Why have our efforts come to naught?
Why is the Black Lives Matter movement which burned the American flag and the Bible last night in Portland the most popular and celebrated social movement of our times?
The answer is an elite consensus. Black Lives Matter and Antifa are officially backed and sponsored by established progressive elites. Conservative elites, however, do not back and sponsor our movement because of consensus antiracism. The post-World War II era in every Western country was fundamentally built on the repression of “racism,” “nationalism,” “fascism” and “totalitarianism.”
As I have thought more about it, I have become increasingly convinced that this elite consensus was formed in the 1940s during World War II. This consensus was that the postwar world would be built on liberalism, antiracism, cosmopolitanism and modernism. In particular, antiracism or a sense of self loathing, loss of confidence or disenchantment with our civilization became the fundamental driving idea of the epoch that followed and which began in 1945. It was a reaction to the excesses of the previous Romantic age that had culminated in the World Wars of the 20th century. In much the same way, the Enlightenment had been a reaction to the Reformation and the Wars of Religion and the Romantic era had been a reaction to the Enlightenment and the Wars of Revolution.`
The Zeitgeist dominates large chapters of Western history. It plays itself out in every aspect of society which it reshapes in its image: religion, philosophy, politics and ethics, art, literature and music, science and public monuments. Eventually, however, usually somewhere between 80 and 130 years into each age, the elite consensus of every age ossifies and becomes decadent, the strain of old ideas grows and society begins to crack, extremism rises and the order combusts into violence. In our own times, we can see this happening with Antifa and Black Lives Matter, which are cheered on by established elites because they are a crude crystallization of liberalism, antiracism, cosmopolitanism and modernism.
There are always independent minded dissenters in every era who stand outside the elite consensus which gives them a unique perspective on it. They can perceive the slow moving catastrophe as it builds momentum. For this reason, they are disliked and repressed as a menace to society. Catastrophe is never averted and each time it happens it grows out of a decadent elite consensus. Therefore, we can predict that the post-World War II era will combust and end in a similar civilization wide catastrophe between the 2020s and 2050s. The outcome will reset the West through the rest of the 21st century.
Note: If I am wrong, then I will know by the time I am 70 years old.