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PostSubject: Re: Things to Read Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:15 am

Thanks Advocatus.

I've linked the whole of the last book in the Palaistra already if you are interested.

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PostSubject: Re: Things to Read Wed Oct 23, 2013 3:47 pm

Becoming Who We Are:
Leftist Eurocentrism & the Destiny of the West


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Even within the most modern of Western men – yes, even within our politically correct academics – we still see some glimmer of the old, Indo-European thumotic nature. One sees this, of course, in the polemical nature of Leftist scholarship. And, as Ricardo Duchesne points out, their critique of the West embodies the perennial Western negativity about itself, and Western “self-doubt.” This may be the hardest point for Right-wing critics of the Left to understand. The suicidal self-hatred of Western Left-wingers is something that seems utterly mad, and defies explanation.

Of course many Right-wingers do, in fact, have a ready explanation: the self-hatred that currently grips Europeans, and European-Americans, is a kind of plague germ spread by non-Europeans who wish to manipulate us for their own ethnic self-interest. But such manipulation would be impossible if Europeans did not already exhibit an innate capacity for ruthless, sometimes suicidal self-criticism. The anti-Western animus of the European Left may be foolish, dishonest, and disastrous – but it is not un-Western.

From the beginning the West has been animated by a spirit of individualism that has involved the willingness to negate even the desire for life in order to achieve the ideal. We have been willing to risk everything, in other words, for individual autonomy, and for our vision of what is right. This is the source of everything great about us, but it is simultaneously our tragic flaw. It seems to lead, in many Westerners, to a form of madness in which one comes to believe that freedom means emancipation from all limits whatsoever. And so modern Westerners now believe that we are not just capable of taming or channeling our animal desires, but of giving birth to ourselves.

We believe that we can free ourselves from history, from culture, from biology, even from the limits of time and space. We deny heredity, natural inequality, upper limits on physical and mental development, ethnic and national characters, and even the difference between the sexes. We want to “have it all” and be all, or anything. But, of course, this really amounts to being nothing at all. And that really is our goal: the apotheosis of the Western spirit. To be absolutely free of all limits and all otherness; to be free of anything not chosen by the autonomous self. To be free, in fact, of identity. Pico della Mirandola (in his Oration on the Dignity of Man, 1486) understood us correctly: we Westerners are the animal with no nature – or at least we think that we are. And this realization, in fact, is what Hegel saw standing at the end of history. All of history for Hegel was the coming into being, through (Western) humanity of Aristotle’s God: the being who is utterly and completely independent, self-sufficient, and undetermined; spinning in an eternal bliss of pure and perfect self-relatedness.

But, of course, this is complete insanity. It is true enough that we are able to negate our animal nature in the name of an ideal, or to channel our animal drives. But we are not free to be anything we like. The very ability to react against our animal drives has its basis in factors – biological and cultural – that we have not chosen. And the obvious truth is that we haven’t freed ourselves from history, culture, and biology. We have only fooled ourselves into thinking that we have, or that it is possible. Intrinsic, immutable human characteristics continue to exist – as well as intrinsic, immutable human inequalities. The madness of the West is not that it has removed these things, but that it thinks it has. And this madness may well lead to its destruction.

As a perfect illustration of how one cannot escape one’s nature and one’s history, simply consider today’s Left-wingers. Whether we tarry with the p.c. historians or sociologists at Ivy League schools, or with the garden-variety liberals of Berkeley, California, or with the Democratic power brokers of Washington, D.C., or with the Labour organizers of London, we will find a people as deeply invested in Eurocentrism as Rudyard Kipling.

I know that this will seem an incredible claim. But consider: while those on the Left spend a great deal of time today speaking about “diversity,” in reality they are only willing to affirm those aspects of other cultures that do not conflict with the ideals of Western liberalism. Other cultures may enter into the great, multicultural project – but they may not exhibit (as many do) sexism, misogyny, or homophobia – or engage in such practices as arranged marriages, duels, honor killings, or clitoridectomy. Western liberals are in fact perfectly prepared to welcome individuals from cultures that practice these things – but most see it as their mission to enlighten them and get them to stop.

The Left-wing “celebration of diversity” amounts, in the end, to a celebration of culture in its external and superficial forms. In other words, to Western liberals “multiculturalism” winds up amounting simply to such things as different costumes, music, styles of dance, languages, and food. The real guts of the different cultures – how they view the world, how they view the divine, how they view men and women – have to be nipped and tucked (or even excised entirely) to bring them into conformity with Western liberalism.

Thus, the hidden agenda of so-called “multiculturalism” is really the “Enlightenment,” or rather Europeanization, of all peoples. Now, I would venture to say that virtually no Western liberals are consciously aware of this. The obvious reason is that for the most part they are unable to see the culture of liberalism as uniquely Western – and thus they do not perceive that they have any Western identity at all. They see themselves as cosmopolitans; citizens of the world. They have no qualms about “helping” others to become like themselves, because they think that what they are really doing is merely helping those others to become truly human (to “realize their human potential”).

They have unconsciously taken European traits and values as simply “human” and projected them onto the rest of the world. It is thus possible for them to both “celebrate diversity” and, for example, give condescending lectures to Muslims about women’s rights. They do not perceive this as imposing their culture onto others, because they do not even perceive their culture as their culture; they see it as a “universal humanity” that others may need a little help to fully actualize. And it is their mission to help them to do so! (And one of our Western characteristics is that we must always have a mission in order to justify our existence.) The unification of all peoples, an end to war and strife, universal respect for rights, universal political enlightenment. It’s the end of history, and it’s all decked out in a coat of many colors. But there is but one lily-white Western mono-culture underneath. And the ultimate irony is that that mono-culture is spread by self-hating Westerners who condemn their culture because they think it has failed to live up to ideals that are, in fact, the invention of Westerners.

Of course, it is not just the Leftists who exhibit these tendencies – who want to civilize the planet by spreading a Western culture they do not even recognize as Western. Conservatives are playing the same game (especially the recent variety of “neo-conservatives”). It seems not to matter who is in charge. We are always in the business of exporting our “timeless ideals.” Always forcing others to be free. Always celebrating otherness by imposing a “humanitarian” sameness. It seems that we Westerners simply cannot escape our Westernness, regardless of our political affiliation.

So what is the cure for this peculiar brand of madness? Here we have to be careful, because some of the cures proposed by Right-wingers are, in fact, worse than the disease. A cure is worse than the disease when it kills the patient. And some have proposed alterations to our self-conception and way of life that are profoundly anti-Western. For example, it is true that one of our problems is that we lack unity. So some of us look to non-Western countries like North Korea, take note of their impressive unity, and yearn for something similar. But we must keep squarely in mind that though our individualism, our passion for freedom, our self-criticism, and our bellicose nature have indeed, it seems, produced some pretty problematic results – nevertheless this is us. This is who we are.

Whoever would seek to save the West must not seek to change what is fundamentally Western about us. Indeed, such an aim is doomed to failure. So what is the answer? It is just possible, of course, that there may not be one. It is just possible that Western man is indeed a tragic figure, and his story a tale with no happy ending possible. This was Spengler’s position, in fact. And we must confront it. In the final analysis, we might just be a people whose incomparable greatness was made possible by traits that eventually doomed it.

Of course, if we adopt this pessimistic outlook we are bound to make Spengler’s prophecy a self-fulfilling one. So I would like to suggest an alternative. It deserves to be discussed at greater length, but I will merely sketch it out here. Fittingly, I will take my inspiration from Hegel. The thinker who revealed to us the beginning of Western history, its course, and its alleged end may also be able to provide us with a way to a new beginning.

In his Philosophy of Right, Hegel deals with different conceptions of freedom. Most philosophers and ordinary people take freedom to mean “lack of constraint,” and to be the opposite of “determination.” But, good dialectician that he was, Hegel argues that this conception rests upon a false dichotomy. If freedom means lack of determination, then freedom is completely impossible. All of us are born into a determinate set of cultural, social, geographical, and historical circumstances. We don’t choose these things, but they shape who we are – often in ways we are oblivious to (as my earlier discussion of Eurocentric Leftists illustrates).

But Hegel argues that this fact is not something we should mourn – because this “determination” is merely the set of conditions that makes possible our freedom. As I remarked earlier, freedom is always freedom within a context; “freedom of choice” means freedom, within a certain context, to select from a number of options. The context always defines what the options are – even the option you may dream up, that no one else has realized or thought to choose. And all sorts of factors define and make possible a context, factors over which we have no control. So, for example, that I was born in this country as opposed to that one, to this sort of family, in this time period, etc., undeniably limits me – but it defines a context in which I may make choices and, indeed, realize myself as the sort of being I am.

Now, suppose someone responds to this by saying “Yes, but I didn’t get to choose the context I was thrust into, or to define what my choices are. Therefore I’m not free.” This is simply not a reasonable position, however, for it demands the impossible – and thus sets up an impossible, chimerical notion of freedom. Hegel’s answer to this is to say that we are always fully and absolutely free so long as we recognize that the “limiting factors” in our lives are in fact the conditions for our self-realization; the conditions for such freedom as we have, in other words. The man who sees these conditions as merely alien and “oppressive” will feel himself unfree. If, on the other hand, he is able to recognize how his unchosen context has made it possible for him to be the man he is, with the choices and possibilities arrayed before him, he will not see these factors as limiting. If, in other words, he chooses the unchosen then he remains a fully autonomous individual. Hegel’s provocative way of putting this is to say that we must “will our determination.”

And this might be the way to save Western man. We cannot change the fact that what we seek is autonomy – to conquer the other, to penetrate, to know, and to control. But the next step in the historical development of Western self-understanding may be to recognize the absolute necessity and immutability of the conditions that make our nature possible. And to affirm them: to will them, to choose them. Hegel, in The Philosophy of Right, spoke exclusively of willing the social conditions that make possible our freedom. But let us expend this to include biological, and other conditions. Thus, for example, the cure for the West’s radical feminism is for the feminist to recognize that the biological conditions that make her a woman – with a woman’s mind, emotions, and drives – cannot be denied and are not an oppressive “other.” They are the parameters within which she can realize who she is and seek satisfaction in life. No one can be free of some set of parameters or other; life is about realizing ourselves and our potentials within those parameters.

Hegel was right about history: the telos of (Western) history really is our coming to consciousness of ourselves. But, contra Hegel’s followers, we are not at the end of history. In fact, we are going through a stage of history in which we are still profoundly deluded in our self-understanding. And it is having disastrous consequences. The next phase of the historical dialectic, if there is one, will be the antithesis of the present: we Westerners will recognize the futility and destructiveness of denying our nature; of denying the unchosen conditions – biological, cultural, historical, social – that make us who we are. And we will choose instead to affirm those conditions. This is no defeat for us, and no rejection of what makes us uniquely Western. It is the action of a fully self-aware and autonomous being. It is the Western spirit come to complete and perfect consciousness of itself: as unique, as a being of a specific nature which it simply cannot escape. And who would want to escape such a glorious nature as ours?

But what then? That is a uniquely Western question. For the West, there is always something yet to come, some adventure to be had. Well, willing the conditions for our freedom doesn’t mean the same thing as making peace with the world. No, we Westerners are determined to strive – to be restless. It is this fact about ourselves that we must make peace with, and affirm. And so we will go forward to new adventures, conquering new territories (literally and metaphorically). But this time it will be with full consciousness of who we are – and pride in who we are. The “end of history” comes when we achieve this absolute self-consciousness and stop deluding ourselves, and denying ourselves.

But the “end” of our history is only the beginning, for it is truly the point at which we come into full possession of ourselves and our possibilities. And those possibilities are limitless and will remain so, if we live and act always in the knowledge of who we are. If, to put it a different way, we become who we are.

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PostSubject: Re: Things to Read Wed Oct 30, 2013 11:47 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Things to Read Wed Nov 06, 2013 3:23 am

“Our Civilization is Disappearing”
Interview with Jean Raspail


What do you feel about the current situation?

You know, I’ve no wish to join the big group of intellectuals who spend their time debating immigration . . . I have the impression that these talks serve no purpose. The people already know it all, intuitively: that France, as our ancestors fashioned it centuries ago, is disappearing. And that we keep the gallery amused by talking ceaselessly of immigration without ever saying the final truth. A truth that is moreover unsayable, as my friend Jean Cau noted, because whoever says it is immediately hounded, condemned then rejected. Richard Millet came close to it, look what happened to him!

Is the seriousness of the problem being kept from the French people?

Yes. Starting with the politicians in charge first of all! Publicly “everything’s going well, Madame Marquessa.” But behind closed doors, they acknowledge that “yes, you’re right: there is a real problem.” I have several edifying letters on this subject from prominent leftist politicians, from those on the right too, to whom I sent The Camp of the Saints. “But you understand: we can’t say it …” These people have a double language, a double conscience. I don’t know how they do it! I think the distress comes from there: the people know that things are being hidden from them. Today, tens of millions of people don’t buy into the official discourse on immigration. Not one of them believes that it is an opportunity for France “une chance pour la France.” Because reality imposes itself on them, every day. All of these ideas boil in their heads and don’t come out.

You don’t believe it’s possible to assimilate the foreigners welcomed into France?

No. The model of integration isn’t working. Even if a few more illegals are escorted to the border and we succeed in integrating foreigners a bit more than today, their numbers will not stop growing and that will change nothing in the fundamental problem: the progressive invasion of France and Europe by a numberless third-world. I’m not a prophet, but you see clearly the fragility of these countries, where an unbearable poverty is established and grows ceaselessly alongside indecent wealth. Those people don’t turn to their governments to protest. They expect nothing of them.

They turn to us and arrive in Europe in boats, ever more numerous, today in Lampedusa, tomorrow elsewhere. Nothing discourages them. And thanks to the demography game, by the 2050s, there will be as many young indigenous French as there are young foreigners in France.

Many will be naturalised.

Which doesn’t mean they’ll have become French. I don’t say these are bad people, but “naturalisations on paper” aren’t naturalisations of the heart. I cannot consider them my compatriots. We need to drastically toughen the law, as a matter of urgency.

How can Europe deal with these migrations?

There are only two solutions. Either we accommodate them and France — its culture, its civilisation — will be erased without even a funeral. In my view, that’s what’s going to happen. Or we don’t accommodate them at all — that means stop sacralising the Other and rediscover your neighbour, that means those next to you. Which means that we stop giving a damn sometime about these “Christian ideas gone mad,” as Chesterton said, or these depraved human rights, and that we take the indispensable measures to distance ourselves, without appeal, to avoid the dissolution of our country into a general métissage [literally race-mixing but used as a sort of equivalent of the English diversity]. I don’t see any other solution. I travelled a lot in my youth. All peoples are fascinating but when you mix them too much, it is much more animosity that develops than sympathy. Métissage is never peaceful. It is a dangerous utopia. Look at South Africa!

At the point where we are now, the measures we would have to take would necessarily be very coercive. I don’t believe it will happen and I don’t see anyone who has the courage to do it. They would need to put their soul in the balance, but who is ready for that? That said, I don’t believe for an instant that the supporters of immigration are more charitable than me: there probably isn’t a single one of them who intends to welcome one of these unfortunates into his home . . . all of that’s just an emotional pretence, an irresponsible maelstrom that will engulf us.

Is there therefore no solution other than submission or coercion?

There could perhaps be one, but it will only have one chance: isolates where a population that is ethnically and culturally threatened by other communitarianisms could find refuge. Besides, it’s already happening: we can see already that the French “de souche” [indigenous] are fleeing the so-called “sensitive” districts. The demonstrations against homosexual marriage are also a form of communitarianism: they testify to the rejection by millions of French people to the “change of civilisations” promised by the Left and by Christiane Taubira. Today, everyone condemns communitarianism, but it could be a solution, at least temporarily. These opposed communitarianisms will reinforce themselves mutually by the animosity they will convey and that will end, finally, in extremely severe confrontations. Even if we don’t need to wish that adversity occurs.

You don’t believe in a sudden new beginning, as has occurred many times in the history of France?

No. It would require an epic spirit, an appreciation of an elevated destiny for a sudden new beginning to be possible in France. It would require people to still believe in their country. I don’t see many of them left. At least reforming from top to bottom the national education system and the audio-visual media, taking away the platform from the teachers and the journalists who are participating in the disinformation . . . We have desacralised the idea of the nation, the exercise of power, the past of the country. We have put cracks in the statue of France, we have disfigured it (expecially the Left!) to the point where nothing inspires respect any more. The power of the false ideas disseminated by the national education system and the media is boundless. But as for me, I have lived in France for 1500 years, I’m OK with what is mine, and I’ve no desire for it to change . . .

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"This cultural history explains the European settlement of the United States as voluntary migrations from four English cultural centers.

Families of zealous, literate Puritan yeomen and artisans from urbanized East Anglia established a religious community in Massachusetts (1629-40);

royalist cavaliers headed by Sir William Berkeley and young, male indentured servants from the south and west of England built a highly stratified agrarian way of life in Virginia (1640-70);

egalitarian Quakers of modest social standing from the North Midlands resettled in the Delaware Valley and promoted a social pluralism (1675-1715);

and, in by far the largest migration (1717-75), poor borderland families of English, Scots, and Irish fled a violent environment to seek a better life in a similarly uncertain American backcountry.

These four cultures, reflected in regional patterns of language, architecture, literacy, dress, sport, social structure, religious beliefs, and familial ways, persisted in the American settlements. The final chapter shows the significance of these regional cultures for American history up to the present. Insightful, fresh, interesting, and well-written, this synthesis of traditional and more current historical scholarship provides a model for interpretations of the American character. Subsequent volumes of this promised multivolume work will be eagerly awaited. Highly recommended for the general reader and the scholar."
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PostSubject: Re: Things to Read Sun Nov 24, 2013 7:17 pm

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Looks good... has anyone read this by any chance?

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PostSubject: Re: Things to Read Tue Jan 07, 2014 8:00 am

Neo-Nihilism​ by Peter Sjöstedt-H

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The Liberal (Marxist, Socialist, Human Secular...) nihilistic twang is noticing a shift in awareness.

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PostSubject: Re: Things to Read Thu Jan 23, 2014 5:20 pm

Spenglerian prophecy come true?

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Ever more indicators of the winter season. The world is only seconds away from overturning money(mutual exchange) as a means of sustenance. Sooner or later the brute force serving the capital interests will surely turn on itself.
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''The following is a summary of the Criticón, reduced almost to the point of a sketch, of a complex work that demands detailed study.

Critilo, man of the world, is shipwrecked on the coast of the island of Santa Elena, where he meets Andrenio, the natural man, who has grown up completely ignorant of civilization. Together they undertake a long voyage to the Isle of Immortality, travelling the long and prickly road of life.''

Nietzsche wrote of the Oráculo, "Europe has never produced anything finer or more complicated in matters of moral subtlety," and Schopenhauer, who translated it into German, considered the book "Absolutely unique... a book made for constant use...a companion for life" for "those who wish to prosper in the great world."

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PostSubject: Re: Things to Read Tue Feb 25, 2014 7:04 pm

Russia is the fifth time is facing the need to protect its sovereignty , the real threat of loss . Previously he was in 1991 : loss of sovereignty of the USSR - in fact, Greater Russia - and decay , and in the course of which appeared modern Ukraine . 1993 - loss of sovereignty of the Russian Federation , where after the execution of the pro-American patriotic parliament liberal group seized absolute power and began the disintegration of Russia itself.

As a direct consequence 1993 - The first Chechen campaign . Then in 1999 - the apartment bombings in Moscow, Basayev gang invasion of Dagestan , the arrival of Putin and the second Chechen company . Then the sovereignty of the Russian Federation Putin was restored .

Next 2008 - call Russia through the attack on Tskhinvali . Introduction troops prevented the collapse of the Russian state in the North Caucasus and Russia have a fixed position on the post-Soviet space - sovereignty confirmed and strengthened. Fifth time - now .

Outcome is still open.

Either we preserve and strengthen the sovereignty and that the current situation is the same , or ... see the fate of the USSR , Riga OMON , "Berkut" , etc.

So .

In Kiev there was a coup . The government Atlanticist Liberal Nazi junta . This junta - part of the global network of American hegemony , the segment of the New World Order , desperately trying to save. In Russia itself, there is another adjacent segment of the same network . He prevailed in the 1990s , had a strong influence in the 2000s , had almost returned to the fullness of power in 2008-2012 , was again forced back Putin in 2012.

Coup in Ukraine - the success of the active activity of the network. Let me remind you : it occurred as a response to a step in the direction of Russia Yanukovych . Everything else - the cover operation .

But it does not stop. Coup goes to Russia . Kissinger says it plainly: " Putin is afraid that we'll have him the same thing ." What does " arrange "? This means that the fifth column in Russia put on alert .

How can break overbearing design, the Party of Regions and Yanukovych clearly demonstrate . What can end the power - corrupt officials and temporary worker , as shown graphically .

In the face of Kiev junta Putin decides not just the fate of the Crimea and Eastern Ukraine , he decides the fate of Russia , in fact - the world's history . If he gives an adequate answer , he will face fierce resistance The World of the American Empire, which now shows that it is still strong and that Europe under her fingernail. If he does not respond , would delay him , recognizing the junta , the battlefield is not just pridvinetsya to our borders , but will be moved to Moscow.

Russian segment of the Liberal Nazism where the Nazis always act as "useful idiots" for liberal lords , has no such mass support , as in Ukraine, but in the political elite and the top of society represented by not less thoroughly.

We know Putin - not Yanukovych and Russian him . But the Americans and Ukrainian Nazis , now required in order to prove this ultimatum . Putin challenged : of course, you - not Yanukovych , now identical to such characters as Yeltsin and Gorbachev , well then ...

The balance of risks ? The risks are the same: do not recognize the junta support Crimea and East, to maintain the sovereignty of Russia - that today is the same - means conflict with the U.S. and its European puppets. Recognize legal junta government - still bring that "Berkut" , Russian and East Crimea and give the green light to new initiatives to dismantle Russia - outside and inside .

Fifth Column mobilized . Putin outside and inside is a lot of pressure .

Now the main thing - to evaluate what happened in Kiev as an illegal coup and refuse to recognize the legality and legitimacy of the coup . And it means - to deny Ukraine in its current political situation in the sovereignty , like the Law of Georgia on the control of Tskhinvali and Sukhumi. Recognition Kiev junta is a huge blow to the sovereignty of Russia itself , staging his question .

Neither more nor less . World froze. And rightly so . In these moments determined the course of world history.

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PostSubject: Re: Things to Read Tue Feb 25, 2014 7:50 pm

What is happening in the Ukraine is another American containment, attack, upon the Russians.
It's payback for backing away from Syria, due to Russia and China, and Iran stepping in.

Syria was supposed to be the next domino to fall.
It's a war of encirclement, around China.
Like they did with the Soviet Union.

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PostSubject: Re: Things to Read Wed Feb 26, 2014 6:17 am

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Syria was supposed to be the next domino to fall.
It's a war of encirclement, around China.
Like they did with the Soviet Union.

Possibly.

But I think the whole Arab Spring was organised to topple the governments of states that oppose Israel. Syria and Iran, like Libya, Egypt, Iraq and the rest were not at all sympathetic to Israel.


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PostSubject: Re: Things to Read Wed Feb 26, 2014 6:34 am

It seems to be about de-stabalizing the whole region. Those re-volutions are actually destroying any kind of nationalism. It doesn't matter what kind. When the country is divided then the extracted resources are not going to be politicized. They will remain subject to the open market and thereby be controlled by who has his hands in every transaction on the 'open market'. It's important for the western superstate to dissolve any meaningful opposition which is forming.

What if nations were selling their resources not just for the highest price (which can always be paid by those who control the Dollar) but for their political longterm interests? What if nations started to buy their sovereignty with their resources?

The powers that be not only have to stay in power of the 'free' market, they also have to ensure that the others want to participate in that 'free' market.
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An interesting critique of Dugin and "Eurasianism."

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PostSubject: Re: Things to Read Mon May 05, 2014 9:42 pm

An article/interview from one of my favorite websites: ridingthetiger.org.

A newly established resource for Traditionalist philosophy the "TYN". The founder Heimbach is an interesting party. He seems to be propounding a strictly memetic stance on Traditionalism as a whole rather than austere resolute White Nationalism. He has incorporated a touch of that modern conscientiousness to tread lightly on the race realism atmosphere and to garner acceptance by most people, the same way Steven Pinker exudes that academic neutrality when it comes to biological awareness to avoid being subjected to hate or persecution.  

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The Traditionalist Youth Network: An Interview with Matt Heimbach

While these are bleak times for the youth in the United States and western civilization in general, some voices still  raise the banners of tradition against the modern world and all its ills. Matthew Heimbach is one of these voices. He has made a name for himself in a few years as a political agitator against the status quo on and off university campus, and in 2013 co-founded the Traditionalist Youth Network along with Matt Parrott. While the United States has always been at the center of the “white nationalist” ideology, it has rarely had a proper movement defending more than a mere biological idea of race.  This may stem from its foundations which were in many respects anti traditional or as Guenon would deem it, an inversion of the traditional social order. The pitfall of these white nationalist organizations is their harping on one symptom in a reactionary way, ignoring the larger picture. The ideals of tradition stand above and beyond these questions, without necessarily disregarding them. A race and a civilization is not merely a museum piece to be preserved in glass, but an organic, spiritual organism. One can preserve the shell of this, be it a race or a flag but if the vigor and vitality; the soul is gone, all one has is an empty husk. The TYN stands unique as its influences are as diverse as Meister Eckhart, Julius Evola, Ibn Arabi, and Rene Guenon. This is a far cry from the typical portrayal in the mainstream media today of “far right extremists”, “redneck racists” ignorant of the world around them but rather cultured, intelligent young people capable of appreciating foreign cultures and thinkers without turning their back on their own.

Mr Heimbach’s shift towards traditionalism, is something that many of the people of the post baby boomer generations can certainly relate to. He took the time to answer a few questions for us earlier this week on his spiritual and political journey over the past few years..

When did you first become interested in politics?

I first became interested in politics when I was in High School. I was volunteering on campaigns for local politicians before I could even vote for them, although I have never been on a winning campaign, probably because even from when I was young I looked to stand by people who stood their ground and had principles. Growing up in what was called “the most treasonous town in the entire South” in Poolesville, Maryland had me interested in politics and history at any early age. Around me was nothing but history from the War Between the States and a few secrets from back in the 1960’s where a lot of people in my town fought desegregation. The local newspaper has hundreds of pictures and articles they won’t release to the public because most of the segregationists in my town are still alive and involved in local government. So I think my surroundings really influenced me in regards to looking at politics, history, and how both of these influence a population at large.

Your own political thought has evolved through the years, from a more mainstream conservative republican outlook to something more along the lines of traditionalism. What caused these changes?

A lot of the changes in my political thinking came from life experiences that I had. Growing up in an over ninety percent White town left me somewhat naive to racial issues until I graduated High School. My foundation however in a small town that was tied directly to farming and animal husbandry left me with a deep rooted understanding of what society is supposed to be, close knit, organic, and tied to the soil. This prepared me I think to be able to see through the shallowness of mainstream conservatism which worships money and the individual above all instead of the principles of blood and soil. Reading authors such as Corneliu Codreanu, Evola, and other Traditionalist thinkers heavily influenced my worldview and gave words to the ideas that I had believed in since I was much younger in regards to the importance of tribe and tradition in the makeup of society. Beyond Conservative Inc I also found shallowness in the generic “White Power” movement that based its ideology off of hatred of other groups and did not seem to have a well thought out solution to the current problems facing the European folk and what the true nature of a nation and people was. To have a full grasp of both tribe and Tradition I had to transcend conservatism and reactionary movements and arrive at a full understanding of Traditionalism.

And the atmosphere at Towson University? Surely it must have had some affect on your thinking?

Towson University helped me understand the true depths of cultural Marxism. The Left is able to rally homosexuals, Jews, Black groups, atheists, and every faction of their coalition under the sun to oppose anyone who stands for Christianity or European ethnic identity. I was able to find however Black nationalists who I got along with very well due to our mutual agreement on the need for separatism and self rule for each ethnic and cultural group. The fact that we are not facing White genocide but White suicide also was made clear while at Towson. White students were our most vocal opposition while the majority of non-White students were at least able to understand the mission of both our Youth for Western Civilization chapter and the White Student Union. The self loathing and suicidal tendencies of the modern White American population is staggering, but also through experiences with multiculturalism outside of the classroom, such as a rise in violent Black on White crimes on the student body, more and more White students came around to our message, further proof that Marxist school teachers can make someone an “anti-racist” but it is hard in the real world when you experience it to not come to an understanding and love of tribe and Tradition.

Some of the writing on your site, the terms used, reflect ideas put forth by certain authors. Did the works of Oswald Spengler, Francis Parker Yockey have an influence on your political evolution? What about thinkers such as Rene Guenon, Julius Evola, and Schuon? What other thinkers have inspired you ?

My biggest inspirations intellectually started with Corneliu Codreanu. The writings of Codreanu and the actions of his Iron Guard are the fundamentals of my entire worldview of Orthodox nationalism. To be an Orthodox nationalist is to be a Traditionalist, one who believes not only in the biological but in the spiritual realm as well. A people is the culture, customs, biology, and Faith that is forged into an identity over blood, sweat, and tears of sacrifice. While writers such as Evola and Yockey played an important role in fleshing out my belief system, at the end of the day everything comes back to the principles of Orthodox nationalism as explained by Codreanu and the Iron Guard.

What has the reception of TYN been among nonwhites? How does it compare to the reception of Youth for Western Civilization and the WSU?

The reception of TYN among nonwhites has been overall positive so far. The biggest opposition to Trad Youth is first and foremost the Jews but secondly White communists. Other races fundamentally understand the importance of tribe and Tradition, something only White folks seem to have forgotten. Our push to support nationalists around the world such as President Assad in Syria, Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Christians in South Sudan, Egyptian Coptic Christians, and many others has proven that we are both a global yet entirely folkish movement. Nationalists around the world need to unite against our common enemies and I think that networking and supporting nationalists around the globe, regardless of race will plant the seeds for a true coalition that can destroy the forces of modernity and global Jewry that hurt all of our peoples. Compared to YWC and even the WSU there has been a marked increase in support among Whites and non-Whites alike. Folks needed to see that we were not just conservatives or hate based reactionaries, Trad Youth through the message of Traditionalism has opened up avenues that have been closed to the White racialist movement for decades through our message of Faith, family, and folk.

Being involved in politics has a tendency to make one jaded and pessimistic, do you find yourself optimistic about the future of the west, and the future of traditional culture?

The recent election results in Hungary and Greece are reason enough to feel a surge of hope for the Occident, perhaps just not in America though. Through my Faith in Christ and the Orthodox Church I am able to keep fighting even as the situation becomes increasingly bleak. We as Traditionalists must understand we are not going to be able to “retake America” but instead we should be aiming our time, energy, and money at building small folkish communities and power bases. The spirit of Tradition will never die if we keep it alive even in a tiny region of this continent. The Orthodox Faith was mercilessly persecution under the communists for nearly a century in Russia but now since the fall of the USSR the Orthodox Church has grown by leaps and bounds in membership and influence. We must not give up hope because in Europe the nationalists are finally awakening from their World War Two guilt and here in America we have a real opportunity to unplug from the system and set up our own communities to ensure a future for our children and a continuation of our culture.

The political and social climate in the western world especially today is one of hostility to traditional ideals. What suggestions and advice do you offer other politically conscious young people many of whom remain silent and on the sidelines, discouraged?

My biggest piece of advice for the youth is to remove yourself from the rat  race of modern society. The push towards saddling yourself with tens of thousands of dollars of college debt for a job that doesn’t exist is just a way for the system to control you. Young folks in High School should look towards trade schools and training for real skills that they can use to support a family. The second most important thing I can tell for young folks is to work to get married and create families. Involvement in your local Church, especially Orthodox Churches is a way to be part of a larger community that promotes Traditional ideals and receive the salvation given to us by Christ. The three points of the Trad Youth philosophy are “Faith, family, and folk” and those are what young people need to do. Get involved in your community, learn real skills, unplug from the American culture, be part of your Church, and work to network with local activists to make Trad Youth chapters in your neck of the woods to start creating self sustaining communities to promote our people, our families, and our God.
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PostSubject: Re: Things to Read Mon May 05, 2014 9:49 pm

The comment on Greece was, in my opinion a bit off.
The identification of the modern Greek of his heritage with Christian dogma, is, for me, an indication of how deep the infection of Judeo-Christianity has reached.

The recent surge of the Golden Dawn party in Greece hid a surge of emerging paganism which was mostly ignored and kept quiet.
The looking back has started and it starts by looking at the recent past, which is when the Indo-European meme was first infected by the Judeo-Christian nihilistic dis-ease.
It is encouraging not enough.

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PostSubject: Re: Things to Read Mon May 05, 2014 10:01 pm

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The comment on Greece was, in my opinion a bit off.
The identification of the modern Greek of his heritage with Christian dogma, is, for me, an indication of how deep the infection of Judeo-Christianity has reached.

The recent surge of the Golden Dawn party in Greece hid a surge of emerging paganism which was mostly ignored and kept quiet.
The looking back has started and it starts by looking at the recent past, which is when the Indo-European meme was first infected by the Judeo-Christian nihilistic dis-ease.
It is encouraging not enough.

I agree. He comes off a little as a masquerading liberal. he would do better to ditch the social activism charade for more centered objective pursuit of traditional ideology. Although he strikes me as a Christian of the deeply Lutheran sect which in that case he is too far gone to change his beliefs.
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PostSubject: Re: Things to Read Fri May 23, 2014 12:34 pm

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Perhaps we can best understand this by using our human internet data banks.
Language is also a form of externalizing memory.

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PostSubject: Re: Things to Read Fri Jun 20, 2014 12:16 pm

Julius Evola's Series all in pdf for everyone.

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Two books by Jan Assmann


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Right/Left Politics and the Work Ethos

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In the U.S. internally the liberal dominates through media, pop-culture, education, the shared narrative etc., whereas externally the conservative dominates through foreign policy, institutional authority, might is right, self-righteousness projected as policing the world etc.
The schizophrenia of Modernity: one standard for internal consumption, and another for external projection; the mask of public face (character, caricature), hiding private self (personality, genetics, psyche), on a SuperOrganic scale.
The "individual" organism inside, participating within, the SuperOrganism is like the cell participating within the organism's structures and organ hierarchies; as with the cell each individual is forced to cooperate harmoniously, allotted a specialized role.
Each cell has no understanding of the entire structure. Even the brain cells function in specialized roles, each dedicated to a particular function.
Only a few have an understanding of the entirety.
These cells, the elites, are akin to the organism's Will – the sections of the brain processes which directs the aggregate energies towards objects/objectives, guided by a projected Idea(l).

The rest of the cells need not participate nor understand, but only remain dedicated to their particular work.
In fact they must be made busy so that they do not become free-radicals (cancer cells).
The shared principle is that each type of cell is valuable because each contributes to the well-being of the Organism, and/or SuperOrganism (state, nation, community, meme).
The meme is the binding social agreement.
No disparity is recognized internally, because this would create organ conflicts resulting in "indigestion".
Each cell becomes increasingly dependent upon the superstructure, the SuperOrganic organization, making the concept of "independence" another mind-candy method of placating any residual memories of past self-reliance.
The concept of "freedom" must be redefined to refer to a condition within the dependencies in place within the SuperOrganic hierarchies.
Love must also be redefined, because now it no longer serves the organism as a method of producing a certain kind of behavior but must now also serve as an internal bonding and harmonizing idea(l).
Words become expressions of the internal cellular communications - a memetic code of transmitting data like a neurological pulse.
Each pulse transmits data but also reaffirms the organ and cellular inclusion within the whole.
The concept of individuality is also adjusted to fit into this mutual dependency structure. It loses substance but acquires an outer-layer of superficial display, to preserve the illusion of independence. The only diversity recognized on a substantial level is that of work, function, utility.
The "individual cell", in this case member of a SuperOrganic structure, may pretend to be unique and different in any superficial way it needs to feel happy, but the only differentiating aspect of its existence is the work it is called upon to do.
Work, career, job, becomes a defining identifier.
Rewards accolades received through this dedicated work are symbols of self-worth.
The cell has no past to inhibit its assimilation in whatever work it is competent to perform.
Its competence is never explained as a product of its past/nature, because education/training most-often requires average qualities to achieve an acceptable performance level.
Specialization need not result in excellence.
Dedicated focus, of whatever inherited qualities are present, will increase their effect (productivity), and what failings cannot be dealt with using this method can be mitigated using precedent, a supportive network of fellow specialists, a collected pool of human ingenuity, and insights, (resources), all made accessible to the individual as tools to aid it in its work.
Data becomes free within this framework.

Anti-race, anti-sexism, anti-antisemitism, and all assaults against those who disclose nature's disparities in intelligence, or who connect sex and race to natural processes, are considered cancerous memes that are dealt with in a variety of censoring ways: shaming, burying in data, connected with ridiculous ideals (conspiracy theories, fanaticism, religious superstitions etc.), peer pressure (high cost to family and career – social isolation), monopolized authorities (sources of analysis, knowledge/understanding, only recognized if they are accredited and acknowledged by the very system they are to then critique), special selective law enforcement (used under the pretext of a common good, or national security), and of course re-education (rehabilitation, incarceration, chemical interventions, propaganda etc.) and so on.

Work ethos becomes the fundamental value.
Access to resources being controlled (ownership, laws against living off the land, resource management, taxes, monitoring of all spatial areas within the SuperOrganism's jurisdiction etc.).
This forces the organism to either integrate within the superstructure, so as to access these controlled natural resources, and then buy into the internal hierarchies if it wishes to attain more access to these resources - this increasing his/her sexual value, his, because this mostly applies to males, social value.
The contradiction of having to submit to institutional authority and its principles, representing the primal alpha-male entity, so as to them increase ones masculine potency, is the paradox which results in Freud's discontents, and I've called feminization.
Money being a compensating abstraction is then a symbol of social submission and harmonious integration – emasculation.

Those with more an an innate need to compensate for genetic weaknesses will excel within this process, because there is little to lose and more to gain via this self-repression.
Add to this the easy indoctrination of females, who readily submit to any dominant power, and who serve as genetic/memtic filters, and you have the beginning of a self-sustaining SuperOrganic self-referential system.
As a result the SuperOrganism establishes the conditions that will reproduce the kinds of participants (cells) which will service its needs.
Feminization is the slow eradication of all sexuality, where a-sexuality, beginning with the acceptance and promotion of homosexual lifestyles, so as to bring about a bisexual, and then an asexual, organism, like a cell.
Sex, having lost its natural utility, becomes another part of the harmonizing exchange of data.

Vetting
Once work, career, functionality, become the only distinguishing markers of identity, and all other natural ones are discredited, dismissed, and slandered by associating them with anxiety/fear producing idea(l)s, the individual can only evaluate himself within this productivity and, as an extension of this, within his consuming potentials – consuming being a reference to his access to resources.
The control mechanism does not need to micromanage every social (inter)action, as the system becomes efficient, in time, by the production of the types of members and ideas it needs to automate its processes.
This is also how an Organism functions: most of the processes are automatic and the organism need not be conscious of them, unless they become problematic.
Less sophisticated methods of overt control are left behind and the SuperOrganism "progresses" towards increasingly sophisticated expressions of its authoritarian dominance – the overt becomes coverts and the conspiracy theories must be ridicules by being included into a single term associating the ridiculous with the plausible so as to dismiss both without having to respond to the plausible.
We are now entering into the next stage of mass population control.
The sense of free-will permeates the cellular structure as a shared comforting mythology.

Those who buy into the systemic hierarchy excel, achieving positions of increasing authority (through association). They, now, act as control mechanisms, filtering out all those who cannot accept and adapt to the SuperOrganism's structures and principles. These "middle-management" cells ("individuals") demand of those he judges that they pay the cost of ascending that he did, sometimes demanding far more as a form of repressed anger against his submissiveness – an externalized resentment for what he was forced to endure, thinking he would be happier at the end. You'll find many disillusioned career men, living lives of "quiet desperation" enforcing a stricter code of conduct upon their underlings, while, at the same time, retaining the conviction that their choices were the only "good" choices.
Each ascent up the social ladder follows a long period of vetting, so by the time one reaches the upper levels he is deemed to be totally dependable and loyal. His costs are returned as luxuries – access to resources displayed as his social net-worth.
All the more submissive such a man was to the system, the institution he served, all the more he can now unleash all that repressed rage that has accumulated along the way.
He now becomes a high-valued commodity; because within this SuperOrganic structure what sells is what is valuable.
Need becomes another self-censoring factor.
The organism needs to satisfy its needs – particularly the sexual one because the rest are easily dealt with through dedicated, consistent work. The organism, the male one in particular, is now entirely focused on increasing his sexual apepal, and the only way to do this is through the established processes.
Sex becomes the central motivating force, and once more, everything is feminized, when the only form of seduction permitted within these contexts is the feminine one.
We return to female popularity contests.
Market value is a representation of popular appeal.
Only if you sell are you worth something, and the money you receive by feeding into mass appeal represents your net-worth.
Does not a woman take notice of a man only if he is with another female?
Does not his attractiveness rise, no matter how he appears, by how the female at his arm compares with her own attractiveness, based on her self-evaluation?

Work ethic becomes a term denoting the degree of need present in the individual to do what (s)he must do to function harmoniously and rise his/her sexual potentials within the SuperOrganism structures.
Females adjust easily, for reasons explained elsewhere, so this becomes a matter of male adaptability, resulting in excluding most males form the gene pool, and the particular traits that characterize them.
Social eugenics with no direct oversight – all which is required is to indoctrinate females into the SuperOrganism's authority turning them into sexual vetting mechanisms or sexual memetic filtering agencies.
How much of the male's inherited traits are in conflict with this demand for self-repression, and how much he is willing to pay to attract a female and then keep her happy, are decisive factors in this game.

Right/Left Wing Psyche
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Within the context provided a mind born and raised within such a SuperOrganic structure would start as a liberal, having invested little, in time and energy, and having been forced to compromise a minimum in order to adjust to the internal structures.
As it grown older and invests more and more, forced to compromises more of itself, it would become more conservative in its politics.
It does so to protect its investments and to force others to make the same compromises it did, along the way, so as to validate them, to itself.

The movement from liberal to conservative or left-wing to right-wing politics is a movement from adolescent, effeteness, immature masculinity, towards symbolic masculinity. The rise is social status and having been tested offering the individual the "right" to express more of its repressed masculinity, but still within the contexts of the institution being the alpha and the individual being a representation of it.
All dialogue will adjust to this right/left dynamic.
Submission to the SuperOrganism will be the given, the self-evident fact: labeled "normal," or 'well-adjusted," and "healthy".
Institutionalized psychology will be the discipline dedicated to adjusting minds to the Super-Organic structure, using rehabilitation and chemical interventions.
All critiques of the SuperOrganism from an objective perspective (detached, outsider), will be judged using the shared principles.
The right-wing will consider the critique a threat on its investments, and its already made choices, and the left-wing will consider it a threat to its desired inclusion, and its need to correct the SuperOrganic principles to become more inclusive – permitting more to adjust to it and to be integrated within it.
For both right and left the work-ethic will be a fundamental part of their investment potentials within the SuperOrganic structure.
They will only disagree on the details of integration and levels of oversight which will affect the cellular relationships and data exchanges, and will unite against anything that challenges the shared commitments to the internal structures, and the principles, and standards of evaluating value, that govern them and are considered self-evident.

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PostSubject: Re: Things to Read Wed Aug 06, 2014 10:36 am

Satyr,

I've always viewed society as a sort of macrocosm of human physiology.

I, actually, made a post about it in my condensed posts thread, asking rhetorical questions.
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PostSubject: Re: Things to Read Wed Oct 08, 2014 8:19 pm

"Cults of Apollo at Sparta: The Hyakinthia, the Gymnopaidai and the Karneia "

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PostSubject: Re: Things to Read Tue Nov 18, 2014 4:23 pm

"A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a boy soldier". Very poignant book. Worth the read, that is, if you can manage your tears...
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