Saturday, July 30, 2016

Books and commenters

All right, so there is clearly a sufficient amount of interest in the concept of annotated classics from Castalia. This leads to the obvious next question: which classics and which commentators?

I think some variant of MMP's P500 system might work here, where people can preorder a book but will not be charged for it until a certain number is hit, thereby triggering the production process. But before we can figure out what goes in the place of the 500, we'd need to determine what is of the most interest to the most people.

So far, we have the two combinations that I'd originally mentioned:
  • Aristotle's Rhetoric, Vox Day
  • Clausewitz's On War, Martin van Creveld
What other specific combinations would you like to see? We'll need a list first, after which we can order the priority. Then I can talk to the various authors to see if they'd be interested.

UPDATE: While I'm flattered that a number of you are interested in my comments on various classics, if you consider that my plate is already rather full, it would probably be more practical to suggest other commentators.

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Blogger Fridthjof-G Eriksen July 30, 2016 8:11 AM  

Actually would like to see some comments from Lind as well when it comes to On War, but am sold regardless

Blogger IrishFarmer July 30, 2016 8:16 AM  

Summa Theologiae - John C. Wright

Blogger Manach July 30, 2016 8:26 AM  

Anything by Chesterton - John C. Wrigt

Blogger Orville July 30, 2016 8:32 AM  

Aristotle's Rhetoric, Vox Day. I'd buy that in a heartbeat particularly if your comments had a practical everyday application.

Blogger Orville July 30, 2016 8:34 AM  

The Art of War - Van Creveld and/or Lind.

Blogger harry case July 30, 2016 8:35 AM  

Machiavelli the Prince annotated by Lind Wealth of nations annotated by vox

Blogger Bob July 30, 2016 8:37 AM  

The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, annotated by Tom Kratman.

Blogger haus frau July 30, 2016 8:38 AM  

I second Aristotle's, rhetoric with notes on practical application.

Blogger Doug Cranmer July 30, 2016 8:40 AM  

This idea is a winner. I will definitely be purchasing anything annotated by Vox and will certainly be looking at any others.

Anonymous Grand Moff Tarkin July 30, 2016 8:41 AM  

Why stop at Rhetoric? Aristotle wrote a lot more than that. Perhaps his rules of logic and argument. Perhaps some of his debunked scientific theories.

Anonymous Be Not Afraid July 30, 2016 8:42 AM  

Art of War (if possible, with historical examples of the strategies) by van Creveld or Lind or Kratman. Each would bring a different, yet valuable perspective.

Anonymous Malcolm July 30, 2016 8:44 AM  

This is an absolutely superb idea.

"Aristotle's Rhetoric, Vox Day"


Anonymous J. Delcano July 30, 2016 8:47 AM  

I second Meditations, and submit Nicomachean Ethics. I would purchase a commentary from any AltRight author/blogger.

Blogger praetorian July 30, 2016 8:54 AM  

Platos Republic - Vox Day
The Few Assorted Chapters of Actual Value In Economics - Steve Keen

Blogger John S July 30, 2016 8:54 AM  

Request Rhetoric audiobook, with Wheeler narrating as Aristotle, and VD doing the annotations in his own voice. For the lulz.

Anonymous Longtime Lurker July 30, 2016 8:55 AM  

Strategy by B.H. Liddell Hart - Tom Kratman.

Anabasis by Xenophon - John Ringo.

Blogger Emmett Fitz-Hume July 30, 2016 8:56 AM  

Of the two initial choices, I have a hard time choosing. But if forced, I guess Clauswitz and van acre veld.


As crazy as it sounds, and I don't know if it's possible, given where the rights of things stand:

A collection of stories from Gygax's Appendix N (or stories written by those authors) annotated by Jeffro.

I'm probably Jeffro's biggest fan minus the porcelain penguin, the hobbling and the Liberace worship...

Blogger Jack Ward July 30, 2016 8:57 AM  

Rules of Logic ana. by Vox, perhaps with his take on modern application and modifications as he sees fit. Will buy, almost certainly any and all.
This seems like a lot of work by the authors and annotators. Do you have the time?

Blogger Jim July 30, 2016 8:58 AM  

Clausewitz's On Strategy. Its on my readinglist anyway

Anonymous Steveo July 30, 2016 9:02 AM  

Aristotle's Rhetoric, Vox Day

Commentaries on the Laws of England: Book 1 The Rights of Persons - Sir William Blackstone. Commentary by John C. Wright (and continuing?)

Clausewitz's On War, Martin van Creveld

Anonymous KH July 30, 2016 9:04 AM  

Aristotle /Day

Anonymous Spartacus xxxxx July 30, 2016 9:09 AM  

Aristotle's Rhetoric, Vox Day
(slam dunk. @16 the audiobook idea is interesting)

Alinsky's Rules for Radicals, Vox Day, or?

Tingle's Space Raptor Butt Invasion, John Scalzi

Anonymous UF July 30, 2016 9:09 AM  

Plato's Republic-Vox Day
von Mises' Human Action-Vox Day
Keynes' General Theory-Vox Day
[Lukacs' work]-William S. Lind

Blogger Happy Housewife July 30, 2016 9:16 AM  

I second the Chesterton - Wright combo.

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Anonymous Nxx July 30, 2016 9:23 AM  

Prison Notebooks by Antonio Gramsci annotated by Vox Day

Rules For Radicals by Saul Alinsky annotated by Vox Day

The Protocols Of The Elders Of Zion by Anonymous annotated by Vox Day

Sorry to drop these three into VD's overburdened lap but who else can they be entrusted to?

Blogger JDC July 30, 2016 9:24 AM  

I second Aristotle's, rhetoric with notes on practical application.

I second, and third this, with notes to practical application and SJW's always lie.

Anonymous UF July 30, 2016 9:27 AM  

Paul Samuelson's 1948 textbook-Vox Day
Thucydides' History of the Pelopponesian War-Vox Day
[Chesterton's work]-John C. Wright
Machiavelli's The Prince-Martin van Creveld

Anonymous fred July 30, 2016 9:28 AM  

"I second the Chesterton - Wright combo."

With all respect, since GKC and JCW share so much in common, while it would of course be a fine thing, it would also almost be sort of a redundancy. I'd be much more interested in seeing JCW's commentary on something more unusual, like Catullus, or Ovid, or Buster Keaton.

Anonymous fred July 30, 2016 9:36 AM  

The more unexpected combinations strike me as the ones worth doing. Martin van Creveld on "Medea", "Elektra", or "Bacchae." Kratman on E.C. Segar or Confucius. Vox Day on "Tristram Shandy." That sort of thing.

Anonymous basementhomebrewer July 30, 2016 9:40 AM  

Cicero de Republica- wright or day

Blogger frenchy July 30, 2016 9:40 AM  

@ Be Not Afraid,

Your suggestion has already been done.

Blogger Edward Isaacs July 30, 2016 9:51 AM  

The Gospel of Luke, Roosh Valizadeh
The Imitation of Christ, Stefan Molyneux
The Divine Comedy, Dalrock
The City of God, Buttercup from the My Nationalist Pony tumblr

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother July 30, 2016 9:51 AM  

Locke/Tom Woods
Galileo, Copernicus, Brahe/Stickwick

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother July 30, 2016 9:53 AM  

Gulliver's Travels/Filotto

Anonymous Raptor disrespect from behind July 30, 2016 9:54 AM  

Tom Kratom: book of five rings

Anonymous Dave July 30, 2016 9:59 AM  

We need Kratman for RTRH2 and Wright for SFF(Nowither?)

Why don't you see where van Creveld and Lind interests lie?

Anonymous The Ramones July 30, 2016 10:01 AM  

Markku, "Rocket to Russia"

Anonymous Anonymous July 30, 2016 10:04 AM  

Translated 'Mein Kampf', commentary by Steve Sailer.

Blogger Old Ez July 30, 2016 10:06 AM  

Unrealistic, I know, but I'd like to see Gen. Michael Flynn on Mackinder, E.H. Carr or Haushofer. Thus far Castalia has focused on tactics, which is great - desperately needed, even. But a solid understanding of the material bases of grand strategy is indispensable for a wider appreciation of the context in which these conflicts unfold.

Blogger Josh July 30, 2016 10:08 AM  

The Outline Of Sanity--Rod Dreher
The Omnivores Dilemma--Vidad or rycamor

Anonymous Kell July 30, 2016 10:10 AM  

I'll second:
Thucydides' History of the Pelopponesian War-Vox Day (or Kratman, Lind, van Creveld)
Summa Theologiae - John C. Wright

And I'd like to add:
Xenephon's works, with commentary from Kratman, Lind and/or van Creveld

Plato's Republic with either Cernovich or maybe Pournelle?

I'm trying to stay away from recommending things for VD to work on. As tickled as I'd be to see this project, the man has more important things to do, like helping Tor over the cliff and building his evil legion of evil.

Anonymous Roundtine July 30, 2016 10:11 AM  

If you could get him, anything Taleb wants to do.

Another thing to consider is something like Paglia's Break,Burn,Blow.

Anonymous Anonymous July 30, 2016 10:12 AM  

Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion

I am a minister and seminary grad (MATS and MDiv) and writer. I would be happy to serve as commentator for anything in the religious arena.

Anonymous Anonymous July 30, 2016 10:12 AM  

Galileo's "Dialogue", annotated by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, just for sheer comedy value.

Anonymous roo_ster July 30, 2016 10:14 AM  

Several of the greek classics by xenophon, thucidides, heroditus, etc. annotated by victor davis hanson. He has the deoth and confidence but may not be able to collaborate with castalia house openly. For such cases, perhaps a pseudonym could be used while vdh both gets his annotations published and pockets some dough. Pseudonymity could be a valid approach for many authors who may be vox-leaning but whose careers can not withstand close association.

Anonymous Heywood July 30, 2016 10:17 AM  

Jean Raspail, The Camp of the Saints - Steve Sailer

also second

Machiavelli, The Prince - although I don't see how this is in Lind's bailiwick. If I could dream I'd love an edition annotated by Vladimir Putin. Can't really figure out who of the realistic options would be interestingly qualified to annotate.

Anonymous roo_ster July 30, 2016 10:19 AM  

I dont think jc wright is the right choice for many of the nonfiction classics. On the other hand, I have found his ruminations on fiction to be wonderful reads. Maybe pair him up with alice in wonderland, frankenstein, or other fiction classics.

Blogger Alex July 30, 2016 10:20 AM  


I'd agree that Lind may not be the best choice for The Prince. VD might be the best I can think of, or possibly Mike Cernovich? For entertainment value (and a really off-the-wall approach) I might suggest Scott Adams.

Anonymous Daedalus Mugged July 30, 2016 10:22 AM  

Vox,I love the idea of annotated classics, but to some material extent it depends on the relationship between the annotator and the work. What are the top 5 or so books that have been most influential on you that you love? Rhetoric would be practical, but perhaps Adam Smith or Marcus Aurelius could be sublime. Even annotated Alinsky might be interesting...perhaps Cernovich for that one.

I would love to see a similar list of favorites/influential from Kratman, Lind etc, but I would not want to presume to tell them whether they would be best to annotate Sun Tzu, Rommel, Guderian, De Jomini, Hart or Clausewitz or any others.

I am not an average reader, but one area of particular interest would be on unconventional war, and especially the Chinese cultural view of it. Perhaps Mao, or even Analects by Confucius with a military implications. But I think it is more important the the annotator loves the work he is effectively promoting. I think find the list they were highly influenced by and have a deep appreciation for, then cull that list for what would sell well.

I would love to see you or Molynuex annotate 'The Philosophy of Ayn Rand' but I don't think you would enjoy that exercise, and it would be more of a critique than an exploration of where you align, and where and why she goes wrong. But that would not be a big market.

Blogger Old Ez July 30, 2016 10:25 AM  

@48, for a really great commentary on Frankenstein, check out E. Michael Jones, "Monsters from the Id: The Rise of Horror in Fiction and Film" and "Libido Dominandi: Sexual Liberation & Political Control".

Blogger The Other Robot July 30, 2016 10:30 AM  

Tom Kratman on The Female Eunuch!

Anonymous fred July 30, 2016 10:33 AM  

"one area of particular interest would be on unconventional war, and especially the Chinese cultural view of it."

Get somebody to do "The Tai-ping Ideology". Or any general stuff about the Tai-pings.

Anonymous Gordian July 30, 2016 10:35 AM  

If you're going to do The Prince, it needs to be in conjunction with The Discourses. The Prince loses its context when you disconnect it from Machiavelli's magnum opus on politics. Without the Discourses, you miss his sly comments in The Prince on Republics and the nature of free governments, which refer back to sections of the larger work. I was involved in a standing dispute with a friend over whether Machiavelli was a secret Roman Republican who saw a Prince as a potential Romulus rather than an end unto himself, and I think The Discourses serve to illuminate those kinds of elements in The Prince.

Anonymous clovishuxley July 30, 2016 10:37 AM  

In terms of commentators, not quite sure - first comment.

However, unless I missed the vote:

The Great Heresies by Hilaire Belloc,

Political Theology by Carl Schmitt.

Personal votes for classic/s choices.

Anonymous EH July 30, 2016 10:42 AM  

Recommended books, really wrong commentators:

The Ego and its Own, Max Stirner / Commentary by Donald Trump

Natural Law, Or The Science Of Justice, Lysander Spooner / commentary by Eric Holder

On Liberty, J.S. Mill / commentary by Robert Mugabe

Common Sense, Patrick Henry / commentary by David Brooks and Thomas Friedman

Summa Theologica, Thomas Aquinas / commentary by Kent Hovind and James Randi

Zadig, Voltaire & The Mysterious Stranger, Mark Twain / commentary by Rev. Joel Osteen

Collected Works of J.L. Borges / commentary by Curtis Yarvin (vols. 1-6 4800pp.)

Cybernetics, Norbert Wiener / commentary by Britney Spears

Enneads, Plotinus / commentary by Neil deGrasse Tyson

The Consolation of Philosophy, Boethius / commentary by Anders Breivik

Monadology, Leibniz / commentary by Barbara Walters

Anonymous clovishuxley July 30, 2016 10:45 AM  

The Spooner/Holder combo.

Can't even.

Anonymous SumDood July 30, 2016 10:47 AM  

Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe, annotated by John Scalzi's daughter.

Anonymous clovishuxley July 30, 2016 10:49 AM  

I apologize for the spamming, but has anyone investigated Twain's bio of Joan of Arc?

Believe it is put out by Ignatius, currently.

Former corporate bookstore merchandise manager here - flipped through it a few times in-store. Could approach AltRight status.

Blogger The Other Robot July 30, 2016 11:01 AM  

The next 100 days are going to be highly amusing, and the three days after the election promise to also be amusing, so Castalia House has 103 days to get some good stuff published.

I would suggest anything by Tom Kratman.

Blogger praetorian July 30, 2016 11:01 AM  

I am Cait - John Scalzi

Anonymous Spartacus xxxxx July 30, 2016 11:02 AM  

Nxx wrote:Prison Notebooks by Antonio Gramsci annotated by Vox Day

...who else can they be entrusted to?

Gramsci's Prison Notebooks, Milo
(relevant selections)

Alinsky's Rules For Radicals, Milo

Blogger residentMoron July 30, 2016 11:06 AM  

Churchill's History of the English Speaking Peoples / Stefan Molyneaux

Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility / Judgy Bitch

Blogger praetorian July 30, 2016 11:11 AM  

The "relevant sections" / cliff notes aspect could be very useful. I know that it's looked down upon by specialists and super geniuses, but for time pressed shit lords with kids and startups, wading through irrelevant or turgid prose can quickly be a turn off.

"A Shitlords Guide to X"

Anonymous The Ramones July 30, 2016 11:18 AM  

My (perhaps a bit crackpot) theory about "Republic" is that it is actually a work of proto-psychology rather than a work of political philosophy. Socrates is trying to establish a working definition of "justice" and so he proposes that "the polis is Man writ large". So he then proposes a political system, a polis, which is really in my view not a functioning vision of society but rather a metaphorical view of a balanced human psyche, so that he can work his way back to what "justice" might mean. I don't think he or anybody else would want to live in the sort of mad society he is discussing, because I don't think it's actually a society, it's a way of making an enlarged photo, as it were, so we can see what we're talking about when we talk about the idea of justice, trying to bring it back to a human scale.

Anybody else share that opinion, or is it completely bonkers?

Blogger praetorian July 30, 2016 11:26 AM  

Anybody else share that opinion, or is it completely bonkers?

It's plausible. I've read expert commentary saying it's all a big joke, that it's deadly serious, it's communist and that it's fascist, all reasonably presented. I've read chan posts present compelling analysis that Socrates was the original shit lord.

When I read it, with my blessedly simple irish mind, I can't help but think that a lot of what he is saying is ripe nonsense, but then the smart people keep telling me no, no it isn't.

Blogger Craig July 30, 2016 11:29 AM  

Annotating Aquinas would take far too much time for anyone. On the other hand, John C. Wright is a former Stoic and I believe he cited the Enchiridion of Epictetus as a formative influence: it's both a short book and not at all widely read.

If there's a public domain classic of atheism which Wright read and agreed with back in the day, that might also work. Especially if he repurpose any work he did toward the letters between his former and current selves project he was considering at one point.

Anonymous EH July 30, 2016 11:35 AM  

Ideas for possible commentators:

Fred Reed
Steve Sailer
John Wright
Gregory Cochran
other CH authors
Return of Kings regular authors
Ann Coulter
Jim of
Authors of Radish, Audacious Epigone, some other alt-right sites.
SF authors, not necessarily right: Walter Jon Williams, Rudy Rucker and Neal Stephenson, maybe some others
Camile Paglia

Blogger 1337kestrel July 30, 2016 11:35 AM  

SJWAL, annotated by John Scalzi

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Ricky Vaughn

Blogger Jack Ward July 30, 2016 11:36 AM  

As for Aquinas; refer to Edward Feser blog and books for the detailed low down. Why ask our overworked editor and authors to redo an extensive look at Aquinas by a well known, and Christian, scholar?

Blogger Jon M July 30, 2016 11:46 AM  

Second Jeffro annotating whatever Aopendix N books are in the public domain.

Anonymous Stickwick July 30, 2016 11:50 AM  

Galileo, Copernicus, Brahe/Stickwick

Galileo's Dialogue is fascinating, entertaining, and hilarious; I'd be willing to annotate it, if there's interest. Maybe also Aristotle's Physica.

Blogger Alpha Jed July 30, 2016 11:52 AM  

Summa Theologiae - John C. Wright

Anonymous The Ramones July 30, 2016 11:58 AM  

We'll be happy to do a bit of one of the Greek tragedians, take your pick, though it wouldn't be scholarly, just highly opinionated. Or maybe Aristophanes, you can never have enough Aristophanes.

"There's too much lime in the world, and not enough gin."
--Frank O'Hara

"Carbona, not glue." -- us

Blogger Erynne July 30, 2016 12:03 PM  


I looked for Twain's book on Joan of Arc after my history professor said that Twain considered it his favorite book that he wrote. When I eventually found it, it turned out to be a historical novel. I liked it a lot, but it's not my favorite Twain book by far. I found it for free on the Alkido app for smartphones.

As for an annotated book I find that I can't think of anything. I've only read annotated versions of something when the material is too far beyond me or way out of my comfort zone of knowledge, such as Greek and Roman works. I do think that dense non-fiction classics would be better than the fiction, but I'd read any fiction annotation by J.C. Wright because, other than Vox, he is the author I am most familiar with and I greatly enjoyed his Transhuman and Subhuman essays.

Moby Dick is a book that was amusing and incomprehensible to me. Well, basically, everything except what is widely known culturally.
Shakespeare is similarly difficult for me, and I have largely avoided him, although I know that needs to change.
Same goes for Dante.
Maybe some Nietzsche and some metaphysics book, but I don't know who would be best to annotate those. In fact, I don't know any of the authors enough to offer suggestions, but those are some of the classics I have had the most difficulty with, and I have only ever been attracted to reading an annotated book if it's on something I barely understand, like The Aeneid.

Blogger Erynne July 30, 2016 12:08 PM  

I've also just now thought of the abridged version of de Tocqueville's Democracy in America. I think of it because when I last read it I was amazed by the giant gulf of what America was like back then to what it is now. If a skillful author can bring to life some of the changes between then and now, I think it's something conservatives would need to read, because what is in Tocqueville's America would be worth preserving.

Blogger The Other Robot July 30, 2016 12:11 PM  

On a related not, I voted. Only a day or so left.

Blogger Dave July 30, 2016 12:28 PM  

@Stickwick Galileo's Dialogue is fascinating, entertaining, and hilarious; I'd be willing to annotate it, if there's interest. Maybe also Aristotle's Physica.

Yes, please.

Anonymous Francis July 30, 2016 12:39 PM  

Hi guys! Nobody here reads Leo Strauss? I see you like Aristotle. And some of you suggest reading Cicero and Plato. Natural right and history is a good introduction to understand what classical political philosophy is about.

Blogger JAU July 30, 2016 12:43 PM  

Wells\Lovecraft\Dunsany With John C. Wright.

Blogger JAU July 30, 2016 12:46 PM  

The Irrational Atheist, Stefan Molyneux

Blogger JAU July 30, 2016 12:48 PM  

Alternatively, Summa Contra Gentiles, Stefan Molyneaux.

Anonymous Farnswords July 30, 2016 12:53 PM  

I would like to see Rabbi B comment on a Biblical work, perhaps Hebrews.

Blogger Ingot9455 July 30, 2016 12:58 PM  

John C. Wright for C.S. Lewis's seven Narnia books and the Space Trilogy.

Blogger Rollo the Cat July 30, 2016 1:09 PM  

I really have to plead with you to take a second look at Clausewitz and not to waste time with him. He is very overrated even if he is often quoted by people who haven't read him. It is just another trendy Hegelian offshot from that period. There really is not much to learn compared to the other choices.

Plutarch! Plutarch is in need of a new, updated treatment, even if you use the Dryden translation, some notes and essays from various authors would make things clearer. Norton critical editions are a good model.

Blogger Misha Burnett July 30, 2016 1:26 PM  

I would love to see "The Population Bomb" or "Silent Spring" annotated by qualified biologists. Those books were so influential to the anti-human elements in the Green movements, and it would be nice to have a handy reference guide to refuting them. I'd also like to see an annotated "Future Shock" with various experts comparing Toffler's predictions with the present as it is.

Personally, I would love to have the time and resources to annotate William Burrough's "Wild Boys", although I suspect the market for it would be small.

Blogger Jack Aubrey July 30, 2016 1:45 PM  

Gulliver's Travels and The Time Machine, both by John C. Wright

Blogger J Van Stry July 30, 2016 2:01 PM  

Could we get Mr. Wright on Dante's the Divine Comedy? Or perhaps the inferno?

Anonymous Dave Gerrold's 6184th Cabana Boy July 30, 2016 2:16 PM  


Agree on Dialogues Speaking to why Simplicio, Sagredo, and Salviati as characters help land the author in his hot water should be required reading for every armchair critic of the RCC.

Blogger Michael Maier July 30, 2016 2:28 PM  

Aristotle / Day

Blogger Shimshon July 30, 2016 2:36 PM  

The one I would most likely read and find helpful based on your past comments would be Rhetoric. Your brief chapter on Rhetoric was my favorite in SJWAL.

Blogger J Melcher July 30, 2016 2:42 PM  

The problem with _Population Bomb_, _Silent Spring_ and like works is that they are still protected by US copyright. Unless the publisher is willing to argue at great expense in court that fisking such work is "fair use" I fear that only favorable annotation editions are legal.

On the other hand, the copyright holders of Dixie Lee Ray's _Trashing the Planet_ -- which was a contemporary response to Ehrlich, Gore, and ilk -- might be willing to have THAT work updated and annotated.

Blogger J Melcher July 30, 2016 2:48 PM  

I'd like to see an annotated edition of William Riordan's _Plunkitt of Tamminy Hall_. Ideally I'd see the text paired and updated with (1) Nast cartoons of Plunkitt's original era, (2) anecdotes and statistics about 21st cronyism and machine politics in Chicago, Washington DC, etc, and (3) modern political cartoons comparable to Nast. These last would literally illustrate the instances where our public servants enrich themselves. Recalling that the idea of "civil service" was supposed to prevent such graft, the new edition about our modern "revolving door" among lobbyists, bureaucrats, and elected officials would be incredibly useful.

Anonymous The Ramones July 30, 2016 2:55 PM  

Shouldn't VD be annotating the Marquis de Sade?

Blogger Were-Puppy July 30, 2016 2:56 PM  

@46 roo_ster
Several of the greek classics by xenophon, thucidides, heroditus, etc. annotated by victor davis hanson.

I love his books in regard to the classics. A war like no other was really good.

Blogger Were-Puppy July 30, 2016 3:04 PM  

Satyricon annotated by Milo

Anonymous Pax_Romana July 30, 2016 3:45 PM  

Suetonius' Lives of the Caesars, annotated by Milo Yiannopoulis would be highly entertaining.

Anonymous Farnswords July 30, 2016 3:51 PM  

@72, Stickwick

I will buy and read your commentaries.

Anonymous James Parliament July 30, 2016 4:16 PM  

Great thread.

Vote for Aristotle-VD. Vote against JCW-Chesterton, but for JCW-Dante.

Galileo-Michael Flynn is always fun.

Anonymous Gordian July 30, 2016 4:47 PM  

@79 Strauss's only insight is discovering that deep down inside, every great writer of philosophy throughout history was a New York or Chicago nonpracticing Jewish Intellectual. Here's the antidote:

Besides, Strauss is most certainly copyrighted and not available for annotation.

Anonymous fred July 30, 2016 5:09 PM  

I vote for the Gospel of John, annotated by Beau.

Blogger The Kurgan July 30, 2016 5:28 PM  

Hahahah not bad

Blogger The Kurgan July 30, 2016 5:29 PM  

Raptor disrespect,
I actually thought of doing Go Rin No Sho myself but... It's kind of perfect and I suppose the notes would only be to try and explain the intent to a western soft mind. Even then it would be exceedingly difficult to comment this book.

Blogger JAU July 30, 2016 5:35 PM  

"Satyricon annotated by Milo"


Blogger John Dougan July 30, 2016 5:36 PM  

Republication of "The Strategy of Technology". Commentary would need to be a military historian to put it in context.

Blogger Samuel Nock July 30, 2016 6:26 PM  

Nicomachean Ethics, Molyneaux
The Republic, Greg Johnson
Any Stoic work, Quintus Curtius
Pre-Socratics, Collin Cleary
Beowulf, Jack Donovan

Molyneaux, Johnson, Cleary and Quintus Curtius represent among the most well-versed minds in Western philosophy who would bring an alt right perspective.

Anonymous VFM 9054 July 30, 2016 6:37 PM  

Casanova's "A story of my life" annotated by Roosh

Blogger Mark Cook July 30, 2016 6:57 PM  

JUST DO IT - I'll buy anything Non-Fiction from Castalia and love it!!!

Especially anything VOX does.

Anonymous Leonidas July 30, 2016 7:00 PM  

I've got another vote for John C. Wright for... well, really anything. If he found it interesting enough to annotate, the annotations would be worth reading. But Chesterton, Lewis, or Summa Theologiae would all be strong choices.

I'd ask for Homer, but then he'd probably do the annotations in ancient Greek...

Blogger Phelps July 30, 2016 7:12 PM  

The Aeneid, illiead or oddysey by David drake.

I don't know who would be good, but I would really like to see someone tackle josephuses histories. Just the plain reading of it makes it clear that they went through the same sort of apocalypse we are heading for (including the cross dressers and gay mafia) but more context would be nice. VDH might feel up to it.

Blogger Jew613 July 30, 2016 9:43 PM  

John c Wright, commenting on Paradise Lost.

Blogger Doom July 30, 2016 10:07 PM  

Luckily you have a fine stable of writers, many of which I would at least give a fair shot. Wright, the .mil guy, gee... pick one. Heck, make it a rotating chair thing. What would be really cool? Over a decade, have various ones do the various classics. Vox, Wright, and two or three others, say, all doing Rhetoric... one every few years... then to compare. Next, another set of writers on another classic, all going on at the same time, but different/different. Well, in an ideal world.

I can't remember if Rhetoric was one I enjoyed, if I... Whatever. Would be interesting, in theory. You, or the alt-right, could corner actual intelligentsia, it having been abandoned by the left which never loved it anyway. A true good fit, since intelligentsia is actually about freedom and Western civ, none of which as anything to do with the progressive... that simply being a disease of success.

Blogger Abyssus Invocat July 31, 2016 2:55 AM  

Karl Popper's " The Logic of Scientific Discovery". Jerry Pornelle

Anonymous Aesop July 31, 2016 4:29 AM  

I would like to see comment on Unwin's Sex and Culture, especially relating to the social changes after the 30's when he wrote Sex and Culture, such as the breakdown of societal enforcement of monogamy and the subsequent societal degeneration which match Unwin's observations so well.

Blogger David Power July 31, 2016 5:48 AM  

Sex and Character - Rollo Tomassi

Anonymous Avalanche July 31, 2016 8:29 AM  

@91. I second Shimshon (and others) on Vox Day and Rhetoric. "Your brief chapter on Rhetoric was my favorite in SJWAL." Mine too, and I've set out trying to learn to 'speak' Rhetoric to help further our cause(s); but it's a difficult language to learn!

Anonymous Avalanche July 31, 2016 8:49 AM  

Oh! Further on in my Vox-blog reading:

SciVo wrote comment @10 on this entry:
"It's amazing how the SCOTUS can read the Constitution so broadly as to find so many words that are not actually written there, yet simultaneously read it so narrowly as to not be able to see the words that are.

Now THERE is a thing to have an annotation of! And, instead of one big-brain doing whole: several annotators, doing every part from different aspects:
. Lind or Krautman on a military view: both (then-)recent history leading to its creation; and Greco-Roman-etc. foundations of its underpinnings (or each on their preferred facet);
. Vox on its rhetorical and persuasive formulation (or whatever other facet he would wish to address?)
. Scott Adams on the 'persuasive' dress it's wearing
. Milo (or ___?) on modern (mis-)applications? or,
. Milo on the view from the mother country / (then-)recent enemy?
. and so on.

Devise a set of 'bins' and have annotators for each part of the Const. in each bin, maybe with bits of the history and 'source' material for each aspect being discussed.

Blogger Tom Kratman July 31, 2016 9:10 PM  

Cross posting:

"It's amazing how the SCOTUS can read the Constitution so broadly as to find so many words that are not actually written there, yet simultaneously read it so narrowly as to not be able to see the words that are."

While I tend to agree with the sentiment, there _are_ some things in there that are not spelled out but not trivial or meangingless, either. For example, "The executive power shall be vested..." What's the executive power? It's not merely to be a flunky for the legislature, to execute the laws they pass. Neither is it merely those things mentioned in Section 2, Article II. "Executive power" had some meanings then and now beyond those few things. One might argue that, "well, after the tyranny of King George.." except that it wasn't _his_ tyranny we were rebelling against; it was Parliament's, for which he was a useful symbol for our propaganda.

The short version (highly simplified, of course) is that "the executive power" is pretty much everything King George had, even if he didn't use it, and whatever is necessary to present a single face to the foreign foe.

Lately, of course (oh, no, not really; since inception), we've been uncomfortable with the powers the president has, or assumes, and uses. And that's okay as long as the system balances the power, overall, if not necessarily in every trivial case.

Blogger Earl July 31, 2016 11:31 PM  

David The Good on 50 Shades of Gray

Anonymous VFM #9617 August 01, 2016 9:21 AM  

How about Nate and Josh do the Politically Incorrect Guide to the Civil War?

Blogger Quadko August 01, 2016 10:49 AM  

John C. Wright on the classics of the fantasy / space princess genera, esp The Worm Ouroboros by Eddison

Blogger Steffen August 01, 2016 11:44 AM  

The possibilities... Edward Feser on Nicomachean Ethics, John C. Wright and Tom Kratman on the U.S. Constitution, maybe Gen. Mattis on on counterinsurgency or something.

Blogger Quadko August 02, 2016 1:54 PM  

And not just Clausewitz, but Sun Tzu's Art of War as well, even if it's just an appendix article to the Clausewitz book.

Rzasa and/or Nelson, etc. on E.E.Doc Smith and John Campbell? Wish we could get Heinlein Juveniles, but probably a rights issue there? But maybe room for a collected essays book by the Castalia SF authors on roots and early inspiring stories of the genera?

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