Culture Warriors and the Underworld

"This stratum exists at all stages of every Culture as the Peasant’s Wars, the Jacquerie, Wat Tyler, Jack Cade, John Ball, Thomus Münzer, the Jacobins, the Communards, the Spanish militiamen, the mob in the square in Milan, are there to show. As soon as a creative man makes his resolve and proceeds with his work, somewhere else in a dark envious soul there rises a crooked determination to stop him, to smash the work." -Francis Parker Yockey, Imperium

“This stratum exists at all stages of every Culture as the Peasant’s Wars, the Jacquerie, Wat Tyler, Jack Cade, John Ball, Thomus Münzer, the Jacobins, the Communards, the Spanish militiamen, the mob in the square in Milan, are there to show. As soon as a creative man makes his resolve and proceeds with his work, somewhere else in a dark envious soul there rises a crooked determination to stop him, to smash the work.”
-Francis Parker Yockey, Imperium

Warriors hold a special place in society, and are accorded a reverence unto themselves.  We struggle for the advancement of our culture, and those who work so hard for the preservation and advancement of our own should rightly be recognized as warriors, and only if they’re leading the masses in a righteous cause.

But, what is culture, and how do we know if we’re doing anything to help advance and protect it?

If anyone were to ask me, “Show me what your White culture is, show me what this thing is which you are working so hard to protect”, I would reply with the same amount of impertinence.  I cannot show you what “White culture” is, but I can show you a variety of ways which different White cultures have manifested and expressed themselves.  The manner of expression is not the focus of this article; there are better things to worry about than the specific form of cultural expression.  What is important is to recognize that there is a segment of the population which advances and protects culture, and there are those who work to tear it down, the Underworld.

There is an idea, a concept of what culture is, and tomes have been written on the subject.  I do not intend to add anything more to the definition of culture with this article, except to say that we know culture when we see it.  We also know a cultured man when we meet one.  American philosopher Francis Parker Yockey knows it, too, but his definition is not dependent on social and economic status, or one’s own actual or perceived class status.

“The use of the word in the personal sense — a ‘cultured’ man — describes a man out of the ordinary, a man whose ideas and attitudes are ordered and articulated. Cultured in the personal sense means devoted to something beyond oneself and one’s own domestic well-being.”

You would have to read between the lines to understand the deeper meaning, but most of our regular readers should already know where Yockey is heading.  He is condemning the bourgeois mentality and lifestyle which prefers comfort and material interests over any more noble pursuit.  The bourgeoisie may enjoy some of the things which the cultured man produces and brings to society, but they do nothing to help in its production.  The bourgeoisie would sooner find themselves in opposition to the cultured man, because he alone risks upsetting their comfort and apolitical lifestyle.  Yockey didn’t think very highly of those creatures of comfort either.

“To such a man Western music is merely an alternate up and down, loud and soft, philosophy is mere words, history is a collection of fairy-tales, even the reality of which is not inwardly felt, politics is the selfishness of the great, military conscription a burden which his lack of moral courage forces him to accept. Thus even his individualism is a mere denial of anything higher, and not an affirming of his own soul. The extraordinary man is the one who puts something else before his own life and security.”

It should be clear what kind of person is not responsible for helping to build and protect White culture, but this doesn’t help us to understand who is responsible for creating culture.  I don’t mean to pull any low punches with this one, but Yockey won’t tell you either.  He’s not withholding information from us, but he can’t tell us because the small sliver of the population which is ultimately responsible for creating culture is impossible to identify.

“The Culture-bearing stratum is not recognized by its contemporaries in any way as a unity, nor does it recognize itself as one.  As a stratum it is invisible, like the Culture it carries.”

If anyone claims to be the source of culture, feel free to throw the B.S. flag.  Being a member of the Culture-bearing stratum is not like buying a membership at the rifle range.  Not even the people who are members of this stratum know that they are so integrally important.  Yockey won’t split hairs over saying who is-or-isn’t in the club, but he doesn’t think that culture creators are the ones who truly advance a culture.

“[Within] … the Culture-bearing stratum is articulated into creators and appreciators.  It is in general the latter who transmit the great creations downward, insofar as this is possible.”

I am not a culture creator, nor will I ever claim to be, but I will claim to be a culture appreciator.  The Traditionalist Youth Network, The Center for the Advancement of Occidental Culture, Generation Identitaire, Golden Dawn and others rightly fall into the category of culture appreciators.  These types of organizations are where you will find culture warriors, people who struggle for the advancement and protection of their culture.  Now I’m begging the question, and we’re talking about culture as something which can be handled and preserved.  I’ll make good on my promise to not add any more to the definition of culture, so let’s talk abstractly for a moment. Culture is like sand, and it is also a valuable commodity of sorts.  We build it up into a pile, we make castles out of it, and we protect it from destruction.  We can’t create the sand anymore than we can destroy it, and the same is true with culture.

The culture warriors have their idea, and they have a medium of communication, and they have an audience as well.  These warriors speak to a large audience, but Yockey explains that they can only ever reach a very specific portion of the population.

The people to whom the culture warriors are communicating, “… comprise the vast numbers of human beings who possess any refinement whatever, who maintain a certain standard of honor or morality, who take care of their property, who have self-respect and respect the rights of others, who aspire to improve themselves and their situation instead of pulling down those who have enriched their inner life and raised themselves in the world.”

Beneath this small stratum is the Underworld.

If you thought Yockey gave the bourgeoisie a hard time, then you don’t know the depths of his disgust with the masses which comprise the Underworld.  The Underworld is not some fantastic and surreal place teaming with maltempered demons, it’s actually more worrisome than that, and as Yockey puts it– you don’t have to travel far to find it.

“The [Underworld is] totally incapable of cultural attainment, even the most modest: the mob, canaille, Pöbel, underworld, profanum vulgus, the ‘common man’ of the American cult. These preside at every Terror, listen wishfully to every Bolshevik agitator, secrete venom at the sight of any manifestation of Culture or superiority.”

The Underworld is populated with teams of anti-White bigots who will try to smash anything which appears in the image of Western culture.  The idea of belonging to a strong and healthy culture gives them fears of becoming an “accidental supremacist.”  They may as well smash their own home, burn their own food, and turn themselves out into the street, but they will have done nothing to damage the culture, only its manifestation and expression.

The situation is not completely hopeless, because the Underworld is not wholly destructive.  Though not entirely useful, Yockey says that they play their role by helping the culture warriors to articulate culture.

“In earlier centuries there was no suggestion anywhere that the masses of the population had any part to play.  When this idea does triumph, it turns out that the only role these masses can play is the passive one of unwieldy building material for the articulate part of the population.”

Yes, Yockey is highly critical of the Underworld, but he might also be their biggest fan.  The Underworld is the first to tear down the sand castle of culture, but they’re also the ones who are most inclined to help build when properly motivated.  They only need a warrior to lead them.

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The Metapedia article on Yockey says he was a devotee of Spengler. Have you undertaken the mighty project of reading Decline of the West? It looks like it would be relevant to a Traditionalist’s discussion of what traditions he is fighting for.

Thomas Buhls

It’s funny you should mention Spengler. I was actually looking at Decline of the West earlier. It’s a formidable tome at nearly 1,000 pages. I was looking at adding something into my reading list, to alternate with, and I ended up choosing Rene Geuenon’s Crisis of the Modern World.

With the semester just now starting, I don’t know when I’ll find time to read any of it, but we’ll see what I can do about it.


Thomas Bertonneau, whom I’ve mentioned to you as having written on Evola, has also written on Guenon. Look for him on Brussels Journal and Orthosphere. I’m sure he read Spengler at an early age. I believe I saw excerpts as an undergrad, but it meant nothing to me. You’re much better oriented. I just took a look, based on the Yockey reference. My first impression is that we are likely to be misled by the title. Its real subject is a new science of the comparative morphology cultures. There is no universal reason or science or art or politics; these exist within cultural traditions which determine their possibilities. That is of direct concern to the traditionalist, who wants to know what the Western tradition is he feels called upon to nurture and defend. (Bertonneau’s calling.)


I believe culture is mostly channeled through our tribal sense, and that a problem with the pro-White movement generally and TradYouth is that in trying to unite different european ethnicities under some aegis of an abstraction kind of discombobulates the experience of one’s culture and tribe.

I also want to say to Dan Poole that Barbaro is likely a crypto jew. Some northern, especially italian which I am not, pro-Whites agree on this. I saw nowhere to post that under the link to his organization which Tom provides above.
We northeasterners would know about such things, as we are perhaps the most tribal, or maybe we just know more about how the various tribes interact. What various people know is that the likelihood of the jew Kagan getting railroaded in Brooklyn for killing a black man is almost less than zero.


As you say. From Spengler: “The fact is that the infinite space of our physics is a form of very numerous and extremely complicated elements tacitly assumed, which have come into being only as the copy and expression of OUR soul, and are actual, necessary and natural only for OUR type of waking life. The simple notions are always the most difficult. They are simple, in that they comprise a vast deal that that not only is incapable of being exhibited in words but does not even need to be stated, because FOR MEN OF THE PARTICULAR GROUP it is anchored in the intuition; and they are difficult because for all alien men their real content is ipso facto quite inaccessible.” (Emphasis in original.)

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