This dreadful linguistic error is something I have been guilty of committing numerous times in previous articles, to the peril of both myself and my readers. In this article I will begin work towards correcting this error.
My thanks to Graaaaaagh and several others who have helped me see the light on this matter.
With language one is using agreed-upon patterns of sounds and/or symbols as a means to catalog, understand the world. When one communicates to another, these cataloged idea or ideas are transmitted to another with the expectation, the belief that the audience will receive the message intended. In this we recognize that language is a vehicle for standardization.
However, there also exists infinite room for divergence, as any sound can come to have different ideas attached to it. While this flux or evolution is to some degree expected over time and across a diverse world, it must also be taken cautiously. Even the most subtle of difference in interpretation can lead to misunderstanding, dissonance, and schism. See: Filioque.
Language and its communication are of special import when it comes to the matter of our opposition. If we do not agree what our enemy is, our movement will be aborted before it can even begin. Similarly, if a linguistic sleight-of-hand results in the promulgation of symbolism and thinking that ultimately help the cause of our enemy, our outlook is bleak.
Which brings me to the crux of my argument: contra Moldbug, the Cathedral represents a concept that is not, should not be seen as our enemy. Derived from “Cathedra,” meaning the teacher’s chair, the Cathedral is a symbol of cultural unity and religious authority that can be traced from the Old Law in Judea, through the Middle Ages to its admittedly withered form today. Far from being a menacing symbol, the Cathedral represents Western history, culture, even reflecting its enervation today.
Simply put, the Cathedral is an indelible part of Western Man. You wish to call your enemy The Cathedral? You may as well be fighting yourself in a bathroom.
Now, I will concede that in this modern world it is hard to find any initial connection with the ideal Moldbug wishes for us to hate. “The Cathedral” as an improvement upon pagan barbarism, as a civilizing force on humanity, is something we as westerners have for the most part lost. They say every month is supposed to be “White History Month,” yet I had to learn the majority of my racial history on my own.
Most would agree that this loss of identity has been by design, a deal whereby we traded our an identity for Duck Dynasty shirts and half-filled bags of potato chips. Miserable because free, and all that.
Recognizing all of this, I consider Moldbug and find myself asking: how will the West profit by further deconstructing, denigrating ideals of our past? Isn’t such denigration how this world got here in the first place? Aren’t we supposed to be here because we believe the present has not been an improvement upon the past?
Last I checked, to be a “reactionary” is to seek the status quo ante in society. Reading UR’s wall-texts on Formalism and the Joint-Stock governance, I come away with one burning question: what kind of reactionary “previous state” will emerge if one simply seeks to promote an economic status of the past, in lieu of its cultural?
Personally, I am boggled to read that Moldbug purports to have read Carlyle; George Fitzhugh walked away with a radically different ideal from his Latter-Day Pamphlets. Moldbug may claim to support slavery, but Fitzhugh presents a more noble explanation for such an institution than one whereby humanity simply takes care of some loose strands of human DNA.
Honestly, if you seek to remove the human element from your social ideal, you’re better off sticking with the Democrats. (That’s a condemnation as applicable to the Miseans as the Moldbuggians.)
There exist things we should hold higher than economic transactions; the Cathedral is one of them. The Cathedral is an ideal, a history that has been tarnished from years of easy, meaningless living. The Cathedral is a piece of our identity that will continue to evade us if we listen to those who seek to conflate its noble purpose then with the actions of a secular elite promoting the abomination of desolation now.
Henceforth, I will refer to the liberal powers-that-be as “The Synagogue Of Satan,” or simply: The Synagogue.
- Because this term will resonate with those who have read the Apocalypse of St. John.
- Because the historical narrative of cultural subversion in pursuit of profit is a better fit for the demographic who attend a modern synagogue.
- Because it is a direct dig at the fellow who originated this subversive re-appropriation of Western identity in the first place.
Honestly, it doesn’t surprise me to learn that Moldbug, this “reactionary” anti-Cathedralist, isn’t an anti-Semite. It is even less surprising to learn that he argues the matter so disingenuously.
“There are many bad reasons not to be an anti-Semite. For example, anti-Semitism is unfashionable. If you want to be fashionable, don’t be an anti-Semite. Obviously this is not a concern here at UR.
My father is Jewish, at least racially…”
Oy vey, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!