Those who expect to reap the benefits of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.
 - Thomas Paine
  • capitalism

    Dump Capitalism

    The Anti-Democracy Activist has a great article on the subject of traditionalists dumping capitalism.  Should we dump capitalism?  I guess that depends upon what your definition of capitalism is.  The great conservatives Robert Nisbet and Russell Kirk were cautious against the “cash nexus” present in finance capitalism and a highly consumerist society.  Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn […]

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    Neo-Reaction

    Neo-Reaction has been making the rounds on blogs lately.  As mentioned in a previous post, TechCrunch posted about it here.  The American Conservative has talked about it twice recently ( here and here ) and The Week has mentioned it as well ( here ).  A long and detailed criticism of Neo-Reaction can be read […]

  • ThirdWay

    A Third Way between Capitalism and Socialism?

    Capitalism in the vernacular is typically synonymous with Big Business, multi-national corporations, golden parachutes, and other government benefits and handouts to corporations.  For over one hundred years, the business elite during the Industrial Revolution have been harangued as Robber Barons.  The Left, from socialists to anarchists to democrats and everything in between, has castigated capitalism […]

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    Liberalism

    Despite American prejudices to the contrary, I refuse to abandon the word ‘liberal’ for what it has almost always historically stood for throughout the world – reason, liberty, property, and free trade.  Liberalism in the American context is typically synonymous with the Welfare State, Progressivism, Social Democracy, and the Democratic Party.  But for almost the […]

  • anarchy

    Anarchy and Monarchy

    Neither anarchy nor monarchy is well understood in America today.  To most Americans, anarchists are violent nihilists and monarchs are laughable buffoons.  So when I advocate something like ‘anarcho-monarchism’, the masses really get confused.  In addition, many leftist anarchists claim that rightist anarchism (anarcho-capitalism, anarcho-monarchism, etc.) can’t even exist.  But that is a criticism that […]

This blog advocates a 'Gentlemanly' form of Anarchism - a throwback to the 'Tory Anarchism' of Albert Jay Nock, H. L. Mencken, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Evelyn Waugh.

Unreservedly part of the reactionary Right, it is a reconciliation of the libertarianism of Murray Rothbard and Hans-Hermann Hoppe, the liberal aristocratism of Edmund Burke, John Randolph, Benjamin Constant, Alexis de Tocqueville, Lord Acton, and Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn, the conservatism of Russell Kirk, Richard Weaver, and Robert Nisbet, and the radicalism of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Benjamin Tucker, and Lysander Spooner.

Anarcho-Monarchism stands in opposition to the totalitarianism of the State, the cultural stagnation of egalitarianism, and the atomistic individualism found within a hedonistic and highly commercialized society.

Credo

The Greeks were right about philosophy. The medievalists were right about society. The traditionalists, monarchists, and reactionaries were right about authority, order, natural law, and hierarchy. The classical liberals were right about liberty, natural rights, and free trade. The isolationists were right about diplomacy and war. The Christians are right about morality and spirituality. The libertarians are right about economics and ethics. The anarchists are right about politics, the State, and plutocracy.

Mises, the liberal

The relevance of Ludwig von Mises (and capitalism itself) to the Right (conservatives, traditionalists, and neoreactionaries all) is being talked about extensively at the moment (see here, here, and here).  Of course, this is nothing new.  Peter Viereck disliked Manchester liberalism, writing in 1951 that Yet what is [Buckley's] alternative? Nothing more inspiring than the most […]

Elitism

The Anti-Democracy Activist has another great post up on the subject of Elitism.  In it, he details the need of elitism in our society and of the need for truly virtuous elites.  To simply have “elites” as powerful politicians or business leaders is to misunderstand precisely what aristocraticism is.  Bertrand de Jouvenel, Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn, […]

Gary Oldman on the bright future of our culture

Thanks to Nick Land for the link to this great interview with Gary Oldman (n.b. Playboy interview). PLAYBOY: What’s your view of the future? Are you optimistic about where society is heading? OLDMAN: [Pauses] You’re asking Gary? PLAYBOY: Yes. OLDMAN: I think we’re up shit creek without a paddle or a compass. PLAYBOY: How so? […]

Does intellectual conservatism exist?

Over at Social Matter, Hadley Bennett is wondering where the intellectual conservatives are.  I’ve pondered similar questions as well.  Perhaps there are none…

A traditionalist conservative appreciation for anarchism

Anarchism and traditionalism are often viewed as diametrically opposed worldviews.  But as both seek to provide solutions to different questions and problems, one can in fact be anarchist and traditionalist.  Robert Nisbet and Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn are two of the most important thinkers in the 20th Century.  Both were conservatives.  And both held a fondness […]

Dump Capitalism

The Anti-Democracy Activist has a great article on the subject of traditionalists dumping capitalism.  Should we dump capitalism?  I guess that depends upon what your definition of capitalism is.  The great conservatives Robert Nisbet and Russell Kirk were cautious against the “cash nexus” present in finance capitalism and a highly consumerist society.  Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn […]

The Right as Fascistic

Libertarianism is fascist.  This charge is tiresome.  Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn, one of the greatest philosophical opponents to fascism, has written extensively on how Fascism and Nazism were not part of the Right (and by extension, libertarianism), but rather are derivative movements of democracy and socialism and thus, belong squarely on the Left (a good dissent […]

Neoreaction revisited (again)

Benjamin Welton has written a great piece on Julius Evola over at The Imaginative Conservative.  Similarly, Michael Davis wrote about why he was a monarchist here (his entire blog is worth reading at The American High Tory).  Neoreaction is certainly being talked a lot about, more and more everyday.  Traditionalist conservatives are trying to decide […]

Anarchy Works

“Introduce a little anarchy,” the Joker said in The Dark Knight.  Now, the Joker was an anarcho-nihilist and worshiper of chaos, of course.  But it is amazing to see how people react when a little anarchy is introduced.  Take this for example: a school got rid of playground rules and incidences of bullying have dropped.  […]

Huxley and Orwell

I recently ran across this letter that Huxley had written to Orwell a few months after Nineteen Eighty-Four had been published: Dear Mr. Orwell, It was very kind of you to tell your publishers to send me a copy of your book. It arrived as I was in the midst of a piece of work […]

Burn the System to the Ground

Popehat is tired of our society.  The illusion has crumbled and what is left is something quite terrifying to behold.  Burn everything!  Like Mencken, every normal man must at times be tempted to rush to anarcho-nihilism and burn the world around him.  Alas that we are but men, not animals or children, and must abide […]

Neo-Reaction

Neo-Reaction has been making the rounds on blogs lately.  As mentioned in a previous post, TechCrunch posted about it here.  The American Conservative has talked about it twice recently ( here and here ) and The Week has mentioned it as well ( here ).  A long and detailed criticism of Neo-Reaction can be read […]

Geeks for Monarchy

There is a great article on Neoreactionary thought over at Techcrunch.  I wouldn’t necessarily classify myself as a neoreactionary, but I’m certainly a fellow traveler.  The article isn’t pro-reactionary, but it’s nice to see such positions at least talked about.

Russell Brand on Revolution

There is something very refreshing and captivating found within Russell Brand’s activism over the likes of other Hollywood activists, and I’m not sure what exactly that is.  He’s an egalitarian socialist Leftist, so his solutions are all wrong, but his analysis of the failures in the West’s political systems is fairly accurate; and he’s genuinely […]

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