via The Right Stuff
One such story is that of Icarus. Icarus was the son of the master
craftsman Daedalus, the man who built the Labyrinth. For helping the
killer of the Minotaur, Theseus, Daedalus and his son were imprisoned by
King Minos. Daedalus, being a master craftsman, fashioned two pairs of
wings out of feathers and wax for himself and Icarus. Before taking
flight for the island of Crete, Daedalus warned his son to fly neither
too low nor too high. Icarus, so close to freedom, failed to heed his
father's words, and soared too close to the sun. The heat burned away
the wings, and Icarus plummeted into the sea.
The Greeks used this story to warn of excessive pride and defiance
towards the Gods, a vice they called hubris, a fault they considered to
be very serious. The Church Fathers likewise considered pride to be one
of the seven deadly sins of mankind.
Excessive pride is a sin because it is so dangerous; believing that
oneself is greater than is true will lead to downfall. Overestimating
your own ability and worth leads to an inability to properly face your
enemies or find your place in the world. Like Icarus, if you fly higher
than you are meant to, you will fall.
The opposite of hubris is the Roman concept of pietas. Pietas is the virtue of knowing how to act properly towards the father, the children, the state, the Gods, and the fatherland. Pietas is essentially knowing one's place in the cosmic order.
This a lesson that has been completely disregarded by mainstream
political discourse in the United States, on both sides of the aisle.
I know that Western civilization is great, and that it has
and continues to produce much that is great. I also personally believe
that Western civilization is the greatest civilization that has ever
existed. It has made mistakes, and some truly astounding errors, but our
accomplishments are in many aspects unrivaled.
For all this, I do no go to the same lengths as mainstream rightists and leftists do in their worship of the West.
Both sides believe that the entirety of the world not only wants to
become a part of the West, but that they can do so (I'm talking here
about the sincere ideologues on both sides, not cynics gaming the
system). Although they might recoil at the crudeness of the statement,
every conservative and liberal believes what the Colonel in Full Metal Jacket tells Private Joker: "Inside every gook is an American trying to get out"!
Despite the hatred and anger the two sides of the American polity
through at each other, they are more similar than dissimilar in their
ideological foundation. Both receive their basics from thinkers from the
intellectual movement that called itself the Enlightenment - thinkers
such as Locke. They both profess that all men are created equal, that
freedom is a good in and of itself, that we ought to hold the individual
as the only measure of man, and that man is a blank slate.
They have taken slightly different interpretation of this
centuries-old worldview. Conservatives will tell you that the classical
liberals had it right, and we ought to just cut the chains put on man
and let him run wild. End the restrictions and all else will follow.
Equality of opportunity is equality. The progressives will tell you that
we can only free man if we overcome past injustice, and equality will
only be achieved by raising up the "disadvantaged".
The issue of Black underachievement in America illustrates this well.
Both agree that the White-Black gaps in educational achievement, yearly
income, arrest rates etc. are not caused by any inherent differences
between Whites and Blacks, despite the fact that these differences have
been present for as long as we have measured them and they hold true
across countries and continents. Both agree that it is simply an unjust
environment that has lead to this.
To progressives, the fault is White American racism coming from
conservatives, who have betrayed American (Enlightenment) values,
To conservatives, the fault is on the progressives who have tricked
their poor melanin-rich fellow citizens into welfare dependency, who
have betrayed American (Enlightenment) values.
"Really, though, they're just like us, and they're in the end on our side, not theirs."
When California's Proposition 8 was put to the vote in 2008, liberals
around the country were shocked when the referendum passed, in part
because 70% of Blacks voted "yes". Confusion followed this result. How
could it have happened? 90% of Blacks vote for the Democrats, but the
vast majority of them voted against gay marriage?
Among some conservatives the cry of "LOOK! they're on our side!" went
up. Blacks had "family values" (despite 75% of them growing up in
single-parent households) and were on the verge of coming over to the
conservative cause, according to some.
Both Democrats and Republicans revealed a rather shocking
misunderstanding of Blacks and their voting patterns. Both the
conservatives and progressives are half-right. The Democrats are right
about the fact that Blacks aren't about to jump ship, and the
Republicans are right about Blacks not really being liberals.
Blacks vote for the Democratic party out of ethnic solidarity. On the
issues close to leftist hearts, Blacks are either indifferent or
opposed to the agenda. Homosexual rights, tranny bathrooms, fighting
Islamophobia ... ain't nobody got time for dat! The Democratic party is
the party of welfare handouts, and affirmative action, so it's the
closest thing to an African party they're going to get in a two-party
system. The Hillary/Bernie divide that we are witnessing in the
Democratic party is a revelation of the divide between the White SWPLs
and non-White members of the party.
Bernie Bros have been exasperated with American Blacks for voting for
Hillary instead of Bernie. "Don't they know that Hillary is corrupt and
Bernie is the real progressive?", they ask. The truth is that Blacks
don't care. They aren't in the party because they are ideologically
liberal; most are actually fundamentally tribal rather than universal in
The conservatives likewise fail to realize that the center of Black
politics is identity, and no amount of LGBT nonsense will bring Blacks
into the GOP. The same can be said of Asians and Mestizos. These groups
may not be ideologically liberal, but they aren't going to become
fighters for the conservation of a nation that isn't theirs. The
Democratic party is the party that they will use to advance their
interests against ours.
Conservatives and progressives were so hubristic that they thought
that liberal democracy and free markets (plus or minus limited
government) was the greatest thing ever invented. Not only was this
culmination of Enlightenment values that they championed the pinnacle of
our civilization, it was the pinnacle of all civilizations. Their pride
was so great that they declared that Western civilization's path was
the only path, and that history had ended; it was only a matter of time
before the rest of the world progressed to the point that we had
reached. Democracy, liberty, the market—these were all universal ideas
that we had discovered. They hadn't discovered one of many optional ways
forward, oh no! They had discovered the only way forward.
Their ideas were so great that they could and would recreate the
entirety of mankind in their image. These are the types who laugh when
more sober minds warn them of White displacement, because they don't
believe that Whites can even be displaced.
We disregarded nature and heredity and reduced the other peoples of
the planet to mere clay that we could mould into whatever we wished.
The truth is that most of the planet has taken our technical
knowledge and some forms of our government, but left the ideology
behind. Spengler identified civilizations as organisms, and rightly
rejected the Eurocentrism that dominated the study of world history.
Just as humans are shaped as much by their blood
as by their circumstances, civilizations as collections of genetically
similar human beings have their own internal life-force that can only be
bent so far. The non-White country that has come closest to being
"Westernized" in a mental rather than purely technological sense is
Japan. We nuked them and occupied them for several years, forced our
form of government on them, and the result 70 years on is that they are
still a decidedly Eastern civilization. Our attempts to bring the West
to Iraq in recent years looks laughable in hindsight, even to mainstream
This hubris that makes the Bernie Bros and the Glenn Becks believe
that we are so great that we can change everything, and, more
importantly, everyone, to fit into our civilization will be the end of
modern liberalism, in both its "left-wing" and "right-wing"
incarnations. Conservatives want America circa 1950, and progressives
want to turn the entirety of America into Portland, but the reality of
the ongoing replacement of the children of the West means we are going
to get neither. America's future isn't Portland. America's future is
Detroit and California, with all the accompanying corruption, ethnic
pandering, crime rates and low trust. Enlightenment values aren't
practiced by Blacks in the Congo, or by Mestizos in Mexico, and they
won't be replicated by them here.
Even the Bernie supporters who cheer at the Democrat-voting Third
World coming into the country are experiencing a Pyrrhic victory. The
ongoing Great Replacement
is going to destroy both versions of America, because neither side will
admit that its values and forms of organisation aren't the revealed
secrets of the universe that transcend all national, ethnic, and racial
boundaries. The American Icarus flies too high, and the sun is melting
the wax holding his wings together.
I chose Bruegel's Landscape with the Fall of Icarus as the
painting for this article because of the unique portrayal of the
mythological event. Most painters show the tragedy in a dramatic and
personal fashion, either depicting Icarus after his death or mid-fall
with his father reaching out to him. Bruegel's painting does not have
Icarus as the focal point. Despite the tragedy of his death, the farmer
ploughs his field, the ship goes on its course, and Icarus is hardly
noticed. Life must go on.
Many may not be able to imagine life without McWorld, but that
doesn't mean that life won't be possible without it. When the paradigm
that guides events today is eroded by the pride of those who think
themselves and their system invincible, history won't stop. Something
new will have to emerge, and we will move past the tragicomedy of modern
America's demise. Let's be there when Icarus falls.