Sunday, July 7, 2019

The West Is Failing Because of Ethnic Disunity and Failed Ideology

Source: Russia Insider

By Dmitry Orlov | July 7, 2019

Orlov is one of our favorite essayists on Russia and all sorts of other things. He moved to the US as a child, and lives in the Boston area.

He is one of the better-known thinkers The New Yorker has dubbed 'The Dystopians' in an excellent 2009 profile, along with James Howard Kunstler, another regular contributor to RI (archive). These theorists believe that modern society is headed for a jarring and painful crack-up.

He is best known for his 2011 book comparing Soviet and American collapse (he thinks America's will be worse). He is a prolific author on a wide array of subjects, and you can see his work by searching him on Amazon.

He has a large following on the web, and on Patreon, and we urge you to support him there, as Russia Insider does.

His current project is organizing the production of affordable house boats for living on. He lives on a boat himself.

If you haven't discovered his work yet, please take a look at his archive of articles on RI. They are a real treasure, full of invaluable insight into both the US and Russia and how they are related.

Over the past week there has been a spike of renewed interest in an essay I wrote a year ago, Barbarians Rampage through Europe's Cemetery, in which I described how the steady degradation of the Western countries is being speeded up by the arrival of migrants from incompatible ethnic groups. What provoked this renewed interest was a post by Paul Craig Roberts in which he described my essay as "Europe's—and America's— obituary." I certainly stand by everything I wrote—no matter how many people it rubs the wrong way—but over the intervening year I have done some research that has helped me understand why exactly the Western project has gone off the rails, and it turns out that I have a lot more to say on the subject.

There is a popular trend to denigrate what is being referred to as "biological determinism." Factors as our biological sex (not gender, mind you), our breeding (the result of environmental pressures to which our ancestry was subjected) and our instinctual, organic reactions and drives (for which our conscious minds try to account by creating fictional stories and concocting after-the-fact rationales) are denigrated.

Human nature is treated as infinitely malleable and moldable into any conceivable shape using indoctrination and education.

The maternal instinct to take care of the young no mater whose (or of what species) and the paternal instinct to oppose external threats and repel external aggression even at the cost of one's life—these are regarded as resulting from social conditioning and of fixed and restrictive gender roles, which are considered obsolete and harmful, and not from instinct. When it is evidenced in other mammalian species, that of course is instinct, but we are not animals (or so we tell ourselves). To listen to some people, the only instinctual behaviors we are granted are breathing, suckling and, of course, masturbation. According to them, that’s the only behavior where our instinctual nature must be given free rein. And this is, of course, preposterous.

But this doesn't really matter. There is no reason to hold some sort of intellectual debate on this question, no more than one should argue with animals, be they wild or domesticated. If they are animals, which they are, then all we have to do is observe them in their natural habitat (air-conditioned boxes, mostly) and see how well they do. And it turns out that those who deny their instinctual nature and go against their instinctual drives go… extinct. Instinct or extinct—the choice is yours. Chase nature out the door and it will jump back in through the window; toss it out the window and it will climb down the chimney. Nature Always Wins. And, make no mistake, according to Nature we are just a bunch of uppity animals.

Culture does matter for something. Most importantly, each ethnos at each stage in its development (a process called ethnogenesis) evolves a specific set of positive ethnic stereotypes. Stereotypical behaviors are those that are required of individuals in order for them to be considered socially adequate. They may include various nice-to-haves such as holding doors and yielding seats to the elderly and to women. They include standards of comportment and demeanor, choice of dress and language and a myriad other details, and a violation of any of these sets off an alarm. As an ethnos develops, some stereotypical behaviors are phased out while others are phased in; what is important is that the entire set of them remains consistent throughout the ethnos.

In this sense, cultural stereotypes are helpful in maintaining ethnic solidarity, but they are mutable and artificial. But there is a far more important principle involved, which is masked by ethnic stereotypes and which is based not on culture but on biological instinct—the principle of complementarity.

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