Saturday, January 31, 2015

Halftime in the Chiefs locker room, Super Bowl I (1967)

From Uncouth Reflections.

Former Chiefs' quarterback Len Dawson is still around and will be 80 years old this June. There's a color photo on Pinterest, which confirms that really is a Fresca and a cigarette (not one of those other cigarettes).

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Happening, in 10 stages

From the excellent Social Matter.

Where we are in this process of course depends on the metric. The year 1918 was stage 10 (“It’s Over”) for European classical liberal society. After a brief interregnum, the Pax Americana was born on VJ-Day, 1945. The Pax Americana is at its zenith. I’m 51, and I expect to die before the current Pax does, so by one metric, we’re at stage 1. (By way of example, post-WW2 Syria is at stage 10. Syria no longer exists. It is finished as a sovereign state, beyond a narrow strip along the coast wholly reliant on Russian and Iranian cash infusions.)

But the decline and fall of the Pax Americana is already baked into the cake, as my and older cohorts move into net tax consumption and r-selected immigrants replace us and the children we didn’t have. The new Americans will not pay nearly as many taxes and will not be at all as loyal to the American proposition. The highly leveraged structure of the US welfare state, plotted with the demographics of the US in 1936, will come under intolerable and ultimately fatal strain. So by another metric, we’re at stage 7.

As for Britain and Europe, it's all over but the crying.

Rules for Neo-Reaction

1. Patriarchy and families are the foundation of society.

2. The natural and unmolested course of selection and elimination must be allowed to occur in economics and society.

3. Hierarchy is the natural and right way for people to cooperate.

4. Different people are different. Equality is a lie.

5. Progressivism is an insane religion advanced by a hostile media/academic machine.

6. It’s not just “The Jews”.

7. Democracy isn’t going to fix these problems.

8. Merely denouncing those to the right creates a deadly signalling spiral, so no enemies to the right.

From More Right, and Bob Wallace. Also Jim's Blog.

Friday, January 23, 2015

The entire 20th Century was a mistake

And the Universe doesn't have a reset button. (David Stockman, via
My humble thesis tonight is that the entire 20th Century was a giant mistake.

And that you can put the blame for this monumental error squarely on Thomas Woodrow Wilson——-a megalomaniacal madman who was the very worst President in American history……..well, except for the last two.

His unforgiveable error was to put the United States into the Great War for utterly no good reason of national interest. The European war posed not an iota of threat to the safety and security of the citizens of Lincoln NE, or Worcester MA or Sacramento CA. In that respect, Wilson’s putative defense of “freedom of the seas” and the rights of neutrals was an empty shibboleth; his call to make the world safe for democracy, a preposterous pipe dream.

Actually, his thinly veiled reason for plunging the US into the cauldron of the Great War was to obtain a seat at the peace conference table——so that he could remake the world in response to god’s calling.

But this was a world about which he was blatantly ignorant; a task for which he was temperamentally unsuited; and an utter chimera based on 14 points that were so abstractly devoid of substance as to constitute mental play dough.

Or, as his alter-ego and sycophant, Colonel House, put it: Intervention positioned Wilson to play “The noblest part that has ever come to the son of man”. America thus plunged into Europe’s carnage, and forevermore shed its century-long Republican tradition of anti-militarism and non-intervention in the quarrels of the Old World.

Needless to say, there was absolutely nothing noble that came of Wilson’s intervention. It led to a peace of vengeful victors, triumphant nationalists and avaricious imperialists—-when the war would have otherwise ended in a bedraggled peace of mutually exhausted bankrupts and discredited war parties on both sides.

By so altering the course of history, Wilson’s war bankrupted Europe and midwifed 20th century totalitarianism in Russia and Germany.

These developments, in turn, eventually led to the Great Depression, the Welfare State and Keynesian economics, World War II, the holocaust, the Cold War, the permanent Warfare State and its military-industrial complex.

They also spawned Nixon’s 1971 destruction of sound money, Reagan’s failure to tame Big Government and Greenspan’s destructive cult of monetary central planning.

So, too, flowed the Bush’s wars of intervention and occupation, their fatal blow to the failed states in the lands of Islam foolishly created by the imperialist map-makers at Versailles and the resulting endless waves of blowback and terrorism now afflicting the world.

And not the least of the ills begotten in Wilson’s war is the modern rogue regime of central bank money printing, and the Bernanke-Yellen plague of bubble economics which never stops showering the 1% with the monumental windfalls from central bank enabled speculation...

Why should we never forget World War I? To remind ourselves not to get sucked into overseas wars between ancient protagonists, only to find afterwards we've made a bad situation worse, and changed ourselves and the objects of our martial policy in unpredictable and awful ways.

This is bedrock conservative thinking: actions have consequences; these consequences often lie beyond our ability to predict or control; human nature is temporal and egocentric; and humans are not malleable Play-Doh. Hence, drastic policy changes and top-down social engineering should be viewed with suspicion. If there is no historical or social precedent for something, there's probably a good reason for it.

Conservatism is humility. Twentieth century Progressivism, which is all the movement-conservatives are conserving at this point, is hubris. But from now on we must apparently be continuously making these great leaps forward.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The human shoulder joint is a social construct

From Happy Acres.

(I need a Tumblr account. And Twitter.)

Free College

Obama's latest.
In a nutshell, Washington will commit $60 billion over 10 years with the states kicking in another $20 billion to make two years of community college virtually free. Students would on average save $3,800 per year in tuition plus access to $1000 in Pell Grants and families would receive $2,500 from the American Opportunity Tax Credit. The President called on “everyone to do their part”: community colleges to strengthen their programs and increase graduation rates, while students must maintain good grades (a 2.5 or “C+” in today’s world of grade inflation). In principle, some 9 million youngsters can participate.

At $4,000< over two years, you could pay for community college just by giving up your cigarettes, tattoos and clubbing. Of course, the actual beneficiaries are all the newly minted, Democrat-voting, otherwise unemployable Master's and PhD holders who will be hired to administer this boondoggle. Government salaries to pay off the government-guaranteed student loans. When we need more money we'll just print it. Or import more serfs; I'm sure they'll be glad to pony up.
There’s a pattern here and to repeat, the scariest feature of this ineptitude not the wasted resources; it is the uncomfortable realization that we are being governed by policy-makers who resemble not too bright adolescents participating in model UN-like high school exercises...

What may be the most frightening is how the President and his staff display a mentality typically associated with primitive people—a belief that a fancy piece of paper (a diploma) is a talisman (or amulet) that bestows magical powers on the owner. Why else the emphasis on easily manipulated graduation rates versus a hard-nosed professional certification tests such as the CPA or bar exam? Why permit the schools themselves to confirm “proven outcomes”? The answer is obvious—learning is hard, distributing magical pieces of paper certifying “education” is easy. And that millions will financially benefit from all these newly printed pieces of paper only adds to the ACP’s allure. Again, something very wrong is going on here, far worse than the usual run of the mill inept policy-making.
Liberals are children, cargo-cult enthusiasts who have no idea how reality works. I'm not sure how I'd classify the movement-conservatives; maybe as clumsy teenagers.

Across the board, American politicians seem to have succumbed to magic-thinking. Bombs, drones, government spending--there's nothing it can't do.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Europeans are frightened

...of their own governments.

Fr. Anthony Chadwick, a British expatriate living in France, has deleted 12 days worth of debate on the presence of Islam in Europe.

"Muslim immigration" is, of course, a dog whistle for Middle Eastern and African immigration. European governments have decided the topic is simply not up for discussion (to say nothing of a huge and intractable Roma problem), and so a frightened Fr. Anthony has deleted four blog posts with numerous comments.

This is unfortunate, because the failure to debate and implement reasonable policy now will mean no debate, and lots of street fighting later. As I said at Fr. Anthony's, the first thing to do when you find yourself in a hole is to stop digging. Britain and Europe should impose a moratorium on Middle Eastern and African immigration for at least the next two generations, and it would also be helpful to stop subsidizing the ghettoized existence of violent, ignorant subgroups. The truly unassimilable need frankly to be repatriated, though there is probably nothing that can be done with the improvidently naturalized "citizens." Hopefully with a moratorium on Wahabbist funding and chain migration in place, Islam can eventually learn to live in peace in Britain and Europe. But apparently not even such mild measures can be debated, much less implemented.

By the way, when is the media going to stop using ballyhooed terms like "far right," "hard right," and "ultra right" to describe parties like France's National Front and the Sweden Democrats? These parties are polling at 30 and 13 percent respectively, high enough to overthrow parliamentary coalitions. How fringe can they be?

Nobody seems concerned that Israel can be a classical Jewish nation-state, or that Arab Palestinians are entitled to an Arab Palestine, or that multicultural Yugoslavia needed to be broken up into its Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, Montenegrin, Macedonian and Kosovar nations. Is the idea that a nation-state's extant members get to decide who else gets to be a member really a "fringe" or "far," "hard" or "ultra" topic?

P.S.: Fr. Anthony responds, here..

P.P.S.: I have corresponded with Fr. Anthony, and we understand each other better now. Please refrain from any personal attacks against him.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The battle of the blasphemies

Fourth generation warfare comes to Paris.

Unlike past attacks, these jihadists clearly hoped to fight another day. And they were methodical and well-equipped, and able to make their way to and from Yemen.

Patronage networks and supply chains are in place to provide equipment and training to the Islamic nation in France.

UPDATE: Per the comments, I have changed the title based on a link to Doug Wilson. I agree with the comments; secularism is dying a slow death.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year, from the Neo-Reaction

Jim's blog:
Christianity was the basis of European civilization, and now it is dead save for a remnant smaller than mustard seed. Civilizations die with their animating religion, being devoured by demons.

Progressivism wears the religions it has devoured like a monster that dresses itself in the skins of people it has eaten. It has consumed Judaism, Christianity, and most of Islam, though the worst and most harmful religion, Islam, still lives and is fighting back. The martial Christianity of Charles the Hammer would serve our civilization well. The pragmatic, realistic, and cynical Christianity of restoration Anglicanism would serve our civilization very well, though it proved vulnerable to people whose beliefs were dangerously sincere, being reluctant to martyr them properly for reasons of mere pragmatism. Counter Reformation Catholicism would serve our civilization well. But none of these live, and their revival is unlikely.
As with other topics, we have plowed this ground before:

Whither Christendom

Bleak Christianity

Traditionalism's unprincipled exception

Christians, like most redoubts of like-minded people, are generally not self-aware. What is to us our touch with the metaphysical is to others empty ritual, archaic and useless in technological society, or antithetical to their own traditions. Having been rebuffed by their atheist, Jewish, Muslim, and Mormon neighbors, Christians look wistfully to the cultural followers of Africa in fulfillment of the Great Commission. As the Radix essay points out, Christians, from conservative "Anglicans" fleeing cultural relativism to Protestant liberals handing out counterproductive foreign aid, use Africa as a totem to compensate for the death of faith and lack of moral urgency in the West.

My message on this is known to readers, and is banned on Christian blogs elsewhere: time for the Church to feed Her sheep.