Sunday, February 16, 2014


Lo, this is the tarantula's den! Would'st thou see the tarantula itself?...
...And when they call themselves "the good and just," forget not, that for them to be Pharisees, nothing is lacking but—power!
(Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche)

Ye preachers of equality, the tyrant-frenzy of impotence crieth thus in you for "equality": your most secret tyrant-longings disguise themselves thus in virtue-words!
Fretted conceit and suppressed envy—perhaps your fathers' conceit and envy: in you break they forth as flame and frenzy of vengeance.
What the father hath hid cometh out in the son; and oft have I found in the son the father's revealed secret.
Inspired ones they resemble: but it is not the heart that inspireth them—but vengeance. And when they become subtle and cold, it is not spirit, but envy, that maketh them so.
Their jealousy leadeth them also into thinkers' paths; and this is the sign of their jealousy—they always go too far: so that their fatigue hath at last to go to sleep on the snow.
In all their lamentations soundeth vengeance, in all their eulogies is maleficence; and being judge seemeth to them bliss.
But thus do I counsel you, my friends: distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful!
They are people of bad race and lineage; out of their countenances peer the hangman and the sleuth-hound.
Distrust all those who talk much of their justice! Verily, in their souls not only honey is lacking.
And when they call themselves "the good and just," forget not, that for them to be Pharisees, nothing is lacking but—power!

(From Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra)


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Who are these that steal the works of creators?

Who are these that steal the works of creators?

Who are these that vomit their bile and call it a newspaper?

Nietzsche called them the superfluous and so they remain.


Behold the superfluous! They steal the works of the creators and the treasures of the wise. Education, they call their theft -- and everything becomes sickness and trouble to them!

Behold the superfluous! They are always sick; they vomit their bile and call it a newspaper. They devour each other and cannot even digest themselves.

Behold the superfluous! They acquire wealth and become the poorer for it. They seek power, and the lever of power, much money -- these impotent ones!

See them clamber, these nimble apes! They clamber over one another, and thus pull each other into the mud and the abyss.

They all strive for the throne: this is their madness -- as if happiness sat on the throne! Often filth sits on the throne. -- and often also the throne on filth.

Madmen they all seem to me, and clambering apes, and too eager. Foul smells their idol to me, the cold monster: foul they all smell to me, these idolaters.

My brothers, will you suffocate in the fumes of their maws and appetites! Better to break the windows and jump into the open air!

Escape from their foul stench! Escape from the idolatry of the superfluous!

Escape from their foul stench!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Nietzsche’e Zarathustra on the future and our redemption

The world state cannot be opposed from outside. There is no longer any outside. Yet the opposition that must come from within is fragmented. Redemption will not be possible until today’s heresies coalesce into a new mythos.

Nietzsche's Zarathustra knew this...

I walk amongst men as the fragments of the future: that future which I contemplate.

And it is all my poetisation and aspiration to compose and collect into unity what is fragment and riddle and fearful chance.

And how could I endure to be a man, if man were not also the composer, and riddle-reader, and redeemer of chance!

To redeem what is past, and to transform every "It was" into "Thus would I have it!"--that only do I call redemption!


Sunday, February 09, 2014

Ezra Pound: defiant as ever

Ezra Pound by Wyndham Lewis
An extract from a letter by Ezra Pound to Wyndham Lewis, from the confines of St Elizabeth’s Hospital, the mental institution in which Pound was incarcerated after WW2. Sent in March 1951 and prompted by the receipt of Lewis’s book, Rude Assignment.

This tiny extract from the whole shows Pound as defiant as ever. Of course written in Pound’s own inimitable style.

Important item in Meridiano di Italia* 11 Feb, re Idea Luce per l’Europa. Dunno how to get copies of whole series. BUT sometime W.L. might reflect that woptalia was the ONLY place where one COULD print certain facts. Ole Meridiano di Roma stopped in U.S. post, for economic ideas. Which is how close the MUZZLE wuz on is [in] Roosenpoops hellhole.** “The state is organized fear”:*** that is anti-fascist, or at least anti M’s “lo stato e lo spirito del popolo”.**** Certainly LESS fear in Rapallo over 25 year period than any where else.

* Meridiano di Roma.
The Italian fascist newspaper (edited by Cornelio di Marzio) to which Pound contributed over ninety articles on international finance, fascism and economics during the period May 1939 to September 1943.
“When Pound published in the issues of the Meridiano for 24 November and 1 December [l940] the points he had placed before Mussolini at their meeting in 1933, both issues were excluded from the United States mails.” (Noel Stock)

** Roosenpoops hellhole.
Pound is referring to the United States under Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s administration (1933-1945)
“When raging against Roosevelt, whom he called ‘Old Sowbelly’, Pound assumed a Jewish accent (for some obscure reason). He could and did talk for twenty minutes straight on this” (Michael Reck).
One of Pound's arguments was that Roosevelt’s economic and political policies were directly responsible for World War II. It was also under his administration that the States in 1941entered the war against Italy and the Axis powers.

*** "The state is organized fear.”
The phrase does not appear in Rude Assignment. However, in a passage examining Edouard Berth, Lewis remarks that the State is a "society organized for war” (Rude Assignment).

**** M's “lo stato e lo spirito del popolo”
Mussolini may have uttered this phrase - “the state is the spirit of the people” on any number of occasions and to any number of people, including Pound: it was a common slogan of the fascist regime. As Giovanni Gentile, Mussolini’s first Minister of Education, has put it: "Fascism indeed is not only a law-giver and founder of institutions, but something that educates and promotes spiritual life.”
(Above notes taken from a Masters thesis by Bryant John James Knox, Simon Fraser University, 1978.)

Ezra Pound by Wyndham Lewis

Friday, February 07, 2014

Plethon on eliminating the merchant class from government

Image: reputed to be of Plethon (c.1355-c.1452)
In his advice to the Byzantine emperor Manuel II Palaeologus, the philosopher Plethon recommended that the merchant class be eliminated from ruling positions, because their financial interests were incompatible with fair governance. Sounds like good advice to me. Pity no-one listened. We might have been spared endless war and catastrophic economic exploitation. Perhaps elimination should not be dismissed, even at this late stage.
Because he believed the safety of the state to rest on the allegiance of this soldier/producer class, Plethon advised reform of the bureaucracy to eliminate oppressive practices, such as the use of unfair weights and measures, and to eliminate the merchant class from ruling positions, their financial interests being incompatible with fair governance.
(From The Political Thought of Gemistos Plethon: A Renaissance Byzantine Reformer, by N. Patrick Peritore)


Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Alternatives to modernist progressivism in the work of Gemistus Pletho, or Plethon

Plethon 1355–1452/1454

Truth comes before error. This is the point!

I've just been watching an old recording of John Romer's Byzantium. Romer made an extended reference to the philosopher Plethon, which brought a few things to mind from a book by an author with the memorable name of Niketas Siniossoglou.


In The Nomoi, (Plethon’s ‘Book of Laws’) there is a clear allusion to contemporary ‘sophistry’ and especially to Christian eschatology that was dominant in Plethon’s time. There is a difference between Plethon’s ‘wise men’ and these contemporary ‘sophists’: the former are not misled into thinking that the truth could be posterior to ‘what has been falsely said or what is falsely attested’. Truth comes before error. If an error is now identified, then one should turn back in order to recover truth. This statement targets Judaeo-Christian revelation and what we would now call modern progressivism. Though it does not indict a purely Christian theology of resurrection, a re-birth and fresh start through the new Adam.

It is not surprising that Ezra Pound thought that Plethon had developed the mysterium in new and interesting ways, very relevant to modern times. Pound refers to Plethon in the Cantos and in Guide to Kulchur.

Sunday, February 02, 2014

A Zoroastrian reflection of Heaven on earth, and the force which opposes this.

Two images of good versus evil, one Christian, the other
Asha, for Zarathustra, was ideal creation, the totality of the vision of ideal existence. It is a fundamental concept of Zoroastrianism. There is no adequate translation of Asha, although the following impart something of its essence. World-order, Truth, Right, righteousness and holiness. In short, it did not mean in our small-minded empirical way, the truth or falsity of a statement.

The Truth for Zarathustra was the relationship of all things in such a way that nothing occurs at the expense of something else. In such perfect harmony there is no friction in existence.

This ideal world of Zarathustra was to be idealised in the material world. Ahura Mazda, God, literally 'Wise Lord', the Supreme Being of the Zoroastrians, in his wisdom conceived of a perfect existence in purely ideal terms and this is what is called Asha, the Truth.

So Truth then means an ideal form of existence, where nothing is in conflict, or in abrasion, with anything else. It is also the notion of social justice. In an earthly reflection of the World-order, no-one prospers at the cost of somebody’s injury.

The ideal world was supposed to be actualised in matter, lived in Asha, to a state of total perfection.

However, and here comes the essential dualist doctrine of Zarathustra, within the material world there is also the possibility that Asha may not be actualised.

Indeed, Zarathustra says there are two forces. There is the spirit which promotes Asha and there is the spirit which opposes and frustrates Asha.

And this is the eternal dualism, the struggle between good and evil.

Christianity once recognised such a struggle, but now it is glossed over by pseudo-Christianity, Judaeo-Christianity.

Jesus, the incarnation of Truth, confronted the evil epitomised by Pharisaic self-righteousness and hypocrisy, and the Roman moral relativism of Pontius Pilate. Said Jesus, ‘Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword’ (Matthew 10:34)