Archive | July, 2011

The Need for Times of Contemplation

In the Name of The Master of Judgment

 

For those of us fortunate to live in the first world, if we have been blessed enough to have been born in a station where we do not have to struggle greatly simply for survival, it is a time in which much we could desire is at our reach.  Food, drink, entertainment, and music, all of these are easily and can be rather inexpensive.  Other pleasures both legal and illicit add more depth to the understanding of this world.  In these times, we find ourselves bombarded everywhere we go.  We are saturated and chained to the point of having no privacy whatsoever … shattering our intimacy and private moments needed by our family, and wanted by our Lover.  The senses bombarded constantly, especially for those in big metropolises; it takes discipline and periods of refreshment.  How often have we wanted that special time only to be interrupted by a mobile phone call?  Vibrant colors, strong fragrances, loud sound, the clamor of transport, the dust of movement, the heat of corporate clothing, the bright sun seems magnified by the fortresses of metal, glass, stone, and cement.  It is then not difficult to understand how many people simply become automatons until freed from their work.  Masks are worn as we are all in a great human drama which unfortunately is going in a direction that can be life-sapping.  In our quest for certainty and simplicity, it is important to try to set aside time for a healthy solitude.

Life in a Metropolis: Chaotic but Structured

Fall and winter approach.  Both allow us time in their very nature to contemplate life.  As the holiday weekends approach—namely the secular Thanksgiving weekend, and the December holiday season which contains the Christian and Jewish holidays of Christmas and Hannukkah—an opportunity presents itself for a period of contemplation and mild detachment.  For the Muslims, the most sacred month of Ramadan offers this very chance.  This need not be understood as completely separating oneself from the world, but a period of enjoying an increasingly forgotten simplicity.  It is a time to refresh and recharge, but also a time to try to reconnect with that which we must all eventually confront.  Odd is it may seem to “isolate” oneself, it can be necessary at times as it can allow the mind to be in some way restored to a state of clarity and perceptiveness we forget because of the numbness needed for modern life.  To slow down, to feel, to increase our perceptiveness, to increase our clarity, to learn something new beyond our work lives, to rekindle connections with those important to us, and to focus on our spiritual lives.

Reality can be complex, but understanding and appreciating it does not have to be!

This fall and this winter, use whatever free time to you have to genuinely and gently drop-out in order to be refreshed.  For those of us in very important positions it may not be possible to completely separate from our professional lives, but an exercise in judgment can help a lot of us make the most of what free time we have in the season of austerity.  Work to complete the circle and find a healthy medium so needed, so rare in this realm of medication, disorders, self-dosing, and weariness.  The most important aspects of your existence depend on you being at your best; the best will also know their flaws and so will the best for them understand and be merciful.

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Faux-conservatism is an infantile disorder

Americans who are familiar with the two-party system labor erroneously under the delusion that the Democratic party represents “liberalism,” and the Republican party represents “conservatism.”  From within the ranks of each party, its respective members both claim that the other is inherently flawed in their ideology or policy.  This is where the divergence ends, however: both sides claim to be the heirs of the philosophy of the American founders, which in turn was influenced by the philosophy and culture of high antiquity, especially Greek liberalism.  In this sense, both American parties are two sides of the same coin, and the same thinking might be applied to various European parties as well. They certainly cannot be considered to be traditional or classical conservatives in the same tradition of Burke, for in fact, their ideology is totally opposed to it.  Nor can they, with their tendency towards humanism, materialism, and secularism, be considered to be culturally conservative.  But neither do they conform to the idea of classical liberalism, with their opposition to limited government, free markets, and property rights.

Here, a need for new terminology becomes important.  Neo-conservatism has been used to describe the new brand of politician who either call themselves conservative or attempt to subvert true social conservatism, derive their thinking from ultimately Trotskyism, and are proponents of  ”a globalist, interventionist, open borders ideology.”  Neo-conservatism then, is a corrupt political viewpoint, being based on the aggregate mixture of both bourgeoisie liberalism and Marxism.  It is a viewpoint which is inherently flawed because it denies the existence of a “physical” nation composed of its citizens, and instead makes it an ideological one, as Irving Kristol so brazenly admitted in 2003:

…And large nations, whose identity is ideological, like the Soviet Union of yesteryear and the United States of today, inevitably have ideological interests in addition to more material concerns. Barring extraordinary events, the United States will always feel obliged to defend, if possible, a democratic nation under attack from nondemocratic forces, external or internal.

The history of neoconservatism is worth mentioning.  Most neoconservatives had been on the left in the 1930s and 1940s, then moved right in reaction to Stalinism and supported the Cold War. Many were Jewish immigrants from Russia1, and emerged from intellectual milieu of the mid-20th century New York City.Researcher Kevin MacDonald gives this brief summary of neo-conservatism on vdare:

Neoconservatism’s key founders trace their intellectual ancestry to the “New York Intellectuals,” a group that originated as followers of Trotskyite theoretician Max Schactman in the 1930s and centered around influential journals like Partisan Review and Commentary (which is in fact published by the American Jewish Committee). In the case of neoconservatives, their early identity as radical leftist disciples shifted as there began to be evidence of anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union. Key figures in leading them out of the political left were philosopher Sidney Hook and Elliot Cohen, editor of Commentary. Such men as Hook, Irving Kristol, Norman Podhoretz, Nathan Glazer and Seymour Martin Lipset, were deeply concerned about anti-Semitism and other Jewish issues. Many of them worked closely with Jewish activist organizations.

Illustrated History of Neoconservatism

This brings us to the nature of modern neo-conservatism, which has evolved into a more sophisticated creature than it has historically been.  This sort of sophistication may be called a faux-conservatism, in that they combine some truth into a large matrix of falsehoods, hoping that individuals will swallow the lies along with the truth.  A prime example such sophisticated deception comes in the person of former radical Communist David Horowitz, who penned a book called “Destructive Generation: Second Thoughts about the 60′s.” While Horowitz criticizes some superficialities of liberalism, claims that he is a supporter of “free speech,” and seemingly supports many “conservative” ideas, he remains unflinchingly supportive, and on the side of the media elites and liberal bourgeoisie in others. In a sense, he fits the mold of controlled opposition as a voice who attempts to throw a smokescreen over the faces of passers-by; he attempts to appease a certain segment of the population, but in reality seeks support for his own cause – and the cause of the media elites.

The works of David Horowitz, really do nothing to absolve his work from the charge of subterfuge — in this case on behalf of Israel and the wider war on Islam (keeping in mind that most Muslims, socially speaking, have very conservative values themselves). His book “Indoctrination U.: The Left’s War Against Academic Freedom”, for instance, appears sincere in some parts in its attack on the Left. But for anyone wishing to look carefully, it is obvious that the main point is to attack critics of Israel, who happen to be leftists. Of course, other pseudo-conservatives will stop at nothing to criticize non-neo-conservatives such as Pat Buchanan or Ron Paul.  This is essentially a technique which has been borrowed from the left2.

Of course, it is no hidden fact that a number of faux-conservatives, are also socially liberal.  In the Netherlands, the radical homosexual and forerm Marxist Pim Fortuyn fits into this category quite well.  Geert Wilders, also from the Netherlands, similarly hold a number of left-wing views, except when it comes to protecting his culture from Islamic immigrants.  Of course, there are also countless more examples in the political sphere.  Notably, many of the architects of the Iraq War were self-confessed neo-conservatives: Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, Douglas Feith, I. Lewis Libby, Elliott Abrams, David Wurmser, and Abram Shulsky.  Of course, there are other faux-conservatives as well: they range from people who occupy influential places in academia, like Daniel Pipes, to a whole army of influential bloggers and to clergy.

The problem with neo-conservatism is that it is a faux-conservatism.  In other words, it is claiming to be something that it is not.  Its proponents claim that it protects the conservative values of the people, while in reality faux-conservatism only exists to forcibly enforce an artificial ideology which contains all the trappings of modernism.  Moreover, they say that they have the antidote to liberalism, while, in reality they are the other side of the same liberal coin.  An authentic, spiritual conservatism which is aligned both with Traditional values and with the concept of identities, calls for a reform current society in a conservative-revolutionary direction.  This entails the rejection of most, if not all, of the so-called values espoused by today’s neo-conservatives.

In repudiating faux-conservatism, a revolutionary spirit is needed which places emphasis on the state as an organic concept.  As Evola states:

“A State is organic when it has a centre, and this centre is an idea that shapes the various domains of life in an efficacious way; it is organic when it ignores the division and the autonomisation of the particular and when, by virtue of a system of hierarchical participation, every part within its relative autonomy performs its own function and enjoys an intimate connection with the whole.”

In order for this to happen, there must be a complete revolution that repudiates both cultural Marxism, and its ideological cousins such as liberalism and neo-conservatism.

References:

1. Alexander Bloom, Prodigal sons: the New York intellectuals and their world (1986) p. 372
2. Jack Kerwick, Neoconservatives vs. Conservatives: Who Are the Real “Extremists”?, The New American. 12 July 2011.

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The Necessity of Authentic Spirituality

Bound to the Will of The Most Gracious

            It is not odd to feel alienated today.  In fact, the rates of alienation are increasing.  We are separated more than ever from our surroundings, from the people in our lives, from our work, and in some cases are barred from truly experiencing emotions: we have become detached and not in the way fostered by ascetic religious pathways.  For some of these people—those not mentally ill, or who simply manage to find satisfaction in this way of life—this is not an issue because they are content with their lot.  It is not a stretch of truth to say that there is a supernatural mirror to this physical reality: many of us have become distant from spirituality.  This means a true spirituality—an experience with God in proper form—rather than a shallow lingering at the surface.  It is an eternal quest to rekindle an old friendship with a lover and a friend for God is The Friend and The Lover of those who can open their hearts to Hum.  Like a human relationship, a Divine relationship also takes effort, requires sacrifice, needs understand, and demands acceptance of both good and evil in it.  In our atmosphere of rampant individualism, the necessity of seeking authentic spirituality is paramount.

Life becomes barren when we lack what we need.

What is authentic, you ask?  While a human being may understand spirituality to an extent, they do not always know authenticity, orthodoxy, or a proper understanding of rite.  To be authentic in your spirituality—to truly excel in cultivation—requires the points already addressed, but it also requires the choice of a living religion.  The serious embracing of a religion can be difficult for many, even those who are mentally and emotionally allied with a holistic worldview simply because it requires the lessening of their individuality and the self-denial of their freedoms.  Seekers must also find the correct interpretations in their newfound religions so that they can develop properly by not being stifled by ideas of political or legal extremism.  In the Islamic faith, the example laid down in the ahadeeth of Muhammad stresses the moderate enjoyment of what has been allowed and in constant mild-tempered behavior coupled with good deeds.  One can also find warnings against sectarian behavior for these traditions are very broad even in their conservative forms; most raised in hedonism will not see it, but even they can have change of heart.  Authenticity principally lies in the established religions which for those of us here in the West is the tradition of Abraham: Islam, Christianity, and Judaism.  Cults, “movements,” and new age systems do not offer anything positive with the latter more a form of self-help with spiritual underpinnings meant for cash from corrupt “gurus.”

Why is seeking it so necessary?  To reconnect with the Almighty whose Radiance pervades existence is the priority of many people.  Even those so enamored with materialism in science and mathematics are seeking answers.  That they do so wanting to do good is encouraging, but their materialism is its own folly as it can prevent a wider understanding of Divine reality because of its insistence on solely understanding physical phenomena.  The deductionist model is acceptable in the viewing of the merely physical manifestation of reality as it is rational, simple, logical, and has great yield.  Spirituality is not something with can be reduced to its parts.  It requires a willingness to cultivate a sense of holistic understanding in which everything is properly separate, but also properly interconnected.  This is necessary to re-center humanity in its proper role as guardian, steward, and user instead of predator and exploiter on Earth.  It also reestablishes the guideline for communication with God.  We are subordinate to The Fashioner of what we know.  One cannot simply desire something, but out of fear not act on it, and then expect an improvement or change.  This may seem elementary, but the entrance to an entirely new world—a new facet—can be a daunting task.  Strive, strive, and strive.

Even though barren, we can still find something of worth in the desert.

The individual, the human being, attains a level of completeness in his spiritual development when focused on its way.  Therefore in our zeal to follow our selves’ desires we are neglecting important parts of our very selves which need attention.  Such a message may seem paradoxical to newcomers, but religion is not anti-individual at all; individualism is anti-tradition.  Our full worth rests in our deeds and intentions as these are just husks of flesh and bone which will in turn give way to soil and dust.  Our full worth can be unleashed in understanding, embracing, and cultivating a spiritual love.

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Anders Behring Breivik, a decoy nationalist?

There is a disturbing amount of silence regarding a portion of Oslo bomber Anders Behring Breivik’s ideology.  Although people have rushed to call him a “far-right reactionary,” it seems that the media does not want to tell us the whole truth.  This can hardly be surprising, given that the mainstream media can only conceive two plausible enemies for any given event: either the perpetrators are Jihadists of an Islamic persuasion, or else they must be right-wing extremists.  In this case, Breivik’s action will be used by politicians in an attempt to silence those who are critics of Third World immigration into Europe, in much a similar way that the attacks of September 11th were used to invite harsher criticism of Islam.  Breivik’s original Facebook profile which was seemingly changed, had originally no indication that he was a conservative or a Christian.  Instead it does list two anti-German politicians from the World War Two era, Max Manus and Winston Churchill who are to some degree held in esteem by certain leftists.

In his own words, he is a conservative and opponent of “cultural Marxism.”  However, he also describes himself as a Freemason, a philo-Semitic Zionist, and a “pro-gay anti-racist,” and an anti-National Socialist, who constantly uses Nazism as a paradigm for evil.  Breivik is also somewhat approving of feminism, at least in the context of the Vienna School.  If not, then he certainly makes no attempt to refute its ideological shortcomings in the same manner that he treats homophobia or racism.  His rhetoric in this regard is hardly distinguishable from any other Zionist group, who we find frequently copying the rhetoric the radical left wing when it comes to National Socialism; for instance, Breivik denounces certain European nationalist movements which he feels are too cold towards Israel.  This is being conveniently stifled in the press, and much focus has been given to his supposed nationalist, conservative tendencies, in such a way to make people who support such things without being supporters of the Zionist entity to appear to be violent and irrational – and thus in the same league as Breivik.

However, Breivik seems more than slightly ideologically confused, for at the core of his personal philosophy is an internal contradiction.  While most people might not understand it, these can be made obvious in a short amount of time.  For instance,  to be a “pro-gay anti-racist” is, in fact a very large part of modern-day cultural Marxism, and directly opposed to Christian culture.  Moreover, his philo-semitism seems in direct contradiction with acknowledging the largest proponents of Norwegian multiculturalism and open immigration.  His self-professed condescending attitude towards Islam, then, must also stem from a relativistic perspective, since he disavows the ethnonationalist path.  In particular, he views Islam as opposing Zionism, and also as opposition towards homosexuals and feminists, whom he claims to support in some degree.  In other words, Breivik incorporates half-truths with complete lies as a means of discrediting real social and cultural conservatism.  His only goal was to infiltrate conservatism and nationalism from within, so that those with thoughts like his could dominate that movement.  In this way, Breivik is far more reminicent of Henryk Broder, or the French Jewish-Communist Bernard Henry Levy, than he is of any nationalist writer.

It is clear that Breivik represents a neoconservative agenda close to that of Geert Wilders’ which exists to defend so-called “secular-democratic values,” without clearly defining what those values are, while also rejecting traditional nationalist sentiments, such as the importance of ethnicity.  In other words, Breivik did the nationalist movements of Europe no favor, his actions are detrimental to those who want European survival, and his ideology is a muddled agglomeration of inconsistent concepts.  His true colors will become very obvious in the coming months; it could be possible  that, if he is indeed a mole, that he may not even be prosecuted.

While we must for now mourn the tragedy which has recently befallen Norway, we must also realize that there are individuals and organizations who will now subvert these events to their benefit, and Breivik has given them a wide opportunity to do this.  If Breivik is not a mere actor, and the documents purported to be authored by him are genuine, then indeed he is a misguided individual who has done more harm than good to the cause of European nationalism.  True European nationalists must fully reject Anders Breivik, the child murderer, and his heinous actions.

J. Aage Ulriksen contributed this article from Oslo, Norway. A man of insatiable curiosity motivated by his passion for history, art, architecture, cuisine, and political science, Mr. Ulriksen has traveled the nations of the world. He maintains residences in New York and Oslo.

Links:

Breivik, l’attentatore di Oslo. Un’ideologia identitaria ma non fondamentalista
Israel Shamir: Norway – Mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik is anti-racist, pro-homosexual and pro-Israel

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On The Need for Strength and Prowess

In Service to The One

     Our modern world is one fraught with conflict on multiple planes: political, religious, physical.  Each of these is worthy of an address in itself, but for the sake of simplicity and clarity the focus will be on a single facet which is important to all people who value their rights as ordained in their traditions..  Our world is undergoing profound changes, particularly in the knowledge that an increase in media coverage and networking has allowed both for greater communication for those who seek justice and surveillance for those wishing to increase their tyrannical control.  In this case we stand in our western nations at a crossroads between whether we will be able to preserve our rights—which in the end are incumbent on our fulfilling our responsibilities—as an increase in anti-traditional sentiment continues to rise.  The experiences of those who adhered to a traditional path, as well as those not of any way in these transitional periods and the authoritarian or totalitarian states should lead us to take action.  It is necessary to know how to preserve ourselves and our ways.  We must focus on an area that many neglect because the increase of anti-religious, anti-cultural, and anti-Traditional sentiment, is leading many communities to be at the whim of potentially violent forces: we must once again take up the forgotten tradition of chivalry.  Yes, that virile path known in all glorious peoples: bushido, futuwwa, the way of valor.   Above all, it is important to tread a fine line and remain humble to conceal one’s true nature.

Saladin: Chivalry Distilled in Man

Saladin: Chivalry Distilled in Man

     There are numerous traditions which extol the virtue of learning how to protect and provide for oneself and family beyond our professions and occupations.  Many examples through the ages have communicated to us that men should learn how to hunt, how to fish, how to fight, how to ride horses, and how to swim.  In the past the predominant arts were archery, wrestling, and other striking arts.  Today we drive cars, but few of us know how to swim, how to defend ourselves, how to shoot a bow or any other projectile weapon, or even how to have a serious garden that can supply food.  If some disaster was to happen, what would happen to so many who may be worthy but so ill-prepared?  In light of this knowledge passed down to us, we should act on it to increase our security.  First, one should train in martial arts or a self-defense system.  It need not be fancy—yet in our time in which the popularity of mixed martial arts and other systems is popular—must be realistic enough to give a person a fighting chance and means of escape if possible.  Secondly, to know how to use what is at hand for defense is important.  Many weapons that criminals use are illegal—they do not follow the law in the first place—and can land a decent person in an extremely hostile and violent environment known as prison should they have used them to defend themselves.  To know how to used items at hand under stress—improvised weaponry like a stick, or even a handful of sand—is important in these situations.  Third, many people are not land-owners, but this should not stop them from having a store of dried goods to sustain them in the event of chaos: rice, beans, grains, spices, dried meat, dried fruit.  Physical fitness is an important part of this entire formula.  It may not be possible for all of us to be in the best shape, but just a little bit … enough to keep some strength is important so as to not allow oneself to be a victim and statistic.

Mercy and Truth temper the martial path

     As important as the preceding is, it must be combined with a spiritual life, a mission, and responsibility.  It is not for those irresponsible, callous, arrogant, or cruel to have such knowledge as they may instead use it for abuse.  This path however martial it may seem is also one to be tempered with mercy and compassion lest it simply become a path to a lust of violence.  As the people who wish to honor our path, we have a higher moral standard to maintain even if we may not be able to fight against the torrent of the iron age.

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How Liberal Westerners Distort Buddhism

In societies which hold the individual as the focus of ideological progress, many people become excited at the idea of becoming “different” or more “original.” Westerners tend to cherish individuality to the point of rebellion, attempting to stand out and draw attention to themselves by their lifestyle, clothing, hairstyles, or adoptive cultural tendencies. In the last few decades, a variety of people – from Christian apostates and atheists, to crypto-Marxists and reform Jews – have been part of an interesting current.  Perhaps, in an attempt to reject the “old clothes” of Christendom, they have decided to take on the “new clothes” of Buddhism.  In America and Europe, the s0-called “progressives” are attracted by the mere idea that it is a an ultra-permissive religion and the antithesis of Western thought.  Those Western individuals find Buddhism “exotic” and are spurred on mostly by the superstitious, secret, and arcane qualities they perceive in this religion.

This is not Buddhism

Such people convert under a spell of delusion, because ultra-permissiveness is not inherently associated with traditional Buddhism, any more that it is associated with Christianity.  In this sense, the when progressives attempt to incorporate Buddhism into their lifestyle, they are in reality attempting to hijack Buddhist ideas for themselves and make them fit into their secularist lifestyle.

Much of Buddhism in the West has been combined, in varying degrees, with the New Age movement.  The New Age movement has little to do with any of the mainstream branches of traditional Buddhism. As the eminent scholar, A. K. Coomaraswamy once stated, Buddhism today is “most famous today for everything it originally never taught.”  In the East, where Buddhism existed under the patronage of the Chinese, Indian, Tibetan, or Japanese cultures, there was a certain regard for tradition, self-cultivation, and  a metaphor for the divergence of heroic spirit from the sentiments of modern people.  According to these versions of Buddhism, a man can, as Evola describes it, “overcome the state of caducity, restlessness, ‘thirst’ and the forgetfulness typical of ordinary people” by his secession from the visible and material world.  In this doctrine, there is a metaphor for the divergence of heroic spirit from the sentiments of modern people. 

‘Western’ Buddhism – if there is even such a thing – is the exact opposite of this.  In fact, it overtly panders to the sentiments of modernity.  Buddhism, as practiced by many people in the West, exists in name only, attracting the most miserable ex-Christian rejects and atheists. It has degenerated into an extremely sick religion inhabited by atheists, agnostics, and at best, pantheists. These people congregate together at ‘dharma-centers’, which are little more than outpatient mental wards for depressed materialists, and engage in idle chatter about attainment of oblivion and the denial of all things spiritual. The crisis of Western Buddhism is therefore characterized only by secularism and its worldly character.  This criticism is supported by clear textual evidence (atthakathas), which can not merely be explained away as a matter of diverging interpretations, or even the product of historical evolution. The modern, revisionist, version of Buddhism lends itself to an unspiritual historical exegesis according to the letter. It is an exegesis which virtually ignores a deeper meaning implied in the Nikayas and explained in the commentaries. As an example, Siddhartha said “the six senses and their world are not the soul” (cf. Chachakha Sutta, MN 3). It seems odd, then, that modern Buddhists should say of the Buddha that he taught the rejection of the soul, because this would mean clinging to the six senses. Rather than denial of the soul, the Buddhism does teach one to distinguish the distinguish predicates of the soul from the very soul itself, and thus transcend base instincts.

Western Buddhism is almost entirely modernist.  Contrary to what its purveyors might believe, it is not ancient or traditional, and certainly not traditionalist.  Western Buddhism has been heavily influenced by the concepts of freethought and secular humanism. It has become a platform for mundane social activists, who incorrectly fancy themselves “experts” on the topic because of their involvement in purchasing all manner of trinkets and implements.  The fact is that Western Buddhists largely ignore any aspect of Buddhism which requires self-discipline, as they have distorted the original message of Buddhism into an amoral doctrine in order to mix politics and religion.

If the modern portrayal of Buddhism is representative of the teaching of the Buddha, then it is certainly an ingenious exposition which can prove war to be peace and freedom to be slavery.  However, if the premises of this portrayal are flawed, then the modern explanation of Buddhism is certainly not worth studying except as a lesson regarding the famous “principle of degeneration” which was already well-discussed by other Traditionalists like Evola. Traditional Buddhists worldwide need to take back the religion from the modernist heretics, and not allow Buddhism to turn into a rubbish-heap of mystical spiritual suicide and nihilism.

The author of this article was raised in a Buddhist family.  He is currently a Roman Catholic.

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Zionist America’s favorite communist terrorists

American politicians have recently been lobbying to remove the MEK from a list of terrorist organizations. Last Tuesday, six Members of Congress lead by Bob Filner (D-CA) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), both stallwart supporters of the Zionist state, signed a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urging that the State Department remove the far-left terrorist group from the US list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations.  The other signers were: Ted Poe (R-TX), Judy Chu (D-CA), Edolphus Towns (D-NY), and Mike Coffman (R-CO).

This is all despite the fact, even according to the State Department, the MEK has engaged in “anti-Western activity,” in the past., and ”staged terrorist attacks inside Iran and killed several US military personnel and civilians.”  The State Department’s information on the group also stated that the MEK is “cult-like” and that they “have the capacity to commit terrorist acts” around the world.  Ex-MEK members have stated that new members are forcibly  indoctrinated in MEK ideology and revisionist Iranian history; members are also required to undertake a vow of “eternal divorce” and participate in weekly “ideological cleansings,” and children are reportedly separated from parents at a young age.

The leader of the MEK is Maryam Rajavi, who in addition to being a communist is (perhaps not surprisingly) a radical feminist.  One of her writings calls “gender distinction” a sign of totalitarianism and religious fundamentalism.

Despite the MEK’s nefarious attributes, however, American politicians (forgetting the failure of such policies in the past) seem to be willing to extend a helping hand to this communist group.  De-listing the MEK from the list of terrorist organizations would essentially permit the group to receive direct funding from the American government, and accelerate regime change in Iran.  Rohrabacher, a hardline Zionist, stated that it didn’t matter that the MEK was willing to resort to violence, saying that, “backing people who fight against tyranny is also something the U.S. should be doing.”  Rohrabacher, a critic of Hezbollah in Lebanon, seems to be bending over backwards to maintain a double standard.  Hezbollah, according to the UN Office of Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs, was forced to admit that Hezbollah “boasts an extensive social development programme. The group currently operates at least four hospitals, 12 clinics, 12 schools and two agricultural centres that provide farmers with technical assistance and training. It also has an environmental department and an extensive social assistance programme.”  Moreover, Hezbollah was supported by the majority of Lebanese, including Lebanese Christians.  According to the Christian Science Monitor, over 80% of Christians supported Hezbollah.  The MEK has little support outside its own internal apparatus, and can boast none of the services that Hezbollah has.

The Iranian reported that during the hearing, leaders of the designated foreign terrorist organization were not only permitted to testify, but permitted to counsel witnesses before the hearing.  Ali Safavi, a senior member of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, was present, where he openly counseled witnesses before and during their testimony.  The hearing’s witnesses included three former U.S. officials who have actively participated in pro-MEK conferences, including former Attorney General Michael Mukasey.  Also present was Robert Filner, who according to GovTrack.us, is a life-long radical who was arrested in 1961 for disturbing the peace, and spent two months in jail.  Michael Mukasey even went as far ast to saying that MEK members should be allowed to resettle in the United States.

At a time when his nation of Iran was flanked by the secularist, communist Soviet Union and the secularist, materialist United States, the Iranian people chose to reject both, rallying under the cry “Neither East, nor West – Islamic Republic!”  Under the Islamic Republic of Iran, a the lofty ideals of the Iranian Revolution put into practice the resistance to the abject despair of liberal thought, and demonstrated that it is possible to maintain social order whilst establishing a government which is attentive to the needs of the masses.

It was not too long ago that Americans themselves feared communism.  Even today, the controlled media continues to fabricate the concept of a “communist threat” in China or North Korea, all the while exporting revolution themselves.  Through their brazen support for the Iran by the MEK, the neoconservatives Trotskyite roots are showing once again, on display for the whole world to see.

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Gold makes a comeback worldwide

As the Western welfare states crumble beneath the weight of years of unsound policy, inflation, and a byzantine tax system, gold has become an increasingly attractive way of representing wealth.  The Telegraph reported that gold has reached an all-time high around the world, and that emerging powers such as China and India have abandoned the American dollar and have increased their gold reserves.  In Indonesia, where gold prices recently closed at a price of some 13.6 million rupiahs per ounce, some local governments have recently allowed private mints to issue gold bullion as legal tender to be used as a transaction medium.  And last year, Vietnam, also saw an increase in gold trading, as the Vietnamese dong continued to fall.

It will probably be not surprising to the readers of this site that gold is money.  As a rare commodity, it is not subject to inflation.  Long before fiat currency and inflation had been devised, it was almost universally favored as a medium of exchange.  Fiat currency as a medium of exchange has lasted barely half a century, and is already crumbling.  In contrast, in societies which were centered on order, the aristocracy as well as the nobility measured wealth in gold, and not in fluctuating money.  The Islamic historian and theologian ibn Khaldun warned as early as the 14th century that civilization collapses with government transgressing upon property rights.  Fiat currency does this by being continually debased.

The rise of fiat currency is inherently linked to the principle of degeneration, and in particular the degeneration of cities.  In general, the city, in its Traditional context is the hub of power and regal bearings.  The city was hierarchically arranged under the leadership of the King, and under him, the leaders of the tribes, clans, and families.  The rise of fiat currencies in essence created a new class of individuals, and the rise of a fiat economy created a situation in which otherwise insignificant and parasitic individuals could become wealthy.  Illegitimate wealth, gained through loaning fiat currency to governments and thus cemented power over royalty.  The Rothschild family in Europe rose to prominence in this way.

Such a transfer of power away from the traditional owners of the city and its native peoples to a parasitic banking class represented the ultimate decline of nations.  The nation lost its traditional hierarchy, and was now ruled by an alliance of financiers and corrupt politicians.  Evola is quite explicit in describing such a phenomenon:

Aristocracy gave way to plutocracy, the warrior, to the banker and industrialist…Trafficking with money and charging interest, activities previouly confined to the ghettos, invaded the new civilisation. According to the expression of W. Sombart, in the promised land of Protestant puritanism, Americanism, capitalism, and the “destilled Jewish spirit” coexist. It is natural that given these congenial premises, the modern representatives of secularized Judaism saw the ways to achieve world domination open up before them.

Today, that system is failing.   American, British, and European banks are now failing forcing their governments to frantically bail them out by printing more money, thus further inflating the world economy by increasing the volume of paper in circulation. Such a system will not be sustained any longer, and the entire system based on fiat money and usury is thus a fragile house of cards which has no choice but to be replaced with true and interest free assets which represent tangible worth.

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The trouble with Irshad Manji

The trouble with Irshad Manji

Among critics of Islam, there few voices more prominent than the revisionist Irshad Manji.  Calling herself a “refuseniks,” Manji has been praised in the media, along other radical feminists such as Wafa Sultan and Ayaan Hirsi Ali, for their virulent denunciations of Islam and Muhammad.  Western pundits praise Manji for her “bravery,” and portray her as a courageous woman who is fighting fighting oppression and marching bravely forth toward the so-called democratic-atheistic values of the West.  Contributing her appeal is Manji’s persona herself: she is an ethnic minority in Canada and a radical lesbian feminist who voices solidarity with great liberal values of the secular and multicultural state, making her the ideal candidate to be the overaged poster-child of politically correct demagogues. Continue Reading

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