Originally posted in 2010
Reading Tom Wolfe’s The Me Decade and the Third Great Awakening
circa 2010 doesn’t’ evoke nostalgia because it isn’t really dated.
From asinine New Age psychotherapy to asinine New Age psychobabble,
little has changed over the past 30 plus years. (The part about
“communication” in that article is particularly contemporary, as well
Of course that’s not surprising. Thirty years
isn’t really that long ago and the twenty-something post-hippie,
seeking “crystal healing”, adults of thirty years ago are now the
middle-aged scholars and politicians informing much of social thought
in America today. Still, there is a certain unexpectedness in how far
we haven’t come in general attitudes and experience since then.
That can extend back even further though. Reading Charles Dickens or G K Chesterton
describing America in their respective times is, in many ways, no
different than reading a modern “stuck up” European article on
today. America then, as now, is painted as a country full of potential
and problems, seemingly to perpetually reside on the precipice of
calamity and comedy even as she continues to survive and thrive.
It is from that that I suspect the philosophical Me People are born.
Which is to say, it is not consumerism that creates the philosophical Me
People (as opposed to the materialist ‘Average Joe’ Me People), it is
the discovery that the universe does not revolve around you and the age
in which you live. It is not that they believe themselves to be the
center of the universe. No, they simply believe they have found the
perch from which the universe can be objectively observed in all its
silly innateness. And from there they observe all the little human ants
marching this way and that, foolishly believing that their little lives
have meaning or individual purpose within the “greater scope of
You see, the philosophical Me People, having tasted of
the knowledge of good and evil (the understanding –through the reading
of history and international travel- that the world does not begin or
end with the individual, nor is sustained by single nations, peoples,
empires or eras), no longer view life in the particulars but rather in
the abstract or broader context. They see the forest but consider the
individual trees that comprise it as irrelevant.
point of view race, ethnicity, family, nation, religion etc. may all be
real, but they are irrelevant within the context of the greater
history of mankind. After all, the Babylonians are no more. Rome,
expired. The Aztecs? Gone with the wind. Empires rise and fall, Kings
and paupers alike end up six feet under and night follows day, time and
That’s not to say they are the ‘live for the
moment- die young and leave a beautiful corpse’ types. Having
discovered “the truth” they wish to shout it out. But to whom will they
shout it? After all, the little people won’t understand as they are
still wrapped up in their insignificant lives.
philosophical Me People’s peers are always and only hypothetical
intellectuals of a time not their own, aka “future generations.” When
these elite Me People speak of how “future generations” will judge us,
they are speaking of the as-yet-to-be-born philosophical Me People
sitting aloft, and outside of, their own present world and time. That’s
why they so blatantly ignore the opinions and desires of those
presently alive who create and sustain culture, art, law and order and
so on. For instance, they aren’t worried about the 80% presently
opposed to amnesty for illegal immigrants, they are worried what the
“future generations” will say if they appear to be concerned with
present-particular political or social constructs.
Essentially, they want it known to all the philosophical Me People of
future generations that they know “the truth”. And “the truth” is the
knowledge that nothing particular really matters. And the best way to
demonstrate that you know that is to act and function as though, well,
nothing particular really matters; not nations, races, ethnicities,
religions, languages, cultures or even politics (which explains why the
two party system acts as though it’s one). For them, the understanding
that history runs in cycles and everything has a beginning and an end
is the great “secret knowledge” of the ages. To acknowledge that
particulars have form and function which follows divergent threads of
history is the anti-knowledge. The Un-Truth!
White people have the habit of keeping detailed historical records
reflecting the egregious un-truth of particularism, Western
Civilization becomes ground zero from which the Me People derive (the Me
People elite is an exclusively White club). Thus to make their
declarations of “the truth” echo through the eternities, they
systematically attack (and/or deny) those particulars that make The
West, The West. This is seen most clearly in their adoration and
veneration of historical figures (fictional and real) who ignored
concerns grounded in race, ethnicity, class, etc. and instead worked for
the “common cause” and “greater good”.
The Me People are a
recent phenomena though. They like to imagine that they are in the
company of past philosophical Me People yet their club is, from a
historical perspective, about as old as last years Oak leaves. Their
brief season is coming to an end because they were dependent upon a
system that existed at a particular point in time under particular
social and economic conditions. An irony completely lost on them.
are adrift in the artificial (and superficial) cosmos of their own
design, without connection or ties to the real world past, present or
future. Yet even they can sense some sort of end approaching.
Mr. Wolfe’s 1977 article goes more into the world of the materialist
‘Average Joe’ Me people than to their elite. Basically what such
commentaries demonstrate (in the non-elite realm) is how little basic
social attitudes and fads have changed or deviated from their projected
paths over the past few decades. There is, in a sense, a certain
inevitability to where we are today. Maybe that’s because we’ve moved so
little in recent times (a point for those who talk of “progress” to
In other words, our society, culturally, has
stagnated. When trends, attitudes, fashions, art etc. remain in a
relatively fixed and predictable position, forward movement has ceased.
And of course a part of that stagnation includes original
thought. Once that has stagnated, critical thinking crumbles as well.
The all-important “Perspective” goes next.
You see, whereas
the philosophical Me People view the understanding of the scope of
history as liberating them from present particulars, the Average Joe Me
People view the particulars as liberating them from the scope of
history. Such “sins” as colonialism, “racism”, segregation etc. were
done “before my time” and by “other people”. Those helpless 19th
century bigots were, “products of THEIR time.” Of course “we” know
better today (for the Average Joe Me People there is a We but never an
Us). And then there is The South (not we), the British (not we), South
Africans (not we), Nazis (not we) and so on. For the Average Joe Me
People the particulars allow for the separation of themselves from past
and present social, biological, political, geographic, philosophical
and religious groups. For them, even their great-great Grandpa was not
part of the present We and can thus be relegated to the extreme
periphery of their own present existence.
Yes, it’s plain
old-fashioned selfishness, but its current manifestation can only be
truly understood when seen as part of a particular order which
engenders a sense of individualism so intense that it makes everyman,
not just a God, but the God of their own momentary, short-lived,
Part of the problem is the psychology built around causal social fibs the Average Joe Me People perpetuate such as:
You can be anything you want to be.
Or, work hard and you can have it all.
Worst of all is, You’re special.
Accompanying social myths are:
You’re just as good as everyone else.
No one is better than anyone else.
It’s your life.
Find out who you are.
Leave your mark on the world.
The Sky is the limit!
None of these things are true or represent logical thinking, of course.
Never the less they are embedded into the American psyche rather
deeply. This is why the idea of flying half way around the world to
“bring democracy” to ancient civilizations which are fundamentally in
opposition to democracy seems feasible to many an American. “Why not?”
they ask, “it works for us, and we’re no different than they are!”
Likewise it inoculates them from the conclusions to be drawn from the
high crime rate of minorities or the over representation of certain
groups among the influential decision makers at the top of the political
And of course when everyone believes they are
individually special; equally capable of becoming a corporate CEO,
nuclear physicist, NFL linebacker, avant-garde travel show cook/host or
Pulitzer Prize winning novelist, well, then why shouldn’t Muslim
refugees from Somalia become democracy-loving patriots in Minnesota?
Why shouldn’t 20 million Mexican migrants stampeding across our borders
become model citizens? Why shouldn’t a black guy become president?
And why should Iraqi’s and Afghani’s fight back? Everybody wants
Naturally “the Devil” to the Average Joe Me
People is, reality. As such, they make war upon it while declaring all
those who claim it exists to be heretics.
But as there is a
sense of inevitability to where we are, so too is there a sense of what
is to inevitably come. Many people know, think or feel that there is
something wrong in the world and that things are off kilter.
There is a
sense of, ‘this ride is about to stop’ in the air.
Just as the
media and the ‘man on the street’ were “sensing” the paradigm shift to
the left in the 60’s and 70’s there is now a belief that a “backlash”
is inevitable. More to the point, there is an undercurrent felt by
Average Joes and ivory tower elites alike that White people are ready
And it is not a revolt taught by the state,
preached in the churches or shouted by the masses, yet it is as real,
palpable and expected as the coming dawn under the glow of early
morning light. The Me People, both Elite and Average Joe, sense it
coming. It is that sense of inevitability that the end of an age is
Unknown to both, however, is that the end of this age
will be the doom of the Me People. The Average Joe types will
disappear into the wreckage, perhaps reappearing again in a new
prosperous era in an age yet to come. But the Elite Me People, those
“citizens of the world” who foolishly chose to stand outside of time
and place are an end to themselves. Having separated themselves from
the present; blood and soil, nation and era, they are as formless and
forgettable as a summer wind.
As the Me People lived in a
temporary world of their own making (a world existing for and of
themselves) it is very much true for them to see that the end of the
world is at hand.
For the rest of us, who stand resolutely
connected to past, present and future particulars of blood and soil,
our history and our existence, is eternal. We continue on in the real
world, which has always been and always will be. A world of day and
night, right and wrong, truth and lies, black and white and, yes, love
Yet the hate that is arising in The West is not of
the irrational and reactionary caricature the Left loves to paint. It
is the hate of lies. It is the hate of wrong. It is the hate of that
which would hurt, mar and destroy all that is good and true and
It was not part of their blood,
It came to them very late,
With long arrears to make good,
When the Saxon began to hate.
They were not easily moved,
They were icy—willing to wait
Till every count should be proved,
Ere the Saxon began to hate.
Their voices were even and low.
Their eyes were level and straight.
There was neither sign nor show
When the Saxon began to hate.
It was not preached to the crowd.
It was not taught by the state.
No man spoke it aloud
When the Saxon began to hate.
It was not suddenly bred.
It will not swiftly abate.
Through the chilled years ahead,
When Time shall count from the date
That the Saxon began to hate.
Saturday, February 8, 2014
There are various ways of describing and understanding the unfortunate turn many in Western Civilization have taken over the past century. Comparing events to “revolutions” and the course of specific nations to the Titanic striking the iceberg are common (engaged in by this writer as well). But every now and then a new perspective may help better see the possible causations as well as the potential remedies/outcomes to our plight.
“History repeats itself” we are told and sure enough that seems to most often be the case. More than that, specific historical incidents seem to foreshadow events on a greater scale and era.
Such an event is the Mutiny On The Bounty.
That mutiny, wherein a group of men from a civilized Western nation, having temporarily grown accustomed to a leisurely life of hedonistic nihilism on a tropic Island, rebel against their commander when faced with returning to a orderly and disciplined, (Western) way of life, has a general theme which can be applied to our current situation.
Though it is common today to lay part of the blame for our slide into ruin on the influence of outside groups who, through media and finance, encourage activities that harm us, it is not quite telling the whole story, nor is it reflective of the less glamorous parts of Western history. That that influence is there is undeniable. However when we look at the way Western Men, born and raised in a strong and potent Western nation at the height of its power, behaved on their own, far away from outside influence, over two hundred years ago, in an era that openly recognized racial and class differences, we see men who acted not much different than some men do today.
The Bounty was to travel to Tahiti to obtain bread fruit plants which were to be taken to the West Indies to be used as a cheap source of food for the slave population. When The Bounty arrived the plants were not fully grown and so the crew had to wait for around five months for them to mature enough to be gathered. During this time the officers and crew were treated to a world of friendly natives, easy living, no responsibilities, no (immediate) consequences, free sex and plenty of free time. It was the antithesis to their own civilization of law, order and civility and they (or rather, some of them), apparently, embraced it cordially.
Naturally problems arose on the return trip when it was time to return to Western standards of behavior, self-discipline and morality. By that time around half of the men had “gone native”, including Master’s Mate and Acting Lieutenant Fletcher Christian, who had fallen for a Tahitian woman named Maimiti. Eventually, these men yearned so much for a return to the depraved (and ultimately destructive) life they had known on Tahiti, that they cast off all consciousness of law, honor, loyalty and discipline and mutinied on their leader, Lt. Bligh, abandoning him, and seventeen of the twenty one loyal to him, in a 23ft open launch with meager supplies and only a sextant and watch to guide him.
The mutineers sailed the Bounty back to Tahiti where they took supplies and natives (men and women) with them to seek a place to hide from the British Navy and justice, and live out a life of racial and cultural miscegenation. This hedonistic utopia was, ironically, founded by people of low character and no qualms about disloyalty and lack of honor or restraint. It’s not difficult to imagine how well that worked out.
Bligh addressed the temptations to which they had yielded in his published account of the mutiny in 1790, writing:
“It will very naturally be asked, what could be the reason for such a revolt? in answer to which, I can only conjecture that the mutineers had assured themselves of a more happy life among the Otaheiteans, than they could possibly have in England; which, joined to some female connections, have most probably been the principal cause of the whole transaction.
The women at Otaheite are handsome, mild and chearful in their manners and conversation, possessed of great sensibility, and have sufficient delicacy to make them admired and beloved. The chiefs were so much attached to our people, that they rather encouraged their stay among them than otherwise, and even made them promises of large possessions. Under these, and many other attendant circumstances, equally desirable, it is now perhaps not so much to be wondered at, though scarcely possible to have been foreseen, that a set of sailors, most of them void of connections, should be led away; especially when, in addition to such powerful inducements, they imagined it in their power to fix themselves in the midst of plenty, on the finest island in the world, where they need not labour, and where the allurements of dissipation are beyond any thing that can be conceived.”
The mutineers chose Pitcairn Island as the local of their multi-cultural utopia. Once there, they burned their ship. An act that can be seen as done not only to hide their presence there, but, arguably, as symbolically destroying their one remaining tie to their own civilization.
The general story is thus.
As to be expected the experiment ended with some of the Polynesian men murdering some of the Englishmen and the Polynesian women murdering several of the Polynesian men in revenge. Drunkenness, more murder, sickness and insanity ensued, leaving - eventually - a Mr. John Adams as the sole surviving mutineer (after less than a decade of settlement on the island) and leader of the remaining population of about nine women and several mixed race children (the leader of the mutiny, Fletcher Christian, is said to have been either murdered by a Polynesian or grown depressed, eventually committing suicide).
In other words the utopia they imagined in their darkened hearts predictably turned into a living hell rather than the heaven they had envisioned. A sort of small scale, predictable, turn of events, the likes of which are now playing out on a grander scale throughout many Western nations.
The descendents of that bunch (about 50 in total) are still on Pitcairn Island today. In fact, they even made the news back in 2004. Just google “Pitcairn“, “2004” and “trial“.
Lt. Bligh, on the other hand, made a remarkable 3,600 nautical mile journey (using only a sextant and watch in a small launch) back to a civilized European port in Timor, along with the men who had remained loyal to him, themselves, their civilization and it’s people.
No, there was no television or MTV or fashion magazines or left-wing newspapers out there on the Bounty in the middle of the ocean in the 18th century. Just White Western Men at a time when White Western Civilization, and pride in it, was at its peak.
Many of them, acting on their own part, chose to debase themselves in treachery, miscegenation and multiculturalism at a time when such acts were openly denounced.
Their motivations and actions were just that, theirs. (An outside hand can offer us a dagger, but it is bound up in the character of each and every Western man as to whether or not to expect it.)
And whereas around half of the men turned their back on their civilization and embraced the very same destructive behaviors we see about us today, it is important to remember that the other half stayed true and loyal. Cast adrift in an unfriendly ocean they demonstrated remarkable skill and courage (dealing with murderous natives and starvation) in their long journey back to Western civilization, back to home.
There is no doubt that those outside groups who would wish us harm today have encouraged and cheered on that percentage of us who seek to mutiny against Western Civilization in favor of a multicultural hell. But the fact is it takes a willing participant to be led. And sadly there are not only all-to-willing followers amongst the disloyal, but leaders as well.
In the end we must be careful in our duty of defending the honor or our people, not to deify them or absolve them from the treachery that many of them so willfully engage in.
To be clear, this is not an advocacy of abandoning the resolve to expose the activities of those who might wish us ill, but rather a call for a little more focus on the inward development of the qualities that are needed for the difficult task of preserving and nurturing our people and their civilization back to a safe harbor. We need to once again champion the virtues which established our great societies but which have, of late, fallen out of favor. And part of those virtues was the belief that every man is to, ultimately, be held accountable for his own actions regardless of circumstance or whatever outside influences might have swayed his behavior or actions.
It is indeed a question of character. Some men have poor character and give heed to whatever impulse happens to strike them, while others remain true and honorable no matter how enticing the deceptive voice whispering in their ear is.
There has been a mutiny on the HMS West, and those who remained true to their own have been set adrift.
But we must keep hope, for upon reflection of past events we can see the inevitable fate of each group based upon the path they have chosen.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
What is your pet tyranny?
Everyone today seems to have a pet tyranny; a bugaboo that is threatening their very way of life and, by extension, everyone else’s life as well.
And of course there is the greatest tyranny of all, the tyranny of obstinate obtuseness on the part of others who refuse to acknowledge that your own pet tyranny is a threat to them as well.
The left, in particular, look like fanatical quacks in this regard when they grow outraged and shrill over those who refuse to acknowledge the liberating powers of, say, the belief in “equality” or “climate change” (climate change being the only kind of change they don’t welcome).
The right tends to stay calmer in their outrage as they’re still in that phase of grief known as denial, in which they simply mock the “silliness” of those who don’t share their pet tyranny and actually advocate on its behalf.
What all and sundry usually have in common is tunnel vision. After all, most people don’t like to have their hypocrisies pointed out to them, yet we all have them.
And to be clear, a hypocrite is not an alcoholic who hates his addiction but still imbibes, while warning others of the dangers of alcohol.
That’s not a hypocrite.
No, by hypocrisy I mean the dictionary definition, which is, “The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess –thefreedictionary.com.”
Those on the left decry the tyranny of praying at public functions while calling on authorities to forcibly ban it.
Those on the right decry the tyranny of secularization on the grounds that it violates…the Constitution.
The bottom line is, nobody objects to tyranny, only particular tyrannies. If the government be turned into a voracious beast, so be it; it’s only a problem when our guys don’t hold the reigns.
And therein lay the conundrum: the insistence of having a system that enforces “freedom and equality”.
The problem is: no one wanting to admit that the real objective is the enforcement of a particular “freedom”.
Most love to spout jingles such as, “people should be free to decide how they want to live”.
But what happens when they decide they want to live under a particular tyranny?
After all, no man is an island.
If everyone were free to live as they choose the result would be chaos.
Fortunately we don’t have to fear such a thing happening, as it is impossible. History and present realities inform us so.
People have always, and will always, form societies and societies will always have a set of beliefs, rituals and customs which will always be enforced with an iron rod by a ruling elite; those who descent will be squashed and swept away.
The generations living at present like to pretend that they can live in the half-light between order and chaos. Well, one half likes to pretend they can while the other half just pays lip service to the premise.
A great many people today are “stressed out” about what is happening around them because they’ve built their worldview on irrational and extremist positions, namely, “liberty, fraternity and equality”, which is a motto, and philosophy, that has led to the destruction of tens of millions of lives, nations, families and western civilization itself.
It is important to remember that the entire “enlightenment” fad was brought about by the ascending merchant class who were not about to let things like civilization stand in the way of their profiteering.
So the tyrannies of class, race, gender, borders, culture, morals and the like were thrown down to make way for the freedom of bankers to turn men into merchandise.
And today we see the inevitable whimper of the enlightenment’s last gasp as those who still cling deliriously to its tenets attempt to turn the whole earth into one giant Wal-Mart.
But here is what ultimately happens: varying groups divide themselves into camps and then go to war with one another; the winner takes all and vanquishes the defeated, the remnants of whom live under the tyranny of the victor’s freedom.
That is the natural, organic, process of human history.
To be blunt, you might say that one people’s tyrant is another people’s knight in shining armor.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Craig Bodeker's documentary 'A Conversation About Race' is still pertinent 5 years after its release as the sinister, but defiantly undefinable esoteric sin known as "racism" is, apparently, still haunting the land.
Its brevity and its depth are what make it so compelling.
In the first five minutes of the documentary Bodeker demonstrates that there is actually no such thing as "racism".
He then spends the next 50 minutes illustrating that point by interviewing people from various walks of life (male/female, old/young, black/white).
It's also thought provoking in that it highlights the extent to which so many people are not provoked to think.
The findings highlight the complex role that race plays in medicine, especially as genetic studies reveal more biological reasons behind why racial and ethnic groups may have different propensities for disease, and respond in varying ways to drugs.“We don’t like to admit that race and ethnicity count, but they certainly do...”
The pertinent question is, why don’t they like to admit that race and ethnicity count?
Of course, we know why.
It’s both a comedy and a tragedy when a society feels too burdened to discuss the truth for fear that the shadowy forces of “equality” will jump out and charge the windmills.
Monday, November 4, 2013
When a mom and daughter were kidnapped, forced to withdraw money from an ATM, raped, then shot last week, the Indianapolis Star played it by the book: Do not mention the suspects are black.
The “book” in this case is written by the Society of Professional Journalists, headquartered just three miles from the scene of the crime. In last month’s issue of the SPJ magazine, the oldest and largest organization of journalists in America reminded its members how they should report racial violence.
To be fair, Indianapolis is not remarkably different from Kansas City, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Chicago, Baltimore, St. Louis, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Greensboro, Rochester, Richmond, Miami Beach, Fresno, Louisville, Memphis, Greensboro and more than 100 other centers of regular and intense black mob violence: The papers in those towns are loathe to report it as well. They say they are color blind.
These are the same papers that every day run stories about black caucuses, black churches, black colleges, black TV stations, black expos, black radio, black newspapers, black blogs and on and on.
For those of us who have spoken about, and written of, this reality for many years these stories no longer shock or cause much distress.
The rate of increase in crime which is following the influx of third world peoples through legal and illegal immigration is similarly horrific.
What does cause distress is the level to which many (but increasingly fewer) still go to insulate themselves from the real world and the implications of having to acknowledge fundamental truths.
All men are not created equal. Races exist and have a fundamentally different moral/social matrix inherent to each group.
That doesn't mean one is bad and the others good. Each is fine for that particular race or ethnic group.
The problem comes when they are forced (literally forced) to co-exist in the same space under the same generic system which is sustained by state and federal bureaucracies. That is how the Soviet Union functioned.
And though "equality" is the steel hammer which is carried forth in front of the citizenry as both a rallying banner and as a threat to those who do not comply, its practical application is to destroy every single representation of Western Civilization, traditions, customs, laws, morality and peoples.
Put it this way,
If your philosophy is "live and let live" and "as long as they don't bother me", then there is a 99.9% chance you are White.
Let that sink in for a while.