The following essay expounds an alt-centrist way of conceptualising political space. The fundamental idea is that the Will of the Divine rules over all the material world, and before this mighty Will stand 24 governors, each one of which corresponds to one of the elementary political positions.
The original conception of political space speaks of a monarchist right and a republican left. This conception dates back to the French Revolution and the composition of the then government, in which supporters of the monarchy sat on the right wing of the French National Assembly while supporters of reform sat on the left wing.
Making the crudest possible distinction, political space is divided into a right wing that wishes to maintain power and privilege and a left wing that wants power and privilege redistributed. These two wings, along with the centre that tries to get them to co-operate, constitute the first three powers before the throne.
In modern Western democracies, this post-monarchical arrangement has evolved into the Establishment. Today, the entirety of the leadership of both the left and the right is comprised of the same ruling class that leads the centre. Economic imperatives have overridden all other concerns; status quo or change matters not at all.
In response to this oligarchical arrangement has risen the anti-Establishment. It first arose in the form of the alternative right that took control of Central Europe after World War I. In the aftermath of World War II rose the alternative left, which currently exerts more social power than any other position. Today the alternative centre is rising.
This political hexad (of the Establishment, the anti-Establishment, and the three divisions of each) has been discussed at length in The Five Rejections and The Five Acceptances. It constitutes the basic foundation of alt centrist thought.
Each of these six positions can themselves be divided into four attitudes. These attitudes answer the two basic political questions, which are essentially: who gets it? and how hard?
Answering the question of “who gets it” divides the six positions into two further positions each: nationalists and globalists.
The nationalists are those who identify with a particular nation, and who believe that the nation is the natural organisational unit of the world stage. They believe that benefits such as welfare ought to be reserved for members of the nation, and that questions around immigration and defence ought to be settled with a view to the benefit of the nation. In short, they believe that only the nation should “get it” (the rewards of the nation’s operation).
The globalists believe that anyone can get it. Globalists have no time for the argument that the resources of the nation belong to the nation. Their position is that any resource, anywhere, is the property of whoever pays to own it. That anyone risked their lives defending those resources in the past is irrelevant. Globalists owe no loyalty to any land or nation.
The majority of the Establishment is globalist right now, but that isn’t inevitable. There are nationalist sentiments within all three Establishment positions – the monarchist right considers itself the representative of its nation, the working-class left wants national borders to prevent the importation of cheap labour from driving down wages, and the rent-seeking centre wants to lock down the national market against foreign competition.
Answering the question of “how hard do they get it” divides the above twelve positions into two further positions each: authoritarians and libertarians.
The authoritarians argue that people ought to get it hard. They don’t care about freedom as a virtue. Authoritarians tend to be verticalists, in that they believe the natural organisational model of the human species is a dominance hierarchy in which the upper ranks have complete authority over the lower ones.
The libertarians, by contrast, argue that the government ought to be gentle. They believe that authoritarianism is inherently unstable because it provokes resentment which leads to disorder. Libertarians are morally appalled by complete authority over other people, and therefore they don’t believe in banning things such as cannabis or homosexuality.
So within all of the six political positions of alt centrism (Establishment Right, Establishment Left, Establishment Centre, Alternative Right, Alternative Left, Alternative Centre), there are four composite attitudes (Authoritarian Globalist, Authoritarian Nationalist, Libertarian Globalist and Libertarian Nationalist). This gives us a total of 24 different political positions, all vying for control of the state.
These are the 24 powers before the throne. At any given time, in any given jurisdiction, one of these 24 powers will govern.
The ruling power in the West right now is the globalist Establishment, which is an alliance of all of the right, the left and the centre. It is currently transitioning from libertarian to authoritarian as its perceived legitimacy collapses. They are firmly globalist, being an alliance of the victorious anti-nationalist powers of World War II.
The anti-Establishment is all four of authoritarian, libertarian, globalist and nationalist. The authoritarians range from tankies on the left to theocrats on the right. The libertarians are rising in opposition to the increasingly authoritarian measures of the Establishment. The globalists generally think that the Establishment hasn’t done enough to open borders. The nationalists recognise that the vast majority of the Establishment are globalists.
All of these 24 powers have risen and fallen in influence at the various times and places in world history. The course of history could be said to be nothing more than the patterns of that rising and falling.
The authoritarian nationalist anti-Establishment is perhaps best represented by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi movement. They rose in opposition to the strictures of the Treaty of Versailles, and to the globalist Establishment that had imposed them.
The authoritarian globalist anti-Establishment left is perhaps best represented by the Communist and Bolshevik movements that swept the world in the early 20th Century. The authoritarian globalist left has now become part of the Establishment, leading to today’s cancel culture.
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Understanding these 24 powers before the throne is the key to understanding the movements of political arena. As some of the powers gain in power, and others lose, the landscape changes.
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