September 2, 2014

On the Partial and Observable Breakdown of Society

Commentary for 1 September 2014
(75th anniversary of the start of World War II)

I say that the modern 'clerks' [intellectuals] have preached that the State should be strong and care nothing about being just....
                    -Julien Benda, The Treason of the Intellectuals, p. 107

We must organize the intellectuals.
                   -Willi Munzenberg, communist organizer, 1919

The present situation may be characterized as follows: All our institutions are breaking down, and social chaos rises on every side: (1) the breakdown of the family, of motherhood and fatherhood; (2) the breakdown of morality, especially honesty; (3) the breakdown of Constitutional government and of national security, the phenomenon of the imposter president, cowardly legislators, careerist generals, intelligence officials who are double agents; (4) an educational system that is anti-patriotic; (5) epidemic narcissism, selfishness, entertainment culture and materialism. From all of this we also see the breakdown of the individual into madness – as expressed in the social reinforcement of the above. 

The breakdown of integrity signifies a breakdown of hope, and of will power. As Nietzsche once put it, “Man’s bow is unstrung.” What is needed, of course, is renewal; that is, a re-establishment of man and woman, parent and child, and of the sacred. From this may come, once more, community and nation, constitution and leadership. But who will begin this process of regneration? It is a general proposition that this beginning can only occur in the context of a massive catastrophe. Such an event overtakes all arguments, and crushes all resistance by the change it produces within the human heart. The old Biblical term for this is - chastisement

And here comes the Russians, with the Chinese as "partners." At this present juncture the Russians have accelerated their push against Ukraine. We must not underestimate the control they still have over the government in Kiev. We cannot underestimate their willingness to murder anyone who stands in their way, and to divide and conquer province by province, state by state. One may ask, in this context, whether ISIS is not their instrument, clandestinely forged in the bowels of Chechnya and from the desert of Libya (both former Soviet playgrounds). In the face of this, the West doesn’t know what to do. How can you fight for Ukrainian sovereignty when the Ukrainian government itself is a question-mark? This question-mark also confronts American warriors. It confronts all those whose countries have been taken over by that sleek class of liberal-sounding, politically correct, egalitarian administrators. It was Evan Sayet who described them best: “For the liberal … the only explanation for success is that success, by its existence, is proof to the modern liberal of some kind of chicanery and likely bigotry. Failure, by its existence … is proof to them that someone has been victimized.” 

Our decline has been a gradual process, indeed. It has been an inorganic process; that is to say, it was connived at, forced, sabotaged into its present pattern. It is not according to nature, but the result of effective interference and opposition to what is natural. First and foremost, it is ideologically contrived. And the danger in ideology is always its unnatural essence, its patent neurotic or psychotic origins, its bloodthirstiness, its callousness, its nihilism. I conclude this brief holiday edition with a quote from Stephen Koch’s book, Double Lives:  “The Marxist-Leninist political culture … is typically a playground for paranoiacs – that is the one reason why a man like Stalin flourished within it.”

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