P. T. Carlo has one up in Daily Caller telling it like it is: After Charlotte, It’s Clear That Dialogue With Black Lives Matter Is Futile. It’s an Editors’ Choice ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
It’s been a sort of Meme Month this month around the Neoreaction. William Scott began to undertake a natural philosophy of memetics. This week he’s created a permanent page The Memery as sort of museum of sublime memes. The first two specimens in the exhibit are The Tao of Pepe and The State Memes hard.
And Scott also delivers another installment to the series: On the Metaphysics of Meme part 3. This is some pretty serious philosophizing, all wrapped up in Scott’s idiosyncratic jovial prose. For example:
There was much nihilistic zeal for this ‘discovery’ [ontological monadism] in the Cathedral of the late 20th century. It is mere dogma now. In the 80s it had all the sex in the alleys of the war torn city romanticism of their socialist coup. They lusted after meaninglessness. Unfecund lust. Upon this emptiness they managed to prop up their categorical imperative: endless revolt against the last vestiges of the European Noble Ideal. These days they can only kick pathetically at the dying corps of its great grandchild, Conservatism. Yet, though language always fails to capture its objects completely, it is often quite sufficiently concrete to feel safe around again. When I say, “That’s my dog” only a stoner would find this statement uncertain, “Dude, what even is a dog, man?”
William takes home an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for his efforts here.
Empedocles returns after a long hiatus with a confessional Dear Progressives: My Path From Left To Right. It’s as personal as I’ve ever seen him get, but his path to the right no doubt shares a few features in common with many of us. It certainly did with mine.
Atavisionary considers the supremely fortuitous timing of a Nazi Shooter on the day of the presidential debate? This part is precisely correct:
I sit here and wonder about who actually goes out and buys Nazi imagery and items. Even if you are mad at the current state of race relations it seems like a lot of bother to invest in that kind of stuff. It is risky as well even for a true believer since it would make it much easier to be found out.
Nazi imagery is a losing proposition, especially for true believers in it. As such it is prima facie evidence of retardation. Go poop on someone else’s rug. Also, Atavisionary strikes back Race Hustlers in /r/science with some inconvenient truth, much of it from his recent book.
Alf has a hand in Critiquing the Alt-Right from the Right. “No enemies to the right” means critique from the right is totally permissible—indeed encouraged. The critique is strong even before it formally begins:
The greatest strength of the Alt-Right is also its weakness: it has no core. No core equals strength because when one head is chopped off three more will grow in its place. No core equals weakness because emotionally driven movements are ephemeral. The Alt-Right is bound together by truth in the face of lies by SJW’s and cucks which means it is defined by that which it opposes. Since leftism will inevitably collapse that which binds together the Alt-Right will also inevitably collapse. The angry teenager may scream he does not need his parents, but he always does.Many Alt-Righters will disagree and say that there is very much a core to Alt-Right philosophy to subsequently argue among each other over what those beliefs are.
QED. The rest is good too in this ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
And we got a four-fer from Alf this week with a report on The war on white heterosexual men: Dutch fraternities.
Did I mention the first debate happened? Fritz Pendleton has the (onion-esque) result: Hillary Clinton’s Doctor Declared Real Winner of Debate.
Neocolonial is back with a second post in as many weeks: The Judgement Gap, as illustrated by the example of the “dole bludger”. Gotta hand it to those Aussies for their creative terms of derision. Crucially, Neocolonial defines the “Judgement Gap” as…
[T]he unbridgeable difference between systems based upon sovereignty, and systems based upon bureaucracy.
Mark Citadel is absolutely magisterial here: The Ritual Humiliation of Misunderstanding Power. It is yet another (and welcome) response to Decius’ now epoch-making Flight 93 Election article at CRB. But Citadel goes beyond and constructs a pitch-perfect articulation of “Power Realism” (a new, to me, phrase, but one I’m going to steal) and the way leftist capture institutions actually works. The right cannot play by their rules…
There is a little known secret that those who do not intend to use power, rarely if ever take power. One of the first steps from Conservatism into Reaction is to be honest with yourself about the logical outworking of your own beliefs, independent of arbitrary commitments to supposedly universal principles. If you truly believe that the ideas of the left are dangerous and poisonous to society, then it is a complete dereliction of duty to allow Liberalism to have any kind of platform.
Amen! The Restoration is not interested in fairness. It’s interested in restoration. The Committee were unanimous in bestowing the ☀☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Award☀☀ on Mark for his thoughts here.
Titus Cincinnatus continues to delve deep into ground-breaking socio-political theory with A Social Alloying Model for Immigration. One of his one cool tricks is constructing crisp and useful analogies between the physical and social sciences, and he makes good use of one here.
What typically determines whether an alloy will be substitutional or interstitial is the relative sizes of the atoms involved, which depends the most upon the period(s) to which the atoms belong (the horizontal rows of elements in the periodic table). When the atoms involved in the alloy are relatively similar in size and possess similar electronegativities, the alloy will be substitutional – the alloying agent(s) atoms can more easily take the place of the base metal atoms without too great distortion of the crystalline structure. When the atomic radii of the solute atoms are ~60% or less that of than the base metal, then the smaller alloying agent atoms will fill the interstices since doing so will not badly deform the crystalline lattice and generate a much higher energy state and more unstable structure. Essentially what allows alloys to exist is the fact that the solute atoms do not dislocate the base metal structure too much.
And you won’t believe what happens next… in this another ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for Titus.
And we get a two-fer over at Neo-Ciceronian Times this week as Cincinnatus has a solid essay on On Meritocracy and “Experts”. He makes the point that meritocracy is not at all aristocracy, even tho’ they seem like similar words. He also gets extra lives for digging up an old John Glanton article on the subject.
Finally this week, Cambria Will Not Yield tells A Tale of Two Towers.
This Week in Jim Donald
Jim’s Big Think® piece this week is Aleppo, which is about to fall… barring any more unprincipled exceptions from foreign powers with strong English-language narrative cover.
The problem with Assad is that during Arab Spring, the US, aka “the international community” capriciously and whimsically decided he should fall, and he did not fall, which is a slap in the face to “the international community”.
If you can do that these days and live, you’re doing pretty good… and likely to inspire others to disobey “the international community”.
If Aleppo falls, then Assad controls all the significant urban areas of Syria, in which case it is kind of obvious that “the international community” has been defeated and should just give up. It could escalate the war by putting US soldiers on the ground, but this would undermine the pretense that the “the international community” is just the spontaneous outrage of all right thinking people, and make it look too much like the US empire. Also putting US soldiers on the ground would be war with Russia.
Jim gets the nod for an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ with this one.
In a striking reversal from Afghan War policy, the “International Community” now says Bunker busters are a war crime.
And another brief scientific note from Jim: Women prefer men with the stones to rape them—at least in principle if not always in actual practice.
This Week in Social Matter
Ryan Landry kicks off the week with The Politicization Of Medicine: The Trans Push. The facts on the face of it are appalling enough in this disturbing article. With a history of outright fraud in the guise of medical and scientific expertise, in service a radical social constuctivist ideology (and presented in a not-at-all flattering light in Law & Order SVU episode “Identity” to boot), you’d think the very idea of sex reassignment surgery would have died a quick death.
The basic problem is that the very university and hospital that pioneered surgery for gender reassignment stopped doing it. They found no benefit. It did not help their patients. There was no benefit for the psychological issues underneath the surface and in their patients’ minds. This same psychiatrist that wrote the WSJ op-ed also wrote that trans people are suffering a mental disorder.
Yet, it is all the rage among elites who can afford it. Mere child abuse does not do it justice. Yet the medical establishment seems all too ready to oblige with this broader pathology of “medicalization of politics”. Qui bono?
Thom Barghest returns with a gem of an article: Activism Versus Territorialism, in which he frames “passivism” (the opposite of political activism) as “territorialism”.
Truly claiming and defending territory looks different. The big dog doesn’t yap too eagerly or move too quickly, but the signs of his dominion are clear enough when he wants them to be. He barks at intruders, he gets in the occasional fight when they persist, he marks his trees, he sniffs around and meets the neighbors as an equal. But he doesn’t roam, mark, bark, and fight far beyond his borders. He keeps himself focused on his piece of earth.
We are much more than dogs, but each of us likewise have our own piece of earth. Territory is an indispensable good for men. It’s at the heart of Männerbund and the heart of civilization, and it doesn’t have to be a literal plot of land. It rarely is. For a city-dweller, it is more likely to be a social position and for a tradesman, it is more likely to be a particular expertise. For a rare few, it will be some innermost depth of the soul. For most of us, it will be a mix of these, tightly bound up with our ideas of our rights, identities, and reputations.
Status and territory are inseparable.
I like this reframing a lot. And the images of the big quiet dog with real power, and the nasty itty-bitty dog without it, are quite flattering to neoreactionary philosophy. There’s a clearer relationship between formalism (rights are powers over legitimate property) and “territorialism” (strengthening the hold on property) than with passivism, where the implications had to constantly be explained.
Finally, Lawrence Glarus is on for Saturday’s Prose & Poetry™ with some epic (in the vernacular sense) original poetry: Subtropical Colony.
This Week in 28 Sherman
Over at 28 Sherman, Landry takes a look at Disney’s Smart Purchase of Marvel and Star Wars. After cornering the market on “princesses”, they bought some dominance in the “heroes” market. You can’t fault a company for taking advantage of incentives. You might wish they could do more than that, though.
Next the details of SoBL’s Twitter Lockdown and the willingness of media companies like Twitter to put a premium on the megaphone and discount the revenue. At the extreme, you have “Listener Supported” NPR… and they’re doing just fine.
This Week in WW1 Pics this week it’s Moving Earth. Hurts my back just to look at it.
Landry also joined Richard B. Spencer’s Radix Podcast: Fish Out of Water. Did a great job. I have it on good authority he’ll be back next week with Weimerica Weekly.
Finally, Ryan has some pithy thoughts on the First Debate and the point of having them at all.
This Week in Kakistocracy
Porter examines whether the Overton Window can simultaneously move right and left at the same time: The Right Side of the Future. Left unanswered is whether the width of the Window might change… or whether the analogy fails.
Hate is not just part of what makes us alive, it also helps keep us that way. Like most visceral impulses, it is highly adaptive. Hate inspires resistance to those who would harm what we love. It motivates in a way mere intellect never can. No successful army has ever loved its opponent, and men who feel warmly toward their enemies don’t write history books.
All of which is wholly irrelevant. The architects of ‘anti-hate’ initiatives know these things as well as you or I. As surely as they know Mark Hamill isn’t really a master flash-light fencer. But every objective needs a good show.
At issue this week is the latest German crackdown on unacceptable political opinions “hate” voiced on Faceberg… or whatever they call it over in the Old Country.
Porter wonders What’s-His-Motivation in He Lives in Fame that Died in Virtue’s Cause—and what motivates others.
This Week in Evolutionist X
Evolutionist X kicks off the week with a complaint: Ethnonymic Creep is the Bane of my Existence, the nature of which provides an edifying lesson all by itself. What makes it more baneful is the idea that a name, in itself, can be a slur. Contempt requires a contemnor. Any name that describes a contemptible group, will eventually be taken as a slur. Mrs. X’s is an entertaining rant. For example:
“Bantu” is supposedly a slur, but there’s no efficient replacement besides “Bantu-speaking-people,” which is too clunky, and in the midst of articles about Bantus literally eating Pygmies for dinner, we have people wondering whether it’s even acceptable to call people “Pygmies” anymore. Perhaps we should call them the Batwa or Bambuti People (redundant, since “Ba” means “people,”) but there is no singular term that encompasses all of the really short people of the world (who aren’t genetically dwarves, who prefer not to be called midgets and probably aren’t keen on “dwarf,” either–I hear they prefer “little people,” a phrase I use for small children,) besides Pygmy, so Pygmy it is. Personally, I think the Pygmies have bigger problems than whether or not we call them Pygmies, but the NY Times has recently taken to referring to them as Bambuti in an effort to disguise the fact that they are in fact talking about Pygmies, because the folks at the Times don’t want to get called “racist.”
Next another of the invaluable “Cathedral Roundup” series: The Business of being Harvard. “Being Harvard been bery, bery good to me!” Follow the money and you’ll find the power. Particularly informative, the institution’s (and to some extent all the Ivies’) long overseas reach, courtesy of “affirmative action”.
And Anthropology Friday™ is back bigly with excerpts from and commentary on Travels Into Bokhara (part 1 of 3). This is one of those 19th century classics of British discovery and conquest, where the cultural chauvinism is bracing and fresh.
This Week Around The Orthosphere
Briggs heads down to The Stream with the question: Are Polls Underestimating Trump’s True Support? Well… whaddaya expect a professional statistician to say? “Probably.” After all, who wants to be thought of a potentially “deplorable”? Even anonymously, even for a moment? (Present company excepted of course.) It is interesting, though, to recall, as Briggs does, how much opposition Reagan received in 1980. That was the last great reshuffle among Republicans. Anderson-voters were soon to be permanent devotees of the Blue Empire. Millions of traditionally Dem-voting, white working class voters pulled the lever for Reagan. My father was one of them. 2016 is not that moment, but it probably rhymes.
Not one but two at The Stream, a timely: Creating ‘Three-Parent’ Babies Won’t Cure Anyone. Make that three: Trump, Religious Liberty and the Snippy Elevator Lady. (J. M. Smith directs some commentary Briggs’ way at The Orthosphere.)
But has Briggs gotten too big for The Stream? Probably not. But he, along with some co-authors, crashed through that plexiglass ceiling into Breitbart this week with: A Reply to the 375 Concerned Members of the National Academy of Sciences.
The inimitable, irrepressible, and highly entertaining Ianto Watt takes Briggs’ wordpress editor for the conclusion of Russia’s Rise (Part II).
Moose Norseman was quite impressed with The Mormons at my door. And treated them kindly. As he ought.
Bonald is simply fantastic here: First principles. It’s not very long, but very, very good. The true right principle, he says, is “authority, the legitimate rule of one over another”.
Why should one man rule over another? Because he is smarter or more virtuous? But then, as Pascal pointed out, this is just an invitation to fight over who is smartest and most virtuous. The best arrangement, he concluded, is for rule to base itself on a public, easily verifiable fact, one that makes no pretense to determine overall personal value, such as being the previous king’s eldest legitimate son. Anyway, that another man is smarter than me may make it prudent for me to follow his advice, but it cannot create an obligation to obey.
If it walks like Formalism, and quacks like Formalism… Anyway, there’s more, but if I quote much more, you won’t need to go read this ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
Sunshine Thiry is getting a few Giant eggs out of her family’s real-life reaction. She also takes some intemperate swipes at feminism (which it toally deserves) with Feminist Fact Or Crap: “We Wuz Housewivz” edition.
This Week in Arts & Letters
Over at City Journal, Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox have measure praise for Urbanism, Texas-Style. As an aside it insteresting to note that Dallas may be the world’s Non-Profit Valley:
The metro area is home to nonprofits such as the American Heart Association, the Boy Scouts, and the AT&T Foundation. In total, the metro area has approximately 28,000 nonprofits, or about 42 for every 10,000 residents (Houston and San Antonio, by comparison, each have 35). Dallas’s 501(c)3s alone control assets that exceed $50 billion. An array of charities does everything from helping local sex-trafficking victims to aiding veterans and others through horse therapy.
Not saying that’s a good thing, necessarily. But an interesting thing. Also there, sister cities El Paso and Ciudad Juárez are compared and contrasted Across the Divide.
And this was worth your time: Roger Scruton’s Clown Prince of the Revolution. “Within a couple of years” after the fall of the Soviet Union, and a transitory hiccup of Leftist influence in Academe, according to Scruton,
[T]he Manichaean vision of modern politics, as a fight to the death between the good Left and the evil Right, returned to its dominant position. Assuring the world that they had never really been taken in by Communist propaganda, leftist thinkers renewed their attacks on Western civilization and its “neoliberal” economics as the principal threat to humanity in a globalized world. The term “right-wing” has remained as much a term of abuse today as it was before the fall of the Berlin Wall, and leftist attitudes have adapted themselves to the new conditions with little moderation of their oppositional zeal.
There has, however, been one important change. A new kind of leftist thinker has emerged—one who clothes his revolutionary zeal in a layer of irony, half-dismissing his own impractical idealism as though speaking through the face paint of a clown.
The clown in question is Slovenian born “philosopher” Slavoj Žižek.
Also at City Journal John Leo has a good bit of fun with Princeton University’s latest linguistic outrage. “To be safe, I have already switched to ‘handyperson,’ ‘henchindividual’ and ‘persons of hench.'” LOL. He’s got a lot more.
Narm has been quietly and diligently transcribing Seneca’s Letters.
Chris Gale’s Kipple of the Day™ this week is The Birthright.
This Week… Elsewhere
Giovanni Dannato notes Discrimination Is Just—not merely not unjust, but positively just.
If the group that commits the most street crime can make a rule against others noticing that they commit more crime, this is not just. The rationale of course is the “good ones” are hurt by being lumped in with those that make trouble but that doesn’t change the reality that group does in fact commit more crime. So it’s up to that group to commit less crime and individuals to find ways of disassociating themselves convincingly from the criminal elements.
Electoral politics is degenerate, so it doesn’t get a lot of real estate here. But I do hope Donald Trump Jr. is reading Unorthodoxy’s solid advice.
Lawrence Murray kicks off a very promising series Skinning the Invisible Knapsack, Part 1 of 5. That knapsack, of course, being the imaginary one full of privilege that white people are alleged to be carrying around. Also, the Philippine President Duterte’s reluctance to behave the way the US State Department wants has been an interesting development: Murray is all over that. Duterte has threatened to pull out of the UN… Has Phexit become a word yet? (Just googled it… it has!)
Bill Marchant considers the Inevitability of deteriorating race relations in the United States (and probably Canada too). And we know exactly who to blame:
There is a class of people, in the media, in academia, and “community organizers,” whose job depends on there being conflict, and problems that “need solving.” Some of them may even want those problems to be solved. But the best way they’ve found to get what they want is to stir up “righteous anger.” So every time an unarmed black man is killed by the police, they point to the incident and yell that there is systemic racism in American police.
Marchant takes home an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
Greg Cochran envisions Super-Gaels. The world is certainly not ready.
The Anti-Puritan has some brief thoughts on a potential vector of social technology Ordinary Schmucks Building Their Own Smart Contracts. There’s no telling what kind of schmuckiness the government wouldn’t be able to detect. Also: “It is best for your emotional well being if you choose neither equality nor hate”.
Heartiste considers the case of Alicia “Miss Piggy” Machado, as well as plenty of non-former Miss Universes, in The Wages Of Sluttery.
Welp… that’s all I had time for. See you next week. Keep on reactin’! NBS… over and out!!