Saturday, January 5, 2013 25 Comments

Are we big in France?

Tom Waits, of course, is big in Japan.  I haven't looked at the numbers.  I am pretty confident that UR is not big in Japan. (Which is not actually a foreign country, but an alien planet.  To paraphrase Wittgenstein: if a Japanese could speak, we would not understand him.  This is the highest praise I can imagine for a nation which has actually retained some few scraps of its cultural integrity.)

Big?  Big?  Are we big anywhere?  Alas, neighbors, UR or anything like it is a marginal product - peddled openly only among a small and unstable fringe of neo-Victorian extremists.  Reactionary steampunk politics will never, ever be big.  It will certainly never sell out to Hollywood!

That said, here is a (bad) picture of me in French.  Wonderfully if predictably, in French, which I don't know, I am a liberal:

http://www.wikiberal.org/wiki/Mencius_Moldbug

One could perhaps simplify this by noting, with props to René Rémond, that the correct French translation of "formalism" is no more than legitimisme.  I also think anyone unfortunate enough to be trapped in the wreck of a nation that once was France could improve their understanding of 20th-century history through the memoirs of Paul Baudouin and Sisley Huddleston.

Comments in French only, please.  If you don't have anything to talk about in French, why not talk about Taine's Origines?  Any educated Frenchman will have at least read Taine, n'est ce pas?  Dear gods, Planet Three has really gone to the dogs...

25 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Napoléon était nain

January 5, 2013 at 3:43 PM  
Blogger Gandalin said...

J'estime beaucoup ce Taine.

January 5, 2013 at 3:54 PM  
Anonymous Handle said...

If you're "big" in Japan, it's probably just me.

Anyway, you have to love the word "blogeuer". Sounds sophisticated!

January 5, 2013 at 4:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The French, vilest of societies. How like to us!

January 5, 2013 at 5:45 PM  
Blogger poulpinnette said...

Ah bon, comme ça, le gouvernement est une entreprise ?? La monarchie une entreprise familiale, et la distinction privé/public, caduc ?
Tsst, tsst, I am very disappointed...
I have never liked the idea of the government being a.. BUSINESS, since business involves being "busy", and I have better things to do with my time than being busy...
I seriously doubt that the French, most of them, at least, can comprehend your positions, Mencius, witness all the.. "isms" liberally larded into the article.
Nothing like tacking on "ism" at the end of an already dry and dusty substantive to "achèver", or finish off, if you like, a word, and the idea behind it.
I think I have probably already said here that the U.S. was ? has been ? the ultimate Enlightenment experiment, thus the future of the 50 now disunited States represents a great... investment for French society, as the institutionalized continuation of the ever rolling on French Revolution.
Mencius big in France ?
Jean François Copé is gaining ground, and Marine Le Pen will cash in ;-) the next election.. probably.
We shall see...
But, please... let's try to.. undersell the idolatry of filthy lucre a little bit.
Mammon lacks class.
By the way.. poupinette is French for Debra... ;-)
Mrs. Hyde, if you like...

January 6, 2013 at 3:18 AM  
Anonymous Federico said...

Qu'est-ce qu'il construit là-dedans?
Putain qu'est-ce qu'il construit là-dedans?
Il est inscrit à ces magazines.
Il ne fait jamais de signes de la main quand il passe.
Il cache quelque chose du reste d'entre nous.
Il est Egoïste. Je crois que je sais pourquoi…

Zut alors, il construit une nouvelle idéologie: le formalisme.

January 6, 2013 at 4:17 AM  
Blogger poulpinnette said...

Mais Fédérico, nous avons besoin de plus de gens égoïstes... pour nous protéger de tous les autres qui veulent désespérément faire notre bien, notre corps défendant, et qui savent si bien ce qu'il nous faut pour nous rendre heureux...
En somme, les idéaux chrétiens... sécularisés continuent à nous rendre des esclaves dociles..
Maintenant, nous allons droit vers le grand Disneyland sur la terre où nous arborerons tous un sourire, la bouche fermée, bien entendu...
And frankly, I am not a big fan of construction, either. Look how much green is being destroyed in our constructions...
A little bit of pedaling in the sauerkraut would do us some good, and constitute an excellent antidote to all that good intentioned, ambitious activism we are drunk on...

January 6, 2013 at 5:29 AM  
Anonymous Nostalgic Futurist said...

Oh la la. Mais peut-etre les Français seront les premiers a se réveiller, ils nous ont porté la Revolution Française mais aussi peuvent porter la contre-revolution, ils ont creé la Generation Identitaire, n'est ce pas:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvIcrpnZUYI&playnext=1&list=PLAMg9aAYftHixS4BSwDBW1Kgs-XqhAzoM&feature=results_main

Pardon my French.

January 6, 2013 at 6:24 AM  
Anonymous VieuxConReac said...

Sacrebleu! Y veut qu'on lui cause en Gaulois, l'aut'! Ch'ais pas si on est beaucoup de bouffeurs de bactraciens dans les parages, mais si oui, on peut s'démerder pour qu'il entrave que couic a not' patois.

En tout cas ch'trouve que c'bon gars y fait plus frenchy que ricain dans c'qu'y raconte; ouais c'est sûr des libéraux on en a pas des masses, mais pour ce qui est de l'aristocratie et du mépris des bouseux, on s'y connaît mieux que de l'aut' côté de la mare!

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I'l switche too engliche for ourr esteeemèd host.

I hope you'r aware zat in French, a "liberal" eez pretty muche what you'd call a "libertarian", and zat zey're sufficiently reviled by ze rest zat zey won't lose much by associating with such figures as yourself.

Note also zat ze wiki page does not describe you as a "libéral", but as "influences by liberian ideas", which seems pretty accurate.

I'm curious, does your blog get a lot of visits from France? Zere are certainly ozers zan me, but how many? ...

January 6, 2013 at 6:51 AM  
Anonymous Austin Wedding Photographer said...

Nice post! Very informative and interesting.

January 6, 2013 at 7:45 PM  
Blogger Jayson Virissimo said...

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January 7, 2013 at 4:42 AM  
Blogger Jayson Virissimo said...

Ne soyez pas trop heureux. Selon Anthony de Jasay, en français "libéral" est un terme péjoratif, signifie souvent comme une insulte.

January 7, 2013 at 4:43 AM  
Anonymous Francois Crapaud said...

La plume de ma tante est sur la table!

January 7, 2013 at 1:06 PM  
Anonymous Francois Crapaud said...

Nous devons manger le fromage de reddition!

Pourquoi les rues de Paris bordée d'arbres? Parce que les soldats allemands veulent marcher à l'ombre.

January 7, 2013 at 1:09 PM  
Anonymous VieuxConReac said...

Jayson: 'fectivement, mais dans not' cas c'est d'la part de mecs qui assument le blase pour eux-même, donc ça va, faut pas le prendre mal.

January 7, 2013 at 2:22 PM  
Anonymous french fry said...

would cosplay moldbug be big in japan?

January 8, 2013 at 1:53 AM  
Blogger Unamused said...

J'aime les chats. Les chats sont tellement adorable!

January 8, 2013 at 12:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All edits are by one person Dilbert (La lettre finale est muette).

Judging from his homepage he is a Moldbug groupeur.

January 9, 2013 at 2:01 AM  
Blogger C. Van Carter said...

Je ne suis pas une banane.

January 9, 2013 at 2:58 PM  
Anonymous Le Police Nationale said...

Arrête! Nous sommes de la police. Quelqu'un est-il ici une banane?

January 10, 2013 at 7:38 PM  
Blogger Deogolwulf said...

Excusez-moi, où sont les toilettes?

January 11, 2013 at 7:04 AM  
Anonymous Mithrandir said...

New reader, first time comment here.

How have I missed your blog? I've been devouring your material.

You have gained a new recruit, Darth Mencius.

January 13, 2013 at 9:46 AM  
Anonymous The Undiscovered Jew said...

Alas, neighbors, UR or anything like it is a marginal product - peddled openly only among a small and unstable fringe of neo-Victorian extremists.

I'm actually a Hamiltonian. Although Hamilton was accused of being a Monarchist because, among other measures, he wanted lifetime appointments for US Senators.

Now that I think about it, Hamilton's royalist sympathies were so obvious it's surprising he wasn't shot earlier...

January 13, 2013 at 11:06 AM  
Blogger Debra said...

Tsst, tsst, Undiscovered Jew, la récréation est en français, c'est spécifié dans le texte...

January 13, 2013 at 12:55 PM  
Anonymous The Undiscovered Jew said...

la récréation est en français, c'est spécifié dans le texte...

The Overlord is surely too busy plotting intergalactic domination to worry.

January 15, 2013 at 8:54 PM  

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