Sunday, November 18, 2018

Foundational Future

It’s taken me several months to reach this conclusion. But in my mind now, there is no doubt. The time for Libertarian Realist has passed.

Spending several weeks in Europe, as I did during my prolonged YouTube absence, inspired this name change.  In Poland I walked in the footsteps of Copernicus. Some 500 years ago, he revolutionized our understanding of our place in the universe.

Contrary to what Aristotle and Ptolemy theorized, and contrary to what the Priesthood dogmatized over the centuries, the sun, the stars, and the planets do not orbit earth in perfect circles.  In fact, they do not revolve around us at all.

Our world is but a speck of dust within an incomprehensibly vast space. The stars that light up our night skies are light years beyond our reach. And yet we reach for them. We strive, we struggle, we persevere in an eternal pursuit of the impossible.  Along the way, we invent, we create, we achieve.

And we never forget that we stand on the shoulders of the giants who came before us.  

The foundations of Western civilization were laid more than 2,000 years ago.  They are still evident in the ruins of ancient Roman and Greek buildings whose grandiose aesthetic qualities subsequent civilizations could not replicate and we have yet to surpass.

Of course, the classical thinkers of antiquity didn’t get everything right. They held to a geocentric model of the universe that failed to predict and couldn’t explain the irregular movements of the heavenly bodies.  Not only did Mars, for example, not orbit the earth in a perfect circle; it sometimes exhibited retrograde motion.

Instead of abandoning their flawed theory, geocentric astronomers came up with ad hoc explanations for the observed anomalies.  They postulated that there must be epicycles in planetary orbits…and epicycles within epicycles.  Even as the convoluted earth-centered model became increasingly untenable scientifically, sentiment, convention, and law reinforced it.

The more parsimonious heliocentric model of our solar system eluded the world’s brightest minds for hundreds of years…until Copernicus sparked a revolution.

We are not at the center of the universe.

But at the center of the West’s moral universe today is a false model of human nature.  It presupposes the human mind to be as malleable as clay. It holds that every aspect of our identity is socially constructed and can be socially deconstructed. It ascribes God-like shaping powers to social forces while singularly dismissing the Prime Mover of differences in human traits – genetic inheritance.

Only a hereditarian model of human behavior can predict and explain the retrograde social outcomes that occur consistently among certain populations in relation to others across a full range of social environments.  Only under the scientifically unfounded blank slate assumptions of social constructivism could a demand for equal outcomes even be conceived of as a moral imperative.

Yet so powerful is the pull of egalitarian sentimentality, so effective is it at cultivating grievance among some groups and guilt among others, that today virtually everything in the public space revolves around which aggrieved group’s social justice demands will be dutifully met. 

Egalitarian crusades are sacralized through social rituals and shielded from critique through threats of social ostracization. The more faithfully the core dogma of equality is applied, the more absurd the conclusions the faithful feel impelled to reach.

Fat bodies are equal to fit bodies.

A lived experience is equal to empirical evidence.
Populations that create shithole countries are equal to populations that create idyllic countries.

A canvas splattered randomly with menstrual blood is equal to a Venetian Renaissance masterwork.

Depositing one’s seed into a fetid fecal filth-filled fart hole is equal to fertilizing the egg of a future mother.

A biological man who plays dress up is equal to a biological woman…and his storytime sessions at the local library aimed at recruiting young kids into becoming LGBTQI2+XXX demonic drag queen allies are equal to classic lessons in cardinal virtues.

To put vice on equal standing with virtue is to repudiate virtue.  Egalitarianism has spawned a spiraling string of repudiations of everything that built and sustained Western civilization, including its genetic stock.

With the possible exception of Poland and a few other Eastern European countries, I’m afraid the time for conserving our societies has passed.  Look around. Head into town. Turn on the TV. Do you really want to conserve what you see?

We can no longer aspire to save Western civilization where it’s already been lost. We must aspire to one day rebuild it from its ruins.

During World War II, Poland suffered physical destruction on an apocalyptic scale.  Its major cities were 50% to 90% levelled. Centuries of precious architectural heritage, including the world’s largest brick castle in Malbork, were reduced to rubble.  On top of its historic foundations, Poland rebuilt.

Rebuilding the West demographically won’t be so simple.  Societal foundations that bombs couldn’t penetrate have been steadily eroded through the post-war spread of cultural Marxism and its debasing cult of equality.

If all people and all cultures were truly equal, then I’d have no hope for the West ever rising again.  If, on the other hand, we are exceptional and our ideas for building and sustaining civilization are superior, then our destiny is revolution.

We may not live to see its fruition, but it is on behalf of smarter, stronger, more beautiful generations yet to come that we lay down the foundational requisites of their ascendant future.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Naming the Alt-Left

Donald Trump’s statements following Charlottesville should have seemed perfectly sensible to any normal person who isn’t part of an anti-Trump cult.  The only way I can make sense of the histrionic hysterics of the mob’s reaction is by conceiving of post-World War II Americanism as a cultish meta-ideology that binds both Democrats and Republicans.

Trump stepped outside the cult’s moral boundaries, ever so slightly.  But any breach, no matter how small, triggers dedicated cultists to erupt in moral panic. 

For those of us who exist outside the cult, it’s hard to understand what the anti-Trump panic is even about.  Trump repudiated the violence in Charlottesville that took place on both sides.  That wasn’t good enough.   Then he repudiated Nazis, KKK, and fascists USA by name. He recited approved cult platitudes about racism being bad and equality good.  It was too little too late.  The cult wasn’t satisfied.

Then Trump did the unspeakable: he condemned violence coming from what he called the “alt-left.”  That’s when the cult’s moral panic turned into bipartisan/corporate/media mass hysteria.

Even having as low an opinion of establishment Republicans and conservatives as I do, I honestly didn’t foresee them lining up one after the other – from Marco Rubio to Paul Ryan to Mitt Romney to the editors of National Review – to attack Trump specifically for attacking leftists.

I knew they were all going to line up to try to out signal each other in denouncing white supremacy and bigotry and all the rest.  That’s fine as far as doing so in the name defending conservatism goes.  Conservatives stand rhetorically for freedom, the Constitution, and color blindness.  Alt-righters went to Charlottesville to rally for something far different.

For myself and for the record, I oppose anti-freedom ideologies.  That extends to opposing national socialism.  It is a form of authoritarianism that borrows heavily from the economic left.  And to the extent that it places racial loyalties above all else, it can become a cult that inspires its adherents to take drastic actions that put their lives and those of others at risk.

I don’t know if the driver who ran his Dodge into the crowd identifies as a national socialist.  Whatever his motivation was, he deserves to be convicted of a serious felony. 

Establishment media personalities began insisting it was white supremacist “terrorism” before the driver’s identity was even known.  They tried to shame Trump and others for failing to rush to judgment quickly enough.   

We now know that the car was struck by an alt-left protestor with some kind of baton just before it suddenly sped into the crowd.  That makes premeditated terrorism an unlikely motivation.  It appears more likely to have been a disproportionate response by a driver who experienced a rush of anger at the moment his car got attacked.  Reports indicate that the 20-year old has a history of lashing out violently against family members.  He was undoubtedly on edge being surrounded by a hostile mob.  Unless evidence surfaces that he went to Charlottesville with the intent to use his car as a political weapon, it’s not terrorism.  It’s road rage.

Plenty of convictions also deserve to be handed down to alt-left thugs who targeted peaceful protestors, bystanders, and journalists with punches, clubs, pepper spray, and worse.  The city of Charlottesville and commonwealth or Virginia also need to be held accountable.  They illegally shut down constitutionally protected political speech and failed to protect people from violence. Hate speech, however you definite it, is still free speech in this country.  Anyone who uses violence to shut down speech is engaging in barbarism.

To make these points is to affirm the American Civic Religion of Thomas Jefferson.  Yet to make these points is also to fall outside the bounds of the hijacked American Civic Religion that’s in force in the current year. 

I’ve been “out of bounds” myself for so many years that I had forgotten how dramatically the boundaries for acceptable civil discourse morph when the spectre of Nazism is haunting a discussion.  Or maybe I never fully understood the cult of Americanism’s explicit prohibition on denouncing any other group in the same breath as one is denouncing Nazis. 

Even some professional journalists didn’t fully understand. Reporters who made the mistake of reporting that they saw Antifa initiating brawls against the alt-right, or that they heard hateful threats being made from the alt-left, were called out by keepers of the cult and forced to issue retractions.

Now we all understand: To rhetorically place Communist violence in the same category, or even the same dimension, as Nazi violence is to commit a mortal sin.

Trump’s irreligious attacks on the alt-left could literally end his presidency.  And if he is forced out, it will be absolutely 100% due to the treachery of cuckolded Republicans.  They refuse to speak one ill word against Antifa. These are anarcho-communists – the worst of the worst.  What they advocate is the antithesis of everything Republicans claim to stand for.  Antifa have viciously assaulted not just Nazis…but scores of Americans in MAGA hats who put Republicans in power.

To refuse to assign any blame to Antifa is unconscionable.  To go further and praise these anti-speech bigots as allies in opposing bigotry…and to provide moral sanction for them to continue their heinous activities after the President of the United States told them to stop… is probably the most despicable and most treacherous act these puppets for the establishment have ever committed against the people they are supposed to represent.

Now, Trump hasn’t exactly delivered on all the promises of his campaign.  I think he has made lots of mistakes since taking office.  But I was never prouder to call Donald J. Trump our president than when he faced down the fake news media and refused to abide the GOP’s pre-scripted moral cowardice.  A truly evil movement that aims to abolish our most valuable freedoms…that aims ultimately to demographically replace us by any means necessary – Trump dared to give it a name.  He named the alt-left threat to our lives and liberty in the same breath as he repudiated elements of the alt-right. 

And the establishment cult revealed itself to be united in defending and protecting the modern offshoot of the most deadly ideology of the 20th century: communism.  We never really defeated communism.  It just morphed into something more insidious.  The same Republicans who turn the other cheek for Antifa are willfully complicit in funding cultural Marxism in government agencies and schools. 

Why?  Because the genesis of current year Cuckservatives’ moral universe is World War II.  For them, our greatest triumph over evil occurred when America allied with Communist Russia to defeat Nazis.  Thus, to the Cuckservative, as to the Social Justice Warrior, as to anyone operating inside the cult of post-World War II Americanism, there can be only one ultimate evil in the world.  And it can’t be Communism.

No matter how many dead bodies may be piled up by Communists or Islamists or Black Lives Matter in a future incident, the outrage will be miniscule in comparison to what followed from a single death by road rage at the hands of a suspected neo-Nazi.  Black Lives Matter will never get condemned by an establishment Republican, never face censorship, and never inspire a CNN story on the problem of toxic blackness.  Islam will never be blamed for the actions of a few Muslims. And Democrats will never have to ritualistically denounce the ideologies associated with violence on their left flank. 

Unless we usher in a new post-Trump Civil Religion in America that enables us to become free again, sane again, great again.