Category: Evola

Der Movement’s Spenglerian Cycle

Welcome to the Interregnum.

WWII was a dividing line in American Far Right activism – all that went before (KKK, America First, Silver Shirts, etc.) was swept away in their old forms and all had to begin again.

Can we outline a Spenglerian cycle of the post-WWII Far Right activism?  The following is a crude outline.  Of course, there will be overlap; persons and groups do not fit neatly in only one era, but instead we will consider the period when the person or group and their ideas was dominant, or at least representative of the broader “civilizational” scope of that era of “movement” history.  And, of course, there will be overlap between American and European activism, as Yockey straddles both. And here I refer to racialist groups, not merely anti-communist hyper-nationalist groups like The John Birch Society or the Minutemen (the latter of which were interesting in their own right).

Spring: Francis Parker Yockey and Imperium.  The European Liberation Front. Post-war Mosely – Europe a Nation. From the end of WWII to Yockey’s death. New creative forms of racial-civilizational nationalism. An abortive attempt for Type II domination of activism.

Summer: Rockwell and the American Nazi Party.  The National Renaissance Party reaches its peak. The National Youth Alliance.  The rise of Carto. Evola – Ride the Tiger. From Yockey’s death to the full ascendance of William Pierce and the formation of the National Alliance from the ashes of The National Youth Alliance. The Type Is take charge permanently.

Fall: Pierce and the National Alliance. The original American Dissident Voices broadcast with Strom and Pierce. The rise of David Duke. Taylor begins American Renaissance. MacDonald’s trilogy. On Genetic Interests. The abortive attempt to renew a Type II Spring and Summer with Legion Europa.  From the early 1970s to the early 2000s. The death of Pierce – harbinger of the end. Type I domination with some Type II rebellion.  

Winter: Spencer, Johnson, the rise of “game” and the “Alt Right.”  Beavis-and-Butthead White Nationalism. Demented sicknesses like Silk Road White Nationalism. VDARE.  Derbyshire and Sailer.  The HBD menace.  Fossilized “movement” dogma. Arthur Kemp. A lack of any memetic originality coupled with contending self-interested leaders squabbling over scraps. Trumpism. The Interregnum we are now in. The Dark Ages for the “movement.” Type IIs to the monasteries to preserve civilization from the sniggering barbarian retardates.

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Saturday Stupidity

In all cases, emphasis added.

Recent technological developments in China have made keen observers marvel at their ingenuity and, also, feel somewhat surprised at their achievements and their plans for the future. In particular, the news that China intended to launch artificial moons to replace expensive and unsustainable street lighting was something that really forced people to take notice. These new moons work simply by reflecting the sun’s light, much like the actual moon does, but in a directed fashion that enables humans to control where and when the light appears. We’re always led to believe that China is the world’s leading culprit when it comes to polluting the atmosphere and contributing to climate change, which they are at present, but with measures such as these, they’re laying the foundations for a more sustainable future. In 30 years’ time, when the West is still bickering within about the Paris Climate Accord, China will have surpassed everybody as the world’s most green nation state. Additionally, China has recently hit the headlines for developing a new sun. Sounds ridiculous? It’s a reality. China has developed a device that can reach temperatures of 100 million degrees Celsius – the actual sun’s core burns at a slightly less impressive 15 million degrees. This project is part of a process undertaken by the Chinese government to better understand nuclear fusion, with a view to using it to replace less sustainable energy sources in the future.

While the Chinese are doing all of that, we’ll be following the advice of Tolkien and Johnson, rejecting technology, and enjoying all the “de facto anarchy in the provinces” while we are “snug in our hobbit hole.”  

Seriously, though, a fundamental plank in the New Movement Platform proposed at Western Destiny is “Futurism, not Traditionalism.”  One reason why the Right always loses is that it is constantly trying to recapture a lost past, rather than trying to conquer the coming future.  

Speaking of the Chinese, we have their vocal pet, man-on-a leash “measured groveling” Derbyshire. He’s an “Anglo-Saxon supremacist” don’t you know.  He could have produced more Anglo-Saxons by choosing a co-ethnic wife, but I suppose the “awkward squad” personality (so designated by his own mother) reduced the choice to “Rosie.”

The document I’m mainly drawing on here was posted at quora.com in August 2018 by Philip Yip, who describes himself as Administrator for the CANZUK Facebook Group. [Why don’t the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK form an Anglosphere union?, Quora.com, August 25, 2018] Yip, I note in passing, is a Cantonese surname, so presumably Philip Yip is of Hong Kong Chinese descent—mildly interesting by itself in this context.

There’s a place for “Rosie” and the kids after all!  That’s what “HBD race realism” is all about, isn’t it?

Does New Zealand, for example, really want an inflow of British Muslim rape gangs or black British drug dealers?

Does America, for example, really want an inflow of British English illegal immigrants and their Chinese wives?

As is this answer to the Type I reply to Spencer:

That isn’t really what’s happening. It’s like an enemy nation producing a new fighter jet that makes ours look stupid and pointless. We stand in awe and recognize we need this in our brand.

Of course, EGI Notes was, as usual, months ahead of the “movement” curve” on this:

…by having clean-cut White men – including young counterparts of Ocasio-Cortez – running for political office on a platform, which while not full-throated White nationalism, is on the borderline of explicitly pro-White and further to the right, and more authentic, than Trump’s phony flim-flam.

We need energetic, charismatic, combative people, of all ages, but particularly the young, to get involved in politics and promote pro-White Far Right populism.  We do NOT need fussy “conservatives,” we do NOT need “HBD race realists,” and we do NOT need pro-Jewish cuckservative Luddite freaks like Tolkien and his hobbit-larping followers – we need “red meat” aggressive Far Right figures getting involved in the rough-and-tumble of politics.  Channeling “Mulatta Milkers” AOC, we can have young White men finding appropriate congressional districts and fighting an insurgent political campaign against dusty decrepit cuckservatives.

An alternate question: Does admitting the pseudoscientific falsehood of HBD endanger the “movement?”  Another question: Or does it just endanger “Rosie” and the GNXPers living in America?

An idiot who makes Evola look like James Watson by comparison.

In one of the footnotes, Schuon defends the phenomenon of black Africans mixing with Mediterranean whites in North Africa…

Why only in North Africa?  How about Southern Europe as well?  Or, by that time, will General Greg Cochran have led the Israeli army to victory there, solving the Swarthoid Problem through Jewish colonization?  Or is Southern Europe already genetically equivalent to Nigeria so that any further Negro influx would be superfluous?  And what if the “white” Berbers of North Africa reject the ever-so-helpful Germanic advice to engage in Negroid miscegenation?  Will they have a choice?  And what is a “Mediterranean white?”  Are there “Subarctic whites” – including both Yukio Mishima and David Bromstad, with the former “looking more white” than the latter?

An essay so bad that I’m even forced to agree with Morgan (in the comments section).

This shows that:

1. Many Europeans know absolute zero about America and Americans

2. Counter-Currents is becoming so putrid that even Morgan looks smart in comparison to the rest of the rotting corpse

3. Europeans who complain about “ignorant know-nothing Yanks” are hypocrites

Greg Johnson has his 2020 Presidential voting plan all set.

Spencer 2020!  A Pepe in every pot!

Crowley Channels Baron Afrowop

In all cases, emphasis added.

Evola doesn’t discount the existence of biological race, and affirms that “fundamental [biological] differences” exist between all peoples, but correctly states that premising an ideology or a revolutionary movement upon “scientific” rather than “spiritual” racialism is patently absurd, given that it embraces the most degenerative aspects of modernity: egalitarianism and materialism, the two trends which are the enemy of all traditional civilizations. Evola’s racialism was “spiritual” in orientation, being radically inegalitarian and elitist in nature, following the metaphysical type of thinking articulated in his other writings.

I’m always highly amused when Nordicist Type I fetishists like Crowley swoon over the phenotypically non-gracile greasy Afrowop Julius Evola.  It’s hilarious.  What’s not hilarious is that these types are so outrageously hypocritical.  You see, Evola’s “spiritual racialism” is good because it is “radically inegalitarian and elitist” in nature.  I see.  Well, you know, the “materialist” ideology that everyone in Europe to the south of Vienna (or Munich or Paris) and to the east of Berlin are inferior subhumans is also “radically inegalitarian and elitist” so I don’t understand what the problem is for the Crowley types.  It’s like on Mondays they fervently support highly materialistic and elitist notions of intra-European differences and then on Tuesdays they invoke Evola’s rambling nonsense of an alternative form of “radically inegalitarian and elitist” pseudo-racialism that conflicts with their previously promoted paradigms.  What’s even funnier – and something I’ve written about here before – is that Evola’s “spiritual racialism” was obviously a reaction to Guntherite Nordicism. Gunther promoted the view – still dominant in Der Movement today – that only Nordics have any worth, only they are honorable and superior, and then some guy likes Evola looks in the mirror and thinks, “Hey, I’m all honorable and superior, but I’m not Nordic.” Now, the simplest thing to do would have been just to say that honorable behavior and superior behavior is not a birthright, but something that has to be earned during one’s lifetime AND that all of that has nothing to do with racialism.  But, no, being an esoteric traditionalist, with muddled “thinking,” Evola had to combine the first premise – superiority has to be earned – with the second premise of the validity of racialism.  Thus, we get “spiritual race” that allows Evola to look in the mirror and assert “I’m a spiritual Nordic.”  Nonsense.  And how is biological race necessarily egalitarian?  Just because people belong to the same ethny does not imply that they are in any way equal in ability. And the traditionalist allergy to “materialism” needs to be confronted head-on.  You traditionalists keep on rambling about “Yogi Bear” and “The Men Who Can’t Tell Time” while all dem dere “materialists” will be firing nuclear-tipped ICBM’s in your direction.  Who knows?  Maybe the spirit of Savitri Devi will descend from Hyperborea and intercept the missiles.  Anything’s possible, right?  Let’s not be too “materialistic” about the possibilities now, shall we?

Sallis actually agrees with Roissy on something.

Roissy:

You don’t have to “make” girls into materialistic, exploitative, amoral whores. It’s the natural state of femaleness. All you have to do is remove social constraints on female sexuality and let nature take its course.

Quite right…and although the White Knighters will have fainting fits over this – all the while rambling about “Joan of Arc” – it doesn’t alter the underlying reality one bit.

A legitimate criticism of Roissyite hypocrisy:

2) CH, you seem to have split personality when it comes to easy sex.

On one hand, you advocate it, and provide lots of – useful – advice on how to get it.

On the other hand, you come down heavily on women with multiple partners.

Now, if you stick to heterosexual relationships (which you do), and given that there are about the same number of men as women, the average notch count must be about the same for both sexes (but the distribution curves could be quite different).

Yet another humiliation for The Grand Loser.  The ultimate omega male.

If someone had told me three years ago this would happen today I really wouldn’t have been surprised, although I’m sure Richie and the rest of the Alt Right would have been.  Long time readers of this blog very well know I identified Trump as a fraud and a buffoon as far back as 2015.

Ted Sallis Rides the Tiger

Reevaluating a concept.

Long time readers know that I am critical of Julius Evola, including his concept of Ride the Tiger, which many on the Right interpret as an excuse to do nothing except engage in hedonistic individualism.  I instead advocate Kill the Tiger.  However, the two concepts are really not mutually exclusive. Some IRL experiences in being faced with unpleasant situations – for example, working with psychopaths and having such people in positions of authority (similar to Der Movement, eh?) – has led me to reevaluate the Ride the Tiger concept.

Now, this essay contains within it all the types of “traditionalist” things I despise – nonsense about Kali Yuga, transcendence, left hand path, infiltration of South Asian cultural ideas into European thinking, the whole lot. But let us ignore the surface trappings and dig deeper. One must have the political maturity to look beyond aspects of a worldview one dislikes in order to find whatever is useful contained within it.  So, let us consider the concept of Ride the Tiger, and interpret it – in a minimalist Pareto Principle fashion – to its core constituents, and, then, formulate it to a Sallisian perspective.

If you are attacked by a tiger and you do not want to be killed by it, and yet you are not equipped to directly battle it, then you jump on its back where it cannot get to you, and you keep on riding it until it becomes exhausted.  At that point, you can safely flee, or, if so inclined, find some weapon and kill it.

Similarly, when faced with a situation that is unacceptable, but which cannot be directly challenged at the current time, you transcend it, ride it out, and wait for the situation to play itself out, at which time some action can be taken, a new direction can be followed.

Of course, there are problems here.  How do you know that the situation is one that you really cannot effectively battle?  Should you just pre-emptively surrender to it?  Conversely, how do you know you can safely ride it out?  Perhaps having the situation “play out” will end with total destruction, total and final defeat, and, even if defeat was inevitable in either case, it would have be more honorable to fight to the death rather than give up and “ride the tiger.”

Let us assume though that the following conditions are met: The situation is one that really cannot be effectively battled at the current time, AND riding it out does not definitively mean inevitable total defeat.  However, even here, the second point is equivocal, since even if it is not “definitive,” it may still be very likely.  Thus.one must take action while riding the tiger to make your own victory more likely, and that of the tiger less likely, once the riding is completed.  Riding the tiger has to be a more aggressive exercise than what Evola originally intended.

Let us more carefully define what we mean by Ride the Tiger, formulating it to a Sallisian perspective.  The Ted Sallis formulation of Ride the Tiger necessarily implies the following: (a) the riding will be active, it will be done in a manner so as to harass, annoy, tire, and weaken the tiger, it will done aggressively and not passively, it will be an indirect form of battle, guerrilla warfare; and (b) the ultimate objective of riding the tiger is to survive its assault and then tire it out with the final aim of killing it.

So, here, Ride the Tiger is a strategy aimed at the ultimate goal of Killing the Tiger. The idea is that the tiger is too powerful for you to defeat at the current time, so you must survive its attack and, at the same time, alter the power relationship so that you will emerge victorious in the end. That may well be a far more aggressive, in-the-world, and actively direct, interpretation than Evola intended, but I’m not interested in dogma or Evola-worship.  I am interested in creating and promoting an analogy helpful in guiding effective strategies – and my interpretation of Ride the Tiger fits that bill.

Of course, this strategy applies not only for Der Movement vs. the System, but for the Sallis Groupuscule vs. Der Movement. The relative power relations are the same – as the System dwarfs Der Movement in power, so does Der Movement dwarf the Sallis Groupuscule.  In both cases, Ride the Tiger – in an aggressive, Sallis fashion – is a viable option, and for the latter case, of Sallis vs. Der Movement, one can view EGI Notes through that lens.

The Incapable Emperor

Roissy softly weeps into his onanism-stained MAGA hat.
 
I guess that Tucker’s mind got wonderfully concentrated on Trump’s ineptness after he saw that he and his family can be targeted by domestic terrorists with impunity while Trump’s own supporters are persecuted by the Trumpian Justice Department if they merely defend themselves.
 
Emphasis added:
Tucker Carlson isn’t one to shy away from going after the critics of President Donald Trump on his nightly Fox News show.
But in a new interview with conservative Swiss magazine Die Weltwoche, the “Tucker Carlson Tonight” host called out Trump himself for his boastfulness and for failing to keep his promises to his voters.
“His chief promises were that he would build the wall, de-fund Planned Parenthood and repeal Obamacare and he hasn’t done any of those things,” said Carlson, per The Washington Post.
Carlson said he’d “come to believe” Trump’s role was “not as a conventional president who promises to get certain things achieved to the Congress and then does.”
“I don’t think he’s capable,” Carlson explained. “I don’t think he’s capable of sustained focus. I don’t think he understands the system. I don’t think the Congress is on his side. I don’t think his own agencies support him. He’s not going to do that.”
Carlson said it was “mostly” Trump’s fault that he hadn’t been able to deliver on his pledges, because “you really have to understand how” the legislative process works and “be very focused on getting it done.”
″(Trump) knows very little about the legislative process, hasn’t learned anything, hasn’t surrounded himself with people that can get it done, hasn’t done all the things you need to do so. It’s mostly his fault that he hasn’t achieved those things.
Folks paying attention to EGI Notes knew that Trump as an incompetent fraud as far back as 2015, instead of belatedly realizing it now.
 
Another Trumpian fail.  MAGA: Make Aliens Great Again!
 
At this point, I really think we would have been better off with Jeb Bush.
 
Der Alt Right marches on.
 
Hmmm…some of us were saying this back in 2016.  But, hey, if you don’t fit the quota, you ain’t alright (or Alt Right, for that matter)…except for Honorary White Julius “pondering my fate, hey what is that sound – a Soviet artillery barrage?” Evola.
 
Watching what is discussed here, I realize that these guys have learned nothing. Some of the actual content was fine as far as it goes, but soured by the usual juvenile jackassery.  These guys still don’t understand some of the causes of the Alt Right’s collapse.  They seem to understand nothing.  From my perspective of wanting to see Der Movement, Inc. destroyed, this is actually a good thing…but it is still depressing.

Delenda Est Traditionalism

Excerpts from a Morganian diatribe.  Emphasis added.

Of the major (and even several of the minor) European languages, the Traditionalist school of philosophy – that articulated by René Guénon and Julius Evola…

One of the most fascinating things about Type I nitwits is the juxtaposition of their fervent man-crush on Evola – which equals if not exceeds that which Roissy has for Trump – and their visceral disdain for Evola’s ethny.  The cognitive dissonance must be extreme.

…and their offshoots – was a latecomer in the Anglophone world. After the better part of a century of near-total obscurity, it was only thanks to the hard work of publishers such as Sophia Perennis, Inner Traditions, and World Wisdom (not to mention Counter-Currents!) that most of the writings of the Traditionalist school finally appeared in English and became known – in certain circles, at least – in recent decades.

To our detriment.

While this has been a major step forward…

Off a cliff.

…there is still a dearth of original, secondary works pertaining to the Traditionalist perspective in English. And most of what has been produced in English has focused exclusively on esotericism (particularly of the Islamic variety). What has been conspicuously absent have been works dealing with history, social issues, and politics from a Traditionalist point of view.

Compared to Rightist works dealing with those issues from a Futurist point of view, the mass of Traditionalist scribblings are akin to the grains of sands on a beach.

It’s not difficult to understand why, however, given that for a long time, Traditionalists have been operating under the guise of being purely concerned with religion and mysticism, remaining silent about the fact that Traditionalism in its complete form is one of the most – if not the most – reactionary current of thought that exists in the postmodern world. 

So, we want to promote and identify with a “reactionary current of thought?’’  You think you are going to inspire revolutionary activism and a reordering of society to your liking based upon backwards-gazing reactionary “traditionalism?”

This is of course a consequence of the fact that most Traditionalist thinkers today have opted for the safety of academic careers (something which Evola noted already in the 1950s and for which he expressed his contempt)…

A contempt not quite as intense as that of Der Movement for Evola’s ancestry.

…and thus want to avoid being called fascists. Their cover has been somewhat blown, however, as a result of Steve Bannon’s claim that Guénon was a crucial influence on him…

The anti-racist, anti-WN, civic nationalist Bannon.

…which has in turn led to some superficial and ill-informed propaganda from journalists using Traditionalism as a branding iron with which to mark both Bannon and Trump (by association) as fascists, by bringing attention to the connection between Evola and Guénon. (And Evola had the audacity to call himself a “superfascist,” so by the logic of the average half-witted journalist of today…

As opposed to the average quarter-witted “movement activist” of today.

…that makes Bannon and Trump really fascist!) It remains to be seen what the long-term consequences of this will be in terms of Traditionalism’s reception in the mainstream, although I’ve noticed that it’s become harder to find Evola and Guénon’s books on bookstore shelves these days. It may have the beneficial effect of forcing Traditionalists out of the realm of pure scholasticism and into putting their beliefs into practice, if academia ultimately becomes a hostile environment for them – which it inevitably will, if present trends continue. Time will tell.

Put your beliefs into practice!  Snug in your hobbit hole!

Dr. Wolfheze is not content to merely sit on the sidelines while his civilization is destroyed, justifying it by whining about “muh Kali Yuga.” 

Like Greg Johnson?

The book’s Preface is titled “Childhood’s End,” and in it Dr. Wolfheze briefly discusses the Arthur C. Clarke science fiction novel of the same name as being symptomatic of the post-war (in this case meaning the Second World War) mentality: namely, that the rapid and dramatic progression of science and technology are leading us towards an apocalypse that we cannot yet identify, but which still fills us with a sense of dread. 

Science and technology – BAD, BAD, BAD!  Being snug in your hobbit hole – with de facto anarchy in the provinces of course – GOOD, GOOD, GOOD!  Let’s leave dat dere scientific mumbo jumbo to the Chinese, we’ll get out in dem dere woods and munch on some twigs and branches. That’ll work out well – about as well as Evola “pondering his fate” during a Soviet artillery barrage and ending up in a wheelchair for the rest of his life.  Traditionalism!

Spoilers ahead; if you haven’t yet read the book but think that you might, skip to the next paragraph.) In that book, a near-future humanity is visited by an extraterrestrial civilization which helps to solve all of humanity’s problems, bringing about Utopia. The problem, as humanity soon learns, is that it turns out that it was the struggle to deal with those problems that gave their lives meaning, and having everything handed to them eventually leads to stagnation. It turns out that all of human history was merely a process leading us towards humanity’s real end, for which the aliens have come to act as midwives: evolving into a species of plain, anonymous children, all identical and part of a collective with no more distinguishing features than ants, but endowed with what we would consider to be superpowers. Ultimately, these children combine their forces and transform themselves into a non-corporeal being, destroying the Earth in the process and incidentally all of those unevolved humans such as ourselves – those who haven’t already committed suicide, that is.

This is a science fiction book – and one that promotes race-mixing by the way – not a reflection of reality.  But I suppose that to those who believe that The Lord of the Rings constitutes a viable blueprint for a future society, the membrane separating fact from fiction is thin indeed.

As an allegory of the modern world, the parallels to the Right-wing and Traditionalist view of the modern world is clear, even if Traditionalists would deny that “progress” is leading us towards anything higher, collectively or otherwise. 

OK – you’ll have your hobbit hole and the Chinese will have their nuclear-tipped ICBMs and we’ll see which vision is triumphant.

We, too, are fighting against the transformation of the world into a giant supermarket, where everyone is identical and meaning is to be found solely through the acquisition of material possessions.

Lack of self-awareness alert: How about raging against a “movement” in which everyone is ideologically “identical” and “meaning” is found solely through the mindless chanting of retarded dogma?

In the second decade of the 21st Century it is clear, even to the most simple-minded…

Thus, even to Type I “activists.”

But one thing about this new audience is certain: it will not include the old audience. The old audience will cling to its complementary comforts of infotainment consumption and academic snobbery…

Counter-Currents complaining about “academic snobbery?”  The pot calling the kettle black, indeed.

For Dr. Wolfheze, the end of the Traditional world should not be seen as a cause for mourning, but rather the mark of a need for a new maturity, a desire to be a “man among the ruins,” to use Evola’s phrase…

Or, to be, like Evola himself, a swarthoid subhuman among the supermen?

And indeed, this book, while extremely interesting, is certainly not for everyone – but then Traditionalism has always been an elitist doctrine. 

No “academic snobbery” there!

Engagement with history has always been a weak point in Traditionalism; the Traditionalist authors will make occasional reference to certain historical events as being indicative of the metaphysical trends they see at work in the world, but to my knowledge there has never before been a sustained analysis of modern history from a sacred, Traditional perspective, which has always seemed to me to be a major flaw in their work since it neglects to show how the forces which have produced the modern world have been at work in material and tangible ways. 

Congratulations to Morgan for writing a champion run-on sentence.

I intend to write a more in-depth review of The Sunset of Tradition at a later time – my primary purpose in writing this brief announcement…

More than 2000 words is a “brief announcement.”  More run-on sentences to come, have no fear!

Speaking of “traditionalism,” we see Der Movement is obsessed with The Lord of the Rings once again. Someone needs do an ethnological study of that work’s relationship to Der Movement.  Is the obsessive appeal biological – to Celto-Germanic NW European-derived people – or more ideological – to Type I traditionalists independent of ethnic origin?  That would be a productive analysis to better understand the traditionalist memetic virus infecting the “movement” – to better understand it and how to combat it.

Delenda Est Traditionalism!

Evola: Sallis Right Again

Origin of “spiritual race” ideas.  In all cases, red font emphasis added.

This is a surprisingly (reasonably, not perfectly) objective look at Evola’s race ideas and his tacit criticisms of Nordicist thought, coming from TOO of all places.

Now, the interesting thing is the two part summary of what Evola’s underlying agenda is in The Myth of the Blood:

Evola’s belief that there is a lack of higher aristocratic impulse in generalized racial thinking (i.e., making the assumption that being Aryan is simply a matter of birth rather than also of spirit/nobility/character). Ferraresi cites Evola as arguing concerning the people: “only of an elite may one say that ‘it is of a race’, ‘it has race’ [in the French meaning of race for ‘of good breed’]: the people are only people, mass.” In other words, Evola is advocating a radically aristocratic and anti-egalitarian concept of race.

Evola’s unease or even annoyance at the special place accorded to the Nordic type in his day, at the expense of other Europeans.

Now, it is clear – or should be, to anyone with an understanding of human psychology – that point one derives from point two.  In other words, Evola essentially reasoned thus:

1. Materialist race concepts are Nordicist and say that only Nordics are a superior, honorable, cultural people.

2. Hey!  I’m superior, honorable, and cultural, but I’m not Nordic.

3. Thus, racial materialism must be wrong and we must instead substitute it with spiritual race concepts in which it are elites (like me, the great and good Baron Julius Evola) who are “of race” and are of a superior and honorable breed, whether we are Nordic or not.

It never occurred to Evola that maybe point #1 is incorrect, that racial materialism can be a simple objective evaluation of biological racial differences, without making subjective evaluations of relative worth, or making absurd leaps of faith as to assert that positive qualities of character are bestowed, or not, at birth in an automatic yes/no fashion.

But I’ve realized all of this about Evola (and Yockey) before.  Thus read:

My contention has been that Yockey’s embrace of “spiritual” (“horizontal”) race had the same genesis as Evola’s: a misguided response to Nordicism.  Ironically, Yockey discussed how a Culture can react to Cultural Pathology in ways ultimately harmful to the Culture (akin to a destructive fever resulting from an infection in a person), but he lacked the self-awareness to understand that his own destructive ideas about biological race were also an over-reaction to Nordicist theory.  Yockey wanted European unity, and Nordicism was (and is) an obstacle to that.  Yockey equated Nordicism with biological race theory and so biological race had to be discredited (although it still holds for White-Negro differences in his eyes, clearly demonstrating that Yockey was really specifically concerned about arguing against intra-European racial differences). Evola was likely distressed by theories that attributed all positive qualities only to Nordics; therefore, Evola thought – “hey, I’m honorable and noble, but I’m not Nordic, so I must be a spiritual Nordic.”  Neither Yockey nor Evola had the scientific understanding or the moral courage to just state that Guntherite Nordicism was wrong; instead they had to invent fantasies to go around it.

Back to the TOO piece:

In de Lapouge he sees the origin of the idea of Nordic Aryan man as a blond dolichocephalic. Such was his concern with facial angles and skull proportions that de Lapouge prophesied:  “I am convinced that in the next century millions of men will come to the battlefield on account of the difference of one or two degrees of the cephalic index.”

Well, how does that differ from “movement” dogma?  Let’s bring out Durocher and his calipers!  At least today we can drill down to ultimate interests and talk about gene frequencies rather than of cephalic indices.  And, no, I’m not suggesting that “millions of (European) men” should “come to the battlefield” against one another based on “one or two percentage points of gene frequencies.”  That’s more of Der Movement’s attitude, not mine.  I’m just saying that at least gene frequencies are actually tied to kinship and ultimate interests than are cephalic indices.  Guess which of the two are more closely associated with familiar ties, for example.  Then extend that to ethnies.

That being said, I found it difficult to shake the feeling that The Myth of the Blood risked sliding into a kind of racial-philosophical apologetic for non-Nordics.

And we certainly can’t that!  Blasphemy!

Seriously though, given that the entirety of Der Movement is a kind of racial-philosophical apologetic for Nordics, what’s wrong with having some dissident ideas here and there in opposition?  However, those ideas should be better than Evola’s nonsense.

By the way, for a materialist view of “spiritual race” see this.

Sallis will no doubt be proven correct about that one day as well.