The Pitfalls of Rationalism

New essay from Michael Parish.

The basic tenants of liberalism are not, ironically, arrived at through deductive logic but through an arduous process of mental abstraction. What is presented to us by rationalists as a realist assessment of the world is in truth a vague conceptualization produced by a reductionist thought process. By abstracting thoroughly all essential properties from particulars it reduces them all objects in the world to mere mental concepts. These concepts are then presented to us as objective facts to be factored into account when it comes to socio-political organization. When reality negates these supposed facts the rationalist has no answer sufficient to negate reality.

See Michael’s “The Agony of the American Right” as well:

Now, all this drivel would in a perfect world would dissipate in mid-air. Sadly for us, we live not in the perfect world but in the modern world, where it gets beamed into Middle-American ears by the fluorescence of Faux News. That it spills from the mouth of an adult convert to Mormonism who indulges in played up tears on air apparently puts no dent in its credibility.

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  1. Bingo! His post could not have summarized the facts and my feelings perfectly…the ‘American Right’ was limited all along because basically it originated in the European Center-Left of the 18th & 19th centuries, aka Classical Liberalism. Notice on how ‘European’ Rightist organizations have taken monarchist, Christian theocrat or Ethno-Nationalist (ie Fascist) orientations. The ‘American’Right was degenerate to begin with and any hope lies not in Neo-Liberal, Right Libertarian ‘Anarcho-Capitalist’ or some form of revived regurgitated classical liberalism but in affirmation of Christ, King & Ethnos or some higher genetic or spiritual, hence ‘cultural’ renewal.


  2. I appreciate your enthusiasm, Latin Celt, but I don’t think you fully understand me. I am not angling for a reinstatement of the mediaval social order but the dissolution of artifical political entities such as thw U.S. and Canada into a decentralized network of organically constituted (i.e. based on a shared ethno-cultural heritage not on legal abstractions) communities with meritocratic heirarchy (resulting in informal or charismatic authority) and self-contained economies (as in distributism). “Rights” will be contingent upon conventionalized group traditions and will be awarded reciprocally with responsibilities (as in Spangler’s Prussian Socialism.) In short, I seek a return to the tribal social order (the nationalist vision you postulate is another variant of modern mass society) as outlined in Guillame Faye’s doctrine of Archaeo-Futurism. With the inevitably coming collapse of the U.S. government and global capitalism I have predicted that this will be the result.

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