Last night, I found myself searching for something to write about.
The previous week had seen a lot of animosity and fingerpointing in the comments over a few controversial subjects. I thought I would find some unrelated story to write about that would change the tone.
Sometimes it is better to keep your thoughts to yourself. I have a tendency to follow my own logic to vast sweeping conclusions. After a few days of reflection, I will usually arrive at a more moderate position.
Gregory Hood is familiar with my (often hilarious) thought processes and knows first hand how this works. Everyone has seen the “Hitler finds out” parodies from The Downfall. That’s nothing compared to my rants at OD Headquarters.
Lately, the dominating thought on my mind has been intellectuals and their role in the White Nationalist movement. I’ve been rubbed the wrong way by them. My raw Alabama sarcasm has been coming to the fore.
A few examples:
Show me the god damn book that will motivate them to talk to their next door neighbor! I will buy the damn book and send it to them right now!
Reading this effete horse shit makes me want buy a six pack, get in the nearest Ford F150, and go ride dirt roads.
Illiterates could build a nation. Without reading a single book, they came to America, survived in the wilderness, wiped out the Indians, built the towns, won the important wars. We need a master treatise to build an organization?
I’m still jaded on the intellectuals.
From 2001 to 2005, I read most of their favorites, Nietzsche, Spengler, Yockey, Heidegger, Schmitt. I read Plato, Locke, Mill, Hobbes, Aristotle, Epicurus, Foucault, Marx, Hitler, Lenin. I even read Baudrillard, Lyotard, and Derrida.
I didn’t find any of the answers that I was searching for at the time.
A History Lesson
Ultimately, I realized that White racial consciousness never emerged from the European intellectual tradition. It grew out of the New World colonial experience. When Englishmen started to live among Indians and negroes, “whiteness” became a badge of ethnic identity.
The “justification” that I scoured the Auburn library looking for in the texts of European philosophers wasn’t there. The real justification for White racial consciousness was that it was a practical adaptation to living in North America.
Colonists who thought of themselves as White men were less likely to run away and join the Indians. Englishmen, Irishmen, Huguenots, Germans, and Dutchmen could rally around “whiteness” and merge into a stronger people. While an Indian or Negro could convert to Christianity, he could never become a White man.
Whiteness united plantation owners with indentured servants, gentlemen with workers, Protestants with Catholics, Englishmen and Irishmen, etc. It was the glue that prevented other centrifugal forces like religion, ethnicity, and class from ripping apart the colonies. Whiteness made sense because it worked.
An ascending White race could seize land from the Indians and enslave blacks and build successful colonies. Racially conscious White Englishmen were less likely to breed with Indians, more likely to successfully transplant European civilization into North America. It was a barrier that prevented amalgamation.
The Indians went the other route. They continued to think in tribal terms. This was one of the major factors that led to their destruction. Whites often pitted Indian tribes against each other. In the American Revolution, Indians fought Indians on the side of Washington or Cornwallis, and eventually all Indian tribes lost to the race conscious White American settlers.
The value of “whiteness” grew out of the collective experience of ordinary men trying to survive in an alien environment while surrounded by hostile tribes. It was not a revelation about the nature of reality derived from the writings of any philosopher.
That’s still the justification for White Nationalism in our own times. If we want to survive in North America as a distinct and successful people, as Americans, it makes sense to think of ourselves as Whites.
If we don’t start thinking of ourselves as Whites again, Americans will disappear and be replaced by stronger, more self assertive peoples.
The Value of Intellectshuals
Of course the reason that I know all of this because I myself enjoy reading as much as any intellectual. I’ve been labeled a “pseudo-intellectual” for years. By temperament, I enjoy reading and analyzing ideas. In terms of material possessions, I own more books than any other item.
I know exactly how easy it is to succumb to the temptation of reading a book, then another book, then another one, and another one. I could go into any decent library and be perfectly content to read for six or seven hours. I just have that personality type.
When I warn against this behavior, I am speaking from personal experience.
You don’t incur any serious costs from reading books, writing about them, and analyzing ideas. Intellectuals often get stuck in this abstract world and exaggerate its importance to reality. If they are searching for an answer to some question or another, they will likely read a book from another intellectual who has a similar worldview.
There is an inverse correlation between thought and action.
If you spend a lot of time reading and enjoying abstract ideas, you are less likely to act in the real world than almost anyone. This is the source of old stereotypes about intellectuals who can’t change a flat tire or find the time to brush their teeth.
Are Intellectuals Worthless?
The short answer: no.
Intellectuals can add value to our society. That’s why eggheads have always existed. Their role is provide clarity and see things in ways that ordinary people would never consider.
The long answer: most of the time.
The intellectual is performing his role when he provides valuable advice and clarity to a given situation. The drawback of intellectuals is that the ability to see clearly also comes with a talent to obfuscate.
With intellectuals, it is always hit or miss, and usually miss: they either hit the bullseye or fire far off the target. In contemporary America, most of our public intellectuals are Jewish, and use their intellect to harm their Gentile host society.
We should take what they have to say with a grain of salt.
Intellectuals as Leaders
Intellectuals do not have the personality type to be effective leaders. The intellectual is never so far off his game as when he talking about action. He lives in a world of abstractions, not the world of the street.
They’re used to thinking, not acting. So in order to act, they presume you need the right idea, not other qualities which they tend to lack. Instead of acting, they always want to think more about it. That enables them to stay in their comfort zone and speak with authority about what they know.
Should intellectuals be kicked in the balls? Probably.
A kick in the groin would remind them that their bodies and balls are just as important as their brains.