This Week In Reaction (2017/04/09)

As the week started off, trends in sphere were ganging up in the direction the Obama Administration’s complicity in spying on the Trump campaign. After all, who doesn’t love a good show trial… Roman Dmowski offers a brief indictment of The Criminal Obama Regime. TUJ has more on that. Heartiste dubs the scandal—hopefully—Obamagate. “Spy-gate” is seen as just one of many symptoms for a fatal disease. Russia, Rice and the Police State.

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That trend turned on a dime after the apparent gas attacks followed by a disgusting US air strike in Syria. Lue-Yee calls it Betrayal. Porter has much more to say on the topic below the fold. Grey Enlightenment lays out the disappointment. TUJ has a hopeful spin: The Case for Assad is as Strong as Ever. Mark Citadel confesses I Was Wrong… to support Trump. Unorthodoxy has pastage from rootclaim: What Happened in Syria? Only a neocon could be confident about that. The episode cures Zach Kraine’s writers’ block. Giovanni Dannato asks: Why? David Grant cautions Don’t Give Up On Trump Just Yet.

This too… Our friends to The North put up a Call For Submissions: The Northern Dawn Symposium. This is in light of the upcoming celebration of the sesquicentennial of the Dominion of Canada.

Let’s see… what else was going on?


Neocolonial has some brilliant thoughts on The Advantages of Class, as well as ways to maintain the class structure, for social stability, without it being a civilizational straight-jacket.

Mark Citadel talks about Relativism, Obligations & Values. An absolutely superb piece, which, in setting out a thick black line between moral values and obligations, manages simultaneously to indict modern ideologies precisely because (by deontological reasoning) they cannot differentiate between the two.

When it comes to moral values, these only allow us to judge an action or belief as either good or evil. No matter the outcome, we are not morally compelled to do anything about it. This somewhat relates to the points I have made on the issue of abortion. I have solid reasons for considering any act of child-murder to be evil, but am I morally obligated to do everything in my power to prevent every single abortion in the world? No. A man who says he loves the world loves nobody. I am reminded of the terse words of a German jurist:

Whoever says “humanity” lies.

RTWT! It’s (relatively) short and an ☀”Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ winner.

Citadel also makes a debut in Геополитика with The Curious Case of Louise Mensch.

Social Pathologist has an interesting vignette, and more analysis, on the modernism inherent to fascism and national socialism: Raiders of the Lost Nazi Art. You’ll never guess who the real raiders were. Well, maybe you will, if you’re a regular reader…

And he interrupts his regular menu of studies on fascism to examine Trump’s Syria strike: It’s Looking Grim… almost like Jared Kushner is calling the shots strikes.

Nick Land has a scientific Quote Note—science can be helpful for those who refuse (for whatever reason) to believe their own lying eyes. And a funny (as in insane), funny because true Twitter Cut.

Grey Enlightenment offers a much needed (and much delayed) correction to Reactionary Future, MacIntyre, and Communitarianism. Also there: The ‘Earnership Society’ was a bit more mixed.

Vincent Hannah defines the Modern Structure as the “Dark Mirror of the Catholic Church” resulting as “the 500 year evolutionary consequence of Martin Luther’s Reformation” in his Path to the Dark Reformation Part C: The (Black) God Delusion. There’s much more here as he pulls in Pinker, Sowell, Samuel Francis Adams Jr., and Moldbug—to name just a few—in a philosophical discussion of human nature, correctly understood and otherwise. The Committee gave this one an ☀”Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀. Long, but worth the time.

Spandrell is looking for collaborators in a book project on Western and Eastern Political Thought, he taking the Eastern half.

Adam has a whole boat-load of politico-linguistic theory at GA Blog: Virality and Sovereignty.

Alf was inspired to write about Less inspiration. Working for the restoration is a lot less sexy than it looks on the internet! Alf also looks at how Netherlands is Coming to terms with the ongoing Islamic invasion—terms which look suspiciously like “unconditional surrender… just… pleeeease don’t call us racist”.

Over at Neo-Ciceronian Times, Titus Q. Cincinnatus slides, as his his wont, right under the Official This Week in Reaction End-of-Week Iron Gate with: Cicero’s “On Old Age” and Modernity’s Obsession with Newness. Now listen up, you young whippersnapperzh…

Gran TorinoCicero’s observations are indeed in very good accord with what we may observe in Traditional societies. Unlike cultures ravaged by modernism, Traditional societies do not view their elders as burdens or as hindrances. Instead, the elders are the repositories of their society’s collective shared wisdom. Equally as important, they are the vehicles through which this wisdom is passed on to future generations. There are very good reasons why kings and generals were often attended by councils of elders.

Of course, if your old folks are acting as fools…

In Cicero’s day—as in our own—this reverence for age and wisdom was passing away. Much of this was because Roman society was falling into the trap of idolising youth without requiring either manly vigour or sound wisdom from it. One need only look at the relative leniency with which Clodius Pulcher, of bona dea and trial for incest fame, was dealt and his ability to secure the exile of Cicero later on. Clodius was so popular with the plebs, in part, because his youthful beauty and sexual magnetism ingratiated him with an increasingly frivolous and trivially-minded populace. However, another cause for the Republic’s decadence was that her old men were acting foolishly, pursuing individual ambition at the expense of the state and nation. Much like the Baby Boomers in America, the people in Roman society who should have been passing on timeless wisdom were merely passing time pleasing themselves with flippancy.

Cincinnatus earned an ☀”Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for his strong work here.

By way of Isegoria… Why Japan’s Rail Workers Can’t Stop Pointing at Things; filed under This Looks Promising: One-handed zipping (not exactly the next transistor, but…); and filed under A Purely Rhetorical Question: Should America have entered World War I?

Malcolm Pollack asks Is Assad A Fool? Given what he’s survived thus far, that seems incredibly unlikely.

Finally, this week in CWNY: Counter-Revolutions Start in the Hearts of Men. Eloquent, as always,

There is one man that the liberals hate above all other men. That man is St. Paul. Very few liberals will attack Christ head on. They neutralize Him by making Him a civil rights worker, a focal point for Marxist revolutions, or a thousand and one other roles that serve liberalism. But St. Paul can’t be neutralized. He will not allow any other vision of Christ than the true vision – Christ is the son of God. What can be done with such an unpolitic, uncompromising man? He must be killed. And St. Paul was killed, but his people, the gentiles, followed in his train. Have they all been killed? Are there no Europeans left who believe that charity, the charity inspired by the love of Christ, never faileth?



This Week in Jim Donald

A light week of blogging over at Jim’s, but two very fine articles did come out…

First he re-examines a quip he’d made about Romanovs and war with Russia. Jim’s theories have an unsurpassed ability to grow legs:

[O]ur ruling elite has joined the reaction and the alt right in calling Trump and his family the Romanovs.

Next, Jim offers reactionary analysis of the Syrian situation and much else: Allying with far to destroy near. It’s a smorgasbord of accumulated wisdom in this ☀”Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀. For example,

Whosoever wants to overthrow Assad of Syria, wants to ally with people unlike me, to murder people who are like me, to murder them for what they have in common with me. Murdering some people who are like me, murdering them because they are like me is a step towards murdering everyone like me.

As for the US missile attack…

85a5b99b641880c9fba6f858bda80028-family-photo-album-family-photosTrump’s attack on Syria was both real and fake—real enough to threaten Assad and Putin, real enough to get his judge through the senate, real enough to keep the Pentagon on his side, fake enough to avoid war with Assad and Putin. What is clear is that the left wants to overthrow Assad. If we continue to take substantial measures to overthrow Assad, then Trump will have cucked out to the left as the Czar did, which I think will likely be the death of Trump and his family, as it was the death of the Czar and his family. Any concessions to the left are just blood in the water. They are more likely to kill you if you play nice with them than if you piss on them.

As for whys and wherefores of leftism, Jim grabs it by the id and holds it up for edificatory display…

Leftism as an individual propensity is a propensity to game the systems for status, affiliation, alliance formation, and virtue signaling. Leftism as a movement is large scale organized gaming of the status, affiliation, and virtue signaling systems, and thus tends to work to the disadvantage of individual leftists. No friends to the right, no enemies to the left, means all your friends are your enemies and all your enemies are your friends, hence the greatest danger to leftists as members of a leftist movement is being murdered by their own movement.

If you are genuinely decent and conscientious, you are substantially less interested in cheap signals of decency and conscientiousness. Decent conscientious people are not attracted to whatever opinions are high status. People who want cheap ways of signaling decency and conscientiousness are attracted towards whatever opinions are high status.



This Week in Social Matter

Ryan Landry kicks off the week with a big analysis piece: The Pentagon Is Making The CIA And State Department Obsolete. Unbeknownst to most of us, and without much fanfare, the sort of wars that the Blue Empire has insisted the Red Empire fight since WW2, has steadily increased the capability of the Red Empire to stand more fully on its own. And the Blue masters may have lost their whip hand in the Trump Administration.

A hint at how a change, and State’s anxiety, are real happened recently with a visit by a foreign dignitary. Mexico’s foreign minister came to Washington, D.C. for a visit. While in D.C., Minister Videgaray spoke with Jared Kushner, Gary Cohn, and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster. When asked if there was any State Department meeting with the Mexican foreign minister, the official spokesman for the State Department answered, “I was unaware that he was—the foreign minister was—in town. And I’m not sure—I can’t speak to whether there’s going to be any meetings at the State Department at any level.” The State Department was completely cut out of what one would consider its primary function.

This is why the supposed budget cuts to State have sparked such a reaction. It is not merely the threat of some money being removed. It is the combined threat of money being siphoned away from its pet projects and revolution-funding, while a rival that can replace them waits in the wings.

Go, Red Empire! This was an ☀”Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

On Monday, Lawrence Glarus brings out his part 2 to his epoch-making slow history of rebellious tools: The Real History Of The San Francisco State University Student Strikes From 1968-1969. Award-winning Part 1 was merely (tragicomic) prelude. Here…

gaterattackWe are on the eve of the strike, and our casual observer of events has yet to discover the “real cause” that our ethnic studies experts have so praised. No matter, we must address these sundry grievances: so what next? As was reported to the National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence, there is little a college president can actually do to alleviate these issues. [xxxiii] He didn’t have the power to stop recruiting on campus or cooperation with the selective service system. He could not end the Vietnam War. He could not end racial discrimination. Smith could only encourage social change, not enforce it. [Former SFSC President] Summerskill had tried his best to address “curricular irrelevance” and finally, the institutional inertia and resistance to change came largely from the Board of Trustees. In other words, the panoply of issues surrounding the campus before the strike shared in common the qualities of being impossible demands. The “real causes” of the strike could not be addressed: quite the dilemma.

For SFSC, there could be no salvation. There was nothing they could have done to prevent the strike short of stopping the protesters–stopping the attackers being the natural response to political violence. The two years of tension had not been a negotiation; they had been merely a buildup, a search for a pretense for an assault. According to Smith, when the [Black Student Union]’s ten demands were finally presented to him, the BSU declared that they would strike regardless of whether the demands were granted. No salvation without works, no salvation obtained from works. [xxxiv]

I cannot hope to do this article justice by excerpting. You’ll just hafta go RTWT! Don’t miss the Black Student Union’s screaming out in pain as it strikes you, and playing “Mutt” to new College President Rob’t Smith’s “Jeff”. This earned an ☀”Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀. And there’s still at least one more installment to come.

Landry is back on Tuesday with the Weimerica Weekly podcast: Episode 64—Sickcare, with musings on the unfunny state of comedy… gratis.

Fritz Pendleton delivers a magisterial piece on The Inglorious Revolution And The End Of Absolutism In England. His thesis—and call to arms…

[T]he Glorious Revolution marks a recognizable starting point for legislative domination in the West. I do not use the word domination lightly. A legislative body like Britain’s Parliament, or any of its many imitators in the world, is generally a much more domineering force than a king. When it comes to sheer domination, nothing can beat a bunch of beady-eyed lawyers with the ability to sign bills into laws. Even the cruelest king will die someday while a legislature is like a slow tumor that will never leave the body politic. If given enough time, the legislators end up controlling the press, the colleges, the soldiers, the treasury, the oversight committee and the oversight committee for the oversight committee.

And James II proved a very apt target for republican power lust. Pendleton makes good on his promise. Fantastic work here and an ☀”Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

This week’s Myth of the 20th Century podcast: Episode 13: Antarctica, The Last Frontier.

In Saturday Poetry & Prose, some original poetry from E. Antony Gray: Lazarus, with a chaser from G. K. Chesterton.



This Week in 28 Sherman

Over on the home blog, Ryan documents the Coordinated Hit On “Hate”—and why it’s really not going to work for the left.

Next up, he finds a lot to admire in Orban’s Smart Positioning.

A well-funded protest rally organized by the "Freedom for Education" movement in Budapest on April 2

A well-funded protest rally organized by the “Freedom for Education” movement in Budapest on April 2

Despite being an actual product of Soros funded training, Orban has turned on the master. Orban and his government are openly going after Soros’ pet university that acts as a forward outpost for regime change and pozzing nations. Remove the institution and the poz has no power node. The sinecures are not there. The propaganda fountains are shut off. These rabble rousers have to move to another country to sit in cafes and whine about the oppression in Hungary. This is a smart move to blunt the rise of the young filled with idiotic prog ideas. Every Western nation with any sense of self-preservation should be making moves like this.

Quality of life is always an issue for economic growth… eventually. Orban seems to making the correct long play.

This Week in WW1 pics French Fun. Good to see this feature back in place.

Finally, speaking of the “underprivileged” getting into Stanford, Landry has some apposite remarks on the BLM Muslim admission. Eloquent remarks:

His one time to express himself as an individual to separate his application as a rich bright kid from all the rest. What does he do? He turns it into a progressive prayer. He does not even make the essay about himself, his tribe and their current oppression in the lands of white Christians. He spotlights the victimhood of the most ridiculous movement of the recent prog history: black crooks should be allowed to rob and commit crime without police harassing them.

This is what the elite schools want. As if they would reject a kid who has pictures with Madam President. As if they are not salivating over having an activist with this kind of publicity at their school. As if professors are not already strategizing how to mold Ahmed and push him down one path or the other. What is one spot at Stanford?

Think about the white kid from a suburb or a rural area with great SATs, GPA and all around skills that got rejected thinking it was a fair playing field. Find that kid in your town. Talk to him about us. Let him know that we need him.

The arc of the moral universe long, but it tends towards reality.



This Week in Kakistocracy

Porter kicks off the week sketching the proof of Motezuma’s Corollary. Arrests are way down in the state of California. And that isn’t necessarily good news. “[E]ither they’ve been invaded by elderly Japanese or there’s some impressive law enforcement lethargy afoot,” he notes.

Next up for the woodchipper: Higher education in There’s no ‘Thank You’ in Bengali. Who says illiterate copypasta of holiness can’t get you into Stanford? … So long as yer brown!

Porter extends a metaphor: The Dead Run Toward… gunfire. At issue is America’s strange, perhaps overwrought concern with Syria.

Of the ten most populous countries in the world, only one has suggested it may sprint toward Syrian gasfire. Eight others have issued no official statements on Syria whatsoever, and one has addressed the issue by casting doubt on the situation’s highly doubtful narrative.

rangemaster-day2-empty-casingsIt’s interesting to note this broad majority approach to the internal affairs of distant foreign states, and how vividly it contrasts with the single outlier. I was very tempted to speculate on the difference being a function of wealth. Just as only the plutocracy feels sufficiently well insulated to dissolve its national borders, only rich countries can afford the vainglory of a moralizing militarism. But that can’t be all of it.

Japan is a large wealthy country, and yet one that remains purely contemplative about landing marines at Jablah. China also possesses an increasingly formidable military capability, but it too seems focused to the point of distraction on its own self-interests.

Maybe there is something in the American psyche quite like the Somali one–both dazzled by shiny shell casings. Or maybe it’s not truly Americans at all that guide our policies on war and peace–or at least not Aliyah ineligible ones.

Maybe. Porter receives an ☀”Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ just for his ordinary Porter Awesomeness.

This Week in Regularly-Scheduled European Terror Attacks, Porter reports Driver Loses Control: Not Many Dead.

Finally, Porter has Another Angle on the Tomahawks.

Donald needs to get his daughter and son in law out of the Oval Office and back in the real estate and handbags businesses. For his own clarity of thought he must surround himself with people whose ideas and proposals are challenged–sometimes viciously.

I’m totally fine with Ivanka being seen and not heard.



This Week in Evolutionist X

Evolutionist X asks Why are there so Many Lizard People–and how do we GET RID OF THEM? Not those kind of lizard people… at least not exactly.

Lizard people look like people, but they seem to lack the ability to reason like people. They make other people’s lives worse, but for no discernible personal benefit. They use words like “progress” or “improvement,” “rational” or “modern,” “rules” or “policies,” to justify their policies, while ignoring complaints from the people involved that the new policies actually break more than they fix.

Or to put it another way: lizard people are the folks who thought Cabrini Green looked nice and built it that way on purpose.

This isn’t about big public works per se

Street raising on Lake Street, 1855 (Click for big embiggening)

Street raising on Lake Street, 1855 (Click for big embiggening)

Chicago was too low and flat to drain properly, (which probably has a lot to do with it being laid out so neatly in the first place,) much less build underground sewers, and as a result, people kept getting sick. So they just used a bunch of jacks to lift the city and built the sewers at ground level, then filled in the open space with dirt and rubble.

So, yes, I am in favor of sewers, and even major, city-altering projects in order to install sewers. Sewers are good. Not dying of cholera is awesome. Nothing here should be interpreted as “let’s go die of terrible, preventable diseases in a muddy peasant hovel.”

But too often the imposition of order doesn’t prevent cholera; too often it just makes everything worse. “I have a solution!” doesn’t mean you have a good solution.

Bad solutions, of course, abound. If those share a trait, it is probably ideology. This earned a nod from The Committee: an ☀”Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Next Mrs. X has an historical quick take on South Carolina: The Land Democracy Forgot. At least for a good long while.

And… she has some thoughts On Socialization, and especially the sort of things you never need to “socialize” kids about.



This Week in Quas Lacrimas

Quincy T. Latham adds a bit to A Little Learning. And this one on the whys of long-term focus. Here’s one on short-term focus wrecking long-term gains.

Latham picks up where Titus Cincinnatus leaves off with Tribalism: A Model. This is really, really good. A taste…

Ann-Margret at Torrejon Air Base, 1964

Ann-Margret at Torrejon Air Base, 1964

[T]he ultimate reason to study the relationship between disposition and identity in this way is to understand how the same “attitudinal mechanisms” function in non-tribal societies. Roughly speaking, here is the problem tribalism poses:

  1. Western Civilization is not tribally organized.
  2. Western populations have no (or weak) tribal identities.
  3. (Version 1) The West has been invaded by tribal populations, and/or…
  4. (Version 2) Small tribal subpopulations with the West are exploiting the altruism of their neighbors, and/or…
  5. (Version 3) The progressive diminution of tribal dispositions, by itself, gave irresistible momentum to a vicious circle with dysgenic and dyscivic consequences.
  6. Therefore, the current social equilibrium (sic) in the West is unstable.
  7. If current trends continue Western Civ will suffer social disasters…
  8. And a complete societal collapse is possible.

The upshot of §§3-4 is that the non-tribal majority in a non-tribal society would benefit from acquiring sufficiently tribal traits to resist tribal invaders/parasites. If you endorse §5 instead, you come to the same conclusion: a non-tribal society can’t afford to lose its tribal traits entirely. Failing this, §7 implies we will be entering a time of turmoil where our non-tribal societies will acquire quasi-tribal features, to which Westerners need to adapt; or, in the worst case scenario (§8), we may be forced to lead our communities into a fully-tribal existence for which neither their heritage nor their education has prepared them.

And really that is only the tiniest of tastes of this ☀☀”Official” #NRx Best of the Week Award☀☀ Winner. Please do, RTWT!

Latham has yet more Little Learning—overcoming obstacles edition. Especially of the intellectual variety, where often you are not so much building a pyramid as…

…weaving a web. It may seem pointless when you lay down the first strand, but by the end you may be catching surprising things.

Finally—from Ze Paperz—a helpful Timeline of the French Revolution, highlighting the remarkable rapidity of that once great nation’s descent into insanity.



This Week at Thermidor Mag

K. R. Bolton pens another strong historical analysis piece: Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalist Ideology And The Making Of Modern Taiwan.

Did the USA prefer a Maoist victory to that maintenance of Chiang’s Kuomintang regime?

Could the Maoists have done any better on the mainland if the USA had? Bolton recounts all the ways that Chiang was the wrong kind of anti-communist to American (#AIACC) interests. An excellent bit of research here. And an ☀”Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Speaking of Louise Mensch, P. T. Carlo is all over her like a cheap suit in A Real Mensch. She is, apparently, quite popcorn-worthy…

Seeing Mensch in action, whether by reading her bizarre prose or watching her muppet like physical actions on television can be an experience so strange that it borders on the surreal. The experience can be likened to watching a tiny car overstuffed with circus clowns get t-boned by a semi-truck: it is at turns both horrific and funny, and one simply can’t muster the willpower to look away from it.

LOL.

Ann Margret remains in her 1st marriage which began in 1967.

Ann Margret remains in her 1st marriage which began in 1967.

N. T. Carlsbad introduces readers to the 19th century French aristocrat, and quite genuinely conservative, Gobineau, The Royalist. He seems to have been something of a French version of Carlyle—without the sunny English disposition.

P. T. Carlo is on the Thermidor Podcast with TV Amerikwa: Episode 13: Amerikwa The Beautiful.

And Carlo sits down with Social Matter‘s own Alex Nicholson: RIP MAGA, Unpacking Trump’s Attack On Syria, very closely on the heels of the event.

Nathan Duffy frames The Pepsi Ad As Right Wing Critique. This Pepsi ad. It would indeed be hard to produce a more execrable piece of leftoid self-parody… at least for such a large budget.

Jonathan has an up-close and personal view of the Stockholm terror attack: Chickens Come Home To Roost In Sweden.

Finally, P. T. Carlo announces The End Of Trump And The Victory Of The Cathedral. We prefer to take a more wait-n-see approach to the Trump Administration here (Will, for example, Trump’s State Department really pursue Syrian regime change? Really hand the country over to ISIS??). Tho’, of course, Social Matter‘s expectations for Trump have never been terribly high. But this is a very eloquent article. E. g.,

[I]n Soviet Weimerica: Swamp drains you!

P. T. is a great writer. Go read this ☀”Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.



This Week Around The Orthosphere

Mark Richardson shares some highlights from equalist Sweden… if you can stomach them. Also Cardinal George: a tale of two churches.

Matt Briggs is in The Stream with Finally Revealed: How Russia Rigged The Election. An April Fools chronicles of the Ruskies stole campaign event enthusiasm right out from under Hillary Clinton’s charismatic nose. Speaking of April Fools, this one is unfortunately no joke: March For Science Descending Into Farce: Diversity and Intersectionality edition. Replete with Bill Nye, the Preacher Guy…

Swedish-born Ann Margret.

Swedish-born Ann Margret.

Briggs pulls out the chair for the irrepressible Ianto Watt for a part two of What Is Communism?

Also there, Briggs unties the knotty philosophical linguistics problem of Real Versus Statistical Control. And self-harmers RIGHTS(!!) are starting to rear their head: Clean Razors For Women Who Cut Themselves? What Happened to First Do No Harm?

Kristor has a profound defense for Advaita Christianity. Also at The Orthosphere (proper): Kristor has a review of Lydia McGrew’s Hidden in Plain View. And he provides a “Philosophical skeleton key”: Soul versus Spirit.

Also there, Richard Cocks transcribes (approximately) an episode of This American Life (NPR alert) that looks at life without Testosterone.

Sunshine Thiry has some compelling video on Candling goose eggs with intact and detached air cells. Seriously. Also, rounding out This Week in Poultry™: ABIGAIL WENT BROODY!! Which, I guess, is a good thing.

Chris Gale has thoughts on care for those who are a danger to themselves: Great power, great care and especially how not to do it.

Bonald has a tepid take On Evola’s Revolt against the modern world.



This Week in Arts & Letters

Chris Gale has some more poetry from C. S. Lewis: The country of the Blind. And for Palm Sunday, the poetry of John Donne.

Stunning photo of Ann Margret.

Stunning photo of Ann Margret.

Imaginative Conservative has a poem for MLB’s Opening Day: William F. Kirk’s “Chances” (1917). Also there, James Baresal answers an egalitarian on art: Should Beauty Have a Purpose? Of course it should. Just not necessarily a purely utilitarian purpose. And some practical ammunition: How Latin Helps Us Learn. Not that you need a utilitarian reason to learn Latin: The very deadness of the language is its signal feature.

The prose of Bruce Springsteen makes an appearance at Imaginative Conservative: “I Work To Be an Ancestor”. Pretty good. And Edward Short reviews Anthony Esolen’s recent book Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture.

City Journal finds some Fake News™ in the Today Show: Distracted Reporting—reporting not so much fact as sermon illustration. Also there, Aaron Renn has a nice piece on Mike Cernovich and The Real Unmaskers: Independent bloggers and social-media voices are scooping the mainstream media.

Harper McAlpine Black offers an excellent introduction into the life and thought of 20th century philosopher Henry Corbin—A Philosophy of the Imagination.

Sydney Trads host a Black Pigeon video: “Trump’s Machiavellian Tomahawk Kabuki Theatre” which has a hopeful spin on Trump’s otherwise inexplicable actions.



This Week… Elsewhere

Al Fin has a fine report on how the Trump & Media Clown Show Obscures Frantic Movement Behind Scenes… frantic in the good sense, I think he means. And this too: There Is No Future Without Power, which Germany especially seems dead set upon bringing about.

Actress, dancer Cynthia Rhodes starred in Toto's Rosanna video. She bore 3 legit children to Richard Marx, but is, sadly, divorced as of 2014.

Actress, dancer Cynthia Rhodes starred in Toto’s Rosanna video. She bore 3 legit children to Richard Marx, but is, sadly, divorced as of 2014.

Heartiste has a promising candidate for An American Pietà.

Unorthodoxy catches the Cathedral accidentally carrying water for the Alt-Right. Also: green shoots for white birth rates… so long as California goes away. Also there: Peak Diversity: The Mass Market Is Dead.

Thrasymachus considers The War… the one that’s always going on.

PA has a pretty solid rant here: What Is Progress?

Greg Cochran does an interview with James Miller: Cabbages and Kings. Enjoyable to hear him dump on Less Wrong over and over… and over. LOL.

TUJ is not afraid of making predictions: France Will Collapse Into Civil War in Five Years if Le Pen Loses & The Welfare State has no Place in Conservatism.


Well, folks… that’s all I had time for: 127 links and about 5100 words. It will have to suffice for this week. Keep on reactin’! Til next week, NBS… Over and out!!

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4 Comments

  1. Thanks for the award! It’s been quite a week, eh?

  2. Thanks again Nick!

    I thought this week’s set was especially strong. I especially enjoyed Adam, Lawrence, and Cambria’s essays.

    Also, thank you for alerting me to Quincy’s follow up about tribalism.

  3. Mrs. X, Titus:

    It was an extraordinarily strong week. A couple articles were stricken from receiving honorable mentions, and as I said over on my blog, Fritz Pendleton’s article on the Inglorious Revolution probably deserved more than an “Honorable Mention”.

    Lawrence is doing an amazing job with his historical deep dive. It is of inestimable value to what we’re trying to do here. Part III is now up and he’s still not done. This really is a book length historical revision from a reactionary standpoint.

    1. Yes, enjoying Lawrence’s series immensely. Fritz’s article was top notch as well. I’m extremely glad I found Social Matter.

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