Over on the right-hand side of the website, you’ll find a new link to our “Avalonian Societies” page. Should you have any questions about them which aren’t answered either by the page or by this post, we encourage you to ask in a comment on this post and we’ll try our best to explain the reasoning behind “our” call for the rejection of the “American” identity altogether in favor of this radical alternative.
Death to America
The American Revolutionary War was a regicidal revolt of greedy merchants against throne and altar, a Masonic plot contrived by wealthy peasants and Jews contemptuous of traditional aristocracy and ecclesiastical stewardship. To the extent that the founders and the founding generation were Christian, European, and virtuous, it was the extent to which they had failed to fully develop and manifest their vaunted ideals of freedom, egalitarianism, materialism, secularism, and all else mercantile. While the founding generation happened to be White, and more or less retained a sense of racial identity for a few generations, there was no meaningful commitment to our European identity, only a lingering collection of biases and demographic realities of the time.
“America” is antithetical to faith, family, and folk. It always has been, and it always will be. To the extent that it has appeared to align with these things in the past, they’ve been unprincipled exceptions to a metaphysical vision and metapolitical order in which the “pursuit of happiness” is more sacred and cherished. Unlike our European sister identities abroad who have legitimate traditional identities within easy reach, we do not. This is not to say that we as a people are uniquely devoid of identity, or that our identity is integrally decadent and mercantile. Our traditional identity is within reach, as well. We must, however, reach a bit further back in time.
Those who object to embracing a new and distinct identity on the grounds of practicality are the ones being impractical, refusing to grasp the full nature and scope of our identity crisis, the futility of half-measures and half-hearted reforms, and the limited time remaining. To be bold and direct is what’s practical in this circumstance. This is not a democratic mass-movement targeting the comfortable and “moderate” middle-class, and it’s not designed to promote good digestion in those who aren’t prepared to shake their identities to their very roots. It’s designed by and for a vanguard of radical crusaders prepared to vote with their hearts, minds, and souls; and if necessary, their fists and their lives.
The Avalonian Faith
Before the Great Schism of 1054, European Christendom was united, with a coherent and Christian and aristocratic worldview and social order. It’s this medieval and chivalric Western Christianity, what we refer to as Arthurian Christianity, which we’re rolling back to. It’s not a new Christian denomination, but rather a retreat back from a millennium of error and corruption to the original faith of our ancient forefathers. It will be Orthodox, and in communion with the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church which has been preserved in the East. We must be mindful to avoid bringing politics, controversy, or persecution into the parishes, humbly returning to the Faith as individuals joining whichever parishes are most accessible and accommodating.
The Avalonian vision eventually entails having a national Church in which throne and altar are united in Symphonia, reviving the ancient Western Rite mass of our ancient forefathers. These goals are, however, distant and secondary to the far more important preliminary goal of becoming Orthodox in faith, philosophy, and culture, immersing ourselves in the works of the Church Fathers, and studying the lives of the Saints. Conversion to Orthodoxy and study of Orthodoxy is the most important part of our work, because it’s central to the Greater Crusade, the one which takes place within ourselves, to uproot the decadence and Modernity festering within each one of us. This transformation, this Death to the Self, necessarily precedes political and cultural transformation.
The Avalonian Culture
A critical difference between a mere “conservative” and a “traditionalist” is that the former is sentimental, taking refuge in aesthetics, even when the aesthetics are devoid of essence. A vital culture is one which doesn’t consciously strive to look and behave in a certain way, but rather one which happens to behave that way as a product of genuine differences in disposition and principle. The Avalonian won’t try to pull off an anachronistic Renaissance Fair vibe, but will assuredly over time prove outwardly distinct from the Americans he leaves behind as his inculcation of an integrally Christian worldview and practice of traditional chivalric virtue transforms him into an Avalonian who is on–but not of–this Earth.
The Orthodox Christian spirituality must be suffused with a collection of themes and dreams unique to our people. The Arthurian Cycle provides a great reference point for reviving the morals and habits of Western Europe’s antique Christian culture. The myth of the messianic return of King Arthur and the romantic notion of North America as Avalon provide the poetic inspiration for our contemporary political work. Embedded within the Matter of Britain lies an allegorical vision pointing us in the direction of victory. We need only grasp that goal and transform ourselves into men and women capable of achieving it.
The Avalonian Struggle
In the several years that we have maintained active Avalonian societies undergirding much of the visible work being achieved, multiple people who’ve been introduced to the idea have proclaimed, with more than a little concern, that we’re “…basically like Al Qaeda, but Christian!” Yes and no. Yes, in the sense that we’ve undergone (and continue to undergo) personal transformations like jihadis do where we are prepared to live and die for our faith, family, and folk. We cherish human life and reject terrorism and beheading of innocents, so we’re not like ISIS in that sense. In the tactical context of hyper-militarized post-industrial America, the Outer Crusade against our enemies typically involves more mundane sacrifices than a suicide bomber might make, namely gladly suffering workplace harassment, social scorn, financial marginalization, and such.
Avalon vs. TradYouth
Avalon actually precedes TradYouth, which now happens to be hosting Avalon’s introductory material. TradYouth won’t change, and will continue to exist as a broad and ecumenical network of identitarians of every identity and Radical Traditionalists participating in a wide range of traditions. Other projects are welcome to leverage the site’s chapter, group, and forum functionality for their own tribal and traditional initiatives. The whole point of tribalism is to find and embrace a living tribe, just as the whole point of traditionalism is to find and embrace a living tradition. We aim to facilitate that universally.
The Traditionalist Youth Network will continue to perform the function it was created for, which is to introduce high school and college-aged youths to tribalism and traditionalism as alternatives to the individualism, multiculturalism, and materialism they’re inundated with by the system. TradYouth has hosted the views of non-Orthodox, non-Christians, and even non-Whites. And it will continue to do so, though we Avalonians aren’t going to censor or muffle ourselves to help others feel more welcome. Others are certainly welcome, though they’re encouraged to raise their voices to match our volume rather than expecting us to tone ourselves down.