This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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Apoliteia

I am not a nonbeliever, but a man who demands something worth believing in…Thus I take my duties seriously within an overall context that I reject for its mediocrity.  The important thing is that my rejection actually refers to the totality and does not take up within it a stance that can be defined as conservative, reactionary, liberal, ironic, or in any way social.

~ Ernst Junger

If we are correct in judging the prevailing structures of political authority as nothing but the last stages of civilizational decline, and if it is true that we are much closer to the end of the cycle than we are to the beginning, and there is almost no chance of ‘returning to sanity’ at this point, then there are really only two options. First, and most frequently, you must adopt the attitude described by Julius Evola as ‘apoliteia’, which involves an act of distancing oneself from the vicissitudes of all contemporary politics. Indeed this does not mean complete indifference, but it simply means the refusal to entertain false hopes in an illegitimate system. Within this attitude, you may still act, vote, or even hold an office, but you do so with the decided knowledge that the structures currently in place are not your “goal,” and that you are only trying to assert a positive influence on a mass of men standing inside of a collapsing structure. This leads to the second attitude which you must hold simultaneously. You must acknowledge that, if a structure is indeed collapsing, then the only moral act, if you have the opportunity, is to hurry its collapse and hopefully guide the destruction so that as few people as possible are hurt in the event. You may involve yourselves in politics only insofar as to protect your neighbors and to assert your manhood, but never shall you seek to perpetuate an illegitimate political system. And if you can, you should give it a final push, bringing the demolition of the edifice to a controlled finality rather than waiting for an implosion in which your friends and family might be consumed. If you see no opportunity to act in politics in accordance with the attitudes just described, then do not act at all. Stand apart. This is apoliteia.

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