Leading the news this week was Mme. Le Pen’s symbolic loss—if we cared about the news that is. The ballot-box is more powerful than the gun… when all the guns are trained on the ballot-box. By way of Fifth Political Theory, this is not obviously wrong:
Mentally, the “French nation” is dead in what we call France. Even if theoretically it does exist in the way nationalists describe it, actual ordinary French people do not believe in it or are indifferent to it, to the extent they will not vote for its continuation through politics. France has an ethnic French majority but refuses to elect French ethno-nationalists. A growing number of children are born to foreign parentage each year, decreasing the future “French” share of France in years to come. Nationalists can bemoan this all they want and attempt to correct the opinions of these people in an attempt to “save” France for future generations. But it will not work, since like most Europeans and Eurocolonials, the French are a de-nationalized people in the aggregate.
Mark Richardson opines in verse.
American Greatness has a toast for No Guilt This Time:
Why do people hate him so?
Because he won’t accept this appointed condition. He has no white guilt. He doesn’t feel any male guilt, either, or American guilt or Christian guilt. He talks about the United States with uncritical approval—“America First”—and that’s a thought crime in the eyes of liberals. It ignores slavery, Jim Crow, the Indian wars, Manzanar . . . Donald Trump would never refer to America as beset by the original sin of racism, as Barack Obama did frequently, and that makes him worse than a conservative. President Trump is a bigot.
Well… we certainly hope so. Also there: Counting up Trump’s Quiet Victories.
Let’s see… what else was going on?
Social Pathologist proposes some Litmus Tests for true rightist thought. With which we at Social Matter would have little disagreement. I think, however, that contention with others for the “True Right” mantle is less important than articulating a coherent—even if esoteric—program for the restoration of social order.
Atavisionary unearths an unexpected bit of resistance to Cultural Marxist theorizing on Pirates.
Vincent Hannah continues his “Path to the Dark Reformation” Series with Part F2: The Anti-Cathedral. How “F2” relates to the natural number line, I’m not quite sure. But this one is about the “Antiversity” and its role in the Restoration. This is really powerful stuff, and Hannah is getting better organized. Not very quotable, but tons of good strategy. This was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀. RTWT!
Also at Dark Reformation, breaking news: Peter Hitchens Comes out Against the Cathedral (Now Join the Dark Reformation).
Imperial Energy has eyes on the world… and the folks who really run it: The Cathedral Green—Lights a Coup d’Etat in Venezuela. Also there, the “STEEL-Cameralist Manifesto” continues: Part 2: Napoleon, Metternich, Carlyle, Nietzsche and the “Dionysian Conspiracy”. He pits Carlyle against Nietzsche, and you may not like his conclusions. If you are strapped for time, he pulls a lot together in his conclusion (which itself is a (large) blog-post in length).
Neovictorian’s Commentary Upon All “43 people who might run against Trump in 2020” reflects an unseemly amount of knowledge about contemporary politics. But he’s our friend. So we link him. And… it’s purdy funny.
Reading Adam over at GA Blog is not for the feint of heart. His paragraphs are only long because his sentences are super long. Either way, peak political theory there this week with Absolutism and History.
Alf finds a good example of The Alt-Right Aesthetic.
Mark Citadel addresses The Hapa Temptation. Hapa are, for those who don’t know (like me), half-white/half-E. Asians. This is a pointed critique of Pan-Europeanism (pan-whitism). First, there’s not much enthusiasm for it outside of the extant Anglo-diaspora in Canada, the Antipodes, and America. Why should Europe want to turn itself into America 2.0?
Why would this indulgent defeatism with regards to the destiny of European ethnic groups emerge? This is where hapaism comes into play. In the same way that hapas feel frustration with their lack of clear ancestry with its roots in ancient history, so too have some colonial whites (at least among those who are conscious of race as a real thing) developed the same sense of loss. And, just as hapas develop a resentment because of this, it isn’t impossible to think whites would do the same, and that it would manifest itself as a subtle disdain for the individual ethnicities of Europe, wishing for a pan-white brotherhood, a kind of “if I can’t have ethnic identity… nobody can” sentiment.
White Nationalism is just toned-down Universalism. Toned down, but not enough not to look evil to other whites you pretend are brothers. The signal conflict of the West is an intra-white dispute. There is no “White people”; there are white peoples… who happened to be locked in existential conflict.
There is something profoundly sinister about this to my mind, and I speak as someone who is of mixed European ancestry myself. The different ethnicities of Europe are what gives the continent its dynamic character, and indeed its beauty. Without them, we would be void of our historic cultural achievements, since each one was the product of a unique culture, not some ‘white’ monoculture.
There is much, much more here. Fantastic work in this ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ winner.
Nick Land finds some hope for the Chinese… in the insult 白左. Promising. We’ll see how it holds up.
By way of Isegoria… Taleb on The Bob Rubin trade; Murders in the US are extremely concentrated—a strong Pareto distribution there somehow; a peek into the stunning propaganda machinery in WW1: The first casualty when war comes is truth—Bernays makes an appearance; and This is known as “bad luck”.
Finally, This Week in CWNY: The Shroud of Liberalism.
This Week in Jim Donald
Another abbreviated week at Jim’s blog… just one post. But even a single Jim post is worth its paragraph count in Bitcoin. This week, Jim explains the Moldbug Model of Communism.
The Moldbug account of communism, simplified, is that the Soviets were Democrat agents, a proxy force for the blue empire of the consulates against the red empire of the bases, and they were collapsed when they started to break free of the Democrats.
Simplified even further: “America is a communist country”.
And from there, Jim is off to the races, covering the downfall of the Czar, blue empire fatigue with the Soviets, and even why the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation sucked. Don’t believe me? RTWT and see for yourself! Don’t sleep on the comments section either, the discussion gets… let’s call it lively. Jim snags an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ from The Committee.
This Week in Social Matter
Ryan Landry kicks of the Official TWiR® Week looking at The Future Formalization Of Speech Restrictions. A naïve interpretation of current events might see Classical Liberalism locked in existential combat with its evil step child Totalitarian Leftism. This ignores the time-derivatives of the situation, and Landry is not naïve:
In America, the seed meme was anti-bullying. Anti-bullying was so strong a school movement that it made it to state legislation. Bullying has been with humanity forever but formerly was something dealt with between the bully and the bullied. Overcoming a bully, simply by standing up to the bully, was once a test of one’s mettle or a moment character development for young people. No more. Rather than have the bullying be dealt with by the two student, or even the students’ parents, school authorities took over.
The less the narrative—Big Bad Bully vs. Innocent Victim—fits actual reality, the better it works, insofar as it allows Millennials to plaster the pre-rational disposition onto conflicts of every kind.
Hate speech, defined solely by the Left and even quisling Right, triggers specific groups (racial, ethnic, religious, gender, LGBT). When hearing such speech, these individuals will go catatonic or feel pain, due to microaggressions. The emotional and mental trauma may even require them to take certain medications or seek psychiatric help. Emotional and mental trauma in turn, so the argument will go, causes immediate, physical harms. The hate speech may even incite the target groups to violence or anger.
Who? vs. Whom? is never a fair fight. Landry takes home an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for his analysis here.
On Monday, Mark Citadel returns to SM‘s pages with The Essence Of Time: A Study In Post-Marxism. He sees fascism and communism as modernist ideologies—failed modernist ideologies, of course—which attempted to address real problems in liberalism. They live on—mostly as ghosts of their former glory. An in the case of the still extant Russian Communist Party, a living-breathing ghost. The real left-action in Russian politics is happening in the “Essence of Time” movement, and Citadel grapples with their manifesto.
Four principles ground Essence of Time: Avowed revanchism, a desire to discover the exact reasons behind the collapse of the Soviet Union, a desire to restore all that has been lost, and a conviction to pursue the above lines with passion, reason, and will. These are somewhat vague principles, and thus it would best serve the purposes of this essay to first discuss what innovations Essence has made to Marxist theory, and why it may represent a ‘post-Marxist’ type of communism, and then to point out its blunders in understanding, as well as its unwillingness to face the full reality of the last hundred years, and indeed, the last three hundred.
Citadel starts with the good: rejecting Marxist internationalism. Check! Rejecting liberal universalism. Check!
The final element of the manifesto that has considerable merit is attention to history concerning how the bourgeoisie emerged from feudalism to displace the old order, transcending what had been the limits of the vaisya class. The piece also explains how the divide in affluence between vaisya and brahmin/kshatriya set up a narrative of figures like Robespierre serving as champions of the poor, even while today’s ruling class live far more indulgently than did their predecessors.
And there’s plenty of bad to recount… because after all… these are Post-Marxists. Interesting work on a group I’d (and I suspect many readers have) never heard of. Close balloting this week, but the uniqueness of Citadel’s research here pushed him over the top for the ☀☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Award☀☀.
It was Two-fer Tuesday this week at Social Matter. Fritz Pendleton is back with some practical political theory in Authority As National Sanity. He begins with the story—the tragic story—of Somalia:
To most people, Somalia is just another African sand-pie, a footnote at the end of a long and dismal book of African failures. It takes a certain type of idiot to look at Somalia and see something promising. I say that it takes a “certain type” of idiot because the vast majority of idiots are not fooled: they know Somalia is not worth thinking about, so they do not think about it at all. It requires an idiot of some erudition to see promise in a failed state like Somalia; it requires the intelligent stupidity of a libertarian.
Somalia is, of course, a shit-hole, made worse by anarchy, not better. Which he contrasts with the genius of Elizabethan England, the…
… era that England took to the seas and began trading in markets all around the world. This proved to be the beginning of a commercial superpower; it was the back on which an empire was built. Much to the disappointment of libertarians everywhere, England’s commercial revolution was highly regulated, weighted, parceled, and taxed.
If that doesn’t suffice, he suggest the Openminded Libertarian to “take one afternoon to research Pinochet’s Chile or Lee Kuan Yew’s Singapore”. Not that liberty is undesireable. Oh, not at all:
I can only praise oppression in its gentlest forms. In fact, I would take this thesis a step further and say that, libertarian logic be damned, there are cases of societal breakdown where only authoritarianism can preserve liberty.
There’s more, in Pendleton’s principled stance for a contingent liberty… secured by oppression. Cask strength NRx political theory earns him an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ for this one.
Landry’s Weimerica Weekly is on the superhero movie craze. The interaction of cinematic technology, a plenitude of existing storylines, and a built-in audience of children and manchildren to buy merch has resulted in a seemingly endless superhero movie trend. An excellent analysis, though we must forgive Landry for not understanding Superman.
The Bay Area Guys are up on Friday with the Myth of the 20th Century podcast: Episode 18: Columbine, Culture Of Violence. Or how the left never lets a “Teachable Moment” go to waste.
For Saturday Poetry & Prose this week, it’s Poetry… from the pen of E. Antony Gray: The Offering Of The West.
This Week in 28 Sherman
I do not know if I count as a trad dad, but my goal is a home where dad provides, mom focuses on family, mom and dad raise the kids and the kids grow up with a healthy home of men being men, women being women and we all pray to Jesus Christ at a local Catholic Church.
Where have we gotten to in the Current Year that the above is anything other than the normal way things just are?
Weimerica Weekly was not the only podcast for Ryan this week. On Red Ice Radio Henrik Palmgren interviewed Landry for a discussion on the increasingly obvious parallels between Weimar and Weimerica, including the escalations in political street violence.
Back at 28 Sherman, he has a discussion of a shakedown of Elon Musk. Musk agreed to join Trump’s business advisory group… and that is more than enough to earn the ire of the Cathedral. Frivolous lawsuits, ready… aim… fire!
This Week in WW1 pics: Engineers—there’s just something about the accelerated cycle of destruction and creation in war… like tears in rain.
Finally for Friday, Landry tackles the big Comey firing. 2017 may be many things, but boring is unlikely to be among them.
Comey recently stated that people were stuck with him for another six and a half years. Poof! Gone. How did no one see this coming? For all the talk about Trump’s leaking White House or administration, how did this not get out? Leaks by USG employees is one thing, and honestly, it is their sabotaging of the warlord chieftain who has usurped the throne. This did not leak at all. No one saw this coming. In fact, many thought that since Comey had made it beyond 100 days that he was safe.
Landry ends the week’s work with some sage advice for this time of chaos:
This will only continue, so unplug from time to time, hold your loved ones and watch the rivers flow and feel the breeze run through your hair.
I and the TWiR Staff can drink to that. (I certainly hope none of them are teetotalers.)
This Week in Kakistocracy
Porter deconstructs the premises of the argument between white nationalism and specific European nationalisms. Pointing out the differences between Europeans isn’t only beside the point, it’s counterproductive:
Yet being vividly minded by an exploding population of foreigners is what makes the concentric circle of mutual Western interests so particularly germane. And it doesn’t require us to like each other even a little to acknowledge it. It is in fact a display of extraordinary determination for two Europeans to stand on a street corner in Lagos and agree they have nothing in common. Who knows, maybe it takes a comet plunging toward the Pacific to change their mind.
Presumably we’d look more favorably on Iran’s nuclear program if there were a comet hurtling towards earth that needed blowing up. Porter would hate northerners if he had the leisure to—but there’s a brown comet hurtling toward the West, and Islam only sees the Frank.
The masterful subtlety of Porter’s spleen and vitriol is impossible to recount secondhand, but it’s all on display in this retort to the latest media point-n-scream at the Alt-Right. Slipped between the lines of sardonic bile (and I mean that in the best possible way) are legitimate insights into the status-games the Left plays, and the lack of analytical rigor required when posturing as the holiest holy of them all:
A leftist writer can’t endeavor to understand and describe his antagonists in careful and accurate terms, since doing so threatens to call his zeal and contempt into question among peers. Zeal and contempt being forms of liberal social currency, as precision and circumspection certainly are not. Thus decorum demands its ritual denunciations. And if you don’t lavishly denounce all the Hitlers, then a Hitler just may be you.
Because the Leftist can’t attempt to understand us, or even accurately describe us, without the risk of being branded with the scarlet “H”, she is blind to an uncomfortable truth: that far from being basement-dwellers, the modern reactionary is rich and socially established enough to be an active danger to the Left’s status monopoly. Porter snags an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ by virtue… well… of being Porter.
A brief entry in the chronicle of decline. Watch the embedded video, and laugh—or cry.
Porter offers up an ugly, bitter look into France’s future, if you’re one who cares about art. According to him, France has until Macron’s wife reaches old age. Some would say that the day has already passed on both accounts; knowing Porter, that’s probably the joke. He recalls a tour of the Louvre from a few years ago:
I was struck at the time by the realization that none of its priceless antiquities have a future in their present home. The thought that a sullen Afro-Arab majority population would agree to pay for the upkeep of racist Euro-centric art seemed so implausible as to be ridiculous on its face. And so while strolling that facility’s endless corridors, I wondered if some of its more contemplative stewards had begun to fashion a South Africa Plan for its most sacred artifacts.
This brief article provides for an interesting thought experiment: Would the leftists who curate France’s sacred cultural treasures act to save them from getting the ISIS treatment? On one hand, a lot of brown people could be subsidized by the money currently given to the Louvre. On the other, Western media screamed much more loudly about ISIS’ destruction of artifacts than it did ISIS’ killing of people. If there’s a belief of the Left that’s honestly held, it’s probably a genuine love of the arts—as an abstract at least. This is some powerful, powerful rhetoric right here. [Personally, this humble intern’s journey to the dark side began when he realized that once the contingent that complains about “dead white males” in academia gets its way, Shakespeare will start gathering dust on the shelves and high-schoolers will be reading slam poetry about Laqueesha’s teenage abortion in class. —A.M.]
Finally, he reminds us of the love that nourishes our hate for modernity, commenting on a sentimental story that made the rounds on normie facebook. Few people likely considered the reactionary implications, but to some, at least, the point gets through:
It is… how women keep men committed when age has stolen their primary means of doing so. Love may or may not be an evolutionary illusion, but if so it is one powerful enough to veil the scars of time. If a wife is still beautiful to her husband, then she can still feel beautiful. Makeup and marketing careers are very poor substitutes.
Porter continues with a story of cuckoldry as emblematic of the modern sexual market. Even if a man is not a craven who willingly lets his girlfriend step out on him, the knowledge of his partner’s past sexual escapades will inevitably embitter every man, and keep him from the kind of love that binds him to his woman even after her beauty fades. Considering our divorce rates, this love is a relic of ages past, and a joy withheld almost entirely from modern couples.
This Week in Evolutionist X
Evolutionist X looks at The Death of American Equality. Equality—the word used by her friend—isn’t quite the word for it, I think. But what has been lost is much more valuable. Along the way, Mrs. X has a long-overdue (semi-)revision for the reputation of McDonalds, and a pointed critique on those who ostentatiously hate it.
In the sequel, she tackles the inevitable racial angle of the question. Ostentatious McDonalds Haterz R Real Raycists. Well, that not her point. Exactly.
For the indispensible Anthropology Friday, it’s Indian Warriors and their Weapons: Iroquois Confederacy (part 2 of 4).
Filed under The Lulz, an (I think) original meme: Make Athens Great Again.
This Week in Quas Lacrimas
Quincy T. Latham was silent this week on his blog. But not in his commentary elsewhere, both private and public.
This Week at Thermidor Mag
The week at our sister publication Thermidor starts off with Nigel T. Carlsbad’s Constant, Remusat and the Tensions Between Ancient and Modern Liberties. Chock full of quotations from arch-liberals Benjamin Constant and Charles de Remusat, as well as other, wiser men. Carlsbad’s eloquent diatribe showcases the strange and inconsistent principles of 19th century liberalism.
Titus Quintus makes an entry taken from his own blog. This is the first in a projected series of articles outlining Quintus’ Fifth Political Theory. In it he identifies a serious problem with “white identity politics” in The De-Nationalization of the Global European Diaspora:
Most Americans agree that an American can be of any race, ethnicity, or religion. Increasing numbers of Europeans feel that way about Europeans as well.
[…] The reality is that Europeans and Eurocolonials in the aggregate do not believe their own nations matter enough to be perpetuated as demographic majorities inside what were once their nation-states.
It is a grim reality we face, indeed. As to a solution, however, Quintus offers only the vaguest of hints:
You cannot save those who do not want to be saved. What you can do is find those who want to save themselves, and build them into a network.
I’m sure Quintus will go into greater detail in future articles, but he will need to elaborate more on what this network is supposed to be and to do.
Samuel Stevens documents the Corporeality exhibit at London art gallery LD50.
On a humorous note, Thermidor gets hate mail! Editor P.T. Carlo has some fun with the poor fool.
Nathan Duffy rounds out the week with an analysis of Jordan B. Peterson. On the surface, Peterson appears to be, if not reactionary outright, at least a fellow traveler:
He sees religious stories and archetypes as representing primordial truths about human nature, human relations, and perhaps God, which have been experienced, sifted, sorted, and codified through the millennia and crystalized in the West in the stories of Christianity. His high esteem for the Christian paradigm as a vehicle of ultimate truths is admirable, though it doesn’t quite rise to the level of orthodox belief.
Peterson’s problem emerges in his view of logos, an essential element of both Christianity and pagan philosophy.
He will typically identify the Logos closely with the principle of ìfree speech,î and proceed to declare free speech to be the foundation of western civilization. This is because it is unfettered dialogue and exchange of ideas which allows critical examinations to take place, and the truth to emerge victorious.
Regrettably, the ultimate trad principle of the Logos is used in service to the debased liberal notion of free academic dialogue as the fount of all truth and understanding.
Duffy rightly has no patience for the deification of “free speech” in this ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀:
Speaking truly is participation in the Logos; speaking untruths destroys communion with the Logos. The feign neutrality of liberalism, which Peterson tacitly subscribes to, is a precursor to the relativism that Peterson rightly despises so much. What is to be safeguarded is not your “right” to expression of personal opinion, sincerely held and spoken, which can then be purified in the fire of debate and honest exchange into something closer to the truth (though there may be a broad tolerance for that). It is the truth—the Logos—itself which is sacrosanct and must not be defaced (and which is often silent, rather than spoken, as it happens).
This Week Around The Orthosphere
Kristor presents his latest personal phenomenological revelation: Our Dreams of the Implicate Order:
The dream world is the Platonic Realm, what Julian Barbour calls Platonia. It is the set of all possible combinations of the various values of the Platonic forms…. We think of Platonia as a dimensional volume, a space…. Really in itself Platonia is dimensionless; for, all dimensions are as between Platonian nodes, and there is nothing other than Platonia in respect to which Platonia itself could stand in some sort of relation. There is no environment of Platonia; no space in which it could be said to have a spatial volume. Rather, all dimensions are within it, as between its loci in their relations to each other.
J. M. Smith reports from the academic front: The President and Professor Woke.
Also there: Richard Cocks shares some of his Tips for Parenting.
Matt Briggs is unconvinced by Penrose’s entropy/anthropic argument, and responds with some good old fashioned Prime Mover theory. Of interest to the AI (so-called) sphere: Every Result Of Unsupervised Learning Is Correct; Or, All Learning Is Supervised. Cause… it’s what we want to know and what statistics is incapable of proving: Trend Models & The Inability To Discover Cause.
Then Briggs points out the epistemological crisis created by real-time facial re-enactment technology: You Will No Longer Be Able to Trust Anything You See.
James Kalb has an (unfavorable) piece on the current papacy in the May issue of Chronicles.
Over at Throne and Altar, Bonald argues against binary Puritanism in Embracing the Scandal of Venial Sin.
Then Bonald explores What’s Really Wrong with Catholic Teaching on Immigration.
The real problem with the Catholic position is that it is entirely individualistic and materialistic…. On this matter, the Church speaks in the liberal language of individual rights considered outside of any social context…. There is no room here for charity or generosity; the immigrant has his right, and we have our duty.
Finally, Bonald suggests that it might be time to retire the word “freedom”, for reasons that should be obvious from an anti-enlightenment perspective.
Men stepping up is a well loved refrain with complementarians and other conservative Christians.† It is a brilliantly deceptive term, because the objective is to appear to be fighting our feminist culture while taking great care not to do anything which would upset the feminist status quo.† This is accomplished by pretending that feminists aren’t in the final mopping up stage of the culture wars, and instead complaining about a sudden and mysterious change in men.
Dalrock then suggests that those promoting programs such as Stepping Up are merely Raising an army of LARPers.
At Oz Conservative, Mark Richardson asks Do men and women love the same way? His conclusion: No, they do not.
Richardson also responds to Dalrock’s Stepping Up submission, lamenting certain instances When you have to get your wife’s permission.
Chris Gale at Dark Brightness reminds us that The Cathedral is Fragile, to Stand [and] Fight [because] Truth is Worth It, and most importantly that Soteriology Matters because one’s understanding of the mechanics of salvation (or lack thereof) heavily influences behavior. But ecclesiology heavily influences the incentive structure.
And Gale warns of The Danger of the Effete and the Hell of the Prig, arguing that the latter is worse than the former.
May we be preserved from weak leadership. But, above all, may we be preserved from those who see all thought as being under their grip, in the delusion that they can regulate a better nature.
Donal Graeme discusses the difference between Knowing and Knowing, encouraging us to develop strategies to do more of the latter.
Then Donal disputes the current cathedric orthodoxy and explains why modern women often lack The Courage to Empathize.
Bruce Charlton pulls from Tolkien to tell us what lies Beyond Grey Havens. An atheist should interpret it as a salient point about aesthetics. We know instinctively what is good and beautiful, and this knowledge will give us purpose throughout the lesser mortal life, whether the final goal is unification with the divine or, to a follower of Gnon, our memetic and genetic contributions to posterity. The most powerful rhetoric that can move the human heart is the evocation of Valinor:
This comes before anything else – dogma, ideology, and even our frustration with the societal decay and dissolution of values gathering pace around us. No matter how corrupted, compromised or confused a person has become, that deepest desire – that primal beauty and simplicity—is always there, waiting for a look, a word or a gesture to kindle it into life, blaze forth and shock the world.
Finally, Bruce Charlton attacks The Modern Fake Utopia of Sustainability. In it, he describes the fundamentally good impulse behind agrarianism, and chronicles its decline into hedonism and the industrial materialism of the “sustainability” movement. Utopianism is a charge often laid on the left by we here on the Right, but a firm belief in the right order of a society is something shared by all the ancients we seek to emulate. As he makes clear in Beyond Grey Havens, this understanding is aesthetic and comes from the spirit:
There has to be an earthly utopia to aim at, no matter how remote – to order our lives – we require some picture, ideas, fairly-definite notion of the kind of life envisaged: not a detailed blueprint, not a five-year plan, not a flow-chart, not a fixed system – but some inspiring depiction of The Good Life in broad clear outline and bright colours.
Richard Carroll announces a new permanent page which archives The Stupid Objections to Reaction. This is well argued, and will prove to be handy, because for every intelligent objection to reaction you encounter, there are probably 1000 stupid ones.
Sydney Trads link another Black Pigeon video “The End Game: Why the West is Lost”… with some added commentary.
This Week in Arts & Letters
Chris Gale contrasts, through two poems, the Danger of the Effete and the Hell of the Prig. As decadent as late monarchy could be, better that we have a ruler who understands beauty and is consumed by it than the rancorous, materialistic Whiggery that Yeats describes:
May we be preserved from weak leadership. But, above all, may we be preserved from those who see all thought as being under their grip, in the delusion that they can regulate a better nature. I’d rather be drinking with the fey and the fairies.
He has A Kipple for those whom gods destroy. And the obligatory Sunday Holy Sonnet from John Donne. Also, Gale looks at Confounders, observation, caution, especially when it comes to nicotine exposure.
Speaking of Eric Voegelin, Imaginative Conservative reprints a snippet from his essay “Nietzsche, the Crisis, and the War”. Joseph Pearce has much praise (much deserved IMO) for Anthony Esolen: A Thomas More for Our Times. Esolen himself chimes in with Leaving Providence College: A Window Shuts, A Door Opens. Providence was, no doubt, a mission field. Apparently the ground was too hard for anything to grow. He’s heading to Thomas More College in NH, which is, I think, one of about 10 actually Catholic colleges in America.
Over at City Journal, Myron Magnet asks: What Ever Happened to the Civil Rights Movement? Irrespective of on’s view of the Original Gangsta Civil Rights Movement—we, of course, at Social Matter consider it the work of Rebellious Tools from day one—there’s no question that the search for increasingly obscure pockets of racism has gone on long enough. But hey, when that’s all that pays the bills…
Trouble is, there isn’t that much racism festering in the nation any more. It was Barack Obama’s political obsession, perhaps bordering on political genius, to convince a majority of Americans that it pervaded everywhere, like phlogiston, seventeenth-century science’s imaginary substance—invisible but supposedly ubiquitous and providing our ancestors with an explanation for the otherwise inexplicable phenomenon of combustion.
Also there, Based Heather Mac Donald is not a fan of the Comey sacking, considering him a Champion of Law and Order.
At the Logos Club, Kaiter Enless went on a tear this week. He begins with Refuting Chomsky: Distortions, Omissions and Lies.
Then, in a reprint from the WCR days, he makes a case for redefining the word “art” in Towards an Art of Purpose. Wherein he contemplates the dissolution of meaning in modern Art. When everything is art, nothing is. But when nothing is art, there’s a void to be filled. How to do so?
One should not throw up one’s hand and say, “Art is dead.” What to do then? Bring back the manifesto! So seemingly quaint; the word itself rings like a antiquated bell—but why? Atomization (the deplorable case of the death of the author, the birth of the reader)… Ruthlessly (and subtly) deride relentless-Escapism and the deconstruction of aesthetic standards at every conceivable turn. Bring back elitism!
That reprint was a natural lead-in to short, but powerful, essay proposing a reactionary aesthetic with The New Magisterium: A Manifesto.
We shall herald a return to form, to the classics, to allegory, to forthright symbolism, to meaning, to beauty.
Take the two together. Enless earns his second ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ in as many weeks.
Finally, Enless touches upon why some people might think guns and other inanimate objects possess human agency in Anthropomorphization: Warden & Executioner. We may need a “This Week in Logos Club” if this sort of production keeps up…
Harper McAlpine Black provides another helpful introduction, by way of a Q&A: Man, Temple & Text—A Defence of Rene Schwaller de Lubicz.
This Week… Elsewhere
Metternich is an under-appreciated thinker in The Reaction®, which condition TUJ works valiantly to remedy. Also a “told ya so” and more advice for Trump: With the Dismissal of Comey Trump Trolls the Universe.
I don’t know how scientific these graphs from PA are, but they make for a plausible and compelling story: The Overton Window And Morale: Reagan To Trump.
A commentator at Heartiste’s points out the walls are going to go somewhere. Economies of scale kick in when you build one big one, rather than a million small ones. Also, this shouldn’t even have to be said: The Childless Should Not Lead Nations. Spandrell agrees. This too: An update “Inharmonious irregularity” + Proximity = War.
AMK spots at least one encouraging demographic trend: “The future belongs to the ideologically competent.” Also a pretty good aphorism: “Calling someone racist isn’t about fairness. It’s about control”.
For those who wear T-shirts as outerwear (not recommended): “American Dad” T-Shirts.
Filed under “Like That’s a Bad Thing?”, S. C. Hickman notes (correctly): We Have Never Been Communists. Hickman also tackles a bit of Land’s epoch-making Dark Enlightenment in The Decline of the Progressive West.
There’s more from Fifth Political Theory: Sub-National and Trans-National Identity as a Response to the Loss of Nation-Statehood.
For the most part, Western nations are over. There will only be the diaspora, or there will be nothing at all. We are faced with the choice of being absorbed into a materialistic, multicultural mess, or becoming who we are, that is to say, exiles of a defunct world.
This is, in view of the editorial staff of Social Matter, an overly grim assessment and extrapolation based on our current situation. Nevertheless the idea of a Western Diaspora (which arguably the United States originally were, and antipodean Anglophones still are) is an attractive one, and not a project that would be at fundamental odds with a substantial Restoration of the West.
Ace has a quick note (and a song): “…well, when I called her ‘evil’, she just laughed…” “Women who play tough are… terrified.”
Zeroth Position has some points of Strategy Against Antifa: 2nd Edition. All of which would no doubt be effective against Mutt, but unlikely to affect Jeff. I hate Mutt, so… have at him.
Zach Kraine has an interesting proposal—and new coinage: Village fascism : A revolt against the 60s. We’ve talked about “private towns” before. And keeping them under the all-seeing radar of the Cathedral would seem to be the biggest problem. One, however, that might abate under increasing stresses of secular Western collapse.
Filed under “Funny Because True”, by way of Unorthodoxy: Computers Are Racist.
Ed Realist has a story from the K-12 front lines… on teaching the Statistics of Slaves.
Finally, Issue 24 is up of the always stunning Regina Magazine (requires flash, bug not feature IMO).
Welp… that’s about it folks. The attentive reader may have noticed slight changes in tone and diction in this update. Of course, this was after he (or she) noticed that “The TWiR Staff” has been added to the list of authors. Several people have graciously agreed to take up beats around the sphere and help me out compiling this increasingly… erm… comprehensive… recap. I am grateful for their hard and, thus far, very high quality work. Keep on reactin! Til next week: NBS… Over and out!!