10 Year Anniversary & Updates!
Posted on October 12th, 2018
Would you believe me if I said I have been waiting a whole year just for the moment to use this video? I'm actually one month late for announcing my 10 year Anniversary due to my trip but - the 24th of September 2018 is when Almar's Guides turned 10 years old. What a journey it has been!
I have a few announcements to make but first. I have about three dozen pictures or so from my trip to the Appalachian Trail which if you want you can take a look at here.
Here's another of some footbridges I had to navigate in the woods across a swamp. Made me appreciate the person who goes through the effort of maintaining them a whole hell of a lot.
Wawakanda Boardwalk (one of the more touristy spots of the trail in NJ)
Stone Walls in the Forest. This caught my interest because there were so many of them throughout the forest. Someone at some point had to go through the effort to stack all the stone and based on how many stone walls I seen it would have taken 1 person months to do it. So, I am assuming it was a collective effort but for what and why? Google only had theories no explanations. Best theory I read was the Native Americans did it.
Mountains in the distance. I don't get many views like this where I live so I stood in awe of many of the views along the trail.
If you'd like to see the other pictures I have feel free to check out the album. It was a fun trip, I had a lot of fun and am thinking of hiking more of the trail next year. Though I doubt I will thru-hike it. I don't like the concept of thru-hiking too much, you end up rushing and you're more concerned with putting in the miles so you can finish it than you are with stopping and seeing all of the sights. That would ruin the trip for me.
The other thing I would like to talk to you all about is a book I am currently writing that definitely won't be for everyone. If you've followed my website for these 10 years you may know I have already written two books, both fiction, both not the best. I'm currently doing a non-fiction book which is going to be in support of The Intellectual Dark Web and against the "far left" (ex of far left: Vox, Antifa, CNN, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, #metoo). My reason for this is I used to be very far left, if you had talked to me 10 years ago when I started this website I probably would have signed up for Socialism and thought it was the best thing in the world.
I probably would have agreed with the people like Antifa, like Chris Cuomo, like Maxine Waters, like Eric Holder, who advocate for violence against their enemies. I probably would have nodded along at Hilary Clinton saying we won't be civil until we're (democrats) back in power. I probably would have parroted the same party lines like The Intercept did with Brett Kavanaugh and would have probably bought the lie, hook line and sinker that he was guilty.
Luckily though, I grew up I've realized that advocating for violence against your enemies is morally wrong and not how you win a debate. Nor is character attacks and trying to destroy a man's life, like the Democrats did with Brett Kavanaugh. That's why I decided to write this book. I'm putting together a compendium of arguments against the far left in the hope to convince some of my more reasonable friends why their positions are incorrect. Things like why Socialism is silly, why this notion of White Privilege and "Race Science" is complete nonsense. Why calling someone a pseudo-intellectual is just a disingenious way of not confronting their ideas.
This book isn't going to be a list of my opinions backed up with no evidence. I'm anal about sources so I have 40 - 50 for every chapter, the Index is probably going to be longer than my actual book. Despite what many people may think too, I am not going into this project uneducated. Here is a list of books I have read about these issues:
Steven Pinker: Enlightenment Now (Amazing glass half full take on the world; changed my world view)
Ben Shapiro: Bullies (Shines some light on the Obama Administration and how Democrats resort to smear campaigns and personal attacks)
Douglas Murray: The Strange Death of Europe (Talks about how the EU covered up Muslim Rape Gangs and failed on virtually every level to do anything about the issues they face in the country due to immigration. Why did they fail? Because of the left leaning policies and culture in their country.)
Jordan Peterson: 12 Rules for Life (I love me some Clinical Psychology. Very good book, I recommend this to everyone)
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: The Gulag Archipelago (Need an example of why Socialism is dumb? Look no further)
Johnathan Haidt & Greg Lukianoff: The Coddling of the American Mind (Goes into great detail to explain how the safe spaces, PC culture is ruining the American Educational system - kind of a moral philosophy. Also this covers the primary thing that got me interested in this topic as a whole. My best friend works at a local college and I wanted to be an educator myself but after seeing how much the far left was destroying colleges I decided instead to follow a different path and speak out against the radical liberals I see.)
The Communist Manifesto (Short book, basically a pamphlet)
Steven Pinker: The Better Angels of Our Nature (Talks about how Violence has been on the decrease for many generations, I didn't finish it though but I am like half way. All his books are obnoxiously long)
Sam Harris: The Moral Landscape (Good argument put forth by Sam but I think Jordan dismantles it in their four -- two hour talks moderated twice by Bret Weinstein and twice by Douglas Murray)
Charles Murray: The Bell Curve (With how much drama this book has drawn I had to read it. One thing to note: Scientific Racism/Racialism is founded on the premise that Race should be a subdivision below species; Charles Murray doesn't even make that argument throughout the whole book. The entire premise of Racialism is founded on a caricature of an argument. It's ridiculous and shows how ass backwards the far left has things).
Not Books: I've read a few Christopher Hitchens books and a few Richard Dawkins too. Also a few from other authors like Robert Sapolsky etc. Primarily I read about psychology and philosophy as those are my two fields of most interest. If you like this same stuff I would recommend Sam Harris - Waking Up Podcast; Dave Rubin - The Rubin Report; Ben Shapiro - The Daily Wire (Right wing take on daily political stuff); Steven Crowder's Louder with Crowder (Change my minds are great and he has other segments which I enjoy - more of an entertainer though not like the others) and Joe Rogan's Podcast. I've listened to basically every episode of the Waking Up Podcast, I've seen most of Rubin's content and I watch Ben Shapiro when I want an honest take of what is going on in the world. I also follow Eric/Bret Weinstein and Jordan Peterson on Youtube. I watch almost all of the interviews Jordan is in and I try to keep up with most of the Intellectual Dark Web members and what they do. I've learned about as much from these people as I have from books, I am so thankful for Youtube because it's been able to provide a free education to millions - I agree wholeheartedly with Jordan Peterson that Youtube is basically a gutenberg revolution just with the spoken word.
That's the current source material I am using for my judgments/statements. The point of this is both to share my sources/book recommendations and to show you I am not like your guildy that opens his mouth about politics but has a very shallow understanding of the actual issues. I'm open to disagreements, if you'd like to argue with me about this stuff feel free to follow the link below to the page where you can leave a comment. Assuming you're civil I am always open to debate, if I am wrong about something I wanna hear it.
For those of you reading this worried that I might be politicizing Almar's Guides - I have already bought a different domain name that is going to go live when I publish my book. Aside from me announcing my book on this website when it comes out and this update you don't have to worry about me politicizing Almar's Guides. I won't be posting political updates on this website in the future or any nonsense like that. At most I may link to something on my other website which will have more to do with the Intellectual Dark Web.
These two projects of mine will be unrelated. The reason I decided to write my book is because I have been writing guides for years and I am good at connecting the dots and breaking down complex ideas. I feel like there hasn't been many people to connect the dots on these topics or break them down so that everyone can find them palatable. I'm also not the type of person who can just sit around and wait for someone else to do something about the problem. I've thought about writing a non-fiction book for years and this topic is something I am very passionate about. I see how much Europe and Canada is destroying itself with their far left politics and am scared shitless that something like that might happen to America. That is NOT a world I want to live in and I would hate myself forever if I let something like that happen and did nothing to try and prevent it because I was too cowardly.
I love having my views questioned. If you'd like to argue with me about this update or ask a question - please leave your comment below. Assuming you're civil I would gladly have a discussion with anyone about these topics. After all, the purpose of my book is to change minds and teach people how to change minds I can't do that if I am not willing to have any sort of discussion with people.