Interesting Articles, 4/23/2017

Here are some articles I’ve read recently and found interesting:

Grace & Steel Ep. 78 – Talking to the Z Blogger is a podcast featuring one of my favorite bloggers & Baltimore resident, The Z Blogger. This is the first one he’s done, so it was nice to hear him talk at length.

Geographic Apartheid in Africa Exists to Entrench the One Party State– Looks at how California’s harsh regulations on new construction in coastal areas forces Hispanic immigrants into interior regions, which enables the super-majority of Democrats in the state legislature.

“The Ideas Made It, But I Didn’t” checks in with Pat Buchanan who has witnessed his political ideas triumph electorally with the election of Donald Trump.

The Strategy of a Thousand Statesmen considers the necessary task of building a new set of people to take over the true reigns of power in the United States.

Moldbug 10 Years On, A Critical Retrospective looks back at the work of Mencius Moldbug, an influential thinker in reactionary politics. It covers his main philosophies and look at how they held up, and how they changed over time.

 

Why You Should Join and Use Gab

Gab is a relatively new social network, centered around a microblogging platform which limits your posts to 300 characters. You might not want another social network in your life, or you may not wish to devote time to a social network that is just getting off the ground, but you should register an account and start using Gab right away. You can find me on http://gab.ai/CQW, it is where I do most of my social media posting these days.

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Articles Worth Reading Round-Up: 4/12/2017

Here are some pieces from the past few weeks that I think are worth reading.

James Burnham’s Managerial Elite presents the political philosophy of communist-turned-founding-memeber-of-American-conservatism, (of which there are many) James Burnham. It discusses one of the things he gets very right, the rise of managerialism. He presents manegerialism as a third alternative to socialist and laissez-faire economics that combines much of the worst of both systems.

A Cultural Phenomenology of Urban Exploration dives into the hobby of urban explorers who seek out abandoned decaying malls and factories. The emotions tapped by urban explorers reflect on common misgivings about modernity.

 

Review of Corrosion (The Corroding Empire Book 1) by Johan Kalsi

The proper way to review a book is a matter of some debate and differing philosophies and Corrosion by Johan Kalsi is one that could receive reviews with largely different content and conclusions based on the choices made by the reviewer in examining the work. Corrosion can be examined in a vacuum, in comparison to John Scalzi’s The Collapsing Empire or in comparison to the Isaac Asimov novel, Foundation. In the first case the novel was mostly successful in accomplishing the author’s goals. Pitted against Scalzi, the book would seem to be a resounding success. Finally, while it is impossible to properly compare it to Asimov at this stage, the novel develops a similar premise in a more expansive direction and uses different means to maintain cohesion between the stories.

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Harvard Classics, Volume 6: Robert Burns

The sixth volume of the Harvard Classics is exclusively poetry and songs from the famous and influential Scottish poet, Robert Burns. He his best known to me for the classic song “Auld Lang Syne” and the classic rock hit “John Barleycorn”. Encompassing 557 individual poems, this work was daunting. Not only am I not usually one for reading poetry, Burns usually writes in Scottish vernacular and often uses Scots Gaelic words in his poems. That’s in addition to the standard practice of using plenty of Latin and French borrowed words as well. Robert Burns seems to refer to Scotland as Caledonia more often than its actual name.  This makes these poems a challenge to read and comprehend for a reader like myself who is not only separated from the work by a significant language barrier but also by more than two hundred years of history. After reading the first hundred poems, the language became easier to deal with and the second half of the collection was a relative breeze once I had gotten used to his style.

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Why “A Sea of Skulls” Surpasses “A Throne Of Bones”

This is just a short post expanding on something I wanted to say in a Gab post, but couldn’t make fit. Vox Day’s fantasy series “Arts of Dark And Light” series released the first half of its second installment, A Sea of Skulls, this winter, following up on the first installment A Throne of BonesWhile a full review needs to wait until the second half of the novel is released, I believe it is prudent at this time to mark and discuss the improvement between the novels.

A Throne of Bones, was, in many ways, a response to George R.R. Martin’s wildly popular and painfully slowly written fantasy series “A Song of Ice and Fire”, especially A Game of Thrones. Many praise Martin’s series for its supposed realism, by not letting the protagonists get victories they didn’t deserve. What many have recognized is that this is directly attached to the series’ nihilism, negative view of humanity, and generally focusing on all the bad things in life while forgetting about the good ones. A Throne of Bones makes a point to show the things in life that Martin neglects in his point-of-view characters. Among these are: devotion to one’s people, selflessness, devotion to religion, happily married couples, and women who integrate into society. What makes A Throne of Bones such a good response is that all of these things are included without letting the protagonists receive unearned victories. The two works form something of a ying yang, with Eddard Stark and Theuderic juxtaposed against the rest of the main cast.

What Vox Day managed to do in his second book is something that George R.R. Martin hasn’t done in four sequels: expand the emotional scope of the series. A Sea of Skulls brings the reader through an experience that encompasses the horrors of war, desperation, hopelessness, loss and civilizational decay. These are in addition to maintaining the depictions heroism, family, competence etc from the A Throne of Bones. As a whole, A Sea of Skulls transcends its previous work and its contrasting relationship to Martin’s saga.

Review of Push the Zone, By David the Good

I was first introduced to David the Good nearly two years ago when he published his first book with Castalia House, Compost Everything: The Good Guide to Extreme CompostingWhen his editor, Vox Day, published a post on his blog pitching the book. A pitch as strong as that one, made by Vox, had me intrigued. But I still had some questions.

“How extreme can stacking dead leaves and grass clippings in a pile be?”

“When he says ‘Compost Everything’, does he mean, you know, everything?”

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Some Articles I’ve Enjoyed Recently 3/17/17

Here are some articles that I’ve read recently that I thought you’d enjoy.

The Destroyer of Worlds examines Trump’s position as the instrument of destruction for the comfortable status quo that had been established in Washington over the course of the most recent decades. It places Trump in the role of “The Mule” from Asimov’s Foundation series, which is an especially apt metaphor.

Steve King’s Incoherent Blasphemy opines on the fallout from Rep. Steve King’s recent controversial comments and his subsequent “clarification”. The point is made that while King’s first statement largely made sense and was extremely transgressive against the current order, his second set of comments were nonsensical and simple appeasement.

Silicon Valley: A Brilliant Leftist Success Story  chronicles the seemingly universal leftism in Silicon Valley and how this demonstrates the success the left has had over the past two generations in shaping young minds into its own image.

 Take Control of Your Language argues that we should be more careful in the language and labels we apply to ourselves and others such that it leaves no doubt what we intend to mean. It makes the case that what we normally call “liberals” or “leftists” should be replaced with words like “third worldist”, which describes a person whose prime political motivation is the advancement of people living or originating from third world countries.

On Legitimacy and Republicanism delves deeply into the topic of the mechanisms by which republican governments achieve and maintain their legitimacy. An important aspect of this is that republics deny the ability for many forms of legitimacy to take hold and is ultimately a weakness in that system.

How the Left Controls Right-Wing Media

One of the most important ways that the progressive and neo-liberal left, the de facto ruling entity in first-world (in the original meaning), maintains its grip on cultural power is by controlling its opposition. While the biggest means of information distribution have been controlled and put into service for the political left for decades, the yearning for something else creates the opportunity for right wing media to become a major source of opposition. However, the media and corporate organs of the left utilize three major means to control its opposition.

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