This Week In Reaction (2017/05/07)

So this week… this happened. Which is so vast, I can’t even make fun of it… except for its vastness. Keep itchin’ those fleas, NY Mag. It’s bound to help. One commentator (of the 14) had at least one foot set in reality. That probably will get him disinvited from cocktail parties. Land has a quick, quite accurate LOL. Quincy Latham picks the bones Andrew Sullivan’s piece of the monstrosity. More on that below.

GA Blog announces a project which we shall be watching (but not linking): The Journal of Neoabsolutism. The collaborators already have up more than a book’s worth of scholarly material. Worth following. I don’t expect the site to update often, but when it does, it will be important. Vince Hanna has some audio commentary on the first essay there. He does a convincing Dan Ackroyd imitation as well.

Also from Adam, who certainly deserves our support (in spite of the antiquated blog template), a superb bit of analysis: Auditioning.

So, what are we individual actors, especially those of us with tenuous or no connections to any institution, and interested in destroying rather than expanding anarchist ontologies, doing? All of us, those writing on blogs, fighting in the streets, wearing pussy hats or armor, digging up funding for an independent film or journal, we’re all auditioning for power. No one says or does anything that they don’t hope and imagine will be become official doctrine and supported practice at some point. This means we have to do two things simultaneously: one, get attention from someone right here and now (and, preferably someone who gets other people’s attention); two say the kinds of things, not necessarily that someone in power right now would say, but that someone who gets to power after more and more attention gets paid to us would say, both right now and at every point along the way to gaining power.

Which expands into a potentially valuable bit of jui-jitsu to play on the liberal establishment.

Let’s see… what else was going on?


Grey Enlightenment has a measured reactionary response to On Progress and Historical Change. He’s also keeping an eye on Bryan Caplan’s “IQ With Conscience”. Related: Society Needs its Weirdos and Nerds.

Shylock Holmes continues his work On the Pathology of Low Birthrates.

woman-with-dog-black-labrador-smiling-grass-sunshineWhere things get complicated, however, is if the idea itself reduces birthrates directly. This is especially true for ideas like feminism or progressivism in general. In this sense, they are parasitic and pathological. I mean this as a metaphor, but only in the barest biological sense. They reduce the reproductive fitness of their host, simply by reducing the number of offspring it has that survive to adulthood to themselves reproduce. As a consequence, these ideas are like a deadly virus that can only survive by spreading and infecting other hosts. Is reducing the reproductive fitness of your host not the very essence of parasitism?

If the ideas improve fitness, this is called symbiosis. Unfortunately, we haven’t had too many of those in recent centuries.

The ultimate irony of Social Darwinism is that while it was pilloried for its racism in predicting the decline of third world populations, on current birthrates it was ultimately the west itself, the very progenitor of the idea, that was the unfit one. Evolution does not work the way most people seem to think, just making stuff awesome according to your particular preference for what that involves.

The biggest question isn’t whether the current situation can go on forever. It’s only what will replace it. The replacement will be made up of individuals holding ideas that are resistant to whatever set of pressures create low birth rates. In this sense, we are like a population in the midst of a great plague, knowing that eventually society will only be made up of people with an immune system able to defend against it.

Holmes earns an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ for his analysis here.

Vincent Hannah picks back up his “Path to the Dark Reformation” series (or “Everything in a Single Series” Series) with Part F1: The Antiversity. Also a timely 100 day Trump Round-up.

Has Butch Leghorn discovered a path into Rome: God as Meta-Personality? Perhaps. Stranger paths have been found.

Nick Land’s “Twitter Cuts” go meta. LOL.

Art deco passage way (HT: S. C. Hickman)

Art deco passage way (HT: S. C. Hickman)

Spandrell’s brief but astute thoughts on The Role of Government.

Sarah Perry is up over at Ribbonfarm with meditations upon what it means to be human and, as always, conflicting theories of mind: Fluid Rigor is a capable introduction to and criticism of the Mimesis theory of René Girard. An ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Mark Citadel delivers, as always, a delightful and well-reasoned gem: The Sensible Notion of Prejudice. As I’m often fond of saying: irrational prejudices are wrong not because they are prejudices but because they are irrational. None of which scratches the surface of perfectly rational prejudices, which are simply inferences based on limited information, which it almost always is. This too was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

William Scott returns with a podcast Discipline of the Beatitudes, originally delivered to the IRL world.

And a quick note (just before the TWiR end-of-week bell) from the Dutch Neoreaction: Vivat Geenstijl. Geenstijl apparently has engaged in the intolerably intolerable behavior of being white and cool. And therefore painted a target on their backs for the usual suspects.

By way of Isegoria… Researchers find yet another reason why naked mole-rats are weird; May the Fourth happens to be the birthday of Thomas Henry Huxley; BBC is making a Victorian-era War of the Worlds TV series, but will it be totally steam punk?; and this was pretty interesting: Ancient vulture stone carvings confirm comet strike.

Malcolm Pollack takes stock of the gravity of the socio-political situation and is not really A Bit More Optimistic.

Finally, This Week in CWNY: The Homeless Europeans

 



This Week in Jim Donald

An abbreviated This Week in Jim this week. Focussed mainly on Trump. He thinks Trump probably on track… and points out several promising signs. Like…

[T]he Cathedral Streisanded our smug Pepe meme—revealing profound status insecurity. People are starting to smell blood in the water. When a high status person shows status insecurity, you can gain status by insulting him and by desecrating what is holy to him.

OK boys, there is blood in the water. Time for the feeding frenzy. He who joins the feeding frenzy early is more likely to win status points than when everyone is doing it.

And then, yet another reason for rejoicing (or at least circumspect optimism): Trumpcare passes the house, which “offers remote possibility of success, as compared to the absolute certainty of failure.”

 



This Week in Social Matter

Kick off the week at Social Matter, Ryan Landry chronicles Marine Le Pen’s and National Front’s Missed Golden Opportunity. I.e., the chance to purge her so-called “far right” party of socialists… and gay socialists, be more attractive to the center right:

Marine Le Pen et Florian Philippot lors d'une conférence de presse le 12 octobre 2013

Marine Le Pen et Florian Philippot lors d’une conférence de presse le 12 octobre 2013

Le Pen’s advisers pulling her leftward economically created different contrasts, which allow voters to slide over to other candidates and not face the French question. Fillon’s platform was technically as immigration restrictionist as Le Pen’s, but economically to the right. Had Le Pen not drifted leftward, she could have portrayed Fillon as a ‘me too’ candidate who cribbed off her bold outsider positions to appear fresh and new. By being both opposite of Macron in immigration and economics, Le Pen allows voters that think with their pocketbook, only to slide to Macron even if it means France becomes a bazaar by 2022. Voters can compartmentalize and block out the changing nature of France if they can say, “I won’t vote for her socialist nonsense,” even if the nature of the game has changed to an existential crisis that they fail to see.

Landry is back on Tuesday with the Weimerica Weekly podcast: Episode 68—Identity Shopping. And a victory lap for the Gay Mulatto Meme.

Arthur Gordian got a bee in his bonnet Jonathan Ratcliffe’s Voegelin View series about the Reactionary Right. O happy bee and blessed bonnet, Gordian responded with a duesy: Reaction And The Charge Of Gnosticism: A Discussion On Voegelin—a 10,000 word, rip-roaring petard hoisting… Ratcliffe not only mis-diagnosed reactionaries, he’s got serious problems understanding Voegelin. Which is, I suppose not too surprising for folks getting PhDs in Turco-Mongolian myth and literature. I can, alas, only spare limited space to quote this eminently quotable work:

Ratcliffe’s citations weren’t the only failures evident in this passage, but the idea itself fails to stand up to scrutiny. The social religion of liberalism not only fails to avoid catastrophe but actively courts it. It steals the language and symbolism of Christianity but imposes a rationalist interpretation that makes those symbols opaque. Forcing an irrational literalism on the corpus mysticum Christi by transferring that symbol to the democratic voting body of the state strips the original symbol of any meaning it preserved, while creating a delusional second-reality around the character of national citizenship[31]. In other words, to equate the equality of membership in the mystical body of Christ with equality of membership in a secular corporate state is an act of egophantic delusion so deep as to require a Hegel-scale of hubris.

Gordian has the rare gift of being able to combine polysyllabicity with humor. Please do RTWT! You’ll learn a lot about Voegelin whilst yer at it. And, for that matter, Moldbug.

the-caveMoldbug’s theories are incomplete in numerous ways, but that does not negate the value of the quest to seek a higher, better truth than the certainly untrue doxa of the Cave, namely the dominant doctrines of liberal democratic modernity. Far more respect is owed to one who tried but failed to escape the cave than one who wallows among the shadows, writing articles against those who dared to blaspheme against Shadow Democracy, Shadow Equality, and Shadow Liberalism.

Slow clap dot gif. For this ☀☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Award☀☀ winner.

For Friday, the Bay Area Guys have the Myth of the 20th Century podcast: Episode 17: Elite Education. One of the most distinguishing features of which is, of course, that it is for everyone. (Whether they like it… or benefit from it… or not!) Hank is sounding way better, BTW. Must’ve gotten a Yeti. That may have been your d’nations at work!!

Finally in Saturday Poetry & Prose, Poet Laureate E. Antony Gray gives some attention to the too much forgotten George Herbert.

 



This Week in 28 Sherman

Over at the home blog, Landry takes a deeper look at Stripmining Education. Our question should not be how could the SUPES scandal happen, but rather how come we don’t see it more often.

29066377033_49847d6553_oEducating superintendents and principals is not going to boost scores. This is stripmining education for the surface gain of hucksters and the owners of these snake oil salesmen. SUPES was just caught and more blatant about it because hey, it’s Chicago. Broad Foundation and the Gates crew all act in this manner. Educators and administrators go through the revolving door from the training to the schools back to the training all the while hiring their classmates and making sure the foundation programs get enacted for a price.

Like McDonald’s going downmarket and accepting EBT, therefore turning the underclass into a money conduit to help its bottom line, these foundations are a racket to milk the education system run by officials that desperately want to say they are doing something, anything, to boost the scores of underclass children. This wastes millions as our education system wastes billions trying to fix the unfixable.

If you don’t want to ask why every child in America can’t complete Algebra 2, don’t go creating a world where it’s necessary.

SoBL looks on the bright side of Renegotiating NAFTA. “Pulling out of NAFTA” is nice starting bargaining position.

This Week in WW1 Pics… Wounded Return. The “Huns” no less.

Finally, Landry spreads his wings memes at Daily Caller with: Welcome To Weimerica. Which he introduces here with some added commentary on the Damigo-Moldlocks punch and why it doesn’t sit well… and shouldn’t. An interesting angle from the DC piece which I hadn’t heard before: In Weimar Germany…

The gender imbalance was caused by millions of dead and maimed men from the Great War. A surplus of women will lower their price.

Whereas in America Weimerica…

Consider family formation. Some sexual marketplace observers focus on the media’s framing of marriage and marriageable partners. When the media deems large swaths of men unworthy, they are effectively removing them from the dating pool. A gender imbalance ensues, creating a need for women to compete sexually for men.

Same surplus of women… Different mechanisms. And I’m not currently prepared to say which one was more humane. Landry garners an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for his excellent work here.

 



This Week in Kakistocracy

Porter pulls out the Comfy Chair for a guest author who has some reference points for how the old-days-are-a-changin’… Modern Knowledge.

Porter was late getting into the loop on the Bill Nye/Rachel Bloom Travesty—which is the next best thing to avoiding it entirely. His response is, as we’ve come to expect, eloquent, edifying, and certifiably Porterian: The Right Message Indeed.

Kate Upton, who's apparently famous for something.

Kate Upton, who’s apparently famous for something.

How did a 61 year-old pseudo scientist arrive just recently at the most distant orbits of the left? It’s a question that doesn’t strike me as beyond scientific deduction at all.

As I have asserted many times before, most men espouse whatever beliefs produce profit and deny those that produce pain. In this sense craven men like Bill Nye are simply prostitutes performing science acts for their liberal patrons. His beliefs have evolved because fame and relevance required it. There’s infinitely more evidence of multiple distinct races than multiple distinct genders; though only one of these positions will secure a Netflix contract. That’s modernity’s rigorous scientific methodology.

The promised repeal (after 17000 tries) of (the unpopular parts of) Obamacare was in the news. Porter uses the opportunity to clarify the definitions of things in Insurance Assurances—not that it will do much to decrease the net stupidity of the “insurance” buying market.

[S]ince underwriting–that is to say thinking, calculating, weighing, and considering–is such an innate and inseparable element of adaptive human behavior, we should not be at all surprised to learn that it was outlawed by Obamacare. In the words of its liberal authors, it barred “discrimination” against people with preexisting conditions. But the truth is Obamacare does discriminate…against people without preexisting conditions. This being a drearily familiar model to that of the US “civil rights” framework.

In any event, the Obamacare underwriting ban meant two things: insurers couldn’t a) deny coverage to people who would cost more than they could pay, or b) charge higher premiums for the sick. So the tribesmen underwriters had to eat the dull green frogs and the bright orange ones too.

But mandating coverage for a known condition with known costs isn’t actually insurance at all. It’s simply cost transference. If there’s a 100% chance you are going to cost me $100,000 year for a $10,000 premium, you’re not asking for an insurer, you’re asking for a patron. And the unwilling Obamacare patrons are the young and healthy people forced to subsidize the $90,000 difference.

I recently had an opportunity to review the “affordable” options permitted me by the “Affordable” Care Act. The very cheapest “bronze” plan would have cost me (and my 8 current dependents) well over $1600/month. Insane. I am a member, apparently, of the patron class.

Finally, Porter contemplates The Horror of Winning. Just when you thought racial preferences would finally become a thing of the past… which was 1994… he finds a glimmer of hope that “a nondescript White House staffer by the name of Donald Trump” might really do it.

 



This Week in Evolutionist X

It seems Quincy Latham (of Quas Lacrimas) and Evolutionist X have been having a fruitful discussion. Resulting The People Who Went Down the Rivers: Origin of the Sino-Tibetan Language Family. All the real anthropology currently being done—i.e., not simple Marxist advocacy—is being done in the Reactosphere®.

She has a humorous but true Everything I’ve Read about Food, Summed up in One Graph. You have to see the graph. LOL. It’s real, near as I can tell. And…

Remember the 20/80 rule: 80% of the effect comes from 20% of the effort, and vice versa. Eating reasonable quantities of good food and avoiding junk will do far more good than substituting chicken breast for chicken thighs in everything you cook.

Which is the Pareto Principle. Also thighs are cheaper and tastier. (And probably, since they have more fat, better for you.)

And for Anthropology Friday, Mrs. X returns to Robert “Gray-Wolf” Hofsinde. This time Indian Warriors and their Weapons, The Ojibwe.

 



This Week in Quas Lacrimas

Quincy Latham kicks off yet another series: Youth Culture I: Desire. In which he deals begins with answering why being a musician (or more likely a “performer” or “artist”) seems to grant attractiveness points to men who would not otherwise get much attention from females. (Ric Ocasek-Paulina Porizkova anyone?) Sure being able to play guitar and sing correlates with a lot of actual survival abilities, but… desire can be hacked. So…

Zg4DWxJWVCLxWhen you dissolve local communities, authority figures, local leaders and other luminaries fade into obscurity — leaving entertainers, the only celebrities left standing, to shine into the void.

When you stigmatize traditional identities, attempts to identify people of similar ethnê, class, education, language, and religion become low-status (and soon: impossible, as the members of each group lose the ability to find each other), so musical taste is one of the few remaining cultural kinds still permitted, and thus one of the few “stabilizing functions” people can rely on.

The series continues with Youth Culture II: Socialization. He sketches a history of socialization, and shows civilization has expanded neoteny in human groups.

Even as the deepening division of labor was conspiring to prolong childhood indefinitely, it was dragging fathers further and further away from their children: from the homestead to the father’s workshop or study, and then on to the factory or the “bureau”. First the workplace had to be more and more separated out from the living space (to accommodate racks of specialized tools or shelves of carefully arranged records, for example), then the many workers engaged in different parts of a single task had to be colocated on-site, whether to collaborate as a team or to take advantage of some fixed capital investment (like a steam mill or a library).

The result: children needed to be looked after and socialized for a longer period of time, and fathers were less able to participate. This ushered in the brief golden age of motherhood.

From here he launches into a study of cultural inheritance via the metonym of language. All of which is very hard to synopsize, so you’ll just hafta RTWT! The bottom line is that the Golden Age of Motherhood™ came slowly to an end as mothers felt less & less shame is working for pay outside the home, and children ended up socialized within their own “sub-culture”—as distinct from the culture (“mother tongue”) they would have inherited from their parents. We are all (almost all) the children of “immigrants” now.

This two-part series earned an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

As mentioned up at the top, Latham has more to say about Andrew Sullivan’s amateur psychoanalysis of the reactionary right than Sullivan deserves: The POZ Speaketh. But, hey, it’s edifying… and besides: Who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned fisking?! It’s hilarious.

Next up at Quas Lacrimas a “Minor Note” of rather major import on Exoteric Calvinism. Shots across the bow of the Puritan Hypothesis. At the very least at it’s name.

Finally, Latham offers a Spring Review of his recent work on the blog, and outlines what interests him and how it all fits together. This is useful to the regular reader because Latham seems rather a polymath who’s interested in just about everything, and it’s hard to get a coherent perspective on the great breadth of his work. In all, Quas Lacrimas has been probably the best new find in the last six months or so, and Hestia Society and Social Matter Mag thank Quincy T. Latham heartily for his services thus far to The Restoration. Maybe someday this will all be a paying gig…

 



This Week at Thermidor Mag

Over at our sister publication Thermidor Magazine, Editor-in-Chief P. T. Carlo trains his howitzers Against The Trad Dads. The “bad ones” at least…

While these Trad Dads tend to be the most enthusiastic purveyors of op-ed’s extolling the virtues of their (rather tedious) way of life, they are far from the only practitioners of this particular lifestyle brand. In fact, this brand of consumerist family formation, where children are simply one more accessory to be added to a stylish suburban home, and thus might as well be ordered from an Ikea catalog, is the predominant standard by which middle-class existence is measured. Hence why, upon closer inspection, the lifestyle of these Trad Dads and their Blue state counterparts in Brooklyn aren’t all that meaningfully different. Hence why, once you subtract the traditionalist kitsch, it is almost impossible to distinguish between a loathsome Bobo like Rod Dreher and his “literary” peers at, say, The New Yorker.

Oosh. While I think it presumptuous (at best) to judge the interior dispositions of Douthat and Dreher and the rest of the cast of Professional Conservatives, Carlo does have a point: A conflict of interest would seem to exist between deriving one’s livelihood from advocating for traditional forms whilst self-muzzling about the various institutions and officially favored pet pathologies that happen to present the greatest risks to those very forms. Sure, we should “man up”… but why was it so much easier for the average man to “man up” 100 years ago? There are larger forces at work here. And they may very well be signing your paycheck. To advocate honestly for traditional forms is to declare war on modernity. Period. There are many fronts on which to fight that war, many different strategies. But making a comfortable peace for yourself isn’t one of them.

Next, they have a reprint of Mark Citadel’s excellent essay: Relativism, Obligations & Values.

Nathan Duffy introduces (to me at least) Aesop Rock: Gen X Prophet of the Kwa.

On the Podcast, Carlo sits down with Adam Garrie for Episode 15: Geopolitical Rundown.

Rounding out the week, Doug Smythe returns to the pages with Liberty after Liberalism: A Post-Constitutionalist View of Freedom. It is quite good. Smythe begins with a recount of the history of constitutionalist conservatism and it’s very limited track record of success.

The decline and eventual death of Constitutionalism went hand-in-hand with a remarkable transformation of the politics of the Right: the rise of a new Reactionary synthesis that has decisively turned its back on Modernity in pursuit of a future more sustainably agreeable to the Nature of men and things, and accordingly has little use or respect for a Constitution indelibly bound up with the Enlightenment and its attending social, political, and philosophical baggage. This paradigm shift in politics has entailed a corresponding transformation of Rightist social criticism, in which problems and pathologies such as globalizing threats to peoples and traditions, anomie, the degradation of arts and letters, the decline of religion and the family, turpitude of social elites, systemic dysfunction in the polity, etc. now occupy centre stage, and the erosion of Constitutional rights is no longer seen as the etiological font to which any social problem can be traced, nor their restoration as the solution.

Smythe thinks, however, a reckoning of liberty among liberty-loving Anglophones is long overdue from the Reactionary Right.

This tradition, then, traverses almost the entire history of the Anglo-American State across the dramatic changes in society, economy, and polity that obtained during that history; there is no more reason to think that this constant feature will simply disappear in the next round of qualitative restructuring, the Restoration, than there is to think that people will suddenly forget how to speak English.

A way must be found, he thinks, to graft plausibly the most salutary parts of the liberty narrative into The Restoration. VXXC has found a champion. Smythe offers a red-pill on the idea of liberty:

A red-pilled, Reactionary conception of liberty might, instead of seeing liberty as freedom from personal power, return to the traditional definition of liberty as personal power over a set of subordinates over whom one has jurisdiction and a duty of care, but on whose will one’s actions in no way depends.

Liberty as power versus liberty from power is the crucial distinction. He outlines the benefits which he believes would be the result of this reframe.

14062481707_1f454f5457_kIn a liberty=freedom-as-power mentality, the legitimacy of the Cathedral would instantly collapse, since the powerless would no longer be exalted over the powerful, women not seen as morally superior to men, youth wiser than age, subordinates better than their betters, and the so-called people the rightful governors of their governors. The price of liberty would no longer be eternal vigilance inasmuch as society would no longer be composed of neutered “private” atoms seething with ressentiment and fear of a “public” monopoly of power that, as we have seen, is illegitimate to precisely the extent that it is legitimate and vice-versa. The bitter hatreds, jealousies, and rivalries that define much of our political and social life would disappear right along with the zero-sum games institutionalized within and between the public-private divide, and by it.

Smythe gets an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ for this fantastic work.

 



This Week Around The Orthosphere

Kristor helpfully pens a brief reminder: For the Love of God: Read Old Books. Also: Free Markets Are Costly; Who Should Pay for Them?.

J. M. Smith is also up at The Orthosphere (proper) elucidating the Vagaries of Welcome.

Modern Christians might be surprised to learn that that the word “welcome” does not appear in the King James Bible. It appears once in Douay-Rheims, but that is in the apocryphal book of Sirach, so there was no dispute between the churches on this point. Four hundred years ago, all English-speaking Christians agreed that the gospel could be told without once using the word welcome.

How times change!

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Matt Briggs has his promised review of Anthony Esolen’s Out of the Ashes. We knew it would be good, but we didn’t know how good. Til now. Esolen says we must fight, but not just any old way. And Briggs reads Social Matter!! I’m not really surprised. All the cool kids (and middle aged people) are doing it these days. In response to (and praise for) Bretonescu’s superb The Right Religion essay, Briggs asks: Could You Do Progressivism, But From The Right?

Briggs is back at his post monitoring The Decline: Orthodox Rabbi Suggests Adam & Eve ‘Black Transgender Refugees’. And also apparently thinks that humans reproduce by mitosis. This Week in Nominalism… Gallup: More Adults Identifying As LGBT(…), Which Implies Even More Will.

Then Briggs engages in a bit of sacrilege: Resolved: Women’s Suffrage Caused More Harm Than Good. Which is, of course, no sacrilege around here, but gospel truth.

Kaiter Enless analyzes The Curioso Purgatorio of Matt F. Hale—a political prisoner right here in the US of A, whose story remains largely unknown. This was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Knight of Númenor continues his “Why Democracy Does Not Work” series with Part 3: The average individual’s capability for political thinking, and its side effect.

Bonald announces: Pope Francis endorses my interpretation of “more Catholic than the pope”. Bonald permits himself a bit on tongue-in-cheek amid the gnashing of teeth…

Perhaps I’m a better Catholic than I thought, being less restrictive than the Church on many matters. I don’t condemn people for preferring their own race or for wanting a low level of immigration into their countries. I regard the manufacture for sale of weapons as an honorable profession, and I don’t condemn countries for accumulating arms for purposes of deterrence. I approve of wifely submission in marriage (condemned by the pope in Amoris laetitia)…. [A]s a the pope says, administering “Christian perfection tests” is unhelpful. We would not want a Church of hypocritical anti-racist pharisees.

Also from Bonald: The role of a conservative intellectual. It lies uncannily between the twin local maxima of depressive outburst and satire. There is, of course, much to be depressive and satirical about.

Mark Richardson reviews some reasons for Predicting liberal decline. What’s missing is a plausible alternative power and status structure. Without it, the much-deserved decline of the cosmopolitan liberal elites will be followed only by a period of grotesque anarchy. Sure the patient has a knife in his head. That doesn’t mean you just pull it out. Richardson has praise for Lauren Southern: what every girl needs to hear. Score one for the thot-patrol. Keep up the good work, lads.

By way of Dalrock, this was (slightly) encouraging: a judge in Germany coins the phrase “Father Roulette”. Roulette… carousel… same difference.

Sydney Trads go deep inside Aussie politics: Equal & Opposite—Catholic and Traditionalist Realignment in Australian Politics?

 



This Week in Arts & Letters

Edward Burne-Jones: "An Angel Playing a Flageolet", 1877.

Edward Burne-Jones: “An Angel Playing a Flageolet”, 1877.

Chris Gale offers Andrew Marvell’s An Horatian Ode upon Cromwell’s Return from Ireland with the requisite embedded video of The Pogues. Also from the physician and poet Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.: Contentment. Adam Lindsay Gordon’s Cui Bono. John Donne for a Sunday Sonnet. And… some Midwit Aphorisms. LOL.

Over at Imaginative Conservative, Frohnen wonders Is America Devolving into Soft Totalitarianism? Prefer the hard kind meself. At least you don’t have to wade through the pretense. And a bit of poetry from A. E. Housman for the season: “Loveliest of trees, the cherry now”.

Also there a Tale of Two Flights leads to the question: Where Are the Nation’s Captains? Rule by committee or captains. Choose only one. And Dwight Longenecker (a married, and staunchly orthodox, Roman Catholic priest… long story) looks at Dreher’s new and much bally-hooed book: When the Benedict Option Is the Only Option.

The Benedict Option is therefore more about a change of heart and mind than growing a beard, getting some chickens, and building a utopian religious community in the woods. The Benedict Option means coming to the realization that the time for dialogue and debate is over and the time for quiet action has begun.

I am convinced that this is the true reason why Benedict headed for the hills in the sixth century. The dialogue was pointless. The debate was a dead-end. So Benedict did what he could with what he had where he was.

With that I don’t believe The Neoreaction can find much to disagree. Religion in the public square is a losing battle… for now. Not forever.

In City Journal, Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox explain how California Squashes Its Young, and how the official narrative of California’s “Recovery” is well-crafted myth. Something our own Ryan Landry was onto just last week. Based Heather Mac Donald checks in with Venerating Havoc: Academia and the media have learned nothing in the 25 years since the L.A. riots. Filed under Who?-Whom?, Seth Barron looks The Left’s Parallel Justice System.

 



This Week… Elsewhere

A new voice speaks in the Absolutisphere™: The Imperial Energy Blog has a Reveille for Reactionaries. This is a book and I haven’t had time to review it: A STEEL-cameralist Manifesto Part 1: Caesar Himself. But it comes by way of a reliable source.

Giovanni Dannato finds a lot to like in Hummurabi’s Code… especially the Different Laws For Different Castes part.

Ace has what may be a bitter pill for some: “I’ve learned more about the blues in two weeks with you…” But it shouldn’t be.

PA takes stock of The Emmett Till Myth. Which appears to be perhaps the origin of He-a-Good-Boy™ propaganda pieces.

I still consider July 13, 2013—Zimmerman’s acquittal—to be the day that the Narrative collapsed. The big lie that Till was killed for whistling at a woman and that Martin was killed for eating Skittles died that summer.

Cool engagement photo.

Cool engagement photo.

Zach Kraine notes, quite rightly, Your displacement isn’t a conspiracy theory. Psychoanalysis of one’s interlocutors only distracts from the facts; it does not eliminate them. Also there: Counter culture, monarchy, and national survival.

Filed under Carrier Pigeons FTW: TUJ suggests The Security Trend of the Future—Decomputerization

Paleo-Mexicano aims at (and hits) all the right targets here: En defensa de español. Irrational fears and hatreds are pathological because they are irrational. And for Cinco de Mayo: Now Let Us Praise Tragic Men: Maximilano of México, presented with some very beautiful (and very European-looking) art.

Al Fin wonders Is the George Soros Gang Trying to Incite a US Civil War? The question is purely rhetorical of course. Of course. Also: Three Mechanisms Helping to Create a Dumber World.

Greg Cochrane has a couple of examples of bone-headed errors of wishful thinking leading to a massive success: Positively wrong. None of them, thus far, from the Social “Sciences”.

I certainly agree with spirit of this, if not in every detail: The Scapegoat Generation—A Half-Hearted Defense of Boomers. Generational blame is like race blame: Even if true, it doesn’t help the aggrieved. And it’s usually not true.

AMK discusses How to not think well: or the relentless liberal undervaluing of all the right types of knowledge, which basically rings true. Also this was pretty insightful:

If you outlaw free speech you get no controlled opposition, no tone policing, and no thought control. You get an unregulated, uncontrolled market for speech controlled by shitlords.

Alexandra Daddario (sporting her "No Excessive Eyeliner" look) in Percy Jackson.

Alexandra Daddario (sporting her “No Excessive Eyeliner” look) in Percy Jackson.

Of course, while an uncontrolled market for speech controlled by shitlords may be useful temporarily, it should not be thought of as some sort of endgame for the right.

This was interesting: Hunting For Growth. NASCAR? Can’t these people leave anything alone??

A new blog, going by the (unlikely) name of Fifth Political Theory is definitely worth a read: The De-Nationalization of the Global European Diaspora.

Roman Dmoswki reviews Trump’s Successes. Not insubstantial. But not a Restoration.

Over at Strife & Justice, this was some pretty astute commentary on Social Decline: Airport Anger is Never Dishonest.

 


Welp… that’s about it folks. Keep triggering those Progs. In your spare time, of course. For the lulz. Keep on reactin! Til next week: NBS… Over and out!!

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3 Comments

  1. Thanks for the favourable review NBS!

  2. Thanks. For those who want my take on essays, can I suggest rantz.pukeko.net.nz

  3. The Marble Man May 10, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    A comment on Hannah’s article on the Antiveristy mentioned Infogalactic, which is a pet project of Vox Day and which I also couldn’t help but think of as I read. Not saying it IS the Antiveristy, but it could be the seed of it. The few times I’ve seen folks mention neoreaction to Vox his response has been lukewarm, but I think he would make an excellent guest on Ascending the Tower considering the development of Infogalactic.

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