This Week In Reaction (2017/09/03)

Quiet week around the Reactosphere®, as Houston mops up from a year’s worth of rain in three days. The question on everybody’s mind is: Flooding or not, is anyone going to be able to stop the Astros? Except the Dodgers of course.

VDH touches on two topics that are perennially in vogue around here—linguistics and McCarthyism—in a splendid mashup: Linguistic McCarthyism.

Let’s get right to the videotape…


This Week in Jim Donald

This Week in Social Matter

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

Imperial Energy weighs in on current (disturbingly and scandalously current) events with his Imperial Circular 28/08/2017: The Trump Presidency is, Almost Certainly, Over. Obviously, we all hope not on that one. And he has a next installment of the STEEL-Cameralist Manifesto Part 4C3: American Fascism (A Feast Of Fascism). And the next: Part 4C4: American Fascism. (The Triumph of the Trazi and the March of the Minotaur).

IE also whips up a One Page International Peace Plan of the STEEL-cams, which is both humorous, plausible, and… actually one page. And he has a third Tough Question for Neo-Reactionaries—viz., what part of the Empire are we willing to sacrifice? Good question.

Crucial observation from Alf here: An emancipated society is a dying society.

[I]f women are emancipated it means men have failed women’s shit-test. If men have failed women’s shit-test, women refuse to be wives and mothers. If women refuse to be wives and mothers, men refuse to defend and maintain society. If men refuse to defend and maintain society, society will fall apart and be plundered by outsiders.

Like the emancipated Jian Qing demanded the death of her doctor on grounds of him being a doctor, emancipated women demand the death of their men on ground of them being men.

Also there: Alf has a tribute to the great Ryan Landry: Goodbye to the place I was always able to go to. In truth I hope an army of Right-Wing Spergs will create a fitting and permanent monument to his work. (Hint, hint: Right-Wing Spergs!)

Speaking of emancipated women, Alf also has comments on the photos of a Dutch #Instacop. Because, after all, what good is being a policewoman if you can’t get some attention on Instagram out of it? She is cute. She should make some Dutch babies. (Need moar Dutch babies.)

Atavisionary has some disturbing news: has been removed from the internet.

Spandrell contemplates Capitalists and ropes. Then a reminder: Language is Culture. It’s a basic reality-check on a stupid NYT article… but evolves into something much much more. Not least a window into LKY’s well-placed and well-planned authoritarian flourishes.

ST_20150324_LKY_7LKYPIXGE56_382398e_2xDialects survive because of a political choice. Language is a badge of loyalty; speaking Hokkien or Cantonese instead of Mandarin means that, as a child, you’ve reached the conclusion that Hokkien is more useful than Mandarin. Singapore, as all societies of Southeastern Chinese ancestry, used to be run by small dialect and family based societies, who did their thing unbeknownst to the state. Imperial China was laissez-faire about this kind of clan-based society, but Lee Kuan Yew was a legalist, and he had to crush them to impose his authority. So crush them they did. Once the clans were crushed, speaking dialect stopped working as a signal; and so the signal died. Whatever the NYT says, dialects aren’t coming back. There’s no money there, and Asia doesn’t trade in those vibrancy points which make New York housewives happy.

Why did Irish die soon after Irish independence? The signal wasn’t needed anymore. They had their own country, and God knows speaking Irish is a costly signal.

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

Also from Spandrell: US Empire Decline Watch—Western Pacific Edition.

This week in Generative Anthropology—which has become a veritable cornerstone in the New Social Sciences—Adam outlines The Modernity of Absolutism, which is a bit of a zinger. First, a defense of formalism that needs to be engraved somewhere:

You can define sovereignty in such a way as to subtract everything personal from it, and that may be how it looks from the outside, but rule, at any rate, must be personal. A decision can be disguised as a corporate affair, but ultimately someone has made it, and all human activities and institutions are the results of decisions. We could see all of the social sciences which replace decision with “process,” “structure,” “interaction,” and so on as evasions. And with good reason—to say that something happened as a result of a “process” means it’s out of our hands and we don’t have to fight about it. We could, then, see something moral in this evasion, insofar as it is a mode of deferral; but it is a marker of moral immaturity, like telling children the tooth fairy will come to make them stop crying—moral maturity would involve examining the ways we might best make our own decisions so as to preserve or reverse the decisions of the past.

As usual GA is deep and dense, and totally worth reading the whole thing. This too was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Titus Cincinnatus is his usual awesome self with this note: Prosperity Requires Stable Government, Not Political Liberty. Prosperity, that is, in the true sense of the word…

The traditional sense of “prosperity” which has applied for most of human history (once again, we find modernism to be an aberration here, as it is in much else) can best be summed up in the Hebrew (shalowm) and Greek (eirēnē) terms, found in the Scriptures, which the ancients used. Both of these terms transcend the shallow and materialistic sense which modern Western man applies to “prosperity.” Rather, “prosperity” involved a deeper sense of spiritual, moral, and mental peace (indeed, “peace” is a common translation of both of those words). It portended an absence of conflict, not just in the bare sense of not fighting with someone else, but more broadly in leading a stable, well-grounded, balanced life that was suitable for your station in life.

Of course, political stability is necessary for prosperity by almost any definition. Unless you happen to be a divorce lawyer. On the other hand…

fd0f784976303893df39fed1581da5fc--lao-tsu-tao-te-ching… political liberty and unbridled capitalism actually tend to reduce broad-based prosperity, rather than enhance it. While proclaiming “equality” for all, these modernistic makeshifts really serve only to breakdown traditional mores and standards which served to reinforce social harmony. Many may not like to hear this, but socialism actually does have a point with respect to many of the failings of liberal capitalism, such as the maximal concentration of massive wealth into the hands of an extremely small (and typically not very virtuous) set of people belonging to the commercial caste. This same sort of problem existed in the late Roman Republic […] and contributed to the same sort of social destabilisation which we’re seeing in the USA today.

There is much, much more here in this ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ winner.

Fritz Pendleton has a report from the briny deep: Cinnamon, Porcelain, & Sacrifice.

Over at Jacobite, Chris Stucchio and Lisa Mahapatra offer a technical essay on how A.I. “Bias” Doesn’t Mean What Journalists Say It Means:

The media is misleading people. When an ordinary person uses the term “biased,” they think this means that incorrect decisions are made—that a lender systematically refuses loans to blacks who would otherwise repay them. When the media uses the term “bias”, they mean something very different—a lender systematically failing to issue loans to black people regardless of whether or not they would pay them back.

Anatoly Karlin, friend of Social Matter, looks into quantifying the communist cullings and their effect on national IQs. Definitely RTWT here, as the size of the effect was likely surprisingly small, even in the extreme case of Cambodia.

…since even the Khmer Rouge couldn’t have cardinally dented Cambodia’s national IQ, it certainly couldn’t have done anything substantial to Russia, where the scale of Stalinist aristocide didn’t exceed 1% of the Soviet population. (The Soviet famines, with far higher numbers of victims, would if anything have been marginally eugenic; one wonders if some bold Communist will ever try to tout this argument?).

In the Communist world as elsewhere, the main eugenic/dysgenic driver must have been fertility patterns.

Malcolm Pollack offers some edifying words of caution before clicking on selected links.


By way of Isegoria… on the latest scientific innovation created by the US Army, nanogalvanic aluminium powder that produces electricity on contact with water. A primer on the physics of explosion; a new charisma scale, a measure of influence and affability, though issue is taken in the comments; GNoN’s arsenal reified in a tiger snake’s venom; A wee forearm smash would sort it out, of which we have no doubt, now if only there were the will; the perplexities of "Labor Day"; and also Kling’s definition of politics as a kind of religion, as another Menciian thesis finds support from strange quarters.

Quite bit inside Jewish Baseball Basketball, but Based Jew Kevin Toddson has written quite a bit here On Rebbe’s Sabbateanism-Frankism Hypothesis—an excellent, detailed, and generally well-tempered rebuttal to Rebbe’s award winning Sabbatean-Frankism as the Paradigm of the Modern Left. I hope this keeps the discussion flowing and flowering. On one hand, it seems clear that Satanic variants of Judaism have had some influence on the Modern Left. On the other hand, we really do hate to give Satanic Jews all the credit for screwing over Western Civilization! On one hand, devout Orthodox Jews have every reason to despise the Christian majority, and possibly even take advantage of them; on the other hand, it’s the secular—arguably Prog Convserso—Jews making all the porn, owning all the film studios, and running NPR and the ACLU.

Speaking of the Isle of Skye, this week in Cambria Will Not Yield, For Hearth, for Faith, for the Light of the World. In Houston, yes. In Scotland, not so much.

Whites will continue to serve Liberaldom, because they have no leadership willing to contradict the ruling liberal ethos, which states: “The good man is pure intellect. He is the psychiatrist, the theologian, the doctor of medicine, the doctor of philosophy, and the man of science.” But if man is pure intellect, then who is his master?


This Week in Jim Donald

A lighter week from Jim, with only one piece. But oh, what a piece! Jim digs into some data on holiness and corporate performance. To the surprise of no one, letting priests run your business is not a great business decision.

Corporations that go left tend to disappear or get hollowed out, unless they have some kind of state protected monopoly.

Which is, one must suppose, part of the calculus of holiness signaling. That’s just the quick drive-by summary, so RTWT and follow up on the articles Jim links as well. The money you save might just be your own.


This Week in Social Matter

Butch Leghorn kicks off the week with something completely different: A Quick And Dirty Intro To Scientism. It represents a conversion of sorts for Leghorn. And stands as a solid articulation of the approach we take here at Social Matter. A lot of great stuff here along the way…

God_the_GeometerThe more one studies the history of science, the clearer it becomes that modern science has a deeply religious background. The Greeks, you say? Yes, Aristotle (born 384 BC) is the father of what we would call the proto-scientific method. We really get the scientific method with Bacon (born 1561) and Newton (born 1642). What about the approximately two thousand years between these thinkers? The line that holds them together is essentially the Church.


Is it a coincidence that professors and priests wear black robes and hats for important ceremonies? Not at all, as priests, monks, and nuns taught in Christian schools. The university professor is the modern version of the priest. The role of the university professor and the priest are functionally the same, to act as intermediaries between the reality that is beyond our perception and comprehension and our daily experience. They both translate the unknowable into the knowable and then transmit this knowledge to the laity/public. They both work on the edge of the dream world and the common world.

This, too, was especially well put…

This is Chesterton’s democracy of the dead: those who survived and reproduced and passed their beliefs on to their progeny have their voices echo through the ages.

The Darwinian filter is the ultimate judge of truth and falsehood. Only that which is aligned both with the known and the unknown can survive.

Leghorn takes home an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ for his quality work here.

Speaking of Chesterton, newcomer C. A. Shoultz chimes in Tuesday with an essay on Chestertonian Liberty, with a guest appearance from Saint John Paul II. Good stuff. For example:

The gardener, the artist, the god: all creators, all beings with, perhaps, unlimited liberty—the last two more so than the first, but the principle throughout is consistent. Yet, these figureheads of liberty that Chesterton brings to mind pair liberty with something else: responsibility, or, if you like the word, duty. The gardener has a duty to plant and prune his garden in a way that ensure the health and the continued growth of everything in it. The artist has a duty to craft his art in the way that ensures it is both beautiful and fully communicative of whatever message he most wishes to convey. The god has a duty to the things he creates, the universe he wills into existence, to ensure that there is at least some measure of goodness in it.

Radical freedom is the freedom to damn oneself—which is exactly what our ancient ancestors did with it.

Benjamin Welton returns with his monthly column on Thursday, this time a superb historical vignette: “Mad Mitch” And The British Empire’s Last Days. The “Mitch” in question is Lt. Col. Colin Mitchell—a hero born, alas, a bit too late. But not too late to thoroughly mortify his own pansy government.

Lt. Col. Colin "Mad Mitch" Mitchell

Lt. Col. Colin “Mad Mitch” Mitchell

Mitchell, whom later historians have characterized as a “surreal relic of Britain’s colonial past: a crazed fusion of the Celtic madman, belligerent imperialist and cantankerous military commander,” angered the British establishment because he thumbed his nose at the idea that London should gracefully bow out of the world stage. Although the British Army punished Mitchell for his success in Aden by making a promotion impossible, “Mad Mitch” ultimately proved to the world that pure violence can be more effective in controlling unruly populations than any velvet glove treatment.

The Jocks of Mitchell’s regiment also proved the power of tribal thinking. Unlike their predecessors, the Scottish soldiers of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders effectively pacified FLOSY and NLF because they thought and fought more like a clan army than like rule-bound soldiers of a neoliberal state. The British establishment let the Argylls die out in 1974 after a three-year reprieve engineered by Mitchell himself. This is how the modern state treats its heroes.

The Committee really liked this one and bestowed the coveted ☀☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Award☀☀ on Mr. Welton. (Don’t spend it all in one place.)

In the Friday timeslot, Myth of the 20th Century podcast: Episode 33: Red Hollywood, Enemies Foreign And Domestic.

For Saturday Poetry & Prose, E. Antony Gray has some custom verse: The Covering.


This Week in Kakistocracy

First this week, Porter goes in a secessionist direction with a hearty endorsement of Calexit in Support From Surprising Quarters. But why stop there when we can cut loose all the blue states?

It is an act of colossal malice to insist that traditional conservatives—I mean nazis—must share a country and its future with the bolshevik chuds in Boston and Berkeley. This is what separate countries are for. And separate countries are why American antifa are only attacking Americans.

Then, Porter takes a stab at the big question buzzing around the alt-sphere in the past week or two— What to do about Google’s censorship of dissidents—in The Dream. Sadly, it’s more of a lament. The obvious answer is antitrust legislation, but those who could wield this weapon are… less than willing. There’s a reason why they’ve earned a certain C-word.

Unfortunately such distinctions nimbly evade the notice of most conservatives, who are perfectly happy muttering “free markets” at Mark Zuckerberg’s feet. The fact that the CEO-class views them with more disdain than a $1 bill seems perpetually insufficient to generate a healthy reciprocal spite.


This Week in Evolutionist X

Evolutionist X kicks off the week the next invaluable installment of Cathedral Round-Up #25: Yale Law and the Expansion of “Persecution”. There’s been 25 of these?! This, like many have been, is a study in Ivy-generated Newspeak. As well as a deep meditation on Occult (i.e., informal) Influence. Too many people have been drowning the Mediterranean lately. This is a huge concern for concerned white people everywhere. Mrs. X summarizes the strangely influential Paul Strauch thusly:

Libya’s porous borders are just a reality, like average rainfall in the Sahara or the height of Mount Everest, not something humans actually have control over, so you’d better just get used to it.

The Committee loves this whole series and deigned to bestow an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for this one.

Next question: Should Transgender People be in the Military? She has An overview of relevant studies and, in the end, a nuanced—i.e., non-ideological—takeaway on the subject.

Pirate (which is a totally legit part of Anthropology) Friday continues with The Pirate’s Own Book on The Malays.


This Week in Quas Lacrimas

Well, it’s official—at least for a while: Et in summa corpus iacet omne quiete.


This Week at Thermidor Mag

A light week over at our sister publication Thermidor. Titus Quintus explains how
Google Has A Diversity Problem, And So Does The United States. Both the company and the country rely on the work of white males, but for some reason want them to go away:

main-qimg-3e742a6cd833dd8fbc5130ee6db08b23-cGoogle’s own data shows that white males are critical to the firm, so trying to reduce the share of white males in the workforce must be entirely ideological. As a policy, Diversity is self-destructive, like a parasite slowly killing its host. It is an ideology and a moral paradigm rather than a natural interest of the firm. It is not the only ideology or the only moral paradigm, nor is it a universal good, contrary to what its zealots insist. Because its subject is non-Europeans and women, it doesn’t particularly care about questions regarding the success of Google and how its composition matters to that. Rather, it views them as obstacles to implementing Diversity.

M. Charles Stuart wraps the week up with a review of Antony Esolen’s book Out of the Ashes. Though Esolen is no reactionary, Stuart considers him a fellow traveler and recommends his work, especially for his commentary on education:

In Esolen’s view, the fundamental dilemma for secular education is that it is not possible to teach Western civilization to children without also teaching them the Christian religion. Efforts to present the world neutrally are a will-o’-the-wisp.


This Week Around The Orthosphere

Cane Caldo horns in on the “Gore the Matador” business here:

[T]he self-styled Conservative press are trained to look for ideological underpinnings and try to perceive the “end game”. There aren’t any. It’s just envy and hatred. The average American refuses to believe that and so they theorize imaginary ideologies and end games for BLM, Antifa, Feminists, and so forth.

Envy and hate aren’t ideological points.

J.M. Smith, charged by his deacon with Warts and Carbuncles of racism and bigotry, responds with charity. Then he writes about the actual academic course “Hip Hop Philosophy” in Woke Wet Dreams.

Thomas F. Bertonneau has a very wry sendup from academic front: Upstate Consolation University Addresses Statue Crisis.

Matt Briggs takes a deep dive into Taleb’s Curious Views On Probability—Part I: Probability Does Not Exist, Part II: Skin in the Game and Part III: Ergodicity & All That.

Ergodic, or ergodicity, is the property that any sub-sequence in the measurements possess the same probability characteristics of the entire sequence, or other sub-sequences. Since none of any real sequence possess any probability characteristics in any ontic sense, the term is of no use in reality, however useful it might be in imagining infinite sequences of mathematical objects.

Then his Insanity & Doom Update III, featuring a third sex category on passports, Catholics doing the darndest things, and queer punk.

Also at Briggs, Would A Secret Society Lie? The Freemasons Part III—a guest post by the inimitable Ianto Watt.

Bonald, without pity for More smart people problems, drinks high-IQ tears:

woweyes4In today’s world, moral status comes from victimization. I’m afraid high-IQ people have convinced themselves that they are somehow a persecuted minority, and thus entitled to behave toward the mass of mankind not as an aristocracy with a sense of noblesse oblige but as a victorious conquerer enacting righteous punishment. Please, if you are smart, don’t feel sorry for yourself about it.

Mark Richardson at Oz Conservative does a piece On white nationalism and follows up with Clarifying white nationalism.

Dalrock writes the second-instance farce First they came for the bald man.

This is all part of a coordinated attack from the left on everyone they deem not sufficiently enthusiastic with the party line. Antifa, Google, and Charlie Hebdo are not alone. They are part of a massive machine.


This Week in Arts & Letters

Tamara Winter is up over at Medium with an excellent essay On Harvey, the Cajun Navy, and Asking the Right Questions.

PA has an interesting (and rousing) exploration of “Warszawskie Dzieci”.

At City Journal, Judith Miller sets San Francisco’s Summer of Love in its historical context, and finds a city transformed both since and by Bohemia’s Strange Trip. Ten Blocks honor Labor Day with a discussion of labor relations and union reform. A complementary article by Oren Cass, further interrogates the structure of More Perfect Unions. Myron Magnet is on fine form, in an essay on the baleful effect of Silicon Valley merchandise on urban culture, that’s positively Juvenalian in tone. Matthew Stewart reviews two exhibitions marking a hundred years since America’s entry to the First World War, a Centennial of Slaughter. Kerry Jackson wonders whether the disruptive Peter Thiel, can make a political dent in the Democrat stronghold of California. Nicole Gelinas, returns to find, Houston, Above Water. John Paul Wright and Matt DeLisi diagnose the spectacular wrong-headedness of academic [and de facto leftist] criminology, in a root and branch analysis of the Cathedral doing what it does best.

Also there, VDH dons a futurological hat to anticipate the future through the lens of the past, exploring the place of Brawn in the Age of Brains, or whither physicality in the age of automation? This one earned an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Finally, Dalrymple, with a few words to say about the banlieusards of Paris and their complaints of disaffection, "Imprisoned", by Whom?.


Chris Gale dons his psychiatrist hat this week and discusses the seldom understood differences between Adult and Child Psychiatry; praises the ineffable superiorty of Victorian Love; tips out another red pill in the sexual dimorphism of inherited depression.

In other matters, Gale sets out a position irl, as against the discursive plane of the meme wars; has some Stoic counsel for a time of potential despair; contemplates the way of the good life; finds electoral politics an ugly business, [indeed it is, not least for the world it bodies forth, among the very ugliest]; notices eco-warriors getting physical, as political violence hits NZ; is inspired by some verses of Kipling, as well as the usual Sunday Sonnet. And finally observes the differences between phenomenologies of online discourse vs. the improving (and in these parts much lauded) habit of reading old books.

At The Logos Club, Kaiter Enless explores the ratchetting effect of internet time-compression on the victim-spiraling dynamics of whatever niche hugbox has sought most lately to upend itself before the recalcitrance of GNoN: Hieroglyphic Ire and Monolithic Representation.

Albion Awakening finds Wildblood asking What is Spiritual Awakening? Characteristically brilliant, his examination has at its heart a simple and pellucid plea, that man should live not for man, but for God, to whom our lives should turn. In a complementary discussion, Charlton answers that Awakening is that individual process that takes place in a fake world, that cannot itself be faked, and that this is our lodestone, therefore, in the world of evil and delusion we inhabit. Concise, compelling and crystal clear prose, both highly recommended, do go and read them both!

The Imaginative Conservative has Kelsey Boor in praise of The Liberal Arts [as the] Pilgrimage of Life; Roger Scruton on the Threat of Free Speech in the University; and Jim Schall on the primacy of Virtue, and How to Keep It in College. Joseph Pearce commemorates Peter Milward with an anecdote about a meeting between C.S. Lewis and the Shakespearian scholar. Brad Birzer explores the significance of Christopher Dawson, the canonical exponent of Natural Law. Some verses of Tennyson. Gleaves Whitney writes the latest in his series on Stephen Tonsor, turning this week to their discussion of the unsung Lord Acton. Bruce Fohnen examines Moral Imagination and the Conservative Mind by way of critic George Panichas. Jacob Bruggeman laments the Relentless Rationalism hijacking modern science. Jim Russell, wonders How Can We Fix the Liturgy?, meanwhile Robert Reilly is immersed in the Sacred Music of the twentieth century. Finally, Mark Malvasi’s take on the political theme de nos jours: the Rise of Nationalism—History as Tragedy & Farce.


This Week in the Outer Left

Over at ribbonfarm, guest poster Jacob Falkovich opines that winning is for losers. Come for the description of the cultural habits of the Dobu people, but stay for the tips on making yourself stand out in the dating market. It is up to the reader to decide which is the more amusing set of cultural practices.

Over at Social Ecologies, Craig Hickman reacts to Gone with the Wind being removed from the Orpheum’s play list by asking even this? I hate to tell him, but we have barely begun to see the insanity that is coming. So, yes, even this, and much worse to come.

We’re forcing ourselves into a normative hypernormalization which is not being promoted by people of color themselves, but rather by Whites vs. Whites. It’s as if the hyper-elite White Anglo-Saxon Progressive Police would now regulate every past, rewrite history according to political correctness, and wipe out the part of history that doesn’t measure up to this strange standard of denialism. You can’t change the past, you can only learn not to repeat it. But if you don’t know what it is, can’t see it, know it, feel it, understand it then what the hell are you going to pretend to overcome?

What the hell indeed? Definitely RTWT, this is an important one. And an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.


Getting into the more standard leftist sites, over at Jacobin, Branko Marcetic looks at the wake of hurricane Harvey for a piece on retooling the U.S. military for saving, not invading. This is an almost painfully typisch Liberale essay, but Marcetic does an able job of arguing the case, and you can almost hear the neocon REEEEing… softly, as if from Tel Aviv.

Over at The Baffler, Hannah Gais asks who’s afraid of the Russian soul? She skillfully dissects contemporary leftist insanity and Russophobia. Alas, she remains trapped in the overall leftist frame, wherein the world began in 1914 at the earliest, so she ignores the long history of warm friendship between the Russian Empire and the United States. (Warm friendship that included well-meaning, well-endowed Americans funding radical Marxists under the Czar’s nose.)

Filed under “field day for libertarians” is a piece at The Awl about kudzu, the miracle vine, by Clinton Crockett Peters. It tells the story of the introduction of kudzu to the United States, and a sense of the costs currently associated with it. But here’s the part that libertarians will want to jump on:

Cope also hosted various government and foreign officials, and he encouraged and provided for the planting of kudzu by poor farmers, and the United States government soon followed suit. The Civilian Conservation Corps and the Soil Conservation Service planted some 100 million vines on road banks and public lands.

The New Deal really is the gift that keeps on giving.

Also at The Awl is a piece by Steven Scaife that provides an amusing insight into the fuzziness inherent to leftist thinking. Scaife argues that The Rocketeer is the most relevant movie of 2017. Remember the scene where the Italian mobsters and the FBI find themselves side by side, shooting it out with Nazis? Yeah… that’s his case.

The Rocketeer is about togetherness.

The Rocketeer is about people, no matter who they or where they’re from or what they do for living, uniting under the most noble banner there is: hating Nazis.

People have been telling the left to read a different book and watch a different movie, so I guess they are. Just wish they weren’t moving to a movie I kinda like.


This Week… Elsewhere

Greg Cochran explains why the “Psychic unity of mankind is unlikely”—speaking a priori-ally. Also some thoughts—contra Jared Diamond yet again—on alien advantage.

Lovely Paulette Goddard starred along side Gary Cooper in Cecil B. DeMille's Unconquered (1947).

Lovely Paulette Goddard starred along side Gary Cooper in Cecil B. DeMille’s Unconquered (1947).

Ehud Would has a timely and edifying Defense of Book Burning. If Shitlib Propaganda hates a thing, there’s always bound to be an upside. Also: a review of the unheralded classic film: Unconquered.

Al Fin has some analysis on when Disruptive Innovation is just another word for disrupting Disruptive Innovation. Also a report from the front lines of parenthood: Kids Have Got Nothing to Live For. It’s 2017, do you know what your children have to live for?

Zach Kraine has a few apposite thoughts on The appeal of authoritarianism—of both “left” and “right” varieties. And a bit of speculative future fiction: Vermont Social Republic. Very speculative.

Heartiste has updates from the front: 4Chan Vs Goolag, plus a plug for Pax Dickinson’s Alt-Tech.

Filed under “Making Lemonade”, TUJ suggests Building a Government Shutdown to Build a Wall. He also looks at: How Prole Was the Leadership of the Russian Revolution? Not as un-prole as you might expect. Certainly too prole for Anglo-Commies Progs.

An excellent essay over at Fabius Maximus on how celebrity has thoroughly displaced virtue as a status marker: An America without heroes. We’ll miss them. And Fabius Maximus’ concern that our institutions may not be much better than Weimar’s is, at the very least, well-placed.

Unorthodoxy has a satisfying smackdown of David Brooks on What Is White Identity Politics? More on David Brooks including this brilliant formulation:

Defense contractors can build fighter jets that cause higher G-forces than the human body can withstand. The Pentagon, as stupid as they can be with procurement, don’t bet the national defense on building such jets on the assumption that one day some people might be able to withstand those forces. Yet that is what the elite have done in America, created a system that can only be sustained by a non-existent philosopher king.

Giovanni Dannato has some entertaining thoughts on The Social Cosmology.


Well… that’s all we had fit to print. Special thanks as always to my tremendous staff. Great staff. We have the best staff. Fantastic. David Grant, Egon Maistre, Alex Von Neumann, Hans def Fiedler, and Aidan MacLear: I couldn’t do it without you. (No. I mean I really couldn’t do it without you!) Go Yankees! Keep on reactin! Til next week: NBS… Over and out!!

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  1. Thanks for the award. Glad you enjoyed the posts. Have a lovely week, everyone.

  2. Thanks for the kind words and as always thanks for linkage.

  3. I love this series. It’s basically the main reason I come to Social Matter. But I must protest the decision to decorate the articles with anything but attractive waifus. Let others try and meme: the aesthetics of good-looking ladies provide a pleasing and genteel contrast to the thoughtful and often rustling content.

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