The Very Best of Last Week in Reaction (2016/05/08)

 And doun his hand he launcheth to the clifte In hope for to fynde there a yifte.And whan this sike man felte this frereAboute his tuwel grope there and heere,Amydde his hand he leet the frere a fart;

And doun his hand he launcheth to the clifte

In hope for to fynde there a yifte.

And whan this sike man felte this frere

Aboute his tuwel grope there and heere,

Amydde his hand he leet the frere a fart;

Last week’s review is finally up over at Social Matter. A lot of good stuff. A lot of awards given out and they went as follows. Everyone get your politeclap.gif out…

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The Very Best of Last Week in Reaction (2016/05/01)

Russian first lady Svetlana Medvedeva and President Vladimir Putin attend an Orthodox Easter service
Russian first lady Svetlana Medvedeva and President Vladimir Putin attend an Orthodox Easter service

Last week’s This Week in Reaction is up (more or less on time for a change) over at Social Matter. Lot’s of great stuff, the greatest of which is as follows:

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On the Dissidence of Dissidents

Guayaquil raft (1748)
Guayaquil raft (1748)

Warg Franklin relates the “Parable of the Raft” to illustrate the risks and potential rewards of “Going Against the Consensus“. Roger, an intelligent but introverted man, thinks he can successfully design and build a raft to get his shipwrecked group off the island. William, a gregarious leader, wants to build the raft by committee, giving each member of the group some voice in the design and construction of the raft. William’s plan is the more popular one and wins over the group. For his part, Roger decides to pursue a private plan to build a raft.

None of the castaways seem to notice that the democratic solution solidifies and aggrandizes William’s power in an underhanded way: his natural gifts give him an advantage in shaping the public opinion in support of himself. Government by consensus favors those who are good at manipulating consensus. Not necessarily those who are good at government. William is without doubt the worthiest leader available. But will he be corrupted by the system of legitimacy by committee?

Who will succeed?

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The Very Best of Last Week in Reaction (2016/04/10)

Supporters of anti-immigration right-wing movement PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West) take part in in demonstration march, in reaction to mass assaults on women on New Year's Eve, in Cologne, Germany, January 9, 2016. Unlike the New Years' Eve mass "assaulters", they are no  match for the Cologne police.
Supporters of anti-immigration right-wing movement PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West) take part in in demonstration march, in reaction to mass assaults on women on New Year’s Eve, in Cologne, Germany, January 9, 2016. Unlike the New Years’ Eve mass “assaulters”, they are no match for the Cologne police.

The latest This Week in Reaction is finally up over at Social Matter. Another great week in the sphere. With many superb articles. Those judged the most worthy were as follows:

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The Very Best of Last Week in Reaction (2016/04/03)

Ulla Bergryd,  Michael Parks,  Garden of Eden Scene from John Hustons  The Bible: In the Beginning... (1966)
Ulla Bergryd, Michael Parks, Garden of Eden Scene from John Hustons The Bible: In the Beginning… (1966)

Last Week’s This Week in Reaction is finally up over at Social Matter. It was a week of a pwned pope and triggering chalk. And a whole lot more. There were a plethora of noteworthy articles. A great week in the sphere. The articles judged the most worthy were as follows:

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The Very Best of Last Week in Reaction (2016/03/13)

Royal starfish; an apt metaphor for a relatively decephalized institution, such as USG
Royal starfish; an apt metaphor for a relatively decephalized institution, such as USG

Last week’s This Week in Reaction is up over at Social Matter. It’s almost 6000 words. Hopefully most of them aren’t mine. Didn’t give out as many Honorable Mentions as usual. Not due to lack of quality, but lack of focus.
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The Very Best of Last Week in Reaction (2016/03/06)

Lacey Von Erich illustrates the chokeslam on Sarita (2009)
Lacey Von Erich illustrates the chokeslam on Sarita (2009)

Last week’s This Week in Reaction is up over at Social Matter. There were many good articles. Too many, in fact, to even include on this list. Those considered “official” award-winning were as follows:

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The Very Best of This Week in Reaction (2016/02/28)

Mr and Mrs R.D. Hardey of Western Australia, 1860s
Mr and Mrs R.D. Hardey of Western Australia, 1860s

Last week’s This Week in Reaction is up over at Social Matter. As always, there were many excellent articles throughout the sphere. Those considered “official” award-winning were as follows:

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The Very Best of This Week in Reaction (2016/02/21)

The editors of Social Matter invited me to begin publishing my weekly updates, known rather colloquially as TWiR, over there. They made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. I’ll continue to keep this blog active and at least point to my work there. Also I plan to use the column here to point to the Very best of that roundup. They were…

The Honorable Mentions:

Spandrell: A biological case against democracy

Thomas Barghest: The Radioactivity Of Atomic Individualism

Ryan Landry: The Last Of The Lions Died

Ryan Landry: How Hillary Clinton Learned To Love The Muslim Brotherhood

Evolutionist X: Scandal that should have never been: Satanic Daycares (Part 1), Part 2, and Part 3

J. M. Smith: The Maelstrom of Modern Magic

Kill to Party: “Freddy’s Revenge” (1985) and Homophobia

And the winner is…
Mark Citadel: Jacques Cathelineau & Diamonds in the Rough

This Week in Reaction (2016/02/14)

Justice Antonin Scalia, Ash Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016.
Justice Antonin Scalia, Ash Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016.

St. Valentine’s Edition. Hopefully you celebrated the holiday by being romantic. Preferably within licit bounds. And in either case were inspired to bring new above average children into the world. “The future belongs to whoever shows up for it” is the True Meaning™ of St. Valentine’s Day.

Friend of the blog, Pax Dickinson has an important announcement to make: Introducing Wesearchr, An Information Marketplace. This is a project he’s doing with Chuck (Based) Johnson in the underdeveloped market for social information.

US Supreme Court Justice Scalia died last Saturday. Sydney Trads have a eulogy Justice Antonin Scalia, Requiescat in Pace. He was one of the good ones. Irreplaceable. Malcolm Pollack has an In Memoriam as well. Also some practical considerations in light of the great jurist’s untimely demise.

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This Week in Reaction (2016/02/07)

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This week didn’t seem like much. Trump didn’t win in Iowa. There was kerfuffle over Roosh, which, like most kerfuffles generates orders of magnitude more heat than light. Trump and Bernie “win” in New Hampshire. Yawn. But some of the best minds in the reactosphere were at work penning some real gems. Why watch the first draft of history, when you can turn in here to This Week in Reaction and read second and third drafts? If I had to characterize this week (other than several genuinely standout articles which I’ll get to in a minute), I would point to the collective awakening of the Wider Reactosphere to the strategic wisdom of the passivist approach.

Reactionary Future has some imprecations Against consensus. Also a lesson from the General Piquemal arrest on how not to become worthy. Spandrell has his own take on the situation in Europe, bedecked with lessons from (relatively recent) Chinese history. “Situation”, that is, for insufficiently welcoming Europeans, I mean.

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