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Doug Smythe

Re-imagining sociological theory from the Right.


Change is a fetish in modern society. The point of philosophy, argued Marx, isn't to understand the world, but to change it; and today the same is held to be true of every field of human endeavour. Something called "evolution" is supposed to be the fundamental ontological truth of all being, and change an moral end in itself, in fact, a categorical imperative. Change isn't merely permitted, but required. It is not, as Liberal rhetoric would have it, the fruit of the unleashing, under the rule of

Social Organization Beyond Liberalism and Populism

"Diversity" is the most ubiquitous word in the entire ritual vocabulary of what passes for public religion today; at best eye-rollingly tiresome in its endless repetition in mission statements, public address and writing, and formal rules, regulations and policies, at worst utterly odious in the political uses to which it is so often put. Nonetheless, it covers a defining feature of any conceivable society and a central existential problem that any society must solve. No society exists, or can p

Making a Travesty of the State

Last week in Canada, Bill C-16 received Royal assent. The bill amends the Canadian Human Rights Act to prohibit discrimination against "gender identity or expression"; and, more controversially, amends the infamous hate-speech provisions of the Criminal Code to criminalize speech critical of "gender identity or expression". Make no mistake: the following is no hand-wringing lament over the erosion of "muh free speech". I leave it to Libertarian deontologists to uncover, in the abstract formal

Degeneracy in the Age of Enlightenment and Beyond: The Trailblazing Neoreactionary Sociology of John Brown

The new Reaction, they say, entails a “full reboot of the social sciences.” A new body of knowledge, in the course of drawing epistemic lines of demarcation around itself, does not simply wipe the slate clean of all past traditions and knowledges; rather, in the process of demarcation, it defines for itself what Michel Foucault called a “field of memory” in the form of a scholarly canon that identifies important pioneers and precursors in past authors marginalized or ignored in the field of memo

Liberty after Liberalism: A Post-Constitutionalist View of Freedom

Constitutionalism is dead. For many years, in the United States traditional Rightist concerns about national decline, social pathology, and the corruption of morals were articulated in the terms of a master narrative of an ongoing erosion of Liberty writ large at the hands of Big Government, as it was called. The etiology of this phenomenon was traced to a distortion and perversion of the plain original meaning of the basic law of the land, the United States Constitution. Intended by its framers

Liberalism: The God With No Name

God and morality are two ideas that don't have a very good reputation in contemporary society. Popular author and Very Famous Scientist Richard Dawkins offers a curt statement of the orthodox Liberal view of God: The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential,

Materialism, Truth, And Power

A hallmark of our Modern world is the belief that nothing except physical matter exists, or conceivably can. The materialist world-view regards the transcendent, the eternal, and the Divine as ridiculous pre-scientific superstition, and religion as extremely dangerous to public order. Anybody who admits to believe in God or otherwise expresses an interest in the spiritual side of life is liable to be at once derided as a laughably soft-headed fool and a dangerous subversive obviously plotting wi

The Liberty Of The Slaves

Liberty is a cult, a fetish, and an idol in our societies; it is, axiomatically, the final end for which Man was made, just as salvation was once supposed to be. The word appears writ large on the national currency; it is ritualistically invoked over and over again in the cant of either political party, both of which claim to be the sole true conservators of Liberty against the other; and all respectable political discourse and debate revolves around the question of how Liberty is to be maximize