This Week In Reaction (2017/07/30)

Last Week, Fritz Pendleton in these very pages asked reactionaries to reconsider Napoleon as a reactionary exemplar. Reactionary Wünderkind Nigel T. Carlsbad takes him up on that offer, grabbing the megaphone at our sister publication Thermidor Mag for The Eighteenth Brumaire of Fritz Pendleton. With characteristic thoroughness, Carlsbad reviews and analyzes the edicts, statements, and reception of Napoleon and presents a strong case that Napoleon was not one of us. Could this be another one of those “Stalin was an anti-leftist hero” things? Seems familiar. We find Carlsbad’s claim, however, that a reconsideration of Napoleon is a dead end, to be unconvincing. All great men are deserving of respect and of study. Consideration of Napoleon should focus on what lessons we can draw from his life and career more than which side he was on in the conflicts of his age, though that is not nothing either. Carlsbad nets an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for his efforts here.

Imperial Energy, too, weighs in—heavily—on the dilemma: Napoleon: Hot or Not? And here’s the Part 2. In which…

For men in the arena, political man must be mastered like the France of the Revolution needed to be mastered.

Only a certain type of men, with a certain type of psychology, is capable of mastering the masses of men.

Men like Napoleon.

In politics you can have either the anarchy of wolves or the tyranny of the lion.

France had wolves, and then it had a lion.

Particularly well-put. Also from Vince Hannah, Part 3: Napoleon: Aristocratic,Militarist Reactionary.

Over at American Greatness, VDH wonders: Why is Everyone Suddenly Quoting Thucydides?

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

Cecil Neville-Annesly has a grand petard hoisting with The Pragmatic Case Against Pragmatism.

Nick Land plans a Fumigation of his combox. The trademark English sense of Fair Play does not seem have sufficed. Grey Enlightenment offers his observations.

Alfred Woenselaer helpfully outlines The 4 factions of the right. And a bit more on Dutch Center “right” GeenStijl, a final time.

Doug Smythe has a big paste with some commentary: WTF I Love Auguste Comte Now: Another Red-Pill Moment for Me.

Spandrell outdoes his himself here: What’s killing the West. Hint: it ain’t Islam. Nobody fights for feminism. Especially not the women. This was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Filed under “Gee, I sure hope they’re getting taxed to death”: Grey Enlightenment notes U.S. home sales to foreigners surge 49% to new record. Also there: Not Worried About Tech Bubble (and how HBD can be used to beat the market).

In Generative Anthropology, Adam takes yet another deep dive into socio-political psychology in: Orders, Names, Sovereignty. As usual, Adam defies summary in proportion to just how interesting his stuff is. Adam earns a rare ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ for this one.

Skating in just before the time bell, Titus Cincinnatus offers Colonisation as an Engine for Ethnogenesis—a subject near and dear to our hearts to be sure.

[T]he three types of situations are these: 1) When a people plant large and populous colonies into a relatively uncivilised location, or at least those in which the indigenous peoples are technologically backwards and unable to effectively resist; 2) when a people colonise an already well-populated region with inhabitants who have attained a high level of civilisation, but remain aloof, and 3) when a people colonise the same, but attempt an integration of the indigenous population.

Each of which correspond to examples in ancient Greek civilization as well as more recent history. Ethnogenesis, according to Cincinnatus, is perfectly natural and normal. Probably desirable, when pursued from a position of overwhelming superiority…

2015-11-23-1448249397-1617533-996d1a948ed7cb8ef2cd079d12007927The only way to retain “cultural purity” is to not interact with other populations to begin with, which means either you don’t colonise, or else you completely segregate yourself (likely achievable only through complete extermination) from outside groups. The latter is certainly not preferable. Barring these, colonisers should be willing to accept ethnogenesis. Second, however, is that ethnogenesis can be slowed by transferring a larger relative population of immigrants to the new foundation. This creates more social pressure which reinforces the cultural confidence of the colonists. Hundreds of thousands of Brits living near a handful of Native Americans keeps British culture in the colonies strong. Hundreds of thousands of Spaniards spread out across one and a half continents with millions of indigenes means the Spanish culture is only superficially applied and becomes much more miscegenated.

Another ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ for The Neo-Ciceronian Times.

Business picked up over at Jacobite this week. Edward Waverly gives us Not Only Revolutions: Sociology After Society, a meditation on the concept of ìsocietyî and its role in modern consciousness.

We have created a character we named Society, whose perspective we are encouraged to assume. Literature, especially the modern novel, allows us to “try on” different perspectives, and out of these, a kind of synthetic perspective emerges, a meta-perspective. In this reading, History becomes a novel, and Society becomes the protagonist. In judging our own actions, individuals may assume the perspective of this character, this Society, to discern not just how our actions appear to others, but how they appear judged against the Comtean social consensus.

Also there, Chris Morgan offers an interesting historical parallel between punk rock and Girolamo Savonarola’s bonfire of the vanities.

How a Savonorolan youth culture takes shape in the 21st century is difficult to sketch out with much clarity. First there is the matter of optics. Though it is precisely what readers of The Handmaid’s Tale and other works of dystopia have come to expect, a broad commitment to accost people for their accessories, let alone for burning, is more pathological than moral, and a theatrical message that is more tragicomic than persuasive. Crusading against the unprecedented proliferation of pornography is all the more difficult when fewer and fewer physical stores are selling it. More than that, however, is that Savonarola undercuts the more vibrant existence of young traditionalists. The friar’s asceticism conflicts with their desire to return to high church
ostentation. And rather than combat sexual behavior, they prefer to undermine the hyper-categorized sexual liberalism in total.

Malcolm Pollack has a must read and major contribution to the state of reactionary art: Plus Ça Change… a review of Richard Gamble’s The War for Righteousness: Progressive Christianity, the Great War, and the Rise of the Messianic Nation. He quotes plenty of Gamble (and Moldbug). I’ll quote Pollack…

Beat Back the Hun with Liberty Bonds. Poster by F. Strothmann, 1918. Missouri Historical Society Photographs and Prints Collections. Scan © 2006, Missouri Historical Society.

Beat Back the Hun with Liberty Bonds. Poster by F. Strothmann, 1918. Missouri Historical Society Photographs and Prints Collections. Scan © 2006, Missouri Historical Society.

The book covers the period leading up to, and immediately following, the First World War—a time when original Progressivism was in its fullest flower. For students of the evolution of modern Progressivism from the Puritans to our contemporary, hegemonic crypto-religion, this is a fascinating period: an era of radical transformation in American Christianity. It was during this time that our holometabolous national religion began to pupate; it would in the latter half of the twentieth century complete its metamorphosis into its pestiferous adult form, with its God, and its soteriology, completely transformed and radically downgraded. The runup to the Great War was when the chrysalis began to develop.It likely won’t be news to my historically literate readers on the Right, but something the average “Progressive” of today might not realize about this era was how thoroughly, and overtly, soaked in religion it was. So completely has the national religion become secularized in the past few decades, and so zealous the mission to expunge all reference to God from public life, that it is startling to see the central role that theism, and the discernible will of the Almighty, played in all the great affairs of the day. If you have imagined that America joined the war for purely political, strategic, or economic reasons, you are missing, perhaps, the biggest part of the picture: a dominating idea, widely shared by the nation’s clerical, academic, journalistic, and political elites, that America was called to do Christ’s work on Earth—and that by taking arms against the pagan Huns, God’s chosen nation would wield His flaming sword of righteousness.

Do RTWT! Pollack takes home the ☀☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Award☀☀ for his service here.

By way of Isegoria… Industrial seed oils seem positively dangerous to health… Progress on nuclear fusion: Norman, can operate at 60 million degrees Celsius… Music to my ears,err… gums rather: snus dippers are at least 90 percent less likely to die of “tobacco-related” diseases, that is; everyone dies of course… and look who’s been At war for more than a billion years.

Finally, this week in Cambria Will Not Yield: The Hatred of the World. I.e., toward Christ and his Kingdom.


This Week in Jim Donald

Thing were quiet over at Jim’s this week. We hope it’s the good news we’ve been waiting for.


This Week in Social Matter

A quiet week here at Social Matter—which will evidently be much made up for next week. Week kicker-offer Ryan Landry was providentially hindered his normal Sunday post.

Levels of irony hitherto not thought possible.

Levels of irony hitherto not thought possible.

But he did get to the Weimerica Weekly episode: a thoughtful meditation on the need for pseudonyms, inspired by the #CNNBlackmail happening. Anonymous and pseudonymous political commentary has a proud history in the West, and though we do it under compulsion, we should be happy to carry on this particular tradition.

On Friday, the West Coast Guyz are here with the Myth of the 20th Century podcast: Episode 28: Nice Try, FBI—Hoover’s Legacy And The War On Crime. The FBI is Red-Gov, of course. That’s why they’re such lovable losers.

And once again, it’s a Literary Two-fer Saturday here. First, E. Antony Gray has some new, brightly polished verse in Miri’s Song. And, Editor-in-Chief Hadley Bishop retells an old European myth: The Monks At The Ferry.


This Week in 28 Sherman

On the home blog, Ryan Landry writes how a few rich gays have bankrolled the tectonic shift in the perception of LGBT political issues. The shift is not a natural phenomenon, it is the planned result of a ludicrously expensive effort to push a fundamental lie: “just like us”.

Summer dress.

Summer dress.

If one talks to the man on the street about social stuff, the discussion of things involving gays will spark the use of the word evolving. They might say evolved. This is used as a means to explain how America or a specific group changed their minds about gays. This has a positive connotation. It is never that they evolved negatively. This is compartmentalized because the same man on the street will say America is going to hell in a handbasket the next minute. There was no evolution. This was the work of the rich and academia to push acceptance, tolerance and now glorification.

This is actually a small whitepill… I think. They have poured hundreds of millions, likely billions, into pushing the “just like us” lie, but there are still large portions of America that recognize the truth.

On Wednesday, Ryan makes the common sense point that with Mexicanization comes all the bad behavior (read: massive corruption) one associates with Mexico. An American couple foolishly traveled to Mexico during a pregnancy, and the baby was born there. Naturally, the fine, upstanding Mexicans worked out a reasonable payment plan for the couple to cover use of scarce hospital resou… nope, sorry, can’t keep a straight face. The savages demanded $30,000 in 30 minutes, or mother and premature baby would be kicked out into the street. Clearly, we need Mexican immigrants to do the jobs Americans won’t do, like extorting new mothers and their premature babies.

These kinds of antics will spread as America grows third world. The laws will not matter, as it is he on the ground that executes them. South Africa has protections and rights for gays, but gays want to leave South Africa in droves due to how the society truly treats them. Any society is formed by its people, who over a long period of time the culture and genetics work together to form. We constantly say that one cannot plug and play with people like they are interchangeable cogs.

This Week in WW1 pics: gas mask soccer—exactly what it says on the tin. Sometimes when you play soccer, you need to wear a gas mask… just in case. Perfect juxtaposition of cheerful and eerie.


This Week in Kakistocracy

To kick off the week, Porter reclines with a drinking-skull full of wine and watches the scrum between two leftist ideologies in Conflict in the Cul-de-Sac. Porter is not a fan of the theory that young women are predisposed to ally with out-groups in order to fulfill their craving for the most dominant man. But…

That this ludicrous deceit isn’t laughed out tumblr’s prolapsed rectum speaks to just how impressionable young women truly are… Maybe the pimp and ho paradigm has something to teach us after all.

Then, he casts a shifty sideways glance at Trump’s issues with Jeff Sessions in Unfollowed. It doesn’t look good for Trump to be bashing a staunch loyalist. But Sessions is conducting himself with honor…

This-is-how-teenagers-dated-in-the-1950s…And perhaps that’s a remnant of legacy-America that no longer serves its adaptive interests. Clearly the utter absence of honor hasn’t inhibited the advancement of some people.

If that’s the case—and in any competitive petri-dish society it almost certainly is—then perhaps we have found an effective tribune. Were Martel or Sobieski or John of Austria honest, loyal, or polite gentlemen? I don’t know—and neither does anyone else. The reason no one knows about their personal virtues is that these men were fighting to save countries, not souls.

Finally, Porter takes the opportunity of John McCain’s surprise repeal betrayal to jump into some comprehensive coverage of the topic of healthcare at large. Before too long, we’ll have Los ZetasCare. Where does the infamous cartel come into the picture, you ask? Well, caring for the elderly is expensive. And…

Unlike in America, prudent foreign actuaries understand this age/cost relationship. Thus it is why organizations like MS-13 and Los Zetas are seen as crucial in the fight against longevity-related expenses. Likewise, the ameliorative lifespan reductions resulting from millions of imported muslims has European central planners practically ululating in relief at their lighter old-age budgetary burden. These people understand numbers.


This Week in Evolutionist X

Evolutionist X kicks off the week with Evolution is slow––until it’s fast: Genetic Load and the Future of Humanity. This serves as an excellent primer on both natural selection and genetic load, which, so the theory goes, is sorta the opposite of natural selection. The whole Red in Tooth and Claw thing just may have been a disguised blessing from our Creator.

It has long been known that overcrowding leads to population stress and reduced reproduction, but overcrowding can only explain why the mouse population began to shrink–not why it died out. Surely by the time there were only a few breeding pairs left, things had become comfortable enough for the remaining mice to resume reproducing. Why did the population not stabilize at some comfortable level?

Professor Bruce Charlton suggests an alternative explanation: the removal of selective pressures on the mouse population resulted in increasing mutational load, until the entire population became too mutated to reproduce.

The Committee were pleased to tap this an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Next, Mrs. X asks What is Cultural Appropriation? Basically, it means whatever minorities want it to mean.

She has another of her invaluable Cathedral Roundups: #24: Cultural Maoism—or, what cause the entire world to go insane precisely in 1968. Well, in one sense it had been a long time coming…

maxresdefaultPart of the underlying political developments of the 1960s was the USSR’s movement away from Stalinism, which made lots of people feel confused and disenchanted. Somehow worldwide revolution wasn’t happening, workers were still oppressed, the Soviet Union hadn’t become a paradise, etc. This prompted Mao to repudiate Khrushchev and spawn the Cultural Revolution to protect China against Khrushchev-esque “reactionaries,” a move that probably had less to do with ideological purity than ousting Mao’s enemies and returning him to power.

Lost on Western radicals perhaps was just how “reactionary” Stalin had been vis-à-vis Trotsky. Included in Evolutionist X’s account: the rise of the Black Panthers and Maoist control over Harvard… because, as you know, Communism is as American as Apple Pie. And much more.


This Week in Quas Lacrimas

The problem with broad sweeping topical series, you have to spend some time refreshing your readers’ minds on exactly what’re talking about—and you’re own. Quincy Latham pauses for: Marriage IId: A Brief Refresher on Commitment.

While in Pause Mode, Latham invites reader input as he discusses his Next Steps… for the blog at any rate.


This Week at Thermidor Mag

Editor P. T. Carlo also comments on a Social Matter piece: Michael Perilloux’s Imperial Mindset, in Brahmin Blues: Thoughts on Neoreaction’s “Imperial Mindset”. Carlo agrees with Perilloux’s general theme, but he is more suspicious of the Brahmins:

American Brahmins should never be understood simply as brazen careerists or social climbing mercenaries who can be easily bought or won over by a sudden changing of the guard or greasing of the palms. Of course, many of them are soulless careerists, however, my point is that they should never be reduced to just this attribute. In reality, most are also animated by a religious devotion and worldview which frequently borders on the fanatical.

The endgame is far off enough that exactly how the Brahmins will react at that point is academic. Still, Carlo is right that we must treat with any potential allies very carefully. No stranger to the podium, Carlo earns an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for his solid work here.

Richard Carroll and Alex Nicholson round out the week. Carroll has a recommendation for Tim O’Brian’s The Things They Carried. Nicholson has some personal misgivings concerning Tara McCarthy—of whom I was stylishly unaware.


This Week Around The Orthosphere

Knight of Númenor explains why it’s not possible to return to the 1776 Republic. Thank goodness. But we will need to come up with a way to digest the era in myth such that the bulk of Founding Fathers end up looking like great reactionary heroes.

Over at The Orthosphere (proper), J. M. Smith warns that every solution has its own problems as Everything Goes Sour in its Own Way. Then he contends that the alt-right should use the experience of the orthodox to give postmodern representations a few Postmodern “Helicopter Rides”.

In other words, they are talking about postmodern “helicopter rides” in the postmodern world of mediated reality. They are not talking about throwing actual humans out of actual helicopters into actual oceans. They are talking about throwing symbols out of television programs, movies, and the curricula of the schools and universities.


Briggs comments on the reaction to Trump’s Tranny Ban: Discrimination Is Good because it prevents arming the insane.

Dalrock is all over Pastor Doug Wilson who incorrectly proposes Submission with a twist, and denying rebellion by advocating for male submission and denying the culpability of women in the feminism. He continues his analysis in dissecting the rhetorical failure of Wilson’s intellectual stink bomb..

Mark Richardson asks When women reject a higher nature, what takes over? A “liberated”, self-destructive lifestyle that is ultimately subversive to society. Then Richardson notes A sixties feminist regrets and how liberal philosophy pushes society towards a multitude of worthless choices rather than a few traditional, and qualitatively superior, choices.

Speaking of Pastor Wilson, Donal Graeme thinks the stakes are too high and maybe we should just Shoot The Messenger.


This Week in Arts & Letters

William Scott continues his “What is Art?” series with a topic very near to the heart of every reactionary: Modernity as Iconoclasm. It’s a thoroughgoing tour, with many stops. For example, at Mark Rothco, whom Scott dubs “Master of Mod art decor. Empty images for empty souls”.

[T]he world has generated a hoard of vacuous sophists to feign they get his work; these have no vulgar eye or cruelty in their impotence. In truth I get Rothko’s work, at least as well as most. But, I see it more as a documentation of a mind contorted by needless ideology than as something of enduring profundity. The desire to paint and even to be a ‘great painter’ under the arid deprivations of his ideology expressed itself in a large volume of work which we must admit does have a contemplative influence on the observer… But we must ask ‘Contemplation of what?’ Here lies the iconoclasm. A post war atheist Jew; what metaphysics can he draw on to conjure icons? His images speak to the utter bareness of the Modern soul in the nausea of the birth of its Post Modern realization. The paintings must also express both the ritual iconoclasm of the Jewish tradition, and the Jewish artists fundamental alienation from the received iconography of the West. Positing images from Rothko’s own tradition would be vulgar, and would alienate him from the centre of the Art World. Making Jewish art would have no more cache than Christian art in the 1950s. So Rothko posited near emptiness as the God of our adoration.

William Scott’s was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Chris Gale is concerned the ideological agenda-setting of derp medical politics risks derailing psychiatry from doing what it ought to; admires some epigraphs of Roger Scruton selected by WrathofGnon; surveys the fallow terrain of electoral politics, and discerns why it is needful to lose the occasional election; and returns with another refulgent Sestina of Pound; as well as the usual Sunday Sonnet.

At City Journal, Laura Vanderkam laments The Productivity Boom We’re Missing, wondering why more stay-at-home moms aren’t leveraging their potential. Paul Beston celebrates the Smithsonian Channel’s new series America in Color, mesmerized by visions of the 1920s suddenly suffused in vibrant chromatic splendor:

To see it tv_soldiers_duo1at now in color works a dreamlike effect. Here is Warren G. Harding, that staid figure from high school history textbooks, in color! Here is President Harding meeting with Henry Ford and Thomas Edison, in color! To see the inside of speakeasies, with people drinking and dancing; to get a better look at the men’s suits and the women’s fashions; to witness the chaos of foot and street traffic in the emerging automobile age; watching the 1920s episode had me muttering and exclaiming in wonder. The color made it seem almost as if these people were still around, as if the events were transpiring in an eternal present, the way they do in memory (or in dreams).

Mark Pulliam adds his voice to the growing, and long-overdue, consternation about the Demagogic Bully, Southern-Poverty-Law-center’s vicious lynch-mob style dispensation of justice in the court of public opinion. In a brief but startling article, Nicole Gelinas addresses the unfolding economic disruption driven along on the surge of automation, Thou, Robot. Meanwhile Tevi Troy and Paul Howard discourse on another existential threat, and Gotham’s Bioterror Challenge. Getting right back to brass tacks, W. Bradford Wilcox analyses leftist hypocrisy, asserting the cultural and economic primacy of marriage: it matters. Finally a chance to revisit an excellent essay by VDH on California’s Promethean Past and the development of the Big Creek Hydroelectric Project. Some vintage writing here.

Over at the Logos Club, Kaiter Enless furnishes an excerpt of his much anticipated book on the ADL, The Defamation Factory and previews a trailer for the upcoming TLC movie Comes the Rage. How excellent it is to see such creativity flourishing in the ‘Sphere like this. In other news, Enless details a Twitterverse contretemps that erupted over some observations he made about Scott Adams’ Persuasion Fixation and Optics Obsession. Some deep insight here about the logics of higher bickering, and by extension that of demotist statecraft itself.

Richard Carroll pingsback his own review at Thermidor of Tim O’Brien’s Vietnam War masterpiece The Things They Carried. A rarity in contemporary (or at least near-contemporary) fiction, this is a book worth recommending to the skies if ever there were one. But don’t just take my word for it, take Richard’s too.

Albion Awakening are in a Romantic mood this week as Bruce Charlton explores the noumenal access provided by intuition, Seeing is Not Believing; and argues for the unfinished business of Romanticism. The point is that we must guide ourselves with an unshakeable moral compass informed by the purposes of God’s love:

It seems that part of the divine plan is that we each develop spiritual autonomy and Christianity both; that we do this for ourselves and from ourselves – and do so without any clear knowledge or assurances or examples of where we are going or how we might get there.

Instead of clear knowledge we have hints and lustres, and an awareness of our inner freedom or agency yielding direct conviction – which is not solid and insistent in the same way that social institutions are, due to their material power and simplistic inertia. To withstand these pressures, and do do so without fear and with faith, requires a very solid and strong trust in God and his love; and our capacity to know God’s nature and motivations – and that can originate only from personal experience.

A salutary corrective of spiritual individualism for an age of materialistic atomisation. A sidelight on this adds some further structure via an excerpt from Owen Barfield on the nature of English Consciousness.

Finally The Imaginative Conservative hoves into view with another omnibus week of review and opinion. George W. Rutler praises Manners, Humility & Dignity in a time when they are receding from view; Daniel Ross Goodman offers a subtle analysis of James’s ekphrastic method by way of the Morgan Library’s exhibition Henry James and American Painting, reading James ‘not just through the prism of print but through the prism of paint’; Glenn Davis has a Joycean moment while pondering Russia and the Rebirth of History, finding there is no escape from historical existence [but from ideology, on the other hand…]; and in a similar vein this poem of Charlene Nelson’s: Free Thoughts Rise Up. Glenn Arbery has some pellucid thoughts on the role of art as revealing the world in new ways, while Longenecker rejoices in the Catholic world of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, finding…

the clash was not only between the Puritans and the Players. More profoundly it was a clash between the new Protestant religion and Shakespeareís own, older Catholic culture. The ancient Catholic world was rich, colorful, and full of ritual and rumbustiousness. It was the culture of the mystery plays and the rough and tumble, blood and glory, lusting and loving, fasting and feasting of the lives of the English people.

The Puritans, in contrast, were Protestant, punctilious, sober, and serious.

Quite.. and how Fortune’s wheel winds on, and on. Gordon Arnold, meanwhile, makes a provocative link between Augustine and Limited Government while Schall in a daring synthesis, traces the significance of Platonic insight to its ultimate redemption and effloresence in the Resurrection, Socrates Rises with Christ. Finally Joseph Pearce asks the fundamental question, Why Do Progressives Hate the West So Much?


This Week in the Outer Left

Over at New America, some well-placed skepticism about GDP: Measuring What Matters.

Speaking of Puritans, Craig Hickman has them in spades: The Apocalypse Happened Yesterday.

In books such as The Puritan Origins of the American Self and The American Jeremiad, Sacvan Bercovitch demonstrates that it was more the rhetoric of the Puritans than the specific content of their ideas that created the American ideology, amounting to a single comprehensive vision—a mythology, in a word. The language used invested America with a sacred history, in which the land was analogous to Canaan, and the Puritan settlers to the ancient Hebrews who crossed the river Jordan. America would be God’s New Israel, or New Jerusalem. It was essentially, observes the historian David Harlan, a “theocratic prophecy.” Thus Cotton Mather wrote that the salvation of the Massachusetts Bay Colony was the salvation of the individual American soul. The American, says Bercovitch, “had to justify himself by justifying America,” and therefore “To be an American is to assume a prophetic identity.”


This Week… Elsewhere

Zach Kraine scores some points in Bare Bones:

“Everything sucks and I’m so evil,” Said Western Europe to Islam. Islam looks back with a confused glare. Probably wondering what happened to his old rival? “Please kill me” said Western Europe with a sigh. “Okay” said Islam with a look of disappointment.

Western Europe is allowing chaos because an identity crisis. The region hated itself for it’s strength and success. Which must be confusing to a citizen of Turkey and China considering that those nations have a history of dominance as well. Why would someone forsake their past and allow harm to be done to them? It’s a sickness that was spread by a very determined group.

Quite so.

Friend of Social Matter, Anatoly Karlin spoke with Robert Stark on the Stark Truth Radio.

Al Fin relates the painful and triumphant story of Arthur Robinson PhD: A Competent Man. Related: Dangerous Child Method vs. Robinson Curriculum.

Much to like here from Fabius Maximus: The Left helps bring us Weimerica, a prelude to big changes. Not least a big fat usage of Ryan Landry’s supremely well-fitting coinage.

This week in Крокодил Humor… PA’s Model Minority.

Giovanni Dannato warns as the Alt-Right Drift Towards “Leftist” Policies. Pretty much. See Spandrell above. Also his own stab at Alt-Right taxonomy.

Unorthodoxy wonders whether we’ve hit Peak Baizuo yet. We must be getting close.

Elfnonationalist has A Word on Kennewick Man and East Eurasian Genetics.

AMK closes out the week with some excellent thoughts on The atheist unholy war.

Wow eyes.

Wow eyes.

Preaching atheism is about as irresponsible as dumping a broad spectrum antibiotic into the water supply. Oh sure, it cures most people of their faith. But a few radical fanatical bacteria remain, and we know that fanatical religious people breed a lot. The long-term effect of “curing” the world of religion is not to abolish faith but to breed a super-bacteria like radical Islam that comes into to replace it. Secular people go extinct because of below break-even birth rates. Fanatics breed a lot. “Curing” the mildly religious only makes room for the fanatics by suppressing the birth rates of the cured to the point of eventual extinction. Once a Christian is secular his family line is eventually headed for extinction. He will have fewer that the 2.1 children needed to break-even. His children will also have fewer than the 2.1 children necessary to break-even. To teach atheism is to cause a families extinction. I say that as an atheist myself.

It should probably be criminalized. The moderate religions are the good bacteria that crowds out the bad bacteria; the probiotic to the super-bug. Missionary atheism is an antibiotic in the water supply.

The fanatics are not going to deconvert. Thus, the effect of deconversation [sic.] is simply to replace the nice religious people with the fanatics.

The net effect of missionary atheism will be a nuclear three-way holy war between fundamentalist Mormons, radical Muslims, and Scientologists. Congratulations on spreading “reason,” assholes.


Welp… That’s all folks. A slightly lighter week than usual. Jim was out. And Landry was at slightly reduced capacity. Expect all the more next week though. Special thanks as always to my great TWiR Staff: David Grant, Egon Maistre, Alex Von Neumann, Hans der Fiedler, and Aidan MacLear did a fair amount of the heavy lifting. Keep on reactin! Til next week: NBS… Over and out!!

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  1. Thanks for the honorable mention, and congratulations to all of the other winners.

    1. TBH both that AND the Cathedral Roundup post deserved mention, but THE CoMMITTEE is very stingy. What can you do.

  2. Yes, thanks Father Nick (I might be older than you but only have half as many kids). Much appreciated post and Honourable mention.

    1. You’re doing fantastic, and extremely important, work over at the new site, Mr. Scott.

  3. Thank you for the Silver Circle, Nick! Much appreciated!

    1. Excellent work as always, Adam. You’re in a very rarified echelon of theorists within our sphere. Definitely keeping The Restoration at the state of the art.

  4. I was busy with a conference in Malta, so nothing from me this past week.

  5. And thanks very much for the BOTW. I’m honored.

  6. John Q. Public August 3, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    My comments on EvolutionistX are on the blog. Social Matter and really needs to find an NRx writer familiar with the arguments against neo-Darwinism and who is therefore more circumspect about embracing sociobiology. Carlsbad wrote a piece on this for Thermidor, but aren’t there other NRx people who are familiar with Berlinski, Behe and Dembski. It’s not like this is something new.

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