So Where are the American Gulags?

The_fence_at_the_old_GULag_in_Perm-36NIO linked this video describing the Asche Experiments in his recent Game Theory, The Asche Experiments and Mass Media. NIO’s work here is excellent. I’d described it as opening a new front in the guerrilla war neoreaction is waging against the mainstream media. If not a new front, then at the very least a huge store of ammunition and a method to get more.

The Asche experiments show the now well-known, well-understood result that people feel social pressure to go along with a crowd even when the crowd is wrong. It is for most neurotypical people a question of social and psychological costs versus benefits. What is the net harm to me for agreeing with wrongsters about the size of a line? What is the net harm to society for agreeing with them? What is the harm to me for truth-telling? Could there even be harm for society if I stubbornly insist upon truth-telling? What if the wrongsters are wrong about something far more important than the size of little lines, like the pervasiveness of “institutional racism” or “rape culture”? And what if a few annoyed or quizzical stares is not the only cost for the truthteller, like loss of social status or a job or worse?
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This Week in Reaction

141205175643-rolling-stone-uva-rape-on-campus-story-topWell the news this week was full of Rape and Rumors of Rape. Mostly rumors—if not outright fantasies. Atavisionary says “Enough is enough” in The Girls Who Cry Wolf. The author behind the now fully discredited Rolling Stone article, Sabrina Rubin Erdely deserves an outweighted portion of scrutiny. (“Rubin”: It figures. Double-named: It also figures.) It appears that journalism is now far more a narrative searching for facts than the other way around.

Career in journalism? Pshaw! How ’bout a lucrative career as an Academic Consciousness Raiser?!! (They’re like Community Organizers except they make far fewer punctuation and grammatical errors.) Brock Landers’ son offers the most complete run down of which I’m aware on the well-manicured and fortuitous connections between Rubin-Erdely and UVA’s own Emily Renda, a rising star in the Feminist Narrative Industrial Complex.

Rape culture does actually exist, of course. But it never seems to be in the “overwhelmingly blond” enclaves of privilege, in which progressive journalists hope to find it.

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This Week in Reaction

dragon-girl-backgroundsSteve Salier at Taki’s on the UVA Rape Fantasy Case Hoax. Responsible publications like Rolling Stone are above Clickbait Journalism, right? Might as well as be above the Law of Gravity, today.

Theden covers the murder of Zemir Begic by feral vibrants. Of interest is the increasing implausibility of the media’s substitution of words: “teen” for “black”, “Bosnian” for “white”, and “random” for “targeted because white”. The probability of race not being a factor in this horrific crime is about the same as tossing a handful of quarters in the air and having them all land on edge. Amazing how often that happens when the Western Media get their hands on a story.
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Some of Last Week in Reaction

7[Ed. As I bleated several times, I fell quite ill on Thanksgiving and didn’t get competent to think or type again until Sunday. My apologies to all the good stuff that got missed, but the sphere pumps out worthwhile stuff faster than I can keep up with anyway. Trying to complete this late delivery will only delay the next by at least an equal amount. Here’s part of what was supposed to be posted last Friday. -nbs]

By now, you’ve all heard of Pax Dickinson’s new Indiegogo campaign to fund Expose Corruption in Media. I unequivocally and monetarily support this effort, and so should you. Go donate, and then come back. I’ll wait…

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Tick Generation Warfare (TGW)

76992-3After two days of draining illness, too much sleep, too much Breaking Bad and far too little alcohol, I found myself sleepless with too many thoughts on my mind to count. So here they are some of them. Hopefully the dumber ones got edited out.

[PPS. In retrospect it may seem like I am referencing certain individuals, but I am not. I am addressing, among other things, a common natural tendency of people to engage in the narcissism of small differences. It is in the grand scheme, when well-managed, a tolerable fault. But it must not be deemed any sort of virtue. We as reactionaries, natural and otherwise, deem order to be an emergent property of nature. When you look at another anti-progressive, you’re not scrutinizing him for a barony in your ideal empire; you’re wondering whether he can kick a few teeth in. (Figuratively speaking of course. Literal teeth kickers get Koreshed these days.) Good or bad, our grandfathers had their day. This new generation of warfare requires new ways of thinking. PPPS. My goodness, I hope TGW doesn’t become a thing. Tho’ it is, near as I can tell, an undersquatted acronym.]

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Expose Corruption

1416803615In the wake of #GamerGate and its on-going firepower, and after the brutal Ten Minute Hate brought down upon the entirely innocent Matt Taylor in #ShirtStorm, wouldn’t it be great if an organization existed to shine a bright light on the dirty deeds of an unelected and unaccountable media? Yes. Of course it would.

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This Week in Reaction

IW000031Mitchell informed us he was not done with China yet. He dropped three more installments this week: China on the Razors Edge in which he notes tangentially:

Democracies add a peculiar kind of resiliency to their states in that they defuse some citizen frustration with an appeal to inclusiveness. The state messed up? Well you put us there, and so you are responsible for it and have no right to get angry!

I think that it is probably true, but it is unclear how much an otherwise high living standard plays into that dynamic. A vague sense of inclusiveness doesn’t actually put rice on the table.

Then on Tuesday we got Purging, Han Style; Bye Bye Bo Xilai; and on Wednesday The Fifth Column in China: Jihadis, Buddhas and British Gifts; Part One. The “Part One” implies more to come. This is an epic series, educational with a neoreactionary lens. See also a prediction for global cooling (now THAT’S scary, Mr. Gore), and experiments with that more beneficent of drugs: nicotine.

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Just Since Last Weekend in Henry Dampier

B2gUnlFIcAAA7-NThis Week in Reaction can no longer contain him. Henry Dampier is a force of nature… or at least a few Red Bulls. If you aren’t following Henry Dampier, then you are missing out on the single best source of neoreactionary thought. And by “best” I mean merely “highest readability to neurologically typical people lacking years of experience in political theory and intentionally abstruse neoreactionary jargon”.

A New Scapegoat For Failed Feminist Predictions is Dampier’s commentary on The Shirt Heard Round the World (or whatever they’re calling it). The story behind the story:

As time goes on, the egalitarian hypothesis becomes ever less credible. When the data fails to fit the prediction, they fudge a conclusion. The hypothesis was that equal access to education, mandated in law, would help women make far greater contributions to the sciences than were ever before possible. The guess was that women are the same as men are in terms of their capacities and interests. There is no significant evidence for this proposition, and a great deal of evidence showing the opposite.

The very success of the feminist movement in overturning laws and social norms has only succeeded at providing more data to disprove their claims.

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This Week in Reaction

shirtSo apparently these European Space Agency guys (yes, males mostly) landed a probe on a comet, which is a totally cool thing to do. And one of these guys, one Matt Taylor, was wearing shirt with anime-looking women on it. And some worthless persons at The Verge dug up the audacity and narcissism to proclaim this a teachable moment about how this is why women cannot land their own space probe. Butch comments here. Then, turning a tiny misstep for a man into a bone-crushing tumble down 6 flights of stairs for mankind, Matt Taylor apologizes for it, tears and all. Haven’t you ever heard, Matt, “Don’t feed the trolls?”. Welp. You just did. This led me to make the following observation:

Two jobs, Mr. Taylor. You had two jobs. Please, remember that next time.

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This Week in Reaction

Jungle01Mark Yuray, at no small risk to life and limb, attempts to answer the age old question: What is Neoreaction? It is either:

  1. Neoreaction is the utter rejection of the current secular dogma, of “democracy,” of “freedom,” of “rights,” of “secularism,” and so forth;
  2. Neoreaction is a bunch of guys from the English-speaking world of the early 21st century who have rejected the dominant dogma of their civilization as untruthful and are seeking the real truth; or
  3. Neoreaction is the first slight stirring of a civilized order from a civilization deeply entombing itself in its own decadence … the search for objective truth, for true reality, that can be explained and understood and, most importantly, survived.

This, at Mark’s specific behest, unleashed a Class 5 Twitstorm. Continue reading

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Coming Soon: This Week in Reaction

__Men_At_Work___by_JusTalithaThe amount, quality, and diversity of reaction this week has been overwhelming. The “This Week in Reaction” post ordinarily scheduled for this time has therefore been delayed. It shall appear by close of business, Saturday, November 8, 2014. Terribly sorry for any inconvenience this has caused.

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This Week in Reaction

Hi everyone. Sorry for being away. A trusted friend pointed out to me that the ol’ Week in Reaction acts as a social adhesive. This inspired me to carry on. Expect regular (<gulp>weekly</gulp>) updates, business obligations permitting. Well… where are we?

simpsons_angry_mobPax Dickinson has a blog and is looking for work. Those two are two great tastes that don’t always go that well together. But we wish Pax the best. (Show of hands, how many knew the dude could write that well? Just sayin’.) In a world where Victim Status is most often given away for free, Pax earned his. And his refusal to cash in on it is proof enough of that. Thus far he’s put up Moral Panics & the Death of Fun, The Rise of The Grey Tribe, and Three Modern Grassroots Rebellions. Pax holds out some hope that the latest one might actually win:
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Legitimacy, as a Knit Sweater

IMG_3237My apologies for being away so long. If you have been following me on The Twitter, my absence perhaps will have seemed less acute; with the necessary caveat that my presence will have seemed moreso.

What has been happening these last, oh say, nearly three months? To be honest, my memory is not that good, but #ISIS, #Ferguson, #Rotherham, #Gamergate, and Renewed #SJW Aggression rank near the top of the list.

And I don’t have much to say that pithily unites these topics, except that we are witnessing the unwinding of an Empire. Like all other empires, USG’s was built not only by strength of arms and economic output, tho’ USG’s were more impressive than most, but also upon the strength of narrative by which legitimacy is conferred to the present regime and its manifold human resource, credentialing, and propaganda organs.

The propaganda organs—the mainstream media, who serve the regime by keeping people believing that everyone believes (that everyone believes and so on…) that the current regime, which fully encapsulates the mainstream media, is as legitimate as everyone believes it is—are fraying quite alarmingly at the edges right now. The Obama Adminstration’s unbroken string of foreign policy clusterfucks has tugged on a few strands. Perhaps a strip of yarn got caught in Bill Clinton’s zipper.

But it all comes back to media for me. They’re the parish priests, Cathedral boots on the ground, among the people, doing the day-to-day dirty work of keeping people believing in this Legitimacy. And, I have to say, it looks like increasingly difficult work. Quis custodiet ipsos custodes custodum?

In his excellent (must-read) breakdown of #GamerGate, Frogboy asks: “GamerGate: What is it you want? Define it soon or it will get defined for you.”

I said:

Well, that would be a good start at least.

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This Week in Reaction

Night photography fireworks at Evansville Freedom Festival Fourth of July fireworks If it weren’t for SoBL, my only knowledge of global affairs would come from irregular viewing of Saturday Night Live. He adds to the chronicle of US decline in An Anti-dollar Alliance to End US Aggression. I look forward to not having an empire. It certainly hasn’t hurt Iceland or Switzerland. “Empires do not end in a day, and the American one is no different.” Also, Remaking the Middle East, “Do Something!”. The two most dangerous words in public policy. SoBL takes note of how inequality, which is the Worst Thing In The World™ seems to go a lot more unnoticed by sportscasters than it did, say, in Russia. I wonder why. He also reviews the movie Her and tells us about the funny parts, intentional and otherwise.

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Strictures Upon the Declaration

British-Red-Ensign-1707.svgIn honor of American Independence Day, I thought I would celebrate by pointing out that I’ve created a permanent page at TRP for Governor Hutchinson’s Strictures upon the Declaration of Independence. Many thanks go out to who have hosted the text here for many years now. But I thought some hosting diversity would not hurt. Do read Gov. Hutchinson’s magnificent, and strangely all but forgotten work to find out just how light and transient the causes were (when they were not entirely imagined) which caused the colonists of yesteryear to alter their former System of Government. I love America, but I wish she weren’t so gosh-darn rebellious. Happy Independence Day!

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This Week in Capitalism

monopoly-go-to-jail-cardThe latest round of Capitalism Wars may have been kicked off by this post by Anti-Democracy Blog in which he advises us to “dump” something he calls “capitalism”.

Then Michael Anissimov posted an Evolian excerpt in which Jim detected the odor of Communism. Land loved Jim’s response. (And even if you disagree with Jim, you gotta admit he’s pretty lovable.) I thought Fuimus made an excellent stab at some middle ground on the issue:

I don’t know what “capitalism” is. I’ve never seen a “capitalism” in my life. Some people, like dirty smelly commies and much better groomed Sicilian noblemen, say capitalism is something the State can choose to have or have not. I say bologna. Politics is about power. By definition, the ruling elite that maintains the State has power over its subjects. It naturally wants more power, because power is security. The elites want security because they don’t want to end up dead or, worse, end up as common schmucks like you and me. The “ruling elite” and “common schmucks” are constants. They existed in communist Russia, democratic America, and beautiful Habsburg Vienna.

What people like Evola opposed was rule by merchants, because merchant classes tend to be groundless and amoral. Goldman-Sachs execs spilt their time (I imagine) between Manhattan, the Hamptons, Switzerland, London, the Dark Side of the Moon, and elsewhere. They (I imagine), don’t tend to conform to the social mores of Roman patricians or Medieval warrior-aristocrats–such as child-rearing, military service, and religious faith, because of attributes inherent to their profession. On their [own], they make a poor elite. But this is not “capitalism”.

GoatHerdingWIKIJim decided this was a teachable moment for us and provided some helpful notes on Capitalism and Entrepreneurial Capitalism in which we find “Capitalism”—a word whose wide usage in English seems to only have been as a response to “Communism”—actually dates back to Bronze Age civilization. According to Jim, double-entry accounting unleashed the great power of capitalism (gaining power and wealth through the use of wealth) by separating ownership of wealth from its management. He ends with the tale of Sarbanes-Oxley which may be slowly returning us to Bronze Age standards.

New International Outlook chimes in with Nietzschean Economics in which he attempts to reframe the discussion in terms of Anthropological Material Drive (AMD), which has at least the advantage of not summoning immediately to mind the images of fat, thick-whiskered, top-hatted bankers huskily plotting in dark rooms thick with cigar-smoke to find new ways to carve up the poor for breakfast.

My own theory of synthesis between the Capitalism-hating Ethno-Trads vs. Invisible-Hand Fetishist Post-Libertarians has to do with the deformities of Big Capitalism™ being caused and energized by Big Statism™; viz., that most of the bad stuff my Ethno-Trad friends rightly detest in the free markets come about not because the state failed to be a brake or a check on the free market, but because the state somewhere along the line actually cooperated with Big Capitalism™ to suppress the normal operation of the free market. As I said, it’s only a theory, but it isn’t getting much traction… the reason for that could be because it’s wrong.

img_888_dire-straits-money-for-nothingNick Land digs up Médaille’s 2009 Front Porch Republic piece The “One Salvation” of Ludwig von Mises and wonders whether reactionaries must choose between Mises or Jesus (or Moses) for their economic theories.

Finally, Neoreactionary Poet Laureate E. Antony Gray, aka. @RiverC the Polymath, delivered a fine bit of synthesis with There is No Such Thing as Capitalism over at J. Arthur Bloom’s Mitrailleuse:

In the same sense that the man [Obama] most people elected never existed, the Capitalism most people oppose or approve of doesn’t exist. And the only definition of it which makes any sense cladistically—that is, the practice of the Merchant class being applied to more sections of the economy and even society – is never really used. And if it is used it is used narrowly (to apply only to the Jews for instance) and so isn’t philosophically or analytically useful; it’s just a hammer that is convenient to be used against another thede. Therefore, we need a new term, a new symbol that clearly correlates to this cladistic entity, without confusing it with either a particular ethnic group, Private Control, or simply control by either the Bourgeoisie or those who ‘think like them’.

So repeat with me: Capitalism doesn’t exist. There is no Such Thing as Capitalism. If someone is using the term they’re only using it for effect: and that effect is to manipulate you.

That sounds about right. [Addenda: I just realized I left myself open to the inevitable anti-essentialist accusation again. But words used principally to manipulate should, for the purposes of clear thought, not be considered words. Personally, I like “catallaxy”.]

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This Week in Reaction

contagiouschristianBonald notices a few things missing from the Vatican’s 25,000 word Instrumentum Laboris for the upcoming Synod of Bishops on “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization. Well, what good is evangelization if you cannot be nice about it?

SoBL notes that Of Course Common Core Does Not Educate Kids. Instead, “Common Core is about social indoctrination and passing the dumber and dumber students through system.” Well, what else could it possibly be about? See also: Blank Slatism + Race Hustlers Force School Anarcho-tyranny, and Sex Realism Vs. Mad Men. Lander’s son writes a spirited defense of NCAA Coaches being the top-paid public employees. Also, I missed this from last week: Confessions of an Open Office Inmate. And by “Open Office”, I don’t think he means the free Apache software package…

Nick Land helpfully defines Capitalism for us. See also some perspicacious commentary on Conservatism and Parasitism.

Wesley was playing around in his garage with Visio and decided to build this: Continue reading

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This Week in Reaction

grimnirVia Radix Journal, Jack Donovan visits a group of men exiting in place. (HT Butch Legolas) Not exactly my cup of tea. But, hey, one of the things that Reaction® is about is everyone not having the same cup of tea.

Hooray! The second volume of Dark Matter Journal is up. Not only does this mean we have a new edition, but also that Dark Matter will not be a one-hit wonder (like Buffalo Springfield).

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What Sex Realism Should be Teaching Us About “Youth Ministry” (Except Nobody’s Listening)

a-ville mission trip 2010 211Rod Dreher picks up on a story from Leadership Journal (HT: @Heartiste… Heartiste reads Dreher. Who knew?), subsidiary of Christianity Today, flagship publication of Mainstream Evangelicalism. The story itself is pretty dog-bites-man: “Charismatic Successful Youth Pastor has Fling with High School Student Under Tender-luvin’ Care, Now in Jail.”

The full text of the ex-pastor’s jailhouse confession may be read here. It was pulled by Leadership Journal because it was apparently not hysterically apologetic enough. The letter reads as strangely Jesusy, and almost equally narcissistic. Perhaps there is a point to be made about that, as this particular brand of Christianity tends to produce more navel-gazing than most, due in large part to structural flaws in their religious expression. But that’s not what sticks in my craw, here.

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This Week in Reaction

Lenin's head 04Some apparent socialist @Erasmuslijn, who appears quite allergic to defending anything he has written, has penned the latest in a dismal series of breathless warning pieces about the “Dark Enlightenment” and “Neoreaction” memorably named Dread Techlord: Why to Worry about the Dark Enlightenment. It is a remarkably well-documented and articulate failure even to describe that about which potentially sympathetic socialist readers should worry. Short shrift of it is made here and here. Are there no worthy enemies of Neoreaction? Shall we be handed the crown by forfeit? Stay tuned…

Well, among the modern pathologies, Fascism would seem to be among the milder ones. But it is still modern. And still a pathology. Also by way of Nick Land, the question of are we getting stupider is getting less and less stupid; and painful-to-watch Progressive dementia of one Arthur Chu.

Although generally more comfortable in a charcoal doom, Land permits himself briefly to walk on the sunny-side with a few happy thoughts following David Brat’s GOP primary upset over Eric Cantor: Continue reading

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