Recently its become increasingly clear to me that even within the confines of the tiny ideological ghettos of ''right wing'' thought and discourse that there exists an unwillingness, largely couched in morality and stubborn pragmatism, to acknowledge the absolute pre-eminence of Liberal values as the source of the current cultural malaise and distortion that has infected not just the White, Western world but essentially every social and cultural environment that is in anyway touched and concerned by American political ambition and power activity. This contemporary worldview is so monolithic that it cannot be escaped, even by people who assign themselves the role of rallying drummers against ''liberalism'' or ''modernity'' and who hold themselves out to their would-be followers as paladins of the 'right wing'. The reasons for this are myriad, and in many respects the question is too complicated for ordinary men, such as myself, to properly understand, appreciate, and ultimately extricate from their own prejudices. However, ordinary people can discern the existence of an obelisk in the proverbial desert - even if their intimate proximity to it precludes the observation of its shape, depth, and totality from a full vantage point.
The German Jewish conservative thinker, Paul Gottfried, a man in the tradition of Karl Lowith and Leo Strauss in many respects, discerned history and historical values as a process characterized essentially by strife - he went as far as to describe the origin and development of political ideas as genetic. He was not referring to ''genetics'' in the naturalist sense, but rather as a course of social and intellectual development that originates through dialectics and cultural (and actual) combat - by which irreconcilable passions, beliefs, ways of life, morals, commitments and ideas through the bearers of these ideas set about to destroy one another in order to guarantee the pre-eminence of the principles that animate them to action. The end result of this process, absent the total victory of one side over the other, being the synthesis of what was once absolute antagonisms into a permanent stasis of compromise.
For our purposes, briefly and incompletely explained, the great spiritual crisis of the modern age is remote. We only experienced the very end of the last great ideological struggle of human societies in terms of a dull awareness of a possible apocolyptic scenario between ''freedom'' and authoritarian socialism - which did not directly influence our development or early lives other than in a vague and penumbric way. The world we were born into and all of its social, political, and cultural institutions accepted zealously the truth of the Enlightenment perspective and its new theologies about the sovereign dominion of the idiosyncracies of individual men, their peculiar psychological tastes and preferences, their personal aspirations; this perspective valorized hedonistic interests and supplanted higher values with personal preferences and the desire to experience pleasure in mortal life - eschewed of any metaphysical significance save for a restrictive caveat that no man's impulses should interfere with the expression of another man's exploration and ultimate fulfillment of his own analagous impulses.
The great Joseph De Maistre, a hero of the White, Western races, diagnosed the origin of this revolt against God, authority, and racial patriotism in his brilliant critiques of the philosophes - in the course of which he identified the source of diseased modernist thinking. Beginning with Bacon, the culture distortion of the new ''philosophers'' couched itself in the cloak of reason. It presented itself as benign and noble; it deceived men completely with the promise of telluric utopia and salvation on Earth, as the standard bearers of Lucifer, infected with the hubris offered by the fallen prince/enemy of God as they always are. The Devil's minions, raising the banner of the ''new theology'' premised their revolutionary political ideas on the psychology of man, on contractual relationships between monadic individual men, which they purported could be developed and implemented independent of any study of society as it existed or any that had existed. Their model of human life, social and political, was thus entirely irrelevant to man - and was in fact entirely hostile to man and life. It was a miasma of ideal models, premised on a rudderless 'morality' - that was entirely divorced form actual human life.
Through this malevolent subversion, society - along with the concomitant belief in God - became a mere artifact of the individual, framed by his personal hubris and baser desires. This belief was most fully expressed in the Satanic terror of the Jacobin era; during which political theory and morality was dominated by the idea of a 'social contract' and of 'human rights' held by individual men completely independently of the government and society. No mode of authority, of habit, of tradition, of order was safe from the punitive scrutiny of the purportedly sovereign individual, who was enshrined with the God-like power to shatter the natural order if it did not suit his personal tastes and preferences. As De Maistre adroitly explained, ''[The Philosophers] detest without exception every distinction they do not enjoy; they find fault in every authority; they hate everything above them...[they could agree upon only one thing] the fury of destruction''. But in their rage, they would not, and could not, conceive of how to re-establish order and dominion over the destroyed Earth that they had burned to ashes.
Natural justice accrued, of course, when the Jacobins, unwilling to accept the Fall of Man as rendering humans worthy of punishment, suffered the fruits of their Satanic revolt against the natural order in an orgy of bloodletting and rapine. Pure ''reason'' was proved once again to be an impossible basis for political life. Reason is not Man's essence. As De Maiste, echoing Edmund Burke, pointed out, ''Art is man's nature'' - including, but not limited too, the beautiful and agonistic tension between hatred and love.