I just never get tired of it.
In West Point the first book a cadet reads is Sun Tzu’s Art of War. What’s the most famous quote from AoW?
“All warfare is based on deception”
Here’s the longer quote:
“All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when we are able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must appear inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.”
So I’m listening to Myth of the 20th Century, the edition about African colonialization. The resident Yockeyite, Alex, is whining about “pig Americans” and literally his voice breaks – he’s almost going to cry – when he says “Death to America.” (Not at all coincidentally, the only other time I can recall he nearly cried during the podcast is during the epiosde about the 1980s pedophile ring at the Catholic boy’s home in Kansas, “The Franklin Cover-up.” – although he actually blames this pedophile ring on … who else? WASPs.)
It’s so ridiculous the main guy, the serious and intelligent guy – Hank, I think – who just identifies as “Republican” auditorily rolls his eyes and mentions this is when he and Alex get into it.
So what has Alex so upset? The United States LIED. African decolonization was really about the US Empire taking over former African colonies from the old French, Spanish, English and German empires.
AND THEY LIED ABOUT IT!
Occasionally he makes some point that America allowed non-Europeans – non-whites – to “have a say in European affairs.” But he’s only outraged when America (thus – Protestants, and especially those who beat NSDAP Germany) does this. He rightfully mentions that Fascist Spain brought in African troops to rape and mutilate White Spanish Republicans, and that the French used colonial African troops against Europeans. But he saves his outrage for America. “Death the the pig Americans.”
Remember, this is an American Catholic Nazi-fetishist Neo-Reactionary.
So, what really is NRx, at its core? Well, the Jew that invented it, their “prophet” is of course Curtis Yarvin, whose OBVIOUS goal was to squid squid ink to cover up Jewish power and Jewish anti-whiteness, and to blame all the things the right hates on “liberals” and “the international Protestant conspiracy” etc.
But the ones that took it up were Catholics, the Alex types, although most of them aren’t *really* religious. Instead, they are “Catholics” in the organizational sense.
Forget the religious and cultic aspects. That is to miss the point. How is Catholicism organized?
It’s an imperial, hierarchal, oligarchic system.
You have bishops; the bishops ordain priests, then elevate some priests to bishops. Then the bishops vote one of their own as pope. It’s a self-selecting oligarchy. There is one Pope at the top, his advisors the bishops underneath, the priests are the officers, and the regular people are the congregants.
The smarter wing of NRx, that were called the “techno-commercial” wing, have mostly dropped out as far as I can tell. Which is too bad, because they were the ones that really had something interesting to say. They understood network effects, economics, corporate governance – really interesting group to read.
I don’t know what happened to them. All that is left is the actual religious Catholics, who are boring and irrelevant, and the Jim Donald types, which are really just a club of right-wing purity spiralers, mostly populated by Zionists and some young White guys into the idea of patriarchy and submissive wives (precisely because they are young, economically disenfranchied, and unmarried without children.)
Old perverts like Donald know how to cater to that crowd – I know how to cater to that crowd, and did it very successfully for a year, until it got boring and embarassing, so I dropped it.
So what’s left at NRx? Aside from policing the right wing for “anti-semitism” and anti-Zionism, what really is the core of NRx?
Let’s look at the summary:
Modern history is an epic tale of social decay under chronically bad government, masked by increasing technological wealth. The dominant liberal-progressive ideology is badly out of touch with reality, and actively destructive to civilization.
Two lies are obvious right out of the gate: modern history is NOT an epic tale of social decay. This is just LARPing that the 1400s were better. The second, most destructive lie is that the dominant ideology as of 2019 is “liberal-progressive.”
Liberals and Progressives are very much NOT in charge. We live in a neo-liberal – which really means POST-liberal society, and Progressivism proper died with LBJ, who was its most cynical proponent, and Richard Nixon, the last true progressive. The Reagan-Bush regime buried the very last of progressivism.
(Communists often called themselves “progressive” in English but that was nothing but propaganda, they were NOT in any way, shape, nor form a product of the Progressive movement of Teddy Roosevelt and Margaret Sanger.)
So, more NRx:
The core of our problem is that there is no one with the secure authority to fix things. The core of our solution is to find a man, and put him in charge, with a real chain of command, and a clear ownership structure.
Real leadership would undertake a proper corporate restructuring of USG: Pardon and retire all employees of the old regime; regularize international relations as explicitly either imperial or non-interventionist; nationalize and restructure the banks, media, and universities; and begin the long slow process of organic cultural recovery from centuries of dysfunction.
So, as the techno-commercial wing would say, there “secret sauce” is … centralize executive authority. In corporate terms, they want strong CEO and a weak board of directors. They hate activist shareholders.
OK, but let’s see some data? I know there is a huge corporate management literature about this, and one can read such debates every single day in the Wall Street Journal. NRx doesn’t even address any of that, they instead peddle right-wing historical narrative barely a step above the old John Birch Society, Catholic superstitions and Crusader LARPing, and of course pretentious rehashing of Greco-Roman history – classical studies.
But note the bold section. First, they just want to replace the entire ruling structure of American with … who, exactly? Literally the bloggers think THEY will become valued advisors to the new ruling class, because they promise to offer unquestioning sycophancy – that’s where “God-Emperor Trump” came from.
The second part, just as long as imperialists start telling the truth and stop lying we’ll finally have a good society!
Forget Sun Tzu, we should be open and forthright about our intentions, because only naughty people lie and trick people!
This is childishness. These are not adults with a realistic and “hard headed” view of the world, unlike those naive “liberals” and “progressives.”
What NRx really is: a bunch of lying Jews and Zionists manipulating some old doddering superstitious Catholic nutjobs and some young White boys who aren’t sophisticated and cynical enough to know they are being fed a line of crap.
Sun Tzu would be proud.