In the 1340’s Asia, India and the Middle East were swept by a great pestilence that reached Europe in 1347. From as single point of contact, the city of Genoa, the disease spread across Europe where it was known as the Black Death. It killed approximately 20,000,000 people, between 25 to 30 percent of the population. It nearly destroyed Western civilization, it did shatter its soul.
The disease was caused by a bacillus called Yersina pestis, transmitted by fleas, carried by rats and other mammals, including humans. At that time the germ theory of disease was still more than 500 years in the offing, people had no idea what what was causing it, still less how to control or remedy it. But because causation is built into the human mind, they started inventing causes: sin, Jews and witches being perennial favorites. Consumed by horror and terror, guided by ignorance and desperate conviction, they flailed about applying a wide variety of utterly useless cures and solutions to an evil they could not see, only name. Nothing worked. Nothing could work as all solutions were absolutely unconnected to the real causes. Thus ended the Medieval Christian civilization in Europe, it would be 100 years before the depleted and scarred descendants of the survivors would begin to rebuild, and when they did it was with a fearful eye cast back on the catastrophe that was the Black Death.
Like our distant ancestors, priest, peasant and noble alike, whose understanding was limited by their ignorance of the microbial world, our own incomprehension of the crippling ills that afflict our nation, culture and civilization are unknown to our intelligentsia, media and political elites. Political Correctness is the Yersinia pestis of our time, a mental parasite derived from Marxis pestis that has evolved and multiplied and spread widely through our civilization, culture and nation. Probably the most virulent strain is Alinskyis pestis whose most insidious symptom is that those infected by the disease are prevented by the disease from recognizing their own infection and the infection of others so afflicted.
Other symptoms are moral inversion, intolerance of common sense, rejection of the principles that created, elevated and sustained Western civilization, loathing of what is good, true and beautiful, tolerance for and championing of what is vile and destructive, a drive to capture and exercise despotic power by enslaving populations under their control through false compassion and dependency, a commitment to a monolithic diversity and an invariant propensity to call those who promise death and destruction ‘friend’ and those who promise amity and peace ‘enemy.’
Examples abound. We are no longer allowed to think of Islamists or militant Islam, references to which have been carefully purged from the FBI’s training manuals. Certainly it was not part of the lexicon when Major Nidal Hassan committed ‘workplace violence’ when he shot up Fort Hood while yelling “Allah akbar!” We are not allowed to say “illegal alien”, but must say “undocumented American.” That there are people who seriously believe this claptrap is hard for the sane to believe, but there are, and lots of them.
These are the people who hoped and prayed that the perpetrators of the Boston bombing would turn out to be “White Americans,” Tea Party members or some other right wing bête noir of the Loony Left, and were surprised and disappointed when reality set in. All the while there was no evidence that was the story, or rather, the narrative; they were free to broadcast their mental disease to the world, and once the facts killed the dream, well, on to the next one. But facts not withstanding, they continue to believe that right wing, Tea Party, Republican, white, gun toting, Bible thumping Americans are the problem.
For some, no amount of cognitive dissonance can break the hold the PC memes have on their minds. Some, yes, will be ‘mugged by reality,’ but because the indoctrination has been so pervasive for so long it takes an awful lot of reality moving very fast to make a dent. Left to itself any parasite will multiply until it consumes the host and both perish. Usually some hosts organisms survive this crash because they develop an immunity and pass that resistance on to their progeny; the species survives, though the majority of is members die. Our culture, saddled as it is with so many in positions of authority infected with Alinskyis pestis, is likely to experience such a crash. At that point the majority of survivors, having been slammed by implacable reality, will develop a belated immunity.
Richard Fernandez over at The Belmont Club says, “We have to wise up. Why have we not until now? Because we have forgotten common sense; unlearned the idea that to win means waging mental strife so that the sword can sleep in your hand. That we can’t fight the enemy by “law enforcement”. Why did we miss something so plain? Because it required the recovery of old idea: if you are trying to kill me then you are my enemy. And if you are my enemy I will fight you.” Which calls to mind Napoleon’s maxim that in war the moral is to the physical is as three is to one. I have long been of the opinion that in all things the spiritual is the the physical as three is to one. Alinskyis pestis removes the spiritual from the equation. Or, more accurately replaces one kind of spirituality, the liberating spirituality that hopes for life and joy and love, with a totalitarian spirituality of fear, death and despair.
Margaret Thatcher’s granddaughter Amanda’s reading at Mrs. Thatcher’s funeral highlights the fact that we are at war, who and what the enemy is and who our allies really are. Whether Christian, Jew, agnostic or any other persuasion, the facts are the same. Alinskyis pestis has no medical, psychological or intellectual cure, for it is at root a spiritual disease and admits of only a spiritual cure. Whatever other tactics, weapons or means may be employed in its defeat, it is in the field of the Spirit that the battle rages, win or lose, the stakes for which we contend are precisely those of the soul.