I have been extremely busy the last few days because of some family health issues, helping an aged Viking whose journey to Valhalla is coming closer (he has lived a long, glorious life though, so not an occasion to be sad and nothing of immediate imminence anyway we just found out).
I am glad to be back in the saddle however, and will be dishing out voracious helpings of Preservationist energy in the coming days.
Wisdom And Knowledge
I am a vociferous, emotionally-charged critic of public education in America. By that I don’t mean America specifically, as I doubt its any better in Europe or Canada, but rather every single thing to do with public school.
I hate that the kids are segregated by age.
I hate that it creates an artificial ‘high’ as a result of the massive collection of good-looking hormonal teenagers all thrown together in a ‘tribal’ situation (one of the few facsimiles of ‘tribe’ that exist today).
I hate the teachers, who (with a few exceptions) are invariably individuals who gravitated to teaching either in fear of doing something else they liked better, out of laziness, or out of failure at other things they tried.
I hate that the teachers- being surrounded year after year by youth- almost always end up leading shadow-lives where the majority of their meaning and excitement comes from their students. This is why so many female teachers now have affairs with male students- the artificial ‘high’ of youths thrown together like sardines and establishing hierarchies is “pre-selection” taking to nuclear extremes.
I hate that the kids are indoctrinated into liberalism.
I hate that creativity and passion are un-utterably extinguished in children as a result of the schools.
I hate that it makes children cynical, when naturally children are full of hope, passion, creativity, and earnestness.
What Then Instead?
This obviously brings up the question- what should we do instead? This is relevant to me both on a personal level because my son is four years old and within a couple years will- without a better solution- enter the deadening sausage factory of public education, and is also relevant to me on a meta-cultural level. For when we one day succeed in the reconquest of Europe, and live in modern day Preservationist countries, the question of education will be a crucial opportunity for us, where we can create solutions far better than what exists today, and so boost the greatness of our nation and ensure the strength of our posterity. I read a great passage on TRS earlier this year by Butch Leghorn, where he was reviewing a book that focuses on this question.
Published in 2001, the subtitle of Hart’s book is Toward the Revival of Higher Education. In it, Hart defines a citizen as one who can re-create Western civilization, if necessary. His thesis is that without a thorough knowledge of Western literature (and history), then one cannot re-create Western civilization.
The preface tells the story of a professor of philosophy who influenced Hart. The professor was a veteran of WWI, a soldier in the German army who fought at Verdun. This professor explained to Hart “that history is to a civilization what personal memory is to an individual: an essential part of identity and a source of meaning.” He also conveyed that the goal of education is to create citizens : vessels of a civilization who can re-build it if necessary. I see this as the meaning of Richard Spencer’s zen-like koan : “Become who we are”. We must be the re-creators of Western civilization, and if we are to become who we are again, then we must search our collective civilizational memory of ourselves: our history and literature. Hart’s book is a tour through what he thinks are just some of the essential memories of our civilization.
I think that nails it.
I also think that that is the best way for young people to be educated.
They should be taught to read, taught to take care of themselves, and then allowed to roam free, at least in terms of learning. Innate curiosity will lead them to learn everything they would learn in school and infinitely more besides. I know for me personally I learned more following my passions and curiosities in the evenings then in all the thousands of hours spent in public school during the day combined.
I could write a book on this subject (and may well do so eventually!), but in the meantime I wanted to offer the ten books that I feel could best ‘recreate’ the intellectual framework of European-Preservationism.
To put it another way, if I were to die through some horrible accident, and I wanted to leave ten books to my son that he could read someday to understand why I devoted so much of my time to Europe, and why esteemed men like those who comment here shared my obsession for the subject, and why he must dedicate his life to Europe’s Preservation, these are the ten books I would select.
The Ten Books
The Iliad by Homer – The Iliad is of crucial importance for many reasons. One of the foremost is because it is in many ways a ‘creation myth’ of Europe and the European peoples. It is our earliest known recorded history, and has been re-read and re-told to subsequent generations for thousands of years.
It also shows unequivocally that masculinity, honor, violence, aggression, lust, thumos, and self-sacrifice have been defining features of our species for as long back as we can go.
It is impossible to read The Iliad and not be struck by just how unnatural the landscape of the modern West is, and not to realize the implications once this artificial prosperity falls away and the law of the jungle returns.
The Way Of Men by Jack Donovan – Donovan’s masterpiece is foundational reading for many of the same reasons as the Iliad. It more perfectly and succinctly explains masculinity than any other book that exists. While its lessons and arguments may have been redundant for men from hundreds or thousands of years ago, today they are a giant splash of cold water to the face in terms of the hidden truths they represent.
One’s first exposure to the ideas in The Way Of Men feels like waking up after a long, confusing dream (or nightmare) and finally getting clarity on some of the most basic questions of existence.
Honor: A History by James Bowman – Bowman’s book was a large influence on Donovan’s, and was in turn influenced by the Iliad. It is crucial reading for it bridges the gap and explains very clearly how the ‘honor culture’ of the Iliad was replaced by the ‘victimhood culture’ of today.
Honor: A History also delves into the issue of the generations in sort of a Howe and Strauss type of manner. He talks about how the Baby-Boomer generation was spared many of the same ‘fearsome tests of manhood’ that their parents- the GI Generation or ‘Greatest Generation’ had to go through. Bowman was a liberal who opposed the Vietnam War, and in the book he talks about how in retrospect not going to Vietnam made him feel guilty and unmanly, and characterizes the 1960’s antiwar movement as in some ways having been ‘very convenient’ in that it kept those like him from having to actually go fight like so many men before them in history.
The End Of History And The Last Man by Frances Fukuyama – This was one of the first books published which delved into this shift to ‘victim culture’. Fukuyama gets a bit of a bad wrap today because people mistakenly think he was arguing that it was good that we were becoming ‘men without chests’, but the book is more complicated than that.
I have read it only one or two times, and not for several years, but it represents an excellent analysis of this shift in terms of its connections to technology and economics and the overall evolution of our species.
The lesson I take from The End Of History And The Last Man today is that the end of the twentieth century brought us greater peace than ever before, greater prosperity than ever before, but the unfortunate side effect of emasculation and the demise of thumos.
The question of the twenty-FIRST century will be: “What happens to the SONS of the last men?” (as in, will they continue the trajectory they were born onto, or revolt against it).
The Suicide Of Reason: Radical Islam’s Threat To The West by Lee Harris – Continuing on our way, we arrive at Lee Harris’s extrapolation of Fukuyama to modern Europe.
Harris’s book was excerpted extensively in John Krakauer’s Where Men Win Glory, his biography on Pat Tillman. While I don’t include that book as one of these ten, I wanted to mention it anyway because it was the book that in large measure exposed me to most of the ones heretofore listed and is one of my most beloved books of all time (20+ reads/listens at this point).
The Suicide of Reason: Radical Islam’s Threat To The West correctly shows that the modern liberal West has forgotten the law of the jungle, and is effectively committing suicide through mass-Muslim immigration. My only disagreement with Harris is that while he seems to attribute this to foolishness, and considers liberalism and Islamism contradictory, I feel that they are complementary, as liberalism/cultural-marxism is not about liberal policies like gay rights and feminism because of what they intrinsically, but rather because they represent negations of our inherited values- as does Islamism.
Inside The Jihad by Omar Nasiri – This is another book I have read/listened to 20+ times. Utterly incredible true story of Nasiri’s time as a member of al-Qaeda. Shows very clearly how normal, even impressive men can end up becoming Islamic ‘terrorists’. Nasiri’s story helped build in me massive sympathy for those Muslim men who join ISIS and al-Qaeda, event hough our brainwashed liberal opponents would call me an “Islamophobe”.
Inside The Jihad shows that men have an unquenchable thirst for adventure, glory, brotherhood, and meaning, and that the modern, artificial, anti-male West will never be able to provide those things for them.
The Richest Man In Babylon by George S. Clason – We are obviously shifting gears here but for very good reason. As one educates himself on the modern West, it becomes abundantly clear that there are two classes of people. There are the regular 95% who toil at jobs their whole lives, working hard but never becoming truly wealthy, and the other 5%, who seem to somehow accumulate great wealth.
That has been the case throughout all of history, and The Richest Man In Babylon is a book of stories or parables that demonstrate exactly what the secrets are that allow for that vast accumulation.
This is one of several books that changed my life, along with Rich Dad, Poor Dad and the writings of Dave Ramsey.
Money has been of vast importance in all times and places throughout history, and learning how to harness it and let it work for you is the greatest variable in success and power that exists. Even if one focuses all of their energy on political means, he MUST understand the secrets of wealth creation. As I have said many times before, I think financial literacy and the building of wealth among young native Preservationist Europeans/Occidentals will have a greater impact on the success of Reconquest than anything else I can think of.
Rich Dad, Poor Dad: Conspiracy Of The Rich by Robert Kiyosaki – I mentioned Rich Dad, Poor Dad itself above, but this is a different book from the same series.
While the original book was what changed my life (along with Clason and Ramsey), it is this Kiyosaki book that must have a place upon this list.
The reason is simple. For while as noted above that throughout all of human history those 5% of people who understood wealth creation had more power than the other 95% combined, today it is more like 1% and 99%, perhaps even more.
I have read thousands of pages on finance, investing, and economics each year since I was in my late teens, and I think I only in this last year have fully realized just how deep a disparity exists.
It is truly like something out of a fantasy world, where ‘Wizards’ and ‘Sorcerers’ like Ray Dalio, Warran Buffet, and others make insane amounts of money that- in how unfathomable the method of their creation is to the average individual- might as well be magic.
Truly, for those 1% or .01% of people who have mastered the vast world of global finance, it is really like being a wizard who can conjure money out of thin air.
Furthermore, the entire economy of the West (and the world) today is set up so the top 1% can get richer without the 99% understanding how. This is done through low interest rates- which mean regular people have no way to earn a good return on their savings, through inflation- which steals those savings, and through fractional reserve banking- which allows those who own the banks (hmm…) to make returns that are nearly infinite in scope.
Rich Dad, Poor Dad: Conspiracy Of The Rich outlines exactly how this works, but also approaches it from what I consider to be a healthy perspective.
I don’t think its healthy to become bitter about it at all. Rather, it is an amazing opportunity for us. For we- as exceptionally smart people- are equally capable of becoming this 1%, and I absolutely believe we will. It is a great coup that this knowledge was in many ways passed down among a specific, select, insular population for so long, but now, with the advent of mass communication, there are intelligent individuals all over the world who are able to do the same.
Someday though, when we create our own societies in post-Reconquest Europe, we will make them fair, and noble.
The Lord Of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien – This is the final entry but quite possibly the most important. The Lord Of The Rings is everything. Its importance to who we are literally cannot be overstated in my opinion.
I remember my mom reading it to me as a small child, I read it to my son, and I believe he will read it to his and so on for another thousand generations. It is- to me- our people’s religion, culture, origin story, and template for the future all rolled into one.
I will write more about Tolkien’s creation at some point in in the future, but suffice it to say I believe that which is contained in it flows through all of us. It is a part of our DNA. It is our link to the past, and our ancestors, and our path to a beautiful and glorious future.
Editor’s Note: Feedback from readers is welcome. This post is a bit of a departure from the usual ones with news and updates, but I think subjects such as this are important. If anyone thinks I am leaving something off please let me know!
Someday we will build great libraries in Oslo and Stockholm, as testament to the beauty and knowledge that was almost lost as a result of liberal Baby-Boomer suicidalism and the mass-invasion of the early 2000’s.