This Week In Reaction (2017/08/06)

Late in the week this happened. Atavisionary is quick out of the box with commentary. Most of the commentary around the sphere will probably be linked in next week’s report… But this bit was (perhaps accidentally) quite relevant.

Mark Christensen caps off Northern Dawn’s Sesquicentennial Symposium with a superb essay: Doorways to Restoration: A Reflection on Canada.

This week, Nassim Taleb picks a fight with UK “Academic” Establishment and has some astute analysis: Something is Broken in the UK Intellectual Sphere. Also from Taleb: When did Lebanese Christians Start Speaking French?

VDH has an educational take on Trump—And the Use and Abuse of Madness. Also: The Problem of Competitive Victimhood.

And while this came a few hours after the “signal” for Next Week in Reaction… it’s worth alerting you now: Handle has returned… with a monstrous recounting of himself, Vladamir, Spandrell, and a cast of many other OGs discussing Tyler Cowen’s Average Is Over.

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 plays metaphor alchemist: The Elephant in the Room of the Blind.


Imperial Energy brings us Imperial Circular—Democratic Dictatorship Edition. He also has some Tough questions for Neoreactionaries.

And the STEEL-Cameralist Manifesto has moved into Part 4 now. Specifically, Part 4A: American Fascism (The Triumph of the Minotaur). Here is Part 4B1: American Fascism (A World That Is No More). Imperial Energy explains why #AIAFC… and so is every other modern country.

Spandrell finds another human subspecies that doesn’t breed well in captivity. He also finds Orban’s Nationalism—whilst in many ways laudable—coming up just a teensy bit short.

Alf revisits The Jewish Question. It’s what all the cool kids are doing these days. Also there: Put the left back in its natural place. If that happens, a “deal” won’t cut it.

As usual, the most fundamental political theory in the sphere is happening over at Generative Anthropology. Adam considers Absolutist Morality. He zeroes in on a particularly knotty problem for sovereigns…

[O]nce a purpose is posited for sovereignty—once it’s no longer simply a given—whether that purpose be conformity with God’s will, the salvation of the soul of the members of the community, or peace and prosperity, the sovereign can be judged in terms of that purpose, and presumably deposed—which means that someone must have the power to determine whether those purposes are being served—pretty much the definition of imperium in imperio, or insecure power.

Is demystification of the role of sovereign—qua sacral kingship—modernity’s genii that can’t be stuffed back in the bottle? Is the establishment of a destabilizing caste of priests social critics an inevitable result of… for lack of a better term… modern hygiene?

The way to affirm and clarify the center while defusing convergence upon centrality is to recuperate superseded and marginalized remnants of sovereignty. I agree with RF’s patron theory, contending that unsecure power and the consequent social conflicts result from rival power centers using proxies to undermine one another. I would add that the pressure points patrons end up pushing and the proxies they employ mostly reside in already existing cultural forms.

Yet another ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ for Adam.

Over at Ribbonfarm, Sarah Perry tackles the Problem of Pleasure.

Seriouslypleasedropit has A Prospective Project. Seems to involve lifting. And that’s good because reactionaries even lift.

Over at Jacobite Gianni Barricelli gives an interesting commentary on Late Feminism. Barricelli identifies the synergy between feminism and the historical evolution of capitalism, something feminists prefer to ignore, and describes how this will lead to the obsolescence of women altogether:

With that unsettling conclusion in focus—of capital poised to completely circumscribe female agency in the story of humanity—an examination of recent history reveals a certain continuity in the back-story. Before external reproductive technology or even genes themselves were imagined, technological capital was grooming women for their coming demotion.

Jacobite is certainly becoming a venue for new and interesting ideas.

They also serve up a speech from the libertarian Corax Conference by Andreas Kohl Martinez on Why Liechtenstein Works: Self-Determination and Market Governance. Martinez argues that Liechtenstein really is the Libertarian utopia, where Libertarian ideas on secession and competition in providing government services have been put into practice.

I am about to tell you about a place where fundamental libertarian pillars of self-ownership and private property are never violated, a place of almost absolute, maximum individual liberty. A place where state coercion is nonexistent, or actually, as I will later argue, a place where there might be no state at all.

Martinez gives us a taste of the good kind of Libertarianism, not the libertinism or the force/fraud fetishism, but the kind interested in building a better form of government than the current Leftist-controlled state. Based on Martinez’s recommendation, we extend to the Liechtensteiners our best wishes as well. The Committee tapped this one for an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

By way of Isegoria… In order to makes a huge explosion, sometimes all you have to do is bring the detonator—or fly it in by drone; Afghans would seem to be the gypsies of Asia (other than the gypsies of course); truly alarming: Boys are treated like defective girls; are people smart because they stereotype or stereotype because they’re smart; this was funny: Millennials unearth an amazing hack to get free TV; and this was interesting There are two kinds of popularity, and we are choosing the wrong one.

Finally, this week in Cambria Will Not YieldThe Horror and Blasphemy of Liberalism.


This Week in Jim Donald

First up from Jim this week was another update on the war between Trump and the permanent state. Mueller impaneled a grand jury, which is not a step in the right direction.

Kinga Duda, Polish First Daughter

Kinga Duda, Polish First Daughter

I expected, and predicted, a self coup by Trump, seizing the power of the presidency for the president, but instead, Mueller has empaneled a grand Jury, which is the permanent government, the presidency, seizing the president.

Empaneling a grand jury is institutional preparation for arresting Trump, not institutional preparation for an impeachment vote in the senate. Attempting to arrest Trump is a coup.

The trouble is that the institutional outcome of the grand jury process is not a two thirds vote in the Senate, as provided by the constitution, but a bunch of social justice warriors dressed as cops equipped with an arrest warrant from someone no one has heard of, giving Trump a perp walk in front of the press.

One hopes that if the permanent state actually attempts this coup against Trump, then Mattis will throw on his old uniform and the SJWs dressed as cops will be met by Marines dressed as Marines. Advantage: Marines

The other entry from Jim just squeaked in before the deadline. A missive on revolution and helicopter rides.

…the word “Revolution” took the meaning of the people overthrowing the state, or the oppressed masses overthrowing the privileged elite. Which in fact never happens. It is just propaganda. The Iron Law of Rebellious Tools tells us that all such revolutions are always fake. The people never matter and the oppressed masses never matter. What we always have is some quite small powerful conspiratorial group, which has a great deal of power but lacks legitimacy, moving against legitimate and traditional power, and invoking the masses as mascots.

But what does that have to do with helicopter rides? Glad you asked.

Leftism is priestly rule, categorizing professors, judges, and mainstream media with other priests. We are in practice always ruled by warriors or priests, and right now, priests are out of hand.

Helicopter rides in South America occurred in the context of a communist “uprising” that was in fact backed by the Judiciary, that was in fact an instrument of a part of the government that controlled the judiciary. One side in the struggle declined to use the courts, because courts were controlled by the enemy.

And it is plain that in America today the courts are acting in an utterly brutal, ruthless and lawless way in pursuit of a hostile political agenda.

Death squads are fine provided that discipline is tight. You can tell if a death squad is OK by the snappiness of their uniforms. And courts are bad because discipline is not tight.

“You can tell if a death squad is OK by the snappiness of their uniforms” is a fantastic rule of thumb, and potential applications beyond death squads are left as an exercise for the reader.


This Week in Social Matter

Ryan Landry returns to his position of Week Kicker-Offer at Social Matter. And twice the wait means twice the awesomeness. This week an analysis on how Liberation Means Subservience To Progressive-Approved Identities. Freedom really is slavery.

Ki78v8uEven the often celebrated liberation of women combats the idea of freedom as being the essence of truth or the true self. A woman’s liberation does not mean the freedom of being the self and woman she is meant to be in her particular historic environment and community. A woman’s proper liberation in the progressive predetermined library is the hard-charging corporate drone, the sexual tigress, or the butt-kicking babe. These are not liberations but highly manicured, limited pathways for the needs of the progressives and big capital.

As such, Lesbian Jane does not fit within her community with a slightly different sexual orientation as, say, a nun. Lesbian Jane is a progressive foot soldier, an advocate, an apostle. All identities are stripped of traditional, deep community context and become instead pre-packaged identities with progressive-issued norms, mores, and political opinions.

This was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ winner.

Benjamin Welton returns Monday with his third SM article in as many months, an analysis of The Norman Conquest Of Sicily. A riveting account of a neglected, “white supremacist” era of history. Also an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Weimerica Weekly was on a hallowed American tradition, dating all the way back to the early 20th century, the great American road trip. As with so many other institutions, social ‘progress’ and technology have changed our relationship to the road trip. But it remains open to us, and there is a particular view of Americana that is only revealed when seen on the open road.

Randy Randleman’s How Malleable Is Human Nature? received mixed reviews. Not because he doesn’t make a good case, but merely because it isn’t clear how much Progressivism rests upon blank slate theorizing, or any particular coherent view of the world at all. Gnostic power cultists will find a way to justify whatever they believes today because it is in the nature of gnostic power cults to do so. Randleman’s case with respect to the relative unmalleability of human nature, is, of course, quite strong. And with his conclusions, there is no disagreement whatsoever:

Let there be no mistake: progressives are at war with human nature. This is a war that they will lose. What we can do is communicate the nature of this folly effectively, in order that the new statesmen of the reaction will have seen it in the full light of day.

This Week in the Myth of the 20th Century podcast, the West Coast Guyz™ present Episode 29: Communist Subversion of America—Eastern Promises, Western Capital.

Then in a long-planned “surprise”, Michael Perilloux, speaking on behalf of Hestia Society drops Join The Hestia Society Chapter Network. It must be pointed out, however, that Hestia Society does not simply accept all comers. After all, who’d wanna join a society that’d have them as a member?

The chapter system, at its most basic level, is a distributed mannerbund: a network of men coordinating around shared interests, shared ethics, and a shared strategy to achieve their mission.

The mission of the chapter system is to be a robust social network of men dedicated to the task of Restoration, and a network of men capable of independent prosperous existence in its own right:

One of our men, finding himself in a new city, should have a ready social circle which he trusts, and which trusts him. He should immediately be hooked into social, business, leisure, church, and political networks.

Word is… we’re swamped with applicants. So do not despair if you haven’t heard back yet. You’ve heard of Slow History… This is Slow Fraternity. This was probably the most important article of the week in our sphere—indeed, it seems, too important for The Committee to give it an award. It would be like giving a Pulitzer to an internal memorandum. But it was a finely constructed internal memorandum.

Finally, Hadley Bishop has the next installment of our Myth’s Retold Series: The Witch Girl. In which, a Cossack is (once again) the hero.


This Week in 28 Sherman

On the home blog, Landry writes about the PRECISION trials, which compared Celebrex to that venerable NSAID, ibuprofen. It has often been said that if aspirin were put before the FDA today, it would never get approval. This applies to ibuprofen as well. Daily use above recommended dosage will wreck someone over the long-term. This is an opportunity for pharma to create a more targeted NSAID that is safer than ibuprofen. And if their research trashes ibuprofen and gets the FDA to overreact and restrict its sale, so much the better for pharma, no?

This Week in WW1 pics: scuttled submarine–bothered me a lot more than it should’ve, I don’t mind telling you. I like submarines and it pains me to see one in this state. On Twitter, Landry compared it to a beached whale… an apt comparison if ever there was one.

For Friday, Landry writes on the shallow SWPL. It turns out that the SWPL is not exactly the glittering intellect they believe themselves to be in this ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀…

eyeswow10Conversation after conversation, you will hear people engaged in a shallow life. Nothing spiritual or religious, of course, the activities will follow the newest fashion of what is cool. “Ooooo I’ve switch from yoga to barre class”. There is a hyperfocus on food. “The bread is made on-site”. The next fun night out becomes the rally point for not just anticipating fun but also commenting on the last night of fun and subsequent relationship drama.

This is not just women. The men are the same. The men have been feminized to have the same concerns and goals. For all the jokes about their focus on Harry Potter, I never heard one mention a book. Harry Potter might be the only thing they’ve read recently or have a solid grasp on for discussion. I doubt you could bring up an interesting book and get any recognition from them.

Every SWPL, in my experience, is firmly and totally middle-brow in all their tastes. Theirs is the most base hedonism of bourgeois children who imagine they’re being naughty by wallowing in cupcakes, cuckoldry, and microbrew IPA—not that there’s anything wrong with microbrew IPA of course. Appreciation of fine art, classical music, literature, drama, and religion is totally outside their ken. They are contemptible.


This Week in Kakistocracy

First off this week, Porter continues on the healthcare bent in An Unseemly Asymmetry. That asymmetry being between the $843,000,000,000 the US government spends on minority welfare versus the $1,580,000,000,000 it spends on Social Security for old crackers. Such blatant racial discrimination, Porter thinks, can’t last in the Current Year.

That’s why I urge anyone who expects first world Medicare coverage in their dotage to begin an immediate daily regimen of Hate. Their health may depend on it.

Speaking of discrimination, Trump is doing some things this week. Or at least, talking about doing them. But it’s a start, and a pretty good one as far as widening the Overton Window goes, as Porter explains in It Takes Two Curls to Form a Smile:

But it’s still a desperately needed gesture nevertheless. One law often begets others—as the relentless advance of “civil rights” has made plain. Even establishing the principle of immigration as a subject still exposed to the will of the people would represent a dramatic departure from our previously poem-based policy. Passing even a hollow restriction would probably stiffen the spine of professional cringers.

Rounding out the week, he considers Nature’s apparent indifference to supposed “oughts”… When Well isn’t Good.

If women’s votes (on balance) turn a nation’s political apparatus against it, then freedom equals tarpits. If women choose to gnaw on birth control pills until their 40th year and eschew replacement reproduction, then freedom equals tarpits. If women choose to cultivate careers rather than families, then freedom equals tarpits. Doing good does not translate into doing well. Though in every instance, an advocate can offer compelling moral arguments for these liberties that inevitably produce future oil wells. And no one outside the Internet’s filthy fringe ever attempts to reconcile those results.

Nature is, of course, not at all indifferent to virtue, but quite indifferent to what passes for it these days.


This Week in Evolutionist X

Speaking of the Left Establishment completely losing it’s shit, Evolutionist X has a capstone in her series, Summary: Cultural Maoism. It’s short, sweet, and pure gold. Don’t wanna steal her thunder. This was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Next, she has Notes on the Muslim Brotherhood. Solid history and analysis, and goes a long way in explaining how and why the Islamic world seems relatively unaffected by the Capitalist Juggernaut.

isna ih banna advisory boardThe MB reminds me of the Protestant Reformation, with its emphasis on returning to the Bible as the sole sources of religious wisdom, the establishment of Puritan theocracies, and a couple hundred years of Catholic/Protestant warfare. I blame the Protestant Revolution on the spread of the printing press in Europe, without which the whole idea of reading the Bible for yourself would have been nonsense. I wager something similar happened recently in the Middle East, with cheap copies of the Quran and other religious (and political) texts becoming widely available.

We like to think of Islam as the first, if not most successful, protestant reformation.

A tantalizing twist in Anthropology Friday&trade this week as Mrs. X starts a big delve into Piracy and Emergent Order: Peter Leeson’s An-arrgh-chy and the Invisible Hook.


This Week in Quas Lacrimas

Quincy T. Latham offers a current working view On Puritans and Progs. And it is fantastic. He goes way beyond Moldbug in investigating the sources of progressivism within the Christian Church, and departs from Moldbug on significant points. It’s huge. I can only give you a taste…

10. Crypto-calvinism is, ostensibly, Christian ethical principles minus Christ. Did the philosophes have progressive principles? In a sense. What is most notable about the philosophes is their petty resentment of the great. Having no opportunity to practice statesmanship, deliberate, or pass judgement, they flooded France with pamphlets pretending to teach, advise, and judge their betters. They believed hierarchies and traditions existed solely due to inertia and self-seeking. Difference in status did not correspond to difference in talent, or at least not to difference in any valuable talent; the exception was in the literary world, where the work of superior minds (they thought) could not be kept hidden by machinations of the powerful. Need I add that this belief was tied to the assumption that natural talent was scattered more-or-less haphazardly, and that it could at any rate be brought forth in arbitrary quantities by proper education? In addition to this unshakeable petit bourgeois faith in the powers of education and professional training, they had a waspish attitude towards war and worship, the traditional pastimes of the aristocracy.

Be sure to check out his tl;dr. Latham is back in the top spot this week with an ☀☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Award☀☀.

Speaking of the interminable Nature vs. Nurture debate, Latham chimes in: Modern Education: Nature and Nurture. His take is… it’s pretty much the wrong question. I.e., how much did (or would) “education” help this or that person?

He has a sidenote on subject of Progressivism and Puritanism: Erasmus as Christian.


This Week at Thermidor Mag

James McPherson starts off the week at Thermidor with a review of Christopher Nolanís recent film Dunkirk. McPherson gives Dunkirk his hearty endorsement as a reminder of a time when English national identity was stronger.

An English officer holds back French (European and African) soldiers from the last deep water dock. “This is for Englishmen,” he says as they all wait in line to be bombed and strafed. Then Englishmen sail what would come to be known as the “Little Ships of Dunkirk”, a flotilla of pleasure boats, yachts, and launches to bring Englishmen back to England. Was this the last gasp of “Little England” that had lived tensely within the British Empire?

Next up, editor Mark Citadel offers ruminations on a rather peculiar piece of Americana:
the Freedom Shrine. Citadel takes to task the vaunted Jason Lee Steorts of National Review and picks apart his liberal idolatry with his customary clarity and vigor.

Audrey Hepburn, c. 1955.

Audrey Hepburn, c. 1955.

This is why the Declaration of Independence is not worth trading for a scrawled crayon cartoon. Human beings do matter, certainly more than animals and rocks, but how does this translate into rights, and to what degree must something matter for it to be granted rights? How would a broad selection of things having significance automatically assert some equality between them in terms of rights? It is just an obvious fact that peoples’ attainments and innate attributes do impact how much they matter. A mother who cares for you will matter more than a mother who abuses you and neglects you. A man who fights with bravery clearly matters more than a man who hides in a foxhole. A sage who has opened his mind to the vast secrets of the universe definitely matters more than the village idiot. That doesn’t negate that all people matter in some sense because they have the Imago Dei, but it nixes equality outright. In fact, to equalize is to give some more than their due and others less. It is the definition of injustice.

Citadel takes home yet another ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for his efforts here.

Editor P. T. Carlo gnaws some more on his favorite bone, Ross Douthat in Africa Will Not Save Spengler’s West. Douthat is apparently of the opinion that the primal African Christians possess a mystical power and energy which they will transfer to Westerners through some kind of osmosis.

For Douthat and his ilk, Africa represents a font of primitive vitalism which is, more or less, untouched by the decay and decadence of modern European Civilization. Douthat’s fantasy is that deeper contact between the virulent tribesmen of Sub-Saharan Africa and the effete bohemian bourgeois of Europe will somehow restore the West’s vigor and spiritual health. With Africans playing the part of the “Magical Negro” who exists within a narrative for the sole purpose of helping the white protagonist realize his potential.

As usual, Carlo is not impressed.

If Africans do end up making the trip and begin “colonizing” Europe, for better or worse, they may indeed bring a newfound spiritual and civilizational vigor (in time perhaps establishing their own unique civilization) but it won’t be a Western one. As they remain part of a unique cultural and civilizational framework which, while it deserves respect on its own terms, will always remain irreducibly distinct from the West’s. Thus, no spiritual blood transfusion, of the kind dreamt of by the Opinion page Catholics, will ever succeed in fomenting anything but catastrophe.

Carlo, too, snagged an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Finishing the week as well as beginning it, James McPherson gives us a brief commentary on the American intervention in Kosovo back in 1995, drawing parallels with the Janissaries of old.

In the Ottoman heyday, the Janissaries were the elite fighting forces of the Ottoman Turks. They were Christian children captured from raids in the Balkans. They were brought back and trained to be soldiers. The psychological warfare aspect of the Janissaries cannot be discounted: kidnap Christian children from lands you hope to conquer, turn isolated, grieving orphans into brutal killers, then send them back to slaughter their kinfolk.

Psychological warfare. “Shock-and-awe.” Whether it is better that the soldiers now are free men rather than slaves is hard to say.

On a somewhat more positive note, be sure to check out the Thermidor podcast, this time covering the life and work Alexandr Dugin.


This Week Around The Orthosphere

One Peter Five asks Is the Vatican Coddling Communists? Of course it is.

Kristor distinguishes Holiness Spirals versus Sanctity, where to testify to one’s own virtue is received by prudent men with skepticism while the holy seek anonymity. Then, in asking How Do We Recognize Truth?, he explores the faculty of intuition.

Matt Briggs wonders how long it will be before common sense implores Don’t Go to the ‘Doctor’!, as the line between executioner and healer are progressively thinned. Then he provides another Insanity & Doom Update as learning institutions further their policies of mandated insanity.

Dalrock continues his vivisection of Pastor Wilson. Here, the cleric caricatures the traditional family as Wife beaters and the prairie muffins who love them. Then Dalrock’s sights turn to Pastor John Piper, who counsels single mothers in Moving beyond the nuclear family and into the modern megachurch.

Donal Graeme provides A Helpful Reminder that, despite the facade of a Christian populace, the United States is a pagan country.


This Week in Arts & Letters

This was worthwhile: Cologero’s deep dive into the thought of Stirner (and others), The Condor and the Anarch


Not exactly this week, but Antonio Dias has an interesting contemplation here: Communion with the Sacred (HT: Joseph Ratliff who linked it this week.)

Fencing Bear this week requires we take a side on a what is sacred, what is art?. She then creates a modern day morality play for her son; and waxes reminiscent about salad days at college and the networks of meaning (and its lack) between medieval literary culture and its PoMo fans and imitators.

Richard Carroll is back to the classics with Xenophon, whose Hiero, the Tyrant he enjoys among some other short treatises. Some of the rewards of immersing oneself in the canon is the wealth of local detail glinting like sunken loot in the depths of the past. Via digressions into the minor (or apocryphal) works like these, on tyranny, horsemanship and hunting, may just be where you find it.

Chris Gale is dismayed by disruption in medicine; automation creep in the HCPs certainly feels existentially unsettling. Unfairly matched intellects trade blows on twitter (vol. #9834723423). Some more Pound, uh, expounding the virtue in admiring the classics. Gale then sublates the political into the spiritual: a man’s inner light, or its lack, provides the shape and form for all he does. And finally, a prime example of the way entryists and social activists ruin everything.

Also from Chris Gale, Classification and motivation. Men defend that which they have interest and ownership over, but when pushed to the wayside, will lay by the poolside.

We will fight for our faith. We will fight for our families, We will even fight for our tribe, our neighbours—but those in our nation that would break up the family, trash the tribe, and despise us for doing our duty? We will not fight for them.

The text was flowing thick and fast at City Journal. Heather Mac Donald, laments another feeble study of marginal significance and validity as it gets pumped to prime time by a prog agenda hell-bent on Conjuring Disrespect. Stephen Malanga ponders Trump, wyd? Congress blocks your path! Will he keep Swinging Big and Missing? Aaron Ren is not convinced by an argument for UBI, Post-Work Won’t Work. Cathedral affirmative action antics get a double dose of attention from KC Johnson and Dennis Saffran. Tread lightly, parts of the Cathedral are here approaching spiralception; levels of holiness which should not be possible. Finally, Matthew Hennessey shares an episode from his own folkway growing up around a family-owned bar, Hambone’s Joint.

The Logos Club furnish the second installment of Kaiter Enless’ new book on the ADL, Defamation Factory, documenting an 18-year beef with Henry Ford over some unguarded utterances on the JQ. History is a fractal we are doomed to repeat it seems.

Dr Peter Blood returns from a long sabbatical with a review of J. Matthew Fisk’s Black Knights, Dark Days. A harrowing look at the contemporary battleground in the era of 4GW, and its toll on those who serve.

Over at Albion Awakening, high summer is flowering. Bruce Charlton is energized by the prospect of Jerusalem in Albion. Wildblood maps out the boundary between mundane and celestial orientation, imploring those called, to Reject the World.

Charlton clarifies the war waged by our rulers is spiritual before all else. The emergence of a community as commentators find their voice?

Finally, Wildblood Wildblood describes how in this adolescent age of decadent rebellion what is left to us: Spiritual Destruction, or Awakening—The Choice is Ours.

man-in-forestSo we may be living in a time of spiritual darkness and deprivation but that is the test. Will we allow ourselves to fall into line with that because of a willful (and the will is always involved) lack of response to truth or will we listen to God’s voice within? Will we follow the herd and the line of least resistance or will we acknowledge conscience and hearken to the intuition? We have the choice and if the choice is hard that is only because it must be to be a true test of our mettle, our spiritual quality and our good will.


The dark powers, of course, want to keep as many souls from God as possible and that is why they are working so hard now. Whether lost souls benefit them directly, as some sort of accumulation of spiritual energy which they can tap, or whether they simply derive pleasure in corruption, destruction and attempting to spite God, I don’t know. Perhaps both so they find a perverse satisfaction in diverting souls from their proper spiritual path, which, let’s face it, is most these days, but their main goal is spiritual destruction, to separate souls as far as possible from God.

Yet our hearts are restless, note St. Augustine, until they find rest in thee.

Lue-Yee is inspired by the sonnet form to create these verses, on Holy Mount Caelestial, fashioning a wonderful compression of symbols.

At Imaginative Conservative, James V. Schall on self-discipline and one’s personal library; Veronica Arntz reviews Josef Pieper’s treatise on Academia and the Abuse of Language; Malcolm Guite celebrates Transfiguration with a sonnet; Glenn Arbery soars through the canon in a mood of Enchantment, Realism, and the Imagination. Joseph Pearce is looking at the Origins of Capitalism. Longenecker entertains some biographical studies of Shakespeare, Hunting Good Will. Brittany Guzman recasts Don Quixote in the hagiographical mode. David G Bonagura Jr.celebrates a new account of the Return of Christian Humanism that animated Chesterton, Eliot and Tolkien. Joshua Hren sets up multiple Homeric views as he explores Poetic Knowledge of the City. Some enchanted verses of William Cullen Bryant. Gleaves Whitney’s account of a meeting with Stephen Tonsor. Brad Birzer praises an unsung hero of nineteenth-century statecraft, Amos Kendall. And finally, R. Jared Staudt enjoys triangulating Catholic themes between James Joyce and John Senior: the Illumination of the Modern World.


This Week in the Outer Left

You can take the Slav out of Slovenia, but you can't take Slovenia out of the Slav.

You can take the Slav out of Slovenia, but you can’t take Slovenia out of the Slav.

Craig Hickman wonders: Should We Take Slavoj Žižek Seriously? Probably not. Hickman also has a barrel of ice water to throw on the concept of Smart Cities.

Antinomia Imediata has a few simple questions for neoabsolutism. We’ll see if he gets any simple answers. But it’s good to see these folks talking. To each other.

Filed under Peak Baizuo: White allies: you’re likely presenting as fake woke and you need to stop. Liz Chao, as you can tell by her name, is a persecuted woman of “color” with high verbal IQ. “But I’m not racist. I have East Asian friends… who can pronounce the letter ell…”


This Week… Elsewhere

PA finds in Poland’s Zero Hour an apt metaphor for today.

AMK has a solid analysis of the education bubble When government subsidies are a ruse for an even more discriminatory system. His usual flair, no extra charge.

Greg Cochran floats an intriguing (and satirical) explanation for certain strangely uniform elite opinions. Filed under “Dark Satanic Mills”: how Chained Nixies helped win the US Civil War.

Real Gary wonders Are We Being Prayed?, i.e., by China.

Al Fin has a way to brighten up your day: Every Day of Trump is a Day Without Hillary. Indeed.

Zeroth Position has a comprehensive, and relatively scathing Critique of Libertarian Strategy, which unfortunately was not targeted at libertarianism itself.

Giovanni Dannato contemplates The Macro-Sexenomics of Female Beauty. He fails to stumble upon patriarchy as a potential solution, which is a bit surprising.


Well… that’s about all we had time for. Again, many thanks to Aidan MacLear, David Grant, Egon Maistre, Alex Von Neumann, and Hans der Fiedler for keeping their eyes on sphere, and helping me out A LOT! Keep on reactin! Til next week: NBS… Over and out!!

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  1. “Is demystification of the role of sovereign—qua sacral kingship—modernity’s genii that can’t be stuffed back in the bottle?”

    That’s my concern…

  2. I was also a speaker at Corax, on the topics of how libertarianism and reaction should fit together and the extent to which libertarians can ally with neoreactionaries and alt-rightists.

  3. The American “intervention” in Kosovo (Serbia and Montenegro) was in 1999.

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