This week tweeter David Hines tweeted his “Days of Rage Pt 5” tweetstorm. Spenoid helpfully storified the collection. “Friend of the blog” Clark Hat arranged to have all 5 parts published at Status 451, and thus he did: Days of Rage. That’s 12,000, mighty learned, words and an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
Over at kid sister e-zine, Thermidor Magazine, P. T. Carlo takes the close but not quite on the Days of Rage question.
Up at Northern Dawn, Mark Christensen reflects on The Meaning Of Monarchy, and produces a strong logical and rhetorical tract for the institution, accessible to normies.
Let’s see… what else was going on?
Well, Alf reports ‘0% chance we shall work with Wilders’ says leader of Dutch Republicans. Predictable. Netherlands has apparently not gotten the memo: Center Right purity competitions are so 2012. With Wilder’s party so close to an absolute majority, you’d have to think one of those minor moonbat parties might jump at the chance.
Also from Alf, a window into the soul of Western Europe, at least what’s left of it: The Gears of War are starting to turn.
In West Europe, the people are spiritually depleted. The revolution against God has spiralled further and further out of control and now we have reached the point where everyone is holier than Jesus, smarter than Nietzsche and better than God. We do not listen to our friends or to our family members because we all believe that The Holy Me, the individual, knows best, which is a frame our material decadence allows us to uphold our entire life. We say we listen to one another but we simply don’t. Reality has ceased to pull at our feet and consequently we cease to listen to anything that does not flatter our ego. Hence the tendency to listen more intently to the media than your own family: your family might offend your ego, but media will always try to make you feel good about yourself. West Europe has in effect become an echo chamber of egotistic pretentious narcissistic crap.
Spandrell picks up where David Hines leaves off: What we’re really talking about is: Fighting. And who can do it better.
As David Hines point out; the Left is not a set of ideas; it’s a set of optimized tactics for agitation. And the only way to win a fight against an optimized set of battle tactics is to adopt them yourself. That was Fascism was about. To use Communist tactics against them. Some retarded conservatives use this point to argue that “fascism was leftist”. No, that’s really dumb. That’s like saying that a Republican army is monarchist because it has a chain of command. The words “left” and “right” are not about their proclaimed ideas. They’re just fighting teams, you got two of them, and you gotta give them opposite names so that the idea gets across. If the Left is winning because it’s doing something right, well the Right is going to do the same. So Mussolini and Hitler ran party armies harassing the populace, it run massive rallies, it assassinated political enemies. And yes, it adopted some ideas that made it easier to raise and fund an army. He had to if he wanted to get anywhere.
Also at Spandrell’s a quick note on rising tensions between Chinese Muslims and the rest of the Chinese, wishing to be seen as modern: The Strong Do What They Can.
Dark Reformation has a short note on Dawkins And Human Dignity. Strange bedfellows. He asks some interesting questions here: Will Trump Say No to NATO? And this too: America Is A Communist Country (2)—free press edition.
What I am saying is that the United States mainstream media is the primary source of fake news due to its inbuilt biases on what is acceptable and what is not. It actually hurts black people by its attempts to be protective and its unwillingness to consider a news story through the eyes of the other party for chauvinistic reasons means that Americans are particularly uninformed about what is going on in the world. To suggest that all of this is particularly dangerous, both in terms of domestic tranquility and possible foreign threats, would be an understatement.
China, on the other hand, and not without several stiff shots of irony, really isn’t a communist country.
Mark Citadel has a review of Max Scheler’s Ressentiment—a short, remarkable, and remarkably little known book from the Nazi Burn List.
Free Northerner offers a few Trumpenkrieg Strategies. That make a good deal of political, as well as strategic, sense.
By way of Isegoria: Trump! How did this happen? It’s becoming a major theme on The Twitter of late. And… give psilocybin a chance? Definitely sounds like something I’d like to try. Also: Oxytocin might not quite be the love hormone we always thought.
Malcolm Pollack has an excellent reflection on the grinding wheel of Progressivism: This Thing All Things Devours.
Over at Thermidor Mag, Nathan Duffy channels some Jonathan Haidt in discussing Life In The Bubble. Hollywood blows the big bubble that the little bubbles of rural America try to survive in.
Also there, P. T. Carlo looks at Doomsday Optimism. Extreme left and right do share in common a propensity for apocalyptic predictions. It’s almost as though they’re rooting for collapse. Of course, that which cannot go on forever won’t. But in the meantime, there’s a whole lot of ruin to go around:
Like all fables, this myth of “Nemesis” contains a profound core of truth to it: If something can’t go on forever, it won’t. That hubris is an offense against the divine that will not, and can not, go unpunished. That man does not so much break God’s laws as he is broken against them.
While we must acknowledge this reality, we cannot take comfort in it. We have entered the twilight of the Faustian world soul in its final and most degraded incarnation, that of the Late Capitalist fantasy space of the United States. While we can know that Twilight is upon us, we cannot know how long it will last. In this sense the Catastrophist position that night is arriving is far too optimistic; the real fear is that the Twilight will linger on indefinitely; that the last men will shuffle on endlessly inside their massive beehives, with the curtains drawn and the radio on.
Carlo snags an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for his efforts here.
Finally, CWNY’s Saturday missive: Our Fathers’ Europe.
This Week in Jim Donald
Jim pens an Open Letter to Scott Aaronson. It is a rehash of many themes common to his blog, but what a poignant rehash it is! At issue is the ostensibly “crystal clear” “moral progress” trumpeted by Aaronson. His examples are neither crystal clear nor, for that matter, moral progress. For example…
[I]n case you have not noticed, we still have blasphemy laws—except that these days you cannot blaspheme against magic Negroes. For reasons I have explained at length, all societies need blasphemy laws, and prohibiting people from blaspheming against something like holy oil or the flag, causes considerably less harm and suffering than prohibiting people from blaspheming against John Lewis. All your objections to Trump are objections to blasphemy. What is supposedly crystal clear to you is in fact something you do not believe in the slightest.
The Committee were pleased to grant Jim an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for this one.
Jim does not have much nice to say about Deploraball.
Next up, 97% of scientists support the scientific consensus on climate change, and one of them is violent ciswhite killer, not merely a violent ciswhite killer sympathizer.
Also an observation that, of course, Police fine with left wing violence. I’ve noticed a pattern on NPR: They’ll always preface the news of violence with, “Most of the protesters were non-violent.” Pay no attention to the fact that Mutt and Jeff are best budz. Pay no attention to the fact that, in the unlikely event that literally most (50% + ε) of the protesters were violent, we wouldn’t bloody well be calling a “protest” at all. Effective protest—being effective and therefore powerful—requires power, which is neither more nor less than a credible threat to use force.
Finally Jim makes a detailed Analysis of the (Seattle) shooting near Milo’s talk. Left on lefty violence is his conclusion. I suspect we’ll be seeing plenty more of that in the years to come. It is, I think, crucially important that we leave the left to bury it’s own left. The left owns the apparatus of state. Left political violence is a lot bigger problem for them than anything the right can bring to bear.
This Week in Social Matter
Ryan Landry kicks off the week with How Trump Can Force An End To Sanctuary Cities. It’s an old time-tested way for the Federal Government to get its way: Withhold the Shekels. Behind the strategy, Landry notes the very real conflict between interest groups that increasingly defines the Democratic rank-and-file: Hispanics, Blacks, and ostentatiously well-meaning whites. And in the war between gibs versus glib moral signaling, expect the gibs to win.
Tom Barghest makes a welcome return on Monday with Mr. Gnobody: Exit Through Illegibility. I don’t know whether the article was inspired by the recent TRS Unpleasantness, but it certainly speaks to it. While we await full recognized independence from the Cathedral, which admittedly could take a while, there is a next best thing: become invisible. And he draws on our ancient myths for some surprising inspiration.
Landry is back on Tuesday with Weimerica Weekly: Episode 55—Blue Town Blues, An Interview With A Democratic Municipal Consultant.
And Mark Yuray makes a timely return exposing Shadowy Organizations And The Aggressive Stupidity Of The Trump-Russia Narrative.
[H]itting back on the media’s sudden obsession with finding a Trump-Russia connection may seem like low-hanging fruit. It is. But there’s a greater point to be made here: not only is the “Trump is a Manchurian candidate for Russia” narrative aggressively stupid because Donald Trump is the most obviously financially independent and independet-minded American politician in recent history, it is aggressively stupid because even if The Donald were a Manchurian candidate, of all shadowy organizations, he would be least likely to be a stooge of the KGB’s.
Mossad, obviously, is a far more plausible culprit, but more on that in a minute.
And the History Podcast Guys™ are back on Friday with Myths of the 20th Century: Episode 3: The Iranian Revolution.
This Week in 28 Sherman
Ryan Landry celebrates Lee-Jackson-King Day—as they call it down in ol’ Virginny, or at least they used to— with an MLK Day Mythology. And there’s a lot of myth there…
The MLK myth is not for [blacks, many of whom are ambivalent about the man] but for whites. Whites have to see MLK as a saint. If they saw reality, well, what would become of the saint? King was a plagiarist, even academia and Wiki-liberals agree on that. MLK was a cheater that smacked hookers. Jackie Kennedy was on the record as saying she was disgusted by the sex parties King and his circle would have, and saw them beneath the elite. The FBI letters or calls to MLK to say “kill yourself” was because they knew he was a cheating hypocrite.
This cannot be in films like “Selma”. It would ruin the myth. People forget the man was in his 30s when the elite were using him. He was not even 40 when he died. That also feeds into the myth. He was a tool of the elite with direct access to multiple presidents. LBJ was asking him for something to help pass the Civil Rights Act. He needed help, and the media elite gladly helped. He was no underdog, simply the low that the high used to break the middle.
For his excellent research and rhetoric in de-revisioning Martin Luther King, Jr., Landry takes home the ☀☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Award☀☀.
This Week in WW1 pics its (a very creepy) Soldier And Death.
Closing out the week, Landry has thoughts on The Inauguration, and how much more roe still needs hoeing.
This Week in Kakistocracy
Porter sinks his teeth into a A Matter of Principle for Sunday—a principle that, in fact, does not actually exist: The one where European countries are ranked for pulling their weight in refugees. All I can think of when I see those low numbers in central and eastern Europe is… “Good for them!”
Probably the biggest problem of freedom is: It’s Never for Free. A socializing the costs for it probably the worst form of socialism there is.
Because liberty is just a socially acceptable range-of-movement. Consider it our sphere of latitude. Make everyone’s expansive enough and the aggressive will remorselessly encroach on the weak. Ultimately, total freedom is the freedom of families to hide in their basement from warlords.
Amen to that. He has good news, however, about Hungary’s war on
Filed under Eating his Cake and Having It Too: Slim Pickings. Porter catches the Lebanese Mexican owner of NYT in the act of referring to Undocumented Americans as “Mexicans”. Das rayciss.
Finally Porter adds some astute commentary to Trump’s Inauguration speech which he found Radically Fundamental.
So I enjoyed the inaugural address. In much the same manner of quiet appreciation as for a man who tells you his Toyota is a car and not a troop of orangutans. Stating the obvious is pleasantly radical when custom has come to demand otherwise. Let’s hope there are many more radically fundamental acts to follow.
This Week in Evolutionist X
Evolutionist X discusses Creationism, Evolutionism, and Categories. She finds Bible-based creationists to be remarkably sane in comparison to the liberal kind. “God made it that way”, “Evolution made it that way”, “God made evolution make it that way”, are all quite superior to “It isn’t that way” when it clearly is.
Next up an observation: Democracy is America’s Religion. And the consequences thereof. It wasn’t just Moldbug that noticed this years ago, but principally De Tocqueville. But a gentle reminder is always in season:
[I]f you’re an American (or French, or Swedish, or German, or whatever) this [Muslim Extremism] feels awfully unfair, because after all, when have we ever blown anything up in Mecca in the name of Jesus?
But then I got to thinking: obviously we have bombed Muslim countries. We dropped quite a few on Iraq–and for what? For Freedom? For Democracy?
We didn’t want to convert Iraq to Christianity (not the vast majority of us, anyway.) We wanted to convert Iraq to democracy.
Democracy and Islam, being Christian heresies, actually do share a significant resemblance.
It’s Evolutionist X’s blog sesquicentennial in Wednesday’s Open Thread—reader input edition, and Ethiopia is a pretty cool place or at least used to be edition. I’m just happy to have a reason to type “sesquicentennial”.
Next up, she goes deep inside Allele Baseball with: When did Asians Evolve?
And a new series kicks off for Anthropology Friday: The Slave Narrative Collection (part 1 of 4). These are accounts collected in the 30s. It’s a fantastic read and an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀. Many of the transcriptions are rendered in full dialact, and far from insulting the speakers, I think it humanizes them. And, of course, the full complexity of life under slavery and the harsh, often deadly conditions of the post-bellum era come shining through.
This Week in Quas Lacrimas
Quincy T. Latham, who by the way recently set the Official This Week in Reaction® Record for shortest time between Official Discovery and Official Sub-Heading, finished up his 5-part, 12000 word, award-winning
essay pamphlet Loving the Sinner with Part 4: Political Parties and Part 5: Postscript. I don’t really know how much more I can say about this pamphlet. It’s simply chock full of thought experiments and bon mots. His sum up towards the end of part 4 is particularly salient. And the recent TRS unpleasantness makes an illustrative appearance in part 5. For the sake of completeness, The Committee award an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for the conclusion of this profound series.
He also offers another in his excellent Concepts Series: Biological Concepts: Clades.
This too on Monday, Latham’s back with some quick notes on Naughty and Nice. More like Naughty versus Nice, and the quick notes are no longer quick. At issue is “nice” bourgeois morality and the social incentives that militate against it. From the top…
Even where financial wealth cannot buy a higher status — even where there are symbols of rank that are forbidden to mere plutocrats!—the aristocracy will usually be secure, careless, and naughty in ways that their social inferiors will notice and then try to ape. But as formal prerogatives of rank and station are swallowed up by the symbolic desert of Equality, wealth gradually becomes the primary source of status, and the habits of the rich (including their rejection of bourgeois values) becomes the only possible ways to signal ones status. Step by step, the status-signaling games that the rich play among themselves come to center on their rejection of bourgeois values, consolidating the signal.
The lack of an actual aristocracy, I think, exacerbates this problem. If indeed it is not primarily to blame. There is also a danger below…
The lower middle class, frequently called “the working class” in America, scrapes by from generation to generation through strict adherence to the industry, decency, and frugality which middle-class life demands. They are in the greatest danger of ending up poor, so they are the least able to take risks. They are also scrupulously moral to avoid being mistaken for the poor (whose vicious habits, in any case, they encounter frequently and usually dislike a great deal). However, for every hard-won comfort the working class secures for itself in this way, there is an implicit corollary that if this comfort were lost, it could no longer be taken away, and so the caution and scruples would be pointless.
On Wednesday, it’s a review of The Cathedral, the English Civil War, and informal power. One of the best expositions yet on the nature of the Cathedral, especially how the occult machinations of informal power strengthen—arguably cause—it. He distinguishes between “formal capacity” and “formal mechanism” and argues that the latter alone (the buck stopping with a conscious agent) is both necessary and sufficient for formal power. Formal capacity is thus, more or less, a curtain for informal actors to hide behind.
Apostolic succession is a special problem for a Hobbesian—or a formalist—if the advocate of apostolic succession considers apostolic succession to be an informal mechanism for appointing people to wield informal-type powers. Whether the authority founded on apostolic succession is taken to descend through a transnational hierarchy of priests or within the traditions of an autocephalous church, informal capacity + informal sovereignty = informal power. If the New Testament recorded that Jesus Christ came not to supersede the Sanhedrin but to rebuild it on a global scale, then we would be stuck with a transnational conspiracy of informal power, I guess. Lucky for us that it doesn’t, huh?
This was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ winner.
Latham also has a Minor Note on the TRS Mess.
Finally, he takes substantial issue with Vox Day’s recent Alt-White/Alt-West distinction in What is the Alt-Right? Part 1: Disruption is Easy. Entropy, in other words, is easy:
[Y]ou don’t need to make concessions to opponents or embrace their principles in order to break up their coalitions. Politics is a war of all against all! Arranging and sustaining cooperation is difficult. Unity is the exception; division is the rule.
This too earned an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ from The Committee.
This Week in West Coast Reactionaries
Over at WCR, Alexander provides a massive feast for thought: 2016: Descent into the Abyss. He A lot to agree with there. A bit not to I think.
Also from Alexander, a short and sweet bit of original poetry: Setting Foot on Iona.
Then on Saturday, Giov Pennacchietti warns: Be Wary of “Postmodern” Theology. TBH, it doesn’t sound like the sort of thing I would think is a thing. Still, he’s well worth a read.
The Westerner, especially the millennial, can only experience things with an ironic detachment, at best intellectually entertaining higher values and traditional religious wisdom, but integrating them in such a way as to render impotent the most important parts of those traditions. The postmodernist, with a cockiness akin to that of a material reductionist science-worshipper (despite claiming to be a virulent critic of positivist science), proclaims that we shall never “go back,” that the Pandora’s box of skepticism and nihilism is here to stay because the deconstructionist game has worked its magic. The populations of the West are tragically apathetic and “sophisticated,” therefore the only way to satiate the inner need of the soul to be one with the All is by L.A.R.P.ing transcendence, treating genuine spirituality as a plaything to deconstruct at one end, with not an ounce of seriousness or self-reflection, dressed in its robes of sagacity on the other, the way a young child with a friend or sibling raids their parent’s closet and pretends to dress as “grown-ups.”
Post-irony is going to be where it’s at. And the best way to fake that is going to be not to fake it.
This Week Around The Orthosphere
At The Orthosphere, Thomas Bertonneau has a bit of academic satire in Upstate Consolation University Celebrates First Graduating Class in New Degree Program. Bertonneau also has a pretty hefty review of Guillaume Faye’s Understanding Islam.
And J. M. Smith makes a welcome return with Smoke Without Fire—a rumination on the epistemic value of rumors, and because that value is non-zero, the value of promoting lies to rumors.
Over at Matt Briggs’, he explains why he doesn’t do movie reviews: Going In Style—To The Movies. The material sucks too much… especially the remakes. And he has epistemological bones to pick with another Edge answer: Tipler’s Tipsy Parallel Universes of Quantum Mechanics. More bones to pick on Formal Logic And Probability, or rather stretching them too thin.
Speaking of Briggs, Chris Gale finds a brain study making suspicious use of statistics. Also immigrants are often afflicted by mood disorders. Which would make a good argument to at least have a hand on the immigration spigot. You’d think.
Mark Richardson has a rundown, Down Under, on how the Left turns mercenary. It HLvM… all the way down. It always has been. But now we know what to look for, and cellphone cams are ubiquitous. Also thoughts on Trudeau’s post-nation—the natural end of civic nationalism is no nation.
Bonald has a bit of an outsider’s perspective in Brief notes on the news. This part was supremely well put:
When I was young and naive, I was warned and believed that there are great dangers to having a state-run media. What I didn’t appreciate then was that, in a democracy, the alternative to having a state-run media is having a media-run state. I have come to believe that media power and democracy must be destroyed together in a single blow. As long as democracy exists, unlimited power will accrue to those who can control the perceptions of the masses.
Also at Bonald’s, a totally non-ironic (and actually quite good) MLP post on The Ways of Dragons.
This Week in Arts & Letters
Imaginative Conservative has some timely John Donne: “Death, be not proud”.
Also there, based Pat Buchanan asks (and answers): President Trump: The True Heir of Ronald Reagan? The answer is, not to put too fine a point on it, yes. And Bush Derangement Syndrome was nothing compared to Reagan/Trump Derangement Syndrome. And Fr. James Schall, S. J., wonders aloud Is Barack Obama Our Worst President? Schall is the only Jesuit I trust farther than I can throw him.
Color of crime watcher Heather Mac Donald is all over the Obama DoJ in “Statistical Evidence Not Required”—The conclusions of the Justice Department’s damning report on the Chicago Police Department were probably foreordained.
When gang members executed nine-year-old Tyshawn Lee after luring him into an alley with the promise of candy in November 2015, his gangbanger father refused to help the police solve the murder. I spoke with the detectives who relentlessly tracked the interstate escape of the assassins and finally cracked the case; their passion and outrage were evident.
The federal investigators appear oblivious to the profound disorder and predation in gang-infested neighborhoods. After echoing the charge that the CPD doesn’t try hard enough to solve crimes in black neighborhoods, the report implies that assertive officers who seek out crime in between their radio assignments are over-aggressive. The civil rights attorneys are clearly alarmed that promotion to specialized gang units depends on “aggression, hustle, and effort,” in the words of a sergeant. The attorneys question the use of arrests as one measure of productivity—having just repeated the lie that the department doesn’t care about clearing cases. The federal investigators are scandalized by a suggestion during a Compstat crime-analysis meeting that car stops be increased to quell a spate of drive-by shootings.
Well… I guess Chicago PD could always just increase marijuana arrests. Darn, that’s racist too.
William Scott has started a new Arts & Letters project: The Teleolojic Podcast. For episode 1, he is joined by ‘nuther friend of this blog Bill Marchant and they consider the epic tale of Beowulf.
Elfnonationalist has Nietzschean Reflections on Tolkien’s Villains.
This Week… Elsewhere
Despite his reputation as a cheerful, optimistic guy, Lawrence Murray does a mean “We shall drown” as well. He notes (correctly) that ours is The Dark Age.
You didn’t choose to be born into this. You didn’t pick your family, your tribe, your race. You didn’t have a say in your upbringing. You didn’t really pick the people you’ve met along the way. You didn’t always believe what you believe now. You might like to think you had an awakening and discovered all of your principles in one flash of illumination and have kept them as diligently as the soldier at Pompeii, but you haven’t. And even had you kept them, you are just throwing yourself against the storm.
No one really wakes up one day and decides they want to participate in the eternal struggle for mastery. You are drafted and conscripted into it, and probably spend half the time doubting the whole thing. But that’s how having faith works. You doubt.
Heartiste pays tribute to Alpha Dad Of The Month.
Ehud Would has a belated but very generous: Jack Chick: In Memoriam.
The Anti-Puritan has an idea for Ending Mortgage Debt Slavery. Also some links to The Most Crucial Architecture Documentaries You Will Ever Watch.
Filed under CIA is a Communist Country, Putin Believes the CIA Is After Trump.
This is the most dangerous threat the human race faces.
Afro Fogey is over at The Mitrailleuse advising blacks to Rid Yourself of the White Man. It’s hard to disagree. Mainstream white (i.e., liberal) culture is like smallpox. It’s bad for everyone, but worse for those who have no natural defenses against it.
Filed under Now This Was a Surprise, Pam Hobart is over at Ribbonfarm with a treatise on How to Dress for the Game of Life
Giovanni Dannato puts this all very well: The Backwardness of Consumerism.
The free market types understand very well that trust underpins the value, of money, bonds, pretty much all securities. Yet they can’t comprehend that if you want people to raise the next generation they must feel secure and trust there is a future. If you want anyone to care about a society they must feel invested in it somehow. When you have a nation of freelance mercenaries, the first storm to come along reveals its fatal structural weakness and sends it crumbling to the ground.
Late in the week, a very good piece from Reactionary Tree on The Intolerant Politics of Reality. It’s a well aimed shot at the “Alt-Light” to guide them further on the path to Dark Enlightenment.
You can already hear the likes of Paul Joseph Watson of InfoWars, in his British accent, complaining about “the intolerant Left” and how they are simply avoiding having a debate about ideas. Paul is certainly right about that. But so what? This is a new age in American politics. We no longer live in a nation where friends and family can gather around the dinner table, discuss politics, and simply agree to disagree about some issues (or perhaps even convince one another that the other has a point—shock!). Oh no, those days are no more. The age of Reason is over.
I’m not sure there ever really was an Age of Reason. If there ever was, it was a club with pretty strict cognitive standards to begin with. Reactionary Tree gets an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for his work here.
Well, that’s all folks. Let the left bury their left. Keep on reactin’! Til next week, NBS… Over and out!!