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What’s the solution?

My lack of activity on this blog for several days now reflects my state of mind about current events and my less-than-optimistic take on our future prospects as a people.

My stock-in-trade, at least in my early days of blogging, was hope in the resilience of the people of this country, and in the legacy our forefathers passed down to us. I believed that we, as a nation, had a history and a culture which was not yet lost and which could still inspire us to change things for the better. These days it’s hard impossible to maintain that kind of hope. So rather than write pessimistic pieces I’ve simply lost the impulse to write much about the news and the political chaos.

I hope I can be excused for writing a somewhat pessimistic (or is it just realistic) piece this time.

I think our system of government served us very well for a good while but as the nature of the people of this country has changed — or was changed — we’ve become estranged from what our forebears were; they would likely not recognize us as their descendants and heirs, so different have we become. Founding Father John Adams explicitly said that the (political) system they designed for us was made only for a ‘moral and religious people’ . These days, with the exception of an ever-smaller number on the right, we are neither of those things. Nor do most of us aspire to be ‘moral or religious’; those traits are despised these days, along with the Christian faith to which they were tied.

Without sound ethics and morals, and without a sense of being an organic nation, a nation ‘descended from a common stock’, what is there to hold us together as a people?

For this reason, I suppose, many on the (new) right are happy to see the old order die, so that they can build, on the ruins, something more up-to-date and suited to their tastes and needs. I suspect that the ‘new and improved’ America that some on the right envision would be post-Christian and post-modern, hence not at all like the country that existed only a few decades ago.

Even if the right does not gain ascendancy in this country or elsewhere in the West, it looks as though the future will be framed along egalitarian lines, with more coerced ‘equality and brotherhood’, something like the Harrison Bergeron dystopia envisioned by Vonnegut.

Is there any chance that an ascendant right would ditch egalitarianism and the ‘leveling’ impulse? I see it as unlikely because it seems most Westerners have absorbed egalitarianism into their worldview, regardless of whether they are on the left or right end of the political spectrum. I remember writing a blog post some years ago in which I mentioned that I saw no reason why some sort of aristocratic order should be rejected out of hand, and that monarchy was not in itself evil as most Americans seem to think. Some of my readers got quite irate that I wrote such things.

Nevertheless since I wrote that fairly innocuous, yet apparently ‘heretical’ piece years ago, I’ve become less and less favorable toward ‘democracy’ and I have never been a fan of ‘equality’ because it is a false ideal; it can’t be attained, except in the narrowest sense, and temporarily.

So why, then, are most Americans still opposed in principle to an aristocratic order or to the very idea of monarchy? How has our electoral system served us in giving us men of character and integrity, men of ability and courage? As far as I can see, in recent times it’s given us, at best, a succession of mediocrities, time-servers. At worst we’ve elected (or had selected for us) venal, corrupt, incompetent, arrogant men (and women), who have undermined if not destroyed everything of value.

With a maleducated, mind-conditioned, dumbed-down electorate, there is not much chance of our prospects improving.

Given that it’s extremely unlikely that our population will reconsider their false gods ‘democracy’ and ‘equality’, it’s only a remote possibility that we could turn to another system.

And maybe the answer is not political, in any case. There would need to be a benevolent despotism to bring about such a change, absent a change of heart and mind in such a cynical populace, but in any case, we seem to live under an anarcho-tyranny, so what do we have to lose?

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4 thoughts on “What’s the solution?

  1. I’m more and more convinced that monarchy is a better answer than democracy, but the problem is that the examples we have of present-day monarchies are useless, the monarchs being mere figureheads. We need kings with real powers.

    It’s very difficult though to have a genuine monarchy without religion. A king has to be recognised as being king by the Grace of God, not by an act of parliament or any such nonsense.

    Sadly I don’t think it’s going to happen. It’s more likely that as democracy collapses we’ll see the emergence of strongman figures as dictators, in much the way that Napoleon came to power after the Revolution.

    A king’s natural inclination is to support the people against the elites. Dictators are usually not so benevolent.

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  2. I agree substantially with what you say.
    I think you are right in that the direction we are headed leads toward the emergence of ‘strongman’ leaders. We can only hope, or try to ensure that such a leader is more benevolent than not, and that he (yes, he) will act in our interests rather than being another globalist quisling.

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  3. I prefer a republic, but as our Founders pointed out it is only possible with a virtuous population. Since the American population–by and large–is no longer virtuous, a benevolent strongman may be the best that we can hope for in the current U.S.

    The only alternative I can see for republican government is for the more traditional and virtuous parts of the country–the South, lower Midwest, and West–to pull away and become independent states. This might eventually be feasible because its hard to see how the U.S. as a whole can remain united in the long run.

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    • Roland, thanks for commenting. I agree with what you say about certain regions of the country potentially becoming the ‘future’ for us as a folk. As these parts of the country become ‘targets’ for settling ‘refugees’ in large numbers, or for other immigrants to settle, that may make it more difficult for us. It seems time is of the essence, and another decade of this demographic remaking of our country may make any such hope less likely. I can only hope and pray that present trends don’t continue as they are.
      -VA

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