Archive | October, 2011

The 99% are 99% Wrong!

The protests on Wall Street seem to have gained a great deal of momentum, not only in New York, but in other American cities as well, and are continuing to spread throughout the country.  Many of these protesters are fed up with the growing corruption of the government, corporations, and banks, and others seem to be angered by the results of two simultaneous wars and its consequences.  While some of these are legitimate concerns, some of the other demands of the protesters might be an indication of everything which is wrong, not only with the “Occupy Wall Street” demonstration, but indeed with the mentality of society as a whole.

It certainly can’t be denied that there are many problems with the condition of the American society, and that the breakup of the United States might be a real possibility in the future.  Moreover, we are not denying that it is wrong for corporations to abuse and demean the middle and working classes, nor that the illegal wars undertaken by the globalist elite are correct in their ideology.  The real issue, though, should not be viewed in a manner which separates these materialistic questions from the social ones.  Indeed, the social issues may ultimately turn out to be more dangerous than the economic ones, because the dominance of finance-capital is more of a symptom of a decayed society than a diagnosis.  This is to say, that ultimately the problems all derive from a fundamental breakdown of Weltanschauung (world view), which the theologian James W. Sire defined as “a fundamental orientation of the heart”.

The modernist Weltanschauung can be viewed manifesting itself today as being comprised of two related and complimentary parts: neoliberal globalism or democratic liberalism.  Both of these are secular and materialistic (i.e. inherently contrary to the Traditionalist view), and are based on inaccurate and unrealistic ideas.  For instance, both demand an egalitarian worldview at any cost, the former through capitalism and commerce, and the latter through redistribution of wealth gained by the middle and working classes towards the lower classes (i.e., the lumpenproletariat).  Both of these look to the secular state and uphold the concept of civic nationalism based on democracy.

In the case of America, the contradiction runs deeper at every level.  The United States is a fundamentally “liberal” country.  Its founders were Masonic Deists who rebelled against a legitimate monarch for the sole purpose of creating a Republic.  Since the purpose of conservatives is to preserve tradition, in America, the job of conservatives is to preserve liberalism.  Thus traditionalism in an American context is shown to be logically impossible.  For this reason, Evola had even gone so far as to term America the “Far West” in the seminal essay “Civiltà Americana“.

Today, the economic system is breaking down, and undoubtedly many people are rightly angered.  However, the majority wish to continue believing that democracy and liberalism are the obvious solution, while, in reality, it should have been obvious that the supposed “values” of democracy, liberalism, and so-called “freedom” have ultimately failed in their stated purpose of building an utopian society.  The fact that the protesters still cling to those ideas a most stubborn fashion is rather obvious from their list of silly and impetuous demands, whether it is “guaranteed living wage income regardless of employment,” or “open borders migration,” to name a few.  Instead of taking an honest look at the problems of American society, many of the Wall Street protesters are instead demanding a mad rush further down the road of modernity and globalism.  René Guénon goes so far in “The Crisis of the Modern World” to make such an observation: he rightly tells us that the West has abandoned Tradition, contemplation, and metaphysics, creating the situation we are in today.

For now we must address the miserable state of existence that the West has reached.  An honest and introspective look at the condition of world shows us that to solve the problems of the so-called “Far West” means a far-reaching solution which mobilizes the revolutionary masses not towards a progressive idealism, as the Wall Street protesters are wont to suggest, but rather towards an organic Tradition.  For those in the West, the starting point for this is none other than the Catholic Church and its values.

For all their posturing, the Wall Street protesters are in reality not opposed to the destruction of sovereign cultures or spiritual, intellectual and religious doctrines; they are concerned with obtaining more and more individual rights at any cost.  Were we to ask a majority of these protesters their opinion on these things, they would hardly be different from the viewpoint which the elites have trained the majority to believe.  They are hardly differentiable from their peers, and ultimately will only help the elites achieve their ultimate goals.

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Environmentalism and Conservationism

Environmentalism and Conservationism

In the modern world, environmental issues are polarized.  The so-called “right wing” of the industrialized world shuns any notion of environmental protection for a number of reasons, chief among them being that such controls harm the ability of businesses or corporations to create a profit.  Meanwhile, the left-wing, keen to seize upon such an opposition by political rivals, has taken up the cause of environmentalism as their own, falsely stating that their concern was for mankind.

Thus, the state of environmentalist movements in the modern world reflects an entirely modernist and defeatist perspective, which is characteristic of the liberal mindset.  Such people are merely sentimentalists who, being trivial, participate in what they consider to be “saving the environment” because they have become oversocialized and entrenched in their own delusions.

No!

In the past, the traditional attitude towards the environment was much more subtle.  For instance, we see that in Hellenistic mythology, that the “Golden Age” was  associated with a primordial purity of both the spirit and its surroundings.  The philosophers Empedocles and Hesiod also emphasized that during this time, there was harmony in all of nature, including human society.  Sayyed Hossein Nasr, the Iranian traditionalist scholar, articulates that the underpinnings of the environmental crisis stem from the modern materialistic and secular worldview.  For Nasr, the solution to the environmental problems of the modern day is not the sentimental behavior of leftists, nor necessarily a change in government policy, but a rediscovery of ‘traditional’ religious cosmology, values and truths. Nasr explicitly draws on religious, mystical metaphysical systems of thought that have, in his view, been eclipsed by modernity and need to be revived.

In light of this evidence, we need to re-visit the attitude of conservatives when it comes to environmental issues.  It can be said that there is a dichotomy between environmentalism and conservationism.  The former believes that man must be subordinated to nature, while the latter makes man the master of his surroundings; the former is chthonic and feminine, while the other is solar and masculine.  Environmentalism is at best a re-hashing of primitive pagan ideas.  Conservationism and deep ecology, however, make man the steward of his environment and accord him the position of being the master of his surroundings, a perspective which is common to many higher religions.  The earth then, is subject to man, and can be modified by man to help himself.

Because Traditionalism, when applied to any political action, is meant to transcend the dichotomous concept of left-vs-right, the Traditionalist outlook on the environment need not be limited to liberal-bourgeoise environmentalism, nor does it need to totally ignore the fact that there are environmental issues.  What is needed, however, is to integrate the need for environmental soundness into a fully holistic worldview which is consistent with the a truly conservative worldview.

This means no less than a rejection of the right of the material world to pre-eminence in all things, a wholesale rejection of globalism, and a massive cultural reformation toward harmony with nature.  Such a cultural reformation would have to be based in Traditionalist ideas rather than modernist ones, because it would embrace socially conservative views along with traditional religious and ethnic-national cultures.  At the same time, we cannot be fooled into thinking that bureaucracy will create a green utopia, and we must be equally pessemistic about the way in which globalists have used catch-phrases to discourage independent nations from developing nature-harnessing projects.

Key principles of a “Green Traditionalist” perspective might include the following:

  • Agrarianism: While the most important aspect of Green Traditionalism, it is also one of the more difficult to define.  While most traditionalist conservatives are cosmopolitan and many live in urban centers, the countryside and the values of rural life are prized highly.  In a practical sense, this means reduction of the ecological niche occupied by people (achievable through a number of methods).  The principles of agrarianism (i.e., preserving the small family farm, open land, the conservation of natural resource, and stewardship of the land) are central to a traditionalist’s understanding of rural life.

It is possible to live alongside nature while minimizing our impact on it

  • Hierarchy and organic unity: A common theme in Evola’s works is the refutation of the liberal myth that everyone deserves the “right” to “human dignity”.  Likewise, the Traditional worldview was that society is innately hierarchical.  Traditionalists for the most part reject the Marxist concept of class warfare, believing that the organization of society does not pit classes against one another, but instead through class cooperation, allows for the preservation of the whole community simultaneously, instead of protecting one part at the expense of the others.  From a practical perspective, this means putting an end to social engineering projects, and allowing the best and brightest to rise to the top.
  • Rebuilding the foundations of culture: The perspective of Traditionalism towards so-called “popular culture,” is that it is a modernist corruption of true culture.  Traditionalists are classicists who revere high culture in all of its manifestations (e.g., literature, music, architecture, art, theater). Additionally, Traditionalists respect the right of respective peoples to define their own cultural values.  To quote from Guenon:
To be resolutely ‘anti-modern’ is not to be in any way ‘anti-Western’; on the contrary, it only means making an effort to save the West from its own confusion. In any case, no Easterner who is faithful to his own tradition would view matters differently, and it is certain that there are far fewer opponents of the west as such- an attitude that makes no sense- than of the West insofar as it has become identified with modern civilization.
  • Localism, and regionalism: For some of the above points to be accomplished, it would be necessary to look towards an increased role in local and regional governments.  In combination with the previous point, a practical application would be the reduction of immigration; as each nation, locale, and region has a right to preserve its identity, Traditionalists frown upon an influx of outsiders which change the character of the said locales and regions.

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Parasitism in the Land of Plenty

Americans, by most standards, are considered rather well off in comparison to the rest of the world.  The standard of living in the United States is one of the top 20 in the world by the standards economists use as measures of standards of living.  In the Human Development Index, which measures life expectancy, literacy, education and standards of living, America ranks fourth in the world, behind Norway, Australia, and New Zealand.  Yet for all the benefits that an American life should theoretically bring, there are significant issues with life in America.  America has more poor, more crime and more ghettos than ever; while its middle and working class feel increasingly alienated and rejected by the government.

Imagine  – if you will – the Fosters, an ordinary suburban family in America: Bill is 33, an laid-off office worker who has spent a lifetime studying hard and working to succeed in life. He and his wife spend hours at the office, day after day, and reside in a modest home.  They pay a great deal in taxes and must work to pay off their mortgage and college loans.  They want to start a family, but know that it is not financially feasible with the way the job market is.  They are hoping, in a couple of years, to be able to afford one child, but they know that it will be extremely expensive sending their child to a private school. They feel it wouldn’t be right to send their child to a public school with under-qualified teachers and filled with drugs and crime.

Now imagine Latisha; she’s just moved in a few blocks away from the Fosters, into a three-bedroom townhouse in a gated community, that the Fosters would have loved to live in, could they have afforded it.  Not only that, she receives food stamps, and welfare payments. She knows that her assistance will increase upon the birth of her second baby.  Thanks to her EBT card, she can now eat steak and lobster for dinner on a regular basis.   Her family can recieve free medical care at a government-subsidized clinic, and when her children are ready to attend college – assuming that they graduate high school – they will be eligible for certain scholarships and affirmative action benefits.  She has no incentive to work, knowing that the government will continue to assist her financially no matter what.

Latisha’s case is not an isolated one.  “Official” government statistics place the rate of black welfare recipients at nearly 40%, despite the fact that blacks only comprise 12.6% of the total population.  72% of all black children are born out of wedlock, while the black and Latino birth rate is significantly higher than that of whites; accurate numbers are difficult to arrive at due to the number of out-of-wedlock births.  In what must be painfully obvious to almost any reasonable person, we are quite simply headed for a Malthusian catastrophe: the high birthrate of those receiving welfare outstrips our ability to finance meaningful programs to help the poor.  The effect can only be mirrored by the relationship between a parasite and its host.

Today, many municipalities pay sales taxes in excess of 8%, with sales taxes in California reaching 9.75%.  Federal and state income taxes amount to 30% for middle-class families, while the extremely wealthy are exempt from taxes.  At the same time, people like Latisha are becoming ever more common in major urban areas, despite the fact that state, local, and federal government spending on welfare increases to skyrocket.  In other words, the American middle class is coming under increasingly greater burdens to support those like Latisha.  If Americans knew, I am sure they would be furious that while much of the industrious working and middle classes are eating potatoes, pork and beans, and ramen noodles, their tax dollars are going to fund the extravagant lifestyles of those who refuse to work.  And since Americans are so fed up with the situation, we might ask ourselves in the tradition of Lucius Cassius, cui bono?

In the short run, Latisha wins.  Her food stamps, free rent, and government subsidies give her a relatively unfettered life of luxury,  free from the drudgery of everyday work, which, though many people would be loathe to say, is undeserved.  There is, though, another side to the story, since if the real intent was to help the poor, then there would be no need for such excesses.

The Section 8 housing program  authorizes the payment of rental housing assistance to private landlords on behalf of approximately 3.1 million low-income households.  The program pays landlords for two years of the rent cost when a tenant begins the lease agreement.  The economic theory of  investments and time value of money dictates this is a favorable advantage as the funds can be invested elsewhere at a higher return.   Many of the real-estate developers also receive tax breaks to build these houses, and a portion of them make significant profits, so they recieve exemptions from paying income tax.

The reality for the people who must live here is not as pleasant, however.  As the housing bubble burst and home prices plummeted, and investors became desperate to make returns, they encouraged low-income to move from urban areas to suburban areas under section 8.  While this was supposed to help the poorer individuals, it had the opposite effect.  Lancaster, California, which retains 10 percent of all Section 8 contracts nationwide, the highest concentration of any city., has seen a spike in crime, while ethnic tensions have flared up.  Similarly, in North Memphis, Tennessee, increasing levels of crime were also linked to a Section 8 resident influx.

At the same time, the presence of government programs for food discourages many of the poor from working or ever attaining self-sufficiency.  It does, however, keep any politician who can promise to keep handing out the government dole out to those who refuse to work in power, which perpetuates a vicious cycle that keeps such politicians in power at the cost of ever-increasing government programs at an ever increasing cost.  Thus the real beneficiaries in the long run are the elites, who wish to keep people like Latisha at bay with bread and circuses.  The greatest victims are the working and middle classes, who have been sacrificed on the alter of political correctness.

Rich poor people

It must be painfully obvious to almost everyone who is reasonable by now: the high welfare-receiving birthrate outstrips our ability to finance meaningful programs to help the poor, and as the middle class becomes more and more aware of this, there will undoubtedly be more friction between various factions of American society.  Just as a true parasite which kills its host, the underclass of “lumpenproletariat” who refuse jobs and consume resources shall lead to the destruction of America.  Just as Rome succumbed to its own greatness and eventually imploded under the weight of economic deterioration resulting from excessive taxation, inflation, and government doles, America is just as likely to follow this path.

While an end to unrestricted welfare for parasitic individuals is not the be-all and end-all of solutions regarding the health of Western society, it is still a step in the correct direction.  The famous Finnish ecologist once made the following analogy:

What to do, when a ship carrying a hundred passengers suddenly capsizes and only one lifeboat? When the lifeboat is full, those who hate life will try to load it with more people and sink the lot. Those who love and respect life will take the ship’s axe and sever the extra hands that cling to the sides of the boat.

This is an apt analogy; it is time to sever the hands of those who threaten to sink the boat by weighing it down with parasitic behavior.

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