No overarching newsy themes this week. None that I could detect. At least, none that I’m going to cover. Personal loyalty >> personal piety.
Doug Smythe is over at Thermidor Magazine with The Liberty Of The Slaves. This is something you hope to discover before 3 am the night your round-up post is due. It is simply fantastic. He does an impressive send-up of our late sacred (and self-congratulatory) Myth of Liberty. And counts the ways in which it has done the exact opposite of what the Enlightenment Fathers predicted. Universal (nominal) freedom has led inexorably to universal (practical) slavery. You’ll hafta RTWT to find out how! An ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ winner.
Also at Thermidor: P. T. Carlo has coverage on Duterte and Helicopter Justice; Maravone Tarmes talks about Salvaging Meaning in the Art Gallery; and Jonathan defines Hobby Radicalism. Each of these deserve more attention than I can give at the moment. Do be reading Thermidor.
Let’s see… what else was going on?
Over at Nick Land’s, this Twitter Cut was particularly delicious.
Bill Marchant goes meta on Nick Land in Indifference… or should I say Ambivilanthropy?
Empedocles has a nice Welcome To Darwinian Reactionary… after three years of occasional but exceedingly high quality blogging. If you don’t know him, get over there and learn. He’s produced many canon-quality tracts for The Reaction®.
Neocolonial undertakes Probing the Overton. It is a must read for students of social psychology and an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
Alf characterizes The Dutch right as leftist libertarians.
Seriouslypleasedropit writes in defense of Big Damn Heroes. And gets a substantial boost in cred for the Firefly reference (and vid).
Dark Reformation has quotations and a few remarks on The Great Man Theory. Also, #AIACC the Vanguards. Related (mostly): Who, Whom? Power and the Press with several choice (and humorous) clippings from Moldbug on the subject.
Shylock Holmes has some deep Moldbuggian reflections upon The Leader as King, the Leader as CEO and how these aren’t identical.
Mark Citadel returns with his first Really Big Piece® in a while: Urgency Vs. Centrality. It is, of course, fantastic.
The argument I want to put across is that many on the radical right have unintentionally hampered their own success by treating the racial question in a way that is inappropriate due to a confusion between urgency and centrality. They have correctly adopted the assumption that the speed of demographic change in most Occidental countries, especially when weighted to take into account aging populations, makes it the most pressing issue of our time.
Race is only a problem… because we have a bigger problem, which cannot be fixed by fixing the race problem.
This slippery bastardization of belief in a salvific grace offered to all is precisely the heresy of our time. And not unexpectedly, it is not just Christianity which it has managed to bastardize for its own purposes, for there are members of all religions who will justify the ‘mother religion’ of Liberalism using holy texts if it so suits them. Feminist pagans, gay Buddhists, etc. are not hard to find, however these religious practices are a minority in the West.
Call it the ‘EQ’ (Enlightenment Question), or the ‘MQ’ (Modernity Question), but whatever its name, this is the central question posed by the Crisis of the Modern World, and from these questions all others that we find ourselves intently focused on are emanating forth at varying speeds, rippling out from a crack in time.
Not only is making this the central question a logically sound move, but also from a tactical standpoint it makes sense. In no way do I advocate hiding our views on race, but when these views are ensconced within a broader outlook they tend not to trigger the most overtly hostile reaction from the enemy who has been conditioned to respond to racial dissent with greater ferocity than all other forms of dissent.
Race realism is necessary but far from sufficient for The Restoration. Citadel earns an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ for his powerful arguments here.
Late in the week, William Scott offers up another gem: Chalk and Cheese, with his now trademark admixture of humorous memes and self-deprecating humor. At issue: clichés, what they’re good for and what they’re not, and especially the biggest cliché of all in our neck of the woods…
The big problem with the Left<>Right polarity is it brings us into the Left’s realm of discourse. We don’t want to be there any longer. Even though they have been largely victorious over the past centuries. Progressive victories are conceived normatively. And so giving them control of the lexicon tends toward their victory. As has been said many times before, Leftism is Ideological at heart. Though the stated goal is universal human happiness; results are less important than faithful adherence to what is right: an unholy alliance of Mill and Kant. In a sense the pop Right movement from the 20th century forward, Conservatism as contrasted with Reaction, evolved as an Ideological mirror of the Left. So what began in the seats of the French National Assembly as a violent polarity between Tradition and Revolution, has quelled into a spat between two progressive camps. Strange bedfellows who just can’t quit each other.
Removing the ideological blinders is the principal thing. Ancient tradition, thereby, is immediately visible:
[E]ven this degenerate age cannot keep from revealing the underlying reality that Tradition is built on. We can confuse it. Fragment its intention to bring us to wholeness. Every time a young woman is giddy at the sight of baby clothes in a department store, every time a young man reforms his life to win that girl, every time that man comes home to read to children as dinner making is graciously finished, there is Nature rising up in Tradition. Rejecting these natural gifts can never bring the grounded pleasure of belonging; only the distracted misery of rebellion, given meaning by the moral conceit of being in the right. All of the ills in our contemporary societies, familial, social, political and environmental, would find better solutions in a social order flourishing on long traditions rooted in Nature.
Anyway, please go read all of this ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ winner.
Up at Northern Reaction, Bill Marchant has another installment in his excellent (and not at all ironic) series: Blame Canada for… Part 3: Why?
[O]ne thing that should not stand is the Left’s assumption (which we’ve seen before in this political season) that some players in this game deserve immunity from criticism on the basis of their personal history. Over the past couple of days, we’ve been hearing from every corner that anyone who criticizes the civil-rights hero John Lewis automatically forfeits the match.
Sorry, but no. John Lewis did brave things a half-century ago. He deserves respect for that, and he has received it, in spades. Indeed, he has received something more akin to canonization, to religious sanctification — which is not surprising, given the nature of the secular religion of the Left, and what it considers sacred objects.
By way of Isegoria: Africa and the
cold grim beauty of Maths.
Finally, this week in CWNY: The Envenom’d Liberals.
This Week in Jim Donald
Jim applauds as Trump denounces the press.
Trump is able to take on the mass media because he has is own non state power base. He is the Batman’s Bruce Wayne.
But the elephant in the living room is Academia.
Stay tuned for developments on that front.
Unclear how this one is going to turn out: Trump against the spooks. Some spooks have gotten pretty good at overthrowing governments. Blue spooks.
Jim’s Big Analysis Piece™ this week is on Vaccination safety. He’d feel a lot more confident about it if the distance between actual science and Official Science weren’t quite so great.
This Week in Social Matter
Ryan Landry kicks off the week with a ray of hope: Another ’30s German Echo: Will Trump Bring A Baby Boom? Hitler certainly brought one. While Trump is Not Literally Hitler, if he is able to restore some faith in America’s future, it certainly could spur some native population growth.
And Landry is back with Weimerica Weekly on its new day—Tuesday— with: Episode 54 – Create And Build Public Space. Along with a bit of listener feedback.
David Grant returns with lessons from history on Enemies—foreign and domestic.
Who is this “public” which can have enemies above and beyond, or even in contradistinction to private citizens? And just who is a private citizen, anyway? The answers to these questions are crucial; for instance, if one considers spaces as their operational political concept, then the distinction between public and private evaporates, and hostes merge with inimici. For [Carl] Schimitt and for us, however, a public is a specific kind of Männerbund, a “fighting collectivity,” a group of men bearing arms together and in common purpose. Alas, there does not exist in modern English a good word for this concept, so we must coin a new one. For this purpose, I submit “Volk.”
Oof! Well… scrupulous adherence to grammar is part of our reactionary DNA, I suppose.
Männerbünde are the primordial social unit while Völker are the irreducible political unit. Neither is historically prior to the other: the original Männerbünde were Völker and vice versa. Only with the development of civilization does the distinction become operationally meaningful.
And there’s much more in this ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
Arthur Gordian starts off the new year wondering Should We Look Forward To The Future, Or Back To The Past? Underneath the question lies the extent to which man is pre-determined versus a free creature. The trick is avoiding either reductionist horn of the dilemma:
I argue that we must see the problem as tensional; by this I mean that there is both conflict and harmony between these two poles which cannot be dialectically reduced to a synthesis. Like a guitar, beauty comes from the stress produced by the antipodes across the string. Like a guitar, if you “solve” the problem of tension, you destroy the instrument, which in this case is Man himself. To bring the metaphor down, we can only produce a vibrant life by living in the conflict between tradition and innovation and embracing the struggle. Sometimes we play high on the neck, sometimes we play low. To be fully human, we must have a face that looks forward and one that looks back, straddling being in the way that Janus straddles the old and new years.
The Committee gives a nod to Gordian with an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for his fine work here.
And for Friday, the mysterious history podcast guys are back—this times with names— Myth Of The 20th Century—Episode 2: Collapse of the Soviet Union.
This Week in 28 Sherman
Over at the home blog, Ryan Landry, makes a mockery of The Apolitical FED. Of course, Virginia, the Fed is apolitical… It is apolitical in the heart of every good boy and girl. The reality…
The FED maintained zero interest rates so that the free money would keep flowing and government debt would be bought. Keeping the FED funds rate at 0% dragged down every debt instrument’s interest rate. As the bond bubble grew, every single debt instrument came down as its spread between its risk and the 10 year Treasury fund was maintained no matter how much true risk it carried. Portuguese long term bonds at 4%? C’mon, this is all artificial.
The election passes and suddenly rate hikes are okay. In fact, there will be more in 2017. The economy is clearly strengthening. Strengthening enough to justify a hike. This is nonsense. If anything, there are signs it’s rolling over. How can one measure the true nature of the economy anyway? Family formation is down, births are down, and there are many social factors that point to the FED just pushing on a string right now as no one feels secure.
Landry takes home an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for this solid piece of analysis.
Next SoBL finds One Exception to Heartiste’s Maxim: Diversity + Proximity = War. And the exception is us—stateside us at any rate. The decisive factor? He highlights the relatively interchangeable beauty of European women. Can’t get an Anglo-Nordic woman? An Italian one will do quite nicely. This carrot should not be underrated…
Peace also took decades for all, more than a century with the Irish, by breaking the männerbunden of different American ethnic enclaves. There had to be crack downs on mafias, organized crime, etc. in combination with the spotlighting of the good of the Anglo system of law and order. It took decades to convince other groups to buy into it, but there had to be a carrot and stick approach. A carrot was that the economic system allowed for those not as cognitively blessed to prosper via manual labor or simply homesteading. One of America’s greatest secret spices for success was always having new area to explore, fill and claim.
Although it very much is these days.
This week in WW1 pics, we find Mechanics In Need.
Finally, a review of the Fake News fake Russian dossier on Trump and The Hyperemotional Left.
This Week in Kakistocracy
Over at Porter’s, econometrics runs smack dab into the laws or physics in Automating the Narrative.
Rapid technological advancement necessitates similar skills advancement to remain occupationally viable. As automation proceeds those skills will lean increasingly toward the right side of the bell curve. Thus on a macro-scale, modern Economies will require workforces comprised of more brain than brawn. Which makes our present social policy awkwardly sub-optimal.
Well, we’ll just send them all to free college of course… to get more brains.
Next he documents Jeff Sessions’ abasement before the PC Ashtoreths in Cato’s Cringe. We may only hope he crossed his fingers while he did so.
Porter has a timely reminder that, as with Italian shoes, Pretension is Always in Style:
Liberalism, particularly the sort of comically pompous strain on display in this anecdote, allows people with no viable path to feel elite. To feel superior. Both of which must be pleasantly alien sensations for many of these house moles. Thinkers and politicians on the right must be aware of how much fashion acts as an attractant, and always consider how their product will offer its own competing appeal beyond staid rationality. Most people don’t yearn to wear the best constructed shoes, but the ones their peers will notice and envy.
And besides, stylish opinions are cheaper these days, and don’t generally give you bunions.
This Week in Evolutionist X
Evolutionist X finishes up her series Entropy, Life, and Welfare (pt. 3/3). (Here are parts one and two.) And boy, if you thought she had a lot of data and viewgraphs in the previous two sections, you ain’t seen nothing yet. And widely held, but otherwise sophomoric ideas, are thrown up against the 4° kelvin laws of physics…
When I try to talk to liberal friends about the problems of increasing automation and immigration on the incomes of the American working class, their response is that “We just need more regulation.”
In this cheerful fantasy, we can help my friend who cannot afford health insurance by requiring his employer to provide health insurance–when in reality, my friend now cannot find a job that lasts for more than a month because employers just fire him before the health insurance requirement kicks in. In fantasy land, you can protect poor people by making it harder for landlords to evict them, but in the real world, this makes it even harder for the poorest to get long-term housing because no landlord wants to take the chance of getting stuck with them. In fantasy land, immigration doesn’t hurt wages because you can just legislate a higher minimum wage, but the idea that you can legislate a wage that the market does not support is an absurdity worthy only of the USSR. In the real world, your job gets replaced with a robot.
This series has been superb, and worthy of yet another ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
Next up, she notices a few incongruities with the Cultural Marxism is just a “Conspiracy Theory” conspiracy theory.
This week’s Wednesday Open Thread™ is about Armies, 4chan, and perverse incentives in the former USSR. Emphasis on former.
At risk of generalization, Evolutionist X has a theory: Conservatives Over-Generalize; Liberals Under-Generalize.
Finally: Anthropology(ish) Friday: Albania:
When a place is simultaneously this pretty and this poor, it makes me think that there must be some as-yet-unrealized opportunity waiting there for someone.
Maybe it’s time to Make Albania Great Again?
This Week in Quas Lacrimas
Quincy T. Latham is quickly becoming a leading philosopher in the sphere, and has already sewn up the title to the busiest. He kicks off the week delving into a linguistic and historical analysis of Natives and Nationalism.
This etymology of nation is uncontested. What is contested is whether, in the period when it came into use (roughly 1500-1800), the members of the “German nation” or the “French nation” were expressing feelings of national unity and loyalty which they had always felt (but with a new word), or whether these feelings were relatively new. Benedict Anderson, for example, claimed nationalism was no older than the publishing industry whose printing presses made linguistic affiliation a serious matter for the first time, and began to expose the reading public of a specific print market to a canon of shared “experiences” which, in imitating the real shared experiences that bind together the natives of a parish or a neighborhood, inadvertently called forth the “imagined community” of the nation.
I used to find the so-called “modernist” account, which claims there were neither nations nor nationalism before the modern period, convincing. Now I’m unsure.
In looking for evidence of pre-Gutenberg nationalism, it is important not to turn to examples of pre-Gutenberg parochialism.
Related, if only by synchronicity: Was there ever a “Medieval Nationalism”? Hapsburg Restorationist thinks quite obviously not.
Next he delves into a multipart
essay pamphlet: Loving the Sinner Part 1 introduces important psychological concepts such as the Fundamental Attribution Error and Base Rate Fallacy, Bayesian reasoning, and basic game theory. Latham, all the while defends common, if not rigorously reasoned, biases because the only thing worse that committing the Fundamental Attribution Error (FAE) is committing the Fundamental Fundamental Attribution Error Error (FFAEE). IOW, stereotypes are generally, but of course not always, true. This could be a reason tit-for-tat works so well… irrespective of objective facts of the case:
[I]t turns out that reacting to a misdeed as though the perpetrator was inherently criminal isn’t such a stupid idea after all. I’m not saying your belief that the guy is evil is accurate. It probably depends on the specifics of what you believe (if there are any specifics, which is unlikely), but if you were to free-associate in an unguarded moment and write down your vague intuitions about the perpetrator’s attributes as though they were precise factual statements, it’s pretty likely we could draw out some inconsistencies or unwarranted predictions and indict you for big-league fundamental attribution error. But if we ignore the facts (such as they are) and concentrate on what happens when you act as though those facts were true, what can we criticize? Someone defects; you learn that he has defected, and you start to adopt an attitude towards him that leads you to retaliate as though he were likely to hurt others again in the future; and the result is harmony and cooperation.
Reacting-as-though-guilty is not merely permissible but constructive, and perhaps even necessary to a healthy society….
The punitive instinct of humans, which can be shown at certain times and places to be divorced from reason, works pretty darn With the preliminaries behind, Loving the Sinner, Part Two digs into the concept of sin qua not the sinner…
Once the guilty have been punished you can look at the causal explanation of their criminal behavior from multiple perspectives, sine ira et studio. And to the extent you come to see the sin as the target of punishment, not he who sinned, you can feel other, milder emotions towards any aspect of the sinner other than his crime and its punishment. If he is talented, you can admire his talents (and hate his sin). If there are bonds of family, friendship, or citizenship between the two of you, you can love him as a brother, a BFF, or a patriot (and hate his sin).
This part, it seems to me, is key:
A proper distinction between sins, sinners, and sinfulness helps us avoid talking ourselves into labyrinths of the spirit where we cannot escape the urgent desire to punish what we have no right or ability to punish, and reform what we cannot reform. In ordinary cases this labyrinth is populated by overbearing mothers and nosy, gossipy busybodies. But the danger of these twisted passages is that they culminate in the attempt to construct an earthly paradise and an earthly hell.
Ideas that many on the Alt-Right could have benefited from this past week…
In Loving the Sinner, part 3: Political Ecology, Latham looks intently at cooperation within an ecosystem, i.e., one with feedbacks and higher order effects. It was a very competitive week for awards, but for the sheer amount of work that has gone into this series, The Committee bestows upon Latham ☀☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Award☀☀.
This Week in West Coast Reactionaries
Gio Pennacchietti is back at WCR, this time with Synchronous Arisings: Jung, Peterson & the Uses & Abuses of Chaos Memes in the Current Year. Reading it I feel like its an historical analysis of the present—a very plausible one at that:
What Pepe has done is show the Left its true shadow-self, its unconscious negative, and the way this is accomplished, as Pageau has outlined at the end of the video, is by Pepe the meme being all things at once, both the negative and positive aspects of cultural expressions; by being the things which “oppress” […] and by simultaneously taking on roles and cultural images of the “oppressed.” Pepe has, in a way, destabilized the official political narrative. The Left filters out all the other aspects of Pepe and all the internet-subgroups that have used Pepe, and only chooses to focus on the aspects they attribute to the Right obsessively. Everyone can see the irony of this, and by taking Pepe as some dog-whistle, the Left has effectively given us a window into their own souls, showing us their own feats of schizophrenic projection.
That’s cool. And also useful. But it comes with a price… and a warning:
If we live through the irony of memes, worship an ironic meme-chaos deity, have an ironic set of political beliefs associated with said memes, then we have abstracted ourselves further from reality, and we have further distanced ourselves from the divine. Think to that Hermetic principle once more — “As above so below.” — what happens in our fleeting subjective worldly reality has higher spiritual implications, hence why art is such a solid reflection of the collective psyche of a population, and why archetypal imagery is manifesting itself in a digital or virtual medium. If that psyche is inhabited by the forces of chaos and irony, then it is no surprise that our society and culture often is defined as lacking any inherent order apart from the controlled anarchy of the leviathan state that is increasingly taking over every aspect of our lives…
Superb work, again, from Pennacchietti and an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
A short bit of original poetry from Alexander: The Husband.
This too from Alexander, this time in prose and in long form, considerations on Rivalry & Fratricide.
This Week Around The Orthosphere
Mark Richardson takes a stab at figuring out what exactly what Germans are supposed to be so about “Wie Die AfD Leben Möchte.” Hit piece? Or advertisement? This too: Richardson has some excellent commentary to a video on what had already gone wrong with the “traditional family” by the 1950s.
Matt Briggs is down by The Stream with When Marriage Can Be Anything, Marriage Can Be Anything. Not unrelated… this too: Why Mainline Churches Are Emptying. Altho’ the emptier they get, the eliter they go. Could be a temporary phenomenon, but I’m still waiting for it to end…
Last Barbarian, Ianto Watt guest posts at Briggs’ for Alexander Dugin & The Pivot Of History: Part II.
Also at Briggs’, he responds to some of Vox Day’s readers. And… he updates us on Anthony Esolen’s recent woes at the “Catholic” Providence College.
This is priceless: In response to a reader about the origins of female privilege, Dalrock sees A very old pattern.
Chris Gale merely ordered Briggs’ book and he’s already saying, “Die P value, Die”. Speaking of p-values: Glucose Is Increased In First Episode Psychosis: Correlation Causation Is Not.
Bonald has a few highlights of this year’s Edge.org answers.
One Peter Five considers the explanation: Stockholm Syndrome at the CDF: Has Cardinal Müller Been Compromised? Not without reason.
At The Orthosphere proper, J. M. Smith has autobiographical musings on metaphysical suffocation: An Ogre Hates My Patch of Blue Sky. Also from Professor Smith: After Lust, Disgust. A Jerry Springeresque account in his local newspaper occasions some very based reflections on the “imperial tendencies” of the physical appetites.
This week it was Moose Norseman’s turn to grapple with my woefully inadequate diagram of the Alt-Right ecosphere in his thoughts on Patriarchy and authoritarianism.
And Donal Graeme ponders The Necessity Of Suffering.
This Week in Arts & Letters
Heather Mac Donald, at City Journal, comments on the Chicago Four: A Window Into a Depraved Culture. She has a mountain of data to back her up.
Blacks, in other words, committed 85% of the interracial crimes between blacks and whites, even though they are 13 percent of the population. This data accords with the last published report on interracial crime from the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the Bureau stopped publishing its table on interracial crime after 2008, the first year of the Obama presidency.
Hmm… Now I wonder why they did that? Also there, John McGinnis wishes a good riddance to the Obama Administration in a Farewell to Lawlessness. Hennessey gets in that action as well: Saint Barack? He doesn’t think so.
Also at City Journal, Victor Davis Hanson reflects on Trump and the American Divide: How a lifelong New Yorker became tribune of the rustics and deplorables.
Harper McAlpine Black offers Socrates at the Piraeus: Voegelin on Plato.
Chris Gale offers C. S. Lewis’ poem Oxford as a corrective for the latest round of academic stupidity.
This was pretty interesting: What Can the Puritans Teach Us about Philanthropy? Also at Imaginative Conservative, a quote from H. L. Mencken on Fake News.
Richard Carroll uses the occasion of his 300th post to write about How to Write About a Book.
This Week… Elsewhere
Elfnonationalist pens a few thoughts On Restoration.
Heartiste has a heartwarming anecdote with analysis: A White Hot Fire Rises.
Lue-Yee finds a crucial point in The Doctrine of Fascism.
Unorthodoxy has details of Cathedral Hacked By 4Chan Trolls.
Harper McAlpine Black has a programme for Revitalizing the Humanities: A Course in Western Traditions.
What follows is a flight of fancy. The question is: if you could construct a Humanities undergraduate degree anyway you’d like, carte blanc, without institutional restraints and with unlimited resources, how would it be done?
AMK’s next chapter in Neocameral Future extols the Benefits of Exitocracy. True enough. But aside from the impossibility of enforcing exitocracy, it would be good to see the drawbacks steelmanned.
This was well worth a read: AMK’s On the Rectification of Names in Politics. For example:
A lobbyist is actually a buyer of coercion market services, (force) or defense from force, (protection).
LOL. And yep. Also there: Reciprocal Political Relationships, in which the project of Neocameral Future is reconsidered.
Reactionary Tree excerpts Dugin on White Nationalists.
Greg Cochran is more than a little skeptical about the supposed virtues of Freedom of medicine.
Roman Dmowski has late reflections on putting America First.
Giovanni Dannato warns of The Cancer of Consumer Capitalism.
Well, that’s all folks. Remember: purity spirals are an inherently leftist, i.e., disordering, phenomenon. Don’t do it. Just. Don’t. Do. It. And if you dox—ever—you are dead. For now, only figuratively. Keep on reactin’! Til next week, NBS… over and out!!