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The entire western world is currently engaged in cultural suicide, preaching fanatical tolerance whilst gasping for its dying breath. Everything low has been made high; the truth is a thought crime, fantasy trumps fact, vice is virtue, and chaos is order. With Rome burning as we speak, will there be anything left to save? How long can the relentless lies be contained before the whole system collapses?
I: THE CYCLE OF CIVILIZATION
Modern man believes in the idea of “Progress”, the idea that history moves along a linear path of moral, social, political, and technological improvement. The final state of this improvement will be, what he believes, a “Utopia” of peace, equality, freedom, material abundance, and security. That nature will no longer be able to constrain man. It is the Faustian longing for boundless infinity. The problem with this is, of course, that culture is an organic process, with stages of birth, maturity, and ultimately… death.
Western culture’s boundless optimism has its roots in Christianity. The idea that the progression of time will lead towards a final, perfect Heaven and Earth. This feeling of progress was naturalized and secularized in the Enlightenment (1685-1815). For modern man, his religion is Enlightenment ideology. He believes that the Holy Trinity; Democracy, Equality, and Materialism will inevitably lead to tolerance on Earth. Despite evidence to the contrary, his faith in them is absolutely certain.
The truth is that pacifism, equality, and capitalism will NOT save mankind. There is nothing that can usher in a utopia for man and this world. Socially utopian ideals are perfect and static, while the nature of life is change. When an entire society chases after utopian ideals, it is a sign of old age. Every civilization, no matter how formally great, has ended. Fairy tales of heaven on Earth through tolerance and understanding are foolish dreams. A people must insist on their own existence, no one else will.
In his book, “The Decline of the West”, Oswald Spengler (1880-1936) boldly predicts the next 500 years of western history in a provocative and erudite fashion Spengler rejected the view that history was a linear progression. Rather he saw cultures as organisms, with natural periods of growth (Culture) and decay (Civilization). Cultures spring forth from a fear of death. The symbols that each culture uses to overcome that fear is meaningful for them and them alone. borrowing from Goethe’s “Metamorphosis of Plants”, Spengler believed that cultures developed on a common theme he called, “the Metaphysical Prime Symbol” (Ur-symbol). Each culture develops its symbols through its metaphysical Prime Phenomenon, with stages of youthful vigor, middle age refinement, and ultimately die of old age. Western culture comes from the Germanic and Celtic tribes, its “Prime Symbol” is boundless space. Faustian Culture is characterized by a strong feeling for the infinite and a tragic striving for the unattainable. Culture is inborn, and it expresses itself in every aspect of its people; from Architecture, Music, and Philosophy… to the forms of Money, Mathematics, Politics, Science, and Cult of the Dead. Following Goethe’s “Faust”, Spengler called the West “Faustian” because it wagered its soul with Mephistopheles in the lust for limitless knowledge and power. The Nordic Will-to-Power, exploration, infinitesimal calculus, classical music, Heliocentrism, the Inquisition, and Global Proselytism.
Spengler viewed a culture’s life cycle in terms of seasons. Spring and Summer represent growth, while Autumn and Winter represent decay:
SPRING – Origin of a culture’s principles: The people are tied to the land in a deeply religious and heroic period (Hard times create Strong men).
SUMMER – When a culture is in high form: The city and countryside have equal influence. An age of increased refinement in taste, manners, and politics where traditions seem clear and obvious. (Strong men create Good times).
AUTUMN – The culture’s principles break down: We see the rise of the “Megalopolis”, where urban rationalism sterilizes the culture through criticism and politics are increasingly swayed by economic concerns. (Good times create Weak men).
WINTER – The culture petrifies into its final form: Rome falls. Cities depopulate while wicked despots take control of society and art becomes repetitive imitations of past works. The end of a civilization. (Weak men create Hard Times).
The next civilization arises from the ashes of former and the cycle repeats itself again and again: Hard times create strong men, strong men create good times, good times create weak men, and weak men create hard times.
The four phases are characterized by a variety of traits in the culture’s society, art, philosophy, political climate, demographics, and economic system:
SPRING (1000-1500AD): Government = Feudalism, Elites = Nobility and Clergy The period when a culture is agrarian, town centers are only market places or castle strongholds. A deeply religious and heroic epoch. We see the birth of expression in a new God-feeling: Norse myths (Edda); Chivalric Epos (Grail); Siegried; Beowulf; Early Viking Exploration and Conquest. Architecture is Romanesque and Gothic. Art includes the birth of Panel Painting as well as the Divine Comedy (Dante). Thomas Aquinas; Scholasticism; Mysticism. It ends with the age of exploration and the crisis of Patriarchal forms, as the society transfers from Feudalism into an Aristocratic State while the Protestant reformation leads to gradual impoverishment of the mystical aspects of religion (Luther, Calvin, Karlstadt).
SUMMER (1500-1800AD): Government = Monarchy (Dynastic), Elites = Aristocracy The countryside and urban ways of life both have equal influence on society. The Rational and Mystical ways of thought struggle with each other, leading to magnificent creativity. Instead of feudal factions, strict States begin to form but not yet to the extent of nationalism. In art we see the rise of oil painting (Titian to Rembrandt) and the rise of Baroque/Classical music (Bach to Mozart). The Puritans leave for the new world and new religious denominations begin to arise. The dawn of modern philosophy (Goethe, Hegel, Kant). We also see the beginning of a purely philosophical worldview (Galileo, Bacon, Descartes, Leibniz, and Pascal). People conduct themselves with exquisite manners and wars are only waged like duels, with a strict tradition, honor, and form. Science is born; Calculus (Leibniz); Dynamics (Newton); Chemistry (Lavoisier). The golden age of exploration (Cook) and Grand Politics (Louis XIV, Fredrick the Great). It ends with the exhaustion of creative forms, the rise of Classicism and Romanticism.
AUTUMN (1800-2000AD): Government = Democracy (Republic), Elites = Plutocracy Culture begins to decline after the Enlightenment and Rationalism. We see political victory of the urban/city over the rural/countryside (Locke, Voltaire, Rousseau). The American/French revolutions make way for Napoleon and the American Presidents, destroying Dynastic Monarchy of Kings and the Divine-Right to rule. Thus begins the dissolution of the West’s cultural forms. Everything rural is disdained and deemed uncivilized, as urban city life completely dominates the culture. Music, Architecture, and Painting gradually becomes an attempt to excite the urban population, the decline of the high arts. Life becomes dominated by materialism and rational thought as the arts/humanities become increasingly pompous and bombastic. Atheism, science, reason, nihilism, and utility spread (Mill, Marx, Stirner) as we reach the Zenith of scientific thought (Maxwell, Plank, Darwin, Einstein).
Traditions gradually break down and huge cities are built on checkerboard patterns, American Skyscrapers, and Mass-Production. We also see the mass media increasingly being controlled by money and used to manipulate the masses. Nationalism replaces religious fervor, as scattered states become increasingly united under common ethnic groups and language. The rise of Mass conscription in armies to fight gigantic wars, each war larger and more destructive than the last, followed with cries for Pacifism, Reconciliation, and Universalism. Zenith of Mathematical thought (Euler, Laplace, Lagrange). Life becomes a problem to be solved, leading to Ethical-Social ideals (Schopenhauer). Musical creativity is exhausted (Liszt, Bartok, Wagner); the rise of Impressionism; Creativity wanes resulting in collecting (Encyclopediaism, Archeology, Nostalgic cycles). Rise of skeptical tendencies and relativism (Nietzsche), Mathematics ends with statistical doubt (Gauss, Riemann, Cauchy); Uncertain, statistical Quantum Physics (Bohr, Schrodinger, etc.). The rise of Multiculturalism, Socialism, and Feminism following the Industrial Revolution.
WINTER (2000-2200AD): Government = Caesarism (Imperium), Elites = Oligarchy Autumn ends with the rise of massive Geopolitical and Economic empires; the British Empire, the United States, Nazi Germany, and USSR. The rise of Globalism, as the world gradually becomes Standardized-Bureaucratized with a common global Imperial Language-Legal-Economic system with life descending to a level of general uniformity and collectivism. Science and Mathematics stagnate into speculation while technology flourishes (The Information Age). Meaningless, gigantic, and pretentious music/art/architecture. Fertility declines and immigration increases. Increasing ethnic diversity and a stagnate economy gradually impeding democratic institutions, making them ineffective. Wealth becomes concentrated in the hands of a few hundred individuals world wide, complete Oligarchy. Faced with stagnation and poverty, the people feel helpless and elect increasingly unusual populist leaders and give them extraordinary authoritarian emergency powers in the hope that it will reinvigorate society.
Philosophy becomes a game for professional intellectuals and Rationalism fades away into helplessness as rampant hatred/distrust of science leads to refuge in the “Second Religiousness”. Political parties gradually turn away from their ideals and into personal factions lead by populist demagogues. Each election is more expensive than the last, giving way to civil wars and military transactions into mercenary armies of war-keen soldiers loyal only to individuals (Caesars) instead of the state, nation, or religion. Caesars who are sick to death of money politics begin exterminating the intellectual/financial classes and outlawing speech. The age of decadence.
Nationalism fades into the personal sway of strong, charismatic men. Ethnicity and national identity is dead. Huge make-work projects are undertaken for the masses. Bread and Circuses; the rise of Anti-Intellectualism. Classes harden into Castes. The world is treated as spoil, as private politics of individuals and families give rise to Soldier-Emperors with their private armies battling each other for control of the Earth, while civilization decays around them. The people are despised and trampled upon as gigantic projects are undertaken for Imperial display; Formless winner-take-all wars for plunder; Revolutions; Fixed stock of fine art/architecture/musical forms. Primitive life slowly thrusts up into the highly civilized mode of living; constant civil wars weaken the society to the point where foreigners eventually come to rape, plunder, and conquer it.
The fall of Rome begins.
Overall, Western Culture is indeed Faustian, overcoming its fear of death with purposeful action. We see our Religions as requiring us to convert others, our Sciences as the forces of moving objects, our Paintings as one of Perspective and Direction. This urge to change the world is inherent to the West and we call this urge “Will, Force, and Deed”. Western engineering strives for perpetual motion. In the end, the creative energies of Faust become drained, his boundless striving exhausted; Faust’s unlimited hopes were thwarted by Mephisto, everything had been an illusion. For those Noble Spirits that are determined to be something in life, Spengler’s fatalism can be empowering. Spengler encourages us to exploit the immense creative possibilities that are still available; to value every moment of our limited lives and to live as passionately and fully as possible. By understanding the historical process and its possibilities for creative expression, we can strive to make our own lives into a self-creating masterpiece.
II: THE TRANSVALUATION OF VALUES
Spengler made the astonishing claim, that with the seasonal cycle he had introduced a “Copernican” model of history. That history was not linear, but rather, the rhythmic rise and fall of “High Cultures”. Western culture is currently in a 200 year long transition period. All forms of life have stages of development, no two cherry trees are alike, yet they have predictable patterns of growth… as does man. Looking beyond your own short lifetime can give you deep insights into the past… and the future. The struggle between old and new is always ongoing. But in the end, destiny always triumphs.
Out of the irreligious Megalopolis, the transvaluation of all values begins.
The history of mankind, is the story of his search for meaning in life. It leads to his greatest triumphs and worst failures. Every great culture in history began with a strong religious foundation. Initially the religion is controlled by the elites, who interpret it for society. The fear of the unknown and respect for the divine legitimizes elite human authority. At this stage of civilization, the Culture’s men of scholarship are largely in the priesthood. They develop the beginnings of the mathematical, scientific, and other world systems of the culture. Religion is then reformed by urban intellectuals. The transition starts with a Socrates, Buddha, Nietzsche, or Rousseau that will analyze everything to death and life is no longer a thing to be lived, but a problem to “solve”. City intellectuals arrogantly criticize all of society, everything rural is disdained, religion and traditions are mocked, art becomes non-intuitive, and birth rate declines.
The culture’s world systems become increasingly detached from its religion and the transvaluation of values is initiated. City life begins to dominate society with money and intellect. In the transition from culture to civilization, the search for meaning changes from internal to external. The countryside is the fortress of a culture’s traditions; it maintains the simpler, intuitive ways of life. This is until urban intellectuals, jealous of the Aristocracy, use the masses to take their place. Once they are replaced, they govern society with theory instead of principle, substituting quantity for quality. Just as the military needs well-trained leadership, so does society. Irreligious, Rational, and Materialistic philosophers sterilize everything by overanalyzing it… including themselves… as fertility declines as children are considered in terms of financial “pros” and “cons”. Art, architecture, clothing, music, and furniture lose their form, becoming ever changing popular fads lacking discipline to reform themselves. Intellectual “world improvers” constantly propose theories on how to govern society. All forms of social distinction, good manners, honor, authority, and rank are ceaselessly attacked and deconstructed.
The process will continue until the idea has exhausted itself… Nihilism and chaos.
Every culture has gone through its own form of Nihilism where skeptics question everything. How long then, does a culture survive? After a certain number of generations, each culture is transformed into civilization. What was formerly alive becomes rigid and cold. Expansiveness for mind and spirit is replaced by lust for expansion. A life guided by ideals is replaced by a life guided by politics and economics. The power of these ideas become so strong that they lead to Caesarism and Imperialism.
An early sign of the transformation is a “Socrates, Buddha, Lao Tse, or Rousseau” that knocks over the first domino. They enunciate ultimate, but earthly ideals with practical and terminal ideas. The materialistic ideas of mass and number begin to dominate the culture. It influences every aspect of life as the government tries to appeal to the most plebian catchwords commonly used; “Equality!”, “the common good!”, “the working man!”. Initially, military leadership is reserved only for the Aristocracy and wars are fought for Honor and God. In this kind of warfare, the enemy is respected and combat follows an unwritten ethical code. New weapons are used hesitantly to avoid unnecessary bloodshed. In the transition from “Culture” to “Civilization”, a man like Alexander the Great or Napoleon emerges. His immense military success is largely due to the ignoring of military traditions. Materialist thought now guides military strategy as technology and mass are used to win. Each war is increasingly more destructive than the last as the culture exhausts itself. Armies shrink in size into voluntary, professional mercenary armies joining only for the money or love of combat. Armies gradually become privatized. Out of exhaustion, Pacifism becomes popular and “Mass” catchwords are used (“Common humanity”, “International friendship”, “Multiculturalism”).
Civil society itself becomes increasingly litigious as laws replace tradition and honor. In economics money no longer becomes concrete, money is an idea… and as that idea becomes more and more abstract (Gold standard to paper to digital bits) finance starts to increasingly dominate more and more of economic life. Money itself becomes a power. Money is used to buy the State’s power over time. The lines separating State and Commerce fade away as business and government combine to form a corrupt Imperial government. Imperialism unifies Materialist thought into one final cultural expression.
Caesarism has begun…
It all begins with mass democracy… a society governed by a formless public.
A system where politicians use opinion polls to determine what issues to support and focus groups measure how people respond to different catch phrases. Statistics based on group “opinions” are used to govern society. Campaigns hire public relations and marketing firms to polish their image and political debates become nothing but a vacuous exchange of rhetoric and catch phrases.
Perception trumps facts and becomes “reality”. Monetary & Fiscal Policy are manipulated to improve incumbent’s re-election prospects. THIS is mass democracy, and the consequences lead to apocalyptic outcomes…
We live in a mighty age, the greatest that western civilization has ever known… or will know. It is the era of transitions where contending states form a global empire, the coming age of the Imperium. It corresponds in the classical world to the time from Cannae to Actium…
The transition from republic to empire (1991 to ~2100AD)
The history of every culture is the story of a small group of rich families… while the unfortunate bankrupt masses are history’s victims. There are men who will not be stopped, determined to seize power at all costs. They are the Caesars, and the root of their power comes from Democracy… the very system they will eventually destroy. Caesarism embodies the private politics of men determined to rule at any cost. Leading to anti-intellectualism, book burnings, distrust of science, mercenary armies, scapegoating, and second-religiousness. Whatever satisfies their voter base.
“Panem et Circensus”, bread and circuses, the “Last Man”. The parasitic theft from the productive parts of society to pacify the urban masses with gifts and entertainment. Politicians exploit people’s jealousy, inciting class warfare. Self-appointed demagogues use the masses to gain power. They are always looking for another “victim” group to add to their voter base. They are Philistine “World-Improvers”. This is the leveling of society; suffocating creativity and individualism through myriad rules and laws. Leading to a childlike nation beholden to the state. The war of all against all.
As the system matures, class warfare becomes intense and makes the democratic process unworkable. Short term, ad-hoc solutions are used to keep the system from collapsing, the executive becomes increasingly powerful because congress can’t agree on anything. Elections increasingly focus on the personalities of the politicians instead of party platforms… paving the way for future “Strong-men”.
The Gulf War (1991) is to be regarded as the first major step towards Imperialism. People lose respect for the institutions of the state as it becomes ineffectual. The final stage is when armies shift their allegiance from the idea of a State to private individuals (as it was for the Roman generals and demagogues, leading to relentless civil war). “Roman Hardness”, the choice is not between this, or that; but doing the necessary; the only alternative is chaos…
The path to Caesarism is a gradual, century-long process; every crisis brings it one step closer. Imperial fervor and a flight toward Caesarism. As democracy expands it becomes increasingly unable to manage its problems; this leads to the use of short-term solutions just to keep the system from collapsing. Crisis becomes endemic. So as long as western civilization exists, the tendency will be towards the increasing concentration of power into the hands of one man…
This marks the Imperial age… Imperium Mundi (Global Empire),
Global Lingua Franca: English, Imperial Currency: Petro-Dollar.
Through Military-Economic Expansionism and the Will to Order, the future force-men will demand obedience… and they will get it.
The pressure has been building for centuries… the conflict between the new and old is everlasting. One day it will all come crashing down. Democracy will end the western world, it is inevitable. The Enlightenment ideals of Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite have nearly fulfilled themselves. The cause of its death was within itself. It will be wholly unworkable in the world of the future.
There are two main centrifugal forces currently pulling liberalism apart:
The first is a demographic one: In Western countries, the white population has roughly stabilized while non-white groups continue to grow. These groups have very different ways of life. This will express itself in their opinions on government policy. Conflict will be great and cause the system to become increasingly unworkable. This point will be reached well within the next 35 years.
The second force is population growth and its effect on the economy. As energy consumption rises, it will put increasing pressure on the supply of oil, which is near its production peak. Over the next 30 years, energy will become an increasingly difficult problem. Without energy there cannot be economic growth. Democratic governments’ legitimacy will be undermined. Everyone will be blamed for the bad economy; bankers, immigrants, foreign governments, and the Jews. Ethnic tensions will sharply increase and Multiculturalism will be discredited. There will be violence and disorder. People will and return to traditional values.
In the ensuing chaos, people will demand a strong leader who can make decisions… a man of Authority… a Caesar.
He will bring structure to the Chaos.
The utopian ideals of the Enlightenment will vanish from this Earth. The natural order will be restored. No man, no matter how great or small; can avoid destiny. If the west is going to survive, then Democracy must be sacrificed and when that time comes… people will welcome it…
Imperium, Hierarchy, Strict Legalism, Narcissistic Grandios Architectural projects, Anti-intellectualism, book-burning, fertility laws, and “Second-Religiousness”.
It has happened before:
There are, of course, many instances of this cycle being repeated throughout history. Each cycle taking only a few hundred years (approximately 50 generations) to run its course.
In China, during the warring states period (480-230BC). “World-wars” where gigantic battles, logistics, speed, size, and weapon technology dominate military strategy. The state of Qin emerges victorious, unifying and extending the realm. Shi Huangdi gives himself the new title “Shi”, becoming the first emperor of Imperial China. His massive tomb is protected by over 8000 terracotta warriors he had built along with the Imperial highways and the Great Wall of China. He had books burned, the literature of the “Hundred Schools of Thought” destroyed, and all philosophers executed (with the exception of strict legal philosophy). The Chinese language was unified into an Imperial language and Confucian ideals are state sanctioned to promote family obedience and fertility. An Imperial currency is introduced with standardized weights and measures.
In Egypt, during the Second Intermediate Period (World Wars) in 1675-1550BC. Technology and Mass again prove paramount to dominating military strategy (chariot, compound bow, horse, bronze). The Theban dynastic family emerges victorious and unifies all Egyptian states, extending the realm. The title “Pharaoh” comes into use in the XVIII dynasty and the era of Imperial warrior kings begins. The emergence of the Amun Re (Amon Ra) sun cult is declared the Imperial religion and all other belief systems are purged. Hatshepsut’s gigantic Mortuary Temple and the Colossi of Memnon are constructed, in the same aggrandizing fashion as the terracotta warriors. Taweret, goddess of fertility and motherhood has increasing prominence. Unification of law and stratification of bureaucracy is introduced, leading to strict legalism.
In India, Maha Janapadas (600-300BC) the conflict of the 16 Republics. The Mauryan dynasty emerges victorious and Ashoka becomes the first emperor of India, declared “Deyanampiya” (“beloved by the Gods”). Massive stupas and the “pillars of Ashoka” are constructed throughout the empire, inscribed with Imperial edicts. He began to reform the legal code to promote family obedience and marriage.
In Rome, following the Punic Wars (264-146BC) a world war fought on all fronts of the Mediterranean between the two greatest empires. Carthage and Rome battle for supremacy in gigantic battles with hundreds of thousands of men and cutting-edge military technology. General Scipio defeats Carthage at Zama and the Roman Republic unifies the entire Mediterranean under one rule. The long wars have bankrupted many farms so the Aristocracy buys them at a discount. The cheap slave labor of the elites collapses food prices, bankrupting smaller farms as the rich get richer. The unemployed masses flood into the city of Rome and the urban culture begins to dictate life around the empire. Roman fertility declines and immigrants overcrowd the city. Plebians vote for government benefits and a cycle of dependency begins, each politician offering more and more benefits.
The government becomes increasingly populist, using terms like “Equality”, “The Common Good”, and “The Working Man” to garner votes. Grachuss tries to limit land ownership for the elite oligarchy, so they kill him. Bribes, lawsuits, and slander become commonplace in the senate as debates degenerate into popularity contests. Military crises abroad forces the senate to increase powers of the Consul, the highest political office. Victories in war make the generals and Consuls popular while weakening the senate. Consul Julius Caesar becomes rich and popular from the Gallic wars and increasing promises of benefits. He forces the Senate into a civil war, defeating Pompey. He becomes dictator for life and the people welcome it. Aristocrats kill him to preserve the republic but it is already too late. His son Octavian gathers popular support to defeat them and Octavian becomes the first emperor of Rome, granting himself the title “Caesar” and establishes the Imperium.
Massive aggrandizing architectural projects are begun; the Imperial fora, the Great Colosseum, Triumphal Arches, Towering Aqueducts, and the Imperial roads. Fertility and Adultery laws are introduced. To avoid revolution, the Julio-Claudian emperors purge the intellectual class. Seneca the Younger is killed by his former student, emperor Nero, out of fear he might be overthrown. There is a gradual decline in books being published and scholarship declines. Religious groups such as Christians and Pagans take turns purging each other to install an Imperial religion.
A visible pattern emerges; every culture is imbued with its own religious world picture, as the idea is refined it manifests as a cluster of nations each with their own interpretation of the original world picture. The cycle ends with unification, as the energy directed towards inward life (Philosophy, Art, Science, Literature) is directed outward (War, Technics, Law, Politics, Economics). The final expression of this outward longing for expansion is Imperialism and the transition is executed through Caesaerism.
Every man, family, class, and people see History in relation to themselves. Culture is organic and has a lifespan roughly 45 generations in length. Civilization is the victory of Rationalism, money, and urban life over religion and tradition. Civilization is defeated by its own victory. At the zenith of intellectual thought, men can no longer think of a “reason” to have children. Civilization sterilizes itself; committing dysgenic, racial extinction and demographic suicide. We’ve seen how past cultures have resolved this crisis of civilization, the idea of money continues to expand until it has exhausted all possibilities. Just as money is celebrating its last victory, the quiet, but firm footsteps of Caesarism can be heard approaching…
It is but an inevitable matter of time until our civilization has its own “great wall”, intellectual purges, “second-religion”, new currency, and strict legalism.
Is there a way to break the cycle? Is world peace possible?
This question can only be answered by examining history. Not by viewing history as we want it to be, but as it was and will be. Peace is a desire, war is a fact. History has never paid heed to dreams or utopias, every moment in life… is Struggle. Pacifistic ideals are a static, terminal condition that is contrary to the basic facts of existence. Life is the struggle to make one’s will prevail, to exploit an advantage or advance an opinion of what is just or expedient. When the other means fail, recourse will be taken time and time again to the ultimate means… violence.
It is probably that only after the catastrophe which will bring down modernity, its worldwide saga and global ideology, that an alternate vision of the world will impose itself. No one will have had the foresight and courage to apply it before chaos erupts. The fourth age of European civilization begins today, the global winter of mankind. It will be an age of rebirth or perdition. The 21st century will be for this civilization, the fateful century of life or death. This century will be that of the metamorphic rebirth of the West, like the Phoenix, or of its disappearance as a historical civilization lost in sterile and cosmopolitan transformation.
Man believes he has made “progress”. His subjugation of nature is nearly absolute. This success has made him arrogant.He no longer believes himself to be subject to its laws. All of life is Struggle, and civilization only tempers its true nature. All great men in history were daring men of Valor, cowards deny this by claiming “progress”. There is hierarchy everywhere, even in children’s games. There is a battle between life and death. Equality is a religion, the cult of modern man. The greatest advocates of “progress” are always demanding things like universal rights, tolerance, affirmative action, and welfare. They are under the trance of equality. Man’s true value lies in his spirit and greatness comes by conquering adversity.
Is there any way to stop this? Escapism; the sleepy, dreamy, fantasy worlds of happy ending books and film; Romantic Idealism, video games, Multicultural pacifism, and consumerism. All result from the dread of reality, the unwillingness to face life. There are only a few of us left who are still willing, or able to momentarily wake up out of this trance and confront the world. Any man, who is worth anything, will not be dismayed; Western Civilization is still full of creative possibilities. There are some who bemoan the modern world and advocate doing nothing, Let them! They live easy, comfortable, meaningless lives. The mass man is delighted with himself just the way he is. He leads an immobile, inert life; always reacting to external forces. The noble spirit, the man of Excellence, makes great demands upon himself. He is synonymous with a life of effort, ever set on exceeding himself; the opposite of an immobile life.
The great life is a hard life.
The Coming Caesars (Amaury de Riencourt), The Revolt of the Masses (Jose Ortega y Gasset), The Decline of the West (Oswald Spengler), Thus Spoke Zarathustra (Friedrich Nietzsche), Democracy in America (Alexis de Tocqueville)