This Week In Reaction (2017/09/17)

Filed under dangerously and intolerably sane… Third World Quarterly publishes “The Case for Colonialism”. And there was a great disturbance in the force as millions of butts chafed in unison. The very lifeblood of the Third World Advocacy Industrial Complex was put at risk. Author, Portland State professor Bruce Gilley—not exactly shitlaird material it seems—is a member of Jonathan Haidt’s quaintly quixotic Heterodox Academy and recently (and loudly) resigned his membership American Political Science Association in protest of their lack of “viewpoint diversity”.

Let’s see… what else was going on?


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This Week in Jim Donald

This Week in Social Matter

This Week in Kakistocracy

This Week in Evolutionist X

This Week in Thermidor

This Week around The Orthosphere

This Week in Arts & Letters

This Week in the Outer Left

This Week Elsewhere


Gio Pennacchietti ponders, in his inimitable way: Crappy Futures: Or Musings on Dystopian Cyperpunk without the “cool stuff”.

Alf considers Leftist pathology: a case study. Many LOLs in this. And some especially strong insight.

Extremes are dangerous, evolutionary speaking. They might be dead-ends. Take homosexuality. A few homosexual genes make you bi-curious. Being bi-curious gets you laid more often. Boom, evolutionary advantage! But too many homosexual genes and you lose interest in girls, preferring instead to spend your time catching and spreading AIDS in dark basements of bars called The Golden Fist and The Happy Sausage. Boom, evolutionary dead-end!

A leftist personality is also optimised for evolutionary advantage: it is optimised to lie and to cheat. Yet too many leftist genes and the product becomes obviously defective.

For which he finds a very instructive example. Alf is rapidly becoming one the Reactosphere’s chief pathologists of leftism, exploring it’s etiology and morbidity. The Committee deigned to honor this one with an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀. A bit more on that subject here: Permanent shit-test face.

Over at Jacobite, Samuel Biagetti provides a Dickens-inspired meditation on modern liberals in The IKEA Humans: The Social Basis of Contemporary Liberalism. Biagetti tries to be balanced, appreciating the material circumstances of our liberal friends, but ultimately has little patience for them.

Frank_Under_vs_GOPIn short, most IKEA humans’ professed liberal tolerance serves as a thin veneer for a lack of principle. Jennifer and Jason are unintentional Nietzcheans—having no core commitments or beliefs, they fall back on the will to power as their motivating principle. In their tastes, the IKEA humans gravitate toward fantasies of “anti-heroes”, power-seeking thugs and manipulators hidden behind a thin veil of gentility—from The Sopranos to Breaking Bad to the epitome of the genre, House of Cards. In reality, obfuscation is their way of life: outside of finance, they are most likely to be employed in marketing or “brand management”, euphemisms for manipulation and propaganda, and even the most honest young professionals operate behind curated online personae.

Sad. Don’t be like that folks.

Dividualist pops his head up after a two month hiatus with The Neo-Scholastics and the immateriality of the intellect. A bit of a doozy. He seems to be turning into a bit of a Aristotlean-Thomist. Maybe he always was.

This week in Generative Anthropology, Adam’s Power, Media, and Counter-Algorithmic Praxis is more about Professor Eric Gans’ (and Girard’s) theories on media than absolutist political theory. But still very interesting. Live performance, it seems, is one thing that cannot be generally subsumed into the all-gobbling medium of teh interwebz. In this fact may lie some very profound truths about human nature.

Performances can be recorded, of course, and events can be hosted on the internet, but the point is that they can be recorded and are therefore “always already” recorded and therefore no longer dependent for their reality upon an original set of witnesses. But all of these recorded performances are still dependent upon an original live performance, or at least the existence of individuals capable of giving live performances—and if there are people capable of giving live performances, there will be a demand for such performances. So, there is something irreducible about performance, as we can see even more forcefully in the sphere of ritual. Could a baptism be performed online, with the priest in one place and the infant in another? [No. —NBS] Some actions, to become real, require something like the laying on of hands. Since we are mimetic beings, human interaction grounds our world in a way simulation can’t—Gans uses the example of chess, pointing out that we now have computers that can defeat any human in the game, and yet we still hold human tournaments while no one would have the slightest interest in a chess match between computer programs.

Not sure about no one being interested in two computers going at it in chess. But point taken. There’s much more here. This too was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Imperial Energy has Some Answers to Unanswered Questions. Then he has A Gentle, Austrian Introduction to the Cams: Neo and STEEL, which is lengthy but up to his usual cheeky standards.

Grey Enlightenment catches Nassim Taleb spreading more BS about intelligence research. Taleb’s irascibility is what makes him so very good. And also so very awful.

Filed under I Did Not Know That… Atavisionary notes Autistic children have hyper-masculinized faces.

Titus Cincinnatus has much to say American Iconoclasm. And the strange alliance between progs who love tearing down statues and retrograde Moslems who do the same.

If you want to know what iconoclasm is all about, you have to be willing to accept that the fundamental reason for it does not stem from things like religious fanaticism, economic impulses, or even from the expression of exoteric political philosophies. Instead, the root cause of iconoclasm is power – the desire to get it, to keep it, and to exert it over one’s ideological enemies. Iconoclasm is a way of demonstrating and reinforcing power over opponents, to force them to accept that you can destroy what they value and erase that upon which they base their identity or their claims to authority.

I think this is right, even if not quite in the way Cincinnatus intends: The original iconoclasm—and certainly that of our Puritan forbears—was a species religious fanaticism (and heresy). But religious fanaticism is fantastic way to get power. So… po-tay-to, po-tah-to, I guess. Cincinnatus goes on to document the many ways in which doctrines against icons were unevenly and unconsistently applied.

Destruction of icons in Zurich (1524)

Destruction of icons in Zurich (1524)

This quest for power is exactly what is driving the current wave of iconoclasm sweeping the USA (as well as Europe). The common denominator for all of the various statues and other tangibles being attacked today is that they are all expressions of the dominant white, Christian, European-derived culture that has formed the baseline for the United States since their inception. Built upon that cultural foundation are all of the exoteric political expressions build around the more specifically Anglo-Saxon heritage: law and order, private property, free markets, and so forth.

To replace these social and political rally points, the Left understands now that it is necessary to destroy the cultural foundations. The modern Left tried working within the liberal system for decades, with only partial and limited success. So long as they “played the game,” at least giving lip service support to the cultural underpinnings of American society, they could only get so far. However, the modern American Left is impatient—they want to achieve in four decades what the European Left took one-and-a-half centuries to obtain.

And there’s much more there. Very fine work as always from Titus Cincinnatus in this ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ winner.

A remarkably heartwarming video accompanies Spandrell’s essay this week on Power. Remarkable… considering it’s Spandrell.

Isegoria finds evidence that that charter schools tend to take on the worst students, pace prevailing “wisdom”. New research supports what some have long known, that depression is a physical illness. More tributes for Jerry Pournelle, this time from Steve Sailer, Neil Genzlinger and Glenn Reynolds, and some vintage Pournelle in conversation with Leo Laporte. Academic criminology gets a drubbing. Reminder: Surveillance capitalism fuels the internet, and you thought it was cat memes! The valuable insight that most valuable insights are both general and surprising. And some wise counsel to round things off: humility and decency are timeless, even if they are out of fashion. Abide by them anyway and take a step toward civility. We’ve got this.

Finally this Week in Cambria Will Not Yield, by way of the Apocalypse, The Word of Their Testimony.

 



This Week in Jim Donald

This week saw two strong salvos from the man they call Jim (homework: someone write a parody of The Hero of Canton from Firefly, but make it about Jim [Me, Egon, and 4 other readers might get this… —NBS]). First up was a quick red pill on masculinity. This is the rare post from Jim that you might feel comfortable sharing with semi-normie friends, so have at it, especially if they still put women on a pedestal. The post will not completely red pill them on masculine behavior, but it can get the conversation started. However, this is not simply an introductory post, there is wisdom to be found here.

As civilization falls apart, likely we can only attain Pauline masculinity by going through Viking masculinity and out the other side. A world of female sexual choice is a world that is likely to be conquered by men practicing Viking masculinity, for its cuckolded males will not defend it, neither will its playboy males watching the decline from the poolside defend it, hence the female preference for that kind of masculinity.

And, filed under “sentences I never thought I would write”: Be sure to scroll down into the comments for a discussion of the psychology behind the appeal of the monster girl phenomenon. Alrenous pretty much nails it… I think.

Jim comes in just before the week’s cut-off with one of the more important posts he has written in recent memory, tackling the natural limits of monarchy. I am going to quote from this one at some length, because I know not everyone actually reads the whole thing even when I tell them to. But extended quoting doesn’t let you off the hook, so, seriously, RTWT.

bw6[G]overnment that is actually absolute, rather than merely formally absolute, works poorly. Mortals cannot really exercise that much power.

The Patriarch is not the ruler of his family because the King makes him so, rather the King is ruler of the state because the patriarch is ruler of his family.

And similarly, the King owns the state because the farmer owns his garden. The farmer does not own his garden because the King grants him title.

And if the King develops overly grandiose ideas, he find himself dangerously dependent on a dangerously powerful bureaucracy or aristocracy.

Taking power from the father, the businessman, and the landowner, does not grant that power to the King. It grants it to dangerously powerful people dangerously close to the King.

Which is how the Romanovs died.

Therefore, the wise King needs to let society run itself as far as possible, applying state power only in exceptional cases, when there are large scale organized challenges to state, society, legitimacy, property, the status of the King, and law.

That sound you hear is your hardcore absolutist friends REEEEEEEing like mom burned their tendies. Let me also add: as good as the above is, that’s just Jim getting started… he hasn’t even brought up Ayn Rand yet. Jim snags an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ for his important work here.

 



This Week in Social Matter

On Monday, C. A. Shoultz is back for another go-round here explaining: Flexibility Is Peak Modernity. Flexibility, by its many names, is the province of the fashionable and well-connected. Shoultz pens a qualified defense of inflexibility.

[A] posture of rigidity is, in many respects, a posture of honesty. It is a matter of choosing truth over falsehood.

Moreover, rigidity is of potent effect in a flexible world. A stony steadfastness in certain ideas, even in the face of all opposition—an unflinching devotion to one’s convictions at any and all costs—these are the things that make men mighty. These are the things that make geniuses, titans, saints, and legends out of mortals. Consider the long history of great men. Each is distinct and unique from the others in the company, but I suggest they are all united in their rigid devotion to that which they held as true, whatever those various truths might be between them. Rigidity is power.

Shoultz earned an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for his fine work here.

Then Michael Perilloux returns for a crucial public service announcement: Lessons From Charlottesville In Power Dynamics And Strategy. Not so much a “Told ya so” as a “So Now Do You Believe us?”

Arlington, Virginia Desegregation Sit-Ins: June 9, 1960 [Camera not pictured.]

Arlington, Virginia Desegregation Sit-Ins: June 9, 1960 [Camera not pictured.]

This event in particular provides a much starker illustration of the nature of political power in modern America, bringing us to the true core of good strategy, which unlike civics-class activism, might actually work: understanding the power calculus and the dynamics of elite patronage.

Underneath all the lies about a democratic civil society, civil rights, free speech, rule of law, self-determination, protest mythology, and so on, here’s what’s actually going on: political power is the ability to make events unfold in society according to your will. Most people have no power, because they don’t control anything. Most power is held by very few people, who control key institutions and are allied into key networks.

So let’s start digging in the right place…

[T]his is the foundation of our alternative politics of collaboration instead of conflict: power is a business like any other, with investors and entrepreneurs and deals, just a bit more dangerous and messy. Potential allies and serious people are looking for key fundamentals in a movement, which are necessary to make it actually work. It is important to have this awareness, so that those key fundamentals can be targeted, instead of engaging in misguided activist spectacle.

On the strength of its importance to the broader reactionary community, Perilloux takes home the ☀☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Award☀☀ for this one.

For Friday’s Myth of the 20th Century podcast, it’s Episode 35: State of Emergency, Preparation And Disaster.

In Saturday Poetry & Prose, E. Antony Gray has some finely crafted verse The Genius Of Fire.

 



This Week in Kakistocracy

First this week, Porter sees what most on the Right who still believe in democracy do not in Timeless Tolerance. It was never about values. It was a war against society:

No military commander says if we have multiple modern armor brigades, my enemy should too: I believe in free tanks. The US doesn’t believe in free nukes. Cortez didn’t believe in free horses or muskets.

Then, he continues to opine on Trump’s DACA flip-flop in Innocence and Obligation. Trump signified the last chance for the resolution of Legacy America’s interests through the democratic process. And thus it strikes a plaintive note:

Unlike the dreamers and their burglarizing parents, this is our only home. There are no foreign heads of state lobbying for our interests. We don’t even have domestic heads of state serving that role. Our nation in this country is our children’s only inheritance. Aliens don’t just get it for sake of wanting.

Finally, the tone of calm despair continues in Cooking In Our Own Lead Pot. It is not resignation, however, but resolve:

Unfortunately nature, the cosmos, and all other tribes of man are wholly indifferent to our preening moral plumage. That we can cite frivolous social fashion as just cause to remain insensitive to events will have no bearing whatsoever on the forgotten dust of our civilization. Diversity, multiculturalism, and imported labor are our lead pots. Fundamental success requires we eventually learn to stop eating from them.

 



This Week in Evolutionist X

This was beautiful: Mongolia Isn’t Sorry. And edifying.

Next up from Mrs. X, her study on the You-Know-Whos continues with a Book Review: Aphrodite and the Rabbis. An interesting exploration into some of the whys and hows of Judaism morphed from the (largely) national cult of Jesus’ day to the Rabbinical cults of today. Many questions still remain. (And I suspect Evolutionist X will stay on the topic awhile. Because once she gets on a topic, she tends to research it down as far as it goes.)

And for Anthropology Friday, the research continues into God of the Rodeo: Angola, Louisiana. Egad, what a place…

-9ec751e193cb50b3In 1952, 31 inmates cut their own Achilles’ tendons in protest against prison conditions, (which are reported as pretty horrible,) but things didn’t really improve until the 70s, when Judge Polozola decided the prison was so bad that if the legislature find funds to clean things up, he’d start releasing prisoners. According to Bergner, this led to an initial improvement in conditions, but subsequently a liberal warden with a kumbaya-approach to running the place was appointed and matters degenerated again. The lax approach to managing the prisoners led to men sleeping in cafeteria-tray armor in hopes of not being murdered by their neighbors in the middle of the night.

A more conservative warden replaced the liberal one, marched in military style, re-established order, and got the shivving rate back down. Angola appears to have found a workable middle-ground between getting worked to death in the swamps and getting stabbed to death during candle-lit kumbaya sessions.

 



This Week at Thermidor Mag

Nathan Duffy starts the week off at our sister publication Thermidor with a review of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks: The Return. Duffy sees captured in this series many of the contradictions of the modern world along with certain reactionary themes and elements.

While our best selves are trapped impotently in suburbia and corporate drudgery, chaos and evil runs amok—and we are also the agents and perpetrators of that! A parable for our times, to be sure.

Next up, N. T. Carlsbad meditates On Royal Prerogative. Nonplussed by our current rulers’ frantic fiscal flailings, Carlsbad examines the history of royal prerogative, in particular its origins in the Middle Ages, and considers its reemergence in the future.

autumn_Littel_girl_forest_sad_lonely_alone_red_nature_Princess_Doll_way_kids_child_3840x2559In my estimation, the sheer intuitiveness of a doctrine of extraneous royal prerogative when talking about kingship, makes its rise inevitable. It is most just and effective when coupled with a strict idea that the monarch ought to live off the revenue from his own estates to be self-sufficient, and use regalian taxation sparingly. Highest estate temporal and a public office, per Fortescue.

A reappraisal of the iura regalia and perhaps an updated version of the primus inter pares kingship of old—the entrepreneur-king, perhaps?—may be necessary if one wants, at the very least, a non-farcical fiscal policy.

Nigel gets the nod for an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ here.

And Carlsbad rounds out the week with a reconsideration of Pitt the Younger’s domestic efforts against supporters of the French Revolution. Carlsbad sees in this supposed reactionary triumph a real purge of reactionaries:

The English Jacobins fought the Glorious Tories, and were acquitted. The Glorious Tories in conjunction with the Whigs proceeded to take down those more Tory than they, again ending in acquittal. Soon, the Whigs and Tories would become Jacobins themselves.

The tale grows no sweeter with each telling, but we should be used to that by now.

 



This Week Around The Orthosphere

American Dad describes a major aspect of modernist pathology pretty well here: With nihilism as the diagnosis, what are the comorbid conditions and prognosis?

Kristor describes how the Increase of Subsidiarity Tends to Increase of Liberty. There’s some corruption involved.

Richard Cocks reviews Roger Scruton’s Why Beauty Matters.

A mistake is made in prioritizing the useful over the merely beautiful because, particularly in architecture, beauty is useful.

Bonald talks about Becoming a White Supremacist Without Knowing It, co-opting, reappropriating, and seemingly rehabilitating that liberal talisman.

I’ve noticed that everybody else, on the other hand, thinks they know what those they call “white supremacists” believe, and if you point out to them that the beliefs they’re attributing to other people are vague or incoherent, they’ll just say that these are stupid and hateful people they’re talking about after all. Such is the invincible incuriosity of the liberal.

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J. M. Smith responds to Bonald, quoting Plato with Between the Death Wish and the Great Nausea.

Bonald also reviews The Mystery of Consciousness by John Searle, commenting on AI and its relation to metaphysics.

James Kalb, writing for Catholic World Report, calls for a return to Natural Law to mediate between Contemporary tyranny and Catholic social doctrine.

Matt Briggs considers Fr James Martin and the Nashville Statement, where the latter is an affirmation of the Church’s teachings on marriage, and the former is rather gay-friendly. Human dignity wins at the end. Then he follows up in dismay at The Apoplectic Reaction to the Nashville Statement. And on the academic front, Unlearn Truth Says Sydney University. In fact, it’s their new motto.

Mark Richardson explores The feminist art of victimhood and asks Why can’t male sacrifice be acknowledged?

Donal Graeme writes about taking The High Ground in marriage.

[The] high ground often has two different common meanings. The first is a “safe place”, out of the reach of danger. The second is a height which has strategic military value. It is the second meaning I intend.

The always eye-popping Regina Magazine has up its new issue: A Catholic Ball.

 



This Week in Arts & Letters

Chris Gale observes more lunacy from London, and politely asks you get this through your head: Postmodernism is dirt and huts; thoughts for a fellow antipodean blogger, and a lovely Poem for the Day; the emergent hivemind of weaponized autism that is /pol is always right; and a magnificent duo of Catholic verses, provide some Satire, on a rainy afternoon.

Harper McAlpine Black makes a welcome return with a fascinating rundown on the The Square Art or a Quick Guide to the Square Horoscope. As ever this is a mind-boggling delight, into which are woven many fascinating epistemological insights from the times of the Ancients in their relation to the Moderns. Albeit rare, a post from Harper is always a great pleasure to read.

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Richard Carroll resumes his conspectus of the Greats with another Platonic dialogue, this week reviewing the Protagoras. An erudite and detailed account that makes a number of interesting connections to several unexpected contexts, the challenges of Plato are admirably met here.

Fencing Bear this week writes of an impassioned plea by SocJus stormtrooper Dorothy Kim, on, what else but, How to Signal You Are Not a White Supremacist, and seems to have taken a leaf out of Michel Houellebecq’s book in referring her inquiry to the trope of the Black Madonna. A very interesting cultural detour, but perhaps not tactically bulletproof; though I suppose Agree and Amplify would be of limited utility were one lodged, as she is, in the belly of the beast itself. Perhaps needless to say, this academic quarrel is borne on the back of a litany of professional rancor dating back a long while: Why Dorothy Kim Hates Me. Put on some popcorn and settle in…

Over at Albion Awakening, Bruce Charlton puts forward a sober re-appraisal of the failed promises of his post-Brexit optimism in yielding to the atavistic desire passively to be overwhelmed by reality. It happened to many of us, Bruce, and in you to one of the best. Meanwhile, Fitzgerald epsies hope in some celestial Heralds of Restoration. Charlton explores the question of communication itself, and if it is ineffective, how may Awakening be stimulated?. Finally Wildblood with some inspiring words on Albion Asleep and the necessity for all those called to a higher purpose, to carry the fire and achieve that purpose through our lives.

At City Journal, another observation to file under “Yes, this is true”: The Emmys exemplify Don’t Watch Television. Dalrymple wonders, Are There Brave Terrorists? The curious case of Somali-American legislator Ilhan Omar’s sibling-marriage, is this the next push we can look forward to? Local politics gets a leg up in Robert Nason’s account of Trump as Just a Guy from Queens. Edward Short on Robert Lowell and the Sanity of Art. Rafael Mangual urges caution when appraising the latest crime stats, finding Carnage, Continued…. Some historical insight into the North Korean Nuclear Crisis. And John Tierney cries foul at the Corruption of Public Health in the statist push to suppress vaping.

Lastly, at Imaginative Conservative this week, Samuel Goldman asks, Is America a Christian Nation?. John Horvat covers the Statue War, and suggests a Monument to the Mediocre Man. Leo Linbeck III surveys Hurricane Harvey: A View from a Rugged Communitarian… we still have those? Brad Birzer augurs danger in those Dismantling the Idea of the West. George Stanciu celebrates The Three Great Teachers, Buddha, Socrates and Jesus. Robert McKeown argues, A Disaster Has No Benefits, QED. Emina Melonic on the Uselessness of the Humanities: you don’t use them since they are fully constitutive unto themselves. Joseph Pearce is entranced by Shakespeare’s Drama of Faith. Longenecker marvels at Michaelangelo’sLast Pietà. Birzer again with some thoughts on Irving Babbitt’s Higher Will. And finally Russell Kirk on John Lukacs and Returning Humanity to History

 



This Week in the Outer Left

At the Antinomia Imediata blog, cyborg_nomade had a post expressing an asceticism of power. One is at first tempted to dismiss the piece as fuzzy thinking, but on multiple reads, I think there is an important kernel of truth to it, important for anyone seeking after power.

power can only be when it flows. it cannot properly “be held” as it must always already become transferred. power can only be excercised through delegation and devolution. letting it go is the only way to make it come into being.

Craig Hickman’s Social Ecologies blog has become a staple of the Outer Left round-up, and this week is no exception. Hickman aligns himself with us, and against progressive cultural dictatorship. But, as is his wont, he does it from a standpoint he identifies as Old Left. Hey, you do you! RTWT, because even if I told you, you would never believe which cultural artifact it is that was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

white guy smallTo me the whole notion of cultural “ownership” puts this flatly within capitalist culture and logics, whereas under communist and progressive socialist tenants such logics has always been anathema since no one owned anything singularly, and all owned everything in the collective. What we’ve done in this new wave progressive bullshit is to reify the old class barriers rather than breaking them down, drawn ideological lines in the sand (you shall not take my culture? or else?), and put up new false sign-posts against collective solidarity through a false identity politics that pits even the various Leftists against each other based on race and culture, all under the false notion of social justice which was never to be used conceptually in this way.

I have to admit that I had started to like The Baffler a little bit, for having takes that were interesting and fairly smart, but they had a pair of essays this week that lay bare the prog mindset in all its… um, lack of glory. First, by Jonathan Sturgeon, is a rant entitled New Iconoclasms. It is about exactly what you think it is, and is somehow even coarser than I expected. It starts off by calling gross destruction of public property “unsanctioned toppling” and gets worse from there.

Now, under Western capitalism, we’re experiencing the automation of iconoclasm—the reckless destruction of art works, monuments, and works of architecture by capitalist “redevelopment” and climate change. And its unthinking nature is finally being challenged by those who have so far aimed to remove its racist symbols, to make its destruction more deliberate. Hardly a mob, these new iconoclasts have proven themselves more educated and more inclined to action than their political representatives. This is to say that, given present conditions, the question in front of us is not whether artworks and monuments will be destroyed, but which will be destroyed, and by whom.

But for really providing a view into the mind of a progressive, David Johnson takes the prize with Academe on the Auction Block. The sheer desperation, the… hysteria on display here can only be understood if you realize that to Johnson and his ilk, academicians are Brahmin priests, and those icky money-grubbing Vaisyas are daring to get above their station to undermine the priesthood. The fervor with which the issue is addressed can only be described as religious.

At a time when universities are desperate for money, this cash-driven set of research mandates effectively turns professors and administrators into clients, who dare not criticize or challenge the funder’s views. For as anyone in philanthropy will tell you, the smartest person in any room is not the person with the highest IQ or best credentials. It’s the donor.

Yes, he did really imply universities are Strapped For Cash&trade. What, have the Universities no Bake Sales?!! Yes, he did really imply that bad “research” from universities is due to philanthropic gifts instead of, I don’t know, a stifling ideological echo chamber. And I counted so you don’t have to: no fewer than thirty-three instances of “Koch” appear. The ol’ VRWC… Imagine my shock!

 



This Week… Elsewhere

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PA has an insightful (and remarkably charitable) post on Generations, i.e., the ones still mostly alive.

Hapsburg Restorationist has a nice piece on the Lipka Tatars: Forgotten Heroes of the Battle of Vienna.

Al Fin advocates for Classical Trivium by Homeschool: The Well Trained Mind.

This Week in Let a Thousand Nations Bloom: California Wakes Up to State Sovereignty; Still Dreaming. An excessively hopeful, insufficiently esoteric reading of the situation we think. California woke up to a Trump Presidency, GOP in charge of both houses of Congress, and no end to DACA in sight.

Heartiste foresees a potential fly in the ointment of Amish fertility.

Zach Kraine notes Conservatism divorced its identity.

Thrasymachus offers a broad sketch of Kai Murros and National Revolution.

And AMK has some solid psycho-social theory here: Political correctness as a substitute Veblen good.

 


Welp… that’s all folks. It seems like the whole sphere has died down a bit since Ryan Landry’s sad but necessary departure. Still plenty of good stuff getting written. And of course plenty of important IRL stuff happening across the globe that doesn’t lend itself to blogpostery. As always, I have to thank my excellent staff for assisting in the compilation of the round-up: David Grant, Egon Maistre, Alex Von Neumann, Aidan MacLear, and Hans der Fiedler, you are all Most Based. Look for us on Late Monday Night into Tuesdays, starting week. It may not happen, but hopefully it will. Keep on reactin! Til next week: NBS… Over and out!!

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8 Comments

  1. Autistic Mercury?

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    1. We are aware of Autistic Mercury but maintain a mutually cordial distance from that project.

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      1. Hmm, isn’t that interesting…

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  2. The Shade of de Maistre September 20, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Overall a good collection of links but I have to ask, why do you insist on continuing to include this Titus Cincinnatus in the mix? He’s not Catholic. It’s clear from his blog that he’s a southern baptist and therefore the very essence of modernism, even more than other prots. He clearly approves of iconoclasm so long as it involves puritans defaming our Holy Lady, so why introduce such confusion?

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  3. SM is not a Catholic site. Nor a fortiori does TWiR restrict itself to Catholic interests. Indeed given tbe 5000 word article above the suggestion is comical and you appear to be some sort of troll.

    Cincinnatus’ reactionary bona fides are extremely well established. Whether in spite of, or, as he might argue, because of his Baptist faith is a reasonable point of debate. I’ve never known him to be anything less than respectful to Catholic and Orthodox expressions of the Faith.

    I only wasted my time on you out of great respect for him, not you. Consider yourself admonished.

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  4. Come on, even atheists like Moldbug and Land can be reactionary!

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  5. Thanks for the link back.

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