The Enquiring Hitchhiker Interviews Captain Capitalism, Aaron Clarey

The Enquiring HitchhikerI discovered Aaron Clarey’s work when I watched this you tube video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EO5Gayz4NNw

The video intrigued and and I purchased his book “Enjoy the Decline”.  I don’t agree with everything Aaron has to say in the book but I do believe he is on the right track when he says that we have to modify our thinking about this country and to modify our behavior to match this new reality.  We have rarely interviewed people outside the speculative fiction community for this site but I believe Captain Capitalism has something important to say about the future of this nation and the fortunes of our readers.

 

Question 1. You are really down on education in the book and in your videos unless it is something useful like a trade school, engineering, or math. If the economy is going to collapse under the weight of the parasite class does it really matter what you get the degree in as long as you are having fun doing it?

 

Yes, for two reasons. 1. A STEM degree will provide you at least SOME skills in a post-collapse society/economy. Just because the economy collapsed doesn’t mean people will no longer demand electricity, surgeons and other skills that they do today. If anything your skill set will probably be in more demand since you’re one of the few people who can “repair or rebuild” society. 2. Why would you waste your time and money today on classes that you “like” when 99.9% of those classes can be self-taught at the library? Whether there’s an economic collapse or not, all you managed to achieve was wasting your time and money. You would be better served taking that money and instead of spending it on tuition buy a tool set or some silver pieces.

 

Question 2. I am not quite as pessimistic as you are. The 2012 election seems to have been your breaking point in regards to salvaging our society (mine is 2016). Do you believe there is no chance at this point for productive Americans to pull us back from the brink?

 

No, no chance. When you have such a veritable and spectacular failure like Barack Obama get re-elected then it proves the electorate is too far gone, too far stupid, and too far ignorant to ever come back without serious economic pain. It is my firm belief that all 310 million Americans need to suffer economic strife and misery, AND for a long enough time they are forced to think through the basic principles of economics and their own ideologies. Until that happens the left (and the established political class right) will continue to borrow money from foreigners and the future to bribe these idiots into voting for them, shielding them from their own mistakes.

 

Question 3. What do you think of the current Libertarian ideology that is sweeping through the grassroots of the Republican Party? Do you think Rand Paul has a chance of winning the presidency in 2016?

 

No, the establishment Republicans will ensure their nepotists and cronyists will continue to maintain control. Good lord, Jeb Bush is aiming to run for president and the people in the Republican party can’t figure out why that might be a bad idea. The Libertarians need to not only take over the Republican party, but kick every corrupt, nepotist and trust funder out of the party.

 

Question 4. I want to enjoy the decline but I have one stumbling block. I cannot stand the smug superiority of the left. In my opinion there are only two kinds of leftists. Devils and Dupes. The Devils know they are destroying the country and think that they will be on top of the new order and the dupes are just too stupid to realize what they are doing. How do you now get angry with these people?

 

Oh, I get angry, I just don’t let it get to me. In the last chapter of “Enjoy the Decline” I title it “Revenge” in that it shows people how to enjoy the misery of people on the left. And if you look at people on the left, they ARE miserable. No matter how much of other people’s money they get, they STILL have to beg and plead for more because they are not independent. No matter how many fake awards and titles they give themselves, they never achieve anything. And arguably the worst thing for leftists is how they destroy the best thing they can possibly have in life – a loved one. Leftists women want to be men and leftist men want to be women. I say it not to take a cheap shot, but HAVE YOU SEEN WHAT LEFTIST PEOPLE LOOK LIKE??? They’re ugly as sin. Liberal women get to date weak effeminate men (mostly) and liberal men get to date women that are the furthest thing from “feminine.” Their love lives are impaired. In short leftists (the dupes as you call them) are living in a delusional world and when it doesn’t jive with reality, there is a price to pay, namely a lesser life.

 

Question 5. We really like to discuss the specifics of independent publishing here on the Freehold. Several of the authors we have interviewed started their careers publishing independently before they began working for one of the big publishing houses. Can you tell us a little about your philosophy of indy publishing?

 

It’s the only way to go. No traditional publisher is ever going to consider you unless you do 1 of 2 things.

 

1. Write books independently and gain enough notoriety they want to sign you up.

2. Are related to somebody in the east coast publishing business.

 

Sadly, the traditional publishing industry is a cesspool of nepotists, trust fund kids, and English majors with connections. This means networking and genetics will get you published, not good writing. So you have to self-publish to the point you can’t be ignored. Of course by that time you probably won’t need traditional publishers. If you have a large enough internet presence you won’t need a traditional publishers paltry 5% cut with a whopping $20,000 signing fee. You have Amazon’s 70% cut, Kindle’s 70% cut and Kobo’s 70% cut. In short, the publishing industry I believe is in revolution and at the end of it the traditional publishing houses will be marginalized to a dinosaur niche of the market serving the aging generations who insist on going to a book store and holding a physical book. The remaining 95% of the market belongs to self-publishing and digital readers.

Thank you for the interview Captain Capitalism.

About Jonathan David Baird

Jonathan David Baird has worked as an archaeologist for the past fifteen years throughout the Southeast. He left full-time field work in 2011 to finish graduate school. In 2012 Jonathan received a master's degree in English literature from Fort Hays State University. His focus of study was the development of late Victorian Gothic horror. Currently working on second masters in American history and applying to PhD programs.
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