Some say that the decay has not reached critical levels, so we should do nothing. Others say it hovers at the brink of disaster and we must do anything that might have a chance of working now. Some want cadres; others want newspapers; others want to drop out and run away to some obscure place to go it alone.
All of these strategies have been tried before. Cadres lead to Revolutions which then swing leftward as a means of motivating their participants. Newspapers have a chance at influence, but the audience wants lies and thus will bypass a truthful newspaper. Dropping out and going it alone makes you inconsequential and low-hanging fruit for others to victimize, because they outnumber you and always will.
No, sadly, there is no escape from The Civilization Game. Once your species goes down this path you must either master it or be destroyed by it. When the game gains enough momentum, it has the potential to thoroughly vandalize our planet in addition to bringing all of us down with it. Like technology, it is a force that must be controlled by the intelligent or it will dominant the rest and become a force for its own interest at the expense of ours.
So what can we, the people who realize that humanity has been running itself off a cliff for centuries or longer, do? In the grand tradition of self-help writing, I present to you a 12-step plan:
In my experience, the biggest glitch here is that people invent new philosophies to personally express themselves and ignore the real need, which is a philosophy of a new civilization. Humanity has been in decline for at least 2,000 years but more likely longer. The ancient Greeks spoke of a Golden Age long before their present time, and they were probably right. That Golden Age got invaded by individualism and millennia later we are the fallout. We can either head back toward the Golden Age or continue down our path to decline; nothing is static. That is what our philosophy needs to address. So far most people are more focused on differentiating themselves and their writings as product that addressing a real need, primping and preening like pretentious animals. My suggestion is a simple one: pick a philosophy that (a) focuses on results, not feelings/desires and (b) has a transcendental aspect to it. That philosophy will fall under the banner of conservatism not because liberalism rejects #b as most of your “wise” pundits would say, but because liberalism rejects #a. A fully-developed philosophy will be simple and consistent, showing a relationship between each of its parts to a primary goal, which I would describe as “human thriving” in the context of an ascendant civilization.
Most writing serves to put people into a loop. It inflames emotions, then offers a partial solution, which keeps those emotions inflamed so people need more of that type of writing. This creates a product cycle for the writer. Political writing is almost universally of this type. It never quite expresses a lack of doubt, so people rely on it and then encounter doubt and come running back to it. Some of the best writing for actual communication is literature because it shows exactly what it means in concrete terms with characters who represent parts of the subconscious mind of each of its readers. Other types of learning like philosophy manage precision and broach difficult topics but exists in a form that few can read or understand; this would be useful for informing your leadership caste, but not much else. This leads us back to a means of communication. I suggest it take the form of narrative, whether political or fictional, and that it be in a form that could be spoken to others.
When you run away or apologize, you legitimize the complaints of those who oppose you. Our society includes every institution it needs to function but these have been infiltrated by reality-deniers. A sensible response is to counter-infiltrate which means joining them, gaining power, and then steering them toward a healthier direction. This healthier direction takes two forms: first, get issues on the table, which causes conflict to rise around them; second, focus on results-oriented plans which mirror the values you find that are eternal in the best of humanity. In politics, third parties fail unless they have warned of some great calamity and it has come to pass. In the meantime, allowing the existing parties to keep doing their thing is consent to what they will do. A better plan involves getting inside the gates of these glacial giants and subverting their bad ideas while replacing them with better ones. The Tea Party in the United States led the way here by forcing a results-oriented economic plan and traditional conservative values on an otherwise slumbering insider major party. Similar results can be achieved elsewhere by participating in and then converting these institutions to a more useful form.
The media will always be hostile to reality-based thinking because fantasy-based thinking makes for a better product. Who wants to hear about the difficult path of surrendering the ego and doing what is realistic, when there is ego-drama and other things that make people feel self-important to report about? Support piracy; come up with lawsuits; sabotage their displays; turn off televisions. Shut down the great zombie ritual by removing its ability to effectively do business.
Many of our people cannot hold a coherent thought and yet insist on intervening in public affairs. Their careers must be ruined by any means necessary. Dredge up any scandal, complain en masse, bring them down with legal means, smash them and leave them as a warning to others. The left uses this strategy to great effect and business responds. There is only one known way to stop a rioting mob and that is to pick those who are serving as leaders and destroy them.
You are intending to replace a culture. It is a culture of consumerism, altruism and egalitarianism. You need activities which emphasize health in the opposite direction, which is results-oriented, masculine and hierarchical. Sports teams will not do this, nor will church charities, nor will video gaming. You need groups of people heading out into the countryside to do healthy things like orienteering/hiking, construction, hunting and exploring. You need people in town who are preserving culture, having heritage events, and socializing. Emphasizing practical learning of both liberal arts and technical backgrounds is important too. The left won by signaling status; these need to become your new status symbols.
Within your society, you must conquer two groups: the thinkers and the natural leaders (there is much overlap). Thinkers, which are the natural equivalent of what city people call “intellectuals” (a badge similar to owning a Mercedes-Benz), are those you can find who get to the core of a problem in a way that no one else understands. Natural leaders are those you find at every level of society who are able to organize responses to both daily events and emergencies. Every office has one person who keeps everyone together, every local PD has one cop who keeps the others on point, and every church or business has one person who knows how to do everything and gets to an expedient solution quickly. These groups need outreach on your terms. They need to be pushed to mock their old beliefs and accept new ones. Much of this process involves the production of written documents and artworks that they can understand.
If the above happen, a critical mass will form where 2-5% of the population will agree and are motivated by a need to accomplish change. This group will then accomplish the work of infiltration by bringing up these ideas in public, taking over institutions, forming a product base for objects which reflect these ideas, and creating the basis of an alternative media. The Tea Party and Front National show the best possibility here. My suggestion is to be the non-ironic equivalent of “edgy,” or dangerous, unconquered, a wild terrain. People love new spaces to explore; it is hard-wired into our glorious simian heritage. Be the leather jacket rebels of the 1950s, the biker gangs of the 1960s, the punks of the 1970s, the survivalists of the 1980s. Push yourself onto society as a new idea that also touches something raw and essential inside of each one of us.
The other side is always screwing up and the media covers for them. Begin the rise in local elections, then regional. At every step sabotage and subvert your enemies. Tax media until they go bankrupt. Destroy social programs and transfer the money to something useful. Use the resources of office to point out where your opponents have failed. When a liberal program is mid-failure, use your influence to make its failure more apparent or inevitable. Always push the same consistent message: the Left is the old and calcified, the crazy and the weak, the effete and the miserable. Gain power and then begin dismantling all laws made since 1790. As momentum picks up, it will be possible to gain the quorum necessary to remove Constitutional amendments and other liberal vandalism of our system of government.
Roll the voting age back to 30 for landed owners only. Deport all illegals; remove all anti-discrimination law. Tax the media until it dies, smash Hollywood with regulations, and provoke our international enemies until they are forced into defensive and strident positions. Liquidate federal and state agencies and send those employees home. Remove all welfare and channel the unemployed into the military. Fire all leftists and anyone sympathetic to them, but replace them with only those who are both sympathetic to your view and competent. Cronyism and nepotism are death.
Nothing official is required. State your beliefs; give preferred trading, political and social status to those who support you and marginalize others. Again avoid cronyism and nepotism or those who support them. Force an international agenda of “no guilt”: each nation does what is best for itself, and if its neighbor dies, make the assumption that the neighbor used an inferior system and thus their demise is Darwin’s laughter not the tears of an overly compassionate, overweight, couch-bound suburbanite just looking for “what is real.” Remove any international obligations beyond self-interest. The best obligations are informal through shared goal.
For the past several thousand years, humanity has followed a steady path of decline from an originally more brilliant point. With the rise of civilization and specialized labor, efficiency allowed society to include people who were not useful. Those in turn found themselves fond of simple obligations called jobs, simple political systems that made their numbers outweigh anything else, and social systems that enable any behavior that does not achieve immediate bad results or appearances. That attitude, called Crowdism, originates in human egoism/individualism and in groups causes madness that destroys civilization. Any human species of the future will cut back on the useless or single-function people and replace them with a network of capable leaders and a group akin to the top half of today’s middle classes in ability who do everything else, but do less because they will not invent the make-work jobs, mindless bureaucracy, and consumerist frenzy of today’s society. Leaders can reform education by getting rid of it, reform job promotion by making it informal, reform law by throwing out all laws and replacing them with principles. This forces people to stop relying on external guides and use their brains instead, which will quickly separate the useful from the useless. I suggest exile for the useless and massive reward for the useful so they have lots of children and replace the useless with a functional species.
Early humanity had it easy because they had a clear and luminous goal: avoid becoming apes again by building civilization. With civilization comes communication, with that learning, and with that philosophy and art; then people build the final layer on Maslow’s pyramid which suggests a need for purpose and transcendent meaning in our lives. We need a new source of transcendent meaning via an ongoing goal that we cannot ever fully achieve but can always pursue, approximating it much as we always get closer to a knowledge of reality itself but can never fully know it. Space travel, a new Golden Age of art and philosophy, and self-refinement into Nietzschean supermen are all good goals. The goal will not only direct us, but bring us closer to knowledge of the sacred, and will also serve to further exclude the useless, criminal and selfish.
At this point you are probably saying, “Oh, well that’s all,” in a rather sardonic voice. This is not a todo list for this weekend, or even for this century. It is a todo list for the rest of time, with each successive generation accomplishing what it can. The first three items are the most pressing in the immediate time but also the easiest. As those occur, the others become easier. Not for the faint of heart.
Image: Unknown man tending his garden in a wasteland. Let it inspire you as you struggle with similar — but less visually obvious — circumstances.