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Speaking Freely of Freely Speaking Sedition

Given that free speech is one of the most harmful ideas of the past several centuries (it may just take the number one spot, for all I can tell), hammering this point repeatedly has some value, especially given that the framing of today's culture wars converges around this pro/anti-speech axis where the side which poses the greatest existential threat also happens to be quite correct on the subject of dealing with dissent. It's also a good opportunity to sample more Bourbonist opinions, which is

The Prince, The People, And Fritz Pendleton In Between

Half a year ago, Fritz Pendleton attempted to draw lessons from Bonapartism (my response here). Most recently, he has presented us with a treatise that is strange in just how conventional and neutered it is. Pendleton is nominally aiming to pursue the same direction as a Karl Ludwig von Haller: a comprehensive theory of a top-to-bottom anti-liberal/anti-radical statecraft. Instead, he has somehow ended up repackaging the most vanilla English (or perhaps French) constitutional monarchism imaginab

Czechoslovak Lobby in America

Brett Stevens' favorite lamenting of "trace admixture", especially his recent and as usual quite formulaic reminder How Irish Immigration Destroyed America got me thinking about other less-than-Nordic immigrants offered as explanations for America's identity crisis, and there's one that deserves more opprobrium than the micks: the goddamned Czechs. Bohemia actually seems to just fit right at the outermost western boundary of the Hajnal line, so the "shared Nordic-Germanic root" may/may not have

Nativism and Radical Republicanism: A Curious Relationship

Once upon a time, Tennessee was a stronghold of the Whig Party. More specifically, from about 1836 to 1852. In 1860, Tennessee was also one of three states to capture the electoral vote for the Constitutional Union Party, a splinter group of former Whigs and Know Nothings. Despite being the home of Andrew Jackson, some of the most virulent anti-Jacksonians would come from the same state. Among them was William Gannaway Brownlow, editor of Brownlow's Whig, Methodist minister, Governor of Tennesse


"You Romans think the world ends at Ponte Molle. Don't you know that Germany has already graduated, while you are only at the alphabet? Weishaupt scattered the first seeds of social reform; he foresaw everything, calculated everything, weighed everything. That great man could tell you, watch in hand: "In seventy years the fruit of Illuminism will have attained maturity. In thirty years it will have spread dismay throughout all this decrepit Europe; it will permit not a single king to say, "To

Scientifically Historicizing Progress

A 2006 essay by Ralph Seliger, himself a left-liberal Zionist, remains one of the best article overviews of the oft-cited relationship between neoconservatism and Trotskyism. Its stated purpose is to debunk the "Jewishness" of the neoconservatives, but the author's retelling of events that he was sometimes a first-hand witness to speak for themselves. Unlike virtually everyone else, I don't regard neoconservatism by itself as ever having been a significant phenomenon. It's nothing more than the

Geneva 1782

Bertrand de Jouvenel, in his Pure Theory of Politics, recounts a general state of optimism during the fin-de-siecle of the 18th century, a time when enlightened absolutism had began to settle in a state of rest, and cabinet wars (Kabinettskriege) were the predominant form. He specifically quotes from a 1792 work by French revolutionary Jean-Paul Rabaut Saint-Étienne, quite fittingly enough published months before the beginning of the French Revolutionary Wars proper... We see already that wars a

Some Ironies and Curiosities of Right-Wing History

Interesting examples I've collected from my notes that defy common expectations or seem farcical -- the common theme weaving them together is some variation of "right-wing politics undermining right-wing politics." Note that "right-wing" is a term used relatively and with notice of its shifting goalposts. Hans Blüher, an important theoretician of the Männerbund, was an anticlerical homosexual pedophile. Also: the case of volkisch agrarianism intersecting with bizarre polygamous sex cults: Willib