The Western Path

The Western Path

Monday, June 19, 2017

Globalism and Western Decline

Around 4000 B.C. there arose a people, probably living north of the Black Sea, whom we now refer to as the early Indo-Europeans. They were the first people to ride horses, rely heavily on two wheel vehicles,  promote the "secondary products revolution," and invent chariots. After about 1000 B.C. there arose a division between the eastern (Persian) and western Indo-Europeans (Greeks), or, in other words, between the Asians and the Europeans. The Indo-Europeans in Persia were a minority in a sea of "Asians" and as a result ended assimilating Asian customs. But the Indo-Europeans in Greece were a majority and thus managed to impose their aristocratic libertarian culture, the idea that the leader cannot be a despot but is first among aristocratic equals. Herodotus indicates this split in his frequent distinctions between the Persians and the Greeks. He claims that the Persian world was characterized by despotism, while the Westerners, the Greeks, were a people of relative freedom, aristocratic equality, and eventually democracy for all free men, including property owning farmers. 

The people who have that Western legacy, however, are now disappearing from much of Europe and North America. Instead, we have "multiculturalism," which really means the dismantling of "culture," the decline of the West. In our schools, young people are now taught to be ashamed of their legacy, and any courses in the social sciences are perverted to show the "guilt" of those who spent thousands of years developing Western civilization. How did these changes come about?

To answer this question, one must first note that in most Western countries there is no longer a real democracy, but rather a barely disguised one-party system. The elite of the supposed left and right spend their time together -- the same restaurants, the same marriages, same golf courses. For a change of pace they switch to journalism -- and so much for freedom of the press. During an election, it would be possible to make a list of all the slogans, mix up those items, and then ask someone to match the slogans with the parties. But it would turn out that the matching could not be done.

Actually there is only one slogan: "Bodies are good for business." So the population must be kept expanding forever. The price we pay for overpopulation and over-immigration, however, is high unemployment, overcrowding, high urban density, environmental degradation, psychological stress, inadequate housing, traffic congestion, overloaded social services, high crime-rates, losses of water and farmland, and declining natural resources of all kinds. Overcrowding also leads to mental illness: in our overloaded cities, our nerves are often like wires that have been tightened to a point where their molecules will no longer hold.

The stage was set by the lowering of intellectual capacity. Most people, unfortunately, don't react to much of anything anymore. One of the main reasons for this decline is that people don't really become adults. We have created a world of cultural neoteny -- prolonged childish behavior, a milieu of "dumbing down" that stretches from birth to death. "Neoteny" is a biological term referring to remaining juvenile for a long period after birth. Obviously humans do this anyway -- it takes years for an infant to turn into an adult. But a great deal of modern political sloganeering has the effect, consciously or otherwise, of keeping people silly and childish for life. Ibsen's play A Doll's House was an early look into that, at least in terms of women. Predictions of cultural neoteny can also be seen in Huxley's Brave New World and in a somewhat grimmer form in Orwell's 1984. This neoteny is pervasive, but it can be seen in such forms as the decline in literacy and the decline in education.

It's curious to note, however, that there is a definite substratum of the public that disagrees with official policies. On-line news articles that allow comments from viewers get deluged with people expressing heretical views. Then the comments are shut off, and it's back to Business as Usual -- literally. These dissident members of the general public have rarely been brought together, and each person is largely unaware that there are many others holding the same views. The politically orthodox may be enforcing the rules for most daily conversation, but the disquiet never entirely disappears.

If civilization is defined by the presence of writing, then the decline of Western civilization might be defined by the disappearance of interest in serious texts -- from the Iliad onward. People don't read books as much as they used to. No one seems to feel guilty for the fact that instead of reading a book called X they have merely watched a movie called X, based on the book. Yes, it's true that a movie sometimes has advantages over print, but in general to make a movie out of a book one has to reduce it to action and dialogue, and all the exposition and analysis has to be removed. The time frame of a movie also means that a great deal of detail will be cut out. Not much meaningful discussion can take place when the person to whom one is speaking is convinced that books and movies are simply different "media" providing the same educational service.

A similar decline can be found in formal education. There was a time when the purpose of a university education was to allow young people to explore the outer regions of space and time. Now it's just training in how to use a cash register. The lowest clerk in the huge building labeled "administration" has a more pleasant job, and much greater job security, than the average instructor. It's money that keeps the university churning, apparently, not some vague and pretentious search for wisdom. Teachers are day-laborers, easily replaced, and it takes no great skill to deal with the reading materials supplied by the corporations for their future slaves.

"Education" of the new sort is more form than substance: teachers are so afraid of being accused of heresy that the students are given little real information. The average young person in the modern world spends about twenty thousand hours doing school work, yet nearly all of that is a waste of time, because a job at the end of that road does not require the ability to think in any Platonic or Aristotelian sense. Modern education involves little real learning, and far more time is spent on mere indoctrination.

In fact the entire moral and intellectual fabric of Western society has been disintegrating. To a large extent the destruction can be blamed on Marxism. In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Marxism never had much luck in intellectual contests among Westerners, so it had to burrow underground as "cultural Marxism," eroding the foundations of modern society and leaving most people in a state of perpetual self-doubt and abnegation.

As these subtle forms of Marxism spread, any form of "nationalism," any statement of pride in one’s country, was discredited. Furthermore, any specific form of ethnicity or religion was downplayed. Western culture in general was denigrated, and Westerners were largely associated with colonialism. Reversing colonialism meant celebrating non-Western cultures. The new attitude was that "all cultures are equal."

By propagating an "underdog" mentality among Westerners, Marxism encouraged the nanny state, with people living in perpetual imbecility and irresponsibility. Marxism creates a strong sense of "wrong," but especially when these victims look at themselves. They hate their own culture and their own heritage. They live with a sense of guilt and shame, they suffer from self-loathing. They feel a need for self-abasement. They have low self-confidence, low self-assurance, low self-esteem.

Confirmed underdogs have self-destructive attitudes about sexuality, marriage, and the family. To them, a stable marriage, heterosexual and monogamous, is anathema. What better way to prevent the growth of what used to be called a "real man" than to suggest to a young boy that, deep down, he might not be a boy but a girl? (The same in reverse would apply to girls.) And so we create (or imagine) multiple "genders," "bi-" this and "poly-" that, psychologically disturbed mutations who have no chance of standing up against the totalitarian state. (How odd that no other species of mammal has more than two genders!)

But above all, to be accepted in modern society one must now proclaim that Western culture is guilty of some nameless crime, making it necessary to give preferential treatment to any and all other cultures. Of course, that is a belief with which those "other cultures" are always happy to agree. And once that "guilt" has become established as "fact," every piece of writing that appears in public must emphasize "multiculturalism" at all costs.

All "respectable" political or religious groups shuffling for power now try to portray themselves as holier, more pious, than the others, but really they all have the same goal: to establish a world government, and to turn the masses into obedient slaves. All globalists, of course, have ideologies that are quite opposed to democracy. The biggest step, though, is to crush any sense of pride in traditional Western culture, to suppress nationalism, and to institute "multiculturalism." And what better way to make a country "multicultural" than to bring in millions of people from places where people don't even believe in birth control? And if some of those people get out of control once in a while and commit a few murders, that's a small price to pay.

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