The 2011 film Contagion is truly a movie for our times, especially now. It’s quite peculiar how the battle against infectious disease, ongoing for a century and a half, suffered a staggering setback in merely two years. For posterity’s sake, I’ll digress a bit about the present historical context in this rapidly-changing situation. (more…)
Nothing exists; Even if something exists, nothing can be known about it; and. Even if something can be known about it, knowledge about it can’t be communicated to others. Even if it can be communicated, it cannot be understood.
— Gorgias of Leontinoi, circa 427 BC (more…)
For men on the Right, observable truths about the state of Western civilization intersect like the threads of an unraveling tapestry. We see order giving into chaos; tyranny and anarchy converging and becoming indiscernible in the stew of nature, oppression, freedom, injustice, security, peace, and conflict. (more…)
Terrorism is at times a nebulous concept, but a useful definition is the use of force or the threat of force to coerce populations and governments, usually for political or religious ends. Using that definition, America has undeniably been terrorized by the dregs of society for the last six months in an unceasing campaign of domestic terrorism. (more…)
A recurring theme in Book 1 of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s March 1917 — or Node III of his vast Red Wheel opus — is “this could have been prevented.” Of course, this refers to the first successful socialist revolution in Russia, which took place in March 1917 (or in February, according to the Julian Calendar). In March 1917, Solzhenitsyn offers a wealth of perspective on the fateful events in Petrograd which led to the abdication of the Tsar and the monarchy’s ultimate replacement with the Provisional Government. (more…)
July 15, 2019 Donald Thoresen
Can a New Elite Save Us?
Martin Gurri’s The Revolt of the Public & the Crisis of Authority in the New Millennium
The Revolt of the Public and the Crisis of Authority in the New Millennium
San Francisco: Stripe Press, 2018
Though the recent wave of social media censorship has been particularly harsh, those active in Rightist politics are well aware that the struggle between corporate and governmental information controllers and political dissidents is not new. (more…)
The Unpleasant Aspects of Authority and Professionalism:
Advice for Young White Men
A number of years ago, I was sent on a boondoggle to advise some military cadets about an engineering project they were working on. While having lunch following the meeting, one of the cadets complained that all sorts of “old timers” came and went and gave the same advice for the soon to be commissioned subalterns in the US Military. The advice was: (more…)