….O Prince of the Heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into Hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.
(Prayer to St. Michael, by Pope Leo XIII)
Some members of the Alt Right are religious, and specifically Christian, and a subset of them believe in the existence of Satan, the devil. They more or less accept the received teaching that “Satan was at first a good angel, made by God: ‘The devil and the other demons were indeed created naturally good by God, but they became evil by their own doing.’” (Catechism of the Catholic Church; extract from section 391)
Many atheists and agnostics consider this teaching to be among the most preposterous religious doctrines, while believers who assent to the teaching seldom consider its implications. Those who believe Satan is real should reflect on the likely consequences of his existence, for if he is as powerful as we have been told, he is certainly affecting us and has shaped the social context within which the Alt Right movement is doing battle.
This article is written from the premise that Satan is real, and it represents only amateur speculation about the devil’s strategy at the global level. After considering the article, it is up to the reader to assess whether many destructive social trends, which seem to make little sense from a secular evolutionary perspective, become readily explicable if seen as the product of supernatural malevolent influence.
The Scope of Satan’s Plans and Activities
If Christian scripture and Church doctrine are to be believed, Satan operates on both an individual and societal--indeed global--level to pursue the eternal destruction of human souls. To achieve this he uses available means to set human wills in opposition to God’s, and he strives to make this state of rebellion permanent. Books have been written on the tension that exists between the concepts of free will and God’s sovereignty, but for the purposes of this essay we can conceive of Satan’s work as a catalyst for exposing our core dispositions towards God, as we choose to either pursue or resist what Satan impels.
Consider the following passages from the Bible and an observation from one of the greatest theologians of the past millennium:
"I will not now speak many things to you, for the prince of this world cometh, and in me he hath not anything." (Jesus Christ, quoted in John 14:30)
“The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved.” (Jesus Christ, quoted in Luke 8:12)
“….And that great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, who seduceth the whole world; and he was cast unto the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.” (St. John, quoted in Revelation 12:7-9)
“Whatever the less discerning theologians may say, the devil, as far as Christian belief is concerned, is a puzzling but real, personal and not merely symbolical presence. He is a powerful reality, the ‘prince of this world,’ as he is called by the New Testament, which continually reminds us of his existence, a baneful superhuman freedom directed against God’s freedom. This is evident if we look realistically at history, with its abyss of ever-new atrocities which cannot be explained by reference to man alone.” (then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, later Pope Benedict XVI, quoted in “The Ratzinger Report”)
Inferences Drawn from Satan’s Tactics for Destroying Individuals
Satan’s intelligence, like that of other angels, exceeds ours, so we cannot expect to understand the entirety of his global strategy, but we should be able to make some reasonable deductions about his plans by scaling-up from what is known of his tactics against individuals. Central to these tactics is the promotion of either despair to prevent a person from seizing the opportunity for repentance and renewal, or pride to deter the person from acknowledging sin in the first place. Presumably Satan manipulates people along these lines by silently implanting suggestions and concepts into their minds, placing the material seamlessly within the stream of the victims’ thoughts.
We should expect Satan to place special emphasis on attempting to manipulate people with influence in governments, multinational organizations, and the media, and any others who can further propagate spiritual poison with ease.
Fr. John Hardon, S.J. wrote:
“….For those who are seriously trying to remain faithful to God, the devil is unbelievably clever in trying to induce them to worry, to be anxious, to be discouraged and despondent, and if possible, even to drive them to despair.”
“…. If these sinners have a little faith to begin with, he will deceive them into thinking there really is no such thing as sin.”
The same tools of destruction--despair, and refusal to acknowledge sin--seem to be fully operative worldwide today.
Our ability to be distracted by our possessions tempts us to ignore ultimate questions about our origin and purpose, and, as described in an earlier article, material abundance provides space for distance from upright living. This situation provides Satan with enhanced opportunities to take advantage of man’s latent inclination to sin. Alienation from revealed religion (i.e., religion that accurately reflects God’s self-disclosure) further reduces prospects for being reminded about the ultimate questions and their answers, and for reforming our lives when we fall short, so we can surmise that Satan actively promotes that alienation in a variety of ways. Here are plausible methods:
Using Islam, itself a possibly Satanic counterfeit of revealed religion, as a vehicle to showcase mind-boggling levels of cruelty and sheer idiocy among ostensibly religious people, and thereby undermining the credibility of all religions.
Fostering naïve scientism and various other sources of doubt about authentic revelation, which lead people to conclude that there is no God, that all life is the product of accident, and that their hopes and aspirations must be confined to the time horizon of their earthly lives.
As then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger once wrote, “The loss of transcendence evokes the flight to utopia. I am convinced that the destruction of transcendence is the actual amputation of human beings from which all other sicknesses flow. Robbed of their real greatness they can only find escape in illusory hopes." Beings who were created to live forever, and whose subconscious desires reflect an aspiration to do so, are, if they lose their faith, spiritually crushed by the prospect of ceasing to exist, and will either try to indulge themselves selfishly before death, follow an ideological substitute for religion, and/or encase themselves in despair and self-loathing from which they believe no God exists to save them.
Other factors make the modern spiritual landscape even more inhospitable. Behavioral norms long recognized as soundly based on human nature and the requirements of a healthy society are now belittled--actually condemned--at every turn. Those who defend pre-Internet morality are isolated, disoriented, and demoralized by popular culture and propaganda-laden media; these threaten our very sanity by coercing us to contradict the clear testimony of observable reality.
In theory, evolution would have long ago weeded-out tendencies toward, and accord with practitioners of, deformations in sexuality that sabotage reproductive potential. Yet in today’s society these “alternative lifestyles” are increasingly common, accepted, and promoted. Consider the following newly-acceptable behaviors, the growing embrace of which appears to be at odds with the preservation of biological fitness and competitive advantage:
We are called to deny the truisms, born from anatomical evidence, that man is designed to be one of only two sexes, and that, except for cases of congenital hermaphroditism, one should not attempt to alter the external signature of his sex. Today even children are made victims of these denials.
The horror of abortion, and the in some ways worse scandal of consciences too dead to care whether the practice is wrong. Abortion promotes obduracy among many, and despair among others who sense that it is evil but are keenly aware that it is considered perfectly licit by the society surrounding them.
The spread of licentiousness and self-indulgent living (e.g., sexual promiscuity, infidelity, and pornography; proliferation and legalization of drugs; and neglect of responsibilities toward society), which smother virtue.
In parallel we observe the onslaught of crime, terrorist activities, and the erosion of public order caused by uncontrolled--but mysteriously un-resisted--mass immigration, support for which has the potential to induce literally hundreds of millions of people to try to cram themselves into Europe and North America, with the prospect of destroying both regions in the process. This phenomenon leads to an additional injustice, because many migrants are people of good will who flee wars in their home nations. They find themselves in the company of larger numbers of “refugees” whose motivation is strictly economic, and others of far worse character--people who are likely to stimulate reactions from host societies that will eventually punish the good and the bad alike.
Within this context, it becomes impossible to ignore the possibility that the spread of White self-loathing, in the form of denial that our people have the same right to preserve themselves, their nations, and their cultures as other races, is also of Satanic origin. Consider the potential of this phenomenon for inciting chaos leading even to mass slaughter, and in the process eroding the acumen necessary for maintaining all facets civilization--including, for example, the sustainment of ecclesiastical governance in Rome.
What is Our Role?
Insofar as it opposes demonic lines of attack described above, the Alt Right movement will be a force for good. Care must be taken, however, to ensure that this state of opposition persists.
Our own role in this struggle may have eternal significance, so it would be prudent to speculate on the ways Satan could subvert the Alt Right and bend it to his own ends. One of these might be to maneuver us into defending, even foolishly identifying ourselves with, a regime and a man whose cruelty in imposing starvation and other depravity is inexcusable and of no constructive use. We have no need to do so, for we bear no responsibility for crimes against humanity perpetrated by previous generations, and should reject our opponents’ attempts to use them as a bludgeon to silence us.
May the nobility of our cause be preserved, and attract and motivate hundreds of millions of followers.