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Charles Reemelin's Critical Review of American Politics (1881)

[Best read as an appendix to the previous article on electoral violence.] Charles Reemelin was a man who hated America. Not out of envy, spite or hatred, but out of in-depth personal experience. Sure, he insisted on simply being a patriot who sought to deliver America from the tyranny of partyism, but the subtext is obvious, especially in his case. On the other hand, his vision of what America's political future ought to be was, sans a few of his Teutonic eccentricities, on the money in terms of

The Wild Socialism of Oscar Wilde

I have been told that Oscar Wilde was a clever man. In books of quotations I have found hundreds of quotes attributed to Wilde on a variety of topics, and some of them do indeed strike me as being quite clever. They have a certain wit and porcelain white charm that makes them excellent for impressing people when spoken at the right time and the right place. If your prime ambition in life were to delight your friends at dinner parties, I suspect that the only quotes you would ever need on the tip

Deutschland Über Alles

The recent federal elections in Germany were met with woe by many, with joy by many others, and with surprise by nearly all. Ms. Angela Merkel, who has been the dominant force in German politics since ascending to the chancellorship in 2005, was able, by most accounts, to secure a fourth term as leader of Germany. However, her party, the Christian Democratic Union of Germany, in fact suffered what might be called a downturn, losing more than eight percent of its voter share since the previous

Electoral Violence in America, or: Why Your Country Had to Be Pozzed

M.G. Miles over at Those Who Can See, has recently compiled an article on the hidden history of American demographics. It is one of the most capable presentations of the "cumulative migration" thesis of American decline: that successive waves of migration from Southern and Eastern Europe and ultimately from elsewhere have diluted the Anglo-American native stock and destroyed social capital, leading to today's Weimerican Republic. Indeed, M.G. actually understates his case in that particular post

Revolution And Pussy: The Sam Kriss Story

"A motto for the young leftist: revolution and pussy." -Nicholas Gomez Davila Ever since the giant flesh bomb of Harvey Weinstein's sexual harassment allegations went off in the middle of downtown Hollywood a specter has begun haunting, not only Hollywood but the entire Left-Liberal establishment itself. It's hard to say what exactly was the actual cause of this tsunami, as the Weinstein allegations, while certainly shocking, were surprising to no one with even the slightest bit of inside knowle

Change

Change is a fetish in modern society. The point of philosophy, argued Marx, isn't to understand the world, but to change it; and today the same is held to be true of every field of human endeavour. Something called "evolution" is supposed to be the fundamental ontological truth of all being, and change an moral end in itself, in fact, a categorical imperative. Change isn't merely permitted, but required. It is not, as Liberal rhetoric would have it, the fruit of the unleashing, under the rule of

The Communist Origins Of Modern American Free Speech

Anti-anti-communism used to be a mainstay of left-liberal opinion. Even the nominally “anti-communistic” faction of social democrats and socialists from the DSA and Dissent magazine camps — the Irving Howes, the Michael Harringtons, the Tom Kahns — expressed their anti-communism to the extent that they denounced “totalitarian” encroachments on liberal values of some sort. However, anti-anti-communism is now a part of the political right also. Bolsheviks didn’t like homos, either! Stalin outlawed

Communalists and Constitutionalists

Liberalism and democracy are not the same, as I've mentioned in the context of the doctrinaires and ancients v. moderns. "Illiberal democracy" is used as an epithet to refer to various top-heavy presidential or parliamentary republics where elections serve a mostly symbolic role to give the dog (the public) a bone. And I don't mean blow them like in the AC/DC song. Although, figuratively, this may indeed be it. But that's quite a limited way of grasping the distinction. Instead let's use a dicho