This Week In Reaction (2017/04/02)

Mark Citadel has a fantastic meditation on femininity, masculinity, the virtues and vices in each, and the deep gender imposed upon the cosmos in The Whore Enthroned. Upon the cosmos, and upon society. At issue is the Ostensible Far-Right’s embrace of abortion rights. Limiting the sexual freedom of women—the Seamless Tapestry of Anti-Choice—is far more important than limiting the birthrates of non-whites.

The woman who murders her child is evil, rejecting motherhood entirely. But the men who support her engage in their own profanity: that of cowardice. You see, they know the dangers of sex and of bringing children into the world, but instead of controlling their women’s sexuality as all sane populations throughout history have done, they shrink from such responsibility and instead scuttle off to butchers in lab coats to ‘deal with the problem’ after the fact. How courageous. So noble.

This should be repugnant to any true man of the right. If you are unwilling to even fight the battle against the unleashed ‘bitches in heat’ that populate the West, we ought to laugh loudly at your determination for some kind of ethnic or religious conflict with other men in the future.

This was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀. Also at Mark’s, another of his videos on Reactionary Political Theory: José Antonio Primo de Rivera—The Basic Elements of the Liberal State.

Vincent Hannah has Brief Reflections on the Restoration in Turkey. Not too terribly brief. He fisks this Why We Should Be Depressed About Turkey article at Prospect Mag. Also at Dark Reformation, a generous portion of Moldbug in the inevitable question of Who, Whom? Justice and the Judiciary.

This too from Vincent was quite inspired: The Path To The Dark Reformation Part B: After Humanity. A Neoreactionary Theory of Modern Moral and Political History. In which many threads and thinkers are pulled together.

Social Pathologist has Some More Thoughts on Griffin’s Modernism and Fascism.

Fascism wasn’t just a response to the social crisis of the early 20th Century it was also a response to the anomie bought about by the dechristianisation of Europe.

Over at Neo-Ciceronian Times, Titus Q. Cincinnatus has a passel of thoughts On Ethnonationalism and Aristocladism. Cincinnatus believes a world in which ethnonationalism was permitted (which to be fair describes our own world currently… as long as you’re not white) would quickly develop aristocladism, “the division of national groups into hierarchies based on a variety of metrics having to do with their relative power and capacities”. Some nations, in other words, would inevitably dominate others, leading to the potential dissolution of certain national groups via benign genocide.

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Just as among individual men there are natural aristocrats who, under well-ordered circumstances, will rise to the top above their fellows through a combination of innate God-given attributes and disciplined self-improvement, so also some nations naturally seem to rise to the top among their fellows and occupy historical places of prominence and leadership. The natural hierarchy among nations mentioned by Evola appears to be a real thing. This self-organising principle appears to operate at every level. Among the civilisational groups of the world, the Western and the Sinic have generally dominated for centuries.

This is seen to be better than the alternative: 10s of 1000s of tiny patchwork states in a perpetual war of all against all.

Aristocladism functions as a way of bringing order to the chaos without (in theory, at least) stamping out the diversity and uniqueness of the many different cultures involved. The most natural level at which the political state seems to exist is the subcladic—it is here that we generally see one group rising to the top and creating a “nation-state” out of the several related cultures around it. Spain, France, Germany, Italy, and other European states were formed in this way.

Cincinnatus earns ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for his work here.

Lawrence Glarus has a first: A Preview of his forthcoming Social Matter article. Picture rich, it sets the mood for what’s certain to be a dandy one… More on that below

Antidem reintroduces The Beadles. It is a term so obsolete that A)I had to look it up (yes, it’s a real word); and B)bound to be a perfectly serviceable office, much better than our professionalized, bureaucratized social worker force is.

Alf discusses Magic and Miracles, and how it was a better world when most people believed in them. Next: a humorous trip In the mind of Scott Alexander. And The Warning framed as religious mythology.

Grey Enlightenment has coverage and some astute commentary regarding this bit (which I couldn’t get to render in my browser(s)). Nick Land notices The Darkness at the End of the Tunnel as well. Grey Enlightenment also takes a contrarian (to the standard contrarian) view on the ostensible coming global chaos: Any Global ‘Power Vacuum’ Will be Filled by America and China.

Shylock Holmes has apposite thoughts On Self-Control and Eating Disorders… and what people tend to accidentally confess.

For those of us who are not psychiatrists and not dealing frequently with people who are genuinely mentally ill, the interesting thing about understanding pathological behavior is for what it reveals about how to fix our own, non-pathological versions of the same basic trait.

Indeed!

Free Northerner offers a strategy for Crippling the Priesthood, the creation of a Knowledge and Skills Signaling Organization (KASSO) that could credibly and reliably bypass the Established Church University System.

Over at the Generative Anthropology Blog, Adam continues an excellent discussion on Sovereignty and Standardization.

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Here’s a radical (radically reactionary) claim: all mass production is part of a high-low alliance against the middle, and works toward the subversion of secure central power. In that case, either reaction and absolutism are hopeless, utopian projects; or, all the more necessary, if far more difficult than imagined. I’m not making that claim, but I’m not dismissing it, either—at the very least, I would want an account of mass production that can reconcile it with an absolutist hierarchy of power. The nationalist argument made by Trump and his supporters is that the return of industry, i.e., mass production, to the US will create well-paying jobs that allow for the maintenance of a middle class lifestyle, and consequently the dignity, self-respect and stability that makes people resistant to utopian and egalitarian hysteria. All that seems to be true, compared to the alternative of devastated communities and opioid epidemics, but we shouldn’t forget all the mid-century critiques (by no means all coming from the left) of that very way of life as a result of the alienation of individuals from more primary communities and complex, “organic” networks of skill and ethics reproducing institutions. Is 35 years on the assembly-line really conducive to a cultured, enriching way of life focused on the eternal?

Adam continues generating some of the most productive and least explored ideas in the ‘Sphere. And The Committee were pleased to make this one an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Alrenous has a brief and perceptive note on Democratic Decay.

Spandrell describes How Menopausal Feminism leads to Islam. Yes. He’s serious about that. You’ll have to read the underlying reasoning.

Late in This Week in Reaction, Devin Helton slides under the bar with another of his patented comprehensive study articles. This one asks (not rhetorically) Does Inequality Cause (or Reduce) Crime? Does Poverty Cause Crime? Does investing in education reduce crime? What does reduce crime? On the aggregate statistics of inequality and crime, only one conclusion is certain:

With so many interlocking causal factors, anyone who calculates a correlation with regards to inequality and crime and tells you this proves X causes Y is either appallingly stupid or utterly mendacious.

From the inductive side, there are reasons to doubt causation

[W]hile statistical correlations cannot prove causation, the data does show that these confounding variables are far, far, far more important than inequality. If one of the most unequal societies (1910’s England) had one of the lowest crime rates in Anglo-American history, then clearly inequality is not determinative. Clearly, we can solve the problem of crime without solving the problem of inequality, because we have done so before. And on the flip side, there is no evidence that we can solve crime by reducing inequality, because we have never done so before.

And while poverty and crime are clearly correlated, again the relationships are more filtered and nuanced than the Bloomberg View (and a million more like it) would have us believe. And there’s much more in this ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ winner. RTWT!

Malcolm Pollack runs the numbers on the human skull stacking trade in Red-Collar Work. And an almost perfect Unprincipled Exception: The Hijab is a symbol of feminism in the age of Trump because… well just because.

By way of Isegoria: A Tale of Two Bell Curves in which Murray’s The Bell Curve is a book widely condemned but little read (and even less understood); Psychedelic Reality TV; filed under Sounds Familiar: Above-median income and close to zero saving; and… filed under “Rope Sales”… Charles Murray’s SPLC page as edited by Charles Murray.

Finally, this week in CWNY: Where Does Faith Dwell? He includes a stern rebuke to American Exceptionalists…

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What is exceptionable about America, other than its exceptionable anti-European origins? Haven’t we surrendered to the same anti-European forces that are destroying Europe? Are Americans committed to driving the Moslems from their nation? Have Americans made any attempt to end the negroes’ reign of murder, rape, and pillage? The mere ownership of guns does not make American men more manly than the males of Britain and other European nations who do not own guns. If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride, and if gun ownership in and of itself made a man a man, we would not have a white genocide crisis; we would have a land without Moslems, a land in which blacks were segregated form whites, and a land in which liberals were locked up instead of given positions of power and authority. There is something greater than Americanism and guns that is needed before Britain, America, and all the nations of Europe can become the green and pleasant lands they once were.

 



This Week in Jim Donald

Jim begins with week with an Apology to B. Jim is a man who honors his bets.

He also thinks Unowned women should be unprotected and fair game. At least from an official policy standpoint:

You cannot keep women permanently chained to the wall. You are going to have to let them loose every now and then to take care of the baby, pick up the socks, and cook the meals. So you need to have a system that is incentive compatible with what women want. If women get entirely their way, civilization collapses, because most men will not have posterity, so will not plant trees for their grandchildren to enjoy the shade. So you need to have a system where male ownership of women is incentive compatible with what women want, where women have reason to cooperate in a system that restrains their worst excesses. So you have to downvalue unowned women and upvalue owned women. And if you downvalue unowned women, you cannot allow yourself to care about what Roissy gets up to. (Unless of course, he starts sniffing around your wife or daughter, in which case you shoot him like a dog, and the cops shrug their shoulders and say “needed killing”.)

And Jim looks at The likely shape of a Trump autocoup. The “Intelligence Community” (*cough* CIA *cough*) is proving to be more of an obstacle than Jim expected. Self-coup is where the elected (“ceremonial”) government takes power away from the permanent (i.e., real) government.

 



This Week in Social Matter

An absolutely top notch week at Social Matter this week. Ryan Landry’s Official Week Kicker-Offer shoes were filled this week by Tom Barghest, who reviewed The Complacent Class and called it provocatively: Tyler Cowen’s Unexpected Neoreactionary Manifesto. (The provocation was successful.) Cowen, of course, is not neoreactionary; but he partakes of the stuff recreationally. Enough to take on the faint odor of reactionary thought on a wide array of subjects. Like segregation:

It is often a puzzle for foreigners why the United States has such a dismal performance when it comes to murder, guns, and mental illness, all features of American life that, when compared to most of the other wealthy countries, are so awful that they do not require further documentation. You might wonder how those bad results square with America’s relatively strong performances on most capital indices, such as trust, cooperation, and charitable philanthropy; on philanthropy, we even rate as the global number one. The truth is that those positive and negative facets are two sides of the same coin: Cooperation is very often furthered by segregating those who do not fit in. That creates some superclusters of cooperation among the quality cooperators and a fair amount of chaos and dysfunctionality elsewhere. (p. 70)

That’s Cowen, not Barghest, BTW. Justify segregation? What’s next: Chattel Slavery?? Barghest adds:

These are the mechanisms that successful cooperative superclusters use to preserve themselves today, and they are not the exclusive preserve of the left. Half our battle, therefore, is just to convince modern elites that it’s OK to do what they’re already doing, defending their own small incipient patchworks from outside invasion, and thus free them to do it more purposefully and elegantly. And in the meantime, doing it consciously, we’ll also do it better.

Nick Land highlights perhaps Tom’s Best Quote in this ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Michael Perilloux makes a second appearance in as many weeks with The Politics Of Bodybuilding.

Why is “fascist bodybuilding” an established phenomenon, while #swoleleft just turned into a joke? Beyond raw power, what are the inherent politics of bodybuilding?

Perilloux explains why it’s more than mere utility—e.g., being able to provide “event security” for ourselves (tho’ that’s not to be discounted). The real meaning lies in the aesthetics:

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[Like the Ferrari] a physically perfect human body tells a compelling story. It tells a story where the human is a practical instrument of power and life, and the man in top physical and mental condition is an apex predator, dominant over his environment. A man developed to the fullest extent of his innate possibility tells a story where moreso than our world, humans, and the kind of things humans are and can become, really matter–where we are not just obsolete substitutes for future soulless artificial intelligence, fading in relevance, nor are we manlet “bugman” serfs pushed around by soft-totalitarian masters, but we are instead exuberantly relevant students of godhood. A human body in peak physical condition says to the world around it “you must submit”, and to the people around it “I am not of this world. Come with me if you want to really live”.

This too was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

And there was no let up. On Tuesday, William Fitzgerald makes a smashing debut here with Lessons From The Legendary Gulenist Movement. Which everyone agreed was an absolutely suberb read.

The Gulen movement is difficult to map to modern American institutions. When you attempt to describe it concisely, to western ears it sounds literally incredible, like some sort of practical joke, but it goes roughly as follows: Imagine that the Kaplan test prep center was running a conspiracy of regime change by creating a society like the Freemasons, comprised of its graduates that it placed in important jobs around the country. Meanwhile, the doctrine of the organization itself was a cross between an Islamic religious movement, and a cult of personality based around its leader who lives in exile in the Poconos in Pennsylvania.

Notwithstanding the absurdity and implausibility of the prior description, the more you read of it, the more the picture resembles the strange caricature above.

Nice work, if ya can get it! The Gulenist coup attempt, according to Fitzgerald, was not a military one, and that makes it pretty special:

In a conventional military coup, the main plotters already have a lot of guns at their disposal, a chain of command that gives them personal authority, and a group of men with ties of personal loyalty to each other and a willingness to fight and sacrifice their lives, even if not for the present cause. Admittedly, there are large difficulties of coordination, getting everyone to agree to move at once. But the military itself starts with a lot of advantages when it comes to overthrowing the government.

Gulen, by contrast, built up the entire organization from scratch, over 30 years. Sure, you can say the Gulen movement failed. But this seems like the equivalent of saying the glass is 5% empty. While true, the astonishing thing is that they came as close as they did. I feel much the same thing about the Silk Road, the illegal online drug marketplace. The surprising thing isn’t that it eventually got shut down. The surprising thing is that it worked as well as it did, for as long as it did.

Fitzgerald takes home an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for his efforts here.

Lawrence Glarus deep dives into the longest campus strike in US history: The Real History Of The San Francisco State University Student Strikes From 1968-1969 (Part 1). Glarus pulls back the veil on the official history (Ethnic Studies Department, Hoo-ray!!) and reveals a hodgepodge of conflicted grievances and incoherent demands. I cannot adequately summarize his points in such a short space, but this part stood out

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The natural response to political violence is to chastise the responsible parties. If radical socialists, professors, and students tear up your campus you attack those same groups. However, John Gerassi and indeed John Summerskill come from a long tradition and preferred the unnatural response. The unnatural response is to look at the grievances of the attacker and chastise the victim. This unnatural response typically employs the passive voice; after all we wouldn’t want to blame the attackers ergo: “unrest will continue unless the causes are coped with”.

The Iron Law of Rebellious Tools is confirmed yet again in this ☀☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Award☀☀ winner. And this was only Part 1…

Friday, Adam Smith & Co. are joined by Jayoh de la Rey for the Myth of the 20th Century podcast: Episode 12: Detroit, The Shadow Of Decline.

And in another Solo Climb podcast, Anthony DeMarco looks at Ethnic vs. Religious Loyalties.

 



This Week in 28 Sherman

Over on the home blog, Landry takes time out of a busy Monday to discuss Michael Flynn’s Turkey Work.

The why behind the why is critical here. Michael Flynn’s work was all about Fetullah Gulen, USG’s man in the Poconos.

Erdogan is still in the process of cleaning out opposition in Turkey. Most of this opposition is made up of his old partners in Gulen’s crowd. The contract between Turkey and Flynn’s intelligence outfit was last summer, timed well with the odd coup attempt in Turkey. Turkey immediately made an extradition request for Gulen as the coup was stopped and reprisals began. While the accusation Flynn discussed a covert snatch of Gulen has been denied, the idea that Flynn could influence the decision to extradite at all important.

On Wednesday, he has coverage of The Fantastic Healthcare Failure. Coverage… get it? Everybody wins, except Paul Ryan… And after all, what are House Speakers for, but to be an icon of derision throughout the Free World?

This Week in WW1 Pics slipped. Probably for the same reason Landry’s regularly scheduled (really, preternaturally regularly scheduled) SM posts slipped. I have been assured that the Hardest Working Man in #NRx will be back on normal schedule next week.

Finally, Landry has some insight into Starcucks, both the successful branding as well as the ruination of the term “barista”.

A barista is not some skilled craftsman. For the corporate crowd looking for a non-office space yet an office space, a barista is a servant. It is why they are paid tuppence and Howard Schultz is worth $3 billion.

 



This Week in Kakistocracy

Porter chronicles LA Unified School District’s War on “Good Schools”: Minorities still Hit Hardest.

Next, he has a couple of things that he (and probably most Trump voters) wish the Administration would not Prioritize.

Porter considers the plight of The Unlucky People. African Americans like Ta-Nehisi Coates, whilst uncommonly unlucky, have hit the veritable jackpot compared to their cousins… the African Africans.

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You can’t reasonably expect [Somalia] to resolve its civil war in just 26 years. Though in light of heads tumbling down hillsides in the Congo and the languid pace of military pincer movements on the Mogadishu front, what does this state of African American affairs in Africa imply about the refugee industry? The answer is that it is built to last. If Western states (and, of course, only Western states) are obligated to absorb Africans when the latter are at war, then they are obligated to absorb Africans unconditionally. Its perpetuity is a feature of the premise.

African drought operates under the same business model.

Finally, after up-close and too personal brush with Poe’s Law, Porter gives the “constitutional crisis” in Venezuela some merited attention. Surely we cannot be far behind stateside.

 



This Week in Evolutionist X

Evolutionist X kicks off a series on The Modern Ainu. Genetic inside baseball continues in Part 2.

This Week in Cathedral Round-Up (Has it really been 20??!!), Mrs. X delves into The Ideological Cult of the SJW.

"When you talk in tongues, it feels like you just took a nice, long shower," Krystal Gibson said. "It cleanses your body."

“When you talk in tongues, it feels like you just took a nice, long shower,” Krystal Gibson said. “It cleanses your body.”

The students in this article are not recruits going through Basic Training in the military. They are not doctors enduring 48 hour hospital shifts. They are Harvard grads learning to be teachers. I have a great deal of respect for teachers and know they work hard, but there is absolutely no reason they should be weeping every day.

Seriously, if anything in this excerpt sounds like your real life, please get help immediately. THIS IS NOT EMOTIONALLY HEALTHY OR NORMAL.

Sounds like a Pentacostal Revival Service gone metastatically co-dependent. There’s much more.

Finally, Evolutionist X takes a look at Where Anthropology Went Wrong. Was it ever right?

Anthropology isn’t supposed to be politicized, but in practice it’s difficult not to get sucked into politics. Anthropologists generally become quite fond of the people they’ve studied and lived with for years. Since they prioritize cultures in danger of disappearing, they end up with both practical and sentimental reasons to side against the more powerful groups in the area–no anthropologist wants to see the people he just spent a decade living with starve to death because a mining company moved into the area and dug up their banana farms.

As a result, the anthropologist often becomes a liaison between the people he studies and the broader world he wants to protect them from.

She proceeds to fisk, by way of example, American Anthropological Association’s statement on race, which is rather… erm… politicized. Which, because it’s basically a tissue of lies being passed off as “scientific consensus”, discredits the discipline of Anthropology.

 



This Week in Quas Lacrimas

Quincy T. Latham continues his series of strategic concepts with a four course meal—and an organizational tour de force—of Machiavellian Strategic Concepts: Part I: Subordination, Part II: Centrality, Part III: Drilling & Disengagement, and Part IV: Hierarchy. I couldn’t hope to summarize the series here, but it is extremely valuable. Notable especially is the way Latham shows how tightly woven together these concepts are. Essential reading. And an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ winner.

Inspired by Evolutionist X’s series on the Ainu, Latham takes up linguistic side of the question Conquest and Language Diffusion.

Finally here, another offering in his Political Concepts series: Nation. He tackles the social construction argument.

When someone starts trying to smash something with the social-construction hammer, often he only means that the distinctions in questions are fuzzy (rather than discrete) or contingent (rather than necessary). One should always try to be clear! If this is what you mean, say “Fuzzy and contingent,” rather than “socially constructed”.

Once you have given a more precise account of what you mean when you say “Nations can’t be real because they’re socially constructed,” we can evaluate the logic of the inferences. In particular, if “socially-constructed distinction” means no more than “a fuzzy, contingent distinction,” this can only establish that the discreteness and/or necessity of such a distinction are illusory, not that the distinction itself is.

 



This Week at Thermidor Mag

Over at Thermidor, K. R. Bolton makes a debut with a perceptive article: 1789—The Long Romance Of Socialism And Liberal Democracy.

Jake Bowyer examines Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa’s Mystical Nationalism.

Samuel Stevens delves into The Aesthetic Of The Counterrevolution, and the need for one.

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Metropolis (Triptych), 1927–28. (click for embiggening)

The Apollonian [mathematical, rightist] point of view, left unchecked, reduces everything to an equation. In this light art has no immediate utilitarian value so thus it is not seen as being important. Or, if an Apollonian were to see it as useful they view it solely as a political or social technology to achieve some distant (often utopian) end. All too often on right wing message boards the subject of arts quickly devolves into “how can we use this to red pill people.” If this is a common assumption, then it may be good the world is ultimately spared from Kek Shrugged.

Superb article and an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

N. T. Carlsbad considers Balzac On The Tax-Gatherer Mentality.

Nathan Duffy has an eye on the news Mike Pence Assailed for Exercising Virtue in DC.

After it was recently revealed that Mike Pence doesn’t go on solo meal dates with women and doesn’t drink when his wife isn’t around, The Left went into another of its now-regular hysterical meltdowns. These neo-puritans are a bizarre mirror image of their forebears. Instead of public excoriations for laxity in matters of sexuality, today it is precisely Christian chastity and sobriety which can enrage them enough to bring out the pitchforks.

The lefty media has a much bigger legalistic stick up its ass than Mike Pence.

P. T. Carlo is joined by our very own Ryan Landry for the Thermidor Podcast Episode 11: Weimerican Dreams. And he chats with Moses Apostaticus in Episode 12: Civilizationism

And Nathan Duffy closes out a busy week with Simulation, Icon, and Annunciation.

 



This Week Around The Orthosphere

Bonald has a grab bag of miscellany on immigration, lesbians, and space colonization. Also some Arguments against blogging.

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Aussie actress Margot Robbie

Matt Briggs kicks off the week at the mailbag with a reader’s Simple (But Not Short) Stats Question. Also there, the inimitable Ianto Watt with the first in a series: What Is Communism? Part I. And… he celebrates his 3000th Post. That’s a lot.

Briggs is over in The Stream with a New ‘Children’s’ Book Has Prince Charming Finding “True Love” With Farm Boy.

At The Orthosphere (proper), J. M. Smith has a deep meditation on The Men Who Hate Destiny. Cosmopolitanism and diversity are framed as antonyms to destiny, for which nationhood is a pre-requisite. Also from Smith: The Israel Fetish and Christian suckers. And this too: everything that’s wrong with Cheap and Nasty.

Finally This Week in J. M. Smith we have Crossing the Rhetorical Rubicon: A Defense of Acerbity.

Speaking of acerbic opinions… Thomas Bertonneau has one. Several actually.

Lue-Yee has some very perceptive thoughts on liturgical modernization: Graham Greene Reads Bourgeois Christianity. Also some hopeful news for Anglicanism (well outside of England): North African and Horn of Africa Anglicans Refuse the Money of Sodom. And in an endorsement for our dear friend Richard Carroll, Lue-Yee says: Read Aristotle’s Poetics.

Mark Richardson has news of the political conversion story (in process at least) of Brit David Goodhart: Somewheres vs Anywheres. Also: ACTU head Sally McManus thinks dresses worse than burqa, because it is totally expedient for her to think that.

Chris Gale notes, with a lift from JAMA this week, The opiate receptor will not save you:

What has changed is that the groups that seem to be using heroin are the groups the narrative hates. The underclass is growing: the society is hollowing out. And no use of psychopharmacology or psychotherapy can save a people without vision.

Gale also takes a deeper look at Suicide and trends within professions.

 



This Week in Arts & Letters

Imaginative Conservative has a timeless essay from the late (and timeless) Joseph Sobran on Reading Old Books. Also some background commentary on Beethoven’s string quartet “Holy Song of Thanksgiving…”—as well as the piece itself.

Margot Robbie in bizarre outfit, but who cares?

Margot Robbie in bizarre outfit, but who cares?

Also there, Birzer explains Hayek and Me.

Over at City Journal, Dalrymple wonders How Serious Is the Terrorist Threat? Considered objectively, it is not a danger anyone should be overly concerned about. There is a reason terrorism is not a legitimate military strategy, i.e., that it is ineffective. But looking at terrorism objectively is the exactly wrong way to look at its effectiveness. Also there: Brainwashing in Canada: The regime re-educates old thinkers in new ways. They do everything better up in Canada. And: A Tale of Two Killings and you’ll never guess which racially motivated one attracted hyperbolic commentary from NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Sydney Trads have up an interesting, rather avant garde bit of poetry from Luke Torrisi: “Circle of Enrichment: The Refugee and The German Woman”.

 



This Week… Elsewhere

Over at American Greatness, Sorry, Feminists—the Patriarchy Wins Again. In the tails, men are better than women at just about everything… including alas, being “women”.

Al Fin drives a final nail into the “Peak Oil” coffin: Gods of the Apocalypse Fade, as True Believers Slip Away. Also there: the University’s False Promise and the Dangerous Child’s Reply.

TUJ has a proposal for Civil Service Reform that mitigates the worst abuses of the “Spoils system”, without creating a 4th and unaccountable branch of government (which is what the original Civil Service reforms did do).

Giovanni Dannato thinks Extreme Individualism Is Why Whites Don’t Run Hollywood. The extreme individualism of whites: Little or no tribal cooperation. Meritocracy as a matter of principle. Sounds about right. Also at Forward Base B: There’s No Such Thing As “Free Markets”. Any more than there are spherical cows in a vacuum.

“[H]aving cool friends and being good at sports is difficult. Growing a Lenin goatee to signal that you’re deep is easy,” PA replied.

Harper McAlpine Black, congenital zigger whilst everyone zags, looks into Gnostic Psychism and the Roots of Progressivist Decay. He meets head on the accusation that it all “went wrong” with Platonic Metaphysics, which spawned a radical dualism between body and pure form, opening up the door for “preference” identitarianism and all sorts of heresy. Black takes up the hard work of defending Plato from Rightist accusations of “Gnostic psychism”.

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Plato… insists that there IS a reality. Indeed, he is the foremost thinker to insist so. The idea that there is a fixed reality, a ‘nature’, is Platonic by definition. The facts of the world—this best of worlds—are realities and not merely labels that we can change at a whim. A man, that is to say, is a man, thus born, and his masculinity is a reality and not just a name (as the nominalists would have it) that can be changed to ‘woman’ if and when we feel like it. In Plato’s account of souls a man is born with such an identity for a reason (and in fact has chosen to do so in the pre-existent state). The facts of one’s life are not a series of inconvenient accidents; they are realities in which we find our destiny, our identity and our fulfillment. This is so fundamental to Platonic thinking that it is really quite extraordinary to hear it proposed that Plato is to blame for quite the opposite.

AMK describes The crucial role of the principled conservative in societal decline.

[H]aving a moral compass to oppose is crucial, otherwise the left might do the right thing. The right provides the moral compass for the left to oppose. This is crucial since they have no working compass of their own.

Next, they need a battle. With a right-wing to oppose, every leftward move is a “victory.” Without opposition (divided power) every new social change is experienced by society as a tyrannical imposition. Nobody cheers for trans bathrooms when it is an order from a one-party authoritarian state. Only a battle can make people cheer for a disgusting agenda that violates their rights.

Heartiste defines two crucial (anti-)concepts: Sex Denialism And Race Denialism. And then proceeds to eviscerate them.

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Unorthodoxy has a tale of woe Disaster: Homebuilders Raising Wages. Nobody wins with higher wages… or something like that.

Zach Kraine notices What they have in common with reaction. They being lefties. The commonalities being particular loyalties. I don’t know what may be made of them. Particular loyalties are, fundamentally, at odds with universalist ideologies. In the end, folks will have to choose only one.

Faith & Heritage suggests the Top 10 Excuses for Throwing a Party This April. Not sure about the Martin Luther one, but the rest are pretty good.

Jason Bayz chronicles The Latest Nonsense from of Washington D.C. How any city can function with daycare workers having earned anything below a Masters Degree is utterly beyond me.

 


That’s all I had time for. 5500 words, 117 links. It’ll have to do. Keep on reactin’! Til next week, NBS… over and out!!

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  1. Pseudo-chrysostom April 5, 2017 at 6:42 am

    Everyone should read Plotinus’s ‘Against the Gnostics’, from which our own T. F. Bertonneau derived for an excellent series of essays.

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  2. Thank you for sharing my article.

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  3. Thank you once again for the link and kind words.

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  4. If you want to limit non-white birth rates, abortion should be banned. Paradoxically, widespread access to abortion increases out-of-wedlock births which increases anti-social behavior.

    TRS’s Godcast has a segment that lays out the argument. Radio.therightstuff.biz

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