If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road. …I think if you look at the present state of the world, it is pretty plain that humanity has been making some big mistakes. We are on the wrong road. And if that is so, we must go back. Going back is the quickest way on.
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
The first work of fiction I read on the recommendation of a fellow Neoreactionary was A Canticle for Leibowitz. It tells the sometimes humourous, sometimes harrowing, but always meaningful tale of a monastery, dedicated to the preservation of old knowledge. It is set at three points in the future, after a nuclear war destroys civilization, when it rises again, and then again falls. Over at American Interest, they summarize, review, and give a biography of the writer, Walter M. Miller.
New Murdoch Murdoch, a call for the liberation of the peoples of Europe: Coniugator (one YouTube mirror here and below). Hunter Wallace at Occidental Dissent comments, reminding us that the current crisis is a civilizational one. PA Blog also takes note, and provides the YouTube link, and the mirror at Cheekyvideos.
Mr. Briggs, Statistician to the Stars, begins the week with Summary Against Modern Thought: How God Can Act Apart From Providence. He switches to the false faith of the new Environmental Religion, which arises from ignorance and the Elite. Gaudia Certaminis continues her discussion of the trans movement with Part II of Let’s Talk About the Trans Movement. Ianto Watt guest posts, to discuss who is a true shepherd – Good and Bad Bishops: The Lesson of Dagger John. Okay, Mr. Briggs gives 100% and discusses the ADL’s new database of “Hate Symbols”. He finishes the week with This Week In Doom – Extreme Transphobia Edition.
Malcolm on the efforts to get Wokeness into school math curriculum…which means getting rid of math, ‘cuz whiteness and oppression. He notes a letter to the UN stating there is no Climate EmergencyTM, signed by 500 scientists. Silly scientists. It’s not about science, and never was.
Guillaume Durocher on Greta Thunberg and the modern Children’s Crusade for climate change action.
The Scholar’s Stage on the insecurity of the Communist Party of China and how they are dealing with it (on their anniversary). The CPC has now lived longer than its Soviet counterpart did.
An update on the Notre Dame restoration. Cool pictures.
Morgoth’s Review on the jailing of Billy Charlton in Sunderland for
not liking it when a white woman gets gang raped by immigrants racist hate speech.
The Myth of the 20th Century podcast is on Soldiers of Fortune – from Mercenaries to PMCs.
Audacious Epigone on white support for affirmative action by class and political orientation.
Z Man begins the week taking a hard look at the latest impeachment efforts. His take on things makes a lot of sense. He considers why conservatism failed, and why the Left are reactionary in their own way. RottenChestnuts responded with an idea on how to convince normies – Africa: The Video Game. Z Man also notes that the West’s current troubles are a feature (not a bug or error) of democracy, and what its underlying flaws are. Mediocrity explains quite a bit about our present democratic malaise. He takes a crack at quantifying the value of ‘diversity’. He also looks at the correlation of intelligence and left wing politics His Z Blog Power Hour podcast is particularly good this week. He discusses events from A Century Ago. LTWT. The parallels with what is going on now in the US, and the lead up to the Great War, are eye opening. As Z Man says:
I think the parallels between our age and the events leading up to the Great War are quite remarkable, so it is a favorite topic. History does not necessarily repeat itself, but it is good to remember that there is nothing new under the sun. The things we see from our ruling class, for example, are not new. In fact, they should be predictable. Understanding how a panicked ruling elite responded to the Red Scare a century ago will help us understand how they are going to respond to the White Scare.
Al fin looks at Space X and its plans for the Moon, Mars, and beyond.
The Orthosphere’s Richard Cocks starts the week with a bang. He discusses teaching ethics, Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorem, utilitarianism, and strategies in Game Theory: Tit For Tat. He follows it up with reasons why God is needed, even if we are free to determine our own path. He then discusses why, put another way, the mediator between the head and the hands must be the heart. (I take liberties with that last one.) Filed under the title is the best descriptor – To the Alt-Right (and Everyone Else): Jesus Christ is a Strong God and You Need Him. Henry Delacroix on the rise in female prostitution. Bonald discusses the tendency for Catholics to move as far Left as the Church allows. Kristor discusses The Wonderful Horrible Integrity of the World:
Be then comforted, in that. God knows how this all works out, even if you do not. On then, into the fray; and let each man do his duty, in confidence, and in mutual solidarity with all his creaturely fellows.
This little cultural phase change we are about to enact and suffer, as the deadly dying old liberal order of the Enlightenment winks out at last, paralyzed and confused by its own contradictions, and in a paroxysm of violence and confusion is superseded by some New Thing? No big deal. Such is history, ever.
At American Sun, Epaminondas reviews Bronze Age Mindset. He exhorts BAPs exhortations as the true ideology for the new Right. The continuing series on cybernetics looks at Stafford Beer. This week’s Five Friday Reads, on Moldbug’s latest appearance.
Occidental Dissent continues their American History Series, with the Civil Rights Act of 1875. It turns out, scientists suck at diet advice: Red meat is okay again. (Steve Sailer also notes the red meat ‘oopsie’ here.) Bernie Sanders has an arterial blockage, gets surgery, and suspends his campaign. More thoughts on Eric Foner’s new book The Second Founding, discussing the second Constitution of the USA, the 14th amendment to the first one. Universal fires an employee for using a white supremacist hand gesture, in a picture with a 6 year old. I’d like to know whether the employee acknowledged they had deliberately done so, or went “wtf?”, before their employment ended. Matt Parrot has 20 Predictions for the 2020s. An interesting, if off-topic, note about glaciation over North America, providing the natural boundary between the North and the South.
Nassim Taleb once said that the argument “Think of the children!” is the last refuge of scoundrels. Zero Anthropology shows it’s not. When it stops working, say “Think of the FEMALE children!“. You’ll be a scoundrel par excellence. Zero Anthropology also takes a shot at Bell Canada (one of the biggest Telco’s in Canada), for its self-serving efforts to go green.
Council of European Canadians notes a discussion on the downside of diversity to take place at UBC October 9th. Already, tolerant student groups and professors are not tolerating it and trying to shut it down with ‘Bold ResponsesTM‘. A student discusses their experience taking a survey course in
Anthropology Wokeness at UVic. What is Radical Traditionalist Conservatism?
VDH on the latest Democrat coup attempt, and how it will benefit Trump.
Cambria Will Not Yield on maintaining faith in the face of Liberalism: The Fruits of Compromise.
Kill To Party on first internet loves.
In Copenhagen, a Danish woman once told me “Canadians are not nice. They are polite.” Occidental Dissent shows we cannot even be polite anymore, as protesters at a PPC event in Hamilton, Ontario block a senior citizen, with a walker, from getting to the event. This is now the image the world sees of us, as reported by Sky News of Australia.
Steve Sailer on a new statue for that unsung hero of the Civil War, HoodieJeansDreadlock man! Soon to grace the streets of Charleston, Virginia. Occidental Dissent takes note, and is unironically supportive. Steve’s weekly Taki’s Magazine column is on hair hysteria and the white-people-touch-my-hair crisis. He follows it up with some interesting news about a fake dreadlock cutting attack on a 12 year-old girl in D.C.
Evolutionist X with her continuing review of Legal Systems Very Different From Ours, this week, on Somali law, which is interesting as it considers a pastoral legal system. Also, a Screed for the Short, or the dating life of short men. It’s worth a visit just for the panel of Tweets.
The Anti-Gnostic travels to Beirut, with his story told over at American Sun. He also covers the evolution of governance in the US, from competent leaders to managerial analysts. He links to this video:
Counter Currents gives a brief political history of President Nixon, and lessons learned from Watergate. Carson King gets cucked. He must have felt like he got kicked in the teeth after getting ‘cancelled’ while trying to give a children’s hospital a million dollars. This shows you just how dangerous the Woke have become: The heretics shall be burned! Damn the consequences! (The madness ratchets even higher: The reporter who started the cancellation has now also been cancelled for things he said years ago.)
More from Counter Currents, on the fall of the Alt-Lite, with a focus on the fortunes of Mr. Molyneux. A review of Patrick Dineen’s Why Liberalism Failed. Some good stuff in there: RTWT. Also, a review of The Karl Muck Scandal. Mr. Muck was a German American who conducted the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Anti-German sentiments during and after WWI drove him back to Germany, where he became very close to Adolph Hitler.
Speaking of WWI, remember the guy who played Tyrell in Blade Runner? He was in Kubrick’s Paths of Glory too. A brief biography of Joe Turkel, and a review of the film. Anton checks out the Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia in Tallin. Hilarity ensues.
RottenChestnuts discusses life in the Middle Ages and turning piety away from social justice for the world towards social benefit in your locale. Also, on Roman Law, or how to deal with locals when running an empire.
PA Blog – when satire goes so wrong…it’s right:
Keep on reactin’, and be like the Owl (for now).
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