This Week In Reaction (2017/07/09)

This was the week some anonymous guy made fun of CNN, President Trump RT-ed it, and CNN thought it would be a good idea to declare war on the entire internet. Good luck with that! Lolzzollolzzz!!

It was also the week of Trump’s rather impressive Warsaw Speech—impressive even to reactionary sensibilities.

Also at American Greatness, VDH has an analysis of Trump’s High-Stakes Tweeting.

Let’s see… what else was going on?


This Week in Jim Donald

This Week in Social Matter

This Week in 28 Sherman

This Week in Kakistocracy

This Week in Evolutionist X

This Week in Quas Lacrimas

This Week in Thermidor

This Week around The Orthosphere

This Week in Arts & Letters

This Week in the Outer Left

This Week Elsewhere

Seriouslypleasedropit has apposite thoughts on faith, the gift of fathers, and Peace.

This Week in Generative Anthropology, Adam has a review of David Graeber’s Debt: the First 5,000 Years. It defies summary, but this goes a long way to debunking modern myths about the origins of money. An ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Shylock Holmes expounds On the time-series, the cross-section, and epistemic humility. Humility in attributing causes to social phenomena, whether they be declining birthrates… or otherwise.

Grey Enlightenment comments on Late Stage Capitalism, drawing a line in the sand, between earlier stages and “late stage” in the events of 2008. And not at all in favor of the “late” developments. Here’s Part 2.

Michael Perilloux has an overview of the ways and means of Crypto-Racism.

Alf applauds as Trump has the frame:

Leftists bash Trump for tweeting about the media when he is supposed to do important stuff. But tweeting about the media is important stuff. People need meaning, the media gives meaning by showing us what movie we’re watching. Right now their movie is called: Kill All White Males.

By bypassing the media entirely via Twitter, Trump has thus far successfully changed the theme of the movie. No one cares what CNN thinks anymore. At least not anyone under 30. Also there: Left vs Right I: etymology. This was supremely well put:

screen960x960This in a nutshell is leftism vs rightism. The rightist wants to co-operate because he knows he is strong and he has the most to gain with all-around honesty (it is probably correct that the rightist does not care about what is good for civilisation either, that any boon to civilisation is merely a side-effect of his personal preference to play it straight). The leftist wants to defect because he knows he is outmatched in straightforward co-operation. The rightist builds the system, the leftist games the system.

Nick Land has a hilarious Moron bite. Mind the blue checkmark, NYT!

Spandrell stays awake for Bluegov watch. Indeed, gay “marriage”, is for now, the most reliable litmus test for national shitlibbery and civilizational decline.

Sarah Perry is up at Ribbonfarm with a treatise on The Power of Pettiness, which she considers one of the four “Epistemic Virtues”—amid loneliness, ignorance, and overconfidence—which are the bases of curiosity. Very deep thinking about thinking… or emoting, depending on one’s perspective.

Skating in just before the TWiR end-of-week deadline—whistling—Bad Billy Pratt (who is one of the greatest “bad” guys you’d ever want to meet) has another of his patented movie review/social commentary mashups: Looks Blue, Tastes Red: “Super” (2010).

Frank [sad-sack turned DIY superhero] soldiers on, invades the crime mansion, disposes of Jacques’ goons, murders Jacque and rescues [his cheatin’ wife] Sarah… and they live happily ever after.

No, idiot! Of course not!

Sarah stays with Frank for a few months, like before, as she gets herself together, and Frank even notes that this was done out of obligation on her part. Sarah leaves Frank, goes back to school to earn an Anthropology degree (hooray?), marries a better man, and has four kids.

Pratt earns a hearty ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for his efforts here.

The Canadian sesquicentennial symposium continues over at Northern Dawn. Bill Marchant expounds upon Power, Press, and Musket: Why Canada Remained Loyal. So why didn’t Canada join the American colonies in the rebellion?

Perhaps the reason why Canadians do not ask this question is because the answer reveals uncomfortable truths about America’s founding, Canada’s old stock, and the nature of political power. But we here have no fear of uncomfortable truths; we revel in them, as an uncomfortable truth is no less a truth than a comfortable one.

Well, it certainly wasn’t for lack of American asking… Superb piece and recipient of the ☀☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Award☀☀.

By way of Isegoria… Why has Italy been spared mass terror attacks in recent years? the theory is experience fighting the mafia—either way it’s probably racist; Amazon is just beginning to use robots in its warehouses but it’s making a big impact; an interesting take from a Chinese leftist on the prog disease:“They created a spiritual plague”; and Being right about the future is wrong—when you’re right about the bad behavior of other groups.

Malcolm Pollack has a very thoughtful essay for the Fourth of July: When In The Course Of Human Events…

Finally, this week in Cambria Will Not Yield, he chastizes The Prodigal Europeans, i.e., the Americans.


This Week in Jim Donald

Jim has become a regular Trump white-pill dispensary, and this week is no exception, with two white-pills about the Trumpenreich. First, the observation that not a dog barked. RTWT because if you don’t I can’t contain the temptation to quote the whole bloody thing. Seriously, if you are blackpilled about Trump, you have to read this one to get the other perspective.

Lovely Kinga Duda, first daughter of Poland.

Lovely Kinga Duda, first daughter of Poland.

Overnight (well, over the first one hundred and fifty days of the Trump regime), the US has become an energy exporter. Trump would repeal a regulation by executive order, and the next day coal miners would be digging coal, repeal another regulation, and the next day drillers would be pumping oil. One day he makes an executive order, the next day Americans in flyover country are back to work. The next day after that he makes another executive order, and the day after that, more Americans in flyover country are back to work.

You did not hear of this.

Probably because the mighty and justifiable enraged masses strangely failed to spontaneously show up to spontaneously demonstrate their might and spontaneous justified rage. They were always demanding that Obama shut down energy, but somehow, when Trump turns the energy policy of every previous Democratic and cuckservative president for the last sixty years arse over tit, no protests happen.

Funny thing that.

Funny thing that indeed. If you were the evil type who questions the conventional wisdom, the lack of an Occupy mob might raise some questions, but of course you, good loyal citizen, would not ask such questions… of course. This one
was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

The second of the white pills is, you knew it was coming, Jim’s take on Trump’s speech in Poland: for family, for freedom, for country, and for God.

Trump’s speech contains some alt right memes, but its approach is not a frontal attack on the enlightenment and enlightenment values, but rather to praise and endorse those values in ways that re-interpret them as anti enlightenment values. It is a dog whistle rather than a shout out, but it is a dog whistle not only to the alt right, but to that part of the alt right that does not want to merely roll things back to nineteen sixty (men’s rights movement) nor to nineteen thirty (ironic and unironic nazis) but back all the way to undoing the enlightenment.

I know people who have said that the speech didn’t seem as big a deal as the alt-right was making it out to be, but Jim takes the opposite tack and makes it out to be a bigger deal than anyone has said.

This was a crucial, and I think quite correct, observation…

Much as Pope Francis piously reinterprets Christianity as celebrating sodomy, abortion, divorce, single motherhood, transvestism, and the destruction of marriage, Trump piously reinterprets progressivism as the victory of distinctively white civilization.

Brilliant. Trump as Heretic Prog. We hope Jim is right. Either way, very provocative line of thought.


This Week in Social Matter

Ryan Landry kicks off the week here at Social Matter explaining how Progressives Will Make Science Primitive. How… and why. He documents how, increasingly, academic science (which is just about all science these days) is learning to serve the interests of the regime: a late form of “Lysenkoism”. As Jim says often, to anyone who will listen, Official Science is not science. If it were, it wouldn’t need to be official

The progressive coalition needs to place its members in academia, which functions as a patronage and jobs machine for the Left–not simply an ideological laboratory. There are only so many seats available in the guild for ethnic, gender, and sexuality studies. To stuff members into other subjects takes time, and the STEM fields are subjects that progressive voting coalition blocs score poorly on with regularity. There is also, of course, problem of pushing the boundaries of STEM to break new ground, yet trying to do so with weaker students. The demand is great, but the supply is weak.

Real Peer Review is real. Failure to replicate research in the social sciences is so widespread as to discredit the entire field. (Hence, parenthetically, the Reboot of the Social Sciences that Neoreaction represents.) The road is much tougher in the hard sciences. But the progs chipping away…

Reality can, in fact, be avoided in research. It can be confined and suppressed, but it is harder to ignore in the hard sciences that have traditionally used experiments, math, and measurements for exploring the fundamental structure of nature. When reality cannot be ignored, progressives cite mystical factors that conform to progressive ideology can be incorporated. These studies are slipped into peer reviewed journals, they get cited many times over in other papers, and the hogwash clears the academic over the hurdle to receive tenure or at least a full-time position.

Landry takes home an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ for his outstanding work here.

Weimerica Weekly exposes the reality behind the hushed—and aurally well-punctuated—myth: NPR. NPR plays a crucial role as the supposedly neutral, high status news source that just gives talking points to the Brahmin class. We all know people who listen to NPR and The Beatles, and they are completely insufferable. Fun game: count the number of times Landry says “tremendous” during his digression about Al Pacino.

Hubert Collins bestows his Fourth Annual Sucker of the Summer Award. And the Winner is… Joan Walsh. The Cathedral giveth… and the Cathedral taketh away. Usually the latter.

capture_6Joan Walsh cannot understand any of this. She’s stuck in the America of the ‘80s and ‘90s where whites were still a supermajority and Bill Clinton was the only Democrat to get re-elected in a lifetime. Bernie Bros, who are the young and ascendant wing of the Democrats, regularly trash Walsh on Twitter and in print as a stupid, old, small-minded Clinton partisan. Her regular attacks on Sanders throughout the 2016 race have put her at odds with a huge swath of the leftist press, and those aren’t the sort of folks who forgive and forget. Non-whites can now occupy her role of trashing white America to a national audience — and they can do so better and for cheaper.

The “West Coast Guys” return Friday for the Myth of the 20th Century podcast: Episode 25: Patton, Victory And Defeat.

For Saturday, Editor-in-Chief Hadley Bishop recounts an old Slavic folktale: Kovlad I—The Sovereign Of The Mineral Kingdom


This Week in 28 Sherman

Over on the home blog, Ryan Landry writes Monday on our old friend, Operation Fast and Furious. Complete coverage… which was so obviously about pushing new gun laws it’s actually a little surprising to see it all laid out.

gzmwt3o0yy6zIt is easy to envision the media narrative and campaign. Imagine a news narrative of cartel violence, bloody shootouts, vicious gangs known for mass sprees of shootings. This would be horrifying. Now if a gang were busted with caches of weapons bought at American dealerships, America would now be supplying a tremendously destructive conflict killing poor, innocent Mexicans. With massive body counts and American made and sold guns caught in the bad guys hands, it gives a new public relations object for people to debate.

We would not be needing gun laws against American gun owners, but against the stores. The distribution network would need reform. “Dang it man, you cannot just walk in and buy these powerful weapons easy peasy, they could end up in the hands of the cartels.” It is an easy sell to the middle and an even easier sell to the Left. This would be a powerful PR weapon. It would be an all new form of gun violence that does not come with preconceived sides and debate talking points. No one would want to enable cartels.

Here’s a good rule of thumb: if something involves the Left and guns, it is an attempt to erode gun rights.

On Wednesday, Ryan tackles Bitcoin as a revolt of savers. This one is a bit on the technical side… but with economics and not computer technology.

Not just savers but holders of capital. Not just holders of dollars and capital but sovereigns seeing the dollar erode and USG continue to print. Gold is a way out, and it is easy to see those with dollars using them to buy gold. China continues to buy gold hand over fist. The interests high and low can align because you the small bitcoin user are the low but are part of the revolt.

This too was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

This Week in WW1 pics: scale of underground mines—this one bothers me. If I saw the picture without proper context, I would think that the cliff face was a natural feature, not a mine crater wall. Powerful, in multiple senses of the word.

For Friday, Landry blasts the media mafia. CNN’s response to the Trump wrestling gif went from ludicrous to disgusting in about a day. Truly, the media cries out in pain as it strikes you.

This is effectively escalating the 2 minute hate sessions they do for thoughtcrime. The darker thing is not just ruining one person’s livelihood or family relationships, it is giving antifa a target. The liberal media has riled up the leftist hordes so horribly that Bernie bros are shooting up GOP congressmen. What do you think they’d do with a made to order, officially designated ‘nazi’?

Ryan offers a solution, which is fair and reasonable so you will never see it enacted:

One way to combat this would be to prevent the workplaces of America from firing anyone who is thoughtcriminal. Adding political identity to the laundry list of protected traits in fair hiring and housing practices should not be a stretch. Men who put dicks in their mouths and anuses are protected from firing, so why not people with different political opinions?

Political dissidents were “born that way” too, right?


This Week in Kakistocracy

Kicking off the week, Porter uses the intra-White House tax divide to illustrate the gulf between conservatives and conservatism in There’s a World in What You Conserve. That world being, he reminds us,

…the interests of conservatives—living organic creatures of blood, hopes, and heritage. Conversely, the alt-right cares nothing for the desiccated sheaf of doctrines called conservatism.

Next, Porter reaches back to Jefferson (via Pat Buchanan) and a saner approach to government. It’s A Long Train from here to there. The irony of the acid-tongued (acid-penned?) Porter as a voice of sanity is salient.

And here in the home of the brave, are you made happier and safer by being rendered a despised minority in the same country born from a long train of abuses? Probably not, though try to focus on iPhone sales for once, you selfish shit.

Finally, an insightful look into group psychology and the necessity of Socializing the Costs of idiocy:

MV5BMjY1ODY2NTY2MF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwODc5OTA5OQ@@._V1_SY1000_SX1000_AL_A lone idiot bears the full brunt of his intellectual or moral deficit. His competitive disadvantage to prudent peers quickly becomes stark. There’s a dim future in being a moron in Mensa. Though prospects brighten significantly if everyone can be made moronic.

Thus if the imprudent can threaten or cajole equally disastrous behavior from others, their costs can be distributed and none suffer more in comparison. That’s why misery merely loves company, while stupidity demands it.

Though the dig is, naturally, at the EU’s refugee resettlement, there are deeper implications. Especially for how we build our organizations these days; to distribute responsibility and avoid blame for failures. What’s unsaid is that once one idiot decides or learns how to be competent, the crab bucket effect kicks in.


This Week in Evolutionist X

Evolutionist X is paying close attention to recent, break-neck developments in paleoanthropology in her series: “Recent Exciting Developments in Human Evolutionary History”. This week Naledi and Flores species are the subjects of her investigation.

Consider this one a related PSA warning: No, Graecopithecus does not prove humans evolved in Europe.

[H]umans didn’t evolve 7 million years ago. Sahelanthropus and even Lucy do not look like anyone you would call “human.” Humans have only been around for about 3 million years, and our own specific species is only about 300,000 years old. Even if Graecopithecus turns out to be the missing link–the true ancestor of both modern chimps and modern humans–that still does not change where humans evolved, because Graecopithecus narrowly missed being a human by 4 million years.

For Anthropology Friday, it’s Siberia and the Yakuts! They’re not just an obscure region on the Risk Board.


This Week in Quas Lacrimas

Quincy Latham offers the next installment of his series on Marriage Part IIa: Institutions and Values. “Values” is a weasel word in almost every case… except when you’re talking about an institution:

I don’t like the term “values” and will try to use it as little as possible. The basic problem with talk about someone’s values is that it is ambiguous between his goals and his principles. Goals are what he choose to strive for, principles are why he makes the choice.

So which one is “values”? Exactly.

6998877-city-girl-flowers-photo-1080x675So the weasel-word value turns out to have some value after all! It’s perfect for describing the operating principles of groups which use certain slogans, symbols, and rules as focal points for internal disputes over the direction of the group and for external messaging. Within the group, a “value” needs to be positioned roughly symmetrically between factions with different interpretations of whether it is an absolute value or an instrumental value….

More to come… and this was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Next up, a Minor Note: Enemies Lists. His own… and how unnecessary it has been this far in the Trump Era. I think we can expect some slithering back among the GOPe if by late 2019, it appears that Trump has a good chance of getting re-elected.

How much democratization will it take for the Left to ever be satisfied? Just a little bit more… of course. He points to the historically (and technically) interesting 1970 essay from Turchin et al., “The Need for Democratization”. The Turchin Hypothesis, according to Latham, is “Letting dilettantes and students blabber to each other is necessary for economic and technical growth.” He shows that if it is substantially true, this bespeaks doom upon The Restoration.

And Quincy goes a little bit meta here on his own Methodology: Arguments and Principles.


This Week at Thermidor Mag

Over at our sister publication Thermidor, Jake Bowyer starts off the week with a historical piece on the rise and fall of Park Chung-hee, the ruler of South Korea during the 60s and 70s.

Much like Chile’s Augusto Pinochet, Park established a regime that embraced illiberal means and tactics to essentially create a liberal capitalist state. Without Park’s corporatist technocracy, South Korea may never have developed any type of economy whatsoever. Like its long-time rival Japan, postwar South Korea recognized that in a country lacking natural resources and cursed with limited land, an aggressive central state that supports national industries is the only viable way towards prosperity.

This seems to be a persistent problem: military dictators rescue their countries from Leftist mismanagement only for more moderate Leftists to take over a few decades later.

Nathan Turner gives us an imaginative What-if? scenario concerning the strange case of Charlie Gard: an infant boy sentenced to die by the British government.

Next up, Nathan Duffy weighs in on the #CNNBlackmail scandal.

N.T. Carlsbad tackles a contemporary issue in Joseph de VillËle Against Freedom of the Press. Carlsbad brings his command of classical liberal thought to bear on the problem, marshalling authorities to the effect that the much-extolled principle of “freedom of speech: is not only a Leftist notion, but one which even Leftists only support when out of power.

smoking2From this point on, the same people who once claimed they “just want to debate ideas,” showed their true colors in working to transform society into a secular monastery where the unbridled ego would be allowed to define its own essence and own being by sheer force of will alone against any constraints of tradition and material reality. This represents a bastardization of henosis, where instead of working to reach union with the transcendent, one instead reaches union with one’s own vanity, conceit and pride. The liberation from social bonds reaches its culmination in a totalitarian existentialism where a completely self-imagined identity is lived out, and moreover, is coerced into being unconditionally accepted by all bystanders.

Carlsbad nets an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for his astute works in this one.

Doug Smythe rounds out the week with Social Organization Beyond Liberalism and Populism. In this lengthy essay, Smythe covers a wide array of topics, focusing on how Liberalism responds to genuine diversity within modern societies and responses to Liberalism, specifically populism:

Populist manifestations, then, far from stemming from an egalitarian or leveling impulse, are an effect of internally-differentiated hierarchy, whose existence is both presumed by and reinforced in their theatrics. These manifestations do more to draw attention to the presence of weak or otherwise defective authority than they do to give dangerous expression to some Dionysian spirit of anarchy or demotic spirit of usurpation. Far from seeking to destroy society, hierarchy, and all authority, populism demands that they be restored by withdrawing legitimacy from their pathological forms. Populism is thus a ready-made means for solving the infamous “bad-leader problem” that dogs Reactionary theory, a Natural remedy for diseases of authority.

Smythe is fully aware of the failings of populism, however, and floats an idea for re-forming a coherent society using the Second Amendment. It’s an intriguing idea, well worth careful consideration. The article stands on its own as a recipient of the coveted ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀.


This Week Around The Orthosphere

Matt Briggs was over at One Peter Five with a review of Ed Feser’s and Joseph Bessette’s recent By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed: A Catholic Defense of Capital Punishment.

And Briggs continues his popular reports from the academic front with this Campus Idiocy Roundup II. He reviews Phillip Campbell’s new book about Harmonizing the Scriptures wherein the List Of Biblical Contradictions Withers To None. And he takes a stab at answering Why Are Elites Making Us Say Men Are Women?

For Heaven’s sake, did anybody not read 1984? What the purpose of torturing Winston to say 2 + 2 = 5? That the Party really believed that mathematical fiction? No! It was to subjugate and for no other reason.

Also from Briggs—Normalizing Incest and Other Perversions: It’s Already Happening.

Mark Richardson of Oz Conservative notes that as Cato libertarians take a step to the left, it becomes apparent how close they have always been.

The mainstream left and right are not so different from each other. They both exist within the same philosophical framework, sharing the same assumptions about what human life is for. Mainstream leftism is an attempt to perfect the liberalism that came before it, to realize it in a more equitable and consistent way.

Also there, Richardson reports on Canadian vilification of gender roles and why a Canadian baby must choose its own sex. More on why Libertarianism is not traditionalism:

To a traditionalist this is a model of society that is not only ultimately unworkable, but that also has too limited a view of individual life. Are we really just atomised individuals in pursuit of our own individual profit? Is that what defines us as humans? Are men and women simply interchangeable units within a system of production and consumption?

Dalrock provides evidence for the essential role of marriage in the feminist dream by citing those who are waiting A very long season (part 1).

Bruce Charlton reveals a leftist scapegoat in This isn’t “capitalism”! We live in a world of total-bureaucracy. Then Charlton asks and answers, when our metaphysics are subconsciously manipulated What should we aim at? Metaphysical reconstruction.

Chris Gale writes In praise of the lecture and on the dangers of pedagogical “innovation.” And he predicts that under Islam The progressive coalition will break.

Jonathan McCormack believes that as a result of rampant materialism: We no longer know what a human being is.

Summer dress and flute.

Summer dress and flute.

If we knew integrity, we could recognize disintegration. If we knew authenticity, we could discern deception. If we knew virtue, we could detect degeneracy. If we knew harmony, we could sense discord. If we knew balance, we could evaluate chaos. If we truly understood these things we would possess the universal Criterion, the one that caused Protagoras to declare that “man is the measure of all things.”

Knight of Númenor points out The Left actually believes in inequality—of a different kind, that is, the kind which inverts the traditional social pyramid.


This Week in Arts & Letters

GANs (or Generative Adversarial Networks) seem to have been everywhere recently. First up, Menaquinone’s contribution to the Corporeality show at LD50 unleashed the technique upon a horde of unsuspecting Tinderellas. Then came C.C.’s short fiction in Jacobite Mag, further exploring the philosophical implications of the topos. Now this week, in the penumbra of the Fake News apocalypse, a welter of attention paid to German artist Mario Klingemann‘s practice employing the technique, with mentions from The Economist and WIRED. His video conjuring a composite Françoise Hardy from the vaults to give a face to Kellyanne Conway’s perorations is truly something to behold. Barely a week seems to pass these days without another episode from the cyberpunk imaginary brought eerily to life.

Chris Gale hails the return of the meme wars, and explains why this is a good thing, but not in itself Salvation. A timely argument for mentors in days when Truth is the modern blasphemy. He celebrates the publication, finally, of Milo’s book and complains of its ignorance of Social Matter. In Milo’s defense, we are pretty much ignorant of him as well. Stormy weather down under calls for a reflection on national unity.

Moving on, at City Journal more politickers politicking with Selective Outrage, of course, among their favored stock-in-trade. Joel Kotkin examines the Autonomous Future of those that work from homeóit sure has its incentives. And finally, Paul Beston with an antimetabolic comparison of two new books on the American situation. American Spirit, a collection of historian David McCullough’s speeches essaying the founding of the Nation by its people; and American War, a speculative fiction exploring its possible collapse into a second Civil War.


At Logos Club this week Kaiter Enless closely examines the Wall we’re all still waiting for Towards a Program of Great Works: The US-Mexican Border Wall, espying a political opportunity to restore the glory of statecraft through such monumental public projects. In a similar vein, he proposes A Manifesto for the kind of leader needed for American Restoration. More provocatively he revises some of the more tired tropes of Revolutionary France, witnessing more parallels between The Sans-Culotte & The Modern Right than the Antifa goons propping up the existing world order. This prompts a skeptical discourse on The Opposition Identity of the Anti-Tribe. If, after all, all you’ve got is opposition, then we all know how that goes: holiness spirals, circular firing squads and the rest: no real substitute whatever for moral order and principles first. Finally, Gio Pennacchietti addresses the recent spat between the men of #Frogtwitter and their ironybro antagonists, bemoaning The Ironycel obsession with insulting “Virgin Losers”.

Richard Carroll’s inexhaustible quest in the realm of the Greats this week addresses Confucianism via Xinzhong Yao’s Gentle Introduction.

Education Realist sports (quite brilliantly) in another debate on the eternal brouhaha concerning IQ distribution, Glenn, John, and Philip K. Dick

And Harper McAlpine Black returns with a fantastic essay on a found object, both mysterious and fascinating: The Box of Crazy (or The Tampa Bay Obscuration). I couldn’t possibly adumbrate further without violence to this magnificent curio, so go right ahead and RTWT.

Just one post at Albion Awakening this week too but it is also excellent. Wildblood expertly diagnoses the problem with contemporary existence in the Loss of Intuition and the misrecognition of reason as its superior episteme. This flaw portends our turning from natural law with all its catastrophic consequences:

[T]he modern version of reason is frequently irrational. By this I mean that it dismisses the only coherent explanation for life, consciousness and all the qualities of existence, which is God, because of a lack of material proof, but it has nothing to replace that with other than speculation based on preconceived ideas of materialism. This has led to the assumption that things we know to be real, such as love and beauty, are not really real at all but merely subjective impressions with no grounding in fact. Everyone knows this is nonsense but we have allowed ourselves to be duped into thinking it must be true because we have been blinded by the spurious authority of modern science. We have been deceived by the power that science has manifested on the material plane into thinking it has some authority on the spiritual plane when the truth is it has none whatsoever. How could it? It doesn’t even acknowledge the spiritual plane and can certainly not contact it by any means at its disposal. But because it has nothing to say on the subject it takes that to mean there is nothing to say. Irrational!

Blind dogma may tend erroneous, but blind dogma on the basis of a category error charts a baleful vector toward utter self-defeat.

Lastly, at Imaginative Conservative, Glen Arbery ponders the formation of a A New Christian Culture and Peter Lawler questions What is Human Dignity? from the Classics to transhumanism via Hobbes and Kant. Bradley Birzer revisits Tolkien’s Tea Club while Joseph Pearce assays the Prospects for Cooperation With Valdimir Putin, “From Russia With Love”?. Lee Cheek examines a call for the rejuvenation of classical Liberal Theory and Sean Busick reappraises Buckley’s God and Man at Yale.


This Week in the Outer Left

Nothing to report this week. But we are reorganizing our efforts to cover the disenfranchised and intelligent not entirely retarded left. Expect more next week.


This Week… Elsewhere


Chris R. Morgan has a fantastic vignette from Canadian history: Trudeau’s Ghost and (John A.) MacDonald’s Revenge.

Al Fin is really on fire in discussing A Better Way for Children and Adults to Learn, with excerpts from former French Resistance fighter Michel Thomas’ The Future of Learning.

For July 4th, Paleomexicano attempts to apply a bit of lipstick to the American Revolutionary pig: Reactionary Thoughts on America. Very compelling lipstick… but it’s still a pig.

PA makes a perspicacious observation: Ideology And Aesthetics Are Linked.

By way of Unorthodoxy, some pretty interesting stuff here Federalize American Cities.

Elfnonationalist wisely (IMO) dumps r/K selection theory. Since it doesn’t seem to be falsifiable, it hardly seems to be a theory.

Zeroth Position gets a lot right here: Blame Democracy For Heated Political Rhetoric. There’s probably no social pathology for which democracy does not bear a significant portion of blame:

Democracy is a sanitized, soft variant of civil war. The question is how long it can remain a cold war. For contemporary Western civilization, the answer is no longer.

Or not much longer at any rate. But ZP’s ancappian “state-less” alternative, however, is I think even less plausible than democracy. A propertarian society requires a very strong state. The stronger, the… more propertarian. Notice, I did not say “large”.

Zach Kraine explains Why the youth has revolted against you—“you” being Cathedral clerics.

AMK points to some pretty interesting MIT research on twitter. White men win again. And they weren’t even trying.


Welp a pretty light week this week… Only 5500 words and about 130 links. Special thanks as always to the superb TWiR staff: David Grant, Aidan MacLear, Alex Von Neumann, Egon Maistre, and Hans der Fiedler, for helping me pull this together. Keep on reactin! Til next week: NBS… Over and out!!

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