This Week in Reaction (2016/10/23)

Duterte (divorcing the Philippines from America and snuggling with China) and Trump (refusing to bow to potentially rigged elections) were the big “Spot the Cathedral” stories this week. More on those throughout…

Let’s see what else…

Well Reactionary Future contributes some major original research here: The Cathedral enforces anarcho-capitalism with a critical reading of Ford Foundation’s “Gaither Report”. More on that here. And here’s much more. RF also susses out The common root of all modern political discourse.

By way of Nick Land, Ed West writes In defence of small nation states.

Mark Citadel has some notes on his latest video Ivan Ilyin—On Democracy

Then Citadel sits down in the Big Chair® over at Katehon with a first article there: The Revealed Cynicism of ‘Benevolent Hegemony’. For his contribution here to power realism on an international level Citadel earns an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Dark Reformation has a lot to say… and he keeps saying it: Part 13: Meta Reaction. He’s noob, but with a solid grasp of What’s Going On Here™. A student of Moldbug and the movement(s??) he inspired:

What is the position of the Dark Reformation then?

I work in the tradition of Moldbug and wish to extend his work in four key ways.

Be sure to read from there downward for his program of study.

Shylock Holmes shines a floodlight on the human soul: Cognitive Dissonance Judo and the Surprising Malleability of Beliefs. Violating norms is as old as human history. Older, actually. Redefining norms so that you don’t look hypocritical is a very recent invention, and a cause for much of what continues to go wrong in liberal societies. For his incisive analysis and deconstruction of the liberal mindset, Holmes takes home an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

And now for something completely different… Alf considers Music as Territorial Marking—replete with a few of his preferred auditory scents.

Modern music is not very different from classical music. There’s more different sounds nowadays but the bolts and nuts are the same. Music is rhythm and people like rhythm. The bass is different though. Modern music greatly ups the bass. Where classical music supposedly makes you enjoy the achievements of civilisation, modern music is designed to make you forget everything that has to do with civilisation.

That’s different enough for me. Also American’s may need to “drain the swamps”, but the Dutch need to repair their own dikes.

Neovictorian is back with a very favorable review The Nine Laws, by Ivan Throne, which is a very recent publication from Castilia House.

Dissenting Sociologist Douglas Smythe slides under the bar on Sunday with another gem: Might against Right: False Modernist Conceptions of Power and Sovereignty as pure “Domination”. He lived to tell of his encounter with a Marxist… which is very salutary for his readers:

Bust of Louis XIV Of France (probably more handsome than he actually was)

Bust of Louis XIV Of France (probably more handsome than he actually was)

Power, then, is disordered and depraved when exercised as an end in itself—but it is not intrinsically disordered and depraved. A central error of the congenitally superficial and sophomoric Leftist and Modernist tradition of social theory and philosophy is to fail to make this distinction, and the corresponding distinction between pure domination and power; it slurs together oppression and hierarchy, wantonness and Sovereign prerogative, wholly selfish will and law, and indeed, criminality and authority. This failure, in turn, happens because the Modernist tradition either refuses to think in properly teleological terms or is altogether unable to.

But I can’t just cut it off there…

A proper teleology holds that human desire must be willed into conformity with ends given in the Nature of things as discerned by Reason; Leftism holds that Reason is nothing than both the mental by-product and instrument or handmaiden (“ideology”) of ends given in human desire itself. With specific reference to power, a proper teleology sees the will to power as that which is destined by Nature to find expression in authority, as a component of the latter, and functionally subordinate to the ends of authority—which, in turn, is subsumed by the wider ends of society (the need for law, order, organization, etc.). Leftism inverts this conception; it holds that the will to power finds expression as authority, and that authority is nothing more than the vehicle deployed by the will to power for its own ends—namely, domination for domination’s sake.

Anyway, this is very good article. I urge folks to RTWT… For this comprehensive treatment of neoreactionary power realism The Committee awards Smythe yet another ☀☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Award☀☀.

Titus Q. Cincinnatus also skates under the cutoff bar at Neo-Ciceronian Times (what’s with these guys and their Sunday (!!) posts?) with some expert commentary on Narratives versus Reality. As always he does a fantastic job of explaining the background material for intelligent non-devotees of political theory (i.e., normal people). The map (the narrative, the ideology) is not the territory:

An ideology, essentially, is an institutionalised narrative, a comprehensive “story” that is told to explain not just one, but an entire world full of stimuli which must be “read” a certain way for the ideologue to be and remain comfortable. As with situational narratives, ideologies tend to suffer from a distinct lack of accord with reality. Or put another way, they seek to bend reality to the needs of the ideology, rather than the other way around. Most commonly understood ideologies on both Left and Right, whether Socialism or Libertarianism, suffer from this defect. They not only view the world, but also then try to treat the world, as they wish it were rather than as it really is.

The problem with trying to bend reality, however, is that reality tends to bend right back, or as I like to say, “Reality will always reassert itself.” Ideologies and narratives have a strong tendency to create short-term, high-energy transitional states that seem for the moment to be substantial and real, but like an unstable transitional state in a chemical reaction, the system will eventually drop to a more stable lower energy state, and it usually doesn’t require much perturbation of the system to make this happen. In fact, they most often happen spontaneously as the system seeks that lower energy, more stable state (in our analogy, reality reasserting itself).

For his superb neoreactionary critique of the modern structure, Cincinnatus takes home the rare ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ for this one. Excellent work as always.

Frost has a review of Cernovich’s MAGA Mindset: The Best (and Worst) Book About The Ascent of Trump.

Finally, CWNY remembers Christian Europe:

What the liberals hate about Trump is that he has not demonized the white race; he has included white people in his idea of a nation. In the name of white Americans and colored Americans he has attacked globalism. Trump, more the pity, is not a racist, but the liberals have given him the racist label, because they do not believe in genuine diversity; they believe in the dominance of the colored barbarians and the extermination of the demon white race, always excluding themselves, of course, because they have risen to the heights of Atticus Finch-dom and become spiritually colored and therefore part of the chosen people.


This Week in Jim Donald

Jim takes a long look at the tea leaves and wonders whether Maybe a relatively painless Soviet Style collapse is more likely than long, terrible, bloody chaos upon the fall of the Cathedral.

While the International Community, the blue empire of the consulates, has been struggling with Syria, Thailand and the Philippines have wandered off the reservation. Insurrection has a habit of cascading. To restore control, it would not be sufficient to destroy Syria and have the Alawites and Christians genocided, but war with Thailand and the Philippines might well also be necessary, and might well escalate to similar degrees of horror.

Does the Cathedral have it within itself? USG is getting rather senescent, he thinks, and it’s fighting ability has gone into the crapper:

The empire rests on white males, while sadistically increasing the oppression of whites and males to ever more ridiculous extremes. Contrary to the fantasies of the 1488ers, no backlash ensues, instead whites and males become ever more passive, apathetic, terrorized, and emasculated. But on the periphery of empire, the empire is collapsing.

[…] The empire is falling not because white males will fight their oppressors, but because they will not fight for their oppressors. Will the fall of the Blue Empire go all the way to Washington, as the fall of the Soviet Empire went all the way to Moscow?

The fall of the USSR was, of course, not really a cakewalk for the Russian people. But if America, lacking any stronger backstop, can get away that easily, it will have been a good century.


This Week in Social Matter

Ryan Landry kicks off the week looking at How The Foundations Futilely Fund Education Efforts To Close The Achievement Gap. The Gap! The Gap!! We gotta fix The Gap!!! Take Anglophone devotion to the inherently salutary effects of “education”, add a problem that education really can’t fix, and you’ve got a recipe for a financial black hole. Well, somebody’s getting rich off it. Of courshe it’s a racket. Landry drills down for a look at one of the who’s who and why.

Hubert Collins returns on Monday with a picture-rich (and template-challenging) article on The Aesthetic of Decline.

Fritz Pendleton is in the Tuesday slot with the most controversial Social Matter article in a while: The Great White Suicide. He documents all the way the “whitewashers” induce unsuspecting white to apologize for themselves and give up on reproduction.

Landry is back on Wednesday (after an accidental early release) with Weimerica Weekly: Episode 43 – Guide To Reactionary Fashion.

Newcomer Arthur Gordian pens a tract in political theory: The End Of Atomistic Individualism: A Theory On Who You Are. A theory which sidesteps the ludicrous self-conceiving, and thus self-immolating autonomy we inherent from the so-called Enlightenment.

Utterly gratuitous pic of Alexandra D'Addario

Utterly gratuitous pic of Alexandra D’Addario

Just as it is vain to think that a lump of clay will form itself into a man, so it is equally vain to think that an alienated, atomized person can create in themselves a personality out of the muck of consumerism and mass media. Modernity tells us that we can form our own personality with tattoos, body modification, consumerist consumption, and status objects like automobiles.

Ultimately, what is created is not human, however, but subhuman: one’s personality is merely a combination of external signifiers devoid of inner content. Ironically, in an attempt to form a personality out of the components provided by modernity, the end result is a kind of perfect conformity. As the cliché goes, the nonconformist is the greatest conformist of all, conforming to a pre-determined image of the rebel, complete with Che t-shirt, black beret, and canned talking points written years ago by some Red professor and distributed to all nonconformists.

For his contributions to anti-liberal thought The Committee welcome Gordian aboard with an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Mark Yuray returns on Friday after a couple months of hiatus with a note about how The House Always Wins Elections. Democracy will be protected… by any means necessary.

This year’s election, like all others before and after it, is and will remain a flashy fiction, convenient as a public ritual of legitimization of a regime that exists and holds power prior to and independent of the result of the election. In other words, they can rig it, which means they will, which means they are in power and you and I are not.

It only takes one precinct in one swing state to determine the election. And there are far more than just one precinct available to the Democratic Party for rigging–think Philadelphia, Detroit, Cleveland, or Miami. The blacks and Hispanics, patronized by elite billionaires through a web of fronts and backroom deals in these cities, are going to do exactly as they are told on November 8, and they will not be told to accurately and fairly report vote totals. Nobody will catch them because they are the ones who are supposed to do the catching.

When you are held responsible for holding yourself responsible, is that not the very definition of power?

Yuray earns an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for elegantly articulating power realism.

Finally, it’s poetry this week in Saturday Prose & Poetry. E. Antony Gray pays homage to Edmund Spenser.


This Week in 28 Sherman

Over on the home blog, Landry has some pop culture commentary: If You’re Alive, You’re Touring. I’m not absolutely sure it’s a new thing… exactly. It used to be that you had to go to Vegas to see old washed up artists cashing in on their past glories. Today, they come to a mid-sized theater near you. FD: I love Toad the Wet Sprocket, but I’d be the first to admit they haven’t done anything interesting in nearly 20 years… except tour.

Next he has a window into a (hopefully (but apparently not entirely) apocryphal) somewhat role-reversed: Father-Son Chat.

This Week in WW1 Pics it’s Horses With Machine Guns. That’s a horse-mounted machine gun, if I’m not mistaken.

Finally, Landry characterizes this past week as having been Decades in Days. Trump and Duterte are challenging the narrative in ways we had not thought possible. USG may be in later stage of decay than we thought.

English actress Alice Eve suffers from heterochromia

English actress Alice Eve suffers from heterochromia

At home, Trump named the beast and dared to say the thing we all know but the system silences: Democrats rig elections. This was followed by James O’Keefe releasing video of Democrats openly admitting they sent violent rioters and protestors to Trump events and bus people to vote stuff. One such leader visited the White House over 300 times and Obama over 40. Is Trump just a tool for the system to ensure Clinton’s election? I would have left that as a possibility until the last month.

Trump is laying it all out there. This is delegitimizing the system on air and in homes. The regime press not covering it also indicts the media. Going forward it will all be regime supporters versus everyone else. This never would have happened with any other republican candidate. Without Trump, this never would have happened no matter how blatant. Keep in mind news stations aired interviews with people in ’08 who said on air they voted multiple times.


This Week in Kakistocracy

Porter has a meditation on a rather neglected area of modern dysfunction A Trillion for Your Thoughts. It’s sort of a New Moore’s Law: the Federal Debt doubles each two-term president (an unnamed corollary: every president is two-termed). What could possibly go wrong?

Next up, it’s the plight of working class whites (Amerikaners) that inspire an epistle: Make it 72 Degrees, Scum. Amerikaners are only group left in America that it’s okay to hate. Pedophiles have it pretty bad too, but they’re attracting the odd apologist every now and then.

The EU’s new “tough on migrants” policy (too tough by one-tenth) prompts Porter to pen The Marigold Migration.

[N]ations don’t actually form states for the benefit of foreign peoples. Franklin didn’t turn to Jefferson with the hope that their new republic would capably serve the residents of Arabia. And no man exhorts his peers after winning independence with: I certainly hope our children will receive no undue benefit from all this.

Though it is precisely this mentality that has come to hold sway for those ensconced within the priest caste. That is because external altruism is like a Hermes handbag: quite chichi for those well insulated from its costs. For those less sheltered, and thus less enthused by flamboyant expenditures on cultural couture, these priests and their institutions have justifiably come to be seen as the black mold that blooms in unventilated environments. Government being the most airless of all.

Finally, Porter has running commentary on Trump’s plan for The First 100 Days. I hadn’t heard about this. (That’s what I have Porter for.) So it was most welcome.


This Week in Evolutionist X

Evolutionist X decides it’s time to pen An Open Letter to the Jewish People. For their own good:

Now, I know many of you have been in favor of helping Syrian refugees, on the grounds that suffering people fleeing from warzones ought to be helped. It’s a kind impulse, a humanitarian impulse. And it’s not in your own best interest.

If you want to help refugees, then help them get to safety in countries that are similar to their own, where they won’t face major linguistic and cultural barriers to starting new lives.

They hatred for Evangelicals, and deep love for blacks also comes in for some scrutiny.

And she has a part one of Can one be a principled moderate? No one likes an extremist, but isn’t Jesus asking us to be extremists? An extreme commitment to the truth—the whole of it at any rate—should have a moderating effect, I think, on one’s personality.

And here is the Part 2 to that: Moderatism?, with (more or less) unrelated pictures of lightning. Hey, we all got our hobbies.

And in Not Quite Anthropology Friday (but sure seems like it), Evolutionist X has Notes on Timbuktu. This once great center for trade seems to have fallen on hard times in recent centuries. And this time, dysgenics and degeneracy may not even be principally to blame.


This Week in West Coast Reactionaries

Over at WCR, Alexander has what appears to be quazi-autobiographical piece: A Refugee, a Marxist and an Ultra-Right-wing Modernist Walk Into a Café… I’m uncertain whether any modernist can be fairly described as “ultra-right-wing”, but…

And then this on Saturday was quite good, “Harry” digs into to original texts with Locke’s Adversary: The Patriarchal Kingdom of Sir Robert Filmer. While in theory a King is above any strictly man-made law, Harry (by way of Filmer) shows that definite customs and norms typically constrain the King in practice, for the good of his nation.

At the moment at which the king swears this oath he is still bound by the patriarchal law to uphold its precepts, as he does not receive the crown and the absolute monarchical power until after the oath is sworn. Although it is ultimately the king’s decision as to which laws are “evil and unjust” and thus must be abrogated, he is bound by the laws of God and patriarchy to defend that which his forefathers built, and to ensure that he passes a strong and healthy dominion onto his descendants. This is the necrocratic element of Filmer’s system; by which the decisions of ancient fathers are held as part of the spirit of the law of the kingdom; though, of course, open to reinterpretation with regards to particulars, as required by the situation of the time.

For this important contribution to political theory and anti-modernist critique, harry earns a nod from The Committee: an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.


This Week Around The Orthosphere

Croatian Olympic Basketballer Antonija Sandrić (née Mišura) is 5' 10".

Croatian Olympic Basketballer Antonija Sandrić (née Mišura) is 5′ 10″.

This probably belongs more under “Arts & Letters” than “Orthosphere”, but… it’s at The Orthosphere… so, hey, taxonomies don’t always work perfectly: J. M. Smith’s very deep Children of Clovis, Where Art Thou?

Also at The Orthosphere, Kristor is his usual clear-eyed self here: It Is Metaphysically Impossible To Love a Mere Idea. Yup. Also from Kristor: There is Always a King… whether we recognize him or not.

Matt Briggs interrupts his e-holiday with an important public service announcment: Global Thermonuclear War: A Small Price To Pay To Stop Trump. The lack of question mark on that is purely ironic. He is also quoted in Nature: The Scientists Who Support Trump. Much Крокодил humor ensues.

Briggs also has a report from the National Association of Scholars’ shindig, hosted by the oenophiles at First Things.

Dean Abbott has a poignant reminisce about one of the key casualities of the acids of modernity: Father Hunger is Destroying Civilization. Outlaw patriarchy and only outlaws will be patriarchs. Yet it remains our duty.

Also from Dean: mediations upon Lost Boys and the Value of a Punch to the Face. An elegant reminisce—let us not say eulogy—on the nature of manhood:

Men do this. We face challenges in order to feel that men we respect hold us in the same esteem. It happens wordlessly. The sense of what is expected of us in these situations, and of what our choices mean arises naturally in our hearts. So many men who struggle with shame do so because they know they have failed these tests more often than they have passed them.

This dynamic is lost on most people. Feminists and the culture they have influenced generally portray this aspect of masculine nature as pure foolishness, the stupid attempt of overgrown boys to “out-macho” one another. The male need to face challenges and to feel the acceptance of a band of brothers who have also faced them valiantly is derided in popular culture, in schools and in pop psychology.

For this message so near to the heart of reactionary thought The Committee thanks Mr. Abbott with an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Richard Carroll gets in the Spirit of the (Hallowe’en) Season with Tales of Mystery and Imagination. Edgar Allen Poe is, deservedly featured:

Poe stands out a bit from other members of the literary canon because, though many other canonical authors wrote for popular audiences, Poe’s stories come across as essentially pulp. It revels in the macabre, often hinges on suspense, and he’s primarily known for horror, and that genre is known for getting snubbed by critics. Most of his stories, because they sometimes do rely on the unknown, don’t benefit from re-reading like most great works, and Poe himself was strongly opposed to didactic fiction, so there aren’t many lessons to take from him, besides things like “Don’t bury your sister unless you’re absolutely certain that she’s dead,” or “Never bet the devil your head.” So what’s he doing on lists of canonical authors?

Simply, because he’s the master of this type of fiction.

Mark Richardson has extensive commentary (all positive) on Darwinian Reactionary’s conversion story. Also from Mark, a short review of Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. (Just loved typing that!)

Cato the Younger has a Quote of the Day… from Evola’s Fascism Viewed from the Right.

And Cologero has a very nice “Briefly noted” style update: Life in the Kali Yuga.


This Week in Arts & Letters

Sydney Trads have the requisite @WrathOfGnon reposts this week: Roger Scruton on Modernity and High Culture, Oswald Mosley on Nationalism, Banking and War, and Nicolás Gómez Dávila on Culture and Intolerance.

I think I finally see what Chris Gale is up to: Feminist poststructuralist copybook headings, Kippled. To kipple is to respond to some meaningless modern blather with a sharp knock to the head by the poetic hammer of Rudyard Kipling. He goes yet deeper, into some John Donne: The (degraded) Coronation. And has a brief sonnet from Donne here.

Over at City Journal, Steven Malanga looks at Washington State’s “Initiative 732” and the strange bedfellows it has brought together: Take My Tax—Please! Carbon taxes are probably degenerate. Ballot initiatives are definitely degenerate. But taxing what you want less of at least makes some sense.

Over at Imaginative Conservative, John Zmirak answers the age-old Enlightenment-old Is Christianity Anti-Science? Considering Christianity invented science, it’s almost impossible to imagine how.

E. Antony Gray has a fresh ode: Rex.


This Week… Elsewhere

Al Fin takes a look at the endless marvel of the human brain.

TUJ finds Trump Down but Within Striking Distance. Also: Why Trump Will Run Again in 2020 if He Loses. If so, hopefully he will come prepared with a more complete Government-in-Waiting.

Unorthodoxy sees a Trump victory as a way to “cement the GOP as an opponent of globalization and empire.” He’s also keeping track of the book on the election: Trump Still a Cheap Bet, With Brexit Pattern Emerging. And… cheaper still.

Some high test theory from Adam in The Constraints of Sovereignty: Value and Order as part of his on-going “conversation” with Reactionary Future (not sure it’s going two ways).

AMK rails, correctly and effectively, against a social technology we can do without: Unnecessary Female Employment. Also he drops the next big chunk of his Neocameral Future book: Chapter 4b: Exitocracy at the Federal Level. In which we find an emperor is very much required.

Greg Cochrane notes briefly: “You can recognize the fifth Horseman by the arrow through his head.”

Giovanni Danatto has an idea How To Turn The Educated Against Political Correctness:

Fidan is Azerbaijani.

Fidan is Azerbaijani.

You don’t know anything about race until you’re the only white guy in the room. It should be a civic requirement, actually, that everyone have that experience at least once to be in the ethnic minority in a situation like a job, where power matters and you’re not in charge. The moment whites are in the minority, all the rules instantly change. The token ethnic coworkers you thought were buddies change their personality like the flick of a switch once they can smell they rule the roost and only ever promote their own kind. It’s one of the most eye-opening innocence-destroying experiences a sheltered educated person can have. Once you’re along for the ride in an environment controlled by another people, all the fundamental differences between peoples are revealed. As it happens, a deep sense of fair play, altruism, and sympathy for outgroups are almost uniquely Western European traits that more insular tribes can easily take advantage of.

Heartiste points to 10% as the escape velocity for “revolutionary political movements”. It seems unlikely that the formula applies to reactionary movements. It seems to me that it depends entirely on who those 10% are. Also there: The God Of Biomechanics Reveals Himself In Big And Small Ways. Google search data do not lie. At least not yet.

Candide finds the soul of Pravda in the New York Times. He also has a Hodgepodge which is somewhat orthogonal to my own.

For the more idealistically patchwork inclined, Let a Thousand Nations Bloom has up a Competitive Governance, Seasteading and Free Private Cities For Dummies.

Afro Fogey has a brief quote in positive regard of race From Alexander Crummell.

Lawrence Murray helpfully outlines Erick Erickson’s Vision of a Sanitized Right with completely appropriate levels of mockery.

Quaslacrimas has (most of) Trump’s fairly impressive Hundred-Day Plan, with commentary. I hadn’t heard anything about it, so it was news to me.

Moose Norseman has been compiling the lists of churches that prescribe or proscribe (or don’t care) about women clergy and headcoverings for women.


That’s all folks. We’ve been having a lot of trouble with the site uploading pictures. So what you got were one’s that we had on hand. Less relevant than usual, but hopefully of some aesthetic interest nonetheless. Remember: Don’t vote. And if you have to, please don’t brag about it. Keep on reactin’! Til next week, NBS… Over and out!!

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      1. Croatian master race!

  1. Much thanks Nick and Social Matter!

  2. Thanks again for the link, and Silver Circle!

    I agree, DS’s piece on might against right was solid. Rock solid. I enjoyed it immensely.

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