– On the martini:
If we put at one end of things the very thirsty man who fills his glass with a roaring torrent of tap water and then chugs it down, and at the other end of things the host who, before his guests arrive, has placed his martini glasses in the freezer to chill them and who has stabbed his olives (or onions or capers or who has shaved his lemon), and who, once his guests arrive, shakes or stirs his gin and vermouth and at last lovingly pours drinks all the way around, you have in bold relief the thing that distinguishes the martini from chugged water—and also from every drink in between them, for in between the thirsty man and the martini drinker stand all other drinks and all other drinkers, all of whom dwell on a kind of continuum that excludes no one.
– Immigrants and jobs – unsurprisingly, kicking out poor, un-skilled immigrants reduces unemployment.
The astute reader will, by now, have picked up on an omission: nowhere have I mentioned liberal ideography. There is a reason for this omission: there may be a few minor differences, but at least on the major points, the liberal ideography is the American ideography. Most ideographs used by liberals are also used by conservatives, and with the same intended effect. (This is less so on the alt-right; one of the many instances of convergent evolution between Mencius Moldbug and the European New Right is their explicit refudiation of that ideography.)
Now consider the history of the American ideography. Its terms have changed consistently, and in a consistent direction: leftward. Equality under the law became equality of opportunity, and is now becoming equality of outcome. Freedom from the tyranny of a single, unelected, overactive monarch became freedom from fear and want, and is now becoming freedom from any sort of moral judgment of all but the most repulsive forms of libertinism. And so on. Considering the structure and history of this ideography, and its identification with ‘Americanism’, there can be no American Right. The American ideography does not hold promise for conservatives, and yet they do not challenge it; in fact, they do the opposite, and in doing so, sign their own death sentence.
That is the failure of conservatism.
– Uh oh: Fertility is dysgenic.
In a colosseum gladiators were forced to fight each other or against some wild beast for the entertainment of the crowd. In Balkan, former-Yugoslavia in particular, different ethnic groups were exactly reenacting the colosseum show after 2000 years, only this time we watch the whole thing through the news program of our TV channel.
– Uh oh, we’ve run out of Nazis.
– Nice to see Tyler Cowen joining the reactionary fold.
– Simon Grey:
The left’s alleged compassion for common laborers has rendered them unnecessary because of the changes leftists have enacted on their behalf.
The next step is learning that this was the goal all-along.