Atomization never tried to sell itself. Instead, it came free, with everything else that was sold. It was the formal implication of dissent, first of all, of methodical skepticism, or critical inquiry, which presupposed a bracketing of authority that proved irreversible, and then—equally implicit originally—the frame of the contractual relation, and every subsequent innovation in the realm of the private deal (there would be many, and we have scarcely started). “So what do you think (or want)?” That was quite enough.
So just how did atomization become ascendant? In order to make sure they rejected atomization, people had to decide for themselves.
Even when people are readily persuaded that atomization is undesirable, they ultimately want to decide for themselves, and the more so as they think that it matters. Insofar as atomization has become a true horror, it compels an intimate cognitive and moral relation with itself. No one who glimpses what it is can delegate relevant conclusions to any higher authority. Thus it wins.
To resist atomization requires acquiescence. Indeed, opposition to atomization is precisely what unites reactionaries of all stripes.
Under current conditions, atomization serves—uniquely—as an inexhaustible tube of reactionary glue. Profound aversion to the process is the sole common denominator of our contemporary cultural opposition, stretching from traditionalist Catholicism to alt-right ethno-nationalism. “Whatever our preferred glue, can’t we at least agree that things have become unglued—and are ever less glued?”
I think we do agree, that things have become unglued. The dispute, such as it, is about the nature of the solvent and whether or how it should be overcome. As usual, Land’s insight is hardly heartwarming, but penetrating nonetheless.
It is possible to be still cruder without sacrificing much reality. When considered as rigid designations, Atomization, Protestantism, Capitalism, and Modernity name exactly the same thing. In the domain of public policy (and beyond it), privatization addresses the same directory.
This is a must read for understanding large portions of Land’s approach to neoreaction… and ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
A little bit of fiction on Wednesday from author C.C.: Adversarial Learning.
Charles A. Coulombe delivers for us a thorough history of the Jacobites, the supporters of the House of Stuart. Coulombe traces various strands of Jacobite thoughtótoo many and varied for quotations to do justice. Go read the whole thing.
Over at American Greatness, Angelo Codevilla advocates Punishing The Real Russia Crime: Leaking.
Let’s see… what else was going on?
Imperial Energy kicks off the End of Week Circular—which to my knowledge is the only web-roundup strictly within the neo-absolutist sphere. Think of it as a purist’s supplement to this one.
Social Pathologist continues his campaign against the Pseudo Right. It’s a legitimate concern if one is trying to build a mass rightist movement. But it’s not very right wing to build a mass rightist movement. The right should be building institutions and be very, very careful whom they let it. Also, most people are The Gut People—and there wouldn’t really be a problem with that if they weren’t manipulable as tools in political power.
Seriouslypleasedropit has some kind words for Person of Interest—a TV series which I and older members of my family also liked a lot… on Netflix several years after the fact.
Atavisionary has an update as SJWs tirelessly work towards their goal of destroying GitHub. Destroy github… and drive a fraction of the most talented developers into the arms of the Dissident Right.
Alf discovers All woman ever argues is that more men should consider her hot—and his girlfriend let him say that! But seriously… Beware THOTs. Especially those who think they’re on your side.
And now we might witness the rise of Overlord Zuckerberg. If the Left was spontaneous, we would expect Mark to denote some leftists, to formulate his own idiosyncratic opinion, to have some sense of individuality. But he does not. He is on the side of the globalists, explicitly so. He is new money, but gets along with old money as if he were always part of their clique. Huh.In Citadel’s movie the protagonists are locked inside the Cube, a prison of some sorts. Supposedly no one put them there. I call bullshit on that. Of course someone put them there, and of course that person had orders to put them there.
The trouble with divided power isn’t so much that no one’s in charge. Someone is always in charge. It is that who is in charge where when, how, over what and whom is in a constant state of contention and flux.
Imperial Energy presents the next installment of his STEEL-cameralist Manifesto, Part 3b: The Age of Crisis and the Predator’s Diorama. Last week he explained how we have only one problem: a crisis of state (aka., #AIACC). So what is the state: “A predator”. And he’s not saying that like it’s a bad thing.
A political crisis occurs when the governing assumptions (which are often implicit and unstated) can no longer account for—in intellectual terms—a series of anomalies, and—in practical terms—predict and control actors and events.
One example of a political crisis leading to a paradigm change was post-Mao’s China. Deng Xiaoping, Mao’s successor, observed that while Communist China was poor, Hong Kong was rich. Deng reasoned that since both were populated by Chinese people the problem was not the people, but the system.
IE’s predator analogy is itself a potential paradigm change that the New Reaction might bring about. There is much, much more here in this ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀, and definitely worth your time.
Also at Imperial Energy, a comparison and contrast piece: STEEL-cam v Nick Land’s Tech-Comm Accelerationism. Mostly contrast.
Mark Citadel takes to task the Idolaters at the Freedom Shrine—chiefly Jason Lee Steorts (yes that Jason Lee Steorts). This is basically a good old-fashioned fisk. Steorts wouldn’t be worth the trouble if not for the size of his soapbox. Just wait ’til Citadel gets going…
Steorts tells us to embrace the wolves as they rush towards us with dynamite beneath their coats, by entirely missing the point of the parable of the Good Samaritan. The point of the story is not to ceaselessly expand the definition of neighbour and extol the virtues of foreigners, nay the story would have no punch whatsoever and the Samaritan nothing remarkable about him if the Samaritans were in fact all wonderful and benevolent like our dear Islamic hordes of today. Instead, the point was what crappy neighbours Jews were being, when a foreigner behaved more decently and offered assistance to one of their kin, while they walked on for fear of uncleanliness (it’s no coincidence the two men who ignore the injured man are a priest and Levite, the ones who should know better). Thankfully, Steorts does then say that Christian values are essentially incidental. After all, the American idea is not contained in Scripture, but in the freedom shrine.
I won’t be the first to say it, but the freedom shrine is gay. I don’t mean gay as in sodomitic, I mean it as in excessively lame and facile. The writings of those great liberal heroes whom Steorts exhorts in his essay are not worth the paper they’re printed on, much less a display case for students to make pilgrimage to. It’s part of a religion fit for empty-headed, bourgeois idealists, men like Simon Jenkins who think their ballot is sacred (honestly read this, it’s hilarious).
So… “gay” in the bad sense, then. This too was an☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
Speaking of the New Social Science… Shylock Holmes has an inspired analysis of post-Roman Britain in The End of Empire. The fall of Rome, and a fortiori, the fall of Roman Britain, is notoriously hard to date. Holmes wonders whether that might not just be because the “fall” was a very gradual psycho-social process.
If the distinction between “general” and “warlord” is murky in the late Roman Empire, then even more murky is the distinction between “migration” and “invasion”. When the Goths crossed the Danube in 376 AD, they didn’t come as army—they were invited across by the Romans, and promised to pay taxes, serve in the army, etc. And indeed, there had been Barbarians serving in the Roman army for a long time before this, including in positions of command. What was less common, however, and less ideal, was for entire tribes to join as a single unit, as they did with the Goths. In addition, armies at the time tended to travel with women and children. Look at them one way, and they’re a tribe or people migrating into an already multi-ethnic empire. Look at them another way, and they’re a notionally Roman but practically semi-autonomous military force with civilians supporting the camp. Either way, the result was disastrous.
Yet another ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for Holmes.
Grey Enlightenment has a bucket of cold water to throw on the Nurture Thesis in The Polgar Prodigies–Is Genius Born or Made.
Spandrell has a “No Duh!” on statistics for Sexual Orientation.
Culture commentator, and invaluable TWiR staff member, David Grant reviews an episode of The Twilight Zone: ‘The Shelter’.
Rushing in just before the Official TWiR End-of-Week Airhorn… Titus Cincinnatus has a mammoth essay: I Disavow SBC17. That’s “Southern Baptist Convention 2017” for all you non-Baptists out there. He makes a thorough biblical argument for ethno-nationalism.
By way of Isegoria… the dirty little secret of sourdough bread; Erik Prince recommends the MacArthur model for Afghanistan—smart man; German accountants take note: Coal mines make expensive batteries; and Bryan Caplan conveniently ignores: A cruise ship is not a democracy. Democracy. Multi-cult. Choose zero. (But at most one.) This too: reading our old pal Szabo.
Warg Franklin has a new blog, cleverly entitled “Warg’s Blog”. This week he considers White Sharia and Meme Potency. “White Sharia” has much to recommend it, except that it’s retarded. “Shrew Taming” however…
Finally this Week in CWNY: We Are Born of Thee.
This Week in Jim Donald
Jim starts off the week giving his two cents on the recent egregious example of CNN fake news. For those who don’t remember, CNN was caught on video blatantly setting up Muslims in a fake memorial to victims of terrorism. The facts are obvious:
Fact is if you are a Muslim, and you are not murdering innocents and raping children, not necessarily with your own hands, but in the sense of actively aiding and supporting those who do murder innocents and rape children, then you are a bad Muslim. And the vast majority of Muslims are at least passably good Muslims. Poster girl principle applies: If there was a significant minority of Muslims who do not support terror then CNN would not be reduced to faking it.
He also diverts from his usual set of topics to opine on the true cost of renewable energy. Overall, his conclusions regarding renewables are somewhat more sanguine than one might expect. It’s the storage, stupid!
If we had a cheap and effective means of storing power, then wind and solar would be great, and every household and every business would cheerfully go off grid and use solar for everything. High temperature batteries relying on molten sodium, molten salt, and beta alumina membranes are promising, but they are not yet economical in sizes small enough for household use, or even use by ordinary businesses.
Engineering problems are solvable, if engineers are allowed to solve them. Given the attitude of the green zealots to nuclear power, it is likely that they will find some objection to electricity storage if ever the engineers get close to solving the storage problem. For clarity on the issue of energy politics, just repeat to yourself: we don’t have a technological problem, we have a progressivism problem.
Let’s see… one more in the pile from Jim, and it is a doozy. Why feminists support Islamic Rape Jihad. Short answer: Gnon/Darwin 2020. Longer answer: because the firm genetic principles, established by Gnon and identified by Darwin, necessitate it.
The evolutionary optimal strategy for a female, in the ancestral environment, and in our present day environment, is to act in ways that gets the west conquered by Islamic State. If free, likely to have 1.5 children, and similarly her grandchildren, rapidly resulting in the total disappearance of her genes. If her menfolk are conquered and she is sold naked in chains on the auction block by Islamic state, likely to have six or seven children.
And feminists, in supporting Rape Jihad, are unconsciously pursuing their optimal evolutionary reproductive strategy, which is to be sold by Islamic state naked in chains on the auction block. We are descended from free men and unfree women. Peoples, nations religions, cultures and groups with strong, proud, free, and independent women died out. They always die out.
Female emancipation is a shit test that we failed. Feminists support Rape Jihad because they are unconsciously looking for men who will pass their shit test.
And Gnon looks on. Jim gains an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ here.
This Week in Social Matter
Ryan Landry identifies The First Reversal Of Urbanization. A very interesting exploration into the phenomenon. For example,
It is not simply 20th century white flight that serves as an example, but the development of old European towns. Henri Pirenne wrote how the locked feudal system ended up pushing others out or forcing others to create economic and political orders outside of the feudal system. This new order involved the formation of a patriciate with political power in the hands of locals that made their small towns function (a decentralized authoritarian order). These merchants and tradesman built the very picturesque cities Europe is famous for, while holding political power outside of the feudal agricultural system.
If you look past the rural vs. city optics, you can see that the situation is practically reversed today:
The neo-feudalism of today’s economy, where large corporations use large masses of the underclass via government funded conduits to earn money, allows for others to seek fortunes elsewhere and by other means. The current high and low could become a closed-off loop, and with their 90/10 Democrat/GOP voting patterns could in effect do this already to the areas outside the Clinton Archipelago. The elimination of the middle class could be interpreted as a removal of the middle as needed by the ultra-concentrated high to earn their lavish fortunes. This middle could form a new system if only it could coordinate and stepped back from the ‘cities r gud’ brainwashing.
Well, it is very difficult—at least for me—not to associate cities with civilization. But perhaps too much of a good thing is too much of a good thing. The uncompetitive feudal shoe is now on the bourgeois foot. Landry sees an opportunity…
For small towns and little cities, it would not take many individuals to co-locate and transform a community of 5,000, or even 10,000. In these towns, there would be a renewed demand for sovereignty services, police services, education, and various goods and services that could be private and outside the current progressive regime.
There are probably ways to trick the Eye of Soros on the surface without revealing the weaponized infrastructure underneath. There would have to be some large entity that could provide security and even legal help for this distributed network.
Small towns… like Tasmania? Landry takes home the coveted ☀☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Award☀☀ for his awesome efforts here.
On Monday, William Fitzgerald returns with a superb analysis: Failed Left And Right Narratives In Explaining Financial Crashes. He points out that, since nobody really knows why asset bubbles and crashes happen—and if they did, they sure wouldn’t tell anyone—taking comfort in a solution that is neat, plausible, and wrong is not the way to go.
[T]his is about as far away from satisfying stories of human agency as its possible to get. Large, value-destroying movements of financial markets happen without any real underlying economic reason. They happen in ways that leave the participants themselves confused as to what’s going on. Whatever the cause is, it doesn’t look like a simple morality play, and it’s not clear that concepts like “blame” are an especially useful way of improving our understanding of what’s at play.
I tend to doubt it’s an alien “intelligence” either, BTW. Fitzgerald snags an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for his solid work here.
Weimerica Weekly this week was on Chuck Palahniuk, the forgotten author of Weimerica. I distinctly remember what one might call the Palahniuk era. The release of Fight Club in 1996, and the film adaptation in 1999, put him on the map in a huge way. But he ran out of steam by the time Snuff and the movie adaptation of Choke were released, both in 2008. If you’ve never read at least one of Palahniuk’s novels, you owe it to yourself.
Quincy T. Latham brings his formidable talents to Social Matter on Thursday, wherein he outlines Rules For A State Religion. In order to do that, he has to re-establish the Menciian concept of ideological kernel, and introduces the subkernel, “directs the subscriber to subscribe to a tradition that transmits a kernel of type a if conditions b are satisfied.” He finally gets down to brass tacks when “designing” the “Restoration Subkernel”, and notices the 800 gorilla: supporters of the restoration are themselves a pretty religiously diverse group—an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
For Friday, the Myth of the 20th Century podcast, featuring the “West Coast Guyz”, it’s: Episode 22: Korea, The Never Ending War. They are joined by the Alt-Right’s favorite intern: Borzoi, who happens to know a thing or two.
Friday turns out to be a Two-fer. Randy Randleman returns for a second article: The Call Of The Wild And The Revolt Against Modernity—a review… or rather a re-review, given the graces of age and experience.
The story had not crossed my mind for years, but it had a similarly powerful impression on me the second time. Older and wiser, I was struck this time around by the Nietzschean flavor of Buck’s courtship of strength, power, and competitive hierarchy, a grouping christened “the law of club and fang” by London. It seemed to fit cleverly within the historical moment of social Darwinism, gilded age capitalism, and unfettered imperialism. A fiction of strength, guile, and competitive hierarchy for an age of strength, guile, and competitive hierarchy. If this were all, I would view the book as a worthy story for its ability to ignite a virtuous respect for hierarchy and passion in youthful hearts.
I do not think that this is all, however. It cannot be forgotten that the name The Call of the Wild suggests a certain fateful telos. Buck, after all, is a dog and not a human. Some of the more compelling images in the story arise when Buck is haunted by a primal sort of dream, a fleeting image of a primeval world where the hostile and dark forest, suggestive of the looming threat of violent death, encroaches around Buck. This image grows in intensity within Buck as he becomes further estranged from the posh and utopian world of his California youth. As Buck conforms to the harsh laws of the Yukon, the primal “call of the wild” grows within him.
It was, it seems, even better the second time around.
By finding beauty in the description of a strong creature who finds meaning and purpose through the honest exertion of his own strength, London’s story runs in sharp contrast to the egalitarian aesthetic of modernity. The idea that there could be virtue and justice in the hard-earned hierarchical ascent of a strong protagonist over other, weaker, characters is taboo in modernity.
The artful violation of this taboo, as seen in The Call of the Wild, is a service to all who wish to restore vitality to those ideas which made Western civilization great. This inversion of progressive themes presents a ripe template for the subliminal injection of reactionary values into the stories we tell. In an age where Disney continues to pump egalitarianism and multiculturalism like an aggressive street vendor, London’s story is a breath of fresh air. This is the kind of thing that you can pass down to your children with confidence in its message. I know I am grateful to my dad for doing the same with me.
E. Antony Gray rounds out the week with a particularly neoreactionary bit of verse: The Bridge Of Stars.
This Week in 28 Sherman
On the home blog, Landry had a bit of a theme this week with building construction and the housing market. On Monday, he discussed the construction immigration indicator. The costs of construction labor are rising, which indicates that illegals are self-deporting. Still, we must reiterate: build the wall and deport them all.
On Wednesday, the topic is the housing market manipulation. The meme is that it’s a hot housing market, and it is, but for the oligarchy, not for you, lowly peon.
How are you going to save up for that down payment if your rent eats at your salary at higher and higher rates? Shucks, you can’t exit that market though because construction just is not happening to supply you with affordable housing to move into. It is a racket for the oligarchs. Consolidation of banking had a point and goal, and make no mistake, it was never about you.
This Week in WW1 pics: An Internment Camp—the photograph is of a Danish internment camp, but I would never guess that without being told. Such a huge difference with the POW camps of just a generation later in WWII.
A personal post for Friday as Ryan lost a close childhood friend. Requiescat in pace. I think an Orthodox prayer for the departed is appropriate here:
O God of spirits and of all flesh, Who hast trampled down death and overthrown the Devil, and given life to Thy world, do Thou, the same Lord, give rest to the souls of Thy departed servants in a place of brightness, a place of refreshment, a place of repose, where all sickness, sighing, and sorrow have fled away. Pardon every transgression which they have committed, whether by word or deed or thought. For Thou art a good God and lovest mankind; because there is no man who lives yet does not sin, for Thou only art without sin, Thy righteousness is to all eternity, and Thy word is truth.
For Thou are the Resurrection, the Life, and the Repose of Thy servants who have fallen asleep, O Christ our God, and unto Thee we ascribe glory, together with Thy Father, who is from everlasting, and Thine all-holy, good, and life-creating Spirit, now and ever unto ages of ages. Amen.
This Week in Kakistocracy
More thoughts on the British terror spree and the Cowards of Tours:
[F]eigning love out of fear isn’t actually courage at all, but its opposite. “Have the courage to keep loving,” is more honestly written as Have the cravenness and apathy to not resist…
He considers how May’s Tories may have done decently wellfor themselves in the past election, considering that they’ve now…
… basically wiped out all opposition to their right and now completely own the anti-EU and anti-immigration issues. This may not be good news for British patriots but it’s certainly very good for the Conservative Party.
Finally some more on the Comey hearings.
This Week in Evolutionist X
Evolutionist X explores culutural incompatibility. Anecdotal Odservations of India, Islam, and the West:
3. Muslims and Westerners think differently about “responsibility” for sin. Very frequent, heated debate on the forum. Westerners put responsibility to not sin on the sinner.
Hence we imprison [certain] criminals. Islam puts responsibility on people not to tempt others.
The effectiveness of icepacks on Epilepsy
Can Ice Packs stop siezures? Apparently they can.
She explores Siberia for Anthropology Friday. Travels in Siberia, by Adolf Erman: Ostyaks (Khanty and Ket).
This Week in Quas Lacrimas
And boy-o-boy, did Quincy T. Latham pop out of hibernation this week. He offers a minor note on Urbit. More a question, really, to experts on the subject.
In another minor note, he discovers the Invade the World, Invite the World strategy wasn’t invented yesterday—at least not exactly.
Next, a timeline relevant to climate and human social development: Last Glacial Maximum and Civilization. Global warming is something we would want… if only it were true.
Latham delivers a weighty explanation of why it’s a bad idea to summarize Nietzsche but does so anyway, with a reasonable hope that it will not be a disservice to his readers.
Then he takes a deep dive into Titus Q. Cincinnatus‘ Trifunctional Model. It is all incredibly hard to summarize, so you’ll just hafta RTWT. This is some top shelf restoration anthropology in a dialog between two of the sphere’s best new minds.
That theme continues here: Building Dwelling Populism. And I have to say… that Latham’s style (and magnanimity) in these sorts of freewheeling discussions is—whether consciously or unconsciously I do not know—very reminiscent of Moldbug. For this pair of articles, poorly formatted tho’ they be, Latham earns an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀.
He takes a detour into The Strange Topology of Populisms. Yes, there are many, depending on what you contrast populism with.
I think most people on the Right are authoritarians of one form or another. They don’t believe the people currently rule and they don’t think it makes logical sense to pretend they ever will. However, how right-wingers feel about participating in the rhetorical contest of a demotist state, and how closely the contents of their rhetorical quiver match their actual political convictions, will be closely tied to the stance they take on the other aspects of constitutionalism.
Finally, Latham has a return of Technofuturist BS, Round 2 (AI edition). It is also very good. And pretty funny. For example:
I say the Turing Test was already mastered by neohominid bioengineers twenty thousand years ago. We call results of their extensive artificial-intelligence experiments “puppies”. These “puppies” have rich emotional lives and can communicate complex feelings, precise requests, and incisive observations to their owners. Or so their owners say.
So the Turing Test is passé; it’s old hat, yet another milestone of human achievement cracked open like a triumphantly mixed metaphor. There is nothing left to inspire AI research there. Let me instead propose an alternative “Apollo Project” for artificial intelligence, which I suppose we can call the Tantum Test: breed or engineer a woman who won’t be eager to substitute a cat, chihuahua, marmoset, or any other small but stupid mammal for the children she never had. That would be a revolutionary accomplishment.
Maybe good because funny.
This Week at Thermidor Mag
P.T. Carlo starts the week off at Thermidor with a scathing analysis of Michael Brendan Dougherty’s comments on the Manchester attack. Dougherty is far from the first to underestimate the danger of Islamic aggression:
While Dougherty and others may take comfort in ridiculing Islamic terrorists as losers, there is an undeniable air of obnoxious self-congratulation to such utterances. One could certainly imagine the sophisticated-but-decadent Persians of the 7th century hurling similar insults towards the illiterate Arabian tribesman they had just encountered. Tribesmen who spoke fanatically about some strange new God called Allah. After all, what chance could such rabble have against the might and majesty of the Persian empire? An Empire which had stood for centuries, and not only stood but stood against the mightiest empire of all: Rome. Yet within decades this same Persian Empire was not only conquered but completely extinguished as a civilization. And extinguished, not by a mighty rival Imperium, but by a group of low-status desert raiders; by a group of losers.
Nor is Dougherty’s notion of the West worth celebrating or defending.
Pointing out the obvious fact that Arianna Grande is little more than a prostitute who is paid handsomely for her effectiveness at inspiring little girls to imitate her does not diminish the horror of the attack in Manchester. Indeed, it actually heightens it. For not only were 22 people literally blown apart but, even more frighteningly, their last moments were spent raptly observing the gyrations and moans of a talentless whore “musician.” Now that is horror in its most crystalline visage.
This horror is the very “Freedom” Doughtery and the rest of the commentariat speak of so longingly.
Western whores may be whores. But they’re our whores. We can’t let muzzies do our work for us.
Next up, H. D. Alemann gives us a ground-level observation and analysis of the different cultures within Europe and how they have responded to mass immigration.
Many of past and present generations on the continent grew up in towns that were clean, safe, and civilized. Environments that, for the most part, allowed normal young people to occupy public space. And yet when the quality of such areas change, with groups of people serving no civilizational purpose roaming where they did not before, it is immediately palpable. Larger settlements descend from law and order first, and others follow.
Alemann takes home an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for his fine work here.
Carlo takes the opportunity to excoriate Breitbart for firing Katie McHugh. She is not dead, however, and we at Social Matter second our sister publication’s support.
Loretta Brady returns to give us “>a picture of her home town, Utica, NY, where our overlords have seen fit to settle a large number of refugees. She chronicles a breakdown of social services, public health, and community bonds.
The nice lady who asked me to give a talk a couple months ago on my hometown asked me if there were any refugees who were an ‘asset to the community’. I replied that they do not consider themselves part of your community, so if they are going to be an asset to any community, it is not going to be yours.
“The city that loved refugees!”… Sure, it will look fantastic on Utica’s tombstone.
Nathan Duffy rounds out the week with an article on The Enlightenment Roots of
Evergreen College’s Frankenstein Monster. Though the protesters are manifestations of post-modernity rather than modernity, the one is an outgrowth of the other:
The narrative of liberation so central to the modern project is not abandoned under the postmodern regime but expanded and reified. Instead of liberation from one particularly Christian metanarrative of history and reality, it seeks deliverance from all metanarratives; rather than deliverance from dogma and tradition in favor of reason, it grows weary of the chains of reason itself; it not only refuses to be held hostage by official, canonical interpretations of texts, but demands to be liberated from the text altogether as the death of the author is proclaimed; instead of particular institutions, like monarchy or feudalism, being violent and oppressive, it write violence into being itself. In each case the postmodern lies further along the trajectory already established; the seed that was sown has sprouted and come into bloom.
This too was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
This Week Around The Orthosphere
Cologero has a few well-placed notes on being Tempted by Calypso.
Over at The Orthosphere, Richard Cocks jots down Some ideas either from or inspired by listening to Jordan Peterson podcasts.
Kristor considers ritualized suicide of the institutions in Jubilee, or Something Like It. And Our Basic Difficulty vis-à-vis Islam: It’s the Death of the Enlightenment. Like…
To admit Islam is to delete the West. It is to reject the Enlightenment, and Christianity, and our Classical heritage, and indeed everything else whatever, other than Islam.
But then, to reject Islam is to reject the Enlightenment notion of religious tolerance, which has for the last three centuries or so seemed—seemed, I emphasize—to characterize the West essentially.
This too from Kristor: Virtue, Vice, and the Signals Thereof.
Berttonneau begins his Aesthetics seminar with Some Very Preliminary Remarks on Hegelís Aesthetics†(Updated).
Matt Briggs has a couple in The Stream. First: Ross Douthat’s Preferential Option for Climate Catastrophe. And: Why Are Atheists Generally Smarter Than Religious People?.
And he continues his commentary on the limits of artificial intelligence in Machines Can’t Learn (Universals): The Abacus As Brain Part II.
Mark Richardson takes note that one Professor’s “solution” for white working-class American communities is to make their death “as comfortable as possible”. Also, Salon flips out over Identitarian campaign and some thoughts on Ordinary female vice:
It’s one thing for a woman to have vicious thoughts and feelings appear at this time and another to give in to them, as this woman has done. It’s a test of feminine character here—a woman of strong character will recognise how irrational and low-natured these thoughts are and do her best to subdue them.
Chris Gale comments on the sudden ascendancy of the DUP (Democratic Unionist Party) in Northern Ireland: With the Orangemen.
The DUP make the SSPX and the Orthodox look effete. I am enjoying the pain on Twitter today. I hope that these lads manage to stop the abortions and appeasement of Islam which is baked in to the policies of the elite.
Dalrock posits A radical Father’s Day proposal:
For the most part, in the secular world Father’s Day is about honoring fathers. Unfortunately it isn’t so simple for conservative Christians. Instead of setting Father’s Day aside as a day to honor fathers, it has traditionally been used as a day to tear Christian fathers down in front of their families.
This Week in Arts & Letters
Movies are degenerate. Chris Morgan lists a few that are less degenerate than others—even tho’ some of them have quite degenerate subject matter.
Chris Gale compares Suzanne Vega with Kipling and finds parallel lessons in elite contempt for the armed forces. Raking over the UK’s electoral trashpile he observes an example of political Hubris, again. In recognizing our cherished nature we should Rejoice that we are created and turn from those “that preach the worship of the fallen, the broken and those that would destroy”. He caps the week with the penultimate of John Donne’s Sunday Holy Sonnets.
At City Journal, Dalrymple assesses Britain’s Election Disaster [facepalm] and recounts A Conversation about the moral malaise that vitiates education itself. Stefan Kanfer eviscerates the Left’s Useless Idiots and Barry Latzer reviews a timely corrective to recent pearl-clutching on the question of mass incarceration: John F. Pfaff’s Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration and How to Achieve Real Reform Hint: it’s not by diminishing deterrence for violent criminality and serious disorder.
At Logos Club Kaiter Enless continues his series on Dionysus or Aphrodite? The Porn/Erotica Distinction, this time examining the legal implications of the Hays Code and shifting social mores since the 1960s.
The collective data paints a profoundly grim picture of contemporary American life. A picture of disheveled living spaces polluted with the toxins of fast food and click-bait circle-jerking scream-sheets heralding unimaginable horrors, bottom of the barrel alcohol and mindless Hollywood entertainment surreptitiously pushing innumerable agendas which are [sic] orbitally drank in and processed without cognizance.
It’ll be interesting to see how he wraps this one up.
The problem has reached such a critical threshold of commonality that the Japanese have even given it a name.
The word roughly translates into English as, “Persons who [have] lived alone, die alone.”
Lastly, Enless writes In The Grasp of the Wraith about financial aid given to Israel.
Education Realist assays the peculiar effect of the Trump presidency in making it feel like we’re living a counter-factual history, is this The Trump Effect: Reboot or Yesterdays Enterprise?.
Over at The Imaginative Conservative, Malcolm Guite furnishes another sonnet in his series marking the liturgical calendar, for Trinity Sunday, and on St Columbaís Day recounts the tale of his calling to God; a delightful example of how a mystical surrender to Being can illuminate one’s path.
Michael de Sapio acclaims Camille Saint-SaÎns: An Underrated Master, while Joseph Pearce examines the influence of the transcendent on Michael Kurek, The Modern Composer Who Turned Against the Avant-Garde. R. J. Snell argues that the right response to the darkness of decline is to be found In Pursuit of Truth and Beauty: The Fullness of Cultural Renewal. Annie Holmquist meanwhile diagnoses the obnoxious clamor of campus unrest in their heavily prog-oriented required reading or Ten Books Turning Our Freshmen into Social Justice Warriors; yet more reason if it were needed to eschew Cathedral learning for the autodidact’s path and a colloquy of the virtuous.
John Horvat instructs on How to Conquer the “Fear of Missing Out” urging satisfaction from deeper more enduring goods than mere distraction. Elsewhere Christopher Morrissey discussing Scruton’s Aesthetics of Architecture also finds the appeal of the anonymous and ephemeral a particular affliction of modernity.
Pat Buchanan weighs in on the London attacks and wonders Will Our War Against Radical Islam Ever End?. He joins the dots and spells out the obvious for those mainstream conservatives who dare not go there:
In condemning the London Bridge attack, Prime Minister Theresa May said that recent atrocities across England were “bound together by the single evil ideology of Islamist extremism.” Correct. There is an extremist school of Islam that needs to be purged from the West, even as this school of fanatics is seeking to purge Christianity from the East.
We are at war. And the imams of Islam need to answer the question: ìWhose side are you on?î Are honor killings of girls and women caught in adultery justified? Are lashings and executions of Christian converts justified? Do people who hold such beliefs really belong in the United States or in the West during this long war with Islamist extremism?
Finally, at Albion Awakening, John Fitzgerald is prompted by some thoughts on the recent French election to consider A Deeper Reality: the spiritual underpinning and essence of nationhood. As men of good conscience we should not be swayed by the horrors we see unfolding everyday
We are the lantern bearers, and we should refuse to be drawn. Our vocation is to sit lightly to the revolving door of Presidents and Prime Ministers, take the world’s bluster with a pinch of salt and not be intimidated by the darkness thickening around us. Ultimately, it has no reality. Our role is to watch, wait, pray, and tune ourselves in to the Truth, passing on the torch, when and where we can, in thought, word and deed, so that when the great horn sounds and the gold and silver standard of Christ in Glory is unfurled, we may be in every sense ready, prepared and ‘on point.’
Though brief, a luminous essay nonetheless.
This Week in the Outer Left
Filed under the Narcissism of Small Differences: Uppity negress gets commie professor fired from sinecure for insufficient communism… feelz powerful… pats self on back.
And… senior Jacobins, with their razor sharp focus on the working class, are getting annoyed by the college kiddies romping around. Student Activism Isn’t Enough: Eight reasons why universities can’t be the primary site of left organizing. Here’s one…
7. College activism can either be a low-stakes place where students learn and grow safely, or an essential site of organizing—but it can’t be both. Oftentimes, when campus activists make mistakes (such as forcing a free yoga class for disabled students to be shut down because yoga is “cultural appropriation”), defenders will say, hey, they’re just college kids—they need a chance to screw up, to make mistakes, to be free to fail. And there’s some real truth to that.
The problem is that this attitude cannot coexist with the idea that campus has to be a central site or the central site of left-wing political organizing. If what happens on campus is crucial to the broader left movement, it can’t then be called not worth worrying about; if campus organizing is a space that is largely free of consequences for young activists, then it can’t be a space where essential political work gets done. These ideas are not compatible.
Hats off for unironic use of the Port Huron Statement!
This Week… Elsewhere
Giovanni has a good meditation upon The Leisure Economy and how the market is good at providing everything… except virtue.
Al Fin throws several buckets of ice water on AI credulists.
Nigel T. Carlsbad explains How classical liberalism got pwned (in brief)… mainly by never being a thing outside of Anglophonia. But it was a thing in Anglophonia and to answer the question, Carlsbad takes a dive into Herbert Spencer—another one of those under-read 19th Century prognosticators—and his Principles of Sociology. Among many others. Important work here earns Nigel an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
Unorthodoxy has quite a few remarks on 5th Political Theory in Practice. Very good ones. Especially: “Privatize White Privilege”. I need remind my readers that the only First Amendment “freedom” that has a solid basis in Natural Law—free association—is the only one them that has lost its public sacred status. This was neither coincidence nor accident.
AMK tells a powerful political story in architectural pictures.
Razibh Khan reviews the beginning of modern humans. Where was Eden? Rather where were the Edens? Origin Of Modern Humanity Pushed Back 260,000 Years BP. Related: A Reticulation + Pulse Expansion Of Modern Human Genetic Variation. Also related: The Search For Eden Opens Up New Vistas.
Real Gary predicts: Two Constitutional Crises Coming Soon.
TUJ thinks Anti-Trump Slowly Begins to Realize Comey has Led Them to Geraldo’s Vault. We certainly hope he’s right.
Roman Dmowski thinks Comey’s Bombshell Testimony Was a Suicide Attack. Again, we certainly hope so.
Over at Fabius Maximus, this was pretty good: An anthropologist explains the secret behind Islamophobia. Also: The verdict on the stories of Russian hacking in the 2016 election.
This Week in Contingent Not Arbitrary, Unintended Consequences: They’re Worse Than You Think. Especially the ones that don’t kill you right away. Related (intimately): Tradition is Underrated. Tradition is the closest thing societies get to empirical analysis.
PA has some (surprisingly apposite) Idle Thoughts on Christian Music… and much else.
Welp that’s about 170 links and 7400 words. I hope that’s enough. Be sure to unplug once in while. Special thanks as always to the TWiR Crew who helped out a lot: David Grant, Alex von Neumann, Egon Maistre, Rory McRae, Aidan MacLear, and Hans der Fiedler. Keep on reactin! Til next week: NBS… Over and out!!