Reddit: A Case Study of Democracy

Everything wrong with Reddit is everything wrong with Democracy.


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Davis M.J. Aurini

Trained as a Historian at McMaster University, and as an Infantry soldier in the Canadian Forces, I'm a Scholar, Author, Film Maker, and a God fearing Catholic, who loves women for their illogical nature.

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  1. nazgulnarsil says:

    the implication that reddit is 4chan for women is a way I hadn’t thought of it but seems immediately true. And democracy is government for women, since they make up 50% of the populace and they’ll always be able to control the votes of at least some males, hence they are the default majority.

  2. Dan says:

    Fark was the first that evolved into a metronome.

  3. Wake says:

    This also happens to minor special interest communities (hobbies). Two phenomenons can be observed: the stifling of speech and the evolution into a popularity contest. Both are driven by gals.

    1/ Stifling of speech
    Typically some guys create a place to share your interest. At the beginning more guys fill the place with life, you have a lively and fun community. The community grows and slowly more gals get involved. Then the gals start nagging and complaining about the some comment here and there, they get the admins to intervene. Users bend to the pressure, the tone gets more civil and the discussion get less and less interesting. Everybody starts wallking on egg schells at some point. Those who don’t will ultimately be banned. Then someday a founder gets out and slams the door as loud as possible because the site has become unbeareably stiff and stale. The site is dead.

    2/ Popularity contest
    The more gals you have on board the more you will get herd mentality. Gangs will arise, voting its members up and other gang’s members down. Gangs will almost never openly confront each other. You will get all the machiaviellian behavior catalogue: alliances, turncoats, orchestrated campains, crude propaganda, backstabbing, etc … Narcistic narratives become common: talk about yourself, ego self-stoke, attention seeking, validation seeking, etc …. Some day you realise that most activities are now driven by the gang imperative and the overblown ego. The subject at hand of the site has been degraded to being a pretext. The site is dead.

    My advice: stick to hobbies where men dominate the demographics.

    About gals and democracy: you can have democracy and you can have gals voting, but in the long term you can’t have both. Far too few gals share the ideals that are the foundation of democracy. The result is here: they grab as much power as possible while contributing as little as possible. Women plunder democratic communities to death.

  4. Joe says:

    Hi again Mr. Aurini,

    You have sometimes talked about how shale gas and oil might impact the economic and social environment in Canada and the US in the near future. I thought I would give you the following link from Chris Martenson’s youtube channel where he interviews Gregor Macdonald on these issues.

    Gregor Macdonald: What the End of Cheap Oil Means:

    I hope you enjoy.


  5. Shushers says:

    What was your beef with the transhumanists? I just want to know because even though I am all about nullifying the bad effects of age, I have never really liked the transhumanist movement. It has become almost like the updated ideal of the Kingdom of Heaven for atheists therefore, anything we have against society is a pointless concern in their eyes. I would love to read an argument between someone like you and the typical transhumanist who isn’t actually working in a laboratory. You may not think so but, I think I would get some laughs out of it. Especially if you brought up the fact that the desire for immortality is nothing new. Most use the concept of the death trance to assume they are cutting edge or something.

  6. David says:

    I have a question for you Aurini, and you might not know the answer, but I think it’s got to be one of the most relevant questions of our time. I’ll start with a (short) preamble.

    I’ve been watching Sons of Anarchy, and frankly, Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam) puts on one of the best displays of masculinity I’ve seen in movies and television ever. I see many of the concepts that have been talked about on blogs like this put into practice in a way that seems totally natural.

    Now, my question is where does one practice this? What’s the right course of action to evolve and change as a person, to embody the aspects one admires of a character like that? I’m reading The Way of Men right now, and while so far it’s one of the most straight-forward and clear books I’ve ever written on a topic of deep importance to me, I still feel like something’s missing. Perhaps it’s that I’m immersed in a culture and without role models to emulate in the real world. Feedback is probably one of the most useful learning tools we have as human beings, and I believe that’s where the role of a mentor comes in; we can analyze our own actions against a mentor when they’re present around us. With someone at a distance, it’s harder. With a symbolic or fictional character, it’s even harder.

    I know the latter advice in the book is to form a gang of men that hold each other accountable, but where does mentorship fit into that? A bunch of boys forming a gang is still just a gang of boys. I would gladly lead a gang of men, but frankly, I have things I need to learn and change about myself before I’m ready for the task. Where does one find a mentor? It seems like a vestige of the past, something that existed once in antiquity but no longer exists for young men.

  7. Joe says:


    I tried posting this on February 24th, but it didn’t show up for some reason, so I am going to try again:

    “Hi Mr. Aurini,

    I recently read your book and I enjoyed it a lot and I am looking forward to your next one. I also like your videos, even when I don’t always agree 100% (most of the time I agree with you between, say 90%-100%). Anyway, the reason I am leaving this message has to do with your youtube video ‘Minimum Wage & Immigration’. I think you are missing some of the big issues caused by the minimum wage. (I don’t have a youtube account, and was hoping that you posted the video here, but this will have to do.)

    You stated in the video that people need a ‘living wage’, and you said that is a problem. The minimum wage isn’t meant to be a ‘living wage’. It is meant to be a wage for teenagers and maybe some others who are starting out somewhere and don’t have the skills needed for a higher wage. They gain the skills though working for a lower wage that will let him/her gain a higher wage later. (I had an aunt with down syndrome who had a job unbending hangers, she wouldn’t have gotten a job at all if the minimum wage was to high).
    I don’t think there should be a minimum wage at all. Neither your nor
    a central government can know what the right wage, minimum or otherwise, is for everyone in a particular job for a particular person in a particular circumstance. Only the employers and employees should have any say in the matter, because they are far more knowledgeable of what is actually going on in that area and in their circumstances then you or some government. Central planning just doesn’t work, and the bigger the economy, the more true that becomes.

    You basically said that modern economies need minimum wages, but Singapore doesn’t have one, and it’s economy is doing far better then just about the whole world.

    I don’t want this to get to long but I could give some more reasons why minimum wage is bad. The last thing I wanted to talk to you about your video was the reason you gave having to do with hotels not wanting to always be full. If a hotel is always full, it is an economic signal to the managers that they are not charging enough money for their rooms. Supply and demand.

    Sorry, one last thing. Peter Schiff did a video called ‘American Samoa: The real story 60 Minutes missed’ where he showed how the minimum wage destroyed American Samoa’s economy.

    A youtube user called ‘Brett Levu’ left this comment on Peter’s video:
    “I’m a samoan who is currently on-island and have just finished watchin ur report. I wish that ur forecast for the economic turnout for american samoa were wrong, but sad to say that it is EXACTLY as u have predicted. The inflation on EVERYTHING from food and groceries to gas and everyday products is staggering!! And the unemployment rate has shot through the roof!! Businesses are suffering and the people struggle to look for work to provide for their families!!”
    All caused by the minimum wage.

    Anyway, I really enjoy your work and please keep it up. I just really think you missed the mark by quite a bit on this one thing.

    I hope it works this time.

    Ed: Sorry Joe, the comment went to “pending” without my realizing it. Had to manually approve it. This may be from commenting on feminist blogs – they like to hit the “spam” option instead of just deleting. The minimum wage thing is tenuous, and hardly something I strongly advocate, but it’s an arguable necessity in a large society.

  8. David says:

    I want to follow-up my last comment. In some ways, giving voice to my concern about mentorship made me more aware of just how important it is to me. So since I’m in the process of lining up my next employment opportunity, I simply asked. I made my recruiter aware of what I’m looking for, and in drafting a letter to an opportunity they brought to me I made it clear that I’m looking for mentorship opportunities within a company that has a long-term focus and did my best to present my value to them.

    I suppose more than anything, I needed to say that in order to formulate my ideas. Sometimes writing something down, particularly for an audience, brings more clarity and helps to transform it from an idea to a plan of action.