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 Libertyfund.org 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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Perusing Codevilla’s America’s Ruling Class — And the Perils of Revolution

Codevilla_240I was going to review Joel Klotkin’s recent Watch What You Say, The New Liberal Power Elite Won’t Tolerate Dissent at The Daily Beast, in which I say he manages to spot the Menciian Cathedral and passably describes its religious tenets and power structure. That review will probably still arrive, but reading Klotkin’s piece drew me back to Angelo M. Codevilla’s seminal July 2010 American Spectator essay: America’s Ruling Class—And the Perils of Revolution. They do cover a fair amount of the same ground, but where Codevilla covers, he does so much more thoroughly.

The following are gleaned from a series of Twitlongers I posted earlier today: Continue reading

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This Week in Reaction

kingcobraWes is contributing mightily to Menciist Theory with his series on Status and Civlization (parts one, two, and three). The finale, we are admonished, is delayed due to the difficulty of not invoking a basilisk (which appears to be some sort of scary talisman that really smart, non-superstitious people believe in).

Speaking of high Menciist theory, Poseidon Awoke, indeed! Continue reading

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Thoughts On Rebranding

nrxbookFirst of all, other than consulting privately with MM about having his real name partially attached to a possible brand, I’ve consulted with no one behind the scenes on my latest forays into renaming the thing called “Neoreaction”. Whatever you can dig up on twitter and blog posts and comments is all I’ve said. (Assuming you can make sense of it.) Like I said somewhere, I’m throwing spaghetti up against the wall and seeing what sticks. (Sincere apologies for the tomato sauce stains.) For all I know, Laliberte thinks I’ve gone bat-shit loony.

Now on Sunday, June 1, 2014, Michael Anissimov suggested that the thing that most neoreactionaries thought was neoreaction should go by a different name:
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More On Menciism

knottedcrown3It is crucial to remember the Menciist critique is not merely against leftism (usually called Progressivism in the original literature), but against the entire modern political arrangement. Menciism reserves a fair amount of fury for what is known colloquially as “the right”, seeing it often as complicit, even if unwittingly, in the leftward ratchet.

You oppose the Left. Good. Then why do you play by the Left’s rules? The rules have been set up specifically to ensure your failure. You will play by them, and the Left won’t. He who makes the rules is ipso facto above them.

You want order. Good. Then why do you participate in disorder? All disorder drives the center of mass leftward. Even if you don’t understand why, certainly the net effect is plain to see.

But when the Natural Reactionary hears this critique it stings. I myself donated $1000 to Ron Paul’s campaign in 2008. That’s right: Around the very same time I started reading about Menciism. I was, and remain, a Natural Reactionary. The critique stung.

But I took the medicine like a man, and was convinced by many logical proofs and solid analogies that I, tho’ a Natural Reactionary, was infected with Progressivism. I was politically a leftist, only of N years ago. By this I mean to say: that in a deep, inarticulate, sub-rational level, I truly believed (Samo would say “alieved”) that apes throwing their poop around could solve things.

And virtually every modern person truly believes that. Though they would, needless to say, never put it that way. Their higher minds would be put into service to decorate these base impulses with moral reasoning. We aren’t literally apes throwing poop, but we’re engaging in a politics rooted in envy and energized by the sub-rational centers of our brain.

The Red Pill of Menciism is: I was, at a deep subconscious level, a part of the problem. And if I want to ever fix the world, i.e., by restoring natural social order, I had to fix myself. I had to stop alieving that “throwing ape poop” was going to solve anything, because that, and pretty much only that, is the occult impulse of Leftism.

Controlling that impulse by higher reasoning, by understanding how the Left’s magic works, is the occult magic of Menciism.

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On Moldbugism

By special request, bringing this one up out of the Twitlonger:

A final note on <MM>-ism (brought to you by the 20 min drive into work):

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On Visceral Responses

I said this over on the Twitlonger, but I thought it was good enough to bring over here…

The presence of a neo-nazi has an effect upon the stereotypical progressive as the presence of a tranny has upon the stereotypical traditionalist: profound visceral disgust. They both go into chimp-shit-throwing mode.

Which is really… REALLY amazing if ya think about it.

The response of the traditionalist to the tranny arises for completely obvious natural reasons. It is not pathological in the least. In fact, a failure to have such a visceral response may be the more pathological response.

The traditionalist response has nothing at all to do with the expressed ideas and goals of the tranny.

The response of the progressive is rooted ENTIRELY in the expressed ideas and goals of the neo-nazi.

This is the power of the progressive memeplex: To co-opt natural human reflexes (highly adaptive revulsion against freakishness) to serve purely ideological ends.

This is the power of Neoreaction: to break precisely this power of progressivism.

Incidentally, if having a tranny hanging around blocks entry to the “wrong kind” of traditionalists and ethnicists (for some definition of “wrong kind”); then having a neo-nazi around should block Progressive entry in spades.

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The Final Word on #Trannygate


jt2Over the past weeks of controversy, I have striven to maintain peace between Michael Anissimov and Bryce Laliberte and supporters of each. I have tried to take everyone’s viewpoint and arguments very seriously. And, in fact, by so-doing have received significant heat, much of it in private, some of it good-hearted, from my so-called “libertarian left” as well as my so-called “social conservative right” on this issue. My goal was and remains: not to take a side. The only side I care to be on is that of the Truth.

All of this I have done without expectation of reward or sympathy, but only out a sense of duty to friends and Christian charity towards all. If, by my pronouncements in this post, I exhaust all remaining social capital which I have earned over the past couple years, then so be it. I have gotten to the truth and I cannot but publish it.

I have to my own satisfaction investigated the supposed infractions in this dispute and have come to the following conclusions:
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This Week in Reaction

Kali Yuga (The Strife Era)Esoteric Trad publishes a working draft of his Rules for Living in the Kali Yuga, or, if you prefer, regular ol’ rules for living.

Briggs’ proof that There is No Such Thing as Intrinsic Probability is worth the visit on the strength of the Schmenges’ photo alone. But you’ll get a whole lot more than that.

Somebody going by the terribly uncatchy name of New International Outlook has published a pretty good attempt at defining neoreaction. His elision, upon the advice of Nick Land, of the hopelessly awkward (and probably misleading) “neoreactionaryism” is quite welcome. And lo! there’s more. He’s been at it for a couple months and at a pretty stout clip. I’m not a fan of antihumanism by any reasonable construal of it; if you’re going to be bound by what was, and is, and ever shall be, then humanity (what was and is) cannot be left behind. But there’s a fair amount of good thoughts there and worth reading. We shall keep our eye on good ol’ NIO.
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More Strictures

I posted this on twitlonger earlier today but anytime I work that hard on something, I want the blog to get a bit of credit (and traffic), and who knows maybe someone will want to comment in 141 bytes or more. So as I said on twitlonger

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Strictures Upon Anissimov’s “The Purpose of Reactionaries”

Yesterday, Michael Anissimov posted an essay The Purpose of Reactionaries in which he attempted to bridge the gap from solid primary principles to a prohibition of interactions between certain well-known Reactionaries and certain persons that many Reactionaries, for entirely justifiable reasons, find abhorrent. It is my purpose here to show that the principles he elucidates do not, at the present time in the present circumstances, stretch that far.
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My Version of the Knotted Crown


I couldn’t usefully edit Neoreactionary Poet Laureate and All-Around Great Guy E. Antony Gray’s original Knotted Crown. So I decided to build one from scratch. Kinda wanted that purple and yellow thing going on. (But the gray one was über kewl.)

[Added: Click here for svg (had to rename it .svg.xls to get WP to upload it. Just change the name back to .svg).]

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This Week in Reaction

basic-guide-to-the-us-government-v7Almost last week, but Behold: The Awesome Radish-ness. Karl has really outdone himself with this one, and that was already an incredibly high bar. An extended meditation on free speech, wherein we find it to be, in classical Who? Whom? analysis, a tool for speaking Power to Truth. Alinsky, Marcuse, Cleaver (Eldridge not June), all the biggies make an appearance, with just a hint of cute cuddly kittentude, and dredged up protestations from old dead white guys who just happened to be right about everything (except their chosen side of history). Honestly, this post rejuvenated the incipient New Reaction in a single day—one small step for a reactionary, one giant leap for Reactionarykind. It’s one of the best things I’ve read all year; and if you haven’t read it or better re-read it or best memorized it, then what on earth are you doing here?

Bryce Laliberte talks about entitlement as a Millennial disease. To the extent they have a sense of entitlement, they certainly learned it from their elders, whose own sense of entitlement, manifested as it is in unsustainable government transfer payments, is literally crushing the current generation. As a parent of several millennials, as well as their younger siblings, I can say I have a horses in this race: my own. Their well-being is precisely what drove me to Reaction®—you’ll take it away when you pry it from my dead, cold fingers.

Laliberte is also seeking patrons. I’ve signed up. You should too. Since there is, as yet, no foundation such as the International Brotherhood of Carlyleans to support new reactionary thought and activities, this is the next best thing. See also, deep thoughts on language, meaning, and “racism”.

This Week In Social Matter
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