Sentences (#49)

Douthat:

The liberal sees that conservatives were foolish to imagine Iraq remade as a democracy; the conservative sees that liberals were foolish to imagine Europe remade as a post-national utopia with its borders open to the Muslim world. But only the reactionary sees both.

(Admitted here as a single sentence, which it should have been.)

April 24, 2016admin 21 Comments »
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  • Sentences (#49) | Neoreactive Says:

    […] Sentences (#49) […]

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  • Zimriel Says:

    Consider it a sentence in the sense of a judgement, cast against both Team Red and Team Blue.

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    Posted on April 24th, 2016 at 2:17 am Reply | Quote
  • wu-wei Says:

    And yet both are hell-bent on deploying communism to the middle east (everywhere really), no matter how many countries it destroys, no matter how much blood and treasure is spilled in its glory.

    Our little brown brothers only yearn for the deathly sweet grace of democracy; our Trotskyist intelligentsia is more than happy to oblige. Lot of good jobs in the communism spreading business, I hear.

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  • Karl F. Boetel Says:

    that comments section though

    “ahemhemhem in the ***dark*** ages when no SCIENS were learned #sick #burn”

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    Posted on April 24th, 2016 at 4:55 am Reply | Quote
  • Stirner Says:

    Columnists are writing about Neoreaction and Carlyle in the NYT. The Memetic Infection has stepped up an order of magnitude.

    Yet, the Moldbug abides.

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    Grotesque Body Reply:

    Not any more he doesn’t.

    (not sure if this has been discussed as I’ve been low on XS time this week):

    http://unqualified-reservations.blogspot.com.au/2016/04/coda.html

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    Posted on April 24th, 2016 at 5:47 am Reply | Quote
  • Aeroguy Says:

    It’s delicious, they admit they want the benefit of our insight and wisdom, but they don’t want the cynicism that accompanies it. The joy of being a cynic in this position is knowing how you used to be so astoundingly optimistic before acquiring the insight and wisdom of reaction, of knowing even while they still hope.

    They’re exploring the rabbit hole, they might have dismissed us wholesale wrote us off as garbage, they’re actually looking, and what is seen can’t be unseen, they can’t dismiss us because they have already seen too much. I remember going though the same thing, having the same sorts of thoughts years ago when I first probed the reactosphere.

    They’re going to have their best, most committed minds hard at work to develop antibodies to reaction. They’re produce the antibodies they need to protect their hordes of lesser minds who will merely read about reaction, but their best minds while have read reaction itself, seen what can’t be unseen and thus so much closer to being one of us.

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  • Brett Stevens Says:

    The point of reactionary ideas is to admit that the entire venture into liberalism, including the hybrid with common sense it produced, is broken and needs to be replaced.

    The obvious next question is “What were we doing before this, and how did it go wrong?” and the answers seem to be traditional society and overgrowth, respectively.

    Like the dwarves of Moria who dug too deep and too fast, we grew too fast and outpaced our power structures, and now are trying to rein ourselves back in to preserve quality control, which has been ignored for centuries.

    As some eminent philosophers from Germany wrote, “Sodomize the weak!”

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    SVErshov Reply:

    “What were we doing before this, and how did it go wrong?” 

    I think it is tribalism, we just arrived from the stone age into nano age too fast. Or as you wrote, ‘we grew too fast’, babies on steroids. so intriguing aslo, perhaphs it will not take too long for me to sale my soul to universal (or galactical rather) narcistism, just to live 200 years more and see where it all will go.

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    michael Reply:

    we have succeeded faster than our genetic survival strategies we outpaced our nature.Some of us can safely navigate this patch until crispr others need to be culled

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    SVErshov Reply:

    crispr is not so dangerouse, not sure why 😉

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  • frank Says:

    Douthat’s probing the Cathedral to see if they could accept the Deal. They never will. Orderly reboot is a fantasy. Cathedralites would rather see everything reduced to ashes before giving up their delusions.

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    michael Reply:

    one doesnt rule out the other,if instead of trump we had a putin [rough analogy] things could be done, “the people” dont think like the elites,even dems are pretty conservative, the armed forces dont either most are simply following the propaganda machine.

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    frank Reply:

    Not even Putin could raze Harvard and salt the ground. If you’re not razing NYT, Harvard et al to the ground, you’re just delaying collapse.

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    vxxc2014 Reply:

    Nothing real will ever be enough spur to action.

    vxxc2014 Reply:

    Mike Trump is our Putin.

    Unless he isn’t in which case we’ll quite deliberately get someone worse.

    As far as the “unless you raze NYT and Harvard and this that other thing and King LARP” they’re the never ready crowd.

    Don’t waste your time. “They’re not going to accept anything real as enough and it not being enough will do nothing.”- this would be their epitaph if anyone bothers…and they won’t.

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    frank Reply:

    The enemy has a several centuries long winning streak; so forgive me if I’m a little skeptical about “this weird little trick” that will totally make us win this time.

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  • Kwisatz Haderach Says:

    Reactionaries don’t just see these failures – they foresaw.

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  • Nick B. Steves Says:

    Seems to be a sentence (or two) carefully calibrated to infect the self-congratulatory “moderate” NYT reader. Those “reactionaries” cut on “both sides”, eh? Hmmm…

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    Nick B. Steves Reply:

    One minute you’re dancing the Third Way Mambo, the next you’re defending slavery. Bound to catch a few.

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    Posted on April 26th, 2016 at 2:53 pm Reply | Quote
  • This Week in Reaction (2016/04/24) - Social Matter Says:

    […] to the Neoreactionary Baselisk. Time will tell. Nick Land reiterates one of Douthat’s more salient sentences. 101 stuff for the darkly enlightened, but possibly quite potent for the self-congratulatory […]

    Posted on April 26th, 2016 at 8:32 pm Reply | Quote

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