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N.T. Carlsbad

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

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

How Classical Liberalism Got Pwned

Social equity today does not have to be so much fought for by young radicals as administrated by managers of all ages. -- Jay M. Shafritz and E.W. Russell, Introducing Public Administration A long-standing dilemma that disturbs the libertarians is the question of how classical liberalism was so badly butchered into the pinko social liberal ideology of Hobhouse, Green, Lloyd George, etc. which it is today. The straight answer is that no one butchered it and that liberalism outside of Engl

Jules Barni and the Comedy of the Republican Freeholder Ethic

We will be looking at the story of a Kantian. It isn't Donald Trump, though I am eagerly anticipating how he will complete the system. By all indications, The Donald seems like a fan of Fichte's Addresses to the German Nation, so perhaps a synthesis of the Ego and the Gesellschaft will be the key. One can only speculate. The Kantian in question is Jules Barni, long-time traveler in left-wing causes during the Second Empire and Third Republic, having published in Jules Simon's liberal newspapers