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The West’s Ultimate Crime is Against its Own Culture

One ought to remember that before Europeans brought the blessings of the industrial revolution and liberal modernity to others, they first inflicted them on themselves. Today, the Western world is on a self-immolating trajectory, propelled by a “progressive” will to uproot and rubbish the last residues of its rich cultural legacy, a legacy now blithely disparaged as the toxic bequest of “dead white men.”

This rage against dead white men is a fundamentally anticultural stance for culture everywhere and in all times articulates itself in terms of an overcoming of effeminate chaos and undifferentiation and the chopping up (parcelling) of the primordial maternal body (the Real) into symbolic fragments (signifiers). Culture is everywhere a phallic erection (and imposition) of a symbolic order over the chtonic power of formless matter.

What we see today is that this phallic insurrection that raises up civilization must always contend with the return of an  enveloping maternal chaos. The phallic power oscillates between rampancy and flaccidity. All of its achievements and inventions  face dissolution and must be reinvented and renewed. When the virility of a culture is finally exhausted, it collapses.

This collapse will always portend “emancipation” for some, specifically, for those whom Nietzsche labelled the last men. The last men lack the strength to sustain civilization. Therefore, they regard civilization itself as an injustice, as a prison from which they hope to escape. As it progresses into dissolution, a dying culture becomes a culture of hysterics and infantile narcissists. A massive, regressive, infantilization of the culture takes place: the undoing of civilization is necessarily also an undoing of the subjects that constitute it; it manifests in individuals as a loss of adult capability, as endemic immaturity.  Like a ship turning turtle, everything formerly at the bottom (sick women, sick men, perverts, cowards) briefly achieves dominance. The undoing of civilization is also an overturning. But this overturning is merely a prelude to the whole mass sinking into oblivion.  

Only subsequently can something new arise from the dark depths.

Suicidal Ideation

The ongoing reckless demonization of Putin and Russia and ruling class enthusiasm for reviving McCarthyism and the worst excesses of Cold War Russophobia suggests that the decrepitude of the Western elites has now reached the point where they unconsciously desire their own extinction. This latest drive to war, fomented for the most part by ostensible liberals, is ripely overdetermined. In addition to the usual and persistent factors that drive American bellicosity–the need to justify profligate public expenditure on a bloated military/intelligence apparatus, the myth of American exceptionalism and the paranoia it fosters about countries and figures unwilling grovel before it, the illusion of American invulnerability fostered by a combination of technological mastery and geographical insularity–there has been added the pressing need of the neutered “left” to prove that it retains some vestige of testicular function. One of the peculiar phenomena of recent times is the spectacle of female-dominated liberal men compensating for their emasculation by displaying intolerance for “toxic” masculinity. South Park’s PC Principal provides a fictional illustration of this phenomenon.

In Putin, this pathetic anti-macho machismo has found an ideal target. We are witnessing the late fruition of something that started in the ’60s, when baby boomers who had internalized anti-Soviet propaganda along with their mother’s milk redefined left-wing radicalism in expressly anticommunist “countercultural” terms and became the progenitors of today’s “intersectional” pussy-hatted left. Who could have foreseen that Sen. McCarthy would achieve reincarnation as a bespectacled lesbian?

Where will this lead?

If the past is prologue, we are one the eve of World War III. The present drive to war is bipartisan. The only disagreement between American “conservatives” and “liberals” is about target priority. Should the U.S. go to war with Russia? China? Iran? Or all three at the same time.

Until recently, it had seemed as if the cultural, moral, and intellectual decline of the West would proceed as a largely internal process of cretinization. One noted how, with each passing day, the culture became ever more enmeshed in its sentimental lies about … everything. The modern dilapidation of patriarchal authority had progressed to the point where it had completely compromised the process of acculturation and socialization that mitigates infantile narcissism and produces relatively sane adults. The result is that since the ’60s–when the breakdown rapidly accelerated–Western societies have been vanquished by hordes of internally generated barbarians all clamoring to be unquestioningly recognized as uniquely gifted and deserving of mass adulation. The related sophistries of feminism, diversity, and identity fetishism were invented to accommodate the vastly inflated egos of these monstrous, developmentally arrested children.

And accommodate them they have, to the point where Western societies have developed a full-blown allergy to the merest hint of realism. Today, one courts controversy by merely pointing out that the sexes are biologically different. On the right and the left, self-serving ideology has supplanted reality testing and one of its consequences is the tendency common to both sides to seek the cause of internal societal collapse in the malignancy of external agents. This is just as evident in the pussy-hatter belief that Russia robbed Hilary Clinton of her entitled claim to the presidency as it is in Trump’s equally deluded belief that military confrontation and tariffs will restore American global supremacy.

When a country that has squandered untold billions on fruitless military adventures nonetheless evinces an appetite for more, one must conclude that it has succumbed to a death drive. In recent decades, Hollywood has fantasized all manner of cataclysms that might threaten the destruction of the homeland, but in all instances the fictional threat is averted by the intervention of heroes of the human or superhuman kind. What Hollywood cannot imagine is a scenario in which the heroes themselves, seized by madness, destroy themselves and their world. “Evil appears as good in the minds of those whom gods lead to destruction.”