For the last few years I have been reading the blogs of the neo-reactionary camp. This movement of thought and philosophy started up with fellows like Nick Land and Mencius Moldbug. The thing that attracted me to it was their focus upon a Machiavellian analysis of the world: do not see things for how they should be, or how they should ideally appear, see them for how they are. They have expanded my horizons greatly. (For newbies, please see this introduction.)
A big part of accessing this overlooked body of work was Nick B. Steves This Week in Reaction, over at Social Matter. They used to go through hundreds of reactionary blog posts a week and write short summaries with links, and some nice pictures to boot. Many in the Reactosphere have expressed their gratitude to Mr. Steves over the past week for all his efforts over the past few years (I believe he had been publishing since 2016.) Mr. Steves ended This Week in Reaction due to time constraints.
To Mr. Steves: thank you sir, the work put into TWiR was excellent. I have benefited from it greatly. I hope the future has the best in store for you.
I did a weekly ‘Quote’ post last year, and thought it was useful. On a similar theme, I’ll be posting some notable works from the Reactosphere, or those of interest to our cabal, here each Sunday or so. The title, as above, is Cantandum in Ezkhaton, or I believe “chant against the end times” in Latin, using the Greek word for the end times. (Please correct me if wrong.) The use of Latin and the reference to the Christian end times are common in the Reactosphere. It’s worth your time to see why.
Here we go:
Fox News host Tucker Carlson dropped a bomb here, by criticizing Senator Mitt Romney’s New Year’s Day Washington Post op-ed (a recycled catechism against President Trump), then analyzing the causes of discontent in America, showing sympathy for the Left’s most hated: men and families. His analysis points out where exactly the lines should be drawn in a potential US civil war. Many took notice of the themes discussed in the Reactosphere: American Sun and Heartiste, for starters.
AlfaNL provides instructions on How to git gud wit women. It’s a part of his upcoming book Life’s Game. There is a great deal of wisdom about relations between the sexes here. I have a friend who knows a friend who hung out with a guy whose lawyer may have seen an early copy of the book. Alf’s journey is red pill goodness and a great story about taking risks, trusting your intuition, and finding your place in the world.
Evolutionist X discusses women and STEM, with some sane explanations about why a 50/50 split is actually not a rational goal.
Jim gives Marxism, as currently applied, the beating it deserves.
The best ever Hitler reacts video. This one mocks Patreon’s banning of Sargon of Akkad, and the subsequent fall out which caused notable “Intellectual Dark Web” scions, such as Sam Harris, Jordan Peterson, and Dave Rubin, to leave . I’m not big on the controversy or the whole “dark web” idea, but the attitude attributed to Silicon Valley in the Hitler video seems appropriate.
Gad “The Gadfather” Saad and Matt Ridley (of The Red Queen fame) have a chat about evolution, evolutionary psychology, idea pathogens, morality, and climate change skepticism. This is a bit outside the Reactosphere, but Mr. Ridley is well spoken and reasonable, and I hope he avoids being burned as a heretic.
Razib Khan discusses the evolution of religion. From a reactionary perspective, this may help explain why the “current year arc of history bends towards justice” progressive ideology looks more and more like its preaching one true faith, chanting catechisms and persecuting heretics. I suppose it’s like Johnny Cash once sang:
I went drifting
Through the capitals of tin
Where men can’t walk
Or freely talk
And sons turn their fathers in
I stopped outside a church house
Where the citizens like to sit
They say they want the kingdom
But they don’t want God in it.
This has taken some time. I see now why Nick needed a break.