I was wrong

September 2, 2013

I generally supported – if half-heartedly – letting two gay dudes have some sort of legal relationship if they wanted one.

My ideological background is libertarian. My nature is to live and let live. If they wanted to pay higher tax rates and get sucked into a system that’s on the decline, why should I really care?

It appears that I should have cared because when fascism comes to America it will be in the guise of one dude buggering another one while you’re forced to let him watch your kids and he makes you take pictures of it.

I should have seen it coming. But who could have guessed this would happen so fast? Some slopes are slippery indeed.

Perhaps it’s obvious when you stop and think about the “right” that has been created. As best I can tell, it’s the right to: have a legal relationship with one other person (which either of you can break off at any time), as long as both of you are above a certain age, not too closely related to each other, and not actually in the same legal arrangement with another person (you can be diddling other people and having kids with them, just don’t marry them – that would cross the line, obviously). That’s a weird right.

Once rights get that weird, I guess it’s not too big jump to requiring people to do all sorts of shit.

This situation is topped off by the sudden realization that Russia doesn’t like gay people very much. Apparently a lot of people suddenly decided to care a lot about this at the same exact time while simultaneously all ignoring the treatment of gays in African and Middle Eastern countries. That sort of collective decision making is always rather suspicious.


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.


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.


Epic randoms

August 14, 2013

(Pardon the absence, here’s a huge post to make up for it)

– So are all the countries that are white, racist? Is that how this works?

Anarcho-Papist:

In the beginning there was Game, and men saw that it was good for getting laid. But then many noticed the apparent contradictions between feminism and Game. And thus the Manosphere was born. The Manosphere collected a deposit of wisdom, which it saw entailed certain political policies over others. The Manosphere developed Masculine Reaction, which the Reactosphere incorporated into itself as but one issue of contention with modernity amongst others.

In other words, the Manosphere forms a subordinate consensus to neoreaction. For those who have no intent beyond understanding women and getting laid, this is all beside the point. But for those willing to go down the rabbit hole, it is always only a few links away.

The fact that there is a deeper reality beyond the Manosphere, at least as an attitude, sparks schism. There are now two different groups within the Manosphere: those who are still only looking after self-improvement and sex, and those who, besides these two things, also rail against the distributed evils of the Cathedral. While both groups are ostensibly agreed on the Manosphere wisdom, they aren’t agreed as to whether the Manosphere ought to fall into such an hierarchy. The parallels to the Catholicism-Orthodoxy schism are worth exploring, at least for ideological analysis.

(The site – and it’s taxonomy – is worth some additional exploring).

Heartiste:

Every monster and manboob, every fat feminist and single mom, every quadgender and third world wretched refuse had to be appeased and their crocodile tears dried, and the cause of all their histrionically dramatized hurty — white civilization itself — razed to make room for the glorious vomit of vibrancy that is currently prolapsing the rectum of the historical West.

God looked over all that He had made, and saw that it was good. The leftoid looked over all that his ancestors had made, and saw that it was good enough to squander. And on the eighth day, the leftoid rested his gated community security detail.

(Also worth your time).

– There was a contest for an open borders logo. Sailer archived good entries here, but don’t miss Nick Land and Heartiste. I would have suggested a couple of these maps.

Mangan:

In a democracy, citizens of a territory vote the government into power. Mass immigration as it is currently constructed, that is mass immigration by ethnic groups greatly different from one’s own, means that Western nations are now importing their future rulers. It’s the new colonialism.

– A review of The Five Stages of Collapse.

Immigration facts.

– From my favorite new (unintentional) HBD website: mega-diverse countries, GDP per area, tolerant countries, a genetic map of Europe, and slutty Nordic countries.

On democracy:

The truth is that, right now, the concept of democracy is the central artifact in a grand and elaborate system of propaganda and control, and as such it is your worst enemy, wherever you live.

Sailer reviews Neill Blomkamp, self-recommending.

– Charlton on the troubling acceptability of Eastern Orthodoxy: “Orthodoxy, as it functions in the West, is perceived as being no real threat to the Western Leftist project.”

Jim on the Pope: “There will be people called popes, but they will be megaphones for progressivism, not Roman Catholicism.” Related thoughts from the Avenging Red Hand.

Ron Unz out at American Conservative? I feel that my first response to this was to starting laughing. In related news, here’s Richwine’s response.

Was American prosperity accidental?

– Just when you thought Zimbabwe couldn’t get any more awesome . . .

– I knew Detroit was screwed, but I had no idea things were this bad.

– President plans to help low-skilled people without jobs by importing more low-skilled people with jobs. Remember when economists weren’t retarded?

Maintaining accreditation at historically black universities.

Interview with Hans-Hermann Hoppe.

– We have always been at war with Yemen.

Enjoy the decline.

– Why does this remind me of Incitatus?

– The mainstream Conservative “victory” of welfare reform.

– If you’ve actually read this far, here are Gin rankings and bourbon rankings.


Randoms

July 31, 2013

John Gray on Machiavelli:

A world in which little or nothing of importance is left to the contingencies of politics is the implicit ideal of the age.

The trouble is that politics can’t be swept to one side in this way. The law these liberals venerate isn’t a free-standing institution towering majestically above the chaos of human conflict. Instead – and this is where the Florentine diplomat and historian Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527) comes in – modern law is an artefact of state power. . . . Western governments blunder around the world gibbering about human rights; but there can be no rights without the rule of law and no rule of law in a fractured or failed state, which is the usual result of westernsponsored regime change. In many cases geopolitical calculations may lie behind the decision to intervene; yet it is a fantasy about the nature of rights that is the public rationale, and there is every sign that our leaders take the fantasy for real. The grisly fiasco that has been staged in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya – a larger and more dangerous version of which seems to be unfolding in Syria – testifies to the hold on western leaders of the delusion that law can supplant politics. . . .

The true lesson of Machiavelli is that the alternative to politics is not law but unending war. When they topple tyrants for the sake of faddish visions of rights, western governments enmesh themselves in intractable conflicts they do not understand and cannot hope to control. Yet if Machiavelli could return from the grave, he would hardly be annoyed or frustrated by such folly. Ever aware of the incurable human habit of mistaking fancy for reality, he would simply respond with a Florentine smile.

This is a mediocre essay on a very interesting topic: what will happen when economics discovers evolution? I can’t wait to find out. I expect support for unrestricted, mass immigration to be one of the first casualties.

– Ridiculous explanations for the fall of Detroit continue. My favorite is still Yglesias’ suggestion that it’s because Detroit doesn’t have any good universities. Does anyone write better progressive propaganda than Yglesias? These explanations have led me to one important realization – I actually have some reasonably strong principles. For example, you couldn’t pay me enough money to write shit that stupid under my own name. I never really considered myself a principled guy.

– A new project from Nydwracu and company.

– Nick Land has a two-part series on the Arab world, which is worth your time.

– In local news, you be interested in the YouTube series (some of which is shot very close to my home) which starts here

Comparing the rich and the poor.

– Mangan passes on a story from Japan. I was there a few weeks ago. It was super hot and most buildings (especially offices) were barely air conditioned due to energy shortages. No one seemed to mind at all (other than to be very apologetic to foreigners). If that happened here, no one would go to work.

– The benefits of monarchy.

– Imagine what we’d learn in school if we got rid of the dumb kids.

– Here’s a non-gay discussion of racial profiling from Rod Dreher. Regardless of what you think of all this, it’s silly to pretend that the average person will sacrifice his own security so that you can feel better about yourself and your ever-so-correct opinions.

Emigration.

– The consequences of copyright laws.

Why Christianity won’t save the West.

Radish covers Henry Maine.