Fjordman’s latest essay has been published at the Brussels Journal. Some excerpts are below:
I get a few comments from people who wonder why I write about subjects such as astrophysics, Indo-European languages or wine when there are so many problems in the Western world. It is a fair question. I have published perhaps a million words on the Internet, yet the only book to appear in print so far based on my material is Defeating Eurabia, part of which is available online in German. For Scandinavian readers, I have contributed a long chapter in Norwegian to the book Selvmordsparadigmet (“The Suicide Paradigm”), published in May 2010 by the writer Ole J. Anfindsen who runs the website Honest Thinking.
Anfindsen believes that the Western world is in the process of committing suicide and that the ruling ideology after the Second World War, especially from the 1960s on, has been suicidal. I agree with him. The main emphasis of his book is not on Islam, but on Politically Correct censorship and the Multiculturalism of the Western oligarchs. The same goes for my contribution to it. No, I haven’t lost my focus, but I admit that I have changed it somewhat.
I am currently working on a major book about European cultural achievements, from the Stone Age to the nuclear age and from chocolate to quantum mechanics. I believe there is a big potential market for such a title today, if done properly. When reading extensively about various historical subjects, I am struck by how little I truly know about my continent’s history, and how distorted much of my previous knowledge was. I have at least average education and intelligence. If I don’t know these things, there are probably tens of millions of other Westerners out there who don’t know them, either. A big part of the job for European traditionalists will be to re-conquer our historical heritage, which has been robbed from us in recent decades by Leftists and Multiculturalists of all stripes. History isn’t bunk.
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You can find a few titles overlapping with this subject matter, for instance Charles Murray’s Human Accomplishment, which I respect and quote extensively. However, to my knowledge no recent, updated book of precisely the kind I am thinking of is currently available on the market. Although I will cover subjects also mentioned by Murray, I will extend them both forward and backward in time and will include much material barely covered by him at all, for instance food and drink, with a special emphasis on alcoholic beverages like mead, wine and beer, the Indo-European language expansion as well as genetic history.
The upcoming book is intended to cover almost everything from interbreeding with Neanderthals and the creation of early cave art 40,000 years ago to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in 2010. Although some of my essays may appear random, they are not; there is a plan behind them. I haven’t decided on a title yet, but I am considering calling it European Achievements — the First 40,000 Years. The full work will probably be between 700 and 1,000 pages long, depending on how much material I include and whether I can find a publisher for it. I hope to have a full manuscript for it ready later this summer. When this is completed, I intend to proceed directly to a shorter book about What Went Wrong With the West?, thereby attempting to link what we did right in the past to what we are doing wrong today.
Read the rest at the Brussels Journal.