free markets and free trade brought to the world since the 1960’s are being squandered in a vain and hopeless pursuit of social equity. Economic collapse and social collapse go hand in hand.

Is there any relief from this gloomy litany? Is there any hope to be had? “Cometh the hour, cometh the man.” Who can save us from these turbulent times?  I offer 4 unlikely candidates, all men, all white, all older than 50. One hoarse, one inarticulate, one unemployed, and one gravelly-voiced. 

These are my 4 hoarse men to fight the epoch collapse.

Robert Kennedy Junior

Afflicted by a medical condition that results in a hoarse and raspy voice that makes every word he utters sound painful and forced, he is on a mission to become the next president of the United States. He has the cachet of the Kennedy name, long experience as an environmental litigator, controversial views on big Pharma, and a powerful intellect.  He is working incredibly hard on his campaign, taking virtually every platform offered, and effectively  spreading his message.

Elon Musk

Elon is the outstanding figure of our time, immensely rich, immensely creative, immensely well known. He owns Tesla, Spacex, Twitter and a variety of other leading edge companies. Prodigiously smart, he nevertheless has a challenging style of speech, often hesitant, staccato, and difficult to listen to. He appears to be honest,  blunt and forthright, and does not tolerate fools gladly. As he has shown with his Twitter acquisition, he can use his vast funds, decisive management style and considerable skills to make a real and profound difference.

Tucker Carlson

Tucker Carlson is the honest broker of the American right, and the bete noir  of the American mainstream media. His show on Fox News regularly attracted more than 3 million viewers, sometimes more popular than the entire line-up of competing news channels. Until he was unceremoniously fired for undisclosed reasons. He is unafraid to speak uncomfortable truths, to tear down shibboleths, to say what others will only think.  He does not have any speech impediments that I know of.

Joe Rogan

Joe Rogan is an American Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) champion and commentator, podcaster, comedian, actor, and former television presenter. He hosts The Joe Rogan Experience, a podcast in which he discusses current events, comedy, politics, philosophy, science, and hobbies with a variety of guests. He has a $200 million contract with Spotify to host his podcast. Wikipedia claims that, In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, his show promoted discredited COVID treatments and used false anti-vaccine claims to dissuade people from COVID vaccination In other words, he was right when Wikipedia was wrong. He is the ultimate representative of the common man, respected, thoughtful and often outrageous.

Can 4 men change the arc of history? Can they succeed where so many others are hopelessly failing? John F Kennedy, RFK junior’s uncle, remade the world in 3 brief years.  Elon Musk has remade 3 different industries into the most successful conglomerate ever. Tucker Carlson can successfully capture the attention of millions consistently. And Joe Rogan is big enough and ugly enough to leave an indelible mark on the story of our time. And none of them are currently politicians.

Manifest lies

Manifesto season is upon us. Every man and his dog has a heartfelt and lengthy manifesto, words filled with sound and fury, promising everyt...