Reaction without Ressentiment

Over at More Right, Athrelon caution against the urge to smash the progressive Cathedral just because it would be satisfying. Indeed, the people that make up the progressive movement are the some of the best remnants of the West. They are not the enemy. The doctrine of progressivism is a poisonous, suicidal, and perverse ideology. But it is perverse precisely because it is an ideology of ressentiment. It teaches the weak that they are good because they are weak and that the strong are evil because they are strong. Progressives never lack for reasons to hate the successful man.

But progressives are the noblest caste of our society. Progressives have empathy and high IQs. They are scientists, artists, and writers. They love knowledge. They marry before they have kids and manage their lives competently. The political doctrine they preach is batshit insane, but let’s not throw out the whole cake because of a little moldy corner. When their leadership brings an end to the Western way of life, their way of life will go too. And that will be a sad day.

My reason for getting involved in political engineering is that I want to build nice places to live that can last. These will necessarily reject ressentiment, the feelings of bitterness and hatred towards one’s betters. And they will give room for the best features of man to be developed and relished. We need to keep our eyes on the goal and not be seduced by the ancient pleasure of smashing enemies.

Too much of right-wing discourse is marked by a spirit of bitterness that smells of ressentiment. It is not the smell of a confident, noble people. It is the smell of a prole mob that thinks it would be fun to turn the Harvard dons out on the street.

Me, I’d rather seduce them to the side of order and reason. It’s a tall task – they’ve been gulping the progressive kool-aid for 300 years. Maybe some are unredeemable. Certainly  no progressive should wield any real power or influence in a good society. But I’m hoping many of the smart, honest progressives can be convinced to come over to our side.

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2 thoughts on “Reaction without Ressentiment

  1. “The people that make up the progressive movement are the some of the best remnants of the West”? What rot. These are the people who have reduced the West to the sorry state it is in today.

    The “noblest caste of our society”? This is a joke, right? If there were anything noble about these people, they wouldn’t be progressives in the first place — which is an explicitly anti-noble ideology.

    “Progressives have empathy”…yes, for anti-whites and for every race but their own.

    “and high IQs”…which they use to destroy Western culture.

    “They are scientists…” a.k.a social scientists.

    “artists” … like cubists, abstractionists, atonalists, postmodernists and the other propagators of the ugly, anti-traditional, anti-beauty culture that afflicts us at every turn and has pushed out the Western artistic tradition of beauty and nobility. We could do without these “piss Christ,” “vagina monologue” so-called artists.

    “and writers.” Right. Like Eve Ensler and Tim Wise.

    “They love knowledge.” Of course — critical theory, knowledge that helps them tear down the last vestiges of the Western tradition.

    Character is destiny. At best, some of these people are opportunists, simply going along with whatever power is strongest in the world in order to advance their careers and to attain material success. These people won’t be converted by ideas, because they’ll kowtow to whatever is the dominant ideology of the time, in order to preserve their status. They will only openly admit to having reactionary politics if a reactionary ideology is culturally dominant. In other words, they can be counted on for nothing until reaction wins.

    But the rest – the vast majority – are true believers, whose character inclines them towards progressivism, and for the most part, who follow progressivism for tribal advantage. These people will fight reaction to the last because it is in their nature and their tribal agenda to do so.

    The doctrine of progressivism flows out of these people’s character, not the other way around.

    To have a non-progressive society, you need its intelligentsia to comprise people of non-progressive character.

    Or is the contention here that human nature is mostly learned (a progressive tenet) not largely essential (the reactionary view)?

    It is not “bitterness” to want to stop the people who are ruining our culture from destroying it. Rather, that’s the noblest impulse of all — an honorable feud for one’s blood and soil and identity. And it’s not “ressentiment” to want to regenerate the great culture that once was, which these people have destroyed.

    An ideology doesn’t have agency. An ideology has no hands, no money, no will. Only people do. It is progressive PEOPLE, not progressivISM, that has destroyed the west. And it is only people who are not of their character who can bring it back.

    How nice for you to dream of not wanting to “smash enemies” — however, those enemies have no such compunctions, and have been smashing Western civilization for the past century — and your desire not to smash them in turn has not negated their desire nor their ability to do so. If anything, it has only emboldened them.

    “When their leadership brings an end to the Western way of life, their way of life will go too.”

    In fact, it is only when their leadership is eliminated that “the Western way of life” can come back, for it is already long gone — and at their hands.

  2. Hoppe disagrees that this is likely to be possible. From ‘What Is To Be Done’:

    “And just as one cannot convert the democratic system from the political top-down, so it also cannot be expected that this conversion will come down from within the established system of public education and public universities. This system cannot be reformed. It is impossible for liberal-libertarians to infiltrate and take over the public education system, as the democrats and socialists could when they replaced the monarchists.

    And just as one cannot convert the democratic system from the political top-down, so it also cannot be expected that this conversion will come down from within the established system of public education and public universities. This system cannot be reformed. It is impossible for liberal-libertarians to infiltrate and take over the public education system, as the democrats and socialists could when they replaced the monarchists. From the point of view of classical liberalism, the entire system of publicly, or tax-funded education must go, root and branch.”

    Carthago delenda est.

    Why send them peace terms now, when you are weak, and they are strong? This is applying the same techniques that their forebears used to overthrow the great kings. No chance of success.

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