Globalization, Consumerism, and my Recent Stay in Poland

Not long ago I returned from spending about a month in Poland and Prague. In some respects, this post might seem to stray a bit from the usual scope of things here, but there is a justification to it. I’ll explain later.

Part of this trip to Poland was due to attending to some family matters over there and part was due to a growing desire to seriously investigate the practical differences between the USA and the homeland of my ancestors, and to consider the possibilities for living there. Poland enjoys somewhat of a dream-country status among many right-wingers in the USA (particularly the Alt-Right), what with it being mono-ethnic, socially conservative, and religious.

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Graves decorated and illuminated on All Saints Day.   Pińczów, Poland

How true are these things? Is it really as good as people say? More importantly how secure are these things if they are true? Well, I would say that a still-shot comparison between Poland and the US shows Poland coming out on top in terms of most things important to me and people having a meaningful overlap with my mindset. It stands to reason that this would also be true of a Poland-vs-the-West comparison, provided the horrible things we routinely hear about Germany, Canada, Scandinavia, et al, are a fair and non-sensationalized representation of real everyday life there. (I have seen no reason to not believe it, but I have not been in Germany for about 20 years.)

Polish cities have virtually none of the crime that make most large American cities range anywhere from undesirable to totally uninhabitable. (I grew up just outside of Detroit and owing to a vagabond life in my early 20s, have spent considerable time in a solid 80% of America’s top 100 largest cities.) Quite a few times in Polish cities I witnessed small children running errands solo, even in late evening. City streets are, compared to America, shockingly clean. As are public restrooms. There are large and beautifully made patriotic murals here and there and even more monuments to national heroes and religious heroes — which are all cared for and adorned with fresh flowers, wreaths, and candles. In short, Poles have a remarkable safe and pleasant country and their take great pride in it.

It would be stretching things to claim the complete absence of freaks and homos and other degenerates — as it seems unavoidable that any nation should have at least some of them — especially since there is access to satanic (((American))) media everywhere. But at least these people in Poland are for the most part hidden and unable to find anything at all resembling the gushing sympathy they are afforded in the West and instead are considered, well, freaks. Moreover, the sexes generally are vastly more in harmony with traditional norms and there is virtually zero fat broads going around intentionally making themselves hideous as is more and more common here in the US/West.

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Far less tattoos and self-mutilation, too.

And then there’s religion. Churches are full, many people have to stand in the foyer or even outside. Plenty of young people at church, too. Really, there’s nothing in this world as awesome as being in a country that has entirely subscribed to Christianity — and not 25,000 different sects, but one Church. This is not a jab at Protestants, regardless of my biases. People are simply dwelling on a higher plane of social cohesion and true civilizational beauty when virtually everybody in a given setting is not only of the same ethnicity but partaking of the same spiritual discipline, upholding the same traditions, and celebrating the same tenets of faith. This is not to say that everybody’s a saint, but at least even a person’s lack of devotion is understood within a common framework. And even those who are not devout are immersed nonetheless in a unified social environment which, to a large degree, can “help them along”. This is something the American colonists actually understood quite well. In colonial America, territories were often designated for this or that sect. And this geographical grouping of distinct peoples was practiced well into the mid 20th century in major American cities. Should we be so blessed as to have the dismantling of modernity in our hands, we should keep this in mind.

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A view from the exact village in SE Poland my ancestors left to a establish a new life in Detroit. Detroit, for reasons that are yet “dark” and mysterious (LOL), ended up taking a dramatic turn for the worse about 50 years after their arrival…

In my great-grandfather’s village — and this is not uncommon — a PA system was broadcasting the Divine Service out into the parking lot and the surrounding village. No atheists and “civil-libertarians”, ahem, were kvetching about religion in the public sphere and demanding to “shut it down”. Nice. Very, very nice for a change.

While I think Poland possesses many attributes that would certainly endear it to a Right-winger or Alt-Righter visiting from the West, I don’t think it’s wise to extrapolate too much from this. To be fair to the facts of Poland’s internal life and history and the facts of what terms like Right-wing and Alt-Right really mean, Poland is not an Alt-Right country. Like other countries, it’s exact trajectory and set of circumstances is somewhat unique. For example, there is nothing there approaching the incel situation of the West. Men with average SMV are seen everywhere with female companions of corresponding SMV. As stated above, there is no significant appearance of unhinged amazonian banshees like here. An additional example could be made of the fact that the American Alt-Right is (rightfully) very skeptical of the justice and and usefulness of America’s overseas military adventures, whereas in Poland, the nation’s military history is deeply cherished by the Right (heck, even outside of the Right).

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Additionally, the economic policies of Poland’s ruling conservative party — and from what I’ve observed, this is true generally in Europe among right-wing parties — are not something that fits neatly within American theoretical categories of left and right, being a blend of market-based principles and plenty of protectionism, graft, and constituency-buying. So, basically, you are still going to have rent-seeking and the promotion of some people and enterprises of questionable value which nature would otherwise chasten.

Many people like to talk about places in terms of rating them against the overall American standard of degeneracy, i.e., “Normalville is a fine place, it’s not perfect, but at least it’s about 20-30 years behind America”. I think it’s telling that so many people, even if they are generally optimistic about technological progress, betray an understanding of Progress that says, “It’s inevitable. It’s only a matter of time before such and such horrors and freakshows happen here.” I don’t think every spiral into the abyss of modern degeneracy is exactly the same in its details. Some things depend upon the victim nation’s spiritual/cultural profile. Some people’s expectations are greatly disappointed, even if, overall, they did foresee some kind of disaster. An example could be made of the film Idiocracy envisioning a world of exaggerated brute masculinity, when really, what we are getting is a massive sissification of society. (A similar example can be made of Mad Max as well as Alt-Right thinkers who are expecting a Cyber-Punk type of dystopia.) I am strongly confident that most, if not all, of the dystopias-come-true will be extremely gay, basically, like contemporary Sweden, but much worse and much more coercive. (“Robo-faggot” is what I would call it.) Maybe — maaaaybe — it could be different in Slavic societies, but I would chalk this up mostly to being late-comers to the party of modernism and to something of an subtle, inner cruelty in Slavs (relative to other Europeans), but nonetheless, I would still not rest on it.

Truth is, Poland is quite far behind America in some things, and unfortunately, not as far behind as could be hoped for in some other things. I already talked a bit about the freaks, and feminists, etc, above, so I won’t address that again other than to say that it’s like approximately 1990s America (or even better in rural areas). Another example: the level of infantilism in Poland is quite far behind; it seems like the expectations of society for young people to grow up into actual adults is much better than 1980s America. Also, businesses have not (yet) blasphemously suggested they are your “family” when you buy shit from them — you see this inane super-niceness everywhere, here in MN especially. Part of me wants to believe that the traditional Slavic disdain for unnatural or inappropriate friendliness won’t let it happen, but I can’t claim I have no fears. It’s probably just a matter of time.

I was in Poland 16 years ago and it’s truly amazing how fixed up it got in so little time. Back then, you had even very old women hauling groceries and firewood around on bicycles — on shitty dirt roads, and in the snow. I’m not making this up. And this was very common outside of big cities.

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Here in the West you have 30-year-old “men” who think it’s crazy to go cycling without helmets! Basically faggots compared to most Slavic grannies.

But now it’s 2018, and in the sense of infrastructure, shopping malls, and the upgrading of the housing stock Poland is a vastly different country. In fact, it could be argued that it’s ahead of America in this regard, what with not having minorities wrecking the cities and not having a meth problem in the rural areas. This is what I see as a huge issue of concern — such a massive injection of Western consumer culture in so short a time. It’s the biggest concern, really.

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Wroclavia shopping center, in Wrocław, Poland

To make matters worse, the world is so interconnected now. The mental sewage that flows without interruption from the deep well of the West is channeled into virtually every corner of the world. Our American/Western insanities and vices are peddled everywhere. Even nomads in Mongolia are getting hooked on our poisons, digital and otherwise. To not succumb to this kind of stuff is to fight an enormous, supernatural battle. I pray constantly that Poland and all predominantly Christian nations will recognize the fight for what it is.

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Roman Dmowski was a great statesman and patriot, a fervent Catholic and the enduring figure of what a Polish Right-winger is, so I find it especially interesting what he had to say here about capitalism:

“The end of great European Capitalism is unavoidable. And I know not whether its fate is worth crying over. It had great merit in the material realm; it created in Europe a time of the greatest prosperity that the world had ever seen. Simultaneously, however, it undermined the moral foundations on which European civilization rests: it breaks the customs, destroys the family, flushes out of the human spirit all which is highest, the most noble impulses, it enfeebles the instincts which tie the individual to the whole society, in the place of the enduring natural bonds it attempts to produce artificial ones not having any value, finally it destroys the soul’s ability to believe strongly in anything besides the belief in money and utility.”

There are nations that have survived massive war, nations which have survived brutal dictatorships, nations which have survived the loss of a large portion of their inteligencja and best fighting men, nations which have survived communism, nations which have survived enormous natural disasters and plagues, even a number have survived the loss of self-governance… But no nation has yet shown it is possible to survive a long bout of extraordinary material prosperity. Capitalism, being so much better at providing the largest amount of people with the greatest material wealth, is thus able to kill what even communism cannot.

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If you really want to see a nation become obliterated, history demonstrates time and again that there is no means more effective than taking away strenuous work and replacing it with idle hands and first-world problems. God have mercy on Poland.

Well, at the outset of this post, I promised there would be some point to it. Essentially, what I wanted to do is to introduce some ways of thinking about how to discern a decent place to live and raise a family, ideally, a viable and durable legacy. There are no ideal places, and a large number of factors must be taken into account in order to decide upon the best out of many less-than-ideal alternatives. Some battles are not worth fighting, and some critical battles are only winnable if precious resources are not squandered on unworthy causes and battles with cannot be won. I also wholly condemn the idea of simply disengaging from society and retreating to the wilderness, of which, thank God, there is still some supply remaining in the New World. I myself could quite easily do this today. The two big problems with this is that, even if you could happily live as a hermit, your children will eventually grow up and start their own families. This requires a society. Your kids will then venture out of the woods to see a world that is twisted in ways that we can but dimly perceive today. You cannot run from this. Society is a basic human need and we need to re-establish a pre-industrial society — just like we had for 99% of human history.

The other problem is that your nice little camp in the woods is only safe until the system needs your woods to build new sprawling subdivisions full of McMansions inhabited by 3.1-person families and to build government housing projects for the burgeoning brown tide that has been drawn in by the sweet aroma of prosperity. That is, of course, if some multinational mining company doesn’t get there first, tearing up the land to get rare-earth metals for the latest iteration of the iDildo.

Stay tuned for the follow up called “Noah’s Ark”.

 

 

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