This Week In Reaction (2018/01/14)

I guess the biggest news this week was #Shithole-Gate. Which was, at the very least, quite entertaining

American Greatness wants to Dismantle DACA Once and for All. As do we. But all the rational arguments in the world can’t stand up a symbol implanted in the national psyche. Turn one of those DACA-eligible illiterate bums into an enduring meme, and maybe we’ll get something. Also there, VDH examines whether Trump is Really Crazy.

And Angelo Codevilla chimes in on Sex vs. Political Correctness?

The fundamental problem with cultural revolution is that it is easier to destroy cultures than to replace them. The end-states sought are inherently undefinable. Each and every revolutionary will have his own ideas of what is proper and improper, since those ideas must be bound up with the struggles of each for his own power. As the revolutionaries clash, incoherence is guaranteed. Beyond that, no matter what the revolutionaries do to disorient people, human nature’s magnetic needles always end up pointing people away from that which is merely politically correct.

Of all human nature’s aspects, sex is among the most intractable to political power.

But… when all you have is a hammer…

Let’s see… what else was going on?


This Week in Jim Donald

This Week in Social Matter

This Week in Kakistocracy Quas Lacrimas

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

Fritz Pendleton kicks off our week (and I wish he did it every week) with Sunday Thoughts—taxation is not theft edition.

Imperial Energy gets pretty alarmist here: The North Korean Nuclear Crisis I: the Warrant for War. He might very well be correct. On this bit, at least, I think we can all agree:

[W]ith respect to regime change, the Chinese must play a major, if not decisive role, in any North Korean regime change. The best solution, perhaps, is for North Korea to become a vassal state of China.

Also there, IE trots out the next installment of The STEEL-cameralist Manifesto: Part 7: The Three Cameralist Systems and the Art and Science of Statecraft.

This week in GABlog, Adam tackles Absolutism, the Axial Age and the Laboratory. The “laboratory” being recorded history. “Higher Law” (natural law, God’s revelation, or both) seem to be an inevitable attempt to answer Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? which ends up being an exploitable, yet seemingly inevitable, bug in human governance.

[T]his is the problem that has gone unsolved until this day. Some Christian kingdoms of medieval Europe seemed to be close for a while, but those efforts didn’t last. We can blame competing elites for exploiting the opportunities afforded by the very concept of a “higher law” to introduce a wedge between that higher law and the “earthly” one, but the problem nevertheless remains, unless one believes it possible to dispossess ourselves of the acquisitions of the Axial Age—and no conceivable power center could do that because so dispossessing itself would not only make it too evil but too stupid to rule.

As always, there’s much more there! This was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Titus Q. Cincinnatus has some timely remarks on Biblical Hospitality and Immigration, or why it’s just a teeny bit suspicious when theological liberals suddenly become biblical hyper-literalists.

late-night-randomness-20151202-24The necessary synthesis that needs to be made here is to understand that God exhorted Israel toward kindness to strangers within the context of well-understood customs and ideology relating to hospitality rules that anyone in the ancient world would have rightly understood. Granting hospitality to strangers was not “being nice” and “caring about people,” it was an act designed to prevent strangers from disrupting the unity and social cohesion of the Israelite polity. If a stranger came to Israel, he or she was (as Ruth did) to reject their former culture and become completely Israelite in every way. Let us also note here that the context ALWAYS seems to imply individuals or family groups, not large masses of foreigners as a body—which would rightly have been understood to be an invasion.

And he goes on to explain why almost none of this biblical context applies to open borders advocacy in The Current Year. The Committee was pleased to give this one an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀.

Mrs. Sarah Perry looks briefly into Cringe and the Design of Sacred Experiences. While I find her view of “sacred experience” a bit… well… “not very sacred”, we link her because she’s an Official Friend of This Blog, and she continues to do Gnon’s work in developing an understanding of religious psychology (the good and the bad kinds) for the New Social Science™.

Friend of Social Matter, Anatoly Karlin, projects the possibility that Poland will legalize gay marriage within 10 years. Say it ain’t so, Anatoly!

As I have pointed out, despite its cool nationalist marches, Poland is now actually one of the least “based” societies in Eastern Europe, less so than even Czechia with its top of the charts atheism and per capita porn star production rates. They are the only country in the region where a majority are comfortable with their children being in a relationship with Blacks (see map right). They also have the most people who think it is “time for a gay leader.” At the rate things are going, I would not be surprised to see gay marriage legalized in Poland by 2028.

Recipes to keeping the Poz at bay: 1. Kick out Western NGOs, Western media, promote cultural anti-Americanism; 2. But don’t be an insufferable lout and get in people’s faces.

One can expect that timetable to accelerate if the Roman Catholic church cucks on the Homosexual Question in a big way in the near future.

Malcolm Pollack finds free speech alive and (reasonably) well at Harvard in Pinker And The Priests. Unorthodoxy thinks Steven Pinker Needs a Time Machine. Well… Harvard confers some institutional privileges, even to its heretics, not generally available to the hoi-polloi.

By way of Isegoria… This is freakin’ hilarious. Notes from The birth of the digital camera. NYT admitting monarchists have a point. More big chunks on the “Clean” Hypothesis. In Australia, Raptors are intentionally setting/spreading fires on purpose—Eucalyptus fires presumably. An interesting anthropological note on Filipino hunter-gatherers: The Agta. And Yes, dolphins are smart.

Finally this week in Cambria Will Not Yield: The Inner Vision.


This Week in Jim Donald

A big week from Jim this time around, so let’s not waste any time…

First, Jim acts, as he has so often in the past, as a dispenser of white pills re: Trump. This week, he reminds us that Trump is on the ball and getting things done. This particular post is more linkfest than anything else, linking well over one hundred positive items from the first year of the Trump presidency. If you’re one of those thinking “what has Trump actually done for me?”, definitely RTWT.

Later in the week, Jim wrote an excellent post on the crucial subject of fixing Christianity. There are few questions that on which discussion cannot be avoided if one is on the political right in the West, but even fewer where one cannot even avoid having at least a private opinion. The Christian Question is definitely in the latter category. There is often a desire to—in some sense—table the issue and just let everyone be. The concept of Gnon, for instance, is an obvious attempt to bracket the issue and set it aside for a time. Jim is having none of that and rather says “Christ is a big deal, so let’s talk about it”.

late-night-randomness-20151112-14Some argue that Christianity is irretrievably cucked, and is the cause of our current problems. And there is much truth in that. Maybe we just have to say “Let Gnon sort them out”.

But, on the other hand, Europe was saved, and indeed formed, by the Roman Catholic Church under the holy Roman Emperor, and we got World Empire, Science, and Industrialization under the officially official State Anglicanism re-established by Charles the Second. We became what we are under throne and altar, and without throne and altar, are declining from what we were.

If you are going to have a state, you are going to have an official established Church. If you officially do not have an official church, you will unofficially and informally have an officially unofficial Church, a formally informal Church, the arrangement that we first saw with Cromwell’s puritans. Which unofficially official Church tends to wield unaccountable power and is subject to holiness spirals, so they became holier than Jesus, thus Unitarian. A unitarian Bishop, rather than striving to be like Jesus, congratulates Jesus on striving to become as virtuous as her very holy self. Then holier than God. Today’s progressives are holier than God puritans, who have dumped God for insufficient holiness as the unitarians dumped Christ for insufficient holiness.

And so Jim lays out just what is at stake in the Christian Question and the basic positions. But he locates a large part of the Question’s difficulty in an interesting area.

Natural selection has a huge amount of explanatory power for describing the world that is, and accounting for how it came to be; Evolution contains vital and important truths about the nature of man and the world, which we must not discard. The story of the fall, the book of Genesis also contains vital and important truths about the nature of man and the world, which we must not discard.

But the story of evolution tells us that we are risen killer apes who rose over the corpses of a thousand genocides, whereas the story of the fall tells us that death only entered the world in the fall. We have to reconcile these positions.

Darwinian evolution is literally true and the Fall is spiritually true. Perhaps more than anything else, Man needs his Truth, and if Western civilization is to continue, the antinomy between the literal truth and the spiritual truth must be transcended and unified in the greater Truth, neither one sacrificed to the other.

Either we go with Darwin alone, or we go with a Christianity reconciled with Darwin. Anything else is the death of European civilization. And very few people can handle Darwin alone. Most of those who claim that they can, are lying, and are in fact preaching progressivism, a form of Christianity rendered observably false by being transliterated from the next world to this world.

The doctrine of the fall contains important truths about the nature of man. The doctrine of evolution also contains similar important truths about the nature of man. Our state religion is going to have to deploy both doctrines simultaneously.

And the doctrine of evolution is that we are risen killer apes who rose upon a thousand genocides. So, death did not literally come into this world with the loss of innocence. Rather, it is a spiritual truth about the black pill, about spiritual death.

A lot of it is a matter of explicating what predecessors said and did reverentially but not uncritically. If the process of explication uncovers errors and defects, it has to be pointed out and fixed accordingly. This is how you make old books live again and recover and reactivate traditions.

Amen. The Committee were pleased to present an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ for Jim’s work here.


This Week in Social Matter

Newcomer Henry Olson has a gem here, unpacking the NYT’s “Nazi Next Door” and other leftoid hate-fnords in Rediscovering Normality. What thoughtful citizens thought in 1998 has become utterly unacceptable, to say nothing of every well-born person prior the French Revolution…

women-of-the-week-20151101-4For us, teetering on the border between social-media censorship and outright government repression, it is hard to find much in the way of “humane security.” The media, Silicon Valley, our political elites, Hollywood celebrities, Fortune 500 companies, and their hordes of enablers have done everything in their power to stigmatize, destroy, humiliate, and bury every common-sense tradition passed on through generations. Everywhere that some authentic expression of the white European experience has evolved, reflecting the accumulated wisdom of countless generations, there our ruling class attacked, seeking to replace our real culture with the mass-produced e-snark of corporate celebrities like J.K. Rowling or George Takei.

This is a wholesale replacement of everything organic, true, and beautiful that evolved from the lived experience of a real, concrete people struggling to understand and improve the world around them. In its rejection of all that, the polyglot replacement culture is at the very least post-European. But even more, it is post-human. It is the reflection of a soulless, monolithic corporate pseudo-culture that exists only to provide complex technological toys to a passive consumer base whose chief interests are porn and Netflix and whose social and political worldview, to the extent they have one at all, is solely crafted around virtue-signaling points and getting the most likes on Facebook.

Excellent work from Olson. And it earned him an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Silver Circle Award☀.

James LaFond joins the West Coast Guyz on this week’s Myth of the 20th Century podcast: Episode 52: Sports—Ritual Hegemony.

And then we got up Part 2 of Descending The Tower—2017 Year In Review, wherein we are joined by Michael Perilloux, and in which Australia’s deadly trees—obligate fire spreaders, according to Jim—play a major role.

Social Matter’s content mini-explosion continues with Benjamin Welton’s The Worker State: Ernst Junger, National Bolshevism, And The New Worker. Welton shines the light on the origins of a little-known ideology that gets lost in the forest of coverage of the inter-war period in Germany. This too was an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Finally, for Saturday’s Poetry & Prose, the multi-talented Michael Andreaopulos has some well-crafted verse Pacta Sunt Servanda.


This Week in Kakistocracy Quas Lacrimas

Porter was off this week, but Quincy Latham emerged from hiatus with a smattering of posts. So we’re giving this slot to Latham on an ad hoc basis. First, a rip-roaring game-theoretic analysis of Status and Women. He begins with the well-known Women Ruin Everything (When They Invade Guy Spaces) Problem:

This breakdown is sort of sucky when it happens to some dumb nerd-thing you do with your nerdy friends, like playing Pokèmon or sending astronauts to the moon. But the big-picture worry about feminization of male activities is that feminization goes hand in hand with subversion. Whether we are talking about religion, literary circles, academia, or anything else, the subversion of the institution (and the consequent damage to society) typically has feminine fingerprints all over it.

Christianity is not only the truth and the light, but also, our God being filled with charity, a eucivic faith. Provided that you don’t let women talk in church. It actually says it right there in the “directions for assembly” when you open up the box: bitches should shut up in church.

St. Paul was such a hater. Latham takes it a couple levels deeper. Yes, “No Girlz Allowed” is a good heuristic, but understanding why exposes more valuable principles: You still have to solve the Generalize Status Problem.

Planning a “restoration” where women become magically indifferent to status because they “know their their place” is as crazy as de-kulakization. Young girls take popularity every bit as seriously as young boys take athletics, and as they mature they transfer that focus onto their place in a social hierarchy which is vast and complicated.

So simply keeping a tight Patriarchal reign on young women doesn’t ultimately resolve the status problem. There must be new avenues with real feedbacks by which women may obtain status in eucivic (or at least less dyscivic) ways. This one took home the big enchilda: ☀☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Award☀☀.

Latham also goes toe-to-toe with Richard Carroll on The Analects, for example whether we even know what the originals said, much less meant. Very inside ancient Chinese baseball.

He makes a very interesting introduction of Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling in Docta Ignorantia. Schelling, it seems, had massive holes in credential backpack. But this doesn’t seem to have affected the quality of his work…

late-night-randomness-20151202-12Learning the raw mass of background material, no matter how useful it could be, will never be the only useful thing. In a healthy culture, the proof of mastery is the masterwork.

If you can produce the masterwork, you’ve proven the value of your apprenticeship. But if there is no one there to judge the masterwork and recognize its merits, then ordinary people start to take the sorts of things an apprentice would normally do (like “three years experience sweeping the floor of the workshop”) as a substitute for the true evidence of mastery which they would be incompetent to judge even if it smacked them in the face.

This one snagged an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Also at Quas Lacrimas: an extended rumination upon Frenemies on the Right—or why we Nazi-bash, or at least some of us do. I suppose it’s probably inevitable that, just have we come to accept “racist” as a descriptor—meaning, as leftists intend it, a person who doesn’t see a problem with disparate de facto racial outcomes even in the presence of equal de jure opportunity—so too we’ll come to accept “nazi” or “fascist” as a descriptor—meaning, as leftists intend it, any person with political views to the right of Mitt Romney. To drain the dark linguistic magic of its power, one must be an aloof jerk. The more economically and reproductively successful aloof jerks there are, the less the magic will work on anyone.

Finally, Quincy Latham contemplates What should imperfect people do? And does so by increasingly close-to-home doses of imperfection.

No. This was the finally… Usury: the basics. And his take on the topic strikes me as more workable in our present exigencies (especially in view of bankruptcy) than other theories.


This Week in Evolutionist X

Evolutionist X applies her hand to the making of a beautifully illustrated tract: Having a Baby vs. Having a Cat: A Response to The Oatmeal. It is excellent. And also hilarious. I think, in the interest of fairness, one can have both children and pets, but to have the latter at the cost of the former is absolutely degenerate and deserves all the mockery we can muster.

And Anthropology Friday gives way (but for how long?) to Book on Friday: Squid Empire: The Rise and Fall of the Cephalopods by Danna Staaf

Mammals are in the phylum of chordates; cephalopods are mollusks. It’s a surprising lineage for one of Earth’s smartest creatures–80% mollusk species are slugs and snails. If you think you’re surrounded by idiots, imagine how squids must feel.

We’ve all been there, brah.


This Week at Thermidor Mag

The week starts off at our sister publication Thermidor with N. T. Carlsbad on Scientifically Historicizing Progress. Carlsbad reviews the history of neoconservatism, focusing on the intellectual development of the ideology and the mental gymnastics involved. And the work here garnered him an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Next up, Jake Bowyer chronicles the disintegration of Sweden under the weight of its immigration policy in Sweden is a Blast.

In Catalonia and the Problem of Separatist Leftism, Titus Quintus discusses many of the curious contradictions of the Catalonian nationalist movement. Though ostensibly aiming to preserve Catalonian language and culture, the movement in fact will accomplish no such thing.

late-night-randomness-20151130-20In 2009, about 16% of the population in Catalonia was born outside of Spain, with the largest sources being Morocco, Romania, and Ecuador. This has interesting implications for claims of linguistic preservation as a reason for supporting independence. Presumably, the Catalan separatists want these people to learn Catalan rather than Spanish, but since they want the provisional Republic of Catalonia to remain in the European Union while leaving Spain, they really won’t be able to impose such measures on immigrants. And because Catalonia is to the left of Spain, they are by definition even more open to immigration from the global south as well as closer integration with the European Union, where freedom of movement is guaranteed.

Not all readers responded positively to Quintus’ analysis, and so editor P.T. Carlo got to share with us another amusing piece of hatemail. Possibly not a troll. Poe’s Law-n-all.

Finally, Nathan Duffy offers up First Things Bombshell Stirs Up Catholic Web. The occasion for Duffy’s remarks is an article in First Things concerning the case of Edgardo Mortara, but Duffy focuses on the responses of various other commentators such as Rod Dreher and Ross Douthat. The brouhaha has been quite revealing.


This Week Around The Orthosphere

Over at One Peter Five, a book review of Philip Lawler’s (still forthcoming) Lost Shepherd: How Pope Francis is Misleading His Flock.

Moose Norseman checks in with many of the Changes going on in his life. All for the better, near as I can tell. (Except for the not working out enough part.)

J. M. Smith ponders, over some ancient poetry, What Exile from Himself can Flee? Then he uses more recent poetry to cast Ashley Madison in the low-light of Our Long Fool’s-Errand to the Grave.

Briggs contemplates What the Atheist Claim of the Meaninglessness of Life Would Mean (If It Were True). Then, noting that there are more cameras in the USA than in China, he poses the questionShould Big Brother Watch Us If He Would Keep Us Safe? Then he answers What Does Global Warming Have to Do with ESP? They both are pseudosciences destined for oblivion. Finally, Germany announces a duty to let the government spy on you and algebra is now a civil rights issue, both in this week’s Insanity & Doom Update XVIII.

James Kalb points out an Overton Window problem with The Idea of an Inclusive Society.

“Colorblindness” and the other formulations on which antidiscrimination laws originally rested have long been superseded by a more affirmative approach to inclusion, so much so that the colorblind ideal is now dismissed as racist.

Mark Richardson makes More intellectual inroads linking similarities between so-called conservatives in America and Australia.

Dalrock points out the backwardness of current the annulment practice which is basically Sentence first; verdict afterwards.

If one party to a marriage believes the marriage isn’t valid, the tribunal insists that the first thing to be done is to get a divorce. Only then, after the required divorce, will the tribunal take up the question of whether the marriage was really a marriage.

Rightscholarship asks, hopefully, Is THIS the Century of Corporatism? If you don’t know what corporatism really means, and most people don’t, this is a good place to start.

John Fitzgerald writes about Britain’s perennial Redditor Lucis Aeternae, or “Restorer of Eternal Light,” and the obstacles such a person would face in Europe’s current political climate.

The EU’s big problem is that it has no spiritual dimension whatsoever. It doesn’t know how to connect with people on the level of spirit and imagination. It has no spark, no fire, and has, in recent years, become increasingly hostile to the Gospel despite the religious faith of its founders and its roots in post-war Christian Democracy.


This Week in Arts & Letters

PA has an excellent reflection on Morning Songs, along with another original translation of Karpiński.

Fencing Bear pulls out a can of whoop-ass on the de-mythologizing “theology” of the execrable “Catholic” theologian Rudolf Bultmann in Angels, Demons, Heaven, and Hell: On Christian “Mythology” and the Spiritual Life.


Chris Gale finds in the poetry of Wallace Stevens an error that leads to a truth. Stevens again paired with two beautiful musical compositions (and one stunning violinist: Anastasiya Petryshak). And the obligatory Sunday Sonnet—courtesy of Belloc and Gerard Manley Hopkins.

He defends Empire over civil war—even if that Empire happens to be American. We at Social Matter tend to agree. And, donning his medical hat, Gale looks into the heritability of Schizophrenia.

Over at Logos Club, Kaiter Enless has out the next chapter of Reclaimer: Episode 3. The rather ugly story of Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and his campaign of hate (and epithets) on Kiwi pop-star Lorde for boycotting Israel. And he has a heavily resourced, two-part TLC Report on US & Iranian Geo-Strategy, Part 1 and Part 2.

At Imaginative Conservative, Birzer discusses The Conservatism of Robert Nisbet, who apparently saw conservatism as a thoroughly modern ideology, and that didn’t seem to bother him. A reprint of Russell Kirk’s 1973 essay/address: Liberal Learning, Moral Worth, and Defecated Rationality. Extensive commentary upon the sublime Sibelius Violin Concerto (including an embed of the thing itself). A look into Francis Bacon’s “New Atlantis” as Enlightenment fable and its deficiencies. And Fr. Longenecker praises (and reviews) “The Crown”.

Richard Carroll presses on through Plato’s Dialogues: This week’s interlocutor is Phaedrus.

Finally, this week at City Journal, Husock looks at What Anti-Gentrifiers Overlook—like your community being less of a #ShitHole. Heather Mac Donald looks at how #MeToo has become a war on men. Aaron Renn explains why “Middle” neighborhoods the Lifeblood of Cities—Affordable Family Formation, FTW. Saffran records the few last gasps of the freedom of association in Then They Came for the Frats…. And Ms. Mac Donald is back again with a eulogy for Bruce Cole: Defender of the Humanities


This Week in the Outer Left

Another illuminating week from the left. 2018 has thus far been a year of leftists inadvertently telling the truth, so let’s hope that trend keeps up. Fair warning: nothing here about shithole countries, we probably have to wait for next week for the salt mines to ship out that particular vintage.

That isn’t to say there isn’t delicious salt to be had mixed in with the accidental truth-telling. Maytha Alhassen sobs at The Baffler about the plight of our [sic] refugees. She points out, correctly, that there is an awfully strong correlation between countries that the United States attacks and countries from which the U.S. is supposed to take refugees. Or, as we on the right like to put it, the USGov pursues a policy of “invade the world, invite the world”.

The refugee policies that previous U.S. administrations set up could be conceived as a secret apology for the displacement caused by our wars and invasions.


This is something dangerously close to truth in the Current Year. But it is fundamentally a dishonest two-step. Almost universally, the people who support banning refugees, who do not want to invite the world, do not want to invade the world either. The Prog Deep State, or Cathedral if you will, is the driving force behind attacking recalcitrant countries that reject the Progressive Pu-Pu platter. The same Cathedral then has bleeding hearts for all the people who endure the hardships of their attacks, and demands that those people be moved into Western countries, and, at least as far as the United States is concerned, resettled in red states, where they just happen to terrorize decent people and turn red areas blue. A neat trick that.

The Awl continues its color stories series with all the whites you cannot name. I am actually a little shocked at how apolitical this entry manages to remain, but the author actually largely avoids the dog-whistling one would have expected given the title. She pretty much sticks to talking about the aesthetics of colors, so… kudos, I guess? My expectations are so low that just doing your basic job looks praiseworthy.

Keeping my attention on The Awl, I find that Kieran Dahl is seething with hatred for the miscellaneous bros of As I understand it, has a forum, as older websites often do, and one of the sub-forums is a nothing-is-off-topic board called Misc. Posters there discuss low-status-to-Brahmins subjects such as which women they’d like to bang. Additionally, liberal and feminist ideas get mocked, oh no! This is all very triggering for Kieran, who, based on his appearance, does not even lift.

What emerges, when you spend enough time on the Misc., is a ghoulish portrait of a place that embodies the white, male id currently at the helm of S.S. America. The Misc. is a stone-faced Uncle Sam with Popeye’s forearms and a cocked pistol in each hand. It’s a screeching bald eagle with a foreign Bad Thing in its talons. It’s everything that defines America’s bro culture, magnified and weaponized.

U mad bro?

But what is truly illuminating is how desperate he is to paint Misc posters are basement-dwelling autistic virgin trolls. 3,000+ words on a subject is a fair bit of work for any writer. I think that we are seeing new lines of attack on masculinity opening up from the left. For quite some time, the left has attempted a divide-and-conquer strategy on men, setting up a dichotomy between jocks and nerds, and recruiting the nerds against the jocks. But what we’re seeing here is a tactic of saying to the jocks “You wouldn’t want people to think you’re actually autistic virgins, would you? Better stop posting on, better not be a ‘bro’.” The left is scared, nay, bed-wettingly terrified of straight white men organizing for the collective interests of straight white men, and they will exploit anything even resembling a fault line to prevent that from happening.


This Week… Elsewhere

Al Fin finds American Universities Ripe for Neo-Revolution—or, as we like to call it around here, “Restoration”. In the Department of Dangerous Children, he looks at Perfect Pitch, and the importance of starting early.


Inside libertarian baseball, Nullus Maximus makes a strong defense of Hans Hermann Hoppe in Bill Wirtz’s Helicopter Skydive.

Heartiste suggests a fantastic new vector for right propaganda: It’s Time To Mock Credentialism As Foolish And Womanly. Also there, perspicacious commentary on Just Like Us: The Gay Marriage Lie.

This week in Thinking Out Aloud, Lorenzo has a superb—and totally normie compatible—takedown of Marxism and popular descendants, in The founding falsities of postcolonialism.

True to his new year’s resolution, Ace has publishes a timely warning: “Burnt the flowers in my hand, I was almost there…”

Zach Kraine points out the difference between democrats, and autocrats, and it’s “really just a question of your honesty (yeah, your honesty)”. Or as we like to call it: Formalism.

Roman Dmowski makes the case that Donald Trump is Clearing the Augean Stables. We certainly hope so.

Filed under: This week for me… What would a sexually transmitted pathogen do to it’s host ifitcould. (HT: Imperial Energy.)

Anton Silensky, from the internal chat, recommends this excellent overview: Hypergamy—The Misconceptions.

Meta-Nomad had a magisterial work of philosophy this past week, weaving together Nietzsche, Deleuze and Guattari, and capitalism. He calls it the experiment of the future. I definitely recommend everyone RTWT, and probably more than once. It took me quite some time to digest this one, and I still feel there is more there to be appreciated. A taste…

Herein lies the fatal bridge between Nietzsche’s late—decoded—attempts at offering a solution for man’s potential becoming and Deleuzoguattarian capitalism; for man has become and is always becoming a desiring-machine of unconscious desire, such a machine acting as a part of and as the process of capitalism itself, driving his desire ever forward, yet remnants of recurrent stability remain. His attachments are still to the old as a means of pleasing the strong, he must relieve himself of familiarity and accelerate himself, overcome himself as a process towards the future. Deleuze & Guattari’s call to “accelerate the process” (Deleuze & Guattari, 2013: p276) is a call of acceptance towards the emancipative powers of capitalism in relation to man’s overcoming of himself. And so this production of process and its reverse, the process of production, both acting as capitalism itself and as man, should not be lapsed or halted, but in fact should be accelerated pushing man ever further towards his limit, towards the future, towards his birth as Overman.

The Committee were pleased to bestow this one an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀.

Greg Cochran reviews The Long Divergence, a book which ties the under-performance of the Moslem World to cultural factors. Cochran’s not buying it. And besides, even if only cultural factors, it’s still racist against Moslems (their “culture”).


Welp… they’re calling for snow here, but I’m not seeing any just yet. Many thanks to my great TWiR staff—the best staff that no money can buy: David Grant, Egon Maistre, Aidan MacLear, and Hans der Fielder. Thanks for reading (or at least skimming). Keep on reactin! Til next week: NBS… Over and out!!

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  1. Uriel Alexis Farizeli Fiori January 17, 2018 at 9:18 am

    for the “outer left” session, it might be useful to check this:


  2. You should have let Jim speak more on your annual review, as he always has interesting if debatable things to say. But here, he’s just doubling down on a defense of Moldbug’s indefensible Puritan hypothesis. The only weapon the dissident right has is telling the truth, so we better know what we are talking about. To describe Unitarianism as a product “Puritan” holiness spirals that would have been avoided by a rigorous and inquisitorial adoption of state Anglo-Catholicism by Charles II combines both ahistoricism with counterfactual improbability.

    Sometimes the boring, conventional wisdom is true, notwithstanding Moldbug’s penchant for entertaining overstatement. Unitarianism, like all forms of the weakening of orthodox Christianity in the modern period, is due to the rise of secularism, skepticism, materialism and rationalism. You will never hear the phrase “historical-biblical criticism” in #NRx. It is as if this was not a central debate in the weakening of Biblical norms for the last two centuries. These trends impacted Catholic and Orthodox counties (France, Mexico, Russia) just as much as Protestant ones and with more pernicious effects. The atheist states that murdered the Vendeans, the Cristeros, and the White Army were not lead by Protestants, Puritans, Unitarians or Quakers, or people who had anything to do with these groups. Hegel, Feuerbach, Marx, and Marcuse: who in #NRx names those names?

    If #NRx was part of the Islamic word, it would be arguing that the inherently distributed nature of Sunni Islam was far inferior to Shiite hierarchy because latter would avoid “holiness spirals.” To put the argument in this context shows its ludicrousness.

    Please feel free to take up Nietzsche’s fundamental critique of liberalism: that to retain Christianity morality in a culture where belief in God and the metaphysics of the moral order have been destroyed by science and secular learning could only be the result of sentimentality and cowardice. It will not take you where you want to go, but it is at least colorable. The Puritan hypothesis is not.


  3. Thank you for the link. I thought that piece might be too inside-baseball to make the list.


  4. Thanks once again to Nick and the TWiR staff!


  5. “So simply keeping a tight Patriarchal reign on young women doesn’t ultimately resolve the status problem.”

    The patriarchy problem and the status problem are one and the same.


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