On Syria

Holy New Martyrs of Syria, pray to God for us!





A New Direction

As many of you know, I wrote reactionary work elsewhere before founding this blog. Then I started up here and created the content you see before you.

At the moment, though, I find myself running out of worthwhile things to say. I think I’m rehashing and preaching to the choir. This has contributed to my spending more time on Twitter, which I think has had an unfortunate effect on my thought patterns as well, making me think in Tweets and making it harder to complete a well-thought-out blog post.

At the same time, I think the Christian reactosphere, and especially this blog, needs to deepen its roots. We have plenty of legitimate complaints about modernity and liberalism, and we can point to numerous ways traditional societies were better. We’ve built and are continuing to build social networks for sharing our thought. Now it’s time to develop the new (or rather the old) political science and philosophy. That means reading extensively in the old reactionaries: Kuehnelt-Leddihn, de Maistre, [the original] Bonald, the whole bunch. It also means reading the works of our opponents, starting with the original liberals: the Lockeans, and offering a thorough critique and a plausible alternative theory. In short, it means putting real intellectual force and work behind our ideas, a lot of which are now more or less unformed. Moldbug has done pretty well in this department, but I for one need some work.

To that end, I’m going to try to move the tone of this blog more toward lengthy philosophical posts for a while. This will necessarily mean that the posts will come more rarely, but I hope they’ll be of better quality. The first thing I’m going to do is commence my series Problems of Liberty, which will be an attempt to persuade natural-rights libertarians to accept reaction. To that end, I have started reading John Locke’s Two Treatises on Government; when I’m finished I’ll begin work on the first post in the Problems of Liberty series.

Also, I think it’s time for us to organise and connect to some degree, rather than acting as lone wolves. My two most recent projects, the Golden Circle and La Mano Roja Y Vengadora, each in its own way, attempt to do just that. So a fair amount of my blogging time will be devoted to those efforts going forward.

Finally, I think we have need of a viable alternative culture as reactionaries. We need our own fiction, our own art, and eventually our own communities and movies. As my primary vocation, as near as I can tell, will be to write fiction, I’ll be contributing to that as much as I can, starting with the alternate history novel I’m working on. The title has yet to be determined but the working name of the timeline is Southern Fealty. It’s important, though, that we not produce ‘ideological art’; my novels are not, and the rising reactionary art should not be, proselytising tools per se. Rather, it is simply art, created by reactionaries, and thus naturally reflecting our values. Great art is not message-centred; but it is message-laden nonetheless. Reactionaries need to be influencing people on a pre-rational level. Besides all which, modern art is simply atrocious and someone has to offer something better. The only ones who can do that are those who believe in Beauty, and those who believe in Beauty are reactionary to some degree.

In sum, that’s where my energies will be focused for a while. I’ll be trying to spend less time on Twitter (though I wont be cutting it out entirely), and my original-content posts will be fewer, longer, and more serious. I’ll also be devoting my time to connecting reactionaries through the Golden Circle and the translated works at La Mano Roja. And last but not least I’ll be trying to dedicate more time to my fiction, which has been sadly neglected of late. I’ll also try to start posting a Reading List Update every two weeks or so, partially to let you know I’m still active and partially because I’ll mostly be reading the kind of stuff I want to promote.

I hope you’ll all stay tuned for the Problems Of Liberty series. Until then, I remain

Your Humble Servant,

The Avenging Red Hand

Two Christian Archbishops Kidnapped By Syrian Freedom Fighters

To borrow a phrase from Jared Taylor: Are you swine happy now?

Both the Greek and Syriac Orthodox Archbishops of Aleppo have been kidnapped by Syrian rebels.

Of course, those of us who actually read about what the rebels were doing on the ground in Syria instead of listening to the usual flapdoodle about ‘freedom’ and ‘democracy’ and ‘tolerance’ and other such connotation-only words bandied about as sacred shibboleths by our increasingly reality-independent élites knew that the success of the rebels would not be good for Syrian Christians.

But post-Christendom either was too dumb to figure that out, or it doesn’t care, or, most likely, it positively supports attacks on Christians.

May God protect Archbishops Boulos Yazgi and Gregorios Youhana Ibrahim and deliver them safe to their respective flocks. May He also grant that post-Christendom will henceforth mind its own business rather than constantly meddling with dictators who, for all their faults, at least restrain Moslem ‘democracy’.

Down with the rebels! Many years to Bashar al-Assad!

Deo Vindice!

EDIT: The title of this post originally read ‘Orthodox Patriarchs’. That was a typo and has been corrected to ‘Christian Bishops’. The tweet, unfortunately, presumably still says ‘Orthodox Patriarchs’, but there’s nothing I can really do about that.

Watch Out! You Might Trip Over The Future!

They are the future:

I know what you’re thinking: ‘What the hell was that?’ Well, the USA Network has started this protest to ‘end hate and intolerance’. Apparently what it basically consists of is a bunch of people putting on T-shirts with the names of the things they won’t stand for (including ‘racism’, ‘sexism’, domestic violence, religious intolerance, ‘ignorance’, and ‘Islamophobia), and then sitting down. Now, leaving aside the obvious point that anyone with half a brain who wants to end ‘sexism’, religious intolerance, and domestic violence had better be pretty ‘Islamophobic’, let’s just think about this protest. Am I the only one who finds it pathetic and laughable and rather pitiful?

There are no riots. There are no marches. There is no sign-waving. These guys can’t even muster up the collective energy of the TEA Party. Instead they sit on their fat rear ends and feel very smug about all the ‘difference’ they’re making.

I’m trying to imagine myself as one of the evil racist sexist intolerant Islamophobes they hate. Well, that’s not hard; I probably am one. How am I going to react if I see one of these idiots sitting on, for instance, a sidewalk?

Well, I’ll probably step around him, if I’m feeling kind. My biggest concern would be not to trip and fall with such a large object blocking my way.

When you think about it, this protest is fundamentally passive and meek. They don’t even stand up to make themselves seen; they sit down. In a crowd you wouldn’t notice these people; you wouldn’t even see them. These idiots think they’re going to change the world. I would ask: How? Is the Ku Klux Klan going to walk by and think ‘Hmm, we should amend our ways because all these people will sit on the ground if we keep being racist’?

Or maybe you think you’re raising awareness? But you’re really not. If you were to go find some specific examples of these horrible ‘isms’ and point them out, you could claim you were raising awareness. But right now all you’re doing is saying ‘There’s racism!’ or ‘There’s sexism!’ or whatever.

Let me give you a hint, morons: The only people who aren’t already quite aware of the existence of ‘racism’, ‘sexism’, ‘white privilege’, ‘male privilege’, ‘cisgender privilege’, and all your other bugaboos are people like me who’ve heard of them, examined them, and rejected them for whatever reason. You’re not going to change our minds by sitting on your fat butts with a stupid T-shirt.

This protest will accomplish nothing. And that’s fine with the protestors. Because if they managed to eradicate all the privileges and prejudices, their movement would collapse. They thrive on this stuff. They need to be continually revolting, even if the authority they’re throwing off is made up. If they ever got to their End of History, I’m convinced they’d find themselves adrift in a sea of purposelessness, because their politics doesn’t have an end that transcends politics.

So they make up enemies and they use non-measures to fight them. This stuff is to real revolution what Cowboys and Indians on the playground is to a gunfight. These people are playing at politics, filling their lives with simulated purpose.

As for me, I’ll just try to avoid tripping over the future.

H/T: The Right Stuff