Cassander: Before 100 or so years ago, was there any country that didn’t have a warrior aristocracy?
Rollory: There are reasons why nations with a warrior aristocracy tend to be able to impose upon those around them.
Barnabas: It looks very likely that we get South American style communism along with a Hugo Chavez type populist leftist dictator in my lifetime.
Toddy Cat: “It’s probably as close as we can realistically get to communism” I have a sickening feeling we’re going to get a lot closer.
James James: “I think when Moldbug talks about America being a communist country, at least half of what he is saying is ‘Consider my idiosyncratic definition of communism.’” Yes, AIACC is a koan.
Alrenous: When Moldbug says AIACC he means Communism and realpolitik are kissing cousins while what-hobbits-think-Democ racy-is lives on the other side of town. If we’re lumping, communism wins. Of course it’s not Slavic communism; that would never fly in the Anglosphere. It’s probably as close as we can realistically get to communism, though. Alexander is good at naming things I already know about. Alexander is very, very bad at coming up with true things I don’t already know...
Barnabas: I think Alexander has been good for NRxn. There is a real tendency to attack a caricature of liberalism and Alexander makes a good foil. He argues fairly and doesn’t just point and sputter. I have found his motte and bailey concept very useful.
Toddy Cat: If that’s the case, I owe Alexander an apology, but I’ve got to say that I doubt it. It kind of reminds me of all those people back in 2005 who argued that our strategy in Iraq only looked stupid, that it was actually part of some deeper plan. No such luck, at least until the Surge. Yeah, Alexander might be a closet reactionary, but to me, he just looks like a typical Social Justice lefty, who has a better than usual understanding of his opponents’ case and occasional...
Bob Sykes: Outdoor churches and churches open to the outdoors are surprisingly common, e.g. Cathedral of the Pines
Some Poster: If you liked Doc Brown’s house in “Back to the Future”, it was designed by the Greene & Greene brothers. Their style has similar wood crafted interiors. In later years, their team included the work of John and Peter Hal, Swedish brothers who were wood workers. Their homes also had subtle Asian and Spanish influences. Do an image search for “Greene & Greene”