Elitism and the state of exception
In defense of Hierarchy
There is a lot of negativity regarding on the discourse on Elitism, even amongst the conservative circles. Or rather I ought to point rightwards, as the conservatism of modern age is merely liberalism of the few decades before – among the Alt-Right, Nrx, Traditionalists, and other likened and overlapping sets of ideas.
I will not bother dispelling the negative connotations as something being untrue, but highlight what people often forget as the term itself has been deemed as something morally unhygienic.
First of all, in my research on psychiatry and ‘art of persuasion’ (term and ideas that associate with it appropriated from works of Vance Packard) use in macro scale – in media, in sales, in politics and such – I have encountered again and again quite a bleak, persisting view of people, but a one that surprises no one on ‘the Far Right’: despite hundreds of years of democracy, implicit or explicit egalitarianism, variety of adopted policies, and other kinds of effort – people not only are unequal, but the vast majority of population are, and excuse me for the post-ironic use of the term, ‘sheeple’, or how it was cheekily spoken about Evolian view on the populus ‘they are sacks of potatoes to be moved around’. From the perspective of a ‘hidden persuaders’ who use all knowledge available to them to ‘motivate people to act in a certain way’ it was long known that the society taken as individuals mostly do not know what they want, are not rational about their wants, nor can be trusted on what they say they want is what they actually do.
On a speculative note, if we were to add statistics on IQ distribution (knowing it correlates quite well with agency) it introduces an interesting insight. Even if we allow the most favourable prognosis at a standard deviation above the mean IQ at 115, it would mean that there are only around 15 percent of people who could be trusted to know what they want and why they want it. Of course, it is not as arbitrary and ‘being conscious of oneself’ would rather be presented as a continuum.
It seems that the age-old adage ‘know thyself’ is a very serious problem, because even when people think that they know themselves a hard test against reality would show how they have been sold an idea of what they are and what they ought to want: that they should just want to want or desire things illusory that they would never even try to do, or things that just spend their time with novelty seeking, or something similar. Thus my previous speculation on how many of people there could be that are mindful of what they want or are could be a bit less hopeful.
Mind you, I am not going into the mire that is ‘how, then, we can actually know these things’, or related philosophical issues, because it is not the point.
The point is Elitism.
As mentioned in the beginning, even amongst some of the Right there is an anxiety to address fellow brothers and sisters as beneath them (especially if they are not outside of the think-tanks). I understand this politeness, and our forefathers established specific conduct sanctioning these behaviours for reason as to retain the integrity of all people involved, but the matter of fact we have to embrace the hierarchy we want in our own lives and especially to understand that we as individuals have specific attributes which set us somewhere in the hierarchy, maybe somewhere in the middle, maybe lower, and that it is GOOD. It is not some injustice or cruelty, but a fact of existence as manifested in the material world. In Traditionalist terms it is Dharma, that if taken upon ourselves to realise would fulfil us to the core, and be productive towards others and our people in general. It is a difference that we have to learn if we ever to restore the religious aspect to our societies, as how else can we ‘Obey the Gods, Love our Wives, and Protect our Country’?
Elitism is thus an understanding and wanting to be led by the best and most capable, who must share our worldviews that are centered around God(s) and then just below – the people of the same stock, and at the same time, it is a respect of those who are superior towards everyone below. Otherwise, elitism is merely tyranny.