"TO EMBODY THE INNER IDEAL OF FASCIST SELF MASTERY ONE MUST CULTIVATE THEIR INNER AUTHORITARIAN. ONE MUST BECOME THE DICTATOR OVER ONESELF..."
LIBERAL SELF IMPROVEMENT vs FASCIST SELF MASTERY
PUBLISHED: 11th October, 2018 | By Richard Heathen
As the decayed edifice of modernity moves along to its inevitable conclusion, more and more young men are finding their souls empty, and hollowed out inside. Thus, they are seeking something more. It’s therefore no surprise that seemingly inspirational figures like Jordan B Peterson are becoming more and more popular. Peterson, with his message of liberal self improvement appears to be an iconoclast going against the cult of hyper egalitarianism. However, is Peterson really as revolutionary as he seems? Peterson promotes a message of self-improvement, strengthening yourself against the coming storms of life is what he says, but what is it really that he is promoting?
When we look closer, Peterson really isn’t promoting anything revolutionary, but is simply propping up the existing order. The relentless march and institutionalization of leftist ideologies is creating a situation where young men, particularly young white men, are finding themselves more and more disenfranchised. The disenfranchisement of large numbers of young, fighting age men, who have no reason to be invested in the status quo, spells doom for any social order. If young men don’t feel as if they have anything to lose, or even that they might have something to gain from the fall of the existing social order, it’s not inconceivable that they would act on that notion, and hasten the fall of this wasteland we call a society. Large numbers of young men who don’t have a prospect for starting a family or engaging in meaningful work are very dangerous for both the stability of society and for those who rule. Peterson knows this. He’s admitted as much. What Peterson is doing is damage control for the existing order.
Let's contrast this against the truly revolutionary-counter-revolutionary fascist ideal of self mastery.
The fascist ideal of self mastery consists of first and foremost casting away the view of oneself as an atomized individual disconnected from history, as well as other bourgeois ideals. Instead, seeing oneself as part of an ongoing continuum reaching back thousands of years and looking forward a thousand years to your descendants.
It’s important to note that when I say liberal, I don’t mean it in the contemporary sense as just another synonym for leftist, but in the classical sense. Likewise, it’s equally important to note that when I say ‘fascistic’ I don’t mean fascism in the colloquial usage of the term, which uses it as a synonym for bad, or authoritarian. Instead I mean it in the transcendent, the celebration of strength and beauty as found in antiquity and before, embodied by the writings of Julius Evola. Evola’s worldview could be called spiritual fascism. Evola simply called his perspective traditionalism, but traditionalism is a very broad term, with completely different meanings to different people. Many people hear the word traditional and picture a nuclear family in the 1950’s. This is certainly not what Evola meant when he talked about traditionalism.
The liberal concept of ‘self improvement’ as promoted by Jordan Peterson, on the outside seems very much like what I would call the ‘fascistic’ concept of self mastery. While the path may look very similar, that is, starting where you are and making incremental steps to becoming a better, stronger person, the destination is worlds apart. Peterson’s concept of self improvement is based on the atomized individual working to improve himself so that he might adapt to the world and happily find a place within the existing neo-liberal social and economic order.
While the fascist concept of self mastery consists of dedicating oneself wholeheartedly to an ideal in an never-ending process of becoming, so that one might transcend the mindset of modern man and thus break free of the shackles of materialism.
What does this mean, and why does it matter?
According to Evola, men and women of antiquity weren’t just atomized individuals pursuing their own rational self interests in a market economy. Instead, they saw society as the manifestation of a divine unity and a natural hierarchy which reflected the unique nature of each man, with merchants near the bottom, and warriors and priests above. Liberalism reflects a complete inversion of these values, with the acquisition of material wealth being viewed by many as the most important aspect of life, and war being seen as the ultimate evil. Spirituality too has become de-sanctified, perceived by the “enlightened” masses as nothing but laughable superstition. As such, the liberal seeks to acclimate themselves better to their environment, in a Darwinian pursuit to thus exist more successfully within the confines of their environment, i.e. the existing international social order. The fascist however, seeks to master himself so that he might become strong enough to play some part in the fall of that same order.
For the fascist, while it’s important to be successful in the existing order (after all how can one transcend it if one is unable to navigate and thrive within it?) success within the existing social order isn’t the goal, but just a necessary prerequisite for a much greater goal.
To embody the inner ideal of fascist self mastery one must cultivate their inner authoritarian. One must become the dictator over oneself. As products of modernity, most of us are inherently lazy, gluttonous and wasteful. We must overcome this weakness and learn to dominate ourselves so we can therefore dominate our environment. Thus is the path of transcendence.
This reflects a fundamentally different view of life.
The central difference between liberal self improvement and fascist self mastery is this; the goal of self improvement being for the liberal, happiness of the individual. While the fascist seeks self mastery so that he may pursue a higher calling requiring the sacrifice of his mind, spirit and if necessary his body, to something higher, something beyond himself, a greater and more lofty goal than simple individual fulfillment. This doesn’t mean that the fascist is a martyr, but that through pursuing his will to power he is able to personify a higher ideal to inspire and thus ennoble his fellow man, creating an upward trajectory for his tribe and perhaps if he’s great enough, his entire nation.
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