Bill Marchant wishes everyone a Happy Canada Day! this week on her sesquicentennial.
The good folks up at Northern Dawn are honoring the anniversary with a whole symposium… On Saturday, Gerald T. Neal describes Canada: More Than Just A Land. An excellent read.
Which reminds me… it was Independence Day (Fourth of July) down here in the states today (but not last week). Which reminds me of an old riddle: Do they have a 4th of July in England? Hint: Yes they do. They just don’t celebrate it by setting off fireworks, wearing American flag bikinis, and eating 72 hotdogs in 10 minutes. (For those trying the math: Yes, that’s 7.2 hotdogs per minute (hpm).)
Let’s see… what else was going on?
Alf strikes early in the week with with a rumination On The Life of Pim Fortuyn. As well as thoughts On his Death. Hard to believe, but he died in 2002. Well ahead of his time in more ways than one. Also a video (with commentary) featuring Douglas Murray: Europe, the Dying. Which gives some hope that, when Europe finally does die, at least some will have seen it coming.
Also at Imperial Energy, STEEL-Cameralism vs. Absolutism Round 3. He’s right, contra Chris B., that Catholicism would have a hard, likely impossible, time being re-established in England after 500 years. He’s wrong to think that philosophical naturalism could be.
On the Generative Anthropology front, Adam discusses Equality and Morality—the mutual dependence of which remains central to an ongoing disputation he’s been having with his former professor Eric Gans, who has taken more than a little interest in, and suspicion of, “neo-reaction”.
Over at Grey Enlightenment, Dileo Burgin highlights Four Jordan Peterson Lectures. Quite inspirational.
Nick Land invites discussion on a Twitter Cut from Not Pax Dickinson. We at Social Matter have considered Not Pax’s position on the matter of pseudonymity pretty much beyond question at this point.
Doug Smythe has some brief but quite apposite thoughts on the meaning of the Reagan legacy: Viva la Reagan Revolucion? It’s too brief for me to excerpt, without a theft of thunder, but the Committee deem this one an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
Spandrell puts on his linguist hat and weaves a superb analysis of Uptalk. In Ben Sasse, and everywhere else it seems.
In evolutionary terms, Uptalk started with teenage girls, and indeed it was an effect of modern Californian teenage girl society, which is a good approximation to a Hobbesian state of nature of all against all, where you must police your every single act, lest the sisterhood comes crashing down on you and throws you and your status into some ghetto in Oakland. So that’s how teenage girls evolved passive-aggressiveness and high-frequency semi-questions as self-defence. The interesting thing is why that spread out of teenage girl life into wider society. This implies there’s something about modern society which is similar to teenage girl total status war.
Now what could that something be…? This too was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
Atavisionary discovers a Confession of a recovering cultist of progressivism. Also full (and humorous) coverage of The progressive liberal: Professional wrestler. He’s a heel… of course.
Titus Cincinnatus offers a dive into the thought of Jacques Ellul and The Tyranny of the Technical Society. He begins with Ellul’s careful distinction between technique and technology, the former being the more expansive descriptor encompassing the complete set of human artifacts (rules, goals, etc.) pertaining to some material goal or need. It seems to me to be closely akin to ideology, and I’m not saying that like it’s a good thing. Neither is Cincinnatus…
It is the inexorable drive towards the maximisation of efficiency, profit, and control. Technology can contribute to this, certainly, but machines are merely a tool to be used by technique. So for instance, in industry technique would not merely include the mechanisation of a production process, but would encompass all of the various areas (industrial hygiene, worker efficiency and productivity, psychological happiness and welfare, usage of resources, advertising propaganda to encourage consumption, etc.) which contribute to maximising production, transportation, and consumption, treating machine and worker alike as cogs in the process. Human techniques would be employed by corporations and governments alike to keep workers and voters happy and distracted so that they present as little challenge to the functioning of the established systems as possible. Technique essentially seeks to dehumanise every field of human activity, even those ostensibly centered around the human being, so as to eliminate wasteful human inefficiencies from the process.
Too much of a good thing is… well…
[O]ne of the key points to understand from Ellul’s dissection is that technique simply is. Though often anthropomorphised, technique really has no morals or goals of its own. Rather, technique simply has the tendency toward displacing every other concern—moral, ethical, or whatever else—with that of increasing efficiency. This is why the modern world’s emphasis on “progress”—much of which is about the extension of technique into the human realm so as to create power—always and at all times seeks to displace every other concern. The technicist—who may consider himself a progressive, a futurist, a capitalist, or a libertarian—will naturally devalue religious concerns which would oppose the extension of technique. The same goes for ethical, philosophical, moral, and even merely sentimental concerns. All must be swept before the bulldozer of technique.
The Cathedral is very good at this. And it is why it is in power, and The Restoration, operating under the Mandate of Heaven, is not. Breaking this cycle will not be easy, but Cincinnatus has some ideas on it. And some warnings. He earns a rare ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ for this one.
Henry Dampier, a former editor at SM, gives us a provocatively-titled piece over on Jacobite: There Is No Multiculturalism. Though they claim to be interested in cultural diversity, Western elites truly desire a single, universal monoculture which accepts minor quirks:
When multiculturalists say that they believe that every minority race and religious group should be encouraged to flourish independently under the same government, they generally don’t mean that a Muslim man should have the right to marry his nieces and to buy and sell slaves as permitted in the Quran. He doesn’t mean that the Muslim mayor of an American town should be allowed to try and execute confirmed homosexuals under a separate Sharia court, as expected by his religion.
What they tend to mean is that he can be a sort of Muslim who eats pork and drinks beer—a Muslim-in-name-only who does not actually obey the dictates of his religion. In the same way as a Jew who observes the Sabbath is awkward outside of certain closed Orthodox and Hasidic communities, a good Muslim is not a good multicultural citizen.
Summed up in a single, brilliant line:
You can believe anything so long as it’s the religious equivalent of beige.
Unfortunately for the elites, their program of leveling and destroying differences between groups is backfiring.
While civil rights policies are often portrayed both by critics and advocates as strengthening a multicultural order, what they actually do is fracture the society and undermine the principles of equality under the law that the secular constitutional state requires to maintain its legitimacy. One might surmise that that is the hidden intention behind all of it, but I doubt that that’s the case. Too many people earnestly believe that leveling policies promote an egalitarian multicultural order to accept that all of them secretly understand that this will ultimately break it apart into mutually antagonistic factions.
Dampier returns to the podium with an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
By way of Isegoria… Chimps are not superhumanly strong—an impression that I had mistakenly had, up til 5 minutes ago; some good news African farmers’ kids conquer the marshmallow test; finally… The easy and reliable way of defeating all insurgencies everywhere; and St. John’s College Great Books Program is Known simply as “the Program”. And by “great books” they still mean “dead white guys’ books”.
Speaking of Myths of the 20th Century, Those Who Can See have up a new
essay pamphlet: Segregation: Our Most Cherished Myths
Finally, this week in CWNY, a meditation on The Return to His Europe. The “his” being Christ’s. And he touches here on short-comings in the so-called “Alt-Right” and neo-paganism.
This Week in Jim Donald
Back to back entries from Jim this week. First, he tackles the Bitcoin crisis. If you’re a Bitcoin fanboy, definitely RTWT because it is a sober analysis of the potential of Bitcoin.
At the very beginning, I said the trouble with bitcoin, as originally designed, is that it does not scale. Everyone, to be a peer, to be an equal participant, has to store and process everyone else’s transactions, thus the cost of each transaction increases with the number of peers.
The cryptocurrency market is a weird place, and I think that the usual investing advice to never risk what you aren’t OK with losing should be rigorously observed by all gentlemen of quality who want to invest in cryptocurrencies. Whenever I contemplate my loss of 20 BTC from Mt. Gox, I only think about the initial investment amount. Not the current value. [Slight sniffle…]
The second of the back to back is likely to ruffle more than a few feathers in this sphere. In answering the question of who are the permanent government, Jim concludes it’s not the Zionist Occupation Government. Everyone with any opinion on the JQ should read this one, as Jim has long staked out a space as a moderate on the question and ably defended that position.
The American permanent government is disproportionately Jewish, and the Jewish members of the permanent government do not identify as white in their own minds. But they definitely do not identify as Israelis.
When we purge the universities, the civil service, and the judiciary of progressives, there will be a lot of Jews taking a swim in the pacific. There is going to be a lot of disparate impact. But their equivalents in Israel are not going to miss them one little bit.
If we were to purge the genes, rather than the memes, if we were to gas the Jews, rather than drown the heretics, we would be goring the matador’s cape and would miss the matador.
Purge the memes, not the genes: The Modest Proposal.
This Week in Social Matter
Ryan Landry kicks off the week here at Social Matter with a superb analysis of the history and rhetoric behind America’s No-Fly Zone Doctrine, how it’s now used principally to protect and advance the cause of rebel groups, and how this is increasingly laid bare…
One can read the diary of Lend-Lease control officer Major Jordan to see that America was supplying the Soviets with absurd amounts of material, cranking out thousands of planes and equipment, and even prioritizing servicing Soviet planes ahead of American planes. Roughly 80% of the value of all equipment, vehicles, supplies, and food that went to Europe for American troops was supplied to the Soviets from America in the same timeframe. It is possibly a stretch, but the idea of providing air cover, material, and arms for a nation willing to supply the manpower did not burst onto the American scene with the Nixon Doctrine but with Lend-Lease to the Soviets. “Europe first, Japan second” looks odder in hindsight for the threats to America in 1942, but not if one considers the Arsenal of Democracy concept. By the mid-20th century, America’s economy, arms industry, and international reach were mature enough for this form of foreign involvement.
America now employs the same idea for insurgencies, for jihadists, and for any rebel group (Kurdish feminists) provided that their target is an obstacle to America, or one of its powerful vassals. The implementation of no-fly zones over the skies of sovereign nations is emphatically not defensive, but it might be considered defensive for the rebels America and its vassals are supplying. In reality, the point of this tactic is to strip a sovereign (targeted by America for regime change) of its tactical air support advantage. Rebels do not have air forces, so this no-fly zone concept simply removes the air force of the targeted nation, all the while minimizing American involvement to supplying arms, equipment, and air cover.
This was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
Weimerica Weekly was on that most Weimerican of women: Lena Dunham. She has been groomed for a media presence since before she was a teenager to be a focus-group tested product for SWPL women. But things didn’t turn out quite the way they were supposed to with her. Give it a listen.
On Thursday, Wolfgang Adler returns for a triumphant second effort here with a boat load of original research on How Communists Overthrew Salazar’s Regime In Portugal. Clocking in at nearly 9000 words, set aside some time for this essential read. In short, the way it happened was both ways… intentional targeting of Portugal by the Soviets, and effectively coordinated internal agitation. Adler counts the hitherto obscure ways. The Portuguese Communist Party had anything but a promising start in the 1920s. That changed beginning in 1940 when the radical and ruthless Álvaro Cunhal basically seized leadership of the party.
The results were a fully transformed PCP, one where the party was more “professional, secretive and fearsome. For the first time, the PCP would be in a position to carry out the policies dictated by the Popular Front strategy: carrying out mass propaganda, and establishing contacts with other opposition forces.” Cunhal led the PCP’s more aggressive push into infiltration, abandoning the idea of a separate Marxist trade movement and instead opting to subvert the official corporatist “national syndicates” system. Off the back of widespread labor insurrection in 1942, Cunhal published A Celula da Empresa (The Company Cell) that outlined the creation of communist labor cells within different work environments–a model that the PCP would export into the military.
The PCP quickly became the centerpiece of nation’s opposition, as was evident from the presidential elections of the late 1940s.
Which eventually gained the notice of the Soviets. As did the nationalist ambitions of Angolans who were “oppressed” by Portugal. The commies were successful, predictably, at infiltrating the Portuguese university system, and less predictably successful at infiltrating the military. In a made-for-adventure-movie script, Cunhal eventually escapes prison and flees to the Soviet Union. And Wolfgang Adler takes home the ☀☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Award☀☀ for his outstanding efforts here.
Friday brings the next installment of the Myth of the 20th Century podcast: Episode 24: Lithuania, Crossroads Of The Baltic.
And then Adam Smith steps out of the podcast to with his personal research findings: Alien Nations: A Sociological Study Of The United States. It’s chock full of wonderfully constructed little social tidbits. Like:
In Vancouver and Portland, much of the city core looks like a Frankenstein amalgam of older brick and stone buildings mixed with new steel and glass high rises, as if an alien civilization began its colonization program and drop-shipped the pod people in to take over the city.
In small town restaurants, waitresses will still call you ‘honey’ and smile as they deliver your order. But out back during smoke breaks, there is talk of ways to get out of town, and out comes the inescapable feeling that they’ve been left behind.
The weather is truly amazing for many on the coastal strip. Malibu commands some of the highest property values in the world. But take a walk along the Santa Monica pier and one will notice the mass of humanity there not resembling the glamorous Hollywood stars and more closely matching the Cantina bar from the first Star Wars. Music from struggling bards play discordantly over each other as Chinese tourists and Mexicans in black blazers and baseball jerseys, respectively, walk by frozen mango vendors selling their ice cream bars in broken English. It was at this pier in the movie “Falling Down” that Michael Douglas’ character, an American white male defense worker laid off from his job who walks through the city on the way after leaving his car in a traffic jam to his daughter’s birthday (at his ex-wife’s) and wades through apathy, corruption, and racial conflict, meets his demise.
Almost a travelogue, Smith’s essay defies synopsis. But a very worthy read and an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
And overbooked Friday continues at Social Matter with a gem (as always) from Arthur Gordian: What It Means To Be Part Of The Ruling Class. He distinguishes between elites and the true ruling class.
A class, to be brief, is a group connected through a shared interest and common fate. In order that a social class should be cohesive, their aims must be complimentary and their demise must be mutual. Any attempt to articulate a class consciousness which lacks these two features is doomed to failure. It will either fracture under internal competition or divide along the unshared vulnerability of part of its membership. It’s hard to imagine a stable class which includes farmers and ranchers, as their interests are irreconcilable. Likewise, there can never be a stable class including homeowners and renters, as homeowners will defect on the question of rent controls, while renters will defect on questions of property taxes, as neither group will suffer for betraying the cause of their compatriots.
Gordian turns to James Burnham for a working definition of “ruling class”, but his commentary on Burnham (and everything else) is where the real action is at…
What was the 2008-09 bailout controversy except an action by the ruling class to solidify control over the productive [sic] elements of the economy? It was an attempt to preserve value in assets owned or controlled by members of the ruling class. While the old context of socialism, which assumed control over a manufacturing base by either nationalization or the regulatory state, is dead, the core element of a ruling class exercising control over the institutions of national wealth remains valid. The National Industrial Recovery Act may have been the old means of control which no longer holds, but it has not gone without replacement in the form of the SEC, Federal Reserve, and other government regulatory bodies through which the ruling class maintains a stranglehold on the national economy.
Can it be argued that the federal bureaucracy does not control which corporations thrive and which falter in the modern economy? Is there a correlation to corporate success greater than political favoritism? Could the great Silicon Valley fortunes have been built without the benign neglect and favorable regulatory atmosphere generated by the managerial elites of the American bureaucracy?
And he has much more in this ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ winner: A fantastic contribution to the New Social Science. RTWT.
Saturday’s Prose and Poetry features some fresh verse from the careful hand of Lawrence Glarus: The Emerald Birth. Beautiful. Quite rhythmic.
This Week in 28 Sherman
Over on the home blong, Landry starts the week off with a declaration that it’s over for Guitar Center. They got hammered hard by the recession, and have never really recovered as online (Amazon) and secondhand (Craigslist) sales have squeezed the market. The era of the large-scale, niche market retailer might be over.
Maybe the eventual retail fight is Amazon vs. Walmart with no one left. Wholesalers and retailers alike will get squeezed to nothing, shedding even more jobs in our economy, so where does it end? Do we get the fully automated luxury communism with a UBI? They’ll make it universal basic consumption though so you have to spend the money they hand you to keep their game going.
Maybe the future is a bit more like The Diamond Age and you’ll see the 3D printing, automated products of the future but the hand crafted, artisanal products will be luxury items. Services would follow a similar path, but maybe indentured servitude will make a comeback for the promise of a safe life in a big home. Whatever the future, it is hard to see big, but niche retailers like Guitar Center existing in it.
On Wednesday, Ryan throws some cold water on the talk of Democrats facing legit challenges from their left. It won’t happen, Democrats won’t be primaryed. Long story short, the money in the Democrat coalition comes from the center, and the people who’d want to primary a Democrat don’t have the funds to make it viable. But wait, what if some progressive billionaire had access to lots of data from millions of Americans to target specific seats? Some sort of… Zuckerberg super-PAC?
Dems can’t be primaried because their money donors are all enjoying the slower move to the left a la GoldmanSachs with a rainbow flag style. No one can primary them? What source of funds is there to fund these candidates? NONE. Zuck solves that on his own. Zuck would not start a party, doing what Macron just did. Too much effort.
Zuckerberg may not be positioning for a run at all but something else. In all honesty, he has more power now as leader of the Facebook maw than being the occupant of the Oval Office. Maybe Zuck wants to be tech czar in a future Democrat administration, where he can do to tech policy what GE did with industrial policy under Obama.
He has trend data. Zuck can also see the writing on the wall. He has access to trend data no one else does that is all tied to real people. Zuck could just be positioning himself for mercy if the plebians get the torches and pitchforks out.
This Week in WW1 pics: Ottoman calvary in the desert—I am a little sentimental about this one. Any traditionalist likes to admire knights and calvary, but I think there is something to be said for horses getting spared the hardships of war.
Friday finds Landry reacting to the Pride Month insanity. He reports that even some queers he knows are recoiling at how grossly LGBT is being pushed, especially towards kids.
When even gays see something as wrong, it might be time to slow down, stop and reverse. I have had a field day sharing pictures on the Weimerica Instagram because it does feel like the progs have gone into overdrive pushing this crap. The smaller fights like BLM stopping PRIDE parades or the Jews and Lesbians butting heads have been entertaining as well. This is called a coalition of the fringes for a reason and the fringe will fight over who is the bigger victim and who has primacy to define a space.
We here at Social Matter are tolerant individuals. It does not greatly concern us what you do with another adult in the privacy of your own bedroom… as long as you are actually and only doing it in the privacy of your own bedroom! When you take your degenerate behavior into the streets and start promoting it to our children, then we have a problem. It is my view that there can be a Blue Parrot bar in the seedier part of town, and as long as the gays keep to themselves, Vice Squad raids should be infrequent and polite.
This Week in Kakistocracy
First, Porter has his take on the latest chapter in the ongoing legal saga of Trump’s travel ban in
See, that’s the magic of jurisprudence. You get nine lawyers in a room, and whichever side has five predetermined votes is what the Constitution says. So if Hillary had won, the Constitution would mandate a Honduran in every home. But since Trump won, it just requires Sudanese goatherds to make up a story about their aunt in Topeka. This may leave you wondering what was the purpose in getting 128 million people in a room last November if it’s all a matter of political headcount anyway. The answer is: it’s just easier counting to five.
Next, a salient point on the incentives that drive capitalist support for mass immigration. It’s not cheap labor. The goal is An Economy Engorged. That is, consumption. Cheap chalupas are the tip of the iceberg. Make that a Daisani-berg. Subsidized by plenty of your welfare dollars, of course.
Just ask yourself how many iPhones a Somali in Mogadishu purchases compared to one in Minneapolis. The delta between those two figures represents the direct corporate motivation to engage in selfless migrant humanitarianism. This is what many on the right donít well digest. If there were zero labor depression, big business would still agitate for succulent migration purely for its effect on consumption.
Porter also must remind us that Leftism is a religion, with an example of Faith Down in New Orleans.
With his material prosperity and mastery of obstetrics, why is white fertility doggedly below replacement? With his military potency unparalleled, why is Western man being clubbed in his own capitals by invaders so incompetent they would expire without his charity?
The intellect is plainly still operative, though his critical instincts are not. Something has disabled the innate visceral impulses required for survival of everything from man to mole rats. But how do you keep a people from positive adaptivity who have navigated every environment, plague, and predator for over four hundred centuries?
Here’s one way: Faith…
…There is a faith among this flock that safe, peaceful, and prosperous Western civilization can live without Westerners, as lungs can breathe freely without air.
And lastly, a short illustration of the hive mind at work in Goad to Joy. Though hive mind isn’t entirely fair. Good rhetoric, sure, but like in the previous story, faith is very human. So is self-abnegating conformism.
What a difference vertical message control can make. The power of which I no longer question. For there are few more impressive displays of its potency than seeing an elderly matron cheering the end of her lineage in service to a lifestyle fashion that would have elicited disgust in her own younger self.
This Week in Evolutionist X
Evolutionist X gives us an overview of recent developments in paleoanthropology Recent Exciting Developments: 130kya American Hominins? She’s skeptical thus far.
Next up, another round for Cathedral Round-Up: Give Zuck a Chance? Mark Zuckerberg preens fashionably in his Harvard commencement speech about the hidden and never addressed social and institutional barriers which keep the left half of the bell-curve from fulfilling their true potential as well- (but not too well-) paid Facebook professionals. Zuckerberg has a zillion focus group tested feel-good applause lines. Mrs. X takes a 6-gauge fisk to just about all of them.
And she continues the Anthropology Friday series on Siberia: Old Believers, Buryats, and the Russian Far East. With lots of pictures, of course.
This Week in Quas Lacrimas
Quincy T. Latham engages interlocutors in multiple on-going parenthetical discussions on “Defection”. It’s inside New Social Science baseball. But New Social Science baseball is a chief long-term aim of Hestia Society.
This Week at Thermidor Mag
Kaiter Enless starts the week off over at our sister publication Thermidor with In the Grasp of the Wraith: America, Israel and the Israeli Lobby, a solid primer on the basis for the “special relationship” between these two countries.
N. T. Carlsbad produces a superb examination of another 19th century liberal in Friedrich von Gentz and the Decline of Internoble Solidarity. Carlsbad chronicles Gentz’s transition from youthful liberalism to counterrevolutionism in his maturity.
After a long wait, Titus Quintus gives us the next installment of his series on Fifth Political Theory, The Necessity of a New State Agnostic Model. As the title suggests, Quintus advises abandoning the project of capturing or creating a state:
5PT does not deny that a state would be beneficial. Nor does it deny that a nation-state of refuge that provides space for the flourishing of an ethnos would be a good thing. 5PT does deny, however, that these are viable options in the foreseeable future. In some circles this has been received as “blackpilling,” but we must look at it as triage. It is not urgent to have a nation-state or an empire before having a tribe, and there are really no political actions identitarians can take towards obtaining those state-level institutions because they lack that sort of power and the means to achieve that sort of power under the current system.
Instead Quintus proposes that we direct our energies toward other, more promising targets.
The Western diaspora has to think about what is plausible in the lifetimes of our children and our children’s children. Can we form ethnic networks and multi-generational communities of neighbors? Can we colonize sectors of the economy? Can we master our public relations as a disliked minority? These are all things that trump the orthodoxy of political programs aimed at state capture and redirection.
This runs counter to the Imperial Mindset of the Hestia Society.
Next up, Walter Devereux deconstructs the emotional dichotomies of modern political theories in Political Motivation in Three Forms or Why Patriotism is Not Enough. Such theories are childish in their simplicity:
Reclaiming honor, duty, and obligation, therefore, requires a great deal more than merely using those words again: they cannot exist in a child-like, egalitarian setting. They are not the realm of the child. Children are by their nature always free and equal: for this reason the Romans called them liberi, “free ones”. A society that seeks freedom and equality as its highest goals will always be a childish society—easily enslaved and easily tricked, subject to all the faults of childhood, from the blithe confidence to the passionate impetuosity. Only an adult society can be a decent society—a society which values the loyalty of honor rather than the loyalty of love and the ungrudging acceptance of hierarchy rather than the passionate embrace of universal equality.
For those of you who were blissfully unaware, June was Pride Month. Of course it was. Nathan Duffy breaks down American Pride:
This demonstrates the true nature of the movement better than anything else: it’s not even the promotion of homosexuality or “gay rights” per se which drives it (though they’re fine with that), but the creation of an instrument of warfare to be used on its enemies, namely red-state Christians and conservatives. Homophobic Islam is not only not an enemy, but may prove a valuable ally in the fight against Red-state, Christian America. We see this high/low, liberal-elite/Islamic-immigrant coalition quite crisply all over western Europe, despite its glaring contradictions.
Duffy is one of our favorite new (to us at least) writers and snags an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for his work here.
Finally, editor P. T. Carlo rounds out the week with a rhetorical evisceration of liberal pundit Matthew Yglesias. After Carlo is through, the reader has to wonder whether he’s too harsh on Yglesias. Surely there’s something admirable about the man? Something??
This Week Around The Orthosphere
Mark Citadel, guest posting at The Orthosphere, writes about The Intersection of Metahistory & Sainthood.
Saints serve a very important metahistorical purpose, for they are one of Christianity’s most valuable tools for entrenching itself and putting down deep roots into the national mythos. It seems particularly in the contemporary era, the saints have been incredibly undervalued. Many churches have either expunged them altogether, or have downplayed them to their own detriment.
The inimitable Ianto Watt continues tracking America’s progress From The People To Empire; Or, Why We Are Doomed: Part III, over at Briggs’ place.
Briggs makes a Prediction: Supreme Court Will Punt In Fake Marriage Cake Case. He also explains what Antiprimes are. “Highly composite numbers” I’d heard of. But not “anti-primes”.
James Kalb, writing for Catholic World Report, explores some factors behind The Benedict compulsion.
Mark Richardson of Oz Conservative writes about “financial abuse” and Role reversal gone wrong.
How can “not contributing to the finances” be defined as domestic violence? This would put the traditional family outside the law. And why is there only sympathy when a woman [who who pays spousal support to her ex-husband] is put in the same position as tens of thousands of men?
[W]e must not be content with being “house traditionalists” who exist merely to play a role within “the liturgy of liberalism.” We need to be serious about building to the point that we are obviously regaining ground. At that point, liberals become vulnerable to psychological confusion and demoralisation. There may not be great depths of resistance once they lose a sense of inevitable progress.
On her About Me page, Pope explains that this is what she learned when she had an affair and divorced her husband:
I had to learn to love myself, forgive myself and stay true to myself.
What is striking is that while this idea is banal, it is always presented as a deep and profound insight that the woman discovered, an epiphany.† Equally striking is the lack of pushback against this truly vile religion of self worship, especially by Christians.
Bruce Charlton suggests that maybe, just maybe… The drama of your life is trying to tell you something Also a superb explanation of what should comprise The Compleat Lecturer.
Johnathan McCormack at Disfigured Praise asks Do Americans actually have a soul? (Short answer: no) and writes about The spiritual roots of the Right’s wounded male ego against Mother Earth.
[Plato, I]n his Republic, analyzed the descending course of the present cycle of manifestation as a descent of political power down the ladder of the castes, from the Spiritual Intellectuals to the Warriors to the Plutocrats to the Demos, a course which has expressed itself in Western Civilization as the devolution of authority from the Popes and the Holy Roman Emperors to the national Kings and Nobles, from the Kings to the Bourgeoisie, and from the Bourgeoisie to the Proletariat.
And in our own time we have seen a further devolution of authority, from the “solid” working class to (in some cases) the lumpen proletariat, as represented by such political figures as Arnold Schwartzneggar, and ultimately to the non-human world, to a mythologized “Earth-based” regime where animal and plant species are seen as “constituencies” and individual animals almost as citizens…
McCormack also makes a compelling infographic case for why Europe is doomed.
Knight of Númenor has a part 2 of his series Some thoughts on (post)modern architecture.
This Week in Arts & Letters
From Chris Gale this week, a poem of Henry Howard, more reflections on virtue signalling by way of Bruce Charlton and some melancholy thoughts on the systemic mediocrity that has rendered The University Not Fit For Purpose. Small wonder then the amount of Fake Science that passes peer-review. The Hubris of the medical sciences, and the all-too common sight of liberal derision for commonsense, as for Tebbit on Brexit. The valor of Christianity is Christ, not Law and so Justice Requires the Cross, albeit the Church itself may harbor traitors. Thoughts on the moral imperative (religious and medical) to prevent suicide, and The Betrayal of the Mad. An elegy of Houseman’s and lastly, of course, the usual Sunday Sonnet.
At City Journal, an entertaining short story from Andrew Klavan, The End of the Working Day and a review of a new book from Jeff Guinn, that sheds light on cult leader Jim Jones’s strange ubringing (viz. mommy issues) The Child Within the Monster. Also in review, Anthony Patela takes stock of Philadelphia’s new Museum of the American Revolution and finds the excellence of its collection somewhat contaminated by its architectural and ideological commitments:
The building is, like Gouverneur Morris, heavy around the midsection and otherwise trim….As an institution dedicated to maximizing revenue while delivering doses of diversity, the museum resembles a modern university….the drumbeat of identity politics is sometimes so insistent as to drown out the narrative of the conflict—and sometimes, these interpolations are completely out of context. Why, for example, are we reading the thoughts of a Korean War veteran on one of the walls?
And so, it’s completely pozzed. Who could have imagined?
Creative inspiration and generosity abound over at Logos Club, who have designed a new logo and released an anthology text of their finest writing as a free e-book in two parts, with paper copies also on the horizon. In more usual matter from Logos, Kaiter Enless discusses The Respect Demand, Or, How to Refute Yourself Without Realizing It For the Sake of Sounding Non-Partisan, a demolition of the vacuous platitude now permeating discourse, that we should somehow pretend we get along, even at daggers drawn. Also from Enless, a new poem Dactyl’s Lullaby and an account of the trivial nose-bloodying Morning Joe took at the hands of the Donald, whom he finds glorying still in the pan et circenses of the election cycle hype-machine when the time for august leadership and decisive statecraft is already long overdue. Finally, in another post from Enless an account of the American Deathscape: the Drug Scourge: Sources and Solutions. Enless correctly identifies the chronic debility of statist interventions in the “War on Drugs”, in the their elision of personal responsibility which is the basic state and first movement toward order and virtue.
Richard Carroll’s reminiscence on the Anabasis An Ascent with Xenophon occasions reflection on the paucity of Greats that furnishes a contemporary education in Literature, and the need to read not only widely and well, but with depth.
Over at Albion Awakening Wildblood explores the virtuous sufficiency of Faith and Works or Can Good Deeds and Right Thoughts get you to Heaven?. What is really at stake in the spiritual life is not some mercenary wager in the expectation of ultimate reward, but the heart’s transmutation into God’s Light as a living process that we initiate here on Earth:
What I am saying here is that if you want to get to heaven, the real heaven and not some celestial ante-chamber, God or Jesus must be known in the heart not the head. Only thus will you know the real (as opposed to imagined) God or Jesus and start to become like the real God or Jesus which is the prerequisite for entrance to the Kingdom of God. No mere humans allowed! You must have begun the transformation into a heavenly being here, in this world, and that takes place in the heart from where it will spread out to the rest of oneís being like fire on a piece of paper. But the spark that sets off this transformation is in the heart not the mind.
What all this comes down to is that you will only get to heaven if you love God because it is this that effects the change in consciousness which takes you from a horizontal awareness of reality to a vertical one in which all horizontal reality, our normal experience, is rooted and from which it derives. Loving God is being aware of causes and putting them first. Good deeds and right thoughts belong to the world of effects. They are external to what you are and so, while necessary, are not in themselves sufficient.
Lue-Yee examines a homily of John Chrysostom and is reminded of the imperative value of Having Children Study the Bible, the cultural restoration we need will take more than one generation to achieve and it is vital we [firstly, have lots of descendants and] provide our descendants with right matter for instruction. Also, a cinematic aide-memoire that the Dissolution of Parliament is not without historical precedent. Now if only there were the will…
Wrapping things up for Arts & Letters this week, a fine array from The Imaginative Conservative. Jeffrey Hart’s Timeless Essay looks at Literature and the Foundations of the West, Steven Kessler finds Burke vindicated by Europe’s Immigration Crisis and an excerpt from Dwight Longenecker’s The Romance of Religion, Truth, Treasure, Maps and Traps. Glenn Arbery envisages the cultural renewal inspired by a graduating class now scattered in the wind like so many Mustard Seeds and Birzer looks at the role of religion in the aesthetics of the Inklings. Joseph Pearce explores The Mercutio Option for Christians disgusted both by Islamist violence, and activist counterviolence. Elizabeth Barruzzini has a curious biographical account of Charles Dickens and an Incomplete Ideal and James Schall carries out a magnificent survey of The Revolution That is Christianity. Finally, Herbert’s Love and A Sonnet for Petertide by Malcolm Guite.
This Week in the Outer Left
Nothing to report this week. We’re keeping our eyes peeled.
This Week… Elsewhere
Angelo Codevilla is over at American Greatness with a few quite Menciian questions: Progression—or Degeneracy? For example,
Specifically: are modern America’s institutions and mores departures from its founding principles, or are they the logical, necessary consequences of those very principles? Did the Founders’ principles undergo corruption, or did they bear the fruits inherent in them? How does the DNA that America’s Founders wrote into our roots relate to our present regime? What is the present regime’s genetic code?
Unorthodoxy has a brief but perceptive note in A Look Inside the Cathedral, along with some scalding video. And he has some extended ruminations on the question: What’s The Schelling Point for Identity? Minorities and shitlibs may very well be making it easier. Also there: a rundown on Illinois’ latest woes.
Moose Norseman has some carefully considered Thoughts on Counter.Fund.
TUJ notes Hamilton, Not Lincoln, Founded the GOP… and he says it like it’s a good thing.
Anatoly Karlin has a couple interesting entries this week. First is a pretty technical piece on why the future in Africa might not be that bad. Next up is a piece defending Russia against the charge that it is enabling its own demographic replacement by Muslims, the same as western Europe. He calls it the myth of Moskvabad. There is one takeaway that should send a chill running up your spine:
Moscow is now the last and only megacity in the world where Europeans remain a solid majority.
Duolingo has a Russian course. Just sayin’.
AMK is pretty interesting here: To deny exit is to confirm its legitimacy.
The only motive for denying someone exit is that you need their resources to sustain yourself. Thus, the denial of exit is parasitical.
Correct, as far it goes. But we must accept that the state is, pace Imperial Energy, a predator. The question is not whether the state preys upon some—for it cannot not “eat”—but whether in so doing it strengthens the social, moral, and economic ecosystems of the whole. Needless to say, preventing the exit of the powerful is quite expensive and usually needless.
Al Fin has another reason to hate “renewables”: Solar Panels: 300X More Toxic Waste Than Nuclear, for an equivalent amount of power that is. Because “renewables” have big, nasty non-renewable parts to them. Speaking of the mammalian brain: Startling In Eleven Dimensions: Forever Restless Brain.
A big essay over at Fifth Political Theory this week as Titus Quintus responds to the charge: Is Diaspora Defeatist?
[I]n Western Europe, the Americas, and British Oceania, the kingdom has been destroyed in a much different context, and one far more damaging. Our nation-states were not destroyed by force of arms such that the government was replaced by the satraps of an occupying imperial power. Rather, they atrophied and rotted from the inside. No enemy hordes stormed the ramparts of the Atlanticist world and no one died defending their lands. Yet the result might as well be the same: a demoralized, deracinated populace with low fertility, governed by people who at best have a mild dislike for them and at worst believe they should die out for the good of égalité or the economy. And of course, there is the large presence of foreign internal colonies which multiply endlessly and transform our demographics and politics.
Pretty much true. But I think Quintus underrates 1)the large number—probably a majority—of good, decent Anglophiles who happily and dutifully go on believing the myths in which they were instructed, and 2)the extent to which such folk (whether Amerikaner or Australikaner) would be amenable to new narratives plausibly and organically evolved from the old. In short, it is the editorial position of Social Matter to aim for restoration of the Empire. Because it is in nearly everyone’s mutual best interest. Failing that, and accepting some sort of “diaspora” solution, the goal would be the biggest and most powerful diaspora possible, even if only to reduce net body count.
Contingent, Not Arbitrary has astute comments On Law and Love. And what progs get exactly wrong…
The Progressive ethos can be seen as a commitment to Love perverted by the rejection of Law. When you deny people guidance and declare them free to do whatever they wish, individuals react differently. Some choose to act in harmony with the Law, others choose to follow their baser instincts. Consequences still accrue according to the Law: virtue brings good fortune to oneself and one’s community, vice brings misery. When groups tend toward different choices and then reap the results, the Progressive is in a bind. How to keep denying the Law when its consequences are staring you in the face?
The answer is to double down. No consequence should be explained in terms of the choices that led to it. It must be due to unfavorable conditions or sabotage by some better-off Other, never personal responsibility. Then the Progressive shows her love by improving the conditions or adding protections against the Other. These “solutions” often end up shielding people from the consequences of their actions, enabling more vicious behavior. Outcomes stay bad or worsen so she must add more “solutions”, perpetuating the cycle.
The overprotective parent, taken to cosmic proportions…
Welp that’s all folks. Enjoy yer summer… Special thanks to the excellent, as always TWiR staff: Alex Von Neumann, Aidan MacLear, David Grant, Egon Maistre, Rory McRae and Hans der Fiedler helped out considerably. Keep on reactin! Til next week: NBS… Over and out!!