Only a balanced and comprehensive view can save the West from the many threats it faces
The below comment by me appeared in the January 2008 entry, “Can the Darwinian racialists defend the West?”
Traditionalism means an appreciation for what makes us what we are, all the dimensions of what we are, what our civilization is. A view that reduces us and our civilization to race, or that makes race the primary factor, is woefully incomplete and distorted. Race is a part of the structure of reality that makes us what we are, and liberalism denies that. But God and transcendent truth are also part of the structure of reality that makes us what we are, and the Darwinian racialists deny that….
It’s not even that people are just leaving out important dimensions because they’re ignorant of them, but they are often actively hostile to them. The Darwinian racialists are often hostile to traditional Christianity, blaming it for the problems of the West. Christians are often actively hostile to the biological dimension. Therefore, attempts to introduce these dimensions into discussion with these people isn’t just a matter of educating them, it’s a matter of fighting your way through hostile opposition, like hacking your way through thick jungle.Karl J. writes:
This is what I’ve been saying for years. We’re part of the free, white, Christian West. Western civilization includes, but is not reducible to, a regime, race, or religion; and the advocates of each are bound to act at cross-purposes to one another. Of course, our nihilist enemies have no such difficulty: they hate the whole West, in every aspect and everything it represents.LA replies:
That’s a great point. Conservatives are divided every which way as to which aspect of America they believe in and defend, with each faction totally rejecting the others; while the Left uniformly hates every aspect of America: its religion, its traditional morality, its race, its culture, its traditional political system and liberties, its economy.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at July 15, 2011 09:30 AM | Send