Bruce Charlton:

‘Modern Life’ as it is portrayed in the mass media – in innumerable novels, movies, TV shows and commentaries – is depicted as essentially a matter of dating and careers. . . .

As a child or teen looks ahead: that is what they see, that is what is in prospect. They see a career – education, training, jobs – and they see the prospect of dating a string of (hopefully) appealing folk. . . .

This is the primary triumph of the Left – to have excluded marriage and the family from the mainstream depictions of Modern Life.

As I get older, this strikes me as correct and incredible.  It’s especially incredible since dating has gotten much shallower over time and work has gotten much less tangibly satisfactory over time.  Marriage and family, I’m happy to report, are still quite fulfilling.

– Sign up for a reactionary email list here.  Check out the library of the Dark Enlightenment here.  More propaganda here (any chance I could get a shirt instead of a poster?).  New blogger of the week here.

– It’s worth remembering that the Dark Enlightenment is not only home to interesting ideas, it’s also home to some great writing.

– Interesting book review from Arnold Kling.

Who commits acts of terrorism?  Latinos and progressives, apparently.

– Federico’s blogging at a new place, and I can’t resist linking to this post given the title.

– I think this is just part of a larger phenomenon.

– General reactionary geekery here, here, here, here and here.  I’m going to have to start posting more often, since there seems to be so much more lately.


23 Responses to Randoms

  1. Handle says:

    No doubt there’s been some explosive acceleration of output lately.

    As well fall into the left-singularity, larger numbers of more powerful, concentrated x-rays shoot in the opposite direction – pointing the way back home.

    I’m going to have to start blogging too now. I’m not ready just yet, but it’ll be at handleshaus soon enough. Nobody steal the title, “The Age Of Reaction”.

    • Set up my own last night… although if you start blogging, I’ll just repost everything you say under the category “Yeah, What Handle Said”

      Excellent name. I promise not to steal it.

  2. VXXC says:

    We interrupt the despair with some good news – at least if you appreciate Nick Land’s Lure of the Void – Now This:

    Bechtel in Space. Now they’re serious. When we’re really Serious – Halliburton in Space.


  3. VXXC says:

    The Singularity — I think I’ve developed a way to gauge it called the Selma Regressions. The number of times the Appeal to Selma is run …measuring the frequency [how often] and amplitude [achievement of desired effect]. Selma Regressions are increasing, the effects are decreasing, more cowbell is applied.

  4. James Goulding says:

    Thanks for the links. Responses can be emailed to comments[at]moreright.net (after the fashion of the late and lamented Larry Auster’s website).

    • James Goulding says:

      Scratch that, site turns out to be censored in the interests of “rationalist” respectability.

  5. raptros_ says:

    Thanks for the shout-out! I guess I’ll have to keep the pace up!

  6. dearieme says:

    “‘Modern Life’ as it is portrayed in the mass media…”: careers, yes, but the representation of Work is usually deeply unconvincing if it is even attempted.

    “Marriage and family, I’m happy to report, are still quite fulfilling.” You are too young to have teenagers.

  7. asdf says:

    Yes, as usual Bruce is spot on.

    The NYTimes recently had a piece stating that marriage is no longer something based on building things together, but a “capstone”. That is to say that once you have the good apartment, the cool job, and you’ve dated lots of hot people you marry “the one” as a capstone accomplishment that shows that you’ve “won” at dating (life).

  8. graaaaaagh says:

    Thanks for linking! One could suppose it reciprocal, of course.

  9. Handle says:

    As far as the family thing goes, some of this is probably the conquest of Hollywood by the homo-mafia who will always preferentially hire a fellow homosexual for any job, every time – and boast of the fact with impunity. That’s my experience anyway – having lived and bartended a few house-parties there once upon a time. Hey, I was young, I needed the money, there was free Scotch …

    Anyway, half of artistic genius is having insight into what your non-genius fellows will respond to. The gays seem to have chick-flicks and soap operas down. But when effete and erudite screenwriting homosexuals write stories for a general audience, they have a few blind spots. One of those blind spots, as Sailer frequently points out, is being able to unable simulate the, uh, limitations in taste, of their increasingly teenage male mestizo audience. And you wonder why our movies are “too dumb for China”

    But another blind spot is definitely family, home-life, church, etc. This is true for gays especially, since the vast majority of even homosexual screenwriters are still male, and lesbians do care about this stuff because of their double-whammy dose of nesting tendency. Gays find it hard to, and/or dislike, writing about these subjects because they have no place of importance (or desire or even experience) in most of their lives.

    To the extent Charlton’s point is valid, some of it is because progressive SWPLs are now basically straights living increasingly gay lifestyles. Some childless, secular, leftist, professional, urban pairs probably see themselves closer to the gay couple down the hall then the large Mormon churchgoing family in the suburbs. Their sympathies are naturally likely to be with the gays that are, mostly, in the ‘important’ ways (what is now allowed to be taken for ‘important’), like them.

    There was some posts recently about Jason Collins, Keynes, Chris Hughes and teh ghey, and in the comments people were talking about why, when they are perhaps only 2-3% of the population, there seemed to be a higher ratio at the national-prominence level, even ignoring Hollywood, media-glorification, and selection bias. I actually have seen more Lesbians than gays in management / leadership positions, but I still think they all punch above their weight.

    A lot of the explanations went around, but I think people really underestimate the fact that many of these folks don’t have the time-suck of family life to impede career progress. Borrowing from Hayek, these days, the childless rise to the top, and that provides huge advantages for homosexuals in their ability to allocate time to work and personal projects, and their quest to make it to the narrow elite, which is almost impossible to accomplish these days without being to demonstrate that level of work-ethic and commitment.

    My impression is that my father’s, and especially my grandfather’s generation, didn’t really have this problem very much. Probably a combination of stay-at-home mothers and low-intensity child-rearing, and a society where most of your peers did the same, so you didn’t have to worry about getting out-bid / out-competed by all your neighbors. How much would you pay to get that society back?

    • I vaguely remember back in the oh… late 80’s/early 90’s on NPR how Gays have a hard time playing a victim group because… well because they’re not… and I remember thinking, whew, that’s a good thing; we won’t have to worry about them playing the… erm… buttsex card?

  10. As an antidote to the dating/ career monopoly, Mormons have the best message concerning the positive aspects of a primary commitment to marriage and family; as in this inspiring and delightful video:


    The statistics on Mormons also show that this strong commitment to marriage and (larger than replacement sized) family can go along with significantly above-average educational and career success – in the context of traditional/ conservative arrangements for marriage and family.

    • Foseti says:

      I believe they encourage people to have as many kids as they can afford. Seems like a good policy on lots of levels.

      • That is indeed what the encouragement amounts to – although it is seemingly given in the form of two principles: one the encouragement to have as many children as can be decently raised within the constraints of a specific marriage – but this is constrained by the various teachings on self-reliance (including food storage, disaster preparedness etc) which were especially established in the pioneer years in Utah under Brigham Young.


    • Handle says:

      Sometimes, I debate registering as a Democrat, because, like in Communist China, it would be personally useful for career, social, and networking purposes to be a party member. But while I could easily pretend and pay lip service, I could never come to genuinely believe their ideology, because I find it too absurd.

      Sometimes, I debate converting to Mormonism because, as the only tradition currently demonstrating a capability to preserve the best parts of traditionalism while accepting the more useful parts of modernism, it would be good to be able to raise my family to be devoutly moral in the fold of a legitimate community. But while I could easily pretend and pay lip service, I could never come to genuinely believe their theology, because I find it too absurd.

  11. RadishMag says:

    “any chance I could get a shirt instead of a poster?”

    you shall have a top hat/monocle

    • Wearing politics on your chest is a good way to get yourself “harmed”…

      How ’bout a reactionary Cafe Press thong? You only reveal your politics to those with whom you are intimate. And by then, it’s too late… for them. Reactionary brandy snifters and cigar guillotines are also much desired.

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