If there is anything I took out of sociology at Navarro Community College in Waxahachie, it is that all things exist for a purpose; when they no longer serve that purpose, they cease to exist. It is hard to see what purpose Western civilization currently serves, which is perhaps why it is collapsing, taking empires, currencies, and the European peoples down with it. But the emergence of cryptocurrency, blockchain, and privacy coins are life rafts in this sea of change that could enable us to save ourselves if we are smart enough to grasp this opportunity.
But how did we get here? What event sparked our spiritual, political, and economic decline? If you wanted to find the precise moment in time Western Civilization began its backwards march, the Great War would be an excellent place to look. It is from this date that our civilization began unraveling.
“For, behold, the Lord cometh out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.”
To paraphrase Thomas Macauley, anyone who has seen Flanders’ blood-red poppy fields would rightly think Isaiah’s prophecy was fulfilled.
The slaughter from 1914 to 1918 dealt a mortal blow to the confidence Europeans felt in themselves, particularly Britons. Charles Mee wrote of Britain in the aftermath of the war thus:
“The war had discredited much of the rhetoric of national pride, honor, and sacrifice, as well as faith in the notions of reason, progress, and humanism. Nor did the notions of God, representational art, or Newtonian physics appear to be in such good repair.”
Before the Great War, the steward of Western Civilization was the British Empire. It was the British Empire that dealt the fatal blows to the tyranny and adventurism of Napoleon Bonaparte at Trafalgar and Waterloo. Under Pax Britannica in the 19th Centuty, global trade flourished under the protection of the Royal Navy; the abolishment of the African slave trade was enforced by the Royal Navy; wherever the British army was garrisoned, there was law, order, and justice. Indeed, it was the British army and East India Company, and men like Baron Clive, Lord Wellington, and the fighting Irishman Viscount Gough, that made India and Pakistan into nations instead of a subcontinent of warring princely kingdoms and barbarous hillmen.
But by the end of the Great War, the British Empire was bankrupt, her people demoralized, and her Indian subjects restless. But despite these deep structural problems, Neville Chamberlain and Sir Winston Churchill once again plunged the Empire into war with Germany to guarantee Polish independence, igniting a six-year armageddon that spanned the globe. The results were thus: tens of millions dead, maimed and displaced; Catholic Poland in the grip of Joseph Stalin’s murderous and godless Soviet Union; the Western financial system under American control via the Bretton-Woods agreement; and Britannia’s empire, which had wisely and justly governed a quarter of the world for over a century, in ruins and collapsing. In 1947, British rule in India was over, and by 1999, with the handover of Hong Kong to China, the process was complete. It was the “end of Empire” as Prince Charles bluntly put it at Hong Kong’s handover ceremony.
The torch of Western Civilization passed from the British Empire to the United States, and Britannia could not have given it to a worse caretaker. The United States repeatedly plunged itself into unwinnable wars while spending gross amounts on entitlement programs like those of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society. These wars, the Great Society programs, and an imploding dollar forced President Richard Nixon to end the Bretton-Woods System whereby countries could exchange their gold for dollars. The dollar rose, and Richard Nixon beat progressive bureaucrat George McGovern in a 49 state landslide. But at what cost? With the dollar no longer tied to gold, the United States went on an even more reckless path of irresponsible printing and borrowing to pay for more entitlement programs, wars, and bloated and lawless bureaucracies unanswerable to any lawful authority.
America’s chickens are finally coming home to roost.
The popping of the housing bubble in 2008 and America’s printing and borrowing to bail itself out of trouble caused people to wonder whether the dollar could remain a viable global reserve currency if technocrats could debase it at will. It is no coincidence that cryptocurrencies arrived on the scene shortly thereafter. Suddenly, there was a currency beyond the reach of technocratic control that could not be debased, along with underlying blockchain technology that offered a viable alternative to America’s suffocating control over the world’s financial system.
Furthermore, the emergence of privacy coins has granted billions of people a degree of financial freedom and privacy unseen since before the digital age. As currently constituted, our financial system is controlled by a cartel of American banks, payment processors, and credit card companies that are all too willing to enforce state dogma by preventing dissidents from buying and selling on their platforms. In a monopolized financial system like this, such exclusion is nearly fatal.
If Western Civilization is to be saved from America’s corrupt government and corporate technocrats, its power over our financial freedom must be broken. Individuals and nations must find alternative mediums of exchange like cryptocurrency, for it is the dollar and the system built around it that enables America’s ever increasing totalitarian control over its citizens and the world in the name of “democracy” and “equality.” Without the dollar, the United States government will lose its control, and its people and people the world over can break free and deal with their problems as they wish without fearing the threat of American bombs or SWAT teams. Like the Soviet Union, the United States has become a prison, but one whose expanse is wider and more encompassing thanks to its financial power. Cryptocurrency may be the best way to break free of this prison short of open rebellion.
But one has to ask himself whether any of this had to happen. What if Great Britain had kept herself free of European entanglements and busied herself with governing the Empire as she did under Lord Salisbury? The answer is that the Great War would have been over in a matter of months, if not weeks, instead of years. Germany would have crushed France as she did in 1870 and then turned on Russia; the Russian Empire would have sued for peace and focused on solving her internal problems. Subsequently, Britain would not have expended her energy fighting Germany twice in 30 years, and instead would have focused on maintaining and governing the Empire. There would have been no Idi Amin Dada, Robert Mugabe, or the episode of mass murder between Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs following Indian independence. If decolonization had been inevitable, it would have been on Britain’s terms, not those of Nehru, Nasser, or President Eisenhower. Most importantly, though, British power would have held American ambitions in check, and we would not now be at the mercy of woke technocrats.
There may not have been Bitcoin, but English towns, villages, and shires would be absent stone crucifixes bearing the names of young men fallen at Ypres, Gallipoli, and the Somme.
We cannot regain what we lost, but we can arrest the decline and possibly reverse it by embracing the financial freedom offered by cryptocurrency and blockchain. From that freedom, perhaps a new West will rise like a Phoenix from the tragic ruins of the old, one more powerful and wiser than what we left behind. By the Grace of Almighty God, let us use this new technology as a means to redeem ourselves and our civilization.
As for the memory of our glorious fallen, they shall not grow old, and their names shall live forever.
Best wishes on Remembrance Day 2021.