Cathedral Studies: Cornel West is Confused

I like the concept of “Cathedral Studies” as a field of specialization within the NRx; indeed, it was the heart of the beginning of the enterprise. It was Moldbug’s raison d’etre.

As Stirner comments at Outside in on UNESCO Man:

Unesco Man lays out how the progs wormed their way into the heart of UNESCO, and then used that as a platform to elevate the social science view of face and sideline to biological view of the physical anthropologists and evolutionary biologists.

Of great interest to NRxers with an interest in Cathedral Studies or the alt-History of the 20th century.

Today, our Cathedral Study will look at confused and confusing statements from the very heart of the Cathedral, the Harvard/Princeton/Union Theological Seminary/Washington DC/Salon axis, as  Thomas “The Baffler” Frank and Professor Cornel “Enter the Matrix” West come together to bitch about the insufficient Progness of our beloved Prog-in-Chief, President Obama. Looked at as a whole, the interview, or dialogue, or whatever the format is supposed to be, is just an extended bull session by a couple of creaky, cranky Pee-aitch-dees, but one section made me smile widely:

We ended up with a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency, a national security presidency. The torturers go free. The Wall Street executives go free. The war crimes in the Middle East, especially now in Gaza, the war criminals go free. And yet, you know, he acted as if he was both a progressive and as if he was concerned about the issues of serious injustice and inequality and it turned out that he’s just another neoliberal centrist with a smile and with a nice rhetorical flair. And that’s a very sad moment in the history of the nation because we are—we’re an empire in decline. Our culture is in increasing decay. Our school systems are in deep trouble. Our political system is dysfunctional. Our leaders are more and more bought off with legalized bribery and normalized corruption in Congress and too much of our civil life. You would think that we needed somebody—a Lincoln-like figure who could revive some democratic spirit and democratic possibility.

REALLY? How nice of Distinguished Comrade West to note The Demotist Decline that he helped to further with his own work, that demotism produced Obama who couldn’t stop the demotist decline, and that “The democratic politician and the electorate are bound together by a circuit of reciprocal incitement, in which each side drives the other to ever more shameless extremities of hooting, prancing cannibalism, until the only alternative to shouting is being eaten.”

Oh, sorry Professor, you didn’t say that, that was Dr. Land in Dark Enlightenment, Part I.

I thought we elected Obama to accelerate our Empire in its Decline. He seems to be doing a fine job. Perhaps, more than we can believe as yet, The Cathedral is a House built upon sand.


On Immigration: I’m Sure These Facts Are Taught in Every American High School

Just a brief note. Just a little Dead White Male history:

In the summer and fall of 376, tens of thousands of displaced Goths and other tribes arrived on the Danube River, on the border of the Roman Empire, requesting asylum from the HunsFritigern, a leader of the Thervingi, appealed to the Roman emperor Valens to be allowed to settle with his people on the south bank of the Danube, where they hoped to find refuge from the Huns, who lacked the ability to cross the wide river in force. Valens permitted this, and even helped the Goths cross the river, probably at the fortress of Durostorum (modern Silistra), Bulgaria.

Valens promised the Goths farming land, grain rations, and protection under the Roman armies as foederati. His major reasons for quickly accepting the Goths into Roman territory were to increase the size of his army, and to gain a new tax base to increase his treasury.

To outline what happened over the course of the next six years would be racist (of course), and it is left to the reader to commit that crimethink for himself.


Be a Man and Don’t Die Like a Mouse

A blog that I recommend:

Collapse of the West, a Search for Survival

I vaguely recall hearing or reading, a long time ago, about an experiment where mice or rats were raised in crowded conditions and went crazy, or something like that. Probably some science fiction. I filed it away in the depths of memory, apparently. Then today, I ran across this thorough and devastating piece by the above blogger at Return of Kings:

What Humans Can Learn from the Mouse Utopia Experiment:

“Many [female mice] were unable to carry pregnancy to full term, or to survive delivery of their litters if they did. An even greater number, after successfully giving birth, fell short in their maternal functions. Amongst the males the behaviour disturbances ranged from sexual deviation to cannibalism and from frenetic over-activity to a pathological withdrawal from which individuals would emerge to eat, drink and move about only when other members of the community were asleep. The social organisation of the animals showed equal disruption…”


“The common source of these disturbances became most dramatically apparent in the populations of our first series of three experiments, in which we observed the development of what we called a behavioural sink. The animals would crowd together in greatest number in one of the four interconnecting pens in which the colony was maintained. As many as 60 of the 80 mice in each experimental population would assemble in one pen during periods of feeding. Individual mice would rarely eat except in the company of other mice. As a result extreme population densities developed in the pen adopted for eating, leaving the others with sparse populations.”

(Here’s the Wik on Dr. John Calhoun, with additional background and explanation. And here’s a book, Tragedy in Mouse Utopia: An Ecological Commentary on Human Utopia that “Mark” recommends).

The Return of Kings article also has some intriguing development of the parallels between the mice behaviors and various phenomena like the Hikikomori of Japan, “gender equality” and Korean men wearing makeup.

As I’ve pointed out in a number of discussion forums, blog posts and comments over the years, mass shootings of the “Columbine” type were quite rare before the 1980s. Then they took off…despite the fact that any bullied teen boy of say, 1929, could have taken Dad’s .30-30 Winchester to school and offed a dozen people in 30 seconds. But they didn’t. Why not? (A perusal of these lists shows that mass killings, and not just with firearms, have occurred all over the world and for at least 150 years. Of course they also happened before that, probably far into pre-history. We just don’t have the records. But the increase beginning in the 1980s is striking).

I’ve previously concluded that prescription psych drugs (almost every mass shooter is on them) and cable news coverage (feeds fantasies of fame and immortality) explain the timing. Perhaps that’s part of it, but perhaps it’s the individuals whose brains are most sensitive to “utopia” conditions that seem to need the drugs.

Neoreaction, Paleo, the Manosphere and related phenomena can in the blink of an eye be seen as a (partly unconscious) reaching toward rebalancing what’s becoming an existential, civilizational crisis.

Obviously, we need to split up into smaller, decentralized communities with strongly enforced social norms, clear sex roles, less screen time and more physical challenges.

Exit. Exit. Only by Exiting the madness will men avoid dying like mice.

The Servile Mind

Today’s quick note–I came across this book and thought it so right up the NRx alley I was surprised I’d never heard of it before, that I can remember. The late author seems to have been quite a wonderful character:

Minogue wrote academic essays and books on a great range of problems in political theory. His 1963 book The Liberal Mind, about the perversion of the liberal label by radical leftists became popular internationally. Minogue argued that genuine liberalism rests on the tradition of thinkers like Adam SmithBenjamin ConstantAdam FergusonAlexis de TocquevilleJohn Stuart Mill et al., who built the foundation for a conservative perspective. Minogue defended civility, decency, and moderation against globalists and leftists, and advocated an honest and transparent public sphere where individuals can freely pursue their own ideas of happiness.

The Servile Mind: How Democracy Erodes the Moral Life


Possible NRx Territories: Alaska

(The first of a series; places that are the most likely to be congenial to the establishment of a more or less neoreactionary regime).

I have lived in Alaska for many years, and have grown to appreciate some reasons it may be a congenial place to establish some type of sovereign neoreactionary order. These same reasons apply to certain other parts of the U.S., and other parts of the world, which we’ll look at in later entries.

An earlier post outlined some practical aspects of establishing a sovereign neoreationary regime/government (or a reasonable facsimile thereof), and some possibilities:

I see these options, either currently available or becoming available during the historical/technological developments of the next 10-20 years: 1) Taking over the machinery of an existing nation-state; 2) Taking over the machinery of an existing U.S. state (something like the Free State Project); 3) Seasteading/Spacesteading 4) The NR as a world-distributed phyle a la The Diamond Age; 5) A city-state in America 3.0.

From my U.S. point of view, 1) is highly, highly unlikely, 3) only a little less so, 4) is already happening a little at a time (here’s a draft Oath you might want to consider); and some combination of 2) and 5) seem to be not only reasonable but practical, when the time is ripe.

So, a few words about the Free State Project are in order, because I was seriously considering joining back when it got going in 2001-2. There were lively message boards with a lot of smart people and witty talk regarding where and how to try and set it up; the main problem turned out to be…democracy. Wyoming was the completely obvious choice based on population and culture, but apparently a bunch of East Coasters didn’t want to be in some place so far separated from the Kulturny and New Hampshire was voted in. Since that date, of course, perhaps 10 Blue Staters have arrived in NH for every Libertarian, completely blowing the idea–which some of us pointed out back then.

Anyway, they throw a good party.

The general method of concentrating agreeable people into a small geographical area is a good one. Web communities are great organizing tools, but eventually you have to turn off the computer and go outside to real life, and if that includes graffitied, littered, unsafe streets, no sense of community with your neighbors, high taxes flowing to those who contribute little…well, that’s the lot of many millions in the vibrant, multicultural areas of Europe, North America, Australia and other spots around the globe. Friends on the internet can help one bear these circumstances, but no one wants to live like this for a lifetime. If a really safe, prosperous, ethical and free community was established somewhere in the world I have no doubt that tens or hundreds of thousands of the right kind of people would want to come.

So, why Alaska? What are the specific characteristics that might make possible the formation of a neoreactionary polity (city-state? We shall leave that discussion for later).

  • Existing majority independent/conservative/libertarian political culture (e.g., voted heavily against Obama).
  • Huge undeveloped areas of land available for settlement, if developing a completely new community is contemplated (FedGov owns most of it, but it can’t even stop people from blowing dope all day, as of now).
  • A number of pleasant small towns and small cities, where a concentration of NRs would soon have the ability to run things (and a good many locals may already be aligned).
  • A climate cold enough or wet enough (in some areas, both) to screen out the “sunshine patriots” and “fairweather friends.” This is not a bug, but a feature, as only the dedicated are going to leave the temperate zones.
  • Tremendous natural beauty, wilderness, fish and game resources.
  • Physical separation from the continental U.S. (while this is more psychological than real, there are no “progressive” states that would freak out over some “fascists” setting up a polity nearby).

And of course, there are also obstacles and possible negative factors:

  • Alaska’s current economy is heavily dependent on oil (high world prices) and FedGov net tax inflows. Both of these are subject to sudden disruption and change, which could lead to economic depression. Any potential NR community needs an economic plan to be prosperous independent of these factors.
  • Because of geography, distance and transportation issues Alaska is a high cost area for goods and services (though perhaps no higher than Manhattan). There is almost no manufacturing base. Most modern products and foodstuffs must be imported from long distances. Any NR polity or city/state would be vulnerable to economic and physical blockade.
  • Distance from rest of “civilization” would probably discourage a large proportion of potential residents, even compared to Wyoming or other Western U.S. location.

Alaska has some unique and intriguing features to offer as a base for the Neoreaction (and fellow travelers who might not adopt the label but would like to live in the community).

Some of these same pluses and minuses apply to other remote/rural locations, both in the U.S. and in other nations. I would be most interested to hear comments on Alaska, and suggestions for other geographical areas to consider.