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Walter Devereux

Alt-right sympathizer & recovering academic, moonlighting as a NRx theorist

Every Knee Shall Bow: Against The Cult Of Sport In America

LEAR …whoreson dog! you slave! you cur! OSWALD I am none of these, my lord; I beseech your pardon LEAR [striking him] Do you bandy looks with me, you rascal? OSWALD I’ll not be struck, my lord. KENT Nor tripped neither, you base football player! -King Lear; Act I, Scene iv Sport and spectacle define a society in the midst of decay. Absent the glories of war and the satisfaction of creation, the spiritually deteriorated man finds substitutes for true accomplishment in sport. At their height,

Herostratos Rising, or: When Boomers Attack!

At the nadir of the Trojan War, with the Achaeans demoralized and defeated and King Agamemnon suggesting sailing home, Ajax and Odysseus were sent in a final effort to recruit Achilles back into the Achaean ranks. The hero, wounded by Agamemnon, is complimented, cajoled, and exhorted by Odysseus to fight for the Greeks against Troy—and then rejects them, declaring My [immortal] mother Thetis tells me that there are two ways in which I may come to my end. If I stay here and fight, I shall lose

Justice and Judgement Among the Eloi

Language is a strange thing as one observes its shifts, its ebbs and flows both reflect and alter the social realities it expresses. Consider, for instance, the German Recht and English “right”. Both words originate (along with the Latin rectus) as “clear in direction, straight”. Throughout the Indo-European languages, though, it (universally) came to mean something far more profound—a directing force, the correct way of doing something. For the Germanic people, this was related to hands and fig

Lament for the Passing of the Folktale

The power of the written word has always been frail. Socrates sneered at the thought of writing anything, asserting the power of tradition; de Maistre dismissed the written constitution as a sign of the fragility of principles contained therein; in a more banal and recent example, people criticize politicians who use teleprompters. There is something about the written form that strikes the Salt of the Earth as lacking in the desired savour. At its very best, the written form is adjudged to posse

The Social Feminine at the Civilizational Turn

It’s almost cliché to open with a citation from Plato’s Republic; your humble author is not humble enough to avoid the assumption that all of our readership has taken a freshman philosophy class. Then again, as our society becomes more engrossed in the grotesque effort to extend adolescence deep into the decrepitude of the nursing home, revisiting a freshman philosophy class might have value. In Book VIII of The Republic, Socrates is conversing with Glaucon on the natural regression of governmen

Political Motivation in Three Forms or Why Patriotism is Not Enough

It is taken for granted in modern socio-political discourse that man is motivated by two primary drives. In the early modernist formulation, this follows Machiavelli’s definition of fear and love being the primary emotions on which the authority of the Prince hangs. Hobbes echoes this belief in his discussion of the uses of religion in political life. This formula still survives, but began to wane in the 19th century when two psychological alternatives presented themselves. On the one hand, Freu

Capturing an Aesthetic of Action

There was a critique here not long ago addressing the dearth of genuine artistic involvement across the spectrum of the new reactionary political movements. The complaint the author voiced, which the author carried with some aplomb, was that the political phenomenon of neoreaction has become all too mundane: “the right wing tends toward overly rigid, Apollonian thinking, where overt politics and economics are the only things that matter.” Where art is valued, he asserts, conversation “quickly de