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Nathan Duffy

Nathan is an Orthodox Christian and reactionary. Follow him on Twitter @theillegit.

Asceticism of the Wagecuck

The human being is a body-soul unity, and there is a hierarchy to this human constitution. When the body rules over the soul, the human is in a state of disorder; when the rational soul rules over the body and its passions, the human is in a healthy state. The Greek word ἄσκησις, meaning training or exercise, came to describe any disciplined practice, whether it be that of an athlete, warrior, or philosopher. In the religious sense it's a means of disciplining the body through deprivation and ph

Reaction in the Prestige Drama

There is a hunger in the human being for the real and the beautiful. Though the reigning Neoliberal order does much to damage this desire, in addition to whatever we contribute ourselves, it is a fundamental constituent of being human. However degraded the tediously shallow and nihilistic hellscape of postmodern American—or rather Anglo—popular culture may be, we can still find evidence of this hunger running like a counter-current to the dominant flow of degeneracy. The appearance and success o

Nature of the Threat: The Rise of Black Resentment Politics

In 1996 the rapper Ras Kass foreshadowed the rise of the current strain of black resentment politics that have come to a head with the Black Lives Matter movement. Back then rap music was arriving at the peak of its commercial success and cultural influence. Most of the industry was quite happy with the cozy relationship that existed between its mostly white fan base, the black artists, and the white and Jewish record executives, as this relationship was working out well for all and none were ea

Enemies and Strangers

There seems to be a newfound fervor among stalwart opponents of traditional Christian religion for the Bible's teachings on treating the stranger with dignity and respect. 'Tis less a religious revival than a base opportunism which leads them to search the Scriptures, but so be it! God can turn even base incentives to his own purposes. There is no controversy over the fact that Christ enjoins his followers to show hospitality and kindness to outsiders. The parable of the Good Samaritan demonstr

Abortion and Technological Vision

It's been an eventful week on the abortion frontlines. After pro-life groups were banished from the Women's March in D.C. last Saturday—exposing the March as a thinly veiled means of enforcing progressive ideological conformity—the week began with newly minted President Trump signing an executive order banning the funding of international abortion, reinstating the Mexico City Policy as one of his first acts as president. Later in the week, the group Live Action released a brutal sting revealing

Makers Of Peace

They have healed the wound of my people lightly, saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ when there is no peace. - The Prophet Jeremiah. With all the upheaval in the world at present and parties from all walks expressing various degrees of dissatisfaction and ennui, there aren't too many voices saying "Peace, peace," in the sense of declaring an achieved peace. Virtually everyone is keenly aware that peace is in short supply. This feeling may be especially acute in America, in the wake of Donald Trump's electio

Life In The Bubble

As finite created beings, limitation is a defining characteristic of being human. The human is always confined, always constrained, never absolutely free. The horizon of our vision and experience, and the particular context that results, naturally creates a kind of existential bubble wherever we go. In this sense, bubbles are inescapable. No one is capable of experiencing anything from the specific vantage of any other person, or from any other vantage at all than his own. But there are also var

Religious Cinema In The Current Year

With religious identification on the decline in America and general religious knowledge and awareness at an abysmal nadir, especially among the elites who run the country, the antireligious and areligious refuse that dominates Hollywood and the entertainment industry is not particularly surprising. While America is renowned as the most gauche western nation when it comes to its embrace and trumpeting of Christian religion, this is a somewhat dated characterization. Not only is explicit religiou