George Floyd and Baphomet Watch Over Minneapolis

If you end up going to the George Floyd Memorial Zone (GMZ) I recommend you take a pair of sunglasses, a pack of cigarettes, and a rosary. The sunglasses provide cover for the eye-rolling and gawking you’ll do in this sacred space, the cigarettes provide an excuse not to wear the face-muzzle which in the…

A REALIST’S DEFENSE OF ORIGINALISM

The great reactionary, Count Joseph de Maistre, famously observed that all real constitutions are unwritten. When it comes to the true make-up of a country, “That which is most essential, most intrinsically constitutional, and truly fundamental, is never written, and could not be, without endangering the state.” Far from being the product of philosophizers and…

Savage Victims

I doubt I am the only one feeling some nostalgia watching the riots and looting this week. It’s the reverse of what Marx described; it is farce repeated as tragedy. BLM was just as murderous and savage back in 2015/16, but there was a kind of ebullience. When you shared FBI crime statistics back then,…

Political Control and the Dismantling of Assent

  “People say to me, that it is but a dream to suppose that Christianity should regain the organic power in human society which once it possessed. I cannot help that; I never said it could. I am not a politician; I am proposing no measures, but exposing a fallacy, and resisting a pretence. Let…

Calhoun, Biopower, and America’s Phony Constitution

It seems to me that the most important characteristic of “liberalism” is its attack on quiddity, that is, its attack on the notion of what-ness, of the singular essence of a thing itself. All other characteristics of liberalism are secondary. This came to mind when reading John C. Calhoun’s great Disquisition on Government. Along with…

Joker (2019): A Killer Troll

Editor’s note: We will run multiple Joker reviews with an eye on unique interpretations and angles. Today’s is the first of multiple entries. Joker is a great troll. Director Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix have played the studio system before—Phillips with his bilious Hangover sequels and Phoenix with his bizarre I’m Not There— and this…

Curriculum Vermeulae: The Work and Works of Adrian Vermeule

I don’t know if Cornelius Adrian Comstock Vermeule is a fed. But in an act of fraternal regard, I have to say: Adrian, if you aren’t getting paid by the federal government, you should be. Think about what a valuable asset you would be! You have proven yourself a blind lapdog for the Bush administration’s…

BAP, Classical Man, and the Christian Bugman

There is a great anecdote about Karl Marx, relayed to us by Engels, which claims that upon hearing of the abuses to which his work had been employed by his followers, the Old Master responded, “je ne suis pas Marxiste.” Looking about the Catholic world today, I wonder sometimes if St. Thomas of Aquino wouldn’t…

The Impossibility of Integralist Reform

One of the best and worst things about getting old is the fact that, in gazing upon a world you’ve seen so wrecked and ruined, your mind’s eye can still attach itself to a present object and recall the way it used to be. I can see in wrinkled and bloated classmates the blushing smiles…

Private Scruples, Public Squalor

For all its pomp and pageantry, for all its history and nobility, maybe the greatest feature of hereditary monarchy was completely unromantic. All the backstabbing, fratricide, and adultery which were and are part and parcel of all political strife were once quarantined to a small group of elites. Monarchy restrained the inherent squalor of politics…