A loftier blog

I recently visited the old dame of Australian conservative writing, Quadrant.

Allegedly established with CIA money by one of the perpetrators of the Ern Malley hoax, for a long time it reflected anti-communist and anti-progressive thought in the Old Country. Its writers, often former communists themselves, penned screeds against the obsession of the left-wing media with its pet, Triple-R issues: Aboriginal reconciliation, the republic and refugees.

Quadrant’s left-wing counterpoint is The Monthly, which mostly writes about Aboriginal issues and refugees. The republic now takes a back seat to modern Woke obsessions. I think the new R word is race but gender also gets a look in depending upon the fashion of the day.

I hoped to find something intellectually stimulating in Quadrant but instead found it repeating the catechisms of mainstream conservatism: crazy Woke nonsense on campus is crazy Woke nonsense, global warming is bunk, Covid is overblown, plus endless, dull squid ink on the perpetual History Wars regarding Aborigines.

That 2% of the population seems to occupy 20% of the words ever written by white intellectuals on both sides, which is funny because few Aborigines will read a word of it.

Oh, and they obsess over ABC bias of course.

Tell us something we don’t know. This is stodgy, middle-brow stuff that we can hear in 3-minute format from Andrew Bolt on YouTube. [Edit: that link no longer works because Sky News just shitcanned him.]

If I told you there are certain issues never mentioned in Quadrant, my reader would guess those issues without difficulty.

Quadrant is free of any content that might get up the noses of the modern CIA, whether they were ever involved or not. Hard issues like the effects of mass migration, creeping oligarchic power, the grinding collapse of our entire civilization and our slide into totalitarian Hell.

That sort of thing. Issues like ABC bias and whether or not Aborigines farmed fish are angels on a pin.

Perhaps conservative writing was always like that.

In the 60s and 70s they wrote about the Red Menace, the Vietnam War, unions and inflation. In the meantime, immigration reforms and the sexual revolution were quietly undermining our foundations while we physically declined and our cultural output visibly decayed.

In the 80s and 90s they wrote about free trade, university funding and the republic, still not noticing that the nation was slipping from the face of the Earth.

Even now that the consequences are coming to fruition, with family formation plummeting and our WEIRD values in collapse, establishment conservatives seem too committed to arguing about the health of the Great Barrier Reef to notice.

In some posts they seem dimly aware that the West is on the ropes but they don’t understand why. To them, all we need to do is abolish the ABC, build a couple more coal power plants and we’ll be back on track.

Look at the men on both sides, from Keith Windschuttle of Quadrant to Philip Adams of the ABC. They lived their comfortable lives in the glowing embers of the West, never hearing the scratching sound from under the floorboards. Neither can conceive of the challenges facing younger generations – people wondering where it will be safe to live, whether they should flee to the remote countryside or abroad. That such concerns are becoming mainstream would shock them.

I’m sure that neither realize our traditional, Anglo-Saxon liberties have been permanently destroyed, whether they would celebrate or mourn the fact.

The old guard of the Greatest Generation have passed on and those still writing are no spring chickens themselves, mostly being of the Silent Generation. For them and their 60-something proteges, this is an amusing, lifelong continuation of their boyhood student politics, not an existential struggle.

In short, it’s a living. They’ve made a career squabbling and snarking at each other while the real issues slipped safely under the radar.

But am I any different?

Much of this blog is given over to anti-Covidian articles and attacks on Woke madness. How important is this, in the grand scheme of things?

The Covidians are not going to suddenly say, ‘Okay it’s over, you can have all your freedoms back now.” Nothing I say or do will change that fact.

The Woke are not going to suddenly decide that their worldview contradicts all relevant data.

In short, the facts don’t matter.

I forgive those old culture warriors for ignoring the trend towards serial monogamy as they railed against Brezhnev. They simply didn’t know that it was a bridge, not the end point of sexual liberation. I don’t blame them for missing the long-term consequences of the other side of that coin, increased foreign migration to counter falling birth rates.

Mostly I don’t blame them because I’m probably doing the same myself – obsessing over trivialities (in the grand scheme of things) and missing long-term trends that will have a massive impact in the future.

I can’t see all that I wish I could see but I can recognize when I’m flogging a dead horse.

There’s no point saying another word on the Covid madness. For now, the zealots have won and we’re all going to have to live with the consequences. No more posting graphs or analyzing infection fatality rates. No one cares. At this point, everyone either knows the truth or has decided to ignore the truth. I’m done pissing in the wind.

Same with the Church of Woke – what else is there to say? It’s a natural reaction to certain environmental cues. Arguments about religion are always a waste of time and Woke is no exception. It’s pointless writing endless articles about the latest stupidity. I might occasionally poke fun on the Dark Side but it deserves no greater attention than that. After all, how much do I write about Scientology?

I’ve long recognized that retail politics is a crock and not worth any serious thought. I should add Covid and Woke to the list.

From now on, I should consider each topic before writing about it. I should ask myself, is it important? Informative? Entertaining? Not just a recurring circle wank about the latest inanity. There comes a point where obsessing about your enemies becomes an infatuation, like how Saudi Arabia cannot turn its indignant eyes from Iran. Worrying too much about our rulers will distract us from better things.

I won’t always make the right call but I hope this approach will prevent the People’s Blog descending into stodgy, Quadrant-like irrelevance as the world’s sprightly events leave us in the dust of history.

Plus, the copy editing over there is abysmal. When unemployed bloggers in the Third World publish fewer typos, you’ve got to wonder what’s going on.

17 comments

  1. jewamongyou · December 6

    Funnily enough, I had just read ZMan’s latest post on Taki’s Magazine (https://takimag.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=0ba7696a8a378946b7e688500&id=643991bf82&e=a73bb6d99a) before reading this, and there’s some overlap. Great minds think alike.
    You mention that Quadrant is “free of any content that might get up the noses of the modern CIA.” I think this is an important point: We’ve reached the point where the only effective means of defending ourselves, or even our way of life, involve legal risks and possibly imprisonment. This is especially true in UK, where people can get arrested for “offensive” social media posts, or for hanging “It’s Okay to be White” signs – but it’s increasingly true in the US, where BLM is now the official ideology of the Federal government.
    Kyle Rittenhouse did what needed to be done, and look what happened to him; he’s a free man only due to a stroke of luck. A different judge, a less-than-perfect set of decisions by Kyle in the heat of the moment, a lack of video evidence, or a different jury each could have sent him to prison for life. How many of us are willing to take such risks?
    At some point, in the very near future, we’re going to have to organize in such a way that we’re able to do what needs to be done, on a large scale, and somehow absorb the inevitable punishment by the “legal system.” Otherwise, our civilization is doomed.

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    • Kentucky Headhunter · December 6

      Doing “what needs to be done, on a large enough scale” would mean that the legal system was no longer a threat to us.

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      • Nikolai Vladivostok · December 6

        Take it easy, everyone. This isn’t Jim’s Blog.

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        • Kentucky Headhunter · December 6

          I’m just saying that we would need to re-capture all the institutions (by which I mean ALL the institutions) that are currently aligned against us. Frankly, I don’t think think is feasible anymore.

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      • jewamongyou · December 6

        Not necessarily. Large resistance movements have existed in many societies, effecting change over time, even though their activists often languish in prison.

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        • Kentucky Headhunter · December 7

          Can you name a few? Ones where the real pressure for significant change didn’t come from outside forces?

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    • Kentucky Headhunter · December 6

      Yes, the “facts don’t matter” point in both posts is something that needs to be recognized by more people. When some doofus goes on about Ben Shapiro “destroying” some stupid 18 yo college girl with, “Facts don’t care about your feelings.”, it must be stated that she and her ilk don’t care about the facts in any way, shape or form.

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  2. Kentucky Gent · December 6

    Don’t sell yourself short, NV. Without light hearted writing, there is no light reading. I seek out your content in hopes of a laugh or a distraction from the war on Western Civ. I made up my mind on Covid long ago, but still skim your articles on it.

    To get “loftier”, eventually a person has to embrace either God or modernism/materialism.

    We are all adults here, with our own strongly held opinions, so I am sure I am bordering on boorish behavior when I keep repeating that Catholicism is true. Please excuse me for that, but life truly is a spiritual war between good and evil. All other considerations are secondary.

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    • lemmiwinks · December 7

      I would second the point about light hearted writing.

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  3. luisman · December 6

    The Left named the conservatives correctly “reactionaries”, because they do nothing political, until they have to react to a new leftist policy. And I think the so called ‘right’ is very bad in propaganda, but the ‘left’ is very good at it. Some right wing and conservative politicians I know abhor propaganda, because they think it’s just lying. They don’t sell dreams about tomorrow, they just dream about yesteryear.
    Anyway, I came to a similar conclusion years ago, when I started writing about feminism, the ‘manosphere’ etc. All these issues are much much deeper than what popped up in the headlines last week.

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  4. luisman · December 6

    Reblogged this on Nicht-Linke Blogs.

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  6. MD · December 7

    I understand where you’re coming from, Nikolai, but I hope you’ll reconsider. You often have observations on current events that other writers miss. And your writing is much better and more entertaining than most bloggers on this side of the divide.
    My humble (and unsolicited) vote is to keep the programming the same.

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