Bruce Charlton worried a few days ago whether the languishing readership of the orthosphere, or Neoreaction generally, means that these schools of thought might be over and done with. Bonald has expressed similar concerns.
I think not. The tinder has not yet caught our spark. That does not mean it never will. Either we are all simply wrong about the way the world is, or else, sooner or later, one way or another, the fire will come. Why not keep striking the flint, in patient expectation?
The smartest, most competent and most aggressive men are always the ones who are running things. The only question is whether or not they are as well good, righteous, wise. Fools and villains can ruin anything they influence, no matter how smart or competent they may be. So any society is vulnerable to the misprisions that inform their thinking. Thus the social function of education, and indeed of all discourse, should be to inculcate wisdom in intelligent young men, and in their parents, teachers and pastors.
That is the true purpose of such blogs as the Orthosphere. It is inapt to measure our success by whether we have yet fostered a nascent popular school or movement that will somehow rescue the West, much as we might hope for such a thing. Wicked fools are in charge of it, so the West is falling. It is bound to keep falling so long as they remain in charge. Until it has definitively fallen, and the error of their vicious ways is everywhere brutally, inarguably manifest, they will remain in charge; for until that moment, their notions will still seem to most people to be working OK.
We don’t need to defeat them, because their policies are lethal to their policies. They will defeat themselves. All we really have to do is wait, and remain faithful to the Truth, preaching it to those who have ears to hear.
So, we need not feel discouraged that the orthosphere, or Neoreaction more generally, have not yet exploded in popularity. People are naturally and rightly so conservative that such a titanic shift in paradigms is almost impossible until the currently prevalent weltanschauung is seen by almost everyone to have failed – failed radically, failed decisively, failed catastrophically. Catastrophe has not yet quite arrived, apparently. So, engendering a cultural sea change is not our present hope, or ought not be. We must rather look ahead to the next iteration of the High Middle Ages. Our proper purpose is like that of Lindisfarne, and Alcuin: to shine in the gathering gloom a glimmer of the eternal light of Truth, so that in the wreckage of the collapse that seems daily more inevitable, we and the readers who discover us in the next few years will be philosophically, morally and spiritually prepared to propose by our acts a social order founded on reality – which, in a collapse, is anyway already asserting itself with a vengeance.
At such times, the factors that promote the rise of competent, intelligent, aggressive men are more efficient than at others; and in the crucible of that fiercer competition for power, the wise have the advantage over the foolish, the righteous over the wicked, and the good over the evil. When selection pressure soars, error and weakness – i.e., viciousness – are quickly, relentlessly, ruthlessly deleted.
When the time comes, all we will need is a few solid, reliable men here and there, who can catalyze the formation of a hale new social order. To get them, to increase the chances that there will then be such men somewhere to be found, all we need to do right now is conform our ideas to the Truth, and speak it clearly and without fear, so that it is heard, and understood. Is there ever, at any time, an alternative?