This Week In Reaction (2016/07/10)

Well… Heather MacDonald’s War on Cops got a whole lot more relevant in this week of the Dallas Police Massacre (and related shenanigans). Still, if it be a war, it will be prosecuted by those with actual power…

Shylock Holmes has Sing, Muse, of the incompetent rage of the police shooters. What’s unusual about Dallas, he notes, is the unusual level of competency:

As soon as the reports were suggesting a sniper from an elevated position, my guess was that whoever was doing this had some formal training with this stuff. Sure enough, the shooter was in the Army Reserves. Initial reports said that it was multiple snipers from a triangulated position, which made it even more likely. Now they’re saying that it’s a lone wolf, but they would, wouldn’t they?

To shoot 12 officers, kill 5 of them, and hit only 2 civilians, is a surprisingly difficult task, especially if the shooter was indeed acting alone.

Army Reserves: Score another for “white cultural appropriation”. Dindus don’t typically do race war very well. Holmes continues in this ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀…

America will continue to have black rage shootings. This has happened before, of course. In the 1970s, this stuff was frequent among black power groups. Just look at the Zebra Murders, which nobody much seems to remember.

The worst worry is that more shooters begin to twig onto the tactics that actually work, in which case you don’t want to be around to find out what happens to a) the number of police killed, and b) the homicide rate in your city as police retreat to areas of relative safety.

For the moment, the main thing saving us is the fact that people smart enough to carry out a competent mass shooting are deterred by the fact that they’re also smart enough to realise that doing so is a death sentence.

City Journal opines on the Massacre in Dallas.

Mark Citadel says his peace on the matter: Fear & Loathing in Dallas .

Porter also has a fine article about the massacre: Waiting for the Singularity. More on that below.

Lawrence Murray has a very thoughtful take with Dindu Terror in Dallas: A Case of Applied Third Worldism.


Let’s see… What else?

Jim is his usual magnificent self here: Separation of Church and State has failed catastrophically. It’s a bit scattershot, but only because the topic has tendrils that extend down and touch just about everything. Call it the Vacuum Theory of Social Institutions: Just as you need a king to kill off anyone else who wants to be king, so too you need a state religion that kills off anything else that wants to be a state religion. Otherwise you get… basically what happened:

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After the English restoration the religion of New England became aggressive, political, this worldly, and bent on conquest and domination. They forever resented the English restoration which had disempowered them and purged them from lucrative positions in the Church of England and in the English government. Whig history began as their plan for reconquering England and the world.

The state Church of Massachusetts was state church of New England, and New England set up its Rome, its Papacy, in Massachussetts. The civil war and the Mormon war was New England conquering America – and then, following the civil war, denied it was a religious institution and proceeded to apply the doctrine of “separation of Church and state” as a very thin coat of white wash over the state religion of Massachusetts being enforced on everyone in America. And after World War II, everyone in the world, except those protected by nuclear weapons, Russia and China. There is a direct correlation between one’s alma mater’s proximity to the Boston-NYC-DC corridor and the height of one’s position in the government and ruling class of one’s country.

Unless you’re in Russia or China, that is. Then you just have to worry about Muslims… and USG. Jim takes home another ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀, narrowly missing the Top Spot.

Reactionary Future is pretty good here: De Jouvenel, Ordering of Goods and Hobbes. His ability to delineate Moldbug quotes from his own writing, however, is quite abysmal. Also from RF a brief note on the Judiciary as sovereign and how that might be used to bootstrap a genuine executive into place.

This too was good, and short: RF’s Brief criticism of capitalism from a structural angle—unconstrained capitalism that is. The problem with unconstrained capitalism, of course, is principally in the lack of constraint more than in the capitalism (whatever that is). But be that as it may, this was an awfully strong punch line:

[C]apitalism (aka state separate economic activity) appears to be a fraudulent concept that is only maintained as a concept by the delusion of the state/ civil society model of the Liberal state. In reality, once this blinker is removed, it is clear that all economic activity is co-opted by the elite and always will be.

The real tools of the state, and the official picture do not match at all.

Also from RF AIACC Part 1 and Part 2. The first is not so much a report on the CIA’s purchase of Cultural Marxism (which has been for all practical purposes swept into history’s dustbin), as it is a report on Cathedralite impatience with reports of it. The second a revealing behavioralist tidbit from a Ford Foundation sponsored report in 1949, a scant two years after the famous anti-War industrialist’s death.

Nydwracu writes In defense of all-male spaces. That it was inspired by this bit of narcissistic dreck should not be held against Nyd. He also has some rebellious tools musings on National(ist) security.

Finally (and it appears to be truly final), Nydwracu reports:

A head injury took out the part of my brain that cared about politics.

Well… there are more things to blog about than politics. Indeed, a proper reactionary shouldn’t care at all about it. We’ll wish the wunderkind well in whatever he puts his hands, and oh so powerful brain, to.

Spandrell warns against Brazilification, which is, with Rio 2016, about to be felt especially acutely in Brazil.

Alrenous sets out to prove Free Will is Analytically Impossible. But don’t hold it against him, since he was compelled by the initial conditions of the Big Bang to write it.

Sydney Trads have up the obligatory Wrath of Gnon classic: Juan Donoso Cortés on Progress. And another.

Resident Pop Culture History Expert “Bad” Billy Pratt has another gem: Male Sexuality through Giant Apes and Dinosaurs. Herein, he mashes up the sex realism of King King(1933 edition) with the sex unrealism of Jurassic Universe beginning over 60 years later. Along the way, we get a glimpse of the pathological state most men (and, by extension, most women) find themselves in today.

Fay Wray and Gary Cooper in The First Kiss (1928)

Fay Wray and Gary Cooper in The First Kiss (1928)

Perhaps taking their own advice, “King Kong” features a love story as its emotional center. The movie absent of romance would still have cool scenes like Kong fighting a dinosaur, and running amok in downtown Manhattan, but would ultimately come off more like a movie for kids. Adults inherently understand that the mating dance of man and woman- the romance and emotions that come with it, and the new generation of children that the union implies- is not only the height of beauty within the human experience but also its greatest depth of reality.

The cartoonish unreality of King Kong and Godzilla having a fist-fight is meaningless without the core of Ann Darrow’s naive femininity melting the hardened exterior of highly masculine Jack Driscoll’s icy heart. And when Driscoll relents and shows a vulnerability in the presence of gorgeous Darrow, the emotional resonance with the audience is deep due to the established credibility of Driscoll’s masculinity, the moment feels special.

And Pratt has another this week: Amber Waves: Female Sexuality and “Boogie Nights” (1997).

Following the FBI’s recommendation not to indict, Free Northerner has 3 Thoughts on the Hillary Case—in each, a concisely stated and important truth. This was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Sarah Perry takes stock of her production thus far at Ribbonfarm: The Systems of the World.

Nick Land finds a very funny sentence… from a completely irony-impaired evangelical atheist.

E. Antony Gray has an ode To Silence.

Finally, CWNY’s weekly epistle: Incarnational Europe Is Our Beginning and Our End, offering astute commentary on the state of the Church, among other things…

[S]ince neither St. Paul nor St. John told us the actual identity of the anti-Christ, I can’t say with any certainty who the anti-Christ is. All that can be said about Pope Francis is that if he is not the anti-Christ then he is certainly giving a very good imitation of the anti-Christ. He is like some of those Elvis imitators who seem more like Elvis than Elvis.

 


 



This Week in Social Matter

Ryan Landry trots out of his patented hidden histories: When The State Dept Tried To End Vietnam In ’63. He shows indisputably how the Vietnam War, of inestimable psychological import to the sixties’ generation (and every generation after), was primarily a dispute between the Red and Blue factions of the American empire. The Committee loved this one and awarded an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Mark Yuray takes the mic on Tuesday to talk about The Collapse Of The Israeli Left. He provides a good overview of the turbulent political history of this very recently (and strangely) arrived country. All of which may be instructive to rising nationalists of any stripe.

Weimerica Weekly Episode 32–The Ferguson Effect, featuring a boot-on-the-ground view of police-dindu relations from Hipster Cop (who is an attractive female).

Yuray is back on Thursday with Hitlers Hiding In Austria’s Judiciary. As you know, Austria’s highest court found its own Progressive Establishment guilty of insufficiently hiding its fingerprints when stealing the election from the Norbert Hofer’s Freedom (as in evil racist) Party. Harvard’s post-WW2 reengineering of the European political structure may not have been quite as complete in Austria as it was at the center of the evil Nationalist Axis.

Festung Hohensalzburg near Salzburg, Austria

Festung Hohensalzburg near Salzburg, Austria

I have written previously on my vague intuition that Austria is not quite a Western European state, but is not quite a Central or Eastern European state, either. It is somewhere in the middle. It has the tolerant, open-minded progressive set that runs society, just like in Germany, Britain, Sweden, and the United States, but it also has a consistently powerful far-right represented by the Freedom Party of Austria. Austria’s Right is several times larger than its counterparts in other Western countries and is substantially more right-wing in its platform.

Mere proximity to hate-wave radiation floating across the nearby borders of Hungary and Poland is not enough to explain the fact that Austria only behaves like Germany 50% of the time, despite sharing a language and culture, and behaves like Hungary or Poland the other 50% of the time, such as when casting votes to elect a president – though the process of vote counting appears to be derived from the Western progressive tradition. But there’s your 50/50!

The vulgar political theater demanded by democratic systems always serves extant political power, one way or another. Yuray takes home the coveted ☀☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Award☀☀. Nyd zeroes in on another key feature (or rather absence thereof) noticed by Yuray.

Filed under “Poetry & Prose” for Saturday, Lawrence Glarus has a splendid original poem A Postman’s Funeral.

 


 



This Week in 28 Sherman

Ryan Landry went on Matt Forney’s 4th of July Podcast: The United States of Weimerica.

On Tuesday, Landry shows how Cameronism’s Death Affects The GOP.

Cameronism was discarding social conservative ideas, picking some specific progressive platform ideas to push and then pushing neoliberal economic policies. Despite the liberal positions that Cameron supported, he was considered a wicked, evil conservative. It is like the GOP, which is already the Diet Coke version of the Democrats, turning into Coke Zero. In the United States, one could easily see this as the path for the GOP had Trump never showed up considering how fast the GOP rolled on gay marriage and even trans issues. Cameron’s referendum blunder and shame at not being able to rig a vote properly, should be the end of that style.

Or at least we hope so.

This Week in WW1 Pics it’s Kites Were Their Drones.

A brief note Friday on The Stupidity of Statements—i.e., especially ones from the President. Especially ones where he hasn’t all the facts.

Gratuitous pic of girl in pink dress

Gratuitous pic of girl in pink dress

Obama stepped into it though way back, way way back, when he decided to comment on Henry Louis Gates’ arrest. Obama called that stupid despite not knowing the full facts, and here we are years later, hearing him spout off on every brush up the media shoves in our face. This takes the obvious Left race narrative and places it into the symbol of authority (the president) on television. For the system, he was a perfect selection to aggravate racial and ethnic tensions rather than be the post-racial healer.

 


 



This Week in Kakistocracy

Porter kicks off the week On the Tuskegee Trail—an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀. In the news is France’s 4 point drop in average IQ in 10 years. This is not the type of thing you would expect the powers that be, which certainly include Le Monde, would let out of the barn door. Unless, of course, those powers were stupid. We’ll just have to school those “French” children harder. More money for education is bound to buy back some IQ points. It’s hard to put a price on a few IQ points, but someone’s gonna be paying it…

It hardly requires discussion how dramatically such cognitive deterioration effects a country’s capabilities and living standards. Millions of people make billions of instant decisions throughout the course of daily life. As the quality of these decisions declines on an aggregate basis, the resulting friction reduces every aspect of civilizational fitness.

Theft over purchase, violence over negotiation, neglect over attention, slipshod over craftsmanship, filth over cleanliness, apathy over maintenance, spending over saving, gratification over investment, vandalism over art, appetite over restraint, and helplessness over self-reliance. Every precious tick down the bell curve’s left slope trends all of these decisions toward the former. The cumulative effects are so obvious that liberals had to conjure the imperative of Good Schools just to politely avoid them. But there’s only so high you can climb up a dropping anchor.

As with France, the situation appears to be similar in the eponymous Tuskegee.

On Tuesday, Porter wishes his readers a Happy 5th of July, with reflections on potential avenues for cognitive dissonance in a true flag-waving flag-planting patriot. How soon will the American flag denounce itself as a symbol of hate?

What we have on Thursday is… A Failure to Communicate. As most parents realize…

[G]ranting increasing freedom for the young or dumb to act on inclinations runs directly counter to their own welfare. What they see as intolerable restrictions on their freedom are viewed, with better perspective, as benign extensions of their longevity.

Restrictions inolerable to children, to fools, to the generally maladjusted, and… our cultural masters, who seem not concerned for their clients’ longevity. Contradictory norms. brought to you by a strict diversity regimen, serve mostly to aggrieve the perpetually aggrieved, and occasionally get them killed.

Porter takes up the Dallas Police Massacre and what it portends in Waiting for the Singularity, in which an infallible AI might take up the unenviable task of “color-blind” law enforcement. And his Saturday awesomeness is back in full force, netting an additional ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀:

knockout-game

[A]lthough black intelligence doesn’t rise much off the ground floor, I must concede their vision at that [i.e., tribal] level is enviably clear. They never lose track of who is us and who is them. Admittedly, one could say the same about a pack of hyenas. Though in terms of reproductive fitness, the trait is assuredly more adaptive than whites conjugating their own alleged privilege. The most obvious manifestations of which being cratering populations and national dispossession.

Of course practically no dizzy lib apologists concern themselves over what the terminal solution to white privilege might entail. This largely due to their elation at stomping on the necks of other whites. I’d enjoy the same exercise myself if not burdened with the foresight of whose neck goes down next. But as leftists suffer no such acuity, their gleeful bounding proceeds. And blacks are not so dumb as to refuse aid from their next meal.

Finally for Sunday reading, he has The Future is Arriving Prato. A very strange and picture-rich story about Prato, Italy: Chinese immigrants, African and Arab invaders and, oh yeah, a few Italians thrown in for color.

 


 



This Week in Evolutionist X

Evolutionist X, who like most SAHMs is busier in the summer than at other times of the year, announces a rollback in the Summer Blogging Schedule. Do not be alarmed!

[Ed.: Added] For Monday the 4th, she has The first rule of liberal club: Don’t insult the outgroup. And some liberals are way more strict about it than others.

The push to not say negative things about the outgroup probably increases in direct response to outgroup members doing something worth condemning, which may explain why both ends of the American political spectrum reported more favorable views toward Muslims after 9-11 than before it.

Next a bleg for thoughtful summer readers: Come read (Jane Goodall’s) In the Shadow of Man with me.

For Anthropology Friday, Evolutionist X completes her reading of Still a Pygmy with War, violence, and more war. The “colorful” history of the DRC features prominently, in which she concludes:

Sad to say, it sounds like everyone was actually better off under [the almost inconceivably corrupt] Mobutu.

 


 



This Week in West Coast Reactionaries

Alexander1813 has a bit of short fiction over at WCR: Brothers in Exile.

And Alexander is back on Thursday with some strong points on The End of Economy—classically understood.

P. T. Carlo has been gunning for Ross Douthat as long as I’ve been knowing him—Carlo that is, not Douthat. He comes on West Coast Reactionaries to describe The Submission of Ross Douthat.

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Douthat’s Coastal Liberal enculturation only goes so far in explaining his die-hard faith in the Liberal project, however. His belief in Liberalism, unlike some of the more cynical Conservatives writing at The Times, for all intents and purposes appears completely genuine. His thought still bears the unfounded optimism usually only reserved for winsome young men (a breed Douthat, now in his mid 30s, somehow remains). While Douthat is more than willing to criticize the obvious decadence of late American culture, the punch of his rhetoric always lands more like a pillow than a cinder block.

It is all quite devastatingly accurate I think—☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀. RTWT.

 


 



This Week around The Orthosphere

For Independence Day, Briggs says, “Dying in a self-dug hole cowering in fear is an apt metaphor for our times“. More here on The Tyranny of Liberalism. This was a oldie but a goodie: The Genetic Fallacy: He Works For An Oil Company! Of course, a properly nuanced genetic argument is not necessarily a fallacy; it could just be a Bayesian time saver. Also from the archives: a humorous dialog on the good ol’ Ad Hominem.

By way of Forrest McDonald (whose E Puribus Unum) was a major resource for my undergraduate thesis) talks about The First Function of Founders of Nations.

The first function of the founders of nations, after the founding itself, is to devise a set of true falsehoods about origin—a mythology—that will make it desirable for nationals to continue to live under common authority, and, indeed, make it impossible for them to entertain contrary thoughts.

With nearly 30 years distance behind me, I can now classify this observation as both a bug and a feature.

Also at Imaginative Conservative, Christopher Morrissey holds a séance to contact Marshall McLuhan and ask: Did Social Media Dumb Down Brexit? As well, Joseph Pearce eviscerates the Prog Globalist Narrative™. Even if they’re right, it’s altogether hopelessly fragile.

Louder-mouthed leftists shout down loud-mouthed leftist

Louder-mouthed leftists shout down loud-mouthed leftist

Cato the Younger has Thoughts On Imperialism and Nationalism Thedism, and finds that support for the former does not, in principle, negate the necessity of the latter.

Christopher Grant reprints his excellent essay The Sovereign Court in case you missed it last week.

Knight of Númenor catches Leftists fighting each other again. Unfortunately, these battles never seem to end with them killing each other off. But here’s to hoping!

Chris Gale takes note of the, thus far, Irreplicable results coming from fMRI scans. Proud of his epistemological humility, Briggs says, “Told ya so!

A cute lulzy moment, and homegrown pics, from Sunshine Thiry: Marilyn Monroe in my jacuzzi tub—that’s Marilyn Monroe the duck, not the President’s mistress.

Over at The Orthosphere proper, Richard Cocks peers into post-modernist “thought” and finds Shibboleths, Scapegoating and Unreason.

Kristor has a slides a couple of late entries under the door. First Cultural Phase Changes are Mediated by Preference Cascades:

The tactic of Reaction, then, must be simply to break the current pervasive SJW Narrative. It’s all about the Red Pill. And that means samizdat. Fortunately for us, and thanks to DARPA, and at least for a time, we have at our disposal the best medium for samizdat in history: this one.

He’s certainly correct that the internet makes samizdat publishing easier than ever. I think it a necessary, yet insufficient activity for a restoration.

Secondly, Kristor has some interesting thoughts on The Religion of Adam.

 


 



This Week… Elsewhere

For my Catholic readers, Regina Magazine is visually inspiring treat. Their new issue is out: The Secret Catholic Insider’s Guide to Mexico.

Roman Dmowski notices The Antfragility of Trolling. Case in point: Donald J. Trump’s twitter account. Also at Man-Sized Target a nice bit of Menciian Analysis here: Media Uselessness.

Instead of investigating matters related to the use and abuse of power, our media is now a tool of power, amplifying certain preferred messages, while ignoring other stories wholesale. Rarely do they “censor,” nor are they censored. Instead, through a combination of bias, willful blindness, focus, and lack of focus, certain stories, themes, and questions are pushed to the forefront, and others drop off the face of the earth.

This is by no means a recent development.

AMK begins an ambitious plan: Neocameral Future, Preface and Introduction. Too early to judge yet, but we certainly look forward to more.

Inspired by The Economist’s post-Brexit neo-liberal soul-searching in The politics of anger, Unorthodoxy has a spirited and economically-literate response: Globalists Destroy the Commons.

Gratuitous pic of girl at dawn

Gratuitous pic of girl at dawn

Economic disruption wrought by globalization destroys the value of monetary assets for many people, leaving only their non-monetary assets: nation, community and family. The value of these assets may not be rising, but as monetary assets (wages, home, 401k, less debt) depreciate, the personal balance sheet is increasingly made up of “goodwill” and intangible assets. The wealthy have capital as their largest asset; the talented have their abilities, the poorest have their family and the commons. Globalization and mass immigration destroys the commons, devaluing it by printing up more units of citizens, and often times bringing in destructive people who are given “space to destroy.”

Unorthodoxy gets an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for his work here.

Real Gary finds a link that inspires hope for Finland’s Future.

Ace checks in, accompanied by some cool dobro blues, with “… still got that feelin’ but I’m too old to die young now.”

Delta Kylos of Thymos Book Club offers a hefty bit of translation from Raymond Ruyer’s Le Sceptique résolu (1979) on The true principle of the political Right.

Greg Cochran takes yet another look at Our Dumb World.

Is it easy to notice such differences? Well, for ordinary people, it’s real easy. Herero would ask Henry why Europeans were so smart – he said he didn’t know. But with the right education, it apparently becomes impossible to see. Few anthropologists know that such differences exist and even fewer admit it. I’m sure that most have never even read any psychometrics – more importantly, they ignore their lying eyes. Economists generally reject such explanations, which is one reason that they find most of the Third World impossible to understand. I must give credit to Garret Jones, who is actually aware of this general pattern. Sure, he stepped on the dick of his own argument there at the end of his book, but he was probably lying, because he had to. Sociologists? It is to laugh.

Generally, you could say that the major job of social science is making sure that people do not know this map. Not knowing has its attractions: practically every headline is a surprise. The world must seem ever fresh and new to the dis-illuminati – something like being Henry Molaison, who had his hippocampus removed by a playful neurosurgeon and afterwards could not create new explicit memories.

And over at City Journal, a damning editorial from Steven Malanga: Obama’s Biggest Failure: The president has substantially set back race relations in the United States.. Only Nixon could go to China, and he did. Where did Obama manage to go?

 


 


That’s about it folks. At 4200 words, this is weighing in slightly lighter than usual. A summer slowdown? Or me being lazy?? I dunno. Keep on Reactin’! Til next week… NBS, over and out!!

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8 Comments

  1. Anonthy Bartolomeo July 13, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    I appreciate your hard work on these. I do, however, think that your use of the vulgarity “dindu” besmirches your efforts. I read SM because of its interesting concepts and upmarket writing.

    NRX is above vulgar insults as they are unworthy of those who wish to rule.

    1. I shall take it into consideration. I’m not certain there is any name that one can use to describe the criminal underclass that won’t eventually be considered vulgar.

      1. Anonthy Bartolomeo July 13, 2016 at 2:41 pm

        Thank you. I think the term is also inaccurate because the left also wouldn’t mind a Hispanic – led race war either.

    1. My bad. Dunno how that happened. Obviously my “system” is not me-proof. I’ll give it a read later tonight.

      1. Completely understandable. You cover an enormous quantity of material every week.

  2. Until some group in power decides the extremist absolutism I am advocating is of use, and accordingly funds my effort, you will have to put up with the grammar/syntax/format roughness. Some of us have day jobs etc. Besides, this blog is for rough idea development.

    1. I wouldn’t have thought typing <blockquote> and </blockquote> around a body of quoted text to be an unduly heavy burden.

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