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(LifeSiteNews) — With the project to destabilize Russia backfiring, the Regime of the West is facing a dramatic loss of face. Combined with deepening economic problems, ballooning debt and civil strife between the parallel cultures which now compose its nations, the Western world is in the process of a second great disenchantment. 

What is ‘disenchantment’?

The term largely applies to the replacement of God by the idols of the Liberal Enlightenment – namely man himself and his reason. 

As the Encyclopedia Britannica notes, it has a definition of its own in the so-called social sciences of philosophy and sociology as “the supposed conditions of the world once science and the Enlightenment have eroded the sway of religion and superstition.” 

In these fields, it is related to the sacred, and the destruction of social norms which it has produced.  

What this means is that which was formerly sacred is no more. The loss of God has led to the sanctification of new concepts necessary to the belief that Christianity can be continued without Christ, and that Man can be the instrument of his own salvation. 

The dismissal of God as mere superstition saw His replacement by the “rational” point of view. Yet this point of view is itself breaking down. It no longer claims a material basis, being concerned with the assertion that the nature of being itself can be asserted by the mind of the believer. From foreign policy to social ideology, the values we inhabit are so distant from reality as to be indefensible in argument, and undeniable in the chaos they have created. 

My argument is that this disenchantment replaced the worship of God with a far more irrational belief system. Its idols are falling around us today. This is the great second disenchantment of the West. 

The Third Religion of Man: Liberalism

The many forms of liberal democracy which have become the norm in the West have their roots in the Enlightenment idea of Man as a rational being who has no need of God. 

The arguments of John Stuart Mill, as well as those of Paine and Rousseau before him, celebrate a basic belief that through reason alone mankind can and should be emancipated from the outmoded and irrational beliefs upon which our civilization is founded. 

The argument that liberalism is the continuation of Christianity without Christ has been well-made elsewhere, most notably in John Gray’s Seven Types of Atheism. The philosophy of atheism is a creed of progress, itself a fantasy whereby the human race is morally and intellectually uplifted as a product of the passage of time. 

This idea of progress is a myth. It is a powerful one, which imbues every progressive social change with a sense of inevitability. What is new is therefore better than what is old – because it is new. 

The decline of the West

In his book Why Liberalism Failed, Catholic author Patrick Deneen demonstrates the paradox of liberal thought.

Liberalism promotes individual “liberation” – the casting aside of religious, cultural and social norms in the name of emancipation. The self is schooled to seek its own satisfaction. Yet in order to offer legal protection to the resulting groups of identity-based individual extremists, the law must disfavor the majority who do not belong to them. 

This is the legal paradox of liberalism, to which it has no answer. Hate speech laws, positive or equity-based discrimination, and talk of “structural racism” are the means by which the many are disadvantaged by the weaponized grievance of an organized few.

It has led to insoluble antagonisms, and to the vexed question of “what is a woman.” It also confers the means of power, reward and advantage – for reasons with no relation to merit or to competence. Such policies have been cited by BlackRock as contributing factors to the increasing instability of the West. 

Instead of competence and excellence, our institutions and corporations increasingly prefer candidates for superficial reasons unrelated to aptitude. This has led to a crisis of competence. 

The politics of fantasy

The broader ideology whose devastating consequences we inhabit is one of the promotion of fantasy as an alternative to reality. 

The fantasies are many, and combined they are precipitating  a diplomatic, institutional, financial and social collapse. 

In diplomacy, the fantasies of the neoconservatives have for forty years directed the energies, wealth and armies of the West towards a program of regime change. This notion – that the world can and must be civilized through the instruments of war and the subversion of sovereignty – has impoverished the many and enriched the donor class which sponsors it. 

As a result, most of our news has become tinged with propaganda. As I have argued, the ideology of the West has changed in order to perpetuate a war which could have ended with a peace dividend in 1991. 

I believe the reason the West promotes the pro-LGBT rainbow flag and the green agenda is to differentiate itself from the supposed enemies of the war industry – a desperate attempt to stay relevant. 

Russia is no longer communist and is arguably less godless than the West itself. It has adopted a market system, is consumerist and holds elections. Yet it is manifestly not “gay.”

Nor is China, which despite being communist is now the world’s largest industrial economy and has no truck with “Net Zero” initiatives. The green agenda is a convenient stick with which to beat this enemy, which is no longer a peer but has in several notable ways overtaken the United States itself. 

The riches of the West have been squandered in the financing of a forty-year fantasy of global domination, which has left our nations morally and structurally impoverished. 

On borrowed time

This month sees the BRICS summit, which sees a group of nations – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa –facing applications from a rumored twenty prospective members. Alongside this expansion of trade-based influence, the BRICS bloc is expected to announce a gold-backed currency as a direct rival to the U.S. dollar. 

The value of the dollar is stabilized by its use in real world trade. Its status as the world’s reserve currency is the guarantee behind the vast debts which are leveraged against its status. The BRICS strategy is a direct challenge to this status. 

If the major producing nations of the world switch to the BRICS currency, confidence in the dollar will plummet immediately. This means that foreign nations will no longer buy U.S. debt as an investment.  

The economies of the U.S. and of its satellite states are effectively reliant on this confidence in the dollar. If it wavers, the enormous loans of our nations will become unsecured overnight, like those of the many reckless mortgages which crashed the world economy in 2008. 

This time, Russia is disconnected from the SWIFT banking system. As the European Union searches for the right phrasing to steal its foreign currency reserves, Russia has adopted a position of resilience as a result of sanctions which have devastated Europe. 

The leader of the European Central Bank (ECB) has demonstrated her attachment to fantasy, maintaining that the resulting inflation simply came out of “nowhere.”

According to The World Bank, in 2008 the economy of the EU was 10 percent larger than that of the U.S. in GDP. 

By 2022 it was half the size of that of the U.S. 

The BRICS threat has prompted U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to talk up the dollar, as the Financial Times reported on June 23:

There is a very good reason why the dollar is used widely in trade and that’s because we have deep, liquid, open capital markets, rule of law and long and deep financial instruments.

With 60 percent of the world’s reserves held in dollars, the perception of this “rule of law” is weakening amongst countries likely to join BRICS. 

The freezing of $300bn worth of Russian central bank assets by Ukraine’s western allies – most of which were held in dollars and euros has sparked concerns that Washington will more regularly use its currency’s global dominance as a vehicle for its foreign policy aims.

At the time of writing, the EU’s Ursula von der Leyen is pressing ahead with measures to steal Russia’s foreign currency – currently held in Belgium. 

As the Financial Times reported on June 30:

Ursula von der Leyen has rebuffed European Central Bank fears that raiding the proceeds of frozen Russian assets would damage the euro of financial markets, pointing out that there had been no adverse reaction after western allies first swooped on the holdings last year.

The European Commission president said she would continue to work on a windfall levy on profits gathered by the more-than €‎200bn in Russian state assets stuck in the EU – a plan that alarmed the ECB. 

Von der Leyen said on Friday that the EU and its G7 allies had already taken the most “important step” over a year ago when they first immobilized hundreds of billions of euros of Russian central bank assets after Moscow’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

‘This is now a long time ago and the reactions have been very calm,’ von der Leyen said. ‘This is an indication that it is very well understood – the prudent approach we are choosing.’

The “alarm” of the Central Bank was explained two weeks previously, in another Financial Times report published on June 16:

The ECG has warned that using interest rate proceeds from immobilized Russian assets could encourage other central banks that hold large reserves of money to ‘turn their back’ on the euro, especially if the EU acts unilaterally without other G7 countries, according to a draft internal EU note seen by the Financial Times.

‘The implications could be substantial: it may lead to a diversification of reserves away from euro-denominated assets, increase financing costs for European sovereigns and lead to trade diversification,’ the note added, describing the ECB position. An ECB spokesperson declined to comment.

This is simply the latest example of the use of financial power to punish nations outside the “rules based order.” It is a clear signal to those nations that to fail to submit is to agree to being robbed. 

The world is watching, and it had no alternative to do otherwise. Until now. The economy of confidence is a fantasy of prosperity, which is looking extremely uncertain to survive contact with a new reality. 

Parallel cultures

The project of regime change has driven waves of mass migration which are changing the demographics and politics of the West. The project of destroying countries “over there” has moved millions of their populations “over here.” 

The cult of open borders was created to rebrand this manufactured crisis. 

From South America to the Middle East, and notably in Libya, regime change has replaced stability with chaos. The resulting flood of migration has seen the ideology of fantasy respond with the virtuous fairytale of a borderless utopia. 

The events in France have given the lie to this make-belief. The former term for demographic replacement – multiculturalism – has given way to the dictates of “diversity.” A politics of grievance has been created. The new values are the hatred of all the old ones, which made our civilization what it once was. 

The current state of France was described yesterday by one chief of police as a state of war. 

This from a town where assailants tried to kill the family of the local mayor, injuring his wife and young child in an arson attack. 

The mayor was absent as he was defending the town hall from repeated attempts to burn it down. 

For a glimpse of the regime response to this permanent state of emergency, see July 1’s Washington Post headline: “French cities are in flames over systemic racism.”

The word “racism” is often invoked and never explained. It is a means of never talking about reality, and of diverting dysfunction into patronage. The word is usually followed by some kind of shakedown. 

It also functions as a silencing mechanism to obvious but uncomfortable truths about the rapid and destabilizing pace of demographic change in the West – for which no one ever voted. 

The reason “racism” is used so liberally is to gloss over another of the disastrous aspects of the ideology of fantasy. Just as it refuses to recognize the difficulties of difference, it weaponizes a crisis of its own creation to stigmatize the culture and traditions of the West.  

Notably, in France the Catholic faith is one step further on the hate slur scale. It is “fascist.”

The politics of the European Union at least are set to change as a result of mass migration.  

As national governments change, the EU is faced with elections to its own parliament next year.  

Yet the growing international crisis has yet to fully unfold. 

Narrative breakdown

The narrative of COVID – of lockdowns, masks, of injections and vaccine passports – was replaced with the narrative of a just war against Russia.  

As a result of this swift transition, the West escaped much of the fallout from its own policies, as it went from house arrests and mandates to identify as the champion of freedom. 

This pantomime act is wearing thin. The Zelensky government of Ukraine, which was elected to stop the war for which it now cheerleads, has cancelled elections. This is for the simple reason that Zelensky would not win them. 

The infamy of the U.S. 2020 presidential election notwithstanding, the argument that the war is for democracy is not a serious one. 

As the COVID hysteria receded, a growing mood of the reevaluation of the social, personal and financial cost of the policies undertaken during the so-called pandemic was beginning to form. 

This has been postponed by a second, and perhaps more intense, wave of full spectrum propaganda than accompanied the lockdown phase. 

With defeat in Ukraine the most likely outcome for the U.S. and its allies, a second great narrative collapse is set to occur, whose impact will be compounded by that over COVID. 

The populations of the West have been told that Russia will collapse, Putin is dying, his armies will run away and are running out of ammunition, and that the sanctions will cripple his “gas station” of a country. 

None of this is true. It is the opposite of the truth, in fact.  

The revenge of reality

Reality is correcting the fantasies of the liberal ideology. It is a make-belief system. Everything it promotes is a fairy tale, confected for convenience to make virtues from a mess. 

The diplomacy we have is not realistic. It does not recognize the reality that other nations have interests. This denialism is most acute concerning the interests of the European allies of the U.S., whose economies have been destroyed to maintain US dominance of an anti-Russian alliance. 

The debt-based system of the West faces a crisis of confidence from which it may not easily recover. 

To the slogan “diversity is our strength” we may consider the example of France. The question of what is a woman is a controversy. The normalization of sexual perverts in kindergartens is a proud celebration of rights. The outrage provoked by these crazes is not a “culture war.” It is the disgust and shock of normal people discovering them. 

So many of the idols of the Age of Reason are falling at once. To you, these things are obvious. The impact upon those who sincerely believed in them will be devastating.  

This is the second disenchantment. It is the twilight of the secular idols, whose focus on the self and its fantasies is the replacement of God not merely with man, but with Satan. It has produced a world of false correspondences, where facts and consequences are denied in favor of self-flattery. Preserved from argument by repression of speech, it is a worn out fable of jargon completely at odds with the world. 

The superstitions which are being discarded are those of man, not of God. The lamentations will be terrible, but they are inevitable. As the false idols shatter and its cult is destroyed, expect the return of reality, of order and of sense. God is the ultimate reality.  

He has never gone away.