O look! It’s another Mencius Moldbug Wow Just Wow from a mainstream medium!! 2014 called, Colin Lecher. They want their I Can’t Even back.
This week Milo-gate happened. Well, that’s always happening. He’s an ally because he triggers the right people. He’s dangerous because he is not meaningfully conservative. We keep an eye on him. TUJ has some well-considered remarks on The Milo Saga. Chris Gale is somewhat sympathetic. Briggs hosts an anonymous guest post: An Open Letter To Milo Yiannopoulos. Jim’s timely thoughts on the matter are below the fold.
Let’s see… what else was going on?
Alf has nice bit of political theory here: Leftism is the mindkiller: “We define leftism as defection through lying.” There’s more:
Of course the leftist will read this and in his mind has already come up with 13 counter-arguments. I get it, you’re a good talker. But I’m really not talking to leftists here, I’m addressing rightists, for the observation that leftism is defection through lying will do very little to change the behaviour of a leftist. Gnon has simply made it so that lying is too effective to give up. Truth is hard, lying is easy. You can make up a useful lie on the spot while it takes effort, care and energy to discover truth. Also consumes more energy to disprove a lie than to come up with a lie. So leftists will keep lying.
He also considers the possibility of The Murder of Donald Trump and his Family, in which a great line: “The dissident right is the civilian slowly figuring out he is being led to his own death.” And Alf likes Stefan Molyneux on the Netherlands, which is a ringing endorsement, but we wouldn’t want it to go to Molyneux’s head. Also there: 2 leftists walk into a bar, which I must confess I didn’t get.
Woenselaer also has on-the-ground reporting on The clown fiesta that is the 2017 Dutch election. “Clown fiesta”! LOL!!
Filed under “Said that like that’s a bad thing”, Nick Land finds some delicious T-Shirt Slogans… If only reactionaries wore T-shirts for outer wear. Also at Xenosystems: The Anglosphere re-emerges. Far from presaging death of the West, it could very well save its life. And Nick Land had what looked like a final Twitter Cut. After his inexplicable suspension, he received an inexplicable reinstatement.
Current events enter the dialogue (somewhat) over at GA Blog. Adam considers States Temporary and Permanent and the warming war between them.
What the election of Donald Trump reveals is that the system [of Cathedral control] is imperfect, and this revelation has generated another one, as the elements of the state that normally leak and subvert behind the scenes are now close enough to the surface to be seen by everyone. Outing the fundamental power relations of the United States is one of the many things we can be grateful to Donald Trump for.
High plus Low versus Middle has never been more visible in the history of American Democracy. The truth is getting harder to suppress, but because so ugly grates upon the decent and respectable…
The really interesting question is ? First of all, let’s point out that the permanent state seems to be comprised of an endless and incalculable series of temporary states. When a judge tells President Trump he can’t do something as routine as prevent migration from some hell holes, and Trump complies, clearly Trump is not sovereign. Is the judge, then, sovereign? Not yet—the administration appealed to the Ninth Circuit appeals court which could have, theoretically, overturned the lower judge’s decision, and reinstalled the travel ban. Is the Ninth District, then, sovereign? In overturning the lower court, would they have restored Trump’s sovereignty? But let’s not forget about the Supreme Court, which has certainly acted sovereignly on a regular basis for decades now. What has allowed them to do so? If a president defies a Supreme Court decision, would he then be sovereign?
How many divisions does Chief Justice Roberts have? If we’re lucky, we may find out. Excellent work from Adam, which garnered a rare ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀.
Vincent Hanna continues with his encyclopedic “How Trump Won” series: Part 9c: Sex, Lies, Facebook and the Pathological “Face Saving” of Progressives, Part 9d: A Coup against the Cathedral?, Part 9e: Imperium in Imperio, and Part 9f: Quack-Crack-Cracks-in-the-Circus. This is about a whole lot more than just “How Trump Won”. From Parte 9e…
Halford Mackinder said that democracies cannot think strategically because they cannot think period; they certainly seem to be unable to think about threats over the long-term (which is also Hans Hermann Hoppe’s point about Western democracy and economics); thus, democracy cannot coordinate various actors and institutions and concentrate on a specific strategy to engage threats (as we shall see).
While America was largely a post-democratic country by 2016, it was not fully; with the Trump election—where the people chose…. for the first time since…—they have chosen a candidate who is a complete outsider and one who wishes to enact radical change. The success of the Trump administration remains to be seen.
Mark Citadel has a superb feature image to go with his fine essay: Reconsidering Nostalgia. He makes the case that nostalgia has an important meaning, even if we should not overly indulge it.
In our dear Liberal world, nostalgia is something of a taboo because feeling positive about the past is to feel positively about a cavalcade of neoteric heresies that were systematically banished, a great example being this caller to the Michael Savage radio show who wanted rock and roll locked away due to the racism of the 50s. However, my admittedly casual take on this mysterious emotion is that it is in fact an immature expression of a subconscious instinct which we have trouble giving rationality to, but points the way like a compass nonetheless. Duties last not because traditions were, but because they still are, and it is we who change, not the times, nostalgia only serving to remind us that we are falling short of our potential. If we stop seeing virtue as being locked behind the waves of time, we will realize that virtue in the future, but of course the first step is acknowledging virtue exists outside of our capacity to invent it.
Every legitimate desire or want points to some actual lack and a corresponding hope of fulfillment. As St. Augustine noted, “Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.” Citadel takes home an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for his excellent work here.
Free Northerner chimes in with some specifics and an inductive take On Cost Disease. Namely the Pareto Principle and the Iron Law of Bureaucracy. Very strong and an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
Atavisionary has a brief note on Anarcho-capitalism and the alt-right.
Late in the week, Shylock Holmes opines On the Folly of Romanticising Dreams. He was inspired by seeing La La Land, which I regret to inform him he was not the last person in America to see, since I had not even heard of it. The kinds of people who write screenplays and produce movies are the kinds of people who have Big Dreams™. Thus we are treated to a never-ending smorgasbord of stories about making Big Dreams Come True®. Whereas the garden variety movie-goer has a much more mundane lacunae to fill:
I ask you, dear reader—do you think that the ennui that so characterises our modern existence is likely to be solved by more trips to Europe, aspiring actors, or failed restauranteurs?
What people are genuinely missing, rather, is a sense of purpose in their lives. And purpose is different from dreams in subtle but important ways.
You can find purpose in religion—in aims higher than egotism, and in understanding the human condition. You can find purpose in family—in raising children, in looking after your elderly parents, in loving and supporting your siblings. You can find purpose in community—in bonds with those around you, in brightening the day of neighbours or strangers. For a talented few, you can find purpose in art—in creating things of great beauty which may outlast you.
With the possible exception of art, the purposes listed above are within the reach of the average person, though finding them is far from straightforward. Religion and community have both been declining a lot in the west over the last few decades. Still, as the Last Psychiatrist puts it, you can always fake it until it becomes real—if your parents are still alive, you can call them, right now, and brighten up their day.
Holmes gets an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for his subtle insights here.
Seriouslypleasedropit has a fine meditation on the undersold virtue of Kindness. Undersold because inextricably particular. Making it all the more virtuous.
By way of Isegoria, Few people have thought more deeply about the nature of war than McMaster, Steve Sailer on The Vengeance of Edward Said, and the art of Terrorism Denial.
Malcolm Pollack has some penetrating thoughts on Stockholm Syndrome:
If your mistake turns out to be too little importation of profoundly alien peoples and cultures, well, you can always have more. If, on the other hand, you find out that your mistake was too much of it—as Sweden is doing now—it’s already too late.
Finally CWNY’s Saturday missive: From the Dark Night of Negro Worship into the Light of Europe.
This Week in Jim Donald
Jim can think of a bunch of better reasons for Purging Milo than being a his being victim of “pedo”.
And he has some hopeful news: Conservatives find their balls, at least when it comes to Global Warming.
Trump has a pile of prosecutions he can apply for breaches of national security, and now we are seeing potential prosecutions for fraudulent warmism. If he applies these (and you know Trump – would he not) the permanent government is going to be brought to heel.
This Week in Social Matter
Fresh off his Petrodollar exposé last week, Ryan Landry continues looking at the outsized rôum;le KSA plays in USG foreign policy with Using Saudi Arabia In The Empire. For an American Empire at permanent war with itself, the Saudis come in mighty handy. For one of the sides.
Arthur Gordian is up Monday with Fides And Consent. It may be the most thorough explication of the neoreactionary view on the role of religion in stable society to date. He begins by showing how social contract theory was the key to displacing fides at the heart of civic order. Just an eensy-teensy tweak, right?
The notion of Contract serves as an inferior substitute for Faith, as it implies the inherent untrustworthiness of one’s partner and therefore makes Aristotelian political friendship impossible, thus leaving no other option in modern politics but a Schmittian state of eternal warfare within the state. Modern liberals attempted to weld the idea of “social solidarity” onto consent-based systems to resolve this problem, but the solution is fatally flawed….
For the apparent (and only apparent) rationalization of the state, we traded away thousands of years of “social technology”:
This is where Fides fits in; as a consequence of our experience of obligation arising from receiving benefit without cost, we incur a moral duty to ascribe good faith in the future where good faith has been shown in the past, and in return to act in good faith towards others. Thus, we perpetuate a positive spiral of cooperation and mutual good which is sustained solely by our moral choice to participate in a eudaimonious or “friendly” relationship. “Honor thy Father and Mother” is more than a command of Scripture; it is also a command of our very natures to recognize and feel obligation toward our kith and kin. The virtue of Medieval society was the ability to metastasize this to the whole of society, wherein all social bonds, including the political, are treated as personal bonds of friendship between an interrelated web of persons. The so-called “pathological altruism” of European societies can be traced back to this notion of society as a collection of friends, which was anything but pathological in its original context.
There is much, much more. I cannot hope to excerpt this fine piece with any justice. He spares not the rod even for St. Thomas Aquinas, creating not a little bit of controversy in the combox. Please read the whole of this ☀☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Award☀☀ winner.
Social Matter‘s other Arthur—Arthur Sarsfield—returns Friday with The Lost Cause: Conservative Individualism In A Multi-Tribal Society. This is fundamental to the reactionary critique of “conservatism”:
A conservative does not want to unmake the existing order.
But at the same time, the existing order wants to unmake the American conservative.
Aside from the fact that individualism is a fundamentally, primordially liberal, and therefore unconservative, Sarsfield goes on to show that principled devotion to it (say a less liberal, more classical version of liberalism) is also counter-productive to ostensible conservative goals (e.g., phenotype-blind equality before the law).
Individualism could only be considered conservative by the conservatives of a liberal revolution. While the Left has been incentivized by democratic systems to weaponize minority identity groups in Western society for the purpose of breaking down the majority, generally, the Left often holds the end goal of abolishing all classes and castes. In the long-run, the policies of the Left could ultimately bring about an individualistic society, where all local, familial, and tribal ties have been destroyed, and there are no longer meaningful social differences between groups of Americans–assuming their policies worked, of course, or that their goal was to create that society.
It’s actually about looting and slowly liquidating the kulaks who vote Republican, not singing kumbaya.
So there is that. The Committee is happy to bestow Sarsfield with an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for this fantastic short essay.
Finally, E. Antony Gray has some fresh cut poetry for Saturday: La Mordida. A paean to formalism… if I’m reading it right.
This Week in 28 Sherman
At the home blog, Landry’s Monday article explains how the firing of Michael Flynn Fulfills Rand’s & Snowden’s Warnings. The “Intelligence Community” has paradoxically become much less invisible, and is bearing its fangs in the Age of Trump.
Flynn was a threat to CIA and his desires to reform the intelligence community as well as air some intel that had been sat on for years like the OBL raid data. Who ordered the tap? Who signed off on the warrant? Because the media is in service to the permanent government, we will not learn that but instead learn only that Flynn spoke to Russians. The leaks were illegal. The leaks hinted at things, but there was no wrong doing per the FBI and the DNI. Flynn reacted to the whispers poorly, and then was gone immediately.
Landry also delves into the unique status, true for many years, but becoming much much more ordinary, of journalists as intelligence launderers. This was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
For Wednesday, SoBL uncovers Beyonce’s Whitest Moment. You mean she’s not actually white? Who knew?!!
This Week in WW1 Pics: Verdun, with a sizable amount of commentary to go along with. Like:
There are still bodies at Verdun one hundred years later. Do not forget these men. There are cemeteries that honor the dead, but no cemetery for old Europe itself. A hundred years ago, Verdun was over but the world was still waiting.
Finally, a eulogy for #FrogTwitter, which by-and-large have not been reinstated.
This Week in Kakistocracy
Porter looks into the White Penalty at the DNC. The Dems are doing their darnedest to be an unsafe space for whites. Hillary’s loss may prove the nail in the coffin. Hard not to see this as a positive development.
Next up, the NYT’s editorial whitewashing of
illegal aliens undocumented workers is examined (and found wanting) in An Honest Day’s Theft.
I don’t think in my entire life I’ve ever heard a rented mouthpiece express the imperative to “defend the rights of non-immigrants.” Aside from sake of political expediency, I can’t say why that would be. Unquestionably non-immigrants have rights as well. I imagine Mr. Videgaray believes Mexican non-immigrants are particularly endowed. I’d be interested to hear him articulate just what those rights of non-immigrants in his country are.
Porter tackles the argument, or rather the insinuation, by Dan Schneider at CPAC last week in this ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀: Alt-Right R Real Leftists:
Do you ever wonder why no one strives to uphold the Values of Carthage anymore? Do you think it has anything to do with the absence of Carthaginians? I’m sure their society did have values, and ones to which most hewed piously. Maybe their values were even subjectively superior to Roman values. Though it’s been hard to find many saying so since Carthage was razed to the ground and its last surviving citizens sold into slavery.
It would be interesting to know if shackled fathers watching their wives and daughters being led in chains to soldiers’ tents found solace in the righteousness of universalist morals. Or if, in contrast, they wished more attention had been placed on defending the Carthaginian people. I suppose all we can do is speculate.
Who knows whether the Cathedral might not reward Mr. Schneider by not calling him a Nazi?
Of this I am certain, Porter has lived through a lot more sermon illustrations than I have. The One About the Panic! at the Well serves as apposite object lesson for Germany and its irrational mistrust of Alternative für Deutschland, who really is only trying to help.
This Week in Evolutionist X
Over at Evolutionist X’s, Anthropology Friday comes to Monday with Anthropology Friday Preview: Reindeer Herders. Forget the vegetarian propaganda. Not least because…
Most farms that I am familiar with have at least some animals. If raising animals were a net-calorie loss for humans, I’d expect farmers who don’t raise animals to be more successful than those who do, making the existence of cows and chickens difficult to explain.
For Tuesday, she considers Cannibalism, Abortion, and R/K Selection.
In the “Official” Wednesday Open Thread, it’s Ruminants Rule, Cold Winter Theory, CoTW, as well as the kitchen sink.
Next up an
image-rich image-entire A Fertility Story. And I had forgotten Evolutionist X’s supremely worthy adage: “Modernity selects for those who resist it”. Almost want to make that into a bumper sticker, but…
Finally, the long wait is over for Anthropology Friday: Reindeer Economies. It’s based on Tim Ingold’s rather academic (and admittedly Marxist) Hunters, Pastoralists and Ranchers: Reindeer economies and their transformations from 1980.
This Week at Thermidor Mag
Doug Smythe is over at Thermidor Mag this week with: Materialism, Truth, And Power. As always, he is simply superb. Smythe traces the conflict between Church and, eventual champion, State from the high-middle ages forward, as an epistemological controversy. Rationalism won, but only by unjustly divorcing the material from the spiritual, and empirical study from inherited wisdom. Putting Humpty Dumpty back together again will be the work of generations. This earned an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
Nathan Duffy has scrappy broadside against another Official Conservative Intellectual: Cucked like Rod.
Dreher, for a man so firmly committed to opposing the American liberal project, sure knows how to ape its talking points and pal around with its proponents. His deep catechesis in Liberalism has taught him the way to win friends and influence people. Protestant leaders like Russell Moore and Albert Mohler aren’t to be called to repentance for rejection of the Orthodox Church but effusively praised. Mohammedans aren’t blasphemous Christ deniers, but saints. Liberals like David Brooks aren’t to be vociferously opposed as an existential enemy, but calmly and rationally persuaded, if not simply agreed with.
Meanwhile, reactionaries and traditionalist Orthodox and Roman Catholics not only aren’t wined and dined by Dreher in this manner; they have a tough time even getting a proper hearing.[…] No friends to the right, few enemies to the left, it seems.
Harsh. But possibly deserved.
Speaking of broadsides, P. T. Carlo has A Response To Critics of his own against Douthat, a week earlier. I think it was supposed to be shorter. The “response” turned into a pretty strong essay in its own right:
Now Chateaubriand doesn’t come out and directly say this, but the fact is that this is the conclusion that is necessitated by his own stated beliefs. For his logic seems to be that unless the Illiberal regime in question precisely meets his own personal standards of “virtue” than it is better to submit to Liberal rule than risk the danger of befouling oneself with the stench of supposedly nasty men like Donald Trump or Vladimir Putin.
This idea: that is it better to maintain one’s virtue and moral purity than involve oneself in the messy business of applying power in the real world begs the question of whether a “virtuous” man can involve himself in politics at all.
If fluffy bunnies is really what ya want, then…
In reality, those who reject all forms of modern illiberal politics as an unacceptable compromise with the forces of “Fascism” relegate themselves to de facto quietism. Unless of course, one is more than happy to
submit oneself tocooperate with Liberals, in which case one has merely become a conservative who enjoys the aesthetics of 19th-century French aristocrats.
I LOLed. Maybe we have to chalk #Nevertrump up to situational idealism.
And Gio Pennacchietti joins the Thermidor team with another of his patented deep social psychology essays: Foucault, Huxley, And The Conspiracy Worldview.
This Week Around The Orthosphere
Richard Cocks is over at Sydney Trads with a superb bit of philosophical and psychological knitting: Globalism, Don Juan and the Perennial Philosophy.
Globalism is a sin and a misunderstanding. Brexit and the election of Donald Trump seem to be a repudiation of this error. The liberal elites that dominate Western education, media and government embrace globalism as an ideal with a tendency to think in terms of “citizens of the world” and the like. Their ideal person is a deracinated rootless cosmopolitan, as happy to live in Berlin as he is in London or New York. With no allegiance or loyalty to any country he is a mercenary – an economic soldier for hire. Such a person tends to regard anyone with ties to a unique country and culture as culturally and morally retarded, perhaps xenophobic and in need of enlightenment.
Professor Cocks earns an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for his excellent work on political philosophy here.
Matt Briggs shows why AI Does Not Pose A Challenge To Christianity. Nor did Darwin, truth be told. This too: Miracles And Possible Explanations. Many events are unlikely. All events, however unlikely, can be explained by material causes. Which is why I prefer to think of the cosmos as utterly enchanted. It’s material causes apparently all the way down, and yet… we decide. Which is the greatest miracle of all.
Also at Briggs’, a scientific “study” that stirs my own inner atheist: Pope Francis Induces Warm Thoughts Of Global Warming. And over at The Stream: No, a Study Did Not Show That Same-Sex “Marriage” Laws Reduce Teen Suicide Rates as he euthanizes yet another case of sloppy epistemology.
Over at The Orthosphere proper, Kristor offers a quick proof: Defect of Order Entails Immortality.
Dalrock has a biting challenge to the Put a Ring on It™ Mentality. Restore Marriage 1.0 first.
Oz Conservative has a very helpful: What are the feminine virtues?
Cato the Younger has a Quote of the Day from St. Augustine’s Correction of the Donatists.
Testis Gratis has a worthwhile Evening Ramble—on overreaction, on being wrong, on various excesses of youth, etc.
This Week in Arts & Letters
At Imaginative Conservative a up-close & personal take on Who Is Steve Bannon? Also there, The Cathedral is spotted: Why So Many Leaks in President Trump’s Ship of State? And, for Presidents’ Day, John Q. Adams makes a brief appearance: Imagining the Father of Our Country. The biggest takeaway being: Tho’ our Founding Fathers were ideologues and hooligans, they were light years ahead of the ideologues and hooligans that inherited their experiment.
This too: My Fatherland! Ten Classical Pieces About Home and Country. Imaginative Conservative is getting dangerously volkisch. And Roger Scruton is superb here in extolling The Virtue of Irrelevance… in education that is:
From the educational philosophy of Dewey sprang the “relevance revolution” in schooling. The old curriculum, with its emphasis on hard mathematics, dead languages, ancient history, and books that are too long to read, is portrayed as an offense to modern children, a way of belittling their world and their hopes for the future. To teach them to spell correctly, to speak grammatically, to adopt the manners and values of their parents and grandparents is to cut them off from their only available sphere of action. And in the place of all that so-called knowledge, which is nothing in itself save a residue of the interests of the dead, they should be given, we are told, their own curriculum, addressed to the life that is theirs.
Teaching young people what to think is at best useless (for many, naked abuse) until we teach them to think.
I don’t know who Bruce is, but Chris Gale offers some beautiful poetry from Dylan Thomas and John Donne for courage on the road he now walks. From John Donne’s Holy Sonnets he has “As due by many titles I resign”.
And in a different sort of letters, Gale considers Your cellphone as a ‘therapist’. Surprised to learn iCBT was a thing at all.
Over at The Logos Club, Gio Pennacchietti has a superb Review of Teilhard De Chardin’s The Phenomenon Of Man. Also there: Kaiter Enless with a very perceptive The Charnel House of U.S. Poli-Divisionism, in which the war on ethno-religious tribalism is seen to have created a new, more intense red-blue tribalism. And calls for “We must therefore come together” are just more tribal signaling.
Hapsburg Restorationist relates an inspiring bit of history: For God, the Emperor, and Fatherland: Andreas Hofer and the Tyrolean Rebellion.
Over at City Journal, Theodore Dalrymple opines (at some length) on the recent Surgeon General’s report on addiction: More Tools, Less Understanding. And Heather Mac Donald is in warning mode: Trump, Milo, and the War on Cops. Also this looks interesting: The Campus Kangaroo Courts—A new book documents the abandonment of due process at universities. The book is KC Johnson and Stuart Taylor Jr’s The Campus Rape Frenzy: The Attack on Due Process at America’s Universities.
Richard Carroll has a review of Chesterton’s The Everlasting Man, which would not be complete without a review of Chesterton himself.
I remember someone on a forum I used to frequent criticising AC/DC for making the same album thirteen times, and the first reply was, “Yeah, but it was a damn good album.”
You don’t see Chesterton and AC/DC in the same sentence very often. I LOLed.
This Week… Elsewhere
Loretta the Prole has a message for the God-Emperor: Instead of No-Child-Left-Behind, how about No Child Dragged Down?
Al Fin explains Why the World is Turning to Coal: It Works! Also at Next Level: Pity the Accursed Black Man in the Age of White Privilege. White privilege is real. Especially so when “blacks” have it. Al Fin runs through the case for HBD in a manner suitable for conservatives and normies.
Zach Kraine notes: Aversion to collectivism is not rational. Not so much a defense of collectivism (which of course has its limits) as an attack on the anti-nationalist pricks who run things these days.
Harper McAlpine Black considers Feminine Attire—Islam & the West, and the hate-love relationship progs now have with the Mahometans.
Nice bit of investigation here from AMK on DARPA battles to stop Cathedral incompetence from destroying the world. Or at least makes a better show of it, than any other arm of the Cathedral. He also runs through some Genetic Math: or how to destroy patriarchy if you really want to. If you actually wanted to preserve women’s so-called “civil rights”, the best thing you could do, is take away their right to vote:
When a woman votes for invasion by rapeugees she is making a genetically logical choice. She recognizes that the white man is not going to put 6 or 7 babies in her. She also recognizes that the Somali man will, by force if necessary. Her genes want to spread, and she will vote accordingly and rationalize the choice post hoc. One part of the feminist program is at war with another because women will always chose greater male dominance over less on the grounds of genetic inclination. It spreads genes faster.
Of course, we don’t believe in “civil rights”, but we’re not about to turn our women over to Mahometans either. This too from The Anti-Puritan: Being an outcast is the Cathedral’s gift to you… if you know how to use it.
PA shares a how-to: Cutting to the Chase with Cucks. The Twenty-Three Words… give or take.
Lue-Yee has a nice find: Tang Code of Laws, in English.
Giovanni Dannato looks Toward A Post-Western Aesthetic:
The mood of the collective subconscious has been pre-apocalyptic since around the year 2000 and now among the most dominant symbols in the modern imagination are zombies that represent social alienation and atomization and evil clowns that represent mass sociopathy and chaos.
More on that here.
Unorthodoxy turns around a Bloomberg headline: Immigration Drives Up Home Prices. Voila! Instant shitlords everywhere.
Oh my look at the time! Welp, that’s all I had time fer. Be advised that I’ll be giving up The Twittier for Lent, which has (as of this moment of posting officially begun). You will of course see the occasional link post from me on there, or ask.fm answer, as they don’t require being “on Twitter” to do that. I’ll remain attentive to any DMs, and I’ll visit on Sundays to accept (or reject) follower requests. Pick something in yourself to work on in this season, even if you don’t believe in this hocus pocus Lent stuff. Keep on reactin’! Til next week, NBS… Over and out!!