Charles II, the Dionysian, and the Apollonian

Charles wearing a crown and ermine-lined cape

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)

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 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.





Errors of the Alt-Right and their Precursors

After having watched a video of Richard Spencer’s presentation “Why Do They Hate Us”, and having read the comments below the video, it became clear to me that much of the general population is incapable of trusting the Alt-Right, including organizations such as the NPI (National Policy Institute) and American Renaissance, to be separatist or nationalist, as opposed to supremacist. Perhaps it is something about the image of a bunch of middle-aged to elderly white men in suits that gives them the creeps. I don’t know. For all practical purposes, those who think that the White Nationalism is covertly supremacist are really conspiracy theorists. They are very ignorant about the movement, and simply classify any movement that gives European-Americans a positive ethnic identity as “supremacist”.

A few comments were very interesting, and showed the diversity, and depth of thought found throughout the general public towards European-American Ethnonationalism. If you want to see the full gamut of public reaction you should follow this link.ImportanteVery ImportantHousesI perceive that the real issue here is that many in the general public are simply scared. they are reacting out of fear instead of empathy and reason. Either that, or they are closet communists… who knows? The job of Ethnonationalists now is to help the general public understand us rationally, thus we must clearly articulate what we are aiming for and what we are not aiming for. Aiming to make America a country with demographics similar to that of the mid-20th century scares a lot of people because it reminds them of the civil rights infringements during that time period. Therefore, a great error which the Alt-Right has commited is the conflation of ethnic nationalism with American civic Nationalism, which is largely (in my opinion) due to the (possibly unintentional) muddying of the waters by US presidential candidate Donald Trump and his Alt-Right supporters.


Once European-American Ethnonationalists clearly articulate their goal of political separatism within a limited geographic area, critics will have two options: 1.) Paranoia, or 2.) Rational Discourse. Those who remain paranoid that this is somehow a supremacist movement will have a burden of proof to back up their position. The other option, rational discourse, entails taking an objective look at the Alt-Right, as Sargon of Akkad has done in making this video. I don’t think that the Alt-Right is objectively bad, as Sargon seems to by the end of his video, but it does need a great deal of reform in order to gain mass appeal and actually work as a political platform.

As a Tolkien fan I can compare this crisis regarding the Alt-Right to a situation in the Battle of the Last Alliance. The Sindar Elvenking Oropher, who, with his son Thranduil, leads an army of Silvan elves against Sauron, charges hastily into battle without the command of the Noldor (a very wise clan of elves), and is subsequently killed. Richard Spencer (like many others before him in the White Nationalist movement) has charged into the current demographic culture war hastily without clearly stating his ultimate goal and without sufficiently confronting the intellectual arguments of the egalitarian left, subsequently to receive backlash from much of the general public through the label “white supremacist”.

Oropher’s Body

Now we, as young Millennial Ethnonatinoaists, Alt-Righters, and Neoreactionaries, like Thranduil end up returning from the battle, our courageous forbears put to shame, barely escaping with our (not life, but rather) reputation intact.We must learn from the mistakes of the efforts of our elders in our movement. We must use tact, we must carefully strategize, we must use precision to fight the great ideological Sauron of our time, Cultural Marxism. We must do so, not only for ourselves, but for subsequent generations of European-Americans.

Thranduil reunites with his son Legolas after the Battle of the Last Alliance