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Max Weber talked about modernity as “the disenchantment of the world.” From the Los Angeles Review of Books:

The Trouble with Re-Enchantment
By Jason Crawford


HAVE YOU HEARD the good news? The re-enchantment of the world is at hand.

At least, the whisper goes so. Just look at the books coming off English-language presses in recent years. The first two decades of this new millennium have seen the publication of Bernard Stiegler’s The Re-Enchantment of the World, Gordon Graham’s The Re-enchantment of the World, Silvia Federici’s Re-enchanting the World, and Joshua Landy and Michael Saler’s The Re-Enchantment of the World. There’s George Levine’s Darwin Loves You: Natural Selection and the Re-enchantment of the World and James K. A. Smith’s After Modernity?: Secularity, Globalization, and the Re-Enchantment of the World. And there’s much more, because you can re-enchant much more than just the world. Other book titles from the past two decades or so include The Reenchantment of Art, The Re-Enchantment of Nature, The Re-Enchantment of Morality, The Re-Enchantment of Political Science, The Reenchantment of Nineteenth Century Fiction, The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life. David Morgan and James Elkins’s essay collection about religion in contemporary art is called simply, Re-Enchantment. So is Jeffery Paine’s book about Tibetan Buddhism in the West. You get the idea. For contemporary readers, re-enchantment speaks. Presumably it sells. Just possibly it’s happening, or is about to happen, or ought to happen.

But who knew the re-enchantment of the world would be so lame?

Who knew that the re-enchantment of the world would mostly consist of anti-white hate, OCD, and paranoia (sometimes meth-assisted) where you see evil portents in \$14.92 and conspiracies in photos of people touching their thumbs with their index fingers?

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  1. Colonization can’t be all bad, Britain was a Roman colony for 400 years. The Romans created London and it seems the English took the ball and ran with it. Unlike some countries that took what the colonizers left and destroyed it.

    • Replies: @Anon
  2. Then why do Hindus come to America? To give America back to the Native Americans? Yes I am sure that’s why they come to America…

  3. As an indigenous Native American myself, I find the amount of \$14.92 significant too. That’s the amount that one of my ancestors made for his sale of Manhattan Island to some random White Man. I am very disenchanted with that act of financial conquest, as the Chief had told him twice to hold out for at least 20 bucks!

  4. Sorry for being so ignorant, but I have never heard of any of these books. An how can an inanimate object be enchanted? I thought enchantment is a mental state, as in “I’m enchanted, madame”, upon being introduced to an enchanting lady. Well, time to look up the word…
    enchant = [1] to cast a spell over, as by magic; bewitch [2] to charm greatly; delight; attract

    • Replies: @David
  5. Thomm says:

    Heh. How ignorant can those feminists be?

    Another important thing happened in 1492. The last Islamic regime in Western Europe, the Emirate of Granada, was expelled.

    So one can equally say that 1492 is a year when a people expelled a foreign ruler who had ruled for 800 years.

    But that is way too highbrow for these losers. They don’t even know that 1492 is 284 years before 1776, AND that Columbus didn’t even land in what is the mainland US.

    The US has no more of a connection to Columbus than Canada or Argentina have. The country that is actually named after Columbus is Colombia.

    The thing is, stupid Republicans could be trolling these leftists with no effort at all, and the leftists are already happy to tell everyone what ‘triggers’ them. But GOP cucks can’t even do that.

    • Agree: Bill Jones
  6. There was the Enlightenment, and now the Reënchantmentment.

    Speaking of Weber, might black academics count as a Veblen good?

  7. Luke Lea says:

    I personally favor the re-enchantment of History (spelled with a capital H, meaning macro-history)

  8. Re-enchantment this: Reinventing Collapse by Dmitri Orlov.

    • Replies: @njguy73
  9. newrouter says:

    Why should I believe that the \$14.92 figure is true? How was the “average” obtained? Shouldn’t the “Women’s March ” get back to their knitting and let the Men do the math?

    • LOL: HammerJack
  10. @Achmed E. Newman

    You? Definitely not kosher, boychik.

  11. *insert joke about LA having a review of books here*

    • Replies: @Pericles
  12. Somewhere this Thursday, a guy is gonna brag over a dinner spread about how he got into the Capitol and never got caught, and his nieces and nephews are gonna turn him into the FBI, and the desserts are gonna be delicious

    • Replies: @HammerJack
  13. Mr. Anon says:

    The World will not be re-enchanted with faeries, sprites, and elves,………………

    …………………….. but with demons, hobgoblins, and ogres.

  14. At least it wasn’t \$14.88

    • Replies: @Pericles
  15. Anonymous[381] • Disclaimer says:

    From Heidegger’s Black Notebooks:

    Why are we recognizing so late that England in truth is, and can be, without the Western outlook? It is because we will only henceforth grasp that England started to institute the modern world, but that modernity in its essence is directed toward the unleashing of the machination of the entire globe. Even the thought of an agreement with England, in the sense of a division of the imperialistic “franchises,” does not touch the essence of the historical process which England is now playing out to the end within Americanism and Bolshevism and thus at the same time within world-Judaism. The question of the role of world-Judaism is not a racial question, but a metaphysical one, a question that concerns the kind of human existence which in an utterly unrestrained way can undertake as a world-historical “task” the uprooting of all beings from being.

  16. Anon[220] • Disclaimer says:

    Woke Culture is dis-enchantment via Americanization, like Black Friday sales:

  17. Sigh. Just when I think there might be hope for mankind, I make the mistake of looking at Twitter (the responses below that \$14.92 Tweet).

  18. Not to mention the mainstreaming of the formerly shameful fetish where men fantasize about becoming women.

  19. Alfa158 says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    As far as I can tell from online research, the sale was made by Canarsie Indians who were from Brooklyn. They had snuck across to Manhattan to fish and were understandably more than happy to accept whatever was offered for land they had no claim to. The Dutch eventually had to pay the tribe that actually lived on Manhattan.
    Kind of funny that the expression for selling someone property you don’t own involves Brooklyn.

  20. Alden says:

    A man grinned at me and did the OK sign today.
    American Mex ethnic but 3rd generation Both parents from the huge Mexican flight from that civil war Mexico had 1910-1930.

    OT keep getting a sign under google and popping on my computer.” Support black owned shops thus Christmas season” Perhaps it means support the RICO level looters thieves markets

    • Replies: @Chrisnonymous
  21. OT
    The term ‘white supremacy’ is meant to designate something awful that we’re expected to oppose or be ashamed of. But more and more, when I hear ‘white supremacy’ I just think of the set of behaviors and conditions that made a successful society that people from everywhere wanted to live in. I think we’re ready for someone normal to write The Case for White Supremacy.

  22. Start donating \$14.88 if \$14.92 is so offensive to them.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  23. I am open to the meth angle, but I know plenty of paranoid-style thinkers of a leftist bent who aren’t meth users or users of any kind.

    I’ve never seen it discussed anywhere, but I suspect there is a psychological mechanism by which people who can’t find actual confirmation of their incorrect mental models out in the world are driven into pathological styles of thinking in order to confirm their models. This would be something Orwell and other dystopian novelists failed to explore. For example, if CrimeStop is the negative method of model confirmation, what is the positive method? Maybe “TruthSight” or some such….

    • Replies: @SFG
    , @Joe S.Walker
  24. @Alden

    keep getting a sign under google and popping on my computer.” Support black owned shops thus Christmas season”

    Egads, man!! Why are you still subjecting yourself to the enemy?

    Chromebook–>old laptop with Linux (Ubuntu, Mint, etc)
    Chrome–>Brave Browser, FireFox
    Google search–>DuckDuckGo
    Gmail–>Protonmail, TutaNota, etc
    Android OS–>CalyxOS, GrapheneOS

    Help yourself out!

  25. @Ebony Obelisk

    Democrat social media manager. Your spiritual mommy, TD!

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
  26. Twinkie says:

    The re-enchantment

    Of course there is magic in the world again. I literally see “Magic Negros”* all the time on TV today! Every black character I see on screen these days is the doctor, the general, the president, the CEO, “the moral conscience” of the show, the scientist, the robotics engineer, the philosopher, and, of course, the hottest girl on TV.

    *Except the Magic Negros of yesteryears were “stock supporting characters,” but today are the main characters. Somewhere, Denzel Washington is weeping.

  27. Anon[269] • Disclaimer says:

    The spread of the superior culture to an inferior culture should always bring benefits, unless, of course the inferior culture contains a very high percentage of dumb people who can’t comprehend the learning that the superior culture brings. It that case, all it brings is ego burn for the dumb native population.

    Before, the natives had no idea that they were stupid. Now they know they know they’re dumb in comparison to the rest of the world. That really stings.

  28. @Emblematic

    But more and more, when I hear ‘white supremacy’ I just think of the set of behaviors and conditions that made a successful society that people from everywhere wanted to live in.

    “White supremacy” apparently means “white competency,” in other words.

    Just like the English word critical has several meanings, including indispensable and vital. Jewish intellectuals compliment us white people, perhaps unintentionally, by calling us the Critical Race.

    • Thanks: Catdog
  29. You can get your own white privilege flag at Zazzle. It would go well in the hand of your lawn jockey.

    White Privilege Definition House Flag

    Five stars!

  30. Alden says:

    OT. One of Darell Brooks victims. Jackson Sparks age 8 just died. His brother Tucker age 12 remains in hospital with a fractured skull and serious skin abrasions

    • Replies: @Expletive Deleted
  31. @Anon

    Also, why would anyone wear a shirt with New Jersey written in front of it?

    Because it’s a new jersey?

    • Replies: @LP5
  32. @Achmed E. Newman

    That’s the amount that one of my ancestors made for his sale of Manhattan Island to some random White Man.

    New York’s first scam artist! (America’s first, of course, was the captain of the White Lion.)

    I am very disenchanted with that act of financial conquest

    Why? They say that the same amount invested in the day’s securities would be worth more than all of Manhattan today.

  33. Lurker says:


    Come now ladies, let’s make it a nice, round \$14.88.

  34. Wow, imagine what the outcry might have been if they had also worked 33 into that mail.

  35. @Achmed E. Newman

    Your chief lied to you … he got \$24 worth of beads.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  36. SFG says:

    You could file It under ‘motivated reasoning’. And everyone does it. It’s a pretty normal characteristic for an animal that makes tribes and fights with other tribes.

    On the left, there’s also the ideology that since people are a blank slate and no group differences exist, disparities must be due to ciswhitehetsexism (the ‘kyriarchy’, if you want to be super fancy).

    Or, as in the NYT blaming white people for a few events of black people attacking Asians, you just have dishonesty.

    On the right…well, the Israelis did 9/11, right?

  37. Why juxtapose these two? What is the connection between the re-enchantment essay and the Women’s March tweet? There doesn’t seem to be any. Neither one of the sources refer to the other, and they are not authored by the same people nor about the same things.

    Yes, I know what the pitch is here. Steve is trying to say that those who would find an ominous sign in the appearance of \$14.92 right around Thanksgiving time, are engaging in magical thinking, and this magical thinking is here doing duty for the concept of enchantment, which is being pilloried as lame. But honestly, whatever the Women’s March people have in mind (which just seems to be a necessary bit of CYA in an incredibly tense environment—people get cancelled for this stuff) has nothing to do with the subjects discussed in any of the books in the essay. Putting the two things together, as if they collectively added up to something significant, is spurious.

    Perhaps the act of “noticing” connections like this is a bit of lame enchantment, in and of itself.

  38. Pericles says:
    @R.G. Camara

    “Look, there’s a book over there.” — LA Review of Books

    • Thanks: Muggles
  39. Pericles says:
    @Alexander Turok

    “We apologize, here are your \$0.04 back.”

  40. @Chrisnonymous

    Orwell was aware of what he called the irrational side of totalitarianism – “the diabolism and tendency to revert to an earlier form of civilisation,” as he put it to his publisher. “Diabolism” is a good word for seeing sinister hidden messages in a chance use of the numbers 14 and 92.

  41. tyrone says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    “As an indigenous Native American myself”……..will you be looking for any croupiers ?

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  42. @HammerJack

    Democrat social media manager.

    Karen delenda est!

  43. David says:
    @Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY)

    Oscar Hammerstein II and the first visitors to what are now called the Galapagos Islands don’t agree with you.

  44. Ok, i’m an old guy now, but what’s with this “re-enchanment” crap. Never even heard of it.

    This sounds exactly like the sort of unserious, stupid strain of garbage thought you get in society that has lost touch with the brass tacks requirements and will of maintaining civilization.

    • Agree: Boomthorkell
    • Replies: @Boomthorkell
  45. LP5 says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Less triggering than Young Heifer.

  46. @AnotherDad

    As a firm believer in the Occult and the power of Light vs. Dark, and that there are evil cultists out in the world, neutral fools meddling with things they ought not to, and true paragons of light…I’m also pretty annoyed at this crap. It’s so petty and small-minded.

  47. Anonymous[407] • Disclaimer says:

    Rod Dreher had a good term a few years back: the world is “re-paganizing”… Although my interpretation is that in spite of a couple millennia of money-fueled Christian/WEIRD manners-minding we always just get the virus-esque self-reassertion of the Pagans (good OH punk band, btw)

  48. Anonymous[407] • Disclaimer says:
    @Sick 'n Tired

    At the beginning of Charles Seife’s “Zero” it describes some Greeks executing someone over a bad number… Big precedent if true

  49. Escher says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    You forgot the bottle of Scotch that the white man threw in to seal the deal.

  50. njguy73 says:
    @James Speaks

    I have a copy of that. He can be hilarious when writing about the bleakest issues.

    • Agree: James Speaks
  51. @Alden

    Yes. Miserable and unconscionable. No parent should outlive their children.

    But more candles, flowers and praying just won’t cut it.
    Europe’s been doing that for over a decade. When will they learn?
    Seems it only encourages the bastards. The savages are alternatively-brained.

  52. @The Alarmist

    Hahahaa! You can’t trust ANYONE! Everyone’s got to take his cut. Buncha’ cutscalps!

    • LOL: The Alarmist
  53. @tyrone

    Sure, but don’t try to pull the feathers over my eyes by erasing that dot from your forehead with an electric draftsman’s eraser either. We’ve seen this from you people before, and you’ll end up in the Casino one-armed-bandit winnings-adjustment software team in tech support, right where you damn well oughta be.

  54. @Anon

    Also, why would anyone wear a shirt with New Jersey written in front of it?

    Perhaps to inform people that they only just bought the shirt?

    I assume the message fades with the first wash.

  55. @Emblematic

    Joe Sobran summed it up.

    Why They Hate Us
    by Joseph Sobran
    Western man towers over the rest of the world in ways so
    large as to be almost inexpressible. It’s Western
    exploration, science, and conquest that have revealed the
    world to itself. Other races feel like subjects of Western
    power long after colonialism, imperialism, and slavery have
    disappeared. The charge of racism puzzles whites who feel
    not hostility, but only baffled good will, because they
    don’t grasp what it really means: humiliation. The white
    man presents an image of superiority even when he isn’t
    conscious of it. And superiority excites envy. Destroying
    white civilization is the inmost desire of the league of
    designated victims we call ‘minorities.’

    From Sobran’s Newsletter, April 1997

    • Replies: @Yngvar
  56. @Anon

    Black Friday, in the sense of it being a day when there are huge sales, has been a thing here in Brazil for several years. I don’t remember it being used to sell stuff when I was younger, over a decade ago. Yet no one knows or cares what Thanksgiving is or when it is celebrated. Seems it’s just the same in Europe now. (Additionally, there is a “Cyber Monday”, specifically either for online sales or for buying electronics)

    (Do non-Whites in the US care about Thanksgiving?…)

  57. Yngvar says:
    @Bill Jones

    If a determined, disciplined gang of statists were to make an assault on the crumbling remnants of a mixed economy, boldly and explicitly proclaiming the collectivist tenets which the country had accepted by tacit default—what resistance would they encounter? The dispirited, demoralized, embittered majority would remain lethargically indifferent to any public event. And many would support the gang, at first, moved by a desperate, incoherent frustration, by a need to protest, not knowing fully against what, by a blind desire to strike out somehow at the suffocating hopelessness of the status quo.

    ― Ayn Rand, The Return of the Primitive

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