This Week in Reaction (2016/11/13)

In case you hadn’t heard, this was the week the Trumpenfürer was elected. We won, apparently. For some values of “we” and some values of “won”. In time order (because credit for early calling where credit is due)… Spandrell, who happened to be awake in the far Far East, says “Praise the Lord” and Inscrutable are the ways of the Lord. Briggs (who I happen to know lives in my time-zone) has Trump Wins! How To Cope With Your Grief. I was up doing last week’s TWiR when the news broke, seeing the wailing an gnashing of teeth on twitter was positively delicious (and indeed delayed my posting, mea maxima culpa). Thomas Bertonneau says, “Te Deum Laudamus” (not sure if that’s for Trump’s election or not). Up from Down Under, Sydney Trads call Donald Trump: an Inspiration to us All. For now, at least. Alf sends his congratulations in the early Dutch morning: Madman.

In what must have been a long night over at City Journal, Joel Kotkin (who coined the phrase “new clerisy”) marks the election result as Trumping the Elites: The American people said “no” to oligarchy and ruling classes. Matthew Hennessey takes note of A House Divided. And Seth Barron talks about Trump’s Path to Victory: Contrary to the media narrative, Trump’s candidacy was about issues. Simply issues that the media didn’t want to take seriously. Oren Cass Examines the Scorecard. Guess which demographic group Trump won besides white males. (Hint: It rhymes with “bright bremen”. Another one rhymes with “bright billennials”.)

More post-election postage… Unorthodoxy asks What’s Next? Roman Dmowski exclaims: We Did It. Alexander, at West Coast Reactionaries, cautions: President “Brexit” Trump: Festina Lente. This deserves repeating:

Trump is not enough, Brexit is not enough, having a “Right-wing” government is not enough. The real change we need is to restore a society where the worthy leader leads and the masses follow; a simple maxim; toxic in today’s political discourse. All things flow from this maxim and we should fix our gaze on that horizon. People are clamouring for our way, if not our policies. A disdain for issues and a yearning for principles. The end of economic rationality and the rise of sentiment, national or otherwise. There is support from the Left and the Right for our way. Refrain from undue optimism and shake yourself out of complacency; there are stormier seas to come in our political odyssey


I’m not sure how many Amish vote, or whether they’re even allowed to, but this was funny and timely. Atavisionary acknowledges the battle Trump Wins the White House, but is (rightly in the Editorial opinion of this site) pessimistic about significant change in a reactionary direction.

The venerable Pat Buchanan insists, before any polling station closed, Donald Trump Has Already Won. Now what to do with that win is all that remains. PA notes This Is Not “A Time To Come Together”. A jackboot on every liberal neck, if only we’ve the stomach for it.

Lawrence Murray takes a well-deserved victory lap: Now I am become President, Leader of the Free World. He is (rightly) cautious about just how close we are to the brink, where even Kek cannot dig us out. Dalrock looks forward to January 2017.

Imaginative Conservative offers an appropriately reverent: Prayer for the President… ripped from George Washington’s first term.

Let’s see… what else was going on?

Alf has a reblog of some astute commentary on Taylor (Not Actual White Nationalist) Swift, adding a dose of his own in But I should be enjoying this! If you haven’t heard Ryan Adams complete cover of Swift’s 1989 album, you probably should. Also some post-election thoughts: American Hitler, European Hitler.

Reactionary Future drinks deeply of original texts in Locke versus Filmer, or why you are all communists.

History shows that the Whigs won so effectively that they purged Filmer Tories from every effective position of power in England following the failed Jacobite Rebellion. From this point on, every Tory position would be based on the grounds of Locke and we see the conservative is born. Every single incarnation of Toryism (and there have been many of that pathetic shadow) would forever be reborn on some new absurd position trying to justify a position built upon the ever shifting basis of anarchic property tied in with the individual coming before society, or communism if you will.

Essential reading in Sovereignty Theory and an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Also from RF: The need to knock liberal science™ off its perch. And some apposite Menciian post-electoral thoughts: Entryists enter the cathedral concept.

Spandrell’s ears were burning. He took this as opportunity to talk about Faith, and his position in or near it. For example:

68747470733a2f2f692e736c692e6d672f41594a6d39772e6a7067I’ve written extensively myself; perhaps my oldest and most long-lasting insight is that the particular beliefs of progressivism aren’t contingent. They aren’t just some random stuff that got in there. The progressive memeplex evolved because it’s fit. For better or worse, talk about human equality is good social glue. It makes it easy to make friends and keep them. It also makes it easy to virtue-signal; and people like that. It makes it easy for women to claim for power; and as S.A.M. Adshead pointed out, the history of modernity is the history of the feminization of civilization. So the memes that progressives talk about (not necessarily act upon), are, in a sense, just good manners.

Post Election, Spandrell throws in with Esoteric Kekism: It’s Happening.

Over at Nick Land’s, this Quote Note proved quite prophetic… we hope. And LOL at this… like all those Republicans who were proud to have voted for John Anderson.

Devin Helton is back at Intellectual Detox with some superb analysis of Desegregation, Busing in Boston, and Bad History. He takes on PBS’s Eyes on the Prize carefully cultivated account of Boston school segregation. Too carefully cultivated it seems. Helton takes on the various slants of the PBS narrative. For example:

Despite what Eyes on the Prize implies, the school board was not ignorant of the problems existing in black schools, nor did they oppose all reform. But the board noticed that Irish went to schools that were almost entirely Irish, Italians went to schools that were Italian, Asians to schools that were mostly Asian, so why was it inherently a problem for blacks to go to schools that were mostly black? Boston did not have a Jim Crow system—if a black child lived in a white area, he could go to the local mostly white school. But what was wrong with schools aligning with neighborhoods? What about having white kids in the same school would magically make black kids able to understand how to calculate the slope of a line? The school committee was willing to take steps to address grievances about the quality of schools, but it did not see any reason to make forced integration part of the fix.

Those haters! There’s a lot more here. Be sure to get to his sections on “The Power of the Media to Frame an Issue” and (related) “How Bad History Happens”. Essential red-pills for normies. Great work as always from Devin Helton, who takes home the ☀☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Award☀☀.

Neocolonial has some very strong, canon-worthy sovereignty theory going on in The Construction of Eucivic Institutions. As always with him, very brief, but very provocative. For example:

Why does a eucivic society require great leadership, or good leadership with great institutions? Simply because none of these changes occur without the imposition of some level of atrocity, where individual good must be sacrificed in order to see the good of the group increase. The iron fist must reside within the velvet glove.

Needless to say, enlightened institutions do not possess these qualities. Most are intentionally dyscivic, functioning to prevent atrocity from occurring, to ensure that each generation is less capable than that which came before it. Those eucivic institutions that remain to us are typically under continual assault, and are preserved remnants of what I will call Western Civilisation.

He ends with a must-read hopeful note. The Committee confer an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ upon Neocolonial here for his succinct and clarifying essay.

Fritz Pendleton has a bit of Not-Quite-the-Onion fun for Election Day: Voting Machines Overwhelmingly Prefer Clinton.

Titus Q. Cincinnatus has another analogical map from the social to the physical science domain: Social Turbulence and Governmental Form. Listen:

Yet another gratuitous pic of Nina Dobrev

Yet another gratuitous pic of Nina Dobrev

Democracies are ripe for social turbulence. Because the sovereignty is (in theory) placed into the hands of so many political actors (i.e. “the people”), it is almost impossible to predict in what direction they will go over the long term. Likewise, the masses are often very easily swayed by demagogues who can take them in completely unforeseen directions. As a result, democratic bodies demonstrate a great deal of sensitivity to initial conditions. While a democratic polity might theoretically be predictable in the direction it will take based on its current disposition, very small changes can lead to very divergent sets of political behaviour. They are essentially unpredictable over the long term, other than that they tend to fail after roughly two centuries or so (which seems to be a sort of “strange attractor” basin for democratic political systems).

RTWT. The Committee were pleased to present Titus with an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for his efforts and creativity here.

Social Pathologist Slumlord looks at Trump’s Victory through the eyes of Sam Francis: The Middle American Revolution. Francis advocated throughout his career for just this type of result. But will it be enough?

Francis recognised that in order for any Middle American Revolution to succeed it had to dismantle the managerial state—insofar as it was feasible—and deliver power back to America’s traditional bourgeois class. Failing to do so would simply result in a resumption of persecution with the next turn of the political cycle. Unless the Trump presidency is led and guided, it too risks being a Reagan v2.0. What gives me a lot of hope is Trump’s reputation of not forgetting his enemies. He has also been given control of Congress and the House of Representatives.

I say “led and guided” quite seriously because as a result of this election, official “Conservatism” is dead, and a new one needs to take its place. The internet, and not the mainstream media, is now the forum of ideas and it’s quite surprising to see just how influential it has been, especially with regard to the “Right”. Trump, also, seems to have grasped its influence.

Slumlord also has some off-the-cuff, but quite astute policy recommendations for a Trump Administration should any NRxers end up in there. He concludes:

In Catholic circles we are currently in the Year of Mercy. I think we have been given–what many intelligent non-believers also believe–is one last chance. We can’t afford to stuff this one up. The gloves are off, it’s a grab for power.

The gloves have always been off on the left. This has, hopefully, been a lesson for the right. Slumlord earns an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for this important historical and spiritual work.

Dissenting Sociologist focuses on a piece of the Election Aftermath: Anarcho-Tyranny in Oakland. But it’s about a lot more than it’s about.

Michael Rothblatt jots down some well-reasoned and provocative notes: Spontaneous Order above Power.

Free Northerner has some of the best analysis of the Election and what it means: To the Left on Trump.

Finally, this week’s epistle from Cambria Will Not Yield is The Long Journey Home. I share his optimistic pessimism.


This Week in Jim Donald

Busy week over at First he takes on Demon Worship and it’s significance. Which leads to some interesting clarifications. Like:

spirit-cookingThe Cathedral is not so much a single conspiracy, as the net entropic consequence of a huge number of conspiracies. It cannot be accurately modeled as a single conscious being. Apple under Jobs was an extension of the will of Jobs, and its actions were explicable as the pursuit of profit and the pursuit of excellence. The American government cannot be modeled as the will of Obama, or the will of a small group capable of meeting around a coffee table and its actions cannot be modeled as the pursuit of anything coherent or sane. But the largest and most cohesive conspiracy will exercise the most power and gain the most privilege, and the largest and most cohesive conspiracy is apt to be the beneficiary of shared religious worship and belief.

So… Spirit Cooking.

After the Election, Jim talks about Draining the swamp and the ways Trump will have to do it.

The big known unknown is how thoroughly he intends to drain the swamp.

Jim, of course, would like it to be very thorough, like…

[U]se state power over cable and broadcast television to encourage the companies to fire Colbert and replace him with someone with an actual sense of humor and willingness to puncture actual sacred cows, like Pax Dickinson.

But before he gets to making Saturday Night Live funny again, has to get to redevelop Harvard into shops, condos, hotels, and offices.

In The winds of freedom already blow, Jim zeroes in what the Trump victory means, and the role of the Alt-Right in it.

He stirs up a ton of intra-NRx controversy by advocating In favor of taking the left on helicopter rides to the Pacific, and suggests Don’t worry about Trump policy reversals—yet

And capping off the week he has a Recap on Global Warming.


This Week in Social Matter

Official Week Kicker-Offer Landry kicks of the week at Social Matter with Our Modern Shakers. That would be white progressives, of course. The similarities are more than just aversion to sex and low fertility. For example:

Shakers were known for their convulsions, hence the name Shaker. There must be some way to get the pent up sexual energy out of the body. Glance at the feeds of white progressives and one will see startling similarities. Shaking with rage. Trembling with anger. These white progressives are often bound by their own speech codes in expressing feelings, engaging in criticism or even noticing the world around them. How can they fix the crumbling utopia they built or seek to build if they cannot identify root causes of dysfunction?

#LiterallyShaking seems to be a genuine, non-ironic hashtag on tumblr. Or at least it used to be.

P. T. Carlo never ceases to be a slayer of sacred cows. This week he finds another victim in Seeing Through The Mirage Of Localism. This one hits very close to home (no pun intended) for me. I hate to admit it, but he lands a lot of his critique of “The Porchers” smack dab on the nose. For example:

Thus, it is not surprising to find that non-theoretical, actually existing forms of localism (local and organically produced goods, etc.) tend to cater towards those segments of the population that constitute the upper middle class. These “local” businesses exist primarily to serve the needs of a relatively small population of affluent individuals and thereby have essentially become providers of luxury goods.

(Ouch… I resemble that remark!) Carlo continues…

3075305056_a32f627ab5_oIronically, instead of an ideology of small town conservatives, localism, in practice, has become the preferred lifestyle choice of our managerial class of rootless cosmopolitans, for whom “buying local” is just another way to build their own personal brand and signal virtue to their peers.

Of course, such urban enclaves of decadence are not what our conservative porchers usually have in mind when they discuss localism. Rather, they tend to focus on small, agrarian communities. Yet so much of their discourse still tends to obscure what actually makes these communities so unique and what allows them to produce such high levels of social cohesion.

RTWT. For this important bit of analysis and framing, Carlo earns an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Always a joy to have Mark Citadel back at SM. This week he offers: ‘Individualism? Collectivism? Sobornost!’ This article accomplishes many fine things, not least of which is putting the simplistic individualist/collectivist dichotomy out to pasture. Too much of a good thing (like collectivism) really is too much of a good thing. He ties them together with the help of Slavs in the term: Sobornost— “wholeness of society”…

One can believe in free will, but also say that in general, given a set of circumstances our free will as human beings will tend towards certain predictable outcomes which are dependent on both external factors as well as our own nature. It’s why we can reject social contract theory, while still saying that the society which results is not in fact a polite form of slavery. Society, and by extension civilization, are organic modes of human behavior, collectivity is organic, but not all collectives are organic. Sexual orientation communities, proposition states, women as a sisterhood bloc, and yes, the rule of the proletariat; all artificial.

A superb piece as always from Mark and an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Recorded prior to the outcome of the Election, Landry bids a completely fitting Adieu! Election ’16 for Weimerica Weekly.

Michael Perriloux speaks for the Social Matter editors in the Election Aftermath: Hail Trump, But Let’s Keep Our Heads. A sober reflection on length of this journey toward restoration, in which Western Civilization has taken only the first, halting step, if indeed it is a step at all.

Democracy is cancer. Get rid of it, and we are left with the merely herculean task of flushing the crud out of our shiny new monarchy, and strengthening our empire. Fail to get rid of democracy and the crud will pile up ever faster than we can shovel it, because our elites will find that the crud is a necessary aid to democratic rule.

In considering the the endgame of Trump’s administration, we conclude that it must be the end of democracy and the coronation of the Trump dynasty as the royal family of the world-spanning Holy American Empire. We can support nothing less in good conscience.

Perilloux outlines the steps that would need to happen in order to make Trump’s Election into a True (and thus final) Election. He notes in passing:

Trump’s new government is now hiring people like us. For those of you who will get in on that, your mission is simple: purge the radicals, magnanimously unify the elite, and learn things and meet people who can be used for a real Restoration. Don’t expect to achieve full Restoration, and don’t just sow chaos and hate; that will only make things worse.

Michael Perilloux nabs an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀.


This Week in 28 Sherman

Over at the home blog, Landry turns to popular culture in Progging Steampunk. This is both review of a couple of Netflix-available programs on the phenomenon, and patented Landry social commentary. Like…

The white progs could not just enjoy a fictional realm and incorporate history or even own up to history being different. These people must signal that history was bad, but shucks they love the clothes. What you see now though is these losers talk about using steampunk to write stories that think of an alternate social development, man, think of progressive politics but like 100 years early, man, or maybe I don’t wear a pith hat anymore since it is associated with colonialism.

Next he gets an astoundingly prescient Election Night call from Nixon himself.

This Week in WW1 Pics it’s Telegraphs From Balloons, with a bonus recommendation of the documentary: The First World War From Above.

Finally SoBL has some post-election notes and analysis:

A probably retouched photo of Charlize Theron

A probably retouched photo of Charlize Theron

This fight continues. The Soros funded protests have begun, and this is not the end. Californians are discussing secession. GOOD! Peaceful separation, please move on and destroy California further until road warriors reclaim it. The media is saying democracy is bad. GOOD! Will Trump deliver on anything? Who fucking knows? What has happened is the elite now know there is a large bloc of people that hate them as much as they have hated the plebians. Maybe some elite will slide over to our crowd to get ahead of this. Conflict and trouble will come, and now you know that the battle groupings. Build your networks, take care of your families, and be the Chad Nationalists that you want to see. It is only the end of the beginning.


This Week in Kakistocracy

Porter kicks off his week with The Mauer Just Got Four Meters Higher, proving once again that it is not a question of whether the wall will be built, but of where.

Posted on Election Day, he has historic final thoughts on Trump’s run and chances: Carpe Collum, proving once again that it is always darkest just before the dawn. (Except it actually isn’t, and sometimes dawn doesn’t ever come, but this time it did, so everyone’s pretty stoked about it, and so may be permitted to wax poetic for a time.)

Porter has nice pic-rich capstone on the Trump Win Libtard Loss: Go Bold, Emperor Elect.

Trump’s election represents a truly breathtaking repudiation of…everything. He faced a unified institutional front aligned against him, not so much for himself, but as a proxy for the legacy Americans betrayed by them all. But those are ancient hieroglyphs from Monday night. This is Wednesday. And what needs to be addressed now are the tantalizing possibilities that rarely linger long within reach.

In this moment of triumph, he looks soberly the tenuousness of the situation, the two (not one) immigration laws that stack the demographic deck against European Americans, and the ultimately difficulty of pulling up this weed of liberalism by the root.

Finally, filed under So What Now?: T-Day. A lot of good analysis and prognostications here.


This Week in Evolutionist X

Evolutionist X takes up a reader’s question: Why does my fridge have a “Sabbath Mode?” And you won’t believe what happened next.

Next, she recounts all the ways Americans have been trying to get OUT of wars since 1945.

Election Day is Oh! Open Thread Day at Evolutionist X’s. With a really cool chart of cosmic exploration (wish it were bigger doe).

Also she has some post-election analysis: Trump has re-forged the old Democratic alliance of FDR, and he’s done it in the ruins of the Republican party.

Hillary lost twice now (to Obama in ’08 and Trump in ’16,) not because Americans are sexist, but because she is white.

LOL. And also 100% true.

Finally, Evolutionist X continues her Anthropology-esque series Book on a Friday: the Russian Exploration of America (pt. 2).


This Week Around The Orthosphere

On Election Day, Kristor finds parallels in our present real world with that imagined by C. S. Lewis’ That Hideous Strength.

Whether there is a limit to the number of gratuitous Nina Dobrev pics one can post remains an unanswered question.

Whether there is a limit to the number of gratuitous Nina Dobrev pics one can post remains an unanswered question.

Also at The Orthosphere (proper), Richard Cocks briefly contemplates Unanimity minus one and being the one.

Cane Caldo highlights a fantastic little quote: “If four strangers meet a lion, they will run. If four friends meet a lion they will kill it.”. A based commentator delivers the name of the speaker: Colonel Ardant du Picq.

Matt Briggs is down in The Stream to explain Why the Polls Stunk Up the Place.

Also this: Question Of The Moment: What Can Trump Do To Shore Up The Right? Assuming he’s interested, of course. But then again: Donald Trump may not be interested in shoring the right, but shoring up the right is very interested in him. And… filed under ISWYDT: Complete List Of All Moral & Ethical Questions Answered By Science. A helpful and quite economical reminder.

A quiet week over at West Coast Reactionaries, but Adam Wallace posts video and (English) transcript of Julius Evola’s Unpublished Interview (1971), Pt. VII—on Ezra Pound.

And Mark Richardson has some solid analysis of feminist Lindy West’s Hillary bleat in A validation gap?


This Week in Arts & Letters

Chris Gale has fine Ditty, with a caveat: ditties are simple… and simple is hard. Also a Predestination Poem from William “Dark Satanic Mills” Blake. Speaking of Blake, the hymn “Jerusalem” (“And did those feet in ancient times”) affects me on a deep level down to this day, very much in spite of its manifest eschatonic imanentization.

Briggs has an astute meditation on the history and moral content of music: Plato, Bloom & Wan Baochang On The Destructive Power Of Bad Music.

Imaginative Conservative has a bit from Robert Frost: “Into My Own”. And RF should love this: Individualism: The Root Error of Modernity.

Richard Carroll kicks off a series on Plato’s Dialogues with Meno and Euthyphro.

Theodore Dalrymple reflects on America’s ostensible Hobson’s Choice from across the pond: Self-Anointed v. Resentful. I happen to believe that most of the opposition to Trump was manufactured by media dark magic. Just as there are more than a few crazy old liberals who can’t stop ranting about Ronald Reagan, so too there will be no doubt a few, 30 years hence, whose hypnotic state will remain unbroken. But I suspect that most Americans will come to find Donald Trump an acceptable President pretty quickly.

On Tuesday night, E. Antony Gray has a postlude(to the election?): The Inquisitor Speaks. Dark. And also funny.

And this from Gray was unexpected: He declares an end of an era in Mission Accomplished. The capstone on the current project: End of Cycle, “The Voice of the Four Winds”… in which fascism comes up. He is not a fascist, but isn’t exactly allergic to the stuff.

A brilliant editorial cartoon: Hillary’s Resume: A Trail of Bodies.


This Week… Elsewhere

TUJ took notice of Hillary’s Turnout Problem the day before the Election, and was proven quite right.

Dark Reformation’s thoughts on election day are appropriately dark, irrespective of who wins:

Australian actress Margot Robbie is exceedingly not hard on the eyes.

Australian actress Margot Robbie is exceedingly not hard on the eyes.

Trump is a great man. Brave, big-hearted, ambitious, visionary, worldly. He took on the entire Cathedral. He exposed them in ways no one else could do. For that, he has performed a sterling service.

I wish for him to win. But that is politics as wish. The reality is that the entire political system, root and branch, must be removed and replaced. Will he do that?

America is an idea, a faith. I had faith in America, I believed in America. But my faith has died. Moldbug killed it.

Quas Lacrimas has some comically (only if it weren’t true) good advice for dissident groups: CYOD. Mutual trust is very, very hard. But that makes whatever you can get all the more valuable.

Unorthodoxy finds a lot to like in Trump’s pro-natural family tax plans: “It’s a eucivic change to the tax code”.

In the Aftermath, Lawrence Murray says Election Reaction Makes the Case for Partition. #Calexit appears to a real thing now. I’ve followed Yes California and California Citizen on The Twitter. Let’s wish them success.

Al Fin gets a lift from based Mike Rowe and talks about Getting Real About Life in the World. “Don’t follow your passion”.

Lue Yee has arguments with Evangelicals so you don’t have to. And believe me, you wouldn’t want to.

Giovanni Danatto takes a look at President Trump’s First Baby Steps (And the Big Picture).

Roman Dmowski looks at How Trump Won.


Welp… the sun’s about to come up here, but it must be before midnight Tuesday somewhere in the world. (I need an intern.) Hail Trump! Keep on reactin’! Til next week… NBS, over and out!!

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  1. Michael Rothblatt November 16, 2016 at 8:09 am

    Thanks Nick!

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