This Week in Reaction (2016/07/31)

Well the DNC was last week. It didn’t generate as much interest in the sphere as I thought it might. It was a mighty embarrassing show to all but the most devout hillary fans. All 123 of them. Matthew Hennessy, over at City Journal, tells the story of One Big Happy Riot: The Democrats try to spin dysfunction as triumph. Ryan Landry had some comments on the droll spectacle. More on that below. Lawrence Murray comments on Clinton ex Cathedra—whose speech he (happily) missed due to other obligations, but he was more than competent to read the transcript.

I’d offer that terrorist attacks in the West are in the news, but that’s pretty much every week now. The senseless, despicable murder of Father Jacques Hamel in Normandy drew special attention. Pope Frank’s complete lack of outrage, and talmudic off-the-cuff knee-jerk moral equivalencies, drew some more. That guy has got to be retired, one way… or another.

Let’s see what else…

Well Jim was back at it this week producing several major pieces. First a reiteration: The overwhelming majority of rape accusations are false. In which he articulates the Poster Girl Principle (PGP): “If poster girls suck then every other girl sucks as badly or worse.” What’s new to the discussion here is the extent that has come to light to which Rolling Stone editors must have known that the Jackie Coakley rape story was a complete fabrication.

The next big thing in progressivism, according to Jim is not, much to his surprise going to be…

…pedophobia—the “anti bullying” campaign sought to protect pre pubescent children of ambiguous sex who had physically affectionate relationships with obviously homosexual middle aged males from being “bullied” and sought to normalize pre pubescent children of ambiguous sex who have physically affectionate relationships with obviously homosexual middle aged males.

Instead it will be something else, and you’ll have to click over for the punchline. He also has a helpful Report on moonshine. Helpful to upstart moonshiners that is. TBH, considering the current employment options for young people today (pimping, single cig sales, meth manufacture, and being a giant global face-sucking squid), I wouldn’t be surprised if many turn to moonshining.

Jim’s tour de force this week was Fertility and corporal punishment. It’s too packed and sweeping (and funny) to excerpt properly, but for a taste of this ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀:


Timor Leste proves that if men have the opportunity to be patriarchs, they will not let poverty stop them. They will do whatever it takes.

Back in the fifties, when spanking was respectable, employers tended to advertise for married men, because they expected married men to be more highly motivated.

So we set up society so that prosocial behavior, reasonable competence, upholding order, and a bit of hard work pretty much guarantees a man will become a patriarch, and lo and behold, we will get prosocial behavior, order, hard work, and lots of well brought up children.

Alf was really fantastic here: Iconoclasm. It’s a review of the surprising “progress” (heh) of reactionary thought:

It is interesting how people try to explain away the scarier developments of the past year: ISIS. Mass immigration. Putin. Trump. Turkey. It does not fit their pre-existing story, for their pre-existing story tells them that the world is slowly uniting into one big utopian family. But the level of cognitive dissonance is growing and the amount of mental gymnastics performed to counter fearful thoughts is reaching maximum capacity. The Reactionary(c) on the other hand is of course not at all surprised by the events of the past year and if he is surprised it is in the positive sense, for he is not just proven right a little bit, no, he is being proven right a lot. I sure feel like performing an upbeat I-told-you-so dance around a burning globe.

But a cautionary tale as well… a red pill for the red pilled if you will.

Indubitably the masses do not like harsh truth and they will choose comforting lies until harsh truth hits them in the face like a cold fish. Even if Trump does turn out to be the God Emperor alt-right propaganda makes him out to be, I see no pretty way for the West to make this U-turn.

Alf wins an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for his efforts here.

Isegoria has one of the best arguments for ubiquitous CCLs: Waiting will get you killed.

Shylock Holmes The technology-dependence of sexual morality. He makes a concise and compelling (and normie suitable) case for the evolution of traditional sexual mores, basically patriarchal control over the reproductive decisions of women. And how modern tech has changed the outcomes for bad decisions, and thus the incentives to make them—a genie, he rightly surmises, that will be incredibly difficult to stuff back in his proverbial bottle.


Give people the choice, and they will hack their own evolutionary reward systems and have a lot more sex and a lot fewer children.

Like Prometheus, we have stolen fire from the gods.

Like Prometheus, we cannot give it back.

Which I think raises the possibility: If we hack our limbic reward systems and still make ourselves miserable, there may yet be hope of convincing not a few to refuse to hack their limbic reward systems.

Sydney Trads have quote up from Paul Gottfried and Thomas Fleming from The Conservative Movement (1993) regarding Left vs. Right views of nature. They also host parte deux of Dr. Bertonneau’s weighty René Guénon and Eric Voegelin on the Degeneration of Right Order. Weighty because Guénon and Voegelin, not necessarily because Bertonneau.

They have up the obligatory @WrathOfGnon classics: Ernst Jünger on Courage and C. S. Lewis: The Price of Freedom is Loneliness.

Also from Sydney Trads, a recommendation for Brendan Eich’s “Brave” Web-Browser. And finally there: Our own E. Antony Gray has up an Ode to Social Media.

It really was ode Week over at Spy in the House of God. Gray pens three more: To Sickness, The Words of the Companion, and Under the Sun.

Nick Land finds Scott Alexander dropping a seriously reactionary truth bomb (unaware he’s doing it???). SSC’s How the West Was Won—a critique of Caplan—is certainly worth a read. Unorthodoxy offers a a correction, by way of thought experiment, to Alexander here: The West As Demon.

The French Republic is Finished and Mark Citadel counts the ways bodies. The assassination, by decapitation, of Fr. Jacques Hamel in Normandy is only a latest. Nick Pell had the best tweet on the subject:

Citadel’s final quote from the unlikely prophet Slobodan Milošević is quite chilling.

Bad Billy Pratt’s mashup this week: Horny Geeks Love “Ghostbusters” (2016) and Grandma Clinton. He seeks to explain not so much the much-maligned movie, but why certain male film reviewers appear compelled to give it three thumbs up, and what that might portend in the election this fall.

Alrenous has a brief (and strange) note on Godel vs. Physics.

Lawrence Glarus has a study On Proverbs Chapter 3 (KJV). Also, an ingenious disingenuous argument for traditional gender roles based on What we Value.

Henry Dampier takes a break from his sabbatical to explain, in Swiftian fashion, how and why Terrorism Creates Jobs. Having so much pent up reactionary rage, he easily wins an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Delta Kylos sets out a powerful Doctrine & Purpose for the Thymos Book Club. Quite impressive.

Finally, from Cambria Will Not Yield, The Violent Take It By Force.



This Week in Social Matter

Ryan Landry, fresh off his vacation, is back in his Official Week Kicker-Offer Rôle with: Meaning, Globalism, And Death. This is a really fine opinion and analysis piece. He ties the oppressive hegemony of globalism to the “coming apart” of virtually every people group in the world today; Muslims, American blacks, white Amerikaners, each in their own unique ways.

The globalist world provides everything you could possibly want, but lacks the one thing you absolutely need: meaning. Empty jobs, broken communities, constant entertainment distractions, but no glorious struggle.

But these globalist pressures have triggered some positive responses, and thus a reason to hope:

Gratuitous pic of girl on walking bridge

Gratuitous pic of girl on walking bridge

The nationalism of today is unlike the nationalism or jingoism of the 19th century. While nationalism of yesteryear was a competitive nationalism often linked to colonial possessions, military size, and influence around the world, the modern incarnation is one simply of existence.

This is our identity, this is who we are, and no, we will not be melded into the bland blend of McWorld globalism. A Polish nationalist, a British nationalist, and a French nationalist are not preparing to fight one another, as in the 19th century, but are rather looking at one another as brothers in arms in the fight against globalism.

For the research, the analysis, and the pitch perfect… well… pitch, Landry gets back to the top of the podium with an ☀☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Award☀☀.

Social Matter’s own Oscar Reichenbach has an Inside Look: Trump’s Republican National Convention In Cleveland. He called it “the biggest alt-right meet-up I ever attended.”

Landry’s Weimerica Weekly covers: Pokemon Go. It’s not entirely bad news… positively virtuous compared to most Weimerica topics, but not enough to fool Ryan Landry. He’s got the downsides with the upsides.

And in Saturday Poetry & Prose, a quite affecting poem from newcomer Blais Richelieu: Blue-Haired Girl. Red-pilled, not black-pilled.



This Week in 28 Sherman

Landry’s Monday piece is: DNC Leaks & Corruption. That’s DN Committee, not Convention. Though the leaks were timed right before the Convention to piss off the maximum number of Bernie supporters. Not that mainstream media thinks it’s news. Of course isn’t really news: Corruption has always been a natural and necessary part of republican government since forever. The news that’s not fit to print is that 150 years of anti-corruption campaigns have only served to aggrandize the power of entrenched interests at the expense of the so-called “people”.

So when do Progs think colonialism is OK? When it’s happening to them. Well, not so much them. Preferably to the less progressive members of their own nations. Landry has the exposé: Progressive Approved Colonialism.

This Week in WW1 Pics, the war’s Remnants In Italy.

And on Friday, Landry has some commentary on the shitshow known as the The DNC. Of note:

There was something especially creepy about the DNC. Hispanics. Not Hispanics as a group, but how the DNC used them. It was basically wombs, lawbreaking and an awkward old white prog speaking middling high school español. W actually spoke decent Spanish, but he would not do that at a convention. The Hispandering was off the charts. Wrapping this all up into one idea, the DNC was gloating about their importation of third worlders into America to occupy space, have little niños, and provide the ruling class (awkward old white progs) with power.

That is the high-low. That is as transparent as it gets. It means their work is almost done if not done so already.



This Week in Kakistocracy

Porter takes a look at Liberalism’s Flying Genetics Monster. And LOLs a bit:

I’ve read three articles recently on the uncomfortable emerging body research that finds a large and unequivocal genetic component in human traits and behavior. Perhaps one day this fanciful technology will allow us to turn wolves into domesticated pets, but let’s not turn so quickly to speculative fiction.

Science is catching up with iron age farmers, and even pious journos cannot completely ignore reality. The supremacy of “privilege” as an explanation for disparate outcomes is now threatened by the twin monsters of science and common sense.

Next he tackles the Economic Contributions sophistry (ahem) “argument” for 3rd world colonization of the West, noting the Migrants Ain’t Makin’ it Rain.


The fallacy is beyond no one’s grasp, but seemingly everyone’s notice. If you and three friends order 2 XL pizzas for $40, each kicks in $10 and off your cholesterol goes. If a fifth person arrives at the table and primly spots a nickel for another share, he has also contributed. But are you original four better or worse for the contribution?

That’s an obviously simplistic example, but Tyler Cowen is an obviously simplistic man.

Porter has some promising news from the remarkably unprogressive French island of Corsica—where it is not apparently Thee Current Year: We Weren’t Asking. The readiness, willingness, and ability of North African to take back their migrants, and that of of European nations to force them to do so, is however running into some unfortunate snags.

The time is approaching when deportations from Western countries won’t be phrased as a question. And those squatters “who need protection” can find it best at home. Though relieving themselves of foreign disgorgements isn’t as easy as you or I may think. There are strict rules and regulations to follow. I mean regulations by the source countries whose citizens have violated international borders en masse. Those are the ones Europe is compelled to honor.



This Week in Evolutionist X

Evolutionist X brings us Civilization #2 of The Big 6 Civilizations: Egypt. Their math was pretty advanced, but their unnecessarily complicated methods for multiplication was guaranteed to keep all but the most dedicated priests out of that business.

Next, another installment of the indispensable series Cathedral Round-Up #12: The Rise of Mommy-Law. There have been 12?!! At issue this week, the slow but inexorable creep in the ideas about the function of law in America (and by extension most of the rest of the world).


Properly functioning, the law protects the individual. This idea of law-functioning-as-intended-protects-people is found in both Just Mercy and The Real Watergate Scandal, in which both authors describe cases of judges and prosecutors interfering with the proper functioning of law to deprive defendants of a fair trial. A fair trial, they argue, would have exonerated their defendants.

Obviously this view is still current among lawyers, who like to see themselves as moral people who deserve their paychecks. But among non-lawyers, the view seems to have shifted radically over the past few decades. SJWs in particular seem to have decided that the legal system is not as the protector of rights, but the protector of oppressors.

Evolutionist X reads Yale Daily News so you don’t have to. That’s where most of her vicious (and altogether praiseworthy) smackdown gets aimed in this ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.



This Week in West Coast Reactionaries

Over at West Coast Reactionaries this week, Auld Wat probes the Spirit of the Occident, and find the Christian religion dominating it. He’s (rightLy) skeptical of rebuilding the West somehow apart from Christianity. As was Moldbug:

It strikes me as quite implausible that when our dark age ends and the kings return, if ever, it will be under any banner but the Cross.

Adam Wallace makes several observations during his trip from the English countryside to visit the Extremists in London. He was there to give a “speech”, but his observations on the city of London were also illuminating.

Next up at WCR, James has a fruitful meditation on The Race That Killed Jesus.



This Week around The Orthosphere


Thomas Bertonneau has a movie review of Star Trek Beyond. He seems to have liked it well enough, but he might be biased confessing, “I attended in my Star Fleet uniform.”

Kristor has an interesting piece on The Subsidiaritan Criterion of Just Coercion. I think it concedes too much to the libertarian view. He marks the the publication of the Orthosphere’s One Thousandth Essay with a pretty inspiring essay in its own right. Also from Kristor, a big paste from Polybius on the Genera of Political Order.

Imaginative Conservative has a “Timeless Essay” (from 1972) concerning The Political Relevance of St. Augustine, whose thought along with that of Plato is seen as more “reactionary” than that of the Aristotlean/Thmostic clade. Also there: The Problem of a “Conservative” Lincoln—a review of Richard Brookhiser’s Lincoln biography . Of course, one of the biggest problems with “conservative Lincoln”, is that is a bald offense against the truth.

They have a brief note on The Importance of Knightly Oaths—which has been a topic of some interest in the sphere lately. Also a perceptive article from Pat Buchanan: Cry the Beloved Country: Two Separate Americas… basically Puritans and Amerikaners.

Matt Briggs’ new book Uncertainty just hit Amazon #1 New Release in Statistics. Check out the Uncertainty Memes. Also some serious epistemology wrapped up under the snarky title: Computers Can Find Future Criminals? Why, Computers Can Do Anything!.

Briggs has helpful, needful coverage of His Treasonousness in “All Religions Want Peace”: The Pope, Propaganda & The Expected Lie. At issue is the Pope’s recent lie, of false equivalence between everyday street violence and targeted killing motivated by religious hatred.

Nobody believes any of these Expected Lies, nor are we meant to. Yet there is something in all of us that screams, “Why can’t these bloody liars tell the truth!” They cannot because, as with the serially offending President, admitting the truth must needs lead to action. And the action called for cannot be countenanced by these leaders.

Also from Briggs, a magisterial article on The Hierarchy Of Models: From Causal (Best) To Statistical (Worst). It ties together a lot of the ideas he’s always banging on about. (And I mean “banging on” in the best possible sense of it.) This was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Mark Richardson wonders: Is virtue signalling feminine? I’m not certain he’s identifying proper virtue signaling so much as post hoc rationalization—which is definitely a feminine failure mode (tho’ men fall for it because failures of masculinity).

Cheshire Ocelot has A Brief Introduction to Ben Jonson and the Cavalier Poets. You had me at “Cavalier”.

Seems like there’s more and more reactionary (and otherwise high quality) poetry getting created and linked around the sphere. Chris Gale deserves a lot of credit for this trend, tirelessly promoting poetry to often poetry-deaf readers such as me. He has a very enjoyable Kipple for the day this week: Dane-Geld. Also another The English Way.



This Week… Elsewhere

The Anti-Puritan delivers Chapter Two of Neocameral Future: How Incentives Drive Ideology.

Greg Cochrane has some actually serious science, but with funny name: The Poop Gap.

Lawrence Murray features a couple of excellent meme posters, as well as excellent analysis, in his discussion of Jihad in High Germany. Turning to the Jihad in France, Lawrence considers the question of Legitimate Christianity as a Neo-Paganism.

Gratuitous pic of girl on swing

Gratuitous pic of girl on swing

Whatever this thing is that calls itself the Roman Catholic Church and is aligned with globalist cosmopolitan elites against European nations, it is not an institution of the folk, of the people. And surely, practicing Catholics who believe in the defense of their faith against the Muslim invader, as generations of their ancestors did, must realize how illegitimate the Church has become as an institution since Vatican II….

I’d quibble on some of the specifics—an institution is more than it’s hierarchy—but his sense of direction is largely correct.

Sunshine Thiry opines briefly on the slaying of Father Jacques Hamel in Normandy: Two Muslim men in France reportedly murder Catholic priest. Motive is no doubt unclear.

An interesting bit of theory here from Butch: Tired: NAP, Wired: NPP—the Non-Parisitism Principle.

Over at City Journal, Aaron Renn takes a push pin to Paul Krugman’s Bubble.

Wall Street, unlike Main Street, got bailed out during the financial crash. Most Americans may not be able to tell you what TARP stands for, or what quantitative easing is, but they have a good understanding of who profited the most from them—and that such people often take morning jogs in Riverside Park.

People like Paul Krugman, who is apparently so lacking in self-awareness that he thinks his semi-charmed life is representative of that of all Americans.

Heartiste has a fantastic bit of analysis in Why ‘All Lives Matter’ Rubs President Gay Mulatto The Wrong Way.

What is going on here is pure psychological projection. Blacks and their perpetually pissed mulatto mouthpieces and libfag White patrons know deep down that EVERYONE ELSE is especially vulnerable to black predation; it’s not just blacks who can’t relax around other blacks….. no one can. So when a black hears ‘All Lives Matter’ he is reminded that once again Whitey is not giving him the MUH RESPECK he feels in the haze of his tumescent self-esteem he richly deserves. Blacks, especially the talented tenth ones, get that their race is a stand-out menace, and that’s what motivates projecting their failures onto the White Man, who serves as the shame-magnet for black dysfunction.

Unorthodoxy finds The Economist accidentally telling the truth for a change: The Economist Stumbles Its Way to Reality.

Reactionary Tree reprints a classic Imaginative Conservative article: The Forest and The ‘Faustian’ Soul.

Over at The Neo-Ciceronian Times, Cincinnatus has a solidly antidemocratic tract Voting Should Be Harder To Do, Not Easier.


That’s about all I had time for folks. If you’ve noticed these roundups getting shorter, that’s because they have been. I’d like to think it’s because I’m getting more efficient, but it could be because I’m getting lazy. Why not both? Efficiency is little more than intelligent laziness. Enjoy your trip down the shore. Don’t forget the sunblock. Keep on reactin’! Til next week, NBS… Over and out!!

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  1. Thank you. You need to give Will S. from Patri a credit as well: he encourages me to read more poetry.

  2. Thank you once again Nick!

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