MAKE LIBERALISM GREAT AGAIN, #ALLRIGHT?
“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” — George Orwell
My Dear Lads, Lassies (and everything in between),
The hour of my discontent is here! Georgie Boy is right on the money. Winter has come. And it’s time to Stay and Fight. By Dand.
You might have noticed—our beloved Civilization is in a wee bit of trouble. And I am more than a little concerned by recent political and social trends. There also seems to be a disturbing inverse correlation between our rapid technological advancement as compared to our cultural compass—particularly in the ethical department. That does not bode well for our immediate future, to say the least.
Art historian Kenneth Clark once said that Civilizations crumble when they lose confidence in themselves. “We can destroy ourselves by cynicism and disillusion, just as effectively as by bombs.”, and I wholeheartedly agree. The WEST—essentially the world as we know it—is dying.
And I’m sorry to say but no political movement that I know of is going to save it. In fact many of our new Black-Clad or Tiki-Torched cultural warriors may very well hasten its destruction. As their intellectually impotent progenitors cheer them on from the sidelines.
For the past 20+ years, I have lived under the assumption that I could fix our problems through a unique business strategy that may have seemed overly ambitious (or ridiculous) to some.
I had it all planned out quite perfectly though. I was going to pollute the fragile young minds of tomorrow with my own unique brew of Liberalism (of the Classical variety) delivered through an unstoppable media behemoth—films, animation, art, fashion, news and food! It was going to be glorious.
And at times, it has been. But I have not won the war. In fact, I am still in the midst of it with no end in sight. And so I have decided to open up another front. And perhaps both of these paths will eventually meet up somewhere down the line, in the middle or at the end. We shall see what we shall see.
Which has brought us to today.
I may be the first, last (and only?) radical of a new age and a new movement. I’m calling it “Heroic Idealism” and I’ll explain the basic tenets of this personal and political philosophy down the road.
For now, the #AllRight website will be a home base for this movement whose purpose is to usher in a new Renaissance in the creative world and an Enlightenment in the political one. You see, I want to make everything “All Right” again. Or for the first time ever.
Let’s have at it then. “By Dand”. Stand and fight. Enlighten up! And together, We Will Make Liberalism & The WEST* Great Again!
Major General D.
*Note: I do not consider “Western Civilization” to be a DNA strand(s), geographic location, tribe, collective or specific ethnicity. The WEST is something much bigger and much better than any of those things. It is the culmination of thousands of years of human ingenuity—artistic, intellectual, scientific and political—subordinate to a singular idea. MAN as the measure of ALL things. That is, the individual MAN of virtue as a heroic being—free from force by way of Gods, Men or Kings, with reason as his guide and creative achievement on this earth as his ultimate goal. As Alberti said, “A man can do all things if he will”.