This Week In Reaction (2017/11/26)

Well this past week was Thanksgiving here in USG. And despite the holiday’s ignominious beginnings, it remains one of the least sullied ones. We hope you found much to be grateful for. Even in Clown World®. Anthony DeMarco hosts a Thanksgiving Edition of Solo Climb. More on that below. Nullus Maximus kicks off the Official Christmas Shopping Season with The Economic Fallacies of Black Friday: 2017 Edition.

Thanksgiving was undoubtedly the cause for the lighter than usual week around the sphere. And that’s all well and good, because spending time with friends and family in the real world—even if they’re intolerable progs—is more important than blogging in the virtual one.

This week in American Greatness… VDH says Never Mind ‘Trumpism’: What is ‘Deplorablism’?

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

Our good friend Carlos Esteban Cataluña y el fin de la historia. His writing is riveting… even in the Chrome translation. Also there, a guest post: Por qué no soy feminista. And no, it’s not about soy. But in a way, I suppose it kinda is.

In the Netherlands, Alf reports: Sinterklaas bleeding, but not dead. Attempting to ban Christmas—in its local dialect—is mean in any century.


Shylock Holmes reflects On the thorniness of historical counterfactuals. He looks at the consequences of the widely derided British partition of India, and counterfactual consequences of heeding the Great Saint Ghandi and not doing so.

Imperial Energy expounds upon The Miracle of Michael Travers. “Miracle” that is. Also there he has some answers to AMK’s criticisms last week.

This week in Generative Anthropology, Adam considers Originary Grammar and Political Grammar. He defines the concept of “political imaginary” and compares two: the absolutist and anarchist. The only two, really. As usual, Adam defies simple summary. And also as usual, he’s a fascinating read, with particular application to memeology… This was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Giovanni Dannato explains The Augustus Principle… in which… “There never was a precise moment Augustus(played by Brian Blessed) came out on stage and said, ‘Ho, ho I’m the emperor of the Roman Empire!'” Dannato thinks he notices a sea-change recently:

If we apply the more fluid way of history to our own time, we realize the neo-liberal cultural revolution that took hold in the 1960s effectively ended forever in 2016 and we have entered a new historical period. Even those who desperately want to restore the old social order do so with a tribal sort of viciousness in stark contrast to the harmonious star trek utopia they had envisioned for mankind barely one year ago. Even as they yearn to go back, they are unable to appreciate the irony of how their fanaticism only fuels the formation of faultlines that will define a new age.

We hope he’s right, and also hope that the decay will not collapse the system too quickly. The Restoration still needs time. Also there, Dannato explains how The 21st Century Leans Toward Aristocracy.

Billy Pratt pulls together a lot cinematic history—as well as a good bit of the pre-cinematic—to create a clever montage: Celia Shits: Portraits of Men and Women Through the Ages. It’s sort of a history of the red pill, before it was red.

While the internet certainly provides a forum for discussion, the basics of what we know as the red pill have been spread in hushed whispers and over chilled ale at men’s clubs throughout the course of western civilization. And while there was certainly a higher tolerance for discussing the reality of the world the way it really is, as opposed to our hilariously heavy-handed modern tropes painting women as brilliant warriors and benevolent scientists, it still wasn’t considered polite conversation. Even if you were treating women like children in the Eighteenth Century, you probably still wanted to pretend like you weren’t.

What would we have done without the internet? Jonathan Swift already told us pretty much all we needed to know. Pratt snags an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for his efforts here.

By way of Isegoria… A whole lotta love for Spandrell. A heckuva lot. Some light pol theory reading: Through the lens of state-formation (and more). Although they’re not synonyms, Some aspects of prodigy and autism do overlap. San Francisco has become a perverted Bizarro world. And… Handle and Arnold Kling find a lot to agree on.

Malcolm Pollack wonders why the Las Vegas shooting seems to have dropped through the memory hole.

Nick Land pops over to Jacobite to discuss North Korea in Independence Games. Land foresees exponential nuclear proliferation coming soon.

licorne-nuclear-testToothpaste doesn’t return to the tube just because it makes a mess. Once it is out, inconvenience has ceased to be any kind of argument against it. The dangers of a world in which ubiquitous deterrence capacity reigns are both obvious and immense. This is nevertheless the world we are entering. The trends driving it, from both the geopolitical and the techno-economic sides, are by any realistic estimation irresistible. Cheaper and more diverse nightmare weaponry is becoming available within an increasingly disintegrated international order. A variety of self-reinforcing dynamics—including but not restricted to those of the arms-race type—are further stimulating the process. Cascading acceleration is all but inevitable.

The Committee were pleased to bestow Professor Land with an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for his work here.

Also at Jacobite, Londoner Jacob Philips chronicles how his home neighborhood has experiences material improvement but communal disintegration in Fecundity And Forgetting.

Anatoly Karlin has a post looking into a possible Pinkerian effect in corruption. Data seems to show an overall decrease in governmental corruption globally, interesting if true.

Finally, this week in CWNY: When We Remember Europe—i.e., as our Zion.

How can a whole race of people be held captive, estranged from their God and themselves, without even knowing it? It wasn’t easy, but the devil knew what he wanted. He wanted the European people, the Christ-bearing people, to see existence through the eyes of a scientist. Where is God in the natural world? Where is the scientific evidence that skin pigmentation is anything but skin pigmentation? Who dares say that white skin connotes a distinct people with spiritual attributes different from people without white skins? Once the Europeans’ God became a propositional God, the European people became a propositional people. Faith in an intellectual concept of God is not the same as a faith in the living God nor is a universal love for humanity the same as a love for one’s own people, one’s kith and kin.


This Week in Jim Donald

Another single post week from Jim, but that one post is another of his patented harsh red pills, known to burn all the way down and cause strange visions that may actually be suppressed truths. This particular pill is labeled women like sexual coercion. Did I say red pill? This may be a red suppository. Definitely hard to argue with the sales figures of Fifty Shades of Grey.


This Week in Social Matter

Our week around here kicks off on Sunday with Myths for a New Tomorrow, expertly narrated by Marcus Wolfe. This week a Bohemian tale: Long, Broad, And Sharpsight.

Mark Christensen brings a sharp, riveting style to his review: Collaborator: Reflections On Pierre Drieu La Rochelle. And, as always, copious research. It’s a review and analysis of a couple of La Rochelle’s works, who was a much more complex puzzle than his collaboration with the German occupation would suggest.

Reading Drieu La Rochelle has an eerie character to it, intensified by the introspective and frenetic nature of his journal. In his personal reading, he names authors familiar to many of us. In one entry, he reflects on the work of Rene Guenon. In another, he recounts Bertrand de Jouvenel. Yet given the absence of these figures from any daily interaction, he may as well be invoking the memories of men from another time. It might just as easily be a diary not from the past, but from some future of our own timeline—slipped by mysterious hands into a little bookstore in a bustling city center. The recorded ultimate fate of some nameless young man in the rightist circles of today, sent backward like a ripple from a yet-unforeseen conclusion. By what means and to what end, none can say.

Christensen doesn’t usually write like this. I think he was inspired.

"This could be us but you gettin' a masters degree."

“This could be us but you gettin’ a masters degree.”

Throughout its long reign—from the Great War onward—liberalism has never truly been able to grapple with alienation. The men of the trenches stood in absolute contradiction to the bourgeois liberalism of the individual. These were comrades of blood and struggle and machine. Authority and comradery; the leader and the collective; fascism and socialism. The ideological worlds born from the trenches were those which had to be born after such an event.

Our day has not yet had its equivalent event. Though the alienation and dislocation has become ever more intense, neither Right nor Left appear to have the will they once had. The pink-haired, nagging red guards of our universities pale compared to the communist partisans of Drieu’s day, with their Spartan determination. The technological transformation of society is fueled not by politics, but by entertainment. And yet, we have men of intellect and men of action. The street battles are with us again, a century later. So, too, are the debates, the radical paths which promise to lead us to something more meaningful. Meaning—not economic comfort—is what drives men of action into the streets, and men of intellect into real thought. We can be sure that there are Drieu La Rochelle’s. There are men torn between action and thought, men for whom death is a viable solution to the contradictions which our era multiplies.

Christensen reminds us just how much we learn by reading history’s losers, who being losers have much less incentive to lie. A strong recommendation to RTWT! This won the ☀☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Award☀☀.

The West Coast Guyz™ are in place Friday with the Myth of the 20th Century podcast: Episode 45: Bush v. Gore—Recount. As always, their subject is handled with a great deal of perspicacity and irreverence.

Also on Friday, Anthony DeMarco drops a very poignant Solo Climb podcast: On Gratitude. He gets more personal than… evah, and reveals some of the tragedies in life that have shaped him—which he apparently thought were common knowledge but weren’t. I didn’t know that Anthony. Geesh. But ya made it!


This Week in Kakistocracy

Huge week from Porter this week. He kicks it off with a look at a certain sector of black nationalists in Brotha Hotep. For the uninitiated, “Hotep” describes a species of black separatist notable for seeking the empowerment of African man through his own abilities, discipline, and personal morality. Often with certain… revisionist (not to mention highly memeable) ideas about African history. Porter sympathizes, but is correctly cynical about their ability to gain much cultural ground:

And while I would certainly prefer a Hotep black zeitgeist over its whining, violent, and entitled opposition, there’s little hope it will find much purchase. That’s because from the black perspective, self-reliance is low-yield ordnance. It’s working all summer to grow radishes when the freezer is being filled with steaks

For those of us who believe that culture is downstream of power, however, the pessimism is unnecessary. Give these people status, make Coates a janitor, and the black zeitgeist will flip faster than you can say “We wuz kangs”. And I mean that with a fraternal amity only possible between two men who aren’t actively eying each other’s stuff.

Then, Porter aims a little ire at the way the Trump Administration is spending its political capital in Tax Reform with Purpose.

I guess it’s nice to enjoy such a leisurely perspective. Fooling with tax rates during a rare and brief political moment when National Questions could actually be nudged in favor of the right reminds me much of the admonishment from an old sky diving instructor: Take your time, you’ve got the rest of your life to get that parachute open.

He’ll be back on the topic in more depth, but he takes an aside to spit on the political aspirations of a certain class of bugmen in HP Replenishes Gyno Poly Pipeline. Featuring certain bugwomen, but the following applies universally to the type:

People like Meg Whitman helped create a society that will never again elect people like Meg Whitman. By treating their nation like a flea market they have cultivated political consumers who are only interested in bargains for themselves. Family members worry about the health of the family. Shoppers never worry about the health of a business.

Next, its back to the topic of tax cuts in Why a Profligate Society Needs High Taxes. Short, sweet, and to the point:

women-of-the-week-20160117-4I’m writing this glibly, but the concept is critical to absorb. A society needs to feel the pain of its pieties in order to remain healthy. Tax cuts mitigate that pain and create the illusion of health and (even worse) infinite resources. When was the last time you heard a politician make this eminently reasonable statement: That’s a valid initiative, but we have finite resources and higher priorities, so we will not be funding it at this time. It’s laughable to imagine, and yet that should be the rational response to most proposals for government action.

I’m reminded of medieval England, where taxes would rise by an order of magnitude during wartime—and settle back to miniscule rates during times of peace. The Cathedral is constantly at war, in more ways than the merely military sense. It has largely been able to insulate its elite from the actual costs.

And lastly, Porter takes the opportunity of Black Friday to reflect on The Best Holiday Deals. Cheesily enough, they’re not the ones that get marked 50% off for Christmas shopping sprees. And he feels confident that his fellow reactionaries will understand that:

Whether it is finding beauty, adventure, love, or simply enjoying the lamentations of your enemies’ women, there is little sold at Walmart for which the human heart is truly thankful. It isn’t as much about having as it is experiencing; for in the end the memory of life’s experiences will be one of your most cherished items.


This Week in Evolutionist X

Evolutionist X kicks off the week with a comprehensive dive into When Did Black People Evolve?

She pulls out the EvoX WordPress editor chair for “SFC Ton” who has a guest post on The Motorcycle Mindset.

And continuing on the theme of Biker Anthropology, a finale to No Angel by Jay Dobyns.

[O]ne of the mysteries the book touches on repeatedly is that this “criminal” organization receives nigh unwavering support from the general public. When they go to clubs, they’re given an introduction over the loudspeaker (“Everyone, the Hells Angels are partying with us tonight!”) Women are thrown at them. (Dobyns, who is married, has to get another undercover police officer to fake being his girlfriend to explain why he isn’t having sex with any of the women throwing themselves at him.) All of the motorcycle clubs in the area, even the totally mundane ones, respect the HAs; there are HA “support” clubs scattered around the nation.


This Week at Thermidor Mag

Doug Smythe starts things off at our sister publication Thermidor this week with Political Organizing And The Right: Towards A New Leninism. Smythe observes the same disparity in organization between the Left and the Right as David Hines, and he deepens Hines’ analysis with a discussion of the peculiar requirements of Right-wing organization.

Carlene Carter, daughter of June Carter, was married to Nick Lowe from 1979-1990.

Carlene Carter, daughter of June Carter, was married to Nick Lowe from 1979-1990.

It is a first principle of the new Reaction that the social change it strives towards—inter alia, the abolition of democracy and the separation of powers, the revival of indivisible personal rule, the restoration of the rights and social honour of the Church and the patriarchal family, and the suppression of globalist big business and the Cathedral—is structural change that will involve refounding the State on new juridico-political foundations, and otherwise reconfiguring the whole kit and caboodle of existing social relations. This general and foundational restructuring of State and society obviously cannot be carried out on a piecework basis by a swarm of specialized single-issue advocacy groups, nor above all through the existing conventional means of democratic participation, lobbying, and interest-group politics.

Smythe snags an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ for his outstanding work here.

Next up, Europa Weekly podcast has U N D E R C O V E R J O U R N A L I S M.

Jake Bowyer discusses The Roots Of D’Souza’s Dementia. Dinesh D’Souza’s got a new book out about how the Democrats aren’t really the liberals they claim to be. After all, Republicans freed the slaves, and the KKK was founded by Democrats.

D’Souza is one of those guys who talks about black voters in America being consigned to a Democratic “plantation.” This would only be true if one sincerely believes that black Americans are all legally retarded. Despite what DíSouza wants us to believe, the modern Democrats only trace their cultural politics back to the 1990s, not the 1860s. Intersectionality and a tribal hatred of white men drives modern progressive ideas, not some secret desire to maintain white elite hegemony over America’s brown, black, and yellow people. Today’s Democrats have far more in common with the African National Congress than the Democrats of the 19th or early 20th century.

The Clintons obdurately refuse to go away, but Stephen Paul Foster considers the possibility in Weinstein And The Fall Of The House of Clinton.

So, while it was Donald Trump who denied the Clintons a second stay over at the White House, it now appears that the Hollywood Big Enchilada, Harvey Weinstein, will, of all people, be the man responsible for making them, finally, go away and leave us in peace. Weinstein’s precipitous fall from highest ranks of celebrity Democrats is a spectacular a crash and burn that until recently, would have been unimaginable.

Finally, N. T. Carlsbad recounts the history of the once free city of Liège in Smash the Liègoisie. Carlsbad passes from the first charter issued by the prince-bishop in 1066 to the destruction of Saint Lambert’s Cathedral in 1794.


This Week Around The Orthosphere

Cologero has a nice primer on The Metaphysics of Non-being.

Kristor makes an argument as to why Orthodoxy Is Inevitable.

women-of-the-week-20160117-30To control for heterodoxy, a society must understand its orthodoxy quite well. So must there be always an established dogma regarding First Things, pervasive inculcation of its doctrines in the young, ritual repetitions of its logic, rehearsals of the sacred texts that encode it, a canon of law to enforce its moral ukases, and in its immunological defense something like the Inquisition. If the Inquisition can’t nip heresy in the bud, it will flourish like a weed, grow powerful, and spread. Things will get more and more out of hand, and harder to control. In the limit, social survival will depend upon costly, dangerous moves such as the Albigensian Crusade or the American Civil War.

J. M. Smith writes about why audiences shouldn’t clap at performances in Ressentiment or Catharsis?

Matt Briggs lists some funny reasons he might say “I Am A Climate Denier.” Then he gives us this very important reminder: Don’t Be A Conservative: Be a Reactionary.

As can be gleaned from examples like those above, not all, but a good many conservatives are persons who believe today what progressives believed yesterday. Conservatives of this stripe aren’t averse to following behind progressives in the Grand March forward, they only wish the pace wasn’t so quick. The death of this word is why, if you believe Truth is a constant and cannot undergo revision, it is best to be a reactionary and not a conservative. If there is a better word for those who hold to and seek the timeless, I do not know it.

Then, a black Apple VP apologises for suggesting white people can be diverse, bureaucracies within bureaucracies, more bishops making gay couples feel welcome, preachers defending abortion, and the Orthodox Patriarch Kirill alarmingly warns of imminent end times, all in this week’s Insanity & Doom Update XIII.

Also at Briggs, a helpful comparison between necessary and contingent truths and their implications regarding The Static Theory of Time and Free Will (Guest Post by The Cranky Professor).

In Breaking the right way, Mark Richardson notices among the young alt-right spokeswomen a trend away from civic nationalism. (“SpokesTHOTs”, we like to call ’em.)

As the old spots are taken over by the materialists, Bruce Charlton suggests we make a new Pilgrimage in search of sacred places.

John Fitzgerald reviews some work of Kathleen Raine—Poet, Platonist, Prophet.

Dalrock notices an AutoZone commercial marketing to that Aging lonely feminist humor demographic. The Spanish version uses the Same advertising message, different culture. Also, when dinner is made according to traditional gender roles, It tastes better that way.


This Week in Arts & Letters

Parallax Optics suggests a two-pronged attack to establish Restorationist Aesthetics, one of which relies On Iconoclasm.

static1.squarespace-1The pre-eminent examples of a Neo-Dada aesthetic are to be found in the #Frogtwitter and 4/8 Chan constellation, frieze framed / calcified by the LD50 718222666 exhibition, which was funded by money from betting on Trump to win the presidency. The protests that followed in its wake were an example of CAW antibodies reacting to the presence of an invading virus. The SDLD50 organisers were catalysed by the existential status threat / moral entrepreneurship, virtue signalling opportunity, presented by an exhibition of heretical imagery / anti-progressive symbology, in their own Hackney backyard. The status threat was activated by Trump winning the Presidency and attempting to put some of his policies into action. Since progressives generally believe in the fiction that the leavers of power terminate with the President, the presence of Trump – an enemy – in the White House fundamentally threatened their status-economy.

Neo-Dada vandalism emerges spontaneously. You can’t top down manage the process, only catalyse it. Hestia Society and other Restoration + institutions don’t need to sully themselves with it. But they do need to recognise that it’s useful and a necessary phase of transition from one aesthetic paradigm to another.

Indeed, Hestia Society has always appreciated this fact. Parallax Optics impressed The Committee to the tune of an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Gio Pennacchietti has a monumental series over at Logos Club this week entitled “The Mission Of Art Is The Care Of The Soul”: Part 1: On The Online Right’s lack of a new aesthetics, Part 2: Italian Futurism as negative model, and Part 3: For Vision and Nature. From the part 1…

Art has degenerated into a social engineering project, hence why the CIA for years used the New York School of abstract expressionism as a covert psychological operation against the Soviets (and the American public). Despite what the mission brief states, the CIA’s promotion of abstract expressionism was never meant to spread some romantic idea of American artistic freedom to the Soviets, but rather to weaponize chaos and absurdity.

So how’s that been working out? For Cathedral Art World (CAW) artists…

…art has no higher metaphysical purpose beyond the political and the bodily. It thus becomes utilitarian, lacking any significant power or intrinsic virtue despite those supposed qualities of art the average sociology major pays lip service to. You hear cheap slogans thrown about by art school hipsters, like “art can change the world”, or “art is power, art is resistance” – but how could they possibly venerate and pay homage to any artistic ideal from their deeply dug trenches of crass apathy, festooned piecemeal with the materialist appropriation of trends and cultures not their own? Those who make art the slave of politics are simply missing the point.

Anyway, the whole series is great food for thought concerning Restorationist Aesthetics and beyond. The series is a very obvious ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Interpreted scene from Exotica, Gio Pennacchietti (2015).

Interpreted scene from Exotica, Gio Pennacchietti (2015).

Also at Logos Club, Kaiter Enless has two part ones: in American Empire: Embrace & Reformation and Reflections. In the former, Enless gets a whole lot right about the observable fact that USG is an empire and it probably isn’t a good idea to tear it down. I’d quibble about it being the Military Industrial Complex that holds the satellites together. The Empire is more a Blue Empire creation than a Red one.

Over at City Journal, a review of Dianne Lake’s autobiographical Member of the Family: My Life Story of Charles Manson, Life Inside His Cult, and the Darkness That Ended the Sixties. Creepy as all get out. And oh yeah, Charles Manson died last week. Tho’ it seems unlikely, we hope he rests in peace. Also why Why America Can’t Lower Child-Poverty Rates—three guesses and the first two don’t count. Theodore Dalrymple has a couple of pieces up: Mugabism Without Mugabe and The Shakespeareologists.

Also there, Seth Barron has the skinny on British Rockers getting pretty fashy (Nick Cave, Morrissey, Roger Waters, for example). And speaking of some top shelf aesthetics: the Maestro of Mar-a-Lago.

Chris Gale has a kipple in combination with The death spiral of the clerk. Also a hopeful peek at Generation Zyklon and the Church—well “Christianity” at any rate. A tribute to the great Johnny Cash in Let the wormtounges lie. Psychopathic black woman disappeared from twitter—hopefully from her job (but I seriously doubt it… the soft bigotry of low expectations-n-all that). And Hilaire Belloc once again for a Sunday Sonnet.

Richard Carroll is reading (Really) Old Books™. He has another in his series on Plato’s Dialogues: Lesser Hippias. And in honor of Thanksgiving Day a bit of history and commentary on James Graham, Marquis of Montrose, “On Himself, upon Hearing What was his Sentence”.

And over at Imaginative Conservative, this was a blast from the past: Skyjack: The Mystery of D.B. Cooper’s Thanksgiving Eve Jump. Growing up in Portland, the story of D. B. Cooper was a mainstay of the public consciousness. A Thanksgiving Reflection on The Human Longing for Gratitude. A note from Wyoming (actually) Catholic College: Are they the Smartest Students in America? Well, they don’t have their heads stuck in their smartphones at least.


This Week in the Outer Left

Not much going on with the left this past week. Presumably they were too busy coming up with ways to be annoying at Thanksgiving dinner and didn’t get around to writing as much.

Still, the folks at The Baffler put up something that made me go “hmmm” and stroke my chin a bit. Commenting on the professional friends of YouTube, Kaila Philo makes a case for the interesting part of the “youtube star” phenomenon being—of course—political. This misses the point. Fundamentally, this is a story about our present state of alienation, and if I may be forgiven for the pretension, anomie. My thoughts on all this are somewhat unclear to me, but still, RTWT.

689873ec9e38f81af644efb2ba46f433--green-eyed-girl-girl-with-green-eyesAmong the most popular of these professional friends, and an exemplar of teendom in the new economy, is nineteen-year-old Tana Mongeau, whose success isn’t all that surprising. Hair dyed cool blonde, nails sharpened and polished to kill, young enough to stay hip but old enough to exude sex appeal, Mongeau is recognizable as the most popular girl at your high school…. She’s graced with a specific kind of charisma that’s shameless in a way that benefits her: she holds little back, posting (in)famous stories about being fucked with a toothbrush or getting arrested at Coachella, offering just enough intimacy to make anyone feel welcome to—maybe even honored by—her friendship. Watching a Tana Mongeau video often feels like you’re sitting at the cool table, learning the juiciest drama from your own private It Girl.

Firing up YouTube videos to passively hang out with women we don’t know giving us the girlfriend experience and men we don’t know giving us the the bro friend experience… very Current Year.

S. Craig Hickman of Social Ecologies favored us with an original poem this week, entitled visions and revisions. It is short enough that I could just quote the whole thing, but I want him to get the clicks he’s earned, so head over and read it for yourself. You’ll be glad you did.


This Week… Elsewhere

PA has some useful pointers on Everyday Rhetoric—the kind you’ll need to interact with normies IRL.

Heartiste explains what happens When An Uppity Feminist Meets An Impervious POC. My own take on it…

Zach Kraine sets monarchy and democracy respectively within The Philosophies of Pain and Hubris. Also, a thought experiment: Political Epicureanism.

Al Fin rates Trump The Most Effective US President Since Reagan.

Greg Cochran laments the difficulty to maintain The Index of national capabilities, when it’s your job not to be racist.

Reluctant Reactionary has some praise for Spandrell and proposes an example of A Functioning Patchwork—Maine’s lobstermen.

Nishiki Prestige had an explosion of output this week with five entries, including what appears to be a final missive. (And I feel we’ve only just recently met.) He started with a personal story and observation on the super-stimuli that we are all awash in all the time in bad vibes, moved on to relationships and marriage with real love is empty love, dynamics of the Cathedral in the Cathedral has cancer, and meditated on death before finishing up with the end. I won’t excerpt from them, as you all know Nishiki’s trippy style by now, but you should read all of them start to finish, and probably more than once, as this may be the last content we get from our friend. And please join me in pressing F to pay respects.

The original intention was to get other people to start writing. To make it look easy. That is failing. But something might come along to fix that. Support people who write. It takes time and effort. A blog scene can be something very special. I was hoping to rekindle it. YOU might be able to do better. Please do. Will read

Anyone want to answer Nishiki’s call?

Meta-Nomad tugged at my heart-strings with disintegrating nostalgia: an obituary for the United Kingdom.

lon1Tough to let a loved one go, tougher is the acceptance of never knowing what you had. A task to be sure, beloved dies and a mourning begins. Yet how does one begin to mourn the death of a country? Especially one that is supposedly still alive, a frail corpse of a nation selling itself to whichever liberal fad will pay for its supports. To watch the slow internal destruction of your home from within. Having to assimilate one’s views amongst progressives and liberals resulting in incessant intellectual nausea. A bidding farewell to the final remnants of a life lived yet still in movement. A final attempt at dragging my nostalgic British memories from their forbidden tomb and having them bear all for need of a comparison. I give my sincerest apologies to my memories, for they will have to meet their future.

“I give my sincerest apologies to my memories, for they will have to meet their future.” Bracing stuff.

Strong civilizations, like the one Britain used to be, can accept a modest flow of foreigners with the confidence that they will be assimilated—that the distinctive strengths of other peoples can be added to those of the dominant group to service them. But when the civilization turns weak, that flow is an assimilation force, even under similar accidental appearances. If you’re teaching “the foreigner’s beliefs as a means for easier assimilation,” just who is assimilating whom? The Committee deigned to award Meta Nomad wins the prestigious ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ for this piece (tho’ they did have see an opthamologist for precautionary screening after reading the site for a few minutes).


Again, hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving, and best wishes for a Blessed Advent. As always, I thank the TWiR Staff—David Grant, Egon Maistre, Hans der Fiedler, and Aidan MacLear—for being the Best Damn Reactionary Aggregator Staff Out There. Keep on reactin! Til next week: NBS… Over and out!!

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  1. Thanks NBS/TWir!

  2. Mark Christensen November 30, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    Thanks for the kind words. La Rochelle should also make us reflect on the ultimate consequences of choices and alliances. I do not think he admired or even liked his allies in the end. Little worse than to die for someone else’s cause, especially when you don’t believe in it.

    As it happens, I really did stumble across that work entirely by chance in a small bookstore in a bustling city. So who knows?

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