Our Struggle

As Z Man notes here, one of the main ways the Left wins is by peddling comforting fantasies:

The truth is, people are motivated by a quest for grace. Humans want to believe the universe cares for them and it has a purpose for their lives. Therefore they seek out some avenue to reach that state of grace, to give purpose to their lives….Our ruling elites believe they are on the side of history, so the results of their actions must be the will of the heavens.

I agree, but it misses something important: Struggle.  That’s the “avenue to reach that state of grace,” and to prove it, I give you the Puritans:

  • Puritans knew Grace is a free gift of God — nothing you do can possibly earn it.
  • And yet, the Puritan work ethic is so famous it’s a cliche.

Max Weber wrote a big important book about it, arguing that the Puritan work ethic was massive displacement activity — you cannot know if you are Saved, but since God commands you to make your way in this world, the better you make your way in the world, the more likely it is that you are Saved.

The Left, as we all know, are the new Puritans, and this is the psychology behind everything they do.  Why else would the Left, who have been in near-total control of our culture for more than half a century, still carry on as if they’re a tiny, persecuted minority?  It’s a perfectly inverse relationship: The more control the Left has, the louder they squawk about how “dangerous” they are for “speaking truth to power.”  The Media, Hollywood, academia, they all carry on like Donald Trump is about to throw them to the lions, even though none of them has ever met anyone to the right of Bernie Sanders.

Displacement activity also accounts for the neverending purity spirals.  Only the #Wokest shall be saved.  They’ll never be happy, because their salvation is not in this world, and since they’re all atheists, their salvation isn’t in the next world, either.  Hence the constant, frantic search for something, anything, at which to be offended.  It’s the only thing that muffles the gnawing uncertainty that they aren’t saved, that they’re not the #wokest, that they have some unexamined, un-eradicated “privilege” that will keep them out of polyamorous genderfluid Heaven (aka the UC Berkeley faculty lounge).  It’s the struggle that gives life meaning.

See also George Orwell, the writer whose deep and subtle insight into the Leftist mind baffled refugees from the Soviet Union.  How, they asked, could a man who never lived under Stalin depict its mental world so perfectly, as Orwell did in 1984?  Orwell reviewed Mein Kampf in 1940.  It’s worth quoting at length:

[Hitler] has grasped the falsity of the hedonistic attitude to life. Nearly all western thought since the last war, certainly all “progressive” thought, has assumed tacitly that human beings desire nothing beyond ease, security and avoidance of pain. In such a view of life there is no room, for instance, for patriotism and the military virtues. The Socialist who finds his children playing with soldiers is usually upset, but he is never able to think of a substitute for the tin soldiers; tin pacifists somehow won’t do.

Which is why, 80 years later, we’ve simply ditched the tin pacifists and decided to “get in their faces.”  Vicious masked thugs shouting down speakers and beating up their supporters in the name of “free speech,” while calling themselves “anti-fascists,” wouldn’t surprise Orwell in the slightest.  He continues:

Hitler…knows that human beings don’t only want comfort, safety, short working-hours, hygiene, birth-control and, in general, common sense; they also, at least intermittently, want struggle and self-sacrifice, not to mention drums, flags and loyalty-parades. However they may be as economic theories, Fascism and Nazism are psychologically far sounder than any hedonistic conception of life…. All three of the great dictators have enhanced their power by imposing intolerable burdens on their peoples. Whereas Socialism, and even capitalism in a more grudging way, have said to people “I offer you a good time,” Hitler has said to them “I offer you struggle, danger and death,” and as a result a whole nation flings itself at his feet. Perhaps later on they will get sick of it and change their minds, as at the end of the last war. After a few years of slaughter and starvation “Greatest happiness of the greatest number” is a good slogan, but at this moment “Better an end with horror than a horror without end” is a winner.

The last line is especially worth emphasizing.  Lots of folks in Our Thing are about ready to say “fuck it” and start throwing punches.  The Left is already there, and please note: It’s the most mollycoddled Leftists of all who are doing it.  The guy who tried to brain a Trump supporter with a bike lock was a professor, and indeed the “Antifa” are, almost to a man woman persyn dragonkin being are still, somehow, in college.  I spent many years in and around academia, so please believe me when I tell you: There is no nicer, safer, cushier existence than that found on a college campus.  There never has been, not once, not in all human history.  The great Ozymandias would trade half his empire for an air conditioned dorm room and all-you-can-eat sushi at the student union; he’d trade the other half for a MacBook Pro and free wifi.

If your material conditions reflect the state of your soul, in other words, college folk are all saints awaiting assumption.  And yet, they’re the unhappiest critters in captivity.  They’re only “happy” when they’re complaining about something, because life is a struggle.

We need to capitalize on this.  We need to set a goal, seemingly tangible but forever out of reach, that will allow us to fight the struggle, and acknowledge that it IS a struggle.  I’d suggest something like “the New Traditionalism” or something.  Make it community-centric, with the goal of getting your community back to the way it was in the 1950s (you can get the incorrigible Liberals on board by putting them on a committee to “study” some ways to avoid re-implementing Jim Crow.  All you need is a committee chairman that makes sure their “recommendations” always end up in the circular file, while the rest of the leadership team gets busy re-implementing Jim Crow).  Since getting back to an actual religious view of life is impossible without a theocracy, purity spirals are going to have to be a feature, not a bug.  Use them — if you’re going to get them anyway, it’s much better to have “Johnny isn’t pro-American enough!” than “Johnny didn’t call me by this week’s pronoun.”

Get völkisch with it.  What’s the worst that could happen?

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4 thoughts on “Our Struggle

  1. Nate winchester

    Christianity may have been onto something with its insistence on overcoming your own sinful nature and obtain perfection.

    I mean you just nailed another aspect of JBP’s popularity. What is “clean your room” but the invitation to the first step of a larger struggle?

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  2. Jay Carter

    So . . . . “Z” writes the following:
    “The fact is, the smart scale is fiction. Smart people are just as prone to nutty ideas as anyone else.”
    Smart guy that “Z”.
    His spot on observation lends some credence to a poem, (Max Ehrmann’s Desiderata) that has long been considered to be too simple. . .  too mundane.

    Max wrote: “Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; for they too have their story.” 

    That sentence has been my “North Star” for years.

     

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