Getting some unexpected clicks from CH. This was not written with you in mind as the audience, and I am in no way a professional blogger. If you’re coming from over there you’ll probably prefer the practical applications, which are less crazy-sounding:
I’m calling it. In 2014, the year of our Lord, people are splitting into sides and whipping themselves into a lather for the big one. I only wish I could predict how long we have.
I wish I could organize my thoughts on the matter and actually make my case to you. It’s happening too fast, and here I’d thought we had a couple of decades. Maybe a couple of years instead, five or so? I know, I know, you look outside and see the same old weather.
Here’s why I’m calling it: War is a phenomenon that exists primarily in the minds of its primary agents. This is particularly true for ideological wars. It starts when both sides take up arms and ends when the winners put them down (or the two sides call a truce, but have you ever heard of such a thing in real life?).
Most people are not primary agents. We are swept away by currents we can never understand or hope to reverse.
In my voodoo parapsychological way, I can see the locker room preparations: Coaches and team captains are warming up their subordinates with speeches and chants. The snowball, the wave, the supercycle has crossed some point of no return.
The fascists in the Neanderhall, of which there are surprisingly many (fool that I am, I wasn’t paying adequate attention to posting rates), are discussing ideological suppression and plans for practical action. The leftists are becoming increasingly bold, perhaps going so far as knocking the Chateau off the internet. Publishers and authors, unable to coexist or even do commerce, have begun to break off into separate nations (see the blogs of Vox’s outstanding authors for that). Yeah, that’s the right word for it. Breaking into separate nations.
Roissy has made some noise about firing the rogue WordPress employee- John C. Wright said I’m supposed to remind you of Duck Dynasty, but that only happened a month ago anyway. Like I said, bolder.
Why must it come to excessive violence? It is the simple nature of nihilism. What we call leftism in modern America is nihilism with a coat of paint that’s all but chipped away. Dissent is not allowed in that ideology. Be a nihilist or be annihilated.
And with that said, there are only Christians and nihilists in the end. Fascism, conservatism, libertarianism, progressivism, pantheism- all gradations of the same thing. This world must one day end. No earthly ideology denies this. They rely on our short-sighted insistence to build up treasures on earth.