The dissident Right frequently invokes tradition as a cure for our ills. Tradition is esteemed as a panacea. A one word solution. The only solution we need. The way forward is said to be backward. Just hit the rewind button to get to a more favorable time and copy that model in the present. I am going to have to dissent from the dissidents on this point. In order to survive Dixie must adapt. Time and history only march in one direction whether we like it or not. There is one reason alone why we have consistently lost to the Left: Failure to adapt and innovate fast enough. It is the mentality that must be broken because we just can’t sustain many more such losses. If nostalgia is one hand, then compelling forward-vision is the other. If tradition is one glove, then innovation and adaptation is the other.
Let us suppose an ongoing war between two gods. One named Evol, the other Stasis. Evol is the lesser god, but he has dreams of ruling the land. He is quite wicked and continually continually contrives new schemes, new disguises and even new weapons. You never know what he is going to come up with next. Stasis is of utmost moral virtue, and is indeed the greater god. His predictable strategy is to stand his ground and fight, but only if he must fight, lest someone doubt his virtue. He doesn’t really have any plans, other than to stand his ground whenever Evol attacks, and he always stands his ground the exact same way every time, just the way his grandfather did against Evol’s grandfather. He has resolved to never budge and inch. Why would he change a thing, since he is right in the first place? Whenever Evol goes away for a little while, Stasis likes to play his banjo and relax. Unfortunately, Stasis drowned when the glaciers melted and sea levels rose. He stood his ground honorably to the very end though. Evol then ravaged Stasis’ wife, ate Stasis’ children and now Evol’s descendants rule the land.
Every extant species on this planet is here for one reason: It evolved fast enough to survive. Every extinct species that once existed on this planet is extinct for one reason: It did not evolve fast enough to survive. The fossil record tells us “adapt or perish.” The business world tells us “innovate or die.” Likewise the lessons of war tell us that we must out-innovate and out-adapt our enemies. What will Dixie do?
Dixie must innovate, adapt and evolve if She is going to last much longer. We simply do not live in the conditions our forbears lived under and cannot rely on the same methods. But methods originate in our thinking. It is our thinking that must adapt. We must embrace innovation and seek a lot of next big “things” or we will be trampled by those who do. This is not a problem for Yankeedom. Nobody ever accused them of lacking ingenuity, being stuck in the past or lacking utopian visions. There is a reason Yankeedom was more industralized, and had an edge over us in the Abolitionist War. There is a reason why they had more railroads, more factories, more inventions, more guns. It is the same reason today why Big Tech is overwhelmingly Leftwing. There is a reason why the Left dominates the film industry. There is a reason why MIT is developing sophisticated robots, which will eventually be outfitted with guns to form a robot army to fight us with, while Dixie is... [crickets]. As a race they simply have a creative drive and make good use of it. It seems Dixie lacks this creative drive and, outside of music, She seems to even be hostile to creativity. I believe that is one of our biggest problems today. The only way to defeat ones enemies is to out-evolve them, and Dixie has a long track record of failing miserably at that task. We must do things differently from what we have traditionally done and that requires that we first think differently from what we have already thought. We must learn to crave and seek innovation, which begins with innovations of thought (aka paradigm shifts).
This does not mean all traditions are bad and it does not mean we need to hop on the Insane Train of Abolition, Miscegenation, Feminism, Globohomo, etc. It means we need to have our own progressive visions. Nostalgia is not power. Vision is power, and we perish for the lack of it. It means we need to look to novel solutions which spring from novel ways of thinking, being open minded, thinking outside the box, not being immediately hostile to every new idea. We should instead treasure new ideas and examine them for merit and utility. I personally think the biggest innovations we need are low-tech. I think we need innovations in our thinking and language most of all. Almost everything else just flows naturally from there anyway.
This essay started out with a pessimistic tone with yanks and the Left in general having a natural edge over us due to population genetics alone. But I believe there is a catch-22 that gives us the advantage in the end if we can just adapt our thinking enough. It looks to me like creativity and kookiness go hand in hand, as if perhaps the tolerance for cognitive dissonance is somehow linked (probably influenced by the same genes) to tendencies toward creativity and innovation. We see it in population differences between us and yanks, and the momentary suspension of critical thinking is the first rule for having a brainstorm session for ideas. We see that creativity is sometimes linked to psychoactive drug use. If we are naturally conservative, and naturally critical of new ideas, then we are less prone to some of the delusions rampant among the Left. If we can understand the value of progressive vision, innovation and adaptation, and discipline ourselves to be open, even to seek diligently and cultivate them, then we can have the best of both faculties. We can have creativity without kookery, innovation without insanity. The John Browns of the world cannot do that.
I’m going to challenge readers here to suggest answers to some questions most Dixians won’t ask but should. I look forward to reading your replies.
1) What is a good, progressive vision for Dixie’s future?
2) Suppose an angel told you Dixie would have to last another thousand years under harsh occupation before getting a chance to become sovereign. What would be your strategy to help Dixie last that long?
3) What are some traditions, habits or thinking that are holding us back?
4) What are some traditions, habits or thinking that we should probably keep?
5) What are some lapsed traditions, habits or thinking that we should revive?
6) What are some innovations that may prove helpful?
7) What are some innovations we should reject?
8) How else can we out-evolve our enemies?
Long Leaf’s family has lived in Eastern NC since colonial times. Now he witnesses another colonization that he’s not too happy about. After seeing and hearing so much evil, he had to speak. His only qualification is his motivation. Long Leaf only pawn in game of strife.