Death of the West
By John Franzen
Pat Buchanan follows up his last two major books, “The Great Betrayal” and “A Republic, Not an Empire” with a new thriller that stands on its own merits as a warning to those wishing to preserve the country. In the next installment of his adept and timely critique of the decline of the culture, he discusses the loss of the morality in the West and tears apart the new multiculturalism that divides the Nation like never before. From a loss of religion, to desensitized values on human life and the purpose of living, he predicts in the year 2002 a time not far off in which the country will be torn apart by the very devices it nourished. These same devices nourish the death of the European peoples who created the world we know in the West. What has replaced the traditional culture, you may well see for yourself, and it is thanks to Buchanan’s tireless research that we have examples of how we got to where we are.
A major theme throughout the book is the death of Christianity, which has been the bedrock of Western civilization since the time it overtook paganism as the European religion. It is not a new concept that without a set of values for the masses they will collapse into anarchy, but it is most certainly modern in the sense that before the twentieth century there was no concern that religion and spirituality could be replaced by nothing. Nietzsche, who is quoted at least once in the book, said it himself that although “Gott ist tott”, a new set of values must be founded or humanity would risk falling into nihilism. The risk of that sort of collapse of values is very real today. The brave new world we find ourselves in cherishes nothing of tradition and spectators from every walk of life watch as values that have held humanity together for centuries are being trivialized and dismissed.
If you wish to control the culture, simply infiltrate the media, universities, publications, and all other forms of mass media. That is essentially the creed with which Marxism sought it’s long march through the institutions of the West to destroy its culture and tie it to their global revolution. When they saw that they could not take Europe by arms, this is what they did, and it is the story of the collapse of morality where Christianity took its greatest hold. It was not always in this explicit socialism that the cultural revolution took form. It was a democratic socialism, under the guise of human rights in many cases, but Buchanan cites the 1970’s “Humanist Manifesto” as evidence that the new revolution was Marxism in disguise. The goal of this Marxism was simple, destroy the traditional barriers of society and erect a new morality. And so the long march began.
Buchanan talks of the counter-culture in the 60’s and the precarious balance of power that Vietnam, the civil rights movement, the drug culture, and other events in this time upset. When citizens no longer wished to do as the government said, the government capitulated and gave them a larger speaking voice. When parishioners no longer wished to submit to the morality of the church, the church capitulated and redefined the morality that had guided Christianity for centuries. Noble gestures in their time, or so it seemed, they opened a Pandora’s box that would decimate traditional culture, not strengthen it, divide the morality of the people, and give loyalty over to oneself and ones needs. The rule set by these changes was that all tradition was fair game, and an accusation of bad character could cause capitulation on any social, political, or cultural matter.
For example, see Buchanan’s 2012 discussion of the Nixon campaigns battle with the liberal media.
Fastforward to the present, where decades of cultural battle have left the face of traditionalism hollow. Meantime, the goals of utopia envisioned have fallen far short as the seeds of destruction take root. A toxic political environment has overcome all opposition, and is death to progress. Pastors in churches, wishing to seem cool, have rejected traditionalism in favor of populism. Ironically, and perhaps not so surprisingly, church attendance is in a deadfall. A standout line from the book comments on the acceptance of the morality of homosexuality, which was once known as the love which dare not speak its name, and how it has become “the love that won’t shut up”(Buchanan throws in humor and anecdotes which will make you laugh from time to time, we all know what he‘s talking about here). Politicians are now trapped in the grip of political correctness, a vortex in which nothing of substance is accomplished, except under the guise of giving something valuable to “the people who desperately need it“. And some people believe that because of the new culture. But others, while unable to escape from the riptide, watch with interest the racket which is being built up around a narcissistic elite. Christianity is dying, and the West is dying along with it.
The Western peoples, Europeans, have little reason to reproduce or live when the culture tells them to enjoy materialism and live in the moment. In fact birthrates in the developed Nations which have come to this conclusion have plummeted. The West will be a relic at the current birthrate. And the same elites who have endorsed the watering-down of the culture see third world immigration as the cure. These same people brought you globalization, which erodes the Nation-State. Is it any surprise how intricately tied together the facets of the Western downfall are? Japan, who is known for its competitiveness and homogenous population, suffers the same fate; the developing world is threatening to tear apart the foundations the West and Japan have built the modern world upon. The death of the culture has preceded the death of the people.
Does the West have the will to survive the death of the soul? That is the question at the center of Buchanan’s book. For one, he believes that the loss of Christianity is a great blow to the will to survive. It has introduced unbridled birth control, abortion, women working out of the home, and childless couples. The declining birthrate cannot be stopped, “except for by a miracle, or a sudden desire for Western women to have the same sized families as their grandmothers.” Second, the political and cultural elites in this country reject the survival of the West. They are more concerned about power and competition in the Great Racket(My term) than the people. When Bill Clinton told an audience of majority white college students that their people, who had built this country, would be a minority by 2050, they clapped. This suicidal attitude of the Western peoples stems directly from the New American Culture.
In one of the greatest lines ever written by Buchanan, he describes the death of morality as a “cessation of the heart”. For anyone who questions the hollowness of today’s cult of equality, this will ring hauntingly. In the face of the Death of the West, what can we do?
Buchanan has spent the ten years since the publication of Death of the West warning Americans to change direction before it was too late. From hubris, greed, and ideology, to unbridled immigration, America has taken every step in the right direction to prove it is no longer one Nation. It has not listened to Buchanan, nor has it yet fully awakened to the corruption of the government that oversees the collapse.
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