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jeudi, 02 mai 2013

Deutschlands unbekannte Jahrhunderte

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Reinhard Schmoeckel

 

Deutschlands unbekannte Jahrhunderte

 

Geheimnisse aus dem Frühmittelalter

 

524 Seiten, 11 Karten im Text, geb., fester Einband

ISBN 978-3-938176-41-2

Preis: 29,80 Euro

Erscheinungstermin: Mai 2013

Was war in unserem Land - Deutschland - vor etwa 1500 Jahren los ? Das war die Zeit zwischen dem Ende des Römischen Kaiserreichs und den Kaisern eines „heiligen römischen Reichs", die nun plötzlich aus Mitteleuropa stammten ? Gab es da bei uns überhaupt „Geschichte" ? Gab es Ereignisse, die vielleicht bestimmend für die weitere Entwicklung der Menschen und des Landes waren ? Und ob.

Allerdings glauben die Historiker, davon kaum etwas zu wissen, denn niemand hat ja damals in unserem Land schreiben können. Aber Indizien aus den archäologischen Funden, aus der Heraldik, der Namens- und Sprachforschung, aus der Sagenforschung und zahlreichen anderen Wissenschaften ergeben Mosaiksteinchen für ein riesiges Puzzle. Man muss nur bereit sein, sie als zusammengehörig zu erkennen und verständlich zu beschreiben, dann kann man viele Bild-Bruchstücke sichtbar machen, die das Frühmittelalter, „Deutschlands unbekannte Jahrhunderte", gar nicht mehr so dunkel, so unbekannt erscheinen lassen.

Dr. Reinhard Schmoeckel ist es gelungen, aus einer großen Fülle von Detailuntersuchungen vieler Privatforscher, darunter auch seiner eigenen, ein überraschend lebendiges Bild jener Zeit vor anderthalb Jahrtausenden zusammenzustellen, ein Bild, das bisher noch keinen Eingang in die bisher übliche Vorstellungswelt der Geschichtswissenschaft gefunden hat. Dabei lassen sich alle Einzelheiten präzise belegen.

Das Buch zeigt, wie Menschen mehrerer Völker - keineswegs nur Germanen ! - nach Mitteleuropa kamen, zu verschiedenen Zeiten und aus unterschiedlichen Richtungen. Ganz allmählich wuchs der Einfluss des westlichen Nachbarn, des inzwischen entstandenen Königreichs der Franken, und des Christentums. Doch wie fragil war damals noch diese Herrschaft, bevor die Frankenkönige aus dem Haus der Karolinger die Macht in einem Land bekamen, das erst viel später „Deutschland" heißen sollte.

Als populärwissenschaftlicher Schriftsteller mit großer Erfahrung in der Frühgeschichte Europas bringt es der Autor fertig, dem Leser die allmählichen Veränderungen plastisch vor Augen zu stellen, die in jener Zeit mit den Menschen vor sich gingen.

Reinhard Schmoeckel, geb. 1928 in Berlin, journalistische Ausbildung, Dr. jur., langjährige Tätigkeit im Bundespresseamt, Bundskanzleramt, Bundespräsidialamt in Bonn. Autor mehrerer erfolgreicher populärwissenschaftlicher Bücher über deutsche und europäische Vor-und Frühgeschichte und historische Romane, darunter das Buch „Die Indoeuropäer" (Neuauflage 2012 im Lindenbaum Verlag).

Vielen Dank!

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Siegfried Bublies

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Inhaltsverzeichnis des Buches "Deutschlands unbekannte Jahrhunderte" von Dr. Reinhard Schmoeckel:

 

Vorwort          

Teil I: Hunnen am Horizont  (407 – 454 n. Chr.)

1   Die Nachhut der Völkerwanderung

     „Ein schöner Platz für unser Vieh” (April 407 n. Chr., beim heutigen Mainz-Kastell) – Wer waren die Sarmaten ?Pferdegräber: Indizien für die Einwanderung von Sarmaten

2   Die Burgunder und der Kaiser

     „Vivat Imperator Jovinus !” (Mitte August 411, Mündt, Gem. Titz, Kreis Düren) – Die Burgunder lebten doch in Worms !?

3   Der lange Weg der sarmatischen Reiter von der Donau zur Schelde....

     „Auf Befehl des Kaisers…” (Frühjahr 414 in Castra Vetera / Xanten am Rhein)  – Unbekanntes über die Vorfahren der Merowinger-Könige – Sicambrer und  Sigambrer, ein bemerkenswertes historisches  Zusammentreffen

4   Die Wanderungen der Alt-Sachsen

     Abschied von der uralten Heimat  (Frühjahr 430 an der Wesermündung bei Bremerhaven) – Ein Land verliert seine Menschen – Keine “drei Schiffe”, kein „Hengist und Horsa”

5   Das Ende des „ersten Reichs” der Burgunder

     Des Königs Gundahari und seiner Nibelungen tapferer Tod (Spätherbst 436, in König Attilas Lager in Ungarn) –Geschichtsforschung widerlegt und bestätigt das  Nibelungenlied – Burgunder, ein Volk, das wanderte

6   Kölns Weg aus dem Römerreich in eine neue Zeit

     Ein Heil zu wenig ? (Sommer 442 in Köln)  –  Plausible Indizien gegen „Überzeugungen”

7   Der Anfang vom Ende Attilas

     Hunnen am Rhein (Spätherbst 451 bei Unkel/Rhein) – Wenn  es  keine Heimatforscher gäbe … – Was wollte 

Attila in Gallien ?

Teil II  Zuwanderer in ein menschenarmes Land  (455 – ca. 490 n. Chr.)

8   Mit Mensch und Vieh ins Hunenland

     Auf der Flucht vor den Kriegen der Anderen  (Sommer 455 in Ungarn) – „Man muss sich gegen die Schachmänner wehren !” (Sommer 456 an der oberen Lippe in Westfalen) – Von „Schachmännern” und „Schächern”  – Mustangs  in  Westfalen – Ein Mithras-Heiligtum an den Externsteinen

9   Das römische Köln noch einmal gerettet

     Die Colonia in Bedrängnis (Herbst 460 in Köln) – Fiktive und realistische Geschichtsdarstellung  Plausible Gründe gegen eine „Herrschaft” von Germanen am Rhein – „Bayern” in Köln ?

10 Sarmatische Könige in Thüringen ?

     Die Männer in den blauen Umhängen (Sommer 465 im heutigen Erfurt) – Warum Archäologen nie etwas von den Sarmaten finden konnten – Erstaunliches über die Verbindung von Thüringen zu den Merowingern – Wie aus Mänteln Feldzeichen und aus diesen Wappen wurden

11 Aus Turkerern und Sueben werden Schwaben

     Der Ritt ins Anderland für einen Edlen  (Herbst 480 bei Donzdorf, Baden-Württemberg)   Die unglaubliche und dennoch wahre Geschichte der Turkerer im Schwabenland – Vom toten Babai zum Kaiser Barbarossa ? – Waren die  Sarmaten bereits Christen ?

12 Einwanderung von der Maas an den Rhein

     Der Mutige kann König werden (Sommer 495,  im Maifeld, Rheinland-Pfalz – Die Samson-Geschichte in derThidrekssaga Rätselhafte „Völker” in der “Svava

13 Schachmänner und Hunen in Westfalen

     Das Kastell an der Lippe (Sommer 500 an der Lippe nördlich von Dortmund ) – Indizien aus Sage und Geographie

Teil III  Das Reich der Franken greift über den Rhein (ca. 500 – 560 n. Chr.)

14 König Chlodwig und die Alemannen

     In der neuen Patria Francorum (Spätherbst 506 in Worms/ Rhein)  - Nur aus Indizien zu schließen

15 Endlich König in Köln

     Chlodwig am Ziel seiner Wünsche (Weihnachten  509, Paris) – Das Zeugnis des Bischofs  Gregor von Tours –Chlodwigs umfassendes Konzept

16 Die letzten Römer werden Franken

     „Im Auftrag des Königs der Franken…” (Sommer 515, in Krefeld-Gellep) – Das größte römische Gräberfeldnördlich der Alpen  – Woher will man wissen, dass der Tote eine Sarmate war ?

17 Völkerwanderungen an der Ostsee

     König Granmars trauriges Ende und die Auswanderung der Dänen (Spätsommer 520, an der Warnow in Mecklenburg) –  Ein Geschichtsbild aus Mosaiksteinchen rekonstruiert

18 Ganz unmerklich wächst der Einfluss

     Eine Heirat zwischen Freunden (Sommer 525 in Alt-Paffrath b.Bergisch Gladbach) – Kleine Anfänge der  „Herren von  Berg” – „Tu, felix Francia, nube…”

19 Die Frankenkönige erobern das Thüringerreich ihrer Vettern

     Ein Aufstand kurz vor dem Ausbruch gescheitert (Sommer 534, Großörner bei Eisleben, Sachsen-Anhalt) – Versuch eines  Blicks auf die Politik hinter den Ereignissen

20 Eine Klimakatastrophe und ihre Folgen für das Frankenreich

     Das Heer, das die Sonne suchte (Sommer 536, in Metz, Frankreich, später in Soest/Westfalen) – Als die Sonneerlosch – Der tiefe Eindruck auf die Menschen und ein erster „Kreuzzug” nach Westfalen – Die Ausdehnung des Frankenreichs ins südliche Deutschland

21 Ein Volk auf Wanderschaft

     Neuer Aufbruch für die Langobarden (Spätsommer 548  in Mähren/Tschechien) – Die Nachzügler der Völkerwanderung

Teil IV   Mitteleuropa im Kräftefeld zweier Mächte (562 – 640 n. Chr.)

22 Abwehr an der Elbe

     Ein denkwürdiger Sieg (Sommer 562, an der Elbe bei Dessau) – Informationen über die Awaren – Die Bürger-kriege der Frankenkönige

23 Die Völkerwanderung der Slawen

     Die Sorben am Ziel (Spätherbst 564, beim heutigen Bautzen / Lausitz) – Theorien zur Entstehung slawischerund baltischer Völker im Frühmittelalter –  Die weiteren Schicksale der Sorben  – Andere slawische Einwander ins spätere Deutschland

24 Der Fürst von Beckum

     Ein Grab in der Heimat (Spätherbst 575, in Beckum/ Westfalen) – Der „Fürst von Beckum” war kein Sachse –Das rot-weiße Schachwappen der Grafen von der Mark

25 Der abenteuerliche „Sachsen”-Zug in die Fremde und  wieder in die Heimat

     Die Erinnerungen der edlen Frau Baldegunde (Spätherbst 590 in Dortmund-Asseln) – Ein archäologischer Beleg fürdie Erzählung Gregors von Tours  – Ein Drama an der Bode

26 Die Friesen müssen neue Wohnsitze suchen

     Flucht vor dem „blanken Hans” (Sommer 600 in Butjadingen westlich der Wesermündung) Ein Stamm im  frühen und heutigen Deutschland: die Friesen

27     Das Urteil von Köln

     „Das war eines Königs unwürdig !” (Jahreswende 612, in Soest/Westf.) – Die Grausamkeiten innerhalb der 

Merowinger-Dynastie und deren Folgen im „Land jenseits des Rheins”   

28 In ein freies Land

     Die Burg der Papen (Frühsommer 630 in Papenburg/ Ems) – Die Ausbreitung von Sarmaten in Niedersachsen –Papen: die ersten christlichen „Missionare” in Deutschland – Wie kamen Pferdegräber in die Niederlande und nach Belgien?

29 Franken und Slawen – Der schlechte Beginn einer schwierigen Nachbarschaft

     König Dagoberts schmähliche Flucht (Frühjahr 631, bei Lauterbach/Hessen) – Die historische Lage im Frankenreich und in Osteuropa um das Jahr 630 – Slawen lebten einst bis zum Vogelsberg in Hessen

30 Ein Massenmord im Mittelalter

     Die Nacht des Tötens (Sylvester 631 bei Linz/Donau) – Staatsräson gegen ein uraltes Sittengesetz – Der Bulgarenmord als Vorbild für das Nibelungenlied 

31 Herrschaftswechsel

     Die neuen Knechte des Bischofs (Herbst 639 in Soest/Westf.) – Vermutungen zu einem „schwarzen Loch des Nichtwissens”

Teil V  Ein neuer Glaube breitet sich aus  –  aber nicht überall  (650 – 755 n. Chr.)

 

32 Ein neues Volk wächst zusammen

     Burgenbau mit doppeltem Zweck (Frühsommer 645,  an der Mecklenburg bei Schwerin) – Die Ursprünge der  slawischen Obotriten

33 Christliche Sendboten bei den Alemannen

     Das wundersame Begräbnis des Mönchs Fridolin (März 660 in Säckingen / Hochrhein) –Der heilige Fridolin: Legende und Realität – Die zarten Anfänge christlicher Mission – Wer herrschte über die Alemannen ? –  Spekulationen über den Weg der Habsburger in die Schweiz

34 Der Ursprung des Kölner Karnevals

     Das Fest der Handwerker (21. März 670 in Köln) – Karnevalsbräuche aus Mittelasien ?

35 Die Zeit der Frisia Magna

     König Radbods Goldgruben am Rhein (Sommer 681, in Utrecht/ Niederlande) – Ein Blick in die Geschichte derFriesen – Vorgeschichtlicher Handel an Meeren und Flüssen

36 In den „Landen um den Main”

     Drei Glaubensboten spurlos verschwunden (Winter 691, in Würzburg/Main) – Die iro-schottischen Missionare – Warum Franken Franken heißt  

37 Der Aufstieg eines starken Mannes

     Kraft aus geheimnisvollen Quellen (Oktober 715 in Echternach/Luxemburg) – Von Pippin II. zu Karl Martell – Ein heiliger Bezirk seit tausenden von Jahren – Der vergebliche Versuch einer merowingischen Restauration

38 Bonifatius und seine Kollegen

     „Die Kirche braucht den Schutz der Krieger !” (Herbst 723 in Mainz) – Ein neuer Ansatz zur Heidenmission –Bonifatius, der „Apostel der Deutschen”

39 Aus der Jugend Widukinds

     Letzte Ehre für einen Edlen (Herbst 755 in Drantum, Krs. Cloppenburg) – Ist das Dunkel um das Leben  Widukinds wirklich so dicht ? Von den West-Falen zu den „Sachsen”

Nachwort       

Literatur         

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lundi, 29 avril 2013

Slavoj Zizek: Het jaar van het gevaarlijke dromen

Slavoj Zizek: Het jaar van het gevaarlijke dromen

Ex: http://www.solidarisme.be/

SlavojZizekT.jpgHet jaar van het gevaarlijke dromen bestaat grofweg uit twee delen. Eerst maakt Zizek een aantal opmerkingen over de dynamiek van het kapitalisme, waardoor deze ideologie er steeds weer in slaagt zich aan de veranderende omstandigheden aan te passen zonder evenwel haar principes van uitbuiting en onrechtvaardigheid op te geven.

Het is ook een ondoorzichtig systeem dat de economische grondslag van de samenleving weet te verbergen achter culturele tegenstellingen. Feministische, antiracistische of homobewegingen richten hun pijlen op de verkeerde vijand, aldus Zizek. Zij komen op voor tolerantie en een gelijkwaardige plaats binnen de maatschappij. In feite zijn ze systeembevestigend, terwijl de klassenstrijd zijn kapitalistische vijand wil vernietigen en er een ander maatschappijmodel voor in de plaats wil stellen. Die analyse heeft Zizek al eerder gemaakt, maar ze is nog even waar als vroeger.

In een tweede deel gaat Zizek dieper in op de protestbewegingen van 2011, en die stemmen hem niet vrolijk. De Britse rellen hadden volgens socioloog Zygmunt Bauman geen revolutionair elan. Het waren daden van onvolwaardige en gediskwalificeerde consumenten en Zizek sluit zich daarbij aan. De relschoppers waren niet in staat om mee te spelen in het spel van consumentisme en daarom grepen ze gewoon wat ze niet konden kopen. Meer zat er niet achter. Occupy ziet hij dan weer als de reactie van een stel naïevelingen. Een revolte is geen revolutie, merkt Zizek op: “Communisme is geen carnaval van massaprotest waarin een systeem tot stilstand is gebracht; het is een nieuwe organisatievorm, discipline en hard werken.”

Maar wat betekent dat concreet? In het verleden is Zizek daar altijd nogal wazig over geweest. Hier licht hij echter toch een tipje van de sluier. We moeten weg van Marx, zegt hij nogal verrassend. Zijn communisme was immers niet meer of niet minder dan een kapitalisme zonder kapitaal: een uitgebreide zelfreproductie zonder winst of uitbuiting. Nee, Zizek ziet het hegeliaanser en daardoor ook onbepaalder. We moeten de sprong in het ijle durven maken, schrijft hij, omdat zo’n sprong de mogelijkheid van een rechtvaardiger toekomst inhoudt.

Bron: Verplancke, M. (2 april 2013). Sprong in het ijle. De Morgen Boeken, p. 6

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mercredi, 24 avril 2013

Psychopathologie : une introduction phénoménologique de Georges Charbonneau

Pierre Le Vigan:

Psychopathologie : une introduction phénoménologique de Georges Charbonneau

Auteur d’un ouvrage sur les personnalités hystériques, le psychiatre et phénoménologue Georges Charbonneau  anime aussi la revue Le Cercle herméneutique. Il vient de publier un livre qui condense ses réflexions depuis plus de 20 ans. C’est aussi le fruit des travaux de l’école de phénoménologie psychopathologique. Cette école, parfois aussi appelée psychothérapie existentielle, reste marquée par les noms d’Eugène Minkowski (Traité de psychopathologie), Ludwig Binswanger (Mélancolie et manie, Trois formes manquées de la présence humaine), Hubertus Tellenbach (La mélancolie), Wolfgang Blankenburg (La perte de l’évidence naturelle),  Arthur Tatossian (La phénoménologie des psychoses) et quelques autres. En toile de fond c’est le Martin Heidegger d’Etre et temps (1927) dont les hypothèses sont sollicitées et en quelque sorte remises au travail. 

Le premier tome de l’ouvrage de Charbonneau est essentiellement consacré aux névroses. Il concerne aussi les personnalités pathologiques. Le second tome est consacré aux psychoses : délire et paranoïa. Il aborde donc les crises du Soi, ce qu’on appelle l’ipséité. L’ouvrage remplit pour l’essentiel son cahier des charges : ouvrir un tableau articulé et dialectique des manifestations psychopathologiques et de leurs significations comme déformation, ou altération, de la présence humaine. Certes, le plan traduit quelques flottements : les dépressions non mélancoliques donc non psychotiques sont ainsi traitées dans le tome II essentiellement consacré aux psychoses ; elles eussent été plus à leur place dans le tome I, à côté du chapitre sur la fatigue et ses différentes formes.

Sans doute aussi, l’usage répété de certains termes « bricolés » (ruptivité, nostrité, mienneté, chacunité, sienneté…)   peut agacer : les ressources de la langue française offrent bien des possibilités et c’est la grandeur d’intellectuels généralistes comme Alain Finkielkraut, Luc Ferry,  André Comte-Sponville, Ludovic Maubreuil ou Eric Werner d’énoncer des choses subtiles avec les mots de tout le monde et dans une langue compréhensible par tout homme de bonne volonté. L’usage de mots complexes ou pseudo-innovants vise bien souvent à créer une barrière artificielle, qui n’est autre qu’une barrière sociale de distinction au sens de Pierre Bourdieu, et crée une désagréable atmosphère d’élitisme autoproclamé.

Il n’en reste pas moins que le lecteur aurait tort d’en rester à ce possible et légitime agacement, non plus qu’au fait que le numéro de Krisis sur la psychologie n’est pas cité alors que les proximités de certaines des analyses développées avec celles du livre de G. Charbonneau sont évidentes et connues de l’auteur.  Qu’importe. Krisis veut justement dire jugement, et ce sont les idées qu’il faut juger. Or, dans le présent ouvrage, l’analyse des malaises dans l’homme, des délires, des décrochages existentiels, des ruptures d’avec le monde commun, de l’hystérie en termes de position dans l’espace, des pathologies de la personnalité en termes d’expérience du monde, et en termes d’analyse de l’humeur  c'est-à-dire le thymique, constituent de vrais points d’appui pour chacun d’entre nous, confronté à notre fragilité d’être-jeté-dans-le-monde.

Par ailleurs, des développements de concepts sont bienvenus, tels l’historialité, l’auroréal et le vespéral (ou, pour le dire plus simplement, le matinal et le couchant) qui, pour avoir déjà été analysées (souvent par la sémiotique, avec notamment Jacques Fontanille et Claude Zilberberg) avaient rarement été synthétisés de manière complète et dans une perspective unificatrice. Un livre indispensable pour mieux se comprendre, soi-même et les autres, soi-même avec les autres.

Pierre Le Vigan.

Georges Charbonneau, Introduction à la psychopathologie phénoménologique, MJW féditions, diffusion Vrin, tome I, 236 pages, 20 E, tome II, 215 pages, 20 E.

Pierre Le Vigan est auteur de Le malaise est dans l’homme. Psychopathologie et souffrances psychiques de l'homme moderne, Avatar, 2010, 195 p. , 22 €. www.avatareditions.com

lundi, 22 avril 2013

Antonio Pennacchi und der Canale Mussolini

Antonio Pennacchi und der Canale Mussolini

Götz Kubitschek 

Ex: http://www.sezession.de/

canmuss710305025.jpgCanale Mussolini ist ein Epochen- und Familienroman, der – autobiographisch angereichert – davon erzählt, wie aus den Männern und Frauen einer norditalienischen, mittellosen Bauernsippe handfeste Faschisten werden: un-ideologische zwar, aber ist das nicht immer so, wenn es um die Masse unterhalb der weltanschaulich gefestigten Revolutionäre geht?

Grandios schildert Pennacchi den Kippunkt in diesem hervorragend erzählten Buch: wie die Männer und Frauen der Sippe Peruzzi auf ihren Felder schuften und trotzdem auf keinen grünen Zweig kommen; wie sie schon mit einem Fuß bei den Sozialisten stehen, aber auch bei den Faschisten auf einer Versammlung vorbeischauen; wie sie dann unter dem gewaltsamen Druck der Linken (die das nicht dulden mögen) halb im Zorn, halb aus Rache zu den Schwarzhemden überlaufen und erst einmal alles niederbrennen, was an sozialistischen Parteilokalen in ihrer Reichweite ist.

Hier findet schlicht die persönliche Lage das geeignete politische Gefährt, und die Widerborstigkeit der Sippe paßt einfach nicht zur Bräsigkeit der linken Gewerkschaftsbonzen. Der Dank der Bewegung bleibt nicht aus: Mitte der dreißiger Jahre bekommen die Peruzzis Land in den trockengelegten Pontinischen Sümpfen und bauen mit an diesem faschistischen Großprojekt, das 30000 umgesiedelten Neubauern Land und Brot gibt.

Ein Rezensent, der Canale Mussolini im Original las, berichtete von hinreißenden Dialogen in Mundart. Zum Glück versucht die Übersetzung erst gar nicht, irgendein Kauderwelsch an die Stelle der italienischen Dialekte zu setzen, der Ton des Romans ist auch so »mündlich« genug. Es wird richtig erzählt, episch, abschweifend.

Die ganze faschistische Epoche Italiens wird plastisch, immer aus Sicht der kleinen Leute, der unterschiedlichen Charaktere der Peruzzis. Da tauchen die faschistischen Suppenküchen auf, die Solidaritätsvereine, die Versammlungshäuser, die Paraden, Uniformen und modernen Errungenschaften. Der Duce hämmert – noch nicht an der Macht – den Pflug der Peruzzis wieder gerade und starrt dabei dem Sippen-Zentrum, der stolzen »Mama« Armida, auf den Hintern, was ihr nicht schlecht gefällt. Immer wieder schildert der Erzähler die völlig harmlose Szene, und vielleicht erinnert sich Mussolini nur deshalb nach Jahren noch an diese Familie.

Wenn überhaupt von ideologischem Überbau die Rede ist, dann treuherzig, ein bißchen wie auswendig gelernt (»diese fixe Idee vom Römischen Reich und von der imperialen Größe, die uns Italienern von Natur aus und von Rechts wegen zustanden, aber auch diese etwas heidnische Vorstellung, daß die Menschen nicht irgendwie alle gleich sind«). Die Weltgeschichte ist mit eingewoben, denn irgendein Peruzzi ist immer dabei: ob im Abessinienkrieg und seinen elenden Gemetzeln, ob in Nordafrika oder beim griechischen Intermezzo (das nur mit deutscher Waffenhilfe nicht in einem Desaster endete), aber auch dort, wo – erzählt wie vom Hörensagen – Mussolini sich mit Italo Balbo oder einem anderen faschistischen Granden anlegt oder auf Hitler trifft.

Es gibt dieses seltsame Wort von der »befreienden Lektüre«: Ein Text rauscht durch die Köpfe wie das Wasser durch den Augiasstall – der ganze Mist, der sich angesammelt hat, wird fortgespült. Canale Mussolini könnte für Italien eine solche Wirkung haben, die Voraussetzungen für einen hysteriefreien Blick auf die eigene Geschichte sind dort besser als bei uns.

Für deutsche Leser könnte die Wirkung nur dann befreiend sein, wenn sie verstünden, daß man die Massen im faschistischen Italien durchaus mit jenen im Dritten Reich vergleichen kann. Aber dieses Vorverständnis einzufordern, ist für sie etwa so, als vergliche man eine Mausefalle mit einer Tretmine.

Antonio Pennacchi: Canale Mussolini. Roman, München: Hanser 2012. 446 S., 24.90 €

dimanche, 21 avril 2013

Contre l'Europe de Bruxelles !...

Contre l'Europe de Bruxelles !...

Les éditions Tatamis viennent de publier un essai de Gérard Dussouy intitulé Contre l'Europe de Bruxelles - Fonder un Etat européen et préfacé par Dominique Venner. Professeur de sciences politiques et de géopolitique, Gérard Dussouy est, notamment, l'auteur de Quelle géopolitique au XXIe siècle (Editions Complexes, 2002).

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 " « Bien entendu, on peut sauter sur sa chaise comme un cabri en disant « l’Europe ! »,  »l’Europe ! », « l’Europe ! », mais cela n’aboutit à rien et cela ne signifie rien. » 

Charles de Gaulle, Discours et messages 

La sentence gaullienne a frappé les esprits. Elle a visé juste jusqu’à aujourd’hui. Mais, n’est-ce pas faute d’avoir abandonné notre communauté de destin, l’Europe, aux mains des seuls politiciens et des eurocrates ?
L’Europe n’appartient-elle pas d’abord aux Européens ? Comment, dans le même temps, peut-on laisser certains expliquer que l’Europe est la cause de tous nos maux alors que l’idée européenne est la solution face à la mondialisation ?
Des Thermopyles au Traité de Rome, des tranchées de Verdun aux travées du Parlement Européen à Strasbourg, les Européens ont su résister, dépasser leurs querelles, créer, et innover.
Et si la prochaine innovation était institutionnelle ? 
Et si l’on construisait enfin l’Europe, une autre Europe, notre Europe ? 
Face à la crise, et contre les fauteurs de décadence. 
Naturellement engluée dans un brouillard libéral et mondialiste, l’Europe navigue à vue.
Face au monde multipolaire qui se dessine, et comme à chaque rendez-vous avec l’Histoire, l’Europe devra choisir entre la puissance ou la mort.
La mort, c’est subir la crise, accepter le déclin, décourager ses forces vives et laisser fuir sa jeunesse pour ne devenir qu’une ombre de ce que les Américains appellent déjà « la vieille Europe », celle des musées, des maisons de retraite et des souvenirs.
La puissance, c’est envisager le renouveau, le dépassement des États-Nations, la construction d’un État européen volontariste et pragmatique. Fédéral et régional, afin de respecter et de protéger la diversité culturelle des peuples européens, il se doit d’être en mesure de répondre aux attentes sociales des populations. Fort et puissant afin de promouvoir et de défendre, au delà de toute idéologie, les intérêts matériels et immatériels, les valeurs et les traditions culturelles des Européens, il doit oser rayonner à travers le monde.
Cri d’alarme et cri du coeur, ce livre appelle à un élan collectif vers un État européen, un Etat d’urgence ! Il est temps que le cabri se fasse loup ! "

Fonder un Etat européen

Contre l’Europe de Bruxelles 

Fonder un Etat européen,

par Gérard Dussouy

 

[Lecture] Contre l’Europe de Bruxelles – Fonder un Etat européen, par Gérard Dussouy


PARIS (NOVOpress Breizh) - Auteur d’ouvrages concernant la géopolitique et les relations internationales (« Traité de l’interétatique », « Les théories de la mondialité » et « Les théories géopolitiques » Editions de l’Harmattan), Gérard Dussouy, professeur émérite à l’Université Montesquieu de Bordeaux (géopolitique et relations internationales), vient de publier aux Editions Tatamis un livre intitulé « Contre l’Europe de Bruxelles – Fonder un Etat européen », préfacé par l’historien Dominique Venner.

 

Dans ce nouvel ouvrage, Gérard Dussouy commence par exposer la situation de l’Europe en matière de démographie, de défense, d’économie et d’identité. Il fait un parallèle entre la situation de l’Empire romain finissant et celle de l’Union Européenne à bout de souffle qui présente, selon lui, tous les symptômes du « syndrome romain » : effondrement démographique, submersion migratoire, vieillissement des élites, délitement des cultures nationales, anomie sociale, fuite dans l’individualisme, déclin économique accéléré, finances publiques en perdition, incapacité à prévenir et à maîtriser les perturbations de toutes natures en provenance de son environnement international, déclin militaire et désarmement programmé .

Face à la crise généralisée que connaît l’Europe, Gérard Dussouy nous invite à dépasser le cadre national qui est trop petit pour résoudre les grands problèmes et trop grand pour satisfaire aux besoins locaux ; ce dépassement devrait avoir pour objectif la création d’un Etat fédéral des régions d’Europe dans lequel les grands pays seraient démembrés en régions qui deviendraient, au même titre que les petits pays, des régions fédérées constitutives de l’Etat européen.

L’abandon de l’Union européenne actuelle et la formation d’une Europe fédérale des régions, qui peut sembler utopique aujourd’hui, pourraient avoir lieu à la faveur d’un stress majeur des populations européennes soumises à un faisceau de crises simultanées ( crise économique, crise inter-ethnique, crise d’identité, crise sociale, crise du système politique, crise géopolitique ) et d’une communication intra-européenne intense qui permettrait de secréter une nouvelle symbolique et une nouvelle culture politique européenne .

Pour ce faire, l’auteur écrit qu’il est indispensable de mettre en œuvre très rapidement, parce que nous ne disposons pas de beaucoup de temps avant qu’il ne soit trop tard, des mouvements citoyens européistes porteurs d’une culture politique européenne et susceptibles de la diffuser . Les partis politiques de gouvernement, paralysés par les ambitions personnelles et une idéologie qui participe à la fois de l’universalisme et d’un nationalisme étriqué sont incapables de contester le bien fondé d’une représentation dominante du monde qui n’offre aux peuples européens d’autre alternative que de subir. Quant aux mouvements dits « populistes », l’auteur considère que ceux d’extrême-droite surestiment beaucoup les effets d’un repli sur le pré-carré national et que ceux d’extrême-gauche s’évertuent à vouloir faire croire que le socialisme, dont eux seuls ont saisi l’essence, est toujours malgré ses réfutations par le réel, répétées ici et là, partout à travers le monde, la voie du bonheur pour l’humanité toute entière .

Gérard Dussouy pense que seule la création d’un tel état fédéral serait en mesure de prendre les mesures nécessaires à un redressement de l’Europe : mise en place de frontières géographiques, démographiques et économiques; création d’un espace économique semi-autarcique et protégé; politique de redressement de la natalité des Européens; sortie de l’OTAN et création d’un système de défense strictement européen ; partenariat économique, militaire, scientifique et culturel avec la Russie; développement de pôles européens de recherche et développement . La création d’un état fédéral permettrait également de résoudre la crise liée à la monnaie unique en permettant les transferts nécessaires entre les régions d’Europe les plus favorisées et celles qui le sont moins.

Ce livre est important parce qu’il constitue une excellente synthèse de la problématique géopolitique et économique commune à l’ensemble des peuples européens. Les lecteurs pourront apprécier diversement la solution envisagée par l’auteur pour sortir de la situation funeste dans laquelle nous sommes aujourd’hui, mais il est indispensable pour mener une réflexion sur le sujet essentiel du devenir de l’Europe.

François Arondel

Contre l’Europe de Bruxelles – Fonder un Etat européen, par Gérard Dussouy, Editions Tatamis, 180 pages, 14 € (port compris). Commander

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mercredi, 17 avril 2013

Bardèche et l'Europe

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"Bardèche et l'Europe"

Un nouveau livre de George Feltin-Tracol

Publié par les "Bouquins" de "Synthèse Nationale"

L'AUTRE EUROPE DE MAURICE BARDECHE :

Universitaire promis à un bel avenir littéraire, Maurice Bardèche entre en politique le jour de l’exécution de son beau-frère, Robert Brasillach. Il devient alors le pourfendeur d’une justice de vainqueurs.

Fort d’un engagement payé par des procès et une incarcération, Maurice Bardèche est dès les années 1950 l’artisan d’une révolution mentale parmi les nationalistes français envers l’Europe. Tant au cours de la Guerre froide qu’au moment de la Détente, à la tête de la revue Défense de l’Occident et dans ses livres, il expose en géopoliticien fin et lucide une troisième voie nationale-européenne, parfois néo-fasciste, prête à dialoguer avec les nationalismes du Tiers-Monde.

Par une démarche souvent déroutante, Bardèche entend promouvoir son idée de l’Europe, une « Europe cuirassée », car « nationale, libérée et indépendante ». À l’heure où l’Union européenne atlantiste, bureaucratique et mondialiste conduit à une impasse catastrophique, le raisonnement bardéchien et ses solutions retrouvent une pertinence inattendue.

L'auteur : Georges Feltin-Tracol

Né en 1970, passionné de géopolitique, d'histoire et de métapolitique, Georges Feltin-Tracol co-fonde en août 2005 le site non-conformiste, identitaire et solidariste Europe Maxima (www.europemaxima.com) dont il en assume la rédaction en chef. Auteur d'Orientations rebelles (Éditions d'Héligoland, 2009), de L'Esprit européen entre mémoires locales et volonté continentale (Éditions d'Héligoland, 2011) et de Réflexions à l'Est (Alexipharmaque, 2012), il collabore aussi à L'Unité Normande, à Réfléchir & Agir, à Salut public, à Culture Normande et à Synthèse nationale.

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mardi, 16 avril 2013

De plus en plus infantile

De plus en plus infantile

par Jean-Gilles Malliarakis

 

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La gesticulation grotesque destinée à garantir la transparence de la vie politique nous le démontre une fois encore : on n'arrête décidément pas le progrès de la réglementation politiquement correcte.

En 2010 Mathieu Laine publiait une nouvelle édition de son indispensable "Grande Nurserie", livre écrit en 2006 "pour en finir avec l’État nounou."

Or, cette version actualisée de l'ouvrage a donc été publiée quatre ans seulement après sa première parution en format poche. Nous espérons que l'auteur ne nous en voudra pas de reproduire assez longuement une partie de la nouvelle préface. Voici l'énumération de nos nouvelles folies.

En ces temps-là... écrit ainsi Mathieu Laine ...

"... nos barres chocolatées ne portaient pas la mention 'Pour votre santé, évitez de manger trop gras, trop sucré, trop salé' ; Tintin au Congo n'était pas mis à l'isolement dans les bibliothèques américaines ; on pouvait fumer une cigarette dans un bar en buvant un café-crème ; les médecins pouvaient sans difficulté prescrire du Di-Antalvic, cet anti-douleur efficace dont la dangerosité n'apparaît qu'au terme d'une consommation extrême ; la régie publicitaire de la RATP n'aurait pas imaginé ordonner le remplacement des affiches du film Coco Chanel parce que Audrey Tautou y apparaissait une cigarette à la main ; l'idée de fixer un quota de femmes dans les organes de gouvernance des grandes entreprises paraissait humiliante pour les dirigeantes ;

Encore, Mathieu Laine note : la pression moralisatrice et culpabilisante de Yann Arthus-Bertrand et Nicolas Hulot sur nos comportements 'civiques et environnementaux' n'était pas aussi puissante ; le Canada ne réfléchissait pas à interdire les feux de cheminée parce que la combustion du bois serait une source de pollution ; les acteurs économiques n'étaient pas aussi surveillés par un pouvoir hyper-interventionniste ; aucun parlementaire n'avait osé demander l'interdiction de vendre des produits alimentaires juste devant les caisses des hypermarchés et de supprimer toute publicité pour les produits de grignotage pendant les coupures publicitaires des émissions regardées par les enfants.

L'auteur persiste à remarquer: on pouvait rouler à 51 kilomètres-heure au lieu de 50 en ville sans subir la foudre immédiate d'un radar fixe ou mobile ; la députée UMP de Paris Edwige Antier n'avait pas encore déposé une proposition de loi visant à interdire la fessée ; la décroissance passait pour une idée ringarde héritée des années 1970 aucun député n'aurait imaginé réclamer un 'devoir de réserve' à la lauréate du prix Goncourt parce qu'elle avait critiqué le président de la République ; aucun gouvernement n'avait cherché à interdire les 'happy hours' dans les bars ; l'ancien ministre du gouvernement Jospin, Yves Cochet, n'avait pas encore osé proposer publiquement une directive pour diminuer les prestations familiales à partir de la troisième naissance en expliquant que la pollution générée par un enfant équivalait à 620 trajets Paris-New York en avion;

L'effarante énumération continue :  on ne démontait pas des antennes-relais sur le simple fondement de 'l'inquiétude' des voisins ; personne n'aurait osé remplacer la pipe de Monsieur Hulot par un ridicule moulin à vent sur l'affiche du célèbre film de Jacques Tati ; aucune loi n'imposait un CV anonyme aux entreprises de plus de 50 salariés  (1)⇓. ; aucun secrétaire d'État n'avait sérieusement envisagé de réintroduire les langes pour les bébés et supprimer ainsi la pollution liée aux couches jetables ; personne n'avait osé adopter une loi Hadopi ; on n'avait pas nommé de médiateur-père fouettard pour forcer les banques à prêter à des entreprises qui ne pourraient pas rembourser afin de sortir d'une crise née, précisément, de lois américaines obligeant les banques à prêter à des populations déshéritées pour qu'elles deviennent propriétaires de leur logement (la fameuse crise des 'subprimes') ;

On observe en effet qu'en 2006: l'excès de précaution n'avait pas éclaté au grand jour (on découvrit, en janvier 2010, que la France avait acheté 94 millions de doses de vaccin antigrippe A et que seuls 5 millions de Français s'étaient fait vacciner) ; Arnold Schwarzenegger n'avait pas, en sa qualité de gouverneur de Californie, adopté une mesure permettant de condamner à une amende de 100 dollars le possesseur d'une voiture dans laquelle un mineur serait en train de fumer ;

Et puis : les Verts n'étaient pas partis, à Paris, en guerre contre les systèmes de chauffage installés sur les terrasses de café et de restaurants qui émettraient de l'oxyde d'azote dans l'air ; aucun plan de vidéosurveillance ne prévoyait, comme aujourd'hui, de tripler le nombre de caméras en deux ans ; on n'imaginait pas interdire de fumer sur les terrasses en plein air des cafés ; le principe de précaution n'avait pas été rejoint par le principe d'attention ; aucun label ne figurait sur l'ensemble des bouteilles de vin pour expliquer aux femmes enceintes que boire de l'alcool n'est pas bon pour leur bébé ; aucune proposition de loi n'avait envisagé apposer un label 'photo retouchée' sur les clichés retravaillés pour 'lutter contre l'anorexie'..."

Voila comment cette fulgurante avancée de la sottise était interprêtée en 2010 par l'auteur :

"La France était pourtant, déjà, une Grande Nurserie. L'esprit de précaution et le vent de l'infantilisation n'ont, depuis, cessé de souffler. Rien ne semble pouvoir les arrêter.

Le livre décrypte ce phénomène contemporain, s'amuse - tout en s'inquiétant - des projets à venir, et invite à résister aux illusions comme aux intrusions de plus en plus menaçantes de l'État-Nounou dans nos vies." (2)⇓.

Remarquons que cette liste date de 2010. Depuis, le président Normal en rajouté une couche (couche-culotte pensera-t-on, pour rester dans le thème de ce pamphlet magnifique).

Certains jugeront irréversibles les votes parlementaires tendant à "transformer un homme en femme", seule chose que s'interdisait autrefois le parlement de Westminster. Nous pouvons raisonnablement penser, au contraire, que les chutes ne semblent irréversibles que jusqu'au moment où on touche le sol. L'État hexagonal s'en rapproche.

JG Malliarakis
http://www.insolent.fr/

Apostilles

  1. "Si le décret d'application n'a jamais été signé, note alors l'auteur l'idée vient d'être relancée par le président de la République [en 2010]. 
  2. Mathieu Laine "La Grande Nurserie" Lattès 2010, 216 pages.

mardi, 09 avril 2013

Domnique Venner, l'imprévu dans l'histoire

Domnique Venner, l'imprévu dans l'histoire

dimanche, 07 avril 2013

Reise in die Tiefe einer Existenz

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Céline
[Céline, 1981]
264 Seiten, geb. mit Schutzumschlag

Aus dem Französischen und mit einem Nachwort von Nicola Denis
Buch ISBN: 978-3-88221-559-5
Preis: 29,90 € / 38,90 CHF

eBook (epub) ISBN: 978-3-88221-019-4
Preis: 22.99 € / 25.99 CHF

Reise in die Tiefe einer Existenz

Philippe Muray, in Deutschland noch völlig unbekannt, in Frankreich in den letzten Jahren zu einem Kultautor von Jahrhundertformat avanciert, hat in diesem brillanten literarischen Langessay einen so umstrittenen wie gewichtigen Beitrag zu Leben und Werk des infernalischen Louis-Ferdinand Céline geschrieben. Es ist für deutsche Leser die erste umfassende Auseinandersetzung mit dem Phänomen Céline, der wie kein anderer Widerstände provoziert und Fragen nach dem Bösen in der Literatur, den Grenzen der Kunst und ihrer Moralität aufwirft. Diesen unlösbaren Fragen geht Muray in seinem eleganten, klugen und pointierten Essay auf den Grund und erweist sich selbst als einzigartiger Autor.

Pressestimmen

»Muray weigert sich, Céline in zwei Hälften zu zerlegen und den großen Romanautor, der seiner Zeit eine neue Sprache von den Lippen las, vom widerlichen Pamphletisten abzutrennen. ›Es gibt keine zwei Célines, da es nur einen gibt.‹ (...) In diesem Schriftsteller kohabitieren der archaische Übeltäter und der progressive Befreier, so dass für Muray die eigentliche Frage ist, wie das ein Leben lang durchzuhalten war. Muray vertieft sich aber nicht nur in Célines Werk, sondern analysiert spiegelbildlich auch das Vergessen der Nachkriegsgesellschaft, die den Autor zunächst ins dänische Exil schickte und dann in der Rezeption selektiv wegsteckte.«
Joseph Hanimann, Süddeutsche Zeitung, 27. November 2012

»Murays Buch, anarchistisch und progressiv, türmt sich wie eine Festung inmitten der Literatur des 20. Jahrhunderts auf. Einmal mehr wird der Schriftsteller Céline zum Gefangenen. So grandios wie Nicola Denis muss man diese Szene erst einmal übersetzen können.«
Jürgen Nielsen-Sikora, Glanz & Elend, 05. November 2012

samedi, 06 avril 2013

Rivarol und die Französische Revolution

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19:30
Salon des Institut français
Mainz

Rivarol und die Französische Revolution

Der Übersetzer Ulrich Kunzmann liest aus ›Vom Menschen‹; die Historikerin Lisa Klewitz (Universität Mainz) hält anschließend einen Vortrag.
 
Ulrich Kunzmann, der bekannte Übersetzer romanischer Autoren, liest am 16. April im Salon des Schönborner Hofes (Institut Français) aus ›Vom Menschen‹ von Antoine de Rivarol. Darin greift Kunzmann, der den Band auch herausgegeben hat, auf die veröffentlichten Werke des großen Sprachkünstlers und Revolutionskritikers Rivarols zurück, die er gesammelt und pointiert ins Deutsche übersetzt hat.
Die Historikerin Lisa Klewitz wird uns im Anschluss an die Lesung einen Einblick in den historischen Kontext geben. Die Stipendiatin der Sibylle-Kalkhof-Rose-Stiftung hat als Forschungs- und Interessengebiet einerseits die Geschichte Frankreichs in der Frühen Neuzeit und andererseits das Rheinland unter der französischen Herrschaft.

Eine Veranstaltung des Institut français Mainz und des Historischen Seminars der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz ›Gegen den Strom‹
 
Veranstaltungsort:
Schillerstraße 11, 55116 Mainz

Antoine de Rivarol

Bücher zu dieser Veranstaltung

Antoine de Rivarol
Antoine de Rivarol: Vom Menschen

dimanche, 31 mars 2013

Savage Continent

Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War Two, By Keith Lowe

 
In his memoir If This is a Man, the Italian writer Primo Levi recalls that the most terrifying time for him at Auschwitz was not the years of incarceration by the Nazis, when beatings, hunger, back-breaking work and the threat of murder were omnipresent. He came closest to despair during the vacuum between the flight of the guards and the arrival of the Red Army. This period, in which the prisoners were effectively left to their own devices, was characterised by a complete breakdown of all authority, however unjust, as well as the system of supply. I was reminded of these passages when reading Keith Lowe's Savage Continent: an excellent account of the two years or so between the end of hostilities in Europe with the defeat of Hitler, and the establishment of the Cold War order.
 

Savage.jpgAs the author points out, the Second World War did not end in 1945. In large parts of the continent, the contest lasted a lot longer as Polish, Ukrainian, Baltic and Greek partisans battled on in the mountains and forests of Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean. Some of these stories, such as the post-war travails of the Greeks, are well known to Western audiences, but the activities of the Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian anti-Soviet "Forest Brothers" are not. Perhaps the most arresting fact in this compelling book is that the last Estonian guerrilla fighter, August Sabbe, was killed as late as 1978, trying to escape capture.

Even where there was no fighting, Lowe demonstrates, Europe was in flux. A contemporary observer described Germany, the crossroads of the continent, as "one huge ants' nest", in which everyone was on the move. There were refugees everywhere, some trying to escape the victors, others returning to their homes. Millions of German prisoners of war were crammed into insanitary Anglo-American camps in the West; and they were the lucky ones, unlike those captured by the Russians and taken to camps in Siberia, or murdered en route. Almost everywhere, the Nazi collapse was followed by a bloody settling of scores against real or alleged collaborators. Lowe shows that the numbers affected in places like France to have been much exaggerated by subsequent myth-makers; in Yugoslavia, on the other hand, the reckoning was truly horrific, the more so as British troops were actively involved in sending men and women back to face certain death at Tito's hands.

All this was accompanied by the greatest population shifts in Europe since the Dark Ages. These had, of course, begun during the war. Lowe notes the huge void left by the Nazi murder of the Jews, but he points out that it was not so much the Holocaust itself as the persistence of anti-Semitism in places like Poland and Hungary which persuaded so many survivors to make for Israel or the US. In eastern Poland and western Ukraine, new borders led to a massive exchange of populations attended by great hardship and brutality.

The principal post-war victims, however, were the Germans, systematically expelled by the Czechs and Poles from lands which they had settled for hundreds of years. Lowe describes these events too with admirable sensitivity, placing them squarely in the context of prior Nazi policies, without in any way justifying them.

sav2.jpgEurope was also in political flux. The war had destroyed the standing of the old elites, and brought the Red Army into the heart of the continent. It was Soviet power, rather than the failure of the ancien regime as such, which underpinned the wave of Communist takeovers in Eastern Europe. Lowe describes the Romanian case in fascinating detail. Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Poland and Bulgaria all met broadly similar fates: red terror, arrests, expropriation of land and property, and executions. In Greece, the boot was on the other foot, as the right-wing government parlayed first British then American help into brutal victory over the communists. Lowe notes the "unpleasant symmetry" caused by Cold War imperatives without in any way denying that "the capitalist model of politics was self-evidently more inclusive, more democratic and ultimately more successful than Stalinist communism".

Savage Continent is thus a fitting title for this book, and surely also an allusion to Dark Continent, Mark Mazower's brilliant history of the 20th century. Lowe's vivid descriptions of Europeans scrambling for scraps of food, rampant theft and "destruction of morals" are a timely reminder that a certain humility is in order when we look at less fortunate continents today. The author is also right to remind us, with respect to current travails in Iraq and Afghanistan, just how long it took to rebuild Europe and for democracy to take root – or to return.

That said, Lowe could perhaps have said more about the Europeans who emerged from the war with a new and uplifting vision: that the only way for the continent to prevent this from happening again, and to realise its full potential, was to chart a course towards greater unity. It was in the midst of the ruins described by this book that men such as Robert Schuman, Jean Monnet, Alcide de Gasperi and Altero Spinelli were taking the first steps towards what was to become the European Union. In this sense, Europe is a continent which contains not only the seeds of its self-destruction but also of its renewal.

Brendan Simms is a professor of history at Cambridge University; his 'Old Europe: a history of the continent since 1500' is published this summer by Allen Lane

samedi, 30 mars 2013

Stalin’s Fight Against International Communism

Stalin’s Fight Against International Communism

By Kerry Bolton stalin-the-enduring-legacy

Ex: http://www.counter-currents.com/

Editor’s Note:

This is the first chapter of Kerry Bolton’s new book Stalin: The Enduring Legacy [2] (London: Black House Publishing, 2012). The chapter is being reprinted as formatted in the book. Counter-Currents will also run a review of the book, which I highly recommend. 

The notion that Stalin ‘fought communism’ at a glance seems bizarre. However, the contention is neither unique nor new. Early last century the seminal German conservative philosopher-historian Oswald Spengler stated that Communism in Russia would metamorphose into something distinctly Russian which would be quite different from the alien Marxist dogma that had been imposed upon it from outside. Spengler saw Russia as both a danger to Western Civilisation as the leader of a ‘coloured world-revolution’, and conversely as a potential ally of a revived Germany against the plutocracies. Spengler stated of Russia’s potential rejection of Marxism as an alien imposition from the decaying West that,

Race, language, popular customs, religion, in their present form… all or any of them can and will be fundamentally transformed. What we see today then is simply the new kind of life which a vast land has conceived and will presently bring forth. It is not definable in words, nor is its bearer aware of it. Those who attempt to define, establish, lay down a program, are confusing life with a phrase, as does the ruling Bolshevism, which is not sufficiently conscious of its own West-European, Rationalistic and cosmopolitan origin.[1]

Even as he wrote, Bolshevism in the USSR was being fundamentally transformed in the ways Spengler foresaw. The ‘rationalistic’ and ‘cosmopolitan’ origins of Bolshevism were soon being openly repudiated, and a new course was defined by Zhdanov and other Soviet eminences.

Contemporary with Spengler in Weimer Germany, there arose among the ‘Right’ the ‘National Bolshevik’ faction one of whose primary demands was that Germany align with the Soviet Union against the Western plutocracies. From the Soviet side, possibilities of an alliance with the ‘Right’ were far from discounted and high level Soviet sources cultivated contacts with the pro-Russian factions of the German Right including the National Bolsheviks.[2]

German-Soviet friendship societies included many conservatives. In Arbeitsgemeinschaft zum Studium der Sowjetrussichen Planwirtschaft (Arplan)[3] Conservative-Revolutionaries and National Bolsheviks comprised a third of the membership. Bund Geistige Berufe (BGB)[4] was founded in 1931 and was of particular interest to Soviet Russia, according to Soviet documents, which aimed ‘to attract into the orbit of our influence a range of highly placed intellectuals of rightist orientation’.[5]

The profound changes caused Konstantin Rodzaevsky, leader of the Russian Fascist Union among the White Russian émigrés at Harbin, to soberly reassess the USSR and in 1945 he wrote to Stalin:

Not all at once, but step by step we came to this conclusion. We decided that: Stalinism is exactly what we mistakenly called ‘Russian Fascism’. It is our Russian Fascism cleansed of extremes, illusions, and errors.[6]

In the aftermath of World War II many German war veterans, despite the devastating conflagration between Germany and the USSR, and the rampage of the Red Army across Germany with Allied contrivance, were vociferous opponents of any German alliance with the USA against the USSR. Major General Otto E Remer and the Socialist Reich Party were in the forefront of advocating a ‘neutralist’ line for Germany during the ‘Cold War’, while one of their political advisers, the American Spenglerian philosopher Francis Parker Yockey, saw Russian occupation as less culturally debilitating than the ‘spiritual syphilis’ of Hollywood and New York, and recommended the collaboration of European rightists and neo-Fascists with the USSR against the USA.[7] Others of the American Right, such as the Yockeyan and Spenglerian influenced newspaper Common Sense, saw the USSR from the time of Stalin as the primary power in confronting Marxism, and they regarded New York as the real ‘capitol’ of Marxism.[8]

What might be regarded by many as an ‘eccentric’ element from the Right were not alone in seeing that the USSR had undergone a revolutionary transformation. Many of the Left regarded Stalin’s Russia as a travesty of Marxism. The most well-known and vehement was of course Leon Trotsky who condemned Stalin for having ‘betrayed the revolution’ and for reversing doctrinaire Marxism. On the other hand, the USA for decades supported Marxists, and especially Trotskyites, in trying to subvert the USSR during the Cold War. The USA, as the columnists at Common Sense continually insisted, was promoting Marxism, while Stalin was fighting it. This dichotomy between Russian National Bolshevism and US sponsored international Marxism was to having lasting consequences for the post-war world up to the present.

Stalin Purges Marxism

The Moscow Trials purging Trotskyites and other veteran Bolsheviks were merely the most obvious manifestations of Stalin’s struggle against alien Marxism. While much has been written condemning the trials as a modern day version of the Salem witch trials, and while the Soviet methods were often less than judicious the basic allegations against the Trotskyites et al were justified. The trials moreover, were open to the public, including western press, diplomats and jurists. There can be no serious doubt that Trotskyites in alliance with other old Bolsheviks such as Zinoviev and Kameneff were complicit in attempting to overthrow the Soviet state under Stalin. That was after all, the raison d’etre of Trotsky et al, and Trotsky’s hubris could not conceal his aims.[9]

The purging of these anti-Stalinist co-conspirators was only a part of the Stalinist fight against the Old Bolsheviks. Stalin’s relations with Lenin had not been cordial, Lenin accusing him of acting like a ‘Great Russian chauvinist’.[10] Indeed, the ‘Great Russians’ were heralded as the well-spring of Stalin’s Russia, and were elevated to master-race like status during and after the ‘Great Patriotic War’ against Germany. Lenin, near death, regarded Stalin’s demeanour as ‘offensive’, and as not showing automatic obedience. Lenin wished for Stalin to be removed as Bolshevik Party General Secretary.[11]

Dissolving the Comintern

The most symbolic acts of Stalin against International Communism were the elimination of the Association of Old Bolsheviks, and the destruction of the Communist International (Comintern). The Comintern, or Third International, was to be the basis of the world revolution, having been founded in 1919 in Moscow with 52 delegates from 25 countries.[12] Zinoviev headed the Comintern’s Executive Committee.[13] He was replaced by Bukharin in 1926.[14] Both Zinonviev and Bukharin were among the many ‘Old Bolsheviks’ eliminated by Stalin.

Stalin regarded the Comintern with animosity. It seemed to function more as an enemy agency than as a tool of Stalin, or at least that is how Stalin perceived the organisation. Robert Service states that Dimitrov, the head of the Comintern at the time of its dissolution, was accustomed to Stalin’s accusations against it. In 1937 Stalin had barked at him that ‘all of you in Comintern are hand in glove with the enemy’.[15] Dimitrov must have wondered how long he had to live.[16]

Instead of the Communist parties serving as agents of the world revolution, in typically Marxist manner, and the purpose for founding the Comintern, the Communist parties outside Russia were expected to be nationally oriented. In 1941 Stalin stated of this:

The International was created in Marx’s time in the expectation of an approaching international revolution. Comintern was created in Lenin’s time at an analogous moment. Today, national tasks emerge for each country as a supreme priority. Do not hold on tight to what was yesterday.[17]

This was a flagrant repudiation of Marxist orthodoxy, and places Stalinism within the context of National Bolshevism.

The German offensive postponed Stalin’s plans for the elimination of the Comintern, and those operatives who had survived the ‘Great Purge’ were ordered to Ufa, South of the Urals. Dimitrov was sent to Kuibyshev on the Volga. After the Battle of Stalingrad, Stalin returned to the issue of the Comintern, and told Dimitrov on 8 May 1943 to wind up the organisation. Dimitrov was transferred to the International Department of the Bolshevik Party Central Committee.[18] Robert Service suggests that this could have allayed fears among the Allies that Stalin would pursue world revolution in the post-war world. However, Stalin’s suspicion of the Comintern and the liquidation of many of its important operatives indicate fundamental belligerence between the two. In place of proletarian international solidarity, Stalin established an All-Slavic Committee[19] to promote Slavic folkish solidarity, although the inclusion of the Magyars[20] was problematic.

Stalin throughout his reign undertook a vigorous elimination of World Communist leaders. Stalin decimated communist refugees from fascism living in the USSR. While only 5 members of the Politburo of the German Communist Party had been killed under Hitler, in the USSR 7 were liquidated, and 41 out of 68 party leaders. The entire Central Committee of the Polish Communist Party in exile were liquidated, and an estimated 5000 party members were killed. The Polish Communist Party was formally dissolved in 1938. 700 Comintern headquarters staff were purged.[21]

Among the foreign Communist luminaries who were liquidated was Bela Kun, whose psychotic Communist regime in Hungary in 1919 lasted 133 days. Kun fled to the Soviet Union where he oversaw the killing of 50,000 soldiers and civilians attached to the White Army under Wrangle, who had surrendered after being promised amnesty. Kun was a member of the Executive Committee of the Comintern. A favourite of Lenin’s, this bloody lunatic served as a Comintern agent in Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia during the 1920s. In 1938 he was brought before a tribunal and after a brief trial was executed the same day.[22]

Another action of great symbolism was Stalin’s moves against the ‘Old Bolsheviks’, the veterans of the 1917 Revolution. Leon Sedov, Leon Trotsky’s son, in his pamphlet on the Great Purge of the late 1930s, waxed indignant that Stalin ‘coldly orders the shooting of Bolsheviks, former leaders of the Party and the Comintern, and heroes of the Civil War’.[23] ‘The Association of Old Bolsheviks and that of the former political prisoners has been dissolved. They were too strong a reminder of the “cursed” revolutionary past’.[24]

In place of the Comintern the Cominform was established in 1947, for the purpose of instructing Communist parties to campaign against the Marshall Aid programme that was designed to bring war-ravished Europe under US hegemony. ‘European communism was to be redirected’ towards maintaining the gains of the Red Army during World War II. ‘Communist parties in Western Europe could stir up trouble’, against the USA. The Cominform was far removed from being a resurrection of the old Comintern. As to who was invited to the inaugural meeting held at a secluded village in Poland, ‘Stalin… refused a request from Mao Zedong, who obviously thought that the plan was to re-establish the Communist International’. The Spanish and Portuguese parties were not invited, nor were the British, or the Greek Communist Party, which was fighting a civil war against the royalists.[25]

The extent of the ‘fraternity’ between the USSR and the foreign Communists can be gauged from the delegates having not been given prior knowledge of the agenda, and being ‘treated like detainees on arrival’. While Soviet delegates Malenkov and Zhdanov kept in regular communication with Stalin, none of the other delegates were permitted communication with the outside world.[26]

Repudiation of Marxist Doctrine

The implementation of Marxism as a policy upon which to construct a State was of course worthless, and Stalin reversed the doctrinaire Marxism that he had inherited from the Lenin regime. Leon Sedov indignantly stated of this:

In the most diverse areas, the heritage of the October revolution is being liquidated. Revolutionary internationalism gives way to the cult of the fatherland in the strictest sense. And the fatherland means, above all, the authorities. Ranks, decorations and titles have been reintroduced. The officer caste headed by the marshals has been reestablished. The old communist workers are pushed into the background; the working class is divided into different layers; the bureaucracy bases itself on the ‘non-party Bolshevik’, the Stakhanovist, that is, the workers’ aristocracy, on the foreman and, above all, on the specialist and the administrator. The old petit-bourgeois family is being reestablished and idealized in the most middle-class way; despite the general protestations, abortions are prohibited, which, given the difficult material conditions and the primitive state of culture and hygiene, means the enslavement of women, that is, the return to pre-October times. The decree of the October revolution concerning new schools has been annulled. School has been reformed on the model of tsarist Russia: uniforms have been reintroduced for the students, not only to shackle their independence, but also to facilitate their surveillance outside of school. Students are evaluated according to their marks for behaviour, and these favour the docile, servile student, not the lively and independent schoolboy. The fundamental virtue of youth today is the ‘respect for one’s elders’, along with the ‘respect for the uniform’. A whole institute of inspectors has been created to look after the behaviour and morality of the youth.[27]

This is what Leon Sedov, and his father, Leon Trotsky, called the ‘Bonapartist character of Stalinism’.[28] And that is precisely what Stalin represents in history: the Napoleon of the Bolshevik Revolution who reversed the Marxian doctrinal excrescences in a manner analogous to that of Napoleon’s reversal of Jacobin fanaticism after the 1789 French Revolution. Underneath the hypocritical moral outrage about Stalinist ‘repression’, etc.,[29] a number of salient factors emerge regarding Stalin’s repudiation of Marxist-Leninist dogma:

  • The ‘fatherland’ or what was called again especially during World War II, ‘Holy Mother Russia’, replaced international class war and world revolution.
  • Hierarchy in the military and elsewhere was re-established openly rather than under a hypocritical façade of soviet democracy and equality.
  • A new technocratic elite was established, analogous to the principles of German ‘National Bolshevism’.
  • The traditional family, the destruction of which is one of the primary aims of Marxism generally[30] and Trotskyism specifically,[31] was re-established.
  • Abortion, the liberalisation of which was heralded as a great achievement in woman’s emancipation in the early days of Bolshevik Russia, was reversed.
  • A Czarist type discipline was reintroduced to the schools; Leon Sedov condemned this as shackling the free spirit of youth, as if there were any such freedom under the Leninist regime.
  • ‘Respect for elders’ was re-established, again anathema to the Marxists who seek the destruction of family life through the alienation of children from parents.[32]

What the Trotskyites and other Marxists object to was Stalin’s establishment the USSR as a powerful ‘nation-state’, and later as an imperial power, rather than as a citadel for world revolution. However, the Trotskyites, more than any other Marxist faction, allied themselves to American imperialism in their hatred of Stalinist Russia, and served as the most enthusiastic partisans of the Cold War.[33] Sedov continued:

Stalin not only bloodily breaks with Bolshevism, with all its traditions and its past, he is also trying to drag Bolshevism and the October revolution through the mud. And he is doing it in the interests of world and domestic reaction. The corpses of Zinoviev and Kamenev must show to the world bourgeoisie that Stalin has broken with the revolution, and must testify to his loyalty and ability to lead a nation-state. The corpses of the old Bolsheviks must prove to the world bourgeoisie that Stalin has in reality radically changed his politics, that the men who entered history as the leaders of revolutionary Bolshevism, the enemies of the bourgeoisie, – are his enemies also. Trotsky, whose name is inseparably linked with that of Lenin as the leader of the October revolution, Trotsky, the founder and leader of the Red Army; Zinoviev and Kamenev, the closest disciples of Lenin, one, president of the Comintern, the other, Lenin’s deputy and member of the Politburo; Smirnov, one of the oldest Bolsheviks, conqueror of Kolchak—today they are being shot and the bourgeoisie of the world must see in this the symbol of a new period. This is the end of the revolution, says Stalin. The world bourgeoisie can and must reckon with Stalin as a serious ally, as the head of a nation-state…. Stalin has abandoned long ago the course toward world revolution.[34]

As history shows, it was not Stalin to whom the ‘world bourgeoisie’ or more aptly, the world plutocracy, looked on as an ally, but leading Trotskyites whose hatred of Stalin and the USSR made them vociferous advocates of American foreign policy.

Family Life Restored

Leon Trotsky is particularly interesting in regard to what he saw as the ‘revolution betrayed’ in his condemnation of Stalinist policies on ‘youth, family, and culture’. Using the term ‘Thermidor’, taken from the French revolutionary era, in his description of Stalinism vis-à-vis the Bolshevik revolution, Trotsky began his critique on family, generational and gender relations. Chapter 7 of The Revolution Betrayed is worth reading in its entirety as an over-view of how Stalin reversed Marxism-Leninism. Whether that is ‘good’ or ‘bad’ is, of course, left to the subjectivity of the reader.[35]

The primary raison d’etre of Marxism for Trotsky personally seems to have been the destruction of religion and of family (as it was for Marx).[36] Hence, the amount of attention Trotsky gives to lamenting the return to traditional family relations under Stalin:

The revolution made a heroic effort to destroy the so-called ‘family hearth’ – that archaic, stuffy and stagnant institution in which the woman of the toiling classes performs galley labor from childhood to death. The place of the family as a shut-in petty enterprise was to be occupied, according to the plans, by a finished system of social care and accommodation: maternity houses, creches, kindergartens, schools, social dining rooms, social laundries, first-aid stations, hospitals, sanatoria, athletic organizations, moving-picture theaters, etc. The complete absorption of the housekeeping functions of the family by institutions of the socialist society, uniting all generations in solidarity and mutual aid, was to bring to woman, and thereby to the loving couple, a real liberation from the thousand-year-old fetters. Up to now this problem of problems has not been solved. The forty million Soviet families remain in their overwhelming majority nests of medievalism, female slavery and hysteria, daily humiliation of children, feminine and childish superstition. We must permit ourselves no illusions on this account. For that very reason, the consecutive changes in the approach to the problem of the family in the Soviet Union best of all characterize the actual nature of Soviet society and the evolution of its ruling stratum.[37]

Marxism, behind the façade of women’s emancipation, ridicules the traditional female role in the family as ‘galley labour’, but does so for the purpose of delivering women to the ‘galley labour’ of the Marxist state. The Marxist solution is to take the child from the parents and substitute parental authority for the State via childcare. As is apparent today, the Marxist ideal regarding the family and children is the same as that of big capitalism. It is typical of the manner by which Marxism, including Communism, converges with plutocracy, as Spengler pointed out soon after the 1917 Revolution in Russia.[38]

Trotsky states, ‘you cannot “abolish” the family; you have to replace it’. The aim was to replace the family with the state apparatus: ‘During the lean years, the workers wherever possible, and in part their families, ate in the factory and other social dining rooms, and this fact was officially regarded as a transition to a socialist form of life’. Trotsky decries the reversal by Stalin of this subversion of the family hearth: ‘The fact is that from the moment of the abolition of the food-card system in 1935, all the better placed workers began to return to the home dining table’. Women as mothers and wives were retuning to the home rather than being dragooned into factories, Trotsky getting increasingly vehement at these reversals of Marxism:

Back to the family hearth! But home cooking and the home washtub, which are now half shamefacedly celebrated by orators and journalists, mean the return of the workers’ wives to their pots and pans that is, to the old slavery.[39]

The original Bolshevik plan was for a new slavery where all would be bound to the factory floor regardless of gender, a now familiar aim of global capitalism, behind the façade of ‘equality’.  Trotsky lamented that the rural family was even stronger: ‘The rural family, bound up not only with home industry but with agriculture, is infinitely more stable and conservative than that of the town’. There had been major reversals in the collectivisation of the peasant families: they were again obtaining most of their food from private lots rather than collectivised farms, and ‘there can no longer be any talk of social dining rooms’. ‘Thus the midget farms, [were] creating a new basis for the domestic hearthstone…’[40]

The pioneering of abortion rights by the Leninist regime was celebrated as a great achievement of Bolshevism, which was, however, reversed by Stalin with the celebration instead of motherhood. In terms that are today conventional throughout the Western world, Trotsky stated that due to the economic burden of children upon women,

…It is just for this reason that the revolutionary power gave women the right to abortion, which in conditions of want and family distress, whatever may be said upon this subject by the eunuchs and old maids of both sexes, is one of her most important civil, political and cultural rights. However, this right of women too, gloomy enough in itself, is under the existing social inequality being converted into a privilege.[41]

The Old Bolsheviks demanded abortion as a means of ‘emancipating women’ from children and family. One can hardly account for the Bolshevik attitude by an appeal to anyone’s ‘rights’ (sic). The answer to the economic hardship of childbearing was surely to eliminate the causes of the hardship. In fact, this was the aim of the Stalinists, Trotsky citing this in condemnation:

One of the members of the highest Soviet court, Soltz, a specialist on matrimonial questions, bases the forthcoming prohibition of abortion on the fact that in a socialist society where there are no unemployed, etc., etc., a woman has no right to decline ‘the joys of motherhood’.[42]

On June 27 1936 a law was passed prohibiting abortion, which Trotsky called the natural and logical fruit of a ‘Thermidorian reaction’.[43] The redemption of the family and motherhood was damned perhaps more vehemently by Trotsky than any other aspect of Stalinism as a repudiation of the ‘ABCs of Communism’, which he stated includes ‘getting women out of the clutches of the family’.

Everybody and everything is dragged into the new course: lawgiver and litterateur, court and militia, newspaper and schoolroom. When a naive and honest communist youth makes bold to write in his paper: ‘You would do better to occupy yourself with solving the problem how woman can get out of the clutches of the family’, he receives in answer a couple of good smacks and – is silent. The ABCs of Communism are declared a ‘leftist excess’. The stupid and stale prejudices of uncultured philistines are resurrected in the name of a new morale. And what is happening in daily life in all the nooks and corners of this measureless country? The press reflects only in a faint degree the depth of the Thermidorian reaction in the sphere of the family.[44]

A ‘new’ or what we might better call traditional ‘morale’ had returned. Marriage and family were being revived in contrast to the laws of early Bolshevik rule:

The lyric, academical and other ‘friends of the Soviet Union’ have eyes in order to see nothing. The marriage and family laws established by the October revolution, once the object of its legitimate pride, are being made over and mutilated by vast borrowings from the law treasuries of the bourgeois countries. And as though on purpose to stamp treachery with ridicule, the same arguments which were earlier advanced in favor of unconditional freedom of divorce and abortion – ‘the liberation of women’, ‘defense of the rights of personality’, ‘protection of motherhood’ – are repeated now in favor of their limitation and complete prohibition.[45]

Trotsky proudly stated that the Bolsheviks had sought to alienate children from their parents, but under Stalin parents resumed their responsibilities as the guardians of their children’s welfare, rather than the role being allotted to factory crèches. It seems, that in this respect at least, Stalinist Russia was less a Marxian-Bolshevik state than the present day capitalist states which insist that mothers should leave their children to the upbringing of crèches while they are forced to work; and ironically those most vocal in demanding such polices are often regarded as ‘right-wing’.

Trotsky lauded the policy of the early Bolshevik state, to the point where the state withdrew support from parents

While the hope still lived of concentrating the education of the new generations in the hands of the state, the government was not only unconcerned about supporting the authority of the ‘elders’, and, in particular of the mother and father, but on the contrary tried its best to separate the children from the family, in order thus to protect them from the traditions of a stagnant mode of life.[46]

Trotsky portrayed the early Bolshevik experiments as the saving of children from ‘drunken fathers or religious mothers’; ‘a shaking of parental authority to its very foundations’.[47]

Stalinist Russia also reversed the original Bolshevik education policy that had been based on ‘progressive’ American concepts and returned authority to the schools. In speaking of the campaign against decadence in music,[48] Andrei Zhdanov, Stalin’s cultural adviser, recalled the original Bolshevik education policy, and disparaged it as ‘very leftish’:

At one time, you remember, elementary and secondary schools went in for the ‘laboratory brigade’ method and the ‘Dalton plan’,[49] which reduced the role of the teacher in the schools to a minimum and gave each pupil the right to set the theme of classwork at the beginning of each lesson. On arriving in the classroom, the teacher would ask the pupils ‘What shall we study today?’ The pupils would reply: ‘Tell us about the Arctic’, ‘Tell us about the Antarctic’, ‘Tell us about Chapayev’, ‘Tell us about Dneprostroi’. The teacher had to follow the lead of these demands. This was called the ‘laboratory brigade method’, but actually it amounted to turning the organisation of schooling completely topsy-turvy. The pupils became the directing force, and the teacher followed their lead. Once we had ‘loose-leaf textbooks’, and the five point system of marks was abandoned. All these things were novelties, but I ask you, did these novelties stand for progress?

The Party cancelled all these ‘novelties’, as you know. Why? Because these ‘novelties’, in form very ‘leftish’, were in actual fact extremely reactionary and made for the nullification of the school.[50]

One observer visiting the USSR explained:

Theories of education were numerous. Every kind of educational system and experiment was tried—the Dalton Plan, the Project Method, the Brigade Laboratory and the like. Examinations were abolished and then reinstated; though with a vital difference. Examinations in the Soviet Union serve as a test for scholarship, not as a door to educational privilege.[51]

In particular the amorality inherent in Marxism was reversed under Stalinism. Richard Overy sates of this process:

Changing attitudes to behaviour and social environment under Stalin went hand-in-hand with a changing attitude towards the family… Unlike family policy in the 1920s, which assumed the gradual breakdown of the conventional family unit as the state supplied education and social support of the young, and men and women sought more collective modes of daily life, social policy under Stalin reinstated the family as the central social unit, and proper parental care as the model environment for the new Soviet generation. Family policy was driven by two primary motives: to expand the birth rate and to provide a more stable social context in a period of rapid social change. Mothers were respected as heroic socialist models in their own right and motherhood was defined as a socialist duty. In 1944 medals were introduced for women who had answered the call: Motherhood medal, Second Class for five children, First Class for six; medals of Motherhood Glory in three classes for seven, eight or nine offspring, for ten or more, mothers were justly nominated Heroine Mother of the Soviet Union, and an average of 5,000 a year won this highest accolade, and a diploma from the Soviet President himself.[52]

No longer were husband and wife disparaged as the ‘drunken father’ and the ‘religious mother’, from whom the child must be ‘emancipated’ and placed under state jurisdiction, as Trotsky and the other Old Bolshevik reprobates attempted. Professor Overy states, rather, that ‘the ideal family was defined in socialist-realist terms as large, harmonious and hardworking’. ‘Free love and sexual licence’, the moral nihilism encouraged by Bolshevism during its early phase, was being described in Pravda in 1936 as ‘altogether bourgeois’.[53]

In 1934 traditional marriage was reintroduced, and wedding rings, banned since the 1920s, were again produced. The austere and depressing atmosphere of the old Bolshevik marriage ceremony was replaced with more festive and prolonged celebration. Divorce, which the Bolsheviks had made easy, causing thousands of men to leave their families, was discouraged by raising fees. Absentee fathers were obliged to pay half their earnings for the upkeep of their families. Homosexuality, decriminalised in 1922, was recriminalised in 1934. Abortion, legalised in 1920, was outlawed in 1936, with abortionists liable to imprisonment from one to three years, while women seeking termination could be fined up to 300 roubles.[54] The exception was that those with hereditary illnesses could apply for abortion.[55]

Kulturkampf

The antithesis between Marxist orthodoxy and Stalinism is nowhere better seen than in the attitudes towards the family, as related above, and culture.

Andrei Zhdanov, the primary theoretician on culture in Stalinist Russia, was an inveterate opponent of ‘formalism’ and modernism in the arts. ‘Socialist-realism’, as Soviet culture was termed from 1932,[56] was formulated that year by Maxim Gorky, head of the Union of Soviet Writers.[57] It was heroic, folkish and organic. The individual artist was the conveyor of the folk-soul, in contrast to the art of Western decline, dismissively described in the USSR as ‘bourgeoisie formalism’.[58]

The original Bolshevik vision of a mass democratic art, organised as ‘Proletkult’, which recruited thousands of workers to be trained as artists and writers, as one would train workers to operate a factory conveyor built, was replaced by the genius of the individual expressing the soul of the people. While in The West the extreme Left and its wealthy patrons championed various forms of modernism,[59] in the USSR they were marginalized at best, resulting in the suicide for example of the Russian ‘Constructivist’ Mayakovsky. The revitalisation of Russian-Soviet art received its primary impetus in 1946 with the launching of Zhdanovschina.[60]

The classical composers from the Czarist era, such as Tchaikovsky, Glinka sand Borodin, were revived, after being sidelined in the early years of Bolshevism in favour of modernism, as were great non-Russian composers such as Beethoven, Brahms and Schubert.[61] Maxim Gorky continued to be celebrated as ‘the founder of Soviet literature and he continued to visit the USSR, despite his having moved to Fascist Italy. He returned to Russia in 1933.[62] Modernists who had been fêted in the early days of Bolshevism, such as the playwright, Nikolai Erdman, were relegated to irrelevance by the 1930s.[63]

Jazz and the associated types of dancing were condemned as bourgeoisie degeneracy.[64]

Zhdanov’s speech to the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (Bolshevik) intended primarily to lay the foundations of Soviet music, represents one of the most cogent recent attempts to define culture. Other than some sparse references to Marx, Lenin and internationalism, the Zhdanov speech should rank alongside T S Eliot’s Notes Towards A Definition of Culture[65] as a seminal conservative statement on culture. The Zhandov speech also helped set the foundation for the campaign against ‘rootless cosmopolitanism’ that was launched several years later. Zhdandov’s premises for a Soviet music were based on the classical and the organic connexion with the folk, striving for excellence, and expressing lofty values, rejecting modernism as detached from folk and tradition.

And, indeed, we are faced with a very acute, although outwardly concealed struggle between two trends in Soviet music. One trend represents the healthy, progressive principle in Soviet music, based upon recognition of the tremendous role of the classical heritage, and, in particular, the traditions of the Russian musical school, on the combination of lofty idea content in music, its truthfulness and realism, with profound, organic ties with the people and their music and songs – all this combined with a high degree of professional mastery. The other trend is that of formalism, which is alien to Soviet art, and is marked by rejection of the classical heritage under the guise of seeming novelty, by rejection of popular music, by rejection of service to the people in preference for catering to the highly individualistic emotions of a small group of select aesthetes.[66]

While some in the Proletkult, founded in 1917 were of Futurist orientation, declaring like the poet Vladimir Kirillov, for example, that ‘In the name of our tomorrow, we will burn Raphael, we will destroy museums, we will trample the flowers of art’, the Proletkult organisation was abolished in 1932,[67] and Soviet culture was re-established on classical foundations. Khdanov was to stress the classical heritage combined with the Russian folk traditions, as the basis for Soviet culture in his address:

Let us examine the question of attitude towards the classical heritage, for instance. Swear as the above-mentioned composers may that they stand with both feet on the soil of the classical heritage, there is nothing to prove that the adherents of the formalistic school are perpetuating and developing the traditions of classical music. Any listener will tell you that the work of the Soviet composers of the formalistic trend is totally unlike classical music. Classical music is characterised by its truthfulness and realism, by the ability to attain to unity of brilliant artistic form with profound content, to combine great mastery with simplicity and comprehensibility. Classical music in general, and Russian classical music in particular, are strangers to formalism and crude naturalism. They are marked by lofty idea content, based upon recognition of the musical art of the peoples as the wellspring of classical music, by profound respect and love for the people, their music and songs.[68]

Zhdanov’s analysis of modernism in music and his definition of classic culture is eminently relevant for the present state of Western cultural degeneracy:

What a step back from the highroad of musical development our formalists make when, undermining the bulwarks of real music, they compose false and ugly music, permeated with idealistic emotions, alien to the wide masses of people, and catering not to the millions of Soviet people, but to the few, to a score or more of chosen ones, to the ‘elite’! How this differs from Glinka, Chaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Dargomyjsky and Mussorgsky, who regarded the ability to express the spirit and character of the people in their works as the foundation of their artistic growth. Neglect of the demands of the people, their spirit and art means that the formalistic trend in music is definitely anti-popular in character.[69]

Zhdanov addressed a tendency in Russia that has thrived in The West: that of the ever new and the ‘theoretical’ that is supposedly so profound as to be beyond the understanding of all but depraved, pretentious or commodity-driven artistic coteries in claiming that only future generations will widely understand these artistic vanguards. However, Stalinist Russia repudiated the nonsense; and exposed the emperor as having no clothes:

It is simply a terrible thing if the ‘theory’ that ‘we will be understood fifty or a hundred years hence’, that ‘our contemporaries may not understand us, but posterity will’ is current among a certain section of Soviet composers. If this altitude has become habitual, it is a very dangerous habit.[70]

For Zhdanov, and consequently for the USSR, the classics were a folkish manifestation arising from the soul of the Russian people, rather than being dismissed in Marxian manner as merely products of bourgeoisie culture. In fact, as indicated previously, it was modernism that was regarded as a manifestation of ‘bourgeois decadence’. Zhandov castigated the modernists as elitist, aloof, or better said, alienated from the folk. On the other hand the great Russian classicists, despite their class origins, were upheld as paragons of the Russian folk culture:

Remember how the classics felt about the needs of the people. We have begun to forget in what striking language the composers of the Big Five,[71] and the great music critic Stasov, who was affiliated with them, spoke of the popular element in music. We have begun to forget Glinka’s wonderful words about the ties between the people and artists: “Music is created by the people and we artists only arrange it.” We are forgetting that the great master did not stand aloof from any genres if these genres helped to bring music closer to the wide masses of people. You, on the other hand, hold aloof even from such a genre as the opera; you regard the opera as secondary, opposing it to instrumental symphony music, to say nothing of the fact that you look down on song, choral and concert music, considering it a disgrace to stoop to it and satisfy the demands of the people. Yet Mussorgsky adapted the music of the Hopak, while Glinka used the Komarinsky for one of his finest compositions. Evidently, we shall have to admit that the landlord Glinka, the official Serov and the aristocrat Stasov were more democratic than you. This is paradoxical, but it is a fact. Solemn vows that you are all for popular music are not enough. If you are, why do you make so little use of folk melodies in your musical works? Why are the defects, which were criticised long ago by Serov, when he said that ‘learned’, that is, professional, music was developing parallel with and independently of folk music, repeating themselves? Can we really say that our instrumental symphony music is developing in close interaction with folk music – be it song, concert or choral music? No, we cannot say that. On the contrary, a gulf has unquestionably arisen here as the result of the underestimation of folk music by our symphony composers. Let me remind you of how Serov defined his attitude to folk music. I am referring to his article The Music of South Russian Songs in which he said: ‘Folk songs, as musical organisms, are by no means the work of individual musical talents, but the productions of a whole nation; their entire structure distinguishes them from the artificial music written in conscious imitation of previous examples, written as the products of definite schools, science, routine and reflexes. They are flowers that grow naturally in a given locale, that have appeared in the world of themselves and sprung to full beauty without the least thought of authorship or composition, and consequently, with little resemblance to the hothouse products of learned compositional activity’. That is why the naivete of creation, and that (as Gogol aptly expressed it in Dead Souls) lofty wisdom of simplicity which is the main charm and main secret of every artistic work are most strikingly manifest in them.[72]

It is notable that Zhdanov emphasised the basis of culture as an organic flowering from the nation. Of painting Zhandov again attacked the psychotic ‘leftist’ influences:

Or take this example. An Academy of Fine Arts was organised not so long ago. Painting is your sister, one of the muses. At one time, as you know, bourgeois influences were very strong in painting. They cropped up time and again under the most ‘leftist’ flags, giving themselves such tags as futurism, cubism, modernism; ‘stagnant academism’ was ‘overthrown’, and novelty proclaimed. This novelty expressed itself in insane carryings on, as for instance, when a girl was depicted with one head on forty legs, with one eye turned towards us, and the other towards Arzamas. How did all this end? In the complete crash of the ‘new trend’. The Party fully restored the significance of the classical heritage of Repin, Briullov, Vereshchagin, Vasnetsov and Surikov. Did we do right in reinstating the treasures of classical painting, and routing the liquidators of painting?[73]

The extended discussion here on Russian culture under Stalin is due to the importance that the culture-war between the USSR and the USA took, having repercussions that were not only world-wide but lasting.

Notes

[1] Oswald Spengler, The Hour of Decision (New York: Alfred A Knopf, 1963), 61.

[2] K R Bolton, ‘Jünger and National-Bolshevism’ in Jünger: Thoughts & Perspectives Vol. XI (London: Black Front Press, 2012).

[3] Association for the Study of the Planned Economy of Soviet Russia.

[4] League of Professional Intellectuals.

[5] K R Bolton, ‘Jünger and National-Bolshevism’, op. cit.

[6] Cited by John J Stephan, The Russian Fascists (London: Hamish Hamilton, 1978), 338.

[7] K R Bolton, ‘Francis Parker Yockey: Stalin’s Fascist Advocate’, International Journal of Russian Studies, Issue No. 6, 2010, http://www.radtr.net/dergi/sayi6/bolton6.htm [3]

[8] K R Bolton, ‘Cold War Axis: Soviet Anti-Zionism and the American Right’’ see Appendix II below.

[9] See Chapter III: ‘The Moscow Trials in Historical Context’.

[10] R Service, Comrades: Communism: A World History (London: Pan MacMillan, 2008), 97.

[11] Ibid., 98.

[12] Ibid., 107.

[13] Ibid., 109.

[14] Ibid., 116.

[15] G Dimitrov, Dimitrov and Stalin 1934-1943: Letters from the Soviet Archives, 32, cited by R Service, ibid., 220.

[16] R Service, ibid., 220.

[17] G Dimitrov, op. cit., cited by Service, ibid., 221.

[18] R Service, ibid., 222.

[19] Ibid.

[20] Hungarians.

[21] Richard Overy, The Dictators: Hitler’s Germany and Stalin’s Russia (London: Allen Lane, 2004), 201.

[22] L I Shvetsova, et al. (eds.), Rasstrel’nye spiski: Moskva, 1937-1941: … Kniga pamiati zhertv politicheskii repressii. (‘The Execution List: Moscow, 1937-1941: … Book of Remembrances of the victims of Political Repression’), (Moscow: Memorial Society, Zven’ia Publishing House, 2000), 229.

[23] L Sedov, ‘Why did Stalin Need this Trial?’, The Red Book on the Moscow Trials, http://www.marxists.org/history/etol/writers/sedov/works/red/ch01.htm [4]

[24] . Ibid., ‘Domestic Political Reasons’.

[25] R Service, op. cit., 240-241.

[26] Ibid., 242.

[27] Ibid.

[28] Ibid.

[29] Given that when Trotsky was empowered under Lenin he established or condoned the methods of jurisprudence, concentration camps, forced labour, and the ‘Red Terror’, that were later to be placed entirely at the feet of Stalin.

[30] Karl Marx, ‘Proletarians and Communists’, The Communist Manifesto, (Moscow: Progress Publishers, 1975), 68.

[31] K R Bolton, ‘The State versus Parental Authority’, Journal of Social, Political & Economic Studies, Vol. 36, No. 2, Summer 2011, 197-217.

[32] K Marx, Communist Manifesto, op. cit.

[33] See Chapter V.

[34] L Sedov, op. cit., ‘Reasons of Foreign Policy’.

[35] L Trotsky, The Revolution Betrayed, Chapter 7, ‘Family, Youth and Culture’, http://www.marxists.org/archive/trotsky/1936/revbet/ch07.htm

[36] K R Bolton, ‘The Psychopathology of the Left’, Ab Aeterno, No. 10, Jan,-March 2012, Academy of Social and Political Research (Athens), Paraparaumu, New Zealand. The discussion on Marx and on Trotsky show their pathological hatred of family.

[37] L Trotsky, The Revolution Betrayed, op. cit., ‘The Thermidor in the Family’.

[38] ‘There is no proletarian, not even a communist, movement that has not operated in the interests of money, in the directions indicated by money, and for the time permitted by money — and that without the idealist amongst its leaders having the slightest suspicion of the fact’. Oswald Spengler, The Decline of The West (London: George Allen and Unwin, 1971),Vol. II, 402.

[39] L Trotsky, op.cit.

[40] Ibid.

[41] Ibid.

[42] Ibid.

[43] Ibid.

[44] Ibid.

[45] Ibid.

[46] Ibid.

[47] Ibid.

[48] See below.

[49] A laudatory article on the ‘Dalton Plan’ states that the Dalton School was founded in New York in 1919 and was one of the most important progressive schools of the time, the Dalton Plan being adopted across the world, including in the USSR. It is described as ‘often chaotic and disorganized, but also intimate, caring, nurturing, and familial’. Interestingly it is described as a synthesis of the theories of John Dewey and Carleton Washburne. ‘Dalton School’, http://education.stateuniversity.com/pages/1902/Dalton-School.html [5]

Dewey along with the Trotsky apologist Sidney Hook (later avid Cold Warrior and winner of the American Medal of Freedom from President Ronald Reagan) organised the campaign to defend Trotsky at the time of the Moscow Purges of the late 1930s. See Chapter II below.

[50] A Zhandov, Speech at the discussion on music to the Central Committee of the Communist Party SU (Bolshevik), February 1948.

[51] Hewlett Johnson, The Socialist Sixth of the World (London: Victor Gollanncz, 1939), Book IV, ‘New Horizons’, http://www.marxists.org/archive/johnson-hewlett/socialistsixth/ch04.htm [6]

[52] R Overy, op. cit., 255-256.

[53] Ibid.

[54] Ibid., 257.

[55] Ibid., p. 258.

[56] Ibid., 352.

[57] Ibid., 353.

[58] Ibid.

[59] K R Bolton, Revolution from Above, op. cit., 134-143.

[60] Overy, op.cit., 361.

[61] Ibid., 366-367.

[62] Ibid., 366.

[63] Ibid., 371.

[64] Ibid., 376.

[65] T S Eliot, Notes Towards the Definition of Culture (London: Faber and Faber, 1967).

[66] Zhdanov, op. cit., 6.

[67] Encyclopaedia of Soviet Writers, http://www.sovlit.net/bios/proletkult.html [7]

[68] Zhdanov, op. cit., 6-7.

[69] Ibid., 7

[70] Ibid.

[71] The Big Five – a group of Russian composers during the 1860’s: Balakirev, Mussorgsky, Borodin, Rimsky-Korsakov, Cui.

[72] Zhdanov, op. cit., 7-8.

[73] Ibid., 12.

 


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vendredi, 29 mars 2013

Jünger und Frankreich

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07.04.2013
11:00
Kloster Heiligkreuztal

Jünger und Frankreich – eine gefährliche Begegnung?

Symposium des Freundeskreises der Brüder Ernst und Friedrich Georg Jünger
 
Julien Hervier und Alexander Pschera diskutieren anläßlich ihres gleichnamigen Buches auf dem Symposium des Freundeskreises der Brüder Ernst und Friedrich Georg Jünger über »Jünger und Frankreich – eine gefährliche Begegnung?«
 
Veranstaltungsort:
Kloster Heiligkreuztal
Am Münster 7
88499 Altheim-Heiligkreuztal
Alexander Pschera
Alexander Pschera: Jünger und Frankreich - eine gefährliche Begegnung?

lundi, 25 mars 2013

Guillaume Faye & the Battle of Europe

The very first book about Faye's work!

A must for all his friends, who remain tenderly true to him, who has been so many times betrayed, ruined and impoverished by some of his own political "friends"!

Many thanks to the British publisher of Michael O'Meara's study!

Guillaume Faye & the Battle of Europe

By Greg Johnson

Ex: http://www.counter-currents.com/

Michael O’Meara
Guillaume Faye and the Battle of Europe [2]
London: Arktos, 2013

fayebattle.jpgGuillaume Faye is a prolific and brilliant French social and political philosopher and polemicist who is one of the leading lights of the French New Right. Faye’s reputation as a visionary and iconoclast created a global interest in his writings long before they became available in translation. Thus, for the past decade, Michael O’Meara has earned the gratitude of many by serving as the principal interpreter of Faye’s writings for the English-speaking world and far beyond, now that English is the global lingua franca.

O’Meara’s new book Guillaume Faye and the Battle of Europe collects ten essays, reviews, and introductions dealing with Faye’s principal books. The volume also includes three short translations and a newly-written Introduction: “Why Read Guillaume Faye,” which succinctly explains the strengths and weaknesses of Faye’s writings. This slender anthology of 130 pages is an ideal introduction to Faye’s work, and it can easily be read in an afternoon.

Faye, like New Rightists and White Nationalists in European societies around the globe, is motivated by a sense of danger: the reigning system — liberal, democratic, capitalist, egalitarian, globalist — has set the white race in all of its homelands on the path to extinction through declining birthrates and race replacement through immigration and miscegenation. If we are to survive, we must understand this system, critique it, and frame an alternative that will secure the survival and flourishing of our race. Then we need to figure out how we can actually implement these ideas.

I like Faye’s approach for a number of reasons.

First, he thinks big. He wants to take all of Europe back for Europeans. Furthermore, to secure the existence of Europe against the other races and power blocs, he envisions the creation of a vast “Eurosiberian” Imperium, stretching from Iceland to the Pacific, with a federated system of government and an autarkic economy. Only such an imperium will be equal to the challenges posed by the other races in a world or burgeoning populations and shrinking resources.

Second, he thinks racially. His answer to the question “Who are we?” is ultimately racial, not cultural, religious, or subracial: white people are a vast, extended family descending from the original inhabitants of Europe after the last Ice Age. There are, of course, cultural and subracial identities that are also worth preserving within a federated imperium, but not at the expense of the greater racial whole.

Third, he is not an a luddite, primitivist, or Hobbit. He values our heritage, but he is attracted less to external social and cultural forms than to the vital drives that created them and express themselves in them. He also wishes to do justice to European man’s Faustian drive toward exploration, adventure, science, and technology. His “archeofuturism” seeks to fuse vital, archaic, biologically-based values with modern science and technology.

Guillaume-Faye.jpgFourth, Faye turns the idea of collapse into something more than a deus ex machina, a kind of Rapture for racists. We know a priori that an unsustainable system cannot be sustained forever and that some sort of collapse is inevitable. But Faye provides a detailed and systematic and crushingly convincing analysis of how the present system may well expire from a convergence of catastrophes. Of course, we need to be ready when the collapse comes. We need a clear metapolitical framework and an organized, racially conscious community to step into the breach, or when the present system collapses, it will simply be replaced with a rebranded form of the same ethnocical regime.

Fifth, Faye is a strong critic of Christianity as the primary fount of the moral universalism, egalitarianism, and individualism that are at the root of our decline.

O’Meara’s principal criticisms of Faye are fourfold.

First, O’Meara thinks that Faye is a bit too Faustian and futurist, specifically his interest in transhumanism, genetic engineering, and eugenics, which no longer take man’s nature as a fixed reality and standard, strikes O’Meara as nihilistic. (This is the argument of C. S. Lewis’s The Abolition of Man, for instance.) O’Meara also thinks Faye is too empiricistic in his approach to knowledge and too ready to dismiss traditional notions of the sacred. These are, of course, rather broad objections, too broad to be really satisfying, and I wish O’Meara would put his specific metaphysical and moral cards on the table. Is he a Christian, a dualist, a Traditionalist, a Platonist, or something else?

Second, O’Meara thinks that Faye focuses too narrowly on Islam as the enemy of Europe, thus downplaying the roles of globalist, liberal, American, and Jewish forces in opening Europe to Islamic colonization.

Third, because Faye thinks that Islam is the principal enemy, he has embraced Israel and global Jewry as an ally, which has had a devastating effect on his credibility in nationalist circles. He has also become softer on America, which is the citadel of globalism, capitalism, liberalism, and Jewish power.

Fourth, O’Meara is critical of Faye’s critique of Christianity, going so far as to claim that Christianity “created and civilized Europe” (as if Greece and Rome were not civilized) and “conserved much of the Greco-Roman tradition” (i.e., what it did not see fit to destroy outright or allow to perish through neglect).

I was recently rooting for a black pope so I would never again have to suffer Catholic apologists quoting Belloc’s preposterous claim that “Europe is the faith and the faith is Europe.” Christianity is a universalistic religion, not an ethnic religion. It was never confined solely to Europe. Most of its followers today are non-whites, and it is growing primarily in non-white countries.

Furthermore, European man existed before Christianity, and if we continue to exist after Christianity, it will be no thanks to Christianity itself, which is overwhelmingly and actively hostile to our race’s survival. Christianity is in desperate need of a racial Reformation.

So when racially-conscious Christians seek to muddle anti-Christian discourse on the Right by waxing nostalgic about that olde tyme religion, or to suppress it by dark predictions that we can’t afford to offend Christians, my response is twofold: (1) The existing churches, which are objectively anti-white, will not cease being anti-white unless they feel that their survival is threatened by sustained criticism from people like Faye and plenty more like him. Thus anti-Christian New Rightists are de facto allies of Christian New Rightists, provided that they really want to reform their churches. (2) Racially conscious Christians need to focus their energy on combating anti-white attitudes in their churches rather than anti-Christian attitudes among whites.

Pagans and neo-pagans do not lack a sense of the sacred. Nor do they lack an appreciation of Christianity’s contributions to white culture. One does not need to be a Christian to treasure Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion any more than one has to believe in Zeus to treasure Aeschylus and Sophocles. They are supreme expressions of our race’s genius, regardless of their associations with dead or dying religions. And Faye himself has said that he will fight the transformation of Europe’s cathedrals into mosques — even as the bishops are trying to hand over the keys. And aside from a few church-burning teenage hooligans, I think that most neo-pagans would do the same.

These quibbles aside, I highly recommend Guillaume Faye and the Battle of Europe. Long after Arktos has published translations of all of Faye’s books, prospective readers will be turning to O’Meara for an preliminary overview and orientation before plunging in. Every library should have this book.


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mercredi, 13 mars 2013

Sortie aujourd'hui en France du livre de Thilo Sarrazin

Sortie aujourd'hui en France du livre de Thilo Sarrazin qui fit scandale outre-Rhin...

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Ce livre, sorti en Allemagne fin 2010 sous le titre « L’Allemagne court à sa perte », suscita un véritable tollé d’indignation au sein de la bobocratie d’outre-Rhin qui n’avait plus de mots assez forts pour hurler son courroux.

Certes, l’auteur, Thilo Sarrazin, ne pouvait pas être soupçonné de quelconques sympathies d’extrême droite puisque son CV pouvait suffire à lui seul à lui assurer la bienveillance de la bien-pensance institutionnalisée. Economiste réputé, il était en effet membre du directoire de la Banque fédérale allemande et adhérent du Parti social-démocrate… Que du clean !

Et pourtant, abondance de brevets de bonne conduite n’interdit pas clairvoyance subite… Ainsi, dans son livre, Thilo Sarrazin s’insurge à la fois contre la dénatalité catastrophique qui tue le peuple allemand et contre l’immigration musulmane qui ronge la civilisation européenne. Cet ouvrage révolta les chiens de garde de la pensée unique, ce dont nous ne nous plaindrons pas… surtout lorsque l’on sait qu’il fut vendu à plus de 2 millions d’exemplaires dans son pays ce qui correspond à un record exceptionnel.

Souhaitons que l’édition française remporte un même succès !

L'Allemagne disparait, Thilo Sarrazin, Les Editions du Toucan, 520 pages, 25,00 €, sortie 13 mars 2013.

lundi, 04 mars 2013

Lovecraft as Heideggerian Event

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A General Outline of the Whole”
Lovecraft as Heideggerian Event

By James J. O'Meara

weird-realism Graham Harman

Weird Realism: Lovecraft and Philosophy [2]
Winchester, UK: Zero Books, 2012

A winter storm in NYC is less the Currier and Ives experience of upstate and more like several days of cold slush, more suggestive—and we’ll see that suggestiveness will be a very key term—of Dostoyevsky than Dickens.

On a purely personal level, such weather conditions I privately associate[1] with my time—as in “doing time”—at the small Canadian college (fictionalized by fellow inmate Joyce Carol Oates as “Hilberry College”[2]) where a succession of more or less self-pitying exiles from the mainstream—from Wyndham Lewis and Marshall McLuhan to the aforementioned Oates—suffered the academic purgatory of trying to teach, or even interest, the least-achieving students in Canada in such matters as Neoplatonism and archetypal psychology.[3]

One trudged to ancient, wooden classrooms and consumed endless packs of powerful Canadian cigarettes, washed down with endless cups of rancid vending machine coffee. No Starbucks for us, and no whining about second-hand smoke. We were real he-men back then! There was one student, a co-ed of course, who did complain, and the solution imposed was to exile her—exile within exile!—to a chair in the hallway, like a Spanish nun allowed to listen in from behind a grill.

Speaking of Spain, one of the damned souls making his rounds was a little, goateed Marrano from New York, via Toronto’s Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, no less, who was now attempting to explain Husserl and Heidegger, to “unpack” with his tiny hands what he once called, with an incredulous shake of the head, “that incredible language of his,” to his sullen and ungrateful students.[4]

I thought of this academic Homunculus, who played Naphta to another’s Schleppfuss[5] in my intellectual upbringing, when this book made its appearance in my e-mail box one recent, snowing—or slushy—weekend. For Harman wants to explain Husserl and Heidegger as well, or rather, his own take on them, which I gather he and a bunch of colleagues have expanded into their own field of Object Oriented Ontology (OOO) or Speculative Realism. And to do so, he has appropriated the work of H. P. Lovecraft, suggesting that Lovecraft play the same role of philosophical exemplar in his philosophy, as Hölderlin does in Heidegger’s [3].

“That incredible language of his” indeed!

Part One tries to explain this Object Oriented business, but only after he tries to justify or excuse dealing with someone still often regarded as a glorified pulp hack on the same level with the great Hölderlin. He tries to short-circuit the attacks of highbrow critics, still exemplified by Edmund Wilson’s, by denouncing their rhetorical strategy of paraphrase.

Paraphrase? What’s wrong with that? Perfectly innocent, what? Well, no. Drawing on Slavoj Žižek’s notion of the “stupidity of content”—the equal plausibility of any proverb, say, and its opposite—Harman insists that nothing can be paraphrased into something else—reality is not itself a sentence, and so it is “is too real to be translated without remainder into sentences” (p. 16, my italics). Language can only allude to reality.

What remains left over, resistant to paraphrase, is the background or context that gave the statement its meaning.[6] Paraphrase, far from harmless or obvious, is packed with metaphysical baggage—such as the assumption that reality itself is just like a sentence—that enables the skilled dialectician to reduce anything to nonsensical drivel.

Harman gives many, mostly hilarious, examples of “great” literature reduced to mere “pulp” through getting the Wilson treatment. (Perhaps too many—the book does tend to bog down from time to time as Harman indulges in his real talent for giving a half dozen or so increasing “stupid” paraphrases of passages of “great” literature.)[7]

Genre or “pulp” writing is itself the epitome of taking the background for granted and just fiddling with the content, and deserves Edmund Wilson’s famous condemnation of both its horror and mystery genres. But Lovecraft, contra Wilson, is quite conscious, and bitingly critical, of the background conditions of pulp—both in his famous essays on horror and, unmentioned by Harman, his voluminous correspondence and ghost-writing—and thus ideally equipped to manipulate it for higher, or at least more interesting, purposes.

The pulp writer takes the context for granted (the genre “conventions”) and concentrates on content—sending someone to a new planet, putting a woman in charge of a space ship, etc.[8] If Lovecraft did this, or only this, he would indeed be worthy of Wilson’s periphrastic contempt. But Lovecraft is interested in doing something else: “No other writer is so perplexed by the gap between objects and the power of language to describe them, or between objects and the qualities they possess” (p.3, my italics).

Since philosophy is the science of the background, Lovecraft himself is to this extent himself a philosopher, and useful to Harman as more than just a source of fancy illustrations: “Lovecraft, when viewed as a writer of gaps between objects and their qualities, is of great relevance for my model of object oriented ontology” (p. 4).

Back, then to Harman’s philosophy or his “ontography” as he calls it. I call it Kantianism, but I’m a simple man. The world presents us with objects, both real (Harman is no idealist) and sensuous (objects of thought, say), which bear various properties, both real (weight, for example) and sensuous (color, for example). Thus, we have real and sensuous objects, as well as the real and sensuous qualities that belong to them . . . usually.

All philosophers, Harman suggests, have been concerned with one or another of the gaps that occur when the ordinary relations between these four items fail. Some philosophers promote or delight in some gap or other, while others work to deny or explain it away. Plato introduced a gap between ordinary objects and their more real essences, while Hume delighted in denying such a gap and reducing them to agglomerations of sensual qualities.

Harman, in explicitly Kantian fashion this time, derives four possible failures (Kant would call them antinomies). Gaps can occur between a real object and its sensuous qualities, a real object and its real qualities, a sensuous object and its sensuous qualities, and a sensuous object and its real qualities. Or, for simplicity, RO/SQ, RO/RQ, SQ/SO, and SO/RQ.

Take SQ/SO. This gap, where the object’s sensuous qualities, though listed, Cubist-like, ad nauseam, fail, contra Hume, to suggest any kind of objective unity, even of a phenomenal kind—the object is withdrawn from us, as Heidegger would say. It occurs in a passage such as the description of the Antarctic city of the Elder Race:

The effect was that of a Cyclopean city of no architecture known to man or to human imagination, with vast aggregations of night-black masonry embodying monstrous perversions of geometrical laws. There were truncated cones, sometimes terraced or fluted, surmounted by tall cylindrical shafts here and there bulbously enlarged and often capped with tiers of thinnish scalloped disks; and strange beetling, table-like constructions suggesting piles of multitudinous rectangular slabs or circular plates or five-pointed stars with each one overlapping the one beneath. There were composite cones and pyramids either alone or surmounting cylinders or cubes or flatter truncated cones and pyramids, and occasional needle-like spires in curious clusters of five. All of these febrile structures seemed knit together by tubular bridges crossing from one to the other at various dizzy heights, and the implied scale of the whole was terrifying and oppressive in its sheer gigantism. (At the Mountains of Madness, my italics)

SQ/RO? This Kantian split between an object’s sensuous properties and what its essence is implied to be, occurs in the classic description of the idol of Cthulhu:

If I say that my somewhat extravagant imagination yielded simultaneous pictures of an octopus, a dragon, and a human caricature, I shall not be unfaithful to the spirit of the thing. A pulpy, tentacled head surmounted a grotesque and scaly body with rudimentary wings; but it was the general outline of the whole which made it most shockingly frightful. (“The Call of Cthulhu,” my italics)

SO/RQ? Harman admits it’s rare in Lovecraft, (and elsewhere, though he finds hints of it in Leibniz) but he finds a few examples where scientific investigation reveals new, unheard of properties in some eldritch or trans-Plutonian object.

In every quarter, however, interest was intense; for the utter alienage of the thing was a tremendous challenge to scientific curiosity. One of the small radiating arms was broken off and subjected to chemical analysis. Professor Ellery found platinum, iron and tellurium in the strange alloy; but mixed with these were at least three other apparent elements of high atomic weight which chemistry was absolutely powerless to classify. Not only did they fail to correspond with any known element, but they did not even fit the vacant places reserved for probable elements in the periodic system. (“Dreams in the Witch House”)

And RO/RQ? You don’t want to know, as Lovecraft’s protagonists usually discover too late. It’s the inconceivable object whose surface properties only hint at yet further levels of inconceivable monstrosity within. Usually, Lovecraft relies on just slapping a weird name on something and hinting at the rest, as in:

[O]utside the ordered universe [is] that amorphous blight of nethermost confusion which blasphemes and bubbles at the center of all infinity—the boundless daemon sultan Azathoth, whose name no lips dare speak aloud, and who gnaws hungrily in inconceivable, unlighted chambers beyond time and space amidst the muffled, maddening beating of vile drums and the thin monotonous whine of accursed flutes. (Dream Quest of Unknown Kaddath)

You can see, in each case, how the horrific effect, and the usability for Harman’s ontography, would entirely disappear if given a Wilsonian “paraphrase”: It was a squid with wings! The object, when analyzed, revealed new, hitherto unknown elements!

Confused yet? Bored? Don’t worry. The whole point of Harman’s book, to which he devotes the vast portion of the text, is analyzing passages from Lovecraft that provide vivid illustrations of one or more of these gaps. In this way Harman’s ontography acquires its Hölderlin, and Lovecraft is rescued from pulp purgatory.

While there is considerable interest in Heidegger on alt-Right sites such as this one,[9] I’m sure there is considerably more general interest in Lovecraft. But Harman’s whole book is clearly and engagingly written, avoiding both oracular obscurity and overly-chummy vulgarity; since Harman is admirably clear even when discussing himself or Husserl, no one should feel unqualified to take on this unique—Lovecraftian?—conglomeration of philosophy and literary criticism.

The central Part Two is almost 200 pages of close readings of exactly 100 passages from Lovecraft. As such, it exhibits a good deal of diminishing returns through repetition, and the reader may be forgiven for skipping around, perhaps to their own favorite parts. And there’s certainly no point in offering my own paraphrases!

Nevertheless, over and above the discussion of individual passages as illustrations of Speculative Realism, Harman has a number of interesting insights into Lovecraft’s work generally. It’s also here that Harman starts to reveal some of his assumptions, or biases, or shall we say, context.

“Racism”

Harman, who, word on the blogs seems to be, is a run-of-the-mill liberal rather than a po-mo freak like his fellow “European philosophers,”[10] tips his hand early by referring dismissively to criticism of Lovecraft as pulp being “merely a social judgment, no different in kind from not wanting one’s daughter to marry the chimney sweep” (“Preliminary Note”). And we know how silly that would be! So needless to say, Lovecraft’s forthright, unmitigated, non-evolutionary (as in Obama’s “My position on gay marriage has evolved”) views on race need to be disinfected if Harman is to be comfortable marrying his philosophy to Lovecraft’s writing.

His solution is clever, but too clever. Discussing the passage from “Call of Cthulhu” where the narrator—foolishly as it happens—dismisses a warning as coming from “an excitable Spaniard” Harman suggests that the racism of Lovecraft’s protagonists[11] adds an interesting layer of—of course!—irony to them. As so often, we the reader are “smarter” than the smug protagonist, who will soon be taken down a few pegs.

But this really won’t do. Lovecraft’s protagonists are not stupid or uninformed, but rather too well-informed, hence prone to self-satisfaction that leads them where more credulous laymen might balk. “They’s ghosts in there, Mister Benny!”

Unfortunately for Harman, Lovecraft was above all else a Scientist, or simply a well-educated man, and the Science of his day was firmly on the side of what today would be called Human Biodiversity or HBD.[12] Harman may, like most “liberals” find that distasteful, something not to be mentioned, like Victorians and sex—a kind of “liberal creationism” as it’s been called—but that’s his problem.

It would be more interesting to adopt a truly Lovecraftian theme and take his view, or settled belief, that Science, or too much Science, was bad for us; just as Copernicus etc. had dethroned man for the privileged center of the God’s universe, the “truth” about Cthulhu and the other Elder Gods—first, there very existence, then the implication that they are the reality behind everyday religions—has a deflationary, perhaps madness inducing, effect.

Consider this famous quotation from the opening of “The Call of Cthulhu” as quoted by Harman himself in Part Two:

The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but someday the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age. 

Thus Harman could argue that HBD may be true but bad for us to know—something very like the actual position of such liberal Comstocks as Richard Lewontin.

Consider, to switch genres, Dr. No. Quarrel [4], the ignorant, superstitious but loyal native retainer, is afraid to land on Crab Key, due to the presence of a dragon. Bond and his American buddy Leiter mock his fear. (Leiter: “Hey Quarrel, if you see a dragon, you get in first and breathe on him. With all that rum in you, he’ll die happy.”) But of course the dragon—which turns out to be a flame-throwing armored tractor—incinerates Quarrel whilst Bond and the equally superstitious but much more toothsome Honey Ryder are taken prisoner. While in this genre we know that Bond is the heroic knight who will ultimately slay the dragon, for now he does seem to be what Dr. No calls him, “just another stupid policeman” who would have done well to listen to the native—not unlike any number of Lovecraft’s educated protagonists.[13]

This smug assumption that knowledge leaves us safe, and indeed safer, is what Lovecraft is satirizing when the narrator of “Call of Cthulhu” dismisses the warnings of the “excitable Spaniard,” not, as Harman would have it, lampooning “racism” on some meta-level.[14]

Also, Michel Houllebeq, an author Harman otherwise praises, has emphasized that Lovecraft is anything but self-assured, either as a White man, or for the White race itself.[15] If “racism” is able to play the self-debunking role Harman wants it to, this is only because of Lovecraft’s self-doubts, based on his horrific experiences in the already multi-culti New York City of the 1920s, that the White race would be able to survive the onslaught of the inferior but strong and numerous under-men. As Houellebecq says, Lovecraft learned to take “racism back to its essential and most profound core: fear.”

“Fascistic Socialism”

On a related point, Harman puts this phrase, from Lovecraft’s last major work, The Shadow out of Time (which he generally dislikes, for reasons we’ll dispute later), in italics with a question mark, and leaves it at that, as if just throwing his hands up and saying “well, I just don’t know!” Alas, this is one of Lovecraft’s most interesting ideas. Like several American men of letters, such as Ralph Adams Cram, Lovecraft concluded that Roosevelt’s New Deal was an American version of Fascism, but, unlike the Chamber of Commerce types who made the same identification, he approved of it for precisely that reason! [16]

More generally, “fascistic socialism” was essentially what Spengler and others of the Conservative Revolution movement in German advocated; for example [5]:

Hans Freyer studied the problem of the failure of radical Leftist socialist movements to overcome bourgeois society in the West, most notably in his Revolution von Rechts (“Revolution from the Right”). He observed that because of compromises on the part of capitalist governments, which introduced welfare policies to appease the workers, many revolutionary socialists had come to merely accommodate the system; that is, they no longer aimed to overcome it by revolution because it provided more or less satisfactory welfare policies. Furthermore, these same policies were basically defusing revolutionary charges among the workers. Freyer concluded that capitalist bourgeois society could only be overcome by a revolution from the Right, by Right-wing socialists whose guiding purpose would not be class warfare but the restoration of collective meaning in a strong Völkisch (“Folkish” or “ethnic”) state.

But then, Harman would have to discuss, or even acknowledge, ideas that give liberals nose-bleeds.

Weird Porn

Harman makes the important distinction that Lovecraft is a writer of gaps, who chooses to apply his talents of literary allusion to the content of horror; but gaps do not exclusively involve horror, and we can imagine writers applying the same skills to other genres, such as detective stories, mysteries, and westerns.[17] In fact,

A literary “weird porn” might be conceivable, in which the naked bodies of the characters would display bizarre anomalies subverting all human descriptive capacity, but without being so strange that the erotic dimension would collapse into a grotesque sort of eros-killing horror. (p. 4)

Harman just throws this out, but if it seem implausible, I would offer Michael Manning’s graphic novels as example of weird porn: geishas, hermaphrodites, lizards and horses—or rather, vaguely humanoid species that suggest snakes and horses, rather like Harman’s discussion of Max Black’s puzzle over the gap produced by the proposition “Men are wolves”—create a kind of steam punk/pre-Raphaelist sexual utopia.[18]

Prolixity

Speaking of Lovecraftian allusiveness not being anchored to horror or any particular genre or content, brings us to my chief interest, and chief disagreement, with Harman’s discussion of Lovecraft’s literary technique.

I knew we would have a problem when right from the start Harman adduces The Shadow out of Time as one of Lovecraft’s worst, since this is actually one of my favorites, and the one that first convinced me of his ability to create cosmic horror through the invocation of hideous eons of cosmic vistas. Harman first notes, in dealing with the preceding novella, At the Mountains of Madness, that while the first half would rank as Lovecraft’s greatest work if he had only stopped there, the second half is a huge letdown: Lovecraft seems to descend to the level of pulp content, as he has his scientists go on a long, tedious journey through the long abandoned subterranean home of the Elder Race, reading endless hieroglyphs and giving all kinds of tedious details of their “everyday” life.[19]

For Harman, “Lovecraft’s decline as a stylist becomes almost alarming here” (p. 225) and will continue—with a brief return to form with “Dreams in the Witch House,” where Harman makes the interesting observation that Lovecraft seems to be weaving in every kind of Lovecraftian technique and content into one grand synthesis— until it ruins the second half as well of Shadow.

In a series of articles here on Counter Currents—soon to be reprinted as part of my next book, The Eldritch Evola . . . & Others—I suggested that not only should Lovecraft’s infamous verbosity no more be a barrier to elite appreciation than the equally deplored but critically lauded “Late Style” of Henry James, but also, and more interestingly, that conversely, we could see James developing that same style as part of an attempt to produce the same effect as Lovecraft’s, which fans call “cosmicism [6]” but which I would rather call cosmic horror (akin to the “sublime” of Burke or Kant).[20] Or perhaps: Weird Realism.

While Harman has greatly contributed to a certain micro-analysis of Lovecraft’s style, he seems, like the critics of the Late James, to miss the big picture. Although useful for rescuing Lovecraft from pulp oblivion, he still limits Lovecraft’s significance to either mere literature, or illustrations of Harman’s ontography. I suggest this still diminishes Lovecraft’s achievement.

The work of Lovecraft, like James, has the not inconsiderable extra value, over and above any “literary” pleasure, of stilling the mind by its very longeurs, leaving us open and available to the arising of some other, deeper level of consciousness when the gaps arise.[21]

But this is not on the table here, because Harman, like all good empiricists (and we are all empiricists today, are we not?) rejects, or misconstrues, the very idea of our having access to a super-sensible grasp of reality that would leap beyond, or between, the gaps; what in the East, and the West until the rise of secularism, would be called intellectual intuition.[22]

Reality itself is weird because reality itself is incommensurable with any attempt to represent or measure it. Lovecraft is aware of this difficulty to an exemplary degree, and through his assistance we may be able to learn about how to say something without saying it—or in philosophical terms, how to love wisdom without having it. When it comes to grasping reality, illusion and innuendo are the best we can do. (p. 51, my italics)

As usual in the modern West, we are to shoulder on as best we can, in an empty, meaningless world, comforted only by patting ourselves on the back for being too grown up, too “smart,” to believe we can not only pursue wisdom, but reach it. As René Guénon put it, it is one of the peculiarities of the modern Westerner to substitute a theory of knowledge for the acquisition of knowledge.[23]

Notes

1. On such “private associations” see Hesse, The Glass Bead Game, (New York: Holt, 1969), pp. 70–71.

2. Whose biographer, Greg Johnson, is not to be confused with our own Greg Johnson here at Counter Currents—I think. For the fictionalized Hilberry see The Hungry Ghosts: Seven Allusive Comedies (Boston: Black Sparrow Press, 1974). Allusive—there’s that idea again!

3. Did they succeed? Judge for yourself: Thomas Moore: Care of the Soul: Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life (San Francisco: HarperCollins, 1992).

4. Eventually he would sink so low as to teach “everyday reasoning” to freshman lunkheads.

5. See Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain and Doktor Faustus, respectively.

6. The hero of this vindication of Rhetoric over Dialectic turns out to be . . . McLuhan! The medium is the message—don’t be hypnotized by the content, take a look at the all-important effects of the context. I’ve suggested before that my own work be seen, like McLuhan’s, less as dogmatic theses to be defended or refuted (dogmatism is for Harman the great sin of worshipping mere content) but rather as a series of probes for revealing new contexts for old ideas. See my Counter-Currents Interview in The Homo and the Negro as well as my earlier “You Mean My Whole Fallacy Is Wrong!” here [7]. Once more, we find that education at a Catholic college in the Canadian boondocks is the best preparation for grasping post-modernism, no doubt because it reproduces the background of Brentano and Heidegger. It was Canadian before it was cool!

7. The Wilson treatment is on display whenever some Judeo-con or Evangelical quotes passages from some alien religious work—usually the Koran these days—to show how stupid or bloodthirsty the natives are, while ignoring similar or identical passages in his own Holy Book. So-called “scholars” play the same game, questioning the authenticity of some newly discovered Gnostic work like the Gospel of Judas for containing, “absurdities” and “silliness” while finding nothing odd about the reanimated corpses—reminiscent of Lovecraft’s genuinely pulp hackwork Herbert West, Reaminator—of the “orthodox” writings. Indeed, some have suggested that Lovecraft’s Necronomicon is itself a parody of The Bible, its supposed Arab authorship a mere screen. This typically Semitic strategy of deliberately ignoring the allusive context of your opponent’s words while retaining your own was diagnosed by the Aryan Christ, in such well-known fulminations against the Pharisees as Matthew 23:24 : “You strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel” or Matthew 7:3: “And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?”

8. Bad sci/fi hits rock bottom in the content-oriented department with the ubiquitous employment of the “space” prefix: space-food, space-pirates, space-justice, etc., frequently mocked on MST3K. David Bowie’s space-rock ode “Moonage Daydream” contains the cringe-worthy “Press your space face close to mine” but this is arguably a deliberate parody, while the rest of the song brilliantly exploits the Lovecraftian allusive/contextual mode of horror, moving from its straight-faced opening—“I’m an alligator”—through a series of Cthulhuian composites—“Squawking like a pink monkey bird”—ultimately veering into Harman’s weird porn mode—“I’m a momma-poppa coming for you.” Deviant sex and cut-up lyrics—another context-shredding technique—clearly points to the influence of William Burroughs, who created subversive texts based on various genres of boys’ books ranging from sci/fi (Nova Express) to detective (Cities of Red Night: “The name is Clyde Williamson Snide. I am a private asshole.”) to his alt-Western masterpiece The Western Lands trilogy.

9. Harman does a better job explaining Husserl and Heidegger than my little Marrano, but then he has had another three decades to work on it. He does, however, focus mainly on Heidegger’s tool analysis, and his own, somewhat broader formulation. For a wider focused, more objective, if you will, presentation of Heidegger, see Collin Cleary’s series of articles on this site, starting here [8].

10. Needless to say, he never notices that his liberalism is rooted in the ultimate dogma-affirming, context-ignoring movement, Luther’s “sola scriptura.” His liberalism is such as to allow him to tell a pretty amusing one-liner about Richard Rorty, but only by attributing it to “a colleague.” On the one hand, he cringes for Heidegger for daring to refer to a “Senegal Negro” (p. 59) but dismisses Emmanuel Faye’s “Heidegger is a Nazi” screed as a “work of propaganda” (p. 259). See Michael O’Meara’s review of Faye here [9].

11. “Not even Poe [another embarrassing “racist”, well what do you know?] has such indistinguishable protagonists” (p. 10).

12. Indeed, “racism” is one of those principles Baron Evola evoked in his Autodefesa [10], as being “those that before the French Revolution every well-born person considered sane and normal.”

13. Kingsley Amis has cogently argued that the key to Bond’s appeal is that he’s just like us, only a little better trained, able to read up on poker or chemin de fer, has excellent shooting instructors, etc. But if we had the chance . . . See Amis, Kingsley The James Bond Dossier (London: Jonathan Cape, 1965).

14. It might be interesting to apply Harman’s OOO to a film like Carpenter’s They Live. In my review of Lethem’s book on the movie [11], reprinted in The Homo and the Negro, I mentioned liking another point, also from Slavoj Žižek: contrary to the smug assumptions of the Left, knowledge is not necessarily something people want, or which is pleasant—hence the protagonist has to literally beat his friend into putting on the reality-revealing sunglasses. Here we have both Lovecraft’s gaps and notion that knowledge is more likely something you’ll regret: Lovecraft and Žižek, together again!

15. Michel Houellebecq [12], H. P. Lovecraft: Against the World, Against Life [13] (London: Gollancz, 2008). See more generally, and from the same period, Lothrop Stoddard, The Revolt Against Civilization: The Menace of the Under Man, ed. Alex Kurtagic, introduction by Kevin MacDonald (Shamley Green: The Palingenesis Project, 2011).

16. See my “Ralph Adams Cram: Wild Boy of American Architecture” here [14].

17. Again, just as Burroughs applied his cut-up technique to various pulp genres.

18. See my discussion of Manning in “The Hermetic Environment and Hermetic Incest: The True Androgyne and the ‘Ambiguous Wisdom of the Female’” here [15].

19. Everyday life of pre-Cambrian radiata with wings, of course.

20. My suggestion was based on some remarks of John Auchard in Penguin’s new edition of the Portable Henry James, that James’s work could be seen as part of the attempt to substitute art for religion, by using the endless accumulation of detail—James’s “prolixity” as Lovecraft himself chides him for—to “saturate” everyday experience with meaning.

21. Colin Wilson’s second Lovecraftian novel, The Philosopher’s Stone (Los Angeles: Tarcher, 1971)—originally published in 1969, republished in a mass market edition in 1971 at the request of, and with a Foreword by, Joyce Carol Oates, bringing us back to Hilberry—introduced me to the idea of length, and even boredom, as spiritual disciplines. One of the main characters “seemed to enjoy very long works for their own sake. I think he simply enjoyed the intellectual discipline of concentrating for hours at a time. If a work was long, it automatically recommended itself to him. So we have spent whole evenings listening to the complete Contest Between Harmony and Invention of Vivaldi, the complete Well Tempered Clavier, whole operas of Wagner, the last five quartets of Beethoven, symphonies of Bruckner and Mahler, the first fourteen Haydn symphonies. . . . He even had a strange preference for a sprawling, meandering symphony by Furtwängler [presumably the Second], simply because it ran on for two hours or so.” The book is available online here [16].

22. With the inconsistency typical of a Modern trying to conduct thought after cutting off the roots of thought, Harman advises us that “It takes a careful historical judge to weigh which [contextual] aspects of a given thing are assimilated by it, and which can be excluded” (p. 245). What makes a “careful” judge is, of course, intuition. Cf. my remarks on Spengler’s “physiognomic tact” and Guénon’s intellectual intuition in “The Lesson of the Monster; or, The Great, Good Thing on the Doorstep,” to appear in my forthcoming book The Eldritch Evola but also available here [17].

23. How one can transcend the limits of secular science and philosophy, without abandoning empirical experience as the Christian does with his blind “faith,” is the teaching found in Evola’s Introduction to Magic, especially the essay “The Nature of Initiatic Knowledge.” “Having long been trapped in a kind of magic circle, modern man knows nothing of such horizons. . . . Those who are called “scientists” today [as well as, even more so, “philosophers”] have hatched a real conspiracy; they have made science their monopoly, and absolutely do not want anyone to know more than they do, or in a different manner than they do.” The whole text is available online here [18].

 


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[1] Image: http://www.counter-currents.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/weird-realism.jpg

[2] Weird Realism: Lovecraft and Philosophy: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1780992521/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1780992521&linkCode=as2&tag=countercurren-20

[3] Hölderlin does in Heidegger’s: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H%C3%B6lderlin%27s_Hymn_%22The_Ister%22#Part_three:_H.C3.B6lderlin.27s_poetising_of_the_essence_of_the_poet_as_demigod

[4] Quarrel: http://www.007james.com/characters/quarrel.php

[5] for example: http://www.counter-currents.com/2013/02/hans-freyer-the-quest-for-collective-meaning/#more-36698

[6] fans call “cosmicism: http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/cosmicism

[7] here: http://jamesjomeara.blogspot.com/2011/03/youve-misunderstood-my-whole-fallacy-i.html

[8] here: http://www.counter-currents.com/2012/06/heidegger-an-introduction-for-anti-modernists-part-1/

[9] here: http://www.counter-currents.com/2010/07/heidegger-the-nazi/

[10] Autodefesa: http://www.alternativeright.com/main/the-magazine/julius-evola-radical-traditionalism/

[11] my review of Lethem’s book on the movie: http://www.counter-currents.com/2011/09/they-live/

[12] Michel Houellebecq: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/32878.Michel_Houellebecq

[13] H. P. Lovecraft: Against the World, Against Life: http://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/3196799

[14] here: http://www.counter-currents.com/2012/09/ralph-adams-cram-wild-boy-of-american-architecture/

[15] here: http://jamesjomeara.blogspot.com/2010/12/hermetic-environment-and-hermetic.html

[16] here: http://lucite.org/lucite/archive/fiction_-_lovecraft/14047169-the-philosophers-stone-by-colin-wilson.pdf

[17] here: http://www.counter-currents.com/2011/02/the-lesson-of-the-monster-or-the-great-good-thing-on-the-doorstep/

[18] here: http://www.cakravartin.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2006/08/Julius-Evola-Introduction-to-Magic.pdf

samedi, 23 février 2013

Die Brüder Jünger

Die Brüder Jünger

von Till Röcke

Ex: http://www.blauenarzisse.de/  

 
Die Brüder Jünger
 

Es gilt, zwei gelungene Arbeiten über Friedrich Georg und Ernst Jünger in aller Kurzweil anzupreisen: zum einen „Brüder unterm Sternenzelt“ und andererseits „Schwert und Mohn“.

Jörg Magenau behandelt die Brüder Ernst und Friedrich Georg Jüngerin seiner Doppelbiographie Brüder unterm Sternenzelt. Was heißt behandeln? Er massiert und knetet, er herzt und tätschelt die Objekte seiner Begierde wohlmeinend und mit ganz viel Empathie in seinem ästhetischen Hinterstübchen. Magenau liefert beste Feuilleton-​Kunst, die Jüngers wirken durch seiner Schreibe Suggestionskraft plüschig wie nie. Mehr Mensch hat noch keiner aus beiden herausgedrückt. Vielleicht warFritz J. Raddatz Ghostwriter?

Nimm Zwei: Die Jüngers als Bonbon

Dennoch: Man muss die Nacherzählung Magenaus einfach mögen, muss schätzen, wie er liebevoll beider Lebensläufe in eins zwirbelt und das Knäuel anschließend in Bonbonpapier wickelt. Nimm Zwei für Ästheten. Die Jüngers waren nie schöner. Friedrich Georg – ein kauzig-​altgriechischer Spinner mit visionärem Öko-​Thrill. Ernst – ein ziviler Stahlhelm-​Bolide mit potenter Humanisierungsgabe. Beide spannend und ganz dolle außergewöhnlich.

Kurz noch der Hinweis des Biographen, dass Friedrich mal irgendwo „Neger“ geschrieben hatte – war früher aber erlaubt und okay. Überhaupt: Früher mal. Weit weg von allem Konkreten gelingt Magenau eine große Dichterhagiographie. Wer Geschichten mag, bekommt eine nach der anderen serviert. Das ist nicht wenig. Wer von Literatur und Literaten ein wenig mehr erwartet – Zeitgeist, Zeitbild, Zeitenläufe – der sollte zu Sebastian Maaß greifen.

„Schwert und Mohn“ bohrt tiefer

Maaß ist ganz Wissenschaftler, und das tut dem Stoff gut. Mit Schwert und Mohn hat er seinen Studienband über Friedrich Georg Jüngers politische Publizistik betitelt, und souveräne Kost abgeliefert. Er führt seinen Gegenstand nicht vor – geschweige, dass er ihn plastisch schilderte – vielmehr setzt er sich sachlich mit dem Wirken Friedrich Georgs auseinander. Mit diesem nüchternen Handgriff gelingt ihm ein kompaktes Stück historischer Zustandsbeschreibung – mehr darf der Leser nicht erwarten, das gibt der Gegenstand einfach nicht her.

Dieses Verfahren schafft natürlich Distanz, die unaufhebbar bleibt. Friedrich Georgs Mittun im Ringelreigen der Zwischenkriegszeit ist dem hartgesottenen Nostalgiker zu empfehlen. Mag er damit glücklich werden, das Individuum der Kristallisation, die Gestalt 2013, wird es nicht. Warum? Man nehme nur die Schlagworte der beigefügten Texte aus jener Zeit: „Kampfbünde“, „Revolution“, „Diktatur“, „Staat“. Sogar „Persönlichkeit“ taucht auf. Begriffe mit Bezug. Weltanschauung. Politische Begriffe, an jemanden gerichtet, der kein Einzelner ist, sondern Teil eines – horribile dictu – politischen Bezugsrahmens. Das meint dann doch etwas mehr als Kindergeldanspruch und Freibetragsgrenze. Wohlan: die Gestalt 2013 ist damit doch in Anspruch genommen. Vollumfänglich. Und deshalb liest auch keiner mehr die Jüngers.

Jörg Magenau: Brüder unterm Sternenzelt. 322 Seiten, Klett Cotta 2012. 22,95 Euro.

Sebastian Maaß: Schwert und Mohn. Friedrich Georg Jünger. Eine politische Biographie. 144 Seiten, Telesma Verlag 2012. 16,80 Euro.

vendredi, 22 février 2013

Eindelijk aandacht voor diversiteit Arabische Lente

'Het Midden-Oosten': eindelijk aandacht voor diversiteit Arabische Lente

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'Het Midden-Oosten': eindelijk aandacht voor diversiteit Arabische Lente
 

Sami Zemni (red.), Het Midden-Oosten · The times they are a-changin’. Uitgeverij EPO i.s.m. Middle East and North Africa Research Group, Universiteit Gent · - 375p. · prijs: € 29.50

Het boek 'Het Midden-Oosten. The times they are a-changin' onder redactie van Sami Zemni biedt een leerrijk overzicht van het veelkleurige caleidoscoop van de Arabische Lente in de landen van het Midden-Oosten. Dit is broodnodig tegengif tegen de eenzijdige berichtgeving van de massamedia over deze boeiende periode in het leven van miljoenen Arabieren.


De redacteur en de auteurs

Sami Zemni is professor aan de Universiteit Gent bij de vakgroep Conflict- en Ontwikkelingsstudies. Hij leidt er de Middle East and North Africa Research Group MENARG, die zich buigt over de politieke veranderingsprocessen in Noord-Afrika en het Midden-Oosten. Hij onderzoekt ook de rol en plaats van de islam in Europa.

In dit boek, waarin hij zelf ook auteur is, presenteert hij de bijdragen van 14 auteurs die hun specifieke expertise en kennis toepassen op één van de landen waar de Arabische Lente in zijn diverse verschijningsvormen aanwezig is. Negen van deze auteurs zijn zelf ook professor of doctoraatsstudent bij de MENARG. De andere vier namen deel vanuit hun specifieke landenkennis.

Zo komt de Arabische Lente in de eerste plaats in Tunesië aan bod, waarna Egypte, Marokko, Libië, Syrië, Jordanië, Palestina, Jemen, Irak, Israël, Bahrein en Libanon volgen. Het boek sluit af met een terugblik op twee jaar Arabische Lente en een algemene analyse die de strijd van de Arabische volkeren in de ruimere globale wereldcontext plaatst.

Een andere kijk op het Midden-Oosten

De diverse bijdragen zijn zeer verscheiden qua stijl en inhoud, gaande van academische politiek-wetenschappelijke analyses tot betrokken journalistiek werk. Die verschillende aanpak van de auteurs stoort echter niet. Integendeel, dit is een zeer leerrijk boek dat aandacht besteed aan de diversiteit van het politieke, sociale, economische, culturele en religieuze landschap van het Midden-Oosten.

De eerste les die je leert is dat de weergave van de Arabische Lente in de grote media schromelijk tekort is geschoten. Daar werd deze recente evolutie steevast geportretteerd als een plots en nieuw fenomeen, waarbij het ene land het andere aanstak. Alles zou draaien om het omverwerpen van dictaturen en het herstellen van - of eerder, installeren van - de democratie.

Dat laatste was zeker het geval, maar slechts een deel van een groter geheel. Daarbij werd volledig voorbij gegaan aan de voorgeschiedenis van de protesten. Dit komt helemaal niet uit de lucht vallen. Protesten tegen dictatuur en economische uitbuiting hebben een traditie van tientallen jaren, meestal reeds van bij het begin van de onafhankelijkheid van deze Franse/Britse ex-kolonies. Bovendien werd in de berichtgeving voorbij gegaan aan een essentieel gegeven, namelijk dat de protesten zich richtten tegen dictaturen die door het westen werden ondersteund, eveneens vanaf de eerste dag van de dekolonisatie.

De sociale dimensie

Heel wat klassieke commentatoren zetten de rol van de religieuze partijen in de verf. Nochtans waren zij nooit de drijvende kracht achter de Arabische Lente. Meestal keken ze afwachtend toe. Zij konden als enige reeds bestaande structuren wel het eerst in de bres van de oude machtstructuren springen. Zo maken zij de nabije toekomst van de Arabische Lente onzeker.

De revoltes die tot de Arabische Lente leidden waren zeker en vast gedreven door jongeren, de grootste bevolkingsgroep in de Arabische landen, die hun frustratie met de oude machthebbers vooral vorm gaven door acties te voeren met behulp van de nieuwe sociale media.

Een factor die echter steevast door de grote media werd veronachtzaamd is de sociale strijd. De Arabieren kwamen niet zomaar op straat voor meer democratie, zij eisten vooral sociale rechtvaardigheid, betere lonen, sociale rechten, gezondheidszorg. Dit zijn stuk voor stuk rechten die ze waren verloren tijdens de door IMF en Wereldbank opgedrongen neoliberale saneringen van de jaren '80 en '90. Die sociale rechten waren weliswaar niet te vergelijken met de sociale welvaartsstaat in Europa maar maakten voor miljoenen Arabieren wel het verschil tussen een leven in de lagere middenklasse en desolate armoede.

Bij het verzet tegen sociale uitbuiting speelden de vakbonden een cruciale rol. Niet de top die meestal volledig in de machtselite was opgenomen maar de lokale afdelingen toonden zich strijdbaar en gebruikten hun ervaring met sociaal protest en tegen repressie om de manifestaties van de Arabische Lente vorm te geven.

 

Irak, Marokko en Jordanië, de 'vergeten landen'

Alle hoofdstukken van dit boek bieden nieuwe informatie of een andere kijk op bestaande informatie. Vooral de hoofdstukken over Irak, Marokko en Jordanië zijn echter boeiend, omdat zij drie landen behandelen waar de Arabische Lente in de media nauwelijks aan bod komt.

Zo leer je dat de protesten in Irak niet moeten onderdoen voor de protesten op het Tahrir Square in Caïro, Egypte. Toch hoor of zie je daar amper iets over in de grote westerse media. Het door ons 'bevrijde' Irak is blijkbaar niet zo tevreden met de neoliberale rooftocht die westerse bedrijven voor het ogenblik plegen op de Iraakse bodemrijkdommen.

Marokko is een apart verhaal in dit geheel, evenals Jordanië. In beide landen poogt het staatshoofd de rol te spelen van bemiddelaar tussen de economische elite en de bevolking. Ze slagen er voorlopig in zich voor te stellen als neutrale observatoren. De kritiek dat zij zelf integraal deel uitmaken van het machtssysteem wordt echter steeds luider. Wordt dus zeker vervolgd.

Libië en R2P

Het hoofdstuk over Libië is het enige dat wat tegenvalt. Dat is onverwacht, want het werd geschreven door de oprichter van de MENARG, professor emeritus Ruddy Doom. Hij doet een poging om te analyseren hoe het principe Responsibility To Protect (R2P) al dan niet van toepassing was op de NAVO-interventie. Hij komt echter niet tot een duidelijk besluit.

Het helpt ook niet om een twijfelachtig figuur als Gareth Evans te citeren. Deze man was, voor hij voorzitter werd van de International Crisis Group (ICG) en vurig verdediger van R2P, in een vorig leven minister van buitenlandse zaken van Australië, het enige land ter wereld dat de annexatie van Oost-Timor door Indonesië erkende. Als minister tekende hij het compleet illegale Timor Gap Treaty met bezetter Indonesië om de olievoorraden in de Timorese zee te verdelen.  

Hij was ook de man die er als de kippen bij was om de slachting van 1991 op het kerkhof van Santa Cruz in de Timorese hoofdstad Dili te minimaliseren en er op te wijzen dat kleine landjes zich nu eenmaal te schikken hebben naar de wensen van de 'groten'. R2P in de praktijk.

Occupy

Ook in Israël bleven de sociale protesten in de buurlanden niet onopgemerkt. Ze haalden daar echter meer de mosterd bij de Occupy-bewegingen in de VS en Europa. De strijd van de Israëlische bevolking tegen de neoliberale afbraak van de sociale welvaartstaat werd echter vergiftigd door de onmacht of onwil om te erkennen dat die strijd niet los kan gezien worden van de strijd van de Palestijnse Israëli's voor gelijke rechten en van de strijd tegen de bezetting en de kolonisatie van Palestina.

Het boek eindigt met een beknopte analyse van Koenraad Bogaert waarin de Arabische Lente in het kader van het wereldwijd verzet tegen de neoliberale aanval wordt geplaatst. De Arabische Lente is niet alleen voor de Arabieren belangrijk, deze strijd gaat ons allen aan.

Het is een beetje jammer dat er een hoofdstuk ontbreekt over Saoedi-Arabië en over Algerije. Ook over die landen is immers niet zoveel geweten, hoewel ook daar een en ander broeit. Dat vermindert geenszins de waarde van dit boek. Wie beter wil begrijpen waar de Arabische Lente vandaan komt en wat zijn potentiëlen en de gevaren zijn, komt met dit boek aan zijn trekken. Food for thought.


Deze bespreking verscheen eerder in De Wereld Morgen

mercredi, 13 février 2013

Two, Three, Many McCarthyisms

Two, Three, Many McCarthyisms

Review of: Manufacturing Hysteria: A History of Scapegoating, Surveillance, and Secrecy in Modern America, Jay Feldman, Anchor, 416 pages

Governo Globale

Governo Globale

La storia segreta del Nuovo Ordine Mondiale

Autore: Enrica Perucchietti  Gianluca Marletta 

Prezzo: € 10,03 (invece di €11,80)

 

Vuoi scoprire cos'è il Nuovo Ordine Mondiale?

Crisi economiche, rivoluzioni, guerre. Che cosa si cela dietro il rischio di crollo dell’Eurozona, la cosiddetta “Primavera Araba”, l’uccisione di Osama bin Laden, la guerra in Libia, i cablogrammi di Wikileaks, l’attentato di Oslo e Utoja e l’insediamento del governo Monti? Che cosa lega l’omicidio di John Kennedy all’assassinio di Olof Palme? Come fanno eventi in apparenza così diversi e distanti ad avere un’origine comune?

In questo saggio si svela per la prima volta in modo chiaro, completo e documentato, la storia segreta del Nuovo Ordine Mondiale, dalle sue origini a oggi: la genesi, l’ideologia e le tappe storiche, dalle origini della modernità all'attuale sfida militare che vede come terreno di battaglia il Medio Oriente. Chi ha coniato il termine e chi perpetua in segreto il disegno di instaurazione di un governo globale? Quali interessi si nascondono dietro questo progetto? Che ruolo hanno i membri di affiliazioni e gruppi occulti che riuniscono i protagonisti della vita politica, economica e finanziaria globali? Quale disegno si nasconde dietro la diffusione della tossicodipendenza di massa, fenomeni inquietanti e criminali come il satanismo, certi movimenti “culturali”, o di “controcultura”, come la “rivoluzione” psichedelica? In questo gioco di equilibri, quale obiettivo nasconde il progetto di instaurazione di un Governo Globale che lungo il suo cammino assoggetta i Popoli, fa cadere nazioni e governi come pedine di un complesso domino di cui non si riesce a vedere il disegno complessivo?

Anteprima - Governo Globale - Libro

Sull'ondata della profezia Maya in merito all'imminente fine dei tempi, la sensazione che la fine della nostra civiltà possa coincidere con l'instaurazione di un governo globale di stampo totalitario si è trasmessa a gran parte della popolazione mondiale. Le catastrofi naturali, le crisi economiche e il disincanto delle masse nei confronti della politica hanno insinuato il dubbio che qualcosa di tremendamente drammatico stia per accadere. I segni di una trasformazione generale della società e del mondo, così come lo conosciamo, vengono di volta in volta individuati nei più disparati settori.

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Indice

Introduzione

  • Che cos’è il Nuovo Ordine Mondiale?

Parte Prima

  • Alle radici di un’idea: dalla Riforma protestante alla “missione” della stirpe anglosassone
  • Messianismo e Nuovo Ordine Mondiale
  • La questione dei “poteri occulti”
  • Dal popolo alla “massa”: tecniche e strategie per un dominio globale
  • La creazione del Mondo Nuovo: droga, sesso, de popolazione e “nuova spiritualità”

Parte Seconda

  • Come abbattere un regime: da Wikileaks alla “Primavera araba”, il sogno di un Nuovo Medio Oriente
  • Signoraggio e crisi economica: da Kennedy a Obama
  • Il “trattamento” Milosevic e le guerre dell’Impero: dalla Serbia alla Libia
  • 11 settembre 2001: le menzogne dell’Impero e la dottrina della guerra “preventiva”
  • Guerra al terrorismo, ovvero gli interessi delle lobby in Iraq e in Afghanistan
  • Le nove vite dello Sceicco del terrore: Osama bin Laden
  • False flags e scandali di corte: dalla strage norvegese all’Eliseo
  • Italia, Stato di banchieri: dalle profezie di Tremonti al tecnogoverno Monti
  • L’ombelico del Nuovo Mondo: USA o Cina?

 

 



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lundi, 11 février 2013

The Map to Power

The Map to Power

The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate, Robert D. Kaplan, Random House, 432 pages

Illustration by Michael Hogue
Illustration by Michael Hogue

 

Winston Churchill noted the symbiotic relationship between space and human action with the remark that “we shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us.”

On a much greater scale, consider how the physical world and its contours shape human development, just as humanity adapts the environment to its needs. The obvious faded from view in recent decades, however: globalization set the tone for the post-Cold War idea that old limits mattered little in a very new world. Grand, transformative projects sought to recast societies and institutions. Disappointment ensued with the failure of nation-building in the Middle East and the collapse of economic prosperity throughout the developed world.

In The Revenge of Geography, Robert Kaplan draws upon many thinkers, some unjustly neglected, to sketch a guide through the wreckage of these lost hopes. Far from creating the flat world Thomas Friedman described in his eponymous (and ephemeral) bestseller, globalization brings distant threats closer to home and draws differences into sharper relief. The future requires a new map.

Constructing the map to encompass geography in its fullest sense—embodying demographics, climate, and resources along with topography—highlights the factors that drive world trends. History and anthropology take the analysis further by providing context and showing how trends work over time. Geography, Kaplan argues persuasively, sets the framework within which contingency operates. International politics makes little sense without it.

Kaplan brings a reputation along with his point of view. His reporting from benighted regions during the 1990s drew criticism from liberal internationalists who objected to his pessimistic tone and caution about democracy-promotion. Deploying what John Ruskin called the innocent eye—an observer’s ability to see what lies before him rather than what he expects to see—Kaplan ignored the triumphalism of democratic capitalism to sketch a more complex and often bleak vista. Disdain for frivolous preoccupations among civilian elites drew Kaplan closer to the U.S. military, whose Spartan, practical ethos won his respect.

Experience—including with the Hobbesian nightmares of Afghanistan and Somalia, along with Saddam Hussein’s totalitarian experiment in Iraq—led Kaplan to back nation-building after 9/11. He joined the consensus behind the Iraq War and spent periods embedded with U.S. troops. While some commentators praised Kaplan as a latter-day Rudyard Kipling, others attacked him as a cheerleader for American empire. Kaplan himself admitted to having come too close to his subject and fallen prey to excessive zeal, even though he never took up the polarizing rhetoric of the Bush era. The Revenge of Geography marks a search for new perspective.

The way in which geographers, historians, and strategists traced their maps frames Kaplan’s discussion of geopolitics. He takes their ideas—particularly where diverging opinions raise conflicts—to pose questions rather than providing answers. Herodotus, whose account of the wars between the Greeks and Persia balanced geographic determinism with the decisions of men, represents the sensibility Kaplan seeks to recover. Environment sets a context, not least by shaping culture and custom, for decisions often made in the grip of passion. Dynamics shaping politics in the fifth century B.C. still operate today. Indeed, the region Herodotus describes between the eastern Mediterranean and the Iranian-Afghan plateau remains a critical area of conflict.

William McNeill, author of the 1963 landmark The Rise of the West, also looked to that area linking three continents for insight into the interaction between civilizations. Isolation along a fertile river surrounded by desert shaped Egypt by keeping outsiders at bay, while Mesopotamia remained vulnerable to predation. Both developed authoritarian, bureaucratic regimes, but Iraq had a more brutal political culture forged by insecurity. McNeil describes Greece, India, and China—all three developed unique civilizations, but distance kept China on a separate path while the ebb and flow of frontiers between Hellenistic, Middle Eastern, and Indian civilizations made for a delicate cultural balance in Greece, India, and the lands between. McNeill’s focus on interaction challenged the view of civilizations as developing separately, familiar from Oswald Spengler’s Decline of the West and Arnold Toynbee’s more optimistic account. McNeill’s idea of history as a study in fluidity gives Kaplan a starting point to consider geography’s impact upon social and political development in Eurasia.

The fact that Nazi Germany turned geopolitics to the service of conquest tainted the reputation of the field’s founding father, Halford Mackinder, but the continuing relevance of his ideas is undeniable. Geography, Mackinder argued, operates as the pivot of history by setting the context in which men and societies act. It forms barriers of desert, mountain, and tundra along with pathways of river valley and steppe. The seas acted as both, alternately providing a sheltering impasse and a highway transit.

Far from being an environmental determinist, however, Mackinder thought that understanding geographical limits pointed to ways of overcoming them. Indeed, Kaplan argues that his vision of geography’s role had a dynamic quality exactly opposed to the static assumptions of determinism. Technology, a form of human initiative, modified environments. Railways had a decisive impact by opening land to inexpensive transport of bulk goods. What began as a feeder to ocean or river transport eventually became a means of connecting Eurasia. Controlling its heartland would confer a decisive strategic advantage. Mackinder sought to chart trends rather than strategize conquest, but his analysis had an obvious appeal to the evil empires of Hitler’s Germany and Soviet Russia.

Where Mackinder and Nazi theorists like Karl Haushofer focused on the Eurasian heartland, the Dutch-born American Nicholas Spykman argued that projecting maritime power from the rimland built on advantages geography provided the United States. The combination of temperate climate and rich resources with effective hegemony over the Western Hemisphere gave the U.S. power to spare for adjusting the balance of power in the Eastern Hemisphere. The United States’ location provides access to Europe that South America lacks, while the Amazon and Arctic create secure buffers. Kaplan cites Spykman’s analysis as a way to see past the immediate press of events and discern basic geostrategic truths. His approach matters more than his conclusions themselves.

Earlier, Alfred Thayer Mahan offered in 1890 an historical account of sea power that still resonates among Chinese and Indian strategists. It influenced Spykman, along with Theodore Roosevelt and Germany’s Wilhelm II. Britain’s ability to control the seas by defeating enemy fleets during the 18th-century wars Mahan narrates ensured that maritime commerce would operate on British terms and rendered France vulnerable to coastal attack. Mahan’s contemporary Julian Corbett refined the analysis by arguing that a weaker fleet could effectively contest a numerically stronger foe by attacking bases and controlling vital choke points. Such leverage suited powers, like early 20th-century Britain, forced to meet widespread commitments with limited means. Maritime coalition building—and a presence in littoral spaces to affect land operations—offers an alternative to matching high seas fleets.

What do these ideas mean for understanding present discontents? Kaplan applies insights from these thinkers to sketch possibilities in key regions. Spykman warned that a united Europe would be a staunch competitor to the United States and perhaps the dominant outside power in equidistant parts of South America. Geography, however, has divided Europe to facilitate a balance of power since Roman times, as Edward Gibbon pointed out. Kaplan notes the appeal Mitteleuropa holds as a tolerant cultural zone dating from the Habsburg Empire, which joined pluralism with the impartial rule of law. The geographic space Central Europe occupies, however, serves as a crush zone between maritime and continental Europe. Peace might allow it to flourish, especially with Germany’s turn from war and Russia’s relative weakness.

Indeed, the search for peace has driven Europe’s efforts to rearrange itself since the 1950s. European integration, particularly in its post-Cold War phase, aims to transcend limits of history and geography to end conflict. Defying those limits, however, made the single currency a transmission mechanism for fiscal strain rather than a unifying force. Greece, as the weakest link in the project, offers a guide to the health of European integration. Its weakness derives from a history torn between Europe and the Middle East that left it politically and economically underdeveloped.

Gravity in the Middle East seems likely to shift toward Turkey and Iran, with Ankara providing a check on its rival. History and geography give logical frontiers to both, along with avenues of influence throughout the region. Other states lack such clear borders, making civil disorder in Syria a danger to Iraq and Jordan.

Geography also sets the terms for the problem China’s rise presents. A continental power like Russia, China also holds a large oceanic frontage onto the Pacific with good harbors. The combination provides strategic reach enhanced by decades of economic growth. Kaplan deftly notes the interaction between human initiative and geography over China’s history and how those factors shape its current ambitions.

 

But geographic factors also mitigate its advantages. Vietnam and Japan look to the United States for help in balancing China, while Korea’s unstable division presents a problem on its doorstep. The weakness of neighboring powers can trouble China no less than their strength. Sea power allows the United States to balance China without forcing a confrontation. Kaplan suggests that a struggle between them will be more stable than the Cold War rivalry with Russia was. Geopolitics shapes a subtle dynamic to influence other states while avoiding war.

Sketching geostrategic possibilities is a more useful exercise than making predictions. Kaplan articulates a realism focused on consequences that marks a welcome change from the fads and theories of the past 20-odd years. Instead of narrowing vision through a theoretical lens that hides facts out of line with theory, he draws upon those facts to press questions, and he thereby offers a more nuanced view. Seeing the world as it is, rather than as we might wish it to be, helps navigate the rapids of the turbulent era in which we live.

William Anthony Hay is a historian at Mississippi State University.

vendredi, 08 février 2013

La planète disneylandisée

A propos de : Sylvie Brunel :
La planète disneylandisée (Editions Sciences Humaines)



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Le tourisme de masse est l’image la plus visible de la mondialisation, il suffit de vivre à proximité d’un hôtel de quelque importance pour en convenir. En France, notamment, première destination mondiale avec 85 millions de visiteurs, on voit concrètement les effets de la montée des classes moyennes dans les pays émergents et l’apparition concomitante du temps libre. Après les Chinois, de plus en plus nombreux à visiter notre pays, ce sont désormais les Indiens qui promènent en groupes serrés leurs yeux écarquillés en quête de dépaysement. Alors qu’ils n’étaient que 25 millions en 1950 et essentiellement occidentaux, les touristes sont aujourd’hui un milliard de par le monde et probablement deux en 2020… Autant dire qu’il s’agit de la première industrie planétaire, 12% du PIB mondial, presque autant en termes d’emplois, avec une croissance de 15% par an. Impossible dans ces conditions que le tourisme n’ait pas d’effet sur les territoires, lui qui contribue par ailleurs, à lui seul, à 5% des émissions de gaz à effet de serre.

C’est ce que Sylvie Brunel, géographe de son état et voyageuse devant l’éternel, appelle la disneylandisation du monde, la propension à créer un peu partout des enclaves protégées, balisées, destinées à ces populations itinérantes dans un temps limité, afin de leur offrir l’aventure en toute sécurité, la nature authentique au plus près du parking, la rencontre avec l’Autre assigné à résidence culturelle. « Nous rêvons, dit-elle, d’animaux sauvages mais gentils, de forêts vierges mais aménagées, de peuples primitifs mais accueillants ». Ce monde réduit et circonscrit, intégralement organisé, le modèle en vient évidemment des parcs à thèmes, avec leurs infrastructures intégrées, leurs agglomérations hôtelières, leur accessibilité maximale et leurs liaisons aériennes spécifiques. Mais surtout le simulacre qu’ils proposent d’un monde recomposé, comme dans cette attraction de Disneyland Paris, laquelle attire à elle seule autant de visiteurs que la Tour Eiffel, et qui vous propose un circuit en bateau et en musique sur tous les continents et dans toutes les civilisations du monde, plus exactement leurs stéréotypes éprouvés, les Mexicains avec sombrero et cactus, les Tahitiennes dansant le tamouré, les Japonaises en kimono et à Paris le Moulin-rouge et les danseuses du Crazy Horse… Le tout réalisé par des automates. Mutatis, mutandis, la matrice de l’industrie mondialisée du tourisme est là, qui donne forme à ce que l’anthropologue Rachid Amirou, dans son livre sur l’imaginaire touristique, désignait comme la métaphore de l’objet transitionnel de Winnicot, la réalité visée étant ici l’image du paradis perdu plutôt que la présence rassurante de la mère. « La disneylandisation consiste à transformer le monde en décor. Parfois le décor prend tellement de place qu’il oublie même qu’il est censé reconstituer une réalité : un mois dans l’année, on peut ainsi profiter d’une « plage » à Paris », ajoute Sylvie Brunel. Qui ne dit mot des automobilistes autochtones ni de leur estivale résignation à voir le bitume recouvert de sable fin sur une voie rapide et pompidolienne, sorte d’inversion paradoxale et lancinante du slogan soixante-huitard « sous les pavés, la plage ». Une zone centre « à éviter » nous répètent désormais tous les ans à même époque les panneaux du boulevard périphérique.

Car s’il est vrai que certains peuples comme les Aborigènes australiens ou les Maoris néo-zélandais, les chamanes de Mongolie ou les Amérindiens doivent en partie au tourisme et à l’audience qu’il leur a donné d’avoir recouvré certains droits sur leurs territoires ancestraux, s’il est vrai que parmi les 50 pays les plus pauvres, les 4/5ème tirent l’essentiel de leurs ressources des flux touristiques, la disneylandisation produit la plupart du temps des effets pervers sur les populations concernées. En Afrique, par exemple, des parts croissantes du territoire sont affectées à des parcs naturels au nom de la protection d’animaux qui finissent par proliférer, se concentrer sur les rares points d’eau au détriment des pâturages et saccager les récoltes de ceux qui se voient ainsi exclus de leurs terrains de chasse, de culture ou de nomadisme. Au Gabon, 13 parcs nationaux ont été créés depuis 2004, qui dépossèdent de leur terre un nombre croissant de sociétés paysannes, un tiers de la superficie de la Zambie et de la Tanzanie en est couverte, ainsi que de réserves de chasse, un quart du territoire ougandais. Au Kenya, où l’on a reconstitué des villages masaïs « typiques », seul 1% des recettes touristiques reviennent à ceux qu’on a figé dans leur « authenticité » au milieu de réserves destinées à protéger la biodiversité, un argument avancé pour séduire le tourisme vert, écolo-responsable mais qui fait l’impasse sur la spoliation subie par ceux qui se refusent à jouer le rôle qu’on leur impose et sont chassés, du coup, de leurs meilleurs lieux de vie. Comme dit encore Rachid Amirou : « le tourisme de développement durable peut être un frein durable au développement des populations, comme si elles étaient assignées à résidence identitaire car, dans notre imaginaire, elles sont censées ne pas changer ».

C’est cette réalité ambivalente que Sylvie Brunel décrit aussi dans le périple qui fait la matière de son livre, « un tour du monde d’une durée inférieure de moitié à celui de Phileas Fogg », soit en quarante jours, et avec mari et enfants… Du geyser néozélandais qui jaillit à 10h15 pétantes au paradis sous perfusion de Bora Bora, en passant par le pays des kangourous écrasés, où l’abondance de pâtés d’animaux servis hachés le long des routes a définitivement rendu sa fille aînée végétarienne, les parcmètres au beau milieu de la nature sauvage des parcs naturels canadiens, l’ascension du Corcovado à Rio en escalator ou l’entrée en chaussettes sur le territoire américain pour cause de sécurité anti-terroriste, le récit réjouissant de son voyage offre un saisissant tableau de la planète Mickey.

Jacques Munier

La Grande Muraglia


La Grande Muraglia

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BREVE SINTESI

Il libro è composto da 4 capitoli generali, ognuno dei quali si suddivide in quattro o cinque paragrafi dettagliati e articolati per un totale di 220 pagine. Lo scopo principale di questa pubblicazione è quello di fornire da un punto di vista estraneo ai pregiudizi e alla propaganda occidentale, il quadro di tutte le peculiarità e le direttrici politiche, economiche e geopolitiche della Repubblica Popolare Cinese. L’opera parte da una disamina storico-teoretica del pensiero politico che ha animato le principali trasformazioni del socialismo cinese, per proseguire con un’attenta fase di ricerca e osservazione in merito alle questioni e alle istanze interne di maggior risalto in ambito internazionale quali le complesse vicende relative alle regioni del Tibet, dello Xinjiang e di Taiwan, e poi concludere con uno sguardo generale alla strategia globale di Pechino e al fondamentale contributo della Cina all’interno dell’Organizzazione per la Cooperazione di Shanghai.

 

PUBBLICAZIONE: ottobre 2012
PAGG.: 220
ISBN: 9788890737954


LA SINOSSI

Il fenomeno di rapidissima crescita rappresentato dalla Repubblica Popolare Cinese è sempre più sulla bocca di tutti. Spesso, però, lo è a sproposito o in modo del tutto improprio. E’ infatti evidente come l’approccio economicista tipico di gran parte del mondo dell’informazione occidentale sia assolutamente insufficiente al fine di affrontare un’attenta e profonda analisi della nazione asiatica, fornendo descrizioni distorte, volutamente tendenziose o previsioni che poi vengono regolarmente sconfessate. Il cosiddetto “socialismo con caratteristiche cinesi” difatti incarna non soltanto un modello di sviluppo strettamente economico e finanziario ma anche un preciso e determinante passaggio storico nell’evoluzione della civiltà cinese e nella ricostruzione di un suo spazio di coprosperità, condiviso da tutti i popoli che da secoli risiedono nei suoi territori geografici. La Grande Muraglia è, in questo senso, un ambizioso tentativo a carattere saggistico-scientifico nella ricerca di quei criteri storici, politici e geopolitici spesso tralasciati in Occidente, tuttavia fondamentali per comprendere lo scenario cinese del presente e del futuro.

SOMMARIO

Capitolo 1
Le radici del presente: Maoismo e via cinese al socialismo (di Marco Costa)
1. L’eredità del Maoismo nella Cina di oggi
2. Dalla dialettica marxista alla contraddizione maoista
3. La via cinese al socialismo: questione nazionale, crisi dei rapporti sino-sovietici, sovranità economica
4. Conclusioni: il Maoismo, primo passo della via cinese al socialismo
Bibliografia Mao Zedong
Bibliografia generale

 

Capitolo 2
La questione del Tibet (di Alessandro Lattanzio)

1. Il ripristino dei rapporti Lhasa-Pechino
2. La CIA sul “Tetto del Mondo”
3. Tibet S.p.A.
4. Modernizzazione e sviluppo
Bibliografia generale

 

Capitolo 3
Xinjiang e Taiwan: “inseparabili parti” della Repubblica Popolare Cinese (di Andrea Fais)

1. Xinjiang: una panoramica storica e geopolitica
2. Lo Xinjiang sotto la Repubblica di Cina: tra influenze sovietiche e islamismo
3. L’integrazione nella Repubblica Popolare e la modernizzazione dello Xinjiang
4. ETLO, ETIM e le ONG: al-Qaeda e l’Occidente minacciano la stabilità dello Xinjiang
5. La Cina è “una sola” e arriva fino a Taiwan
Bibliografia generale

 

Capitolo 4
La Cina nell’Organizzazione per la Cooperazione di Shanghai (di Andrea Fais)

1. La missione sino-russa: difendere la stabilità in Asia Centrale
2. La Convenzione contro il terrorismo, il separatismo e l’estremismo
3. L’asse Cina-Pakistan e l’integrazione dell’Afghanistan come sfide al terrore globale
4. Margini di integrazione tra la politica difensiva cinese e il comando unificato della RATS
Bibliografia generale

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Comprendre la mondialisation en dix leçons


Géopolitique en livres: "Comprendre la mondialisation en dix leçons" par Philippe Conrad sur realpolitiktv

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