14. Carlyle Rising

The Carlyle Club is proud to present the first-ever reactionary poster campaign.

Table of Contents

  1. Reactor Core
  2. The Reaction Will Not Be Televised
  3. Carlyle Rising, plus:
    1. Globalization and Economics
    2. Julius Evola on Political Progress
    3. Lothrop Stoddard on the Golden Dawn
  4. Opposite Day
  5. Equality
  6. Marvels of the Modern World
  7. Immigration Reform
  8. Design Your Own Reactionary Propaganda!
  9. Recommended Reading
  10. Letters to the Editor

Reactor Core

There’s something happening here.
What it is ain’t exactly clear.

Buffalo Springfield

Something’s in the air — or maybe it’s in the water supply, but either way, we’re seeing a remarkable rise of ideas and (perhaps more importantly) attitudes that are frankly anti-democratic, or at least profoundly skeptical of popular government, which is to say mob rule. This is a good thing, of course. These inegalitarian ideas, whether they’re based on history, biology, or esoteric philosophy, form the core of neoreactionary thought — the essence of the Dark Enlightenment.

Unsurprisingly, the first to identify the trend was that indispensable latter-day royalist reactionary Mencius Moldbug, in ‘Democraphobia goes (slightly) viral’ (2009), “democraphobia” being progressive libertarian Will Wilkinson’s dismissive term. Moldbug points us in the direction of ‘Beyond Folk Activism’ (2009; follow-up here) by 36-year-old seasteading pioneer and former Google engineer Patri Friedman, who remarks that while “democracy is the current industry standard political system,” it is “ill-suited for a libertarian state” and has “substantial systemic flaws” — notably, that “democracy is a flawed method for choosing” among ideas, “because politicians respond to incentives too.”

All right, so he’s not quite ready to bring back colonial rule (Issue 12), but it’s a start.

Moldbug also recommends ‘The Education of a Libertarian’ (2009; follow-up here) by 45-year-old anti-college billionaire and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, who confesses: “I no longer believe that freedom and democracy are compatible,” and identifies “the great task for libertarians” as finding “an escape from politics in all its forms — from the totalitarian and fundamentalist catastrophes to the unthinking demos that guides so-called ‘social democracy.’” Well, you know those crazy libertarians: they hate us for our freedoms — no, wait, that’s Muslims or something. Libertarians hate us for our democracy. Also, they’re clearly a bunch of racists — like economist Arnold Kling, who has dared to suggest that competitive government, where “people take leaders as given, and they select jurisdictions,” might be better “at satisfying the desires of the governed” than democratic government, where “people take jurisdictions as given, and they elect leaders” (2008). Michael Lind’s rebuttal in the ultra-progressive Salon (2011) is typical: something something slavery, something something civil rights, and therefore:

The dread of democracy by libertarians and classical liberals is justified. Libertarianism really is incompatible with democracy. Most libertarians have made it clear which of the two they prefer. The only question that remains to be settled is why anyone should pay attention to libertarians.

Apparently, the only alternative to democracy is autocracy, which is the same as tyranny. Aristotle wept.

But this isn’t about libertarianism (Carlyle’s “anarchy plus a street-constable”). Sure, we’re already off the progressive reservation and well beyond the pale of ‘acceptable’ political discourse with Frank Karsten’s interview ‘Democracy can’t be fixed. It’s inherently broken’ (2012), or Hans-Hermann Hoppe’s essays ‘On the Impossibility of Limited Government and the Prospects for a Second American Revolution’ (2008) and ‘Political Economy of Monarchy and Democracy’ (2010). But what the hell, let’s keep going.

Consider ‘America’s Ruling Class — And the Perils of Revolution’ (2010; follow-up here), by professor of international relations Angelo M. Codevilla:

The ruling class’s appetite for deference, power, and perks grows. The country class disrespects its rulers, wants to curtail their power and reduce their perks. The ruling class wears on its sleeve the view that the rest of Americans are racist, greedy, and above all stupid. The country class is ever more convinced that our rulers are corrupt, malevolent, and inept. The rulers want the ruled to shut up and obey. The ruled want self-governance. The clash between the two is about which side’s vision of itself and of the other is right and which is wrong. Because each side — especially the ruling class — embodies its views on the issues, concessions by one side to another on any issue tend to discredit that side’s view of itself. One side or the other will prevail. The clash is as sure and momentous as its outcome is unpredictable.

In this clash, the ruling class holds most of the cards: because it has established itself as the fount of authority, its primacy is based on habits of deference. Breaking them, establishing other founts of authority, other ways of doing things, would involve far more than electoral politics.

Arnold Kling comes right out and identifies Codevilla’s essay as “neo-reactionary,” listing three “core beliefs that I share with the neo-reactionaries” (2010):

  1. “At its worst, Progressive ideology is an ideology of power. It justifies the technocratic few infringing on the liberty and dignity of the many.”
  2. “At their worst, Progressives are intellectual bullies. They delegitimize rather than attempt to persuade those who disagree with them.”
  3. “American government has become structurally less libertarian and less democratic in recent decades.”

And here’s Lee Harris for Stanford University’s Hoover Institution in ‘The Tea Party vs. the Intellectuals’ (2010):

A government of the people, by the people, and for the people cannot perish from the earth, because none has ever existed on the earth. Orwell’s Animal Farm famously tells us that some animals (humans included) will always be more equal than others, which means that every society that has claimed to be a democracy has in fact been managed by an elite, or juggled among a competing group of elites. Sometimes the elite has governed openly, sometimes covertly. Even in ancient Greece, critics argued that the veneer of popular democracy was merely a mask for the cynical manipulation of plutocrats. Twentieth century thinkers such as Gaetano Mosca, Vilfredo Pareto, and Robert Michels have argued that every functioning society will inevitably be governed by a ruling class, just as every business enterprise will be governed by its executives — it is what Michels has dubbed “the iron law of oligarchy.”

(Moldbug discusses Codevilla’s and Harris’ essays in ‘Race: a modest proposal’ (2010).)

“Something has gone wrong with our political processes, on a global scale,” science fiction author Charles Stross realized in 2013. (Better late than never.) What could it be?

It’s obviously subtle — we haven’t been on the receiving end of a bunch of jack-booted fascists or their communist equivalents organizing putsches. But we’ve somehow slid into a developed-world global-scale quasi-police state, with drone strikes and extraordinary rendition and unquestioned but insane austerity policies being rammed down our throats, government services being outsourced, peaceful protesters being pepper-sprayed, tased, or even killed, police spying on political dissidents becoming normal, and so on. What’s happening?

Here’s a hypothesis: Representative democracy is what’s happening. Unfortunately, democracy is broken. There’s a hidden failure mode, we’ve landed in it, and we probably won’t be able to vote ourselves out of it.

(Moldbug’s take: ‘Charles Stross discovers the Cathedral.’)

“Democracy may have had its day,” suggests Donald Kagan, “Yale’s great classicist,” in his farewell lecture — and the American higher education system may be to blame (2013):

On campus, he said, “I find a kind of cultural void, an ignorance of the past, a sense of rootlessness and aimlessness.” Rare are “faculty with atypical views,” he charged. “Still rarer is an informed understanding of the traditions and institutions of our Western civilization and of our country and an appreciation of their special qualities and values.” He counseled schools to adopt “a common core of studies” in the history, literature and philosophy “of our culture.” By “our” he means Western.

This might once have been called incitement. In 1990, as dean of Yale College, Mr. Kagan argued for the centrality of the study of Western civilization in an “infamous” (his phrase) address to incoming freshmen. A storm followed. He was called a racist — or as the campus daily more politely editorialized, a peddler of “European cultural arrogance.”

Not so now. Mr. Kagan received a long standing ovation from students and alumni in the packed auditorium.

Meanwhile, Richard Ebeling finds himself “thinking an unthinkable: no voting right for those living at the taxpayer’s expense” (2013).

Our dilemma, today, is that, to use John Stuart Mill’s phrase, we have a political system in which many who have the right to vote use it “to put their hands into other people’s pockets for any purpose which they think fit to call a public one.”

Unless some way is found to escape from our current political situation, to use Frederic Bastiat’s words, in which the State has become the “great fiction” through which everyone tries to live at everyone else’s expense, we are facing a fiscal and general social crisis that may truly be destructive of society in the coming years.

Robert Kaplan thinks the world is marching toward anarchy (2013). Larry Littlefield is preparing for institutional collapse: “Frankly, I begin to think that the U.S. is about ready for an Il Duce right now” (2008). Ann Barnhardt lays out a timeline for societal disintegration (2012). They’re obviously crazy — right?

Michael Jonas explores the downsides of “racial and ethnic diversity” in a notorious neo-Nazi newsletter called… the Boston Globe (2007). Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew (2005) informs Der Spiegel that “in multiracial societies, you don’t vote in accordance with your economic interests and social interests, you vote in accordance with race and religion.” From Hungary to Greece, the dreaded “fascism” is once again on the rise in Europe (2012 — and again) — so hyper-progressive MSNBC talking head Rachel Maddow decides she might as well go ahead and introduce a national audience to Richard Spencer’s unusually attractive brand of white nationalism (2013). Yeah, sure, why not.

2-4 Richard Spencer

Ew (?), a white nationalist

According to a recent survey of registered voters, 29 percent of Americans, including 44 percent of Republicans, agree that “an armed revolution in order to protect liberties might be necessary in the next few years” (TakiMag, 2013). Another 5 percent are “unsure.” Only 47 percent of Americans, and 31 percent of Republicans, would disagree outright with the statement.

The statement that an armed revolution might be necessary in the next few years.

Surely something is happening here. What could it be? As always, gentle reader, we leave the final judgment up to you.

But you should probably stock up on canned food.

2-4 Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Alexander Solzhenitsyn in the Gulag

The Reaction Will Not Be Televised

Our present system is unique in world history, because over and above its physical and economic constraints, it demands of us total surrender of our souls, continuous and active participation in the general, conscious lie. To this putrefaction of the soul, this spiritual enslavement, human beings who wish to be human cannot consent.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn

So. The world — or democracy, or America — might be collapsing. Seems like the sort of thing people should be made aware of. Yes, that’s the ticket: raising awareness. But how? Never fear, the Carlyle Club has heard your lonely cry in the stillness of the night:

“Oh, Carlyle Club!” (Goes your lonely cry in the stillness of the night.) “Students Against a Democratic Society! Now that I am at last a true arch-reactionary — latter-day royalist; Knight of the Order of Carlyle; far Righter than any ‘far right’ — with a black heart, a golden crown, and a head full of nineteenth century political theory, how ever shall I show off my awesome arch-reactionary ideas to the world, — like on Facebook or something, — in a way that is a bit silly, for I, like most arch-reactionaries, with our black hearts, golden crowns, heads full of etc., am a bit silly, much like the Chubby Kitten and the Wriggly Ferret that adorn the great Seal of the Order of Carlyle?”

Well, I have an answer. It is a preposterous answer, I admit, but we live in preposterous times.

“Now wait just one minute,” you interject. “You said you could hear me.”

Did I? When?

“A moment ago, and then again just now, when I interjected. How can you hear me, unless — hey, you’re hiding in the chimney!”

But I digress. We were talking about Facebook (or something).

Last week (Issue 13), the Carlyle Club closed out our special aesthetic interlude with a selection from Alex Kurtagić’s ‘Masters of the Universe’ speech from a National Policy Institute conference in 2011. Kurtagić asked: “how then do we motivate our fellow citizens to proclaim an unconventional allegiance, with all the risks this entails?”

A winner’s image is an indispensable part of a winning formula. And a winning formula means acting as if. Acting as if we are already there. Which implies operating like an alternative society, offering access to a parallel universe, physical and metaphysical. Access to a different cosmology, a different system of symbols, a different way of understanding life.

The new nationalism looks like an establishment in waiting. Not like fearful cynics who are waiting for a collapse, but like people who are building something new and important, that makes the collapse desirable because it opens the way for what comes afterwards, because it opens the way for a golden age.

Rather than looking like conservatives fighting the tide of progress, we have to be the tide — the tide that sweeps away the old and decrepit left, that sweeps them out of power, sweeps them into the landfill of history, never to rise again.

In this issue of Radish, we are pleased to present the first-ever reactionary poster campaign.

2-4 Carlyle Rising


Carlyle Rising

“You read that in the news? Really? Wow. … No, I’m just surprised you still read the news. And you seemed like such a sensible person. You know, I have some back issues of Pravda you might be interested in. Did you know, Comrade, that under our new Progressive leadership the Ukrainian grain harvest has increased by an astonishing fifty percent? Huzzah!”

2-4 Carlyle v1

“You think Rush Limbaugh is too ‘conservative’? Why, because he wants to ‘take us back to the 50s’? Well, I want to take us back to the 1750s, so what does that make me? … A ‘racist’? I can live with that.”

2-4 Music v1

“You believe in democracy? But why? I mean: Hitler, Stalin, Churchill, Bush, Mandela — for God’s sake, when are we going to learn: it just doesn’t work!”

2-4 Elizabeth v1

“You voted for Romney, right? Or was it Obama? I can never tell the difference. Which one invaded Iraq? Oh, that was Bush. Both of them, in fact. So anyway, are you ready to admit democracy doesn’t work, and it’s time we gave monarchy another shot? Because I am so ready.”

2-4 Greece v1

“You want to know why I don’t vote? Besides the fact that it’s provably, mathematically, a waste of time? How about: I’m not an expert in governing entire countries, so why would I even try to rule this one?”

2-4 King v1

“I noticed your Reagan bumper sticker. Did the store run out of Bismarck, Augustus, Charlemagne, Justinian, Frederick the Great, Alfred the Great…”

2-4 Frederick v1

Something for the ladies, if indeed they are any ladies left in this world: “Hillary Clinton, a role model for little girls? So… not Elizabeth I or Catherine the Great or Victoria or Isabella? Or is it actually your goal to create a generation of strippers and single mothers?”

2-4 Isabella v1

“So what you’re saying is: somewhere in the world, Israelis are killing Palestinians? Or is it the other way around? And this is our problem how? … Yes, by all means, tell me more about this fantastically convoluted, insanely expensive multi-generational scheme for funneling the terrorists and the State Department more money. … That’s right, this ‘Middle-East Peace Process’ of yours.”

2-4 Foreign v1

“So, um, when you say ‘the last good war,’ what exactly do you mean? Like, the War of the Holy League? I’m having trouble coming up with an alternative.”

2-4 War v1

“Liberty, equality, diversity — nope, don’t believe in any of those things. Why do you ask?”

2-4 Revolution v1

“What do you mean, ‘free’ and ‘independent’? Free to starve? So amazingly ‘independent’ that they’re totally reliant on foreign aid? What a joke. Bring back colonial rule, I say.”

2-4 Haiti v1

2-4 Singapore and Haiti

Why won’t Singapore hurry up and adopt democracy?
You know, like Haiti? Any thoughts, Joseph de Maistre? How about you, Julius Evola?

Globalization and Economics

By Radish enthusiast Alex’s request: a globalization-themed poster featuring Joseph de Maistre.

2-4 Globalization v1

As if capitalism hadn’t taken enough of a beating, we also have an economics-themed poster featuring Julius Evola.

2-4 Economics v1

2-4 Stockholm riots

Look how much Progress™ they’ve made in Sweden! The future’s so bright, I gotta wear protective goggles. No, wait, that’s not the future, it’s just Arab invaders burning our city.

Julius Evola on Political Progress

“There is evidence,” promises Joshua Kurlantzick of the Council on Foreign Relations (“the nation’s most influential foreign-policy think tank,” according to Jim Lobe), “that over time democracy provides better social welfare, such as longer life expectancy, lower infant mortality, more social and political freedoms” (2013). Except, of course, in South Africa and Zimbabwe, where democracy, “social and political freedoms,” and the end of white supremacy brought staggering drops in life expectancy (IRIN, 2009). And then there’s the Congo, and — hey, wait a minute, where in Africa has democracy ever brought longer life expectancy? And how? What does voting have to do with living longer?

Oh, and I couldn’t help but notice, Mr. Kurlantzick, how you snuck in “political freedoms” — meaning, basically, democracy — under “better social welfare.” So your argument can be simplified a bit: Democracy is good because democracy provides democracy.

Look, democratization and political ‘progress’ in general have nothing whatsoever to do with technological advancement, which is what’s actually responsible for longer life expectancy, lower infant mortality, and so on. Science and technology advance over time because it’s difficult to destroy existing knowledge (especially since the printing press), so each generation of scientists and inventors is building on the last. “If I have seen further,” said Sir Isaac Newton, “it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” This has nothing whatsoever to do with liberty, equality, diversity, democracy, or any other murderous insurrectionary slogan. Newton himself was a fundamentalist Christian who enjoyed having counterfeiters hanged. And Americans landed on the moon not long after the Civil Rights Movement, but it was Nazi rocket scientists that put them there, not Rosa Parks.

I could go on, but Moldbug covered it perfectly in ‘Sam Altman is not a blithering idiot’ (2013), so there would be no point. Instead, please enjoy the return of Julius Evola, in the form of two posters. (You might have to stop and think about these for a minute.)

2-4 London v1

2-4 Stockholm v1

2-4 Golden Dawn

The ever-so-scary men and women of the Golden Dawn

Lothrop Stoddard on the Golden Dawn

In ‘The End of White America?’ (2009), Hua Hsu calls Lothrop Stoddard’s racialist classic The Rising Tide of Color Against White World Supremacy a “brief for racial supremacy” that’s full of “rationalized hatred,” which proves he either didn’t read past the cover, or simply couldn’t understand a book about race that (a) won’t pretend race doesn’t exist and (b) won’t blame everything bad that ever happened on white people. And we can safely assume that Mr. Hsu, like every other ‘anti-racist’ in the world (Issue 2), carefully avoids that “rising tide of color” as much as possible in his own life. The punchline here is journalistic integrity.

Here’s a fair sampling of the most popular comments on Hua Hsu’s article.

  • “It’s the white man! That is increasingly becoming the racist mantra of the 21st century.” (56 up-votes)
  • “Never mind that the evil white man has provided every good thing, jobs, industries, and the highest standard of living to the world. Never mind that. Have to demonize him because not to means the truth of Asians’ failures to contribute would be exposed. There are Asians who are now openly claiming they invented everything, that everything is made in China, and that they invented it all. Revisionist history at the hands of the CPC and part of their plan to destroy the white culture they are so envious of.” (80 up-votes)
  • Reply to a black commenter who was displeased with the “racist” commentary: “We ship your kids from your poverty-stricken schools and pay for their education with our tax dollars and bring them to our schools. And this is how you thank us? Go back home to Africa where you belong. The worst mistake we made was bringing you over here. Time to go back to your poverty-stricken third-world homeland and see how well you do without us white people to carry your burdens.” (63 up-votes)
  • Similarly: “Without white people, how will you spew your brilliance in a blog? You see, without white people, you wouldn’t have little things like computers and electricity.” (42 up-votes)
  • Clearly a Stoddard fan: “I predict that before the end of this decade — as the white man is eclipsed — we will see war as never before seen on earth. Huge countries with centuries of pent-up hatred and criminality such as China & India will burst forth armed and with unstoppable numbers. If you all think the world created by the white man is evil, just wait until you see what happens to planet Earth when Asians are in charge.” (44 up-votes)

A thought-provoking collection indeed. Here’s a fun poster to go with it: Lothrop Stoddard meets the Golden Dawn. Look out! Fascists!

2-4 Racism v1

Incidentally, Stoddard was referring to the mighty racial tides of the Japanese, and the colored races in general, asking that the white world exercise objective fairness.

2-4 Fascist hotties

Join the Golden Dawn! Meet fascist hotties!

Opposite Day

Bite-sized bits of Dark Enlightenment here.

What’s the opposite of quality? Reactionaries know.

2-4 Opposite of quality 1

Here’s one more about equality, for anyone who couldn’t grasp it the first time around:

2-4 Opposite of quality 2

How about diversity? This one’s based on Moldbug’s ‘The real meaning of diversity’ (2007).

2-4 Opposite of diversity

Don’t forget social justice! (As if they’d ever let us.)

2-4 Opposite of justice

2-4 South African democracy

According David Horsey, being given the vote by Afrikaners fed up with your terrorism is the black equivalent of landing a man on the moon


A student’s bid to become associate vice president of diversity and inclusion at Northwestern University was derailed last Wednesday over accusations that his status as a white heterosexual male would make it impossible for him to perform the position’s duties. […]

“This university is not ready, in any capacity, for a heterosexual white male to be in charge in any way of diversity and inclusion,” said [Ian] Coley [a student on the Associate Student Government Diversity and Inclusion Committee], according to the Daily Northwestern.

“I don’t know if any university is,” he reportedly added.

Campus Reform (2013)

All animals are equal
But some animals are more equal than others

Animal Farm (1945)

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is on a mission: to “stop and remedy unlawful employment discrimination” so that America can finally realize the EEOC Vision™ of “justice and equality in the workplace” — a bargain at 370 million taxpayer dollars per year (EEOC).

Here’s how it works. In 2012, Pepsi agreed to pay over three million dollars to settle a charge of “race discrimination” filed by the EEOC as part of a “national government crackdown” on “hiring policies that can hurt blacks and Hispanics” (Unamusement Park). You see, Pepsi was hiring people who had never been arrested, which is racist, because such a huge percentage of Negroes are criminals (Washington Post, 2012):

EEOC officials said the company’s policy of not hiring workers with arrest records disproportionately excluded more than 300 black applicants.

As part of the settlement, Pepsi had to offer jobs to the Negroes they excluded, whom the EEOC describes as “victims” of the company’s background check policy (EEOC). Here’s a fair sampling of the most-rated comments at Yahoo News (2012):

  • “If a disproportionate number of black applicants have been arrested vs whites then the indication is that the black community has a problem, not that Pepsi has a problem.” (638 up-votes, 41 down-votes)
  • “Right. Instead, let’s punish WHITES for having LOWER arrest and conviction rates. That’ll teach them to be good citizens!” (468 up-votes, 32 down-votes)
  • “As a small business owner, I refuse to hire criminals no matter what color they are. I run a business, not a self-help charity. Wake up people! Federal government has gotten way too big and out of control.” (397 up-votes, 27 down-votes)
  • “How is it ‘disproportionate’ if there are more blacks with records than whites? How is that Pepsi’s fault?” (439 up-votes, 30 down-votes)
  • “Pepsi is a MAJOR SPONSOR of the National Basketball Association… I demand that the EEOC investigate the TOTALLY DISPROPORTIONATE employment in that industry. I WANNA SUE!!!!” (218 up-votes, 15 down-votes)
  • “This country is going down the tubes.” (21 up-votes, 0 down-votes)

Now the EEOC is following up on last year’s success by suing a South Carolina BMW plant and Dollar General, “the largest small-box discount retailer in the United States,” for the same, er, “crime”: using criminal background checks (EEOC). “With its newly issued enforcement guidance,” said Reuben Daniels, director of the EEOC’s District Office in Charlotte, “the EEOC affirmed its longstanding position that criminal records screening may have a disparate impact on African-Americans and Latinos, and that arrests alone are not predictive of criminal conduct” (Fox Carolina, 2013). And so, with arrests no longer predictive of criminal conduct, the Doctrine of Diversity inches ever closer to what Unamusement Park (2012) calls the “Beyond Parody event horizon.”

Interestingly, in 2012, the Washington Times reported that a surprising 97 percent of bus and train operators at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority are black (Issue 6). (D.C. itself is 51 percent black.) This “homogeneity,” according to interviews with current and former Metro workers,

is a proxy to a clubby culture of favoritism in which merit has little to do with promotions, and accountability, such as noting safety violations, is a career death knell. In typical examples, court and Metro records show, a black man who spent eight years in prison for dealing PCP was promoted to a high-level management position soon after his release, and whites in the same positions as blacks with far less seniority are inexplicably [sic] paid less. …

It is a culture in which a white male engineer near completion of a Ph.D. was passed over for a management position in favor of a black man who was barely literate, multiple staffers said. …

White and Hispanic employees who allege discrimination have found a deaf ear at Metro’s civil rights office, whose 17 employees are black. …

By the way, the chair of the EEOC is a black woman.

Dozens said white workers, especially women, were openly subject to racist and sexist remarks without repercussion — behavior that drove many targets to seek transfers or leave the agency. All said they have been inexplicably passed over hundreds of times for promotions to positions such as station manager while others with less seniority passed them by.

“I was the only white woman in car maintenance out of 338, and they made my life miserable,” Ms. Whorton said, adding that colleagues once electrified a track circuit on which she was working and laughed. “Nothing happened to them.”

And so on and so forth. Here are a few popular comments on the article.

  • “I think that the only thing more remarkable than this story is the TOTAL lack of coverage by any other media outlet.”
  • “Well, I think everyone knows by now that ‘diversity’ is just code for discrimination against white males. Can you image the squealing that would go on in any job where whites made up 97 percent of the workforce?”
    • “We don’t have to imagine it. We see it every day in the newspaper, on the TV news, on news websites and on pathetic Liberal rant-rags like HuffPo.”
  • White and Hispanic employees who allege discrimination have found a deaf ear at Metro’s civil rights office, whose 17 employees are black. I burst out laughing when I got to the end of that sentence. ha ha… How about contacting the EEOC?”
  • “What goes unsaid is how many racist Blacks in Metro know exactly what the situation is and zealously take advantage of it. This is a clear example of racist Blacks terrorizing Hispanics and Whites knowing they can get away with it because Metro absolutely condones racism by Blacks toward other races. Where is the Justice Department and why aren’t they arresting and prosecuting the leaders of this Department? You know, the Justice Department is run by a Black man. Did I just answer my own question?”
  • “Gosh, say it isn’t so! Why, the DC Metro system is the absolute epitome of a Gov’t run organization with every facet of the ‘Civil Rights’ culture showcased for all to see, and you mean to tell me that it’s turned into a racist, sexist organization dominated by blacks who are hostile to Whites, Hispanics, Women, and any form of competence? It’s like every racist trope ever spouted has come home to roost.”
  • “There is nothing new here. Blacks are not capable of governing themselves or anybody else. See Uganda, the Congo, Somalia, Nigeria, etc. in Africa, Haiti in the Caribbean, and even Detroit and East St. Louis in this country.”
  • “Wherever blacks control the government you’ll find endemic incompetence. It’s not unexpected. The average black worker has a median IQ substantially lower than the average white worker. Is this heretical? In this politically correct society it is. The only solution is for intelligent people to avoid living in a community governed by people who are going to destroy that community. Is there any community governed by black in the world that is successful?”
  • “If the voters in a city want to run the place like Zimbabwe, let them, but not with our money. Let the revenue sharing stop. Grants, subsidies — whatever you want to call it — done, over. No more squeezing wealth out of the civilized United States to prop up stone age chaos.”
  • “This is the ongoing third-worldization of the U.S. that apparently cannot be stopped until the breakup of the nation along racial lines.”

I eagerly await an EEOC lawsuit against the D.C. Metro, which for some strange reason* has not happened yet. In the meantime, please enjoy these little posters. The first is based on a quotation I found in Pat Buchanan’s book The Death of the West (2010).

2-4 Mary Berry

Just as intended

The second is based on Unamusement Park’s ‘Federal Judge Fines FDNY $129 Million for Black and Hispanic Stupidity’ (2012). You can find the complete exam it refers to at the New York Times.

2-4 FDNY exam

Diversity is our top priority! As opposed to, say, putting out fires.

*I guess they’ve got better things to do, like fighting the “wage gap between men and women,” which according to a 2013 press release by the EEOC “still exists,” making women earn “77 percent of men’s wages,” and yet has been described as a “myth” by — let me see here — CBS (2011), the Wall Street Journal (2011), Forbes (2012), the Huffington Post (2012), Breitbart (2013), The Atlantic (2013), and Fox Business (2013), to name just a few.

2-4 Oculus Rift

According to Edge magazine, the Oculus Rift “changes everything.” Even human nature?

Marvels of the Modern World

When democracy fails, will technology save us? The idea is certainly appealing — if you happen to live in a high-intelligence, low-aggression bubble, populated entirely by Caucasians and Orientals. Like, say, Silicon Valley (Business Insider, 2013):

Silicon Valley tech companies, including Apple, Google, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, and Microsoft, seem to be actively trying to hide how many minorities work for them. … [R]acial minorities and women are generally underrepresented in management roles. And those roles are typically dominated by white and Asian men.

(Consult M.G. Miles’ ‘The Guilty Party.’)

Accordingly, Patri Friedman believes “technology is much more important than rhetoric” (2009):

Technology alters incentives, which is a far more effective way to achieve widespread change than to attempt to fight human biases or change minds. …

While the Internet has been a big step towards a more virtual lifestyle, we aren’t all going to be jacked in full-time anytime soon. … Still, cyberspace is an inherently more competitive, more anonymous, harder to tax and regulate environment, and so advancing it is a way to accelerate freedom through technology.

And Peter Thiel, seeking “escape from politics in all its forms,” has “focused my efforts on new technologies that may create a new space for freedom,” three of which are cyberspace, outer space, and seasteading (2009).

… [W]e are in a deadly race between politics and technology. The future will be much better or much worse, but the question of the future remains very open indeed. We do not know exactly how close this race is, but I suspect that it may be very close, even down to the wire. Unlike the world of politics, in the world of technology the choices of individuals may still be paramount. The fate of our world may depend on the effort of a single person who builds or propagates the machinery of freedom that makes the world safe for capitalism.

Well, maybe. (At least he hasn’t mistaken technological advancement for political ‘progress.’)

Meanwhile, Andrew Scott Reisse, a brilliant and innovative computer graphics engineer, is dead at 33, leaving (as far as I have been able to determine) no children. Reisse was the co-founder and lead engineer of the highly anticipated (and crowd-funded) virtual-reality startup Oculus VR. CNET (2013) has called the Oculus Rift headset

the virtual reality we’ve been promised since the dawn of video gaming, and really, the early days of science fiction. It leaps past all other attempts at the technology and moves into the realm of total immersion. The feeling is so natural that it’s effortless to suspend disbelief that you are standing in that place, in that world.

Pretty cool stuff. And according to Oculus VR (2013), “Andrew’s contributions span far and wide in the video game industry. His code is embedded in thousands of games played by millions of people around the world.”

On May 30, 2013, in Orange County, California, Victor Sanchez and two other mestizo gang members in a Dodge Charger — all of them on probation, with outstanding warrants for their arrest — smashed into Andrew at a crosswalk as they fled from police after a shootout (Daily Mail, 2013).

Alternatively, as tech website The Verge puts it, Reisse died in a “tragic accident” (2013). Lawrence Auster explains (2011):

“Tragedy” means an event resulting in great loss or misfortune. It carries no connotation of intentional wrongdoing. A person who describes a crime or any wicked act as a “tragedy” is a liberal liar who is denying the existence of wrongdoing.

Here is a series of comments left on Mr. Reisse’s obituary at TechCrunch (2013).

  • “Ahhhhhhh, MAN! I am really angry about this. [Angry at whom?] The Oculus Rift is an amazing invention and it is devastating that someone who helped bring it into this world had to die. Of course it is always tragic when anyone dies needlessly, but I really admired this guy. [Always tragic; sometimes also murder.] This just made me think how it would be great if most cars were self-driving. This sort of thing would be much less common in that world. [Way to address the root cause there.] Self-driving cars can’t come fast enough, because I’m seriously fed up with people dying as a result of reckless driving.” Well, if we don’t have them by the time white Americans are a minority in their own country, — circa 2040, — I’m sure Victor Sanchez’s grandchildren can whip up the necessary blueprints. Unless, of course, they can’t… (Issue 7).
  • “The saddest part is when accident happends with person who had such a great future.” Which is why we are supposed to have children.
  • “A guy hit him fleeing from the scene of a shooting? I guarantee he was either black, or hispanic.”
    • “The hell does that have to do with anything…”
    • “Hitler much, you d-bag?”
    • “can people flag this comment as offensive so that TC takes it down? thanks.” Somewhere, Orwell is laughing (Issue 10).
  • “Actually yes, they were. In fact they were gang members on probation, with outstanding warrants for their arrest.” Hate facts!
  • “Funny how the super offensive post was vindicated as right. A PC society is a pathetic society.” Funny, sure, but not “ha ha” funny.
    • “Funny how the racists love it when they can confirm their bias.” Bias: confirmed — and yet still somehow “racist”!

Speaking of confirmed biases (NPR, 2006):

RENEE MONTAGNE: The influx of Hispanic immigrants to some parts of the U.S. has led to a problem on the highways. In many states, Hispanics account for a disproportionate number of drunk driving deaths. In North Carolina where the Latino population has grown by more than a third in this decade, alcohol-related crashes have become a leading killer of Latinos. […]

ADAM HOCHBERG: Grocery store owner Manuel Gonzales, observes the problem first hand among his customers.

MANUEL GONZALES: Oh, yeah, I see it many times, almost everyday. They come and buy beers and just driving and drink at the same time. You know, when they driving. I try to explain to don’t drive and drink, but they keep on doing it.

ADAM HOCHBERG: Nationwide, Latinos rank second only to Native Americans and their alcohol death rate on the highway.

Latinos and Native Americans, you say? No kidding. Those two populations? I wonder if there might be a sort of biological/historical explanation. I wonder too if there might have already been such an explanation at some point in the not-too-distant past, an explanation we have since somehow forgotten… In any case, please enjoy this little poster.

2-4 Andrew Scott Reisse

You lived in a prosperous and yet preposterous world

2-4 Amnesty protest

I agree: deport them all. No child left behind!

Immigration Reform

I see that colonization and high treason, better known as “immigration” and “amnesty” (Issue 5), are in the news again. The Carlyle Club strikes back! Inject a little sanity into the debate with our colorful posters. Here’s one, inspired by Moldbug’s essay ‘Some perspectives from Prudentius’ (2012), that sort of sneaks up on you:

2-4 Rome, big

Here is a more compact version of the same:

2-4 Rome, compact

The next set of posters was inspired by Jean Raspail’s prophetic 1973 novel The Camp of the Saints. Our first offering has a distinctly fishy scent:

2-4 Colonization 1

More fish:

2-4 Colonization 2

Not everyone likes boats, though. Some people like trains. For the people who like trains, here are some trains!

2-4 Colonization 3

More trains! Aren’t they fun?

2-4 Colonization 4

The next poster is gratuitously French:

2-4 Colonization 5

This poster is also gratuitously French, but it has a crazy caption from England! Oh caption. You so crazy.

2-4 Colonization 6

Finally, the Mexicans decide to show up:

2-4 Colonization 7

One more from south of the border:

2-4 Colonization 8

Design Your Own Reactionary Propaganda!

I think Radish shows a keen insight into what might make a young person interested in us.

Samson J.

I might start a leafletting campaign or something with those.

The Avenging Red Hand

It doesn’t matter who we are. What matters is our plan.


Thank you for snacking on these bite-sized bits of Radish. Rest assured, the Carlyle Club will return with a full-sized portion of savory reaction.

If you have any suggestions or requests for a poster in one of the above styles, or any other style you can imagine, feel free to leave us a comment or send us an email, and we’ll turn the matter over to Radish magazine’s Official Graphic Design Expert — who should under no circumstances be confused with Just Some Guy with a Copy of Pages.

That said, Pages costs about twenty bucks and has about twenty thousand different templates you can use to whip up your own neoreactionary propaganda poster in no time. I’m not sure this is what the television had in mind when it told me to “express myself,” or “share my passions,” or whatever, I don’t even know any more — but in any case, the tools are there.

Until next time.

Recommended Reading

Want to learn more about the topics covered in this issue of Radish? We highly recommend the following resources. (We do not, however, necessarily endorse all opinions expressed in them: some are not nearly extreme enough.)

Dark Enlightenment/Neoreaction

More-or-less outside perspectives:



The Ruling Class

The End of Democracy?


Alex Kurtagić




“Social Justice”

Assorted, Tangential & Miscellaneous

24 thoughts on “14. Carlyle Rising

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  2. Wow. Great work. You don’t do things by halves. The most beautiful and classy propaganda posters that I’ve ever seen. They will use up a lot of ink though.

    And there’s no URL, so people would have to Google it, and “Radish Magazine” is about fifth place, although “Thomas Carlyle Club for Young Reactionaries” does better. It will take a lot of posters around the place before people will get curious enough to search for what it’s about.

    These will go over the heads of most people. But that may be a good thing.

    • @ Black Power White Power: Thank you BPWP. There is indeed no URL. I imagine the sort of person who is not willing to look up the Carlyle Club is also unwilling or unable to slog through a full issue of Radish. Not exactly the audience I’m writing for.

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    • @ Alex: Now that’s an interesting point. You see, I support Frederick’s policies one hundred percent… for 18th century Prussia! Which was an absolute monarchy, not a democracy — not to mention approximately zero percent “diverse.” In those circumstances, abolishing legal torture, putting State money into science and philosophy, and allowing freedom of religion and freedom of the press all sound pretty good to me. With Frederick in charge, you’re not going to wind up with the Cathedral.

      For me, the key to Dark Enlightenment is the recognition that, contrary to Progressives, Liberty and Equality and such things are only conditionally good, not absolutely (or axiomatically) good.

      So: Maistre. What did you have in mind?

    • With Frederick in charge, you’re not going to wind up with the Cathedral.

      I agree the ideal of ‘ordered liberty’ you envisage is more easily achieved in an authoritarian context & the absence of ethnic diversity (or at least where the bare minimum is tolerated rather than unlimited diversity being imposed). Evola puts it rather well: “Liberty and free initiative can be conceded to a greater degree, the greater the central power and the greater the gravitational centre to which the parts are connected by an immaterial, ethical link, more than through any kind of contractual or binding positive norm” (Fascism Viewed from the Right).

      The peril here is that so much depends on the personal qualities of the sovereign. Given a weak or misguided ruler, one can see how the scales could tip too far towards liberty, to the detriment of order. Shall a ‘free press’ be allowed to those with an agenda like this? Would ‘freedom of religion’ for such as this really benefit the commonwealth? In this respect, it’s noteworthy that Frederick was an ardent supporter of the Freemasons, who, according to one narrative, were among the original architects of the Cathedral.

      So: Maistre. What did you have in mind?

      Hmm. Tricky one. Perhaps:

      Liberals believe in the Rights of Man.
      Conservatives believe in the rights of men.
      Reactionaries know our place.
      “People complain of the despotism of princes; they ought to complain of the despotism of man.” — Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821)

  5. Conservatives believe in Liberty

    Liberals blather about the joys of Equality

    Reactionaries know that Fraternity is only possible in an actual community, Equality is a lie, and Liberty is for actual grownups

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  8. Too many words. Right-wingers have the same problem. It won’t go viral readily because it’s just too wordy. Just having two sentences instead of one loses half the potential audience, *even among the audience you’re interested in*.

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  13. Awesome posters.

    Though I’m more inclined to the Philosopher King goverment discussed by Plato. Basically, an upgraded monarchical system mixed with a healthy dose of meritocracy.

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