Ultra-Calvinism II

The XS Inner Council doesn’t get as much time to study hardcore Ultra-Calvinist Theonomy as it would like, but Rushdoony’s Politics of Guilt and Pity (full-text available free online) is looking truly awesome so far. A couple of early snippets:

The reality of man apart from Christ is guilt and masochism. And guilt and masochism involve an unshakeable inner slavery which governs the total life of the non-Christian. The politics of the anti-christian will thus inescapably be the politics of guilt. In the politics of guilt, man is perpetually drained in his social energy and cultural activity by his over-riding sense of guilt and his masochistic activity. He will progressively demand of the state a redemptive role. What he cannot do personally, i.e., to save himself, he demands that the state do for him, so that the state, as man enlarged, becomes the human savior of man. The politics of guilt, therefore, is not directed, as the Christian politics of liberty, to the creation of godly justice and order, but to the creation of a redeeming order, a saving state. Guilt must be projected, therefore, on all those who oppose this new order and new age. And, because the salvation is mythical, and the enslavement real, the hatred of life and of innocence grows, and with it grows the urge to mass destruction.

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In the modern state, in the name of democracy, there is the increasing pandering to guilt and to the hatred felt by the guilty for the innocent and for the successful. This then is the full triumph of the politics of guilt and its open enthronement. For the politics of guilt, the order of the day is mass destruction. […] Sentimental humanism asserts that man’s basic need is love, more specifically, a passive need to be loved. Thus, man is seen as a passive creature whose basic problem is not a will to evil but an absence of love, so that a positive agency must be created to supply man’s needs. The result is the totalitarian caretaker state. Man, being passive, needs an active agency in his life, and this agency the welfare state provides.

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In guilt cultures, the individual deals directly and personally with the inner warfare. Man, burdened with a sense of guilt and unable to enjoy life, confesses his sin, as does the man in a shame culture, but he pleads guilty to the lesser crime. With a fine sensitivity, he dredges up minor offenses to prove the refinement of his conscience in order to escape his capital offense against God. He may trouble himself over a stolen pencil while ignoring his open or veiled warfare against God. In the United States, as the nation has departed progressively from God, it has indulged progressively in a “debunking” of its history, in a general confession of many past faults, some often imagined. The hypocrisy of such confessions is striking: by confessing the “sins” of past generations, the present scholar or generation thereby implies its own superior virtues and its innocence of those sins. By the fact of such “debunking” or confession, it confesses also, very modestly, that wisdom is now born to us and is among us, so that confession again becomes a vehicle of pride.

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What man cannot do, i.e., to cleanse himself of sin or to make atonement to God for sin, God does for man. Men, being wholly God’s creation, cannot be active towards God; his relationship is derivative and passive. Man’s will is not autonomous, nor is man creative in relationship to God. Hence, since God is God, the relationship between man and God is wholly a part of the eternal decree and wholly determined by the triune God.

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Today, millions of Negroes, joined by millions of slave whites, are demanding that the federal government become their slave-master and provide them with security and care. Slavery is a welfare economy; private ownership is a privately maintained welfare economy, and it is not economically a sound unit of operation. Under state ownership, slavery, a social security structure, is a welfare economy which lacks the necessity for successful operation which the private owner must maintain. The private owner must make a profit somewhere; Alexander H. Stephens made it in law and supported his slaves thereby. The slave-owning state survives instead by progressive confiscation until the nation is destroyed. […] … Slavery remains, however, a legitimate way of life, but a lower way of life. Slavery offers certain penalties as well as certain advantages. Objectively, the penalty is the surrender of liberty. Subjectively, the slave does not see the surrender of freedom as a penalty, since he desires escape from freedom. Even as a timid and fearful child dreads the dark, so does the slave mind fear liberty: it is full of the terrors of the unknown. As a result, the slave mind clings to statist or state slavery, cradle-to-grave welfare care, as a fearful child clings to his mother. The advantage of slavery is precisely this, security in the master or in the state. Socialism is thus a slave state, created by the demands of slaves for a master.

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Hell is a witness to the fact that a God of justice is on the throne of the universe. When people insist that they cannot believe in hell they are saying that they refuse to believe that justice has any right to exist. The denial of hell means that justice has been replaced by the total tolerance of evil, and this tolerance of evil is disguised as love. This doctrine of love involves a hatred of God and justice and an overt or covert love of evil.

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  • Ultra-Calvinism II | Neoreactive Says:

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  • Orthodox Says:

    White guilt, aka white privilege, is the unwashable sin. You can never be un-white, unless you’re dead.

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  • ashv Says:

    Glad you’ve dug this deep. When I discovered Moldbug, one of my first thoughts was “Hey, this sounds like it overlaps a lot with Rushdoony and friends.”

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    wenshuang Reply:

    The last thing I need is a longer reading list. But great find, he’s new to me.

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  • Exfernal Says:

    Interesting that for him there is no distinction between a non-Christian and anti-Christian, apparently.

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    Grotesque Body Reply:

    No Universalist worth his salt recognises plurality.

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    Exfernal Reply:

    I read it as “If you are not with us, you are against us”.

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    nydwracu Reply:

    Well, yeah. What were you expecting?

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    Exfernal Reply:

    Less simplemindedness.

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  • neovictorian23 Says:

    The Politics od Guilt and Pity was published by Craig Press in Nutley, New Jersey. That is, of course, George Dorn’s home town.

    Coincidence? I think not.

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  • SVErshov Says:

    “The slave-owning state survives instead by progressive confiscation until the nation is destroyed.”

    correct observation, I live in small country population of 1.5 mln. after democratic election earlier this year, newly elected government went on confiscation rally, they absorbed private insurance company, private bank, biggest private hospital and many more busineses and private real eastates. All these been destroyed literally.

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    Son of Olorus Reply:

    Is this Latvia by any chance? where the president is a member of the green party or what i would like to call them, the watermelon party–green on the outside and deep communist red in the inside.

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    SVErshov Reply:

    … Mauritius, it is in Africa.

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    Seth Reply:

    Start a blog. International perspectives are extremely valuable.

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  • This Week in Reaction (2015/11/15) | The Reactivity Place Says:

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  • Brett Stevens Says:

    In guilt cultures, the individual deals directly and personally with the inner warfare. Man, burdened with a sense of guilt and unable to enjoy life, confesses his sin, as does the man in a shame culture, but he pleads guilty to the lesser crime. With a fine sensitivity, he dredges up minor offenses to prove the refinement of his conscience in order to escape his capital offense against God.

    Our ancestors would hold that there is one crime, solipsism/hubris, and that all who attempt to rise above their station are guilty of it.

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