This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

Characterization of the modern West

It should be blatantly obvious that the modern West has nothing Brahmanic about it. And although it is warlike, the violence in which it is perpetually engaged is not accomplished for the sake of the warrior way, or for the development of nobility, and the fact that wars are fought by any and all, and not restricted to the nobility who make of it an art and carry it out within strict limits, is proof that there is no Kshatriya tendency in the West either. Rather, the readiness to become violence that we see is always in the service of economic interests.

The style of the violence is also telling. A true Kshatriya enlists combat as a means of transcending himself: the samurai are great examples here of the spirituality of combat and the warrior code. Contrast this with the style of combat of the American military, which prefers whenever possible to drop explosives on its enemies from a great distance. A Kshatriya would be horrified. We see then that this is not the violent nature of the nobility, active and artistic, spiritual and poetic, but rather than type of violence carried out by one who has no interest in courage or in physical tests, and prefers avoiding danger altogether through the use of machinery.

In other words, the driving impulses of our civilization straddle the line between the third and fourth castes, vulgar and tasteless and material, driven to achieve and develop through accumulation, and readily violent but in a style that minimizes risk and is as callous as it is pragmatic. Thus, we say that the modern West can most accurately be described as a Vaishya-Shudra civilization.

This is precisely what we should expect, given the traditional doctrine and its eschatology. It is quite in line with the predicted ‘regression of the castes,’ which resembles the collapse of a building from the top down. The sacerdotal caste is consumed by the royal, which in the West played itself out during the Enlightenment and the Reformation; then the nobility is consumed by the mercantile class, which was the industrial revolution. We find ourself on the tail end of the final stage, which amounts to total social dissolution, where even the redeeming qualities of the Vaishya are dissolved and mankind become Shudra without any superior influence—which is to say, barbarism.

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