Exuberant Applause Where We Should Find Sorrow

Attendees to Annual Communication were treated to an accounting of GM Perry’s actions relative to the Grand Lodges of Tennessee and Georgia earlier in the year. If you missed it, you can read about it here. Interesting side note: the Grand Lodges of both jurisdictions upheld their Grand Masters’ actions. 

After his report, Grand Master Perry made a motion to continue the suspension of recognition until such time as the Grand Lodges of TN and GA fall into lock step with the Narrative of The Current Year, or something. And what was the result? It passed. And then…

A standing ovation. Spontaneous, thunderous applause. 


How very brave. When the world came to demand that you disavow your brothers, you capitulated. No; capitulation is perhaps too strong. This was as practical as it was political. The decision bothers me less than the response. 

It was disappointing to see 1,400 Masons jump to their feet, so eager to virtue-signal, to once again congratulate themselves on their enlightened tolerance, rather than what the decision should have aroused: lamentation.

A lament dear brother. That is the proper reply to a wayward brother from whom you dissociate, called by your conscience. What now? That “unbroken bond, ‘twixt you and me,” is cut. Perhaps it shall be mended one day. But I saw a room full of brothers, quick to rub their virtue in the faces of those deemed less enlightened than they. That is not a cause for celebration. That is not tolerance. 

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The election of the God-Emperor helps us understand the rifts in Masonry

Needless to say, we (and likely many Masons outside of San Francisco) are excited about the Ascension of God-Emperor Trump. If you’re wondering about that term, see Milo


If you have wondered about why some of your brothers are happy when they should be sad, sad when they should be happy, and why they are working themselves into fits over President-elect Trump, this excerpt may be helpful. Remember, many of our brothers need to virtue-signal to feel good about themselves. It helps them cope, because deep down, they know they have sold their birthrights and those of their children…

The below was copied from the comment section at Vox Day’s blog. It is NSFW, and contains a few crude terms. But we don’t shy away from rough-hewn phrases. What are you, a wuss?
Very good primer for understanding the left’s meltdown:from Bixxy Noodles on MPCdotforums

Cognitive dissonance is a major problem in our over-SCALEd society. The information control systems (education-media complex) used by our governing order to manage the people and keep them in line lead directly to the people adopting a lot of conflicting and wrong beliefs in order to adapt to the system and get by. The indoctrination of these conflicting beliefs happens mostly in education, while the purpose of the major media has been to reinforce them via “the narrative” and provide a vehicle for the management of any cognitive dissonance which does arise.

This election has been a case study in this dynamic. The regnant orthodoxy demands that its partisans believe all sort of incompatible and false things: everyone is equal except white males, faggotry is normal and healthy while traditional marriage is rape, debt is money, and way too many other examples to list. Because of the constant, competing cognition these nonsensical and contradictory beliefs generate, the people who hold them are in a nearly constant state of emotional disequilibrium. They are temperamentally brittle, and easily perturbed into emotional outbursts as their cognitive dissonance essentially causes their brains to lock up and blue screen.

The old media narrative control system evolved specifically to mitigate this problem. By dramatically narrowing the Overton Window and ruthlessly deprecating everything outside of it, the amount of contradictory stimulus and information generating dissonance was reduced. They also provided mantras as tools for people to use to insulate themselves from dissonance: extremist!, racist!, conspiracy theory!, dangerous!, insane!, etc.

The advent of the internet undermined and routed around this control and management system, to the point where, in The Current Year, the only people still using the old media are the ones who need it most to manage their dissonance problems.

Recommendation #10 Fails

Readers and kindred spirits will be delighted to learn that the PGM’s recommendation to begin the scrubbing of all things Christian from our fraternity failed. If I recall correctly, it may have earned fewer votes than last year. If only our governing bodies in all areas of life had such requirements. 

I heard a speaker against use the term “politically correct.” That’s excellent. And I heard a proponent mention slurs both against and from Jews. So it would appear that I was right. This is, at least partly, about teaching lessons to others, whether they want them or not. Call it Social Justice, call it Tikkun Olam, whatever phrase you think fits. I will admit in advance that I may be wrong, but it seems to me that no matter how tolerant you think you may be, brother, there are those who still have lessons to teach you. 

The bigger, more troubling question is whether Freemasonry itself will be a willing vehicle for these “good works.” After all, Progress has to keep progressing. Even when it strays into questionable realms. At the rate we’re going, I foresee the day when our first transgender grandmaster recommends an end to single sex restrooms in all Masonic buildings. 

Kindred Spirits

http://www.masonictruths.com/blog/grand-master-charvonia-s-recommendation-no-10-removal-of-the-ou


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Or Twitter: @MasonicTruths

So nice to find brothers with whom we can dwell together in unity. It’s like the precious ointment and all that. 

Grand Master Wants to Erase Our History for the Feelz 

I like MW Charvonia. He is, as best as I can observe from my few interactions with him, a great guy. It pains me to critique his Recommendation no. 10, but he is attempting to make innovations, which he once admitted was beyond his power. Combined with his Recommendation no. 8, we can be sure to look forward to a plethora of non-Western brothers feeling right at home in our Lodges as soon as they step off the boat. 

I wrote about this once before. Thankfully, it did not pass our super majority threshold. But it got enough votes to rise again. Here are some (edited) remarks I had hoped to give, but I was a day late and a dollar short: 

…. As Masons, we always respect the office, but I also respect the man. But as deplorable as it may seem, I will offer the following: 

I have heard many thoughts on this matter. Here are a few:

  • That this is an innovation in the body of Masonry – a violation of our oaths. 
  • That this is right, because Masonry has no ties to Christianity
  • That this resolution is a whitewashing our history in America in the name of political correctness
  • That this resolution recognizes the inclusiveness of Masonry
  • This resolution will wreak havoc on our ritual, and we will need to revisit many of the stories in our ritual on account of their ethnocentrism. 
  • That we should just begin referring to those two eminent patrons as the two dudes John. 

I don’t know if I’m qualified to say whether any of these perspectives is on the mark, but what I do know for certain is that this recommendation is a solution desperately in search of a problem. Show me the problem. I have attended degrees featuring several different holy books. The _________________ had participants from at least 4 continents. Where is the exclusion? That the words “Holy Bible” are spoken? If it doesn’t fix a problem, we can think of it as a feel-good measure, one that suggests, but does not say that our fraternity is deficient for referring to our founding fathers’ Holy Bible. 

These types of initiative, when we find them in other spheres of life, are often presented in a Narrative of oppressor vs. oppressed. I am pleased to see that this recommendation was not framed this way, but the (((kinship))) is plain to see to anyone willing to see it. 

We can’t even agree on The Moral Law; so much so, that we suspended recognition of other American GLs. I wonder if this is the time or place to even contemplate such a change. 
I will leave the floor with this: MW, you may remember a number of years ago when an atheist made the news after suing the government to remove the words “in God we trust” from our currency…No doubt he too saw his effort as a positive affirmation of America’s inclusiveness. A lesson that we needed to learn. He wanted to impose his values on us. His suit failed. I hope the brethren see to it that this recommendation fails as well.

The Ritual Commitee is in the bag for Charvonia. The Legislative committee is in the bag for Charvonia. R. Stephen Doan is in the bag for Charvonia. John Cooper is in the bag for Charvonia. The Grand Lodge has abandoned you, brother. What have you to say? 

Resolution 16-04: A = A Revisited 

The first link in the chain is forged, or is it merely a reaction to factionalism? 

RESOLUTION NO. 16-04: ALLOWS ADDITIONAL EXCEPTION TO BALLOT SECRECY

The proponents of this Resolution seek to allow an exception to the rule on ballot secrecy when reporting, preparing, investigating
and/or adjudicating charges of alleged unmasonic conduct relating to a ballot.


I have been concerned for a long time about the clear, but indirectly spoken desire of the Grand Lodge to remove our traditional balloting process. I have written about this before. This, my brothers – absent real examples of real and recurring problems – is an attempt by the authors to impose their values on you, or at least to circumscribe your actions. Don’t let my wording fool you. Mason’s circumscribe their own actions; we are not taught to circumscribe others (at least without a very pressing need). Does this rise to the occasion? Perhaps. I am interested to know what problems prompted the resolution.

If this is a result of ONOB and their tribal, identity-based politicking, then I may recommend a yes vote. I know we don’t approve of such politics in the Lodge, but you and I both know, dear brother, that there are those who engage in such politics anyway. Alas, the section of “whereas-es” is filled with justifications that don’t get at those real examples we should like to hear. 

This is a Masonic example of relinquishing freedom for the sake of the illusion of security. You encounter this when you have to submit to the TSA’s porno-scanners and remove your shoes before boarding a plane. Since we can’t ever notice significant details about who might be more likely to wage jihad, we must require all native-born Americans to jump through hoops. If we notice certain foreign groups commit violence against Westerners, maybe don’t let them into Western lands. 

Accordingly, we must never notice who in our fraternity are the most likely to lie and cheat when it comes to the ballot box. No, to do that may be considered racist (which is, or should be, described in the Code as “Super un-Masonic Conduct”). Rather than notice inconvenient facts and (maybe?) take actions to contain the problem, we write burdensome rules, which will never fix the problems they purport to solve. Sounds a lot like the TSA, no? 

However, if there is no problem of the sort I have described, we should reject this resolution. Do not doubt that there are those who would like to remove the ballot box completely. They don’t trust you to vote the best interests of your Lodge. If they find that you have refused entry to someone for reasons beyond criminal law (the Moral Law? What is this, the olden days?), they will expel you. They will call you all the usual names on your way out: xenophobe, homophobe, racist. Don’t you know it’s The Current Year?

America: A Nation or an Idea?

What does it mean to be an American?

Let me begin with a warning to the reader that some additional reading may be in order to fully understand this post. If you have not yet read the collected works of Mencius Moldbug, my only question is…what, you don’t have an extra six months of free time? Seriously though, the man has insight. The insight here regards his remarks on the troubling lineage of Calvinism, Mainstream Protestantism and Progressivism, and his concept of Ultra-Americanism. If you are familiar, proceed. If not, report to Unqualified Reservations for your Red Pill. 

This post occasioned mine. Read it through.

Was it touching? Did it stir your patriotic side? A story of hardship and discrimination, of overcoming great odds. For most Masons, I have no doubt that they were filled with civic pride. Perhaps you thought of the “tired and poor,” or of the words of the Jewish fellow, living in England, who coined the term “melting pot”? Funny how the creations of foreigners can so profoundly influence how we think of ourselves.

But did it stir any other feelings? Was there something slightly disquieting about it? A sort of sleight of hand in the article too? Surely not! We do love an underdog after all.
Clearly the author is a tolerant and compassionate individual, and one who has worked hard. But to call oneself a “better” American, especially when the author is admittedly and objectively not an American? I can scarcely imagine showing up in another country and declaring myself a better ________ than my hosts (maybe parts of Britain, since they’re so cucked – but Brexit. So maybe not). Further, since when is it a rating? It’s my nationality. You are either American or you’re not. But I think I know where this poor USian went wrong. 

We Americans make so much fuss over someone receiving citizenship, but we never distinguish between and American and a citizen. I remember when I first read a question posed by a much greater thinker Than I, that if one has to become “American” (meaning citizen), is it not proof that they are not, in fact, American (nationality)? 

But surely that is wrongthink. America is an idea, after all. I have heard this from so many people, including many libertarians. International libertarians are almost as crazy as international socialists. If you hang around any libertarians, make sure they’re the nationalist variety. 

Nation or State?

One of the greatest benefits of the English language, compared to most languages today, must be its precision. In our Western Civ classes, we hear much of city-states and nation-states. Are these mere redundancies? No. There is a difference between a nation and a state.

But no, we are told that America is an idea. It is a great experiment in self-government. What if that is wrong? 

No my brother; America is a nation. She is the daughter of England, and the only person before whom a President ought to bow, or even incline his head, is to the rightful Sovereign of the Mother Country.

That the American Nation has, over the centuries, let in many who are not and will never be a part of its fabric is inconsequential to its lineage, even if deleterious to its survival. Crossing an ocean, or even an “arbitrary line in the sand” does not make you American. Anyone who says otherwise is lying to you. Being brought to this country, even at a young age, does not make one an American, though with enough government schooling, it will probably make you an Ultra-American.

Our moral duty to allow people in

Whence come this idea? This post languished as a draught for quite some time. During its larval stage, the great Steve Sailer coined the term “Zeroth Ammendment.” I could never have written anything better: 

It’s been evident for some time that the the dominant ideological logic is trending toward making it inevitable that all 7 billion noncitizens on Earth be assumed to have civil rights to move to America.

Call it the Zeroth Amendment.

It is one thing to allow free entry (from civilized nations) and special entry to others from less civilized places for a time, to work and visit. It is quite another to mint new citizens, with full privileges thereof, as a matter of course. Even the most fervent believer in the wisdom of mobs (democrats [small d] or demotists [more accurate]) must acknowledge that your share of governance is diluted when millions more get the vote. And somehow a worldwide brotherhood means much less when the whole world shows up to live in your neighborhood. This is especially true when those neighbors are given to crass identity politics. 
Immigration has been an issue for well over a century. Each great wave has taken its toll. Each wave crashes slightly higher upon the Anglo-American Foundation, gradually wearing away, piece by piece, the original soul and spirit of this great project. Few are those who lament it’s passing. No doubt the Founders would be confused to find this Nordic Son defending their own position against that of their own WASP and Progressive progeny. But hey, man, they owned slaves and shit. Why should we care what the Founders think? Equally troubling to me is the thought that those Founders were links in the chain that Moldbug traces from the Reformation to modern Progressivism. But I suppose, in a few ways at least, they are closer to the Old World that we reactionaries to admire.

This is not a call to deport people, at least not a lot of people. But it is a call to distinguish a resident from a citizen. To cherish that which is your birthright, native son, and to not give it away lightly or haphazardly, as (or for) so much pottage. Especially to those who would castigate you and call you less American, whatever that means. 

5 Reasons Why (Most) Blogs About Freemasonry Suck

Most Masonic blogs leave much to be desired. This isn’t a bold statement; most blogs suck. Some will say that this one does too. That’s fine. A wise woman once said, “…the haters gonna hate hate hate. But why are they so reliably bad? I can think of a few possible reasons. 

  1. Ahead of their time – a lot of our brethren are old. How many brothers in your Lodge have AOL or Roadrunner email addresses? Maybe all of our good writers aren’t good with WordPress. Maybe it will change with time. This is being kind though. I suspect most of the reasons fall under the following category…
  2. They’re Boring – there’s no getting around this one. What to write about? “My Masonic Journey.” Please. If you put it out there for everyone to read, it should be more than just a diary of how you felt after your degree or being installed as Jr. Steward for the first time. Talk to me about the Craft. How have you applied your lessons? 
  3. Politically correct – file under boring. But also dangerous to the vitality of the Craft. I hope to change all this. No topic is taboo here, and I don’t mind shining lights in those darkened corners where we have allowed, by misguided, benign neglect, insalubrious attitudes and factions to flourish. 
  4. Virtue signaling – that is, an obsession with showing the world how wonderful we are. We’re so tolerant, so righteous. George Washington was a Mason, you know. You want us to throw our brethren in flyover country under the bus? Okay! As long as you don’t call us bigots! Want us to waste spend our money on politically-driven public schools? Sure! We will even talk about how a free public education is the basis for everything we hold dear!       S-M-R-T. It’s amazing Washington has survived. He owned slaves you know. He probably would have discriminated against gays too. 
  1. No RealTalk – rarely will you find a Masonic blog that has anything worth saying (until this one). Just the facts; nothing more. A Masonic aggregator. It’s like they set out to be the Masonic version of Drudge, without the catchy headlines. Then some drive-by commenter throws out something unMasonic sounding, and the the hands get to wringing! Friday night fun! Gawd – ask your wife to service you. 

What to do about it?

This, the Last Redoubt of what I like to think of as traditional Freemasonry in California, will

  • Always cast a critical and reactionary eye upon our betters in the Grand Lodge cabal. 
  • Work to sound the alarm on ONOB, for more and more Lodges are falling to them. 
  • Call out Masons who cower before the shrieking mobs of SJWs, who will never be appeased. Remember brother: you’re too old, straight and white for the New World being built here in California. 
  • Offer our advice on moving the pendulum back, not in a folksy- racist way. I live in a city too; I’m not a hick. But we will no longer swallow the poison pill that teaches (and is not Monitorial) that to be a good and tolerant Mason, you must accept invasion of your country and the subversion of your Nation. America is not its  government, and the State is not the Nation. 
  • Never accept that meeting on the level means never favoring one culture over another. We will not remove Shakespeare from the classroom of life to make way for savagery. 
  • Connect the dots between Masonry and its lingering allegiance to Progressivism, which, despite Steve Doan’s belief that it has been a tool for good, has been the source of even greater evil. 

So we will press on, at least until the last Lodged is fully converged to the message of Social Justice. Then I might find something better to do. Know when to hold ’em; know when to fold ’em. 

Grand Master of California Bows to SJWs

So the Grand Master did this 6 weeks ago. We’re a little late.

Always eager to demonstrate how right-thinking and Progressive we are, GM M. David Perry, likely with much input from the executive committee, has wrung a self-righteous hand at our brethren in Tennessee and Georgia.

As a result of the suspension of recognition of The Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Georgia and the Grand Lodge of Tennessee F. & A. M., a Georgia or Tennessee Mason may not attend a tiled meeting of a California Lodge, and a California Mason may not attend a tiled meeting of a lodge under the jurisdiction of one of these two Grand Lodges.

What do you think our Persian brothers would do with a homosexual applicant to a lodge chartered by the Grand Lodge of Iran in exile?

How about African Masons?

Do you think that these Masons, raised by non-Westrons, should reflect our liberal, Western values? And if they instead cling to values held by American Masons as recently as 20 years ago, will we disown them?

The Grand Lodge of California must not apologize for anything done by our brothers outside of California. But it must bow to the alter of political correctness. It is a converged institution. What is that? Why, dear brother, have you not read SJWs Always Lie?