So we threw Cabin Fever on the Netflix, and checked it out for a few minutes before the cheese factor turned us off. For those who have not experienced this movie, it comes from the genre of infection-related films, where a mysterious disease makes people sick and (usually) they become zombies.
Infection proves to be a powerful metaphor. Sort of like demonic possession, feeling haunted, or cursed places, it serves as one of those tropes in horror films that bring us back time and again because they are so metaphorically true. All of us who live in this time are to some degree infected by the crazy ideas of Leftism.
This places us in a difficult position. We can recognize that Leftism is wrong, and want to oppose it, yet when we attempt to do so, it is as if someone invisible affects us. Our assumptions defeat us, and our approach is all wrong, because we are manipulated by tropes from Leftism which we have absorbed from those around us.
On the Alt Right, we suffer because the more we try to break away, the more these fundamental assumptions slap us in the face. We are indoctrinated in a one-size-fits-all, use rules to control people, society based on government, no social order, and unite people with ideology style of thinking. It is very hard to break free.
Right now, the media is attempting to con us all into thinking that the Alt Right has failed. It has not. Two things are afoot: first, the media is terrified that the Alt Right is not dead and is trying to fake us out, and second, the Alt Right is regrouping as it faces the inevitable growing pains of success.
We knew the media was poised to strike back against the Alt Right the instant it had any difficulties. They were just waiting for a plausible excuse to say that we are failing, and so when Richard Spencer elected to stop provoking violent riots by speaking at universities where the cops were allied with Antifa, they seized on that.
Then they got into every small drama, from the dissolution of the Traditionalist Worker’s Party to the doxing of Ricky Vaughn, including the little glitches in the middle as people worked out legal problems from Charlottesville and personal crises. They are getting nervous, however, because no one is thoroughly convinced.
Part of their problem stems from the fact that we are not Leftists, therefore we are not an ideology and not a movement. An ideology is a simple idea that you must memorize and bleat; a cultural wave, like the Alt Right, is a general feeling that society needs to be a certain way, and that the “alternatives” are corrupt.
With this gut instinct going for us, we do not need to have dogmatic statements and doctrinaire declarations. Instead, we just feel our way through, knowing roughly what we stand for and being suspicious of anything else as something we stand against.
And yet, the corruption still lurks within. It takes a long time to detox from Leftism and its inherent assumption of human equality, uniformity, fungibility, and conformity. You have to stop thinking in terms of making a rule and having bureaucrats enforce it.
What the Alt Right wants is to restore Western Civilization, and this requires escaping from modern thinking entirely. Modernity destroyed the West. The alternative is subtler, with many layers that play out over time. It strokes the brain and requires some depth of thinking.
Democracy, bureaucracy, management, and other control systems cause mental degeneration. When some outside force takes over a role, the parts of your brain that address it atrophy and die. In democracy, for example, people lose the ability to think of a world outside of themselves and the services provided to them, including by government.
The type of thinking imbued by democracy instills a permanent present tense outlook. The long-term is forgotten because it is handled by government; in addition, it is usually futile to think about. Every action that an individual can take involves contacting someone else for services, and then paying what is required: police, plumbers, doctors, welfare, recruiters, lawyers, and social workers.
Modernity arose from this mentality. Instead of independent cultures living according to values systems, we based civilization in vast hordes of people with nothing in common, upon which we forced indoctrination toward political values and who we kept in line with increasingly powerful police forces.
Originally, police were there to stop murder, rape, assault, and theft. The point was to defend citizens by finding the people who commit crimes and then exile them or kill them. Over time, the definition of “crime” has shifted to include the most visible behaviors of social breakdown plus ideological crimes.
Policing provides the model of the modern time. The mass does whatever it wants, and when a problem arises that could threaten the power structure, police swarm from their armed citadels and destroy whoever did it, or whoever raised the alarm, and then the power structure — and the pretense of functional mob rule — is preserved.
All of our modern horrors (including: managers, nanny states, propaganda, TPS reports, diversity, and endless social instability) follow this basic model. Instead of having a purpose to our existence, we are maintained as a mob, and then authority is enacted upon us so that we fall in line and keep the system running like a factory.
Once you see the modern mentality in action, it becomes clear that we do not need war; we need war in our hearts. We need to purge any vestige of this crazy thinking from us. That requires overcoming some mental laziness. It also demands that we give up on “half-measures” or any fence-sitting.
We must rip the whole thing out by the roots.
Naturally, this presents challenges because most people want as little change possible and are interested in the short term alone. They want to stop encountering the failures of Leftism in their daily lives, especially after Barack Obama made those failures glaringly obvious (he was a success at being a failure).
For this reason, most of them want to avoid tackling the problem at the root of all our failures. Modernism exists because of egalitarianism; egalitarianism is one of those eternally popular human illusions. It states that if we make everyone “equal,” whatever that means, conflict will cease and Utopia will dawn.
This conflicts with nature, which is why it must be forced. In nature, equality is heat death, or the condition where all exchange of energy stops. If everything is equal, nothing will be done. No more adventures. No more greatness. Only a perpetual grey mediocrity where we are “safe” from being lesser, but will never be greater.
Back in 2005, I wrote about the tendency of egalitarian systems to manifest simultaneously in commerce, social order, and politics through democracy because the same mechanism, equality and utilitarianism, is used to determine the winners in each:
Sitzpinkel defines our modern political outlook. There can be no order; everyone can have it their own way (pluralism). We will not lead by picking the best course, but by picking the most popular one, which is inevitably the one that enriches the largest segment of society (democracy and consumerism/these are conflatable terms).
A few years later, this concept became popularized as demotism, or the notion that economic, political, and social popularity are the same thing or at least originate in the same root. The important caveat to that is that the root, egalitarianism, is perpetually popular because it rewards individualism in the sense of “me first” bourgeois prole values:
And in our society, nothing is recognized unless it is owned and/or paid for. This is how a consumer society works; capitalism is the same as communism, except that in communism all things are owned by â€œthe people,â€ but theyâ€™re still owned. Both are consumer societies, driven by the desires of each individual and therefore, creating intense competition for a few nice things.
I elaborated on these thoughts the following year with a critique of popularity as the basis of modernity, where traditional societies were based upon order, and pointed out that popularity, democracy, and consumerism where the same thing:
Modern society is based on a greed empowered by individualism, or the placing of the individual above all else; this is the result of underconfidence on the part of a large number of our people, and their political empowerment allowing them to misappropriate resources to ensure individualism takes precedence over any other thought or value. Consumerism, democracy, and media/popularity are the means by which we make decisions.
This describes what demotism attempts to in a more accurate way: popularity, or the number of people willing to support an idea through trivial actions, defines the modern era. All of this was before the Alt Right, Neoreaction, and other modern attempts to identify the root of the downfall of Western Civilization.
That presented a quandary for people: how was it possible to support capitalism, but not consumerism? This requires a bit of nuance.
Capitalism operates as an economic system, driving the flow of goods and services through a nation. This is important because it creates stable productivity unlike all alternatives to capitalism. However, if capitalism is the engine in the car of civilization, there also needs to be a steering wheel, and culture provides that.
If not guided by culture, which requires someone to interpret that culture who is above the normal “live and let live” mentality of the average person, capitalism runs off the road. This occurs because there is a feedback loop within capitalism which in the context of mob rule creates consumerism.
A company acts to sell products. It wants to expand its market, and either encounters resistance or anticipates that it will. In response, it raises its power through political or social means. This erodes culture; companies like eroding culture because it means less resistance to their plans.
In turn, this creates a new audience who have fewer qualms or really directions in life and therefore, are more in need of products and services in order to feel they are living well. Seeing more opportunity, just like democracy the company then continues eroding culture, social standards, values, customs, identity, faith, heritage, and history.
Consumerism, democracy, and social popularity resemble each other because they are all utilitarian. Utilitarianism attempts to provide “the greatest happiness to the greatest number,” but people do not know what makes them happy, so in reality it becomes a popularity contest in voting, socializing, and buying products.
This creates another feedback loop. The less people have to think about the future, the more they rely on others to do this for them; the extreme form of this is Communism, which produces people who have no idea how to live their own lives. Even in consumerist societies, people externalize decision-making to the larger forces around them.
At this point, we see the downside of “freedom,” which is that it is only as good as the people using it. Bad people use their freedom to do passive-aggressively degenerate things, operating like self-interested companies to strip away values outside of convenience.
Since most people are oblivious to much outside of their small spheres of social influence, they are unaware of anything other than their daily experience, and if asked basically want anarchy with grocery stores. In social situations, the right answer is to be “live and let live,” so that is where their philosophy ends.
When feeling empowered by this attitude, most people become brats or bullies. They object to any attempt to guide them toward acts that are constructive for civilization, simply because those acts might be inconvenient for them. They want freedom, rights, liberty, independence, no oversight, anarchy, and more freedom!
All of the bad behavior of the modern time comes from this. People behave badly because popularity rewards behaving badly. “Me first” is the essential attitude of individualism, and when everyone does a me-first activity together, only those who are the most selfish and dramatic win out.
This is the philosophy we must rip out by its roots. We do not need humanism and civil rights; we need social order. That requires us to abandon rights for the idea of paired duties and privileges. It requires us to give up on freedom and look toward having a place where we are able to be effective.
Unfortunately for us, many of these old and tired egalitarian ideas infest people who have come to the Alt Right. In the wake of several doxing and other scandals, it makes sense for us to realize that we must criticize these ideas, but that it makes sense to target ideas that are essentially Leftist vehicles, instead of people.
With that being said, let us look at some illusions that survive in parts of the Alt Right:
Neoconservatism, White Nationalism 1.0, Neoreaction, Traditionalism, the New Right, and other stabs at Right-wing revival have contributed important ideas to our view of the future, but they were not comprehensive enough as a plan for a new civilization, nor did they offer practical value, nor did they escape modernism.
We can do better. We do not want to be a movement or an ideology. We are doing well as a cultural wave, or a series of attitudes changing as the actual nature of modernism (Leftism, egalitarianism, pluralism, trend-driven social order, utilitarianism) is revealed. If we push further on this course, politics and economy will follow us.
Our media wants us to believe that the Alt Right is dying. It is not; it is shedding some excess ideological baggage and finding news way to advance its cultural wave. For that to succeed, however, we have to make a clean break with the past and visualize a far better future.