An “Axis Mundi” of Our Own

As I watched the spectacle of Florida prosecutor Angela Corey announcing the arrest of George Zimmerman for murder, I was overcome with a sinking feeling. A Stalinist show-trial is taking shape, one that will effectively communicate the wholesale surrender of the once-mighty American justice system to the cult of Diversity and Black Power.

On another, deeper level, my angst was caused by a terrible frustration that there is nowhere to turn. By “nowhere,” I mean not only the countervailing forces themselves, but also the coherence of these forces. In addition to being weak and disorganized, they are diffused. The people and ideas that can bring sanity to our society, that could at some future moment preserve and even enhance Western civilization, suffer from lack of a center.

There is no place to which one can go, and declare therein that this is the spot of absolute immersion, the citadel, the capital. In days gone by, that center might have been Paris, or London, or New York, with their monumental temples of culture and intellect. These places, alas, have been transformed into enemy strongholds, with hardly a square foot escaping the plague.

Almost all groups with significant staying power possess this attribute. The New World Order crowd has the United Nations (or, on a more regional scale, Brussels). Obamunists and other lovers of the welfare state have Washington, DC. The Mormons have Utah, the Jews Jerusalem, Catholics the Vatican, the Muslims Mecca. The cultural Marxists feel on hallowed ground at Harvard University. Computer geeks have the Silicon Valley. The capital of the homosexuals is San Francisco. Gamblers can revel in the mega-casinos of Las Vegas.

What do we have? Nothing to speak of. I can think of no city, town, or even institution that can serve as the absolute focal point for a renaissance of European culture. The only “place” that offers some sort of approximation is the anti-establishment blogosphere. Though serving a crucial purpose, it is no replacement for an actual, physical center.

Likewise, a real place that happens merely to be populated by a strong majority of anti-PC rebels, such as Montana, is inadequate. Rather, the phenomenon must be self-evident and self-conscious, as in “Hey Joe, I’m going to {name of city} for a week to refresh myself with study, visits to museums, and participation in conferences.” Hordes of others will be there with the same purpose in mind.

I am reminded in this regard of the great historical centers of the ancient world, which had to possess deep spiritual and symbolic significance in order to qualify for the designation. This was the case in Babylon, Assyria, Israel, China, and elsewhere. Their centers were conceived as nothing less than the axis mundi, the point of contact between heaven and earth. I don’t pretend that such a dramatic shift is likely in the foreseeable future, but some lessons can be drawn nevertheless.

Certainly, a human event or awakening that had occurred in a given locale would add much strength to its nomination as a center. For example, downtown Philadelphia, encompassing Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, would meet this criterion—if the entire city were not itself a showcase for the horrors of Diversity.

Perhaps a locale in the Rocky Mountains would be more realistic, already benefiting as it does from the buffer of a relatively traditional society that values liberty and the constitutional republic. Some smaller cities, such as Boise, are attracting industry and otherwise demonstrating an ability to support an urban existence despite the isolation. So it would appear that a viable infrastructure already is present within a sympathetic milieu.

Often it does not take much to create a vibrant center. I am reminded of the town of San Miguel de Allende in the hill country of central Mexico. An obscure village with a well-preserved Spanish-colonial architectural heritage was transformed in the mid twentieth century into a world-renowned center for art, following the efforts of a small number of talented and savvy individuals. San Miguel was later ruined by the forces of post-modernist anti-art, but that is another story. The point is that energetic pioneers can achieve near-miraculous results with the right combination of location, personnel, ambiance, and of course luck.

Here are examples of institutions and businesses that could be established in the new center:

  • A school of art dedicated to works of beauty, based on the classical tradition in European and American art
  • Same as above, but for music
  • Academies for the study of the Western intellectual tradition. Pedagogic style to be modeled after the ancient Greek academies, and not the failed model of the university.
  • Cafés that cater to individuals in pursuit of true culture. Classical music in the background; real art on the walls; no displays of “fair trade” products or other trinkets from the anti-intellectual world of political correctness.
  • Various media (film, TV, internet) for the diffusion of the capital’s work to those not able to attend in person.

I now pose the question: Is such a thing possible? Can we possess a true center?

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I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills; from whence cometh my help? (Psalms 121:1)

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Categories: Conservatism, Culture, Race, Western Civilization

12 replies

  1. What is truth? Herein lays the quandary. Can a center be established? I will answer with a question, “Who has the courage to lead?” Once I started reading the blog, I could not stop reading until I finished.

  2. Great article! I nominate my hometown of Fort Collins, Colorado for this new epicenter of thought, philosophy, and culture. The university there will need to be educated, but other than that it should be a steady transition.

    • Glad you liked the piece. I have never visited northern Colorado; your “nomination” reinforces my desire to see it.

    • I lived there for many years, still work there, and live now about 20 minutes outside of Fort Collins. It is moving rapidly towards becoming another Boulder and as a university town the poisons of the isms of the Left are constantly present. A couple mayors with conservative tendencies have helped blunt that slide towards the abyss but it hardly a mecca for Western Civilization. The population is nearly evenly split between the ideological poles…But I would love it if my backyard was to become such a place as you envision in the article above. And it is indeed a beautiful area to live.

      • Agreed — I don’t think it’s a mecca of Western Civilization, but I do think it has a propensity of being one. When I attended CSU (for far longer than I intended), most of the students at least held the perception that “hippies from Boulder were bad”. They weren’t necessarily sure why they thought this way, but they just knew something was “off” in the People’s Republic of Boulder. This is one of the reasons I feel Fort Collins could be cultivated into becoming the cornerstone of the New West. That and the fact that we’re so far away from those mindless bastions of liberalism, the coasts.

        I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to “leave my mark” in Fort Collins — my views are forever enshrined in the Collegian’s op-ed section from 2009-2010.

        I started reading this blog because it is filled with perceptive observations of our political machine and the direction to which it should be steered. I had no idea it originated in Fort Collins — it’s a small world!

      • Believe it or not, I wrote a ‘From the Right’ column for the Collegian for three semesters in the early nineties. So my views are forever enshrined in the Collegian’s op-ed section as well, for better or for worse. Very glad you are enjoying the blog and the contributions of its many fine writers. And I hope that you are correct about Ft. Collins and that I was being merely a bit overly pessimistic about it. I would be very glad to be incorrect in my earlier assertion..

        And after looking over your blog – if you are interested in occasionally contributing or cross-posting a column here at The Constitution Club just email me at constitutionclub@gmail.com to discuss the idea.

  3. While Americans can still remain armed and have access to information needed to organize and properly equip themselves for asymatric warfare, we always have some place to turn, sir.

    • You are absolutely right, Jonolan. Rereading my post, the beginning does sound a bit despondent. Sorry to have conveyed that impression. I am far from giving up, and realize that there are many strong and dedicated individuals who are on our side.

  4. As much as I greatly admire your passion for, and defense of, Western Civilization the answer to your question is that such a physical location becoming reality in this day and age is extremely remote. Most any city is or would quickly be overran by the unwashed hordes of the mob who accept the cult of ‘diversity, poltical correctness, tolerance, and multiculturalism’ and any institutions not explicitly conservative in nature would quickly be seized by our liberal overlords and those who practice the soft-tyranny of socialism. The realm of cyberspace is the realm of the mind and the spirit and probably the only place where such a revival could even possibly take place in the hearts of men.

    I am open to ideas on the matter and maybe a true visionary could mold theory into fact, or a very rich person could start such a place from scratch. (:

  5. The revolutionary change of our culture came through the Marxist “Critical Theory.” The way to dominate it is to use it against their concepts. Our previous culture does not need defending, the offense is to attack the weakness of these Marxist ideas. You want to attack diversity, move for an American image which diversity has always made, E Pluribus Unum. Not “one” being many but many being “one.” This nation has always asked the immigrants to become like the culture until the 20th century when the Marxist attacked the unum. Without the “one,” diversity is division.

  6. Your answer is found or course in your biblical quote. That which we cherish as conservatives come primarily from our Judeo-Christian acknowledgment of God as the singular source and ultimate protector of liberty. As such, both Jews and Christians have a “this world is not my home” view that reminds us of where our hope truly lies, in the Christ of God. In the case of the Christian, that mythical place longed for is found in the blood stained dust at the foot of an old rugged cross.

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