The Saving Remnant

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"Say to yourselves: the little group of us here have waked up a little sooner than the rest of them, can see the danger a little clearer, are passionately convinced of the thing to be done. Then we're the ones to do it. It's only the conviction that we are the ones to do it that is going to accomplish it."

Betty White and Stewart Edward White, With Folded Wings

     In each era, small groups of advanced thinkers have pushed humankind forward, revealing what persons are capable of, while battling the forces of degradation, ignorance, and murderous tyranny. But the ongoing struggle against oppression is ultimately insufficient--as one form of tyranny replaces another in historic succession. Humans must at last attain the understanding and capability that will enable them to create a higher social order.

     The only viable way for this to occur is for an advanced group to constitute itself as a "saving remnant" that will leaven the larger culture with its higher knowledge and power, creating a commonwealth.

"The genuine practitioners of the love of and the search for wisdom will be but a small remnant. . . Those who belong to this small class have tasted how sweet and blessed a possession philosophy is."

Plato, The Commonwealth, VI

     In a previous essay we examined how the realization of a commonwealth must come about. In this essay we're concentrating on the role of a saving remnant in assisting in this process of creating a benevolent social order.

         In a time when a demonic capitalist cabal tyrannizes the ordinary world, we wonder how humankind will ever gain the understanding and the power to throw off this reign of terror and establish a commonwealth for the good of all its members. Those alive now have never experienced a civil order whose principles and structures accrue to the well-being and full development of all its citizens. Commonwealth is essentially an unfamiliar concept and experience. How, then, can humans gain the understanding and power to create a benevolent society while living in a culture where egotistic greed and uncontrolled power are the standards?    

     From time immemorial, humans have been dominated by small despotic groups characterized by ruthlessness and depravity, with a benevolent leader here and there thrown in for good measure. True to its intrinsic nature, capitalism has developed into a baleful genocidal fascism and a positive but flawed American democracy has now degenerated into a barbaric totalitarianism.

      As people have been mentally conditioned in autocratic social control and interaction, "the struggle of
all against all," the knowledge and capability relative to effective group solidarity and decision-making have essentially been lost.
"Civil government, so far as it is instituted for the security of property, is in reality instituted for the defence of the rich against the poor, or of those who have some property against those who have none at all."

Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations, 1776

          As Paulo Freire 1 has made clear, oppressed people see themselves as competitive animals in a "dog eat dog" society, identifying with their capitalist oppressors and vulture capitalism's despotic ideology.

     Oppressed people can lose consciousness of themselves as real persons with authentic power or as members of an oppressed class. If tyrannized people do not learn to think for themselves, they remain mere pawns of the ideology of the ruling class.

      The present capitalist cabal has created the most powerful engine of repression and destruction that the world has ever seen. Left to its own devices, the capitalist cabal has destroyed the basic principles and institutions of all civilization. This is why it is so essential to create saving-remnant communities in the twenty-first century.

""No one in the history of the world has developed a system of power so sophisticated, so pervasive, so internally legitimizing by its own victims than corporatism."

Ralph Nader, "Reflections On the Consumer Movement" 2

      It is from this system of total worker annihilation that we must save ourselves--hence the absolute necessity of a Saving Remnant!

The Concept and Realization of the Saving Remnant

    The concept of the "saving remnant" is constituted by allegory, 3 metaphor, 4 and analogy, 5 deriving its meaning from a number of sources. In this essay's use of the concept, "saving" does not refer to orthodox religious "salvation" 6 whereby a believer has faith in and devotion to a "savior" who "saves" him from an angry deity who wishes to punish him for his sins.

     In our use of the term, "saving" 7 refers to protecting, maintaining, preserving, or rediscovering something of value.

     The concept of remnant in this essay refers to a small surviving, transformative, and enlightening group, in somewhat the same terms used by Gerald Sykes in his book The Hidden Remnant.

"A Remnant means, both originally and in the sense in which it is used here, a group of people who have survived or can survive a great catastrophe, while an elite means a group of socially superior persons. The origin of one word is religious, of the other social. In its flowering a society may produce an elite. It is only in a time of extreme trial that it is called upon to produce a Remnant. . . ."


     A saving remnant, then, is a small group which discovers, applies, and disseminates transmutational 8 principles within its own domain, proving the truth and efficacy of its precepts by its own practices, then leavening the larger culture within which it exists, creating commonwealth communities.

The Necessity of a Saving Remnant

     As the world descends into anarchy, it is only such an advanced fellowship that has the higher knowledge of how to transform human character while at the same time preserving the essentials of human civilization. A transformative group provides the most effective organizational and strategic means for struggling against personal and social ignorance and tyranny.

Galileo      This coalition of advanced thinkers provides an effective laboratory for experimentation and training in consensus decision-making which will produce innovative concepts, procedures, and leaders to assist in building an advanced human culture.

     This initiate echelon provides a sustaining environment of open, positive interpersonal interchange in which individuals can develop to their fullest.

     A transformative fellowship provides security in numbers and commitment and provides the pattern for a new society for future generations.

     This grouping of initiates provides a supportive experimental environment in which new ideas, art forms, and approaches can be tried, tested, proved, nurtured, and disseminated.

     A transformative group--an ageless spiritual aristocracy which disseminates wisdom to humankind in each historic era--conducts itself according to Perennialist precepts. Thus, it contains in its very existence and modes of operation the mystery of how transformation is carried out through group activities and how human groups can function at the highest level.

The Felt Need for Preservation

     The progress of civilization has largely been the work of creative and conscientious men and women, forgotten by history and derided by power brokers and scholastics.

     The criminal cabal has been able to destroy the minds of a great number of Americans, to the point that they are blind to the debauched, lethal condition of the nation and the world. They're aware of almost nothing of what's happening in the world, what's happening to the psyches of the world's peoples, and therefore see no need for preservation.

     Since the brain-dead masses throughout the world see no need for deliverance from the totalitarian cabal, they make exceptional people--those who could rescue them from the death-throes of their suicidal ignorance--seem superfluous.

"What further evidence do we need of the degrading ends of our acquisitive existence, when it has reduced our defenses and self-justifications to a level which, by any normal standard of judgment, has lost all the essential marks of civilization? What shall we say of ourselves, and of our philosophy and 'way of life,' when, looking for the spokesmen of the best in the traditions of Western culture, we find that we have made them into superfluous men? How many of those who are acknowledged to be individuals of cultivation and sensibility are able to make their voices heard? How many try to make themselves heard? You hear a Bertrand Russell in England, a Lewis Mumford in the United States. A Schweitzer speaks from Africa. There are one or two more, perhaps, who would qualify as of this group, but the Saving Remnant among contemporaries is indeed a desperately tiny few . . .

"Here, you might say, in Gerald Sykes' phrase, is 'the politics of shipwreck,' which is the only kind of politics worth practicing, these days. [Sykes'] conception of the Remnant reminds us somewhat of the endeavor of Pythagoras in founding his school at Krotona. The Greek philosopher sought to train individuals in a way of life that would enable them to go out into society and lift it to a higher level by the leverage of their personal example." 9

     The saving remnant assists the larger culture to recognize its critical need for knowledge and awareness by which it can be delivered from the murderous intentions of the current cabal which is running rampant over the face of the earth.

"The mass society must first recover from its moral insensibility, and this can happen only as more and more of its members stop submitting to mass compulsions. The Remnant, in short, must grow." 10

     In an essay on this subject, 11 Albert Jay Nock identified the few who understand this problem as members of what he, following the Book of Isaiah, called the Saving Remnant, in which he placed Plato and Marcus Aurelius along with the Hebrew prophet. To structure his analysis, Nock rendered Isaiah into modern English. (The time of Isaiah was after the rule of King Uzziah of Israel, who reigned for fifty-two years (808-756 B.C.), a period of notable prosperity.) Nock relates:

Isaiah 'In the year of Uzziah's death, the Lord commissioned the prophet to go out and warn the people of the wrath to come. "Tell them what a worthless lot they are," He said. "Tell them what is wrong, and why, and what is going to happen unless they have a change of heart and straighten up. Don't mince matters. Make it clear that they are positively down to their last chance. Give it to them good and strong, and keep on giving it to them. I suppose perhaps I ought to tell you," He added, "that it won't do any good. The official class and their intelligentsia will turn up their noses at you, and the masses will not even listen. They will all keep on in their own ways until they carry everything down to destruction, and you will probably be lucky if you get out with your life."

'Isaiah had been very willing to take on the job; in fact, he had asked for it; but this prospect put a new face on the situation. It raised the obvious question why, if all that were so, if the enterprise were to be a failure from the start, was there any sense in starting it? "Ah," the Lord said, "you do not get the point. There is a Remnant there that you know nothing about. They are obscure, unorganized, inarticulate, each one rubbing along as best he can. They need to be encouraged and braced up, because when everything has gone completely to the dogs, they are the ones who will come back and build up a new society, and meanwhile your preaching will reassure them and keep them hanging on. Your job is to take care of the Remnant, so be off now and set about it.'" 12

Patrick Henry speech on March 23, 1775: Give me liberty or give me death      Humans must overcome their tendency to ignore and marginalize persons with wisdom, gaining essential respect for those adepts capable of preserving civilization and developing a higher social order. The desire for a commonwealth must come out of the understanding that other seemingly simpler and more efficient principles of social order lead inevitably to the oppression of society by a tyrannous faction. We gain this understanding by experiencing oppressive forms of despotism in the family, the workplace, and the community. By experiencing the oppression and life-destruction which these forms entail we gain an intense desire for the commonwealth way of life.

     Unlike Isaiah's concept of the saving remnant as the "obscure, unorganized, inarticulate" residue that happens to survive catastrophe, our concept of a transformative, enlightening group in this essay refers to a deliberately created, carefully developed fellowship that possesses advanced knowledge and capability.

A Deliberately Created Saving Remnant

Thomas Carlyle      Every civilization has contained within it the principle that certain advanced persons have constituted the means by which a society has been preserved and advanced: Sargon of Babylonia, Hermes (Thoth) of Egypt, Moses of the Hebrew nations, and Plato of Greece--to name only a few. At some point in the nation's history the people have been "taken captive" by some hostile, malevolent force, necessitating the extraordinary efforts of a Patriarchal Leader to preserve a remnant by which to rebuild the society. Much of this epochal history is mere myth, with little if any foundation in reality and is always based on the happenstance of a Preserver appearing on the scene.

     But in truth, throughout history humankind has been preserved and its mind and spirit advanced through the arcane wisdom of Perennialist teachers. They have initiated the great impulses that move humanity forward, leaving their mark, as in the examples of Perennialist-inspired leaders like Frederick II and teachers such as Diotima, Socrates, Plato, Hypatia, Boethius, Rumi, Rabia, and Bernard of Clairvaux.

     "Great persons" have been a force for good throughout human history, as Thomas Carlyle, H. L. Menchen and and others have made clear.

"Universal history, the history of what man has accomplished in this world, is at bottom the history of the Great Men who have worked here. They were the leaders of men, these great ones; the modellers, patterns, and in a wide sense creators, of whatsoever the general mass of men contrive to do or attain; all things that we see standing accomplished in the world are properly the outer material result, the practical realisation and embodiment, of Thoughts that dwelt in the Great Men sent into the world: the soul of the whole world's history, it may justly be considered, were the history of these."

Thomas Carlyle,
On Heroes and Hero-Worship

"The torch of civilization is carried . . . by a small minority of restless and enterprising men. The members of this minority work in countless ways, and there is an immense variation in the nature and value of their several activities. . . What they always aim at, whether by design or only instinctively, is the improvement of human life on this earth. . .  Out of this class come not only all the men who enrich civilization, but also all those who safeguard it. They are the guardians of what it has gained in the past as well as the begetters of all it gains today and will gain hereafter. Left to the great herd it would deteriorate inevitably, as it has deteriorated in the past whenever the supply of impatient and original men has fallen off. This is the true secret of the rise and fall of cultures. They rise so long as they produce a sufficiency of superior individuals, and they begin to fall the moment the average man approximates their best."

H. L. Mencken, Minority Report

         But never has an individual leader or a group been able--yet--to develop a lasting civil order based on the principle of serving the interests of all its citizens. In the history of the United States, Thomas Jefferson and Franklin D. Roosevelt saved the country from collapsing into totalitarianism (Federalist party tyranny) and economic disaster (the Great Depression of 1929). But America was soon again overpowered by domestic and European moneyed interests in the nineteenth century, represented by the Belmonts and the Rothschilds, and the result was the American Civil War and the severe depression of 1893. Since the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt, the international cabal, typified by the Rockefellers, the British royals, and the Bush family interests--including their puppets from both American political parties--have controlled the American economic and political systems to the detriment of the people, while amassing great wealth and power for themselves. Even worse, the demonic cabal now has seized power through such coups as JFK's assassination and the 2008 Obama con-job, and threatens to retain unending power through violence and corruption.

     We are historically at a time, therefore, when we can no longer merely hope and wait for a "Great Leader" to come along, someone who might pull us out of our present catastrophic condition. If humankind is to be preserved from utter destruction by this demonic cabal, we must deliberately create a saving remnant that will rescue us from our plight, an advanced group which will demonstrate higher knowledge, disseminating this wisdom through which to build a society in which the good of all its members is the operating principle.

Getting the Concepts and the Facts Straight

     Before exploring how a saving remnant creates the internal structure of a commonwealth and then leavens the larger society with this same ordering principle, we must be sure we understand certain concepts and facts:

  1. A society has either of two basic forms of government, as Plato made clear:

    • Oligarchy: a government in which a small elite group rules for its own benefit

      • Plutocracy: rule of those with wealth

      • Tyranny: rule of a criminal cabal, a totalitarian dictatorship

    • Commonwealth: a government in which political and economic principles and practices accrue to the benefit of all members of society

      • This form of government must be ruled by an aristocracy with special knowledge and skill.

      • Only a commonwealth ruled by persons who are seekers of wisdom--philosophers--is able to avoid oligarchy.

  2. A commonwealth is not a democracy.

     Conceptually, a representative democracy is defined as the rule of the people through elected representatives, whereas a commonwealth refers to a social ordering principle whereby a group or nation operates in a way to benefit all the people, not just a ruling clique. Instead of working to improve the flawed principles of democracy--of whatever kind--we must begin working toward a commonwealth: a society founded on law and united by compact of the people for the common good.

  1. The U.S. is not now and never has been a democracy, not even a representative democracy.

"[The Framers of the Constitution] had no wish to usher in democracy in the United States. They were not making war upon the principle of aristocracy and they had no more intention than had the Tories of destroying the tradition of upper-class leadership in the colonies. Although they hoped to turn the Tories out of office, they did not propose to open these lush pastures to the common herd. They did believe, however, that the common people, if properly bridled and reined, might be made allies in the work of freeing the colonies from British rule and that they--the gentry--might reap the benefits without interference. They expected, in other words, to achieve a 'safe and sane' revolution of gentlemen, by gentlemen, and for gentlemen."

John C. Milller, Origins of the American Revolution, 1943

     As Howard Zinn has shown in A People's History of the United States,
"The American system is the most ingenious system of control in world history. With a country so rich in natural resources, talent, and labor power the system can afford to distribute just enough to just enough people to limit discontent to a troublesome minority. It is a country so powerful, so big, so pleasing to so many of its citizens that it can afford to give freedom of dissent to the small number who are not pleased. How wise to turn the fear and anger of the majority toward a class of criminals bred - by economic inequity - faster than they can be put away, deflecting attention from the huge thefts of national resources carried out within the law by men in executive offices."

"Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance."

Henry Louis Mencken

  1. Democracy throughout history has largely constituted a scam which a ruling faction has used to fool the people.

     One of the reasons why ignorant, ill-intentioned, and cabal-financed frauds such as Karl Popper and Leo Strauss attacked Plato is because he was forthright enough to reveal the reality of democracy--that it is in actuality the manipulation of the masses by an elite who fools the common people into thinking they're ruling when they aren't.
"These will be some of the features of democracy. . . it will be, in all likelihood, an agreeable, lawless, parti-colored society, dealing with all alike on a footing of equality, whether they be really equal or not."

Plato, The Commonwealth

     Plato had seen this form of pseudo-democracy swindle practiced on the citizens of Athens, and had witnessed the deadly results of such a fraud when a mob-democracy gang sentenced his teacher and friend Socrates to death on trumped-up charges.

       Plato provides the best solution regarding the tensions between various factions in a society and how best to order a nation to benefit all citizens. A nation, Plato recognized, can no more be governed by "the people" than a ship at sea can be controlled by the crew or passengers. Leadership--of a ship or a nation-state--requires special expertise that can only be gained by knowledge and experience.    
"Our aim in founding the State was not the disproportionate happiness of any one class, but the greatest happiness of the whole; we thought that in a State which is ordered with a view to the good of the whole we should be most likely to find Justice."

Plato, Commonwealth III

  1. A society is always ruled by an elite, of whatever kind.

     If we examine history with a discerning eye, we discover that power and initiative have always been exercised by a cohesive minority (elite) who are marked off from the mass of the population by some particular skill, quality, or insight--positive or negative.

     Human beings do not organize themselves spontaneously; things only happen when a small group decides to act in moving the larger collection forward. Whether it be a book club or a nation, someone has to decide what the group will do, who will be members and who won't, when and where it will meet, and all the other minutiae that most members of a collective never suspect have to be done. Most human beings have neither the time, the interest, nor the opportunity to act unless led by a small elite.

"In all societies--from societies that are very meagerly developed and have barely attained the dawnings of civilization, down to the most advanced and powerful societies--two classes of people appear--a class that rules and a class that is ruled. The first class, always the less numerous, performs all political functions, monopolizes power and enjoys the advantages that power brings, whereas the second class, the more numerous, is directed and controlled by the first, in a manner that is more or less legal, now more or less arbitrary and violent."

Mosca, The Ruling Class

"Plato undertook the composition of a dialogue containing, in the most vivid and comprehensive way, his reflections and conclusions concerning his two battles to establish in Syracuse the new base of operations for the anti-Persian struggle. This dialogue is the well-known, but little understood, Republic.

"In the Republic, Plato directly addresses the question of the political leadership needed not only to rid the world of Persia, but to rule it well. Through the dialogue, the curriculum for the development of this new type of leadership was made available for the first time to the larger circle of students and collaborators gathered around the Academy. With an eye to the past, the Republic is the summation of Plato's two decades of political organizing, his reflection on his experience in attempting to recruit the Dionysii as philosophers and leaders of the anti-Persian faction. Looking, forward, it lays the basis for the political battles to come, by throwing open the 'Royal Road to Knowledge'--the lessons the moral cowardice of the Dionysii prevented them from learning to the political cadre Plato was now training to continue those battles.

"The question of political leadership, Plato says, is fundamentally a question of education. In the Republic, Plato puts forward his program for the education of the philosopher-king, the new type of leader the Academy would offer the Greek world for the rest of Plato's life. Training in music and gymnastics, followed by a rigorous instruction in geometry, would create men capable of examining the lawfulness of mind itself, capable of becoming conscious masters of their own powers of creativity. Such persons, in turn, would make it their business to educate their societies, to endow the citizens under their direction with enhanced capabilities to lead just and productive lives."

Charles Tate, "The Truth About Plato"

  1. A commonwealth must be lead by a philosophical aristocracy.

     Those best able to direct the course of a society, Plato maintained, are those who are trained in the search for wisdom (philosophy) and live their lives as protectors of the people. But instead of recognizing this insight as to who should guide a nation-state, throughout history small groups of ignorant, self-deluded, power-mad pretenders have seized political-economic-social control, ignoring those who truly know how to order a society.

     Plato recognized that a nation would have to be composed of extraordinarily intelligent people to put philosopher-leaders in charge of their public institutions. Nonetheless, Plato contended that only if persons seeking true wisdom (philosophers) were the guardians of society would all people prosper, because philosophers seek the good of all the people in a society instead of a wealthy few.

     Every step in human progress--social and spiritual--has been brought about by a handful of innovators who have discovered new and more productive ways of carrying out necessary tasks. The new methods and concepts both revise and replace the older, traditional techniques and ideas. Innovators, from Socrates to Jesus to Einstein, have been perceived by traditionalists as anti-social revolutionaries.

  1. There are specific factors required for the commonwealth way of life.
     First, we must realize that a commonwealth is not an external condition or system but a way of life. As such, it must be pursued, achieved, and then continually maintained. By definition, it requires of its participants certain values, qualities of character, and capacities. Those values, qualities, and capacities must be central to one's whole life and being.

  • This means that it is not possible to practice a commonwealth life-style in one area of life--say on the job or in a civic organization--and yet remain acquiescent to or unmindful of the fascism of a political-economic system, or remain tyrannical in one's personal relationships.

  • This also means that the commonwealth principle, by its very nature, cannot be given to us by decree, or mandate, or vote, or constitution, or even political revolt. It is a capability for discovering the truth and making group decisions which we must achieve for ourselves and which then requires continual effort and vigilance. The commonwealth principle is not an end to be achieved once-and-for-all and handed from one generation to another. It is a continually adaptive process used by people in ordering their lives toward critical common goals such as constitutional liberties. Each generation's goals change, so a commonwealth life-style is a process which is never completed or achieved, any more than the process of learning is something we get the hang of and then stop doing.

"So history, namely change, has been mainly due to a small number of 'seers,' --really gropers and monkeyers--whose native curiosity outran that of their fellows and led them to escape here and there from the sanctified blindness of their time."

James Harvey Robinson, The Mind in the Making:
the Relation of Intelligence to Social Reform
, 1921

Previous Efforts Toward Commonwealth

     Genuine efforts toward a benevolent social order--commonwealth--were made by more advanced persons and groups such as Pythagoras' community at Krotona, Plato's Academy, Jesus' preaching of the sovereignty of a Higher Realm, and Hypatia's Neo-Platonic school at Alexandria.

     A considerable number of utopian or "pseudo-democratic" groups have attempted to create a more exemplary society: New Harmony, Amana, Brook Farm, Oneida, and the colonial leaders' creation of the United States, to name but a few.

      The efforts of many of these utopian societies were doomed to failure from the beginning because of their rigid adherence to preconceived dogmas and their authoritarian social structures. Whether it be the doctrinaire socialism of Robert Owens, George Ripley's dogma of the abolition of domestic servitude, or the unyielding doctrines of perfectionism and "male continence" on the part of John Humphrey Noyes, dogmatic creeds and prejudices led to the inevitable failure of these ventures.

     The creation of the United States Constitution through a coup d'état of a tyrannous group lead by Alexander Hamilton and John Adams, bent on creating a document which would favor the rich and powerful, doomed American "democracy" to failure from the beginning.

"In a very real sense, the Constitution was a coup d'état by the bankers and other 'moneyed interests' who were trying to protect their investments in the collapsing post-Revolution economy."
Michael Hasty, "Uncommon Sense: 21st Century
American Revolution," Online Journal, Dec 4, 2004

     Earlier efforts by Perennialist teachers or those inspired by Perennialist teachings were primarily for the purpose of preserving humankind and assisting in its intellectual and spiritual advancement and evolution. In some instances, principles and practices of a commonwealth were articulated by these advanced groups, such as Plato's Commonwealth, to assist in developing humankind's intellectual, social, and philosophical capabilities so that a commonwealth could be created when that became a possibility.

"The philosopher remains quiet, minds his own affairs, and, as it were, standing aside under shelter of a wall in a storm and blast of dust and sleet and seeing others filled full of lawlessness, is content if in any way he may keep himself free from iniquity and unholy deeds through this life and take his departure with fair hope, serene and well content when the end comes."

"Well," he said, "that is no very slight thing to have achieved before taking his departure."

"He would not have accomplished any very great thing either," I replied, "if it were not his fortune to live in a state adapted to his nature. In such a state only will he himself rather attain his full stature and together with his own preserve the common weal."

Plato, The Commonwealth, Book 6

The Invisible Saving Remnant

     As our present "dark age" grows ever more barbaric, it may be necessary for the saving remnant to organize itself as an "invisible" group in which to preserve and disseminate the Perennial wisdom. Alexis Carrel, a twentieth-century Nobel Prize winner, thought that such a "survival society" might have to adopt the structure of earlier organizations such as the Knights Templar.

"A group, although very small, is capable of eluding the harmful influence of the society of its epoch by imposing upon its members rules of conduct modelled on military or monastic discipline. Such a method is far from being new. Humanity has already lived through periods when communities of men and women separated from others and adopted strict regulations, in order to attain their ideals. Such groups were responsible for the development of our civilisation during the Middle Ages. There were the monastic orders, the orders of chivalry, and the corporations of artisans. Among the religious organisations, some took refuge in monasteries, while others remained in the world. But all submitted to strict physiological and mental discipline. The knights complied with rules varying according to the aims of the different orders. In certain circumstances, they were obliged to sacrifice their lives. As for the artisans, their relations between themselves and with the public were determined by exacting legislation. Each corporation had its customs, its ceremonies, and its religious celebrations. In short, the members of these communities renounced the ordinary forms of existence. Are we not capable of repeating, in a different form, the accomplishments of the monks, the knights, and the artisans of the Middle Ages?"

Man, the Unknown, 1935

"You do not know and will never know who the Remnant are, or where they are, or how many of them there are, or what they are doing or will do. Two things you do know, and no more: first, that they exist; second, that they will find you."

Albert Jay Nock, Free Speech and Plain Language, 1937

The Supernal Features of the Saving Remnant

         An earlier essay described how ordinary humans are rapidly losing the ability to understand reality, while a small contemporary group is accessing supernormal knowledge through portals into Higher Consciousness. These are the true representatives of Plato's vision of philosopher-leaders and our current conception of a saving remnant. They are making knowledge available about what is actually going on in the world--beyond what the cabal media lies say is going on.
     And, of critical importance, they are preserving higher knowledge in books and Web sites which will be available when conditions have degenerated to the point where a rudely awakened mass of people will suddenly say: "How can we get out of this intolerable situation? What knowledge do we need to re-build a sane and progressive world?"

     These supra-humans have undergone a spiritual transformation through initiation into a Higher Consciousness and are harbingers of the evolutionary Supra-Human. The foundations of this transformational knowledge lie within the Perennial Tradition. These savants are now creating a saving remnant--a new culture--which is overcoming the current Dark Ages and laying a foundation for a future commonwealth.

     After humankind had degenerated during the Dark Ages, Perennialist teachers made available to the West the teachings which spurred Renaissance literature and art, science, and the Enlightenment. The Enlightenment provided the impulse which brought about the American revolution and its transformative documents, the Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

      These and the additional embodiments of the Perennial tradition--the Hermetic, Platonic, and Esoteric Christian, among others--have inspired humankind ever since and today give proof to people worldwide that a New World is being realized in an invisible way and is overcoming the demonic cabal.

"This Remnant may remind our children and grandchildren of a truth known to our ancestors: individual 'freedom' expresses itself as harmonious, integrated social behavior. If you refer to an etymological dictionary, you will discover--as I did many years ago--that the words 'peace,' 'freedom,' 'love,' and 'friend' have interconnected origins. Our allegedly "primitive" predecessors understood what our college-indoctrinated minds have long since forgotten, namely, that a peaceful society is one in which free men and women live as friends with genuine love for one another. 13

The Saving Remnant's Secret Weapon: Dialectic

     The reason why previous efforts toward commonwealth failed is that the groups making this attempt did not possess an understanding of higher social ordering principles or capability in a methodology by which to create and maintain a saving remnant. A transforming and enlightening group--a saving remnant--possesses knowledge of and experience with transcendent procedural capabilities known as dialectic: Plato's mystical science which he termed maieutic psychagogy:
  • Maieutic: maieutikos, midwife, one who assists in the delivery of a new being

  • Psychagogy: psuchagoge, from Greek, psuche, soul, and agoge, transport to or lead out of; the science of helping to bring out (give birth to) new elements (ideas, beings) from a person's soul or to infuse (transmit into) a person's soul, elements from a higher level of being

     Most persons--including almost all academic philosophers--have failed to understand the transcendent nature of dialectic. They assume they know--from a superficial reading of Plato's dialogues--what this phenomenon means: merely the debating and arguing that go on in ordinary academic discussion. So they find it difficult to fathom why Plato made such a huge fuss over this element within his philosophical teachings, indicating that only dialectic made it possible for the philosopher to apprehend higher knowledge. It's a challenge for us to understand what a supernal phenomenon dialectic really is.

Dialectic Within the Saving Remnant

     We've seen some of the numinous qualities of dialectic; now we must examine how this paranormal phenomenon operates within a saving remnant.

     Dialectic is so misunderstood a concept and so arcane in its essential nature that only persons who have experienced this heightened state of consciousness can hope to understand it or participate in it. Some of the transcendent aspects of dialectic are so enigmatic and inexplicable, that it requires extra-ordinary discernment to understand or practice this methodology. For example, dialectic allows participants to communicate by supernormal means which are not completely explained by such terms as telepathy or insight.

      It's an astounding experience to become aware of the "opening up" of artistic elements (literature, music, art, conversation, humor) simply because you're within a dialectic environment with an advanced person or persons. Even in a dialectic milieu composed of two participants, a book or a piece of music or a painting can suddenly reveal completely new, previously unexperienced--and unanticipated--aspects. Interaction and communication within a dialectical group evinces an uncommon, supernormal openness, considerateness, and honesty which can be experienced in no other atmosphere. Once a person has experienced this kind of interaction, the "small talk" and inanity of ordinary interchange seems unrewarding and repugnant.

"Those who understand Higher Wisdom do not speak in an ordinary manner.

Those who speak in an ordinary manner do not grasp Higher Knowledge.

Close the mouth; shut the door."

Lao-tzu, Oriental Teacher

     A saving remnant is a group which survives during a time of Pandemonium: anarchy and tyranny. Dialectic, as a supernal methodology for discovering truth and arriving at symbiotic group consensus, is absolutely essential if the group is to gain understanding of what is happening and determine how to respond effectively. That is, dialectic not only provides knowledge but also discernment as to what strategies will be effectual in realizing the group's goals.

     The dialectical process in a transformative, enlightening group has part of its purpose in training persons in the dialectical procedures, feelings, attitudes, and mind-set, so they may become leaders both within the saving remnant itself and also in the larger society. Dialectical training produces these effects:

  • Participants are better able to "see" and "listen to" others--in the group and outside. Ego distractions no longer blind and deafen us, and we suddenly discern deeper meanings within persons, events and objects, making us capable of responding to them in entirely new, more potent ways.

  • Participants in dialectic are more capable of disclosing feelings and ideas, both those which they are aware of when the interchange begins and those newly realized elements which appear as the dialectical process proceeds.

  • Dialectical interchange makes it possible to come to agreement on facts and strategies in a more comprehensive manner. As the group focuses on questions, problems, and issues, the diversity of thought and understanding within the participants produces symbiotic resolutions and realizations which no other atmosphere can produce.

  • Participants gain an increasingly effective capability of "seeing" the main thread in a procedure, event, or problem which allows them to lead others in a line of thought or a direction of action that eventuates in enhanced understanding and effective activity.

  • Leadership capabilities within the dialectical setting include discernment of subtle elements such as ambience, pacing, meaning, and resonance. This allows participants to gain the capability of weaving a common fabric of thought and action, a cross-patterning of all the participants' contributions into a lovely and efficacious tapestry.

  • One of the major discoveries which a saving remnant makes through its use of dialectic is the most effectual way to leaven the larger society with its own inspirations and approaches, leading ultimately to a commonwealth.

"A renaissance of a dead culture will occur only when an affiliated society has raised itself to the cultural level at which its predecessor was standing at the time when it was accomplishing the achievements that have now become candidates for resuscitation."

Arnold Toynbee, The Study of History   14


1 Paulo Freire, The Pedagogy of the Oppressed

2 Ralph Nader, Reflections On the Consumer Movement, Public Citizen, September/October, 2011

3 Allegory: the expression by means of symbolic fictional figures and actions of truths about human existence. Allegories of a saving remnant include these elements:

  • Old Testament - captivity - evil captor and complicit captive - release of remnant - rebuilding Temple
  • Middle Ages - mind destruction followed by reintroduction of Perennial wisdom
  • Poisoned Well - the ethos of a culture becomes contaminated and only those who avoid these noxious aspects survive and can lead the larger society to a higher order of life
  • Rebuilding

4 Metaphor: a figure of speech in which a word or phrase literally denoting one kind of object or idea is used in place of another to suggest a likeness or analogy between them

5 Analogy: inference that if two or more things agree with one another in some respects they will probably agree in others; resemblance in some particulars between the members of pairs of sets of linguistic forms that serve as a basis for the creation of another form

6 In religion, salvation refers to being saved from an undesirable state or condition. In Western religions, this state is typically one in which an individual faces the prospect of eternal torment in hell. In Eastern religions, this state is typically one in which an individual faces earthly suffering during endless cycles of death and reincarnation.

7 Saving:

  • To keep safe from injury, harm, or destruction : protect

  • To keep alive, intact, or free from decay: maintain

  • To keep or save from decomposition: preserve

  • To keep up and reserve for personal or special use: rediscover

8 The separation of the soul from its original state of being is not total. Regeneration to and re-attainment of our original state are desirable and possible. Despite the soul's fall there persists in it, although in a condition of atrophy and enchantment, a residual seed of that divine principle which once wholly actuated it. This seed, the latent "divine spark," the "Christ in you" of Paul, used effectively, can bring about regeneration--the reunion of personal consciousness with the Universal Mind. This process of regeneration (palingenenesia in Greek) is an actual transmutation of the psychical and physical elements within our present frail and imperfect nature into a divinized condition.

9 Walker Winslow, "The Irrelevance of the Cold War," MANAS Journal, November 28, 1962

10 Ibid.

11 Albert Jay Nock, Free Speech and Plain Language, 1937

12 "The Weight of Orthodoxy," MANAS, March 21, 1984

13 Butler Shaffer, "The Sociopathic Cult,", January 24, 2005

14 In this book, Toynbee refers to a contemporary "Western Dark Age."


Examples of Dialectic:

    These three examples assist interested persons in attaining a "sense" of what should or should not occur in dialectical interchange at various levels. Each interchange is made up of an entirely unique configuration of ideas, communications, and interactions--as the event unfolds. You will need to read these examples if you wish to participate in dialectical interchange.

  1. This is a session in which the participant has clearly not adequately prepared to effectively take part in a dialectical interchange. This kind of unprepared person would not be allowed to participate, so this example should be construed as representing a counterindicative episode that would not ordinarily take place. This illustration can help prospective participants prepare for a dialectical interchange in the sense of seeing how necessary it is to move out of the cliched, hackneyed, academic, scholastic communication mode to be able to participate successfully. In this sample session, it is clear that the participant has not succeeded in making the necessary prerequisite changes in his thoughts and feelings to enable him to participate in an altered mode of interchange.

    In the other two examples below, an altered state of consciousness is markedly in evidence during the interchange.

  2. This is a modern dialectical interchange between Diotima and Socrates, providing an illustration of how dialectic eventuates at an advanced level

  3. In this third example, the interchange occurs at an exceptionally high level, with understanding being "produced" through the dialectical process.