Our Turn is Now

With the end of the Great War of the 20th Century, both China and Russia rebooted. Both are in the painful, joyful, difficult process of shedding the social forms they assumed under the conditions of Total War more or less hot, and returning to something more like their ancient traditional orders. Now it is our turn.

God send our reboot is at least as pacific as theirs.

30 thoughts on “Our Turn is Now

  1. Unfortunately, the American Left remains committed to total internal war, a war that they are currently heating up, and in pursuing which they are ruthless and implacable. With a compliant Republican Party they have wasted, externally, so much blood and treasure that the nation has sunk into pervasive glumness and the deterioration and non-replacement of its physical infrastructure. Run a Google image-search on foreign rail services and compare them to our pathetic and ugly railroads. Ditto our airports, which look increasingly like processing areas for concentration camps.

    High on any MAGA agenda are —

    • Bringing home all military forces deployed overseas, including those deployed as part of SEATO and NATO;
    • Withdrawing as far as possible from all entanglements in the Muslim world;
    • Simultaneously becoming, not only energy-independent, but once again a supplier of cheap energy to the rest of the world;
    • Rebuilding the national infrastructure — the railroads would be good place to start;
    • Seeing to the automation of agriculture, an achievement which, by itself, will result in a decline in immigration;
    • Placing a twenty-five year moratorium on all immigration, while relentlessly deporting illegal immigrants;
    • Shrinking the Federal Government to its essential, Constitutional functions — i.e., eliminating most of its departments;
    • Seeking a constructive alliance with Russia.

    Intelligent people can and will add other items to the list.

    • Dr. Bertonneau:

      While your list is certainly not, by any stretch, exhaustive, it is definitely of the first order. And btw, please don’t go negative on me now! (I definitely understand the temptation!); you (YOU) are one of the prime reasons I have personally abandoned the “no hope” attitude for my beloved country of late!

      • The Left’s effectiveness is already being diminished by the Left’s insanity. The midterm elections of 2018 will, I predict, show massive defections from the remaining pool of Democratic voters, who will feel, as they already do, alienated from their party, and who will cast their votes elsewhere. The Karmic Law is implacable.

    • Tom: My hope and expectation is that, as with the fall of the Soviet Union, many of the institutional innovations of the 20th Century West will suddenly seem utterly ridiculous to pretty much everyone. They’ll be dropped the way that “Leningrad” was dropped.

      Much as I’d like to, I’m not sure we’ll be able to end entanglements in the Muslim world, if only because the Muslims – having themselves rebooted their culture after the close of the Cold War – seem determined to entangle themselves inimically in ours. The Great War of the 21st Century is shaping up as the war between Islam and everyone else.

      I don’t expect it will take nearly so long, once it gets well and hotly underway. That seems inevitable, sooner or later. One bonus: we get a shot at a complete Reconquista of the Eastern cradle of Christendom, perhaps permanently.

      • Kristor, my friend:

        The result that you foresee, or rather the possibility that you intuit, might entail the dissolution of the United States of America. I expect that the U.S.A., the Canadian Federation, and Mexico, will not exist in twenty years. In the best scenario, numerous healthier polities will have replaced them, just as numerous ultimately healthier polities have replaced the U.S.S.R. Such an eventuality need not preclude the Reconquista to which you appeal. It could well be the case that numerous healthy polities are better able to protect themselves than larger unhealthy polities, and to exert influence elsewhere by alliances. I foresee the breakup, for example, of Kallophormia, my tragic home and native land, into a San Diego corridor that remains within a continental federal union (not necessarily the U.S.A.); a Central Valley swatch, which also aligns itself with a continental federal union; a coastal strip from Los Angeles to San Francisco that leaves a continental federal union and gradually becomes a far-western client of China; and a Northern-California, Southern-Oregon synthesis that, leaving both California and Oregon, aligns itself with a federal continental union. In 1989, if you had asked any political science professor, in any state college or university, about the status of the U.S.S.R., he would have answered that the U.S.S.R. was a permanent feature of the global political order, the solar system, and the cosmos. As you recently wrote in response to the formless one: Pffui!

        This breakup will not entail the impoverishment of any of the resultant polities, except the coastal strip between Los Angeles and San Francisco, both of which municipalities are already basket-cases. The same economy will be in place, but the checks on its misuse will have been multiplied. Silicon Valley, for example, will list where the wind blows. Napa-Sonoma and Mendocino Counties want to sell their product, so they will list where the wind blows, too.

        Small is beautiful and the Karmic Law is implacable.

        In friendship,


        P.S. Islam appears strong, but like Liberalism it is weak. That is why it requires a censorious regime. (In other words, that is why Liberalism requires its own Sharia.) You have remarked frankly the boorishness of President Trump. Okay. I get it. But let us put “boorishness” in another context. “Boorishness” is anti-Sharia. I am boorish. I prefer boorishness to moorishness, of whatever variety.

        P.P.S. “Disintegration” conveys something scary, but I believe that we can distinguish between destructive disintegration and constructive disintegration. If California left the Union, that would be a case of constructive disintegration. The Democratic Party would never win another presidential election and California itself would constructively disintegrate into actual representative polities. The death-dreading diatribes of the contemporary Left are a sign of active putrefaction. We should not stand in their way.

      • Agreed. To all of it. San Francisco has the most profitable economy on the planet, and the City is *still* a basket case.

        Dissolution of the USA seems horrifying. But we should remember that it is itself an artifact of just such a dissolution.

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  4. A new Federal Union of the Several States, overseeing the break-up of the U.S.A., could very well say to illegal immigrants who work in the vineyards of Napa-Sonoma and Mendocino Counties, if you would like to remain employed in the Federal Union, and join it as citizens, you must agree to the following conditions. My superlatively intelligent friends at The Orthosphere can stipulate those conditions.

    • It might be that, under a “reconstruction” type of federal oversight, the new federal authority should impose such restrictions/conditions upon the several states as *conditions of membership in the new federal union*, as opposed to imposing such restrictions *directly* upon illegal residents as such?

      Say, as a condition of membership in the new federal union of states, unauthorized immigrants/residents shall obtain legal status (registration within a specified timeframe). Application for citizenship (its priveleges and immunities and so forth) would involve a naturalization process under ‘uniform rules of naturalization’ established and governed by the federal head, but citizenship itself would be a function of the states wherein the applicants reside?

  5. My friend Kristor writes: “Agreed. To all of it. San Francisco has the most profitable economy on the planet, and the City is *still* a basket case.”

    Exactly. Then let San Francisco go it alone and see to itself and have no claim, and no legislative influence, over tax-payers in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan or the Northern Counties of New York State. Let San Francisco be the Hong Kong of the Western American continent.

    Is Russia more impoverished today, that is, less wealthy, than it was as a subordinate element of the U.S.S.R. — or is it in fact wealthier? And are its people sadder or happier? And Estonia? And Latvia? And Lithuania? Small, small republics. Are Icelanders happy?

    • I haven’t done a lick of research on the question, but my strong hunch is that the Bay Area actually contributes far more to the Federal fisc than it reaps in funding. But most of the municipalities of the Bay Area, which rake in most of their revenues from taxes on the most expensive real estate in the world, don’t have enough money to police the streets properly – in any sense of “police.” They can’t run basic municipal services. But they have foreign policies!

      It’s a fractal replication of what we see at the Federal level. The Treasury rakes in revenues off the biggest economy in the world, and it runs an annual deficit in the hundreds of billions. Whether or not it has a coherent foreign policy is up to debate …

      • The Bay Area is behind every decadent agenda in the U.S.A. That negates any net monetary contribution that the City of San Francisco and the Monterrey Peninsula make to the national economy. Culturally, the Bay Area, where my sadly departed elder brother lived for forty years, has been a net drain on the national-cultural economy. The rest of the cultural continent needs a cordon sanitaire against the Bay Area. We need to stop counting things in dollars and start counting things in cultural effects. Long live Isolationism!

        I am a Patriot of the Bear Republic even though I am now an Upstate New-Yorker.

      • Hah! So true. Trade in ideas is the *most* dangerous. This is just a corollary of the evolutionary maxim: almost all mutations are lethal. Likewise, almost all change (of a robust system) is for the worse. Almost no destruction is creative destruction. Mostly it’s destructive destruction. So, if it ain’t broke, then for God’s sake, leave it alone.

      • Dr. Bertonneau:

        We need to stop counting things in dollars and start counting things in cultural effects. Long live Isolationism!

        Hear, hear!

        Which is why, even as a youthful, inexperienced man, I understood full well that a broad embrace of the popular Clintonian slogan “It’s the economy, stupid” would ultimately come back to bite us in the ass. At least Slick Willie had the stupid part right; those who uncritically embraced and adopted the slogan without any regard to moral principles displayed monumental stupidity and a complete diregard for the future of their country (meaning the future of their children and grandchildren). I’m still a little aggravated about that.

        The love of money is indeed the root of all evil.

  6. In God’s name, Kristor, you and I are brothers, just as Richard Cocks and I are brothers! That would make you Richard’s brother!

    P.S. Let Manhattan Island follow Atlantis!

    • To you, my brother, and to the God of all the gods, and to all his hosts in the Heavens and on Earth, I raise now my glass of this gorgeously hoppy Apocalypse IPA. Skol!

      • I’m sure you mean Ap-Hops-Kalypse. Skoal! (Hoppiness, as you know, is the goal of life.)

      • LOL! Think how much happier people would be if instead of pursuing happiness they simply pursued hoppiness!

        Listen, you lucky dog: you and Richard can get Nosferatu, from Great Lakes Brewing, and I cannot. I therefore expect you both to enjoy a pint or two of it on my behalf.

  7. “P.S. Let Manhattan Island follow Atlantis!”

    With nothing but the utmost respect, so very much wrong with this advice. There will always be the “Low Men” I take it, even among the Orthospherean well-read. Christ may be more obviously less the King culturally in Manhattan than, say, Tupelo or Topeka. But I assure you it’s only a matter of perspective.

    • It’s not the men of Manhattan who must perish, but its Babelonian service of Moloch. The men of Manhattan can decide for themselves where to cast their lots.

      I myself live in Baghdad by the Bay. I have chosen to follow the God of the saints for whom so many of its cities are named.

      The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see.

      Lift ye up a banner upon the high mountain, exalt the voice unto them, shake the hand, that they may go into the gates of the nobles.

      I have commanded my sanctified ones, I have also called my mighty ones for mine anger, even them that rejoice in my highness.

      The noise of a multitude in the mountains, like as of a great people; a tumultuous noise of the kingdoms of nations gathered together: the LORD of hosts mustereth the host of the battle.

      They come from a far country, from the end of heaven, even the LORD, and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land.

      Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.

      Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man’s heart shall melt:

      And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames.

      Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.

      For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.

      And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.

      I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.

      Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.

      And it shall be as the chased roe, and as a sheep that no man taketh up: they shall every man turn to his own people, and flee every one into his own land.

      Every one that is found shall be thrust through; and every one that is joined unto them shall fall by the sword.

      Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished.

      Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, which shall not regard silver; and as for gold, they shall not delight in it.

      Their bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eye shall not spare children.

      And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees’ excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.

      It shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation: neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall the shepherds make their fold there.

      But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their houses shall be full of doleful creatures; and owls shall dwell there, and satyrs shall dance there.

      And the wild beasts of the islands shall cry in their desolate houses, and dragons in their pleasant palaces: and her time is near to come, and her days shall not be prolonged.

      Isaiah 13

  8. “It’s not the men of Manhattan who must perish, but its Babelonian service of Moloch.”

    Could not agree more. And for my part I just pray to be accounted “one righteous man” should our Lord decide to smite the city I happen to call home. But identifying it with Moloch sounds to me more like intramural political warfare in the cesspool of liberalism and debauchery that is contemporary America. The immorality may be more obvious – and cry out to heaven more stridently – than it does in middle America. But in many ways that only makes middle America even more seductive for the well-intentioned.

    • To be sure. The rot has spread throughout Mesoceania. The devastation it has wrought in the countryside is in many ways much worse than what it has done in the great cities.

      Look at it this way: if the cult of Moloch is going to fall in the coming reboot – whether it is a peaceful and orderly restart, or a dire dreadful formatting of all the drives – it will fail in the great cities, as well as in the countryside.

      If it does not fail in the cities, it will not have failed.

      It must fail. Isaiah foretold it. There is every chance that its fall will be just as ugly – for the whole people of Babel, both urban and rural – as Isaiah has foreseen.

      On the other hand, if we are as fortunate as Russia has been, it might be only rather difficult.

      My bet, as I have already said, is that it will end up being rather easy – for the people, if not for the institutions they have inherited. There’s a lot of life in the countryside yet.

      • Kristor,

        I tend to think Noah Webster had it right (and that it still applies today, albeit to a lesser extent given modernity, cable and satellite tv, meddling carpet baggers and so forth) when he said that our safety is in the country people who are more isolated and out of reach of demagogues.

        I still think the transition will involve quite a bit of human suffering, especially in the early stages and primarily *in the urban areas*; not s’much in the rural areas where people still work with their hands and know how to survive (and indeed thrive) on their own.

      • It’s harder to be insane outside the cities than it is within them; harder also to be incompetent. This is no new notion.

        So, yeah.

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