This Week In Reaction (2017/06/04)

This week Covfefe entered the global lexicon.

And last Monday was Memorial Day. Unorthodoxy remembers Kasserine Pass. And Ryan Landry shares a few poignant thoughts (More on that below.)

Up at Northern Dawn, Mark Christensen delivers the big part 2 of his review of Andrew Fraser’s The WASP Question. (Part 1.)

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 in the Outer Left

This Week Elsewhere

Spandrell finds one redeeming characteristic in French philosophy: Michel Houellebecq. Also the only thing worse than low fertility rates is… dysgenic fertility rates.

Alrenous offers a proof of The Alrenous Power Redistribution Impossibility Theorem. Also why Prewar Science Was Right About Black Holes.

Over at Teleologic Folkways, William Scott’s Trumpelation has given way to the Black pill blues. Not really that black-pilled… all things considered:

The blackness of the pill is not form without then, but from within. Any good Reactionary knew Trump would not save us. The real question was always how far would he clear the path. The answer has been returned; “Not very far”. Still, things are better than they could have been. We must make good use of the time we have been given. We must act boldly. Even if we are full-blown Monarchists or NRx futurists, that ethos isn’t gunna just manifest itself. We are the agents of this change, and so must continue to project our will for change into the world with all courage and humility.

Neocolonial responds to the 2017 Situational Assessment with some astute bullet points on Ephemeral Formalism. Read them. They’re short… and quite powerful and an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Alf has a premature report of the Death of the Neoreactionary. Generational work is… well… generational work. So give it a couple more decades and we’ll see. Also there: Mao the Melonhead.

Billy Pratt mysteriously resurfaces with a reminisce From the Arcade to the Girlfriend Experience. In which he betrays an unfortunate depth of knowledge of video-games, which, he contends (convincing I think) were not always quite so degenerate:

Video games are meant to be played socially. The long extinct shopping mall arcades of the 1980s were social hotspots buzzing with life as teenagers would crowd around machines watching the cool kids do their thing amongst the flashing lights and buzzing sounds of games like Q*Bert and Centipede, telling their own kind big fish tales of forgotten high scores; “…if only they’d left the Frogger machine plugged in, then you’d see…”

The evolution to single-player gaming, however, is pretty far down the list of our worries.

One Shot Gurl

One Shot Gurl

None of this would matter if the larger story wasn’t so fucking sad. We aren’t just playing video games alone—we’re doing practically everything alone. To the point where normies are even red pilled on the topic. In September of 2015, “Scholastic Scope”—a leftist propaganda rag published for middle school kids—ran a story titled “Is Technology Killing our Friendships,” citing the uniquely modern paradox of being more connected than ever through smart phones and social media all while feeling horrifically lonely.

It’s true, and I’ve observed in my own conversations with normies… That there’s something fundamentally wrong is uncontroversial. Laying it at the feet of cherished liberal pieties remains controversial, however… for now. Of course, this is not really about video-gaming—at least not mostly—because Billy Pratt always has a point:

Tits. I was certain it had something to do with tits, but as time ticked by and more money came in, there wasn’t a single mention of tits nor ass. Not one. I had to investigate.

So why are people throwing money at a girl for playing video games on the internet?

The Girlfriend Experience is in record demand. And plausible deniability makes it all the more so. This too was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Sarah Perry explains, with her usual pizzazz, Why Books Are Fake.

Nick Szabo has something new out (from March… Hey, new to me!): Collecting metal: the inner and outer worlds of jewelry, coins, bullion bits, and odd shiny things . (HT: Land.)

Adam, at Generative Anthropology reconsiders (Im)morality and (In)equality in light of the “Colonial Legacy”… which is just about the best thing a lot of places have going for them.

This Week in Dark Reformation, Vince Hannah has what appears to be some free verse: The Minotaur Speaks.

By way of Isegoria… Money earned is a reasonable approximation of the value you’re creating; National loyalty is a bit like iodine—or maybe water; China becoming more and more a global power, while The Cathedral glibly slides into its senescence; and I think there’s a meta on meta joke here: Cyclical theories of history return.

Malcolm Pollack looks at Hunter College’s course on Abolition of Whiteness: Any Questions?

Finally this week in Cambria Will Not Yield: Our World Is Not Their World.

73c986a4e0f52fbf75abdcf6ef5c7675I feel like I’m reading Treasure Island when I listen to the Ann-Coulter conservatives and the neo-pagans condemn Trump for some policy they don’t like and then, one day later, praise him for some policy they do like. The Coulterite conservatives and the neo-pagans are acting under the assumption that people and governments can be run by abstract theories, and the people with the correct abstract theories, namely themselves, should be in charge of the government. But governments are run by people, and people are more complex than abstract theories. We are not governed (more the pity) by a clan leader, a king, or a feudal lord to whom we feel bound by ties of blood and faith. We are unbound, we are loyal to an intellectual process. When an elected leader violates our mind-forged process, we feel we have a right to discard that leader. That is the piratical nature of democracy. So, from the standpoint of the abstractionists, such as Ann Coulter, Trump should be treated like the pirates treated Long John Silver. But the Coulterites do not understand democracy. Trump is not the head of the United States government, he is not a king or the leader of a clan, he is one bureaucrat in a cabal of bureaucrats who run the un-nation called the United States.


This Week in Jim Donald

Nothing at Jim’s blog this week. Continue to expect lower output from Jim for some time; he is working on a big project. We think.


This Week in Social Matter

Ryan Landry zeroes in on the what critiques from both left and right seem to miss about the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter: It’s Not The F-35, It’s Ossified Systems—which is a problem that neither side has any real interest in solving.

Detractors of the F-35 point to costs, which might have been mitigated via an alternate track competitor, and other leaked bits like the cockpit ejection leading to hypothetical deaths. First, the pilots would have to be under 136 pounds to suffer a broken neck. Second, the point for ejecting has a flash of light, not just a flash, but an angels-from-heaven flood of light, and the test pilot in the module ejected before that flood. Proponents of the F-35 say it will prove its worth in the air immediately.

Versus what?

One of the perks of being a global hyperpower is you don’t have to face enemies on an equal footing. One of the disadvantages is you still have to build hyper-expensive weapons programs as though you will.

Newcomer Randy Randleman joins SM on Monday with quite a gem: Virtue And The End Of The Harm Principle. Randleman picks up where Nozick’s Experience Machine leaves off… with the real reasons why most of us would not—and all of us should not—volunteer for the machine.

5e098f6c71e47cb8cea2c1c7ee473c30[I]t should be said that we should not sign up for the experience machine, but not because it is inauthentic. Rather, we should not sign up because each one of us is always irrevocably tethered to the families and communities from whence we came and to which we are infinitely indebted. To enter the machine, effectively removing yourself from civil society in favor of entirely self-contained hedonistic pleasure seeking, would be unethical and cowardly beyond compare.

For anyone with a coherent understanding of duty and virtue, the idea of such a machine should be nauseating. No man is an island. We are called to forego self-interested pleasure seeking in favor of the cultivation of manly and positive virtues, which we can then put forth in service of the collective.

Calculus on the harm principle doesn’t fit natural human psychology. Especially when it is assumed we cannot harm ourselves.

If we all have the duty to cultivate virtue in service of the collective, then it follows that it is the ethical imperative of every human being to be the best possible version of themselves. I understand virtue to represent the proper form of us-ness: our best self. This form is a moral intuition which we all experience, a subset of our broader moral experience. While conscience in its truest sense haunts us when we cheat our partner or mislead our friend, this form, this Virtue, haunts us in our drunken stupor, in our sloth, in our private lust and avarice. It haunts us because we subconsciously understand that when we act selfishly and neglect to cultivate our best self, we are letting those around us down and shirking our duty to the collective.


Amen to that! That is not to say we are collectivists either. We are by rational duty to others in varying degrees, not blind obeisance to a mythical general will. Randleman snags an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ for his debut efforts here.

Weimerica Weekly this week was on the recent trend of MSM redrawing the family. The poly push will be underway in earnest very shortly, count on it… and count on the tone with which it is pushed being nauseatingly smug.

For Thursday, E. Antony Gray puts on his prose hat (which is almost as big and beautiful as his poetry hat) for an essay: Islam Is A Progressive Weapon. The West could eliminate the Islamic threat—and possibly Islam itself—if it wanted to. Why doesn’t it want to? Despite obvious surface level discrepancies, the Prog and Islamic (especially Sunni) religions are aligned in certain deep ways. Gray counts ten of them in this ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

This week’s Myth of the 20th Century podcast is Episode 21: The IRA And The Struggle For Irish Independence. Oh we do love those lovable underdogs, don’t we?

E. Antony Gray returns Saturday with an exposition of Argentine poet Jorge Luis Borges, who is beautiful even in translation.

Borges in these two poems in particular seems aware of his smallness; this is not in the Christian sense of comparative human limitation, but rather a regret for not having been a hero or a saint, or even a father. Of all of the poets I’ve read who were childless or whose families failed or faltered, I do not recall a clearer picture of awareness–awareness of what they had lost. Borges notices.


This Week in 28 Sherman

As we noted above, Landry has a brief meditation on Memorial Day. He’s at his best when it’s personal… and this remembrance was personal.

It is also a tougher holiday as patriotism weakens as the American identity unravels. On top of this, the idea of imperial wars of choice hurts this. I lost a friend in the Iraq War. Died within his first month there. I remember him shipping off looking bad ass like a Marine should and getting the news sitting at my desk at work a month later. I don’t just think about him when Memorial Day comes around. I think about him whenever we are talking about the imperial wars of choice and our dead and maimed caused by fights we do not need to engage in or even supply.

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

Landry also takes notice of two new sites that have popped up in the broader Reactosphere: Fifth Political Theory and Jacobite. Both are recommended, but he wisely advises, in a message that will be familiar to all 28 Sherman readers, that everyone unplug regularly.

Read, support and take it all in, but remember to engage with your real life community. The true tests of the crisis will be in forming strong local bonds to help those you love and harden your towns. The great thing about reading these sites though is to know that you are not alone. There are many other people out there that are worried as well and share your concerns.

This Week in WW1 pics: Paintings Help Transmit The Horror—a painting this week, by William Orpen. I have to respectfully disagree with Ryan, who says that a “painting can help soften that hit of seeing dead bodies”. At least with respect to this painting, it heightened the hit; this art bothered me for a long time after I saw it. Powerful.

Friday finds Landry addressing the Evergreen College fakeover. The whole thing is a farce, but the silver lining is that it is a visible farce and might get some people, on the margins, to forego college altogether. It’s a bad deal, and getting worse.

Kristin Kreuk, who did not (apparently) go to college.

Kristin Kreuk, who did not (apparently) go to college.

It is a status thing and people get sucked into the constant media messaging that college educated is superior to not college educated.

We know this to be a lie. We know that four years in Marxist indoctrination camp is a net negative. We live in the age of the autodidact so you will continuously educate yourself if you choose once you leave university. The other thing is that a college degree is not guaranteeing you a great job anyway. How many of your peers have non-dischargeable debt that will not be paid off until 2030? Okay, now how many non-college graduates have that?

The other bit is that the path up to executive VP or the C suite is a limited path. You will not make it. Hitting six figures is going to be tough as well. Is the 100K in debt worth a college degree if it means just $10K in additional annual salary? My advice to many young high school students is to go only if someone else can pay for it.

Pretty much the “Official NRx Position on College here. This too was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.


This Week in Kakistocracy

Porter has a real scorcher for us this week. The Persian Emperor ordering the Hellespont to be whipped is probably apocryphal. This story is grim, ludicrous reality, a modern-day Xerxes in Springfield.

Perhaps America’s most generous act of charity would be to donate her courts to the third-world.

This was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ just for the sheer Porterness of it.

Then, we have an anecdote illustrating how the incompetent are used as rhetorical weapons. This is Stockdale’s Revenge.

Since imbeciles, no matter how grasping or malicious, are viewed as expedients rather than competition, they are lavished with false praise while being used as leverage against our true rival. If I want to demoralize and impoverish you and Pete is a retard, then all Pete has ever asked is for an opportunity to overcome your oppression. Why won’t you help him? Why do you hate him so?

Finally, Porter pens some verse in apology to Enoch. I would invite an English reader to come up with a tune and give their local pub a rousing chorus. But…

our tongues stayed still as prison is no thrill, and the hate speech had been banned, my friend. The hate speech had been banned.


This Week in Evolutionist X

Evolutionist X has another of her invaluable Cathedral Roundups. This time studying
the collapse of Duke Divinity School

The email continues, but you get the gist and the tone: Mrs. Portier-Young has joined a cult,
and she would like it very much if you joined, too. Also, Duke Divinity is totally super racist,
and if you don’t come join this (totally not mandatory) two-day weekend event outside of your normal work hours, we won’t even be able to begin to stop being racist.

And she concludes her Amerindian warrior series.

Anthropology Friday: Indian Warriors and their Weapons, (4/4) the Blackfeet, Apache, and Navajo


This Week in Quas Lacrimas

Quincy T. Latham awoke from his slumber when he realized… Jewish Values are the Real Hꙮlꙮcaust… in which Scott Alexander goes into compelling narrative mode. Latham fact checks…

big_1471439045_imageGalileo? Kepler? Tycho Brahe? Descartes? Mersenne? Morons! Fermat, Newton, Leibniz: morons. Cauchy, Fourier, Galois, Abel, Jacobi: morons. Cuvier, Lyell, Baer, Agassiz, Darwin, Haeckel, Mendel: morons. Riemann, Sylow, Lie, Klein, Hamilton, Cayley: morons.

European science has been in a state of continual creative ferment for four hundred years. During most of this period, no jews were involved in the ferment. Indeed, what is unusual about the two generations Alexander is considering is not that there were revolutionary discoveries or that they were strangely concentrated in a few narrow geographic networks, but that (ex hypothesi: this is Alexander’s starting point, that there was one “spurt” which “lasted approximately one generation”) the first fifty-year period of mind-boggling discoveries to be dominated by jews was also the final period of mind-boggling discoveries.

And he has another essay in his Political Concepts series: a “shortish” essay on the definition of Reaction. And to define “reaction”, you first have to start with a working concept of “revolution”…

The reader will no doubt appreciate that the core meaning of constitution corresponds to the revolution in social structure, whereas the derived meaning corresponds to revolution qua coup. Thus we can say that a revolution is a revolution in the constitution of a state, with all the ambiguity between political procedure and social structure this implies. We can even (polemically!) define constitutionalism as systematic equivocation between the faith that political procedures can be enshrined in a basic law and the pious hope that the ratification of a new basic law actually causes society to develop a new basic structure.

A reaction, properly speaking then,…

… is a reaction to a revolution, in either of its two modern senses. To the extent that a revolution is a coup, a reaction is a counter-coup to restore the original government to their positions. To the extent that a revolution is a project of social transformation, reaction is reversion to the old social order. And to the extent that revolution is both coup and chaos, a reaction is an attempt to seize the reigns of government to return political power to men who will seek to undo the damage the revolutionaries have done.

From there he proceeds to a very solid definition of reactionary, as loyalist. As will all things Quas Lacrimas, this was a very worthwhile “shortish” read.

Filed under Truth in Labeling Finally: Latham has a Minor Note: The Arms Race, which has the length of a… “Minor Note”. It contains a major truth however: do not judge our enemies by desperately signaling SJWs. They’re the prole tier leftists. The real enemy has already moved on from pretty SJW lies manufactured 30 years ago.

Finally a quick review on Types of Friendships… and the type that Latham has been making lately.


This Week at Thermidor Mag

James McPherson starts the week off at our sister publication Thermidor with a reply to feminists entranced with the exoticism of Islam:

Western feminists do not need to submit to an exotic patriarchy, they can use ours. It’s artisanal, locally grown and organic, and it’s ready to be used again.

Doug Smythe pens a very weighty, very superb tome in support of the total reboot of the social sciences, which is what neoreaction actually is. Degeneracy in the Age of Enlightenment and Beyond: The Trailblazing Neoreactionary Sociology of John Brown—the 18th century English essayist, not the 19th century American terrorist. For the reboot, Smythe proposes Brown as an exemplary scientist of society who predates the self-conscious existence of “social sciences”.

6781311be767379798da65ad6778ef53The emerging new sociological paradigm [neoreaction and its ecosphere] defines research problems and questions in terms of how society, understood as something indispensably defined by hierarchical structures and relations of authority that cannot be abolished or even abstracted away for purposes of analysis, either secures orderly functioning within and between the levels and components of the hierarchy, or fails to and so visits upon itself negative outcomes of a greater or lesser degree of severity. An early exemplar of this very approach was John Brown’s Estimate of the Manners and Principles of the Times, published in London in 1757, famous in its day but today only known to a handful of social and intellectual historians, and totally ignored in standard-model social science—until right here and now that is. Won’t you join and help him live again so we can hear what he has to say about grave social problems of his times, and moreover bring him into the conversation about the problems of our own?

The subject of the treatise is degeneracy. “Degeneracy,” here, is considered not in terms of individual moral defects or failings, as they would for a moralist, but in terms of broad and long-term social trends that, if left unchecked, can be predicted to eventually have catastrophic effects on State and society, and in the worst-case scenario lead to the decline and outright destruction of the Nation.

Smythe goes on to show the various ways in which John Brown proved prophetic—in 18th Century England and all of 21st Century Anglophonia. This was, hands down, winner of our ☀☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Award☀☀.

Elena Russo provides a penetrating dissection of relativism in the modern West and its corrosive effects on society:

To satisfy humanity’s need for purpose, the therapeutic culture developed the stages of enlightenment starting with self-awareness, self-love, and ultimately self-acceptance through self-growth, which in turn degrades into self-absorption. Being natural syncretists, secularists hijacked and altered eastern terminology, determining that people be drawn into the introspective self: the goddess within.

Excellent bit of analysis from Russo in this ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

They close out the week with excellent analyses of two films: Nathan Duffy tackling Inherent Vice, and Mark Citadel the obscure cult classic The Cube. Both explore how the modern world is denuded of meaning, even by its own lights. Duffy:

The naive, saccharine morality of “just doing the right thing”, along with the notion of the redemptive capacity of intimate moments with friends and lovers, syncs well with the predominant moral code of our own day. Right and wrong are simple and obvious (don’t judge and do what thou wilt); the fascist baddies are well-known (right-wingers, families, and cops); meaning is to be found in good times with friends (not so much family, as that returns us to nature and hierarchy.) This ethos saturates us.

Citadel goes on to expound upon the meaning of conspiracies in contemporary politics and contrasts them with the neoreactionary concept of “The Cathedral”:

cubeThere is nobody in charge, no guiding hand of the mastermind. What we’re dealing with is a system which is simply perpetuating itself. Liberal institutions produce liberal minds who fund and defend the liberal institutions which continue to produce liberal minds in order to continue their funding and defense. Why does this need to be a conspiracy? It’s not. It’s an occult motivator, a black box technology which doesn’t need to have rhyme or reason. You could posit a satanic force behind it, but this is in the practical sense equivalent to randomness since it is just as out of reach. The evil in question is perpetuated simply because it is here, and nobody will confront it because doing so would undermine the very foundations of their world. It’s not that nobody can confront order, as would be the case in the Reactionary society, but that nobody can confront chaos. Our individual existence today rests upon a churning sea of bullshit, little of which has any coherence even to itself.

Don’t forget also to check out two podcasts this week, the first on the Ironycel Controversy and the second analyzing the contemporary landscape of conservative media.


This Week Around The Orthosphere

In response to the London attacks, Chris Gale warns us, “Do Not Bet Against the English“.

At The Orthosphere proper, Richard Cocks considers Utilitarianism: yet another sacrificial cult.

Utilitarianism explicitly takes the point of view of the mob. ìThe greatest happiness for the greatest number of peopleî is inherently pro-crowd. It takes us back to pre-Christian murder. The utilitarian philosopher is forced to spend much of his time denying this implication and coming up with ingenious excuses for not killing people. The logic is pro-lynching but his moral conscience, affected as it is by Christianity, struggles to justify alternative outcomes.

It was a bad week for utilitarianism.

J. M. Smith has a tale of Vandals High and Vandals Low. And Kristor has some advice for Dear President Trump. He also takes a stab at debunking The Atheist Cosmological Argument.

Also there, Bonald gives college graduates advice in “If I were to give a commencement address“.

Consider one more argument against trying to make the world a better place. You will probably fail. It is statistically certain that most of you are not destined for the history books. By the time you reach middle age, your lack of world-historical importance will hopefully have become clear to you, and with it a growing acknowledgement of your own mortality. How will you make sense of your life? How can you find some meaning in your short time on Earth? You may ask yourself how most men and woman have faced these questions throughout history, having realized at last that you are not different than them. You will find that past generations drew solace from their very smallness, the fact that although they were unimportant and their time was brief, they participated in something larger: a fixed and divinely-ordained order of nature, the multi-generational chain of memory of a particular culture, nation, or race. These are the ideas that you, as an emancipated, rational citizen-of-the-world now want to undermine.

I am reminded of the immortal words of Cracker: “If you wanna change the world /
Shut your mouth and start this minute!” An ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Over on the home blog, Bonald quotes and comments on Inazo Nitobe in Bushido: the soul of Japan.

Speaking of Trump, Matt Briggs feels comfortable in saying “Monsieur le Président Trump: Adieu à Paris!” This too: how Most Academic Papers Of Little Or No Value—And Many Are Toxic.

Briggs begins Our Intellects Are Not Computers: The Abacus As Brain Part I, which perhaps foreshadows a foray into the limitations of AI.

Knight of Númenor continues his “Why Democracy Does Not Work” series with Part 4: People are naturally different from one another, and democracy divides rather than unite. Also by Númenor, (Mass) Democracy and Totalitarianism. It was pretty good:

76a86a61eb7c73352ed947e809e56962Both communism and liberal democracy are regimes whose intent is to change reality for the better. They are […] modernization projects. Both are nourished by the belief that the world cannot be tolerated as it is and that it should be changed: that the old should be replaced with the new. Both systems strongly and […] impatiently intrude into the social fabric and both justify their intrusion with the argument that it leads to the improvement of the state of affairs by ‘modernizing’ it.

The concept of modernization also brings with it the idea of breaking from the old and initiating the new. Although the word itself, through its imperfect form, assumes a graduated process (constant modernizing, not having something modernized once and for all), in its deeper layer it refers to Modernity, a completely new era that was born when its makers decided to reject everything that preceded it and to start anew. The creators of modernity—Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Bacon—saw themselves as pioneers of the new who boldly turned their backs on the past. Toward that past they felt, on the one hand, contempt of the kind one feels toward something both foolish and harmful, and on the other hand, sympathy mixed with the condescension one may feel toward something that had once, perhaps, some nobility and charm, but which disappeared, never to return.

Lue-Yee takes an awry glance at the passing, in Taiwan, of Its Sodomitical Marriage Ruling”.

Dalrock asks Will more sex save Spain?, a country where adult childeren can sue their parents for support? Probably not. And he hypes Wonder Woman in Rescuing Wonder Woman from the Ugly†Feminists. and A movie so feminist, it makes men and women cry?.

Over at Oz Conservative, Mark Richardson points out Wentworth Miller on race.

What he says about race is even more true for ethny—for a group of people connected not only by kinship but also by a shared history, language, culture and religion.

It’s one of those aspects of life that liberalism is dissolving—at least for Westerners. It is a loss of one of the rewarding and inspiring experiences of human community and identity.

Richardson also criticizes Unhinged liberal parenting and pens a restorationist critique of the Modern Family.

Over at Sydney Trads, Luke Torrisi write about London: Apocalypse at Airstrip One.

One Peter Five confirms: Reports of Vatican Bombing are FALSE. To which I am tempted to respond: “Aw shucks!”


This Week in Arts & Letters

VDH recounts The Nightmares and the Realities of Never Trump.

Chris Gale brings us Ezra Pound again, because the narrative endgame has always been despair.

And Robert M. Hutchins gives his take on the Tradition of the West.

The goal toward which Western society moves is the Civilization of the Dialogue. The spirit of Western civilization is the spirit of inquiry. Its dominant element is the Logos. Nothing is to remain undiscussed. Everybody is to speak his mind. No proposition is to be left unexamined. The exchange of ideas is held to be the path to the realization of the potentialities of the race.

Some would, however, retort that this attitude leads necessarily into deconstructive Leftism.


Fencing Bear at Prayer continues her series of self-analysis, this week journalling a record of virtue in daily life inspired by Jordan Peterson’s Self-Authoring: Virtues program. These wonderfully illustrated vignettes range over the virtues of difficulty to take offence; honoring customs and tradition; and elevating the conversation to a higher level. Elsewhere, and speaking of which, she examines the value of the lecture circuit (recently popularized by Milo and Jordan Peterson) for pushing the Overton Window in Performing the Logos, identifying such events as an arena for the embodiment of discourse that enshrines Logos as divine image. Peterson’s influence was everywhere apparent this week, his Bible Studies series also informing Signed With the Cross a scintillating essay on Christ’s life and works as inspiration, as well as their potential for misapprehension, in the readings of Victorian pessimist and poet James Thomson and Peterson himself. An excursus on the heroic exemplarity of the Yahweh builds into urgent argument for the moral necessity of the heroic within a recognition of the hierarchical structures of Being. A fascinating essay, and one well worth taking the time to RTWT.

At Logos Book Club, Kaiter Enless looks at the distinction between the erotic and pornographic registers as governed by the symbolizations of Dionysus and Aphrodite, providing a classical (to go with the Christian and more latterly, neuroscientific) validation of the imperative to stop looking at porn. Pornography has a short time-orientation, is degenerate as such, and in all cases counter-civilizational. Enless is edgy in this one… but for a reason.

Pornography, thus, is generally considered “in bad taste” or “base” because it is a inherently selfish enterprise and one which has very low time-horizons. Any individual who pleasures himself or herself to the Bacchanalian displays of the thousands of porn sites across the web is elevating the senses for but a brief moment. The action can not be built upon in any meaningful way, societal speaking (and in this age to speak of the actions of people is, in no uncertain terms, to be speaking of some aspect of some society – for how common are the hermits!). In many ways the pornographic ritual of self-pleasuring is lower than the Bacchanalia, for in the latter instance one was, at the very least bonding both with his community and with the terrestrial aspects of Dionysus himself.

Events in London were the focus of several articles at City Journal. Theodore Dalrymple takes a withering look at the weasel words, Clichés and Platitudes of the default response of Britain’s elected officials, the Mayor of London and Prime Minister. Heather Mac Donald re-examines the ideological deadlock of The Left’s Unilateral Suicide Pact and, despite its growing untenability, the entirely predictable chorus of opposition to sensible immigration control, Run, Hide… Blame Trump. MacDonald also joins City Journal editor Brian C. Anderson for a conversation about Policing Under Trump, the “Ferguson Effect,” and More on the podcast. Meanwhile in the culture pages, E. M. Oblomov casts a look over the age of the espionage novel, culminating in a review of Alan Furst’s World of Spies and wonders at the ‘great historical amnesia’ by which we risk losing our sense and understanding of the ideological conflicts of the twentieth century.

Over at Albion Awakening, Wildblood explores the ephemerality of Grace, and the challenges this can pose for neophytes on the spiritual path. Meanwhile Fitzgerald analyzes the Christian inflection of the great flowering of post-war English Literature in the novels of Lewis, Tolkien, Garner, Sutcliff, and Lancelyn Green, astutely observing that The Glorious ’50s represent a rootedness, and our own attraction to the era as…

a craving for this kind of rootedness, I believe, that lies behind the recent wave of political populism, which has made so many waves across Europe and the US. It seems to me, however, that the 1950s was a decade peculiar to itself in many ways – a period of suspended animation, where the horrors of the war had not yet properly sunk in and where the pyrrhic nature of Britain’s victory and Europe’s complete loss of power had not yet been consciously acknowledged

Also there, Bruce Charlton uncovers a pamphlet on the Sacred Measures of Albion” and finds much to praise in Luke Torrisi’s article at Sydney Trads in sum, yet more examples of Why Albion must awaken.

A bumper week at Imaginative Conservative… George Stanciu gets to the heart of The Best Moments of Human Life, discerning the combination of focus, flow and creativity as the most satisfying phenomenological sweet-spot and marker for the immanent truth that we are therein living our purpose. Peter Kalkavage takes a detailed and expansive look at The Power of Song in Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion”, while Robert Reilly looks closely at the compact human scale of Hadyn’s Music of Gratitude and Goodness. Joseph Pearce assays the influence of Chesterton on Lewis and Tolkien and recuperates the legacy of Robert Hugh Benson, Anglican priest and later convert to Roman Catholicism who authored a number of diverse fictions. Leonard Bernstein’s address on the The Gift of the Imagination is revisited. Brian Domitrovic weighs in on the morally instructive potential of The Blessings of Capitalism, a position too seldom heard, nowadays.

James V. Schall introduces John Safranek’s The Myth of Liberalism.

The new aristocracy is intact families. In contrast to historical aristocracies, this one is not based on property or material well-being. It is based on virtuous family relationships, first and foremost between the parents. It is not hereditary but congenial because these children will be advantaged from birth in nearly all the constituents of happiness by their parents’ example of charity and self-restraint….

Also there, Bryan York, seemingly unaware of a decade of developments in the online Right, argues for a reclaiming of the healthy pessimism that makes a conservative what he is. Though behind the times, he is still correct, of course.

Finally, inspired by the fourfold elemental structure of the Scriptural expression of the Holy Spirit, Malcolm Guite composes an original Sonnet for Pentecost: Our Mother-tongue is Love.

Today we feel the wind beneath our wings
Today the hidden fountain flows and plays
Today the church draws breath at last and sings
As every flame becomes a Tongue of praise.
This is the feast of fire, air, and water
Poured out and breathed and kindled into earth.
The earth herself awakens to her maker
And is translated out of death to birth.
The right words come today in their right order
And every word spells freedom and release
Today the gospel crosses every border
All tongues are loosened by the Prince of Peace
Today the lost are found in His translation.
Whose mother-tongue is Love, in every nation.


This Week in the Outer Left

Socialists make a fuss about Weimerican fashion sense and also admit that they are ugly themselves.
Crimes Against Design:

Fashion often gets left out of leftist critiques of the arts, likely because it’s viewed as empty consumerism and because many socialists dress like shit.

But fashion and the fashion press have more access to the average family’s budget than any other art form. Short of never leaving the house, you’re going to see how people dress. Clothing and shoes have a direct line of cultural and financial influence across all genders and demographics.

Agreed, dear Jacobin: Fashion is the Kulturkampf at street level. The First Rule of Reaction is… “Dress better than your enemies.”


This Week… Elsewhere

A light week at Jacobite this week with only two new articles. The first from Ben Southwood, The Limits of Public Choice. While Southwood appreciates the insights of Public Choice theory, he finds them quite limited.

Public choice is true on the margin—that is: people’s actions in politics and government tend to be affected by self-interest—but if you predicted what people did using only or mainly public choice you’d get it wrong nearly every time, at least in the modern West.

Democracy actually does work the way it’s supposed to in the West. But that doesn’t mean everything turns out wonderfully:

Our policies are bad because voters are ignorant and politicians believe in things too much, not because everyone is irredeemably cynical and atavistic.

The second entry is from Tom Cohen about Trump’s Secret Sauce. Cohen’s perspective on current events is unique to say the least.

By way of Unorthodoxy: Science, looking for solutions for the Temptation of Positive Results. And… Ways to fail The Civilization Filter—by ignoring your lying eyes.

AMK pens an, as yet untitled, Chapter on the Subject of Reactionary Capitalism—a big chapter.

Zach Kraine says it’s high time for classical liberals to choose a side.

This Week in Dangerous Children, Al Fin emphasizes The Importance of Versatility. Also Image really isn’t everything—a reprint, but a good one.

The Human behavior and evolution society had their 2017 conference last week! The #HBES2017 feed. A highlight is the evolutionary origins of feminist syndrome otherwise known as BPD was presented by Diana S. Fleischman:

Fleischman… sometimes the satire writes itself.

Razib Khan does what he can to get to the bottom of the Kangz Question (KQ). Ancient Egyptians: Black or White?

What they consistently found is that modern Egyptians are about twice as much Sub-Saharan African as ancient Egyptians. The proportions for modern Egyptians ranged from ~10 to ~20 percent Sub-Saharan African against a Eurasian background, with a bias toward the higher values (depending on which populations you put into the phylogeny for non-Africans), and ~0 to ~10 percent for the ancient Egyptians, again with a bias toward the higher values. The pattern is consistent in these tests.

Heartiste identifies The Curse Of Male SMV Longevity… which is, at least in part, why duty is duty.

Giovanni Dannato has quite a bit to say about Urban Land Management In A Post Scarcity Economy.

Fifth Political Theory explains The Necessity of a New State-Agnostic Model

Oriental Neoreactionary finds a shoe that fits on Turkey: Islamo-Demotism. And probably many places elsewhere in the Islamic world.

Over at Ace’s: “If I don’t deserve the credit, why do I deserve the blame?”

An interesting new blog has emerged: Contingent, Not Arbitrary—morality, that is. He hasn’t written so much as to not be read in his entirety. I recommend it.


Welp that’s all we had time for. About 6800 words and 130+ links. Many thanks to the TWiR staff: David Grant, Aidan MacLear, Rory McRae, Alex Von Neumann, Egon Maistre, and Hans Der Fiedler for their valuable help in putting this all together. Upwards and onwards!! Keep on reactin! Til next week: NBS… Over and out!!

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  1. Who exactly are the people behind the TWiR staff? Wouldn’t it be fair to give them some credit (ie name them)?

    1. We get named in the final paragraph. I cannot speak for the other TWiR Staff Minions, but I am satisfied with the credit I receive.

  2. Good to hear the project (whatever it is) is still alive. I’ll give it a few decades!

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