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I basically agree with your thoughts on the British monarchy but I don't want a republic either. What should be done (in an ideal world)?
The monarchy should be replaced with a new royal house, an Arthurian-style one, absolutist, but tied to the land itself.
What are your thoughts on the current British monarchy?
A decaying corpse that I have little faith in. A tourist attraction.
Do either of your parents share any of your beliefs ?
What are your thoughts on climate change? It is something liberals obsess about and as such, it makes me suspicious about the whole thing.
I don't believe in anthropogenic global warming. the climate is changing, but it's natural for it to do so, and instead of focusing money and effort upon trying to stop something you have literally zero control over, it could be spent on preparing yourselves for the changing climate, rising sea levels, or whatever. If we're going to become Waterworld, then someone needs to be working on a piss-to-drinking water converter.
Are you familiar with Hossein Nasr? He is a Persian who was a Schuon disciple, and he writes from an Islamic perspective.
I am aware of the name, not familiar with him.
Do you know what happened to Giovanni Aligheri whose twitter and blog disappeared?
No clue. Your best bet is to ask Reactionary Ian
Do you have any plans to move to an Orthodox country later in life? I myself live in a protestant nation, and I would like nothing more than to be surrounded by members of the Eastern church.
It's definitely on the table.
Are you familiar with the late Jonathan Bowden? Do you think the right should be looking back at the sort of ideas he espoused for inspiration?
Bowden is very current, despite his death, so it wouldn't so much be "looking back". He had some important ideas, mainly refinements of continental authors he was familiar with. Certainly worth reading.
How do you reconcile the reactionary view of time as cyclical but the Christian view that is more linear, is Christianity just a prototype for modernist thinking ?
The answer to this is quite complex, but it can be found in Mircea Eliade's book "The Sacred & The Profane" in which he discusses historical vs. mythic time and their relationship. I recommend reading it.
Some good news from the East: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/06/russia-revolution-tsarist-school-moscow-nicholas-ii?CMP=fb_guA Knight of Númenor
Thanks for making me aware of this. Truly inspirational.
https://ask.fm/MarkCitadel/answers/140843558896 Is it moral or possible to use modern war to disproportionately deplete society of its dregs? Weak,cowardly and criminal?
I'm not even sure how that would function, or why you'd go to that trouble.
https://ask.fm/MarkCitadel/answers/140836968176 Pre-modern war does the opposite?
Not necessarily, but pre-Modern war is smaller in scale, so it does not deplete a male population in the same way at such a staggering rate. Warriors have to fight, and have to die. It's what they are born to do. It's the rate and quantity that are important here.
How should homelessness be dealt with?
The prime drivers of homelessness are chronic unemployment and drug use. Very simple. Impose draconian Singapore-style penalties for dealing, and embrace a feudal economic model in which people are effectively born into jobs.
Does war actually destroy a nations best whilst leaving the dregs? The weak cowardly and criminal as some people contend?
Modern war, yes. But Modern war is not analogous to true war. It is better described as slaughter.
From my brief skimming of "Ressentiment," I understand that Christian love is rooted in a non-reactive position of strength. Couldn't the self-sacrificial embrace of mass immigration be viewed as an expression of this radiant love, unencumbered by the profane impulse to self-preservation?Kasra
There's a key flaw in this thinking as it pertains to most people, and that is that while various individuals support mass migration, VERY few are willing to actually shoulder the burden of it. You'll notice the most staunch advocates of mass migration do not house refugees, and live in gated and usually ethnically homogenous communities. Thus, rather than even an expression of a confused type of love, advocacy for mass migration is instead a form of signalling one's virtue, often at very little personal cost.
As for those who "put their money where their mouth is", there is once again another problem. That is that in prioritizing the welfare of the most exotic people they can think of, they actively harm or utterly disregard their closest neighbors. Think about it. Why would you give to the poor of Syria when there are plenty of destitute and forsaken souls in your own country? The answer once more comes down to signalling, in that the former carries a higher perceived signalling value, and so is deemed worthy of any extra effort it may take.
Further aiding in our analysis, these people rarely if ever operate from a platform of strength, and are often part of the same crowd who expresses a sincere self-loathing (think: white privilege). If your 'goodness' to others is based on a perception that you are evil because of your skin color, then it does not come from a position of strength, but is in fact an expression of ressentiment. Any good deeds they do for others (and trust me a lot of these "good deeds" are as shallow as a puddle, as outlined above) are not done out of love, but out of hatred for themselves. Why do we have feminists wanting so desperately to bring in people who will rape them? It's because they want to be raped, subconsciously, because they have lost all self-respect and self-worth. It's a mistake to think they are just stupid. The Modern Age, through various mechanisms has raised up a generation that begs for torture and suicide. Love is just a convenient coat of paint.
Do you have an opinion of Anton Chekhov?
He has some useful quotes, but honestly I haven't read too much of him.
What makes these refugees so violent and angry? They have a level of psychopathy and barbarism that is difficult to understand.
1) They're often the worst elements of the societies they come from
2) They are alien to the world they arrive in, and their racial characteristics express themselves in particular ways in their new environment
I can't help but associate Christianity with Nietzsche's "slave morality." Am I wrong to view it through this lens?Kasra
Yes, because Nietzsche made errors in his analysis of the relationship between superiors and inferiors, assuming an almost animalistic and in fact amoral nature of interpersonal relationships. His own morality precluded taking any care of what is lesser than oneself, but this would necessitate absolute tyranny in the most sadistic manner. I recommend checking out Max Scheler's book 'Ressentiment' where he takes a deeper look at this concept originally invented by Nietzsche and explains how its application to Christianity is a mistake, while being very much applicable to a Modern pseudo-spirituality. Interestingly enough, Scheler (who was born half-Jewish but converted to Roman Catholicism) does point out that Jews have precisely the mentality Nietzsche criticized, i.e - a resentment against authority, due to their history.
Do you think misogyny (as in actual hatred/contempt for women, not the feminist "he doesn't give women unearned special treatment" definition) is ever justifiable? What would your reaction to a person who thinks this way be?
I think it's mythic. I don't think it is any more visible than an outright hatred of children. Perhaps in some disturbed individuals, but nothing that requires action.
Can you provide some of these English Extracts of Othmar Spann's work?
They are literally snippets available in papers written on or referencing Othmar Spann that can be found with a google search. Good place to start on Spann is an article written by Counter-Currents which is easy to locate.
Am I right to think this way: Modern life encourages people to "be whatever you want to be" (or to be exact, to be an upper middle class white collar) --> kids try to be that --> not successful, get low pay jobs --> low wages --> support for socialism ?A Knight of Númenor
That's pretty much correct, though of course is only a tiny little snippet of a socioeconomic system.
From a Traditionalist perspective, is it possible for an individual to change Tradition? For example, an Englishman may choose to become a Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox or even a Muslim. If he takes the decision to leave behind the Anglican faith and adopt another Tradition, is he still English?
Yes, it is possible (Guenon did it). But it is rare, and is only legitimately done by a sage-type who truly understands esotericism, or else is caused by some miraculous occurence. You can never stop being an Englishman. Guenon was still French, even on his deathbed in Cairo as a Sufi.
What are your thoughts on Winston Churchill? I know reactionaries are supposed to be skeptical because he was a classical liberal in many respects but was he really that bad? He seems to embody the old style warrior aristocrat and he genuinely loved his country. Unless I'm being naive?
Meh. He was just a standard Conservative type for his time period. Nothing particularly special about him except for a sharp wit.
what's the difference between thinker, intellectual, intelligentsia?
A thinker is just someone known for pontificating.
An intellectual is someone whose pontification is done with some academic rigor.
An intelligentsia is a class of people whose pontification is endorsed and given structural power by the Cathedral.