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Mark Citadel

Cube & The Price Of Conspiracy

I don't often use movies as a point of reference for a broader point. For one, I lost interest in cinema several years ago, and in addition I generally find that very few movies, especially in the contemporary era, make salient points about anything, even while there certainly are unintended cases of a movie raising interesting questions (for those doubting this, I highly recommend P.T. Carlo's The Desperate Ideology of Zootopia.) Surrealist films often do a better job of conveying a sincere mes

Relativism, Obligations & Values

When speaking of relativism in the realm of Modern values, the argument on the part of the right has been an ill-conceived opposition, but for good reasons. ‘Cultural relativism’ has been used as a tool by Cultural Marxists at home, while these very same people have utterly rejected it abroad (in select cases of course). I want to first describe how Liberals use relativism in a selective and insincere way, followed by a primer on the true place of relativism in a Traditional outlook. To illustra

Schuon, Luther, And The Eternal Calvinist

Let us approach the question of Protestantism with a mindfulness of its differentiation, an understanding of its gravity in history, and an open mind to what merits it may conceal behind a disposition that has been rightly recognized as a challenge by most Reactionary thinkers. Frithjof Schuon, a sage of the last century whose understanding of world religions was surpassed by a scarce few, wrote on The Question of Protestantism as part of a larger work: Christianity/Islam: Perspectives on Esoter

Humiliation's Role in the Contemporary Order

The beginning of Islamic terrorism against the West is difficult to pinpoint, because of its numerous manifestations. During the original colonial era when the Middle East was primarily occupied by France and Britain, terrorism took the form of anti-colonial resistance, which was the original foundation of the now-famous Muslim Brotherhood (founded in 1928). This group’s main goal was to terrorize the British colonial authorities into fleeing Egypt. Later on, terrorism became intrinsically linke

The Whore Enthroned

The excesses of the French Revolution strangely mirror our present predicament in both their ferocity and perversion. While we often cite the period as marking the beginning of the decline, the start of a truly tangible Kali Yuga, it is not as if this path has been smooth, beginning with minor infractions and accelerating to the present day. Far from it. The horrors of the revolution itself showed every bit of man’s grisly nature just as clearly as the meandering lunacies of our dear contemporar

Dispatches From the Witch Hunt

Through the power of being offended, social justice warriors still smarting from Gamergate have heroically exposed the most evil men on the internet, the general staff of Youtube’s Third Reich ready to take brickbats to the nearest synagogue at the first opportunity. This is serious! It’s happening in your hometown! These notorious individuals are none other than video game commentators; Jon Jafari (also known as Jontron), Felix Kjellberg (also known as PewDiePie), and Colin Moriarty. If the car

Reconsidering Nostalgia

The word ‘nostalgia’ comes from the Greek nóstos, meaning homecoming, and álgos, meaning pain. Strangely enough for an emotion so commonplace, the word for this feeling was not coined until the 17th Century. Today, academic references to nostalgia usually concern its therapeutic aspects as a method of combatting clinical depression and anxiety. Any analysis of nostalgia as a phenomenon itself is usually dismissive, putting down preferences for past events to purely cognitive factors. A research

Engelbert Dollfuss And The Tragedy Of Interwar Austria

Austria sits alongside most of Europe’s nations as being an afterthought in contemporary education on the subject of WWII and the events that precipitated it. We know that Nazi Germany effectively foisted the Anschluss upon them, and thus Austria was incorporated into the Third Reich. Other than that, Austria’s interwar history is unfairly brushed off as not being worthy of note. As much as Germany’s economy was in ruins after WWI, Austria’s was in many ways worse. The collapse of the Austro-Hu