This Week In Reaction (2017/07/16)

Northern Dawn’s Symposium for Canada’s Sesquicentennial continues with Warg Franklin’s: Dominion Media: Why Sovereignty Demands the CBC. Revolutions need not be televised; restorations must be.

The CBC is a big part of Canada’s infrastructure of intellectual and cultural sovereignty. We all grew up watching 22 Minutes, Red Green, and Hockey Night in Canada on CBC, and listening to CBC radio. Because of its publicly supported ubiquity, many of us had the CBC and little else, and were mostly unaware of the avalanche of more polished American content that would otherwise have taken its place. Canadian content became our shared cultural reference material that defined what it meant to be Canadian, and helped tie Canada together against cultural dissolution into our neighbours to the south.

The market would not deliver this service to us. Cultural protection is a collective action problem, and the market does not solve collective action problems. It would give us more polished American content, funded by advertisers and investors for purposes that have little to do with public education or cultivation of shared culture. We would lose an important piece of our cultural cohesion, in exchange for some money and more compelling content.

Franklin earns an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ for this one.

Over at American Greatness, Mytheos Holt has a review (and a review of the reviews) of Milo Yiannopoulos’ Dangerous. And VDH explores How Did Trump Earn an Unprecedented Progressive Backlash?

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Social Pathologist warns “the solution to Left wing degeneracy is not Right Wing Degeneracy”. Quite right.

Mark Citadel is no longer a mere contributor to Thermidor Mag, but an Editor. Which, take it from me, is a lot less glamorous than it sounds. We wish Mark the very best at our sister publication. He’s bound to class up the place.

Seriouslypleasedropit is on a quest to find Graceful Humility.

Michael Perilloux considers Optical Illusions and the human brain. Also a brief note Against Cultural Separatism.

Over at GA Blog, Adam considers the Sovereign as Onomastician-in-Chief. Some gems here. F’rinstance:

Adam_Naming_the_Animals_LACMA_M.88.91.327Naming is the way the sovereign and his delegates (those who have been named by him) incorporate and authenticate institutions, authorities and practices. This is also why names are so important politically—it has often been noted how many political movements and even individuals have been named by their enemies, converting names intended as insults into badges of honor. Contemporary meming is essentially naming—each side trying to make names stick on the other. […] Whether or not a name sticks, and whether or not you can appropriate it provides a good metric for how likely your position is to endure. If your political enemies can shower you with insults that define you and you’re not able to transform them into badges of honor that’s a good sign either that you’re on the wrong side or your side is lacking in conceptual force.

This earned the ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ for its astute political theory.

Spandrell has a eulogy for dances on the grave of Liu Xiaobo—activist tool for USG in undermining China.

Neovictorian claims the title: “Tom Wolf of the Dark Enlightenment” in The Right Sort of Reactionary Fiction. The title is his, so long as he can hold it. He expects Sanity out in 3-4 weeks. Looking forward to it.

Alf has news from the Coldplay and Pewdiepie beat this week: The cape and the matador.

A couple of fresh articles at Jacobite this week. Giancarlo Sandoval produces an interestingly titled piece: Humanities Against Humanity. He describes the desolate wasteland of the humanities, which have deprived themselves of their own raison d’être:

No one in the humanities can be objective about its subject matter or object of analysis. When a student has an interest in a topic, it’s a personal interest. Maybe it’s a topic that affects them personally, or that they have been thinking for a while. Doctoral students of the humanities spend many thankless hours on one subject. Passion is the only way to keep the fire from burning out.

Sandoval got a nod for an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for his fine work here.

And Nick Land gives us a thorough analysis of Trump’s Warsaw speech. Though not especially impressed with Trumpís rhetoric, Land taps into the changing ideological alignments Trump’s rise has brought about.

In this new and disconcerting epoch, business interest has ceased to be any kind of index for right affiliation, and popular opposition to free-trade no longer defines a substantial bloc on the left. If anything, the opposite is now true. Those on the left or right (including this author) who stubbornly maintain that ideological orientation to capitalism is the fundamental determinant of meaningful political polarity find themselves cast into a position of unplugged anachronism. The stunning magnitude of this transition should not be underestimated.

This indeed is the true significance of Trump: not his policies or his style, but rather his ability to act as a catalyst for far-reaching change.

Over on the home blog, Nick Land offers some tempered enthusiasm for Counter Fund.

By way of Isegoria… a long but riveting excerpt from E. Michael Jones talking about his mentor Bob Summers; Mattis called him back—“him” being sophomore staff writer for his high school paper; University establishments are the next best thing to a cult, featuring Jordan Peterson of course; Korea established a pattern… and you know exactly what pattern I’m talking about right?; and, with all the wailing and gnashing of teeth over ciabatta: Slipper bread goes way, way back (not).

Finally, this week in Cambria Will Not Yield: Hell on Earth—in Germany and elsewhere.

 



This Week in Jim Donald

First up from Jim is a reminder that elections have consequences, in terms of pushing back on SJWs. The story here is of a programmer’s odyssey at GitHub, which, despite its public protestations, seems determined to attempt to stay in business by containing the social justice contagion. RTWT, because all I can do with an excerpt is but set the stage.

“Coraline”, an autogynophilic male to female transexual, competent programmer, and political commissar, recently got purged from Github by the mandarinate.

Jim helpfully links to the programmer’s blog post, and that is worth reading as well if you need any confirmation that he is not taking things out of context.

The other post from Jim this week is a brutal fisking of one of the world’s most powerful religions: Holocaustianity. It’s not everyday you get to read something guaranteed to be labeled as ‘Holocaust denial’ that simultaneously ticks off unironic Nazis, so RTWT!

The Nuremberg Trials: Made-for-newsreel jurisprudence.

The Nuremberg Trials: Made-for-newsreel jurisprudence.

The holocaust is real, in that midway through the war, the Nazis decided to kill every Jew, and made a good start on doing so. The holocaust is fake, in that a pile of myths have been manufactured around it to deceive people about the nature and motivation of the crime.

The point and purpose of the mythmaking is not to exaggerate the crime, but to make the crime as different as possible from the communist mass murders (which probably killed more Jews even though they did not consciously intend to target Jews) and in particular and especially to deny the role of envy and covetousness.

Jews, like Kulaks, were murdered because people broke the tenth commandment, the commandment against coveting that which belongs to someone else. If Jews spent one percent as much energy on the tenth commandment as they spend on the prohibition against eating a goat boiled in its mother’s milk, it would be a fairly healthy and sane religion. But instead Jews seem stubbornly suicidal, as for example in their firm support for the Islamization of Europe even as Muslims run them out of Europe, and in their hostility to the crusades, then and now.

But Jim, what is this Holocaustianity thing?

Holocaustianity is a religion that the real sin is “racism”, from which it follows that one group having more nice things than another group is evidence of a crime. Stronger and stronger methods are then applied to correct this crime, but strangely, nothing will correct it except murdering all those wicked people whose wickedness is proven by their continued possession of nice things. The murderers do not start out intending mass murder. They expect that after correcting this regrettable injustice, everyone will happily be brothers, but they get frustrated when this terrible injustice proves strangely difficult to correct.

Holocaustianity is pure 200 proof Progressivism untainted by lingering humanity or rules like the tenth commandment… and it can only end in blood.

I don’t usually like to quote comments to posts, but as it happened, person (literally their pseudonym) asked Jim for his “vision of a utopia”. Jim’s response, I believe, cuts to the core of this whole NRx thing, and I believe I would be remiss in my duty to the readers of Social Matter if I did not quote it in full.

Number one, make marriage, marriage as it has been understood for thousands of years, legal again, so that men and women can once again fulfill their deepest and most heartfelt needs.

Hold off the coming dark age. Restore the scientific and industrial revolutions, because they made us great, because the understanding of the universe that science gave us is good in itself, and because the power that technology gives us is good in itself. Turn the electric lights back on to drive back the demon haunted darkness.

Also, I want my descendants to conquer the world, the solar system, and the galaxy, but need to fix marriage first or no one will have descendants for very many generations. We will disappear from history and our empty lands will be conquered by some more patriarchal people, probably Somalis. The substantial majority of American Somalis are under eighteen. At the current rate America will be Somalia in a few generations. Conservative Muslim Somalis have a TFR of about six or seven, which will give us one billion American Somalis and about two million white Americans in two hundred years.

That’s it, ladies and gentlemen, that is it. That is the utopia of the reactionary: to be able to live, marry, and raise children in a society that is trying to learn new things instead of dumbing itself down into the mud. A call to sanity, and a simple return to normalcy.

Jim takes home an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for his positively Jimian Jimness in this one.

 



This Week in Social Matter

Ryan Landry kicks off the week here with an exploration of Venezuela’s Colectivos. A case-study in how to consolidate political power, despite ruing a nation’s economy. Or rather because ruining a nation’s economy.

summerdress9Chavez used far more tactics than street thugs or direct democracy actions to cement control. He founded the community councils in 2006 and subsequently formed a national militia in 2009. Chavez’s regime was able to direct billions to organizations loyal to him and firmly under his network’s control. The militia was a counterweight to any potential military coup. The community councils could be the eyes and ears on rising dissent within the nation. These organizations became a way for Chavez to use the federal budget, booming with oil revenue during the commodity 2000s boom, to direct money around normal political channels of questionable loyalty to his loyalists.

Pumped with federal money, these councils become a pipeline of talent for Chavez’s regime to develop and place loyalists around the country and within the government machinery. A proper takeover of a state requires enough personnel. Maduro has expanded on this, as 73% of the 2017 budget allocates spending for social services that includes these political councils. This is a significant increase just from 2016. For roughly a decade, these councils have developed political talent and networked across Venezuela for influence and control in Chavez’s hands. All of this money sloshes around, and the colectivos, militias, and councils all pledge loyalty not to Venezuela, but to the Chavez machine that Maduro now leads.

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

Arthur Gordian makes a welcome return to the pages of Social Matter with a superb contribution explaining how and why The Rules Of Class Function Will Determine 21st Century Political Theory. Modern fusionist conservatives, as well as neoliberals, have failed to learn their Marx properly.

Shared interests mean that when one person prospers, the others prosper, as well. If two men will both prosper when the stock market goes up, they have incentive to work together. It is also possible, however, that the first man will prosper regardless of whether the market will increase or decrease, while the second man will only prosper when the market goes up. In this case, Man 1 has incentive to work with Man 2 to increase the price of stocks, but may also choose to defect and help lower the price because he will suffer no negative consequences from defection. Man 2, on the other hand, cannot defect against Man 1 because to do so would be to harm his own prospects.

Which describes the history of political conservatism for about the last 100 years…

Fusionist conservatives share this feature; there is no shared fate between the three classes within the conservative umbrella. Certainly, it is hypothetically possible for social conservatives, fiscal conservatives, and national defense conservatives to advance an agenda which suits all of their interests. Nevertheless, national defense conservatives have no incentive to actually do so, as they can achieve the same benefits by straddling the middle and triangulating support between left-leaning Republicans like GOP Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham and right-leaning Democrats like Sens. Joe Manchin and Claire McCaskill.

Gordian goes on to offer crucial advice for those who wish to construct a new elite class: they must have a fully shared fate. This one takes home the ☀☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Award☀☀ in an incredibly crowded week.

Weimerica Weekly was a bit on the lighter side this week, covering Barcades. The barcade is a recent hipster SWPL phenomenon combining a bar with a retro ’80s arcade. I’ve been to one in the local hipster containment area, and can attest that it’s actually a lot of fun. But it’s representative of the mélange of childishness (arcade video games) and the superficially adult (drinking, bar flirting) that;s uniquely Weimerican.

Fritz Pendleton returns Thursday and peels back the onion on the imperial mindset with The Napoleonic Touch.

If you want to engineer a Restoration—a Restoration in the purest sense of the word, as in a return to one’s point of origin—then you should scrutinize intensely the life of Napoleon Bonaparte. Napoleon provides the reactionary with an intricate blueprint for how to topple the cracked and flaking idols of the liberal tradition.

Napoleon might seem to be an odd choice for analysis because, at first glance, he seems to be a liberal to those not well versed in Napoleonic history.

A misconception which Pendleton attempts to rectify.

-fronts-N-1285-00-000020-WZ-PYR[I]f we examine his words in isolation, Napoleon was a political enigma. His actions, however, blot out the bulk of his words. He rebuilt France’s aristocracy, affirmed traditional marriage and religious life, strengthened the military, reformed banking, and from the sunlit hills of Provence to the dirty alleys of Paris, brought an unyielding order to France.

While Napoleon spoke highly of liberty and the rights of man–and certainly some part of his soul was fond of these ideas–in his deeds he was an unflappable autocrat. Perhaps these two extremes were not contradictory in Bonaparte’s mind. He had seen firsthand the cruelties of the revolution and perhaps he felt, with some justification, that liberties can only be upheld by a strong authority.

Pendleton recommends Napoleon as an under-examined figure in Reactionary Thoughtspace. And the committee were pleased t award Fritz an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

For Friday, Hans Lander and Adam Smith are joined by special guests Florian Geyer and Doc Savage for the Myth of the 20th Century podcast for: Episode 26: Vatican II, The Catholic Reformation— a topic quite near to my broken heart.

For Saturday, Editor-in-chief Hadley Bishop retells the Myth: The Devil’s Hide.

And in Poetry & Prose, E. Antony Gray provides overview and analysis of Alexander Pope, whose poetry made up for what he may have lacked in stature.

 



This Week in 28 Sherman

On the home blog, Ryan Landry writes Monday on the strange fact that there are No Shareholder Revolts and wonders why. Companies are implementing diversity and imposing poz, both of which hurt the bottom line… but there aren’t any shareholder revolts. Facebook pledges to hire 3000 (a 20% staff increase!) new employees solely to rub out hate speech… and there’s not a whiff of anti-Zuckerberg sentiment among shareholders. Does that seem weird to you? Seems weird to me.

If this is real and not an automated program then the shareholders should revolt. In no way is this a smart use of company resources. Will it happen? My money is on zero shareholders speaking out against this. This is waste and garbage wrapped in the blanket of fighting hate speech. Nope, sorry, the prog message wins and these people don’t bother to even push back when it actually affects their bottom line.

I believe we have someone working on the Shitlord Mutual Fund: $SHTX. Long politically incorrect companies, and short with 3x leverage the proggiest ones. Or at least we should.

On Wednesday, Ryan writes his Dear John letter to Indianapolis. I don’t mind telling you that I got a little choked up reading this one. It goes without saying that everyone should RTWT, but I think it’s important to give you a sense of the extremes. He starts out with obvious affection for what Indianapolis used to be…

I still recommend Indianapolis, and have done so online for years. I have spent years trying to get old coworkers from the East Coast to relocate to Indianapolis but to no avail.

… but he has nothing but venom for the underclass that is being allowed to drag the fair city down.

Their extended families cared but not enough to perform duties to help or save people. Kinglessness. Loss of authority. These people are miserable because they are free.

These people are barely human. These people are the underclass voting muscle for the Democrats’ feudal cities. Yeah yeah yeah everyone commits crime but tell me the rates of who does what. Now scroll up. You don’t have to guess what my coworkers who took time off for funerals and other dysfunction looked like. It’s a grind.

Summer dresses in black and white.

Summer dresses in black and white.

Ryan nabbed a second ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for this heart-rending personal account.

This Week in WW1 pics: body armor–three photographs for the price of one this week, all showing attempts at WWI body armor. This was a part of WWI history of which I was ignorant, but body armor made a small come-back to defend against debris and shrapnel from artillery shellings. Also, if you want to see the most steampunk thing that was ever actually real, just feast your eyes on the third picture.

On Friday, Landry writes on the coming University Seppuku. If you understand the Cathedral, you will understand that this is, in some sense, a continuation of his prior piece on The Media Mafia. The right wing normie’s opinion of universities has started to plummet over the past couple years, while the left continues to genuflect before its credentialed priests. But there’s still one thing really propping up the university:

It is not quite just a priesthood and religion thing for the Left. This other element applies to both sides but it is the good life meme. As long as the universities are the gatekeepers to entry to the good life, then they will be unbroken. What is the good life? High earning white collar work and other work (government and some medical grey collar) that requires the credential or papal blessing. Even if we remove government funding for the universities, they’d still have demand by people wanting to give their kids the good life who still believe that those paths are the good life.

Already many people are realizing that the jig is up and a college degree is not a golden ticket to a middle class life any longer. My take is this: if you really want to be an engineer, go to a good, public engineering college. Otherwise, avoid going to college. The money taps to universities cannot remain open indefinitely, and when they close…

Money will be pulled eventually as people start demanding the funding be removed, as alumni stop donating and as elites start thinking about pulling R&D or science research private. When the money does get pulled, then the meltdown at universities will make the current meltdown in the media look tame. Jonestown mass suicides? On the table. Professors, sorry people stuck as adjuncts for 15 years, plummeting from buildings? Sure.

Once the identity of a learned academic is strongly shoved into the basement for many of these grievance hustlers and Marxist thinkers, they will have to admit they are nothing. It will crush them.

Without endorsing the mass suicide of many decent people who bought into a bad system, I say good riddance.

 



This Week in Kakistocracy

Porter has a brief final word and summary on the integration issue in Coming Here for a Better There. Integration occurring in a different direction than what most mean by the word:

The more salient question for Germans is who exactly will be compelled to integrate with whom. If Germans refuse to make a here out of their own home, they may be assured more virile tribes will take the opportunity to make it there. Englishmen didn’t integrate into the Apaches and Japanese didn’t integrate into the Ainu.

Then, the analogy in Society’s Stellarum Fixarum is long, but important. The point being that the obligatory premises of leftism are begging— or even destined—to be deconstructed by good science. They have to be, because:

…what lies beyond society’s virtuous shell is a cosmos of conflict, migration tsunamis, equalizing living standards, and walls around homes rather than countries.

Next, Porter takes aim at the Trump-Russia clamor in Meddling Made Agreeable. The low-hanging fruit is, of course, our greatest ally in the Middle East, but the following leads to all sorts of juicy implications.

Do you traitorous Trump-sucking imbeciles comprehend this clearly? When you run for office you must pick sides: the will of American voters or the influence of a foreign power. Hint: You choose your fellow Americans. Doing otherwise places one in the territory of actively coordinating with foreign agents. That’s treasonous, I’ll infer.

A short anecdote follows: A Taste For Entitlement—an entitlement to your property, one which if you go outside, you can practically taste in the air.

Though in a more narrative sense, the shift will mean a billion small borders where one large one was found tasteless. That suggests quite a bear market for commons areas. For commons do not hold long once enough people see them as opportunities for plunder rather than cultivation.

Lastly, the week’s meatier post for Porter. This time, he jumps into the ring with Lisa Feldman Barrett, responsible for the recent “When is Speech Violence?” article in the New York Times, in The Telomere Travails. One can instantly apprehend that this new pseudoscientific weapon will be used exclusively against right-wing speech. Or will it?

Polish First Daughter, Kinga Duda, who does not have 8 million selfies on the internet. (Or even 8 AFAICT.)

Polish First Daughter, Kinga Duda, who does not have 8 million selfies on the internet. (Or even 8 AFAICT.)

I’ll conclude by cutting to the quick of this silly woman’s charade. Since liberals have mandated that absolutely no public policy may be candidly discussed, both speaker and audience are obliged to wrap and peel layers of signaling and implication from the presented text. Feldman-Barrett is at core attempting the ancient coward’s gambit…

…since she realizes the totalitarian left tends to run far past its leash. So when its claque of imbeciles come to howl at her door for some unknowable future ‘ism, she wants to preserve safeguards that her own “misguided” speech won’t end in spectacular fashion. […] And when you’re constructing a narrative that transparently self-serving, the only rhetorical space you have to work within is the millimeter between noxious and repugnant. Personally I wouldn’t want to try squeezing through that in a hurry.

 



This Week in Evolutionist X

Evolutionist X continues her series on “Recent (Exciting) Discoveries in Human Evolution”, asking H. Sapiens 300,000 years old? Deciding the lines between various species of the genus Homo is not as simple as it looks, nor in fact is it obvious that all current human populations should be classified as the same species.

Next, a lot of quality research went into this one: Who Built Stonehenge? Bell Beakers and Neolithic Burials. For strength of research and contributing to the New Social Science, the Committee were pleased to award this one with an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

This Week in Anthopology Friday: The Yakuts (part 2) with a lift from Adolf Erman’s Travels in Siberia (1850). The publication date, as has become a pattern in this series, is crucially important: Virtually all trustworthy and important work in cultural anthopology occurred before anthropology was a recognized as a branch of the “social sciences”. Mrs. X has some beautiful must see pics with this one.

 



This Week in Quas Lacrimas

Quincy T. Latham sallies an Hypothesis on African Population Growth, which doubles as an hypothesis on population growth in general based on status signaling.

Girl smoking.

Girl smoking.

The West was introduced to modern agriculture and modern medicine slowly. The widespread use of smallpox inoculation is separated from the first antibiotics by about eight generations. At the beginning of that period the availability of food limited family size nearly everywhere; at the end, nearly nowhere. Thus at the beginning of that period, all poor families in the West probably would have considered it high-status to raise a dozen children to adulthood, but they could not afford to do so. By the end of that period, most poor families could afford to raise a dozen children to adulthood (not comfortably, and certainly not without relying on hand-outs, but it could be done), yet they no longer considered it high-status to do so.

In fact, to the extent that poor families did have broods of five to eight children circa 1950, they were aping middle-class mores from a few generations earlier, which were in turn modeled on upper-class mores from still earlier. The middle class was no longer having five to eight children because they didn’t want to be confused with the poor, just as earlier still, aristocrats probably started to feel that too many children would make them look like bourgeois strivers. I don’t have the numbers to prove that aristocrats started to flaunt their infertility at exactly the same time the haute-bourgeoisie could finally afford to match them, heir for heir, but I am imagining that is about the time when infertility first became a fashionably upper-class vice.

So as for Africa, according to the theory, they just haven’t en masse caught up with the Western status signals just yet. But will they ever?

And Latham offers up the next installment of his “Marriage” series: Part IIb: How Institutions Work. Institutions have to be good for people in two ways: perceived to be advantageous, and be actually advantageous. On this all institutions—and especially marriage—hinge.

For institutions to earn their social significance, they must typically outperform the instincts or naïve experiments to which their participants would otherwise resort. In particular, institutions should be more enticing to potential participants, elicit greater efforts from them, channel more of this effort into the production of a final good—of a particular final good—and deliver this reward in a more reliable way.

Institutions require enforcers of norms, who must by some means be incentivized toward norm enforcement. Definitely RTWT! This was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ winner.

 



This Week at Thermidor Mag

It was a light week over at Thermidor. Walter Devereux starts us off with The Social Feminine at the Civilizational Turn, a meditation on egalitarianism and feminism.

Next up, K. R. Bolton introduces us to Joséphin Péladan, a pre-WWI French artist who strove against the degeneracy of his age.

Nathan Turner returns with a cathartic commentary on the Left/Right conflict. Drawing on his own life experience, Turner delivers the following hard wisdom:

So the question is not ìIs this a war?î or even ìWhat are the rules of engagement?î This is a war. The only question is where will be your battleground. There are no rules of engagement except the ones that help you survive on your streets, in your neighborhood. In a world without kingdoms, without (bilateral) wars of religion, all coexistence and no communities, all freedom and no feudalism, the old rules donít apply. This is a new and dangerous world: a Cold Civil War, with a battleground in every country and multiple dimensions (physical, cyber, cognitive, spiritual).

Finally, Nathan Duffy—who’s quickly becoming one of our very favorite writers in the ‘sphere—rounds out the week with Technological Submission: Nature Conquers Man. Exploring the connection between sex and death, Duffy describes how modernity has tried to downplay and destroy this connection:

Pregnant lady.

Pregnant lady.

It is only by way of technological advance—widely available and effective birth control, sanitized abortion, mass pornography—that the link between sex and reproduction has become so thoroughly severed in our minds. And further how the link between sex and death has become obscured. Technology isn’t only something we do, but something that happens to us, altering our modes of perception and thought. Marshall McLuhan observed that the technology of the phonetic alphabet and later the printing press shifted the emphasis of western man’s senses to the visual plane, and disconnected us from the much more auditory realm of our more primitive ancestors. Similarly, our sexual technologies disconnect us from the world where sex and reproduction were a unit, and sex and death were flip sides of a single coin. But some are still able to perceive it.

Duffy nabs an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for his efforts here.

 



This Week Around The Orthosphere

Bonald offers a small black pill in Conservatives telling ourselves that we’re not alone. While it is true that “millennia-old traditions are pushed over in a day”, we have to remember that by which they are pushed over: a competing tradition that is itself many centuries old.

He also has a brief note on the increasingly widespread phenomenon of “mystical experiences”. And a horrific thought arising from his frequent contact with Undergraduates These Days™: Imagine never being confused.

Continuing my meditations on our oh-so-righteous undergraduates, it occurs to me that they may also have a very different intellectual experience than ordinary mortals. Just as they have not had to confront their moral weakness, perhaps they have not had to confront their intellectual weakness. They don’t know how ignorant they are. Faculty are right to protect students from embarrassment or discouragement–to, for example, make sure no one is afraid to a ask a “stupid” question. To be frank, we try to treat our students like equals because we imagine our own superiority is so manifest that the only danger is that we might intimidate them. But perhaps their epistemic inferiority is not obvious to them at all.

A theory that dovetails quite nicely with the “safe-space” movement.

And Bonald was really busy this week. He has this too: Some carefully constructed thoughts On equality, and why we shouldn’t give too much of a fig about it.

Cologero tackles Reactionary Chic, how to get it, along with a bunch of other odds-n-ends.

Fundamentally, the Western Tradition is so alien to the modern mind, it could become chic again just out of sheer novelty. The goal would be to reach the TOOS and Category X status categories. That would require an elite view, something more elite than the genteel leftism that passes for elitism.

That sounds like a page from the #NRx playbook.

Kristor writes that if it is ever the Truth versus the West then the West must accept truth or die out.

Briggs’ Review of Feser and Bessetteís By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed: A Catholic Defense of Capital Punishment makes the case for the necessity of such a text. Then he questions how an entire portion of society could step in time to the tune of Oh Tranny Boy. Too much London Derriere. And he illustrates the consequences of a delusional belief in modern “inclusion” with Furry Muslim Transgender Methodist Deacons.

He who controls words controls the world, controls the ability, or, more crucially, the inability, to think.

Young white girl in wheatfield you may not have seen yet.

Young white girl in wheatfield you may not have seen yet.

Does American Exceptionalism Still Have Something to Offer The World? Jim Kalb argues in Catholic World Report it just may.

Continuing his thoughts from last week, Dalrock writes that feminists experience A very long season (part 2) because of a lack of humility to appreciate real prospects.

Sydney Trads don The Red Badge of Remembrance in memory of the supposedly “foolish” wisdom of the past.

Mark Richardson at Oz Conservative elaborates on the difficulties of traditionalist communities in a libertarian society in his Reply to a libertarian.

Johnathan McCormack argues that the suicide of the west is the result of a society that divorces itself from the means of accessing God and seeing both life and this world as a gift in Suicide of the West Part 1 and Part 2.

That less we bless the world the more death gains the upper hand, Plato noted that material has a natural entropy to it tending towards chaos, it is through religious ritual that we give it form to maintain its integrity, this is true of social formations as well.

By giving creation to God, it is given back to us enchanted, filled with value and meaning.

Bruce Charlton illustrates how the debate of Wittgenstein versus Turing colors the distinction between true intuitive understanding and the apparent understanding of mathematical proofs.

 



This Week in Arts & Letters

David Hines is up over at Status 451 with another gem in his “Radical Book Club” series. He reviews four (at least) different leftoid guidebooks. And gleans a lot of practical advice out of them in this ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀. I couldn’t possibly hope to summarize it, but suffice it to say the Menciian view on Quakers is fully vindicated. Hines concludes

Righties write polemics. Lefties write how-to manuals. THIS IS WHY LEFTIES WIN, AND WIN, AND WIN.

No longer. If you’ve been paying attention to Social Matter over the last couple years, you will have noticed a lot more “how-to” material for The Restoration. As much as we can afford to advertise at least.

This week at City Journal, Paul Beston explores the shadow-world of Boxing portrayed in Springs Toledo’s Murderers’ Row: In Search of Boxing’s Greatest Outcasts. K.C. Johnson argues that Betsy DeVos should be Taking Action on Title IX. Nicole Gelinas reviews a new book about the fiscal crisis facing New York City in the 1970s, finding it has the Right Facts, Wrong Conclusions, while Fred Siegel recounts a personal episode out of the same troubled history, My Political Reeducation. Finally, Heather Mac Donald with some sober observations on the pernicious rhetoric of Black Lives Matter’s anti-cop agenda against law and order and those Running Toward, When Others Run Away.

Chris Gale laments another pop-cultural icon felled by the poz, Doctor Who is not safe, expect worse; counterposes some Memes and graphs; assesses the surveillance (and OpSec) implications of your digital phenotype; observes the self-defeating logic of holiness spirals; and argues for humility against self-esteem. As well as the usual Sunday Sonnet.

Fencing Bear took a week off from All Things Milo®, opting instead for a conversation with Jonathan Pageau, an Orthodox icon carver reviving the devotional traditions and symbols of medieval craftsmanship.

At the Logos Club, Kaiter Enless updates his Brief Primer on Fiction Writing with an excursus on Fight Club and the droog-lite leftist imitators it inspired. Sculptor A.J. Fosik’s latest exhibition prompts some reflections on time and entropy, with an appeal to the entropy-containment device enshrined in familial order. Taking up his earlier argument on Right Wing Unification Enless proposes a syllogism staked between the Future Universalistic vs. Present Particularistic. Elsewhere he finds it about time to discard old pieties pertaining to liberal democracy, in Dispensing With the End of History, weighs in on the recent fracas surrounding Bret Stephens and addresses the ongoing story of Donald Trump Jr., Russia & The Nature of Treason. Finally, a scintillating vision of a decentralized discursive patchwork offered by the promise of Parallel Institutions.

At Albion Awakening, John Fitzgerald pens a lavish encomium to C.S. Lewis’ That Hideous Strength (1945):

… an indisputably great book, such a wild, rumbunctious, rough and tumble tale, shot through with fire and flair, that a review of my own to add to the million and one already written can never come close to capturing its singular essence. Only an oblique angle will suffice. But it isn’t easy. I find it hard to even describe the novel’s plot and basic themes. There’s so much crammed into its pages—so much passion, drama and vision. You can’t tame it. You’ll be wrestling with thunder and lightning if you try.

Fitzgerald characterizes Lewis’ classic as a door to the spiritual source of Christian imagination:

The Christian vision has lost its imaginative hold over the nation. What is required, therefore, I feel, is neither restoration nor modernisation, but deepening and reconnection. It is a matter of ressourcement—a return to the source—a rediscovery of the wellsprings of Divine inspiration within our own hearts, the heart of the land, and the heart of the Christian faith itself.

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It’s always a joy to see a good writer inspired to a higher level by a great one, and for this reason alone, notwithstanding the many more which await, it’s well worth your time to RTWT.

Also there: Wildblood delves deeper in the moral malaise with his continuing analysis of the Western world’s destruction by The Overturning of the Natural Order and clarifies his recent argument on Leftism and Reason.

And last, but by no measure least, Imaginative Conservative this week has Dwight Longenecker exploring the The Humility of Jane Austen, Peter Kalkavage On Music and Metaphysics and Richard Weaver discussing Humanism in an Age of Science. Joseph Pearce finds that War Teaches Wonder Woman a Lesson about the ineluctability of evil, and Josh Herring celebrates The Cultivation of Complexity in the poetry of Wendell Berry. A poem of Belloc and a Sonnet for St. Benedict by Malcolm Guite. Then Sean Fitzpatrick laments the allure of Star Wars: A False Idol of Distraction for Lost Souls who hunger for transcendence. Boris Johnson and Mary Beard debate Greece vs. Rome; and Jonathan Witt on the (modern) dichotomy of religion and science: the God of the gaps. Glenn Arbery with some sage counsel on Remembering to Be and Aaron Ames with some pellucid reflections on the transcendence of Beauty and the Imagination. George W. Rutler is the latest to praise President Trump’s Warsaw Speech while Shannon Holzer argues for the cultural resurgence of Right thought and the necessity of recapturing the media; for He Who Controls the Microphone… Finally, James V. Schall (the only trustworthy Jesuit of whom I’m aware) with a splendid essay on Mysticism, Political Philosophy & Play:

It is said by the philosophers that man’s happiness consists in contemplation, especially as what is highest in him is ‘divine’, that is, what connects him to the gods. That is right. The polity exists for itself, but in achieving what it is, a life of amazing abundance is fostered in which questions of the highest moment are to be considered and answered. In this context, the fascination of play seems at first to have an unimportant place. What I want to argue here rather is that play provides us with a better understanding of what is left to be done when the polity itself is what it is, not a claim itself to be divine, but an order in which we can live well by our own powers in relation to others wherein we can have a true common good that will not exclude the highest things, including those addressed beyond religion, those of revelation. Religion refers to human initiative; revelation refers to divine initiative.

Far-reaching and profound, this one is worth savoring, so RTWT.

 



This Week in the Outer Left

Fantastic little bit of lefty hand-wringing here: (Why) The Resistance is Losing. Of course, by “resistance” he means the left. Ell-oh-ell. The poor put-upon left resistance. Well, whatever will they do with only 89% of clergy, 98% of the news media, and a mere 99.917% of the universities? How can they possibly construct a “real political opposition” out of that? Oh and they named an airport after Reagan… which is only 6 inches away from naming one after Hitler. Dontcha know.

 



This Week… Elsewhere

By way of Unorthodoxy: more on the wisdom of the Baizuo concept. Also Economist goes full shitlord: Trying to Prosper Among Nigerians Like Trying to Farm in Antarctica, … even if only by accident.

Al Fin kicks off a promising series Slay the Monsters, Save the Future. Can you guess the first monster that needs to go? I bet you can. Related: The Teacher’s Job is to Prevent Students from Learning. Also…

Schools do not teach children to teach themselves. Such a thing would represent a threat to the school system itself. But children who can map their own course through the knowledge labyrinths of the world have a distinct advantage over those children and youth who remain ever-dependent upon authority figures to chart their path.

Over at Fifth Political Theory, Titus Quintus offers commentary on Trump’s speech in Poland: In Defense of the West: Trump, Poland, and the Fate of Civilizations.

[I]f there is one thread uniting Trump and his administration, it is that they believe there are things more important than tolerance and equality—things that come first, shall we say—and it would seem one of them is “Western civilization.”

Trump does not reject equality and tolerance, but they are hierarchically inferior to the cause of “the West.”

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Of course, “the West” is awfully slippery in the hands of politicians and spin doctors. But even a tiny bit of chauvinism would be an improvement. Quintus has much more on the subject.

Greg Cochran has some expert musings on Old Asians. Offered without snickering: Animals and Women : Feminist Theoretical Explorations—which makes it all the more humorous.

PA offers some extensive (and astute) Observations In New York City. And he finds a distressing, sadly predictable, trend in Photos of Couples In Love. A trend which, once seen, cannot be unseen.

In an LA Times editorial, VDH offers a spirited defense of hard physical labor: As physical jobs decline, something is lost.

By way of Heartiste: Diversity + Proximity = War Rootlessness. And war too. Also: The Trump Effect Is The Testosterone Effect—the Bezos pics not to be missed.

Dangerously current-eventsy, but… just in case there is a nuclear exchange: TUJ offers Even More Thoughts on North Korea Through the Lens of Game Theory.

Hank Delacroix has an absolutely heart-breaking story: Mom’s Divorce. As much as I hope it isn’t true, I know it must be… at least sometimes.

 


Welp that’s all we had time for. Again, many thanks to the excellent TWiR Staff who helped me out this week: David Grant, Egon Maistre, Alex Von Neumann, Hans der Fiedler, and Aidan MacLear did a lot of heavy lifting. Keep on reactin! Til next week: NBS… Over and out!!

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2 Comments

  1. Congrats to Arthur. In this case “Best of the Week” is, if anything, something of an understatement.

  2. Thank you for the award! I agree that the ice church in Yakutsk is lovely. :)

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