Waiting for the Barbarians

Edmund Burke wrote, in his Reflections on the Revolution in France:

But one of the first and most leading principles on which the commonwealth and the laws are consecrated, is lest the temporary possessors and life-renters in it, unmindful of what they have received from their ancestors, or of what is due to their posterity, should act as if they were the entire masters; that they should not think it amongst their rights to cut off the entail, or commit waste on the inheritance, by destroying at their pleasure the whole original fabric of their society; hazarding to leave to those who come after them, a ruin instead of an habitation – and teaching these successors as little to respect their contrivances, as they had themselves respected the institutions of their forefathers. By this unprincipled facility of changing the state as often, and as much, and in as many ways as there are floating fancies or fashions, the whole chain and continuity of the commonwealth would be broken. No one generation could link with the other. Men would become little better than the flies of summer.

Paul Krause writes in American Thinker about that very concept.

The West is a dying civilization. That much is evident.

But it mustn’t be. Who will defend the flame that once illuminated the skies and sang songs of ascents up on high? In the rush to destroy all things Western, few so-called conservatives—anywhere—risk themselves to defend our patrimony and our future. [..]

The riots are not about George Floyd, police reform and accountability, or justice. The riots are the systematic attempt to exterminate Western civilization and culture from the very lands in which its roots are planted. […]

Multiculturalism is not about multiculturalism. That is the greatest misnomer of all time. Multiculturalism is the veiled vehicle for dismantling and destroying Western civilization. This is not about political power as asinine conservatives often say. This is about civilizational desecration and destruction.

When multiculturalists complain about European and American statues, they are only voicing their genuine attitude of resentful hatred. What hath the multiculturalist in common with Julius Caesar, George Washington, or Horatio Nelson? Nothing. And they never will. Even if they reside in Western nations. Multiculturalists hate all Western heroes precisely because they’re Western. Even white abolitionists are targets of their rage because they are “murderers” and “colonists.” Anything and everything Western, as Susan Sontag said, is “the cancer of humanity.”

That is the truth that no liberal or the pseudo-conservative of Conservative, Inc. want you to realize. They are all wreckers, and what they mean to wreck is western civilization, and they are succeeding. Paul thinks, as do I, that only America can preserve our heritage. Here’s why.

We are the Keepers of the Flame in the City on the Hill

What makes the American unique is that he is the product of all of Europe and European history converged onto this New World and New Continent. Without the Greek victory at Salamis there would be no America. Without Alexander the Great there would be no America. Without Julius Caesar or Augustus Caesar there would be no America. Without Charles Martel there would be no America. Without Christopher Columbus there would be no America. (And this is why the multiculturalist tears down statues of Columbus—they only defile Western heroes.) Without Sir Francis Drake there would be no America. Without James Wolfe there would be no America. Every great Western hero of the past is now on the chopping block of the multiculturalist terror campaign.

Americans have the richest history and heritage precisely because we are the children of pilgrims, adventurers, and lovers stretching across the millennia whose actions made safe the possibility for the European settlement of the New World. This would serve conservatives well if they understood this fact and embraced it. The Greek heroes at Thermopylae and Salamis died for us. The Franks who died stopping an Islamic invasion of Europe died for us. The Catholics who fought the Turks at Lepanto died for us. The brave and heroic sailors, settlers, and pioneers who died in the New World died for us. If we love them let us honor them and immortalize them. We once did. Now we must show our love for them again in defending them against the new barbarians from within.

We are, in a sense no other country shares, the west incarnate. From English roots we embraced all of European civilization, incorporating the best from each and discarding the worst. We are the culmination of western civilization, and the most powerful nation to ever spring from Pallas Athena’s brow. For those very reasons, it is our task, our duty, and our honor to defend all the rest. If not us, who?

Do read the article, the excerpts I’ve quoted only provide a taste.

Otherwise, we become the city in Cavafy’s poem.

Waiting for the Barbarians

What are we waiting for, assembled in the forum?
      The barbarians are due here today.
Why isn’t anything going on in the senate?
Why are the senators sitting there without legislating?
      Because the barbarians are coming today.
      What’s the point of senators making laws now?
      Once the barbarians are here, they’ll do the legislating.
Why did our emperor get up so early,
and why is he sitting enthroned at the city’s main gate,
in state, wearing the crown?
      Because the barbarians are coming today
      and the emperor’s waiting to receive their leader.
      He’s even got a scroll to give him,
      loaded with titles, with imposing names.
Why have our two consuls and praetors come out today
wearing their embroidered, their scarlet togas?
Why have they put on bracelets with so many amethysts,
rings sparkling with magnificent emeralds?
Why are they carrying elegant canes
beautifully worked in silver and gold?
      Because the barbarians are coming today
      and things like that dazzle the barbarians.
Why don’t our distinguished orators turn up as usual
to make their speeches, say what they have to say?
      Because the barbarians are coming today
      and they’re bored by rhetoric and public speaking.
Why this sudden bewilderment, this confusion?
(How serious people’s faces have become.)
Why are the streets and squares emptying so rapidly,
everyone going home lost in thought?
      Because night has fallen and the barbarians haven’t come.
      And some of our men just in from the border say
      there are no barbarians any longer.
Now what’s going to happen to us without barbarians?
Those people were a kind of solution.

Dunbar’s Number and Society

And so today, we welcome a new author to NEO, Frank Clune, a very intelligent Englishman, whom I’m very proud to have on board. His introductory post here grew out of a conversation he had with Audre, and I think it fascinating, not to mention enlightening. So, help me welcome Frank, and wish him many comments and likes! Neo.

There is no systemic racism in the United States of America, there are only racist people.

If I look back over my lifetime in England my father and mother would, by today’s standards, be considered racist – though my father was the man who broke the colour bar at the then Preston Polytechnic (on the entirely reasonable grounds that it wasn’t fair to deny a man a job because of the colour of his skin). Clement Attlee, Abraham Lincoln and many, many other heroes of the left made statements that would cast them out into the Pale nowadays. Truly, history is ideology projected into the past.

As far as unconscious bias is concerned, it’s chasing ghosts. The unconscious is, by definition, unknowable. Attempts to change this by behavioural therapy smack of Lysenkoism and are viciously sinful, attempting, as they do, to change the essential nature of Man.

What we do have is the instinct to identify with our tribe, whatever that might be. And there are upper limits as to how many people that can incorporate. This from Wikipedia:

Dunbar’s number is a suggested cognitive limit to the number of people with whom one can maintain stable social relationships—relationships in which an individual knows who each person is and how each person relates to every other person. This number was first proposed in the 1990s by British anthropologist Robin Dunbar, who found a correlation between primate brain size and average social group size. By using the average human brain size and extrapolating from the results of primates, he proposed that humans can comfortably maintain 150 stable relationships. Dunbar explained it informally as “the number of people you would not feel embarrassed about joining uninvited for a drink if you happened to bump into them in a bar”

You note that there’s no mention of skin colour, religious affiliation, sexuality, sex, or any other characteristic. It is simply the number of people that one can accommodate in one’s life and feel some kind of responsibility towards. It is no accident that prehistoric tribes tended to be no bigger than this.

I identify as English, Lancastrian, Prestonian in that order. Within Prestonian I am from Ribbleton Avenue in the suburb of Ribbleton. In truth, my identity builds both ways and I suspect that is true of anyone who has a strong attachment to the place they were born.

These things are not only normal, they are also essential to our mental and spiritual well-being. I would identify much more strongly with a black family from Ribbleton than I would with a white family from West Sussex (two hundred and fifty miles south of Preston and a place where I spend far too much time). They would be ‘my’ people, ethnicity simply wouldn’t come into it.

In my tribe, the majority of people are white Anglo-Saxons, which is hardly surprising given the ethnic makeup of the country that I live in. But it also includes black people (that is the correct way of addressing a person of colour in the UK and is not in any way derogatory or racist), Pakistani Muslims, Jewish people, Asian-Chinese, Polish, Italian, Croatian and the Lord alone knows what else.

The modern identitarians want you to despair in order that you will give up. They have nothing to offer in place of our decent and thoughtful way of life other than chaos and violence which reflects their internal – nihilistic – processes. In fact, there is no better sign of the diseased mind than when some kid tells you to check your bias (my responses to that can be rather cutting). That really is pot calling kettle black.

The other (un)intended consequence is that our societies could become so fearful that we retreat into ethnic enclaves. There is something of that going on in the UK with the ethnic Pakistani/Bangladeshi populations already. And a consequent discounting of them as people amongst the majority white population which has to suffer this nonsense.

This is bad for everyone. There are many reasons why this has happened including multiculturalism (by which every culture is deemed to have equal value. A Pakistani hill tribe practicing witchcraft, ritual murder, and the silencing of women is equal to our centuries-old English civilisation? Please!).

Never forget that the left gets everything wrong. Whilst France and Germany used Marshall Aid to build up their industries after the war, in the UK we spent it on the NHS, nationalising transport and the mines, and subsidising living standards. All under a socialist government (guess which countries have got the better health services? Clue, it isn’t the UK).

We have problems in our countries and some of them aren’t pretty. But with God’s grace and our efforts, we will overturn these wicked people and their materialistic values.

Of Elections and Counter Revolutions

Tomorrow Britain votes in a general election, the prime contenders are Boris Johnson of the (not) Conservative Party and Jeremy Corbyn of the CPSU Labour Party. What’s going to happen is anybody’s guess. There are several smaller parties including The Brexit Party that ran the table in the European elections, but has recently waned, although they might pick up a seat or so, there is the UnLiberal Not Democrats who will take remainer votes (maybe) from Labour. UKIP has a few candidates and an outstanding Manifesto, which means little since they’ll be very lucky to get one seat, and more, including The Monster Raving Loony Party which is a good description of this election.

The best write up I’ve seen is this, from Law and Liberty The best ad I’ve seen is this new one from the Conservatives.

Pretty cute, and just a bit Trumpian. That’s important, Britain is fighting the same revolution we are, against their own deep state and the politicians embedded in it. So we’ll see. Not least if Boris can break free from his own swamp background.

Then there is Washington, where the House has gone not so much extra-constitutional as downright anti-constitutional. Well, we know how that plays in Peoria, don’t we? Christopher Knight in American Thinker is good on this.

When I consider Adam Schiff, Nancy Pelosi, and Jerry Nadler maneuvering for impeachment of President Donald Trump, it is with some dark bewilderment. They have no idea what disaster they are courting for themselves and their allies. It will not end well for them. […]

Since the summer of 2015 the hardliners of the Deep State have gazed at Trump with derision, then desperation, and now total destruction in mind. To them the American people simply aren’t meant for a loosening of control and regaining oversight of their own government. Trump’s message resonated with those same American people as had nothing in recent memory. Democracy came to Eastern Europe by ballots and not bullets. So too did American citizenry in flyover country begin to revolt against their elitist masters.

It wasn’t part of “the plan” and perhaps for the first time ever, the Deep State shuddered in fear. The revolution was not only televised, it was splayed across Facebook and Twitter. But if not Trump himself, someone else would have inevitably threatened the entrenched political and media complex. The peril would come. It was only a matter of when. […]

Who among the faces of this “glorious revolution” will win the White House in 2020? It may be the most lackluster field of candidates in modern history. Which alone indicates to me that Trump would be too smart than to level unethical sabotage against any political opponent: Joseph Biden will never be as formidable as even George McGovern. And Adam Schiff as the one who will go down in legend as the man who toppled the President? Oh please….

In short, it’s pretty much all over, but the executions err trials. What could rekindle the whole mess? You know as well as I, and I think Barr and Durham know it as well. If that happens, the half a billion privately owned arms held by the foresight of the founder’s might make an appearance. Not to be wished, it is a doomsday alternative, but it is more likely than at any time since 1865.

Two (Videos) if by Sea

So, an hour with Candace Owens and Douglas Murray from the Candace Owens Show in London. Interesting, Intelligent, and enjoyable. What’s not to like?

Hat tip to Kathy Gyngell at The Conservative Woman.

And Boris Johnson at the Conservative Conference. Always interesting and often fun.

Political Realignment and the Uniparty

Over at American Greatness, Edward Ring says politics is realigning. I say he is correct. Read on.

Just over three years ago, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, speaking at a fundraiser in New York City, characterized half of Donald Trump’s supporters as a “basket of deplorables.” […]

It might be tempting to return the favor and hate back. That not only would be a tactical mistake—since you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar—but also inaccurate targeting. There are a surprising number of liberals, progressives, and even socialists, who are not only anti-Clinton, but are begrudgingly, and increasingly, capable of seeing the positive side of the Trump presidency.

A very early indication of this came in October 2016, when John Pilger published in the London Progressive Journal an influential article titled, “Why Hillary Clinton Is More Dangerous Than Donald Trump.” Pilger, notwithstanding his socialist leanings, is a world-renowned journalist and filmmaker of undeniable courage and integrity.

He’s not alone, either in Britain or the US. They’re starting to pop up everywhere, in the trade unions, the leftist parties. There’s a full-on Marxist that is an elected Brexit Party MEP. So what’s going on?

The political universe is realigning, the left-right divide that has sufficed since the French Revolution no longer does.

Many Trump supporters cheered his election not because of his pugnacity (about time), or his policies (also about time), but because when you hate the china shop, you love the bull.

Trump has exposed the Democrat versus Republican, Right versus Left, liberal versus conservative paradigms as, if not obsolete shams, then at least models that have lost most of their dialectic vitality. They remain real and represent important differences, but they are overshadowed by a new political polarity, worthy of urgent and vigorous dialectic—globalism versus nationalism.

Until Trump came along, the globalist agenda crept relentlessly forward under the radar. Issues that now can be framed explicitly as globalist versus nationalist—immigration, trade, foreign policy, even climate change—found deceptive expression when shoehorned into the obsolete paradigms.

It suited the uniparty establishment to engage in phony, ostensibly partisan bickering to keep up appearances. It suited them to pretend that immigration and “free” trade bestowed unambiguous global economic benefits, while claiming that to oppose it was economically ignorant and “racist.” It was convenient to pretend ceaseless foreign interventions were based on moral imperatives, while silencing the opposition as “isolationists.” It was easy to get away with promoting climate change policies based on supposedly indisputable scientific evidence, while stigmatizing opponents as “deniers.”

Suddenly all of that is revealed as almost Ptolemaic in its contrived complexity. Here is Trump’s Copernican breakthrough: if you want open borders, absolutely free movement of capital and jobs, and an aggressive international “climate agenda” enforced by the American military, you are a globalist. If you do not, you are a nationalist.

The impact of the globalist agenda has been felt acutely in America already, but the pain is spreading and intensifying.

Unskilled immigrants are taking jobs away from the most vulnerable Americans, and every year, they continue to arrive by the millions. Manufacturing jobs which are vital to America’s economic vitality are being exported to any nation with cheaper labor, costing Americans still more jobs. Policies that are supposedly designed to save the planet have made it virtually impossible to build anything cost-effectively—houses, roads, reservoirs, power plants. In states where the globalist agenda is well advanced, the gap between rich and poor is at record levels, and the cost-of-living is prohibitive.

I think he’s spot on, and even more than the US, the situation in Britain makes it pretty obvious, does one want to join the globalist empire or not? Could hardly be clearer, and that’s why at least for the moment the old designators don’t work. Most of my British friends refer to LibLabCon, which refers to Liberal Democrat, Labour, Conservative, a short form meaning they’re all the same. Pretty much true at this point, there and here.

Interesting times, but at least half the battle is recognizing the enemy, and it is becoming clearer by the day. Press on.

The Great Pineapple Pizza War

In reading over at The Blogmire, I ran across this gem: The Great Pineapple Pizza Controversy and the Battle for Our Minds. Let’s have a look.

However, whilst the controversy may appear to be fairly harmless and light-hearted, sadly there may well be something far more sinister lurking beneath the surface. Without knowing it, it could be that these young people, and in fact anyone entering into the Great Pineapple Pizza Controversy, are in fact being manipulated by malicious foreign actors who “hate our values, our freedoms, and presumably our otherwise moderate views on Pineapple on Pizza.”

Lest you think I have gone mad, allow me to point you to a document produced by the United States Department of Homeland Security, in which Americans are warned about the influence of foreign nations (and you can probably guess who is at the top of their list), using the example of Pineapple on Pizza as an illustration.

Yes, there is. Our tax money at work.

From the document:

“Americans often engage in healthy debate on any number of topics. Foreign influencers try to pollute those debates with bad information and make our positions more extreme by picking fights, or “trolling” people online …

What started in cyberspace can turn very real, with Americans shouting down Americans because of foreign interference.”

Hard to believe that we pay people (overpay, in fact) to write such tosh. Can it happen, well I suppose it can, but that probably indicates that you spend too much time online, and need to get a real job. But there is a serious point here, both in the document and for those of us who think for ourselves as the linked article author says.

But although I am tempted to just laugh at the sheer madness of it, I do want to make one very serious point. What is going on at the moment is that the political elites are trying to create what they call the “centre ground”. Broadly speaking, this so-called centre ground can be defined as an ideology that is committed to: globalisation; the sexual revolution; the destruction of the married family; the demonisation of males; the idea that white people are intrinsically racialist; the erosion of any differences between male and female; the ending of national sovereignty and borders; the right to intervene and wage war against nations for alleged humanitarian reasons; the right to kill human beings in the womb; and a view of crime that puts it down to social injustices, rather than guilt and culpability. Or to put that another way, pretty much everything George Soros, Hillary Clinton and Tony Blair believe in.

What they are also doing, at the same time, is to attempt to stifle and even close down debate. But they are not resorting to the jackboot or the Gulag to achieve this. No, they are resorting to the demonisation and smearing of their opponents, usually achieved by the insertion of the word “phobia” at the end of a word, but also increasingly by the suggestion that anyone holding a contrary position to the officially approved “centre ground” opinion does so because they have been targeted, swayed, propagandised by foreign actors who — altogether now — hate our values, hate our way of life, and who want to destroy us etc etc etc ad infinitumad nauseum.

In short, the deep state mired in the swamp at work. And that is why it is the enemy of the American people, as it is of all free people everywhere. In America, and yes in Britain as well, it is the eternal battle to keep us free, and for the rest, if our peoples fail, they have little hope, as all will subside back into the mire of various forms of autocracy.

For all that, pineapple belongs on ham, not pizza.

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