There is only one real red pill, namely that the reigning understanding of an engagement with the world in the West is grounded in a flat denial of reality. This is why we can speak of the “religious” spirit of Liberalism, why #NRx has claimed for years that “we live in a Theocracy – an evil one”, and further why the paeons of the left and right wings of the Great Vulture nip at each other for a refusal to see things correctly. That obnoxious bumper-sticker from the Bush era – “reality has a [liberal/conservative] bias” is more than just a pithy boomerism, it reveals the root of the cognitive dissonance that defines the West in decline, and the truth that no matter how much stage blood is spilt in the sparring we all watch on TV and in the curated theatre of social media, everyone suffers from the same delusion.
There were more mass shootings last week. Surprisingly, it hasn’t seemed to get as much media play in the superficial feeds created by GoogleNews, Flipboard, and Amazon. It may be that the stories don’t bleed enough to lead, or that the victims and shooter in one case aren’t demographically palatable, but it seems more likely that such events simply aren’t moving the public like they used to. Your author remembers the impact that the Columbine shooting had – it was an infusion of power into the narrative making class the likes of which they had not experienced since they took down Nixon. They were in utter control of the public’s emotional and rational response to the event. Drunk on their power, they have worn down their audience and their credibility in the nearly three decades since. This has not made the American public more receptive to calm analytical reflection, of course; instead, hysteria has merely become less controlled, less directed, more alientated as the population becomes more alienated. Die ich rief, die Geister werd ich nun nicht los.
Your author has approached this subject before – Thermidor readers will recall the comparison made of Stephen Paddock to Herostratos. Now a favourite of mine, Billy Pratt, is making a similar argument in The American Sun. The failure of the West to engage with the shifting reality of its decline is creating chaos on the frontiers, as dissonance gives way to performative solipsism culminating in self-immolation of sundry species – from actual suicide like Paddock to the politicial suicide-bombs represented by Christchurch, Pittsburg, Southern California, and Charleston, in which purported right-wing extremists did more to further the cause of their enemies in a few hours than any of their victims had in their entire lifetimes. The manifesto has become cliche, and their contents almost invariably are precisely that: Christchurch has the dubious distinction of being so intentional in its invocation of chan culture that onlookers wonder if it is even real, or simply part of a plan to silence and dismantle /pol/. Solipsism is not restricted to the actor – the audience, too, actively participates in these small dramas by imagining how each himself is directly involved and effected. How small we would all feel if we knew how little these events actually mean for our individual lives! How absurd to feel so small – it points to the refusal to build for ourselves and our posterity, preferring instead to be audience or extra in someone else’s drama. Race, nation, tribe, clan, family, neighbors, friends, church – all this is purely theoretical even to those who embrace the theories!
No one looks beyond the view they are granted by the digital landscape; it is called hyperreality both because it penetrates the consciousness more readily and because it is more immediate, and our sensory organs which detect the distant outcomes of current events are withering. A felaheen people cannot engage in long-term thinking because their racial memory has all but disappeared – without history, there is no posterity, and we live in a post-historical society. It is almost out of necessity, then, that acts of self-immolation, the quick, immediate jolt of ultraviolence has become the rule, as Pratt & Landry point out in their piece.
“Become who you are” is a great slogan – too bad it was wasted on hucksters with delusions of grandeur. Whiteness is grasping at straws for a sense of Western race that no longer has the power to animate. Now in this post-historical era is not a time to turn to race for the salvation of our people, but a rediscovery of something far more basic. How many use their Whiteness as a substitute for much closer bonds of blood and brotherhood. The key to a truly Bronze Age Mindset is not the Nietzschean hogwash about self-will and paganism, it is in turning the mind towards the sort of thinking that prevailed in the Bronze Age, which was neither national nor racial, but clannish and tribal. Elsewhere your author has pontificated on the need to show favour to our sons – but we cannot do this unless we have sons to favour. Whoever is not building a family or tribe is merely heaping up a funeral pyre for his own name and worth, to be consigned fittingly to oblvion upon his shuffling off of this mortal coil. Earned or adopted, the only name worth having is one that perpetuates itself.
This is what it means to seek a sense of elderhood – not to aspire to power, but to seek authority earned by building. It is not domination, alphahood, or any of the other masculine pursuits of the gang, or military band – men cannot rightly dominate women and children the way they dominate other men because they are categorically different. The natural deference paid to a patriarch or elder is not dominion won in contest, not an a posteriori authority, but an outward sign of inborn hierarchy, auctoritas a priori. Such authority is impossible without the recognition of some hierarchy greater still, a hierarchy that is likewise inborn and not proven in contest, but existing within and accountable unto itself alone. You cannot become who you are until you know who you are, and finding your place in the Absolute Hierarchy is the only way to do that. It is the only reality that is truly real, and it cannot be participated in through continued self-aggrandizement and fantasies of summoning those spirits which have long since lost the ability to sustain the national or racial body as a functioning whole. The future belongs to those who build new, not those who struggle to piece together what has already been shattered. To build anew means starting with the building blocks – from the family, the clan; from the clan, the tribe; from the tribe, the commonwealth; from the commonwealth, the nation; and from from the nation, the race.
Nationalism has its uses, as does racial self-identification, as defensive strategies. Recognizing we have a common struggle for survival forced upon us by outside forces is not insane or stupid, but imagining that you can build a racial consciousness is ignorant of the place national and racial self-awareness come from. Ultimately, whatever race or nation is built by a racial mindset in a post-Western world will remain a patchwork of individuals rather than a whole cloth of woven of tribal threads; it will be a weak garment, easily torn and constantly in need of mending. Only when the individual once again returns to his natural place, from which he cannot be again easily drawn out, like a droplet of water in a great lake, he cannot hope to participate meaningfully in a broader community. To reduce the argument to analogy, the stuff necessary to create a posterity will not be found in 23&me, but on Ancestry.com. Becoming who you are means recognising the names, faces, faults, and virtues from whom you arise. Ex nihilo nihil – you are your ancestors, and Christ’s Church teaches as much, not in a nebulous theoretical way, but in a real, personal, and immanent way – but you cannot represent what you do not know. This is where creating a new patriarchy, a new elderhood, must come from, and the abominations will continue to dwell in the high places until it does.