Friday, January 13, 2006

Gnostic Fascism 3

The Left's relationship with the fascism of Islam is incoherent on the face of it. So let's stop taking it at face value. Let's continue to look at the roots of Left dhimmi fascsism and our modern predicament. Something is totally wrong and philosophically muddied here, and few seem able to clarify it. That's partly because we have a problem with the definition of our terms, thinking that Left and Right are different postions, whereas they are in effect not.

In the texts below we'll see the political origins of the Nazi party. Within those origins we'll also see --if we care to look-- the origins of our current society and our responses to Islam as a threat to our Modernity.

Earlier we have seen the origins of the seating arraingments that gave us the political terms Left and Right. The Right were the reactionaries who resisted social change in the French Revolution; the Left were those who demanded chance in power from the established estates and transfer to the bourgeiosie, eventually to the lumpen-proletariate. We have seen how, over the course of the centuries, political power has accumulated in the hands of the Left in our Western lands, and how there is a constant struggle on the Right to regain it. But we have also seen how the Left has become the Right, and conversely, how the Right has become the Left to the point there is no further difference. The old feudal communalism is now the new Left communalism of neo-feudalism. "Extremes meet."

We automatically assign the Nazis a place on the extreme Right in political terms. But where oh where do we assign gnostic occultism? Is it Left or Right or something altogether different? We argue that gnostic fascism is both and neither, but is part and parcel of both Left and Right. This gnostic fascism is a hatred of life and society and all that exists, and it is an elitist hatred, one held by those who would destroy life altogether as we know it, sending the few survivors back to a state of primitive pastoralism at best. It is a higher form of insanity, one that very intelligent people are often drawn to. We argue that our Left dhimmi fascsist compatriots are soaked in it, usually without conscious awareness of it.

Below we'll see the background of the formation of the Nazi party and some of the key figures involved in that party. They are neither Left nor Right, they are gnostic. We begin with Guido von List. Think, if you will, of those teenage girls who hang crysals from their bedstands and who play with runes to tell each other who'll find a date and who'll stay home. It's all innocuous. Right up till the time it no longer is. We'll come to that. For now, here's some background.

Guido Karl Anton List, better known as Guido von List (October 5, 1848 - May 17, 1919), author of Secret of the Runes, was an occult and völkisch author who is seen as one of the most important figures in Germanic mysticism and runic revivalism in the late 19th, early 20th Century.



List claimed that the Hermionen mentioned in Tacitus was a Latinized version of the German Armanen, and named his religion the Armanenschaft, which he claimed to be the original religion of the Germanic tribes. His conception of that religion was a form of sun worship , with its priest kings as legendary rulers of ancient Germany. List claimed that the dominance of the Roman Catholic Church in Austria-Hungary constituted a continuing occupation of the Germanic tribes by the Roman empire, albeit now in a religious form, and a continuing persecution of the ancient religion of the Germans and Celts.
He also believed in magical powers of the old runes. In 1891 he ... sent an article concerning the alleged Aryan proto-language to the Imperial Academy of Sciences in Vienna. Its highlight was a mystical and occult interpretation of the Runic alphabet. Although the article was rejected by the academy, the article would later be expanded by List and become the basis for his entire ideology. At that point, it is known from secondary source material than List turned to non-academically based sources of inspiration, which allegedly involved mind-altering substances.


Among his ideological followers was Lanz von Liebenfels. List's racial religious beliefs would strongly influence Heinrich Himmler, the head of the SS in Nazi Germany. List's concept of renouncing Christianity, a Semitic religion intertwined with Judaism, and returning to the pagan religions of the ancient Europeans would also influence Neo-Nazism and White Supremacism strongly.



A look at the signatories of the first announcement concerning support for a Guido-von-List-Gesellschaft (Guido von List Society), circa 1905, reveals that List had a following of some very prestigious people and shows that the man, his ideology and his influence had widespread and significant support, including public figures in Austria and Germany.


List's influence continued to grow after the official founding of the Guido-von-List-Gesellschaft on March 2nd, 1908.


As the list demonstrates, the growth of nationalism within Germany during the late 19th-early 20th century, culminating in the Third Reich of Nazi Germany, provided an ideal audience of people who were already predisposed to accept List's ideas and unidentifiable personal gnosis of the Armanen way.

The register shows that List's ideas were acceptable to many intelligent persons drawn from the upper and middle classes of Austria and Germany.


One could survey people on the street for years and never find one person who's ever heard of Guido von List. In his day he managed to enlist the elite of Germnan and Austrian society to fund his occultist practices and spread his gnostic ideologies. If it were a simple past time for the idle rich it wouldn't make a bit of difference to us. Unfortunately, it makes a great difference to us. Consider von List as similar to a movie star today who joins a cult in Hollywood and induces his friends and hangers-on to join him and spread his message around the nation. Imagine that his cultish ideology is one of violent racism and hatred of society. Being a clever and manipulative guy he'll dress it up in fineries and sell it as a wonder. Von List managed to do quite well at selling his idea that the special few should rule the many, ridding themselves of the Jews, finding new lands to conquer for the sake of planting racially pure German peasants on the land, and calling it all a mystical insight. In a nation already and for over a century primed for Irrationalism, von List's work was easy. He had a follower of some talent who carried on where von List ended.

Adolf Josef Lanz (aka Jörg Lanz), who called himself Lanz von Liebenfels (July 19, 1874 - April 22, 1954) was a former monk and the founder of the right-wing magazine Ostara, in which he published anti-semitic and folkish theories.


Lanz became a monk in the cistercian order in 1893, assuming the name Georg and living in the Heiligenkreuz monastery. In 1894, he claimed to have been "enlightened" after finding the tombstone of a knight templar, and began developing his theories of "blue-[eyed]-blond aryanism" and "lower races". He left the monastery in 1899;....

In 1904, he published his book "Theozoologie" (" theozoology") in which he advocated sterilization of the sick and the "lower races" as well as forced labour for "castrated chandals", and glorified the "aryan race" as " Gottmenschen" ("god men"). Lanz justified his neognostic racial ideology by attempting to give it a biblical foundation; according to him, Eve, which he described as initially being divine, involved herself with a demon and gave birth to the "lower races" in the process. Furthermore, he claimed that this led to blonde women being attracted primarily to "dark men", something that only could be stopped by "racial demixing" so that the " aryan-christian master humans" could "once again rule the dark-skinned beastmen" and ultimately achieve "divinity"....

As a student of Guido von List ... Lanz also founded the " Guido-von-List-Gesellschaft " ("Guido von List society") in 1905 and the "Ordo novi templi" ("Order of the New Templars") in 1907, which were supposed to "further the racial self-confidence by doing pedigree and racial research, beauty contests and the founding of racist future sites in underdeveloped parts of the Earth"

Since Hitler's rise to prominence in the 1920s, Lanz tried to be recognized as one of the ideological precursors to Adolf Hitler. After Austria had been annexed by Nazi Germany in 1938, Lanz hoped for Hitler's patronage, but Hitler rather wanted to cloak the origin of some of his ideas and possibly was embarassed by this early connection. Hence, Lanz was banned him from publishing and his writings, most notably copies of Ostara, were removed from circulation....

We'll see more of von Liebenfels below. Let's turn to a revisionist historian for a quick review of a book on the Nazi's occultist bent.

Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke, The Occult Roots of Nazism ... his subtitle, "The Ariosophists of Austria and Germany, 1890-1935," refers to a body of ideas which once had a substantial following in the German-speaking world. The ideas centered on the writings of two Austrians, Guido von List (1848-1919) and Jörg Lanz von Liebenfels (1874-1954). Ariosophy is used by the author as a generic for this "lore of the Aryans" that was expounded by the two men.

Guido von List (the aristocratic von was self-assumed) was raised a Catholic but early took interest in Nordic paganism, which he coupled with a profound attraction to nature. An ardent rebel against modernity, which he associated with the spreading metropolis of fin-de-siècle Vienna and all its decadent ways, List's happiest moments came on rambles through the Austrian countryside, and he began his literary career with newspaper pieces on the rural scene, depicted as highly spiritualized. He was concerned to furnish an ideological backdrop to the pan-German movement led by such nationalist politicians as Georg von Schoenerer and Vienna Mayor Karl Lueger.

Later, List worked out what was essentially a clairvoyant reconstruction of the distant past, elaborating a vast mythology of an ancient Wotanist priesthood, the Armanenschaft. They supposedly held sway in Europe until the Christian conversion, but now were confined to clandestine status, perpetuating the ancient Aryan lore through a small élite, among whom he numbered himself.
Adolf Josef Lanz also was born in Vienna, of middle-class Catholic parents. Like List, he assumed an aristocratic pedigree and the pompous Jörg Lanz von Liebenfels moniker, although his claim to this title was never disproven. He was inspired by List and became one of the older guru's early backers, but Lanz's Ariosophical interests were different. As a young man he had entered a Cistercian abbey as a novice monk, and although he left after a time, he remained enthralled by medieval Catholicism.

In our current Western world where science is seen as a failed programme we see many people turning to obscurity and irrationality for meaning. Often they do not understand the roots of the ideas they pursue, at least one hopes. As we see below, there is nothing Left nor Right in the ideas of gnosticism. It is outside the paradgm of politics as we know it today in the West. But what we see below is certainly ordinary to us if we've watched television or read a magaizne since 1966.

The Myths of Thule and Vril

The first element of Nazi occult beliefs was in the mythic land of Hyperborea-Thule. Just as Plato had cited the Egyptian legend of the sunken island of Atlantis, Herodotus mentioned the Egyptian legend of the continent of Hyperborea in the far north. When ice destroyed this ancient land, its people migrated south. Writing in 1679, the Swedish author Olaf Rudbeck identified the Atlanteans with the Hyperboreans and located the latter at the North Pole. According to several accounts, Hyperborea split into the islands of Thule and Ultima Thule, which some people identified with Iceland and Greenland.

The second ingredient was the idea of a hollow earth. At the end of the seventeenth century, the British astronomer Sir Edmund Halley first suggested that the earth was hollow, consisting of four concentric spheres. The hollow earth theory fired many people's imaginations, especially with the publication in 1864 of French novelist Jules Verne's Voyage to the Center of the Earth.

Soon, the concept of vril appeared. In 1871, British novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton, in The Coming Race, described a superior race, the Vril-ya, who lived beneath the earth and planned to conquer the world with vril, a psychokinetic energy. The French author Louis Jacolliot furthered the myth in Les Fils de Dieu (The Sons of God) (1873) and Les Traditions indo-européeenes (The Indo-European Traditions) (1876). In these books, he linked vril with the subterranean people of Thule. The Thuleans will harness the power of vril to become supermen and rule the world.

The German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) also emphasized the concept of the Übermensch (superman) and began his final work, Der Antichrist (The Antichrist) (1895) with the line, "Let us see ourselves for what we are. We are Hyperboreans. We know well enough how we are living off that track." Although Nietzsche never mentioned vril, yet in his posthumously published collection of aphorisms, Der Wille zur Macht (The Will to Power), he emphasized the role of an internal force for superhuman development. He wrote that "the herd," meaning common persons, strives for security within itself through creating morality and rules, whereas the supermen have an internal vital force that drives them to go beyond the herd. That force necessitates and drives them to lie to the herd in order to remain independent and free from the "herd mentality."

In The Arctic Home of the Vedas (1903), the early advocate of Indian freedom, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, added a further touch by identifying the southern migration of the Thuleans with the origin of the Aryan race. Thus, many Germans in the early twentieth century believed that they were the descendants of the Aryans who had migrated south from Hyperborea-Thule and who were destined to become the master race of supermen through the power of vril. Hitler was among them.
The Thule Society and the Founding of the Nazi Party

Felix Niedner, the German translator of the Old Norse Eddas, founded the Thule Society in 1910. In 1918, Rudolf Freiherr von Sebottendorff established its Munich branch. Sebottendorf had previously lived for several years in Istanbul where, in 1910, he had formed a secret society that combined esoteric Sufism and Freemasonry. It believed in the creed of the assassins, deriving from the Nazari sect of Ismaili Islam, which had flourished during the Crusades. While in Istanbul, Sebottendorf was also undoubtedly familiar with the pan-Turanian (pan-Turkic) movement of the Young Turks, started in 1908, which was largely behind the Armenian genocide of 1915-1916. Turkey and Germany were allies during the First World War. Back in Germany, Sebottendorff had also been a member of the Germanen Order (Order of Teutons), founded in 1912 as a right-wing society with a secret anti-Semitic Lodge. Through these channels, assassination, genocide, and anti-Semitism became parts of the Thule Society's creed. Anti-Communism was added after the Bavarian Communist Revolution later in 1918, when the Munich Thule Society became the center of the counterrevolutionary movement.

In 1919, the Society spawned the German Workers Party. Starting later that year, Dietrich Eckart, a member of the inner circle of the Thule Society, initiated Hitler into the Society and began to train him in its methods for harnessing vril to create a race of Aryan supermen. Hitler had been mystic-minded from his youth, when he had studied the Occult and Theosophy in Vienna. Later, Hilter dedicated Mein Kampf to Eckart. In 1920, Hitler became the head of the German Workers Party, now renamed the National Socialist German Worker (Nazi) Party.

Hitler did not spring full-grown from the Earth and dupe the German people by giving speeches. He did not trick the German people into racism, anti-religion, into genocide and world conquest just because he was a great toast-master. Nor did he come to power through the backing of a group of rich industrialists who intended to manipulate him for their own ends. Hitler came to power because German society was generally irrationalist and its elite was gnostic. Germany got exactly what they wanted.

What do we want? We want weekend seminars on yaga and UFOs, vegetarianism and whale saving; we want multi-culturalism and affirmative action for special groups; we want knowledge of things hidden from all but special people, self-help books and runes and crystals and tarot cards and ouija boards and jazz vespers; we want mystical experiences and drugs and large screen television. We want peace and plenty and religions that are all one with the universe and science fiction. We want a world where everything is natural and all people are brothers and also where all men are different because we respect the differences of others. We are awfully confused about what we want. And we get confusion. We get Islam. We get UFOs. We get screwed.

Next we'll turn to more detail of the rise of the Nazi party, and from that we might see where this confusion leads to if we are not consicous of our paths.

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