Posts Tagged ‘conservatism’
Monday, March 6th, 2017
by Carey Henderson
God didn’t give us a cowardly spirit but a spirit of power, love, and good judgment. 2 Timothy 1:7
Let us all here at Amerika walk away from the noise for a time. Walk away from churches. Away from TVs. Step lively from the cacophony of our miserable, repetitive, make-work American lives. Where are we going? On a short trip to remember something about ourselves.
Far too many Americans underestimated the efficacy of Leftist thinking. After all, the politics of Envy, what Leftism boils down to at the plasma level, has been around since the Dawn. Which Dawn? The Biblical Dawn, an more Eastern timeframe? The Big Bang? Does it matter? Reams of data exist. Stories, fairy tales, folk tales, and religious lore passed down over generations, lost, rediscovered, and studied anew, give us as much data as we can stomach about the nature of envy, of Hubris, entitlement, and Pride. Thus, the Left conquered America (slowly to us, over decades, but lightning-fast in terms of history) by playing itself off as the compassionate, concerned, and Holy Warrior for All Things Modernity. The Left played fiddles and violins as virtuosos, luring Americans with relative ease into a trap. While castigating every single one of our American principles – principles not hammered down our throats by useless, “old white men,” tyrants, or leftist dictators but astute, often damn well inspired thinking and planning men — the Left programmed America through slicker and better TV, film, and literary works as time progressed. Americans thought this all new. Americans couldn’t have been more incorrect.
While many of us on the Right slept like comfortable babies, the Left continued to improve its ground game, because much of humanity truly loves to be entertained and lied to on a regular basis. This is human nature. Under the auspices of “love” and “tolerance,” the Left exploited every base desire and instinct humanity has in order to program Americans to pledge fealty to their cause tacitly, but with more and more of everyone’s bank account and time the immediate cost.
The Right often (correctly) purports its principles and ideas as perennial, time-tested, and provably useful. But as this site has noted more than once, the Right does not often understand the Left, and one thing that it does not grasp is that the Left, too, is working within a framework that has existed since time immemorial. There is, as a wise man once noted, nothing new under the sun. The Right underestimates the passion of a Leftist at his own loss. If he, much like the Leftist, cannot fathom anyone espousing an ideology so inherently different from his own, then there is no way to defeat the Left in most situations. The man on the Right, in order to defeat the Left beyond name-calling and schadenfreude, must look back. There are many paths, often intertwined within historical works and religious works, not to forget astute fiction, that one can take to embark on this journey, but the end result is more than worth the effort.
Yet even more important than this is that the Right leaning man needs to understand himself more than anyone else.
While research into the narratives and tactics that the Left uses takes time and dedication, it pales in comparison to knowing oneself. Few in America, including those on the Right, have mental clarity. How could they? This American Modernity is a cacophony of bored people doing whatever is necessary to dull that boredom. While it is easy to sit back and criticize John and Jane Q. Public for sitting in front of the TV for hours on end and then wondering why they have no peace of mind and their neuroses become like clay sent through a kiln, the truth is that to achieve mental clarity in this Modernity requires a strange but heavy sacrifice.
Strange because this sacrifice actually loses us nothing but gains us amazing results and yet it does affect every familial and peer situation we have. So few can compute the notion of two, maybe three hours of utter silence in a night. Fewer can compute a home without a TV. Most Americans see meditation as a light form of self-affirmation and, indeed, meditation is affirming to life itself, but it is not a quick placebo thrown into the mix between Facebook sessions and Dancing with the Stars.
Though there are myriad pieces on the internet about what the Right is (pick a subset), and though this piece has no interest in disparaging or arguing with these works, no amount of pounding out blog posts about what the Right is will settle the issue internally for those who have the heart for the mission, as those at Amerika here possess. Most simply do not have the heart for this mission. Most are what wartime historians and photographers understand as supporters. They’re not “shooters,” so it is important to neither disparage or undermine their role. You’ve likely heard the stories of men going through the aftermath of battle and finding certain men — shooters — who were supplied under fire with guns and ammo because the supporters were not cowards, and in their way they furthered victory.
The Right and places like Amerika are where the people with a heart for the mission are trying to gather. And the Right needs to reflect, to meditate, and take the necessary steps to know itself beyond what it has known of itself for the past several decades. It rises, then falls, the inevitability of the pattern visible so often in its own tone and defensive nature. The Right has so often appeased rather than conquered, because the Right lost sight, in many ways understandable, of what it represents:
The compassionate conqueror.
The Right does not come to steal, kill, and destroy. The Right, however, does arrive with a sword, in many ways like a surgeon, to split the Truth from the narrative. That is the crux of all of its principles. That is the apex of the Right, and the goal of those who have the heart for the mission at hand. This process hurts. Oftentimes, it will alienate. There is no process in existence, in our universe, that does not. And yet it is good, for the end result is the reduction of entropy toward order. The Right can and does tolerate many ideological and religious differences, unlike the Left, which merely mimics toleration in order to infect, much like cancer cells “talking” to healthy human cells, in order to make its way through the security systems in our bodies. But the Right, like the compassionate conqueror that its principles exemplify, requires order and stability, because it tries to deal with reality and not wishes or Utopian desires.
Above all, the Right in America today should take heart in its own identity, rather than listening to anyone else’s ideas about its identity. It is the compassionate conqueror who, as the opening verse noted, has a spirit of Power, not defeat. The Right need not usurp anything. The Left are the usurpers, easily witnessed daily in our world. Theirs is not a spirit of power but of envy, spite, and trickery. As old as time. Witness the anger of the Left when confronted with Truth and reality to see this further. The man on the Right should cast off any ideas rooted in Leftism, and in our world of mix and match ideologies, many have crept in. The compassionate conqueror knows that he is correct, because he is in line with a larger universe, one seeking to decrease entropy, thus he is reserved, but not timid. This is the meaning of the word “meek,” in that it is a strength of body and mind that is kept under observation and reserved. It is not weakness. Nor is it arrogance. Finally, it is not petty nor given to addiction to schadenfreude. It is reserved but powerful, more or less, the adult in the room, to simplify.
America and the West will endure much misery along with good fortune in the coming years. The Left has no coping mechanism. It will continue to do as it has done for eons. Those on the Right with the heart for the mission and its supporters have hope, and a heap of it, as so many wake up and know that what they believed was as right as Right can be, and has been for as many eons. While the Left usurps, the Right can seek, find itself, and conquer.
Devoted people cast off attachment and perform action to attain purity of self, with the body, the mind, the understanding, or even the senses — all free from individualistic notions. — Bhagavad Gita, Chapter VI
As the Right continues to work through this renewed energy it has been given, it needn’t look anywhere but within in order to find its spirit of Power, for as cliché as it sounds, it was always there, merely waiting to be rediscovered.
Saturday, January 28th, 2017
The Alt Right rose as an alternative to a Leftist-hybrid mainstream conservatism and a pathological underground conservatism absorbed by directionless neo-Nazis both. As a result, it knows more of what it dislikes than what it likes, and has struggled to define itself despite a
an incipient sense of general direction.
This has caused tension with the Alt Lite, who are also seeking an alternative but base their objections in the Leftist ideal of equality, expressed in freedom of speech and association, following the vein of the Libertarian wing of the Right. This periodically explodes into factionalism and virtue signaling as the Alt Lite tries to both reject the path of modern civilization, and hang on to its core ideas:
“The reality is, if you force everyone to play identity politics, if you insist in pitting whites against blacks, women against men, straights against gays, the reality is you guys are gonna win and the left isn’t going to like it very much,” declared MILO. “But there’s a better way. Don’t fight identity politics with identity politics.”
“White pride, white nationalism, white supremacy isn’t the way to go,” he continued. “The way to go is reminding them and yourselves that you should be aspiring to values and to ideas.”
“You should be focusing on what unites people and not what drives them apart,” MILO concluded.
While the Alt Lite has done much good, namely by forcing the Left to abandon its double standard on free speech, it also misses the point: all politics is identity politics because each group represents its own interests. People are altruistic in name only because public altruism wins them virtue signaling points, which enables them to act for the self-interest of their group but in covert ways.
Currently humanity finds itself in a struggle between first world and third world. The first world has advanced its level of learning, technology and social organization and consequently finds itself wealthy and powerful, with high average IQ populations and smoothly functioning institutions, or at least it did until the Leftist takeover following the First World War.
The third world on the other hand never produced these functional behaviors, and so remained mired in self-destructive behavior, as is exemplified by the constant graft, theft, bribery, assault and vandalism that is the norm in those societies, which have low average IQ populations.
In order to acknowledge this struggle, we must first see that each group acts in self-interest. Using that reasoning, we can see that neither are first world multiculturalists altruists, nor are immigrants coming to be “assimilated.”
They are coming to conquer. That they use passive means — moving in, demanding society adjust to them, and reproducing until they can vote themselves into power — does not matter, nor does it matter that they do not consciously intend these things. Their presence, whether they mean it or not, amounts to an invasion.
For this reason, those who reject identity politics are in turn rejecting the uncomfortable reality of politics, which is that it is a racial construct more than anything else. Ideology does not replace self-interest; it is merely used to cloak it while convenient and then discarded. The West will destroy itself by accepting ideology at face value.
We know that the Alt Right wants to navigate between cuck and sperg, or the two extremes of the Right, with “cuck” being the Leftist hybrids in the Republican party and “sperg” being the people who seem to delight in racial cruelty on the White Nationalist front. Neither is a functional model.
In fact, the Alt Right represents a third path: recognize that what the spergs talk about is part of the truth even if it is socially taboo, but that we can understand it in a logical/factual and not emotional/personal way. Further, that while the cucks are clearly broken, any political movement will have to focus on keeping civilization as functional as possible.
The Alt Lite wants us to see two divisions: real conservatism and identity politics. There are in fact three divisions, with identity politics being present in the third, but not the whole of what it is about; while the spergs fixate on race (and Jews) the Alt Right takes a more realistic view, which is to acknowledge that all parties act in self-interest and to unite the self-interest of our leaders with our self-interest as a tribe.
Everyone is lying to you. The mainstream Right wants you to think that respectable politics cannot recognize racial and ethnic self-interest. The White Nationalists want you to think that politics is limited to that issue. And the Alt Lite comes in on the side of the mainstream Right by pretending that we can fix the current system with more “muh freedom” and “muh equality.”
Conservatism failed as a movement, not as an idea, because the movement drifted away from the idea as the West drifted Leftward in the fervor to be anti-conservative (including nationalism and resistance to moral relativism) after the First World War. The idea has always been consistent, but its public face was modified to make it more accepting of Leftism so that Leftists would accept it.
However, now we know that there is no bargaining with Leftism or any other form of cognitive error. They act to destroy us, and will call us Nazis whether we advance a moderate idea or a radical one. Their goal is to enforce a Leftist takeover of the West by constantly pushing the public debate Leftward, so that at some point they can include conservatives entirely.
While it does not have a formalized platform, the Alt Right comprises a clear set of ideas inherited from its roots in libertarianism, the New Right, nationalism, Neoreaction, red pill and traditionalist communities. It knows what it wants, but that path does not involve either the mainstream Right or the underground Right.
The Alt Right is part of the same cultural movement that propelled Donald Trump to victory, and this cultural wave is a rejection of Leftism and affirmation of realism, including the fact that all groups act in self-interest. We have had enough of ideology; it is time for sanity, adaptation to reality, and a civilization oriented toward being good and thriving instead of using itself as a means-to-an-end to achieve world Leftism, or “globalism.”
It can win when it takes a third path. It does not need the dead notions of “White pride, white nationalism, [and] white supremacy” as Milo notes, but a revitalized nationalism. It does not need totalitarianism, nor democracy. It needs to provide a path out of the ruin of modernity, starting with the assumption of human equality, but it cannot stop there.
The Alt Right thrives when it provides a vision of what it wants in concert with what it rejects. The modern order of liberal democracy has failed; we want a traditionalist society with strong nationalism, based in realism and not humanism, and we barely know what it looks like… yet. All previous Right-wing orders have failed, and only the Alt Right remains; now is our time to dream.
Thursday, January 26th, 2017
Conservatives do not succumb directly to the Left; rather, in classic Leftist strategy, they are covertly invaded, divided against themselves, and thus subverted and turned into a vehicle for Leftist ideas. This can be seen in mainstream conservatism through O’Sullivan’s First Law:
O’Sullivan’s First Law states that any organization or enterprise that is not expressly right wing will become left wing over time. The law is named after British journalist and former National Review editor John O’Sullivan.
…[A Left-drifting conservative’s] primary motivation is signalling his fidelity to the One True Faith by pointing at the nearest heretic and yelling “witch” [through] the use of the transitive property to link the targeted enemy to some imagined evil and, of course, the demand that the target abandon their position or face being branded a heretic [with] his issues are ruled out of bounds for decent people.
…They were always just to the right of the Official Left… [Their presence was] never expressly right wing, rather it was just a marketing vehicle for the people who started it. All of them have moved on as the enterprise served its purpose.
In other words, a market opportunity is created for Rightists, but the best product is one that is just like everything else, but different enough to appeal without invoking the ire of the rest of the herd. As a result, it drives away the principled Right and attracts opportunists, who make themselves a tidy income by blustering on about how different they are but in the end, giving way to the dominant trend.
The individualism of these opportunists converts conservatism into another form of Leftism, and makes it easier for the herd to accept because it is like what other people do, and humans are nothing if not conformist.
The Right can only beat this by making the big tent not intersection, but hierarchical. Conservatism must rediscover its core principles in the simplest fashion possible and derive all other principles from those.
As written about before on Amerika, the core of conservatism is twofold:
- Time-proven results, or consequentialism based not in individual preference but effects in reality, allowing us to match cause to effect and understand the principles that make a thriving society.
- In order to understand why to have a thriving society, and what it looks like, conservatism also relies on transcendentalism or an understanding of the order of nature as more intelligent than humankind, and through that, discovery of a desire to exist in balance with it.
The corrupted form of consequentialism, destroyed the same way conservatism was, is a preference-based version that equates “consequences” with “what people think they like,” in a classic utilitarian gambit. The original consequentialism is looking at results not just in the present, but over all time, so that we can accurately and honestly compare different actions/causes.
Until the Right rediscovers this primal orientation, it will forever be subverted because its intermediate principles — free markets, liberty, freedom, small government — are in fact toes dipped in the water of Leftism, or close enough to it that the two will quickly become the same in the minds of its audience.
If it reverts to having a distinct path that is incompatible with Leftism, and therefore not subject to silliness about “bipartisanship” and “compromise,” it can achieve its goal of slowing and eventually reversing civilization decline. But when it gets made into a simplified and margin-oriented product like a cheeseburger, it reverts to being the same thing as everything else, just with added flavoring and no substance.
Wednesday, January 4th, 2017
As we look back over the wreckage of the past two centuries, a time during which Leftist power steadily increased, we have to wonder: why are our conservatives so inept?
The first reason of course is that people love to be on the winning side, and the Left with its policy of social inclusion is always more popular in terms of sheer numbers. However, among groups of the notoriously competent, conservative ideals — or at least unarticulated gut-level instincts — prevail.
Another reason may be that conservatives defeat themselves by misunderstanding conservatism. The root of conservatism, or the Right, has been with us since the dawn of time, but it was formalized in response to the French Revolution: the Right were those who liked the way things were before, and the Left were the egalitarians who wanted a world based on Enlightenment™-era conjectures about equality and universalism.
For the Right, this meant that defeat was a foregone conclusion. The old order had been replaced, and we were trying to carry it forward as a values system, using Leftist methods as a basis for its justification. This perverted what we knew, and created a hybrid which in the nature of all hybrids, defaulted toward the simpler of its two parents: Leftism.
Out of this duality of mindset we got lots of brave and bold posturing about “standing athwart progress, yelling ‘stop'” and other forms of martyrdom. A martyr wins by losing — as opposed to civilizations, which lose by winning and then attracting parasites — and sacrificing himself to his cause.
Only, if the martyr does not die, he might as well enjoy a few well-earned comforts of life…
This leads us to the mentality of conservatives. They have abandoned winning, which would involve restoring civilization as it was in 1788, with aristocrats, strong nationalism and culture, hierarchy and a values system including an inherently but not explicitly transcendental view of life. They have accepted the enemy within their gates, and are looking for a compromise, which causes them to see themselves as martyrs, and so instead of focusing on the hard task of fixing the decline, they rationalize it and instead, focus on enriching themselves and being socially popular.
In a nutshell, this explains why conservatives are both strikingly ineffective and prone to being selfish and focused on business alone. They have given up on changing society. Instead they concentrate on image and money, religion and virtue signaling, and in fact basically everything that makes them comfortable while ignoring what they should be doing, which is reversing decline.
It is hard to find a clearer statement of this than with this apology for selfishness that justifies ignoring the problem, leading to another generation of fat old conservatives obsessed with money and church, but oblivious to the actual problem and committed to never risking their own fortunes to fix it:
And that’s where the Church must come in. As we go about “being the church” as Chuck liked to say, loving God, loving our neighbors as ourselves, letting our light and good deeds shine before men, pointing toward every human’s true hope in Jesus Christ and God the Father, then we’ll have a greater and greater impact on those around us, and on the culture, and in the end, our local and national politics.
And of course, we can do this only by drawing nearer corporately and individually to Jesus, seeking fellowship with Him and with each other.
Naturally, it is followed by a subtle plea for donations. What is interesting about this article is that it borrows an alt right trope for its minimum truth quotient — because all great lies begin with partial truths, selectively omitting that which does not fit the manipulative narrative to come — by acknowledging that culture is upstream of politics:
We talk a lot on BreakPoint about what the French philosopher and theologian Jacques Ellul called the “political illusion”—the idea that our problems are primarily political ones with political solutions.
…Politics most often is downstream of culture. Culture will shape politics. And as Chuck said during his final speech, the culture is shaped by “the cult,” its belief system, what people truly believe and care about.
In other words, they want you to replace cultural awareness with religious fanaticism, repeating the same errors that has made conservatism a failure for decades and are guiding the church to lower attendance across the board. We do not want to replace culture with the cult of Christ. We want culture first, and Christianity to fall in line in support of culture.
One reason to enjoy Bruce Charlton — probably the leading Christian reactionary out there — is that he pairs the practical and the spiritual by calling for conversion to Christianity, but a type of Christianity that emphasizes realistic action:
Your choice is simply whether to surrender, as usual, to go-with-the-flow. Or not-to-surrender. To refuse. That is as much as most people are given to ‘fight’ over. Nothing glamourous – simply saying ‘no, I won’t’. It is enough – it is everything.
He is suggesting that conservatives do the opposite of what they have done for centuries: instead of going along with the flow while enriching ourselves and acting out a martyr syndrome by being right instead of effective — it is always easier to make a few statements and then go back to earning money than it is to change the direction of history — as they have been, conservatives need to change direction and focus on resistance to conformity by demanding conservative change instead.
This is news to all the conservative martyrs and wannabe theocrats out there, most of whom are seeing dollar signs for themselves more than a path to victory for their cultures, who are caught in the narcissism/solipsism/individualism/egotism of “the Me Generation” (Baby Boomers) and the previous generation, the “Greatest Generation,” who serve nothing but their own selfish interests at the expense of their nation, and even their religion.
After all, the lesson of Christ is that it is necessary to become spiritually clear, but also to take action. He did not come in peace, but with a sword, dividing us against each other much like Brexit and the Trump election: realists on one side, individualists on another. He overturned tables of money-changers, drove out Pharisees and sophists, and otherwise said NO in the strongest terms possible.
Sadly for them, most conservatives are on the side of the money-changers. They will talk a good game, but all they do is rant a bit to let off steam, then go back to working “hard” at their jobs, hoarding money, paying taxes to those liberal welfare programs, and in their hearts, rationalizing their selfishness by the very fact that they cannot see a way conservatism can win.
Those on the Alt Right have a different message: conservatism not only can win, but must win. Our civilization, long in decline, now has a chance to turn back from the final death-spiral. It is always darkest just before dawn, and one must hit rock bottom in order to climb back up, and this is what the Alt Right wants to do.
To all conservative martyrs, I suggest a different approach. They must redeem themselves by admitting their hubris, changing their ways, and donating half of their hoarded wealth to the Alt Right. Only then will we respect them as moral people of worth. Only then will Generation X stop kicking over their graves and spitting on their memorials, as it is right to do. Only then do they really become… conservatives.
Tuesday, December 20th, 2016
With the election of Donald Trump, many who supported him are asking themselves what they stand for. Are they conservatives? Moderates? Or merely against the far-left direction that the country has taken since WWII, including the disastrous policy of diversity?
Underneath all that Trump stands for, there is a simple principle: realism. He believes in assessing his ventures by their results, not the feelings generated, and expects to see those investments functioning smoothly and making people wealthier. Otherwise entirely a moderate candidate, he differs only from the bulk of politicians in this way; he opposes politics itself, and prefers results-based realism.
Most writers remain locked in the prison created by the categorical boundaries of words. They wonder if this means that Trump is in favor of the “free market” and “freedom,” or other abstractions that serve as proxies or symbols for what we ultimately want, which is a healthy nation (and, if we are sane, a restored and self-improving Western Civilization).
What they forget is that all of these things are means to an end, and that end is the goal of a healthy nation and thriving Western Civilization. Currently we do not have that because we stopped cooperating toward that purpose, and instead focused on the human individual and its “reason” as the be-all end-all of social goals. From that, we got a society which could not remain united.
Having a purpose such as health, however, does not unite a herd. They do not all understand it, which means that it must be left to wise elders or otherwise competent people. This offends the mob. And yet, it is the only stable state of humanity because most knowledge exists in specialized domains. You do not elect your pilot on a transcontinental flight, nor your neurosurgeon, or even your arborist. You choose the competent.
Conservatism — for those of us who still use the word, knowing that “mainstream conservatives” is based mostly in the first word — is that which conserves, which means keeping up those time-proven ways of life that produce the best civilization, including a transcendental view of life such that we hold it holy and revere it. Unlike Leftism, conservatism is complex and nuanced with depth and breadth (Leftism is simply “equality now!”).
This approach requires tearing objectives down to their most basic targets, as measured in terms of results and not social appearance and emotions as Leftist “successes” are. At the end of the day, it is realism through consequentialism plus a desire for excellence and beauty in all forms. We want sanity in our society, after centuries of insanity accelerating after WWII, and we cannot point to intermediaries or proxies for that.
For example, “freedom.” Freedom from what? To sane people, we think of the ability to go about our lives and do that which is not destructive. However, when we say the word freedom, we tear down that complex idea and replace it with an unbounded abstraction. We have no idea what we are fighting for, but it can fight back, because anytime anyone does anything destructive, he will claim “muh freedom.”
Free markets are the same way. These are a means to an end; basically, everything but free markets amounts to some type of socialism and always fails so spectacularly that we want to avoid it forevermore. Wealth redistribution — this is all that socialism is, in reality — converts thriving places to impoverished ones where half of the beets on the truck are rocks and all the potatoes go toward vodka.
Conservatives need to refocus on goals and not methods. Using methods, or “means-over-ends,” in place of goals is a Leftist trope because it enables them to replace functional things with social conceits. Applying ourselves toward purpose and goals allows us to achieve the fulfillment of conservatism, which is preserving the way of life that works out best.
Thursday, November 10th, 2016
The Left has never understood conservatism because the Left has never wanted to. To them, their ideology of egalitarianism leads directly to Utopia, at which point there will no longer be conflict between humans and everyone will be accepted. Any deviation from this is a moral sin punishable by death, in their view.
That explains why the Left does not want to understand conservatism: they have zero room for it in their pantheon of ideologically-tinted symbolic representations of reality. This is because while conservatism is voiced as an ideology, fundamentally it is anti-ideological because it bases its perceptions on reality.
Conservatism comes from the term “to conserve,” which means that we preserve successful means of achieving excellence. In human terms, nothing can be preserved in a static sense, but must be regenerated anew in each generation, so “conservation” means not physical things but principles, methods and ideas.
As written here before, that means that conservatism has two attributes:
Consequentialism. We judge success by end results and side-effects, not by human intent, feelings, judgments, universal symbols and emotions. Reality is external to us; internal focus is solipsistic.
Transcendence. There must be some goal higher than material reaction, like excellence, beauty, goodness and truth, and we discover it through intuition, which is within but not personal.
This contrasts with Leftism, which has only one attribute: egalitarianism, or the equality of people, which is presumed to lead to pacifism and universal acceptance, and from there to Utopia. Leftism works through negative actions, or things it wishes to remove; conservatism requires restructuring society around positive goals, or things we want to achieve.
For this reason, in our Leftist time, our Leftist media has trouble understanding why conservatism does not translate into Leftist terms. First they want to make it an ideology; then, they try to import egalitarianism — the core and principle of Leftism — into it, despite for conservatism, egalitarianism being at most a means to an end and not an end in itself.
As a recent article demonstrate, our society is now struggling to understand conservatism which is as distant as a foreign land to a society brainwashed in two centuries of Leftism:
Nash presented an influential portrait of conservatism as a river fed by three tributaries of thought: Christian traditionalism, anti-Communism, and libertarianism (or classical liberalism). Although each could be rendered as a popular impulse or unthinking reflex of the mass mind, Nash insisted that all three were fundamentally intellectual traditions, nourished by a cast of characters who deserved both respect and extended study, among them James Burnham, the former socialist turned anti-Communist; Friedrich Hayek, the Austrian classical economist; and Russell Kirk, America’s answer to Edmund Burke. In Nash’s telling, these were the men (and they were almost all men) who created conservatism in the postwar years.
This article is patent nonsense. Conservatism is not a material ideology, but a timeless principle. It can be found in “Christian traditionalism, anti-Communism, and libertarianism (or classical liberalism)” but they are not its constituent components. Rather, as a principle, it is found many places, and those are the ones we recognize — “observer bias” — because of their recent relevance.
A conservative is someone who likes what works. Because the question then arises “How well does it have to work?” he has to pick either bare minimums (utilitarianism) or best case scenarios, and that latter leads him to the goal of excellence. That in turn picks out the principle of nature: all works to produce a hierarchy that advances the best over the rest, and this extends to metaphysical principle.
For all that modern people know of conservatism, the above passage might as well be in ancient Greek. However, as we enter into a conservative area with Brexit rippling across the USA and Europe, we might want to understand the path out of the Leftist mental ghetto and how we can use it to save ourselves from the moribund inertia of liberalism.
Sunday, November 6th, 2016
After the FBI betrayal, the Left is counting on two things: first, the Leftist base will be energized with a sense of entitlement and revenge, and second that conservatives will as usual become despondent and resignedly throw in the towel as they have for most of the past seven decades.
Outrage, not despondency, is our best weapon at this point. If you must have an emotional response, and it is difficult not to be emotional at this time, view the situation this way: the betrayal occurred because government has been so thoroughly penetrated by Deep State manipulation that it is impossible to fix it.
This is why we need an outsider like Donald J. Trump: he needs to go in there and make government accountable to results, in the part displacing the Red Guards who currently rule by ideological purity alone. They say what makes their base happy and then ignore the mounting failures of these pleasant words when put into practice.
If we do not turn away this beast, we will see only more of the same from now until the end, which will not be far off. We will follow the path of Venezuela, Cuba, the Soviet Union and other societies which went down the ideological rabbit hole. All of them ended up in a state of failure because ideology is inherently a denial of reality.
Let the anger flow through you. You have been lied to, betrayed, deceived and victimized by those who are raiding the public wealth for their own personal benefit. Hillary was not a wealthy woman until she began selling political favors for money, and now she is quite wealthy. This is the face of corruption.
Conservatives need to get over their tendency to write off the world as broken and hopeless because idiots are ruling it, and instead, fight back. It takes 2-5% of a society to come together on an idea to force change. We have to be that unit, and to drive these corrupt and horrible people out of our country because they will do nothing but betray us, time and time again, ever and ever after.
Thursday, October 27th, 2016
The Alt Right rose, then tried to figure out what it was. It knew a general direction, which was that it said the stuff that the mainstream Right wanted to but could not and still keep its jobs, but beyond that, it was confused.
It arose from a mishmash of philosophies. The New Right, Traditionalism, White Nationalism, Paleoconservatives, Neoreaction, Nietzschean conservatives and Dark Enlightenment met in a blender. Some have suggested that the intersection among them is right, but more likely, it is their shared forward ideal: a resurrection of the greatness of Western Civilization, and to that end, the means and methods required to achieve it.
Many have contemplated it. Among the best:
And that is only a small sampling of all that has been written on this topic, although these pieces at least cover all topics and link to all major articles. And still, the definition remains fuzzy… let us look at some recent sources:
“Will The Real Alt-Right Please Stand Up?”:
It seems to me that, if anything, the Alt-Right is a blanket term applied to all non-mainstream conservatives of all stripes that serves more as a negation than a positive claim. In other words, if anything, the Alt-Right brings people together based on what they mutually dislike, not a shared set of ideas.
Mr. Heft makes an essential basic point here: the Alt Right is formed in opposition to modernity, and there are many degrees of this. On the farthest Right, people want a restoration of traditional civilization to provide a new golden age of Pericles, as Arthur Schopenhauer suggested. We know what we do not want: the soul-killing, environment-killing, culture-destroying, pointless and tedious modern age, despite its good shopping and wide variety of ethnic food.
And what distinguishes those views?
“The Rise Of The Radical Right: The Alt Right, Neoreaction And The Trump Campaign”:
Meanwhile, the movement itself is an amalgamation of all ‘alternative’ right wing views that are today considered heterodoxy. This means that the views of one person who considers himself to be part of the ‘Alt-Right’ can be, though do not necessarily have to be, radically different to another.
Summary: these views are socially unacceptable. Taboo, in other words, they are forbidden by informal social rules from being uttered. All of the people who are currently thriving in this wasteland think that these things should not be mentioned. So: speakers of hidden, or dare we say… occult… notions of reality.
A New Right thinker of note expands on this:
“A Talk With Daniel Friberg, Co-Founder Of Arktos and RightOn“:
What I mean with the Real Right are those people, organisations and ideologies who do not accept the framework that the Left has set on the public debate.
…The success of the Alt Right illustrates the effectiveness of metapolitical methods. Via cultural means they have changed discourse and the boundaries of the public debate; they have changed the restraints of how we are allowed to think and eroded the shared dogmas of the Left and Old Right.
Two points here: first, this is a cultural revolution, and second, it rejects Leftist vocabulary. This is important because social pressures invert terms or reverse their meanings in order to control a population of faceless equals. Cultural revolution means that instead of fighting over existing political symbols, we decide what we want first and then cause it to rise organically through many avenues.
And then follows an attempt to simplify…
“We Are The Alt-Right”
Equality is bullshit. Hierarchy is essential. The races are different. The sexes are different. Morality matters and degeneracy is real. All cultures are not equal and we are not obligated to think they are. Man is a fallen creature and there is more to life than hollow materialism. Finally, the white race matters, and civilization is precious. This is the Alt-Right.
This expresses the formula that Alex Birch and I worked up for CORRUPT back in 2008:
Anti-democracy. Realizing that mob rule and trends do not successfully substitute for leadership by quality people.
Human Biodiversity (HBD). Recognizing the differences between groups, and more importantly individuals, and that every ability fits a normal distribution pattern in every population.
Ethnic Self-Determination. Every ethnic group needs its own self-rule and its own continent. This is not an argument against any specific ethnic group but a recognition that each group has its own self-interest and that under diversity these clash. Diversity does not work, no matter which groups are the ingredients.
Transcendental Purpose. We must find some way to connect to the beauty of this world and understand nature as an order superior to our own intentions, possibly including the metaphysical side of nature which is described by the various religions.
Anti-equality. Equality works for arithmetic, not people and not groups, including social castes, races, ethnic groups and families. People are different, with different abilities that are mostly genetic if not all genetic.
In a time when many people want to enter the Alt Right, and control it by redefining it, it is important to remember this bottom line: The Alt Right is against equality.
That dividing line separates the wannabes from the real deal. The wannabes will accept everything else but that; they want to eject certain ethnic groups, but are not against diversity itself; they want to throw out the elites, and then hold more elections to get new rotten elites. They want us to all be Orthodox Medieval Crusader Catholics, but then, equality is the basis of their social order (as long as one prays twice a day whilst facing Mecca, or, perhaps Pennsylvania). All of them get it wrong.
The Alt Right is a revolution against the past millennium. We do not believe in equality. From that, all else flows; equality is the illusion of our time dating back to before the Peasant Revolutions and the Magna Carta. It is the basis of all modernity, all Leftism, and the type of collectivized individualism that creates these things (which in turn arises from civilization success which enables lower orders to outnumber the higher).
This brings us back to the first opinion cited above: the Alt Right is a rejection of Modernity, with modernity not being a span of years or a type of technology, but a type of civilization design based in equality. Modernity is the cold night of the moon to the warm sun of the golden ages of humankind.
The Alt Right formed in order to get away from both mainstream conservatism, which is a hybrid of Leftism called “liberalism” or “neoconservatism,” as well as White Nationalism which essentially wants a classless society in the Leftist model in which all white people are merged together into a grey white race, sometimes called “ethno-Bolshevism.”
White Nationalism is filled with crazies and is at least 50% informants. It failed for a reason. If anything, White Nationalism is a stepping stone to reach the Alt Right. White Nationalism, and its precursor National Socialism, are still stuck in the modern paradigm of equality, “Systems” of rules and regulations, and allowing material orders like demotism — consumerism, democracy and social popularity/peer pressure — to determine what is right. The Alt Right wants us to find what is right, and then have society pursue that, instead of the other way around.
If anything, the Alt Right is more Nationalist than White Nationalism. It recognizes the need for national and regional identity in the identitarian model; it rejects the idea of forming a generic white race and then allowing modernity to exist as it has. It throws down the Constitution and burns the Declaration of Independence. The Alt Right is total rejection of modernity.
Unlike Neoreaction, the Alt Right gives a nod to Radical Traditionalism, the system of thought espoused by Rene Guenon, Aldous Huxley and Julius Evola. It wants a rising civilization against, capable of the greatness of the past.
For this reason, the Alt Right is challenging to define, because first and foremost it requires people to accept an entirely different view of civilization than anything they see around them. Then it leads them through rejection of what exists now, and some basic ideas of what they want instead. Then it shows them the substructure required to support those ideas, and suddenly, we have left modernity far behind, like Peter Pan sailing over London at night.
Those who want to control the Alt Right are trying to boil it down to a single principle, like how the Leftist ideology has “equality” at its core. This takes what is not-modern and places it back within the modern, effectively neutering it. This amounts to entryism by Leftism into the Alt Right and will sabotage it as surely as making it a Justin Bieber fan club.
Instead, the Alt Right suggests we keep going past all boundaries and all expectations. Our societies are doomed if they stay on the current path; this is a good time to dream, and for the first instance, to get it right. We are facing an evolutionary hurdle here: either we surpass modernity, or it buries us.
Perhaps the above will help some intrepid venturers make the journey.
Thursday, October 20th, 2016
VDARE always cuts to the chase, which is why it makes good daily reading. A recent article looked into the question the Alt Right has raised: the possible that “the end of history” has ended and liberal democracy has been debunked just as thoroughly as Communism. This in turn brings startling implications:
Codevilla’s basic idea: the cultural revolution of the last 50 years has destroyed America as a constitutional republic. As many on the Alt Right have noted, there is nothing left to conserve.
Growing up in a Leftist-dominated time, most of us on the Alt Right have never known any vocabulary for theory except what is drilled into us by the Left. This leads to the illusory thought that conservatives are here to conserve a previous age such as the 1950s or 1980s, either of which would be far superior to what we have now.
Conservatives aim to “conserve” not a specific time, but timeless principles and ways of life. The basis of the philosophy is consequentialism, or the idea of measuring our proposed acts by their likely consequences instead of the emotional feelings or sense of shared social communion that they give us. Conservatism upholds the triumph of reality over intent.
This way of life leads to a natural tendency to prefer optimums, or those principles and ways of life which lead consistently to the best outcomes, not merely acceptable (utilitarian) ones. This requires rejecting the idea of equality, because most people are naturally prone to think in the short term and groups always choose “committee think” style compromises instead of taking decisive action.
In this light, conservatives never approved of America and its Constitution. They like the founders saw the Constitution as a method of restraining democracy by limiting it to the upper echelons of society, mainly because democracy of some form was inevitable given the collapse of monarchies across Europe under the assault of The Enlightenment™ style thought.
Original conservatives recognized that sanity is a fleeting thing that is available to only a few exceptional individuals, and not to groups. For this reason, they opposed mass culture and its ideological arm, “Progress,” in every form. Progress means clear-cutting forests and displacing towns to make cities and industry producing pointless products for a clueless electorate oblivious to anything but its immediate personal impulses.
This explains the fundamental division of America into two states, the raw producers and those who make their money from reselling, cosmopolitanism and entertainment. This split has exploded in 2016 because with the lawlessness of the Obama-Clinton left, the conflict can no longer be masked.
This reflects an increasingly stark conflict between two very different American economies. One, the “Ephemeral Zone” concentrated on the coasts, runs largely on digits and images, the movement of software, media and financial transactions. It produces increasingly little in the way of food, fiber, energy and fewer and fewer manufactured goods. The Ephemeral sectors dominate ultra-blue states such as New York, California, Oregon, Washington, Massachusetts, Maryland, and Connecticut.
The other America constitutes, as economic historian Michael Lind notes in a forthcoming paper for the Center for Opportunity Urbanism, the “New Heartland.” Extending from the Appalachians to the Rockies, this heartland economy relies on tangible goods production. It now encompasses both the traditional Midwest manufacturing regions, and the new industrial areas of Texas, the Southeast and the Intermountain West.
In conservative lexicon, this conflict is one of the oldest in humanity: cities versus countryside. Cities are anonymous and people make their living in them by convincing each other to do things; they are naturally prone to salesmanship, advertising, marketing, peer pressure and other anthropocentric vehicles which are inimicable to the localized, normal and healthy lifestyle of a network of villages, towns and small cities.
It is not surprising that America has divided this way; in fact, it is a verification of conservative ideas yet again. The two sides have become incompatible because they want different ways of life entirely. The cities are increasingly in trouble as their liberal policies become more expensive, and are choking the heartland with taxes.
We have seen this situation before. In the years before the Civil War, the Northern Cities relied heavily on Southern agricultural products. Taxes began rising, but not enough. To fix this situation, the cities provoked a war and invaded the South so that they could incorporate it into the federal system and have more control over the raw product, which is where all the profit — and future tax bonanza — was.
Civil War 2.0 is now on the table. As VDARE states:
The fundamental reason for this fear among the elites: their guilty conscience. They understand that in the last 50 years they have completely upended the old order in America. They have created a revolution that opposes the most fundamental interests of the historic white American nation. They understand that this election could confirm their revolution—but only if Hillary Clinton wins.
The question for conservatives is then what there is left to conserve, and the answer is that we conserve the way of living that has eternally nourished heartlands in all Indo-European civilizations. Heartlands like social order:
Communities where everyone knows each other.
Caste or its less formal cousin social class to put the most capable in charge as social and consumer decision-makers.
Leadership based not on popularity but competence.
Customs, calendars, cuisine, language, values, philosophy and religion which are in unison in understanding of the world and the purpose of the civilization.
Civil penalties or exile of those who transgress against the civilization instead of stewardship through prisons.
Homogeneity of the group in heritage, identity and worldview/culture.
Economies based not on growth but perpetuity, in service to culture.
Personal codes of honor, moral attention and maintenance of the good, beautiful and true.
A shared goal both specific to the group, and a driving force toward excellence through elitism.
Conservatives today have mostly forgotten these in their desire to “remain relevant” by appealing to mass culture and mass tastes, but this is a suicide mission because mass culture rewards the instant gratification life of the city and not the more contemplative, long-term joys of the heartland. This is why “original sin” appealed so much to our ancestors: it explained that people are limited by their abilities, and most tend toward the monkeylike, and among the intelligent, without self-discipline they become agents of evil.
In a long-term view, conservatism is experiencing a revival worldwide as liberal democracy collapses in a stinking cloud of problems created by its own pursuit of the illusion of equality. The Alt Right, Neoreaction, New Right and Traditionalist movements are inheritors of conservatism not so much in details, but in spirit and inclination. With these, we can reclaim and rebuild a world ruined by human pretense.
Tuesday, October 18th, 2016
The early days of experiments in rocket design were quite exciting. The boffins would troop out to the launch pad, hit the switch and more often than not, witness a spectacular explosion instead of a graceful flight. When flight did occur, it was often unstable and resulted in a slightly more distant explosion.
Civilizations have the same problem: they are complex designs in which each part of the system influences every other part simultaneously, so linear thinking is insufficient. Their status is also far less quantifiable than telemetry (or explosions), and it often takes centuries to see the impact of even a tiny change, which can have consequences far outreaching its perceived minor status.
From a human perspective, our species has been struggling since its inception to build a society which does not self-destruct relatively quickly. Paradoxically, the smarter and more powerful a civilization is, the more likely it becomes that it will implode. They die from internal disorder which eventually overwhelms this.
Those who dream of the stars wonder why their rockets detonate. They also worry that, even if we escape to the distant skies, our problems will come with us, because they are rooted in assumptions that we carry with us. In other words, something that we assume is “good” is in fact creating a fatal condition.
Usually our solutions involve “Systems,” or the idea of one big concept applied universally to all people. This is a form of control, or use of manipulation to make citizens into means toward an end of order, but all of these Systems self-destruct anyway. More force is not the answer.
With rockets, we eventually learned that certain invisible forces acted on the ships but in different ways at different times. Effects were cumulative, and complex, meaning that small variations led to radically different results. There was no singular theory that worked in a universal sense, only many forces acting together.
Life derives its complexity from this tendency toward interaction between forces and how that in turn changes the task over time, like layers of interpretation when one reads a novel, or thinking ahead a dozen moves in chess. This requires a strategic approach.
We call these questions which pop up by the name emergent properties. This refers to their intangibility and the inability to discern them from the initial conditions of an attempt, and alludes to their tendency to appear from out of the complexity set in motion itself. As in civilization design, in rocket design these are the challenge within the task.
It is now clear that something has gone wrong in Western Civilization. Our writers and artists have warned us for centuries that living for the self in large cities and faceless jobs has a tendency to destroy people, and that destroyed people then turn on the world around them and in turn destroy it. Our people are miserable.
This shows us the emergent properties of civilization. The more we do for people, the more they become dependent on control; this in turn leaves them existentially confused. The more we educate, advance and subsidize our population the less they know what they want. The more accepting we are, the more people lose pride and purpose.
And yet these acts seemed like good ideas when they were implemented. People adore the idea of using force to create a single-act solution that crushes a problem, and yet the harder they pound on the target, the more the details conspire against them. Cleverness emerges as the actual opposite of intelligence.
From this we can see why our civilization rockets keep exploding on the launch pad. We have thought ourselves halfway to a solution, but by not integrating all of the pieces into a whole system like the operation of the organs in the body, we have succeeded in simply chopping up social order and making it more complicated without being more complex, or interrelated among its parts.
Some find it odd that writers on this blog identify as “conservative,” because to them conservatives are weaklings. The answer to this is that conservatism embraces a core principle that can be used to find the many answers to a problem and to then balance them with one another. Mainstream conservatives are like mainstream culture, junk food, television and business, an inferior substitute.
Conservatism itself, however, is a simple principle: organicism. We look toward what works and incorporate it, like making a ball of string, instead of trying to make a theory that is convenient for the human mind which can apply to everything. There is only one theory, life itself, and we can observe what works and what does not by the results achieved, and then make our choices by looking to the results we desire and choosing the corresponding action.
This approach provides a starting point to the question of how to keep civilization blowing up like an ill-fated test rocket. Instead of aiming for the best as we see it in our intentions, we aim toward what works on a practical level and discard all ideology, emotion and social feeling from the process. This is an engineering question, not a social one.
As of 2016, another one of our rockets has become a fireball. We thought (once) that liberal democracy was the “end of history.” Now we know that it was just a bubble that existed between implementing it and seeing its results. It is clear we must leave this path, and the only question that remains is what principles will guide us.