An alert reader alerted me to a fine, rather critical series on the Alt-Right and Neoreaction by Jonathan Radcliffe at Voegelin View: The Return of the Reactionary, Part I, Part 2, and Part 3. Ratcliffe misses key features of the neoreactionary forest due to obscurity by trees, but overall it is a worthy attempt at understanding the late rise of extreme right philosophy and a worthy critical approach.
Up in the Great White North, Mark Christensen has some notes on Right-Petersonian Deviationism. Jordan Peterson, while admirable in many respects, is still quite wed to liberal individualism, which leads inescapably, Christensen notes, to anarchism.
[T]his attempt at creating a moral axiom [for radical individual autonomy] inescapably finds itself at war with the telos of Man’s social nature, which not only tends to but relies on hierarchy. Universally, any human who takes part in even the human society of a family has been brought into the world by parents and has his beliefs and concepts shaped by his family. His raising is dependent on the authority his parents hold over him, which they hold because he is dependent on them, and they are older and wiser than he. This is the principle of protego ergo obligo: I protect, therefore I obligate. This protection, and the resulting obedience, is the principle which creates the authoritative structures of the family and the state alike. Sovereign authority precedes the individual, be it in the family or in the state.
And… it was a banner week at Thermidor Magazine. More on that below the fold.
Let’s see… what else was going on?
Social Pathologist, who’s been boning up on fascism lately, reviews two from Roger Griffin: Modernism and Fascism and A Fascist Century.
Nick Land finds a notable quote from Tyler Cowen on the burgeoning disconnection between a thing called “freedom” and a thing called “economic development”.
Spandrell puts on his Serious-Sounding Title Hat to consider The Geopolitics of Empire. “What is it?” he asks, that makes some armies so amazingly effective and others barely a footnote:
The Napoleonic singularity should give you a hint. Nationalism is what fed the French army. And very much what fed the German army. Nationalism creates a meta-ethnic frontier from thin air, by changing the parameters of what makes an ethnicity. If you force people to become extremely anal about their group identity, the asabiya-production algorithms are much easier to activate. The Germans understood that was the basis of their strength; and so after losing WW1 they doubled down and came up with a Hitler.
Of course the asabiya-hacking ability of nationalism is a collective action problem. The point of asabiya is war. Of course it’s useful for a lot of other things, namely to run a wealthy industrial economy. But, at the end of the day, the business of groups of men is war, and excess asabiya will end up creating the circumstances so that it can show itself in the battlefield. And so nationalism ended up creating meta-ethnic frontiers all over the place. Which created the most massive and coordinated armies ever seen by men. Which was complete overkill. Not a good idea.
Spandrell has more on (Jordan) Peterson vs. (Sam) Harris, and offers to win the argument for the correct, the heroic, but terrible debater Peterson.
Vincent Hanna, of Dark Reformation, tries the audio approach, versus the wall of text: A new podcast on The Four Key Components of MMs System. Nice overview. And one of the more convincing fake American accents I’ve ever heard. And he has another audio, this time in the fallout of the most recent regularly scheduled Western European terrorist attack: London: Unasked Questions, Ugly Answers.
And Hanna continues his Chain of Command series, experiments in sovereignty, with Part 3: Real Problems, Hypothetical Answers. In audio format as well.
A humorous piece from Alrenous on Folk Epistemology: Granularity. It comes with a moral. Not the one that goes “Get every high schooler through Algebra II.”
Alf considers Old religion vs New religion. I still think he (and many others whom I’m greatly respect) are looking for a religion that does too much. And we already have one like that: It’s called Progressivism. Progressivism is a religion where being devout makes you be good. In an old-fashioned proper religion, being good makes you be devout.
Dissenting Sociologist Doug Smythe doesn’t post often, but when he does you know it’s gonna be good. He doesn’t disappoint his A Miscellany of Foundations and First Principles for the Study of Sociology. He is after a veritable reboot of the discipline of sociology, which has, he notes, for nearly its entire self-conscious history, been synonymous with “socialism”. A tall task. And a hopeless one in the hands of lesser men. One such foundation, for example:
The existence of society itself has to be taken as a scientific given, in the same way that life has to be taken as a given in biology. There’s no strictly scientific accounting for either, at least within the epistemic limits of the present, and it’s waste of time and resources to try.
On the modern penchant for searching for a primary ideological social driver:
[S]ince society is always anterior to the individual, economic and political actors generally aren’t free to simply invent ideologies as they go, and as suits their purposes at any given moment. Ideologies, in order to be effective, must appeal to, and be compatible with, broader social and cultural traditions…
And this part throws down the gauntlet:
From the point of view of the now-obsolete economism (whether Marxian or [Adam] Smithian), all social dynamics were reduced to the economic conflict between labour and capital. But in the wake of the Copernican scientific revolution of NRx, which looks at social problems and processes from the point of view of power, it has now become possible to go beyond this oversimplification… and pose the question of conflict between social strata in terms of caste. Inter alia, this has had the effect of bringing the phenomenon of the Cathedral to light (something that, according to Marx, was a mere appendix of the capitalist class at most)—a development of epochal scientific importance.
Inspiring stuff. Anyway… Do read all of this ☀☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Award☀☀ winner!!
Seriouslypleasedropit has a pithy piece on the things Worth Saving.
Malcolm Pollack finds two false flag operations in the news … As Usual.
By way of Isegoria: He is reading Bryan Burrough’s Days of Rage: In 1972 we had over nineteen hundred domestic bombings, the way that gets forgotten is for the bombers to have powerful apologists; The best basketball player in the world is not the tallest, surprising how not obvious this is to some; and some interesting findings in How to Gain New Skills.
Finally, this week in Cambria Will Not Yield: The Wheel Has Come Full Circle, with a big leg up from Shakespeare.
This Week in Jim Donald
Jim kicks off the week with a treatise upon Lancelot, Guinevere, romance, and the red, blue, purple, black, and white pills. It’s sex realism at it’s Jimian best, and as always entertaining along the way.
Rather than loving a man, a woman desires to be loved by a man. If a man is in romantically in love with a woman whom he is not living with and having regular sex with in his own bed, he is crazy or evil.
On the subject of the multi-colored pills, Jim saves his greatest vituperative shellacking for the purple-pillers:
Not only is it unwise to be the equal of your wife, it is also wicked. It is your job to supervise and discipline your wife, and some women, not all of them, not most of them, but quite a lot of them, sometimes need to be physical disciplined. You are wicked if you are not prepared to physically discipline your wife and your children in the unfortunate case that the necessity should occur.
Jim also has some more notes on Fixing healthcare.
This Week in Social Matter
Ryan Landry officially kicks off the TWiR week here at SM with Population vs. Civilization Replacement. USG is, of course, trying frantically to do both. Landry finds an edifying historical parallel for civilization replacement:
Muslims came with an entire system of governance and religion opposite of Catholicism and Roman history. It did not view these institutions as seductive or worthy of inheriting. A social and cultural chauvinism created a tool box for these Islamic colonizers to introduce and implement. To this day, Islamic scholars consult the Quran for how to integrate new inventions into daily life, looking for words to interpret for a thousand-year-old book. They brought their system like any conquering, colonizing force. Whether Europe, North Africa, the Middle East or India, the effect was the same.
This is why removing the progressive, democratic superstructure funneling Muslims into the United States should be a priority.
And Landry is joined by “Mr. White” on Tuesday on Weimerica Weekly in a frank discussion for singles and strategies: Episode 63—The Dating Wasteland.
Michael Perilloux returns with veritable bible on this subject: Männerbund And The Sexual Dynamics Of Coordination. It is simply fantastic and is a must read. A taste here:
Men are evolutionarily and culturally constructed to be good at this kind of thing [quickly sorting into a masculine hierarchy] and have long traditions of social technology that help achieve coordination. In fact, one of my core claims is that almost all the cultural trappings, traditions, and associations of “masculinity” as a concept are directly related to this process of exploring the possibilities of cooperation, hierarchy, and trust, establishing shared primary interests, mediating conflict between secondary interests, and so on. The nature of a man is to cooperate in this way with other men. Much of this nature is so old and foundational as to be encoded in the genetic essence of maleness, but most of it is a culturally constructed tradition and skill, taking on almost spiritual significance: a Cult of Masculinity. This Cult of Masculinity, the tradition of what it means to be a man and of how to cooperate as men, is the soul of männerbund.
Männerbund and the Cult of Masculinity are powerful social technologies, in that they singularly drive the success of entire cultural systems. They are the foundation of patriarchy, warrior culture, strong social fabric, complex economics, complex political organization, and the most effective purpose-driven groups. Historically, patriarchal männerbund cultures, once they exist, reliably out-compete and conquer their neighbors. The power of männerbund coordination is why all civilized cultures are patriarchal and dominated by relationships between men.
Perilloux snags an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ for his excellent work here.
This week in Myth of the 20th Century, Hank Oslo and the gang tackle: Episode 11: American Gun Culture.
Saturday was the Feast of the Annunciation, and E. Antony Gray has a fitting tribute in verse: Evangelismos.
This Week in 28 Sherman
Over on the home blog, Landry has a brilliant commentary on the evidence, following the Vault 7 dump, of The CIA’s NSA. Not the real No Such Agency, but the No Such No Such Agency. Basically, The X-Files was right… more than its creators could have known.
Similar to the Navy having its own Army, this is the CIA having its own NSA, but with a far weaker rationale than the Marines existing as a separate entity. CIA is an empire itself that operates for the nudging and control of our foreign empire, so using its unaccountable budget and power to create an NSA it can fully control makes sense. CIA has no concern for anything but its survival. Enlarging its empire to include an NSA would only harden it and make it more antifragile.
This was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
For Wednesday, he looks in on Geert Wilders’ Weimarish Headwinds—energized almost entirely by the concept of the “Managed Middle”. In many ways, the Cathedral is much more advanced in its lately acquired outposts (like Holland) than it is in the Anglo-homeland.
The road ahead for Wilders is difficult. For all of Europe, it is difficult except for those who seek civilizational suicide. Even big talkers like Soros see the EU in tatters as things continue on their course. What voting does now in the EU is draw up the order of battle. It is only a matter of time before one nation’s tension boils over or a horde of imported criminals loots, rapes and murders its way across one country.
SoBL spent a week in Arizona and lived to tell about it. And report on that which is Destroying the Southwest. Three guesses and the first two don’t count. But really the problem isn’t the immigrants per se, so much as bad government, which is the thing that really no one can survive.
This Week in Kakistocracy
Porter kicks off the week with astute commentary on the meaning of citizenship, and the occult motivations of those who would obscure it, in Be the CEO.
Because citizenship is not just an interest in aircraft carriers and national parks. It’s also one voting share in the leadership and direction of your country. Handing these out to huge numbers of unlike people should be an endeavor undertaken judiciously. If Mark Zuckerberg granted 10,000 shares of Facebook to every foreign national just trying to make a better portfolio for themselves, then soon enough his ownership percentage would fall to the point where migrating shareholder factions would be able to remove him from the board, and ultimately take control of the company. And just like that, the man who founded the Winklevoss twins’ company would be evicted from it. Facebook may continue to be successful, but as a concern completely independent of Mark Zuckerberg. Would you believe me if I told you he understands this perfectly? And that he has no interest whatsoever in ceding control of his company, even if the financial press call him stock dilute-o-phobic?
Not all analogies are perfect. That’s why we call them analogies. But as analogies go, Porter has latched on to a very strong one here and earns an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
Speaking of This Regularly Scheduled West European Terror Attack… Porter shares his thoughts on The Virtue Inferno. Indeed, that it has become hardly news is the newsworthy part now. Perhaps that is part of the invaders’ Machiavellian Alinskyian strategy…
The blood of invasion victims striking the pavement is starting to take on the narcoleptic patter of rainfall. That it is a thing of gruesome regularity makes it no less regular. And eventually muslim violence in Europe will attract as much publicity as black violence does in America–which is to say two sentences on page 12.
The logic isn’t entirely unsound. The news is for things that are actually news. And Europeans being slaughtered in their own capital cities by foreign infantry is not at all novel, in this age or those prior. The fact that this time they’ve voluntarily imported (and resolutely continue to import) their antagonists is the noteworthy aspect. Though not so much as to warrant the public’s input.
Finally, Porter works at identifying the subject/object in parsing Integration’s Who and Whom. Sweden is proving to be whom too soft and cuddly to ignore. The bottom line:
Man’s nature acts independent of his fashions. As a result, the drive for tribal conquest doesn’t cease because we temporarily stop believing in it. But if integration is what you say you want, then prepare to receive it… good and hard.
This Week in Evolutionist X
Evolutionist X has Just some very quick thoughts on liberal inclusiveness… inspired by Ted Kaczynski.
Next, she considers Nature: Domestication or Extinction. Preferring the former. It is certainly true that animals we eat are in no danger of extinction. Is the solution just to eat more (types of) animals?
For Wednesday’s Official Open Thread, it’s Amerikanerball (Not sure about the hat and the Chihuahua LOL). And whatever else folks wanna talk about.
Next, Mrs. X tells the surprising, and occasionally disgusting, story of Rafflesia: the Parasitic Flowers of Breath of the Wild.
Filed under “Not perfect just interesting”… Evolutionist X considers Species of Exit: Israel. In comparison to Western Nations, Israel stands out by apparently not committing suicide.
This Week in Quas Lacrimas
Quincy T. Latham has a (pretty in-depth) review of The Sovereign Individual (1997): Predictions are Hard (Davidson & Rees-Mogg Edition). The authors’ recapitulation of medieval history, even if at cross purposes to our own, Latham considers to be the most important part of the book:
The meaning of the controversy over lay investiture remains dead to us so long as we imagine we know what a bishop is, which blinds us to the difference in functions between the contemporary episcopate and its medieval homologue. This can make historical study very time-consuming; often it is only on the third or fourth reading of a familiar passage that, suddenly, a trivial detail leaps out at you as the critical point of a certain sentence.
Davidson and Rees-Mogg are sensitive to this problem and have kindly curated for us a cabinet of medieval curios, from flagellation to fish on Fridays, arranged thematically. They take special care to explore these curios’ function in medieval life, to highlight the internal patterns, and to explore how their causes and/or the problems to which they gave rise led to their disappearance in the period 1450-1650. If you don’t know much about the Middle Ages, this is an invaluable introduction; if you do, these chapters are still an ideal refresher.
Of course, the title of the book is not said like it’s a bad thing. So care must be taken.
This means that, on the one hand, The Sovereign Individual is dangerous: it instills the Manichaean mindset. X was good and useful once, but now it is antiquated and must be replaced by Y, which is new and progressive….
Yet studying this process at work will teach you a great deal about how whig history is manufactured, and about the precise process by which this historical style teaches Manichaean habits.
Davidson & Rees-Mogg are, of course, progressives writing a serious progressive (i.e., libertarian) tract. So humorous moments are bound to ensue:
Questions concerning what kind of community one might like to live in, what kinds of governments support such communities, and furthermore what kinds of governments those communities support do not appear in The Sovereign Individual. Nor do the authors try to explain why Switzerland features in so many of their examples, and Somaliland in so few; are taxes not low enough there? Why Bermuda rather than Haiti?
Not sure if a fantastic post (about a book I’d never even heard of) was what Latham set out to do, but that’s what happened and it won an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
Just sliding in at the TWiR end-of-week buzzer, Latham also presents a “cheat sheet” on Basic Strategic Concepts. Reads kinda Lao-Tzu-esque. Perhaps intentionally so.
This Week at Thermidor Mag
A huge week over at Thermidor. Richard Carroll has a follow-up effort at Thermidor Mag reviewing Aristotle’s Poetics. In which he begins breezily, “Much of the process of moving politically Rightward consists in correcting the inadequacies of one’s education.” Probably entirely true, and hints strongly at the reactionary’s predicament.
Gio Pennacchietti returns with an excellent bit of analysis: A Cultural Phenomenology Of Urban Exploration, aka. “ruin porn”, aka. “Urbex” movement.
One of the most stunning examples of Urbex crossing over into the realm of our cultural perceptions is the video by the top Urbex YouTuber Dan Bell, specifically his portrait of the Owings mills mall in Maryland….. Bell in this video edits footage he took from when Owings mills was still open in its “dead” state, and splices it with oddly silent black and white footage of the building in the process of demolition. It is a way of juxtaposing images in a somber manner, exposing the result of 20th and earth 21st-century cultural decadence: erosion and wasted potentiality. There is a haunting beauty in urban decay, as these urban explorers document. They are the bearers of social, political and industrial epitaphs, haunting reminders of the distant as well as the not so distant past. Places once teeming with activity now rendered useless and abandoned.
Pennacchietti finds a deeper social meaning to the decay that increasingly engulfs us…
[W]hat both the number-crunching economists and the Leftist academics seem to miss is the deeper cultural significance of having a society in which entire sections of a given cityscape have become architectural black holes. The reason why these sites exist are complex, from bad economic management, corporate greed, shameless rent-seeking, and yes, the marginalization and purposeful forgetting of huge segments of the population.
But regardless of the causes, the fact remains that aesthetic of urban decay is more and more making up the geographic and human landscape of Weimerica. We are alienated from our past, so we lock these places away and try to forget them. Thus, we are left with these monuments to broken suburban dreams.
He sees Urbex as an aesthetic for the monumental failures of modernity. Fantastic work and an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
P. T. Carlo sets his sights on another luminary of the Professional Conservative class this week in Michael Brendan Dougherty’s Paleocon Blues.
Dougherty’s general style is one of resignation, a style, and mindset we can refer to as the “Paleocon Blues.” This disposition is characterized by a withering critique of the present Liberal order combined with a resigned acknowledgment that said order’s hegemony is both inevitable and unassailable. It is rotten, it is vile, it is corrupt, and there is also no real point in opposing it, especially in any way that goes beyond the performative acts of the symbolic. This is the lesson Dougherty consistently tries to teach his readers.
Ouch! I definitely LOLed at this part:
Fat Slovenian Leftist, cocaine enthusiast and friend of Thermidor Slavoj Žižek has famously said that people in the West today have an easier time imagining the end of the world then they do the end of Neoliberalism. This no doubt is the case with Dougherty who finds it easier to wring his hands over Trump’s stumbles and personal defects than he does contemplating the possibility that he could eventually succeed….
Keith Barrett writes For George Washington, Against Shaun King. He takes issue with the latter’s bald attempt, in the holy pages of NYT, to create stark moral equivalency between the holocaust and American slavery. Without the barest hint of irony (or even self-awareness) he oversteps Godwin’s Law at the beginning of the article. What are they teaching these kids in Journo Skool these days?!!
Nathan Duffy examines the Muslim menace: After The London Attack, More Submission. Not that the Muslim would be a menace at all… if the West had its shit together:
In the clash between the liberal, modern West and Islam, Islam simply has the upper hand. All the scientific advancement, technological sophistication, and warfare capability in the known universe is meaningless if a civilization refuses to reproduce or mobilize in its own defense. The writing is on the wall we refuse to build.
P. T. Carlo explains how For the Critics of Katie Hopkins, Ignorance Is Strength. Katie Hopkins, under the influence no doubt of extreme emotions, apparently had the audacity to tell the truth about England.
The citizens of the U.K. are scared, in fact, they are terrified. They are afraid of Islamist Terror, but what really seems to keep them up at night is the idea that someday, someone might call them a racist. This is their ultimate nightmare.
Doug Smythe was a very busy beaver this week. Not only did he deliver his award winning treatise on the home blog, he was also at Thermidor with Liberalism: The God With No Name. And a false god at that. Smythe cuts deeply to the core of the issue in this ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ winner: “There is no such thing as Liberalism.”
What actually exists in human history are regimes of public morality that, in the final analysis, command the types of conduct they permit; and Liberalism is but one such regime among others. What superficially appears as “freedom of choice”, “Constitutional rights”, “preference-maximization”, etc. is nothing more than the transitory by-product of the process whereby Liberalism displaces competing regimes of morality. Here the individual is permitted (and required) to ostentatiously break and/or insult the moral rules and strictures of the old regime- rules that have already been condemned to nullity, desuetude, and illegitimacy by the new, Liberal regime. What is given such exalted names as “liberation”, “empowerment”, “creative destruction”, “innovation”, and so on amounts to no more than a sort of victory dance and public promulgation of the new moral regime (cf. Moldbug’s remarks on the social semiotics of protest actions). Anybody naive enough to actually take these libertine-sounding boasts at face value and dare to take similar liberties with Liberal pieties can expect to be promptly ostracized, fired from his job, and prosecuted at law- just as he would have for doing so with respect to the pieties of the old moral regime back when the latter was still in effect. In short, the individual has exactly the same “freedom” as a slave who has been sold to a new owner, and thus released from any obligation of obedience to his former master.
A theme Smythe has well covered before.
For the Thermidor Podcast, P. T. Carlo is joined by Samuel Stevens to talk about the New Sincerity.
Which dovetails nicely with Stevens’ magazine article: From The Ashes Of Postmodernism, A New Sincerity? We certainly may hope so, at any rate.
This Week Around The Orthosphere
Chris Gale has some words (and video) about Medical Suicide—i.e., doctors ending their own lives. I’m curious what the odds ratios are compared to their own socio-economic cohort. My guess, even more stark.
Matt Briggs has a challenge (a serious one): Can You Find A Counterexample To Feser’s Defense Of The Perverted Faculty Argument? It need not rhyme. And another question: Why Is Popular Culture So Incredibly Vulgar? Because culture is downstream from power, of course.
I guess it was Questions Week at Chez Briggs. He has yet another: How Will The Dictatorship Arise? Emphasis on not if. And an appalling (mis)use of statistics (like finely estimated unknowables) to decide To Undergo Chemotherapy Or Not. Well, at least the guy was only playing with is own “quality-adjusted life years”, but he won himself a soapbox. That’s the bad news.
And Briggs is over at The Stream with the latest outrage: In New Zealand, ‘Transgender’ Wins Weightlifting Contest, River Becomes Person.
I assume Kristor’s memorable bon mot is original: Violence & Deceit versus the Strong & Fleet. Good one! Also at The Orthosphere (proper), J. M. Smith has views on an article of “subscendant” news: Cherchez la Femme is a Hatefact.
Cato the Younger has an aspirational Quote of the Day.
James, late of West Coast Reactionaries, hosts a podcast full of illustrious guests on Mary and The Divine Comedy.
The Editors of Sydney Trads offer timely commentary on the man-made (and policy-fueled) tragedy in London: “Our Democracy” under attack by “Lone Wolves”? The Liberals caution you about stray matches and cigarette butts… while they fill the nations with gasoline. Also there Enoch Powell’s “Rivers of Blood” speech. It never gets old. Only more prescient. Torrisi offers a poem on the subject: “What Would Enoch Say”.
This Week in Arts & Letters
Imaginative Conservative has the poetry of G. K. Chesterton: “Joseph” on the great patron’s feast day. As well as the music of J. S. Bach: the Laudamus Te From the “Mass in B Minor”. Also there a sweeping (and deliciously titled) essay: The Fetters of “Free Thought”.
I wish I knew enough about Poland to calmly and objectively evaluate this claim: A Nation’s Suicide: The Coming Collapse of Poland. It reads a touch too Libertarian/Neocon/Aren’t Nationalists Icky for my tastes.
Over at City Journal, Kerry Jackson outlines the perverse incentives that have made housing in California unaffordable for the vast majority of (otherwise) independent people: California, Here We Go. Also there, in time for International Wimmenz Day… Reality Gap: Why mainstream Americans didn’t celebrate International Women’s Day. Not that mainstream Americans will have anything to say in the matter. And on the Ten Blocks Podcast, they talk about the Clusterfuck of ‘Racial Equity’ in school discipline in St. Paul. Silver lining: one of the best ways to turn a lot of good liberals into red-necked racists practically overnight.
Chris Gale has a humorous (and blissfully short): Aussie Poem. With some added scenery. Gale’s also curated some of the Best of AMK’s Aphorisms, and I agree with his assessment regarding some that didn’t make the list. And more poetry: an excerpt from an Essay on (what else) Psychiatrists. And of course a John Donne Sunday Holy Sonnet.
Luke Torrisi was inspired, by the recent London terrorist attack, to pen some original (serious) verse: “The Queen’s Lament”.
Harper McAlpine Black has yet another tribute to the Great Patron of The Neoreaction: Beautiful Thoughts—Carlyle. It comes replete with Carlylean aphorisms (scores of them) suitably pre-memed.
This Week… Elsewhere
Al Fin is a one-man war on higher education, and around here we definitely say that like it’s a good thing. This week’s artillery fire is Good Science Has Nothing to Do With University Degrees. In fact, it may actually be inversely correlated with ’em.
Inside the fog of modern academic science, it is “all about the PhD.” This approach excludes many of the best candidates for advancing scientific knowledge, and foolishly focuses on persons well suited for the groupthink environment of a highly politicised academia.
Fortunately, it has not always been that way.
Related… Alternative Approach to High School: The University Model. I.e., customization and specialization. In the “Dangerous Child” department, Al discusses: How to Think (better).
Speaking of the Wikileaks data dump… Al Fin has a timely: What is “The Deep State?”
Behind most governments one can usually find a group of men who pull the strings. This has been true throughout the human history of national and city-state governments. But it is also the case that the state within a state is usually divided within itself. There are always factions vying for more power, influence, and wealth.
Rather than be surprised by the existence of a powerful and influential Deep State, the intelligent reader would be surprised if such a thing did not exist.
Greg Cochran reviews Cordelia Fine’s Testosterone Rex and heaps a far more articulate scorn upon it than it probably deserved. This was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
TUJ has a quick note on Reviving American Relations with Russia.
Zach Kraine scores some good points in The environmentalism of the right wing. There’s a reason they used to call it “conservation”. And yes, proggies today would be unrecognizable to their muscular leftist forbears. Lenin would have called them useful idiots. Also a few considerations on what may be coming After Trumpism.
I had not known this, but it makes perfect sense: Refugee Aid Agencies Paid By The Head, which leads to obvious malincentives.
Many “community” programs and agencies function like the refugee resettlement agencies. More people sign up, the organization grows in size. Fewer people sign up and it immediately shrinks for lack of funding. It also highlights, once again, why cuck is such an appropriate term of derision for right-wingers who oppose gutting federal funding to NGOs. These groups do not operate like charities, they operate like McDonald’s. Except instead of selling hamburgers, the are selling poverty, hunger, refugees, drug addiction… Their business models require a growth in dysfunction and destruction.
Fortunately, Trump is at least tilting in the right direction here. Also more on rising white mortality and how it appears to be a uniquely American (white) phenomenon. And considerations on Globalization or Colonization with this very well-put truth:
They say we are a nation of immigrants, but we are a nation of colonists.
PA provides Shots of Wisdom, Part 7. This one, in particular, stood out:
Judgment. One day the boy will be 45 years old and he will judge his parents. The mother: was she kind and loving? The father: did he prepare me and tell me the truth?
Heartiste examines Secular Muslim Syndrome, which is, with it’s variants like Black Gay Engineer Syndrome, an example of sample bias that seems to only affect the smart and affluent. This too is an important highlight: The Innocent Victims Of Feminism Are Boys. A boy especially needs a father. Girls do too, but it’s harder to measure the impact “scientifically”.
I don’t usually link reblogs, but it when it is one’s own self from 6 years ago, I think that’s OK. Giovanni Dannato shares his Shelters From Planned Obsolescence. Dannato was also on Stark Truth Radio recently talking about aesthetics of the future among other things. This too: Most Wealth is Wasted in Modern Society. For multiple reasons.
Lue Yee expands his defense of Christian Bolshevism.
Well… that’s all I had time for. Keep on reactin’. Til next week, NBS… over and out.