Happy All Hallows’ Eve, everyone. Remember that for Latin Rite Catholics, All Saints Day is a Holy Day of Obligation. Get yer ass to mass. Some supremely high quality articles in an around the sphere this week. We’ll get to that in a sec.
The Editors of American Greatness explain How the State Department is Undermining Trump’s Agenda. There are, of course, two empires. Trump has taken over at most only one. Here’s an excerpt from VDH’s new book—deliciously entitled The Second World Wars—measuring The Deadly Cost of Mutual Misunderstanding. More here.
Let’s see… what else was going on?
Spandrell kicks off the NRx Week with an olio of sorts: The Money is in Religion—religion Jordan Peterson style. Not that he holds a candle to Harvard, mind you. Also, the CCP is getting mighty undiverse.
Imperial Energy has up the Part Two of his Interview With Reactionary Future, wherein RF levels the accusation of nominalism at Hestia Society by quoting American Affairs Journal. The rest of the interview is excellent. Also from IE the next drop on the STEEL-Cameralist Manifesto: Manifesto Part Six: The State of STEEL.
Neovictorian doesn’t post often, but when he does it’s a must read. We’ve been sniffing around the heels of Scientology for a while in these parts. Neovic pulls it all together: How Scientology Could School the Neoreaction.
Half Mason, half Mormon, half Scientology.
— The Nick B. Steves ♔ (@Nick_B_Steves) October 23, 2017
Oh… and half Opus Dei.
— The Nick B. Steves ♔ (@Nick_B_Steves) October 23, 2017
This was unexpected. And quite helpful: Free Northerner actually bothers to give an answer to Abortion, Tomlinson, and Moral Midgets. Tomlinson, of course, doesn’t deserve an answer; but for those confused by run-away train ethics, FN’s yer guy.
Morality can not be removed from its circumstances. This is why Tomlinson made up that whole story to put the argument in specific moral context and circumstances to best elicit the moral response that bolstered his argument. Once he elicited that moral response, he then strips the moral context away and introduces a cold utilitarian calculus. You did not save the embryos, therefore they must be of less value.
Nobody sees this magic trick because he pulled it off deftly and we’ve been conditioned through countless abstract moral problems involving switches, trolleys, and lying to axe murderers to view morality as inhuman, contextless, calculations of utilitarian value.
Exactly. The proper response to Trolley Problems are probably something like, “I don’t know what I’d do in that situation, but it certainly has no bearing on the moral liceity of whatever you’re arguing for.”
This week Generative Anthropology, Adam discusses Mimetic Theory and High-Low v the Middle.
[I]n one of the commemorations I’ve read recently for the just deceased science fiction and military writer Jerry Pournelle, I’ve heard attributed to Pournelle the observation that in every institution there are those who are concerned with the primary function of the institution, and those concerned with the maintenance of the institution itself. Anyone who has ever worked in any institution knows how true this is, with the exception that plenty of institutions don’t even have anyone concerned with (or cognizant of) its primary function any more. Those concerned with the primary function should be making the most important decisions, but it will be those interested in institutional maintenance who will be most focused on and skilled at getting into the decision making positions. But someone has to be concerned with the maintenance of the institution—those absorbed in its primary function consider much of the work necessary for that maintenance tedious and compromising.
He relates this to the HLvM Problem: fundamental to modernity, and possibly fundamental to human psychology, and earns an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
Also there, Autocracy Stalks the End of History. It’s about Eric Gans own reconsiderations on “liberal democracy”. Since no natural social system ever runs on liberal democracy—indeed, the very phrase may be seen as a contradiction in terms—you can’t very well consider yourself an open-minded professor, if you’re not willing to at least entertain the idea that it might be false. Gans seems to be getting a red-pill somewhere, even if it is going down slowly.
Alf’s Orb of Covfefe series continues in the much anticipated Part IV: Under Attack. Leaves ya thirstin’ for Part V…
Over at Neo-Ciceronian Times, Titus Q. Cincinnatus made the most of his sabbatical from Twitter and published Social Permeability, Egalitarianism, and Immigration. As always, Cincinnatus is precise yet digestible, even for “normies”.
[T]he political arm of the Cathedral sees immigrants as a source of political capital—one voter is as good as another, and if a new set of voters can be imported who will vote the way the Cathedral wants versus recalcitrant natives who insist upon voting for their own interests, then all the better. It wouldn’t be the first time in recent history that this has happened. The corporate arm of the Cathedral sees immigrants in much the same way—as replacement labourers for natives who are too expensive and have a fractious insistence upon earning a fair wage.
Meanwhile the useful idiot arm of the Cathedral advocates open borders because Jeezus-ness. That said, a case can (and should) be made for mild “permeability”.
These [pre-1965] assimilation efforts succeeded better because those earlier movements saw greater attempts at integrating immigrants into patronage systems which reinforced existing hierarchical social structures. Everyone knew their place, and the descendants of immigrants could rise in rank as they “proved their worth,” so to speak, becoming fully acculturated members of their adopted society. These are all things that are notably absent from current western approaches to immigration.
Statistics such as these remind us that underperforming minorities ARE civilizable, provided they are properly oppressed.
— The Nick B. Steves ♔ (@Nick_B_Steves) October 30, 2017
Malcolm Pollack discovers an enormous chasm on the Road to Equality™: ¡Math Is Hard! Math is also racist, and a million other ways “oppressive”. LOL.
By way of Isegoria… More gems from Techniques of Systems Analysis here, here and here; Dogs are not super-cooperative wolves and pulling back the curtain on the macabre horror of Bolshevism: Barely imaginable self-righteousness, pedantry, dynamism, and horror.
Over at Jacobite, S. C. Gruget critiques the idea of “libertarian paternalism” espoused by recent Nobel Memorial Prize laureate Richard Thaler in Who Nudges the Nudgers? Gruget highlights just how airy academic theorizing fails to adequately comprehend the complexity of gritty reality.
The mistake at the heart of the nudging mindset is the view that abstract knowledge is sufficient to govern, and that pure, detached rational deliberation is capable of producing such knowledge. This idea has a long and distinguished philosophical pedigree—and to do it full justice would require a lengthy exegesis of centuries of intellectual history of the sort I will not provide here—but ultimately, it’s false. Governments are made of people. People have their own biases and motivations. Without the proper incentives, people will behave in ways that are not aligned with their supposed goal.
This too won an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
Just in time for an imminent and ignominious 500 year anniversary, Athrelon revisits Martin Luther—The Original Cyberpunk Antihero.
Finally, this week in Cambria Will Not Yield: This Will Ever Be the European Story, fairy tales and the eternal Christian truths they convey.
This Week in Jim Donald
A light week over at Jim’s. First up, one of his trademark updates on Trump, another day, another scalp.
Trump is not alt right, but the alt right is Trumpist. Jeff Flake was a cuckservative enemy of Trump, and went out denouncing Trump. The alt right is successfully nailing Trump’s enemies.
Mencius Moldbug interpreted the Democrats as the inner party, and Republicans as the outer party, as subservient to the Democrats. Which accurately describes and predicts their inability to build a wall, halt race replacement, or repeal Obamacare.
But Trump, whatever his faults, is not part of the Outer Party, is manifestly an enemy of the inner party.
At this point, one can really only counsel a wait and see approach along with the usual advice to keep doing what you know you ought to be doing anyway: lifting, going to church, getting married, and starting a family. Ya know, really edgy stuff like that.
Jim also puts together a twofer on the subject of Google: Google is evil and Stormfront is a honeypot. In both, Jim takes issue with Google Analytics, advising that one avoid them as best one can and giving a handy guide for doing so.
Does your business use Google Analytics on its website?
Then Google will use the information that it so generously generates and analyzes for you to show ads for competing businesses to your customers. While you are analyzing the information to see how you can improve your business, they are analyzing the information to see how they can destroy your business.
This Week in Social Matter
As is becoming a regular occurrence, the SM week kicks off with Michael Perilloux’s juggernaut podcast The Golden Age: Episode 4: Software Freedom, wherein Perilloux is joined by free software, open software matter expert Luke Smith.
Newcomer Alfred Peterson examines a strange story of apparent rectitude: A Light in the Dark: A Review Of The National Rifle Association. A very fine overview of the NRA’s particular strategic and demographic strengths. I’d quibble that “Second Amendment Freedoms” are more key plank of classical liberalism than any sort of real rightist movement. But the persistence and indeed late expansion of gun rights is a boon to the Vaisiya/Amerikaner caste, which is on virtually every other issue thrown under the bus by the Progressive establishment.
The role of the NRA becomes clearer now. They are in the wrong tribe, a group that doesn’t bow down to the Mass Administrative State, and that that doesn’t believe in the perfectibility of man through centralized, credentialed managerial control. Furthermore, firearms offer the possibility of not only resisting the Mass Administrative State, but potentially overthrowing it. To an elite journalist, ownership of a firearm is a symbol of not just incipient physical rebellion, but an in-progress rebellion in the metapolitical realm. For a person whose entire social worth comes from their profession as a manipulator of symbolic logic for the Cathedral, this is high treason.
Liberalism eats itself. Once deployed to keep Kings in check, “gun rights” now keep the regicides in check. I like the NRA… principally because they drive my enemies crazy. The Committee gave Peterson a nod for his work here by an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
Another new (to us) name: Costin Alamariu debuts with Gaddafi And The West’s Senile Elite. First, snapshot of pervasive senility…
America’s Protestant establishment ran the country before World War II, as well. They won that war. They built the Hoover Dam, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Empire State building in less than two years at the height of the Depression. After the war, they took the country to the moon. It’s hard to see how websites like Google—or other “innovations” like collateralized loan obligations—can compare, glorious though these may be in their own way. Our current ruling class, with all its computing power, human resources “synergies,” and vibrant diversity, took seven years to build an on-ramp to that same Golden Gate Bridge.
And when speaking of senility, David Brooks should never be far from your mind:
Brooks makes no mention of the fact that the West hasn’t really had a meritocratic elite anyway, for at least a generation. The nepotism of our time, affirmative action, is in many ways much worse than the milder type practiced by the pre-1960s WASP establishment. That nepotism at least selected for men with good manners who came from families with long experiences in public life, with independent bases of support, and with identities outside of state control.
In The Closing of the American Mind, Allan Bloom bemoans the fact that so few or none of his students came from families with long traditions of devotion to the republic. That is, there’s a value to having a hereditary patrician class that not even a true meritocracy could approximate. America, with its selection by race and gender, is in many ways that much worse off. The dimwits elevated by affirmative action are without doubt much stupider than the WASP old boys Brooks maligns.
The late—better remembered than ever thought possible—Gaddafi makes an appearance as well. This too was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
Hubert Collins returns on Thursday with a deep dive into How To Waste A Million Dollars: Californians For Population Stabilization. CAPS is an immigration restrictionist environmental organization. It seems like somebody thought that would be a great wedge issue to drive a few open-minded progressives into the everlovin’ arms of the paleo-right. And was willing to waste $1 million per year on it.
We dropped the second part of our last Ascending the Tower podcast: Episode XVIII, Part 2—“You Have to Baptize Cowboys”. For the record, I was neither holding or clicking a pen. I remain guilty of Rickety Office Chair, which has now (apparently) become a meme, and so I’m wondering whether even to remedy the problem.
And on Friday, the West Coast Guys are up with Myth Of The 20th Century, Episode 41: Euromissile Crisis—Last Battle Of The Cold War. The research these guys do is simply amazing. And their production quality continues to improve.
Yet another newcomer for Saturday’s Poetry & Prose: Conner Alexander with some original verse: The Twilight Angel.
This Week in Kakistocracy
First up this past week, Porter explains the liberal binary of Blood or Anal. That is, the false dichotomy that two different cultures must either kill each other or… you get the idea. It seems that some leftists are dumbfounded about the ability of nationalists of different stripes to get along with each other:
Similarly, nationalists can not feasibly have international allies because if you are 1) a bad person, you 2) do not want aliens to take over your home, which means 3) that you hate people who are different, and 4) will try to kill them if they call you on the phone. As such, nationalists—who are very bad people indeed—can not have friendly foreign relations, QE fucking D.
As a result, we learn that the diplomatic meeting shown below between Chinese and Nigerian ministers ended either in torrents of blood, or a 100 million man population transfer accompanied by mass orgies of interracial anal sex.
Then, spurred on by Catalonia, Porter muses a bit on the history of secession movements in Breakin Up is Hard to Do. Instead of trying to drop a “we need to talk”, why not try acting up until they decide to dump you?
…there actually is an example of a wealthy, revenue-generating, enclave who made themselves into such a thorn that their erstwhile countrymen simply said GTFO without a shot being fired. That’s independence done prudently.
Porter’s Malaysian example is interesting, however, because Rahman was a real nationalist. Kicking Singapore out made his program easier; the same can’t necessarily be said for Spain and the EU.
This Week in Evolutionist X
Never a dull moment over at Evolutionist X’s. She starts off looking into Zoroastrian (Parsi) DNA. Freddie Mercury was a Parsi, which doesn’t mean they’re all great singers or flamboyant homosexuals. But it doesn’t mean they’re not either.
More on that here: Parsis, Travellers, and Human Niches, along with some more cogitation:
It appears that Ireland did not have enough Gypsies of Indian extraction and so had to invent its own.
And though I originally thought that only in jest, why not? Gypsies occupy a particular niche, and if there are Gypsies around, I doubt anyone else is going to out-compete them for that niche. But if there aren’t any, then surely someone else could.
If we had no gypsies, it seems Nature herself would have to invent them. Well, perhaps it is still worth a try. And don’t miss the rather obvious eugenic trends among Sherpas… Mrs. X snags an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for this one.
Rounding out the Week, yet another installment of Cathedral Round-Up: #27: Critical Criminology—a way of framing crime and criminals hitherto never thought possible. Very worth the read, of course. A small taste:
How are crimes “available” to anyone? Are crimes like Pokemon, where you have to go to the Pokemon center to get your first starter crime, but if you sleep in the rich take all of the good crimes like insider training and you get stuck with some random Pikachu from the back, and it turns out to be a home invasion?
And if the rich are running the whole show, why don’t they make it so none of the laws apply to them? Why don’t they rape and murder poor people at the same rate as the poor rape and murder each other?
Criminals can always be counted on to vote Leftist, however. That is, when they actually bother to vote.
This Week at Thermidor Mag
Doug Smythe starts things off at our sister publication Thermidor this week with a meditation upon Change—specifically as understood, rather fetishized, by Modernity.
People today, then, change if they know what’s good for them. And they do in fact change, constantly, and in just about every aspect of their individual and social being. They strive to change their inner lives with psychotherapy and self-help books, and their bodies with fad diets, exercise machines, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetic surgery. In stark contrast with traditional society, they frequently change employers, occupations, places of residence, and marital partners and/or status. They conspicuously and continuously change the things they consume and produce.
Marx and, especially, Hegel get rounded up for much of the blame. But could they even have imagined the monster they created?
Cultural Marxism, unlike the Socialisms that preceded it, is not a Utopian ideology. Both Marx and Hegel before him were bogged down in quasi-biological conceptions of change as analogous to a process of organic growth in which change works towards nothing else than the realization of a final mature form of Reason, the State, or the mode of production at the end of History; this teleological conception, since it subordinates change to purpose and assigns limits to the set of possible or desirable change, is an intolerable fetter on change as far as the change-fetish is concerned.
This explains why Cultural Marxism, distinctly unlike the Socialisms, offers no concrete plans or vision for the just and Progressive future beyond proclaiming that it will be more just and Progressive than the present, nor any definite road-map for getting there, beyond asserting that more change is needed. Its imagined arc of History bends towards justice on an infinite curve.
So what we need is a new social science, or rather a science of society that never really existed (at least under that name)…
From the point of view of social technology and the new social science, the old, blank-slate social science that went hand-in-hand with “social engineering” can be no more than pseudo-science—since epistemologically speaking, it makes no sense whatsoever to speak of a science whose own object is, in itself, indeterminate (randomness is not a positive phenomenon) and so, lacking any integrity or consistency of its own, varies lawlessly and haphazardly according to the capricious operation of extraneous forces. The old social science, in the final analysis, was little more than a survey instrument that furnished, for Power, an inventory of all those people and activities yet to be aufgehoben by remaking them according to a suitably Progressive spec-sheet….
The enormity of why he proposes here lies largely hidden under particular and technical language. I leave it’s full-throated exposition as an exercise to the reader. I can’t quotation my way to an adequate summary here. Smythe is tremendous, and this one is no exception: The ☀☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Award☀☀ winner.
Next up, editor P. T. Carlo comments on Revolution and Pussy: The Sam Kriss Story. Carlo examines the “Dirtbag Left”, a curiously masculine branch of the Left with predictable interests and goals:
A big part of the “charm” of the Dirtbags has always been their magical ability to combine impressive vulgarity with quick-witted humor and relatively intellectually honest, Left-wing political analysis. But this strange brew, oddly enough, seems to bring with it a certain kind of left-wing Machismo. Or at least this seems to be the image they, consciously or not, wish to project. Thus, the overall impression one gets of the Dirtbag brand is of a group of individuals who are dedicated to self-consciously cultivating an image of revolutionary machismo. The ultimate goal of which is the same as most other male endeavors: the eager spreading of female legs.
Only one choice for Sam Kriss: Come out as gay, repressed for all these years. Then he’ll be a hero. Though The Committee is rather allergic to “trending” stories such as this—they had to read it in Hazmat Suits—they believe Carlo has stumbled upon a real phenomenon here, among men, so-called, of the left. Chalk it up to easy-believism perhaps: Say the right words and you’re one of us, irrespective of past (and habitual) behavior. Sole Fide, right?! At any rate, Carlo earns a coveted ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ for his hard and timely work here.
In The Devil is in the Details, Walter Devereux implores the Dissident Right to embrace Christianity. I would have thought the advocacy for Christianity in most of the Dissident Right (and certainly within neoreaction) was well advertised.
Jake Bowyer offers an update on the Uranium One scandal currently wracking Clintondom in Storming the Rubicon.
Finally, N. T. Carlsbad revisits another forgotten element of Americana in Electoral Violence in America, or: Why Your Country Had to Be Pozzed. Contrary to popular mythology, violence has quite frequently supplemented numbers at the ballot box. Carlsbad also examines statistics and traces out the lines of ethnic conflict. Another ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for Nigel’s burgeoning trophy case.
This Week Around The Orthosphere
Bonald concludes his Agree & Amplify series on Western Distinctiveness on the topic of Fascists.
Since everyone seems to find our culture the most unloveable, who better to teach that great lesson about love, that it doesn’t need, and cannot have, a reason?
Alan Roebuck coins a new word for the “forced legitimization of sexual perversion and confusion” with this Proposed Necessary Nomenclature: “Sexpervism”.
Briggs examines How Suspicious Is It To Win The Lottery Multiple Times? Then he continues his exploration of SJW infiltration into traditionally masculine academic spaces with More On SJWs & STEM. He has an in depth analysis of the political divide in Pew: Partisan Divides Over Political Values Widen:
Part I and Part II. Surprise twist: the dividing line isn’t really between Democrats and Republicans. Finally, students rate faculty on diversity, Catholic malthusianism, and the nazification of Christians, all in this week’s Insanity & Doom Update IX
James Kalb, writing for Chronicles Magazine, describes how gentrification is making New York City Worse at What It Is.
As Mark Richardson muses on what is happening When the world turns, he concludes that the turn away from Orthodoxy is a turn toward hubristic, self-anointed “godhood.” Then he reports as Cardinal Sarah defends homelands and cultures. Cardinal Sarah for Pope! Richardson also posts a couple of must-see videos, one of Joep Beving, an actual, honest to God modern tonal composer who is achieving some limited mainstream success, and the pre-eminent Jordan Peterson – the path is narrow.
William Wildblood details his journey through Prayer and Meditation, from generic hippy variety to good Christian contemplation.
Dalrock’s Ministry of humor recounts the punchline failure in a Ford commercial where parental roles are reversed. Humor is unexpected, so this punchline fails precisely because is not. Then he rehabilitates the example of the tampon fairy with Why Dave is sexy (language warning).
This Week in Arts & Letters
If you haven’t been reading Parallax Optics, you should be. This week he pits CAW vs. KWA—CAW being Contemporary Art-World and KWA being… well “Ameri-Kwa”. A deep meditation on the state of the arts, or more like the state of artsy-ness being bound up with the mechanisms of progressive state. There’s a ton of good stuff here. Like:
The CAW openly despises art as such, in favor of a simulacrum of “artistic practice” made to order for deployment as a political and social weapon. CAW artists are either financial services providers contributing to money-laundering schemes, or flacks serving Party-State agendas. This structural reality is masked, ironically, through systematic transposition into revolutionary Marxist rhetoric designed to stigmatize independence of activity and thought in order to enforce command compliance.
And this too: HYP leadership of academia mirrored perfectly in the arts:
Metropolitan museums, like the MoMA, or the Tate Modern, the New Museum or the Whitney, conceived as tourist institutions, frame and disseminate the global message. Regional museums serving as satellites and franchises transmit the message to the provinces.
The spectacle extends across an archipelago of art schools. For their students, the calculation is admission to a system, like the Mafia, in which the key criteria isn’t good or bad, but In or Out.
As for the KWA part, you’ll just hafta RTWT. Parallax Optics garners an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ for this one. And there’s more where that came from (with a lift from Jim): Contemporary Art: A Special Aesthetic Case of the Left Singularity.
Chris Gale visits St. John Henry Newman (by way of Anthony Esolen) in The corrosion of the culture. Donning his psychiatrist hat: Adult ADHD is (probably) something else. The poetry of Ezra Pound and Two Sunday Sonnets. Finally, John C. Wright mashed up with the Book of Revelation in Ragnarok or the Return of the King.
At Imaginative Conservative, the poetry of John Keats and E. Allan Poe. A Timeless Essay from Tom Woods on American Conservatism & the Old Republic. Attarian dives into Edmund Burke: Champion of Ordered Liberty.
Richard Carroll, always a high-quality read, has two up this week: Brief Thoughts on Harold Bloom’s How to Read and Why. And speaking of Poe… Edgar Allan Poe and Engineering Poetry. Probably why all the best poets are, in fact, engineers.
This Week in the Outer Left
A comparatively quiet week from the left, there was really only one piece worth presenting, but oh, what a piece it is. The Baffler gets the honor this week of serving up one of the most Current Year things I have ever read in my life. Hannah Gais pens a masterpiece on juggalos, nevertheless persisting. The very title is almost too much in itself, but you ain’t seen nuthin’ yet.
Although, as Jack Smith IV pointed out at Mic prior to the march, juggalos “didn’t ask to be held up as shock troops against the far right… their anti-racist and anti-elitist reputation set them up as natural antagonists to Trump-style nativist xenophobia.” Still, most juggalos are quick to point out that—rhetorical overlap with parts of the left aside—they’re not a political movement. Nevertheless, there are those, such as the Struggalo Circus, who have worked to transform these points of overlap into a viable strategy for organizing. Founded by several Bay Area activists—all of whom are juggalos themselves—the Struggalo Circus describes itself as a “ragtag and messy coalition between radicals and juggalos” and has proven instrumental in building bridges between juggalos and socialist organizations like the Democratic Socialists of America and Industrial Workers of the World, as well as drawing in support from more disparate anarchist groups.
If you ever thought you would read such a paragraph as that, you belong in a mental institution. And yet, this is the reality in which we find ourselves. The world has gone, for lack of a better term, insane. Here it is, on full display so that no man may give other than his assent to the proposition. Every sentence reads as the punch line to some joke in poor taste, but this, readers, is factual journalism in the eternal Year Zero.
This Week… Elsewhere
Filed under Do Not Try This At Home: Al Fin looks at Electrical Brain Stimulation and Enhanced Learning. He’s also bearish on China: China’s Growth is 100% Debt Driven. In the Dangerous Children department: What Kind of Pathetic Wimps are We Raising?
Unorthodoxy engages in a bit of “s/PATTERN1/PATTERN2/g” The Meat of the Declaration. Heckuva lot truer today than it was in 1776. And… speaking of Scientology (and the recent TWCS encyclopedia entry), Unorthodoxy identifies Thetan Hunters of the West .
TUJ is claiming a prediction victory: Campaign Comey 2020 Puts On Its Presidential Running Shoes.
AMK has a pretty funny clip up: They’re Made Out of Meat.
Nullus Maximus makes the surprising—but very formalist—case to Eliminate The Debt Ceiling. The editors of Social Matter would tend to agree. Not least:
Second, eliminating the debt ceiling would signal that the federal government has no interest in paying off its creditors. It should be obvious enough that an entity which increases its debt burden every year for 60 years does not have fiscal responsibility as an objective, but the Treasury seems to have no shortage of lenders, especially because the Federal Reserve serves as a lender of last resort.
David Hines is back up over at Status 451 with another installment of his Radical Book Club: the Centralized Left. It’s huge. Hines reads a lot… and he can type.
The Rebbe has a few pointed Questions for the Alt Right.
Nishiki Prestige returns this week on a characteristically cheery note, declaring Capitalism is alive and will grind your bones into dust. RTWT as few are as talented as Nishiki at condensing accelerationism down into tiny red pills that burn all the more for going down so quickly.
Billydean Jessup and Tamal Afrika X are out of work. The Asians will do it for less. Marriages dissolve. Children head off to prison or chase an early death.
In the cities, white socialists stake out the few brown neighborhoods worth living in. The yuppies are eyeing property. The hipsters have fertilized the soil—an atomized forest will bloom here soon. May a thousand Amazon Prime boxes sit safely upon these doorsteps.
Capitalism discovers our happy inefficiencies and corrects them viciously.
Greg Cochran Behavioral genetics and the judicial system, or how enforcing things like laws can have an accidentally eugenic effect. Especially, if the punishments handed out are severe enough. Also, another possible “accident”, the salutary effects of Fish on Friday.
That’s all folks. Special thanks to Superstar TWiR Staff members: Egon Maistre, David Grant, Aidan MacLear, and Hans der Fiedler for their immense help in pulling this all together. Reasonably on time.Keep on reactin! Til next week: NBS… Over and out!!