I was thinking recently about how traditional beliefs and ways of life have been forgotten by most present day Americans. Things that were once almost universally understood are now unheard of, or reviled. Two of these self-evident truths that our ancestors understood were (1) the underlying principles of Kinism and (2) an agrarian social structure. In fact, these truths are connected.
Before 1750 or so (roughly the beginning of the Industrial Revolution) the entire world was agrarian. There were cities, and a few huge and highly developed ones like ancient Rome that were totally separate from the agrarian system –but reliant upon it for the JIT (just in time) provision of its needs. In many ways, ancient Rome was as advanced and comfortable, at least for wealthy residents, as any modern city in the U.S. or Europe. For one example, the aqueducts brought in clean water from miles away, required no outside power source, and are still standing two millennia later. (See the Introduction to Michael Bunker’s book Surviving Off Off-Grid for more on Rome and modern parallels). With time, prosperity, and separation from the land -Rome’s population decayed morally and politically and she fell to northern barbarian armies.
When one lives on the land and draws their sustenance from it, it gives one a very different worldview. One is aware of the weather, the miracle of planting seeds and watching them bring forth life, the necessity of God sending the rain, the way food has been provided from the beginning, and the life cycle of the birth and death of the animal kingdom –and man. I am starting to see this firsthand.
In an agrarian culture, ones world is focused on their family and neighbors. There is a common culture. Family ties are real and meaningful. Neighbors help one another in times of sickness or disaster. Faith in God is real and heartfelt, not a Sunday morning formality. The agrarian world is the seedbed of morality and Kinism.
Thoughtless consumption is not a problem in an agrarian society. When one knows where their daily food and water comes from, and what their clothes are made of, one sees that resources are not free and infinite. When one sees the effort that goes into working the land, eating is perhaps more appreciated. Even the way one cooks their food and heats their house in the winter is tied to the land, as they cut down trees for wood. Every aspect of daily life is connected to the land, and how to properly and sustainably utilize the resources that God has placed there for man.
When one walks city streets in synthetic tennis shoes, lives in concrete buildings next to hundreds or thousands of other people that one does not even know, and never sees the animal or plant that his food comes from –that person will have a VERY different worldview from his agrarian ancestors.
People go to the city for one basic reason –to make money. They live there side by side with others who also have that as their primary goal in their physical existence. Different races and religions live and work side by side, each striving for financial success and comfort . Family ties are loosened, if not severed. Contact with old friends is infrequent, if not totally broken. The second or third generation so doing will not even know of the agrarian life left behind, or of the ways of ones people. (You mean Grandpa lived on a farm, worked in the dirt, and butchered the animals portrayed in my Disney movies? Yuk!)
In the city everything is purchased; nothing is produced. The system supplies ones every need –not the God of heaven. Buying and selling is ones daily life, not producing or relying upon God. One has become a slave to the machine -the system of government, corporations, and commerce. The fact that the food is produced by corporations and laced with chemical fertilizers and pesticides is ignored. That the city might even reprocess sewer water into the water that comes from their tap for drinking and bathing is ignored. Crime is everywhere, and that women cannot safely walk down a street at night is lamented, but tolerated. Women join the workforce and birth rates decline. What else could man do, unless they wanted to go the peaceful countryside and work in the dirt?
I believe that cities are the origin and natural breeding ground of multiculturalism, of Neo-Babelism. All throw their lot in together regardless of race, religion, or country of origin. It is all about the wealth and comfort that might be possible through collective mitigation of risks. Modern libertarianism is a product of the city, not some isolated rural folk living under clan rule or a system of semi-anarchy. The city is the origin of the “proposition nation/civic nationalism” nonsense of today. In the city it is lets all be one and make money, regardless of God given distinctions. Why even attempt to talk about God given distinctions when not everyone even agrees who is the true god, or if there even is a god? But, all agree on perpetuating the artificial system of commerce, JIT supply, taxes, corporations, and political oneness necessary to support the game.
When one lives among their people, their kin, their volk, things are understood. The beliefs and traditions of their ancestors are communicated and carried on. Religion and morality are real. Family ties are strong. People are healthy and strong. Traditional foods are enjoyed. Children know their grandparents and learn from them. Racial distinctions are just naturally understood, much like the breeds of animals. Centralization of power and authoritarian government are not needed when the people are a united kin, on the land, and hold a moral code derived from a common faith. Men are manly, and ready and willing to grab their weapons and form up as militia to defend their families in time of war –as were the Boys of ‘76 and the Boys in Gray who rode for Dixie. Kin and culture are real, and worth literally dying to defend.
Who wants to fight and perhaps die for a multicultural, wealth and comfort oriented, proposition country? Not me. To do battle and sacrifice for ones kin is perhaps the highest form of love. But to sacrifice for a corrupt and decaying, urban, wealth oriented proposition nation is not something I desire to do.
It seems to me that National Socialism is an attempt to preserve people and culture when they have in large part left the land (and thus their roots). Thus, it will eventually fail. Heritage must be more than a memory if it is to be truly preserved. Using the same method of commerce and corporate food production and taxation as the city relied upon will result in a loss of strength, even if racial integrity is maintained. National Socialism is unnecessary and undesirable in an agrarian society, but it might be the best that today’s urbanites can hope for.
As for me, I want to be free from the government’s involuntary redistribution of the products of my labor to others. Thus, I want agrarianism, not National Socialism. I hold that Kinism and agrarianism cannot be separated and survive. Both were the understood way of life in the past. They are a still light to those who can perceive today’s darkness. Yes my readers, by the grace of God, one can indeed go home again.
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