This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

Universality and messianism

While America became more convinced of the universality of its ideology, Europe began moving on from that very ideology to something else, and in the face of the outright rejection of that ideology by much of the rest of the world, America took the logical step of seeing itself as the sole possessor of the ‘true ideology’. It was perhaps inevitable, then, that America would begin to see its destiny as savior of the world, with the Gospel of its Declaration of Independence.

It has been said best by Francis Parker Yockey:

In the 20th century, when the Rationalistic type of ideology had been discarded by the advancing Western Civilization, the American universalizing of ideology turned into messianism—the idea that America must save the world. The vehicle of the salvation is to be a materialistic religion with “democracy” taking the place of God, “Constitution” the place of the Church, “principles of government” the place of religious dogmas, and the idea of economic freedom the place of God’s Grace. The technic of salvation is to embrace the dollar, or failing that, to submit to American high-explosives and bayonets.

In this sense, American ideology is a religion, and the nation a mystical body, just as the Church always taught that its believers formed the mystical body of Christ. When the old Catholic mysticism was left behind, it was not difficult for nationalistic mysticism to fill the void.

This is why patriotism in America is not considered a sentiment but is more like a religious devotion—a mandatory one. To be seen as a heretic, it is not even necessary to speak openly against America. A sin of omission is enough. The mere failure to express patriotic zeal according to the prescribed rituals and at the expected time is to deny something about the universe that is good and true. To fail to express one’s patriotism is to do violence to ‘the nation’ to which we owe our existence.

For all its zeal, there is a weakness inherent in American idealism. Since it is not an organic production, it has no roots, and we find that it is easily put aside and then taken back up again. When ‘real life’ or material advantage gets in the way of one of its principles, the principle is quickly discarded. American ideology is the product of rationalism and as such its adherents will find little difficulty rationalizing any application of it, or absence of its application, and will be able to apply or ignore it at will.

We have compared American ideology to a religion, but we find that its adherents are not really convinced. They ‘belong’, but they do not really ‘believe’. That is why its dogmas are so easily discarded, reinstated when convenient, and then discarded again, and why this hypocrisy seems to present little difficulty for the adherents. They love to say the words ‘liberty’ and ‘equality’ and to feel the sweet sentiment that accompanies pronunciation of the words, but they are not rigorous as to the application. Or to put it another way, they do not ‘belong’ to the religion in a mental or moral way, but more as an instinctual and emotional membership, and this kind of membership does not insist on consistency.

While we’re on the subject of American ideology, it should be said that ideas might have a formative impact on intellectuals, but on the people in general, driven as they are by non-rational processes, ideology is only taken on as a kind of clothing. By speaking the same vocabulary they can form movements and communicate, but the actual ideas and their content are always, for the masses, fluid and in the end disposable. The people operate on instinct and according to a certain character and temperament, and these are not touched by rhetoric and philosophy. This goes for every culture, and not just the Americans.

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