The Hip Service

By Nathan Payne | pablosmoglives | 4 Oct 2023

"Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all
the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things?
I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent,
ye shall all likewise perish."
Luke 13:2-3


Liberals have turned into Lt. Hauk and Sgt. Major Dickerson from Good Morning, Vietnam.

Have you noticed?



The discerning student of culture will certainly notice that punk-rock is the new polka, an obsolete, formerly-vibrant form of musical expression promoted by the self-appointed commanding officers in The Hip Service, the anti-culture hipster army, all of whom live on bloated salaries, wear the same clothes, bark about compliance all day to people they actually believe are their subordinates, and work as booking managers for local alcohol bunkers in "art community" gulags across America.

They also believe themselves to be genuinely funny, and blame the audience for not getting the joke.

They're also starting to eat the consequences of their actions, values, and fantastical beliefs.


When this guy was shot in Philadelphia, only a day after posting this tweet, my first thought was some variation of, "yeah, well, whatever."  Not "I told you so," but rather "I tried to tellya, but you didn't listen.  As they say in Spanish, 'To God.'"

He even wrote an article in 2017 titled Being queer, I never thought I’d find God; then he found me.  It's actually sad.  The article might as well have been written in red ink, for all the unwitting warning signs it contains. 

The statement that "I had to change nothing about my sexuality" indicates an unrepentant, reprobate mind, which is not surprising in the least.  Lack of humility and an unwillingness to change for God is textbook self-righteousness.  It's everywhere.  But what is genuinely shocking (at least to me) is the DECLARATION OF ENTITLEMENT he makes.  In the same article, he states, "my entire life I was told that a typical life was not something I was entitled to."

There ya go.

I'm very sad to hear it, Sgt. Major Dickerson, but who dared tell you you weren't entitled to a "typical life."  Did the troops not like your jokes?  Were the punk-rock polka chicks scrunching up their faces in a rictus of faux-defiant, hyper-compliant, wannabe rebelliousness while you stood side-by-side worshiping your own unrepentant sexual desires at the commercial government surplus outlet church?

Shall we give lipservice to The Hip Service, the cultural gatekeeper regiment, standing at the doorway of all the heavy, righteous clubs?  The gulags full of stoned women pretending to be artists, making Rothko clones in trust-fund apartments on the Lower East Side, no one can afford?  Shall we acquiesce to the fascistic whims of the murder victims inspecting our credentials, our compliance score, our papers?

Should we cease from barking down to people?

What's your problem, anyway?  Don't you know the only thing you're entitled to is death?  Were you born on the sun?  Can't you see it's HOT?

“Pride goeth before destruction, and
an haughty spirit before a fall.”
Proverbs 16:18


Josh Kruger's death is a cautionary tale against hubris and putting your own subjective spiritual "findings" above the truth (if it's "your" truth, then what's important to you is that it's yours, not whether or not it's true).  His death is a warning against calling people "hateful" or "idiotic" when they try to warn you about sin.

Because, regardless of what you or I or anybody thinks about him, he has no illusions now about the spiritual condition of mankind.

You're certainly free to gamble on the possibility he was right. 

Just know it's a gamble.  Perhaps it is wise to tread lightly on your perception of other people's idiocy.  We've all trampled that accusation to death.  "Everybody else is an idiot," of course.  Tell me something I don't know.  But perhaps it's time to dial it back, even if you believe it was Josh Kruger who was the idiot.

The warning goes both ways.

Remember Luke 13.  Except ye repent ye shall all likewise perish.

And Proverbs 24.


"Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine
heart be glad when he stumbleth: Lest the LORD
see it, and it displease him, and he turn
away his wrath from him."
Proverbs 24:17-18


While Proverbs 24 commands me not to rejoice at the fall of yet another Sgt. Major Dickerson, the stabbing death of a 32-year-old man in Brooklyn a day or 2 later strikes me as more than a coincidence.  God is trying to get somebody's attention.  My first reaction to the news wasn't dissimilar to my reaction toward the shooting in Philadelphia, but then I saw the footage.  Even with the stabbing edited out, it's heartbreaking to watch.  Watching him lying on the sidewalk in a motionless heap, in his fitted suit and shiny shoes, knowing he's only moments from the gates of eternity, is a tragic, painful sight indeed.


Even if he was waiting for a bus in Brooklyn in a nice suit at 4am, which strikes me as.... unwise.... what would he have done differently, if he'd known he'd be dead in a matter of minutes?  Would he have changed the topic with his girlfriend?  With whom he was, apparently, very much in love?


Was he a gatekeeper of the Hipster Army, a well-meaning anti-talent scout for the Selective Hipster Service?  Or was he merely an oblivious footsoldier, working in ignorance for the man?

He was not oblivious, apparently.  In full possession of his moral and cognitive faculties.  After reading an article on Information Liberation that posted a tweet in which he describes himself as the "COO of Antifa," my sympathy dissolves.  You got what you asked for, Lieutenant Hauk.

I know it wasn't worth it.


Both killings are warnings of different kinds.  The obvious warning is that YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN OR WHERE death will come a-knocking.  So be ready.  The Philadelphia killing is a warning against not surrendering yourself fully to God, and forcefeeding your desires into your spiritual doctrine, or lack thereof.  It's a warning against the "my truth" doctrine, which, as I state in the article "Your Truth" is a Lie,  "[your truth is] idolatry because the important thing in this religious belief is that the truth is "mine."  The fact that it's "mine" is what's important, not whether or not it's actually true."

The other warning is that sanctimony does not shield one from consequence (in fact it fuels the fires of the torments of eternity), and that it's a mistake to assume that you have the rest of your life to figure it out.

Which, of course, is technically true.  You do have the rest of your life to figure it out.  Even if you only get another hour. 

It will be over before you know it.

Remember the verses from Luke 13 and Proverbs 16.  Defect from The Hip Service, go AWOL from your roll call in The Punk-Rock Soccer Matriarchy, dismantle your GPS morality system, and join the cultural insurgency today. 

After all, it isn't the Army that makes the world wonderful.

The soul you save may be your own.

Thanks for listening.

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Nathan Payne
Nathan Payne

I am a songwriter and bandleader who travels the world in search of the golden ticket.


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