Today, we have a treat! An interview with Brian Niemeier, author of Don’t Give Money to People Who Hate You in which he talks about how he came to write this surprise breakout book.
1. How did you come to write this book?
I almost didn’t. My dispositions have always run toward writing fiction, so I initially resisted tackling nonfiction. It was only when several friends, family members, and readers urged me to collect my thoughts on the culture war in a book that I relented.
2. Can you give us a brief summary of the ideas presented in Don’t Give Money to People Who Hate You?
The forces making war on Western civilization are not essentially political in nature, or even ideological. They are a fanatical Death Cult that hate the Christ and want to see His disciples humiliated, immiserated, and finally martyred. The Death Cult is now the dominant cultural force in the West, and it attained this position largely by infiltrating and corrupting media and entertainment institutions. Paying these organizations money constitutes cooperation with evil, and is degrading besides. In the book I offer tools and alternatives to help people break free of addiction to Cult entertainment products.
3. Can you give a brief example or two of the kind of thing you are talking about?
Star Wars’ official social media runner calling Christians “crazy” and “the worst” and the producer of Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast tweeting about his desire to feed the Covington Catholic boys into a wood chipper.
4. What about companies like, say Netflix, who have some good and some bad?
It’s not just about the content. Netflix joined with Disney and the Satanic Temple to coerce multiple states into repealing their newly passed abortion restrictions. These companies are perpetrating grave intrinsic evil. Giving them money constitutes remote material cooperation with that evil. Such cooperation is never morally licit, and extenuating circumstances under which it could be tolerated are vanishingly few. In short, it’s not about the companies. It’s about us.
5. How do people overcome the feeling of helplessness that says: But if you don’t buy X, you’ll miss out on the good parts everyone else is enjoying and your sacrifice will do nothing, because not enough other people care?
As explained above, the point of not giving money to people who hate you isn’t to inflict monetary damage on those people. Disney won’t miss your ten bucks. Netflix won’t miss your subscription fee. But giving them material support in the form of money and attention makes one complicit–even if remotely–in their evil. Christians are called to be in the world but not of the world, so fear of what the world thinks is not justification for participating in evil.
At the same time, I’m not urging people to retreat from society and live like ascetics. Despite the weighty tone of the title, this book is about having fun! And there’s plenty of fun to be had, completely for free, thanks to the internet. Right now is also the best time in history to bypass the big publishers and studios to bring original works straight to audiences. Actionable advice in both areas can be found in the book.
6. How has the book been received?
Don’t Give Money to People Who Hate You has enjoyed a warmer reception than I could have imagined! On its first day of release, the book reached #1 in three Amazon categories. The reviews are overwhelmingly positive, and I’ve received more messages than I can count from readers thanking me for helping them reclaim their dignity from the Pop Cult. This book comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable, which is just how I like it.
7. How does writing non-fiction differ from writing fiction?
Unlike writing fiction, writing nonfiction feels like actual work. It’s like having to write a major term paper in school, except there’s no one keeping you on task except you. The results are far more rewarding, though.
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