June 30, 2014

The Coming Man

Commentary for 30 June 2014
It was Aristotle who reminded us, in his Metaphysics, that “our ancestors in the remotest ages” portrayed the sun, moon and planetary bodies as gods. These ancestors believed “that the divine encompasses the whole of nature.” Myths were propagated by our ancestors, said Aristotle, “for the persuasion of the multitude” to certain and specific social and legal practices.
A famous persuader and myth-maker of the last century, named Adolf Hitler, wrote a book titled Mein Kampf, in which he postulated the theory (read myth) of the Jews as “enemies of the Aryan race.” He would later confide to his Valet, Heinz Linge, that the Jews were not really “a race” but represented a state of mind or idea (i.e., an opposing myth).
We tend to think of a myth as something old, belonging to primitive people. Savages and barbarians believe in myths, we say to ourselves (while we believe in science!). The Vikings founded their society on myths, as did the ancient Germans, Romans, Greeks and Celts. Yet we are no different today. Communism and National Socialism were myths as well. Both of these, in turn, despised the myth of democracy. In the Second World War, the three myths of the modern world – Communism, Nazism and Democracy – fought against each other.
We are fools if we think this war ended, once and for all time, in 1945. Wars which are fought over ideas (read myths) are merely interrupted by periods of peace. Their continuance is assured by that same law of cause and effect which triggered them in the first place. Related to this, the Russian ideologist and Kremlin metaphysician Alexander Dugin, made a remarkable confession in his book, The Fourth Political Theory. He complained that his own National Bolshevik Party had disintegrated into “hooliganism … and later started to serve the anti-Russian Orange ultra-liberal powers, fed by the West….”
Here we find a remarkable admission of an experiment gone wrong, where agents of Moscow (i.e., Dugin and his associates) attempted to hijack National Socialists under the banner of National Bolshevism only to have it blow up in their faces. Sadly for Moscow, National Socialism was never easy to control. Outright Marxism, which triumphs in the media and in universities, seems to win its greatest victories by infiltration, subversion and by false advertising. It always finds itself attempting one of two things: (1) either pretending to reform itself while joining with Western liberals; or (2) pretending to Nazify itself, and unite with the National Socialists. Both strategies run into a fundamental problem. Pretense either ends in your becoming the thing you are pretending to be, or you are inevitably unmasked as a pretender. Here we find the limits of deception and a point of departure for the next world war.
There is reason to think that Europe is beginning to move toward an amended form of National Socialism, which will not be exclusively German. This new formation will almost certainly be triggered by the eruption of militant Islam on the European continent and the final bankruptcy of Left-liberal multiculturalism. The incompatibility of Islam with European culture must, in the course of time, serve as a political stimulant. This awakening, of course, does not necessarily signify a return to orthodox Hitlerism.
It is somewhat known that the KGB infiltrated and took over the Nazi International after World War II, especially since leading Nazis officials like Martin Bormann and Heinrich Muller were probably Soviet agents (see Kilzer’s book, Hitler’s Traitor). But here a revived instrument may easily metastasize to the horror of Moscow’s spymasters. We still do not know exactly how the Germans outwitted the Russians during the crucial period of 1989-90, since the Russians were hardly working to unite Germany for the benefit of the Germans. If the German intelligence and military structures were as ignorant as they have always pretended, why did they come out ahead? And if the intelligence services warned the Christian Democrats against promoting Angela Merkel to head the German government, and the Christian Democrats ignored the intelligence service warnings, may we ask why?  
Nationalism has a life of its own. Marxism has never been able to mobilize what Hitler called “the broad masses” because it is an ideology of class division. In truth, classes do not make world war on one another. Nations make world war on one another. The truth of this is self-evident in history. Stalin turned to nationalism after the German invasion of 1941. Putin is turning to nationalism, even now, because he believes war is coming and he has learned from Stalin. The majority will not fight for abstract ideas like Marxism, unless those ideas are sentimentally and mythically attached to a nation. And so Dugin has been hard at work. He must arouse the Bolshevik spirit in Russia while flirting with the European Right; that is, he must make a false alignment appear natural. As it happens, he is treading a path that was anticipated by someone else.
On the afternoon of 30 April, 1945, when Adolf Hitler told Heinz Linge that he was going to shoot himself and that Linge was expected to burn his remains, the hapless valet asked the Fuhrer, “What now will we fight for?” Hitler’s last quotable answer was, “The coming man.” This enigmatic reply, which seems quite vague, was actually concise. Previously Hitler had stated his reason for fighting to the end in Berlin. He said that historians would not be kind to him in the years immediately following the war. But in the further future he would be viewed differently. He suggested, in brief, that Communism and democracy were bound to fail. (Such a prediction is easy to make, since all human institutions fail.)
In five centuries our descendants might well conclude that Hitler was the shrewdest totalitarian of them all. Actually, he was a “political architect,” and it may be no accident that today’s Russian politicians often use architecture as a metaphor. This in itself says something, since Hitler trained himself to be an architect, and was involved in many architectural projects. In fact, the entire Third Reich was an architectural project.
It may be said that Hitler’s design was faulty. Yet he was a shrewd man, as noted above. And his predictions were often fulfilled. He knew there would be others who came after him. He knew the victorious powers in World War II would come to blows and perhaps, one day, destroy each other. That day may be about to dawn, though we hope it has not.
Given what is happening to us now, we might ask what “other” myths might arise in our time. Perhaps something entirely new will appear tomorrow. Yet, history never gives us something entirely new. Our heritage and our traditions offer a rich soil for inspiration. If history repeats itself, and if old ideas are bound to return, the coming man will inevitably appear – either as the second coming of George Washington, or the second coming of Adolf Hitler.


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