Doctrine

The political order is conceptually prior to the individual.

The idea of the human being as absent from a political order is a fiction. The institutions, customs, and norms established by sovereign power constitutes the political order. All people are born into some order with its customs, traditions, and moral order, which shapes the individual – even if the only decision maker is a mother or father in an isolated family. Rejection of this is the foundation of liberalism.

All political orders promote some moral and spiritual order

Decision makers work to align their environment with their goals and values, which are based on an explicit or implicit worldview and moral hierarchy of goods. By doing so, they promote these goals and values. Thus, all political orders tend towards some worldview and hierarchy of goods. Ergo, the liberal claim to neutrality on questions of the good – usually called secularism – is a sham.

Political orders are not universal, but geared towards the populations which comprise them.

The customs and institutions of rule are selected for based on the characteristics of the ruled population. Diversity in the population leads to orders which suppress the possibility of conflict (Singapore) or creates a plurality of institutions (Canada in 1867, Austria-Hungary). However, this means that drastic enough changes in the population will lead to chaos.

Equality is a false god.

Any two populations differ. Any two individuals differ. Any man differs to himself on different days. The question of politics is how judgement is exercised by the best, wisest, and most able.

The law of conservation of sovereignty.

All constitutions, laws, customs, and principles are interpreted and enforced by people. The group or person who decides how these are enforced is sovereign. The strongest expression of sovereignty is the power to decide when such norms are suspended. The notion that any constitution, law, custom or principle exists outside of the sovereignty of its enforcers is a sham. Therefore, the focus of concern must be the wisdom, virtue, and ability of the deciders rather than notions of “limited government”.

Peace and order are established as sovereignty is secured.

Sovereignty is a form of power, and individual people and groups generally seek to increase their power. When sovereignty is insecure, there is competition between power actors. At any given point, a holder of power may find themselves in conflict with a rival. In other words, divided sovereignty is conflict and chaos. Division of authority within the state introduces permanent and ongoing conflict into the state.

Sovereignty is secured the more it is unified.

If we imagine that sovereign decision making power were spread across a mass of people, we will quickly realize that each individual has only the most marginal influence. For coherent and long-term governance, decision makers must possess enough power to exert influence over others. From this truth stems the iron law of oligarchy.

Monarchy exists when sovereign power is securely held by a single individual.

Even oligarchies and aristocracies face internal conflict. This is apparent in all democratic countries, where elite interest groups and political factions are in permanent conflict over the vision and policies of the state. Only an individual exercising judgement is able to use sovereignty in a rational and coherent manner.

Canada’s mission to bear witness of these truths.

Canada was founded to defend the monarchic social order  – what Sir John A. Macdonald called “the monarchical principle” – on the North American continent. It inherited the ancient traditions of European Christendom and united under one Crown the British and French branches of that civilization on this continent. Canada carried out its mission militarily in 1776 and 1812, geopolitically throughout the western expansion in the 19th century, and philosophically through George Grant and others in the 20th. This is the cause to which Irishmen like Thomas D’Arcy McGee and Germans such as Prime Minister Diefenbaker united themselves, and the mission inherent in the political order which shapes all Canadians today.

As witnessed by Grant and others, Canada’s governing classes abandoned this mission and sought to integrate themselves and the country in the American-led order of global liberal hegemony. This same power has sought to destroy the heritage of the West as a whole – and now that of civilizations across the world. It has laid waste to the crowns of Europe, driven out the faith of our fathers, and reduced us to atomized economic units whose very gender and race can be reconstructed at will. It now attempts the wholesale destruction of borders and replacement of populations, which remain barriers to a global marketplace.

Northern Dawn is a project of Restoration.

In the wake of such desolation, we remember that our civilization has faced such trials before. Northern Dawn joins those across the Western world who are taking up the banner against this chaos. We seek to rediscover the memory handed down to us and the mission given to us. We are beckoned by the possibility of a new cycle of restored order and wisdom – perhaps even carried out among the stars to new worlds.

In the words of the great poet Ezra Pound: “Make strong old dreams.”