This Week In Reaction (2017/04/16)

Holy Week led the news week. As it should. Unorthodoxy has some beautiful, unconventional, art (and symphonic metal) for Holy Thursday: The Three Days That Changed the World. He also deserves a lot of credit for a magnificent stations of the cross series

I. Jesus Is Condemned to Death

II. Jesus Takes Up His Cross

III. Jesus Falls For the First Time

IV. Jesus Meets His Sorrowful Mother

V. Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus to Carry His Cross

VI. Jesus’ Face Is Wiped by St. Veronica with Her Veil

VII. Jesus Falls for the Second Time

VIII. Jesus Speaks to the Holy Women of Jerusalem

IX. Jesus Falls for the Third Time

X. Jesus Is Stripped of His Garments


XI. Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

XII. The Crucifiction: Jesus Dies on the Cross

XIII. Jesus is Taken Down From the Cross

XIV. Jesus’ Body is Placed in the Tomb

For Good Friday… Christopher Morrissey contemplates the last seven Words of Christ. William Scott offers an original music and video composition for Good Friday. Donal Graeme opens the scriptures to Isaiah 53: The Burden Of Iniquities.

On Holy Saturday… CWNY looks forward to The Morning of the Third Day. And Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774-1824) has a vision of Our Holy Mother and the Disciples on the day Christ descended into hell.

And for Easter Sunday, Chris Gale has John Donne’s Holy Sonnets. “Death be not proud…”

Over at Northern Dawn, Mark Christensen has a big review of Andrew Fraser’s The WASP Question (2011) and it’s only a Part 1.

Oh, and Victor Davis Hanson is over at American Greatness looking into Trump’s Cultural Optics.

Let’s see… what else was going on?

Seriouslypleasedropit sounds calculated yet hopeful notes in the economics of the marriage market Our Fates Are Bound — And Some Good News.

Much of the motivation for this work and self-denial comes from the carrot of marriage. But for this to work, young people must believe that somewhere in the world, their opposite number is doing the same thing.

I don’t think that’s the story for the market as a whole, but certainly applicable to young people who, against all odds (and social forces), continue to desire the traditional married life. Donal Graeme adds his own two cents on the subject.

Harper McAlpine Black’s Out of Phase is always a joy to read (and look at). His “conversation” here is no exception: Conversazioni — Having an Athens. And this was a blast from the (very carefully scheduled) past: Twin Peaks as a Gnostic Text. The Twin Peaks part, I mean. Gnosticism we shall always have among us. Black finds much to like in the cult-fav TV show, with little of it having anything to do with (nominal) producer David Lynch.

Neovictorian (who’s been rather quiet of late) has his latest up over at The Mitrailleuse (which has also been rather quiet of late): Backward Causality and the Current Year.

Grey Enlightenment advises “Buy the dips” of the French Election. Also apposite thoughts on Intellectualism culture and intersectionality. Intersectionality actually keeps the left (on-average) stupid, which has some advantages: “There is more acrimony among right-wing intellectuals because right-wing ideology is more intellectually diverse and smarter than left-wing ideology.” I missed that link when it came out in March: There is No Such Thing as the ‘Intellectual Left’, but it’s definitely worth a read.

This is perhaps a subject for significant study: Why Scientology succeeds even though everyone hates it. Or Unitarianism for that matter.

Nick Land catches sight of Urbit in a Twitter Cut.

Sarah Perry is back on the Ribbonfarm with a look at Idiots Scaring Themselves in the Dark—a deep exploration of the whys and ways people are at once repelled by and attracted to various kinds of novelty. Usually, with benign or beneficial results.

This Week in Generative Anthropology, Adam compares and contrasts Sovereign Commands, Anarchistic Demands. Dense but well worth your time. His goal is finding a immunity from the Prog Mind Virus. He tackles the modern psychological need to treat the imperative as irrational. Body slams it, really.

Nietzsche vs. Kant (Rap Battle)

Nietzsche vs. Kant (Rap Battle)

All of modern thought has busied itself on extracting imperatives from social life by ensuring that every decision be labeled as a mere implementation of, first, abstract, objective laws representing universal rights and, then, social scientific knowledge informing the formulation and application of those laws. The idea is that no one should ever actually make a decision—rather, what still appear to be decisions are really nothing more than the effluvia of increasingly free and rational beings with ever greater knowledge of physical, social, psychological and biological nature discoursing with each other over—well, over what, exactly? The best way to remove yet more of the irrational, i.e., more of the imperative, from human interactions.

This metaphysical ideal is actually an anarchistic ontology, because it presupposes that, as language users (involved in the exchange of declarative sentences), we are all ultimately plugged into the emergent rationality that results from the discovery that we can refine and standardize our declarative sentences so as to orient them toward the truth (i.e., logic and the dismemberment of reality into discrete parts). Anything that interferes with ascension into the rational sphere can be treated as a dysfunction or malfunction to be eliminated by the very rational means being developed, but, otherwise, all human beings are prepared, as human beings, to enter the free discursive marketplace.

Well, when you let the spergs create your ethical system…

In whose name are all these demands being made? The people, the government, the constitution, the arc of history, equality, rights, freedom — there’s no command structure corresponding to any of these concepts. There are plenty of command structures on the left, but they don’t look anything like one imagines an army fighting for those concepts would look like. What, exactly, does George Soros want? I think “he wants to keep dismantling command structures” is the best available answer. Why? Because that corresponds to the needs of his command structure.

Which ought by its own ostensible principles be destroyed. Checkmate, deontologists! This was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ winner.

Devin Helton asks How many jobs really require college? Aside from proof of indoctrination or proof of marginal smarts. He runs the numbers.

Less than 15% of jobs can be plausibly said to need more study than the classic high school education. And a only a portion of those jobs require that the tertiary come via formal schooling, as opposed to self-study.

Contra Bill Gates’ moral handwringing, not only is America not facing a shortage of college educated people, we actually have way too many already.

collegeclassWhen more people are pushed into college, it rarely expands the supply of jobs. Rather, wages for that profession get driven down and the marginal students end up unable to break into the field. Being a lawyer was once an attractive career path. But far too many students went to law school, so for all but the top students wages cratered and jobs became scarce. Similarly, too many students went to grad school, and the wages and job prospects for young post-grads became dire.

Across the board, the marginal college graduate increasingly find their degrees unwanted and useless. Nobody needs another international relations major from Southern Ohio State College. He graduates and ends up tending bar or doing equipment sales or doing one of a million other jobs that he could have done without a degree.

He goes on to propose what a sane education system would look like. Should an epidemic of sanity suddenly break out, it obvious how such a proposal would be profitable for everyone except the university professorial caste. This was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Vincent Hannah continues his “Path to Dark Reformation” series with Part D: Demons of the Demos. It’s a massive sweep across the NRx sphere as usual. But his lighting upon some remarkably prescient comments Moldbug had made about Trump… in 2011 (!!)… were of particular note.

Finally, by way of Isegoria… this is not the kind of news that will make Compulsive Take of Yer Shoes® Types shut up; US healthcare is famous for three things, none of them good; Bloom’s Taxonomy of learning is so widely known and respected that its basic meaning is missed; and ways to fail to debunk Murray’s The Bell Curve.


This Week in Jim Donald

Jim’s thoughts turn toward Trump this week. Is he Trump the chess master or Trump the cuckold? Jim is reserving judgement on the question for now. He steps back and takes Trump accomplishments. Actual ones, and some more speculative ones.

He has coverage of the small but burgeoning street war between left and right: We won the battle of Berkeley.

Finally he takes a look at The enemy within. The Cultural Marxists, that is. Seeing as Olde Style Marxists are so rare on the ground.

The original Marxists were going to emancipate the peasants from the landlords, and utopia and abundance would ensue. Utopia and abundance failed to ensue. Obviously invisible intangible landlord oppression. Therefore, war on kulaks, which liberation of the peasants looked curiously similar to war on the peasants. And thus, today, instead of war on kulaks, war on cis hetero patriarchal oppressors. They are liberating us from being “bullied”. They are indignant at our lack of gratitude. And the war on bullying inevitably escalates.


This Week in Social Matter

Ryan Landry kicks off the week with an absolute gem: No Patriarchy Without Patriarchs. Very inspired writing. And inspiring. This is only a taste…

3368143598_d020ac3fc4_bTo summon the patriarchy requires patriarchs. We must admit that modern man is degraded and has shirked duties of leadership, in addition to being a target of the superstructure. As if building concentric circles, one has to first work on oneself, one’s family, one’s männerbund, one’s community, and one’s civilization. There must be a steady drive towards the Restoration because in the absence of a king, there is no power to secure one’s status as patriarch. As the king has responsibilities down the chain, so does a patriarch have responsibilities and duties up and down the chain.

To bring about the return of patriarchy and stop delegating the management of homelife and the means of reproduction to some progressive-controlled central authority, one has to discuss a subject that is often times a status eraser. To call for patriarchy’s return is presently a demerit. In this era of progressive dominance, voicing a return to patriarchy results in a deduction of total status.

When the prog world stacks the (legal and social) deck against you, it’s time to treat it like a filter. Rise above. And Landry points out the practical ways we have to do that in this ☀☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Award☀☀ winner:

Thumos was the idea of the passion or spirit in the blood. There could be debate about a warrior’s thumos. He may win or lose, but did he fight with thumos? Even in American history, one recognizes the behavior, the gallantry, and the spirit that Confederate soldiers fought with against poor odds. In our modern era, how many men float as if icebergs in the sea of society? The drive for life is sorely missing in the comatose, zombified, and atomized men we see walking our streets.

Fostering and developing these traits builds one’s family. A man who strives for development and exudes these virtues will attract women. Not just women in general, but the type of women who seek male leadership and will value it in the home. Women want a man they not only respect, but that their social circle respects. A man calling for patriarchy who has a wife leading around by the nose is a false prophet. The community will instinctively recognize this and tune him out.

Last week, Fritz Pendleton explained how the inglorious Glorious Revolution was nothing but a power grab for parliamentary supremacy. Arthur Gordian explains how America did one better on the British system in Constitutionalism Is A Myth: Judicial Supremacy In America.

Every college student in America should have a general familiarity with Marbury v. Madison. This case is the fundamental statement of sovereignty in the American political system, the proclamation that the Supreme Court has final authority over lawmaking in the American system. The common claim of the Old Right, be it the paleoconservatives, the Buckleyite Fusionist Conservatives, or the neoconservatives, is that the United States is a constitutional republic where the Rule of Law makes only the Constitution itself sovereign.

This is the founding myth, about as accurate as Romulus and Remus suckling from a she-wolf.

And the SCOTUS pretends along with everyone else. Sometimes they pretend harder. Sometimes, less so…

US Marshals escort Ruby Bridges to school in 1960

US Marshals escort Ruby Bridges to school in 1960

Robert Nagel contrasts the American system of judicial supremacy with constitutional government by demonstrating the role of the Court in creating the very Constitution they claim to follow and interpret. Nagel’s book, Constitutional Cultures, focuses on the way that Brown v. Board of Education illustrates the role of the Court as the sovereign authority over American government. According to Nagel, the decision in Brown is a naked exercise of political judgment with no basis whatsoever in law.[vi] The problem he finds with that is not merely how the Court undermines its own legitimacy by destroying the formal source of their authority, but that this makes the Court a de facto political branch which functions as an oligarchical super-legislature.

Anyway, do read the whole thing. It is excellent and an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Landry is back on Tuesday with the preternaturally regular Weimerica Weekly podcast: Episode 65 — Progressive Pepsi. And a eulogy for the not terribly progressive Don Rickles (RIP).

Brad Stanton makes a debut in the electronic pages of Social Matter with a study in Regulatory Arbitrage In Usurious Finance Capitalism: The Elevate Case.

Elastic is actually a product tailor-made to avoid usury caps in most states. Approximately half of all U.S. states have usury laws that cap interest rates for personal loans at APRs between 10-30%. Elastic is able to charge ~150% APR by charging a “cash advance fee” that varies based on the total amount borrowed and the time to repayment. This is not “interest” — it is a “cash advance fee.”

Lawyers and lobbyists have confirmed the two are totally not the same thing.

LOL. Hey, interest rates that would make a mob boss blush. But at least there’s a lot fewer broken legs. Stanton takes home an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for his efforts here.

Lawrence Glarus’ epoch-making documentary dive continues with a part three The Real History Of The San Francisco State University Student Strikes From 1968-1969. I’ve simply run out of superlatives to bestow upon this series. We’re going to put the awards on hold until next week, when the finale (which I’ve had the editorial privilege of previewing) is published. What this series represents, above and beyond its value as accurate history and the patterns it reveals, is that it is a stone in The Antiversity. May millions of such stones be crafted.

David Grant returns to SM with a startling thesis: Capital-C Compassion Is Immoral.

Compassion comes down to a single, simple precept: one should be compassionate. Once again, however, there is an important distinction to be made. Is this statement descriptive or prescriptive? In a descriptive sense, the statement is completely unobjectionable, merely pointing out that compassion is a normal human emotion and to be lacking it constitutes an inherent mental disorder, one that can be treated or left alone but which still does not forbid or prevent moral action. A psychopath can still comprehend morality on an intellectual level if not on an instinctual one and adjust his behavior accordingly.

The statement takes on a much more sinister cast when viewed as an imperative. Now, psychopathy is not a mere surmountable obstacle to morality; it is the very definition of immorality. That by itself is not enough to condemn Compassion, so we need look more deeply into moral psychology. Specifically, we need to review our Plato.

When compassion, a natural and normally unobjectionable emotion, becomes a false god (capital-C Compassion), it crowds out other goods. It’s monstrous belly can never be filled…

rex-may-1024x1006The slippery slope of Compassion arises from the fact that it places no limit on how compassionate one should be. The bum on the street, the youth in the ghetto, the hardworking dreamer crawling through pipes, the starving African child in Cambodia—all these and more are deserving of compassion, indeed demand it. Nor is there any bound on how much one should sacrifice: your wife doesn’t need that nice a ring, your children will do fine with a less expensive education, your house doesn’t have to be that big, you can survive on a less nutritious diet, your car will last another year just fine. There is no point at which to say, “I have sacrificed enough.” Compassion without serious judgment leads ineluctably to either Peter Singer-style self-abnegation or Peter Singer-style hypocrisy.

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

For Friday, it’s the Myth of the 20th Century Podcast: Episode 14: Pinochet, Life And Legacy In Chile.

Nothing for Saturday Poetry & Prose this week because it was Holy Saturday and we are a fairly observant bunch.


This Week in 28 Sherman

On the home blog, Landry takes account of Syria: What Do We Know.

The dark view is that the natsec community or deep state has nudged President Trump down a path of escalation and full on war in Syria. This comes with grim possibilities in the region as the Russians and Iranians have supersonic missiles that could overload and take out American ships in surrounding waters. The Straits of Hormuz could become a hot point, and what happens to the fragile American psyche if a carrier or destroyer is sunk and is flashed on the television screen 24/7 for a week? Nuke exchange? End of USG as its last shred of legitimacy collapses? The last one is a potential upside.

LOL. Landry… always looking on the bright side.

For Wednesday, he examines Conspicuous Prog Consumption. Which, being conspicuous isn’t too hard to notice.

enhanced-17090-1412351302-15The first problem retail outlets like Whole Foods run into is that their brands are a white progressive identity. Pulling in non-whites will be a challenge. Have you ever seen a Mexican in a Whole Foods not making a delivery? Of those white progs that remain, they will be poorer than the Boomer or Gen-X generations that built the Whole Foods empire.

It’s getting harder and harder to keep up with the (Brahmin) Joneses. But you get the status you pay for, right?

This Week in WW1 pics, we find The Brest Arsenal.

Finally, SoBL has some words of praise for the 4D Chess Meme and its nearly universal applicability.


This Week in Kakistocracy

Porter contemplates words of more and less comfort spoken in the face of tragedy: A Sad Face and Somber Words — especially less comforting ones.

And he has a smorgasbord of commentary on… ill-fitting… pieces of the bomb Syria narrative: To Absurdity and Beyond. Like:

If I know you will frantically try to prove you’re not what I just called you, then whether you realize it or not I own you. So if I want war with Russia, then guess what: you’re Putin’s puppet. Prove otherwise or we’ll all know it’s true.

… and …

I wonder if Franz Ferdinand had a heartbroken sister?


Next Porter talks about the importance of Protecting the Brand. Some brands are more valuable than others. The Hitler™ Brand is capable of working magic…

This brand is so influential that the most powerful men on Earth can be routinely manipulated by the simple fear of being literally him. Wielded by skillful hands, Hitler can exert black-hole gravity on the decision-making process of all but the most fashion-indifferent political consumers. Consider the power of such a property. Obviously the owners are going to jealously guard its value.

And Sean Spicer calling Assad a Literally Hitler sullies the corporate brand…

1012e9c75e652d6fa28a45573a714e65It’s previously been understood that jews approve of others using the Hitler brand, out the sense that broad market penetration represented enhanced value. Though now that value is plainly being depleted by overuse. As a result, we should expect to see a much harsher policing of its deployments. I’m afraid the days of most milquetoast republicans being literally Hitler are literally over.

That will be an interesting thesis to watch unfold. We will know we have crossed the horizon from All Hitlers to No Hitlers when platoons of lib drones begin to pummel their obtuse peers who continue to sully the brand. Watch for There *are* no other Hitlers! He was singular evil! That will be the tell, and it will occur like all other mass liberal migrations: with no reflection whatsoever.

A bold, yet quite plausible, prediction. We shall see.

Finally, Porter puts us in mind of The War Trump Forgot. The one closer to home between his ostensible base and the Antifa who have declared war.


This Week in Evolutionist X

Evolutionist X has Some thoughts on the Early History of the Germans. This comes complete with several maps and a substantial amount of new (to me) history and extent of the Celts, whom the Germans (coming from Scandinavia) largely replaced.

Casting caution to the wind about the dangers of being considered a “Nazi” for thinking about such topics, she provides an extensive look into Germanic and Polish DNA. They’re not really that different. Just how not that different? Mrs. X has the answer.


This Week in Quas Lacrimas

Quincy T. Latham kicks off the week with a Minor Note on Salad which attempts to explain the obsession with salad.

Apropos of nothing in particular (so far as I know), Latham’s thoughts steer toward Marriage I: Commitment.

Loosely speaking the point I hope to make is that traditional family structures have many virtues (corresponding to the various elements which provide their foundation), but to realize these virtues — indeed, to operate at all — a functional tradition relies on coordination between all of these different elements. This coordination limits the feasible permutations of the elements such that the traditional virtues they can embody cannot all be realized simultaneously. Worse still, the necessity of coordination means that none of these elements can be “restored” in isolation, and that half-forgotten standards of traditional family life are meaningless in a society where no one abides by them.

Restoration requires coordination. Therefore the restoration will need to be televised. Latham does a good job describing what commitment entails… and what it doesn’t, and delves into the icky (but necessary) game theoretic, Darwinian reproductive strategies. Necessary, because it explains what civilized man evolved from. An ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

There was enough error in this too clever by half joke to prompt Latham to pen this response: Leeches, Lies, and Purity Spirals. Which explains why monarchy tends to blunt the social instability incentivized by purity spirals and cheap grace.

Well… that (may have) led to a fuller examination of the topic in Early Modern Statecraft (and Statecruft). He covers much ground, which makes the article hard to summarize… That’s why yer supposed to RTWT… but a particularly salient bite:

bc166f43068233.58838134d1ee0This may be the greatest difference between conservative traditionalism in its broadest sense and the reactionary traditionalism of the cult of Gnon. Point out an institution that has outlived its original purpose and faster than you can say “Chesterton’s Fence!” the TruCon will be explaining to you that we shouldn’t second-guess the wisdom of past generations as embodied in inherited tradition. Well, in purely social matters (food, dress, family life) maybe so, but when it comes to throne and altar, things stand differently. The men who have the right to say what is just and what is holy have a unique function in society that would allow them, if they used their positions unwisely, to turn all other traditions upside-down.

The existential elements of nation — Throne and Altar — once secured, must be guarded with existential vigilance. Latham gets an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for this one as well.


This Week at Thermidor Mag

N. T. Carlsbad contrasts two erroneous views on race in Sociobiology As The Freudianism Of The Right. The analysis is unobjectionable, timely and, indeed, correct. The snark, I could do with a little less of.

Elena Russo has a thrashing indictment of Feminism’s Destructive War on Society. She gets much exactly right, but still I think grants too much legitimacy to earlier waves of feminism, perhaps only in a misguided effort to appear moderate. All goods supposedly gained by Liberalism (of any era) are better ensured by its complete suppression.

Jonathan pens a provocative imprecation Against Realism. I don’t think that word means what he thinks it means.

Samuel Stevens has a thoughtful take on Myths of the 21st Century… so far.

Throughout the election JK Rowling compared Donald Trump to Voldemort and adult liberals kept making allusions between politics and the series. More recently, students at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government launched a “resistance school” to counter the Trump administration. They themselves to the teenage wizards of the novels who form “Dumbledore’s army” to fight the dark wizards villains.

The group is not officially affiliated with Harvard, yet this is the university that produces the leaders that run the United States. Their literary frame of reference is to a series of children’s books. Both Star Wars and Hunger Games are children’s entertainment. Superhero movies have dominated the box office — again, this is kids’ stuff. Fine if you are a kid, a bit different if you are a student at the Kennedy School of Government.

Jake Bowyer defends Russia and supposedly “fascist” Ivan Ilyin against mainstream liberal deceit in The White Mind (and Soul).

For all its faults, Putin’s nation is at least a Christian and undeniably Russian state. Much to the chagrin of neoliberal imperialists, Russia has seen through the “end of history” and has resurrected its undemocratic traditions. This is truly right and just, for, as Ilyin correctly recognized, a society will always find its natural self so long as an appropriate sovereignty reigns.

Mark Citadel is over in Thermidor explaining Humiliation’s Role in the Contemporary Order. He characterizes liberals as the most jingoistic imperialists of all…

Katherine McNamara has remarkably few slutty looking pics for someone who was on MTV.

Katherine McNamara has remarkably few slutty looking pics for someone who was on MTV.

Seeing things from the perspective of others is often derided as a liberal pastime, but nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, I have been rather stunned at how strictly conformist and closed-off liberal thinking is. When they see Muslims, they do not try to understand them by actually putting themselves in the shoes of a Syrian, an Egyptian, an Iranian. Instead, they draw a completely surface-level distinction between ‘moderate Muslims’ who are good and exactly like us in every way, and then ‘extremist Muslims’ who are bitter and hateful and probably not even real Muslims at all. The dividing line between the two is acceptance of Western and liberal ideological conformity.

It takes a particularist to understand another particularist. Even if they hate each others’ guts. Citadel contrasts the how Islam and Russia, each in their own way, manifested their civilizational humiliation, with the way it is done (or rather not done) in the West…

For the most part, though, Europeans internalized their humiliation at the hands of the United States in the form of Nietzsche’s ressentiment. The relevant aspect of ressentiment here is self-hatred. A subjugated and defeated group absorbs the dominating culture, and in doing so accidentally absorbs the latent inferiority implied by the fact that this culture is dominating them. Americans viewed Germans as vicious, cold, mass-murdering criminals, moral reprobates who needed to be marched through the camps and shown what they were guilty of, and so is it really any wonder this is exactly how they came to view themselves, and thus how they came to the suicidal conclusions they have about Germany’s future being a better one without Germans in it? Consider why it is that formerly communist nations do not experience such guilt and self-loathing, despite the fact that many of them were willing parties to Europe’s nazification.

America’s conquered peoples lie not only overseas, however. America first subjugated her own southern states—which may be the signal conflict of modernity, certainly so in the Anglophone world—a war, occasionally warm, which continues down to this day in the Red vs. Blue State divide. Which has spread to Europe in nationalist vs. globalist proxy institutions. Citadel garners an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ for his efforts here.

Thomas Hawks takes A Sober Look at Syrian Regime Change.

K. R. Bolton has another magnificent history piece with Suppressed Identity: The Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.

And H.D. Alemann makes A Gesture Towards The Idea Of Politics As Music.


This Week Around The Orthosphere

Dalrock has words of caution about Kickass conservative gals. Doses of the poison feminism above trace, hormetic levels is never a good idea.

J. M. Smith is on The Orthosphere with considerations of Science Dismal and Science Gay. It’s a postcard from an academic geography conference, which (with much respect to Smith) probably doesn’t look a whole lot different that a postcard from an academic anything else conference. Oh, and it’s a really big postcard! After a panel discussion on The Anarchist Roots of Geography (yes, that’s really a real book):

“Dad, what did that have to do with geography?”

“Not much,” said I.

“I mean, doesn’t geography have something to do with the land?”

“Sometimes,” said I.

“Those people were only talking about politics.”

“You’re right.”

“Why is that?” he ingenuously asked.

“Beats me,” I disingenuously answered.

Heh! And don’t miss his photo rich post-script in this ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

A local murder, not well explained by local media (for the usual reasons), provides an inspiration for Smith in Coming Apart, An Anecdote. Yes, THAT Coming Apart.

I have no earthly idea what Katherine McNamara's natural hair color is. But I doubt it's this.

I have no earthly idea what Katherine McNamara’s natural hair color is. But I doubt it’s this.

In strictly pecuniary terms, the distance between my grandfathers and John D. Rockefeller was infinitely greater than the distance between the late [probably gang-related murder victim] Mr. Trevino and I, but in cultural terms it was far less. My closet does not contain Chicago Bulls gear of marginally finer quality, nor is there round my neck a hip hop chain made of somewhat costlier metal. Like tattooed arms, XXL tees, and gang signs (ironic or deadly earnest), such things are utterly foreign to me. They are no more part of my world than the cockade of a tribesman from the mountains of New Guinea.

Also at The Orthosphere, Thomas Bertonneau takes a deep literary and historical dive into Flaubert’s Herodias: A Study of Revelation & Consciousness. Replete with pictures.

Matt Briggs tells A Tale of Two Common Statistical Fallacies. Also from Briggs: a sketch of what must have been a very entertaining talk he recently gave in Las Vegas: You Need To Beat More Than Just The Odds. And he predicts the shape of The Coming Metaphysic, not the one we need (which is a long-solved problem), but the one we deserve.

Briggs also explains Why Decision Analysis Isn’t Straightforward.

Cato the Younger makes some lemonade out of neo-con Syria policy lemons: Faithless Is He That Says Farewell When The Road Darkens.

Mark Richardson muses a bit more on the Woman Question. He suggests that “there needs to be a moral framework for women that stands apart from attraction”. And for men. Or… feminine sweetness is just a proxy for the thing itself.

This Week in Michigan Goosewatch… Sunshine Thiry reports The goslings have hatched!


This Week in Arts & Letters

Imaginative Conservative features the poetry of Robert Herrick: “To Find God”. Bruce Frohnen bids a fond “Good riddance!” to the filibuster. Also there: a (sort of) review of Christianity in East & West: Christopher Dawson in China.

This too in time for Holy (Maundy) Thursday: From Dante Alighieri’s Inferno on Judas in Hell.

Over at City Journal, Heather Mac Donald looks at burgeoning zeal for campus censorship: Get Up, Stand Up. K. C. Johnson rises to defend his book against the NYT’s “review”: Misreading and Distorting The Campus Rape Frenzy. With the recent Gorsuch confirmation, Myron Magnet wonders Did a Revolution Just Occur? Let us rather hope it was a restoration.

Also there, Bob McManus highlights NYC’s recent dyscivic regression Dysfunction City: How our clueless leaders valorize and promote social pathology. And Dalrymple finds a Silence in Paris that speaks a thousand words.


This Week… Elsewhere

TUJ is not the sort of guy to put lipstick on a pig, but he tests it out in theory: The Strike on Syria — Justifiable as a Limited Action?

Heartiste is also taking a wait-n-see approach: Trump The 4D Chess Master, Or Trump The Puppet? Also, despite its moderate vulgarity, this was well worth a look: The Three Whorewomen Of The Apocalypse.

21 year-old Katherine McNamara in adorable pig tails.

21 year-old Katherine McNamara in adorable pig tails.

Greg Cochran points to his own sensible, somewhat humorous, prescient, and mostly non-biological instructions the Obama Administration on How to Cut the ‘Syrian Knot’. He also opines on the Same Brain hypothesis, which makes up for its own extreme a priori implausibility with an astonishing lack of supporting evidence.

This Week in “Reaction from the Left”… Antinomia Imediata was pretty interesting here: the diagrams of acceleration.

Giovanni Dannato considers Syrian Strike, North Korea: A Formative Moment For the Alt-Sphere. He also looks into The SWPL Paradox: Why Rule By High IQ Fails Miserably.

A new blog Parallax Optics—ostensibly an aesthetics blog of the new reaction—makes some supremely well-put points On Asymmetry.

Knight of Númenor looks at a “Level 1” truth: Why democracy does not work, part 1: The imaginary people’s consensus. Both are imaginary. And quite manipulable.

Al Fin examines the drug overdose epidemic from several angles. He also looks into that This American Life show that we mentioned last week: “After I started taking testosterone, I became interested in science…”

Zach Kraine takes a peek into The future that they have selected for you.

What do you do when remediation is racist? Simple: Stop calling it “remediation”. Problem solved.

Issue 23 of the ever-stunning Regina Magazine is up.

Those Who Can See announce Graphapalooza. They’ve created a permanent page of just about every graph, table, etc., ever to appear on the site: Those Who Can See: Tables and Graphs . Needless to say… it’s yuge! I sure hope Evolutionist X sees this!!


Welp, that’s all folks. Happy Easter! Which lasts for 40 days, BTW. Keep on reactin’! Til next week, NBS… Over and out!!

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  1. Thanks for your comment on the sociobiology article. I’ll work on controlling the snark.

    1. WNs are SOBs, but they’re our SOBs. Also stupidity-levels are not at all uniform across the WN spectrum.

  2. RE the Hitler smear: I think people who try to shut down that nonsense deserve a fair shake before we start assuming the worst about their motives. So long as they’re consistent and won’t put up with anything along the lines of “literally [Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao, any murderer of multiple millions]”, which might not have the brand value in our culture but, objectively, are equally slanderous.

    1. I suppose a principled enemy is better than an unprincipled one… and less dangerous too.

      The incentive structure within progressivism does not align well with a fixed set of principles. If someone is a mainstream voicebox of the “center-right” or “center-left”, it is highly unlikely they got there with their commitment to fixed principles intact.

  3. Much appreciated Nick. Hope Easter was good for you.

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