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Hasan Piker: The Sultan of Entropy
How the most popular political streamer reigns at the intersection of Social Justice and Radical Islam destroying the West.
As Aristotle wrote in Nicomachean Ethics:
“Now the mass of mankind are evidently quite slavish in their tastes, preferring a life suitable to beasts, but they get some ground for their view from the fact that many of those in high places share the tastes of Sardanapallus."
Historical accuracy aside, Aristotle referred to Sardanapallus as the last king of Assyria so as to show an example of decadence from above reflected in the masses below. Such decadence in his case meant the end of the Assyrian Empire, though it can apply to any collective failure such as the virtual lobotomy received from livestreamers like Hasan Piker.
Regrettably, Piker’s dominion as the king of Twitch politics casts a vast ideological net over 2.5 million minds worldwide, rather than reigning over a contained geographic kingdom. Were Sardanapallus a real king, he would have surely applauded Piker for an empire rivaling his own, as well as enjoying luxury cars and extravagent houses while extolling the virtues of socialism to his cheering subjects.
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To be clear, this ostentatiousness would not be considered hypocrisy to Communist dictators whose propaganda Hasan regurgitates, since what unites all tyrants is having unchecked top-down power over a populace only too willing to submit. On the other hand, great historical figures from the Islamic world who value freedom and creativity would not be too happy with the kind of thuggery Piker excuses on behalf of Hamas and its supporters.
Examples of such can be seen in the recent murder of a 69 year old Jewish man named Paul Kessler in what was alleged by a witness to have been a confrontation with "extremely aggressive" pro-Palestinian protesters, some of whom kept chanting while the blood was still fresh.
The allowance for such violence goes hand in hand with blind submission to ideological tyrants in the age of social media, and this has empowered the new destructive super-religion of various often incompatible faiths clad in the armor of social justice.
But with recent events showing the ugliness beneath this armor to all but the most deluded among us, are things finally about to change?
The Sultan’s Decadent Court
Born in New Jersey, Piker was raised as Muslim in Istanbul before returning back to the US and eventually taking a job for the progressive online show “The Young Turks” headed up by his uncle, Cenk Uygur. And while not practicing himself, Piker has been a strong advocate for Muslim rights despite the religion’s traditional stance on alternative lifestyles which he also advocates for.
This intersection of social justice leftism and Islam in Piker’s identity makes him a perfect representation of what’s been happening all over the West since Israel’s war against Hamas (and other Palestinian terror groups) began from October 7th, but such a connection should not be seen as an outlier or merely an alliance of convenience.
Historically, the two were linked as soon as Israel fell out with the Soviet Union in favor of the West, as this resulted in the USSR virtually creating the Palestinian cause and uniting the Muslim countries against this new (or very old depending on how you see it) nation. Since then, leaders like Yasser Arafat were puppets of the Soviet regime, and useful idiots jumping up and down to “Free Palestine” were handsomely supported through Soviet bankrolling.
But is there something even deeper connecting leftist thought with jihadist terror which made such gullible fools jump up and down in the first place?
In reality, calls for a global caliphate from radical Islamic preachers and of worldwide Communism from leftist goofballs is the same thing, which can be summed up as societal entropy. And in this entropic state, the Hasan Pikers of the world naturally rise to the top; not because of some exceptional charisma but from resonating with our lowest, most decadent qualities (in the true sense of “decay”).
One such example of this quality has to do with the majority of young people drifting towards childish explanations of reality from influencers like Piker. This reinforces what they already believe thanks to group-think in their schools and China owned Tik Tok promoting the same kind of mind sludge.
Nobody will ever feel intimidated by those pesky demons of nuance and reason when watching Piker’s streams, and this is not from any censorship but due to his millions of viewers seamlessly gravitating into the orbit of least intellectual resistance. Hasan’s statements such as that America “Deserved 9/11” are par for the course but likewise reveal another sign of decadence being of a more malevolent nature.
Virtue Signaling and Jealousy
Pairing up with the Law of Decadent Attraction is the inflating of one's ego through virtue signaling for those seen as oppressed, alongside the submission to, and dread of, brute, merciless power wielded by the same individuals.
In excusing Hamas’s recent slaughtering of Israelis on October 7th due to blaming Israel’s “apartheid” state similarly to blaming America for 9/11, Hasan casts civilized societies (albeit imperfect) as embodiments of repressive evil. On the other hand, truly barbarous and sinister acts are portrayed as the result of repression, therefore seen as a justified revenge.
Looking at the wider scale, such mentality can easily be observed in the coalition of Hamas supporting leftists with radicalized Muslims who have been protesting and rioting the past month against Israel’s incursion into Gaza. Likewise in their self-righteous justification, it’s become commonplace to see the tearing off of posters showing the Israelis held hostage along with the now familiar trope of desecrating historical Western statues.
But contrary to the expectations of both this coalition and the Neo-Nazis, these statues, much like Israel, symbolize an ascension above the ordinary and trivial expectations of the uncivilized masses, heralding a state of greatness.
Such can be seen in the Western world’s emancipation of slavery long before any other societies had done so, born out of a growing sense of injustice while having enough curiosity to innovate so as to render these inhuman practices obsolete.
Likewise, Israel stands out among its oil-gorged Middle Eastern neighbors in allowing for freedoms of alternative lifestyles that Hasan Piker claims to champion the causes of, while at the same time sharing in this Western drive for innovation that turns deserts into gardens.
Yet, none of the above would be possible without the leadership of great, if not always good, people. Many such leaders and innovators were products of their time of course, but ultimately it’s the quality of greatness itself that’s an insult to those wanting to tear the statues down and give the secular innovative Israel over to Palestine.
In short, all such arguments about “systematic oppression” are mere distractions from the main point: those who align themselves with the spirit of decadence and egalitarian entropy take personal offense to anyone who dares crawl up from under the muck so as to stand out in some way from the rest.
“How is it fair that they succeed while we fail?” The blame is never on themselves, but on the ever-present systematic “oppressor”. Just as the Charlottesville Tiki torch brigade rallied against Jews replacing them and their Nazi forbearers persecuted this same group in the Holocaust, the price of success for any out-group is jealousy at best and systematic execution at worst. Save for the Nazis’ Odinistic re-awakening of this dormant savagery, however, the West in general was heading into a direction of judging by content of character. Over time, this resulted in the assimilation of a great number of Jews and other minorities who desired nothing more than to follow in the path of Western exceptionalism, but somewhere along the way, this “content of character” aspect was dropped in favor of fear masquerading as tolerance.
Fear and Submission
This brings us to the progressives’ recognition of brute power and terror present in this entropic alliance. With his tall muscular physique, our old friend Hasan Piker is a decent symbolic stand-in for the macho big brother who is both a “culturally Muslim” victim while at the same time a force to be feared due to being associated with this same religion.
In this sense, there is a true Islamophobia from those who dare not address the growing cultural clash in the West both out of a fear of being labeled a bigot, as well retribution from the members of said religion themselves. Discounting those still under the impression that the radicalized mobs calling for a global caliphate are victims, the overall picture is one of submission by those who are afraid towards those who they fear.
Yet, today’s uncompromising militant jihadist movement is a far cry from the Islamic kingdoms of the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II or the Mughal Empire’s Akbar the Great as being ones of religious tolerance and artistic patronage. Nor would this movement deserve any place next to the spiritually transcendent poetry of the Muslim Persian poets Hafez and Rumi. The same distinction should be given to all the Muslims sharing these aforementioned principles who desire peace and rebuke Hamas for its barbarism, as such people should be considered brothers and sisters of our common humanity.
But as for those who openly praise terror organizations and proudly wear antisemitism on their sleeves, they are de facto enemy combatants and will only respect what they fear. So far, our degenerated “tolerance for the intolerant” meant that these groups felt no such fear from the West, and have had plenty of useful idiot leftists to vouch for them instead. Adding to this, the kind of protests we’ve seen across the West with an apparently endless supply of Palestinian flags has the makings of an organized effort on behalf of worldwide radical Islamic organizations. One prominent example of this is The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) with alleged ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Compared to such people, Piker might as well be a gentle lamb. That is, if not for the dehumanizing language he uses against those who criticize him or seen as fair game to insult. His oversized presence within the social media political discourse means that both his leftist and Muslim fans have yet another figure to emulate and help reinforce their sense of righteousness in siding with Hamas.
Despite the obvious, it apparently took Youtuber Ethan Klein this long to figure out how brainwashed and anti-Semitic his “Leftovers” co-host’s audience is. With an inflamed Piker who has refused to admit that Israel was not the perpetrator of the recent Hospital bombing, and an audience that sees Klein as “George W. Bush Coded”, it would have taken a simple overview of the 20th Century to see where such a partnership would go. To be fair though, who has time to research such things when you’re running a big time online show with what’s sure to be a dedicated young audience?
But Klein is not alone in being played for a naïve fool, as the same could be said for the moneyed university donors who have now dropped their support on account of the widespread Jew hate on campus.
Stirrings of the same can be seen all around the Western world. Countries like France and Germany have been getting serious about deportations while using Israel and antisemitism as justifications to act on their tremendous migrant crisis. This was met by the Neo Nazis with predictable hostility as they’d prefer the Jews to go away as well, but what we are seeing may perhaps be the start of a re-alignment of sorts that rejects the leftists, Islamic extremists, and Neo Nazis. What ends up left is a more enlightened classically liberal society consisting of people who are both free and responsible.
But the only way such a society can be enacted and preserved is if the desire for our elite institutions to set a good example rather than cowering before these aforementioned mobs becomes the norm. And this in turn can only be done once law and order is established that separates those who want to be a part of Western Civilization from those who want to burn it down.
In the case of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, those on the front lines defending their sovereignty know what’s at stake. The same spirit of entropy that festers among Hamas savages and the mindless crowds who worship them, as well as the one echoed by Hasan Piker, is the same one embodying the Russian hordes who rape and pillage.
If the image portrayed sounds like it belongs in the middle ages rather than 2023, this is the exact intention. From here, our responsibility is to recognize the situation for what it is and join up with people of all colors and creeds who desire to solve this problem for the sake of a better tomorrow.
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