Wake up! Four horses are at our doorstep.

Last month, the National Reformationist published my article outlining the United Nations warning of the climate emergency. This is more of a long-term situation. One sequel was a 6 September 2021 article I read, "Call for emergency action to limit global temperature increases, restore biodiversity, and protect health", an editorial signed by editors of more than 230 medical journals, saying, among other things:

  • A global increase of 1.5° C above the pre-industrial average and the continued loss of biodiversity risk catastrophic harm to health that will be impossible to reverse.

  • Global heating is also contributing to the decline in global yield potential for major crops …

  • Allowing the consequences to fall disproportionately on the most vulnerable will breed more conflict, food insecurity, forced displacement, and zoonotic disease—with severe implications for all countries and communities.

  • Rises above 1.5° C increase the chance of reaching tipping points in natural systems that could lock the world into an acutely unstable state.

  • … [I]nsufficient action means that temperature increases are likely to be well in excess of 2° C, a catastrophic outcome for health and environmental stability.

It turns out that these targets not only will not be met, but "Global emissions will rise 16 per cent by 2030 on 2010 levels under governments’ plans put forward since the start of 2020, according to the synthesis report from UN Climate Change. That puts the world ruinously off track for the 45 per cent cut that climate scientists say is needed to meet the Paris Agreement’s goal of holding global warming to 1.5° C." [https://www.newscientist.com/article/2290746-un-says-global-carbon-emissions-set-to-rise-16-per-cent-by-2030/#ixzz77DQSvwMb]

This morning (22 September 2021), I am reading three other events (among many similar ones):

  • Evergrande – This Chinese real estate conglomerate may not be able to pay the interest on its bonds, but its problems are minuscule, compared to the enormous debt generated by companies and China in its recent growth and production.

  • Possible default – If the U.S. Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling in October, even social security recipients could be denied a check, and the world's economy could crash.

  • Soaring natural gas prices – Capitalist greed, speculation, and price gouging threaten to force millions of Britons to go without heat this winter.

These are tips of three proverbial icebergs of problems stemming from the corrupted and materialistic ethos driving the unsustainable production and growth-oriented economies, such as the predatory, anarchistic, and parasitic capitalism dominating the socioeconomic landscape. As an aside, you may rightly ask about China; isn't that a communist country? That a government would allow private billionaires to thrive, let alone dominate the economy to the point where millions of lives depend upon their companies immediately, contradicts the alleged Chinese ideological tenets of "socialism", "communism", or whatever you want to call it.

Where is all this headed, and what can be done about it?

Think of a random process, such as Brownian movement, where a particle "walks" across a space but you're not knowing where it will go next. Additionally, your fate depends upon that movement. Now, think of your mental state, not unlike that of a gambler's with the last bit of pocket change, depending upon what the slot machine will display next. This last analogy is more apt, inasmuch as the powers-that-be care only about their futures, just like the gambling house owners.

At the center is the answer to this axial mandate set forth by these editors of the climate article, "… only fundamental and equitable changes to societies will reverse our current trajectory.". It is one that mainstream media scrupulously avoids, not the least of reasons which is the media is run mainly by large corporations. If one backs off and examines with a keen analytical eye the root of this problem, s/he will see among the reasons:

  • mounting energy demand, spawned by overpopulation and consumerism

  • anarchistic responses,

  • materialistic ethos

  • predation instead of cooperation

  • hypocritical reference to "community".

I wonder, somewhat tangentially, whether obesity rates suggest human psychological gluttony, another reflection of materialist values. Perhaps worse, especially among poor people, they reflect deep psychological distress.

Implications for the NRP

Situational awareness

Look about you and ask what is possible and then likely. Knowing your environment is situational awareness. I have said numerous times in response to the question about how to advance the State that our programme is a matter of necessity if this human subspecies is to survive the Holocene Extinction. It is not hyperbole to characterize the content of documents like the one above, this year's IPCC report, these real possibilities of financial meltdown due to capitalist greed, or the "Scientists warning" as bordering on panic. Panic often drives crowds (including societies) either to irrational frenzy, depression, or suicide.

In many cases, oppressive regimes emerge. Over the many decades and even centuries, the norm has been just as Aristotle predicted 2500 years ago in his Politics. Dictatorships are replaced – usually violently – by "democracies", which degenerate (because of demagoguery and incompetence) ultimately to dictatorships again. You need only to pick the newspapers on any day to see the particular events bearing out the prediction, most people are dissatisfied with their governments. The responses have had deleterious consequences, Robespierre, Stalin (after Lenin), WW I, and the U.S. financial meltdown (due to the failure of the government to act, let alone take actions to prevent the circumstances) coming to mind. It is clear that the prevailing ethos and libertarian-type ideology will fail once again to be effective against the unfolding events. It is not only the actors and their predatory mentality that pose problems.

Societies have become more complex and interdependent, even in the past 50 years or so. Actually, we can go back to 1914. Think back to the 1800s, where the assassination of an archduke would not have triggered a global war. If the U.S. Civil War occurred now, the whole world would have been involved. Global warming is a result of countries worldwide contributing to the problem, especially industrialized ones. The scams perpetrated by parasites like Bear Stearns, BNP Paribas, British bank Northern Rock, "investors", and other assorted speculators caused nothing short of misery for hundreds of millions worldwide.

It is routinely acknowledged that the U.S. has been fractured by the political infighting, with serious discussion in some quarters about secession, as in "47% of West Coast Dems, 66% of Southern Republicans Want to Secede From U.S.". If the future resembles the past, the social science observer will have to admit that, based on previous responses of liberal democratic regimes to social crises, matters will deteriorate further.

The philosophy

Knowing what to do presupposes knowing the philosophical platform on which action is to stand.

Promoting world community and cooperation is against the background of current deep mistrust of governments, authority, and even science, itself. Because of liberal democratic incompetence and anarchy, the reactionary response has been libertarianism, but this, too, is rooted in the pernicious myth of equality, every individual capable of making "rational" decisions. Either that or we have predation, again, the driving motivation of materialism. Libertarians generally reject authority, including religious, thus it is not surprising that many are atheists. Most pernicious is the "objectivism" developed by Ayn Rand, hallmarked by her work The Virtues of Selfishness. It assumes that everyone is a "rational" individual who should be allowed to make her/his own choices with no interference, that s/he knows what is best for her/him, regardless of what experts say, but worse, letting these individuals make decisions for others. Looking closely, this is another version of the liberal democratic equality myth, and it turns out from the long history of events, such a laissez-faire society inevitably leads to gross wealth inequality, poverty, anarchy, corruption, wars, and the types of problems we now are witnessing.

Years ago, I read a work, the exact title of which I forget, but along the lines of "The Root of All Religions", two general themes emerging of all humans musing about their origins (and the reasons for their existence) and the need for everyone to get along together, this latter following the general "do unto others" rule. The way we are going, the academics saying this "Golden Rule" could be shared by sadomasochists may have described our current world accurately. It may be this subspecies is carrying out Freud's Thanatos urge.

"Necessity is the mother of invention", and that mother is Nature herself. If we do not clean our figurative rooms, we will be removed from her house in the most unceremonious way, with coffins. Later, we will see that this mother will have something to say to us about how to respond.

One of the most significant stumbling blocks is the general mistrust of authority. I see it at all levels, from the libertarians rightly critiquing the demagoguery and incompetence of government officials to Ph.D.-level academics denying climate change, focusing on the shambles of peer-review, anarchy of responses to crises like COVID-19, and how monetization in academia (publish or perish, military contracting of researchers, medical profiteering) has corrupted science. I see at the center a low-road ethos, valuing materialism above the love of truth. Personal gain more often than not has come at the expense of community and cooperation, evidenced by the radical and growing wealth disparities, disparities having nothing to do with justice, fairness, or the legitimate rewarding of individual accomplishment.

Since the time of Christ, we have been admonished in the Western world to be more Christ-like. It is not far-fetched to argue that Christ, himself, even lived in India, homeland to Buddhism, where that religion's foundation eschewed materialism in deference to seeking truth. The reality has been the more materialist people have become, the less they have care for Christ-like/Buddhist values. I hear the response, "Should we discard materialism, then?". Think of "Live to eat versus eat to live.", and the comparison should be obvious. This human subspecies has become obese, cleaning out Nature's larder, that lard gravitating to the belly of the one percent, the rest of the corpus in envy of it.

Remember the "behavioral sink" rat experiment, called "Population Density and Social Pathology ", asking "...what are the effects of the social behavior of a species on population growth-and of population density on social behavior?"? "[A]nimals would crowd together in greatest number in one of the four interconnecting pens in which the colony was maintained." Ultimately, "...stress from social interaction led to such disruption of maternal behavior that few young survived.". While the overall point was about "social pressures generated by population density", we also note that even ideal conditions can generate problems, immediate application to us being that materialism will not save us. Only community and cooperation will.

The response

All buses need competent drivers, there should be a destination, and it is a good idea to have the passengers sober and, ideally, knowledgeable and ethical (in case of any eventualities).

This all leads to four questions:

  • Are all professional views equal?

  • Who should decide?

  • How do we universalize the best view?

  • How do we secure a place for a high-road ethos?

On top of this, in the face of an emergency, how do we implement a decision, and who should do it? By what means? What is to be the form of the solution?

The COVID-19 situation is a "test run", where the selfishness of those wanting their "freedom" and "individualism" threaten the well-being of others, the government standing at the crossroads, one direction towards anarchy, violence, and ultimate social destruction, the other to real solutions based on cooperation, community, and maximized well-being for all.

I see the medical paradigm for action most relevant, as it has immediacy, i.e., being less abstract than more long-range "social and economic well-being".

We have precedents for "authoritarianism" to forestall impending emergencies:

  • mental health

  • wartime

  • health – quarantines.

The social organism is very ill. As the U.S. declines, the ruling powers will become more desperate. Either a definitive emergency will generate a Stalinesque response or the collection of states as we know them will disassociate, the central regime becoming more impotent and ultimately irrelevant. With the long history of violence the arbitrator of disputes, you can expect much.

In the past, similar events have been unique and effective organizing tools. My prediction is that the future of the National Reformation Party will not hinge on the normal pamphleteering and organizational techniques used in a peacetime situation but will be shaped by an ever-increasing tumultuous environment. How we respond could determine the fate of our country. We, ourselves, must be organized if we are to organize.

One approach is shadow institutions, about which I have written in the past. Such enables our being able to develop prototype institutions, observing their operation in real-time, enabling us to perfect them to replace the collapsing ones. I propose this as a discussion item at the next NRP convention. In future articles, I will present my research findings.

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