Posts Tagged ‘Communism’

Quote note (#190)

Luciano Pellicani (remember him?) on the ideological peregrinations of early Reform Christianity (among the immediate predecessors to the Puritans):

“Antagonism between the feudal system and the capitalist system” was at the origin of the Reformation. In other words: “capitalism, being constituted on commercial bases, tries to dominate the labour market; a fledgling proletariat no longer disposes, or can dispose, of the tools of its labour; between them, something that already resembles a class war.”

The social and psychological consequences were particularly acute in “areas where the population was rapidly increasing . . . [and] the areas of rapid social change.” The “growing importance of capital, of the market and of competition rendered insecure, isolated and full of anxiety” not only the existence of the proletarized working masses, but also that of the marginal strata of the intelligentsia who found themselves as if thrown into a hostile, incomprehensible world, governed by impersonal forces beyond their control. It is not surprising that the declassed intellectuals should have “constituted the avant-garde of the Reform.” Contrary to an interpretation that is as widespread as it is arbitrary, the Reformation was an anticapitalist movement.

For the entrepreneurs, the practice of indulgences had transformed relations with the church into a reassuring kind of bookkeeping exercise: “If you can buy paradise, then God must tolerate and encourage wealth and not be hostile to profit.” In criticizing this attitude, the Protestant preachers laid the foundations “for a new critique of capitalism as the work of the Devil, a critique that went deep, because the accusation was against capitalism itself and not the abuses indicated by Catholicism.” It brought the mercatores before the court of the Holy Scripture and condemned them as men who had surrendered to mammon, corrupting Christianity with their lust for wealth and profit.

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October 13, 2015admin 7 Comments »

Chaos Patch (#77)

(Open thread + links)

Fifty years hence. An NRx tribe, and its buried roots. The start of a conversation? The terrible herd (also). Thoughts on abortion. Traditional Britain. The week in reaction (and don’t forget this).

Chinese geostrategy. The cryptic dragon, and its historical echoes. Global commerce visualized. Cheap oil and global disorder. A Venezuela update. Wolves in Bangkok? Schism in the Yakuza. Laibach in North Korea.

Limits of quantitative easing. Decentralized planning. Statistical discretion. The communist legacy. The story of our time.

NRO’s Kevin Williamson against the Trumperistas: “In The Duel, his account of the confrontation between Adolf Hitler and Winston Churchill, the great historian John Lukacs explores one of modern history’s terrible ironies: that even as the national socialists were defeated in Germany, national socialism became the world’s predominant political philosophy, albeit stripped of the cruelty and hatred that animated its German expression. ‘We are all national socialists now,’ he writes. Some models are a little more nationalist (Trump) and some are a little more socialist (Sanders), but both reject laissez-faire categorically. ‘Hitler was not the founder of National Socialism, not even in Germany,’ Lukacs writes, ‘but he recognized the potential marriage of nationalism with socialism, and also the practical — and not merely rhetorical — primacy of nationalism within that marriage. … He also knew that old-fashioned capitalism was gone; that belonged to the 19th century.’ Lukacs relates an episode in which Hitler was asked whether he would nationalize German industry. Hitler insisted there was no need: ‘I shall nationalize the people.'” (Despite the Godwin Ragnarok, it gets the history basically right.) Trump’s inheritance (also), and New Yorker coverage, with pushback.

Rise of the cultural libertarians (and a response). Non-suicidal libertarianism. Bitcoin-fork commentary (1, 2, 3). The Columbia fainting couch.

Christianity’s early history. Toxic compassion. On teleology. A jealous god. Realism in religion. Faith in the future.

Mystic cognition, and delirium without acid. Entropy for Bayesians. Quantum weirdness looking resilient. An exascale computer. Biology of morals. Apocalypse Neanderthal. Psychology’s reproduction problem (see).

It begins. More computer racism. Literary dynamite. Slavery gets a bad rap. Black-on-black. When book clubs attack. The NYT’s noticing problem. Obama didn’t help. A modest proposal. Henry Harpending, hate criminal. Genophobia.

A gay “sub-culture of death“.

Trouble at the Hugos (1, 2, 3, 4), but at least this came out of them. Victorian Hugos. The CIA and the literati.

August 30, 2015admin 39 Comments »
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Quote note (#166)

Elizabeth Price Foley @ Instapundit:

Pope Francis has been dogged by accusations that he is sympathetic to communism. The Pope doesn’t help allay these concerns when he meets with Raul Castro, reinstates a Marxist “liberation theology,” vocally anti-Israel Nicaraguan priest who won the Lenin Peace Prize, invites a Peruvian liberation theology priest to speak, and hosts the World Meeting of Popular Movements, where he said attendees must unite ”against the structural causes of poverty, inequality, the lack of work, land and shelter, the denial of social and labor rights,” and confront the “empire of money.”

At a minimum, it seems Pope Francis is becoming very cozy with liberation theology, which is essentially a progressive/Marxist vision of Catholicism. A top Soviet bloc defector recently claimed that liberation theology was created by the KGB.

May 14, 2015admin 15 Comments »

Twitter cuts (#10)

This ‘Cathedral’ stuff is just too easy:

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February 26, 2015admin 14 Comments »
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Holy ****!

This is apparently a real thing (reformated for additional piety):

Our Chavez, who art in heaven, the Earth, the sea,
And we, delegates, hallowed be thy name.
Thy legacy come, so we can spread it to people here and elsewhere.
Give us this day light to guide us.
Lead us not into the temptation of capitalism;
Deliver us from the evil of oligarchy,
Like the crime of contraband,
Because ours is the homeland, peace, and life.
Forever and ever. Amen.
Viva Chavez!

We owe this contribution to the world’s storehouse of religious ecstasy to María Uribe, representative of Venezuela’s Socialist Party.

September 15, 2014admin 16 Comments »
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Circles of Concern

A brief, perfectly balanced post at Mangan’s pulls together HBD and political history into the suggestion that nationalism is just a phase we’ve been going through.

… the paradox of nationalism is that the same forces that led to its development are leading to its denou[e]ment. But what is to be done about that I don’t know.

Some quality comments there too. You’re all welcome back here after checking it out, with any relevant responses and arguments.

Nationalism is the one modern progressive ideology that gets off the hook far too easily in NRx circles. (And “what is to be done?” is Lenin’s question, adopted from this guy. It shouldn’t be proscribed, but it should definitely be subjected to disciplined suspicion.)

September 10, 2014admin 13 Comments »
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Chaos Patch (#18)

So weekly Chaos Patches are still happening for the time being (in case you hadn’t noticed).

Zizek! (Plagiarism exposed, tormented by Steve Sailer, publicly humiliated in Newsweek and The American Spectator, ‘apologizes‘ by blaming a ‘friend’ … plenty of mileage left in this, I believe.) Despite the brutal Schadenfreude, this blog has a soft spot for Zizek, partly because of the whole CIA agent thing.

Automatically generate Tumblr ‘arguments‘.

How to get suspended from Twitter.

Interstellar Decopunk.

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July 13, 2014admin 30 Comments »

Luciano Pellicani

Mark Warburton passed this masterpiece along (Revolutionary Apocalypse, by Luciano Pellicani). A couple of tiny morsels from its consistently brilliant — and eerily familiar — analysis:

With Puritanism, an absolutely new element was introduced into Western civilisation: (revolutionary) politics as fulfillment of God’s will, with the objective of consciously building “a new human community, that could substitute the lost Eden” and produce a prodigious “change in human nature.” For centuries, politics had been conceived as a “cybernetic art” (Plato) or as a technique for the accumulation of power (Machiavelli). From the Puritan cultural revolution on, politics was conceived as a soteriological practice, dominated by an eschatological tension toward the Kingdom of God on earth, therefore as a calling, whose methodical objective was to overturn the world in order to purify it. The slogan originally used by the Taborites and the Anabaptists was revived: “Permanent warfare against the existing, in the name of the New World.”


An all-powerful state is essential for communism, since the total destruction of civil society is the only way to destroy capitalism. By civil society we mean the “society of industry, of general competition, of freely pursued private interest, of anarchy, of natural and spiritual individuality alienated from self.” But since capitalism — Lenin’s definition is correct — is a phenomenon that is generated spontaneously, whenever the ideological power relaxes its watch, the effort to prevent mammon from raising its head must be permanent. It is a matter of annihilation that requires mass terror, since the main enemy of communism is “widespread petit bourgeois spontaneity.” Thus, the “revolutionary project challenges the normal course of history.” It is a huge effort to prevent humanity from moving spontaneously toward a bourgeois society. This is only achieved through permanent terror.

If Pellicani is already being widely discussed in the reactosphere, I’ve missed it. My guess: he’ll be considered an indispensable reference by this time next year.

January 3, 2014admin 49 Comments »

The Islamic Vortex (Part 4)

The story that follows was stolen from somewhere, but I’ve not been able to recover the source. It has a definite neoconservative edge to it, which isn’t surprising given the early-nullities brain-feed it was no doubt extracted from, but it’s neat enough to be passed on.

If Afghanistan is the graveyard of empires in space, the First World War was the equivalent burial ground in time. The German Second Reich, the Austro-Hungarian (Habsburg) Empire, the Russian (Romanov) Empire, and the Turkish (Ottoman) Empire were all interred by it. In their place arose new geopolitical entities based upon an unstable mixture of ethno-nationalist self-determination and moral-universalist internationalism. The role of American ideas in the New Order – most immediately conveyed by the vehicle of ‘Wilsonism’ – was both substantial and ambiguous. A tight swirl of Americanization and Anti-Americanism would be essential to everything that followed.

If Austro-Germanic imperial collapse can be considered one thing, for the sake of elegance, the true narrative marvel of this story can unfold, because each dead empire was the germ of a world war, structuring history in its fundamentals up to the present day. From each imperial grave, in succession, came a challenge to the Anglophone global order, distinct in certain respects, but also displaying common, recognizable features.

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August 5, 2013admin 41 Comments »
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