The Postwar Consensus

This is an important new book.

I’m probably going to dial it back a bit on covering the news this weekend to finish the book, gather my thoughts and write a review.

The following excerpts come from Rusty Reno’s new book Return of the Strong Gods: Nationalism, Populism and the Future of the West.

“As I headed home from Yale, an important feature of postwar history became clear in my mind: The Cold War concentrated the energies of American liberals and conservatives, however much they differed. The threat of communism provided existential urgency and gave postwar politics a metaphysical density, mostly in the form of patriotic loyalty. Conventional histories treat Vietnam and the 1960s as the crucial moment when that density and loyalty were lost. I do not gainsay the importance of events that dismayed so many during that decade. But it is important to recognize that the priorities outlined by Popper and Hayek—cultural critique and reduction of everything to economic interests—were already at work. They impoverished the political and cultural imagination of postwar elites. It was this weakening that Burnham worried about in the early 1960s when he wrote Suicide of the West.

The West won the Cold War in 1989. This is not something Burnham expected, though I’m sure he would have been thrilled, as all of us were, when the Berlin Wall fell. Little did we know that the West’s release from that life-and-death struggle would expose it to the full force of the postwar consensus and its hostility to the strong gods. Unrestrained by the existential threat of communism, the Western postwar consensus tended toward pure negation, leaving us a utopian dream of politics without transcendence, peace without unity, and justice without virtue.”

We are zeroing in on the same thing here.

The project of deracination which began after World War II in order to forestall the return of “totalitarianism” is only one aspect of it. It wasn’t just “white supremacy” that was dismantled in the two decades between 1945 and 1965. White America itself became morally illegitimate in the postwar era and there were parallels all over the American Empire like denazification in West Germany or Australia where the White Australia policy was systematically dismantled. Since the Second World War, the Western Bloc has essentially been a global liberal empire and what is going on locally like here in the South is happening elsewhere as well.

While things like race and nation and ethnicity are some of the pillars of Western civilization (these things are hardly synonymous with fascism but were treated as such after World War II), the same is true of religion which gave shape to our culture, which is now under sustained assaulted under the liberal order. Sorry, I mean there is an indisputable hollowing out and dismantling of Christianity going on. It is no accident that feminism and gay liberation and multiculturalism and political correctness and gay marriage and transgenderism and polygamy and polyamory und so weiter, are being promoted now because the goal is to further weaken the indigenous population so that it will be less able to resist its displacement by hordes of foreigners. Chick-fil-A is a hated symbol of White Christian heteronormativity. In contrast, this thing called “Judeo-Christianity” was created after World War II and is held in great esteem.

What is the common thread here? Who stands at the center of all these disparate projects to undermine, weaken and dissolve the West? How have we gotten to this place where it is normal and mainstream to bash White people and Christianity all day, every day, but merely the charge of “anti-Semitism” can torpedo your entire career? How did Judaism and Buttmitzvah become sacrosanct in the postwar West, but Christianity and Chick-fil-A become so reviled?

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10 Comments

  1. (((Who))) do you think, Brad? Come on! When someone calls you a racist, say ‘Yeah? so are you’ and move back to the facts of Zionist/Talmudic supremacy, and drive the point home- with a cudgel!

    “The point is clear: History is the elimination of the detail and ambiguity between the two Wills, one to power and the other God’s. The conception of Antichrist being a single person (or an entity that acts like one) is that the dichotomy becomes so sharp and clear that only a single individual can properly manifest it.”

    https://www.rusjournal.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Valentin.pdf

    OR A RACE OF ANTICHRISTS. Same Difference.

    As to ‘enemies,’ the entire façade of Russian interference is both a deflectionary tactic on the part of the Christ-killers away from their OWN COMPLICITY; as well as tapping into this very propaganda America has had against ‘Russians’ …for the last seventy years. As was noted over at RI-

    “First, there was a deep-seated distrust of all things Russian in the west. There was nothing special about the USSR. The US did not “distrust” the USSR for being “Marxist,” it distrusted it for being (superficially) Russian. Second, few, if any, in the United States could define “Bolshevism.” Ideology was not a concern. As always, the only time ideology mattered was when Russia sought to build alliances independent of the US.

    Nationalism, not socialism, was the sole enemy of capital.” (Ibid.)

  2. The second paragraph from the book’s excerpt is very engaging for me And I just got a taste to read and the whole damn thing now.
    Damn, I have to go and buy it.

    This article appears to be a little gem, delving in some deep analysis.
    But not today for me – will come back.

    ” Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven

    Had I the heaven’s embroidered cloths,
    Enwrought with golden and silver light,
    The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
    Of night and light and the half-light;
    I would spread the cloths under your feet:

    But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
    I have spread my dreams under your feet;
    Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

    W. B. Yeats

    HW – great stuff !

  3. “The project of deracination which began after World War II in order to forestall the return of “totalitarianism” is only one aspect of it. It wasn’t just “white supremacy” that was dismantled in the two decades between 1945 and 1965. White America itself became morally illegitimate in the postwar era and there were parallels all over the American Empire like denazification in West Germany or Australia where the White Australia policy was systematically dismantled. Since the Second World War, the Western Bloc has essentially been a global liberal empire and what is going on locally like here in the South is happening elsewhere as well.”

    The majority of Southern whites are not street fighters. They are peaceful and family oriented. One has to admit the greatest strength of the South were the tough vigilante groups who would clean out carpetbaggers and other threats to our society. To recover the South you are going to have to knock out every form of communication (cut cables, block/jam all transmission via airwaves) and have a communication black out and let the vigilante groups clear out all these anti-White, anti-South people. This is a war for our survival and giving the enemy anything but the black flag is suicide. Sorry, to have to state the obvious.

    Other than that, have a good day.

  4. You’re a fool, if you think the First Things crowd (including R.R. Reno) is opposed, in good conscience, to the reigning liberal order. Their real project is yet another cuckservative scam, geared towards Christians of an intellectual bent. Consider yourself forewarned.

  5. The Stranger: From Camus, I read it at age 15 teen!

    Do you notice everything is a (((existentialism criticize of modernism)))

    That Old Testament is a existential statement

    White boys? Is it the end times????????????????????????????????????

  6. “What is the common thread here? Who stands at the center of all these disparate projects to undermine, weaken and dissolve the West? How have we gotten to this place where it is normal and mainstream to bash White people and Christianity all day, every day, but merely the charge of “anti-Semitism” can torpedo your entire career? How did Judaism and Buttmitzvah become sacrosanct in the postwar West, but Christianity and Chick-fil-A become so reviled?”

    There is an answer to this. The Jew Norman Mailer explained the ideology of the postwar left, which has now achieved complete hegemony among the cultural elites, in his essay “The White Negro” in 1957.

    It really does pretty much explain EVERYTHING. Read it.

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