Remember, you are not trying to establish an environment of tolerance and mutual-understanding. Like Isabella and Ferdinand, you are trying to recover the territory. Treat the new Left like people who hate you, because they do.
With Russia and China increasingly adopting Western ideological talking points and using them against us, it is time for us to question our commitment to a rhetoric that emulates the effectiveness of socialist countries.
I am prepared for the objection that this outlook is anything but positive and that the reader is probably looking for hope in a new renaissance of European civilisation rather than the harsh realisation that even a victory of Western patriotism can only have a deferring effect in the context of the decline of the West.
The notion that there are limits to our growth is holding the West in a psychological stranglehold. Whereas other civilizations are thriving, the West suffers from a weariness that stifles any belief in further progress. This weariness has had a name for almost 2,000 years: Acedia.
What the nine worthies provided was a thematically unified account, a sweeping narrative, from Homer through the Bible and into Christendom, which western Europeans could use to understand and in some wise enshrine the canon of their history. The question we may venture to ask, in whose answer we might come to understand our era and its place, is whether it is possible to discern modernity’s worthies.