Pit of Truth

Musings from the shadow of the Cathedral

Globalisation Has Lost It’s Social License

To say that the Western world is undergoing a bit of a revolt against globalisation these days is a bit of an understatement. From Warsaw to Washington DC we are witnessing the rise of populist insurgencies railing against open borders, free trade, and the decline of national sovereignty in favour of supranational organisations. Additionally, it has become almost a cliché to observe that the driving force behind this backlash we are seeing is often those who have lost out most from our increasingly global and mobile world; those who formerly would have been considered the blue-collar upper working/lower middle class who have seen their economic and social positions slowly erode. Read the rest of this entry »

What Is To Be Done?

In my latest post on the aftermath of the Manchester bombing I lamented the false pledges that we in the West would carry on as ever before; it was a pledge proven to be a lie by every new armed patrol of soldiers, every ever higher concrete security barrier, and by the visceral feel of morbid dread that has come to descend upon us and comes to weigh slightly more with every new attack (since then there have been a pair of simultaneous knifing sprees in London carried out by jihadis claiming “this is for Allah”). We haven’t carried on as before, we’ve simply begun to normalise these times of danger and terror we live in and responded by slowly getting quieter, and smaller, and more shut in bit by little bit. The lines at security checkpoints have gotten longer, the armed presence of the military in our public spaces has become more visible, and we’ve become ever more hesitant to go out and about and travel abroad. We mouth the empty cliches that we shall not be divided and we shall not be intimidated, but even the ones speaking them no longer believe them. Read the rest of this entry »

One By One The Lights Go Out Across Europe

What is there really to say at this point that has not been said before, and before, and beforeand before, and BEFORE? On Tuesday evening, a nail bomb went off in Manchester at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. Twenty two people are dead, the youngest of which was eight years old (her mother has apparently not yet been told as she is in critical condition from the same attack), and many more are injured.  A twenty-two year old named Salman Abedi has been arrested, the British born son of Libyan refugees. The terror threat level in Britain has been raised to critical, and for the immediate future members of the British armed forces shall be posted at all public events, as has been the normal state of affairs in France for over a year now. Read the rest of this entry »

Kingsman and Aristocratic Virtue

Matthew Vaughn’s “Kingsman: The Secret Service” is easily one of my favourite movies of recent years. It certainly is one of the most openly reactionary films I can recall in my lifetime, possibly rivalled only by “The Legend of Korra” television series for having such a blatantly critical message on modernity from a traditionalist perspective. One area in particular that stood out (and is particularly relevant to today’s debate on populism versus elitism) is its promotion of the concept of what it is to be a gentleman in the context of aristocratic virtues. Read the rest of this entry »

“Girls” Surprisingly Reactionary Message

I was not a fan of the show “Girls”, even before its creator Lena Dunham rose to prominence as a perfect representation of everything odious and distasteful about the modern-day feminist movement. To be blunt, I simply found the show too depressing. I’ll be the first to admit that my generation has been dealt a bum hand of bad advise and poor job prospects while being left the carry the brunt of the fallout of the Boomer generations terrible choices, but a few episodes into the first season and I was inexplicably ranting at the television screen that life as portrayed on the show simply wasn’t that bad.  Read the rest of this entry »

The Left Has Lost The Art Of Persuasion

There is much to be said in critique of the philosophes who pioneered the Enlightenment. They were arrogant, and naive, and above all else guilty of the first sin of far too many to-cleaver-by-half men in assuming all of their fellows were all of a similar mental filigree to themselves; this of course led to them abandoning the traditional wisdom of generations that came before them to instead embrace a radical utopian way of thinking that would turn the entire world upon its head, leaving us even now reeling from the upheaval of it. What could not be said of Kant and Voltaire and Montesquieu and even that greatest charlatan of them all Rousseau was that they were men unafraid to make their case to the public.  Read the rest of this entry »

2017 Resolutions In Masculinity #5: Start Dressing Better

Somewhat to my surprise, my fifth resolution for 2017 intended for men hoping to reassert their masculinity was the one which received the most push back. Of all the ones I listed this struck me as by far the least controversial, as the gentle suggestion that young men should take more pride in their appearance by taking more care in their manner of dress to me was one that no one could possibly take offence to. It’s certainly hard to argue with the fact that the art of dressing well has declined among men of my generation (level what criticisms you will of young women, but they do still take a keen interest and indeed enjoyment from dressing well). Despite this, the complaints I received for this one probably exceeded all my other resolutions combined. Read the rest of this entry »