Charles II, the Dionysian, and the Apollonian

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It seems widely known that the English Stuart monarch Charles II was a bit of a hedonist, and perhaps this is an understatement. He ascended to the throne in a restoration of monarchy from the Puritan dictatorship under Cromwell. I think it is safe to say that Charles II and the hedonistic culture that came with him were essentially a Dionysian reaction against the highly Apollonian Cromwell years under the Puritan regime. We might compare this event to the situation of the present day Right. The Alt-Right, with its romanticist notions of race, breaking of social norms, and sometimes blunt hedonism (for example from the pickup artist community), is likewise a Dionysian reaction against the strict Apollonianism of modern day Puritans of a variety of political persuasions.

I remember reading a book for my literature class in 5th grade, The Giver, which portrayed a totalitarian community completely engrossed in the Apollonian: most individuals saw the world in grayscale, pain and sexual passion were suppressed through medical means (euthanasia was commonplace, and pills were administered to suppress the sex urge), and ones’ parents were never ones’ biological parents. Instinct was considered obsolete. However, one man, the Giver, was selected by the community to keep the memories which happened to be Dionysian, of passion, vivid color, and pain, and transfer them to the next person in line through a mystical, almost sacramental means. If the Giver left the community or died without transferring these memories to a successor, the memories were transferred to everyone in the community. This is eventually what happened in the story when the Giver’s successor fled the community with this purpose in mind; he wished to overthrow the Apollonian order in the community.

One might compare the sort of exclusive Apollonianism of the community in The Giver to that of today. From the political Left and Center, ethnocentric instinct is suppressed, humans are mathematized into identical units, they are falsely understood as being capable of complete rationality (I blame Kant), and irrationality is considered to be an exceptional error even when it is evident in the suicidal nature of Leftist axiology. There is also, retaining the respect I have for Catholics reading this, the idea on the Christian Right which I call ‘eroto-rationalism’, where sex is considered to only have the rationalistic industrial purpose of procreation (sort of like in 1984) and no value for intimacy or release of bodily tension; we also see the idea from some conservatives that love itself, romantic or otherwise, can be reduced to a rational decision, that there is no inherently visceral aspect to it. These are examples of the Apollonian totally excluding the Dionysian.

As with the Giver’s successor, the Alt-Right has decided to exit the exclusively Apollonian fantasy land altogether and at the same time to give the Dionysian red pill to everyone still in the community, overthrowing the Apollonian hegemony. The internet enhances the efficiency of this process. It should also be noted that the non-sensual aspects of the Dionysian are present in the ‘Wotan’ archetype identified by Carl Jung, considered to reside in the collective unconscious of the Germanic people. Jung believed that a suppression of this archetype would lead to its reawakening, and this process appears to to be underway with the Alt-Right and Identitarian movements. All we need now is for this archetype to reemerge in more people so that enough charisma can be gained to reclaim ethnic homelands. (There was an interesting short video on this topic on Red Ice radio a few days ago: link)

In conclusion: institutions which attempt to systematically combat the Dionysian, as Pentheus foolishly did in Euripides’ The Bacchae, will be destroyed in this attempt. While the Apollonian has always provided the necessary structure for civilizations to exist, attempting to undo the Dionysian attempts to undo the very primordial glue of instinct which undergirds these civilizations. This is something which the Alt-Right has grasped, perhaps unwittingly, has advantaged it. On the other hand, conservatives have gone through cycles of openly warring against the Dionysian, and then being destroyed by the Dionysian as it surfaces in uncontrollable ways. The Right must learn to carefully use the Dionysian to its own advantage instead of battling it if it is to win its battles.

Race as Property and Why the Alt-Right Exists

The Alt-Right is clearly a movement which has attracted attention from young people as of late. The reason why I believe it exists is for various reasons, but first and foremost is the concept of race, as a biological concept, as property. I do not see this as a bad thing, because race not only influences the inheritance of important evolutionary adaptations, such as intelligence and behavioral traits but also provides the necessary platform for the continued, directed evolution of a closely related group of people. Under the system of Propertarianism, race, as a form of property (I speak of property here as a norm, rather than some mystical characteristic of a thing) would most likely fall under the category of commons. Now this property, for Northwestern Europeans and their relatives in North America, is under threat from low birth rates and the mass immigration of racially different people. It is also under threat from miscegenation.

Race, I believe, has gained importance in the right due to the fact that for many people, it is the only long-lasting, tangible property which they effectively lay claim to, as opposed to something they are paying a rent, lease, or mortgage on. As post-industrial society has become extremely complex, and what property one has today may be very different from what one has tomorrow, the Alt-Right is effectively investing in a form of property which can survive stock market crashes, housing bubbles and more. Race can also survive vast changes in public religious opinion, though often one religion or another will be detrimental for its long-term survival.

So I think that even the members Alt-Right are to be considered sovereigns; they are, I believe, aristocrats under the system of Aristocratic Egalitarianism because they have mutually agreed to protect each other’s property, their race, from outside threats.

The Alt-Light Problem

This is where the greedy “men”( the Alt-Light) get separated from the noble “elves”(the real Right).  I don’t agree with everything these people put out on their channel, but this video is seriously hilarious and relevant.

As for red pilling normies with “gay faggoty cartoons” I think my commentary on the anime Free! has sufficed for this.

Mitra-Varuna

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The ethnocentric portion of the neoreaction seems to have taken two different strategies comparable to the means of warfare represented by the two Indo-European sovereignty deities, known from the Vedas as Mitra and Varuna, Germanic myth as Tiwaz and Wodanaz, and Roman religion as Dius Fidius and Iuppiter (Jupiter). Whereas Mitra represents the priest, jurist, and lawyer, Varuna represents a vengeful magician king, as do his counterparts Woden, and Jupiter. This distinction is explained fully in Georges Dumezil’s work Mitra-Varuna, but it can also be observed by the casual scholar of the Indic Vedas, Norse Eddas, and the ancient Roman religion. If you are unfamiliar with this theory, you can view Dumezil’s book here.

Woden/Odin, the Germanic Varuna

The nature of the Alt-Right is, and has been, a fundamentally Wodenic, or Varunian one. It is often focused on a sort of racial mysticism, combined often with an independent, Nietzschean type of irreligion and an ecstatic frenzy for warfare. It has also attracted outcasts from every corner of society under the hegemony of political correctness, which reminds one of Odin’s role as a patron of outcasts (you can read about his various attributes here). On the other hand, Propertarians represent a type of neoreaction more akin to the characters of Mitra, Dius Fidius or Tiwaz. Unlike the Varunian Alt-Right, Propertarians seek to take advantage of the concept of justice, contracts, courts, and the law to get their way, only using violence when these methods fail to produce desired outcomes. Ultimately, each approach applies itself to different circumstances, and both will likely be necessary for the neoreaction to have its intended effects.

The following videos highlight some quotes of Nietzsche and Schopenhauer. I think there is a fundamentally Wodenic, or Varunian spirit in both of their philosophies, but particularly in the highly individualistic viewpoint Nietzsche.

-Update 1/3/2017-

The Mitra-Varuna dichotomy I describe above seems to mesh fairly well with the Nietzschean concepts of the Apollonian (corresponding to Mitra) and the Dionysian (corresponding to Varuna). Nietzsche, of course is very Dionysian; he is a reaction against the excessive Apollonianism which began with the Protestant Reformation and continued with Whig politics, and the Enlightenment values which still pervade to this day.

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Towards an Ethnic European Group Evolutionary Strategy

If anyone reading this article has heard of Dr.Kevin MacDonald and knows the summary of his notable works The Culture of Critique, and Separation and its Discontents, Toward an Evolutionary Theory of Anti-Semitism, one understands the importance of a group evolutionary strategy in the survival and well-being of a people. MacDonald argues that Christianity acted as a group evolutionary strategy against Judaism (also a group evolutionary strategy), and a read through the New Testament would seem to confirm this.

To me, it is obvious that the Christianity in its modern form (since the Nominalist revolution in philosophy) has encouraged ethnic Europeans to be less ethnocentric, and is thus no longer a suitable group evolutionary strategy for ethnic Europeans. A replacement is needed, and many have responded to this need with the idea that it is necessary to revive pre-Christian polytheistic religions. I agree that it would be romantic to revive Asatru, Nova Roma, Hellenismos, Neo-Druidism, Romuva etc. as ethnic religions.  However, the reality of the situation is that many if not most Asatruars, and many other neopagans are hostile against European ethnocentric behavior. So it is also obvious to me that European polytheism does not effectively encourage ethnocentrism among ethnic Europeans, and is therefore not the solution we need. From this I have gathered that religion cannot be our sole, or even primary, group evolutionary strategy; we instead need something deeper which crosses all the religious barriers between different factions of the Alt-Right and Neoreaction.

What we need most of all is to pass down narratives. Narratives are powerful. One could argue that the entire Jewish group evolutionary strategy is centered around narrative, the Old Testament. As ethnic Europeans, we have a wealth of narratives to pass down to our children, students, pupils etc: Leonidas at Thermopylae, Arminius and the Battle of the Teutoberg forest, the story of Mucius Scaevola, and the Aeneid to name a few. All of which contain stories of men who bravely stood in the face of massive opposition just as we do today because they understood their duty their people, their ancestors, their children, and their nation.

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Additionally , there is an important meta-narrative, which appears to draw from many of the ones I have previously listed–the works Tolkien. Tolkien presented ethnic Europeans under the guise of hobbits, men and elves, all of whom would have their homelands attacked and people destroyed by orcs and servants of Melkor had it not been for their cooperative efforts both on the battlefield, and in destroying the One Ring. In Tolkien’s narratives one finds both the admonitions against cowardice, and the moral instruction which are needed for the formation of a group evolutionary strategy.

DON’T be a Denethor

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Rather, follow the example of Galadriel:

In the following video, she has no sympathy for her enemies; notice her words: “If you try to stop me, I will destroy you”. Also notice the cryptic language of Sauron: “You cannot fight the shadow. Even now you fade. One light alone in the darkness”. It sounds a lot like what the globalist cosmopolitans say to intimidate us: “You cannot keep your country white, we will wipe you out of existence, you are just a bunch of losers etc”. Yet as Galadriel says, and something we should all remind ourselves “I am not alone”.

More of the same from Sauron in the next video too: “The time of the Elves is over. The Age of the Orc has come”. Compare to: “The time of the European is over, the age of rapugees and ISIL has come”. Yet Galadriel is courageous, and eventually, she expels Sauron from Dol Goldur.

These narratives are what we need to be teaching our kids. From them, we can develop a full blown counter-narrative which will compete directly against the Europhobic, Cultural Marxist narrative of leftist academics, public education, and the mainstream media.

Moral Instruction

Well, it seems that my post on Nominalism and liberalism has not been of much interest to anyone yet, so I have decided to write about something some people might find less intellectually demanding: morality. I previously stated in my first post that what Nietzsche called slave morality needs to decline in order for the West to have any backbone (and to prevent the extinction of ethnic European peoples). I still hold to this idea. In this post I will give one example of how one might find good moral instruction in a source some might find unlikely: anime.

As I began to get deeper and deeper into the broader nonreactionary movement, I began to encounter a mild fanaticism related to anime, particularly in the alt-right. Of course there was one mainstream Republican news reporter who mocked the alt-right back in January of this year calling it a movement of “childless single men who masturbate to anime”(I don’t actually know if Rick Wilson’s claim is entirely false!).

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