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Seeking Truth and Rejecting Seductive Lies

Deus Vult!

It is significant to mention that even though we may be by admission considered to be “reactionary”, it is also important not to be aligned with many movements and individuals which label themselves as such.  While many movements claim that they represent conservatism or even “paleoconservatism,” their actions and actual creed can speak volumes for their true intentions.  Tradition is a perennial set of principles which are eternal and ancient rather than a merely romantic yearning for dead past.  While pride in one’s own past and ancestry is a positive trait, and, indeed, a healthy one, traditional ideologies must show that they are living instead of frozen in time.  The web of espionage and controlled interests is thick, successful, and all too real.  There are many people who wish to wage a heroic, defiant, masculine, and aristocratic struggle only to fail because of idealism.  People of substance imbued with these values are hard to find, rare, and perhaps unreachable as they suffer from similar burdens of apathy, passion, and lack of trust.  It is necessary to bridge the spiritual distance between like-minded souls, but also with care and concern as the shadowy hand of spycraft will be close.  Caveat actor et cave canem.

Divide et impera – to divide and conquer is an ancient and effective strategy, but it is still very effective today.  The divisive natures of unwise men can be easily manipulated to achieve ends that unwittingly serve more Satanic interests.  Sadly, those manipulated are often completely oblivious to the real end of their actions, which are to continue to mental and spiritual slavery of others including themselves.  Those who are aware and yet still side with these foolish parties are committing a grave error.  They can be much more than just useful idiots oblivious: a real threat consuming resources and destroying legitimacy.  In this way, they are a part of the problem, and not a part of the solution to modernity, and become their own worst enemies.  A glimpse of their soul can be seen in actions and character.

There are also reasons beyond puppetry and incompetence that these “regressive” parties must be rejected.  Many of these movements do not only throw nations and regions into chaos, they also focus on ideas which are not all together Traditional in substance, and which in fact, will destroy society from within.  Syncretic, or atavistic, such organs often reject historical truth, spiritual developments, and philosophical thoughts indicative of a Divine Truth.  It is far simpler to deny a static yet adaptable form for something idealized, impossible, and dead.  In the convincing cloak of purity and piety these parties conceal changes to the doctrines of faith and ideology leading them to be erosive, violent, and toxic.  The yearning for wisdom, transcendent greatness, and temporal power leads to visions of a golden age.  Our young are most apt to fall for this image because it appeals to their need for a purpose.  It is important to guide them to the not-so-obvious true form of Truth in order to protect their hearts and souls while also protecting Tradition.  A struggle thus begins with these people to realize a vision impossible not just because of the difference of spirit between the ages, but also because the physical conditions make such goals impossible.  More simply, only time, effort, and perseverance will yield fertile fruits.  Enduring Tradition and Truth will prevail, but only with concerned spirits focused on cultivating it at the expense of those regressive and reactionary movements at once modern spiritually, intellectually contaminated reactions to modern realities.  The fungus and filth must be removed regardless of its seductive form.

The key is a return to the fundamentals.  Those who call themselves “fundamentalists” and who reject the fundamentals are charlatans.  They are a cancer.  Seek the Truth of Light, and find the reality behind the events and shifting formation of politics.  Though it is an optimism of our time to believe that religion and politics live truly in different spheres, the profane presence of the state and physical interests exist to corrupt, to control, and to strangle everything in its quest for a secular dominance.  Novus Ordo Seclorum: The goal to be attained by anti-Traditional forces cannot be withstood merely through political means, but also spiritually and mentally through proper skill.  This means not being led astray by that which is outwardly righteous and inwardly adulterous.  Always move with care and concern.  Remember, do not discount legitimate movements pursuing noble ends, but certain language, practices, and connections should make one wary.

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Christopher Hitchens Dead at 62

Glória in excélsis Deo.

The life-long, unrepentant Trotskyist polemicist and warmongering atheist known as Christopher Hitchens has died of esophageal cancer.

Hitchens was a man of his time, an insignificant son of a World War Two British war criminal, who was catapulted to fame through his absolute hatred and intolerance of all things religious, while his younger and more conservative brother faded into obscurity.  He blasphemed against God, castigated the Pope, and openly brandished hate against the Catholic Faith (and to a lesser degree Islam), but was a fanatical and follower of modernism down to its last detail, and tolerated no dissent from its orthodoxies and doctrines.  In short, whilst those around him praised him as an unconventional and brave man who “dared to speak out,” nothing could be further from the truth.

Despite his associations with the New Left, his bile-filled invective against everything traditional, against culture, religion and identity, Hitchens found a home among the neoconservative clique of American politics.  FrontPageMag, the online magazine run by his fellow ex-communist, David Horowitz, has praised Hitchens as a defender of Western civilization.  In turn, Hitchens had reciprocated his admiration of neoconservatives.  He admired Paul Wolfowitz, and minced no words about his glowing veneration of the neoconservative movement, saying that ”it [could] turn US power into a revolutionary force”.  Like many neoconservatives (although he himself never used the label), would continue to promote wasteful, internationalist, and globalist wars in the name of “democracy,” but not necessarily because he actually supported the United States or its people, but because as Piatak says, “his entire politics is motivated by his hatred of religion and tradition; he’d be just as happy bombing St. Peter’s as the Taliban”.

To his credit, such an analysis of neoconservatism was an accurate, candid and frank one, even if he did not intend for it to be so.  Moreover, he did not make an effort to hide the reasons for his undying admiration of the neoconservatives, even if he refused to be associated with them in name; at least in this aspect of his life he had been honest and consistent.  Of course, it needs no explanation that the origins of the neoconservative movement, and its outgrowth from the New Left are not in dispute by any objective scholar, and this may have been its appeal to Hitchens.

If anything, in Hitchens and his work is a snapshot of the world we live in.  While Patrick Buchanan, Robert Novak, Joe Sobran, Charley Reese, and Eric Margolis are derided as “unpatriotic conservatives,” the Catholic-hating, leftist Hitchens found himself in good company among his neoconservative friends.  Moreover, whilst being praised as “defender of Western civilization,” he clearly must have known and understood that his writing, speeches, and his attack towards Christianity (the very foundation of Western civilization), were the catalyst for the destruction of the Western world itself.  Perhaps it is because he told people what they wanted to hear.  After all, we can hardly imagine a critic of the Talmud, gaining the same amount of fame – much less being showered with praise.  Even Republicans who dare to step outside the invisible bounds are castigated and shunned, but no matter what ridiculous rhetoric Hitchens comes up with, he remained a poster-boy of both the neoconservatives and the militant, atheistic left.  Indeed, shortly after Hitchens’ passing, the faux-conservative David Frum rushed to write a bleeding-heart eulogy for the late Hitchens.

The views that Hitchens held were undoubtedly repulsive on so many levels, representing everything wrong with not only Britain today, but the modern democratic-liberal system.  But it is no surprise that the world will perhaps remember him as a great man, just as they remember that most prominent of all heretics, Martin Luther.  As Saint Paul once said, “The wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight” (1 Corinthians 3:19).  But even as the world moves ever closer to his twisted and perverted vision, his pyrrhic victory remains one of this world: Sic transit gloria mundi.

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Reflections on a visit to the Middle Kingdom

During the past few months, I have had the opportunity to travel to several countries and speak to many audiences in an various settings. These travels have been most enlightening, because the attitudes I received have been markedly different.  In Europe, I was greeted mainly with suspicion and disdain: this was the 21st century, not the 19th, one Frenchman told me.  He said with a sort of triumphant disdain, that my ideas were dying out, and soon there would be not even “a single person who remembered what they were”.  In Asia, the reception was actually much more pleasant, for at least they had the politeness to “hear me out”.

One of the more surreal experiences occurred at a university in China. After I had delivered my scheduled lecture, the floor was opened to questions from the audience. Several Chinese students stood up, and asked for clarifications on what I had said, or requested that I expound on certain points that I had made during the lecture. Though their English was less than fluent, these exchanges were meaningful, and the students had made cogent points which in their own ways, were worthy of note. Among this crowd though, was an American exchange student. She stood up, and on the verge of crying, said that she was “deeply” offended by the many “misogynist, racist, crypto-fascist” remarks that I made throughout my speech.  Although she wasn’t able to identify precisely what had offended her, on my failure to deliver the expected apology, her tears turned to insults, as she began to berate the other listeners in the lecture hall for “giving hate a platform,” and stormed out of the room.

What was interesting about the entire incident was that the Chinese students, in this instance, were far more open-minded than the lone American student. I had always been taught that the Chinese were brainwashed, but in fact, it seemed as if the American student was the one who had been indoctrinated. But I really should have not been surprised. As anyone who has spent time in American academia can attest to, the “liberal arts” education in America is now a bland ritual in conformity. What passes for “education,” especially in the realms of politics or sociology is nothing but a test of adherence to a litany of political allegiances.  To deviate in any small way from these is to risk the permanent condemnation one’s career, as even the relatively “inoffensive” Hans-Hermann Hoppe can attest to.

Coming from such an environment, those who manage to make it to an advanced stage of study in politics or sociological studies, inevitably become oversocialized, since one would be required to act and think in a prescribed manner in order to do so.  Moreover, they must subconsciously reconcile a multitude of contradictions in order to justify a worldview which is flawed at the core and ultimately unsustainable. As a consequence, they will inevitably develop severe psychological disorders that they inherit from their pseudo-intellectual bosses.

The tragicomic irony of the American student was that she did not realize to what degree her conditioning had taken place.  Throughout her education — perhaps even beginning as three or four — she was likely taught which ideas were acceptable (“tolerant”) and which were not (“offensive” or “intolerant”).  She was likely also trained to react with revulsion when confronted with “intolerant” ideas.  When she began her university education, she very likely was introduced to magazines, books, newspaper articles, and documentaries that also confirmed these particular concepts of what was acceptable and unacceptable.  When confronted with a new idea, she simply dismissed it because, supposedly, if the idea was true, then it might have validated the notions of a certain unpopular person.  To her, the conclusion that it lead to was unacceptable.  Therefore the idea itself must have been “intolerant”.

In the media, through subtle hints in entertainment, she also learned who to love and hate.  According to The Economist, Americans spend 8 hours every day in front of the television, soaking in the “programming” that it spews out.  Through television, they learn that certain groups of people are “innocent victims,” that others are “fashionable” and worthy of emulation, and that yet others are intolerant (and therefore evil).  They watch and learn exactly what the controlled media puts out as programming.  Raunchy soap operas and films, day in and day out subtly push for the acceptance of homosexuality, promiscuity, miscegenation, drug use, crime, and prostitution as being “cool,” while simultaneously demonizing religion, “masculinity,” traditional values, and culture.

Later that afternoon, I spoke with an emeritius professor who had been alive during the Cultural Revolution.  When we discussed that day’s earlier incident, he seemed to understand completely.  He told me that propaganda under Mao had been “nothing: compared to American propaganda.  Mao’s propaganda had been too obvious.  When you saw a poster, or when you heard a speech, or when you read a newspaper article, you knew it was propaganda, so it was not worth your attention.  For instance, anyone hearing the phrase “capitalist running dogs,” knew he was listening to propaganda.  When the military came and attempted to imprison those who adhered to the “Four Olds,” ten more would pop up in its place.

Innocents abroad?

He said that American propaganda, on the other hand was much more subtle, because it makes claims which, while not necessarily true, apply to the pathos of society.  In other words, people generally want those statements to be true.  Another key component of American propaganda, he said, was the illusion of choice on the bigger issues.  In America, you are officially “free” to believe whatever you wish, but it is increasingly difficult.  Thus, said the professor, Americans are not greeted with epic overstatements such as exhortations to “bravely fight the battle against reactionaries,” which connotes a sort of violent struggle.  Americans instead are bombarded with the notion that should they think “tolerant” thoughts, that a magical utopia will ensue.  Of course, this is never explicitly stated, but, in an indirect way, people become accustomed to thinking in such a manner; the idea grows, and it takes on a life of its own.  Totalitarianism never came to America by brute force, the professor finally explained: it came in the name of anti-totalitarianism.  It was ironically tolerance that eventually came to beget intolerance of any idea deemed to be “unorthodox” by American powers that be.

As Evola once said, “The Americans’ ‘open-mindedness’, which is sometimes cited in their favor, is the other side of their interior formlessness”.

Decades later, Evola’s words remain relevant.

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Post-Peak Oil America: Why I’m not Afraid

Post-Peak Oil America: Why I’m not Afraid

Peak oil is the point in time when the maximum rate of global petroleum extraction is reached, after which the rate of production enters terminal decline.  This concept has been a concern for some scientists, politicians and economists for a while now, mainly because of the vast implications it may have on the world economy and society at large.  According to a National Geographic report, the world may have already passed their peak in oil production (although individual countries may have a decade or so).  A 2010 American military report suggested that for the United States,  ”By 2012, surplus oil production capacity could entirely disappear, and as early as 2015, the shortfall in output could reach nearly 10 million barrels per day.”  Of course, this is speculative, as there maybe other sources of oil that have yet to be discovered.  What is obvious though, is that there will be a fundamental shift in our economy and culture should oil production decline, without a viable energy source to replace it.  American geophysicist and mathematician M. King Hubbert explained:

The third curve (on the left) is simply the mathematical curve for exponential growth. No physical quantity can follow this curve for more than a brief period of time. However, a sum of money, being of a nonphysical nature and growing according to the rules of compound interest at a fixed interest rate, can follow that curve indefinitely…Our principle constraints are cultural…we have evolved a culture so heavily dependent upon the continuance of exponential growth for its stability that it is incapable of reckoning with problems of non-growth…it behooves us…to begin a serious examination of the…cultural adjustments necessary…before unmanageable crises arise…

The bleakest scenarios project that oil will run out in the next few decades, all the while demand for energy, not to mention essential commodities, such as food, rises.  As a result, industry will be disrupted, resulting in a total economic collapse with implications of massive proportions.  In the 2008 book, Wealth, War and Wisdom, the American economist Barton Biggs hints at “the possibility of a breakdown of the civilized infrastructure,” and recommends that people must learn to be self-sufficient.

On the one hand, the rapid decline of society will be uncomfortable for many people who happen to be alive at that time.  They will see the institutions that they have become accustomed to disintegrate while their comfortable lifestyles rapidly change to adapt to a life of scarcity.  Many people will lament the rapid change of cultures, because the activities that they previously engaged in (such as sitting in front of the television for hours on end), will no longer be available to them.  In combination with a probable economic collapse, the days when sloth and decadence were easily affordable will be over.

With the rapid change in living conditions, other effects will rapidly follow.  Some of these are already occurring in many Western countries, not as a result of peak oil, but as a result of poor policy in other areas.  The emergence of a scarcity economy will thus only make such problems worse.  The three main effects of such a rapid change are:

  • Depopulation: In many countries, the birth rate is already below replacement. In particular, Whites (~1 billion) have showed a severe population decline, while East Asian (~1 billion) growth has slowed and is expected to decline in the next few decades. With a decline in available resources and energy, it will be more difficult to obtain essentials for living. Since many people in industrialized nations now live in cities, they will not adapt to the new conditions. Many will not survive.
  • Despecialization: One of the most characteristic features of complex civilizations (and in many cases the yardstick to measure complexity) is a high level of job specialization. Such people, may not adapt well to life in a post-oil economy. In the past, the social institutions supporting such specialization are removed and people must become more generalized in their work and daily habits.
  • Decentralization: With more people having to abandon city life, as well as fewer people able to maintain the once-bustling techno-industrial complex, there will be a fundamental shift from urban centers to agricultural centers. Moreover, with communication being more difficult over long distances, the Federal government will not be able to maintain order as well as under an oil-rich economy. Geographically speaking, communities become more parochial or isolated. For example, following the collapse of the Mayan civilization many Maya returned to their traditional hamlets, moving away from the large cities that had been the centers of the empire.

These effects are not necessarily bad. The fact that in many industrialized nations, pollution is a result of use of oil in industry, may mean that the effects of environmental damage may be curtailed for a short while. Moreover, the rise of organic regional and local governments may mean that personal freedoms and local concerns can be attended to better, and inability of some world powers to wage wars of occupation will be welcome news for many around the globe.  Permaculture, particularly as expressed in the work of Australian David Holmgren, and others, sees peak oil as holding tremendous potential for positive change, assuming countries act with foresight. The rebuilding of local food networks, energy production, and the general implementation of ‘energy descent culture’ are argued to be ethical responses to the acknowledgment of finite fossil resources.  Of course, the direction under which industrialized societies develop in a post-peak oil world depends inherently on reforming the culture and mentality of the present era.  If these nations maintain a “quantity-over-quality” mentality, then things will be much more difficult.  It is only the failure to change our mentality – insisting on things like egalitarianism, secularism, liberalism, and massive immigration – which will lead to our downfall.

In other words, the breakdown of the techno-industrial system need not be as painful as many people think.  In the future, if man wishes to survive, they must not only embrace a spirit of self reliance, but also recover the values which have been destroyed over five centuries of the “modern” era. In fact, people have much to gain in a cultural sense, because decadence in a such a society will become prohibitively costly. For instance it will no longer be possible to build golf courses, classy hotels, and holiday resorts for the masses to aimlessly spend their money away. Perhaps equally hard to maintain will be a systems of finance capital and globalist media, because they inherently depend on a surplus of goods, which will not be available if the conditions change.

Despite the scaremongering that peak oil might bring about a “Dark Age,” those who are prepared need not fear.  Yes, it will be difficult to adjust to a world without an abundant oil supply, but eventually the world will need to come to a new equilibrium.  The key point to remember is that, this new equilibrium will be determined by way things play out in the coming few decades.  The Dark Ages between the fall of Rome and the Renaissance, after the turbulent first few decades, were in fact a period of social and religious harmony, and with some planning, foresight, and intelligence, a post-peak oil Western world can be just the same, and we will be able to welcome whatever situation comes our way with open arms.

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The Dalai Lama: Not so special after all

As far as world religious leaders go, there are probably who are held in higher esteem by the Western media and Western intellectuals than the Dalai Lama.  His cause is given much sympathy in the West, with numerous Hollywood celebrities and academics joining together to promote the independence of the mountain kingdom.  Having been a former Buddhist, I myself once had a great deal of respect for the man who calls himself Tenzin Gyatso, otherwise known to the world as the Fourteenth Dalai Lama.  Although I was not a Tibetan Buddhist, I had regarded him as a person to look up to, because I viewed him as a person to be respected.

Despite the Dalai Lama having only a few million followers, as compared to the His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, the Dalai Lama has received media coverage which is so overwhelmingly positive, that it would seem that there were many times more Tibetan Buddhists in the world than actually exist (the adherents of Tibetan Buddhism, number some 20 millon, in comparison to the 1.18 billion Roman Catholics worldwide).  For instance, shortly after the election of Pope Benedict XVI, people were quick to deride the Papacy as being a “dictatorship,” and refer derisively to the Pope’s past in the Hitler Youth, despite the fact that the Papacy is in fact an elected position, and that Pope Benedict  had no choice but to join the Hitler Youth.  On the other hand, the media will not tell you about the Dalai Lama’s own connection to the Nazi party.

On the one hand, some people see the Dalai Lama as a a vanguard of tradition for the Tibetan people, who keeps his quaint traditions alive in hectic times, while others see him as someone who has succeeded in harmoniously fusing modernity and tradition.  From our perspective, the former is possible only with a large and unprecedented effort to reject all attempts at the latter.  Any authentic traditionalist movement must fully reject liberal ideas, and be solidly based in hierarchy and order.

Whatever Traditionalist ideas the Dalai Lama might have once held, it seems that he has long since abandoned them for a modern outlook on life.  The fact is, that had the Dalai Lama not adopted his modernist (and globalist) viewpoints, he would not have the outpouring of support from even leftist, atheistic academics who so often rush to criticize Christianity.  In fact, speaking to the National Secular Society, the vice-president of that organization praised the Dalai Lama by saying, that he was, “sensible to say that a [secular] ethic is better than one based on religion”.  Furthermore, in a press conference in Tokyo, the Dalai Lama is reported to have said, “Secularism does not mean rejection of all religions. It means respect for all religions and human beings including non-believers”.  One might then ask how he is applying this idea to his treatment of followers of the very Traditional “Dorje Shugden” sect, but I digress.

The Dalai Lama has gone so far as to refer to himself as a “Marxist” and appoint himself as a critic of capitalism, and in one speech went so far as to say that the Soviet Union and China were not Marxist enough.  In another speech, he clearly articulated his globalist interests by stating that: ”The elected government, sometimes their number one…priority is national interest…That, I think, should change. The global issue should be number one.”  He further stated, “If someone comes to me and asks whether homosexuality is okay or not…then I think I would say…is okay’”.  Another favorite talking point of the Dalai Lama is, not surprisingly, feminism.  The Dalai Lama calls himself a feminist, and claims that women are more prone to compassion (perhaps the Dalai Lama doesn’t read the news very much).  On top of that, if this weren’t enough, the Dalai Lama was  first public visitor to the Holocaust “Shrine” in Washington DC.

Another side to this equation is that, for certain powers that be, he is a usefully asset in the imperialistic strangulation of Russia and China via a concomitant fake “revolution” like the one the world recently in Libya.  Those people do not honestly care about the Tibetan people, but rather wish to bring what yet remains of Tibet “into the fold”.  Perhaps, one might say that the Dalai Lama merely tones down his message for his Western audiences.  In some instances, he seems to do just this: by advocating closed borders for his own country, while condemning the racism of others (for comparison, think of the outrage which would follow if a French Catholic bishop were to condemn immigration into France!).  If this is the case, then he would appear to be more of a media-savvy politician than a religious figure; and one who has perhaps learned a bit too well from his handlers.

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