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Updated: Jul 8, 2023


I can help Kenneth Clark, so far as an abstract definition for civilisation goes—civilisation is when persuasion predominates over coercion. It is when the feminine mode, represented in seduction in sexual matters, predominates, so that life is genteel; and yet the gentility found in our feminine civilised societies—Columbia, America; Athena, Athens; Britannia, Britain—depends upon a masculine substrate that involves coercion; if you deviate too far from coercion, from nature, you have a decayed civilisation.

Nietzsche expressed it well when he said that any tree that wishes to reach to heaven must sink its roots to hell—and when he said that, unconsciously or not, he echoed a sentiment found in Dante, the idea that one must descend into hell to attain heaven; and that idea goes back to an early civilisation—to the great religious civilisation, to ancient Egypt. The journey to the Western Lands requires a descent into darkness.

Notre-Dame symbolises civilisation because it represents persuasion triumphant over compulsion. The cathedral exerts a force that draws man up from the bestial level to that which is higher—that which is not simply murder and the use of iron. That is why Notre-Dame represents civilisation—and yet Notre-Dame burned in our time because Western civilisation no longer has roots that reach down to hell.

We no longer know how to compel—to defend borders, to punish crime, to chastise women; and hence civilisation is in decline; and the most base compulsion and bloodshed will replace it. To understand why this should be, consider the clip below from John Berger’s Ways of Seeing (1972).

Berger’s Ways of Seeing and Clark’s Civilisation were near contemporaries, with Clark’s series produced in 1969—and both were about as popular and are still read and watched today. Berger was a Marxist Jew, Clark was an aristocratic Englishman—and between them you see two divergent views: in Clark you see the truthful, objective absolute stance that characterises European man, whereas in Berger, even in the very title of his program, you see the idea that it’s all “perspectival”—it’s “see-ing”, dynamic and fluid, whereas “civilisation” is a solid noun (in marble). There is no objective view to pursue for Berger—just multiple perspectives.

I often say that the Jews are a feminine people, and here we find Berger in earnest discussion with a group of women—keen to discuss how the way they perceive their bodies does not accord with classical European painting. In their discussion, you see all the chatter and truisms that dominate the gender debate today—dominate the question of transgenderism.

In this respect, nothing has changed; and, indeed, from the first in this episode Berger depictes then-contemporary women in furs and diamonds—his theme was social justice, woman objectified for man’s sexual pleasure.


In this clip, we see Berger suggest that European classical paintings are the same as pornography—it’s a typical trait with the Jews, just as Freud said everything is about sex; and, in the same way, Marx said “it’s all perspective”—there’s a proletarian perspective and a bourgeois perspective (no objective perspective); and Einstein even introduced relativity into physics, contra Newton (a more artistic move than you might suspect, for mathematics is an art that involves certain intuitions—and intuition is in the blood).

So we see the division: we have masculine European man who stands for objective values and truthfulness, for a transcendent spiritual reality; and we have the women and the Jews, who stand for the waters of chaos—for “multiple perspectives”, and who wish to drag the sacred down into the profane, so that Titian is the same as a pornstar with big tits on PornHub.

As noted elsewhere, civilisations decline due to luxury—not Jewish influence, or Muslim influence, or Marxist influence. However, for Europeans, it is important to understand who we are and what we stand for at the supra-societal level: we stand for Notre-Dame, for the Parthenon—for a truthful, objective engagement with reality that raises us from the material to the spiritual, from the roots of hell to heaven. This is our mission and destiny as a people.

The Semitic viewpoint, instantiated in Judaism and Islam and Marxism—and, to an extent, in Christianity—and expressed by Semitic races, stands counterposed to what Europeans are and will be. It is a tribal mindset, bent on material advantage, on a weepy sympathy for the weak and feminine, on a disregard for truthfulness (Islam permits and encourages lies), and on a relativistic standpoint that leads to hypocrisy and sharp practice—and all the above is disguised as a call for “justice” that really means the empowerment of a priestly caste that lords it over the higher in a scholastic way that is detached from nature.

These races and religions cannot form civilisations—only tribal societies riven with feuds and resentment that, ironically, rely on the most brutal compulsion, both physical and emotional; and that is because, being against nature, they refuse to grasp the roots of hell that can lead us to heaven. These perspectives can only win in the short-term, being based on lies; even Christianity collapsed in the end, because even with European modification it was too Semitic and not truthful. Of course, the short-term may last several thousand years (I take the very long view). Yet, in the end, Europe will drink from the Grail cup—and, refreshed with the blue Hyperborean blood it contains, regenerate civilisation.


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I remember that when Notre Dame burnt down it coincided with a boat full of Africans drowning in the Mediterranean. So I guess Notre Dame would be Quality, the Africans are quantity and people said our priorities of concern were upside down for caring more about an old dusty church than human life.

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