Tuesday, April 03, 2018

The Nonlocal Order of the World

Order. This might be the key distinction between left and right, for we believe in a transcendent order to which we owe our allegiance, while the left doesn't.

However, everyone actually believes in some form of order, for life would be impossible in its absence. Thus, the left replaces the transcendent vertical order with an immanent horizontal one, AKA the state. As they say, the state is the one thing to which we all belong. What they really mean is that we all belong to the state.

In the words of the Aphorist, Conservatism should not be a political party but the normal attitude of every decent man. Why? Because every decent man is ordered to the truths and virtues that are anterior to him. Supposing you prefer to live by your own truths and morals -- which is to say, desires -- this is precisely what makes one indecent.

And yet, this was the credo of my blighted generation, the Boomers. I didn't just believe it, but believed it with all the ignorant arrogance of a braying mob of gun-grabbing adolescents. What do they know of the transcendent order? Someone should ask them.

To praise youth is to forget our former idiocy (Dávila).

One reason the left rebels against hierarchy is that hierarchy is a kind of judge. We are judged in the light of certain standards, but for the left, standards are what they call "obstacles" -- for example, the Constitution.

Here in California the Constitution is a parchment barrier to stocking the country with millions more illegal Democrats -- which is to say, enough people to further defy and overturn the Constitution, only this time for good. Rid the country of the troublesome legal wall constructed by the founders, and any southern wall will crumble on its own.

It's the same with guns, marriage, religion, freedom of speech: each is an obstacle to the left.

Freedom is not free unless it is an ordered freedom. "Disordered freedom" is a contradiction in terms, but this is precisely what the left offers. Not only that, but disordered freedom evokes the state to control it. Indeed, this is one of the recurring themes of The Boy Crisis, which has led directly to a man crisis -- or to a Pajama Boy crisis, if you prefer: Vanderleun's New Castrati.

What is the essence of this crisis? And why does a female-centric culture -- such as in urban Democrat hells -- inevitably redound to violence and chaos?

I was about to say that civilization passes through the male line, but it's more that barbarism is combatted through the male line. In other words, the only cure for the toxic masculinity of the Pajama Boys and HoggBrats of the world is a virtuous masculinity (recall that the vir in virtue means man). Without spiritually mature and actualized men, we are merely bystanders to the repetitive cycle of merely biological men: to the bullies and bullied.

Here's an essay that goes to what we're talking about, The Wages of Inversion:

We live in an age in which things are no longer what they are supposed to be. Words have come to denote the opposite of what they signify. Cultural institutions on which we rely to serve our personal and national interests have morphed into caricatures of their original intentions, working against their foundational purposes.

Linguistic and institutional inversion is the time-dishonored strategy of totalitarian systems and is generally associated with the theory and practice of the Left, which has infiltrated the culture and polity of the free world, particularly in the areas of language use, the media, education, the arts and gender relations. The democratic West is now at the mercy of its own reverse polarity.

The left always deploys linguistic tactics in service to an ideological end. In other words, it first attacks language, and often this is enough.

For example, instead of arguing for homosexual unions on the merits, all the left had to do was redefine marriage. Then its legal recognition was readily deduced from bogus first principles. Likewise Roe v. Wade, which inserted abortion into the Constitution, or Dred Scott, which inserted race.

But "A society in which language has been so denatured as to operate on the principle of inversion, beyond even the institutional euphemisms of political correctness, has no future" (Solway). Literally. For language -- and the truth it carries -- is to civilization what blood is to the body. Tainted language is like tainted blood: eventually it spreads to the whole organism.

How does it spread? Three main ways: education, journalism, and entertainment. The media doesn't just provide "fake news," but literally an alternate universe. But this is only possible because the psychic targets have been softened by the continuous bombardment of education and entertainment. Skulls don't just fill themselves with mush. Rather, someone has to do the filling.

Solway quotes Madison, who wrote that

The American people owe it to themselves, and to the cause of free Government, to prove by their establishments for the advancement and diffusion of Knowledge, that their political Institutions… are as favorable to the intellectual and moral improvement of Man as they are conformable to his individual & social Rights.

To the extent that progress exists, it is a measure of the intellectual and moral improvement of man. And this intellectual and moral improvement is a consequence of adequation to a nonlocal order that never confers a right without a corresponding obligation or duty. A right to free speech? By all means, but only if you are obligated to truth! A right to self-defense? Of course, so long as you are defending good and not evil.

It is customary, writes Davila, to proclaim rights in order to be able to violate duties. But there can be no intrinsic right to violate inherent duties. If you believe that, that's... that's when you know The Future has arrived, and the blizzard of the world has crossed the threshold and overturned the order of the soul (Leonard Cohen).

9 comments:

Gagdad Bob said...

Zombie raccoon alert.

Abdulmonem Othman said...

Not every body that belongs to the left zone is horizontally oriented nor everybody that belongs to the right zone is vertically oriented. God did not make his punishment collective but personal so everyone receives his due reward. Only if we watch the hurricane that takes some and leaves some. When the talk of the humans right obscure their duties the problem flourish. God started with obligations not with rights and what we did, we capsized that basic principle of life. Gave ourselves the right to blunder and steal. Look to what the political west of both versions have done in the world, while the good people under them are busy addressing other abstract issues far divorced from the real issues of aggression and exploitation, hatred, war and oppression that fill our global landscape. It is unfortunate that governments of those who claim to be more advanced more educated more civilized are not interfering to reconcile but to enhance the turmoil across the globe. The stories of the striking drones are revealing. Unfortunate also that our good people of the west whom we expect to play a mending role, we found them submerged in their centrism forgetting their responsibility in propagating the truth and the justice that are divinely required from them. I do not want to raise dead issues but only to direct the attention to what is real and important, what is essential and urgent, like the massacre that took place in the west bank by the heroic Israeli soldiers under the direction of their democratic government. It is easy to accuse the weak side when the ball is in the hand of the strong. We are living in an open world where no longer non-involvement in what is going on the globe palatable. We are accomplices in the crimes played on our world stage if we do not get involved. It is seems it is time for the forgotten god to get involved and make his presence felt.

julie said...

The media doesn't just provide "fake news," but literally an alternate universe. But this is only possible because the psychic targets have been softened by the continuous bombardment of education and entertainment. Skulls don't just fill themselves with mush. Rather, someone has to do the filling.

There are far too many people I know and love who inhabit that alternate universe. They are good-hearted, kind, and assume that most people - particularly, say, those in the media - are likewise good-hearted and kind. Thus for several weeks now I have been hearing of the bravery and wisdom of "these kids," who are so amazing.

ted said...

Zombie Raccoons, hmm, so that is quite an eschaton.

I see Prager's bible commentary is out. I'd be curious your take on it. While I have a lot of respect for Prager, he tends to be overly practical for me when it comes to his interpretations. I'd like some mystical pot smoking views too.

Gagdad Bob said...

I agree. Not really my style, plus I've probably heard it all before on the radio, but I purchased the book as a show of support and gratitude for all he's done for me. Maybe it will surprise me....

Van Harvey said...

"But "A society in which language has been so denatured as to operate on the principle of inversion, beyond even the institutional euphemisms of political correctness, has no future" (Solway). Literally. For language -- and the truth it carries -- is to civilization what blood is to the body. Tainted language is like tainted blood: eventually it spreads to the whole organism."

And by 'Literally', the pro-regressive means 'Literarily' - the willful replacement of what is (literally) true, with those false words which they would prefer to be accepted (by virtue of as much force as might need to be threatened or exerted) as 'true'.

... casting spells and imposing sacrifices - that is their world.

julie said...

Literally.

Van Harvey said...

I've only read the first few pages of Pragers new book, which seems, like Peterson's, for me, will be an enjoyable book... but more in the way of seeing a rerun of a show that had an impact on you when you were young - it's pleasant to see again, even though now you realize that it had only scraped the surface of that story's potential dramatic and visual effects.

The thing is, for most folks who've been raised in flatland, and told that such things are nothing more than 'talking snake and sky god' stories, the depth they point to will be as impactful to them, as to a novice skier when faced with going down the bunny hill the first time.

To them, a divot is depth - and it is. One step at a time.

Van Harvey said...

Yep.