Saturday, June 16, 2018

religion, sex and craziness

Audacious Epigone has an interesting graph on religious affiliation, sex and mental health. What makes it interesting is that there really aren’t any surprises there at all. Women are crazier than men, Christians are slightly less crazy than atheists, Jews are crazier than Christians. Muslims are the least likely to have mental health problems, which makes sense since their religion isn’t a dead religion.

And the craziest group of all? Jewish women. Which pretty much explains the entire history of the feminist movement.

It’s not very often that one has the pleasure to see a graph that confirms all of one’s cherished stereotypes!

The Romantics and the uncoolness of western civilisation

In retrospect the rise of the Romantic Movement was an early sign that western civilisation was not entirely healthy.

There is much to dislike about the Romantics but perhaps the single worst thing about them is that they created a new type of hero. The Byronic hero. In fact, they created the anti-hero.

For the first time in human history being spoilt, petulant, emotionally incontinent, immature, miserable and self-pitying was seen as cool and sexy. We’re now so accustomed to this diseased thinking that we forget just how bizarre it was for people to start wanting to emulate unpleasant losers like Byron and Shelley.

Being a rebel had never been considered to be something deserving of admiration, unless you actually won. And if you won then you were, by definition, no longer a rebel. But to the Romantics being a rebel and a perpetual loser was the height of desirability. Byronic heroes were not sexy and cool in spite of being losers - they were sexy and cool because they were losers.

To the Romantics the height of uncoolness was to be a successful, well-adjusted member of society with a normal family life.

The Romantics have exerted an extraordinary influence on our culture for two centuries, an influence that shows no sign of abating. The modern cult of victimhood has its roots in the Romantic Movement.

How on earth did such bizarre attitudes come to be generally accepted? The cult of nature promoted by the Romantics is perhaps understandable as a reaction to the rise of the cult of science over the preceding couple of centuries. It could also be explained as a reaction against the Industrial Revolution, except that that doesn’t explain how the Romantic Movement gained such a foothold in Germany at a time when the Industrial Revolution was still in its infancy.

It’s more likely that Romanticism was one of the fruits of the Reformation, a result of the rising tide of scepticism. In fact it may have been the first significant attempt to manufacture a substitute secular religion to take the place of Christianity (which by the end of the 18th century was clearly dying in western Europe). Romanticism had all the emotional appeal of a religion without the rigour and discipline.

The Romantic Movement was an ominous sign that our civilisation was developing suicidal tendencies.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

women need patriarchy now!

There are those of us who believe that society needs to return to traditional values and to reëstablish traditional institutions. There are even those of us who believe that we need to return to patriarchy.

It is of course quite legitimate to ask why we should return to the values and practices of the past. In the case of patriarchy the answer is very simple. We need patriarchy because women are miserable without it.

Feminism is a social experiment that began in the 19th century. For more than a hundred years we have tried pretending that men and women are essentially identical. We have tried pretending that women are capable of doing all the jobs that men used to do. We have tried pretending that women will be happy if they behave sexually the same way men do. We have tried pretending that higher education for women is a good idea and we’ve tried pretending that degrees in women’s studies, sexuality and advanced basket-weaving are just as valuable as degrees in medicine and engineering. We have tried pretending that women make splendid political leaders. For more than a hundred years women have been pandered to. Women were already privileged under patriarchy but now they have been given countless additional privileges.

And what is the result? Women are angry and miserable. They are much more angry and much more miserable than they were half a century ago, or a century ago. A large proportion of women today are so miserable they cannot function at all without taking a handful of antidepressants every day.

The fact is that when we lived under a system of patriarchy everyone was happier, including women. Especially women. This is is hardly surprising. The essence of patriarchy is that men and women are different and will therefore find happiness by accepting different social rôles.

Women were also happier under patriarchy because there weren’t any male feminists in those happy days. The truth is that women are disgusted and sickened by male feminists. Women do not like girly-men. Women like and admire men who behave like men, just as men like women who behave like women. It’s almost as if biology is real!

For the sake of women’s happiness we need to return to patriarchy now.

ideologies of revenge and the usefulness of fear

There was an interesting comment (by commenter Beckow) on a recent discussion on Stalin at Unz Review. The gist of it was that ideologies like Bolshevism, Maoism, national socialism and even populist fascism were revenge ideologies. The existence of such ideologies forced the ruling classes to share the wealth, at least to a limited degree. It was necessary to give the population as a whole the idea that they were going to share in the benefits of industrialism and capitalism.

When those revenge ideologies collapsed it was no longer necessary to maintain the pretence that everyone was going to get their share. Our elites are now following their natural inclinations. Capitalism is reverting to the robber baron model of the 19th century.

It seems to me that this is a very important insight. It also fits in with a belief that I have held for quite a while, that it is absolutely necessary for alternative political systems to exist. It doesn’t matter if those alternative political systems are not very efficient. It doesn’t even matter if they are not very pleasant. What matters is that they should exist.

And in our modern world it is increasingly the case that these alternatives have been shut down or neutralised or in various ways eliminated as viable possibilities. That has frightening implications, and we can see those implications when we look at the behaviour of our current elites.

Our elites are confident that there is no longer any danger that their power can be threatened in any way. There was a time when they were concerned about the possibility of too much inequality of wealth and income. They feared that this might lead to an upsurge of support for left-wing ideologies. Eventually it might lead to communist (or fascist or populist) revolution. But those left-wing ideologies no longer exist. There is no longer a political left. There are still parties and political organisations that claim to be leftist but what they all have in common is a total lack of actual leftist belief.

Identity politics is not left-wing. It is a right-wing ideology. Its purpose is to maintain the power of the elites.

Modern leftists are not going to lead a communist revolution. They are not under any circumstances going to round up capitalists and bankers and line them up against a wall and shoot them. They’re not going to do that because modern leftists are on the payroll of the capitalists and bankers.

And that’s the problem. The fact is that the only thing that will persuade capitalists to moderate their natural greed is fear. The only thing that will persuade the ruling class to behave with at least a modicum of decency is fear. In the days when alternative ideologies such as Bolshevism existed the capitalists and the ruling classes were always aware that if they behaved with too much arrogance and viciousness there was a very real chance that one day they really would be lined up against a wall and shot.

It’s actually a very good thing for elites to live in fear. It’s healthy. Kings always lived in fear. They knew that if they lost the support of the people they would be deposed and that generally meant being killed. They had a strong incentive not to rule like tyrants. Up until a few decades ago western elites lived in fear. They knew what had happened to earlier elites that had failed to deliver at least a degree of fairness and hope. They knew the fate of those earlier elites in the French Revolution, the Russian Revolution, etc.

It is always a good thing for elites to have such things in the back of their minds. When the elites no longer fear the people you have tyranny. That’s why it’s a good thing to have Bolsheviks around. Their existence has a most salutary effect on the elites.

Friday, June 8, 2018

western civilisation's auto self destruct mechanism

I happened to catch a couple of minutes of a discussion on one of those right-wing news shows on Sky News last night. The subject was the Australian National University’s decision to ban a course on western civilisation. The fact that Australian universities are opposed to western civilisation is of course no surprise.

What caught my attention on this segment was the supposedly conservative female journalist’s passionate defence of western civilisation. Apparently western civilisation is awesome because it gave us feminism and LGBT rights.

The really depressing thing is that when you think about it she’s right. That’s pretty much what western civilisation has amounted to. The last three or four hundred years of western civilisation has been the story of the rise and triumph of liberalism. So what is destroying the West is in fact western civilisation.

We probably need to think a bit here about what we mean by western civilisation. In common usage it’s often assumed that it begins with classical Greece and encompasses European civilisation for roughly the past two-and-a-half thousand years.

I don’t think that’s a workable model. The classical Graeco-Roman civilisation, mediaeval European civilisation and the modern West seem to me to be so different as to constitute three separate civilisations. While the Renaissance is usually seen as the watershed between the mediaeval and modern worlds I think the key event was the Reformation. The Reformation shattered Christendom, not just as a reality but even as an ideal. It made the eventual triumph of secularism inevitable. The Reformation did not transform the mediaeval world - it destroyed it utterly.

The problem is that while the new civilisation that took the place of mediaeval society was bright and shiny and exciting there was a fatal flaw in the new operating system. It came with its own built-in auto self-destruct mechanism and no-one has ever been able to find a way to switch it off. It’s a dynamic civilisation but it’s doomed. It will fly high for quite a while and then suddenly explode in mid-air. That mid-air explosion is what we’ve been witnessing over the past few decades. Unfortunately it’s not the result of sabotage by nefarious external forces. It’s just inherent in the design that sooner or later it explodes.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

SJWs and globalists - who actually pulls the strings?

The culture war is a war that was launched by powerful vested interests but they are not the ones who actually fought the war. The bankers and billionaires and senior deep state functionaries (the globalists who could be described as the Inner Party) left the conduct of the war largely to journalists, academics, politicians and so-called activists. These were the Social Justice foot soldiers. They could be described as the Outer Party.

It was an arrangement that worked very well. The globalists wanted to ensure that populations were demoralised and easily controlled, with no loyalties and no stable beliefs. They wanted willing consumers, and compliant cheap labour. They therefore wanted traditional institutions such as the family and the churches destroyed. Their SJW foot soldiers were eager to oblige.

So far so good. The one minor problem is the quality of the human material from which the SJW foot soldiers are drawn. Feminists, homosexuals, transgenders, environmentalists - these people are fundamentally unstable. Many are in fact mentally ill. This phenomenon is one that Spandrell has addressed in his recent extremely stimulating posts on bio-leninism here and here and here.

The mental instability of these people makes them useful in many ways since it predisposes them towards fanaticism but it also makes them difficult to control. When you’re using feminists as a weapon for example then you have to be aware that you’re dealing with an unguided missile. The globalists are happy to use feminists to attack Christians and white men (preferably working-class white men) but the recent #metoo fiascos where feminists have targeted black men and even elite Jews are a good illustration of the dangers. In fact the dangers in this case are even greater since you’re not just dealing with feminists but also with actresses who are even more unstable and narcissistic than everyday feminists. Your chances of trying to reason with Hollywood feminists are very very poor. These Hollywood feminists can smell blood in the water and they are in no mood to pick and choose their victims carefully.

This is likely to be more and more of a problem. The globalists have given seriously crazy people a great deal of power to destroy and they’re hoping they can direct that destruction against their enemies, but those crazy people get crazier as they get more power and as they get the taste for blood. They’re likely to be increasingly difficult to control. The results will be interesting to watch.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

the coming demographic collapse

Civilisations have died before and in many cases these deaths could be described as being at least in part suicides but what we’re seeing today is something much more frightening - our species is committing suicide. We are simply no longer reproducing. There’s a name for species that stop reproducing - we call them extinct species.

The catastrophic falls in birth rates in the West are certainly old news. Fertility in the West has been slowly declining for well over a century. But it’s not just the West now. Some of the lowest fertility rates on the planet are found in highly developed east Asian societies. South Korea and Taiwan are almost certainly past the point of no return.

Fertility rates have plummeted everywhere, except sub-Saharan Africa. Europe, Latin America, east Asia, the Indian subcontinent, the Islamic world, North America - wherever you look it’s the same story. There are fewer and fewer babies.

No-one can be entirely certain why this has happened. It is possible that physiological factors may be involved, with unhealthy hormone balances being one suspect. It does seem more likely though that the disaster is mostly cultural in nature.

Undoubtedly urbanisation has played a part. The demoralising effects of capitalism and consumerism. The collapse of organised religion. Feminism, the glorification of homosexuality, the trans nonsense, the ubiquity of pornography - these are certainly factors. It has to be said that as American culture has been spread more and more aggressively across the planet it has been followed by the social hollowing-out that leads to further declines in fertility. 

Foolish western governments have allowed themselves to be persuaded that the economic consequences of population collapse can be avoided by mass immigration. That’s not going to work for various reasons, but in the long term the main reason it isn’t going to work is that all human populations are collapsing, and they’re collapsing fastest in the more “advanced” countries. The immigrants are also going to stop reproducing.

Of course it can be argued that declining populations are not necessarily a bad thing. The trouble is that we are not dealing with a slow decline in healthy populations. We’re dealing with populations that are failing to reproduce because society is diseased. We don’t know if such declines can ever be reversed. It might well be that once a certain point is reached an equilibrium will start to establish itself, or alternatively it might be that the collapse will begin to accelerate until self-extinction is achieved.

In any case while the economic problems of declining populations might be solvable we certainly are not close to finding such a solution.

And then of course there’s the added difficulty that the one place that population collapse is not happening is sub-Saharan Africa. If our leaders our determined to arrest declining population by bringing in immigrants then sub-Saharan Africa is going to be the only long-term source of unlimited numbers of immigrants. Does anyone seriously think that’s going to end well?

We also need to ask ourselves if we really want to live in a society in which people are too selfish and too stuck in permanent adolescence to want to raise families. It’s not likely to turn out to be a very healthy society.