This Week In Reaction (2017/10/07)

Last Monday was, of course, the date of the Las Vegas Mandalay Bay Hotel shootings. It was tragic, and not entirely unexpected. Nor a fortiori was the response: renewed hysterical urgency about “sensible gun laws” before 58 bodies had even reached room temperature. Around our sphere… Atavisionary explores: Were there two shooters in Las Vegas? Was it a A Left-Wing Terrorist Operative? Was it racism against country music fans? Mr. Dmowski offers his own Thoughts on Vegas. At City Journal, Dalrymple answers The Unanswerable, and Seth Baron muses on Killing for Kicks? Something has changed, “but it isn’t access to guns”.

VDH is outstanding here: How Silicon Valley Turned Off the Left and Right. Not anything with which readers of SM will be unfamiliar, but a red-pilling moment for normies:

Instead of acting like laissez-faire capitalists, the entrenched captains of high-tech industry seem more like government colluders and manipulators. Regarding the high-tech leaders’ efforts to rig their industries and strangle dissent, think of conniving Jay Gould or Jim Fisk rather than the wizard Thomas Edison.

With the election of populist Donald Trump, the Republican party seems less wedded to the doctrines of economic libertarian Milton Friedman and more to the trust-busting zeal of Teddy Roosevelt.

The public so far has welcomed the unregulated freedom of Silicon Valley — as long as it was truly free. But now computer users are discovering that social media and Web searches seem highly controlled and manipulated—by the whims of billionaires rather than federal regulators.

Quite so.

Let’s see… what else was going on?


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

Friend of Social Matter, Fritz Pendleton kicks off the week with some supremely well-crafted (and brief) Sunday Thoughts.

Imperial Energy says, yes, you can believe those lying eyes: America is not just an empire—but the very worst kind: Crypto-Imperialism: An Anglo-American Adaption to Empire. Something that should be obvious to anyone speaking English as a second language outside the formal confines of the Anglosphere. IE gets a lift from a somewhat unexpected source: Niall Ferguson. Saith IE:

The Anglo empires formally say they do not go to war for power but for principle. In reality, however, these principles serve the interests of the Ruling Elite which, over the course of British and American political evolution, came, more and more, to be and Elite of “priests” as opposed to soldiers or merchants.

This is one of the principal problems with American foreign policy conducted by the State Department, the New York Times and Harvard—lack of self-awareness, coupled with invincible ignorance, astounding arrogance and terrifying self-righteousness.

Sounds about right. Also at IE, the next installment of the STEEL-Cameralist Manifesto: Part 5B The European Minotaur of War II: War Made the State.

This Week in Generative Anthropology, Adam is Distilling Sovereignty—specifically sovereignty, Israeli-style:

pikiwikiisrael7260knessetr_1032380Shaked insists on foregrounding the Jewishness of Israel because only Israel’s Jewishness prevents its institutions from colluding with it being carved up by lushly funded international NGOs. She is right that this Jewishness needs to be given a content, and ethnicity won’t suffice because no political order can be derived from ethnicity. If one insists on sovereignty (the state as path-setter, and as possessing the means to follow that path) and Jewishness, if, in fact, the Jewishness of the state is perceived to come into contradiction with its democracy, the Israeli leadership would be faced with an interesting choice. What we see, in other words, is that once the question of sovereignty is made the highest priority, that question become a fulcrum that can turn around the rest of the social order, and initiate inquiries in possible reconstructions of the various traditions of that order. He who wants the end must want the means; so, what does he who wants sovereignty want?

Sovereignty, for those paying attention, is incommensurate with “democracy”. The former is to be preferred—almost no matter who is in charge. Adam again earns a nod with an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Free Northerner is out in front on an important issue with which the Restoration will have to deal: Restorative Justice: The Nuremberg Option. It isn’t clear to me that Nuremberg is the cleanest example, tho’ measured by the vast quantity of persistent myth it managed to implant in literate minds with its made-for-newsreel drama, it is certainly worthy of study.

Alrenous is at the very least very interesting here: Ancien Feminism: Courtly Love . And probably at least mostly right.

Alf has a sharp piece here: He does some math (with a lot of zeros) on Money and corporations.

I disagree with the idea that capitalists are bandits and that all their production of wealth is an accidental side effect. Most white capitalists dislike slaying the goose that lays the golden eggs. If you turn a profit this year, you’d like to turn an equal or greater profit in next 20 years. Or so it goes for most white males, who enjoy building stuff.

I also don’t think capitalists are that powerful. Back in high school they taught me that international corporations are so powerful because they can operate international, meaning they escape the laws of Western nations. But as Moldbug says: independence? What independence? Independence granted by the international community? What does independence even mean if it has to be granted? What is Somaliland?

Indeed. Also there: 1 Secret About Women Will Blow Your Mind. It rhymes with “jape”.

Social Pathologist is one the Reactosphere’s most tireless and inveterate readers. This week he takes a look at Leo Strauss: Inside Every Gook.

Titus Quintus pauses to reflect at length upon The Memory of Columbus in the Western Diaspora.

Public anchors of potential reactionary sentiment which survived the American Cultural Revolution in the 1950s-1970s, like statues of Columbus, Lee, and inevitably Jefferson and Washington, cannot be left alone because they are natural arguments for Eurocolonial solidarity in the face of the ongoing civil cold war between American tribal groups. They are icons of a supposed ‘bourgeoisie’ our post-modern marxists want to smash. Their symbolic demolition demonstrates the coalition’s political, moral, and cultural power over the products of Europe’s expansion.

Quintus earns an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for his excellent work here.

Filed under Something Completely Different… Sarah Perry tries to trace the origins of rectangle vision. Not much to say here, it’s just damned interesting, so RTWT.

3865176577_be6b2668dd_oYou step through a rectangle to leave the bedroom, step through another to wash (perhaps using a cuboid of soap), dry your skin and hair with a rectangle, and check out your reflection in the rectangle. Make your way to the kitchen and open up the rectangle that shields the cold things; perhaps open another rectangle to warm something up. Take it from the counter rectangle and eat it on the table rectangle, sitting on a rectangular platform. Wipe your face with a rectangle. Leave the house through the rectangular portal, making sure you carry your necessary rectangles for identification, payment, work, and entertainment. Then you really enter the land of rectangles: the walls, the steps, the parking spaces, the sidewalk blocks, the signs, the crosswalks, the vents and gratings, all the windows, and every discarded wrapper of a rectangular eyeglass wipe.

Where did all these rectangles come from? … My questions are these: what were the first rectangles? How did rectilinearity enter our consciousness? How did they get everywhere? And what do they mean, if anything?

Read to find out. As always, Mrs. Perry is an excellent and patently quirky read.

Nick Land promotes a note from Audacious Epigone.

Over at Jacobite, E. Antony Gray’s 3 year-old Mitrailleuse essay from has aged remarkably well: Exit/No Exit, an extended meditation on… well… “exit”. Antony tries to balance proper suspicion of this libertarian idea with a measure of sympathy for the goals it ostensibly seeks to achieve.

To this end, Exit is a utility belt of options, all of which obey the principle of strategic retreat from a weaker position to a stronger position. A protected Twitter account follows this basic principle; exiting from public discourse and thus the ability for anyone to catch wind of your words and try to persecute you on account of them. Anonymity on the internet is another form of Exit, in which you have strategically retreated from being connected with your online actions, and thus putting you in the position to better protect your physical and fiscal assets, as well as your family and friends. One needn’t do all of these things, but almost everyone you know does at least one of them. An internet without Exit better be in your control and better stay in your control; and if you can’t get off the internet if it isn’t… well, you see what the nightmare of No Exit is.

Excellent work. Ordinarily, we wouldn’t give an award for a reprint, but this essay predates our reward system. So a ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ for Gray in this important work of asking the right questions.

By way of Isegoria… why Mass shootings are a bad way to understand gun violence; the human brain has no way to remove waste; and a whole bunch of interesting stuff from Techniques of System Analysis, like here, here, and here.

Malcolm Pollack sits the modern world down on the couch in Outline For A Diagnosis Of Late Modernity: Part 1.

Finally Cambria Will Not Yield sees Antifa Armed with Cruel Hate.


This Week in Jim Donald

Another cryptocurrency focused week from Jim, but first, a strong piece in defense of Hugh Hefner. There was a lot of discussion around the reactosphere when Hugh Hefner passed, and Jim throws in his two cents. Of course, Jim recognizes that Hefner functioned in these discussions as a synecdoche for broader issues of relations between the sexes, and directs his comments accordingly.

The_Long_and_Short_of_the_Tale_by_George_CruikshankIt is stupid and counterproductive to blame men for sexual revolution, and particularly stupid and particularly counterproductive to blame alpha males for the sexual revolution.

Blaming Hugh Hefner for the sexual revolution is stupid. Blame Queen Caroline. Hugh Hefner was just watching the decline from poolside….

Monogamy and chastity are an agreement between males for equitable sharing of pussy, which deal was imposed on women with a stick, and the stick needs to re-applied from time to time.

“Hypergamy” means that women prefer to fuck Hugh Hefner. Since we have suppressed all the Hugh Hefners, since today’s elite is unmanly and emasculated, it now means they prefer to fuck Jeremy Meeks.

We were better off when they were fucking Lord Byron and Hugh Hefner, than with them fucking Jeremy Meeks.

Suppress the Hugh Hefners of the world, and you will find your ten year old daughter is fucking a forty year old motorbike gang leader and ice dealer.

The problem is not Playboy magazine. The problem is that Queen Caroline did not receive a whipping.

You know the drill: RTWT if the above sounds compelling to you.

On to cryptocurrency! I’m grouping these pieces together as a twofer, as one is quite brief, and both are on the subject of cryptocurrency. First is a brief warning not to invest in Bitcoin right now, and following quickly on its heels is speculation on how to do cryptocurrency right. I do not think I can effectively excerpt out anything from this one, as everything is connected and flows, so just RTWT if it’s a subject of interest to you, and it really ought to be.


This Week in Social Matter

Michael Perilloux and I kick off the week with a new podcast: The Golden Age: Episode 1: Anti-Buggery And The Epistemology Of Tradition. It’s Perilloux’s podcast, not mine. I was just the first guest. And we talked about buggery and the meta reasons why it’s bad.

On Tuesday, Wolfgang Adler is back with his next installment: Geopolitical Machinations In Salazar’s Portugal. As is usual with Adler, this is original research and original translation work, painstakingly documented—a true gift to the New Social Sciences. The lesson in post-war Franco-(West) German relations comes free of charge. As a history, it is difficult to summarize, but The Committee as always were impressed with Adler’s work. He takes home a coveted ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀.

And Arthur Gordian continues his series on Propaganda with a follow-up to his epoch-making article last week explaining now how White Liberalism Is Slowly Being Crushed By Type II Propaganda. Chait getting labeled a White Supreemist and Nazi-apologist is itself a popcorn-worthy moment.

83e0d914f501e6f57b2635f8f1902db8[T]he second form of propaganda, Type II, is defined as the false dichotomy. In this form, the propagandist uses either a monopoly or dominance over the channels of communications in society to reduce the public consciousness of alternatives to a problem outside of two given choices.

One such choice, the true prong, is the preference of the propagandist and is presented as the only rational option, and the other choice, the false prong, is manifestly absurd. Since the vast majority of viewers will lack information on alternative choices, they will be forced to choose the propagandist’s preference, since no reasonable individual would choose the absurd choice.

You’re either a good person or an implicit white supreemist enabler.

While it is possible to opt out of the system, it takes intelligence and more importantly unbiased information to navigate the paths being obscured by Type II propaganda, as well as a willingness to be seen as strange or eccentric. Consider the look on most peoples’ face when you inform them that, no, you do not subscribe to either satellite or cable television service, not because you can’t afford it but because you reject the programming being offered by both services.

Now imagine informing them that you have opted out of democracy altogether.

It’s a filter… that’s fer sure. This bit is crucial:

Ordinarily, Type II propaganda compels the subject to choose the option provided because the other choice is absurd. The immature reactionary, however, in rebellion against the Cathedral power structure, chooses the absurd option and signals a politics of ridiculousness. Given the false dichotomy of the Syria campaign between an American invasion and ISIS victory, it is one thing to reply rhetorically with, “then let the terrorists win.” It is another thing to advocate for ISIS unironically because one opposes the Cathedral regime. The immature reactionary is still permitting Type II propaganda to frame his worldview because he accepts the facial validity of the dichotomy but chooses the option which was intended to be undesirable.

I really do see this all the time in the Reactionary Twitto-sphere. It correlates highly with outrage porn—basic bitch outrage porn, not the refined, Kakistocracy stuff aged in new oak barrels. I haven’t even gotten to the best parts of Gordian’s piece… In an extremely competitive week, he takes home the ☀☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Award☀☀ once more.

This Week in the Myth of the 20th Century podcast, it’s Episode 38: Beyond the Wire–Masculinity and Civilization, featuring special guest James LaFond.

And closing out the week, E. Antony Gray has the next installment of The Poets Series: John Dryden.


This Week in Kakistocracy

First this week, Porter takes a climb up Mt. Supremacy to survey the landscape of unrestrained White dominance in the current year. He ends up touching on a theme familiar to NRx:

But what I am circuitously coming around to saying is that actually having societal supremacy is the surest means to not being broadly accused of it

Indeed. If the witch-hunters were chasing real witches, we’d have a lot more frogs. And a lot fewer witch-hunters.

Next, Porter tackles The Amazoning of America. How did Jeff Bezos of Amazon get so rich? Well, it was the amazoning of America:

f_amazon_plane_160805.nbcnews-ux-1080-600For those too young to recall the retail topography before Amazon, Bezos originally had to peddle his paperbacks at a significant discount. This because physical shopping was considered a premium experience over sterile browser clicking. This has changed entirely, yet the Internet was just as convenient then…

…However, entering our common area Babels has become much less convenient. Aside from the ambient rioting of teens, a visit to the mall now makes Jakarta or Dakar seem far closer to reality than memories of shopping among members of an actual organic community…

…And public violence accumulates indelible marks, whether or not you’re specifically on its business end…

…Millions of people will increasingly be tugged toward their own intimate refuge without ever even making a conscious decision in that direction.

While personally I’m not willing to ascribe quite this level of evil genius to Mr. Bezos, it does seem quite a coincidence. Most likely, the man is just being a good apparatchik. Open borders is the de rigeur ideology for his class. But if he is even slightly aware that his pockets get heavier as our commons gets more perilous, well, his dreams should begin to be haunted by the faint chunk-snap of the gallows.

Then Porter puts together his thoughts on the Vegas shooting, and laments that his commentary, and the topics thereof, have gotten a bit repetitive in Fish Found to Commit Majority of Marine Defecation. But he has no need to worry. We come for the pithy right-wing commentary, but we stay for the spleen:

Hey, there’s practically no white gun violence at all in Zimbabwe. Mugabe must really be on to something.

Finally, Porter gets a little bit philosophical as he shares some stories of brain damage and personality change in The Who In You.

Which leaves us with more questions than most people find comfortable to ask at birthday parties. Such as, am I a unique personality of immutable hate? Or could a one degree shift in my hippocampus leave me so mentally inert as to savor Tennessee Coates columns?


This Week in Evolutionist X

Evolutionist X kicks off the week with Homeschooling Corner: Flying Kites.

Next up for Mrs. X, she notes the Tribalism and the Two-Party System.

11050133-podesta-cannibal-art800.ab94b306By not opposing the Democrats, Republicans left themselves open to internal sniping: hence Trump’s takeover.

A lot of people blame Trump for the Alt-Right, but the AR existed long before Trump. The AR emerged as a response to the left’s SJW-Identity politics, politics mainstream conservatism had no credible answers to. Trump is simply a product of the same forces.

It’s bad enough when tribal lines are being drawn over puppies and kittens. Throw in actual ethnic and group identities and you are asking for trouble.

Now add to this the fact that democracy is essentially how we are trying to run our country. “Want to get something done? Want to improve your pet issue? Vote!”

She takes a step back to look at her mission and her subjects at the forefront of the New Social Sciences: Decompression. Observations, really. Like:

When you are in the context of a real flesh and blood human being in your own community whom you’ll have to interact with repeatedly over the course of years, you’ll try to be faithful, honest, dutiful, loyal, dependable, etc., and you’ll value those some traits in others. Put us on the internet, and we have no need for any of that. We’re not going to cooperate in any meaningful, real-world way with a bunch of people on the internet. Morality on the internet becomes performative, a show you put on for a 3rd-party audience. Here the best thing isn’t to be dependable, but to have the best-sounding opinions. Status isn’t built on your long-term reputation but on your ability to prove that other people are less moral than you.

Finally, for Anthropology Friday, she covers William Clarke Quantrill, an outlaw of the Wild West.


This Week at Thermidor Mag

Huge week at our sister publication Thermidor this week. N. T. Carlsbad starts things up with Reckoning Day for Neapolitan Bourbonism. Carlsbad provides a review of Italian political history focusing on the Kingdom of Naples in the era of the French Revolution. It was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Nathan Duffy provides more Italian fare with Augusto Del Noce and Our Crisis. Del Noce is a lesser-known reactionary philosopher, and Duffy gives a solid overview of his thought.

The nature of authority is interior self-mastery, self-evident to inferiors which is naturally recognized and submitted to. This superiority-inferiority dyad is natural in the parent-child relationship, and is reflected in the realms of church, education, and government in traditional societies. Hierarchy develops naturally out of the natural fact of inferiority and superiority. Power, on the other hand, is essentially the wielding or application of exterior physical force. Authority can justly wield power, but nothing else can.

This too was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Europa Weekly is now published at Thermidor, and this week, Ruuben Kaalep of Estonia comes to discuss a plethora of topics in contemporary European politics.

Stephen Paul Foster meditates upon the Obama era in Where Is The Refuge In Post-Obama America?, using the work of the late Zbigniew Brzezinski as a touchstone.

The shooting in Las Vegas elicited comments from two authors this week. Walter Devereux is reminded of the Greek arsonist Herostratos. In Herostratos Rising, or: When Boomer’s Attack, Devereux revisits the practice of performing horrific acts for the sake of being memorialized, a dark side to the pursuit of fame.

Herostratos was a small soul: he did not have the greatness to seek glory itself, but instead only to counterfeit it through an act of destruction of the beautiful. Many great saints certainly burned down pagan temples—it is not the target that is significant or even the arson. Rather, it is that he sought to destroy for himself, to cheat the demands placed on him by his people, and nevertheless reap the benefits, however shallow, and in so doing he avoided the responsibility of lifting up his city. Herostratos sought the fame of his own civilization—χλέος—is a uniquely Classical glory, one which is defined as much by the people sharing it as its being shared.

Jake Bowyer, by contrast, focuses more on Stephen Paddock himself in Viva Last Resort.

We may never know the full truth about Stephen Paddock, and it is not the goal of this column to provide the answers. However, if Paddock’s actions can be taken to be emblematic of greater truths, it is simply this: “Men have forgotten God.” Solzhenitsyn once wrote that whenever something awful happened in Russia, people would echo the refrain “Men have forgotten God.”

On a less somber note, Richard Carroll offers A Confucian Take On History: The Book of Documents. A lesser-known Confucian classic, the Book of Documents is just what its name describes, and it helps to shed light on a variety of metaphors and historical references in Confucius’ other works.

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Kinga Duda

Despite having the most generic title of any book besides Aristotle’s Topics, the Documents is invaluable because it collects imperial speeches, decrees, and charges to ministers, as well as counsels given by advisors to their sovereign, many of which do appear to be contemporaneous with the reigns they describe. Exactly how many are contemporaneous is uncertain, and the ancient editors themselves indicate that the first few were later compositions by beginning them with the formula “Inquiring into antiquity, we find that…” Traditionally, much as with the other classics previously mentioned, this editorial role has been attributed to Confucius himself, and though there’s little evidence for that besides this much later tradition, his endorsement of the collection has given it a prestigious place in Chinese scholarship ever since.

The Committee were pleased with Carroll’s fine work here and deemed it an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

And finally, Carlsbad returns to round out the week with Old School Cuckservatism. Here Carlsbad documents the follies and failures of lower French nobility to use the upheaval of the French Revolution to advance their own positions.


This Week Around The Orthosphere

One Peter Five explains the Moral Liceity of Publicly Correcting the Pope. Yet more on that.

At The Orthosphere proper, J. M. Smith writes about a Shakespeare troupe Blackwashing Cleopatra, which might be somewhat historically inaccurate. The blackwashing, that is. Not Smith’s critique.

Kristor leads us down the path from inherent parts to predicable wholes to Creatio ex Nihilo.

Richard Cocks provides some great identity statistics, but reserves his harshest criticism for Identity Politics for White Males.

If superior educational and work performance is to be the sign of the devil, then any black who performs well will necessarily be regarded as “acting white,” and overly eager high school students will be beaten up and ostracized. This in fact happens…

It also means that Asians and Jews should be the proper objects of scorn, since their performance is far superior to whites; according to the perverse logic of outcome thinking.

Bonald has a Book Review: The Quantum Enigma. A work purporting to reconcile metaphysics and quantum mechanics. Apparently with some degree of success.

Matt Briggs warns Sexually Transmitted Diseases Increased to Record High: CDC. Then he continues to enlighten us on the nature probability in Nature: “‘One-size-fits-all’ threshold for P values under fire.” Good. Shoot Them All Down . And in the Insanity & Doom Update VI, the British Ministry of Equalities, widespread criminological bunkum, Lutherans going Universalist, and Canadian discretionary euthanasia.

Also, guest-posting at Briggs is Dover Beach, who gives us the rundown On Australia’s Same-Sex “Marriage” (On-Going) Vote, while the illimitable Ianto Watt begins a new project on the topic of Fatima, Russia & You, Part I.

Mark Richardson writes about how an anti-tradition Swedish feminist supports polygamy for Muslims. Then he asks the age old question, If we can change our sex, why can’t we change our race?.

And Dalrock’s answer to the question, “Where have all the good men gone?” They’re back in your 20s where you left them.


This Week in Arts & Letters

The Jesse Lucas Saga continues with a story proposal: The Hanging Gardens Of Hell.

At Albion Awakening, William Wildblood gets esoteric with Gareth Knight and Experience of the Inner Worlds. And according to Wildblood, there are just two types of people in the world, Atheists and Believers.

So I would say that the atheist denies and rejects because of pride while the believer accepts because of love. Perhaps this sounds too simplistic, and it may well be so, but there is still something to be said for reducing complexities and mixed motivations to their simplest state because then we get down to basic truths and the reality of the heart.

Harper McAlpine Black has a fresh one up over at Out of Phase: Don Mei and the Tea Revolution


Chris Gale digs up Two Poems from the relatively obscure T. E. Hulme. Also a Night Haiku. And, of course, the obligatory Sunday Sonnet—this one from Belloc.

Also Gale makes the point, pursuant to… well you know, Mental Health Cannot predict Mass Murder. For while P(crazy|mass murder) is pretty high, P(mass murder|crazy) remains abysmally low.

Over at Imaginative Conservative, Turley explains how mainstream commentators (like David Brooks) go about Misunderstanding Populism. Rahe explains How the Medieval Church Made Modern Liberty—modern as in 1750 at any rate. Brad Birzer invokes Irving Babbitt Against the Decaying Republic. Annie Holmquist explains Why Kids Should Play With Wild Animals. The poetry of Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Finally, a tour de force apologia from Prof. Thomas Storck on Art, Beauty, and Purpose.

Oh, and this too at IC… Paul Gottfried reviews The Truth About Leo Strauss. Strauss remains relevant as ever, controversial as ever, and an enemy as ever of the Genuine Right.

And at City Journal, based Heather Mac Donald urges Re-civilize the Streets—of NYC and elsewhere. And Dalrymple spies the Cathedral I think in The Devil’s in the Diction: “The vague terms that populate our political discourse encourage lazy and often deeply biased thinking”.


This Week in the Outer Left

This week the leftist sites were scrambling to deal out the same old gun control content, or trying out the clever, newish “we have to do something about the gun suicides” meme—and nice try, but we’re not falling for it—so it was a bit of a slow week, but there were a few, let’s call them gems.

The Baffler makes its usual appearance this week, filed under “sneak peek into the leftist mindset”. Jacob Silverman accuses wealthy folks who buy media companies of reinventing the wheel. But if you read just a little bit between the lines, and I do mean just a little bit because this is almost right there on the surface, you can see the priestly caste hatred for those grubby merchants and craftsmen laid bare. How dare some nouveau riche techbro own a proudly unprofitable journalistic institution!

Over at The New Inquiry, Aaron Bady has a review of Blade Runner 2049. This is a really interesting piece that actually ties into many of the things we discuss in the reactosphere, and its theme of a future being closed off or passed by reminded me very strongly of AntiDem’s classic essay, The Day They Tore Down the Future. If you read only one entry from the left this week, this would be the one.

The biggest change between 1982 and 2017 is that we don’t even remember what the future used to look like. If Ridley Scott’s Los Angeles was a poisoned wasteland, humanity’s dead end, Blade Runner 2049 shows us a world which has achieved, by horrible necessity, a dystopic form of sustainability: as in Snowpiercer, humanity’s vermin-fueled continuance is somehow much worse than extinction. But even off-world has become boring and stale; Jared Leto’s excruciating mad scientist-god-king of humanity seems to rule the galaxy but to live on Earth, demanding more and more colonies since the old ones no longer please him. But while Tyrell’s inventions of the replicants, in 1982, made it possible to conquer the stars, Wallace saved humanity by re-organizing its patterns of production and consumption in new and horrible ways.


This Week… Elsewhere

Over at Abandoned Footnotes, Xavier Marquez has a whole lot of data on The quantification of power: some thoughts on, and tools for, measuring democracy, aka. “democraticness”.


Greg Cochran looks at Sexual selection vs job specialization.

Filed under I Certainly Hope So: Al Fin explores Is Trump Destroying Ratings of NFL, Late Night “Comedy”? Not that anything is stopping me from watching NFL football. I hate politicization of not watching football almost as much as I hate the politicization of watching it. And This Week in Dangerous Children: Why Dangerous Children Will Not Grow Obsolete.

Zeroth Position stakes out Twelve Observations On The Catalonia Independence Vote, carefully considered I think.

Unorthodoxy espies David Brooks being somewhat intelligent on Guns as Identity.

Literati Squadristi peers into The Weird World of Poz-Politics, leftoid secessionism, and the jaw-dropping stupidity of the diversitocracy.

Nishiki Prestige is a newcomer to these pages. His entry this week, Accelerating the Arrival of the Human Ant Colony, gets filed under “not sure if satire or serious”, but has earned a spot based on the quality of Nishiki’s writing and the sheer interestingness of the ideas behind it.

Online, a weird social dynamic has emerged between men. Some anonymous entities feel like brothers, fathers, and sons. Your old Dad has failed to keep pace with the changing world (to the point where you can scarcely communicate a single interest). But, Anon is there. Anon is 10 years older than you. Anon has been where you are. Anon will guide you.

From there, things get weird.


Welp… that’s all we had time for. As always, many thanks to the Based TWiR Staff: Egon Maistre, David Grant, Eric Mayflower, Hans der Fiedler, and Aidan MacLear were responsible for much of this content. Alex Von Neumann’s unexpected absence had us scrambling at the end. We hope all is well there with him. Thanks for reading. And clicking. Keep on reactin! Til next week: NBS… Over and out!!

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  1. Great set of commentary this week, Nick. Kudos to all!

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