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Is it needed? And if so, what should it be?

In my travels through the “Dark Enlightenment” and “Alt-Rightists/New Right” circles, there’s a lot discussion on modernity and how it’s been awful for our people. One of those things I believe that has been destructive has been our “either or” culture. It’s either Capitalism or Communism.  There’s no in between. You either love Walmart or Not. You either love Wall Street or you support the Occupy Wall Streeters. In our “either or” culture you can’t say, well some of the Occupy commies have a point on some of the issues, without some Fox News Republican biting your head off and saying you hate America. It’s very NFL fan cheering like. You get my point.

Within these groups of Reactionaries and Radical Rightists, there is talk of economics. From the Barter system, to Fascism, to Distributism/Agrarian and Social Credit, to Austrian Libertarian Economics and Public Banking. A lot of “Third Way” discussion. If we are to believe the “experts” who keep saying the collapse is coming, it’s my belief that we should be the ones who will be best prepared for the future.

Over at the great companion site to the journal of the same name, Radix, there was a recent podcast with Richard Spencer, Jack Donovan author of the book The Way of Men (highly recommended) and the author of the book Survive – The Economic Collapse, Piero San Giorgio. (Which I have been reading bits and pieces of, and out of the survival genre, it’s been the best. It actually talks about what to do, it’s not a pissing and moaning about how this all happened, type of Republican book). In the podcast they talk about the Post-Modern world and what it has done to men and our respect for communities, hierarchy and our natural order of doing things.  If you have time, listen to it. It’s a great podcast and touches on this subject.

Which brings me back to the talk of a economic policy for us on the Right. We as a group should be coming together and saying “hey, this is the way” when all this comes falling down. Yes I know there are differences within these movements. But we should be putting our ideas together and not just talking about abstract ideas, but putting them into use. Like myself, over the past several months, the Lady and I have been talking about buying a small farm, or a piece of land big enough to have a green house in the back yard to grow our own food. We aren’t talking about going “off the grid” but we also don’t want to be beholden to a system that some people believe will crash. It’s this type of thing that needs to be hammered out in our discussion forums, social media accounts and what not to come together and to show there is a Third Way to the noise of our either Capitalism or Communism cultural.

In a world where morals and the cultural decay have continued , we should be the light at the end of the tunnel. Let’s get to work and present a sound economic plan for our peoples future.

Will leave with a quote from Major C.H. Douglas, the founder of the Social Credit movement, which I believe should be one of the building blocks for our economic policy, from a speech he gave called The Tragedy of Human Effort – How is it that in 1495 the laborer was able to maintain himself in a standard of living considerably higher, relatively to his generation, than that of the present time, with only fifty days of labor a year, whereas millions are working in an age of marvelous machinery the whole year round, in an effort to maintain themselves and their families just above destitution. 

Recommended books on farming – You Can Farm by Joel Salatin and The Contrary Farmer by Gene Logsdon.

Recommended books on usury and the movements and solutions that have and are trying to stop it – The Banking Swindle by Kerry Bolton, Web of Debt and The Public Bank Solution by Ellen Brown.

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While reading Anarcho Papist‘s very well put together introduction to Neoreaction thought, “Neoreactionary Canon” and seeing the guys over at More Right  added a category to the canon for books , I thought I’d add to the discussion my two cents on which books brought me to where I am today intellectually. Which I would call a cross between a Roman Catholic Monarchistic Pan-European-Nationalist with a distributists economic belief. Hey, it makes sense to me.

When doing a list like this there are books that need to be exclude. Like the Bible, Saint Thomas Aquinas’s “Summa Theologia” Dante’s “Divine Comedy” the works of Shakespeare etc…You know, the books that should be on your shelf already.

So without further adieu, here is my top 5 books that liberated my madness. Or as my reactionary friends say “This is what happens when you ingest the red pill”.

1. Democracy – The God that failed: The Economics and Politics of Monarchy, Democracy, and Natural Order by Prof. Hans-Hermann Hoppe.  When I first read this book back in 2007, I was in the middle of my Ron Paul fan-boy craze. This book threw me a curve ball that would have made Sandy Koufax proud to throw. It led me to having a violent allergic reaction to democracy and egalitarianism, and thinking about the Natural Aristocracy and order that a Monarchical system of government would bring. (We the people be damned!)

2. Liberty or Equality by Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn. After I had read Prof. Hoppe’s book, I wanted to learn more about Monarchy’s.  Hoping to find one that talked about it from a Catholic prospective, I stumbled on to this book. From the beginning chapter titled “Democracy and Totalitarianism” to “The political temper of Catholic Nations”, you get an education that you sure won’t find in a American Protestant public school.  This one isn’t an easy read, but it sure is full of information and knowledge that will help you disarm the biggest cheer leading egalitarian worshiper. (Long Live the King!)

3. Imperium: The Philosophy of History and Politics by Francis Parker Yockey. This book is no doubt the most controversial on my list. Yockey was a Radical Rightist who hung out with the post-World War Two neo-fascists crowd. But don’t let that scare you off from reading this book. It gives a history and a way, on how to bring about a Pan-European Nationalism. (For a New European Awakening!)

4. Men Among the Ruins: Post-War Reflections of a Radical Traditionalist by Baron Julius Evola. Evola is a recent addition into my life. I first heard of him after reading this piece “Julius Evola and Radical Traditionalism” a few years ago. Like anything that interests me, I look for a book. After searching and reading reviews, this is the one that grabbed me. And damn if it didn’t. Evola’s assault on capitalism, communism, and modernity to talking about the heroic and principles of living a traditional life. This is a book I still pick up an re-read parts of. Indeed a “game changer” in my belief system. (My principles are only those that, before the French Revolution, every well-born person considered sane and normal.)

5. A tie between –A Humane Economy: The Social Framework of the Free Market by Wilhelm Ropke and Toward a Truly Free Market: A Distributist Perspective on the Role of Government, Taxes, Health Care, Deficits, and More by John C. Medaille. As I have grown older and seen more of the world, my view on economics has changed. I use to be a card carrying Free Markets believing Libertarian. From Friedman to Mises to Rothbard, I was a quoting machine of these three iconic economists. Then something happened along the way. I started to question some of the theories these three spoke of and how they related to my faith. These questions were of a moral sense and I just wasn’t finding the answers that would satisfy my intellectual seeking brain.

Enter Distributism. A Catholic economic system that stems from Pope Leo XIII’s encyclical “Rerum Novarum” and the English Catholic writers G.K.Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc . A system based on private property widely distributed, and where the home, not the office, is the center piece of man’s economic life. A system that looks at capitalism and communism as two sides to the same soul crushing coin. A system that does not put the economic above the family. The two books I mentioned above show the whys, the hows and the to-do’s of this Third Way of doing things. (The problem with capitalism is not too many capitalists, but not enough capitalists)

And there you have it my friends. My Intellectual Canon.

So what’s yours?

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I love Trader Joe’s grocery stores. Employees are friendly, great prices, great food, and the store that I go to is always clean. Yeah, some of the customers at my store are your typical “Stuff that white people like” leftists or “Champagne Socialists” if you may. But all and all, it’s fantastic place to do your weekly grocery shopping.

So, when I saw this headline, Trader Joe’s drops black-neighborhood store plan, I thought “what the hell is wrong with that neighborhood”? Then I read the article. 

First there’s this gem, “Critics said the development would displace residents and perpetuate income inequality in one of the most rapidly gentrifying ZIP codes in the nation.  Just so we are clear, the definition of the word “Gentrification” is:  the process of renewal and rebuilding accompanying the influx of middle-class or affluent people into deteriorating areas that often displaces poorer residents.

And then there’s this: Mayor Charlie Hales and the urban renewal agency’s executive director, Patrick Quinton, signed a letter in January that described what they said was the commission’s contributions “to the destructive impact of gentrification and displacement on the African American community.”

Now, I bet you can’t guess what I’m going to say now. I admire the Mayor and the Portland area Black Community for sticking together. I like that they came together and saw that a company was going to come into the area and start the process of “displacement” of their own brethren. The black community, on the surface at least, believes in taking care of their own. I’m jealous of this.

Of course you will have Republicans talking about “free markets, rainbows and unicorns” and saying this is crazy, this will bring jobs and blah blah. But here is something these people don’t understand. The economic, should never trump you and your folk and the black community at times truly believes that.

For far to long, a lot of Euro-Americans have put there own gains before their own people. From Wall Street to Washington, DC.  If we are to survive as a people, and as a cultural, we should be looking out for our own interests. We should be telling company’s to take a hike that don’t uphold our values and beliefs. We should be a special interest group, especially since we are becoming a minority

It’s high time Euro-Americans took a page from the Black Community, and started to put our Faith, Family and Folk first.

Until then. 

 

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Is it a reaction to their hatred towards President Obama and the current state of ‘Murican politics?

Since President Obama has been elected something strange (to me at least) has happened. A lot of people who in 2008 who weren’t only quoting Senor Sen. McCain when he said “When I look into Putin’s eyes, I see K.G.B.”, they were cheering the Senator on when he said “We are all Georgians now” and calling for War with Mother Russia, are saying nice things about President Putin.

Granted there are a few that still look at President Putin as some sort of evil, Glenn Beck comes to mind. And there are few since the beginning that have defended President Putin, “Uncle” Pat Buchanan comes to mind. (Well, he’s been defending Mother Russia since the Wall fell) But you get the point.

Now, I ask, why does it seem Republicans are taking a liking to the ex-KGB bureaucrat? Could it be that the perception is that he’s a traditionalist? A strong leader? Not afraid to show his masculinity?  Those are qualities that I like to see when one is in a leadership role. I didn’t think those were things Tea Party Republicans liked. They preach “Liberty, Freedom and Free Markets”. When I think of Putin, I think Hierarchy and the Natural Order of things, which has nothing to do with American Classical Liberalism.

Or is all of this just a reaction to the perception that President Obama is a bit of a wimp? If Sen. McCain or Gov. Romney had won the elections, would these same people (besides Uncle Pat) be saying the same nice things they are saying about President Putin? What say you Republicans.

Until then…

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