Which Way Western Man?

Posted in Action / Culture / Literature / Reviews on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 by Joel Höglund

Which Way Western Man?

Which Way Western Man? is a collection of essays written by William Gayley Simpson and revised over many decades, first published in 1978. The latest edition was published by National Vanguard in 2003, but it seems almost impossible to find a physical copy at a reasonable price today. Luckily, the full text is made available as a pdf at nationalvanguard.org and various other sites.

This is actually the book that inspired me to start this website in the first place.

The beginning chapters are autobiographical, describing his own spiritual journey and providing helpful guidance and motivation for others wanting to follow in his footsteps - or much rather their own! The rest of the book is a surprisingly thorough analysis of the social issues that weighs on down on the shoulders of western man.

Although this may come off as a mixed compote, it is perfectly in line with Simpson's thesis. Any (religious) guide that aims to be complete, needs to take into account all aspects of human life.

There is a direct analogy in his analysis of Jesus Christ and Christendom. At least to the young Simpson, Jesus was a man that was very far from a lamb. Having never been much of a christian myself, I must say that this part gave me some much needed understanding of the New Testament. If Jesus indeed was all the man that he is worshiped to be, he would not necessarily be the only one of that kind. Other mystics have shared very similar experiences and Simpson suggests that we also look to men such as Buddha, William Blake, Dante and Nietzsche and see if their words are really that much different. Perhaps the role of the father and the son is not really that exclusive as the priests might have you believe?

According to Simpson, it was this experience, this other-worldly and wonderful and terrifying experience that Jesus was really most interested in spreading to a select few, namely his disciples. He had little care for the masses, whom he realized were to a large degree spiritually inert. The message of Jesus was not one of compassion and earthly things, but of the struggle of finding the Father and the Kingdom of Heaven within yourself.

The social functions, which may very well be the essence of Christianity to most church-goers, seems to have little to do with what was Jesus Christ, but was added in to fill the vacuum. Ironically, the true spiritual message was forgotten in the process.

Simpson's message to us is that for a religion to be complete it must take into account both the spiritual journey of the higher men, and the social issues of the masses.

And I believe that is what he himself attempts to do with this book.

Simpson slowly moved away from Jesus. Although Christ always will be a part of his and Western Man's journey, he argues that there are teachers of our own blood, who would suit us better. Stories of our own spirit, which could move us more easily and further than any foreign myths could ever do.

The book continues into the social issues, which really constitutes the majority of the book. Here he does not shy away from any issue affecting Western Man. It is very well researched with hundreds of footnotes, and although much of science has come further since the time of his writing, I'd say that the overall image is just as true today, at least to those who have eyes to see with. Even so, it might be the brutal honesty and intensity with which he attacks these subjects that impresses me the most.

From the merits of democracy (or lack thereof), to gender roles and the good marriage, meaninglessness of the economic man, eugenics and race into the Jewish question, he leaves no stone unturned.

A man must either be extremely wise and knowing already or extremely ignorant, not to find a new perspective on things in this book.

Although the book certainly has some years to it, and probably felt old already when it was first published in 1978, the issues detailed are from solved. If anything, Western Man has only managed to dig himself deeper into the hole of denial.

As the New Right/Real Right/Alt Right is quickly becoming the active force of this century, I would suggest this book as an exhaustive guide to everyone who wants to see the new Western Man live.

Come for the social issues, stay for the spiritual journey!

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