I updated the About page. I am trying new ways to introduce this site to people who don’t have a background in New Right, Traditionalist, Neoreaction, Dark Enlightenment, Third Position, Paleoconservative, etc. positions.
I’m on vacation for the next couple weeks, maybe more if time is needed. I relish interactions with the thoughtful people who post comments here, but I’m not sure I’m reaching enough of an audience through this method. Thus it may be time to take advantage of this vacation and see whether a void is created.
I hope you guys have a great vacation, too.
Someone had mentioned that most of the blogs in the right-hand side list were defunct. While I hope that’s not true, it seemed that about a third were inactive.
I’ve pruned it a bit; it’s not personal, but I’d like it to be a reading list. My “loyalty list” is much longer and includes all of you. If you start publishing again, or even better want to write for Amerika as well, please just drop me a line.
In the meantime, the following is experimental:
In addition, I’ve been doing a bit of thinking, moreso ruminating. I don’t drink alcohol, so it’s me with a mug of green tea and the pipe, smoking some mild tobacco as the sun sets and talking with my wife, who is more intelligent than I.
I was pondering recently the difference between the type of blogs I read and the stuff I see make it really big, with ten million people reading it. No, it’s not all tripe that gets successful because it tells comforting lies, although most of it has some of that. It’s simply clearer, simpler and indulges in two basic human needs: a need for control, and a need for identity.
Public conservative information like Drudge, Breitbart, Daily Caller, Fox News, Glen Beck, Ann Coulter and Pat Buchanan do not fall into the trap of blogs. Blogs by their nature are not doing the heavy lifting of reporting, but commenting on that reporting. As a result, they try to “add” something, which is usually either design flair or cerebral analysis.
I think those days are over. I am not saying to dumb the news down; rather, I’m saying that we of the new right, traditionalist, dark enlightenment, paleoconservative and crunchy conservative world — these terms are roughly conflatable differing only in degree, much like the different types of leftism — need to expand our message and put it in a form that people can use to cheer for the good guys. They need something they can rely on.
Our scheme so far has been to create a little alternate universe for ourselves where cerebral topics get discussed so that we can extend the argument to its logical conclusions, which point more to the hybrid of Nietzsche, Moses, Plato, Evola and volkisch philosophy that is the realist right.
I have a different idea: we should make what others have, but use it to enclose and include our ideas that do not “fit” in with what society creates. Instead of explaining ourselves in a cerebral fashion, we should adopt our ideas as a matter of attitude, and use them to create a prism through which to see all the news, not just our niche.
We are not a niche as in a basement jazz pianist who plays variations on the same six themes while drinking secondhand gin. We are a niche in that we are a viewpoint that is unique that can re-interpret all the news so that it makes sense, giving people’s need for control a place, and so that it weighs in the favor of the good guys, so that they have something to cheer for.
Our words are not just informative. They are a lifeline for people trapped in this Hell of modernity who need something to believe in, and whose hands itch to act even it for ten minutes of civilly disobedient flourish a day. We can expand our franchise by getting out of this niche we’ve dug for ourselves, and transitioning to a bigger, more aggressive version.
Jonathan Bowden was an essential member within the British nationalist scene, most prominently perhaps for his involvement in the British National Party; however his output extends far beyond party politics. An erudite orator, Bowden spoke on a variety of subjects with an aim at illuminating a far-right perspective with logical precision and spiritual fervor that simultaneously appeals to traditionalists and modernists alike.
It is our great pleasure to spread awareness of this partial compilation, featuring 2.45 GB of audio and video, with speeches and interviews concerning a variety of subjects.
- Julius Evola: Traditionalism and Perennialism
- Savitri Devi: Living Paganism
- George Orwell: 1984 and Modern Totalitarianism
- Friedrich Nietzsche: Moral Inequality
- H.P. Lovecraft: Literary Horror and Romanticism
The Association for the Protection of Lebanese Heritage has released the second issue of its publication “Of Men and Ruins,” this time containing the Brett Stevens article “Is national identity necessary for empathy?”
Like many others who have realized that modernity, while perhaps the most comfortable method of living, slowly kills us from within through a lack of meaning and subjugation to a society of a crass and self-destructive nature, the APLH are working toward a restoration and nurturing of tradition in their homelands. It is Amerika.org’s policy to suggest that all ethnic groups do the same in order to avoid the pitfall of modernity.
The professional publication, which can be downloaded from the APLH website linked above, offers an intelligent but not over-intellectualized critique of our present time and ways to work around it, including articles on art, architecture, cooking, language, literature and politics.
I grew up in the hacker community. We were hackers in the oldest sense, meaning that we liked to make machines do things that others couldn’t make them do. (This is unrelated to the act of stealing money by exploiting known weaknesses, which advances nothing.)
Hacking is about pushing boundaries. You look at what exists and think, “Maybe I can do something more, go further.” Like science, exploration of the frontier, or art, hacking pushes knowledge past the self-imposed limits of the social or economic forces around us.
In that community, we had a simple approach to knowledge. You invested your heart and soul in it, developed it, and then gave it away for free so others could build on it. The point was to eliminate any barriers to knowledge to accelerate the process and make it more efficient.
Day jobs were always day jobs. Things you could do in two hours that most people took eight to do. Sometimes, even less. They didn’t factor into the equation.
As a result, for the better part of twenty-five years, I’ve been producing web content along with a team of like-minded people, and giving it away. The point is to not waste time on details, but thrust us forward past the imposed social and economic boundaries of our time.
In my view, the main gift I give to friends and readers alike is the one thing I can’t replace: my time and attention. I only have so much, and I dedicate a certain amount of it to you guys, as you do in return by reading what’s written here.
However, it does involve a certain amount of cost. Thus recently we’ve begun to add ads, and are looking to add an online bookstore, and other things that will give us some financial power, which we can then use to do more.
And as people have been asking if there’s a way they can help, it makes sense to give them a chance to exercise that generosity. Hence there are several ways to help us out:
- Use our Amazon search form. Anything you buy will then contribute a percentage of the cost to us.
- Buy a book from our library. Coming soon. Essentially, the same thing, but for books you will want to own if you like what we write here.
- Donate to the costs of our hosting through our provider, Dreamhost, and help us offer faster service and more options.
To all who donate, we are thankful for your additional help. We also appreciate those who simply read, digest and pass on the ideas we have discovered, in the hopes that this will make human life more efficient and effective and push us toward new heights of greatness.
Conservatives preserve the permanent things by holding on to that which not only works, but creates a transcendent beauty in life. This is why we idealize “the good, the beautiful and the true” and is why we conserve these things where we find them, resisting a tidal wave of human individualism and short-sighted solipsism.
The seeming paradox of this outlook is that, unlike modernism, it does not prescribe a single standard for all people; rather, it says that local standards should prevail. Unlike pluralism however it does not suggest many standards coexisting in the same place, but that they exist in parallel; this is the philosophy of parallelism espoused on this site.
As such, we who strive for the transcendental ideal are brothers and sisters, fathers and mothers, and cousins and colleagues to all who uphold tradition, values, art, beauty, religion and the human soul worldwide. Ours is not a universal language, but it is a universally applicable principle that benefits all civilizations that adopt it.
What makes this difficult is that, unlike modernism, our view is not centered in the individual as an oppressed antagonist of society at large. Instead, it sees civilizations as organic wholes in which each person serves a different but necessary role. There is no equality; better than that, there’s exclusive necessity.
All of this is a way of providing you an introduction to an interview done with myself by the good people at the Association For the Protection of the Lebanese Heritage (APLH), who have published the most recent edition of their newsletter which includes some words from myself toward all transcendental conservatives worldwide.
While you’re at it, you might want to prowl around the site. In particular, the projects page and gallery are worth perusing for ideas for practical intervention in your own community to prevent its decline.
Early this morning, one of the brightest lights of right-wing thought moved on from this world. As an American who enjoyed the idea and reality of America, Lawrence Auster was not “new right” in the European sense of co-opting leftism with rightist motivations, but since America had already done that with neoconservatism, he went to the next step and rediscovered a roots conservatism that few can understand in this time of a civilization distanced from its origins.
Auster’s story is one of triumph: of a man beating his own demons and coming to accept his love for the world and the divinity within it, of a man beating back illusion of multiple layers, of someone who could use his piercing mind not to generate tangential theories and ideologies, but to peer directly into the substructure of reality itself and build his theories on that. In a time when wishful thinking is the foundation of most politics, Auster presented a stable and commanding perspective.
For details of his life, Laura Wood’s eulogy is the best place to read; for a guide to his thoughts, visit his blog View From the Right and read the “Key VFR articles” in the lower right-hand column. There is too much to Auster to summarize with honesty in a single article.
Instead, it makes sense to celebrate two of the principles that Auster shared with all good conservatives: interactive realism and reverent love. Interactive realism is the ability to recognize the rules of the world and know how they can be manipulated without leading to disaster; reverent love requires a religious type of outlook on the world, in which one sees a transcendental point of view underlying all that is good and bad in perpetual struggle on earth.
Where his original writings show an aggressive pragmatism, Auster developed his views by struggling in inches and not feet over the fundamental questions of epistemology, ontology and metaphysics. It was this painstaking attention to detail, and to correcting imbalances and thus improving perception, that he became one of the most insightful realists of our time, and also one of the best voices arguing for, if not religion, a view of the world as an outgrowth of divinity.
We have lost a great thinker, but in every loss there is a contrast, and it shows us each what we must do to become more like the vision of existence that we adore. As such, this loss will spur others on to be better, to work smarter, to be more diligent and to be more perceptive. As for Mr. Auster, in honoring his belief (and not incompatible with my own Perennialist outlook), I choose to believe as he did, that he is in a state of the divine and watching us with unending compassion from the heavens.
One of the many people who help us periodically has created this video based on a previous text by Vijay Prozak. The video, which features immersive video imagery and ambient soundworks, explores highlights of the text in a visual context.
If the only prayer you ever said in your life was ‘thank you,’ that would suffice. – Meister Eckhart
Rituals exist like a kind of existential “to do” list, reminding us when to stop and focus on certain bigger-picture issues, so that when we return to our regular daily function, we have greater clarity.
As a harvest festival, Thanksgiving is a time when we look over the year and tilt the balance sheet to the positive. After all, we’re still alive. The harvest is done, and it may not be perfect, but it’s time to consider all that could have been, and know how good it is to have what we have.
This year, I’m thankful for many things, including survival. I’m thankful for another year in what I consider an optimal existence, not on a personal level, but derived from the cosmos (you can read “God” if you wish) itself. Life is designed to be beautiful and it is. All of its disadvantages and evils have a purpose. I can’t change the parts that are awful, but I can live in awe of the greatness of it all, which is made possible in part and necessarily by its awful parts.
I’m thankful for the community that has rallied behind this blog with intelligent comments, articles, help with technical and hosting, public mention, citing us in your blog posts and even talking about us with your friends. Thank you all. It’s a cliche to say I couldn’t do it without you, and it’s true: this blog is not and has never been a one-person effort. It’s more important to note that I do it because of you. When I look over our readers and see intelligent and aware people, it makes me want to not only keep going, but be better than I ever have before.
I’m thankful for the winds of history, which are changing and slowly (but less slowly than two decades ago) but surely blowing behind us instead of in our faces.
I’m looking forward to more chances to serve the order of the cosmos, which is beauty, and to beat back its necessary opposite, which is disorganization.
Thank you all for this opportunity.