This Week in Reaction (2016/04/24)

Well the Alt-Right made the news again, this time over at Vox. The article’s author, Dylan Matthews, who apparently holds some sorta record for the World’s Most Punchable Face, had been snooping around. So it did not come as a complete surprise. What did come as a surprise is how much Matthews simply allows the neoreactionaries to talk. He leaves most of the omigodding and icantevening as an exercise to the reader. Given his background and the editorial positions of Vox, I think the article was more than fair. Matthews has fresh interview material from Moldbug. And one may wonder whether he might not have been exposed to the Neoreactionary Baselisk.

Related (presumably): Moldbug adds a Coda over at UR. Just a friendly nod to any new passersby.

Time Magazine is not so much interested in the Alt-Right as political phenomenon as it is in tying it around the neck of Donald Trump. Ergo: The Billionaire and The Bigots: How Donald Trump’s Campaign brought white nationalists out of the shadows (that’s paywalled… legible scans for educational purposes only are here).

Ross Douthat, House Conservative at NYT, gave some oxygen to neoreactionaries… without actually naming any. Probably the most he could get away with. It isn’t clear whether he was trying to deracinate reactionaries or send the more openminded of his readers to the Neoreactionary Baselisk. Time will tell. Nick Land reiterates one of Douthat’s more salient sentences. 101 stuff for the darkly enlightened, but possibly quite potent for the self-congratulatory “moderate” NYT reader.

Well, boy-o-boy… has Passivism been in the news!! Some ideas take years to digest. Passivism is probably one of them.

Reactionary Future explains why people are Miss-understanding Passivism. They misunderstand the nature of power. And I think that’s about as clean and comprehensive an argument as has been made lately.

Two weeks ago, Yuray made the case against right-wing activism. This week he offers the alternative: How To Passivism.

In a desperate act of self-defense, Birmingham officials attempt to break up the ingeniously named "Children's Crusade". Minor damage inflicted to the cape; zero to the matador.

In a desperate act of self-defense, Birmingham officials attempt to break up the ingeniously named “Children’s Crusade”. Minor damage inflicted to the cape; zero to the matador.

Why does campaigning work for the Left? Because the left already controls the official and semi-official state. When a leftist gets beaten, arrested, jailed, imprisoned, exiled or killed, that leftist becomes a martyr and the other countless leftists galvanize with state permission. Then the state grants the leftists a Bureau of Diversity here, or a Foundation for Equality there—perhaps just an initiative or lucrative consulting pay-off, but a victory nonetheless. What happens to a rightist? They get beaten, arrested, jailed, imprisoned, exiled, killed—and then? They are memory-wiped from everything but horror stories. This is not even an anomalous system, this is the very nature and purpose of the state. It’s just too bad that leftists got hold of it.

The solution of course is become worthy? Inb4 “who decides what worthy is?” If Natural Law was sufficient for Aristotle, it had better be enough for you. If you have to have virtue defined for you, you are a liberal. (In fact, I’m not convinced that isn’t one of the more elegant definitions.) Pursue virtue, but how?

Status sovereignty requires a Männerbund. One man alone will be hard-pressed to revive Western civilization, especially if doing the things necessary to do so makes his peers look down on him, or makes him forgo other actions that will raise his social status. Your internal status-seeking system has to be realigned to seek status along traditional lines. To fix this problem, you need to be in touch with other like-minded men, you need to meet them regularly, you need to help them out, you need to exchange ideas and plans with them, you need to build bonds with them – such a small social program will be a small victory in the larger scheme of things, but a good civilization itself is nothing more than a million of these small social programs concentrated in one territory.

This too was a hidden gem:

A cabal of men is necessary to provide those men with property rights and sexual morality that is not just de jure but de facto. The official government no longer enforces sexual morality, and it is loudly wavering on its commitment to enforcing the few property rights that haven’t been indirectly subverted. The activist may see fodder here for a placard and propaganda slogan, but a passivist sees an excellent opportunity to build a superior machine for providing and enforcing property rights and sexual morality…

Find the holes in the Cathedral. They are numerous, and, if any theory of collapse is correct, bound to increase over time. Yuray earns an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Free Northerner clarifies what he, and all of #NRx Ltd. with him, mean by Activism.

Bull Connor, Commissioner of Public Safety for Birmingham, AL and all-round tough guy. So he thought.

Bull Connor, Commissioner of Public Safety for Birmingham, AL and all-round tough guy. So he thought.

Activism is people power. It is a part of democracy in which the people take political action, generally against the authorities or those perceived to be in power.

Democracy is inherently leftist. People power is inherently leftist. Activism is inherently leftist. There is no such thing as right-wing activism.

If you are trying to influence the people or democratic power structures you are not acting right-wing. You are acting like a liberal and are engaging in liberal democracy on liberal terms on the liberal battlefield. You are completely pwned and accepting your enemies’ frame.

Of course that does not mean you aren’t necessarily still a nice person.

Not to be outdone (by himself), Northerner returns describing Part 2 of The Passivist Procedure: Accept Power. To the audible rustling of all the usual jimmies:

Society moves by the combination of large, underlying, occult economic, demographic, and social forces, the occasional great man, and pure random chance, a combination that makes a joke of any planning for specifics.


Then best strategy in this case is to build: build a power base, build legitimacy, and build authority so that when the black swan occurs, we are ready to move and have a set alternative to chaos. The great man will be whoever finds the right timing and uses what has been built to restore order.

Plan for a black swan event. That’s about as right-wing activist as you can be. Look, every time FN opens his mouth, he describes perfectly the Official Neoreactionary Position. And, so far as I know (and I would probably know), none of this is being coordinated in the NRx Ivory Tower (which is neither ivory nor a tower). So, if you are among the few that won’t listen to me because I am an asshole (even tho’ my assholery is one full σ below the NRx mean), then listen to FN, because he’s even less assholey than me. And we’re awarding an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for the pair of related articles.

Speaking of power: Here’s Migration Period on The Tubman $20. Seth wins Sentence of the Week:

Power is fleeting. Race/gender politics is the smokescreen it leaves behind so you can’t follow it.

Well, technically two. But they were short. Someone said: “Why bother putting her on the $20? They could put her on the $20,000.”

Let’s see… what else?

Jim gets all magisterial again Fixing housing, health, and education. A series of solutions whose elegance and simplicity is matched only by his wry wit in describing them in this ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀. For example:

Educrats are our priesthood, and priests always think people should spend more time in church. Hence degree inflation.

It is time for the dissolution of the monasteries. Confiscate the endowments.


"Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"

“Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?”

I propose degree deflation:

At puberty (measured by biology rather than chronological age, to avoid the disaster that ensues when you have twelve year old adult black men in the same classroom as twelve year old while male children), everyone gets a test that discriminates between the lower two thirds and the upper third.

The upper third get the option of going to special elite boarding school (real school) while the rest, if they feel inclined, can attend bullshit school to learn lies and bullshit as at present. (There would be too much outrage if we simply kicked them out) The intent is that after a while, bullshit high school empties out as people realize that it not worth anything, and then we can we burn them down, salt the earth, build condos where they stood, and send the teachers to the gulag in Alaska for re-education.

Jim speaks hyperbolically… but only such that complaining about it proves him right.

Mark Citadel has takes a wide view of the lay of the land in Bridges & Dams Across the Religious Rubicon .

Atavisionary pops in to ponder Did Ancient Humans cause the mass extinctions of mega-fauna outside of Africa? He thinks probably not. And has reasons. Also this week: musings on a Cashless society, or how governments would like to force us to pay rent on our money.

As worrisome as it is, capital always finds a way. If savers are forced to pay interest on storing their money in the bank and are disallowed from storing physical cash in their homes or in secure locations, then they will simply opt for objects that retain value and are relatively easy to store. Precious metals, jewelry, gemstones, artwork, artifacts, fossils, etc are all things the very rich already use to avoid taxes on their capital gains. In a cashless world this practice would become a tactic used by every class with any sort of capital.

There’ll always be cigarettes for the small transactions. Or, as he mentions, bitcoin. (Which has been remarkably stable and strong of late.)

Anthony DeMarco and I joined Irradiated Watson and Count ∅-face for Caligula’s Council Episode 4. Audio quality poor to weed out the fair-weather fans.

Poet Laureate of the Neoreaction (and semi-permanent guest on Ascending the Tower) has a fresh ode: Ever-Near.

Nydwracu could be called a “creepy ass cracker”… if he were human. Instead he’s an amalgamated lifeform made up of several trillion tiny Hitlers, joining limbs like weaver ants to peck out hate-filled screeds. So when he writes Against white nationalism, you really should listen. White Nationalism makes perfect sense after you define Which Whites. But once you do, what you have is no longer White Nationalism, but rather Nationalism. Not even Nationalism, but merely a Nation. And why’s that such a bad thing… Nydwracu earns an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for this concise and well-put note.

Which Whites?

Nick Land has a Brief History of Kek. And Pepe. Who knew? Also Maybe nerds really are dangerous. One has to wonder just how Black Swan proof this sort of thing could be, but it’s purdy darn impressive in the adverts.

A productive week over at Bloody Shovel productions. Spandrell is like the neoreactionary highschool teacher of Chinese history you never had. In The distribution of power, he explains how the Song Dynasty founder became an absolute ruler: threaten to kill your generals, then don’t, then offer them land, money, girls and a good time instead. And there’s more and moar: The Song Golden Age, The Song Dynasty’s Decline and Fall. I hope it is not annoying to him, but Spandrell wins an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for this excellent series.

Over on his home blog, David Grant has a not exactly ringing review of the “miniseries” The Odyssey (1997).

Slumlord is concerned about 1488 and the Alt-Right. He thinks the 1488ers need to be purged. I agree. Now if only we can find something to purge them from.

As is their habit, Sydney Trads have up another @WrathOfGnon classic: Dean Abbott on Beauty and Modernity.

Reactionary Future has had it up to here with the Slogan Wars.

Esoteric Trad has a fine skewering of the LowIQ Tech Babies of Silicon Valley. “We’re victims too!” they cry, in unrequited solidarity with those whose rents they drive out of reach.

And from Cambria Will Not Yield, the weekly epistle: Into Thy Hands.

This Week in Social Matter

Ryan Landry kicks off the week with A Deep State Announces Its Existence. The deep state in question is Libya’s. The message: “[W]e are your friendly neighborhood secret police.” Why? And also why Buzzfeed? But why? The Deep State players seem to have one big gripe: General Haftar, who is running the show right now in Libya, for small values of running (and small values of show). And, oh by the way, who gained American citizenship during the 20 years he spent living in the US. Virginia to be exact.

If the CIA has a man in Libya, it is Haftar, who is strategically placed and says he will only back a government formed by the Libya House of Representatives.

How convenient for democracy exporters!

Landry gets the nod of an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for his research and analysis here.

David Grant returns on Monday with Reading Thrasymachus Part I.

On Tuesday, Mark Yuray has the follow-on to this controversial article: How To Passivism. Which was also, alas, controversial. And about which I already wrote above.

Landry’s Weimerica Weekly features tech turbocharged degeneracy, and Twitch. This bit, in passing, sums up just how pathetic our own Weimar Republic has become…

Wireheading, courtesy of HGTV

Wireheading, courtesy of HGTV

We’re also a voyeuristic society. And there’s all these fun, cool, awesome things to do, yet people who are very obese and overweight can’t do them. So the next best thing is watch them be done. The other thing that we have with the voyeurism is, and all the social media, you always see what your friends are doing. And the other voyeurism is when you look at reality television, we kinda wanna know or we’re curious about the lives of others. We’re curious about the jobs of others. We’re curious about how other people’s homes look, what they do.

I mean HGTV: How many women watch HGTV and actually do a damn project? They don’t. I mean they all want a gigantic kitchen. You know all these women are Chef Ramsay, yet I think women cook less now than 30/40 years ago. We watch. And we wanna watch. We’re drawn to it.

I mean: What’s the entire push of pornography? Pornography used to be pitched to The Loser, who can’t have sexual relations. Remember America’s average age in the 70’s was like 27. So the loser who can’t have sex or who’s not getting sex at the moment wants to watch, to project himself into having sex with the young female who’ll say yes. Nowadays, they just create pornography for anyone, because they all watch. And everyone’s a voyeur. And you’re a voyeur, maybe curious for different situations. That’s a whole other episode.

Mark Citadel offers a long anticipated article on Thursday: Evola’s Case For The Tripartite Race. And it is, for lack of a better term, magisterial—a perfect follow-up (again uncoordinated AFAIK) to Nydwracu’s incisive piece on White Nationalism.

For Evola, race was not a property that could be so easily discerned at its fundamental level, as the National Socialists of Germany had wanted with their anthropometric and phrenological sciences, which sought to define the ‘pure Aryan race’. This was a limited and deeply flawed outlook, which by his estimation was emblematic of modern materialism.

Citadel explains and defends Evola’s hierarchy: Race of the Body, Race of the Character, and Race of the Spirit. Regarding the second, Evola articulates

how the degeneration of the character race in the modern world is ubiquitous, even within family lines, and this we observe to a far greater extent today with the collapse of collective national conscience, declining recognition of norms and presuppositions, as well as the increasing rapidity of retroactive condemnation from generation to generation. Even among those family lines with no significant miscegenation, we observe this phenomena; the death of nationality, the death of identity.

Which Whites, right? Mark has offered too much here for me to do it justice by excerption. An obvious ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀. RTWT.

And in a rare Friday offering, Mark Yuray says The USA Cannot Balkanize. At least not along clear geographical boundaries. The point being we are heavily balkanized, but along lines of caste, not region. The Cathedral has mandated integration and takes away moral status points for wanting to be around your people. Therefore elites everywhere (elites being defined as those having the most moral status points) are aligned with each other and mostly against the ordinary people of their region or district. It’s hard to believe this was not a conscious plan.

This Week in 28 Sherman

Over on the home blog, Landry compares Immigration and the Innsmouth deal imagined by H. P. Lovecraft.


They did not want to change their ways. They did not want to try something new. They did not want to suffer an economic loss. Yet they did try something new and they did change their ways. In the process, they changed everything about who they were. That was the Innsmouth Deal. Will the Somalis in Sweden, the Algerians in France, the Muslims in Germany be worth the supposed maintaining of economic order if Sweden becomes Somalia, France becomes the Maghreb and Germany becomes Turkey?

Landry gets wins the ☀☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Award☀☀ for this brilliant connection. Well… shares it. More on the below.

Speaking of passivism, SoBL reports on Putin’s Ratings Firm. Don’t like ratings agencies in the pocket of USG? Don’t call your congressman, or paint poop swastikas to complain about it. Build your own. And that’s what Russia is doing.

The EU is on the attack and now the S&P downgrades Poland, which will hurt its government bonds and currency. In a world with separate rating agencies that have a track record of fairness and good observations, could S&P pull of such ridiculous moves as a political weapon? Most likely no if the competition is firm. Definitely not, if nations become defectors of sorts with regards to ratings.

This Week in WW1 Pics… The Ace’s Lucky Penguin. The ace in question: Adolphe Pégoud. The penguin: not quite lucky enough.

And a quick note for Friday: The Cuck Singularity. All the cool young GOP were lining up behind Harriet Tubman on the soon to be (in 14 years) new $20 bill. A Republican! Yesssss!!! And also apparently an NRA member. GTFO, Andrew Jackson, you old meanie.

This Week in Kakistocracy


Over at The Kakistocracy finds Israel being Reprehensible in the Levant. Well, not actually reprehensible. Rather more sensible and naturally self-interested… by holding views that her “conservative” defenders in America would be quick to denounce as reprehensible, were they to be discovered anywhere else.

Porter digs up a very old complaint Conservatism Standing Like a Stone Wall. A very old complaint that could just as well have been ripped from the headlines of the Alt-Right. That is to say, if we had headlines.

He also ponders Why Do We Scream At Each Other? Which is a meditation on property, mostly being the thing that you (or you and your buddies) are capable of defending. But what if your unwelcome guests decide to become bouncers for your establishment? Well, a lotta good that piece o’ paper is gonna do ye…

What’s black and brown and looks great on an infantry blockade? Doberman pinschers. Of course this action would have generated media apoplexy with so many numinous “refugees” trying to run from the destruction. But you know I wouldn’t even care.

And eventually neither will the people of Europe. You will defend your habitat or lose it to those who will do so in your stead. That is the nature of man, and there’s no particular sign it’s more compatible with.

And finally from Porter, a few remarks about The Hospitality Business. Once you’ve had nine children, and your wife’s 44, IVF may be the only way to staunch the deeply felt absense of a #10 (and a #11 and a #12). And the Austrian taxpayer concierge will be glad to help, even if you’re an Afgani family of 11 on a princely state stipend. Who are we foolin’? Especially if ou’re an Afgani family of 11 living on a princely state stipend.

This Week in Evolutionist X
2012 Princeton (NJ) UMC Appalachian Service Project team members: Whites helping the Other Whites their parents destroyed.

2012 Princeton (NJ) UMC Appalachian Service Project team members: Whites helping the Other Whites their parents destroyed.

Evolutionist X kicks off the week with some political musings Presidential Poison. Engagement in electoral politics is, indeed a poison, and it targets the parts of the brain involved in human agency.

Then she brings this wrap up to her Appalachia series: What Ails Appalachia? Pt 3 (possibilities). Here are parts one and two. Tho’ in truth this article stands up very well on its own. The mystery is: Why does Appalachia underperform its own resources, both natural and human? Why, for example are they doing worse than states with lower average IQs, like Alabama, or California, or France? Let Evolutionist X count the ways.

America killed its manufacturing.

We killed it because our upper classes look down their noses at manufacturing; such jobs are unpleasant and low-class, and therefore they cannot understand that for some people, these jobs are the only thing standing between them and poverty.

Regulatory burden and environment also get expansive investigations. She considers death rates, concentration of land, brain drain, and plain ol’ Scots-Irish personality. A magnificent tour de force and earns an equal share of the ☀☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Award☀☀ with Ryan Landry above.

A quick bit of gene geekery here with an Updated Tentative map of Neanderthal DNA. (“Gene geekery”… gotta be a portmanteau in there somewhere?)

Finally, Evolutionist X recounts Religion’s Remarkable Memetic Conservation. And indeed it is remarkable. Clearly, a sense of the sacred, expressed in religious ritual, even if pre-rational or visceral, gives sufficient force to this impulse. What is worrying is that, due to leveling and iconoclastic heresies, more and more people are coming to believe that anything could be sacred, and therefore (hyper-rationally), that we should not privilege old (i.e., traditional) sacred things. But if anything can be sacred, then everything is sacred, and unless you’re a super-calloused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis, the immediate effect psychologically is that nothing is sacred. And that pretty much defines our world these days. Just because anything could be sacred doesn’t mean what your grandparents thought was sacred isn’t.

This Week in West Coast Reactionaries

A quieter week this week over at WCR. But that doesn’t mean bad. No. Not at all. Adam Wallace, who is rapidly becoming one of my favorite writers, considers The Demon of Mechanisation.


What really strikes me—and what I think I originally understood at an intuitive level—is the sheer horizontality of the modern world. The facet which seeks to bring all existence down to the lowest level; to destroy the notion of greatness, the notion of beauty, the notion of—at its core—what distinguishes hierarchy between one thing and another and the ontological level. There is a levelling, mechanised process which marks modernity.

“Mechanised” is an interesting word because it implies several things. It implies a robust and continual — thoughtless — process, something which occurs despite anything external. It implies a standardisation, a creation of the one-size-fits-all genre.

Where traditional and natural hierarchies are all treated with suspicion and ultimately scorched by liberalism, something must enter that void. The putatively “rational”, ostensibly “objective” totalizing leftist state. Liberalism is food for Leftism. And oxygen. Burn both of them. Fantastic essay, Adam Wallace, and yet another ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.


This Week around The Orthosphere

At Imaginative Conservative, a timeless essay (from 1965): Richard Weaver on Education and the Individual.

An alarming percentage of our citizens, it is to be feared, stop with the word “educa­tion” itself. It is for them a kind of con­juror’s word, which is expected to work miracles by the very utterance. If politics become selfish and shortsighted, the cure that comes to mind is “education.” If ju­venile delinquency is rampant, “education” is expected to provide the remedy. If the cultural level of popular entertainment de­clines, “education” is thought of hopefully as the means of arresting the downward trend. People expect to be saved by a word when they cannot even give content to the word.

This was 1965, by the way. Lysenko and Dewey make appearances, inter alia. Also there, this was pretty interesting: Can Socrates Change Your Life? Perhaps working with Plato and Jesus, he can.

At Orthosphere Proper, Kristor has a short tract Architectural Ornament: Dead or Alive. A taste:

Modernist architecture’s rejection of ornament is understandable. The Modernists had no idea what any of it meant. So it seemed stupid to them. So they excised it.

Ditto for all traditional forms. These were all meaningless to the Modernists. So they rejected them, root and branch. In this, they were aided by developments in the economics and technology of building. But the impoverishment of modern architecture was spiritual before it was material.

Another short tract from Kristor: Market Perfection Tends to Monarchy, & Vice Versa. Which is basically full-strength Moldbug, but without the snarky tech humor.

Also at The Orthosphere, J. M. Smith has a magnificent meditation on Proverbs 20:20: A Lamp That Shall Be Put Out. “Whosoever curseth his father or his mother; His lamp shall be put out in deep darkness”. And we’ve been doing a lot of father and mother cursing lately (Rebel flag, confederate statues, Cecil Rhodes, Woodrow Wilson, yada yada). But it is not at all something new. Hence Proverbs. It is a type of iconoclasm. Perhaps it is the most iconoclastic iconoclasm of all. J. M. Smith earns another ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Beaker and Dr. Bunsen, Scientists

Beaker and Dr. Bunsen, Scientists

Showing once again that Scientism is actually easier to spot when its conclusions are correct than when they are wrong, Matt Briggs finds Scientism Of The First Kind: Science Shows Laptops Distract Students. Next, the podcast: The End Of All History. With some choice tidbits from Solzhenitsyn. And Holtz’s Planets orchestral suite.

Briggs goes down to The Stream with Why Science Is Broken, and How To Fix It. “It comes down to bad politics, bad money, and bad philosophy.” So that’s all we gotta fix! One soul at a time. May not win the race, but it’s all we got. And filed under Ruin Porn: Norway’s Official Church Surrenders Christianity. Norway’s state Lutheran Church will happily clappily now “celebrate” gay “marriages”. Well, they voted on it, so it must be doctrinally correct.

Bonald wonders Can a movement survive the embarrassment of its leaders? The case-in-point is the Prolife “Movement”. Which has grown increasingly embarassing. But begging for political scraps from your cultural masters’ table is pretty bad to begin with. Next he relates The scandal of the idea of venial sin.

Chris Gale offers up Three cheers for Pat Boone. And also reminds me why I don’t watch SNL anymore. Now I’ve not heard good things about the God’s Not Dead series. Some have said they’re likely to turn people into atheists. Now that might have been a simultaneously funny and non-sacrilegious angle for SNL to explore. Also a meditation on Matthew Chapter 5 and how anger kills us: Flee from Babylon.

Also from Chris: Should the church promote early marriage? tl;dr? Yes!! And I absolutely, unreservedly agree. But, from anecdotal experience, even a most faithful conservative priests are brainfscked on this issue. Sad. Fathers: teach your children… what the Church won’t.

Testis Gratus makes a haiku: Lamentatio. But has the good taste not to call it that. And another: Lamentatio Secunda. In longer form, he offers an historical and philosophical analysis of the Inversion of the Sciences.

This Week… Elsewhere

Bad Billy Pratt, at Kill to Party, has another of his Classic Movie meets Current Events Mashups “E.T.” (1982) and Muslims. It’s his One Kewl Trick, but boy is it a Kewl Trick. And this is brilliant. “If Politics are downstream from culture, culture is downstream from Hollywood.” It was 1982, Conservative Ronald Reagan was in the White House, and Steven (((((Spielberg))))) was running the Propaganda Ministry:


“E.T.” represents a deliberate inverse of the traditional alien invasion movie as a metaphor for the modern American immigrant. The kids in the movie like E.T.—while mildly apprehensive at first, they aren’t quick to judge him or believe that he’s dangerous; they’re willing to see their similarities foremost before their differences. And once they rather quickly vet the alien, it’s all good.

In reality, you’d more likely have a house full of dead kids.

The villains in “E.T.” are the white, alpha male F.B.I agents who are really total pricks. They want to capture E.T. and properly assess the variety of dangers that a space alien invading Earth an undocumented creature visiting Earth may pose, but the kids are quick to dismiss the validity of this idea, claiming the evil F.B.I. will “give it a lobotomy or do experiments on it or something.”

Sound familiar?

Pratt gets another ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for this one.

Thrasymachus considers Mizzou, OSU, and Bernie. He reveals a truth that would be uncomfortable to advocates of higher education… were such advocates actually self-aware:

Mandatory education is supposed to provide something useful, and realistically most people don’t need to go beyond 8th grade. “Liberal” college education does not, and has probably for most people for most of history been about acquiring the correct attitudes.

But if people don’t go, they won’t acquire the correct attitudes. They won’t go if it doesn’t have a positive cost/benefit analysis. In a no-jobs environment, paying a lot cannot be justified, so to keep people coming you need free college.

Roman Dmowski takes on the huge task of outlining The Intellectual Origins of the “Alt Right”. (It might have been easier to create a list of non-influencers.) He conducts a whirlwind tour of the events and persons in recent US political history, and lands the reader safely at our present day. In which the Alt-Right may be poised to fundamentally shift the mainstream center-right.

Dalrock is one man wrecking crew for Christian Feminism. He finds A funny thing happened on the way to the matriarchy.

What [Mallory] Millet’s co-conspirators couldn’t have imagined back in 1969 was how eager Christian conservatives would be to assist them in their destruction of the family. Instead of fighting back, conservative Christians jumped on the anti father bandwagon with a zeal that even makes the liberal elite uncomfortable.

Donal Graeme has an insightful Masculine Monday.

Greg Cochran shows how, indeed, there is Such a thing as goklu.

Completely gratuitous pic of Catherine Deneuve smoking

Completely gratuitous pic of Catherine Deneuve smoking

The always entertaining Dr. Swaggins goes deep inside political baseball and looks at the War of the Vote Sponges: the Battle of Indiana. GOP Delegate sponges that is: Kasich and Cruz.

Robert Mariani catches the media in the act of catching the great white racist conspiracy running America. Just when you were about to believe your lyin’ eyes… Of course, I don’t agree with him about taking Andrew Jackson off the $20. James E. Miller makes the opposing case. I don’t agree with either of them that Jackson was a bad guy, at least not for any of those reasons. But then, as a good subject, I shouldn’t really care what bozo they put on the money. “In America we stamp our god ‘in god we trust’“.

Reactionary Tree has put up a new permanent page: Hate Facts to “shiv leftoids and red pill normies”. Pretty impressive list. Also Mr. Tree has a review of Jack Donovan’s sequel: Becoming a Barbarian.

Reactionary Ferret plays to his expertise: A VG Diversion – Dark Souls 3 Edition. I guess I’m supposed to know that VG stands for video game. But as a numismatist from way back, I always thought it stood for “very good” (as in the condition of a coin). After consideration, Ferret decides to make a switch of Vectors on his blog: to VGs. Well, someone in NRx needs to fill the niche of telling people what they need to know about VGs and “Yer Degenerate!” Think of it as “VG+”.

August J. Rush over at Dissident Right pens a lament of his own: Kali Yuga Cometh. A lament, but not without hope. And not without a challenge.

Thrasymachus has a second Horror In Biology. He notes the strong analogy between the crab parasite Sacculina and the now documented occurrence of trans-racial human embryo implantation—a practice which manages to violate Natural Law in two ways.

William Scott of Folkways is working on short fiction over at his literary blog Terrible Joy, where he presents: Crow Song.

Giovanni Dannato suggests Social Engineering Should Be Tested First. And I’d add: Second and Third and Fifty-fifth.

Welp… That’s all folks. Special thanks to my, as yet unnamed but not particularly secret, Official Minion, for helping me pull this together. See if you can spot the tonal seams. Lemme know if I missed some juicy link. Keep on Reactin’! Til next week, NBS… Over and Out!!

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  1. Thanks for the mention as always, Nick. A good read as usual. Hopefully Testis Gratus’ “Inversion of the Sciences” will be mentioned next week — wouldn’t want to leave his excellent articles out of the spotlight.

    1. He mentioned it along with my other stuff under the Orthosphere heading. I guess that’s a result of it being posted on both sites.

      1. Oh — of course. Apologies for that. I ought to wear my glasses more often!

  2. Once again, thanks for putting the time in for this, brother. The editorial function is ever necessary.

    1. Fortunately, it is appreciated around here. But it still doesn’t pay! And I’m in want of a private evil villain island myself.

  3. Thanks for the mention.

    It’s up to you, Nick, but my articles are formally a part of WCR if you’d rather list them under that. Adam Wallace was generous enough to give me an outlet there, so the traffic is probably better sent that way. Other pieces that I put solely on my own blog are probably not going to be worth listing on here.

    1. Yeah, Adam’s initial question threw me for a loop. Because it sounded awfully familiar. I looked back through my trash (all my “post-it notes”) and only realized then it had been posted at both places. Now that I know that will be a regular occurence, I’ll probably default to linking WCR versions if that suits you all.

    2. TBH, looking back at the Inversion of the Sciences article, I probably should’ve given it more air time. But I tell ye, I was up til 5 am last “night” working on this, and sometimes the brain just doesn’t want to concentrate on big philosophical stuff.

      Anyways, I shouldn’t be talking about how the sausage gets made so much here…


  4. Thanks again for the shoutouts! Glad you enjoyed it.

    There was a sequel, although maybe that falls into next week- I don’t know what day you set the cutoff on. Also, I’ve been working with RaceRealist at on a very thorough post regarding kin selection at the subspecies level- and how that applies to the races of man. I think you’ll like it.

    1. Yeah, my cutoff is Sunday whenever Ryan Landry’s Sunday Social Matter article comes out. He’s truly the official week kicker offer. I see I have an email notice from you for 4/25 in my now freshly repopulated “To-Do” folder.

      Not joking about pushing that rock back up the hill.

      1. Makes sense to have a consistent cutoff every week.

        Hey, though, you know that we’re already Sisyphus out here.

  5. Thank you, sir. I get lots of inspiration. Obviously.

  6. Many thanks for the mention, Nick.

    1. You’re quite welcome. It has thus far been a pleasure making your electronic acquaintance.

  7. Thank you kindly, good sir.

    ET always freaked me out as a kid. Uncanny valley? I never really understood why the gown-ups were making such a big deal out of a movie about a kid who finds an ugly alien when there were so many better movies out there, like anything with the Care Bears.

    The comments on that NYT article were just awful; doesn’t anyone at least try to Google unfamiliar things to at least figure out what they are before posting an opinion about them?

    Ah, well. Until next week!

    1. Never saw E.T. until much much later. [Edit… TBH I don’t know if ever did]

      Oh LOL NYT Commentariat… “Tsk tsk Ross we know yer a closet racist we just can’t prove it”, “The reason reaction has no voice is because LIBERALISM IS TRUE, SCIENCE HAS PROOOVEN IT”, “Reaction has voice: Fox News” (Lord, they have no idea…)

      NYT Commentariat is the highest verbal IQ holiness signaling you’re going to see in the natural habitat.

      Keep up the good work, Mrs. X.

  8. These aggregation posts are really invaluable, thank you very much.

    1. I’m gratified that people think so. It’s what keeps me goin’.

  9. Another great roundup; did I miss an announcement about its dissolution or is Ascending the Tower just on a long hiatus?

    1. An unintended and unannounced long hiatus, for a confluence of reasons.

  10. Thanks a lot, Nick. Your aggregation as always is invaluable.

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