Well… #Googlegate happened. And it was shaping up to be a big victory for biodiversity realists too… until something else happened, which we’ll know doubt be talking about next week. Of the reactions to the now infamous google memo, Status 451 passes judgment on Judging things by their side effects, instead of whether they are true. Greg Cochran wonders where’s The Index of true things you’re not allowed to say. Neocolonial looks at the relationship (and potential conflict) between Heresy and Falsehood. Atavisionary chimes in on the subject—in which he has a fair amount of expertise. American Greatness pays attention. Heartiste has a complimentary look at James Damore. Fritz Pendleton has one too. Thrasymachus notes Shit’s Getting Real.
At Jacobite Noam Stein weaves the Damore story together with the Justice Department’s looming crackdown on affirmative action.
VDH wonders Why Does the Left Suddenly Hate Russia? Good question.
After 70 years of accommodating and appeasing Russia, Democrats suddenly foment a red scare.
… I think you mean Brown Scare, Professor Hanson.
And tho’ I linked it (early) last week, I’d be remiss not to point once again to Handle’s (ginormous) Excerpts and Group Discussion of Tyler Cowen’s “Average Is Over”—with a star-studded cast of heavy hitters and original gangstas.
Let’s see… what else was going on?
Malcolm Pollack has an compelling indictment of The Narrowing Effect Of Diversity. Conclusion:
[M]ulticulturalism limits public liberty, creates a tension between public and private life that reduces public participation and lowers social cohesion, fragments societies into competing groups and lowers public trust, and, by denying any culture full public expression and support, actually contributes to the decay and death of the world’s rich cultural diversity. Cultures that might live and flower in relatively homogeneous homelands now wither and die under the relentless pruning and curtailment that is necessary to make muticulturalism work at all, and the multicultural society itself becomes a shrunken and cautious thing. The organic order and harmony unique to each culture suffocates and dies; into that vacuum steps a top-down, external order that acts on citizens only as barely differentiated atoms.
Malcolm gets the nod for another ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
Fritz Pendleton has some brief, and particularly well-constructed Sunday Thoughts… on “school marms”, of course.
Alf relates an old, and very useful Dutch saying, A cornered cat makes strange jumps. Also Is Robert Mueller Jewish? No. But he’s under the influence of their mind-control rays. And a quick listen to the Female id speaking through the radio. (They still listen to the radio in Holland?) It has, of course, been widely noted that women’s self-reported measures of happiness have been in steady decline since the early ’70s—and used to justify ever more of the same policies that likely contribute to their unhappiness. Must. Liberate. Harder!
Shylock Holmes revisits: #AIACC in No True Communism. He compares and contrasts the platform of Bernie Sanders and the CPUSA. Not much in the way of contrast really.
This Week in Fifth Political Theory, Titus Quintus pulls together some helpful Key Concepts. The #Googlegate controversy provided a springboard for Quintus to talk about a whole lot moar: Google Has a Diversity Problem, and So Does the United States.
For Diversity ideologues, much like their (materialist) marxist forebears, a business enterprise or an industrial organization is somewhere elite or powerful people get the money they use to oppress other classes. Saint-President Barack Obama once said, “You didn’t build that,” to business owners regarding their businesses. This view is much like a cargo cult; it doesn’t actually understand how or why things work the way they do, only that the end product is a reward for the people involved. And so the solution is to get involved, to try to funnel women and non-Europeans into these institutions so they too can be part of the ritual that confers money and status. That these institutions have that money and status to dole out is just treated as a law of nature, not something created by specific conditions (such as quality of personnel, levels of competence, and unity of purpose) but innate.
Golden egg laying geese-n-all that. So what, aside from moral frissons, does the managerial cast actually hope to get from “embracing diversity”?
In the best-case scenario (from the perspective of its architects), Diversity destroys one sort of homogeneity for another. It does not genuinely create a society of multiple cultures but a semi-flexible monoculture practiced by people of different ancestries with only superficial differences. This is the imperial melting-pot, which supplants the dominant ethnos over time to create a civic, catholic identity into which outgroups can be naturalized. In the business world, it’s the “corporate culture” of “our values,” which include things like “integrity,” “excellence,” and of course, “Diversity.” The entire line of argumentation is dishonest, because the end result is a new orthodoxy, e.g. Google’s current 1984-style management.
That’s right. Corporate America achieves the exact opposite of diversity: replaceable, plug-n-play human widgets. Oh, but they come in a wide variety of shapes, colors, and sexual preferences. Of course, that’s only the best-case scenario… The Committee tapped this 5PT this week for the ☀☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Award☀☀.
Also over at Neocolonial’s, bullet points on The Triune Identity of Man.
We exist as individuals striving in common unity primarily with others of shared lineage. Our every action has consequence not merely for ourselves, but for those in community with us, and those of our descendants who will follow us.
Good stuff. This was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
Neocolonial also posts some clarifying remarks on Irreligious Heresy.
And IE delivers the next installment of the STEEL-Cameralist Manifesto: Part 4B2: American Fascism (The Prophets of Fascism). Fascism, like Communism, is about as American as apple pie.
GA Blog takes a look at Absolutist Economies.
Empedocles, Darwinian Reactionary, returns after a very long hiatus: Allow Me To Explain The Darkness Of The Human Soul. As always his stuff is excellent. This dovetails nicely—and almost surely accidentally—with Neocolonial’s Triune Identity of Man I think. Empedocles identifies 3 biological “forces” which shape human personality: gene propagation, kin selection/altruism, and reciprocal/social altruism. A taste:
The existentialists and their intellectual descendants claimed that once all religious, social, and institutional determinants of the will were removed the individual would possess radical autonomy and be able to spontaneously create their own values. But you can not design yourself; we have already been designed. Radical autonomy can’t generate imperative content, only our evolved brain does that. The promise of radical autonomy was just a smoke screen, a fiction to explain why it wouldn’t just end up in hedonism once societal impediments to the will had been lifted. But this is exactly what happened. Existentialism didn’t usher in a golden age of self-created individuals, it just handed the will over to the same old sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll hedonism.
There’s much more there, of course. This too was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀. And this was only part one.
Butch Leghorn has a review of White Guilt by Shelby Steele. The book—the main focus of which sounds like standard GOP “color-blind” meritocracy boilerplate—sounds kinda meh, but Leghorn’s review is superb. For example:
The problem is that Meritocracy is White Supremacy. Or, I could use less inflammatory rhetoric and state that meritocracy results in hierarchy. The analysis of DR3 [Democrats aRe the Real Racists] is correct but pointless: the Left is convinced that blacks cannot compete with whites on a level playing field, which is essentially a “racist” conclusion, because addressing race realistically in the current year is “racism”. Of course, the DR3 analysis is pointless because racism is a concept that is only used to harm white interests, and because the Left is a coalition of non-whites against whites, the Left is impervious to charges of racism. Then there’s the fact that the Left excuses the low performance of blacks with narratives of “institutional” or “systemic” racism, thus once again hiding their pragmatic racial calculation behind a veil of anti-racism.
“Content of character” arguments are now officially racist.
Titus Q. Cincinnatus defines Fractal Traditionalism. Master of physical chemistry analyses, Cincinnatus begins by analogizing tradition as an energy state.
Modernistic eras represent periods whereby one or more traditional societies undergo large perturbations which introduce more social energy than the traditional system can dissipate. Hence, the emergence/resilience disequilibrium, already extent in one direction or the other, swings far enough to the emergence side so as to greatly change several of the underlying parameters in which the system operates. This creates changes in the social system which drive the energy level higher and higher—instability occurs, order is lost, and eventually the system will fall apart.
However, an important point we need to understand, and which I believe we can observe from history, is that after the collapse of a modernistic system for whatever reason (internal or external), new traditional forms will establish themselves. These may differ from the previous traditional society in the externals, perhaps, but they will reflect the same essential tendencies of Tradition.
Please RTWT! Cincinnatus earns a rare ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ for his efforts here.
“Bad” Billy Pratt takes advantage of the summer break to do what he does best: Cultural mashups ripped from the memories of GenX. This week: Burying Your Father and “Return of the Jedi” (1983). These are just priceless—in many cases heart-wrenching—thoughts.
Shaping the image of your father through the eyes of your mother created a man only worth what he could do for you. His failings became magnified; you defined him through his shortcomings. As implicit as these feelings may have been, they seeped into the cracks of your relationship and weakened it. This may have further damaged a man already struggling to be the father and husband he needed to be.[…]
I remember when I first saw things in my father that my mother couldn’t see—maybe things my father, himself, couldn’t understand. As I got older, I became more in touch with not only my feelings, by what was under the surface of particular emotions—why I felt the way I felt. The insecurities, the sadness, the self-doubt. A marker for adulthood can be understanding the true challenge of adulthood- understanding that a man’s life is defined by struggle.
My own father was I think marked by bearing the sufferings and foibles of others. He did not always do so gracefully. But always did it.
Over at Jacobite, Nick Land ponders the quite sudden death of liberalism and compares it to Norman Bates from Psycho:
Liberal universalism has aged badly in recent years. More specifically, it has aged badly in two very different directions. To the left, liberalism has been consumed by universalism, becoming a liberty-deriding globalist monster, while to the right it has been thoroughly demoralized, as recognition has dawned about what its universalism actually means. To anyone still trembling to some slight residual death-flutter of the liberal impulse, the discussion quickly becomes nearly intolerable at this point. Withdrawal, psychic-shattering, and other manifestations of traumatized craziness ensue.
Also there, James Guiran also gives us a history lesson: How Message-Board Culture Remade the Left. Contrary to the Left’s official lie, er, line, the resurgence of the Right is not wholly driven by shitposters on 4chan. Indeed, the Internet is to a large extent the Left’s turf.
The most obvious effect is that leftists, especially those in the fields that shape and promulgate leftist doctrine, spend a lot of time online. Journalists spend less time cultivating networks of sources and more time “building their brand” and interacting with other journalists; academics network on Twitter; and so on. Connection matters more than ever, and the internet has weakened local scenes and replaced them with placeless ones. Indie game developers from all over the world, for example, can compete for the attention of the largely U.S.-coastal “mainstream” games journalism industry, whose writers are of course all on the same mailing lists, not to mention following each other on Twitter. Journalists, academics, political advisors and the like disappear into their own world—a world where it’s acceptable to wage war on large parts of one’s own audience, or to lead a mainstream presidential candidate to insult a large part of the voting population. And the scenes that are best able to capture the attention of this world will gain power, influence, and the propagation of their norms.
Guiran earns an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for his quality effort here.
By way of Isegoria… How do you get to Denmark? in the figurative, cultural sense that is; Jordan Peterson’s interview with James Damore; how you’re not even to say if differences exist; one hell of a placebo; and a psychological paradox: Environment is both feeble and overwhelmingly potent.
Finally, this week in CWNY, a glimmer of hope in The European Heart Renewed.
This Week in Jim Donald
Jim opened this week with a surprising field report on a trans. Definitely RTWT, it’s not long and you’re just not going to get something like this from anyone other than Jim. I cannot do it justice by quoting, but the summary is Jim met a young woman trying to pass as a man to hit on straight women. He treated her like he would any other woman, and she developed… let’s call it affection for Jim. You won’t believe what happens next!
Jim also managed to comment on both the James Damore incident and the Unite the Right controversy in one go, with a recap on the left singularity. The left is getting ever lefter, ever crazier, ever more dangerously repressive, and it
will not can not stop of its own accord. The French Revolution is the classic case of a bloody left singularity, eventually stopped by Napoleon seizing power and making himself Emperor. Our situation is even more fraught with danger, because jockeying for status on social media has made everyone the Committee of Public Safety.
To stop this we need an official inquisition that puts the free lance witch finders out of business. I hope we get a Sulla, who burns Harvard to the ground, sack of Rome style, purges the social justice warriors, confiscates their property, and enslaves their women, or a Cromwell who imposes reasonable and sane leftism, but a Stalin, who makes it as dangerous to be too far left as it is to be too far right, would suffice, would be a whole lot better than the Seven Kill Stele.
If Trump does a self coup, and purges the public service of his enemies, starts firing very large numbers of people, that could save the day, but the further left the singularity continues, the bloodier the process by which it eventually must be checked.
If we get any deeper into a left singularity, and a middle-class Corsican military genius becomes worthy and accepts power to restore order, I will be first in line to call him Emperor and offer myself to his rule. Jim snags another ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀. Corsican military geniuses are awfully hard to come by.
The final piece from Jim this week was a summary of the global warming evidence. Just calling it global warming instead of climate change is enough to mark Jim as an enemy of Official Brahmin Teaching. But then Jim has the temerity to endorse projections that are well within the range offered in the latest IPCC report… thought crime so far as the Brahmin is concerned. RTWT, Jim is likely right and the lukewarmers are probably closer to the truth of the thing than anyone else.
This Week in Social Matter
The week is kicked off with Ryan Landry’s analysis of The Decline Of The Rule Of Law. Which is not an easy thing to build, as Landry shows in this ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
The strong enforcement of contracts, rule of law, and fair play was a strength of the Anglo and American system for centuries. While much is said about the Magna Carta, few comment how line after line details the formalization of the relations and rules between the king and barons, as opposed to ordinary people. This is the founding document for the Anglo tradition of written law, and it contains minutia restraining the king. This focus on rule of law would also mold society to not just trust in the decision of the outside arbiter over the tribal kinship channels, but even select for individuals more likely to adhere to it. Those who broke contracts and committed crimes would be removed from the gene pool, turned into an outlaw, or exiled.
Part of why London and New York became financial centers was this very foundation of fair and strong contract enforcement.
A thousand year patrimony is at risk today, from people who care more about favorable outcomes in the short-term, than a long-term thriving for a populace. It is neither an analogy nor hyperbole when we speak of the descent of America—Weimerica—into a third world country. It’s happening.
Wolfgang Adler returns Monday with a third installment in his series on Salazar’s Portugal: JFK’s Failed Salazar Coup In Lisbon. Adler’s mastery of the subject matter, the original language manuscripts, and his ability to fashion it all into a digestible narrative, is simply amazing. For example, how long was the shadow of WW2…
NATO’s foothold in Lisbon was joined by that of the Central Intelligence Agency. During World War II, as one of the continent’s few great neutral ports, Lisbon became active grounds for German, British, and American intelligence units. CIA functions in Lisbon centered on close cooperation with the PIDE, the Portuguese paramilitary forces, with the CIA taking an active role in training PIDE officers and PIDE sharing with “the Agency” its findings from its anti-communist operations, which would often include captured correspondence with other European communist parties. The CIA station in Lisbon would monitor refugees from behind the Iron Curtain and would use Lisbon’s harbor to monitor the movements of ships originating from the Soviet bloc moving through the Atlantic. Lastly, Portugal housed one of the main transmitters of Radio Free Europe, a critical component of the CIA’s anti-communist psychological operations behind the Iron Curtain.
Once you have spy infrastructure on the ground, you don’t just walk away from it! And just whose side was the CIA on?? There’s much more, of course, in this ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ winner.
Weimerica Weekly was on the sad and enraging story of Reagan Tokes. A young woman by that name left her job, got into her car, and was raped and murdered by a vile piece of scum that had just been released after six years in prison… for raping a mother in front of her child. Exercise caution in listening to this one, it will raise your blood pressure.
On Thursday, Michael Andreopoulos makes a debut at Social Matter with a detailed psycho-social analysis on How Powerful Networks Are Formed.
For Friday, the West Coast Boyz are joined by Cathy Princess on the Myth of the 20th Century podcast:
Episode 30: AIDS, Cause And Effect
On Saturday, Hadley Bishop continues his Myth Series with The Awful Drunkard.
Finally, Lawrence Glarus is back with some exquisitely crafted verse: Necessity.
This Week in 28 Sherman
On the home blog, Landry starts the week discussing Jeff Flake’s misreading of the tea leaves. Had he read the GOP mood better and supported immigration restriction, he could have been a strong contender for the White House post-Trump. As is, he has an 18% approval rating in his state and will likely get primaried in 2018. Good riddance.
On Wednesday, Landry looks at the remember 1967 billboard campaign that has popped up in the UK, and uses that as a springboard to riff on the gay agenda. 1967 is significant as it was the year that male homosexuality was legalized in England. But surely this is more than just a simple 50 year anniversary, right? Of course.
Gays are merely the means right now for the progressives to attack the family, gender roles, sex practices and gender itself. Women and bastards were the means fifty years ago. If pedophilia and polygamy are to be the next steps, watch how Muslims and their cultural norms and practices become the hammer the progressives wield to push more degeneracy. The goal of eroding Western normative traditions stays the same.
This Remember 67 project is not a reminder of the ’67 legislation. It is not even an edgy meme transmission. This is a commemoration or the victory lap of the gay agenda. They won not because of their power but that it overlapped with the needs of the progs. The danger was always the progressive agenda. The gays simply are the convenient tool to destroy norms because they are the antithesis of healthy, family formation for cultural continuity.
The Devil truly was the first Whig.
This Week in WW1 pics: muddy Passchendaele—a two-fer this week, commemorating the hundredth anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele. As you can see from the pictures, the weather was so bad that the mud was nearly knee deep in places. What a slog in a war that would drag on for another year.
For Friday, Landry opines on the Damore-Google affair: Google reminds us AIACC. For those unfamiliar with that acronym, I’ll let Landry take it away.
Google reminded us all that America is a communist country. It was this week’s reminder that pseudonyms are a good idea as the neomaoism gets closer. It was this week’s reminder of the essay The Power Of The Powerless, aka Havel’s Green Grocer essay. You live in occupied territory by progressive colonists.
Ryan throws some well-argued cold water on talk of a successful lawsuit by Damore. We’ll see what happens with that. Hope for the best, plan for the worst seems like sage advice there.
This Week in Kakistocracy
Porter begins the week on an analytical note in A Wise Man Finds His Problems in a Microscope. The object under scrutiny is a recent survey measuring worldwide expectations of future well-being. Its interest to The Kakistocracy is unsurprising, as are (most of) the results of the poll.
So while Swedes and Brits lie awake lamenting the airborne body parts resulting from their imported terrorism and extremism (two separate items in the survey), the Chinese, in contrast, are distracted by essentially poor wi-fi reception. Below are the top three worries of Chinamen:
1. Moral decline
2. Threats to the environment
This is a people who know how to have the right problems. And is there any greater key to happiness than keeping your problems small? Survey says…
Small… and tractable. Blueprints for grand moral arcs of history are notoriously sketchy.
Next, Porter takes the opportunity of James Damore’s firing from Google to make a call for war against the Left in Defenestrate the Stereotypers:
War is not a good-faith enterprise. Google did not fire James Damore for failure to perform his job-related responsibilities. It fired him for being an enemy behind the lines. Thus my frustration at this firing is less with Google, whom I know wants me off the Earth, than with the pathetic accommodation on the mainstream right of the left’s own infiltrators.
There are legions of right-wing business owners and managers in companies large, medium, and small. If perpetuating gender stereotypes is a firable offense, then anything is. Conservative decision makers could dismiss the liberal employees who hate them by the millions.
Finally, another analytics-heavy post on the geopolitics of the North Korean situation in A Hot Time in the Stratosphere Tonight. But that doesn’t mean there’s no time for levity this week:
[I]f North Korea can reach a major California city with a mushroom cloud, then hundreds of good people could be lost in an instant.
This Week in Evolutionist X
Mrs. X kicks off the week with a meditation on Existential Caprine, human animal husbandry, and whether it was worth it… for the goats.
Next: Venus de Milo with Makeup. And, yes, she has a reason for it.
For Pirate Wednesday, Evolutionist X considers Piracy, Bandits, and Civilization. She sounds positively Jimian in parts of it. Like…
Once a group of bandits becomes strong enough to kill all the other bandits in the area, it settles in and starts taxing instead of stealing.
Not all “taxation is theft” are created equal.
And for Pirate Friday”, more excerpts, with abundant commentary from The Pirate’s Own Book: The Legend of Jean Lafitte.
Though I might have suspected Evolutionist X was a homeschooling mom, I did not actually know she was until last Sunday’s Homeschooling Corner.
I don’t have a curriculum picked out nor a coherent “philosophy,” but I am SO EXCITED about all of the things I have to teach I couldn’t even list them all.
After 20 years of homeschooling, I can say definitively that curriculum and “coherent philosophy” (about homeschooling) will not matter. But that excitement definitely will!
This Week in Quas Lacrimas
Quincy Latham has an icon for the Feast of the Transfiguration. Offered without comment.
And late in the week, Latham tackles Mental Real Estate, and the problem with becoming enough of an expert to even know who the experts are…
[I]n the end you are going to have to either rely on others for most of what you know about the complexities of the world you live in, or remain indifferent.
Indifference is hard. There is a Socratic myth to the effect that the wise are content with the limits of their own ignorance. Maybe that’s true of the wise; but not being particularly wise myself, I can testify that the more I know about the world, the more rarely I’m satisfied with scio me nescire.
This too was interesting:
I read somewhere that when you ask undergraduates studying biology to draw a structure—say, a neuron—they attack it as though they were studying to be artists, lavishing attention on perspective, structure, shading, texture, and of course the shape and proportions of the ganglia and the cell’s organelles. Graduate students, given the same task, scrawl out a flatter, lazier version of the same outline, leaving out the frills (and the organelles). The professors don’t even draw shapes, though. They draw points and lines. Their neurons are schematic; the visual embodiment of a theory about how the world works.
So the more expert you are, the more ideological—modelized—your representation of the subject becomes? That doesn’t exactly sound anti-fragile. Sounds like a warning.
This Week at Thermidor Mag
Nigel T. Carlsbad starts the week off strong over at Thermidor with The Bifurcation Point of the Liberal Jurists. He chronicles the development of the defining political idea of modernity, the Rechtstaat.
The liberal bifurcation point, then, in a nutshell: the conversion of the many differences in status (villeinage, sokemanry, freemanry, etc.) and legal obligations into that of only one set of legal obligations but the differences of status intact, though rearranged to face only one center point. Note that liberalism is a highly degenerated subset of feudalism: the differences in status go on to be determined on the basis of the productive capabilities of the estates alone (which are all freeholds in fee simple), with no difference in legal rights and obligations. But this “legal equality” is nothing more than a sleight of hand where everyone is promoted to a tenant-in-chief of the Emperor (now a “civic bond”), such that everyone is made a public servant by definition. It is not that any actual “general interest” comes out of any this, but rather that the laws of real property are manipulated to forcefully incorporate the entire realm into one circle.
The Rechtstaat was Schmitt’s principal target in his legal and political writings and Carlsbad’s insight into the beginnings of this institution are of supreme importance, for which The Committee were pleased to bestow an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
Next up, Leonid Savin delivers a primer on Russia and Multipolarity. Unlike the US, Russia lacks the power to try to rule the world, so the Russians have devoted more mental energy to understanding how a world without one hegemonic power would work. These insights will grow in importance as the American empire declines.
Carlsbad serves up another piece this week—with a decisive drop-off in tone—debunking the Myth of the Socially Conservative Old Left. While it’s certainly true that the Left today is worse than it used to be, that is because it has grown in power so that Leftists now can say and act on what they have always believed.
Late in the week (or early depending upon one’s perspective), J. Trotman tells an amusing tale of Antifa THOT Vicky preparing for the big day.
This Week Around The Orthosphere
Things were quiet around the Orthosphere this week. But it is national Down the Shore Month…
Cato the Younger pulls up to periscope depth for a brief and hopeful announcement.
Cologero does a fairly deep dive into the work of our hero and patron Thomas Carlyle: Heroes and Vibhutis
Thomas F. Bertonneau provides an essay on how some are disposed to see Apparitions of the Gods, while others, by their own obtuseness, refuse such reality.
Briggs dives into the logic behind the cult of diversity in “The Theory of Diversity Explained.” Then he reports on the tech sector, where In Celebration of Cult of Diversity, Google Sacrifices Employee for not being absolutely uniform and obedient. Then he asks rhetorically, Should We Be Allowed To Euthanize Jerry Coyne? Whatever pleases the mighty Briggs! And when the Vatican Hosts Conference With Pantheistic Theme, Briggs dismantles the rationale.
Our planet is a beautiful sight from orbit. It’s our home and we should treat it as a gift of God. But, strictly speaking, it’s a rock in space equipped with a coat of air, soil, and water in which some things live. We call this coating “nature” or “the environment” of which we are not separate, but rather an intimate, part. The air and water is not itself alive. Scientists used to know this.
Finally, Mark Richardson analyzes the comments of Peter Hitchens on the Scandinavian Utopia that is replacing natural human relations with a parental state. Then he asks Why don’t liberals see themselves as the establishment? Basically because the establishment they oppose is the natural order. Ever the underdogs.
This Week in Arts & Letters
Enless also has up the third installment of his serialized book, Defamation Factory, this week exploring the networks enmeshing the ADL with the Mafia itself. A fascinating narrative rich with local detail, this excerpt sure puts a new light on the “nice career you got here,” meme! The Committee is awarding Enless the ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ here to expand the audience for this fine work.
Chris Gale counsels faith in a time of error and madness, we are Not healed, perfect, or correct and finds SJWs are SJWing, everywhere they appear, social activists ruin eveything. A plea for Eros and re-enchantment, The web is now broken. Thoughts on the Google Manifesto debacle, disclosing the authoritarian stamp of its secular (fake) religion. The diversity agenda is inherently a poison in the root of a corporate culture. Time to start shopping around for new providers of one’s musical pleasures, e-mail and storage. A Petrarchan Sonnet, this time, from Pound and the Sunday Sonnet is back, Belloc’s verses on The Mother of God.
At Albion Awakening, John Fitzgerald, with a magnificent mystical tale of Albion’s genesis and destiny, Taliesin, Bard of Britain, illustrated by artist Rob Floyd. Bruce Charlton revisits That Hideous Strength imagining the form it would take in the current year; to which Wildblood amicably responds with some sage observations on the primacy of purity in filtering signal from noise:
I think this is the same as Bruce means when he writes of angels communicating with us by joining their thinking with ours. They impress us on a spiritual plane and we translate that impression as best we can, according to the degree of our own receptivity. It is not the same thing as telepathy which operates on a lower level, a purely mental one. This process operates on the spiritual plane and requires a sensitivity to that plane on our part. Without that sensitivity, which is dependent to a large extent on inner purity and love of truth, we will not be able to respond to spiritual impression though we may well respond to impressions from lower levels which is why there is so much spiritual confusion in this world, and why it is often easier for false ideas to gain traction than true ones, necessarily more demanding in terms of our ability to live them.
Exemplary content from Albion Awakening, this week. I recommend reading the whole conversation.
Fencing Bear also addresses the “ideological echo chamber” at the Google Goolag in her weekly online symposium.
Richard Carroll this week on Plato’s Crito, concluding preliminary observations on the first seven Socratic dialogues, with the main matter still to come.
At City Journal, Matthew Henessey sizes up the imminent generational showdown between Millenials and Gen-Xers, Zero Hour for Generation X, David Adler thinks it’s time to wise up to Chinese Mercantilism, and Howard Husock reminisces on the tale of two lives intersecting in the Cleveland freightyards, The Fred Davis Blues.
Lastly, at Imaginative Conservative, Joseph Pearce celebrates the publication of a study confirming that Note-Taking by Hand is Better for Your Brain, Nayeli Riano reads Eliot’s The Fire Sermon and Alfred Regnery luxuriates in a symposium of undiluted immersion in Beethoven‘s E-flat major quartet, the “Harp”. Nicholas Senz praises pedantry, In Defense of Splitting Hairs. A poem whose significance seems to mount by the day, Shelley’s Ozymandias.
Finally, James Patrick Reid with an excellent treatise on Art and the Transfiguraion of the World in the right ordering of perfect form:
The expression of existence in art, as in nature, depends on form. No material thing exists without form. As Etienne Gilson succinctly states, ìthe word ëformí designates the essential nature of a thing or, still more precisely, that nature itself considered as determining the thing in its species and, by the same token, in its figure and in its shape.î Form determines the essence or nature of a thing; and at the same time it is through its form that a thing receives existence (as Boethius observed), because existence is always that of some actually existing thing, and a thing is what it is by virtue of its form. So form causes a thing to be, to be what it is, and to be beautiful (formosus, ìfull of formî), for beauty is the splendor of being. The splendor of the fullness of form is called claritas or radiance by Saint Thomas Aquinas.
Till next week, shine on!
This Week… Elsewhere
Unorthodoxy has a report from well under the typical anglophonic radar… Don’t Have a Cow. India’s culture war is proceeding heating up and you’ll never guess who’s winning. Also full coverage of David Brooks’ Descent Into Madness. Whaddaya mean? Now is perfect time to morally skirt clutch.
Al Fin has an interesting bit on Hypnosis, Meditation, and the Dangerous Child. He also has some penetrating analysis on China, its international “reach”, and it’s apparent economic stall: China Preparing for Next Great Leap Forward?
Peppermint is remarkably lucid here: Universities and Jews. Lucid for him, that is.
Zeroth Position seems to advocate increasingly authoritarian versions of libertarianism with each passing week. Needless to say, we approve. If you shave off enough corners of a square peg, it will fit in a round hole.
Roman Dmowski shares Some Thoughts on North Korea.
This was pretty interesting: Greg Cochrane noting Genetic evidence for self-domestication in humans.
Antidem has a not altogether sanguine appraisal of Where We Are.
On the grand Spenglerian curve of civilizations, Trump is not our analogue for Augustus (all of the interenet’s talk of “the God-Emperor” aside). He is not our Julius Caesar. He is unlikely to be our Sulla. But (whether or not he ends up being physically assassinated), he is almost certainly our Gracchae—the first of a series of populist reformers who take on a powerful and entrenched system, with both sides using increasing levels of force, until finally that system topples, keeping Plato’s perfect record of being right on these matters intact.
Also an introduction to The Squirearchy.
Speaking of less than sanguine… try Giovanni Dannato’s Macro-Sexenomics: Female Beauty Dysgenics In Modern Society. The probably is almost certainly real, but almost certainly overstated as well.
Cecil has a bit of an Aha Moment™ over at Contingent, Not Arbitrary: End of History as End of (Natural) Law. The “End of History” always seems to go hand in hand with “This time, it’s different”—which may be theoretically possible, but it has an awful track record.
Anatoly Karlin, long-time friend of Social Matter, had a couple interesting pieces this week. First, was a translation (by Fluctuarius Argenteus) of an essay by Egor Kholmogorov discussing the Damore-Google affair. Also of interest here is an overview of Kholmogorov himself, situating him in the context of contemporary Russian right-wing intellectuals. Anatoly promises more translations of Kholmogorov’s work in the future, and we here at SM look forward to seeing them.
The key common mistake of both Google Leftists and their critic is their vision of stereotypes as a negative distortion of some natural truth. If both sides went for an in-depth reading of Edmund Burke, the “father of Conservatism”, they would learn that the prejudice is a colossal historical experience pressurized into a pre-logical form, a collective consciousness that acts when individual reason fails or a scrupulous analysis is impossible. In such circumstances, following the prejudice is a more sound strategy than contradicting it. Prejudice is shorthand for common sense. Sometimes it oversimplifies things, but still works most of the time. And, most importantly, all attempts to act “in spite of the prejudice” almost invariably end in disaster.
Karlin also has a reaction to the Unite the Right event, with the cleverly titled Cville War. It is, as always, useful to get a perspective from someone who is a little more removed from these events than ourselves.
Well, that was a slightly quieter week than normal, especially if you don’t count #Googlegate and #Cville. Hey it’s August. Everyone’s “down the shore”. Heartfelt thanks go out to the Indefatigable TWiR Staff®: David Grant, Egon Maistre, Alex Von Neumann, Hans der Fiedler, and Aidan MacLear, you guys are the best! Keep on reactin! Til next week: NBS… Over and out!!