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N.T. Carlsbad

Wanderer trying to rediscover the classical counterrevolutionary tradition. Blogs at https://carlsbad1819.wordpress.com

Temporarily Embarrassed Patricians

On July 4, 1838, the well-esteemed congregationalist minister Hubbard Winslow gave out an oration at Old South Church attended by the municipal authorities of Boston, in commemoration of the anniversary of American independence. Having graduated from the Yale Divinity School by 1825, in 1832 he had succeeded the Rev. Lyman Beecher as Pastor of the Bowdoin Street Church in Boston. Lyman Beecher was the father of, most famously, Harriet Beecher Stowe, among 12 other children who would cement the f

The Myth of the Socially Conservative Old Left

Pareto said that history is the graveyard of aristocracies. It is also the graveyard of right-wing political hopes. Postcolonialisms, critical theories of race, of sex; reader-response theories; one-dimensional men, 888-dimensional men; dialectics of enlightenment, enlightenments of dialectic; queer deconstructionists and undeconstructed queers (we have too many of those) -- what is a helpless observer to do, but yell "Damn you to hell, Christ-killing Jew"? The vagaries of the biological process

The Bifurcation Point of the Liberal Jurists

As I was reading a book on an episode in Bulgarian history known in Marxist historiography as the "White Terror" (1923-25) -- in truth a rather restrained and ad hoc reaction to an attempted communist uprising in September 1923, I was struck by a reference to one of Johann Caspar Bluntschli's tomes. The book was written by law students, so evidently the legacy of this Swiss transitional figure lives on in Slavic lands. Bluntschli was the premier moderate of his times. "I'm not one of these react

The Eighteenth Brumaire of Fritz Pendleton

Fritz Pendleton has implored reactionaries to take note of a well-known Corsican, believing his significance to be unjustly downplayed. His essay "The Napoleonic Touch" (also linked from his blog) asks us to reconsider the Napoleonic legacy. I shall take up his challenge. Interpretations of Napoleon still largely converge on one of two axes: Adolphe Thiers' and Hippolyte Taine's. A republican admiration for Napoleon the liberator juxtaposed to contempt for Napoleon the egoist, leveller and adven

Bonald and the Socialists: Some Unsettled Debts

Louis de Bonald remains one of the begrudgingly and infrequently acknowledged founders of sociology. It is illustrative to consider the way Bonald, who was a firmly modern thinker, being steeped in Malebranche's occasionalist solution to the dilemma of Cartesian dualism, ended up setting the foundations for modern sociological thinking while using it to further anti-modern ends. Bonald was also a representative of an aristocratic and patriarchal school of anti-capitalistic thought which in some

Joseph de Villèle Against Freedom of the Press

"Free speech" has now become a quintessential conservative value. That it has always been a classical liberal value is true enough, but its association with conservatism is due to the historical anomaly of American conservatism being the English commonwealthman ideology interspersed with Manchester liberalism, notwithstanding historically trivial exceptions like Orestes Brownson, the Southern Fire-Eaters of DeBow's Review (and their Copperhead allies), and various latter-day tradcons at Brent Bo

Friedrich von Gentz and the Decline of Internoble Solidarity

It is obvious that it is not the material situation of the people that causes the uneasiness with which society is suffering. The anxiety that agitated them was an anxiety of mind aroused by discussions on the constituent principles of States. Those who raise these discussions often lack sincerity; They raise them deliberately, in order to produce troubles; It is a weapon which they wish to employ in private interests, and sometimes, according to their position, in political interests; They a

Lothrop Stoddard on Nazi Feminism

Just about everyone equates National Socialism with social conservatism, not least of which contemporary sympathizers of National Socialism who regard it as the traditionalist philosophy par excellence, capable of invigorating the mind, body and soul of the great European race like no other. It is therefore worth bringing up some observations from Lothrop Stoddard, a figure I believe every racialist would regard as a trustworthy source. One of his lesser known works, Into the Darkness (1940), do