This piece first appeared on XYZ.
There is a tendency among people in our time to think of history in basically progressive terms. We tend to assume that we started off as apes, became brutes, toiled as serfs, liberated ourselves as peasants and now stand sovereign and enlightened as the technologically godlike, infinitely reasonable and eminently sane modern man (or woman or trans* person or genderqueer). We believe that history has been, if not a moral arc of progress as described by Barry Soetoro-Obama, at least an incremental improvement upon what went before. In this worldview, or what the Germans perfectly call a weltanschauung, we are the pinnacle of humanity over time. We’re it, and it’s only going to get better, baby.
Except it may well not. Many of you would not be surprised to read that I think this belief is dangerously naïve. Instead I think there are many reasons to suppose that things are going to get definitively worse from here on out. The progressive conception of history sees the endpoint of humanity as utopia. Premodern conceptions of history, such as the Graeco-Roman and Christian ones, saw it as a steady decline from a golden age in the past. Perhaps the truth is somewhere between these two poles.
There are some regions of the world, however, which have declined markedly over the centuries in relative and absolute terms. The regions where this pattern is most pronounced are the ones which have succumbed to that death cult of the desert, Islam. The pattern of history in those regions is instructive, and perhaps disturbing, for decadent, postmodern Australia.
Back in 250 BC, the undisputed power that controlled the Western Mediterranean was the city-state of Carthage. The Carthaginians were descendants of the Phoenicians, master sailors from the coasts of the Eastern Mediterranean. North Africa back then was a fertile region, famous for its large trees and capable of supporting large cities. The Carthaginians became powerful through trade, following the model of most thalassocratic (sea power) empires of being open to foreigners and relying on their navy to protect them. The city was famed for its riches and architectural marvels, including its man-made fortified harbor which could hold up to 220 ships.
Unfortunately for Carthage, their chief rival in the region was Rome. In what was the Cold War of the third century BC, Rome and Carthage fought for control of the Mediterranean world. Rome won. As usual though, Rome allowed Carthage to flourish again under Roman control after Julius Caesar rebuilt it and the city rose again to become rich though never again powerful. With a population of 500,000 it was one of the breadbaskets and manufacturing hubs of the empire.
This happy situation continued for 700 years. It was the time of the Pax Romana, the ‘Roman Peace’. Entire generations lived and died knowing only peace, plenty and prosperity. It was one of those rare, sunny periods of human history in which the fruits of civilization abound. Trade routes were safe, government was relatively stable and borders were largely secure. It could never end, right?
Except it did, and quite suddenly once the collapse began. In the fifth century, the Vandals moved down after sacking Rome and conquered North Africa. The kingdom they founded, which left the culture, infrastructure and prosperity of the region largely intact, was conquered back again by the Eastern Roman Emperor Justinian I in 533 AD. The Byzantines held the region for about a century, and although the series of conflicts took a toll civilisation still prevailed in the region. There was cultural, religious and linguistic continuity sufficient for the compounding effect of human flourishing to continue. It was civilized.
The human accomplishments of civilized North Africa during this period were among the finest in human history. In the fourth century AD the Roman city of Hippo Regius produced the profoundly important theologian Augustine. He moved to Carthage and there synthesised much of Christian thought into a coherent framework which has been relied on for Christians to interpret scripture ever since. Also from Carthage was the legendary general Hannibal, who famously crossed the Alps from Spain to Italy in winter and ravaged Italy for 20 years. He was only defeated by a young Roman commander, Scipio, who had grown up studying his methods. Hannibal’s strategies are still taught in military schools around the world today. Carthage also provided the setting for Book IV of Virgil’s Aeneid, in which Dido and Aeneas had a tragic (for Dido) love affair. The story has influenced such later writers as Shakespeare and the Romantic poets.
The North Africa we see today of sandy wastes broken only by ruins and fading tourist destinations has not always been its fate. This much lower-level pattern of human organisation and development began in the seventh century AD and arrived on camels in the form of Islam.
Islam has always spread through immigration, ghettoization, political demands and then outright invasion. It has always spread by the sword, and when Hasan ibn al-Nu’man won the Battle of Carthage in 698 AD the process of Islamification began. There are now almost no Christians left in all North Africa, except for the oppressed Coptic minority in Egypt.
When we look at the pattern of decline and collapse that North Africa went through before finally succumbing to the Mohamedan death cult, it is sobering. Carthage, although rich, was distant from the core lands of the empire. This meant that when the imperial core was disrupted and the protection of the government at Rome was no longer guaranteed, opportunistic invaders could prey on the complacent and under-armed region. Its wealth turned from a blessing into a curse.
Like other provinces of the late Roman Empire, Carthage was also plagued with corrupt and decadent rulers who put personal gain ahead of the public interest. According to historian Ramsey MacMullen, this prioritisation of private interest over the public interest by elites in the late Roman Empire was the cause of the empire’s collapse. In the case of North Africa, governors took money from marauding hordes for the right to pillage certain cities with impunity. The greed and graft of the political elite opened the door for aggressive foreigners to take what they wanted.
Does any of this sound familiar to you, dear twenty first century Australian reader? Although it is difficult for us to imagine a time when the United States, our imperial protector, was so caught up with domestic disturbances that US forces could not protect Australia, it’s not impossible. No-one thought Japan could take Singapore in 1942, either. We paid for our complacency dearly then.
The peoples of Sweden, Holland, Germany and France are now finding out just how aggressive and expansionary the Muslim mindset is. Should a Caliph or, even worse, a Mahdi appear to lead the Muslim Umma against us evil infidel Romans then the lightning Muslim expansion of the seventh century could be repeated in our time. It has happened before, and history always rhymes.
We live in a time of great delusion, decadence and corruption. We have politicians across the Western world taking money from foreign interests to betray their own nations, while challenges to the Pax Americana are mounting after the disastrous and treasonous presidency Barry Soetoro-Obama. Imperial complacency and arrogance lasts right up until the barbarian hordes are outside the city gates. By then it is too late. Just ask the Byzantines, who finally succumbed to the Mohamedan hordes in 1453.
The time to push back against the decadence, corruption and treason in Australia is now. There is no point blaming groups for taking advantage of our moral weakness and cultural cowardice. The barbarians are only becoming successful because we have become less than what we were. We must instead stop being morally weak and culturally cowardly. All that is required is the assertion of our identity and the demand that foreigners inside our borders submit to our cultural norms and that elites who sell us out to foreign interests are punished harshly. The historical punishment for treason has always been death.
In my view, nationalism alone will not be sufficient for us to salvage Western civilisation. It is also not enough to just take on the PC thugs, while not seeing past them to the financial oligarchs who fund neo-Marxist movements in order to control societies. We must see the big picture before we can begin the process of restoration.
My recent book, Civilizationism, is written for just this purpose. It is intended to be a primer on the threats facing us as a civilization and the need for Western men and women to unite again around a common identity. We can only understand the foreigner once we understand ourselves. This book is intended to at least begin the discussion on who we are, so that we can work together in common purpose for the sake of our descendants. The threats to them are many, but our ancestors have overcome greater odds before. What was required was the will to try and the wisdom to carry out the task. We are the men and women of the West – the best civilization ever produced by humanity. Let’s start by remembering that.