Anomalyuk makes a rare but always valuable appearance: Actually Existing Capitalism.
Up North, our friends reprise a classic essay: Canada’s Tradition or Canadian “Values”?
And across the pond at Thymos Book Club, Delta Kyklos has a book presentation and review: Renaud Camus’ Le Grand Remplacement.
In Le Grand Remplacement, Camus doesn’t prove that the French people are being replaced by other peoples.
He argues that asking for proof at this late stage of the game is a sign either of blindness or cowardice.
Camus does provide an explanation of the Great Replacement. Ethnocultural substitution supported by antiracist dogma is a consequence of a global ideology of replacism, itself based on the fact that power structures favor replaceable or easily replaced components, and that the need to replace products is a powerful business model.
Definitely the other Camus. A superb read as well as a rare glimpse at France under the neoreactionary MRI scanner. And an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ winner.
Let’s see… what else was going on?
Michael Rothblatt has an important note on Misunderstanding spontaneous order, all without naming any names: “spontaneous” order does not equate to “unplanned” order. I think what’s missing in the interminable (and by now quite irritating) back-n-forth between so-called absolutist and so-called neocameral versions of reactionary thought is that both groups neglect the binding role of traditional culture in society. All actions have a cost: An absolute sovereign doesn’t have infinite capital to bend a culture arbitrarily to his will. A subject does not infinite resources to “exit”. Social trust reduces transaction costs… even in a spherical cow monarchy… even in a spherical cow anarchy. Low cost equilibria, all things equal, are a benefit to all actors.
Spandrell offers a shiv to the Left’s Epistocracy and Moral Intellectualism. Apart from the fact that the Cathedral midwits making this argument (“only the ‘informed’ should vote”) clearly failed to run through their own “Disparate Impact” spreadsheet, it’s still a horrible argument and Spandrell counts the ways.
The real issue in running an organization isn’t smarts, or knowledge. It’s competence, loyalty, and commitment. Skin in the game. All those journalists have neither competence, nor loyalty, nor commitment. Their skin is in another game, the con-game they’ve been running since they invented the newspaper and started agitating against the traditional order in old Europe. No, we don’t need epistocracy. We need the rule of the good, the competent, the loyal.
Amen to that!
Social Pathologist has a recommendation and some accompanying analysis on Dr. Jordan Peterson on Biopolitics.
What’s really interesting is the how the “maternal” dispositional type steers politics to the Left, or more significantly to “compassionate” societies. From a biopolitical perspective, Testosterone is the hormone of the Right and Estrogen the hormone of the Left. Restricting the democratic vote to men resulted in a battle between High T and low T, adding women to the franchise, shifted it profoundly towards “compassionate” big government. That’s universal suffrage for you.
Fresh off the heels of his masterpiece last week, Devin Helton has another gem looking at The Other Side of the Drug Crime Incarceration Debate. He does the math on the Legalize Drugs and Solve Ghetto Violence debate… and it doesn’t add up.
The reason why black men are getting arrested for drug crime (as opposed to white, Wall Street cocaine dealers), is not because white America is racist against black people. It is because open-air dealing in the ghetto is associated with shootings and crime and because mothers do not want their kids walking by drug dealers. The black residents and black mayors often want the police to arrest the dealers and get them off the street.
Helton wins yet another ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
Seth Long has a quick but powerful rumination on Minority Rule, in which minority rule so common in the Middle East is compared to the exact same thing stateside. This was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
Over at GABlog, Adam has some cask strength philosophy to go along with The Sovereign Remembering of Names. Also there: “Liberal Democracy” is the Concealment of Power. And the division of it too… but not as much as the concealment of it.
RF has a giant pastage from MacIntyre on the Enlightenment project’s logical incoherence. He also announces The end of this project. In parting, he provides a handy Modernism Test:
If you wish to determine if your position is really just a variant of this modern liberal structure, simply ask the following questions:
Do you claim your position is based on some point of abstract truth which can be comprehended as such by all regardless of their circumstance and background?
Do you claim that your positions is not in any way rooted in a tradition of any sort?
Do you hold that the preferences and order of goods of any individual is intrinsic and prior to society?
If you answer yes to any of these, then you are evidently within the modern liberal scheme, a scheme derived from protestant voluntarist positions.
Michael Rothblatt has a massive pastage himself from Hoppe on How and why the Eternal Anglo came to rule the World. This Guglielmo Ferrero guy also seems worthy of some study.
Tantum Victorum is simply fantastic here: Physical Anthropology in 1950. He cracks open an ancient book and finds that they got a lot more right than the denizens of now politicized science are willing to admit. A lot more. He focuses on three questions that Coon, Carn, and Birdsell basically got right, even without modern genetics. And they come off more like the dudes that put men on the moon with less computation power than an iPad than the naïve, knuckle-dragging racists that we’re supposed to believe. I cannot possibly quote my way to a synopsis here, but a particularly salient taste is in order:
Polygenesis and primitivism are only two of the alleged errors of the old science of races. Some of these allegations, I hope, are true. It would be pathetic if the Cathedral castrated biologists to the point that no of theory of 2016 improves over the best of evolutionary thought, pre-1950. But in the future I will try to reserve judgments about these allegations, since the track record of the accusers is so poor. In a loose sense Coon, Carl, and Birdsell simply fell victim to something like a euphemism treadmill (we need ever-more neoteric jargon to distinguish strict senses of words from connotations they invariably carry), which is itself a subset of changes in linguistic context which make old books opaque to us. Those who read little find pre-war books stilted, eighteenth-century books distressingly convoluted, and everything else impossible. But even a reader who savors an old book’s style may find the concepts opaque: or rather, he will find the substance forbidding because of the false clarity of words (“the mony of fooles”) with which he is familiar, and which he never suspects he has not understood. The function of a significant amount of bolshevik propaganda and cultural politics is to accelerate this process, to cut potential opponents off from the arsenal of reaction.
Politicized science is, of course, not science… but politics. Politicized anything is politics. We stand on the shoulders of giants. Which is something that politics can only admit when it isn’t true. Obviously, please RTWT! Mr. Victorum takes home the highly coveted ☀☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Award☀☀. (Try not to spend that all in one place!)
And… I was about to say… also at Quas Lacrimas: Political Concepts: Fascism. But this turned out to be a gem as well. He traces the development of “fascism” from the days when it meant an actual system of government to today, where it means the opposite of “democracy”, which has it’s own sinking denotative sand to stand in. Excellent overview and an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ in its own right.
Alf posts my twitter map of the “Alt-Right”, about which I (quite jokingly) said: All terrain will conform to the map. He got it exactly right. “There are five lights” means a view of sovereignty that can, in the limit, change the laws of physics. Next offers a course in Dutch political history 101 (part 1). And here is part 2(02): From Conservative to Libertarian.
And Alf also announces the creation of New Dutch Blog!… in which to speak to the Dutch Samizdat… and to which I shall have to avoid sending my primarily anglophone readers. Eternal Dutchmen, get over there.
Finally, This Week in CWNY: Remembrances VI: Thy People—a complete 4-act play ripped from Britain’s future.
This Week in Jim Donald
Jim questions whether we are living in A warming world? One trend is unmistakable:
[S]urprise surprise, since we have had accurate satellite readings of global temperatures, they have been fairly stable, with no obvious trend in any particular direction. There has been plenty of quite dramatic climate change in the past, and there will likely be plenty of quite dramatic climate change in the future, but it is not apparent that we have been having much climate change from nineteen ninety eight to the present.
The only data suitable for detecting small world wide variations of temperature is the satellite data, and the less one is free to torture the satellite data, the less it it indicates that anthropogenic warming is detectable.
Next up, an edifying lesson ripped from the headlines: Fall of Aleppo reveals that asymmetric warfare is bunkum. Fighting terrorism is really not that hard… if you take the the kit gloves off.
You kill Somali guy. Then you put everyone who encouraged or enabled Somali guy in the gulag. And you don’t let them out until many years have passed since the last terrorist act. You level his mosque and his college, then you put all the instigators at college and mosque in the Gulag, and you make sure no one associated with his mosque or his college ever gets a job preaching or teaching ever again. That is how you do it. And you keep an eye out for anyone who sounds like those who instigated Somali guy.
Jim has a Public Service Announcement: Boycott people who hate you. For example:
I have not found any evidence that Kellogg is putting testosterone blockers and xenoestrogens in their cornflakes and bran, but given that they hate males and that testosterone levels are mysteriously dropping, why take the chance?
Finally a brief note on the late targeting of Richard Spencer’s mother: “Love Live’s Here” in action.
This Week in Social Matter
Ryan Landry goes out on a bit of limb with a A Flashback To The Six Months When Political-Tribal Warfare Was Unleashed—a limb only because no one thinks about these 6 months as a germination period of a major (permanent?) large-scale tribal conflict. But looking back, much came together to drive us apart. Since then?
Tragedy in America no longer generates a unified feeling.
People watch for which America is responsible, in order to then use the event as a cudgel in the political war against the other tribe.
Left unmentioned by Landry—tho’ almost certainly not unthought—is that this epoch corresponds to the birth of neoreaction as a self-conscious school of thought.
And for Wednesday’s Weimerica Weekly, Landry has a seasonally appropriate take on all things Baby It’s Cold Outside.
Anthony DeMarco goes for his third “Solo Climb” on What Is A Nation?
Friend of This Journal, T. S. Weaver makes a Social Matter debut on Thursday with a timely offering on The Importance Of Humility On The Right.
Neoreaction and the Restorationist program are both founded on the shunning of the progressive narratives in favor of adherence to reality. The same could be said about many pockets of the alt-right. This explains the importance of concepts such as Gnon in our worldview—no matter how hard you try to escape it, Gnon will always bite back. We do not claim to despise democracy because our team lost so thoroughly and so repeatedly that we decided to steal the ball and play our own game with our own rules; no, we despise democracy because it does not conform to human nature or the reality of group dynamics, among other numerous problems. Nostalgia is not and will never be a sufficient impetus for secure, effective, and responsible government, but by shunning our upbringing in Whig History in favor of a more realistic glance into the past, we often find ourselves sighing and proclaiming: “Our ancestors had it right.”
But Weaver is careful to warn humility is not to be mistaken for weakness and passivity, but rather a realistic assessment of one’s own abilities and standing. Excellent work here and worthy of an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
On Friday, Arthur Gordian returns with: A Brief Defense Of The Hereditarian Caste System. It is excellent. He makes a clear and firm break between caste and class systems, showing the former to be inherently superior.
Hereditarianism is perhaps the most important safeguard to any society because social stability rests on consuetudines et usus, unwritten norms and ethics tied to particular ethnic and cultural groups. It is no coincidence that Ethnic and Ethics arise from the same Greek root. One does not routinely scam one’s neighbors because they are kith and kin; their essential connection to you is the bond and guarantee of equitable relationships. We mourn the day when “a man’s handshake was his bond,” but that handshake wasn’t the true bond. The bond, (in legal terminology, the collateral of a contract) is the reputation one has in the community, which is built upon common heredity. Honor matters because it is the mark of approval from the community that one abides by the unwritten rules which make society spin. The alien neither has honor, nor cares for honor, because he does not care for the community with which he shares no blood.
Do RTWT. The Committee awards Gordian with an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ for his fine efforts here.
And for Saturday’s Prose & Poetry, it’s poetry this week. E. Antony Gray has some history and analysis on T. S. Eliot… and of course some of his poetry. Gray also offers a bit of his own, created in the Eliotian tradition.
This Week in 28 Sherman
Over on the home blog, Landry plays some Agree & Amplify with the outgoing President’s “curated news” proposal: Of Course, Obama, The News Should Be Balanced News. Of courshe!
Next a belated gravedance: Castro’s Death And Tears. Tears of joy, mostly.
This Week in WW1 Pics: Italian Alpine Troops.
Finishing off the Week, SoBL has some timely commentary on Miracle on 34th Street. What’s this? Divorce and working women in 1947?
I bring this up because we have always had working women, always. We just used to have fewer of them. They were also not glorified as the awesome life path or even the preferred life path.
This Week in Kakistocracy
A lighter than usual week over at The Kakistocracy. Volume may suffer, but quality never does. Porter highlights the distance between public words and actual motives in You’ll Know What I Don’t Mean the Moment I Say It. The public words currently shrouded by suspicion involve the concerningly concerned concern about Russian involvement in the sacred American electoral process.
Though one imagines dead men across the world wish America limited its own involvement in their countries’ politics to merely posting pilfered Emails. But maybe US bombing campaigns are intended as a sort of politically neutral event, like sand storms. When we target your presidential palace with cruise missiles, it shouldn’t be considered an endorsement of the opposition. We’re not like the devious Russians, for God’s sake.
So this ongoing flurry of indignant statements are nominally about the integrity of our elections, and quashing Russia’s bid to deploy combat divisions outside Spokane. But statements veil the agenda, not describe it. And it appears that agenda is threefold. One, to suppress Trump’s legislative momentum from the outset by lashing it to a Russian tarbaby. Two, declawing his mandate by casting doubt on the election’s legitimacy. And three, to rejuvenate a public fervor for Washington’s war fetish and force Trump to prove his anti-Kremlin bonafides.
On the strength of sardonic wit alone, the Committee doffs its collective hat with an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
And faux-veraught concern over foreign influence makes hay second day over at Porter’s in The National Gerrymander. While lines on a map should, in principle, separate nationalities, in practice it’s rather different: Foreign is as foreign does.
This Week in Evolutionist X
Evolutionist X starts out the week by helpfully straightening out a commentator on Wise Tim, Crime, and HBD (Part 1). First she has to clarify that HBD, NRx, and Alt-Right all refer to different things. Next, she has to explain one study purporting to show a highly desirable result doesn’t count for much against hundreds of studies that show the opposite. (Part 2 is here and packed with data, but shhh… it’s next week.)
Next up, she writes In Defense of Columbus—the man not the city.
Me? I’d rather study Columbus than the Taino, because Columbus discovered the New World, and they didn’t. (They didn’t discover the Old World, either.) Columbus is one of the single most important people who ever lived because his discoveries completely altered the path of human history.
To be fair, Columbus didn’t act alone–he didn’t invent or build the ships he sailed, build up a fortune and finance his endeavor, invent the compass or astrolabe, nor the printing press that allowed for the distribution of his findings. Had Columbus never lived, sooner or later, someone else would have done the same things he did. Nevertheless, Columbus lived, and he’s the guy who found the Americas.
Open Thread this week is on Education and Survival… and Crime… and a whole lot more. I did get a kick out of that caption: “Graph of IQ vs crime — Really dumb people are too dumb to commit as much crime as mildly dumb people”. So let’s dispense with these half-measures, shall we?
Thursday, Evolutionist X reposts her post-modernist “masterpiece” Distance, Surface, Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies: A Relativistic Critique of Maxwellcentric Conceptions of “Knowing” Bodies. (Originally posted at Lawrence Glarus’.)
And for Anthropology Friday, the conclusion to the 3-part series The Life and Adventures of William Buckley. William Buckley’s account was doubly-edifying because, not only is it an Old Book™—but in this case the written accounts of a completely unlettered man. Truly the 1800s were a magical age.
This Week Around The Orthosphere
Chris Gale unearths an example of Medical Politics done well. This as well, How to write an abstract, not, or conduct a convincing psychological study. And when is study participation rate <20% acceptable to peer review? That is, of course, a rhetorical question. My readers already know.
Also from Chris: Three quotes, some good commentary and a smattering of @WrathOfGnon memes.
Briggs explains why scientists who ask, “Why Are Angry Atheists Annoying?” are annoying. Also: Don’t Use Statistical Models (When You Don’t Have To. Which Is Nearly Always). He has news from a remote Cathedral outpost: Eastern Michigan To Install Zampolit In Every Classroom To Maintain Ideological Purity.
Also at Briggs’, Yudkowski makes an unexpected appearance in Clash of the Bayesians. And he heads over to The Stream with The UN Dislikes People: Here’s Their Plan For Fewer Of Them. “[T]he term means the exact opposite of its plain English sense. Reproductive health is literally non-reproduction, non-health.”
Over at The Orthosphere proper, J. M. Smith has an excellent discourse on Hate and Hateful Hatreds. Since hatred is joined, inexorably to love, any War on Hate necessarily abolishes love.
Disordered hate is hatred directed at an object that does not deserve to be hated, or at least hated to the degree it is hated. Disordered hatred is a species of injustice.
Disordered hate is the always partnered in a dance with disordered love, which is love directed at an object that does not deserve to be loved, or at least loved to the degree that it is loved. This too is a species of injustice.
Also there, Kristor asks What Is It Like to Suffer a Phase Change. He thinks we’re undergoing one right now in the West.
There have been a number of flash floods that have shunted the river bed back and forth within the raw new canyon carved in the aftermath of the Jacobin earthquake. But now, some more radical shift is under way. The canyon itself is changing course. With the rise of what to the Leftist press, immured still within the windowless ideological categories of Jacobinism, is intelligible only as “populism,” but that orthosphereans can see is something like a nascent Reaction, the West has perhaps begun to turn from its long nightmare struggle with the Revolution. The quest for utopia is now revealed to be an utter fool’s errand. Word of the nakedness of the Emperor who called it is now spreading everywhere. The authority of the Established old regime is in millions of minds shattered to pieces, its instruments of power are now flaccid.
I certainly hope so. But I do not yet permit myself to think so.
Also at The Orthosphere, best filed under Arts & Letters, Bertonneau has the better part of a pamphlet: S. T. Coleridge on Imagination & Politics. As well, an extensive meditation: Consciousness, Culture, and Art: Informal Comments on an Imagist Poem by William Carlos Williams.
Cato the Younger has A Brief Note on Religion and Civilization.
Knight of Númenor checks in with an assortment of stuff.
Over at One Peter Five, Have the “Errors of Russia” Now Infected Rome? Long story short: Yup.
Mark Richardson wants to keep a few points in mind as The culture war continues.
Cologero helpfully puts the idea that the modernist error starts with Aquinas to rest in Sense and Nonsense.
An anti-apology from Bonald: Against interdisciplinary studies. And by “interdisciplinary”, Bonald means the social “sciences” too.
Mixing your time between the discipline of being a celibate monk and the discipline of being a married man responsible for a household doesn’t mean twice as much discipline; it means neither discipline.
This Week in West Coast Reactionaries
A light posting week over at WCR. James talks about the Reactionary of the Soul.
And then a superb bit of political analysis from Octavian on the Russo-American Paradigm Shift.
This Week in Arts & Letters
In the other down under, Chris Gale measures an Elizabethan Snowflake against one of the current crop in the poetry of John Dowland. He also has some key observations on the differences between poetry and a (slightly) lilting blogpost. And for celebrating Christmas in summertime: Antipodean Carols. And he has a quick one for the summer doldrums down under: Humid Canberra Poem.
A really smart essay here from Charles Lyons: Strauss and Identitarianism. He sees the Trump victory not as a win for identitarianism so much as a first step:
Trump supporters have not deconstructed racism like we have and they will often go out of their way to signal how ‘anti-racist’ they are because they view ‘being racist’ as a very bad thing. Yet we in the alt-right find ourselves within this Trumpist coalition of decent people despite being the most deplorable of them all! It really was quite the phenomenon, seeing normal everyday American conservatives interacting with the alt-right (who had all but given up mainstream politics up until Trump). There were even instances where the lines had been blurred between the normies and the alt-right and you couldn’t tell what camp the people fell in. This is our entry point to the world of politics and exercising power.
So how does Strauss figure in?
Strauss espoused moral universalism as a veneer for his vision of a hierarchical society where the masses were ruled by elites. I am advocating that the alt-right become the elites and philosopher kings that speak exoterically to the White American masses to mask our own particularist cause – the preservation of White Americans. Now go forth dear reader, and infiltrate the institutions. Stoke the flames of Trumpism to keep it alive, and in doing so we can ride this wave of populism to victory.
…or at least learn from the experience. Lyons earns an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for his excellent exposition here.
Also at the Reactionary Tree: Our Values—those of the hinterland versus those of 02138. And… A Nugget from Noam Chomsky… a pretty sizable one too, wherein he acknowledges HLvM at work, among other things. Well worth a read.
Sydney Trads have the obligatory @WrathOfGnon memes: G. K. Chesterton on Progress and Growth (they’re not the same), Roger Scruton on Le Corbusier (the modern architect), Julius Evola on Myth (and therefore on being), and Shiba Yoshimasa on the need for Discipline.
Over at City Journal, William F. Buckley gets some deserved praise as The Master Obituarist. Well he certainly didn’t earn it for yelling “Stop!” Also there, a podcast on The Left’s War on Science. And… yet another Hate Crime Hoax.
Over at Imaginative Conservative, Fr. Longenecker found much to like in Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge”. Also there: Was Beethoven a Believer? The Case of the “Missa Solemnis”. They’ve embedded video of a fine performance of it.
Richard Carroll has a reminisce and analysis of Lewis Carroll, the Alice Novels, and Sensible Nonsense.
This Week… Elsewhere
Ace checks in with an update on his forthcoming book—tastefully and not entirely ironically entitled The Holistic Guide to Suicide—“… as I take this pill and I wave goodbye…” Here’s an excerpt: “…but I think there’s much more to the Truth…” (and vid from A Pale Horse Named Death).
Lawrence Murray has a take on Exodus Viewed from the Alt-Right. As esotericism goes, this is pretty strong stuff:
In 2016, the United States witnessed a plague of frogs. The prominence of Pepe (an icon of Kek) throughout the election can be taken as a sign of divine Providence. Those who took up the sign which had been revealed to them, like the Roman emperor Constantine, found victory in battle. Those who had spurned it were vanquished. While President Trump embraced the sign of Kek by retweeting an image of himself as Pepe and thereby achieved the 270 get, Hillary Clinton rejected it by condemning the avatar of Kek on her own campaign website and mobilizing the press against Pepe. Kek appeared to Trump through Pepe just as the Christian God appeared to Constantine through the Chi Ro. By taking up his sign, Trump was granted power over his enemies.
Also at Atlantic Centurion: Muh Leppo: The Battle Cry of the Jingocuck.
Pothead and former governor of New Mexico or somewhere Gary Johnson had it right when he asked America, “What’s a leppo?” What indeed. The American public knows jack shit about anything going on in the Middle East full stop, leaving few checks against the foreign policy inclinations of a bunch of hacks and (((lobbyists))) in Washington. A Jacksonian policy would be best for the country and the world but that is yet to be realized. If the public are simply too uninformed, gaslighted, or stupid to decide on foreign policy, there should be none, lest command of the arms of the state pass into the hands of bandits and psychopaths.
Amen to that!
Greg Cochran has a few thoughts rewarding high level failure: Halsey’s Typhoon.
Anti-Puritan imagines a very near future operating On Replicator Barter.
TUJ wonders What Percent of Black Men Commit Crimes? A lot more than used to, that’s fer sure.
This week in Unorthodoxy… Trump gives China a tiny taste of their own medicine and, behold, China Wants to Talk. And in Fake News News: “The NAS says bullshit is valid science, therefore all bullshit is now science”.
Al Fin takes A Scientific Digression on the effect of video gaming on brain development.
Roman Dmowski considers Obama the Horrible—a weighty tome of indictments. But the era was not without it’s graces…
The real silver lining is what Obama’s failed presidency did to conservatives and the middle class. He radicalized them. They realized who they were up against, and that their opponents were playing a zero sum tribal game of gimmedats in what was previously a less diverse country characterized by the politics of ideas and of class distinctions. Now the decline and deliberate marginalization of whites to minority status is celebrated, and whites are no longer engaged in unilateral disarmament. Those with broadly similar interests and disdain for political correctness have joined forces. And the unlikely hero of Donald Trump emerged. And Trump deployed the three legged stool of populist nationalism–immigration restriction, American First foreign policy, and pro-worker trade policy–to unify them.
Giovanni Dannato engages in some reactionary aesthetics himself: Forward Base B: The Official Soundtrack.
Welp… that’s it for now. 5k words. 114 links. Enjoy. Don’t feel obligated to be a completist. Keep on reactin’! Til next week… NBS, over and out!!