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Walter Devereux

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

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