By the close of WW II, Richard Weaver and many other early conservative intellectuals apprehensively discerned that the Western civilized nations were on the road to breakdown and totalitarianism. Suffering "progressive disillusionment," Weaver perceived that old cultural restraints had failed to control man's propensity for evil. This led him to ponder the fallacies of modernist isms that had produced the holocaust of evil visited upon the world from WW I to WW II. By late 1945, Weaver published his conclusions in his book, "Ideas Have Consequences."
The subject of Weaver's book was "the dissolution of the West." Its deterioration was traced by Weaver to the late 14th century when certain highly placed Western Christians had made an "evil decision." Enticed by William of Occam's (d. c. 1349) philosophy of nominalism, they abandoned belief in transcendent "universals" and thus the position that "there is a source of truth higher than, and independent of man..." The consequences of this revolution in ideas were catastrophic:
"The denial of everything transcending experience means inevitably...the denial of truth. With the denial of objective truth there is no escape from the relativism of 'man is the measure of all things." (The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America, George H. Nash, pp. 30-33)
Things worsened as the downward spiral continued:
The God of Revelation was conceptually murdered, the 3rd Heaven shut-down and nature itself (or with Sagan, the cosmos) elevated to the supreme reality. The doctrine of original sin was abandoned and replaced by the "goodness of man." With only the physical world of the senses held to be real, Christianity declined, rationalism arose, and evolutionary materialist science became the most prestigious way to study man. With knowledge limited to the sensory realm, man's God-endowed spiritual attributes---soul, mind, conscience, and free will---were soon lost in an endless cycle of reductionism and determinism. Man, created in the spiritual likeness of his supernatural Creator would be lost. In his place would stand the soulless human ape or bio-machine, an accidental emergent product of mindless evolutionary forces.
Weaver dubbed modernism the "spoiled-child psychology" of modern apostateswho had "not been made to see the relationship between reward and effort." This orgy of mindlessness is traceable to certain terrible-willed modernists who, no longer wanting to be created in the spiritual likeness of their Creator, had failed to achieve an integrated world picture, a "metaphysical dream," said Weaver.
Weaver concluded with an ominous warning:
"....the closer man stands to ruin, the duller grows his realization (for) the annihilation of spiritual being precedes the destruction of temple walls." (ibid)
What Weaver dubbed a "spoiled-child psychology" can be broken down into a legion of poisonous "isms:" naturalism, positivism, materialism, idealism, mystical pantheism, empiricism, relativism, determinism, reductionism, scientism, biological and spiritual evolutionism, Freudianism, Jungianism, progressivism, liberalism, socialism, communism, utopianism, and underlying them all....atheism, antitheism and the original lie.
By 1951, modernism had already contaminated America's Supreme Court. In "Dennis et al. vs. U.S." Chief Justice Fred A. Vinson observed:
"Nothing is more certain in modern society than the principle that there are no absolutes ....all concepts are relative." (ibid, p. 37)
Around the same time, conservative intellectual Anthony Harrigan noted that a process of decay was being deliberately fostered in America by a "fierce and subtle" modernist orthodoxy. "Modernists are determined," he argued,
"....to force the acceptance of pornography as medical science, filth as artistic realism, and abnormality as a mere difference of opinion...Though the life of the country is basically decent, Americans are in the hands of a cultural ruling class which...is conducting us to ruin." Modernists seek to raise up a "liberal-bred barbarian" motivated by a "destructive impulse" and unchecked by "traditional values and restraints," in order to destroy America from within noted Harrigan. (ibid, pp. 39-40)
That the devil's human tools have succeeded in their unholy quest can be seen by America's gross moral decay, our drug and sex saturated society, breakdown of the family, rampant abortion and sale of baby parts, "modernized" churches, normalization of sodomy, lesbianism, and transgender and in our music industry, as Dennis Prager makes clear in hisarticle, "F — You" from the Music Industry:"
"....the music industry, from producers to artists, is largely populated by people who regard social and cultural norms as stifling. Their professional lives are dedicated to lowering that which is elevated, destroying that which uplifts, and to profaning that which is held sacred." (Townhall.com, Dec. 7, 2010)
The vicious mindset described by Prager is not restricted to music industry insiders. No, it is the prevailing attitude of the class of treacherous egoists described by Angelo M. Codevilla as America's "Ruling Class..."
In his book by that name, Codevilla notes that contemporary America is a kingdom divided against itself. Today there are two distinct classes and they are as different as day from night.
On the one hand there is the Country Class, the traditionalists. Though in general the Country Class holds a disparity of beliefs, it nevertheless remains the repository of America's founding Judeo-Christian philosophical worldview. Hence it is the Country Class that maintains the traditional founding belief that all men are created in the spiritual likeness of the God of Revelation and that all men are therefore subject to His moral laws.
On the other hand are the modernists---the Ruling Class and their voting constituency--the destructive 'special rights' barbarians who accept their point of view. Though the Ruling Class is comprised of the people we commonly think of as Leftists, Socialists, Communists, Marxists, Liberals, Progressives, New Age insiders and anarchists it also includes people identified as rightwing, notes Codevilla. They are certain atheist GOP and Wall Street insiders, global corporatists, and international bankers.
The Ruling Class was formed by a revolutionary educational system that exposed them to the very ideas described by early Conservatives such as Richard Weaver as evil and by Harrigan as amoral. But the key to understanding the ruling class says Codevilla, is its first principle, which is that self-centered "we" are the best and brightest while the rest (the Country Class) are retrograde, racist, backwards, illiterate, unscientific, mentally ill, and dysfunctional and must therefore be properly constrained and managed.
Whereas unscientific, unenlightened Country Class bumpkins still believe in the God of Revelation, ruling class egoists are modern Gnostic pagans who know by way of a "Gnostic knowing" that Country class bumpkins are not the image-bearers of God but rather the emergent product of mindless evolution. Hence the ruling class "know" that they are the "naturally selected" ones, the highly evolved Trans-humanists possessed of superior intellect while the unevolved masses are human apes who cannot be trusted with reason or science and certainly not with guns, their own children, the money they earn or their personal property, as the recently murdered rancher LaVoy Finicum found out. (Statement from the LaVoy Finicum Family, Oathkeepers.org, 1/29/2016)
To the ruling class egoists, science is only science in the "right" hands just as consensus among the "right" people is the only standard for knowledge, notes Codevilla. By identifying science and reason only with themselves, the ruling class have delegitimized the Country Class, thereby freeing themselves to demonize, ridicule, shame, and scorn the "lower class" as mentally-ill, as domestic terrorists, haters, bigots, homophobes, and fascists. And though the ruling class has as yet been unsuccessful in destroying the Country Class' faith in God, they have managed to make it as socially unacceptable and embarrassing as smoking — to be done furtively and with a bad social conscience, said Codevilla.
It is as a whole that ruling class egoists regard America's quickly disintegrating social and cultural norms and traditions as stifling and are therefore dedicated to lowering that which is elevated, destroying that which uplifts, and to profaning that which is held sacred, such as traditional marriage. Early Conservatives knew this, and as previously stated, viewed modernism by any name as evil.
For example, Forrest Davis, an adviser to Senator Taft asked:
"Is not the prevailing political 'liberalism'...that potpourri of indiscriminate do-goodism trending into statism and Marxism and blending so indistinguishably with treason, that is the deepest enemy of the traditional America and the West?" The Liberal, exclaimed Davis, "has looked upon the face of evil and found it half good." (Nash, p. 95)
William Rusher, publisher of the National Review in 1957 remarked:
"...the Liberal Establishment...shares Communism's materialist principles." (ibid, p. 137)
In summarizing the conservative case, Frank Meyer commented:
"...Liberalism is in agreement with Communism (it sees) the necessity and desirability of socialism...it regards all inherited value — theological, philosophical, political — as without intrinsic value or authority....therefore (there are no) irreconcilable differences...between it and Communism (thus) Liberals are unfit for the leadership of a free society, and intrinsically incapable of offering serious opposition to the Communist offensive." (Nash, p. 137)
or are they capable of offering serious opposition to illegal immigration, 'gay' persecution of American Christians, drug overlords, or ISIS and the genocide of Middle Eastern Christians.
It was Fyodor Dostoevsky's penetrating insight that ultimately revealed the real source of the evil lurking at the bottom of modernism's so-called "scientifically enlightened" canon of isms. The real evil, said Dostoevsky, is the Original Lie: "Ye can be as gods."
In agreement, many years later ex-modernist Whittaker Chambers argued that the crisis of the 20th century was a crisis of faith. Communism, the evangelism of modernism, is a religion, "man's second oldest faith," man's "great alternative faith," observed Chambers. Its promise is "Ye shall be as gods." Its vision is "the vision of man without God," of "man's mind displacing God as the creative intelligence of the world," of "man's liberated mind...redirecting man's destiny." Communism proclaims an inescapable choice between two irreconcilable faiths: "God or Man, Soul or Mind, Freedom or Communism." To Chambers, the "crisis of the Western world exists to the degree in which it is indifferent to God." (ibid, Nash)
Chambers despaired of the West because as the death of God movement that gave rise to modernism's poisonous "isms" broadened and deepened, in the blackness of the shadow it cast, the majority of mankind appeared to Chambers to be spiritually blind to the titanic struggle between these two "irreconcilable faiths." (ibid, p. 92)
Like Chambers, Alexander Solzhenitsyn had been a dedicated modernist, that is until he was thrown into an earthly Hell called the Gulag built and run by demonized humans. After many long years of unbelievably brutal suffering he emerged one of the 20th century's most powerful Christian prophets. In a message of immense importance to contemporary Americans he said if we surrender to the corruption of devilish modernism,
"........we do not deserve to be called human. But let us note that the absolutely essential task is not political liberation, but the liberation of our souls from participation in the lie forced upon us...this requires no physical, or revolutionary...measures. No. It requires from each individual a moral step within his or her power....No one who voluntarily runs with hounds of falsehood will ever be able to justify himself to the living..."
Solzhenitsyn is saying that modernist "isms" have corrupted all of us to greater and lesser degrees, both inside of the Christian Church and outside of it. This is because at the heart of modernism is the serpent's Original Lie and all men are naturally attracted to and and tainted by it in some fashion.
Once the Original Lie in its many deceptive guises is institutionalized, it becomes the basis for policy decisions and legislation pertaining to hate crime laws, speech codes, Global Warming, Agenda 21, the transnational corridor and highway, redistributive justice, progressive taxation, population control, sustainable development, gay marriage, and Darwinism taught in schools. Within the Christian Church it leads to abandonment of Biblical inerrancy and the supernatural and miraculous in favor of science and evolutionary thinking and accommodation with the world system while in law enforcement it underlies speech codes, hate crimes laws, androgyny, sodomy, separation of church and state, and tolerance for and even celebration of the lewd and criminally-minded at the expense of peaceful, law-abiding Americans. This means that many lies have already been installed as laws, covered by a shroud of other lies and enforced by broken, upside-down law. Already in America, to oppose the lie is to be either accused of a hate crime or labeled mentally ill.
Solzhenitsyn is also telling us that we must liberate our souls from the power of the Lie whose father is the devil. We must become warriors for truth. To fight for truth means defining, exposing, and attacking lies — Darwinism for example. But isn't Darwinism empirical science? No, absolutely not. At bottom, Darwinism is a Gnostic myth notes Dr. Wolfgang Smith, physicist and mathematics professor at Oregon State University:
"...As a scientific theory, Darwinism would have been jettisoned long ago. The point, however, is that the doctrine of evolution has swept the world, not on the strength of its scientific merits, but precisely in its capacity as a Gnostic myth. It affirms, in effect, that living things created themselves, which is in essence a metaphysical claim....Thus...evolutionism is a metaphysical doctrine decked out in scientific garb....it is a scientistic myth. And the myth is Gnostic, because it implicitly denies the transcendent origin of being; for indeed, only after the living creature has been speculatively reduced to an aggregate of particles does Darwinist transformism become conceivable. Darwinism, therefore, continues the ancient Gnostic practice of deprecating "God the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth." It perpetuates...the venerable Gnostic tradition of "Jehovah bashing." (From Old Gnosticism to New Age I, Alan Morrison, SCP Journal Vol. 28:4-29:1, 2005, pp. 30-31)
Darwinism is the Big Lie that allows ruling class egoists to conceptually dehumanize the Country Class, to look down upon them in utter contempt and resentment, to terrorize and run roughshod over them. Without realizing it, the Country Class has been reduced to tax slaves to feed the insatiable appetites of Ruling Class parasites.
To destroy the power of Darwinism is to literally knock the pinnacle out from under the ruling class, thereby casting them down to earth from atop their imagined high place. Suddenly they will be just like the Country Class — fallible, sinful men made in the spiritual likeness of the God of Revelation and subject to His moral laws. This is the true equality envisioned by the Founders.
However, before we can be effective warriors for truth cautions Solzhenitsyn, we must first cast out our own lies and other sins through confession and repentance. For only with a clean conscience can we be effective warriors for truth.
The Ruling Class: How They Corrupted America and What We Can Do About It, Angelo M. Codevilla
Defeating the Totalitarian Lie: A Former Hitler Youth Warns America, Hilmar von Campe
First published in 2010, this version of "The Original Lie..." is an updated version.