Dreher writes of the “failsons” of America:
“I watched the entire speech Richard Spencer gave at his recent white supremacist conference, and I thought, “What a beer hall putz!” I think the media are blowing him and his movement entirely out of proportion”
Similar thoughts and remarks entered my mind. People mocked and were disgusted, thinking that will solve the problem. Pour some shame on it and it will go away. But it won’t. Calling them subhuman will not fix it. Hitler took over Germany by beginning with fewer people than Spencer had in that room – but with the same ideas (though perhaps with better oratory). It was the ideas that took over Germany. And no one is addressing those. Instead, they’re exacerbating what causes and strengthens them. Fools!
Germans were stripped of their dignity and masculinity and economy and heritage and future. They were shamed and mocked and beaten into passive, docile slaves with essentially no nation. And here we are. Trump isn’t it, but he did broach the issue. He did tap into it a little bit. Anyone can see it. Anyone who is wiser than myself or Dreher or his readers can seen it. And any madman genius who would use it for his purposes can capitalize on it.
I’ve also been saying for a while that the same problems of listlessness that Dreher speaks of are why people are going to radical Islam. It is a total, absolute, pre-packaged purpose, meaning, order, authority, identity, family, belonging, adventure, civilization – an entire worldview. Late Modernism shatters that – the church shatters it too, when it ought to be offering the best, strongest vision of reality. The military, to a lesser but still very real degree, is the one of the last places a man can go be a man and be applauded for it. I was there. I know. College is, statistically and practically, for women. Church is for very polite, nice, soft-handed, inoffensive people. Civil society is for emasculated people. Video games are a temporary safe haven until “joy and strength” return to the “children of the sun”. There is something more in movies like Braveheart and stories like Lord of the Rings that attracts us than the plot.
Leftist, liberals, conservatives, and Christians can mock all they like and virtue signal to each other. But that’s all they’re doing – insular, in-group, echo-chamber signaling. They are not trying to reach these people – who make up over half the nation. Christians are not trying to engage and evangelize them. Liberals are not trying to reason and argue with them. Conservatives are not trying to understand and persuade them. Indeed, they consider them “unredeemables,” “deplorables,” unworthy of the gospel, incapable of rationality, and unfit for advanced civilization. Let them eat cake.
Reminds me of a speech in Fight Club by Tyler Durden: “Man, I see in fight club the strongest and smartest men who’ve ever lived. I see all this potential, and I see squandering. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need. We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War’s a spiritual war… our Great Depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.”
It wasn’t just a movie. It was a cultural critique and a philosophy.