Leading the news this week: Just when you thought race relations couldn’t get any worse, 4 negroes in Chicago reveal why flaying was once considered a perfectly legitimate punishment. Heartiste has full coverage and coverage of the coverage—emphasis on “rage”. An Anti-White Jihad. Porter looks at the wider ecosphere of misrule. This is, according to Landry, “Life in the Clinton Archipelago”.
That is the glamour of the cities the progs rule from which they are attempting to control the globe. Four crooks just looking for a weak loner to torture. This is why there will be blood in the 2020s. A lot of young men have nothing to lose. A lot of Americans still believe in civilization for the civilized. A lot of Americans believe the best days for America are behind it. A lot of Americans want to know why their country has changed and who has been hiding it.
This was also the week point Horse make Miss Helsinki.
Also a recent and pleasant New Years discovery: Friend of Social Matter, and frequent author in these pages, P. T. Carlo has teamed up with a cast of fellow reactionary travelers to form Thermidor Magazine. They have in a very short time put out an amazing array of fine work, which we certainly hope will be sustainable. Be sure to check out Carlo’s review of Rogue One: A Jihad Story, and his enjoyable chat with future Podcast Hall of Famer Mark Citadel in 2016: Year Of The Fire Monkey. Also, contributor Jonathan makes a thoroughgoing critique of libertarianism in Involuntary Consent.
Let’s see… what else was going on?
Sydney Trads have up a big Year in Review: 2016, Year of the Pivot.
Also at Sydney Trads, Richard Cocks returns with a very thorough historical introduction to René Girard—Imitation and Life Without God. A taste:
The vaniteux for Girard is the person too vain to acknowledge the role of imitation in his life and so he remains blind to this paramount fact about human existence.
In the old days God was admired and people imitated divine models. This was vertical transcendency. Today, the transcendent is rejected, but the same old tendency to imitate is there and the same desire for transcendence is there. But there are no gods anymore. With democratic egalitarianism, even social hierarchies are denied. This leads to deviated or horizontal transcendence; a kind of sideways lurch. Natural and proper desires are perverted and directed at other people who now become the objects of spiritual desire.
William Scott has been up to some esoteric stuff lately that goes way over my head: Taliesin’s Wheel. At least I think it’s esoteric.
And this from Mr. Scott was very good indeed: Identity Politics? Sure. What other kind is there. Don’t be fooled by the witty ironic title. This is more on character of anti-identity politics identity politics than not. Universalism requires a universal person, who is way more Jeezusy than Jesus…
Universal Person has reached adolescence only in recent decades, and has matured in European thought space; though educated in part by Jews. In other other words, Universal Person is the invention of White people. It is our people’s Will rarefied into a thing in itself. As such it is held as applicable to all of mankind. Indeed for the devout it must be brought to every corner of the globe. Western governments and institutions, such as the EU, UN and USA assume all humans into this Will, or abstract Identity. Quite literally abstract; drawn out of the European. The implicit tyranny and Totalizing colonization in this paradigm and the global policies that emerge from it are somehow unnoticed. Universalizaton is seen as an intrinsic good. While particularization, othering, is the last sin to be purged.
(Click that youtube link, BTW, for a true believer, speaking power to truth.) He goes on to point out that this demi-god of democracy (demogod? heh!) Europeans created for themselves was Faustian bargain that ends only by European extinction.
Atomization. Radical individualism. These problems of modernity trouble both Left and Right. Community is often pined for as a solution for our contemporary universalized selfishness that has lead to familial, social, and environmental degradation. And yet the paradigm of Universal Person can produce nothing else. Identity politics as we have seen flourish (or flounder) in the political theorizing of the West, have emerged to fill the Identity Vacuum inherent in universal, pluralistic and multicultural society. The cult of Universal Personhood is the genesis of the Identity crisis in the West.
The solution to Identity Politics, of course, is to get rid of politics… not identity. William takes home the coveted ☀☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Award☀☀ for his outstanding work here.
And then, as if were necessary, Scott decides to issue a reflective, quazi-autobiographical afterword to the identity politics piece: Choiceworthy. That turns out to be a fantastic read as well.
There is no hard way of knowing if our Identity is true. Rather it’s reason is intuition. The proof of it is in a considered life. I had a brief exchange with an intelligent, and I assume, young man after my last post. He quite rightly brought up the precarious scientific status of the words ‘race’ and ‘White’. All the more precarious from a scientific vantage for me as I have very limited knowledge of genetics; effectively none. But is our Ethnic Identity based on science? Didn’t we have these understandings before genetics? If we waited for a hard scientific proof for the material conditions of our actions we would have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning. As far as I know the state of the atom is in uncertainty, there are several models for the origin of the Universe, and consciousness is still a baffle. Yet only on the most philosophical mornings do I doubt that floor boards will cohere as I step on them , and that it is really I that needs to piss.
Nick Land quotes Thiel approvingly. He’s probably correct, but we’re currently suffering a surfeit of freedom anyway.
Dark Reformation arrives with Plans for 2017. At the same time a somewhat idiosyncratically formatted review of his own prior contributions: Brief Reflection on the Dark Reformation Series, Inquiry, Reflection and Reaction.
Here I will set down how I changed my mind.
Well worth a read.
Over at Neo-Ciceronian Times, Cincinnatus explains that Lying to People about History Doesn’t Help Them. At issue is progs doing historical revisioning—aka., “progging”—of the sort now in theaters with Hidden Figures, in which a hitherto obscure black woman is shown singlehandedly putting white men on the moon.
The whole purpose is to denigrate the accomplishments of Western civilisation through a sort of “historical socialism” whereby history’s winners see their successes and accomplishments “redistributed” to those whose history…hasn’t been as winning. It is coupled with the more general tendency to degrade Western accomplishments and achievements through the attempt to cast them in a negative moral light. This is why the only thing schoolchildren know about Christopher Columbus is that he was an evil racist who genocided peaceful Native Americans. It’s why the only thing they know about World War II is that the USA interned Japanese in camps. It’s why the entire history of American civilisation can be boiled down to evil white men either making blacks pick cotton for them (both before and after slavery ended) or else killing off peaceful, pipe-smoking, environmentally-harmonious Amerinds. None of the manifestly positive aspects of the West are mentioned in modern publik skooling.
He goes on, in this ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀, to describe the futility of imagining a Europeless world in which the choicest bits of Western Civilization still manage to get made.
Also from Titus another strong piece: Why Westernisation through Modernity is Failing. Or the soft neo-con bigotry of universalist assumptions.
Alf has a true confession to make “I just don’t really care about Jesus”. Spirituality is, at best, doubtful outside the stultifying bonds of ancient religion.
An other true confession of sorts… RSD’s purple pill, one last time.
He also takes a stab at Twitter cuts (#666). LOL. Wait! Alf’s on The Twittier?!
Butch Leghorn helpfully makes Cultural Marxism Defined.
Over at Future Primaeval, Neal Devers has some well-constructed thoughts on Absolutism and Localism. This demarcates the broad divide between the neoreactionary prescription of undivided sovereignty and the images of an inept, micromanaging totalitarian that often get stuck in people’s heads just as soon as we prescribe it.
Absolutism in final political power does not imply centralized management in practice, and freedom of action for local authority does not imply limitation of the authority of the crown.
The alternative, niether absolutist nor localist, is a sort of homogenizing bureaucracy, in which all decisions are global in scope, and no one actor has the power to make any decision, and no one has a personal relationship to any institution. This is an arbitrary, oppressive, and dysfunctional nightmare that breeds a degenerate culture of avoidance of responsibility, lack of skill, and learned helplessness.
This was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
Neovictorian’s shifted emphasis toward Sanity in the Diamond Age yields Heinlein’s “Gulf”, The Dark Triad and Sanity.
Thinking better has never been and never will be replaceable. Neither will the “Dark Triad” traits of Psychopathy, Machiavellianism and Narcissism–properly understood. I touched on this in an earlier piece, The Good Psychopath, the Dark Triad Man and Me, and won’t go into detail here, but it struck me when reading Gulf how Gilead exhibits these traits, always at the appropriate time…
Dark Reformation is back with a well-deserved Homage to Reactionary Future, which functions almost as well as a review of key Menciian points and potentially weaknesses in them. He promises more. And we shall stay tuned.
Sarah Perry delivers a studious pamphlet on the Tendrils of Mess in our Brains. Write what you know about, they said. Apparently she’s a messy person. She should try living in an… oh say… 1800 square foot house with… oh say… maybe 8 kids.
We can learn something about order from the mystery of mess. We start here: a cloud is not a mess, but an ashtray full of cigarette butts is a mess. In tracking down why this is so, we will find, through the lens of the mess and the non-mess, a clue to the hidden orders in our minds.
Which of course she then proceeds to extract. A mess is not merely Shannon entropy. Why are some compressible things messy and some incompressible things seemingly well ordered?
[I]n order for mess to appear, there must be in the component parts of the mess an implication of extreme order, the kind of highly regular order generally associated with human intention. Flat uniform surfaces and printed text imply, promise, or encode a particular kind of order. In mess, this promise is not kept. The implied order is subverted. Often, as in my mess of text and logos above, the implied order is subverted by other, competing orders.
And there is much, much more. RTWT! This was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ in addition to being something completely different.
Spandrell has a theory about the late uptick in virtue signaling: Making Virtue out of Necessity. Economic stagnation. If you can no longer buy status, maybe you can pious your way into it. It’s worthy of consideration. Left unanswered, however, is why some nations get harmless bows at the temple and others get auto-genocidal lunatic ravings for their respective status signals du jour.
Bill Marchant has a splainer on Neo-Whig History and why it’s stupid. For any value of progress it still doesn’t make sense.
By way of Isegoria, There might be something amiss with our institutions of higher education. Might? Probably related. Also: Russia needs just three days to conquer Estonia and Latvia. USG couldn’t conquer Chicago in three weeks I don’t suppose.
EuryaΛe unveils Thymos Book Club Position Paper #1: Megathymos answering the following with astonishing perceptiveness:
Why are Europeans such low-thymos pessimists?
Where can Europe find the thymos to become great again?
MEGA… has a nice ring to it. The Committee were pleased to hand EuryaΛe an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for his outstanding efforts and insight here.
Finally, at Cambria Will Not Yield, the Saturday missive: The Cross of Christ and Europe Are One.
This Week in Jim Donald
Jim kicks off the week with considerations on Replacing Obamacare. The difficulty, as usual, is in finding the political will to call things what they actually are. He finds much to like in the rather rigorously formalist system of Singapore, in which, for a small fraction of America’s total per capita outlay…
… the explicitly socialist system takes care of the pity cases, and the explicitly capitalist system takes care of everyone else. So everyone else gets the benefits of capitalism, and only the poor or the healthy suffer the consequences of socialism.
His big think piece this week concerns the reactionary Mission. It’s a bit disjointed, but well worth a read. He begins with straight-shooting definitions of “Dark Enlightenment”, “Neoreaction”, and “Alt-Right”. Then he leaks a previously classified set of potential visions for NRx activity, not all of which are mutually exclusive. Either way, we have our work cut out for us… unless we all just decide to go pool-side. I am neither young enough nor old enough to be very sold on that one.
Finally Jim reviews The evidence that Russia hacked the election, which is only convincing for very small values of “Russia” and very small values of “hacked”.
This Week in Social Matter
Ryan Landry kicks off the week at SM exposing a largely hidden story of decline: Somalis In Snow: Invade The World, Invite The World. Landry delves into the history that brought so many East Africans to the Mall of America and the frozen tundra of Minnesota. An ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
On Thursday, Anthony and Antony and me and all our guests engage in 4+ hours of verbal shit posting: Descending The Tower – 11: Year In Review. It was a very current year
On Friday, an unexpected surprise here. An unknown (to me) group of mysterious “historical researchers” trot out episode one of a new podcast series: The Myth Of The 20th Century—Nixon.
Speaking of podcasts, you’re all probably wondering what happened with Weimerica Weekly this week. And the answer is: I’m not sure, but I have it on good authority it will be back next week (which is actually “this week” by the time you read it), and on a new day: Tuesday—which (unlike Wednesday) is not alliterative with Weimerica Weekly, but is in fact a more prominent slot in the blog week.
And finally, filed under Poetry & Prose, H. W. Delacroix has a quazi-autobiographical sketch: The End Of The Club.
This Week in 28 Sherman
Over on the home blog, Landry has a recommendation for untapped amusement and completely legal parting of fools from their money: Trollumentaries. Trolling for fun… and profit. The key difficulty is creating “an online persona with a progressive trail”. That takes time and patience.
Next up at 28 Sherman, he remarks on the unremarkable Rogue One: The Ritual Continues.
This Week in WW1 Pics, why Admiral Tirpitz Resigned.
This Week in Kakistocracy
Porter kicks off the New Year with A New Year’s Meme: We owe them nothing. Has a nice ring to it, and it is certainly true. I’m tempted to add a corollary: we may give them good government, whether they desire it or not. But only after we get our own house in order. This part, in particular, was good:
It’s interesting how everyone understands this tacitly, while pleading ignorance in any public venue. A poor man may very much desire a celebrity’s house, his cars, or his beautiful wife. But he doesn’t presume they are actually his, and the celebrity rarely offers to share. Because coveting is not a legitimate claim. And so wanting is not getting. We all understand this in the microcosm of our own lives, but forget it entirely when applied to massed brown foreigners. We do not owe them our home or our social welfare because they want it. They are not our community, they are not our nation, and they are not our responsibility. Aside from the dignity of indifference, we owe them nothing.
“The dignity of indifference”. That should be taken as a compliment in comparison to the indignity of low expectations.
Next, my hastily drawn and woefully inadequate Topological Map of the Alt-Right makes yet another appearance in Porter’s The Alt Universe. Needless to say I appreciate his appreciation…
The most wittily droll aspect of the presentation is its matter-of-fact clustering of democrats, republicans, and Trumpism into the philosophical breadth of three thimbles. That there is far less distance between Paul Ryan and Nancy Pelosi than across half the alt-right is only understood by those residing on its sparsely inhabited steppe. But for everyone in the mainstream, there’s a broad range of choice between whether you want to live in a country of gay married African migrants with a 35 percent corporate tax rate…or 30 percent.
That part… at least… was intentional!
This Week in Evolutionist X
Evolutionist X looked for, failed to find, and finally had to recreate a Graph of energy input vs. output by economic type. It tells a story of “sweet spots” for various production types. I suspect the concept is applicable to more than just food production.
Next, she kicks off a superb series: Entropy, Life, and Welfare (pt 1). Societies, like individual living organisms, are anentropic systems, using energy to create more energy, which will work well… until it doesn’t. For example, in the Soviet Union, which makes a dramatic appearance in Part 2. How, Evolutionist X, wonders did social and political scientists not see the Soviet Collapse coming? (Maybe because they weren’t scientists??) This was selected by The Committee for an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀. Note: Part 3 is already up… which we will link to next week.
Wednesday’s “Open Thread” regards The Astronomical Clock Tower of Prague, and whatever else readers wanna talk about.
And for Anthropology Friday, Mrs. X wades into Emile Durkheim’s The Origin and Development of Religion. Thus far it’s a whirlwind tour of differential suicide rates, Durkheim’s religious totems, and areas where his theories do not seem lacking in parsimony.
This Week in Quas Lacrimas
Quincy T. Latham just went on a tear this week. It is we may hope sustainable, but it probably isn’t. He continues with his wisdom short takes series: A Little Learning IV.
And he has a 2016: Year in Review, which was helpful to me since I only bumped into his blog a couple months ago.
Next, Latham kicks off, what I can only hope is, a series with Political Concepts: Servitude. An extremely detailed and learned survey of the literature, ancient and modern, and framed as a sort of pseudo-Thomist dialogue. I think there’s some very serious political theory in there, hiding just beneath the surface. The Committee bestowed an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ on Latham for his unique insights and deep research in this one.
This one was from his archives, but it was new to teh interwebz: Slaves to Serfs, how that happened and why it’s important.
This too from the notebooks: Villagers and Eurocrats ties several threads together. It took the 2008 financial crisis to make united Europe start acting united… and boy have they. For better, but mostly for worse…
The explanation, it seems to me, is not far to seek. There is no such thing as national unity or national disunity, no such thing as patriotism or selflessness; there are only metropolitan elites and provincial elites. Provincial or parochial elites have risen to the top of their particular fishbowl, and have no further interests beyond making sure that it remains a powerful, secure, well-defended fishbowl. But when a system of elites expands beyond a single province and instead becomes a mobile, fluid elite class, equally comfortable in any of the parishes of their native empire, the town where the president was born fades in importance.
Deracinated cosmopolitan elites, in short, found a more powerful tribe to belong to. This was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ in its own right. RTWT!
And Latham has a short note on The unification of mythological symbols.
This Week Around The Orthosphere
Matt Briggs makes his annual RFP: Predictions For 2017—Register Yours Today! Well, it’s that time of year again—in which the interesting is served up beside a toxic mass of self-aggrandizement and stupity. Briggs reserves a special level of mockery for Jerry Coyne. Which led to was temporally correlated with this.
The idiosyncratic Ianto Watt is becoming a regular feature of Briggs’ blog. This week Watt’s essay is Alexander Dugin & The Pivot Of History: Part I.
Also there, some Probablity Pedantry for a Purpose: A Line & Measurement Paradoxes.
Sunshine Thiry has a few thoughts On Chronological Snobbery and why neither Democrats nor Republicans represent any sort of conservatism.
At The Orthosphere proper, Bertonneau has (not his first, IIRC) a beautiful mash up of music, visual art, and commentary: Howard Hanson: The Music of God in Nature. The disturbingly Aryan-looking Hanson was unknown to me and proves to be well worth a listen.
Also there, J. M. Smith’s retrospective on Our Age of Jazz, Jism and Jive proves to be a reminder of just how deep the rot goes. Fuddie-duddies have had an un-broken string of being basically correct for at least 100 years.
And Mark Citadel pays a visit to The Orthosphere with an Eastern Christmas meditation: The World is Reborn in Bethlehem. Powerful stuff:
In rejecting mitigated dualism, European man affirms some sense of a spiritual reality inherent in all things, rather than only invisible things. The world is not divided into profane and divine by the overly simplistic material/immaterial dichotomy, that in Christianity had found its expression first in the iconoclasts and later in the beige wallpaper of the most fundamentalist churches. This is why the Rosary holds such significance for Roman Catholics, and indeed why the Eastern Orthodox venerate icons of the great saints. Material can be imbued with real transcendental value. All at once, God Himself transcends the divide between heaven and earth, no more is the ultimate being confined to ‘mythic time’ but enters ‘historical time,’ affirming the spiritual value of the world’s content. God is not to be worshipped at great distances.
God himself takes on our particular molecules… and we his.
Donal Graeme, prompted by the death of the third-to-last Shaker, points out sometimes You Reap What You Don’t Sow. In spite of its quite glossy propaganda, it’s hard to characterize the entirety of Prog History, if not by intent then certainly by effect, as anything other than a War on Fucking, one way… or another.
Chris Gale takes a gander at “church growth”: The Failure Of Liberal Convergence. Specifically what kinds of churches grow and which don’t. Few surprises there, but it’s interesting to see it so starkly quantified.
Bonald sounds depressed here: 2016: the year of the Left’s greatest triumph—and it is hard not to agree with him. Francis, and the stylish heresies which he dutifully represents, are an indelible scar on the face of the Catholic Church. Where’s my albino assassins when I need them.
This Week in Arts & Letters
Nice discovery here: Kaiter Enless’ The Logos Club, with a consideration this week of The Hierarchical Heresy. (X-posted to WCR here.) If you think demotism has degraded the common man, you should see what it’s done to our elites.
Chris Gale kicks off the week with some Spencer… Edmund Spenser’s Ice And Fire and a particularly salient Dávila quotation by way of Wrath Of Gnon. And… some Knightly Love. In the audio-visual arts, he has a fine bit of Recycled country…
No, there’s nothin’ you can send me, my own true love
There’s nothin’ I wish to be ownin’
Just carry yourself back to me unspoiled
From across that lonesome ocean
Filed under “By Their Detrius Ye Shall Know Them”, Theodore Dalrymple is over at City Journal with a hefty tome on Trash Studies: Great Britain, the litter bin of Europe. Also there, a bit of tentatively good urban planning news: Where the Buffalo Zone, wherein innovation consists principally of throwning mid 20th-Century “innovations” under the bus.
Richard Carroll has a review a reminisce of Robert Heinlein’s The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, which he recommends provided you’re able to overlook, or otherwise wink at, the out-dated libertarianism in it.
Over at Faith & Heritage, David Carlton makes the case for The Historical Basis For Sir Lancelot.
This Week… Elsewhere
Friend of this blog—if not this blog so much, then at least me—Nick Pell is supremely well-spoken over in the WaPo: It’s nearly 2017! Can we finally retire the current year as an argument for social change?. And, of course, he’s invites delicious hate for it. Well, actually it is 2017 now, but this week was the first week I’d heard of it. He was also in the Irish Times with a splainer: The alt-right movement: everything you need to know, which didn’t seem all that controversial to me… but hey those Irish are a touchy bunch, especially when it comes to enforcing WASP norms from Massachusetts. That led to Pell’s appearance on this important (in Ireland) show, in which he requited himself well… when he could get a word in edgewise versus some pompous liberal gasbag.
This was great Demographic Change in One Chart. Doesn’t render very well, but click the chart. It serves equally well as “Cargo Cult in One Chart”, and for that matter, “Law of Diminishing Returns in One Chart”.
Knight of Númenor pens a call to arms: To ruins, and to the world’s ending. Without a legitimate commander of those arms, I fear such a call is premature. Also the good Knight offers words of praise for The Traditional Latin Mass and [its] masculinity.
He is quite, and quite concisely, on point here: What Immigration is Really About. I’m tempted to quote him, but I don’t want to steal his thunder in this ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
Greg Cochran has a brief but provocative note on Subsocieties.
Thrasymachus considers: Is Life Itself Horror? Apart from being convinced of the redemptive purposes in suffering, I’d imagine it might be. Also at Deconstructing Leftism: The Elites Have Crimestopped Themselves Into Paralysis. (See also: Overton Bubble. Stay tuned for the “Overton Archipelago”.)
The Hapsburg Restoration Movement has a nice meditation for Epiphany: The Three Magi and the Sacrétemporal Worldview.
Al Fin has some notes on: In the US Big Government is the Problem; Dangerous Children are the Solution. Of course, we all know the problem is not so much big government as it weak government, which like a weak heart necessarily grows large as a sign of ill health. But it’s easy to see why people confuse the two.
Yue-Lee writes in defense of standing With Muslims, Against Irreligion. I guess I don’t disagree… but the only reason we would ever need to is likely because irreligion has taken over Christian lands… which makes us defenseless against Islam. Islam is a whole lot easier to tolerate from a position of strength.
Welp… that’s about all I had time fer. Keep on reactin’! Til next week… NBS, over and out!!