Simulation and the Truth

20 years ago the movie “The Matrix” came out whose main motive was the relationship between reality and simulation. How do we know what is real? And, if we had a choice, would we choose pleasant simulation or unpleasant reality? It is significant that the hero of the movie hacker Neo, who has to make this choice, keeps his money and CD’s with illegal software in the work of the French leftist philosopher Jean Baudrillard “Simulacra and Simulation”[1]. Obviously, the move is not so much about the computer simulations as a message about the society. In his works Baudrillard criticizes harshly the postmodern consumer society. He describes the symptoms correctly, but like other “new left” authors he is not able to propose any solutions. Critique of Baudrillard is limited to declarative phrases and “lyric” that helps to mask the fact that he doesn’t really have a solution, because he himself doesn’t believe any objective truths and values. With this the value of his work ends. It would be valuable for conservatives and nationalists to get to know symptoms of the postmodern world that he observed, but from this to develop our own conclusions and propose our solutions that we, unlike Baudrillard, have.

  •  “Simulacra and Simulation”

Baudrillard writes how symbolism in culture and media constructs understanding of the coexistence of society. As many of our readers already know, humans are beings that can create abstractions and symbols – in it lies our strength and also weakness. Baudrillard writes how the creation of this understanding is moving further and further away from anything real. Some of the terms Baudrillard uses: Simulacrum are copies that describes things that doesn’t have/no more has original. Simulation is the imitation of the real-world processes. Simulation is not the same as pretence. If someone simulates sickness, he shows some of the symptoms. Therefore, from the outside form it is difficult to tell what is real and what – a simulation. Baudrillard divides simulations in to types according to the closeness of reality and towards detachment from reality. These types of simulations are: 1) Reflection; 2) Mask; 3) Illusion; 4) Pure simulacrum (no relation to reality). Even more important term in the philosophy of Baudrillard is hyperreality – virtual reality that is so close to the authentic one (and intertwined with it) that it becomes more and more difficult to tell the difference.

As an example of hyperreality Baudrillard mentions Disneyland that makes its visitors to believe that its offered reality is so true that the visitors buy this reality. Creation of hyperreality is also furthered by the needs of consumer society and add industry. As the Latvian national conservative philosopher Pauls Jurevičs writes, the goal of this consumer society is “to engrave in the consumers that certain things that are produced by the industry are absolutely necessary, one cannot live without them, even though before nobody had even heard about them. Advertising creates a peculiar ideology, almost a worldview.” [2]

Disneyland is the symbol of this consumer society. Baudrillard describes also Los Angeles as a hyperrealistic city whose whole essence is the creation of illusions. Hollywood masterfully supplements reality and makes to perceive it differently – according to the film scenarios and clichés of mass culture. Just as significant, if not more, is the influence of TV, that influences and changes human behaviour – both the behaviour of those who are filmed by the “reality TV” and those who watch it.[3] Of course, with time connection with reality becomes more unrelated. Result in the real world – man serves the commodity that he doesn’t really need, and not the commodity serves the man. Society starts to organize itself around places of entertainment and shopping malls. The real centre of the city is no more the church or some other public building.

Overall postmodern world is characterised by increasing “unreality” and artificiality that manifests in almost every aspect of life. Money without gold standard. Urbanisation that separates humans from the natural world and alienate them from each other. And, of course, the hyperreality created by the media that tears down the boundaries between things that are necessary for living and things that are not needed, but the necessity is created artificially. It is so called “sign value” that starts to make up most of the value of the commodity – it is not related to production nor distribution, but with the idea “inspired” by the commercial about the connection of this commodity and some celebrity or lifestyle. Baudrillard’s book came out before the appearance of social media, so it would be interesting what he would have to say about the influence of social media on these tendencies. For example, the loss of meaning from the increase of the quantity of information seems to be growing in a geometrical progression.

  • Globalism and hyperreality

At this point we can “take over the relay” from Baudrillard and say what was unsaid. Creation of hyperreality is not only a phenomenon of modern capitalism. It is a part of the globalist project. What is globalism? It is the idea that nation states have to be liquidated to unite the world in to a single political and economical unit. It is not the same as globalisation which is a creation of closer contacts between different parts of the world, which is nothing new.

Communism of our parents generation already was nothing else then a hyperreality which had less connection to reality than Disneyland. USSR was an absurd show, although very bloody one, about which everyone acted as if they believed it. Communists had their system of symbols and rituals and, of course, a repressive apparatus, which maintained the continuation of the show. But this experiment failed when Gorbachev declared “glasnost” (policy of openness/frankness). What frankness there can be in the hyperreality?! The show ended. Liberal dreams about the “end of history” and unification of the world in to a single “market” without religions and ideologies have also ended. These dreams ended in 2014 in Ukraine, but maybe even earlier – maybe even on 9/11.

What is the ideology of globalism? It is Neo-Marxism that categorically denies existence of any truth and does not offer any collective values that could unite society. Dominance of this ideology was started by the student “revolution” of 1968 whose supporter was also Baudrillard.[4] Ironically “revolutionaries” of 1968 have become a repressive group of people that are hostile to human freedom. But this hate is a refined one. For example, the idea of “social construct” that means that everything is simulacrum that at no point touches the reality. This is not only about cultural relativism (“all the religions are the same”) – borders are teared down between sexes, ages, species[5], between sane and insane, every hierarchy, every authority and every truth is called in to question – except the idea that there is no truth. Neo-Marxists do not impose people to believe in the truth of one system anymore – now everyone can choose their “hyperreality” and they can coexist in parallel. Radical feminism, veganism, trans-humanism, trans-sexualism – if a human mind can think of something, it already has its niche market.

At the same time mass culture has hit the dead-end. Everything is a copy of a copy. And every next copy is shallower and more detached from anything real. For example, there are no new subcultures that recently at least attempted to create some narrative about the reality. Hipsters as the last subculture has taken elements of all the other subcultures, taking away any meaning and making everything “ironic”. If recently a big problem for the young people was addiction to playing video games then now it is the addiction of looking how other young people are playing video games! [6] Movies, music and fashion today is characterised by never-ending rumination – recycling of the old over and over. With exceptions, of course, but this doesn’t change the tendency. Music sounds the same, because it is literary made by a few producers and they, most likely, will be replaced by the artificial intelligence in near future.

  • Hyperreality of social networks and Russia

Social networks cause increasingly stronger consolidation of hyperreality and decrease of authenticity. In the “reality” of social networks we each have our “digital-self” that is our extension in the digital space. Many identify with it so much that they lose their real “self” in this reality. Echo chamber phenomena causes the information isolation of individuals and disconnection from a more objective view of world. Collection of information about the individual by his behaviour online allows to profile him very precisely to offer him commodities and services – the “correct” political slogans before the elections included.

Russia in this “unreality” feels like a fish in a water. This state for which “nothing is true and everything is possible” [7], where everything is a show and entertainment TV, with fake news and other methods of information warfare effectively uses the confusion of the West in values. Russia is a postmodern dictatorship-theater in which one of the main directors is Putin’s advisor Vladislav Surkov. It is his ideas that for years now have allowed to fool both the Russian people and the rest of the world by using relativism in values and rejection of truth. Russia is able to target specific messages for each target audience –for communists and monarchists, for socialists and capitalists, for totalitarians and democrats… It is no wonder that in Donbass volunteers from the whole world of the broadest ideological spectrum fights for the interests of Russia. The true ideology of Russia is a pure power and everything else is just a means. But Russia is not the only one that gains from the vacuum of values in the West.

  • Nihilism and ISIS

Already in the 19th century there were prophets that predicted a deep crisis of values in the West or more precisely – loss of all values. It is the idea of nihilism – loss of meaning and truth. Nietzsche wrote about the “death of God” – loss of influence of religion in the West that could lead to huge shocks in future. All his philosophy was an attempt to solve this expected crisis, but it must be admitted that id didn’t gave the answer to this problem. Baudrillard believes that nihilism in the West has not led to any shocks, because the loss of truth and meaning is compensated by the hyperreality – “paradise” of the consumers with countless mechanisms of distraction.

Baudrillard was only partially right. Nihilism will lead us to huge shocks. If at the beginning nihilism manifested itself as a quiet roasting under the otherwise peaceful surface of the consumer society, then later it transforms in ever bigger fires – factually and figuratively. Neither the individual nor the society can exist without higher meaning that justifies the hardships of life and without higher goals that gives freedom to creativity. This kind of life is simply unnatural to man. Where the purpose and goals are taken away there ends any creativity and destruction begins that in the pathological individuals manifests as acts of meaningless destruction and murder. Loss of meaning together with the isolation of man in postmodern society leads to two related phenomenon – hatred of man (misanthropy) and hatred of God (misotheism), if man is a believer, but if not, then it is hatred against the existence[8] itself. Jordan Peterson[9] for example frequent mass murders in the U.S. explains as an act of hate against the existence itself. I believe that misanthropism in todays society expresses itself in a more subtle ways – as a hatred of oneself in the form of addictions (alcoholism, narcotics, gambling etc.). Addictions are also an attempt to escape the hyperreality, but, unfortunately, not by searching the true reality, but by creating a world of illusions for oneself.

A certain attempt of “escape” is joining the ISIS (“Islamic State”). As the postmodern mass culture of the West cannot any sense of meaning and purpose many are searching for it outside of the West. ISIS lures both migrants and converted Europeans with their “offer” of meaning and purpose – false offer, because it is at the same time the same nihilism that is clothed in the language of religion and ends up with the same destruction and self-destruction – butchering of innocent people and suicide. This cocktail of “purpose” and meaninglessness combined with the effective propaganda in the internet was at the basis of the ISIS success. IS it not terrible that so many where not afraid from the murderous and sadistic acts of ISIS as long as belonging to this organization gave them sense of some purpose to their lives? This is exactly how dangerous is nihilism – an there is no reason to think that this process of destruction and self-destruction will end with the military defeat of ISIS. [10] As for now in history this has continued with a long agony and ended with the death of the civilization and its replacement of another civilization that perceives itself deadly serious and for which everything is not “irony” or “postmodern absurdity”. Because ISIS is only the vanguard of the civilization that quickly replaces the tired “old Europe”.

  • Searching for the truth

Conservative attitude toward life means recognizing that we are not “tabula rasa” or blank slate, but we are the carriers of our biological and historical heritage. Pauls Jurevičs writes: “Culture is nothing other than the conclusions and discoveries from the historical experience about the human nature and his internal and external conditions that cannot be changed.”[11] Even more – for every culture these conclusions are strikingly similar – despite the outer differences of cultures they all have the same spiritual basis. It is the idea of a man as a being with a soul. It is the hierarchically organized society where spiritual values dominate the material. It is the sense of justice and ideal of heroism. And most importantly – it is the idea of a higher ethical Order of the Cosmos according to which man must harmonize his life. Uniqueness of the West starting from the Homeric age in Greece lies in the relation that this higher Order and Truth (or God) can be reflected in the art – especially in music and architecture that is harmonic, rhythmic and beautiful. In opposition to this idea there is the idea of iconoclasm – idea from the Middle East that claims that God cannot be represented because God is Absolute, and no work of art can symbolize the Absolute. This is why it is forbidden in Islam to display images of Allah and also in the Western history there are examples of Iconoclastic Fury from those who believe that any form of representation of God is a heresy and idolatry.

Postmodern world also is participating in the iconoclasm, though not out of the respect of God, but out of fear that God might actually exist. This process has many expressions, but none is clearer than Notre-Dame fire that was the culmination of burnings of 875 (!) churches in the last year. But this is only one side of the tragedy. Idea that cathedral could be restored with a modern glass roof and tower is the next stage of tragedy that reminds us that the true barbarians are not those who belong to another culture but those who have given up any culture. Desire to “erase” cultural heritage, identity and beauty with the glass architecture that looks the same in every part of the world is typical for the postmodern “art”. It, by not being able to create, attempts to destroy any testimonies that outside of the individual “truth” of the individual there exists some higher Truth in front of which we are all accountable.

Already the ancient Romans by including in their empire many peoples came to conclusion that over all social conditions a natural law (ius naturale) rules. This natural law results from the human conscience, truth and reason. Laws created by the state should correspond the natural law. Later in Europe this natural law was defined as a God given rights – objective basis for the morality and virtue. Idea of natural law is the basis of human rights and democracy. Moral relativism of Neo-Marxism endangers this foundation stone of our civilization. Disregard of the human life and dignity of the 20th century totalitarian regimes were based in this relativism, that in the 21th century is interpreted as some sort of “freedom” from the activists of “open society”. But it is not freedom – to try to re-define the concept of family, ignoring the objective nature of this concept. It is not freedom – to despise the cultural heritage by replacing it with “contemporary art”. It is not freedom – to despise what was won by the ancestors and to take away homeland for the next generations with the policy of mass immigration. It is sawing the branch on which we are siting. Freedom is only found in the light of the Truth – as a service to the real life, as a service to family and nation.

In our artificial world everyone who wants to be free must constantly ask a question – is this a true value or something artificial? And, when finding the answer to this question, one always must choose the real over the artificial. One must live for life and not for the artificial impressions and needs created by the mass culture. Is it not absurd and obvious disarrangement of ends and means, for example, to sacrifice a family life and continuation of the self in the future through children for career or high-school diploma (not even mentioning that often this kind of choice is also artificial)? Who wants to be free, let him reject postmodernism and nihilism, and search instead what is full of meaning and purpose. One can start with little things, for example, to use technologies only as much it is necessary for practical job tasks or important communication, but not as a “time killer”. It is also worth doing something practical. For example, instead of playing computer games, join the National Guard and realise what it means to be a soldier in real life. Everyone, who wants to be free, has to fear notion of wasted life enough to break out of the fake reality and find what is true.

[1] Bodrijārs, Žans. Simulakri un Simulācija. Omnia mea, 2000.

[2] Jurevičs, Pauls. Variācijas par moderno cilvēku. Esejas. Daugava, 1956., P. 24

[3] One contemporary example of hyperreality – elections of Ukrainian president. Actor Zelensky created an illusion about himself as a Ukrainian president in a TV series. Later he founded a party named after the TV series. I suppose that many didn’t realise that they are not voting for the hero of the series in the elections.

[4] In fact, it was a “simulation” of a revolution – leftist projects could not exist if not for the money from the international financial oligarchy that uses these radicals only as a pawn in the struggle against the traditional family and nation-state. These oligarchs like, for example, George Soros are struggling against alternative power centres with their own value systems and loyalties that interferes in their attempts to concentrate all power in their hands.

[5] For example, Donna Haraway, A Cyborg Manifesto


[7] Peter Pomerantsev. Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia. PublicAffairs, 2015.


[9] Jordan B. Peterson –  a Canadian clinical psychologist, professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, a conservative philosopher and fighter against the censorship of political correctness.

[10] More about the essence of ISIS and its relations with nihilism: Kūlis, Māris. Terorisma krustugunīs. Islāma valsts. Rīga: LU Filozofijas un socioloģijas institūts, 2018

[11] Jurevičs, Pauls. Pretstatu pasaule. Esejas. Grāmatu Draugs, 1973., 195. lpp.

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