True Detective as Americanist Myth

The HBO series, True Detective (8 episodes, 2014) fits neatly into the genre of Americanist altright fiction.  Without spoiling too much, the underlying mystery is focused on the ancient legend of widespread child abduction for the purpose of grotesque Occultist ritual.*

The detectives: Matthew McConaughey is brilliant as is Woody Harrelson—Woody whose father was alleged to be one of the three tramps in JFK assassination lore, and McConaughey, who got his start in film with a B-movie edition to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre (should I beat to death some more the importance of this Lovecraft circle outgrowth?) series, and the Indy classic for Gen-Xers, Dazed and Confused.

The underlying theme of the show, which is not revealed until the end, is not plot twists, turns, and grand conspiracy, but of the eternal battle, Light vs Dark, and in this case, two seriously flawed, heavy drinking men, Americans, who stand against the bureaucracy, against the Dark.

No doubt, many were disappointed with the conclusion, the masses that have HBO (those who enjoyed the free HBO streaming this past week being a different class) being as they are, but this series is not for them, as it turned out, it was for whatever is left of the American soul.

And in time, this series will be seen.

*Just to name two characters in this legend from our time:

Janet Reno – made her name in Florida with child abuse convictions at a daycare center, with all sorts of dungeons and macabre pressed onto children’s memories

General Paul Vallely—Currently with some neocon outfit, he promotes various impeachment tactics at Tea Party events.  In the 80s, he co-authored a book (Mind Wars) with an out and about Occultist, who was linked to the Presidio daycare abuse case as well as the granddaddy, the Franklin Cover-up.

Ed Note Update: The website, Vigilant Citizen, that covers Illumanti/Occult symbolism in the culture has a review (full of spoilers) of the series.

Russia Today Heralds Microstates as “More Nimble”

From RT:

In the old days everybody wanted an empire. Nowadays, nations leading in best practice are tiny: Estonia, Iceland or Dubai for instance.

The digital age favors nimble nation states, generating growth through bottom up entrepreneurial endeavors, as opposed to old discredited nation states bestowing support inefficiently while promoting that old big state oxymoron: centralized innovation. While multinationals (corporate and political alike) seek to control the future, citizens are increasingly ignoring the memo.

Digital states are best when small and nimble: the world’s wealthiest nations are increasingly at the smaller end of the scale. Singapore transformed from predominantly swampland to a dazzling technopolis in a generation thanks to enabling upward mobility, enshrining property rights, access to education and work while rewarding entrepreneurship. Monaco melds strong welfare with zero income tax.

Ultimately, the supranational ethos of ‘big’ whether government or corporate, is undermined by the power of the smaller state to exploit the ability to be digital, flexible and prosperous. That is good for citizens and great for empowering both individuals and the community to shape their prosperous destiny.

And yes, this sounds a little hypocritical coming from the Russian Federation, but who cares?! Great stuff.

Buchanan Hearts Putin Too

Steven Seagal isn’t the only one showing Putin some love these days. So is Pat Buchanan.

Putin is entering a claim that Moscow is the Godly City of today and command post of the counter-reformation against the new paganism. Putin is plugging into some of the modern world’s most powerful currents. Not only in his defiance of what much of the world sees as America’s arrogant drive for global hegemony. Not only in his tribal defense of lost Russians left behind when the USSR disintegrated. He is also tapping into the worldwide revulsion of and resistance to the sewage of a hedonistic secular and social revolution coming out of the West.

In the culture war for the future of mankind, Putin is planting Russia’s flag firmly on the side of traditional Christianity.

Teacher Arrested for Forcing Child to Clean Child’s Own Mess

A Florida teacher has been arrested for forcing a 10-year-old student to clean his own mess, after the student clogged a urinal with paper.

We can’t know the specifics from the media, and the teacher of course could be mistaken about the culprit; but it appears the teacher was in the right.

As an alternative punishment of the child, the school could have acted with a bit of drama, with a suspension; but it seems best that he clean his own mess and get back to his studies, his vandalism kept quiet. Urine isn’t dangerous.

The purpose of this post: To encourage readers to home school.

Enya’s “Boadicea”

No civilised man expects women to fight, but in desperate times the meek are called to rise above their natural station. Around 60 AD, Boudicca did just that. Of royal blood and an Iceni though, she was meek only by the very highest standards. Rebelling against the Roman Empire, Boudicca nearly purged Britain of its foreign occupiers. None can ascertain the outcome of such a gamble. Boudicca bet her life and lost. But she took a stand, and she nearly won.

U.S. could free Israeli spy in deal to save peace talks

One thing’s for sure: The U.S. most definitely has a “special relationship” with Israel. It’s similar to the kind of relationship you see in the beaten wife syndrome, as this nauseating news nugget makes clear:

An Israeli spy serving a life sentence in the United States and groups of Palestinian prisoners could be freed under an emerging deal to salvage Middle East peace talks, sources close to the negotiations said on Monday.

The sources, who spoke as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry prepared to meet Israeli and Palestinian leaders, said under the proposed arrangement that Jonathan Pollard, a former U.S. Navy analyst caught spying for Israel in the 1980s, could be released by mid-April.

In addition, Israel would go ahead with a promised release of a fourth group of Palestinians, among the 104 it pledged to free in a deal that led to the renewal of peace talks last July. Another group of jailed Palestinians would also go free – and the peace talks would be extended beyond an April 29 deadline, the sources said.

What a deal – Israel gets its hero, the Palestinians get their people, and we get the greatest prize of them all: We get to maintain our “special relationship” with Israel. Win-win-win!

In case you’ve forgotten, here’s what Jonathan Pollard – an American citizen, at least on paper, if not in terms of loyalty – did to his country:

Pollard did more damage to the United States than any spy in history. And it was genuine damage, not just a mass of documents that had been routinely classified. Pollard’s Israeli handler, aided by someone in the White House who has up until now evaded arrest, was able to ask for specific classified documents by name and number. The Soviets obtained US war plans, passed to them by the Israelis in exchange for money and free emigration of Russian Jews without any regard for the damage it was doing to the United States. The KGB was able to use the mass of information to reconstruct US intelligence operations directed against it and a number of Americans and US agents paid with their lives. Pollard also revealed to the Israelis and Soviets the technical and human source capabilities that US intelligence did and did not have, which is the most critical information of all as it underlies all information collection efforts. Compounding the problem, the United States has never actually been able to accurately ascertain all of the damage done by Pollard because the Israeli government has refused to cooperate in the investigation and has not returned the documents that were stolen.

But what do you want to bet that the Israel-Firsters will meekly accept this outrage while screaming for Edward Snowden’s head?

Steven Seagal Hearts Putin

Dang! Steven Seagal has really gone rogue.

Mr. Seagal also took occasion in the newspaper interview to slam America for its policy on Ukraine.

“[I’m] an American, and I love my country,” but the current Ukraine policy from the White House is “idiotic,” he said, USA Today reported.

“It’s no secret that I have Republican views, and policies of Obama does not appeal to me,” Mr. Seagal said in the report. “In many ways, it is not even his fault, but the people who are in his inner circle who have views on world politics are diametrically opposed to Russia. In my opinion, a situation where the U.S. and Russia are on opposite sides of the fence is abnormal. And I see my task is to do everything to facilitate the normalization of relations.”

This shows some real insight. There is no reason we should have an antagonistic relationship with Russia. I’m going to rent a Steven Seagal movie the next time I use RedBox.

If Guns Are Banned, Only Criminals Will Have Guns

California state senator Leland Yee has been charged with trafficking firearms.

The great irony is Yee was listed on the Gun Violence Prevention Honor Roll in 2006 for his co-authoring of an important gun-control bill. And in 2013 he took another dramatic stand with yet another gun-control bill.

Senator Yee at least deserves praise for distributing ammo to one particular group, and I don’t mean the Wo Hop To gang: Gun rights defenders. Thanks for the debate ammo!

In other news: Homeland Security plans to purchase 1.6 billion rounds of ammo. Is it preparing for a war? And if so, against whom?

The right to bear arms has historically been the mark of a free man, and rightly so.

“To preserve liberty it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them.”
- Richard Henry Lee

First Synthetic Chromosome in Functional Yeast Cell Milestone

The BBC reports that for the first time a synthetic chromosome has been successfully manufactured and integrated into a functional yeast cell.

Is this really a positive?

I’m not sure I like him, but Heidegger’s ”dasein” roughly means “being”. The Irish Wolfhound is part of the Irish dasein. The English Bulldog is part of the English dasein. These pets connect us to our ancestors who bred them; they connect us to God who created them. More than the outright engineering of sentient beings threatens man’s dasein.

Synthetic goes further than transgenetics. This doesn’t merely meddle with God’s work; it replaces it. Biotech cannot be stopped, but the threat should at least be understood.

Irish Wolfhound

English Bulldog

A- Paper from University of North Carolina

Yahoo News hosts an amusing example of an athlete’s final paper, chock full of errors, that received an A- from the esteemed UNC.

In my experience though, it’s not only athletes who receive such treatment. And it isn’t right to label these as “no-show” classes. The emphasis should be on what a student actually learns, not his attendance in class. College should not be adult day care, and some are simply not college material.

The solution here is the same with public schooling: Separate the bright from the dim, make actual learning a requirement to pass, don’t fear to flunk a student who refuses to, or cannot, learn.

China is laughing.

Contra the Dark Enlightenment Part II

Apparently Brett Steven’s article about the Dark Enlightenment/NeoReaction caused a bit of a stir among the DE/NR crowd. He has replied here.

To be clear, I don’t have anything against NeoReaction and the Dark Enlightenment except those elements that are hostile to Christianity and Christian morality. And I don’t entirely accept Steven’s main premise that DE/NR is really just people power against the new elite (the Cathedral). They want to replace the new elite because they think the new elite is hostile, but that they want to replace them with a people power “bizarre” is less clear. Some seem to actually desire a better non-hostile elite.

My dog in this fight is that I recognized some of the Southern Nationalist new guard that I have clashed with before in his description. While I don’t think the New Direction Caucus explicitly embraces the DE/NR label, they definitely model themselves on the European New Right identitarian movements. Here is more from Steven’s reply:

My point to the DE/NeR was basically that if your philosophy is functionally similar to conservatism, and you don’t admit it, you’re avoiding the truth out of some personal pretense

… but the ugly fact is that the DE and Neoreaction are terminally broken. Underneath some promising ideas, there’s the ugly skeleton of liberalism (editor’s note: I don’t necessarily agree with this)  and a pretense about avoiding conservatism. Same old jive, same old song and dance!…

Thus the big surprise here is: we don’t need a new idea. All of the ideas we need to look toward are in Plato and other writers from the fall of the Greco-Roman empires. (editor’s note: and the Bible, and the Reformers and some of the Framers, etc.) ~ emphasis mine

Contra the Dark Enlightenment

Here is a very good essay discussing the Dark Enlightenment and to a lesser degree the (religious) Orthosphere. I don’t agree with everything he says, but he expresses a couple of points I have tried to make in the past. The first is that “third ways” and “fourth ways” and/or whatever new name you want to give your project are not really new when you get below the surface. What they are are combinations of old ideas, perhaps with different proportions and emphasises but old ideas nonetheless. The second point is that regardless of how much people want to fool themselves otherwise, our project is essentially conservative, which is why it is so counter productive to bash conservatism (authenic vs. phony) or concede to the modern definition of what conservatism is.

But enough Dark Enlightenment bashing. When we remove its drama, what do we find?

  • Recognition of inequality
  • Nationalism
  • Anti-democracy

Dark Enlightenment types will often explain their philosophy as a reversal of The Enlightenment, and a return to the darkness and Ragnar Redbeard styled “might is right” that came before the fancy do-gooder notions of the Cathedral. Then they proceed to list the three items above, all of which are found in… wait for it… paleoconservatism, and even more strongly, found in the aristocratic years before the French Revolution. On its surface, the Dark Enlightenment may be some new form of entertainment product. When you pop the hood and look at the engine, however, you’ll find the shocking truth — it’s conservatism rewarmed.

Hard times for Neocons

The most vivid illustration of how unnatural and unstable the DC regime has become was the orgy of mutual recrimination that followed the collapse of the Iraq and Afghanistan adventures. As the flimsy lies that united the bizarre coalition of war supporters became too glaring to deny, public support evaporated. Those who had convinced their constituencies to overlook their differences and rally ’round the flag quickly resorted to demonizing their former bedfellows. It got nasty at times.

You can deny reality for only so long. Really now: How long could we pretend the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan could hide behind such fantasies as Andrew Sullivan’s War of Global Gay Liberation, Charles Johnson’s Crusade against Tradition, and Free Republic’s Great Patriotic War?

Little wonder that the War Party is descending these days into increasingly shrill and unhinged attempts to revive public support for perpetual war. The silliest in recent memory is Michael Gerson’s warning that Americans have  ”overlearned” the lessons of Iraq and Afghanistan. In other words, to paraphrase Gerson, “Americans made a huge mistake in 2003: They trusted us Neocons. But that doesn’t mean you should never trust us again when we want to attack another country that has not threatened or attacked us.”

Even worse, says Gerson, by not invading Libya, Georgia, and Syria, just to name a few countries begging for another US-led “liberation,” Americans are increasingly showing “tolerance of crimes against humanity.” Yes, that’s what he said.

If we really cared about the people in other countries, we’d bomb them. Keeping out of other people’s wars demonstrates a lack of compassion.

Of course, Gerson somehow forgets the ACTUAL results of past US interventions. Just to list a few:

- Vietnam, 1960-75 — Two million Vietnamese killed in longest US war.
 - Indonesia, 1965 — CIA-backed overthrow of Sukarno in 1965 resulted in estimated death of one million people.
 - Cambodia, 1969-75 — US carpet bombing killed two million people.
 - El Salvador, 1981-92 — troops and air power assisted death squads, 75,000 people killed.
 - Serbia — Clinton’s ‘Wag the Dog’ Air War in 1999 killed 6,000 Serbian troops and 2,000 civilians.
 - Iraq — US-led sanctions result in the estimated deaths of over one million civilians, from 1990 to 2003. And the Iraqi invasion and occupation has killed over 700 US troops, 5,000 Iraqi troops, and 8,000 civilians.

But Neocons, like the leftists from which they mutated, are at war with reality. We’re supposed to focus on the nobility of their theories, not the real-world consequences of their policies.

Students for Liberty vs. Ron Paul on Crimea

In case you haven’t been following this, there has been a bit of a dust up in non-interventionist circles. Students for Liberty President Alexander McCobin publically criticized Ron Paul over his statements on the Crimean situatuion. Since then, it has been time, as they say, to “get the popcorn.” I’m working on a longer response to this. As you probably guess, I side with Ron Paul. But I figured I need to cover this situation so here is a list of links.

Here is the original McCorbin post that got it all started.

Here is the original, as far as I can tell, reaction from BuzzFeed.

The (anti-Paul) Washington Free Beacon quickly picked up the story.

Reason chimes in.

Ron Paul’s Institute responds. (Perhaps too harshly?)

McCorbin replies.

Dave Weigel of Slate opines. (Weigel is interesting in cases like these. Weigel currently has anti-paleo biases, but because he once traveled in our circles before going a different dirrection, he gets the subtext better than most.)

Justin Raimondo is his typical firey self at Anti-War.com.

John Glaser says not so fast.

Raimondo steps on the gas.

Anthont Gregory calls for a truce.

Robert Wenzel sides with Ron Paul at LewRockwell.com

Whew! See what I mean about getting the popcorn?

PC Scolds Attack College of Charleston President Select

The PC hysteria caucus is predictably outraged because a long time South Carolina Republican who may have something other than scorn and contempt for his ancestors and state has been picked to head the College of Charleston.

I don’t know if a retiring politician is actually qualified to be a University President,  but a school picking a politician is certainly not without precedent. David Boren became the President of the University of Oklahome. Donna Shalala became the President of the University of Miami, and those are just off the top of my head. So who really believes these PC enforcers are more worried about credentials than they are right think?

McConnell, who spent more than 30 years in the state Senate (including 11 as  its leader before becoming lieutenant governor) is being eyed suspiciously for  two reasons: his political connections and his association with Confederate  history.

Faculty said the search process was a sham, given that McConnell emerged at  the top of the heap despite reports the search committee didn’t choose him as a  finalist.

His critics also paint him as a Confederate sympathizer. He used to own a shop that  sold memorabilia of the South’s rebellion; he appears in a widely circulated  picture dressed as a  Confederate general; and he is a longtime supporter of flying the  Confederate flag on the statehouse grounds. McConnell, whose office did not  respond to a request for comment, has previously  said his affiliation with Confederate regalia has to do with history and  states’ rights.

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/03/26/college-charlestons-next-president-politician-confederate-sympathies-faculty-and#ixzz2x5NYJOO8 Inside Higher Ed

Russia Pressured into Possible Trade Partnership with China, Maybe Wider “Asian Axis”

The latest from Zero Hedge is that Russia is being pressured into a trade partnership with China and possibly a wider “Asian axis”, which could result in the weakening of Europe’s economy and the undermining of the US Dollar as global reserve currency.

And if the US ceases to be the global reserve currency, widespread US economic collapse and rapid inflation would result. Warren Buffet’s warning about paper money might prove timely.

To top things off, the US Defense Department needs auditing, as does the Federal Reserve System (video).

Buy Gold? Well, Rhodium (in the store section of link), Palladium, or even (flammable) Ruthenium might all be more potent investments, since they’re historically more volatile and actually have industrial uses. And Silver is a more traditional currency for China and India. However, deep sea mining potentially threatens to wipe out scarcity – the technology does anyway, not that particular (extremely risky) stock.

Metals might be best regardless, and deep sea mining perhaps won’t be profitable this decade; but it will be eventually.