Some years ago, it became clear that humanity had a dark center formed of both conformity and individualism. This center arises in any human group through social behavior, since social behavior consists of making others feel validated through the following mechanisms:
In this way, the tail wags the dog: organizations devoted to a task become inverted and do the opposite of that task in order to support the members of those organizations. This is a variety of dark organization, in which members of a group use the authority conferred upon them by that group to advance their own personal interests at the expense of the group.
This both affirms and reverses the old notion “absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Where libertarians are correct is in noticing that when something is not owned by its leaders, meaning that their fortunes rise and fall with its fortunes, many of them tend to exploit it.
Of course, human history shows us many good people who did not become corrupt even at great personal risk. This tells us that people are not equal, and some are fit to lead while most would be toxic in leadership positions (and usually are, if middle management is any guide).
Years ago, I described this phenomenon as Crowdism or the tendency of a group to focus on the people in the group instead of the goal, and posited that all human groups and civilizations self-destruct by this mechanism.
European-descended people hate themselves because they are in the grip of Crowdism, and the more intelligent the group, the more profound the corruption becomes. We out-smarted ourselves by forming little groups in which we manipulated each other.
Every civilization so far has gone through a death process based in this individualistic cleverness; whichever society finds a way to beat it will make it to the stars and become the future of humanity.
If none do, humanity will degrade to third world levels and eventually, back to hominid status. We will be furry little bipeds who run around bashing each other with bones and stones, and we will die out on this planet where we were born.
The civilization death process consists of these steps:
(Right now, we are in the last stage.)
When a human group has a goal, it can transcend individualism (“me first” and “my world is the world” thinking) so that people stop thinking about other people in the here and now and think instead of the long-term view, including qualitative assessments like excellence (arete) which is the root of all human rising above the lowest common denominator.
With individualism, each individual wants to be protected against all others, so he demands equality and soon the mob — collectivized individualism — demands the same. This creates a situation where the focus is always on people, not goals or reality.
Here we see the paradox of egalitarianism: individualism in groups breaks down into raw individualism when power is attained. As soon as society is stable, the same self-interest that compelled people to work together turns them on each other.
They advance other paradoxes as well, such as the “paradox of tolerance”: be tolerant of everyone who supports egalitarianism, but crush the others because they are “not tolerant.” They endorse paradoxical programs like diversity, socialism, and bureaucratic regulation.
All of these follow the fundamental idea of the dying civilization, which is paradox itself. It exists as a civilization, but has given up on that goal to facilitate the dreams and desires of its citizens, despite most of those being unrealistic and destructive.
Crowdism ruins societies to a point where a large mass of toxic individuals pursuing toxic trends has gathered. There is nothing to do with this human waste but to remove it; no one wants to break the “eugenics barrier,” but at some point, we must admit that we have too many garbage people around.
The rioters in the cities, the Antifa vandalizing everything they encounter, and the sick people in industry, government, media, and academia who guide them on are all paradoxical people. They want power so much, and want to be correct so powerfully, that they are possessed of an impulse to destroy.
This reminds us of Captain Ahab in Moby-Dick: he wants to prove that he is better than the white whale, despite having no real incentive to do so. There are other whales, but Ahab wants his will to rise above the parameters of reality, a condition we commonly call hubris.
Our society has too many Ahabs. We will need to remove the twin threats of Leftism and diversity by reparations-with-repatriation for the diversity, and physical removal (boats to Venezuela) for the Leftists and other mental and moral defectives.
Tags: collectivized individualism, crowdism, eugenics, leftism, paradox of tolerance