Throwback Week, Day 5: Ferdinand Bardamu
My favourite quote describing our esteemed host, Ferdinand Bardamu, is not actually about Ferd. It is by Mencius Moldbug, profiled in this series here (link), contrasting Ludwig Von Mises and Thomas Carlyle:
“Carlyle is the greatest of all, however, because his vision is the broadest. The analytic power of Mises is much greater; when Mises and Carlyle disagree, Mises is usually right. Mises is almost never wrong. No one could possibly describe Carlyle as “almost never wrong.” Carlyle is frequently wrong. His strokes are big. He excavates with a pick, not a dental drill. But there is really nothing in Mises’ philosophy that is not in Carlyle; and the converse is not the case.”
Similarly, I don’t think anyone will ever describe Ferdinand as ‘almost never wrong’ – least of all himself, flipping through his early writings in a decade or two. Personally, I believe he gets the wrong answer on several major questions of our time. His support of the inherently leftist OWS movement, and his failure to appreciate that a stable, just society must be one based on freedom of contract and capitalist institutions, betray massive gaps in his knowledge and judgement. Of course, he would say the reverse about my conclusions. Such is the nature of disagreement.
Whatever your world view though, I will guarantee this: You will find many posts in the In Mala Fide archive that will make you ask- what the hell was that guy smoking? No sane person can browse IMF, and passively agree with everything he reads. Perhaps not even Ferd himself.
Whatever your self-described ideology, there are sources you can turn to if all you want is a soothing confirmation of your present views. Libertarians, Conservatives, Progressives, and any of the dozens of sub-categories in each – there are safe spaces for everyone.
In Mala Fide is not a safe space. Ferdinand’s worldview is a blended mess of nihilistic anarchism, traditional conservatism, libertarianism, and youthful rebellion for the sake of itself. And still, it is one of the clearest approximations of reality that you’ll find today. In Mala Fide has become one of the most popular and comprehensive blogs (and web magazines) in the alt-right blogosphere, primarily on the back of Ferdinand’s ability to articulate a cogent and original perspective in a literary space dominated by cant.
In addition to his contributions to the alternative blogosphere as a writer, this throwback profile would be incomplete without a mention of Ferdinand’s role in coalescing the diverse world into a single community. Weekly link-love posts, and a willingness to regularly host guest submissions from both established and new authors, have turned In Mala Fide into a one-stop hub for all your non-mainstream opinion and analysis needs.
The result of these two approaches – bold, reckless, and insightful literary forays into the murky swamps of the 21st-century western mind, combined with an open-door policy for dissenting opinions – is that In Mala Fide is currently the closest thing the alternative blogosphere has to a center.
Whether you’ve been around from the beginning or not, spend an hour leafing through Ferdinand’s highlights from his first year of writing IMF: One Year Of Mayhem And Madness
After that, check out:
The infamous Eternal Solipsism Of The Female Mind
Don’t Trust Any Woman Over 30
Marriage is Dying – How Will Women Respond?
and the The Roissysphere: Its Moral And Intellectual Objectives.
Most importantly, read the ongoing Generation Zero series in entirety.