In previous writings, I’ve spoken about the strategic liability of the nationalist position as being a lack of effective networking and organization, as hyper individualism promotes a high level of individual efficiency but at the cost of cohesion in social networking. The inability to work as a collective unit in support of a common goal absent compelling leadership perhaps best explains why ideas which were popular have been gradually but effectively diminished and delegitimized in the social sphere. As such, it has become common for those who support nationalism to develop a bunker mentality, a strictly defensive mindset, an outlook that veers toward the paranoid and with political disappointment a recurring system failure improperly addressed, an ever-growing gap of disbelief.
People are invariably shaped by their experiences and the decision which the conservative faction made to attempt to defend their moral belief by refusal to use the political process to bolster their own belief system as a categorical imperative has had many negative outcomes. The most obvious and apparent was when faced with an opponent willing to contemplate a fuller evolution of government into new areas of life and to utilize political will and capital as such to reshape society, the idea of passive resistance proved utterly inadequate to halt generational change. While it appears conservatives thought civil society and volunteerism would prove an adequate bulwark against the encroachment of the progressive state, they seriously underestimated how the state would be leveraged to force compliance with the new set of values (such as how threatening tax exempt status silenced churches from expressing political opinions), stifle private alternatives through people’s unwillingness to pay for duplication of services once a tax driven public system was in place, and to indirectly fund a nonprofit sector through subsidy to culturally indoctrinate the core belief of secular humanist egalitarian utopianism. In short, they retreated to their ideological bunker and articulated a philosophy of arcane legalism to which they have clung ever more tightly as the transformation of the West has happened right before their very eyes, with the loss of power and influence causing them to perversely invest more in a losing strategy.
Shaped by generations of failure and retreat, and the strategic backdrop of many years of defensive compromise against a hostile agenda and years of inaction when in power to restrain such policy prerogatives, the voice of the majority has become nostalgic, backward thinking, and cynical toward this world. We have lost our belief in our nation, in our civilization, and in the capacity of people to change things. There are many manifestations of this phenomenon like the ubiquitous retreat from the cities, departure into various forms of monastic life, and a subtle but corrosive redefinition of cynicism as reason. Having been so shocked into seeing the public transformed from supporting their beliefs, a position assumed to be natural and healthy enough to resist the moral attack which has so degraded tradition and habit, what should have been a moment of disbelief has turned into a debilitating catalepsy marked by the unwillingness to act and the petulant refusal to engage at a level which acknowledges why structural defense failed against a sustained attack.
No ideology or philosophy in history has survived the decadent mindset of pure defense. To grow, ideas require active energy put behind their precepts, a leap of faith to engage and push these ideas into the public sphere. Some spread through voluntary means, and others through compulsory acts, but the commonality is a willingness by the adherents to push their thoughts onto others, recognizing the inescapable reality most humans will follow the herd instinct to listen to the loudest and most active voices, or to follow the socially dominant paradigm. As both these aspects now belong to the radicalized progressives, it is not surprising the slide toward mandating equalized outcomes is quickly accelerating. To oppose this, a reactionary philosophy must be adopted, promoted, and with positive articulation of its own ability to offer a better future, utilize the weapons which have proven so devastating to quickly reverse the losses which have been forced lest we have to experience over generations of inescapable degradation the proof once more of the fallacy of forced equality, an experiment which can and only ever will end in death, poverty, and despair.
We need faith enough in ourselves and our beliefs to use government to reshape society, for government is the lever which is being wielded against us to protect the cultural engines of the left and to shuffle funding toward them. We need to escape the passive mindset that a system or set of laws has some eternal meaning and recognize that words change meaning with generations and that action defines reality in concord with the energy and desire expressed. Faith is belief plus will, the formulation upon which all civilization must rest, and what we have abandoned. We need to recover that, abandon all cynicism which leads to inaction, and embrace an ethic which gives us reason and justification to fight back.
What form this will take is for people to decide, but what cannot restrain us is the inertia of world-weary pragmatism and pessimism. We will be forced to expend more resources and energy compared to our opponents who benefit from years of effort and organization, and a highly effective strategy of demoralization and disruption of all vital – energetic – efforts to push back. It is no accident the media encourages and ignores the traditional respectable defense, which is utterly useless, and demonizes all those whether they approach from a sacred or secular perspective ideas capable of inspiration. We even see people who promote instrumental music which is designed to rouse strong emotion banned from platforms, proof that they understand they are actively repressing efforts to build identity outside the binders in which we so long trapped ourselves.
I submit to you that while we still have options left, we must embrace with faith and zeal a common effort to escape this trap and unmake what binds us through any means necessary. A return to nationalism, thinking based upon the welfare of the people and in search for objective goods which should be actively enacted, is but a start but a most necessary one. We cannot expect any element of the current system, be it wealth, the market, or the state to be anything but interference in this quest, a reflection of how low our social capital has become. But, as faith draws upon the infinite possibility of our creativity and passion, we can through our efforts change this equation still, if we can abandon our comfortable contempt and disbelief. If instead of attacking one another with the useless canard of what is impossible, we were to organize ourselves to fight back, we might just find the old ways always had a lot of support, if they were just put in a new form to have actual meaning for this generation.
Time stops for no one. But it bends itself to the believer. I challenge you to believe, but the hard part is this. It is not enough to just believe for yourself. You need to take those beliefs, like a missionary, to others. Because left alone, we will die against those missionaries who promise all people can be all things. Our reason tells us why they are incorrect, but it must be our hearts now which inspire people to resist their reign in an effective matter.