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On reactionary conservatism

On reactionary conservatism

“It is curious how the reactionary conservatist and fascistoid obsession with tradition and culture never really focuses on the actual, living and near traditions, never on the ambitions and hopes of those living two, three, four generations back, who worked hard at making society better, often living under very harsh and oppressive circumstances, making great sacrifices in the process.
 
Instead the focus is on timewise quite distant cultures and traditions millennias or at least several centuries back, predating the French Revolution and “modern society”, completely rejecting democracy and strive for equal opportunity. In that it literally is against the dreams, traditions and culture of our closer ancestors of the last 150 years or so, and against their hardwon legacy, rejecting them as not part of tradition, while in reality it is very much a consequence of our history, our culture and our traditions, and something which has been constantly debated and fought over for millennias in our societies, not least in the past times these people choose to look to, even in the Talmud, the Bible and the Koran, and certainly in Greek, Roman, medieval and Renaissance philosophy.
 
It is a pure fantasy of a time with no connection to anyone alive, outside of theory and book reading, and often quite ill-informed, built on romanticized stereotypes and cherry-picking of pretty and cool pieces of times which for the majority were very far from what most of us would want or desire. It is more a reflection of a very human and here quite modern desire for an ideal world different from the now, than a true ambition to celebrate and continue our actual tradition and culture. And it is at its core quite false, but still deeply dangerous to society, seeking to tear it apart and rebuild it according to that fantasy. It is ideological extremism, pure and simple, only masquerading as love of culture and tradition, but in reality seeking to break with it. And something which would have been fiercely fought against by our closer ancestors.”
What to fight over and what is at stake

What to fight over and what is at stake

‘Any ideological “war” has to also be fought in the same arenas as the ones chosen by the opponent, using the same tools, tactically and with consideration. Focusing on single issues, like e.g. racism, is doomed to fail simply because it just doesn’t affect the majority or move them deeply enough.
 
This ideological war is not simply on fighting the opponents of the extremes, or about convincing those on our side, but more so about influencing all the ones caught in no man’s land, all the ones not committed or even particularly aware of what or how much is at stake, or how they are being manipulated and deceived by the reactionary. It is primarily over them that this war is fought. And while the minorities will benefit greatly from this, this is really not a war of minorities, but one of the majority, just as it was for our ancestors who sacrificed so much to leave us this great legacy.
 
So, it is necessary to broaden the scope, to show how a move towards reactionary conservatism and fascism fundamentally changes the lives of everyone, deeply, at its core, literally removing democracy, removing the right for everyone to vote and the opportunity to have a little influence on their own lives, and a chance to a dignified life, replacing it with a rule by the very elite, replacing it with a separation of people who already live together and have done so for generations. It would inevitably mean losing many hardearned rights as a citizen, as an employee, as a student, as a parent and as a life partner, and would put society even more in the hands of the elite, in the hands of those who have simply been born into a family with the right connections, and with a chance for higher education, having been streamlined into positions of power and influence over generations, just as has been the case for millennias before, and is blatantly evident even now.
 
And the propaganda machines of the reactionary, the fascistoid, the identitarian and outright nazis have been active for years in reversing the common perception of political beliefs, seeking to associate antiracism with being racist, feminism with being sexist, antifascism with being fascist, politeness and decency with being “politically correct”, associating being a white male with being an oppressed minority, being reactionary with being pro-workers, and being extremist with being moderate or even apolitical, etc, etc. And of course portraying any reaction to any of this as being a snowflake and a “social justice warrior” worthy of nothing more than ridicule and complete disrespect.
It is absolutely vital to reverse this process, showing how in reality, with a rare few exceptions, it is false and nothing but crude propaganda, as is easily proven by both historical record and actual statistics.
 
So, if they speak of tradition, show your love and understanding of our traditions. If they speak of culture, show your love and understanding of our cultures. If they speak of history, show your understanding of real history, with all aspects of it, if they speak of honour, decency and pride, show how you also value these things, and if they speak of nationalism, show what you love about your country and the legacy we have been given by our ancestors and benefit from today, because the majority of us do know and love many of these things and we mustn’t let them be stolen by extremists.
 
Social media is the arena, and information and love are our weapons. And we need to learn to employ our weapons with control and with a tactical mind and long term strategy, not acting rashly, or carelessly, out of emotion or frustration, not just targeting the obvious opponents as that will have little effect outside of possibly changing the common perception of them, although the likelihood of them using any such attack for propaganda, portraying themselves as martyrs and victims is very strong, and a negative blowback quite likely, especially when aimed at already respected opponents with influence. Most importantly, we need to mind how to safeguard those in the middle, with their perception of things constantly in mind, showing how the emperor is indeed naked.’

Everything matters

“Every single word spoken or not spoken, every single action taken or not taken, counts and matters, as in some way your choices have changed the life of someone else. The final question is whether it was for the better or not.”

Masking racism

“Arguing that you can’t have racist views since you appreciate other cultures, or even have a partner or friend of a different ethnicity is about as valid as saying you can’t be sexist because you like women and are married to one. It just doesn’t work like that. And exoticism is a thing too, not seldom used to mask or justify racist attitudes.”

A Christmas letter

A Christmas letter

So, there are a few claims that are common in the Alt Right, among the reactionary conservatives, fascists and nazis that I would like to comment a bit on. And this is written with quite a bit of fury behind.
 
First of all, you claim that you are the only ones who care about tradition, that the left and liberals want to destroy all traditions and do not even recognize or care for their own nation. This is of course utter bullshit. While there may be extreme examples to point to, the absolute majority of people love their country and their traditions, celebrating them at every festivity, both with national, local and private traditions, even feeling pride and peace with it. And we want to continue to do this. A few minor things change in the celebration of them, but that is as it has always been. Most traditions are quite young to begin with, even if we don’t realise it, extending not very many generations back, especially in the shape and form we have grown up with.
 
And I’ll tell you what else my quite communist ancestors cared about: Seeing their children and grandchildren grow up in a world where not only the rich would be able to vote and to afford education and health, believing that great potential lied in the poor too – a great capacity for achivement, and great intelligence, hindered by poverty, and thus unused by the country, and worse, exploited and repressed by people with far less capacity, just lucky enough to be born into their roles. My grandparents were so poor that they couldn’t afford a flower bouquet for their wedding, and no wedding photo was ever taken. And they worked damn hard, both ruining their bodies before they were 30, all very politically active as Christian communists, deeply rooted in their traditions, working to create a better world for everyone. And they, alongside of other like-minded, against all odds, managed to change our society for the better, at great cost and sacrifice. And now you argue to remove the basic right to vote for everyone, arguing that the things that has made our country so great are evil, pissing on their sacrifice and legacy. It is an utter disgrace.
 
Another of your arguments is that since perfect equality is not achievable, it leads to obsession with smaller and smaller inequalities, and therefore is not something we should strive for. Of course this is not what we are seeking to begin with. We understand perfectly well that perfect equality is not possible. What we want is for everyone to have a fair chance at a good education, health and a decent life in dignity. Things that have been refused and fought against by the elitist reactionary conservatives for ever, and you now seek to remove again, in the places where it has been installed…
 
And the sheer hypocrisy of it all truly infuriates me. Seeing your insincere and false display of support for assaulted Jews, and then turning around and to others argue that the ultimate goal must be for all foreigners to return to their homelands, and argue that even those *born* here, but with foreign origin, should be deported if they commit crime, even publicly supporting and seeking political collaboration with a party deeply rooted in the neonazi movement, with such members even now, a party which has argued that Jews living in your country are not part of the same nationality, but are no problem as long as they are not too many, a party consequently strongly opposed by… Jews.
 
So, fucking shame on you, you quasi-intellectual, arrogant, sly, two-faced and dishonest hypocrite! And Merry Christmas.
On reactionary conservatism

On reactionary conservatism

In these conflicted times with a hodgepodge of various authoritarian ideologies ranging from far left to far right, there is a little noticed growing of interest in reactionary conservative philosophy that borders on fascism and which also has a distinct overlap with it, with fascists and reactionaries mingling and debating their ideas on fora, reading the same literature with works by e.g. Spengler, Schmitt, Burke and Evola, but also modern fascists like Donovan. All of it commonly masked under a cover of admiration for beauty, history and culture.

Getting a grasp of these very radical ideas takes a bit of work, but is very important as we need to recognize that it is just not some quaint grumpy old man’s desires, and all of it would have very far reaching although conflicting and conflicted implications, both for society, but also for the individuals, for you, in your home, at your work even at leisure activities, with fundamental and extreme changes, and removal of hard earned rights and freedoms that people have struggled over and died for, for centuries, and which have been debated for millennias in e.g. Greek, Roman and medieval philosophy, by e,g. Aurelius, Epictetus, Seneca and in the Kitab Sirr al-Asrar, even parts of both the Bible and the Quran.

Some of those fundamental changes which reactionary conservatism commonly seek at national, municipal, even at small organisational level in companies and even “clubs”, and in your home, are the following.

  • A society should only change when it needs to do so in order to defend its institutions. All other changes are unnecessary or a threat to its stability.
  • Society has already failed and the Western Civilization is deep into a decline that will end it. We must, in the words of Evola “ride the tiger”, and wait for the complete and inevitable breakdown and prepare ourselves in various ways so we remain standing strong in the ruins, ready to restore proper, “natural”, conservative civilization (GNON).
  • An honour and duty based society needs to replace the proclaimed “self-focused” one, rooted in spirituality, religion, mysticism and tradition, to the degree that honour, and in particular male honour, should be defended with the threat or use of violence.
  • Elitist rule and removal of the right to vote for everyone, especially those of low education, those of little understanding of society, and those of low intelligence. In this, reactionary conservatism is fundamentally undemocratic.
  • Meritocracy. No one is born with any value or deserves any respect for simply existing (except for King and aristocracy). Your value comes from your achievements and contributions to your society and group only. And those merits are the only consideration for your functions and rights in society and in your group. Your opinions have no value whatsoever without such proven merits.
  • A return of the aristocracy and the elite as noble ideals for the masses to aspire to.
  • A logic- and knowledge based management of society, with no room for emotional or compassion driven decisions.
  • Nationalism as foundation for the nation, preserving and enforcing tradition and culture, with far less room for norm-breaking and sub cultures.
  • A national normative morality that is distinctly less allowing towards individual freedom of choice.
  • A separation of ethnicities and cultures into different nations, believing mixing them inevitably leads to conflict.
  • A reversal of migration, with the returning of all immigrants and their families to their birth countries.
  • Beauty and spirituality over science, function and financial consideration, applied to e.g. architecture and city planning, but also for the support of art and culture.
  • A society where the individual is deeply bound by duty to their employer, city and nation, with more restrictions on individual choice and decision.
  • Clear, binary gender roles with separate duties.
  • The father as leader of the family, the business leader as a father to his employees, the mayor as a father to his city, and the king as a father to his nation.
  • A virile masculine manhood with a preparedness and readiness for violence, to defend his honour, his family, his city and his nation, even tested through ritual violence and rites of passage.
  • A feminine womanhood, returning to the primary role of mother and supplier and the associated traditional tasks of raising children, supporting the husband, even wearing of dresses and no male clothing, like pants.