Trump’s Big Win and the Will of the People

You should be of high spirits. Donald J. Trump, who is the only major American political figure alive interested in conserving anything, won the election. Donald J. Trump, the one figure we knew might be able to spark counter-revolutionary awareness, has sparked that change. Trump won in procedural terms—but don’t spend your time obsessing with…

A Grand Unified Theory of Neoliberalism

There are terms we see used promiscuously yet cannot define. Sometimes this is for the purpose of obfuscation. “Fascism,” as Orwell knew in 1946, means “something not desirable” to the left; the word “liberalism” has very nearly the same meaning for the right. It is not so much conceptual difficulty that keeps us from defining…

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…