The Sea Change We Didn’t Notice Until Now

English Ships in a Storm

Johan van der Hagen: English Ships in a Storm, 1714. Oil on canvas, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.

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… You know, if you get up in the morning – I want to study our present system by which we are living and what we are facing, especially the younger people, not us poor whiteheads perhaps – if you get up in the morning and head out the door to work, and you find the front gate is gone, and your mail-box is gone, and the lamp-post you used to walk by is gone, you say, “Well, what the –”, I mean “Who has taken away my front gate? Where is the mail-box? And where has the lamp-post gone anyway?” In other words: We are used to small things; we are creatures of localised habits. And we see it immediately, the moment a thing has changed: “Where are my cornflakes?” You know, “Where is that lamp-post?” “What did they do with the mail-box?” But, the other characteristic of our character is – i.e., the other characteristic of our mode of living is – that any vast change, any all-embracing change not immediately affecting our localised habits – our home locale, our community, our job, our friends, our city, our state, our government even – any such sea-change: we don’t notice it, until it becomes an accomplished fact! And then we say, “Oh! That’s what it is!” We don’t notice it because it doesn’t affect us and affect our localised habits. And with very few exceptions, we are creatures of localised habits. Now, the most choking element about a sea-change is that you are helpless when it comes. It’s a fait accompli. It’s done. And you have to live with it. Towards the final stamping of that new change, bit by bit, piece by piece, element by element, you begin to have a queasy feeling that there is something happening you don’t know. You know there is something big affecting everybody, affecting us all, it’s a vast, encompassing change, and then you suddenly – everybody says, “This is the way it is now. This is going to be the way it’s going to be.” And then you’re faced with that fait accompli … (Fr. Malachi Martin: “Global Conflict of Life and Anti-Life Forces”; speech given at a 1991 Human Life International conference.)

O divine art of subtlety and secrecy! Through you we learn to be invisible, through you inaudible; and hence we can hold the enemy’s fate in our hands. (Sun Tzu, The Art of War, Chapter 5: Weak Points and Strong; par. 9)

Let us get down to work, to slower, more cautious, more persevering and persistent work! (Lenin. New Times and Old Mistakes in a New Guise, 1921.)

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We’re nearing the end of a long road, that is to say: the end of a long dead-end road. Over the course of a full century, not only has mankind gone through catastrophes and traumas quite unprecedented in history, both by their nature and scale. There has also been going on, in addition to all the traumatising, a much more subtle (and perfidious) process of a deliberate and systematic reshaping of people’s attitudes, beliefs, and even perceptions. The hearts and minds of whole nations until recently considering themselves free, have for several generations in a row nevertheless been “scientifically” re-conditioned, re-wired, Pavlovian-style, into monstrous caricatures of what they had once been. What is at work is a through-and-through revolutionary force (already controlling more than half of the planet) that’s inspired by gnosticism, equipped with exact strategy, operating by way of stealth as well as using intimidation and brute force, and fiercely determined to smash Christian civilisation (in fact, any civilisation) once and for all.

That force, that fanatical cult – widely known as “communism” (though sailing under a variety of banners) – represents an enemy so formidable and deadly that one might have expected (and wished) the whole of humanity to unite against it, across continents, faiths and races. However, the deceptive nature and the insidious mode of operation of this enemy of mankind makes it infinitely difficult to identify it, in the first place (even to understand its goals), to keep track of it, and to properly and effectively respond to its manifold moves and stratagems. To adequately fight such an enemy, to defend against such a threat, naturally requires the same level of strategic grasp, despite the vast difference in mentality. What’s more, free societies are inevitably open societies and can thus easily be subverted, infiltrated and manipulated. President John F. Kennedy described well the dilemma of such asymmetrical warfare in his legendary April 27, 1961 speech, The President and the Press (given, notoriously, weeks after the failed Bay of Pigs invasion against Fidel Castro’s communist regime in Cuba, to which outcome a number of indiscretions on the part of the American press had considerably contributed):

… Our way of life is under attack. Those who make themselves our enemy are advancing around the globe. The survival of our friends is in danger. And yet no war has been declared, no borders have been crossed by marching troops, no missiles have been fired. If the press is awaiting a declaration of war before it imposes the self-discipline of combat conditions, then I can only say that no war ever posed a greater threat to our security. If you are awaiting a finding of “clear and present danger”, then I can only say that the danger has never been more clear and its presence has never been more imminent. It requires a change in outlook, a change in tactics, a change in missions – by the government, by the people, by every businessman or labour leader, and by every newspaper. For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence, on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations. Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried, not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumour is printed, no secret is revealed. It conducts the Cold War, in short, with a war-time discipline no democracy would ever hope or wish to match. Nevertheless, every democracy recognises the necessary restraints of national security – and the question remains whether those restraints need to be more strictly observed if we are to oppose this kind of attack as well as outright invasion. […] And I hope that every group in America – unions and businessmen and public officials at every level – will ask the same question of their endeavours, and subject their actions to the same exacting test. And should the press of America consider and recommend the voluntary assumption of specific new steps or machinery, I can assure you that we will cooperate whole-heartedly with those recommendations. Perhaps there will be no recommendations. Perhaps there is no answer to the dilemma faced by a free and open society in a cold and secret war … 

A “cold and secret war”, fought with great patience and discipline by an enemy who understands the strategic concept of long-term gradualism: Undermine the bourgeoisie! Wear it out! Change it subtly, bit by bit, from within, until it will indeed beg for communism (or even better: adopt communism unknowingly)!

Our generation of today bears little to no resemblance with earlier generations. It is safe to assume that these ancestors of ours would turn in their graves (possibly they do), could they see what has happened to their countries – to a world, a culture, a civilisation, that they had helped build.

This author, born in the first half of the 1960s, still has experienced, mostly as a child and youth, the final years of an entirely different world (which the revolution of the late sixties and seventies did away with). Everybody of his age, or older, has. So, let’s take a look back on how things were then, and what things are like now.

What first comes to mind is the authority parents, relatives, teachers and even neighbours had over children. One simply didn’t object; or protest; or address adults (let alone complete strangers) on a first-name basis (or even try to argue with them or school them). It was called respect, and obedience, and decent conduct – all of which have been subsumed by the Left under their deadly label of “poisonous pedadgogy”, the real poison properly so called having been their own widely advertised (and widely accepted) “anti-authoritarian education” (the term nicely echoing Frankfurt School member Theodor Adorno’s 1950 book, The Authoritarian Personality).  The irony of it all is that the forces pushing this dismantling of traditional society in the West have been and still are, ultimately, those ultra-authoritarian (nay: ultra-totalitarian) communist regimes (they are still all communist) in Moscow, Beijing and elsewhere throughout the communist world (that never imploded), the rationale being that a one-sided collapse of order and decency in the societies of the West would give predatory world communism a huge advantage in its “struggle” against so-called bourgeois capitalism. And it wasn’t just obedience, that used to be held in high regard, but along with it a kind of humbleness and truly childlike innocence, that have mysteriously disappeared when we look at the present situation. Children then understood and accepted that they didn’t have to be in the centre of everybody’s attention 24/7. They also were made to acknowledge that what adults were talking about was not always comprehensible to the still-developing and imperfect mind of a child. Furthermore, there was no “family parliament” in place, where parents treat their children as if they were grown-ups too, placing an amount of responsibility and decision-making on their children’s shoulders that is entirely inappropriate, as it overwhelms a child’s limited capacity of discernment, let alone prudence. At the time, it was crystal-clear to everyone that as long as children are still children, it’s the parents’ duty and responsibility (and therefore their right) to make decisions on behalf of their children – otherwise, what are adults there for, in the first place (being adults and parents). Today, to exercise parental authority even in a very mild and non-physical manner, might be easily denounced as “abusive”. To say “no” and stick to it, as overly “oppressive”. The disastrous fruits of decades of such ill-advised (and irresponsible) pedagogy, we can see in the young generation of today. Infinitely spoilt, ever-demanding, used to always have their way, they represent a generation of full-scale tyrants (already, in many cases, before they even enter school). Such disobedient, respectless and totally pretentious youth now sadly turns out as ideal cannon-fodder for the revolution. Everything that they’ve ever been granted, they have taken for granted. Their egos are as tall as Mount Everest, never mind that – courtesy of decades of revolutionary education – there isn’t all that much there inside their heads. Minimise knowledge and understanding; maximise brutality and ruthlessness! Our ever-politically-correct parent generations of recent decades have bred a frightening new generation of – dare we say? – monsters!

Aidan Courtright

Among all the (organised) revolutionary burning and looting following the George Floyd incident, there occurred a totally inconceivable act of mindless brutality on June 2, 2020, in Fall River, Massachusetts (the case has gained wide notoriety anyway). 82-year-old Air Force veteran and Trump supporter Charles Chase, standing at a roundabout, holding up a Trump sign and wearing a Trump cap, was approached, out of the blue, and violently attacked by 27-year-old leftist Aidan Courtright, who ripped the elderly man’s cardboard sign apart, knocked the Trump hat off his head, threw him to the ground and mercilessly kicked him so that Mr. Chase had to be treated in hospital. The victim later described the incident thus: “The guy when he came at me, I have never seen a horror story that the face was so filled with hate and anger as his was… I was just frozen.” Everybody would have been! Look at these dreadful eyes (that’s the Fall River police photo), full of cold hatred, despise, and contempt! A Red Samurai who has fully embraced the nihilistic programme of revolutionary destruction. This is the young generation we are looking at today, possibly to a far larger extent than we would like to admit: Beyond control; manifestly inaccessible to any sound argument; to be utterly afraid of. No wonder Mr. Chase told the Boston Herald, “I love this country … But what’s going on makes me want to cry. It’s so sad. I lived in the years of the Cold War and I see what’s happening now … This isn’t the America I served for.” An American patriot, heartbroken (and yet he has resumed his silent political activism, holding up signs, as before, in favour of an America he doesn’t want to see overthrown).

The communist organisers (including the Great Polariser Himself) have indeed done a terrifyingly great job in preparing kids – mind, in the midst of a free society! – for rejecting that same freedom and calling for tyranny. The link between the generations, that used to be the bridge for passing on the traditions of old, seems (for the most part) irreparably broken. Turning the young against the old is a cruel thing to do. But let us remember: Hitler did it. Lenin, Stalin, Mao and the rest of them did it. If you want a revolution to be successful (and to be irreversibly successful), you must drive a wedge between young and old. The inexperienced and gullible youth becomes your following. The older generation, your (and their) target. In such an environment, it is only a small step to fanaticised youngsters reporting (i.e., denouncing) their own parents to the new revolutionary authorities. Where loyalty and gratitude have gone out the window (whether towards one’s family or one’s country), all bets are off. If the family is but an anachronistic form of social organisation, why defend it? Why stand up for Mum and Dad? If your country is but an artificial, meaningless construct, nothing you can ever relate to, why defend it either? Why enlist in its military? Why bother about its history, its constitutional foundation, its accomplishments? You see: The youth of today has been sold a bill of goods that equates to total nihilism. But nature doesn’t accept a vacuum, anywhere. Neither does the human soul. Hence, such nihilism is but the precondition for a new set of “values”, a new “normal”, a radically new state of affairs. Our brainwashed kids running after the Left like crazy won’t understand the lie they’ve sold out to before it’s too late, before they are either dead or cruelly subjected to a new (and ultimate) Stalinism that will then control the whole world. If America falls, the whole world falls – to the men of the Red Star.

But it isn’t just the youth that’s been targeted for recruitment (breaking the bond between parents and children). It’s also been women who have been conditioned to hate men. Their own men. Their fathers, their bridegrooms, their husbands. All of a sudden, being a housewife was seen as degrading. Women should instead realise their full potential (whatever that means), they were told by their “good and caring” sister Betty Friedan. The politicians, media- and business people (most of them men at the time) didn’t quite see through (or simply didn’t care) from what ideological corner that attack had been launched. Friedan was a die-hard communist in an innocent housewife’s clothing, fooling and tricking an entire nation into abandoning its old family ways. Henceforth, “home, sweet home” was an empty home for most of the week. Children were increasingly kept in boarding schools or day care facilities, educated not so much by their own parents any more, but by strangers. While marriages started crumbling. Not just because of the plenty of temptation that a mixed men-women work place brought about. Having now careers and salaries of their own, women soon found out that basically they didn’t need their husbands any longer. They were now independent. They were free. They were, to use the Left’s favourite cliché: liberated! Who were the prime profiteers in all of this? Promiscuous bosses, for sure, but then also divorce attorneys, abortion providers, and – oh yes! – psychotherapists (one might add to the list young attractive men on distant shores willing to sell their special favours to the highest bidder). So, what has feminism given us, all of us, men, women and children alike? A complete and utter mess! But it was mere patriarchal propaganda, wasn’t it, that held that women in the old days were cherished and venerated as queens, while today they are mostly seen as – you get the point. That’s the thing about communism (of which feminism is merely one branch out of many): Whatever it touches, whatever it brings under its control, it makes cheap, interchangeable, and ultimately valueless. If you take personality and meaning out of people’s lives, what remains? A desert. But weren’t wives and mothers (known once as housewives or homemakers) living treasure chests of knowledge and skill, guarantors and arbiters of living tradition? Through them it was that the wisdom and culture of old was passed on to the next generation. What do we have now? Stressed and exhausted career women who would so much love to spend more time with their children (at least, so they say), who on their part spend most of their time with paid social engineers. Where is the glue, the binding element between the family members? It’s gone. Oh yes, let’s not forget the elderly, and we won’t: We visit them in their seniors’ homes a couple of times a year. And isn’t it better for them to live there than in the midst of this rough, ever-faster changing world, where everyone’s far too busy to look after Grandma and Grandpa on top of everything else, anyway?

The assault wasn’t limited – devastating enough! – to turning women and children into complete narcissists. It descended headlong into the demonic when it gave to the world that new hellish paradigm of “sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll”. Why wait for hell in the afterlife when you can have it in the here and now! The softening-up process began “innocuously” with Elvis the Pelvis in the fifties (in fact, earlier than that). The initiation, so to speak, was done by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and dozens of other music groups in the sixties. Until, by the seventies, rock bands had begun to openly praise Satan in concert performances that carried all the hallmarks of Black Masses. What started in 1967 with the famous Summer of Love, was in fact a revolutionary explosion of unlimited promiscuousness and libertinage (“free love”, it was called). Following Timothy Leary’s seductive maxim, “Turn on, Tune in, Drop out!”, young people across America (and the West) decided to turn their backs on civilisation in its entirety and become modern-day Rousseauan savages ready to lose themselves (and their souls, it seemed) in random sexual activity, drug-induced hallucinations and the beautifully disinhibiting power of rock music. Who cares about such petty concerns as making a living any more? Of getting married, starting a family, getting on in life? What counts is the moment (which is why the triad of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll should be extended by a fourth element: New-Age-style Eastern mysticism). Today, God knows what the percentage of Westerners is who believe in reincarnation (a Hindu concept first promoted in the West by Blavatsky’s Theosophical Society), not to think of the ever-growing number of people who simply believe nothing. But nihilism (as in atheistic communism) is a dangerous road to embark on: By not believing in God, one likewise doesn’t believe in anything else, be it family or country or even life itself. Nothing has value, or taste, let alone truth any more (which is why communism, in the final analysis, simply isn’t sustainable on the long run, even if it first destroys the whole planet; its programme simply has nothing to offer except death and destruction and tyranny). The experience of the moment was the new imperative, whatever the cost for body, mind and soul. Such hedonistic thinking has also given us a new way of doing commerce and consumption: People (not just governments) began to finance the expenditures of today with the prospective income of tomorrow. In other words, everybody was now sliding into debt.

The horrifying legacy of the so-called sexual revolution also includes a state of affairs where adolescent girls find no value in preserving their virginity till marriage, but on the contrary can’t wait to get rid of it at the first opportunity, as if it were a stain! Teenage girls, for the last fifty years, have been tricked into becoming whores, and teenage boys into becoming whoremongers (the rap music genre is eloquent proof of this). Who needs courtship any more? Girls just need to be “layed”, and they want it that way, anyway, right? That’s the new state of affairs. Combined with the feminist programme of female careerism and egotism, a general hardening of people’s hearts, and a collapse in religious education, the result has been what? Systematic contraception (as a means of family “planning”) and abortions in the millions. In other words, we’ve adopted a “culture” of death, rather than life. In this overall atmosphere of worthlessness and filth, it is no wonder that tattoos, body piercings, and even worse forms of self-mutilation, have long become mainstream. Think about it: Until sixty years ago, the only people tattoed were (apart from indigenous tribes here and there) sailors, maybe truckers, and certainly criminals. Other than that, nobody had his skin tattoed. Nobody. The revolution also opened up a new pathway into dirty language. Watch a movie from the fifties, and then watch a movie of today! It’s heartbreaking what they have done. There are now movies where you get hardly a sentence without one of these four-letter-words!

Women are no longer women. Men are no longer men. Children are no longer children. In politics, we now have spineless opportunists (and outright traitors) rather than statesmen. In the judiciary, willing accomplices of the revolution. In academia, ideologues who prefer peddling the one or other Great Lie. In journalism and book publishing, well: let’s forget about them. In art, childish clowns. In commerce, people without conscience, who are even willing to sell out their own country as long as it serves them. In finance, witch doctors. In medicine, men and women totally absorbed with their own grandeur. In teaching, social engineers determined to bring about a “new world”. In churches, shameless hypocrites and downright wolves in sheep’s clothing. – While the rainbow flag, soon to be replaced by the Red Banner, is flying over it all…

Shall we dare ask these terrible questions: Have we completely lost our minds? Worse, are we still human? Are we still worthy of God’s grace? Are all those Frankensteinian fantasies by transhumanists and other dystopian freaks (including the communists) not the logical continuation of a path we’ve been on for more than half a century?

Perhaps, communist revolution and destruction is precisely what we deserve, if one thinks of communism as a Divine tool of punishment. Perhaps we should first and foremost repent

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