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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This Week in Reaction (2016/01/31)

The National Guard fire tear gas to disperse the crowd of students gathered on the commons, May 4, 1970.
The National Guard fire tear gas to disperse the crowd of students gathered on the commons, May 4, 1970.

Over at The Future Primaeval, Harold Lee has another gem: An analysis of The Obedient Rebels. He contrasts the quite radical schemes of 60s-era student radicals with the purely verbal shenanigans of the current crop. It seems like we can’t even get Quality Campus Radicals™ these days.

Bradley Campbell and Jason Manning wrote an insightful paper contrasting three different moral regimes. In an honor culture, you’re supposed to defend your honor through your own personal efforts. In a dignity culture, insults have less impact, and you’re supposed to delegate enforcement to agreed-upon civic institutions. In a victim culture, insults matter a great deal once again, but the correct response is to assume a powerless victim role and basically passively request that powerful other people, usually institutions, step in and do something about it.

Today’s student protestors choose Option V, which…

speaks to a student culture that has internalized powerlessness, cowardice, and lack of agency. The world is way bigger than you, and your only hope to get things done is to passively broadcast your grievances and hope that some other institution takes up your fight.

In other news… Continue reading This Week in Reaction (2016/01/31)

This Week in Reaction (2016/01/24)

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“Alt-Right” (Whatever That Means) Week this week in This Week in Reaction®… Alfred W. Clark has a pretty good brief explanation. Briggs brings an outsider’s (just barely) perspective on the question. Brett Stevens takes a stab at Alt-Right taxonomy and wonders What if the alternative Right took over? (There’s a reason that can’t happen.)

Free Northerner has been going meta on “Alt-Right” and related topics for a while now. He delivers a data rich answer to What is the Alt-Right? Nick Land asks the exact same question, but sees it purely as a populist (and therefore heterodox) movement:

Neoreaction, as I understand it, predicted the emergence of the Alt-Right as an inevitable outcome of Cathedral over-reach, and didn’t remotely like what it saw. Kick a dog enough and you end up with a bad-tempered dog. Acknowledging the fact doesn’t mean you support kicking dogs — or bad-tempered dogs. Maybe you’d be happy to see the dog-kicker get bitten (me too). That, however, is as far as it goes.

Ryan Landry, who pays attention to these things (and may someday be paid good money for it), tells us what actually happened…

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The Rick Wilson: Arbiter of Matterers in the (So-Called) Course of Humanity

Mr. Rick Wilson lost his head on national television and talked about the altright as if it were a bunch of Nazis that “masturbate to anime”. First, Rick, I think the kids masturbate to hentai, but let us not split hairs since you lost your cool on national television and signal boosted a bunch of “nazis” in your words. Second, you idiot, you made people google “altright”, and what they found was most likely not a bunch of nazis who masturbate to anime. It was guys like Richard Spencer, who keeps it classy and respectable.

Plus a lot more.

Mark Citadel (with whom Anthony and Antony and I spoke last Friday for an up-coming AtT episode–great guy!) touches on the alt-right/NRx cleavage Have You Failed the Entry Exam? He skewers some particularly egregious NatSoc Buffoonery™ that stained the carpet of a Millennial Woes hangout. Some of my best friends might be fashists, but only ironically. Mark Citadel wins an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ on magisterial tone alone.

What do I think? Continue reading This Week in Reaction (2016/01/24)

This Week in Reaction (2016/01/17)

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I haven’t given much attention to the passing of David Bowie, mostly because I didn’t think it was that important. To the extent that it is, and what we may learn from his history on earth, Joseph Pearce has a nice requiem: Fame, Fashion & Fascism: The Many Masks of David Bowie.

Over at Future Primaeval, Harold Lee brings us The Hippie-Conservative Synthesis—a call to conservatives to be the real counterculture. Continue reading This Week in Reaction (2016/01/17)

This Week in Reaction (2016/01/10)

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Jim has the startling truth behind the startling truth: Saudi Monarch executes US agent who tried to overthrow him:

“NGO” stands for “non government organization”, but if an organization is actually non governmental, for example McDonalds, no one calls it an NGO. In practice, “NGO” means “US State Department Front Organization”. This is an open secret, as for example when they advertise for employees, they are apt to describe the openings as government employment.

The reason that they call themselves non governmental is that they actively campaign in US politics and foreign politics, which is illegal or embarrassing for the US government to openly do.

Jim also offers Continue reading This Week in Reaction (2016/01/10)

This Week in Reaction (2016/01/03)

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For all those in sufficiently advanced time zones, it is The Current Year™ 2016.

Jim writes In favor of a repressive state religion:

The religion of Massachusetts wound up conquering the US, and eventually the world, in large part because Virginia took religious freedom seriously, while Harvard and Massachusetts was unyieldingly and fanatically determined to extirpate it with fire and steel and still are unyieldingly and fanatically determined to extirpate it with fire and steel. When crazies and fanatics go up against moderate, compromising, and cynical cosmopolitans, the moderate and cynical cosmopolitans tend to get trampled.

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This Week in Reaction (2015/12/27)

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Rest on the Flight into Egypt, Luc-Olivier Merson (1879)[click to massively enlarge]
Season’s Greetings this This Last Week in Reaction take many forms: “I’d say something nice but that would trash the brand”. God Jul! Merry Christmas! Is that Freddy Mercury? From the Other Down Under, From Dalrock, a Very English Christmas, ‘Twas the Night for Leathernecks, “To Friends Unmet”, and Merry Federally Recognized Holiday Of December 25th That Shall Remain Nameless So As Not To Offend.

Arthur, the Esoteric Trad, wonders Are Cities Culture Killers?—an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀ in its own right. Cities certainly seem to be that way today. Why? I doubt that this rôle stems from anything in the inherent nature of cities. In fact, cities should, in principle, be more orderly than their hinterlands. But good principles have a taken a back seat these last couple centuries. Continue reading This Week in Reaction (2015/12/27)

This Week in Reaction (2015/12/20)

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Theodor W Adorno (right) and Max Horkheimer (left) engage secret world domination handshake

Dividual* continues to impress with: Copying is everything. Picking up the teleofunction them from Darwinian Reactionary’s seminal article on the subject, he applies the principle to replication. Which is really, really important once you think about it.

[*Usage note: I now take the “Divduals” blog name to be a singular possessive. New people must tolerate the indignity of mangled names.]

Also, in an ☀“Official” #NRx Best of the Week Honorable Mention☀, Dividual has an excellent Group Dynamics based explanation of the decline of the West. Groups can cohere naturally based on a huge variety of traits, provided the in-group has an out-group.

Mark Citadel finds lessons in the profound disillusionment of Adorno and Horkheimer after WW2: The Despairing Marxist .

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