What is to be done?

What is to be done?

15 August 2021
David Engels

Many conservatives in the West still indulge in the mistaken idea that the fundamental transformation of our civilisation, which is only just beginning, can still be halted or even reverted by traditional political instruments. It would suffice for Parliament and government, they claim, to return to moderately conservative opinions for some years to put everything alright again. This is doubly wrong. On the one hand, the prospect of a change of policy is completely illusory in view of the almost overwhelming left-liberal dominance in politics, administration, media, education and culture, and would have to cover not only the nation states to be truly effective, but also the numerous international institutions. On the other hand, the transformation of our society which has been under way for decades is so far-reaching, that there can be no question of restoring the status quo ante, such as the (supposedly) “good old” 1980s.

Mass immigration, the Islamisation of society, the loss of values, the ageing of the population, the de-industrialisation of the West, the demographic decline, the steadily growing imbalance of the West in comparison with China, the blatant educational misery, the decline of Christianity, the gutting of democracy, the increasing propensity of the dissatisfied to violence, the rise of extremism - all these factors cannot be simply put away by a handful of well-intentioned legal texts: They have already changed our society beyond recognition, and in the foreseeable future, the last facades of Western culture and the rule of law will crumble.

More than ever before, we must face the question “What is to be done?” - not only in the political, but also in the private sphere. For the bitter diagnosis outlined above must result in the bitter consequence that, despite all our efforts, the present decline of the West will even accelerate in the coming decades, and that it is no longer enough to scribble a cross next to the name of the “right” party on the ballot paper once every few years to save our civilisation from decay. From now on, everyone who feels connected to Western culture must invest himself in keeping at least its rudiments alive during the coming years of crisis – and not with the support of politics, society or even churches, which all seem to be hopelessly bound to the left-liberal mainstream, but rather against them.

How could the main elements of such a cultural resistance look like?

1. Being realistic
Only the youngest among those reading these lines will perhaps one day see a Europe where respect for the family, sincerity, realism, honour, loyalty, traditions, pride, history, beauty and spirituality will once again be in the limelight. The rest of us have to face the decline and the abyss of hatred, selfishness and despair into which our society may soon slide. In this situation, “happiness” does not lie in the ultimate result of our actions, but in the accomplishment, step by step, of each of our actions, even the smallest ones. More than ever, this will be the journey, our true goal.

2. Turning away from the state
Do not have any illusions about the state which is not anymore the guarantor of our great traditions, but has become the unwitting instrument of those who exploit us and would like to replace us with an atomised, uprooted and impersonal mass. Stop hoping in your state and its institutions: they are no longer yours and no longer deserve your allegiance. Think of the state as a necessary evil to be pressured into giving you what you are entitled to anyway - nowadays that is very little - and as an enemy when it comes to maintaining your lifestyle.

3. Building a new civil society
Insist on your right to live according to your traditions, your history, your faith: others are doing it successfully; why should you, just because you are of European origin, feel obliged to put your allegiance to the doctrine of political correctness above loyalty to your own history? Accept the sad reality of being reduced, at least for the time being, to a “minority” in your own country, and at least try to claim the essential freedoms that come with it - and above all, create your own networks.

4. Leaving the city
Leave the cities and their toxic environment, which are of no use to you and which may quickly become a real trap for the “last Westerners” who will find themselves, one day, between the anvil and the hammer of the radicalised populations of the suburbs and the forces of order supporting the established order of the oligarchy in power. Move, while there is still time, to the countryside, preferably near to your friends or family, or at least to a place where you have roots.

5. Investing responsibly
Every euro in your bank account represents speculation material for the big financiers - and recent examples have taught us that, in the event of an economic crisis, our assets can be frozen overnight by a state anxious to bail those who are “too big to fail” with the money of those who are “too small to protest”.  Apart from an emergence reserve of cash and precious metals, try to become the owner of the property in which you live in order to become independent, and then buy anything that will help you to break away from dependence on the current economic system.

6. Buying European
Decades of selfishness have brought the European economy to a catastrophic standstill. A single political upheaval in China could, overnight, push Europe into abject poverty and cut it off from the modern world, as repatriating lost industries would take decades and cost a fortune. In this dangerous situation, it is the duty of every true European to stop this development and to give advantage as much as possible, to products made in Europe. If you can, buy local products, made by people or companies you personally know or trust in.

7. Overcoming short-term thinking
Can you morally defend ruining your material, emotional and even intellectual activities by participating in the generalised madness which, under the pretext of generating “growth”, is leading Europe inexorably towards crisis and not only economic, but also moral collapse? Try to radically change your perspective. Do not think in months or years, but seek for the big trends in history. What should matter is the long-term perspective, and only those means that ensure a positive development in terms of generations and not weeks should be taken into account as the main driver of your activity.

8. Sharing in nature
Escape this artificial and harmful world and reconnect with nature as often as you can. Only by withdrawing regularly into an environment not yet spoiled by human intervention will you learn what the human condition really means; only by cultivating - as much as possible - your own food will you enter into communion with the land and work while freeing yourself from the bondage of the market economy.

9. Seeing the body as a gift
“The body must be a temple” - this catchy saying shows the emptiness of today's Western society. For those who interpret it as it is usually understood, i.e. as a call to an almost cultic veneration of one's own body, fail to understand that a temple is not an end in itself, but only a shell that serves to venerate a higher principle. For the body is nothing more than a mere tool of your higher self and serves what is commonly called the soul.

10. Surrounding oneself with beauty
Stop resigning yourself to the ugliness that is around us. Bring beauty into your life and surround yourself as much as possible with objects and proportions that appeal to you. Embellishing your daily life should be a crucial element of your spiritual hygiene by recreating, through the refashioning of your environment, a world where you find yourself as well as society as you would like it to be: harmonious, solid, beautiful, mysterious, etc.

11. Not confusing gender equality with identity
Among the many ideological crises shaking the Western world, the imposition of “gender”-ideology is among the most absurd - and dangerous. Remain faithful to the chivalrous ideals that have made our civilisation great, and be proud of the importance of women in Western history, where, since the Middle Ages with its courtly romance and its veneration of the Virgin, they have always occupied a most important and increasingly emancipated place, while the figure of the knight and the gentleman have developed into highest form of masculinity.

12. Founding a family
At a time when you will hear everywhere about the “sin” of the European Man, when many citizens decide to adopt children rather than conceive them, and when the demographic self-destruction of the West is reaching proportions close to collective suicide, founding a family becomes almost as much an act of protest and revolution as “free” love once was. It is also a political symbol that makes clear: we have a right to live; we claim the lands of our ancestors; we believe in our future!

13. Educating one's children
Look carefully at you children’s school. If necessary, don't hesitate to invest your time in daily commuting, if it at least guarantees you a healthy environment and a serious school programme. And if you choose to teach at home, why not teach several children at once and invite your friends’ or relatives’ children to join your little classes? If you are lucky enough to live in a close-knit community, this can help you to deepen the bonds between members of your circle and help you to gain a little more independence.

14. Doing one's duty
The old spirit of solidarity has been replaced by unrestrained competition, and the sense of duty has been pushed aside in favour of an attitude aimed only at publicity, not at the intensity of the effort made. Do your duty - not out of fear of the authorities that dominate you, but out of conviction. If you do something, do it right, and don not think about the future result of your action. It is no coincidence that monastic rules require even people sacrificing their whole lives to the search for the divinity to do repetitive physical work every day, humble duty being interpreted as a form of meditation as valuable as prayer.

15. Being tolerant - but not suicidal
There are so many foreigners on European soil today that it has become materially impossible to dream of a complete reversal of the trend. Whether we like it or not, the next half-century will be marked by an unprecedented “clash of civilisations” taking place on our continent, which will never again be entirely Christian as it was in our grandparents' time. But recognition of reality does not mean fatalism, for we can hasten or avoid the worst. Thus, above all, we must fight to maintain our way of life and impose it as a reference value for new citizens if we do not want our children to feel like strangers among the testimonies of our ancestors' history.

16. Weighing the words
When discussing with the defenders of politically correct values, one quickly comes up against the fact that all current political language is deeply biased, as words no longer refer to their original meaning, but to a specific and abusive interpretation. One of the most important directives for all those who will no longer allow themselves to be caught up in the trap of language will be: to re-define the words, to refuse easy and false stereotypes and not to refrain from using our own long-established terminology.

17. Believing
It is essential for any true European patriot to show respect for the Christian tradition. To seek the solution to the essential questions of life by turning first to the religious system that has shaped our whole culture and being before turning to other religions is our primary spiritual duty, while the rest of Europe is abandoning its cultural roots in order to throw itself, body and soul, into the arms of overconsumption, social egoism and multicultural masochism.

18. Meditating
The life of the European man has become like a nightmare of an eternal race from which he wakes up only at rare privileged moments such as holidays or the deathbed, and everything is done by society to keep him in this situation and cut short any real introspection. Start by taking time - to do nothing, to simply exist and immerse yourself into pure being. You will soon notice that this is both the most difficult and the most rewarding thing in the world.

19. Reading - but not arbitrarily
Work tirelessly on your own internal development and, as Goethe put it, “hate everything that only instructs, without directly increasing or animating activity”. It is not the quantity, but the quality of your reading that will prove essential to your development. The right book at the right time, even if it seems to be of poor quality to others, can help you to discover a new intellectual, spiritual or emotional world.

20. Overcoming “right” and “left”
Refuse to think in terms of the classical “left” and “right”, because the “left” has long since ceased to defend a truly social ideology, just as the "right" has long since abandoned the defence of the historical values of our continent. It seems more than legitimate to want to hasten the end of the current political system through protest vote; nevertheless, be aware that many extremist parties are part of the problem, not of the solution. Once we reach the bottom of our collective decline, the defence of what will remain of Europe will not come from those who talk about borders, nations and expulsions, but from those who will defend the historical values of our civilisation at the European level.

21. Renouncing obedience
Stop playing the model citizen who, as a good Christian, bravely turns the other cheek. On the contrary: get indignant, to use Stéphane Hessel's famous phrase, and express your anger through action, while not expecting to be able to change the course of things overnight on your own. The objective is not (yet) to launch a new assault on the Bastille, but rather to show, through your actions, that a resistance to the political and social system does exist and dares to manifest itself in words and deeds.

22. Reconquering the West
Europe is suffering from the deliberate conflation of the European idea with the ideology of the EU. The unintended consequence of this conflation is the erroneous conclusion that a rejection of the EU automatically implies a rejection of the European project. This is a fatal error, because a return to the nation state will make any real structural coordination between European countries impossible and will only re-launch a disastrous economic and political competition. Only by reclaiming the European idea will we be able to fight effectively against the ruin that awaits us - a European idea that is obviously very different from the one that drives the current EU institutions.

23. Being proud of one's history
Let us never forget that alongside the darker facet of Western history, there are unforgettable pages of cultural, medical, technological, geographical, intellectual and spiritual discoveries to which the whole of humanity is indebted to us to this day. Let us be proud of our history and stop placing the burden of our grandparents' guilt on our children's shoulders.

24. Choosing one's battlefield
We must at all times rethink our strategic priorities and, where necessary and possible, choose our immediate environment so that we can deploy our forces in the best possible way. The crisis we are facing will not end in a few months, but will last for years, probably even decades. Only if you become a role model and credibly prove to those around you, by your values as well as your deeds, what it really means to be a Western patriot, can we also hope to become a central pivot of change one day.

We urgently need to overcome the negativity of a mere critical analysis of the present situation and resist the despair that grips everyone who realises that the imminent end of Western civilisation as we know it is sealed anyway, so that the only options that seem to remain open are either to retreat into the sterile nostalgic enjoyment of past greatness, or to resort to cynical hedonism. Because there is a third way: To accept the inevitable upheavals of the future with our eyes open, and yet to remain faithful to our own heritage in order to preserve it for later times. For just as it seems clear that the “last Westerners” will soon be degraded to a shunned minority in their own homeland, and will only be able to defend their identity against the resistance of their environment, it also seems obvious that the growing social and cultural tensions will soon manifest themselves in increasing acts of violence and unrest - until the moment comes when the capacity for suffering of the people will be exhausted and a new balance will have to be found by mutual agreement - and then, the “last Westerners” must be there in order to show the way towards a new society.