Rising Tide or Ebb? The Arrogance of Ignorance.
I know that the so-called “alt-right” thinks of itself as a global “rising tide” — a rising tide of “Universal Fascism” — and not as the final ebbing away of the Modern Era (which is what they actually are: symptoms of the degeneracy and decadence of the Modern Era now negating itself). I’m pretty sure they have mistaken themselves as being something they are not — not the avant-garde of a global ethno-nationalist “awakening” that is, in reality, only a species of collective narcissism and the logical end result of a “culture of narcissism” — but a species of ignorance and of the arrogance of ignorance. This arrogance of ignorance is, in time, going to be their undoing.
Frankly, after over a dozen years blogging about the strange, the ominous, the forbidding through The Dark Age Blog and the present Chrysalis — and now watching all that come to pass and come to a head — I’m not sure whether I have much more to say about things and events. Current events have overtaken me, and have also taken the breath out of me and the wind out of my sails…. with the worst of it yet to come.
I’m sure that they are the grave-diggers of the Modern Era and not an avant-garde at all. All fascist or fascistic regimes in history have proven themselves to be transient and temporary, not only because of this arrogance of ignorance (for, indeed, it is true that “pride goeth before a fall”) but because they mistook themselves for a “rising tide” whereas, in reality, they were merely “revolutions of nihilism”. That is to say, they were only a means by which an Age that had outlasted its shelf-life and over-lived itself, and which didn’t know how to transition peaceably, finally rid itself of itself.
This is not an avant-garde. It is the culminating logic — the final form of the disease — that is Nietzsche’s “two centuries of nihilism”. I know that many of them (such as Mr. Yiannopoulos, a poseur who pretends Nietzsche and Thomas Mann are his models) believe otherwise, but they are deluded about that. And isn’t Mr. Yiannopoulos — an internet troll become an alt-right pundit and “celebrity” — a fitting example of the arrogance of ignorance? They do not know themselves.
Until societies learn the secret of how to die at the right time — the secret of death and resurrection — such devils, nihilists and “grave-diggers” will always be unfortunately necessary. But they are no more than that. They are to an older and exhausted form of society what apoptosis is to the cellular organism. They fulfill the logic of the thanatic dynamic that Jean Gebser referred to as “the law of the Earth”.
It is not a rising tide. It is an ebbing and a waning away — a self-emptying; a self-negation, a wrecking crew is all.