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.