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The Imperial Presidency That Never Comes

There never was a great republic on earth which did not immediately change into a monarchy. It is to evade the usurpations of the victorious army generals, and the tyranny of the military government, that the great people voluntarily give to their constitution the weight of the diadem. If Marius, Sulla or Caesar, on their return from their conquests, had founded at Rome a hereditary kingship, they could not have been crowned by their soldiers. Democracy, in a state like France, enclosed among ri

Reprobate Hollywood, From Ancient to Modern.

The world is now coming to realize what some keen observers have known all along: that Hollywood as a cultural institution is rotten to the core. As a major part of the culture industry (to borrow Horkheimer and Adorno’s phrase,) Hollywood has eaten away at the moral and spiritual fabric of society while also serving as a major conveyor belt for the absolute worst ideological excesses of the modern world. The cultural legitimacy and influence of deep-pocket creeps like Harvey Weinstein are shock

In Defense Of Republicanism

The predilection by many in neoreaction for the monarchical system of government exists to such a great extent that one might almost deem it a fetish. Mr. Mencius Moldbug, of course, kicked the entire enterprise off with his blog of Unqualified Reservations, in which, among other things, the virtues of monarchy were extolled. It was often difficult to tell if, in his posts, Mr. Moldbug was being ironic; indeed, it was often difficult to tell if Mr. Moldbug was being ironic about nearly everythi

The Spirit of a Spiritless Situation: On the Right's Failure to Organize

If you’re going to surround yourself by Marxists, I recommend doing so around the time of an economic collapse. I happened to be in such a situation during the financial crisis of 2008, and the experience was about as exhilarating as an experience can be, when you’re hanging around people who read the Grundrisse for fun. Indeed, there was a brief period of time when it looked like Congress would allow the entire financial system of the United States to collapse because individual Congressmen wer

What If Everything Neoreaction Knows About Monarchy Is Wrong?

In his blog Unqualified Reservations, Mencius Moldbug set forth in an erudite and entertaining fashion a political opinion that had not been articulated for a long time. The Modern world had taken a wrong turn in the 18th century when the burgeoning representative republics began to topple kings. Democracy was the problem. In making this case, Moldbug was doing so as a libertarian atheist who accepted the basic thrust of Modernity. This acceptance in many ways was a source of the moniker “neo” i

Christ, Nothing And The Alt-Right

For the past several years thinkers from all sides of America's Liberal consensus media have attempted to make sense of the phenomenon known as the "Alt-Right." The descriptions and diagnoses provided by these attempted analyses have varied almost as widely as the political spectrum from which the authors themselves hail. For the Dirtbag Left, the Alt-Right is merely a pathetic collection of White, Middle American "Failsons." For Neoliberal journalist Rosie Gray, who has walked the Alt-Right b

The Seven Heads Of Antichrist: Ethiopian History As A Microcosm Of Global Affairs

In the late twelfth century, a kook by the name of Joachim of Fiore, whom Dante Alighieri said was "endowed with the prophetic spirit," commenced a commentary on John's Apocalypse that would surpass all others for its mystical, imaginative, and radical vision. I promise to dedicate a full article to Joachim in the future, but for now would like to highlight only one of his many curios: the depiction of John's "Dragon of the sea, having seven heads." If you are not familiar with this Biblical

Driving Old Dixie Down: The Fragility of Nationhood

A group of men gather near the park square, their faces covered by bandanas and balaclavas; the police have been warned of what is going to happen and have taken necessary precautions. As the night falls, they move in and begin their destructive work. The police offer no resistance, and in a few hours, their coordinated attack has felled another emblem of a bygone era. No, this is not a mob or even a vigilante gang; they are contractors hired by the city government to remove—over against the pro