Randoms

August 23, 2013

– “Living law” (HT). It’s nice of National Review to notice this 80 years after it started.

– I’m filing this one away.

Heartiste on randomness.

Gromar:

Don’t interfere. Don’t ‘increase’ or ‘accelerate’ the destruction. That’s not for you to do. Enjoy the decline, but not with the sort of actions that are individually rational, but collectively destructive. Let nature work.

Nature is beautiful, and nature is brutal.

– Chuck Ross on the Oberlin hoax. Could a good journalist come from anywhere but the alt-right these days?

Secession of a sort in Colorado.

– Douthat on the rareness of crime.

Nevada is copying Hawaii. Hopefully Mexico hasn’t figured this out.

Gavin McInnes:

What’s the matter with not being smart? As Hemingway put it, “Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.” Have you ever seen a genius at a water park? He’s miserable. The only time people with an IQ over 120 are really happy is when they’re at work. They’re basically our slaves. Dumb people ride ATVs with their sons, go bungee jumping, and laugh their heads off when somebody farts. Many of them are also rich.

Ed West:

Today, however, we are witnessing the strange death of the middle class. In Britain, as in the United States, it isn’t just being squeezed — it is actually shrinking and sinking. This is the most disturbing social change of our age and will probably dominate your children’s lives.

On libertarianism:

Libertarians are being torn apart from within. Two groups are responsible for this: the libertines and the liberal bigots. ‘Liberal bigots’ is a phrase that I have stolen from Peter Hitchens and I am using it to describe a group within the libertarian movement who are more concerned about being politically correct than defending anybody’s right to discriminate. By libertines, I mean simply those who view libertarianism as a rebellion against tradition, hierarchy, morality and authority and who believe that the best way to achieve libertarianism and the libertarian ends of life, prosperity, cooperation and so on, is to live in communes, engage in ‘free love’, and at every opportunity attack conventional wisdom and morality.

Luck and bullying form Isegoria.

– I strongly support this policy idea from Yglesais. In many cases, churches are the last thing that bring black people back into the city from the suburbs they’ve been gentrified into. It’s time to clear the churches out so we can convert the buildings to condos.

A neoreactionary journal.

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Bigot or liar, pick one

August 23, 2013

“A statement of simple fact is not bigotry.”

Richard Dawkins

Alas, on this point Dawkins is wrong.

Increasingly, lots of statements of fact are bigotry.

IQ varies by race. This is an obvious fact and it’s bigotry (see Jason Richwine). Propensity to commit crime varies by race. Women have different abilities than men. (It may even be bigoted to consider women as independent moral agents). It’s probably best not to notice what percentage of transgenders in the military leak massive amounts of information, and if you do be careful how you do it or you’ll offend the thought and language police. Etc. The world is full of hatefacts.

In this framework, you can only be on one of two sides: the side of liars or the side of bigots. Do you choose to tell the truth or to defend the false gods of our times?


The oldest civilization

August 20, 2013

We’re seeing lots of things in Egypt these days, but one of them is the destruction of the last remaining Coptic communities.

The Copts are the original Egyptians (one could argue they’re currently enjoying the benefits of Arab immigration, but that would perhaps be unfair). They’re the last remnants of the world’s first civilization.

In Coptic churches today (if there are any left) you can still hear a language spoken which sounds a lot like the language the Ancient Egyptians used to speak thousands of years ago.

It’s fascinating and sad to think about all the events that this group of people has survived and to reflect on the ones it won’t.


Conquest’s second law

August 20, 2013

Gavin McInnes writes good stuff for Taki Magazine. He also seems like a pretty interesting guy.

I watched the Vice series on HBO a couple weeks ago. I’ve seen and enjoyed some Vice videos before, but the HBO series (led by Shane Smith and produced a Bill Maher) is, I hate to say it, gayer than a bag full of dicks.

Episodes included criticizing global warming in the Maldives (thankfully no one was hurt in the filming of that one), gun control in inner-city Chicago, and income inequality in India. Maybe they’ll get around to saving the god-damn whales in the next season. They interviewed a veritable who’s who of Cathedralist thinkers between clips from these locations. Your time would have been better spent reading The Economist – at least you can skim a magazine.

Anyway, if you needed any more proof that everything becomes progressive or that today’s progressivism is profoundly lame and uncreative, there you have it.


Randoms

August 20, 2013

Reactionary youth. (So does being 32 make me an elder?)

Here:

You do not have a relationship to American society, any more than the co-dependent has a relationship to an addict. Once you have that epiphany, then you can either physically emigrate (as I did, but as you probably do not wish to do), or you can “inwardly emigrate.” “Inner emigration” (which Morris Berman calls the “New Monastic Option” and which you refer to as the “Benedict Option”), involves detaching onself, psychologically and emotionally, from the society at large. It means putting up effective firewalls between you and your loved ones, on the one hand, and a decaying and collapsing society on the other.

Please stop trying to save American society. You cannot do it. As Berman said in a recent talk, what we are watching is like an Abrams tank going over the edge of a cliff. You are not going to stop this. You have no influence over the trajectory of that tank, the speed with which it falls, the direction of its fall, or the size of the “moon crater” it will leave when it makes impact.

I would consider moving to Germany or Switzerland if the process could be simplified, citizenship was reasonably attainable, and I wouldn’t get crushed by taxes. I apparently look German enough that everyone one is shocked I’m not German when I’m there. But why try to get high-earning immigrants from developed countries with German ancestry when you can get Turks?

– Don’t miss all the good stuff at Theden.

More regulation for Bitcoin?

Spandrell on power.

Reason takes a break from reported disconnected anecdotes about cops being violent to criticize a cop for citing “disconnected anecdotes about black criminals.” Seriously, for every story at Reason I read about police abuse, I read about three stories like this. Either anecdotes are fine and tell us something or they don’t, you can’t have it both ways.

Outside in: “Your hopes are our horror story.”

– There is no manosphere schism.

Fred Reed: “a man who relies on sobriety to be able to think is an intellectual weakling.”

Inequality.

– The WSJ thinks Obama should follow the Constitution, just like Lincoln. Sigh

Doctors with borders.


Propaganda

August 20, 2013

Over the last couple of weeks, there have been a couple stories that give me the feeling of an itch that I can’t scratch. The first is the continuing Edward Snowden saga and the second is the reporting on the next Chairman of the Fed.

I guess the Snowden Affair has almost died because there’s now a commission that’s both independent and blue ribbon investigating things. But the whole thing still just doesn’t make sense.

Snowden just doesn’t seem like a whistleblower. I don’t get any decent sense of a coherent ideological position from the guy. The idea that we should care about the government knowing who we call on the phone (who even makes phone calls anymore?) when the government already knows exactly how we make and spend money, is gaining access to our health records, etc. is just silly.

Most importantly, the story has been manufactured and controlled way too well. Perhaps I’ve just read too much non-mainstream history to believe that there’s any possibility that Glenn Greenwald writing for the Guardian is writing a story that’s deeply injuring to USG. Glenn Greenwald is – as much as anyone else – part of USG. There are lots of people suggesting that the story is 90% Greenwald’s . . . crafting and 10% hard facts. Count me in that camp – and round up.

To make it all worse, I’m now supposed to feel sorry for Greenwald’s husband because he was questioned while carrying illegally obtained documents? How dumb do I look?

The second itchy story relates to the nomination of a new Fed chairman (covered from the reactionary angle already here). Progressive insiders (i.e. inflationists) seem to support Janet Yellen while the administration seems to support Larry Summers. From where I’m sitting, it wouldn’t really matter (both would seem to be against meaningful changes to financial regulation – I’m not saying that’s good or bad, it’s just the thing that most affects me).

Anyway, the odd thing was the immediacy with which the press was filled with stories attacking Summers (even The American Conservative, which apparently took a break from policing the opinions of its contributors with respect to certain subjects, jumped into the fray). There were so many stories, which all said the same thing. The effort had to be coordinated.

I’m not sure how to draw this all together. I think my point is that if you’re paying attention, you see certain cracks in the narrative. Be wary of what you read.


Ranking crimes and racism

August 14, 2013

While I was gone, a video surfaced of an NFL player saying the N word.

This dumb statement is huge news because the player is white, the word ended with an -er, and sportswriters are the most pussified, politically correct writers in the history of the English (or any other) language. The sports-writing world lost its collective mind.

In this offseason, a lot of NFL players were arrested (poverty apparently doesn’t cause crime). The fact that so many players were arrested allows us to compare how sportswriters view the severity of a racist remark in relation to other crimes.

The only crime (that I can find) that got more mention (based on the number of stories yielded by a news search) than the racist statement was Aaron Hernandez’s murder charge. The following crimes are (by this metric) less noteworthy than a racist statement (the utterance of a word, which I’m sure is never, ever said by anyone else in the NFL): child abuse, gun possession, DUI, drug possession, missing a court date, stealing from a casino, public intoxication, resisting an officer, assault, battery, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, fighting, solicitation, street racing, and (last but certainly not least) attempted murder.

I think it’s likely that if a lesser player than Aaron Hernandez had committed murder, we probably could have added murder to that list.

Anyway, it’s unclear if the racist player will actually play following his remark. Forgiveness is for real criminals, not necessarily thought criminals, apparently.