I know these times are dark, but I firmly believe that our best days still lie ahead. If we come together as one America, there’s nothing that we can’t accomplish.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) June 27, 2020
Progress is possible. pic.twitter.com/wvw97zNd9j— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) June 26, 2020
Here’s what the US Embassy in Seoul looks like these days: pic.twitter.com/AbdZMvpSLI— William Gallo (@GalloVOA) June 15, 2020
After reading Colin Woodard’s new book Union and listening to the various interviews he is doing about the need for a national story to ground a revitalized vision of American civic nationalism, I decided to reread George Fitzhugh who disagreed with him on every point.
Fitzhugh has never been more relevant than in our present age:
“We have not a solitary example in all of history to countenance the theories of our ancestors, that a people may be moral, or that government can exist where religion is not in some form or degree recognized by law. What latitude shall be allowed to men in the exercise and practice of religion, is a question for the people to determine when the occasion requires it. It is best not to lay down abstract principles to guide us in advance. Of all the applications of philosophy none have failed so signally as when it has been tried in matters of government. Philosophy will blow up any government that is founded on it. Religion, on the other hand, will sustain the governments that rest upon it. The French build governments on a priori doctrines of philosophy which explode as fast as built. The English gradually and experimentally form institutions, watch their operation, and deduce general laws from those operations.
That kind of philosophy, which neither attempts to create nor account for, is admissible and useful. An extensive knowledge of the history of the various moral philosophies that have succeeded each other in the world, is useful, but only useful because it warns us to avoid all philosophy in the practical affairs of life. If we would have our people moral, and our institutions permanent, we should gradually repudiate our political abstractions and adopt religious truths in their stead.
It is an unpopular theme to deny human progress and human improvement. We flatter ourselves that we are more enlightened as well as more moral than the ancients, yet we imitate them in all save the mechanic arts. …
Divest us of our Christian morality, and leave us to our moral philosophy, and we might dread the comparison with any era of the past. We have but one moral code, and that a selfish one; the ancients always had two, one of which was elevated, self-denying and unselfish. …
Now explore all the secrets of human hearts, all the recesses of history, and it will be found that religion is as much a matter of consciousness and involuntary belief as free agency or self existence. It is a stubborn fact in human nature. Statesmen cannot ignore its existence, and must provide for its exercise and enjoyment, else their institutions will vanish like chaff before the wind.”
Religion has come flooding back.
We are witnessing the rollout of a new progressive state religion – wokeness or anti-whiteness in race and LGBTQ in culture – that is a total repudiation of White Christian America. This new faith is being institutionalized as all the monuments of the previous regime are being torn down.
The definition of “progress” is a perpetual social revolution that is guided toward the end of turning the old world upside down: the slaves become masters and the masters become slaves, blacks are exalted and Whites are debased, homosexuality is celebrated as the mainstream culture and Christianity is rolled back, ugliness becomes the new ideal of beauty, truth is despised and lies are enthroned, evil becomes good and good becomes evil, women become men and men become women, the criminal is glorified and the police officer is hated who kneels before them and surrenders his authority, and so on. It is a purely negative view of the world that is ultimately based on the rejection of God and Nature.
Liberalism itself is going through the same transition. Free speech is being rejected in favor of limiting hate speech. Reason is being rejected in favor of emotional hysteria. Debate is being rejected in favor of dogma and intimidation by mobs. Violence has become non-violence. Tolerance has become bigotry. Equality has become inequality. Freedom is becoming tyranny. Justice has become injustice. Individual rights is becoming racial duties. Moral neutrality has become moral certitude. Whatever this “successor ideology” to liberalism is called, it lacks every single one of its virtues.
This project of basing America on nothing more than liberal ideology has failed. It has betrayed itself and no longer accurately describes the world. Why should we be bound by it?