After much anticipation, my DNA results came back via an AncestryDna.com test me and my wife both took about 5 weeks ago. My wife turned out to be 83% British or something like that. She was surprised in that she thought her maiden was name was German – which apparently it was not.
For those of you “ist” and “ism” bigots that don’t know I’m half-Armenian on my mother’s side and a mixture of European on my fathers. I was actually expecting some sort of Middle Eastern mixed in due to Armenia’s geographic location and it’s history of invaders, conquest, and overall movements of demographics in the last 2000 years there.
What I didn’t expect was some of these other results.
I knew of the English on my dad’s side, but the Irish/Scots/Welsh and the Southern European and Iberian were surprising. Obviously, the European Jewish part surprised me.
Justin Timberlake may be a man of the woods, but I’m a man of antiquity and the high middle ages. I may just now be a walking poster boy for Diversity. The Tech industry needs to hire me now, though I can’t promise my worldview will be the same.
Back to a serious note. It’s enjoyable and instructive to know where your ancestors came from, but who am I really? We have these weird awkward conversations about “racial” and ethnic awareness with the types of people you really don’t want to have those conversations/awareness with if you like your job and need to pay your mortgage.
But even these same people are in a dire boat in the modern digital age of loneliness. Their identities exist in a Western old vacuum that can’t be replicated anywhere else. Obviously, this is specifically true of the political and sociological identities people have inserted themselves into, often in the most tribal ways – American politics for instance.
What these people don’t have is any real identity not tied to that. For instance, if some “African American” – a crappy term – goes over to Ghana, how much are they really going to have with Ghanans? What about Nigeria, Egypt, Chad, or Ethiopia?
They don’t know if they are even from the same tribe, group, or nation – which they likely aren’t. For all they know, they were some of the slaves that the Ghanans took and sold to the entire world. They don’t speak the same language – that’s a big deal.
You may discover you’re ancestors were slavers, slaves, conquerors, or great empire builders. It’s a bit of a mixed bag in today’s modern oppression culture where everyone wants more oppression cards to play.
All that said, I get it. Wouldn’t you do the same thing? Modern life in the digital 21st century has been stripped to its bare parts by globalism and people’s identities, cultures, and traditions have been shattered. However, people still need an identity. They need to find a reason, purpose, and motivation to live and build a legacy.
Take me for instance. I’m proud to be half Armenian and the various other mix of ethnicities. However, how much do I have in common with them? If I went back to Armenia right now, would I be able to say that I have a similar life with similar situations, standard of living, and a shared plight and condition?
Yes, I am a descendant of Armenian survivors, but I don’t speak the language, know just a few foods, and only rarely have been to the Armenian Church – the center of culture – with the exception of funerals. My sons won’t have an Armenian identity or that of any other ethnicity. They will likely be a product of American midwest culture.
Of course, I want them to know where they come from, but where they are going is a foundation that has to be built. So many of the identities that people cling to today are built on shallow ground and foundations that will inevitably shatter.
The past is one source that contributes toward an identity, but it can’t be the only one. Look to the communities and the people that surround you now – that is part of your culture. You can influence how it’s shaped, or you can build identities based off “opposition” to the tribe you don’t like.
Don’t be surprised though when you have nothing to live for once that tribe is shattered.
P.S. If you are wondering what someone with the above mix looks like here’s n example of what I look like with a beard. It’s not full yet.
“It is true that the Western heritage is in decline all across our world, as our numbers shrink relative to the growth of Asia, Africa, and Latin America, and as people from those regions move unopposed into what we conceive of as our “regions”—and as we ourselves become more absorbed into a bland, universalist, interchangeable consumer culture.” – Introducing the Fifth Political Theory
The Rotting Stink Clawing Away At Us
Author’s Note: This article will be updated and edited consistently as I focus my thoughts and ideas as time goes on. I’m not an intellectual nor an amazing writer. I’m just some guy trying to flush out what plagues our modern existence. Thoughtful genuine critique is welcome. This long post is divided into two parts with the second focusing on ideas to forge a new mythos and identity.
If you want to fix the external, you need to start with the internal. Something is wrong with modern society. You can feel it in your bones. We don’t know who we are, but we do know who we aren’t supposed to be as everything that was once held dear is targeted by denizens for marginalization and eventual destruction.
It almost feels like a sinister X- Files like conspiracy in which our souls and spirit have been stolen away. WE can smell the rot in their absence, and we know its more than just the curse of a bizarre post-modernism expertly mixed with Marxism that’s been chipping away our foundations.
Almost everyone regardless of their political affiliations can see that the world around is falling apart. We are reaping the seeds we’ve sown from the French Enlightenment to the Post-Christian West. Our politicians and elites are in a ruling class of their own shaping laws and society in their image for their benefit with no God to hold them accountable except the mob like masses who’ve they managed to curtail, placate, and manipulate with modernity’s version of Rome’s bread and circuses.
They plan to build their own God in silicon gadget form sustained, worshiped, and supported by the mindless and soulless entertained smart phone interchangeable zombies who have been birthed into a lonely digital world outside of the normal familial boundaries. We are to become cogs in their newly created earth.
Their image always remains one of refinement while ours remains that of peasants who cling to our backwards views while being in constant need of guidance from our elite better. Instead of viewing us cogsas fellow citizens, they view us as Kulaks that need to be “re-educated” and cleansed of “racism” and other ists and phobias – under their diverse, woke, and privilege checking vice grip of course.
Angelo M Codevilla makes this point astutely regarding the growing divide between the attitude of our ruling class and the rest of us:
Its attitude is key to understanding our bipartisan ruling class. Its first tenet is that “we” are the best and brightest while the rest of Americans are retrograde, racist, and dysfunctional unless properly constrained. How did this replace the Founding generation’s paradigm that “all men are created equal”?
We know they look down on us, because we aren’t equal. We sheep are distracted by our own internal squabbles that always seem to go from one cultural battle to the other. It never ends, but the same small group of people always seem to win.
While we fight tooth and nail, the ruling class and their well paid servants and connected media groupies dine on fine wine in DC suburbs and coastal penthouses. Love or hate Trump, you can’t help but notice how the establishment and media function like a zerg hivemind with talking points that wreak of coordination.
Sure, some identity groups that shriek loud enough are thrown the scraps from the ruling class, but there are only so many from the table to go around and they always seem to benefit the rulers in the long run. Even the scraps don’t seem to go far.
The stimulus bills of the last decade weren’t shared with the common man, but rather they were given to banks and financial institutions to big to fail. “Tax cuts” and supposed trickle down economics didn’t stop people from losing their homes. No scraps for the rest of us in our favelas.
College degrees and higher education were fervently propagated like dogmatic cult with the sermon that every American needed to take on massive college loan debt in worthless fields to snag white collar jobs. Work with your head and not your hands, as we all belong in a cubicle working long hours – differences among us be damned. Instead we were banished to Target and Starbucks and told we needed more useless degrees.
Obamacare was supposed to fix our health insurance problems. It helped some, but screwed many people over in the process and didn’t eliminate in-state monopolies and in the end poured money into the coffers of health insurance companies who once again get the best handful from the cookie jar while we are left with crumbs.
“Nowadays, the members of our ruling class admit that they do not read the laws. They don’t have to. Because modern laws are primarily grants of discretion, all anybody has to know about them is whom they empower. “
Trumps election and Bernie Sanders run was a challenge to the ruling class, but the movement that propelled them is much bigger than either man. It is a backlash to the elites in every aspect of society from media to Wallstreet to academia which treat us with contempt because we aren’t sheltered and we see the negative effects first hand of things like unlimited immigration – either legal or illegal.
People know something is deeply wrong. We’ve been sacrificed on the altar of globalization for the profit of the ruling class and those who aspire to become part of them. It’s reduced people to moving parts in a machine which is highly unstable and stripped them of their identities as it shoves them into shopping malls, Amazon orders, and smartphone addicts. We have become cogs in a machine.
Our cultural, ethnic, and long held traditional identities have been attacked and shattered, both by the ruling elites and by the other “minority” groups who have been turned into useful cannon fodder making assimilation less and less possible. People are wandering in the wilderness clinging to lingo like diversity, equality, and multiculturalism and wondering why it’s not working. It was never meant to. Their welfare was deliberate sacrificed in the pursuit of the global “good”.
For daring to notice that the effect of a foreign group of people in large numbers – now and all throughout history – on that of their host and how they don’t “assimilate” but rather irreversibly for better or worse change a culture, people, and region makes you a Xenophobe.
Noticing that not every group has the ability to react the same way or has the capability for various tech, education, governance, and even linguistics gets you branded as a racist, regardless of observable history. Point out that this odd embrace and microphone of “alternative” lifestyles by corporations seems to be quite the capitalistic money grab and you’re a bigot.
The anger seethes through you as does a sense of betrayal.
You can see the familial social cohesion that strong masculine men bring a culture and family being systematically attacked to the point of dubbing the very concept of masculinity as toxic by people who want to destroy the Nuclear family. Why? Salvatore Degennaro at the American Conservative gives us an answer:
“Because masculine men are harder to control under tyrannical socialism. The modern beta male, on the other hand, craves socialism. This is why the left has branded masculinity as toxic: it stands as a roadblock to their endgame.”
The lust for control is what drives our elites. Over time, any variables that jeopardize that or make it more difficult must be eliminated. That’s why we hear about “Diversity” that is always biological but never ideological. To them, “diversity” actually means conformity – and there’s still too many of us free thinkers of all types who aren’t conforming to their desired mold.
More and more you will realize it was and still is simply a means to break down any dominant identities. It’s why you are bombarded with the “white supremacy” slur from the misers and privileged in academia, journalism, media, and even government when you aren’t kneeling in shame for being proud of your American ancestors, heritage, culture, and identity. Why do they keep going after your history?
The elites and ruling class know they must replace it with: (1) weak identities that will inevitably shatter from infighting (2) shattered identities that end up turning to the distractions of our modern age to cope with being miserable, depressed, and filled with anxiety from being inculcated by “activism” and an ideology built on victim-hood. Their world becomes so depressing from their obsessions that they must distract themselves with another of entertainment, vice, and materialism and of course amazon.
So what do they and us do, and where do we ALL turn?
I’ll make a bold claim: Diversity, multiculturalism, equality, and all those buzzwords are all attempts to promote certain cultures and people groups while excluding others with the malicious attempt to eventually subvert and replace them. So goes all of history with varying manifestations. People who notice this are disdainfully called xenophobes, rather than Xenophiles.
A subversion on the level of an Fringe like conspiracy slowly boils all of us frogs in it’s diverse pot. It’s ultimate goal is one is to ultimately reduce all strong and proud cultures and groups to a hive mind that think alike and most importantly consume alike. Your identity will be reduced to a shallow one that’s based on what you consume, order from Amazon, and the video games you buy.
Capitalism was supposed to be the virtuous prescription for all of our problems. While it’s the best of what we have available, many have been left behind and the alternatives they have don’t fill them with a sense of hope for the future.
In a twist of fate for most of us with libertarian and conservative leanings, we are plagued by a cold harsh unflinching capitalism run amok controlled by globalists obsessed with power and profit. That’s a sentence I never thought I would contemplate. It became our endgoal, but the endstate was one of manipulation of our inner hedonism we never considered by a narcissist population that has almost nothing in common with the that of the people who the Constitution was written for.
We will be promised “liberty” and freedom” which will involve concepts like open borders, legalized drugs, changing our gender at will, and ramming a dildo into anyone we wish. Lacking is anything substantial that can actually develop an identity that is rooted intrinsically at the family and community level building social cohesion that can survive and thrive.
Of course those who are permanently banished to just above the poverty line need to suck it up, either in the name of progress or globalized vulture capitalism. In the name of the Almighty dollar, we serfs can live in a dystopian Darwinist environment where global capitalism is the ultimate moral creed.
The more “diverse” your workforce, the easier the access to interchangeable labor pool who can be distracted from getting better wages by being pitted against each other over the slightest of differences or disagreements. Current popular notions of diversity deliberately prevent and ostracized diverse viewpoints and worldviews. Everything else seems to be “interchangeable”, just as cogs are meant to be.
Even Marx for his many failings understood this, just not the scourge of cultural Marxism he would lay bitter foundations for. Social cohesion that enables any particular group to be resilient and defiant about being shortchanged by elite globalists must be silenced, demonized, and tarred with society’s newest scarlet label.
Opponents to this deliberate disruption to social cohesion are dubbed racist and xenophobes so that the immigrants who can’t support themselves become dependent on a bureaucracy whose feeding hand they will never be able to bite, stuck in a way of life and lifestyle. Their families, identity, and culture will of course be targeted for subjugation and ultimate diffusion into the hive-mind.
Education is to be driven with the goal to eliminates critical thought and logic in exchange for a mindset to shape children into drones for the workforce that will never question authority. Efforts are made to negate the meddling of parents to interfere with it to make sure children have the “right” influences.
In the mean time we cogs will exist in our just safe enough, yet crumbling ghettos while one set of laws is applied to us and another for the ruling class in their ivory towers, walled off neighborhoods, and mogul lairs.
It’s already happening in California where the rich in their squalid safety view us disdainfully from afar, their influence and power reaping rewards for them, but division and struggle for us. In their plutocracy, they have become the new aristocrats having such little in common with us peasants because they no longer live among us.
This occurs through distracting talk about “white supremacy” while the elite and ruling classes develop a new supremacy for themselves and their friends while the rest of us squabble with each other for scraps at their table. If they really cared about social justice, they’d live in the crime ridden streets of Baltimore, but they don’t as some progressives are finally starting to notice.
The poor SJWs who end up eating their own have had their useful fanaticism turned toward targets who have no access to the levers of power. Look back through history, and you will notice this pattern; poor saps are eventually turned on and given as plunder to the new saps on the block.
Sins Of The Past
In the current year, pun intended, there is a raging desire by the ruling elites – both intellectual and political to remove anything that honors or respects the sacrifices of men and heroes past. Many a memorial and statue has been deemed unacceptable.
While a definite distraction, it’s a particularly devastating one that separates a people or group from their history and forges a new identity with no past roots, traditions, structures, or institutions to create a stable foundation.
The founding mythos seeped in centuries of various traditions is deliberately shirked in favor of a new identity that has no ties to the past. It’s an identity with an end goal of you being an interchangeable consumer cog who works till the day you die. Alternatives are not allowed because racism. Or another ist, ism, or phobe. Don’t even dare to think outside the box.
Anything that reminds us cogs of our previous roots and the identities of our ancestors must be removed as well as demonized. Our heroes aren’t allowed to be flawed Saints. They must rather be demonized as tyrannical devilish villains. It’s a deliberately simple solution that is designed to ignore the complexity that is human nature.
Yet these particular flaws of humanity have come into prime focus with an intention for exploitation. The old bones of grievance past are to be dug up to further the distraction and lend effort to pitting “victims” against each other. In history, just about everyone is a victim. Why now though?
Neither us nor the ruling classes are dealing with an incoming Mongol Horde, nor about to be sacrificed on an Aztec altar, nor chained as a slave to a Turkish galley on the high sea, nor seeing everyone around you die of the Black plague, or wondering if your village is going to survive the incoming Viking longboats about to land.
Still we pass judgement on the victors and losers of the past for what we deem as “evils” of that time, sometimes rightfully so. Yes, objective morality exists. However much of the moral rants about past transgressions we see in our current political and cultural dialogue is best described as a diabolical form of distraction and manipulation that presents our history as well as that of the West as Us vs Them.
It’s done with the simplest dichotomy in mind so it can be utilized by anyone with a grudge, a victim complex, and a flawed character looking to exploit guilt and shame. The important and significant lessons and persons of history are instead weaponized and twisted by institutions that are supposed to be above it. This is a big deal because it has consequences in it’s impact on academic journals, media publications, and eventual government policies.
The distraction for us common folk is heightened by constant fighting on various platforms to ensure nothing really changes besides endless disingenuous virtue signaling . We remain cogs with a focus permanently distracted by twitter wars while they continue to mold us in their image. We become the blue tribe vs the red tribe all while being plundered by a foreign tribe that forces tribute from us.
Ironically those who spin the various threads of privilege, shame, guilt, and exploitation seem to come from privileged places of academia and influence and are among the more prosperous recipients in fortune from the events of past generations, yet tell the rest of us to writhe in shame and guilt of history that’s benefited them in the long run. We become their scapegoats while they retain their “privilege”.
They do this from armchairs of relative comfort and generous hindsight as they deliberately force their narrative through our lens of modern fake morality ignoring that people hundreds of years ago then were dealing with a far different world than we do now. All of the heroes and villains throughout history were seen very differently in their times then they are now.
We have hindsight. They didn’t. Genghis, Caesar, Boadicea, Xerxes , and Hirohito were all seen very differently by people at their time. Xerxes was a villain to the Greeks and Genghis a hero to the Mongols. Put simply, they were men (and women) of their time which is why we see both the good and the bad. Why can’t our esteemed scholars do the same for post-renaissance Western history?
To add to the dishonesty on historical discourse, they focus completely on the negative effects, while ignoring the positive effects that the colonization, the West, and Christianity had on the world. Suffice to say, the US wouldn’t be the superpower it is now if Europeans hadn’t come over and seized it. The Middle East and Asia would be far more advanced if not for the destruction brought by the Mongols.
Even the most educated among us would be hard pressed to find one nation, city, empire, country, or even village that hasn’t been built on bloodshed, slavery, ethnic strife and hatred, self-serving ambition, and just the base human desire to want what others have. In their zeal to reshape Western Civilization and destroy the influence of Christianity they deliberately ignore this.
When we begin to wake up momentarily, they throw some additional scraps for us to focus on. We are directed back to focus on past transgressions. Ironically they often currently start fights over who , a shocking unheard of phenomenon that has not been occurring since the beginning of human history.
The Victim Identity
Some of our heroes may be worse than others, but how far do we go in our quest to establish our identities, who we are, the history we look to for guidance and education, and the lessons that we should learn from their deeds? Who is so evil that they must be seen as an absolute villain vs who accomplished so much good that we must see them as a saint? Who should pass these judgments?
Well there is an an entire identity and complex is built on passing these judgments and their subsequent influence – one that does nothing to make the situation better. That of the Victim.
Today’s Victimis the perfect identity for pliable exploitation. It ensures adherents are always fighting to ensure that they are seen as having the worst plight in society. Of course others join the fray to prove their plight is even worse. Instead of meaningful significant improvement and the necessary cohesion to build trust in a society, they destroy that trust in and around anyone who is less of a victim.
Other victims will use their leverage to prevent improvement for those who seen as lesser victims because there are only so many scraps to go around and so much “attention” for the various victims trying to be heard. It becomes as it is today – a game of shouting, screaming, and demanding that if you are already a loser, other’s must lose even more than you already are.
Who can be a victim today?
The obvious are Native Americans, Mexicans – who conquered the native americans, Blacks who were both kidnapped and sold into slavery by Africans, Chinese treated like scum while building the railroads, LGBTIZUFJASF whatever who people didn’t want around their kids, and probably a bunch of other groups I’m forgetting about.
They’ve garnered justified sympathy, donations, activist groups, and even “insert ethnicity/race here” studies departments at major universities. However, everyone want’s a piece of the pie- even “incels”. People you didn’t even know were victims of well… everything and anything bad are coming out of the woodwork.
Now throw in a group of various poor “white” people who are addicted to opiods in towns that have had their jobs outsourced overseas who realize their Irish ancestors were slaves or their German grandparents weren’t well liked by the neighboring British expats. Or just poor white’s who’ve been left behind like every other group fighting over the scraps.
Here’s what they all have in common – being a victim. It’s the perfect identity which fights over scraps while each group digs deeper to fight to the top of the oppression pyramid while the real oppressors continue to ensure multicultural, diversity, and unlimited immigration that slowly chips away at their ability to not just live and one’s wages, but to build the most important resource off a community and society; trust. Without trust, society breaks down. That breakdown of course isn’t experience by the ruling elite in their ivory towers. It’s experienced by us cogs in the streets.
Everyone wants to be a victim, but someone has to be the oppressor to hand out the reparation spoils. In this case that designated group has been “white” people – whoever that actually is nowadays – and their sin is that of “privilege”; an illogical concept in its presupposition. But as we can now see, there is big money and influence in being a victim. Why is that?
Dwelling on past grievances, however horrific or tragic, won’t necessarily make the present or future any better. Neither does it make amends for the past – something that’s almost impossible for transgressions from generations hundreds of years ago. It will however ensure the ruling elites reign luxuriously in their Ivory towers while we yet again continue to fight for the scraps.
We must learn from the past and apply it to our future – something we continually fail to do. A primary lesson that we keep seeing in history – one that we must firmly grasp in our noggins is this; the ruling elites of a society always ensure those who might overthrow them are kept squabbling against each other. They exploit it. We keep hearing about the horrors of wealth inequality, but keep missing the mechanisms globalists and the ruling elite use to maintain their fat wallets.
This squabbling today is best seen in the artform that is Victimhood. Every one wants a piece of it. Perhaps you finally get a seat at the table and a small scrap, but in the mean time you sacrifice your soul. You emulate weakness instead of virtue, strength, and success. It’s one of the main problems that makes White Nationalism just as hollow as the social justice cult.
You CAN NOT BUILD a stable mythos, tribe, and identity that can navigate modernity, the digital age, and the smartphone addition to media and entertainment with an identity based on being a victim. Instead of going out to build a new culture, one ends up with the remaining crumbs of culture in places that don’t care about even having offspring to ensure a legacy.
The constant dwelling in “victimhood” must end, or at the very least it is something those of us on the Dissident Right should avoid like the Black plague. We don’t want those scraps or to have to lower ourselves to fighting with other groups for them.
While every group has its claim to being a victim in some part, time, or area of the world it’s not what forms their identity. Obsession to become a victim ensures a race toward the bottom. You aren’t building capital of any kind. Instead you have to destroy that of those around you to build a fake and false elevation of your own.
Yes, I understand how deep and far the course of history can inflict upon tribes, regions, and peoples. My Armenian ancestors have not forgotten their occupation under Sassanids, various Persian and Iranian conquerors, Umayyad, Abbasid, and Rashidun Arab caliphates, the Ottoman Turks, and now the Azeri Azerbajianis whose land has been Armenia’s for over a thousand years. We even suffered genocide which Armenia has never recovered from.
But what will dwelling on the past do for our families now and our children in the future? What would it accomplish? Solidarity whit fellow Armenians that would do exactly what for the GDP of the Armenia? My mother married a non-Armenian and my dad’s side of the family becomes my history, cause, and culture as well which has shaped my identity. I’m no longer just an Armenian. My European ancestors, just as my Armenian ancestors did everything they could to make my families life better than theirs.
We all must move on toward building a better future and refusing to participate in the venomous blame game that shapes so much of not just American politics, but the world. That said, I am certainly willing to listen to the plight and suffering of my brothers both in the dissident right, my faith, and those of my family friends and other spheres. It just can’t be relegated to wallowing in blaming for the past, while grabbing for scraps at the victimhood table with other “marginalized” groups.
Yes, one can’t outright dismiss real and actual lived experience if they hope to reach an accord and build community – just as our other brothers in the Faith will tell us. You can however help them progress toward a life that isn’t focused on blame while sitting down, but on actually moving forward.
Wisdom is needed and in our damaged pasts, history can teach us many lessons. All we have to do is pay attention. Nothing is new under the sun and what’s happening now certainly isn’t. Human nature however has not changed. It’s why we need to come back to lessons from heroes past to ever succeed in creating one’s for the present and future. We must build a new mythos with foundations that aren’t build on sand.
The Need For Group Identity
Everyone wants to belong. It’s human nature. We are tribal. Left, right, blue tribe, red tribe, in-group, out-group. Just like wolves, we form packs. On the playground as kids we form self-selected teams. In highschool we form cliques.Yes, we are proud of ourselves for often dumb reasons, but we need more than just ourself. Companionship.
We need each other, but not to the point where nothing makes us or those close to us unique. Whether its clubs, lodges, tribes, sports teams, women’s only salons, or nerds who shell out for Friday night Magic some people are in and others are out. That said each individual belongs to some sort of group.
Everyone wants to be included in something. We need to belong by either being included or excluded into some other groups. If you aren’t the outgoing sociable type, you become an outcast with the other outcasts. Whether willingly or not, everyone has their own kind of group that they are lumped into: Jocks. Nerds. Creeps. Trekkies. Gamers. Larpers. Hipsters. Thugs. Fashionistas. Bikers. Activists. Reformers. Blacks. Whites. Asians. Mongoids. Deplorables.
It ranges from ethnic groups, class, and racial categories to who you have loud sex with late at night. Of course members of one group often overlap with those of another group. You see some creepy activist nerds intermix fluids, flags and vegan frapes in expensive urban areas.
Yet everyone wants to be different, unique, and their very own individual hipster as they drink deeply from the reservoir of modernism. You might be dressed business casual for you job, but you are gonna have as many unique piercing and tattoos to stand out.
It’s as if many of us are stuck in a cognitive dissonance that doesn’t shatter our worldviews quite yet, because we have learned to balance it all just right without suffering that inevitable implosion which will come. Any contradictions that are too damning can always be ignored – for now until the rude awakenings begin.
Our group needs to stand out, so we humans over the last thousands of years have naturally come up with hard distinctions that mirror our nearby surroundings and geography. In today’s age of mass instant communication, those geographic boundaries have been punctured. The old family, ethnic, and culture ties have slowly been eradicated by modernity. James Kalb of Crisis Magazine makes the point in regards to the concept of the “white ethno state”:
“To add to the problem, modern life dissolves history, heritage, and inherited ways. People get processed through an increasingly centralized and bureaucratized school system. They work for large bureaucratic organizations, or for smaller concerns that are increasingly integrated with global markets. They amuse themselves with commercial pop culture and connect through electronic communications networks that ignore geography. And they’ve been subjected for years to propaganda and social policies that weaken informal connections like family, religion, and common culture.”
So what are people left with after they wake up and realize they have no identity? All around us people are floundering in the wilderness, wondering, “Who Am I?” and “Where Do I Belong?” If one can’t find an answer to those questions, their lives will likely be one of frustration, loneliness, and a desire to make those happy people around miserable.
Misery truly loves its company and miserable people will form groups where their identity is based on shared misery and a vengeance toward those who are not. Losers will attract other losers who are desperate to ensure everyone else is losing just as bad, if not more. The biggest source of misery today is an anger toward toward those who were more historically successful than others – fair or not. For the group that’s been left in the dust, there’s always a source of blame in the past to distract them from improving the future.
Of course, this has been the case for all of history, especially when geography was the primary means of how your identity was formed. Currently, many of us in America and the west are separated from those real daily manifestations of racial, ethnic, and religious attachments that had been apart of our communities for hundreds if not thousands of years.
We now have app messaging groups, social media, forum boards, and all sorts of other instant means of communication with people of like minds and interest. Assimilation and necessity to learn the language around you decreases when you can skype home to your family 1000 miles away. You can travel anywhere in the world in 12-16 hours. Yet still, the remnants of our geographical past leave their marks on us – just like they have our ancestors before us. But can you base an identity from it?
We look to ethnic and racial ancestry for meaning but we often no longer live in the same ethnic and racial communities our ancestors did. Therefore we are left not knowing who we really are, but having to settle for knowing what food our ancestors liked to eat. This is the curse of the digital age and it’s not going away anytime soon. Yet we need something that has real world significance and applies to our daily lives.
My journey in life has led me to building a family and becoming a husband and a father. I already notice that I have much in common with fathers and families – especially ones with young children as both my sons are infants. It’s something that’s transcends any of the normal identity categories. However, there are plenty of people not in my situation. Where do they look to find out who they are?
The Fragile Alliance
The Victim identity currently has culminated into this mad blob like behemoth barely held together by patchwork, duct tape, and thread. The victim pyramid often fights with in itself to see who is the most oppressed and should get the most airtime, support, and of course financial resources – those frequently mentioned scraps.
While we exist in a global market place where communication is a click away, people still want what is theirs or what they think should be theirs and will believe anything that “strengthens” their arguments to get it. It’s why they’ve built this fragile identity, while giving little thought to the future of what happens when the current boogeyman is gone.
Consider the fragile coalition that many of the social justice crowd have built their ideal identities upon and easily their ire shifts once there isn’t any “white supremacy or privilege” in the area to rant and blame for problems. If there isn’t a “colonizer” or “white imperialist” or any of the other usual buzzwords around to blame as scapegoats for everything wrong with their society, who is next down the line to become the villain?
Well, usually the people near you. Could be your neighbors, people already considered deviants in a society, or those just across the border. Most of these “identities” are held together quite loosely as are the apparent alliances they are all supposed to have.
It might not even matter if they speak the same language, look the same, or are apparently part of your political coalition as “People of Color”. Recall the vicious fight over the 2014 attempt in California to repeal Affirmative Action to ensure more “diversity” or in this case more Latino/Hispanic college student admittance.
The Asian community in California raised hell and stated quite bluntly that the universities there would eventually and most surely have an “Asian quota”. That whole “People of Color” idea was thrown to the way side and was put this way, “As lifelong advocates for the Asian American and other communities, we would never support a policy that we believed would negatively impact our children.”
Shocking. Well, how about people who speak the same language and have somewhat similar melanin content?
Well, let’s take “Latinos” and “Hispanics”. The only thing Columbians, Guatemalans, Salvadorans, and Mexicans may have in directly common is speaking Spanish, some foods, generation class disparities from the Conquistador days, and a love for Futbol.
Do they view themselves as some sort of ethnic bloc for political purposes based on solidarity when it comes to economic and social issues? What happens when local interests, classes, economic depression, corruption and factions collide and intersect?
“One was deported to Honduras and the other to Haiti because the police insisted that in Mexico there are no black people. Despite having Mexican ID, they were deported.”
No solidarity indeed.
Zimmerman became a “White Hispanic” after he shot Trayon Martin. Yet Latinos are “People of Color” (All of them having some Hispanic a.k.a. Spanish and therefore – “white” blood in them.) despite an active race war going on in LA resulting in blacks being deliberately murdered. The category is so vast, no one even knows. The systematic oppression we hear so much about existed in many forms all over. Consider this; of 11 million African slaves, 10.5 million went to central and South America. The lauded liberator Simon Bolivar himself owned slaves.
If you are black and you go to Africa, everyone will give you a blank look while you try to talk “black” solidarity. Even if you look Black, you still won’t be African to them – or on other continents necessarily. Depending on the region and your gender, you may also be mugged, raped, or killed. If its the Congo, you may be enslaved and they won’t care where you are from or the melanin in your skin.
If they didn’t care about selling other tribes into slavery places like Ghana, The Ivory Coast, Senegal, and Angola, they might not care about it now or about robbing you. In fact, in Ghana they will actually call you white, regardless of how tan you are. Their government had to resort to an advertising campaign to get people there to view American blacks as long-lost relatives instead of as rich tourists to be swindled.
“Many African-Americans who visit Africa are unsettled to find that Africans treat them — even refer to them — the same way as white tourists. The term “obruni,” or “white foreigner,” is applied regardless of skin color.“
“But what is here to say is that though those freed slaves were Africans in blood and in their memory, they were not African culturally. Culture, which is the most important element of a people’s identity, was a Western one for the descendants of slaves. To put it directly, those people who returned to Africa were Black Skins, White Masks.”
Everyone wants to be a victim, but someone has to be the oppressor to hand out the reparation spoils.
So what’s the point of all of that?
If you want to build a people and an identity to excel and become something to remembered in history, it cant be based on vague concepts of ethnic opposition, racial animus and blaming, obsession with past grievances, or borderline hatred of the descendants of those who were successful – no matter how that success was obtained.
Yes, there are some commonalities that bind us together. The enemy of enemy can be my friend, but what happens after that enemy is gone? If the ties that bind your alliance are deeper than hatred, loathing, and blaming others for your problems, an intrinsic part of you will be able to build toward a better future. Or if you can’t it will remain one stranded in the past wondering why the future is still bleak while being left behind by those who forged ahead despite the burdens of the past.
Yet much confusion remains for many Americans. No one knows who they are. Those in the Alt-Right want “white” to mean something, but it often doesn’t go any further than being proud of your melanin composition and opposition to some other group and a hand in the cookie jar fighting for scraps with everyone else. That’s not a stable building block for an identity.
But the lighter skinned Europeans in general? Yes, I get it, but in the end, how much do the Polish and French really have in common with the Italians or Spaniards besides centuries of distrust and loathing? (Italian Americans were distrusted by other “whites” in the US at the turn of the 20th century because of a higher crime rate.)
I recently saw Richard Spencer argue that they are “white”, but as I’ve pointed out earlier, what the hell does that even mean anymore? The closest concept I can think of would be a cultural one that specifically applies to Americans, but even that’s flawed at the roots.
The early European settlers who came over to America had vast differences in how they saw themselves ranging from the “Borderers” of the Scottish/English border – modern day Applachian residents to the Catholic Cavaliers now of Virginia.
“…Anglican preacher Charles Woodmason, an important source for information about the early Borderers, said that during his missionary activity the Borderers “disrupted his service, rioted while he preached, started a pack of dogs fighting outside the church, loosed his horse, stole his church key, refused him food and shelter, and gave two barrels of whiskey to his congregation before a service of communion”
“Colonial opinion on the Borderers differed within a very narrow range: one Pennsylvanian writer called them “the scum of two nations”, another Anglican clergyman called them “the scum of the universe”.
The effects of this difference in worldview, character, and how the old country shaped their outlook of life can be seen today in the Borderers being the origin of the label “Redneck” and they are still looked at with disdain by their apparent betters in the New England area. There was no “white” identity in a pure racial sense then and the only sense it exists now seems to be in a pejorative sense from progressives.
While your “skin identity” might be the identity crises and struggle of today, its time to move on. That can happen now or in the next hundred years when demographic changes hit so hard that no one knows who or what constitutes white and you have nothing in common with any of the generations from the old country.
It’s happening even now through “mixing”. To the people taking pride in being Irish, Chinese, Chilean, brown, white, mixed, etc. I say, “So what?” Is that all that you have to give you purpose in your life?
Positive and Negative Identity
The Z Man pondered a while back upon the idea of negative and positive identity. Negative identity was a kind of worldview shaped on what you held opposition to. A positive identity was based on foundation viewpoints that you held sacred, opposition to alternatives not being what forms your sacred principles in the first place.
He also made the case that much of black identity in America is based off opposition – usually to “white” people. The concept of mutual survival and overcoming struggle can be part of one’s identity, but can it be the primary component?
For instance, if there were no Asians, Hispanics, whites, Arabs, and other mixed groups of people around, what would black identity in America look like? You can flip this question on the head and wonder the same about white identity from a white nationalist and ACTUAL white supremacist perspective in America. What happens when all the “problematic” people aren’t around to blame?
“Philly Antifa is a Antifascist division operating in Philadelphia, PA and the surrounding area. We are in direct conflict with Racism, Homophobia, Sexism, Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, Transphobia, and all the various other flavors of Fascism.”
You’ll notice a cause and identity shaped only by what they stand against, and most of the “groups” and causes they stand for are guilty of all these same sins for very obvious reasons. When the “primary” white privileged colonial identity they loathe so much is gone they will have to find a new cause to revile.
The attacks can never be allowed to stop as that is who they are – all that their identity is. They wage a new cultural cold war after their recent cultural conquests in a desire to eviscerate the past and tradition with branding them perpetrators of the “sins” of today. It really is a new cultural cold war.
Consider the following quote from the U.S. Civil Rights Commission and how it brands and associates Christianity with the villains of the day:
“The phrases ‘religious liberty’ and ‘religious freedom’ will stand for nothing except hypocrisy so long as they remain code words for discrimination, intolerance, racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, Christian supremacy, or any form of intolerance.”
What will they replace it with? Groups of formerly allied factions will fight in the same heinous ways with each other to occupy the foundation vacuum thats left. Will the traditional “latinos” or “muslims” be the next to be labeled Nazis by the secular LBGTqists? Will dialogue even be possible with dissenting thought being labeled “hate speech?”
Their bastard children – and those of the sexual revolution – are now at the point of attacking “privileged” people – often pejoratively labeled cis straight white males to the point where dialogue is impossible. Those with sense on the left have taken notice to this alarming state of affairs:
“Speaking as an X sets up a wall against questions, which by definition come from a non-X perspective. And it turns the encounter into a power relation: the winner of the argument will be whoever has invoked the morally superior identity and expressed the most outrage at being questioned. So classroom conversations that once might have begun, I think A, and here is my argument, now take the form, Speaking as an X, I am offended that you claim B. This makes perfect sense if you believe that identity determines everything. It means there is no impartial space for dialogue.”
Negative identity obsessed leftists have lost the ability to speak to much of America. In their glee for the “white” majority to demographically become a minority, they stopped caring all together for them. This is gap that we on the dissident right should fill – and not just with “whites”.
It is time to build new foundations from the ones burnt to ashes by the left. By their obsession to destroy all of the past, they’ve cast a wide net of self-destruction with the institutions they control. Hatred is a great motivator and anger might get more attention, but you can’t build a foundation for a lasting and stable identity off them.
The Inevitable Backlash
“I find it uncomfortable to have to speak about my identity all of the time, when in reality it’s not something that drives me or wakes me up out of bed everyday. I didn’t grow up in a household where I was categorized by my mother. I was just Zoe and I could have and be anything that I ever wanted to do…and every human being is the same as you. So to all of a sudden leave your household and have people always ask you, “What are you, what are you” is the most uncomfortable question and it’s literally the most repetitive question. I can’t wait to be in a world where people are sized by their soul and how much they can contribute as individuals and not what they look like.” – Zoe Saldana on race.
They need a break, relief, and something with actual solutions for life.
It’s not just them either. Many of us in the dissident right have become obsessed with bashing easy targets like SJWs, but what are we offering people? Are they seeing something good, true, and beautiful that breathes purpose and stability into the lives of people they know?
For too long, we’ve been willing participants taking full advantage of the degeneracy we criticized so we could virtue signal our own supposed righteousness. Yes, it was part of the journey, but it’s time for the next stage of it.
We must lead the way by example. What kind of identity can we build for those of us on the dissident right and for those many people lost in the wilderness? Can we offer their shattered lives hope from addiction, depression, and destruction? The thinkers at Social Matter realize that any identity for the future must be built by the local people and their communities.
“The right should focus on building new networks using traditional methods. Book clubs, religious groups, fraternal organizations, freethinker/illuminati/ “secret societies,” rural/country sports, etc. It must develop and provide a coherent identity for people as stewards of a civilization, and not the arbitrary occupants of undifferentiated heaps of dirt, which globalism promotes.”
We need stability and close community in these times to find out who we are and where we should go. People groups and “cultures” that are adaptable, tight-knit, and believe family and principle come first have always seemed to survive impending doom and calamity . Every time. Some of them would even thrive.
They put their communities first and rebuilt the one’s that were destroyed. Russia would survive the Mongols, the Jews would survive and thrive in Europe, the Tibetans would hold stubborn in face of Chinese suppression, and the widely reviled Gypsies still retain their way of life and culture. They may have been conquered, but they were never removed of their identities. Their communities, cities, and eventual ethnic identities came first. The Tibetans would remain Tibetan.
Humans can’t have hope for the future if they know they are just a cog in a machine without an identity whose immediate daily future is dependent on the next global trend. We need that stability. We need routine. We need traditions that last a millennia. We need communities that eventually create a new pseudo “ethnicity”.
People want change, but change is happening so fast that no one knows who or what they are. We know the results and impact of the various traditions over hundreds of years. The change being introduced by technology, arguably digital and social techs something we’ve had barely 30 years to observe.
Even now we are realizing technology is depriving many of us of meaningful work. Your future is either in an office cubicle or for the less educated it’s an Amazon warehouse waiting with baited breath for their eight hours to be up. In order for any stable identity to sprout, you need meaning and purpose in what you do and one’s job constitutes a large share of their time in life.
I’m sure many a child with bright eyes and grand dreams imagined themselves doing the same repetitive task every day and consider it a fulfillment of what they thought their lives would look like. Those that refuse these repetitive menial occupations and get degrees in history, art and language still end up punished for their defiance with student loan debt and degrees that land them jobs at Kohls.
They too end up left behind, yet this time they aren’t some kind of resistance to the Anti-Christ in a post-Revelation battle, but rather lost souls stuck in what seems like an earthly purgatory.
The manosphere is composed of many men who’ve been left behind, divorced and pillaged for everything they had, and the men who were told that nice guys got the girls. What they all lacked was a community of men to pick them up at their lowest. That community has slowly been eviscerated by time, tech, and lowering family expectations as our culture implodes. (It’s something we never saw as a potential negative consequence of ease and speed of travel.)
Feminism in it’s zealousness to sexually empower women threw them into a cold world as it destroyed the traditional rules and guidelines that served to protect women from roving and dashing rogues.
It ensured a hunting ground where the “Alpha” studs and players would have an easier time of pumping and dumping girls who now had no family or surrounding community to ensure accountability for their newly scorned and scarred existences. There were no brothers or fathers to find the conniving misogynist player – or more likely male feminist – who promised her marriage before sex and then dumper her shortly after. It was her choice after all and any thought of their interference or afterthoughts can be safely dismissed as Patriarchy.
What a lonely sad place to be thrust in to. We as a culture are in a similar plight. Loneliness, depression, and anxiety are tearing people down at the core. We need to give them a respite from the rigors and struggles of life, not just another “war” for them to fight in their limited free time which they’d rather spend drinking with friends or spending with their families.
We in the dissident right need joy back in our lives instead of a constant over saturation and exposure to the fact that everything is wrong and there’s little we can do it to fix it. Without joy, we become much like the rest of the jaded and divided populace; depressed, angry, rendered helpless by anxiety, loneliness, and all these other conditions that seem unique to our modern digital age.
Righteous anger is great, but unless it’s harnessed to help build the foundations for a better culture and identity, it’s useless. We are offering the sarcastic critiques and meme takedowns, but are we providing any solutions or examples besides playing capture the flag with Shia LaBeouf? (Which for the record I did greatly enjoy.)
Dealing With Our Differences
“Charles Darwin himself would be fired from Google for his views on the sexes.” – John durant
A new rebellion against social Darwinism and the natural course of evolutionary biology is being undertook by the left. We know there are differences and we must understand them in order to make the best of our lives and situations. Unlike the left however, we should not throw the baby out with the bathwater as if we are emotional hostages.
The one issue that proponents of IQ differences and making policy judgments with them run into is that we aren’t animals. Yes, we may be predisposed – both genetically and culturally – to all sorts of heinous and good behavior, but its nature and nurture.
The same can be said on the IQ question regarding recent immigrants to the US – almost regardless of race – and often focused on recent Latino immigrants. Ron Unz made an important observation on this subject:
“However, it is well known that nearly all previous immigrant groups—southern and eastern Europeans—who came here in poverty similarly scored very low on IQ tests in the decades after their arrival, with results that were sometimes far below those of today’s Mexican immigrants.
Yet after a generation or two their tested intelligence had almost invariably converged close to the American mean. Evidence of the past does not necessarily predict the future, but such a strong historical pattern should leave us cautious about assuming it will not continue.”
Obviously the significance of assimilation and that of an already established and dominant Anglo Saxon population – specifically demographically – played a role in this, but we shouldn’t be so quick to pick and choose what parts of history we are willing to form your observations and conclusions from.
Certain elements you can’t fight, but others you can shape, mold, and form. Just because we “evolve” a certain way doesn’t mean we should give in like we are animals. We don’t have to become as horrific as social Darwinists have. No one has to settle for the disadvantages they were born as or into – a lesson the manosphere has hammered into us via self-improvement.
Samuel Morris who was mere African boy of Kru origin from Liberia who endured hardship and struggle – both escaping from impending death via another tribe to his sea voyage – would come to America and make an impact on everyone he touched. Regardless of intelligence, it can never be forgotten that everyone does have a place in God’s Kingdom.
It’s our ability and willpower to shape our environments that has brought mankind incredible technological and societal progress in just 200 years. The more we understand about our biology, the better we can adapt our surroundings to harness our advantages.
Predisposed because of genetics and biology. Certain elements you can’t fight. Others you can shape, mold, and form. Just because we “evolve” a certain way doesn’t mean we should give in like we are animals. It’s our ability and willpower to shape our environments that make us different from any other species.
Within the IQ debate we must also be careful with the constant attempts by the aggrieved to dehumanize people, regardless of who they might be. While we aren’t here to necessarily make friends, there’s no reason to frighten or turn off people from the Dissident Right because of bad optics or comment agitators who might make people look stupid, but in the process turn them off from ever opening their minds even slightly. We need to stop allowing actual racists from the 1488 sphere to be the only one’s who talk about these issues.
In fact on this matter, it must be US on the Dissident Right who discusses the issue, rather then actual White Supremacists who seek to weaponize it. I don’t care much for AntiFa, SJWs, or actual Nazis who are literally blinded by hatred, but I urge everyone to always remember that they are people – human beings – who can ultimately be redeemed just like John Newton.
This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t speak the truth. One of the most important things to the foundation of any stable identity is that of speaking and seeking the truth.
It’s what we do with all these facts that really matter.
If we are ever to improve not just our own living situations, but that of those around us and throughout the globe we need be able to discuss the modern day heretical and taboo topics like race and sex if we are ever to do anything to thelp those who most negatively by them.
In order to maintain a thriving and improving culture and identity, you do need fresh and new perspectives. For that beneficial assimilation – for both parties – to occur however, those new perspectives that enter the fold though must be surrounded by the already established culture and tradition of those who have or are building it.
In the back of our minds, we must always be on guard against subversion and convergence of our core principles. Just as when you join a new Church, forum, group, or team you absorb and learn from the already established minds there before you bring any creative alternatives to the forefront.
It’s why purity tests and White Nationalism are flawed from their very roots. If you can’t grab and utilize the very best creative minds from your ethnic/racial demographic, how are you going to help it?
“The various factions of White Nationalists already spend more time gossiping about each other (usually anonymously), stabbing each other in the back and jockeying for power and influence than any group I have ever seen — except maybe Social Justice Warriors, who are also predominantly white. I’m not sure which group is the Jungian shadow of the other, but the majority of people in both groups are some of the most broken, shittiest white people on the planet.”
Is this really what anyone who is white, part white, or sympathetic to white people want to promote as a group to base the foundations for an identity that will last?
In turn they are of course mocked endlessly by the left in memes, pictures, etc. just as what happened enmasse on the internet after Charlottesville. I may have some compassion for white people considering their constant denigration by the left – and being half white myself – but how can we take them seriously and their envy toward Jews and spewing trash about “minorities” when they largely appear to be trash themselves?
In fact, can you honestly say that the left in this case doesn’t have a point? (If only they realized the same irony of the kind of ghetto trash and “activists” that show up for BLM protests and riots.)
Are those really the types of people you want to hold up as rolemodels that can build an identity? You want not just the smartest and most creative, but those who aren’t corrupted by their natural abilities, talents, and influence.
Unlike the left, I have an interest in uplifting the downtrodden around me, white or not.
“To create a meaningful change, what we need is more of the chest; nobility, virtue, and spirited mythology are what our people need, not dry and dusty arguments which, to the average person, are indistinguishable from those of the left-wing ivory tower intellectuals.
Rather than trying to distribute the ideas – and handing them over to the Obsessives and Extremists who turn them into a farce – we need to own them. We need to implement them. We must go out there and create.”
How can we do this?
At this point in the game, we must realize that politically there is little we can do unless we wield influence and have the finances to push our ideas. We have gotten ahead of ourselves. The elites didn’t just fall into power – they acquired it, social capital, influence, and the keys to power over the last several generations and molded it a framework to assure their retention of it. That is what it will take us to do anything similar.
Stable, cohesive, and virtuous identities that will influence and shape a culture and nation will take time and a multi-generational plan. Patience will be needed. It’s a battle that many of us still don’t understand. We are fighting against the deliberate forces of the worst impulses of modernity that bombard us at every turn.
It’s hard to retain the willpower to create when vegetation of your mind via yet another TV show, amazon sale, or sports game are within easy reach offering reprieve and relaxation from the grind of life. Actual planning, creation, and implementation are taxing and demanding. It’s easy to criticize, but hard to offer solutions.
Even harder is it to initiate on the individual level the means to become the light and leader for groups to form around you. Davis makes the point:
“All of us will continue to have these lofty, idealistic discussions, of course; both for their own sake (intellectuals enjoy intellectualism, after all) as well as for comparing notes and refining our theories. But what ultimately matters isn’t the debate – it’s the action. Not the centrally-planned, coordinated action of a mass movement, but the ongoing implementation of new plans, new endeavors, and new accomplishments – all of which are the domain of individuals. It isn’t the inculcation of ideas which matters; it’s the inculcation of new practices.”
It’s not just easy to be a critic, it’s one that often lands you fame and recognition. What’s much harder is coming up with solutions and the subsequent practices that will see them successfully started.
We are going to have to dig very deep and consider thoughts and ideas that many of us with conservative and liberal roots would consider unthinkable whether its the Distributionism proposed by men like Chesterton or some kind of downward “distribution” to create networks and loyal men and women of our own. I know, perish the thought.
Think of where many of us on the Dissident Right have come from. You have libertarians, Orthodox Christians, some atheists and skeptics, neo-reactionaries, neo-masculinists and Red Pilled/manosphere folks, race-realists, and monarchists. You even have paleo-health types like Hawaiian Libertarian in a category of his own.
What united us what a struggle against the new authorities of our age. We were in our own righteous rebellion. Instead of a mere rebellion to authority of the usual, “Get bent Dad” attitude, the meme warriors among us were able to extend their rebellion to violating the new sacred golden cows that the left had instilled over the last few decades.
Of course our defiance felt great. While we bellowed in agony over the lost protections of the old traditions, we took full advantage of the world that had been created it in it’s absence. That broken chaotic world however still remains. Who are we going to turn to for guidance?
At the same time, did we really consider what was supposed to replace the authority we were challenging? Are some of us still rebels without a cause? We need order and stability from the chaos that we are seeing all around us. How can we work toward this?
Let’s me offer the following points as food for thought:
1. If we aren’t putting what we theorize into practice, no foundation will ever be laid. No foundation means we will never birth a culture, group, people, and identity that can show people that we have answers and a purpose to partake in. Say what you want about Jack Donovan, but he is trying to do just that in his encouragement for men to become Barbarians.
Rod Dreher, love or hate him, reaffirms this point: “But as I say in The Benedict Option, “we cannot give the world what we do not have.”And the one thing that many, many Catholics (and other self-identified Christians) in Europe and North America do not have is a living orthodox faith.”
2. We can’t inspire people if we are not the city on the hill. We have to be out there showing others that our ideas can be seen and manifested in one’s daily life. Everyone can wax happy thoughts on a forum board, but without action in real life we can’t inspire people or give them hope.
3. The chosen messenger matters just as much as the message. What do so many leaders and people of influence have in common? Charisma, courage, power of persuasion, ability to deliver difficult and large abstract concepts and messages to the everyday man, and the ability to build social trust among not just “followers but people within their community. That’s just to name a few.
Take the explosive rise to prominence for Jordan Peterson. What is he doing that the rest of us have not? It’s not that his “followers” view him as infallible as much as that the advice and guidance he gives to people is directly applicable to them in their daily life and can be acted upon in an immediate fashion. His advice in particular stands out because it’s not encouraging them to become victims, but rather to take charge of their lives, even in an unfair world.
Granted he’s already been in a position of influence as a professor, but what he’s been doing with that has been exemplary. The reception to his suggestions that are focused on immediate action that people can apply to their real life instead of semi-abstract philosophical theory says a lot about what we should be doing.
I don’t want to be some example to be held up and scrutinized as a paragon of virtue that has it all going for him, but people have to see that a REAL purpose in life can be had and that hope, trust, and joy are something we in the dissident right possess naturally.
It’s why those of us who are in the shadows have to step out of them. That means our daily interactions with others both in and out of the Dissident Right shouldn’t specifically be out proselytizing about our politics, philosophy, and worldview, but rather about how we are living our lives to the fullest with a manifestation of hope for all that know us.
4. We need to become the new bartenders in society. It should be us in our various circles that people come to just to converse because they know we are genuine and will speak the truth. Get out and off the internet and to your local bar, church, beach, or event and mingle.
To put it bluntly, we want people to WANT to be like us and to live like we do – which we have to show people that the way we live is worth living. Essentially, you need to LIVE it. This is tough. Let me level with you. Right now in my life, I barely have time to get out there and talk to people. Perhaps my only real chances are at work.
My time is spent primarily with my kids and wife in the morning before I go to work – often specifically taking care of and spending time with my sons as to give my wife a break before I go off to work. The next 10 hours she spends are of intense and care attention for our 2 year old and 1 year old sons.
This young, they are a handful and require constant attention and she’s often exhausted when I get home from work at night. I then get a few hours with her before we go to sleep for the night.
That doesn’t leave much time for Internet musings, exploration, or even going out to some event at night. Even my preferred vice of gaming is very limited. This is the path I’ve happily chosen, but my time is going to be very limited in terms of socializing with the masses till my sons get a bit older and can are speaking full sentences.
“The society which scorns excellence in plumbing as a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy: neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.” – John W. Gardner, Excellence: Can We Be Equal and Excellent Too? (1961)
Without hope the degeneracy and race to the bottom will continue and our forgotten and sorry state of spiritual, relational, and familial health will join in that race. No new lasting identities will be forged.
Many of us on the Dissident Right concentrate much of our valuable energy to dismantling the attacks and nonsense of the victim oppression circus – often for good reason. However, let’s ask ourselves; what do we have to show for it?
We’ve engaged in logical arguments with a culture – the vast amount of it who aren’t logical. We should have appealing to their emotional heartstrings by showing these people in this culture that there is a much better path; one filled with happiness and joy by families and individuals to light the way in the dark.
Look around at the smartphone zombies, dysfunctional families, depressed tumblrettes, etc. They are desperate to see an identity which functions, if not shines blindingly bright in the dark night, to show them that there’s another way. We have to prove that identities aren’t found on the internet or in “opposition” to some cause.
Modernity and specifically the digital age has rapidly undermined our identities and it will continue to do so until we can show people something different, real, true, good, and beautiful – which is what tradition used to do.
Even the urbanites who live close together have no idea who they are besides attachments to hedonistic night life, festivals, public transportation, and believing themselves to be “progressive”. They remain awake late into the night feeling alone, lost, and without purpose stuck in depression and unhappiness.
Society and culture will become more detached – and already are – from reality as people delve into virtual worlds of semi-seclusion, perfectly curated social media personas, and anonymous posters who apparently live the good life in expensive apartments in crowded cities.
Those of us left in the real world who haven’t amused ourselves to death in a Brave New World landscape will realize that actual human meaningful interaction in large doses on a daily scale will create a new identity – one that was born with the hobbits of the Shire; a place, a community, and a neighborhood that you can call Home.
Or we will just become insane thrill adrenaline junkies desperate to feel alive throwing thousands of dollars on trips two weeks out of the year to remind us that there is sunshine, breezes, and natural noises outside of our cubicles.
Let’s avoid this Brave New 1984 Dystopia and instead start building the foundations for a future that shines bright in the darkness. If you have any ideas that are immediately applicable, please let me know.