Social Pathologist embeds a video in which Michael Moore’s comments are laid brilliantly under some beautiful pro-Trump campaign-like imagery: Understanding the Trump Phenomenon. Slumlord notes, “This could probably be one of the best political commercials ever”. Yup. A surprisingly low number of views though as of this time of writing.
In other video news Peter Thiel spoke at The National Press Club. Worth a watch.
Let’s see… what else?
Well, Alfred Woenselaer has an excellent exploration into The Psychology of Leftism. Too much good stuff to quote everything I’d like to quote, but I’ll offer a taste:
So leftism is an evolved behavioural trait that aids survival by providing you with effective lies to defect when faced with life’s prisoner dilemma situations. Leftism is synonymous with scamming in this sense. What makes the cathedral unique as a scam is that it is such an elaborate scam. Why shouldn’t we all be equal is an unfalsifiable moral observation made originally by priests. Priests! It was a religious scam all along.
For his excellent synopsis and application of the Menciian hermeneutic, The Committee are happy to award Alfred an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
Spandrell answers Where did the Samurais go? Well, one of them at least, but figuratively… Sad story.
Thing is our samurai was a bit old fashioned. He didn’t lawyer up. Why would I need a laywer? I’m in the right. Surely our legal system will recognize there is no evidence against me. Oh man. The judges gave his cultish wife everything she wanted. Divorce. Money. Property. Even the car. All to her. Our Samurai protested. “My wife tried to kill me. She assaulted me with a knife! Surely I had to restrain her”. The judges laughed. “Well if you had died we’d recognize that”.
Our Samurai had lost everything. His family. His property. His dignity. What could he do? It’s not like he didn’t defend himself. He run a Twitter account blogging about his trial. He started a blog. He went every day on 2ch (like reddit, sorta) trying to gain sympathy and attention. It didn’t work. Nothing work. Modern society is not kind to a samurai. It is however very kind to women. Even insane women.
And you won’t believe what happened next! Well maybe you will because… Samurai.
William Scott has some—actually a lot of—thoughts arising from the Third Presidential Debate in Trump in Stride, and a nice Trump Meme to boot.
Nick Land has a pretty funny twitter cut from Alrenous. I don’t think it quite amounts to advocacy. Land also passes his 3,000,000th visit. Social Matter still has about a year ago to hit that milestone.
Also from Land, a Quote Note eulogizing the once-great center left. His response is even more quotable:
When you’re putting your crack cocaine habit together, it probably feels pretty good too (for a while).
Lawrence Glarus has some more miscellany: English Proverbs 2. Good ones.
Glarus was also listening to NPR one day and overheard some surprising real-talk. Ah! Female Cuban-American privilege! This turned into a gem of an analysis post.
The issue at hand is the conversation surrounding these phrases. The phrases “Voter fraud”, and “illegal immigrants” seem to have an effect on the poor NPR reporter. Why?
Let us start with the most obvious explanation: these are phrases that are just not said. They smack of Amerikaner thede. They are the icky mean words of the uneducated. A Brahmin would never speak of voter fraud, except if it was about Bush, and they would prefer the phrase undocumented immigrants. But the NPR reporter isn’t talking to an icky Amerikaner, they are talking to a Helot who has adopted aspects of the Amerikaner worldview. The reporter can’t outright attack her on radio, he has to gently make a suggestion: perhaps this sort of language might lead to violence (against the wrong sort of people of course).
After taking David Greene’s recent interview with a Cuban-American Trumpite to the psychoanalyst’s couch, it reminds him of a far older, far more historically important interview: the iconic David Frost and legendary hero Encoch Powell. Frost, like David Greene, sits back rather uncomfortably on that couch.
Since Frost can’t get him to apologize on the language he wants Enoch to apologize for implying that these situation were typical (in other words “exaggerating”). Frost takes the word out of context to imply Enoch meant that it was common everywhere for immigrants to abuse natives. What Enoch meant was that in his constituency, a place where natives are being displaced by immigrants, it was common. Frost’s charge, like David’s is that this sort of language is dangerous (like a match to dynamite). Frost is claiming, like David, that the kulak class could be incited to racial violence by these words. He further gaslights the natives in these areas by implying that the very people living with these immigrants are ignorant and fearful and that their feelings are invalid. Why did Enoch refer to incidents of conflict and strife in these areas?
What is common between these two interviews separated by nearly half a century? (Besides journalists named David.)
What Frost and David Greene are worried about (whether they know it or not) is the natives accurately perceiving reality.
I’m done quoting. It’s long. And it’s very very good. RTWT. Cask strength Menciian analysis from Lawrence Glarus. What began as a “note” grew into a superb and inspiring piece and Glarus walks away with the ☀☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Award☀☀.
Mark Citadel has a review Aleksandr Dugin’s Last War Of The World Island, written in 2012 and translated into English in 2015. Citadel’s exposition also serves as an excellent introduction to Dugin himself and his philosophy.
Froude Society has a thesis for Latin American dysfunction: Sin Reyes. One with which we find much to agree.
And then this was a fantastic bit of original research, Reactionary Future finds the smoking gun, well the smoke at least, in the shape and smell of a gun, behind the May 1968 the French Color Revolution. Sorry, France. We really did make you a muppet state. Well, not “we” exactly…
From a position of absolutism, we can discard conspiracy theories and cut to the chase—all agitation and revolutions that are successful are sponsored by power actors. Who was the power actor behind [Daniel] Cohn[-Bendit] directly, or indirectly? This would be the US elites, and especially US secret services. It was not the KGB or the Soviets in general. In fact the Soviet linked groups appear to have been in conflict with Cohn-Bendit and the “new left” which was a US created thing (as were the Soviets). The great tragedy of the whole thing which is still continuing is the great success of the US institutions in pinning every piece of total degeneracy of the Soviet Communists. De Gaulle took the bait and blamed the communists, which is not surprising. Think of this as comparable to the McCarthy mistake of taking progressives as being manipulated by external enemies in the form of the Soviets. No, mon frère, this shitshow we call liberalism is no different [than] communism at root and the infection went from England/ USA to Russia, not the other way around—get it right. Face the disgusting truth squarely and repent.
For his high quality research and analysis here in support of Menciian Power Model, RF wins the ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀. We hope he is not unduly offended by the recognition.
Over at Sydney Trads, Richard Cocks, on loan from The Orthosphere, delivers Further Considerations on The Illogicality of Determinism.
Frost has a helpful guide on How To Protect Yourself From Bullies. #Hillbullies to be exact.
And CWNY’s Saturday missive is Heaven’s Gate and the Liberals’ Hell.
This Week in Jim Donald
Jim kicks off the week with some happy news in Winning gamergate. Demoralization in the feminist video-game complainer space is high. Which is mostly because of persecution by evil white males, of course. Last feminist video-game complainer blogger out of the bathroom, please put a new roll of toilet-paper on the holder.
Here are some to tips on How to implement patriarchy. It’s way harder than it looks, according to Jim.
This was short and hilarious: UVA Dean surrenders to PC in Rolling Stone defamation case. I’m tempted to excerpt, but that’d ruin it.
His Big Sunday Piece™ is on how Jobs and education make women ugly and unattractive. And this makes everyone miserable (including the women who go in for jobs and education). Jim counts the ways. Much humor here, as always, mixed with tightly packed nuggets of truth. Again as always. Like…
There is a certain amount of truth to the feminist proposition that women never interrupt men, they are just being friendly and helpful—and a great big untruth. And the great big untruth is revealed if the man does not let her interrupt, if he keeps on speaking and raises his voice to be be heard, her face will distort into the face of a witch, a monster, and a toad, she will scream incoherently at the top of her voice and swell with furious rage, that even though her interruption is superficially pleasant and courteous, that it is an interruption is discourteous, a demonstration of arrogance, hostility, and social power, the power of state enforced affirmative action hiring, and this arrogance and discourtesy, and the state power backing it, is suddenly, brutally, and shockingly revealed the instant the interruption is resisted.
Every time a woman interrupts a man, her face gets a tiny bit uglier.
This Week in Social Matter
Ryan Landry kicks off the week with Something Completely Different™: Escaping Muddied Experience. The search for authenticity has itself, it seems, become a mark of inauthenticity.
Americans have become separated from learning via experience, and have a political elite continuously telling them not to believe their own eyes and ears, and to instead trust politically-approved and funded research. The experts in the papers, schools, or on television will explain everything. The relentless chipping away at self-confidence in one’s intuition leads people to a place where fewer and fewer people trust their personal observations, unless there is an external confirmation by a credentialed scientific or academic source. Americans increasingly are separated from any natural setting and are atomized in nearly every way.
Landry gets a lift from Jerry Mander’s 1978 Four Arguments for the Elmination of Television. And, of course, the immersive and socially isolating effects of electronic culture have only grown many-fold since then.
Mander points to the situation where “all information has become believable and not believable at the same time. It has become arbitrary. There is no way to separate the real from the not-real”. The concern is that with this uncertainty, “all theories of the ideal organization of life become equal”, and that he who holds the megaphone and shouts the loudest will fill this chaos. The confusion and flood of information will end with a solution provided by the man holding the megaphone to a daily viewer placed in an isolated, near-hypnotic state.
Reminds me of this Radio Lab story. This is why I consider the proliferation of “channels” in the internet age, somewhat paradoxically, to work in favor of entrenched ideological powers. The truth is “out there”, as they say. Indeed, it is in the vicinity of Alex Jones. But no one near Alex Jones can outscream him enough to be heard. For widening Neoreactionary exploration into human psycho-social conditions, Landry takes home an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
Monday, Mark Yuray tells How To Explain The Rise Of Rodrigo Duterte. A lot of in-depth analysis leads Yuray in a rather surprising direction:
Rodrigo Duterte, who is part of the large minority of Filipinos with Chinese ancestry, never joined the Maoist rebels led by his political mentor—who have been receiving training, money, and weapons from Maoist China since the 1960s—but when he needed to kill off drug cartels as mayor, he just so happened to have death squads of former Maoist rebels doing the killing, and now that he is president, he is expanding his death squad program nationwide and loudly realigning the Philippines with China, which is run by the Maoist Chinese Communist Party.
What this means is there’s a strong chance Rodrigo Duterte is an agent of the Chinese deep state, which has been operating in the Philippines since the Second World War, if not earlier.
The enemy of my enemy?
Wednesday’s Weimerica Weekly is in place as usual: Episode 44—Three Comrades—a review of a book that delves into the psycho-social history of Weimar Germany.
On Thursday, Mark Christensen reviews Charles Coulombe’s very recent novel Star-Spangled Crown. Coulombe is a totally non-ironic royalist, and has I think been a neglected scholar, writer, and speaker in our neck of the ideological woods. Christensen has taken a great first step in rectifying this oversight.
The core concern of the work is the royalization of America: the establishment of a monarchic order which is distinctly American and universally accepted as the legitimate successor of the Republic. This requires examining America’s royal heritages – which are tied to several European crowns – and understanding the memory contained even in its republican institutions. The examination includes the fields of history, religion, law, the state vs federal question, public lands, art and architecture, and more. The story of how each of these fields is reconciled to the royal order unites the book. Thus, the monarchy makes itself felt across society and consciously rejects the liberal myth that political order can be separated from the “private sphere”.
King James IV? Moldbug is not the worlds only Jacobite, apparently. Christensen goes onto describe the ways Coulombe weaves a tight and plausible story of not only how a King could arrive as a healer to a fractured America seizing autocratic control, but do so without fully repudiating the republican era of American era of government and its culturally important heroes and ideas. It reminds of how popes are forced by the burden of their office to gracefully acknowledge the contributions of past popes, and occasionally canonize them, even when on the object level their earthly tenures were quite a bit less than a mixed bag. Do RTWT. This is great story-telling about the story-telling and an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
Friday brings a surprise guest, Magdalena Raymond Montilla, resident Filipina of the Reaction, who takes A Closer Look At The Rise Of Rodrigo Duterte. This was offered as a response to Yuray’s article, and a partial corrective, of some matters of fact and matters and perspective. She is not as sanguine about Duterte’s rise to power.
And rounding out a very busy week here at Social Matter, H. W. Delacroix delivers another quazi-autobiographical bit of verse: The Unspoken Lesson.
This Week in 28 Sherman
Over on the home blog, Ryan Landry takes a detailed, heavily linked look at The Average American. And it ain’t pretty. I wonder how things would change if we looked at the Median American. I think I know… I think things would look worse.
Next up: A Note on New England TFR. It is a league-leading 1.6… which if we were talking ERA, that’d be Cy Young territory for sure. But SoBL’s point (other than low white TFR is very very bad) is that these statistic run counter to the narrative that whites are being driven not to reproduce by all the diversity. New England, and Italy, and Japan, are not at all diversitopias. There must be something even bigger and scarier to blame. Or too many things to number…
The problem is this is where secular states with broken civic institutions end up. This is when atomization sets in, and few have a good connection not just to the past but to even their own families and immediate communities. Hedonism pushes this down, and that is tied to the old Pied Piper of “If God ain’t real, neither is hell, so live it up”. The chase for maintaining teenage interests continues in an extended adolescence. Travel becomes a substitute for fulfillment. Cruise any social media outlet for the single white woman meeting shamans and mystics in South America for the “greatest spiritual experience” in their lives.
This Week in WW1 pics it’s an Italian Soldier In Full Gear.
And for Friday, SoBL finds Obamacare Working As Designed, which is to say so crappy that people will beg for “single-payer”. That payer being you and me… or more likely our great-grandchildren… should our genes survive that long.
This Week in Kakistocracy
The only “balance” that “Conservative intellectuals and pro-business GOP officials” have sought with their nationalist/populist counterparts is the one attained right before pushing them over the windowsill. These are vehement voices of dissent because they have been vote-farmed for generations, not because they have been greeted as partners.
More and moar gems in the next one: All Values and No Victories Makes Conservatives a Dull Boy. Right populism, and how it fits within the eGOP, remains the general theme. And about that…
A similar unmasking has occurred for the Republican Party and all those burrowing creatures that dwell within its ecosystem. Populist Trump supporters, flush off their fair and square primary victory, were anticipating a well-earned romp under the party’s skirts. They have been greeted instead by the vagina dentata of furious donors and apparatchiks. The message being an unequivocal: You exist to serve us, not the other way around. Never forget this core conservative value.
Probably deserves an honorable mention for the use of “vagina dentata” alone, but my bosses will be angry about that. But we’ll give it to him for the salutary reminder:
This is point I hope you’ll indulge me to belabor: political parties exist to advance interests, not defend values. Cunning libs like Jeff Bezos would say the same about newspapers.
For his insightful analysis of the tribal warfare within the Red so-called tribe, Porter earns an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
Next up, reports from the European front of the all-out war on the mild pleas for sanity in the face of the “Migrant” Crisis: Through Ground-Colored Glasses. Alinsky and George Soros, and power-hungry leftist mandarins everywhere understand how demotist government works. So, Porter notes thankfully, does the Alt-Right. Whether it understand well-enough to end the practice remains, however, to be seen.
On Thursday, he reports back from a chance meeting with an arachnido… arachno-lologist… spider breeder who was quite firm about Saving Diversity… of spider “breeds”, or sub-species, or whatever they call them.
Finally, news of Ammon Bundy and his co-defendants’ acquittal in Nullified. That’s jury nullification, which is supposed to totally awesome or horrifying depending on who’s nullifying whom.
Huh? Did they not comprehend the evidentiary firewall logs?
They didn’t care. The federal bureaucracy’s contempt for the people is broadly perceived in this area, and the jury pool was eager to reciprocate when given opportunity. I expect this to be a growing phenomenon as similar sentiments flourish among the community that enjoys no federal affinity.
This Week in Evolutionist X
Evolutionist X kicks off the week with an astute bit of social theory: Degeneracy of Type. She stumbles upon a Chesterton Fence, and shows without reference to special revelation why it’s there. She thinks it should be left standing…
Rapid cultural change—not the gentle sort that percolates slowly across generations, but massive variety precipitated by an industrial revolution or the sudden introduction of a few thousand years’ worth of technological advancement to a long-isolated people—outstrips a society’s ability to provide meaningful moral or practical guidance. Simply put: people don’t know what to do.
As alcohol was to native Americans, so is the sexual revolution, among other things, to Westerners. This fantastic work from Mrs. X in advancing the discipline of gnonology garners another ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
Next, The most racist post on this blog—covers of children’s books published before 1990 (by the looks of it), because, as you know, every children’s author prior to 1990 was Literally Hitler.
And Evolutionist X inaugurates a round-up-ish post: Community round-up, Comment of the Week, Open Thread, and Similar Matters. She does get a fair number of high quality commentators. I only hope I’ve had a hand in sending a few of them her way. Regarding round-up posts… it just must be something in the water around here.
Next, she explains Why POC is a Terrible Term. Basically it doesn’t refer to anyone in particular. If you think lumping all “white people” under one umbrella is bad, just try lumping all of everyone else under one umbrella. Ironically, it’s a rather white-centric term, I think. There’s us “Whites”. And then there’s everyone else: “People of Color”. Good one, Professional Euphemists! I’ll bet those “People of Color” feel real special. This article starts out like it’s going to be a rant, but then quickly veers into substantive science. As well as substantive rhetoric, like:
Now, I can hear some of you saying, “but race is a social construct, and yet you use terms like ‘black’ and ‘white’ as though they were meaningful! How are these more meaningful than ‘PoC’?”
Look, “race” is a social construct the way “color” is a social construct. There is no sharp dividing line between “red” and “orange,” but we don’t go saying that the electromagentic spectrum is a myth.
Friday’s Cathedral Round-Up takes us away from the ivy covered walls of the Ivy League to one of South’s leading facsimiles of it: Cathedral Round-Up #15: Duke. (Fifteen! There have been 15 of these!)
This Week Around The Orthosphere
“Be prepared to go small, separate from the cathedral based system,” advises Chris Gale, “and let it crash.“—an opinion with which this blog wholeheartedly concurs.
Matt Briggs bemoans how Statistical Models CANNOT Show Cause, But EVERYBODY Thinks They Can. Hence the Replication CRISIS.
Then Briggs has a guest post from the inimitable and irrepressable Ianto Watt: What Russia Wants, Part I.
Filed under Please Make it Stop, Briggs has some lyrical fun with: Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Fem’nists. Forget about “ableism”. “Saneism”, a species of “ableism”, is also apparently a thing… or about to be. You can guess, quite easily, what it means (or will mean in about 72 hours). Also there: One World Without Borders Would Lead To Tyranny. Lead to?? Seems like it would take quite a lot of it even to get there.
And Briggs is down at The Stream again with Satanism, Child Torture, Mind Control—What is on Hollywood’s Mind? Well that’s about it for Panic! At the Disco for me—a band about which I know very little, but whose songs from like 10 years ago seemed impressive. Also there: Be Skeptical of the Polls—Is the media lying to boost Hillary? And if so (yes), why?
A “Timeless Essay” over at Imaginative Conservative of interest: Depicting the Whole Christ: Von Balthasar & Sacred Architecture. Also there: Virtue Is Not Boring.
Bonald has a timely and welcome Reminder: why you shouldn’t vote. We shouldn’t fear Hillary because she might get power, but because what she represents will get along just fine without her:
The United States is ruled from the New York Times, which dictates what belief is acceptable and what belief results in unemployment and ostracism, not the White House. The White House is an intermediary for passing orders from the New York Times to the federal civil service; the figurehead at its top can be bypassed easily if needed. An uncooperative president would likely not win a fight with his indoctrinated servants, who only need hold off till the next election to get a new nominal head. In any case, the New York Times rules America both through government and through corporate employers. Recalcitrant heretics can be released to the private arm no matter who is president.
He then engages in an understandable bit of fantasizing about taking over the New York Times, even if only to blow it up. A good start… but only a start. For articulating and advancing a tight formalist view of the power structure of liberal democracy, Bonald takes home an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
Donal Graeme wonders aloud about a Something Else for all the men who won’t be able to marry… that ends up sounding a whole lot like the Männerbund. If the Church won’t help them find it, maybe they can build it themselves.
Also at The Orthosphere proper, Richard Cocks has a brief note Against Nihilism. Cocks also a note on Cultural Relativism and Burkas with which I quite adamantly disagreed. Fortunately, I was not alone, as the comment thread attests. In short, there are plenty of good reasons to dislike or ban burkas that have nothing to do with human rights or sexual equality.
Dean Abbott has been quite simply a great discovery. This week’s meditation, inspired in part by The Walking Dead, comes in the form of a warning: Things Are Just As Fragile As You Fear. Therefore one should concentrate on fearing less, which might include striving to be less dependent on the hidden psychological supports of technology.
And speaking of popular culture, Abbott has another, about The Stories a Desperate People Tell.
So, what do people trapped in a world like this, a world of alienation and emptiness and denial, do? We tell one another stories of worlds that are not like this one or, at least, not so much like this one. We tell stories that, however their surfaces appear, all whisper to us in the subtext that another world is possible. We tell stories that affirm that indeed the ache we feel is real and that keep alive our hope that, in spite of all the forces arrayed against her, love may yet triumph.
For his insight into the modern condition, and the articulation of something far better, The Committee are pleased to award Dean Abbott another ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
Dalrock reports on the late effort to claim #NastyWoman as a badge of honor. There are two things that everybody thinks of when they think “nasty woman” and to be honest I’m not even sure which one is worse. There is no rehabilitating this concept. The Cathedral Black Magicians Corps must be scrapin’ bottom. Have they run out of Jews?
This Week in Arts & Letters
Narm sets out some Criteria for choosing books.
Michael Totten at City Journal compares the successful rise of the populist right in Trump to the near success of the populist left under Bernie Sanders in Children of the Revolution. Also there: The Democratic Party at Prayer, which is worth it on the strength of subtitle alone: The problem with the “Jewish Vote”. How could something so small be so damn important? Hmmm….
Testis Gratus has some more original translation (from Latin of course): St. Alcuin, Conflict of Spring and Winter.
A quiet week over at West Coast Reactionaries, but Pylades had a beautiful bit of short fiction: Tale I
This Week… Elsewhere
Where is AntiDem?, you ask. He’s gettin’ swole… in a way.
Butch Leghorn has a new short video up on Intuited Genetic Self-Interest (IGSI).
A particularly bon bon mot from Heartiste: “All politics isn’t local. All politics is gonadal.” Also: Is Julian Assange Still Alive? and is WikiLeaks under the control of… well… WikiLeaks?
And this from Heartiste: Here’s How Trump Can Win The Election Today. This is a really really good idea. I do hope Trump high-level staff is reading. Black homeless lady privilege ought not to be sneezed at.
Over at Atlantic Centurion, Lawrence Murray grabs an ethno-nationist perspective on the potential election outcomes in Pyrrhic Polls. From that point-of-view, there’s upside in either a Trump or a Clinton victory. For example:
A Democratic victory will also be deeply unsatisfying for the hostile elite. Remember, 95% of the popular vote was supposed to go to Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush. Instead, over two-fifths of the goyim will have revolted and called for one of their adopted own to be tribune. That’s extremely problematic. The fact that Hillary won’t win by 50%, as she has protested, was no idle banter. The hostile elite wanted a mandate victory and they won’t get it, thus undermining their consensus administration’s legitimacy. Prepare for the onslaught of coordinated media output blaming all White people for not doing more to stop Trump from unleashing the Pandora’s box of racism and hate. It was one thing for Obama to beat Romney by a few points, for both Romney and Obama were workable at worst (and ultimately part of the regime either way). But Trump? An insurgent since day one, and his campaign a black mark on the moral authority of American dildocracy.
Murray also has a review/critique of Glazer & Moynihan’s Beyond the Melting Pot, a 1963 public policy tract. Which shows, among other things, even liberal sociologists in the 1960s had a lot firmer grasp of reality than even “constitutional conservatives” have today. For example…
(((Glazer))) and Moynihan do believe in the false idols of equality and integration, but they aren’t totally stupid about it. They know that building (implicitly Afro-Latino) public housing in a middle-class neighborhood always triggers White flight once the colored population hits critical mass, and results in ethnic succession rather than integration. They don’t have radical solutions for tackling the structural problems of ethnic diversity in a society. They tend towards gradual economic improvement as the solution, but as we all know, the United States by and large for most people is not a land of social mobility anymore, nor is it one where you can magically uplift radically different biocultural groups by pouring money into them.
And this too from Lawrence: his answers to questions from an academic researcher on the Alt Right & Its Origins.
A perceptive article from Gabe on The burden of connoisseurship. Including:
What does the atomization of meaning have to do with aesthetics? Most obviously, thin meaning like connoisseurship (food, movies, TV, and so on) is palliative in the absence of thick meaning, such as social standing and relationships to family and friends. Less obviously, both thin and thick meanings are subject to obsolescence as coarse needs give way to fine, leaving it to the individual to isolate and describe the missing-but-essential elements.
Greg Cochran starts off talking about The Third Sex and ends up talking about a whole lot more than that. Like “eusociality” and “greed beards” and stuff.
Unorthodoxy notices The White Party Gets A Shot in the Arm. Jill Stein notices the decline of birth rates under the college debt bubble. What’s next from the Greens, 10th Amendment Federalism? Also there: Obamacare: Gift for Whomever Wins. It can’t get any worse, so fixing it will make anyone look good. And filed under: Why Am I Not Surprised… Bundy Ranch Stand-Off Was FBI Operation. Unorthodoxy notes wryly:
The FBI can’t stop crimes before they happen because that would require downsizing the FBI.
Time for Something Completely Different™ from Giovanni Danatto: Sci-Fi Inspired By WW1: Future Best Shown Through The Past. This is a fun pictorial feast along with the analysis.
Axel McKibbin relates and contrasts “superman culture” with entitlement culture. And this was quite interesting: Fixing Democracy. Well, I’m not sure it can be fixed, but some features are clearly more pathological than others. Like…
The essential flaw in democracy’s entire design is legislative accumulation. We live in an anarcho capitalistic coercion market. The Founders designed a flaw right into the system at a Constitutional level. It is obvious to any engineer with half a brain that you never design a system that accumulates anything (waste, energy, heat, genetic mutations, whatever) over time. Legislative accumulation is [democracy’s] basic flaw.
Well, that’s all I had time fer. I guess this is a bit longer than I expected. Enjoy whatever fall colors you have left, before they’re all gone. Keep on reactin! Til next week… NBS, over and out!!