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Liberty after Liberalism: A Post-Constitutionalist View of Freedom

Constitutionalism is dead. For many years, in the United States traditional Rightist concerns about national decline, social pathology, and the corruption of morals were articulated in the terms of a master narrative of an ongoing erosion of Liberty writ large at the hands of Big Government, as it was called. The etiology of this phenomenon was traced to a distortion and perversion of the plain original meaning of the basic law of the land, the United States Constitution. Intended by its framers

Aesop Rock: Gen X Prophet of the Kwa

As our political and social discourse is increasingly dominated by the generational categories of Boomer and Millennial—the Boomer-Millennial dialectic—Generation X falls into a kind of no man's land, befitting of its nomenclature. Not prone to the more boisterous and manic inclinations of its bookend gens, it exists in a muted between space surveying the decay with relative equanimity. Aesop Rock, born Ian Matthias Bavitz of New York, is a fitting representative of the Generation Without a Nam

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