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Nathan Duffy

Nathan is an Orthodox Christian and reactionary. Follow him on Twitter @theillegit.

Episode 79 - Dark Energy – Peak Oil and its Consequences

Download RSS Energy is the single most vital ingredient after human capital to sustaining an advanced industrialized economy. By 2035, the International Energy Agency estimates the world must invest $48 trillion to meet projected energy demands. Oil and gas have historically been the largest share of global energy spending, but for the first time in 2016 electricity entered the top spot. Oil still remains the most essential component to the omnipresent transportation sector of the economy, but

Beyond the Hills (2012)

Of all the criticisms leveled against Christian religion, the aesthetic critique is the most potentially compelling. Not convincing (God forbid), but worthy of consideration. David Bentley Hart has explained how Nietzsche's assault on Christianity was fundamentally aesthetic in nature, and for that reason operated on a deeper plane than the mere logician or empiricist can reach, and can even function as a sort of wake-up call for complacent or compromised Christians. It's somewhat counterintuiti

Episode 78 - Jay Dyer – Laurel Canyon and the CIA Counter-Culture

EDITOR'S NOTE: the name of the RSS feed has been updated to more accurately reflect the nature of the feed. It is: https://Myth20th.podbean.com/feed.xml and won't be changed again. Download RSS Subscribe: iTunes Android — Brought to you by — Adam Smith, Hank Oslo, Alex Nicholson, Hans Lander and Nick Mason The United States is a pop cultural superpower. One can debate if this is for good or for worse – but what is almost indisputable is the amount of resources government institutions ranging fro

Episode 77: Ivory Tower - White Slavery

EDITOR: If you hadn't yet heard, the boys from Myth of the 20th Century are migrating their majestic podcast here to Thermidor. If you subscribed to them in your various podcast apps during their time at Social Matter, you will need to update your subscription at the links provided below. If you somehow hadn't heard of their podcast until now, you are in for a treat as their penetrating historical, political analysis is unmatched in the podcast world. Enjoy. Download RSS Subscribe: iTunes Andro

Of Men and Beasts

You would think calling a psychotic gangland death cult that brutally rapes women and mutilates bodies "animals" would not be very controversial. But Trump derangement can make people do quite strange things. Much of the media (including big-timers like MSNBC and the New York Times) falsely reported that Trump's remark about MS-13 referred to "undocumented immigrants" in general and people (some disingenuously, some in actual ignorance) reacted emotionally and hysterically, with the typical den

'The Aviator' Review

In Eugene Vodolazkin's novel Laurus—translated artfully into English by Lisa Hayden and released to much critical acclaim in the anglophone literary world in 2016—the artist depicts a still-enchanted Medieval Christian world but with an acute awareness of the imminent changes to come. There are glimpses ahead through time and a prophecy of the coming "end of the world" in 1492 is proclaimed. On the cusp of modernity, the events taking place in the novel are precariously situated, giving a sense

Unsubtle Propaganda: Reviewing "Mother!" and "The Shape of Water"

While Hollywood has fed America a steady diet of liberal and anti-Christian messages for many decades now, as its stranglehold on the popular imagination lessens, and as the nation becomes more polarized—with half of it becoming more self-consciously anti-Hollywood and seeking out niche alternatives for entertainment—its propaganda has in turn become more aggressive and explicit. Two almost comically incandescent examples came this past year in the form of Darren Aronofsky's Mother! and Guillerm

First Things Bombshell Stirs Up Catholic Web

A recent piece at First Things by Fr. Romanus Cessario dredges up the 19th century case of Edgardo Mortara living under the Papal States. Born to a Jewish family, as an infant Edgardo became ill and his nanny secretly baptized him without parental consent (which is not necessary to acquire in cases of near-death emergency, according to canon law). After having recovered from his illness, Pope Pius IX arranged for the child to be removed from his home and raised and educated by the Catholic Churc