This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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The regression of the castes

Although it will be mentioned elsewhere, it will be helpful to introduce here the concept of the regression of the castes.

The four principal castes are the sacred authority (priests or brahmins), the royal power (princes/knights or kshatriyas), the merchants/tradesman (vaishyas), and the laborers (peasants or shudras). This social organization can be seen in its full development in both European feudalism and Hinduism.

In traditional civilizations based upon caste, the beginning of the end can be indicated by observing the breakdown of this hierarchy. They collapse one level at a time, from the top down.

For Europe, King Henry VIII provides for us an excellent example of the first stage of regression in which a secular authority refuses to acknowledge the spiritual authority, and then claims the role spiritual authority for itself. King Henry did not simply break from Rome, but also established a new church of which he himself was to be the head. Thus we see an exact reproduction of Luciferianism followed by Satanism, representing one complete stage of the regression.

However, we must continue, because, as we said, the regression must continue downward until it hits the bottom caste.

With the priests disenfranchised, it is only a matter of time before the royalty is consumed in the very blaze of rebellion which it ignited. This can be seen in the great revolutions of America and France, spawned in part by Enlightenment thinking, secondly by economic concerns, which is to say, by the third level of the hierarchy, the merchants. During this period the validity of royal authority is called into question, and rightfully so, for without spiritual authority above it, it renders itself completely illegitimate. The merchants, inspired by the rebellion of the nobility, rebel against the nobility. After the dust settles, the roles of priesthood and the nobility become dispersed amongst the merchant class, and so the age of democracy begins, which tends to be but another name for plutocracy.

Remember that this third class, the merchants (vaishyas) possessed aptitudes belonging to the economic order. Thus, civilization in this era comes to be dominated by economic ideology, since that is the ruling mentality of the merchant caste. Every political question is formulated and answered in economic terms and society quickly comes to be ruled by those with the highest economic aptitudes. Those who are most economically oriented, which is to say, those who can make the most money for themselves or for society at large, become the new aristocracy and gain for themselves the esteem previously reserved for royalty and priesthood. Morality itself evolves to promote and esteem the virtues of moneymaking and economic success. Society’s highest virtues at this point will be “productivity” and “hard work.” Western civilization is currently within this stage of regression, moving slowly but surely to the last and final stage of hierarchical disintegration, which has reared its head but has been thus far only partially successful.

Here we arrive at the necessary offspring of capitalism, which is the ideology of socialism or communism, as the case may be, through which the merchant caste is finally overthrown by the lowest and most animalistic elements of society. At this point, the only morality is embodied in the ‘general will’ of the proletariat (a classification that applies to all wage slaves, which is to say, almost the entire labor force of today, even in developed countries).

In short: the Middle Ages marks the last ‘normal’ stage civilization to exist in the West. It fell at the Reformation when the spiritual authority became decadent and was overthrown. The royal authority, rendered illegitimate in its own turn and by its own actions, was then dismantled by the rising merchant class, leading to the age of industrial capitalism. Finally, because the laboring class sooner or later perceives the illegitimacy of the authority lorded over it by its moneyed masters, they too revolt, completing the process and bring civilization to a natural end be reduced centuries of social development back to the ‘lowest common denominator’.

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