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
Happy New Year to everyone!
For the New Year: The Council of European Canadians – Happy New Year 2020; January will be International ‘It’s Okay to Be White Day’. Vulture of Critique makes a New Year’s Resolution to waste less time blogging (he cites me, I cite him, I feel like it’s the blogging circle of life). Anatoly Karlin says Happy New Year! ReactionaryThought posts a video of Trump‘s New Years Eve press conference. From Occidental Dissent, Happy New Year! Malcolm wishes us a Happy New Year, and notes it will be an interesting one. The Orthosphere says Happy New Year with a post on how to understand Santa. Vanishing American II with New Year’s wishes for all. Happy New Decade from the Anti-Gnostic.
The US launches a drone strike in Iraq to kill high ranking Iranian General Qasem Soleimani leader of the elite Quds Force. This was done to protect the US embassy in Baghdad after a seige. Iraq is pissed. Most prominent politicians and the MSM stick to their talking points, never wasting an angle to maintain or increase control. Occidental Dissent says this shows Trump cannot be trusted at the reigns of foreign policy. Al fin notes that Obama admired Soleimani publicly, and thwarted Israel’s attempt to assassinate him a while back. (You know, it’s funny but the CBC claimed the exact opposite early on, but I cannot find the article now.) Malcolm with his thoughts: Pop Goes the Weasel. Counter Currents asks if you’re tired of this kind of winning (which feels like losing) yet? PA Blog notes that all those white men the State keeps beating up on may not be interesting in fighting for that same State. Iran is signalling that it intends to go to war, and refuses mediation with the US. (Seriously, in this situation only a libtard with no real world experience would propose ‘mediation’ at this point. Was it Justin Trudeau?) John Derbyshire’s Radio Derb podcast opens this week with comments on this situation, and ends with camel balls being bitten (talk about closing the circle). Audacious Epigone notes that Iran is enormous compared to other nations of the region. Morgoth’s Review on how quickly Conservatism Inc. has rushed in to support the attack:
New Murdoch Murdoch, Mythos, or a retelling of the saga of World War II (at Cheeky Videos). It appears the Murdoch Murdoch site is down and content is being moved.
Alf at Garden of the Internet on the despicable people running the show in the West and a hope that good guys keep winning. Also, he discusses evil and how influential it is: If the devil weren’t persuasive he’d suck at his job.
Mr. Neal at Throne, Altar, Liberty with his annual circling of the wagons, where he describes his politics and his faith.
Lord Black of Crossharbour on Trump’s record, reminding us that often times, those shilling on Trump’s ‘failures’ are only trying to demoralize his supporters.
Bret Stephens writes an NYT column on Jewish intelligence and this gets a lot of attention. Steve Sailer notes the shift on anti-Semitism since 2006. Audacious Epigone looks at Gentile versus Chosen IQs. By way of Isegoria, they who made the bomb and the advantages of Jews in tyrannical societies. Already, a retraction of sorts.
Black Pigeon Speaks at Felix Rex discusses the coming decade:
Also, on money, how it was created and evolved:
Vanishing American II on renaming the Dixie Highway because ‘Dixie’ is just too triggering. Really, the progs are victorious and any chance for subjugation is likely to be exploited.
Council of European Canadians with Part II of their look at the next US Civil War.
RottenChestnuts discusses two recent Z Man posts and the strange ways of dissenters in America. He also discusses Z Man’s 2020 predictions as well. A closer, on why the Dem Presidential candidates all say the same thing in their advertising: standardized tests. An enlightening post on the mating behaviour of the female college student.
The Zeroth Position posts a year in review of their work for 2019.
Malcolm with more thoughts on scientific materialism and its unsatisfactory answers for phenomenon in our universe. He is unhappy with explanations for quantum mechanical phenomenon and he is right. As a science, it is a disaster, with over 15 different theories about quantum mechanics. They have phenomenon they cannot describe without absurdities such as infinite dimensions or photons from another universe! I think there is probably a very good explanation for things like the interference pattern arising from a single electron in a double-slit experiment, but no one living is smart enough to figure it out. We’ll need another Newton or Einstein to sort it all out, and I suspect a new form of mathematics. We may have to wait a few hundred years before it happens. For the current state of physics, I find Carlo Rovelli (who works on Loop Quantum Gravity) to be the best popularizer of science. He’s got humility about it, and seems to feel that in some ways, after all this time, we’re still arguing about the same things the pre-Socratics did. Rovelli’s books The Order of Time and Reality is Not What It Seems are excellent.
John Derbyshire’s Radio Derb podcast delves deep into the mystery of where the US government keeps getting all that money. He also posts his December Diary over at Unz Review, looking at our transition to the 2020s, overclaimed victim statistics, and Boris Johnson’s knowledge of the Iliad.
Dr. Spencer with cool looking clouds, from increasing CO2 along with low solar output.
GA Blog on those speaking from a position of power, and the near absence of their actual perspectives.
Amerika, on what Conservatives conserve:
Conservatives tend to succumb to the time-preference fallacy. They say, “Well, the right way to live is that old thing, but since people do something different now, we’ll stop struggling against that and defend it as the status quo against new, even crazier things.”
Much as it is popular on the Right to blame the politicians, the fact is that all of the crazy stuff that has passed did so because it was popular with the voters, even if not directly voted on, and that voters have refused to take it back after it was discovered to be dysfunctional (with the rare exception of Prohibition).
In other words, ours is not a political struggle, but a resistance to the tendency of humanity to be solipsistic, deny reality, form Crowds, and then take over our society from within and destroy it. We need to get out of this constant birth-death cycle.
If humanity has any hope, it lies in figuring out what works for a civilization and never changing it. You can add technology, but you need to preserve the social order. This requires three things: being flexible, being fanatical, and having a constant stream of geniuses who “get it” lest the bureaucrats take over.
Also on Conservatism, its biggest mistake, trying to define itself as an ideology. More from Amerika, on the word that has induced the zombie-like stupor in the West: Equality. It reminds me of the movie Pontypool, which is a take on zombification by language:
Also, Amerika looks at the appeal of virtue, discussing the original meaning of Philosophy, Marcus Aurelius, Nietzsche and the need to be challenged. Also, a look at freedom versus slavery and how neither exists to the exclusion of the other.
Favourite Periscope this week is the last one of the year.
Audacious Epigone on the issue which may define the twentytwenties: you’re conquered…deal with it. On the ongoing campaign against porn, and (((Them)))…a religion or not? On the GQ, or a break down by race of belief in God, or lack thereof.
Cambria Will Not Yield discusses liberal Satanism, after contemplating why they wage war on Christmas.
Patriactionary: Michael Caine with the only reason needed for Brexit. He has a few quick bites: on post-apartheid South African police, and modern scolds rediscovering their great-grandmothers’ temperance movement. He hopes the Green-Right coalition in Austria is a sign of things to come.
Steve Sailer with an old Noam Chomsky joke.
Scholar’s Stage looks at a first attempt at diplomacy by Instagram, by the Nepalese ambassador to China.
Counter Currents on Eastern European women and the IKEA date. They remember Rudyard Kipling and provide some of his most relevant poems. A very compelling ‘Why I Write’ from the UK. A look at what is ahead for Counter Currents Publishing in 2020. They are going to be moving away from book publishing, and their podcast is coming back. One should vacation in Eastern Europe to give his amygdala a break.
By way of Isegoria, be an accidental moderate or be mediocre. A look at the coincidence of guns homicides and suicides. A list of the most popular posts of 2019. An answer to the question: Is it possible that Hollywood movies actually reduce crime?
Morgoth’s Review writes on the strange death of libertarianism, and in video form too:
The Orthosphere begins the week with a look at Erich Neumann’s work Origins and History of Consciousness, and his thoughts on societal decay. A look at the life of Hubert Bland, and what he can teach us about Church Going (it’s part of a complete life, after all).
Z Man on the most fertile ground for con-artists and grifters: the Internet. A great post on how to get involved locally in the Dissident Right, reach out to its ever growing ranks, and grow its numbers. He does a Year In Review, pontificates on the worth of predictions, and looks back at his predictions for 2019, along with his 2020 predictions about Brexit and US politics. He then ponders Futurism, asking why it has disappeared, and finding its in part because no one likes the tribal conflict that’s coming. His weekly Z Blog Power Hour podcast is on pushback and commentary on his predictions post from last week. He also discusses the recent Ramzpaul tweet on ‘weirdos’ in Right wing movements, and discusses how they can be harmful to these groups.
Zero Anthropology does a very extensive review of 2020, with summaries for each month and a plethora of links to articles from across the Internet.
William Briggs ongoing translation of the Summa Contra Gentiles continues with Summary Against Modern Thought: Proper Ends. Guest poster Ianto Watt with a “if I had a second best article of the week” worthy post on the unification of Christian churches as a sign that the last bastion against Globalism is falling. RTWT. A Year in Review, where he lists his Top Ten favourite posts, and the readers’ Top Ten as well. A call for your predictions for 2020. How well did he and his concerned commenters with their 2019 predictions? Find out here. A look at the use of diversity statement requirements in UC system hiring. You’ll never guess which class of people get completed eliminated from the sample job competition. To finish the week, a troubling This Week In Doom: California School Free-For-All Edition.
Ramzpaul does a decade in review:
Jim posts on the Creeping Coup, or how all the illegal activities of the Dems amount to a coup in any case.
American Sun on the ongoing impeachment drama…it’s getting lamer by the day, like a burro with a broken leg that should be put down. On how modern academia and Noam Chomsky compare to the pro-wrestling business. An overview of populism’s rise in the West: The Populist Monkey Wrench for the International Order. A very good post on social humiliation explaining the conduct of our Lefty betters towards us, The Feasts of Shame:
Who dreams of sexually humiliating their political opponent the way that many of these Democrats do in their anti-Trump cartoons and memes? Who engages in sadomasochistic fantasies of their political opponents, an act tinged in performative violence, other than conquerors? Normal Americans value their right to bear arms and the American culture of having the right to do as you please, shoot guns, eat red meat, have big open spaces with big houses, and have a nice, normal family. The process of humiliation is key to this, whether people want to believe that or not. They often get it backwards because their brains are poisoned by complex ideology so they complicate this with explanations. They puzzle over why those with power want to destroy what normal Americans value when the answer is a simple one.
Because it’s something you value.
They care because you care.
Our society is a shameful spectacle.
It’s been a long way to get here and I fear we have so much further to go. People who thought they were born with a national birthright are fast discovering that not only is that not the case, but that there are psychic horrors in store for anyone who isn’t with the present program. Hierarchy exists, has always existed, and will always exist. The revolutionary equalizers require a perpetual passion play of oppression being played out where those assigned as oppressors at birth are trampled down to keep the dead nation’s blood agitated instead of settling in its corpse. It starts with broadcasting Trump’s Red Hats being brutalized on every media platform and helpless to stop it. Power mewls, then smirks.
Every restless man wishes he lived in a time when he could die for something. Every wounded man wishes he lived in a time when he could live for something. When your world feels like a spiritual wasteland covered in a thousand invisible barriers, what is any one person supposed to do? “Nothing to kill or die for,” as the maudlin peace ballad goes, but what’s worse is when you feel like there’s nothing to struggle or live for. That is the hidden aspect of shame and humiliation. Degrade them so far that a pointless death might be preferable to a pointless, but painful, life. It won’t be, but they might shame you into thinking it. They will shame you into thinking there is no hope to restore the man to what he once was and was supposed to be. They will shame you into drowning yourself for a greater good that isn’t even real.
If I had a “post of the year award”, that one is it. Do RTWT. American Sun closes out the week with Five Friday Reads: On Towards the ’20s.
Evolutionist X begins a multi-part review of the book Dignity by Chris Arnade, which looks at Back Row America and the lives of those who live in poverty, by fortune or fate.
For a laugh, Razib Khan gets trolled or… it could be real. Either way, the attack is so lame it’s funny as hell. Check out the comments too.
It’s Cantandum in Ezkhaton‘s One Year Anniversary. What better way to celebrate than:
Keep on reactin’, and be like the Owl (for now).
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