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Reactionary Musings for All to Combat America's Woke Exports

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Marek Jan Chodakiewicz By Monday, 20 December 2021 09:50 AM Current | Bio | Archive

I have reported here and elsewhere a number of times about America’s leading role in the world of ideas (economy, technology, etc.). But as far as ideologies, American imports are usually leftist, wokeism in particular.

This is evident both in theory and practice. When American revolutionaries desecrated a statue of a hero of the War for Independence, General Tadeusz Kościuszko, in D.C., their Polish counterparts immediately defaced his image in Warsaw.

Sometimes, our intellectual contributions enhance and transform European ideological offerings which are then dispatched back to the Old Continent in a new package. For instance, although born in Germany on Moscow’s orders in the interwar period, Antifa arrived on these shores in the 1980s.

American leftists regurgitated the old product and, in the process, transformed it into a much more dangerous weapon. Now the European radicals ape “anti-fascism” the progressive American way.

Naturally, there is a market for American conservative offerings as well. For example, recently, a Polish publishing house put out a translation (with my introduction) of The Conservative Revolution: The Movement that Remade America by my colleague Lee Edwards.

I wonder how the Europeans would react to the latest work by a good acquaintance of mine, Michael Warren Davis: The Reactionary Mind: Why “Conservative” Isn’t Enough.

The Reactionary Mind is a manual to obtain happiness. It is really simple: Just remember the Middle Ages, a happy, happy time. Well, Europe should go back 500 years, but America only 200, according to Davies.

Ditch the accoutrements of post-modern life. Get rid of your iPhone; delete social media accounts. You may keep your emails.

Don’t be afraid to stand up for what’s right. Make your voice heard, even loudly if you have to. You’ll be the tougher for it.

The author does posit that his book is not to be taken seriously, and that we should be focused on raising our children, as opposed to focusing what may or may not belong rightfully in the male domain.    

Get married, have children; smoke a pipe, and not cigars; raise chickens in your own backyard. Hunt and exercise outdoors. Read and write poetry. Re-discover God. Pray. Laugh.

Essentially, check out of life as you know it. Create an alternative, reactionary structure. Enjoy a simple life. Live outside of, and away from, the insanity of the woke post-modern world.

Here Davis channels Roy Dreher, as if the woke Gestapo was incapable of locating and smashing even a most inaccessible and hidden reactionary utopia. Escapism will not suffice.

Further, survival strategies from the 1970s in Central and Eastern Europe are inadequate for post-modern America; I know. I practiced them as a teenager in our dissident family.

The Reactionary Mind seems to reconcile itself that the traditional system is essentially lost forever; and so the United States seems to be. That may be true. But most likely the rumor of America’s demise is premature: at least as long as I live.

Granted, involvement at the family level makes sense and so does political action at the community level, including voting always for the lesser evil in local elections. That much Davis allows.

Here I am surprised that The Reactionary Mind fails to consider a Reconquista or a crusade. Instead, we are supposed to live a joyful life as everything burns around us. Should we not notice it? Is everything out of our hands?

True, all’s in God’s hands but have we not been put on this earth to fight the Good Fight? We do not have to win it; we are, however, expected to fight it. We know that we win at the end for it has been promised that the Gates of Hell shall not overcome the Kingdom of Heaven.

Let me offer a couple of disclaimers. Forget about everything you were ever taught at school about the medieval period: no more social history, no more rotten teeth; no Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie or anyone else from the Annales school.

Many an European reactionary would bristle at the author’s effort as interloping on sacred grounds that the Old Continent believes it has a monopoly on because of a storied tradition of reactionary thinkers. What can Americans possibly contribute?

Well, American reactionaries may be few and far between. Nonetheless, there have been a number of formidable thinkers: John Randolph of Ronaoke, Russel Kirk, Richard Weaver, and now we have Michael Warren Davis. And we enjoy him, too.

Marek Jan Chodakiewicz is Professor of History at the Institute of World Politics, a graduate school of statecraft in Washington D.C.; expert on East-Central Europe's Three Seas region; author, among others, of "Intermarium: The Land Between The Baltic and Black Seas." Read Marek Jan Chodakiewicz's Reports — More Here.

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The Reactionary Mind is a manual to obtain happiness. It is really simple: Just remember the Middle Ages, a happy, happy time. Well, Europe should go back 500 years, but America only 200, according to Davies.
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Monday, 20 December 2021 09:50 AM
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