Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Levinson Contra Mundum

Nine lessons from the Obergefell decision:
Second, the true losers in Obergefell are the same as in Windsor: those experiencing same-sex attraction. The blessing is that, post Obergefell, there is no more political frenzy to cover over sadness of soul. Those in homosexual relationships will have to face the hard facts of their lifestyle. Many have already suffered under the normative lie that homosexuality can bring happiness, and many more will suffer now that this lie has been quite literally wedded to state power. Those now given the imprimatur of the federal government on the dead-end slavery of sin—and the children who are condemned to witness this slow-motion destruction of human dignity firsthand—are the true sacrificial victims in this war. If we were not praying for them before, let us start doing so today.
The wages of sin is death but even in this life the pursuit of hedonism leaves one unfilled, anxious, depressed, and prone to substance abuse to dull the ennui. Gays can now "marry," but only 45% of their relationships are monogamous. #LoveWince
Fifth, Obergefell is a chance for repenting of the greatest sexual failure of our generation: not homosexuality, but fornication. For every lost soul searching fruitlessly for love in a gay bar, how many hundreds more are de facto polygamists or polyandrists, shuttling from one wrecked relationship to the next, and increasingly numb to the lies that he or she is telling with body, words, and heart? If there is any moral high ground in the debate over sexual ethics, I for one am utterly unworthy of approaching it. I will stand, instead, beside the gutter from which God’s Grace rescued me, the better to remember, at the very least, who is holy in all of this, and who is made holy thereby. In a very real way, those with same-sex attraction have been fighting, at least in part, for the right to be as flamboyantly promiscuous as all the rest of us. Let us see who among us will dare to cast the first stone.
A lot of my TradCon friends have asked why I associate at all with Return of Kings when it's filled with lots of crimethink that inflicts badfeels. I've encountered a few souls in the manosphere who seem content with embracing a lifestyle of constant fornication. For many of them it was a phase. Even Heartiste reveals a deeply conservative, if not outright traditional, streak once in a while. The pursuit of higher notch counts is in many ways the rational response of the pagan to a feminist world. But a careful reading of the comments reveals that many men yearn for the days of Marriage 1.0. They dream about meeting that 21 year old virgin who will marry them and love them just the way they are. The world being what it is though, they do what they have to do to get sex. It's men like that we Catholics have failed. And I think Holy Mother Church would bring in much more converts if she focused on people who are as disgusted with liberalism as we are rather than the liberal worldlings who always have and always will hate everything we believe in.
Sixth, the majority opinion in Obergefell was a stunning admission of the intellectual poverty of late-stage liberalism. Proceeding by breezy judicial fiat was the only recourse open to the United States Supreme Court, for in seeking to legitimate the paradox of homosexual marriage they could make no honest appeal to reason, truth, Scripture, tradition, common sense, biology, or the natural law. They simply had to harden their hearts and wave their magic wands. Obergefell makes shockingly apparent the impossibility of forming any sort of community based on what is, at the very best, finely-tuned mutual antagonism. Justice Anthony Kennedy therefore has the distinction of having written, not the most insidious or disingenuous opinion in the history of the court (Roger Taney, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Harry Blackmun, and Henry Billings Brown must all outdo Kennedy in this regard), but the silliest. The linty non-sense of the Obergefell decision is a tremendous boon for a United States now coming to the extremities of an unsustainable philosophy. By dint of sheer hokeyness, the Obergefellmajority opinion should be enough to wake whole battalions from their intellectual torpor.
Liberals assure us that we can't turn back the clock. On the contrary, if the clock is telling the wrong time, it can and will be turned back. I accept gay "marriage" in the same sense that previous generations of Catholics accepted Soviet communism: it exists and must be dealt with for now, but it's an irrational and evil perversion of human nature that all Catholics have a moral obligation to publicly oppose and which is doomed to fail if good men are willing to call a spade a spade. This issue is over in the sense that abortion is over: it's going to become even more explosive and divisive as years pass.

8 comments:

  1. Indeed. I have a piece out today essentially outlining a proposal to say that the 'Benedict Option' does not go far enough. We need a parallelgesselschaft (parallel society), in a similar sense to Muslims in Europe. Not of the Modern World. In opposition to the Modern World. A kind of tribalism has to be brought into effect where our loyalty is to our religious community before all other things, and this religious community's goal must be the re-establishment of Christian states.

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  2. Beefy Cock LevinsonJuly 9, 2015 at 1:07 PM

    what's up Beefy Cock Levinson?

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  3. I've encountered a few souls in the manosphere who seem content with embracing a lifestyle of constant fornication. For many of them it was a phase. Even Heartiste reveals a deeply conservative, if not outright traditional, streak once in a while. The pursuit of higher notch counts is in many ways the rational response of the pagan to a feminist world. But a careful reading of the comments reveals that many men yearn for the days of Marriage 1.0. They dream about meeting that 21 year old virgin who will marry them and love them just the way they are. The world being what it is though, they do what they have to do to get sex. It's men like that we Catholics have failed.

    While I don't think that you intended it, your comments here seem to say that this particular failing is the greatest amongst the Church's failings right now. At least, that is an impression that I got from reading it.

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  4. Ebola the AristocatJuly 10, 2015 at 12:07 AM

    How lacking in history do you have to be to say "we need a parallel society "like the Muslims of Europe" and not instead the obvious and infinitely more fitting "like the early Christians".

    And i I giggled like girl at the goal of Christans needing to be "establishing Christian states" and not seeking first the Kingdom of God. Mark, you should get off the Internet and put down books of boring, wheel re-inventing philosophers and pick up some by the saints or about the saints.

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    1. Two points:

      1) The example you give is not 'infinitely more fitting', in fact it doesn't really fit at all. The early Christians not only lived in an entirely different time, but lived under an entirely different kind of political rule, one that while heathen, was still of Traditional character. We live under something very different, only bearing some similarities. See Rene Guenon for more about this dichotomy. With this in mind, it would make sense to look for inspiration in groups today which are winning the battle to preserve their way of life against a hostile Modern world.

      2) Your second point is the tired old arguments of the Christians who have gotten us to this point. The proposal is that Christians ought not to have political aspirations. That our concerns should be entirely with our own deaths and the salvation in Christ fulfilled beyond the grave. This goes against not only a basic human need to secure a future line of tradition for his offspring, but also completely disregards our own Christian ancestors, almost all of whom served, lived under, died for, Christian States. You can laugh at this idea all you like, but you are not so dissimilar from Jews who propagandize life in the diaspora. The fact remains that Christians, like the Jews, like the Hindus, like the Muslims, need a state that is explicitly Christian. Preferably many more than just one.

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    2. Ebola the AristocatJuly 13, 2015 at 7:28 AM

      I was planning on reading everything, and maybe waste my time writing a response, but then you mentioned Rene Guenon. I really enjoyed "while heathen, was still of Traditional character" - thanks for the laugh.

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    3. If one is unwilling to even study the basic scholarship of radical right thought with regards to religion and its relationship to political power, then what more can be said? You are just unwilling to understand the concepts that undergird the Reactionary right, developed from De Maistre onwards.

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    4. Ebola the AristocatJuly 14, 2015 at 9:38 AM

      Indeed, what is there to say! Good-bye, and I will make sure to tell our mutual friends, the early martyrs, that they should be happy their killers were Traditional (with a capital t).

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