Lo, the day is coming, blazing like an oven, when all the proud and all evildoers will be stubble, and the day that is coming will set them on fire, leaving them neither root nor branch, says the Lord of hosts. But for you who fear my name, there will arise the sun of justice with its healing rays.
The most persistent criticism leveled at Bronze Age Pervert (BAP) from not unfriendly critics—we can ignore his unfriendly ones—is that BAP does not have a plan. That BAP does not provide a blueprint, however limited, to organize a true civilization from what is rapidly becoming the remnant of ours. Yes, people like Michael Anton say, BAP pegs many dark symptoms of our collapsing society, but these were already well known before Bronze Age Mindset. BAP offers no solution to our woes, no means of escape, nothing but playful and provocative fantasy.
This charge is false. Those who make the charge do not understand the central message of BAM. Everything that can be done, and should be done, and must be done, is outlined by BAP in clean, vivid prose.
Short of a global cataclysmic chastisement, which is far from impossible, and which BAM readers would call a “cleansing”, there is no stopping what is coming. We do not have enough men left. Too few believe in or see, or want to see, the darkness ahead. Most who lament our times, and know we are at the end of an age, want to cling to “liberal” ideas, to their cherished goods, to their horrific eyewear; they hope and pray and beg for any sort of accommodation with the ever-growing Social Justice Army that has sworn it will show no quarter.
This is not to say there will be no temporary improvements. Few foresaw the election of Trump. Such events are blips; the general trend is clear. Ultimately, escape is impossible, both physically and figuratively. This is not an excuse to avoid fighting. But since the enemy far outnumbers us, the battle must be unconventional, eschewing open violence and harmful activism. There are other ways. Before this, we must first understand the enemy.
The enemy are they who hold the Modern Mindset.
The Modern Mindset is one in thrall to Darwinanism, to materialism, to determinism, to utilitarianism and libertarianism, to temporality, to immediacy, to celebrity, to a pathetic worship of pleasure, to Equality and its deformed inbred stepsister Diversity, to “fairness” and “rights”. The Modern Mindset is the epitome of the sniveling self. The Modern man to the Bronze Age man speaks a language as incomprehensible as Swahili is to Japanese.
BAP understands Darwinians have made an unforgivable blunder in saying the purpose and meaning of life is mere survival, a belief which colors and corrupts every thought. Yeast survives, as BAP says, but survival is clearly not enough for other creatures. Here BAP echoes David Stove, whose Darwinian Fairytales: Selfish Genes, Errors of Heredity and Other Fables of Evolution should not be missed.
There is real meaning in life: it is only scientists frightened of the implications of teleology that cannot see it. There is purpose in everything. The “‘design’ is there,” BAP says, “but it is by no means benevolent or intelligent, nor comprehensible.” This is perfectly compatible with Christian theology, which describes the Creator and His creatures in the mystery of a fallen world.
The Modern Mindset is convinced of the blindness and aimlessness of the life. If life is meaningless, it follows that one should seek constant gratification. It is then no wonder so many Moderns grow fat and stupid and slovenly and filled with anger at their diminishing selves. They know how they have fallen and they know its causes, yet they cannot let go of their pleasure. They rage against the dying of the light and the unfairness that they—they!—must suffer. This is why they make themselves enemies of those who have gained self-mastery. This is why they are enemies of beauty, of masculinity, of femininity, of purity of any kind. Every beautiful thing they see is a stinging rebuke. This is why they lash out.
Everybody quotes this next passage, for good reason:
Chimp in state of nature never jerks off, but in captivity he does, wat does this mean? In state of nature he’s too busy, to put it plainly. He is concerned with mastering space: solving problems of life in and under trees, mastering what tools he can, mastering social relations and jockeying for power and status. Deprived of this drive to development and self-increase he devolves to pointless masturbation, in captivity, where he senses he is in owned space and therefore the futility of all his efforts and all his actions.
It would take an academic not to see the analogy with man.
(Incidentally, those unfamiliar with BAP will be jarred by his quirks in spelling and grammar, like when he “forgets” his articles—though he forgets to “forget” when answering critics like Anton. These are all part of the show. Lean back and enjoy.)
If there is a mistake in thinking of those seeking a Bronze Age mindset, it is the natural overreaction against the blank state Moderns who outrageously claim that there are no important biological differences between people. The mistake is in ascribing all observed differences to biology, or in giving undue weight to real variation, or in buying every gaseous Just So story from evolutionary psychology. There must be a balance.
We are physical creatures, but only in part. We are not slaves to our selfish genes or to our “whoremoans”, even though these do weigh on us, sometimes all but overwhelmingly, sometimes almost vanishingly, but always subtly. Both our minds and bodies are inescapable: we are rational animals, with each word having equal force. Our intellect and will can guide our bodies, just as our bodies can influence our minds. We are body+mind. The implications of this is what separates the true Bronze Age from the Modern Mindset.
The Modern Mindset is “materialistic reductionist”, which if taken to its logical conclusion, leads to self-worship:
This is the attitude of many scientists or just cultists of science. Actually, many on the left claim to have this attitude, though they can never explain what moral force their “rights” and “compassion” have, if it doesn’t come from God or have some reality in human nature.
If these attitudes don’t come from God or human nature, then they must come from inconstant ego. Which accounts for the imbecilic shifts in what constitute a “right”.
Both God and human nature are denied by Moderns, and implicitly by many self-proclaimed religious Moderns. Yet if God exists, then all actions matter, and if a fixed human nature exists, then Equality is false, and not only false, unattainable. Worse, far, far worse for the Modern, is this, the point which becomes the crux:
Some think this view [causative biology] absolves you of your responsibility for your acts. But actually you’re responsible for much more than your acts. That which is said to determine you biologically is actually who you are. It does restrain your acts according to its inherent ways of desiring and acting, but you are this it, and it decided to be, so actually you are responsible for much more, you’re responsible for what you are. You are responsible for the good and bad things that happen to you, for any accident or disease you might experience!
This truth is so far removed from the thoughts of Moderns that they cannot assimilate it. They react to it with the same horrified contempt of those first physicians told they must wash their hands to remove the unseen causes of disease.
Pagans and Christians before the Great Protest knew and heeded this notion of ultimate responsibility. Moderns are taught, and believe with all their might, that harm suffered, even self-abuse, has causes outside of their “true selves”. “I suffer from alcoholism, which is why I drink.” “I was made gay, so I must sodomize.” “I am a man but truly a woman, which would recognized if not for evil forces.” If the causes of evil are outside one’s gnostic self, then so is the blame for evil, and thus the responsibility for correcting wrongs always belongs to somebody else. Thus the constant wailing about “fairness.”
Moderns say life now, this moment, is not fair, but it will eventually be made fair. This point is indisputable. The indelible marks cut by previous generations will be healed. No more this: “I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me”. The God who said that has been rejected. Modern Christians now are followers of prosperity gospel in one way or the other.
We’re not done with the Modern Mindset, where the powers of reason are worshiped. BAP knows of this phenomenon, well familiar to our readers:
No great discovery has ever been made by the power of reason. Reason is the means of communicating, imperfectly, some discoveries to others, and in the case of the sciences, a method of trying to render this communication certain and precise…All great scientific discoveries, supposedly the works of “reason,” are in fact the result of intuitions and sudden grasp of ideas. And all such sudden grasps and reaching is based on what, in other circumstances, would be called a kind of religious intoxication: it depends on a state of the mind where the perceiving part of the intellect is absolutely focused, limpid, yet drive by the most relentless energy, an energy to penetrate.
This same point I make at length in Uncertainty. It should be clear that worship of reason leads directly to scidolatry, to the adoration of the false god Science, a subject so familiar we needn’t say more. Except to emphasize how scidolatry kills intuition and proper religious sense, especially the notion that the world is filled with spirit. Pagans had this over Moderns (even Modern Christians): they at least knew everything is influenced by the supernatural. Both peoples acted on that belief, acts which Christianity perfected. Pre-Modern Christianity, that is.
We can’t leave the Modern Mindset without proper scorn being cast on so-called Artificial Intelligence, which is “behind also the belief that you can ‘upload’ your intelligence to a computer and attain immortality”, a belief which BAP rightly calls a form of “imbecility” and the “power fantasy of the nerd.”
It is easy to figure where the Modern Mindset leads (ellipsis original):
If you want to see our future look to Europe as it existed before 1600 BC, or much of the world as it was until recently and still is…the communal life of the longhouse with its young men dominated and broken by the old and sclerotic, by the matriarchs, the blob and yeast mode in human life overtaking and subjecting all higher aspiration.
Some now have the bizarre notion that this can’t happen to us because of the presence of all our mind-killing toys of technology, which bring us “freedom”. But even now we have people in Los Angeles living in pods—no, paying to live in pods—slaves who feed on noodles made of bugmeat and genetically modified grains containing anti-sperm antibodies.
Rampant homosexuality and effeminacy are another reaction to the Modern Mindset, which in turn bolster it. Gnosticism allows people to convince themselves they “are” gay or “are” trannies, as if they “are” different kinds of creatures, creatures better than the shambles of humanity that surround them. The homosexual “becomes an unwitting pawn himself of the very power that as a young boy he had intuited to be the enemy, the great and suffocating shadow of our time, that smothers all light out.”
BAP understands, as most of us now do, that once homosexuality was no longer suppressed, those identifying as homosexuals “became the worst and most merciless enforcers of the global slave state.” Gays are not alone. They are joined by the matriarchy and the effete which together create a rule of intransigent dim bureaucrats, and this in turn creates a permeating desultory spirit. We live, or soon will live, in an “Iron Prison” which “represents a return of the endless sallow night of matriarchy.” Where “being nice” and “being fair” will be the law of the land.
Anyone born with a will to conquest and expansion of boundaries, will feel thwarted now, will awaken at a young age to find themselves in a world pervaded by an evil and smothering shadow that seeks to blot out their spirit and break them.
We already routinely drug boys to control their masculinity. Those that escape the needle and act out against the spirit of the age, and that can be identified, must and will pay a terrible price. Can there possibly be any doubt left that “cancel culture” must move to its inevitable end? If you don’t think so, just what exactly do you think will stop it? Congress passing a law?
Should the tyranny that has descended on our age ever gain the power it seeks and then be challenged enough to feel itself in danger, the mass annihilations that will be carried out by homosexual, transsexual, and especially lesbian commissars will exceed in scale and cruelty anything that has yet happened in known history. Imagine lesbian mulatta commissars with young Martin Sheen face and haircut manning the future Bergen-Belsens, installations that will span tens of miles.
At first I thought this an excellent example of making a point using colorful exaggeration, a technique at which BAP excels (e.g. later he describes a machine Hollywood uses to harness psychic energy). But, now, I am not so sure. If it happens, it will do so at a speed which will leave no time to react against it.
BAP understands what must not be spoken: that giving women political “freedom” has saddled us with “an infection from which [we] can’t recover without the most terrible convulsions and the most thorough purgative measures.” The so-called liberation of “women makes democracy into a terminal disease…one that doesn’t just end a particular government, but the civilization.”
Of all the things that you blame for the decrepit times we live in, feminism and the “liberation” of women is both the proximate and the ultimate cause. Nothing so ridiculous as the liberation of women has ever been attempted in the history of mankind. It is an act of complete insanity, disguised as “logic,” “reason,” presented in the most absurd legalisms about supposed “rights”. The modern socialisms, the expansion of power of the state that squashes all initiative and all life, the hypocrisy of all political life in our time—all of this is to be attributed to the participation of women in political life…It is not women actually being free, but their “legal freedom,” a practical fiction, being used by a higher power to oppress, to dispossess, to intimidate and extort. It took one hundred years of women in public life for them to almost totally destroy a civilization.
It is seen as treason, or heresy, to utter such facts. Some know these truths, but dare not even whisper them, instead taking refuge in calls for “moderation”. There is no moderating the demon spirit that has been loosed. How far would a call to end women’s suffrage last? Any person in power stating such an outrage would meet his doom within the hour.
Men did not have to give power to women, especially in those republics where such questions were put to votes. Men could have decided to vote no, and that would have been an end to it. But they willingly surrendered! Which shows that whatever went wrong, went wrong before the matter was ever put to a vote.
Suffrage loomed when women “lost all respect for the males of [their] times.” BAP thinks the loss of respect “came when industrialists and bankers replaced the warrior nobility,” which is surely true. But how did men fall to such a lowly state to think that bankers and CEOs were the pinnacle of manly success?
Much of the blame for the fall of men can be blamed on the Enblindenment, where man ceased looking at the Son and stared too long into light of the Sun, and saw in it only his own reflection. It was his powers of reason that allowed man to confuse these lights. It was by reason that all the theorems of the false light were deduced. Equality, liberty (in the sense of lack of responsibility), and fraternity could not have been thought of were man not first convinced of the supremacy, and indeed singleness, of reason. His reason. Reason is all Modern man has.
What a sad thing reason is! Never was a god so lame. Give reason one false premise and it builds an ideology. It was reason that told men it was far better to be a tenured academic, or to code apps to optimize ad placements (which Yours Truly did at one time), than to be a warrior or explorer or true scientist. Men by their reason said it was well to put matters of morality and truth to vote, because then the combined power of reason, the sovereign Will Of The People, would invariably lead to what was best. A farcical lie.
It was only natural that women, being women and desiring men, lost respect for the kind of males reason created.
“Feminism then is the revolt against the outrage of democracy.” Women “have been in revolt against the inability of the bugman to command authority or respect.” BAP sees, as we see, that “there is no bottom to this ‘freedom’ or revolution. There won’t be any opportunity to say ‘I told you so’: they will never ‘learn a lesson’ from their foolishness.” Only an exterior force, a man (I never cease quoting Parkinson) with the moral courage to fire on the crowd, will stop the leftist singularity.
BAP says BAM is not a book of philosophy and that it is instead an exhortation. It is that, a most rousing speech. But he’s wrong that it isn’t philosophy. It isn’t so in the academic sense, which is to his vast credit. It is instead the best kind of philosophy, the kind that makes you wonder Just how wrong have I been? How much larger is the world than I have thought?
What weapons, what practical means, would BAP employ against our Modern tyranny? The first one, and the one I find unbelievable critics missed, is the speech itself. This book is dangerous in the hands of youth. It can remove the stain of indoctrination and loosen the grip of the Modern Mindset, a most valuable service in and of itself. It doesn’t matter it is an imperfect book, or that it has the occasional jocular absurdity, or that it has inconsistencies. It does the job we needed it to do.
The other tactics are so simple that you already know all of them. Men should make strong friends; they should encourage and support one another. They should master their bodies and their minds. Listen to Confucius: “A gentleman eats without stuffing his belly; chooses a dwelling without demanding comfort; is diligent in his office and prudent in speech; seeks the company of the virtuous in order to strengthen his own ways.”
Pray. Read old books. Seek the beautiful and sublime. Do not pollute your mind with trash. When and “if…young leftist men will start lifting and worshiping beauty, they will be forced to leave the left.” Embrace sacrifice.
None of these are easy! The struggle is constant with failure more usual than achievement. Yours Truly has a lifetime of debits that far outweigh his credits. But you must never give up or give in.
If you, like Anton, think these merits of BAM are nothing special, then you have not grasped that the best way to stave off the effects of the collapse is local, starting with yourself, with your family and friends. You cannot and must not love the world, but you can love God and your neighbor.
BAP is careful not to evoke “self help”, nor does he tell you what to do beyond a few practicalities. For instance. Toys that make life “easy” are not inherently bad, though the uses to which they are put often are. Carry a “device” that lets you look up any “fact”, and soon, very soon, your memory withers. With that withering comes other unfortunate effects. Self-mastery is ever the key.
Get out of suburbs, which are “absolute hell to raise children in, especially boys.” Do not encourage or yourself “go on marches where [you] could be identified and tracked for life.” Eschew activism. But do tease without pity the powers that be. Our masters can take all manner of insults, slights, harm and calumny—except ridicule. The more you can make people laugh at elites, the stronger you will be, but also the greater danger for you. Right now, the punishment is limited to banning people from on-line venues (acts which are being directed in part by governments) and from having bank accounts. Worse is coming.
Join the military, if you can stomach it, and seek out the hard life. But keep your head down and your views on these subjects private.
Yet not all can remain anonymous and silent. Some of us have to speak out in our own names to encourage others.
Lastly, for my Christian brothers, don’t let the whole “pervert” business throw you. There is all sort of silly play in the book, designed in good humor for those who remember how to laugh and whose senses of humor has not atrophied. Remember that Christians have a long history of learning from pagans.
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