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Aristocratic Liberalism: A Brief Tour of an Extinct Tradition

Originally published at Carlsbad 1819. Can one be a liberal who hates the people? Liberalism and democracy are generally taken to be two inseparable sides of the same coin, but as any socialist will tell you, it need not be so. Indeed, it was not always so. Is there not some conflict between a contractual view of a bounded state where governors reciprocally guarantee certain rights to citizens, and a view of a General Will perpetually demolishing fences that the forces of "free expression" and b

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

Schuon, Luther, And The Eternal Calvinist

Let us approach the question of Protestantism with a mindfulness of its differentiation, an understanding of its gravity in history, and an open mind to what merits it may conceal behind a disposition that has been rightly recognized as a challenge by most Reactionary thinkers. Frithjof Schuon, a sage of the last century whose understanding of world religions was surpassed by a scarce few, wrote on The Question of Protestantism as part of a larger work: Christianity/Islam: Perspectives on Esoter

Political Violence And The Superfluous Man

Political violence is rapidly replacing sportsball as America's favorite mass spectacle. Who wants to watch the Marlins play the Yankees when they can watch the SoCal antifa fight the "Proud boys"? I sure as hell know which one I'm going to be watching. But beyond the visceral thrill of streetfighting, there is a deeper appeal to the violence (which as of right now, is still very much in its infancy.) Put simply, as a certain postal service enthusiast and cabin dweller once said: The Industria

H.G. Wells And The Limits Of Elitism

Nobody in their right mind would categorize Herbert George Wells as one of the titans of rightist thought. Indeed, H.G. Wells dedicated much of his life to socialism. While Wells’ best known creations (“The War of the Worlds,” “The Time Machine,” etc.) are not expressly socialistic in tone or message, Wells’ lesser known scribblings certainly make the man’s politics clear. The Way the World is Going (1928) is a polemic advocating for the adoption of socialism, while The Open Conspiracy (also pub

Moldbug 10 Years On: A Critical Retrospective

Who would have thought that some kid, a civil service brat and the grandson of dues-paying members of the CPUSA, who came of age on Usenet discussing SunOS Unix login semantics and apparently submitting text files for cDc's ezine who are somehow still kicking around, would become an infamous blogger widely credited as the one who kickstarted a tendency in political thought called "neoreaction"? April 22nd, 2007 was Moldbug's debut on 2Blowhards.com, publishing his formalist manifesto, to be rep

The Top 10 Most Loathsome Neocon Bugmen

The earth has become a small place and on it hops the bugman. The bugman is drawn to the levers of power like the cockroach is drawn to the noxious odors of the garbage can, this compulsion is a part of their innermost nature. So around these levers, they gather, waiting for their "chance" to release their egg sack of bad and perverse ideas into the bloodstream of public consciousness. There are many different kinds of Bugman. There is the Media Bugman (Chris Hayes, Matt Yglesias, Dylan Matthews

Mater Si, Magistra No: A Call For A Renewal Of Tradition In The Catholic Church

It has been over a half-century since the closure of the Second Vatican Council, which ran in multiple sessions from 1963 to 1965 under the papacies of Pope Saint John XXIII and Pope Paul VI. Vatican II, as the ecumenical council is colloquially known, is considered the defining moment of the Church in the twentieth century. The Council brought forth historic change to the Roman Catholic Church, thereby fundamentally altering the liturgy and dispensing with centuries of tradition to appease a w