This week’s top story:
Wait was the whole election a proxy battle between the FBI and the CIA that the FBI won?
— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) December 10, 2016
Surprising around here only insofar as it’s being floated in the proggy ponds. Courtesy Xenosystems.
Warg Franklin checks in from his field research with some notes (and Edward Griffin video): The Dodd Report and Interview.
The Dodd report itself and the response of the government must be understood in context: my understanding from everything I’ve read is that there was something of a revolution in how the elite viewed and managed society in the first half of the 20th century, which was not done with fanfare, and did not openly claim to be a revolution, nor even know itself as one. By the 40s and 50s, this change was quite advanced. Things like the Dodd report are the result of the older classical American civic tradition looking into one part of recent history and realizing that there had been something really fishy going on, that didn’t fit the narrative they had been educated to believe in, and raising the alarms. The reason not many cared is that the people raising alarms were behind the times, most others already knew what had happened, or were complicit in it one way or another. It’s the same deal with Senator McCarthy’s anti-communism; a straggler realizing that the commies have all but taken over, and eventually being marginalized for raising such a ruckus over what essentially amounts to accepted reality.
Communism is American as apple pie. Now shut up and eat your peas. An ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for Warg here. And no. It’s not just because he’s the boss.
Canada’s mission was to defend America—the old and true America—against liberalism and its republic. Canada’s nationalists defended her in turn from those forces which might undermine her and the great mission. United States forces from without in 1812, annexationist businessmen from within in the 1860s, and the cutting short of her westward expansion in the 1870s. In the 20th century it was first the death of the Empire and then the onslaught of cultural and philosophical Americanization.
Canada is not American… or at least it’s not supposed to be. Fine work here and an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for Mark Christensen.
Let’s see… what else was going on?
Over at GABlog, Adam has a very insightful look at Therapeutic vs. Disciplinary Orders. When you start to look behind the veil of consent, policy starts to take on a wholly independent life of its own. The “swamp” is far more vast than anyone in power is prepared to publicly admit in this ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀:
[T]he liberal democratic process is irrelevant here—no one ever voted to drastically increase the importation of Somalis, and no politician would ever publicly support doing so…, at least not until enough Somalis have clustered somewhere to function as a voting bloc…. And yet they keep coming. Perhaps Trump will shut down this pipeline…, but for that to be more than a temporary fix he would have to “drain the swamp” even more comprehensively than he imagines…, so as to take on all these joint public-private predatory cons practiced upon the American people. (A useful definition of the “right” today would be those who insist that those importing the Somalis ad dumping them on unsuspecting Midwestern towns be held responsible for the consequences of doing so—in the sense of being tried as accessories to the crimes their clients commit. If you don’t support that, aren’t you just a Commie?) It’s certainly impossible to do so on constitutional and legal terms, which means any president…, would risk impeachment before even really getting started. If such a president wanted to continue, then, he would need to justify taking on extra-constitutional and extra-legal powers, and to do that he would need a kind of private-public army within the security forces of the state, loyal to him alone.
The amenability to public opinion of a private foundation would seem to be inversely correlated with the ferocity of their claim to work in the interest of the public. Also there, more on Speech and Sovereignty.
Neocolonial has some superb bullet points: In Fealty, Freedom. “Fealty is the acceptance of a position as steward.” Modernist conceptions of property fail us precisely because we hold rights to property as absolute—i.e., not as a stewardship.
Michael Rothblatt takes note of a Libertarian fail. Not without irony.
Devin Helton has a fantastic bit of research and analysis here: Do jobs that require college, really require college? It will surprise few SM readers that the answer is “Ummm… no.” But not only is college not required… it may be actually harmful, if you’re comparing eminent people of the 19th century with their “counterparts” today. So… “If a college degree is not required for these professions, why are so many people paying $250,000 for college and law school?” College (My aren’t you surprised? I sure am surprised!) turns out to be a filter. Which is, of course, valuable. But there are cheaper, more reliable filters available. (But those’re racist… so let’s keep on doing what we’re doing.) Valuable too, are Helton’s practical policy proposals:
Today, we condemn our youth to four years of soul draining high school, then four to seven more years of expensive schooling, all in order to gain the credentials necessary for a career. We can imagine a world where a motivated yet disadvantaged student could be working as an office assistant in his teens, studying the books on the side, and passing the alternative bachelors degree exam. He takes up an apprenticeship at 18, studies for the bar, and by 21 be a full-fledged lawyer, with zero college debt, and zero grad school debt.
We had that world once before, we could have it again.
Impressive research from Helton in this one, worthy of the coveted ☀☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Award☀☀.
I cover my people covering stuff… Alf, among others (like Jim), is covering #Pizzagate. He finds Pizzagate rational. No fire yet. But plenty of strange-smelling smoke. And here he has a bit of fanfic on the subject: Pizzagate, for believers.
Alrenous is back after a long hiatus with Neocameralism vs. Demotism & AI vs. Amerika, in which some Moldbug loose ends are… yanked on.
Empedocles puts out The Reader’s Digest Guide To Cultural Marxist Genocide, which is… well exactly what it says: a condensed digest of his excellent and comprehensive treatment of the subject over the past couple, with links to the seminal materials.
Finally this week in Cambria Will Not Yield: Christmas Land.
This Week in Jim Donald
Jim kicks of the Week Down Under with some nuance on the question of Legality.
We on the alt-right are largely ex Brahmins, or in revolt against Brahmin culture in which we are deeply immersed, so we tend to think there is not much that Trump can do against the judges. When the judges rule deporting immigrants illegal, and being racist illegal, and that being white makes you racist, people within Brahmin culture think that will be that.
But that is not in fact how Joe Sixpack, the guy with the remote in one hand and a can of beer in the other, thinks about legality. Nor, more importantly, is it what the armed man wearing a uniform thinks about legality.
Jim has some advice for President Trump on how to take advantage of this situation.
Next, some observations as the Left becomes the movement against Global Apartheid.
In the early part of the twentieth century, the left wanted the masses to seize the means of production. But with identity politics replacing class politics, all the stuff that whites do becomes equally evil, so now in the early part of the twenty first century the left wants to shut down the means of production. Everyone is supposedly going to live by swiping EBT cards and get their internet via Obamaphone. The left is now the party of rule by underclass, not the party of dictatorship of the proletariat.
This Week in Social Matter
Official Week Kicker-Offer Ryan Landry explores the emerging Masculine Reaction Against Feminine Globalism. Globalism is not just about greasing the economic gears anymore, oh no. Even if it ever was.
The globalist order has a feminist framework, which first and foremost breaks the bonds within the home. Attacking the home in foreign countries (as well as America) attacks the traditional, specific norms and mores of all cultures. And while the end goal is liberation, women just end up shackled to a new, albeit degenerate and destructive master: the progressive system.
As written previously at Social Matter, the progressive regime forces a platter of policies that push feminism and even make anti-family and anti-male ideas sacraments. These policies create a social safety net and social environment that allows women to drift to wherever they please. It also allows men on the high-end to shirk their duties and responsibilities as protective, masculine men in a traditional sense, while allowing men on the low-end to dodge their duties as fathers and providers. The fantasy is that lions can lay with lambs and all will be well.
The gelded pundits of America note that Trump ‘pretends’ to be alpha. The punditocracy’s vision of masculinity allows them to print articles saying Obama was a great masculine role model, while early commentators called him the first unisex president.
Trump, while having the structural alpha of wealth and power, carries himself with a risk-taking and confidence that obviously exemplifies a strong mode of masculinity. Men who support challengers to progressive universalism carry their duties as men in a manner such that they fulfill the unwritten codes of conduct and expectations–so much so they don’t feel the need for Byzantine, progressive legalese to protect them. Note that cuckold was an insult in Italy. The man was viewed as responsible for not being a proper husband and in effect making the spouse cheat (seeking the missing element) versus the Anglo approach, where the marriage contract means no matter what, you should not cheat, since it says so right there in the vows. The contrast is the concept of custom versus law and over-reliance on adherence to law melts one’s memory of the need to honor custom.
Let’s hope so. Landry enters the rarified air of the ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ with this one.
Mark Yuray makes a welcome return on Monday to explode The Nazi Conspiracy Theory That Wasn’t: France Built The Suez Canal To Break The British Empire. Explode the idea that it was a conspiracy theory that is. But if the Nazis believed it, it must be false, right?
Chris Lensmann proves he’s good for more than just NRx electronica mashups. He returns Tuedsay with Hunting For The Reactionary. It’s a philosophical and psychological apology for the discipline and its place in the well-lived (i.e., reactionary) life, It’s 100% fantastic.
Hunting thrusts man once again back into the natural cycle of life and death, both materially and spiritually. While hunting, we once again subordinate ourselves to the natural state. We accept limits on our power in order to experience nature as our fathers did, and, for a short period of time, we open a liminal space in which we can be receptive to the experiences which nature may or may not provide us.
Properly conducted, hunting is bound up in rules and rituals. Rituals are human patterns of action bound by rules which have spiritual significance, i.e. their symbolic power is greater than the mere actions being done. In the ancient days, men might fast, dance, or paint themselves before the hunt. Knights might open the hunt with prayer and masses. Even today, Germans have a ceremony following the conclusion of a successful hunt paying respect to each animal taken. Today, descending from the tradition of St. Hubertus, the patron saint of hunters, reinforced by philosophers like José Ortega y Gasset, hunting ethics have become an integral part of hunting in the West.
And Lensman is back on Friday with a more practical guide as the sequel: Rifle, Woods, Deer: A Hunting Lesson For The Novice. Chris takes home an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for this series.
On Wednesday, Landry’s Weimerica Weekly looks at the HLvM nature of the Body Positive Movement. Another one of those where we can be glad that this is an audio podcast.
Hippie-Dippy Socialist Jesus makes way for NRx Jesus in Iulian Bretonescu’s thoughtful meditation: Christ As Victor, Christ As King. Not the typical fare at Social Matter, but a valuable corrective.
The false gods of the present age would have us return forever to the death camp and the lynching trees as a black mirror of this event, pretending that mere negation of wickedness can be the foundation for a universal morality. But this is false: one cannot create a solid thing from the negative space around a crime, and one cannot make a kingdom merely repeating the crimes of your enemies. In the attempt to do so the wicked priests must constantly call forth new crimes and imagine new enemies, without which their fundamental emptiness is exposed. We do not remember the cross this way.
For Saturday’s Prose & Poetry, poetry drew the short straw. Lawrence Glarus has some original verse: Pale Rejoinder. A warning? Or a prediction??
Also on Saturday, an unexpected piece from E. Antony Gray: What Neoreaction Thinks Of The Benedict Option. This one is aimed primarily at Rod Dreher’s racismphobia, and hits right between the eyes:
[W]hat [Dreher] calls ‘racism’ is merely the lower-class response to group differences. It’s a tribalist response, which many conservatives, being part of upper-crust tribes, like “People who live in DC” or “Journalists in Cambridge” look down upon. But then, now you can see the parallel; Dreher cannot condemn their racism without himself doing the same. He has run into what I call the “non-judgment reflection paradox”. Judging people for a form of judgment is incoherent and is often finessed through simple sophistry, that is, taking what is the essence of the question (“prejudice”) and using a different word (“racism”) as a proxy for it. Racism has a color that prejudice does not, though all of racism’s sting is prejudice’s. But if we look at mere prejudice, we see it going both ways, and in fact, we see the reaction against the alt-right’s supposed racism from both conservatives and progressives as a clear form of punching down, which both would decry if it were dressed in other colors.
It is a matter of who is allowed to judge whom.
Zing! Also “non-judgement reflection paradox”… Zing! If you’re going to save Western Civilization in the functional equivalent of secular Benedictine monasteries, first you’re going to have to stop caring what your cocktail-swilling liberal friends think of you. And an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ for Mr. Gray.
This Week in 28 Sherman
Over on his home blog, Landry explains What The OPEC Cut Signals.
Consider those hurt:
1. Russia – Oil is their economy and coupled with sanctions could cripple them and possibly create overthrow of current regime.
1a. Russia also would lose share of oil exports to Saudi Arabia, which is now exporting to the East.
2. US oil industry – Oil has acted like what land was in days of yore; independent money sources to fund political rivals to USG regime.
3. White proles – Not just the white proles onsite of oil extraction, but the entire chain of suppliers and the communities that service those workers. Significant red state exposure, and in purple states like Colorado and Pennsylvania, white working and middle class is hurt, not progressive clients.
The “regime” will have power no matter who is in the White House, at least for a while.
This Week in WW1 Pics it’s Dummy Tanks.
Finally some cheesecake: Closer. (Not the BTE album (or the song).)
This Week in Kakistocracy
Porter tackles the news of Oakland Rave Disaster in The Ghost Ship. Looks like edgy met its maker…
Secure, inspected, and safeguarded housing is much like a homogenous white country: boring at best, Hate most likely. For a certain mindset, there’s a formidable psychic frisson to sleeping on filthy rugs beside a Thai squatter. The core of that pleasure being partially in the expression of unrequited out-group camaraderie. But perhaps of equal emotional importance is the eternal lure of iconoclastic conformity.
There is little risk of loss in wagering that the tattooed, pierced, and painted parties at the Oakland warehouse viewed themselves as singularly thoughtful renegades from the suffocating sameness of heartland Bourgeoisie whiteness. Though the fact that you would actually find more variance of thought in a Nebraska cornfield than in the rigid orthodoxy of a leftist burrow is something very few THC-fueled discussions long linger upon. The point of iconoclastic conformity is to stand as a idealistic rebel from the traditions and interests of your in-group, while surrounding yourself in a cocoon of safe-space assurance. Few people are more conformist than those determined to prove they aren’t. And no courage of convictions is so conspicuous as that which goes uncontested.
Therein Porter finds some parallels worthy of note with Austria’s recent election results, which he sees as a “vote for no societal smoke alarms, stairways, or sprinklers”.
Lesson #847 in why Italians make far better voters than politicians (but are equally entertaining at each) Rome to Berlin, in which Porter comments on the astonishing, but far from unbelievable, claim
Next Porter finds yet Another Job Americans Won’t Do. “[T]he quality of Western sophistry is simply abysmal,” He notes. “What the hell are journalism students even being taught these days?” At issue is a recent report from the oh-so-totally “non-partisan” Latino Donor Collective (not actually joking) about how Latinos are making America rich.
Both the Latino population and technology industries are growing. Therefore, you need more Mexicans or say goodbye to your 3D printed robots, QE fucking D.
Filed under this is why Trump won: A Government that Serves… Jewish interests in particular.
Finally, Porter tackles Fake Russians and Real News.
This Week in Evolutionist X
Evolutionist X kicks off the week looking at Why horticultural societies act like hunter-gatherers. She covers a lot of ground here” First, the “controversial” Napoleon Chagon.
Chagnon has suffered tremendous pushback from his “colleagues” in anthropology because there is a very vocal myth that pre-agricultural, pre-modern people were lovely innocents in a state of nature who never did bad things like murder or hate and that these were all just invented by evil white male cishetero colonizers, and that if we were only more like the virtuous mother goddess-worshiping innocent pagans, we could all be peaceful again.
The attacks on Chagnon have been shameful and, to be frank, horrible. There are powerful people trying to destroy a man and his life’s work because it conflicts with their narrative about human nature. Note also that Peter Frost has stopped writing because he is concerned about getting prosecuted by the Canadian government and James Watson, Nobel Prize winner, getting watsoned.
This is a myth I have been roundly trying to fight since about day one on this blog: No, hunter-gatherers were not peaceful paragons of gender equality.
The back drop is a back-n-forth between Pinker and Chagnon. Which leads to the Mrs. X’s primary subject. Hunter-gatherer societies don’t always just hunt and gather… but either way, they’re not very civilized.
Horticulture is gardening, often of foods like squash, yams, and potatoes. Gardens are not too intense and can be grown by women. Horticultural societies are often dependent on female labor for growing food, because you don’t need men for it.
Agriculture is full-scale farming, generally of cereal crops like rice, wheat, and corn. Agricultural work is intense, difficult, and requires men. In agricultural societies, men plow fields and women tend gardens.
Men need to be needed. If you can put them to work creating order out of chaos by building states, you can moot the cycle of violence. Otherwise, it’s Yanomamösville. The Committee were impressed and handed Mrs. X an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
Open Thread this week is on International Solidarity… among a host of other things.
Next up, she plays hostess for a guest post from “Zephyr”: How the Winds Change. This is a valuable case study in the way the Cathedral effects social change: in the Department of Education’s OCR.
And for (the indispensable and picture rich) Anthropology Friday The Life and Adventures of William Buckley, pt 2. Buckley was an unlettered man who lived 32 years among Australian Aborigines.
This Week in West Coast Reactionaries
Adam Wallace returns to WCR with another chapter of his “primer”, Our Fleshly Brethren.
Alexander tackles The “Moderate” Mantra of the Status Quo.
And on Friday, James shares The Lesson of the Christmas Tree, in which natural growth is a most potent symbol.
Finally, Alexander has original verse: The War To Come
This Week Around The Orthosphere
Matt Briggs dons his skeptical cap in Doubting The New EM Drive Results. He has a fantastic review of the literature, separating fact and fiction, on the subject: Seventy-Five Years After Pearl Harbor. And Briggs rips a new one for a study purporting to show “Religious people understand the world less”.
Also there, the indefatigable Ianto Watt continues with Do I Exist?(Does Russia) Part II.
Also at Briggs’, he tackles some questions regarding AI: Vatican Analyzes The Difference Between Humans And Robots. It isn’t clear whether the Vatican has actually done that yet, but Briggs certainly has. Maybe they can borrow his notes. Briggs is also down by The Stream with A New Kind of Abortion… For Men. Not exactly the direction Our (Muh!) Equality should be taking, I think.
Perennially cheerful Bonald looks on The good side of formalized evil.
I’ve said before that it would be a great boon for academic freedom if Leftists would make their speech codes explicit. No fuzzy talk about being “offensive” or “marginalizing” special groups. Just a list of words that may not be used and propositions that may not be asserted. That’s how we Catholics did it when we ran things. That’s what you do if your goal is to defend an orthodoxy, not wield a general-purpose bullying stick. The list can be as long as they like with a formal process for additions; perhaps it can even have provisions that some words and ideas are forbidden only to certain classes of people. We Catholics never did anything so wretchedly iniquitous, but Leftist orthodoxy seems a bit more fragile, so maybe they need more fine-grained restrictions.
The reason the Left won’t agree to this bargain—couldn’t possibly acknowledge the existence of such a bargain—is that the power of the Left lies in the absence of formalism. Formalize—impose an order… staunch entropy—and things start getting better on their own.
At The Orthosphere proper, Kristor fleshes out why libertarianism is retarded: Social Order is Prior to Liberty.
The true state of nature for man is a state of highly evolved and definite social order. His freedom of action, then, has always been constrained by social order; and that social order is in fact the basis of his freedom to opt for anything other than combat.
Postmodern social theory boils down then to an assertion that, as composed of mutually inimical agents bound only to exploit each other as much as possible, society is essentially sociopathic. And behaving as if this were so leads to actual sociopathy.
He rightly notes that exploitation is a defect of natural relationships, not an inherent part of any of them.
J. M. Smith notes that in Richard Spencer’s visit to Texas A&M Propaganda of the Deed Works Again!
Propaganda of the deed is a subversive strategy that is parasitic on the media-entertainment system of the modern world, since it exploits the technological infrastructure of communication, the desire of media companies for profits, and the insatiable boredom of the modern masses.
The Left proves once again to be susceptible to its own weapons, but it remains doubtful that one may build anything with them. And Smith recounts his visit to A Shambolic Circus. Atavisionary also attended Spencer’s Texas A&M talk and reports Shitposting in real-life: Heckling the hecklers.
Chris Gale has a nice mashup of Doug Smythe & Rudyard Kipling.
Mark Richardson has news of The Unleashed Family. If a family can be anything anyone defines it to be, then it means nothing.
In case marriages aren’t getting exploded often enough hard enough, beware subconscious unhappiness.
This Week in Arts & Letters
For Advent, Imaginative Conservative has up G. K. Chesterton’s “The House of Christmas”. And… an interesting window to atomic weapons history—from a high-functioning Gypsie no less: The New Barbarians: Los Alamos & the End of Mankind.
Speaking of December 7, PJB is there with Did FDR Provoke Pearl Harbor?
Also there, Canuckian intellectual history graces the pages of Imaginative Conservative. Christopher Morrissey asks: The High Tory Tradition: An Alternative Future for America?
And they have a nice piece on Nature & the Divine: The Spirituality of the Hudson River School.
Richard Carroll has a Shakespeare primer of sorts: Richard III, Reading Shakespeare, and Another Way to Fail at Kingship.
And Hadley Arkes is over at City Journal with The Lost Structures of Civility: Looking back on a Chicago childhood in the 1940s. Also there: Dalrymple on The Bully of Londonistan.
This Week… Elsewhere
Quas Lacrimas explains How to Think about Global Warming. A very fine article.
Giovanni Dannato takes a stab at prognostication: No Going Back to the 1950s—And What Lies Ahead.
TUJ takes a deep look at The Statistical Gender Gap Fallacy of Unequal Pay for Equal Work and Equal Hours.
There is no statistically significant earnings gap between men and women in the same type of work, with the same experience, and if women do not have children.
Which is really really unfortunate.
Lawrence Murray has an explanation for Trump’s recent insufficiently ceremonial treatment of Taiwan Oy Vey over Taipei. And it’s not the Jews this time. It’s just an accident that “Oy vey” rhymes with “Taipei”.
President Trump is hardly signaling that he supports Bonnie Prince Taipei’s claims to the Celestial Kingdom. Rather, I see it as him trolling the country he made an object of vitriol during the campaign season, Chynah. Bigly. Because what better way to mess with a bunch of hivepeople than to tell them that their sacred consensus is wrong?
Greg Cochran doesn’t quite feel qualified to be sole judge over the Noble Prizes, but believes awarding them a worthy goal.
Al Fin has an exposé on The Dangerous President and His Dangerous Children. And, no. He’s not talking about Trump… at least not yet.
This week in Quas Lacrimas Peperere Minoribus Nostris!… Very good stuff. This week: Political Emotions. Particularly sound advice here:
Don’t try to understand the leftist in order to refute him, or to try to show him the error of his ways. Understand him so you can identify him (as someone operating in bad faith) and ignore him. That way he will waste as little of your time as possible.
This discussion, i.e., of emotions and political strategy, seems to continue here: Attrition in the meme war. And it gets even better…
The left can afford to fight its memetic Cold Harbors and Ypres’s because they have more idlers, because their time is worth less, and because, far from risking their social status when they sink time into memetic warfare, they fortify it. If you don’t have an EBT card, you can’t afford to fight like you have an EBT card. And — listen carefully! — even if you do have an EBT card, you still can’t afford to fritter away those leisure hours like a leftist, because collectively, the left has more minutes than we do, so even if you have a hundred hours a week to waste on human-wave tactics, the left will be able to match your spamming minute-for-minute, and at the end you will be exhausted and the leftists will still have unlimited supplies of manpower. We cannot win this thing of ours unless we use our minutes more effectively than they use theirs.
What’s worse is that the left has a specific structural advantage in this war of attrition: they’re wrong and we’re right. It might seem odd to frame this as a leftist advantage, but the difficult position of defending rank nonsense and ignorance, which would be a serious liability in an honest intellectual exchange, becomes a valuable asset in an unscrupulous war of attrition.
Quas Lacrimas earns yet another ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for his fine analysis.
Also there, some high quality snippets More Fundamentals. Pursuant to what I can’t tell.
Unorthodoxy looks at some unsettling USD Tea Leaves.
PA has a couples Anti-Christmas Messages along with a quite salutary one.
Xavier Marquez has out a New Book, Non-Democratic Politics: Authoritarianism, Dictatorship, and Democratization
Axel McKibbin Everything is Tribal—even anti-tribalism. Especially anti-tribalism.
Finally, Roman Dmowski dynamites The Russia and Fake News Hysteria. Media bias and hypocrisy here both go up to 11.
That’s all folks. Have a blessed Advent. Keep on reactin’! Til next week, NBS… over and out!!