A TRADITIONAL MANIFESTO
By: Selwyn Duke
are generally very nice people who never saw a culture war they couldnt lose.
That is to say, we often hear cracks about how Barack Obama and his ilk may
evolve on issues, but conservatives exhibit that tendency, too, and their
evolution goes something like this:
is between one man and one woman, period!
can accept civil unions, but marriage shouldnt be redefined.
five years more:
states can do whatever they want, just keep the feds out of it.
10 years further on:
can do what they want. How does faux marriage affect me, anyway? (This is the point
British conservatives have reached.)
at an even later juncture its, Why shouldnt homosexuals have the right
to marry? Its a matter of equality. (Just ask some
conservatives in Sweden.)
this isnt limited to marriage or anything else some dismiss as social
issues. Conservatives were against Social Security (in FDRs time) before they
tolerated it before they were for it before they demanded it. And they are against
socialized medicine. But should it endure for 15 years, their children will tolerate it
and then accept it and then expect it as todays conservatives do in Western
gets at the only consistent definition of conservatism: a desire to conserve,
to preserve the status quo. This is why while 1950s conservatives in the US were staunchly
anti-communist, conservatives in the USSR were
communist. As the status quo changes, so does the nature of the prevailing conservatism.
And it is liberals, as the agents of change (without the hope), who shape tomorrows
how it works: the liberals come to the bargaining table demanding a change. The
conservatives dont like it, but being reasonable they give the other
side some part of what they want. And it doesnt matter if it amounts to 50 percent,
30, 15 or just 1 percent.
the libs will be back, next year, next election cycle, next decade.
and again and again.
each time the cons will get conned, giving the libs a few more slices, until the left has
the whole loaf and those ideological loafers, conservatives, are left with crumbs and a
a word, todays conservatives are generally people who have assimilated into yesterdays liberals
culture. And every time we compromise on civil unions, big-government programs or
whatever it may be we assimilate further. And what is the nature of this evolution?
is nothing less than a superior culture being subsumed by an inferior one.
all this perhaps sounds hopeless. Are we damned to inexorable and irrevocable movement
toward the left, at least until the complete collapse of civilization is
wrought? Well, there is an alternative to assimilation.
has been some talk of secession lately. But note that there is a prerequisite for
political separation: cultural separation. Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Croatia, Montenegro,
Bosnia and Slovenia didnt become their own nations because they suddenly thought the
name Yugoslavia was no longer cool, but because of profound cultural differences. And
Catalans in Spain some time back empowered parties that have called for an independence
referendum this year because of cultural differences. Make the cultural differences great
enough, and separation (assuming you can avoid bondage via a governmental iron fist, which
is the other possibility) is a natural by-product.
a key to increasing that cultural divide is avoiding assimilation. Did you ever hear of an
Ainu (Japans original people) independence movement in Japan? No, because
theyve been largely absorbed by the wider culture, sort of how traditionalists get
absorbed by our modernistic culture and end up having, at best, children wholl
reflect todays liberals and be called tomorrows conservatives. So how can
further assimilation be avoided?
only need to look at how its done all over the world. And there are two ways. To
illustrate the first, consider how ardent Muslims avoid being subsumed. They dont
view fellow citizens in a host nation as national brothers.
as the other.
the others may occupy the same borders, but they are as alien as anyone outside them.
Their culture is to be rejected not just because its decadent and despicable
and our liberal-created variety is certainly those things but because it is of the other. So it is with the others laws,
social codes, and traditions, too: they are born of an infidel, alien culture and are to
be viewed with extreme suspicion if not hostility.
this is precisely how leftists should be viewed.
this to work, our instincts must be thus: If liberals say left, we go right. If they say
down, we say up. If they scream Change! we shout all the louder
Tradition! and then push for our own change traditions
here that Im not speaking of a cold intellectual understanding of the issues, which,
dont get me wrong, is important. But just as it is passion that makes a man fight
for a woman, it is passion that makes you fight for a cause. Loathe what the liberals
stand for, meet their agenda with animosity, cultivate a visceral desire to wipe it from
the face of the Earth. Hate, hate, hate it with
the fires of a thousand burning suns.
drawback to this tactic for division, however, is that it constitutes a blind defiance
that could conceivably reject virtue along with vice. An example of this is when elements
of the black community dismiss education, Christianity and higher culture because they
view embracing them as acting white. Yet since liberals are right only about
0.4 percent of the time (and Im perhaps being generous), this isnt the
greatest of dangers at the moment. Nonetheless, this brings us to the ideal method for
Chesterton once said, The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front
of him, but because he loves what is behind him. A good example of love-driven
separation is the Amish. They do try to avoid hating anyone (although I suspect they hate
certain ideas), yet their love for their culture is so great that they remain a people
apart. Of course, where they fall short is that they wont fight at all, even
politically. And this philosophy will not yield separation on a wide scale because the
left simply wont allow millions of people to live off the grid. Someone
has to fund the nanny state, after all.
the proper combination is obvious. We need sort of an Amish jihad, a deep love of the good
and hatred of the evil that translates into action. But there is a prerequisite for this,
and it brings us to something both the Amish and Muslim jihadists have in common.
believe in Truth.
the Muslims may call it the will of Allah; the Amish, Gods law. But the point is
that they arent awash in a relativism that, amounting to the Protagorean notion that
man is the measure of all things, is unduly influenced by man. They dont
see a large number of people lobbying for some loony social innovation and figure that,
with man as arbiter, they have to get with the times. Rooted to what they see
as eternal, they dont bend to the ephemeral.
the opposite of G.W. Bush, Im a divider not a uniter. If this sounds bad,
note that Jesus himself said He had not come to unite the world but as a sword to divide
brother against brother. And while I certainly dont claim to be God or even godly, I
do know that tolerance of evil in unitys name is a vice and blessed division
can hate what is in front of us, love what is behind us, or both. But if were sheep
and not soldiers, compromisers and not crusaders, Western civilizations days will be
behind us and in front, perhaps, a thousand years of darkness.
Duke is a writer, columnist and public speaker whose work has been published widely online
and in print, on both the local and national levels. He has been featured on the Rush
Limbaugh Show and has been a regular guest on the award-winning Michael Savage Show. His
work has appeared in Pat Buchanan's magazine The American Conservative and he writes
regularly for The New American and Christian Music Perspective. He is a regular
contributor to Ether Zone.
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