“Conservatism starts from a sentiment that all mature people can readily share: the sentiment that good things are easily destroyed, but not easily created”Roger Scruton
After I posted my introduction last week I immediately received a comment that I was expecting, the obvious question of definition. What is conservatism, what is the right-wing, and how do we approach culture and criticism from a conservative right-wing perspective.
Defining conservatism is difficult because unlike progressive ideology a lot of right-wing thought lacks what the left calls praxis or application. Neo-Marxist theories of feminism and deconstruction are materialistic, simplistic, and easy to use as a bludgeon even by the dullest of thinkers. On the other hand, conservatism is difficult and introspective. Conservatism lacks the rush of chaos and excitement that progressive destruction gives you, it’s much more fun and easy to take a sledgehammer to a structure than to build one from the ground up, or more representative of conservatism, to maintain it and pass it to others.
The discussion of political conservatism, the right-wing, conservative values, can fill entire volumes and goes well beyond the scope of what I want The Dacian to focus on. But, I do plan on reviewing, recommending, and discussing books from the right and even going over some interesting bits of conservative political history and how we can apply the concepts and theory to our corner of the culture.
For the time being, I want to outline several core principles of what I consider “right-wing” and the basic perspective framework I will use on The Dacian. The majority of these points are taken from, and much better outlined by The Distributist in his excellent video To be “right-wing“.. My own philosophical and political outlook is always developing but I find the following points to be a great practical starting point.
- A critical starting point that must be accepted is that right-wing thought outside of mainstream controlled opposition is the counterculture. Left-wing progressive thought from feminism to intersectionality is currently the accepted religious dogma of mainstream culture. To be right-wing is to be a counterculture warrior.
- Life has meaning, transcendence spiritual or philosophical is possible. Nihilism must be scorned and rejected. There is an absolute good in the universe and there is most defiantly absolute evil, and the two are not morally equivalent. Sauron is evil and all he touches is corrupt.
- Virtue is key, man must strive to virtue, power, or victim-hood do not endow one with virtue, it must be attained through action. Good men can fail to be virtuous. Men must focus on uplift over comfort, constantly fighting against the forces of chaos and entropy. Moral uplift, not pleasure must be the goal.
- Community, brotherhood, and citizenship. The idea that one is part of a bigger community, and will build on the past to leave something for the future. Men must have skin in the game, take ownership of the world around them and build, create, and protect. This is best illustrated in the Kings of Gondor and the love of the Shire shared by the Hobbits. The book started by Bilbo is finished by Samwise and passed on to later generations.
- Human nature is fallen, the world is in the grip of entropy, chaos reigns, all Kings die and all kingdoms turn to dust, to be forgotten by the ages.
- Hierarchy and Sovereignty. Equality does not exist, some are better leaders, smarter thinkers, and some ideas and systems are superior. Hierarchies are the ideal state of man, to honorably fulfill your duty to those above you and serve those below you as a strong and protective leader.
The above points can be used as a basic framework for evaluating a given work of art or fiction and can be used as a springboard for starting the in-depth discussion from a right-wing perspective. Will this be successful, I can’t answer that question after all this is an amateur attempt at approaching pop-culture topics from a perspective I find neglected. My main goal is to engage in an interesting conversation with readers and writers and hopefully expand my point of view beyond the dull mainstream.
Feel free to comment below on the above points, discussion and disagreement are welcome. Also, please let me know what topics, novels, movies, you would like to be reviewed or discussed in the future.