Mark Christensen is up at Northern Dawn with a superb Deconstructing a Deconstruction: Some Notes on Propaganda. He springs off of this atrocious but illustrative commie hit piece on Jordan Peterson. (Hey, at least the communism is clearly labeled, and my-oh-my doesn’t “Kevin” love the passive voice… and oh misspelling “Peterson” too) Anyway, Christensen’s analysis is a must-read and an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
Let’s see… what else was going on?
William Scott kicks off a short fiction series for Lent focused on the beatitudes with somewhat disturbing The Blessed: 1 emptiness.
Alf looks at Dunbar Philanthropy, or rather the lack thereof.
On the aid giver’s end, our end, dead children on tv are sad because we imagine it happening to us and our tribe. But we lack the wiring to give anything but a superfluous shit about other people’s tribe. While the ad runs we are all sympathy but once the ad is over we simply forget because we have enough worries in our own life.
The reason people care about [insert hip charity] is because people care about status signalling towards other people in their tribe. I am a good person, I care. Do you care as much as I care? […] Essentially charity is people roleplaying that more people belong to their tribe than actually do.
At GA Blog, Adam has digs deep into the psycho-social origins of rule, more and less civilized, in Ancestries and Meta-Sovereignty. I cannot hope to excerpt this big complex article with any justice, but a taste of it is certainly in order.
Central power rises through the appropriation of traditions preceding it. What we might ordinarily think of as the most traditionalist societies, the primitive hunter-gather communities bound to ritual and taboo, are in a sense the least traditional. They have no way of recording their traditions, and no anthropologists have been around long enough to see what kinds of transformations their presumably immutable rituals and myths go through over decades and centuries. The Big Man is the ritual center as well as the center of distribution, and he will want everyone to know and remember it—and will develop the means whereby to ensure that. Writing began in the monarchal bureaucracies, recoding genealogies, myths and decisions of the sovereign. Central social power will be a model for central power elsewhere: patriarchy in the family, generalship in the military, and craftsmanship in the practical arts. In each case a kind of sovereignty is involved insofar as the practitioner or leader wants to maintain the threads of control from the beginning to the end of a particular sequence. Such sovereignty promotes monopoly, both formal and informal: once a measurable and replicable “skill” involving sustained attention emerges, some will simply be so much better at it than others so as to make competition futile; in turn, such informal monopolies will seek public recognition, which the central power will grant because little models of sovereignty throughout the social order embody the absolutist ontology.
This was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀. And there yet moar from Adam on the subject: Sovereignty Heisenbergian and Godelian.
Titus Cincinnatus is always very good. This week is no different. He’s up on Tuesday at Neo-Ciceronian Times with Why Tribalism Happens and What It Could Mean for the Future. He begins by setting the record straight on Aristotle’s “Man is by nature a political animal”:
This aphorism is usually misunderstood, unfortunately, due to the failure of many to take its cultural context into account. Aristotle was not saying that mankind’s nature is to sit around reading about politicians in the newspaper. He was not talking about “politics” in some sort of demotic or operational sense. Rather, “political” means “of the polis.” The polis, in archaic and classical Greece, was more than just a city-state—it was the very sum of Greek communal existence. Foreigners without poleis were not merely barbarians, they were something less than human beings, they lacked a crucial element of communal existence that made man—capable of speech and reason—different from the animals and able to govern himself rationally. “Political” did not mean “elections” or “scandals,” as it does with us today. Instead, it meant “capable of living with other human beings as a rational creature.” It meant civilisation itself.
His main point is the primitive tribalism is not an end-goal (telos) for human social organization. More of a fail-safe mode.
So why are tribal peoples…tribal? My theory is that tribalism arises neither from stupidity or satisfaction, but as a result of either environmental factors such as geography, habitability, etc., which inhibit complexification of social organisation, or else as a result of civilisation-destroying catastrophes which corrode and destroy central authority and the institutions necessary to maintain socially complex systems.
He goes onto describe case studies of such catastrophes, and concludes by looking at likely scenarios for the West. Cincinnatus wins the ☀☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Award☀☀ for his outstanding efforts here. RTWT!
Vincent Hanna writes a Letter To a History Professor. This history professor. Same as this one. Jennifer Burns apparently studies conservatives like a paleo-biologist studies prehistoric bugs in amber. Well, I sure hope he really sent it.
Also at Dark Reformation, Hanna has another “part 1”: Chain of Command: A Thought Experiment. In which the situation of the Space Ship Frederick is set up. Part 1 of how many? I have no idea.
Alrenous has a simple, tho’ apparently unsatisfying, answer to The Sleeping Beauty Problem.
Devin Helton is edifying as usual with The Lost World of West Philadelphia, in which he unearths the unvarnished account of Kevin Purcell’s Philly War Zone: Growing Up in a Racial Battleground. Not the sort of thing you read in sociology classes at University.
Shylock Holmes does the math on How to Improve the Discourse on Education Policy. As well as the math on how not to. Everybody knows what “good schools” is code for. So everyone should know what “bad schools” is code for… unless it’s their job not to know. And no one gets a paycheck from writing off proven ne’er-do-well kids as… well… ne’er-do-wells. Except the taxpayers of course.
By way of… Isegoria: Erik Prince’s Training Bases in China… gotta get me summadat; he digs up an interesting one from Elfnonationalist on The Biological Origins of Higher Civilizations, which predates (by about a month) my following him; The Only Thing That’s Curbed Inequality is not something you’re actually gonna root for (unless you’re Nick Land!); and unsurprisingly Dismal Voucher Results Surprise Researchers.
Malcolm Pollack perceives There Is A Tide, i.e., to leftism, that is starting to become quite apparent (and quite disturbing) to good old-fashioned (20 years ago old-fashioned) liberals. Liberalism was, of course, the AIDs; leftism, the pneumonia. Still, it’s good and proper to fight pneumonia where you can.
Finally, the Saturday epistle from Cambria Will Not Yield looks upon A World Without Mercy. As always, he’s inspired and inspiring…
[A]s intellectual Christianity, the Christianity of the false Aslan, took hold in Europe, the Christian churches started turning out anti-Christian soldiers who were more dangerous than the Jews, because a wolf in sheep’s clothing is worse than a plain wolf. As terrible as George Soros and his ilk are, they are not as harmful to the Christian remnant as Pope Francis and his legions of wolves in sheep’s clothing. In the name of Christ, these anti-Christian wolves assault Christ and His people. I know that the neo-pagans would like to sum up the tragedy of the European people with, “Jew, Jew, Jew!” But Satan is much more subtle than that. The problem is liberalism.
This Week in Jim Donald
Busy week over at Jim’s. First he suggests steps for Implementing Patriarchy without the state. Obviously, following formalism, it’s best for everyone to have state enforcement of salutary norms…, but the future belongs to those who show up for it.
Related, seeing as Muslims do such an awesome job of policing their women, Jim’s big piece concerns The solution we do not want. This was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
What is not to like is that when Islam conquers a civilization, that civilization dies. When people talk about the great achievements of Islamic civilization, they are actually talking about the achievements of peoples enslaved by Muslims, and what remained of their libraries after the Muslims finished looting them for toilet paper and kindling.
The Trinity is God the father who, though he might seem pretty mean to merely mortal perception, is limited by law and logic, the God that can command genocide, but cannot lie, thus is compatible with science, a more approachable God the son, who is wholly man and wholly God, who experienced every suffering that mortal flesh suffers, including the sense of abandonment by God, and the Holy spirit, who talks to people.
Because the Christian God the Father imposes limits upon himself, unlike Allah, science is possible, and Christians do not have to say “God willing” all the time. The limitless and arbitrary caprice of Allah makes science impious, and promises impious. A good Christian says “I will do so and so”, and then does it. A good Muslim says “I will do so and so, God willing”, and then very likely does not do it.
Jim dons the hat of Christian apologist. Well… somebody had to do it.
Ryancare requires that insurance cover people with pre-existing conditions. That is not insurance, that is a handout. If the government is going to give people handouts, should be done openly through government funded hospitals and the like. If you rope private enterprise into giving handouts, you will find that this turns out to be a stupendously expensive way of providing handouts, not a cheap way.
In spite of his recent forays into Christian apologetics, Jim’s still not optimistic about the prospects of a revival in Undead Christianity.
If you end marriage as it used to be known, you end Christianity, and if you end Christianity, you end Europe. Durable Patriarchal marriage is not just one doctrine among many, it is a keystone part of the functioning of Christianity, hence the joke “Hatched, matched, and dispatched”.
For 1900 years, from the beginning of Christianity, to second wave feminism in the nineteen sixties, men removed their hats on entering church, and women covered their heads in church and on the way to and from church. For 1900 years women had their hair long. (1 Corinthians:11)
And now they don’t, and no one seems to notice that there is anything wrong with this. But don’t you feel just a little bit uneasy when you face a fertile age woman with a pixie cut? Something is wrong, something is off, something is odd, unpleasant, and disturbing, but you are not allowed to notice it.
I feel for you, Jim. Do they have the FSSP Down Under?
This Week in Social Matter
Ryan Landry kicks off the “Official” This Week in Reaction® Week here at SM with Advertising Is Downstream Of Power And Progressivism. As is just about everything else.
By using the latest social crusade in an advertisement, it appeals to the hip, cool and high-status item that the news media and academics are telling you is good. One can feel comfortable knowing their product is used by good people, people like you. It is not solely that the soap makes your hands bacteria-free, but that people who are righteous enough to marry a black woman, drive their gay son to pick up his date, or help their daughter dress like a man use the same product as you. You may not engage in those acts, but you support the cause.
In the good ol’ days, advertisers were just greedy bastards trying to make a buck. Now, they’re greedy bastards trying to make themselves look moral for taking your shekels, and you moral for giving them.
Mark Citadel makes a welcome return to SM pages with personal reflections upon The Decline Of London. Citadel decided to walk through London one day, instead of taking The Underground. There were lowlights. And what might have been highlights, like the monument to Queen Victoria,… except for the company:
Swarming all over this monument, clambering upon its outer walls, dipping their grubby paws into its waters, were hundreds of people shouting in languages I couldn’t even identify, racially ambiguous mixes from here and there with selfie sticks to make sure their imposition upon a piece of history was immortalized. The naked torchbearer looks down on precious Progress and seems to smile. I can only see crows picking over a corpse. Not far from that very spot, and not far from the lines of shops selling royalty-themed tchotchkes, is the residence of the supposed Royal Family. There is no sacred character to anything here. It may have existed once, but it would be error to think the Royal Family is truly revered by even the native-born, let alone those who arrived by boat yesterday. A photo-opportunity is all they are. And as I looked upon this scene in front of the palace, I could only think to myself:
A far cry from the Forbidden City, isn’t it?
Landry is back on Tuesday with Weimerica Weekly: Episode 61—American Red Guards. Literally.
Fritz Pendleton makes a triumphant return on Thursday with Henry’s Rabbit Hole And You. That’s Henry VIII of course. In which, Pendleton seeks answer: “[H]ow did the English monarchy degenerate so drastically from Henry’s iron hand into a bunch of Windsorian rubber-stampers?”
It is one of history’s greatest ironies. By grabbing more powers for itself, the English crown set in motion the forces that would rob the crown of nearly all of its powers. King Henry surely benefited from his on-demand divorces, his peacetime taxes, his seizure of monastic lands, his pretty new navy, and his ability to cull the clergy of traitors and miscreants—but from there it was a steep, downward slope—no English monarch would ever again command as much power as Henry VIII.
Henry, he shows, let the Universalist camel nose into the tent. But it was such a tiny, unobjectionable nose at the time.
Since Protestantism is largely inseparable from universalism, and universalism is the wellspring of democracy, Protestantism brings with it Europe’s first widespread flirtations with democratic government.
Protestantism is not so potent, of course, as to immediately cause this lapse of obedience among a king’s subjects. It took hundreds of years for England’s culture to be transformed. But it was a steady transformation, a set of tumbling dominoes that could not be stopped once the first had fallen, as with each new monarch more and more responsibilities passed from the crown to Parliament.
This turned out to be a really great piece and an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ winner. RTWT!
And the West Coast Boyz are in place on Friday with another Myth of the 20th Century: Episode 9: The New Deal—Reflections On Italy, Germany, And The United States.
This week in Saturday Poetry & Prose, Lawrence Glarus has a nice bit of verse: The Tomb.
This Week in 28 Sherman
Landry hits this out of the park over on the home blog: Modeling Masculinity. A superb meditation on the ways manhood is learned, and how all of those ways are now under threat. That is, where they haven’t been driven extinct.
A black acquaintance sent a link showing 2/3 of black 8th graders expected to be professional athletes and a smattering expected to be other jobs. He lamented this, but I said “Definite lack of father cause”. He was confused a moment as the pro athlete thing is idiotic for 2/3 of black 14 year olds to believe will happen, but I reminded him of the illegitimacy issue. How many men do similar work as their fathers? How many men do their dad’s exact job? How many hear suggestions from their fathers? How many see an uncle with a great job and want it? Without these basic, immediate models, children will grow up modeling and aspiring to whatever is on television. Black men grow up in a matrilineal and matrilocal society now.
Charles Barkley famously said he was not a role model in a sneaker ad and received hell for it. Criticism was that he was shirking his role in the public eye. Lost in this were his exact words from the ad that you are responsible for your kids. The dangerous truth unspoken or implied in the advertisement was that we as a society had removed fathers, especially the basketball fans’ fathers, from children’s lives entirely, forcing them to seek role models where they should not. Barkley was not shirking the job; broader society was.
And increasingly, in obeisance to the democratic ideal, the broader society now apes the pathological behaviors of its underclasses. For his part, Charles Barkley married the mother of his child in 1989 and has stayed so. This was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
Until the dissident right can create a stream of art, it is unfair to compare it to Italian Futurism. Not unfair to the dissidents but to what the Italian Futurism was. Dissidents are a product of their society, and in a decayed and degraded society, there are decayed and degraded rebels. Jacobin, which also published a what is the atlright piece, is wrong to say channers are libertine psychopaths at odds with the more traditional wings of the dissident right. What they miss are the consistent messages of wanting more and wanting what was formerly normal and how the channers recognize that this is now transgressive in Weimerica.
But Landry smells fear in the leftist hot-air. They haven’t even met their truest and most blood-thirsty enemy. Well, actually, they have… and just didn’t realize it.
This week in WW1 Pics, it’s Working Dogs. Gas masks-n-all.
Finally, in the wake of the Wilileaks Vault 7 dump, thoughts on Valuing Privacy, how hard that’s becoming to do, and basically why almost nobody seems to care (at least enough to be inconvenienced by it).
This Week in Kakistocracy
Porter paints his own Patented Porterian Picture of the hapless Charles Murray who got on the wrong side of power in A Maelstrom in Middlebury.
Though Murray’s dismay at his molestation reveals a sort of touching naïveté about human behavior and its motivations. Which I suppose can be forgiven in light of the fact that he is merely a renowned social scientist. Men like him are dismissive of the filthy tribal pawing that lies at the heart of human interactions. But it isn’t dismissive of them. Yet through no other means than meticulous self-delusion, they come to believe that truth rises above the mire.
Don’t worry, Dr. Murray, the adults in the room ostensible have the back of the ostensible adults in the room.
Next, Porter searches for answers in: Logic Lined up the Street. This one in particular: Why do “the best people come from the worst places”? Well, that’s not actually a mystery. But it’s a mystery why it’s a mystery.
Blue Tribe hatred for Red Tribers is getting increasingly
palpable shrill. Porter hopes they’ll make good on their Least Threatening Threat.
This Week in Evolutionist X
Evolutionist X kicks off the week with some measured words of praise for Autism.
This week’s Official Evolutionist X Open Thread is on Life! (and related trivia).
For Thursday she considers a new (to me) analogy: The Activation Energy of Economic Activity.
We can also think of activation energy in economic terms as the inputs necessary to start a business. Beyond the obvious physical requirements—if you want to produce shoes, you will need material for making shoes—we also have legal requirements. You cannot simply bake a bunch of cookies at home, walk outside, and start selling them. There are some serious food safety laws on the subject.
Regulation, for example the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), raises the level of energy needed for a business (reaction) to happen. Which, BTW, is pretty okey-dokey with established large corporations. The Committee were happy to bestow Mrs. X with an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for this one.
Finally, for Anthropology Friday™, it’s part 3 of Reindeer Economies: Hunters, Pastoralists, and Ranchers.
This Week at Thermidor Mag
Over at Thermidor, the ever entertaining Nathan Duffy has The Manic Left Ascendant. Duffy has the lowlights in Trump Derangement Syndrome over the past week.
Richard Carroll makes a debut at Thermidor with Chesterton And The Man Who Was Thursday. Carroll has in the past intimated that he’s not a huge fan of Chesterton—who doesn’t want for great devotion among many conservative Catholics—but Thursday is still well worth a read.
Jake Bowyer has some history and concomitant analysis in: Towards Physical Removal. He reviews many ways, past and present, in which the right has fought and is fighting back against the great power of the left.
What can the history of counterrevolutionary comics, movies, and music tell us about our current predicament? Simple: Leviathan is in a weak moment. The state, by which is meant the liberal-democratic-progressive order, has been cracked because of its consistent inability to foresee the true sympathies of the common man. The average American was supposed to be horrified of Donald Trump. The citizenry, especially the white working and middle classes which have been demonized by the state since the 1960s, voted for him anyway. They have grown tired of lawlessness propagated by Islamic immigrants and their jihadi children and they are angry over the state’s loving embrace of the clearly terroristic Black Lives Matter movement. The citizenry want something done—they want physical removal.
Wishful thinking? Too soon to tell… but we’ve seen this ostensible rightward pattern before.
Duffy returns on Thursday with a review of Eugene Vodolazkin’s novel: Laurus. He considers it a highly Orthodox work.
In Arseny’s healing remedies which he learned from his grandfather, in the veneration of relics, in converse with the dead, many modern-minded Christians are likely to see quaint superstition at best. But it is the rationalistic and mechanistic cosmos—often tacitly or explicitly endorsed by Christians, especially in academia, as a necessity for being taken seriously—that is foreign to Christianity. The enchanted cosmos isn’t unique to Paganism or Hinduism but is a common trait of traditional religions and cultures. And it is this cosmos which we encounter in Laurus.
Finally, P. T. Carlo, Editor in Chief, answers “shrill and irate” critics in: Revenge Of The Fetus Men. And also the pseudo-intellectual ones. Especially the pseudo-intellectual ones.
This Week Around The Orthosphere
Matt Briggs’ blog goes deep into controversy with this one: A Guest Post by Fr. John Rickert, FSSP Countering The Claim That Francis Is An Antipope. And he’s over in The Stream with a message for those with ears to hear: When Replacing ObamaCare, Remember Health Insurance Isn’t Health Care. “The confusion between the two guarantees that costs will rise.”
Also at Briggs’, Ianto Watt trots out Part II of his series: The Ultimate Conspiracy. This too: Two More Indications Of The Death Of The West. They’re actually considering putting a runner on second base at the start of extra innings. Why?
One reason for the support is that other decadent countries have adopted the rule. If every other country walked off a cliff, or switched to aluminum bats, would we, too?
But they’ll take my designated hitter when they pry him from my cold dead hands.
Poetry Week (some more cheesy than others) continues at Sydney Trads. Luke Torrisi has some backhanded commentary on Dutch society: “Lost in the Wilder-ness”, Geert Wilders that is.
And Sydney Trads have, like so many in the sphere, taking a liking to Dr. Jordan Peterson.
Also from the Oz Conservative, ripped from the(ir) headlines: Sweden 2017—peak feminism? The fissure with reality is remarkably straight and uniform.
Sunshine Thiry celebrates International Harpies Day by noting: “Feminsim: bad for working-class women and poor children”. Like just about any natural disaster. Also A Tour of Our Chicken Coop, and a contrast with the positively Weimerican levels of opulence of chicken coops designed to be seen in pinterest.
Professor Smith also takes note of What the Well-Dressed Wolf is Wearing Nowadays.
Winter proposes to combat “white nationalism” with “Catholic Social Doctrine,” which he describes as “the best kept secret in the Church.” Let me suggest that this doctrine is kept secret because it is not Catholic, it is not social, and it is not a doctrine. It is the rancid carcass of nineteenth-century humanitarianism so much beloved by wolves.
For some reason this reminds me of Fr. Neuhaus’ old quip:
One has waited for a long time for a persuasive answer to the question of why, if the canonical litany of left-liberal demands were met, Catholicism would not be very much like oldline liberal Protestantism. Perhaps like the Episcopal Church, except very much bigger and with shabbier liturgical practices.
This Week in Arts & Letters
Harper McAlpine Black has a fine and welcome introduction to Don Colacho as well as the full (English) text of the essay: The Authentic Reactionary—Nicolás Gómez Dávila. Also a very thoughtful essay on a traditional Catholic hero, turned posthumous villain: Holes in Oblivion: Sex and the Sacred in Eric Gill. Of Gill Sans fame, among much else.
Dr. Peter Blood, after a long absence has two book reviews for this week. Anse Patrick’s Zombology: Zombies and the Decline of the West (and Guns) (2014); and John Carroll’s The Wreck of Western Culture: Humanism Revisited (2008). From the former, a taste:
The useful thing about zombies is that they are a “blank slate” onto which we can (and do) project our anxiety of the moment, especially the “politically incorrect” ones. Also, zombies are an acceptable target. Whatever the zombies represent, it is necessary, even desirable, to kill them. It’s a visceral approach to what seems like irreversible decline. There is no solution but to eliminate the problem.
Imaginative Conservative documents the 1927, waning edge of the silent era “Napoleon”: The Rediscovery of a Cinematic Masterpiece. Also there, filed under Rectification of Names: Rescuing the Meaning of “Culture”. And this “timeless essay” (from 1994) was pretty interesting: C.S. Lewis and the Great Divide—i.e., that between (old) “Western Man” and “New Western Man”, which Lewis saw as more epoch-making fissure than any other in the last 2000 years.
Over at City Journal, Carlyle makes a brief appearance in Myron Magnet’s broadside against the doctrine of proportionality in warfare.
This Week’s Holy Sonnet from John Donne.
Finally, a preview of Rod Dreher’s new book and a Wyoming Catholic College perspective on The Enlightenment & the Benedict Option.
This Week… Elsewhere
Gale finds a study showing older may be better: Lithium for first episode mania? Hella lot cheaper, certainly. Also there, Chris shines a lines a light, with a lift from Steve Sailer, on The Scam, aka., the SPLC.
Al Fin puts data where his question is: College: Are You Just Wasting Your Time? If ya hafta ask… Also some hopeful forecasts on The Incredible Shrinking Left. On the Dangerous Children Blog: Good sense on Teaching Children to Hunt. And… Image is Everything? Hint: It’s not.
Roman Dmowski drives a final nail into the Trump-Russian Hacking allegations. Nevertheless, many will go to their graves believing them, and, as of this time of writing, they remain eligible to vote.
From the wastelands of the Millennial Right, Zach Kraine has some bad news for good-thinkers: Democracy and Populism are a married couple.
Giovanni Dannato is Searching For the Golden Mean of Government. “So can we find some kind of balance between autocracy and the republic?” Dannato asks. Sure… assuming you have autocracy by which to implement it.
I was quite affected by Thrasymachus’ thoughts on two tragedies here: Valentine and Uncle Laurence.
Speaking of the Trump Russian Hacker non-connection, TUJ has some analysis recommended on strength of title alone: Shallow State—The Progressive Pussyhat Unravels. LOL. But salient points below the fold.
Elfnonationalist makes a case for national monarchy in contemplating the dual goods of Animate and Inanimate Beauty.
Backed by SCIENCE, Heartiste says It’s Time To End Daylight Savings Time. It’s never been anything other than a ploy to boost retail sales anyway. Also there: a scientific social experiment gets a little too close to the truth.
Strife and Justice has an interesting tract against the “suicidal solicitude one must show his fellow man”, and who exactly is benefiting from that solicitude: Death, Be Not Proud.
Welp, folks, it’s getting pretty late here. Support your local reactionaries and… keep on reactin’! Til next week, NBS… over and out!!