People interested in the revival of Western Culture usually focus on the various political and cultural aspects of the problem, which are certainly vital and worthy. A different focus, one that White activists almost always overlook, consists of the actual material, the sine qua non, of the future: children. There are two basic problems connected with the biological perpetuation of the race and culture. The first is, how to motivate and enable men and women to form stable marriages and have children, and the second is, how to raise the children to become mature adults who will perpetuate the White race and Western Culture. In our circles (not to mention the wider culture) not much effort is devoted to either of these problems, especially the second. I have found, to my disgust and horror, that very few parents give much thought to the proper raising of children. To my way of thinking—the Germanic tendency that places everything under periodic reevaluation—that deficiency is appalling. Every badly trained child is a tragedy, a tragedy that ripples through the wider society and down the generations. Therefore, I would like to address the art of raising children.
I offer this advice because I was fortunate enough to snare a bride in my early middle age (finally!), and become father to six children. From the first, I have approached fatherhood with the utmost seriousness, knowing that I am responsible for six souls, and also from a sense of pride, desiring to show the world the mettle of my lineage. Mostly, however, I trained my children the best I could because I loved them and wanted them to have the best chance of success. I must say that all the principles I outline below are just that, principles; my wife and I strove to abide by them, but we were far from perfect in their observance. Stuff happens with six kids, believe me. However, we followed them well enough that adults who interact with our children literally rave about their maturity and competence. (I am not bragging about “my” great work as a parent; I know very well that the good reputation of my children comes partly from a low prevailing standard, and that my children are themselves partly responsible for the formation of their character. I also believe that the grace of God was a crucial element. The only credit I claim is being aware of the issues and doing my best.)
I will discuss the raising of children under three headings (interspersed with my own experiences). Children need moral, social, and political formation. The last of these really falls under the second, but the times call for me to develop it at greater length. I will not offer a comprehensive treatment under all headings, but only certain issues I think are most important.
Moral Training of Children
There are many areas in which children need moral training, but the foundation is obedience. It is absolutely essential that children learn to obey. From this flows much else: respect for others and self-control among the most important. Obedience is fundamental because precious little training can be done without a willing spirit of obedience in the subject.
The good news is that obedience is actually easy to teach. When our children began to crawl, they would reach for things we didn’t want them to touch. We did not “child-proof” our house; we “house-proofed” our children. We taught them the word “no.” When a child touched something we didn’t want him to, we taught him what “no” meant by repeating the word and lightly smacking his hand when he reached for the forbidden item. We repeated the process until he got the message. Trust me, your life as a parent will become radically easier with this method. Children being children, of course, the lesson will bear repeating, but parents must remain steadfast. Consistency is essential.
Obedience is a matter of the heart, not the lips. That means children must not mutter and complain while obeying. That is not true obedience, but defiance.
As for spankings, yes, they will be necessary (it must be said) because children will test the rules and defy lesser punishments. Spanking is highly effective; it commands the respect of the recalcitrant and puts an end to the episode, which other methods tend to drag out. It is the ultimate assertion of the parents’ authority. Spanking is far better than the ridiculous “timeouts” and counting to three that make parents look so pathetic. Naturally, they should not be frequent or harsh.
I sometimes see parents struggling with their children to make them obey. Repeatedly putting them back into a seat, pushing them to sit up straight, etc. This is ridiculous; it reduces the parent to the level of the child, annihilating at one stroke the parent’s dignity and authority. If once you engage in a physical tussle with a child, where will it end? If I desire something from a child, I tell him what I want, and expect the child to do it. If he does not, he swiftly learns a needed lesson. It’s very simple.
When punishing, repeat very clearly to the child the offense and the behavior expected. Never punish without explanation. Use it as a teaching tool, which is, of course, its purpose.
After obedience comes duty. Children must learn that work is an inescapable part of life, and parents may as well start early. There are two principles here: first, it is fitting that everyone in the family pitch in with chores. Parents should give small children small tasks and carefully teach them how to do them. My children are excellent helpers who lessen my wife’s burden (without taxing them too much; children are not servants). The second principle is that children should do everything for themselves that lies within their capacity. A parent should not be dressing an eight-year-old, for instance, or cleaning the room of a twelve-year-old. My wife and I have extended this practice to earning money. Our children are moving into their teenage years, and we have solicited paying jobs for them. The boys mow lawns, and the girls babysit and provide domestic help. They earn a good deal of money for their ages, and now they can pay for summer camp and other items themselves.
Finally, we attend church and steep our children in the ancient Faith. The practice of religion is associated with a wide range of social and individual benefits. We send our youngsters to a private Catholic school and they naturally study religion there. I view discussions in the home about moral and religious issues as extremely important, and we engage in them frequently. The idea is to build the intellectual framework alongside the active habit of virtue, to build tough, mature, and resilient personalities.
Avoiding Modern Pitfalls
Let’s turn to more contemporary issues. We do not have a TV in the house. To allow our children to watch TV—which essentially portrays little more than the coarse, immoral, and sickening outlook on life promoted by our media elites—would be criminal as well as hypocritical. Television is also a frightful waste of time. Did you know that over the course of a 75-year life, the average American will spend thirteen years watching television? We are not Puritans, however; we occasionally allow our children to watch older movies (basically pre-1970) and documentaries (nature and science, not history) on a computer.
We don’t listen to rock music, something I grew up on. We listen to classical, old folk, and old country. I can’t prevent them from listening to modern “music” when they grow up, but I don’t want to spoil their young ears for the higher forms of music. I hope that this will make rock and rap alien to their ears.
We will not have video games, either. Our kids read a great deal, ride bikes, explore the woods, and play with legos. They talk, argue, write letters, and draw. They live life, in other words.
We allow our children some internet time, but strictly limit it. There is one laptop in the living room, and they can request to play a YouTube playlist of music or look at clothes or other approved items on Amazon. The boys look at videos on Rubik’s Cube or chess. At all times, we know what sites they are visiting and what they are doing.
What about smart phones? Social media? These are non-starters. Smart phones have internet; social media is almost entirely frivolous. They can make those choices for themselves when they reach adulthood, armed with a good moral foundation.
I put a high value on quiet. There’s nothing like a house that hums with hushed activity, everyone doing a chore or engaged in a hobby. Leave off the constant music and the buzz of the TV, and see how peaceful it is. A person can think.
Social Training of Children
Under this heading come well-known concepts of behavior, such as treating others with charity and respect, how to cultivate friendships, and social responsibility. I don’t wish to elaborate on these as they are pretty generic and obvious. Some may base this on the vague American quasi-religion called “Being a Good Person”; we base it on Christianity.
There is another topic that is almost wholly forgotten—family honor and loyalty. I try to inculcate in my children the idea that they belong to a family, a living entity extending both backwards and forwards in time. I try to foster the idea that they must strive to uphold the good reputation of the family. A good sense of family pride, I believe, raises the stakes for everyone, impelling good behavior and keener efforts. I think this also promotes a subtle strengthening of the concept of family identity, of pride in the components of our heritage. Who are we? An exploration of identity opens many windows of meaning; it is a fundamental question with its roots in the deepest reaches of human life. I tell my children we are Catholic, American, German, and White. The powerful but unspoken idea is, let us keep it that way. If we have pride in our identity we would not desire to change any of its elements. One aim (among others) is to make the prospect of an interracial marriage seem quite foreign, even unthinkable. If it is legitimate to desire Christian and American grandchildren, why is it illegitimate to also desire White ones?
Political Training of Children
How are we to educate children about the more controversial realities of modern political life, including race and the Jewish question, without inducing them to overreact? The task calls for great care; children have a tendency to latch on to the most radical idea and forget the nuances. It would be disastrous for a family to have a child in school declaiming how bad the Jews or Blacks are. Yet the fact is we cannot send youngsters into the world ignorant of these matters if they are to help defend their nation, culture and race.
This is not an easy project. I started too early and too strongly with my kids and had to backtrack a bit.
It is best if the father knows his stuff in this sphere and is able to discuss it rationally and calmly. No wild conspiracy theories, just good conversations touching on history, culture, and politics. If done in the right manner, the story itself will reveal the grandeur of White culture (emphasize the positive!) and the nature of the threats that besiege us. The particular topics we White advocates wish to broach need not be—should not be—dwelt upon dramatically, in conspiratorial tones, but simply as a matter of course.
If the parents don’t know much history, well, start reading! Yet much can be done even with this handicap. These topics needn’t be covered in great detail; broad strokes covering the main points will do. Kids don’t need to be told everything. Good books can cover a lot of gaps and spark lifelong interest. Youngsters should read enough to become familiar with the overall sweep of history, with the history of their own country, and the lives of the great men. Conversations can then proceed based on their reading. My kids read voraciously and they love to talk history and politics with me.
I have made a start with my children on the main themes: the achievements and uniqueness of Western Culture; the fact that Whites created the West; that non-White cultures around the world have significant-to-great differences from White culture; that human races are clearly different in many ways, but that no race is superior or inferior to others in all things (I fudge a bit here in favor of non-Whites in the interests of charity; later they will get more details; I do leave them with no doubt that I think the White race is the greatest); that the Jews rejected their own Messiah and are now “adversaries to all men” with their own agenda that often conflicts with ours. I also talk about the present-day situation a bit, geared to younger minds, of course.
The subjects of Jews and race can be pretty thorny. For young minds, a distinction must be made between groups and individuals. The tendencies and actions of a group as a whole don’t necessarily say anything at all about an individual member of the group. Awareness and self-defense against such a group is legitimate, but stormy emotions like resentment or hatred just lead to error and fanaticism. The aim is to prepare the next generation spiritually and philosophically for action against the enemies of Western Culture, not to foster hatred or contempt. A war is best fought coolly. Towards our own, we can have overflowing emotion: love, primarily. Towards a threat, we need a clear head, devoid of turbulence.
My principle is this: for groups that are hostile to our culture and people, we may exercise aversion, but towards individuals, charity.
It is heartbreaking to think of all the Whites—third-generation victims of the 1960s social revolution—who cannot find a mate, or who have already run through several, and left behind poor, lost, children amidst the wreckage of their failure, who will never have a sustaining pride in their family, race, and culture, let alone a normal existence. Will these abandoned children then pursue no other course but to replicate the tragedy? I have seen so many White lives wasted; so many blank-eyed, dirty White children. Where did the cycle begin? And where will it end?
This cycle of tragedy can end only with the multiplication of good, strong, dutiful families, headed by real men. If we cannot form such families, no amount of political or cultural work will have an effect, for there will be no one to respond to the call. Let us get to work with renewed energy, keeping in mind that what White men have done in the past, we can do in the future.