In some cases readers will ask me: “Why did you compose on that!.?.!? What were you trying to say?” My action has constantly been that practically whatever I attempt to convey, to write, is in some method connected to and comes under a broad heading of “the defense of Western Christian civilization and culture.” Thus, whatever, from my staunch defense of Confederate monoliths, to my long essay on the function of custom in music, film and the arts, to my belief that the public schools have become poisonous, to my continuing criticism of egalitarianism– all of these topics, I think, are very important ones and must be taken a look at.
I think that the cultural artifacts of our civilization, including the arts and music that it has produced, are just as significant, if not more so, than the everyday arguments over such subjects as the budget plan or some “January 6 commission.” Those artifacts are part and parcel of what we call “the West,” our inheritance stretching back not just to Rome, however to classical Greece and Jerusalem. And they specify it, communicate its talent and its virtues, and give it expression.
For the wide-ranging, almost irresistible forces of Revolution and its possessed zealots want our total termination not simply politically and economically, however in every aspect of our lives. Indeed, nobody can stand by idly for long, no one can escape its tentacles and its reach. In the end, neutrality or running away “to the high lawn” can only be a short-lived solution which ends in disaster.
Even even worse, attempting to placate the Monster or to pretend that the forces which oppose us resemble in the “great old days,” when Democrats and Republicans could sit down and exercise some equitable compromise or service, a laTip O’Neill and Ronald Reagan, is not just absurd however encourages our fanatical opponents, emboldens them, and speeds up their barbaric work of demolition.
English critic Hilaire Belloc’s description, from over a century back, is an apt summary of what has actually occurred in our age:
” [T] he Barbarian is visible everywhere in this that he can not make; that he can befog or damage, however that he can not sustain; and of every Barbarian in the decline or danger of every civilisation precisely that has actually been true. We sit by and watch the Barbarian, we endure him; in the long stretches of peace we are not afraid. We are tickled by his irreverence, his comic inversion of our old certitudes and our fixed creeds refreshes us: we laugh. But as we laugh we are viewed by big and awful faces from beyond: and on these faces there is no smile.”(This and That and the Other,1912,p. 282)
In some current essaysI have actually compared our enemies to “pod people,” a cinematic trope that makes an analogy with a timeless Hollywood movie from 1956 (“Intrusion of the Body Snatchers”). I have actually utilized G. K. Chesterton’s imagery and meaning of unhinged lunacy(fr0m his volume, The Poet and the Lunatics, 1929). But I think the description I gave back on March 11, 2019, after I had actually looked into the fierce and burning eyes of members of a mob of “woke” social justice warriors who were attempting strongly to “cancel” the annual Confederate Flag Day that we were commemorating at the old North Carolina State Capitol, may be the most acute and chilling.
What I observed then, and I just recentlyexplained again, was “… an extremely genuine insanity, an unleashed fury, eyes filled with uncontrolled hatred … [which] betrayed burst souls, damaged and demonized, existing in a kind of counter-reality with their own set of always-advancing rules, however committed in a fearsome and unambiguous way to the destruction– redemption through damage– of Western Christian civilization, of mankind as we have understood it.”
There is, I believe, no other method to put it: the opponents we face which significantly damage our patrimony, our culture, our due, our civilization, are certainly in some methods possessed– yes, even in the standard doctrinal sense. Not all, of course, to the same degree; but nonetheless there is a common measure in between the shrieking lunatic Antifa demonstrator in the streets who exults in the genuinely demonic damage of our cities and the artifacts of our history, and the lunatic professor who rubrics his vicious mental attack on “historical white supremacy” in the classroom or in supposedly-scholarly journals on the in-vogue enthusiasm for Vital Race Theory– and the lunatic political leader who allows and abets such insanity.
In some methods all these individuals are had, in some methods possibly like characters in Dostoevsky’s novel The Possessed. And significantly there appears no immediate successful ways to repel them, much less interact with them– they might use a few of the exact same words we do, but basically their language becomes incomprehensible to us.
We counsel and urgently recommend extreme academic reform to staunch the putrefaction in our schools and colleges, we advocate border security, we demand of conservative and Republican leaders that “they do something.” When a bull-in-a-china-shop like Donald Trump does really occurred and attempt, if only a little, to withstand them, he is criticized and ostracized by those very same expected opposition leaders who, in truth, serve the very forces of Hell they proclaim to thwart. And after that by deceit and illegality, the unwashed one is expelled from the presidency so that things can get back to normal: the remaining, sputtering death of 2,000 years of Western civilization.
I have recommended– and I am not the only one to do so– some sort of internal separation or secession. And we see strong motions in places like eastern Oregon and Texas where individuals are beginning to talk about that and take initial action. That may be the most serene means to, a minimum of for a time, minimize the slow death we are experiencing as a nation.
I have actually likewise suggested that our future choices are restricted.
Most of my next-door neighbors are now equipped, many heavily armed. I pity a social justice warrior who would attempt a disruption on my rural street. Senile Joe Biden, a puppet in the hands of a significantly “woke” and crazed Democratic Celebration and its unhinged allies, is no bulwark versus them. Our elections and election integrity can no longer be trusted after the 2020 election. Packing the Supreme Court, Washington DC and Puerto Rico as brand-new states, open borders to millions of illegals, ending the filibuster, execution nationally of Important Race Theory– these are simply a few of the advanced advances which await us if we do not stand forthrightly and wisely. And that is why I write, but not as much straightabout those particular subjects; others do that, and they do it much better than I can. Rather, around the edges, as it were, with the hope that what I release can offer support and simply perhaps widen our understanding of the enemies we face– and they are Legion, and potentially plant some concepts about things we ought to closely analyze and action we need to take.