Yesterday, I wrote about the futility of worrying about Anders Breivik’s besmirching contemporary conservative causes in “One of Us?” Commentary from the entire political spectrum has condemned Breivik as a monster, and I want to examine that charge. Is the Norwegian killer a monster?
Leftists generally do not have the right to accuse anyone of being a monster, having dismissed, as they have, morality and ethical principles. When the nihilistic Left criticizes anyone in moral terms, one must ask if their ethical worrying is simply an attempt to manipulate the masses who maintain some sense of moral reasoning. Are pleas to consider ethics simply persuasive rhetoric for them? Of course, there are Leftists who have not abandoned the ethical tradition, but I have often experienced moral outrage by relativists who at other times in their freethinking eschew any sense of right or wrong. Maybe, their inconsistency is not in bad faith; perhaps, they are just contradictory. Ad hoc emotionalism does appear to be the guiding light for many leftist wayfarers.
Even among Leftists who do maintain some sense of morality, I have noticed a tendency to excuse wrong doing by transferring guilt to the “system” or culture at large. As I wrote yesterday, Leftists go to great lengths to excuse Mohammedan terrorists by attributing blame to Western bigotry, insensitivity, or inhospitality. Should we expect the empathetic, Scandinavian Leftists to exonerate Breivik’s murder by pointing to the social stresses that large-scale third world immigration has induced in the indigenous Norwegian population? Will they expiate his guilt on the hallowed altar of multiculturalism? As diversity giveth; so diversity taketh away. Certainly, they must dedicate themselves to understanding the killer. They must surely see how the ignominy and pain at watching his own nation disappear before his eyes triggered his lashing out at the entrenched, oppressive powers—the elite, in their multicultural privilege, who bask in universalist self-righteousness but cushion themselves from the unpleasantries of population displacement. Perhaps, the Norwegian government could establish institutions for dialogue between the state’s officials and the dispossessed Norwegians who feel marginalized by the cultural transformation of the past few decades. Maybe, they could even work a critical examination of Scandinavians’ self chosen genocide into the educational curriculum.
Such is how the Left deals with perpetrators of terror when they are Mohammedans, Africans, or members of some aggrieved “Other.” Will Norwegian Leftists show the same sort of apologetic cottoning with the rightwing terrorist? The Scandinavians have been so thoroughly corrupted by liberalism, they might just do so. Perhaps, excusing the “Other” has less to do with anti-white, anti-Western resentment and more to do with the nonjudgmentalism and moral agnosticism that develop deep within liberalism. I do suspect otherwise. Leftist tolerance of malefaction may be due to fear.
As I noted yesterday, Leftists repeatedly absolve Mohammedans, Hispanics, blacks, and leftwing radicals of wicked deeds. With the latter groups, the explanation might be tribal. The Left overlooks the beam in its own eye as well as exonerating the misdeeds of groups that empower the Left. Yet, in what sense do Mohammedans serve Western Leftists? Why would British feminists excuse honor killings and female genital mutilation in London? Why would West Coast homosexualists support increased immigration from societies that stone homosexuals? Why would American Jews make excuses for Hamas and Hezbollah? Do Leftists hate the white West more than they love themselves and their own causes? Perhaps, but I wonder whether democratic cowardice lies behind these appeasements.
Democratic societies throughout history tend to aim for the lowest desires—that of the lowest common denominator—which politically translates into the quest for material comfort. A society that seeks mammon is not usually successful at cultivating courage in its citizens. For courage demands the sacrifice of material comfort and, occasionally, even of life. Commercial liberal republics thrive economically but likewise suffer the stifling of the citizenry’s thumotic reflexes. Americans appear to have bucked this trend for some time, but our greed has probably made enough of us craven to the extent that we would shirk from any real sacrifices as a society. Could the present American populace win the Second World War? I wonder. Appeasement toward “evil doers” might originate in the consequent cowardice; Leftists might think, rather foolishly, that giving in to bullies will mollify them. Thus, the Left makes excuses for those whom it fears.
The Left does not fear conservatives. For all the rhetoric of the white enemy within, our government, media, and educational elite know that they have vanquished traditionalists in every fight and in every realm. Momentary political setbacks are simply delays in the inevitable progressive march of Hegelian history. When the hagged harridan in charge of Homeland Security expresses worry of homegrown, white supremacists, we hear the same disingenuity of the Hollywood loudmouths who worried about Republican and theocratic repression during the Bush years. If those weasels were truly worried about rightwing American oppression, then they would not have been so obnoxious and openly traitorous. Their nonsense was transparently dishonest. They would have otherwise fled to Canada, or they would have ended up in the slammer or “disappeared” faster than an inconvenient Clinton administration official.
The Left’s fear of the conquered Right is therefore falsely affected. The Alinskyites know that the bourgeois Right is too focused on law, order, and holding the social fabric together as the Left tries to rip it apart. They know that the morality, patriotism, and familial dedication of conservatives force them to play by gentlemanly rules while the Left finds itself free to cause whatever chaos and strife that will garner it more power. This will not last, however. Given the forthcoming social breakdown in Western societies, we should expect more rightwing terrorists like Breivik. As civilization crumbles, the Right will be less and less convinced that pouring buckets from a sinking ship is a good idea. The Right’s energy will not go into keeping the wreck afloat but in securing life rafts for its communities. Once the Right comes to grips with the civil war that has been foisted upon them, they will start to think in terms of war. Such martial reasoning has not historically been very appreciative of the value of human life, especially in pre- and post-Christian societies where the light of the gospel is unknown or faded, and then Leftist rhetoric about rightwing danger will finally match reality. How, then, will Leftists respond? The Weimar Republic gives us a precedent.
It will be an ugly catastrophe, but I do not see how we can avert the disaster, barring some miraculous cultural rebirth. For generations, Leftists have sought the transvaluation of all values. Their ceaseless attacks on morality have produced a generation that casually accepts consequentialist ethics, if any ethical system at all. Breivik evidently wrote that he considered his planned actions atrocious but necessary. Therein, we see the inverted moral reasoning of our age—a reasoning that, moreover, quickly surfaces in men’s minds during war. If Breivik’s murders of young Norwegian socialists lead to the revolution that will save Europe, then one hundred lives seem like a small price to pay according to our modern moral calculus. For the Jacobins judged liberté, égalité, fraternité worth thousands of aristocratic heads. Likewise, Sherman did not seem to have many qualms with his scorched earth, total war tactics to hasten Union victory. Marxists weighed the proletariat paradise of the future worth millions upon millions of necessary sacrifices. Éamon de Valera did not hesitate much to build an Irish Republic on the foundation of violence. The Allies found burning Dresden’s residents and carpet bombing German civilians acceptable during war. Truman did not apologize for his decision to drop atomic bombs on Japanese cities. Ernesto “Che” Guevara was a mass murderer, but he killed in the name of la revolución, and his image remains a staple of leftist chic to this day—a hero to millions. More recently and closer to home, half our citizens find infanticide justifiable for matters of personal convenience. Utilitarianism is everywhere, and it supplied the moral framework to Breivik’s decision. If he is a monster, then contemporary Western societies are full of monsters, and they revere many such monsters as heroes. Far be it from me to exculpate Breivik in the typical leftist manner. His moral reasoning is flawed, like the society that produced him. Yet, his decision to act against the destruction of his people is one that I cannot criticize; it is his methods that warrant condemnation. Conservatives who criticize him must ask how they can fight back in a civil war without destroying their souls. For wars are inherently evil, even if they must be fought.
Leftists have waged relentless internal wars against Western regimes, transforming Western societies into perverse shadows of their former order. Conservatives, for the most part, have refused to call their foes what they really are, pretending, instead, that they dealt with well intentioned political opponents who disagreed over matters of policy. And they have lost, their victories’ being mere tactical retreats in the war that they never recognized. Gramsci has won from the grave; the destruction rolls along. Yet, it cannot continue. Nature always has her way, and social ruin will lead to, well, ruin. At some point, the guards of the citadel will realize that the tower has already been taken by the barbarians, and they will alter their strategic position. The resulting collapse is not something that I wish to witness. Despite the pain, however, it will be good to see the perfidity of the postmodern, nihilistic world engulfed in flames. If we must find ourselves in a battle, let us pray that we comport ourselves with honor and according to God’s immutable laws. Let us also hope that the survivors of the holocaust retain what they can of our civilization’s beauty, wisdom, and grandeur in order to rebuild the West on the ashes.