Dr. Chodakiewicz addresses the crisis of Western Civilization at Canisius College

March 13, 2012  |  KOSCIUSZKO CHAIR

On Thursday, 23 February, Dr. Marek Chodakiewicz delivered a lecture entitled "Crisis Today: An International Perspective" at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY.

He defined the crisis as a revolution, consisting in various phenomena (usually negative) threatening the status quo. These converge and overlap on multiple levels, including the spiritual, social, political, and economic. The essential feature of this crisis is the undermining of the notion of an absolute, transcendental, and objective truth, i.e. - relativity. This Weltanschauung was exemplified by Rahm Emmanuel's sinister claim that "you never want a serious crisis to go to waste" or George Soros' cynical boast that he is "having a very good crisis." Such sentiments echo to great degree Lenin's dialectical dictum that no "good" or "evil" exists, save for whatever furthers the cause of the revolution, which, in turn, becomes the "good."

The crisis is also one of faith and identity, which impacts the West, i.e. both the US and Europe, and the post-Soviet sphere and the Far East (e.g. Japan). Traditional notions of truth, family, religion, and patriotism continue to be undermined by radicals, who have eventually become "mainstream." Because the United States is the most powerful and influential country in the world, the manifestations of counter-cultural pathologies are necessarily projected abroad.

These trends are even stronger in the European Union, which demonstrates a clear penchant for centralizing and technocratic solutions. The main thrust of these policies is the denationalization and demobilization of Europeans to dissolve the continent's nation-states in a top-down federal superstate.

Japan, meanwhile, struggles not only with an economic crisis, but a geopolitical one as well. As Communist China's power and influence throughout the world waxes and a jingoistic, Stalinist rogue regime continues to retain power in North Korea, Japan's position appears precarious indeed.

Simultaneously, former Soviet Bloc countries face not only the continuity of many communist pathologies (communism transformed = post-communism), but also an aggressive influx of counter-cultural trends which happen to originate from the West (despite their fierce opposition to traditional Western values). At this point, Putin appears wedded to rebuilding the Soviet Empire, but his ultimate success will depend on his ability to overcome the moral damages wrought by communism and Russia's low birthrate.

Africa currently finds itself in a hellish situation, as AIDS destroys its population, and the rise of aggressive Islamism and genocidal warlords (such as the infamous Joseph Kony) further destabilize the continent. Compared to Africa, Latin America is in a (relatively) better position, although Marxist leaders (e.g. Hugo Chavez) and revolutionary movements (e.g. FARC) signify trouble ahead.

The current global crisis is obviously complex and multi-faceted. No simple, comprehensive solutions can be offered, but, as Dr. Chodakiewicz argues, the first step to recovery asking ourselves introspectively: "Who are we?" Since the crisis is primarily, although by no means exclusively, spiritual, the answer lies first and foremost with individual human beings as moral agents.