Brett Stevens

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Brett Stevens is an American writer, author,[1], blogger, and death metal enthusiast who shares his thoughts on the reality that Leftists seek to deny and decline of Western civilization. Stevens advocates the return of nationalism, monarchs, aristocrats, and hierarchy and is a critic of egalitarianism, multiculturalism, and universalism. Stevens frequently publishes his thoughts on his website but has also submitted his work to Return of Kings.[2][3] Stevens has submitted work under other pseudonyms as well, such as Spinoza Ray Prozak and Vijay Prozak.

History[edit | edit source]

A letter from Adam Yahiye Gadahn to Brett Stevens (transcript), expressing an interest in literature and death metal.[4]
A flier Adam Yahiye Gadahn made for KSPC 88.7's metal show[5]

In 1987, Brett Stevens co-founded the American Nihilist Underground Society (ANUS), a group dedicated to sharing their thoughts on reality and subjects that others would consider taboo. Stevens and ANUS endorsed online trolling, expressing a need to "shock" people into seeing through the illusions that permeate modern society.[6][7]

Around the same time, Stevens founded what would become the Dark Legion Archive and then the Death Metal Underground, the oldest, longest-running metal site online. Death Metal Underground began as a group of text files that Stevens uploaded onto the Metal AE bulletin board.[8] Stevens eventually transformed the Dark Legion Archives into a FTP site, then a Gopher site, and a finally, a World Wide Web site. The Dark Legion Archives was hosted at until ANUS' metal content was relocated to, the Death Metal Underground.[9][10][11]

From 1992 to 1998, Stevens was a DJ for a metal program called "Oration of Disorder" for Pomona College's KSPC 88.7 radio station.[12][10]

In 1993, Brett Stevens became acquainted with Adam Yahiye Gadahn, a metal fan who would later convert to Islam and join Al-Qaeda. Gahdahn submitted flier artwork for Steven's KSPC 88.7 radio show. In 2004, the FBI disclosed that it wanted Gadahn for questioning, and Stevens published an open letter in support of Gahdahn on using his Prozak persona in response. As such, the letter is a mixture of sincerity, realism, humor, and provocation. Prozak provided a shout-out to trolling groups such as the GNAA. The crux of the letter, however, is the how and why people become disenchanted with and reject modern, Western society. Attached to the letter is a self-described "small rant" about the value of death metal.[5][13][12]

In 2015, after Gadahn's death, Stevens wrote,

While I want to neither defend nor criticize al-Qaeda, as that is off-topic for this blog and probably beyond my knowledge, I want to point out again: Adam Gadahn was not a bad person. His early life was chaotic and horrible and being highly sensitive, he realized how doomed this modern Western civilization (MWC) is. He chose death metal, and then branched out into Islam, and whether or not his actions were correct, his criticism should be considered, and he should be remembered as more than a tick-box in the column of “enemies droned.”
— Brett Stevens, "Helsingin Sanomat cites comments on Adam Gadahn", Death Metal Underground.[14]

In August 2016, Manticore Press published Brett Stevens' Nihilism: A Philosophy Based in Nothingness and Eternity. The book was Amazon's #1 New Release in Social Philosophy in August 2016 for several days.[15][16][17][18] Although Stevens was fond of publishing his thoughts online, Stevens come to realize that the Internet had degraded in quality over time, becoming daytime television for those with a lack of purpose in their lives. Thus, when Manticore Press' editor Gwendolyn Taunton suggested that Stevens compile his older writings into a printed text, Stevens took the suggestion seriously. The ideas that would become Nihilism were generated while Stevens walked outdoors, contemplating. Stevens chose Manticore Press as the publisher for Nihilism since his past experience with its editor demonstrated [to him her] quality professional judgment and since Manticore Press focuses on publishing non-mainstream works. He Stevens also adds that it was only natural to work with the person who suggested crafting a book out of his previous writings in the first place.[19]

Ideas[edit | edit source]

Peter Heft's copy of Brett Stevens' Nihilism: A Philosophy Based in Nothingness and Eternity[20][21]
Alice Teller's copy of Brett Stevens' Nihilism[22][23]

The consequences of Leftism[edit | edit source]

Brett Stevens believes that actions and policies should be judged by their consequences instead of feel-good intentions or methods. Actions and policies that produce good results are worthwhile, while those that do not, especially Leftist ones, tend to exist merely to make politicians and voters appear or feel altruistic and less guilty.[24][25]

According to Stevens, individualists seek to eliminate culture and social standards so that they can behave, dress, and do as they please without having to deal with judgmental voices or stares. In what Stevens dubbed "Crowdism", individualists band together, form a crowd, and demand tolerance and egalitarianism in order to force the acceptance of all behaviors and avoid judgmental views.[26][27]

The crowd's demand for an egalitarian society leads a multicultural one, as an egalitarian society would, in principle, have to accept any person or value system. This, in turn, leads to a society where people have little in common[28] and little trust in each other.[29][30] As culture and social standards and norms are eliminated, laws and regulations replace them.[31]

Aristocracy[edit | edit source]

Not seeing the outcome of democracy or multiculturalism as ideal, Brett Stevens endorses aristocracy and nationalism. According to Stevens,

There are two basic approaches to choosing leaders. Either you see who gains power, and let them have it, or you see who are your best people, and give them power and wealth. The former picks people who are good at elbowing others out of the way, and the latter chooses those who are good at making situations excellent by looking past our immediate fears and pragmatic constraints. The ancient aristocracies were of this latter type.

Plato describes an archetypal class warfare situation, sort of like Revolution 0.1b: the top of the IQ and character curve are the gold and silver races, and they fascinate themselves not with methods, but with outcomes. Below them are those who are interested in methods, and finding methods that work best to take wealth from the combined bounty of society, which rewards cleverness and a meanness of spirit. Profit after all requires that more be taken than is given, and while in healthy capitalism there merely an exchange of values that benefits all, as soon as civilization encroaches on that business, it raises costs and creates an adversarial relationship.

— Brett Stevens, "Restoration And Renewal",[32]

Stevens believes that society should be governed by the best and is committed to that idea. He stated at least twice on his blog that he does not seek the crown for myself, believing that the crown and the accompanying duties and responsibilities are better suited for those better than he is.[33][34]

Stevens believes that aristocrats would provide better governance than politicians who care about how they appear to others and propose policies on the basis of who and how many people (often the lowest common denominator) such policies can flatter.[35][36]

Stevens acknowledges the role genetics plays in how good or productive a human being is. Thus, aristocrats, as "the best", must possess the best genes and heritage. Like Plato, Stevens believes that the optimal society requires a caste system. Stevens criticized the marriage of Prince William of the UK and commoner Kate Middleton, writing, This is not to say that commoners are bad; it is to say however that aristocrats must be exceptional, and that any society without them is on a path to dissolution.[37][38]

Nationalism[edit | edit source]

Stevens understands that without people in a given society having things in common, the society falls a part. A shared history, heritage, culture, and sense of purpose and destiny is needed to keep society together.[29][39] Thus, Stevens finds diversity and multi-culturalism counter-productive and advocates nationalism. According to Stevens, a group with people with the same heritage, values, and goals will naturally work towards those shared goals, which Stevens sees as more natural and beneficial than government, media, and ideologues forcing people without anything in common to get along with each other.[40]

Stevens recognizes that every nation needs a state of their own in order to survive. Without a state of its own, a minority ethnic group is doomed to be assimilated into the majority, to be forever resentful of the majority and other ethnic groups, or live a life without purpose and full of misery. Each ethnic group desires control of their own destiny, or self-determination, yet egalitarianism and multiculturalism denies them this.[41][42]

As a result, Stevens advocates pan-nationalism, or self-determination for every ethnic group.[43][44] Thus, Stevens is supportive of Zionism. As with all other ethnic groups, the Jewish people require a homeland of their own in order to survive as a people. As history shows, without a homeland, the Jewish people are doomed to suffer from genocide, pogroms, resentment and distrust from the majority population, and environments that force them to desire egalitarianism and multiculturalism as solutions to their misery.[45]

Criticism of white nationalism and antisemitism[edit | edit source]

Brett Stevens distinguishes between nationalism and racism:

Nationalists believe in ethnic self-rule. One ethnic group, one nation; it defines its own standards through culture, language, customs, heritage and values.


Racism is some sort of perverse desire to declare others as beneath you so that you can feel better about yourself.

— Brett Stevens, "Destroy White Nationalism",[46]

Brett Stevens is a nationalist, and he believes that white nationalists have erred in conflating nationalism with racism and in focusing on race rather than on ethnicity.[47] Stevens understand that the "bell curve" applies to the population within each ethnicity:

Most people missed the salient argument of the book The Bell Curve, since the denialists and compensators on the left had a huge tantrum about it and one chapter in which it discussed race. The real argument of the book was that the Standard Distribution applies to all population groups. Whether that is a group of white-haired Nordics or spear-holding Bantu, within that group intelligence and other traits will break down according to the standard distribution, with most in the middle (the “bell curve” shape) and some outliers on the right who are excellent. This is evolution in action; healthy evolution takes the far-right (heh heh) group and promotes it above the rest, as monarchism, aristocracy and identitarianism did in the past.

— Brett Stevens, "Identity versus racism redux",[47]

As such, Stevens does not believe that white nationalism, as an ideology that promises salvation based on skin color instead of ability, can create a society that is in line with reality. Stevens understands that white peoples do not constitute a single, cohesive nation or ethnicity and that not all white people are equal in ability or intelligence. In fact, Stevens knows that many white people are degenerate and far below par. Stevens does not believe that purging all non-whites and keeping all the whites would improve society, since that would still leave degenerate, unworthy white persons untouched and free to claim equality to and as worthy as other whites.[48]

Stevens also recognizes that "dropping out" and becoming dregs or outcasts is not an effective means of reclaiming one's country or achieving nationalistic objectives.[49][50]

Stevens also notes that white nationalists and antisemites fail to identify the real problems (i.e. individualism, Crowdism) and seeks scapegoats, such as the Jewish people, instead.[51][52]

Transcending goals, callings, and anti-work conservatism[edit | edit source]

Stevens believes that individuals and civilizations need transcendental goals – intangible ideas or virtues for people to aspire towards – in order to enrich and better society and to retain social cohesion and cooperation through a shared goal.[53][54]

Stevens also believes that individuals should pursue callings instead of jobs and careers. Stevens understands that individuals desire a sense of purpose, a sense that their skills and efforts amount to something, and a role within their community. Individuals cannot lead satisfying lives as "interchangeable parts" performing tedious, repetitive tasks that have been watered down to the point where performing such tasks cannot possibly reaffirm one's skills or worth to oneself, yet jobs compel individuals into performing such tasks. Stevens recognizes that this leads to misery and boredom.[55][56] Stevens also recognizes that modern jobs do not build better individuals; instead, jobs build individuals who are "detail-oriented/big-picture oblivious", "prone to compromise", and "easily guided".[57] Due to these reason, Stevens approved of the lowering of workday hours in Sweden.[58]

Brett Stevens and Roosh V[edit | edit source]

Brett Stevens has quoted Roosh V several times on,[59][60][61] and in February 2016, Stevens published a defense of Roosh V:

In my view, Roosh is one of the good guys. He wanted to talk about how modern values are terrible and so he found a way to reveal their failings, namely the pickup artist agenda, which shows how vapid casual sex really is — and attracts the kind of audience that can fund a blogger. He then went on with Return of Kings to write about how a restoration of classical society might be possible. That is a mighty achievement, and Roosh has introduced more people to traditionalism, rightism, realism and family-oriented thinking than just about any other source.


[…] Perhaps he has always been blogging from the basement with PUA/MRA as his canvas, but his real objective indicated by the name of his website, Return of Kings. Or maybe it is all farce. Either way, Roosh has enraged the usual Leftist suspects and turned on many people to rightist theory, and for that alone he deserves defense.

— Brett Stevens, "In defense of Roosh V",[62]

Books[edit | edit source]

  • Nihilism: A Philosophy Based in Nothingness and Eternity (Manticore Press, 2016) ISBN 0994595832

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Stevens, Brett (2016-08-12). "Nihilism: A Philosophy Based In Nothingness and Eternity, by Brett Stevens". Retrieved 2016-08-13.
  2. Stevens, Brett (2016-03-16). "I’m over at Return of Kings today". Retrieved 2016-08-02.
  3. "Brett Stevens". Return of Kings. Retrieved 2016-08-02.
  4. Stevens, Brett (2015-04-23). "Remember the fallen (Adam Gadahn)". Death Metal Underground. Retrieved 2016-08-28.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Prozak, Spinoza Ray. "Adam Yahiye Gadahn". Archived from the original on 2014-09-22.
  6. "About ANUS". Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  7. "Brett Stevens". Return of Kings. Retrieved 2016-08-02.
  8. Stevens, Brett (2014-10-07). "The early days of metal online: the Metal AE". Death Metal Underground. Retrieved 2016-08-31.
  9. "Heavy Metal as Art". Dark Legion Archive. Archived from the original on 2016-08-28.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Stevens, Brett (2014-04-27). "An Interview With the Founder of the Oldest & Longest-Running Metal Website, DEATH METAL UNDERGROUND". Metal Recusants (Interview). Interviewed by Dom. Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  11. Stevens, Brett (2015-07-02). "Interview with Brett Stevens of Death Metal Underground webzine". (Interview). Interviewed by J P. Retrieved 2016-08-31.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Khatchadourian, Raffi (2007-01-15). "Azzam the American". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2016-08-28.
  13. Prozak, Spinoza Ray (2005-09-15). "California Death Metal Fan On 'Al Qaeda' Terror Tape Was 'Passionate' And 'Courteous'". Archived from the original on 2009-02-05.
  14. Stevens, Brett (2015-04-24). "Helsingin Sanomat cites comments on Adam Gadahn". Death Metal Underground. Retrieved 2016-08-27.
  15. Stevens, Brett (2016-08-13). "This Is… War". Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  16. Stevens, Brett (2016-08-15). "Nihilism: A Philosophy Based in Nothingness and Eternity Hits #1 New Release In Social Philosophy". Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  17. " Hot New Releases: The best-selling new & future releases in Social Philosophy". Amazon. Archived from the original on 2016-08-15.
  18. "Nihilism: A Philosophy Based in Nothingness and Eternity: Brett Stevens: 9780994595836". Amazon. Archived from the original on 2016-08-15.
  19. Stevens, Brett (2016-06-16). "Interview With Brett Stevens". The Unpopular Truth (Interview). Interviewed by Pavol Horvath. Retrieved 2016-09-02.
  20. Heft, Peter (2016-08-16). "Peter Heft on Twitter: "And @amerika_blog's book came!"". Twitter. Retrieved 2016-08-18.
  21. Stevens, Brett (2016-08-17). "The First Copies Of Nihilism Arrive". Retrieved 2016-08-17.
  22. Teller, Alice (2016-08-18). "Alice Teller on Twitter: "After endless advice to educate myself, I'm fixin' to do it."". Twitter. Retrieved 2016-08-20.
  23. Stevens, Brett (2016-08-19). "Copies Of Nihilism: A Philosophy Based In Nothingness And Eternity Are Arriving". Retrieved 2016-08-20.
  24. Stevens, Brett (2015-08-18). "Liberalism is inhuman". Retrieved 2016-08-02.
  25. Stevens, Brett (2012-02-28). "Consequentialism". Retrieved 2016-08-02.
  26. Stevens, Brett (2010-12-11). "The pathology of a mob". Retrieved 2016-08-02.
  27. Stevens, Brett (2013-05-07). "How Crowdism destroys all good things". Retrieved 2016-08-02.
  28. Stevens, Brett (2016-03-09). "Multiculturalism causes cultural simplification". Retrieved 2016-08-02.
  29. 29.0 29.1 Stevens, Brett (2015-10-16). "Diversity sabotages community". Retrieved 2016-08-02.
  30. Stevens, Brett (2016-09-15). "Diversity Does Not Work". Retrieved 2016-09-27.
  31. Stevens, Brett (2010-12-30). "Diversity is genocide". Retrieved 2016-08-02.
  32. Stevens, Brett (2016-06-10). "Restoration And Renewal". Retrieved 2016-08-08.
  33. Stevens, Brett (2015-08-06). "Why I do not aspire to be King". Retrieved 2016-08-09.
  34. Stevens, Brett (2016-06-29). "I Do Not Aspire To Be Your King". Retrieved 2016-08-09.
  35. Stevens, Brett (2012-01-16). "Next revolution, don’t put the extraverts in charge". Retrieved 2016-08-09.
  36. Stevens, Brett (2015-04-13). "Our political enemy is politics itself". Retrieved 2016-08-09.
  37. Stevens, Brett (2011-04-29). "The aristocracy suicides". Retrieved 2016-08-09.
  38. Stevens, Brett (2010-11-16). "Abdicate, William". Retrieved 2016-08-09.
  39. Stevens, Brett (2016-07-22). "Why Nationalism Is Rising And Globalism Is Falling". Retrieved 2016-08-10.
  40. Stevens, Brett (2016-03-17). "Why nationalism is rising: it works!". Retrieved 2016-08-10.
  41. Stevens, Brett (2015-08-22). "Identifying the enemy — correctly". Retrieved 2016-08-10.
  42. Stevens, Brett (2015-12-07). "The roots of Black resentment". Retrieved 2016-08-10.
  43. Stevens, Brett (2016-05-12). "The Non-“Racist” Nationalist". Retrieved 2016-08-10.
  44. Stevens, Brett (2015-09-05). "Pan-nationalism". Retrieved 2016-08-10.
  45. Stevens, Brett (2016-04-16). "Zionism = Nationalism". Retrieved 2016-08-10.
  46. Stevens, Brett (2011-05-26). "Destroy White Nationalism". Retrieved 2016-08-22.
  47. 47.0 47.1 Stevens, Brett (2015-02-13). "Identity versus racism redux". Retrieved 2016-08-22.
  48. Projak, Vijay (2005-11-16). "Why I am not a White Nationalist or neo-Nazi". Retrieved 2016-08-19.
  49. Stevens, Brett (2014-02-10). "White nationalism died because it dropped out". Retrieved 2016-08-20.
  50. Prozak, Vijay (2004-11-28). "Nobody Wants Your Apocalyptic Hate Cult". Retrieved 2016-08-20.
  51. Stevens, Brett (2013-06-03). "A dialogue on The Jews". Retrieved 2016-08-22.
  52. Stevens, Brett (2016-06-10). "The (((Echo Chamber))) Reveals Itself". Retrieved 2016-08-22.
  53. Stevens, Brett (2016-02-14). "The basis of civilization". Retrieved 2016-08-24.
  54. Stevens, Brett (2016-07-28). "The Post-Reactionary Society". Retrieved 2016-08-24.
  55. Stevens, Brett (2012-01-24). "Jobs are jails". Retrieved 2016-08-24.
  56. Stevens, Brett (2012-09-29). "The past is alive". Retrieved 2016-08-24.
  57. Stevens, Brett (2015-02-19). "Jobs alter personality, make you obedient and mindless". Retrieved 2016-08-24.
  58. Stevens, Brett (2016-07-30). "Antiwork Ideas Spread In Sweden". Retrieved 2016-08-24.
  59. Stevens, Brett (2011-10-08). "Victimhood". Retrieved 2016-08-02.
  60. Stevens, Brett (2011-11-30). "Femicide". Retrieved 2016-08-02.
  61. Stevens, Brett (2011-12-06). "No, I Don't Care About Your Feelings". Retrieved 2016-08-02.
  62. Stevens, Brett (2016-02-05). "In defense of Roosh V". Retrieved 2016-08-02.

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