In short, this is a place where I can put essays.
- I have a daily blog that is primarily about the lectionary, with deviations into evidence based medicine, poetry, art, and politics.
- There is also a place for pictures. This is updated a couple of ties a week.
- Finally, there is a shared blog about fitness and diet, that I run with my wife.
This is none of the above. It is a commentary, a set of essays. It is usually written about once a week, often looking at the week in reaction for material. Or older stuff.
Because the issue in the blog is restoration.
In the commonwealth, the old dominions have been subverted by firstly liberalism, then biculturalism, then multiculturalism, then mass immigration. The old imperial idea that we were British colonia producing food for the home country and soldiers when required led to the development of Australia, New Zealand and Canada. This is now broken.
The Canucks at Northern Dawn understand this.
When Northern Dawn first launched, we did not label ourselves as conservative, or nationalist, or even alt-right. Although these labels aren’t entirely inaccurate, we called it a project of Restoration. It’s time to delve into the full extent of what that means.
First, we are not conservative for one very simple reason. There is nothing left to conserve. Not in a large scale political sense, at any rate. Liberalism is the geopolitical order, the state ideology, and a good deal of the culture. Even so-called Rightist movements like the Counter-jihad claim to oppose Islam because it is not progressive enough. Our forebears in ancient Europe, Christendom, and the imperial era passed down much. But the flame must be rekindled.
So why not nationalist? Of course, there is a sense in which Northern Dawn is a nationalist project. We want to preserve sovereignty, our cultural and ethnic heritage, and so on. But Canadian nationalism as it appears in the popular imagination is a warped concept. At its most basic level, it is bound up in vague ideas of tolerance and hockey. This is undesirable because Canada is not a normal nation-state. It is an echo of imperial power, built on the English Crown but encompassing several historic ethnocultures. Some Canadian nationalists focus on cultural issues such as Islam or immigration, which is good. But as George Grant and others show us, to be a nationalist in Canada means to be part of a broader civilization. The High Tories, in their day, did not conceive of Canada outside of the British Empire. The peoples of Europe, when they are healthy, are not merely concerned with sovereignty. We grow, explore, and expand. We carve out the Northwest Passage. We land on the moon. A healthy civilization has the imperial mindset. ... Of course, these facts have long since been disguised, rejected, slandered, and locked away in favour of the ideology of liberal universalism. Since at least WWI, a world order has been built on this ideology. It swept away the remaining political holdouts in the West, and then turned to do the same globally. In our day, Russia and China remain the only power centers with a significant degree of sovereignty from that world order. Saudi Arabia, though illiberal, exists due to its relationship with this system. For those of us whose roots lie in the West, generations now have faced the crises of atomization, cultural breakdown, and alienation.
Our generation is at a unique juncture; for the first time, the dire state of things has become completely apparent. Demographic breakdown leaves the elderly dying alone and the young without any kind of family structure. Mass migration has made ethnic and religious conflict a daily fact in many cities. Ideological factions gain power in our institutions with the explicit aim of destroying what remains of our heritage and social technology. Even the center of power itself – the political and military networks built by the United States and its allies – seems to be crumbling into competing factions. Contradictions and tensions abound in everything from ideology to foreign policy.
What is written about Canada can apply to Australia and New Zealand. We are supposed to despise our colonial and imperial past. Those of us who are New Zealand European -- Pakeha -- are considered interlopers, and the new immigrants better, because diversity is our strength.
What we need to do is rediscover our history. It is interesting, and it is generally good.
We need to rediscover our faith, and know that preaching the gospel, within our nation and without, is good, noble, and just.
And we need to celebrate again our art: our voices. Not with irony or with shame. But because we are placed within a nation, and it is our nation alone that we are called to restore.