Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Crucifixion of the Old Order and the True Counter-Revolution



Over the last 300 years, the world has been witness to the slow decline of the old order of throne and altar. The rise of enlightenment thinking and the cult of logic had come to challenge monarchy and the Church. A revolutionary spirit was born that was antithetical to God and his servants on earth, concentrated against His main representative, and protector of the Church, the monarch.

When the great Russian author Dostoevsky was involved in revolutionary circles in his youth, his former mentor had noted "as a socialist, he had to destroy Christianity in the first place. He knew that the revolution must necessarily begin with atheism.".  One of the most terrible examples of this revolutionary spirit is its embodiment in the French Revolution in 1789. Precipitated by the Freemasonic lodges, under the disguise of the motto Liberté, égalité, fraternité, they liquidated the monarchy and established a secular, liberal democracy. What was the result of this modernist ideology? What did it bring to the people?

It brought them misfortune, rape, and mass executions done not under the cover of night, where criminals usually conduct their business, but during the day in the full view of all. As Solzhenitsyn declared at the dedication of the Memorial de la Vendée in Les Lucs-sur-Boulogne, France, on September 25, 1993, “…in the life of society, liberty, and equality are mutually exclusive, even hostile concepts.

Liberty, by its very nature, undermines social equality, and equality suppresses liberty- for how else could it be attained?”. The French Revolution, and the masonic cause to destroy throne and altar, is the example and inspiration of all other political revolutions, and modernist cultural revolutions, from Bolshevism to feminism.


What are the fruits of this? Is man, now that he has obtained “the vote” and does not live under a “theocracy”, free? Is the individual happy and fulfilled in the march of “equality and progress”? Or has something been lost?

“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” – Mark 8:36.

Humanity’s problems are not a lack of equality, or lack of equal pay, or anything material or political. The ills of the modern age have come from the separation of civilization from God. The problems that have befallen us in the modern age have occurred for the same reason the Bolshevik revolution occurred, in the words of Alexander Solzhenitsyn “Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.”.

The communist holocaust was the most terrible, in pure numbers, example of the revolutionary spirit. 100 million (conservative estimate) have fallen to communism in the 20th century. In Russia, the Church was persecuted to no end and many new martyrs were born out of the Russian Revolution, one of the biggest examples of this is the martyrdom of the Royal Family, who were made saints in Orthodox Church, they are a leading example of The Counter-Revolution. Not only the Tsar but the entire White movement is an example of the spirit of The Counter-Revolution and what is needed for the ultimate victory. Russian philosopher Ivan Ilyin, dubbed Putin’s philosopher by Western media, has characterized the Revolution as a religious trial, “No one in Russia escaped this trial; this test overtook every man: from the Tsar to the soldier, from the Most Holy Patriarch to the last atheist, from the rich to the destitute. And each was put to an unprecedented test- to stand before the face of God and testify: either by the word, which became equivalent to the deed, or by the deed, which became equivalent to death.”.

A man can either have the material world and become a servant of the devil, or he can choose to remain loyal the God. Loyalty in God will result in loss of all material gains and bring upon physical death, but just as Christ was victorious over death with the resurrection so are all that choose to be true servants of God. Ilyin proclaims that “If we can take everything from this victory that was laid into it, then Russia will soon be reborn in power and glory and evince still unseen greatness. And this greatness will be a living edification and support for the rebirth of other nations.

This is the primary meaning of our “White” existence and suffering.”. Victory lies not in decimating your political rivals and holding power for some decades until you die and once again the revolutionaries take power. It is not with doing the same evil revolutionaries do in order to maintain power either, but “the victor is he who rose against: rose against seduction, not falling to it, and rose against terror, not taking fright. … He triumphs who agrees to lose everything to save something of God’s.”. Through the lessons of the French and Russian revolutions one sees not just the crucifixion of the old order, but it serves as an example of the evil that the heresies of the modern age have caused, and the need for us all to take up a great spiritual struggle against them, and to become slaves of Christ. Only through Christ can man achieve true freedom from all evil.


The True Counter-Revolution must take place in the heart of every man. As Saint Nikolai Velimirovic said, “Help me, my God, to conquer the world within myself.”. A spiritual struggle must take place for the heart of civilization. The people must make themselves worthy for the return of the Holy Dynasties that ruled Old Europe. The nation, the Church, and the state must be unified by their ultimate service and loyalty to God. This can only be done through a rejection of all modern heresies, and a return to Christian civilization. Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica remarked that to him the world looked as if it was something out of Hades. Over the years all of us have seen a greater decline still.

We must work to first to restore the insoluble bonds of marriage between man and woman, and the unity of the family, the primary social unit, to begin to restore the Old Order. For a people must make themselves worthy to be once again ruled by a great king. There must be a rejection of all non-Christian principles and foreign influences in society and return to the sacred foundations of Christendom!


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Was Islamic Spain An Example of Mutual Tolerance?


Spain today was once the Christian Visigoth kingdom before the Islamic conquest in the eighth century. Many people today often assume that the Islamic conquest brought a golden period of mutual toleration among the three Abrahamic faiths under Islamic rule. However, this is not historically correct, as according to some historians, it is wrong to assume that mutual toleration of religious minorities was improved under Islamic rule. The Islamic conquest of Hispania was filled with atrocities, created a state of constant warfare in the region, and life for Christians under Islamic rule was not of tolerance, but rather of fear.
Islamic Spain became a result of a violent conquest by the Umayyad Caliphate. They conquered the Iberian Peninsula in the 7th century by taking advantage of the internal dissension among the Visigoths in 711 A.D. These Jihadists, which are those that strive for Jihad against the infidels (non-Muslims), entered into the Christian Visigoth Kingdom of Hispania, slaughtered the Visigothic king Roderick and conquered the land. These Muslim fighters were a mixture of North African Berbers, or "Moors," who made up the majority and Syrians, who were all then led by a small number of Arabs from the Arabian peninsula. To understand why the Umayyad caliphate wanted to conquer Hispania, we must first understand what was the goal of this caliphate. The Caliphate was launching jihad, which is a holy war against Dar al-Harb, which literally means house of war. Dar al-Harb refers to the part of the world that is ruled by non-Muslims, or infidels. The Caliphate is part of Dar al-Islam, which means house of submission, which is the part of the world that submits to Islam. The purpose of jihad was for Dar al-Islam to conquer Dar al-Harb and annex it to Dar al-Islam. The Caliphate as such, launched jihad against the then Christian Middle East in 634, which was years before the conquest of Hispania. For this reason, jihad was launched against Christian Hispania. The conquest of Hispania in the 8th century was not without atrocities and without terror into the hearts of the Iberian inhabitants. Musa ibn-Nusayr, a ruler from North Africa under the Umayyad Caliphate, led the subjugation of Hispania under Islamic rule. According to the Latin Chronicle of 754, which is a primary source written by a Christian who witnessed the Arab conquest, states: "Musa himself, approaching this wretched land across the straits of Cadiz and pressing on to the pillars of Hercules...entered the long plundered and godlessly invaded Spain to destroy it. After forcing his way to Toledo, the royal city, he imposed on the adjacent regions an evil and fraudulent peace. He decapitated on a scaffold those noble lords who had remained, arresting them in their flight from Toledo...Thus he devastated not only Hispania Ulterior, but Hispania Citerior up to and beyond the ancient and once flourishing city of Zaragoza, now by the judgment of God, openly exposed to sword, famine, and captivity. He ruined beautiful cities, burning them with fire; condemned lords and powerful men to the cross; and butchered youths and infants with the sword" (Constable, 30-31). So, this invasion of Spain lead to widespread atrocities where there was burning of cities, mass decapitation of the nobles, enslavement, famine, and the murder of children. These children even included infants, and so even the children did not escape the brutality of Jihad. Also, another excerpt of the chronicle also states: "While he [Musa] terrorized everyone in this way, some of the cities that remained sued for peace under duress and, after persuading and mocking them with a certain craftiness, the Saracens [Muslims] granted their requests without delay. When the citizens subsequently rejected what they had accepted out of fear and terror, they tried to flee to the mountains where they risked hunger and various forms of death. The Saracens set up their savage kingdom of Spain, specifically in Córdoba" (Constable, 31). So in other words, many of the native Christians in Hispania were so terrified of the Muslim conquests that they rather risked death rather than being enslaved by them. The chronicle also refers to the kingdom as “savage,” which debunks the false notion that they set up a wonderful kingdom where people were not terrified and all lived happily ever after.
The Moors would also subjugate the women of Hispania through rape and forced marriages. Abd al-Aziz, the first governor of the newly established al-Andalus (Islamic Spain) and the son of Musa ibn-Nusayr, participated in the conquests. After Visigoth king Roderick was murdered in battle, Abd al-Aziz sexually abused and raped the wives of murdered Christian nobles. The medieval Islamic historian Ibn 'Abd al-Hakam, who died in 871, stated: "He [Abd al-Aziz] had taken all the riches and positions of honor in Seville, as well as the queen of Spain, whom he joined in marriage, and the daughters of kings and princes, whom he treated as concubines..." (Constable, 31-32). Abd al-Aziz raped many of the women of the royal family and even forcefully married Queen Egilona, who was the wife of King Roderick that he killed. The Queen was practically forced to be married to the murderer of her husband. Also, a well-known Spanish historian points out how the Moors had a deep preference for the women of Europe. He states: "Everyone knows that the Moslems arrived in Spain [and Portugal] without women, and that their preference for beautiful and blonde Gallegas [women of Galicia] led to the occupation of the throne of Cordoba by caliphs with blue eyes and fair hair" (Crow, 149). Since the Muslims arrived without women to conquer Hispania, they raped many of the women as they conquered without arriving with their own women. They lusted after these Christian women, due to their fair complexion and blonde hair. As a result of this miscegenation, many of the Islamic elite look whiter than their Moorish counterparts.
The Islamic conquests of Hispania would also create chaos in the Iberian Peninsula. Rather than establishing an ordered, unified society, these conquests actually set into motion what would be later be battles after battles into a seemingly unending warfare. The historian Roger Collins writes in the introduction of his book, Caliphs and Kings: Spain, 796-1031, the following: “The Arab conquest created the conditions for a state of almost permanent warfare in the Iberian Peninsula that put special emphasis upon destruction and the display of dead enemies, with a lively slave trade as an additional incentive" (Collins, 1). So, the Arab conquest actually brought a lot of destruction into the region, and the Muslims established a slave trade that would give them many profits. Of course, the slaves were the infidels, as it is prohibited for a Muslim to enslave their fellow Muslims, and under Islam, a non-Muslim will never have equal social status as a Muslim. The Muslims also had a inhumane method of displaying the bodies of their enemies, which in turn showed their savagery. Such a conquest established the Umayyad al-Andalus, and the Christian states in the north of the peninsula, which caused friction among themelves. Even Islamic Spain was much more violent than Western Europe in the same time period due to this constant warfare. Also, the reason why the Moors never fully conquered the whole of Hispania, which would include the North, is because there was even infighting among the Muslims themselves, thus allowing the Christians to launch their reconquista, or reconquest to expel Muslim rule from the Iberian Peninsula. Roger Collins also stated in the same book: "Even in Córdoba at its cultural apogee it will have been hard to escape the reek of decomposing flesh from the decapitated heads displayed on the gates and the bodies of those publically crucified, left to rot in front of the palace" (Collins, 2). The Moors seemed to have a practice of decapitation and crucifixion of their enemies, which are the infidels, and then displayed their bodies in public as a way to intimidate the general public to not rebel against their Moorish overlords. The number of infidels that they killed in battle were sent for display on the gates and the wall of Córdoba. Such a conquest definitely showed the brutality of the Moors against the Christian inhabitants, and the conditions that were caused as a result of their holy war. The conquest largely destabilized the Iberian Peninsula for many years to come.
According to the article, “The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise," by Darío Fernández-Morera, the author states: "The fascinating cultural achievements of Islamic Spain cannot obscure the fact that it was never an example of peaceful convivencia [Spanish for co-existence]" (Fernández-Morera, 23). While in Islamic Spain, both the Jews and the Christians lived under Muslim rule, they lived in the status of Dhimmitude, which is a status where religious minorities are severely restricted due to their faith. Dhimmitude, according to Islamic law, is an option available only for Christians and Jews. For pagans, Dhimmitude was an option not available, and pagans had the choice of either converting to Islam or be killed. During the reign of Abd al-Rahman I (734?-788), who was the founder of the Emirate of Córdoba, and during the reign of Abd al-Rahman II (822-852), who was the conqueror of Barcelona, the Christians were grossly persecuted. Abd al-Rahman I demolished the ancient Catholic church of Córdoba in order to establish a mosque, which is a Muslim place of worship. Catholics under both reigns suffered confiscations of their private property, enslavement, and an increase in the tribute that they must pay for protection, which in turn generated more profits for their Moorish overlords. Also, under Abd al-Rahman II and Muhammad I (822-886), a number of Catholics were killed in Córdoba for preaching against Islam, while others were expelled from the city. Saint Eulogio, along with other martyrs such as Saint Roderick and many others who are recognized by the Church today as martyrs due to their martyrdom, were beheaded by the Muslims since they either insulted Islam, converted to Christianity, or announced their faith publicly. Many of the martyrs were former Muslims who converted to Christianity, and were killed since the punishment for apostasy in Islam is death as according to the hadith, which is part of total Islamic doctrine and second to the Koran in Islam. There was practically no freedom of religion in Islamic Spain, and people who were already Christians must submit to the authority of the Islamic authorities and live a restrictive, humiliating life. Even Muhammad I ordered that “newly constructed churches be destroyed as well as anything in the way of refinements that might adorn the old churches added since the Arab conquest" (Fernández-Morera, 24). This emir (Muslim prince) practically destroyed many of the Christian places of worship in order to make the religion of Islam dominant in the land. This is how Christians lived under Islamic rule, and suffered a lot due to their faith. While Christians lived under Islamic rule, they lived restrictive lives and it was not a society of mutual tolerance and co-existence, but rather a society that was very totalitarian due to the precepts of the Islamic religion.
So next time you hear of the myth of the peaceful co-existence between the Moors and Christians, remind them of how the conquest occurred, how Christian women became sex slaves and victims of rape, how many Christians were butchered, how Christian churches were destroyed and the martyrs of Córdoba. Islamic Spain brought instability to the Iberian peninsula that lasted for many centuries as there was constant warfare. It is time to lay this myth of Islamic Spain to rest forever as it it is constantly used by those who hate Christian civilization and so tries to discredit it with outright lies. Many Spaniards today should not feel shame of the Reconquista, as the Spaniards had the right to defend their civilization from invaders that sought to destroy Christian rule in the region. Spaniards today should be proud of their ancestors rather than feel guilt.
Sources:
• Roger Collins, Caliphs and Kings: Spain, 796-1031, Wiley Blackwell, 2014. Print.
• Olivia Remie Constable. Medieval Iberia: Readings from Christian, Muslim, and Jewish Sources. University of Pennsylvania Press, 1997. Print.
• Kenneth Baxter Wolf. Christian Martyrs in Muslim Spain. Cambridge University Press. 1988. Print.
• Joseph O' Callaghan, A History of Medieval Spain. Cornell University Press, 1983. Print.
• John Glubb, Empire of the Arabs. Prentice-Hall, 1965. Print.
• John A. Crow, The Epic of Latin America. University of California Press, 1992. Print.
• Darío Fernández-Morera. The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise. The Intercollegiate Review. Fall 2006: 23-31. Print.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Faulty Reaction | What We Need for Victory

There has to be a pharmacist before someone swallows the red pill.

The rejection of mainstream ideology is becoming remarkably common. There has been a rise of Southern nationalism, anarcho-capitalism, Austrofascism, and everything in between. Mistrust in Western ideas of government grows every day. The journey from Republican to Carlist always begins with a single step: more often than not, this is anti-Feminism.

It never ceases to amaze me how many people jumped into politics from Gamergate. What initially started over ethics in gaming journalism sparked a movement which evolved into outright rejections of the status quo; the MAGA-hat wearing Trump supporters, to anarchists, to the rapidly growing monarchist movement. This rejection propelled figures such as Milo Yiannopolous and Sargon of Akkad to stardom and left Generation Z with a strong distaste for feminism.

While many have embraced traditional truth, a great deal are stuck with feminism as their main enemy. Many have embraced distributism and corporatism over capitalism, the local over the state, and traditional religion instead of liberal or lack thereof. But for the mainstream rebellion, it focuses on symptoms of an unrighteous society (feminism, progressivism, etc.) rather than the root issue. One can only refute the wage gap so many times.

There isn't much depth to attacking the outer manifestations of disorder; it isn't difficult to recognize something illogical as long as you aren't brainwashed. The challenge lies in providing the logical solution. Despite most of this new right fighting against tolerance, a peculiar reasoning has made them very tolerant of what led us here in the first place.



Remember, logic alone isn't always the friendliest ally. It can be manipulated and used against the truth, and worshiped to the point where there is no faith put into anything beyond oneself. Having to read many books, examine the minute details of post-Enlightenment society, and be as critical to yourself as to others is a difficult prospect. It's much easier to hide behind a label, repost Youtube videos, and go with the flow. Progressives and conservatives both fall for this, manufacturing quippy sayings tied into eye-catching graphics from pages such as Occupy Democrats and Uncle Sam's Misguided Children.

While the more active would accuse these people of being "controlled opposition", the truth is simple: it's apathy.

Everyone wishes to change the world, but few are willing to change themselves. People are uncomfortable with fundamentally changing their outlook on the world, but nonetheless welcome a chance to be "edgy". They hyper-focus on an external issue to avoid the need for individual change, as often, this issue can be blamed for personal fault. Be it a fragile confidence or indifference towards ones own well-being, it is intrinsically harmful.

Apathy and its product, sloth, are the source of woe. The progressive blames his faults on capitalism, the "Alt-Liter" on feminism, the libertarian on communism, yet still nothing gets done. Even if some work is made against their respective enemies, they continue to fall blindly into the Enlightenment spiral. Not for a moment do they seriously self-reflect or question their convictions. Thereby, a fundamental shift in identity and philosophy must come for any good change to be made.

The first step is realizing our own faults. In a culture of hyper-individualism and materialism, we are either puffed-up or downtrodden; one is either egotistic or self-hating. Realize your own worth without arrogance, and realize your lowliness without defeat. Master your passions and vices, and direct all emotion into worthy endeavors. Greatness never comes from laziness, and this can only be achieved in embracing one's own good and focusing on it. Most ideologies embrace the attack on an outside force rather than finding the disorder in oneself and working from there, leaving their adherents weak to themselves.

The trouble with post-Enlightenment ideology is that it rarely promotes the bettering of oneself. Although heavily individualist, it instead embraces self-acceptance no matter what flaws one may have. Fat-acceptance, embracing of sexual deviancy, and the complete embrace of the never-ending march of progress are striking examples. Only when we subject ourselves to the Kingship of Christ and mold ourselves within objective morality will any good come of us. 

The greatest act of revolt is not against the enemy. To conquer the enemy, first conquer yourself. Subject yourself to righteousness and goodness, and wisdom will follow.


To overcome the modern world, we must reject any movement with an external focus. No good fruit will come of any movement which ignores personal struggle, towards the strive for improvement. Its flowers may be beautiful, but its roots are weak and frail. Every issue we face comes from the original bad fruit -- the fruit of unjust rebellion.

Not only was our condition since introduced when Adam partook of the Forbidden Fruit. Marxism, Liberalism, degenerate Revolution, and atheism came with it. Religious orthodoxy has always struggled with eternal revolution; morality has always struggled against rebellion, righteousness against demonic dissent. Toleration of a yet insufficient and unclean self will only make things fall further.

Mind that anything which distracts from man mastering himself, his family, and his land will lead to an unworthy man, and from unworthy men a disordered society. Exaltation of equality, or of the godless state, or of anything but Christ and following Him will be doomed. To be worthy of truly good society, we must first become truly good men.

We cannot wield the state wisely without study. We cannot fight our enemies with untested bodies. We cannot spread our ideas without work. We cannot conquer without prayer, as it is the source of all wisdom, strength, and energy. We cannot do good without Christ, and everything we are is through Him. Before anything else, we must accept this.

After will come the true and final reconquista. Evil and indifference have entered the world through brute strength and manipulation, and we must fight with all we have against them. Our strength can come only from righteousness rather than anger or rebellion. We must abandon anything which holds us back from this, including revolutionary government, ideas, and lifestyles.

The great advantage of monarchy is that there should be kingship all the way down. Christ rules the world, through Him the monarch rules his kingdom, and under that the father rules his home. It brings about tranquility through order, and peace without the need for a totalitarian state. Freedom to do good, and nothing else is needed.

We must revolt against the modern world and her illegitimate and harmful governments and powers, and embrace and promote what allows us to do good. Modern states and power structures which arose from rebellion and anti-Christian ideas must be abandoned and disregarded. The embrace of any Enlightenment idea will cause us to slip right back into the issues we face today.

For order, we must look towards the past. The key to success is to disregard the modern world and her temptations - greed through capitalism, false equality through socialism, the kingship of all through democracy, and all other aspects which rebel against God. We must make ourselves worthy of righteous governance, only then will it come. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Comey's Out, Blameless Hillary and The Islamic Republic of France

Often the political left acts like an old elephant.

It never forgets…when it chooses to.

One look at the dismissal of FBI director James Comey yesterday and the boogeyman of Richard Nixon appeared. Comparing Comey’s firing to Nixon’s “Saturday Night Massacre,” many argued this as proof of Trump’s alleged links to Russia.

No mention of Comey’s “interesting” conclusions about Clinton’s emails last summer, something criticized by many, including those in the FBI. Nothing related to that fact no links have yet to appear connecting Trump or his administration to Russia. Something the FBI had previously concluded in October 2016. Only to reverse itself by year end.

Much like Yates refusing to enforce a constitutional order, many will try to make Comey into a martyr in the so-called “struggle” against President Trump.

Hillary Clinton, contrary to her public image, more than likely welcomed Comey’s departure.

Inexplicably, Clinton continues to make public appearances to cipher-like audiences’ of politically similar ideologues. In a recent talk, Clinton blamed “Comey,” “misogyny,” “Wikileaks” and “Russia” for losing the 2016 presidential election, saying had it been a week earlier she “would be president.”

At no point in any of her scenarios, does Hillary take account for the fact she herself is the reason she lost. When even a Clinton-supporting columnist tells her to “shut the f— up” and “go away,” one can see most people don’t want to hear it anymore.

Meanwhile across the pond, Emmanuel Macron won the French Presidential Election against Marie Le Pen. Despite a massive email leak and telling the French public that terrorism will become part of their “daily lives,” they prefer national suicide to national pride.

When the controversial novel “Submission” looks more and more like an outline of the next decade, all bets are off. Despite the horrific events in Paris, Belgium and Nice, Western Europe has yet to realize its terrible future.

As Trump abandons “America First” and MAGA, the media raves with a bloodlust at anything, and Western Europe faces a dangerous future, one wonders where will the end be in sight.

And when will Chuck Schumer stop crying?

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Democracy and the Eldest Daughter of the Church

Yet again, democracy has failed the once-great nation of France.

The Fifth French Republic, this year, had the choice between a female secularist and a male globalist, former Rothschild banker. The banker, a Mr. Macron, has won by a rather margin according to the New York Times.

Macron, the centrist, has openly admitted that "terrorism is a part of our daily lives.

France, the nation which raised Charlemagne and bred countless Saints, has embraced the spirit of secularism and the false Enlightenment of the modern age.

The nation of Sts. Joan of Arc, Thérèse of Lisieux, Jean-Baptiste-Marie Vianney, and St. King Louis himself, has again allowed themselves to be ruled by the "enlightened" centrists, owned by banks and enslaved to the European Union.


France is not what it once was. The France of Kings and Queens, of the Notre Dame de Paris, and of Machaut and Poussin. There is no longer a France of order and goodness, but the fruits of rebellion brought by the Revolution.

What do we owe the martyrs of the Vendee? How will we deal with the blood on our hands of Kings and Priests? What is the punishment for the Reign of Terror? 

This democracy is the punishment. Europe, since the collapse of monarchy, has suffered from threats within and from outside. From the total war and civilian deaths since the Revolution, to the invasion of Islamism through almost weekly terrorist attacks are examples of how fall we have fallen. Beyond this, most European nations have sold their sovereignty to the soulless European Union. The steps made towards a unified, artificial, and secular culture have been taken. Charles Martel must be rolling in his tomb. Saints Joan of Arc and King Louis, pray for us!

St. King Louis departs for the 7th Crusade by Dore.

This is not a time for sorrow, however. People are realizing that democracy rarely works in their self-interest. Groups like our own and Action Francaise will gain greater membership and legitimacy.

Monarchism and traditionalism are growing. It is by far the fastest growing philosophy, beating the alt-right by a long-shot since it actually has a foundation. Not only could this be considered a victory for our cause, but a wake-up call the European continent to the fruits of secularism and the embracing of Enlightenment ideas. 

We must show the strength of Catholic Europe and Catholic France! What advances has France made since their revolution? Their art has gone from beautiful Cathedrals to becoming a wasteland of modernist trash!

Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris

Marcel Duchamp's urinal art 'Fontaine', 1917













Let us take this loss and use it to show the West that the good fight will not be won with democracy. We must restore what was stolen from us by modernists, and pray God's will be done and mercy shown upon us. 

All French Saints and Martyrs, pray for us!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Crowning the World Again | Part I

Crowning the World Again

Strategies for Spreading Traditional Ideas and Monarchism
 On Rhetoric

Introduction

As monarchists and religiously devout men, we occupy a place the world has lacked for centuries. We stand alone against many forces which fight against any remaining good. Sophistry is the softest, and violence the most virulent act of these foes. We remain firm in our foundations, opposing the world dominated by the poison of the Frankfurt School and the emotional appeals to false liberty brought about by the "Enlightenment". Our ideas have roots in the greats, such as Plato, Aristotle, and St. Thomas Aquinas, in fulfillment of commandments from God Himself. We honor the duty set before us by the Apostle Paul to honor the King, and to insure the survival of the Church's greatest defender - the institution of monarchy.

Scottish Jacobites. The Duke of Perth leads troops of the Clan MacDonald into combat at Prestonpans.
These goals sound bizarre in the modern world. They certainly are foreign, but it makes sense when the philosophical foundations of the West are adulterers who abandon their wives and children to starve, like Marx, or proto-Atheists who deny the divinity of Jesus Christ, such as the Founding Fathers. Both of these figures' spiritual successors argue from points of emotion: one an appeal to the state as the source of worldly provision, and the other false liberty found in rebellion.

The false dichotomy between American Capitalism and Socialism forces us to choose between two Godless ideologies, one using the lack of God to justify its morality (or lack thereof), the other softening God to something which can be molded to the individual or reduced to non-existence. This isn't overt collaboration, but each side of the opposition is implicitly modernistic and anti-Christian.

How can we fight against these forces which have poisoned the world? To bring those who believe these ideologies within our fold, we must use our words and actions to appeal to them. Besides always showing kindness, charity, and acting morally, we should aim to show them the truth through effective reasoning, debate, and historical evidence. This foundation can only come from reading and study, not only from Sacred Scripture and the lives of the Saints, but by reading the teachings of the Church and philosophical works. Some of my favorite works can be found on this list. We live very shortly after the life of the great Erik von Kuenhelt-Leddihn, within the lifetime of the wonderful Charles A. Coloumbe, and whoever else will rise up as the intelligentsia of modern Christianity. Only time will tell who else will take up the pen in defense of truth.

Successful Arguments


The most immediate response by most is that monarchy is an absolute failure. Chaos reigned in the streets, there were constant invaders from foreign lands, and shadowy figures in government had more control than those who were presented to the people.


No. That's right now.

When confronted with the decentralization and peace found in pre-Enlightenment monarchies, which lacked the total war and attacks on civilians which came along with wars following the French Revolution - most see that what they are taught about monarchy isn't true. As my good friend and fellow author Vaughn said; it is very ironic for modern liberals to cry about the failures of monarchy, when it was the liberal's ideological ancestors who were the ones chopping king's heads off and creating chaos in their kingdoms.

Under monarchy, we saw the building of beautiful buildings such as the Notre Dame de Paris, the Medici Chapel, the Cathedrals of Reims and Milan, and the flourishing of countless works of art and music during the medieval and Renaissance eras. From von Bingen to Palestrina and Machaut, to Ghiberti and Caravaggio, even to the great philosophers Saints Albertus Magnus and Thomas Aquinas, historians have slowly began dropping the label of "dark" to describe these ages.

Chapel of the Princes, San Lorenzo.

The Renaissance was not great for the introduction of humanism. The greatness was the continuation of a fire which Europe retained since it was given the Gospel of Christ. The institutions of Christian monarchy and the Church were the greatest patron of philosophy and art to ever grace the Earth. I wrote about monarchy and the arts on my personal blog here. By showing the people the beauty and transcendence of art which could only have been achieved with its patron, and our ideas of Christian tradition as their foundation, many hardened hearts are softened to the possibility of monarchy. Beauty is an extension of truth and order. All three are evidence of goodness.


Beyond the values promoted by monarchy, the peace and stability and monarchy has brought is very convincing. As an institution, monarchy has lasted since the beginning of civilized man until today. Democracy and republicanism was established with violence and turmoil, with the revolutionary spirit causing hundreds of millions of deaths. From the French Revolution and the War in the Vendee, to the revolutionary uprisings in Europe following it, to the downfall of the Russian Empire and Bolshevik Communism leading to the hundred million deaths in the 20th century. The Kingdom of France lasted almost 1,000 years. After its downfall, it went back and forth between two empires and five republics.

I have also written about other arguments for monarchy, some concise and brief, to my most successful work " Large Crown, Small Government", arguing for monarchy as it grants more freedom than democracy or republics could ever offer.

... and How to Argue Them


Most political debates occur online, with distance and lack of human interaction creating false bravery. This leads to rudeness and great vitriol being shared and (very humorously) called "debate". Real discussion and progress is almost never made, and most "debate" in real life is a far departure from what we read about in the first chapters of the Republic.

The "greatest" ideological battle of the last few months as of now was the protests at Berkeley University, with violence and quippy signs in defense false causes. At best, modern debates value stinging insults and sarcasm over any true reasoning.

Before anything else, always use the heavenly grace of charity. Correct with tact, explain with precision, and reason with care. Explain to the curious and educate the ignorant without condescension. A raised voice will make you no different than those we fight against, especially when discussing how beauty and natural order play into monarchy. There is a time and a place for roars and chants, but casual discussion is not it.

 As morality of an action is determined by intention, the action itself, and the manner in which it is carried out - the intentions and manner arguments are made are as important as the argument itself. We love Our God, Our Lord and Savior, and Our Holy Mother Church, as we love all men. To show love, we correct and show the truth. There is no love in tolerance of evil, and there is no love in abandoning charity to blindly attack someone.

Beyond intention, style and manner are also something abandoned in modern discourse. I have engaged in countless debates with people typing as if they were texting a friend, with poor spelling, grammar, and swearing included. In true physical debate, expect to be sworn at an insulted as well. Maintaining clarity and respect while remaining firm and articulate will do more to help our ideas and image more than anything else.

We must be kind and live pure lives if we are to be worthy of promoting the truth. Truth will be evident by both true reason and the truth lying with the one arguing it in this age of great Sophistry. Pray, study, do good works, repeat.

St. Thomas Aquinas, Patron of Philosophers and Students, ora pro nobis.
This battle against the evils of modernity are as much a personal one as a public one. To conquer the world, we must first conquer ourselves and our vices. Good cannot from a source that lacks good itself. If you have a clear conscience, no personal attack can affect you. Know your place, know your morals, and no insult can stick.

As Aristotle demonstrates in Book III of his Rhetoric, it is not enough to simply know what to say, but how to say it. Some ideas are more suited towards prose, and some to poetry. Some arguments are best made through allegory, and some through detailed reasoning. No matter what approach one takes, it must be made with refinement. In Star Spangled Crown, Charles A. Coloumbe approaches the question of an American monarchy, and even covers ideas such as distributism in an indirect and entertaining way. In his fiction, he makes arguments for concepts most Americans would reject simply by hearing the name.

No matter what argument one is making, it is always better to avoid ambiguity. In most cases, it is better to provide a short description of an idea rather than an "-ism" - especially when talking with others. When discussing with others interested in politics and philosophy, it may save time and avoid redundancy. To most, however, hearing words like globalism, modernism, and traditionalism may either confuse them or give them a false image of what one is arguing against. Careful explanation, whether online or in real life, often convinces people more than simply attacking an "-ism".

Plato and Aristotle in Raphael's The School of Athens
One should also pay careful attention to balancing firmness of truth and knowing the audience. Never compromise on moral matters, but it isn't expedient to attack a topic that isn't relevant to the debate. This is often the case in religious matters, where discussions have gone from the effectiveness of monarchy to the merits of John Calvin and transubstantiation.

You cannot argue for the entire truth in a single exchange, and it is far better to keep your opponent listening to one aspect so they will more readily accept another. Once the time comes where you can correct a different false idea, find that time which will be the most effective and include the most charity on both debaters parts.

Not only is He our moral model, but Our Lord as the Logos spoke with tremendous wisdom and infinite talent while He was on Earth. The Beatitudes are an example of perfect rhetoric, showing how effective brevity can be. Be clear, be succinct, and balance your explanations with the refinement and complexity of your ideas.

Roselli's Sermon on the Mount
A balance must also be made between the use of evidence and reasoning. We would our ideas floating off into space without any grounding without evidence. We would find ourselves in a dark and lowly world without any care for a better future without reasoning. Arguments against monarchy most often are based on emotional appeals and a small batch of "evidence". We must build upon what they lack, using both refined reasoning and showing the effectiveness of the institution throughout history.

We Christians, we monarchists, and as those who desire to put the world back on the right track must always show goodness. Goodness in intention, goodness in argument, and goodness in action. The peace brought about through natural order, and the beauty the world has lacked, will only come about through righteousness. We must study classical rhetoric and speech in order to show ourselves above anything the modern world has to offer. We must be all the world lacks for the people to see what they need.