“The so-called 'Left-Hand Path' - that of Kaulas, Siddhas and Viras - combines the... Tantric worldview with a doctrine of the Übermensch which would put Nietzsche to shame... The Vira - which is to say: the 'heroic' man of Tantrism - seeks to sever all bonds, to overcome all duality between good and evil, honor and shame, virtue and guilt. Tantrism is the supreme path of the absolute absence of law - of shvecchacarī, a word meaning 'he whose law is his own will'." ― Julius Evola, The Path of Cinnabar.

“It is necessary to have “watchers” at hand who will bear witness to the values of Tradition in ever more uncompromising and firm ways, as the anti-traditional forces grow in strength. Even though these values cannot be achieved, it does not mean that they amount to mere “ideas.” These are measures…. Let people of our time talk about these things with condescension as if they were anachronistic and anti-historical; we know that this is an alibi for their defeat. Let us leave modern men to their “truths” and let us only be concerned about one thing: to keep standing amid a world of ruins.” ― Julius Evola, Revolt Against the Modern World: Politics, Religion, and Social Order in the Kali Yuga.

“We are born into this time and must bravely follow the path to the destined end. There is no other way. Our duty is to hold on to the lost position, without hope, without rescue, like that Roman soldier whose bones were found in front of a door in Pompeii, who died at his post during the eruption of Vesuvius because someone forgot to relieve him. That is greatness. That is what it means to be a thoroughbred. The honorable end is the one that can not be taken from a man.” ― Oswald Spengler, Man and Technics: A Contribution to a Philosophy of Life.

Friday, January 29, 2010

IL DUCE - The Original Rock Star

Benito Mussolini speeches become Apple iTunes hit
A collection of speeches by Benito Mussolini has become an unlikely and controversial hit on the internet.

By Nick Squires in Rome
Published: 2:02PM GMT 28 Jan 2010

The speeches, the last of which was delivered in 1938 when Italy introduced laws which discriminated against Jews, are the second-most downloaded application on the Italian version of Apple's iTunes website.

The popularity of the application, called iMussolini, caused outrage among some Italians in the week that the country commemorated Holocaust Memorial Day – the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by Soviet forces.

The website was inundated with comments condemning the continuing fascination with Mussolini and a member of the Italian Communist Party called the application "disgraceful".

It contains 100 of Il Duce's speeches and can be bought for 79 euro cents, or 68 pence.

It was downloaded more than a video game based on the blockbuster science fiction film Avatar. The most downloaded item was a wallpaper application.

The Mussolini application was created by a 25-year-old from Naples, Luigi Marino, who said he in no way wanted to "eulogise" the fascist era.

Instead he wanted to document a "sad page in the history of our country", he said in a disclaimer on the AppStore site.

Since the application was launched on Jan 21, it has been downloaded about 1,000 times a day.

"The first day it was downloaded only 55 times, the second day more than 600 and from the third day I had on average 1,000 downloads a day," Mr Marino said.

He said he was thinking of collating the speeches of other historical figures and offering them for sale. "To avoid controversy, maybe I'll do one on Gandhi," he said.

Its popularity was "stunning", said La Repubblica newspaper, given that iTunes is popular with the Facebook generation, rather than "nostalgic old people and historians of fascism". Mussolini was killed by anti-fascist partisans in northern Italy at the end of the war.

But 65 years after he was strung up alongside his lover, Mussolini souvenirs continue to do a brisk trade online and in his hometown of Predappio, in north-eastern Italy.

Fascist memorabilia includes Mussolini busts, an aftershave called Nostalgia contained in a box bearing the fascist eagle symbol, and sweatshirts bearing the initials WIDS – Viva Il Duce Sempre (Mussolini Lives Forever).

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/apple/7092974/Benito-Mussolini-speeches-become-Apple-iTunes-hit.html

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