Embrace the Death of the World White Supremacy Built
Yes, the world really is dying —the world white supremacy built, anyway. And it’s about damned time!
I know it sucks right now, so here’s some advice: to make it through an end you have to embrace it.
Serving in the Army many years ago, I had to learn this lesson the hard way. For me, being on the autism spectrum means that big changes in life are a lot like ripping a bandage off an open wound.
It also in my experience means stubbornly doing things the in the most difficult way possible.
I enlisted as a private first class in the Army in the middle of the Iraq War after graduating with my bachelors degree from UC Berkeley. And as you might expect, going from intense lectures and raucous parties with international students to basic training in Kentucky with sergeants just back from Baghdad and dudes (it was sadly still all dudes still, then) who hadn’t made it through high school comes with serious culture shock.
So, how did an progressive-leaning social anarchist like me wind up being selected to go officer by the end of my initial training?
I learned to embrace the suck and push through. Take every day, even every hour, as it comes. The future became like a dream always beyond reach, which forced me to focus entirely on the present.
A plus side of one’s world shrinking swiftly and dramatically — as many found out for the first time during the pandemic — is that it forces a reckoning with what’s truly important.
For most veterans who remain in the service long enough to deploy abroad (something I was thankfully spared) that is and remains those they fought with as well as their families back home, who become the dream that keeps them going. Military service is in itself a kind of death, the end of an innocence that can never be fully reclaimed once you learn to hunt and kill other people.
My brief (thanks a lot, crappy knee, I was gonna fly medevac helicopters, dammit) military service turned out to be excellent training for the end of the world we’re all living through thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic. If the Army taught me one thing, it’s how to survive weird times.
Six subsequent years in academia then taught me how to analyze their causes and likely futures using innovative scientific techniques. In the Army I trained as a Scout, a role I was naturally attracted to because that’s what I grew up doing, like, all the time.
My childhood was spent in an extremely rural corner of Northern California. Hunting, fishing, and wandering in the woods come as second nature to me, it is absolutely weird to me that anyone could grow up in a suburb where everything around them is the same unnatural patterns repeated over and over.
As a scientist, I more or less continued my military specialty. As a writer, I focus a fair amount of my attention on what’s happening to America right now because of a lingering feeling of obligation to protect the Constitution and Americans.
Based on my wide-ranging studies, I developed a scientific theory capable of evaluating at multiple critical scales the forces driving the present era of social collapse. I can confirm that this is the bitter end of the world most of us thought we were growing up to live in. Once the great upheaval has concluded and the wheel of history has fully turned, the world that emerges won’t be the one the average educated white person expected would greet them this century.
And this is perhaps the best news you’ll hear in your lifetime. Even if you, like me, have benefited from your white privilege time and again in your life.
Any fool can see that the current world is broken. The era of white supremacy and European colonialism that fundamentally shaped all of our lives is crumbling at last, cheap global communications making permanent repression impossible and principled resistance infinitely more effective than ever before.
Bonds that sustained nations and societies are breaking down, exactly as foretold in the Eddas. As chaos spreads, people are forced to adapt — which continues the cycle.
Ragnarok is coming again to the world — and with it comes a unique opportunity for a rebirth that leads to global liberation from concentrated power. The longer we try to prop up the crumbling foundations of the old, the more painful the final collapse will be and the longer it will take to repair the damage.
Ancients from across the world have warned of this moment in stories going back thousands of years. Mythology is not merely fairy tales told by wide-eyed illiterates, but the earliest form of scientific record we have.
To teach future generations the most important wisdom our ancestors knew, they incorporated knowledge into memorable stories. Powers of nature were personified as immortal gods who shape the lives of mortals — and the funny thing is this is exactly true.
No matter how much you learn about the mysteries of science, there are always powers beyond your control. This is an essential truth of living in this reality — we are all subjects to it, our lives governed at a distance by powers we struggle to comprehend.
We are all born into a world that was actively built by our ancestors. Whatever you choose to believe about life, ethics, and reality, this basic truth cannot be escaped.
All of us alive today inhabit a world that was constructed. It was erected by actions taken by living people whose cumulative effects they could rarely comprehend but nevertheless produced us.
Most of us have been trained to accept without second thought an epic delusion that emerged from white supremacist Europe: the idea that our individual beliefs matter.
The hard truth is that they don’t. Neither do individuals as individuals truly matter.
You, me, and every other person on this planet is individually quite nearly irrelevant. Only through active cooperation with others do we get anything done. Making a real impact requires working with others — no person, not even the richest billionaire, is solely responsible for their own success in life and it is vain to pretend otherwise.
Those who have astounding amounts of wealth got it by exploiting gaps in the system meant to keep all of us close enough in terms of our day to day lived experiences that we never forget this simple truth of human life.
Babies cannot survive without intensive care. Elderly people eventually need active assistance too. Even healthy individuals are incredibly vulnerable while asleep.
Soldiers, far from the media stereotype of the bold masculine hero bravely dodging bullets, are natural cowards — if they’re any good. Combat effectiveness is all about exploiting weaknesses and gaps in your opponent’s plans. You hide as much as possible on the battlefield, and when discovered you move while friends keep the bad guys’ heads down by shooting at them. And you never fight fair — if you can call in an airstrike without exposing yourself, that’s what you do.
Humans are biologically social and risk averse except in special situations. Only rare individuals can long survive on their own even during their adult years, and those that do soon wind up incapable of communicating with other people — from most people’s perspective, they are seen as mentally ill. We do not, ourselves, accomplish anything that matters entirely alone, and our individual personalities, however we choose to express them, simply aren’t that relevant to anyone but those close to us.
People in English-speaking countries around the world are afflicted with a chronic inability to see themselves as they are: part of an unfolding process of change. We are taught a history that is artificially bounded by the tyranny of the written word, which creates a kind of tunnel vision preventing us from moving past a deep cultural obsession with so-called Great Men and Great Powers.
We hardly know our deeper history, the thousands of years of life before Roman Christianity arrived and overwrote our old stories, subverting and subsuming them in the pantheon of Christian saints and ultimately secular degenerative forms like Santa Claus. Our so-called education is mostly indoctrination into a set of government-approved factoids that point to our society’s inherent superiority mixed with a vision of science that relegates it to the province of approved specialists with expensive degrees.
This loss is why white people are so keen on cultural appropriation — the restricted conventional Christian worldview that evolved from the faith’s deeper anarchic origins is too artificial, an overlay upon thousands of years of complex heritage. It’s why our culture, which calls itself individualistic, relies so much on expert claims to authority. And it is the basic reason we seem to always find a way to go to war over the meaning of words and phrases written by people living hundreds of years ago.
Our deeper, pre-Christian identities as members of a vast and interlocking network of tribes defined by voluntary association are suppressed, subordinated to a militarized, team sports model of society where you belong to one group or another and there is little if any allowed crossover. Humans naturally split themselves up into groups of like-minded individuals who can easily agree on a set of basic truths, but this tribalism does not imply constant violent conflict — that comes from distortions in the system caused by concentrations of power.
Scholars are slowly coming to recognize that the ancient world is defined far less by conflict and much more by the steady expansion of trade networks that brought distant peoples into contact. Ideas and technology moved with traders and entire tribes migrating along trade routes, and the world was big enough that an entire community could move thousands of miles and settle in an area where their particular lifestyle filled a niche local groups hadn’t.
Historians partition history using conflicts and disasters because they are visible in the historical record. But these events represent only a small fraction of people’s lived experience and don’t imply a constant state of bitter violence any more than the record of large earthquakes in an area means it never stops shaking.
The reality of history is that it represents an ever-unfolding chain of events produced by human action. Our actions are always affected by our relationships, and so life is never-ending change, the rules shifting and morphing as challenges arise that force a reconsideration of the roles people play in whatever groups they are part of and their daily habits.
Ragnarok, the Apocalypse, the End of the World — these stories loom large in our ancient myths precisely because change is the one true certainty in this life. Nothing lasts forever, entropy affects all matter, and relationships are actualized physically through communication, so they are also subject to cycles of decay and renewal.
The world is always slowly dying, a new one struggling to be born. How fast or slow it perishes and the shape of the new world to come are defined by material acts that people have no choice but to make because to make the choice to think and do philosophy a person has to have their basic material needs — food, water, air, shelter, companionship — satisfied.
And when times get tough, when resources run short, natural human anxieties tied to our instinctual awareness of these seasonal cycles push us to act out in ways that tend to accelerate decay once it sets in. The more people’s feelings trend towards fear and panic, the faster the Fall accelerates, our participation in the dying system pushing it relentlessly towards collapse. Rebirth comes when everyone is forced to focus on the day to day, reconstructing their lives and communities to take into account conditions they now realize are forever changed.
Normal never truly returns — there is only change, sometimes coming fast, mostly so slow you don’t realize what’s happening until it’s too late.
The trick to making it through the Fall both intact and even better off than when it all began is embracing the suck. Accepting the inevitability of collapse in fact gives you an opportunity to take advantage of it to achieve aims that weren’t possible in more stable times.
Like killing white supremacy and all it’s works, forever.
The most important monster of the old world to slay forever is the the sadistic race theory that produced the pernicious doctrines of white supremacy that are ultimately responsible for the mess the world is in today.
By contemporary American racial standards, I am very, very white. 99.9% of my genes are from Northern Europe at the 90% confidence level. From family genealogy I’ve always known I’m a mix of English, Irish, Scottish, and German, 23andme confirms it.
I’m what you might call lily-white And I hate it, even though I have benefited from it.
Others have benefited far more though, and if they had not, everyone would be better off. Including the very privileged, given that the way things are going eat the rich is likely to be less of a slogan and more of a survival imperative rather soon.
Whiteness is a trap, a pyramid scheme, a tactic of division meant to enable those who are able to control the boundaries of whiteness to exploit everyone underneath them forever.
White people were made white as part of a long-term elite-driven effort beginning with the Roman Empire and continuing under Roman Christianity to wipe away our old tribal identities and replace them with artificial national loyalties. This culminated in the late 15th century with the discovery of the Americas, which created a need for a theory to justify the subjugation and enslavement of the peoples living there.
So thinkers in Europe came up with the mad idea that skin tone was a marker of superiority in God’s eyes. Racial categories were created and later justified with the science of the Enlightenment specifically to put anyone not white enough into effective slavery.
Why? Because the founding stones of western science as an institution, for all it’s achievements, were laid down as part of an effort to secularize knowledge in a way that secured the interests of a few powerful people.
Poorer white people are abused by this horrible system because they are made to constantly fear becoming Black, as whiteness is tied both to parentage and social habits. That’s why you have to write a certain way to get published in The Atlantic or New Yorker or New York Times other east-coast cultural icon. The hierarchy privileges white people like myself in many ways, sure — but that’s just us catching some of the rays off the glow of the uber-powerful. Trickle down privilege, leaving rural folks at the mercy of the system when it turns on them.
Fear of slipping down the racial caste system — which, being arbitrarily defined in the first place, can in theory be turned against them — primes white people to accept any tie to superiority they can lay claim to. This has turned them into the foot soldiers of global repression through colonization white people have become over the past five hundred years.
National Socialism marks the endgame of race theory, showing how race can be twisted to set some Europeans above others. A major aim of Nazi propaganda and ideological writing was to justify treating Jews, Roma, and Slavic peoples — that is, most of the population of Eastern Europe — like indigenous Americans and colonized peoples in Africa and Asia. Dehumanizing them, removing any past claim to whiteness they might have had, allowed for their dispossession, enslavement, and death for the good of the Nazi State.
Aryan was just a new level of whiteness, moving people everyone else considers white into a vulnerable state. Evidence of this intent can be found in the special Aryan status accorded to certain Germans of Jewish descent who supported the Nazi regime.
This ideology, by the way, was by no means restricted to Germany. Many foreigners joined the Nazi Waffen SS, which was a military force intended to replace the traditional German military whose officers weren’t considered Nazi enough by Hitler and his entourage. French, Spanish, Italian, even some Scandinavian and British citizens joined up and fought against the Soviets on the Eastern Front.
America too had and still has a whole lot of Nazis. In fact, most Americans in the Second World War were reluctant to fight Nazi Germany at all, viewing America’s real enemy as Japan. American heroes like John Wayne are on record espousing support for white supremacy and indigenous genocide. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, hero of American liberals, allowed Japanese-Americans to be interned in camps, their property seized and given to their white neighbors.
That’s why we should be grateful the wicked construct is dying at long last.
Far from civilized and modern, the world today is every bit as barbaric and anarchic as it was two thousand years ago. What we are taught to see as great world civilizations of the past were mostly empires built to amass and defend wealth. Citizenship in most places is a function of being tied to a team determined to exploit other teams, a crude militarization of society that convinces people that backing their side at any cost is normal and appropriate behavior.
Is it any surprise this disastrous model is tearing itself apart in a globalized age with cheap communications? The powerful can’t dictate reality to the rest of us anymore, as hard as they might try. Tribalism is decried as an evil only because it takes away their power. They have long been the most tribal of all peoples, hiding and hoarding wealth that could power radical positive changes in a matter of years.
The ancients understood why worlds die. They warned us in their most sacred myths of how it goes. And an essential part of fighting white supremacy is getting a better grip on what our ancestors lives were really like, what they truly believed.
To defeat white supremacy once and for all, white people in particular need a better understanding of our own deeper past. To move forward we have to strive to know our ancestors on their terms, rejecting the aesthetics and politics of intervening Christian writers to arrive at the few universal truths that animate all human actions, our own as well as those of all the world’s diverse peoples.
These don’t rely on belief or even any connection to the spiritual, they’re not mystical in nature, just practical wisdom you can come by reading enough mythology and folklore. I prefer to reference own ancestral sources, the Eddas and Sagas and Beowulf, as these are critical antidotes to the false narrative white people are told about our heritage, but the same principles appear again and again in cultures across the world.
Summarizing them as best as I can, these appear to be:
- There are many gods and ways of understanding the Divine
- These gods are powers we cannot control and must endure or placate
- Life requires constant action to meet vital needs
- Groups of people achieve far more together than as individuals apart
- The world is full of people, some friendly and others less so
- You must find reliable, friendly companions in order to survive
- Companions find, obtain, and share resources equitably with the group
- Groups are sustained by good rules that ensure repeated successes
- Good rules are clear and voluntarily followed most of the time
- All rules shift with the times or they fail and are forgotten
- Individuals have basic rights and a responsibility to respect others’
- Every person has something to offer, all deserve equal protection
- Those who refuse to abide by basic rules must leave the community
- Groups who refuse to respect the rights of your own must be resisted
- Friendly groups should be regularly engaged in trade and joint action
- Communities must be as sustainable as possible in all dimensions they can
- Self-reliance is the best protection against disaster or the whims of gods
- Conflicts over gods or matters of the divine are futile and best avoided
The basic intrinsic rights all humans innately hold and have an obligation to defend wherever they are infringed upon are:
- Home — safe and secure shelter to call one’s own
- Health — clean water, nutritious food, fresh air, and medical care
- Livelihood — skills, training, and tools to perform a suitable trade
- Association — freedom to travel and choose one’s companions
- Expression — liberty to express one’s self in actions and belief
The purpose of life is making sure as many people as possible have as much freedom as possible. This is part of a sacred pact with our ancestors, who sacrificed to build the good things in the world we’ve had the fortune to enjoy, like plumbing and hot showers. We are obligated to do our part, if not for honor then because of the possibility our minds and selves reappear in the world at a later date, experiencing the fruits of our labors in past lives — or lack thereof.
We all perceive ourselves to be individuals and, this being a function of our cognition, have to act as such, taking care of our personal needs as we experience them. Subordinating one’s self to any group is unhealthy, and only you can truly assess your own basic needs.
But it is important to remember that the idea of you is highly variable, the best science can presently say consisting of transient sensations produced by a mind constantly trying to make sense of itself and its surroundings. The conscious part of our minds are in a very real sense acting as pilots of a meat-machine constantly beset by intense urges stemming from our subconscious and reptile minds. It and these are all essentially a signal and control system each responding to networks of neurons with specific roles, from memory to movement.
Self at any given point is an illusion, but it is also the only thing in the entire world that feels truly real to our conscious minds. That’s one of the paradoxes of life — the self is always changing, so in a way it doesn’t exist at all. Impermanence is a basic truth of this reality for all things that live, and thank goodness for it, because an eternity of sameness would be torment.
We only understand ourselves through action and by communicating with others. Our notions of our self are in a state of flux, impacted by what we do and who we do it with. The control we have in life is rooted mostly in who we choose as our companions — self is partially a function of relationships, so in a very real, lived sense self necessarily implies a specific relationship with others.
This is why community is so vital to humans, and why the very notion of race itself is trash. White people aren’t white because of the color of their skin, we act white by taking part in social traditions and rituals that have become bound to whiteness. We exclude others from our inner circles and view as alien any practice or custom not familiar to us because of how fragile whiteness truly is. We appropriate other cultures out of a deep-seated anxiety surrounding the loss of our own deep heritage.
The world is ending, this is the Ragnarok of our age. But it isn’t the end of the entire world, just the one white supremacy built. One where nation-states and globe-spanning corporations do whatever they want while the rest of us suffer the consequences.
No matter how bad climate change gets in our lifetime, most people will survive. Nuclear war won’t wipe us out either. No plague will ever consume everyone, if aliens invade some will hide away in mountains, forests, and caves. Humans will split into entirely different species before we’re wiped out completely — in the middle of the worst war-torn hellscape people manage to eke out a life.
Yes, the world millennials were raised to believe was eternal is turning out to be less so. Mourn it if you must, then get on with it.
You have no other choice.
The question is not whether human society will survive these trying times, but what kind of world will remain for the survivors to inhabit.
In a better world than this, no one can have too much power, in whatever form: wealth, prestige, authority. The essential task we must all perform right now is to identify all hoards of power and drain them by any means necessary.
A new Viking Age is upon us, coming for the same reason the last one did a thousand years ago, taking the people of northern Europe all the way to the Americas — where they, notably, didn’t commit genocide. The Christian monks who wrote the history of those times colored the future’s view of the Vikings because they were sitting on hoards of wealth, like dragons of ancient legend, taken from the people living in their parish in exchange for promise of salvation in the afterlife.
In reality, the Vikings were as much traders as raiders, seeking profit where they could. And when they landed on shores to find Christian kings murdering pagans, they replied in kind and raged across Europe for centuries.
Some of them became my ancestors, mingling with the peoples of the British Isles. Their heritage is my own — nothing of Greece or Rome has any meaning to me.
The time has come to build alternatives to everything — alternative governments, economies, communities. The world has to be reconstructed from the ground up through collective action irrespective of heritage. Everyone can contribute to this great fight of our time in their own way as they are able, and must, because together we build a future that doesn’t suck, or endure one that does.
White supremacy cannot tolerate a world of true equality, and so it must be destroyed. White people have to come to terms with their deeper, tribal past, going back to a state of mind that accepts the world as a vast, uncontrollable place, emphasizing the need to build stable communities where we know others share our basic values.
This is the future we have to build. These are the values I believe the ancestors wanted us to know were essential.
They can power the better future we deserve.
If you want to get started on training yourself out of your whiteness, start with the Eddas, prose and poetic. Read what you can tolerate of the Icelandic Saga literature. Seamus Heaney’s translation of Beowulf is worthy, simply ignore the Christian overlays that come at the end of key stanzas. Tolkien’s Silmarillion and Lord of the Rings also offer a somewhat Christianized take, but are true to the spirit of old Europe and also incorporate more of the Vanir/Celtic aesthetic Norse writers didn’t transmit as well as would have been nice.
Hell, pick up a game console or PC and play Skyrim if you can. Nord culture is essentially an Elder Scrolls expy of northern European mythology, in keeping with the Cyrodiils being styled from Greco-Roman, Bretons Celtic, and Redguards North African and the Levant traditions.
And if you’re one of those rare souls like myself who is into death metal, look no further than Amon Amarth. You can spend an entire workday listening to their albums and still not get through the entire discography — joy of Swedish bands is that when they make it they produce, like, forever.
They’ve long been focused on Norse mythology and the old pagan spirit. Their songs represent some of the truest expressions of old Europe I’ve ever encountered. Hell, I even wrote a series of books after being inspired by their stuff.
And as this cruel world ends, here’s a sentiment straight from AA I think fitting to end on:
The day is here when Bivrost breaks;
no sun or moon will rise;
When the Dead rise from their graves,
and Surtur spreads his fire;
All you know will wither away,
and sink into the sea;
A new world will be born one day,
where everyone is free!