This Week In Reaction (2016/04/03)

Putting this up top, because this needed to be said: Mark Citadel’s Open Letter to Pope Francis over at The Orthosphere. Related: Mark Yuray’s How the Pope got Pwned. More on that below. Citadel wins an instant ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Alrenous has bit of pushback on Moldbug’s How I’m Not a Racist Exactly. He thinks Moldbug is being a bit utopian in advocating for content of character over content of curriculum vitae. Perhaps. I interpret it more as hanging progs by their own IQ-ism. Land has a Moldbug quote note from that same thread. And more and more pushback. I think Moldbug was just being polite. People gotta eat.

Alrenous also provides this entertaining mashup.

Free Northerner says The Economy Doesn’t Exist. Nor a fortiori does GDP measure well-being. Also from FN, a thoughtful article on Natalism and Status. He’s correct, of course. The Amish have no problems with fertility. I think the only thing confusing here is that people are seeking solutions for “us”, when the “us” is too big to do a damn thing about. Think locally, act locally. Tell false universalist abstractions to fsck off.

Speaking of Nick Land, here he is on Intelligence and the Good. It’s not clear he doesn’t consider them synonyms.

Sarah Perry returns with Self-Modification in Game Theory.

Sydney Trads have up a very based quotation from J. R. R. Tolkien in Letter to his Son Concerning Women, Courtship and Romance. Also there another @Wrath of Gnon classic: Johann Gottfried von Herder on the Love of One’s Country. Make that classics. And this was funny: Apparently, an explanation is required. Or “RT ≠ Endorsement”. LOL.

Land takes note of a particularly brilliant Twitter Cut, which I had missed, from Konkvistador. I won’t spoil it for ye. Also this Report from a Madhouse. I don’t know how one could better describe paying criminal gangs to commit fewer crimes than as “tribute”. Reactionary Ferret decides to make a prediction about Richmond, CA crime rates and promises to keep track of it for us.

Students attack the defaced statue of British mining magnate and politician, Cecil John Rhodes, as it is removed by a crane from its position at the University of Cape Town on April 9, 2015, in Cape Town.

Students attack the defaced statue of British mining magnate and politician, Cecil John Rhodes, as it is removed by a crane from its position at the University of Cape Town on April 9, 2015, in Cape Town.

Rhys Caerwyn is mad as hell and not gonna take it anymore in The Great “White”-Washing. The “it” being dumb-as-a-bag-of-rocks white student agitators. The Evil White Man du Jour is apparently Cecil Rhodes these days. Caerwyn sets the record straight for Rhodes and the rest of White (and Black and Arab) history on the African continent.

E. Antony Gray has a “thought” about 1983. (Not sure that “thought” is properly a form of poetry, but he gets all the poetic license around here he needs.)

Butch Leghorn has a video in Response to Sargon on Alt-Right and it’s pretty good. And this one too: The Cathedral. A little reductionist for my taste, but not wrong. RF disagrees with the maximum strenuousness possible (as is his wont). Butch’s NAXALT video is perfect. And helpful.

Jim wants Trump for King.

If [Trump] does something effectual, he is going to look quite a bit like Stalin or Cromwell, and this election will be the true election.

This seems like a ridiculously optimistic hope, and I suppose it is, but Trump does not seem like the kind of man who would plan to be president without planning to actually govern.

Obviously Trump, a middle of the roader, has no intention of implementing a restoration.

But for Trump to implement anything at all, he is going to have to make a good start on a restoration.

And Jim deigns to offer yet another of his magisterial posts on The Feminine Imperative. The absence of a suitable entry in the Social Matter Compendium has been rectified.

Malcolm offers thoughts on sovereignty in a republican government: Livin’ the Dream. Specifically, how a multitude cannot have sovereignty. Because a multitude cannot have a will.

And CWNY offers his Saturday Missive Europe Shall Not Die: We Triumph Still If He Abides with Us.

So what was up over at the Flagship Journal of Neoreaction, eh?

This Week in Social Matter

Mark Christensen takes Landry’s chair as official Week Kicker-Offer and delivers a real gem of an article: Being “Against Political Correctness” Is A Fool’s Errand. It’s bringing a knife to a gun-fight.

So the core problem with the Anti-PC frame is simply that political correctness is not the problem. The doctrine about which the Cathedral structure is politically correct is the problem. There was a political correctness before the current one, and there will be a new political correctness that replaces it.

Failure to name the beast has consequences when it comes to presenting a truly sovereign alternative.

Anti-PC is a pretense that there are procedural rules that sovereign power must obey: consistency, fairness, freedom of expression. PC is nothing but orthodoxy. You’re not against orthodoxy in the abstract. (Or at least you shouldn’t be… “The only orthodoxy: there is no orthodoxy”???) You’re against the current power structure and its orthodoxy. You want to take power. If you can take it, take it. Otherwise cease muttering about arcane procedural rules. Christensen earns an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ with this one.

David Grant asks, with substantial rhetorical flair, What’s The Neoreactionary Position On Akhenaton?


Leftist historiography has a single, constant theme: oppression, whether the imposition of or the struggle against. Columbus is evil because he inaugurated oppression of the native peoples of America; Che Guevara is heroic because he fought against the oppression of Western imperialism. It’s a simple scheme, one that doesn’t require much knowledge to follow, though additional details are always welcome.

In other words: Superfriends History. Where White Hats and Black Hats are clearly drawn in for the student.

To counter leftist history, it might appear necessary to propose another simple but antipodal scheme, fighting fire with fire. Indeed, it is generally useless to deploy dialectic against those enthralled by rhetoric. However, if one of the central lessons of neoreaction is that the world is more complex than the leftist narrative suggests, it makes little sense to provide an alternative just as simplistic.

To this end, Grant suggests several themes for a properly Neoreactionary view of history in this ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀. In answer to the question: There is no Neoreactionary Position On Akhenaton. Not yet at least.

On Tuesday, Mark Yuray explains How the Pope Got Pwned. And the entire Western Church along with him, long before he ever became pope.

Thomas Barghest delivers yet another gem: A Remedy For Ressentiment. He deals with a pathology that I didn’t know existed: Incoherent Agency. The problem of knowing something’s wrong, that you’ve got to do something but cannot sort out exactly what. What is needed is nothing less than a re-alignment of your life with the cardinal virtues. Easy to say, but hard to do when virtually every resource in life is militating directly against that. I cannot really do this article justice with excerpts so you’ll have to RTWT. But here is a taste:


One’s frustration occurs because the desires are unrealistic, and they are unrealistic because of a mismatch between where desires are formed and where they are later expressed. In the first context, one’s agency is almost free and complete, but in the second, one’s agency is conditional and limited.

This observation suggests a first essential rule for living a happy and well-ordered life in modern culture: keep learning and doing close together. For mutable desires, never accept low-effort surrogates that imitate rewards better than you can earn. Carefully ensuring that one’s thirst for pleasures does not outstrip one’s rights to them has an old name, of course: this is temperance, as mentioned at the outset.

Mimesis may, I think, be likened to “Fake it til ya make it.” Which seems a whole lot better than the alternative. Barghest wins yet another ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀. (And truth be told, the only thing that kept him from the top spot was the impropriety of winning all the time.)

Finally, Derek Hopper makes a guest appearance on Saturday with University-Age Brahmins And Dalits Get ‘Voice’—and boy-o-boy doesn’t it make them feel important. It remains, of course, a moral imperative (because Jeezus) to continue funneling more and more (less and less qualified) students into this indoctrination machine. Well, how else do you think “consent” gets manufactured?

The Cathedral has significant interest in legitimizing demonstrators’ grievances. Treating as credible the protests of angry and envious hordes is a primary function of the left; riling up the mob is necessary if it is to achieve its aims. Seeing articles in the following day’s newspapers (accompanied by images of riot police on horseback) the protesters view themselves as slingshot-bearing Davids and are emboldened in their belief that their struggle is righteous, even if their understanding of economic policy is as scant as it was the day before.

Actual Goliaths are hard to come by these days. They’re usually found in deep caves cowering in the fetal position.

This Week in 28 Sherman

Ryan Landry was sidelined by flu this week.

He was able, however, to provide a freaky WW1 pic: The Mad Max Aesthetic. LOL.

This Week in Kakistocracy

Strange bedfellows come under additional scrutiny in The Devil Went Down to Georgia.

[C]onservative support for big business. It competes strongly with their philosemitism for society’s most unrequited affection. There is practically no pillar of conservative tradition defended by the merchant class, with one exception: support for merchants–at least one group understands value/interest alignment.

In vetoing the Religious Liberty legislation, Georgia governor Nathan Deal recited the holy creed of inclusion, which proved he “listened” to the heart-rending stories of sexual micro-minorities. Pay no attention to that Superbowl-hosting A-list behind the curtain.

Next up from Porter the pictorial essay From Brussels to Bangkok—aka. “A Tale of Two Insurgencies”. If on Monday, you get drunk on Bourbon and Coke; and on Tuesdays get drunk on Bourbon and 7-Up, you really shouldn’t go blaming it on the Coke and 7-Up. To Thailand’s credit, they aren’t welcoming their invaders with flowers and #hashtags.

A very interesting piece here. Porter follows the money in The Other Immigration. It seems that high income immigrants gravitate to places with moats—metaphorical or otherwise. The big winner thus far is Australia with it’s (apparently still somewhat intact) Operation Sovereign Borders. (And a pretty salty moat around it.)

Four-metre crocodile was caught surfing at Broome's Cable Beach in W. Australia

Four-metre crocodile was caught surfing at Broome’s Cable Beach in W. Australia

As always, man lies about diversity with his tongue while speaking the truth with his feet. And that truth is going to be spoken with increasingly loud footsteps.

Countries with sufficient foresight to eschew the tensions of migration are going to be the future recipients of significant human capital, as those with means seek relief from the results of their own delusions. This is taking the form of Australia and the PacWest today. Tomorrow it will be Prague, Warsaw, and Budapest.

This Week in Evolutionist X

Evolutionist X has another of her invaluable series. Cathedral Round Up #8: history edition. History of Stanford University, to be precise. The history of Standford is mostly the history of America, only about 25-50 years ahead of schedule. Too many highlights to highlight, but this passage jumped out at me:

April [1965]: In Loco Parentis fading: Full confidence in the “maturity and good judgment” of coeds prompts the university to liberalize social regulations for women.

December [1965]: The Stanford Sexual Rights Forum registers as a voluntary student organization, the earliest known student group nationally to advocate civil rights for homosexuals.

A thoughtful, ranging piece on Moldbug, his disinvitation from Strangeloop, his non-disinvitation from Lambda Conference, and what the politicization of functional programming portends: RIP Programming, America.

Voodoo fetishes - one with cigarette - for the trance ceremony

Voodoo fetishes – one with cigarette – for the trance ceremony

Next Evolutionist X hauls out the Big Research Guns in a three part series on Animism, HeLa Cells, and Mystical Flesh (part 1), (part two), and (part three). Horrifying, yet interesting stuff. Fun commentary along the way, like how La Wik can’t bring itself to mention sacrifices (human or otherwise) on its various pages. (That’d be racist, I guess.) And like how Henrietta Lacks’ descendants might select between candidate research proposals. For this huge amount of research and entertaining presentation the series earns an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

… and… for the moment we’ve been waiting for for quite a few months…

This Week in Henry Dampier

Yes. Henry Dampier is back with a full week’s worth of articles this week. First, New York Slashy is some sly commentary on the growing and “puzzling” epidemic of “crazy people” slashing young women in NYC for “no reason”. Oh, Stop-n-Frisk, we hardly knew ye.

The reason why people use violence to achieve their political goals is because under the right conditions, it’s both cheaper and more effective than the alternatives. The slashers slash because it gets them and their fellows what they want for a couple dollars in hardware and a flick of the wrist.

Meanwhile the press is filled with the Soft bigotry of Assumed No Reasons. Also from Henry: Why Your Attention Span Sucks. This one hits very close to home for me and my kids. Prussian education, with a dose of American egalitarianism, would seem to come in for much of the blame:


Encouraging such deliberate practice, focus, and the sorting of the capable from the incapable necessarily undermines equality within the greater body of students. In a democracy which is supposed to encourage universal political participation with equal standing for all, this can only be tolerated to the extent to which it’s absolutely necessary.

Permitting this sort of specialization always causes serious ‘disparate impact’ to emerge: women and men will succeed in different areas, different racial groups pull ahead or behind, and some of the duller or more aggressive types are too useless for any responsibility whatsoever.

Training internally fragmented people creates a more similar populace which is less separated into the disparate specialties from which many of our surnames derive. With some help from scientific management, the baker can be interchangeable with the candlestick maker, and the son of the dentist can be encouraged to pursue his dreams to become a circus juggler. This emphasizes the larger political narrative that all people are interchangeable and that all people can determine their own fates if they have good school attendance and study hard enough.

Which is of course, bollocks. But it sure makes the people who come out on top of the academic heap look good. I wish I could find the quote, but I believe it was John Dewey as he was trying to import the Prussian school system into America and he said something like, “This will be an influential system for the next 50 years!” Oh, if only, Mr. Dewey. If only!

Dampier has a third (3rd) article this week on Why Universities Love Grievance Studies. Basically everyone wins… who isn’t paying for it.

And there’s moar… he has some video of Bernard Goetz, The Subway Vigilante On Policing. Whose act of self-defense was eventually followed up with 20 years of uninterrupted Nazi rule in NYC, during which the city evolved into one of the most pleasant and safest places in the world. A brilliant legacy rapidly being depleted by the socialist nullity Deblasio.

This Week around The Orthosphere

Imaginative Conservative has topic of some interest The Emperor Is Wearing Pajamas: The Decline of Dress. While clothes may not ultimately make the man, it turns out they do impact his performance. Also an overview of Hans Urs von Balthasar: Uniting Faith and Culture. Eva Brann channels Socrates on the Founding & Degeneration of Cities. And, speaking of Tolkien, Birzer has an essay Tolkien & Anglo-Saxon England: Protectors of Christendom. Tolkien apparently harbored a visceral disgust of all things French.

Briggs Answers A Global Warming True Believer in a lot of detail. And he wades into The Stream with Climate Surprise: Why More CO2 is Good for the Earth. Well, plants love the stuff, obviously. (Pre-Traumatic Stress Disorder… LOL!)

Bonald, citing this skirt-clutching Chronicle article, has a superb bit of analysis and an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀: The real reason engineers are overrepresented among Islamic terrorists (and, it turns out, other crime-thinky groups).

University of Alabama engineering students. Pretty diverse because how often do you see twin girl engineers?

University of Alabama engineering students. Pretty diverse because how often do you see twin girl engineers?

I’m starting to see the pattern: What’s worrying about engineering students is their intellectual and political diversity. Because these programs don’t exclusively attract white-hating Leftists (unlike, say, anthropology), and because there is little political indoctrination in engineering programs or in the math and science classes they must take from other departments, ideological uniformity is never achieved. And, in fact, this does explain everything. The Red Brigades get the humanities and social science majors because it affirms the basic worldview of the global Leftist order into which these students are indoctrinated. It is just more zealous in following accepted beliefs. Engineers, by contrast, are not indoctrinated into Islamism or white supremacy, but because they’re not strongly indoctrinated by their program at all, there’s a lot more scatter in their beliefs, so they end up being overrepresented in all these heretical movements.

University is indoctrination. And Engineers clearly do not get enough of it. More on that theme here.

Also from Bonald, as promised, a part 2 in The scandal of the idea of mortal sin: practical problems.

Over at The Orthosphere, Richard Cocks highlights briefly some particularly thickheaded displays of Reductionism. It seems to me that the Prayer of the “Just” has taken on an entirely new meaning. Kristor gives a somewhat positive spin On GNON.

Chris Gale has some very interesting data pertaining to the question: Are the mad bright? Or are the bright mad?

Mark Richardson takes note of Laurie Penny: “We need technological alternatives to pregnancy”. What could possibly go wrong?

Sunshine Thiry has some passing comments regarding the mostly unintelligible #Chalkgate or #TheChalkening, depending on your perspective. Nick Land deigns to provide a Moron bite on the subject.

This Week… Elsewhere

Givoanni Danatto looks for ways to Sort out the Castes: Easy Disqualifiers, Testing How People Think, Testing for Delayed Gratification, Easy Giveaways (e.g., conspicuous tattoos). Danatto brings it all together here.

Alf looks for his Spot in the Blogosphere. Has he considered an unpaid internship at the This Week in Reaction newsdesk? Also this: Truth in the comments:

Gratuitous rare pic of Emma de Caunes with long hair

Gratuitous rare pic of Emma de Caunes with long hair

Monogamy is a part of a deal between fighting men, where each man who is willing to work and fight gets at least one women, men disinclined to work or fight get kicked out, and women are not consulted about the deal.

Axel McKibben notices In case you haven’t noticed, there is no left left. For values of “left” designating actual outcomes-based concerne for powerless groups, he’s absolutely right. Powerless groups become clients of the aggrandizing state. Diminishing their power further. But forcing icky Kulaks to bake your gay wedding cake must be worth it!

I don’t agree with a lot of McKibben’s Religion as transmittable mental illness. Basically the “transmittable” part I agree with. But it is an interesting theory.

More solid stuff from Kaiter Enless over at West Coast Reactionaries: Recreating The Warrior: Aesthetics of Masculinity.

Also from Enless, a magisterial takedown in Refuting Chomsky: Distortions, Omissions and Lies. Chomsky is so consistent, that he serves almost as a truth-meter. As Moldbug averred:

What’s fascinating about Chomsky is that, in a way, he is an infallible guide to reality. You just have to reverse him precisely. In Chomsky’s mind, Poland is always invading Germany.

Enless receives an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for this informative and entertaining article.

Also at West Coast Reactionaries, Adam Wallace delivers and excellent essay on The Myth of Freedom.

The Christian doctrine of Fallen Man confirms this, that man is born into the world in a “fallen” state from Paradise. In fact this is the basic presupposition of nearly every religion the world-over; that man is born into a lower state of being, but through the active overcoming of this he can attain a higher state of being. This very idea challenges the center of the liberal mind. Man is born into a state of slavery to himself, to both his desires and his biological requirements; as well as his very metaphysics as a mortal bound to life and to death.

Freedom means “being able to choose.” The fact of the matter is that most ordinary men do not or cannot choose their fundamental state; they exist as total serfs to the political zeitgeist of the day, to the latest fashion trend, to the whims of their peers, to their own vulgar natures. They are not free men, they are slaves.

So then the Enlightenment fixation upon Freedom is not so much false as not even wrong. Wallace offers much more in this winner of the ☀☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Award☀☀. RTWT. And Wallace offers yet more on the topic.

And this as well over at WCR: Testis Gratus takes A Look at Nominalism. Lance Edain offers a poem for the struggle: Orphaned. If the amount and quality of output stays this high, WCR is probably overdue for their own (highly coveted) “Official” TWiR subheading!

James Miller is just about ready to hoist the black flag in Some days I just wanna… If yer gonna do the time, may as well do the crime. Also at The Mitrailleuse, Derek Hopper has a guest post exploding The Myth Of Papal Culpability in the Spread of HIV.

Carlos Esteban identifies the enemy in Bruselas y los últimos días de Occidente:

Nuestra civilización va a morir de estupidez. La masacre de Bruselas es un buen momento para recordar que el enemigo de Occidente no está en las arenas de Oriente Medio, sino entre nosotros.

Meanwhile Western Europe’s resolve to fight “Islamophobia” (and all other phobias (except phobiaphobia)) will no doubt be stiffened.

Al Fin identifies Patchwork Kids: A Kindred Tribe to Dangerous Children. Also: Educational System Now a Wrecking Ball Destroying Children’s Minds.

William Scott of Teleologic Folkways has a superb part one essay The moral conceit of the Left. He zeroes in on the fundamental blindness of Progressivism, and by inference, the inherent dangers of totalizing metanarratives:


[T]he Left functions as a cult. It is not really interested in reason, or in liberal discourse, though it claims both of these virtues to itself. In truth it wants no part of conversing with opponents, and simply quarantines enemies. Labeling satanic anything it considers authoritarian or that insists on bringing the conversation back to nagging facts.

Scott earns an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀. RTWT.

Greg Cochran considers the Federal University—the Federalized University that is—and what may be done about it. Also Cochran shares sad news regarding Henry Harpending. A great man and genuine hero of science. Requiescat in pace. Steve Sailer pays tribute over at Vdare.

Cheshire Ocelot has a timely review of Henry VI Part III, or Two Ways to Fail at Kingship.

Dr. Swaggins is purdy funny in this: Argumentum Ad Genitalium: the Logical Fallacy of the Negro. This was actually serious: A bit of perspective On the Ethnic Kinship Coefficient.

Bad Billy Pratt, over at Kill to Party, is taking Trump’s missteps on abortion harder than one might expect. Still, it’s best not to put one trust in princes, especially in the current regime. I hope Trump still wins, if only to prove how utterly Bill Clintonesque a Trump presidency will be. That’s not to say the 90s wouldn’t be a huge improvement; but a reign of a new Caesar they won’t be.

Welp that’s about all I had time for. See you next week. Stockpile that chalk before they start requiring background checks. Who knows? Perhaps you’ll be able to spook the easily triggered. Keep on reactin’! Til next week… NBS, over and out!!

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  1. Thanks for the mention, Nick.

    “If the amount and quality of output stays this high, WCR is probably overdue for their own (highly coveted) “Official” TWiR subheading!”

    Blimey, mate! Don’t get us all excited!

    1. I was of course being facetious about the “Official” part, and also the “Highly coveted” part. But the subheading part I’m serious about, and I should have implemented it this week, but I was already a day late on the drop.

      [Added: You’ve really developed a good crew over there. If the momentum can be maintained, I see WCR becoming one the chief hubs of activity in the Reactionary/Traditionalist Proper sphere. Also helpful you’re not Kike-on-a-stick Natsocs.]

  2. Thanks for the shout out NB Steves.
    My humble blog is honoured.

    1. Imma keepin’ my eye on ye.

  3. Thanks for the award. Always glad to have provided something worth reading. Been thinking a lot about the problems of collective ownership/sovereignty or complete failure thereof. Have a great week!

    1. Really, I had first flagged the Cathedral Roundup History of Stanford article for “contender”. Those Cathedral Roundups are invaluable I think. But there were so many “awards” this week, I had to cut, and it seemed like the “Voodoo” series was more work.

      Ah yes, the tragedy of the commons. I’ve yet to be dissuaded from the maxim: All (and in all) tragedies of the commons are solved by ownership with executive fiat.

      1. Any opinions on Elinor Ostrom?

  4. Disclaimer: My promise on the Richmond, CA thing was a mistake, since the data and the situation is more complex than I had imagined and beyond my abilities to account for. Actual statisticians should probably take on this case.

    1. Piffle. Ferretses always biting off more than they can chew, eh? 😉

  5. So no offense to the author of the Chomsky article (which was very good) but I have to say I am disappointed by Barghest’s article not getting BOTW. It was a work of art damn it! He should have gotten it, hands down. Look within yourself Nick…you know it’s true!

    1. Well it was Wallace’s “Myth of Freedom” that was the “Official” Winner.

      And besides, we can’t have Barghest winning every week. It would look fixed.


      1. You’re both too kind. Thanks very much for the honor, Nick, and for your advocacy, P.T., and for my part I quite approved of this week’s winner!

        There was really a lot of great stuff out last week. I can have no shame at all in being among those honorable mentions.

  6. Thanks a lot, Nick. Ita Scripta Est may not have liked my letter, but you can’t win ’em all.

    1. That guy is just really grumpy.

  7. I give up what’s a 1788 conservative? Articles of Confederation man??

  8. As always thanks for the share. Not sure how serious the internship offer is but I would take you up on that.

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