This Week In Reaction (2017/07/23)

VDH calls it The Fifth American Warcivil war that is. I think it’s more accurate to consider it one American civil war, that’s been going on for 250 years.

Nick Land has a wonderful graph from Twitter. We can only hope it’s all true.

And Northern Dawn’s Canada Sesquicentennial Symposium continues with a contribution from Cole Dutton: Canada, Tradition, and Government, the latter not to be judged by the accidents of its size or intrusions, but how it upholds a vision of the common good.

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

Alf continues his series: Left vs right II—why lions eat rabbits edition. Also, a reminder: No such thing as independent institutions. Not in this day-n-age at any rate.

The Dividualist wonders: Why does libertarianism feel so 20th century? He has a homework assignment for libertarians, while their economic wall of liberalism is not very much under attack…

Figure out how to defund the Left! Find a way to make being an SJW a poorly paying job.

Social Pathologist offers some thoughts on the weasel-adjective: Judeo-Christian, and the ability of NRO to find it even where it isn’t spoken.

Shylock Holmes discovers The fastest way in, i.e., to circumvent both kinds of sanity about immigration:

National Museum, Dhaka Bangladesh impressive. Neighborhood not so much.

National Museum, Dhaka Bangladesh impressive. Neighborhood not so much.

The notion of refugees circumvents people’s ideas of how immigration should normally work. Sure, we normally screen immigrants carefully and don’t let just anybody move here, but these people are refugees! To send them back to where they came from would be to return them to certain death.

And this association has been built up so strongly that mostly people don’t seem to scrutinize any of the policies being snuck in as a consequence. The clearest sign of this is the fact that the major war being used to justify large migration flows into Europe is the conflict in Syria. However, a cursory glance at either a) immigration statistics, or b) photos of the refugees themselves reveals that a large quantity of them are coming from Africa (or, more recently, Bangladesh!), from regions where there is either no war at all, or conflict at a sufficiently low level that what they are fleeing from is simply everyday life in these places. Suddenly, the definition of a potential refugee has expanded to anyone in a sufficiently crappy country. Which, at last count, is most of the people of the world.

Imperial Energy’s STEEL-cameralist Manifesto Part 3 continues with subsection F: The Crisis of the Cathedral and the Structure of the Imperial Information Revolution, which unlocks a whole new level of drinking from a firehose.

Also there, what appears to be the first green shoots new series: Philosophy, Praxeology and Power, which thus far is an exploration into the original autographs of Moldbug, Mises, and Rothbard. Part Two is the Epistemological Foundations of Praxeology. Part Three: Power, Praxeology and Three Reactionary Philosophies of History. And Part Four: The Praxeology of Power or the Science of Elite Action.

Grey Enlightenment comments on the quite astonishing success of Jordan Peterson—if not culturally, then at least financially.

Neocolonial introduces the concept of Institutional Imprimatur. This one comes with predictions and dovetails nicely with Perilloux’s “Imperial Mindset” article below. It was also an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

By way of Isegoria… when learning to play a game is actual therapy; a startling study on exercise: You can get away with as little as one minute of effort; this week in freakonomics: mentoring is yet another way to screw up kids; One in five Americans are prescribed opioids; and World War II films aren’t about World War II.

Finally this week in CWNY: While Memory Holds a Seat, with commentary upon the post-Christian utopianism of the 60s (and earlier), as well as a whole lot more.


This Week in Jim Donald

This was a prolific week for Jim, with four entries. First, was the harsh but likely true observation that Nazis are virgins. If you’re like me, you have some affection for your internet Nazi friends, but you wish they were more right-wing. Jim agrees wholeheartedly.

I am not disowning my fellow alt rightists who happen to be Nazis. I am inviting them to become better friends and allies than they already are by discarding their blue pill illusions about women—by becoming even more evil than they already are.

The trouble with Nazis is that they [are] leftists stuck in the 1930s, while the rest of the left has moved even further left. And the left was mighty bluepilled back in the 1930s.

As Jim says, rolling the clock back to the 1930s would fall short of the mark by about two hundred years. If you did get back to 1930s leftism, the rot would already be in place and you’d end up right back in the Current Year.

Next up, is a great summary of exactly the sort of red pills about women that Nazis need to encounter. He tells us why we need the double standard. This is the kind of classic red pill on women post that I love from Jim. Even if you think you’re red pilled on women, RTWT because it is so potent people around you will get a contact high even hours after you read it.

All these laws have the effect of holding men responsible for female bad behavior. It is a lot more effective to hold women responsible for male bad behavior, because women, not men are the gate keepers to sex, romance, and reproduction. If you stop some men from behaving badly, women will just find men you cannot or dare not deter.

The problem is that we need to guard what is precious, guard eggs, not sperm. We need to restrain female sexual behavior, not male sexual behavior.

Jim earns an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ for a crucial synopsis of reactionary sex realism.

He must have known what I wanted to read this week, because his next entry was about peak oil. Remember when peak oil was a thing doomers went on about? I bet if you dug hard enough, you could find audio of people in 2007 or so confidently predicting that oil prices would get up to $200 by 2015 and never drop below that again. Market denialism. But Jim isn’t really talking about peak oil here. He’s making a broader observation about the distressing state of technological advance. Viz., the lack thereof. This was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Schematic cross-section of general types of oil and gas resources

Schematic cross-section of general types of oil and gas resources

Although science has been stagnating since Harvard got the upper hand over the Royal Society, technology that makes money continues to advance. We have a problem with new blue sky technologies. No one in the west is developing new technologies any more, just polishing up existing profitable technologies…. If someone could make money out of supersonic jets, we would get better and better supersonics, but instead, planes are slowing down, not speeding up. But people could make money out of drilling and stimulating oil fields, so drilling and oilfield stimulation got better and better, and continues to improve.

Physical resources are effectively infinite, in that physical limits to growth are unlikely to be a significant problem in the reasonably foreseeable future. The problem is social decay.

The ability to deploy technology in money-making areas ultimately depends on blue sky technology and fundamental research. But when social decay wrecks scientific research because particle physics doesn’t respect the lived experience of queer women of color, we can only exploit so much existing research before it’s all tapped… and then one day, the lights of civilization go out.

Last from Jim was this week’s entry on Trump taking power… slowly. Jim is big enough to admit that he was wrong about Trump seizing power, at least in terms of his time-line, but he maintains that it is happening. We can expect Jim to keep a close eye on this situation as it develops, at whatever speed.

One of his huge problems is lack of Trumpists with Washington qualifications, as illustrated by the fact that for a long time he has had a press secretary and White House Communications director who hate him, think him stupid and evil, and have been gunning for a coup against him.

Personnel are policy, and the White House policy was that Trump was evil, dangerous, and needed to be overthrown and killed. Hence the mainstream press’s frequently accurate depiction of chaos in the White House.

Jim’s solution is one that should be familiar to readers of Social Matter: An institution, separate from the Cathedral, that turns out quality statesmen so that a Trump figure can appoint people who do not think it is deranged to have borders. That institution does not exist, but if you’re reading us, you can do already some of the heavy lifting to make those statesmen: read old books, lift, go to church, get married, have kids, teach your kids to read old books, lift, go to church… you know the rest.


This Week in Social Matter

Ryan Landry kicks off the week here at SM with an superb synopsis of The University Empire. It crystallizes and sets down in one place a lot of the ideas that have been swirling around the neoreactionary sphere for quite some time. Not least of these ideas is that academia is one of the biggest teeth in the leftward ratchet.

As a wing of the reigning power, the university has the special dispensation of educating the masses. Universities have tax-free endowments, they receive grants from the official sovereign, they have their own police forces, they operate courts outside the rule of law, and they even earn billions tax-free. They have another special dispensation. They are the official union card stampers for any job in the white collar world and also what the sovereign’s official propaganda organ declares and portrays as ‘the good life’.

One should look at universities less like a business and more like stationary bandits. They take a cut (tuition) to make sure future workers and thinkers can function well. They provide some order to the system. To cut off rival power centers, progressives moved to make it illegal for private firms to have entrance exams for prospective employees because of disparate impact to minorities (Griggs v. Duke Power Co.). Rather than corporations having the power to determine work qualifications, the central government rendered doing so illegal and allowed the universities to fill that role by proxy.

And although universities rarely go around breaking legs, the un-dischargeable nature of student loan debt assures them a long-term and lucrative cut on most profitable economic activity. Landry has much more. Including some ideas on what must be done to get control over this monster again. RTWT! This was the ☀☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Award☀☀ winner. BTW, Grey Enlightenment has a nice follow-on to Landry’s piece: Status, Universities, and the Elites.

Hubert Collins has Monday offering Misanthropology: Review Of Kill All Normies by Angela Nagle. The book has many warts. And according to Collins being boneheadedly wrong about it’s subject matter isn’t even the least of them.

Eyes wow.

Eyes wow.

Nagle fails to grapple with this [actual Alt-Right] history because it conflicts with her eccentric thesis. She views the “identity politics” of both Tumblr and her 4chan-alt-right hybrid as products of what happens when the obsession of being “counter-cultural,” “indie,” and “authentic” goes too far. She draws heavily from the endless cultural criticism of post-WWII music to arrive at this point. The reasoning goes: first the Beatles were cool and rebellious, then it became mainstream so next there was punk, then that became mainstream so hipsters came, but then hipsters became mainstream so . . . folks became either alt-right or SJWs. Both ends of this “horseshoe” really just want to be the “true rebels,” part of something that cannot be co-opted, and that their lame parents just won’t understand.

The trouble with this view, in short, is that it is wrong. Nagle gets to this conclusion by pedaling backwards. She thinks people post Pepe because kek’s only son is edgy, and from there go exploring for more edgy stuff and adopt that, too. But it’s the other way around.


Weimerica Weekly requires a strong stomach this week, as it’s on the drag queen story hour. This was an astroturfed campaign to get a bunch of drag queens reading prog-approved books to kids during Pride month. The scary thing—the really scary thing—is that progs treat their children as accessories for their religious devotions. Parents in the distant past sacrificed their children to Moloch, but that has nothing on giving the kids hormone-blockers until they end up killing themselves.

Michael Perilloux distills current neoreactionary thought and advocates for the Imperial Mindset. He starts off recounting the ways that rightists fail to address true problems, and they are legion.

Without imperial mindset, we think that all politics requires of us is that we show up and fight, that we can do it for fun, and that it won’t make large demands of self-reconstruction. Thinking about politics seriously, though, we have to take a personal responsibility for the full consequences and scope of political action. We have to think about how our plans will carry through for the next few hundred years, we have to face the much larger task of working out the whole of the matter of how to rule, and we have to break down and reconstruct those parts of ourselves that come with the wrong way of thinking and are stuck in edginess and resentment. This is such an enormous burden compared to the lazier approach that our minds just slide off of it and go back to what is easy.

But we have to resist the impulse to take the easy but ultimately pointless approach everyone else is taking to politics, namely by understanding the true nature of politics and power and committing ourselves to what we are actually trying to do.

Ignore cape, aim at matador. Check.

Someone who is truly thinking about responsible approaches to solve the world’s problems, given some belief in their own ability to actually implement their ideas, is never resentful and never talking about “how to get our country back”. Their tone of thought is “we are the ruling class, or will be. Let us think how to responsibly guide this thing in a better direction in response to these complex challenges”.

When it becomes obvious that they are not the current ruling class, those with the imperial mindset don’t slip back into anarchism or resentment politics. They think like a ruling class in exile, which believes in its own mandate and competence. They see the current occupants of the imperial seat as a ridiculous pack of monkeys who don’t take their duties seriously and aren’t organized to carry them out.

Based on an in-depth analysis of the American caste system, Perilloux suggests that the mindset we seek for our 1000 “Golden Age Statesmen” is that of Kshatriya (warrior) caste. He takes home an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ for his important and magisterial contribution here.

Friday’s Myth of the 20th Century is Episode 27: The American Dream, Cities, Promise and Peril. The West Coast Guys are joined by Dark Enlightenment, who’s emerged as a valuable expert within the ‘sphere in the areas of history and sociology of urbanization.

Editor Hadley Bishop continues his Saturday series in Myth: The Wooing Of Olwen.

And in Saturday Poetry & Prose, E. Antony Gray has some fresh verse: What The Retiree Said.


This Week in 28 Sherman

On the home blog, Ryan Landry writes a bit of a modest proposal on Monday, calling for the prole Peace Corps. Some good outside the box thinking here from Ryan, so RTWT. The way he describes it, it’s a win all around.

Russian woman with decent BMI.

Russian woman with decent BMI.

America can maintain all the funding that we assign to Peace Corps and those wonderful private donations for programs and fund a different way to make friends while giving Americans skills that they can use when they return to America. President Trump should offer all men, preferably men not scared of blue collar work, the opportunity for training in a trade attached to the requirement that they must work for 2-3 years in Russia on Russian infrastructure and repair projects.

Ask anyone who does business in Russia. Moscow is great and up to speed. Then go into the hinterlands. It does not take much of a distance. The hospitals, the government buildings, the basic water and electrical infrastructure are in poor shape. Have you seen pictures from their hospitals? We could send drywall, paint and basic maintenance crews there to do wonders. These American men could return and be part of a community repair team. Maybe have access to preferential loans, daycare rates, etc.

What does Russia do in exchange? I’m going to be blunt. Women of decent BMI. We need these good guys to be able to find a wife and bring her back to the states. Now the Russians very well will send sleeper agents, but that’s okay because when all of these good ol’ boys come back, we will debrief them. They will have spent two to three years in a country that America has found notoriously ridiculous to get reconnaissance on, and Russians will already consider them spies but we would have some possible understanding of the Slav Soul. They are a mystery to us.

Had me at women of decent BMI. Landry snags an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for this one as well.

On Wednesday, Ryan covers a trend I have been noticing lately of some weird immigration chatter. I don’t think anyone in our sphere was prepared for Macron’s famous “7, 8 babies” comment, and I am fair certain that no one predicted Bill Gates would say migration to Europe has gotten out of hand. But this is a weird time, and here we are.

Is the tide turning? Is the public discourse now open to stopping immigration? There is an element to this of the Left’s media managers trying to put the genie back in the bottle or put the mask back on. “No no no, we went to far, let’s stop this, hello fellow nationalists”. The Left lies until their objectives are met. I’ve written about this and Texas going blue being an equivalent to the Left lying for decades that there was a Keynesian conspiracy in economics departments until they had won with no going back. This was my first instinct when reading this but Gates and Macron changed my feelings.

Do RTWT, if only for the last paragraph. We don’t want to steal his thunder.

This Week in WW1 pics: he saw Europe—simple, powerful, and to the point. He saw Europe and cannot unsee it, so the least we can do is honor their sacrifice.

On Friday, Ryan covers how Teen Vogue went nuts. You may have seen one or two of the ridiculous things that has come out of this once fairly innocent celeb and fashion magazine, but have you seen the whole list?

They got the ball rolling with some videos featuring some bearded trans person taking to a short lesbian in glasses and suspenders about introducing gay or trans stuff to kids. They decided to follow this up with a guide to anal sex for people with prostates and people without prostates. Not men and women. It was no prostate or has a prostate. I’m not joking. Then they had fun with an article about what to get a friend after their abortion. They have finished off the doozy of a stretch with a video discussing how children can understand consent. The soft pro-pedo push is underway.

The poz push that Landry documents has been noticed in the mainstream as a new ‘social justice’ direction, and is credited to the new Teen Vogue editor, Elaine Welteroth. Ms. Welteroth, despite her youth, is a hideous frizzy-haired mulatto, with a Jewish father and a black mother. So much of poz really just seems like an attack on beauty by the ugly.


This Week in Kakistocracy

It was a short week for Porter, but he comes out of the gates wearing a shit-eating grin in The New Polar Face and a Lovey Dovey Life, in which we learn that:

…[O]ne of the myriad horrors of climate change is bear miscegenation. This being a fear pseudo-environmentalists are obliged to compartmentalize in mental bank vaults, lest it leak onto animals that walk upright… I had no idea the nexus of climatology and zoology was such fertile ground for nazi eugenicists.

Then, Porter manages to outdo himself in Poolside. Yes, he means it like that. It’s easier to enjoy the decline when you’re not drinking methanol—and especially when the border doesn’t cross you.

Nearly all the victims in these grisly ordeals report a singular objective: to get the hell out of Mexico and come home. I wonder how many are sufficiently lucid to understand what they actually mean by that sentiment. Do they think the contours of home are determined by mere lines on a map?


This Week in Evolutionist X

Evolutionist X—a one-man one-woman blitzkrieg for the New Social Studies—kicks off a new series: “Forgotten Treasures” Part 1: The Indian city of Etzanoa, the site of which has only been recently discovered.

Filed under “Not Quite Forgotten” is Part 2, Cahokia—the oldest known settlement in the area of the United States.

Monk’s Mound, Cahokia near Collinsville IL.

Monk’s Mound, Cahokia near Collinsville IL.

Cahokia is only one of the Mississippian people’s many settlements–at least 85 similar sites have been discovered, and that’s just the Mississippians. Other cultures also built mounds, such as the Watson Brake site in Louisiana, built around 3500 BC. (Perhaps these were really all the same culture, but archaeologists classify them as different ones.) The Mississippian sites are generally distinguished by:

  1. Earthen pyramids or mounds
  2. The development of large-scale, corn-based agriculture
  3. Shell-tempered pottery
  4. Large trade network extending from the Rockies to the Atlantic, Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico
  5. Social hierarchy and centralization of political power, with cities like Cahokia dominant over smaller towns
  6. A particular style of art and artifacts, reflecting Mississippian religious beliefs and lifestyles

Finally, for Anthropology Friday, Mrs. X has a final installment from Travels in Siberia: Tungus People—including a not too appetizing menu, reindeer riding, and a quite actual rape culture.


This Week in Quas Lacrimas

Quincy Latham kicks off the week with some Fun AIDS facts. Not fun ha ha.

Did d’Alembert predict the influence of Common Sense: Trente Sous? Perhaps.

And Latham drops the next installment of his Marriage series: IIc: Marriage and the Common Good. Which also doubles as a game (social coordination) theory series. A taste:

TLM Wedding.

TLM Wedding.

When a good is legitimized and normalized as the health of the community, it becomes incorporated into the self-conception of the guardians of the community. This is not necessarily a part of the ethos of every newly-planted colony; the spirit of pioneer life tends to blunter and cruder, in proportion to the straightforwardness of the tasks pioneers face. But as a community matures and grows, its internal actions must become more complicated and its guardians, if they are to safeguard it rather than to leech off it, must develop an aristocratic ethos through which the gravity of their task is mediated to their consciousness.

Thus… marriage, among many other things. Much, much more here. And this was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.


This Week at Thermidor Mag

Mark Citadel begins his editorship at Thermidor with a book review: Michael Sebastian’s Staying Married in a Degenerate Age. Citadel reviews the highlights and gives the book his endorsement.

Next up, N. T. Carlsbad (elsewhere described as wunderkind) delivers one of his trademark historical pieces on the connections between Louis de Bonald and anti-capitalism. Start with Bonald’s principles.

We then proceed to drop the univocal likeness between God and society and simply proclaim more parsimoniously that society itself is God, and that the social organism is by itself an efficient cause of its members’ actions. Sociology is born.

But this immanentization of society comes at a cost. The tensions between aristocratic/conservative anti-capitalism and popular anti-capitalism (modern socialism), particularly w.r.t. freedom, self-determination and the organization of production, is one such cost that is of significance to us here.

The Committee tapped this one for an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Jake Bowyer rounds out the week with The Ghosts of Empire, a survey of British horror literature and how it was affected by changes in Britainís imperial status.


This Week Around The Orthosphere

J. M. Smith writes about how on The Other Side of the Mountain is an implicit transsexual animosity. Also from Smith, “Infinite Dignity” is Fatuous Grandiloquence which bolsters pride and subverts gratitude.

Bonald emphasizes the illogical and dangerous Vatican attack on integralism.

Girl in summer dress.

Girl in summer dress.

Now, for a long time, Christians were told that they must tolerate secularism to have religious liberty, but now it turns out that Christian practice must be curtailed in the name of secularism, which is now to be pursued for its own sake. †Neutrality being impossible; secularism must ultimately mean established atheism. And established atheism banishes more than Revelation from the public world; the authors accuse Christians who protest the state’s violations of natural law, such as its promotion of abortion and sodomy, of having a nostalgia for theocracy.

And he also responds to The metahistorical attack on Western civilization and how it can lead to stronger Western consciousness, however unintentionally.

Matt Briggs reports on the enforcement of Diversity, I.e., Mandatory Uniformity, At Universities, dismantles the Latest Leftist Lunacy: Science Can Say Which Speech Is Violent, and praises the qualitative Stats from Dalrymple expressing the limits of quantitative analysis.

Ianto Watt speculates over the roles of faith and radicalism in Round VI of the English Civil War & The Will of the People.

And so, we are continuously given two choices, and two choices only; radical individualism and radical collectivism. And each results in the same answer. More revolution. Against the previous radicalism.

William Wildblood at Albion Awakening comments on the relationship between Leftism and Reason and its materialistic philosophical framework.

Also there, Bruce Charlton asks, “Why was metaphysics rejected by modern philosophers?” Was it to introduce a new hidden agenda? Then he comments on the metaphysical issues underlying the conflict between Wittgenstien and Christianity, and his late corruption. On a lighter note a country walk suggests a puzzle inscribed in the very landscape itself.

James Kalb asks How to think about Luther? in light of softening religious distinctions and the effects of Lutheran theology.

Mark Richardson at Oz Conservative elaborates on the emotional axes of men and women in “Male dominion, magical women.”


This Week in Arts & Letters

William Scott turns over a new leaf in reactionary aesthetics with: What is art. In which, he unveils his new art site: William Scott: Fine Art & Theory.

Over on Scott’s Fine Art Blog, he kicks off a crucial series What is art? I and What is art: II What is an Artist? From the latter…

William Scott, "Surface 3" (click for embiggening)

William Scott, “Surface 3” (click for embiggening)

[W]hat can we say we have learned, even if we are not ready to commit to the descriptions of various degrees of creative ability presented? We should look at the types we have considered—Viewer, Labourer, Craftsman, Artist, Genius—as node points on an upward progression from ignorance to mastery. These are not discrete categories of people or ability. In fact if a person is able to move along the continuum they retain the insights and capabilities of each of the preceding. A Labourer is also a Viewer, and the Genius is all of them in fullness; humanly speaking of course. As well, if one is able to move along this progression we see innate ability being filled by experience into mastery.

Both are must reads. For the series thus far, an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀. And there’s more to come (already there in fact, just not “this” (i.e., last) week).

Castalia Book Club announces The LawDog Files.

This Week in Thinking Out Aloud, Lorenzo protests: No, Ibn Khaldun is not the father of economics.

Some other stuff caught our eye this week. Newcomer Nishiki Prestige feels it’s time to say, Goodbye, Accelerationism, a dark and personally invested article about pedophilia and deterrence and some other distasteful, though no less urgent, observations on Gyno-Fascism and its final solution to the question of, uhh, men. Alarmingly, medieval studies, which had been among the more insulated backwaters in the Arts and Humanities curriculum, is of course now finding itself under attack from progressive dolts with nothing better to do. Orienting toward Letters of more recent vintage, this marvellous post popped up on twitter about the power of cargo cults to derail fiction’s vehicle. Speaking of which, Neo-Victorian would like to restore The Right Sort of Reactionary Fiction, something we encourage and commend absolutely. In a similar vein, artist William Scott has been exploring his own journey through Aesthetics via a magnificent three-part series questioning What is Art?, What is an Artist? and Modernity as Iconoclasm. The question of restoring Right Aesthetics has murmured on for a while now; one hopes this wave of self-reflection augurs a renewal of interest in rebuilding cultural institutions out of firm principles of excellence, rather than mere tissues of politicised gibs with vapid moral posturing on the side.

Chris Gale retrains his eye on the secular Cathedral with a call to shun the narrative, and uphold truth, for we are builded in the image of God; a further brief reminder of the slender veil from madness, and a surgical dismemberment of some Cathedral-apparatchik’s latest pearl-clutcher on that sinister-sounding online phenomenon you’ve all been hearing about called “the Alt-Right”; the ethics of psychiatric funding, and psychiatrists’ ideology (or idolatry), a great filter espied in the cry against universalism, “troll down!” but not out in Elfwick whackamole, the usual Sunday Sonnet and some fine Sestinas of Pound demonstrating the brilliance that springs from disciplined constraint.

At City Journal, Myron Magnet savors Anthony Asquith’s film adaptation of The Winslow Boy (1948), Let Right Be Done!. Meanwhile automation’s coming for middle and upper middle class jobs, Professionals and managers, you’re next!. Proof positive of how excellence only averages down once progs start interfering and Stifling Success. And finally, it’s been three years since Aurora making this an opportune moment to revisit this contemporary post by Dalrymple.

Eyes wow.

Eyes wow.

A quiet week for the Logos Club who have been busy behind the scenes preparing a full-length book The Defamation Factory: the Sordid History of the ADL, a worthy project we look forward to reading. Only one other post, that sees Kaiter Enless in defense of Nativism. The forces for rootlessness and atomization have been relentless in their attempt to contaminate this idea but their efforts must be repudiated for not just prosperity, but our very survival is at stake.

Richard Carroll goes back to basics this week, returning to the catechisms in the Doctrina Christiana. Ecclesiastical rules and doctrinal texts may have waned in popularity over the last 800 years but for the richness of their insight and the moral profit of their cultivation of a higher aspiration and perspective some, like this, remain among the treasures of the canon.

Fencing Bear is rallied to arms by Hate Speech Hocus Pocus, the findings of a psychologist who has recently claimed that “hate speech” may be injurious to one’s physical health. Though it only really shows that it can act as a stressor, which, without the weaponized poz livery, does not seem all that significant since it puts it in a group with many other, in fact unquantifiably legion, aversive phenomena which altogether make up a fairly large part of ordinary experience. As she drily observes ‘once upon a time, such stress was called “life”‘. Aversion forms the basis, or at least a pole, of morality and so of order. Aversive experiences have motivated great feats of human ingenuity and problem-solving. Aversive experiences are an indissoluble element of consciousness itself. As a good medievalist she is especially adroit at recognizing allegorical significance in the contemporary and particular. Her unravelling of the eucharistic glamour of the image of the Logos incarnatus nails the curious allure of this meme squarely on its head. A very interesting perspective, I recommend you RTWT.

Finally to the Imaginative Conservative which started the week with Peter Rieth in conversation with Michael Krupa of the Polish National Party, on The New West: Poland, America and Christianity. Mark MacNamara with a Cold War tale hingeing on a Van Cliburn performance at the 1958 International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition. Some verses of Whitman. T. Renee Kozinski
exploring the great medieval insight into the power of the image via C.S. Lewis. Eliot’s Eeldrop and Appleplex and a poem of Frost. Glenn Arbery praises silence, James Schall reflects on the unending conversation that is philosophy, On the mystery of teachers I never met, and John Horvat with insights into the economic history of medieval labor and the plight of the English worker. Russell Hittinger asks How would Christopher Dawson redeem the West?. Joseph Pearce on St. Pius V and the Battle of Lepanto and finally Dwight Longenecker on his own epic quest in search of Mysteries and Miracles.


This Week in the Outer Left

Stay tuned.


This Week… Elsewhere

Zach Kraine looks at Primal Futurism.

A lot to like in AMK’s True Political Compass.

This Week in The War for Christendom, Hapsburg Restorationist looks at Victory Beyond Defeat: Lessons from the 1938 Legitimists


PA discovers The Third Law Of Female Journalism, which is quite helpful for those who didn’t even realize there was a second.

Al Fin takes a long look at Africa’s “Complex Transition” Into the Modern World—for miniscule values of “transition”.

Zeroth Position has a deep Consideration Of Helicopter Rides. This actually is a solid background piece on the Pinochet regime and its legacy, in which helicopter rides probably did not play an actual big role. But ZP uses it as an opportunity to talk about ultraviolence—a usage coined by E. Antony Gray. He thinks that many on the Alt-Right are too quick to suggest “helicopter rides” for their political enemies. We are, of course, inclined to agree. But those who lack power, or a plausible path to it, are not generally known for careful strategic reasoning. In general, we—formalists—at Social Matter frown upon extra-judicial violence, without doubting that it may sometimes be necessary or expedient.

Over at Fabius Maximus, a whole lotta hit mixed with some miss here: Why humanity has not gone to space, and why we will. Well… maybe we will. But not on our current vector.

Unorthodoxy has an interesting take on the White Progressive Cultural Market Collapse. Well, I certainly hope that’s what it is.


Well, that’s all we had time fer. Hope you’re having an excellent summer. Be sure to get down the shore if you can. Many thanks to the Official TWiR Staff: David Grant, Egon Maistre, Alex Von Neumann, Aidan MacLear, and Hans der Fiedler were on time and on point like usual. Keep on reactin! Til next week: NBS… Over and out!!

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    1. Oh man… what a compliment!!

    1. Nice idea. But anyone with the power to implement such a measure, would have the power to simply ignore “racism”, which is a species without essence and should properly be ignored.

  1. Thanks for promoting the new site. (My ADD is only tempered by my OCD)

    And as usual thanks for showing me how much reading I have not been getting to.

  2. Thanks for mentioning my post about Cargo Cults. You might as well move any links to me to “Outer Left” though.

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