I will begin with my personal framing of these castes.
First off, I see the leadership of a stable society as being divided between the Brahmin and Optimates.
The Brahmin exist as the priestly elite, the storytellers. There is a reason Moldbug coined “Cathedral” for the modern secular role of media and post-public relations.
In comparison, I see the Optimates as the worldly elite, the generals, governors, and managers. They do not exist to invent, but to apply and refine.
The Brahmin are esoteric: disconnected from the people while ultimately having tremendous impact upon them. The Optimates are pragmatic: deeply connected with the people, dedicated to ordering society through tangible, direct means.
Together, both castes serve the pivotal role in the ordering of a civilization (notice I write “serve.”). In an ordered society, these two castes would combine their abilities to form a dialectic: the abstract ideals of the Brahmin would be negated, worked into a tangible reality through the Optimates to form a social concrete.
Moving on to the common castes:
Vaisya are the universal, middle, the center. In an ordered society, given ideal by the Brahmin and direction by the Optimate, they work to maintain stability. They do so by forming social bulwarks against Untouchables and outside invaders (as well as shit-tests for the Helots). They also serve to provide fertile ground for the emergence of new members for the higher castes, as well as sloughing the degenerate from their ranks.
Helots are conquered people, whether they are aware of this or not. Their purpose is to provide a contained Nietzschean conflict within the society. Historically, the Spartans would ritually declare martial war upon their Helots; our domestic economy and competition for employment would work as a modern analog of this. The Helots ultimately are to be assimilated, blended into the tapestry, to help replenish/grow the size of the Vaisya caste.
Finally we come to the Untouchable castes: Dalit and Antyaja. The former generally come from degraded Helot stock, the latter from Vaisya. Their values are inversions and perversions of the society; the Dalit bastardize both their past culture as well as the culture which houses them, and the Antyaja revel in mutations of cultural norms.
The difference between Helot and Dalit is the difference between Ella Fitzgerald and Nicki Minaj; the difference between Vaisya and Antyaja is the difference between a properly-bred American girl and Honey Boo Boo.
(Side note: It’s painful to me as a racial realist to listen to and appreciate the work of Fitzgerald, Vaughan and others. We sure slacked-off on our burden.)
Understanding the social role of these castes is pivotal in determining placement of figures in our present age. For instance, musicians and actors may be SEEN as Brahmin, but this is not the case (most are typically Vaisya and below). The actual Brahmin in this relationship are the lead advertisers who green-light making these mouthpieces heard in the first place; the promoters/managers are the Optimates.
For another example: medical directors and chief medical officers are the Brahmin/Optimates: the doctors and subservient staff below are responsible, respected, high-paid Vaisya, but Vaisya nonetheless. Such middle management and figureheads serve the elite by being perceived as being the elite; sometimes what is not seen is even more important than what is.
Do not reduce this model to material: degrees and wealth are not the ultimate determinant of one’s caste placement. Ultimately, the power of the elites are measured in human capital.
Now to apply these concepts to form an explanation for our present age.
I disagree with the idea that things today can be boiled down to a simple caste conflict; I would argue that such would be the desirable outcome of a better-run society.
No, I say the problem is deeper and many-fold more significant: a disconnect of the castes both within and without. Atomization, slowly moving towards obliteration of the social fabric.
The reason for our society’s disconnect and entropy is simple: the current Brahmin narrative/religion (Liberalism) has failed; the Optimates simply can not work Liberalism’s conclusions to anything resembling a concrete ideal. From anti-imperialism, to universal suffrage, to decolonization, affirmative action, welfare, none of it leads to a more stable society. From the discovery of this ideological dead-end somewhere in the mid-1900s came stagnation, diversion, and ultimately, inevitably: regress.
While the initial and most easily-noted impact of Liberalism has been the empowerment of the Untouchable castes, another more insidious effect has been the emergence of what I call the shadow castes, inversions of the social strata.
Instead of Brahmin you now have Dhokeba (deceivers), self-serving cult leaders, men apathetic towards the past, present and future. Dhokeba exist only to spread discord amongst people they do not care about.
Instead of Optimates you have the Pessimates (worst man), leaders more interested in self-gain than in social stability. The Pessimates are leaders without ideal, which results in tyrants and parasitic manipulators of both system and man. Typical politician.
Instead of Vaisya you have Vinasa (destruction), a common people more interested in basement-dwelling or predatory consumption than in the world around them. Neckbeards and PUAs, free love and diabetes.
Instead of the Helots you have the Harpaxi (predators), invaders from a land that doesn’t want them. Think: La Raza.
In a society that has degraded into being run by Shadow, the Untouchables are allowed to “integrate” into the society, seen as easy marks and/or barter chips for social gain. The results of such arrangements are all around us.
…And it will continue to get worse and worse until the material can no longer sate the population and cannibalism inevitably follows.
So how can this be fixed?
Ultimately, it can only work from top-down. There cannot be a true paradigm shift until the Brahmin have been reprogrammed, replaced. Bottom-up is not possible here: revolution is meaningless if your revolt is ultimately contained within the framework of the enemy (see: conservatives, libertarians, and socialists).
The primary goal should therefore be to create fertile intellectual ground, suitable for the creation of new Brahmin. While we may differ on some of the particulars, I hope my fellow travelers will come to agree with this point.
Here at The Right Stuff, we shall continue to do our part to help cultivate this ground.