This Week In Reaction (2017/06/25)

VDH graces the pages of American Greatness with a plan for Trump’s Way Out of the Progressive Labyrinth. Also, way too current eventsy for our tastes–but a nice one-stop review of the plethora of ways by which the mainstream has tried to bring down Trump: The Architecture of Regime Change.

It was a quiet week in The Reactosphere®. Let’s get right to the videotape…


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

In light of the success of Fake News™, Spandrell suggests a needful, and closely related, new meme: Fake Science™. It should have legs. He also chronicles The Fall of Singapore’s Monarchy… with mucho English-language video… and children not quite living up to the greatness of their father.

Over at Contingent, Not Arbitrary, Cecil Neville-Annesly opines On Faith and Belief. Cask strength gnonology this. At risk of stealing his thunder… it’s Just. That. Good:

Popperian falsificationism may work in physical sciences but dismissing the unfalsifiable has proven disastrous for our civilization. In other words, testability has been tested and found wanting. Christianity has a track record of working for us, secularism has a track record of failing us. Christianity requires faith to function. So be it.

Click over there anyway. He deserves the traffic. And anyway… I didn’t steal his very best line in this ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Also there: a brief but intriguing idea, Modernity and Islam as Spiritual Complements. Intriguing, but not one on which I’m completely sold. And, in view of his recent posting patterns, this was not an altogether unexpected development.

And over at Imperial Energy, Ivan Escher lives to fight a second round STEEL-cameralism v Absolutism. Also there a critique and Six Homeworks for Professor Cassidy—this Professor Cassidy. And (it’s becoming regular) this week’s Imperial Circular.

Grey Enlightenment has an answer to Do big words make you look dumb? Short answer: No. Not in themselves. But big words are still no substitute for actual erudition. He also has some criticisms of David Hines’ (award-winning) Jacobite essay. But I think we’re all agreed that, when all is said and done, “political violence is game the right can’t win.” Which is not at all equivalent to saying, “The right cannot win.”

Atavisionary posts the, as yet, Unused Mother Jones interview: How important is anti-democracy to neoreaction and the altright?

Neovictorian has a brief outline and a recommendation of America 3.0, Richard Fernandez and Prophets Without Honor.

Alf offers praise (and caution) for Rick and Morty. Of which I had not heard. So… all you need to know about popular culture, you probably can learn by reading This Week in Reaction®.

Speaking of Lee Kwan Yew, this week at Jacobite Mag… Nick Land revisits Spandrell’s 2013 article on Singapore, fertility, and IQ and extends the analysis to modern society more generally. Cities have always depressed fertility, but there are also causes unique to modernity.

Education expenses alone explain much of this. School fees are by far the most effective contraceptive technology ever conceived. To raise a child in an urban environment is like nothing that rural precedent ever prepared for. Even if responsible parenting were the sole motivation in play, the compressive effect on family size would be extreme. Under urban circumstances, it becomes almost an aggression against one’s own children for there to be many of them. But there is much more than this going on.

Non-religious, liberal populations have been especially hard hit.

"Stop assuming families with lots of kids are religious." -Washington Post. "And stop assuming women don't have penises."

“Stop assuming families with lots of kids are religious.” -Washington Post. “And stop assuming women don’t have penises.”

“Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?” asked Eric Kaufmann in a 2010 book with that name. A peculiar twist in the Darwinian inheritance had begun to bring the heritability of religious attitudes into prominence, and linking it (positively) to the question of reproductive fitness. Those groups previously seen as having been unambiguously vanquished by a triumphant evolutionary science were now subject to an ironic—and from the progressive perspective deeply sinister ñ evolutionary vindication. This is a story that has still scarcely begun to unfold.

Land snags an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for this one.

Malcolm Pollack has much more to add to (and critique in) Land’s essay: Rise And Fall. He thinks the fertility crisis not at all unique, but rather cyclical—one which befalls inevitably all declining empires.

[P]roblems have causes, and because this problem has some causes that are rooted in sacred modern beliefs. If you start tugging on these threads, a good deal of contemporary social fabric will soon begin to unravel.

An unraveling of the sacred tapestry of modern liberalism should be celebrated and accelerated. Is there hope? Land strangely takes the more optimistic tack.

This is not the first time around the wheel. This cycle of early vigor, high accomplishment, cultural complacency, decadence, irreligion, loss of virility, and plummeting fertility has been the rule, not the exception, in the arc of civilizations throughout history. Usually the story ends with accelerating pressure from, and finally invasion and conquest by, lean and hungry outsiders. Does this all not look familiar? Will this time be different?

Pollack’s was a match for Land’s essay and so too an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

By way of Isegoria… Anticipating the Laffer Curve by at least 700 years; a retired marathoner finally getting swole—optimization for running is disoptimization for just about everything else, including looks; Riot police embrace bicycles—for a variety of pretty reasonable priorities; and, filed under this is not Spinal Tap: Death by whipped cream dispenser.

Finally, this week in CWNY, he holds out hope for The Europe That Shall Not Be Destroyed. With a lift from C. S. Lewis’ Perelandra.


This Week in Jim Donald

Jim was quiet this week. At least in public.


This Week in Social Matter

Ryan Landry is back in his week off-kicking rôle on Sunday with a policy article: Destroy The Cartels. The demand for Mexican emigration comes chiefly from the fact that Mexico is an anarchic shït-hole. Which spills over, in fact, into nominally American jurisdictions such as Laredo.

el-chapo-captured-20140108America has played sides with the cartel conflict and favored the Sinaloas, with some reporters going so far as to say USG works hand in hand with them. Destroying the cartels will stabilize Mexico. Addressing our drug problem will help stabilize Mexico. Stabilizing Mexico will help send people back. They need a home worth returning to that is better than the helot existence they squeak out here in America.

America must think not simply in bombing cartels but addressing every single possible battlefield. We must attack every possible surface area and must also consider our culpability. This does not mean progressive self-loathing, but positive addressing of the demand for drugs in our society.

This is a war, a criminal matter, and a social matter.

A kinder, gentler… You must go back!—and a natural instinct to reactionaries with an imperial mindset.

Every single American who interacts with and enables the cartels must be sent to prison or witness protection as they name all of the names. The networks in America must be attacked. This is also where deportations and imprisonment will help. It is harder for Mexican cartel members to swim among the fish of small towns or suburbs in the Midwest, Southeast, and Northeast if there is no Little Mexico or Mexican population of any size in the area. They will stick out and lose their safe houses. Tracking chips for deported illegals with criminal records could be used, and if we can chip our pets, we can chip deported, criminal foreigners.

Both supply and demand for drugs are downstream from power. Landry takes home the ☀☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Award☀☀ for his magnificent efforts here.

Weimerica Weekly was on the factors that determine mass shooting exposure. There are plenty of spree killings that you never hear about. If the killer is black, if the victims are black, if there’s no “AR-15 assault rifle” (kek), then expect the event to get swept under the rug by the media. Landry also promotes the wonderful world of Reviewbrah in this episode, so it’s practically a twofer.

And capping off an abbreviated week here at SM, E. Antony Gray offers some fresh and energetic verse: The Genius Of Wind.


This Week in 28 Sherman

On Monday, Landry starts the week off by analyzing Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods. No one knows Bezos’ mind… and Bezos probably knows least of all, but Landry sees this as a move to plan for the Brazilified future. RTWT.

Wednesday sees Ryan asking a question I would have never thought to ask: whatever happened to the University of Phoenix”? That the University of Phoenix was essentially a scam is a cliche, but the difference between UP and the rest of the college scheme is a matter of degree, not kind.

They compensated their enrollers on how many people they sucked into UP. Once enrolled, they would say how much a student qualified for loans without matching it up to what they actually needed for that semester or their course load. This was all just using the students as a conduit for UP to suck off the government teat. Walmart and McDonald’s use the EBT underclass as nationwide conduit for a transfer of wealth. UP was doing the very same but with nondischargeable debt. It is far more devious than Walmart of MickeyDs because of this.

Any similarities that you notice between this and the broader university system is solely your own responsibility and probably thoughtcrime. You have to have a college degree. We’ve always been at war with Eurasia Eastasia.

This Week in WW1 pics: trench barber–an almost humorous picture of a French soldier shaving a comrade in the trench. If the trench barber shaves all and only those who do not shave themselves, who shaves the trench barber?

And Ryan finishes the week riffing on Ossoff’s loss. The Democrats had $40 million to spend on a single House seat, were forced to go with an out-of-district carpetbagger, and even then had to resort to running a soyboy Jew in Georgia? They thought they could win with that? It is becoming quite obvious that the Dem’s bench is incredibly thin and they need a beige Bernie to keep up the constant rush of political wins that the leftist pathology requires.

Bernie enough. But not beige enough.

Bernie enough. But not beige enough.

Still, this is a lesson in the thirst the Left has to always win non-stop despite winning culturally left and right. There has been a consistent poly push now for a while, with the NY Times really pushing it hard, and no pushback from outlets. Despite seeing the culture erode, and the borders remain open in the West despite now near daily attacks in Europe, they need even silly little congressional special election wins. Ossoff collected 7,000 donations from donors in California compared to only 800 in Georgia. He spent $40 million, $23 million which was spent by his campaign directly.

This is all wasted energy. This is wasted money. This is wasted time. The Left’s policies are broken, their false opposition is broken, their claptrap is broken (science continues to break it in new spots), and the world just is not agreeing with them. Yet, they are entrenched in institutions. Build new ones, burn the old ones and starve them to death in masturbatory solitude in coffin apartments with their cats in those cities that they love to love.


This Week in Kakistocracy

Porter kicks off the week with a Crash of the Barbell—that being shape of the socio-economic distribution of the groups making up the “coalition” of the left. In ordinary circumstances they would be genociding each other. But the GOP does the thankless job of keeping the peace. No. Really. Thankless.

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?

Next up: Narratives and Numeracy Are Never Comfortable Bedfellows. Just ask J. K. Rowling:

Rowling’s explicit disdain for the 85% native population producing 33% of frightening behavior directly implied a more sunny perspective on the 15% of the squatter population producing 66%. Perhaps she will conjure a mathematician character in her next fictional foray.

Finally Science and Cigarettes—the science of “social change” that is. Which Porter characterizes admirably:

[S]ocial change is an antonym of the term terraforming. It means to make less like our native Earth. Used in a sentence, one scientist might say to another: We applied the social change suite of protocols to render that area uninhabitable to human life.


This Week in Evolutionist X

Evo X turns her attention to the outer provinces of the Cathedral: Evergreen State and why Whites Can’t be Allies. Evergreen State—more like an outer outer province. But the stingier the reward, the fiercer the competition…

fun_by_denisgoncharov-da8btgiThe left’s power to destroy their own depends on their cultish claim to a monopoly on morality. To be liberal is to be a “good person,” an identity people cling to even as they are attacked and their lives destroyed by “their own side.” The entire construct is built on the desire to not be racist, America’s “Original Sin,” and thus attacks hinge on claims that the professor actually is racist.

All of these attacks would stop, of course, if universities simply declared that they don’t care if professors are racist or not. After all, students regularly protest over matters like cafeteria meal plans or housing, but universities ignore these protests and they die quickly. Universities don’t care if you like their food, but they are deeply invested in leftist ideology and its promotion.

Protests are downstream of power. Effective ones at any rate. This was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

And she gives us her theory on the conquest of Gay Marriage. Essentially straits got gay married first!

Gay marriage didn’t win; traditional marriage lost

In other words, marriage is functionally about providing a supportive way of raising children. In a society where birth control does not exist, children born out of wedlock tend not to survive, and people can easily get jobs to support their families, people tended to get married and have children. In a society where people do not want children, cannot afford them, are purposefully delaying childbearing as long as possible, or have found ways to provide for them without getting married, people simply see no need for marriage.

This is 100% correct. Contraception and no-fault divorce, in that order, blazed the trail for homogamy.

And Mrs. X continues her Anthropology Friday series on Siberia Anthropologyish Friday: Griffins and Tatars. Hey. Anthropology is as anthropology does.


This Week in Quas Lacrimas

Quincy Latham picks up his Fundamentals mini-series with What’s so meta- about metaphysics?

Yet another “Minor Note”—on a major topic—How to make SWPLs make babies. It is not an easy problem, but not one that cannot be solved with a bit of pre-Dickensian normalcy.

Next Latham has some quibbles with Kristor on the topic of Defection. And he jots down a lot of interesting stuff along the way. Like…

Girl-City-BackgroundObscure cults or associations can rely exclusively on the tiny minority of the population who share an obsessive dedication to the group’s ideals. So long as it still has a reservoir of outliers to draw on and its own irrelevance shields it from the notice of amoral sociopaths, a growing institution can count on high levels of internal cooperation.

But as an institution grows, it attracts more attention and eventually outstrips the supply of idealists. It will soon have ordinary members who are “in it for the paycheck” but try to blend in with the institution’s culture and its pieties. Eventually, it will attract sociopaths who blend in with its culture precisely to deceive the remaining idealists (and the clock-punchers who look to idealists for guidance). If a sociopath succeeds he can maximize his share of the power and influence, since the institution will try to entrust the power it is amassing to those most likely to cooperate.

So we want a highly cooperative society. Just not too highly cooperative.

Also a Flaubertian interlude: ‘Til Elijah Come.


This Week at Thermidor Mag

It was a packed week at our sister publication Thermidor Magazine

Doug Smythe voices criticism of the recent Canadian legislation criminalizing the Left’s latest bugaboo—“trans-phobia”—Making a Travesty of the State. Rather that making the Canadian state a bastion of strength and respectability, this law, Smythe foresees, will make it a laughingstock.

eyes4[T]he new speech law will actually entice and incentivize a variety of different people to test the authority behind it: alt-Rightists and Chan trolls looking to transgress any and all Cathedral rules and defy censorship as a matter of principle, mercenary actors looking to parlay trouble with censors into publicity and thence book deals and speaking fees, and religious people who feel compelled to witness against the outrage to Divine law that transsexualism and sodomy inherently involves in it, which outrage is recognized as such by most every major faith tradition in Canada- not least of all, the growing Islamic population, which itself occupies an especially exalted place in Liberal hagiography, and against which the censor will be in a mightily awkward position (as the failed legislative effort in Quebec to ban the Islamic hijab on gender-equity grounds has already shown). As though that weren’t bad enough, thanks to the sacred Liberal institution of judicial review of legislative acts the hate-speech law long ago had to be amended; it now specifically provides that nobody can be convicted “if, in good faith, the person expressed or attempted to establish by an argument an opinion on a religious subject or an opinion based on a belief in a religious text”, and even the non-religious get to defend themselves on the grounds that “the statements were relevant to any subject of public interest, the discussion of which was for the public benefit, and if on reasonable grounds he believed them to be true”.

An ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for Smythe’s excellent work here.

Kurt Sutter and his television show Sons of Anarchy receive a thorough analysis at the hands of James McPherson. On top of his aesthetic study, McPherson traces the development and devolution of Catholic identity in America after WWII.

[T]he highest enrollment in Catholic parochial schools happened when the Irish Catholics and the Italian Catholics of Boston and New York began inter-marrying after WWII (as well as, of course, the Poles, Irish, Italians, Lithuanians, Hungarians, Germans, etc. in the Great Lakes basin). Unsure of which ethnic heritage to emphasize, their children started becoming American Catholics -the Universal Church applied to a new “ethnicity”.

But the 1960s disrupted this process of “ethnogenesis”. The results of enticed suburbanization, the Civil Rights Movement, the Sexual Revolution, and the Vietnam War meant that instead of American Catholics, they became “whites”, which has no meaning except, “not-black”, and now means “not a person of color.”

A superb exposé from N. T. Carlsbad: Lothrop Stoddard on Nazi feminism. An ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Hubert Collins chronicles the rise and fall of The New Republic in Who’s In Charge Here? A superb retrospective with analysis and an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ winner. “Neoliberalism” is a term bandied about far too freely, but Collins gives a clear and concise description of those in The New Republic‘s orbit.

Everyone involved in this new crowd, called “neoliberal,” from intern to President, saw themselves as heralding a new age of expertise and empathy. They concluded that the great lessons of the 20th century had been learned: socialism had failed, regulated capitalism was the solution; nationalism was ignorant, humans must see themselves as a global species; the successes and failures of government could be measured empirically, rationally assessed, and agreed upon. The neoliberals firmly believed all it would take to bring about a new period of glorious modernity was a few young, eloquent, rational experts to calmly explain how things should be ó and they considered themselves to be those experts.

Pride goeth before destruction, however, and the neoliberals failed to anticipate and understand the political effects of demographic change.

The kind of politics discussed by The New Republic were as white as it gets. It is impossible to imagine a similar magazine becoming popular in Cambodia, Ethiopia, or Honduras. So as our country came to resemble those countries more and more, the waning influence of such a wonky magazine was guaranteed.

Many of the prominent liberal critics of contemporary Leftism came out of the neoliberal milieu. Theirs is a true story of democracy: they knew what they wanted and got it good and hard.

Grace O’Malley rounds out the week with a commentary on Aristocratic Individualism In An Age of Populism. O’Malley reminds us of what really should stand behind the reactionary ethos:

Being a reactionary doesn’t mean harking back to past institutions and appearances but embodying the timeless traditional qualities that made up those forms which were appropriate for their particular time in history. Otherwise it just becomes a superficial lifestyle choice or cosplay, and nothing original or profound is said beyond the same tired talking points.


This Week Around The Orthosphere

J.M. Smith visits the borderland between Christian and Hun On the Marches of Europe.

Bertonneau continues his seminar on Hegel’s Christian Aesthetics.

857961789973b52c5d2417fb9a481795Art, humanity’s “first instructress,” is the metaphysical space in which the idea of the human reveals itself to itself and studies itself with the aim of ever greater understanding. Hegel writes: “Even if artistic works are not abstract thought and notion, but are an evolution of the notion out of itself, an alienation from itself towards the sensuous, still the power of the thinking spirit (mind) lies herein, not merely to grasp itself only in its peculiar form of self-conscious spirit (mind), but just as much to recognize itself in its alienation in the shape of feeling and the sensuous, in its other form, by transmuting the metamorphosed thought back into definite thoughts, and so restoring it to itself.”

Kristor laments Mercedes Benz committing SJW Seppuku.

The irreplaceable Ianto Watt, guest posting for Matt Briggs, continues From The People To Empire; Or, Why We Are Doomed: Part II.

Briggs has some comments On That New Genes & Intelligence Paper. He’s over in The Stream with Puberty Suppression as “Treatment” for Gender Dysphoria. Really? And, in honor of “Pride” Month, Briggs notes Many Corporations Taking Pride in Sodomy.

Mark Richardson observes some surprising high-level resistance to diversity: The Wall Street Journal on the European elites. WSJ is a major ivory tower in The Cathedral.

Richardson asks of the slippery slope that is the expanding definition of marriage, is the world Sliding down already?

Sydney Trads made this superb infographic on The Impact of Father Absence.


This Week in Arts & Letters

Harper McAlpine Black tends to have something completely different. And this week was no exception: Brian Gray—the Art of the Lecture.

PA features two Nature Poems from Czesław Miłosz, in translation and 20 years apart.

At City Journal this week, Dalrymple predicts a chiastic Channel Crossing Crisis in capital flows between Paris and London, while Edmund Glaeser surveys an economic crisis closer to home, The War on Work—and How to End It. Fred Siegel reviews a new tome on blue-collar conservatism, and wonders if Trump could be Reagan Redux? Milton Ezrati goes white collar, enjoying economist Andrew Lo’s new book on the influence of complex behavior on the markets, Adaptive Markets: Financial Evolution at the Speed of Thought; curiously, he finds most interesting that which it overlooks:

In periods of change, a species’ survival depends on a diversity of answers, including not only the genetic mutations usually associated with evolution but also the formulation of new heuristics for a human community. If some members go one way and others another, the odds are improved that some part of the group or species will survive. A single answer for the whole community, if wrong, spells extinction. With this insight, evolutionary theory would seem to harmonize the contrasting perspectives of Adam Smith, Friedrich Hayek, and others, who argued for the superiority of market diversity in meeting human needs and the danger of singular, community-wide answers implicit in government direction.

Chris Gale starts a new sequence of Sunday Sonnets, with one from Hilaire Belloc. Responding to a post at Chateau Heartiste, he discerns the roots of the current decline in the bad shot and bitter chaser of legal cowardice and legalistic microregulation of the church. Likewise, progressive blasphemies are a denial of Christ, to be accused of them, imitatio christi, so choose the label over the hateful. A survey of Canada’s new intolerance, as reliably destructive paganism; and a new vector begins to emerge in the ongoing holiness spiral, as the kosher worm turns; indeed, there’s so much spiraling going on, it’s disorienting.

Over at Albion Awakening, Wildblood argues that what we mean by meaning is spirituality. Bruce Charlton meanwhile triangulates Eastern and Western spiritual traditions between the contrariety of mortal life as “good” or as “bad”

In sum—the Christian position is that it is basically good to be incarnated and born in a human body, and to live, and to die, and to be resurrected…

By contrast, many (or all) other religions regard one or all of these four things as bad.

Charlton also recounts the intuitive value of a prolonged peak experience.

At Logos Club, Kaiter Enless takes a nuanced view of Loomer, Gerbils & the Shakespearean Affair, where a Donald Trump lookalike plays Julius Ceasar in Central Park.

He explores Value Ordination: Political Paradigm as Argumentation, lamenting the collapse of political reasoning into crude heuristics of assimilation:

29fPeople that are likely to take political compass tests are also likely to be highly engaged in politics and thus are already well aware of their own political views and where they are likely to lie on any given political compass test (unless the given test happens to be poorly constructed, and thus, woefully inaccurate). They are not really seeking out what their ideological positions are but are rather looking for a shared visual platform where their ideological uniqueness can be shown to others. A narcissist’s pastime.

The fixation here is more upon the position of the individual along the political compass than upon the ideas which place them there. This is reflective of American political discourse more generally, where discussions are generally started with the prompt, “Well The Left,” or, “You see this is just what The Right has been trying to do for years now—”

Right and Left are, of a certainly, highly useful linguistic tools but there is here a problem which manifests itself whenever a particular political moniker becomes more important that being correct, that is to say, logically parsimonious (utilizing economy of explanation to arrive at a conclusion).

Fantastic essay and another ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for Kaiter Enless.

The third installment of his Brief Primer on Fiction Writing looks closely at the tropes of sex and death, essential to all literary art, finding that…

Fiction which does not deal with these primal impulses, with these most crucial matters of human life, can scarcely be expected to rouse the passions since they are inherently devoid of the most powerful of them. If passions can not be roused then men can not, in any large number be moved, if men can not be moved to act in congruence to all those aforementioned questions of import than entropy is intensified and process of social degradation sets in like a cankerous wound.

Finally, in surveying the disparate influences and vectors of the American Right, he questions, and urges further hard questions On the Prospects of Popular Right Wing Unification, arguing conclusively that any such possibility has to stand for order against chaos.

Fencing Bear this week also covers the virtue of order, as well as comfort in solitude and develops a self-authoring meta tale exploring the value of narrative exempla for ethical self-regulation. Warming to her theme, she delves further into the history of changing moral norms of etiquette, and reflects wryly on the passing of C-16: On Pronouns and Blowing Your Nose.

Over at the Imaginative Conservative, Kenneth Odom defines the true form and function of Fine Art in terms of the devotional inscription of God’s Attributes while Steve Donoghue reviews a potted selection of five of Plutarch’s Lives in The Age of Caesar.

Birzer reconsiders C. S. Lewis, Ulstermann and how Catholicism influenced him, even while he despised papists. M. E. Bradford surveys three accounts of the Duke of Wellington, The Last Great Englishman. Pearce returns to Lewis, placing him in with Chesterton and Tolkien as a holy triumvirate who endowed the world with their vision of Rooted Clarity & Childlike Wisdom.

Also the poetry of W. B. Yeats: The Scholars.

Finally, Jim Kalb—friend of this blog and this blogger—explores the problematics of Christian conscience under a manifestly evil regime Christians and the Revolutionary State:

tumblr_static_cute-little-baby-girls-158Modern government…[in] its totalitarian form…squarely presents the issue of essentially evil government. Such a government expresses the modern tendency to construct ever-expanding systems of purely human origin that end by leaving no room for God or natural law. So it insists that Christianity, if permitted to exist at all, must transform itself into its image.


The problem is that the systematic attempt to put choice first ends in contradiction. It means rejecting natural law and any concept of the common good based on human nature, replacing them with a conception of human rights and public order based on open-ended will, and insisting on applying the ever-ramifying demands of that conception ever more forcibly not only to law but to social attitudes and practices generally. The demand for equal freedom, thus, ends in an ever more comprehensive system of control not oriented toward any higher good but designed to keep anyone’s conception of higher goods from affecting other people.

The baleful results of which are now everywhere apparent.


This Week in the Outer Left

Nothing worth linking this week. We’re picky!


This Week… Elsewhere

I know Elfnonationalist has dabbled in a variety of niches, but he’s quite strong in the HBD niche for a second week in a row with data and an essay On Irish Genetics.


Heartiste has some outstanding straight-talking video of Greg Cochrane. Also this was pretty insightful: Decoupling Feminine Virtue From Feminine Status: The Emerging Gynarchy.

TUJ surmises What a Military Conflict with North Korea Would Look Like.

Zach Kraine sums up the endgame quite nicely here: Two Potential Roads. Universal balkanization or Global Empire. We at Social Matter think the latter will have a much smaller body-count. Also: All Politics is Identity Politics. Which is entirely true. And serves not as justification for identity politcs so much as an argument against politics simpliciter.

Al Fin takes a deep dive here: This’ll Kill Ya: They’re Coming For Your Electric Power. And the “they” is mostly us. And this week in Dangerous ChildrenLife is Not a Simple Sequence: Why is School?

By way of Random Critical Analysis, this was something I suspected, but it’s good to see the data: No, US school funding is actually somewhat progressive. The comfortable myth—and corresponding opportunity for fashionable moral pose—is unequal (i.e., “rayciss”) school funding leads to disparate outcomes. That’s so… 1977. Very nearly the opposite is the case today. “Failing schools” fail chiefly because they are even better at flushing tax dollars down the toilet than successful ones. And it is quite a boatload of tax dollars. If only the Pentagon had such a generous funding stream.

Unorthodoxy reviews 5 Months In: What Has Trump Done? Things haven’t gotten worse… that’s fer sure.

Of particular interest to readers in or near Northern Virginia The New Rome has an Announcement:New Rome Boxing.

Giovanni Dannato considers Female Power and the Vote. They had plenty of the former before they ever got the latter and it was still far too much.


Welp that’s all I had time for folks. A slightly lighter week than usual. Still plenty of good stuff to read and listen too. Reports of the Death of NRx have been greatly exaggerated. We like our history slow, and our news slower. Many thanks to the great TWiR staff: David Grant, Rory McRae, Alex Von Neumann, Egon Maistre, and Hans der Fiedler. Aidan MacLear was off this week and his absence was certainly felt. Keep on reactin! Til next week: NBS… Over and out!!

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  1. Thanks for the award. Congratulations to all of the other hard-working writers this week. :)

  2. Love this week’s This Week in the Outer Left. Make ’em work for it!

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