"Only dead fish swim with the current." — Viktor Orbán
"A Republican state lawmaker proposes slicing New York into three autonomous regions in order to end the stranglehold that New York City liberals have on the rest of the Empire State.... , one including New York City and its boroughs, a second – dubbed the Montauk region – consisting of the downstate counties of Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland and Westchester, and the rest of the state named 'New Amsterdam.'" — Free New Amsterdam!
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Paleoconservative/neo-reactionary/integralist commentary on local, national, and global news, as well as Traditionalist School Perennial Philosophy, Austrian School Economics and Human Biodiversity, with musical interludes, begun in self-imposed exile in the Year MMIII in North Kyŏngsang Province and carried on today a stone's throw from the Erie Canal in Smugtown, Burned-Over District, Alleghania, where he lives with his tradwife and kids.
Like René Guénon, "of the opinion that if a Western tradition should come to be reconstituted it would be bound to partake of an outward form that was religious in the strictest sense of the term, and that this form could not be but Christian, since, on the one hand, the other possible forms have been too long foreign to the Western mentality and, on the other hand, because it is in Christianity alone, or, to be more precise, in Catholicism, that is to be found as much as has survived of the traditional spirit of the West today."
Like Henri-Marie Cardinal de Lubac, who said in Catholicism: Christ and the Common Destiny of Man, "To see in Catholicism one religion among others, one system among others, even if it be added that it is the only true religion, the only system that works, is to mistake its very nature, or at least to stop at the threshold. Catholicism is religion itself."
Like Nicolás Gómez Dávila, whom Martin Mosebach said understood "the Catholic Church, which he did not regard as simply one of several Christian confessions, but as the great collecting tank of all religions, as the heiress of all paganism, as the still living original religion."
“We need a combination of supreme moral sensitivity and economic knowledge. Economically ignorant moralism is as objectionable as morally callous economism. Ethics and economics are two equally difficult subjects, and while the former needs discerning and expert reason, the latter cannot do without humane values.” ─ Wilhelm Röpke
"In pre-imperial America, conservatives objected to war and empire out of jealous regard for personal liberties, a balanced budget, the free enterprise system, and federalism. These concerns came together under the umbrella of the badly misunderstood America First Committee, the largest popular antiwar organization in U.S. history. The AFC was formed in 1940 to keep the United States out of a second European war that many Americans feared would be a repeat of the first. Numbering eight hundred thousand members who ranged from populist to patrician, from Main Street Republican to prairie socialist, America First embodied and acted upon George Washington's Farewell Address counsel to pursue a foreign policy of neutrality." ─ Bill Kauffman in Ain't My America: The Long, Noble History of Antiwar Conservatism and Middle-American Anti-Imperialism
"Libertarian isolationism draws its adherents from both the left and the right. According to the libertarian isolationist interpretation of history, the U.S. changed from a decentralized republic into a militarized, authoritarian empire in the late 19th century, when the Spanish-American War made the U.S. a colonial power and trusts and cartels took over the economy. Every president since McKinley, they believe, has been a tool of a self-aggrandizing crony capitalist oligarchy, which exaggerated the threats of Imperial and Nazi Germany and Japan and the Soviet Union and communist China and now of Islamist terrorism in order to regiment American society and divert resources to the bloated 'military-industrial complex.' If the libertarian isolationists had their way, the U.S. would abandon foreign alliances, dismantle most of its military, and return to a 19th-century pattern of decentralized government and an economy based on small businesses and small farms." ─ Michael Lind in The five worldviews that define American politics
Ancient Chinese Wisdom
“In a little state with a small population, I would so order it, that, though there were individuals with the abilities of ten or a hundred men, there should be no employment of them; I would make the people, while looking on death as a grievous thing, yet not remove elsewhere (to avoid it). Though they had boats and carriages, they should have no occasion to ride in them; though they had buff coats and sharp weapons, they should have no occasion to don or use them. I would make the people return to the use of knotted cords (instead of the written characters). They should think their (coarse) food sweet; their (plain) clothes beautiful; their (poor) dwellings places of rest; and their common (simple) ways sources of enjoyment. There should be a neighboring state within sight, and the voices of the fowls and dogs should be heard all the way from it to us, but I would make the people to old age, even to death, not have any intercourse with it.”
─ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Ch. LXXX, translation by James Legge
"The superior man is catholic and no partizan. The mean man is a partizan and not catholic."
(君子周而不比、小人比而不周。) ─ Confucius, The Analects, 2.XIV, translation by James Legge
Burned-Over District Wisdom
"Brother, you say there is but one way to worship and serve the Great Spirit. If there is but one religion, why do you white people differ so much about it? Why not all agreed, as you can all read the Book?" — Red Jacket
"The less government interferes with private pursuits, the better for general prosperity." — Martin Van Buren
"Let us remember that revolutions do not always establish freedom. Our own free institutions were not the offspring of our revolution. They existed before." — Millard Fillmore
"Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is getting recognized more and more, I notice." — Donald J. Trump
"The laws should be rigidly enforced which prohibit the immigration of a servile class to compete with American labor, with no intention of acquiring citizenship, and bringing with them and retaining habits and customs repugnant to our civilization." — Grover Cleveland
"Most beautiful dumb girls think they are smart and get away with it, because other people, on the whole, aren't much smarter." — Louise Brooks
"There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition." — Rod Serling
"When, I wonder, did we in America ever get into this idea that freedom means having no boundaries and no limits? I think it began on the 6th of August 1945 at 8:15 am when we dropped the bomb on Hiroshima... Somehow or other, from that day on in our American life, we say we want no limits and no boundaries." — Servant of God Fulton J. Sheen
"Today Americans are overcome not by the sense of endless possibility but by the banality of the social order they have erected against it." — Christopher Lasch
"Men have sacrificed and crippled themselves physically and emotionally to feed, house, and protect women and children. None of their pain or achievement is registered in feminist rhetoric, which portrays men as oppressive and callous exploiters." — Camille Paglia
"I am an American patriot. A Jeffersonian decentralist. A fanatical localist. And I am an anarchist... I am the love child of Henry Thoreau and Dorothy Day, conceived amidst the asters and goldenrod of an Upstate New York autumn." — Bill Kauffman
"If you're a human being walking the earth, you're weird, you're strange, you're psychologically challenged." — Philip Seymour Hoffman
Orate pro nobis...
Mary Immaculate, Patroness of the United States
"[T]he Virgin still remained and remains the most intensely and the most widely and the most personally felt, of all characters, divine or human or imaginary, that ever existed among men... In no well-regulated community, under a proper system of police, could the Virgin feel at home, and the same thing may be said of most other saints as well as sinners." — Henry Adams, self-described "conservative Christian anarchist," a grandson and great-grandson of presidents, "with Heaven knew how many Puritans and Patriots behind him,"
St. John Fisher, Patron of the Diocese of Rochester
"St. John Fisher was born in Beverly, Yorkshire, in 1459, and educated at Cambridge, from which he received his Master of Arts degree in 1491. He occupied the vicarage of Northallerton, 1491-1494; then he became proctor of Cambridge University. In 1497, he was appointed confessor to Lady Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII, and became closely associated in her endowments to Cambridge; he created scholarships, introduced Greek and Hebrew into the curriculum, and brought in the world-famous Erasmus as professor of Divinity and Greek. In 1504, he became Bishop of Rochester and Chancellor of Cambridge, in which capacity he also tutored Prince Henry who was to become Henry VIII. St. John was dedicated to the welfare of his diocese and his university. From 1527, this humble servant of God actively opposed the King's divorce proceedings against Catherine, his wife in the sight of God, and steadfastly resisted the encroachment of Henry on the Church. Unlike the other Bishops of the realm, St. John refused to take the oath of succession which acknowledged the issue of Henry and Anne as the legitimate heir to the throne, and he was imprisoned in the tower in April 1534. The next year he was made a Cardinal by Paul III and Henry retaliated by having him beheaded within a month. A half hour before his execution, this dedicated scholar and churchman opened his New Testament for the last time and his eyes fell on the following words from St. John's Gospel: 'Eternal life is this: to know You, the only true God, and Him Whom You have sent, Jesus Christ. I have given You glory on earth by finishing the work You gave me to do. Do You now, Father, give me glory at Your side'. Closing the book, he observed: 'There is enough learning in that to last me the rest of my life.' His feast day is June 22."
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Category Archives: The Dismal Science
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U.S. Representative Tom Reed of New York’s 23rd congressional district (much of the state’s Southern Tier) was on BBC America a few days ago, saying this — Reed backing Trump on steel, aluminum tariffs.
Rust Belt born and raised, I cheer them — Trump tariffs open new front in U.S. ‘economic nationalism’. If only they had been implemented 40 years ago.