The New Untermensch (And Some Old Ones, Too)

Our Israeli correspondent MC weighs in on the Black Lives Matter phenomenon and associated battlefronts in the Culture Wars.

The new Untermensch (and some old ones, too)

by MC

Black lives may matter, but not, it seems, if they are either Jewish or if they are still happen to be in the womb. So it is now official: there are certain classes of people who are less equal than others; and, of course, snowy is one of them. But this time the pigs are in trouble, too, and it is the black sheep who rule.

‘Untermensch’ was a German word used by the Nazi party to describe people that they did not like: Jews, Slavs, gypsies and others. In the Nazi parlance it is much more nuanced than just the literal translation of ‘less than human’. It also implied ‘dangerous’ in a eugenic context, as in polluting the ‘Aryan’ phenotype . They also did not like Africans, Asians and Muslims, but for political reasons had to pretend to accommodate them. Africans were not really relevant and the Japanese and ‘Palestinians’ had to be treated as allies for political reasons.

To clarify the above , I use ‘Palestinian’ in its modern context, but in WW2 one might have called them Pan-Arab Nationalists, followers of Haj Amin Al Husseini, an ardent Nazi and founder of Fatah and the PLO (now the Palestinian Authority).

Because of the confusion between political ‘left’ and political ‘right’, there is a problem of nomenclature with BLM. It is a race-based movement, very similar to the Nazi movement but lacking the nationalism of the Nazis, or rather, paying heed to a ‘Nation of Farrakhan’, where Louis Farrakhan is a kind of race-based cult using the name of Islam as an image enhancement.

In the USA the ‘woke’ movement is using race, and particularly skin colour, to divide the American people, whereas the Communists traditionally used class, which was only relevant in Europe. This flexibility demonstrates just how close Nazi socialism and Communist socialism are.

So the USA now has a pseudo-Nazi political religion which is currently as untouchable as a First World War trench system, surrounded as it was by the old barbed wire upon which it is all so easy to get oneself hung.

The German Nazis showed how easily democracy could be destroyed by an extreme party which, because ‘the ends justify the means’, could lie, cheat and steal in order to exploit democratic vulnerabilities, and thus end the democratic process and replace it with tyranny. Democracy requires that participants to be willing to defend democracy by undemocratic means if necessary, but that the participants believe in the overall benefit of democracy.

The particular vulnerability that the Nazis exploited was that the role of Chancellor and of President could, under the Weimar constitution be held by one person, thus giving the one person, in this case Adolf Hitler, plenipotentiary powers to dismiss the Reichstag and rule by executive decree.

The US Constitution is a lot more difficult to crunch, and the separation of powers inbuilt into the system means that no one person can hold ultimate power. But we are seeing before us a wholesale attempt to bring down any form of constitutional government and replace it with a one-party system. Although the Democrat Party appears to be the vehicle for this, hijacking the Democrat party has been part of the process.

The vulnerable points of the Constitution are the respective roles of the Supreme Court and the role (or non-role as the case may be) of the media as the established major critic of balanced government policy and the purveyor valid information to the people.

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The Christian Democrats Just Chose Eurabia

Our Dutch correspondent H. Numan checks in with the latest political scuttlebutt from The Netherlands.

The Christian Democrats just chose Eurabia

by H. Numan

An interesting event happened in The Netherlands. The Christian Dhimmicrat Democrat Party CDA held internal elections for the new party leader. There were three candidates; one didn’t matter. The other two were Hugo ‘Pipo’ de Jonge and Pieter Omtzigt. Mrs. Nobody fell off in the first round. Before the voting, Hugo boasted for a bottle of good wine that a second election round wouldn’t be necessary. He would win by a landslide. Well, he lost. Pieter Omtzigt got 40%, so a second round was necessary. That round Pipo the Clown won, but barely. The difference was less than 1% in favor of the clown. About 300 votes…

Why do I call the right honourable Hugo de Jonge ‘Pipo the Clown’? That’s because of his choice of shoes. Hugo doesn’t stand out in anything, so he decided to stand out as the most ridiculously dressed politician ever. He has a sense of fashion bordering the deranged. No matter how inappropriate, he wears clown shoes. Pipo, pardon, Hugo wore a nice blue suit with white clown shoes when the customary photo was taken after the inauguration of the present cabinet. He stands to the left of the king.

This is a very formal situation, not suitable for a wannabe court jester.

Hugo the Clown is not the minister of funny walks, but minister of health. Under his incapable leadership the Chinese virus pandemic was mismanaged. Even our parliament wasn’t too pleased with Mr. Funny Shoes’ performance, and grilled him. He barely saved his political skin by putting the blame on someone else. He had his staff call Dr. Diederik Gommers. How many ICU beds are available this weekend, was the question. “I dunno, about 1,600, I guess” replied Dr. Gommers. He is head of the ICU unit of a major hospital and member of the Chinese Virus outbreak team. “Can you confirm this by sms?” So he did. To his amazement he discovered that statement was used by Hugo to save his skin. “There is nothing wrong, 1,600 ICU beds are available; I got this confirmed by Dr. Gommers.” Needless to say Dr. Gommers is anything but pleased.

Normally, I wouldn’t bother writing you about an overly ambitious local nincompoop. You have plenty of those yourself. But his election is important, as it is another brick in the wall of Eurabia. Apart from having no fashion sense whatsoever, his ambition is without peer. Hugo de Jonge is by far the most europhile politician in the CDA. A party that already is a very euro-centric party.

So why this article? Because his victory may very well be a pyrrhic victory. That’s because of his opponent, Pieter Omtzigt. As politicians go, Omtzigt is a popular hard-working not (overly) ambitious parliamentarian. Very popular with his electorate, much less so with his peers and the civil administration. Omtzigt is a muckraker. He likes to investigate what is swept under the carpet. And he doesn’t let sleeping dogs lie. Several whistleblowers of nefarious affairs in the civil administration got his support. He’s also a very vocal voice on the MH17 scandal. One doesn’t make friends in high places that way.

All Omtzigt wanted to be is a hard working parliamentarian. He never said he wanted to run for office. ‘Winner’ Hugo said — silly as it is — that there are no winners, he will work as a team with Pieter. That’s sheer nonsense. There can only be one party leader. That goes for dictators just as well as for democratically elected parties.

Pieter Omtzigt can no longer be a regular parliamentarian. Given the fact that he ended in second place with a mere 300 votes’ difference, he has to be given a much higher position. The only job available is party whip. Which means that our ambitious clown will have to take orders from Pieter Omtzigt. That could lead to very funny situations in the near future.

Now don’t get your hopes raised too much. Hugo the Clown is very much against any cooperation with the PVV and FvD parties. Even more than the D66 party. Difficult to believe, but there you go. He hates both with a passion. With him in the command seat the boycott is total. But Pieter Omtzigt is also against such a coalition. He’s not as vocal about it, nor as outspoken. That’s all. Effectively, it doesn’t matter much whether Omzigt or de Jonge hold the command seat. Both will oppose any attempt to work with the PVV and FvD parties.

Having elected de Jonge by the narrowest of margins, the CDA goes bravely forward to their own rapture. De Jonge is not a popular minister. His election will turn off many voters. Omtzigt is far more popular, and could revive the CDA. However, the powers that be (The Hague, Berlin, Brussels) prefer have an easy-to-manipulate clown. Like the one they have in Paris.

Let me explain what the CDA is and why it’s doomed to fail. CDA stands for Christian Democratic Appeal as a reaction to the consistent secularization of Dutch politics. Until 1977 every Dutch cabinet consisted of at least one Christian party. However, those parties were shrinking in popularity. They realized if they didn’t cooperate, a — heaven forbid! — cabinet without a religious party would come soon. So three Christian parties merged together into the CDA: The KVP, Katholieke Volkspartij or Catholic People’s Party, the ARP, Anti Revolutionaire Partij or Anti-Revolutionary Party and the CHU, Christen Historische Unie or Christian Historical Union.

Their positions were center-right for the KVP, center-left for the CHU and definitely left for the ARP. Oh, what revolution are those devout ARP Calvinists against? The FRENCH revolution. (Don’t ask me why. It makes no sense. I know.)

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Bang a Gong Against the Call of the Muezzin


Protesting with spoon and pot against the muezzin call

Many thanks to MissPiggy for translating this article from Westfalen-Blatt:

Why does Marcel Bauersfeld makes noise in front of the Herford Mosque during Friday prayers?

The police were already waiting for him: Marcel Bauersfeld in conversation with the two officers in front of the Ditib Mosque. After a lengthy discussion, the 37-year-old is sent away. But he says, “I’ll be back next Friday.” Photo: Moritz Winde

Herford, Saturday July 11

When the muezzin calls to prayer at the Ditib [Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs] Mosque, Marcel Bauersfeld stands on the sidewalk of Bielefelder Straße — again. He hammers with a spoon on a cooking pot. Shortly afterwards, the police come and send him away

by Moritz Winde

Is this freedom of expression, or does the 37-year-old interfere with religious freedom with his actions? “Two fundamental rights collide,” said the police spokeswoman Simone Lah-Schnier. However, as soon as there is a suspicion of a criminal offence, the police may, as in this case, issue a dispersal order. According to the government spokeswoman, the man from Herford has never had a police record, but he is now being charged with disturbing religious freedom.

On July 3, Marcel Bauersfeld had also made a lot of noise in front of the mosque. A week ago he used a cowbell. “That was confiscated by the police. That’s why I’m here with the pot today,” he says. The case is currently before the Bielefeld Public Prosecutor’s Office. Simone Lah-Schnier says that it will be examined whether it is a criminal offence. For the time being the cowbell will remain in the custody of the authorities.

For the third time in a row, the 37-year-old is protesting this Friday against the Islamic call to prayer that Mayor Tim Kähler had allowed the Turkish community in mid-June. Since then, the decision of the head of the administration has caused controversy. The CDU, led by mayor Anke Theisen, had criticized the decision. A majority of the City Council, however, regards the call to prayer as a fundamental right.

Marcel Bauersfeld makes it clear in an interview with this newspaper: “I am neither left- nor right-wing. Nor do I have anything against other cultural practices. The only thing that bothers me is the muezzin call, which in my view is nothing more than calling out a Caliphate. I don’t want to have Sharia law here.’

The protester says he has studied the Koran in detail and believes with the permission for the muezzin call, a Pandora’s box was opened. “Other Turkish communities could claim the same right.” He calls for the city of Herford to revoke the permit for the muezzin call.

The 37-year-old has announced he will be back next Friday. “I’m curious to see if I’m prosecuted for a cowbell or a cooking pot,” he says.

The Ditib community could prevent this if it obtains an injunction from the local court to impose a restraining order. This means that Marcel Bauersfeld is only permitted to approach the mosque up to a certain, fixed distance.

The Stubborn Persistence of Gender-Segregated Education in Sweden

The two news videos below are from the Swedish state broadcaster SVT. In them several education officials discuss a religious school (friskola, “free school”) which has persistently refused to obey the edicts of education authorities to hold classes in which boys and girls are not segregated.

The reports don’t specify the religion of the school’s administrators. They may be Unitarians, or possibly Buddhists.

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for the translations, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling.

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Just Lie Back and Think of the Multiculture

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating this Dutch article from De Dagelijkse Standaard:

Refugee Commission advice on immigration policy: “Nothing can be done, and it is far too expensive”!

by Wout Willemsen
July 5, 2020

Can anything be done with the immigration policy? The answer to the question is to be found in the advice that was sent on July 3 from the ministry to the Tweede Kamer, and is written in response to the investigation into the revision of the UN refugee treaty. July 3 is the day the summer recess begins… Not so surprising, because the conclusions are sad: “We can’t do anything, or it is too expensive.”

Dr Jan van de Beek has a nice Twitter thread set up where he manages to expose the core of the document (and its problems).

Tweet: [Inset]

1/6. It is noteworthy that this investigation into the revision of the UN refugee treaty, announced in the 2017 coalition agreement, will be sent to Parliament on July 3— the day the summer recess begins

In the document, numerous fallacies are found, mixed with half-truths. The conclusions drawn are the following: “To adjust immigration policy costs a lot of money and is not worth it. Adjusting the UN refugee treaty costs too much diplomatic effort, so you also should not want to. And actually, we are all delivered to our fate, and migration is a kind of natural force that we can’t do anything against.”

This is outright nonsense, naturally, but the idea of border controls is bombarded with images of North Korea, military zones, and the Iron Curtain. And later there is suddenly talk as if they will now be “permanently closed borders”. It makes no sense, of course, but the message is clear: Very scary! So we have to continue to try to make agreements with untrustworthy countries then everything will be fine (perhaps, over time).

The cabinet will not do anything about it and also doesn’t want to do anything. They just follow this advice. It is so simple.

Another Somali Success Story From Sweden

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating this article from Nyheter Idag:

Tried to rape 11-year-old boy — Detained by victim’s parents

July 11, 2020

Two parents in Upplands Väsby detained a 16-year-old who is suspected of the attempted rape of their 11-year-old son. The 16-year-old, who is a Somali citizen, is also suspected of raping a 12-year-old and was earlier sentenced to juvenile custody for other crimes.

Last November a 16-year-old of Somali citizenship was detained by an 11-year-old boy’s parents after a rape attempt on the boy in Upplands Väsby, Expressen reports.

A month before the assault on the 11-year-old, the 16-year-old is suspected of raping a 12-year-old boy during a similar assault, which he broke off when the boy offered him his weekly allowance to let him go.

That consisted of a pair of hundred-kronor notes, and the perpetrator took the money to let the child go, Östling says.

The 16-year-old is earlier suspected of committing 35 crimes during the past year, including beating, unlawful threat, harassment, and burglary. At the time of the assault, he was taken into custody after having been sentenced to juvenile custody.

The mother of the 11-year-old boy told Expressen that her son had come home and said that he had been threatened with a knife and subjected to an attempted rape.

She and her husband decided to look for the attacker even though the son warned them that he was armed.

“My son cried; he was hysterical, and said that the boy had a knife. My son was terrified that he would hurt us. I said that we had to find him so that he can’t do this to another child,” the mother told Expressen.

They found the 16-year-old, and the mother was able to hold him until police came to the scene.

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“Lampedusa Doesn’t Deserve All This”

Lampedusa is a small Italian Island close to coasts of both Tunisia and Libya. It is the preferred landing point for the people-smugglers who want to get their customers across the Mediterranean and into the European Union.

I’ve been covering the mass migration into Europe via Lampedusa since 2007. The constant influx of mostly-Muslim immigrants has done inestimable damage to the island’s culture and economy.

A resident of Lampedusa made the video below to show what is happening to his island, and to decry the complicity of politicians in the continuation of the destructive people-trafficking.

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

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How Dare He?

A female politician for the Social Democrats, Assistant Mayor Elfi Scho-Antwerpes of Cologne, was groped in broad daylight by one of the culture-enrichers for whom she so assiduously provided a “welcoming culture”.

The video below features commentary on the incident by the vlogger Unblogd. Many thanks to MissPiggy for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling (note: MissPiggy has copied the German subtitles for the portions that are in English):

The following article from Politically Incorrect (also translated by MissPiggy) describes the incident in which Ms. Scho-Antwerpes was molested:

Migrant sexually assaults an SPD political icon in Cologne

By MANFRED ROUHS — It happened in broad daylight. In the middle of colourful, cosmopolitan, multi-cultural Cologne. Cologne’s assistant mayor Elfi Scho-Antwerpes was confronted with the harsh reality of a society that lacks universally accepted values. The well-known politician from Cologne did the only right thing:

I then called in policemen nearby for help. The perpetrator could be identified immediately. […] It was a man around 30, apparently with an immigrant background. The man didn’t even apologize.

When the well-known SPD representative, who was also a member of the Bundestag for a time, is walking through the cathedral city, the forces of law and order are not far away. A shout is enough, and then the access takes place.

But what should women do who are not travelling with a large entourage in the city? All they can do is call 110 and hope that help will arrive in time.

Scho-Antwerpes now hopefully realises what the policy of open borders of her party means for many women in Germany. She complains: “To experience something like this is a drastic experience, simply unpleasant. I am deeply hurt. You can’t expect such an irreverent attack.”

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Multiple Recidivist Culture-Enricher Rapes 83-Year-Old Woman

A court in the former DDR threw the book at a long-time Afghan resident, sentencing him to four years in prison for raping a senior citizen.

Many thanks to MissPiggy for translating this article from Politically Incorrect:

What kind of country is this, when something like this is possible? An Afghan who should have been deported 21 years ago rapes an 83-year-old woman.

by Eugen Prinz

On Thursday (July 2, 2020), the Leipzig Regional Court sentenced 47-year-old Afghan Hamid A., a rejected asylum seeker, to four years in prison for rape.

The crime is hard to beat in terms of its repulsiveness, as the victim is an 83-year-old German senior citizen from Delschitz who suffers from age-related hearing loss. The senior citizen, Christiane B., went through the railway underpass near the station on her way home in the early evening of January 9. Due to her hearing impairment, she did not notice that Hamid B. was following her and waiting for a favourable opportunity.

Rape without regard to the old woman’s facial injuries

In the underpass he brutally pushed the old woman to the ground from behind. The senior citizen hit the asphalt with her face. According to the indictment, she was immediately in tremendous pain. The elderly woman’s dentures broke due to the impact.

The rejected asylum seeker, who had 2.0 g/l blood alcohol content at the time of the crime, was not interested in the pain and injuries of the elderly woman. He raped her.

Lacking intelligence and a tendency to lie

While the Afghan, who was certified in a preliminary report as “lacking intelligence” and had a tendency to lie pathologically, confessed to the crime during the police interrogation, but he suddenly claimed in court that he had only wanted to help the woman up.

The verdict is not yet final. Both the defendant and the public prosecutor’s office can appeal it within one week.

Governmental impotence that endangers citizens

If what you have read so far was bad enough, in view of decades of governmental impotence and the failure of authority, now it has become even more criminal:

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Culture-Enriching Knife Murder on a Bus Full of School Children

An Afghan culture-enricher stabbed his wife to death on a bus in Bavaria. There were schoolchildren riding on the bus at the time.

Below is a description of the incident (from Politikstube, translated by MissPiggy):

The idyllic Bavarian village of 6,000 in Obergünzburg is in shock. An Afghan stabbed his ex-wife on a public bus, in front of schoolchildren and other passengers. In 2017 a demonstration was held against deportations. The Afghani already had a police record because of an earlier assault. His deportation might have saved the woman’s life. Children who were passengers on the bus and witnessed the incident can receive psychological support.

Many thanks to MissPiggy for translating this news report, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

Video transcript:

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Throwing the Book at ’em, Swedish Style

Two culture-enriching “Swedish” youngsters have received sentences of three and a half and two years for the robbery and murder of a third culture-enricher. The one who received two years did not participate in the murder, according to the court, and the other one pretended to be 16 at the time of the crime to avoid a stiffer sentence. Which, knowing Sweden, might have been as much as — gasp! — seven years in detention. As it is, he will serve his draconian three-and-a-half-year sentence in juvie.

The case has a Mohammed Coefficient of 100%.

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating this article from Petterssonsblogg.se:

Murder with 66 knife cuts and robbery brings 3.5 years juvenile custody for immigrant of unknown age

by Av Pettersson

In December of last year, a dead man, Rabeen Zuher Khalid, was found by passersby in Lövgärdet in Gothenburg. He had been beaten and been killed with 66 stab wounds in his head, throat and neck. Today, two young men were sentenced for the act. One for murder and robbery, the other for robbery and protecting a criminal, aggravated crime.

The younger of the two, Ayuub Mahamed Nur, with duel Somali-Swedish citizenship, and possibly 16 years of age at the time of the crime, was sentenced for murder and robbery to three and a half years in juvenile custody. The prosecutor had claimed that he was older than he stated, and that he was 18, not 16, when it happened. Concerning this the district court wrote: “In light of the margin of error regarding the medical age investigation and what else has emerged, the district court considers that the age of 19 does not appear more likely than 17 years. The district court shall thus assume the age which is most favorable to NN, and in this context that is 17 years.”

In the investigation, a letter was found where Ayuub himself wrote that he would soon be 19 years old, yet he is sentenced as a 16-year-old at the time of the murder.

[Inset:

From Migration Court judgment UM 2437-13 dated February 11 2014:

It is the asylum seeker who must prove that he is a minor.

This principle also applies to unaccompanied children.

In the first place, written evidence is relevant.

However, the asylum seeker has the burden of proof concerning his age, and if he cannot prove that he is underage, he will be considered an adult.]

The older of the two, Ibrahim Ali Mohamud, born in 1999, and for some reason a Swedish citizen, was sentenced to two years in prison for robbery and protection of a criminal, aggravated crime. He is freed of any suspicion of murder.

Pettersson wonders why the courts don’t follow the law regarding age; it is the asylum seeker who must prove his age, and if he can’t he is to be considered an adult and sentenced as an adult.

Geert Wilders on “Racism” in the Netherlands

In the wake of the Black Lives Matter crisis, there has been a debate in the Dutch parliament about racism in the Netherlands. The two videos below from the floor of the Tweede Kamer show excerpts from Geert Wilders’ remarks on the issue.

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for the translations, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling.

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The following article from De Dagelijkse Standaard (also translated by FouseSquawk) accompanied the videos:

Geert Wilders on racism: “80,000 social rental homes to asylum-seekers while native Dutch have to wait”

by Bart Reijmerink
July 1, 2020

Geert Wilders cannot tolerate that politicians believe that the Netherlands is racist to the bone. Asscher, in particular, must suffer in the debate on racism. The Netherlands is one of the most tolerant countries in Europe, so many provisions have been made for migrants, but it is still thought that the Netherlands is racist. Wilders can no longer entertain this nonsense, and he is ranting in the Tweede Kamer.

In recent weeks, people have liked to throw out terms such as “systemic racism”. For Wilders, this is incomprehensible because if the Netherlands is so institutionally racist, why do we in the Netherlands do such much for asylum seekers? According to Wilders, it is specifically the native Dutch who are discriminated against and not the foreigners. He cites here the example that foreigners should be given priority in rental housing.

Wilders on Twitter:

80,000 social rental homes went to asylum-seekers while natives on are a waiting list for years.

Don’t make the racism problem bigger than it is. And think, finally, of all the natives who are discriminated against!

Wilders also criticizes the fact that Lodewijk Asscher pictures the Netherlands as some kind of banana republic. This is simply a big lie according to Wilders. The Netherlands is far away one of the most tolerant countries in Europe. If we look at our legislation, Wilders is certainly right. There are a number of countries that sometimes act like barbarians with migrants, or countries that maintain naturalization and integration policies that are many times stricter.

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Spengler on Militant Religiosity

“The present can only accomplish its purification by the erasure of its past.”

Below is the third of Thomas Bertonneau’s three-essay sequence on the crisis of modernity.

Spengler on Militant Religiosity

by Thomas F. Bertonneau

Oswald Spengler (1880-1936), the German historian and philosopher, devotes a suite of three chapters (VII, VIII, and IX) in his Decline of the West, Volume II (1922), to what he calls “The Problems of the Arabian Culture.” The third of these chapters, “Pythagoras, Mohammed, Cromwell,” explores the parallelisms that, in Spengler’s view, and in his use of the word, make these figures “contemporary” with one another. The same chapter also contains Spengler’s analysis of Puritanism, but not strictly in the sense of Calvinist doctrine, although he includes Calvinism in his discussion. Spengler views Puritanism as an inevitable phase of religion, one of doctrinal hardening and literalism in which a totalitarian impulse predominates. Puritanism has manifested itself in all the Great Cultures, as Spengler calls them, such as the Chinese, the Classical, and the Gothic. By “The Problems of Arabian Culture” Spengler does not mean to confine himself to a history of Monophysitism or Islam, although these come under his three-chapter remit. Spengler subsumes “Arabian Culture” under the larger category of “Magian Culture,” which embraces both Arabia Felix and Arabia Deserta but reaches far beyond them to aspects of the late Persian and Syriac societies, to the Hellenism of Alexandria, and even to the Iconoclastic centuries of Byzantium. The term Magian also reaches back in time to the late stages of Mesopotamian society. For Spengler, St. Augustine shares rather more with Islamic theology than he does, say, with St. Thomas and the Scholastics. For Spengler, the Hagia Sophia of Constantinople anticipates the mosque. To understand the chapter-sequence on “The Problems of Arabian Culture,” however, requires that Spengler’s often shocking and sometimes counter-intuitive pronouncements, like the ones just mentioned, take their place among the over-arching assumptions of The Decline.

Spengler’s opus impresses the first-time reader as a colossal improvisation. Its erudition and seeming formlessness put off many would-be explorers. Spengler’s basic propositions nevertheless lend themselves to summary. Spengler rejects the idea of a universal history. He recognizes no singular history but a number of histories in the plural, each one peculiar to its own Great Culture. Thus the Classical or Mediterranean Culture begins with the palace kingdoms of Mycenaean Greece and ends with the Severan Dynasty of the Late Second and Early Third Centuries. Indian Culture begins with the Vedas and ends with Buddhism. Western or “Faustian” Culture has its earliest glimmerings in the Eighth Century but really only leaps into being after the year 1000. Western Culture preserves a profound awareness of Classical Culture but this awareness implies, for Spengler, no actual continuity. Each Great Culture constitutes itself hermetically as an organic whole without debt to adjacent or precursor cultures. Borrowings are never essential, but only ornamental. Spengler emphasizes the organic character of culture. He regards each Great Culture as a living entity, whose mortality impends as soon as it comes to birth. Each Great Culture follows the same seasonal life-course — a vivacious and creative spring, a productive summer, a crisis-afflicted fall, and an increasingly inflexible winter. Spengler also makes a distinction between culture, as such, and civilization. Culture flourishes as the vital phase; civilization takes over as the mechanical phase, becoming more and more rigid until the machine stops.

Each Great Culture first expresses itself in a springtime outburst of religion. The Classical pantheon and associated cults already existed in late Mycenaean times; Homer and Hesiod signify a literate transformation of a long existing Apollonian worldview, as Spengler calls it. By the time of Septimius Severus (reigned 193-211), the Classical religion has become a syncretic henotheism, with one god in numerous guises, complete with a church-structure wedded to the state. Whereas the springtime paganism knew nothing of prejudice, the syncretic henotheism has codified itself as a set of compulsory dogmas. Spengler distinguishes between a Magian and a Gothic Christianity, which have little or nothing to do with one another. The latter appears with the building of the Lady Churches and with the blazing out of sacred polyphony. By the time of the Baroque, however, Catholicism has become the counterpart of syncretic henotheism. A living entity no longer, the Church distinguishes itself hardly at all from the array of explicitly secular institutions. As for Magian Christianity, Spengler classifies it as one of many apocalyptic movements that participate in the same mundial vision. These dispensations show themselves initially around the time of Alexander’s campaigns. Spengler writes in Vol. II, Chapter VIII, how “the world, as spread out for the Magian waking-consciousness, possesses a kind of extension that may be called cavern-like.” A “primary dualism” governs the world-cavern of this revelation: “The light shines through the cavern and battles the darkness.” The Magian Culture reaches its final, ossified phase when Mohammed issues his unalterable Koran and commences his coercive mission.

If social, spiritual, and intellectual rigor mortis belonged to the autumnal and hibernal chapters of the cultural life-course, this would not mean that earlier chapters exhibited no forecast of rigidification. Spasms of Puritanism occur in the vernal and estival chapters but show themselves as liable to suppression by the still-vivacious environments where they arise. The first name in the title of Spengler’s third of three chapters on “The Problems of Arabian Culture” is that of Pythagoras, whose person will be familiar to most readers through its association with the theorem of the right triangle. The lifetime of Pythagoras spans most of the Sixth Century BC, with scholarship locating his birth around 570 and his death around 495. The prevailing myth treats Pythagoras in an anodyne way: Philosopher, mystic, mathematician, vegetarian, discoverer of the cosmic harmony, and champion of animals. Pythagoras invited veneration from the Florentine Humanists and again from the French Symbolists as an idealist and altruist. The truth puts Pythagoras in quite a different light. “Pythagoras was not a philosopher,” Spengler writes; but rather, “he was a saint, prophet and founder of a fanatically religious society that forced its truths upon the people around it by every political and military means.” Croton, the Greek colony in Southern Italy where Pythagoras took up residence in middle life, raised an army under his regime that “in the bitter earnest of [its] gospel of duty duly wrecked gay Sybaris and branded it forever a city without morals.” What was that “gospel”? It consists of the “enthusiasms of a sober spirit, cold intensities, dry mysticism, [and] pedantic ecstasy.”

Pythagoreanism belongs under the category of Puritanism. Spengler defines Puritanism as a symptom of dour old-age: “It lacks the smile that had illumined the religion of the Spring… the moments of profound joy in life, the humour of life.” The destruction of Sybaris, around 510 BC, finds affirmation in both history and archaeology; the city suffered such violence that its survivors had to abandon it and take up residence elsewhere, as in Thurii. The wrath unleashed against Sybaris has lodged in the collective memory, Spengler speculates, “because it was the climax of a wild religious war… an explosion of the same hate that saw in Charles I and his gay Cavaliers not merely doctrinal error, but also worldly disposition as something that must be destroyed root and branch.” Furthermore, “A myth purified and conceptually fortified, combined with rigorous ethical precepts, imbued the Pythagoreans with the conviction that they would attain salvation before all other men.” The South-Italian cities that had come under the sway of the collective enthusiasm eventually found the furor too much to bear. Inspired by Spengler, the scholar Kurt von Fritz issued his book Pythagorean Politics in Southern Italy in 1940. Von Fritz pieces together a simultaneous multi-city uprising that in the space of a few days wreaked vengeance on the Pythagorean committees, burned down their lodges, and suppressed the fanatical portion of their following. Spengler notes that the Pythagorean writings, such as the Golden Tablets, make the promise to loyal adherents of elevation to godhood. That degree of self-satisfaction and self-righteousness could only — and soon — draw forth condign reaction.

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Bombs Bursting in Air

Happy Independence Day, everyone!

This may be the last 4th of July that is celebrated according to time-honored custom. The Woke Brigades are well on the way to victory in the culture wars, and they have determined that Independence Day is a WAYCIST occasion. The intention seems to be to elevate “Juneteenth” to fill the void left by removing our major midsummer holiday. Which is interesting, because all the statues of Abraham Lincoln are being pulled down, so we will be celebrating Emancipation without acknowledging the Emancipator.

There may be more than usual number of bombs bursting in air today, if the BLAMtifa battalions make good on their promise to inflict major damage at various prominent public locations. However, the last time I looked at the news, everything seemed to be proceeding more or less normally.

I’ll be hanging around here for a while performing my normal functions, and then I’m going to visit some friends for a traditional 4th of July celebration that involves burgers and adult beverages.

Dig ya later!