Horrified

There’s a post on H. P. Lovecraft’s extreme racism on the way, and given the abundance of stimulating material on the topic, a small taster is irresistible. This highly representative essay by Nicole Cushing serves as an occasion. She writes:

Broaching this subject is also difficult because it has to be handled with some nuance (which is difficult to achieve in a discussion of a topic as justifiably emotionally-charged as American racism). It would be too easy to point to Lovecraft’s racism (and some of his other failings as an author), and dismiss him as an undistinguished crackpot who deserved nothing better than publication in the pulps. I’m not going to do that here. My stance is that Lovecraft made an important contribution to horror and science fiction by focusing (in a persistent and compellingly imaginative way) on the terror induced by the revelation of human non-significance in the cosmos. […] Lovecraft has had a meaningful influence over horror fiction (in particular) for many years, an influence that transcends his racism. … All of this is just a long-winded way of explaining that Lovecraft’s racism doesn’t negate his accomplishments.

But his accomplishments don’t negate his racism. (Enter, cognitive dissonance).

Among the most fascinating aspects of this commentary is its blatant misdirection, since — of course — the phenomenon indicated has nothing whatsoever to do with cognitive dissonance. There is an encounter here with an abnormal species of literary genius, associated with profound metaphysical truth, which at the same time — and for inextricably tangled reasons — triggers a reaction of moral panic, tilting over into deep somatic revulsion. In other words, and perhaps even quite simply, what is being related by Nicole Cushing is — horror.

ADDED: This morbidly amused me:

“There was this window of opportunity,” [Necronomicon hoaxer Peter Levenda] continues looking back on the occult resurgence of the 1970s, when “we wanted to show that this is not scary stuff. It could be powerful, it could be mind-altering, it could change your life. But it was not dangerous, it was not going to kill you. And that’s what we were trying to promote.”

I recently paid a visit to the former location of The Magickal Childe. Herman Slater died of AIDS in 1992 …

ADDED: Nicole Cushing (in her own comments thread): “In posts where “the n-word” would appear, I’ve edited it to be ‘N—-r’ or some similar arrangement. That way, readers should be able to get the gist of what the commenter is referring to without having to gaze at the word, itself.” — Why not just leave it as “Neoreaction”? — it can’t be that terrifying.

January 9, 2014admin 48 Comments »
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  • Aurini Says:

    My buddy “Stanley Tweedle” set up an amazing call of Cthulu game last year (just ask Cappy Cap), where he fully channeled and expanded upon the “racism” in Lovecraft’s original writing.

    A company of blue-skinned Africans, with sharpened teeth on the vacation cruise – led by a white man who’d lost his mind, when he’d visited Africa and accidentally learned that the tribal god was one of the elder-beings. Mr Bateman – an HR cheerleader/creepy gym coach leading a company of men addicted to Kaf, who took as much pleasure in a rape orgy as they did in torture.

    The exact same thing you see coming out of the Congo if you have a stomach to watch.

    Yes, Sheila, the Dark Gods of Africa are quite terrifying; not all cultures and peoples are identical.

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  • Thales Says:

    The authoress is projecting her own cognitive dissonance: “I like HPL, but…but raciss!”

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    admin Reply:

    You’re telling me that ‘cognitive dissonance’ is liberalese for ’emotional confusion’?

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    Thales Reply:

    Since emoting in the liberal equivalent of thinking…

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  • Nick B. Steves Says:

    I have long said with much repetition, “If you get your politics from your music, you’ve got a lot bigger problem than just getting your politics from your music.” I suppose progressive-boned Lovecraft-lovers (or respecters) have the opposite problem: How can I love or respect something whose fundamental design and strength owes its very existence to “problematic” opinions?

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    peppermint Reply:

    does it?

    In the tl;dr book At the Mountains of Madness, Lovecraft makes most explicit the Enlightenment idea about the unity of reason.

    And now, when Danforth and I saw the freshly glistening and reflectively iridescent black slime which clung thickly to those headless bodies and stank obscenely with that new, unknown odor whose cause only a diseased fancy could envisage – clung to those bodies and sparkled less voluminously on a smooth part of the accursedly resculptured wall in a series of grouped dots – we understood the quality of cosmic fear to its uttermost depths. It was not fear of those four missing others – for all too well did we suspect they would do no harm again. Poor devils! After all, they were not evil things of their kind. They were the men of another age and another order of being. Nature had played a hellish jest on them – as it will on any others that human madness, callousness, or cruelty may hereafter dig up in that hideously dead or sleeping polar waste – and this was their tragic homecoming. They had not been even savages-for what indeed had they done? That awful awakening in the cold of an unknown epoch – perhaps an attack by the furry, frantically barking quadrupeds, and a dazed defense against them and the equally frantic white simians with the queer wrappings and paraphernalia … poor Lake, poor Gedney… and poor Old Ones! Scientists to the last – what had they done that we would not have done in their place? God, what intelligence and persistence! What a facing of the incredible, just as those carven kinsmen and forbears had faced things only a little less incredible! Radiates, vegetables, monstrosities, star spawn – whatever they had been, they were men!

    The Enlightenment believes that reason is the most salient feature of human behavior, and believes in modeling people as spheres of pure reason. Lovecraft seems to believe that civilized men are civilized men; the modern reader just rejects the notion of savages.

    The questions Lovecraft asks are, what if there is not god, or the gods are indifferent to us? These are questions that the modern progressive is interested in asking, even though without gods to create the souls of pure reason, we might have to ask uncomfortable questions about reason as an evolved trait that may not be fully available to some.

    Lovecraft says some racist things about unevolved tribes. Fortunately for his progressive readers, Lovecraft does not suggest that civilization began to exist when and where people evolved the capacity for it, or that the capability for civilization co-evolved with civilization.

    tl;dr the horror that, far from being judged by Jesus and perhaps sent to Hell if deserving, the fate of humanity is to be eaten by Cthulhu who regards us as we regard ants, is not in any way problematic. Lovecraft says a few racist things here or there, but that’s because we know as much about science as we do now. Which doesn’t excuse him, but makes his sin less severe.

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    Nick B. Steves Reply:

    Seems like Lovecraft held opinions on race that were similar to those held by any other educated person of his age, which in view of scientific developments, seem to have conformed pretty closely to reality. To me this shows more virtue than any sign of vice. But of course people may be more or less right even for all the wrong reasons…

    But all things equal, I would think this habit of dealing with harsh reality honestly, would make for a better fiction writer. Even if you code things up intentionally in ways that don’t match reality, you’ll still tend to be more skillful than one deluded by Pretty Lies about Nature. It doesn’t seem too much a stretch to think dogged realism played a role in making Lovecraft a good writer, nor in thinking that it made fiction from that era simply better than it is today (if it is). But for the fan today, this may be problematic, because they wish to deny the very realism that may have made the object of their affection of respect so great.

    This strikes me in much the same way that Dawkins white-washes Huxley’s overt racism. Yeah, well if Huxley had believed obviously false, anti-predictive things about human nature, do you think Dawkins would ever have heard of him?

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    admin Reply:

    When you start digging into this subject, it quickly becomes quite involved. For instance, Lovecraft never had much money, and for a crucially formative period lived in a wretched (we’d now say ‘vibrant’) part of New York city, accruing the social experiences there one might easily expect. The jagged-edge of his racist remarks seems to have been chipped there. For instance, in one letter (cited by Bruce Lord), he describes the denizens of his New York ‘neighborhood’: “monstrous and nubulous adumbrations of the pithecanthropoids and moebal; vaguely molded from some stinking viscous slime of earth’s corruption, and slithering and oozing in and on the filthy streets or in and out of windows and doorways in a fashion suggestive of nothing but infesting worms or deep-sea unnamabilites.”

    peppermint Reply:

    I’m just saying that the focus on geneology can be read out of Lovecraft. But we already knew this, because progressives love him.

    The problem with everyone right of center over the past few hundred years is that they do not fully repudiate the Enlightenment, and all its works, and all its empy promises.

    Tolkien was resolutely traditionalist; his books are celebrated by progressives. It’s hard to find what’s particularly Catholic or Christian about The Lord of the Rings, perhaps because the West remains infused with those values. With Lovecraft, it’s the opposite – people don’t perceive the racism in his geneology because they have forgotten what geneology means.

    peppermint Reply:

    Here’s a great excerpt from The Horror at Red Hook

    Policemen despair of order or reform, and seek rather to erect barriers protecting the outside world from the contagion. The clang of the patrol is answered by a kind of spectral silence, and such prisoners as are taken are never communicative. Visible offences are as varied as the local dialects, and run the gamut from the smuggling of rum and prohibited aliens through diverse stages of lawlessness and obscure vice to murder and mutilation in their most abhorrent guises. That these visible affairs are not more frequent is not to the neighbourhood’s credit, unless the power of concealment be an art demanding credit…

    He was conscious, as one who united imagination with scientific knowledge, that modern people under lawless conditions tend uncannily to repeat the darkest instinctive patterns of primitive half-ape savagery in their daily life and ritual observances; and he had often viewed with an anthropologist’s shudder the chanting, cursing processions of blear-eyed and pockmarked young men which wound their way along in the dark small hours of morning. One saw groups of these youths incessantly; sometimes in leering vigils on street corners, sometimes in doorways playing eerily on cheap instruments of music, sometimes in stupefied dozes or indecent dialogues around cafeteria tables near Borough Hall, and sometimes in whispering converse around dingy taxicabs drawn up at the high stoops of crumbling and closely shuttered old houses. They chilled and fascinated him more than he dared confess to his associates on the force, for he seemed to see in them some monstrous thread of secret continuity; some fiendish, cryptical, and ancient pattern utterly beyond and below the sordid mass of facts and habits and haunts listed with such conscientious technical care by the police. They must be, he felt inwardly, the heirs of some shocking and primordial tradition; the sharers of debased and broken scraps from cults and ceremonies older than mankind…

    In this work it developed that Suydam’s new associates were among the blackest and most vicious criminals of Red Hook’s devious lanes, and that at least a third of them were known and repeated offenders in the matter of thievery, disorder, and the importation of illegal immigrants. Indeed, it would not have been too much to say that the old scholar’s particular circle coincided almost perfectly with the worst of the organised cliques which smuggled ashore certain nameless and unclassified Asian dregs wisely turned back by Ellis Island. In the teeming rookeries of Parker Place—since renamed—where Suydam had his basement flat, there had grown up a very unusual colony of unclassified slant-eyed folk who used the Arabic alphabet but were eloquently repudiated by the great mass of Syrians in and around Atlantic Avenue. They could all have been deported for lack of credentials, but legalism is slow-moving, and one does not disturb Red Hook unless publicity forces one to.

    I think this passage would not have been as striking if I had read when it was written ninety years ago. I might have considered it to be overreachingly hysterical and suggested new public housing to be built.

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  • Muad'Dib Says:

    HPL needs recovery from the likes of uber-proggie S.T. Joshi – there is more insight in a page of Houellebecq than in any volume of that bore.

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  • peppermint Says:

    the best part of Clark’s essay is where he agrees with one of his commenters to use “White” to refer to Whites instead of “Caucasian”. You’d think they would prefer to imply that Whites are just the same as Arabs and Indians, in order to misdirect the masses and leave them thinking that racial theory is incoherent; instead, since Arabs and Indians demand the label PoC, they thus have reason to promote accurate views of race, and White progressives must check their privilege and allow it.

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  • etype Says:

    In horror fiction a requisite is suspension of belief. This provokes the prog to double down.

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  • VXXC Says:

    What is modern American Horror Admin? Is it Crime, Politics, Religion…the sense that there is something awesome and terrible beyond the Veil? Who journeys into the darkness of the Soul in America admin….what do we call him?

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  • VXXC Says:

    What is modern American Horror Admin? Is it Crime, Politics, Religion…the sense that there is something awesome and terrible beyond the Veil? Who journeys into the darkness of the Soul in America admin….what do we call him?

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  • VXXC Says:

    @VXXC

    hmm.

    trying to embed this…kindly edit admin…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIn_5UagEbc

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    admin Reply:

    If it’s OK, I won’t mess around with this — opening ‘Edit Comment’ on the back end often wrecks embedded links. You haven’t made enough of a fiasco here to justify the risk.

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    Mark Warburton Reply:

    Can’t wait for this. It looks fantastic!

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    VXXC Reply:

    Do you mean True Detective or the rest of Christies Play? Both actually will be highly carthitic.

    I can’t wait for both either 😀

    Yesterday’s Revival Tent Shriving also had Julius Caesar’s funeral oration as well, with the prospective man playing his own Marc Antony.

    The media idiots don’t realize that a traffic jam on the GWB is you know a local story and the rest of the nation doesn’t care about local traffic jams . They had it in for him before.

    He has done what Palin did not, use accusation as a tool for Salvation .

    Only Jesus knew what the wronged and daggered from Et Tu Ms. Kelly Caesar did not..

    [Christie is term limited as governor BTW. He can’t run again now. Yesterday was not about NJ. Where even young libs like him. He’s our guy].

    Had the man planned this it could not have gone better.

    “Hear me Brothers and Sisters. I [pronounced Ah] have not slept for 2 days of soul searching and rooting out this foul conspiracy… [kahn-spear-ah-see]. That people so close to me would betray [bee-trayuh] me…I have stripped them off all offices and honors. I only knew 2 days ago….” and so on and so forth…

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    Mark Warburton Reply:

    True Detective. Two stellar leads – and as much as I love Justified, This looks like it is going to be a whole other level of deep, dark, dirty south. When I finally visit the US, I want to visit New Orleans. Gabriel Knight sparked my curiosity…

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  • VXXC Says:

    @VXXCdear me admin add comment once to embed..

    I don’t know whether that was God or the CCP servers…making me stumble..

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  • VXXC Says:

    # Christie…

    I was wrong, I thought he was being done in. Instead we have a Revival Tent Shriving plus Julius Caesar’s funeral oration, but he’s not dead. Hidden Reserves. That wasn’t for local consumption he’s term limited. That was for the next gig and he comes out of this enhanced. Media clueless they just helped him. Was on every channel.

    [let’s try again]

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  • Noir Says:

    Yea, what’s sad is that most of these types of critics are so blind to their own ingrained control mechanisms, being controlled by the filters of their own ideological blinkers, caught in the webs of a patterned mixture of stupidity and tropes that disallow them the freedom to think for themselves but force them to spout the ideological base line that they’ve lost whatever intellect that may have once had to begin with. They are the new androids of the marketplace controlled by the ideological think-tanks of the democratic wired world. Sad but true, these are bit players in a shadow world.

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    admin Reply:

    You’re being even harsher than I was trying to be.

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    Noir Reply:

    Haha… yea, I get exasperated with these would be creatures of the democratic liberal machine who want to bludgeon you with their ideological hammer as if it were the whole truth, nothing but the truth, so help me Obama… maybe it’s the old school syndicalist in me that harbors such hatred of this luke warm socialism masking itself as democracy for the many. For me at least as you know being a Communist is not to be some party lackey, but to continue the process of building human relations at a fundamental level. With the death of Lenin most of the twentieth-century was an aberration of communism as an idea. But that is beyond this particular post. Between the revisionists and the hard liners somewhere along the way the actual truth of communism if there ever was one was mangled into human trepidation. We all know the partial history of that since 1989. The working out of contradictions is central to it all. As you can see even in some of the efforts happening in China today. The party line is probably castigated by most of its members, and the truth of communism itself was sunk into mythologies rather than any actual dialectical materialist databank of useful information for pragmatic practice.

    I’ll not argue with you there. We know as well that most of the left probably have no real clue why the ‘neoreaction’ even exist nor what it is a reaction too. Obviously it is more symptom than program since if has of yet as you’ve shown here at Outside In only a scattered semblance of organized programmatic statements and intellectual goals for itself. You’ve mentioned that this is probably a watershed year for your group since so many seem to be either bellying up and distancing themselves or becoming more focused and beginning the hard, tough process of actually thinking through just what it is that the neoreaction wants to do and say.

    As still a member of that old style skeptic naturalism and what might be termed Enlightenment (2.0) I wander through all the extremes with my eyes open to understand what this creature we are is on about in our political spectrums. The extremes always seem to touch base at certain junctures and for those willing to actually listen to the noise they might discover something else: the truth of what is coming at us.

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  • DEPhysicist Says:

    Funny thing, if you asked that horrible, monstrous, no-good racist HP Lovecraft about what various ethnicities would achieve by 2013, his responses would likely have been quite a bit more accurate than those of any progressive up through at least the 1970s.

    I agree that he deserves a much better treatment than he’s been given by S.T. Joshi. Joshi is at least sympathetic and sees some of the value in Lovecraft’s work, but his dyed-in-the wool progressivism utterly blinds him to honest analysis of the immediate wellsprings of Lovecraftian horror; Joshi is ideologically unable to accept the idea that the true, terrifying “other” can exist right here on Earth. We’re all one big happy, indistinguishable blob of shared humanity, after all, or will be once everyone is educated and fed to a 1st world standard.

    But as blinkered as Joshi is, his outlook is better than the sneering contempt Lovecraft’s work has elicited from most of the literati over the decades.

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  • Neener Says:

    I mentioned Levenda’s associates on a post of yours here (ctrl+f kenneth grant): http://www.xenosystems.net/antechamber-to-horror-ii/

    This link: http://irishgothichorrorjournal.homestead.com/LovecraftOccultism.html

    in that comment covers Lovecraft’s influence on real occult groups.

    Now that you’ve mentioned Levenda, he’ll probably turn up here. Dude regularly turns up on posts that he gets a mention in. I also mentioned Levenda in the comments here (his books are high octane paranoia fuel): http://www.xenosystems.net/questions/

    Also, Nick, off topic question: Is your blog a work of accelerationist hyperstitional memetic warfare? I.e. are your posts here meant to bring about hyper-superstitions in the minds of the far right in order to bring about the rapture of the marxists? That’s what hyperstitionality is right? To implant apocalyptic memes into the minds of certain subcultures? At least, that is what I can make out from your past continental philosophy works. For others see: http://merliquify.com/blog/articles/hyperstition/

    The Charles Stross post has me thinking, and there is little feedback (that I can see) from other neoreactionary writers in the blogosphere about your intentions, especially considering your accelerationist/entryist past. Now, in a comment on your post “Re-accelerationism” you take on an anonymous commenter who accused you and others here of the same (even editing his post, which is something I hadn’t seen you do before). You said that your leftist past was twenty years ago. Now I’m not a leftist, neither am I right wing, but I can’t help wonder what is happening behind the scenes. Especially considering, you still use the CCRU email, and that back in 2005 you were still writing on Hyperstitions on the CCRU blog, and the impact you had on accelerationist philosophy. See: http://www.3ammagazine.com/3am/debate-is-idiot-distraction-accelerationism-and-the-politics-of-the-internet/

    and: http://criticallegalthinking.com/2013/05/14/accelerate-manifesto-for-an-accelerationist-politics/

    For others who have no idea what the fuck I’m talking about, see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accelerationism

    And Stross’s blog post that kicked this off: http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2013/11/trotskyite-singularitarians-fo.html

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    RiverC Reply:

    @Neener

    So we thinking more of the Marx or Nietzsche variant of accelerationism? If you’re familiar with the exit side of neoreaction, it is explicitly accelerationist.

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    Neener Reply:

    ” it is explicitly accelerationist.”

    My problem isn’t with millenarian neoreactionaries who want to see it all burn down in order to bring forth a golden age. My problem is with hard core leftists masquerading as, and egging on, the former. Especially when those leftists had even laid out exactly how to do so in their writings (Land even did an interview as recent as 2009 on hyperstition, yet he wants everyone here to believe that this is all way in the past, or in his words, back in the 80s).

    The problem with this is that no one will obviously take it seriously, because it appears to me that most neoreactionaries think themselves a cut above the average person. That they have been fooled by a member of a rival group would be to omit that they were wrong.

    Of course, I could be wrong about this, but I don’t think so. Go read Land’s philosophical works. The stuff on hyperstition and accelerationism is clearly laid out. The material on hyperstition is particular pertinent, because that is the payload for his project (why else have posts with Satanic imagery on your front page?). Or you could read about other people talking about him. Brassier, K-Punk, and others saw Land as the most hardcore of their group (google the following string for instance: “Nick Land used to take a notebook to nightclubs”).

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    Neener Reply:

    Actually, you know what Nick, please delete my posts in this thread. If I am right, and you are still an accelerationist, this is a great trick you are pulling. Please delete this post, and all my posts in this thread. I wish to continue to lurk and enjoy the party.

    RiverC Reply:

    I don’t use Google, but that last string didn’t turn up any Nick Land specific information. Since I don’t really care *that* much about this, I have two questions for you which you can either answer or just disregard, your choice:

    1. What would our dear author need to do to prove himself a ‘true neoreactionary’ (however that may be defined?)

    2. What is to prevent me from accusing you of entryism, or our author of reverse entryism; of being the rightist intellectual who was ‘more hardcore’ than the leftists? Did Jonathan Bowden really go to parties with leading Marxists?

    Accusations of entryism are intriguing. If you must know, the movement will fragment, inasmuch as it is a movement. What is your beef with hyperstition and accelerationism, can you be more specific (and less perjorative?)

    Lesser Bull Reply:

    You may be right, I don’t know, but whether Land has interesting ideas because he has really taken the red pill or whether he has interesting ideas because he is very good at pretending to be someone who believes in evil, rightwing nonsense like the reality of gender doesn’t matter very much.

    admin Reply:

    @ Neener — I’m going to be writing some Accelerationism-related posts over the next couple of months, but I can’t clearly anticipate where they will go. There’s a Peruvian accelerationist circle that I count among my most engaging visitors.

    I also think the Entryism topic is worth more serious attention — Jim has already done a couple of interesting posts on it. (The fact that the Exit / Entry dyad isn’t really a dyad is one initial stimulus to cogitation.)

    If there’s an insurgent strategy taking place, I’d advise against trying to anchor it in my personal subjectivity (if you want it to make sense).

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    admin Reply:

    “… even editing his post, which is something I hadn’t seen you do before” — That was due to obnoxious trolling (not substance). I should probably just have chucked it straight into the trash bin, except it was unintentionally amusing.

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  • Bill Says:

    General rule of thumb for dealing with smart but not fully formed thinkers is: look for where they laugh or admit confusion. That’s the interesting portion of their thinking which they instinct my feel is dangerous.

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    Bill Reply:

    The last last line should read: instinctually feel is dangerous. Autocorrect “helped” me.

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    admin Reply:

    I was heading into the back-end to sort this out, but then thought the recorded glitch is adding something — it’s like a foretaste of the technosphere deciding what ‘you really want to write’. Then comes the second stage — So what is the artificial message pushing its way through …? (After all, we were talking about horror stories …)

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  • Alex Says:

    This earlier post quotes an “agonized” Guardian piece which draws attention to Lovecraft’s racism and asks: “So why do we continue to fete Lovecraft instead of burying him quietly away?”

    Why indeed? Some Cathedral attempts to bury or redact improper cultural artefacts seem so implausibly inept that one wonders who is being played. Perhaps most illustrative is the kerfuffle over Tintin in the Congo a few years ago — a book long unavailable in the UK was published for the first time in a great splurge of controversy. Why not leave such radioactively racist material safely buried in obscurity? A straightforward Cathedral attempt to tighten its cultural grip by retroactively poisoning the entire Tintin canon … or something else? Wik recounts:

    The media controversy increased interest in the book, and Borders reported that its sales of Tintin in the Congo had been boosted 4,000%, while it also rose to eighth on the Amazon.com bestseller list. In November 2011, UK bookseller Waterstone’s removed the book from its children’s section lest it “fall into the wrong hands”. [Shades of the Neconomicon!] Publisher Egmont UK also responded to racism concerns by placing a protective band around the book with a warning about its content and writing an introduction describing its historical context.

    Perhaps the Cathedral is a grand entryist project, ostensibly in order to bring about the rapture of the right.

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    admin Reply:

    It seems like that to me quite regularly — though less often to Kevin.

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  • Hard Right Says:

    No one has quoted “On the Creation…” yet?

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    admin Reply:

    Follow my links, and you’ll find it repeated insistently. It’s a (formally) refined abrasive insult, rather than a particularly interesting piece of thinking. Hard to believe Lovecraft thought theological fables were to be taken very seriously.

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  • VXXC Says:

    Why look for Lovecraft when real life provides?

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    Puzzle Pirate (@PuzzlePirate) Reply:

    I read horror because it’s less scary than real life.

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  • Igitur Says:

    http://i.imgur.com/O1aWGZ9.png

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    VXXC Reply:

    An economics lesson?

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  • VXXC Says:

    Behold Great Cthullu!!

    I’ve been avoiding him as he is deranged, but 2014 is all about inclusively getting it.

    Krugman says Progressives are winning the War on Poverty.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/10/opinion/krugman-the-war-over-poverty.html?ref=opinion

    By winning he means 92 million Americans out of the work force and the expansion of the Dole to the Middle Class. [or “draw” as applachian ghetto whites call it].

    We warned them in 2008 they want us all on welfare. Apparently it’s a selling point.

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  • Karl F. Boetel Says:

    Sure, Lovecraft was a racist — but racism is good and true. Now, if he were an anti-racist (ugh)…

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