Posts Tagged ‘balkanization’
Thursday, March 9th, 2017
Leftism fragments societies like all forms of individualism because it acts against order, which includes hierarchy, and therefore creates internal competition for power in those societies, causing themselves to tear themselves apart with infighting. This results in a “flat hierarchy” with a few leaders ruling over a raging mob.
When societies fragment, the first act is to try to guarantee the ability to exist apart from the insanity through “cultural libertarianism” or “freedom of association” or some other similar idea. These, like the American Constitution, consist of allowing some to break away from the rest through rule of law, which fails because the mob then just changes the law:
In a prior age, this problem was mostly solved through free association, home owner associations and covenants. People in that neighborhood would have prevented the threat to their property values by prohibiting the sale of houses to people who did not belong. It was not entirely fair, of course, but it allowed people to protect their property rights without having to resort to lying. As is always the case, there were trade-offs, but at least their was a natural way for people to guard their rights as property owners and citizens.
…Free association is illegal now. If a real estate agent is too obvious in how they handle these things, they face disciplinary action from the real estate board. A homeowner, who refuses to sell or rent to whoever shows up, can easily find themselves in front of a judge. Freedom of association is no longer a right in America. Everyone has to seek permission from the state before they can make these decisions. That means finding a place to live has become a game of cat and mouse for middle-class families.
Nice, decent, friendly people think they can write laws and that these words then have magical properties such that they cannot be violated. In reality, either the terms, the interpretations or the laws are changed to be inverted, or to do exactly the opposite of what they originally were intended to do.
As a result, the cultural libertarian / freedom of association types find themselves unable to break away from the mob, which was their intent in the first place. Anyone with experience in this world knows that most people are disasters caused by their own poor decision-making. As a result, groups always demand free stuff and the right to be included everywhere.
The next attempt by the functional people is to try to escape the dysfunctional masses by creating separate states. In this way, they think, they will be safe from the insanity and free to pursue their own path. As the Confederacy found out, however, this merely incenses the mob, which then attacks en masse.
However, a better way for this to happen is to encourage the dysfunctional mob to break away and then to isolate them economically, politically and culturally:
[I]t’s time for blue states and cities to effectively abandon the American national enterprise, as it is currently constituted. Call it the New Federalism. Or Virtual Secession. Or Conscious Uncoupling—though that’s already been used. Or maybe Bluexit.
…We won’t formally secede, in the Civil War sense of the word. We’ll still be a part of the United States, at least on paper. But we’ll turn our back on the federal government in every way we can, just like you’ve been urging everyone to do for years, and devote our hard-earned resources to building up our own cities and states.
…For starters, we now endorse cutting the federal income tax to the bone—maybe even doing the full Wesley Snipes and abolishing it altogether. We will raise our state and local taxes accordingly to pay for anything we might need or want. We ask nothing more from you and your federal government. Nothing for infrastructure, or housing, or the care of the poor and sick—not that you gave us much, anyway. All we want is our money, and you can keep yours, dollar for dollar.
In other words, go back to the Constitutional Confederation and un-do what has happened under the Constitution, and make America into a confederation — that tricky word, again — of states, not a unified country. The article claims some dubious things, such as how blue states fund red states, which is nonsense when you consider that blue state funding goes toward federally-mandated programs in those red states, which are otherwise just fine without blue state money.
This type of balkanization is the first step toward actual nation breakup. It will probably not work the way that Bluexit supporters hope, because eventually the nation will have to decide on things like foreign policy, and the two will be at odds. This means red staters fighting for blue state ideology or vice-versa, and that will provoke national collapse.
However, it has a positive side: it will remove the power of the federal government and allow the states to again be “laboratories” where different policies are tested. This will in turn concentrate all of the social decay in some areas, and let the other areas thrive by being family-centric and culturally-centric. The Right always wins under these conditions.
But, much like freedom of association, it will not stand. As the collapse happens, the various balkanized groups will begin forming alliances such that they can control the North American landmass. At that point, it will become clear that one can never run away from civilization decay: the only solution is to stop the bad leadership and relocate those that do not fit in the traditional civilization.
Sunday, January 22nd, 2017
For the first time in recent memory, Civil War 2.0 threatens America: the country is permanently divided into two groups, one a Leftist inclusive group, and the other a realist group that wants sanity before ideology.
This has been building for some time. Thomas Chittum wrote about it in the 1990s, and the certainly of division between the suburban/rural traditional America and the new group of cosmopolitan, multicultural, feminist, Leftist and neurotic people from the big cities.
Obviously, this could be avoided by separating the groups and letting them make rules for themselves in their local communities, but this will both please no one and create a divided nation which is more easily defeated.
This leaves only fighting it out.
Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
It became clear that America had entered the final stage of collapse during Hurricane Katrina. From my car at a stoplight, the crime being perpetrated by refugees from New Orleans was visible and constant. But on the car radio, NPR was announcing that the previously reported crime rate increase was in fact an illusion.
Official sources at first confirmed a 25% rise in the murder rate of the city, but then those figures mysteriously vanished. The press reported something else instead, and it went down in history, in the media and in Google/Wikipedia that nothing bad happened. And yet, over the course of several weeks, the bad had both been seen and reported. It was covered up.
When that sort of editing of known fact can occur, ideology has taken over your society. This is what kills every advanced civilization: the theory of the tool replaces knowledge of the task, and gets translated into a social control mechanism based on redefining what is “right” to mean what is convenient for the majority of people, who are selfish herd monkeys who do not mean ill but always make things go ill through their self-fixation.
Ideology is a reality replacement. Instead of thinking about how things work, which is a mathematical determination more than a physical one, people think about how things “should” be according to human social intent, which means excluding risk. That translates into a brew of pacifism, universal inclusion, ignoring differences and forcing everyone to behave the same way so that none feel lesser.
When ideology takes over, the path to wealth and power is determined by ideology. There is a type of “ideological market” which regulates which viewpoints are in vogue, and this influences the cultural market which is upstream from political opinion and consumer interest. By this mechanism, those who say the right things — according to the ideological narrative — achieve wealth and power.
This creates a franchise where the most efficient path to success is determined by ideology, and those who choose to avoid this path then take on an additional burden that makes them less competitive. At the same time, institutions and social standards start to work against the civilization by enforcing honesty in the context of an unrealistic narrative, forcing people to become dishonest.
Since the end of World War II, the only remaining ideology has been Leftism, but it has adapted to include capitalism in a neutered form, namely “consumerism” in which through egalitarian policies and the welfare state, all consumers have some money, which corrects capitalism not toward realistic goals, but ideological ones as people buy what they think makes them successful according to the franchise.
With the rise of what the media calls “populism,” drawing comparison to the American Nativist movement of the 1840s, the Leftist regime — driven by globalism, liberal democracy, diversity and consumerism — has collapsed as an idea. People trusted it when it seemed to lead to good results, but when given full power with the election of Barack Obama, the Left proved to be as destructive as in the USSR.
As a result, people starting with the natural leaders who are the most competent but often the least officially recognized in their fields, have turned against the “liberal world order”:
At a time of “uncertainty” we must double down on the values that made Western democracies great, and not allow the “liberal world order” to be torn apart by destructive forces.
…He warned that the reason for the pressure on the democratic order is the rise in income inequality and the hollowing out of the middle class, as the rich get richer and people in developing nations see their lives gradually improve.
Biden went on to identify Russia as the force of this change, wanting to “roll back decades of progress.” In reality, this is merely scapegoating: the Left needs someone to blame for its own failure, so it has conjured up a hybrid of King George III, Jefferson Davis and Adolf Hitler. In reality, the impulse against the “liberal world order” or “new world order” has come from within the West, and is a cultural wave against the ideas which legitimize this new world order by indicating it is our best possible future.
As history shows us, Leftist governments fail the same way wherever they are tried. They fall in the same way every time, which is to gain power, become unstable, and then launch a series of wars as they try to re-build the collective consciousness that united their people when they were in the process of achieving Leftism. The reason for this has to do with the origins of Leftism.
Since Leftism is derived from the ideological viewpoint itself, it serves to unify people by opposing a natural state. Once power occurs, and that natural state is displaced, Leftism no longer has a scapegoat. Since Leftism is based on regulating our methods so that we can change natural reality, its only objection to others occurs on the basis of their methods. This does not allow the formation of a Leftist goal in itself.
As a result, Leftism fragments when power is achieved and it has agreement on nothing but power itself, which causes its social support to waver and often, to oppose it. It is common for people to support a revolution and then turn on it once it has power because it has become the new version of the scapegoat it targeted. Re-unifying these people requires a bogeyman even bigger than Hitler.
For this reason, we must look carefully at what Leftists complain about. If inequality has occurred, it is because Leftist policies failed to remove inequality and instead accelerated it as people learned to use the ideological path to power in their favor. If the middle class is perishing, it is because Leftist wealth transfer programs penalized the most consistent sector instead of “the rich,” always an amorphous term.
As a result, early opposition to Leftism is disorganized and inept, but later opposition has widely popular support and consists of a demand to remove Leftist programs so that what was there before can exist again, because it was better:
Hedge Fund billionaire Ray Dalio warned on a panel chaired by Bloomberg Television’s Francine Lacqua that “we may be at a point where globalization is ending, and provincialization and nationalization is taking hold.”
…Davos over the decades has become synonymous with globalization and open markets, but in the background this year is the failure of business and political elites to predict any of the seismic political events that shaped 2016. That has raised questions over whether they are capable of understanding and addressing the anti-establishment forces that have roiled the U.S. and Europe over the past year.
These elites have become powerful in the years after Leftist takeover by pandering to the society it has created, and they know that with the reversal of these policies, their fortunes will also reverse. Globalization was their dream because it meant that one standardized world market would enable them to expand their empires to all corners of the globe. Now they are looking at a breakup as people pull away.
They might as well rage against cycles of the moon. The breaking away of people, especially more proficient groups, from the rest has been going on since the dawn of time and is how humans evolve. Most humans are mildly delusional and narcissistic, so those that are not move away from the others and set up a civilization based on being realistic. It then thrives until it breeds more delusional and narcissistic people.
Leftism arises through a process of rationalization of the decay. Fighting decay is socially unpopular, so unscrupulous people choose instead to say something popular that denies decay and scapegoats something else, namely the lack of Utopian or “progressive” thinking. This enables them to become kings among the ruins, even if it ultimately dooms them.
The scariest fact about ideology is that people cannot leave it behind because to do so is to incur the wrath of the herd:
Years ago, watching science fiction magazines and newspapers of various sorts come and go, I identified a process I called “roll hard left and die.”
When a magazine or a newspaper or any news or entertainment media was in real trouble, they went hard, hard left, then died.
It took me a little while to realize this was a sane strategy. In a field completely controlled by the left, when you knew that your job was in peril be it through mismanagement or whatever, your last hope was to go incredibly hard left, so you could blame the failure on ideology. And instead of not being able to find a job, you found yourself lionized by all the “right” (left) “thinking people.” New jobs were assured.
This is how societies die: once in the grip of ideology, they can never back down or admit they are wrong, and each person in a quest for personal successful will re-affirm the ideology endlessly even as doom becomes apparent. They do this because they can claim they did the right thing, and were martyred for it, and so always have hope of personal success at the expense of the group, a usual human modus operandi.
Their only option thus is to double down on what they have said so far, and to intensify it by accusing those who deviate from the Leftist program of whatever sins according to Leftism might be made to semi-plausibly stick to them. This is why we get the constant ranting about how those who are not Leftists are Nazis, George III or Confederates:
“Certain politicians are flourishing and even gaining power by portraying rights as protecting only the terrorist suspect or the asylum seeker at the expense of the safety, economic welfare, and cultural preferences of the presumed majority,” wrote Roth. “They scapegoat refugees, immigrant communities, and minorities. Truth is a frequent casualty. Nativism, xenophobia, racism, and Islamophobia are on the rise.”
One must remember the old saying that says The Leftist cries out in pain as he hits you to see what is going on here. They accuse us of racial hatred and scapegoating, which means they are motivated by racial hate — against any strong national group, as it turns out — and scapegoating. They accuse of what they are doing to deflect from their own behavior, like children caught fighting: “But he started it!”
What they are really saying here is that the groups they forced together through Leftism and Globalization are now splitting apart because there were insufficient motivations to hold them together, plus as has become obvious during the last few years, massive disadvantages to Leftist rule. This means that we are heading for first what Billy Roper calls “balkanization,” or division into separate groups, and eventually separation and a global re-sorting according to which tribe we find an identity in, as Samuel P. Huntington wrote about in his The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order.
The result will be a giant crack-up that starts as political separation, but accelerates to tribalism, with massive relocation of populations across the world:
The thirty-year-long Peloponnesian War did not start overnight. Greek casus belli intensified gradually over a fifty-year span as selfish agendas became acceptable through the slow creep of greed, pride and suspicion. Ironically, the very peace Athenians and Spartans secured against Persia enabled the widening of attitudes. Tragically, Greek divergence metastasized into open conflict and, ultimately, mutual ruin.
Why? A key message of Thucydidean history is that without mutual effort for unity, a people of common heritage but different perspectives will develop oppositional interests over time. This was the case with Athens and Sparta and is occurring in “blue” and “red” segments of America’s populace.
…As with Athens, “blue” populations view themselves as exemplars and vanguards for Western civilization’s progress at home and abroad. Athens’ rival was Sparta, principally an agrarian society husbanded within the countryside and without continual contact with overseas cultures. Sparta maintained a formidable army and militant ethos to protect its land’s resources against enemies.
In other words, we see two different ways of life here: the primarily agrarian and warlike red states, and the primarily mercantile and cosmopolitan blue states, but the secret is this, this division extends across the West. Thus we will see the same split in Europe and afterwards in every other first-world nation. The Leftist franchise has ended, and we are separating between those who want it and those who hate it.
With that political breakup dies the forces that held globalization together and which are forcing different groups to coexist, which these groups resent. As the false unification of the Leftist franchise loses cultural legitimacy, individuals will separate voluntarily from those who are around them but of a different political or tribal inclination.
Leftism, in other words, is failing as it always does, leaving behind shattered impoverished nations in which the populations cannot be united again. A sensible act is to leapfrog balkanization as much as possible and encourage the inevitable world tribal sorting to occur as efficiently and bloodlessly as possible. If we refuse to do that, war is our destiny.
Wednesday, December 14th, 2016
The Big Picture
by Billy Roper
127 pages, CreateSpace, $9
Part of the new wave of Rightist movements is a desire to recapture culture from the Left, and that includes fiction, music, art and essays. Writer Billy Roper is perhaps best known for his fiction, but also has written a number of non-fiction works, including most recently The Big Picture, which is a summary of his beliefs and methods over almost three decades of pro-nationalist activism.
A former personnel director for the National Alliance, Roper writes at Divine Truth Ministries and WriterBeat, and has been interviewed by Amerika before. He is well-known to many in that intersectional land between the right wing, traditionalism, white nationalism and the Alt Right.
With The Big Picture, he writes in a conversational and congenial style as if addressing a group of neighbors or friends. The topic is the downfall of Western civilization, including demographic genocide, and how to reverse it, starting with how to bring other people into the fold and awaken them from the brain-numbing dream that is modernity. Most people live in a world of symbols and emotions, unaware of what those refer to, and therefore unable to decipher them to realize that they are toxic illusion, much like modern life is covertly miserable but no one will mention it.
Roper writes about balkanization, or the coming division of the West into tribes after the failure of diversity and the collapse of liberal democracy, which will crucify itself by trying to force globalism and backdoor socialism despite achieving Venezuela-level results. In his eyes, the balkanization has already begun, and what matter is whether Western people can rediscover or create an identity, and thus band together as a tribe instead of being divided further by elective interests.
But you know, it’s never taken a majority to lead our people, or to change history. As Samuel Adams wrote, the ones who will always make the difference will be that tireless, irate minority continually lighting brushfires in people’s minds. That time around, it only took 3%. This time, it might take a crisis event to kick things off, a economic collapse such as the credit bubble popping, a war, or maybe the Hispanics going first, declaring La Reconquista a done deal, We’ll see. None of us have a crystal ball, but I can tell you than multiracial democracy can’t fly. Nietzsche told us that what cannot fly must fall, and what is falling, we should still push, and say, “fall faster”! Balkanization is happening, right now. People are voluntarily migrating and re-segregating racially. (121)
Writing in this easily flowing style, he tackles his vision of a nationalist future: European-descended people uniting and forming a breakaway nation based on the principle that genetics are upstream of culture, which in turn informs politics and everything else we value. Because of its conversational nature, the book includes redundancies and follows a circular form of composition, where each chapter discusses another aspect of the topic and returns to a point of explaining one aspect of the forward path.
Roper is a dual-seedline Christian identity writer, but religion in this book is explained as a variant of a practical approach, such that he views reality as our responsibility and God as a distant Creator who sees but does not intervene. After the great flood, we were on our own, and the solutions that Roper advocates are based in hard practical realities, including natural selection and realistic morality. For that reason, this book is more nationalism flavored with religion and experienced common sense than a religious book.
Many of the Founding Fathers of the U.S., such as Benjamin Franklin, may have been Deists, and had a clockmaker’s view of God as the Creator who set in motion various mechanisms in the universe, but Who does not get involved in daily miracle-making. This runs counter to the idea of petitioning the Lord with prayer, or supplication, of course. Like other theological approaches, it doesn’t satisfactorily answer the question of the seeming contradiction between human free will and predestination, for some. However, if God the Creator was and is omniscient, then He knew what choices we would each make before we were ever created, so allowing for free will within the framework and context of His plan as variables is almost, from a human conceptual reference point, conceivable. What is not conceivable, is that He could not have anticipated and planned for all of our possible free will choices, simultaneously, if He is indeed God, after all. Think of the universe as His very own “choose your own adventure” book, with the last page ending the same, no matter what path we take to the ultimate, inevitable goal. God can do anything, but fail. (6)
In among the practical everyday wisdom of how to save an imploding civilization from itself, The Big Picture includes a number of philosophical and theological arguments of startling clarity. The point of the book, strategically, is to reduce the ambiguity of questions of the future to a few simple principles that represent the highest degree of reduction — not deconstruction — to form that can be achieved. As a result, its simplicity is deceptive: behind this plain talk lurks a tendency to see the crux of any issue and to flip it around into an action agenda.
Most will find something to disagree with here, including the parts where The Big Picture waxes militant or spiritual. However, its largest theme is unification, or the convergence of different threads like religion or politics into a philosophy of racial survival as a means to having a society with purpose and thus, a pleasurable experience of life that makes our people want to survive and thrive. Where at first blush it seems casual, the depths of this book emerge from its nuance, making for a thought-provoking and insightful quick read.
Friday, November 11th, 2016
The American Nativist movement is mostly demonized these days. It started even before the Constitution was signed, picked up steam in the 1820s when new immigrants made their different lifestyles felt, and is reborn about every fifty years when people notice that diversity itself, not the type of immigrants, ruins social order.
The Nativists had a solid point: diversity destroys social trust, creates conflict over which values system will predominate, causes a sadomasochistic victim-victimizer cycle, makes people alienated and atomized, instigates outbreaks of violence, destroys culture, creates genocide through assimilation, and refocuses society on a symbolic goal at the expense of realistic, time-proven ones.
With the election of Donald J. Trump in 2016, we see that a Nativist trope has been proven true. Diversity creates Balkanization, named for the split of different ethnic and religious groups in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s, much as it introduced Ireland to chaos over the ethnically-distinct and religiously-nonconformist Northern Irish (Scots-Irish) group. When a nation Balkanizes, it divides into groups within it who want nothing to do with each other and exist in a muted state of constant cultural warfare.
Even the mainstream press organ The Week (hat tip: Billy Roper) has noticed the permanent Balkanization of America:
Only “the thinnest of threads” still holds the nation together, says veteran pollster Frank Luntz, who was astonished by the raw rancor he saw in his diverse focus groups. “We’re one thread from everything being cut.”
For healing to occur, our Balkanized country would need our warring tribes to talk to each other, understand each other’s perspectives, see each other’s humanity. Not much chance of that. Every faction has its own media now, where partisans can be “affirmed, not informed,” as Luntz puts it. No one need be troubled by different ideas and views. Geographically, we’ve sorted ourselves into communities of like-minded people, so we can avoid close, personal contact with people we don’t trust or like. Our nation is more polarized than at any time in recent history.
There is no cure for this condition. When groups split, the first step is that they revert back into their ethnic, religious and cultural identities. After that, they separate, and stop working together. Cultural warfare picks up speed and eventually, open warfare results. This occurs despite members of each group wanting to avoid it.
Diversity does not work. It is paradoxical. Each group has its own self-interest which includes the need to have its values system — manifested in institutions, laws, entertainment, holidays, cuisine, customs, language and symbols — be the dominant one in that nation. When multiple self-interests exist, any action by the central authority will favor one over others and cause resentment.
The only possible model for multiculturalism (also called “diversity” and “internationalism”) to work is a giant shopping mall where each person rents space and is responsible to themselves alone, but this causes multiple secondary conflicts. People will be totally atomized and disconnected from social activity in such a space. They will not come together to defend anything but their local area. This renders government impotent in foreign policy, leading to inevitable conquest by outside forces who are not besotted with the illusory ideal of diversity.
For the United States to survive, it must embrace its Balkanization as a step toward removing diversity entirely through repatriation with reparations and the definition of a dominant ethnic, linguistic and cultural group that is permanently entitled to rule the nation. Only this way can every group have ethnic self-determination and with it, the pride in itself that comes from knowing that its rules were created for its benefit, and that its destiny is in its own hands, not some multi-ethnic compromise that by trying to include everyone excludes what each person wants, which is a type of social order adapted to them.