This week an illegal alien was acquitted of Kate Steinle’s murder. Creating a fair amount of teeth gnashing on twitter. Heather Mac Donald has a thorough review of San Francisco’s Shame over at City Journal. Malcolm Pollack provides heaps of commentary. Irrespective of the facts of the case, it remains an outrage. Because what part of “illegal” do you not understand? Murderers or not, beautiful victims or not, they’ll all have to go.
While there is delicious irony in seeing those individuals who treated traditional culture like their personal scratching posts run out of town on rails, there remain in their places those who share these hateful views about the “rest of us” and who are seizing upon this time as an excuse to launch a modern day Salem witch hunt. Hate of all things male has been rallying cry of the left over the last 100 years on behalf of the equality movement. The movement for women’s equality under law was and remains a good and just endeavor. And it should also be acknowledged that there remains much to be done, due in no small part to the actions of the Weinsteins and Frankens of the world who clearly did not practice what they preached.
How did we get here?
A loss of virtue, he says. We agree. Virtues have been replaced with “values”. “Women’s Liberation” is yet another synonym. Also related: VDH with The Case for Sexual Deterrence. It was Sex Week at American Greatness.
Let’s see… what else was going on?
Imperial Energy kicks his week off with the Imperial Circular: Rex the Wrecker—or why the US State Department keeps failing.
Neocolonial springs off Jim’s monumental essay (more on that below) with a nuanced synopsis: Throne, Altar, and Externalities. He coins the term “flowhold” to rescue “freehold” from the ever-voracious jaws of Imperium in Imperio. The Committee deemed this an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
This Week in Generative Anthropology, Adam takes a deep dive into Semiotic Engineering. His aim?
What I propose engineering is a tissue of discourse with built-in immunities to anarchist ontology and the anarchist imaginary. The aim would be to engineer ways of speaking, writing and thinking that make it possible to infiltrate liberal spaces (almost all spaces today), dissolve liberal chains of command and naming practices, and create out of the ruins an absolutist imaginary.
I can’t quite make out what this would entail, but the very idea is delicious…
The absolutist anarchist-resistant discourse seeks to increase the likelihood that its utterances will issue in ceremonies of naming, with practices and orders that follow. Even […] discourses that take their mission to be slicing and dicing liberal BS should do this. To the liberal presupposing an anarchist sovereign imaginary we counter-presuppose sovereign naming. All liberal concepts can be chased back into their lairs, where we will discover their founding in some constitutive distraction, some imperative to break the real chain of naming and replace it with a fantasized origin of another chain.
Make it so?? This too was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
Something completely different from Alfred Woensalaer: Immortal gene, mortal man—well, not completely different, but you know what I mean.
Giovanni Dannato notes: Sexual Harassment Hysteria Seriously Undermines the Establishment. And boy, don’t they
The larger significance of this development is that it represents a critical rupture in the alliance that has created and sustained feminism as a cultural force since the late 19th century. Women have grown so accustomed to the easy exercise of power in society that they have forgotten that they are helpless without the backing of powerful male sponsors.
Feminism has freed women from the clutches of drab provider males for a few generations now and so the memory of where they came from has faded. They now think when the bill comes due, they can free themselves from their more undesirable sponsors as well and perhaps even seize control themselves. Alas, they will discover to their dismay that is not how the world works.
Pass the popcorn… of course. But unless feminism can be excised from the Western Soul, we’re in social free-fall. All the way to barbarism. Whereupon feminism will no longer be a major concern.
Devin Helton doesn’t post often. But when he does, it’s almost always an instant classic. This week is no exception as he looks at What caused the dramatic rise of crime and blight in American cities from 1950 to 2000? Three guesses and the first two don’t count. He meets the conventional—politically acceptable—wisdom head with a mountain of historical data. And it isn’t as though anyone’s celebrating black social dysfunction. But it’s not a problem anyone’s going to be able to fix by lying about it. Helton is encyclopedic in scope here in laying making his case that evil white racist policies were not the cause of urban blight. Indeed, ostensibly pro-black policies bear far closer scrutiny. This won an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀ for its quality and scope.
Neovictorian sets about Steelmanning Liberalism. He tackles the proposition: “Liberalism prevents or makes very unlikely destructive war between nation-states”. Because, presumably, “the people” never want war. But of course we know, “the people” want whatever they are told to want.
Let it never be said that N. T. Carlsbad is not reading old books: Royalist and Rousseauist all the same—in the case of Antoine Joseph de Barruel-Beauvert at least. Also there, a clarification: Hegelianism is not Prussianism. And The transition from Prussian conservatism to German nationalism.
Anatoly Karlin, Friend of This Blog, takes some time to go through and provide an analysis of Zhirinovsky’s program. For those who don’t know, Zhirinovsky is the leader of the Russian nationalist party, LDPR, and is currently polling in a very distant second place for Russia’s 2018 presidential election. The program looks like a weird grab-bag of socialist, liberal, conservative, and reactionary positions.
The first thing one notices is that it is something of a mess; an idiosyncratic collection of populist, authoritarian, populist, statist, democratic, and even genuinely liberal proposals. It’s like they locked a cryptoanarchist, an Alt Rightist, and a /pol/tard in a room and forced them to come up with something without bothering to even edit the final product.
Amusing that Karlin thinks a cryptoanarchist, an Alt Rightist, and a /pol/tard would be more than one person. Still, there are some genuinely interesting ideas in the program, and others that just make me scratch my head.
And Anatoly also looks at some recent projections of Muslim migration for an Eurabia update. Long story short: it is bad. Even if all migration stopped today, the Muslim share of population is projected to substantially increase by 2050. There is one very attractive solution: they have to go back, all of them, and as soon as physically possible.
Speaking of podcasts, I’ve recently been introduced to two that I really like, tho’ I am far from being a completist on either. Borzoi‘s The Poz Button is thus far excellent cultural commentary without descending into inane verbal shitposting. Then just this past week Men With Chests reached out to me. They run a very Catholic, NRx-friendly, and also pretty funny show here. With any luck, I should be on there in a few weeks.
By way of Isegoria… Overanalysis can be far worse than laziness. Intellectual indoor plumbing and toxic ideas that spread like wildfire. Quoting Scott Alexander: “Once your culture has a weird superstition, it can get plugged into various social needs to become a load-bearing part of the community structure.”. Why Bulletproofing magic works, strategically speaking at least. An interview with VDH about The Second World Wars. And a foray into England’s rather ancap past.
Finally, this week’s epistle from Cambria Will Not Yield: Of Europe, the Seven Thousand, and Elijah.
Miracle on 34th St, like all the great European fairy tales, allows us, the European people, to take a moral holiday. We see evil punished and the good rewarded. But in order to take pleasure in a movie such as A Miracle on 34th St, one must have a moral vision of life that is in line with the moral vision of the European people of ancient times who believed the hope of the world was born in a stable in Bethlehem.
Everything was in place in the citadels of power in 1947—church, state, academia, and press—to bring down the curtain on white Christian Europe, but the average white person at that time had more in common with the Europe of 1117 than the Europe of 2017.
My gut tells me that’s probably true.
This Week in Jim Donald
A strong week from Jim, tackling some important theory and the Kate Steinle murder verdict. First came Jim’s latest contribution to monarchist theory, throne, altar, and freehold. Positively magisterial! There is a lot going on in this one, so give it a careful read. We all know throne and altar is great, but Jim argues it is incomplete.
But throne and altar has been tried, and has failed. How did it fail? The answer is, failed because of loss of freehold.
Freehold means that the peasant in his hovel possesses Kingly power under his hovel’s roof, which Kingly power the King has no right to mess with, even if the peasant abuses it.
Jim continues with an explanation of precisely why excessive absolutism leads to insecure power and anarcho-tyranny.
Obviously a stationary bandit is better than a mobile bandit, and one might well conclude from this that the more absolute the King the better, that if he owns everything and everyone, he will have correct incentives. But the trouble with this solution is that no one rules alone. If he attempts to own everything and everyone, he claims more power than mortal man can exercise, and the power will slide through his fingers into the hands of a faceless horde of bureaucrats around the throne, who say “Yes your highness” while actually getting their own way, who endanger him and his heirs, and you get anarcho tyranny.
Too much power results in paralyzing complexity, resulting in insecure power. Hence anarcho tyranny.
Even a King must yield before the divinely ordained patriarchal power the meanest peasant has over his wife and children. What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder. It is for the King’s own good to be reminded of that now and again, so if a King tries to mess around with a peasant’s wife or daughter, a backside full of buckshot seems only appropriate divine retribution. An instant classic from Jim and winner of the ☀☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Award☀☀.
And, in current events, Jim looks into the Kate Steinle murder verdict and does not like what he sees. Nor should he. What he sees, and what a surprising number of normies I have spoken to see, is invader justice for invaders. Take it away, Jim.
Recently saw picture of the invader jury that acquitted the invader who whimsically and casually murdered a white woman. They were very pleased with themselves. They were delighted. They were extremely proud of themselves.
The problem is that for some time, Democrats have been manufacturing a unitary and cohesive invader identity that is hostile to whites, and now we are getting invader justice—one immigrant from one country is apt to back another immigrant of a different ethnicity and religion who commits a crime against a white, because they are both invaders.
And the more anti white and anti native you are, the holier you are, thus Mexicans are holier than Asians, mestizos are holier than whitish Mexicans, indios are even holier, and Muslims are the holiest of all.
And acquitting an invader who murdered a white chick for laughs pleasingly raises one’s holiness status, hence the pride and joy of the jury.
The official institutional systems have been hacked so they need to be rebooted with a few new patches to make future attacks harder. Adding throne, altar, and freehold to the OS seems like a good start.
This Week in Social Matter
The Myths for a New Tomorrow series was on hiatus this week, so the Social Matter week begins (with the exception of yours truly) with the return of Luke Wesson and The New Redemption Of Ham. His feature image paints a thousand words… which are all but unintelligible today. Short, but very powerful commentary… and an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.
In the Myth of the 20th Century podcast: Episode 46: Underground—The Tokyo Gas Attack and Japanese Psyche.
This Week in Kakistocracy
A painful urological analogy is woven into Porter’s analysis of Moon River—because some urological features are best accessed via… well you get the picture.
He notes, with tongue not entirely planted in cheek: North Korean Nukes No Panacea. I.e., they’re probably not accurate enough to hit Washington DC directly, thus endangering the lives of innocent Americans, none of whom live in DC.
Finally, Porter observes that Tradition Dies Hard, at least when it comes to deciding Who gets to shit on Whom.
[I]f you think swimming in the changing currents of social fashion is hard for you, try doing so as an antique African autocrat. Such is precisely the sort of graceless lumbering that’s been on display over the past 24 hours from congressional ghetto regents John Conyers and Jim Clyburn. Conyers, you will recall, is the latest erection-empowering leftist to be accused of molesting unwilling women. Following the allegations, he announced he will not seek re-election in 2018, thus depriving his constituents of a 53rd year of his representation. This may be even more galling to twerk-philosophers such as Tennessee Coates, given that Rep. Conyers has introduced a black reparations bill every congress since 1989. And by the way, all of his alleged sexual victims are white women.
Looks like the soft-bigotry of low expectations is not gonna be much help anymore. If you have a penis.
This Week in Evolutionist X
Evolutionist X has another installment of her invaluable Cathedral Round-Ups: The Forgotten History of Progressive Eugenics. Like Stanford’s first president: David Starr Jordan… for whom the Harvard Crimson had much praise. In 1910. We’re not big fans of eugenics around here, and happy to hang it around progressive necks whenever possible. But we oppose dysgenics even more.
And the study of criminal subcultures continues on Anthropology Friday: The Way of the Wiseguy, by Donnie Brasco pt 1. Brasco was an FBI agent who penetrated the mob and lived to tell about it.
This Week at Thermidor Mag
It was a light week over at our sister publication Thermidor. Jake Bowyer starts off by marking the death of Charles Manson in Filth and the Final Judgment. Inspired by a personal experience, Bowyer reviews Manson’s life and influences.
Manson, a self-centered psycho who legitimized his love for drugs, death, and pussy by espousing half-cocked occultism, is the photo negative of the entire Boomer generation. Boomers flocked to him because Manson fought the “System”—a hatable [sic] phantasmagoria that can be anything and everything.
For non-murdering Boomers, the “System” became their families, white men, the Christian faith of America, and middle-class culture. The Boomer lust for escapism dragged an entire country down, and today’s left-wing politics in America can be seen as the run-off, the garbage leachate of the Boomers’ holy trinity of extreme individualism, therapeutic politics, and godless moralizing.
Next up, Europa Weekly has All Hail Bike Cuck the Great!.
C. A. Schoultz returns with Out of the Vales of Har: Towards a Future Beyond Nostalgia. He is intrigued about the electoral victory of Democratic Socialist Lee Carter in Virginia and meditates on what this development might foreshadow.
Stephen Paul Foster ponders Identity Politics: Where Compassion Meets Criminality. Foster identifies identity politics as a highly sophisticated extortion racket.
Identity politics as an extortion system works because the snake oil of collective victimhood and guilt has been peddled for so long by the cultural Marxists that it is now inextricably embedded in American meta-politics. Resistance to it nearly impossible. The slander carried out by the mainstream media against Trump (before and into his presidency) and his supporters, and Hillary Clinton’s infamous reduction of Trump supporters to “Untermenschen” (that “basket of deplorables” who are “unredeemable”) signals an endgame for traditional American politics.
Of course, we know all politics is identity politics. Therefore end politics… so far as it is possible.
Jake Bowyer rounds out the week with Cyanide and Myth-Making. Bowyer revisits the Bosnian conflict of the 90s and challenges the standing narrative.
This Week Around The Orthosphere
Cologero, expansive as usual, is very interesting on The Misuse of Intelligence—that of the current crop of “elites” and beyond.
American Dad has an interesting retrospective on The Courtship Pledge. Along the way, this gem:
Most people pine for the aesthetic of days gone by, but not the actual values that the aesthetic was based on.
That’s Conservatism in a nutshell. A hollow, empty nutshell.
J. M. Smith presents, for the purposes of what he calls “historical demonology,” a prophetic anecdote written in 1648 England which Smith entitles “Putting Out the Lights”: A Scrap from the Ashes. Then he makes peace with his biblical namesake in The Fate of a Jonathan.
Bonald calls for the Church to, once again, begin Engaging the world by picking unpopular fights, such as the defense of patriarchy.
Kristor passes the popcorn as The Sexual Left Devours Itself.
Matt Briggs, reporting from the academic front, asks Can We Contain The Contagion At Universities? His conclusion: We are doomed. Then on the political front, Politico Wants To Know If Trump Supporters Regret Their Choice. Briggs sure doesn’t. And of course, George Washington’s church takes down George Washington memorabilia, teachers are forced out of C of E schools for teaching about sin, computer scientists struggle to keep AI from turning racist, and Biden makes Jewish folk uncomfortable by crediting them with advancing the homosexual agenda, all in this week’s Insanity & Doom Update XIV.
Also at Briggs, Kent Clizbe guest-posts this realpolitik counterpoint to Ianto Watt’s spiritual history of Russia in Russia, America & Influence—the Tsar, the Church, 7th Century Conspiracy?
Mark Richardson, in Accepting our monstrosity?, examines the recent shift in sexual mores on the left.
William Wildblood posts this excellent exploration of The Esoteric and the Spiritual in relation to Christianity.
Some had psychic powers. But how many were really motivated by love of God? Indeed, how many truly acknowledged him? The answer seems to me to be not that many. But, as I was informed by my teachers, “it is not necessary to chase after the many mysteries of existence. Live simply in the heart and all mysteries will in time become known to you.” This is not an injunction to give up any attempt at understanding life but a matter of putting things in context and not being distracted from the essential, the essential being love of God.
Dalrock notices how Cross dressing snuck up in our blind spot. In fact, it is kind of weird how nobody noticed it becoming impossible for a woman to crossdress as a man.
Donal Graeme decides to focus on examples of Toxic Femininity. He’s making a list.
This Week in Arts & Letters
Professor Thomas Bertonneau is over at Sydney Trads this week with a scholarly historical and intellectual survey of Vincent d’Indy, le Wagnerisme, & Tradition.
Over at Dark Brightness, Chris Gale reviews the correlation between suicide and hormonal contraception—and we’re hearing about this NOW??!! It makes perfect back of the envelope sense tho’ → female hormone levels are almost entirely the result of million years of primate/hominid selection: Play with them, for the sake of “our modern lifestyle”, at your own risk. The acquittal of Kate Steinle’s killer prompts musings on The death of justice. Love is a marathon—that you don’t need to carbo-load for. There are… No new sins. And the obligatory Sunday Sonnet by Hilaire Belloc.
At Logos Club, Kaiter Enless continues his Reflections: Part II, wherein the anti-concept of “racism” is debunked, and rational prejudice duly defended. He speaks out against The Hamfisted Propaganda Of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. I guess that’s a game or something. But hey, if you’re gonna do propaganda, then hamfisted is not the way to go. They have inaugural episode of Radio Enless.
Over at Imaginative Conservative, Ralph Ancil has an expansive essay on the Limits of Political Discourse: Lessons from Art & History. Havel’s Green Grocer makes an appearance as Kee presents Romano Guardini’s Diagnosis of the Modern World. Related: a pre-print of Guardini’s essay: The End of the Modern World.
They also have a review of a collection of C. S. Lewis essays of which I was unaware: Present Concerns. Terneus ruminates upon Cervantes’ Don Quixote in Pursuit of the Beautiful. A musical presentation and analysis on Humperdinck’s “Evening Prayer” of Fourteen Angels (Not that Englebert Humperdinck. This one.). Finally, Birzer’s Quick and Dirty Guide to the Middle Ages.
Richard Carroll is reading—and commentating on—the oldest books this week: Olympic Level Poetry: Pindar’s Odes. Probably dates back to the “bicameral mind” days of human history.
PA has a translation (and quite beautiful embedded music) of Zbigniew Herbert’s Elegy Of Fortinbras.
Finally, over at City Journal… Joel Kotkin—whom I believe coined the phrase “new clerisy—and Wendell Cox analyze Playgrounds for Elites: It’s HLvM all the way down. Remarks on the passing of baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Theodore Dalrymple takes issue with Homeless Sanctimony, as sanctioned by the BBC and elsewhere. And Ryan Fazio commemorates the recently ended Blood-Red Century. The century that is. Not necessarily the bloodshed.
This Week in the Outer Left
A couple of interesting things from the Outer Left this week, so let’s dive right in.
Over at The Baffler, Jesse Crispin’s book review of The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve is surprisingly illuminating, but certainly not in the way she intended. According to Miss Crispin, the author is “a secularist who believes in progress”, and she finds much fault in his interpretation of the Adam and Eve story. Bear with me on this one, because I think it is worth exploring in some detail.
It’s a bit like the overly optimistic section of the left that believes all we need to solve the world’s imbalances and evils is to recreate the Garden. They believe it is injustice and scarcity, as opposed to the individuals who enforce those conditions, that cause violence and crime. Simply design a utopia of equality and lack of want and we can all live in harmony together.
That does indeed sound a lot like the usual thing one hears from the utopian left. But Miss Crispin is having none of it.
Much like Adam and Eve, the concept of original sin can be interpreted in a million different ways to justify all sorts of worldviews. That interpretation will change over time, based on the specific morality and cultural context of each particular era. We live in an era in the Western world where we believe our behavior should not be restricted by anything. Not religion, not a social contract. We should be able to consume what we like, say what we like, fuck what we like. So, of course, in our era we interpret the idea of sin as old-fashioned and outdated and useless. In our era, we find scientific and evolutionary justifications for our behavior, but those are stories just like any other. We have sexual urges because of our biological imperative to spread our genes, and so on. That is a story that grants us permission to do what we like, and so we prefer it over the story of original sin.
Many traditionalists are no doubt saying “yeah, where’s the lie?” But check this out:
But, as the philosopher John Gray has noted, original sin can be useful to us, taken out of its religious context. There is, in fact, something broken deep at the heart of human beings. No other species is as uselessly violent, as destructive to the habitat that should sustain us, as set on domination and control….
The violence originates in us. Religious concepts like original sin help us understand this about ourselves, and offer suggestions on what to do about it. If, then, we place original sin outside of its Christian context, we can still use it to understand this brokenness, this illness that exists in us. There is no amount of external maneuvering that can wash us clean of this inborn stain. We can only acknowledge it, try to reckon with it, and then struggle to choose to behave differently.
And there, I believe, is where any sane gentleman must part ways with Miss Crispin. The sheer breathtaking sickness of the above is genuinely shocking to me. To offer original sin on the one hand, but deny the possibility of being washed clean on the other… I just fail to see how anyone can see the universe as being so actively malevolent. Nick Land and other atheists of his persuasion believe in a cold, uncaring universe and embrace that prospect, but Miss Crispin—and there are others like her—wish to erect a religion around original, unwashable sin because we are insufficiently environmentalist. Even a utopian leftist secularist of the “fully automated luxury space communism” breed seems preferable, at least to me.
And over at The Awl, Kyle Brazzel has an experience with TV for the nostalgic narcissist. Definitely RTWT on this one, because no excerpt would do it justice. I am not entirely sure what is going on here, but it really looks like a bugman has found something so empty, so, well, bugmannish that his vestigial instincts for substance are kicking in, but are too weak to scream and so can only pitifully whimper as they are drowned in reruns of 1970s television and listicles about nostalgia for superficial consumer goods (“12 Fast Food Sandwiches You Will Never Eat Again”). Reflect for a moment: we are almost certainly not yet at Peak Bugman. Reflect and shudder.
This Week… Elsewhere
AMK has a video of what he thinks an NRx prison looks like. I don’t think the NRx thinks prisons will be necessary. Also a fairly stout, secular defense of inherited tradition in The vestigial organ fallacy.
Also from the Anti-Puritan: The case for informalism. As a tactic to confound enemies and seize power, he’s basically correct. And if you don’t your work to be flushed down the toilet in the future, then you formalize.
Al Fin looks at how Renewable Energy Skyrockets, and Other Little Heard News—unfit to print obviously. He notes:
For over 200 years, humans have been trying to wean themselves from archaic, inefficient, and unreliable forms of energy production. As a result, people have become more prosperous, healthier, better fed, and experience far more leisure time than their ancestors dreamed of. But politicians and politically corrupt opportunists never let a faux crisis go to waste, and so the “climate apocalypse scare” has led to a massive green welfare scheme to profit already obscenely wealthy political insiders—usually on the left end of the spectrum.
Also there, a note that Elite Flight Out of Russia Worse than Thought.
By way of Arnold Kling: Health spending negatively correlated with health outcomes. The causal arrow, however, is difficult to tease out. Not a welcome finding in polite society either way.
Fred Reed has a superb diatribe on an Absolute, Obvious, Unacknowledged Disaster: A Racial Snapshot of America. I keep saying things were a lot better for blacks in America when they had to ride in the back of the bus.
It is hard to decide whether these revelations are astonishing or boring. Accustomed to such numbers by long exposure, we forget that scholastic catastrophe of this magnitude would be unthinkable in any other civilized society. Can you imagine a Baltimore in Japan? Finland? South Korea? Germany before African immigration? Ah, but Baltimore is getting rid of those oppressive statues. That will fix things.
That… and a few more Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevards oughta do it.
Over at Faith & Heritage, an edifying retrospective on Jan Smuts on the Racial Policy of the Union of South Africa.
Food for thought, and definitely not without controversial hot sauce, The Rebbe offers a Summary of Benefits from the Alliance with Israel.
Heartiste catches de Tocqueville predicting Current Year America.
TUJ looks how that hows and whys of Keeping the Collusion Hallucination Alive.
Over on Medium (which is generally quite abysmal) an intriguing question on just who wrote the lyrics on Back in Black? Which I hadn’t considered before. But now… it really makes ya think. This too: an interesting look at What Bikini Atoll Looks Like Today—not all that bad actually. Considering.
Finally at Medium: Lyman Stone is quite alarmist in The Great Baby Bust of 2017, and appears to have the data to justify it. Either way, the future still belongs to those who show up for it.
Welp… that’s about all we had time for. Many thanks to the excellent David Grant, Egon Maistre, and Hans der Fiedler for al their help this week. Keep on reactin! Til next week: NBS… Over and out!!