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[EDITORIAL NOTE: I leave it an exercise to the diligent reader and critic whether the Official #NRx Best of the Week Awards Committee has capitulated to “grade inflation” over these many months. But this week we awarded an unprecedented number of honorees. And there were, as well, many fine articles that didn’t quite make the cut. This was, I think, and extraordinary week both in quantity and quality of output from the Reactosphere®. It makes my job harder, but more enjoyable too.]
Intellectual Detox explodes a myth of a myth about inequality in Inequality, Bargaining Power, and Startups.
In reality, highly profitable businesses result from some degree of genuine wealth creation and some degree of capturing critical nodes in the web of market exchanges. Ownership of these critical nodes allows the business to extract lucrative rents.
It’s always a bit of both. Dumb people believe it’s all critical node capture; slightly less dumb people seems to think it’s all genuine wealth creation. But they’re both dumb. (Neither as dumb as those who believe it was granted by the white privilege—or ((((white)))) privilege—sky fairies, however.) It’s obviously both… and obviously complicated:
Entrepreneurs such as Zuckerberg or Larry Page […] won because they out-executed their competition, and in doing so, created great value for consumers. Yet, in winning, they established ownership of a crucial node on the internet. They both own a near monopoly, and in doing so, are able to extract profits disproportionate to the amount of investment into their products. Are most of their riches due to out-executing and providing value? Or due to capturing this monopoly opportunity? It is impossible to say.
This turns out to be simply the setup for a deeper investigation of “What is a ‘just’ distribution of wealth?” As always, Intellectual Detox is superb. And this is an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀. RTWT!
Two articles showed up over at Future Primaeval this week. First, Neal Devers distinguishes Three Types of Property, and the three types of laws the correspond to them.
Then Raymond Brannen returns with a major think piece: Inference With The Vampire. A Bayesian Vampire to be precise.
Who do you think will make more accurate predictions about humans: a 25-year-old sociology/psychology graduate student who has read a ton of studies, or a thousand-year-old vampire? If you agree with me that the vampire would eat the graduate student alive, then we can conclude that sufficient experience with people can overpower social science.
When the Count turns 1000, a study comes out that contradicts his understanding of human nature. This study has a sample of a couple hundred college students, a p-value of 0.05, it was conducted by a professor who proudly claims a political cause, and the results just happen to line up with that cause. Would the vampire throw out his 999 years of experience and believe this study?
No, he would stick with his prior beliefs and laugh at the puny humans. College students are only good for dessert, not for generating knowledge.
In spite of his obvious evil, you get the feeling that this vampire would run the table versus even very smart normal-aged modern people. He’d be a useful resource for advice. Even tho’ his motives might be ulterior, his dominance would leave him little reason to lie. Except 1000 year-old vampires don’t really exist.
Although humans can’t live as long as a vampire, they can still pass down knowledge to the next generation through records, books, art, culture, and traditions. This intergenerational knowledge serves as the starting point for the next generation. We stand on the puny shoulders of the puny humans who came before us. Tradition is Bayesian.
The best approximation for the vampire’s perspective would be to look in the books of the most learned humans of the past.
For all their faults, for all their biases and heuristics, humans went centuries without needing to inflict 5-point Likert scales on college students, and it didn’t stop them from building the entire modern world.
So don’t just “update your priors” when you encounter contradictions. Start with whole set of new priors: old ones that smart people a long time ago took for granted. And work forward. Brannen takes home a share of the ☀☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Award☀☀.
Reactionary Future finds a lot to like in Brannen’s post. He mixes it with a healthy dose of Alistair MacIntyre for a pleasing blend.
Butch Leghorn finds Google has Blackwashed search results. You remember Goog’s ol’ slogan: “Don’t Be Evil”? Yeah, neither do I.
Social Pathologist offers a modest platter of Potpourri. He’s also been reading (and quoting from) Sam Francis’ Beautiful Losers: Essays on the Failure of American Conservatism. He offers a more substantial review (and endorsement) here.
Nydwracu has a whole slew of stuff On Eurovision and the interesting, if not altogether intelligible, philosophy of Hunter Hunt-Hendrix. Also Trump’s Supreme Court picks, refreshingly provincial, in terms of religious compounds, compared to recent crops. He takes note of how (and why) Twitter artificially manipulates trends. How hard is it to Imagine trying to explain 2016 to 2006?
And then Nydwracu posted this: Ça ira, ça ira, ça ira. It was simply fantastic:
Have you ever met a minor aristocrat?
A minor aristocrat, that is, not someone like Donald Trump. Donald Trump is not a minor aristocrat. Donald Trump has serious money, and his father had serious money before him. No one with that much money needs to be insecure—and Donald Trump is not. His aesthetic is kitschy. His hair is kitschy. And he owns Mar-a-Lago, which was built by the richest woman in the United States. Donald Trump is an aristocrat—he’s good at making people forget it, but he is an aristocrat—but he’s secure in his position.
Josh Barro, on the other hand, is a snot-nosed kid who went to Harvard. What does he have? A piece of paper and a journalism gig. Is Josh Barro, who couldn’t tell Montana from Mongolia, a particularly talented journalist? Could he, in a double-blind test, outcompete the poors, the yokels, the disgusting average people of gross, inferior white America? If Josh Barro were hit by a truck, his bizarrely large ears and bilious guts splattered into a million giblets across the pavement of his coastal gated community, his blood separated from his veins and dripped into the sewers to ever so slightly increase the concentration of cocaine in the local water supply, would anyone care? No. Josh Barro, the minor aristocrat, is replaceable. He is privileged, but he is still insecure.
When Nydwracu gets in the zone, he’ll since 20 3-pointers in a row. Lesser Brahmin hatred of Higher Vaisya competition is one of the subjects that gets him into that zone:
“Badly educated” is an interesting phrase, especially in this context: it contrasts with “college graduates”. To Rorty, these are the two opposing sides of a binary. The “badly educated”, i.e. the bad, are people who aren’t college graduates. Graduating from college is a spiritual transformation: the student is born again in the Spirit of Education, and transformed into a graduate—who is increasingly the only sort of person deemed worthy of even a job. And “education” is something one is socialized into: the student’s spiritual transformation is brought about by spending four years in a separate environment controlled by the Highly Enlightened, the most Spiritually Transformed of them all….
Wesley earns a share in the ☀☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Award☀☀.
Another bit of important historical sleuthing from Wes: Marcuse’s deep state ties. Very deep, very state, very ties. Also: Some comments on New Left history which call into question our default assumption of the organic connectedness of various left movements.
Reactionary Future gets dialogical (a profoundly welcome development), and calls into question that calling into question: cultural marxist muppets. The organic connection behind distinct leftist movements with distinct emphases, is the well-funded, powerful conspiracies that kept funding them.
Migration period catches Moldbug in the act of predicting the 2008 recession in 2006: A Kevlar Bubble.
Spandrell stays on his New Religion Hobbyhorse. Science didn’t “win over” revelation so much as get derived from it. We don’t need a new religion so much as have a religion returned to its proper sphere—not occupying every square inch of the state.
Reactionary Future isn’t buying Spandrell’s story either:
Ideas don’t win because they convince with their brilliant truth. There is a seriously suspect anthropology at work under that assumption, which fails to take into account actual events. I will go further and make the claim that there is a modernist liberal anthropology at work there which is based on liberal concepts of human interaction.
Rather: It’s about the power, stupid! Again and again, we find ourselves agreeing with RF. Often, much to his surprise.
Nick Land takes the aff on Proposition Nations. And while disintegration of unlike is very much to be desired, if that proposition were to come to fruition, I think we’d have nations identified by far more than mere propositions. If not sooner, then definitely later.
Spandrell opens up a window on Japanese Commies, their SJW supporters at $Goog, and East-Asian Americans who find themselves Between a rock and a hard place. In doing so, he channels some wisdom from the late (and great) Larry Auster on American Race Relations™.
Bashing whitey is not the point. The point is to privilege minorities. But minorities are only to be privileged in so far as they don’t behave like whitey. Which is the point, of course. If minorities behaved exactly like elite whites, had the same ability and disposition, they wouldn’t need preferential treatment. They’d pass the exams and that’s it. But the fact is that, on average, NAMs aren’t capable of behaving like elite whites, and so they need preference. Giving them preference is the supreme, the most holy behavior in progressive society. And so it follows that the bigger the preference, the more holy the act, the more holy the people giving the preference.
So where does that leave Asian Americans? Not exactly on the gibbsmedat gravy train, that’s for sure.
Asians though, those are a threat. A real damn threat. Those do take high paying jobs, jobs in the bureaucracy, jobs in law, in tech. All the good jobs that whites enjoy doing, Asians can do too, often better. That ain’t funny. And so Asians are openly discriminated against. They get blocked out of elite colleges. They get mocked on TV, laughed about on daily life. Say something about blacks having big dicks, you get in trouble. Say something about Asians having small dicks, you get everyone laughing.
Ya want real freedom, East-Asian Americans? Stifle that conformity for a change, and support the Restoration!
Then Spandrell returns to his stock-in-trade: finding parallels to modern Western life in the ancient stories of the Far East. This time it is The Bow of the King of Chu.
Buy on the rumor. Sell on the news: Jim confirms the news: All slopes are slippery.
Once one Schelling point goes, there can be no natural equilibrium at some new, nearby Schelling point. The new equilibrium is not a new stationary Schelling point near the old, but rather is unending retreat. Retreat under fire always turns to total rout.
Sydney Trads have up a very fine quote, elegantly arranged by Wrath of Gnon, from Roger Scruton on the Political Experience and the ‘First Person Plural’. A little long for a meme. This is definitely a quotation. Also some great (and encouraging) video: Armed French Man Defends Locals Against Diversity Mob.
Alf finds in Netherlands, Geenstijl is de Telegraaf voor semi-intellectuele jongeren. Or Krokodil as the case may be.
Free Northerner examines the road to a Diverse GenCon. About the same as the road to a diverse university, truth be told.
It has abandoned having presentations from people who create board games in companies that matter, in favour of people who like to talk about board games or have nothing to do with board games. Of course, our diversity celebrator thinks abandoning the raison d’etre of the convention is EXCITING!
Why is it that diversity is only ever achieved by allowing those who don’t make things, unimportant people, and those aren’t involved in the activity equal say to to key players who actually create things?
Mark Citadel is Don’t Wait on the Church. He is as usual, excellent. No. This time he outdoes himself. The Church is feminine-souled. The Church is She. We don’t expect the feminine to lead the charge in battle. If we do manage it, other deformities are bound to emerge.
We really must disabuse ourselves of the notion that the Church is immune to the destructive whims of bad men. When the Lord tells us that the gates of hell shall not prevail against the Church, we must understand ‘prevail’ to mean a final victory. Temporary victories can easily be won against the Church, we see them throughout history. Is an internal coup some special form of defeat that the Church is immune to? Not in the slightest. As I said, the Church transcends its priesthood and bestows favor upon those who follow it in righteousness. We are believers in the degeneration of society, and for many of us, this has a metaphysical quality, a corrosion of a deeper plane of existence, inevitable in history and limited in duration. Just as laborers and merchants and even ‘monarchs’ are subject to this corrosion, so is the priesthood.
Looking to the future of things which must come to pass…
If any ‘priest’ of any station condemn what we do in the coming decades which promise ever greater ambiguity, uncertainty, and unexpected games of power, then pray God that He forgives them for that is all you can do. There is no analogy to Protestant defiance here. We fumigate a once great house of roaches and termites, not lay C4 to demolish it in our zeal to see God more clearly (or so we think) on the other side of the rubble.
Slowclap.gif! This quote appears in one of his captions. I don’t know if it’s orginal to Citadel, but I can’t find it anywhere else on the net. It is an #NRx Meme for the Ages:
The monarchy is the male guardian of the Church;
Her rape begins when his reign ends.
So until I hear differently, that one’s going into the Quote Book, with credit to Mark Citadel. Sometimes I love doing this job. And this reading article is definitely one of those times. An instant ☀☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Award☀☀ for Mark.
And from Cambria Will Not Yield, an epistle: Multicultural Europe Must Die. A taste:
The romance of revolt in the name of a utopian future has captured the imagination of the ruling elites in church and state. And the essential part of that romance is the destruction of the European people. They must be replaced by the colored heathens who have not been tainted with any of the prejudices stemming from old Europe. It might seem strange to the casual observer that church men are participating in the romance of revolt, but it isn’t strange if you make the distinction between faith in the Son of God and faith in an intellectual system about God.
This Week in Social Matter
Ryan Landry kicks of the week with a focus on An Ideology Of Incompetence: The DC Metro.
Tucked away within the story of budget bloat and maintenance decline is the peculiar problem of employee incompetence. Foreshadowing the future of American infrastructure if present trends continue, all of that employee money was going to departments turned into fiefdoms of ethnocentric employment practices. The Metro became a source of easy money for little work, and despite the changing dynamics of the city’s population, the Metro workforce maintained DC’s previous appellation of “Chocolate City”.
Most of the time we expect diversity to be inversely correlated with competence. Washington DC is a glaring exception that proves the rule.
How black is the Metro? In the 2012 article, it reports that the Metro has 1.4% Hispanic bus drivers and train operators and 1.5% who are white. Washington DC is nearly 40% white and 10% Hispanic. Those kind of imbalances would be front page in The New York Times, were the situation reversed.
Mark Yuray’s offering: How College Fraternities Finally Died Last Week outlines the Harvard Administration’s plan to formally stigmatize members of off-campus, single-sex social organizations. Reports of death may be a bit premature, but a core of Cathedral elites have clearly issued their fatwah against free association in the institution, whose edicts are taken up with relish by (almost literally) all others. If the putsch fails at Harvard (which it may very well), who’s to say administrators at Northern Arizona University (Go Lumberjacks!) won’t claim the first prisoners of war? Yuray highlights both disingenuousness of the aims and methods of the social justice elite at Harvard and the Jouvenelian power topology of the conflict there.
Anthony, E. Antony, and I are joined by Aaron Jacob for Part I of Ascending The Tower – Episode XV – “That Sort Of Christo-Pagan Thing”. And here is Part II: “Correct Theologically, Incorrect Politically”.
Yuray returns on Tuesday with Why Homosexuals Are A Signalling Hazard In Traditional Societies. He considers that problem that I had dubbed the “hermeneutic of gay suspcion” a couple weeks ago.
Open homosexuals represent a signalling hazard for male heterosexuals. A male heterosexual who needs to signal appreciation, affection or love of a male heterosexual friend also needs to be sure that his signal will not be interpreted as a sexual advance – either by the intended recipient of the signal or by others. Homosexuals may be interested in signalling homosexuality, but male heterosexuals certainly are not.
The more open homosexuals there are in a society, the less certain a male heterosexual can be that a gesture of masculine camaraderie won’t be interpreted as a sexual advance.
Whenever you normalize and integrate pathological behavior, bad stuff happens. People lose. Normal, natural, and altogether salutary male relationships suffer. I first considered this phenomenon in Anthony Esolen’s excellent Touchstone article from 2005: A Requiem for Friendship: Why Boys Will Not Be Boys & Other Consequences of the Sexual Revolution. Yuray, for his part, wins and ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ with this one.
In this week’s Wednesday Weimerica Weekly—The Democrat Divide, Ryan Landry has the long and the short of Hillary and Bernie support.
And Yuray is back again with a timely rebuttal The Demographic Nightmare Is A Symptom, Not The Problem: A Response To Scott Sumner. (Sumner’s autistic/sophistical (auphistical??) nonsense is here.)
Dave Hoffman returns to Social Matter on Friday with Social Failure And Market Success, and earns an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for his efforts.
Last I checked, there are actual flesh and blood women still hanging around. They haven’t all been spirited away. So why the million and even billion dollar industry to supply, basically, a vagina? I mean, if you’re a man with sufficient clout, or physique, or speaking ability you should find a woman. What gives?
The reasons are many for this, way too many to explain in just a single post, but what is evident at a fundamental level to all of this is that a social failure, or a myriad of social failures, has led to a market picking up the slack and taking the responsibility to provide for those demands.
A society that values accidents over essences will get the accidents—usually provided at extra low prices.
[M]ake no mistake: the advent of sex bots and virtual porn are not things that come about simply because technology reaches that apex. They aren’t the result of some inevitable, technological determinism. Rather, they exist because of the erosion of strong social networks and influences. Banning the tech won’t fix the core issues. People will only find something else to fulfill that demand, and it’s not like their new fixation will be any healthier than the previous one.
The problem is that: It’s the culture, stupid! Hoffman goes on to detail how…
…social technology needs to be maintained and developed alongside material and economic technology. Neither should truly dominate the others, and they must all work in balance and in concert. Many people scoff at social studies and sociology today and see correctly that it is almost entirely focused on things that don’t really matter. Privilege and oppression studies are not the same things as social engineering, and they don’t produce positive results. Those critics then write off sociology as useless, “soft” and ineffective, and I’m not going to argue against them. However, it is because those studies are currently ineffectual and because we are currently experiencing a social decline that underscores the importance of Sociology with a capital S.
So… how much does it cost to get that model—the one that’s truly into me, that isn’t faking orgasms, that means it when she swears I am her only, that will be devastated and cry real tears at my death?
Finally, in This Week in Poetry & Prose, Neville A. Graham brings us some short fiction: Inversion – I. I assume the ‘I’ is for chapter one. It had better be chapter one, because it leaves you begging for more.
This Week in 28 Sherman
Over on the home blog, Landry discusses a potential for The Democrat Switcheroo, in which he hypothesizes someone ends up pinch hitting for Hillary in the top of the ninth. A fun and fantastic theory, but not one I’m buying. I believe the dems will run with Hillary for the same reason that the GOP ran with McCain in ’08. Institutional stupidity.
This is supremely valuable advice: Never Announce Your Intentions. Not even your intention to never announce your intentions. He provides several practical examples:
Announce anything, and the full force of the West’s cathedral organs will pounce on it. Have you seen “Welcome to Leith“? It is on Netflix right now. This documentary is about when evil White Nationalists tried to take over a town in North Dakota. Oh my God, how evil and terrible. White nationalism and neo-nazis are everywhere? Reality is different. Leith, North Dakota has 16 people. A white nationalist bought up property and was open about his intentions. Of course, conflict arose because of all towns in North Dakota he picked one that had a black in it.
Landry takes home an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for this one.
This Week in WW1 Pics: It’s A Soldier’s Life.
This Week in Kakistocracy
Porter has an unusually low snark, bittersweet post to start the week: The Problem with Profound Inabilities. Inability, that is, to reciprocate acts of friendship.
Next: Icarus Lands Hard. Porter documents the relativistic speeds to which cultural change is accelerating. Yesterday it was gay “marriage”, today, LGBTI bathrooms in North Carolina. Tomorrow? I can’t even guess. Yet there is no stream of cultural effluent, in which our space traveling cultural masters will not deign to rub the noses of the earthbound. Outrage porn for the discriminating consumer:
As you may be aware, the value that “””we””” hold most dear is to pretend that reality accommodates the psychotic. Come to think of it, I suppose we actually do. Though in this specific case, the North Carolina law that violates the law, as the constitution may at times be unconstitutional, involved banning men from women’s restrooms. You might think this would be as equivalently controversial as calling tomorrow Wednesday, though you are only seeing where the ship was when its light reached your eyes.
A day after the (as yet unsolved) crash of Egypt Air flight 804, Porter advises: Please Arrive at the Airport One Revolution in Advance.
The sad legacy, apologizing for one’s own national character, of the late GOP Sen. Bob Bennett is examined in The First Cuck is the Deepest.
This Week in Evolutionist X
Evolutionist X wonders What if we just outlawed renting? I know there are disorders associated with renting, but I think they pale in comparison to the distortions that our government has imposed on the market due to its obsession to encourage home ownership. What if we just outlawed home ownership? With property taxes, we pretty much have.
Next she takes a look at The Hikikomori Nations. Isolation is sometimes good for a people, sometimes not so good.
On Thursday, Mrs. X opines on Corporations and the Litigious Environment that is Destroying America. I think that is not quite right. Tho’ badly behaved corporations and an overly litigious society are related… both artifacts of our current system which habitually divides sovereignty and calls it good.
She adds another in the indispensable series Anthropology Friday: [W. Robertson] Smith’s Sacrifice Among the Semites. The series is indispensable; Smith’s monograph, it seems, is less so…
Like Tylor, he has an “evolutionist” view of religious history, but the essay feels more proto-Freudian; it was with no surprise that I found that the very next essay in my textbook deals directly with Freud.
This Week in West Coast Reactionaries
Over at WCR, Adam Wallace has some Malchemical Meanderings. If alchemy is the study of transmuting something from lower to higher metaphysical states, then transmutation in the opposite direction is “a sort of anti-alchemy, malfunctioning or malpracticed alchemy, or, rather, ‘malchemy.'” Wallace takes note of several late and poignant examples.
P. T. Carlo is back at WCR with another fine essay: Francis Fukuyama’s dream of the 90’s—an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
Since 1992, Francis Fukuyama’s The End of History and the Last Man has become the Communist Manifesto of Globalist Liberalism. Its glib pages served as the kindling which ignited the minds of countless Neo-Liberal pundits into passionate frenzies of devotion. Like dispensationalist preachers scanning the latest headlines, feverishly looking for fresh evidence of the coming rapture. So too did our Pundits and “Thought Leaders” search amongst the day’s news for the latest signs of the end of history. The signs, after all, were everywhere. Every new development somehow seemed to prove Fukuyama’s optimistic predictions.
The dream remains alive today, but grows increasingly implausible, and look, I seem to have forgotten to put on my pants.
The gears of the counterculture machine have rusted shut, like the gears of so much of America’s industrial base. At the end of the assembly line of youth culture stands the finished product: the Hipster. An ageless child, the Hipster is a walking collage of ironic nostalgia for youth cultures past. Stuck in an intellectual and cultural ghetto he is unable to escape, his feet frozen in place by the weight of the generational spiritual poverty so common to his kind. Placeless and atomized, he is liberated from the History so despised by his forebears. A waif, drifting from one pseudo identity to another, he is a walking, talking version of the Fukuyamaist vision. Hipster man stands at the very edge of history, stares over into the abyss and sees only his own reflection staring back at him.
Lucius Varo has a piece on Population, IQ and the Modern World. He makes many good points. Extrapolation of present fertility and technology trends isn’t one of them. Whenever an unstoppable projectile encounters an immovable object, one or both of them has to give.
An interesting bit of Australian history and politics: Octavian Revolution talks about Australia’s Magna Carta.
P. T. Carlo is back on Thursday with a review and analysis of The Desperate Ideology of Zootopia—which appears to be still in theaters.
Finally, Testis Gratus offers Degeneracy and Improvement, which is more than anything else a meditation on Natural Law, what it is, why it is important, and how things get screwed up when we ignore it. And a very fine meditation it is. For example,
A very basic view of human nature is that man ultimately seeks the good or, in other words, happiness. Therefore, man will act in whatever way he believes is good, i.e. that which will make him most happy; a point that remains true whether the good is seen as moral virtue, such as in Christianity, or excellence in function (areté), as the Greeks held. No matter what conception of goodness, it must derive from some higher Goodness that all men strive for. There appears to be a broad universal standard which all men follow. In practically all societies (at least those we would consider civilized), certain actions, like murder, theft, adultery, etc., are prohibited. This observation is how we developed the concept of Natural Law. In all men the law is “written on their hearts” by their Creator as the Apostle put it.
RTWT. It’s not too long and it’s an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
This Week around The Orthosphere
Over at Imaginative Conservative, this “timeless essay” was pretty interesting: Agrarianism and Cultural Renewal.
The root of the problem for [Allen] Tate was simple: The significance of New England, and more specifically the Massachusetts Bay settlement and subsequent religious and political developments in American life had crowded out the agrarian alternative from public discourse. For the Agrarians, the “American” political, religious and social experience, as well as the resulting vision for politics, was usually attributed to Puritan New England.
Eva Brann continues to delve deep into Socrates on Mathematics and Being. Also an ancient quotation from St. Augustine What Are Kingdoms but Great Robberies? I’ve taken heat in the past for averring: All government begins as a protection racket. Now I’ll just say, “Take it up with St. Augustine, losers!”
Chris Gale wonders Why still Lithium? Because, in spite of bad side effects, it works pretty damn good. Apparently. But being off patent is really unsexy. Also, filed under The Undigested Past: The Maori ate their defeated enemies. And from Chris: The opposite of Eat, Pray, Love—research showing divorce to be a “risk factor” for suicidal ideation and attempts. Also More big data on antidepressant safety. Safer than oral contraceptives, apparently. Go figure.
Briggs provides appropriate mockery, and epistemological knuckle-thwacking, to a study that purports to “find” Watching Porn Makes People More Religious. Here is more of that patented knuckle-thwacking.
He also goes over to The Stream with The Transgender Logic of Gender Fluidity Can Justify Absurdities. And in this week’s podcast This Week In Doom comes to old-timey radio, in which he links to this prescient Affirmative Action prophecy.
Also at Briggs’, Brits Psychologists Cry “BS!” Over Research Practices. Or, Die P-Value, Die Die Die. He highlights the “worrying amount of outright fraud in psychology” research. A problem with which, one would think, academic psychology would be remarkably well equipped to deal. That is, of course, if academic psychology were not simply a wholly owned propaganda arm of the Cultural Marxist Cathedral. And finally on Silly Saturday: Think You Can Simulate A Brain? Think Again. Briggs runs the numbers. And the epistemology.
Cologero over at Gornahoor has a nice introduction to the traditional relationship between Western intellectual endeavors: Pseudoscience and Scientism. Related (maybe?): Dabbling in the Quantum World. Far from breaking the back of metaphysics, an interpretation of Bell’s Theorem suggests it has never been more necessary.
Bonald considers Christianity’s political form, which is unlikely to be mentioned, as such, in the pages of First Things.
Next, he wonders: Do creative people usually accept the official beliefs of their society? He thinks they do, yet the truth, even in today’s age of universal lies, never hides very deeply beneath the surface of much modern popular art in this ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
How do we explain the persistence of non-Leftist themes in the art of an era of Leftist cultural hegemony? Most likely it’s a case of the best artists being non-ideological, of choosing whatever seems to pack the biggest dramatic punch, of whatever makes the characters feel most alive and real, rather than what fits with their sincerely held worldview. Naturally, and without any conscious understanding of what they are doing, they will often be attracted to premodern and universal archetypes.
It is not likely that the Walt Disney company is run by a band of utterly ruthless cynics who combine a perfect understanding of real human nature with a perfect understanding of how to manipulate social justice signaling, even though I can’t think of how the company’s actions would be different if it were run by such super-intelligent cynics. Modern people cannot allow themselves to understand their social world that clearly. Such clarity would be dangerous to them.
Bonald puts on his physicist cap Physical analogies in the era of the no-limits Left. Basically, the left’s acceleration is no longer held back by any resistance from the right. The dialectic has been dispensed.
Donal Graeme has some crucial advice for Masculine Monday: Men need to stop caring what women think of us. A man gives any evidence of caring about what a woman thinks of him is ipso facto proving he is not in charge… which is what she is likely to think of him.
Kristor looks at a deep philosophical problem: Ontological Depth versus Improper Reduction.
If revolution is a disorder of the soul (which it is), then reaction is a remedy for the soul. Cato the Younger considers Cultivating Internal Order Among The Chaos. A short but powerful essay—an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
The reactionary man attempts to harness the spirit of tradition. He seeks to build within himself discipline and duty. His goal is to cultivate a life of nobility, honor, and virtue. Because the reactionary rightfully understands that these things are necessary not only to transcend the darkness around him but also to lay a foundation for those who come after him. The biggest difference between the traditional man and the revolutionary man is “creation opposed to destruction”. The revolutionary destroys, he tears all things down in an ever growing hunger to consume all around him. This is what makes him so joyless. His disposition is not about seeking out virtue or devotion to the divine.
This Week… Elsewhere
Greg Cohran drips with dead-pan derision in Economists and biology:
Naturally, economists know a lot about human biology and evolution, just as civil engineers have to know about the properties of timber, concrete and steel. They have a good grounding in psychometrics, behavioral genetics, and quantitative genetics – how else could they do their job? Populations vary in traits that play key roles in economic activity and growth – in intelligence, asabiya, savings propensity, etc – you have to be aware of that variation, else whole continents would be economic mysteries. In the same way they know that those observed differences are a product of selection – which means economic historians think seriously about psychometric changes over time and their consequences, such as the Industrial Revolution. That kind of analysis helps predict where modern economic institutions can be successfully introduced, and where they cannot.
Of course you do, economists. Of course! More derision, this time upon vain do-goodery: Bad Teacher.
Over at Dissident Right, August J. Rush considers White Flight as Exit, especially in view of Obama’s HUD initiative to integrate the places whites have fled. White flight is a peaceful option. Rush sees taking that option away as a step toward less peaceful options.
The history of European brutality is long and spectacularly bloody. Is that spirit truly something the world wishes to revive? Without the option for peaceful exit, I cannot see a peaceful resolution. I’m afraid that if the civic nationalists don’t take over and let society practice freedom of association so that natural preferences can be expressed peacefully, the ultra-nationalists will; and both Europe and America will return to “Europe” and “America”, one way or another.
Certainly possible. It remains to be seen, however, whether the nimbyism implicit in American life can be so readily overcome by an overreaching and largely incompetent Administration. Nor in fact whether a nation of dindus can be successfully enticed to everywhere become a minority of the population.
AMK is Writing a Book—on Patchwork and how to get there, from the looks of it. Sounds good.
Dalrock finds a very Fitting bit of phraseology history.
Antidem compares the safety features, or lack thereof, of Soviet nuclear power to those of Cultural Marxist theoreticians in Chernobyl Heart, Chernobyl Head. Also Experimental Podcast #1: Looking Into Black Mirror.
Traditionalist at heart, Heartiste has a quick note on The Hidden Costs Of Dual Income Relationships.
Over at Kill to Party, Bad Billy Pratt has an exquisite skewering of “Ghostbusters” (2016) and the Myth of the Disposable Woman. Not Ghostbusters (2016) the movie (that isn’t in theaters until July 15)… Ghostbusters (2016) The Trailer. The most downvoted video in the history of Youtube. Clearly something is gurgling in the intestines of the average watcher. Pratt is delves deeper into the psychological mechanics of the thing.
While this may happen automatically for the average person, someone who obsesses over bullshit- as I do- can pinpoint where this transition in the trailer occurs; when the body decides no mas, and a mind eager to move past the whole wretched thing forces an angry downvote.
It was when the fat one casually mentions how the girls had “dedicated [their] whole lives to studying the paranormal,” that we go off the rails.
J. Arthur Bloom puts on his barnstormer prognostication goggles to catch a glimpse of Liberalism After Obama. Also at The Mitrailleuse, Mariani has parte deux to his No Such Thing as Left-Wing Dissent series—Yuri Kochiyama edition.
Roman Dmowski has a fine essay grieving the loss of genuine federalism in National Politics Matters Most.
Decisions contrary to the will of the federal government are undone, whether through lawsuits under federal laws like Title VII and Title IX, or through direct federal action, as when federal prosecutors routinely threaten double jeopardy on folks like George Zimmerman. What began as a narrow campaign to undo the vestiges of slavery and discrimination today threatens intrusion into the most quintessentially local matter: the bathroom. In the name of a distinctly uniform and sometimes judicially defined notion of equality, no state’s policy on any of its traditional prerogatives is safe. Anti-slavery and anti-racism were the camel’s nose peering under the tent; states can literally do nothing today without federal permission.
If Federal officials won’t let states police their own bathrooms, you can be sure they won’t let them police their own borders. Federalism, we barely knew ye.
Brett Stevens offers a curated suite of diverse nuclear holocaust vids from the 80s In The Light Of A Man-Made Sun. It documents a real fear, mostly suppressed, and now mostly forgotten, that people our age lived with as part of normal in that era. This too was quite good: Conservatives, Get Over Your Guilt—for all the good things (properly understood) for which our enemies now tar us as evil. Nope. Not evil at all.
Filed under Damning with High Praise, Brett spots the Smithsonian gushing about the “sheer diversity” of Teotihuacán, which, alas, is a ruin.
Also, Stevens explains why Why The Alternative Right Will Absorb Neoreaction. Which is about like saying the impeller will be absorbed by the fluid flow. Even if possible, not in anyone’s interest.
Reactionary Future has his own objections, wherein he finds Stevens’ points to be “utterly contradictory” but nevertheless worthy of indicting the cartoon version of neoreaction which he hates, but which (thankfully) doesn’t exist.
Giovanni Alighieri has a comprehensive review and analysis of Joseph Goebbels’ 1940 film Jud Süß and Propaganda Today . It appears to be readily available on Youtube. (Rather surprisingly I think.) I had no idea that Giovanni was so well acquainted with the occult arts. Watch this guy!
Over at Faith & Heritage, the real theonomists, Ehud Would considers Tattoos & Taboos: The Marilyn Mansonization of the Church. Good content, but I picked this up not least because of his auspicious use of the noun “Marilyn Mansonization”.
That’s about it. We’re up to a gajillion words by now. It was a great week. Keep on reactin’! Til next week… NBS, over and out!!