Saturday, December 15, 2012

Chinese Nationalism

The Acceptable Enemy by James Lawrence
A Chinese perspective on the problem of White pride

I suspect most, if not all, of what he says about Chinese nationalism is true.

Responding to Madison

Thomas Storck, Government, Society, and the Human Good
Patrick Deneen, Beyond Wishful Thinking: A Response to Schlueter

Both contrast James Madison's theory of government with an Aristotelian-Thomistic one. But can Madison be used to represent the Anglo-American political tradition in its entirety (and thus "prove" that the tradition or the American founding was liberal in its "essence")?

If Madison's theory of government is applicable at all "levels" (most importantly, to the sovereign states), then it should rightly be criticized. But to link Madison to those who presently oppose the Federal government from expanding its reach beyond the Constitution? Not all Constitutionalists are principled libertarians.

Another "Conservative" Feminist

Conservatives, Women, and Votes by Ashley McGuire

"Conservatives need to expand their favor with women voters by investing in female candidates and spokespeople, and by reframing their social policies in pro-woman and pro-family terms."

No thanks. How's this instead? To be pro-patriarchy is pro-family.

From the Editors at Ethika Politika

Is Chivalry the Natural Choice? Or Something Else?

They give some suggestions as to what needs to be clarified based on Smith's article in The Atlantic.

A critique written within the androsphere would be more illuminating.

How much money was wasted on creating that crap.

SFGate: UC suspends use of logo - distracting

In other news...

Seven Days: R.I.P. Thomas Naylor, Founder of Vermont Secessionist Group, 1936-2012

Kyrie eleison.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Some More Critical Reflections on Zero Dark Thirty

Fabius Maximus: Bin Laden won, with our assistance. Our applause shows the scale of his victory.
Save The Cat, Kill The Prisoners by Noah Millman
Zero Conscience in Zero Dark Thirty

Report finds harsh CIA interrogations ineffective

The third trailer for the movie:


Another Interview with Fr. Gabriel

Pravmir: One Cannot Be Anything More Than a Christian: A Conversation with Fr. Gabriel (Bunge)

Pontifical High Mass at the 15th Cologne Liturgical Conference

Excerpts: Pontifical High Mass according to the book of divine Worship
Pontifical High Mass according to the Book of Divine Worship in the Parish Church of St. Gertrud Celebrant: Monsignor Keith Newton, Ordinarius of the Ordinariats Our Lady of Walsingham, London Music: Capella Aquensis, Aachen, Director: Thomas Beaujean; - Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611): Missa "O quam gloriosum" - Julius van Nuffel (1885-1953): Ave Maria - Hermann Schroeder (1904-1984): Siehe, die Jungfrau wird empfangen 15th Cologne Liturgical Conference

Distributism, Quasi-Marxist?

Dr. Fleming's comment in the latest entry in his paleocon series: "On the other hand, their own distributist/Third Way arguments are far closer to Marxism than to the Gospels or to Leo XIII."

I think he would agree that the right to property is not absolute and that there should be a wide distribution of property in order to safeguard economic and political liberty in a republic? So with what part of distributism would he disagree? The proposition that the government can foster the redistribution of resources (such as land), indirectly or indierctly? Or the proposition that the government can redistribute wealth in general? I wonder what the arguments of the two gentlemen were.

Which Capitalism? A Brief Defense of the Supporters of the Free Economy by Dylan Pahman

KBS Star Date with the Cast of Iris 2

The main characters from the first series are not back. My interest in the second goes only as far as Kang Jiyoung is in it. The drama will be like the first, with the soap opera overwhelming the action (which as generally choreographed poorly, by contemporary American standards).

"Iris 2" is on a different scale

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Christian Masculinity

Actually, one Christian man's understanding of interacting with women (but also with others), and the consequences of his success in teaching other males how to be men: A reader teaches some aspects of “game” to men in his church and now faces possible expulsion. Please pray for him.

Kyrie eleison.

Language Creation in Tolkien's Mythmaking Language and Legend in the Fantasy Fiction of J.R.R. Tolkien

Vox links to an article by a sci-fi author and both note that Tolkien's success as a fantasy author is due to his knowledge of history (and languages).

Is there hope for Latin? Latinitatis Corpus, Reginaldo Procuratore We need more Latin teachers who are as zealous as Fr. Reginald.

Obama is a Believer in the Proposition Nation

No surprise, right?

Steve Sailer: Proposition Nation v. Preposition Nation

Msgr. Ma Daqin, Bishop of Shanghai, Under Arrest

Rome Reports: Vatican concerned over Shanghai auxiliary bishop dispute

Under arrest, Mgr Ma Daqin is stripped of his title as Shanghai bishop
Fr Lombardi: Ma Daqin case shows how serious the Church's situation is in China
Abp. Savio Hon: dismissal of Shanghai bishop an "abuse”. Churches of the world pray for him

Zenit: Vatican Official Denounces Decision by So-Called Episcopal Conference of China
Expresses Support and Admiration for Persecuted Auxiliary Bishop of Shanghai

Five years on, the Pope's letter to Chinese Catholics still relevant
China's green tea tainted by pesticides
Cardinal Scola: Ensuring religious freedom for social peace by Card. Angelo Scola

Ravi Shankar

NPR: Remembering Ravi Shankar

His website.

Some videos:

Judge Napolitano: How Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson Destroyed Constitutional Freedom

Book trailer:

Google Books
Lew Rockwell Interview - Part 2 (podcast)
Article at Lew Rockwell

Reflections on the Loss of Liberty
What Ever Happened to the Constitution?

Byzantine Catholics in Italy

NLM: Byzantine Christians in Italy: From the Archives of the Instituto Luce


Some thoughts from Mr. Peters in response to the Abbeville Institute video on the size of the United States. It does repeat points that he's made before at FPR and on other websites.

To be a republic in the classical Aristotelian one has to have self-government in what ever form that may be; the rule of law and a demographic and territorial scale in which common traditions, customs and habits can determine the common good as far as culture or social order is concerned.

Self-government does not mean even representative government in the sense that representatives are elected by any popular means and certainly not democracy. It means that the polity expresses the traditions, customs and habits lived out by real people in a real place, whatever the mechanism of that expression. To govern against the lived out customs and habits in a real place is to be a tyrant, whether one is a dictator or a democratic majority.

The rule of law does not mean a strict adherence to some “due process” and the statutory laws from which it springs; it rather means that statutory law, however, it is made is in harmony with the prevailing traditions, customs and habits of the social order. Thus, Creon is a tyrant when he refuses to allow Antigone the tradition duty of burying, in her case, Polynices. Anglo-Saxon jury nullification is predicated on an awareness of traditions, customs and habits, embedded and lived out in the people, with which even the king’s law can be nullified.

There is little chance of there being commonly held traditions, customs and habits which define the common good, the expectations of polity and the rule of law if a given territory is too large or if the population is too large.

Now, one can can an aardvark an ant; or one can call an abstract corporation with a monopoly on coercion, with the ability to define the limits of its own power and with the impetus of a power will, be that one of a dictator or a democratic majority, ruling a massive territory with millions of people a republic; however, but an ant “ain’t” an aardvark; and a Hobbesian state “ain’t” a republic. At least the old Soviet Union was less disingenuous than Mao’s China. The Soviets at least made a pretense in that they named their Hobbesian state the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics whereas Mao’ named his The People Republic of China.

We were once, before Lincoln and the Republicans “these United States,” a union of constitutionally federated republics. Today, we are a Hobbesian state, consolidated and centralized. Our President, in a post-election speech spoke of “this colony,” in the singular, gaining its independence from Great Britain. Once there were thirteen colonies and King George, in the 1783 Treaty of Paris, named each of them. He did not make peace with the American people in the aggregate, with the Continental Congress, with the so-called “Founding Fathers” or with some overarching government. He made peace with thirteen unique and sovereign republics.

The New UC Logo

The Thinking Housewife: The Meaningless University

It looks outdated, like something from the 70s or the 80s. I think it unwittingly represents the further commodification of higher education (with the need for costly "marketing") and a turning away from older notions of the university. The UC Brand? How stupid. But it is inevitable when a university education is marketed to the masses? No awareness of the higher education bubble.

The UC logo: It's all about the branding
New UC Logo—Keep It or Dump It?


Visual Identity
University of California Graphic Identity Guide and Resources
UC Berkeley Identity

Michel-René Landry: Clear creek monastery

(via Chant Cafe)

Interview with Peter Hitchens in the Warwick Boar

Here (link via his blog).
But clearly something has changed. Hitchens is hardly practising class war these days, and the Mail has never exactly been hospitable to the practitioners of revolution. He explains: “During my life, the establishment that I imagined I was fighting in the late 1960s and early 1970s was already dying - in fact it was really already a living corpse.”

For Hitchens, the 20th century has been the story of the death of the old British establishment - indeed, of Britain itself - and its replacement by a new, more liberal elite. His writing is shot through with the theme of moral decline. His new book, though it concerns mostly drugs, includes a chapter sternly entitled ‘The Demoralisation of Britain’ and from the earliest pages he thunders that the worship of a new hedonistic creed, the lamentable trilogy of sex, drugs and rock n’ roll, is responsible for many contemporary social ills.

“What all this is really about is the collapse of Protestant Christianity as the dominant system of thought and belief in modern England over the course of a century”, he elaborates, dating the start of the rot at the beginning of the First World War. “In many cases people have found the constraints and what they would call the repressions of Protestant Christianity irksome, and taken the opportunity to throw them off in many parts of life.”

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Anthony Gregory on "Liberty"

(via C4SS)

Elias Crim Reviews Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy

by Fr. Robert Sirico - Are You Better Off Now?

Dr. Fleming on Property

Back to the Stone Age II F 2

I shall be content to use it, here, in a basic etymological sense as that which belongs to us (proprius is a Latin adjective meaning one's own), but not (even though a case could be made for such usage) including our physical or mental attributes.

Property, as Aristotle observed, is natural because it is essential to human functioning and thriving. We have to eat and shield ourselves from the elements, hunt animals with weapons and grow food with implements. I am going to postpone an extended discussion of property until later because I do not wish to lose the thread of this albeit simple argument.

Property is universal in human societies and claims to the otherwise, put forward by Marxist and feminist anthropologists, can only hold up if we insist that property be defined in Anglo-American terms. It is true that in a tropical climate a hunter-gatherer people needs little property: privileged access to watering holes, spears to hunt with, perhaps baskets to store the nuts and berries our women gather, but anything a man makes or improves or finds can be (though it is not always) property, even if he is expected to share its use with his relatives.

Left Libertarianism is Still of the "Left"

Recommended by C4SS FB: “Libertarianism, Feminism, and Nonviolent Action: A Synthesis” by Grant Babcock

Arguably libertarianism of any form is...

A Motet for Our Lady of Guadalupe

"You are my Mother", a motet for Our Lady of Guadalupe composed by James MacMillan CBE as a gift to Fr Lawrence Lew OP on the occasion of his ordination to the sacred priesthood on 17

Portrait of the artist: James MacMillan, composer
Composition Today interview
His blog.

The Lone Ranger Trailer #2

This movie should not be labelled a "Western" - it doesn't deserve it. The new John Reid seems like a bumbling idiot (even if one wants to rationalize this as being the confusion of a man who has survived an ambush). He's not as bad as Seth Rogan's Britt Reid, and the beginning this trailer is better than the first, which revealed too much of Gore Verbinski's handiwork - big special effects and heavy use of cgi. (Unfortunately we get plenty of that mind-numbing garbage in the second half of the trailer.) But, if they had decided to do a movie proper for adults (and there are still some in the United States today), instead of dumbing it down and following the trend of bashing members of a certain "privileged" group (i.e. white heterosexual males), it would have been much better. The second trailer only reinforces my impression that the opportunity to improve upon the 1981 movie has been squandered.

"All right. Let's do this."

What product of the American education system wrote this line?

Despite Johnny Depp's supposed Native American background, I tend to agree with his critics. His acting (especially his Uhmerican expressions) plus his manner of speaking seems more of a caricature rather than an accurate representation.


The Pope Tweets

Rome Reports:

English translation of the Italian: “Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart.”

Is there a way to write a monumental first message without making it sound like one is being too "nice" (or craving attention)? Will he continue to use Twitter a year from now? (Or will he have someone else do it for him?)

Bishops, refocus on the personal and forget electronic gadgets. Be a good example to the laity of how one should cultivate friendships through real, personal interaction. While one cannot reduce grace to nature, one should note that many successful groups have used this strategy to convert and make new members, and continue to do so.

Alan Jacobs on the Convergence of the Radical Left and Traditionalist Conservatism

A Radical Defense of Home Economics
Traditionalists and radicals alike have deep reservations about the bureaucratization, rationalization, and consumerism of American life, and lament the damage such forces are doing to local communities and to families. But while these groups formulate very similar critiques of the current order, they arrive at those crituques by very different intellectual paths. I wonder if that will always prevent them from making common cause with one another

The Feminization of Speech

Upward Intonation and, Like, Gender

This is one of the characteristics of contemporary uhmerican femininity? Any tie to a certain psychological state or character trait? Probably not, just another example of socialization/following the herd, although there is the chicken-and-egg question, who initiated this way of talking? A girl, or a woman who never outgrew being a girl?

The costs of ceding certain spheres to the control of women....

Srdja Trifkovic on Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton’s Arrogant Posturing

Haven't we done enough damage through unqualified incompetent women holding office?

And something from Chuck on a piece at the Good Man Project, which is more evidence that despite its name, the women is mostly no friend of men.

Donald Livingston, Is America Too Big?

The video also features Kirkpatrick Sale.

(via CHT)

It's an excellent introduction - there are three more parts to the series. I wish they would consider making a longer video aimed for a mass audience who cannot read Aristotle, Sale, or Livingston.

Cue Schadenfreude

Women over 40 “Shocked” by Fertility Problems

A comment:
It is AMAZING how women in some dirt-poor village in Mexico or Honduras, or some poor town in Eastern Europe, are acutely aware of the fact that their fertility and their ability to attract interest from quality men will decline quickly after a certain age, yet women in the USA are “shocked.” The word “amazing” is overused, but in this case it’s accurate: this state of affairs would be enough to amaze a rational, neutral observer. Women whose families have spent hundred of thousands of dollars to educate them at the best schools, women who have been raised so carefully and with such constant attention, are more ignorant about basic biological facts concerning the human body THAN WOMEN WHO ARE RAISED WITHOUT ELECTRICITY OR RUNNING WATER.

Their plight won't elicit any sympathy from me.

Dr. Wilson at the 2009 Georgia LS Summer Institute

State Rights: Legal, Moral, Economic, and Practical Considerations Regarding Independence, Secession

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Thaddeus Kozinski on Saving Modernity

A new Christendom: Can Christianity breathe life into modernity?

"The transition from enlightenment, secular foundationalism to post-enlightenment, secular traditionalism can best be understood by considering the transition from the early-medieval synthesis of faith and reason to its divorce in late-medieval nominalism and voluntarism. Such a consideration can also help us to predict and depict more accurately what the next transition might look like."

I won't say this genealogy has "long been discredited" by intellectual historians; indeed it remains popular among Catholics. Who is able to write a scholarly historically accurate refutation of the thesis?

The Enlightenment was a tool for those pursuing the "will to power" - some may have been sincere believers in liberalism, but was it true of all who sought to increase their own power? I do think that it remains useful to look at various historical trends as a rejection of various forms of authority and tradition, but I would not tie every individual rejection with the concomitant adoption of Enlightenment ideology.

"In the words of Maritain, there has been a certain maturation of the political order, and it does look like the Gospel seed has come to a greater fruition in certain temporal areas - though there is room for much more growth, and there have been many misshapen and misbegotten stalks, as well as abortive fruits. One simply cannot discount or reject the modernity-friendly Gaudium et Spes in this regard. This maturation, and the real responsibility that it demands, which is the aspect of modernity gravely lacking today, is the true message of Gaudium et Spes when interpreted correctly according to the hermeneutic of continuity - that is, not as a replacement of the Syllabus of Errors of Pius IX, but as its complement. After Vatican II, no Catholic can interpret the prior Leonine social teaching and theology as simply a rejection of modernity, but neither can he reject or dismiss the prior teaching as outdated or simply mistaken."

How many of the advances in "science" and technology were possible because of the excess wealth first made possible through empire, supplemented later by cheap energy? As for the supposed maturation of the political order - I deny such a thing has happened. To take one aspect, we have drifted away any authentic form of republican government. Is it not the case that those who have maintained the consolidation of political and economic power during the early stages of nationalism have done so while proclaiming themselves to be fervent believers in "democracy" and "freedom"? The current political [dis-]order cannot be "Christianized" because it itself is opposed to right reason. Evangelization can only prepare people for death or possibly for a new, more localist order arising from the old.

Perhaps there are no "convincing and satisfying answers" because there are no easy answers that enable the current system to be perpetuated. Any real movement towards republicanism cannot but be a subversion of the system.

Hanneke Cassel

Her website.


Norah Jones, "Say Goodbye"

Pat Buchanan's Advice to the Republican Party

The Conservative Crisis
The GOP's only hope is to offer a real alternative after the inevitable overreach of liberal government.

"Conservatives need to rediscover what they wish to conserve and how, in a climate every bit as hostile as 1964–then await the moment when the country turns again to an alternative."

Bruce Frohnen continues to outline his program of action: A Traditional Conservative Program of Action: Perspective.

From last week: Charlie Brown Conservatives by John Willson

Thanks to the Federal Government...

Concealed carry: Court strikes down Illinois' ban (includes video)

Stephen Halbrook, Illinois Supreme Court Argument - Wilson v. Cook Co. AW Ban
Moore v. Madigan, key points
The Seventh Circuit Keeps “Bear” in 2nd Amendment

So, will this give support to those opposing the California ban on open carry?

D.C.: More Legal Guns, Far Fewer Murders, Despite Post-Heller Fearmongering

Swiss Guns
Stephen Halbrook, The Swiss Confederation in the Eyes of America's Founders

A SoCon Defends Chivalry

Let's Give Chivalry Another Chance by Emily Esfahani Smith

Ah, but what definition of chivalry?

There is nothing novel to her argument.

The author leads with the sinking of the Titanic, contrasting the behavior of the passengers on that ship with what happened during the more recent sinking of the Italian ocean liner. I had intended to write something on this question, and the question of men's duties or obligations to women they did not know. I may still finish that piece, but for now I will write that the order of charity cannot be reduced to some Romantic notion of men dying for strangers simply because they are women.

At the time, Hanna Rosin noted that what these men did was "deeper" than chivalry. It was heroic. I agree. But heroism and chivalry share a basic feature in common—the recognition, a transcendent one, that there is something greater than the self worth protecting, and that there is something greater than the self worth sacrificing your own needs, desires, and even life for. If we can all agree that the kind of culture we should aspire to live in is one in which men and women protect and honor each other in the ways that they can—and not one in which men are pushing past women and children to save their own lives—then that is progress that women everywhere should support.
Writers in the androsphere will talk about the breaking of the "social contract" between men and women, and protest that men should not be held to older standards of behavior when women are not held to that same set of standards. I think that is a useful analytic tool in talking about expectations men and women have for one another, and the laws and customs that they advocate and follow. Nowhere in this article does the author repudiate feminism (in whatever form). She does think that men and women should be civil and respectful towards one another.
Chivalry is about respect. It is about not harming or hurting others, especially those who are more vulnerable than you. It is about putting other people first and serving others often in a heroic or courageous manner. It is about being polite and courteous. In other words, chivalry in the age of post-feminism is another name we give to civility. When we give up on civility, understood in this way, we can never have relationships that are as meaningful as they could be.

If women today—feminists and non-feminists alike—encouraged both men and women to adopt the principles of civil and chivalrous conduct, then the standards of behavior for the two sexes would be the same, fostering the equality that feminists desire. Moreover, the relations between the sexes would be once again based on mutual respect, as the traditionalists want. Men and women may end up being civil and well-mannered in different ways, but at least they would be civil and well-mannered, an improvement on the current situation.

But what about their duties within marriage and society at large? "Civility" is not enough, when we are talking about laws that treat men unfairly/unjustly.

Edit. The author is supposedly a liberal Muslim feminist, but she is associated with the Hoover Institute, The New Criterion, The American Spectator, and Ricochet, which are all "conservative" in some fashion.

Advocacy of Torture?

I will probably watch the movie, though I am wary of it being a tool for cheering the National Government's GWOT and all that it entails. I have read that Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal have depicted torture as a matter of fact, without passing judgment, showing that it was necessary to get the information that lead to the discovery of Osama Bin Laden. But in doing so, does the movie justify the use of torture, by claiming that in this instance it was effective in attaining its purpose?

Will the New Osama bin Laden Film "Zero Dark Thirty" Rehabilitate Torture? by Adam Serwer

Gary Taubes Lecture at AHS12

The video has been made available for viewing.

Gary Taubes, M.S. - Calories vs. Carbohydrates: Clearing up the Confusion over Competing Obesity Paradigms

Gary Taubes, M.S. - Calories vs. Carbohydrates: Clearing up the Confusion over Competing Obesity Paradigms from Ancestral Health Society on Vimeo.

More on the 300th Anniversary of the Russian Mission in China

Pravmir: Second Day of Hong Kong Celebration of 300 Years of Russian Mission in China

See this previous post.
Deo Gratias! A package I had sent to a foreign country (via USPS International Priority) finally arrived at the destination, 5 weeks later. Supposedly the postal service in that country is slow. Thanks are due also to St. Gabriel?

Nassim Taleb Videos

From 2009:

Monday, December 10, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises - An Alt Right Movie?

A follow-up to my review of The Dark Knight Rises - an explanation of the movie from an alt right/WN perspective: The Dark Right Rises: Christopher Nolan as Fascist Filmmaker? by Gregory Hood and Luke Gordon. What is a better term than "traditionalism" which the alt right uses to name their belief system? Where I part with the authors is how we assess the League of Shadows. While they seem to sympathize with the group, calling it a "Traditionalist Order," I think they are perverted by their excessive desire for justice, and ascribe to their behavior the sin of pride. Do they see themselves as taking the place of God in bringing about justice? It is hard to answer that question since God is not a part of the story.

Who's Fussing About Psy?

The PSY scandal: singing about killing people v. constantly doing it
Americans would benefit from less outrage at anti-US sentiment and more energy toward understanding why it's so widespread

I have not read any complaints about Psy's supposed anti-American lyrics on Facebook. Who has been critical? People in mass media? He's performed on Sabado Gigante and is scheduled to sing for President Obama.

Do non-Koreans have any greater respect for Korean culture after embracing "Gangnam Style"? It seems like appreciation of the song will be a passing fad. Anyway, I think that those who enjoy the song probably do not care; it's not as if they originally started listening to the song because they thought he was 100% pro-America. Are some protesting his being invited to sing for Obama? If we had an anti-imperialism president who would apologize for past American policies, maybe things would be balanced out. But Obama can't make such an apology since he is still promoting the American Empire.

Ethnic Churches

Ancient Faith Radio: Ethnocentrism in the Orthodox Church
Fr. Theodore Paraskevopoulos, Ancient Faith Radio podcaster and the parish priest of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Winnipeg, Canada, and Matthew Namee, a Founding Director of The Society for Orthodox Christian History in the Americas, speak about this vexing and all-too-pervasive reality—and obstacle to evangelism—in the Orthodox Church.


(via Byzantine, TX)

I haven't listened to the episode yet, but I suspect that if the parish were "American" and ethnocentric in that way, this ethnocentricism would not be a problem. Rather it is the question of how people who are not of the same ethnicity, nor share the same language, are to be welcomed in a parish that is of a particular ethnic background. Do the Orthodox need to develop an Anglo-American rite? And what tradition of sacred music or chant should be preferred? Would it be possible to create one based on some Western tradition? And isn't this problem related to there being multiple Orthodox jurisdictions in the United States, rather than a single one, as each of those jurisdictions has a particular ethnic identity?

Or is this just a problem centered on language - the use of a language other than English? I think even the Antiochian Orthodox Church, which has attracted a lot of converts, retains some of its liturgical heritage, but because of the number of converts, the liturgies are generally in English?

Downloading the podcast now...

Dr. Fleming on Social Sciences

Back to the Stone Age II E: Beyond the Market

From Mark T. Mitchell: The Founders on Taxation, Redistribution, and Property
Richard Aleman, Plutonomy

Kathy Kallick Band - Time, Time, Time

Matt Bondurant Interviews

Author of the novel upon which the movie Lawless was based.

For the movie:

(more from this interviewer at TomHardysPinky)

Sunday, December 09, 2012

The "Feminization" of Discourse

Steve Sailer, Two modes of intellectual discourse: Taking everything personally v. debate as sport

As I've mentioned before, the superiority of debate in the British House of Commons to what we're used to in American politics can be startling to an American observer. This is a social construct of the highest order. The British have crafted a society over many hundreds of years that emphasizes sport as a nonlethal, even potentially friendly form of male combat, and parliamentary debate as the highest form of sport.

Similar attitudes were reflected in the written spheres. A century ago, G.K. Chesterton and George Bernard Shaw, say, could go at it hammer and tongs like the intellectual sportsmen they were.

It's not surprising that Americans have never quite attained this level of intellectual sportsmanship. Nor is it surprising that the British masculine model is fading, both here and in Britain.

Some Vox commentary: Embrace the cruelty and Intellectual Game

An Example of Orthodox Inculturation

Second day Hong Kong celebration of 300 years of Russian Mission in China (via Byzantine, TX)

Only the screen design and the signs/scrolls can be said to be Chinese - the icons and everything else are not. The altar cross appears to be 20th ce Russian? Here is a photo of the altar. The icons do have Chinese writing on them, though.

An interview with Arnaud Delrieux of Génération Identitaire

Not non-Christian (i.e. neo-pagan) white nationalism (like so-called "Third Way" or "New Right" movements) - does that make it less problematic?

Alt Right: Europa Nostra! by Dimitrios Papageorgiou

From the interview:
The 20th century was the century of ideologies – Liberalism, Socialism, Communism, Nationalism, all of which failed. The 21st century is the century of identities. Indeed it is the very substance of the European people that is threatened by the steamroller of globalization, invasion-migration and multiculturalism. Sovereignists have missed the boat by a longshot: it’s no longer the power or sovereignty of nation-states that’s in jeopardy; it’s the very identity of our friends, our families and our kinfolk. On the ethnic scale, because of the effects of migrant submersion on demographics, and on the cultural scale, because of the uniformization of different ways of life. In addition to this, European nation-states, prime inheritors of the Jacobinist ideas of the French Revolution, were the first agents in the destruction of popular traditions, deep rooted cultures and spiritual mass movements which fortified and irrigated European societies. No ideological recipe forcibly applied by these nearly extinct fossils can protect us anymore. The people have to take their fate into their own hands: time to wake up!

If there is a possibility that the same strategy is being pursued by Western leftists to undermine tradition, should Catholics not be careful in adopting a "pro-immigration" stance in the name of "charity," a word they use to clothe themselves in righteousness?

I don't expect it to get the official support of the Church in France - and it may be too "republican" and "localist" for French traditionalists. But it would be a strategic error for the Church to oppose such movements as such (rather than possible errors, like racism or racial hatred).

I'm not sure if the original video is still available at YouTube, but you can find a copy here.

Génération Identitaire


Génération Identitaire's 'War' Takes Shape

Mobilize, Re-Localize

Dr. Michael Hill, Secession: Breaking a Psychological Barrier

What's next, you might ask? It depends. Most of these signatories likely are not really revolutionaries or even serious secessionists. But they are frustrated and rightly concerned about the future. They know, instinctively and viscerally, that the America they once knew or the one they hoped to see is no longer there. It has been hi-jacked by those who care nothing for its past or its foundations. They see a bleak future for themselves and their progeny.

What else can be done at this point, but to gather strength and solidify personal networks.