"It is no flippancy to say of the god Pan that he soon showed the cloven hoof."

In which the 21st century continues its conspiracy to prove right a host of early-20th century British conservatives. Yesterday it may have been Kipling or Lewis. Today it's G. K. Chesterton.
Augustus Sol Invictus, Floridian former lawyer and current Libertarian candidate for Senate, once described himself as “of genius intellect,” “God’s gift to humankind where the English language is concerned,” and “everything you ever wanted to be.” Critics describe him as “a self-proclaimed fascist” and “absolute insanity.” One time, he killed a goat and drank its blood.

Other members of the Libertarian party, in an effort to disown Invictus and his calls for open revolt against the government, have repeatedly brought up rumors that Invictus participated in a pagan sacrifice. And now, according to the AP, he’s owned up to it: “I did sacrifice a goat. I know that’s probably a quibble in the mind of most Americans,” he said. “I sacrificed an animal to the god of the wilderness ... Yes, I drank the goat’s blood.”
Chesterton wrote:
All the same, it will be as well if Jones does not worship the sun and moon. If he does, there is a tendency for him to imitate them; to say, that because the sun burns insects alive, he may burn insects alive....

Nature worship is natural enough while the society is young, or, in other words, Pantheism is all right as long as it is the worship of Pan. But Nature has another side which experience and sin are not slow in finding out, and it is no flippancy to say of the god Pan that he soon showed the cloven hoof. The only objection to Natural Religion is that somehow it always becomes unnatural. A man loves Nature in the morning for her innocence and amiability, and at nightfall, if he is loving her still, it is for her darkness and her cruelty. He washes at dawn in clear water as did the Wise Man of the Stoics, yet, somehow at the dark end of the day, he is bathing in hot bull's blood, as did Julian the Apostate.
I suppose we all know enough Latin to know the translation of "Augustus Sol Invictus."


MikeD said...

Frankly, when the Libertarian Party tries to kick you out for being a nut-job, you've reached a special kind of weird.

Ymar Sakar said...

The Libertarian party organizaton is pretty much a stalking horse controlled by the Left. In Canada, they submit to SJW policies right out in the open. In the US, they are getting there with the homo gaystapo relations.

Worshipping nature is one thing, but part of nature is survival of the fittest, pure power dynamics. Can a civilization be run on Aztec ethics? Maybe not. But let's see if Planned Profit can make it work for the Dems and Leftists.

Tom said...

MikeD, you've got that right.

Ymar, I've hung out w/ the local Libertarian party. It's not controlled by anything, even itself.

On a semi-related note, Chesterton also said something to the effect that wherever there is animal worship, there is human sacrifice.