This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

NOTICE:
This Dark Age is now available in paperback on Amazon. The print version is MUCH cleaner than this online version, which is largely unedited and has fallen by the wayside as the project has grown. If you’ve appreciated my writing, please consider leaving a review on the relevant paperback volumes. The print edition also includes new sections (Military History, War Psychology, Dogmatic Theology).

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What is worth saving?

One of the problems of political participation is that it implies a certain faith in or optimism about the system itself. Not only does participation in elections to some degree imply acceptance of the regime itself, which gives it legitimacy, not in a real sense but in its own eyes and those of the governed, but willing participation also implies that the participant is optimistic about the prospects of the system, that it can, if maneuvered properly, result in positive outcomes. It is this faith that, from our point of view, is not justified.

Ultimately, the question on which everything turns is about whether or not the system itself is potentially functional. If it is not functional due to some minor error in the works, then the error should be fixed and you should help fix it; but if it is not functionality for the simple reason that it is a poorly conceived system, and therefore is not even potentially functional, then you will have to accept that there is no saving it. You will then see that all of the passionate calls to action that for your contemporaries are ‘life or death’ moments, tremendously important policy decisions, elections, etc., are really just attempts to treat the latest symptom while leaving the disease to fester. You might agree to the treatment anyway, since of course there is nothing wrong with treating a symptom, but you will do so from an emotional and psychological distance, knowing that these are all half-measures.

From a certain point of view, we could say that it is legitimate to desire the collapse of the political system under which one lives. Adoption of this stance does not amount to condemning those who live under the system and believe in its merits. Just the opposite–if the regime us unjust, illegitimate, and if it promotes the degradation of the person, then its destruction (ideally a destruction limited to certain perverse institutions) is a victory for the people under it. That is why we may desire the collapse of American power structures while maintaining a sincere concern for the well-being of the American people.

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