A Century of Doom
Nihilism is an often-used term to describe the outlook and psychological pathology of people living in the modern world. The pervasiveness of nihilism and the conditions which have produced this nihilism amongst the youth of this generation is not known of, its scale and proportions are unfathomable. In describing this process, there is a risk for writers to either emphasise certain aspects with pars pro toto favouritism of certain things such as transgenderism, homosexuality, demographic shifts, and the manipulation of the world by a handful of elites.
The issue is you can not analyse modernity because it is already a fractured picture. The aim then is to pick up the pieces from the midden heap, organise them into what was once a clear picture and then expose the weakness at which the whole structure collapsed into what it is today – a scrap heap of broken ideas, compromised personalities, false beliefs and dissolved souls. Looking at the weakest point, we find that essence was what held the structure together, the lifeblood of what was before the catastrophes of the 20th century severed that bond. The 20th century was the apogee but the 17th,18th and 19th centuries in a direct sequence are the probable causes of this eventual collapse. The composition of historic, religious and political events summated, equate to what we see today, an era or nominal meaning.
What the Pyrrhonists believed about epistemology in ancient Greece has become mainstream, everyone is to be an NPC and everyone must be in a state of Acatalepsy to authentically and legally live in our society. To know something is impossible and to even know it is impossible is impossible and is immediately qualified as fantasy (phantasía). All testimony in the modern world is false, all impressions illusions and any reaction to them useless. This is the belief which has overridden the old systems of understanding. Like modern cities, man is made out of glass, completely transparent, completely removed of any individuality, deprived of a community, leaving him with nothing. In short, we are golems with Hebraic script written on our foreheads and in our speech, the content of which is mantra and shibboleth, repetition and chant. The Modern hymns of this species of man are “who’s streets? Our Streets”, “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA”, “Donald Trump, Go Away, racist, sexist, anti-gay”. With this lack of meaning, we can only look towards epicurean sentimentality, we are left with sensations (aisthêsis), and feeling (pathê). A society purely focused on providing the populace with these things always ends up narcissistic, egotistical and decadent. The problem not only rests within the Jewish subversives but in the hearts of every European. Instead of forging ourselves into something greater, most Europeans settle for being melted pig iron in a slag heap. You see this in the UK with the Television programme called ‘Gogglebox’ which is a program where you watch people watching TV making inane and scripted comments about the X Factor and Britain’s got talent; it is a woeful display of slothful lethargy and grotesque gluttony.
The First World War was the body shot and the Second World War was the execution, eliminating all opportunity for return. Anabasis is impossible, there are no discernible features of home any more. The great Greek Historian Xenophon told of Greek mercenaries returning home from Persia shouting “Thallata, Thallata” (Which translates to ‘sea’) when they saw the coastline of the Black Sea, they recognised it as home. They had something to go back to, a route back on which to travel. Ours is not a way back spatially like the Greeks, going back for us requires us to go back in time. The pathway back to the past is gone and the tools to build a road to a new home are presently unavailable and for the foreseeable future.
These tools and instruments which go unused in our Houses of Parliament: the House of Commons, the House of Lords and the Monarch herself have corroded and any exertion of sovereignty has been made impossible due to those voters deceived and the politicians they voted for. It is a circular system of decay, a spinning wheel running out of energy and momentum. As Dr. Matthew Raphael Johnson said, “This is a dead society, this is where the energy isn’t being channelled improperly, there’s no energy at all”. The Absolute has no reactant for change to take place. There is no violent reaction to what is happening today, there is only a saturation of inert granules being poured into a pool of vapid economic discourse. Man, in this process, has no structure of meaning and no way of finding meaning in this absence of order and reason. For this state of affairs to continue perpetuating itself, Man has to be placated and mollified into a sort of placid passivity to which we name them the consumer, whose only function and duty are to fornicate and shop (as Jonathan Bowden once said). This turns the world into a marketplace. It used to be that others sold people into slavery, now we willingly sell ourselves to the highest bidder in a search for material gain.
The Decline in Art and Culture
There is a French term called Fin De Siècle which translates to “the end of the century”, it relates to Nihilism and more broadly pessimism at the turn of the 20th century with many artists, philosophers and scholars reconsidering the ideas and ideals of the Enlightenment. It was a political, artistic and scholarly revolt against “materialism, rationalism, positivism, bourgeois society, and liberal democracy”. A particular theory which sprung forth from this movement was called degeneration theory with different thinkers casting blame on certain elements of contemporary society which were malignant, wicked and destructive. As previously mentioned, a pars pro toto blame-game is useless even if the critique of specific nature is true, using a part to evaluate and define the whole and then devising a plan to “fix it” is folly at best and acceleration at worst. Without a gestalt and holistic view, there is no way in which to respond and react decisively and diligently. Arthur De Gobineau – a French aristocrat and writer – placed the fault purely on racial mixing , others on a religious decline or decadent art (Specifically that of the Decadent movement in the 19th century, the cubists and Dadaist of the 20th century). Friedrich Nietzsche, Oswald Spengler and Fyodor Dostoevsky were considered amongst those critics of early-modern Europe which preceded the eventual metaphysical, epistemological and ethical collapse that was postmodernism.
The attack on aesthetics waged by people such as Marcel Duchamp (a creator of cubist art and “ready-made” art) presented the most clear and open examples of a rejection of the old art from the Ancien Régime which had a hierarchy of genres and categories into which art was appreciated in it’s setting, it’s scope, it’s lighting and geometry. He created works such as the famous ‘signed’ Urinal which is still displayed today: not for its beauty but for its symbol of defiance against the old without laying forth an alternative for the new which rivalled it. In essence, it levelled the field of artwork. He was but one piece of the puzzle though in a long progressive decline and was perhaps just a signifier of things to come.
A Dadaist (Romanian for “Rocking Horse”) ‘artist’ Hans Richter used the term “anti-art” to describe his work. The Dadaists aim was to delegitimise aesthetics because it was associated with “elitism” and “power” , in doing so they perverted the axiological value placed upon aesthetics and beauty, decrying it is pompous and pretentious. The goal and intention of this were to divorce art from aesthetics spelling the death of beauty and the birth of “art as a political medium”. They succeeded in their mission, ending beauty, ending morality and ending culture – for the most part. Ultimately, even the Dadaist and other advocates of incondite artwork specifically created this artwork to highlight the mass confusion and delirium of Europe in the late 19th century and the destruction and humiliation of Europe in the 20th century. To them, the architecture of Saint Pauls Cathedral or Saint Peter’s Basilica were purely displays of power, the posturing of clerics and princes. A Sienese painting from the High Renaissance or a Florentine sculpture were merely artefacts of a dying religion exerting its financial power and moral hegemony upon the masses. The inadequacy of meaning and the social injustice brought about by Usury served as the casus belli of the new art movements to revolt against old principles and beauty ideals. In my opinion, the disassembly of all Europe, militarily, politically, and religiously, towards the late medieval period transitioning to the modern period is the reasons why artwork slowly became uglier. When you are looking for inspiration in the modern world to make art you are only left with the rubble from the ruinous landscape of what used to be. How are we expected to create beautiful and ingenious pieces of artwork if we do not reflect the beauty that art requires of us?
The Fin De Siècle movement warned of the erosion and erasure of Western European civilization and culture which was to take place in the 20th century in differing ways, some encouraging a return to high culture and others denigrating it because it was “bourgeois”. The purge of the best and most able in two catastrophic wars and the expurgation of traditional European values, customs, ethics and doctrines added to the din of confusion. After the war, there was little stopping deconstruction, which inevitably caused the dissolution of Europeans. Europeans today of all generations are essentially latent energy, and that energy is slowly but surely dissipating and disappearing. Action which needs to take place is not taking place because we are demoralised and demotivated to aspire to anything but base urges. Europe is to become a vacuum filled with coffee coloured mulattos if nothing is to be done about the current situation. The ideas and plans for Europe proposed by Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi will be reified and the darkness of degeneracy and hopelessness will veil all of Europe, the birthplace of our Volk.
The Decline in Politics and Government
If the revolutions against Monarchy had not taken place in the 17th century with the Roundheads rebelling against Charles II; the Girondists and Montagnard’s rebelling against Louis XVI, then there would not have been the collapse of all traditional systems which maintained order and mandated the adherence to a moral code and a rule of law. Obviously, in the UK we still have a rule of law and a monarchy, but both of these things are in name only. The ranks of juries, judges and clerks have delegitimized themselves and the legislative acts passed by the House of Commons, unchallenged by the castrated House of Lords  have made a joke of the Westminster system of government. The problem with the UK is an imbalance of powers, which is similar to the imbalance of powers currently plaguing the USA – those respectively being a concentration of power in the Legislative Branch in the UK and a concentration of power in the Judicial Branch in America. Both are emblematic of unstable and ineffective governments which are unable to exact lasting and satisfying change. In the UK, the lower houses of parliament are able to do much more than the house of laws in the ways of change. The House of Lords can veto and amend bills (excluding money bills which can only be delayed for one month) proposed by the House of Commons. The House of Lords cannot propose money bills and has ceased to be hereditary making it very easy for socialist governments to take control of the House of Commons and propose any number of disastrous money bills which affect taxation, allocation of taxes to different sectors of the government and potentially the enlargement of an already large welfare state.
The English civil wars themselves alongside the democratic-republican revolutions of the continent have morphed society into its misshaped form today. It has been gradual, and has been largely unrecognised as the primary cause of the increasing entropy within and outside Europe. This has been my synopsis of events, which is admittedly limited in scope, but oceans of ink could be spilled about the English civil war alone. For the sake of brevity, we can ascertain that this shift, using Max Weber’s Tripartite classification of authority, that, charismatic authority (Monarchism) to Traditional Authority (feudalism) and then to legal authority (modern democracy) has led to a system of government which is vulnerable to every form of corruption, calumny and perversion. The graft and barratry, the deceit and trickery, the fraud and malpractice have all come about because of this shift from heroic leadership to deplorably rotten and tyrannical leadership.
As a collection of phenomena, the 20th century and it’s distilled and curated narratives have served to cloud the historical perspective of Europeans preventing them from understanding a clear pathway to genuine revolution against the forces and actors which have pathologically and religiously obfuscated knowledge of the root causes of the civilizational decay of the West. At the moment we are nothing more than embalmed corpses; the embalming fluid being the noxious neo-liberalism and neo-conservatism bloating the corpse of the west.
Atheism, capitalism, consumerism, democracy, and Liberalism; all of these things work in tandem to distract and confuse people whilst the very systems of knowledge, ethics, morality, Tradition and true identity dissolve beneath them; dissipating as Man is focused on the clamour and noise emanating from the talking heads of the celebrity classes, the politicians, political agitators and shitlib activists. Swamped in the deluge, we forgot about ourselves, our culture, history and civilization. Civilization, the men who built it, the men who sacrificed for it, the heroes and villains, the angels and the demons, all forgotten. Old books hold the key but are unread, old music is not heard, traditional dance halls are empty or converted for other uses. Many people rather opting for cheap thrills and laughs on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and the latest social media invention – Tik Tok. Ironic isn’t it, tik tok on the unticking clock? It makes me personally feel taciturn and morose thinking about these things. It almost consumes you, realising the ground beneath you is actually a void and what is more devastating and horrific is to know that there was once earth there, and your predecessors used to be rooted to it. The hollowed-out shells of grandness standing stock still in the old cities of Europe. Saddening. Suicide is not an option, that is nihilism conquering you and assimilating your corpse into the void. What is necessary is a combined effort to do something whether it be little or big before there is nothing to revive, nothing to reclaim. The most dangerous thing we can do is to blame, ourselves or others. We must all search within ourselves and believe we can do something, then have the courage to go through with it.
We must become heroes like Perseus, legends like Beowulf, artists like Edmund Leighton, philosophers like Aristotle, priests like Chrysostom, architects like Phidias, musicians like Wagner, builders of the new world amongst the ashes of a rotted one, carrying on the struggle of historical vision and evolution bringing new life to a flickering world spirit; the exclamative statement of a dispossessed and disillusioned Volk for meaning and fulfilment in a modern world devoid of both. The exigency of blood and kinship, a yearning for racial and ethnic cohesion and union casting away the Judaic spirit of our time which decrees our annihilation. We must be more than what we are. Being nothing is easy in the modern world, being something is the most demanding thing you can do. We must find our way out of the shadow modernity has cast over our race. Without a destiny we have nothing to strive for; even though we have a goalless society, a dead society. We can reconstruct what was and what was meant to be if we follow the decent path of virtue and valour rather than the path of misery and vice.
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