Snow came to Exeter early this morning; the first in several years of cold but wet Winters. Allegedly there’ll be more in the coming weeks, although no less rain as well. I hope for snow; it always makes for good fun and joyful spirits.
Last year was an interesting one for me. I re-entered the online world after several months of solitude starting from the twenty-second of December, 2014 and lasting until the twenty-second of March, 2015 – and even then my re-engagement with projects in a serious way began in June; writing and posting here on West Coast Reactionaries after Andrew passingly mentioned to me that he’d started a blog. In October I kicked off The Plebeian Podcast again which lasted for eight weeks, and within which a lot of ground was covered in a much cleaner, more direct way than it had been the previous year. In December I participated in Millennial Woes‘ Millenniyule Hangouts which resulted in a tidal wave of new subscribers to my YouTube channel, new contact requests, new friends and new projects in the works. It was certainly a catalyst.
One thing which really stuck out from all this was the sheer quantity of individuals involved with the Alternative Right, any of its component parts such as the Reactosphere or the Manosphere, and parallel phenomena such as Neo-Reaction. This gargantuan force of energy, this volatile and exciting nexus of creativity, isn’t growing at the present by chance. Corresponding physical events outside of the internet such as the European “refugee” crisis, evermore common attacks on European and Anglophone nations by Islam, continued malevolence and incompetence from the majority of the Western elite, et cetera – all forming the present cultural climate which, dare I say, is growing evermore restless – says to me that something sizeable will occur soon. Perhaps something this year or the next. It’s a matter of lighting a fuse.
The velocity with which the West is throwing itself against the walls of its modern prison, again and again, means that I do not believe for a second that the Current Year™ will be able to successfully strengthen these walls and calm the madman trapped inside in the near future. Recent events in Cologne and the resulting backlash (all recently analysed excellently by Millennial Woes) are but a taster of what’s to come. I am not suggesting that any “Happening”-tier event will unfold (something discussed here by Cato Disapproves, a new contributor to WCR), but we will continue to see ever-increasing levels of social discontent in mainland Europe and elsewhere. As Markus Willenger shouts out in Generation Identity: A Declaration of War Against the ’68ers,
After the National Socialist reign of terror, our continent fell sick and lost its will to live. The next generation, the ’68ers, hated and condemned everything that had been passed down to them: every tradition, every belief in their own kind, every will toward an authentic identity. … The ideology of the ’68ers has infected Europe. … Even if we’ve lost our will to power, our neighbours haven’t, and they’re already penetrating our borders and occupying the places that we freely surrender to them. …
A new political current is sweeping through Europe. It has one goal, one symbol, and one thought: Identity … Our generation is rising up to dethrone the ’68ers.
Any major sociocultural shift is marked prior by psychological and spiritual undercurrents which later culminate at moments of strategic importance. Europe’s Identitarian movement is one such undercurrent, the Alt. Right is another, as is NRx, as are all of the various thinktanks, groups and organisations online or offline which follow a similar trajectory which is pro-identity, pro-power, and anti-establishment.
Of course, the problem or “enemy” isn’t what Willinger terms the “’68ers” for everyone or every movement. It’s this idea, however, that we are now seeing the birthing of generations who’re detached from the aftermath of the last European Civil War which is of note; generations unassociated with the guilt and psycho-emotional fluff the sixties extrapolated. As Babylonian Hebrew noted in a recent discussion with me, it’s as if those dark clouds are dispersing, leaving the sky clear for the eyes to gaze upwards uninhibited.
The matrix of bourgeois liberalism is still in full swing overall, however; what we’re seeing now are cracks in it, not its destruction. It’s foolish to attempt to foresee the future geopolitically regarding any deterioration or collapse; what matters is the eternal values which stay true regardless of circumstance. But it is this style of upwardsness, of virtue, of telling the truth, of consequential loyalty to one’s self, family and community, of strength and honour, which unite us in the present epoch – the belief that the world can be a better place, and indeed it can be.
We must detach ourselves from the sinking ship of liberal conformity – that venomous snake. As Erich Fromm says in The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness,
What has happened in modern industrial society is that traditions, and common values, and genuine social personal ties with others have largely disappeared. The modern mass man is isolated and lonely, even though he is part of a crowd; he has no convictions which he could share with others, only slogans and ideologies he gets from the communications media.
The only way to regain what has been lost – at least on one level – is to consciously break away from the shackles which prohibit not only liberation at the higher level, but even the low – yet imperative – level of social expectations, of behaviour, et cetera. I have spoken of this elsewhere, notably – to give a good example of an art-form which departs from bourgeois standards – in an article about NOBODY™, as well as within a rather lengthy conversation with a friend on many topics. In a Nietzschean way – to paraphrase the late Jonathan Bowden – life should be imagined as a constant process of self-overbecoming whereby one moves steadfastly ever closer to the sun. Again: transcendence; the moving from the ground upwards.
The European is in a difficult position. Centuries of high social trust as an effect survival strategy, now mixed with evermore apparent atomisation brought about via capitalism and the global market, means that he is not in a good way to survive the coming centuries. But those of us who are awake must try; we must never give it or fall victim to any sort of defeatism or pessimism whatsoever. One could describe it as an anti-nihilism, an anti-apathy: that iron spirit not dissimilar to what Oswald Spengler describes in Man and Technics:
We are born into this time and must bravely follow the path to the destined end. There is no other way. Our duty is to hold on to the lost position, without hope, without rescue, like that Roman soldier whose bones were found in front of a door in Pompeii, who, during the eruption of Vesuvius, died at his post because they forgot to relieve him. That is greatness. That is what it means to be a thoroughbred. The honourable end is the one thing that can not be taken from a man.
Of course there are parallels between this and much of what Julius Evola spoke of. The idea that we are living in a doomed age, in a final stage which we must endure, for what is the alternative? I have said this before but it is a choice between a “Yes!” or a “No!” regarding the question of “Do we stay firm and upright in our principles amid an age of dissolution?” I am absolutely regurgitating the words of Evola and so on here, but it cannot be repeated enough; it cannot be overstated: