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 Orthosphere begins the week with thoughts on the degradation of English. Can Evolutionary Biology and Naturalism Provide a Foundation for Morality? They say no, and I agree. Mr. Cocks asks: Why so little progress in physics? JMSmith discusses the need for an anchoritic Church, and why avoiding critical theory is for the best. Richard Cocks proposes a course on philosophy and film. I think it’s a good idea. I’m a fan of much of the stories in the curriculum, but have not considered them the way he has. When the SJWs attack, here is some advice on what to do. Mr. Bertonneau reviews The World Without Men, a dystopian novel of a future sans X chromosome, by Charles Eric Maine, published in 1958. He follows that with a contextual review of 2008’s hit film Cave Women of Mars.
I have not seen Joker, but probably will. Steve Sailer reviews Joker in his weekly Taki Mag column. Richard Greenhorn reviews as well: The Killer Troll. Anatoly Karlin reviews and proposes why the film works across the political spectrum. Styxenhammer666 gives his thoughts:
Alf’s new book, The Resurrection of God, is almost ready.
Cambria Will Not Yield on the fall of Europe’s peoples, who have turned from Christ to materialism.
John Derbyshire returns to China. It’s kinda fun.
At American Sun, Michael Sisco greets the Quad City area with a warning that Progressivism is not working in their interests. I think that quote from Voltaire needs to be modified a bit: “If you want to know who rules over you, find out WHO DECIDES who you may not criticize.” In these days of HLvM and Bioleninism, I think the prohibitions on critiquing the Left’s darlings are a distraction to get the Middle to miss that the High are trying to eliminate them.On the global elites and the politics of humiliation, or why your kids will learn about sexuality before they can spell. RTWT. The review of cybernetics continues with Layer 3: William Ross Ashby. The weekly Five Friday Reads points to this speech by Eric Zemmour, a French conservative, on the existential crisis facing France, and all of the West, to be frank. RTWT. A taste:
We must of course be conservative and conserve our identity but what can we conserve since everything has been destroyed? Our task is more immense, nearly hopeless: we must restore.
I do not say that the question of identity is the only question that arises for us. I do not say that the economy does not exist, that deindustrialization does not exist, that scraping together enough money to get through the month does not exist, that poverty in retirement does not exist, that labor law does not exist, that outsourcing does not exist, that the constraints and shortcomings of the Euro do not exist.
I only claim that the question of the French people’s identity precedes them all, that it preexists them all, even that of sovereignty. It’s a question of life or death. A French Islamic Republic might be sovereign but in what way would it be French?
A review of Tom Holland’s Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World, over at the Russell Kirk Center.
At Patriactionary, Satanic services will now be offered at the U.S. Naval Academy. Also, that new Astroturfed Death Cult – Extinction Rebellion. Rumours are surfacing that Justin Trudeau may have paid off a student he allegedly had an affair with 18 years ago. I use slippery language so I can’t be sued. Because I know those acting on his behalf have used the threat of a law suit to try to silence someone before. Now the taxpayer funded
propaganda machine public broadcaster CBC is getting in on the act as well. (The idea of the bastion of MSM wokeness in Canada claiming “moral rights” is laughable, whether you consider the narrow definition of that term under copyright law or not.) Vote accordingly, Canada. Speaking of diversity is our strength, Nordstrom gets woke.
Occidental Dissent on the status of women and slaves in the old Chesapeake colony. In the same vein, on the institution of slavery in the Carolinas, and on the Elites of Tidewater. They take note of an Eric Metaxas interview with Ann Coulter. I have little exposure to Ms. Coulter but she shines in this interview.
Steve Sailer notes that Greta Thunberg is not getting the Nobel Peace Prize. Greta: “How dare you!”
The American Mind discusses multiculturalism, and that it may not blend cultures, but rather, create a hierarchy of cultures in the state. Also, a brief discussion of the UK’s loss of sovereignty to the EU and Trump.
Counter Currents with a brief look at Morse Peckham and how corporations contribute to cultural incoherence. Spencer Quinn looks at the old sitcom Taxi, the character Jim Ignatowski, and how his tragic outcome parallels that of the West. On Orwell’s 1984 and the concept of ‘Doublethink’, as applied to our times. Mr. De Camp has a quick review of Kevin McDonald’s Individualism and the Western Liberal Tradition. In particular, the postulation that differences in the three seminal groups of modern European populations were the basis for the English and US Civil Wars. John Wilkinson: if you want to know why society is falling, look at its institutions. Anton continues his enlightening trip around Europe, with Warsaw Journal I. RTWT.
Malcolm notes the death of Cream drummer Ginger Baker. He mentions the drum work in Sunshine of Your Love as groundbreaking, and he’s right:
Council of European Canadians on where the People’s Party of Canada is getting it wrong on Canadian culture and values.
[Begin Rant] Canada has always had diverse cultures, from Confederation onward. The number grew with the opening of the West. The cultures of European origin often have more in common with their immediate neighbours to the south than those of other provinces. (A good start is the map found on JayMan’s blog.)
The reason this worked relatively well was because we knew enough to leave each other alone, except where the national interest was at stake, or where one part of Canada needed help from the others. Until, that is, the federal income tax, the closeted communists Pearson and Trudeau Sr., multiculturalism, and finally the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. These forces caused intrusions into the private lives of Canadians, and a disruption in our legal traditions, which would shock our founding fathers and make Stalin green with envy. In order to tax efficiently, use government spending to bribe voters efficiently, conscript efficiently, forecast the previously mentioned tasks accurately, and force your vision of Canadian culture on everyone, efficiently, you need to reduce individuals to a standard unit to make the populace homogeneous. No distinctions allowed amongst cultures where that interferes with Ottawa’s need for control. Canada’s various cultures have been bending and fracturing under that load, since at least the 1960s.
Diversity is not what Ottawa wants, it’s homogeneity. Their war is not a war on a culture, it’s a war on all cultures but its own. Ottawa’s hubris is it thinks it can bring in people from anywhere in the world, and the tactics it deploys to make NPCs of its current citizens will work just as well on newcomers. It worked so well on First Nations, the first beneficiaries of Ottawa’s grand ideas, right? (For non-Canucks, it was a travesty that shows how the application of progressivism and Whig thinking can go horribly wrong.) Why not everyone else?
But it does not work, because the people coming over now can’t be proselytized to in one of two official languages, and come from cultures where this level of intrusion in private lives is incomprehensible. And so, they don’t assimilate and we get the cultural balkanization of our cities. [Rant over.]
Skógafoss, Skógar, ĺsland.
Al fin discusses the new Jordan Peterson movie and his recent trip to rehab.
William Briggs, Statistician to the Stars, begins the week with his ongoing translation of the Summa Contra Gentiles. This week: God Can Produce Effects Without Proximate Causes. He also posts the 2nd draft of the Realist Catholic Climate Declaration. Well, it looks like Big Suntan is targeting areas with high numbers of same sex couples. I’d say this has causation reversed, but that would make me some kinda phobic. The Cranky Professor guests with a moral argument for free will. Filed under ‘ftw?’: Researchers Say Thoughts & Prayers Are Harmful. The week ends on a note of doom: This Week In Doom – Accelerating Doom Edition.
Svartifoss, Skaftafell, Ísland.
Z Man considers why Buckley-style conservatism is a failure. Advertising does not work, but it sure is profitable, just like democracy. Z Man travels to Copenhagen via Pearson and makes notes. For what it’s worth, the disdain for Toronto’s airport is so high no Canadian calls it ‘Toronto’. Rather, it’s ‘Pearson’, said with the same tone of voice one might use when referring to Auschwitz. More travel notes on Copenhagen, on European work culture, meeting dissidents abroad, and Orange Man Bad syndrome at the BBC. On the way to Norway, Z Man notes the rough condition of Malmö and Oslo, and recent demographic changes. His weekly Z Blog Power Hour has him looking through the mail bag. He returns to Copenhagen, where the police extend the usual courtesies to Antifa outside an event he attends.
Myth of the 20th Century’s podcast features the Z Man as a special guest. LTWT.
Guillaume Durocher on Jacques Atalli’s desire for a Jewish/Muslim Alliance for France.
PA Blog with an open thread, with two end scenes to films on Italian beaches. He points back to his prior post on getting a bun in her oven early.
Throne, Altar, Liberty on the upcoming Canadian election. MANDATORY reading for Canucks. Further, on what the best election result for Canada would be.
Keep on reactin’, and be like the Owl (for now).
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