After the Hysteria Dies, What Rough Beast Slouches Towards Bethlehem To Be Born? The Answer Might Surprise You.

Its Hour Come Round at Last:

Richard Bledsoe “The Calendar” acrylic on canvas 30” x 40”

They say great minds think alike.

When I saw the Ace of Spades HQ recently referenced a certain poem by William Butler Yeats as a pithy headline, I recognized we were surfing the same wave of zeitgeist. “The Second Coming” has haunted me for decades, and it’s hard not to recognize its relevance as we navigate the uncharted waters of the Woo Han Hoopla Hysteria.  (FYI I know that place name is misspelled. It’s an attempt to circumvent the censorious Silicon Curtain filters. You know they’re doing it).

The Second Coming by WB Yeats

Turning and turning in the widening gyre

The falcon cannot hear the falconer;

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;

Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere

The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

The best lack all conviction, while the worst

Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;

Surely the Second Coming is at hand.

The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out

When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi

Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert

A shape with lion body and the head of a man,

A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,

Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it

Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.

The darkness drops again; but now I know

That twenty centuries of stony sleep

Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,

And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,

Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?


WB Yeats was a Modernist not afraid of mysticism. He wrote this poem 100 years ago, but like all profound works of art, it’s always timely. Ever since Yeats penned those ominous lines, world events have continued to suggest new identities for his monstrous harbinger.

We’ve been under the crushing dominion of one particular evil riddling sphinx for a long time now: the PSYOP tyranny of Postmodernism. For decades, global elitists have gone all in on a society-wide Cultural Marxist system of deceit and manipulation as a means to gather unaccountable power.

These indoctrinated idiots either really believe reality must conform to their word games and enforced opinions, or they know it’s a scam, but expect us to submit to it. We are supposed to not believe our lying eyes, and follow the thought leaders.

Going along with them is what has brought us to this catastrophe.

I believe what we are going through now-a wildly overblown reaction to a suspiciously timed outbreak- is because, after an uninterrupted winning streak for decades, the establishment is losing. This mother of all false flag operations is their desperate means of self-defense.

False flag does not mean this is a hoax. There is a potentially deadly virus out there. Where the false flag comes in is the highly coordinated Deep State over-reaction from governments, the media, academia, and global corporations. Instead of practical measures appropriate to a risky form of the flu, the lockdown freakout inflicted on us seems designed to quash another pandemic which has been growing for years: the populist uprisings against the corrupt and incompetent Postmodern New World Order.

I wouldn’t be surprised if this sudden-and yet-strangely-choreographed meltdown was pre-planned, and was scheduled to occur during a Hillary Clinton presidency. What an opportunity it would have been for that hag and her Chinese partners-in-crime to oversee the permanent dismantling of our constitutional republic! It’s bad enough, even with President Trump doing his best to work around, through, and over all the traitors embedded in our institutions. When Trump talks about an invisible enemy, he’s not just talking about a virus.

But here’s a twist. What if the rough beast slouching our way this time is not the latest oppressor, but is the terrifying prospect of actual freedom?

I foresaw what was coming in my book, Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization:

What is the spirit of this age?

History will recognize this as the era the general population of the United States realized the governing class and its connections, far from acting as responsible public servants, had mutated into an elitist ruling class. These elitists decided amongst themselves, due to their superior intellects, credentials, and social status, they deserved to control how everybody else lived their lives. This mission of conquest was camouflaged with egalitarian rhetoric.

In exchange for the burden of managing their inferiors, this New Class exempted themselves from the expectations they imposed on others. Those underlings who supported the ascendancy of these would-be rulers received some special considerations as well, a semiprivileged status—but their greatest reward was to bask in the reflected glory of their masters.

The elitists had a plan, and it almost worked. Over decades, the institutions that sustained American culture have been infiltrated, their missions transformed.

Government, media, education, the arts—the occupying elitists within dedicated all resources towards undermining sustaining Western values, all to better serve the consolidation of unaccountable power. They used their influence over the various means of cultural communication and expression to exert pressure at all levels of society to embrace collectivist goals, distorting the concept of equality.

As part of these maneuvers, art was pushed into a crisis of relevance. Elitist malfeasance has marginalized the visual arts in popular culture. In doing so, the New Aristocracy of the Well-Connected block access to powerful resources. They deny our society the inspiration to live up to ideals, the encouragement to think and feel deeply, the yearning to harmonize with truth and beauty. As a result, the mass audience has turned away.

People instinctually reject the superficial and nihilistic contemporary art championed by an imperious would-be ruling class. We currently call this covert corrosion inflicted on the foundations of Western civilization the Postmodern era.

A small sect usurped disproportionate power over the course of the entire nation. Now the terrible results of the corrupted establishment’s agenda are clear. Under their reign we are less prosperous, less safe, less free.

The elitists ran out of credibility and resources before their work was complete. Now, we, the people, must make sure they run out of time as well. The dominion of these deceitful despots must be demolished throughout the culture, on all fronts. Around the globe challenges are rising against the longstanding world order. The story of the 21st century will be the dismantling of centralized power.

As always, this course of history was prophesied by artists—those who are intuitively aware of the path unfolding ahead. Their works become maps so that others may find the way. The new directives emerging in our culture must be acknowledged. Enduring changes start in the arts.

The entrenched interests are desperate to deny this uprising, but denial won’t stop us. The parasitic Postmodern era is finished, but it won’t go quietly. The vast project of reconstruction will commence as we dislodge the failed status quo.

What is the spirit of this age?

This is an era of joyous insurgency and new beginnings.

Welcome to Remodern America.

Postmodernism started off by redefining art into anti-art. It’s now spread. Like a virus, Postmodernism converted every institution it infested into a factory for producing more of the Postmodern disease. Postmodernism makes every worthy cause betray its rightful mission. Remodernism is the correction of this treachery.

Remodernism as a movement was first codified in 1999 by two English artists, Charles Thomson and Billy Childish. Remodernism is the return of wisdom as a governing philosophy. It respects the general audience, and their capacities to have profound experiences.

Remodernists understand art is for everyone. We can all be stirred by beauty, moved by emotional expressions, and gratified by the experience of truth. Western civilization used to understand how art provided those uplifting states, and with Remodernism, it will do it again.

When we come out of this manufactured crisis, there will be a mighty reckoning to do. It’s been very clarifying.

Remodernism is the cure for the Postmodern disease which practically ended us all.


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32 thoughts on “After the Hysteria Dies, What Rough Beast Slouches Towards Bethlehem To Be Born? The Answer Might Surprise You.

  1. Thanks for taking us from ‘glass darkly’ to ‘face to face’ for the vanguard.

    cc Stephen Hicks?

  2. Excellent article, but how do we “cast off” the unelected, mandarin class that has debased western civilization? Any possible future struggle may be futile. The critical mass of people who would need to stir themselves may be too small, and those few who first begin to fight must know that they will be crushed. Demographics also may also be impossible to overcome. The philosophy you espouse may mean little to those now coming to the west, most from cultures that have yet to experience the enlightenment. Again, what would be your plan?

  3. Sarah Hoyt linked me to you thru Instapundit. I surely agree with what you say. A few years back, I heard about The Frankfurt School for the first time and looked into it online. I found their mission statement:
    The Frankfurt School mission statement: “…to organize the intellectuals and use them to make Western civilization stink. Only then, after they have corrupted all its values and made life impossible, can we impose the dictatorship of the proletariat.” That came from here:

    Also, here is a transcription of a review of young Pablo Picasso’s art shown at a Russian gallery in 1918. Its title is “The Corpse of Beauty.” The review concludes with a reflection on the meaning of the gargoyles at Notre Dame.

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  5. Yep the Rough Beast came to my mind early on. I hope you’re right Richard, ’bout Remodernism, but I suspect the post of Postmodernism is set far too deep in the soil, or dirt, of present day culture to be dislodged.

    Me, I’m sitting up here on top of the world (North Pole,Alaska), sketching, painting, making, repairing stuff purely for my own pleasure, not trying to change the world, just trying to keep things right in my own back yard;

  6. This is now standard and mostly accurate historiography for where we are and how we got here. I myself have written in such terms, as have others. But you know what? I think writing so now is one of those things which is not wrong but is superficial. It gives, I think, undeserved credit to these twerps — soi-disant elites, — for thinking (twisted) and planning (malicious).

    Clearly, they are not serious statesmen, philosophers, lawyers, professors, reporters, or even, for a few, soldiers. Yet, I submit that these personalities and their ambitions are even less profound than “unserious.” I submit, rather, that they are no more serious or profound than hell-raisers. Slickly attractive and frighteningly dressed, but hell-raisers nonetheless.

    Lengthy historiography of their origins and objectives at this late date is not wrong with respect to hell-raisers, but also it is not helpful. Helpful is realizing their shallow roots and serving them a scorching heat. Man, woman, or child, a hell-raiser deserves being added to components of scorched earth.

  7. The great painter and traveler Nicholas Roerich created the phrase Peace Through Culture and a logo to go with it. This parallels your concept of Remodernism, or vice versa. His descendants maintain his legacy in painting and writing through a museum in NYC and through this organization:

  8. This current miasma is the eruption of the Fourth Turning, as described by Strauss and Howe in their book of the same name. Theirs is a fascinating view of the cycle of history ( as opposed to the lineal progressive view), that history is in 80 to 100 year cycles. Each Turning is 1/4 of that time. With every 4th turning is a crisis (last one in 1940-ish, before that 1860, 1776, 1680 (Glorious Revolution in GB), 1588 (Spanish Armada). 40 years later is a 2nd Turning is a spiritual awakening. The 1st Turning is a rebuilding of society period and the 3rd is called an unraveling, when society comes apart in preparation for the Crisis. Read their book.

  9. @1:02,
    Never give up hope. Hope is the one thing they truly fear. What’s happening here in this blog and the art movement it represents is the very essence of hope. They are LOSING!

  10. “The story of the 21st century will be the dismantling of centralized power.”

    There you got it – right there.

  11. Thank you, we are doing our best to present an alternative. Thanks for sharing some life in Alaska! So different than here in desert Phoenix AZ. I looked through your albums too, some very interesting things going on there, I appreciate it!

  12. When I was in pre-med at the University of California at San Diego back in the mid ’70s, Herbert Marcuse – one of the “fathers” of postmodernism – was ensconced there as a visiting professor, and feted as a god. I had to fake my way through a philosophy class (I loved philosophy back then), because the professor had his nose buried in Marcuse’s fundament, and would have failed me instantly, and tried to have me thrown out or Revelle College if I had expressed my true opinion of Marcuse’s diseased mind.

    Postmodernism is far more deadly than the CCP/Wuhan virus, and needs to be excised from American culture. It may be painful, and will definitely leave a scar, but is necessary to prevent the death of America, and American exceptionalism.

  13. […] This is now standard and mostly accurate historiography for where we are and how we got here.  I myself have written in such terms, as have others.  But you know what?  I think writing so now is one of those things which is not wrong but is superficial.  It gives, I think, undeserved credit to these hell-raisers — soi-disant elites — for thinking (twisted) and planning (malicious). […]

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