I argued in a recent post that, because of its militant, totalitarian presumptions, Islam must sooner or later be destroyed if any other cult – including the cult of the Living God, YHWH our Lord Jesus – is to survive. Because God in Jesus assured us (Matthew 16:18) that his cult simply *cannot* be destroyed (which would only make sense, it being the cult of the Omnipotent One), we may be sure that, sooner or later, Islam certainly *will* be destroyed, or else by some mass apostasy of Muslims simply wither and vanish, as insane cults are wont eventually to do.
Insanity, after all, is autophagic. Like all error, it works its own destruction.
The post garnered more page views than any other we had published since our first few days of existence. Thanks, Western Rifle Shooters!
It also engendered a lively discussion.
Islam Delendam Esse began as my response to a comment from a friend since VFR days, Laura Wood, to a yet earlier post on The New Castellation of the Eurosphere. That post had noticed in the bollards everywhere nowadays proliferating in the West an echo of the profound change that overtook European settlements – namely, fortified towns and castles – due to the depredations of Muslim raiders once Islam had conquered North Africa and deleted the naval hegemony of Byzantium, and with it the peace and prosperity that had theretofore prevailed all around the Mare Romanum, and had then begun its campaign of piracy, looting and slave taking all around the Mediterranean littoral – and beyond it, as far afield as Reykjavik.
Islam Delendam Esse was a response to the argument that – I now paraphrase, begging pardon for overlooking any nuance in so doing – the New Castellation we must all by now have noticed is not really due to the threat of Muslim terrorist attacks, but to something else more evil and more insidious, in which those attacks find their source and succor; and that we ought not, therefore, to focus our defensive gaze and ire foremostly upon Islam.
In the comment thread of the latter post, Laura made it clear – or so it seemed to me – that she thinks we ought to focus our defensive gaze and ire rather upon the Jews, who, ex hypothesi, are the masterminds of the ancient Muslim jihad against the Christian and secular West – and indeed are the masterminds of the West itself in its seven century lurch away from Christianity and toward nominalism and nihilism. In that case, we should not too much attend to threats from the hapless Muslims, who, while they have always hated Christians and Jews with equal fury, have (under the theory that the Jews are running global history), like the Christian princes and secular bureaucrats of Europe, ever been the unwitting pawns of the Jews.
We should on this theory of history then focus on the true source of our own manifold sins and wickedness: the Jews.
It’s a tidy little theory, simple and easy to take on board. Thanks to confirmation bias, support for it is everywhere to be found, once you are on the hunt for it.
And its hedonic payoff is prodigious. For, like all scaping of goats, it proffers an easy path to ritual purity, that swiftly and neatly eliminates all our anxieties about our own culpability in the Fall of the West, exonerating us altogether. Just get rid of the Jews, and everything will then be pretty much hunky dory.
We might then get on undeterred with the elimination of the lawyers – and then the Irish, the Catholics, the Masons, and so forth.
The logic of scaping goats is inexorable: as is clear from the history of every Leftist purge, once you start with it, you can’t stop until you have ostracized, banished and bewildered everyone unlike yourself. But, notice: once you’ve bewildered everyone unlike you, you’ll find yourself alone, and beyond the pale, and bewildered.
Another orthospherean and vile sycophant of long standing, Joseph of Arimathea, demurred. He could not credit that the Jews had been running the European powers for decades; that, in essence, they had been coordinating thousands of disparate gentile minds occupying positions of European power.
Excursus: I gotta say right here: if the Jews are *that good,* then don’t they *deserve* to win? If they are that good, then the Jews are the true aristoi, and the rightful masters of humanity. If they’ve been running us like cattle for a thousand years, then *are we not manifestly no more than cattle*? What on earth, then, could make us dare to think that there was any better alternative way for us to be, than as cattle under their prods, and therefore rightfully subject to our rightful masters?
I presume it is obvious that, in the foregoing, I have been engaging in a reductio ad absurdum.
So much for the prolegomena. I pondered the question. This is my response.
To believe in the Jewish conspiracy, you’d have to believe that the French and American Revolutions were Jewish projects; that Jews were behind the Reformation and the Jesuits, and even the upstart dangerous Franciscans; indeed, you’d have to believe that liberalism itself was a Jewish thing back at its start with nominalism, in the 14th century. And that would mean that you’d have to believe that the Jews were running the minds of Ockham and Roscellinus, which in their terrific acuity and percipience far surpassed any minds that might ever read these words (especially that of their author).
But that dog don’t hunt. The Platonists among the Jews of those days – which is to say, the Kabbalists – were, well, Platonists, like their forebear Philo of Alexandria, and (as Philo insisted) like Moses, in whose schools Plato’s forebear Pythagoras learnt his stuff. The Aristotelian Maimonides meanwhile was in line with Aquinas. All were realists. So were Maimonides with his Kabbalist brethren of the Platonist persuasion arrayed against such as Ockham or Roscellinus, who had set themselves against the realism either of Plato or of Aristotle – which is to say, against Reality, together with their entire Christian inheritance. It was the conservative realists, both Christian and Jewish, against the nominalism that gave rise to liberalism and modernism.
Indeed, in his voluntarism Ockham is closer to Al Ghazali than to any Jewish or Christian or pagan predecessor. So much so, that it makes more sense under Ockham’s own Razor to interpret liberalism rather as a *Mohammedan* threat to Christendom than as a Jewish, that has infected Jews and Christians equally (although that doesn’t really add up, either). Not that the Mohammedans intentionally infected the mind of Doctor Subtilis Ockham, but rather that the voluntarist meme that had destroyed theirs likewise allured his.
I can see how that might happen, even to such an inveterate realist as I. Ockham was after all a professional mystic. And one of the things that is borne in upon the minds of dedicated mystics who are any good at their profession with absolutely incontrovertible force is that their creaturely categories of thought are not ultimately adequate to Ultimacy himself, and do not therefore ultimately tell, and are not therefore, in comparison to Reality himself, after all in themselves anyhow quite completely real.
Mysticism discovers only One Absolute Real. Ain sof, the Kabbalists called him: the Unlimited (in Greek, to apeiron), who is himself the Limit of all things. In this is mysticism correct.
It errs however to think that the One has not really made the Many, in the multifarity of their categories – which, as filled by reals, are then real. It errs to think that there is no real, other than the One Absolute Real. There is, obviously; or else, there could be no such thing as a concrete, actual mystic.
The mystic must unfortunately ever sooner or later descend from the Heaven of Heavens, and discover himself again clothed in flesh, embodied, pinned to the planet, pining, wounded, puny. The trick is to remember that this descent is of the Dove. It is, not essentially sordid, but numinous. It is sordid only insofar as its essential sanctity is forgotten.
You can’t despise the flesh except by despising him who made it, and in his Omniscience saw that it was good.
Of such disagreement with Being himself is the Fall.
OK: back now to Earth from the Empyrean.
It is absurd to suppose that Ockham and Roscellinus were Jewish puppets. None of Ockham’s modernism is after all special to the Jews. It predates by centuries the late wax of their influence upon gentile society, along any dimension. So are they not specially culpable for it; but, rather, have much suffered thereat, just like everyone else.
I have known lots of Jews, and lots and lots of Presbyterians and Episcopalians, and of course quite a few atheists and Catholics (Evangelicals, not so many, although they had a big impact). None of these sorts is more liberal than the others; all these days tend to be fairly liberal, many rabidly so; mostly are they full of the nicest people, at least in their intentions, their bearing, and in the quotidian idols they idolize. They are what is more all generally earnest, well-meaning, and in their private lives quite virtuous (everyone is conservative respecting what is closest to him). They are all very much alike. Good little moderns, i.e.
How not? That’s how we all of us were raised to be.
The Jews then are not especially wicked. The only problem they present, if any, is that while they are normally wicked (as their own scriptures so honestly testify), they are especially talented; so that the liberals among them are a bit better at propagating the liberal meme than their Presbyterian and Episcopalian and atheist and Catholic coreligionists tend to be.
Not that the liberal gentiles are not trying as hard as they can, the poor sods. They are.
Then the undoubted peculiarly effective propagation of liberalism in latter days by the liberal Jews who (very) lately have come to predominate in the commanding heights of our culture is readily understandable as a product of two factors: their native excellence, talent, skill, intelligence, and so forth; and their cultural loyalty to our predominantly liberal culture, that has been almost completely liberal (more or less) under its own steam since about 1800, and to which they joined themselves as (what they took to be) patriots only a little over a century ago.
Jewish liberalism is at odds with the Jews of Israel. So is it at odds with Israel as such; for as devoted especially to the Jewish people, Israel is a fundamentally illiberal state. Indeed, Jewish liberalism is at odds with Judaism per se, period full stop. It is at odds with the House of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. As a repudiation of any transcendent moral order that imposes upon all men his Law – his Torah – and so as a repudiation of the Logos himself, of Memra as he was called in Aramaic, and of GNON – liberalism is a repudiation of the very idea of Judaism. “Liberal Jew” is like “square circle.” To be a good Jew *just is* to be conservative, and traditional; it *just is* to insist that there is a Most High, whose everlasting covenants and commandments it is ontologically impossible to controvert, and also live.
I foresee therefore an eventual mutual repudiation and excommunication of the more and more conservative theist Jews of Israel and their more and more liberal atheist brethren of the Diaspora.
Excursus: It was not too different back in the first century AD, when most of the Jews lived in Egypt and Babylon, and had no Hebrew, but did all speak the lingua franca of the Levant: Greek. So that when Memra wanted to call them Home with his Gospels to the House of his Father, he addressed them in the language of their Hellenic conquerors, that they could read and understand.
As Jewish liberalism is at odds with the Jews, properly so called, so is Christian liberalism at odds with the Christians, properly so called. A similar mutual repudiation was noticed by conservative Evangelicals and Catholics over 30 years ago. That’s why there is First Things.
Padre Neuhaus, pray for us!
It is incredible that anyone other than Lucifer or YHWH could be running history. No merely terrestrial agent, whether individual, or corporate (as with the suggestion that the Jews are at the back of everything (or the Catholics, or the Protestants, or the Irish, or the Commies, or the Masons, or the Nephilim, or what have you)) – could pull off a project of that scale and complexity.
No member of any choir lesser than the Powers could have the computational or cognitive capacity to orchestrate such a thing. It is therefore absurd to suppose that any lesser sort of agent than the Powers is controlling our history. If angels of any choir are controlling history, then either they are of the Heavenly Host – so that they enact the will of YHWH – or they are of the demonic, so that they enact the will of Lucifer.
So: it’s either Lucifer, or YHWH. And, because Lucifer is as nothing in comparison to his rightful Lord, who after all is Omnipotence, it is incredible that anyone other than YHWH is running history. YHWH is Lord of all things: what else is there to say, after all?
Lucifer puts up a good fight, to be sure, especially within us cattle. He muddles things pretty goddamn well, alas. But, in the end, it’s YHWH’s game. YHWH is, after all, himself the playing field, and the rules, and the equipment, and the very reason of the game. Lucifer plays at God’s let.
Without YHWH, Lucifer is literally nothing.
There is no master mind, other than YHWH; other than Jesus, who is God, the Eternal One.
Compared to Christ, then, Satan is an idiot. He barely exists.
Sanctus, sanctus, sanctus, dominus deus Sabaoth, pleni sunt caeli et terra gloria tua; hosanna in excelsis.
Benedictus qui venit in nomine domine; hosanna in excelsis. Amen.
Compared even to Satan, let alone YHWH, whose Word endureth forever, the Jewish nation is as grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away. It barely exists in the first place. So also, a fortiori, for all other peoples. The Chosen People are but the Chosen Grass.
None of this is to demean Israel, or any other people. It is only to put things in perspective.
Within the realm of human action, then, and of merely human history, in which no one, nor any people, has any very great power or control or ability to coordinate things, here is what I see has happened, is happening, and is likely eventually to happen:
- Every nation naturally and properly does what it can to undermine other and competitive nations – their morals, their prosperity, their morale, their understanding, their intelligence, their customs and laws, and so forth. Every nation wants other nations to be weaker, and itself to be better, so as to prevail. The Jews are no different in this than any other nation. Gentiles do the same thing. Or, they ought to, had they gone not altogether mad of their own insane idolatries.
- Our current problems are due to the fact that, since the Peace of Westphalia, nations and their cults have been allowed to mix.
- The Peace of Westphalia ended the European wars of religion (well – it didn’t really end them, but rather only sublimated and obscured them) by establishing tenets of toleration both internationally and intranationally:
- All parties would recognize the Peace of Augsburg of 1555, in which each prince would have the right to determine the religion of his own state, the options being Catholicism, Lutheranism, and Calvinism (the principle of cuius regio, eius religio).
- Christians living in principalities where their denomination was not the established church were guaranteed the right to practice their faith in public during allotted hours and in private at their will.
- Notice that the second tenet contradicts the first; indeed, devours it. If an established religion truly tolerates others in its temenos, and does not persecute them, it cannot long remain established.
- The Peace of Westphalia could work OK for a while, then, until, due to its internal contradictions, it couldn’t. So, the Peace of Westphalia was doomed to fail, and end. It is now, apparently, over; for,
- The rise of identity politics indicates that we have reached the limit of amicable liberal cosmopolity – and that, therefore, liberal cosmopolity is now beginning to collapse into enmity and cultic war. Cosmopolity will meet its last comeuppance when Europeans (who alone among all men are its progenitors) realize that other peoples are naturally at war with them (how not?), so rediscover the native virtues of their own ethny and its cult, and begin to fight back against the cosmopolis, and against their national adversaries, who exploit the “liberality” of the cosmopolis as a disguise for their subterfuges. This has already begun to happen. When the Europeans awaken fully, they will unleash their peculiarly effective and lethal violence upon other ethnys. That could get … pretty ugly.
- What will then follow is a Great Sortition of nations. Peoples will sort themselves out, and separate according to their natural nations. Most of the sortition will be voluntary, and peaceful; indeed, barely noticeable. Some will of course be violent, but I expect this only at the margins, for each little act of ethnic war will show people where they truly belong, and with whom, and so urge them to depart for their proper homelands, where they may live in peace among their own ilk. Homogeneous nations will result.
- No one will be in charge of this. It will just happen, as after every period of international upheaval it ever has.
- The Jews will sort themselves, just like everyone else. The Jews will mostly return to Israel. Eventually – sometime in the next few thousand years – the Israelites are destined to be converted to Christianity. Because their cult is next door to Christianity, their path of conversion will be smooth even when reluctant, or prolonged. Their conversion will not make them the same as the European or African or Chinese Christians. They will remain the Jewish Christians; as, anciently, the Church of Jerusalem was distinct from those of Antioch or Alexandria.
- The Muslims likewise will mostly return to dar al islam, or else convert to Christianity. They too, the Ishmaelim, like their cousins the Israelim, will all sooner or later convert to Christianity – the font and fulfillment of the faith of their forefather Abraham – although their apostasy will take a much shorter time than the Great Return of the Prodigal Jews (or even of the Prodigal Confucians and Taoists); for, their religion is the rejection both of the Old Testament and the New, and so of virtually all of God’s Truth. In the opening of their eyes men will recoil from Islam’s wicked nihilism. When they thus awaken, the Arabs and Persians and Indonesians will not cease to be Arabs, Persians, or Indonesians, merely because they have become Christians. On the contrary: they will be the Arab Christians, the Persian Christians, and the Indonesian Christians. Araby, Persia and Indonesia will then flourish, as never before.
- A nation is not deleted when it becomes properly Christian, but, rather, intensified and perfected, its nature more fully and completely, more ardently and more lovingly expressed, its peculiar beauties and virtues ennobled and magnified – and its differences from other nations emphasized and sharpened. Of such sharpening comes the true and vivid diversity of peoples, tongues and rites under the True Master Cult, each in its own homeland and in its own way, that makes international travel ever interesting and joyful, and so worthwhile withal, despite the leveling latter day depredations of the globalists upon every locale and its pertinent peculiar native wonts; and that makes every homecoming an occasion of rejoicing and relief.
- Because nations cohere in virtue of their predominant adherence to their national cults, all nations will require loyalty vows – not just for high office, but for citizenship, and even mere subjection to local laws – that are religious in nature. They will require commitments to their national cults.
- Those national cults are bound to tend toward Christianity, which as simply True is the strange attractor of all strange attractors. But, on the one hand, that tendency could take 20,000 years to fruit comprehensively; and, on the other, even when it did, the national cults would still be distinct, peculiar, parochial, and each admirable in its way (as today are the Maronite, Roman, Ambrosian, and Anglican rites).
- After the Great Sortition, America (whatever her remaining territorial extent at that time) will have become again a Christian nation. She will include people of many national origins, sure, but only insofar as they have pledged their allegiance to the Flag, and to the American Republic (howsoever the Americans of that day understand it), under the Christian God – i.e., the Nicene God; and that pledge of national allegiance will not be construed by any who consider themselves native Americans as altogether honest or valid or therefore true and trustworthy unless it has committed its credents also and first to the Credo. Or, at the very bitter least, to the Apostles Creed. This will mean that unless they convert, Jews and Muslims, atheists and Buddhists, and so forth, will not be allowed to be Americans at all, even of the second or third class. They will be treated as aliens, resident temporarily under temporary visas, tolerated for a time, but forced eventually to depart.
As God showed us at Babel, nations are natural to man, and proper – as proper and as basic, aye, as the mutual loyalty of man and wife, than which we cannot do without and survive as a species, and of which nations are the natural and logical extensions; and he will not do without them. The Jews never, ever forgot this lesson, and so remained loyal to their nation, as against all others – as every patriotic nation ought to do. Almost everyone else in the West did forget his debts to his nation; or else, remembering what he ought to have done in honor of his patrimonial inheritance, consciously repudiated his forefathers – a Prodigal Son, sleeping with swine.
For shame! All nations ought to be at least as faithful to their patrimonies as those dilatory, unfaithful Jews have been, to theirs.
 NB: Intermixion of peoples within one territory *just is* international upheaval.
 Was it only in this loyalty that their superiority to other nations consisted? Nah; lots of other nations have been loyal to their national angels.