As I mentioned I’m seriously interested in starting some kind of local organization to allow me to impact the community around me. But other than hot air of, which I possess an abundance, I was short on practical know-how. I started re-reading Rod Dreher’s,”The Benedict Option,” and I think it will be useful. I previously reviewed it last year.
A Short Book Review of Rod Dreher’s – The Benedict Option – Part 2
But now I’m looking at it more as a handbook, so it will take a good deal more time to weigh the information to decide what is helpful to me. At this point, at the very least it has given me a number of resources for researching directions to go. If anyone else is looking for ways to build alternative social platforms I recommend that you take a look at Dreher’s book. There are definitely some useful starting points at the very least. And even if your position is non-religious there are things to think about in this book.
Rebuilding from the Ground Up – Part 1
As the results of one of my recent website polls reminded me, opinions differ about what the future will bring for our country and world. Some people think that we are irrevocably moving down the path that will put an end to the things that made the United States a great nation. They say that our culture and the freedoms that are built into our Constitution will be swept aside and we will end up in a banana republic that resembles the condition of Brazil. Other people contend that a revolution either more or less violent will achieve a division of the country into a Red State model and a Blue State one. And some believe that we will be able to regroup from our differences and patch things together.
Honestly, I don’t know which, if any, of these scenarios will occur. I’m not even sure anybody actually knows. What I am sure is that the old way of life and the things it stood for are under continual attack from the Progressives. And they are succeeding to a great extent in destroying the culture that has existed in this country and made it great. They are eliminating all the concepts and behaviors from American life. The three biggest weapons in this effort are the entertainment industry, the schools and the corporate America. They are using these forces to shape the images that children and young adults see all around them and convince them that it is the only acceptable choice. By subtle and not so subtle imagery they are showing children how they must think about sex roles and even the definition of men and women. They are preaching the globalist doctrine that says that national identity and patriotism are social constructs that have no place in the modern world and thinking otherwise is a hate crime.
The first thing that needs to be done is locating and preserving all the remnants from the earlier time. Books, movies, pictures and study aids that can be used to show the younger people what used to be the normal world need to be identified and made available to families to allow them to undo some of the damage. I’m making it a point to review and recommend any books or movies that have value. At some point I intend to put together a curriculum for different age groups that will both inform and entertain.
The next effort will be to organize into local groups to provide support and fellowship for people on the right. These can be anything from hobbies to social events to sports to political activities. It can even extend to religious and educational organizations that provide resources for families who don’t feel they can utilize the existing local groups. Over time it is hoped that these groups can replace the existing institutions that have become debased by the culture at large. I guess it could be hoped that some of these organizations could be reformed but I seriously doubt that will ever happen.
But as I said above, preserving the knowledge of the better times is first. If anyone has a recommendation about a book, music or a movie or some other thing like a website or an on-line course, or even a business that deals in things that need to be preserved then, pass it along.
When every church and social organization from the Roman Catholic Church to the Boy Scouts has been compromised you have to rebuild from the ground up. I know it has to be done but how do you start? Do you emphasize the religious aspect of the effort or do you concentrate on the family and cultural concerns? I guess eventually all of these facets come into play if you’re trying to reclaim your world but it is without a doubt a daunting task. Even the idea seems ridiculously ambitious. But from my point of view there doesn’t seem to be any other way forward. All the existing institutions and groups have surrendered completely. No other way forward exists except starting from scratch and creating something that hasn’t been deformed by the madness of the modern world. It’s going to involve selecting members one by one. Everyone will have to be vouched for ahead of time. Writing a charter will be important but what does it require? What does it forbid? It has to support activities that are important to families. It has to include activities that include different age groups. Children sports is a natural part. A women’s auxiliary would be an idea. But the leadership has to be adult men. Fathers and especially grandfathers have to step up and start contributing to keeping the culture alive. And eventually we’ll need a curriculum for after school teaching, sort of a Sunday School for traditionalists.
I’ll have to reread Rod Dreher’s “The Benedict Option” to see what practical information he includes for organizing a reclamation. I don’t know if anything will come of this or not but it feels like the only really important thing I can do to help this degraded culture we are embedded in. If anyone knows of information that would be useful pass it along. To be continued.
So, the mid-terms are over. Pelosi or some other moonbat will be obstructing the House and raving on the front page of the Times and Post for the next two years. Soon the Democrat candidates for the 2020 race will begin foaming at the mouth. Nothing legislative will happen for the next two years, except approval of presidential appointments in the Senate and the budget farce to produce continuing resolutions from both bodies of the Congress. President Trump has his work cut out and will have to use all his wits and resources to clean up the Justice Department and remove as many illegal aliens from the country as he can.
What should we be doing? It seems to me we need to make some progress on our own. There’s all kinds of talk about building our own platforms and I agree with that idea. But it seems there’s more talk than building going on. Well, in the spirit of being part of the solution I’ve been putting my money where my mouth is. I’ve been investing in advertising on various conservative sites. I’ve used both an advertising company and also contacted directly with a couple of sites that place the ads directly. And I will say that although the company that can put your ads on big sites like Drudge gets lots of traffic the direct advertising gets plenty of traffic too and is a good value on a per click basis. I plan to continue investing in advertising and also attempt to broaden my content by partnering with other writers who have similar points of view to my own. As an experiment I requested some content from one of our viewers last week and thought the results were excellent. I think providing a broader range of content, including non-political subjects is a necessity if I intend to grow the site. I also intend to start running contests to encourage more comments and participation. As an example I am accumulating all these paperback books from the sf&f reviews I’ve been doing. I could bundle some of these and make them a prize for some contest. And similarly, for a photographic contest I can make some camera equipment a prize.
Basically I’d like to expand the site to build up a community of people mostly on the right who enjoy the experience of communing with like-minded individuals on subjects that they enjoy. Not to be grandiose, but it can be a social media locale on a much smaller scale than a Facebook but with a lot more satisfaction in the interactions. And I don’t minimize the probability that I’ll run into the usual problems with trolls and cyber-attacks that go along with anything on our side of the political divide. But I think it’s important to actually make the effort to get going on it. Talk is cheap. Organizing is a lot of talk but it’s also time and money and I’m encouraged already that with a little bit of both I’m already seeing some results.
Thanksgiving. Short work week and then the Thursday and Friday family gatherings. I expect posts may be a little sparse those two days. But most folks will be equally busy with their own doings. As a consolation I’m off most of next week and will use up all of that turkey and pumpkin pie typing away feverishly at OCF content.
Here’s to hoping 2019 will be the year when the right starts doing its own thing and stops waiting for the government to do it for us. Here’s hoping that the New Year will start to look like a new world. But it will only happen if we ourselves individually make it happen in large and small ways.
Are We on the Verge of Civil War?
Hanson is usually a good read and this article is relatively clear on why the US is such a polarized environment. But I have to wonder if it’s even necessary to ask the question any more as to whether the country is going to go through an (at least metaphorical) civil war. We’re already engulfed in it now. For the most part it doesn’t involve pitched battles and mortar rounds but the two sides are inextricably locked in a winner take all struggle. And unfortunately it’s also going to last for the rest of our lives (unless it does come to bullets and bayonets).
I think that is the reality I have finally come to terms with. The progressives will never change course. If we are to successfully resist imposition of the hive existence they are working toward, it will be necessary to formulate strategies that will succeed in the long run, not just for a day or an election cycle or even two. We need to build structures that are self sustaining and self correcting. The family is, of course, the basic unit and much needs to be done to strengthen it and protect it. That will require building local associations to replace the ones that have been infected. In the old day you had your church and the local civic organizations and organizations to promote children’s activities like sports teams and the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Those are mostly in ruins. But that is where the most constructive effort can be directed, right at the grassroots. And I think this where the baby boomers might actually become part of the solution instead of the source of the plague. Parents are so busy with work and child rearing, they hardly have the time to start up new organizations. but grandparents do. It would be fitting that grandparents help to re-establish the world that increasingly is only remembered by people who were alive before the 1960s bulldozed traditional family values into oblivion.
This is something I’ve started to think about and I’ll try to formulate something coherent in the future but it’s good to acknowledge that we’re beyond the point of thinking things will go back to normal and that we’ll coalesce back into one nation anytime soon. We’re going to have to move forward.