© 2017 Thermidor Magazine.

Designed by Jonathan.

Nathan Duffy

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

The Enlightenment Roots of Evergreen College's Frankenstein Monster

In the latest, and perhaps most insane, instance of campus madness, a student group at Evergreen State in Washington held a 'white day of absence' event where whites were not supposed to attend classes (as students or professors). When one professor and Jewish progressive, Bret Weinstein, vocally objected and declined to participate, this triggered an assortment of rabid protests. Student mobs confronted Weinstein and occupied parts of campus, blockading faculty and attempting to intimidate them

Inherent Vice and Virtue

Against the backdrop of sun-drenched coastal California landscapes and the seedy dregs of underworld intrigue, what emerges into the fore of Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice is a familiar opposition. Driving the action is the dialectic between the Squares and the Subversives, the Straights and the Slackers, the powers-that-be and the refuse on the fringes of society. As a hippy-doper P.I., Doc Sportello (played by Joaquin Phoenix, though Robert Downey Jr. was originally slated for the role)

Ascension & Sovereignty

Today is one of the most downplayed and overlooked major feasts on the liturgical calendar of the Church: the Ascension of Our Lord. Falling between the major feasts commemorating the Resurrection and Pentecost, it has a tendency to be overshadowed. Yet it's of no less significance and has essential themes that we ought not overlook. Thematically the feast of the Ascension acts as a kind of parallel to the two feasts of the Incarnation: the Annunciation and Christmas. In those feasts we celebrat

Debate Me, Dreher

It's the only gentlemanly thing to do, Rod. You've been ably fielding criticisms of the Benedict Option from your left for months, taking on all comers. Meanwhile your engagement with those to your right has been notably minimal, if not entirely non-existent. Indeed, from the policing of your comment section and blocking habits on Twitter, it seems you're inclined to flee the field entirely when faced with criticisms from your right. To be fair, we are a small minority with not much clout in th

Jordan B. Peterson, The Logos, and Free Speech

The emergence of Jordan B. Peterson into the media spotlight of North America has been a very welcome phenomenon. Thrust there by the controversy surrounding his objecting to the aspects of Canada's Federal Bill C16 which would force him as a professor to use fabricated pronouns for people of various trans and "non-binary" gender identifications, he has become a totem of free-speech and rejection of proliferating SJW campus madness. He has managed to parlay this newfound minor celebrity into a s

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

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

The Pepsi Ad As Right Wing Critique

The Pepsi ad is a high-concept reactionary critique of social justice politics as ephemeral virtue-signalling, easily co-opted by the interests of capital and neoliberal power. Nothing could be more clear. From the sanitized, glossy, glamorous aesthetic, stuffed to the brim with thin, attractive models, to the peaceful conclusion where the violent oppressor is pacified by a cool, refreshing can of high-fructose corn syrup swill—brought to you by an international corporate giant—to the glee of t