This past Tuesday night, when Forever Autumn Press publisher Mescaline Franklin and I sat in the book store coffee shop selecting art work for book covers he paused, and then went off on a tangent:
“In White Nationalist circles there are various opinions on how to define the Modern Age—the critique over Modernity being such a big thing right now with people reading Spengler and Evola, and listening to Bowden’s talks. You seem more like you’re coming from an Evola perspective. You know, he spent the last half of his life in a wheelchair. He used to go out for walks during the War of Globalist Aggression and got cut down by artillery. When he went on trial for his writing he was in a wheelchair.
“A lot of people pick 1492 as the date, and I realize that is just a watermark—if not Columbus someone else would have used the available technology to get to the Western Hemisphere. Any way you cut it North America becomes an English trading post trying unsuccessfully to form a meaningful cultural identity that goes beyond materialism.
“In your mind—since you’ve read so much and you’re on the fringe of this discussion—what, in your opinion, constitutes the Modern Age, the Span of Modernity?”
What follows is a summation of my five minute answer to this fiercely inquisitive young heretic’s rather obvious but little discussed question. I see The Modern Age preceded by three causal events over 200 years, then spanning from 1648 to 1945 for a neat 300 year reign, and followed by a three stage postmodern decline of about 100 years, making The European Age almost precisely 600 years from awakening in 1453 to its eventual nadir about 2050.
1. The act that was most responsible for triggering the European drive to circumnavigate The Lands of Islam, in what was then conceived of as a worldwide religious war, was the fall of Constantinople to the Turks in 1453.
2. The act that directly enabled the European powers to acquire resources worldwide, with which to bring to bear military force against Islam from every corner of the compass, was Columbus’s discovery of the New World in 1492.
3. The Conquest of Central and South America by the Spanish and Portuguese and the Settlement of Eastern North America by the French and English, and of Southwestern North America by the Spanish, between 1517 and 1618, acquired for European Culture the resources of a third of the earth, setting the stage for a global age.
4. The date I choose to mark the inception of the Modern Age—which is one in the same as the European Age—is The Peace of Westphalia, which forever did away with feudal war-making and ushered in national military machine building on the ancient Roman model, in 1648.
5. The American and French revolutions set the stage for globalist ideological, economic and military systems between the years of 1776-1789.
6. The Russian Revolution completed the tilt from nationalist to globalist thinking in the European mind, and involved every major people on earth directly in the globalist conflicts [underway since 1914] in the year 1917.
7. The bombing of Hiroshima closed the two-generation War of European Suicide and ushered in the Postmodern Global Age proper, in 1945.
8. The European postscript began with the 911 attacks in New York and Washington D.C., awakening the bedridden American Gulliver in time to know that he was about to be drowned in the surf of the ages, in 2001.
9. I am expecting the Postmodern Global Age to pass along as a brief epilogue to the European Age with the last vestiges of European domination—the most obvious being the U.S Nuclear Aircraft Carrier fleet—in or around 2050.
What follows I shall never know:
1. A Global Islamist Age
2. A Global Chinese Age
3. A purely Global Corporate Age
4. Or some Dark Age of nationalistic rediscovery, tribalism and resurgent masculinity?
If you would like to see an illustration as to how European [and imitative Japanese] mercantile empire building came to a crescendo of third world domination, as literally every village on the planet was forwarding some material good to a European [or Japanese] economy, play the game Pax Britanica. It is an incredible—for being pro British and a politically dispassionate—simulation, of the balance of power, and the truly global nature of the world economy before mass communication or even oil exploitation.
Playing this game, designed by an Anglophile, gives the player a clue as to the inevitability of WWI. However, despite the fact that the game box art depicts a colonial British officer receiving the submission of Middle Eastern natives, it seemed astonishing to all seven of us players who engaged in this two month long game over the course of this spring, that Great Britain would come out looking like the empire with justice on its side. One of the players even brought a National Geographic issue devoted to flags of the British Empire, to which over 100 nations paid homage!
Although the Japanese and other European powers certainly conducted themselves on the global stage in a very unsavory manner, Britain comes off as the worst of a nasty imperial old boy’s club, exceeded in rampant brutality only by the Belgians—who every native to ever come under the boot heel of a Belgian mercenary was certainly hoping the Germans would eradicate in the coming industrial brawl.