This Week In Reaction (2017/05/21)

Chinese be rayciss this week. My aren’t you surprised… I sure am surprised… 白左 (Bai-Zuo “White Left”) was everywhere. Landry takes note of it in Weimerica Weekly. Fifth Political analyzes it (along with much else). Spandrell is not too excited, but points out an even worse Chinese term: “聖母婊”. LOL. China is apparently a nation of scrawny real-talkers… to those who understand the language (and scrawniness).

This Week in American Greatness, there was Victor Davis Hanson on The Nightmares and the Realities of Never Trump.

Let’s see… what else was going on?


This Week in Jim Donald

This Week in Social Matter

This Week in 28 Sherman

This Week in Kakistocracy

This Week in Evolutionist X

This Week in Quas Lacrimas

This Week in Thermidor

This Week around The Orthosphere

This Week in Arts & Letters

This Week Elsewhere

This Week in the Outer Left

Alf takes note of The Politburo of the West. With a tip of the hat to Jim (again). Also, some very powerful and concise testimony: Confessions of an ex-leftist.

Truth is its own validity. You can’t talk away what I can observe with my own eyes. That is all it means to be a rightist.

Spandrell offers more on The Role of Government—prevent “social failures”, which often proceed from certain social successes, but which ultimately weaken society. And then kill it.

Nick Land points to a particularly disturbing trend… to close to SiV for his comfort.

Alrenous has a particularly black “Black Pill”… for progs: Doomcore is The Way Out.

Grey Enlightenment takes a fairly stiff fisk to this misbegotten psychoanalysis of the alt-right.

HLvM shows up in the strangest places...

HLvM shows up in the strangest places…

Vincent Hannah finds HLvM in a (rather extensive) review of Demolition Man and the Patron Theory of Politics.

Adam goes deep inside language philosophy baseball in The Attentional Structure of Sovereignty. It’s incredibly difficult to summarize, but he focuses on the third form of directing attention, not to oneself or the one’s own creation, but to a third thing not under the control of he who directs attention, nor that of those so directed. He sees in this, almost magical ability, the evolution of sovereignty. This was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀. Imperial Energy resoundingly approves.

Imperial Energy contrasts his STEEL-cameralism vs. Alrenous’ Steel anarchism. And in so doing, articulates one of his best summaries of Steel-cameralism yet. As well as a deep dive into classic Moldbug (and classic interlocutors). He also engages in some artillery fire with RF—a laudable and friendly engagement, which Social Matter fully endorses.

Finally: How Elon Musk Thinks.

Spandrell has a cringe-inducing look inside the state of CPC Propaganda. Catchy enough tune, I suppose. But so was the original theme song to Pokemon.

Mark Citadel has a superb piece on Little England, in which he traces the history and divergence between British and English identities—the former being indistinguishable today from globalist cosmopolitanism.

Devout ‘British Muslims’ will tell you that they are “just as British as you are!” and so will Sikhs, Hindus, and Jews. Are they wrong? I contend that, as things currently stand, they aren’t. The policies of redefinition have allowed Pakistanis to claim as much right to be British as the Welsh have, and the majority of the brainwashed crowd will go along with it.

What then, is the solution? We know that it is, in geodemographic terms, England that has been the victim of mass migration, as foreigners rarely seek opportunities in Wales, Scotland, or Northern Ireland, not only because the job markets are less welcoming but also because they do not already have enclave ghettos to welcome them. With their very survival and continuity at stake, the English have no choice but to abandon ‘British’ as a concept. I know this is rather radical, since a great deal of pride is threaded through this word, but I am of the strong opinion that much of that pride is falsely informed (i.e., it ends up lauding things which ultimately led to national destruction), and that where it is not, the achievements can be very easily re-associated with the distinct aspects of an exclusively English identity.

“Little England” has come to mean approximately the equivalent of redneck. All the more reason to fly the St. George cross with boldness. Citadel takes an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ for this one.

With Basilica of St. Denis as backdrop, Shylock Holmes contemplates The metres lost, the metres gained in France. He looks into a history of which most French seem rather ostentatiously ignorant.

A view of the tombs in the Basilica of St. Denis, Paris, in which all but three of the Kings of France, from Clovis I (d. 511) to Louis XVIII (d. 1824) are buried.

A view of the tombs in the Basilica of St. Denis, Paris, in which all but three of the Kings of France, from Clovis I (d. 511) to Louis XVIII (d. 1824) are buried.

If you were a Roman, living through the destruction of the society and structures that had ruled for 800 years, it would be extraordinarily difficult to look at savages like the Franks and see the possibility for a glorious future monarchy lasting 1300-odd years.You would only see chaos, slaughter, and despair.

And for a long time, you would be right. There are not many fun stories out of Europe in the 6th Century, or the 7th or 8th for that matter.

But out of the chaos and carnage eventually rose the 37 Kings of France.

An ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Sliding in just before the deadline (as is his wont), Titus Q. Cincinnatus outlines Three Types of Societies, Three Types of Governments. National identity is neither purely genetic nor purely a cultural artifact, but instead something that is itself created by a complex combination of natural evolutionary forces in ethnogenesis. He proceeds from there to identify three sorts of nations—core, “marcher”, and pioneer societies—and the sort of governments toward which each tends to evolve. An ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ winner. RTWT!

Chris Cornell and family c. 2012.

Chris Cornell and family
c. 2012.

By way of Isegoria… There’s a lot to like about cutting corporate taxes; A parable of the lessons that can emerge from unfettered science—or mostly unfettered; Robot cars versus phantom traffic jams, pretty effective, but in fairness a small number of humans can do this too; and a look at Tibetans do things differently.

Filed under Wittiest Title, Malcolm Pollack pokes some well-deserved fun at The Very Model Of A Modern Marxist Jabberwock. He also notes the tragic passing of Chris Cornell: No One Sings Like You Anymore. He was, I think, the signal rock voice of the last 25 years. RIP.

Finally, this week in Cambria Will Not Yield, thoughts for When Hope Seems Nearly Gone.


This Week in Jim Donald

Jim starts the week explaining when the rot set in. It’s short and to the point, so RTWT.

Toward the end of the week, Jim examines the permanent Trump crisis. Due to the nature of the beast, any appeasement of the Cathedral is dangerous, fattening, and causes cancer in rats.

Because the Cathedral is primarily driven by holiness competition, it is incapable of acting rationally. This is in some ways a strength. The way to win at chicken is to first drink a bottle of vodka, then at the last moment rip out the steering wheel and throw it out the window. Maybe they will succeed in impeaching Trump on the grounds of “cover up”

But it is also a weakness. The likely result is, sooner or later, to blunder into war, state to state, state level civil war, nonstate war, and likely all of the above.

Jim gets an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ here.


This Week in Social Matter

Ryan Landry kicks off the week with a major clarification: Only the Elites Determine If A Rebellion Becomes A Revolution. This is a corollary to the Iron Law of Rebellious Tools.

7/4/1932-Washington, DC- Some of the 20,000 war veterans composing the "Bonus Army".

7/4/1932-Washington, DC- Some of the 20,000 war veterans composing the “Bonus Army”.

Civil conflict comes when an element of the elite believe that its status, comfort, and security is threatened. Once threatened, elites can signal downward to different segments of society they have control of or share allegiance with to spark conflict.

Disgruntled citizens cannot just march on Rome and spark a civil conflict or create change. America’s Bonus Army episode did not spark wider protest or conflict. A better example of how civil conflict brews, and why it can escalate to removing a sovereign or system, is found in the short reign of James II of England.

In which, Landry gets a big lift from Pendleton’s award-winning essay last week. Landry contrasts the successful Glorious Revolution with the unsuccessful Monmouth Rebellion three years earlier, in which the thesis is proved. This was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Tuesday, Weimerica Weekly is on the baizuo phenomenon that blew up big time this week. In addition to a discussion of the “white left”, Landry also lays out a strategy that could be used to Make China Great Again. Xi Jinping, you listening, bro? There’s also a quick overview of the Corporeality LD50 art exhibit featuring material from some of the #frogtwitter guys. I have to second Ryan here… check out TV KWA’s videos on Youtube, it is painfully funny how Current Year they are.

On Thursday, newcomer Wolfgang Adler presents An Original Analysis Of Salazar’s Estado Novo Regime In Portugal. It is a very weighty independent study, dependent upon fluency in the original Portuguese, and opens a portal in this neglected area of the New Social Science.

Salazar’s approach rests on a two-pronged mode of attack—the explicit recalibration of the state’s philosophical orientation—away from fashionable, modernist ideologies and towards traditional and anti-egalitarian precepts—and the reformation of the various state branches towards a more unitary and authoritarian form governance that interestingly still saw relevance in preserving some democratic optics.

In contrast to standard neoreactionary theory, Salazar puts the emphasis not on the governmental structure but instead on core philosophical precepts: “The Portuguese constitution distinguishes itself from other ones much more from the ideological part and much less from its political construction.”

Salazar reads like a Catholic Legitimist’s dream! But an ill-advised devotion to constitutionalism may have been the regime’s achilles heel. Superb research from Adler, netting him the ☀☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Award☀☀.

Hank Oslo and the Bay Areans are up Friday with the Myth of the 20th Century podcast, Episode 19: Malthus And His Discontents—Population And Policy.

And Hubert Collins has a irony-infused explanation of How To Make It As A Left-Wing Polemicist. Basically criticize the left from the left, but with no charts-n-graphs, in fact extreme hostility to charts-n-graphs (which are racist or neo-liberal (or both)), and you’ll have it made.

Finally, Saturday Poetry & Prose brings the sublime verse of E. Antony Gray: The Author’s Song.


This Week in 28 Sherman

Over on the home blog, Landry starts the week off with a piece about the Weimar sexual icon, Marlene Dietrich. An ugly Berlin lesbian started the now famous androgynous look, but Dietrich’s beauty made it into a style others want to emulate.

Landry looks at the emerging trends of VR sex and sex robots and sees a lowering of male infidelity rates.

Surveys also show that far more men who cheat are happy in their marriage than women who cheat are. Men just love to spread the genes. It’s one bit of diversity we love (vagina diversity). Sex robots and tactile VR will drop that to zero by satisfying it without breaking the sanctity of marriage.

Except that it still does break the sanctity of marriage. Just in a more degenerate way. His is a counter-intuitive position, but Landry argues his case well, so RTWT.

This Week in WW1 pics: The Last Message—a painting this week, by Fortunino Matania. I do not pretend to be an art critic, but it’s a powerful work of brotherhood forged under fire.

Finally for Friday, Landry recommends a piece by Charles Hugh-Smith over at ZeroHedge. Read them both, and you will understand why disintegration is in the air. Here’s a teaser:

girl2The tech is there for greater centralization but it is there for decentralization as well. Each element of tech that adds to greater centralized control can be equally applied for decentralization if people coordinate to value decentralizing. Nick Land has written about the democratization of massive violence as adding to decentralization. This applies to many other capabilities.

How many people want to be a tiny fish in a giant, fetid pond? The elite count on you not just tolerating that but wanting that, craving the chance for that.

The decline and break-up of the American Empire has now become so obvious that nearly everyone can see it. A lot of people are confused and scared by this, but the way to ride this tiger is simple: lift weights, go to church, start a family, and cultivate a Männerbund. The empire may collapse, but you don’t have to.


This Week in Kakistocracy

Porter strikes an almost wistful tone as he contemplates the Trump Presidency and the forces attempting to unravel it. Though democracy supposedly dies in darkness, the actual undoing of an election is all Work Done in Daylight. To Porter, Trump is not a stooge or a traitor to his cause, but an embattled man driven into the arms of ostensibly loyal neocons and bankers. He concludes with some practical suggestions:

If Trump sought counsel from the Kakistocracy, I would advise him to jettison twitter, toss out every Goldman Banker, and start making routine and direct statements to the American people. 1) Establish a definitive agenda—I think Steve Bannon already has one available on his whiteboard. 2) Set-up project leads for each initiative, give them resources and timeframes for deliverables, and then set them to work. 3) Manage the projects and report on the progress. I presume all of this already takes place, though I’ve seen little evidence of it.

Next comes a counterpunch at the leftist elation over the legal status of Richard Rojas, the “white hispanic” who recently plowed his car through a crowd of people in Times Square. To pin the crime of an obvious other on the average American is egregious. But…

girl4…to say men like Richard Rojas are citizens is to say citizenry has never meant less. It is to say that having millions of strangers with stamped papers is not congruent with having a nation. It is to say that whatever legality results in teenage girls being smeared across the streets by white hispanics is one long past its usefulness. It is to say there is a material difference between real blood and fake countrymen. Especially when one is running down the storm drains.

Finally, Porter gives us his rundown on a heartening phenomenon in China that reached Western ears in the last week or two in The Baizuo and You. Chinese in America may have adopted the rhetoric and tactics of the Left for their own benefit, but back in the Middle Kingdom, it’s clear that Post-Marxism runs off the Han like water off a duck’s back:

And even though there could be a component of preemptive self-defense in demeaning a white left movement that demands a globe of undifferentiated brown mustard humanity, that’s not what I found so gratifying about the baizuo insult. Instead, the Chinese are largely denouncing the Western left on its own malign merits, rather than on whether or not it accrues to their benefit. Given that is it good for us? constitutes the entire moral calculus of most of the world’s six billion+ minorities, this ecumenical disdain for the left’s “hypocritical humanitarians” is one of the most uplifting statements of our shared humanity I have ever read.


This Week in Evolutionist X

Over at Evolution X we learn “We wuz… not blue eyed”Do Black Babies Have Blue Eyes.

We also learn about her anarchist past, The AntiFa and Me and how she learned such communities select for riff raff.

There were some interesting people in the community, like the guys who wanted to make their own Sea Land.

And there were a bunch of angry Marxist-Stalinist-Maoist who thought everyone who wasn’t in favor of forcefully redistributing wealth along racial lines and sending whites to re-education camps was a counter-revolutionary.

And Mrs. X rounds out the week with a Guest Post: A Quick History of the Russia Conspiracy Hysteria


This Week in Quas Lacrimas


Quincy T. Latham comes roaring back after a brief hiatus with Our Thermidor, and Napoleon’s. He looks at the irreducibly thorny problem of “restoring” property and privileges in a restoration. It is ludicrous to imagine A) that all former revolutionaries be killed; and therefore B) that the loyalty of many will not need to be bought. An ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀. Imperial Energy takes time to praise and comment.

And an old book review casting Kant in a racist light, prompts Latham to consider “The Darker Side”: Openings in the Meme Wars—a study the Manichaean dynamics of the Progressive mind virus. History must be seen in black and white, but it’s occasionally convenient to those high up the status pecking order, to mess around with ostensible black and ostensible white. This too earned an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.


This Week at Thermidor Mag

Our sister publication Thermidor. starts the week with a continuation of Titus Quintus’ series on 5th Political Theory with a reprint of Sub-National And Trans-National Identity As A Response To The Loss Of Nation-Statehood.

Editor P.T. Carlo comments on Quintus’ theory. He finds it, at this point, strong on diagnosis but weak on prescription:

At the end of the day the question ultimately comes back to what is Cincinnatus’s [sic] “European Diaspora” actually attempting to preserve? Is it the bloodless, bourgeois culture of the American Upper Middle class? The plodding mechanical intelligence of the Anglo homo economicus? Is it the Super Bowl and Black Friday and a two car garage?

Instead I presume he means “Western Culture” as a whole: Shakespeare, Dante, The Mona Lisa etc. But as desirable as these things most certainly are, they do not in and of themselves constitute a living culture. They are not narratives which structure communal life, rather they become merely a set of museum pieces or relics which can be venerated by history nerds before the midday duel at the renaissance fair.

We at Social Matter share Carlo’s concerns, and look forward to seeing Titus Quintus address them.

Next up, Richard Carroll provides a welcome introduction for the Philistines to the other great, Greek poet, Hesiod.

Following P.T. Carlo’s diatribe against Trad Dads, Grace O’Malley pens a similar warning Against the Trad-THOTs. Reactionary ideas are achieving a new level of popularity, which presents us with new challenges:

thotty_b_gone_by_thot_patrol-db2eoixSo as we watch more and more public personalities express right wing ideas and copy our aesthetic and culture, we can do so knowing the tide is slowly turning. However, it’s up to us to not let the real message become enveloped by opportunists who are only there to exploit a growing niche market all the while upholding the same neoliberal system. Thus, we can either step up and become true ideological influencers, daring to create what others will not, or let our voices become drowned out in a sea of posers and materialists.

P.T. Carlo takes another stab at his bette noir Ross Douthat, this time over Douthat’s scheme to use the 25th amendment to unseat President Trump. Carlo is particularly intrigued by Douthat’s notion that America’s elites should actually play the part:

Beneath much of this rhetoric is a secret wish that America’s “elite” would finally, in some way, become a kind of aristocracy. Completely with Bourgeois family values, Jane Austen caliber courtship rituals and other rigorous standards of moral virtue which the lower classes would feel inclined to imitate.

A pleasant dream, no doubt, but nothing more.

The error the advocates of this approach make is a categorical one. They’ve mistaken a group of middle managers and technocrats for potential aristocrats and worthy elites. The fact that a certain group of individuals happens to be on top in any particular society doesn’t in and of itself indicate the possession of particularly refined and abundant virtues. Too often advocates of hierarchy, in their haste to signal against egalitarianism, have been too quick to embrace elitism for its own sake, regardless of how corrupt or vile the elite in question happens to be.

The rot has run too deep, as Carlo explains in this ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀:

CuratesEggPrivateEyeemailThe actual crime of the group of middle managers and bugmen Douthat mistakenly thinks are “elites”, his friends and colleagues, is that they have dedicated themselves to spreading an ideology which is both profoundly destructive and legitimately evil. An ideology which is, at best, a grotesque parody of the Christian faith Douthat claims to love. An ideology whose stated aims are the spread of abortion on demand (which according to the Christian faith is clearly murder,) the promotion of sodomy, including the promotion of sodomite marriage (which again, according to the Christian church fathers is equivalent to murder) the promotion of the ontological violence known as “gender ideology” which is presently being taught to children. All of this and more is promoted by this group of so-called “elites” under the guise of spreading “freedom” and “human rights”, and frequently this evangelization takes place down the barrel of a gun.

These are simple facts, but you wouldn’t know it by reading Douthat’s thinly veiled praise of these so-called “elites.”

Carlo and Nathan Duffy also have a pair of posts challenging Douthat and Rod Dreher respectively to debate. Duffy calls out Dreher:

Indeed, from the policing of your comment section and blocking habits on Twitter, it seems you’re inclined to flee the field entirely when faced with criticisms from your right.

But like George Silver vs. the Italian rapierists, we are unlikely ever to witness these mighty duels.

Finally, the week closes out with N. T. Carlsbad gives another thorough review of the thought of a 19th century liberal, this time Jules Barni. I’d never heard of Barni, but that’s apparently to be expected:

Following his own idol Kant, himself a theoretician of republicanism and internationalism in Perpetual Peace (1795), Barni was to become a prime philosopher of modern liberal (as opposed to classical) republicanism, though largely unknown in the Anglosphere.


This Week Around The Orthosphere

According to Kristor, increased selection pressure means Playtime is Over.

He dons an implicitly absolutist hat in Authority Must Flow Down From On High. He maintains it in the sequel: Supragenous Authority & the Subsidiaritan Feudal Stack of Sovereignties. The Committee were pleased to award an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for the series.

Thomas F. Bertonneau writes about the power of Femmesplaining in the Second Reality.

Kaiter Enless respectfully challenges Kristor on the concept of Gnon in Anthropomorphization: Ward & Executioner, Part 2, to which Kristor responds with More on GNON. High-quality discussion continues into the comments. Then, Enless writes a Coda to his Antropomorphization series.

Bertonneau notices Russians Wickedly Affirm their Russianness while Plotting Our Destruction by singing delightful folk songs in flashmobs. The elusive slavic smile makes an appearance.

Then Bertonneau asks in sprawling prose, Will California Follow Atlantis?.

____by_denisgoncharov-d8b12zlCalifornia’s conspicuous and vulgarly wealthy rich grow ever richer and ever more vulgar as they retreat into gated communities to shield themselves against the paycheck-to-paycheck rat-race without; the middle class wanes while the welfare class waxes; the state’s ravenous politicians, that coven of necromancers, demand ever more in tribute in the form of taxes while the republic’s commons deteriorate from neglect and ever more people crowd into the expensive real estate.† The self-projected image of California is that of a Socialist-Theosophical Utopia, like the one that Cervé describes in his book about Lemuria. The reality of California is every affliction of the postmodern world, of the Endarkenment, magnified and made more malignant at the same time by the local weirdness.

Blonde Bombshell, guest posting for Matt Briggs, discusses the hidden costs behind Married Priests and the Impending HR Disaster.

Then Briggs suggests that insisting The World is Flat Again might be reactionary, but it’s not productive. Also… we need to be smarter than our enemies.

Next, Briggs links to an article he wrote for The Stream discussing whether Brain Damage Increases Religious Fundamentalism Or Scientific Arrogance?.

It is an old argument, but a good one: If the brain causes our thoughts, then it cannot be trusted. For what guarantee is there that if it misleads us in one area it’s not misleading us in another? There is none. If the brain causes false religious beliefs, it could also cause false science beliefs. And there’s no way to tell the difference.

Finally, Briggs brings us those wacky MSM headlines in Campus Idiocy Roundup I and It’s Worse Than You Thought.

James Kalb deals with the issue of Benedict Options in his most recent column at Catholic World Report.

Gratuitous pic of girl with flowers in hair

Gratuitous pic of girl with flowers in hair

Today we in the West have something of both problems. Intellectually, and at the level of informal human relationships, life grows disordered, inhuman, and anti-Christian. But physically life is soft for most people, certainly by historical standards, with endless opportunities for distraction, and powerful forces within the Church support assimilation to secular society.

So there is reason to expectóto the extent such things can be predictedóa revival of monasticism. Thereís a need for it, and at some point people will hear the need and answer the call. There†may be signs of such a development already, although as with all beginnings there is also skepticism as to its value†and†how best to proceed.

Then Kalb writes On Consulting the People for Crisis Magazine.

Many people have a sense that the current situation in the Church isn’t normal. Some of the saints were cheerful, others wept a lot and emphasized penitence, still others thundered jeremiads. Why wouldn’t all those things be necessary in a Church that thought it was dealing with realities? So the one-sided emphasis on joy, practical insistence on comfort, and complete absence of the ascetic impulse suggest something is missing.

There are people who dissent from the trends now dominant because they want a greater sense of reality in religious matters. That desire, which is more or less the same thing as faith, lies behind the strong minority interest in orthodoxy, in a more demanding standard of life, in traditional devotions and other traditional practices, including the Latin Mass, and in religious orders that favor classical spirituality.

If the Church wants to consult the faithful, it seems that these are some of the people she should consult.

Bonald proposes case-by-case examination as The alternative to freedom of religion.

Over at Oz Conservative, Mark Richardson is studying the European Identitarian movement in hopes of discovering Templates of resistance.

Also, Richardson, with a big lift from Jonathan Haidt’s moral foundations theory, answers What do Chinese net users think of the white left?

Dalrock continues his critique of evangelical cuckoldry all week, first explaining The cost of going with the crowd and emasculating husbands for the fun of it. Apparently, these people think women do this because Their husbands forced them to do it. It would probably help the situation if Real Men Step Up to Fifty Shades of Rationalization used to place the blame on men for the bulk of our fallen human nature.

According to Chris Gale, The Data is against Proana. The Data is against Fat Acceptance. The are not, of course, equally catastrophic social pathologies.

Gale also looks at The Genetics of Your Alcohol Consumption.

Bruce Charlton comments on Modern unbelief in God, the Holy Ghost, Christ and more :

So how is it that modern people do not believe in either God or the Spirit? It is a matter of explaining-away—a matter of having alternative explanations for universal human experiences.

Charlton also writes Globalism or damnation? Mistakenly conflating the needs for National and Christian revival, wherein he predicts that the right will ultimately have to choose between Nationalism or Christianity.


This Week in Arts & Letters

Harper McAlpine Black dives deep into The Nativity of Dante Alighieri.

Australian actress Margot Robbie

Australian actress Margot Robbie

Chris Gale brings us another contrast of poems, this time on character. And a lighthearted kipple, though poignant. As well as the obligatory John Donne Sunday Sonnet.

Over at Imaginative Conservative, we find Russell Kirk on how to revitalize higher education.

And Noah Waldman offers an extremely in-depth analysis of what makes Classical Architecture what it is.

On Faulkner, and the elusive property of community.

Over at City Journal, we have Dalrymple on the intellectual’s Crush on Crushers.

And Heather MacDonald sees a problem with the modern University, but falls back on the ideal of a University’s True Purpose as the transmission of objective fact. The University has always been… a seminary.

Kaiter Enless at Logos Club, has a three-part series on how the instinct towards anthropomorphization informs and structures human belief systems, with a hearty critique of the concept of GNON.

Yet the GNONist still see Nature as something that should not be too much tampered with, for it is God’s garden and he who runs there afoul invokes His wrath. But if such dire invocation is the necessary price that needs be paid in the pursuit of man’s upward ascent and dispersal into the grand ambit of space and from there to other worlds and other pursuits far beyond our present understanding, I say, so be it!

[This humble disciple of GNON would rebut him with the reminder that we essentially believe the same thing. “GNON’s Will” and “harmony with GNON” do not mean the subjugation of Man to Nature, but the alignment of human action to the laws of nature in order to achieve genetic and cultural success -A.M.]

He switches gears to somewhat of a biography of Robespierre, in whom can be identified the pure essence of Leftism:

Robspierre believed: Man is by nature good, but becomes corrupt through unjust institutions and laws; he is born free, but becomes a slave to injustice. All of society is merely a “social contract” and this contract may be changed, at any time, should the “General Will” deem it so. In essence, he unwittingly advocated for the absolute tyranny of the mob (a tyranny which characterized much of the Revolution). And how such lofty, egalitarian aspirations still echo in a nearly unaltered state, with the populist cries emanating from the modern world’s liberal democracies, words that Robspierre spake himself.

And begins a series on how to build a movement of ideas that resists the endless critique into which the West has fallen.

To go further, critique itself, though sufficient to effect societal change (i.e. deconstructionism) is not inherently sustainable by itself, that is, if one succeeds in demolishing the prevailing ideas of any given society the society will not simply keep chugging peaceably along as per usual but will fall into chaos because ideas moor the individual (and thus the collective) to certain thorough mapped spaces within their own consciousness via which they navigate the world.


This Week in the Outer Left

Over at Jacobin, a corbynite rapper discovers how nationalism gets aroused but supports Corbyn because “he cool” Grime for Corbyn:

At first, Britain’s hip-hop scene emulated its American origins. It wasn’t until the mid-80s and the emergence of London Posse that a prominent act began rapping in their own accents and with a distinctively British style. The group had formed on a tour of America but, as its leading MC Rodney P reflected, this had made them more aware of their difference as a British act. “In New York, I became very nationalistic,” he would say, “I’m English, I’m not American. I was speaking more cockney.”

In 1988 they released Money Mad, a blend of reggae, rap and reflections on life in London that put a sound to the young migrant communities which gave birth to British rap.

Nationalism for he, yet not for we?

Cyborg Nomade muses on the shrinking of relevant time scales inner-time

2016 was probably the year in which months became the relevant time span. 2017 is already in the weekly time-span. shot in the dark: by 2020, every day will be relevant. from then on, only Gnon knows.

I’m skeptical… but time will tell.

S. C Hickman once more on Post-Accelerationism… Dismantling the Social Machine. He’s also quoting Baudrillard’s The Transparency of Evil: The Museum of Freedom.


This Week… Elsewhere

Vox throws some spears at Charles Murray from their cretan island Charles Murray is once again peddling junk science about race and IQ. And Steve Sailer shoots back

Completely gratuitous picture of Cindy Crawford

Completely gratuitous picture of Cindy Crawford

Zach Kraine recounts The call of the collective.

Al Fin looks at Russia: Saving the Country; Losing the Empire. Also: Dangerous Children as Dangerous Entrepreneurs… the kind that don’t do much Indoctrination at the Cathedral Seminary—aka., “Higher Education”. Which is exactly why they’re dangerous. And the (I would have thought) obvious upside to global warming, if only it were true.

Ace recounts a recent opportunity to be “a rainy day friend”.

AMK explains Why Elon Musk’s new project terrifies me. What could go wrong? Also: a very worthy anti-communist call-to-arms: Ma Hongkui had it right: “I have always had one answer for Communists—kill them all”.

Unorthodoxy notes the comical new practice of “watching the show wrong”. O Whither Adverbs?!! Full disclosure: I hated Skyler White with the heat of 10,000 suns through the entirety of Breaking Bad. I guess that makes me a “Bad Fan”. Also there: The Overton Window in One Picture. Ell-oh-ell at (German) ARD being moar anti-Trump than CNN—Germany being more American than America.

Fifth Political essay, mentioned at the top, deserves to be read. He categorizes The Western Liberal as Transhuman. A la…

For many Europeans and Eurocolonials, liberalism is the common mental archetype. What we’ll call “liberalism” for short-hand is a rejection of one’s own nation and ethnos in lieu of a vast, global orientation towards humanity as a whole rather than its subdivisions. It’s an impossible vision, but that does not make it any less appealing. To exist without roots or without belonging to an ethnic tribe or community is a state contrary to the history of the human condition, but that creates part of its mystique. It is a kind of transcendence. Feeling enlightened by their own sense of cosmopolitanism and moral correctness, they spurn the human norm of tribal feeling that has existed for millennia.

This earned an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for its insights.

Zeroth Position has some right libertarian objections to Fritz Pendleton’s award-winning apology for authoritarianism.

Roman Dmowski looks at the Latest Deep State Assault on Trump.

Giovanni Dannato has thoughts On A Post Labor Scarcity Economy.

Heartiste has an (I think well-considered) aesthetics suggestion for Mike Enoch.

Filed under Obscure Prehistoric Groups You’ve Probably Never Heard Of: Bell beakers—or, the birth of Britain.

Thrasymachus has a beautiful meditation for Mothers’ Day.

TUJ has a very weighty thesis: Robber Baron Capitalism in Four Lessons—Part I: The Subjective Theory of Value.

Elfnonationalist has an interesting comparison and contrast: Tolkien vs Hitler.


Welp that’s about all I, and the sturdy TWiR Staff had time for. Special thanks to Egon Maistre, Rory McRae, Hans der Fiedler, Aidan MacLear, and David Grant for their contributions this week. Keep on reactin! Til next week: NBS… Over and out!!

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  1. I am almost ashamed to admit that the title for my 2nd link is also cribbed from an old Jim post (confessions of an ex-commie).

    But what can you do. If he’s right, he’s right. And Jim is exceedingly often right.

  2. Chiraqi Insurgent May 26, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    Good of you to remember Chris Cornell in this week’s pictures. Such a waste. I was bummed when Lane Staley OD-ed, but this is worse.

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