Donald Trump’s West Palm Beach “Moment of Reckoning” Speech has been inspiring a lot of people. Even Down Under. And The Jews. Even Reactionary Future takes note, but wonders, quite rightly, “Where is his extra-republican force?” That is going to be a problem.
Let’s see… what else was there?
Lawrence Glarus finds Where Count Nothing Face does my work for me. But Glarus goes further:
By degrading and cheapening women, porn and sexual liberation have done what the oldest profession in the world could not: destroy the profane incentives to become worthy. This is not to say everyone before 1900 was a saint, but that even if they weren’t they were MORE likely to follow a eucivic, prosocial and productive path in life. Nowadays it practically takes a saint to follow such a path. It shouldn’t be this hard, or to put it another way there should be better rewards.
I’m pretty sure Aquinas agrees: prostitution is better than… well… the alternative. Speaking of “strange women”… Glarus has some Thoughts on Proverbs 5. And for something completely different (well, not completely) he has a big paste from, the supremely prescient (and pontifical) Pope Leo XIII on Socialism.
Social Pathologist explains his hostility to the “Alt-Reich”.
[W]hile Fascism and Socialism are superficially distinct entities at a deeper level they’re simply different variants of Modernism, both variants being profoundly anti-traditional. Any “Right wing” which aims to be a restorative force in history cannot ally itself with a movement which plans to undermine it.
Well, he’ll get no argument from me about that. Why he’s so worried about it, when neoreaction is immune from populist co-optation, is what beats me. If he’s worried about the “soul” of the Alt-Right, I think that’s misplaced, because the Alt-Right has no single distinctive soul, and therefore nothing to co-opt.
Now this was insightful: RF catching Podesta being unintentionally hilarious. More on that here:
Of course, having Podesta fired will fix this right up. Just not clear on what you will do with Soros? or Catholics United? I mean, these are “private” actors, because it is not as if sovereignty is conserved regardless of what some silly piece of paper says, and that the concept of “private” society is a fiction. That would just be crazy.
And This Week in Power Above Culture Theory: Incentives for “Bad” Science. Al
This from RF was remarkably hinged: Questions for Conservatives.
The only positive I can then see in the Trump election debacle is that maybe some people (it doesn’t have to be many) start to think seriously and in depth about the very structure of governance and the nature of power. For anything to be achieved, serious extra-republican structures would need to be devised and used to control the republic externally as a means to taking over the republic institutions themselves. They won’t remove themselves.
Sydney Trads have up a Quote of the Week from Howard S. Schwartz: “Society Against Itself”.
[I]f one set of meaning is sacrosanct, that means that the contradictory meaning cannot be spoken. The sacrosanct meaning, must, therefore, overcome the other without the possibility of synthesis. The point here is that the politically incorrect meaning is regarded, from the standpoint of political correctness, not as a legitimate view that must be weighed in the balance, but as shameful and not possible for the acceptable individual to consider.
It’s a moral blank check.
Frost asks: Will The Real Master Persuader Please Stand Up? You can’t always trust master persuaders (like Cerno and Scott Adams, and I’d add Chuck Johnson to the lest) to tell you about the persuasiveness of master persuaders. So best to run the numbers… or narratives as the case may be.
Dark Reformation [Added: who contributes more in the comments below.] takes a step back and reformulates much of his earlier work here: The Return of the King(s)—Neo-Royalism: Design and Defence. (“Defence” with a ‘c’, hmmm??) It’s pretty solid, imaginative, and slavishly faithful to Moldbug. Too slavish concerning The Patchwork™ in my estimation (Massachusetts was once a patch), but that’s a problem still under extensive study. But DR does look squarely at objections to Neo-Royalism.
William Scott continues his exploration of the RQ with Part 2: Paganism.
So when we look at the Norse legends say, we have to ask, What are they? How did they come to be? What is their genealogy? The Gods are at least the personification of nature, beauty, and power. These are fundamental memes of any racial>cultural group. They speak both of ideals that cannot be sustained and the blood an bones evolutionary history of the people. Deep memory. And this deep memory in our various folk is unique. Yes Aryan man, you are a special snowflake.
LOL. Also this was very good:
I think we misunderstand what Paganism is and how it is an inescapable grounding of our natures because we equate it in kind with Christianity. ‘Christianity replaced Paganism so they must be the same type of thing.’ Or so the unspoken meme goes. In important ways they are fundamentally not the same sort of thing. Of course the content is different, but more importantly the spiritual nature of each has both a different source and a different goal.
Christianity and Paganism are not, I think, the distinct things that Christianity’s “reformers” think they ought to be. Rather Christianity perfects Paganism, taking all that is good from it and moulding into itself, by the sacramental presence of The Church.
Reactionary Future gets a fair amount of well-intentioned ribbing around the sphere. Alf takes his turn. If he was an idiot, we wouldn’t bother. And in non-political matters (which ideally would be the entirety of life): Zelf-ontwikkeling en boerenverstand. Definitely helpful graphic!
Alf also has the skinny on the YouTube Wars because… well, I can’t pay attention to everything… and this is pretty important, or at least it gives reactionaries a chance to say, “We told ya so!”
Basically free speech on YouTube is now an unprincipled exception and as Jim reasons, unprincipled exceptions seldom last. Unsurprisingly youtube HQ has already banned many videos.
Simultaneously something is happening among youtube celebrities: they’re fighting! What started the fights is as unclear as what started world war I since each youtuber is shouting his own narrative from the rooftop, but here at The Dark Enlightenment© we know we can explain both the HQ crackdown and the youtuber wars in a single blog post.
Which he does.
Mark Citadel tries a hand at being Donald Trump’s speechwriter: The Standby Speech. Pretty good for a non-Jew.
Nick Land: “Naked consequentialist cynicism doesn’t make a good foundation for a church.” Also… his special blend of outrage porn. Ugh!
Atavisionary is getting some nice reviews of Smart and SeXy from all over the English-reading world.
Free Northerner is exquisitely on point in his discussion of Chronic Kinglessness. No one is in charge! Thus:
Society’s moving the way it is not because anyone is willing it, but because society’s movement has taken on an inertia of its own, and continues moving along this inertial path whatever actual people may desire. It has almost become a will of its own, some have taken to calling it an egregore, but it’s not really mystical or mysterious. It moves because that’s the way it has moved, so people follow it along and continue to move it, so it moves.
We have the rule of law, but the law is unknown and unconstrained by man.
There’s much more. For this high quality exposition and application of the NRx Theory of Power, Northerner takes home the coveted ☀☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Award☀☀. RTWT.
On Saturday, Titus Q. Cincinnatus has asks of our endeavors are we Restoring the West or Bringing in the Next Stage? A good bit of this article is clarification of what we mean by “The West”. Cincinnatus believes not in the restoration of Western forms so much as in a new evolutionary era of authentically Western development, and he outlines some hallmarks of this coming stage.
And This Week in Cambria Will Not Yield, it’s Light and Darkness—a reassessment of the culture war. It didn’t start in 1965.
This Week in Jim Donald
Jim’s Big-Piece-o’-The-Week®: On the current path. It ain’t pretty…
Everywhere in the world, capitalism is deemed evil, the scientific method is demonized and is low status, and easy divorce and high female status inhibits reproduction. If women get to choose, they will choose to have sex with a tiny minority of top males and postpone marriage to the last minute – and frequently to after the last minute. (“Top” males in this context meaning not necessarily the guy in the corner office, but rather tattooed low IQ thugs)
We need a society that is pro science, pro technology, pro capitalism, which restricts female sexual choice to males that contribute positively to this society, and which makes it safe for males to marry and father children. Not seeing that society anywhere, and those few places that approximate some few aspects of this ideal are distinctly nonwhite.
Jim replays the highlights of neoreactionary theory, and looks with some wistful fondness, as is his wont, at the the Era of the English Restoration.
With the death of God, hard to manage a divine right King. Somehow I doubt that Moldbug’s crypto locks would do as effective a job as God did.
Maybe there is some other solution to installing science, the scientific method, corporate capitalism, and patriarchy, and preventing the growth of entropy within the organs of the state. But the method that mostly worked from 1660 to the early nineteenth century was divine right monarchy ruling over a church and state united.
Of course, we now have arguably today a tighter cohesion between “church” and state than ever even thought possible, except with no one in charge. Which is a cultural artifact of the sort of “church” that happens to be in charge: Every man equally a priest, but some priests more equal than others.
Next, he debunks the myth of The imaginary Free Syrian Army. The US backed rebels are no more “moderate” than ISIS—indeed, arguably less so, and have the added handicap of not being either willing or competent to set up a functioning government, which the better sort of roving bandits (like ISIS) always seem to be able to do.
Finally, Jim offers a brief note on Why women get tattooed. Anecdotal, but some useful hermeneutical advice on women.
This Week in Social Matter
Ryan Landry kicks off the “Official” Week, by showing how Asset Bubbles Cement The Current High-Low Alliance.
Each asset bubble concentrates wealth into the hands of those who hold the assets first. The final outcome is empty subdivisions in California’s interior or sand states, which is really not much different from China’s ghost cities. America’s FIRE economy marries the Minsky-Rothbard early-middle-late receiver model to asset inflation models. Original asset holders and early receivers will benefit from that first bout of inflation, and by the time it gets to you, the late receiver, the easy gains have been made. The 1%, accredited investors, and those with impeccable credit scores get early access to lower interest rates to buy and bid up prices, all the while middle and late receivers have to wait their turn in line. For a long time.
It is an economy of asset inflation, not wage inflation.
This economic structure is why median incomes have been stagnant for decades now, and the left pays lip service to this fact, but the left’s policy recommendations are more education and easier access to loans.
In other words, more of the same. But if Republican dare oppose it, he’ll be seen as a big ol’ meany. For this unique and valuable contribution to the NRx understanding of the B-V conflict, Landry earns an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
P. T. Carlo strikes again on Monday. His Misreading The Reactionary Mind, is a review and critique of Mark Lilla’s The Shipwrecked Mind: On Political Reaction which has been bandied about lately and uncritically by mainstream so-called “conservatives”. Lilla is not so unsophisticated as to conceive of the reactionary as a bigoted, uneducated rube. For one that wouldn’t move books.
The reactionary, according to Lilla, can occupy only one of two roles: either that of a holy fool or a capricious villain.
So either Don Quixote, or Mega Hitlor.
Following in the footsteps of Karl Popper and Isaiah Berlin, Lilla rejects the metanarratives of both the revolutionary and the reactionary and in their stead proffers a modest, cynical liberalism, a liberalism he describes at the end of his 2007 work, The Stillborn God[.]
Which makes Lilla a “conservative”. For this important analysis of mainstream conservatives who attempt to analyze us, Carlo gets a well-deserved ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
Michael Perilloux continues his crucial series on Institutions on Tuesday: Towards A Culture Of Golden Age Statesmanship. On the way, he reveals a good bit about the neoreactionary plan of anti-activist action for Restoration. He has clarify remarks on the thorny concept of ideology:
Ideology, like so much else, is social technology; it is related but separate from our aims, made of understandable parts and subject to design. To be clear, what we mean by ideology: it is our ethos, our tradition, our institutional culture, our worldview, our operating system, our way of acting and thinking. It is a set of perspectives, behaviors, attitudes, ideas, personalities, and virtues that add up to the telos of our institutions. What we call “ideology” is what Plato was trying to shape with the strict education of the Guardians in “Republic”.
Call it LARPy if ya like. But Perilloux spends very few words on how cool it would be living in a “golden age”, and many on how we can work to get there. His is…
…a “one step plan”. The organization and movement retains continuity of fundamental character, growing mostly in scale and maturity, attempting no major phase sequences or other transitions. Even the Christianization of kings and Rome was just a quantitative jump in influence and scale, rather than the milestone start of a new strategy.
In the context of political movements, this avoids the nasty business of turning a bunch of revolutionaries into statesmen right at crux time. Better by far to find a way to make it work by building a culture of statesmanship from the beginning.
Then he gets down to brass tacks. Definitely RTWT. For setting down so clearly NRx theory and practice, Perilloux gets a nod from The Committee with a ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
Weimerica Weekly is on The Need For New Youth Literature, with a dedication to the late Lawrence Auster.
David Grant arrives on Thursday with a detailed reading of Carl Schmitt And The Historical Evolution Of Leftism.
Schmitt observes that “Technology is always an instrument and weapon; precisely because it serves all, it is not neutral.” To make technology the central domain is to suppose that all other meaningful questions have been answered and all that remains is determining how to achieve them. Schmitt did not believe this was possible in the long run, but the Cold War proved him wrong. The only serious challenge to leftism in the 20th century was Nazism, which was quickly quashed and expunged. The conflict between the capitalist West and the communist East was about the proper means for achieving the same leftist ends of freedom and equality.
Neutrality is the velvet glove in which liberal ideologues wrap the iron fist. But Grant doesn’t stop with Schmitt. He draws on Gouldner and Schumpeter for his etiological study.
The intellectuals grew up out of the city-dwelling merchant class during the Middle Ages and allied themselves with the merchants to overthrow first the Church and then the nobility. To this end, the intellectuals articulated the doctrines of leftism, giving moral justification to the merchants’ rise. However, once this former middle class achieved ascendancy, cracks began emerging in the old alliance, exemplified in the apocalyptic creed of Marxism, whereby the intellectuals prophesied the ultimate destruction of their merchant rivals.
Writing in the 1970s, Gouldner saw the great political contest to be not between capitalism and communism per se, but between the owners of capital and the university-educated intellectuals. Indeed, university education is now all but mandatory for many business careers. Though Gouldner was an intellectual himself, he was not entirely sanguine about the ascendance of his class—still wedded to the liberal ideal of a classless society, Gouldner could merely hope that his colleagues would indeed carry out the program they have been espousing for the past 500 years.
And Grant covers even more ground than this, which I cannot in fairness exceprt. RTWT. For advancing the state of NRx Critique of Liberalism, Grants receives an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
And the history continues on Friday with new-comer, Stephen Foster’s excellent Katyń: The Wound That Will Not Heal And The Essence Of Stalinism. FDR comes out reeking of the stuff…
In his dealings with the Polish government-in-exile, FDR was duplicitous and ultimately handed Poland to Stalin as a gift for his war partnership. In a conversation with FDR in 1944, Stanislaw Mikolajczyk, Polish government-in-exile Prime Minister, expressed over Stalin’s insistence on pushing the post-war Polish borders to the west. FDR’s response was, “Don’t worry … Stalin doesn’t intend to take freedom from Poland. He wouldn’t dare do that because he knows that the United States government stands solidly behind you. I will see to it that Poland does not come out of the war injured.”
To be honest, I think the Poles were far better off under the German boot.
And in a completely unexpected (even by me) development, Herr Bishop, Editor in Chief, revealed a third (yes 3rd!) podcast here at Social Matter: Latter Day Podcasts – Episode 1: USAID LGBT Intervention In Macedonia. This featured Hadley in an astute discussion with SM semi-regulars: Michael Perilloux and Mark Christensen. I certainly hope there will be more to come!
This Week in 28 Sherman
Over at the home blog, SoBL begins with NYT’s assertions about Russia: Who Is Isolated? Who Is An Outlaw? Well… if states not dependent on the US Department of State are outlawed, then only outlaw states will be independent.
The sickening bit is that Putin’s misdeeds are all responses to USG provocation. USG orchestrates the overthrow of Ukraine’s regime, and Putin responded with some assistance to East Ukrainians and annexing Crimea. USG and allies in the Middle East send weapons, money and aid to jihadis in Syria after performing the same trick in Libya, and when Assad needed help but had pulled back from the brink, Putin responded to his ally. Assad himself used to offer sanctuary to Iraqi insurgents, but that did not stop the likes of Rep. Nancy Pelosi from visiting and shaking hands in a hijab. Who is the first mover in these instances? America and its proxies. If someone were fomenting rebellion and mayhem in Mexico or Canada, we would react.
>Wait<, the cartels do that in Mexico, but luckily USG is friendly with the Sinaloas, so it is okay.
I’ve gotten so comfortable not seeing Russia as an enemy these past couple decades, I’m not ready to go back just yet.
Next up, some expert social commentary as Clowns Expose American Anxiety. Weimericans, Landry suggests, have been programmed to respond to non-threats. And not respond to real ones. That may make our meat a bit more gamey than our alien overlords would prefer, but it makes for very efficient farming practice.
This Week in WW1 pics, it’s Gasmasks for Horses. One does wonder how well those could have worked.
For Friday, a brief note on Trump’s West Palm Beach Speech: Trump Outlines It, Jews Go Wild. Some folks are uncannily adept at hearing dog-whistles.
Finally, for Saturday’s Prose & Poetry™, H. W. Delacroix returns for his second, in as many weeks, contribution of quazi-autobiographical verse: Passing Through Fire To The Other Side.
This Week in Kakistocracy
Porter attempts to put #Pussygate in context: Et Tu Parte? As usual, delivered with the sardon turned up to 11:
Granted, such concerns as the Supreme Court, migrant swarms, war in the American state of Syria, and speech/gun constriction have to be balanced against the weight of pearls clutched to our breast. And for some, the misery of their posterity is simply not so acute as the question of: Did he really say grab their pussy? That’s the reason I’ll give my grandchildren as their hometown caliphate butts against the barrio. Hey, at least they’ll have conservative values.
Next he is taken rather aback by some inattentive euphemizing by NYT’s (Journal of Mexican Billionaires LOL) house
nigger conservative Ross Douthat in Contempt in Stone. Porter returns slaps with MMA combinations. Douthat likens GOP acceptance of Trump as a “surrender”.
It certainly wasn’t a surrender to Donald Trump. A candidate holds no power beyond the votes he has accumulated. I notice the party didn’t compromise with or surrender to Tom Tancredo in 2008. That they have now done so to Trump is not what is more favorably regarded as sacred democracy when blacks and the dead vote democrat but rather, by Douthat’s implication, a grim example of Republicans’ moral infirmity.
What a statement of cake-eating contempt.
The Republican party’s alleged ‘surrender’ was to its constituents. The people that party exists to serve. This being a relationship enduringly confused by those at the Acela end of it.
Douthat wants to elect a new people. Fine, we get that. But at least he should be honest about it… like the Democrats.
Finally, secession is back in the news. (Did it ever really leave?) Finding the Dish’s Exit Door. A supporter of a non-binding southern secession vote from Brazil noted, that the three southern states “have the conditions to sustain ourselves and generate riches”. Well, that’s just racist. Kinda funny how parasitic castes never seem to have bought into that “yearning to breathe free” jazz. Not funny ha-ha.
This Week in Evolutionist X
Evolutionist X, lays down the spreadsheets, PDEs, and confidence intervals for once, and speaks straight from the heart in Sticky Brains and Forgiveness. Not all victims are created equal. She traces the stories of Foxtrot and Golf, who responded (and continue to respond) quite differently to adversity in their lives. Foxtrot is basket case, Golf by comparison a model citizen. Her guess (and a good one I think) as to one of the explanations is the healing power of ritual.
Next she has Guest Post from Pusat Sesi on Turkic Languages and Culture, which is right up the Evolutionist X anthropological alley. Pusat Sesi is a real, honest-to-goodness Turk who normally blogs here.
Evolutionist X makes an Electoral-Gender Battlegrounds map, in which we find:
If your husband is willing to elect Trump, he either hates women or just does not care about them/you. Divorce him. https://t.co/CC8myhPd9o
— Jill Filipovic (@JillFilipovic) August 14, 2016
Yeeeeesh! I prefer a far less drastic curative…
If yer a man & a Trump supporter with a wife (or SO) who won't vote for him, DON'T GET DIVORCED! Just chain her to the stove on 11/8.
— Nick B. Steves ♔ (@Nick_B_Steves) October 18, 2016
And for Anthropology Friday, a finale to Alexander Burnes’ Travels into Bokhara, part 3 of 3
This Week in West Coast Reactionaries
Over at WCR, Alexander tackles Specialisation and Education. “Capitalism” (the part that isn’t simply double-entry accounting, at any rate) may have worked too well:
Capitalism specialises. Aristotle and Xenophon observed the necessity of the division of labour in even the most basic pre-capitalist civilisations. Adam Smith and the Classicals were still writing in the early development of capitalism. Smith’s observation of the division of labour is no more insightful than that of Turgot, and the Physiocrats4 before him. They understood that the division of labour was a necessity. The insight of Smith is that the growth of capitalism is caused by the efficiency of the division of labour, and Capital accumulation.
Most civilisations do not reach their full potential. They are ruined by the nomadic horse lords and lesser peoples that agitate in border provinces. No civilisation has reached the heights of the Capitalist Civilisation, its triumphs are unprecedented in the history of man. Capitalism is dynamic. The clergy and aristocracy that foresaw capitalism suppressed it. A refusal of what was at that time an inevitability. They foresaw a sublime and terrifying power, a hurricane that would devastate feudalism, a dynamic new world. Capitalism is the last stage of feudalism.
One of the victims: The true polymath. Tho’ I don’t think it is clear that we haven’t actually gotten dumber.
I link out of deep respect for the Institution, but I think Prosperity: The Engine of the Left is either trivially true, akin to Oxygen: The Engine of the Left, or profoundly misleading.
Speaking of socialism… Alexander returns on Wednesday with a transcript from Jonathan Bowden: “A Socialist Party with the Union Jack”.
And then he has a big, historical analysis piece for Saturday: The Shadow of Rome: Debt and Pessimism.
This Week Around The Orthosphere
Chris Gale says Science is not the narrative, which is what “peer review” is mostly up to these days:
Because research is as much caught as taught: it is an apprenticeship. As such, the beliefs of those who practice the craft of science matter: without a firm belief that there is a truth and a conscious rejection of the Hegelian illogic, Marxism and its bastard child post-modernism, peer review becomes narrative and research a gloss on the accepted dogma of the nanosecond.
Chris also has some praise for Dissenting Sociologist.
Matt Briggs weighs the pros & cons of Trump As Speed Bump. And he takes a well-deserved (and probably well-needed) E-Holiday! That doesn’t mean we won’t keep hearing from him though…. via the magic of cron.
First out of the Briggs Vacation Bot: a bit of Outrage Porn… Modern Art Style. This was good: Miracles And Knowledge Of Cause. Since every miracle, supposing a thing is theoretically possible, will have some fully explainable materials causes, once they are understood, miracles are not properly a scientific question. Whether one believes in miracles or not.
Bonald is a bit worried about The lesbian catastrophe. It’s nothing that a bit of olde-fashioned social technology can’t fix, I think. And he has the skinny on how Bishops sink Polish anti-abortion law. Which goes to show being “conservative” is not enough. You have to be mean (in the colloquial sense). More on that at Sydney Trads.
Also at Throne & Altar, an improved phrase: Rule by law.
How much better it would have been if that would have been the expression, rather than “rule of law”. It might have saved us the confusion of imagining “law” as something somehow existing and possessing authority apart from the expressed will of the sovereign. The implied opposite of “rule of law” is “rule of men”, as if there weren’t always men deciding what the law should be. The opposite of “rule by law” would be “rule by direct prescription”.
Well, of course that would have been much better, but I don’t think the radicals that fomented the American Rebellion would have meant it: They really did believe, I think, in a sort of mystical legal constraint upon the sovereign which could conjured (with their expert guidance) by “the people”.
And you know how conservative Catholics are always going around explaining how Pope Francis is “hard to understand”, and doing all this extra explaining? Well… Bonald is not confused, nor should anyone be.
Donal Graeme talks about settling. It’s an article, along with the comments, that seem to be good for both sons and daughters to read.
Mark Richardson contemplates A great leap forward in our schools? And reason #12,398 to homeschool.
Dean Abbott makes an excellent argument for the fundamental consonance between Traditionalism and the Red Pill. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times: Abusus non tollit usum.
Dalrock is pleasantly surprised by Deepwater Horizon. It doesn’t follow “Hollywood’s Rule for Married Fathers” (which is for them to be idiots or monsters… or both).
J. M. Smith is pitch perfect here on #Pussygate: Let Us Dispel This Estrogenic Cloud!
To be shocked by the bawdy banter of a swaggering millionaire, who spent his life in post-sexual-revolution Babylon, and whose appetites were constrained by neither religious scruple, nor feminist fear, is simply to reveal a colossal stupidity about the world. (Or, perhaps, brazen, opportunistic dishonesty.) Read St. Augustine, Mrs. Grundy! Though you are not “of the world,” there is no prize for being utterly clueless about the world.
Great Horny Toads, this is good…
Sexual purity is not aided by sexual priggery. On the contrary, sound Christian sexual ethics are founded on unflinching realism about the nature of human sexuality in the absence of Christian sexual ethics. And this most certainly includes unflinching realism about female sexuality.
Christianity has been very nearly asphyxiated by an estrogenic cloud of sexual stupidity.
LOL. That needed saying. And he has more. For writing so elegantly and persuasively on the importance of sex realism within the Reactosophere®, Smith receives the thanks of The Committee by an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
Sunshine Thiry find ways to Studiously Ignore Election Degeneracies. Good girl!
This Week in Arts & Letters
Poet Laureate of the Neoreaction, E. Antony Gray has a new vision: Zombie Nation— with an alternative explanation of how what is obvious yet remains hidden. And has a gift for Tom Barghest: Sailing to Naples, which an old friend of ours once colorfully warned against.
Faith & Heritage has an inspiring account of Charles Martel and the Battle of Tours. On its 1284th anniversary.
Another Jew winning the Nobel prize hardly seems like news to me.
It was also the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings this week. In honor of that Imaginative Conservative presents Belloc versus Tolkien: Two Views of Anglo-Saxon England. Also there: John Adams on Nobility and Social Architecture. And Joseph Pearce has a nice overview of the life and times of Alexander Solzhenitsyn: The Courage to be a Christian.
This Week… Elsewhere
We’ll let Heather Mac Donald exercise her female privilege, over at City Journal, to talk about pussygate: Trumped-Up Outrage.
The sudden onset of Victorian vapors among the liberal intelligentsia and political class at the revelation of Trump’s locker-room talk is part and parcel of the Left’s hypocrisy when it comes to feminism and sexual liberation.
Yup. Also there: Matthew Hennessey has an eye on Hartford’s Big Dig.
TUJ thinks The Leak of Trump’s 2005 Interview was a Mistake. I certainly hope so.
Worth it for the feature image alone, Lawrence Murray ponders Columbus Day in the Current Year. Also, he reviews the viewing of the “reimagined” Birth of a Nation… in a predominantly colored theatre. LOL. And: Why Donald Trump is the Anti-War Candidate.
Murray engages in some excellent prognostication here: What Will Become of the Empire? Visions of Late Modernity in United States.
AMK has another installment of his “Social Technology” series: The Private Relationship Insurance Contract. He has several ideas to make incentivize marriage ranging in degrees of fancifulness. I think the problem with divorce right now is not the lack of contract. Marriage is a contract. (It’s also more than that, but not less.) It’s that the government, by way of no-fault divorce laws and the inscrutible machinations of family courts, refuses to enforce contracts. Private contracts that create undesireable impacts will not be enforced under the current regime. One way to look at is state overreach. The other is state underreach.
As for this, no. Democracy is the ineradicable fruit of egalitarianism, and thus is also the problem.
Heartiste has some supremely well put remarks in The Riptide:
What I heard unspoken but radiating outward like a supernova during that brief exchange was White men reclaiming their pride. Reclaiming their balls. Reclaiming their birthright. Reclaiming the nation their fathers and grandfathers built, from the diversity trash and trash-enablers who have spent the better part of the last sixty years conniving and scheming to take the White man’s homeland away from him and turn it into a formless soulless atomized market bazaar of corn and porn trading in the currency of anti-White propaganda and visiting endless lies and humiliations upon heritage America.
If that’s true—and I certainly hope it is—then a Trump loss should have little effect on this juggernaut. Restoring pride is one thing. And a necessary thing. But it doesn’t mean we are ready to Retire All Government Employees. We’d better be getting ready. Also is this a first: Heartiste link love? Wicked or not, I suppose he has it to spare.
Reactionary Future is best read after high-pass filtering. That filter is GA Blog.
Gabe takes a long hard look at trends in culture which seem to suggest Belonging > innovation, by which I think he intends not as “Belonging better than innovation”, but “Belonging more popular than innovation… and it kinda sucks”.
Unorthodoxy points to Who Is Leaving America. Last names don’t tell the whole story, but they certainly don’t rule out brain drain. Also, if Trump people wanna put their Money where their mouth is… Sadly, he has a bit of cold water to throw on the Brexit Polling thesis. As well, more from Wikileaks and The Lamentations of the Progressives. And more analysis of the Wikileaks dump: Podesta Emails Confirm NRx Narrative.
Roman Dmowski has all that needs to be said about Paul Ryan.
Reactionary Tree has on-going coverage of Hungary’s Orban and the EU at loggerheads.
Greg Cochran has a brief update to your priors about Polynesia’s bloody roots.
Al Fin takes a detailed look at Unconscious Learning.
Giovanni Danatto has a bit of jeremiad: After Trump, Clinton 2nd Debate: Non-Partisan Good Will Is Gone, in which he opines:
Establishment supporters suppose their golden world will roll on blissfully as it was once they’ve won the election. No, the dynamics in play have irrevocably changed. From this point the divide only grows more wide and more bitter no matter who wins or loses.
Just as supporters of either side now back the party line completely to the hilt unwilling to make any concessions whatsoever, millions of Americans will cease to see the ruling order as legitimate.
There is now a huge demand to provide services for a completely separate new culture. After political purges on social media, there’s now attempts to start a new twitter, a new wikipedia, a new reddit. While geographic secession is difficult in a nation where all groups overlap, cultural secession and fracture is well under way.
I’m not sure he’s right about that, but I certainly hope so. Damon Linker certainly seems to agree.
With a hat tip to Free Northerner, here’s a long but delightful article from a deliciously named site Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science: a bone-crushing intellectual, historical, and rhetorical trouncing of former American Psychological Society President Susan Fiske’s pointy-hat opinion that social media should be critique-free of published “peer-reviewed” research (because, after all, incumbents watch the incumbents, right?): What has happened down here is the winds have changed. Helpfully he runs through ancient (given experimental psychology’s age) and recent history of budding skepticism of widely used practices within the field. It’s longish, abundantly detailed and linked… ending with
Late 2016: We have now reached the “emperor has no clothes” phase. When seemingly solid findings in social psychology turn out not to replicate, we’re no longer surprised.
LOL. I don’t doubt Matt Briggs already knows about this site, but if not, he should def check it out. Inspiring. This article receives ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for its historical and rhetorical importance to an NRx reboot of social studies.
Welp, it’s getting on midnight here in Adak, AK. Better wrap this up. Editor-in-Chief did some magic incantations in the wordpress template. So hopefully things are looking a little less bizarre up there. Keep on reactin’! Til next week… NBS, over and out!!