Vibe Shift: Build The America You Want

By Neenah Payne

Forbes asked in March 2022 Biden’s Build Back Better Plan Is Dead. Now What?

Now, there is a new grassroots vision for re-building America. Vibe Shift is a 2/24/24 Substack article by  Santiago Pliego, Director, Venture Fund Lead, 2x Founder / Early Stage Startups of New Founding which defines itself as:

A venture firm for American vitality We build and back companies defined by American ideals and a positive national vision. We explicitly oppose DEI/ESG and the bureaucratization of American business culture. We promote a culture of entrepreneurship and excellence, betting on great companies, products, and customers disfavored by corrosive ideologies.

“Vibe Shift” says:

It’s hard to say exactly how long it’s taken for the eponymous vibe to shift, but everyone knows it’s happening. For at least the last six months, not a day has gone by when I haven’t seen something, heard a statement, read a post, or had a conversation with someone that doesn’t leave me completely shocked—in a good way.

“This would not have happened a year ago. Vibe shift.”

The Vibe Shift I’m talking about is the speaking of previously unspeakable truths, the noticing of previously suppressed facts. I’m talking about the give you feel when the walls of Propaganda and Bureaucracy start to move as you push; the very visible dust kicked up in the air as Experts and Fact Checkers scramble to hold on to decaying institutions; the cautious but electric rush of energy when dictatorial edifices designed to stifle innovation, enterprise, and thought are exposed or toppled.

Fundamentally, the Vibe Shift is a return to—a championing of—Reality, a rejection of the bureaucratic, the cowardly, the guilt-driven; a return to greatness, courage, and joyous ambition.

It is hard to overstate how much Elon’s purchase of Twitter has accelerated (and perhaps directly caused) the Vibe Shift. The old ways of cutting and slicing the world have broken down, and now the most unexpected groups have found themselves as co-belligerents in an existential war to preserve our ability to speak, compute, build, worship, transact, and live in peace.

And thus—cutting across communities and denominations and occupations and hobbies—we get to the Vibe Shift:

The Vibe Shift looks like ditching childless civilizational nihilism and saying, yeah, having kids is good, actually.

The Vibe Shift is the repudiation of homogenizing hyperglobalism and instead intentionally pursuing the communal, the local, and the national.

The Vibe Shift is the rejection of reality denial and instead embracing that men and women are unique and different.

The Vibe Shift is the refusal to subordinate yourself and your family to the whims and anxieties of activists and bureaucrats and relearning to trust your eyes and ears.

The Vibe Shift is the rejection of secular liberal materialism and a return to the Christian foundations of the West.

The Vibe Shift is taking off the ironic veil that aims to cover the festering wounds of despair and putting on the vestments of seriousness instead.

The Vibe Shift is laughing at those trying to demonize men and cheerfully proclaiming “Dudes rock.”

The Vibe Shift is spurning the fake and therapeutic and reclaiming the authentic and concrete.

The Vibe Shift is a healthy suspicion of credentialism and a return to human judgment.

The Vibe Shift is living not by lies, and instead speaking the truth—whatever the cost.

The Vibe Shift is directly facing our tumultuous times, refusing to blackpill, and choosing to build instead.

There is no denying that whatever else, the Vibe Shift is an electric time—after all, things hidden before the foundation of the world are being rediscovered, and things thought to last until the end of time are crumbling at hypersonic speeds.

It is also a time fraught with opportunities for new, disruptive technology. It doesn’t surprise me that as we enter what could very well be the most volatile political and cultural period in recent American history we’re also seeing some of the boldest bets of the last few decades. The printing press emerged—as if by chance—amid the most apocalyptic geopolitical and cultural rearrangement of Europe since the Great Schism of 1054. In a time charged with explosive tension and excuses for violent conflict, a new technology gave the Reformers a strategic, non-coercive lever against the status quo, with various historians almost singlehandedly crediting the success of the Protestant Reformation to such a device.,,,,

Fundamentally, the Vibe Shift is a time for real courage. Like Tim O’Brien’s main character in “On the Rainy River,” we’ve indulged in cowardice for too long…

Whether through self-immolation or disruption from technologies like AI, the old world of Ivy League diplomas and a carefully curated “color inside the lines” public image is passing away. In the new world, things like courage—things that cannot be faked, things that are really real—are, perhaps for a moment, “proof of credibility” for those who are actively and explicitly building amid our decline and eager to leave a better future for our children’s children.

How long this Vibe Shift lasts remains to be seen. It may be fleeting, though I hope it sticks around. However long it lasts, we must steward it.

Carlson’s Interview of Pliego

After several people sent Tucker Carlson Pliego’s “Vibe Shift” substack, Carlson interviewed him on April 6.


Here’s the bright side of a dark time: people are starting to notice the lies. The vibe is changing fast.

Build The America You Want

In the audio interview below, Pliego points out that in vetting candidates, people who have “pronouns” or “Pride Flags” on their LinkedIn accounts are not considered!

A Conversation with New Founding 3/1/23

On February 28th, I sat down with Santiago Pliego, Director of Product at New Founding to learn more about the organization and the need to build networks, talent, and capital for the future.

Neenah Payne writes for Activist Post

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