Recently Kevin MacDonald gave a lecture at the London Forum. While it does give a wonderful overview of some of the reasons Europeans are the way they are ( read super unique ), that is not even the best part about this video. Kevin MacDonald is most famous for his book the Culture of Critique. In the process of writing, what would become a quadrilogy, on the history of the Jews, Kevin became increasingly critical of the Jewish Elites. Culture of Critique is the culmination of his criticism of Jewish Evolutionary Strategy, though the third book in the series. Kevin is one of the most commonly cited authors when it comes to the Jewish Question. If you are looking for more of Kevin’s views of the JQ this is not the video for you. What the video does however allude to is the Puritan or Ultra-Calvinist hypothesis. Funny that Kevin MacDonald author of THE Culture of Critique citing that the Jews were not the first to erode western ethnocentrism. He describes the early anti-western elites as being WASP particularly Puritans and Quakers. He does go on to say that the 20th century saw a decline in the influence of the WASP and an increasingly Jewish character to the anti-western elite. Its nice to see someone of such authority added to the list of people who say “its not *JUST* the Jews!”
I recently finished “Village Life in America 1852-1872, Including the Period of the American Civil” By Caroline Cowles Richards. This is the published diary of a school girl growing up in Canandaigua, New York. She was raised in a Puritan household though it seems that she attended many different denominational services. I have included some selections below that I found interesting. Certainly the perspective of a schoolgirl starting at 10 years old isn’t the most deep perspective but I think this book gives some color to the American Puritans. Caroline’s family is quite pious and seem like nice enough people. Keep in mind these are selections I found worth noting and not necessarily representative of most of the book.
What is interesting about this quote was the title of the book given to Caroline: “Noble Deeds of American Women”. There is probably nothing to this but it strikes me none-the-less as interesting.
If you’ve ever taken an introductory economics class you’ll likely have heard some rendition of I, pencil. While it is not always presented in full essay form the discussion none the less is a common subject. It begins with the teacher making the claim that no one person knows how to make a pencil. To which some unwitting student usually challenges him on. The teacher then explains that one person might know how to manufacture a pencil, but they wouldn’t know how to make the machinery or mine the ore to make that machinery or know how to log the wood etc. One can go on with this line of thought for quite a while. You can read the original essay here. The conclusion from the original essay was that knowledge is distributed. But I’ll take a different direction with the same line of thought.
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We see an extended conflict in the wake of capitalization. Capitalism selects for certain types of behavior and people. These selection effects are starkly different from the selection effects illiquid forms of capital, which before capitalization were not even considered capital. The essence of older forms of illiquid capital is violence. Whether direct violence in the forms of men with swords or the protection of fortifications. The serfs, the farm and the fort are the archetype of illiquid capital. As the cost of defense decreases, there begins a divergence between defense ( both active and passive ) and capital. Liquid capital, especially other forms than currency, is only widely possible when one does not have to protect property passively or directly employ protection to prevent theft ( there will always be a minimum level of protection needed though). During the early middle ages even merchants, who are usually the archetype furthest from violence, formed bands to defend themselves from raiders, barbarians and robbers. Italian merchants even formed navies to defend themselves from pirates. Certainly in the absence of security, trade becomes an occupation only for the brave, bold and armed.
Separating capital from violence creates a distortion in the market. Where before property was only maintained via defense by property owners. Now free men can utilize generated safe zones to protect their property. This means their incentives in the short term, their lifespan, lie with maximization of capital. Not all actors will desire or achieve wealth but eventually a form of wealth generation will emerge that was previously unavailable to illiquid capital owners. Of these capitalistic methods some will come into direct conflict with the goals of those who maintain defenses. Some of these methods will eventually hurt the average person. Many will describe this subversion as evil, but in practice both illiquid capitalists and liquid capitalists are amoral actors. The difference is that illiquid capitalists have more incentive to maintain the commons.
Today I bring you two stories from China which, at a passing glance are unrelated but have deep relationship to a central challenge of modern Chinese governance. This challenge is to resist the insidious infection of Western values The first story comes out of Quartz the central issue is summed up nicely in the opening sentence “In China, they say that there are three genders: male, female, and female PhD.” China did not have the sexual revolution or the civil rights movement or the union battles or suffragette movements or cultural Marxism. They did have the Cultural Revolution and Mao’s own version of “Cultural Marxism” but despite the tumult of the Cultural Revolution traditional values still cling to the bones of Chinese history. Mao’s “cultural Marxism” had more to do with his own appraisal of Chinese culture as the fundamental weakness of Chinese society mixed with…well… Marxism (also used as leverage to gauge loyalty tear down opponents and adopt some of the weird communist egalitarian doctrines which by today’s standards are quite quaint). Mao’s revolution was more western supremacist than the mere swapping of Europeans for the bourgeois. While the western world has had nearly 60 years to adjust and acclimate to the movement of women into the workplace China’s experience with China’s only had two and a half decades. Women working under a communist system weren’t subjected to the same incentives as the modern west, one status signaled by loyalty to whatever was the current fad in party doctrine not necessarily by working hard to acquire masculine competitive status signals (in addition female peasants used to work just as did their western counterparts). The great leap forward for all its strife was not as radical or tumultuous to Chinese culture as the changes ripping through the West. When subjected both to Western education and Western style capitalism women in the workplace experience the emergent conflicts between traditional gender roles and the limitations of the masculine path to status. China’s resurgence of Confucian values is advantageous to China’s memetic sovereignty, which is why their own “NGO” is called the Confucius Institute not the Maoist institute. The Confucius Institute is funded by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China which it uses as a tool to spread its influence and soft power.
Welcome to the 2015 commemoration of the birth of Robert E. Lee. In certain urban centers they seem a bit confused as to how to properly celebrate.
Let’s see on the left we have the oh my….Answer Coalition. That doesn’t seem very southern let’s take a look at their website.
[Bold Mine] “ANSWER has played an important role in the fight against racist and religious profiling, in support of immigrant and workers’ rights, and for economic and social justice for all. Our members are engaged in a range of struggles, from the local battles against police brutality to the international campaigns against militarism and war.
ANSWER Chapters are organizing in cities and towns throughout the United States connecting the flight for social justice at home and in opposition to war and occupation abroad.” –Answer Coalition
Royal playboy or in-law corruption? Back in Thailand there is a scandal brewing.
“Princess Srirasm Suwadi of Thailand has “resigned” from her royal title – in a move that has left citizens of the Asian nation wondering what on earth is happening in the top tier of their revered royal household” –The Telegraph
Now there are competing narratives about why this happened but I think this a good issue to watch as it is a rare to see an extant functioning monarchy. Now of course this is a “constitutional monarchy” but it seems that the Thai monarchy serves as a stronger Schelling point than the modern British Throne. Let’s first take a look at the role of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in Thai society before we delve into the issue.
“Their monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, is the world’s longest-reigning ruler, having sat on the throne for the past 64 years. The vast majority of Thais have known no other ruler, and although the 87-year-old has amassed an estimated £20 billion fortune, making him by far the world’s wealthiest monarch, he has managed to maintain his popularity – funding schools and hospitals, and carefully managing his image to appear as a man of the people.” –The Telegraph
The modern world feels a bit empty spiritually. There aren’t the same rewards at the end of a hard days work. Seemingly there aren’t as many hard days work to go around. Certainly the results of work seem much less spectacular. About a month ago I heard a line from a song that stuck in my head.
“I wish I was a slave to an age old trade. Like riding around in rail cars and working long days. Lord have mercy on my rough and rowdy ways.” The Head and the Heart: Down in the Valley
The aesthetics of this song resonate with the sentiments of those aching for a more meaningful life but let’s parse through those lofty aspirations.
One might find spare change strewn across the sidewalk, one might even find a hundred dollars, but it is not wise to count on money always being lost on the sidewalk. The same goes for work, albeit with qualifications. One might find satisfaction in work, one might find spiritual meaning, but it is unwise to count on it. When one thinks of a spiritual satisfaction in work one often thinks of the great successes in history. Great men who found their calling. For every success story there are a hundred one of mere content and thousand more of abject failure and misery. People who find meaning in work are usually of three types. People who don’t have to worry about working for a living. People who make great material sacrifice to pursue there desires. People who are both quite good at what they do and whose pursuits are lucrative. Obviously there are people who fit all or some combination of these archetypes but I believe they are sufficient. For most people their meaning in their lives is derived elsewhere.
A day of stark reminders, it signals the return.
Of memories of our ancestors, a pain of slowest burn.
Not of grandeur or glory, but whispers of dark past.
When dark magic was summoned, and we first bowed at black mass.
The mass men burn, with yearning and patience short.
Alight their hearts with promises, envy their souls contort.
The beast shudders and wanders while patricians hush past.
It wears the soil of the verdant nation vast.
And from the halls of Sloth, is barred with steady staff.
He is but myth, like bloated stag or golden calf.
He bears not the mark of children, a shadow of the flesh.
For those who bear the mark, are free from sin’s enmesh.
In review of recent events, some have begun to suggest that events the media chose were selected for the murkiness of the details. After all there exists a few clear cut examples of white on black racism seemingly motivated out of pure bigotry and yet the media does not jump on these opportunities. Instead they seem to choose examples for which it is plausible if not likely that the dindu was responsible for their own death.
This serves a purpose as it further tests the limits of loyalty to the Cathedral. Narrative über alles becomes the signal of divine status. That one can properly contort your arguments utilizing progressive memetics to prop up the narrative shows that you are a true believer. A true believer believes the narrative even in the face of overwhelming contrary evidence. While some might rightfully point out that the narrative falls apart when the media picks examples which obviously run counter to the narrative in reality, this holy dissonance serves as a ratchet to tighten the edges of the Overton Window. Either one can accept reality as it is and be demonized by the Cathedral as unenlightened, or one can begin to adopt a mystic view of America.