This week this happened. Good. Classicist… Good. Evolutionist X says: Dear Donna Zuckerberg: You Don’t Own the Classics (so scholarly that I can’t even read most of it). Here at Social Matter, David Grant restricts himself to English in his response.
Also the Berlin Truck Attack happened. TUJ has eyes on Europe.
Anomaluk is back for the second article in as many weeks. He makes great sense of the apparently Russian hack of the DNC here Democracy and Hacking. Was it the Russians? Probably. Is it unusual? Not at all.
I’ve often said that the real power of the media is not the events that they report but the context to the events that they imply. Governments spying on each other is completely normal. Governments spying on foreign political movements is completely normal. Governments attempting to influence foreign elections by leaking intelligence is completely normal. Points to Nydwracu for finding this by William Safire…
Why was DNC such attractive mark? He speculates. Interestingly. In this ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
Oh… and of course it was (Western) Christmas. Ho ho ho. Matt Briggs runs the Santa math and wishes everyone a Merry Federally Recognized Holiday of 2016! Joseph Pearce opines on Keeping Christmas Local. Kristor sends Christmas greetings from The Orthosphere: O Tree of Glory. Alf says, “Merry Christmas, for what it’s worth”. Chris Gale has the readings, the pics & videos, and a brief meditation. Unorthodoxy has an uncharacteristically orthodox Merry Christmas! Donal Graeme also. Translated from the original Latin, Testis Gratus presents the Golden Legend On the Nativity of Our Lord. And Christmas wishes also from William Scott, TUJ (not ironically), Porter, and Dalrock.
Let’s see… what else was going on?
Over at Quas Lacrimas, Quincy T. Latham sets out to explain why False Consciousness isn’t Cuckoldry. He ends up creating an excellent primer on both phenomena.
Even if you do not think that socioeconomic class makes the largest contribution to an individual’s perspective on the world, you do not have to be a Marxist to like the Marxist model of false consciousness. In fact, there is a deep thematic connection between the Dark Enlightenment’s advocacy of teleology and the idea of having one’s own proper point of view (see also DR’s account of stabilizing functions). A bat has evolved a certain perspective on the world which harmonizes with a bat’s habits (nocturnal), goals (hunting in the dark), and interactions with the environment (emitting high-pitched shrieks). Bat-consciousness is not, to a first approximation, true or false, illusory or genuine, but simply highly functional… for a bat. A bat who saw things the way a human does would presumably not reproduce as frequently, or else bats would experience the world the same way we do (and vice-versa for blind, echolocating humans). Human consciousness and bat consciousness are each teleofunctional. Differences between them correspond to differences between the evolutionary fitness environments humans and bats face.
I also got a kick out of this bit:
For Marxists, explaining how the concept of class straddles the gap between self-interest and collective interest is nearly as large a problem finding a precise definition of “class” in the first place. It’s a conceptual muddle which goes a long way to explaining why Marxism has always been more appealing to would-be commissars than to the workers whose interests the ideology supposedly advances.
So… are cucks victims of a false consciousness? Latham thinks not, and you’ll never guess what happens next. This was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
Atavisionary relays the reddit tale of the 115 lb female “Fire Fighter”. He notes:
“Small and feisty” translates to tiny, shrill and obnoxious bitch. I am not sure in what circumstances or by whom such traits are valued, but it isn’t in fire fighting. And not in wives for that matter.
Well… small is OK. Also: Happy heuristic for the holidays: Polarity Shift.
For any essay that is hostile to the group under discussion, most of which target white males, it is useful to switch to women, Jews, or blacks. Or better yet, make the switch to black, Jewish lesbians to maximize the absurdity. Suddenly, a noble essay meant to combat institutionalized racism, sexism, and anti-semitism becomes a hateful piece of propaganda for white supremacy. If you could expect a polarity shifted essay to be widely and loudly denounced as X-ist, while the original is a triumph for social justice, chances are quite good that you have a big, steaming pile of bullshit on your hands.
Very nearly a certainty I’d say. He tries Polarity Shift here with Da Jooz.
Nydwracu unearths a smoking
gun armory from America’s cultural offensive throughout the world (1955). B-b-but Putin hacked the DNC!!! Wes also unearths a bit of progressive tsking at the 1972 Harvard Crimson (of courshe) about The Soviet government’s uniformly pro-marriage position.
Seth Long has a wet blanket to throw on California’s industry strangling anti-climate-change restrictions.
Bad Billy Pratt is back with thoughts on The Implicit Nature of Truth and Ugly Shirley Jackson
I became a High School teacher because I wanted to teach Truth. I swear it made sense at the time. Go ahead and take a guess how well that worked out. It was a long, hard road to finally accept that Truth is irrelevant to most people. Modern education is a dramatic performance of ideology; a parody of education. If any real leaning happens to go on during the performance, consider it the mini-sticker at the bottom of your Cracker Jack box—yeah, maybe it’s there, but it’s far from the point.
And you cannot attend high school with encountering Shirley Jackson’s “classic” short story The Lottery—made a classic by generations of English teachers insisting it must be so. The story is so ham-fisted, that Pratt finds an overwhelming temptation to defend “silly supersition” in principle.
Alfred Woenselaer has a review: Love Actually is a really crappy movie. Apparently it has Keira Knightly in it, doe.
Also from Spandrell, a lot here on Self-Deceptive Status Filters—perhaps a bit overly cynical, but a good read at any rate. If we were purely self-deceptive status filters, then it would invalidate our thoughts about status filtering and self-deception.
Carlos Esteban has some palabras para Conspiración. On the one hand, almost nothing of social import happens absent conspiracy. On the other hand, conspiracy theorists tend to underestimate the conspirators operational security.
Mark Citadel caps off the year with a deep meditation on what probably awaits us: Through The Eye Of The Nadir. It is a very good, very inspiring read, and an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀. Citadel concludes:
My suspicion is that part of this journey is accepting decline for the inevitability that it is, not simply a theory of what might be. It’s a solemn conclusion for sure, that Modern man will not get it until he is made to get it, and I fear that wake-up call rings for all of us. Where to find encouragement for the road to the next zenith? That cliché rhetorical question: if God is with us, who will stand against us? ‘The World’, you may respond. Fine. Then the world will be drowned in the primordial sea from whence it arose, but with a prayer on our lips we must demand of ourselves that when the tides recede, our people will come reeling to the shore.
What is adaptive eventually wins.
Shylock Holmes takes an serious look at how things get done: On Power and Coordination. Demotists sympathetic to neoreactionary aims love to point out that there are 300 million guns in the US. My retort always goes something like, once you figure out how to point them all in one direction, get back to me. It is an NRx Truism that a coordinated minority always (and everywhere) rules over an uncoordinated majority. Holmes looks into how. With spherical total sovereigns in a vacuum, psychology doesn’t matter; but with realizable sovereigns, it does. It apparently saved Erdogan.
Viewed from this angle, we can suddenly see why formal systems of government are so difficult to achieve, whether this is in the form of an all-powerful king or an all-powerful constitution. Saying that the king will have absolute authority is presuming the conclusion you’re trying to reach. The king doesn’t fight off armies single-handedly, he rules because his subjects believe that it’s in their interests to follow his orders. Does this hold true for every possible order? If the order hasn’t been given yet, it might be hard to say. But if orders stop being obeyed, either he stops being an all powerful king and becomes merely one center of power in the system of government, or stops being king altogether, most likely killed by the general who disobeyed him.
We thus have a basis for Maine’s striking observation about the British crown—that some of its powers were probably lost through lack of use. If the nature of power is people’s beliefs, these are hard to measure. And while past history is a good guide to what people think now, how do you know the world hasn’t changed in the interim? Even the ruling flag must continue to be run up the flagpole from time to time in order to know that people will continue to salute.
Holmes earns an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for his efforts here.
This Week in Jim Donald
Jim kicks off the week with a review for the noobs: The Cathedral defined. It’s a review, yes, but also an important amalgamation of neoreactionary ideas in a single one-stop-shop.
The Cathedral has organizational continuity with the state religion of Massachusetts, in that Harvard was the headquarters of the state religion of Massachusetts. Harvard is a heretical offshoot of the Church of England, in that Harvard was founded by clerics expelled from the Church of England by Charles the second, clerics known at the time as dissenters or nonconformists, and the State Religion of Massachusetts was founded by clerics who fled England to avoid the authority of Charles the first, clerics known at the time as Brownists. The frequent name changes, which continue to this day, indicate that this religion keeps developing a dreadful reputation.
The problem is the priesthood of all believers. This is wonderful in theory, but in practice, some believers are more equal than others, so what you get in practice is what Moldbug calls informal power—power that is unofficial, secretive, insecure, conspiratorial, and based on lies and pretense, as illustrated by the Climategate files.
Cutting off entry to the natural pulpit associated with clerical estate is a (if not the) signal problem of civilization. Jim presents…
Some possible approaches to closing off open entry into the priesthood.
1: The priesthood of all believers firmly regulated by the state. The state gives them privileges and power, in return for them teaching loyalty and patriotism, but keeps them under tight formal and explicit control. (Luther’s later more conservative Lutheranism)
2: Bishops derive their authority from the King, combining apostolic succession with (1) as in the Church of England from 1660 to 1820
3: Full on apostolic succession, with appropriate respect for secular authority, as with Eastern Orthodoxy and today’s Russian Orthodox Church under Putin. Get some holy oil.
4: Hereditary priesthood, as in the Old Testament Israel.
5: Priesthood as private property, as in today’s Japan and saga period Iceland, where private ownership of an official state endorsed shrine makes you a priest. We make the universities as independent in reality as they are in form, so that Academia tolerates, is unable to prevent, is incapable of suppressing, open dissent within Academia, shutting down the network of committees controlling committees that causes all Academia to speak with a single voice, that makes it a thousand loudspeakers all echoing one microphone.
Jim snags an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for his contribution here.
Next up, a brief note on The evil of libertarianism… Tyler Cowen specifically, who signals he doesn’t care about Aleppo. Which wouldn’t be a problem, except…
Aleppo is the result of a failed American effort to overthrow the legitimate and long established government of Syria. To this end, the American government sponsored a bunch of genocidal terrorists who intended to kill every Syrian Alawite and kill or expell every Christian and every Shiite of Palestinian origin. These foreign genocidal terrorists seized a portion of Aleppo, kept the civilian population hostage as human shields, and proceeded to lob mortars and rockets into the rest of Aleppo.
So… a bit of charity, m’kay, Tyler?
Another quick note on America’s nuclear arsenal, which Trump says we should strengthen and expand. Which wouldn’t be necessary if we had a reasonable expectation that more than a small fraction of the old nukes still worked.
Finally Jim celebrates Christmas by watching The Wicked Flee… and quoting Scripture of course.
This Week in Social Matter
Ryan Landry kicks off the week at SM with one of his patented screenplays: The Progressive Twilight Zone, with attendant commentary. He points to a teeny-weeny little change the DSM release 5.0:
The DSM V has a small but startling change. The lines in the DSM V now reveal that [Oppositional Defiant Disorder] now can be a disorder exhibited by adults. There are two specific lines that make it very clear that this disorder no longer applies to only children, but can be a diagnosis slapped on adults. There is a specific section that outlines how dangerous this can be in our prog dominated culture and society.
In linguistics, every natural aversion has become a “phobia”. The never-terribly hard science of psychiatry is naturally following suit.
This is the Left carefully creating a medical justification for harsh treatment of dissidents and pathologizing dissent. If Trump supporters felt they had to keep quiet to keep their job, they will now have to keep quiet to avoid medical prescriptions or hospitalization.
This is not hyperbole, as this type of stifling of dissent was common in the formerly communist Eastern bloc, creating the need for people to practice ketman. During the Brezhnev era of the Soviet Union, the Soviets hospitalized those who dissented from the party line. This was a replacement of the labor camp system Solzhenitsyn wrote of in his Gulag Archipelago trilogy. It was not a death or hard labor sentence but a drugging, sedating, and sequestering sentence.
Totalitarianism in a white lab coat and clipboard is easier to market.
The Comintern has taken it on the chin at the ballot box in 2016. Situation normal. It has power because it controls the institutions in a system of divided power. People who think we’ve “won” are fixed on the cape, not the matador. The Committee were pleased to bestow an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ upon Mr. Landry for this one.
Arthur Gordian is quickly becoming Social Matter’s greatest new talent. He hits another one out of the park with a Book Review: James Burnham’s Suicide Of The West. There’s so much good here, I hardly know where to start. Well, first, a lot of neoreactionary ideas come directly from this book… written before Mencius Moldbug was even born. Burnham’s most contribution seems to have been his definition of “liberalism” apart from particular policies or goals, indeed apart from any rational system at all:
According to Burnham, liberalism is “a set of unexamined prejudices and conjoined sentiments,” which undergird a post-Christian society and which emerge from the high verbal IQ “opinion-makers” which he defines as, “teachers, publishers, writers, Jewish and Mainline clergy, some Catholic bishops, the Civil Service, and the leaders of the monied Foundations.” These sentiments and prejudices are largely unspoken and unacknowledged by the liberals which hold them, but form the foundation of their perception of the world and reality, from their idealistic doctrine of Man’s perfectibility to their moral preference for anyone who is not them.
What this means is that the liberal’s notions are not derived from principles but from instinctive, gut-level reactions to situations which are then rationalized post-facto into the categories of Peace, Justice, Freedom, and Liberty. Trying to understand liberal thought by beginning with these principles is working backward, and theorists who attempt to do this create theories which lack in predictive accuracy; in short, it’s bad science.
There’s much, much more there. This was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ winner. RTWT!
Landry returns Wednesday for the latest installment of modernity’s excesses: Travel As The New Identity. What? You don’t have a passport? How ever could you survive, poor thing.
In addition to his timely fisk of “Classicist” Donna Zuckerberg, David Grant also offers some analysis on The Role Of ‘Spaces’ In The Progressive Worldview. Much has been written about “safe spaces”, but the focus tends to be on the safety. Grant focuses on the “space” part. Any resemblance to the plot of Star Wars is purely accidental, I’m sure.
The name of the game, as far as the Left is concerned, is to dethrone the evil white guys at the top and seize control of the world space for themselves. While the forces of evil dominate the world space and hold sway over every one and every thing in it, there remain some pockets of resistance which the evil masters of the universe have somehow been unable or unwilling to eradicate. By joining forces, these rag-tag rebels can mount a resistance that will eventually overthrow the evil empire. Until that time, however, the Left remains the underdog; no matter how many spaces annexed by the Left, the dark lords still rule the world space.
Of course, this bears no resemblance whatsoever to the actual power structure in real liberal democracies. But this is how progs think. Understanding it is part of knowing our enemy.
I am quite convinced that space as a concept can be disentangled from its many leftist applications, but there is one destructive end to which space lends itself quite readily, and that is total politicization. Because every space is like its own miniature polity, every human interaction is political. If our goal is to remove certain spheres of life from the interminable war of politics, then spaces are singularly unsuited to the task. For now, while the contest with leftism rages, the issue is negligible, but after the Restoration, the concept of space will have to be neutralized to avoid turning every social disagreement into a battleground. Removing insecure power will help solve this problem.
It seems like ownership of spaces is tantamount to that. Grant earns an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for his contributions here.
Finally for Christmas Eve, Saturday Prose & Poetry features appropriately Christmas Poetry from E. Antony Gray and William Scott.
This Week in 28 Sherman
Over on the home blog: Landry has a Movie Recommendation: Black Mirror’s White Christmas episode.
Next SoBL has takes up a year-in-review and offers My Best of 2016. Ryan Landry is the hardest working man in neoreaction.
This week in WW1 Pics: Recruiting In The Bahamas. Pretty harsh. But presumably effective.
Finally a long Merry Christmas Spandrell… who apparently needed his chops busted.
This Week in Kakistocracy
Kick off the week, Porter has a… a won’t quite call it a review… let’s go with apprehensions of Rogue Zero. By all right-wing accounts I’ve seen thus far, Porter’s apprehensions may be misplaced. Of course, that still doesn’t mean you ought to necessarily toss shekels into Hollywood’s coffers.
On Tuesday, the Berlin truck attack signals A Red Christmas. He has a particularly stern indictment for Merkel:
Unlike the aliens she has invited, Angela does owe something to the people who died today and their anguished families. That debt is more than just her tearful contrition and on-all-fours washing of blood from the streets with her own clothes. That would be the barest minimum expectation.
What she truly owes is a public acknowledgement of her office before vacating it. An acknowledgement of her unfulfilled duty as a loyal and protective steward of the German nation, of its ancient and unique habitat and culture. An acknowledgement that this solemn responsibility to safeguard the people’s inheritance was her greatest ethical obligation. One she shunted aside in service to her own personal pieties. To Merkel, Germans were merely on the side of their children, while she was on the side of the angels.
Next, Porter marvels at the clever ways in China manages to remain Chinese: Better Safe Than Sowwy.
China is a manifestation of unapologetic Han nationalism. That country boasting a total of 1,448 naturalized citizens out of 1.3 billion souls. It is a nearly pristine nation-state, and one blithely unmoved by the self-abnegating impulses that have recently turned Europeans into road-slurry. It’s difficult to not grudgingly admire the Chinese approach. They don’t debate the matter of pretentious abstractions with preening roundeyes. They simply go about the business of maintaining a secure, homogenous habitat at home while advancing their interests abroad.
“Mosque rectification” (LOL) appears to consist of blowing up a mosque, and if it remains a viable building, then you can deduce with a high degree of certainty that it was fit for public accomodation.
Next up, a review of sorts of implicit whiteness in The Audacity of Dopes. The one thing about those evil whites that’s impossible to hide: They sure make darn nice countries to emigrate to.
This Week in Evolutionist X
Evolutionist X continues her thoroughgoing debunk of Time (too) Wise (by half) with Wise Tim, Crime, and HBD: Part 2, the HBD-view expanded and Part 3: Finally getting down to business. Sure, it’s shooting fish in a barrel, but she’s brought along some very impressive guns. La Griffe du Lion is a very impressive gun.
This week’s Wed(nesday) Open Thread is about the futility and stupidity the Iraq War, the assassination of Russian Diplomat Andrey Karlov, the comment of the week, and much more.
Evolutionist X wishes everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Joyful Christmukkah? with a run-down of the historical spread of Christianity.
This Week Around The Orthosphere
J. M. Smith has a healthy dose of skepticism to throw on an ostensibly “very important message” conveyed by “Considering Matthew Shepard” coming soon to an academic (of courshe) theater near him: Rhonda’s World.
Also there, Kristor explains why Nature Cannot Explain Anything—formally that is.
The stack of formal, ergo final causes of any concrete real is infinitely deep. To complete an account of any contingent thing, you’d need to traverse that entire infinite stack. The traversal is impossible for any finite being.
We should not feel too surprised at Nature’s explanatory incapacity. She is, after all, the explanandum, not the explanans. To expect her to explain herself is a category error.
This too from Kristor, a heartwarming mediation on Good King Wenceslas. And also: Who is the Angel of America? Who is His Vicar on Earth? We don’t know of course. But they must exist. He makes the additional point that blood and soil are not sufficient for essential nationhood either: Nations are Spiritual Entities First.
Briggs holds out the can in this charitable season: Statistician to the Stars For Hire! And he picks up where he left off with Lesswrongianism: Pascal’s Mugging Is Silly: Events Don’t “Have” Probabilities.
He invites the incombustible Ianto Watt into the big chair for his take on Russia As Salvation Of The West: Part I.
And Briggs is in The Stream with some cask strength skepticism Who’s Better at Playing Doctor, Boys Or Girls? And back on the home blog: “Media Powerhouses Don’t Quite Get Religion”. Well… that’s what they have Douthat for, right?
Regina Magazine has out its Christmas Issue. As always, it is visually stunning.
Bonald goes there: On female genital mutilation 1: the problem—i.e., for Natural Law theorists and that the clitoris seems to be not optimized for procreational enjoyment. So maybe slicing it off isn’t a problem. Against which he musters natural law arguments.
Bonald weighs in on Papal Baseball: It’s only dissent when conservatives do it. The backdrop is the liberals, who spent the last 70 years questioning every Catholic teaching and papal statement, are now accusing the conservatives of disobedience for questioning the Pope on communion for objective adulterors. But, of course, you knew that would happen.
Mark Richardson takes stock of the terror that Merkel invited upon Germany.
This Week in Arts & Letters
Sydney Trads have up their usual share of @WrathOfGnon faves: G. K. Chesterton on The Age of the Theoretical Minority (betraying Chesterton’s naïve populism), Joel Salatin on the Time Before the “Supermarket”, Johann Gottfried Herder against the Inorganic Empire, Juan Vázquez de Mella on the Fruit of the French Revolution, and Nicolás Gómez Dávila on Nature.
Chris Gale presents (with some setup) Elizabethan era poet Sir Philip Sidney’s Loving in Truth. Also some Kipling in response to the Berlin truck attack and the broader weakness of European Identity: For All We Have And Are. And for Christmas: Some T. S. Eliot Journey of the Magi, with some carols.
[O]ver the course of his long career—one in which he accumulated tremendous power, perks, and influence—Rangel was never more right than when he pushed for public order and crime-fighting. It’s likely, however, that he won’t be remembered for this but instead for his cronyism and political featherbedding, which he pursued with guile and consummate skill.
And Theodore Dalrymple has Like a Candle In Berlin: On the curious habits of the spiritual-but-not-religious.
Also at City Journal, Heather Mac Donald looks at the numbers and concludes: The Ferguson Effect Lives On. Evil racist policing, or increased crime; please choose only one.
Over at Cheshire Ocelot’s, he has more on Lewis Carroll in The Hunting of the Snark, replete with some humorous pics. He considers the Carrollian epic rather underappreciated:
[I]t’s exactly what one would expect an epic poem by Carroll to look like; imagine “Jabberwocky” extended to the length of a short book (about thirty-five pages in one edition I own), and you’ll be close to the mark. In style, it’s more-or-less a condensed, poetic Alice, and if that sounds appealing to you, you’ll almost certainly enjoy it.
Imaginative Conservative reprints Chesterton’s Christmas-tinged (and Dickens-tinged) The Shop of Ghosts. Also, they have a Christmassy analysis: What is the True Nature of Ebenezer Scrooge? And L. Frank Baum’s A Kidnapped Santa Claus.
Testis Gratus puts his powers of Latin translation to work again for Virgil’s Fourth Eclogue.
Over at West Coast Reactionaries, Kaiter Enless considers the Æsthetics of the Terrestrische Lehramt.
This Week… Elsewhere
Lawrence Murray has a 7k+ word
article pamphlet: Planting America: State-Sponsored Demographic Change and the Precedent of Ulster. It’s very, very good.
Whenever you hear politicians or business leaders praise the values and virtues of diversity—which always means less White people—they are declaring their support for this process. When they talk about the morals and goodness and industriousness of immigrants, they are referring to a class of people who are overwhelmingly non-white and whose numbers are growing. The ruling caste loves this. Some, such as Vice President Joe Biden, have the nerve to give speeches literally celebrating the end of the White majority. Others like former Florida Governor Jeb Bush are more nuanced, simply saying immigrants have “better families” than we do. This is a hostile elite. They are planting a new forest, not stewarding the existing one. We must ask why.
…and how to get a better, smarter elite. Murray proceeds to explain how we got here. The Ulster Plantation provides a model and he gives a more than passing history of how Britain “conspired” (in public, by law) to demographically replace Irish Catholics in Northern Ireland with proper British Protestants. The “Judeo-Saxon Plantation of America” he reckons is like it, only moreso.
There is an ethno-religious component to the American plantation, just as there was in Ulster. Much of the government and most of our institutions are in the hands of this elite brahmin caste who follow the syncretic civil religion of third worldism, which is of Jewish-Calvinist origins. They are analogous to the British planters of Ulster who ascribed to Protestant supremacy, except far worse. Their attachment to moral preening, compulsion towards social signaling, attitude of victim-glorifying righteousness, love of commerce, neurotic fear of the folk, and contempt for dissidents echoes throughout our media, academia, and political culture with a fiery zeal towards purging the people and cultures which are deemed to produce “authoritarian personalities” and “racist” heresies.
It is from their hatred for the goyish provincial folk dwelling outside of the coastal strongholds of New York-Washington and California, the populist and isolationist Amerikaners, that this hostile Judeo-Saxon elite supports White minoritization. It is morally good for them to ensure we are replaced, just like Gaelic Catholics were something to be replaced by English and Scottish people living in the towns and pales of settlement in Ireland and Ulster.
That’s enough excerpts. I can’t do Lawrence justice by excerpts. Simply fantastic work and winner of ☀☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Award☀☀ this week. Do RTWT!
Also from Mr. Murray: Xenoskepticism is a Good Rule of Thumb.
TUJ wonders Has China been Consistently Ahead of European Civilization? Rhetorically wonders, that is. He thinks not, but some people claim it. This part is crucial:
Only European civilization has proven a capacity for reinvention.
Eflnonationalist says “Hello”. He seems to be playing with a cardboard cutout of Christianity, but it is generally a reparable shortcoming.
Moose Norseman advises that we come to grips with the fact that Zebras aren’t unicorns, and stop holding it against them.
In the same way, a woman isn’t a goddess. She’s as feeble, sinful, and human as you are–in fact a little more so (of the first two). But women are still worth getting to know after you’ve disabused yourself of your goddess delusions. They are worth marrying, having sons and daughters with, and guiding in the faith.
They are worth it, not worthy of it.
McKibbin’s had two “big pieces” this week. The first was Sexual Liberation Through Rules (with Notes on Tastemaking). He gets a lot right, but is overly reductionistic in spots. The second was A Brief Summary of Exitocracy.
I used to trust Snopes. Not after this. Maybe they’re still reliable on Nigerian prince scams and babies in microwaves. Who knows?
Al Fin identifies The Stable Core at the Heart of Every Effective Risk-Taker.
Anathematized Truth checks in.
That’s it for now. 5200 words and 116 links. Let me know if I’m missing something. Merry Christmas. Keep on reactin’! Til next year… NBS, over and out!!