116. Standstill (III)
The Amish, the Mormons, and the Scientologists are all at odds with the contemporary managerial state and its religion of secularised Christianity, progressivism. Politics and religion can never be separated; it is an illusion to think this can be done. And so, in the 1960s, as new cults developed apace, governments around the world—particularly in the US—came into conflict, often violent, with people who had awakened in different ways; so came the Waco siege and the actions of the Kundalini cult organised by Osho in Oregon. To awaken to the best way to live one’s life will put a person in conflict with friends and family—perhaps, ultimately, in conflict with the state itself. It is difficult to render unto Caesar while staying true to your beliefs; the only way to fully practice your beliefs is for those beliefs to be protected by a state.
The Amish, being the oldest of the three, are the most secure; they have been grandfathered into the system and enjoy, in a limited way, a separate existence from mainstream society. The managerial state does not see them, the eye of Sauron passes them by, simply because it has always turned a blind eye to them; it would take an extraordinary effort to start to notice—though perhaps, since a few Amish came out for Trump in 2020 in a public way, it will suddenly start to notice; luckily, bureaucratic inertia is a great ally.
In this respect, the Amish, complete with the their vigorous birthrate and separate existence from the media-propaganda complex, are well-placed to survive and endure—although, being pacifists, if the country fell into complete the disorder, they would be vulnerable. They will not “take over” America, as some demographic projections show, simply because America’s borders are open and— no matter how many babies the Amish push out—the incoming immigrants will outnumber them. Yet, being centuries-lived, they have great stability and enjoy internal coherency; many cults have come and gone since the 1960s, but few have had real staying power.
The Mormons are the most authentically American religion, holding that Jesus walked on American soil; they have worked old European myths into American land. Their custom of baptising the dead grants them a keen interest in genetics and heredity, so making them somewhat resistant to the egalitarian claims of progressivism; anyone who takes an interest in genetics cannot hold that all men are equal. The Mormons are quintessentially American in another way, they have a large amount of English stock among them; this is why they are so polite. A productive and commercial people, whose symbol is the beehive and the busy bee, they represent the work ethic of America; they are ideal suburbanites. Yet this is also their weakness; being polite and agreeable, they are vulnerable to subversion—once a few agents of progressive thought are in the Church it will easily be turned. It is those Mormon outcasts, those who resisted the first onslaught of the American state and kept their many wives—perhaps fleeing to Mexico—who will have disagreeable blood and may yet form a new religion in the future America.
Scientology is a young religion; it represents America’s scientistic optimism in religious form. Although often mocked, there must be something to it; it has survived whereas many cults have not. Tom Cruise, for example, is a handsome man—albeit short—but there are many, many handsome men in LA; it is no great reach to think that it is Scientology that gave him the necessary leg up to succeed. Notably, the managerial state loathes Scientology and produces many hit pieces against it. The Scientologists, unlike other groups, have shown an ability to fight back without violence: “ratfucking” annoying journalists and blackmailing government officials. By playing tough, they have carved out their own little sovereignty, whereas as many nicer fundamentalists have gone by the way. Are they nice? Probably not; but this is not a world in which nice things survive.