“The so-called 'Left-Hand Path' - that of Kaulas, Siddhas and Viras - combines the... Tantric worldview with a doctrine of the Ɯbermensch 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 shvecchacarÄ«, 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.

Monday, May 31, 2010

On Having "Unpopular Opinions"

Since this issue continues to come up occasionally, and because it has been awhile since I posted any original topical writing, here is a segment from an "interview" section of my next book. This is from an excellent series of questions sent to me by a particularly intelligent Church of Satan affiliate (who usually posts under the name "Delta" online). This Q&A segment is from a much longer series, running 20+ pages, and is one of four or five "interviews" covering a broad variety of topics, from music to magic, film, philosophy, and politics, that will be included in the book.

Q: Some members have complained about your racial views. Though I am personally very happy that the CoS does not dictate its member’s views no matter how un-PC, are you concerned that your writings will be used against the Church, or that if they are you may fall victim to a defensive pruning?

I’ll wager the complainers could not articulate what my racial views actually are without assuming or imagining simple-minded categorical opinions that I don’t actually share. The Church of Satan is unique in being actually tolerant as opposed to nominally tolerant of diverse viewpoints among its constituency. It would amuse some to know that I have associates of a racialist-political bent who have more issues about my association with the Church of Satan than the Church of Satan has over my political or racial views. As I’ve said repeatedly in my routine public disclaimers; the Church of Satan is not a racial or political organization and does not dictate or demand any particular political point of view from its affiliates. To their credit, the Church of Satan doesn’t just talk the talk in this respect, they actually live by their position, which is one of the many reasons why I respect the organization and remain loyal to it.

As far as why I hold the views I have, aside from adhering to the truth as I see it, a central reason would be my disgust and contempt for the hypocrisy with which these issues are dealt with by not only the general public, but by those self-professed dangerous thinkers who facetiously assert that “an uncomfortable truth is preferable to a comforting lie,” yet continue to dance spinelessly around certain issues rather than confronting them head-on. In terms of “intellectual currency” of ideas, I could be described as an advocate of hard currency, in favor of coin of intrinsic worth, in a world where most are content not merely with bad inflationary paper money, but when it comes to most hard issues are actually banking with the intellectual equivalent of Monopoly money – bad counterfeit ideas that not only can’t be used but will actually land you in a bad place. The racial arena is the most conspicuous marketplace of phony ideological currency, because the public has been essentially saturated with state of the art brainwashing propaganda for the past half-century or more.

I recently had a conversation with a China scholar from Oxford who passed along the proverb “White people are the most racist people in the world, except for everyone else.” That is not a facile observation. It is interesting to note, when expressing uncustomary straight observations on racial issues that by a wide margin the most likely to be offended or emotionally damaged will be liberal white people who take it on themselves to be defenders of their minority charges – another hypocritical (and racist) manifestation of the “white man’s burden” idea. Where would all those poor minorities be without the brave, intellectually and socioeconomically superior white liberals to protect them from their evil racist white brothers? While in the meantime racially-motivated black/brown on white violent crimes outnumber the opposite by a Grand Canyon-like margin.

Since my point of view on these issues is shared by only an extreme minority of Church of Satan members, and I typically publish disclaimers differentiating my personal opinions on topics the Church of Satan makes it a policy to have no policy on, and that the Church of Satan membership continues to be the hugely “diverse” body of individuals that it always has been, anyone using me as an example of the Church being some kind of “racist” organization would only succeed in making themselves look like axe-grinders, sloppy researchers, and misinformed idiots.

Things may very well reach the point, in terms of oppressive “political correctness” that merely being associated with a known “racist” will be a legal liability, in which case I would probably distance myself from the Church of Satan out of consideration for friends and colleagues just as I would in the less-likely event that the Church of Satan should someday become a legal liability for its affiliates, if the country descended into some kind of militant theocracy. The High Priest and High Priestess of the Church of Satan and I are on close enough terms that they know not only that I would distance myself for their protection and the protection of the organization, but that they could easily ask me to without rancor or hard feelings – likewise if I resigned for professional, legal, or other reasons. They are exemplary when it comes to this kind of integrity and mutual respectfulness.

On that note, over the years I’ve observed an occasional member of the Priesthood “shit on the floor and throw himself out the window” (as Dr. LaVey would put it), only to embark on an online soapbox crusade to denounce the administration of the Church of Satan. I can only say in every instance I’ve observed, the “dissident” in question has been the offending party, usually terminally stupid and immature, and that the Administration, Magus Gilmore and Magistra Nadramia have never comported themselves with anything but poise and integrity. So much so that my general rule of thumb is that if someone has an “issue” with the Administration, the Administration is usually right. Invariably in the past all the facts have fallen into this pattern.

JDS

2 comments:

Delta said...

An absolutely brilliant essay, and a far deeper and more comprehensive one than I could have hoped for! If the rest of your replies are even half as in depth this will be a hell of an interview section. I'm most honored and exited to be part of this book, thank you for the invitation and for the essay preview here! I know I'm not the only one holding his breath for this book- Great stuff Magister!

HS!

Rex The Ninth said...

I am so looking forward to this new book!!!! "Unpopular Opinions" are the lifeblood of the informed!