America's Decline: The Education Of A Conservative by Revilo P Oliver

By Revilo P Oliver

Initially a conservative, Professor Revilo Oliver turned an highbrow chief of racialists with a trenchant pen and big following. This number of well known essays - essentially from 1955-1966, whilst the postwar fight for America's soul was once at its optimum - exhibits that the conservative reason used to be inherently not just a misplaced reason yet an unworthy one.

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It had endured for almost sixteen hundred years with an unbroken tradition and monarchic solidarity, and it retained an effective ascendency over the greater part of the Western world. It had recently shown itself impervious to subversion, for early in 1944, as I remember, the Communists had sent into South America large sums of money in gold (doubtless supplied through channels by the world's beasts of burden, the American taxpayers) to hire agitation for disrupting the Church by making the College of Cardinals similar to our House of Representatives, each country to have a number of Cardinals proportional to its Catholic population - and, so far as one knew, the gold had no more effect than a stone thrown into the ocean.

Imagined intimacy with supernatural beings, furthermore, provides compensation for the frustrations and disappointments that are inevitable in life, and are felt with particular distress by women, who, for physiological as well as social reasons, desire a tender affection they may fail to find in marriage and which their romantic fantasies in adolescence may have led them to expect beyond human possibility. Some historians attribute the ascendency of Christianity over the Mithraic and other Oriental cults in the decaying Roman Empire to the fact that virtually all of the Christian sects catered especially to women, while other religions either excluded females, as did the cult of Mithras, or relegated them to a very minor position; and some of our contemporaries believe that without women a n d their influence over males, the Christian churches would completely collapse.

My friend, Willmoore Kendall, one of the keenest minds I have ever known, a master of eristics and a practitioner of the Socratic dialectics, which, although often misunderstood, are based on the belief that truth or the closest feasible approximation thereto can be elicited by debate, had long believed that the decisive sapping of American culture had been the work of journals of opinion that advertised themselves as intellectual, ostentatiously addressed a presumed elite, and by acute criticism, in which what was valid lent plausibility to what was merely sophistical, undermined Americans' belief in their own culture; and he specifically recognized as the most influential two weekly periodicals, the Nntiorr and the N m Republic.

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