This is Philip Wyeth. So the question is, why did I write a book about Reparations for slavery? I’ve actually written two. “Reparations USA” and then “Reparations Mind,” which came out in April. The truth is that the book isn’t specifically about Reparations, that may almost be a vehicle for the broader points.
If you read the first, book you’ll see that the real villain is surveillance, the surveillance state, as well as what we do to each other when we have these tools at our disposal. Basically a giant database which allows us to keep tabs on each other for things that our ancestors did, or maybe we did twenty years ago.
I think it lends itself to a lot of dangerous potential consequences. We’re even seeing this in the news today when social media mobs jump on whoever is the thought criminal du jour. As I say in this most recent book, “Reparations Mind,” at one point, since the advent of the internet we were all chasing after our fifteen minutes of fame, but now we’re running away from our fifteen seconds of shame.
But getting back to the original question, why did I write this book in the first place? I think I had a lot of ideas bottled up that accumulated over time, and they were just looking for the right outlet. But it all came together last June when a friend of a friend of mine did some very public SJW speech, if you will, or presentation that was just so over the top, and I was “triggered” into writing an editorial about this, and how that was representative of how far off the deep end the Left is going these days.
And I didn’t like the tone of the editorial, I felt it was a little bit too harsh. And I had had this note laying around that I had written sometime in the past, the past couple years, about what became in my book the Historical Reparations Administration. So I merged the two ideas together.
I took your female social justice warrior and I morphed her into my character of Kate Donohugh, who is a supervisor at the Historical Reparations Administration office in Newark, New Jersey.
We follow her at the beginning of the first book, where she actually appears on an early morning talk show, “Tina Talk,” and it’s basically a puff piece as so often happens when these government employees go on shows, like Jon Stewart Show or Colbert, and yuk it up in front of a studio audience to basically propagandize what the government is doing.
And then we see her back at her field office interacting with Beneficiaries and Debtors, which are the two classes of people who either receive payments or pay into the program.
And then we also move to Newark, New Jersey, streets, where there’s a young black teenager, and his life is on the ground level, experience in a world where Reparations is three years in and the program is not really working as planned. He has dreams of being a musician and ends up writing a song which is critical of the HRA, which captures sentiment across the country. It becomes an overnight hit.
We also have a game show or reality TV show type spectacle, it’s called “DDM TV Live” and DDM stands for “direct descendant match,” where the super computer, MARVIN, “Macro Aggregating Restitution Vector Input Navigator,” scans old documents into the system and makes connections. And if your ancestors have something like ten or more violent interactions with somebody alse’s ancestors, they bring you on to the TV show for a Kumbaya moment where you basically hold hands and go off and work on some garden somewhere to put the old demons to bed, if you will.
Pretty ridiculous spectacle, almost the like “Running Man,” or yeah, “Running Man.” “Who loves you and who do you love?” Something like that, because a heavy topic like this, Reparations, I’d assume most other projects would take it in a pretty negative, revengeful way.
I believe both Amazon and Netflix are working on some sort of a show or a series about it, and from what I understand it’s all more like a fantasy, or “Twelve Years a Slave” or “Inglorious Basterds,” basically envisioning a history that never actually happened, or in the case of the other show, I guess it’s just another kind of a fantasy. If it wasn’t revenge, it’s that some policy was enacted in the late 19th century, which actually didn’t happen.
So my book is different, my series is different, because it takes place in 2028, it envisions in 2024 America’s first female, first Chinese-American president coming into office with her main campaign platform being this program. The HRA and Reparations.
So I put a lot of current-year-relevant things in the books. In addition to that I did try to make these books as fun as possible, because it’s a heavy topic and tensions… the divide across the country are just getting out of control. And it’s like social media is only exacerbating it. On the one hand you use it to make contact with people; on the other you’re just hitting each other over the head with this information.
Another reason why I tried to make it a little fun and zany is because I’m a big sci-fi fan. “Demolition Man” is one of my favorites that I revisited lately. Very ahead of its time, very clever, very fun. And I think that’s a great balance that you’d want to find when you’re doing sci-fi, speculating into the future, dystopian heavy subjects. Can you still have fun with it?
And that’s what I try to do… The original “Rollerball” with James Caan, another great sci-fi movie, dystopian, that maybe gets lost in the shuffle because people think the game itself is pretty silly. But great movie, and great commentary track too.
In the second book, I have a chapter that takes place in Las Vegas where they have just opened up a brand new Reparations-themed casino called Paybax, and it just has a lot of fun, zany flavors which you could say skirt the line between satire and ruffling people’s feathers, or triggering them.
But you know, the main problem I see on the Left right now is that they’re so sensitive, everything triggers them. And it reminds me of some video essay I saw back when I was in college twenty years ago taking photography classes, and there was a guy who was the subject of this, I guess it was an audio documentary, with still photographs.
And he was in the jungles, he was a doctor from America, and he was down… I want to say in Central or South America, very poor people in the jungles, and he just gave his life, every month, every day to help these people and help their children. I don’t know if it was the interviewer… somebody asked him a question about philosophy, and he grumbles, “Philosophy is for people with full bellies!”
And I really like that line because I see parallels with today’s people on the Left. They’re so coddled, they’re so spoiled, they’re allowed to get mad about everything but what matters. Whether it’s using the wrong word, being offensive, things that have nothing to do with life and death.
Basically so-called progressives are so bored and boring that they have nothing better to do than stick their noses in other people’s business, and always make them look over their own shoulders. “Have I offended you? Have I said something wrong?” And it’s just constricting our lives, it’s making it almost impossible to do anything, because they’re gonna dig up something on you.
And my book plays it out ten years from now where there’s this supercomputer which is scanning every document ever, it just can bring up everything you ever did. And I feel like it could just paralyze mankind.
So that’s why I say the villain is really the surveillance state, and Reparations is just a vehicle, and in some ways that’s just the extreme extension of this religion of Leftism, where they’re gonna make everything right, and of course at the core whiteness is the evil. Something white is the worst. Of course, most SJWs themselves are white, which I think is a product of the brainwashing, that they would feel like they have to do penance to make up or something that they’re not responsible for.
And the second book, “Reparations Mind,” gets very much into that, exploring the history of indoctrination. I’m hoping by keeping things fast-moving, humorous, and having likable characters of all different races, to avoid some of the pitfalls that you could easily fall into with this kind of a third-rail type of subject.
What’s interesting is the first book was written very quickly and it was almost like my mind and body were just ready, “You have to write this book now.” And it came out, it was… it’s less than 40,000 words, and it’s kind of a breezy, fast read. The second book is about 60,000 words and it took a lot more out of me to, basically transmute very big, heavy ideas and still keep it fun, still keep it fast-moving.
I utilized a lot more dialogue in the second book, and because I ended the second book on a cliffhanger, I’m now mapping out the third book as frantically as possible to complete the trilogy, with a possibility of more books if the series starts to catch on.
For this third book, even bigger ideas, even heavier ideas… I feel like our society right now is headed for some sort of an existential crisis having to do with all the tensions. Racially, socially, economically, even stuff having to do with AI, outsourcing… There’s really no meaningful work to be done. We have the spiritual void.
And I’m hoping to convey in the book, which takes place in 2028, some insights and some lessons that we can apply to our lives now over the next few years, so that we avoid any sort of conflagration of this, I call it “the cold-pressed civil war,” where people are in coffee shops lobbing Twitter bombs at each other across the table on their computers.
If that goes hot… we don’t really want it. In our veins, our blood, it may want it, may want violence. We’re ready, it’s been a long time. But in our hearts and our minds, we’ve got to say no, it’s only gonna bring suffering, knock America’s prestige off the world stage, and a lot of other bad forces from around the world will be happy to leap in and mess with us or take over, and maybe not be as benign as we hope we are.
Another thing about people on the Left that concerns me is where they are mentally. What’s their approach? I’m really debating, are they disingenuous? Lying? Stupid? Naive? Lacking any foresight? It just seems like sometimes their world is a middle school pep rally of just, rah-rah, “You’re so great. YOU’RE so great!”
But there’s no actual thinking being done, there’s no arguments being put together. Yet they feel like because they have the buzzwords, the feel-good catchphrases, they have the moral high ground and get to shame and incriminate everybody else on the Right, who basically… we’re just grumps, we’re jerks, we’re bigots, we’re hateful. All those catchphrases they use to just take control of the conversation.
And as we move toward this “Idiocracy” future which is coming true day by day… If you try to articulate an argument properly, you sound like Luke Wilson, everybody just laughs at you because they can’t understand. So I don’t really know how to resolve that divide of willful ignorance under the guise of a pep rally, while the more wise people on the Right are taking so much flak.
So I think I’ll end this talk right here about my books, “Reparations USA,” “Reparations Mind.” I hope it’s been informative and intriguing to you. Right now “USA” is available free as an e-book on most sites, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Kobo. Amazon has it for $0.99, they haven’t price matched it. And paperbacks available for both books, “Reparations USA” and “Mind” on Amazon.com.
And if you have any other questions for me about the book and the series, feel free to post them in the comments below and I’ll get back to you. Thanks for listening.
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Video was originally uploaded on May 25, 2018.