This Week in Reaction (2015/08/23)

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Migrants Grouillants

Jim has commentary on the remarkably moderate Trump plan to stop (nonwhite) immigration.

Trump’s plan relies on the cooperation of the courts, who will surely not cooperate. Australia found it necessary to bypass the courts and use direct military power, and use what are officially regional processing centres run by “civilian contractors” but are in fact prison camps run by the military (yes, those civilian contractors).

The Trump plan resembles the various anti immigration initiatives of the Australian labor party, which failed because of hostility and forcible resistance by government employees, and fraud and defiance by the courts.

Presidents cannot do $#!& unless they are prepared to use the military, as the Australian government finally did. And the US military has become so PC in its upper ranks that it is far from clear that it would obey such orders.

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This Week in Reaction (2015/08/16)

Atomic bomb mushroom clouds over Hiroshima (left) and Nagasaki (right)
Atomic bomb mushroom clouds over Hiroshima (left) and Nagasaki (right)

In response to James Miller’s somewhat overwrought A-Bomb deontological handwringing, Neovictorian tells us: Why I Don’t Feel Bad About Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I absolutely agree. Not that I think America should have been fighting that war at all, mind you. But “we” don’t need to feel bad about what “our” leaders did 15 minutes ago, much less than 70 years ago. “They” are not “us”, and never were. And confusion on this point is a profound problem in modernity. Also some kind words for Dr. Bruce Charlton who “gets” Neovic’s (and NRx’s) fascination with magic.

Social Pathologist Slumlord brings us Continue reading This Week in Reaction (2015/08/16)

This Week in Reaction (2015/08/09)

George Robert Acworth Conquest (1917-2015) receiving Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005
George Robert Acworth Conquest (1917-2015) receiving Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005

Robert Conquest has died, at the quite advanced age of 98. This has failed to produce the reaction within this sphere that I expected. Alas, I have not myself prepared much to say. Except, farewell sage traveler. RIP. His three laws of politics, which are canonical for The Neoreaction:

  1. Everyone is conservative about what he knows best.

  2. Any organization not explicitly right-wing sooner or later becomes left-wing.

  3. The simplest way to explain the behavior of any bureaucratic organization is to assume that it is controlled by a cabal of its enemies.

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This Week in Reaction (2015/08/02)

"It was supposed to be Epcot City, not Epcot Center"
“It was supposed to be Epcot City, not Epcot Center”

[Added. I said in the trailer I had missed some stuff. Missing Jim was a lacuna you could drive an H2 through. He’s got How to really win the “Hispanic” vote; Kin altruism, reciprocal altruism, and ethnic altruism; How to stop mass illegal immigration to Britain and Skittles guy and female agency. Read Based Jim!]

A fantastic Two-Fer over at The Future Primaeval this week. Let’s lead with that.

Anton Silensky brings us A Disney World. Silensky finds in Disney’s genius for building a primordial version of neoreactionary thought. And a great inspiration for Hestia Society. Please watch the video. If it seems dated to you, you’re missing the forest for the trees. Don’t let 50 year-old fashions fool you. They drape a vision that exudes so much technical capability, so much confidence in human potential, properly ordered and understood, that it seems a futuristic fantasy by the drab politically correct standards of today. I especially loved this bit from Walt Disney:

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This Week in Reaction (2015/07/26)

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Nick Land asks What’s in a word? A lot (apparently). The proper neoreactionary term is, of course, the more elegant #Conservakin. But there’s no accounting for hard-right internet taste. Alfred W. Clark has an authoritative roundup on #cuckervative. The “dispute” as it were makes TNR. Jim takes a stab at Defining cuckservative. And Dante comments on THE UNBEARABLE FAGGOTRY OF ERICK ERICKSON.

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This Week in Reaction (2015/07/19)

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Warg Franklin tells the story of Anarchism+ (yeah, do the math! LOL) in Social Justice, Ideological Hijackings, and Ideological Security.

Instead of laughing at anarchists for the irony of creating a totalitarian system for themselves, we should be alarmed and take note; a community of people absolutely opposed to oppression and authority and violations of individual rights wound up oppressing each other with arbitrary authority leading to the destruction of the usefulness of their community.

It’s funny. But if SJW preening then takeover can happen in /r/anarchism, then it can (and almost always does) happen anywhere. And the operative questions are: how and why and what the HECK can we do to prevent it?

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About Exit

Dragon's Blood Tree, Socotra Island
Dragon’s Blood Tree, Socotra Island

The few days prior to this This Week in Reaction, a friend asked me via twitter DM for some neoreactionary links on Exit. Nothing specific came immediately to mind. Nick Land’s exit tag is replete with juicy and tantalizing hints about the various shapes it can take. Jordan Bloom’s Mitrailleuse devotes regular coverage to Secession Lagniappe. We are always talking about exit, but never really setting down what we mean by it, nor articulating a cohesive strategy for it. I wanted there to be one seminal post that I could point to. This will probably not be that post. But it was worth a try. Continue reading About Exit

The Occult Effects of Democracy

un-democracy-dayDemocracy gives ostensible power to some vague collective known as The People. But a collective of everyone, each competing more or less for their own interests, is simply chaos. There is no General Will. Everyone knows this. And soon everyone will know that everyone knows this. Therefore, if someone speaks unironically of the “General Will”, you know to watch your wallet… or your neck. The General Will of The People—i.e., noise, in the arcana of signal processing—may only be expressed if it is filtered. He who performs the filtering calls the frequency. The first real effect of democracy, therefore, is to give power to those who influence and direct the opinions of the collective.

What caste of people influence and direct the opinions of the collective? Continue reading The Occult Effects of Democracy