No election commentary

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

I turned my back on the rulers when I saw what they called ruling: bartering and haggling with the rubble … Among all the hypocrisies, this seem to me the worst: that even those who commanded feigned the virtues of the serfs.” Not my words, but those of Nietzsche in Thus spake Zarathustra.

Using the words of wiser men: “Like the true state, the hierarchical, organic state has ceased to exist. No comparable party or movement exists, offering itself as a defender of higher ideas, to which one can unconditionally adhere and support with absolute fidelity. The present world of party politics consists only of the regime of petty politicians, who, whatever their party affiliations, are often figureheads at the service of financial, industrial, or corporate interests. The situation has gone so far that even if parties or movements of a different type existed, they would have almost no following among the rootless masses who respond only to those who promise material advantages and “social conquests”. When striking these chords does not suffice, the only influence over the masses today – and now even more than ever – is on the plane of impassioned and sub intellectual forces, which by their nature lack any stability. These are the forces that demagogues, popular leaders, manipulators of myths, and fabricators of “public opinion” count on. In this regard we can learn from yesterday’s regimes in Germany and Italy that positioned themselves against democracy and Marxism: that potential enthusiasm and faith that animated masses of people, even to the point of fanaticism, has completely vanished in the face of crisis, or else been transferred to new, opposing myths, replacing the preceding ones by the sole force of circumstances. One must expects this from every collective current that lacks a dimension of depth, inasmuch as it depends on forces I have mentioned, corresponding to the pure ‘demos’ and its sovereignty – which is as much to say, literally, “democracy”. Julius Evola – Ride the Tiger – a survival manual for the Aristocrats of the Soul (1961).

Despite my best intentions, it actually ended up like a commentary on elections both in Australia and America. Who would have thought?

About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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2 Responses to No election commentary

  1. Theobaldy says:

    Fog of chaos is getting more and more depressing.

  2. Hissy Fitty says:

    Let’s just watch reality on TV, stop thinking, be happy.

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