This Week In Reaction (2016/03/06)

Froude Society bows as HRx Takes Its Exit. Nick Land is happy to encourage it. Personally, I have a hard time seeing this putative stark line of demarcation between NRx and HRx, and am not convinced this is not an (otherwise articulate) argument from ignorance or the narcissism of small differences. Which is not to say I am closed to being convinced otherwise.

Sarah Perry returns to Ribbonfarm with game theoretic musings on Inequalities. As always, it’s hard to summarize, but this bit comes close:

Our society directs gifts of wealth toward remedying prestige inequalities, a dubious endeavor, rather than toward remedying inequalities in material consumption and wealth.

To understand where that came from, and find out what Zuck actually “bought” with his $100 million donation to Newark Public Schools, Inc., you’ll need to RTWT.

A quick quote from Sydney Trads: It’s surprising what you will fail to notice when it’s your job not to notice. Also another excellent reprint from Wrath of Gnon. And they have up another excellent video from Black Pidgeon.

Reactionary Future (RF) went on a blogging spree this week. In Virtue and Liberty we find:


Not even the founders of the USA were as delusional as modern political thinkers to think a governmental system could be set without recourse to considering the character and virtue of the constituent population. They were still raving lunatics though.

Next from RF: Western political theory’s human problem. Or inhuman problem as the case may be.

RF also ploughs some new furrows in Menciian ground here: The Iron Law of Rebellious Tools. He sets up his point immediately:

One of the key points to take away from Moldbug is the De Jouvenelian insight that (successful) rebellion is always, without exception, a mere tool of someone already in a position of power.

So that whole Ghandi “first they laugh at you thing”? Sophism. In the end you win, because someone very powerful wants you to win. RF proceeds in this magisterial article, to document a plethora of case studies that show this Iron Law in action. And he’s more on this topic Illuminati Version. Dismissing it as a loony conspiracy theory is exactly what the Illuminati would want you to do. This was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

As a bonus, Reactionary Future makes the strongest possible Criticism of democracy.

Filed under Almost Thou Persuadest Me… Nick Land has Anne Applebaum’s sentence. Also a bit of analysis in the prelude to Super Tuesday: Political Chicken—how Trump’s playing it, and so long as he keeps playing it, he’s bound to win. And a keen bit of perception from Joseph Conrad. When artistocrats ape the values of the bourgeoisie, they deserve their fate.

Filed under “not obviously dishonest”, La Wik’s page on Alt-Right.


Count ∅-Face finds a great deal of wisdom in the I Ching, or his own brain (or both): A Call for Nonaction—regarding Donald Trump and a whole lot more.

Spandrell points to a snapshot of Entryism—Trump Campaign Edition. And more musings on Trump and the GOP. Also a note that even Evil has to sleep once in a while.

Esoteric Trad has another of his briefly noted collections: Acknowledging decline, Quote mining, and anti-EU Brits.

Ephrem Antony Gray has a new song: Colder Still that Metal Box.

Mark Citadel has a portrait of a revolutionary in the ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀: Trust Fund Debauchery. A failed revolutionary, Edward T. Hall III, but not for lack of trying… or emoting. And this is not all unusual: The bourgeois caste has long been the locus of revolutionary sentiment. Here’s Mark:

Edward T Hall III "facilitates" a 'people's assembly' outside the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

Edward T Hall III “facilitates” a ‘people’s assembly’ outside the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

[I]f we understand the revolutionary mindset correctly, we see its germination and metastasis not as a product of the lowest strata of society, the oppressed, the downtrodden, the poor, the uneducated, the weak, the infirm, the lazy. In that swamp at the bottom of the caste pyramid, almost nothing of any potency can emerge. Left to their own devices and with all things being equal, the isolated poor will be content with their station, improve it as they can, but will find purpose in their toiling. Karl Marx correctly observed that the French Revolution to finally abolish the edifices of the old feudal order was not initiated at all by the bread-starved peasants, but by the ‘bourgeoisie’, the word originating from ‘bourgs’ which were market towns, their inhabitants being primarily merchants of some type. As mercantilism enriched this sector, such men gained sizable wealth, and entered fields beyond trade in which capital could be accumulated, first law, and much later medicine.

Alrenous eats his moral cake, yet has it too, with Morality 1-4, Short Version.

Butch Leghorn offers up a Meme of the Week: Murdoch on Trudeau. Not Rupert.

CWNY considers to-day The European’s Moment on the Heath.

This Week in Social Matter

Very full week here at Social Matter this week. Let’s hop right to it….

Ryan Landry picks up where he left off last week, with Western powers meddling in the Middle East and making a mash of it. This time it’s The Coup And Counter-Coup Egypt Story. The Middle East News Cycle has left this story in the dust, but it illustrates perfectly the civil war red vs. blue aspect of US foreign policy. In fact, that’s probably why it’s been left in the dust.

David Grant discusses The Fall Of The Roman Republic. He throws a damp blanket on the universal love, given to the Republican era. Of if not love, at least overlooking of excesses.

Joseph de Maistre

Joseph de Maistre

Joseph de Maistre long ago explained why elites, and especially bourgeois intellectuals, favor republican over monarchical forms of government: people, especially people who think they’re better than everyone else, want to have a shot at supreme power, and republican government offers more opportunities for advancement, not because the populace is any more eager to have competent people running their government than a king is, but rather because there is a regular turnover of people holding high offices.

Woe be unto the rare elected governor who is actually competent.

Mark Yuray is back to suggest Throwing Natalist Benefits At Women Won’t Fix Low Fertility Rates. I’m not as convinced as he is, but he makes a strong case. At best, they might make a marginal difference, if well-structured. But what really needs fixing here is cultural incentives and disincentives surrounding work and family. respectively. In other words, it’s gonna take power, not policy.

Landry comes back on Wednesday for Weimerica Weekly—Everything You Wish You Didn’t Know About Bachelorette Parties Edition.

Mark Christensen occupies the Thursday slot with a very fine essay, The State Reborn: Abandoning A Liberal Mythology. He digs deep into the great metamorphosis: humble liberalism evolved into monstrous totalitarianism without anyone really noticing. Well, almost anyone.

Thomas Carlyle

Thomas Carlyle

[T]he nature of the state is that sovereignty is conserved. Due to its role as the central sovereign power, the state – or rather, the people who make it up – must develop a common set of normative values in order to operate. Because the state cannot brook opposition to its legitimacy to rule, it must therefore promote and inculcate these values in the population. Liberalism’s distinguishing feature – that it imposes no common good on its citizens – is revealed as a sham. Secularism is not neutrality; it is how the state defends the faith of Social Progress against its more mystical competitors.

Carlyle noticed the shams. Which is why he is bad for business. If your business is spinning shams. Christensen takes home the ☀☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Award☀☀.

Batting clean-up on Friday, Anthony DeMarco and I are joined by semi-host E. Antony Gray, and based (mostly) guest Travis Corcoran on Ascending The Tower – Episode XIV – “Dogs Are Not Kids”. It’s about the Kali Yuga and the sort of male archetypes by which we might pattern our lives.

This Week in 28 Sherman

Over at the home blog, Ryan Landry has a Sunday piece about the GOPe Fraud Laid Bare. It’s a screed. But an awfully good one.

Your conservative movement with the Christian evangelical vote has been a fig leaf of cover for economic interests to enjoy crony capitalism. They came in with Reagan and fed at the trough. You sold it to the socially conservative in the aftermath of the ’60s/’70s as social issues that for some reason you never ever succeeded in implementing. I will give the Gingrich Republicans credit for the “V Chip” thing in the ’90s with televisions, since you all let Internet porn flow freely. You gave up. How many letters did you mail, “Just $100 and we’ll wipe away Roe v. Wade!”. Sorry, your entire life is a lie. You had to wonder why you have only ever won on tax cuts (especially capital gains) and economic deregulation.

A section of Israel's pimped out but totally affordable border "fence".

A section of Israel’s pimped out but totally affordable border “fence”.

Next he looks at Costs And Paying For “The Wall”. Just how expensive would it be? Not very. Landry permits himself all the fun ways that it might rather easily be paid for. On the podcast, I’ve guessed once or twice that Trump might crowdfund it, after Congress refuses to appropriate funds for it. Either way, this idea that it is too technical, too difficult, or too expensive is complete nonsense. All that has ever been lacking is the will to do it.

This Week in WW1 Pics features Indians, War Bonds and Alien Surroundings. And also not just pics. “Roughly 75,000 Indians died in WW1.” I did not know that.

Rounding out the week at 28 Sherman, a brief note on Trump Insanity as only Landry can tell it.

This Week in Jim

Based Jim released a ton of stuff this week. First, a press photographer getting “chokeslammed” to the ground at a Trump rally stokes musings on Trump and social class. His narrative is wonderful in this ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀:

TIme Photographer Chris Morris "choke-slammed" by Secret Service At VA Trump Rally! (LOL)

TIme Photographer Chris Morris “choke-slammed” by Secret Service At VA Trump Rally! (LOL)

The pressman gets out of the press box. Security guy stops him by getting in his way. Pressman is absolutely shocked, outraged, and indignant. Pressman gets right in the security guy’s face, screaming at him from an inch or two away. His spittle must be spraying all over the security guy. Security guy grabs him by the throat and pushes him out of the security guy’s face, laying him quite gently on the ground. Pressman kicks, tries ineffectually to fight. But the wonderful thing is expression on his face. He is absolutely incredulous, he is astonished, he is outraged he cannot believe that the security guy has dared to lay impious hands on him.

Trump plays the Lord of Misrule. And he can afford it. In terms of social dominance, as well as financially. It’s inspiring in ways that people have perhaps not imagined. A lot more here. RTWT.

This brief but important note: Heartiste addresses the Jewish Question. With which Jim agrees.

Jim discusses the Australian Safe Unsafe Schools Initiative, in which LGBTQWERTY gets a plug.

Next from Jim: Single women vote for foreign conquest and rape. To say they’re not doing it intentionally is to deny them agency. They really aren’t doing it intentionally. Patriarchy is a powerful, once widespread, social technology that helped women and society rise above their hindbrain programming. But that’s evil. So hindbrain programming it is. Plus a PhD in Grievance Studies worth of post-hoc rationalization.

Finally he covers Cutting. And the various ways it’s draped with misinformation.

This Week in Kakistocracy

Porter pens an absolute gem here: Eyes Opening in the Dark. Don’t be fooled by its speculative fiction vibe. It’s ripped from the headlines. Well, the bottom half of page D-11. An instant ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Next the GOP Machine gets analogized Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel. Porter lays out multiple scenarios for the post 2016 American center-right party.

Porter’s thoughts turn, of all things, toward political theory Keep the Ends Close to the Middle, and Your Faith Away from Paper. The federal system envisioned by the framers of said Paper…

Rare IRL Pepe

Rare IRL Pepe

…presumes a live and let live inclination that is not often demonstrated. People who feel disdain for Missouri don’t simply move to New Hampshire, they petition it to attack. Social Justice Warrior may be a novel term, but it is an old phenomenon. Whatever its sufferers passionately embrace on Tuesday creates a conquer/submit mentality toward those who differ. It’s flight or fight for the retards. And it makes federalism unworkable other than as a means of administration: states exist as separate units enforcing a unitary command. So what could have been relative harmony in 50 unique polities becomes a savage national scrum for control of the only one with power.

And you know who that one is. Three guesses, and the first two don’t count.

Finally, when The Popes Speak, who will listen? It will have to be more than lukewarmed over milquetoast, to get me. For all his faults, R. J. Neuhaus once prescribed the supremely wise formula: “When it is not necessary for the Church to speak, it is necessary for the Church not to speak.” It should at least save on bandwidth.

So what was up with that Other Exception that Proves the Rule…

This Week in Evolutionist X

Evolutionist X kicks off the week with another of her patented Cathedral Round-Ups: Colonialism 2.0 Edition. According to our Cultural Masters:

Germany broke EU rules by inviting in a few million migrants without the consent of the other member states, but Hungary is being totally meanie pants for insisting on this weird notion of “national sovereignty” instead of just lying back, spreading its borders, and thinking of Queen Victoria.

LOL. She also take notice “that elites tend to be highly international people–born in one country, raised in another, married into a third.” At least. Rootless cosmopolitanism. It’s not just for Jews anymore. Or the French.

Totally unbiased national media reports on the Oregon standoff with #YallQaeda

Totally unbiased national media reports on the Oregon standoff with #YallQaeda

Next up a bit of analysis of Liberal Hypocrisy regarding Occupy National Wildfuge in America: State or Thede? She believes liberals conceive of America as a state, whereas conservatives conceive of it as a thede. This is mostly correct. I’d add, however, that liberals are a thede—one that just happen to be in charge of the state, and therefore likely to see their thedal boundaries as coterminous with state authority. As such they are in position to use the power of the state to squash, disintegrate if possible, other thedes. The most hated thede, and therefore most deserving of squashing, is the nearest contender for power: the sort of people who believe God, Glory, and Guts made America great.

Then Evolutionist X unleashes a massive series on Adoption as Genetic Strategy? Americans, Indians, and the Mongols Part 1 covers the current stats, mostly in the Anglosphere. Part 2 discusses when Genghis Khan kills your parent and makes you his little brother. Part 3 takes a step back to look at the Cross-cultural and historic context. There’s already more in the pipe on this, but the takeaway so far seems to be there doesn’t appear to be any clear genetic advantage to adoption, but it is a strangely ancient, widespread, and long-lived practice. Perhaps there are cultural advantages that we have not yet learned to quantify. For her tremendous research here, Mrs. X wins an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

This Week around The Orthosphere

Matt Briggs gets into into The Stream with The Bad Science Behind Trump’s Opposition. Brigg’s has many Cool Tricks®. Mocking “science”, which isn’t, is one. Defending the English language from abuse is another. Here, he gets to both:

There’s no use charging Trump with “populism.” Direct election of the president is by definition populism. What the elite therefore mean when they say Trump is a populist is that he isn’t a party man. What the elite fail to see is that this is the very message many voters want to hear.

Next Briggs makes some fun of a “peer-reviewed” “scholarly” paper: Is Truth And Evidence In Medicine Fascist? Apparently so. He finds a shocking amount of recency bias in his totally scienticish poll on What’s The Worst Moment in US History?.

Speaking of romantics, Briggs takes on Vox Day’s Direct Democracy Numbnuttery™ here: Direct Democracy Is Not To Be Desired. Also abortion has always been a religious issue… especially on the aff side. And how could it not be?

Filed under That’s Some Wave-Particle Duality Ya Got There, Bonald mashes his respective expertise as cosmologist with that of father of girls in Star Trek and My Little Pony: Multiracial polities. He gets a pleasing, and interesting, result:

Map of Equestria (not to scale)

Map of Equestria (not to scale)

Star Trek is supposed to be about a desirable utopia. My Little Pony is supposed to be a celebration of friendship. The ironic thing is that each succeeds better on the other’s turf. Star Trek‘s utopia is boring and stupid; it succeeds above all as a buddy show. The friendships between Kirk, Spock, and McCoy are distinct and all memorable. On the other hand, although each of the main characters in My Little Pony has a distinct (albeit in some cases one dimensional) personality, none of their relationships strike me as particularly interesting or even particularly distinct from any other. But Equestria is more interesting than the Federation, because Star Trek limits itself to the myth of Progress while My Little Pony taps into much deeper political myths, as we’ll see.

Also from Bonald, musings on how The Right invites its own soft censorship. I think that’s about right. After all, you’d expect the disenfranchised to be pretty bad at strategy. Otherwise, they wouldn’t have been disenfranchised. He wonders Do the fifth and sixth commandments conflict?

Back to Star Trek: “The Next Generation was the closest Starfleet ever came to putting Immanuel Kant in charge of a starship.” LOL.

Did I mention Bonald was just running riot this week? Well… he was. Here he considers Pope Francis and the Western temptation to gnostic suicide. There’s no way to read Francis that looks good. Perhaps there are ways that are less bad. Bonald, however, is fantastic in this ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀:

I sense that the heart of the matter [of Francis’ incoherent musings] is a false opposition between the universal and the particular, a very close analogy to the ancient Gnostics’ false opposition between spirit and material/bodily existence. Just as matter restricts form to its instantiation in a particular body, the instantiation of civilization in a particular people in a particular place with a particular history is in a sense a restriction, but a “restriction” that makes that civilization a real thing rather than an abstraction.

Donal Graeme has a good primer on sex differences and how then to live in Masculine Monday.

At The Orthosphere proper, Richard Cocks a good discussion of Plato’s Cave in God or Moral Nihilism. Also Dr. Bertonneau makes a case that Culture is not Nature. At least not “nature” as moderns conceive of it. Which to me is more an argument for a better, anti-modernist conception of nature.

De Jouvenel makes an appearance over at Imaginative Conservative in Who Has the Right to Rule Us? Eva Braun reviews Kant’s Imperative. And Moar on Vogelin.

Chris Gale wonders How do psychiatric disorders remain? Assortative mating is likely be part of it. Also some good advice: Be antifragile, and how student loan debt is not a very good way to do that.

Also from Chris, this was quite welcome: No more appartchiks. A taste:

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn

The Gramscian march through the institutions made all things — the learned professions, the church, the unions, even the ancient families in the house of Lords — political. The reforms of Tony Benn were the caopstone on this when the Bishops and old families lost their voting rights in the House of Lords to life peers, so the house now runs as a tame senate.

This new ruling class knows politics and politics alone.

The only cure for politics is power. Not more politics.

Mark Richardson uses a new one to me: Crybullies need group therapy after Milo visit. “Crybullies”! Nice!! Milo came to Rutgers, which is my neck of the woods. I should’ve been there.

Filed under Amen to That, Sunshine Thiry says Women can be hard-working and innovative in their proper sphere.

This Week… Elsewhere

Malcolm Pollack has a great essay: The Marshmallow Test. He looks at rising time preferences from a meta perspective. And gets some meta results:

Until now, every generation of every civilization saw itself as a living bridge between past and future — as heirs and beneficiaries of the productive labor of their forebears, and stewards of that treasure for children yet unborn. But now, having pulled up our roots (and salted the earth from which they sprang), we have no inheritance to cherish and preserve; that which we have not simply squandered, we have taught ourselves to despise. We have, therefore, nothing to offer our posterity, and so if we think of it at all, it is only to turn away in guilt, and to focus on what we can take for ourselves right now. If that weren’t enough, we also find ourselves in a time of exponential social and technological change. Even those of us who do seek to preserve our inheritance can hardly imagine how.

This was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Robert Mariani notes Feminism has no predictive power:

We’re all supposed to believe that gender roles are the product of socialization.

How exactly do feminists arrive at a conclusion like this? That isn’t clear, but it’s probably just that they, you know, wanted this to be the case. What is clear that such a belief isn’t true.

Real Gary has some basic 5Ws type questions about the Invaders In Calais that, curiously, no reporter ever seems to ask.

Brazilian model Ana Beatriz Barros

Brazilian model Ana Beatriz Barros

Adam Wallace has musings on IRL reactionary communities in UK: Simulation to Actualisation.

HBD Chick has a big chunk of research on Family Types in Eastern Europe, 1500-1900.

Alf describes what it is like living with NRx Overload. He’ll be OK. I think. The IRL is only a click of sleep mode away.

This was well done, at Faith & Heritage, Scandinavia: Examining a Liberal Dystopia.

Skating in just at the wire, Giovanni Dannato thinks Overpopulation Altruism Is Misguided.

Welp… That’s all I had time fer. Hit the highlights I think. Sorry this is about a day (and a half) late. Have a great week everyone. Keep on reactin’! Till next week… NBS, over and out!!

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  1. Confirming, still no pingbacks at our website. Are we the only one’s experiencing this of late?

    Ref: brief report about related matters here.

  2. Obviously, it must be a problem with our website then. Over to WordPress… perhaps they can provide an explanation.

    1. There is a visible pingback here:

      Took me a while to find one because many of the folks I link do not publish the ping backs. Too anti-social, too humble… or both. 😉

  3. A vast and varied amount of interesting reading material to peruse, much more relevant than the NYT, in fact. Thanks for compiling it all.

    1. And a good deal cheaper than NYT too. Happy to serve the discriminating reader. Thanks.

  4. Thanks Nick. And yes, I got the pingback: it’s working on self hosted WordPress.

  5. Bunch of Indians died in WWII, also–3 million died after the Japanese invaded Burma and cut off grain shipments to Bengal, which had suffered some bad harvests, coupled with exportation of grain for the war effort, raising of troops, and local democratic politics. Also, 87,000 Indian soldiers died fighting for the Allies (in WW2).

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