Well the liberals are going apopletic about the Travel Ban. M. G. from Those Who Can See has an exhaustive defense of the ban with I Lift My Lamp Beside the Cold Hard Facts. If only we could ban more…
Today’s progressive has the deck stacked against him from the start. As we saw in When Progressives Get Religion, his belief in Anti-Racism / Multiculturalism has metastasized into a religious faith. He is overwhelmed by the desire to preach, confess, show his piety, and fight heresy, and no amount of fact or logic can sway him from this dogma. But why?
Neil Devers makes a return to The Future Primaeval with The Problem of Efficient Political Order. The setup:
Political order could be achieved at significant damage to the structure of society, as in your classic 20th century totalitarian horror-state. Thus we must achieve political order by any means necessary and efficient, or if you prefer, by any means necessary and proper. This modified problem statement is the problem of efficient political order.
Divided government doesn’t measure up to either standard, but rather guarantees conflict. Devers takes home an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for his exploration in this underserved area.
Let’s see… what else was going on?
Social Pathologist states some Brief thoughts on the Alt Right, Dissident Right and Multiculturalism.
Alf has some thoughts on Women in the police force… none of them good. Also an IRL Meeting Spandrell. And a fond farewell: Rest In Peace Harry Potter 1997-2017—dead by the hands his execrable creatoress.
August J. Rush chronicles the latest hijinx of Antifa and their handlers: The Guardians of the Neoliberal Galaxy.
The goal of these “Antifa” is to prevent the “normalization” of the Alt-Right and of ethno-nationalist politics. We are riding the wave of resurgent Nationalism in America, and all those who consider themselves “Antifa” can sense that the Alt-Right is gaining a foothold in the American political scene. Dismayed by their prospects of debating us in the realm of ideas, they thus decide that the best way to drive us back underground is to threaten us physically. We are perceived as the first real threat to the managerial neo-liberal order since the Cold War, fighting against it from within like antibodies fighting off a virus.
In effect, this makes Antifa a wholly establishment organization. They LARP as anti-establishment radicals while defending the System they profess to want to overthrow. They yell “Burn the banks!” while they attack those people who would likely do more to reign in the financial system than almost anyone else. Many have outright left behind the Marxism of yesteryear, trading in class solidarity for lifestyle identity & only non-White ethnic interests. Hillary Clinton actually ended up playing many of these people like the fools they are…
They’re a lot stupider than they used to be. Also at Dissident Right: Joss Whedon’s Religious War. Not seeing it in Firefly, TBH, but the general trend may well be there.
Rush also has a superb bit historical research and analysis here: Immigration, Elections, and the Curley Effect: Why the Left wants Open Borders. A suitable chunk of red-pill, I think, for normies and conservatives. And an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for August J. Rush.
We can make ‘justice’ be the label for anything we want, but the meaning of what it labels is not up to us. The double bump shape of ‘3’ is also just a label, but the actual grouping of three objects we label with ‘3’ is a true meaning. The purpose of justice is to make a robust and prosperous society. Only one possible choice of a ‘just’ society is robust and prosperous.
Speaking of Spandrell, he has some clarifying remarks on Behaviorism in Context. Most of them quite good. This was interesting…
Modern social science still works on the rationalist paradigm, that people have “ideas” and that they “reason” about them. That is just a descendant of the Christian emphasis on “faith”, i.e. that some people have “faith” in their “hearts”, which makes them better people. Of course that was just a subterfuge to run a loyalty assessment on people. Making a good show of the “faith” in your “heart” was a very good costly signal to show your loyalty to the Christian team. Politics runs on this sort of misleading rituals. They work very well.
He’s right of course. But verbal affirmation of faith is not costly enough. In fact, it is quite cheap… and gameable… especially to those with high verbal IQ. Ask me about my extemporaneous prayer ability. Tho’ admittedly it has fallen into some disuse after a decade of being Catholic.
Dark Reformation continues with his excellent series: How Trump Won Part 3: Ethos and Part 4: Pathos, Part 5: Trump Frees the Slaves, and Part 7: The Modern Crisis of the Modern Structure. (Part 6 apparently went belly-up.)
He also looks into “Cashless Society” proposals and fears A Global North Korea.
And Dark Reformation is nothing if not encyclopedic. Like in his 45 Cs of Jurisprudence. Stream of consciousness? Perhaps. But some very nice bon mots in there. Like:
Civilisation is Law.
Barbarism or anarchy is a state of lawlessness.
Parties who have no agreement with each other, exist in a state of nature.
Which is to say, they exist in a state of war, or threat of war.
And in war, the law is silent. (Inter arma enim silent leges).
Be sure to <ctrl>+f for “democracy” too. This was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
Sarah Perry offers extended musings on human perceptions of time, and the ways in which we (almost literally) time travel, in After Temporality. It is very good… of course, and also an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
Nick Land finds an interesting Twitter cut, from a somewhat self-aware, and comically overconfident, leftoid.
By way of Isegoria… Parasites and Piety with a big paste from John Durant’s Paleo Manifesto. Westernization leads to de-Westernization IOW we’re our own worst enemies. Also How Israel Catches Lone Wolves… of the terrorist variety.
Finally, this week’s epistle from CWNY is Of Kingship and Kinship.
This Week in Jim Donald
Jim kicks off the week looking at Trump Derangement Syndrome and Status. He parses the implication of the (quite mild, quite ordinary) travel ban in the dialect of Who-Whom:
If Muslims are allowed to go where they please and give ordinary white people, aka racists, a hard time, that implies that Muslims are higher status. Which implies that progs are even higher status. If they are not allowed, that implies that progs are not higher status.
You will notice that Trump is creating safe zones in the Middle East for Muslim refugees. Which is arguably a lot better for Muslim refugees than coming to an alien country where they cannot get wives or jobs. The problem for progs is that not just that they want Muslims to go where they please, they want them to go where they please and give ordinary whites (racists) a hard time. They are not worried about the welfare of Muslims refugees, but their status. Safe zones, instead of US migration, undermines Muslim status relative to white Americans. It denies Muslims the opportunity to prove that working class white people in flyover country are low status contemptible hateful people who do not matter.
Safe zones be rayciss.
Then he has ruminations upon the UC Berkeley Milo debacle and how we shall then live After the Flight 93 election. “Berkeley is Krystalnacht for ‘racists’.” Democracy is (and only is) war. War is (and only is) existential conflict.
Finally, Jim notes how the Courts predictably rule Trump’s election platform illegal, and humbly suggests the Trump Administration take a cue from Australia’s former PM Tony Abbott, when his courts tried to do the same thing to him.
This Week in Social Matter
Slower than average week here at SM, but we’ve got a lot of stuff in the pipe. Ryan Landry kicks the week off with Here’s How Trump Should Tax The Rich. He’s full of ideas on how to sock it to the high-low coalition. Some are more realistic than others. I suspect a personal net worth tax is going to require a bureaucracy as big as the IRS to administer. But taxing capital gains at the normal rate sounds like a certain win. The “low” part of the coalition already pays negative income taxes, so getting at them requires some sort of sales side tax. Which in my opinion is long overdue.
And Landry is back on Tuesday with the Weimerica Weekly podcast: SWPL Family Formation. That’s “family” in quoties.
Newcomer Arthur Sarsfield drops by with a dandy article on Thursday: Trumpism And The Reforging Of An Imperial America. He begins with an indictment of the current state of the USG Empire which will not be unfamiliar to the readers of these pages, yet does so with particular eloquence. For example
Those on the American Right, too, are in a strange position, being conservatives of a liberal revolution against monarchy and hierarchy. Thus, they merely guard the most recently cemented advance of liberalism against newer iterations. Greatness is thus something that slowly trails behind the ever moving present. American conservatives may one day consider George W. Bush great. Meanwhile, the American Left has tasked itself with destroying the foundations of the human experience, so as to make men into angels and usher in a new era of progress. The end of race, gender, class, family, and tradition are seen as the end goals of civilization, because all are associated in their minds with systems of unjust exploitation.
Thus, in the United States, political options hitherto have been the conservative fealty to the Constitution (as modified continuously by liberals), or to the liberal project of running a sociological experiment.
Trump comes to power on the shoulders of justifiably angry working class whites, but he’s not, Sarsfield thinks, going to be able to rule in their interests alone the many nations that make up the American Empire. Weaving a path to a sort of national (Amerikaner) supremacy within the empire, while keeping the competing “nations” content is much to be desired:
When Americans speak of their nation, they are in fact referring to an empire. Empire produces a convoluted kind of supremacy, or rather a primacy (that is to say, a status of being first in rank rather than supreme for any innate unconditional reason). It’s not so much that the Manhattanite thinks the people of Ohio and Pennsylvania are racially superior to those of the Mississippi River or Southern California. But there are a lot of them, and they form a huge contiguous bloc in the imperial heartland and supply many of its officers, soldiers, and taxes. Their ancestors built this country out of the wilderness and supplied it with values, institutions, and culture. They are objectively important. If they are allowed wilt and exit the stage, there is no guarantee they can be smoothly replaced. After all, the Roman Empire did not survive Germanization. As the election has shown, it was never the solidly Democratic African-American or Latino votes that were kingmaker, it was about raising one’s share of the mass democratic white vote, about winning over the ethnic foundation.
A superior effort here earns Sarsfield an ☀☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Award☀☀.
And poetry this week in the Poetry & Prose column. Poet Laureate of the Neoreaction E. Antony Gray honors the pre-Elizabethan John Skelton.
This Week in 28 Sherman
Over at the home blog, Ryan Landry has everything that was wrong with Pardoning Manning. And why Obama had to do it anyway.
Next he has a Documentary Review: Advanced Style. That’s apparently a docu about women of a certain age getting gussied up.
A common theme to their outfits is the hat or headpiece. It is not because it is from another time but to hide old lady hair. Hair changes color and look as one ages, and there is no fighting it. These women all have some headpiece to minimize the focus on their hair. It is a great strategy because even the choice of wearing a hat or headpiece plays into the “I’m unique” bit of their fashion statement.
Pretty Weimerica-sounding to me. Landry finds it interesting. But that doesn’t mean it’s worth watching.
This week in WW1 pics, we have Downed Zeppelins. With some explanatory notes.
Finally, SoBL has ruminations upon Milo’s Cancelled Event and what that portends. Personally, I’m beginning to see the hard left as a rather spent force, playing right into the Alt-Right’s hands. I suspect their neoliberal masters are probably gonna wise up… and at least stop wasting their money.
This Week in Kakistocracy
Porter comments on the Interesting Times we’re living in. In the Chinese Proverb sense of the term.
While the executive and judiciary have periodically generated some very mild friction in the recent past, these first skirmishes of the Trump presidency portend something much hotter. As you know a liberal judge, envisioning herself as the protagonist in one of Hollywood’s semi-annual slave movies, has already issued a partial stay. Additionally, every business down to Myrtle’s Diner is pledging to sponsor more legal challenges. You can certainly see whose loyalty your Netflix subscription is purchasing. To paraphrase that company’s CEO, it’s unamerican to have an America of Americans.
His thoughts turn to The Constitution with Original Expediency. You’d think that the U. S. Constitution is remarkably non-ideological and indifferent to results, But you’d be wrong…
[W]hile reading an opinion piece today by AIPAC-American esquire, Cass Sunstein, it occurred to me, as I’m sure it must have previously, that the left actually sees the Constitution as results determinative. It’s not an org-chart, but a to-do list.
In the piece Cass, who was apparently given that name on purpose, takes a dim view of Scalia’s (and by extension Neil Gorsuch’s) originalist approach. Not because it fails any rational scrutiny, but because it could fail to produce liberal results. This, in a formidable display of unselfconsciousness, Sunstein calls “unprincipled.”
Porter sings a hopeful tune in response to the latest leftist misrule: Become Un Plea Bargainable.
Trump is already realigning counter-terrorism resources from fabled “white supremacists” to the Dar al-Islam. This should be expanded further to infiltrate and break-up the leftist terror cells. People are being routinely attacked now for simply wearing a hat in support of their sitting President. Like so much else, we actually don’t have to live like this. And if the state under Trump performs its duties with a fraction of the zeal it has previously reserved for recalcitrant conservatives, we won’t have to.
And Porter turns the WordPress Editor over to DN Poolside and You Go, The State Stays.
This Week in Evolutionist X
Evolutionist X kicks off her week with a very handy Visualizing Race (an essay in three images). More to come.
That them continues in a whirlwind tour series Race: The Social Construction of Biological Reality.
People sometimes try to claim that human races do not exist simply because edge cases exist, small, scattered groups which possess a mixture of genes common to both Sub-Saharan Africans and Caucasians, Caucasians and Asians. And these groups do in fact exist, and are fascinating in their own rights. But these groups are also small, often living in extremely harsh, forbidding lands where few humans can survive….
But the vast, vast majority of the world’s people do not live in these harsh and unforgiving lands. They live clustered together in the enormous population centers, continually mixing, migrating, churning, and conquering each other, not people thousands of miles off. The concept of race stems from this basic observation of the geography of human settlements.
We don’t ask whether taxonomic categories exist, so much as whether they taxonomize. There’s much more in Part 2, where the general tri-partate division of race gets somewhat justified, and somewhat rather complicated.
This week’s EX Open Thread is on SCOTUS picks, time series of women’s attitudes toward abortion, pre- and post-preganancy (which don’t appear to exist), pensions are screwed and of course CoTW(s).
For Anthropology Friday, more of The Slave Narrative Collection (pt 2/4).
This Week in Quas Lacrimas
Quincy T. Latham kicks off the week with Memetic Lebensraum, Part 1 (Resisting Assimilation). Wherein, parenthetically, he begins in earnest to call progs “bolsheviks”, and the shoe, I must say, fits perfectly. At issue is how to identify leftism among the living and especially among the dead. A taste is all can afford.
The priority of identification over interpretation is really no different in any other domain of knowledge. An entomologist must learn to spot and identify beetles before he can turn his observations into a Theory of Beetles. Of course, a dedicated entomologist begins to get beetles on the brain. He sees beetles in abstract geometric patterns, he sees beetles when he closes his eyes. Sometimes he may even reflect on more abstract resemblances to beetles: while watching cable news, for example.
When identifying the essential underlying bolshevism of something, however, this hyperawareness of salient patterns poses a unique danger. Part of the essential underlying essence of Bolshevism is the drive to assimilate everything that is non-bolshevik and absorb it into Bolshevism.
Know thyself and know thine enemy. Memetic Lebensraum continues on Saturday with Part 2 (Conquest). Conquering the left the realm of atomic ideas (memes) gives us what exactly? …
On the whole I think it would be better for leftists to feel that they cannot use certain basic concepts comfortable without admitting unwanted implications, and for us to feel quite at home with our basic conceptual vocabulary. Likewise, leftists should fear that when they accuse an opponent of some crime, they strengthen the hand of rightists who are the ultimate arbiters of guilt and innocence. Leftists should fret that their theories are built on quicksand, and that recognized experts who are hostile to the Left will be called upon to judge whether the way they use our concepts is learned or confused.
We’ve already seen this reconquest happen on a small scale.
This is I think not far from the concept that Neoreaction is Right Brahmin Signaling. For the pair thus far, Latham garners the rare ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀.
He has Ongoing Notes on the Phylogeny of the English Church, in the interests of vetting the “Progressivism is Crypto-Calvinism” thesis of course.
And Latham discovers a Recipe for Reaction, served up primarily by the purveyors of liberal internationalism. It begins with awareness of Gell-Mann Amnesia. To be aware of it is to lose it.
So once you start to treat every article skeptically, your digging turns up so many errors, half-truths and exaggerations that your faith in the media is irrevocably lost. Soon you are no longer asking whether the media is reliable but rather what misconceptions it is trying to spread.[…]
Whether your first suspicions focused on race, on gender, or even on video games, once you start treating the media as unreliable you also move to a new understanding of how journalism works.
Thence to Free Speech, or the romantic attachment thereunto. Once you see The Cathedral, you cannot unsee it. Hence, the Alt-Right. This one was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ in its own right.
This Week at Thermidor Magazine
Over at our sister e-zine Thermidor, Nathan Duffy notices a sudden and intense interest in hyper-literalism regarding some carefully selected words of Jesus in Enemies and Strangers. He gets an assist from Carl Schmitt, about whom we’ve been hearing quite a bit lately.
At a time when Trump is turning progressives into flag-waving constitutional originalists, and many conservatives into nationalists, he’s also managed to convert much of the staunchly secularist, anti-theocratic Christian Left into avid theocrats. Look at that.
Jonathan has a nice bit of original video: The Crazy Ones.
P. T. Carlo hosts the Thermidor Podcast in which they discuss Berkeley And Everything After. My goodness, they’re already on Episode 5?!!
Carlo has a reprint of a very fine essay, originally published at West Coast Reactionaries: America Beneath The Asphalt. America, unique among all nations (at least those more than about 100 years old), has no pre-liberal history. America is quintessentially liberal.
The United States itself was founded as an ideological laboratory experiment. The North American Continent, after its original inhabitants had been exterminated, served as the ideal blank canvas upon which to impress the violent fantasies of the European intelligentsia. Its endless natural resources and geographic impregnability served as a kind of blank check to the utopia builders of the Enlightenment, a Zion for the Godless.
Latent in the founders’ vision is the concept of Jean-Jacques Rousseau‘s “primitive man”: a creature born free, but everywhere enchained. For Rousseau, Society itself is ultimately evil and an imposition on and degradation of the individual’s inherent freedom.
And Nathan Duffy traces the Nature of the Threat: The Rise of Black Resentment Politics where life once again imitates art… of a sort.
This Week in West Coast Reactionaries
Over at WCR, Alexander looks for Heroism in an Age of Despair. It makes it all the more heroic I s’pect.
And late in the Week, Nikul Joshi writes In Favor of Nihilism. He seems to be perfectly serious.
This Week Around The Orthosphere
Matt Briggs is all over the so-called “Consensus™” on AGW like a cheap suit: The Consensus That Wasn’t: Less Than 1%, Not 97%. (Not that he’d ever wear a cheap suit, mind you.) And he has a rundown on some of the more noteworthy recent flareups of Trump Derangement Syndrome: Trumpenpanic: Or, Elites Lose Their Minds. Even the America Association of Geographers get it on the act, because… well never let it be said that geographers are not elite.
Briggs also is over at The Stream with Illegal Voting: Nobody knows how many illicit votes were cast. Absence of evidence is, as we are so often reminded, not evidence of absence. Especially when it’s thousands of people’s jobs not to notice evidence.
Briggs also has epistemological coverage on the forced capitulation of Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey: The Circus Is Closed—But Animals Still Don’t Have Rights.
Dalrock is magnificent here: Embracing no fault divorce is the natural result of elevating romantic love to a moral force. Donal Graeme follows that up with a note: Splitting Eros Leads To Disaster. I.e., splitting the emotional and bodily aspects of eros.
Bonald likes that The Right is impersonal. Both being right, and, properly speaking, rightist. First Things, of course, is not at all right. Also: Ours is an age of decisive leadership… in the person of Pope Francis that is.
Cato the Younger has a brief reminder On True Liberty.
Cato has been reading Ferrara’s Liberty: The God That Failed and has a nice bundle of notes on The Greco-Catholic Synthesis.
At The Orthosphere proper, Bonald has a review of Roger Scruton’s How to be a Conservative—or rather, how not to be.
Conservatism basing itself on “civil society” and “intermediary institutions” (e.g., Nisbet, the Red Tories) always has the weakness that it can’t explain why we should want to preserve the things conservatives have traditionally wanted to preserve in particular–the patriarchal family, the Christian Churches, European monarchies–rather than their replacements. Scruton’s conservatism has no hills to die upon. On the subject of marriage, he says that laws must “move with social change, but not be the engine of social change”. That’s a pretty feeble cry to arms considering the other side’s claim to absolute justice. The problem is that Scruton claims values “emerge through our cooperative endeavors”. Because he rejects any meaningful appeal to natural teleology or divine command (see his other recent book The Soul of the World) and rightly abhors the idea of a society mobilized for social justice, he struggles to ascribe to these associations any standard that transcends them. He can only derive normative structure from the essence of intersubjectivity itself. For example, he can say that conservatives are only interested in associations that make demands on their members (which is a true point, by the way). So Scruton can insist that marriage has traditionally been about heterosexual reproduction and the links between generations, not adult self-fulfillment, but he has no way to insist that marriage as Christianity and natural law view it is the one normative form.
A defense of the particular is necessary but not sufficient defense against caustic modernity.
And this was quite good. J. M. Smith helpfully explains What Inclusion Really Means viewed through the lens of his local Cathedral initiative of “You Me All Welcome”. (I bet they paid good money for that slogan!) He finds some rather glaring exceptions to that “All”, by which the slogan is thoroughly debunked…
Inclusion is always conditional, the condition being that those who are included share, or at the very least do not actively oppose, the purpose that makes the group a group. In the case of a “university community,” the purpose is learning, whether by way of research or instruction. A university community therefore quite rightly excludes persons who are incapable of learning at the level that university community provides. This is the Dimwit Exception to the principle of inclusion. A university community must also exclude those who have the capacity to learn, but who lack the inclination to learn, or at least to make a good show of pretending to learn, and whose presence would therefore disrupt the university community in its pursuit of its purpose. We might call this the Rowdy Exception, and so further amend the library’s slogan to read: “You, Me, All, Welcome [except Cossacks and Dimwits and Rowdies, of course].”
An extra 100 points to Smith for using the pregnant term “Cossack”… and an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for Dr. Smith.
Busy week at The Orthosphere… Bonald is up again explaining Why don’t people want Muslim immigration. “It’s not terrorism, crime, or wage depression”, he says. And I think he’s right. But I don’t want to spoil it for ye.
This Week in Arts & Letters
Ed Realist reports from the Hearts & Minds front: Understanding the 2016 Election, High School Edition.
At City Journal, there’s a whole lotta love for Judge Gorsuch. Also a very interesting piece Intelligentsia Elegy: American intellectuals are at odds with the workings of democracy, including a spotted history of the very word “intelligentsia”.
Hank Delacroix has a blog, in case you didn’t know. Those of you who have read his work at SM will have become accustomed to his shtick of socially perceptive, quazi-autobiographical prose. More of that this week in Opting Out, Plugging In. And I’m not really sure about the “quazi-” part.
Richard Carroll has a nice overview of The Book of Odes.
This Week… Elsewhere
Roman Dmowski highlights the results of one Great Week of MAGAing.
Moose Norseman gains encouragement from an IRL meetup.
Unorthodoxy has a request for comintern: More Street Protests Please. They’re making fascism look positively appealing. Also, humorously, New Economic Research: Blacks and Hispanics Lazier, from the truthy pages of The Cuckonomist no less.
Lawrence Murray delivers the final installment of his Skinning the Invisible Knapsack, Part 5 of 5.
Heartiste conducts a colonoscopy on The Left And Mass Protests.
Speaking of neo-bolshies, Andrew Joyce is over at Radix Journal with Antifa: An Obituary.
TUJ has A Suggested Decoy for the Trump Administration—a DOJ Investigation into Obama’s Terrorist Connections. But only as something up their sleeve, when they really need a tail to wag the dog.
Al Fin has some pointed pointers on how Rebuilding the US Schools System Can Save Some of the Children. He certainly speaks our language:
Young people need to be given a foundation of competence as they set out to live their lives, not a foundation of debt and indoctrination. Government schools in the US destroy more lives than they help. This tragedy results from a corrupt ideological system of educational bureaucracy that has been badly in need of overhaul for the past 55 years. Perhaps a President Trump can “drain the swamp,” kill the bureaucratic zombies and lobbyists of DC, and begin to build a system that instills competence and earned confidence.
Antidem offers an extensive thought experiment: Down And Out In Christania.
Well… that’s all I had time for. Learn a martial for heaven sakes. Keep on reactin’! Til next week, NBS… Over and out!!