Mark Citadel has modified his best case estimated outcome for The Donald: Trump has Intrinsic Geopolitical Value, and therefore actually winning the election might be more fruitful, for the Real Right®, than a cheated-out loss. A return to something resembling classical international law looms large in Mark’s calculus:
The benefits of an American president finally willing to respect the natural boundaries of America’s geographic authority are enormous. If the administration turns its focus towards the myriad domestic problems currently facing the country, as well as construction of a border wall to stem the invasion by Mexicans and Central Americans, the world would be given relief from its destructive machinations which are propogated through a string of embassy contacts and ironically named NGOs. Subversive cultural agendas are forwarded through this neocolonial apparatus which has been a staple of the American outlook for successive presidencies of both parties. The United States routinely interferes in the politics of supposedly sovereign nations to aid not necessarily those who will be of geopolitical use to the United States, but those who will ideologically find ‘liberal principles’ appealing. Putting an end to this, even if only in part, is a very large reward that comes part and parcel with a Trump victory.
A very fine essay from Free Northerner this week on Moral and Natural Consequences in light of people “not deserving” to be gunned down by police for [insert minor infraction]. Yes and no.
Moral consequences are justice and justice is meted out by God and man. Justice needs an agent to be carried out and does not necessarily occur in nature. The rare times when nature hands out justice, we always refer to it differently, such as with phrases like poetic justice or karma, because we know that it is not real justice, simply natural consequence or blind coincidence.
On the other hand natural consequences are carried out by nature, of which man is a part. There is no moral dimension to natural consequences, simply the cold, hard law of cause and effect judging man with neither mercy nor pity.
A lot of people like to try to confuse these two forms of consequences, these two meanings of deserve, often for ideological purposes, occasionally because they are incapable of clear thinking. Often, those who see the reality of natural consequences and refuse to confuse the two, are called cold, mean, and/or evil by those who do not.
I wouldn’t say there is no moral dimension to natural consequences—as this would seem to negate Natural Law at its root—but rather the demarcation line is sometimes fuzzy. The Committee selected this one as an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
Thymos Book Club (TBC) does what it does best: book reviews. This week it’s Junges Europa (2013) by identitarians Felix Menzel and Philip Stein. The book appears to be in German, but Euryale’s commentary is in impeccable English. I won’t steal the thunder, but this bon mot was particularly exquisite:
The difference between European Identitarians and European Nationalists summed up in one name: “Lepanto.”
Well, book reviews are not all that TBC does best…
They’ve posted a Thymos Book Club Doctrine & Purpose which incorporates virtually all of the ideas behind Hestia Society Chapters in a Continental European context, and with an emphasis on thymos—a vital force inspiring the virtue of courage.
6. The purpose of the Thymos Book Club is to build a brotherhood of virtuous intellectual men, in Paris and beyond.
Sydney Trads put up a fabulous @WrathOfGnon classic: Your Life is a Gift from Your Ancestors to Your Descendants. And another… nice one from Yvon Chouinard.
They also have up a bit of verse from Luke Torrisi: “A Meditation in the Park”.
Reactionary Future finds an intriguing coincidence about foundation support for Nobel Laureates Friedrich August von Hayek and Gunnar Myrdal.
Alf jots down a few notes from Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals. He has some more In het Engels this week: It’s coming to an end. It being the Obama presidency, and all the stupid stuff that people hoped it would be a long time ago:
[R]egarding the psychology of Barack Obama: my analysis is that he genuinely believed in the cause. He likely thought of himself as the son of Martin Luther King and a president who would guide his people through troubled times (although natural leftist narcissism might dictate that he was more deluded). The momentum of his campaign meant people around him also believed and he thrived on that. But 7 years later the cause is in shatters. People are losing faith. Like Adolf in der Untergang so is Obama unable to filter all the negative feedback he is receiving. Also Obama has to deal with a pissed-off wife who probably feels like she was sold a beta in an alpha suit.
Ouch! But on the plus side, the state dinner did sound positively scrumptious. If you could tolerate the droll talking points, that is.
Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus, whom it seems we’ve only just met, continues to deliver outstanding content at The Neo-Ciceronian Times. This week it’s Conservatives and Liberals Have Many Things in Common. Cincinnatus counts the ways. Impossible to excerpt with justice, but this morsel was particularly piquant:
Liberals may want a socialistic global system and conservatives may want a capitalistic global system—but ultimately what both of them want is a global system.
According to The Committee this earned the ☀☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Award☀☀ this week. We hope he keeps up the great work.
Spandrell offers some box-seat commentary on Japanese politics (and hominid social psychology): Shifting Right.
Also from Spandrell, a powerful meditation on Social Constructs.
If you put your finger in a fire, it burns. It hurts a lot. If somebody comes later and tells that you that fire doesn’t burn, to put your finger in the fire; you are likely to protest. Of course it burns. It hurts like crazy. But most things in life aren’t like that. Nobody has ever got burnt due to global warming. Most ideas don’t have immediate consequences. If somebody tells you that “Muslims belong in Germany”, unless you have been stabbed by a Muslim recently, the proposition doesn’t have real consequences for you. It’s just a set of words. Your reaction to that proposition doesn’t depend on your memory of getting your finger burnt. The only real consequences to that conversation is the opinion that your peers will have about you. So if your memory about talking on Muslims belonging in Germany is that any contrary opinion gets your peers mad, and results in you having lower status; well your reaction will be “sure, Muslims belong in Germany. Merkel is awesome”.
E. Antony Gray has another new ode: The Milling-Stone.
Sarah Perry has extensive thoughts on beauty The Quality Without a Name at the Betsy Ross Museum. She argues (I think) for a strongly objective view of beauty, citing many diverse examples along the way in this ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
Nick Land condemns Merkel’s Mess, but cannot quite bring himself to not say “Thank you!” Also, Machine Poetry, which seems pretty godawful to me. Land insists it’s not remotely close to the worst human-produced poetry. That may be setting the bar impossibly low, tho’.
Finally this week in Cambria Will Not Yield: Have Mercy on Thy People, Lord.
Why did Angela Merkel not respond to the protests of the native-born Germans? And why did the white Mayor of Somerville side with the Black Lives Matter barbarians over the police? There are two reasons. The first reason is the ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Syndrome. In the liberals’ fantasy world the good and downtrodden blacks, Moslems, and every other nonwhite barbarian race of people will be grateful to their white benefactors. They will kill the liberals’ enemies – the bad, racist whites – but they will love, respect, and honor the good liberal whites who helped them overcome the racist, bad whites. No amount of atrocity reportage about the Moslem and black outrages will move the liberals. They have hardened their hearts against all humane feelings.
This Week in Jim Donald
Jim tells us, with tongue not quite firmly planted in cheek, Why Trump is Hitler. It isn’t literally February 1933, but sometimes ya kinda wish it was.
He has a helpful note on Mean, median, and chastity enforcement. I was inspired to draw up some graphics in Matlab™ illustrating these distributions, but found it difficult.
And finally from Jim, there’s No such thing as moderate Islam—an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
There is no moderate Islam in the sense that there is no Islam where the adherent to the faith who engages in violence against non Muslims is viewed as bad, unholy, an outsider, no Islam where Jihad is not as Islamic as motherhood and apple pie are American. There is no Islam that fails to provide a favorable environment for terror. Terror is so fundamental and intrinsic to Islam, that any supposedly Muslim religion that seriously disengages from terror really is not Muslim, and any Muslim monarchy that fails to support terror gets assailed as inauthentically Muslim, as not taking Islam seriously, and it is transparently apparent that any nominally Muslim monarchy that fails to support terror is inauthentically Muslim, does not take Islam seriously.
Progs continue to hope they can convert Muslims like they converted Christians. For a while this seemed to be working.
And then we started to see head scarves all over the place.
As the Cathedral became ever more hostile, hateful, and destructive towards males and masculinity, coming to a supposedly right understanding of Islam became ever less popular among Muslims, and we started to see those headscarves multiply.
This Week in Social Matter
Ryan Landry’s Big Sunday Thinkpiece™ is: The Red Empire’s Manchurian Candidate. Once you understand the America is at war (cold at the moment, at least in the lower 48) with itself, international news makes a whole lot more sense. The Committee chose this one for an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀. There’s a lot in this one, including hopefulness that a Trump victory might do more good than merely building the wall (and having Mexico pay for it):
If America reorients away from the FIRE economy and back towards a productive economy based on manufacturing, natural resources and infrastructure, different power nodes aligned with the Blue Empire would suffer. Trump has hinted at doing something to help student debt loads and provide jobs. If Trump were to simultaneously address student debt, while bringing back decent paying jobs that do not require a degree, he would level a strike at academia far greater than anything Russia or Red Empire could. Removing the incentive to attend university strips demand, and American encouragement for the marginal student is well into negative marginal returns.
This is why immigration matters so much. It factors into Trump’s economic policy. By removing a pool of labor that suppresses wages, it allows individuals a proper choice of employment. Even just removing the lid that illegals place on construction wages has a huge effect. Suddenly, small and mid-sized construction firms have to pay decent wages. By doing so, other industries facing the same labor pool must compete with elevated construction pay rates. The working class finds employers competing for them in pecuniary fashion rather than just sucking in the latest the Third World has to offer.
On Monday, Mark Yuray takes a look at The Other Europe. In spite of it’s historical penchant for underachievement, the southern part of South America has some very good things going for it. For example:
The lack of Harvard Crimson among the elite of the Southern Cone is not an accident. Although the so-called “International Community,” under the aegis of the U.S. government, has been making inroads into the local power, the area south of the Amazon rainforest was traditionally cut off from American influence. Northern and Western Europeans would migrate to and settle North America, while Southern and Central Europeans would migrate to and settle South America—south of the Amazon.
Next up Dave Hoffman makes a return with What Open Conflict In The US Might Look Like. He begins with the thesis that democracy is war by other means, and those means inevitably become more warlike over time. And this time won’t be like last time…
In the past, separation through conflict was primarily about territory. The thinking went: because we cannot rule our own lives under your regime, we wish to separate, have our own land, and establish our own regime that better reflects our values. This works when drawing lines on a map. It doesn’t work if there are no lines. The different factions in America today have no set territory to call their own, retreat to, or even fight over.
I’d like to think those lines would emerge quite quickly after everybody realized law & order had broken down. But never underestimate the ability to deny reality among those whose job it is to do so.
Bad Billy Pratt of Kill to Party joins Landry for Wednesday’s Weimerica Weekly – Episode 35 – Fifteen Minutes of Fans Worth of Fame. They are two birds of a feather. It begins with a discussion of Boogie Nights and evolves naturally from there. Very impressive show. And, oh yeah, that.
Oh, and another episode of Ascending The Tower: Episode XVI, Part 1—“Weaponized Goodness”. Well half an episode (the sequel is already up at the time of this writing). Bonald joined me, Anthony, and E. Antony for a discussion of millenarian (chilastic) cults and their effect on civic life. It really delves deep into the stuff we talk about a lot, but never get all into one place—basically the harmful effects of enthusiastic religion, which we see in spades in the SJW phenomenon.
On Friday, Mark Yuray fires another brutal volley Social Matter’s on-going War on Women with Today’s Women Are Yesterday’s Prostitutes. The old American West was a proving ground for radical Massachusetts ideas back in the 1800s. La Wik positively gushes about Wyoming’s record on women’s “equality” (so to speak).
19th century Americans had good reasons to look down on the behaviors and attitudes of prostitutes and I am certain they articulated them extremely well, extremely loudly, and decisively proved beyond a reasonable doubt that their arguments were superior to the defenders and supporters of powerful prostitutes and feminists. I am also sure that they lost anyway and that we are living in the aftermath.
Finally this week in Prose & Poetry, E. Antony Gray looks at Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
This Week in 28 Sherman
Over on the home blog, Ryan Landry dubs the Fox News Roger Ailes debacles as When Fifty Shades of Grey Met NETWORK.
Getting paid a quarter of a million dollars a year for this, if this happened, is not torture. Is it harassment? Anything is harassment these days. Luhn admits to hallucinations for a year. This whole ordeal is like 50 Shades + Network, and this really should not be a shock to anyone. This is just another breathless media cosbying of an old man being shown the door. Like not tackling Bill Cosby through the years, they waited until he was no longer useful. Are the allegations true? After the 20th woman, it’s hard not to notice a pattern with Cosby. Still, the idea of retroactively changing how one sees an event to call it a crime is troubling.
Not content with mashing up 50 Shades and NETWORK, Landry decides to throw Black Lives Matter and 401ks into the blender. Serious remedies to disparate impact are bound to get increasingly expensive.
Say they shut the door on immigration. Here is what will happen to your 401k. Confiscation. Not outright confiscation and redistribution to regime allies that is straight out of the old school communist playbook. This would be dressed up in the gobbledy-gook of academia as a “white privilege” tax levy on accumulated wealth. It could be progressive too, so as to only hit citizens with decent savings, don’t want to boil the frog too quickly, eh 401k crowd? Maybe 5% on amounts over 50K, 10% on amounts over 100K and 25% on amounts over 250K. Due to the demographics of who saves in 401ks this is nearly a perfect who-whom for the Left. They don’t even have to call it a white privilege tax but a deferred wealth tax with an extremely low hurdle.
This Week in WW1 Pics: The Lonely (Italian) Rifleman.
Finally, a brief note on Friday on Rumbles Towards Civil War.
Let the economic decline continue and eventually an incredibly large mass of people of all groups are going to have nothing to lose. Oft repeated here and on my Twitter account: In the 2020s, there will be blood.
This Week in Kakistocracy
It’s really quite illuminating to note the paucity of attacks and subversion when there’s no one else’s side to take. A 90% legacy America harbored no detectable “white supremacy.” This being a condition that counterintuitively blossoms only as whites recede from power. The less control a host wields, the more lurid the aspersions against them. You may be assured that a small preyed-upon white minority absent institutional clout would be extraordinarily supremacist indeed.
As we do find to-day in South Africa. Oddly, it is always somehow the middling to lower grade of whites who are punished the most for their ostensible “supremacy”.
So for those who hate white supremacy, an all-white country represents its certain remedy.
An all right kind of white country, I think. But then, if the right kind of whites are in charge, small swarthy minorities are not going to be a problem, anyway.
Next he evaluates Erdogan’s Hunt for a Red October in light of Western Europe’s not insubstantial investment in military readiness. They may not quite be at American levels, but Western Europeans are hardly defenseless. Unless they wanna be, that is.
Porter looks at the pitfalls of divining A Nation’s Future in One Number, especially when there ain’t no nation to speak (coherently) of.
Finally, Donald, Hillary, and Who We Are. This Who We Are thing sounds like a potential 2016 Meme o’ the Year, BTW. For inspection, Trump’s on-going uphill battle against the media:
…a substantial amount of soft support has peeled away in recoil because of a muslim soldier who died 11 years before Trump ever announced his candidacy. In this sense, we are expected to concede that Khan’s dead son commits us to a mass muslim immigration policy in a way that thousands of other dead sons do not counter.
And a level-headed, but still totally snarky, appraisal of what a Reign of Hillary might realistically entail for SCOTUS:
…the most potentially fertile penumbra is likely to be the one that finds a sacred human right to unfettered immigration. No human is illegal, and doesn’t that constitutional codicil written by Emma Lazarus state our founders’ plain intent? I mean when a jew inscribes poetry on a plaque beneath a statue, that’s state policy. And I expect it will be ratified by a Clinton court.
All of which represents a dire scenario for those of us who like our Bolsheviks in Russia. And it highlights the unpleasant choice many will prospectively face as an energetic court issues diktats unimpeded.
This Week in Evolutionist X
Next up: What Dems and Repubs would say about ethnic groups if they were good at articulation. And if articulation plus $1 billion could buy you the presidency. Which it cannot…
So we are left with one side proclaiming “[Group] does X!” and the other side strenuously opposing, “Not all X!”
This Week in West Coast Reactionaries
Over at WCR, Hotherus takes up The Quest for the Prisca Theologia. As with most things he writes, it is strong in spots and quite aggravating in others.
Correspondent Alexander brings A Cornish Reverie.
Adam Wallace posts the full transcript of his Extremists’ Club speech: Moderns Against Modernity. Over at his home blog, Wallace (apparently) scribbles some quite affecting verse: The Son and the Skylark.
And Platalea Ajaja has a well-constructed meditation, Force of Unnature, Pokémon GO… among other things.
This Week around The Orthosphere
Over at Imaginative Conservative, Frohnen discusses Egalitarianism, American Style—as though that’s not a bad thing. (I think it is not an entirely bad thing, but it’s still a bad thing on net.) Also a McLuhan-esque critique Has the Digital Age Eclipsed the Television Age?
Based Pat Buchanan asks: Can Trump Still Win? He thinks so, but thinks Republicans need to unite against Hillary. Win or lose, Trump has irrevocably changed the GOP, and those who oppose him are likely signing their own political death warrants.
Matt Briggs takes Pope Francis’ False (and Idiotic) Moral Equivalency to the Woodshed. But it’s good to see the Pope has expanded his business: He now not only corrects irreformable Catholic teachings, but schools Muslims on what their religion is really all about. Briggs is also back in The Stream: Hillary Believes in Science—Which Isn’t Saying Much.
Briggs also has a guest post from his friend and controversial interlocutor Ianto Watt: Islam Asleep, Islam Awake. Which was designed to answer some of the controversies arising from his previous essay on Turkey. Which it may have done, but incited enough new ones to compensate!
Briggs is of course not a wall-flower when it comes to controversy himself, so he finds some gasoline to squirt on the fire: Intelligent Design Is Trivially True. It’s not what Intelligent Design proponents mean by the term, but it is what they should have meant by it. He also posts The Preface to his new book: Uncertainty: The Soul of Modeling, Probability & Statistics.
Chris Gale has more and more Kipling. Also a potential link between maternal malnutrition and schizophrenia that’s pretty scary.
Filed under Lies and Damn Lies: Gale reports on the psychiatric state of the art, How to distort statistics, again. In other news from the world of psychiatry: The criteria is not the disorder. The disorder is not the experience.
Also from Chris, a slightly better than meh review of Suicide Squad.
Faith & Heritage finds Modern Advertising as Leftist Propaganda. This should not be surprising. Advertising is not expected to challenge entrenched mainstream platitudes, even when those platitudes include challenging fake entrenched mainstream platitudes.
Cheshire Ocelot reviews The Histories of Herodotus. Which, if you didn’t read it, it’s news to you.
Cato the Younger has just a dreadful report here Modernity Claims Another Victim. From France. Of course. Un-fucking-believable:
Where are these riot police when Islamists barge into a mass and behead holy men? Where are they when saracens shoot civilians?
The modern nation-state will not protect you.
Dalrock has coverage of The Atlantic’s on-again, off-again cheerleading for men’s disempowerment. I suppose it is a common pathology to those almost smart enough to be careful what they wish for.
Speaking of Bonald, he takes an AR-15 to this execrable First things article: Catholics must resist cosmopolitan universalism. Following his visit with us, Bonald also offers a nice bit of synthesis: Progressives pursuing their millennium: a reconsideration of neoreactionary and orthospheric approaches.
For a long time, I missed the significance of the neoreactionaries’ distinctive critique. They’re always going on about progressive attitudes being a strategy to improve the “signaler’s” relative social status. Rhetorically, I could see this being effective, because if refuses to grant Leftists the presumption of being altruistic idealists that most people seem to grant them. Still, an ad hominem attack logically does nothing to address the Leftist’s positions. Who cares what their ultimate motives are? After reading more of their writing about virtue signaling and holiness spirals, I realized that this wasn’t their point. They’re not critiquing progressives for responding to incentives; we all do that. They’re critiquing progressivism the ideology or social system for creating those incentives.
More precisely critiquing an ideology which has created incentives to keep changing the incentives, either as a means to obtain status or keep it.
Kristor makes a spirited defense of neo-cameralism in Formalism & the Sacred.
The formalism of neo-cameral monarchy would not by itself gut its sacred & familiar aspects. To suppose that it might would be to fall into improper reduction. It would be to think that society is *nothing but* its legal form. All civilized societies are legally formalized. Their formalizations derive from the reality of their ordered life. The determination runs from the concrete facts of social life to the formal legal theory of its proper order.
Indeed, any formalist worth his salt knows—based, if nothing else, on the past 350 years of Anglophone history—that robbing a society of the sacred bond between Church and State, leaves a gaping psycho-social lacuna that will be filled by increasingly vile sorts of pseudo-religious shysters.
A society legally ordered along such lines as have come to be called formalist or neo-cameralist then – a political order wherein the state was legally treated as a corporation owned by holders of fungible shares – would not by that fact alone suffer deformities of the familiar and sacred aspects of lordship, or any other sort of vitiation of the fullness of organic society. The Church, by a very close analogy, is not profaned by her canon law or her creeds. Where it is not idolized, the letter does not kill. Rather, these formalisms usefully encode the form of her life, so that it may be understood. So likewise with the legal and formal aspects of any society. A university owns its campus, but there is more to the university than that ownership and that campus. The bishop, diocese, dean and chapter own the cathedral and its close, but there is more to the cathedral than these.
Kristor earns yet another ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
This Week… Elsewhere
Greg Cochran is elegant and brilliant here: Trust Issues. He reimagines WW2 with today’s social justice norms… which is, frankly, unimaginable:
The funniest part would been the many examples of people making excuses for terrorism and treason. When some young Japanese pilot talked about how he should perhaps crash his plane into the White House, his colleagues would have sedulously ignored those ravings, just as our contemporaries did with Major Nidal Hasan. At least they wouldn’t have had to constantly make excuses for his incompetence, as they did with Hasan – Japanese aren’t stupid. After the crash, the new President would have said that no one really knows what motivated the pilot, although back in those days, there really was a way of knowing what evil lay in the hearts of men.
After enough crap, one presumes that the press would have been instructed not to publish the faces of the miscreants, lest the general public get the wrong idea.
WW2 can be modeled, with little loss of information as: Globalist and moderately nationalist versions of communism ganging up on and defeating strictly nationalist communism. But even then the globalists were way less globalist than they are today. Cochran earns an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
Also from Cochran, a brief note and compelling graphic on the utter stupidity of ending sex segregation in sports. Of course, you could always just end the segregation, and see what comes of it… LOL.
Over at City Journal, John Tierney has a satisfying blunt force clobbering of the TSA in Monuments to Idiocy. Also an exposé on the talmudic argumentation tactics of legal talking heads in The (Justice) Ginsburg Affair.
Heartiste has a big and very worthwhile paste from H. P. Lovecraft On Americanism. Lovecraft speaking:
“Americanism” is expanded Anglo-Saxonism. It is the spirit of England, transplanted to a soil of vast extent and diversity, and nourished for a time under pioneer conditions calculated to increase its democratic aspects without impairing its fundamental virtues. It is the spirit of truth, honour, justice, morality, moderation, individualism, conservative liberty, magnanimity, toleration, enterprise, industriousness, and progress—which is England—plus the element of equality and opportunity caused by pioneer settlement. It is the expression of the world’s highest race under the most favourable social, political, and geographical conditions.
Lawrence Murray carves out some sensible and politically plausible stop-gap policy positions in What Would an Alt-Right Administration Look Like? Also from Lawrence, a helpful review of #BlackLivesMatter’s rebranded site and image: Gibs + Anarcho Tyranny: The #BlackLivesMatter Platform. Same batshit loony, but with some polish added to the thin veneer.
Roman Dmowski has a brief note on The Wrath of (Khizr) Khan:
The reality is this guy’s dead kid doesn’t give him a right to win a political debate on Islam.
Yup…. Heartiste offers his own thoughts: Yes We Khan….Send Them Back.
Ace checks in with some well-considered advice. On real love (and marriage): “Well, well, who is under his spell is paying the devil his due…” Also a nice breakdown of the importance and components of confidence here: “… I wanna be, just like you, what you do, I want to…”
William Scott tells How Trump is the hero of Michael Moore’s ‘Roger and Me’. This was, of course, back in the days (1989) when The Left actually gave slightly more than a rat’s ass about working class (white) people. These days, Michael Moore’s interests are no doubt almost perfectly aligned with those of Fortune 500 elites.
Unorthodoxy takes the negative on An Anti-Establishment Case for Hillary Clinton. Accelerationists be warned: If Obama can keep the lights for 8 years, then hopes for an apolcalypse under Hillary may not be warranted. Also: Trump Would Have Been a Founding Father, which includes brief dossiers on lesser advertised facts about some of the Founding Fathers.
Narm No takes an in-depth look at MBTI and Psychological Types.
Al Fin suggests Children Should Start Their Own Businesses. And has some tantalizing suggestions. Tantalizing, that is, to parents who wanna see their kids get off their butts and earn some extra shekels. But the important thing, he emphasizes, is the life skills that working one’s own business can teach kids.
Cheshire Ocelot continues to review Classics You Probably Missed (If Your Education Was Like Mine). This week it’s The Homeric Hymns. Hestia, a pre-figuration (IMO) of St. Mary, plays a leading role.
Filed under: I Missed-This-When-it-Came-Out… Peter Thiel had an article in First Things last year: Against Edenism. Yes, that First Things. Yes, that Peter Thiel. A taste:
The history of the twentieth century is a history of this loss of hope in the future. With the benefit of hindsight, the dawn of the nuclear age and the Manhattan Project may appear to have been a key turning point, a great achievement that led to tremendous disillusionment. This disillusionment hit with full force in the 1970s, when the successor Apollo program collapsed and the baby boomers redirected their energies toward interminable cultural wars. Whether by chance or design, scientists were placed on a short leash and made to spend their time writing grant applications for modest extensions of existing paradigms. The reign of science foretold in New Atlantis culminated and terminated at Los Alamos.
Welp… That’s all I had time fer. Hope you all are enjoying some summer R&R. Keep on reactin’! Til next week… NBS, over and out!!