Ryan Landry, a.k.a. Son of Brock Landers, in his latest Wiermerica podcast makes the point we on the dissident right need to be thinking about children’s stories and juvenile literature. As we look to replace other corrupt institutions, this is probably among the most important, yet most neglected.
It’s importance is obvious when one takes their eyes off the latest outrage breaking on Twitter, and looks to the future. As Landry discusses, children’s fiction, like virtually all media, belongs to the progs, and so teaches prog narratives. “Trouble is coming,” he rightly says. We’re already in the midst of a civil war that has remained low-casualty only because one side is actively waging it. What happens when that changes?
It be nice when that time comes, Landry comments, for our children to have stories to use as a guide. Things that speak to Roman virtues like strength and honor, or else other classical European themes. Things that either in a realistic manner or by allegory demonstrate a healthy, adaptive way to make the choices they’ll face in life.
Basically, something better than the Churchianity narratives the elevate weakness at the cost of all else, and prog narratives that plant seeds for your children’s future degeneracy.
Myth and Belief
Landry’s main focus is stories of the past. This is the sort of tale that would naturally go directly to a kid’s sense of myth and belief. He notes there are lot of children’s stories that could be set during the Crusades, in a Greek city-state, or even in Bronze Age Europe. Where we come from, who we are—those things that inform right and wrong, and that’s what these stories would be about. We might call this foundational myth and belief.
But there’s another side of myth and belief, one that Landry either deliberately or not doesn’t mention: the future.
A people need not only a sense of where they have been, but where they are going to have a full sense of meaning in their lives. A past is crucial because it gives form, but a future is necessary because it gives purpose.
We might call this visionary myth and belief, and it’s a terrific place to find children’s stories, especially for boys.
Have Spaceship, Will #MAGA
Children’s stories set in the future can speak to all those virtues that Landry stresses. Traits like strength, excellence, honor, and courage will all be necessary to replace the present’s order. And so they are fine themes for a story set in a future dystopia that desperately deserves overthrowing.
But those same virtues would also be necessary to preserve a future one would actually want to live in. A future like the one maybe you yourself envisioned as a kid. Full of adventure on spaceships, sparkling cities, and robots that were anthropomorphic friends rather than drones bringing death from above. A place of order, family, and good people. The story’s drama might come when an outside threat or internal traitor seeks to ruin the beautiful world our protagonist’s ancestors worked so hard to build. Now it’s his turn to defend it.
So if you’re a writer and are one of those deplorable alt-righters, perhaps write something where a child hero fights for a society that actually means something. A community and people worthy of their efforts. It would show kids a positive vision of the future to work towards, and lessons about what is sometimes necessary in order to keep it.
Aren’t There Non-Pozzed Stories Already Out There?
Well, sure. There are classic tales of the past, such as the 1883 version of The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood (reviewed recently here). For the future, there’s always Robert Heinlein’s catalog, or something like Ender’s Game.
The human preference for novelty, however, isn’t limited to fresh memes. We all crave the new thing, something that speaks to our moment. Young children are perhaps more open to old stories, but many of those tales came from a time when society was still decent enough that it didn’t teach boys to hate themselves, or White kids to hate their group. Many of those old stories, good and fun as they are, might not be able to adequately teach lessons necessary for a child to protect themselves against prog degeneracy.
And that’s why it’s important for all you alt-writers out there to pen those kids new stories of their tribe’s noble past, and its spectacular future.