VDH writes at National Review, but we don’t have to hold it against him. We can just link his own blog: Can a Divided America Survive? We have, of course, always been divided. So long as the overdog stays overdog, everything should be fine. But our overdog is looking mighty long in the tooth.
Let’s see… what else was going on?
Imperial Energy’s reading tastes are largely orthogonal—tho’ not hostile—to my own. Therefore his Imperial Circular covers portions of the sphere that may go elsewhere unnoticed. (What can I say? I only follow a couple hundred blogs…) I. E. (Ivan Escher??) also delivers the next installment of the “STEEL-cameralist Manifesto”: Part 3c: The Age of Crisis; Crime, Chaos, Conflict and the Centralising Power. (Don’t ask me why STEEL is all-caps. Perhaps it is an acronym.) A lot (a whole lot) of cask strength Menciian analysis here in this ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
Escher also sets the record straight on STEEL-cameralism v Absolutism—which admittedly had confused me.
Speaking of Counter-Fund… Pax offers A Gentle Introduction over on the Medium. His first sentence should sound familiar.
Spandrell thinks either nuking Mecca or a mulatto woman Muslim US President is our Fate. Or maybe both.
Warg considers The Ethics of Meat. There is a deep moral dimension to meat… on the one hand that we should eat it, and on the other, that we must respect the natural order of things. For example:
Man is an obligate omnivore, and an apex predator. We eat meat by nature. Meat is the best way to extract concentrated convenient nutrition from the land, so that we can focus on higher things. All higher culture is by necessity based on the subjugation and taxation of lower forms of life, and lower rungs of the human social order.
On the other hand, as man is a social animal, and as the cow is part of our order, the cow is a member of our moral community. The cow has feelings, beliefs, wants, emotions, and and a face. If you can watch the cow be tortured and abused in an industrial process without sympathetically feeling the cow’s fear and pain in your own soul, and without being driven to make things as smooth and comfortable as possible for the cow, something is terribly wrong with you, and your fellow man should rightly question your moral reliability.
Profound little essay and an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
Alf sounds some strangely hopeful notes On demographic doom. This bit is exactly right:
We don’t really care about an abstract concept called ‘the white race’. We care about ourselves and our family. We only care about the white race insofar the white race facilitates peace and prosperity for ourselves and our family.
Virtue-signalling that you care about the white race is a lot better than virtue-signalling that you hate the white race, but it is still just virtue signalling. The proof, as always, is in the pudding. How many kids you havin’?
People who are concerned about “white genocide” too often assume that genocide is a bad thing. Also from Alf… details on the State media crisis. I mean, what good is Dutch State-Run Media, if they just parrot back what CNN and The Beeb are saying? Sounds like a job for a “low-cost center” to me…
Doug “Dissenting Sociologist” Smythe offers: ‘Committing Sociology’ After Trump’s Election? An Open Letter to the Canadian Sociological Association. That’s the other CSA… and yes it’s real thing. They are, apparently, concerned about the advent of “non-sociological times”. (Non-Sociological as in no more cultural marxist agitprop? Where do we sign up??) Smythe estimates these Professional Handwringers have misidentified their target by, oh, about 20 years or so…
[N]eo-Cons wouldn’t hear a word against the economics or security programme on “social” grounds (e.g. middle-class wage stagnation, erosion of jobs due to transnational outsourcing and associated social problems such as drug abuse, suicide, and criminality that follow, criminal-justice policies that fail to take these and other root causes of crime into account). In fact, that was the very definition of “committing sociology”.
Neo-Con times, then, are “non-sociological times” indeed. But the Trump election was an avowed and resounding vote of non-confidence in the neo-Con programme. The Trump election was a weather-vane of a shift in the winds of the Right, which have blown in a set of new paradigms for thinking about politics and society, and united in their disparate ends and agendas by an explosion of sociological consciousness not seen on the Right in North America since perhaps the high era of Social Credit and Catholic social politics before the post-War period.
But that’s the least of their worries. He manages to hang “non-sociological” right about their very necks, as the Handwringers, as outspoken members of the Western Elite strive to…
… efface every aforementioned dimension of social belonging and personal identity and lump every individual into one big boundless mass, differentiated only in terms of technical specialization in the capitalist production process and by a proliferation of sexual and other “identities” shorn of their social substance and freely adopted and then discarded at will by consumers as though so many shifting vagaries of fashion. The social ties of shared descent, territory, memory, language, tradition, religion, and rule are progressively delegitimized by a relentless campaign of propaganda, homogenizing consumerist monoculture, and not least of all, coercive government action including military conquest (“regime change”). Meanwhile, asabiyyah is derided as so much ridiculously obsolete superstition, dull-witted provincialism, and mental pathology that stunts and “oppresses” the individual (and indeed, in Canada and Europe, is also a serious criminal offense if publicly expressed). Each particular society is progressively stripped of its boundary-maintaining capacity and slurred into the others—and since only particular societies exist, this means that society itself is becoming an endangered species.
The putative study of society militates for the diminution of all factors that make societies societies. Time for a reboot. There’s much, much more in this ☀☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Award☀☀ winning article.
Alrenous explains how the Government Successfully Evades Blame for causing increasingly crappy economic conditions.
Adam chimes in, as always when he chimes in, with a humdinger: Sacral Kingship and After: Preliminary Reflections. These are just the “preliminary” ones. Some very serious gnonology going on here. Impossible to summarize, but very interesting. For example…
If in the more local sacral kingships, the “failure” of the king would lead to the sacrificial killing of that king (on the assumption that some ritual infelicity on the part of the king must have caused the disaster), what happens once the God Emperor is beyond such ritual punishment? Something else, lots of other things, get sacrificed. The regime of human sacrifice maintained by the Aztec monarchs was just the most vivid and gruesome example of what was the case in all such kingdoms—human sacrifice on behalf of the king. One of Eric Gans’s most interesting discussions in his The End of Culture concerns the emergence of human sacrifice at a later, more civilized level of cultural development—it’s not the hunter and gatherer aboriginals who offer up their first born to the gods, but those in more highly differentiated and hierarchical social orders. If your god-ancestor is an antelope, you can offer up a portion of your antelope meal in tribute; if your god is a human king, you offer up your heir, or your slave, because that is what he has provided you with. This can take on many forms, including the conquest, enslavement and extermination of other people, in order to provide such tribute. What the Judaic revelation reveals is that such sacrifice is untenable. What accounts for this revelation?
The Judaic revelation that, I must point out, has been baptized by the Christian Church. This was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
Filed under I Don’t Have a Horse in This Right Really I Don’t… Grey Enlightenment unpacks The Boomer Backlash, Part 2
Mark Citadel delivers his verdict on White Sharia? There are stupid reasons to oppose it, like Muh Liberal White Nationalism. But there are also smart ones. Like:
Sharia is most certainly not just a system of random laws intended to control muhh women. Douglas Murray may think so, but he has no idea of the sacred and profane. Thus, to consider the sharia outside of this primary function is to entirely miss its point. Is there any relation between sharia and race? Yes, as there is always some interaction between moral codes and racial dispositions. As much as Muhammad may not have intended, the sharia is not interpreted and practiced in the same way by Central Asians as it is by Arabs as it is by Persians, but that isn’t what is mean by white sharia. Channeling Jack Donovan, Vandal states that we must “become barbarians again”, but why in God’s name should that satisfy us? Barbarism is not the natural state of man, civilization is. You want to reconstitute Europe so you can shit in the woods?
This too was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
Over at Jacobite Magazine, David Hines Political Violence Is A Game The Right Can’t Win—a position with which we at Social Matter wholeheartedly endorse. Hines reviews his Days of Rage commentary and describes how, in a low-to-medium intensity civil war, the Left has a dramatic advantage over the Right in terms of infrastructure.
The first thing righties have to understand about Lefties is that lefties have a lot more practice building their own institutions, and assuming control of existing institutions, than their counterparts on the right do, and they share their practical experience with each other. Righties who like to build churches will build a church and worship in it. Lefties who like to build churches will build a church, write a book telling people how to build churches, go out and convince people church-building is the thing to do, run workshops on how to finance, build, and register churches, and then they’ll offer to arrange church guest speakers whoíll come preach the Lefty line.
Critiquing passivism, Hines recommends a “diversity of tactics.”
Passivists say activism accomplishes nothing. What it actually accomplishes is practice. Practice for networking, for turnout, practice for speed, practice working as a team. Anybody who’s ever tried to get five people together for dinner knows it’s a pain, but look at the airport protests after the travel ban, and see how many people the hard Left can turn out on next to no notice.
I think that whatever skills might be unlocked via “activism”—a game Hines readily admits the right loses for the foreseeable future, and one which, I’ll add, attracts anti-social and loser elements—will be strengthened all the more by the quiet, private, apolitical institution-building that passivists advocate. Hines earns an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for his superb efforts here.
By way of Isegoria… Researchers funded by NASA are developing small fusion rockets—either really really stupid or really really smart (I sincerely hope the latter); some man-sized tidal power generation; this should come as no surprise to regular readers The war for our minds is waged over neither facts nor opinions—but it’s nice to see mainstream people admit it every now-n-then; and disappointing BSG fans everywhere: There was no plan.
A brief, but powerful rumination about Living On The Edge. We all do.
Finally, this week in Cambria Will Not Yield: The Eyes of the Heart—a meditation upon two views of natural: one imbued with telos; the other… not.
This Week in Jim Donald
Jim starts off the week explaining, in his inimitable way, Why Female Status Limits Fertility. If you are the one reader of Social Matter who still believes in feminism, this one will break you of that disgusting habit right quick. But everyone should still RTWT. Let’s dip our toes in.
Men want to have sex with as many women as possible, and give them no support.
Women want to have sex with the highest status men available (as women perceive status, which is similar to the way a small evil child raised by cannibal head hunters perceives status), and be supported by men.
A prisoner’s dilemma problem, the war of the sexes, ensues.
Since I know not everyone will actually click through, I will condescend to extract a great piece of advice for guys in the dating market:
If you defect on women harder and faster than they defect on you, women will defect on you less, not more. It is a successful and effective male adaptation to female emancipation. It works.
Jim also covers, with some consternation, the cucking of the Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines. An uncucked religion is one that prioritizes the survival of itself and its adherents against rival faiths; that is part of what makes it a powerful memeplex. Cucked religions care more about pernicious abstractions like muh universal human rights than adherent survival. Universal human rights, to a religion, is almost always code for protecting a rival faith over and above itself. Here’s Jim, being more eloquent than I:
The Muslims in Mindanao in the Philippines think the crusades happened yesterday, and are at it again, attempting to seize the traditionally Muslim city of Marawi from Christians, killing priests and Christian teachers, burning their homes, churches, the usual. In response, President Duterte declares martial law and applies heavy weapons. And the Church seems to be more worried that martial law might lead to “human rights violations” than terror directed at Christians….
According to the Roman Catholic priesthood of Mindanao, terrorism “is totally against the tenets of any religion of peace. Especially so when terrorism is perpetrated while our Muslim brothers and sisters are preparing for the holy month of Ramadhan. Terrorism distorts and falsifies the true meaning of any religion.”
You will notice there are no Muslim clerics in Mindanao saying that this terrorism is against the tenets of their religion because it is not.
Roman Catholic bishops (bishops!) calling Muslims “our brothers and sisters”… damn near makes me sick. Fie on them! Islam is implacably opposed to Christendom. Always remember that fact, because the Muslims sure as hell do.
This Week in Social Matter
The Social Matter week kicks off unusually without iron-man Ryan Landry’s Sunday essay, but with Michael Perilloux’s delicious (and practical) piece: How To Catch A Wife. In which he describes, in detail, basically how to catch a wife. It’s simply a must-read… even for those lucky enough to have already “caught” a wife. But a tiny taste is in order:
Here’s a heuristic for where your standards should be: once you’re really on top of your game, about twice a year you should meet a girl you would go for, who would also go for you.
A year or two is a very reasonable amount of time to spend looking, once you’ve got yourself up to snuff and your searching process is set up. Two per year gives you some selection and abundance, which frees you from falling into one-itis, while still maintaining tight, realistic standards. If you are meeting more than two good women who would go for you, you can afford to raise your standards; if you aren’t meeting two good women per year, you need to change one of three things:
1. Adjust your standards.
2. Improve your own marriage value.
3. Improve your searching and courting process.
Whereupon, Perilloux explains how to implement those. And much more in this ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ winner.
Weimerica Weekly continues on the real estate theme that Landry established on his home blog last week. Invoking Rothbard and Minsky, he got a little bit into the economic weeds on this one, and I, for one, thoroughly loved it. That may not be your speed, but you should still check out this episode for Good Guy Landry’s tips on home buying… lots of good information there, and I cannot stress this enough: home buying, not house buying.
Hitherto unknown Benjamin Welton returns for his second effort at Social Matter in as many months: an historically literate take on America And Political Islam: A Tale Of Many Wars.
Many historians, especially those trained in the Marxist style of complete materialism, consider the Barbary Wars nothing more than a conflict over commerce. It is believed that America was inspired by economics, not religion or even national pride.
However, President Thomas Jefferson knew full well the pirates were animated by Islam, in addition to the desire for wealth. In 1785, Jefferson and John Adams met Tripoli’s ambassador in London. During their chat, the American delegation broached the subject of Islamic piracy; they wanted to know why the men of North Africa felt justified in taking American and British ships. “It was written in the Koran,” the ambassador told them, “that all Nations who should not have acknowledged their (Muslim) authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon whoever they could find and to make Slaves of all they could take as prisoners, and that every Mussulman who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise.”
Batshit loony… even back then. Welton presents many other compelling proofs that America and the West has just about always been at War with Islam. This was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
This Week in the Myth of the 20th Century podcast: Episode 23: Ceaușescu, Romania’s Last Dictator.
And for Saturday Poetry and Prose, this time it’s Lawrence Glarus with some fresh, somewhat enigmatic, verse: Another Window.
This Week in 28 Sherman
On the home blog, Landry starts the week off on an observation that has gone ’round the Sphere since Macron’s election: EU leaders don’t have kids. It has long been noticed that leftists don’t have kids, which is why they have to import foreigners to keep up their voter base. But this particular trend seems to go beyond that to something even darker in the souls of these leaders.
It makes perfect sense that all of these EU leaders would be childless. It is the perfect symbol. Beyond that this is also the system selecting for the most dedicated to the system’s goals. What greater dedication can one make to destroying native European and American cultures than to not have children in one’s personal life.
These EU leaders are not making the decision to go childless now. They made the decision decades ago, when it still was a bit different. Maybe not in Germany where the TFR has been below Japan’s since the mid ’80s. This is a differentiator for the individuals sliding up the greased pole of politics when roughly any polished speaker can do their job. What type of marker does one need? “I’m dedicated, look how many times I worked for the party, hell I even sacrificed a family to fight for the party!”
Does it count as sacrificing your children to Moloch for power if you do it by never having kids in the first place? No stranger to the podium Landry earns an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for this one.
On Wednesday, Landry went deep and dark with Zuckerberg’s vision. A mystery meat mass, dependent on UBI, plugged into Oculus VR (owned by Facebook), and able to vote with Facebook’s real name feature… just shoot me now.
Start looking at the low government benefit recipients not quite as pure parasites but as parasites that are conduits for the bigger parasites: corporations that market goods and services to the low to use their government credits on daily. Ask McDonald’s. Ask Walmart. The low becomes a puppet not just for the demand of government services and those do-gooder social workers but for entire corporations to base their business strategy on.
This Week in WW1 pics: The Steampunk War—the photograph is a tricked out British heavy tractor. WWI was much more of a mix of high tech enmeshed with, bolted onto nineteenth century technology than anything a steampunk artist could dream up. Truth: stranger than fiction since… forever.
On Friday, Ryan had a brief missive on a social media wrinkle in divorce. Women use Facebook to compete for status, and having a great hubby is one of the dimensions of competition. Now, of course, women would never outright lie in what they throw up on Facebook /sarcasm but sometimes an idyllic picture is painted… and then completely undermined once the divorce comes. Many such cases!
This Week in Kakistocracy
First, Porter poses the thought experiment of
So try to imagine the looks of incredulity if some time later, say the summer of 1951, Admiral Chester Nimitz testified that the US Navy had remained docked for the last decade as Japan conquered the Pacific unmolested. Describing the imperial navy’s substantial advance and entrenchment, Admiral Nimitz admonished Congress for its torpor during the war and demanded its members solve the problem of this aggressive Japanese state. His suggestion being for America to endorse all new imperial holdings and lend financial support to Japanese soldiers who would soon be stationed in Pearl Harbor.
Next, some insight into The Left’s National Pastime. It’s not intramural softball—it’s political violence. Contrasted with the mainstream Right’s cowardice. He suggests that the GOP treat Hodgkinson like Dylann Roof. But…
…those things likely won’t happen. What probably will is idiotic calls for unity, which frames the left as a partner against today’s violence, rather than its instigator. Do you imagine liberals would call for unity in a reverse scenario? If not, then the secret of their persistent victories is probably within your grasp.
Then, Porter has a shiv in every sentence for the Southern Baptist Convention’s recent disavowal of the Alt-Right: God Finds Guidance. There’s very little one can add to this type of butchery.
Apparently only pro-whites, who comprised the totality of southern baptists two generations ago, are imbued with Lucifer’s essence. That means one of two things: either Satan’s once fearsome malevolence has become as wan and insipid as the secular-sensitive mewling that now emanates from baptist pews; or a fickle, flouncing God has reconceived his commandments so as to attract accolades from the Washington Post’s editorial board. Certainly neither entity wields nearly the influence over southern baptists as their mortal critics.
Finally, some hard political strategy on breaking up the Leftist coalition. Starting, of course, with the billionare wallet, in Crash of the Barbell; and not the kind that comes from suffering a spontaneous “heart attack” in the gym.
If Republicans were an actual opposition party, they would shove this wedge all the way up the democrats’ intestines. A house speaker with purpose could run a bill through congress that directly tied assets of billionaires to the housing and upkeep costs of foreign squatters. Immigrant tax surcharges they could call it. And it could be made to bite with serrated teeth. The weight of subsidizing their own dispossession would be lifted off the middle class and foisted upon migration sponsors where it belongs. What are democrats going to do, fight against higher taxes on the rich?
This Week in Evolutionist X
Anthropology Monday(!!) (is apparently not going to be a thing). Evolutionist X kicks off the week with an Anthropology Preview: Maimachen and Brick-Tea Currency. Which really puts it into perspective how “Eastern” Siberia really is. (And by extension, how multicultural Russia has almost always been.)
Next a perennial reminder that the left is Satanic. Reminder they want you Dead.
And Mrs. X continues her invaluable Anthropology Friday series: Travels in Siberia: Samoyeds (Nenets) and Ostyak Religion.
This Week in Quas Lacrimas
Quincy T. Latham kicks off the week with a Minor Note on How to Gut the Legal System: “Make it obligatory that every litigant represent himself and plead his own case.” He explains.
Litigants could still hire lawyers to handle the busy work and get a handle on the facts of the case. But the legal principles the laws hinge on would have to be explained by a non-lawyer to non-lawyers. The maximum legal complexity that can be communicated across this channel would be slender, so once self-representation was made mandatory the outcomes of most cases would correspond pretty closely to what an ordinary man would assume was in the law after having skimmed the key sections.
… Most of which will not have deviated much from basic common sense in the first place.
Next up, an Afterthought on “Elite”—a dubium inspired by René Guénon.
So memetics was originally intended largely as an attack on religion which would circumvent the adaptations the faithful have built up to attacks that are framed as attacks on religion. (Calling the mind-virus a “meme” is another layer of clever misdirection, shepherding the target towards his ultimate deconversion.) But we must pause for a moment and ask: cui bono? Dawkins et al. imagined they would be attacking religion on behalf of whom?
Or: on behalf of what?
If you can’t see where this is going, you’ll definitely hafta RTWT. If you can, well… read it anyway because we really really like Quincy Latham! And this was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
He gets down to the brass tacks of the “Puritan Hypothesis” in (what I think is certainly not) a Minor Note: Theological Face/Off. Said tacks being…
1. Basic pattern: Christianity
2. Flip the switch from “We are a religion” to “We are not a religion”
3. Make minimum necessary changes in all other areas consistent with claiming not to be a religion (for example, elimination of references to faith in Christian scripture, or any other revelation; elimination of references to any supernatural or eschatological element).
4. Retain all other features of Christianity.
Which should be uncontroversial enough… irrespective of the naming convention. He also offers a very interesting corollary, which I (and hope you) will have to ruminate upon for a while.
This Week at Thermidor Mag
A light week over at our sister publication Thermidor. Gio Pennacchietti leads off with Abandoned Dream: Hopper as the Anti-Rockwell.
Herein lies the contrast and opposition between the artworks (and the pictures of the modern world that they paint) of two influential modernist American artists: Edward Hopper, the gritty and bleak realist, and Norman Rockwell, the illustrator and realist painter of the idealist “American dream”.
Next up, Nathan Turner comments upon ironies of the globalist vs. nationalist struggle.
When one observes nationalist movements around the world, the ideological commonalities and connections between them become immediately apparent. Everywhere, in almost every country, there is a percentage of the populace dedicated to traditionalism and, for lack of a better word, anti-leftism. This is not simply a nationalist phenomenon driven by personal pride in the nation-state, as it was at the outset of World War II, but another globalist one.
Turner attributes this strange anti-globalist globalism in part to their association and partial derivation from Christianity. His thesis needs expanding on, but it captures and recognizes this important connection.
Rounding out the week, Walter Devereux gives comments and recommendations for a reactionary aesthetic.
The critique, therefore, of the Alt-Right being too pragmatic and bourgeois conservatism being too trite is missing an essential piece of information: art now is not, and cannot be, art of the early 20th century and before. Art now has only one avenue, namely an art of action; not the cheap, kitsch “performance art” of the bankrupt cultural elite, but art in action, an art-form that shifts the world.
This Week Around The Orthosphere
Cologero has a very interesting proposal, admid a hodgepodge, The Bernard Option.
Writing about his experience with the American school system, a friend of J. M. Smith guest posts Why Johnny Can’t Speak German.
Kristor meditates on the prescriptive commandments, concluding that The Summary of the Law is the Sine Qua Non of Society Per Se.
J. M. Smith provides this handy guide to help you Know Your Barbarians.
If you see a man pulling down a monument of which you approve, he is your barbarian (as you very likely are his). This is because “barbarian” is nothing but the name of the other side in a culture war.
William Briggs looks simulated randomness in The Gremlins Of MCMC: Or, Computer Simulations Are Not What You Think. And a list of Items In Our Ongoing Civil War. For example,
Item: The combatants are the Reals and Progs. The Reals hold with Tradition in the metaphysic of Realism, with all its implied limits, strictures, and glories. Their flag is red. The Progs hold with Will in the metaphysic of Nominalism and say what is true is what is asserted and what feels good. Their flags are blue or a rainbow.
Michael Warren Davis at Sydney Trads writes Equal & Opposite—On Dispositionalism, which is apparently a term denoting prejudice against people who act like Trump.
Dalrock goes in for a weeklong Bad Fathers’ Day Sermons Special: Don’t refer to God as the Father, call him a “Best Friend”; Ideas on how to honor your father on social media for Father’s Day; Man up and honor your father, and an article suggesting sermons dishonoring the father are So common no one notices.
This Week in Arts & Letters
Jesse Lucas’ article Showing vs Telling vs Presenting is worth linking on the strength of the feature image alone. Which I have snarfed over on the right.
Over at Logos Club, Kaiter Enless lists four things he believes belong in art: Sex, Violence, Death, Toil: A Brief Primer On Fiction Writing, Part 1 and Part 2. He offers the second chapter of his own fiction, The Tomb of the Father this week too.
Gio Pennacchietti incisively (and extensively) comments on Allan Bloom’s platonic aesthetics in To Kindle a Light in the Darkness of Mere Being: The Straussian Plato and the value of art. Pennacchietti affirms the hierarchical order that furnishes the cosmos with meaning, form and value:
The highest light illuminating the truth compels the soul to descend back into the cave to unchain and free the others, hence the philosophic duty of the highest part of ourselves perpetually escaping the darkness of corporeality and illusion. But here Plato is not engaging Theoria in an analytic manner, but rather using the devices and the emotions of a Homeric epic, subverting the ancient poetics for philosophic ends, and creating a rich tapestry of meaning with a plethora of interpretations rather than the clear and highly deductive logic of earlier Platonic analogies and lines of thinking, which embodies the artistic seduction towards the truth, the spectacle of reason, and the mythic journey of the philosophic life on route to the forms.
He goes back to first principles and originary texts and unfolds their implications in rich and lavish detail. Certainly settle in to RTWT. This was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ winner.
A busy week for Chris Gale, who directs his attention to the unending third world fun upending London. First off, patriarchy is commitment to truth and duty which alone endow the ability to survive catastrophe. Unfortunately, following events such as Grenfell Tower, it’s invariably the case that leftists gonna left. Rounding up reaction to #Finsbury Park it seems clear that the chorus of dissent from Cathedral narrative 101 is swelling all the time. Inevitably, violent reprisal is now also underway as vigilantes start militating (contra passivist ethos) to render to Caesar what he deserves.
At City Journal, Dalrymple with some thoughts on The Cheapest Insult or reductio ad Hitlerum and he also looks at the political opportunism and Flammable Arrogance of the left in response to the Grenfell Tower fire. Meanwhile, Heather Mac Donald is concerned about a new law requiring NYPD publicize its surveillance protocols risks Giving Terrorists a Heads Up. Sounds about right.
At Albion Awakening, William Wildblood speculates on possible commonalities between Christ and India:
Maybe India already has its own Christ. Not the full revelation of Christ which took place in the Holy Land 2,000 years ago and which was as described in the Christian religion, a unique event which transformed the whole world and opened the gates of heaven to all humanity, but something like a partial revelation which took place several hundred years earlier. This was the incarnation of Krishna.
Meanwhile there, Bruce Charlton, on fine form, looks around and finds his countrymen somnolent to the decline in their midst; such that this week it’s more a case of Albion Not-Awakening.
Harper McAlpine Black returns with an essay on the Art of the lecture. Lamenting the decline of education into ‘decay, decadence and insanity’ he praises that increasingly rare species, the outstanding educator, and one in particular, Brian Gray, linking some of his lessons by way of example.
The Imaginative Conservative this week finds Josh Herring examining the two mythologies written into Greek Comedy & Norse Tragedy and finds much of value, but still that ultimate thing wanting, that can be provided only by the Christian Gospel. Richard Weaver looks long and hard at Responsible Rhetoric, examining seminal moments in the discourse of American history. A Pensée on the Two Truths of Life from Pascal. Then Christian Ispir surveys the age of Fake News, Truth, and the Digital Age from the perspective of post-post-modernism, or what used to be called reading.
Some verses of Anne Bradstreet’s to mark Father’s Day. De Sapio on The Sacred Music of Igor Stravinsky and Annie Holmquist discussing Ben Franklin on the Morals of Chess. Whitman’s Delicate Cluster and Yeats’s Lake Isle of Innisfree. Howard Merken worries if Standardized Testing is Good for Education to which one might answer, one can always try home-schooling and put into practice what you may.
Finally, at the summit of another monumental week, Pat Buchanan with some trenchant words on the iconoclasm effacing the history of the South, Why Do They Want to Tear Down Our History?:
Behind this remorseless drive to blast the greatest names from Americaís past off public buildings, and to tear down their statues and monuments, is an egalitarian extremism rooted in envy and hate. Among its core convictions is that spreading Christianity was a cover story for rapacious Europeans who, after discovering America, came in masses to dispossess and exterminate native peoples. ìThe white race,î wrote Susan Sontag, “is the cancer of human history.”
Today, the men we were taught to revere as the great captains, explorers, missionaries and nation-builders are seen by many as part of a racist, imperialist, genocidal enterprise, wicked men who betrayed and eradicated the peace-loving natives who had welcomed them. What they blindly refuse to see is that while its sins are scarlet, as are those of all civilizations, it is the achievements of the West that are unrivaled. The West ended slavery. Christianity and the West gave birth to the idea of inalienable human rights. As scholar Charles Murray has written, ninety-seven percent of the worldís most significant figures and ninety-seven percent of the worldís greatest achievements in the arts, architecture, literature, astronomy, biology, earth sciences, physics, medicine, mathematics, and technology came from the West.
Let it never be forgotten.
This Week in the Outer Left
The Left begins to realize its Caribbean darling ain’t so darling anymore: On the Precipice:
Compounding this economic crisis, the United States is now led by an ultra-reactionary loose cannon who seems poised to roll back normalization with the Caribbean country in an alliance with the right wing of the Cuban American exile community. Within Cuba, a return to aggressive US policy threatens to tip the domestic balance back towards orthodox hardliners within the government who attempt to enforce the “monolithic unity of the Cuban people” and may shift away from the political liberalization of the past decade.
This Week… Elsewhere
Ace waxes, at always, poetic: “Here beside the news of holy war and holy need…”. This, in particular, seemed particular Solomonic:
2} Find a woman with eyes in which you can see everything bright in the world. Make sure she has excellent maternal qualities; they translate to everything else. Find a gal with a laugh that rings like church bells at a wedding – full of hope, gaiety and promise. Be sure she’s cute but don’t worry about more attractiveness than that. It fades. The rest I mentioned doesn’t.
An interesting thought experiment from AMK: Alien versus human nature, and biological communism. I have a hard time imagining a purely collectivist society developing consciousness—vis-à-vis mechanistic social programming—for it seems that free will (or the convincing appearance thereof) could only harm collective action. Also at the Anti-Puritan: L. Ron Hubbard: Shitlord: The occult reactionary wisdom of Scientology—that is an organization in which we’ve long had research interests.
Filed under I Fscking Love Science… Al Fin reports For the Good of the Species: Older Men Mating with Younger Babes.
The dirty white underbelly of Evil White Supreemacy is, as Heartiste notes, it’s so gosh darn magnanimous.
Nice idea here: Let’s have a new cultural revolution. However, Zach missed the memo: cultural revolutions are downstream of power.
Thoughtful piece over at the good folks at Hapsburg Restoration: The Virtue of Patriotism contra Thearchic Nationalism. Nationalism—because inherently reductionist—because it is an -ism—always cuts away natural and historic bonds. There is no one correct axis by which to divide human groups. There are better and worse ones.
A lot of interesting working going on at “Contingent, Not Arbitrary” (Cecil Neville-Annesly??). This week Load-Bearing Beliefs are up for a thorough inspection.
Damage to load-bearing beliefs does not necessarily collapse the entire belief system. It can deform as the load shifts to other parts. Equality before God became equality before the law became equality full stop. We observe those questioning human equality attacked with the zeal once reserved for heretics. Notice that “equality” has more direct object-level implications than God does; perhaps contradictions are more vehemently attacked because they’re easier to see? Either way, the West has a lot riding on the assumption.
And we should be careful tearing it down, without something else to take it’s place. And then there’s disagreeing about that which constitutes a load-bearing belief.
Fred Reed opines on the Oncoming Racial Doom: The Clash of Cultures. Nothing that a little bit of color-blind, disparate-impact-blind justice (aka. “white supremacy”) can’t fix, IMO.
Greg Cochran muses about African variation, which is substantial, but still only seems to go… so far.
A solid bit of research here from Elfnonationalist on European Subraces.
Speaking of which… Razibh Khan has some clues about when and where the Finnics came from the Baltic: The Orgin of the Finnic Peoples and The Finnic Peoples Emerged In Baltic After The Bronze Age.
Alright folks. Well, that’s 149 links and about 6700 words. I hope that’s enough for ye. Special thanks to the rough-n-ready TWiR staff this week: David Grant, Egon Maistre, Rory McRae, Alex Von Neumann, Aidan MacLear, and Hans der Fiedler, for their tireless and timely assistance. Keep on reactin! Til next week: NBS… Over and out!!