Monthly Archives: February 2015

Rand Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll, Walker Finishes a Close Second

Rand Paul won the CPAC straw poll. This is his third win in a row. Scott Walker finished a close second.

It is not surprising that Paul won because the venue favors candidates supported by the younger college crowd that shows up in large numbers (sometimes bused in depending on the operation) to both politic and party. It is, based on my sense of expectations, surprising that Walker did as well as he did and finished a pretty close second. Walker has been the buzzy candidate recently, but he was reported as having made some blunders during his speech, although what the MSM considers a blunder and what CPAC attendees consider a blunder is likely different.

Word was before the results were announced, and I don’t know how seriously to take this because it could be intentional spin, that it would be a “disappointing” showing for Paul if he didn’t win by a comfortable margin. I also don’t know how much of an apparatus Walker had in place for getting his folks there.

Check Out Henry Dampier’s Blog

Any of y’all familiar with Henry Dampier? (I don’t know if that is his real name.) He is a neoreactionary. I don’t think paleoconservatism is synonymous with neoreaction, but there is a lot of overlap because both are premised on the rejection of liberalism (in the modern and original sense). Some neoreaction, like some of the alternative right in general, is hostile to Christianity, but not all of it is and not all ax grinds about the issue. The reason I’m recommending Dampier is because he writes clearly and well, and he is always thoughtful.

Here is his blog. Give it a look.

And I would like to draw your attention to this post on why he writes. I agree. While I harbor no grand delusions that I will succeed, I write because I want to change things. Or more specifically, I want to contribute to the public conversation in a way that steers it, however slightly, in our direction. Just sitting around naysaying everything does no one any good, especially the naysayer.

I also agree with the encouragement that we need to live what we write. Our example may well end up having more influence than a 100 essays that are primarily read by the choir.

Mike’s paleo lifestyle post gets at this, and so do all the songs being posted. Get fit so you positively project an image. Listen to Outlaw Country just to spite Blue Staters.

Miracle Machine by Blind Guardian

Blind Guardian, the epic folk metal band, just cut yet another incredible album, Beyond the Red Mirror.

“Miracle Machine” is track ten. (Lyrics)

The following lines appear to counter one another:

We must believe in something
That I would call a miracle
The grail will break the final seal
We must believe in something
A miracle, a miracle machine
We just hide it secretly

For they are coming
Give us guidance


They don’t belong here
Though they claim they’re right
Let it grow

Turn off the light
Let reason grow

They will set it on fire
They come to fool us all

They are slaves to the Fire, you know

Their fire must grow
They have to feed it

If I’m interpreting the song correctly, it is similar to their song “Valhalla” with its line that, “No, no, we can’t live without Gods”. You have modernism attempting to eradicate all irrational ties, and you have attempts at surviving the onslaught.

The RadTrad position is in essence that man must serve something, particular ties and faith, piety to God and ancestors; that Reason alone falls to relativity and is a false substitute that cannot sustain a civilisation, only help destroy one, that Tradition often takes more into account than we realise and thus should not be readily opposed. Blind Guardian seems to have declared its allegiance to RadTrad in opposition to modernism, if ever there were any doubt. Such is the conclusion I come to anyway. Blind Guardian is also the band that “made Lord of the Rings cool” with a special album just for the book.

Update: From wikipedia:

In the Elseworlds story “Castles in the Air” (Legionnaires Annual #1, 1994), a subplot involves a group of Legionnaires on a quest for the Miracle Machine, only to discover it was destroyed by Mordru. (The story is a pastiche of the story of King Arthur, with the Miracle Machine serving the role of the Holy Grail).

Nevertheless, I believe this song is intended to hold a deeper meaning as well. I’m not well-versed in comic books and graphic novels, I must admit. However, a solid concept could certainly stem from there as well as from anywhere else.

Buchanan is the Man! Version 1 Billion

Are Republican interventionist hawks insane?

Listen for long to GOP foreign-policy voices, and you can hear calls for war on ISIS, al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, the Houthi rebels, the Assad regime, the Islamic Republic of Iran, to name but a few.

Are we to fight them all? How many U.S. troops will be needed? How long will all these wars take? What will the Middle East look like after we crush them all? Who will fill the vacuum if we go? Or must we stay forever?

Nor does this exhaust the GOP war menu. Enraged by Vladimir Putin’s defiance, Republicans are calling for U.S. weapons, trainers, even troops, to be sent to Ukraine and Moldova.

Says John Bolton, himself looking at a presidential run, “Most of the Republican candidates or prospective candidates are heading in the right direction; there’s one who’s headed in the wrong direction.”

That would be Rand Paul, who prefers “Arab boots on the ground.”

Greenspan Speaks on US and Global Economic Problems

It’s refreshing Greenspan focuses on the need for savings (especially long-term investments) and worker productivity, which seems so obvious yet so many today seem to claim any near-term consumption, any spending, will miraculously result in growth. It is investment and research that grow an economy, long-term.

Greenspan also mentions the current investment environment is unpredictable, resulting in greater investment risk especially for longer-term investments.

H/T: ContraCorner

Iraq: Assyrian Artifacts Destroyed

News Link: IS Destroys Ancient Artifacts (Daily Mail).

The destabilisation of Iraq and mass immigration into Europe have created a sort of Bolshevik Muslim who has no home, no ethnicity, only Islam. Such is the essence of Islamic State. Many of its fighters are foreign, not Arab, and the same cosmopolitan, anti-heritage tendency can be expected from other Muslims in Western lands. As diversity grows, it might be that European artifacts and books should be stored in Iceland, Finland, or Japan, three of the last non-cosmopolitan global holdouts.

The US has spent $2 trillion destabilising Iraq, and the mess only grows worse. Millions of Muslims have been imported into Europe and her colonies, and ancient Muslim and Christian communities have been eradicated in Iraq’s chaos.

Bush and Obama, together, have ruined Iraq and with it some of the oldest relics. Iraq, under secular Saddam Hussein, would never have allowed the destruction of its museums. The ancient Marsh Arabs were victims of Hussein, but order was at least preserved, most heritage preserved. We saw similar destruction and looting in Egypt when the US helped remove Mohamed Morsi and in Iraq after Hussein’s removal. Libya, another American victim, has also been destabilised after Gaddafi’s removal.

This is just too horrific for words; Cosmopolitanism is an evil thing. Perhaps more important than opposing immigration is stopping US foreign involvement. Israel and Middle East Sunnis want similar attacks on Iran and whatever remains of Assad’s Syria. I would wish the destruction of whatever is sacred to these war-mongering brutes, but I expect they’re no different from Russian Bolsheviks who valued nothing, hate all heritage as false idols that obstruct “reason” or abstract faith.

There is little difference between an Islamic Bolshevik and a secular humanist Bolshevik. They both wish the destruction of tradition, heritage, identity. The only means of resisting is to keep out immigrants, oppose miscegenation, preserve identity. A Traditionalist, be he Muslim or Christian, can in theory balance a respect for tradition with his faith. A cosmopolitan, however, lives in the abstract and is thus unstable, dangerous.

It’s fitting that Nick Griffin, a nationalist, helped avoid war in Syria, for a time, until Obama’s aid to Syrian rebels resulted in ISIS. Nick Griffin can currently be found here (Facebook).

Is There Anything More Pathetic Than a Male Feminist?

If there is, I don’t know what it would be.

Turns out feminists don’t always take kindly to male feminists speaking out for them. I think the model is suppose to be that a feminist says something or makes a stand and all the male feminists are supposed to nod and proclaim “Yeah, what she said!” from the background like the good little yes men that they are. (Hmmm… that model sounds familiar.)

Poor wittle Vivek Wadhwa now has his feelings hurt because the women he thought he was speaking out for are telling him to shut up and go away. What motivates people like Vivek to publicly emasculate themselves like they do? Is it some perverted sense of justice? Is it just a good gig? So some entrepreneurial type sees an opening like gender diversity training and consulting and exploits it? Does he think it is going to get him laid? I’ve got news for you buddy. High value women don’t go for male feminists. They go for manly alpha males. The only women who go for male feminists are feminists who have to settle.

This kind of thing (How dare a man pretend to speak for us!) is evidence that feminism is not really about equality. It is the mirror image of the supposed traditional role of men. They want women calling the shots and men just shutting up and going along for the ride. This is why activist feminism (vs. just the idea of female equality) is full of hysterical shrews.

How ‘bout a Little Bourbon with Your Philosophy?

Over at the Abbeville Review, John Devanny offers a highly readable and invaluable introduction to the South, the predominant attitudes and values that define it, and how it is changing. Underneath the various changes occurring before our eyes, says Devanny, we can still see the essence that makes the South what it is:

The Southerner was, and a number of them still are, philosophical realists (or as Flannery O’Connor might have said, “hillbilly Thomists”). That is why the natural world was so important to the Southern way of life. The world was real, not a play-ground for the abstractions of secular Puritans or neo-Platonic fantastics. The hillbilly Thomist conforms his mind to reality, seeks to improve what can be improved, ameliorate what can be ameliorated, and endure what cannot be changed. He embraces reality, not virtual reality. We need more hillbilly Thomists.

As Stark Young observed in I’ll Take My Stand, “That a change is now in course all over the South is plain; and it is as plain that the South changing must be the South still, remembering that for no thing can there be any completeness that is outside its own nature.” That was true in 1930 and it is true today. As our Southern grandparents would advise us, “Deal with it.”

This short and information-packed article is as encouraging as it is informative. Highly recommended.

Obama’s Keystone XL Pipeline Veto

Would someone please explain to me why the Keystone XL pipeline is a national issue that has to be voted on by Congress? If it makes free market sense, then buy the land and build it. What is the federal issue?

I posted the above as my Facebook status. I was actually jabbing left and right with my comment, but I’m not sure my intent was fully understood. What is in the actual legislation they are voting on? I don’t think it is invoking eminent domain at this point. As best as I can tell it is bypassing typical “state department” environmental analysis which is required because it crosses a national border. My point is that conservatives are getting worked up because the President vetoed the bill, but what they should be concerned about is that a bill is necessary to begin with. Building oil pipelines should not be a federal issue. I don’t deny the importance of environmental concerns, but environmental concerns should be handled at the state level because the EPA is not a Constitutionally authorized federal function.