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Rising from the Ruins

Ur ruinerna

Finally arriving in the mailbox, “Rising from the Ruins” (Ur ruinerna) is a beacon of hope for Northern and Western Europe and the West in large, as these bleak days that are being heralded with jumbled and insignificant words are falling more and more on deaf and indifferent ears: “Progress”, “Democracy”, “Diversity”, “Open Society”; but which in reality are euphemisms for Kali Yuga or the Twilight of the Gods, Ragnarök.

Joakim Andersen is the head contributor for the Swedish New Right, Alt-Right – or whatever label you prefer – think-tank Motpol, (Counter pole) and a chief figure in the growing Swedish underground political and cultural sphere which is represented, aside from Motpol, by the publishing house Arktos, Logik Förlag and many more Swedish alternative media outlets.
He and the Motpol gang have committed themselves to the re-invigoration of the Swedish culture and political sphere. They describe one of their chief goals as follows: “Lifting forth a spectrum of culture left out from an increasingly narrower and infantile public discourse.”

Being a former Marxist with a keen eye for the history of ideas, Andersen has delved and shed light on the principles of Traditionalism and the New Right school of thought brought forth by the likes of Alain de Benoist and the French think-tank GRECE, (Groupement de recherche et d’études pour la civilisation européenne), chiefly responsible for introducing these ideas to Swedes seeking to find their way out of the mirage of Liberalism. He continues this admirable trade in his book debut.

Just like the eponymous title suggest, “Rising from the Ruins” proclaims “The End is Nigh”, that the liberal order of the West is doomed to perish from the internal contradictions and crises that it has afflicted upon itself via mass immigration, multicultural politics at the expense of native cultures, cultural and spiritual neglect, and unprecedented demographic change, (Progress, according to Liberals).
But as they say about “blessings in disguise”, this means that from the metaphysical ruins, not any physical rubble (with the exception of Detroit and the growing European suburbs), a new type of world is taking form, at least in the form of ideas and street activism.
“Rising from the Ruins” examines the growth of the Alt-Right phenomena and its similarities and distinctions with the European New Right. It looks at the Donald Trump phenomena, (albeit before his shift into the same-old interventionist and Zionist pandering). The book highlights a number of thinkers from which the New Right/Alt Right have reaped ideas from: Julius Evola with his Riding the Tiger, Martin Heidegger with Daesein, Ezra Pound with Usura, René Guenon with the Crisis of the Modern World, Samuel T. Francis with his Foxes and Wolves analogy of power struggle, Aleksandr Dugin with Eurasianism, Guillaume Faye with Archeo-Futurism, Antonio Gramsci with Cultural Hegemony; the seed to Cultural Marxism, Hans Blüher with the Männerbund; a fraternity of Men keeping (or re-invigorating) the flame of Civilization, (i.e. the Monks after the fall of Rome laying down the groundwork for Christian Europe), as well as highlighting the intellectual, cultural and social movements: Casa Pound; (the Männerbund), the Eurasian movement, Génération identitarie, etcetera.

Joakim Andersen proves himself an accomplished summarizer. His wide encyclopedic knowledge of the intellectual history of the Right and the various movements mentioned above is impressive to say the least. Drawing inspiration from Spengler, Evola and many others, the book does not merely linger on the political, but on the spiritual and cultural sphere, from a possible re-Christianization to a revival of European heathenism  a sargued by Alain de Benoist and others of the French New Right. The optimism one feels while reading the book makes it stand out from all the echoes of defeatism and short-term strategy that characterizes the black-pillers. Andersen allows the thinkers and ideas to speak for themselves without muffles, very seldom sharing personal thoughts or insights on the issues.

It must be noted, Andersen stresses, that the nations of Europe differs and thus one ideology or movement in a particular country may not succeed in another. The Identitarian movement in France and Germany being a good example. Both countries are unified states, composed of several historical “nations” or tribes with strong sense of “local patriotism”. In the case of France, we have the Celts of Brittany, the German heritage of Alsace, and in Germany, the state of Bavaria. In Sweden, where the nation state has gone further and local identities been swallowed up in the homogenization process – the exceptions being the provincial identities of Dalarna, Skåne and Gotland – the Identitarian movement have not picked up here as great as in France. Likewise, Casa Pound, being a product of Italian sensibility and cultural formation might prove difficult in exporting to other countries that lacks that some vigor and thumos that Italians have stored. Possibly the incomplete and non-dogmatic Fourth Political Theory could blend well with the different historical, cultural and religious backgrounds of respective European nations and peoples.

The English edition is under way, and I can highly recommend it for its spiritually and life affirming importance. Time is due to learn how to ride the tiger through all the rubbles and funeral pyres.

Kali Yuga – Are We Living In The Dark Age?

According to Hinduism, the world is currently in a state of Kali Yuga, or the dark age. One might take this as mere fiction and carry on, but considering the Hindus produced the finest examples of wisdom ever created in the Vedas, and that they generated their own theory of evolution, I believe we should consider carefully this ancient idea, which is also found in other religions.

According to Hinduism, the universe is destined to go through four Yugas or stages, the last of which is Kali Yuga. There is dispute about when this age started, indeed some have argued it is already over, but charting the course of the modern world one can see a drastic move away from tradition, spirituality and religion towards atheism, materialism and radical politics, starting around the enlightenment. Though this was focused in the West, in the East we have likewise seen a descent into barbarism, as the Islamic Golden Age was followed by centuries of intellectual stagnation from the Muslim world. The reverence for the ancient religions in the East is waning, as countries like India embrace modernism, while Buddhism has faced suppression in parts of communist Asia.

This may all seem a natural progression of history, though man has never lived so cut off from certain aspects of his nature. One would have no reason to think this is part of some greater epoch, had we not the incredibly prescient predictions of the Hindus, which bear incredible conformity to what we see in the phenomenon of modernity. I will leave what strikes me as the most accurate predictions here for the reader to evaluate themselves. All are taken from the ancient Srimad Bhagavatam.

Prediction 1:

Religion, truthfulness, cleanliness, tolerance, mercy, duration of life, physical strength and memory will all diminish day by day because of the powerful influence of the age of Kali.

Prediction 2:

In Kali Yuga, wealth alone will be considered the sign of a man’s good birth, proper behaviour and fine qualities. And law and justice will be applied only on the basis of one’s power.

Prediction 3:

Men and women will live together merely because of superficial attraction, and success in business will depend on deceit. Womanliness and manliness will be judged according to one’s expertise in sex, and a man will be known as a brahmana just by his wearing a thread.

Prediction 4:

A person’s spiritual position will be ascertained merely according to external symbols, and on that same basis people will change from one spiritual order to the next. A person’s propriety will be seriously questioned if he dos not earn a good living. And one who is very clever at juggling words will be considered a learned scholar.

Prediction 5:

A person will be judged unholy if he does not have money, and hypocrisy will be accepted as virtue. Marriage will be arranged simply by verbal agreement, and a person will think he is fit to appear in public if he has merely taken a bath.

Prediction 6:

A sacred place will be taken to consist of no more than a reservoir of water located at a distance, and beauty will be thought to depend on one’s hairstyle. Filling the belly will become the goal of life, and one who is audacious will be accepted as truthful. He who can maintain a family will be regarded as an expert man, and the principles of religion will be observed only for the sake of reputation.

Prediction 7:

As the earth thus becomes crowded with a corrupt population, whoever among any of ther social classes shows himself to be the strongest will gain political power.

Prediction 8:

The citizens will suffer greatly from cold, wind, heat, rain and snow. They will be further tormented by quarrels, hunger, thirst, disease and severe anxiety.

Prediction 9:

In Kali-yuga men will develop hatred for each other even over a few coins. Giving up all friendly relations, they will be ready to lose their own lives and kill even their own relatives.

Prediction 10:

Uncultured men will accept charity on behalf of the Lord and will earn their livelihood by making a show of austerity and wearing a mendicant’s dress. Those who know nothing about religion will mount a high seat and presume to speak on religious principles.

Prediction 11:

Cities will be dominated by thieves, the Vedas will be contaminated by speculative interpretations of atheists, political leaders will virtually consume the citizens, and the so-called priests and intellectuals will be devotees of their bellies and genitals.

 

So from examining these predictions what are the characteristics of this promised age, and how well does it describe the modern age?

  • Widespread atheism, lack of respect for religion and a lack of understanding of religion by those who practice it.  This is evident in the lack of understanding among modern theologians and religious figures of the perennial aspects of religion. Warring religious tribes kill each other over interpretations of scripture, not realising that at root they are all branches of a more profound universal religion. We are also warned of propounders of religion being focused on nothing but their “bellies and genitals.” Giving the recent revelations to come from religious institutions, this became more of a problem than anyone realised.
  • Materialism. The view that the universe is contained of nothing but brute matter, with no spiritual aspect, no reason for being, and no phenomenon beyond the material has never been more popular or widely accepted than today. There were schools who propounded this view in ancient India, but they had few followers. In the modern world, people like Richard Dawkins can get a huge following among ordinary people by arguing for this simplistic materialism. The narrative is that it is the philosophy science gives us, but when one examines physics this is patently false. Yet people believe it. Often when challenging a materialist, it becomes apparent they believe it because they want to believe it.
  • Obsession with money, material goods. Kali Yuga is a time when man’s focus turns away from what is objectively good and instead focuses on self interest, which manifests in the modern obsession with money. From a young age, people are indoctrinated into the belief that the highest ideal in life is to become wealthy, no higher ideal is imagined, while religion and ethics are seen as means to an end, useful to comfort some people, but secondary to the ultimate goal.
  • Collapse of marriage. Degradation of sex. To the Hindus, marriage was a sacred institution with spiritual purposes. This is another aspect of the perennial philosophy, marriage is not a contract between two people who live and breed together, but a spiritual union worthy of reverence. Sex was intended as an act of love or procreation, the idea of engaging in casual sex just for pleasure would be considered morally abhorrent. Not only is it the hedonism that is antithetical to a spiritual view of the world, but it also reduces people as means to an end, objects of pleasure. We are now at the stage where, as the scriptures predict, men and women will live together merely because of superficial attraction
  • Machiavellianism. Though the term was yet to be invented, the Hindu scriptures predicted that politicians in Kali Yuga would be self serving, devoid of beliefs and focused only on their own gain, even at the expense of the people they represent. Never before has this been more felt than in the modern age, politicians go on telivision to defend policies they don’t like, they stab each other in the back and decide policies more based on their popularity and chance of winning votes than for thinking they are what’s right. In the recent Republican primaries in the US, most candidates denied man made climate change because they realise people don’t want to be told unfortunate truths.
  • Environmental Destruction. The Scriptures promise widespread environmental catastrophe. Flooding, drought, and extreme weather will negatively effect people’s life span and the world will descend into a less habitable state. We now realise the huge destruction being done to the planet’s eco system by climate change, which confirms these predictions, yet still, little action is taken. Most people know the reality of climate change, but carry on living in ways which worsen it.

Looking at these predictions, one finds it hard not to draw the conclusion that the Hindus were correct. Rather than engaging in early dystopian fiction, they were warning humanity of the dark days it faced as it threw off essential aspects of it’s nature and descended into materialism and amoralism. Most see this brave new world as a better one, a multi coloured, diverse, relativistic open society in which nothing is really right or wrong, systems of oppression such as religion and tradition are thrown off, and people are free to behave like the well evolved primates they are, free from superstition and guilt. At least, this is what we are told.

We are told we are happy, yet more people than ever complain of depression, anxiety and general dissatisfaction with life. We are told we don’t need religion to behave morally, yet time and again we are reminded of the selfishness and self obsession of modernity. We are told we are enlightened, yet at root many feel it is not the case. Buried in there, despite all the actions taken to suppress it, is the intuition that there is more to life than the material, that there is a right and wrong, and that spending a life chasing pleasure is inherently empty. As long as that spark of intuition remains, there is still the possibility for it to light the flames of true enlightenment