– Scharlach on USG:
The Federalist Papers are nothing less than a Complete Treatise Against Exit. Our founding fathers knew that a Powerful Union would need all conflicts of interest between the states (slavery being the most prominent) to defer always to the interests of the One True State. To put it another way, in the interest of the State, the interests of the State are the only interests that matter. This is the principle upon which America as a nation was founded.
For when there is no aristocratic elite, no culture-wide cognitive or social hierarchy to speak of, the forces of contract come to fill its place. Now we no longer see the friendly interaction between baristas and coffee drinkers, or between clerks and bibliophiles; we are now in the world of back-room deals and collusion, the world of the politician and the corporate lobbyist. The ultimately anarchic nature of free contract means that as the items and services traded become more long-term or large-scale, as the individuals involved therein become more potent, the inevitability of human hierarchy is once again shown, but in this case it is no longer based on the organic, tribal backbone of explicit will to power; it is founded now upon manipulation and exploitation. Inferior individuals are no longer dominated by superiors; they are pandered to, useful idiots for an artificial elite.
In all three cases the goat had some association with an organization keen to maintain its credibility with what we Dark Enlightenment types call The Cathedral. In Borzellieri’s case the supplicant organization was the Roman Catholic Church (proprietor of many actual cathedrals); in mine it was National Review; in Jason Richwine’s it was the Heritage Foundation. All three of these organizations, hearing the mob’s rising ululations, fell to the ground, curled into a fetal position, and squealed: “Take the goat! But for pity’s sake don’t call us ‘racist’!”
– “this is how the neoreactionary departure from pure libertarianism has occurred”