The Noble Initiative
An Experiment in Rebuilding the Aristocracy from Nothing
By John Maelstrom
This article was originally published in Aristokratia Vol. III
It’s not that organization is something foreign to us. We have armed forces that are organized, business and non-profit corporations that are organized, we even have clubs where people show off their canine companions and compete for prizes – again, organized. They make it look easy too. Organization is in our blood and there will come a day when we achieve it for our own purpose. It’s the nature of the organization that is the sticking point for us.
We are Traditionalists in an age completely inverted to what we seek. We want kings who love and care for their people, not occult oligarchs who rule by virtue of the money they print. Myself? I’m looking for nothing less than an avatar of God; a being kings and high priests around the world bow to.
As much as I hoped for it, it didn’t take long for me to realize just because someone manages to build a pretty website doesn’t mean they are king or avatar material. Coaxing this leader out from wherever he’s hiding was going to take practice. We would have to start small and we would have to learn to be satisfied with quality growth, which would happen slowly at a time when demographic pressures and abuses from all of the institutions scream to us that we need to build quickly. If quality over quantity means anything, we will have to resist this urge.
As discouraging as that sounds, it’s worse.
The aristocracies of the past at least had the benefit of a divinity playing a part in who would rule, or more importantly, why you should let him rule and do what he says. Most of us, even the devout church goer, may as well be an atheist when compared to those minds of the past and the solidity of their belief. We’re hyper-rational today. If there is no reason to have faith in a man or a woman, we drop them.
We are looking for reasons to not believe rather than those of the past who sought reasons to believe. In a world with no gods we need to make one of ourselves and too often that entails playing the “Jealous God” card. Idols to other gods must be destroyed, so the story goes. Enter the endless civil war of Traditionalist and Nationalist mouthpieces.
The Seed is Planted
Just like the name says, we seek to build a new nobility – a new priesthood too, but more on that later. We’re humble enough to admit this is only a start and it will not be perfect. However, we all know perfectionists and we all know how much they end up accomplishing while racking themselves with their fears and doubts. We’re moving past that. We’ll move slowly but we will move. The following are some of the principles and practices we are attempting to follow while on this quest. Keep in mind, with every step we take in defining ourselves and defining what we hope to accomplish we run the risk of the entire enterprise collapsing.
Until we find and successfully pull our Excalibur from the stone, authority for us has to be invented. Can one be considered a leader when the number of men and women he administers is insignificant? When any one of them can pick up their ball and go home any time they please, as some have?
He or she can call himself that but it carries no weight. Much as we claim to hate it, we are Modernists. “No man is greater than I!” says the Every King.
As we believe so shall it be. God and the individual might not have a hold on Modern man anymore but there is something that does bind us – a group. To be like the group we will go into debt and buy things the group finds attractive. To be like the group we will alter our wardrobe, style our hair differently, and shave. A group of police beating my door down at 4 AM will certainly command my respect, and a group of millions voting against me in the last election might have earned my scorn but I respect the group enough to allow the inauguration ceremonies to go on as planned without my violent interference. There might only be a few thousand of us in the entire world at this point in time yet we carefully craft these essays to appeal to . . . a group. In this early stage then what is needed is a place-holding group of men and women more committed to the idea than to any one man or woman. This is what we call our Regency Council. It’s a group, and yes, it’s better than you, Mister and Miss Individual. It is a body of twelve men and women who are committed to the mission of building the nobility and priesthood of the next age, after this Kali Yuga runs its course.
Members of this council simultaneously exist in the rank and file membership and climb the hierarchy or stay where they are based on their merits. In other words, being first to the party and having a seat on the council doesn’t make one a leader. It is the council, not the people on it, who are the authority. When the council acts, that is our law. In time councilors will retire, or quit out of exhaustion, and they will be replaced by the highest ranking members of either the nobility or the priesthood, again existing in two stations at once – on the council and in the station they have earned in their hierarchy.
This Regency Council will remain in place to ensure stability, provide a guiding hand, and to hold the place of authority the new highest ranking nobles and priests can swear fealty to. At some future date when our numbers are such that we have our first duke or bishop, who will he or she swear fealty to without a king in place yet?
The Regency Council
Three or four decades from now, the patriarchs of our priesthood and the kings of our nobility will seal themselves away in a conclave of caste chieftains. There they will remain until they discover that avatar among themselves. On that day the Regency Council will dissolve. Mission accomplished.
Becoming a Noble
While the noble aristocracy was officially killed off in the early 20th century, and probably ended centuries before that in a spiritual regard, traits of nobility are everywhere, even among the common folk. This should come as no surprise to us, the nobles of the past didn’t only plant their seeds in the gardens assigned to them after all. If there is any trait, however, that defines a noble and indeed must be present in the priesthood too, it is stewardship. These high castes were charged with providing spiritual and administrative guidance over the lower casts in the golden and silver ages. If one is not willing to be a steward over the lost and confused perhaps it’s best he remain in the growing ranks of misanthropes waiting for the Apocalypse. Cranks, hermits, and those shy to the point of being crippled need not apply.
To help this process along we adopt what we call wards. Each man and woman joining our ranks selects around ten neighbors to practice their stewardship skills on. These need to be people outside of your household. They cannot be your best friend living 300 miles away. As a general rule, if they fall ill and you can bring them a bowl of chicken soup, they can be your ward. For some of you these wards will be the ten college singles in the apartments around yours. For others all ten might be in one home with lots of children. The Duggar family would require two nobles to properly steward over them. Mine are the occupants of three nearby households.
What do you do with them? Are you just their nurse maid when someone in their home catches the flu? Simply ask yourself, “What can I do to generate that good PR?”
You could help with yard work if your wards are away on vacation. Give advice if they are having car troubles. Invite them over for game night. Imagine a time fifty years ago when people did that sort of thing and do it. We are constantly lamenting the loss of community in our cities. It’s time we build this up ourselves. If you select your wards wisely you might be able to actually share your views with them, though this is not a requirement. It should also be noted that in the stewardship of your wards you are not required to undertake acts that may lead to you losing your employment and primary responsibility to members of your own household. This is primarily an exercise in outreach. In time – it may take years – you will begin to win some hearts over and you will be able to recruit one or more of your wards to the cause. They, in turn, will adopt their own wards in that neighborhood. Before you know it you may run that neighborhood and most of your neighbors will be none the wiser, much as they are none the wiser today about the bankers currently ruling their country.
Being confident in your views and calm comes across as courageous and this is attractive, even infectious. Consider the Mormon Church. While none of us know what their council of twelve apostles, or their quorum of seventy, or their president-prophet is up to behind closed doors, we are treated to their agenda twice per year on television in what they call their General Conference. If you like what you see there, at any time you may call a number and a pair of young men or women will be happy to tell you all about their agenda. This mission these young people are on serves as their rite of passage ceremony too, meaning they are adults upon their return; something we could certainly use in our own culture creation.
If, as the cranks hope, a single event takes place that acts as a reset button, you can be sure that while the rest of us scramble to feed our families and keep looters at bay, the Mormons will not only survive but thrive because they already have this hierarchy in place. A prophet-king, apostle-princes, dukes, counts, and a legion of knights willing to die for what they feel is right, as they recently demonstrated at the Bundy Ranch standoff with U.S. Armed forces.
I don’t mean to make the point that our situations are identical to the Mormons. They are not. My point is confidence must be developed if we are to grow in quality. And confidence will come naturally once we know we are performing good works as well as spreading truth.
Countering that Minx: Democracy
Any movement hoping to endure through the ages needs to operate in accord with Nature. You simply can’t abuse a large mob of people – especially a mob! – and hope for longevity. Rebellions will take place and, even if the mob loses, occult forces will take advantage of the turmoil and undermine the authority in power at the time. This is how we ended up here in the first place. When the aristocracy became noted for their decadence over their chivalry and courage, the lower castes rightfully detected a bloated hog ready for slaughter.
People – all people – regard themselves as having some value. If they didn’t think this they would have committed suicide. Democracy is so seductive because it plays to our belief that we have value when in truth our value is miniscule. Never mind that their vote doesn’t matter. What matters is that they think their vote matters. This satisfies the desire for respect even the street addict, willing to exchange a vote for a sandwich, demands. The oligarchs capitalized on this nicely and thus put the monarchists in a tough spot.
Selling the idea to a horde of millions that their vote not only doesn’t matter but will no longer even be sought, is a non-starter. Bad ideas like democracy, pop music, and gay marriage, once out of their tubes are difficult to squeeze back in. You can hope they die a natural death like disco, but if you are feeling really bold you can kill a bad idea. To do this all you have to do is present something better. In our case we continue to crusade against mass democracy, exposing it as the fraud it is to undermine the powers that be. In turn we offer a democracy where their vote really does matter and will be used to discover this new true aristocracy.
We first take it as a given that the old method for determining ranks of nobility – parentage, birth order, and marriage – were corruptions, hence their messy collapse.
Quality is not something we are completely numb to, though it is tempting to believe so. We still recognize merit and virtue. Arrange a flash mob where a professional choir emerges on a busy street and begins belting out Handel’s Messiah within earshot of a crowd and everyone will stop to listen.
Something tells me Pussy Riot never commanded this same sort of respect. Those who don’t flee their “performance” will likely only remain in hopes of witnessing a violent arrest.
While virtues can be faked before a large audience using soundbites and carefully orchestrated media appearances, faking it on a personal level is very difficult. We pick up on the subtlest clues which can either spell “red flag” and compel us to flee, or lead to genuine friendships.
In the Noble Initiative we practice a form of democracy that operates on a very small scale. We call this a gathering. A body of six to twelve nobles gathers together, in person if possible, but online will do for now while we are scattered and only now realizing how numerous we are.
A gathering then is designed to be able to meet comfortably in a modest home or even in an online video conferencing room, where the enemy is not able to operate without violating private property or, at least in America, ending up shot.
It is a serendipitous benefit then that this size of gathering is conducive to a comfortable, free-flowing exchange of ideas and allows the nobles present to make the best evaluations possible of fellow peers. We take ample time to size one another up and then vote to promote a man or woman to leadership of that gathering. No rush. No election day deadline. This is carried out organically when the time is perceived as right. And yes, your vote is guaranteed to count since you will be voicing it aloud. But it will only count at the level where it is appropriate. Members, at whichever tier, only vote for the leader of their gathering, not two tiers up, not two gatherings over.
Obviously voting for one’s self is also forbidden since you could easily end up in a deadlock where a majority or super-majority vote is impossible with every member receiving only one vote, their own.
This newly promoted leader not only heads the men and women who promoted him, he is in charge of their wards as well. Some situations will require more than one noble’s efforts to help with after all. If ten nobles are needed and ten are local and able, this second tier leader should be able to coordinate such an effort.
The recently promoted leader now exists in two roles – he is the leader of those who just promoted him, meeting with them regularly, and he is a peer in a new gathering composed of men and women also promoted to this second tier. When these nobles of the second tier number somewhere between six to twelve, and they have had ample time to evaluate one another for merits and virtue, they will once again vote to promote someone, this time to the third tier.
Let us take a moment to examine these numbers assuming an average of nine members per gathering. That 3rd tier leader would head eight 2nd tier nobles and their sixty-four 1st tier nobles, for a total of 72 nobles. In addition to the ten wards that 3rd tier leader stewards over himself, he also helps to administer the roughly 720 wards of the nobles in his charge. I leave it to the reader to play with this model up to the 7th and 8th tiers of leadership. One can only imagine the quality of individual that makes it to that point in the first place. Suffice it to say at this point we are dealing with real numbers in terms of nobles under this person’s leadership and their accompanying wards. At this point, you have a real king.
An additional responsibility of our leadership is coordination of splits that are demanded by the gathering size limit of twelve we’ve imposed upon ourselves Splits of gatherings should happen first with consideration to geography, then language, and finally social compatibility. The various secession movements gaining momentum in Europe and North America are no longer something to yearn for, they will be a way of life for us; expected as a normal course of nature.
Invest in laminated physical maps of the Earth and erasable markers because our borders will change fairly often – peacefully this time.
Quality Over Quantity
To keep this organic territorial splitting at manageable levels requires managed growth. This ties in closely with the quality growth alluded to earlier in this piece. The worst thing that could happen to us, or any movement seeking to overturn the existing order, is overnight popularity. These sorts of grass-roots movements have a way of quickly being hijacked by professionals who steer the movement to impotence, but not before fleecing the enthusiastic membership of every penny they can. We don’t want the money of our members. We want them focusing their energies into consolidation. They must focus on their wards and on evaluating their peers for merits that could mean leadership potential. Then, when ready, growth of a new tier. We don’t seek to explode with energy in hopes of swaying one election. We hope to maintain a steady pace of enthusiasm for a movement that will endure for thousands of years.
With that in mind we observe the following practices for ourselves.
Leave your Rolodex at home. Our members need to be active enough to recruit at least one new noble to the cause per year, but no more than four that same year. This practice is designed to exercise your eye for quality and group compatibility. Some members could probably marshal thirty new members overnight, launching themselves from tier 1 newbie to almost tier 3 leadership overnight. We don’t need that. Seismic shifts in power like this are more likely to lead to desertion than camaraderie and consolidation.
New recruits to the Noble Initiative are in a probationary state for the first four months after their recruitment. This allows time for a rapport to be built with the other members of the gathering; a necessity if we hope to build cooperation along with growth. This also prevents the possibility of a runaway chain reaction of recruiting that could have the same effect as some member recruiting 1,000 members of his Facebook friends list one evening. For example, if we didn’t have this probationary period recruit number one could recruit four people his first day in the Noble Initiative. The next day those four recruit sixteen, those sixteen recruit sixty four, sixty-four recruit 256, etc. This is not strong organic growth, this is cancer.
Finally, the territorial aspect of the Noble Initiative (the nobles’ wards, ward households, geography, language) demands we seek a pace of growth that can properly balance these factors and arrive at territorial divisions that make sense and can be adhered to by all concerned. If our own borders are shifting on a daily basis members quickly grow confused and the leadership is undermined by the apparent chaos.
Keep Your Coin
This is perhaps the most revolutionary stance of ours. We don’t want your money funneled into some central location. If someone wants money, start a business and feel free to market it to the community. Otherwise, spend your money on your wards, noble! Throw a potluck. Buy and share some literature they may benefit from. Help someone with groceries. The best thing you could do for the Noble Initiative is help us grow in quality and make this organization something our grandchildren, to the hundredth generation, will be proud to be born into. If there emerges an immediate need for funds for some project that benefits the group, at whatever division, an appeal can be made then and there. But there shall be no membership dues required other than your adherence to quality and your commitment to the cause in spite of personality conflicts and other such childishness that plagues this movement.
We are entering the age of crypto and alternative currencies. Once you come to the understanding that the currencies in mainstream circulation today are actually energy tools used to facilitate control over you and are manipulated to halt the spread of ideas that threaten the regime, it makes no sense to chase dollars or euros. That only strengthens the enemy. In the future we will pursue these alternative means to apply our own energies toward our own goals.
With the advent of social networking many of us have become sounding boards for bad news or participants in debates that have no real world consequence. This is an energy trap and one of the obstacles the Noble Initiative seeks to overcome is channeling the energy of our members into real world action. This is difficult because we’ve all grown comfortable with this. At worst you may have a Facebook account shut down for a few days for politically incorrect content but otherwise we all tend to operate somewhat safely in this mode; a comfort in what appears to be a world growing with danger.
We lack mythos. Our Regency Council serves as a temporary authority until higher tiers of leadership develop but we need a narrative that explains why this way of organizing is superior. Building a hierarchy is not enough. Our people need to know why that hierarchy is necessary, where it worked before and why it will work this time. If this reasoning is lost in some obscure Edda or saga of the Slavs we must dig it up. One of the issues our membership discusses then is the creation of two hierarchies. One would spell out and propagate this narrative. They would be our philosophers and educators. The spiritual needs of our membership and wards would be addressed by them. They would be our priest caste and they would be charged with filling in the gaps between what was written ages ago in the Rig Veda, casting the narrative of the Old Testament aside in favor of our own Greek philosophers, and filling in the long history between Paul’s ministry, the conversion of Rome, Britannia, Germania, the Slavs, and carrying us through to the conversion of Lithuania. They would educate our people through dark tales too – our gradual fall beginning with the Great Schism, through the Renaissance, into the Enlightenment, finally culminating with the Judeo-Anglo-American empire and the slaughters of the 20th century.
It would be the greatest story ever told.
The nobility then would serve as administrators and community organizers. They might be more charismatic types, rather than scholarly. We have yet to outline this though or develop tests that might determine what career caste one may choose.
With each act of policy or attempt at clarification on the part of the Regency we run the risk of losing membership. It only takes disagreement on a minor point and one is ready to throw his race to the wolves rather than fight for it with others who only agree with him eighty percent of the time.
As the Noble Initiative grows we get the sense these must have been the fears of all would be leaders and gurus these many decades since the West received its deathblow. As if by dark magic that terrible war somehow created a world where everything became instant – instant coffee, instant entertainment, instant food, and all instantly “vaporizable” with a nuke. Building a cathedral over the course of centuries was inconceivable to us now. No matter how much such a work of art and statement of beauty inspired those viewing it, our people couldn’t imagine such an undertaking being worth it anymore. Did we learn such a terrible lesson, that life was fleeting and just too brutal to think long-term anymore?
I believe so.
We’ve come to behave as the sick man who no longer has the will to climb out of bed. There is no long-term for him. The Noble Initiative is not that same sick man finding a new will to stand again. It is the grand child watching and learning in sadness. It is finding its confidence and climbing to its feet. It promises to stumble and fall many times.
Very soon though, this child will walk, and before the old man dies he will not only hear the sound of his grandchild’s feet stomping down the hall, he will hear hammer hitting stone.
The cathedrals will rise once more.