Saturday, February 6, 2016

A Political Paradigm

I like paradigms. Paradigms that explain things and make things easier to understand. I remember back in high school being delighted at the periodic table, which makes the elements so clear and understandable. There are a lot of such paradigms in science, of course, and also in the softer sciences, where they're a little fuzzier.

I like the paradigm related below, the Wilson-Jackson-Jefferson-Hamilton paradigm that breaks down the factors of American history into four forces. I especially like it because it supports a notion I've had for some time now, that there's a lot of hatin' going on about Andrew Jackson. The most obvious manifestation of this hate thing is the current effort to kick him off the $20 bill and replace him with Sojourner Truth or Miley Cyrus or some other great female spiritual leader.
Anyhow, the idea is that the Jerfferson/Hamilton/Wilson formula produces a nice mess when you leave out the Jackson factor. Makes sense to me.

This, then, from Alternative Right [link]:


The American Republic was the greatest one ever. It was so because it developed a Tao. There was a complicated and necessary balance between the Libertarian and the Authoritarian. There was another equally important equipoise between the Classical Liberal and The Progressive. Each school of thought had its plusses and minuses. Through rigorous balance, the best was extracted from each and the crack-pot ideas of all were kicked remorselessly to the curb through an almost Darwinian perfection of the civic population. These four forces were famously described by Walter Russell Mead as Wilsonian, Jacksonian, Hamiltonian, and Jeffersonian.

While the mapping isn’t perfect (Walter Russell Mead was writing foreign policy commentary when he developed the taxonomy), it’s not too abusive a stretch to map Wilsonians to Progressives, Jacksonians to Classical Liberals, Hamiltonians to Authoritarians and Jeffersonians to Civil Libertarians. Banish one of these four vectors to the outer darkness and you get a disturbance in the force…

In recent years The Jacksonian portion of this Tao has been banished to the trailer parks of Appalachian Hollows. This has led to the death of honor and traditional culture in Elite American Society. This, in turn, has led to an unstable equilibrium. To assuage the problematic situation, a rough alliance has been formed between the Wilsonian, Hamiltonian, and Jeffersonian vectors. Curtis Yarvin described this deep state Amerikan Politburo as The Cathedral:
The Cathedral — The self-organizing consensus of Progressives and Progressive ideology represented by the universities, the media, and the civil service. A term coined by blogger Mencius Moldbug. The Cathedral has no central administrator, but represents a consensus acting as a coherent group that condemns other ideologies as evil. Community writers have enumerated the platform of Progressivism as women’s suffrage, prohibition, abolition, federal income tax, democratic election of senators, labor laws, desegregation, popularization of drugs, destruction of traditional sexual norms, ethnic studies courses in colleges, decolonization, and gay marriage. A defining feature of Progressivism is that "you believe that morality has been essentially solved, and all that’s left is to work out the details." Reactionaries see Republicans as Progressives, just lagging 10-20 years behind Democrats in their adoption of Progressive norms.
The Cathedral is not a stable equilibrium. It is metastable at best. Think of a Cathedral as a round, perfect sphere on a perfectly flat surface. Absent external forces beyond gravity and the tension balance resulting from the interposition of the flat surface between the sphere and the source of gravity, the sphere remains at rest. Peace is prevalent. The Jacksonians pull athwart the other three. Vectors in tenuous balance. This makes Jacksonians a pain in the butt at best and a destabilizing catalyst to cataclysm at worst. This leads to the Jackson-Hate resplendent in the so-called Obama Administration. Walter Russell Meade explains below.
Jacksonian populism, the sense of honor-driven egalitarianism and fiery nationalism that drove American politics for many years, has never been hated and reviled as often as it is today, and many American academics and intellectuals (to say nothing of Hollywood icons) are close to demanding that Jacksonian sentiment be redefined as a hate crime.
Traditionalism and fiery nationalism bring up visions of green-toothed boogeymen charging up Cemetery Ridge. Jacksonians are the people who can be convinced that they should charge up Cemetery Ridge if that is what honor demands. This instinct sparks a mortal fear in the heart of the Progressive. Here is a catalog of what the Progressive hive-mind views as the sins of the Jacksonian.
  • Jacksonians are who the then Senator had in mind when, in the campaign of 2008, he spoke of the ‘bitter clingers’ holding on to their guns and their Bibles.
  • It is Jacksonians who see the Second Amendment as the foundation of and security for American freedom.
  • It is Jacksonians who most resent illegal immigration, don’t want to subsidize the urban poor, support aggressive policing and long prison sentences for violent offenders, and who are the slowest to ‘evolve’ on issues like gay marriage and transgender rights.
  • Jacksonian sentiment embraces a concept of the United States as a folk community and, over time, that folk community was generally construed as whites only.
  • Jacksonians don’t have much respect for the educated and the credentialed. Like William F. Buckley, they would rather be governed by the first 100 names in the phone book than by the Harvard faculty.

Jacksonianism: the vital spark in the American Republic.
I see this guy in the mirror every morning. He’s somewhat edumacayted, having read his Spengler, Virgil (in Latin, under vile academic duress), Marx, Gibbons, Rand (for the comedy gold found in the fornication bits), Nietzsche (as an act of utter masochism), and each and every book of the King James Bible several times over. He doesn’t have green teeth – even the morning after he drinks the green beer on Saint Paddy’s Day.

His sin and the reason he is considered outcaste is that he loves the blood, the soil, the traditions and the heritage that he comes from and lives around each and every day.

The folkways of his nation and region flow through his bloodstream like a sacred lifeblood and no Hegelian Dialectic will ever water them down towards some zombie-like synthesis. He never wanted to be that guy, the one that Dostoevsky subjects to condign ridicule in Notes From The Underground. But every day, every g–––n day he sees more of it slipping away.

This guy (JPW by pseudonym) is the least qualified and most unlikely Neo-Reactionary you would ever meet. He was built for a certain time and a certain place in America that got yanked out from under his feet by the vile machinations of this Cathedral. It is against all things ending that he reacts. It is against the final heat death of Jacksonianism that he reacts in Amerika; in particular.

You can’t have America without gold, old Andrew Jackson. You need him there passed out drunk on the White House lawn the morning after his first inauguration. Take away the Jacksonians and you take away everything good, noble and sacred about the South and the Old West. Take away Jacksonianism and you get Amerika instead. We; the Jacksonians, are America’s last, best Anti-Cathedral. Blaspheme against us at your mortal peril.

Originally published at
Read the original and comment here:
Quibcag: I've used the sword girl in quibcags before, and I don't remember where she came from originally. But she looks like an Andy Jackson fan, doesn't she?


  1. Wilsonians are the provincial idiots now. These pretentious clowns with their cardboard degrees and low grade minds sip wine and smell like the cheese they ingest so frequently. The flyover country they sneer at is America, the nation they hate and consider their deadliest enemy.
    Hamiltonians haven't had the voice before, but now its becoming fascist as the leftward lurch has destabilized any semblance of sanity or rule of law. These guys supported the Union but those days are over now. The idea they are colluding with the coastal idiots is bizarre. They're about to fight it out on the streets. The South has already seceded in everything but formal declaration. The fools on the Potomac are trying to keep it by flooding it with foreigners, but this voting thing has gone past farce into blatant fraud. They're not getting drunk, they're loading their hunting rifles and they're not hunting deer.
    The Jeffersonians haven't been seen in years. The days of fighting for rights have long since past. Nowadays people have all sorts of rights and little freedom to show for it. The government is squeezing every last bit of power it can get as they go broke as a joke. The only power they have is the power of the purse and their wallet is about emptied out and their credit cards are maxed to the limit.
    This is one big powderkeg they got here. I'm eager to see who lights the match to blow it up. We're heading for War.

    1. Freedom today means you can play in the mud all you want, but you can't leave the pig pen.

    2. Freedom today means you can play in the mud all you want, but you can't leave the pig pen.

  2. I'd like to have read the article but couldn't continue past the first rotten sentence. Josh sums it up nicely.