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From Destruction to Desolation

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It is often difficult to identify the period of history you are currently living in. Yet there are certain events that give you the feeling that life as you know it will never be the same again. The ongoing riots throughout the US that began on May 27th, 2020 have become such an event. Watching the footage of riots, looting, and violence reminded me of the famous painting by Thomas Cole called Destruction. This painting has been used on various album and book covers, particularly Edward Gibbon’s The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Both the painting and the book offer insight into our current situation and the challenges white people face in the unforeseeable future.

Thomas Cole was an English-born American painter best known for creating detailed paintings of landscapes and historic sites. Influenced by painters of the Romantic Era, Cole created vivid landscapes of nature and the wilderness. One of his most famous works was a five-piece series called The Course of Empire.

These paintings depict the rise and fall of a city through the various periods of its existence. While the paintings only show a view of the city along the same area, each painting represents the different stages of the city’s people and civilization. The five paintings are named after each period of the city: The Savage State, The Pastoral State, The Consummation of Empire, Destruction, and Desolation.  The paintings show how mankind and society evolve from simple farms and villages to complex cities and empires. Yet it is shortly after their zenith that both mankind and society decay and deteriorate back to their humble origins, as shown in the paintings of Destruction and Desolation.

For various reasons, Destruction is the painting that is most known and recognizable from this series. The painting is reminiscent of the Sack of Rome by the Vandals in 455 as it shows a city engulfed in flames, violence, and chaos. The painting depicts a fleet of enemy warriors overthrowing the city’s defenses while looting, killing the men, and raping the women. The city’s architecture of bridges and buildings are broken and burning down. Over the city stands a vandalized statue of a gladiator with its head recently removed by the invaders. This headless statue can represent the severing of the city from the original people and culture that created it. The next and final painting of the series, Desolation, shows an eerie scene without people where only nature survives over the ruins of the once-great city and civilization.

Cole’s Destruction was used as the cover illustration to many versions of Edward Gibbon’s The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Originally published in six volumes from 1776 to 1788, Gibbon’s main thesis throughout this work is that the Roman Empire fell due to the gradual loss of civic virtue amongst its citizens. Gibbon defined civic virtue as being the morals, behaviors, culture, and identity shared by the citizens of a society.

While not explicit about ethnicity and race, Gibbon noted that as the Roman Empire became increasingly non-Roman, the cohesiveness and strength of the civic virtues declined. Gibbon was also very critical of Christianity and how it became the official religion, replacing the original Roman-pagan religion of the founding people. Gibbon’s main contention with Christianity was that it was a foreign religion at the time and replaced the original morals, culture, and identity that the original Roman religion gave to the founding people.

Gibbon was an English writer, historian, and politician. While he is often considered to be a product of the Enlightenment, Gibbon himself identified as a conservative along the lines of Edmund Burke. Both Gibbon and Burke rejected the egalitarian movements of their time and both rejected the arguments made in Thomas Paine’s Rights of Man. Gibbon also wrote his history during a period where the British Empire was drastically changing and entering uncharted waters. The British Empire had just lost the thirteen American colonies and was turning its attention to exploration in and around the Pacific Ocean. Just as the barbarians eventually sacked Rome, Gibbon also worried that a similar fate would happen to the British Empire.

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Many modern historians have also noted that empires tend to rise and fall under similar circumstances and along similar timelines.  There are many examples of empires lasting around 300 to 500 years. During the first 100 years of an empire, the dominant group will expand their land, resources, and territory, often at the expense of neighboring groups. Yet as empires grow, their need for labor also grows. The importation of foreign labor, whether forced or voluntary, is one of the major downfalls of every empire.

As the foreign group increases its population, the empire’s original people decline in population. The foreign group then receives rights and citizenship. Eventually, the foreign group becomes the majority population and takes control of society (usually through conflict). However, the foreign group is not the original people of the empire and cannot maintain the original culture of the empire. Thus, the original people die, and their culture and empire also die with them. This is the situation that white countries around the world have been dealing with in varying degrees for the last few decades. Up until now.

Late Saturday night on May 30th, I had to wake my mom up to show her the videos and footage from the George Floyd protests throughout the US. These videos showed Antifa instigating anarchy in various cities, while blacks were looting, rioting, and attacking white people. I saw a group of blacks beat a white store owner close to death. I saw a group of blacks attack a white woman in a wheelchair. A white man tried to chase a group of blacks away with a golf club, but he was eventually outnumbered and attacked. I saw at least two white truck drivers pulled from their vehicles by black “protestors,” and what happened to those truck drivers is still unknown.

There were some white people looting and rioting too. Most likely, these were the Antifa cells that often started or incited the original protests. I reminded my mom that there are various anti-white oligarchs like George Soros that fund Antifa groups to incite violence. The Democratic Party then helps organize these groups while the media either cover up the violence of Antifa or praises them as heroic “anti-fascists.” Nevertheless, I saw a fair amount of self-hating white people that participated in these protests on their own accord. Yet it is only a matter of time before the black rioters turn violent against them.

The next morning, I had to have another conversation with my mom. I showed her leaked photos of Antifa’s social media posts, bragging how they were planning to take these protests to the suburbs and target white people in their homes. While my family has always been proponents of self-defense, I told my mom to start carrying self-defense tools at all times. I saw too many videos this weekend of cop cars being looted and torched while police officers were dragged through the streets and beaten. If the police can’t protect themselves, they aren’t going to be able to protect white people. Not when white people have become the target after years of anti-white propaganda in academia, the media, and our political systems.

I don’t want to live like this. We as white people shouldn’t have to live like this. Then again, we should never have been forced to live with non-white people in the first place. If similar ethnic groups like the people from Pakistan and India couldn’t live together, what makes you think that people of different races can live together? Yet only white countries are expected to be tolerant, diverse, and multi-cultural. Only white people are called racist, fascist, white supremacists for wanting to have their own land, resources, and sovereignty. Only white people are told that they can’t have a positive racial identity, a positive in-group preference, and organize for their own interests.

White people need a racial divorce from non-whites. We need to reclaim our freedom of disassociation from non-whites. Any law, policy, or government that stops white people from establishing their own homogenous communities should from here and now be considered illegitimate. There is nothing left to debate, argue, or negotiate. A person is either pro-white or they are anti-white. The choice is theirs. But the decision must be ours to secure the existence of our people and a future for white children. That means having our own white societies.

There is an old saying attributed to Henrik Ibsen that “a picture is worth a thousand words.” This is definitely the case with Cole’s Destruction painting. But what does that say about the numerous videos and photos of black people who attacked and murdered white people on the weekend of May 30th? Perhaps it says what Thomas Cole and Edward Gibbon were trying to say over 200 years ago. Diversity leads to division and multiculturalism leads to multiple conflicts. Everyone should have the right to live amongst their own people in their own lands with their own sovereignty. That includes white people. But if white people are forced to live amongst non-whites, then we will repeat the fate and course of all empires and civilizations, from Destruction to Desolation.

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14 Comments

  1. Genco
    Posted June 1, 2020 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    Remember, always remember: The goal of the establishment is to maintain and progress the liberal order.

    The riots progress the liberal order.

    Vaporizing Germans, Italians, Japanese, Vietnamese, and other brown peoples has progressed the liberal order.

    Ending old South Africa and Rhodesia has progressed the liberal order.

    It is a very dangerous time for White Americans.

    • Vehmgericht
      Posted June 3, 2020 at 2:52 am | Permalink

      In Paris our dear friends have been sufficiently exercised by the faraway events in America to conduct their own manifestations. Similar outbreaks are on the cards in all of our nations lucky enough to have been enriched by afro-islamic diversity.

      I deem civil war unlikely at the present time, but I predict we shall see the elite narrative move towards acceptance and promotion of the BLM-antifa grievances, however hysterical or slanderous those may be.

      We should brace ourselves for a fully mainstream and explicit anti-white narrative in media, academia and corporations, for suppression of all dissent, no matter how reasoned or mild (in the name of keeping the peace) and for acceleration of our ethnic dispossession in Europe and the European former colonial nations. This will be framed as a permanent ‘fix’ to the ‘burning problem’ of ‘white supremacy’.

      These will be difficult times for our people. Vigilance, probity and courage will be of the utmost importance. A dark time is upon us and we must steel ourselves for what must come.

      • Richard Edmonds
        Posted June 3, 2020 at 8:13 am | Permalink

        Vehmgericht writes: “We should brace ourselves for a fully mainstream and explicit anti-white narrative in media, academia and corporations, for suppression of all dissent, no matter how reasoned or mild (in the name of keeping the peace) and for acceleration of our ethnic dispossession in Europe and the European former colonial nations.”

        Allow me to make a personal and political comment on today’s news from Britain:

        The head-line in today’s Times: Boris Johnson willingly offers THREE MILLION people in Hong-Kong refuge in the UK: The Times headline, 3. June 2020.

        Friends,

        I don’t know what you were doing fifty years ago, but I was about to join the National Front .

        In 1972 Tory Prime Minister Ted Heath had decided to let into Britain the so-called East African Asians. Asians resident, as shop keepers, etc., in Uganda and Kenya from the days of the British Empire but then no longer welcome, but having no right to enter Britain. Ted Heath gave them the right to enter Britain which then started the ball rolling for the millions of Asians now resident in the United Kingdom.

        In a very popular reaction to this ongoing betrayal of mass-immigration, over the last fifty years we have witnessed the ten years of the 1970s National Front campaigns , the decades of the BNP, the years of Nigel Farage’s UKIP and then Brexit party, the massive winning LEAVE Referendum result of 2016 (driven in large part by fear of uncontrolled mass-immigration) and NOW we are back to a Tory government, again without any mandate, flooding us with more millions of Asians.

        Question : Do we spend the next fifty years again beseeching the Powers-that-be at Westminster and trying to catch their attention, “Please Sir, begging your pardon, Sir, but there’s too many Darkies in our town.” ?

        Or do we now directly accuse the Establishment of organising our genocide: the millions killed in two world wars launched by British governments (the Liberals in 1914, the Tories in 1939 with the active support of Labour and again the Liberals) and now this mass, non-stop immigration from the Third-world ? We are witness to a programme of White genocide enforced by Race “Hate” laws designed to intimidate opposition together with the emotional black-mail of the obvious hoax of the alleged “Holocaust”.

        Regards, Richard.

      • Genco
        Posted June 6, 2020 at 9:10 am | Permalink

        Agree on narratives. See my point #2 on the Monday GJ “divorce” article.

        Btw – they’re trying to prevent the “hot” scenario in DC today.

  2. John Wilkinson
    Posted June 1, 2020 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    Meanwhile, elsewhere in Clown World, a cop is being investigated for signaling to another cop the number “3” using the 3 smallest fingers of his hand (pinky, ring and middle), something I have done myself many times before, and then looking at his watch (which in my mind, could be related to the number “3” as in ‘at 3 o’clock’, or ‘in 3 minutes’, or ‘3 minutes ago’)

    Naturally, some paranoid freak assumed it was a “white power” symbol, which makes the Chan trolls from which this meme originated even more brilliant lol

    https://www.newsweek.com/new-york-george-floyd-police-officer-white-power-symbol-1507817

  3. Vasil
    Posted June 1, 2020 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    Aryans in india still mantain their culture and traditions even if they hace mixed a lot

    • Jaego
      Posted June 1, 2020 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

      Some of the Culure is still there, but the Aryans themselves are not. And as far as the Culture, the Vedic Gods are not worshiped anymore, at least not under their old names and forms. Indra and Varuna? Show me their Temples. It’s all Krishna, Shiva, and the Divine Mother (under many names) now. These formerly minor gods have conquered. The original natives won in the end.

      Try reading the Upanishads. The symbolism in many of them is very thick indeed. How many among the even traditional Indian scholars can interpret them now? Ditto the Vedic hymns. Hinduism is mostly about the Bhagavad Gita now, and the practice of bhakti (devotion) that it recommends. As for the monks, they believe in Advaita (non-duality) but practice the non-Aryan tantra. It’s a lot more effective than the Jnana Yoga of their founder, Shankara, for most.

    • Posted June 2, 2020 at 12:31 am | Permalink

      The whitest, most aryan Indians are the Brahmins. They’re pouring into the west, stealing middle- and upper-middle class jobs from white people, dispossessing us through their clannish economic behavior. They’re also insanely entitled, self-important and annoying. Basically, dark-skinned Jews.

  4. Posted June 1, 2020 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    It’s hard to imagine what kind of twisted people the outside agitators are. Cultural Marxism is pure poison!

    On this subject, here are some leaked docs about the Baltimore job, which (what a coinkydink) was leading up to the prior election:
    https://news.unclesamsmisguidedchildren.com/friends-of-democracy-funded-planned-baltimore-riots/

  5. Vagrant Rightist
    Posted June 1, 2020 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    I admit I don’t fully understand the extent of the role of Antifa here. Even if this organization did stoke and spread some of the activity, blacks are more than happy to riot all by themselves. If Antifa were significantly involved, it would appear to be a huge asset for politicians so they don’t have to blame blacks.

    What I also don’t understand is the wider response. I don’t really use Facebook much anymore, but I did login recently and was bombarded with all these ‘woke’ messages from different corporations about how they ‘stand with blacks’ and ‘against racism’ and ‘for justice’, as if the ‘racism’ in this case is some kind of self-evident settled truth that everyone agrees on, except for those stuffy old racist white people who run the government and police who deserve their riots for being so bigoted.

    Globohomo is clearly getting more and more brazen, more extreme, and more entrenched every time there is some event to do with race, sexuality or gender or whatever.

    I was also just reading world responses from different countries on Wikipedia to the riots in the US. Wikipedia is of course a highly biased anti-white source, so it’s possible other responses were omitted there, but I can’t believe how many countries are condemning the US for its ‘racism’. I want to believe it’s just for political expediency if those countries have some dispute with the US, but I just wonder if in many cases it’s because some of these countries have virtually zero experience of blacks.

    Regardless the reason, seeking to frame America’s foreign policy with how a cop has to interact with a potentially dangerous negro is utterly incorrect. Of course these countries are welcome to America’s blacks. Let them lead the world in how to manage them.

    The underlying truth is blacks riot. This is just another black riot. Black riots are just one item on the spectrum of black violence. Their rioting is not connected to any reasonable definition of justice, it’s connected to a low IQ, a willingness to riot, an enjoyment of violence, an inability to adapt to civilization and as Jared Taylor said, a deep racial resentment.

    • Posted June 2, 2020 at 5:12 am | Permalink

      There’s a lot going on with that. First, Antifa’s role – or specifically, of the ones at the top pulling the strings – is to ignite a civil war during an election year, just like what they were trying in 2016. If they can provoke a ham-fisted response, then they get what they want.

      As for “international opinion”, those guys always have fun looking down on us provincial rubes. This is so even if our situation isn’t too different from theirs. It’s slightly annoying, but the least of our concerns now.

      Finally, the Blacks are never going to be happy as long as their oppressors (us) are around. Won’t they all be happier if they just form their own country?

      • Vagrant Rightist
        Posted June 2, 2020 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

        Thanks, that’s thrown some light on it.

        I think what I was trying to get at re international opinion, was how the clown world lies are coming from every angle.

        I would have more respect for China, Russia and Iran if they just told some truth on it, instead of presumably using it as an opportunity to score diplomatic points against the Great Satan. That is, if they are in possession of the truth. And yet I suppose in upholding the lie they are hurting the US, just as the fifth column inside the US that has created the lie uses it to hurt the US.

        It’s a sad world.

  6. Lord Shang
    Posted June 2, 2020 at 4:22 am | Permalink

    Things look bad, but I do take some small solace from reading the Yahoo comments following articles about the protests/riots.

    Reading maybe 1000+ of them over the past few days, they seem to run about:

    5-10% White nationalist (genetic differences between the races, No Diversity Now);
    30% Hard Right (shoot all the thugs and looters);
    25% moderate Right (time to restore order, who’ll have jobs after all the destruction);
    20% pure moderate (I feel so awful for Floyd’s loved ones, but violence must be stopped);
    10% soft liberal (looters are a small group debasing a noble and necessary cause, plus Tweety Trump is making things worse);
    5-10% Hard Left /black nationalist (capitalism is the #real”looter”, no is white supremists [sic]).

    I’m pretty certain of this breakdown’s general accuracy, even if imperfect. I think we can take heart. The vox populii may not be nearly as liberal as listening to the media would lead one to infer. There is life and hope yet.

  7. Titus Groan
    Posted June 2, 2020 at 5:03 am | Permalink

    Ah thanks for reminding me of one of my favorite painters!

    I saw an article this morning trying to link some of the violent tweets to “white supremacists.“ They are following the lead of that Minneapolis mayor who said Ludicrously that “white supremacists” are causing the violence! It’s unreal the level of projection these people engage in.

    This projection is sort of a new style of cultural Marxist metapolitics. Consider what HBO has been doing with shows such as the watchmen. There are in the show “white supremacists” depicted as perpetrating the sort of police murders Which black lives matter was actually responsible for in the real world. The sort of extralegal interrogation and torture methods used against Islamic terrorists are use against white supremacist in the show. The Tulsa race riot is depicted as an extremely one sided affair in which US government forces literally fire bombed and destroy the black city, a Gross exaggeration and distortion of what really happened.

    More recently, there has been a documentary trying to re-interpret the Wayne Williams murders, a black serial killer in Atlanta in 1980, and affirm that the Ku Klux Klan was really responsible for the murders, and absurd proposition.

    This seems to be part of an alarming and growing style of projection and direct falsification of history and facts employed by the left. It’s alarming because young people watch this and have it as their only source of history, presumably no history is taught in the schools anymore, will actually believe it. They’ll be acculturated to it. Oh well…

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