Sunday, March 31, 2019

The triumph of Donald Trump

Tfw Donald Trump gets exonarated by the Mueller probe. No collusion, guys!

I guess the Dems and Never Trumpers will have to go back sperging about The Donald´s tax returns.

Oh, and what was Paul Manafort *really* doing in the Ukraine? Let me guess. Didn´t the Western alliance want to turn Yanukovich? 

Maybe Bush and Obama should testify before Congress about this... :D

Not even wrong

”Religion and the Racist Right: The Origins of the Christian Identity Movement” is a classical book by Michael Barkun, originally published in 1994. An expanded edition was brought out in 1997. The book tells the extremely complex and convoluted story of Christian Identity, a White supremacist and virulently anti-Semitic form of “Christianity” mostly associated with the Neo-Nazi Aryan Nations and The Order (although the latter group probably wasn´t Identity sensu stricto). 

Barkun traces the roots of Christian Identity to British Israelism, a philo-Semitic (sic) movement within Protestantism which emerged during the 19th century in Britain. Through a series of intermediary steps, American supporters of British Israelism became increasingly more anti-Semitic until they morphed into the Christian Identity movement. Barkun was clearly worried that this fringe of the fringe phenomenon would somehow insinuate itself into the broader far right, conspiracist and alternative knowledge milieux in the wake of the Ruby Ridge standoff, Waco and the Oklahoma City bombing. I think he may have been wrong in this – today, you hardly hear of Christian Identity anymore. Even the once successful crypto-Nazi David Duke, who cavorted with Identity supporters back in the days, has faded from the lime light. I guess we have other far right fads now…

What distinguishes Christian Identity from other currents are two distinct theological positions. First, Identity believers assert that Aryans, Anglo-Saxons or Whites are the lost tribes of Israel. In some versions, the remaining tribes of Judah and Benjamin were racially contaminated by intermarriage with Edomites and other alien breeds, effectively placing them outside the Biblical Israelite fold. In other versions, Whites are the true descendants of all Israelite tribes, both the 10 lost tribes and the two remaining tribes, whereas Jews are really Khazars and hence have nothing to do with Biblical history whatsoever. Thus, we are dealing with a very extreme form of replacement theology, in which Jews are written out of their own history (and holy scripture) altogether.

The second idea associated with Christian Identity goes even further in anti-Semitism, essentially claiming that Jews are the *literal* children of Satan. According to this idea, Eve was seduced by the serpent in Eden, and the result of this sexual liaison was Cain, who is thus half-demonic. Full humans (i.e. White Aryans) are descended from Adam and Eve, while Jews are a “serpent seed line” descended from Eve´s sinful transgression with the Devil himself. Blacks and other colored races are neither human nor demonic, but simply “beasts of the field” and lack souls altogether. However, these speculations exist in many different versions, some of which assert that the serpent was a Black man, others claiming that the evil seed line began with Cain who married a Pre-Adamite woman (in this version, Cain was White while the Pre-Adamites were colored). The bottom line in all versions is that race mixing is a sin and that only White people are God´s direct creation.

Barkun points out that Christian Identity has another curious trait. It´s dualism between the good Adamites and the evil Jews (and colored races) is sometimes so strong, that the outcome of the apocalyptic battle at the end of days is an open question. It´s not entirely clear from some Identity narratives whether the Whites (and God) will really carry the day, Identity belief being a kind of spiritual “black pill”, to use contemporary Internet slang. The flip side of this pessimism is the idea that Christian warriors might make a difference if only they exert themselves to the maximum – which could include terrorist acts against the U.S. federal government, seen as Jew-controlled (and therefore Satanic). The fulfillment of the millennium is dependent on the violent actions of God´s chosen ones…

Barkun discusses the incredibly complicated history of this particular current, its multiform interfaces with others on the far right (including militias and conspiracy theorists) and the lure of the cultic milieu on these kinds of fringe movements. The cultic milieu is the subculture where society´s “rejected knowledge” finds a home, a milieu in which UFO believers, Theosophists or pyramidologists might rub shoulders (and, above all, share ideas) with extreme racists, conspiracy mongers or really weird religious sects. Christian Identity is clearly influenced by the cultic milieu, for instance when it claims that the war in Heaven between God and Satan was fought with interstellar spaceships, one of which later crashed on Earth. This is obviously incorporated from UFO beliefs. Conversely, Christian Identity itself has become part and parcel of the cultic milieu, potentially influencing others. As already noted, Barkun feared Identity influence on the so-called militias.

Personally, I consider Christian Identity to be downright bizarre. It seems to be the only religious current which isn´t right about *anything*. I´m almost tempted to call it “not even wrong”! Where do I even begin? Genetic evidence suggests that the Ashkenazim really are Jewish, Adam or Cain are purely mythological characters, Whites evolved from colored people, Jesus has at least one Canaanite (“Cainite”) in his family tree, and how the hell can demons or beasts interbreed with humans anyway? And no, Anglo-Saxons aren´t Semitic but Indo-European. By Identity logic, Hitler was presumably an Israelite, perhaps even a Judahite! Atheists of Jewish extraction are said to call Christianity a Jewish joke on the Gentiles. I suppose Aryan Nations is a Jewish joke on the Gentiles gone awry. Or a Jewish joke on the Gentiles coming home to roost, if you´re more critical of Jacob…

Christian Identity is also misogynist in a near-paranoid fashion. This is obvious in the story of how Eve was seduced by the serpent. Note: not raped but willingly seduced. In some versions by a Black man “from the field”, in others by the father of all Jews. Presumably, White supremacists fear that White women might find colored people (or rich merchants?) more erotically alluring than your average hard-working White boy. The racist stereotypes encoded in this scenario doesn´t need further elaboration.

“Religion and the Racist Right” can be a tedious read, due to the sheer mass of details the author has put into it, but if the cultic milieu is your primary interest in life, I think you have to read it anyway!

"Chan" Thomas?! Please...

This must be a hoax. An author named "Chan" Thomas (as in 4Chan or 8Chan), no evidence that the book was actually published in 1965, and no explanation as to why it was classified by the CIA in the first place. Probably somebody trolling the Atlanto-maniac community. 

UPDATE 2019-04-17. Apparently, it´s not a hoax. See commentary section! Wow. 

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Trumps triumf

Saken är klar: Donald Trump är oskyldig. Han samarbetade givetvis inte med ryssarna. Nu väntar vi bara på en ursäkt från DN:s Martin Gelin för att i flera års tid ha spritt detta fake news. Fast jag tror inte det kommer någon. Gelin är ju författare till bästsäljaren ”Hillary Clintons väg till makten”. Bästsäljare på bokrean redan sex månader senare...

Någon borde utreda om DN samarbetat med Clinton-kampanjen. Pengar har kanske bytt ägare? Eller är det så illa att Wolodarski, Gelin och de andra ”experterna” faktiskt tror på sina egna lögner?

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Udda boktips

Om en månad får vi veta sanningen. Den 23 april kommer Graham Hancocks nya bok, ”America Before: The Key to Earth´s Lost Civilization”. Där kommer Hancock att knyta ihop alla lösa trådar från sina tidigare blockbusters och en gång för alla BEVISA att Atlantis faktiskt har existerat.

Det kommer att bli intressant...

Det är helt enkelt kört för skeptikerna. CSICOP, Carl Sagan, Dawkins och allt vad de heter kan packa ihop och åka hem till Lemurien or something. Atlantis is rising, boys & girlz!

Den VERKLIGT intressanta frågan kommer istället att bli: Vad skall vi göra den 23 maj, när vi läst klart boken? Världen kommer ju plötsligt att bli ett mysterium tråkigare.

Förslag emottages tacksamt i kommentarerna till detta inlägg!

Life will find a way

This was around 1993, during my most high tech true believer period. I actually traveled to a Swedish nuclear power plant, Forsmark, to simply *look* at the place and imbibe its atmosphere. Believe me, getting there on a public transit ticket wasn´t easy! Still, I was able to walk up to the actual power plant itself, standing right below its main building – which surprised me. Are the gods of progress so oblivious to us mortals? I had expected the security parameter to start miles outside the building! I realized years later that my whole experience at the plant was some kind of bizarre blot (as in Asatru blot) to human ingenuity and the forces of progress, a kind of quasi-religious ritual if you like. And for the record, no, I didn´t feel a damn thing (LOL) except maybe some kind of general admiration for the power of our species in harnessing the forces of broken atoms. In a sense, I still do. Humans aren´t perfect by any reasonable metric, but some of us are pretty damn smart. Chimps, ravens or termites can´t split the atom, but then, I suppose you could argue that they don´t have to…

Which brings me to an even more bizarre thing I saw at the plant. Forsmark tried to promote itself to the general public as, wait for it, the *ecological* nuclear power plant. Yes, really. And in a bizarre way, they were actually right. Forsmark takes its cooling water from the Baltic Sea. When the water has cooled down the reactor, it´s released again into the sea, several degrees warmer than before. For this reason, the sea immediately outside the nuclear plant was never covered with ice, not even in dead winter. And that, in turn, was good for the wildlife, which got a kind of refuge outside the plant during the worst winter months. Including seals…

Seals are (or were?) threatened with extinction in the Baltic Sea, one reason being the toxic waste heaved into the waters by various industrial plants. But the Forsmark nuclear power plant doesn´t pollute its environment. It just emits slightly heated water. Therefore, a colony of seals had established itself on a small island just outside the plant *and the plant authorities organized sightseeing by bus for tourists to go and see the fantastic seal colony*. An information center (which was open but empty at the time I was there – a bit spooky) also carried huge photos of said seals, and also of seabirds, etc.

I suppose you *could* call this “the revenge of Nature”, if you like…

PS. A thorium reactor would, of course, be even more stunning. If seals like them is, alas, a question I´m not competent to answer at the present time.

Atlantis rising

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Some fun information.

For whatever strange reason, my most popular blog post so far is “Ancient aliens debunked, Atlantis vindicated” which may or may not say something about the philosophical preconceptions of my avid fans. Presumably, they like my recent conversion to about 75% of Graham Hancock´s crypto-esoteric (that´s a word!) version of neo-catastrophism. Number two is “The Secret Order of the Druze” and number three is “The Pagan C S Lewis”, my review of JMG´s novel “The Weird of Hali: Innsmouth”, which I took the liberty to promote at one of the author´s blogs.

“Wow, I´ve been purged by Amazon”, which for a long time was number one, has been pushed into fourth position, while the obscure Swedish posting “Putin TAR ÖVER Telefonplans-Pravda” is number five. Further down at the top ten is “Conspiracy Olof Palme”, promoted on Facebook by one of my top commentators. All in all, an interesting list!

Most of my readers live in Sweden, Germany and the United States. And yes, various East European porn bots are still busy “watching” my blog for reasons best known to themselves… (Why can´t Mueller monitor me instead, huh?) 

So I suppose you want more information about Atlantis, esoteric Shia-derived sects, and tentacled horror. And tentacle porn?


Saturday, March 23, 2019

Your kids belong to us already

“The Wave” is a famous 1981 American film. It´s quite short (only 45 minutes) and gives a low-budget impression. Still, it´s quite interesting, all things considered. The ending is something of a classic. 

The film is supposedly based on real events in Palo Alto in April 1967, when a school teacher tricked his students into forming a kind of Hitler Youth organization to demonstrate how the Nazis could take power in Germany. I´m not sure if the Palo Alto experiment really happened, or whether it´s some kind of creative fiction. 

Since the film is relatively short, it´s not very psychologically convincing. The students go very fast from average high school slackers to fanaticized storm troopers. Also, the message is unconvincing. No, it really can´t “happen here”, at least not in 1967 or 1981, since (of course) the political situation in the United States was very different from Weimar Germany. “The Wave” claims that fascism is within each one of us, which may be true in the abstract, but once again, not enough to actually turn people into Hitlerjugend just here and now. 

Strictly speaking, the film actually makes an even stranger claim: that the Nazi experience was so sinister, that people forgot the whole thing shortly after the war, and in the same way, the Palo Alto students will try to suppress what happened during the Third Wave experiment. But this assumes that Germans weren´t Nazis at heart, but good liberals! Why else would they have had a rude awakening when the Allies broke the spell in 1945? 

All this being said, “The Wave” could nevertheless be seen as a warning about another danger: cults. They are undoubtedly out there, ever ready to sink their teeth into unsuspecting victims. 

It´s interesting to speculate about what would happen if “The Wave” was shown on American campus today. Let me guess: the film would be condemned as “racist” (since some of the “Nazis” are African American), “ableist” (since the existence of a classroom freak is taken for granted) and “sexist” (since the hero is a pretty girl). Then, attempted screenings would be attacked by...wait a minute…SJW stormtroopers…no, something´s not right about this scenario…

Among monsters and Melungeons

“The Weird of Hali” is a series of Lovecraft-inspired novels written by John Michael Greer, who is otherwise most known as a peak oil blogger and author of books about all things occult (including non-Lovecraftian monsters). Strictly speaking, Lovecraft-inspired is the wrong word, though. Greer´s novels are rather not-so-subtle attacks on Lovecraft! So far, three novels in this projected heptalogy have been published: “Innsmouth”, “Kingsport” and “Chorazin”.

I admit that I didn´t really like “Kingsport” on purely literary grounds, but you probably have to read it anyway if you want to follow the plot developments of this very peculiar saga. “Chorazin” reminds me of “Innsmouth”, which I rather liked. The main character, Owen Merrill, is the same in both stories. Merrill, a former US soldier turned Lovecraft scholar (sic), is an initiated member of the cult of the Old Ones, which avid readers of this series know are the *good* guys. Rather than a bunch of mixed-race, mixed-species Satanic magicians with a penchant for human sacrifice and cannibalism (and strange adjectives), the devotees of the Eldritch turn out to be a bunch of mixed-race, mixed-species pagan magicians with a penchant for Gypsy tarot, psychedelic drugs and really good ale! There´s nothing wrong with their English, either. But no, their gods aren´t entirely harmless. The ancient pagan cults are locked in combat with the Radiance, a group modeled on NICE in C.S. Lewis´ “That Hideous Strength”. The Radiance, while claiming to be “noological” rationalists and atheists, really believe in magic and the existence of the Ancient Ones, the magic of which they want to steal and use for their own nefarious ends, the most important of which seems to be turning the entire human race into robot slaves to a hive mind.

The plot of “Chorazin” is as fast-paced as that of “Innsmouth”, but also more complex, and I have to admit that I didn´t *entirely* get it. Thus, what is the exact relationship between the Shambler from the Stars, the Mystery of the Worm and the hideous shape with the gigantic claws? That being said, the basic plot twists are the same, with the bad guys turning out to be good in the end. Or perhaps “good”, since the Ancient Ones have their own agendas, not necessarily compatible with those of humanity or Western civilization as we know it. One of them in particular have every reason in the world to *really* hate Homo sapiens… We also learn that the Old Ones, who are like gods unto us puny humans, are themselves small compared to other intelligences in the universe, including the Worms, a breed of truly gigantic monsters which live in the “empty” space between stars and leave earthlings or Eldritch alone mostly because our planet is too small for their rapacious appetites, the way we don´t usually try to catch and eat gnats or amoebas. I wonder whether JMG actually believes this, or whether it´s just a plot device…

As a counterpoint to Lovecraft´s racism and general fear of the “deviant” and unknown, “The Weird of Hali: Chorazin” features sympathetic mixed-race people, ditto people with hereditary diseases, and a powerful asexual sorceress. The inhabitants of Chorazin are based on the Melungeons, a cluster of tri-racial peoples in the Appalachians. The good guys also include the Tcho-Tchos, described in the canonical Cthulhu Mythos as a Southeast Asian hill tribe of cannibals. Often, they are hardly even human. In Greer´s version, the Tcho-Tchos are probably based on the Hmong, also mentioned in the author´s non-fiction book “Monsters”. They are fully human, mostly vegetarian and fought on our side in the Vietnam War against the Pathet Lao Communists! The Tcho-Tchos, that is. I´m not an expert on the real life Hmong.

The author´s erudition is considerable, and he skillfully weaves together facts with factoids coined from various fantasy novels. Just like when reading “Innsmouth”, I had my Android phone nearby to quickly check all the references. Hyperborea is of course fiction (or so “They” like us to believe!), while the speculations about Portuguese fishermen discovering America (or at least the cod off Newfoundland) before Columbus are real – there certainly was a Portuguese presence there very early after the Columbine “discovery” of the Caribbean. I admit I had no idea. I did know that some tribes in Indochina fought on the American side during the Vietnam War. Chorazin is of course one of the Galilean towns cursed by Jesus, but the name also appears in the Lovecraft story "The Diary of Alonzo Typer", now as a designation of a sinister and shadowy place in New York State... 

It will be interesting to see how this counter-Lovecraftiana will develop in the near future. The fourth part of the story, “Dreamlands”, will be published this April and judging by the presentation, will be more of a typical fantasy epic. Greer has also promised that the entire saga will end somewhere in Greenland, where the Great Cthulhu himself lays sleeping…until the stars are right.

Let´s hope his agenda is at least tangentially similar to that of naked ape-men.

Left Hand Path, Moravian style

I knew that Count Zinzendorf, the founder of the “Moravian” Church, was quite the character, but clearly I didn´t know half of it. Have you ever heard about that strange religious cult (insert name here) which gather at certain dates in secluded locations to celebrate huge sexual orgies? It seems we´ve finally found the culprit. Yes, it´s the Moravians. Or, to be more precise, it was the Moravian communities in Germany during the “time of sifting” of the 1740´s. Paul Peucker tells the story in “A Time of Sifting: Mystical Marriage and the Crisis of Moravian Piety in the Eighteenth Century”. Weirdly, Peucker is the chief archivist at one of the Moravian Church´s central archives in the United States. The material in this work is fairly bizarre and probably not for the faint of heart (or for good, honest and hard-working modern Moravians in Suriname or the Mosquito Coast)!

The Moravian Church, named after a Czech province, was really founded at Herrnhut in Upper Lusatia, then part of the German principality of Saxony. Most of the initial members actually were refugees from Moravia, but the leader and de facto prophet of the Church was the Saxon count Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf und Pottendorf. Indeed, the connection between the Moravian Church and the Czech “Church of the Brethren” (the Hussites) seems to be a very faint one, and is used by the Moravians mostly to establish a continuity with a “respectable” Protestant or proto-Protestant denomination. One reason is the scandalous period in Moravian history known as “the time of sifting”, when the communities in Germany experienced a revival with strong mystical, gender-bending, erotic and homo-erotic overtones. Or, to put it less charitably, Dionysiac orgies. Zinzendorf´s son Christian Renatus was the man chiefly responsible for the “sifting”, as the period was later called by its critics. The center of this peculiar revival was Herrnhaag, now in the German state of Hesse. Zinzendorf put an end to the exaggerations by removing Renatus from the leadership and by threatening to resign himself if the other members didn´t disavow the orgiastic practices. The Church did fall into line and has spent centuries afterwards trying to suppress all knowledge of “the sifting” by burning relevant documents, censoring others, etc. I´m surprised some documents still remain. The Wikipedia entries on Moravian history and Zinzendorf are obviously censored in the same manner – somebody should revise them with material from this book.

Zinzendorf might not have been directly responsible for the lunacy at Herrnhaag and other Moravian communities, but Peucker believes that he indirectly laid the foundations for it. Zinzendorf preached that the human soul was female-gendered, even when born in a man´s body. Thus, males would switch their gender at the return of Christ in glory. The mystical marriage between Christ and the individual believer therefore was, in a certain sense, a marriage in which the male believer became a woman. Zinzendorf wasn´t the first Christian mystic to describe the union of God and the soul in erotic terms, but he went further, claiming that sex in the here and now could be both sinless and a way to experience unity with Christ. He also introduced a weird “side hole” mysticism – the side hole was the hole in Christ´s body from which blood and water flowed during the crucifixion. Indeed, a bizarre obsession with the side hole was almost a Moravian marker. Often, “side hole” and “Christ” were used interchangeably. Peucker points out that the side hole could be interpreted as a vagina. He doesn´t mention the equally obvious fact that the spear which pierced Christ´s body could be seen as a phallus. Nor does Peucker follow another lead: Moravian couples were instructed to have sex sitting up, facing each other, with the male penetrating the female very slowly. To me, this sounds like Tantric karezza! Bridal mysticism itself could be seen as Tantric (if I had been a sectarian Hindu, I would have looked upon Bernhard of Clairvaux as a great Tantric master – and Zinzendorf was interested in this medieval mystic, otherwise mostly known for having inspired the Knights Templar!) The Moravians were also strangely obsessed with Christ´s dead body and its supposed odors, the only example I´m familiar with of necrophile mysticism. In a mysterious passage, Peucker writes that “Christ´s body” lay inside a Moravian hall, where the congregants could “partake” of it. Does he simply mean bread and wine? Or did the Moravians actually eat from a cake baked to look like the dead Christ?! If so, necrophilia was giving way to symbolic endocannibalism. Imagine what Bill Maher could do with this material…

In Zinzendorf´s absence, his son Christian Renatus (a name which loosely sounds like “Christ reborn”) took everything to a higher level. The idea that males were really females was taken literally, with predictable results. Christ could now be experienced through homosexual intercourse. (I suppose the side hole could also be seen as an anus.) Both men and women took part in wild parties, since extramarital straight sex was equally "sacred". The antinomian revelries were connected to an apocalyptic perspective. Christ´s return was believed to be near imminent, and Moravians often expected him to literally appear at their services. Of course, antinomian sects are hardly unknown and seem to take similar forms throughout history. The antics of the sifted Moravians are reminiscent of Krishna sects in India, various Russian dissenters, the OTO, and so on. And, I suppose, Tantrikas and worshippers of one Bacchus.

Zinzendorf put an end to the Bacchanalias for fear that they would prompt most European governments to simply ban the Moravian Church outright. As already indicated, after his death, the Moravians moved even further “to the right” (or into the mainstream) and became a more pious version of the Lutherans, while also laying claim to Hussite ancestry. The official explanation for the exaggerations is that God had permitted the Devil to tempt his faithful in order to test them. Among many changes enacted after the count´s death was that women were demoted from leadership positions in the Church. Another was that no new de facto prophet was appointed after Zinzendorf, the new governing body being a real collective. The whole thing could be seen as another example of the “routinization of charisma” that usually takes place in new religious movements at the death of the founder-leader.  Above all, documents were edited, stashed away or destroyed – not unique either, witness the Mormons in more recent times and arguably mainline Christianity in ancient ones (or any other institutionalized religion you can think of). Perhaps this book marks a new departure in Moravian historiography, but I wonder for how long? Similar thaws in the Mormon or Adventist churches ended when it became clear that even the fundamentals of the faith could be put in jeopardy.

The question that remains after reading “A Time of Sifting” is “why”, but I suppose only a psychoanalyst would be able to answer *that*…

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Ramtha the Barbarian

This is the first of two clips about J Z Knight, an American New Age channel who is supposedly possessed by a 35,000-year old spirit named Ramtha. You can easily find the second part on YouTube. Both clips are from an ABC News feature from 1988.

I have to admit that I got *even less* respect for New Age channels (except maybe our very own Ambres) after watching these clips. Ramtha is so obviously fraudulent, that it challenges my credulity how anyone can possibly believe any of this. For starters, Knight is obviously not in a trance when transmitting Ramtha´s messages. She looks like a cringey amateur actor when playing out her part as the 35,000-year old “spirit”. According to the back story, Ramtha is a warrior from ancient Atlantis (or perhaps Lemuria – Wiki´s version is somewhat different from ABC´s) who seems to resemble Conan the Barbarian, except that in this version, the barbarian is saved by the light and ascends to heaven á la Jesus (again according to Wiki).

Despite the above, Knight has or had many prominent supporters, including “Dynasty” actor Linda Evans and the ever-present Shirley MacLaine. Knight lives in a stately mansion in the Pacific Northwest and breeds Arabian horses. The money comes from her own devotees. More disturbingly, Ramtha´s message has apocalyptic overtones but apparently the Northwest will be saved from the floods and earthquakes, making many of the true believers move there (closer to Knight, that is). Needless to say, none of the converted barbar´s prophecies have come to pass.

ABC has interviewed critics, including disenchanted former associates, who claim that the whole thing is a hoax and that Knight is simply greedy. One former classmate from high school claims that Knight was at one point channeling a demon! The mostly female devotees come across as incredibly stupid women taken in by America´s largest Gypsy scam, or something to that effect.

But then, I suppose it´s always possible that *something* is coming through in the séances. However, I don´t think it´s a 35,000-year old Lemurian (or lemur). Rather, it´s a very modern egregore, known as Mammon… 

I feel bored tonight

There is a lot of trash like this on YouTube. I don´t usually link to it, but being a bit bored tonight, I couldn´t help myself. 

This is supposedly an authentic message from a time traveler from the year 4932. OK, it´s possible that I misunderstood something and that it´s really just a fanciful ad for T-shirts, but it´s treated as "real" by the commentariat. 

The hoax (if that´s what it is) is more transparent than usual. 

For instance, imagine how much the English language has changed in 3,000 years. (There hardly *was* an English language 3,000 years ago.) Yet, the time traveler from 3,000 years into the future speaks perfect vernacular early 21st century Anglais. Also, it is hard to believe that the United States will still exist in 2085, or have the same constitution as today, but I suppose you *could* make that case, LOL. Even funnier is the "philosophy" of the future POTUS, which is simply basic bitch theism. Billions of people already believe in that, so what´s the prob? 

Oh, and time travel isn´t possible for humans. 

I hope Apex Predator TV at least sells some of UFO-themed T-shirts... 

Saturday, March 16, 2019

It begins

I´m not surprised. 

Class struggle in the public loo

This is apparently what passes for "Trotskyism" and "revolutionary Marxism" in California these days, brought to us by the Fourth International´s Cali section Socialist Action. 

Here are some of the highlights:

"In short, socialists must oppose the ideology and activism of TERFs and instead embrace the fight for trans liberation all over the world."
"Political rights for trans people is an essential part of today’s class struggle."
"There is nothing radical about denying children the right to transition despite expressing persistent and consistent desire to do so."
"Trans people are an extremely vulnerable and oppressed part of the working class, and the class struggle cannot advance when trans-specific demands are abandoned."
This, I suppose, is 21st century Trotskyism. 
Socialist Action on TERFs and trans

Friday, March 15, 2019

Symbolum Nitzschenum

”Kristendomens idéhistoria: från medeltiden till vår tid” is a book in Swedish by Austrian expatriate Aleksander Radler. The author was revealed to be a Stasi informer some years ago, and forced to leave all his political and religious offices (he was a Christian Democrat and an ordained priest in the Church of Sweden). This is outside the scope of my review, but for obvious reasons, I have to point it out…

Radler´s book is a huge volume about the history of theology from Augustinus to Karl Barth, with an obvious emphasis on German-speaking theologians. Protestantism is more extensively covered than Catholicism, and Orthodoxy is hardly even mentioned. Some anti-religious thinkers and higher critics have been included, such as D F Strauss or the Pan-Babylonians, since they influenced the theological debates. Likewise, some philosophers who influenced theology are covered: Kant, Fichte, Hegel and Nietzsche. Interestingly, Radler has penned a lengthy chapter on Jakob Böhme and also exposits on Master Eckhart and Valentin Weigel. Disappointingly, Franz von Baader is mentioned mostly in passing.

However, the bulk of the book deals with ”all the usual people”:  Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, Schleiermacher, the various Pietist currents, the Oxford Movement, Ritschl, Troeltsch, Harnack, Barth, und so weiter. Since the book is Swedish, important Swedish and Danish theologians have been included (think Anders Nygren or Grundtvig). The style is rather heavy and in-house, and often presupposes some background knowledge of the thinkers covered. No hard feelings – this is obviously a tome for the advanced theology student! Radler´s own opinions on theological matters is difficult to fathom from the material, but here and there a conservative political outlook is visible, as when he implicitly supports the Holy Alliance. This may explain why the book never mentions feminist or liberation theology, to take two examples of more radical causes.

I got some sympathy for the quip ”theology – is that even a subject?” after reading Radler´s work. To a modern observer, the never-ending controversies between different Protestant factions with exotic names such as Philippists and Gnesiolutherans sound like much ado over nothing (or something impossible to really ”prove”) and I sometimes wonder how much of a headache the poor German princes got from listening to these leading lights – the rulers, after all, had to ”solve” the theological disputes according to the principle ”cuius regio, eius religio”. (Had I been a Holy Roman princeling, I would have been tempted to impose Hoodoo on my regio, just to make a point.) 

I got my first immersion in the strange thought of Böhme from this book. I admit I was appalled. Böhme sounds ”seriously stoned”, to be somewhat diplomatic. But then, Zinzendorf´s "time of sifting" was probably even worse! I laughed when I read that one Karl Immanuel Nitzsch was once considered to be the greatest theologian who ever lived, ”greater than even Schleiermacher”. Today, nobody has heard of him and even his John the Precursor (Schleiermacher, remember?) has probably fallen on posthumously bad times. Another strange factoid: yes, the confessionalist Lutherans really did believe that *all* of Scripture was inspired by the Holy Ghost, including the Hebrew vowel marks?! Ahem, there were no vowel marks in the original manuscripts…

Although ”Kristendomens idéhistoria” is rather heavy, I have from time to time used it as a resource, and I think you will too, provided you are interested in the topics covered and/or plan to take over some obscure German principality…

White flag over Kronstadt?

The link below goes to an interesting article in ”Spartacist” no 59, titled ”Kronstadt 1921: Bolshevism vs Counterrevolution”. As I noted in an earlier blog post, ”Spartacist” is the publication of a small leftist group in the United States, the Spartacist League. I usually trash this publication, so clearly the time has come to give the Red Dare Devil his due!

In 1921, the sailors at the Kronstadt naval base outside Petrograd (today St Petersburg) mutinied against the Russian Bolshevik or Communist government. The rebellion was soon suppressed by Red Army detachments. Some of the rebels, including the leader Petrichenko, managed to escape to Finland. The Bolsheviks claimed that the mutiny was either led by or inspired by White counter-revolutionaries. Today, both Stalinist and Trotskyist groups take this position. Anarchists, by contrast, claim the Kronstadt mutineers as some kind of honorary libertarian socialists and deny any collaboration between them and the mostly monarchist White Guards. They see the Kronstadt uprising as a legitimate popular rebellion against Bolshevik ”betrayal” of the Russian revolution.

I have commented on the Kronstadt uprising before, for instance in my review of Paul Avrich´s seminal ”Kronstadt 1921”. Avrich, who is an anarchist, created quite a stir among his libertarian-socialist comrades when he unearthed evidence for at least some White involvement in the uprising. The Spartacist League (which as good Communists oppose the uprising) has found much more. The article in ”Spartacist” references and quotes a Russian collection of documents on Kronstadt published in 1999 but never translated to English. The volume is called ”Kronstadt Tragedy” for short.

The article makes two interconnected claims. First, Petrichenko and a small clique around him frequently went behind the backs of both the Kronstadt soviet and the Provisional Revolutionary Committee (PRC), the nominal leadership of the free soviet and the mutiny. In public, Petrichenko called for free elections to the soviets, an ”anarchist” demand. In reality, his clique consisted of Mensheviks and Kadets who really supported the Constituent Assembly, a demand the Spartacist League regards as ”counter-revolutionary” (and so would the anarchists, for somewhat different reasons). Since Kadet leader Miliukov openly advocated the anarcho-populist ”free soviet” demand as a steppingstone to anti-Bolshevik regime change of a more bourgeois-monarchist nature, Petrichenko´s strategy could be seen as a direct emulation of Kadet strategy.

Second, Spartacist argues that the Petrichenko faction of the PRC had direct contacts with Russian White Guards in Finland, and that the British government secretly encouraged the Finnish White government to aid the Kronstadt mutineers. Under the guise of the Finnish Red Cross, a delegation of White Guards visited Kronstadt. One of them, a White officer named Vilken, stayed behind to coordinate with Petrichenko. Vilken also offered Petrichenko 800 armed fighters, but this was rejected, probably because the general mood of the mutinous sailors was ”left-wing”, making such a White intervention too blatant. Petrichenko had to tread carefully. Meanwhile, two prominent supporters of White General Wrangel in Finland, Tseidler and Grimm, were recognized as foreign representatives of the ”independent republic of Kronstadt”. Thus, the collaboration between Petrichenko and the Wrangelites didn´t begin after the suppression of the mutiny (as asserted by the anarchists), but already during the actual mutiny itself.

One of Avrich´s more sensational claims was that a secret White plan for a Kronstadt uprising had been hatched before the ”spontaneous” uprising actually took place. Avrich, however, didn´t believe that this proved the Whites were really behind it – the execution of the mutiny does look spontaneous and amateurish, something to be expected from anarcho-populist sailors but not from seasoned White officers. The Spartacist League believe they have solved this mystery. A report from a White leader in Finland reveals that some Kronstadt conspirators had compromised themselves by attempting to intervene in a Petrograd ”uprising” which turned out to be fake news. This forced the conspirators to stage the rebellion at Kronstadt sooner than they had originally intended to (before the ice connecting Kronstadt and Petrograd had melted). Of course, the subsequent military-tactical blunders of the PRC could still be explained by anarcho-populist incompetence (or the fear of the Petrichenko circle to be found out working with the Whites).

The anarchists will probably continue supporting Kronstadt 1921, perhaps by claiming that Petrichenko – hitherto treated as a hero of the resistance – was a White mole in a rebellion which was fundamentally libertarian and sound. Or they will simply not read ”Spartacist”! Of course, for the ”authoritarian” left, ”Kronstadt Tragedy” simply proves what they claimed to have known all the time: the Kronstadters really were counter-revolutionary, objectively or subjectively. Or, translated from Red lingo: ordinary people can ´t be trusted to defend the socialist revolution, so a single vanguard party is needed instead. 

Revelation on the road to Montreal

”Spartacist” is the publication of the so-called International Communist League (Fourth Internationalist), a network of small revolutionary groups centered on the U.S. Spartacist League (SL). The Spartacists are notorious on the far left for their pro-Stalinism (despite being Trotskyists), sectarianism, and general kookery. They have also been frequently accused of First World chauvinism, anti-immigration racism and pro-imperialism. In issue no 65 of ”Spartacist”, dated Summer 2017, the group reprints a conference resolution titled ”The Struggle Against the Chauvinist Hydra”. The issue itself has the title ”The Fight for Leninism on the National Question”. The resolution supposedly reverses the erstwhile chauvinist course of the organization.

Or does it *really*? The traditional Spartacist position on the national question is that ”interpenetrated peoples” can´t demand self-determination under capitalism. The examples usually given were Israel-Palestine and Northern Ireland. In practice, the Spartacists defended the national rights of the Jews in Palestine and the Protestants in Ireland beneath a cover of ra-ra-revolutionary verbiage. It´s *not* clear from ”Spartacist no 65” whether they have revised their understanding of these conflicts. Nor is it clear whether the SL has repudiated its opposition to open borders or it´s de facto pro-British stance during the Falkland-Malvinas War.

What is clear is that the SL has changed its understanding of many other national conflicts, but these don´t involve ”interpenetrated peoples” as usually defined. Still, it does represent a break with the traditional line of this particular tendency. Thus, the SL now supports independence for Quebec and a privileged position for the French language in that province. Their previous position is condemned as Anglo-chauvinist. (Strictly speaking, the Spartacists began calling for Quebecois independence already in 1995, but mostly to get rid of the national question from the Canadian agenda altogether, in effect a position of kicking Quebec out so Anglo workers could go on with more important ”class struggle” issues.) The Spartacist League now also calls for the independence of Catalonia, the Basque countries and Corsica. Further, they propose the partition of Belgium into three or four new republics.

Only a few Third World issues are commented upon. Apparently, the Spartacist tendency used to oppose the independence of Guadaloupe, a French colony in the Caribbean with nominal status as a French departement. This position was reversed by the conference. Curiously, the Spartacist take on Puerto Rico used to be the exact opposite: this U.S. dependency should be *forced* to become independent regard less of whether the inhabitants like it or not! Here, the international conference took the eminently sensible position that the Puerto Ricans themselves should decide on their exact relation to the United States – many Puerto Ricans, in fact, demand statehood (i.e. they want the island to become the 51st U.S. state).As for Syria, the SL upholds the (bizarre) position of military support to the Islamic State terrorists against the Kurds – the Kurds, it seems, are still Turds. If the Albanians are still goat-fuckers is, alas, never explained…

Why did the ”International Communist League” suddenly change some of its long-standing positions in this manner? I suspect the reason is a power struggle within the tendency between a certain Comrade Coelho and an old guard of entrenched petty apparatchiks at the Spartacist HQ in New York City. Spartacist founder-leader James Robertson has apparently left his semi-retirement and joined forces with Coelho, who thus carried the day. The new ICL executive committee is said to be 70% non-American and the goal is to make the entire organization 70% ethnic minority. In their fight against the old-timers, Jim & Coelho had the support of non-Anglophone sections in Quebec, Greece, Mexico and elsewhere. Since the Spartacist League and their co-thinkers don´t really *do* much, I strongly suspect that the entire change of line is really the reflection of a change of guard within an increasingly irrelevant sect. Those who liked the old line better can join two old splits from the SL, the Bolshevik Tendency and the Internationalist Group, which both uphold the right of English-speakers to carry out their business in Anglais even in Montreal, Acadia and (perhaps) Paris.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Cool ferns

A new theory about why the Earth cooled about 50 million years ago. Yes, it was thanks to a fern known as Azolla! Could this save us from global warming? The short clip doesn´t say... 

God has a sense of humor

This bizarre clip has 1.1 million views on YouTube. I don´t think it´s a true story. May I guess that it has been taken from one of the supermarket tabloids also peddling Elvis sightings and UFO abductions? 

In case you don´t get it, the clip claims that the son of a KKK leader had a near-death experience in which Jesus and the angels turned out to be...Black. 

If only. LOL!

Some stray thoughts

Here are some stray thoughts…

I find it hard to believe in “hard” or “deep” teleology, according to which humans (or human-like creatures) are somehow predetermined or fated to appear – no, more, they are the actual *goal* of cosmic evolution itself. Presumably, God directs this entire process. This simply doesn´t compute with what we know about evolution and Earth history. For instance, if that meteorite hadn´t collided with Earth, non-avian dinosaurs would have survived, continued to dominate the fauna, and humans might not have evolved at all. Note also that Earth is at present in an interglacial between two Ice Ages. (Or should be, unless we screw up the atmosphere with AGW.) Thus, our entire civilization is made possible by a temporary warm-temperate period and might not survive its end. Doesn´t sound like we are “supposed” to be here as some kind of “crown of creation”… If neo-catastrophism is true, and I strongly suspect that it might, human or human-like civilizations might have existed in the distant past and been wiped out by cyclically reoccurring global cataclysms!

That being said, I do believe in a “soft” version of teleology. Consciousness and intelligence may be part of the deep structures of the universe. They have always existed, at least as a potentiality. Evolution is simply the unfolding of this potentiality. Or perhaps they exist all the time, but usually in forms undetectable to the tiny brains of naked ape-men. If consciousness and intelligence are eternal, it stands to reason that at some point, they will manifest themselves in the form of human or human-like creatures (or non-human like creatures with human-like intelligence). However, this is not the “goal” of The Process, anymore than ravens, elephants, whales, chimps or Neanderthals are the “goal”. Besides, what makes us assume that intelligence can only exist in a human form? Ants, bees and termites strike me as intelligent. For all we know, forests may have an intelligence, and so may the biosphere itself. If you believe in the paranormal, the varieties of consciousness and intelligence are almost endless! Why think the intelligence of the Western White 21st century scientist (or philosopher, or TV personality, or autistic nerd…) is the “goal” of cosmic evolution, or the only form creative intelligence can take in an infinite cosmos?

A religious believer may object that humans are the only creatures that can know God, so therefore we do play a central role in the cosmic process. But even religious people admit that there is at least one other class of beings which can know God: the angels. Strictly speaking, even the demons know God! And what makes us think that animals and plants *can´t* know God? For all we know, there could be different ways of knowing God (I mean, why not). Or maybe they don´t *need* to know God, perhaps that´s a human weakness…

The historical process doesn´t strike me as teleological either, at least not in the “hard” sense. The rise of the modern West seems to be the result of contingent events and processes which could have turned out differently: the concrete way in which the Western Roman Empire collapsed, the defeat of the Muslims at the hands of Charles Martell, the death of Genghis Khan which saved Europe from the Mongols, the low resistance of the Native Americans to our diseases, the prohibition of cousin marriage by the Catholic Church (which may have made our societies more “open” rather than clan-based), the fact that Nero or Diocletian didn´t manage to exterminate Christianity, the fact that some of us survived the Black Death, China´s unexpected isolationism shortly after Columbus… Of course, there is a “point of no return” somewhere, perhaps during the Late Middle Ages or Early Modern Period, beyond which the rise of modernity becomes near-automatic, and this creates the illusion that it has always been so, when in reality, Europe might still have been a cluster of warring tribal kingdoms in the North and “Asiatic” modes of production in the South (perhaps Muslim ones), both constantly threatened by the Jade Emperor. Besides, our downfall might be equally near-automatic, since the system doesn´t have any natural brakes stopping us from overexploiting our finite resources, so who is the “god species” exactly…?

None of the above means that human intelligence and Western modernity are “bad”. The one doesn´t follow from the other, anymore than peace is bad just because it´s rare. However, it does mean that once lost, we won´t be able to resurrect the modern West (or human intelligence) anytime soon. On the positive side, I suppose you could argue that the cosmos will continue turning even after we´re gone…

Paranormal lesbian?

I don´t have the book mentioned by Styx in this clip, but it sure sounds interesting! I didn´t know there was a connection between lezbo voyeurism and parapsychology, but you learn something new everyday... 

Funny that neither Houdini nor Doyle managed to debunk the porn medium. 

Bigfoot in the desert

Interesting clip from Mattsquatch Presents about Bigfoot observations in - wait for it - the California desert! The creature is (or was) know as Yucca Man. When will Mattsquatch investigate the SUBURBAN Sasquatch? 

Sluta hylla Sigismund, för helvete

Give me Kexholm or give me death!

Är det något slags modefluga bland historienördar att hylla Sigismund och påstå att han var Sveriges "legitime konung" och så vidare? OK, grabbar, tre saker nu va...

1) Den legitime kungen var givetvis prins Gustav, Erik XIV:s son. Inte Sigismund, som var son till Johan III. 

2) Enligt nördarnas logik borde Christian Tyrann ses som Sveriges legitime härskare. Och det vill ni väl inte hävda? 

3) So fucking what? I den verkliga världen är "legitimitet" bara en legal fiktion, den legitime kungen är den som TAR makten, vinner ett fältslag vid Stångebro, sammankallar en riksdag och SER TILL ATT BLI GODKÄND. 

Sounds like Charles IX, guys.

Stor-Polens naturliga östgräns kanske går vid floden Volga, vad vet jag, men dess naturliga nordgräns går INTE vid Treriksröset!

Friday, March 8, 2019

The arrival of the Rake

Not sure what to think of this, so I´m just going to link to it and let you decide... 

Wtf, I love Justin Trudeau now

Based as fuck 

So Justin Trudeau decided that keeping jobs in Canada is more important than punishing some bribe shit involving Muammar Gaddafi, who at the time was on good terms with the Western powers. 

What´s the accusation?

Wtf, I love Justin Trudeau now. Had I been a Maple Leaf citizen, or citoyen, I would seriously have considered voting Liberal in the upcoming Canadian elections! 


Next week: Yes, Justin really is Fidel Castro´s love child. 

Ät Bolsonaros biffar

"Bojkotta Bolsonaros biffar" utropar DN:s ledarsida. Enligt principen "där etablissemanget sätter ett minus, sätter jag ett plus" skulle jag alltså vilja uppmana alla att göra precis tvärtom. Ät Bolsonaros biffar! Alldeles särskilt de biffar som kommer från biffkor uppfödda i områden av Amazonas som skövlats riktigt ordentligt!

Jag undrar förresten var aktivisterna på DN drar gränsen. Är det OK att köra på Bolsonaros biobränsle? Hur är det med Bolsonaros militära intervention i Venezuela? 

Och hur var det nu, stödde inte DN statskuppen mot PT samtidigt som de försäkrade oss att det giiiiiivetvis inte var en statskupp, nehejdå. 

Jag har sagt det förut, jag säger det igen. You own him now. You are all Bolsonaro´s bitches...  

And no, I´m not giving up my beef.

Håll käften, Lisa

En bisarr krönika publicerad i DN. OK, vad har Lisa Magnusson gjort för de underbetalda undersköterskorna? Och skulle hon gilla om en "riktig" vänster höjde deras löner till 50,000 kr i månaden? Den här typen av trash visar tydligt vilken sida DN *egentligen* står på. Om nu någon hade tvivlat... 

Time of troubles, game of thrones

”Den svenske tsaren” by Alexej Smirnov is a book about a Swedish military intervention in Russia. Yes, you heard me right, skipper! Of course, the intervention wasn´t yesterday. It took place during the so-called Time of Troubles in early 17th century Russia, when that country was essentially a failed state. Millions of people died during a famine caused by sudden climate change, Poland-Lithuania and Sweden invaded Russian territory (both Swedes and Poles actually reached Moscow!) and a number of pretenders to the Czarist throne, known as ”the false Dmitris”, marched through the country backed by Cossack troops, looting and burning as they went. Smirnov´s book (only available in Swedish) tries to sort out ”the great disorder” (as the period is called in Sweden) the best he can. It´s not a very pretty or edifying story, but rather a typical game of thrones in which the civilian population always comes up short, killed or victimized by rapacious troops (including ”allied” ones).

At the time, Sweden was ruled by Karl IX, while Poland was controlled by his nephew Sigismund who had also been Swedish king until Karl deposed him. Karl feared that Sigismund´s successful intervention in Russia would turn that country into a Polish asset. Rather than sit idly by and let this happen, the Swedes offered their services to anti-Polish Russian factions. While geopolitics and trade were the main reasons behind the conflict, a religious dimension certainly lurked in the background. Sigismund was a Catholic and closely cooperated with the Jesuits, while Karl was a Lutheran with Calvinist tendencies. Russia was neither and insisted on keeping their own Orthodox Church. The most hard-line Russians feared that their country would be forced to adopt either Catholicism or Lutheranism in the event of an alien victory. When the game of thrones was at its height, an assembly of Russian nobles and notables actually offered to make a Swedish prince Czar of Russia! The prince in question was Karl Filip, son of Karl IX and brother of Karl´s successor at the Swedish throne, the famed Gustavus Adolphus (Gustav II Adolf).

In the end, nothing came out of it. While Smirnov implies that world history could have taken a very different course, his own book suggests the opposite. First, Sweden wasn´t *that* interested in making the young prince Czar of all the Russias (or what was left of them). The main priority was always to secure strategically important border regions and thereby cut off Russia from the Baltic Sea (and the lucrative Baltic trade). Securing a pro-Swedish regime in Moscow was ”plan B”. Also, a Swedish prince as Russian ruler could have created a ”Sigismund situation” whereby a foreign monarch could make more or less legitimate claims on the Swedish throne – not a cherished prospect in Stockholm. I think Sweden was content when Russia defeated the Polish invasion forces while the Swedes were granted territorial concessions in Karelia, Ingria and so on. It´s not even clear whether Sweden had the resources for another military expedition to Russia – judging by the book, the mercenary soldiers always mutinied due to insufficient payment, large portions of the border regions had been laid waste by plunder already, and the people of Finland (then part of the Swedish kingdom) were sick and tired of financing the upkeep of large armies stationed in their provinces. When the Cossacks forced the boyars to elect Mikhail Romanov Russian Czar, Sweden didn´t have much choice than to acquiesce.

The author seems obsessed with the idea that Sweden should have become part of a larger union, either with Russia or with Poland-Lithuania. He constantly refers to Sigismund as the ”legitimate Swedish king”, as if any 16th century Swedish king was ”legitimate” – the entire Swedish kingdom was ”illegitimate” in itself by overthrowing Christian II, the last king of the Kalmar Union. But then, who knows, maybe Smirnov likes the Kalmar Union…or the European Union. (Sigismund wasn´t legitimate in the narrow sense either, but that´s for another time.)