The Bellocian Thesis

It was to be the discovery of the writings of Hilaire Belloc which opened the door on a new thinking for me. Marx had claimed that the power of his social critique was that he had turned Hegel upside down. This was an application of what Nietzsche had defined as that necessary element for social renewal, the transvaluation of all values. With exactly the same ease of media control which Stalin had employed in air-brushing Trotsky out of photographs showing the Revolution’s founding fathers, the capitalist elite had re-designed Belloc as an eccentric Edwardian poet of enchanting children’s verses. By mid-century, all his works of political theory and politico-historical analysis had been quietly dropped out of print. One of his most important works, published in 1912, ‘The Servile State’, is still available from a small publisher in the USA. His ‘Shorter History of England’, ‘Monarchy’, and his study of the three great Stuart kings remain inaccessible, their liberating insights still withheld from our enslaved century.

Perhaps the first clue that I had, to indicate that the whole political model that was being proffered to the human race was not merely a lie but a construct designed to prevent examination, critique and transformation of that corrupt society, was the day I stood in front of the Cenotaph in Whitehall and read with amazement its epitaph. This meaningless memorial slab, voided of all religious symbolism, had carved on it the following directive: ‘One day we will understand.’ Following a four-year holocaust through the mutual suicide of the European peoples, far from being given an explanation, the survivors were being told not to find out what happened. Understanding was an affair deferred. The ritual of two minutes’ silence represented a nihilistic confirmation of non-comprehension and a numb helplessness. As the century plunged deeper and deeper into that increasing darkness which is almost total today, the nihilism of silence rituals proliferated across the world, stunning people at everything from the death of a football hero to memorialising a natural disaster. Do not ask. Do not question. One day you will understand.

What Belloc defined as the Money-power has brilliantly taken control of the world. It has set itself not only above government, but has actually placed government as something within its purchasing power. The Bellocian thesis binds together three inseparable necessary conditions for a political transvaluation of all values. The first is the sweeping-aside of atheism through a recovery of True Religion. The second is the restoration of Monarchy. He states:

‘The coming generations must learn, all over again, the meaning of that permanent human figure, A Ruler.’

The third is the breaking and dismantling of the Money-power of bankism.

He explains:

‘Napoleon said it: “The only institution ever devised by men for mastering the Money-power in the State, is Monarchy”. It is obviously true and is the most practically important of all political truths.’

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