John Derbyshire last November wrote a timely and terrifying piece on how the governments of western countries have turned against their native populations in order to entrench their policy of immigration à outrance from the third world. Which, with present birth rates as low as they are in western countries, is essentially a policy of population replacement, and cultural and civilisational suicide.
Being in the position of one with limited means and zero influence on policy, there is no point falling into despondency over this fact. The simple reality of the end of prosperity, personal safety and freedom, for at least three generations, and the return of civilisation-shaping hostilities, simply has to be faced, acknowledged, and prepared for. As a friend remarked during an engaging if sobering conversation over dinner last Thursday: ‘The best we can hope for is civil war.’ The reader can fill in for herself what the other possibilities might be, in descending order of desirability – for me, it ends with mass forcible conversion to islam, with all that entails for the arts, freedom, and those who refuse to subject themselves.
The important question, for those of us who like to think, and think well, and understand the world we live in, is: Why are the policy makers acting in this way? What lies behind their weakness in the face of a civilisational threat? Why are they acting in a way which promotes the interests of their civilisational enemies, and against the masses of – and defenders of – their civilisation?
I’ve addressed this question before, in this post on Mind-sets, memeplexes, and islamic terrorism. In particular, towards the end of the piece I wrote:
So, we have a system where people can and do stop supporting the memeplex which makes it all run. And, despite the best efforts of memeplex supporters to define opposition to the memeplex as ‘hate speech’ and have it outlawed, we still do have a great degree of freedom of speech, of thought and of assembly. Therefore it is possible to make arguments against the memeplex, and have those arguments heard by the population.
In other words – we do not have to convince the memeplex to change or adjust, as we might have to convince a person to change/adjust their mind-set. We need only cause a withdrawal of support for the current memeplex, and substitute another in its place.
As you can imagine, this terrifies The Cathedral. It terrifies them so much that they spasm in panic. The most glaring example of this was when the Australian Liberty Alliance ran large, colour advertisements for themselves in the Saturday newspapers earlier this year. That weekend, the Prime Minister instructed the head of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation to phone a number of back-bench government members and ask them to refrain from making public comments about islam. This is absolutely extraordinary in Australia, and I think a first in the history of our commonwealth. And it speaks to the panic caused simply by one group of people meeting, organising and choosing in effect to say, publicly, ‘the meme about islam being a religion of peace and having nothing to do with terrorism is both wrong and dangerous for our democracy’.
As more terrorist attacks occur, the further will the memeplex move from reality, and the more people will ‘check out’ from it, weakening its hold on society. Soon enough, those cynical politicians will grasp which way the wind is blowing, and will change their tune. We will have a new memeplex, and it will be less forgiving of islam and islamic terrorism.
What I should add to that conclusion is that The Cathedral, which acts as both custodian and slave of the memeplex, would respond to the existential threat created by mass exit on the part of the massa damnata by:
- increasing its persecution of dissenters; and
- increasing its importation of the enemies of its civilisation into the heart of that civilisation, and increasing the fiscal support and legal protections that it provides to them – at the expense, of course, of the civilisation’s remaining adherents.
What we have is the memeplex responding to an existential challenge with vigour. This is not the response of a meek and exhausted being – as were the churches, when they responded to the challenges of the delights of personal freedom and material comfort in the post-war west in the second half of the twentieth century by simply rolling over. This is a being which will fight to the death and is responding to its first ever serious challenge by going va banque and choosing mutually-assured destruction.
And what exactly is that challenge? This piece, from, of all places, Russia Insider, lays it out well, I think.
In short, the native populations have finally spasmed. The relentless (and utterly baseless) abuse, degradation, and browbeating from a bunch of half-educated, parasitical theorists in the universities, schools and public services, the economic impoverishment in the service of corporate profit and the hypertrophic development of a parasitic financial complex, the subjection to crime and displacement at the hands of those for whose welfare cheques they are paying out of their exorbitant and grinding taxation, and finally the realisation that their elected representatives not only will do nothing to alleviate their burdens, but actually want to accentuate and aggravate the situation through accelerated population replacement from the third world – all of this has become too much.
Trump is, to me, merely a focal point for the expression of outrage and dissent in the US, just as the Brexit vote was a focal point for these sentiments in the UK and Pauline Hanson is a focal point for these sentiments in Australia.
The Cathedral has reacted as outlined above. If it’s going down, it’s going down with a fight: if it wins, it will spend the following decade walking around the battlefield shooting the other side’s survivors; if it loses, it will bring civilisation down with it.
My conclusion from the ‘memeplex’ piece was:
That is, anyway, what I hope. Because, as with the British approach to nazism and fascism eighty years ago, either our society changes its memeplex, or it will cease to exist.
I have to revise that conclusion. Given the behaviour of The Cathedral, our civilisation is likely at an end. Our best hope, as my interlocutor indicated on Thursday night, is a civil war in which the memeplex is defeated, followed by an attempt to build a new civilisation from the ashes of the old. Given the technological acceleration that happens during all wars of civilisation, and the changes in national populations that are likely to occur as a result of any war, the likely outlines, assumptions and nature of this next civilisation are a complete mystery to me.
If you’re not terrified, you’re not paying attention.
I’ve re-printed the entire Russia Insider piece below, for posterity. I’ve never read such a clear exposition of the alt-Right and its relationship to Russia.
If you listen to the mainstream media, the Alt-Right is the birth of an American far right Frankenstein that was mid-wifed by Donald Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric in this election cycle.
But what we are seeing now is bigger than even Donald Trump. It is part of a massive paradigm shift that has been underway for some time now. For those that have been paying attention, it is clear that nationalist, patriotic movements are everywhere ascendant in the West.
The endless migration of millions of 3rd world men into Europe, the callousness of the Elite class to the concern its Natives, and the fever-pitched identity politics of the Regressive Left have brought us to a crossroads… It should come as little surprise to nobody that the native populations of the West have started asking some hard questions about their own identity.
Who are we? What do our people stand for? Will we have a future if nothing changes?
These are some of the civilizational questions being raised for the first time in the West since the end of the Cold War. And the “Alt-Right” is the term (that hit the Internet by storm in 2015) under which many dissidents have rallied under in the United States. The etymology of the term however, does not go far in explaining the significance of this rapidly growing movement and the underlying trend in politics that it represents.
Context is King
The last 7 years (at least) have seen the complete takeover of national discourse and cultural exchange by a group of rabid left-wing fanatics in the West. These “Social Justice Warriors” as they have come to be known, have managed to push their fringe Trotsky-ist ideas on the cultural mainstream of America and now act as the enforcers of punishing speech codes in academic institutions, the HR offices of corporate America, the mainstream media and our elected officials.
They have managed to do so with the tacit approval and even outright encouragement of the Establishment Elites.
It is no exaggeration to say that the West is in a state of complete self-negation, lost and confused, angry as well- and willing to lash out. There has perhaps been no other time in history where the Western peoples have been so abjectly demoralized.
The younger generation of Westerners in particular has been systematically taught to be ashamed of their heritage during their 12+ years stint in the Education camps. It is especially noticeable in higher education, where students are taught to believe there is something uniquely oppressive in being a straight male, something uniquely oppressive in being of European descent, something particularly deplorable about being straight…and on it goes. And there are serious consequences for stepping out of the echo-chamber of ethno-masochism and self-hate…
It has come to the point where it is easier to come out publically to polite society as a Tranny than it is to come out as a Trump supporter.
But for every action there is a reaction. The witch-burning mob mentality of the Regressive Left engendered a reaction, and in 2015, the lame stream media finally caught a whiff of it. But even before the current year, many Nativist patriots, non-interventionists, economic nationalists or social conservatives found themselves unable to articulate their views in any public capacity without facing serious repercussions for their unfashionable WrongThink.
Consequently, many movements took to the wild unexplored reaches of the Internet to hone their rhetoric, conduct their discussions and reach out to new minds. By the very nature of the current political paradigm, the many disparate movements that were spawned online had to remain anonymous. (This is true in Europe as much, if not more than in the United States. ) And it seems that only now with the Donald Trump’s meteoric rise in the Republican party has the Overton Window begun to shift back to the right, and allowed for the public articulation of these taboo sentiments.
But what IS the Alt-Right? What do they stand for?
The span of blogs, sites and online communities that can be called “Alt-Right” is as vast as it is varied. They range from well established alternative dissident right sites like Unz, Vdare, Takimag, and Amren that pre-date the “Alt-Right” label and instead can be thought of as the inheritors of a Natural Conservative or Paleo-Conservative tradition in American politics. But there are also younger, more free-wheeling sites like The Right Stuff, and the masthead of the Alt-Right- Radix Journal.
To quote the Head Editor of Radix, Hannibal Bateman:
“The Alt-Right is a growing cultural and political movement that rejects the liberal and globalist hegemonies, particularly in the United States, that have defined the post-World War II West. As such, it is a young, technologically savvy movement that is engaged in building a new counter culture against America’s aging soixante-huitardes similar to continental ‘Identitarian’ movements.”
Many of these new right thinkers eschew the big tent “Alt-Right” label that the MSM has lumped them under for one reason or another, but all together they comprise a massive samizdat movement of online Dissidenti. Furthermore, the alt-right does not just deal with politics; it is an all-encompassing intellectual movement. There are HBD (human bio-diversity) enthusiasts, male self-improvement advocates, rebellious sub-cultures of 5th gen. meme-warriors as well as Monarchists, Traditionalists, National-Libertarians, Socialist-Nationalists, Identitarians and Russo-philes…
In the West, Russia is usually viewed with a mix of foreboding and hysteria. However, the Alt-Right has a more favorable opinion. Their generally russo-philic attitude stems from their view that Russia and Eastern Europe have preserved the best of European cultural values. After the fall of communism, a sort of role-reversal occurred. The west remained free of economic communism, but fell under the spell of “Cultural Marxism.”
On the topic of Cultural Marxism, whole tomes can be written, but suffice it to say, whereas traditional Marxism aims to erase economic inequality, Cultural Marxism aims to eliminate perceived social inequality based on race, gender and sexual orientation. One could say that the West won the Cold War and retained its free-market economic system of Capitalism…and yet there is everywhere apparent a spirit of Cultural Marxism prevalent in the West. .
The late Jonathon Bowden, (a dissident right wing thinker from the UK) articulated a prevailing belief in the Alt-Right in a talk titled, Western Civilization Bites Back.
“The new Eastern Europe is rather really interesting and will have a lot to say about the future of European man in the next century or so. Eastern Europe was preserved by communism from the decadence of the liberalism which has semi-destroyed Western Europe (and points to the west of that)… Communism was a strange doctrine, because it preserved under permafrost many of the characteristic social chapters of what it means to be a European.”
To put it simply, Russia is seen as a beacon of reason and civilization by many on the Alt-Right. Time will tell if their faith in Russia is justified or not. But they, and other similar Dissident Right movements are the only parties that will even hear Russia out.
Just as Russia is being encircled by NATO forces, and pilloried in the international media, so too have the hyenas in the MSM been hounding the now GOP nominee, Donald Trump.
To put it mildly, the entire edifice of Western civilization is crumbling and it would only be a slight exaggeration at this point to point out that much of the West lives in a post Camp of the Saints scenario. Yet, just as America- shell-shocked and confused- hit Peak-PC, Donald Trump arrived like a savior in the night. His boldness and willingness to openly state Anti-Globalist policies won him the adulation of dispossessed middle-America…and the scorn of the Neo-Trotskyite Intelligentsia. Unsurprisingly, Donald Trump is seen by many on the Alt-Right as the last chance for Western Civilization to save itself from the brink of civilizational collapse.
Most importantly, the rise of Donald Trump heralds the new era of identity politics. As Donald Trump taps into the simmering discontent of the dispossessed white working class of America, he begins to transcend the traditional left/right divide among voters. The real divides are now along the lines of Identity. With him stands Generation Alt-Right. Against him stands the New Internationale.
Perhaps the best example of the merger between globalist interests and the Regressive Left can be seen in the recent #marchforeurope protests. Indoctrinated Millenials, old-school labor voters, and the recently imported Third World have joined in an unholy alliance with The City and EU bureaucrats to protest a popular referendum on the European Union. The New Left- once a champion of liberal values in the West- now demands harsher controls on speech in the name of combating “Hate Speech” and actively promotes greater flows of economic migrants who will undercut the wages of the native working class.
To many of the older generation, much of what I have said may come as a surprise. But the fact remains that the old political positions have gone topsy-turvy, and it all has happened in the relative blink of an eye. As it stands now, the old peace-promoting, anti-imperialist, pro-working class Left has left the stage. We live in a brave new borderless world now- or so we are told by the new cultural commissars. Many are coming to realize that there is no left or right anymore. There are only Globalists and Nationalists, and the young Alt-Right stands at the vanguard of the latter. They are the product of a new generation being forced to rediscover their identity and come to terms with their dispossession.
A generation who spit out the narratives of guilt and self-hate they were fed as children. A generation that intimately understands the raw deal they have been given and that resents a political culture that justifies their economic, and social plight on the grounds of fighting “systematic racism.” For their whole lives, they have been blamed for historical “sins” outside their control. And now they fight over an offense they did not give, against those who were not even alive to be offended. That realization forms their consciousness. Where Samuel Huntington once asked: “Who are we?” – the Alt-Right has picked up the torch and started coming to its own conclusions…
UPDATE: Va banque, Merkel-style:
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday described recent attacks in the country and across Europe as “shocking, depressing and terrifying,” but she refused to back down from an open-door refugee policy that has attracted fierce criticism following recent assaults in the country.