We Traditionalist ideologues are too eager to spread our ideas the way our opponents spread ideas; by making them attractive and appealing, rendering them “viral” among smart people. Some progress can be made in that manner, but we’ll never overcome the problem that our fully developed worldview is too subtle and complex for our target audience to intellectually grasp.
Most Americans, including all but the smartest of the “smart” ones, are incapable of breaking outside the Democrat v. Republican paradigm presented to them by their overlords. Some see beyond that horizon, but become ensnared in vapid little “systems” of thought like libertarianism, anarchism, and Marxism which aim to cram the unfathomably complex universe of human power relations into a handful of pat rules.
Stupid people are generally Traditionalist in orientation, because instinct and experience consistently support our worldview. The “doughnut hole” exists with men who are smart enough to overshadow their instincts and experiences with abstractions, yet not quite smart enough to fathom the abstractions which bring them back around to what their instincts and experiences were confirming all along. During the Baby Boomers’ Sexual Revolution, insisting on chastity and traditional lifestyles was largely the realm of ignorant and provincial types, while it was promoted by smart and sexy people armed with abstract arguments. Millions of lives could have been saved and billions of herpes blisters could have been avoided, had we only had the wisdom to follow our instincts and prejudices instead of our intellectuals.
All our priests, druids, scholars, and polemicists tried mightily to thwart the Sexual Revolution with arguments and appeals, but they failed. And, yet, the Sexual Revolution has been steadily rolling back. It’s rolling back due to the fear of AIDS, genital herpes, the psychological trauma of abortion, and the steady demographic displacement of people who have barren sex with acquaintances by people who have fertile sex with their spouses. Even the advancement of homosexuality has been revised to promote monogamous habits which earlier generations of homosexuals would have scoffed at.
We can belabor our points about the nature of life, about human nature, about human biodiversity, and about the wisdom of cultivating endogamous and autonomous communities; but nothing’s quite as viral as a virus.
I’m skeptical about the potential for the Ebola virus to spread very far in America. It may have some flashpoints here and there, and in some immigrant communities. But White Americans combine the most robust immune systems of any population group with the most ultra-hygienic, socially isolated, and contact-avoidant culture in the world. But Ebola is just one of numerous epidemiological threats to decadence and globalism. The antibiotic age is drawing to a close, and germs have their own progressive meta-narrative of limitless growth.
Even a minor outbreak could have a sweeping political impact. The fear of a gruesome death from a contagious disease leapfrogs fruity abstractions and compels even the most “open-minded” of folks to close their borders and hone in on loyalty to their immediate families and local communities. Just as horror films have been reliable holdouts against Modernity in film, real-life horrors also consistently conflict with Modernity. When confronted with death, misery, pain, grief, hunger, and defeat, people invariably seek salvation above and beyond themselves, becoming receptive to Transcendence.
Our society is engineered from the top down to maximize comfort, institutionalize death, anaesthetize pain, and reduce our social interactions to alienated and anonymous affairs where we’re rarely held accountable for the harm we inflict on others. Our vaccines, antibiotics, and other medical advances have been a blessing. But we’ve succeeded so well that we’ve all but forgotten a perennial aspect of the human experience which helped humble and enlighten previous generations. Life is fragile, nothing is guaranteed, and from time to time tragedy sweeps through and changes everything.
The Ebola virus isn’t especially contagious and I believe the global elites have the resources and the institutions to effectively contain it. This plague panic will likely go the way of SARS, Swine Flu, and Y2K. But history confirms that plagues, natural disasters, economic chaos, total war, and genocide do happen with startling regularity. While it may perhaps be foolish to panic with the announcement of each new theoretical horror, it’s even more foolish to presume that the coming century will be as placid and prosperous for ourselves and our progeny as the previous one was for forefathers. Only then will our ideas finally prove compelling again for the masses.