Randoms

- New blog: “I named the blog after Thomas Carlyle’s birthplace in the hope that something good will start here as well.”

- In other new blog news, Nick Land is now blogging at a new site and there’s good stuff up already.

- I’ve written about this before.

- All this talk of super-extra-preschool is just part of the road (that Steve Sailer has often described) to basically taking poor, dumb kids away from their poor, dumb parents in hopes of making the kids no longer poor and dumb, right?

- Lots of thoughts on Lawrence Auster here, but Moldbug’s are worth the read too. I’ve always like his writing because he argues for conservatism the way progressives argue for progressivism.

- Nothern vs Southern Italy.

- If you answered yes, you might be a reactionary.

- Ross Douthat claims that today’s Republicans are more likely to channel Ayn Rand than Aquinas. I suspect the chances of them channeling either are zero. Saying Republicans are similar to Rand is a bit like saying Douthat is similar to Torquemada. The only thing that is made clear by such a comparison is that the person making the comparison knows nothing about what he’s talking about.

-So this is how it ends? Who buys a nice bottle of wine but needs to drink it super quickly such that he can’t let it sit for a few minutes?

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17 Responses to Randoms

  1. PA says:

    Lawrence Auster has been a mentor to many of us. Almost ten years ago, before I was “PA,” I had a friendly email exchange with him that shaped my style of commenting ever since.

  2. asdf says:

    “I’ve always like his writing because he argues for conservatism the way progressives argue for progressivism.”

    I think that just about sums things up here.

  3. Lenior says:

    LA has had some great psychological and philosophical insights into the nature of the left.

  4. anonymous says:

    I’m hoping Mr. Auster decides to go Walter White (in some way) but I’m not holding my breath.

  5. anonymous says:

    RE: Arched house

    http://archedhouse.wordpress.com/2013/02/17/on-second-thought/

    “This was probably not the best-conceived idea. However, I’m going to keep the blog and domain claimed just in case I get the urge again based on “events” as Harold Macmillan supposedly put it.”

    Well, it was a neat idea. I wonder how many reactionary blogs are out there that died after 1 or 2 posts. I suspect it’s a lot. I wonder if there’s a reason for that. Whatever happened to Harvard Law Caveman, besides.

  6. Handle says:

    I liked Auster’s style, and he’ll be missed. What he did won’t be preserved, conserved, or adequately replaced after he’s passed which is tragic to me. Alas, he failed (we fail?) to perpetuate an institution we value and enjoy. Not like he made it easy. There is irony there.

    But, at least, there is his ark. Maybe the more technically astute among knows of the tools to easily compile the archive of his collected works and distribute it.

  7. Federico says:

    The black America link is excellent.

    Reading science fiction and 19th century literature is a mind-expanding experience. What about rap lyrics?

    For an insight into the black mindset, try snacksandshit.com. Start from #1, because the older entries are best.

    This is a humour site, in which supposedly clueless white people misinterpret rap lyrics. But after a while, you become aware of a negro Weltanschauung that is totally alien. They see themselves as tribesmen in an elysian world, who exist to fornicate, murder and deal drugs. They have no concept of a duty to civilisation.

    I had one of those weird moments, where a deep assumption dropped out. I thought every Westerner could tell right from wrong. They might be poorly raised, violent and criminal, but they minimally understand that civilisation depends on the existence of good people, and that a life of crime is parasitic. I interpreted rap lyrics as a theatre of the absurd, like Grand Theft Auto video games. It’s just play. But no—these lyrics are theatrical, but also sincere. The more I read, the more I found I was imputing a level of irony that mainstream rap artists and their milieu don’t share. They view our society as scenery for the triumph of their will.

  8. dearieme says:

    Arched House? I’d rather he’d called it Ecclefechan – the man was known as The Sage of Ecclefechan after all.

    • orende says:

      Yeah, I considered that although it doesn’t quite roll off the tongue like Arched House does. Also, according to La Wik, “The village is known as “Fechan” to the local residents.” That’s just asking for trouble if opponents get hold of the name, haha.

  9. Tomás de Torquemada says:

    Thank you for the mention. Anyone who is a true reactionary will reassess the Inquisition and approve of it.

  10. Allan says:

    The purpose of preschool is
    to begin Government indoctrination
    at an earlier age.

    (And by Government
    I mean the real government
    not the elected ‘government’)

  11. chucho says:

    The linked article does a nice job of delineating the decay of black culture in the last two generations or so. While an argument can be made that blacks in the US always trailed whites in marriage, employment, etc., I think it’s utterly obvious that the decline in traditional families, religion and morality in that culture has been far more destructive than any population-wide gap in IQ. And now we are seeing white prole culture follow in their footsteps, here and abroad.

    Of course we can all retreat in our Caplan-Bubbles for the time being. But the rot will continue to grow, ever upwards.

  12. [...] I decided I owe Foseti and his readers an explanation for why I shut the blog down so quickly after he kindly plugged it. [...]

  13. orende says:

    Thanks for the shout out, Foseti! I decided to give a bit more background on why I shut down so soon and what the future may hold: http://archedhouse.wordpress.com/2013/02/21/a-parting-shot-for-now-and-thread-for-discussion/

  14. ve says:

    “All this talk of super-extra-preschool is just part of the road . . .”

    Yes, but there are so many good things for progressives about universal pre-K besides taking poor kids from poor parents — it will expand the size of the government/civil service work force; new schools will need to be built; earlier indoctrination into cathedral values for kids; (theoretically, but not actually) will help close the “achivement gap;” it’s an easy sell for political figureheads (it’s for the kids!); it will eliminate, or at least hinder, the pre-k toehold for upstart, private competitors to public school monopolies; most of the new jobs will go to women; etc.

  15. Louise says:

    ‘All this talk of super-extra-preschool is just part of the road (that Steve Sailer has often described) to basically taking poor, dumb kids away from their poor, dumb parents in hopes of making the kids no longer poor and dumb, right?’

    Well, yes, actually. Being ‘poor’ and ‘dumb’ (aka stupid) are not immutable characteristics.

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