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Cheating Women Are Good, Cheating Men Are Bad in the Matriarchy

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“It’s not my fault I cucked you with the football team, blame evolution…”

Ah, Anglo-Saxon culture and its slavish pedestalization of women.

This cultural quirk is evident even in the mainstream newspapers of our day. The latest double standards of a culture in decline become evident with a recent lamestream media article which literally defends cheating hussies. It uses hamster rationalizations and manipulation of science (without telling the whole story) to make women feel good about the affairs they have on Beta providers.

The narrative is cheating women are good, and cheating men are bad in today’s matriarchy. No surprise, the following screed was written by an Anglobitch by the name of Rachel Moss. She writes:

If you’re ever been cheated on by a woman, blame evolution. According to a new research paper, women have genetically evolved to be unfaithful so they end up with the best possible relationship for themselves.

That’s a bold opener and quite a hamster rationalization. Now, when you find out your girl has been taking on more sausage than an Oscar Meyer truck, it’s not her fault. It’s evolution. She’s just looking for the best possible relationship.

That’s what I was doing, too, Rachel, when I installed a turnstile in my bedroom to keep track of all the women who are in and out of there. Just looking for the best possible relationship.

There is no doubt this article would not have looked so favorably upon infidelity if the tables were turned.

Putting that aside, these are scientific findings, even though they’ve been cleverly manipulated by the press to defend the wanton harlots that skulk about the modern, Western dystopia. The findings really should come as no surprise to a regular reader of TNMM.

Using data from previous research, scientists and psychologists from the University of Texas and California State University use the term “mate-switching hypothesis” to describe their observations.  They say heterosexual women in relationships seek out alternative males in order to test their current situation and look for better long-term partners. This “switching” also enables them to have a backup if their relationship fails.

In this paragraph, we see evidence of the following Red Pill concepts embraced by PuffHo (our colorful colloquialism for Huffington Post). Here they are, conveniently translated for you:

  • “Mate switching” really means Alpha Fucks, Beta Bucks and Monkey Branching
  • “Seeking out alternative males” really means Cock Carouseling
  • “Better long term partners” really means a fatter meal ticket to exploit, not a better human being
  • Backup guy needs no further translation

These are instincts all women have, but that society wisely constrained until the insanity of feminism came along and plunged the West into inexorable decline.

Rachel goes on with gusto.

Lifelong monogamy does not characterize the primary mating pattern of humans,” the paper states, according to The Times. “Breaking up with one partner and re-mating with another — mate switching — may more accurately characterize the common, perhaps the primary, mating strategy of humans.

It is absolutely correct that lifelong monogamy is not the norm. It has only been the norm in civilized societies, which regularly undergo cycles of birth, growth, decline and death. Decline is intimately linked with relinquishing control of female sexual instinct, as both Unwin and Huxley knew. Let women follow their whorish instincts if you want to tear society down. Make them chaste and control the instinct to spread their legs for every random thug that walks by with religious and cultural norms if you want to build society up.

Additionally, harems have been the norm in our species for a long, long time. But this leads to an unstable society as men who have no sexual or reproductive access aren’t as keen to go along with society’s insane schemes which benefit women far more than men.

Rachel did at least throw men a small crumb, even if the bulk of her article was dedicated to defending whorish Western women.

Of course, it’s not just women who cheat on their partners. While the paper focuses on women, it acknowledges that men can also be adulterers. It says that when men stray from home, it is likely to do with the primal instinct to obtain “reproductive success” by mating with multiple fertile women.

We get a paragraph, and women get the rest of the article.

What we see here is a feminist press manipulating science to defend cock carouseling women by telling us about the history of our species and what our natural instincts are. However, PuffHo fails to follow up by revealing the fact our raw instincts lead to a cultural Law of the Jungle and not a stable society.

That’s sort of why myth and religion hhace always tried to direct this raw energy in a productive manner, a lesson atheistic leftists have a hard time understanding.

We are relearning lessons of the Bronze Age in the “advanced” era of today. Someone telegraph that to the powers that be.

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Evolutionary Baggage and Genetic Programming Make the Liberal Utopia Mere Fantasy

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The vison of a liberal Utopia is fraught with scientific and sociological problems

Liberals constantly tout the Utopian vision of a world without any sort of problems, one in which mankind turns on a dime and greed, hostility to outsiders, and all the other baggage of our species that led to such tragedies as the Salem Witch Trials, the Spanish Inquisition, and two World Wars will just magically evaporate.

It’s a nice political selling point. But it’s also rife with hypocrisy. First and foremost is the myopic view that vocal dissent must be crushed and everyone must behave according to liberal paradigms or they’re racist, sexist, or some other kind of -ist.

The liberal vision of Utopia is particularly troubling since maniacal billionaires who support it obviously wish to mold humanity in such a way there will be only two classes – servants and elite – in the future, likely with no middle class at all. Bureaucrats and their paymasters are doing this with the establishment of an electronic tyranny the likes of which the world has never seen.

What a way to end a 4.5 billion year evolutionary heritage, a planet of masters and slaves.

An electronic dog collar is slowly appearing in fits and starts as social engineers seek to destroy mankind’s independence and freewill with an electronic bureaucracy that will follow him from cradle to grave. This electronic tyranny will monitor his every move, every action, and will use man’s money against him as the elimination of cash (in the minds of elites and other liberals) will create a world or borg in which there is blind submission to authority or else.

It’s a world of B.F. Skinner’s classical conditioning, using tech to do so. Somehow, impoverishing mankind and taking away his freewill in service of the collective is supposed to make everything right.

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The Law of the Jungle still applies in the business, financial, and sexual worlds even though humans try to hide it with sophistry

Evolutionary Baggage

One only need spend a short time around humanity to realize we are all flawed. Even though the media touts the virtues of the paymasters in the elite class as if they’re some sort of demigods with a love for humanity rather than the contempt they so often show through their actions, the story of how they became elite is troublesome. They built their empires on the backs of other men.

The corporation we are all supposed to worship, a bastardization of a true free market economy displays all the traits of a psychopath. Yet, we’re never supposed to question its motives or its authority over our lives.

This conundrum is pointed out in the film The Corporation, recommended viewing on The New Modern Man.

If corporations are indeed “persons,” their mental condition can accurately be described as pathological. Corporations have no innate moral impulses, and in fact they exist solely for the purpose of making money. As such, these “persons” are systemically driven to do whatever is necessary to increase revenues and profits, with no regard for ethical issues that might nag real people.

This is why America has become a culture of selling out. There is no culture other than slavish adherence to consumption, especially shopping and eating out, in modern times. Well, maybe football since you have to appease the “deplorables” with circuses, too, and not just bread.

Continuing from the synopsis of The Corporation:

But, you say, corporations are owned and managed by real people, so surely immoral corporate actions might be inhibited by them? Well, not really. First of all, the officers and directors who run corporations are actually duty-bound to act in the corporation’s best financial interest, and that means they are obliged to do whatever they can within the law to make money. Thus, this fiduciary duty requires corporate management to set aside ethical niceties when they get in the way of corporate profits. This is why tobacco companies market their products to kids when they can – only laws prohibiting such conduct will keep them from doing so.

In effect, The Corporation and its preisthood – the elite – have become cancers on humanity rather than capitalist ventures helping mankind as pointed out by John McMurtry.

Of course, there is nothing inherently wrong with capitalism when the playing field is not manipulated by a servile government in such a way it creates a playing field in which the little guy is forced out of the game, and corporations control every avenue of the economy and government.

Once this happens, an unelected autocracy assumes control of the economy and society itself as Spengler warned would happen 100 years ago. He called it “Economic powers permeating the political forms and authorities.” That’s exactly what has happened as the West enters steep decline.

This is the Cancer Stage of Capitalism, one that could mestastisize and consume the whole of humanity.

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Genes determine much of human behavior in ways that can’t easily be modified

Genetic Programming

Ever since life arose on this small, humble planet third from the sun, there has been one rule that stands tall above all other rules: The desire every organism has to survive and thrive. Unfortunately, our species has been imbued with Machiavellian Intelligence. This is in addition to other genetic traits that are difficult if not impossible to “train” out of men.

Larceny is in the hearts of all men, and especially in the elite classes since one must forgo humanity it order to rise to the peak of those institutions. Blogger Dylan Charles explains:

A common thread between many of the world’s great political and social leaders is their willingness to call out the major banks and bankers for their complicity in establishing and maintaining economic tension and international conflict in our world.

Again, cancer serves as a good metaphor for what is happening. Charles continues:

Jesus whipped the money changers when he drove them from the Temple for turning his Father’s house into a den of thieves, and since the days of Christ, history is the story of a never-ending struggle between houses of finance and public interests.

Make no mistake, we on the public interest side are losing this battle as the 21st century progresses.

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There is no “you” in kleptocracy

A Submissive Humanity

To the freethinking, independent man of will, blindand forced submission to unjust authority is the worst of all possible nightmares.

As Mahatma Gandhi knew, peaceful resistance is the first line of defense in guarding against the incursion of the State into the life of the individual.

Gary McGee eluciated this strategy in a recent article on The Waking Times:

So what is a proactive citizen to do? First things first: we should question all laws, even the ones that we take for granted. We must ask ourselves, is this law valid? Does this man-made law agree with cosmic law and the natural order of things? Is this law healthy, especially in regard to progressive human evolution? Is this law just, especially in regard to the balance of power? Is this law sustainable, especially in regard to environmental health? Above all, we must ask ourselves if we have the courage it takes to become an outlaw when such laws aim to outlaw freedom.

As a renegade blog, The New Modern Man has already come under fire from hateful social justice warriors and most recently was targeted by Pixton, the company we paid to illustrate our Be Like Dirk comics series. We have been forced to remove the comics even though they were paid for due to some esoteric legal technicalities.

This obviously points to a censorship agenda.

Much like the Samizdat in Russia, as the censorship agenda intensifies blogs like The New Modern Man and Return of Kings will increasingly come under fire from authoritarian leftists.

Perhaps the tale of humanity doesn’t end with a bang, but a whimper as it is subjected to servitude in its final hours. McGee continues:

The gravest threat facing us as a nation is not extremism—delivered by way of sovereign citizens or radicalized Muslims—but despotism, exercised by a ruling class whose only allegiance is to power and money.

Indeed, the love of money and psychopathic greed may be the source of the next population bottleneck our species will be forced through. It seems that pesky evolutionary baggage and genetic programing aren’t going anywhere, no matter how much virtue signaling and Machiavellian deception leftists strangle us with.

Where do we go from peaceful resistance if that tactic does not work?

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The Frightening Great Filter Hypothesis and the Future of Man

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The Great Filter hypothesis tells us most species may self-destruct or be subjected to a catastrophe that makes them go extinct before colonizing other planets, putting our long-term survival in doubt

The Great Filter hypothesis is one of the most terrifying ideas in science. It is the idea there is a future event humanity will be subjected to that will lead to it to devolve to a more primitive state, or lead to its extinction. Upon reaching this filter, which screens out most civilizations in the universe from higher planes of existence, humanity either survives as a non-technological civilization (i.e. returning to the cave dwelling life our ancestors or as drones on a human tax farm) or dies out.

We often discuss problems related to sexual selection on men’s web sites, but what is seldom discussed is how these ideas could tie in with the larger schemes of science and life in the universe. The Great Filter is a hypothesis that ties up these loose ends. The textbook definition of the hypothesis follows:

The Great Filter concept originates in the argument that the failure to find any extraterrestrial civilizations in the observable universe implies the possibility something is wrong with one or more of the arguments from various scientific disciplines that the appearance of advanced intelligent life is probable; this observation is conceptualized in terms of a Great Filter which acts to reduce the great number of sites where intelligent life might arise to a tiny number of intelligent species.

Remote sensing in the 21st century is revealing thousands of worlds which are in the astronomical “Goldilocks” zone. These planets are similar to earth, in that they are not too hot like Venus, nor too cold like Mars, but have conditions that are “just right” for life to form. While this initially seems encouraging in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, it actually provides some worrisome implications:

The main counter-intuitive conclusion of this observation is that the easier it was for life to evolve to our stage, the bleaker our future chances probably are.

Enrico Fermi was the first to notice the seeming lack of civilizations in the universe once radio astronomy began. In our own galaxy there are some 400 billion suns. Based on what we have seen with the distribution of organic molecules throughout the universe it should not only be possible but probable that life exists elsewhere in the universe. Life arose on earth almost immediately after it formed, which makes it seem like life forms easily in the universe. However, we aren’t finding life in the universe despite exhaustive searches and improving remote sensing technology. This suggests that perhaps some 9 out of 10 societies could be self-destructing once they reach our level of technology.

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Prey species are r-selected while predators are K-selected; pushing humans towards r-selection could be turning us into prey for the elite

r/K Selection

It has been said everything we see as progress in the human world is due to runaway sexual selection, and particularly K-selection as it builds up sophisticated societies. The opposite, r-selection tears down sophisticated societies. As explained in The Evolutionary Psychology Behind Politics:

One strategy, named the r-strategy, imbues those who are programmed with it to be averse to all peer on peer competition, embrace promiscuity, embrace single parenting, and support early onset sexual activity in youth. Obviously, this mirrors the Liberal philosophy’s aversion to individual Darwinian competitions such as capitalism and self defense with firearms, as well as group competitions such as war. Likewise, Liberalism is tolerant of promiscuity, tolerant of single parenting, and more prone to support early sex education for children and the sexualization of cultural influences. Designed to exploit a plethora of resources, one will often find this r-type strategy embodied within prey species, where predation has lowered the population’s numbers, and thereby increased the resources available to its individuals.

The other strategy, termed the K-strategy, imbues those who pursue it with a fierce competitiveness, as well as tendencies towards abstinence until monogamy, two-parent parenting, and delaying sexual activity until later in life. Obviously, this mirrors Conservatism’s acceptance of all sorts of competitive social schemes, from free market capitalism, to war, to individuals owning and carrying private weapons for self defense. Conservatives also tend to favor abstinence until monogamy, two parent parenting with an emphasis upon “family values” and children being shielded from any sexualized stimuli until later in life. This strategy is found most commonly in species which lack predation, and whose population’s have grown to the point individuals must compete with each other for the limited environmental resources that they are rapidly running out of.

The sexual jungle unleashed on our species by feminism is making each passing generation more r-selected. As humans seem to be subject to cyclical forces in history, one must wonder what the future of our species holds since, according to Spengler, we are on the downswing of the great historical sine-wave, making a sharp turn towards r-selection.

No society that has remained civilized has lifted restrictions on monogamy and female sexuality, as anthropologist J.D. Unwin found when he studied 80 tribes and 6 civilizations across 5,000 years of history. Will we recover? Or will the traps presented by our technological advancement and evolutionary baggage put our continued well-being in jeopardy? As astrophysicist Carl Sagan warned:

We’ve arranged a global civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and technology. We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces.

Indeed, we may have arrived at a moment in history in which our science and technology are more advanced than our capability to manage them safely.

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Given the ease with which life arose on Earth, it should be common the Universe

The Drake Equation

The Great Silence, or the lack of detectable signs of intelligent life in the universe suggests that we are unique, and alone. Back in the 1960s, astrophysicist Frank Drake proposed an equation to estimate the number of societies that might exist in the universe. Its variables are the number of stars in the galaxy, the number of those stars that have planets, the number of those planets that can support life and the number on which life actually arises, the number of planets on which that life becomes civilized, and of those civilizations how many go on to survive across stellar evolutionary and geological timescales.

Using this imperfect equation, Drake came up with a very rough estimate of anywhere from 20 to 50,000,000 societies potentially existing in the Milky Way galaxy. If that is the case – where the hell is everybody? Either intelligent life is exceedingly rare or exceedingly short-lived on evolutionary timescales.

Using radio waves seems like the most common sense method of broadcasting one’s presence to the universe. Radio telescopes from Aricebo in Puerto Rico to the Very Large Array in New Mexico to the new Allen Telescope Array north of San Francisco have been scanning, unsuccessfully so far, for alien radio signals. It is thought a signal intended to show intelligence and be understandable by virtually any species will broadcast a series of prime numbers. Sagan detailed this method of alien communication in the 1970s.

It is easy to create an interstellar radio message which can be recognized as emanating unambiguously from intelligent beings. A modulated signal (beep, beep beep… ) comprising the numbers 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 29, 31, for example, consists exclusively of the first 12 prime numbers—that is, numbers that can be divided only by 1, or by themselves. A signal of this kind, based on a simple mathematical concept, could only have a biological origin.

Preliminary results have not been very encouraging, as we have found nothing except silence and a “Wow!” signal in the 1970s that ended up being interstellar noise. This is where The Great Filter hypothesis comes in.

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Well over 99.9 percent of all species that have ever lived on Earth are extinct

How This Relates To Us

Scientists say we could be at the most crucial stage in our long-term survival as a species: the stage at which start conducting interplanetary and interstellar colonization. Many societies could have developed up to our point in the universe and fallen apart soon after. It is interesting to note the U.S. has long led scientific exploration of space, but since the sexual revolution took root we now hitch rides on Russian rockets in order to fly humans into space. Perhaps other species also reach this point, only to pull back instead of continuing to advance.

Once reaching the point of being prosperous, societies ease restrictions on sexuality. This is risky business because sexual selection is the engine that drives evolution to high levels of intelligence. Since the sexual revolution the West has seen falling birth rates, the exile of the father from the family, and the rise of degeneracy. This turn away from civilization and towards pre-civilized modes of living should not come as a surprise to scientists. J.D. Unwin found in his anthropological survey:

The whole of human history does not contain a single instance of a group becoming civilized unless it has been absolutely monogamous, nor is there any example of a group retaining its culture after it has adopted less rigorous customs.

After unleashing all restrictions on female sexuality, men adapted to the drastically altered sexual environment by learning Game. As we have seen happening in the West, this environment ultimately leads to an 80/20 rule of most females being monopolized by a small percentages of males. Beta males, the bedrock of building and maintaining society then check out of doing grunt work since the sexual market is the granddaddy of all the other markets of man. Environmental conditions that led to the development of high intelligence and a high culture then self-destruct, causing the society to fall apart. As the conditions of the sexual marketplace shift away from K-selection and male investment in society, we fail to pass through The Great Filter.

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Implanted RFID chips are closer to reality than you might think

Technological Enslavement

Another worrying way the Great Filter could screen out humans from long term survival is the coming possibility of technological enslavement. With the advent of ever cheaper, smaller, and faster computer chips it is plausible that the human race will be enslaved by an elite, becoming little more than pawns on a world tax farm, rather than continuing to advance.

Perhaps this is why an elite lifted limitations on female sexuality in the first place. Knowing man becomes feral after monogamy is abandoned, and is not able to organize the way he would have in an orderly, monogamous society, the deck is stacked so humanity cannot avert the threat of technological enslavement.

Forces are already at work to eliminate cash completely and put all money and all documentation on a GPS-trackable RFID chip that will be implanted into our hands. Japan is conducting its own experiments in this vaunted “cashless” society by using fingerprints. In any case, our lives are increasingly managed by computers and micromanaged by a government that manages the computers. As the Financial Times warned:

The anonymity of cash helps to free people from their governments.

Aaron Russo warned us about this agenda over 10 years ago.

All money will be in your chips. And so, instead of having cash, any time you have money in your chip, they can take out whatever they want to take out whenever they want to. If they say “you owe us this much money in taxes,” they just deduct it out of your chip, digitally.

Work on the implantable RFID chip proceeds at a rapid pace. The only real boundary now is engineering social acceptance of an electronic dog collar. Using social engineering, Cultural Marxism and total financial control (all of which are advancing at a rapid rate) the human species could be transformed into docile servants of the state. In this view, the world population ends up being dominated by a small elite, with human “batteries” powering an economic system they profit from. This warning, as pessimistic as it, is falls in line with history. As Aristotle observed 2,000 years ago, the natural state of man is slavery, and the masses believe authority figures over their own sense of reason as shown in the Milgram experiment. Politicians know this, which is why they lie in our faces and get away with it as they lead us to slaughter.

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Was baking a cake for family really such horrible oppression, and is licking the boot of a corporate paymaster a better life for women

What Worked In The Past

What these dystopian views have in common is they’re all illustrations of the value of patriarchy and the risks that come with discarding it. Patriarchy, with its paternity guarantees for men and provision of a role in society other than that of a sperm donor and child support check-writer has led civilization to greatness in the past. The decision to abandon patriarchy is having profound implications, and it is not leading us to a better place as a society or as a species.

The sexual revolution brought on the law of the jungle as monogamy was discarded as a relic of the past, and brought on an 80/20 phenomenon, making most males useless and turning the human species more feral with each passing generation. What incentive does a man have to give a damn about society or sacrificing for the betterment of his offspring if he is no longer offered a seat at the table of the human family? Man is also becoming easier to boss around as r-selection breaks down the family, the building block of civilization. Bossing him around is much harder to do strong families are headed up by a respected patriarch. The solitary individual is much more desirable to an autocratic society.

Perhaps the human species’ Great Filter has arrived de-civilizing feminism, technological enslavement, or both. With a 99.9% extinction rate of all species on the planet across a span of 4.5 billion years, the odds of long-term prosperity, freedom, and survival are not in our favor. Personally, I would prefer extinction to enslavement.

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Catastrophe: Spengler’s Ideas on Evolution

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Spengler thought catastrophe was more important to evolution than slow, steady change

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Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species is one of the most important works in Western history. It convincingly shows how one species evolves into another through entirely natural processes. However, the way these processes work was challenged three-quarters of a century ago by Oswald Spengler, author of Decline of the West. In reviewing Darwin’s work, Spengler thought the process by which evolution works showed a cultural bias and proposed another idea.

Spengler wrote the biggest problem with theory of evolution is it does not correspond with how nature actually works. He thought it represented a British temperament projected onto evolution. In his book Man and Technics, Spengler offered this criticism:

Here again we have to emancipate ourselves from the nineteenth-century idea of an “evolutionary” process. A slow, [sluggish] alteration is truly appropriate to the English nature, but it does not represent Nature.

Spengler’s take was slow adaptation and change over time is not the way evolution occurs. Instead, the existence of an organism reaches balance with nature and the organism only evolves or goes extinct when its existence is punctuated by different catastrophes.

As one example of this idea, the Coelacanth has remained unchanged since the time of the dinosaurs. It has achieved what Spengler called a perfection of the form, it is in balance with nature, and its form is conserved. It will only evolve when a catastrophe threatens its existence. Other species have also changed very little since they evolved, strengthening this idea.

When a catastrophe happens, a mutation spreads spontaneously through the genome of the organism. Spengler said it comes as a single passage happening all at once instead of the slow, steady refinement proposed by Darwin. Indeed, mutations are one of the most important concepts in biology. If this idea is correct, it presents a number of implications for the future of the human race.

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This volcanic eruption in Chile is a sneeze compared to the Toba event which nearly wiped out the human species 70,000 years ago

Sudden Changes

Spengler details the idea of catastrophe driving evolution in his book Man and Technics.

Since when have there been men? What is man? And how did he come to be man? … [His] origin must have been sudden; in terms of the tempo of cosmic currents it must have happened, like everything else that is decisive in world history (epoch-making, in the highest sense) as abruptly as a flash of lightning or an earthquake.

Indeed, following mass extinctions on earth, one group of organisms who may have thrived for hundreds of millions of years like the dinosaurs are wiped out and another group undergoes a set of mutations which leads it to become the next dominant Class on earth. The Class that came to dominance after the dinosaurs was of course, the mammals.

Spengler wrote to this sudden appearance and disappearance of species in the fossil record:

In truth we cannot distinguish geological strata unless catastrophes of unknown kinds and causes have separated them for us, not yet special of fossil creature unless they appear suddenly and hold on unaltered until their extinction. Of the ancestors of Man we know nothing, in spite of all our research and comparative anatomy. The human skeleton has been, ever since it appeared, just what it is now.

While the fossil record shows a number of species that were very similar to us, we are the only surviving members at our end of the Primate branch. This adds credence to the catastrophe hypothesis since the other human-like species have gone extinct.

We also see evidence of the idea of catastrophes punctuating our evolution with our own “population bottleneck” which occurred in the human species following the eruption of Toba. The human species was nearly reduced to extinction. A catastrophe like the Toba event makes the spread of genetic mutation through a population easier following the catastrophe. Spengler goes on:

The whole thing is suddenly there its entirety. World history strides on from catastrophe to catastrophe, whether we can comprehend and prove the fact or not.

In the modern age, Spengler’s ideas of catastrophe driving evolution were substantiated 40 years after he published his claims:

In 1972, paleontologists Niles Eldredge and Stephen Jay Gould published a landmark paper developing a theory called punctuated equilibria. Eldredge and Gould proposed that the degree of gradualism commonly attributed to Charles Darwin is virtually nonexistent in the fossil record, and that stasis dominates the history of most fossil species. Their paper built upon Ernst Mayr’s model of geographic speciation, Michael Lerner’s theories of developmental and genetic homeostasis, as well as their own empirical research.

In other words, Spengler’s catastrophe theory has been bolstered by modern scientific evidence. He was a man 100 years ahead of his time in predicting the Decline of the West, and 40 years ahead of his time predicting a biological process proven to exist. Given these chilling facts, when will a catastrophe once again challenge our collective survival?

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Could a catastrophe be around the corner for us?

Our Future

With many signs pointing toward impending collapse in Western Civilization, one must at least entertain the fact that maybe a manmade catastrophe is just around the corner for our species. Certainly, feminism and materialism (especially the two combined) are posing grave risks to the survival of the Caucasian race which has had fertility rates below replacement level for two generations. This is, of course not even considering the natural catastrophes that are possible such as an asteroid impact, supervolcano eruption, or pandemic.

Believing man is immune to catastrophe is a product of our short term memory and recent successes as a species. It is stroke of luck that a disaster has not yet challenged our survival, and it is a statistical certainty this luck will eventually run out. Spengler had this to say about those whose thinking represented what he called “cowardly optimism” that our survival will not be threatened, instead of “brave pessimism” about what the future holds:

Man was, and is, too shallow and cowardly to endure the fact of the mortality of everything living. He wraps it up in the rose-colored optimism of Progress, he masks it with literature, he crawls behind the shelter of ideals so as not to see anything. But impermanence, birth, and passing is the form of all that is actual – from the stars… right down to the fleeting concourses on this planet.

He also saw evidence of catastrophe in everything from the birth and death of suns to his study of the rise and fall of high cultures. The Mayan/Aztec culture came to an end after being conquered by the Spanish. Rome was sacked by the Visigoths in 410 and later collapsed. The other cultures in Spengler’s epic study of civilization also came to an end, usually after a catastrophe or series of catastrophes.

The life of the individual – whether animal or plant or man – is as perishable as that of peoples of cultures. Every creation succumbs to decay; every thought, every discovery, every deed to oblivion. All around us we sense traces of lost courses of history that ended in some great doom. All around us the ruins of the past works of dead cultures lie before our eyes. What, then, is our prating about the everlasting achievements of mankind supposed to mean?

Summarizing his thoughts in Man and Technics, which is in many ways the Cliff’s Notes of his much larger work Decline of the West, summarized below:

The principle idea is that many of the Western world’s great achievements may soon become spectacles for our descendants to marvel at, as we do with the pyramids of Egypt or the baths of Rome. Spengler especially pointed to the tendency of Western technology to spread to hostile societies which would then it as a weapon against the West. In Spengler’s mind, Western culture will be destroyed from within by materialism, and destroyed from without through economic competition and warfare.

How incredibly prophetic Spengler was, for this scenario is playing out before our eyes a century after he predicted it. What makes it more impressive is that it is not based on mysticism, but a study of history and historical cycles our species repeats.

A fatalistic model predicting the future can be discouraging to some, but the truth does not take our feelings into consideration. The universe does not act in favor of nor against our desires, it is only indifferent to them. However, rather than throwing our hands up, Spengler actually encouraged people to make the best of the situation fate has handed them. He encouraged us to exploit the creative possibilities still available, to value every moment of our short lives, and to live as passionately and fully as possible. Spengler thought that by fully understanding the tragic historical process and what it implies for our future, we can strive to make our short lives into a self-creating masterpiece.

Perhaps brave pessimism is not such a terrible philosophy after all.

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