What Is Power?

Power is the ability, and also the obligation, to hurt people.

Anyone who has, or has had, any kind of power understands this, either explicitly or intuitively. Having power means you make decisions that affect a group. Some decisions will hurt someone or some people in the group. Hurt their feelings or hurt their wallet, or both. To have power, you have to be ok with this, which is why a lot of people attain some sort of leadership position and end up quitting. They don’t like all the bitching, and the reason they don’t is because they care. Maybe they care too much for others opinions, or maybe they just hate to hurt anyone, but they care.

Some people are ok with the bitching and moaning. They may be able to consistently maintain a higher view, a longer vision for what they’re trying to accomplish that over-rides criticism. IOW, they see the greater good. Others are thick-skinned, some actually like hurting people, some lack empathy, some put blinders on, etc., etc. For a variety of reasons, some just don’t mind hurting people.

Now let’s think about this when it comes to real power. Power over a large group. In a democracy, or a meritocracy, power is not given or conferred. You have to earn it. Which is another way of saying you have to take it. So who’s willing to take it? Who’s ok with hurting large numbers of people? Simple logic dictates that in a democratic meritocracy, the ones who seek the most power are the most sociopathic. People who are just fine with sending young men to their deaths, who’ll destroy anyone in their way, who’ll hide bodies, who’ll lie about their crimes. They do these things, and more, not always because they want to, but because real power demands it.

Who has the advantage in the struggle for real power? The man with higher vision who’s willing to get blood on his hands for the greater good? Or the sociopath who’s not just willing to be cruel, but likes it?

2 guesses, and the first one doesn’t count.

Having a leader means acceding to someone else’s power. In the end, strength is in numbers, so we the masses do have the most power, but we can’t organize, never could. Still there’s always the danger of mass revolt, which means we do have power, when it can be harnessed. So for us, which is the safer bet, conferring power by birthright, or allowing someone to earn (take) it? My bet is on Monarchy.

I’ve read this somewhere: With a Monarchy, you sometimes get a bad king. With a Democracy, you always get a bad king.

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Revolution vs. Restoration

A wonderful piece over at Social Matter. Arthur Gordian’s essay is long, but worth your time. His (and, of course, Voegelin’s) depiction of modern Gnosticism is very fine.

So many good quotes. Here are some of my favorites:

“the death of the spirit is the price of progress…”

“It steals the language and symbolism of Christianity but imposes a rationalist interpretation that makes those symbols opaque. Forcing an irrational literalism on the corpus mysticum Christi by transferring that symbol to the democratic voting body of the state strips the original symbol of any meaning it preserved, while creating a delusional second-reality around the character of national citizenship. In other words, to equate the equality of membership in the mystical body of Christ with equality of membership in a secular corporate state is an act of egophantic delusion so deep as to require a Hegel-scale of hubris.”

“The progressive seeks the utter destruction of all civilization in order to remake reality in his own image, and in this way to become like God. The conservative, on the other hand, is content to live in a state of semi-ruined civilization, destroying the aspects he disagrees with while assuming the rest of the structure will not fall down upon his head.”

“The Taliban-like desire to destroy the monuments of the past, in the form of the traditions and faith of Western civilization, can only be considered good in the mind of a disordered individual. There are ultimately two forces in the West that struggle for the souls of Man according to Voegelin: the forces of Revolution and Restoration.”

“One cannot teach human equality without teaching death to the naturally unequal, either in the form of Jacobin and communist murder of the above-average or Nazi murder of the below-average. Any social religion of equality is tantamount to a call for mass murder.”

“Political liberalism isn’t a cultural product of Christianity, but a heretical and competing faith.”

On the Gnostic pleasure in transgression: “Ultimately, the greatest transgression for the Enlightenment philosopher is the transgression of treason, not just to the particular ruler of a particular nation but treason against the whole of Western civilization.”

“Tyranny, contrary to the claims of Ratcliffe, is not a function of power but of immorality.”

“Democracy, built on the foundation of destroying the morals of the people in order to ensure uniformity and docility of the population, can tolerate any vice, but healthy families, moral individuals, and orthodox Christianity may not be permitted under such a regime.”

“As has been mentioned numerous times, the equality of Man exists in a spiritual sense, but has no bearing on the nature of secular government because that equality cannot be linked to a world-immanent notion like government without fundamentally perverting its meaning.”

“The notion of a Universal Humanity, often described in these days as a “global citizen,” is fundamentally gnostic in character and destructive. Universal Humanity only exists in the context of the quest by Man to seek conscious participation in divine reality through the Holy Church.”

“Liberal cosmopolitanism crushes reality beneath its incessant demand that the world should be like heaven, when reality demonstrates otherwise. Common sense demonstrates that human beings are not all equal, and the act of violence which forces them to become equal merely serves to make them equal in their destruction.”

On abortion: “Like all victims of gnostic political violence, murdered children are chosen because they are made to be scapegoats for the imposition of reality over the second reality delusion of gnostic political correctness. When the reality of nature and nature’s God imposes itself on a gnostic woman, she must confront the conflict between reality and dogma, as described above. The dogma of liberal democracy is that she is fully equal to men in every way, entitled to a life of pleasure, and is not subject to responsibilities which she has not voluntarily chosen. Nature disagrees.”

On the failure of the Church to stand against Gnostic tyranny and mass murder (abortion, 60 million plus), or the government that allows/encourages it, or the liberal democratic structure of Western Civilization that fosters only corruption: “No major denomination has ever challenged the legitimacy of the American tyranny on the grounds that complicity with the regime made them party to the deaths of tens of millions.”

Reaction And The Charge Of Gnosticism: A Discussion On Voegelin

The Right Message, From Porter

This is really just an excuse to link to the mighty Porter, who IMO is the best blogger in the biz. This article does touch on a topic we covered recently in The State of Dis-Grace, so I think my excuse is plausible. Relevant quote: “A cut I haven’t yet mentioned is the one left by progressive degeneracy. As these are creatures who can only swallow while swimming, they must continually push forward for sustenance. Yesterday’s advance is merely today’s tradition, and so must be succeeded by more rapid advances still. That is how we went from expressions of mild disgust for homosexuals, to ordaining them as moral exemplars in one generation.”

Best quote is the next line: “But championing men who sexually gratify other men in the women’s bathroom may as well be the Waltons at this point. The real civil rights initiative is to fully suppress the human gag reflex before it can mature.”

So, without further ado, feast your eyes: The Right Message Indeed

A Pagan Knows the Score

Another good one from Zman, highlighting yet another reason why Christian culture is always superior to any other faith system. Christianity lifts cultures, it doesn’t destroy and replace them. It doesn’t obliterate a culture’s past or identity.

Gnosticism always kills the host.

The Death of You