War and culture, Pt. 1: Why the West keeps losing
Nevertheless, I think it's fair to say that the essential point that LTC Kratman was trying to make in that book was this: there are certain things about our way of life that are worth fighting for, worth dying for, and if you're going to die for something, then it damned well helps to believe in the values that caused you to take a stand in the first place.
It has been said before, correctly, that civilisations are destroyed from within long before they are ever conquered from without. The Anglosphere's internal enemies are, of course, the cultural Marxists, the progressives, and the suicidally stupid "social justice" types. Its external enemies are primarily worshippers of the Mohammedan heresy of Christianity that we know as Islam.
If it were not for the presence of Western civilisation to provide a common enemy, these two forces would normally be busily and happily invested in attempting to destroy each other.
Godless progressives see the ambiguous, amorphous goal of "social justice", whatever that means in any given context, as their ultimate objective, and brook no opposition to enforcing a rigid uniformity of thought and action.
Islamists seek the totally unambiguous and absolutely straightforward establishment of a monolithic theocratic state in which even the possibility of questioning the purpose of their "god" is met with instant and brutal retaliation.
Both enemies seek different ends that look startlingly similar, at least at a superficial level. But they achieve those ends in largely identical fashion.
They start by identifying a civilisation that has, essentially, run out of serious problems to solve- as the West has. In Western civilisation, most of the problems that have plagued Mankind since the dawn of history have largely disappeared. Poverty, disease, war, famine, and even death have all been mostly conquered within the West, such has been the transformative power of the West's hard-won prosperity.
They exaggerate or invent injustices that exist in the host society, reaching outward to convert, then inward to destroy. Once they have achieved a significant enough critical mass of new converts, they begin enforcing their ideology through the power of the State, which is the first target for their subversive activities.
They achieve this by exploiting the very results of the successes that have made their hosts great. The Western world has been the pinnacle of civilisation for well over three hundred years- no other way of life has come even close in the centuries before or since the Enlightenment in attaining material prosperity, security, or freedom. The result of this success has inevitably been complacency, laxity, and sloth.
After all, if you live in a society where even the poorest 20% of the population possesses material wealth that rivals the richest 20% in many of the world's less successful cultures, you might be forgiven for thinking that life really cannot get any better, and that there really is not any point in trying to maintain and enhance the ancient virtues and traditions that got your culture to where it is.
And that, unfortunately, is where the West is today. Its people have lost faith and reason at precisely the moment when it is needed the most. There is a deep crisis of confidence within America and its European allies, a sense that the values and traditions that created the West are no longer relevant or are dying out.
Which brings us back to the reason why the West simply is not capable of winning against its current enemies, both foreign and domestic.
SJWs, for all of their vileness, at least believe in something- however ridiculous, irrational, and unrealistic. Try talking to a radical feminist or a "transgender rights activist" and you'll quickly realise that you're dealing with an ideologue, a man (or woman- though honestly with these crazies it's hard to tell the sexes apart) who cannot be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with into a different point of view.
You're dealing with someone who just wants to watch the world burn.
The same is true, even more so, of Islamists. They believe in a cause far greater than themselves. They believe that an eternal reward awaits them for their sacrifices on this Earth. And they will not tolerate any opposition to their beliefs.
Against belief like that, the increasingly godless, hedonistic, consumerist West simply will not stand a chance.
Without belief in something worth fighting for, and without men and women willing to fight and die to protect those values and traditions that gave birth to the greatest, freest, most advanced nations the world has ever known, the West will die, and all of the great good that it has done will die with it.