There are a lot of rightist philosophies which use the name “traditionalism” but in the Southern, or broadly Western, context the most important is the Classical-Christian (“classical” as in deriving in partly from Greek and Roman, rather than in part from Judaism) Tradition. This is the set of norms and ideals which feminists label “Patriarchy,” and as fatherhood or male-headship is at its foundation, there’s nothing objectionable about this term.
While traditional Christianity and Patriarchy are tied, it is not necessary for a man to be a confessing Christian to embrace Patriarchy. As the Anglo cultures were formed by traditional Christianity over millennia, these are the default norms for Southern men, even if they are agnostics or atheists. Many of these norms are shared by other religious traditions, but these traditions are alien to the West, and differ in some important ways, and therefore should be largely ignored except when necessary to contrast distinctions.
It’s important to address the issue of Neo-Paganism before we go any further. While many rightists have embraced Odinism for a variety of reasons, Neo-Paganism remains an empty vessel: it can be filled with whatever the owner desires. Many choose to fill Odinism with an atavistic, Nietzschean philosophy but this presents a number of problems for group cohesiveness. Those who choose to embrace inherited cultural Christian norms while rejecting Christian mythos are on a more sustainable path, although ultimately it remains doubtful that very many Southern men will ever embrace what is essentially a long-dead form of religion without the great legacy of ritual, art and literature found in the Classical-Christian tradition.
The first principle of Patriarchy is Fatherhood. Men naturally desire children as this is the closest we get to immortality in this life. But, to be a father means more than to merely have a child. Fatherhood includes the provisioning, protection and direction of one’s family. A proper family needs both a father and a mother, both filling their own unique roles. Our society is perhaps the first in human history to be nearly totally opposed to fatherhood. Both our legal system and economic realities undermine fatherhood in a myriad of ways. Our movement must value the practice of fatherhood and do everything within our power to encourage and aide fathers. At the same time, we must value mothers, as the ultimate caretakers, the “keepers of the hearth,” and advocate policies which will allow them to remain at home with their children.
In the traditional social-order, beyond the family is the community, which in the past was directed by its elders (in Greek, Presbyteros, from which the English words “Presbyter” and “Priest” derive). These elders enforced patriarchal norms on the wider community, both in ensuring the care of indigent persons and orphans, and in ensuring that sexual norms and proprieties were enforced. In the past, this role was filled by the local clergy and other community leaders, but the people in these positions today are often a) not men b) solely interested in their own self-aggrandizement or c) incompetent.
The principle of “eldership” will be one of the more difficult ideals for our movement to embrace at this juncture because most of us are simply too young. Still it is a valuable tradition which runs counter to prevailing anti-culture norms and may in fact present an opportunity to attract older men to our ranks. Building relationships with older men in our local communities who aren’t “woke,” seeking their advice and direction, and sharing with them our struggles, may even bring some of those men around to our cause.
The third principle of Patriarchy is simply “No-homo.” Virtually every traditional society rightly considered homosexuality and all its variants (including transgenderism or cross-dressing) to be an anti-social, dangerous perversion. They rightly associated homosexuality with pedophilia. We cannot associate with men who would seek to normalize homosexuality because it is fundamentally antithetical to the health of the communities we seek to create.
A final principle for a functioning Patriarchy is “Purity.” Children, both girls and boys, must be protected from the sicknesses rampant in the adult world as long as possible. They cannot be exposed to pornography, infidelity, homosexuality and other perversions. Similarly, mothers, fathers, elders, churches and traditions must be kept pure of perversion. Irony, parody, and mockery must be kept in check. Humans desire the sacred and it is the job of Patriarchy and its office holders: fathers, mothers, and elders, to protect sacred things.
When a community has established itself and upholds the sacred, the foundation of a healthy social order have been laid, but they must still be built on. Economic and legal systems must be designed to protect families and communities. Architecture, environmental health, and community planning should be addressed as well, but these are all topics for another day.