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Mainstream “conservatives” are almost indistinguishable from liberals. Many Christian religionists view themselves as genuine conservatives, but apart from medieval superstition and an emphasis on “traditional values” – an utterly meaningless phrase in the feminist matriarchal wasteland of post-Western society – they’re really just SJWs, of the pro-life variety.
Then there are the radical traditionalist conservatives who reject the modern “West.” This does not mean that the radical traditionalist harbors the same misgivings about technology as the celebrated paleoconservative and neo-Luddite Russell Kirk, who tossed his television set out the window and lived to the age of 75 without ever having learned to drive a car. The Scientific Enlightenment is valuable because it embodies Western man’s overcoming of his own physical limitations through rational contemplation of nature, providing us with the only effective means of acquiring certain knowledge of the external world. This is known as the scientific method.
There are three things that make a man a radical traditionalist: love of reason, hierarchy / order and war. Since the radical traditionalist values reason, his starting point begins with the ancient – specifically Attic and pre-Hellenistic – Greeks.
Why the ancient Greeks, you ask? The reason is twofold:
- They were the first to inaugurate centuries of Western achievement. Since they were the first, they were confronted with the hardest task of all, intellectual creatio ex nihilo, conjuring something from nothing. The mental activity that produced the Greek miracle was colossal. The Elements of Euclid or the Method of Archimedes were the fruit of more intellectual exertion than Newton’s Principia Mathematica, notwithstanding the latter’s greater complexity. The Greeks did not have the benefit of “standing on the shoulders of giants” when they made their discoveries, unlike Newton.
- The Greeks were the inventors of the science of correct reasoning or logic. Without this formal science, Western civilization as we know it would not exist. Since the ancient Greeks laid the foundations of Western accomplishment, it makes sense that radical traditionalism would begin and (mostly) end with pre-Christian Greek culture, the ultimate source of all things Western. The radical traditionalist is “radical” because he wishes to go back to this primordial source, to start again where the ancient Greeks left off, before the civilizational decline of the Hellenistic age.
The radical traditionalist’s devotion to Greek rationality means that he rejects theology and metaphysics. Faith and revelation have contributed nothing to Western civilization because they elevate sterile dogma over objective truth, whereas Greek rationality provides us with the tools of scientific and rational inquiry to aid us in the search for objective truth. This is why Westerners were able to build on the ancient Greek heritage during the Renaissance, bringing us the discoveries of the Scientific Enlightenment.
Greek rationality actually “works,” but faith does not. Likewise, the radical traditionalist understands that the traditional Western hierarchical order “worked” because it was the outgrowth of centuries of human experience. For this reason, even the greatest traditionalist conservative of the modern age, Edmund Burke, found himself dependent on reason – not faith, not revelation, not intuition, but Humean empiricism – as the means of conserving the ancien regime through change: “The science of constructing a commonwealth, or renovating it, or reforming it, is, like every other experimental science, not to be taught à priori.”
Reason does not entail modern ideas of “progress.” In the ancient world, the philosophers defined progress as the accumulation of knowledge for its own sake by an intellectual elite. This was not for the benefit of humanity, since the masses were not expected to gain anything from it. The unfortunate use of Greek rationality for the social and material uplift of humanity is dysgenic. The impetus behind this in post-Western society is not Greek, but Judeo-Christian.
The second element is hierarchy / order. While the Scientific Enlightenment is a force for good, the Liberal Political Enlightenment, represented by Locke, Rousseau and Voltaire, is a malignant cancerous growth. From this movement, comes the idea of “rights.” The liberal elites have politicized rights by calling them “human” rights. They have replaced the traditional Western hierarchical order with a regime that sanctions moral degeneracy and calls it freedom. Rights are wildly popular because they can be used to justify anything. For example, feminism, a modern-day vagina-worshiping cult, teaches us that women have a right to act and dress like whores in public. The women’s fashion industry guarantees this right to public whoredom by designing clothing that accentuates female secondary sex characteristics for the purpose of attracting dominant alpha males, i.e. yoga pants and other tight-fitting garments.
Locke was wrong. There is no state of nature where man is everywhere born free and equal. In reality, man is everywhere born unequal and in chains. This is not only true of individuals, but of entire races and nations. Few men attain real freedom, whereas the masses are born to serve through endless toil. The truth is that there are no “rights,” just the will to survive and flourish against all odds. The solution to rights and liberties is the re-establishment of the traditional hierarchies of the past. Only these had the power to satisfy man’s fundamental biological and psychological needs, such as ethnic homogeneity, social trust, moral reciprocity, female companionship and sex. This would entail replacing inefficient democracy, based on the impulsive whims of the mob, with an efficient androcentric, family-oriented and property-owning elite sworn to uphold centuries of tradition through the aid of empirical rationality.
War is the final element of this triad. The radical traditionalist recognizes the Männerbund as the supreme interpersonal ideal. This is the brotherhood of warriors sworn to die for each other. His role models are the heroes of the Iliad and the Odyssey. Man achieves sense of purpose when he has something noble to die for. Warriors, whether Greek hoplites, Viking raiders, Mongol horsemen or samurai, have far more meaningful and fulfilling lives than the soy-guzzling, effeminate, sex-starved male consumers who inhabit the post-apocalyptic urban hellholes of the decaying West. The warrior is at least allowed the freedom to be true to himself and express his own masculine energies, without fear of state censorship and persecution. Compared to the warrior, the consumer, a psychologically emasculated drone tyrannized over by feminists and Third World immigrants, is at a disadvantage.
The radical traditionalist, like the ancient Greeks before him, despises peace, because it corrodes the human spirit. Too much peace destroys masculine vigor, replacing it with effeminacy and weakness; it undermines the societal order by breaking a man’s will to defend what he has, increasing his susceptibility to social maladies like women’s suffrage and cosmopolitanism. The Pax Romana and the Pax Britannia were some of the worst tragedies to ever befall the civilized world. The organization of society around the Männerbund is the antidote to pacifist inertia. Times must always be hard to ensure that men are ever ready to defend what they have, otherwise they will cease to appreciate this heritage and give it away for the proverbial “mess of pottage.” The radical traditionalist believes that war and Männerbund are essential ingredients for a nation’s health.
Man lives his fullest in traditional social orders defined by reason, hierarchy / order and war. Ancient Greek societies, whether oligarchies, tribal democracies or tyrannies, were a synthesis of these three elements, creating the most stable social and political organizations ever known. We would do well to jettison feminism, multiculturalism and other leftist ideologies to recreate these stable traditional orders. Instead of following this more productive path, the post-Western elites have chosen a different course. In their hatred of the beautiful and the good, the elites, through feminist matriarchy and mass immigration, have reduced non-alpha males to disposable commodities in a ruthless quest for an equality that never existed, except as a figment of the leftist imagination.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column]