Who could have imagined that Obama’s second term would prove so bullish for popcorn sales? There’s a moment of pressure-cooker catastrophe beyond which the very idea of ‘keeping a lid on things’ becomes hysterically comical. The lid isn’t even in the kitchen, it’s blasted through three stories of apartment ceilings and compromised the structural integrity of an entire housing block. The media has no choice but to join the feeding-frenzy — under scandal-max conditions that would look ridiculous — and besides, they’ve been scandalized.

Unlike euphoric conservatives, still less ecstatic Republicans, neoreactionaries are motivated to stay calm and focused. Runaway scandal meltdown only furthers Dark Enlightenment when it overspills party-political point-scoring to corrode the foundations of the regime.

When government is understood realistically, as a complex ideologically-saturated institution distinct from the superficial vicissitudes of electoral politics, it is revealed as an essentially deep-partisan project (the Cathedral). The government is not commanded by progressives, it is progressive. It’s not ‘us’, it’s ‘who, whom’. Once this is exposed in detail, and lucidly comprehended, the neoreactionary case has been made in its entirety.

That the Cathedral is indistinguishable from radical democratization does not at all imply that it is democratically answerable, through electoral mechanisms. As its project of spreading the religion of democracy to the whole world enters the phase of scandal-prone dementia, exhibited equally in both domestic and international affairs, two features become blatant (= scandalous)
(1) Mature democracies outgrow the last vestiges of electoral control (because the retarded masses can’t be trusted to vote for more democracy always and everywhere, they require structural ‘guidance’ by those enlightened people and institutions who know how best to empower them).
(2) Since eschatological dreams do not convert into practical policy, escalating dysfunction drowns-out coherent purpose, resulting eventually in fanatically-motivated total disorder (because doing what can’t possibly work is an unconditional imperative). It’s consummate deontology made visible. Good intentions float sanctimoniously above the ruins.

The Cathedral is completing its self-fabrication as an autonomized, morally-frenzied lunatic, extensively and intensively paperclipping the world for democracy, and thus destroying it in order to save us. As scandal erupts from everything it touches, this fundamental sociopolitical reality is becoming ever more difficult not to see.

ADDED: Some (disappointing) Koolaid-drinking from Richard Fernandez: “That is probably the single most disturbing thing about these scandals. The Valkyr-fueled rage has undermined the political mechanisms and trashed the processes through which persons of disparate political persuasions of the nation are supposed to come to an understanding.” — The obvious problem with this? There’s only ever been one ‘understanding’ you’re permitted to come to, and that’s progression to the left.

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  • northanger Says:

    I agree with Deleuze’s remark that ultimately the most basic task of philosophy is to impede stupidity, so I see little philosophical merit in a ‘movement’ whose most signal achievement thus far is to have generated an online orgy of stupidity {Ray Brassier on “speculative realist movement”}

    Remember the episode of TNG where the Ferengi scientist had this incredible breakthrough in shield technology, but he was an outcast in his own society because he was interested not in the profits, but the knowledge and respect of fellow scientists? {somewhere on some blog}

    Google, what is a metaphasic shield?


    Posted on May 16th, 2013 at 6:00 am Reply | Quote
  • northanger Says:

    thanku Googlybear!

    TNG Descent Part 2 Metaphasic Shielding Activated


    Posted on May 16th, 2013 at 6:05 am Reply | Quote
  • k-virus Says:

    I feel like some neo-reactionaries would benefit from reading Carl Schmitt…


    admin Reply:

    That’s too romantic. When Cathedralists seize executive discretion, they just make more mush. If things began to look Schmittian, it would be a sign that things had moved on, into rougher times.


    Posted on May 16th, 2013 at 6:19 am Reply | Quote
  • WTT Says:

    The IRS affair has been inflated and exaggerated far beyond its actual scope- it wasn’t Republican organizations that were targeted, but organizations with Tea Party-related names (despite the Republicans’ pandering, they are not the same,) and all they received was extra scrutiny- none of which led to actual investigations, much less changes to or denials of tax exemption for the organizations involved. Under Bush, the IRS proceeded to launch full investigations (not just additional “scrutiny”) of Greenpeace, the NAACP, etc, on even shakier grounds. At least the IRS scrutinizing organizations that are directly inspired by the most famous tax protest in American history is to be expected, just as the FDA would scrutinize a pharma corp that was named after a famous cocaine kingpin. In short, there’s no real scandal here. The groveling, apologetic response of the Dems actually helped legitimize that bloated narrative. If proof can be found linking this scrutiny to a Democratic agenda, the only lesson here is simple- that the IRS reflects the party of the administration, just as it did during the Bush era.

    The AP scandal is the only really interesting one here.


    admin Reply:

    This comment is part of a different conversation.
    (a) No one here thinks the Bush v. Obama ‘argument’ matters much
    (b) The idea that government employees have no pro-government agenda isn’t very plausible.


    Thales Reply:

    I imagine this is how professors must feel when students who haven’t done the reading assignment speak-up in class…


    WTT Reply:

    I also don’t think the Bush vs. Obama argument matters very much. There are a set of long term tendencies at work within the government. I just don’t think the IRS issue is a scandal at all, nor representative of Cathedralization, contra the linked Foseti post which makes the claims I refuted above, which were that the IRS would never target progressive groups, and that the IRS targeted “Republican” groups, and contra the cruder Fernandez article linked at the bottom as well. If it’s the admin’s position that the claims above qualify as party politics, then I’m agreeing.

    As for the government employee thesis, I’m not aware that I ever made such a claim, if I’m interpreting the implication correctly.

    I simply find the “Cathedral” concept impoverished, at present.


    Orlandu84 Reply:

    What I find interesting about this collection of scandals is how they are happening all at once. A whole lot of information is being exposed all at once and being joined into one semi-coherent narrative: the government does not have control of the situation so that the government is out of control in this situation.

    At the same time I am reminded that news stories have increasingly short half-lifes. How long will this story last till people have lost interest in it? How many people actually care about this scandal outside of politicians and political news junkies?

    What I would love to see develop is a scandal vortex. As these scandals unfold, more investigation uncovers more scandals which in turn lead to one ultimate feedback loop of government self-destruction. I doubt it will happen this time, but the randomness of fear makes me acknowledge the possibility.


    Peter A. Taylor Reply:

    Is there any particular reason why a foreign government might think that now was a good time to do a data dump? Russia? Iran? North Korea? Syria? China?


    nydwracu Reply:

    That doesn’t seem like NK’s game.

    Russia wants to punch USG in the dick over the bee crisis and has said so, but I’m not sure how recent that is… and they, like Syria and to a lesser extent Iran, have widely watched news outlets. How much coverage has RT been giving to the scandals? Al Jazeera? PressTV?

    Handle Reply:

    Yes actually, but none of them would do it this way. I view “coincidence” and Kaus’ “operation amnesty distraction” theories as the most plausible explanations.

    John Hannon Reply:

    A “scandal vortex” –
    or maybe an “omni-scandal.”


    Orlandu84 Reply:

    I like “scandal vortex” to describe what I hope happens since it denotes a dynamic rather than a static situation. Nonetheless, my true preference would be “scandal ladder.” Why?

    Call me old fashioned, but I agree with Plato: democracies decay into tyrannies. The most likely outcome of chaos is that a single leader emerges to dominate over the weaker parties who fail to cooperate. Nonetheless, Plato was talking about city states, and we are talking about a world wide hegemonic wonder. Still, “scandal vortex” is kind of catchy!

    Anonymous Rice Alum #4 Reply:

    Steve Sailer points to a comment by smart liberal Mickey Kaus, that these scandals are sound and fury to distract the US public from deeply unpopular immigration “reform” negotiations.


    Thales Reply:

    “Immigration reform”, the point at which the tidal forces of the Left Singularity finally rip America into quarks.

    admin Reply:

    Kaus overheats my irony meter — I’ve no idea whether his post is intended as a joke.

    Posted on May 16th, 2013 at 9:42 pm Reply | Quote
  • John Hannon Says:

    “The middle name of chaos is opportunity.” – Terence Mckenna


    admin Reply:

    That probably works better in the original Mayan.


    Posted on May 17th, 2013 at 1:37 pm Reply | Quote
  • John Hannon Says:

    I thought Tezza got it from the I Ching.


    Posted on May 17th, 2013 at 3:59 pm Reply | Quote
  • Randoms | Foseti Says:

    […] Outside In has some thoughts on government that are worth your […]

    Posted on May 17th, 2013 at 6:48 pm Reply | Quote
  • Anonymous Says:

    “Under Bush, the IRS proceeded to launch full investigations (not just additional “scrutiny”) of Greenpeace, the NAACP, etc, on even shakier grounds.”

    Wow, never liked bush more than i do right now


    Posted on May 17th, 2013 at 7:19 pm Reply | Quote
  • vimothy Says:

    Good article from Buchanan:


    Posted on May 21st, 2013 at 2:40 pm Reply | Quote

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