Wednesday, August 03, 2016
What is “genuine right wing thought?”
Right wing thought does not begin with the Southern Agrarians, Russell Kirk, Pat Buchanan, Edmund Burke, or even Aristotle or the Christian fathers, it begins with the primary biological origin of social behavior, and that began at the beginning of life. Then later the foundation of right wing thought began to include the evolutionary selection of human nature way back in hunter/gatherer times, which included being generally kin-centered, gender defined, age-graded, heterosexual marriage-making, hierarchical, ethnocentric, even xenophobic, and religious-making, among other things, with group-selection as the primary unit of successful selection.
This real history of right wing thought now needs to include the writings of sociobiologist Edward Wilson---who would probably consider himself only a naturalist, like Wendell Berry. But most conservatives won't include Wilson it seems because he defines religion as mainly an evolutionary adaptation allowing people to bond better for better survival and reproduction. Conservatives usually consider religion as the bedrock of conservatism and believe that sociobiology will undermine that foundation. This need not be the outcome of upgrading conservatism with sociobiology.
What is required is the transformation of the understanding of spiritualism as being in reality super-materialism, and the knowledge that we reach real Godhood only through successful material survival and evolution all the way to supermaterial Godhood. I believe the philosophy of theological materialism is the necessary addition to right wing thought and conservatism (and could even deepen the left). The Twofold Path as described in theological materialism can retain the old spiritual and symbolic idea of a God seen inwardly in the Involutionary Inward Path, which was the first hint long ago in the East and the West of the real Godhood reached through the Evolutionary Outward Path of material evolution to real Godhood, and this is an ever ongoing evolution.
As I have written here before, I do not believe the Guenon/Evola-founded Traditionalist School, now represented by the Russian Alexander Dugin, who hates the West, is the answer to genuine right wing thought either. With all due respect to Guenon, who was a great thinker, I believe the Traditionalist School adds up to a dead end regarding future religious philosophy, especially when the Traditionalist School turns away from the modern world and rejects Western science in their mystical or religious pronouncements, even to the point of supporting radical Islam. The real synthesis comes from including science in religion (Guillaume Faye's Archeofuturism does at least try to include modern science.) The real religious problem comes from the non-material spiritualism of both paganism and traditional religions, which now need to take a secondary backseat to the vital evolutionary-biological elements of religion and Godhood.
I believe this defines the deepest conservatism, which leads toward a political philosophy of not a single-ethnic-group-imperial-fascism, not global big business, not Marxism, but leads toward ethnopluralism, the decentralizing of ethnic cultures into ethnostates, protected by federalism, which is in accord with real human nature. In the U.S. this could even be conservatively accommodated by the constitutional separation of powers and states.
Can conservatism and genuine right wing thought make this change? If it cannot, religion and conservatism are probably doomed to replacement by some untried revolutionary scheme, such as rule by super-intelligent machines.