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Nathan Duffy

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

Apatheia: The Answer To Apathy

With so much blackpilling going on among the dissident right (and not without cause), and with more moderate versions of doomsaying proliferating among mainstream conservatives and liberals, it seems that there is a growing consensus on Decline. For traditionalists, the abhorrent Revolution continues apace, or perhaps gains speed, but is nothing fundamentally new. While the Left perceives a threat to all they hold dear in the rise of Trump and European nationalism, they're also (as ever) dissati

The Pepsi Ad As Right Wing Critique

The Pepsi ad is a high-concept reactionary critique of social justice politics as ephemeral virtue-signalling, easily co-opted by the interests of capital and neoliberal power. Nothing could be more clear. From the sanitized, glossy, glamorous aesthetic, stuffed to the brim with thin, attractive models, to the peaceful conclusion where the violent oppressor is pacified by a cool, refreshing can of high-fructose corn syrup swill—brought to you by an international corporate giant—to the glee of t

Simulation, Icon, and Annunciation

We are living in the age of the image. Recent decades have seen an overwhelming proliferation of screens, digital representations, and media which saturate our daily lives. This omnipresent media environment frames and shapes our perception of the world. In his book Simulacra and Simulation, the French philosopher Jean Baudrillard sees in this digital era of the image—which was still in its incipient television stage when he was writing in 1981—an epochal-metaphysical shift. For Baudrillard

Mike Pence Assailed for Exercising Virtue in DC

Sound the alarm. There's a married Christian man in Washington who, awash in a culture of degeneracy and infidelity, has a healthy marriage and takes sane measures to ensure its success. Is this tasteful? Hell, is it even legal? Now that I think about it, it's probably rape! After it was recently revealed that Mike Pence doesn't go on solo meal dates with women and doesn't drink when his wife isn't around, The Left went into another of its now-regular hysterical meltdowns. These neo-puritans are

After The London Attack, More Submission

Islam strikes at the heart of Europe again. It doesn't matter how frequent or how devastating they are, we know this for certain: Islamic terror attacks do not have the power to awaken Europe from its suicidal slumber. Or at least not Europe's elites. The rumblings of a revitalized nativist right-wing are fueled largely by anti-immigration and anti-Islam sentiment among the masses. Responses to the statement 'All immigration from Muslim countries should be halted' in a recent Chatham House surve

Leviathans: Russian and American

There Will be Spoilers The 2014 Russian film Leviathan opens with a series of gray, foreboding landscape shots along the ocean, culminating in a wide angle shot of a house near a bridge on the edge of a body of water. This is the family home of Dima, who has a teenage son and young wife. At the climax of the film, the camera retreats to this identical angle showing the same landscape, except replacing that house in the foreground is a new Orthodox church—its bells ringing out—and parking lot. Th

Laurus' Orthodoxy

“Time is a flat circle.” So says Russ Cohle in True Detective. For him, as for Nietzsche before him, this observation is a nihilistic conclusion about the ultimately meaningless repetitiveness of life. In the novel Laurus by Eugene Vodolazkin, which follows the life of a Russian Holy Fool and healer in the fifteenth century, the main character—who goes by different names at different junctures of life: Arseny, Ustin, Ambrosius, and ultimately Laurus—also declares that time is a circle. Within th

The Manic Left Ascendant

The Left in America is frazzled and in disarray. Trump's shock election and various aspects of his style, cabinet picks, and policy enactment since taking office have sent them into complete panic mode. Many of the fissures in the permanent government that keen observers have long been noting have revealed themselves as a result. The supra-democratic machinations of the Deep State, which once required some active investigation to really have any understanding of, are on the front page of the pap