This will not be a long post, because honestly I don’t think my audience cares much about this topic. However I feel it absolutely necessary to touch on the issue of Neo-Paganism again. Once confined to being a small subset within the white nationalist community, this ideology has apparently found a small amount of purchase within the Manosphere, though it may be receding here somewhat. The pitch is that only our interpretations of those ideals that supposedly imbued our Pagan ancestors can bring out true masculinity, allowing man to become a barbarian tribesman like he was meant to be!
Manhood is not about running around in the woods bare-chested, tying sticks together like you’re the props guy on the Blair Witch Project, and drawing symbols on yourself with sharpie pens because it “looks edgy”. This is some of the most misguided stuff in the name of race realism and masculinity I have ever seen. I guess this might be one manifestation of masculinity, if you had no resources, no ingenuity, and your ethnic group was crippled with a dangerous lack of self-awareness, though for most men, even men of the far right where this niche is supposed to flourish, it is laughable when someone refers to themselves as Wolfmaster Canute for no good reason, and that in itself is actually a sign of health within our sphere. People who are serious about paganism don’t do this, they instead look to what is esoterically valuable in various traditions that imbued pre-Christian Europe, considering the symbolism of ancient virtues, and undoubtedly they do a lot of reading. Paganism ought not be a self-help therapy session, nor should one dishonor their ancestors by turning their religious beliefs into a costume ball to fuel a kind of racial jihad.
I can’t help but relate this to MGTOW, that ‘counter-Roosh’ offspring of the Manosphere which felt any contact with women at all was treachery to the sex (not all of them felt this way, but it was a dominant narrative), and that patriarchy was in fact a secret plot to make men submit to women. The root of both comes from the idea that civilization itself is unmanly, that if we want to really become who we are meant to be we should imitate the ancient tribes of Northern Europe who lived on the margins (in most cases, but not all). There are no solutions, Modern or Traditional in terms of actually creating real societies that function. Instead, dive into the fantasy of being a Viking and you will find yourself free from the ills of our world (with the occasional photo-op and distribution of your hardcore black metal music of course). To my mind, a lot of the so-called ‘paganism’ I am seeing today on the far right is full of the same spirit which animated the 70s punk movement, and that is far from healthy.
Manospherans who think like this need to wake the hell up. It’s a disgrace this festival of fail is actually being promoted by purportedly ‘right wing’ websites. The activist Neo-Pagans we’re now supposed to hold up as a paragon of good masculine living make MGTOW look like geniuses. Note that within some of these Neo-Pagan groups, everyone is equal and has an equal say, it is an egalitarian society. How quaint.
I have to wonder if Julius Evola, himself early on a self-identified ‘Catholic Pagan’, saw this coming when he wrote “Against the Neo-Pagans”, and essentially denounced people trying to puppeteer the bones of dead cults to satisfy their own fevered imaginations and escapist desires. Paganism has esoteric qualities that are extremely rich and beautiful, some of them even adorn Christianity, but when it is used as a mere disposable vehicle for racial politics or the desire to live off the grid and burn the occasional church, something has gone very wrong.
I’m not going to dwell on this. I’ve addressed the issue in passing here. Gornahoor has addressed it here. In both instances, we were giving a treatment of the somewhat aristocratic Paganism (Southern Paganism if you like) that built the Roman Empire. The Northern ‘Neo’-Pagan activism which eschews civilization in favor of tribal constructs and ethical systems is to me a cringe-worthy sect bizarrely associated with the radical right, and if there are groups that should be pushed out just to maintain some dignity then this is one of them. I implore cautious non-association with such elements wherever dialogue isn’t useful, in the same way that certain figures who were once in the Reactosphere were sidelined due to online antics in the last year. Even old-school Neo-Nazis from where the ideas of a ‘truly German’ Paganism originated shy from this stuff now, so it would be a great disappointment to see fads like ENP sucker in more rightists and dissident men who feel perhaps let down by an emasculated Christianity and a neckbearded atheism.
Our political purpose is civilization. Civilization protects what we love, including the survival of our people. The Hestia Society in fact finds it synonymous with morality. Running around in the forest with spears and knives? Well, it’s all very manly, but eventually the swarthy foreigners in black masks carrying Kalashnikovs come, and if you’re still around the campfires of human societal evolution when they do, your people are finished. This is probably a contributing factor as to why, back when the groups that these guys try to imitate actually existed, the time had to come when they wiped off the war paint, stopped defecating in the woods, and parked their asses in cathedrals.
I think on this point the contentious atheistic nationalist and Reactionary advocates as well as their Christian counterparts, and serious pagans can agree. This has nothing to do with what we stand for nor want for our future. Men who refuse to do real work, refuse to head families, refuse to bow to an organic hierarchy of superiors and inferiors, are of absolutely no use to us in the development of Traditional society. In fact, they are a nuisance. They don’t represent ‘real men’ anymore than a pack of coyotes represents ‘real men’, and yelling that you are a ‘proud heathen’ while you jam to Norwegian black metal is about as masculine as a fourteen-year-old goth kid freakout. There has definitely been a movement in some sectors of the radical right to sideline older-style Fascists as unfashionable, yet to do that and then embrace this John Galt meets Beowulf fiasco in its place is enough to have anyone saying, “bring back the fash!” Certain people have attacked the Manosphere for pick-up-artistry, and NRx for its high-brow theorizing, yet see no problem promoting neo-wicca, which pretty much says it all. And no, this isn’t ‘punching to my right’. Virtually none of these groups identify as right, so why we should have anything to do with them is beyond me. They should be allowed to do as they please and find their own way, but our objectives are different.
Uncivilized Tribes have a history, and its a history of being crushed under the armored boot-heel of civilization. Just ask the Africans. In the face of civilization they either submit or die. That’s never going to change, even if at times it’s fun to imagine it weren’t so. Paganism was at its best when it was awash with great builders, thinkers, and had a vision. Long live city walls, and long live stable food supplies!