Nemesis

Neoreaction, at its core, is a critical analysis of the Cathedral. It should surprise nobody, therefore, to see it hurtled into public consciousness, as the sole cultural agency able to name the self-evident configuration of contemporary sovereignty.

As the Cathedral becomes a self-confident public performance, its only remotely-articulate analyst is drawn into prominence, in its wake. In this regard, we haven’t seen anything yet.

Even had the Obama administration consciously decided to select the Cathedral as a branding device, it could not have been epitomized any more perfectly. Sacralized progressivism, ivory tower ‘brahminism’, academic-media fusion as the exclusive source of recognizable authority, and the absolute identification of governance with public relations have reached a zenith that tilts into self-parody. Soft fascist self-transcending hyper-Calvinism has been lucidly distilled into blitz-promoted political iconography. Everyone with a television set now knows that the Cathedral is in power, and merely await the terminological confirmation of their perceptions. Enthusiasts and dissidents are seeing more-or-less the same thing, characterized in approximately the same words. The only serious matter of controversy is the quantity of spiritual devotion such a regime, faith, and symbolic order reasonably commands.

Politics-as-religious-experience has been seen in America before. Arguably, it is even typical. What has not been seen since William Jennings Bryan at the dawn of the progressive movement, and never at all before then, is democracy pitched to such rapturous extremities of soteriological expectation — and Bryan was stopped. By identifying himself deliberately with a promise of comprehensive socio-spiritual redemption, Obama has more fully exemplified hubris than any leader in the history of the United States. The appropriate frame of political explanation, therefore, is tragic.

Tragedy is the fundamental teaching of Classical Occidental Antiquity, nucleated upon the insight that hubris escalates to nemesis. It finds its most lucid philosophical articulation in the fragment of Anaximander:

Whence things originate,
Thence they return to destruction,
According to necessity;
For they reciprocate justice and pay recompense
For their injustice
In conformity with the ordinance of Time.

This conception strongly resonates with neoreactionary fatalism (anti-politics), and with the formation of ideas around wu wei (laissez faire) in the Chinese cultural context. Nemesis, the agency of cosmic justice (Δίκη) eventuates automatically, as a retarded consequence that is nevertheless inalienably bound to the hubris of political action. The fatal stroke is delivered — at the right time — from the intersection of power and fate, rather than by any kind of considered remedy or political dialectic. Tragic rectification completes itself.

If there is a ‘strategic’ lesson from tragedy, it is not opposition, but non-participation.  To become entangled in hubris is to invite nemesis. To the greatest extent possible, hubristic power should be left to its fate. The less interrupted its acceleration into concentrated nemesis, the more spectacularly cosmic justice is displayed, and the more effectively the audience is educated.

If you’re sitting comfortably, you can pass around the popcorn now, because the American tragedy is a real doozy. We already know that Obama is playing the part of the tragic hero with exceptional genius, as the very personification of immoderate political ambition and narcissistic blindness. Far more unexpectedly, his GOP opposition has somehow reached beyond its corrupt dementia to discover the fatal stance of non-participation, unanimously rejecting the President’s key-stone domestic initiative, and also distancing itself from his foreign policy agenda in overwhelming numbers. Unilateral Cathedralism reigns, uncompromised. This is the secret to the unprecedented delights of the current epoch.

Jonah Goldberg describes the spectacle well:

If you can’t take some joy, some modicum of relief and mirth, in the unprecedentedly spectacular beclowning of the president, his administration, its enablers, and, to no small degree, liberalism itself, then you need to ask yourself why you’re following politics in the first place. Because, frankly, this has been one of the most enjoyable political moments of my lifetime. I wake up in the morning and rush to find my just-delivered newspaper with a joyful expectation of worsening news so intense, I feel like Morgan Freeman should be narrating my trek to the front lawn. Indeed, not since Dan Rather handcuffed himself to a fraudulent typewriter, hurled it into the abyss, and saw his career plummet like Ted Kennedy was behind the wheel have I enjoyed a story more.

Alas, the English language is not well equipped to capture the sensation I’m describing, which is why we must all thank the Germans for giving us the term “schadenfreude” — the joy one feels at the misfortune or failure of others. The primary wellspring of schadenfreude can be attributed to Barack Obama’s hubris — another immigrant word, which means a sinful pride or arrogance that causes someone to believe he has a godlike immunity to the rules of life.

The catharsis is so harsh and pure that even the invertebrate Buckleyites at The National Review are beginning to get it, for a short, exquisite moment, at least. As Konkvistador warns (in this thread), a far less radically degraded group of people will nevertheless “forget all about these insights [as] the next election cycle warms up, indeed elections with their promise of power for conservatives and pseudo-conservatives [have] historically served as their mindwipe. Election cycles are when conservative obsolete Progressivism is updated to a slightly less obsolete version.” The sojourn of conservatism on the Outer Right, where tragic non-participation holds, cannot be expected to last. Yet even as a brief intermission from vile ambition, it allows nemesis the space to express itself in its full, planet-shuddering splendor.

Whatever the disagreements and divergences among the strands of neoreaction, there is one message that has to remain unwaveringly consistent: The Cathedral owns this (totally). Less than a quarter of the way into Obama’s second term, full-spectrum catastrophe is already written across the heavens in letters of incandescent sulfur. Obamacare is wrecked before it has even rolled out, Yellen has all-but promised to dedicate the Fed to full-throttle bubble-mania, metropolitan bankruptcy is burning through the nation’s cities like a zombie virus, crime is angling sharply upwards, American foreign policy lies in smoking ruins … there is simply no way this disintegrating jalopy holds together for another three years.

Let in burn — in the Cathedral’s hands.

ADDED: Advice from Michael Walsh to the GOP: “Don’t do something, just stand there. You didn’t vote for it, not once, not a single time, ever. […] Obama threw a spanner into his own Rube Goldberg machine yesterday and the best thing you can do is to sit down, shut up, get out of the way, and enjoy the show.”

ADDED: For Democrats, Obamacare Unfolding Like a Greek Tragedy

ADDED: “Hubris has a way of ruining grand designs. And like reality, it bites.”

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  • spandrell Says:

    I’m sorry but calling “hubris” an immigrant word should be punishable by scalping.

    Must have been those lovely Greek migrants in Ellis Island who told us that word! Instead of the millennia of classical education.

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    admin Reply:

    You can pick up all kinds of great ideas by hanging out at the kebab shop.

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    mailadreapta Reply:

    You can also pick up some awesome gyros, the greatest innovation in the bread-and-meat category since the sandwich.

    Let it never be said that I don’t appreciate immigrants.

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    Michael Reply:

    LOL I thought that too as I read that, and Schadenfreude this country is something like 80% german extraction. English itself for that matter a European meta launguage

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  • spandrell Says:

    I just find it hard to be happy of the Left’s failures, when the beneficiaries are the NRO crowd.

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    admin Reply:

    Good argument for destroying the GOP while letting the Left take hubris to its destination.

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    Michael Reply:

    IS THIS BECAUSE WE HATE TRAITORS MORE THAN ENEMIES? While I agree voting GOP at this point buys time for the enemy and that the GOP and Conservative ink is part appeasement part traitorous.The actual distinction between them and reaction is not even noticeable to the other side.
    Long before moldbug and HBD Chick we learned the futility of mans endeavors due to his inherent flaws from The Stoics,Augustine, Dostoyevsky to name a few of hundreds of brilliants. Race realism was a given until EO Wilson, Murray and Herrnstien, confirmed it.Economics has had Thales to Mises et al. Religion has been critiqued from all the reactionary angles supportive and not from the beginning of history.The only difference between Steyn, Goldberg vs Sailor and Derby shire is what exactly ? they haven’t been thrown overboard the NRO cruise ship yet? That Democracy is leftist is not a Moldbug original Tocqueville anyone ?or maybe a reading list from Raddish might refresh the memory. Do we imagine we are the first to note the Cathedral is impervious to logic, or that the Press Religion, Arts and Media unions civil service and NGOs etc etc support the left,
    So we have some quants some biologists a famous philosopher. News flash, the left doesnt need no stinkin facts. All that is different is we are at the point of no return. The technology, the demographics, and such have progressed? so as we are reaching or have crossed a point where resistance is futile. The Cathedral will not collapse in the sense of losing power, it will continue to use financial military and cultural hegemony and fear and hope. China is not going to save or conquer us she is emulating us just as the GOP is emulating the Dems. So while im glad some former liberals libertarians and hipster nihilists have woken up; the question is the same at a certain point snark becomes the sound a moldbug being crushed.What is to be done.
    Has anyone infiltrated hacktivist circles just one of dozens of places I can think to find unlikely even unknowing allies.

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  • VXXC Says:

    Some are sworn to fate Dear Admin.

    However yes, let them be seen.

    So what?

    People are sheep. It was very hard and long to accept. But one does.
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    and you’re missing something Sir. The Law is doing exactly what it’s designed to do, billed to do, was trumpeted to do, destroy private health insurance. As Individual Health Insurance* couldn’t get a deferment it was exposed on Oct 1. And instantly destroyed. The King appears to grant a waiver, actually he’s exacting concessions for it. Weekly standard and others laid them out. You’ll get the King’s Crony Health Insurance and like it.

    *The Individual Private Insurance Market = Tea Party Insurance.

    When the rest of the Private Insurance Market comes piecemeal into the maws of Obamacare it will be destroyed in detail, with the King exacting concessions along the way.

    The Cronies will get the contracts to fix this, and fix us all they will. This is Fannie and Freddie Health care, the stock swindles began BTW as soon as he was elected in 08.
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    The Good News is the Sheep are seeing through this. Expect no action. It’s not necessary or desireable anyway.

    The Key Metric of 2014 Elections is does White Voter Participation continue to decline, or hold the Decline? . If the White Voter participation continues on trajectory then that’s “Progress”, because it means 2012 wasn’t a fluke.

    It means they’re LEARNING at last.

    If you want to encourage anything, encourage non-participation in the empty of power but full of legitmizing for the Cathedral VOTE.

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    admin Reply:

    That climactic final sentence totally lost me. Any chance of a gloss?

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    VXXC Reply:

    @VXXC

    Sorry. I said DON’T VOTE. And began to spread the word accordingly, hopefully I am learning the virtues of the ant message instead of the grasshopper.

    I carefully qualified it [elsewhere] by pointing out that the American majority has no representation, if you are not tied to government then you have no representation.

    And hopefully my people will continue their trend starting with the 2012 election of conspicuous absence.

    The fraud of the GOP exposed at last, let the Dems have all their cake and eat it too.

    What I said elsewhere: A reform coalition of God Almighty, the Infernal, and the Founders risen at God’s Almighty Hand could not save us with elections. All of those named you see have to contend with Free Will.

    We are in the Fire, and we’re gonna have to burn.

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  • Anon Guy Says:

    I’d like to make what I hope is taken as a constructive criticism of the writing on this site.

    It seems like the author is in love with his vocabulary and gets an ego rush out of showing it off. “…merely await the terminological confirmation of their perceptions…”? What is a terminological confirmation? “…pitched to such rapturous extremities of soteriological expectation…”??? And so on.

    You are obviously educated, but the next step beyond showing off how many big words you know is to tackle the challenge of really communicating ideas to your readers in a way that is powerful. Using twelve five-syllable words per sentence does not communicate an idea well. I have to scan my eyes over your sentences several times to get the gist of what you’re saying. It is distracting to try have to do so much mental work to pick the meaning of what you’re saying out of all the show-off bullshit like “soteriological expectation”.

    As evidence that this isn’t just me, I pasted the text of this article (minus the Goldberg quote) into the readability score analyzer at http://www.readability-score.com. It gave it a readability score of 23 out of 100, with 100 being the most readable. There’s room for improvement there.

    I enjoy the site because I like intelligent discussion of these topics, and I visit the site several times a day. I just think you could make it more interesting if you stopped trying so hard to sound like an intellectual bigshot. I suggest you check out Strunk and White’s “Elements of Style” if you haven’t heard of it before.

    Thanks.

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    admin Reply:

    I like vocabulary, and will use even more big words when I learn them. If I can get my readability score down below 10, I’ll be thrilled, so thanks for that link.

    (1) Cod psychoanalysis always makes me ratty, and I doubt I’m alone in that. If you’re hoping to be persuasive, it’s really better not to share your speculations about the antagonist’s psychological processes.
    (2) Big words exist for a reason. Would you rather they were never used? Of course, inappropriate usage is an error, but one long and correctly used word is superior to half a dozen short ones, roughly approximating to its meaning.
    (3) Communication with people who are unable, or disinclined, to use a dictionary is very low on my list of blogging priorities.
    (4) I recognize much room for improvement in my writing, but that isn’t based upon ideal convergence to a common stylistic norm. If I had to characterize my stylistic ideal here, it would be necessary difficulty. That is to say, testing language that compels cognitive stretching. (Gratuitous obscurity, however, is a defect, I agree.)

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    Anon Guy Reply:

    One big word may be worth half a dozen short ones – but even better is using one short one if that’s all that’s needed to convey your meaning.

    Necessary difficulty? Can’t this post be pretty much summed up like this: “The progressives got themselves into this Obamacare mess, and I’m enjoying watching them squirm. We reactionaries should sit back and enjoy the show and let them hang themselves.” Was there really anything meatier in what you were trying to say that justifies stuff like:

    “Soft fascist self-transcending hyper-Calvinism has been lucidly distilled into blitz-promoted political iconography.” (After reading that a half-dozen times I still don’t know what it means, and I don’t have the feeling that it is meaningful enough to be worth bothering.)

    “Nemesis, the agency of cosmic justice (Δίκη) eventuates automatically, as a retarded consequence that is nevertheless inalienably bound to the hubris of political action.”

    “The sojourn of conservatism on the Outer Right, where tragic non-participation holds, cannot be expected to last. Yet even as a brief intermission from vile ambition, it allows nemesis the space to express itself in its full, planet-shuddering splendor.”

    Maybe I’m just not your audience. You are certainly entitled to be as bombastic as you please. I only mention this because I find myself getting angry as I read this kind of writing, that strikes me as pompous and self-indulgent and a waste of the reader’s energies. Another hint that I’m visiting the website of someone a little out of tune with readers’ needs is this frickin’ black background with tiny thin white text against it that I can barely make out when I am typing in the comment box.

    I’ve said enough on it…I am the first to say “if you don’t like it, go elsewhere”. But sometimes some criticism actually has validity and can serve a purpose. That’s all I intend here.

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    admin Reply:

    Seriously, if my sentences make you angry, you’re torturing yourself pointlessly by reading them. The difference between what you want to read and what I want to write is too great to be bridged.

    Nick B. Steves Reply:

    Nick Land’s gonna, ya know, Nick Land.

    Puzzle Pirate (@PuzzlePirate) Reply:

    I assume Mr. Land writes in the style he does for the same reason I assumed Moldbug wrote in the style he did: to scare away the wrong kinds of people.

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    Jianakai Reply:

    By “the wrong kinds of people,” do you mean people who aren’t smug, pseudo-intellectual misanthropes and sycophantic armchair political scientists?

    Nick Land is clearly an intelligent guy, and, as an American, I agree with the content of his post here. However, it seems his intended audience is principally made of angry young dandies who are dazzled by petulant verbosity and always looking for an equally cynical guru to worship.

    To put it short (for all the “wrong people,” I suppose): don’t flatter yourself, guy.

    Scharlach Reply:

    Sometimes when saying things with simpler words, you lose no vital emphasis or meaning. Sometimes you do. The comment threads are the places to re-work some of the original posts into simpler language, and sometimes it works, but sometimes the simpler language eludes the nuance of the more complex language. If you start simple on a blog, it’s nearly impossible to search out nuance without courting chaos. By starting complex and moving in a more simple direction, chaos is kept to a minimum because there’s a comprehension threshold that not everyone can overcome.

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    Anon Guy Reply:

    Why not start simple and plain, and then elaborate in the comments as necessary?

    Lincoln knew how to write like that. Elegantly, yet plainly and concisely. Lincoln is a very high standard, I know, but he never seemed arrogant enough to essentially give his readers a homework assignment in order to be able to understand what he was saying.

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    Lesser Bull Reply:

    He’s a philosopher in the continental tradition. This is like Spartan laconicism.

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    Thales Reply:

    Spartan Laconicism was an indie band back in the 00’s. No lead singer, though…

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    fake_username Reply:

    I count the definition of beauty offered by Hemsterhuis as “that which gives us the greatest number of ideas in the shortest space of time” among my highest aesthetic values (I’m a fan of the Strunk and White book), and thus I’m in general agreement with you that obfuscating intention in elocution can be distracting. That being said, what’s a movement without its intellectuals? Also there’s plenty written online in a perspective similar to the one here that is much more digestible. An outlet with difficult content is appreciated by those of us who find textual analysis rewarding, and I actually consider this post and its commentary on the relationship between hubris and nemesis particularly thought-provoking and lucid. Out of curiosity, I pasted one of my papers into the readability gauge and received a score of 17 and my work isn’t particularly dense.

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    Michael Reply:

    Hes more than Educated hes a famous Philosopher Theres a method to his method though. He thinks it will make it incomprehensible to the AA hires at NSA and unappetizing to the vikings riding wolves at Stormfront both of whom he wishes to deter from engaging while we figure things out. But I agree its reminiscent of that 16 and 17 century fashion derided as inkhorn by none other than Johnson.- well I might have made that appeal to authority attribution up. Still In his defense hes very generous in the comments even to we eighth grade drop outs

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    Grotto Reply:

    Have you actually read “Elements of Style”? I have, at least five times.

    Concision is a desirable quality, but not at the expense of precision. Sometimes, to express a thought well, you simply need words that pack a more precise meaning. If you believe in the Sapir–Whorf hypothesis, then you certainly recognize the need for language as a vehicle to express thought. And this blog has stressed the importance of semantics in neoreactionary thought, as many words have been rendered meaningless by the Cathedral.

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  • Thales Says:

    showing off how many big words you know

    Huh. My impression has always been that admin’s formulations were autonomic (consciousness being relegated to simply securing media, akin to seeking-out a restroom at urgent moments (the analogy ends there, I swear!)).

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  • admin Says:

    “Doctor, you’ve got to help me. I’ve got this adjective hypertrophy problem that I just can’t kick, and it’s making me snippy with people who criticize my prose style on the Internet.”
    “Well, we’ve run the tests, and it looks as if you’re basically an adjective worm with some kind of parasitic higher primate tacked on as as afterthought.”

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  • Max Says:

    I came for the Dark Enlightenment. I stayed for the diction.

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  • Peter A. Taylor Says:

    My big comprehension problem is VXXC’s Latin phrases. I have an English dictionary applet installed on my desktop and Bing translate bookmarked in my browser, but neither helps at all with Latin phrases. My web searches are hit and miss. If a Latin phrase doesn’t show up in a Wikipedia article, I typically have to either confess to a Catholic friend that I’ve been reading naughty web sites again or ask my wife for a Tarot reading. Is there something better than Bing?

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  • Antisthenes Says:

    It’s ridiculous that this is even being debated on a DE blog. The demand for everything to be articulated so as to be comprehensible to twelve year olds is based on the same levelling principle that drives tabula rasa theories of race, gender, intelligence, and so on.

    Heidegger doesn’t care if you understand him, but if you’re reading him you presumably do. The burden of comprehension is always on the reader.

    By the way, if you find Outside In hard to understand, have a go at ‘Thirst for Annihilation’ or ‘Fanged Noumena’ and cry.

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    VXXC Reply:

    @PET

    Guilty Guv’ner.

    It’s me Hedgerow education Google translator Latin, filtered thru me Irish indirectness, obscured by dyslexia and cunning.

    The actual Latin is Google Translate. The obscurity is both unavoidable and instinctual as noted.

    It’s me genes.

    That I’m going to heed, because I got this far and still have work to do…
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    However I am willing to clarify when it’s too damn dense. My failing. For instance all I said here was DON’T VOTE if you’re white American and your fortunes aren’t tied to USG. I hate admitting it, it’s the truth and we have to accept it. We’re legitimizing insane and evil criminals who’ve lost any self control. We’re voting for people who hate us to utter extinction. And they don’t even have the balls to do it themselves. DON’T VOTE.

    GOD HATES YOU. That’s your politics. For USG is indeed GOD to most of it’s subjects. As GOD has gone mad, clearly greater Gods have deemed USG’s destruction. Prolong the day no more.

    Now that doesn’t require translation.

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  • Handle Says:

    @Peter A. Taylor

    You can has Google Translate Latin to English I’ve found it to be pretty reliable.

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    Peter A. Taylor Reply:

    Danke schön!

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  • raptros_ Says:

    the point seems clear to me; I’m only dropping in to say that “hubris escalates to nemesis” would be a great name for a reactionary death metal track, especially one with that Anaximander quote stuck in there.

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  • Michael Says:

    Glad to see Mr Land believes in something if only Cosmic justice – is that a capital C? Well I agree Obama gate is amusing but can we stipulate its gallows humour. While the hangman struggling with the slipknot is wryly amusing,its ultimately not.
    While not getting involved is often the wise choice, the observation of evil not directed at oneself does not leave one unscathed- even for those of us sitting comfortably for now, Even while it can be argued such exposure it might be therapeutic or cathartic, other possibilities occur.
    Evil directed at oneself is another thing, If ones death is certain we, within limits choose how we shall die, If even a remote possibility exists for a turning of the situation the only objective good, survival, if not Cosmic Justice, requires a struggle. If you have ever had a couple of Hells Angels invite you to play a decidedly unilateral version of Russian roulette with you some Christmas Eve,, you come to understand the time to escape the collapse of the wave function is always immediately, The time to laugh at them is certainly later.
    It seems to this commenter Reaction underestimates the velocity of meme mutation and recombination in recently introduced species. The extent of cognitive and reproductive impairment of native species, The subsequent likelihood of the Cathedral falling into the wrong hands The The simultaneous expansion of technological military power while undergoing a universal infection rate,the ability of the Cathedral to ignore even catastrophic financial , or social collapse through the aforesaid and financial M.A.D. Bail-ins, ink, Corporatism and god knows what else.

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  • VXXC Says:

    Is this Latin?

    No National Reform coalition of God Almighty, The Infernal and The Founders risen at God’s hand can save us by election. They all have to contend with Free Will you see.

    No election saves America.

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  • Dakryn's Batshit Theory of the Week - Page 340 - Ultimate Metal Forum Says:

    […] and more convinced the answer lies in the East, as his most recent OI blogging makes the case: http://www.xenosystems.net/nemesis/ […]

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  • John Hannon Says:

    Neoreaction and Russell Brand – completely different agendas, yet recommending identical political (in)action –

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YR4CseY9pk

    Strange (tactical) bedfellows.

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  • VXXC Says:

    Apparently GPS is intended to have competition if not nemesis…and Russia wants GLONASS receivers on US soil to improve it’s competitor. State wants to give it to them, and that means it’s bad for America. That’s State’s core mission. To be bad for America.

    http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htspace/20120504.aspx

    Repubs protest. We shall see.

    State of course is the ultimate expression of New England. Obama for instance was educated at Occidental, he was intended to be a Diplomat. This explains his governance. If you were in Iraq Obama would remind you of Bremer. Oh and Obama of course was raised by Communists, even if he isn’t one. I was raised to be very Catholic, I’m not. very. The relationship is similar.

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  • Grotto Says:

    >Neoreaction, at its core, is a critical analysis of the Cathedral.

    Yes, absolutely. Not only is it the core, it is, at present, pretty much the only thing neoreaction can coalesce upon. Can I take credit for this distillation?

    >As the Cathedral becomes a self-confident public performance, its only remotely-articulate analyst is drawn into prominence, in its wake.

    This is the task that we must prepare for. We need sages to develop theory, propagandists to distill it, and evangelists to disseminate it. Conservatives are demoralized and in disarray. We can provide the intellectual framework for them to make sense of all this.

    > (Non-participation, the tragic mode, Goldberg’s schadenfreude)

    I’ll add that the strategy here is to de-legitimize the “democracy” the Cathedral hides behind. Any resistance will be construed as participation, and participation as approval. The firmest rejection we can give is a stony silence.

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    admin Reply:

    “… the strategy here is to de-legitimize the ‘democracy’ the Cathedral hides behind.” For sure, while making the collectivization of responsibility through “government is just us all doing things together” rhetoric risible.

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