Ellen of Tasmania put up a video in the comments on The Joy of Socialism. The video is narrated by Paul Joseph Watson and proclaims that “Almost every factor that precedes the collapse of great civilizations has been met by the west.” This is the video.
Mr Watson (corrected from Jones) bewailed the decadence of the West, the lack of religion and the will to defend the humanism of the West. He made some valid points but he mixed up his message with gratuitous criticism of free market capitalism and consumerism as though these contribute to the failure of will in the face of leftism, Islamism and nihilism.
I can’t recall all the good and bad points without looking at the video again but there is a passage where he rubbished McDonalds and capitalism in the same breath. I have no more concern about fast food than I have about the Pacific Ocean, you can enjoy them both in moderation; the Pacific can drown you and you can eat too much fast food; to rail against McDonalds is just silly and to blame market capitalism for moral and spiritual failings is inane.
Far from lacking religion we are assailed by the religions of progressive leftism, radical environmentalism and militant Islamism that are divisive and destructive. As Yeats wrote in The Second Coming.
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Actually I suspect that you could eat fast food in a discriminating way and have a perfectly balanced diet. So in your face Nanny Staters and foodies! And if you are looking for a serious indicator of decadence, what about the failure of the Demons to win a flag since 1964?
As for market capitalism, Michael Novak had the answer years ago when he responded to complaints about the “end of history” announced by Francis Fukayama in 1992. This was supposed to usher in a boring time when liberal democracy rules and there are no more spiritual and moral challenges. In Free Persons and the Common Good Michael Novak identified several valuable moral traditions which were called forth by democratic capitalist institutions in the early American colonies. These include civic responsibility, personal economic enterprise, creativity and a special kind of communitarian living. He also offered a cogent rejoinder to the critics who accuse capitalism of lacking moral or spiritual depth. He explained that statements on the ‘spiritual deficiency’ of democratic capitalism spring from a “horrific” category mistake. Democratic capitalism is not a church, a philosophy or a way of life, instead it promises three liberations; from tyranny and torture; from the oppression of conscience, information and ideas; and from poverty.
The resulting social order provides space “within which the soul may make its own choices, and within which spiritual leaders and spiritual associations may do their own necessary and creative work”. He suggested that democratic capitalism has done rather well on the score of promoting spiritual and cultural life, in contrast with environmentalism and progressive leftism that we see on the march at present. The US and the West will not be undone by capitalism but by the erosion of the limited state defined by the founders of the US republic that is now under threat from Majoritorianism as sketched by Dan Mitchell in his latest column.
Paul Joseph Watson is an English YouTube personality, radio host, writer and conspiracy theorist. He has been described as ‘alt-right’ by multiple sources. Although as late as July 2016 he called himself alt-right, he no longer accepts that label and considers himself part of the “New Right.” His video on the collapse of the West.