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I read Rosenberg’s The Myth of the 20th Century. The basic problem with the National Socialist belief system, as conceptualised by Rosenberg, is that it’s based on a contradiction: the clash between science and non-scientific thought.

 

Rosenberg is correct to say that the race (the blood) is the basis for any civilisation and that when it runs out the civilisation dies. However, his mistake is to think that you can preserve race, culture, folkways, and religion and have modern techno-science at the same time. 

 

The reason he thinks that is possible is that his thought owes a lot to the Enlightenment—when you read him, especially on Catholicism, he sounds like an Encyclopédiste. So, for Rosenberg, what is notable about Nordics is that Nordics have what amounts to the empirical scientific worldview—and that has done away with “the nonsense”, like geocentrism. 


He contrasts this Nordic approach to Eastern “magic” (by which he means Christianity, Islam—i.e. things that are not real, just flim-flam for the gullible proles in debased ancient Rome) and high Greek “rationalism” (Plato, Pythagoras—non-empirical comprehensive thought systems). So although Rosenberg understands that race is important, understands that culture and the spiritual are important, he is still a very modern man.

 

What he fights to preserve as “a race and culture” is the situation that leads to men like Hertz and Benz—modern industrial man. Now, he grants a place to religion, to a virile Christ shorn of Pauline Christianity and to pagan religions (as revived via Hinduism, for which he has much admiration). However, it’s clear he sees these as “support struts” for the race (“it’s good to give the kiddies values”—or, in this case, “it’s good to give the volk values”).

 

Rosenberg reads like an atheist, but a wise atheist, like Voltaire or Nietzsche, who knows, via Kant, that “you can’t say for sure there’s no God” and, secondly, that man just needs this “irrational” side. It’s evident in the way he writes about Hinduism, which he really admires; he thinks in its symbolic aspect (where people put on the mask and become the god) it’s better than “Eastern magic” because, at heart, there’s no other world—so it’s better to have this literal religion, plus its advanced metaphysics (which could, in its Buddhist form, be seen as atheistic).

 

So if I said to Rosenberg, “I’ve accessed the power of the red vajra,” I think he’d exercise “Nordic empirical scepticism” and regard this as “magical waffle” and see me as an element who was a potential threat to the Reich. For Rosenberg, it’s science and technology that is the flower of Nordic blood—and that’s what needs to be protected in the end.

 

Aside from the fact that the red vajra is real, the supra-mundane world is real, the problem with Rosenberg is that these things are in conflict. So if the Reich won the war, I presume it would have had instant rocket ships to China and similar innovations (the “Von Braun Express”)—ultra-fast travel. So how do you expect to preserve your race and culture when you have ultra-fast travel across the globe? 

 

Unless you intend to exterminate every other group on the planet (no indication, aside from Hollywood fantasy, that the Hitlerites planned that—and it’s doubtful it’s achievable, anyway) your technology will end with entanglement in what used to be called “globalisation”—and that will destroy your volk as surely as “plutocratic Anglo-Jewish imperialism”.

 

Science is universal—if I do an experiment, the results are the same in Beijing, Bogotá, and London. To think in a techno-science way automatically universalises and democratises—it establishes a universal standard. The very thought-mode Rosenberg sees as “quintessentially Nordic” is universal—it created the interconnected world we live in. 

 

To train people to think in this way creates “Starbucks mentality”—universal, interoperable, global. In its standardisation it’s also democratic—anyone can operate the Starbucks machine, anyone can drive the “people’s car” (the Volkswagen—“the love bug”, the democratic machine, created by “undemocratic” National Socialism).

 

Further, from an “empirical, Nordic” standpoint, what is the use in having the children dance round the Maypole (or whatever folk custom you have decided to preserve) when that time could be used to teach them basic computer programming? The same empiricism Rosenberg extols as it dissolves Catholic corruption and superstition can equally dissolve Ostara or the Maypole or Vishnu.  

 

Jonathan Bowden once said the National Socialists were like a European Taliban. That’s great rhetoric, but it’s not the truth—the Taliban destroyed media and modern technology, the National Socialists extolled it. Really, the two views don’t mix—and it’s why, in part, the National Socialists were beaten, because they put out quality products, refused to put women into the workforce early, and yet their more “Nordic empirical” enemies implemented mass production. Because they were more modern—Rosenberg loves modernity but he wants to have his cake and eat it, modernity plus the things modernity destroys. 

 

Men like Ted Kaczynski and Pentti Linkola are right: you can’t have techno-science and “tradition, race, spirit”. It’s one or the other—techno-science eats the latter, uses it as “boot-loader” for something else (for the AntiChrist as instantiated in AI?). 

 

In a similar vein, ideas like neoreaction and archeofuturism will never work—they make the same error as Rosenberg, they make out that we can combine two things that are actually contradictory.

 

The positive news is that things like “the vajra” are real—which means there are supra-mundane powers, like “miracles”, that can be activated through ascetic practices, especially in European (Aryan) people. That’s the actual alternative. 

 

Rosenberg is correct if you keep his emphasis on the old Indo-Aryan religions and the importance of blood but remove his modernism and the view that what is special about Nordics is their facility for “scientific empiricism”—it’s actually our facility with the “spiritual science”, empirical wisdom (knowledge of inner states) and its attendant supra-mundane powers that makes Nordics special, not techno-science. Vril > atoms 

 

 

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