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To achieve dominion, a community must deploy any number of weapons. A strong community will always know that its greatest weapon is the community’s embodied past, present, and future: that is, its children…

The community is an army, and children are its weapon.

Every army is an organization, and every organization, like every community, is built and maintained for an objective. For some, the goal is defense; for others, the goal is empire; there is no middle ground between defense and empire, so one must choose one or the other.

Defense is understood as a necessary component of any organization—whether one is defending its existence against competitors or justifying its existence to superiors, peers, or subordinates; that is, defense is taken as given and is the least effort needed for organizational sustainment. Defense, like empire, relies on multiple fronts to achieve its objective.

Empire need not consist of terrain, colonies, or puppets; nor does empire need to reveal itself under the mask of war, for there are other instruments of power. The modern West, for instance, might seek to dominate its peers and opponents economically, while other, less structured or robust communities might seek to dominate their peers and opponents through cultural influence. Whatever the case, a certain goal is pursued along one or more fronts and the conditions under which the goal is achieved can be seen as domination. Any equilibrium desired or reached in pursuit of this goal must only be seen as a respite along the path to future domination, to future empire.

Defense voluntarily pursued across all instruments of power amounts to a weakness of will, a blind idealism. The organization that merely defends itself, or willingly seeks perpetual equilibrium, in time, will succumb to the law of nature: the stronger survive. For while some wish for equilibrium in their idealistic defense, others seek imperium and the means to achieve it.

The natural balance of things suggests that both the weak will be overcome and that strong wills erode in time. Spates of supremacy are undercut by flurries of mediocrity; weakness is squashed underfoot, and strength is corrupted by further pockets of weakness. The ebb and flow of events and their corresponding power are a matter of limited perspective; what endures is the fact that strength is but one body with many faces. The organization that focuses its intrinsic strength of will behind the multiple fronts of power is best equipped for survival. Survival, ultimately, means countering the natural balance of things by creating the conditions for future dominion, for future empire. In short, empire is life.

The organization that seeks defense as a means pursuant to later strength is yet seeking empire; it only works within the parameters of its given time—i.e., it does what it can. What ensures its success or failure across the instruments of power and into the future is the will to endure. Endurance is survival; survival is dominion; dominion is power; and all success and failure, then, hinges on the will to power.

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Communities coalesce out of a necessity that morphs into a culture. A culture arises out of a community because, over time, there exists tradition (shared history), vision (shared purpose), and the ways through which the culture is sustained (values). Communities, like the States they birth, rely on instruments of power to exercise their values. Viewed holistically, a community’s end or objective is survival, the way it achieves this end is through its value system, and the means by which it is achieved are the instruments of power; the overarching strategy, if circumvention of the natural balance of things is sought, is dominion.

To achieve dominion, a community, like the State it births, must deploy any number of weapons; the weapons are deployed across the instruments of power; the types of weapons deployed are determined by the community’s values. A strong community, whether its manifest State is robust or not, will always know that its greatest weapon is the community’s embodied past, present, and future: that is, its children.

Our children are our greatest weapon—for defense, for imperium. Our children are the bulwark against foreign influence, the rampart through which we conserve our identity. Our children are the means by which we advance the frontline in this clash of cultures we call life. This is not to say that children are to be objectified or devalued—not in the least; our children are our most prized possession, our most cherished treasure. They are ends in themselves and, because of this, they are our greatest means to value the whole community. Our children are everything. A community that fails to see its children as its greatest asset in its march against time and alien influence betrays itself, acting as traitor to its voiceless past; the future for this community will be an existence with another face, a face disconnected from its past, a face divorced from tradition—the face of a borderless man made for borderless cliques; the face which holds dominion over the perpetual defenders.

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Necessary for the successful deployment of any weapon system is maintenance. If your weapon is money, you must secure the funds and understanding to deploy it appropriately. If your weapon is an M4 rifle, you must know how to disassemble, clean, reassemble, and fire it effectively. If your strategy is dominion, your way of achieving it rests in your values, i.e., your culture. Culture propagation is gained via the supreme cultural weapon—the means by which we protect and further it: our children. If children are our weapon, we must know how to develop them.

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To develop a child is to develop his self. The essential aspects of the self are the physical, mental, and spiritual.[1] For the self to be healthy, each aspect of the self must be healthy; to neglect one aspect in favor of another is to undermine the health of the entire organism. Further, neglecting the health of the self—especially the self of the child—is undermining the health of the community, which is tantamount to treason, no small crime. In the end, a parent must set the example for his children, and, in the end, a parent who fails to see himself and his family as integral to the health of a larger whole must himself improve. To not set the example is to contribute to a decaying State.

To develop physical health, the parent must instruct the child on the imperativeness of healthy diet and exercise.[2] This requires parental effort, but such is the nature of proper parenting. A healthy diet consists of natural or minimally-processed foods; a proper diet minimizes or eliminates “comfort” foods, for such so-called foods, ostensibly which sit as the foundation for many modern Western diets, lead only to physical, mental, and spiritual decline and disease. Likewise, the parent must instruct the child on healthy exercise. Exercise must be functional and incorporate the whole body. Learning about the body and its different energy systems will be helpful to building an effective exercise regimen. Ultimately, physical health creates the conditions for mental and spiritual health.

Nurturing mental health means emotionally and pedagogically “being there” for your child. A parent must satiate his child’s emotional needs; to do otherwise is neglect. Scholastically, a parent must educate himself enough to competently augment (or surpass) the institutional instruction the child receives. Parent-child discussion—from even the earliest ages—is essential to not only build the foundation for familial communication, but to stay abreast of institutional instruction. The attentive parent must be able to provide context or fill in information gaps otherwise ignored by the schools. This will also ensure the child is exposed to broader knowledge streams that institutions (public or private) often disregard. Homeschooling is an option, but recommended only for the astute and capable parent; care, in this case, must be taken to prevent social isolation, which could lead to later culture shock and corruption. Like physical vigorousness, mental health must be sought to undergird the self and its spiritual purpose.

As that which is transcendent, the spiritual aspect of the self is its highest aim. A child must always understand that his physical and mental health are achieved and maintained, not merely for the individual, but for the family and community which he will later strengthen. Every child is a self, and every self is a part of something larger, something higher: the family and community. It is incumbent upon the parent to instruct the child in his role and purpose; for the self’s purpose is not different than the family’s, nor different than the community’s, nor different than the State’s. The child’s purpose is the aim of every self and every community: not merely surviving, but thriving. The goal is dominion.

To neglect proper care and maintenance of our greatest weapon, our children, is to betray all who have come before us, all who stand by us now, and all who will have their existences snatched from them in a globalized future. Is it easy to just let your child lengthily sit in front of a television, tablet, phone, or some other device? Yes, it is. Is it healthy? No. Is it engaged parenting? Definitely not! You would never leave your rifle in the rain simply because you wanted to stay dry; if you did, your rifle would rust and fail to function properly. Is it easy to shovel various processed and “comfort” foods into your child’s mouth? Yes, it is. Is it healthy? Absolutely not! You would never let your car, yard, wardrobe, or—God forbid!—your phone fall into a state of disrepair. All the more reason that we should focus all positive energy and effort on our greatest asset and future salvation: our children.

For our children are a weapon, and the community is the army. Proper living and proper conservation of our heritage demand much work; but this work is echoed in our children and our community, the means by which we further our values; and our values are the ways through which we achieve our final and enduring objective. What is our objective? To live, to command, to conquer! Vincere est vivere!

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Note:

[1] Sommer, Jacoby “The Essential Triumvirate: Family, State, Self” (The Imaginative Conservative: October 23, 2017).

[2] It is understood that not all caregivers are biological parents. However, “parent” here means anyone who courageously and responsibly takes ownership of the child’s wellbeing. Tangentially, it is also understood that not all biological parents are courageous or responsible; arguably, these unfortunate and dastardly souls are not worthy of the title “parent.”

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  1. Absolutely fantastic essay, as always Mr Sommer. No, I will go even further, regardless of sounding ridiculous in this age of scientific positivism, that you writing should be embedded in the soul of each and every one of us. In fact, we, the people born in the West, are actively fighting against thinking in line with your essay by fighting its resurgence in our souls because we have formed and accepted the false idea that modern ecumenism, that is the thorough annihilation of distinctions, is the pinnacle of human development and by so doing have taken a prideful stance against nature.

    You say ”Our children are our greatest weapon—for defense, for imperium.” And by you example you lead us to realise that the imagination, wisdom and caritas that go to caring for our greatest weapon are closely intertwined with our respect for the generations past, our land and our dominion. As we grow ashamed of our dominion we grow tired of living, hide in comfort and lose all of our battles – wether spiritual, judicial or existential. There is no love to be found in disordered softness and certainly no real equilibrium.

  2. Why must everything be viewed through a prism of conquest or defeat? Shouldn’t an organic culture rather than a planned society micro managed by technocrats be the goal?

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