Cantandum in Ezkhaton 06/23/19

Tomorrow Belongs to MeSome housekeeping: I’m on the road again next week, so next week’s Cantandum will be short, with no Cantandum the following week. This week’s picture theme is the places that Globohomo cannot reach and I’ll be taking a break in one of them.

The Problem:

Liberalism’s real political problem is that a liberal practice is only possible as long as certain traditional stocks of habits and deeply ingrained morals still exist to help society overcome its difficulties. In a nutshell: six conservative centuries enable two generations to be liberal without causing mischief. But once those stocks are consumed in permissive society, the best-intentioned liberal slogans become lit fuses.

Armin Mohler, Gegen die Liberalen

I sense we’re starting to hit the end of our conservative stores. This, courtesy of Spandrell (How Far Is Far Enough), from an excellent anonymous essay translated from German over at Kynosarges blog: Full Speed Into the Void. Another taste:

Concerning awareness of the situation, as initially discussed right-wing populists view immigration and issues with foreign residents as practical problems to be dealt with by practical solutions (executive, legislative). They do not, or not sufficiently, appreciate that the chain of problems starting with criminal foreigners and Islamic dominance behavior goes much deeper. Awareness begins perhaps with migrant crime, Islamic occupation of public spaces, and inadequate border protection, extending in the best case to addressing the Great Replacement (under various terms). The more gifted among them remember that the political left and the 1968 movement have played a central role, which often contributes to narrowing their analysis. Unaddressed remain for example the (liberalist) industry, always craving undiminished immigration which it relies on under liberal premises, or the pervasive lack of strong gender identities as a consequence (and not as a facet of Sunday speeches). Almost nobody in these circles goes as far as to conceive of liberalism itself as a political problem because individualism, egalitarianism, and universalism dissolve our identities.

Z Man has a response to this, highlighting the different circumstances and problems the dissident right faces.

Soph has a new video on Greta Thunberg, Climate ChangeTM warrior. It gets taken down in short order by YouTube. A mirror is here. Another mirror is also here.

Steve Sailer with what, for a Canadian, is the strangest French versus English problem we’ve seen. He notes some comments on girl troubles. Kamila Harris’ provides an example of zero self awareness, or letting the cat out of the bag. Steve has an article on Immigration As Vengeance. In Toronto, the wokest city discovers the strength of diversity after the Raptors’ NBA Championship Win. Faith Goldy notes Toronto’s increasing strength as well.

Speaking of Diversity’s strength, Québec becomes the basest province in Canada. To me, Canada only functions as a Confederation when the provinces remember they were originally a group of colonies that came together in common cause, and whose duty is in part to protect the interests of their citizens from overreaching federal power. When Canada was first formed, it was intended that Ottawa would handle the trans-provincial and international stuff, and everything that impacted most people’s daily lives would be handled by the provinces. Now, the federal government is enmeshed in the average Canadian’s daily life to an extent never contemplated by our founders. Québec is the only province that seems to remember what its relationship to Ottawa was actually supposed to be. The other provinces should follow suit. In case you are repelled by this idea due to a distaste for Québec separatism, you do not get what you do not ask for, and Québec has no problem asking, in necessary terms. There is no fault in requiring Ottawa to adhere to the Constitution and making it clear Confederation is in peril when Ottawa chooses not to. You’ll be seeing more of this from out west soon, because Ottawa currently thinks it gets to treat provinces like colonies. Ottawa needs a swift and severe correction to its attitude.

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From the Public Discourse: The Pursuit of Happiness Rightly Understood.

Frank Vaughan with the low-down on state enforced transitioning of children in Canada.

Malcolm on John Derbyshire’s warning about the reporting of the illegal immigration crisis and the silencing of dissenting voices. On the problems of conservation. Also, who watches the watchmen, Spygate Edition. An apt metaphor: sailing between the Scylla and Charybdis of immigration and diversity. Also, in response to a reader comment: don’t lose hope. A taxonomy of revolutions.

Shawnpaulmelville on the Aga Khan’s Mughal Canada.

Roosh V: Why Is Everything So Fake? Answer: we could not handle reality if we actually saw it. We would learn on how very, very little the fakeness is based, and feel like paddlers on a slippery raft about to go over the falls. I get why most people avoid that.

Council of Canadian Europeans: Without Legally Enforced Monogamy, Western Civilization Is Finished: Part II.

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Evolutionist X on musical ability and sexual selection, and also on the function of rubbing breakfast burritos on your privates. Also, a potential translation of the Voynich manuscript. She’s got a new logical fallacy: Argumentum ab Papuan, or why assuming the behavior of some is the norm leads to bad conclusions. Policing content on the internet is in our future: Algorithmic Optimization Has Begun.

Cambria Will Not Yield on how Satan came to the west, and what must be done to remove him: No More Night. Also, a brilliant piece, The Bowstrings of the Spirit:

The reason why the conservatives work within the perimeters of liberalism in order to effect change rather than attack liberalism itself is because the modern conservatives are not Burkean conservatives. It was Burke’s contention that prior to the French Revolution, “The nations of Europe have had the very same Christian religion, agreeing in the fundamental parts, varying a little in the ceremonies and in the subordinate doctrines.” Because the nations of Europe were Christian and the Jacobins were opposed to Christianity, Burke maintained that Christian Britain and the rest of the European nations could not, without betraying the moral essence of their nations, make peace with the Jacobin government whether Robespierre or the Directory was in charge of it. But the nations of Europe did make peace with the Jacobins, and we, the European people, have been paying the consequences of that ‘peace’ for centuries, in small dribs and drabs at first, but now, in the 21st century, we are paying the price with our blood.

Anatoly Karlin on the “Colour Revolution” in Georgia.

The Orthosphere on the era we live in: the Golden Age of Scribbling. A well done piece on Illuminative Materialism. An interesting account of the origins of ‘Clique’ and ‘Claque’. Mr. Burtonneau gets his satire on. It’s clever and funny, and for a moment, you wonder if it is real. A philosophical skeleton key: Facts Are Fossils of Acts. On what it is like to be a Secondary Cause. It’s very nice, once you get over yourself. Also, some thoughts on what stops the mind from wandering. A discussion of the three types of power, applied to the US.

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PA Blog on hot girls. Also, on what is worth more, an election, or a nation worth defending. A case study of religious upbringing backfiring. A great retrospective: 500th Post.

Wrath of Gnon on the miracle of the Traditional City:

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Audacious Epigone on the ever blurring lines between parody and reality.

The Anti-Gnostic on homelessness, and the simple 1-2-3-4 formula for causes.

Last week’s Z Blog Power Hour: Open Borders! Just the listing of all the different visas given to foreigners for entry into the United States is worth it. Z Man on understanding the Left. He discusses the regulation of old and new public spaces, and Trump’s Immigration Agitation. This week’s Z Blog Power Hour, the grab bag for June. On Politics and Aesthetics:

If there is to be a coherent political and social movement rise out of the dissident right, it will have to be more than narrow political arguments and meta-political commentary on social media. It will need a look that signals to the curious that it is a movement with a future for itself and its adherents. Just as men in traditional suits signaled a break from the 1970’s and the radical chic of the New Left, the new aesthetic will have to signal a break from the old political paradigm and the old Progressive morality.

American Sun with last Friday’s Five Reads. Presenting a Strategy For Restoring Sanity In the West. Thoughts on the lessons learned from the NPC phenomenon. A guide on the real purpose of ‘Pride’ and how to bulletproof against it. On current housing trends: The Architecture of Impermanence. Five Friday Reads, including the news that Social Matter is gone. It is sad news. One of my starting points into Neoreaction was that site.

Al fin on our modern dystopia.

William Briggs with the previous This Week In Doom: You WILL Bake The Cake Edition. The ongoing translation of the Summa ThelogicaSummary Against Modern Thought: A Celestial Hierarchy. His thoughts on the reemergence of witchcraft, which appears to be another sign of our collapse. The latest This Week In Doom – Reality Based Ads Banned Edition. A demonstration of how things can go wrong in science. Listen to the Pope, repent your consumption sins, and join the one-world government. (You’ll never hear that Police song in the same way again. Lyrics here.)

Is the love of money the root of all evil? Yes, according to Mr. Briggs. I agree somewhat. Getting someone to agree to something for which, if they had understood the truth and the consequences, they would never agree to, is a big root of all evil. That includes the financial follies and usury that Mr. Briggs discusses. What can be done with the universities? Sir Scruton may have an answer.

Lastly, it’s a clownworld after all, it’s a clownish clownworld. Seriously, is anything real being communicated in that morass?

A late addition: She might be Z Man’s love child – Faith Goldy on the Evils of Neo-Boomerism.

Keep on reactin’

Señor Blanco

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Cantandum in Ezkhaton 06/02/19

Tis the season where I’m on the road most weekends. Hence the lateness of this week’s Cantandum.

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Our Statistician to the Stars, Mr. Briggs, begins the week with his Summary Against Modern Thought – the ongoing translation of Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologica. This week’s post is There Is a Hierarchy of Intellect. Statistics: On bad trend analysis. On the Fetus/Person divide, now delineated by ‘viability’. A very special Midweek in Doom: All Israel All the Time Edition. On the resurgence of UFOs. A bit startling: on the Post-Approval efficacy of pharmaceuticals. A particulalrly apocalyptic This Week in Doom – Pope Reaches Out to Furries Edition.

The French Senate pushes to have Notre Dame restored to its original state, over Macron’s attempts to create something modern. Progressives around the world really do live in a bubble.

Guillaume Durocher with all you want to know about the EU Parliament elections.

Does Global WarmingTM cause more tornados? Probably not, according to Dr. Spencer.

12 Obsolete Manly Activities and What You Can Replace Them With, from The Babylon Bee. I’m gonna be a Chadish Oppresive Patriarchal Shitlord and order you to RTWT.

PA Blog on revisiting old 80s movies. He’s right, they were much better times. And it’s true: Gen X was raised with an impending sense of doom. The Cold War ended and took nuclear fears with it…but it did not take away the sense that we were playing with fundamental forces we did not understand. Those forces turned out to be innate characteristics of humans themselves. After almost 30 years of unrestrained progressive ignorance and manipulation, that fear was correct.

Via Clarissa, MLK gets #metoo’d. Somehow it’s news he was an adulterer and had unsavoury proclivities. The author of the original article (here) had been writing about this since the eighties, if memory serves. It only becomes a hot issue now because it can be used to virtue signal. I remember about ten years ago CBC radio broadcast many MLK speeches praising the man. How times change.

The Orthosphere with the origins of “like it or lump it”, and “hunker down”, and its echoes in Stoicism. On the Music of E.J. Moeran. A great essay on T. Lothrop Stoddard and his works, particularly on the Haitian Revolution and parallels with our current social upheavals. Maybe it’s the Sea Peoples, the Atlanteans, later day Roman’s, or it could be us: Mr. Bertonneau discusses Life Among the Ruins. Richard Cocks with an in-depth look at Social Justice. Well worth an RTWT.

Anatoly Karlin on Bioleninism and its uses in the 21st Century. Spandrell replies: RTWT.

Jim on eating. Lots of good stuff in there. And he’s right, diet soda makes you fat. I don’t know why either, but my anechdata agrees.

Z Man starts the week with a discussion on the fallout from Russiagate. He’s noted an interesting lesson about ruling that the Clintons have taught us. Further, the price of prosperity and confusing it with economic activity. His thoughts on politics repeating the past, for the following reasons:

That’s probably the single biggest cultural problem facing America today. The Baby Boom generation is not going to age gracefully. Instead of picking which one of their kids will take their keys away, they will keep a white-knuckled grip on the wheel until the country goes over the cliff. Nancy Pelosi should be in a rest home right now. Instead she wanders around the capital in her bathrobe and slippers, the third most powerful person in the Imperial government, unable to remember her own name.


That’s where we are now. America is a country ruled by cucks who are afraid of the future, so they rummage around in the past. They’re like children putting on shows for their parents, wearing their clothes and singing their songs. It’s all echoes of the past and cucking to current fads. It is an entirely useless ruling elite that will have to be wiped away, before we can face the future. Barring an asteroid strike and societal collapse, it means waiting for the great Baby Boomer die off to clear the path forward.

He also discusses the recent EU elections as a demonstration of why winning the Little Fights is how change has to take place. And he mentions doughnuts…mmm doughnuts. A piece on what Whitey wants, and what Whitey is wise to. His weekly Z Blog Power Hour podcast, on the EU elections. His thoughts on where the relationship between Americans and there rulers is headed.

Al fin with a surprising article on home schooled children being overqualified. Something about learning useful stuff, instead of indoctrination.

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The Myth of the 20th Century crew with this week’s podcast: The Management Myth – Taylorism and the Origins of Scientific Management. It’s really good: do LTTWT.

Evolutionist X with a grab bag: Back Row America, Back Row Bronze Age Europe. Apparently, diversity was not a strength for Globular Amphora culture in Poland either. Also, an interesting overview of the evolution of horses.

Steve Sailer on the Great Awokening over at NYT.

The Scholar’s Stage on how to save the Humanities.

GA Blog on Market Capillarism.

The Ensign Hour podcast, on how Ottawa is going to save us from online misinformation.

The Ensign Hour crew mentioned Disgruntled Leaf Network, a YouTuber who has been steadily putting out videos for a couple of years. They’ve got interesting material. I advise the following for a taste: Of Maenads and Men.

Malcolm on America…not just a Proposition Nation. Related, Anti-Gnostic on Remembrance Day. Quick thoughts on political happenings in Europe. Malcolm also notes Mueller’s tactics, akin to Scots Law, to smear Trump, and the very differing perspectives on the matter: Rashomon.

An article from City Journal on the decline of Christianity in the West (i.e The Decline of the West). This is something I am seeing more of: the idea that as Christianity has declined, so has the West. Reactionary says: ‘duh’, although it’s showing up in the normie media as well. Maybe Jordan Peterson and others are helping to show the source of the decline after all.

American Sun begins the week reviewing some works of Alexander Dugin and how they might help us find a way to a post-liberal West. On futile pro-life efforts: Pyrrhic Victory in the Land of the Dead. Jake Bower provides a look Jim Thompson, a post-WW2 writer of pulp fiction: The Grifter’s Guide to America. What the upcoming civil war might look like: The Creeping Danger of Memetically Stochastic Assassinations. Ending the week: Five Friday Reads.

Steve Sailer on Speaking Power to Truth.

I wish I had seen this earlier: Faith Goldy on the tightening fist in Canada. Big Junior is watching you.

To finish, some very cool pictures of Norway. Skål!

Keep on reactin’

Señor Blanco

Cantandum in Ezkhaton 05/26/19

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There is nothing like being out of cell coverage with not a photon of Wifi service about to give one time to clear one’s head. The internet really is information overload. I suspect this current societal upheaval, with its talk of a civil war, is actually a response to what the internet has revealed: modern Progressive liberalism does not work and it never did. It’s a sham whose facade is held up by sacrificing our social capital and our prosperity.

Its Messiah, Barack Obama, came and went, and things only got worse. Ms. Merkel implemented its highest ideals, and a million migrants later, her nation was in chaos with its women being assaulted and raped in the streets. Canada’s own Saviour, Le Dauphin, Justin Le Premier, rode a wave of Progressive promises and became the top politician in Canada. His reign has been less than four years and Canada has never been more fractured nor perceived as more weak and simultaneously corrupt. What is most startling is how very quickly, when actual Progressivism is implemented, things turn to chaos.

The pending civil war we keep hearing about is I suspect two different camps forming in response. One, is doubling down on Progressivism, possibly lamenting that it has never actually been tried, but more often, nubes thinking they discovered a new social justice cause when in reality all those causes are history, most being recycled from the civil rights movements of the middle 20th century, if not much earlier.

The other feels something is wrong. They’re not quite sure what that is, but they feel it. You don’t need to be a goaltender to know, in your gut, when it’s time to replace the goaltender. They sense that our nations are not working properly and the system is not producing what it’s supposed to. In the reactosphere and the dissident right, we see the system producing exactly what it is designed to, which is a way to power.

It never worked as a way to uplift the masses, because Progressivism has always been an exercise in ignoring reality in the hopes of realizing an ideal, by denying facts about race, genetics, language, abilities, and the sexes. It has been tried with ever increasing fervour for over 200 years and it’s only getting worse. I’m in this camp and as you are reading this, I suspect you might be similarly inclined.

From WrathofGnon:

Looking for Heartiste? He’s on Gab.

Aidan Maclear sets the record straight on what to say to normies about abortion. It starts by dismissing the “cuz science says so” arguments and shifting the burden of proof.

Zero Anthropology on the movie used as a propaganda campaign telling myths about the Brexit vote, and a different movie, which let’s folks talk about it.

From James True, a bit of future-history, The Man From Katuah.

Audacious Epigone on what, now that he said it, is obvious about the porous border between the US and Mexico.

Al fin discusses the problems of socialism and a way forward: The Government is not the Country.

Malcolm on society as an organism: Conservation of Entropy, Part II. Also, those stupid nationalists – Jean-Claude Juncker calls out Le Panier de Déplorables.

William Briggs with an overview of Florida’s anti-… laws. Last week’s This Week In Doom – Mandatory Insanity Edition. The latest installment of his ongoing Summary Against Modern Thought: God Uses Angels and Demons. Mr Briggs also has a new book, an old book, an online course, and a donation button. Via a commenter, a summary of a paper on models with some not surprising consequences: V.I. Arnold on Models. He issues a challenge: what if young Earth theories are true? Closing the week, This Week in Doom – You Will Love Butt Brother Edition.

Clarissa’s answer to the question: Who Gains from illegal immigration?

The Ensign Hour’s latest, a grab bag on the state of things in Canada:

A interesting article on modern literature and how in attempts to flatter the reader, it makes them impoverished thinkers.

Myth of the 20th Century with their weekly podcast, on torture and the Abu Ghraib Scandal during Iraq War II.

PA Blog with the best (shortest) immigration debate ever. On Military Leadership and Diversity. A Prediction for England. He translates Elegy of Fortinbras, the words one reasonably assumes the Norwegian king had for Hamlet upon finding Denmark destroyed from within.

Z Man with his Z Blog Power Hour Podcasts: a particularly good The Roots of Our Madness. The first part hit hard for me. Do LTTWT. Z Man attends American Rennaisance, Part I and Part II. On Ethno-Fanaticism, or ways forward from the current attempts at globalization:

The old national identity used to function as the strong force that subordinated the local and tribal, in favor of the national. While France could have plenty of local flavor, so to speak, the strong force of French nationalism bound all those local tribes together like horses pulling a wagon. As that strong force is deliberately weakened, nothing has come to replace it, so the weak force is taking over. The response by elites is to attack group identity by writing the people out of their own history.

Also, on Privacy on the Technology State. His weekly podcast from last week: the May Grab Bag. On conspiracy theories and what they tell us. Z Man also gets the inaugural Double-Quote of the Week award with Citationism, an explanation of the footnote laden mess passing for academic writing these days:

When people stop looking for gaps in their own knowledge or in the prevailing orthodoxy, they no longer have much to say. The lack of curiosity used to be the end of an academic career. It was when the old guy was put out to pasture, gaining the “emeritus” label. Today, a promiscuous lack of curiosity is a requirement for anyone entering the media, the academy or the official public space. As a result, we have a class of academics and public intellectuals, who are a circus of banality.

Alf on Defecting From the Right. Plus, Putin is being used as a boogeyman, or perhaps just a scapegoat. Arguments against copyright.

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Evolutionist X with some bad logic from the Left: The Idiocy of Categorical Purity. She also has a grab bag with Some Interesting Things. (Which includes this indelible description of being red-pilled, over old Vietnam War photos.) On Bio-Thermodynamics and Aging. On a lesson from the history of medicine: Be Careful What You Rationalize.

Filed under ‘so many red pills’, via Apocalyptic Revolutionary, an article on the US government backed non-violent resistance intellectual Gene Sharp. It’s long, but it help connect the dots on all those Colour Revolutions over the last half century.

The Orthosphere on how to be a college administrator Witch Doctor. On expressions of identity through music, Slavik style. A not-so-subtle sample:

Followed up with Alfvéns Midsommarvaka, a sample of Swedish classical music. Also, no description needed: Belief in “Evolution” is not Necessary for the Dissident Right. Some thoughts on self flattery. Also, on folks who write, but probably should not: Playing My Part In the Great Work of Social Destruction.

Jim on When the Rot Set In, for Ms. Clinton and the East India Company.

Throne, Altar, Liberty with an essay on the economic history of Puritanism: Ethics and Economics.

American Sun on doxing and Five Friday Reads. Ryan Landry and Billy Pratt with final comments on Ted Bundy. Superlutheran on Nietzsche, the Übermensch, and advice on recovering from sickness. On Network Strategy, being the fifth excerpt of the Myth of the 20th Century crew’s book Exit Strategy. When the Methodists fought the ‘poz…and the Methodists won.

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The other Five Friday Reads – on Memorial Day. It includes a perfect capturing of the Zeitgeist by Thierry Baudet, who reviews Sérotonine and gives an overview of the work of Houellebecq. Do RTWT…like your society depends upon it.

The Anti-Gnostic on Memorial Day and the troubling things they seem to be dying for these days.

Steve Sailer on Southpaws, and some fun answers for job interview questions.

Keep on reactin’

Señor Blanco

Cantandum in Ezkhaton 05/12/19

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Well I’m glad they take this sort of thing seriously! A few more months of that and I’m sure Chicago’s murder problem will be over.

WordPress suspends Chateau Heartiste! Fuckers. Hopefully Heartiste will reappear elsewhere soon.

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Anyways, I’m sure the clamp down on the dissidents will stop there…oh wait. Spandrell speaks and has moved Bloody Shovel to his own service. You can find the introduction to Bloody Shovel 2 at Spandrell.com. PA Blog has an open thread running here.

From our Statistician to the Stars: this week’s Summary Against Modern Thought. Filed under “Fuckthewhat”: Celebrating High School Whoredom. A long but well worth it essay on the limitations and usefulness of IQ. P-Values in statistics take another beating, this time on “trends”. Christianity is All But Kaput in the West. Guest Ianto Watt’s excellent explanation of the West’s embrace of Islam. A taste:

At bottom, the only thing that worldly post-western people fear is Christianity. Real and awakened Christianity. First, because it calls them to acknowledge their sins. Their personal sins. Not ‘group sins’ like the carbon footprint and white privilege. They’re happy to claim those social sins, as long as it is ascribed to a group, and not to them personally. After all, even Nancy has a wall around her house. Hers is for aesthetics, of course. Not racism. Or xenophobia.

Closing out the week: This Week In Doom – Out of Control Matriarchy Edition.

Razib Khan on physical differences between men and women. What a surprise! There’s some basis for segregated sports after all.

Z Man joins the merchant Right. Complicit Rightness, or what the Jews do right and the inoculant for social justice. On what makes an America: Credalism. Why are pints shrinking and gasoline energy content declining? Here’s your answer. On the End of the Road…for the Enlightenment. His weekly Z Man Power Hour podcast, where he profiles all twenty (yeesh) Democratic Presidential candidates: The Democratic Field. The Hot House Flower, or what happened with Ben Shapiro on the BBC. (Shapiro’s original interview is here.)

GA Blog on The Event of Technology.

The Scholar’s Stage on the real purpose behind China’s dysfunctional Belt and Road: the export of Chinese state planning.

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New Murdoch Murdoch: Down the Rabbit Hole, and also here too…just in case.

Audacious Epigone, filed under ‘no surprise’ in the race relations front: Differences In Perceived Intergroup Relations.

Al fin on the end of the wind power boom.

Clarissa on the power of women.

The Orthosphere asks Is God Omniscient and Omnipotent? On our fleeting existence: Divest Yourself or Be Divested. A quick history of the development of the Transcontinental Railroad. Kristor finds something good about modern architecture.

The Apocalyptic Revolutionary with some images from Gaza rocket launches.

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Myth of the 20th Century with this week’s podcast: Spetsnaz – The Soviet Special Forces.

Steve Sailer on the alarming level of white supremacy in our oceans, and on modern “American” slave owners.

Alf looks at Slavoj Zizek one more time. A profound realization: we are merely players and All the World’s a Stage.

Jim on the potential coup…perhaps by Dems, or by Trump himself.

Evolutionist X asks “What’s To Be Done With the Dumb?” An interesting look at digestive issues being misdiagnosed as psychological problems.

For Canuckistanis, they’re rude, crude, lewd, and stewed (likley, in libations from Unibroue)…but they’re OUR rude, crude, lewd and stewed: the Ensign Hour.

At American Sun, Bad Billy Pratt and Ryan Landry ask Where Did All the Serial Killers Go? On the latest generation of the elite, and what they do with their money: Beware the Benevolence of the Wealthy. The third excerpt from the Myth of the 20th Century crew’s new book: Civilizationally Unviable. Always interesting: Five Friday Reads, plus Overlooked Developments, which looks at some news stories in the US you may have missed.

PA Blog with more thoughts on Cobra Kai Season Two. Also, thoughts on the no so subtle form of psychological warfare: Intolerance of Blasphemy.

From Anatoly Karlin, something I did not see coming, The Sixth Proof of God. I like where he goes with it:

Nonetheless, I do believe that the evidence here is sufficiently strong for it to be worthwhile – effectively altruistic – to criminalize atheism, and liberalism as the gateway drug to Communism. It is better that a few heretics vanish than that an entire planet falls to Chaos.

In case you think he’s fooling…nope.

Ramzpaul with a poignant lament for rural America:

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Senor Blañco

Cantandum in Ezkhaton 04/28/19

Due to my being out of touch for Easter, this week’s Cantandum is going to be a bit longer. For those new to it, it is a summary of articles that reactionaries may find interesting. I do tend to keep it simple. I’m a lawyer and every opinion I give during the week at the real job has to be carefully considered, referenced and sourced, and double-checked for consistency. So when it comes to blogging, I’m pretty off the cuff. There are some things worth saying that need to come from the limbic system.

On Easter

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The Orthosphere on the meaning of Christ’s suffering. William Briggs with Happy Resurrection Day! Anti-Gnostic with the Harrowing of Hell.

Audacious Epigone on violence against Christians Easter Worshipers.

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An interesting post-mortem on Notre Dame. From Clarissa, seemingly from a dissident left – signs of discontent. Filed under ‘nuff said‘. Also, on the next iteration of the degree granting college. Plus, the Costs of Diversity (the Wikipedia entry on Justine’s death, and her killer Mohamed Noor, is eye opening).

American Sun compares sold military souls in the US and Iran. On the American Empire’s Legacy of War. An interesting column on the fate of Christianity in the modern world. Mr. Landry on how Millennials got priced out of the housing market in Five Friday Reads.

Jim on Michael Knowles recent visit to UKMC. Quoting Jim:

Marxists, Human biodiversity deniers, Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warmists, and sexual difference deniers simply lie loudly and repeatedly. When one of their lies is rebutted, they ignore the rebuttal, and instead of responding, issue a dozen new lies, then return to the old lie, assuming not only that it was never rebutted, but that everyone, including the person who rebutted it, agrees that it is the obvious, unquestioned, and unquestionable truth – a style of debate that reveals that they know that they are lying.

If Marxists genuinely believed that capitalism was recent, or that the French Revolution was a capitalist revolution rather than an anti capitalist revolution, if Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warmists believed that global warming was causing a refugee crisis, they would respond to evidence and argument with evidence and argument, rather than telling you “the science is settled.”

The video of Mr. Knowles visit, which is worth viewing, given Knowles way of handling hecklers, by mockery and rejection:

Anatoly Karlin reviews Andrew Yang’s book The War on Normal People. Normally, I don’t spend much time on books from the Left, but this is worth a look, if nothing more, to see why Andrew Yang will eventually be burned at the stake.

Malcolm with a great sunset. Also, what Justice Scalia advised Christians to consider about socialism. Under ‘WTF’, a sanctuary judge in a sanctuary courthouse gets busted?!? The Cathedral has really upped its game if it is getting judges to do this shit. Especially as Massachusetts judges are appointed, not elected, so no need to show wokeness to keep your job (at least, unlike Canada, not yet). Also, on Michael Anton’s latest, the Trump Doctrine and ‘America First’ nationalism. If you have not read his The Flight 93 Election, you should.

GA Blog with more thoughts on HLvM.

Alf on the trials of Thierry Baudet. Plus, a follow-up here.

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PA Blog on Earth Day. A look back at communism and the surprise when it was found out the west had it too. Plus, the Miracle in Minneapolis. A link to A Ballad of the Burning Cathedral. A foray into modern pop culture.

Evolutionist X with interesting considerations on dignity. Followed up with Speaking of dignity, and politeness.

Signs of civilization collapsing, by Audacious Epigone. Also, on Our New Tech Overlords. Plus, More Migrants Please.

At Neo-Ciceronian Times, some tactics for the Dissident Right – We’re Not Going To Talk Our Way Out of This. Agreed.

Z Man on The Strange Death of Neo-Conservatism. Related, those conservative Lotus Eaters. His appearance on Happy Homelands. His thoughts on the use of the term ‘Dissident Right‘. He examines stagnation in the west in Beyond Archeofuturism. On Contempt of the People, and how the cycles of history don’t play out the same way every time. His weekly Z Blog Power Hour.

Woke Capitalism Is Our Enemy, at American Conservative. The article is okay, but the add-ons at the end were better. A taste:

It is like the architecture of today. It’s not worth fighting for, or caring about. Entropy, decadence, a feeling of contempt for the stupid, banal smallness of it all. I mean, what is liberalism today? What do our elites, our ruling class, look like today? Remember that guy with the parents who are very, very well-connected to Democratic Party elites, who got into Princeton by submitting a personal essay that was just “BLACK LIVES MATTER” repeated a hundred times? *That’s* our elites today. There’s the horrors of Communism, of political totalitarianism; but there’s also something else, maybe something that could best be analogized to “The Nothing” from the Never Ending Story. One of the things that’s so awful about today’s ascendant liberalism is that it is so ascendant and dominant and simultaneously so empty. The emperor has no clothes, and why bother to build families, institutions, communities, or anything else when one knows that one is too cowardly and pathetic to do anything other than go along with everyone else in pretending that the emperor isn’t naked?

Spandrell on debt and debt jubilees, worth an RTWT.

Mr. Briggs with This Week In Doom – Religion In Flames Edition. A guest post: Ianto Watt’s ‘Sing, Ye Gods, Of The Wrath Of Achilles‘, on paganisms, old and new. Mr. Briggs on a Flood of Evidence, which is notes on Bertonneau remarks on de Maistre’s Elucidation on Sacrifices. Also, on what play and fun used to look like. Guest Cranky Professor on Time Travel. A contest on who can parody Christianity. Coming full circle: This Week In Doom – Dead Christians Edition.

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The Anti-Gnostic on Totalitarianism, where we should have seen it coming from, as the barriers between the State and the individual ended.

The Orthosphere on that odd notion of Judeo-Christian…anything. Further, an interesting take on the origins and use of guilt trips. A small piece on what every little girl dreams of…being a tackle box, apparently. Plus, a great explanation of the Chinese Room Thought Experiment. Also, reasons not to buy into ‘Folk Psychology‘.

An article by Mr. Evan Charney, a university professor whose contract is not renewed for the raison du jour, a lack of safe space. He points out that the college campus PC cult largely defines its standards by leftist ideology. No one on the MAGA side is screeching about ‘safe spaces’, for instance. It is a distinction I had not appreciated before, as I thought it was due to the upbringing of Millenials, and not an ideology.

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Obligatory girl with Red Ensign picture. Thanks, Faith Goldy.

Lastly, for Canuckistanis, Throne Altar Liberty with True Allegiance and The Liberal Party’s Politics of Fear. Do RTWT, but here is a quote:

The other implication of these demands is that white supremacism is a significant problem in Canada and a realistic threat to our civilization. This is total bunk, a fact which nobody knows better than the Liberals themselves. It was a Liberal government in 1977, the government led by the father of the present Prime Minister, that passed the Canadian Human Rights Act after selling the Act to the public, with the assistance of the media, by generating a fear that Nazism was on the verge of being reborn here on Canadian soil. This had been facilitated by the formation of the Canadian Nazi Party which contained, maybe, one actual disciple of Adolf Hitler. It otherwise consisted of agents provocateurs supplied by the government and by private activist organizations that had an interest in seeing this legislation passed. There was not the slightest possibility of this group, or any white supremacist group, establishing a Fourth Reich in Canada but the manufactured, bogus, threat of such was used by the Liberals and their allies, to pass a bill which, despite its title, did nothing to protect the lives, property, and freedoms of people under the jurisdiction of Canadian law from the threat of abusive state power, but instead authorized state meddling in all sorts of private interactions and imported, from the Soviet system, thought police and tribunals which, since the media, except for a brief time about a decade ago when it felt its own liberty threatened, has largely refrained from criticizing or even reporting their doings, have been effectually allowed to function as secret police and tribunals. It was this system set up by the Canadian Human Rights Act, and not the phony “Nazi menace” invented to dupe the public into supporting it, which was and is the real threat to our freedom and order, civilization and way of life.

For modern Canadians…sound familiar? Remember, he’s talking about 1977 here. Make no mistake: Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party of Canada have stated publicly, in Parliament and elsewhere, that if you are Canadian then it is implied that you are by virtue of that identity a racist, a sexist , a bigot, and specifically, an Islamophobe. You must seek salvation for your inherent ‘original’ sin, and the only way to do so is by admitting your inherent defects, adopting the Liberal ideology and allowing them to dictate reality to you. It’s not about protecting anyone, or making sure people are protected. It’s about controlling you, your actions and your thoughts. It’s time, Canuckistanis, to stop tolerating this kind of bullshit.

Keep on reactin’

Señor Blanco

 

Cantandum in Ezkhaton 04/21/19

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Der Frühling blutet in Paris.”

Notre Dame de paris brûle! C’est tres tragique! Je crains que ce soit un mauvais augure. PA blog commente ici. Clarissa, avec pourquoi elle ne peut past être remplacée. Z Man: qu’est-ce qui vient ensuite. Malcolm, avec sa perspective. L’argument de l’inimitié de nos ennemis, par l’Orthosphère. Resentement.

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Z Man on the coming US Civil War II. His quick review of Duton and Woodley’s At Our Wits End, on declining intelligence in the west. On the Lie Machine and its motives. He wonders if a lack of imagination is a sign of the times. Also, his weekly podcast, on Letters to Z Man.

The Orthosphere begins the week with an overview of the works of Joseph de Maistre: Enlightenment and Sacrifice. Also, Immigrants Are Assimilating. Berdyaev continued: Maximal Freedom Means Maximal Responsibility. A Westerner reads the Koran (Second Surah). All are great. RTWTs.

Such immigrant assimilation is something I have noticed up here in Albertastan. A small number of immigrants are showing up in court challenging all kinds of laws and demanding privileges, and when their demands are not met, it be raycis! They accuse the judge, the clerks, the bailiffs, the lawyers, and everyone else in the room of being racist. If there is a law that stops them from doing what they want, the law is racist. They gladly trot out the local Human Rights Code and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and claim a breach. And when that does not work, they say those rules are racist also. It’s racist turtles all the way down.

It’s laughable, as they seem to almost believe the word “racist” is magic that trumps all other laws and precedents. I wonder where they got that from? Mr. Watson gets it right: they watch the dominant progressive culture in the media, and they assume the words are magic, because otherwise, how else could such a word have any power?

For a particularly egregious abuser, see this decision on Mr. Abe Olumide, who filed suit in every single province, a mari usque ad mare, to have election laws struck down as racist to try and force a political party to let him run as their candidate. I note that Justice Thomas was rumoured to be undergoing chemotherapy at the time he wrote this, so perhaps that explains his disposition. Nonetheless, it’s nice to see someone say, indirectly, “I’m sick and tired of your bullshit.”

GA Blog with more wisdom on the way words work: Accessing the Ostensive within the Declarative.

Faith Goldy with reasons why we need a black Pope.

PA Blog on the song Libertà.

American Sun on why racial intelligence matters. On a different kind of blacksploitation. For the long weekend, Five Friday Reads.

Titania McGrath – SJW Supreme! The Twitter feed is here.

Evolutionist X on why women have breasts. Her summary of a new paper on the Jomon people of Japan.

Malcolm on the latest in what’s too white: Library Whiteness. Audacious Epigone on Whiteness.

Mr. Briggs begins the week with the ongoing Summary Against Modern Thought. On statistics and the non-merits of randomization. What is white supremacy? Also, a great post against Scientism. To be inclusive in the workplace, exclude Christians. His fine work of fiction:Realistic Female Hero Novel.

He also mentions the annual Bulwer Lytton Fiction Contest. Do it for the lulz!

VDH asks a question: What are the limits of illegal immigration? It’s a bit troubling, given it appears the US does not know how many it already has.

Anatoly Karlin: HBD Bloggers are Autists.

I’m out of contact for Easter so this week is a short one. I’ll cover any articles missed next week.

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Happy Easter everyone. The Saviour will rise, and the world will be redeemed and renewed.

Keep on reactin.

Señor Blanco.

Cantandum In Ezkhaton 04/07/19

Time for some house keeping.

I’ve tried to put more Canadian content in here, but it’s kind of sparse up North. Having a population one-tenth of the United States is certainly one cause. It might also be that we are too polite to be reactionary, I have not looked hard enough, that Canada is not experiencing the degree of conflict over race and immigration that the US is, or that our media is so tightly controlled that reactionary voices have a much harder time. Or some combination of these causes. If you are aware of some Canadian sources that are not appearing here, let me know by comment below.

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I also noticed that Polish readers are about to overtake second place Canadians by number of views. (The largest audience is from the United States.) We have a large Polish population where I live, so I’m glad my Polish friends are interested: Dzięki, and twoje zdrowie!

Onwards and upwards…The Orthosphere on problems of incorporation. An in-depth review of the death and life of Dominique Venner, long but worth it. On heterodoxy as a sign of decay, and the Muddy Sloughs of Trouble. Does Form Follow Function? Lastly, on the Fallacy of Inapt Abstraction.

William Briggs has a full week, beginning with his Summary Against Modern Thought. He then asks: What did you do to celebrate White Male Privilege Week? On AI versus Statistics, and related, Ending the Tyranny of Parameters. Mr. Briggs also ponders: Maybe angels work this way. Our Statistician to the Stars ends the week, kind of bleakly (but I think accurately) with This Week In Doom – White Anti-White Edition.

Jim on the Origin of Cuckservatism. RTWT.

Audacious Epigone on Genetic Privilege.

Filed under ‘Cool!

Heartiste with the best idea for April 1st.

Lord Black of Crossharbour on the Dem’s presidential candidates, specifically Biden:

And now, he is being sandbagged because he allegedly touched two or more women many years ago, perfectly legally, with no discreditable intent, out of affection with no claimed sexual aspect. It is to this unimaginable depth of idiocy that the American Left’s pursuit of victimhood to be lionized and avenged, and its lust to degrade the straight, adult, white male has descended.

Also, I had no idea what a Gandarene Stampede was, but I think it would be suitable way to deal with the Progressives.

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It’s been a while.

Malcolm on Russiagate, a Most Dangerous Game. Also, as a pilgrim contemplating the universe, What Should I Do? Plus, I remember the moon base we were promised by Kubrick/Clarke for 2001: what happened?

PA Blog with three views on Who Owns America? GA Blog on Exteriorizing the Interior.

Clarissa has a book review of Byung-Chul Han’s Psychopolitics: Neoliberaism and New Technologies of Power in many parts, well worth RTWTs. From Part 6:

By the way, our socialist friends, what are you going to nationalize now when there’s neither a nation nor a means of production?

All parts are here: one, two, three, four, five, six, and eight. (Seven seems to be a no-show.)

Al fin’s discussion of freedom of assembly by conference. Also, a Messiah to replace Obama.

Evolutionist X with How To Raise a Genius. She has also started a new blog on home schooling and children’s books. On the ubiquity of violence and what reduces it. A discussion of music, including Rammstein’s latest, Deutschland (lyrics here with translation).

In this video, ‘Germania’ is played by a black actress, at many stages of history. She is surrounded by thugs, monks, astronauts, politicians, Stasi, Roman soldiers, politicians, Nazis, concentration camp prisoners, all played by the band members. She simultaneously exploits them while she herself is exploited (symbolically cannibalized in one scene), driving acts of depravity in her honour, while being subject to the depravity herself. At the end, she has given birth to a litter of big puppies…perhaps mutts?

I’ve been a fan of Rammstein for a while, and I always feel like they’re trolling a bit. Their videos always seem more about taking mundane lyrics and going over the top visually to provoke a reaction. (For example, fat suits in Keine Lust, the fun surf-crowd in Mein Land, and the cumshots in Pussy (not mundane but banal; you’ll have to go to PornHub or torrents to get that one).) Not so with this song. The lyrics come from the heartbroken.

I think the point of the video is that Germany has risen to great heights many times in its history. But with that rise, also follows a tendency to consume itself internally, leading to its fall. Its strength is always its discipline, tidiness, industriousness, and intelligence. But that is always in tension with a tendency to eat itself through consumption, decadence, and internal wasting of its institutions, traditions, peoples and resources. For a German, seeing this tendency play out (lately, the million migrant problem), repeating recent and distant history, must be frustrating. And I don’t think Germany is the only nation with this problem, at present.

I’ll say that Rammstein has managed to make lamenting and mourning the loss of a western state by its own self-cannibalism semi-tolerable in the mainstream. Inch by inch…

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Ich fühle deinen Schmerz, Deutschland.

VDH on the end of the Trump collusion investigation. Counterpoint to Malcolm, on the fall out from the Left’s recent missteps…likely, none. Clarissa wonders.

Z Man discusses the need for horizontal and vertical social hierarchies. An interesting recap of his recent layover at Heathrow. Helsinki sounds lovely. Tallinn, not so much. But do read about Saint Petersburg. Also, the trip back to Finland.

American Sun on Trump’s record looking familiar. A review of the movie Dragged Across Concrete. The Globalist case for UBI. Part II of Lifting: Group Fitness. Finishing with Five Friday Reads.

Alf with a black pill of sorts, but I think he is right: “Yes, well what did you expect.” We’re having a provincial election up here in Albertastan. Currently, we’ve got Rachel Notley’s NDP (the popular Left party in Canada) as incumbent, versus Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party (UCP), which is a cobbling of Right parties after they spectacularly self-destructed in the lead up to our last provincial election.

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Rachel, then.

In Ms. Notley’s four years she has implemented leftist policies (some SJW like) in order to confirm that indeed, Ms. Notley is the only person who can protect the rights of [insert ‘disadvantaged group’ here]. Most of what she has done has been off the mark, or unenforceable, or backfired, or with potential consequences of billions of dollars in the future. She never fails, however, to shamelessly self-promote while setting up these time bombs. For instance, putting in place economic policies which mirror those of New Zealand during the Great Depression in response to a recession, and getting the same result, an extended recession. No one could have seen that coming.

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Premier Notley, now.

After four years of her self-promoting nonsense, the UCP looked like it would finally end the insanity. But no, the current election campaign makes it clear the UCP stands for United Clown Posse, who think ‘conservative’ means the progressive agenda on cruise control, rather than putting the pedal the metal as Ms. Notley did.

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Lake Louise, and the Spirit of Alberta

The Alberta I grew up in was a place where the provincial government did not act unless there was an interest at stake that ACTUALLY needed protecting, whether for the populace or the Crown. It was not perfect, but it sure was stable. The province stayed out of people’s lives, and the attitude was that most people could handle their troubles. The best thing the Crown could do was provide a safe and secure province with commercial certainty. We did well.

That’s all gone. Rachel Notley now campaigns on the idea that Albertans are not capable of handling even the most mundane problems in their lives, and the only solution is intervention by HER state. The UCP preaches a milder form of the same. I saw this happen in other provinces and nationwide in Canada decades ago. Alberta was a last bastion of sanity. The NDP/UCP (and to be fair, it’s predecessors) have turned it into a morass of lunacy. This has been coming for a while now, ever since Alison Redford took power back in 2012. ‘What did I expect?’ indeed. Conservatives conserve nothing.

I think this is the year I take Moldbug’s advice and stop participating in the charade that is democracy.

It took this Z Man podcast to cheer me back up.

Keep on reactin’

Señor Blanco

Cantandum in Ezkhaton 03/24/19

I’m on the road and finishing this by mobile phone. Feedly was not behaving well with WordPress, so if any of the links are broken do me a favour and let me know by comment.

Malcolm starts the week, writing on support for nuclear energy — Renewable Energy: Fraud and Folly. Followed by a model of the world economy, based on migration restrictions. Plus, two takes on the Christchurch shootings, here and the other here.

Clarissa notes an NR article on parents using their children for political expression. In my practice, I’ve worked with lots of millennial students who are gifted and smart (the LSAT selects for that). They are all great kids. But they’ve got no ‘adulting’ skills. They avoid conflict like it was a school bus full of plague infested fleas. It’s clear the adults in their lives prepared them not at all to deal with real people in conflict. I suspect their parents wanted them to remain children (the article posits a reason for this). I think it’s a leading cause of why so many (50%ish) leave Law within 5 years. My posts last year on Law School Lessons not Taught were a first try to coherently explain what new law students need to learn, besides what’s on the syllabus, in the face of bad ‘adulting’ lessons.

The Orthosphere with an inspiring interpretation of Edmund Spencer’s The Faerie Queen.

VDH on Presidents he would not vote for.

PA blog on Trump’s Numbers. Also, Two Fine Things, with one being braids on the ladies. Just under the wire, Part I of Two Nightsongs.

Alf on the Fear in the Eyes of the Elite. Also, what is the Right, and how does it best deal with the left.

Audacious Epigone on religious service attendance and happiness.

Missed from last week: Guillaume Durocher on woke immigration policy in Italy. Well worth an RTWT.

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Triumph of St. Thomas Aquinas over Averroes, Benozzo Gozzoli

Mr. Briggs starts the week with the ongoing translation of Summa Theologica, his Summary Against Modern Thought: God and Natural Effects. Also, when is a theory true? On the usefulness of trolley-car thought experiments in the Power To Kill Without Detection. He speaks on a distinction I did not appreciate before: There Are No Such Thing As Gays (Or Trannies). Ask not for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for Statistical Significance. Plus, a failed argument against free will. To finish his busy week: This Week In Doom – We Are All Seattle Now Edition.

A troubling report from a survivor of the non-binary trans-gender industry.

Steve Sailer on the anti-Semitism in the Enlightenment.

The Scholar’s Stage on Tolkien’s Heroes.

The Agenda is becoming clear (courtesy of Clarissa): on sovereignty, Part I and Part II, and on terrorism; further, on the One Party System, here and continued here.

In Canada, the Left eating its own devolves to cowbirding.

Spandrel on Acceleration by Yang. Please RTWT.

Evolutionist X on instinctual spring cleaning. Thoughts on the purpose of music: Feel Something (or someone). Also, on tribalism as a really ancient anti-predation mechanism.

“Bad” Billy Pratt at Kill to Party with Chasing Ghosts. The quote that matters: “The world has moved beyond sincerity.” Mein Herz Brennt.

Anatoly Karlin on Kazakhstan and Nazarbayev’s resignation. Not a bad article on how to implement nationalism. Also, excellent comment (#37) courtesy of the same:

I have often thought that Hitler was a strange psycho character who was out of place in his time. He was a vegetarian, fanatically committed to recycling, with an ambiguous gender identity, no kids, and he really hated Russia. Today he would fit right in with the liberal progressives marching around and yelling about the coming end of the world and how Russia has to be destroyed. Timing in life is everything, today’s Hitler might chain himself to a power plant to stop global warming, storm a farm that ‘abuses’ animals, change his gender at will, and – of course – start a war with Russia.

American Sun on American historiography of Russia. On why some massacres have more staying power than others. Foucault viewed from the Right. Also, a great article: Flight 98 Redux. A taste:

Most people would likely shake their heads at this point and argue that I am being dramatic, that things are not really that bad. America is wealthy and people are relatively safe. If such metrics are the measure of the goodness or badness of a nation, then I would not disagree. On the other hand, I flatly reject these stipulations. In fact, the measures used to gauge America’s modern success (GDP, market stability, inflation rate, employment rate) are merely the factors needed to maintain an economy of scale. We have all been convinced over time that spreadsheet economics is the measure of national health. So long as the average citizen gets a marginal crumb of the year over year growth, then the political climate will remain relatively stable.

Finishing the week: Five Friday Reads.

The Anti-Gnostic with an interesting post on the lack of scarcity and current politics.

Throne, Altar, Liberty on why you should repent for your good deeds. Bonus entry: What Came First, Gospel or Law?

Under ‘One I’ve Been Saving’ or ‘When YouTube Recommendations Actually Pay Off’: A great video from Sir Roger Scruton and the BBC on Why Beauty Matters.
Also, a highly recommended deep dive on the subject:

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Z-Man on the lie of democracy. His take on Esoteric Political Language. The Future of Media, which in Canada is heading towards appeasing [The Current Year] Party to survive. Plus, new technology, same old Oligopoly.

Also, politics as drama. I have to agree. From my perch here it seems as if the Left v. Right distinction is artificial and the outcomes of their battles largely determined. I say this because in my current career, I’ve noticed politics heats up whenever kids are in school. The moment the masses have time off, political controversies cease. I do understand that the politicians are also away, so there is little going on that might cause controversy. But a total vacuum? I strongly suspect that such controversies are reported because someone needs it to sell a story or papers, or get clicks. Such stories are not in demand during vacation/holiday times, so they don’t get made. The controversies are left in inventory for another market cycle. I already know such stories are selected to support a narrative. But I also feel like someone is metering the release of such stories so it keeps enough attention focused on the producers to maximize profits. In short, we get a supply of political conflict stories to keep us glued to the screen. I’m speaking of Canada here. Not sure if my readers notice the same.

Lastly, America, take a bow. Thanks, you make this possible after the worst winter in forty years:

Keep on reactin’ too.

Señor Blanco

Cantandum in Ezkhaton 03/10/19

I got no big lead up this week. (I had two in the queue, but they ended up as blog posts on their own.) Let’s jump right in.

The most striking difference between ancient and modern sophists is that the ancients were satisfied with a passing victory of the argument at the expense of truth, whereas the moderns want a more lasting victory at the expense of reality. In other words, one destroyed the dignity of human thought whereas the others destroy the dignity of human action.

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Clarissa on the border crisis and how America might just be a communist nation. Malcolm with an analysis on that theme:

In China, the government has put in place a “social credit” system that tracks every citizen’s life in granular detail, and examines it for conformance to political and cultural guidelines. A low score is to be punished by, among other things, blacklisting for jobs and bank-loans, restrictions on travel, and public shaming. How is any of this different, except perhaps quantitatively, from what is happening in America and the West? The consequences are the same: express forbidden opinions, and you can lose your job, your social-media accounts, and your access to banking and financial services. The social-credit system in China is overseen by a group called the Central Commission for Comprehensively Deepening Reforms. Would this not be a terrifyingly accurate title for what the new Democratic Party, in conjunction with media and academia, have become?

Audacious Epigone on Trump approval generally based on age and race. Also, free speech versus hate speech over time.

Aidan Maclear on Monogamy is not Socialism. Plus, a brief history and discussion of Nationalism.

VDH on the left eating itself.

Malcolm is back with a combo Ireland travel/second US civil war guide. Plus, Left=Entropy.

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Guido Reni – St. Michael Archangel – 1636.

The Orthosphere on America’s actual credo. In time for International Women’s Day: The Most Monstrous Empire of All. A fun and well timed cynical carol to sing during Lent. Maybe it’s an inside joke I don’t get, or just toilet humour.

American Sun on the power of narrative framing in asymmetrical warfare.  Also, their guide to Lifting – Part I. An interesting look at Weaponizing Generated Content.  Further, an aptly titled exploration of Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility A very interesting Fimm Föstudagar Lesa.

PA Blog on the latest attempt to rewrite history: Tarbrushing. Also, you just have to watch this one.

Anti-Gnostic discusses the Ecumenical Patriarch doubling down.

Jim on the Reactionary Program.

Heartiste’s tribute to the tough and strong on Women’s Day.

Posted under ‘Oldie but Goodie’: an interview with Twitter superstar ‘Woke Capital’. Find the ‘Woke Capital’ account here.

Anatoly Karlin on more cracks in the Convergence Theory narrative.

Throne, Altar, Liberty on ancient heresies made modern.

Scholar’s Stage on Just how Totalitarian is China? To quote:

The point here is not the level of violence and terror the average person is exposed to (though that is often a sign of the deeper issue I am addressing). Rather, what we see in this story is a frightening extension of what sort decisions are considered political. Under the Khmer Rouge, making love was an explicitly political act. Marriage was a political decision. Refusing to sleep with your husband was an act of political rebellion. The first claim of the totalitarian is that everything is political.

Definitely RTWT. Part I is here.

William Briggs begins the week with the continuing Summary Against Modern Thought. On the False Ontology of racist and other nasty names. Never mind animal rights, what are you doing about the suffering of lakes! A Climate ChangeTM paper so depressing it sends people to therapy. On the most effective advertising  (something about appealing to humans as they are). This Week In Doom on Amazon’s virtual book burning.

Evolutionist X on What Terrorists Read and Tech Company Wage Suppression. Similarities in situation between Trump and Czar Nicholas II. And of course, Captain Marvel is better than Alita: Battle Angel:

So much of what passes for modern “politics” is this mere sound and fury; tempests in teapots over great big nothings. I don’t even want to comment on much of it, because it is so pathetic (I just happen to have a strong emotional attachment to Alita, which even I find a bit curious.) The things that pass for “politics” in our modern world are so detached from reality I can’t help but wonder if we are all just being fed bread and circuses to keep us distracted from the things we ought to be doing.

Alf on videogames as a bellwether for a generation’s perspective on the world.

Lord Black of Crossharbour reviews the goings on in the Dominion’s scandalous SNC Lavalin affair. Plus, somehow, in the land of Alinsky, Chicago swerves more Left.

My son and I went to see Clutch this week. Those guys are so much fun! Neil Fallon for President!

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I know what you’re thinking sister…X-RAY VISIONS!

They’ve already got your children. A counsel of high school students in Powell River, B.C. ask to have ‘Men Working’ signs changed to remove gender specific references. You know, because they “lack accountability for the women working at the site but they also add to the stigma of women’s roles in the trade industry”. (What the hell are they talking about? How can a sign lack accountability?)

I remember once someone on the Left denying that they politicize everything. When you’ve taken high school kids to the point where they would rather identify incidents of Wrongspeak than worry about teenage things (grades, friends, sex, the future and all that other developmental stuff), what’s left to politicize?

Can we let kids be kids? Can we acknowledge the ‘Men Working’ sign is not a statement of gender dynamics but to promote caution around a road crew? Nope and nope. It’s really too bad. I thought Powell River would be a nice place to retire, in part because it’s remote enough it might avoid the insanity of Progressivism. And, you need at least one ferry ride to get there, which makes the place somewhat zombie apocalypse proof.

Keep on reactin’

Señor Blanco

 

Cantandum in Ezkhaton 03/03/19

Victor Davis Hanson on the Jussie Smollett hoax and shit-show: a symptom of the times. Heartiste on the frequency of hate hoaxes. The Orthosphere has a quick litmus test for such hoaxes. Audacious Epigone notes it is a ‘peak hoax’, at least for now.

Lord Black of Crossharbour on the hoax of Trump – Russia connections. Also, Audacious Epigone briefly looks at some family tensions around Trump.

WaPo finally admits it got the Covington Smirkgate wrong. When it takes a Statement of Claim to convince you to remove outright lies from circulation, you are following your insurer’s instructions, not the truth. (I’m not linking to the WaPo: if democracy is dying in the darkness…they are the darkness.)

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Courtesy of JayMan’s Blog

I don’t understand the United States of America as much as I’d like. But I can see from my perch in Alberta that a cultural divide is causing a tonne of friction, and this is playing out in the articles linked above. The primary way in which these cultures are fighting it out is through that very media, although it’s spilling over into actions, which include the hoaxes, but may also get more violent over time.

I’m relying on my limited sense of how things unfolded in the transition from Weimar Republic to Third Reich. But without the technology to record and disseminate what actually happens in these hoaxes, any one of the hoax situations above is a potential Reichstag Fire for the Progressive Left. Indeed, the Left in the US seems to be LOOKING for its Reichstag Fire: confirmation that its twisted narrative can be confirmed by manufacturing reality around an event. If that’s true, will YouTube, the Tweets, blogging and instant posting of video footage be enough to stop it? I hope so.

(You may argue that those events are also potential Reichstag fires for the right as well. Notice any any attempts by the right to reduce the US to totalitarianism as a result of those events? No, I didn’t think so. Notice any by the left? Uh-huh.)

Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus at NeoCiceronian Times on why the left cannot meme, and how to use this against them.

Scholar’s Stage talks about the real purpose of your reasoning brain – strength in your position.

Anatoly Karlin on Statecraft at work in Venezuela.

Audacious Epigone on Republican support for Trump.

Dr. Spencer on 99.99997% certainty in Climate ChangeTM meaning nothing, actually.

William Briggs starts off the week with his Summary Against Modern Thought. Followed up with Heaven & Hell Are Real. On the ability of AI to explain religious conflict (spoiler: it’s not). Guest post by Ianto Watt: Orthodoxy’s War Part I. Our Statistician to the Stars agrees: Probability is not as Easy as You Think! A classic post on The Magician and the Cardsharp. Closing the week off: The Week In Doom. Related: British Columbia will help your 14 year old transition for free…whether you like it or not.

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New and improved non-sexist formula!

Now that the draft will apply to women in the US (who are barely into adulthood at the required age), the Orthosphere declares objections to such absurdity. Also, on Werewolves.

Part 2 of the American Sun analysis of the Smirk Seen Round the World:

Slavov Zizek offers a fresher perspective, unlike the usual lazy responses produced by Conservatism™ media people and the “Intellectual” Dark Web liberals. He states that this is not some conspiracy by post-modernists and Marxists to subvert western society. Instead this widely enforced cultural orthodoxy is enforced by liberalism, it is liberalism’s last attempt to legitimize the flattening of all cultures. There is (in actuality) a sophisticated patronization and control of minority subaltern groups by liberalism. It is the dream of a global liberal order that smashed cultures together, destroyed cultural identities among diverse people, and flattened the diverse cultural norms of societies to begin with. In the current politically correct regime, it is not the celebration of difference, but rather a celebration of homogenization in modern liberal societies.

Also from American Sun, threats to the American Empire.  Double quote this week, with the following from Penance as Social Technology:

One of the great benefits the culture of penance provided was protection against destructive status seeking.  In Neo-Reactionary thinking, this is most frequently discussed in terms of “holiness spirals,” which is actually a specific case of a more general phenomenon: a characteristic of Modernity is individuals pursuing religious ideas, religious feelings, and religious beliefs based on their own personal reactions and experience.  Each seeks to outdo the others, asking “am I not also a prophet?”

American Sun finishes the week with Five Friday Reads.

Clarissa on California’s special effort to separate students from their history. Plus, her very quick summary of Michael Cohen’s testimony before Congress.

Rethink Campaigns on the unknown Winston Smith, still alive and kicking, working for the Ministry of Truth, Oil Sands Division. Also, it’s not enough to stab them, you have to twist the knife too.

Evolutionist X on why child rearing gets easier when you have more children. Does the DSM need to be rewritten? And, Tribalism, for good or ill?

PA Blog discusses Snapshots for a Chinese Century (NSFW, but these days, what is?).

From Razib Khan, who has been pushed too far by snowflakes. I don’t think he’s kidding.

 

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A controversial but apt description of goings on last week in Canada.

In Canuckistan, the Wilson-Raybould / SNC Lavalin scandal blew up. If former Justice Minister Ms. Wilson-Raybould’s testimony is correct, the Liberals engaged in backroom arm twisting to help SNC Lavalin avoid criminal charges of bribing foreign officials, including paying for escorts for Muammar Gaddafi‘s son while in Canada.

Prime Minister Trudeau allegedly pressured Canada’s then Minister of Justice to enter into a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) which would see SNC Lavalin avoid criminal charges. She said “no”, and Trudeau, his Cabinet, his staff, and the Clerk of Canada’s Privy Council, ever the raging feminists, thought she meant “try harder”.

Trudeau now actually appears to be nothing more than a cynic, using sunny progressive ways to obtain power, and his staff and government are starting to look like thugs and bullies. Nothing new from the left, and especially from a Prime Minister who loves Castro, and who expressed admiration for China’s dictatorship. Although, Trudeau is also very weak and it’s possible lobbyists for SNC Lavalin simply exploited him. (Something about Occam’s razor and not attributing to malice what is simply stupidity.)

Stefan Molyneaux has a very long but excellent summary here. The only thing I can offer is that this is politics. Canadians may not want to admit it, but I’m sure such political dealings go on all the time. Justin Trudeau held himself out as transparent, woke and progressive, but turned out to be none of those things, playing the very games he accused others of. What is galling is perhaps not that he engaged in these kinds of politics, but that he did it for little to no gain, while throwing his former Justice Minister, his chief advisor, and all his sacred principles, under the bus. His style of leadership reminds me of a toddler in a high chair throwing everything on the ground when he does not get his way. Those of us who were not infected by the latest iteration of Trudeaumania saw this right out of the gate in [The Current Year].

After watching Jody’s testimony, I think she is being sincere. Further, I think she knew early on that the efforts by the Prime Minister to keep SNC Lavalin from prosecution for bribing Libyan officials was not going to end until a DPA was done. I trust her when she says she kept records of all conversations: she is a lawyer and keeping copious records (especially when your client is likely to ignore you and do something illegal) is an inherent self-preservation mechanism.

The Prime Minister’s response was surprising. (Here’s a partisan review of his body language, good for a laugh.) He looks like a guilty little boy with his hand caught in the cookie jar. He’s in trouble and he knows it. It’s nice to see him squirm when all his life he seems to have never had to suffer the consequences of his actions. I watched his father commit economic rapine against my province in the early 1980s. I now see Justin trying the same thing: wreck the livelihoods of millions of Albertans to get some votes in Central Canada (and this time, the Left Coast). Trudeau delenda est.

Keep on reactin’!

Señor Blanco