This Week in Reaction (2016/09/25)

Prompted by Dissenting Sociologist’s apposite thoughts last week, Shylock Holmes has an extended reflection On the Decline of Wisdom. If these “men in the physical flower of youth” are choosing to be “bossed around by senior men they could easily overwhelm”, then what do these elites possess that gives them this power? Historically, it has been wisdom. But less and less so, as Shylock shows.

Wise’ has been more or less declining as an idea since 1820 or so. Its decline was also marked by the rise of ‘clever’ – more intellectual, but in a way that seemed to prioritise shrewdness and savvy behavior, as opposed to good judgment.

But the big rise of late has been ‘smart’. This goes mostly to intelligence, raw cognitive firepower. This is a trait that (at least at an individual level) is generally considered to be inherited at birth, and which displays itself more in youth than old age.

Which explains a lot in this ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀…

Intellect alone is presumed to be able to solve the world’s problems, from Syria to Washington.

Good judgment, by comparison is considered far too prosaic a quality to be encouraged, and wisdom seems almost archaic.

Every nation gets the “smart” people it deserves.

Dissenting Sociologist also offers a bit of translation from French: “Enlightened Despotism” versus Society: An Episode in the History of Progressive Government.

Now as much as Reactionary Future reaches for the Pepto Bismol when he hears me say it, we agree entirely with Classical liberalism is lunacy. He also has some excellent research here: Wars of Religion and Rise of the State.

Neovictorian gets back to The Mitrailleuse with a discovery of Gnostics in the Woodpile. He sees the rise of the Alt-Right as a renewed vigor of anti-Gnosticism. You’ll have to read it to get it.


And over on the home blog, Neovic has some fun with a good olde-fashioned Fisking Michelle Goldberg, or: The Sorry, Sorry Tears of Progressive Doom-Casters. Goldberg had averred in Slate: “Therapists and their patients are struggling to cope amid the national nervous breakdown that is the 2016 election.” And who, just whoooooo, might be inducing such over-wrought stress Ms. Goldberg, hmmmm?

Speaking of Neos… Neocolonial steps back out into the limelight with notes and first principles reasoning: Exclusion is the Price of Survival.

Speaking of Down Under… Luke Torissi of Sydney Trads was able to participate in a Round Table Forum, hosted by Western Heritage Australia on The “Cashless Society”—Opportunities and Risks. Also, the oppressive shirt makes a resurgence: Muslim Woman and SWPL Ally Harass Man at Curtin University.

Also in the Antipodes, Social Pathologist writes of Understanding the 20th Century. What he says is extremely controversial within the neoreactionary framework. Exactly how and why is left as an exercise to the discerning reader.

Over at Dissident Right, August Rush shares a rare glimpse into his personal history in On Irrationality, Meaning, Tolstoy, and Life.

Alf switches to Dutch mode for Rob Wijnberg is een B-filosoof, in which he appears to have caught a Cafeteria Nietzschean with his skinny jeans down.

Fritz Pendleton cuts a nice thick slab of satire on here: Charlotte Residents Say Racism Fought Best by Taking Other People’s Stuff.

Gabriel Duquette surveys the distance between maps and territories in Nuance and trade-offs.

Battle of Behobia, May 1837

Battle of Behobia, May 1837

Mark Citadel takes a helpful and illuminating look at The Forgotten Crowns of Europe. Two, in particular “that perhaps could find themselves on our side of the battle line when the inevitable end to the European spectacle comes.” An edifying read and an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Titus Q. Cincinnatus’ big think piece this week over at The Neo-Ciceronian Times concerns the Two Kinds of Nationalism.

Jon Frost takes a step back from inventing a new religion (in his garage) to Answer to All Your Questions. He seems to be amenable to traditional, un-pozzed (I’d argue non-heretical) Christianity… so we’ll go with that.

Nick Land finds Doolittle being “so wrong it’s seriously interesting”.

An absolute tour de force, as we’ve come to expect, from Those Who Can See: The Past is a Real-Talking Country. There’s no way I can do it justice here. Just RTWT. An ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀. (HT: Heartiste.)

And speaking of race realism… Cambria Will Not Yield’s Saturday missive is on The Non-Diverse European


This Week in Jim Donald

A quiet week over at He doesn’t offer a link (at least in the OP), but Nitrocellulose illegalized. An attempt at an end run around the 2nd Amendment, perhaps? You have a right to bear arms, but not bullets??!! Stay tuned.

A quiet week… but THIS happened. Jim is vindicated: Yes, women vote for rape, conquest, and enslavement. Of course Jim is vindicated. Of course.


This Week in Social Matter

Landry is still on a semi-sabbatical due the birth of his new kid, but he had time to kick off the TWiR week with another of his “Hidden Histories”, The Soviets’ CIA Head. “The deeper one looks into World War II,” he says, “the less the official history makes sense.” Communism is as American as motherhood, apple pie, and Chevrolet…

Walter Bedell Smith, presumably during his CIA days.

Walter Bedell Smith, presumably during his CIA days.

McCarthyism is an evil concept in the official telling, but history vindicates his concerns and some specific people Senator McCarthy and Nixon fingered as spies. Some were actual communist spies, some were fellow travelers, and with time, some others look more and more like militant, homegrown communist agents. What is certain is that to make your way up the ladder starting in 1932 and onwards, one would have to be communist, a fellow traveler, or willing to do their bidding. Robert Welch might not convince you that President Eisenhower was a communist himself, but the idea that he knowingly worked with them is easy to understand.

Like Walter Bedell Smith, who had been Ike Chief of Staff during the War, Ambassador to Stalin from 1946-48, and headed up the C (friggin’) IA from 1950-53. And… he was obviously a commie. Just what flavor is hard to tell, because they come in so many. That, and J. Edgar Hoover’s 60+ year-old report on him remains classified. Like I said… apple pie and Chevrolet. Landry gets a well-deserved ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for his discovery here.

P. T. Carlo graces the pages of Social Matter again on Monday. In response to Decius’ much-bandied CRB article, Carlo offers this pitch-perfect follow-up: Wishing The Death Of Liberalism: Stanley Fish And The Flight 93 Election. He praises Decius’ insights, but criticizes him for not going right enough…

Bear cubs

Bear cubs

A few years ago, a humorous story emerged from China; a credulous man bought what he believed were two puppies from a merchant in Vietnam. At first, all went well, and he bathed and groomed his new puppies daily. It was only once his new pets started displaying very undoglike behavior, namely by killing his pet chickens and displaying voracious appetites, that he begin to suspect something might be amiss. It turned out he had actually adopted two bear cubs, who had started to wreak havoc, now that they were approaching their natural sizes.

You couldn’t dream up a more apt metaphor for that of the modern conservative’s relationship with the liberal tradition. The conservative has convinced himself that there is actually no conflict between his values and those of the classical liberal tradition he so admires.

In attempting to make peace with classical American liberalism, Decius just wants his puppies back. Once you give up on the fantasy and accept reality—that America, as conceived, as constituted, is primordially, quintessentially liberal root and branch—you’ve arrived at the warm, refreshing waters of reaction. (Decius himself was impressed by Carlo’s response.) Carlo takes home the coveted ☀☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Award☀☀ for his timely and well-crafted effort here.

Hannibal Bateman makes a debut on Thursday with Esoteric Populism: The Cry For A New Elite. He’s absolutely correct that populist revolts mark just such a cry and are usually correct. How to channel that righteous energy properly and productively without turning political power into a free-for-all remains the difficult problem.

Finally, E. Antony Gray chimes in with some prose—political theory no less—on Friday with a gem of a post Here’s How To Think Reasonably About Physical Removal. The guy wears a lot of hats (and smokes a lot of pipes.) It’s a broad sweeping piece, which begins by admitting the potential necessity of genocide, and how best to avoid that necessity. The Committee tapped this one for an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.


This Week in 28 Sherman

Maria Sharapova, probably advertising something. Like that chair for example.

Maria Sharapova, probably advertising something. Like that chair for example.

Over on the home blog, Landry kicks off the week with a sports story: The Serena Endorsements Issue. Or rather the not at all about sports story about an issue that really isn’t an issue. “The mystery of why Serena Williams does not make as much in endorsement as Maria Sharapova despite on court dominance.” If you can’t imagine why Maria Sharapova makes slightly more money in endorsements than Serena Williams, then… you have a profound lack of imagination.

Landry takes a deep look into Memetic Science: Why The Memes Are Strong. The memes coming out of Alt-Right environments are strong for one blindingly simple reason, he thinks: natural selection is extremely harsh. This was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

This Week in WW1 Pics it’s a light-hearted one: Homefront Help.


This Week in Kakistocracy

Porter kicks off the week looking at the NFL’s pampered pretentious protestors: Sunday Supremacy.

Next he takes a look at Dumpster Economics—the exploding kind and the kind you eat your last meal out of. It turns out—to the disappointment of ideologues everywhere—how “socialist” or “capitalist” your country is is not a particularly good correlator with how great it is to live there. But Porter has “one weird trick” which correlates almost perfectly.

Under the backdrop of this week’s Charlotte riots, Porter proffers some astute commentary in Carolina Aglow. An equilibrium will be arrived at, irrespective of the comforting platitudes of which Americans reassure each other—arrived at one way or another:

Samantha Barks, looking for a thousand ships to launch.

Samantha Barks, looking for a thousand ships to launch.

Blacks are immunized from collective scrutiny, criticism, or expectations of reciprocal social agency. They are more like an asteroid belt than a group of sentient human beings. It is simply an expectation that once inflamed they will destructively collide with anything in proximity, while it is your obligation to not impede their path.

That means either police (including black police) ultimately cease subjecting them to our legal framework or we quarantine the entire media complex for a year after every inevitable shooting. I think the former option is the only one on the table.

As police grow acclimated to the realization that every call involving blacks carries a nontrivial possibility of ruination, they will begin to simply shrink from those interactions. This being a response that is further emboldening to the black predators who will certainly not shrink from taking full advantage.

Porter uncovers an extraordinary little-known loophole in the law&mash;little advertised in proportion to its diameter: There’s Always a Section 207. Apparently, Barack Obama can really decide, all on his own, to admit 110,000 refugees in 2017. Or 110,000.000.


This Week in Evolutionist X

Maps Friday continues on Monday with Maps, maps, maps (pt. 2/2: Australia). Australia’s absence on the maps is very nearly as interesting as its presence. As Evolutionist X puts it:

There’s this funny gap in human knowledge of Australia. 50,000 years ago, humans equipped with little more than sharp rocks and pointy sticks managed to get to Australia and make themselves home. Then, for the next 49,500 or so years, everyone else forgot that it was there.

At any rate the history of Australia (getting onto maps) is certainly worthy of its own post. As usual, this one is packed with strange and interesting anecdotes… and of course maps (with and without Australia).

Next she has a few quite sensible Comments on Chauncey Tinker’s Intelligence, Concentration, and IQ Tests.

And another, very well-developed response to Tinker On Dysgenics. The punchline:

Since male fertility is (probably) already eugenic, then the obvious place to focus is female fertility: make your country a place where children are actively valued and intelligent women are encouraged instead of insulted for wanting them, and–hopefully–things can improve.

Rule the intelligent women, rule the world. Now how to rule intelligent women?

Not officially an Anthropology Friday, but on Friday and (kinda-sorta) Anthropology-ish. Evolutionist X meant what she said: YES Two Out of Africa Events! (Also, Aborigines). It’s well inside human genetic baseball, but should be of interest to many discerning readers.


This Week Around The Orthosphere

Sunshine Thiry welcomes A new (and totally cute, and probably edible) edition to our little farm and also has some commentary on elite virtue signaling. Also: What could we do with $38,000,000,000 that we’ll be spending on Israel over the next decade.

Bonald is back to his writing ways with The scandal of the idea of mortal sin IV: Hellfire. Not a pretty subject.

Matt Briggs has Pope Says Using Paper & Plastic A Sin. The depth of the current pope’s ignorance sometimes seems as boundless as its breadth. On the facts, Briggs has a helpful few:

Recycling is sorta next to godliness. Apparently.

Recycling is sorta next to godliness. Apparently.

Lamenting this materialism, Francis said, “We have turned [the earth] into a polluted wasteland of debris, desolation and filth”. Sadly, this is hyperbole; worse, with local exceptions, it is false. Indeed, the world is better off for mankind now (materially, not spiritually) than it has ever been because of man’s efforts. The earth is greener: crop output is up amazingly. Fewer people go hungry. Storms are down in number and intensity. Inclement weather is not nearly as destructive as it once was.

Briggs pulls out the chair again for the provocative, inimitable, controversial and highly entertaining Ianto Watt, who considers Russia’s Rise: Part I.

In a strong contender for the Third Annual Bad Science Award, Researchers Discover Parents Label Animals By Binary Sex At Zoos. We need to be prepared, I think, for a future in which “plug” and “receptacle” become adjectives, as a strictly objective hardware description. Also some appropriately grumpy, but altogether too true, remarks about Hypernumeracy.

And then this: Why Does The Left Always Win? Basically, they fight dirty. Inspired and inspiring writing in this ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀. For example:

Trump fights. His supporters, many still wearing masks, fight. You might not like the tactics or even the goals of the Alt-right, but, really, after so many decades of systematic withdrawal by the Normie-right—nay, a route, a retreat littered with position papers and think tank budget forecasts—what authority remains to complain?

Fish. Cut bait. But don’t play liberalism’s game by liberalism’s rules. The friend-enemy distinction is not only morally permissible, but morally required.

Henry Glouster has an extensive Movie Review: War Room. This time, he read the whole thing. Or at least watched it. This is, apparently, some sort of Christian-ish movie. Henry didn’t much care for it. Or at least its theology.

Sydney Trads have their obligatory collection of @WrathOfGnon classics: Prepare for a Long and Cold Winter, Napoleon Bonaparte on Treachery and Betrayal (and “frontiers”), on The Inherent Futility of Utopian and Abstract National Projects, and Léon Krier on Authentic Architecture.


This Week… Elsewhere

Lawrence Murray presents the full text of his speech for the NY Forum last weekend: The Wall Just Got Ten Memes Higher. He helpfully reviews some of the remarkable milestones in the rise of the Alt-Right this past year.

Over at Dissident Right, August Rush begins reviewing James Burnham’s The Managerial Revolution. This is an excellent overview so far of Burnham’s seminal work and Rush, while recommending it, also has a few solid criticisms.

Greg Cochran contemplates Weaponizing Smallpox. Not in the giving blankets to Indians sense. Also some political analysis:

A decent political reporter would actually go out and talk to people that aren’t exactly like him. Apparently this no longer happens.

All of these rules have exceptions—but if you understand those [rare] exceptions and can apply them, you’re paying too much attention to politics.

The Anti-Puritan has been doing a lot of aphorisms lately. These were particularly good. Also Perceptual vs. Concrete Freedom:

Girl in Sweden with gift of flowers for Mothers' Day.

Girl in Sweden with gift of flowers for Mothers’ Day.

Democracy cultivates perceptual freedom through the cognitive trick of voting. You, having voted, feel responsible for your government. Since everyone else also voted you feel that they are oppressing you when they vote foolishly. This conceals the truth that democracy is always run for the benefit of elites. It directs you[r] anger towards your neighbors and away from the people who are actually in charge. It allows them to conceal their influence.

Also there some brief, but interesting thoughts on some of the Great Forces of Humanity .

This too was some fine Moldbug exegesis: A Brief Note on Adaptive Fiction.

Over at City Journal, Scott Johnson notes “Everybody knows the motive of the Minnesota mall attacker, but authorities are unwilling to say it”. Also, in Red State, Blue Cities Mark Pulliam examines how and how long Texas will remain reliably “red” as it evolves from a predominantly rural to predominantly urban state.

Nice to see the execrable Bill de Blasio is not alone: Three Blind Mayors all engaged in the minimization of terror attacks (except when white people do it). And this was a good read: Matthew Hennessey’s Normalize This—
Donald Trump could actually win, putting Democrats who say he’s unfit for office in a tight spot

As the distance between the present moment and Election Day 2016 shrinks, and as key polls tighten, it’s becoming clear that the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency has liberals and progressives in a panic. But if the Democrats lose their minds, it will only level the playing field; Republicans lost theirs months ago. The first signs of Democratic dementia are evident in the recent outrage at Matt Lauer and Jimmy Fallon for failing to treat Trump as one would treat a radioactive isotope.

It’s like Bush Derangement Syndrome, only moreso. Pass the popcorn!

Gratuitous pic of girl.

Gratuitous pic of girl.

Butch hosts Propertarian Podcast #006: Malincentives of Democracy.

Unorthodoxy has coverage as The Cathedral Prepares to Eat Hollywood. I actually doubt his premise—the Cathedral cannot eat Hollywood because it already is Hollywood—but it was certainly interesting reading about Chinese interest in the town. I suspect Chinese ownership over Hollywood would be a net boon to trust in the movie-making biz, but that’s starting from an incredibly low bar.

Apparently the Alt-Right and Milo are having a bit of a falling out. In order for me to cover that, I’d have to pay attention to Milo… which I don’t. Thankfully, Lawrence Murray does pay attention, and has the explainer: Milo’s Alt-Right.

Giovanni Dannato tells Why he actually cares about the 2016 election. He has many reasons, most of them good ones, like:

I care because it looks like it could be a conclusive end to the Reagonian period. Every president since Reagan has done ever dumber versions of the same stuff:
-Free trade
-Open borders
-Trickle down economics
-Financial deregulation
-Anti-union, low wages
-Runaway military spending when conventional armies just sit there and it costs millions to take out one guy on a donkey.
-A paranoid focus on singling out “evil” nations. Self-destructive foreign policy that leads to self-fulfilling prophecies.
-Ideologically motivated foreign interventions that squander money and political capital for low value or uncertain objectives.

The neoliberal establishment has, of course, made peace with much of the Reaganite program, so it will be interesting to see whether Trump can wrest the GOP away from it. At minimum, we are going to see a reshuffle, but it’s still hard to imagine how the internationalist elite fails to come out on top. All can certainly be forgiven for at least wishing it.

Also Dannato takes a very critical look at the r/K Selection metaphor for liberals vs. conservatives. He scores some points for example here:

Nature, however, only cares what works. It makes no moral judgments. Every successful living thing practices a strategy appropriate to its niche.

Reactionaries defend civilization because it is a great good, in itself, not because it fits anyone’s particular reproductive strategy.

Dark Reformation continues with Part 11: What Is To Be Done? This is an impressive, if not perfectly formatted, synopsis of Moldbug’s plan.

Speaking of friend-enemy distinctions… Roman Dmowski, inspired by (of course) Jim, has a brief and well-put note: Real Politics.


That’s all I had time for. Sorry this is late. Keep on reactin’! Til next week… NBS, over and out!!

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  1. “appears to have caught a Cafeteria Nietzschean with his skinny jeans down.”

    Haha that is spot on.

  2. I do not know if the artist for the top picture reads the comments but here goes.

    I think there is room for improvement in terms of the aesthetics of the picture although very competently drawn. The buildings depicted could be improved.

    Look back at the best of classical architecture for example the Catherine Palace or the Versailles Palace of the sun king as well as many more examples that can be found in regards to excellent architecture.

    Nature that is unsullied also can provide inspiration for beauty.

    The structures depicted appeared at least to me not to be connected to the tradition however a functional sci-fi society would be.

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