On Easily Refuted Nonsense
Of course, we all know that Our Current Lords – who only want what’s best for you and yours, of course – view Christianity with a comprehensive malice. As an additional illustration, I advice you to review the judicial rulings and legislative votes endorsing homosexual marriage – Iowa is a classic, of course, but Canada and New Zealand are worth reviewing as well.
Claims that homosexual marriage is somehow sanctioned in Christianity is, of course, hilarious and delusional, and obviously disproven by the intensely hostile words and attitudes of Our Noble Lords vis-a-vis Christian morality, beliefs, and liberty. (When they don’t hide themselves in bureaucratic bafflegab and doubelspeak.)
Now, while even the dinner talk of Our Loving Masters is far too exalted for prudish mundanes such as you and I, the actual motives of their actions have always been something of a mystery to some. I”m pretty casual about such things, and assume they are motivated by the same desires as all the other Lords and Baals, Fuhrers and Khans and Caesars we have seen come and go: Power and Pleasure. “Just hire some intellectuals at the usual dime-a-dozen rates, and off you go to the races!”
On Conspiracies… and their Failure
Gary North has generally taken seriously the more hidden motives of Our Kindly Beneficiaries, and maybe he’s right to do so. Tying elite goals to conspiracies, he writes:
It means that some people are deeply motivated by the goal of changing humanity by changing the world. They are willing to use political influence to re-shape the world, even when this goal is in opposition to the prevailing democratic majority. This would indicate that the democratic majority is not a reliable guide to shaping policy, because policy will be re-written, re-shaped, and re-organized by hidden groups that possess the real power at the top of the political hierarchy. In other words, a conspiracy theory is inherently anti-democratic.
Democratic theory is the reigning religion of the vast majority of those people who have been trained in the social sciences in higher education institutions. Anything that challenges the ultimate sovereignty of democratic government is regarded as evil. This is why social scientists are willing to follow the money back to the goal of making more money. This way, it is possible to expose the shapers of policy as self-interested people who were opposed to democracy. The critics assume that democratic voters will respond to such exposés. This outlook was basic to the Progressive movement a century ago. It is basic to all liberal reform movements’ official pronouncements.
But what if the special-interest groups are only marginally motivated by money? What if their goal is power, which means the ability to shape what the vast majority of voters want to do, irrespective of their interests? Then democracy is an illusion, merely a convenient tool of deception manipulated by elites. Democracy is a means to elitist power, not an end — just as money is. So, a conspiracy theory undermines people’s faith in the efficacy of democratic government. The high priests of the religion of democracy are appalled. Such ideas undermine the trust of the masses. — Gary North, Conspiracy Theories vs. the Religion of Democracy
He even provides a way to foil these conspiracies:
The best way to overcome a conspiracy is to take away its leverage: political power in defense of the existing distribution of wealth. There is a slogan for this: “You get your hand out of my wallet, and I will get my hand out of your wallet. Let us start with Congress, which has its hands in everyone’s wallet.”
Certainly, he was right about the crumbling foundations (both links Paywalled) the State’s inability to create Hell (Paywall). The ability to create Hell remains an incommunicable attribute of God — much to the fury of Compassionate Ones everywhere.
But heading back to the topic at hand…
Endless Chaos as the Road to Eternal Order
On his website today (Paywall), North addresses a recent article on Anthony Sutton (Read his books!) In the essay Sutton’s Theory of Elite Action, Sutton makes the interesting claim that The Elite are not motivated solely by the love of unfettered power and pleasure (and so, naturally, an uncompromising hatred of God), but a real and substantial belief of Hegelian action:
The elite ascribe to a brand of Hegelianism, where the dialectical process brings about an ideal synthesis out of conflict. Hegel himself had strong statist streaks to his philosophy and approach, and his philosophy could be considered as actualization through contradiction. It bears a striking similarity to the gnostic traditions of chaos bringing about perfection by manifesting opposing forces. As the Enlightenment cults borrowed heavily from Gnosticism, both in their belief in an “enlightened few” and in the universe as self-ascending toward some quasi-divine perfection, it’s fitting that this dialectical process be the mentality of the elite.
Indeed, one could argue that this whole approach is a product of their occult views, instead of merely being adapted to it.
Those who aid this process – who move society toward its final actualization and unity – have a sort of “divine right” to rule by law of nature. This very line of thinking is the inspiration for the Communist Dictatorship of the Proletariat, and their “ends-justify-the-means” thinking for their cause. Sutton again:
“Furthermore, the Illuminati principle that the end justifies the means, a principle that Quigley scores as immoral and used by both The Group and The Order, is rooted in Hegel.”
Moral absolutes, to them, do not exist, except insofar as an action aids the inevitable course of history. To the elites, the inevitable course of history is a final synthesis of all contradicting political ideas: freedom and tyranny, individualism and collectivism, agency and slavery, and so on. It is in their view neither of these things. The final society transcends these things.
What that means in short is simple. If you like any of the things on this list, the elites want them to go away and become merged with their contraries. And this process cannot be theoretical or abstract, no – all of these dialectical philosophers that Sutton mentions, from Hegel to Fichte to Marx to Engels – held that the abstract was meaningless of itself and only the first step in the process. It is the thesis or the abstract, which must be followed by the antithesis or negation, and then from conflict be synthesized or concretized into something greater.
I too am very much inclined to this way of thinking. The operations of the elite are self-interested, but only in the greater sense. They have worked toward consistent goals over timescales that surpass many lifetimes, which is the one thing pure narcissism is incapable of doing. They are selfless in the cause of their own collective selfishness, in a word, which requires some deep belief in the rightness of their cause. Whether the philosophy merely justifies the actions or the actions are driven by the philosophy, I can’t say.
If I had to summarize Sutton’s Theory of Elite Action in a paragraph, I would explain it just so:
The powerful elite families, consisting of bankers, a few powerful businessmen, and second-level politicians, have an end goal of a unified Statist society. They operate through a chain of influence and a number of closed-door organizations to impose their ideas on society by controlling key positions of power. Using the dialectic method of Hegel, Marx, Fichte and Engels, they foment conflict by funding and arming antithetical organizations to create a synthetic unity, as seen in the EU. This process will continue – thesis, antithesis, synthesis – on greater scales until a one world Statist system is established, or they are stopped.
To many this may seem simple and even obvious. But the ideological framework provided by Sutton allows us to understand the actions of the elite with greater precision. I’ve posted this, above all, in hopes of facilitating discussion and opening up a wider, more welcoming umbrella for anti-Statists to gather under. The above has been proposed and extensively researched by Sutton (and others) to the degree that most honest parties should see its truth. If they don’t, I think they must be either ill-informed (and likely new to the cause) or believe our leaders to be spectacularly incompetent.
Our Clever, Clever Masters
Actually, I’m leaning to the ‘spectacularly (and increasingly) incompetent’ thesis myself. At least, if the goal is to gain eternal wealth, power, and fame for themselves – coupled with Above-the-Law status, as usual – they are far less intelligent, thoughtful, and far-sighted than the Roman emperors or the Chinese ruling classes.
After all, you can’t dominate the world with a declining and aging population, a failing economy, an increasingly disrespected culture & political system, or a pronounced inability to win wars.
So in my eyes, The Establishment are not a group of clever Hegelian Statists. Their State-adoring credentials are unquestionable, of course, but their use of power is simply disorganized and driven by the ever-shifting, short-term need to Look Tough (and bedrock anti-Christian hostility, as always), without concern for the future.
The Elite’s far more powerful and sophisticated forefathers destroyed European dominance forever in the German Wars, and now the pathetic heirs (with their increasingly bankrupted American cousins) play their games of decadence, biding their time until the welfare state grinds down to a halt.