May 31, 2021
MY CORNER by Boyd
Defending the West
Against the Barbarians – Recent Essays in this
On occasion I will list other venues than my little Web site
where some of my essays have been (re)published. Given that for an entry on MY
CORNER, usually no more than a few hundred folks will access it—I think perhaps
just twelve or so of my original Web essays (since August 2017) have received
more than one-thousand views—republication has meant a lot more exposure (and perhaps
notoriety), both national and international.
Although since April 2 I have authored eight essays, my pieces
have shown up in other venues eighteen times, including LewRockwell.com, The
Abbeville Institute, Reckonin.com, The Unz Review, Straight Line Logic, Confederate Veteran magazine, and Reddit.com.
LewRockwell.com has published all eight, and I remain deeply gratified for that
exposure by such a highly-trafficked Web site. Additionally, two earlier ones
have also been republished.
Readers of my articles will know that I normally do not focus
on the most salient or talked-about aspect of a current question. If others—a
Pat Buchanan, Ilana Mercer, DissidentMama, Paul Craig Roberts, Brion
McClanahan, Paul Gottfried, etc.—are examining a significant issue, I try to
view it from a slightly different perspective. And sometimes my commentaries,
well, they may seem a little arcane.
More than once I’ve had a friend ask me: “Why did you write on
that? What were you trying to say?”
My response has always been that just about everything I attempt to convey, to
write, is in some way connected to and comes under a broad heading of “the defense
of Western Christian civilization and culture.” Thus, everything, from my
staunch defense of Confederate monuments, to my long essay on the role of tradition
in music, film and the arts, to my belief that the public schools have become
toxic, to my continuing criticism of egalitarianism—all of these topics, I
believe, are very important ones and should be examined.
I believe that the cultural artifacts of our civilization,
including the arts and music that it has produced, are just as significant, if
not more so, than the everyday debates over such topics as the budget or some
“January 6 commission.” Those artifacts are part and parcel of what we call
“the West,” our inheritance stretching back not only to Rome, but to classical
Greece and Jerusalem. And they define it, convey its talent and its virtues,
and give it expression.
For the wide-ranging, nearly irresistible forces of Revolution
and its possessed zealots desire our total extinction not just politically and
economically, but in every facet of our lives. Indeed, no one can stand by idly
for long, no one can escape its tentacles and its reach. In the end, neutrality
or fleeing “to the tall grass” can only be a temporary solution which ends in
Even worse, attempting to placate the Beast or to pretend that
the forces which oppose us are like in the “good old days,” when Democrats and
Republicans could sit down and work out some equitable compromise or solution, a la Tip O’Neill and Ronald Reagan, is
not only foolish but encourages our fanatical enemies, emboldens them, and
speeds up their barbaric work of demolition.
English critic Hilaire Belloc’s description, from over a
century ago, is an apt summary of what has come to pass in our age:
“[T]he Barbarian is discoverable everywhere in
this that he cannot make;
that he can befog or destroy, but that he cannot sustain; and of every
Barbarian in the decline or peril of every civilisation exactly that has been
true. We sit by and watch the Barbarian, we tolerate him; in the
long stretches of peace we are not afraid. We are tickled by his
irreverence, his comic inversion of our old certitudes and our
fixed creeds refreshes us: we laugh. But as we laugh we are
watched by large and awful faces from beyond: and on these faces there is
no smile.” (This and That and the Other,1912, p. 282)
In some I have compared our enemies to “pod people,” a cinematic trope that makes an analogy with a classic Hollywood film from 1956 (“Invasion of the Body Snatchers”). I have used G. K. Chesterton’s imagery and definition of (fr0m his volume, The Poet and the Lunatics, 1929). But I think the description I gave back on , after I had stared into the fierce and burning eyes of members of a mob of “woke” social justice warriors who were attempting violently to “cancel” the annual Confederate Flag Day that we were celebrating at the old North Carolina State Capitol, may be the most acute and chilling.
What I observed then, and I a very real
madness, an unleashed fury, eyes filled with uncontrolled hatred…. [which]
betrayed ruptured souls, corrupted and demonized, existing in a kind of
counter-reality with their own set of always-advancing rules, but dedicated in
a fearsome and unambiguous way to the destruction—salvation through
destruction—of Western Christian civilization, of mankind as we have known it.”
There is, I believe, no other way
to put it: the enemies we face and that increasingly destroy our patrimony, our
culture, our birthright, our civilization, are indeed in some ways
possessed—yes, even in the traditional
theological sense. Not all, of course, to the same degree; but nevertheless
there is a common denominator between the screaming lunatic Antifa demonstrator
in the streets who exults in the truly demonic destruction of our cities and
the artifacts of our history, and the lunatic professor who rubrics his vicious
mental assault on “historic white supremacy” in the classroom or in
supposedly-scholarly journals on the in-vogue passion for Critical Race Theory—and
the lunatic political leader who enables and abets such insanity.
In some ways all these
individuals are possessed, in some ways perhaps like characters in Dostoevsky’s
novel The Possessed. And increasingly
there appears no immediate successful means to repel them, much less
communicate with them—they may use some of the same words we do, but
essentially their language becomes incomprehensible to us.
We counsel and urgently suggest
severe educational reform to staunch the putrefaction in our schools and
colleges, we plead for border security, we demand of conservative and
Republican leaders that “they do something.” When a bull-in-a-china-shop like
Donald Trump does actually come along and attempt, if only a little, to stand
up to them, he is criticized and ostracized by those same supposed opposition
leaders who, in reality, serve the very forces of Hell they profess to thwart.
And then by deceit and illegality, the unwashed one is expelled from the
presidency so that things can get back to normal: the lingering, sputtering
demise of 2,000 years of Western civilization.
I have suggested—and I am not the
only one to do so—some sort .
And we see strong movements in places like eastern Oregon and Texas where
people are beginning to discuss that and take preliminary action. That might be
the most peaceful means to, at least for a time, alleviate the slow death we
are experiencing as a nation.
I have also suggested that our
future options are limited.
Most of my neighbors are now
armed, many heavily armed. I pity a social justice warrior who would attempt a
disturbance on my rural street. Senile Joe Biden, a puppet in the hands of an
increasingly “woke” and crazed Democratic Party and its unhinged allies, is no
bulwark against them. Our elections and election integrity can no longer be
trusted after the 2020 election. Packing the Supreme Court, Washington DC and
Puerto Rico as new states, open borders to millions of illegals, ending the
filibuster, implementation nationally of Critical Race Theory—these are just a
few of the revolutionary advances which await us if we do not stand
forthrightly and intelligently.
And that is why I write, but not
as much directly about those specific
topics; others do that, and they do it better than I can. Rather, around the
edges, as it were, with the hope that what I publish can offer support and just
maybe broaden our understanding of the enemies—and they are Legion—we face, and
possibly plant some ideas about things we should closely examine and action we
Here, then, is a list, most
likely partial, of where my essays have shown up since early April. I am
honored by and grateful to these publications. My desire is that what I write will
cause us to think and just maybe examine
what we can do. Our options are
limited, but inaction is not one of them:
First, my essay of April 2,
Then, my April 10 offering,
Next, on April 19 came my essay,
Then came my entry into the debate between Dr. Brion
McClanahan and Chronicles magazine,
on one side, and Michael Anton of the Claremont Institute, on the other, on
what Dr. McClanahan and Chronicles
believe to have been the nefarious role of Abraham Lincoln, not only in
American history but globally. That debate continues to rage; my commentary of
April 27 came in the essay,
On April 26 I republished a very slightly updated essay I
wrote for the New English Review,
My most recent essay,
Finally, my review of the new edition of The South Was Right! by James Ronald Kennedy and Walter Donald
Kennedy which I wrote earlier has been published in Confederate Veteran magazine (May/June 2021, vol. 79, no. 3),.
Essentially it reproduced the review I offered at MY CORNER on .
In this time of increasing censorship and brutal cancel
culture, I appreciate the confidence of these outlets, and equally, I am
grateful to readers for their interest and comments.