Quote note (#361)

Greg Johnson reviews George Hawley’s Making Sense of the Alt-Right. Among the notable observations:

Hawley correctly dismissed the claim that has been widely repeated by lazy journalists that the neo-reaction (NRx) movement [sic] is a major influence on the Alt Right.

This will be consensus understanding eventually.

September 19, 2017admin 15 Comments »
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Moron bites (#29)

This guy clearly spends a lot of time listening to the Alt-Right.

August 15, 2017admin 129 Comments »
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Jacobite 5

The latest.

August 12, 2017admin 148 Comments »
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Moron bites (#28)

This is the most pitiful, morally-deformed cretin I’ve encountered online recently:

Restore a civilization, and receive posthumous Baizuo ankle-biting. It helps to explain why the West is going under.

July 29, 2017admin 26 Comments »
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Twitter cuts (#140)

Anyone want to take a crack at answering this? (It gets more interesting — and perplexing — the more I think about it.)

July 23, 2017admin 68 Comments »
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Fumigation

Multi-channel clamor recently, consisting of people telling me the XS comment ecology has turned into a sewer. This claim is beyond all serious question true. Laissez-faire has failed here. Some kind of ruthless torching-out process is likely in the near future.

If anyone has practical suggestions for restoring some basic level of comment quality, please pass it on. In the absence of anything neater, I’ll probably just start brutally culling comments that seem to lower the tone — from what it was a year or two back (it’s scarcely possible to lower the tone of what it’s become).

Any response that doesn’t begin from realistic acceptance of how badly things have gone to shit will be laughed at, then ignored. Please be my guest and try it though, just for the entertainment value.

No plans to make the purge retrospective. The current dismal state of commentary will be preserved as a monument to the workings of entropy, and a lesson to anyone extravagantly confident about the working of spontaneous order in micro-scale cultural institutions.

Yes, there’s been plenty of entropy on the posting side too. (That strikes me as an at least partially-separable issue.)

Currently, I’ve merely ceased to salvage anything from the spam queue unless it adds quality. Don’t bother complaining about missing comments. That’s scarcely started.

July 22, 2017admin 285 Comments »
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Twitter cuts (#139)

This again:

July 22, 2017admin 6 Comments »
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Counter Fund

XS has a few quibbles with this project, while nevertheless thinking it’s probably the most intelligent thing taking place on the right at the moment. (Some highly interesting chat here, or directly here.)

The reliance on personal discretion for ideological vetting is a sign of immaturity (as Pax seems to accept, since it’s intended to be temporary). Less protocol governance-oriented types will probably find this less of a needling issue than this blog does. In any case, the scheme is inclined towards trustlessness, which is the primary functional criterion for all 21st Century social technology.

A more intriguing quibble is that the “co-op grocery store” model runs directly contrary to basic NeoCam principles, since it deliberately offers a role in governance to customers. This could be the basis for an important conversation down the road.

Main positive, as always with Pax Dickinson initiatives, is that it aims (competently) to latch onto the grain of the Internet, and that of auto-catalytic social machinery more generally. Whenever the “What is to be Done?” question arises, this is the type of thing that needs pointing to. Pieces of the future manifestly drift back into it.

Here are the first three installments of the Counter.Fund Gentle Introduction (1, 2, 3). The first is written by Pax Dickinson, the next two co-written with Anthony Demarco.

July 16, 2017admin 79 Comments »
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Jacobite 4

On Trump in Warsaw.

(Pitched more to retail politics than usual.)

July 12, 2017admin 45 Comments »
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Horseshoe Quiz

Nazism is the only political form that corresponds to the soul of the European people.

— Without peeking, see if you can guess which ‘end of the political spectrum’ this comes from.

ADDED: Relevant —

July 9, 2017admin 170 Comments »
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