Libertarians resemble at times the old British Empire. They harp on economic issues such as fractional reserve banking, which no matter how legitimate these complaints might be, they miss the political mark entirely. The British granted the American colonists scores of concessions and were then flabbergasted when the Americans demanded more. They would later make the same mistake with the Irish: the British regularly overestimated the importance of economic issues and neglected identitarian issues. Libertarians will likewise have to learn that the tribe is stronger than the purse.
Here is my latest article, a critique of Oscar Wilde’s political and aesthetic philosophy. You can find it at Thermidor Magazine.
Empathy is not a virtue; it is a reflex as mundane as belching or napping lazily after a big meal. It is championed in societies that have lost touch with virtue and is, therefore, one of the unmistakable signs of decadence. In my mind, there can be no virtue without discernment. It is discernment that helps a man decide which instinct he should follow, which reflex he should ignore, and which he should embrace. The instincts themselves are not nearly as important as the mind that presides over them.
Ideals alone are too fragile to sustain a nation. No matter how lofty they might seem in one era, they are subject to the whims of fashion and are hostages to their interpreters. Far superior is the ethnostate, a state that exists solely to protect the interests of its people. It is rooted in the bedrock of biology, a genetic connection shared by one person with another, and from one generation to the next. We need not squabble over what equality means, or how it applies to all men, when we have the inescapable bond of blood to unite us.
America is descending back into a war of “all against all,” due to authority that has been too deeply diluted in the Washington swamp. We are witnessing the approach of anarchy. The Leviathan is no longer a king sitting on top of a smooth political pyramid whose own self-interest dictates that the people be rich and vigorous so that his kingdom can be rich and vigorous. Rather, the U.S. government has become a patchwork of oligarchical cooperation where each committee, each department, each politician is linked in chains of obligation to many specialized interests that do not include the American people. The Leviathan is now a many-headed Hydra. Terrorists, illegals, petty thieves, murderers, pimps, Marxists, rapists and every sort of scoundrel one can imagine has been marching into the United States unopposed. Some have even been invited in as refugees. Hobbes’s notion of the social contract is quite clear: people submit to the state under the condition that it protects them. The United States government is not fulfilling its part of the contract; it is not protecting its citizens. Why, then, do we owe our loyalty to it?
Heritage is sifting through stacks of dusty photos to find that your nose is amusingly similar to your great-granduncle’s before he enlisted. On the back of the photo you find a joke your grandmother had written in a loopy cursive script. You realize then that you had never seen her handwriting before and you certainly never thought her capable of humor. Heritage is not a set of intangible ideas; it is the living continuity of one generation with another through the bonds of blood. It is life itself. Just as with families, a nation is only as great as its heritage, and a heritage is only as great as its people.
I am sure that by now everyone has heard of James Damore, short of maybe a few grandmothers in nursing homes or an infant or two fresh from the womb. We have read for days about the memo he wrote at Google and his subsequent firing for code of conduct violations contained within the memo. To right-wingers in general and to reactionaries in particular, this memo was neither very objectionable nor was it very crude or edgy. Most of us would rather have seen a scathing, fire-and-brimstone indictment of Silicon Valley’s notions of equality. Instead, we have had to settle for a few simple statements of common sense.
The crux of his memo is easy enough to grasp: there are not as many women working in technology because women are not as interested in technology as men. Men and women are different. Boys like to build bridges and then knock them over when they play war. Girls like to wear jewelry and they feel good when they feel pretty. Those of us who live on planet Earth find Damore’s thesis to be as simple and straightforward as the motion of the sun across the sky or the rising of the tides. But, as the saying goes, common sense is not so common.
In Silicon Valley it is much more fashionable to pretend that the moon and the sun are no different from one another, that day and night are just moods, and that male and female are the same thing merely separated by societal conditioning. I am sure Google has some very illuminating ideas to help explain the difference in the hard-coded X and Y chromosome configurations that determine whether a person is male or female, but no matter how polished the words, no matter how tortuous the logic, nothing can change the biological fact that there is male and there is female and between these two extremes is a chasm of differences.
The intriguing part of this whole affair is not so much the content of Damore’s memo, but the lawsuit he is bringing against Google for his sudden termination. On the one hand, in an ideal world where we are all good little classical liberals, and we all live in a thoroughly free society, I would support Google’s right to fire whomever it wants, for any reason that it wants. After all, if I support the right of a Christian bakery to refuse to bake cakes for gay clients, then I should, for the sake of logical consistency, support Google’s right to hire or fire whomever it pleases.
The problem, however, is that we do not live in an ideal classical liberal society. The United States turned off of that dusty road quite a long time ago. The government intervenes and with the full force of the law gets to tell that Christian bakery that the humble cross-bearers who own it must bake rainbow cakes. With this situation in mind, I have to concede that we live in a society where identity politics rules the roost. In this kind of competition there is no sense in being fair to one’s enemies since it will only cede more power to them in the long run.
Therefore, for the sake of all of us on the right, I hope Damore goes ahead with his lawsuit. I hope that he sues Google for all they are worth and scores a smashing broadside for those of us who still have some common sense.