You Are the Alien Now

A culture is defined by its heroes, a hero being one who embodies the virtues and advances the idea of that culture. Most heroes have embodied the military virtues of valor and marital skill, but it is perfectly reasonable to say that there have been cultures in which the heroes were holy men, philosophers, artists, or men of science. The key is that the hero is held up as an object of emulation, and that he was, in his day, an agent of the culture’s telos.

The greatness of a hero thus has a personal and a social aspect. The personal aspect comprises his virtues, such as strength, audacity, intelligence or artistic genius. The social aspect is his employment of these gifts in the advancement of what Spengler called the “destiny idea” of his group.  A true rebel cannot be a hero to the people he rebels against, since he has put his virtues in the service of their confusion or destruction.  An “evil genius” is evil because he turns his genius against his own group.

From this it follows that there can be no culture where there are no heroes, and that tearing down heroes is almost always an act of sabotage against the culture of which they are the heroes. This tearing down can involve, as we nowadays witness, violent demolition of monuments raised to affirm these heroes, but it also takes in all the weaselly besmirching known as historical “nuance,” “contextualization,” “objectivity,” or (to take a word from the saboteurs of Christianity) “demythologization.”

Setting aside all subtleties, no man is your friend if he is working (whether with a crowbar or word processor) to remove your heroes from their pedestals. There is, of course, a chance that your hero worship is misplaced, and this is where the subtleties creep in, but be forewarned that an empty pedestal will not remain empty for long, and if the hero on that pedestal is not your hero, he will be someone else’s hero.

All of this is prompted by a report that yet another rotten tomato has been tossed at the tomato-spattered traditions of Texas. You may have seen that a bureaucratic rabble known as the “State Board of Education Social Studies TEKS Streamlining Work Groups” has recommended that Texas seventh graders no longer be taught to admire Travis, Crocket and Bowie, but instead be taught to look upon the Alamo battlefield as

“ . . . . . . . . . . . a darkling plain
Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
Where ignorant armies clash by night.”

Naturally, this is being justified with a mix of pragmatic and theoretical arguments. We are told that teachers’ lesson plans are overcrowded and in need of “streamlining,” and it is at least implied that students should view the past with the cool detachment of a Leopold von Ranke. Both arguments are absurd, and so all the more obviously lies. Like students everywhere, those in the public schools of Texas spend half of each day plucking crusted mucus with a dirty fingernail, and these slouching nosepickers could teach old Leopold a thing or two about cool detachment.

The ten worthies of the “State Board of Education Social Studies TEKS Streamlining Work Groups” tell us that “‘heroic’ is a value-charged word.” Indeed it is. It would be more accurate to say that it is a term of evaluation that we use to transmit our values to the next generation. With this word we tell students that here are worthy men and worthy deeds, so that if you–the student–were thinking of giving up the life of a slouching nosepicker, they–the heroes–would be an example worth following.

We could, of course, tell our young people that there are no worthy men or worthy deeds, and that there are, therefore, no examples worth following, but to do this with integrity would require us to close the schools.

The ten worthies many not know it, but education is a value charged word!  And those who eschew value charged words must leave slouching nosepickers alone!

But I do not for one minute believe that this bureaucratic rabble has a beef with “value charged words.” Like everyone else in this world, they have a beef with words that express values not their own. I do not for one minute believe that they have a beef with heroes, only with the heroes of funny foreign folk.  Which means heroes like Travis and Crocket and Bowie.  As I have written before, the new battle cry of Texas is Forget the Alamo.

Which might seem like a roundabout way of saying that these bureaucrats are aliens.  Except they are the State Board of Education. Which means it is you, Big Tex. You are the alien now.

 

See also: Redacting Texas, A Lamp That Shall be Put Out, and Know your Barbarians.

24 thoughts on “You Are the Alien Now

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  2. Every society esteems heroes. Advanced liberal societies esteem heroes the same way they exercise discriminating authority: that is, they do so sociopathically, while making a pretense of value-neutral detachment labeled by various liberal slogans, e.g. liberty, equality before the law, etc.

    • Liberalism seems find suffering heroic, which it of course can be. The unique contribution of liberalism is to see heroism in pointless and accidental suffering, so long as those who suffer are patronized by liberals. Many of these liberal heroes deserve our putty, but many do not deserve emulation.

      • I’m fully aware that ‘putty’ is almost certainly a slip of the keyboard, but it’s so apropos I demand it hereby be seen as entirely intentional.

        Deserve our putty indeed. Let us plug up all the holes they have, starting first with those from which they might speak.

    • This is what we deserve for expecting Government to properly educate our children. Who in their right mind would have ever thought it wouldn’t come to this?

      • You are very right. Our school system has been taken by the commies. From the top of administration to the first year teacher, you can be sure they will at least lean more left than right. And then there’s the Union and we all know far left unions are. We are going to have to completely destroy all our schools and re-build with decent values that reflect the community where the school is located. In other words get the fedgov out of our schools and let the parents run the schools. If the parents fail, then let them sort out the corrective plans.

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  5. What is described is Democrat subversion of virtue in order to kill people’s aspiration for a better life or a better self. Victim-hood is the programmed and ideal mindset of the denizens who require the caretaker bureaucrats of the New World Order. Hopefully, most Texas voters will see this the same way.

  6. One more reason why White Nationalism is the only Solution for White People. We need our own Ethno Country carved out of the putrid remains the USA. White People only. No Jews, Chinese, Blacks ,Indians, ad infinitum. The peaceful break-up of the USA into different
    Ethno Counties. It’s either that or Civil War and genocide. In which case there will be a lot of people dieing and a lot of people crying.

  7. A lot of the reason these kids spend half their days picking their noses is because discipline in schools has completely gone to shit. Teachers spent more and more of their time dealing with 1 or 2 problems kids most of the day, and this behavior is increasingly going unpunished, so the rest of the kids have to suffer for it. Also, school is now taught at the level of the lowest common denominator. In other words, since decades of effort and money aimed at elevating the intelligence and performance of blacks and hispanics to the same level as whites has been an abysmal failure, we now just teach all the kids at that same lower level. Third, Texas public schools are increasingly filled with Mexicans anyways, and why the hell would a bunch of Mexicans want to learn about the heros of a battle fought against Mexicans?

    Due to the above, plus a host of other reasons, if you want your children to learn this kind of history, real history, you are going to have to teach it to them yourself. I’ve had a lifelong love of reading. Hopefully my kids do too.

    • You forgot to mention the obligatory “Our schools are under-funded, and our teachers under-paid.” There’s nothing wrong with the idea of public/government schooling as such, see; we just need to invest more money into the system, and all those problems you mention would instantly vanish like a fart in the wind.
      I read a fun story involving a Texas middle school recently, in which some ingenious school administrator decided to tackle the problem of unwanted sexual harassment between male and female students enrolled at the school by posting, on a prominent wall in the main school hallway, the slogan reading,
      The more you act like a lady, the more he’ll act like a gentleman.
      This became “news” when some woman (I am assuming the mother of a student) noticed the slogan on the wall, and later posted about how “horrified” she was to see it there on her Facebook or Twitter page. Her post was littered with the usual Feminist clap-trap about how “sexist” and “misogynist” the slogan is, and that it “relinquishes” boys of all responsibility for their misbehavior towards girls.
      In any case, the banner was of course promptly pulled down and replaced with something more appropriate and less offensive to the ultra-sensibilities of feminists everywhere, amongst an effusion of administrative groveling and apology. But the irony of the whole thing is that the school in question – Gregory-Lincoln Education Center – boasts a 97.5% majority minority (61.8% black, 33.4% Hispanic), and a 2.5% white enrollment. That is to say, a grand total (sum total across all grades) of 18 white kids among 709 students.
      Given the racial demographics of the school, I simply ask, how many of the female students have a good example at home or in the broader family of what a lady acts like; and, what percentage of the male students likewise have a good example at home or in their community of how a gentleman conducts himself? In other words, what in the world made the administrator who posted the slogan on the wall ever believe that the great majority of his/her students have any real conception of what a lady or gentleman is in any case?

      • Feminists seldom understand that radical changes in the character of the female will cause radical changes in the character of the male. In other words, that women’s liberation has consequences that women can’t completely control. Many honestly thought that women’s liberation just meant fewer rules for them and more rules for men, with everything else remaining more or less the same. But, as you say, if you no longer demand that young women act like “ladies,” you have no grounds to demand that young men act like “gentlemen.” What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander, as they say.

    • With respect to the Alamo, the Mexicans actually won that battle, so they might want to hear about it. It’s the Battle of San Jacinto they might not care about.

      • They won, but it would be hard to represent it as an heroic victory. It’s hard to take pride in an army that enjoyed a 10:1 advantage, still suffered outrageous casualties, and then executed its prisoners.

      • Maybe not heroic, but not altogether uncivil. IIRC, Santa Ana offered them the opportunity to surrender. Not saying they should have taken that opportunity, but executing the prisoners I can’t fault when that is in essence what the opponents chose. Santa Ana just respected their choices – pro-choice!!

      • On page 194 of his Memoirs, General Sherman recounts an incident which occurred along the way of his army’s famous March to the Sea expedition, involving the horse of one of his officers stepping on what we today we would call a “land mine,” killing the horse and blowing the lower leg off the rider. Sherman says that after getting the details he became “very angry,” saying that “this was not war, but murder,” and ordered a company of Confederate prisoners at the rear to the front, armed them with picks and shovels, and ordered them to go ahead of the advancing army scraping and digging as they went for the purpose of exploding however many more of the hidden devices there might be along the way. To this order, Sherman says the prisoners earnestly begged to be relieved, but he reiterated the order (at the the threat of being shot for disobedience, not doubt), and further writes that he could not help but laugh at how gingerly the Confederates went about for fear of exploding one of the devices and being blown to bits. Which all seems a little sadistic on Sherman’s part, but he, too, was apparently pro-choice, given that he gave the Confederate prisoners the choice of risking being blown up by a land mine, or of being shot on the spot for refusing to follow the order. I guess that’s why we think of Sherman as a hero.

    • I can attest to this. Public school class of 2006 here. The non-honors courses I took always had one punk that cussed out the teacher who simply couldn’t handle the raw attitude of these kids. Assistant Principal would occassionly come to class if it got ridiculous enough, but he’d just take him away only to return mid class. Rinse and repeat. I absolutely hated public school and would have to be absolutely desperate to consider sending my own kids, if I had them, to one.

  8. Using Plato’s taxonomy, the paradigmatic hero for each type of society:
    Virtuocracy: the saint.
    Timocracy: the military hero.
    Oligarchy: the rags-to-riches entrepreneur.
    Democracy: the iconoclast.
    Tyranny: the Nietzschean superman.

    • I’d say that oligarchy is built on a belief in natural classes, so the rags-to-riches entrepreneur would be demeaned as a parvenu or a bounder. The hero of an oligarchy would be an titled nobleman who lives on his ancestral estates seems almost another species than the ragamuffins around him. Democracy tends to admire conformism, “the common man” and mediocrity. It has long been remarked that highly stratified societies produce more eccentrics than democratic societies. A true democrats hates an original character because he sees that originality as “putting on airs.”

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