This is the second part of my two-part series.
The Death of Nihilism
A bit of confession time: For much of this year I underwent a very nihilistic phase. Anyone who is either a libertarian or morally sane (sadly the two are not mutually inclusive) can see why.
Religious institutions are falling apart. Social and cultural instability signals an imminent collapse. The family unit, the heart of true anarchy, is broken. Social cohesion is falling apart. The next generation looks to be even worse than the one preceding it. War is on the horizon.
All thanks to the state.
Such a dark future left me with the conclusion that the only way to endure was to give it all up, to forsake any sense of responsibility for any of it. To care as little as possible about anything outside of my own life. This meant not getting married, not having kids (going MGTOW), not involving myself in any effort or movement. Let the world tear itself apart, I figured. This way, I could survive what I thought, and still believe, is coming sooner than we think. Stop trying to repair what is utterly broken. My motto was “Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die.” Better to enjoy alcohol, tobacco, and firearms, I decided.
However, I discovered that this nihilism, no matter how strong the urge was to embrace it, could not be reconciled with what I am. People tend to speak of who they are, but what they are is of equal importance. What I am not is someone who gives up. I am fighter and will not yield willingly.
Others may disagree, but nihilism, in the sense I described above, is essentially an tacit act of surrender, an abandonment of culture, traditions, values, and religion.
For some, abandoning all these things to their destruction may be easy, but for me it is not something I can turn my back on. My heritage is interwoven throughout American history.
What I am is the product of my ancestors. In one way or another, they’ve imparted their culture, values, traditions, and religion to me. To give them up and see them die, along with my side of the family line, is to repudiate, to betray all that they have done.
I believe these are things worth fighting for, worth dying for, and worth killing for, because that is what I am. I believe their preservation are worth all the risks of that come with marriage and a family and remaining in the fight. If in spite of all the state and cultural Marxists will do to undermine my efforts I can successfully impart to my children the history, the language, the culture, the values, the traditions, and the religion, then it will be worth the undertaking.
Preserving Western Culture
Until recently I thought my main aspiration was just to be free, which libertarianism offers, but I’ve realized that you cannot leave it at that. In the past year or so I’ve discovered how much these things matter and why their absence or destruction, removes a vital source of resistance to the state and the opportunity for separation.
Libertarianism itself must remain neutral as a philosophy, but that doesn’t constrain me from seeking to use it to preserve my culture, my traditions, my values, and my religion. If libertarianism merely tells me the truth, the truth is that the state is the enemy of everything I hold dear because it’s being used as a weapon to destroy them and anything else that poses a threat to their power.
Just as statists want to use the state to bring about their version of The Vision, so I will seek to use libertarianism to preserve and protect what I believe.
The Libertarian Blueprint for Saving Western Civilization
If civilization is the absence of the state, then any remnants of my civilization must be refortified so that it can operate in spite of or without the state. Traditions need to be reintroduced. Values must be instilled and enforced. Children must be educated outside of state control to pass the culture onto the next generation. The history, the legends, the myths, the tales, the folklore must retold and cherished for the values and virtues they convey.
At the heart of this effort, there must be an institute of some kind to spearhead it.
Just as the Mises Institute and the Ron Paul Institute promote Austrian economics and a non-interventionist foreign policy, such an institute will propagate the language, values, religion, culture, traditions, beliefs, history, philosophy, politics and social order.
Such an institute is needed for several purposes.
One, so that the goal is not just freedom, but what we seek to do through freedom.
Another is to differentiate my objective from the means. One does not have to accept my preferred values or culture in order to be a libertarian. But lacking clarity in this area leads to miscommunication and confusion where there shouldn’t be.
There is nothing wrong with other libertarians having separate values from mine and promoting them in their own manner, providing they adhere to the NAP, but this needs to be made clear so that possible alliances made between us are done with this understanding rather than based on false perceptions of mutual agreement where it does not exist.
It will also deprive infiltrators, fifth columnists, charlatans, fakes, and others from sabotaging the effort by taking advantage of any ambiguities as to our objective. Simply claiming to be a libertarian will not suffice. This tent will be too small to admit such people. There will be no “thick/thin, brutalist/humanist, left/right” disputes because either you believe in the institute’s goals or you don’t.
Lastly, I believe we might be on the verge of another dark age. When the social, cultural, and (most likely economic) collapse comes, people will be looking for something to provide stability, a central institution. The Catholic Church filled this role once Rome fell; we can only speculate what might have occurred if it had not been there.
We need an institute to maintain and perpetuate the remnants of Western culture during the dark times ahead, to serve as that shining city on the hill and offer the complete moral theory so many yearn for and seek and which libertarianism itself cannot provide on its own. The institute must be run and operated by men of courage, dedication, integrity, and intellect, capable of withstanding attacks from without and infiltration from within, willing to stand and possibly die while remaining faithful to first principles.
This is as far as my thinking has taken me at this point.
Whatever comes of this idea, I’ll continue to write about libertarian philosophy here and look to express these values through my fictional literature.
Yes, the situation before us is bleak. But it calls to mind an anecdote about William the Conqueror during the Battle of Hastings. His horse dead, he was forced to fight on foot until another could be found. Meanwhile, the Norman lines were collapsing, they were in near retreat, and rumors reached him that he had been killed.
Rather than allow the retreat to occur, he stared defeat in the face. Mounting another steed, he tore off his helmet in spite of the dangers so the men could see his face and rode across the battlefield, screaming “Look at me well. I am still alive and by the grace of God shall yet prove victor!”