The subversion of Article 41 of the Irish Constitution is nothing other than a revolution. This revolution bodes ill for the future of Ireland because it cuts at the roots of family life that constitute national sovereignty. In addition, the change is coupled with other seismic and destructive social shifts. While the torrent of forces wreaking havoc seem unstoppable, there are reasons to suppose that a healthier vision can be promulgated. This view is based on the persistence opposition of a sizeable minority to the imprudent and irrational ideology of the Liberal-leftists.
My principles are only those that, before the French Revolution, every well-born person considered sane and normal.
– Julius Evola
On May 22nd, Ireland effectively voted to abolish the foundation of its society, the Family, by recognizing same-sex relationships as being on a par with normal, married relationships.
Culturally, the uniqueness of the bi-lateral contract between a man and woman is now going to be overwhelmed by egotistic models, by which the significance of the former will be lost.
Constitutionally, Ireland voted to remove the Family as the ‘natural’ unit of society, which possesses ‘inalienable and imprescriptible rights.’
Politically, it is no longer the case that the Family stands over and above “positive law.”
Juristically, the State has abdicated its responsibility to ‘guard with special care the institution of Marriage, on which the Family is founded, and to protect it against attack’ (see Article 41 of the Constitution).
This madness is significant not only because of the fact that I and you owe our very existence to stable family trees. Up until last Friday, the Family was the centre-piece of the Irish Constitution and a defeat for the Family is a defeat for the Constitution. Think of the US abolishing the Bill of Rights or France abolishing its commitment to the principles of 1789 (via introducing a constitutional amendment which would erode these over time in the courts). The importance of this plebiscite becomes clear.
Taken purely in isolation, the crash of 2008 and the subsequent voluntary pay-off of international investors was worse. But financial mismanagement always bedevils nations. This vandalism of the Irish constitution, as John Waters put it, was an inside job. There was deliberate intent, as opposed to a fumbling in the dark. This was a murder, not a manslaughter.
Yet this has been preceded by other follies and vanities. Since the crash, there has been the Children’s Referendum – and this is really a euphemism for the State controlling what goes on in family life – and a first step towards legalised abortion after a death during pregnancy was blown out of proportion (see here for this view to be confirmed by a British newspaper).
Proceeding from the plebiscite, there are likely to be calls for the State to control education – instead of this being an extension of the family home, as in Article 42 – euthanasia, legalized drug-taking and prostitution. And the normal, traditional marriage will come under increasing attack, there will be more abortion laws, etc … as Ireland spirals into a cycle of debt, decadence, and social collapse.
Dark clouds indeed, but there is a silver lining. In sum, it is this: the amount of people who opposed this referendum, those who opposed abortion legislation (by the figures given in opinion polls), and those who opposed the Children’s referendum all seem to have a magic ratio in common ~ 2 in 5. About 40 % of people have shown themselves to be open to the ‘other side.’ This proportion of the electorate have come out and expressed an unwillingness to be blackguarded, bullied and emotionally blackmailed by a constant churn of emotively impassioned, yet intellectually empty, sloganeering. There is hope and, as someone said to me over the weekend, a good ‘front of the house man’ could sell a more prudent vision of Irish society
On the other hand, with this silver lining, there is a dark corona. No one is speaking to the 2/5ths on an ongoing basis and generating a group ethic. Those who campaign(ed) for abortion, intrusion of the State into the home and education, as well as to destroy the family are at work. They are, whilst using completely irrational and emotive arguments, doing their thing.
Furthermore, in an issue related to the “front of the house man (or woman),” there seems to be no one, or party, who are putting themselves forward. And, while there are many civic groups, most of these (with the possible exception of Youth Defence) lack teeth and form to oppose something, but then dissipate immediately. Its unlikely that uncoordinated groups can fight effectively against co-ordinated ones.
Then there is the “narrative” issue. The forces who are destroying Irish society are putting forth twisted narratives. They say that Ireland was a bleak country in the past or that women are dying because they don’t have “life-saving” abortions(oxymoron!) or that they are, by their benevolence, assuring better outcomes for children (surrogacy and commercial DAHR are morally justifiable, apparently).
Brainless narratives! They don’t reflect the fact that Ireland has historically had far less social problems than many countries in Europe. Or that free-for-all abortion is being rolled back in the UK, Spain, and some parts of the US because these abortion regimes have failed. But nonetheless these narratives are narratives. And in political terms, a brainless narrative is better than no narrative.
However, the technical means of mass communication and intellectual tools at the Liberal-left’s disposal can just as easily be turned against those who blitzkrieg with them. As the reality of these destructive social shifts hit home for many, a use of these technical means, coupled with the undeniable ‘facts on the ground,’ can be decisive. Two methods are very important, I feel. One is to de-construct the Liberal-left forces. The other is to rely on the simplicity of exceptionalism to press home undeniable facts (like children needing their mothers) instead of getting into the mess of sophistry that the Liberal-left forces spit out. In other words, let the exceptions prove the rules
Apart from the existence of a 40 % ‘not in my name’, I saw positives from the referendum debate itself. Despite radicals from the Yes side seeking to inflame the issue, many on both sides resisted the temptation to engage in outright hostility. This points to a recognition across society of the need for unity and order. Furthermore, I believe that many voted Yes for decent motives, and that this is true for the other changes, abortion and family intrusive measures, that have been mentioned. These point to the enduring spirit of the Irish nation.
Let us not get carried away, however. This has been a revolution because a legal order has been overthrown. But it is a revolution that leads men, instead of men leading the revolution. Ireland has gone from raising logical questions about whether a girl should be made carry her rapists love-child, or whether a couple married 30 years back should go on being married, to justifying abortion-on-demand, separating children from parents, incest (an outcome of the hacking down of family trees), or the State being given the role of Big Momma.
Nonetheless, this revolution has only been successful because the true agenda has not been unmasked and challenged. Only when a concerted political effort looks those forces destroying Irish society in the whites of their eyes can a salvage job of the past wreckage be undertaken.
Yes, it has been a revolution which has the potential for vast destruction. The old order has been destroyed and will never rise again. However, a lot of the principles of the old order were sound and the revolutionaries can no longer blame the past because they are now in the box-seat. Their unsustainable idealism will de-legitimize itself. Now the revolution needs to be met by a strong and strident counter-revolution that doesn’t apologize for itself.
And don’t worry if the counter-revolution won’t be televised. But it needs to go live.