Saturday, January 7, 2017

The Need for Monarchist Activism

To be a monarchist is to be like any other person that holds a heartfelt political and social view. One's views are a self-evident truth, backed by both theory and history, that can provide the best overall future for a society. Yet a trait that seems to set many monarchists apart from other political movements is a general lack of social and political action on behalf of the idea. A great many self-identified monarchists, when they choose to openly identify themselves at all, are often content to debate the pedigrees of pretenders or the precise role of a legislature in a theoretical government, but beyond that tend to stick to books and counterfactual dreams. This has left the monarchist idea at a great disadvantage compared to its rivals in the modern political landscape.

To a degree this apathy is understandable. To be a monarchist is to be one who has watched what one feels to be the fundamental institution of a stable society slowly eroded over the course of two centuries of unwavering assault. Countless 'revolutions' and two World Wars have shattered the previous world order and the leviathan of Liberal and Neoliberal Globalism gluts itself on the remains. With the waning and willful destruction of so many princely states, including many of the greatest of human empires, it is hardly a wonder that the modern monarchist is a pessimist. We live in an era where much of the social narrative is arrayed against us. Modern education, filtered through the lens of Marxist historiography, has ingrained in the popular mind the image of the spoiled, inbred tyrant. The monarchist, when he or she publicly reveals their views, is often ridiculed as somewhere between a delusional fantasist and a despotic elitist.

Yet we are not solely victims of this trend. The melancholic apathy that settled following the end of the World Wars slowly saw us surrender the field to our enemies. For too long we were trapped between the hammer of Communism and the anvil of Capitalism, and allowed ourselves to be beaten into silence. We retreated into our libraries, into our social and church circles, toasted the portraits of the dead and tried to forget about the world outside. With the rise of the 'New World Order' of the post-Cold War Era, the era of supposed never-ending progressive prosperity, it seemed the light was ready to go out over the crown forever. But things are changing, and change can be an ally as much as an enemy.

The last decade has seen cracks form in the consensus of the progressive worldview, and the last year has seen those cracks widen and groan under the weight of its own ineffectual hypocrisy. The forces of Globalism and multiculturalism have shown themselves to be nothing more than avatars of greed and intercultural strife that threaten the entire paradigm of Western civilisation. More and more people are coming to accept that there is something fundamentally wrong with the current direction of our societies. Their elected leaders so often fail to show the faintest shred of loyalty or professional competence in addressing these threats. If there was ever a time in the last seventy years where, with the right arguments, mass support for monarchical governance and a more traditional society can be explored and revived, it is now.

This will not be an automatic process. We can no longer afford to hide behind books and quiet prayer. If we are true believers in the fundamental righteousness, the fundamental sanity, of these principles, then we must cease to turn up our noses at 'revolutionary' activity. We must embrace the spirit of our forbears, of Rupert of the Rhine and de Charette, and fight for the future of our ideals. We must engage, thoughtfully and skillfully, on the battlefield of public political discourse. We must network and organise amongst ourselves in order to promote and advance our vision. We must educate and cultivate ourselves in order that we may be more effective soldiers for this cause and better future citizen-subjects. We must stand together to fight for the past, present, and future of our civilisation – while we still have a civilisation to defend.

1 comment:

  1. I have on occasion commented on The Mad Monarchist's blog that he should publish a book. Sadly, he seems content to publish his, admittedly very informative, blog. I call it sad because there are few, very few, physical publications that cover monarchy/monarchism in a 'serious' manner. While this blog or The Mad Monarchist's are great people don't tend to stumble across them unless they are already looking from them.

    This inability to have anything to leave laying around for people to find is a problem. From my own experience a magazine or newsletter left in the lunch room at work is read by 10-20 people in the week or two period it is left laying on the table. Multiply that by every doctor's office, dentist waiting room, or coffee shop and you reach people who have thus far remained uncommitted.

    Many activists use the 'zine' format of cheaply made and distributed publications to spread their message. There is no reason it couldn't work for monarchists. After all, we have the content. We have content for pretty much every shade of monarchist thought. If it could be organized and distributed it could only be helpful. Even ISIS, as detestable as they are, established their own glossy online magazine (which can be printed out) to gain supporters.

    Switching gears for a moment; it is important to talk to politicians about monarchy. Most (using Canada as an example) haven't given monarchy a whole lot of thought. By taking a moment to explain monarchy, its advantages and the fact its not just something octogenarians support you start inoculating them against the republican climate around them. Anyways those are just my late night thoughts.