Spandrell is really fantastic here with an apology for Gnon Theology. I cannot possibly excerpt this article with any justice, but a few samples are in order. For example:
The patriarchal family works. It evolved for a reason. It probably evolved separately a lot of times. There’s this book called “The Inevitability of Patriarchy” which makes the point at length. Basically for a country to prosper you need men to defend it. And why would men defend the country? What’s there in it for them? Well they get paid. Pretty well actually, soldiery was good job in Rome. But what do they want the money for? To raise a family. To have a wife and children. Emphasis on have. Have implies possession. Possession implies some degree of freedom of use. You have a wife so you can use her. So that she’s nice to you and does things that you want. And of course the same goes for children. Children are the whole point. Children are everything. Gnon manifest his will through children. That’s what evolution is.
[Y]es, everything is socially constructed. But social constructions are evolved. And evolution follows the rails that Gnon set up. It follows our innate brain structures. Which are themselves the product of evolution, if biological, on another timescale. The social constructions which work remain in place; those that do not work disappear. And often they take the people with them. You can play with language; but it will not stick. You can play with signaling; but you may end up killing your own babies. You can play with family; but you can kill a whole people if you get that wrong.
This was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ winner. RTWT!
Also at Bloody Shovel, Spandrell reviews 2016, his and others’.
Let’s see… what else was going on?
You’ll be pleased to hear that Alf recuperated from acute Love Actually exposure and emerged with renewed wisdom on Miscegenation and cultural degeneracy. Its being downstream of power is more a blessing than a curse. But it’s still a curse. Also Reflections on 2016—a good year for Dutch Neoreaction.
Also at Alf’s, he deconstructs Bill Maher’s dangerous tears. He has some video there of Maher being jewier than ever…
[B]eneath the lies there is genuine communication. Bill Maher is scared. He is communicating that fear to other leftists: we used to be firmly in control, but Trump explicitly fights our control. Danger, danger! Rightists would be good to note his tone and remember it. This is the tone of war. An unavoidable war, because leftists like Maher simply lack the ability to back down.
[A]s a percentage of the population, Poland has around as many Muslims as Finland. Switzerland has around as many Muslims as the UK. And Singapore has a greater Muslim percentage of their population than Sweden, Germany, and Denmark combined. Why are Poland, Switzerland, and Singapore so safe compared to countries with similar Muslim populations?
I argue that the difference is the fact that Poland, Switzerland, and Singapore have not been infected by Canada.
And Marchant revisits C. S. Lewis’ classic The Abolition of Man by Machine. “The essential problem” of so-called “AI Risk”,
… is the very one that Lewis pointed out. Without the underlying Natural Law that all of us subconsciously accept, we would become driven by some accident of fate, the little tic in our brains that makes us prefer one thing over another. Likewise, the AI, not having the underlying morality of Natural Law, would be driven by another accident of fate, the little bit of code that is either the easiest to change, or the one that makes their task easiest to accomplish.
Lewis described the “people” who were in complete control of their morality (but really were controlled by their genetic preferences) as not really people. They were the source of the title of the book, as they represented the abolishment of mankind. Lewis was right, but not in the way he expected. These beings in complete control of their own morality really will be responsible for the abolition of man. But they will have never been of mankind.
Marchant takes home an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for his efforts here.
Atavisionary has an interesting excerpt from his book on Autism and the Extreme male brain.
A new and very promising discovery, Harper McAlpine Black explains Neoreaction Explained. See also (this week for me) Mencius Moldbug & NRx – Geeks for Monarchy, a public presentation made by Mr. Black somewhere Down Under.
Quincy T. Latham exposes Technofuturist BS, round I—in which Robotic Unemployment, Demographic Space Colonization, and Cryonics are taken to the virtual woodchipper. Also brief notes of warning to young people: A Little Learning I, II, and III. I’m going to have to start using that phrase more often: “Young people”.
This too over at Quas Lacrimas…, Latham has some very insightful analysis On Conspiratorial Thinking. First, the warning:
A willingness to entertain conspiracy theories is a good thing, but structurally the cycle of paranoia makes us a little too susceptible, which is a negative thing. Our greatest strength right now is that we are right and the cultural marxists are wrong. That allows us to make accurate predictions, so our plans are more likely to work and our foresight makes cucks and leftists look foolish, which rallies more people to our cause.
Amen to that. He then goes on to identify 9 phenomena which create the illusion of a conspiracy network. Well… 8 plus the possibility that there actually is one. An ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ for this one.
Count ∅-face considers The Childfree Revolt Against Life. He notices something that I too have noticed:
Herein lies the biggest problem with antinatalism: it stems from a complete aversion to pain. We’ve been conditioned to believe that pain is something to be avoided and serves no useful function. In this Current Year of Our Lord, any experience short of unrelenting pleasure isn’t meant to be suffered. It’s easy to embrace antinatalism when one accepts the hedonistic lifestyle of modern life where pain is to be avoided and pleasure maximized.
But the notion that pain has no instrumental value does not bear out in everyday experience. Certainly pain is unpleasant, and at times agonizing. But again, as with all things with a telos, the negative aspects of pain do not negate pain’s function. From a biological perspective, pain serves as a signal that helps diagnose a problem with the body. Following the principle of hormesis, in order to build muscle strength, you must put your body through pain when working out at the gym.
Utilitarianism, which is a species of being “holier than Jesus”, warps the brain in ways we can barely begin to understand. In the case of anti-natalism, it is profoundly maladaptive. ∅-face earns an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ from The Committee.
My rather hastily drawn, and woefully inadequate, Map of the Alt-Right and Environs keeps popping up. This week it appeared at Social Pathlogist’s Ring Fencing the Dissident Right. He objects being located in the murky cloud of the Alt-Right, which is perfectly fair. Because… But he does so by defining the Alt-Right much more narrowly—i.e., as belonging to Richard Spencer. Given the fact the Richard Spencer has only recently reasserted a modicum of control over the “brand”, and his own mismanagement of it these past six or so years, I think the verdict is still out. I prefer the term “Dissident Right” myself… but I have, up to this point, considered a synonym for “Alt-Right”. I don’t think it’s time for yet another far-right identity crisis just yet.
Filed under Said Like It’s a Bad Thing, Nick Land has an interesting Quote Note.
August J. Rush deals with the X is just a social construct! type of argument, which it… well… isn’t. Use of the word “just” as an adverb should function as an immediate warning sign that you’re about to be sold a sophomoric load of crap.
Titus Q. Cincinnatus explains why Race Realism is a Good Thing.
Mark Citadel chimes in briefly with a round-up of various podcasts he’s sat in on recently.
This Week in Jim Donald
Jim kicks off the week explaining Why nation building fails. The progs try to build nations in their own image. Other than that, it’s totally possible to build nations.
If you actually want to build a nation in Afghanistan, so that the holier than thou mullahs will not have power, you start by finding the true king. The true King will of course have policies that are agreeable to the majority of Afghan fighting men. For example he will be opposed to educating girls past puberty, and will want them given education that focuses on their role of wife and mother. The true King will also tend to have policies that are agreeable to the leadership of fighting men, such as low taxes, and policies that are in accord with Afghan tradition, such as mandatory Islam and the execution of apostates.
The problem is that the international community is not building nations, but transnations, which have no natural support among local fighting men.
Next Jim writes Against Liberty… well not against liberty per se, but against it being any sort of organizing principle. Which it isn’t.
For liberty to exist, there must first be law. For law to exist, there must first be order. For order to exist, there must first be peace. For peace to exist, there must first be victory. And victory usually requires the most horrifying means.
Finally, Jim explains how Russia did not hack the Democrat’s emails.
This Week in Social Matter
Ryan Landry offers a Christmas challenge: Be The Lighthouse. To help others avoid the rocks and shoals.
And on Wednesday, Landry has a 2016 Wrap Up on Weimerica Weekly.
New Year’s Eve Eve proved a perfect day for our own Editor-in-Chief Hadley Bishop to take stock of our own previous Current Year here at Social Matter: 2016: A Year In Review. We’ve more than doubled in pageviews year-over-year. Let’s hope that can be repeated in 2017. He also provides a Top 15, which is easy to quibble with but hard to disagree with.
This Week in 28 Sherman
And This Week in WW1 Pics: Rail Guns. 400mm. That’s up there.
Finally for Friday, the Problem of Prog Control. The problem being we live in a system of constitutional checks, of which the media, by virtue of no being mentioned in the constitution as a formal part of the government, has none.
AnomalyUk tweets occasionally the phrase “All News Is Fake News”. It’s brilliant. The problem with our media is it is all prog PR. It is a regime press. This hides a lot of problems, but it creates a big one purely in its form. Because there is no opposing side, an insane story can runaway and place us in great danger.
The biggest danger right now being the Russian hacking story. And Landry has the etiology of this one.
This Week in Kakistocracy
Porter has a tepid, but not unflattering review of the role of Thomas Sowell upon his retirement: Out to Pasture.
That I found Mr. Sowell to be a lucid and reasonable writer didn’t entirely obscure his role as one of the conservative movement’s primary MWBEs.
He detects a bit of anguish in George Soros’ recent essay and rejoices in The Thing’s Lament. “Open Society”, according to the Literally Hitler-Surviving Soros, is a political regime where leaders are “supposed to look after the interests of the electorate”. Everything George Soros knows about political theory he learned on Schoolhouse Rock.
And finally, Porter Rings the Bell of the new year by reviewing the old with his usual triple-sardonic wit, In a dirty glass.
This Week in Evolutionist X
Evolutionist X’s full court fisk of Tim (too) Wise (by half) continues with Part 4: The Poverty Argument. So race doesn’t cause crime; it causes poverty, which leads to crime. And an apparent (??) conclusion: Wise Tim, Crime, and HBD: part 5/5, which comes with some strong discussion on population density and crime (or not):
[I]t’s probably safe to conclude that Cabrini Green and Pruitt Igoe, despite the good intentions behind them, were inhuman hellscapes that would drive any sane person to despair.
On the other hand, Manila, Philippines, is (according to Wikipedia) the densest city in the world, at 41,500 people per square kilometer (or 107,500 people per square mile), and it isn’t even ranked in the top 50 most murderous cities.
So while density may cause anomie, despair, plunging birth rates, and even anime consumption, it is clearly not the only ingredient involved in making some people murder their neighbors at higher rates than other people.
And she pulls up another of he invaluable Cathedral roundups: The Cathedral Reiterates Itself. This time, Universities—following Harvard’s lead—decide to decide which laws they enforce and which they don’t. And ironically named Harvard President Faust accidentally tells the truth.
This week’s Open Thread is on Hot Cocoa, Neanderthal Boats, Sadists and Incompetents, and a memorial fund for the family of Polish truck driver Lukasz Urban… and so much more.
And for Anthropology Friday, Evolutionist X presents: Gypsies, about which there is not much good news. But on several metrics of social pathology they appear to do better than Irish Travelers… so that’s good to know.
This Week in Dividuals
Dividuals was blogging up a storm this week. He takes a stab at Trying to understand Absolutist Reaction. He begins with a nation of consisting of two people: “Greg Government” and “Peter Public”.
[I]t seems only two extremes are stable. Either Greg has absolutely no power over Peter, which means he is not government, they are living in a state of anarchy, which may or may not imply both being interested in trying to conquer each other and establishing a government, or if Greg’s power over Peter is unlimited, Peter is Greg’s slave, Greg is both interested in maxing out Peters resale value hence keeping him healthy and happy, and also as his property Peter is in an emotional sense part of Greg’s person or identity hence also emotional invested in keeping him well off. Something like a foster child, after all, slaves were commonly seen as children both in the Classic era and in the US South.
Which is a totally sane and sensible system, but which also bears little resemblance to Western ideals—ideals that long pre-date the Era of Liberalism. If Absolutist Reaction is advocating for universal slavery, then Absolutist Reaction is not advocating for the Western system that took over the world several times.
Persia may have been right, after all. Who knows. But it seems to me rejecting that and having a certain amount of rebelliousness is the root of the identity of the West.
This is definitely worth a read, and it is, blissfully, short. And an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
And then there was this: Blue meets yellow and red meets black in Ideological weapons in the 20th and 21st century. This one is an even stronger piece of political psycho-analysis.
Nazism and Fascism ain’t even real. They were generated as ideologies, power justification mythologies by Hitler and Mussolini. They were just as flimsy as any other one. Or likely even more, because of all ideologies, the least amount of intellectual firepower went into these. Mussolini even ignored ideology for a while and then basically made it the hobby project of one semi-capable philosopher, Giovanni Gentile, to come up with something. So yeah, they were even thinner veils than competing ideologies, like Communism or Liberalism.
But once these Axis governments proved to be a real danger for other nations, and thus the Allies were formed, of course they too took that ideology seriously because the Allied propagandists had to rally support and forge unity, by presenting the Enemy as unified and dangerous, one will in many bodies, driven by One Unified Ideology Of Evil: Nazi-Fascism.
Which enemy model has, strangely, persisted down to this very day. So what about the victors? “The Name Of The Enemy Is Hitler.” Which explains a lot about progs, even in the rare instances that progs are sufficiently self-aware to not utter it.
The point of this discussion is to convince the reader that the next time someone gets called a Fascist by the global media, i.e., the heirs of the Allied propaganda machine, it is simply a way to brand one an enemy, a dissenter, a rebel. It wasn’t so in 1942 but it is not 1942 anymore.
The point of this discussion is to stop being scared of Nazism and Fascism. It is dead, the people who came up with it as a justification for their power hung in Nuremberg or committed suicide after being thoroughly defeated and now its ghost is merely kept alive as a zombie spirit just as something to accuse the victors enemies of.
Which brings us around to the Alt-Right.
The Alt-Right is playing a dangerous game. Essentially they are betting the era of the Allies, of the United Nations is dead in 2016. That that era of history is over, the power coalition that won WW2 is no longer in power, its threats are empty and can no longer rally support by portraying its opponents as one of the Old Enemy. So basically they ironically roleplay being Nazis and watch whether the ass-kicking is coming or not. Sort of calling an “the emperor is naked” on the Allied elite, betting that it doesn’t even exist anymore or no longer powerful.
Whether this gamble pays off is an open—an empirical—question. But eventually, it will. This very Menciian analysis continues in Dividual’s part 2: Ideological Weapons: Two Kinds Of “Fascism” which frames political conflict as between Property, Intelligentsia, and Demos. Taken together this pamphlet wins the ☀☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Award☀☀.
Did I mention Dividual’s was busy this week? Well, he was. Here’s a fourth article for your persual on Differences between Russian and Western political thinking. A relatively short one, and not unrelated to his foregoing treatise of Fascism (real and imagined):
There is something sick about Liberal thinking. If we really compete inside countries and cooperate between countries, why don’t we just redefine countries? As the whole idea of a country or a nation is to engineer cooperation internally, right? At the price of international competition.
This is really deep if you think about it. Countries and nations were meant to engineer cooperation internally, because what else is the point even, yet when they actually do it that can look like the Liberal’s arch-enemy: Fascism.
This Week in West Coast Reactionaries
Gio Pennacchietti returns to WCR with Political Art & the Diagnosis of the Right’s Ideas Being Made “Reasonable”. He has harsh but fair words for the right intelligentsia:
If they had the wherewithal to stop demonizing new-Left thinkers like Foucault and Derrida for five seconds and actually read what they said, not only would they have figured out the nuanced way in which power works, but also would have figured out that this is how the post-modern Left in the past fifty-plus years has largely thought about things and how they continue to view the world now. Look around us today, lo and behold, the Left, in terms of the way they have gradually taken over culture, academia and the media using Alinskyite tactics, has largely followed Foucault’s conceptions and enumerations on the idea of power/knowledge and the “regimes of truth” as if they were blueprints of political action rather than critiques.
It’s all good. (Could use a light bit of edit, but…) He gets into what the Frankfurt School got right: The way to seize power, which turns out to be its own Achilles Heel. Pennacchietti recounts the saga of Million Dollar Extreme production World Peace and the banality of Buzzfeed hit journalist Joe Bernstein.
Bernstein seems like a pastiche of a real journalist, idealizing the demi-Gods at his favorite urbanite rag The New York Times, and Buzzfeed being an archetype of what net-journalism has become: wrought by a seemingly obsessive dedication to churning out click-bait article after click-bait article filled with empty, wisdom-less trendy Pablum. The utter arrogance of our globalist cultural gatekeepers in their assertions that alternative art and media will somehow “legitimize” ideas they determine to be “bigoted” and “hateful” is astounding, hence the reason I say with all the might in my breath: we need to move forward and produce quality art, entertainment and academic output—do as the Left did in the 60s and 70s and subvert the outlets of culture from within while promoting quality intellectual and artistic projects.
I see this as necessary but not sufficient. Plans are afoot. Pennacchietti scores an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for his analysis here.
Also at WCR, Adam Wallace steps in to wish everyone a Happy New Year and discuss the old one.
This Week Around The Orthosphere
How can you tell Noam Chomsky’s lying? His lips are moving… or he speaking on capitalism. Also the disgusting underbelly of Drexel mandarin Geoge Ciccariello: What an American academic wants for Christmas. And this too from Mark Richardson, on the ovenworthy Polly Dunning: Feminist mother and son. Poor son.
I’ve been seeing this (or derivatives) around lately: American white women are dying younger. White men too. It’s quite astonishing and lends special salience to the White Genocide concept.
Matt Briggs gets a (pretty nice) review of his new book from the Mathematical Association of America. And Briggs welcomes the irrevocable Ianto Watt back for a part two in his series: Russia As Salvation Of The West.
Also at Briggs’, what he does best: Some Statistics On What The Sexual Rebellion Wraught. Only not the sexual rebellion you’re thinking of… Well, at least not exactly. He takes note of Scott Adams’s Climate Science Challenge. And he rates 2016 Predictions.
Briggs also has the play-by-play of The Firing Of Michael Lubell, chief American Physics Society lobbyist (because scientists need to lobby) for his apparent failure to stick to the original script in which Trump would be “the first antiscience president we have ever had” (because scientists need to lobby the right way).
At The Orthosphere proper, Bertonneau offers a beautiful spread: In the Fen Country: Landscape and Music in the Work of Gustav Holst and Ralph Vaughan Williams,
Richard Carroll takes stock of his own Current Year That Was: 2016: A Human Work.
Sunshine Thiry discovers the Gift of Uncle Hotep just in time for Christmas. Also Building a (totally non-ironic) duck house for a Michigan winter.
This Week in Arts & Letters
Empathologist has an interesting find from Scientific American: Internally displaced outnumber international refugees 3 to 1 globally, yet receive only a fraction of the aid. Scientists are baffled. We are not.
Virtue signaling is real. Heartiste adds helpfully:
Virtue signaling isn’t an empty insult; it has teeth (and really gets under the skin of shitlibs accused of it) precisely because virtue signaling provides emotional and reputational rewards to shitlibs with or without attachment to actual virtuous deeds.
I noticed this on my brief adventure in Quora.
On Christmas Day, Imaginative Conservative posts my favorite carol “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”.
Also there, Anthony Esolen on The Power of the Liturgy.
Over at City Journal, Theodore Dalrymple opines on the case of Geert Wilders in Incitement to Hypocrisy: The Netherlands unevenly applies a law forbidding provocation. Also there: Heather Mac Donald’s analysis (and indictment) of the Obama Administration’s “diktats on classroom discipline”: Violence in the Halls, Disorder in the Malls. There were mall brawls over the Christmas weekend? Who knew?? Must not have been newsworthy.
The best solution to such alleged teacher racism, according to the Obama Justice and Education Departments, is to pressure teachers to keep unruly students in the classroom rather than removing them. This movement goes by the name of “restorative justice;” its result has been anarchy, adding a school-to-hospital pipeline to the school-to-prison pipeline. The St. Paul school district has been in the restorative-justice vanguard. Assaults on teachers tripled in 2015, reports Katherine Kersten of the Center for the American Experiment; one teacher sustained a traumatic brain injury, while another required staples in her head. Melees of 40 to 50 people (resembling the mall violence) are common, according to Kersten; roving packs of students attack isolated individuals. One high school issued emergency whistles to teachers.
Yeah, but… at least the teachers aren’t racist anymore.
This Week… Elsewhere
Axel McKibbin says “Had to Repost This”. He was correct. Truly excellent video; truly excellent original poetry. Also a couple aphorisms. And, speaking of Netherlands, this cannot possibly be real. OK. It’s not, but it is funny.
I don’t think this was a troll: Moldbug Leads to Jewish Supremacy. But we have to remember: Moldbug didn’t advocate half the things he advocated.
Elfnonationalist gets Inside the Head of an Ideologue, and it ain’t pretty.
This is, for large numbers, entirely correct: “The liberated sexual market is The Embittered Sexual Market.” Also… this sort of thing is always a bit manipulative… but still… sometimes differences are so stark: America, Then And Now.
Ace’s new book The Holistic Guide to Suicide made it out on schedule.
Lawrence Murray has the skinny on Either Jewish or Democratic: Kerry on Israel. Well… if we have to choose one.
Unorthodoxy characterizes it as Kerry Speaks Truth, America and Israel Shocked. Sounds right.
I’ve been following Paleomexicano for a while. He’s got a round-up of his Most Popular Posts of 2016, which might be a good way to get to know the guy.
Knight of Númenor proposes A new identity for America: Anglo-Roman, Christian, and Imperial. Some good ideas in there, but it stumbles I think on “Mere Christianity”, which doesn’t happen to exist, and so cannot be (even in theory) established. Also from the good knight: What leftists do when a woke Muslim/Arab is around. LOL.
Hapsburg Restorationist asks 100 Years… Hasn’t it been long enough?—commemorating the crowning of Emperor Karl IV of Austria as Apostolic King of Hungary. With video of the event!
Giovanni Dannato has musings on Strategic Laziness.
An animal at leisure is well-fed and prosperous, a creature that must always work is failing at the game of survival. It helped explain to me the widespread stress and misery of what should be by all rights a prosperous and happy land. Constant labor tells us on a gut level that we are always on the brink of starvation, however many mansions and cars we may own.
Roman Dmowski chronicles American’s eroding trust in their leaders and institutions: Fool Me Once.
Anathemitized Truth has Two Quotes and Some Thoughts on Politics and Passivism.
That’s all I had time fer. Happy New Year! Keep on reactin’! Til next week… NBS, over and out!!