This Week In Reaction (2016/11/06)

The big news this week was in Sportzball: The Cubbies finally overcame their 108 years of having ownership that did not want a World Series bad enough to pay for it. I was, as a longtime AL fan, slightly pulling for the Indians (who remain in no small drought of their own). But it was a great series. Congrats to Chicago!

J. Arthur Bloom is over at TAC with a great piece: William Lind’s Way of War.

And Journeyman of the Neoreaction, P. T. Carlo is over at Daily Caller this week with Only America Can Stop The Evil Of Putler Hussein. Putin is now literally Hitler, literally Stalin, and literally Saddam Hussein rolled up into single tight package of pure evilness. The DC Editor found it necessary to warn the reader: “This is a satirical article.”

Closer to home…

Here are enriching thoughts from Shylock Holmes On Maine and Moldbug.

[T]he strongest all-pervading sense wherein Maine (writing in 1885) departs from modernity is his willingness to view democracy with the cold eyes of a political engineer. In the starkest terms possible, Maine writes as if the entire democratic process has no moral component whatsoever, either positive or negative. Voting is not a sacred duty, a fundamental right, an ennobling and dignifying symbol of equality, or any of the other hoary notions that today have been attached to the term. So what is it then?

Political liberty, said Hobbes, is political power. When a man burns to be free, he is not longing for the “desolate freedom of the wild ass”; what he wants is a share of political government.

Can you imagine a more bracing tonic than that? When you say “I want to be free” or wear your “I voted” sticker, you are really saying “I covet political power”. Not so ennobling when phrased that way, is it? There is nothing wrong with power, of course. Someone has to have it. But the pursuit of it is hardly considered a morally virtuous cause.

And Shylock goes farther, finding significant contrast between Maine and his disciple Moldbug. This one wins an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀. RTWT.

Mark Citadel criticizes Islam’s Cowardly Critics. Islam has its share of detractors, which is a brave thing to do, but who invariably criticize it on liberal grounds. Thus, not brave enough, according to Citadel. This is inspired stuff and an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀:

fa06a919d91d272c0059e42d6d65f45eSaying that Liberal society or Western civilization simply deserves to survive is like saying that any number of now extinct species deserved to survive. Complain as much as you like, but Darwin’s laws remain binding. If your society is failing to compete, then either you are the victim of horribly bad luck (something that the West can never lay claim to) or your survival strategy is lacking. Some will scoff and say “have you seen British GDP? Look at our education levels, look at our technology”. Valid points, but if these things are so important in the great game of civilizations, then why would you feel threatened by Islam? Perhaps you subconsciously realize that all the corporate development in the world is no good if it causes rich monopolies to import cheap labor, that over-funded universities telling young men that they need to ‘rethink masculinity’ might render them docile as women are gang raped in a subway, and that the most advanced weaponry in the world does little good if much of your population is in the retirement home. As the West has climbed Maslow’s hierarchy, it has engaged in the rather bizarre practice of kicking off the rungs below it. Now it’s trapped at the top, and there is a long way to fall.

A lot more good here to quote, but I don’t want to steal Mark’s thunder. RTWT.

Nick Land digs up an amazing Moron bite.

As a Dutchman, Alf has to ask: Yes, but how does this relate to me? Well, if Anglophonia hadn’t conquered the entire world in 1945, it might not… Also, he calls a top in the madness. Very brave. We shall see.

And Alf just can’t quit paying attention to America’s humble little morality play: Meming Trump into the White House. He’s got a lot of ’em. Well, that appears to have worked by the time of this writing. Special thanks to all foreign nationals who rooted for Trump. You can all continue with your regularly scheduled lives. Please provide your co-ethnics a fainting couch. Perhaps you could cheer them up by suggesting you all unlearn English.

Spandrell has a great video: Nobody rules alone, along with some excellent Spandrellian commentary. Related, I think, he notes Trump needs Friends, with some ideas on who those friends might be.

Reactionary Future beats Hobbes up against Moldbug in Two models of Governance. He also has a useful guide: Some rules for political science. Including:

[T]he final rule: do not ever, ever, under any circumstances open the book on the issue of democracy being historically contingent and not a scientific and neutral state of mankind, because to do so renders political science a contingent thing born of democratic society and not ahistorical or “scientific” by its own measures.

And RF explains What Marx got right.

Jon Frost reprints a Daniel Defoe’s little pamphlet: The Shortest-Way With The Dissenters. Back in those days it was the dissenters who were the bad guys. They have since completely taken over Anglophonia, and are thus no longer dissenters. But they’re worse bad guys than ever.

Sarah Perry pops in at Ribbonfarm with best guesses and contemplation on three different paleolithic “Venuses” (Vena?) in A Bad Carver. Very interesting best guesses and contemplations, like:

10-1024x819Almost every technological advance is a de-condensation: it abstracts a particular function away from an object, a person, or an institution, and allows it to grow separately from all the things it used to be connected to. Writing de-condenses communication: communication can now take place abstracted from face-to-face speech. Automobiles abstract transportation from exercise, and allow further de-condensation of useful locations (sometimes called sprawl). Markets de-condense production and consumption.

Why is technology so often at odds with the sacred? In other words, why does everyone get so mad about technological change? We humans are irrational and fearful creatures, but I don’t think it’s just that. Technological advances, by their nature, tear the world apart. They carve a piece away from the existing order—de-condensing, abstracting, unbundling—and all the previous dependencies collapse. The world must then heal itself around this rupture, to form a new order and wholeness. To fear disruption is completely reasonable.

That which doesn’t kill us makes us strong… but it could still kill us. As always with Mrs. Perry, there is much more there there… an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ winner. RTWT!

Dissenting Sociologist writes In Defense of Sheeple. He goes toe-to-toe with Nietzsche on some of the latter’s more fanciful points and comes out pretty good I think.

The mere fact that the poor old sheeple somehow deserve to be slaughtered just because they can be led around (like that’s a bad thing), by itself, goes to show that this ideology, notwithstanding its ostensible elitism, is radically egalitarian in its stated or unstated first premises. It holds everybody to the same, exactingly high standards; it implicitly expects every man, woman and child to rise to the Olympian level of the elite (even where this is explicitly deemed ontologically impossible) and judges them pitilessly when they fail. This could not be further removed from the aristocratic (and also, properly Brahminic) way of thinking, which is inherently paternalistic, and does not demand—or for that matter, permit—the little people to strive to be just like the elite, since that would necessarily level the hierarchy to the extent that it became reality.

Not everybody can become sheep dogs. But, if we are to defeat the wolves, some must. This was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Neocolonial has neoreactionary notes on the upcoming (now over) US Presidential Election from The Popcorn Gallery. It is, in spite of its brevity, cask strength NRx thought and an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Finally this week at CWNY: Facing the Enemy.

It’s not that a vote for Trump is a sign of moral health, because there are many reasons why a man would vote for Trump, and only one is the right reason—that a Trump victory would be a stop-gap measure to prepare whites for the real battle, which is the battle to restore Christian Europe. But the fact that a man does not vote for Hillary is a sign that there is still something to work with within that man’s soul. He has at least rejected the devil-woman, even if he hasn’t become a Christian knight.


This Week in Jim Donald

Unusually busy week for Jim. First he predicts a Trumpslide, which has (at this time of writing) materialized. The Cathedral was either too principled or too disorganized to pull off the election fraud necessary to keep the Golden Don out.

Next Jim takes a stab at Defining the alt right. Related, I think, he reiterates The trouble with Jew centric theory:

c4aaf738e6b8c38bb4f95a493844771eJew centric theory always winds up saying that 1930s leftism, the leftism of Hitler and FDR, was just fine, that leftism was not too bad until Jews got in on it, that leftism was just fine until the Frankfurt School corrupted it. It was not just fine.

The future belongs to those that show up. Whites, particularly high IQ whites, only succeed in reproducing within the patriarchal family structure.

If you believe we must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children, because the beauty of the White Aryan woman must not perish from the earth, have to unemancipate women.

If we are going to unemancipate women, 1930s leftism is not OK. If 1930s leftism is not OK, we wind up with Moldbug’s Puritan/Harvard hypothesis.

“It was not just fine.”

And Jim has a couple of hopeful news items: First: Malaysia departs the blue empire:

My analysis is that the dominoes are falling as a result of Blue Empire defeat in Aleppo, as the dominoes fell after Soviet defeat in Afghanistan, or American defeat in Vietnam. But the incompetent, hostile and unpleasant behavior of the US government also pushes its subject states to do what the weakness of the US government allows them to do.

And in other fantastic news: Rolling Stone found guilty of defamation for rape hoax.

Finally, Jim is getting more and more Biblical all the time: The wicked flee when no man pursueth.

Trump’s final ads say “The political establishment has bled this country dry”, and Jews hear “Jews have bled this country dry”.

Now why on earth would they think that?


This Week in Social Matter

Ryan Landry kicks off the week here looking at 21st Century Leftward Drift: From Bill Bradley To Hillary Clinton. He takes note of how much better Bernie did in 2016 than Dollar Bill Bradley did in 2000 with almost the exact same platform. Even tho’ Bradley was the much more handsome and charismatic of the two. Leftists are in a hurry. Even moreso, should Hillary have lost by the time this article reaches the presses.

Just in time for Halloween enjoyment, Anthony, E. Antony, and I are joined by Clark Hat and Chuck C. Johnson, of Got News and WeSearchr fame, for our Descending The Tower—9: True Election 2016 Special.

Landry comes back on Wednesday with Weimerica Weekly: Episode 45—Wombs for Rent.

And Arthur Gordian returns for a surprising (to me at least) two-fer. On Thursday, he continues his series on in The End of Atomistic Individualism, Part II: Liberty Outside Liberalism. This one meets Enlightenment notions of liberty at the pass and leaves their corpses for the vultures.

Meike lives close to Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Meike lives close to Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The end of liberal liberty is always slavery because to be ruled by your passions is to be a slave to your passions. Will is always subsumed by appetite because will without purpose is not strong enough to resist the endless demands of human desire.

This is the absurdity of the notion of liberty as conceived of as will seeking to fulfill appetite. This critique applies to all liberal, conservative, and libertarian definitions of liberty because whatever modifiers and contingencies are placed on the definition of liberty, all of these ideologies are essentially identical in terms of the root emphasis on will and appetite.

Amen to that! And there is much, much more. For his outstanding work here in anti-progressive, anti-enlightenment thought, Gordian wins the ☀☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Award☀☀.

And I said it was a two-fer. Gordian returns of Friday with yet another gem: A review of Paul Gottfried’s Leo Strauss And The Conservative Movement In America. According to P. T. Carlo it serves as “a great primer on Straussianism”. And also, I think, as a dire warning against many of his ideas. Although Gottfried is admittedly a rather dire person. But smart as heck. This generated a ton of excellent and instructive fireworks in the combox. Also it was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

And capping off a busy week here, Lawrence Glarus returns Saturday with The Project: Chapter VI.


This Week in 28 Sherman

Over on the home blog, Landry takes a look at one of the few remaining un-jiggered trailing economic indicators: Social Security Receipts Confirm No Recovery.

Landry also was on an Interview with Red Ice. And he has a PSA: Import The Third World, Get Third World Politics.

Too big to jail. It is 2016, so these crooks [from the ’08 Liquidity Crisis] have nearly run out the statute of limitations clock. Regulatory capture is complete. Government functions cannot even be trusted to be on the lookout for collusion or bid rigging. HSBC can launder millions for drug dealers and terrorists and escape US government intervention due to “market risk“. One must not upset the market as it is the only positive the system can point to for economics. Even Sudamerican juntas used less transparent excuses.

Next he mentions his fav: Jon (El Bandito) Corzine.

He has a fitting Note On a Magical World Series, tinged with some melancholy about where sports seem to be heading.

Finally SoBL has some words of praise for Reactionary Future’s award-winning piece last week: May 1968 the French Color Revolution. There’s a pattern there. And it’s as old as divided government. Landry adds:

Nina Dobrev

Nina Dobrev

Another great lesson is that our universities are truly spy agencies. They are informal agencies for developing talent, collecting intelligence and performing analysis. RF points to student-provocateur Cohn-Bendit. Stop for a moment and consider how our own leaders get to the top. He used the university system and the student activist organizations to cause mayhem. They often run through the Ivy system. The Ivy system should be seen for what it is, which is an informal intelligence agency bound together by its progressive politics. Yes, Putin is a KGB officer installed as president, with the KGB/FSB interests and ideas. Our presidents going thru the Ivy filter are intelligence assets or officers of sorts, with the peculiar interests and ideas of our Ivies.

Once the pattern is clear, it’s impossible not to notice.


This Week in Kakistocracy

Porter tries his hand at speculative fiction in The Scariest Night of the Year. Only slightly speculative. A very entertaining read and an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Next up: Miss Congeniality No More which covers… well… I’m not really sure what this one’s about it. But mainstream Republicans take a beating in it. That’s for sure.

Porter enjoys some delicious thoughts of comeupance to be visited upon the Clintons in Making an Unscheduled Stop. A few of which came true by the time of this posting. Hope springs eternal for yet more.

Finally, he returns to one of his favorite whipping boys: NRO, above whose head a lightbulb may be slowly coming on… only 50 years too late: Strife of the Party.


This Week in Evolutionist X

Evolutionist X looks at news reports and wonders: Is America Done? Lesson #2176 in how evolution has prepared us poorly for modernity: modern drugs.

There was no heroin epidemic here [East Liverpool, OH] in the ’50s. Was there more “recreation” then?

No, there was far less. We had like 4 TV channels, and they stopped broadcasting at night. People didn’t have microwaves or clothes dryers, so housewives spent hours every day cooking and cleaning. With no AC and no video games, kids ran around outside, climbed trees, or rode their bikes. On Sunday they went to church. They had far less recreation and they still managed not to overdose on heroin in front of their children.

Recreation comes from people. Jobs come from people. Culture comes from people.

Probably fewer than 4 channels, depending on your antenna. And yes: Culture comes from people, not a Social Program. Mrs. X earns an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for her efforts and insight here.

Next, she explains What are TERFs? If you have to ask, you might not wanna know, but knowing might do ya some good.

Evolutionist X hosts a Happy November Open Thread and includes Comment(s) of the Week, plus a lot of links.

On Thursday, she attempts to answer So who is White? She pulls out the DNA maps (of course). Pretty interesting.

A new end-of-the-week feature, Evolutionist X brings us History Friday: The Russian Exploration of America (pt 1). As with the Anthropology Friday series, the basic idea here seems to be find some dusty old, scandalously un-PC tome from the past and quote liberally. Said tome this week is John Walton Caughey’s History of the Pacific Coast (1933).


This Week Around The Orthosphere

A relieved reviewer convert (??) finds in Matt Briggs’ book, a Deep Philosophical Account Of Probability.


Briggs pulls out the guest chair for Ianto Watt’s finale: What Russia Wants, Part II.

And… the Official W. M. Briggs Podcast makes a triumphant return: No Matter Who Wins, We’re Doomed. He makes very solid points here about how even if Trump does win the election, he’ll have a long uphill battle to drain the Government-Media-Academic Complex of its power over hearts & minds. And that’s even assuming he knows enough to launch the assaults.

This proved prophetic… ironically: On The Cubs’ & Trump’s Victories, Nate Silver’s Predictions & All That. And here is Briggs wading into The Stream with Won’t Somebody Please Rescue the Poor Tradinistas Slaving Away as Baristas? Make that a two-fer: Spirit Cooking, Simulated Cannibalism and the Election.

Chris Gale requests prayers on behalf of Jerry and Roberta Pournelle. Jerry blogs at Chaos Manor.

Chris also has an interesting look at The consequences of the Hirsch Factor. Unfortunately he never defines what the “Hirsch Factor” is, but it appears to be some sort of research or publication bias:

[T]here is a sense that if you don’t find anything significant you cannot publish the paper. This is a moral hazard: and leads to people trolling data for significance, which the statisticians call P-hacking.

Which is actually, demonstrably, dangerous. Statistical illiteracy is epistemological illiteracy and it can get you, or (more likely) someone else, killed.

Mark Richardson tells has a lurid account: Marxist academic describes liberal campus culture as insane, gets purged. Your lack of enthusiasm for the revolution is disappointing… Comrade Rectenwald. On a side-note, Michael Rectenwald is apparently a totally non-ironic “Clinical Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies” at NYU. Clinical!! Also from Mark: Two Brisbane men set up a safe-space for men. Hilarity seems certain to ensue.

Thomas Bertonneau is over at Sydney Trads this week with a pamphlet length essay: The Pagan Ordeal of Dominique Venner. Here are Part II and Part III. He has a handy roadmap of the work over at the Orthosphere.

Donal Graeme ponders The Necessity Of A Secret Identity.

Kristor continues his series on natural kingship with How to Reckon the King.


This Week in Arts & Letters

Over at City Journal, Victor Davis Hanson has the skinny on The Clintons as Farce. An entertaining and insightful read. More on that subject there: The Obama Tragedy: Embracing “authentic” blackness, the president created an Era of Ill Feelings and damaged America. I’ll take some more “Okey-doke”, please.

Also at City Journal, Michael Totten takes on purveyors of ugliness: The New Socialist Realists. The people are getting tired of seeing The Emperor’s fat saggy ass.

Poet Laureate of the Neoreaction, E. Antony Gray has a new ode: Dux. And a new vision: The Voice of the Four Winds. Very good stuff. From the latter:

Yes the four winds said, yes, the Dream is truly dead
Man who was Enlightened was sleep-walking in the dark.

Chris Gale has The alcoholic vegan poem of the week. From Chesterton, of course. And he has another from GKC: To St. Michael In Time Of Peace, so long as the peace may last.

Over at Imaginative Conservative a “Timeless Essay” more timely than ever: Dark Satanic Mills of Mis-Education: Some Proposals for Reform. Also this was pretty interesting: The Copernican Revolution: The Defining Event of Modernity. Probably true. Also probably was avoidable.

Richard Carroll has A Brief Introduction to Mencius—the original one.

Manticore Press extols a few Conservative SF Shorts.


This Week… Elsewhere

Greg Cochrane looks briefly at differential immune responses in Skin Deep.

Doe-eyed Anya Taylor-Joy who starred in The Witch (2015).

Doe-eyed Anya Taylor-Joy who starred in The Witch (2015).

On the Eve of All Saints, Paleomexicano has a Review of The Witch: Lessons from a Christian Folk Tale. He recommends the film and instructs those paying attention in how it was the levelling sects primarily who got involved in the witch hunting (and witch killing) craze.

Reactionary Tree has a nice primer for Deconstructing “Racism”.

Friend of This Blog, Skyagusta (and chess buddy), informs me that Appalachian Reactionary (Twitter: @SorryToots) has launched a new podcast. In honor of Halloween, he had a bit of Reactionary Poe. He blogs here.

Henry Gloucester has some Thoughts on Nerd Culture.

Lawrence Murray explodes the next batch of supposed “white” “privileges” in Skinning the Invisible Knapsack, Part 2 of 5. He also makes a last minute appeal: Conservative Case for Trump. At the time of this writing, it appears to have worked.

And this was quite good: Freedom, Liberty, Posterity: A Tripartite Case for Amerikaner Nationalism. And his points are made all the more crucial by the Trump victory now apparent at the time of my writing. Lawrence Murray gets it:

Trump and election cycles cannot be the center of our commentary and message. That these things are happening now and we are covering them is all and well, but ultimately we need to do more than that, and we need to do it effectively. We need to make the simple case that what we believe in is what our compatriots should believe in, and this has to be a multi-layered and multi-angle approach that incorporates both our traditions as a people and whatever new innovations are necessary to secure ourselves a place in the struggle for survival.

Anti-Puritan explains Where I Depart from Orthodox NRx, and Where they Depart.

Heartiste wonders Will Rolling Stone Go The Way Of Gawker? Hopefully yes. Particularly satisfying to see Sabrina Reuben Erdely going down. She was a topic of conversation (and derision) way back in Anthony’s and my very first zeroth podcast.

PA has some thought-provoking (and entertaining) Shots of Wisdom. Like:

Glut. Let’s mow our own fucking lawns. I didn’t see any Salvadoran landscapers in 1983. A friend’s dad talked to the homeowners’ association and signed a contract to mow the community property on his riding mower for a nice wads of cash, of which my friend got a cut for helping. The lie that we don’t have enough low skill laborers… we have plenty. If there aren’t enough restaurant workers, then we need fewer but better restaurants. What we do have is a pumping-in of glut workers to sustain a glut of shit-factories, all in neoliberalism’s race to the ugly bottom.

GA Blog continues to do excellent work in Sovereignty Theory: Sovereignty as Conquest. “Sovereignty theory” is a term I just made up, but it fits a lot better than “political theory”, because political theory is about just about everything but power.


Welp… that’s all folks. This is a slightly World Series- and Presidential Election-shortened version of my usual missive… You’re welcome. Keep on reactin’! Til next week… NBS, over and out!!

Someone tweeted this at me late Tuesday Night. Elections are degenerate, but not all outcomes are equally degenerate. This one went about as well as it could have.

Someone tweeted this at me late Tuesday Night. Elections are degenerate, but not all outcomes are equally degenerate. This one went about as well as it could have.

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  1. Thanks for the links. Glad you liked the post.

  2. Nick the Hirsch factor is defined as the Number of papers you have that have been cited that number of times. My H factor is 19: I have 19 papers with more than 19 citations, according to Google Scholar.

    It will depend on the database you use, and how converged your findings are.

    1. I see, so a linear measure of square-law distribution of “influence”.

  3. Alfred Woenselaer November 10, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    The ‘yes but how does this relate to me’ title was more of a nudge to the last psychiatrist than anything else. Dude had the best post titles.

    Meike makes me want to bite my fist.

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