Thanks to PaperChaseHustler for recommending the Valorian Society's
Human History viewed as Sovereign Individuals versus Manipulated Masses
Presented in relatively terse prose, the authors set out to tell a story of the clash between (Oriental and Western) collectivist cultures and the (Aryan) culture of sovereign individuals. The authors' tendency to gloss over the more complex philosophical issues undergirding their principles contributes to the earnest tone of the text. The book is both a history and a call to action - for a return to the society of sovereign individuals.
An opaque "nature" philosophy, punctuated by the evolutionary ethic described in the beginning, permeates the book. The authors divine a teleological purpose to human existence from observations of the evolutionary process: the first cell divided and each new cell existed individually, then cells grouped together and performed specialized functions until they reached a point where they could no longer function individually apart from the whole. Next, groups of specialized cells developed sex as a means of reproduction rather than mere self-division. Sexual selection implied perception and selection of other individuals to be "enjoyed" or admired for their own sake, for if other individuals were valued only as something to be incorporated into a larger whole, the purpose and function of sexual selection would be defeated. The authors regard this individuation effected by sex as the ethical apex of evolution and consequently regard social species like bees, ants, and termites as "regressive," because the species have functionally regressed to a cellular state.
Returning to the course of human evolution with this theory in mind, the authors show how the primordial sovereign individualism of the orient and the west was defeated by regressive collectivism. The primary vehicles of regression were familial authority in the east and religion in the west. In particular, the authors single out manipulation of individuals by the use of words which allowed the collectivist founders to eschew the rule of physiology and evolution and acquire power. The proto-Indo-European (Aryan) invaders represent a sovereign-individualist reaction against this regressive collectivism, and provide us with a link, through the culture of ancient Greece, to the original sovereign individualist culture.
I’m sure everyone here has heard some variation of this story, from Nietzsche, to whom the authors pay homage, or from evopsych/hbd literature, so I won't elaborate further on this part of the narrative.
The book stresses that Aryan culture approved of one-to-one combat in the resolution of conflicts between individuals. One-to-one combat ensured that any mass manipulator, "prophet," community organizer, or other nascent demagogue, had to be prepared for combat with anyone who resisted his collectivist designs. Not only did the culture of one-to-one combat render the society of sovereign individuals less susceptible to evolutionary regression, but it also affirmed evolution (and therefore individuality) by breeding out cowardice, weakness, and manipulators.
The authors also claim that northern Europeans refused to suppress female sexuality in the manner of the collectivist societies and desert religions. Since female selection is tethered to status, and since Aryan culture lacked the formalized positions of hierarchical status characteristic of collectivist societies, women selected mates according to innate strength and intelligence rather than formally-defined stations.
The book doesn't describe in-depth the collapse of the various individualist societies, but it does provide a few interesting examples; for instance, when the clergy managed to ingratiate itself to northern European pagans, one of their first goals was to establish a class of individuals, including the clergy, that would be exempt from challenges of one-to-one combat.
The authors go on to focus on the American Revolution, banking and fiat currency. These sections of the book are less thought-provoking, but just as controversial as the rest of the book.
I've attached the pdf if anyone wants to check it out.