Reality (intrudes). Rightside up. Religion provokes atheism. World burning. (tax me). Neese. 0bama eternal. Summarization. Turd-key. Allahu ackbar! Errorism. War! Turkey. Allahu Snackbar! Failure of democracy. Khaaaaan. Gramscii. Emptiness. Mythical Nords. Femi-Communism. Darwin. Radicalize. Death. BlackLivesShatter. Science! Race = War. Digest: here, there and here.
(Open thread + links. Format stolen from a more reputable blog.)
Government versus culture. Clades. Shove the dove. Communist violence. Third worldism. Obama failure. Nigel. Ask Martha. “Liberal intellectual life is a scam, a goof, a fraud, a hoax.” Historical progress. Space awaits. Hatred. Weekly round: here, here and here.
Positive Christianity. Democracy terrordome. Exit stage left. Just like the Soviets. Greco-Romanism exonerated. Meaningless. Deep roots of Brexit. Philandro not innocent. Filter. Noncap. Blacks against cops. Sex offenders.
Internet dumpster fire/safe space Reddit has been censoring Amerika.org stories, according to one moderator of a successful reactionary channel on the social media site. Atavisionary, who many of you may know as a blogger and writer, pointed out that Reddit is blocking Amerika.org stories:
Unfortunately, a couple of websites I consider to be fairly reasonable have somehow been added to reddit’s sitewide spam filter. if /u/kn0thing or the other admins would remove them from this misapplied spam filter rule that would solve the problem. Specifically, the domain amerika.org, which I have no affiliation with personally, has been added to the auto spam list of reddit site wide. This is a webzine which, while not politically correct, always writes in a very reasonable and responsible way.
While it is not entirely surprising that Reddit blocks right-wing sites, its choice of target in this case is baffling except when one considers that Amerika.org (and other sites, see our links list) does not fit into the Leftist Narrative of knuckle-dragging right wingers. For that reason, Reddit gets more “safe space” mileage out of banning the more thoughtful sites, even though that drags dialogue down to a lower level.
(Links of note and open thread.)
Subscription-states. Inverted inversion. Gramsciing. Brechoes. Tory chaos. Optimism. Anti-Individualism. Brexit realism. Evil. Autophagic democracy. Brexit. Sharia (plus size edition). Terrorism insights. Comedic insight. Economics undiscovered. Weekly round: here and here plus this.
Democracy entropy. Tracksuit exit. Switchback. Reactance. Geezers. Maya. Soviet USA. Clever Sillies. Pan-Nationalism = Diversity. Burden-shifting. Feminist Sharia. Leftward deflection. Carlitos. Secession imminence. Genetic attraction. Weekly round: here and here.
To cover the loss of not just white populations, but every ethnic group under the relentless churning toward average that diversity creates, a new blog named Genocide Report rises to meet the need.
In addition, you may notice that our top tab now has a Forums option. This is a nascent project which was suggested by many of our long-term users, and so I have transferred the former Neoreaction forums to a new location. Should be plenty to talk about as Western civilization craters.
(Open thread + links.)
Finger im po. Conspiracy. Diversity incoherence. Faustian stirrings. Democracy wobbles. Frankenstein’s monster (the Revolution). American corruption (flashback). Paradoxical virtue sigs. Security navel-gazing. Camouflaged God. Weekly rounds: here and here plus this.
Unverifiable ideology. Rainbowlocaust (and fallout). Outrage! Default’s shadow. The question. Nihilism. Xenophobia. Race-loyalty. Democracy death vigil. Only 10%? Miscegenationism. End (of) Democracy. Brainstorm. Prosecution not persecution.
- Neoreaction as Ideology. Certain forces wish to officially define, and limit in language as if it were rules or laws, the idea of Neoreaction. This is contradiction of Reaction itself, which dislikes Systems and prefers natural hierarchies formed from similar structures in different positions, much as monarchy implicates God and vice-versa. Becoming Leftists is tempting because Leftism is seductive, but that also kills the truth factor.
- Tribalism emergent. If you cannot trust anyone but your own tribe, how will society work? One possibility is endless Chinatowns: every tribe — homosexuals, Africans, stoners, Goths, El Salvadorians, furries, Christians — gets their own district or large neighborhood and administers all services and institutions there. For us, by us. And anyone else who lingers long just disappears.
- Peak Leftism. Looks like 2015 was it. Why did it die, when it seemed so powerful with the rise of Barack Obama? Perhaps the naked lunch was finally seen on the end of the fork.
From The Unpopular Truth:
First of all tell us somthing about yourself. You are a mystery man when it comes to your personality, family, hobbies and so on.
And a mystery man I shall remain. Let me explain: in every job interview, they ask you these kind of questions. Why do they do that, do you think? The answer is to try to reduce you to a symbolic understanding with care and feeding instructions: “Likes long walks and kipper snacks, dislikes romantic comedies and spinach.” I know that is not your intent here, but it is one-half of the reason why I have always been a bit quiet about myself. The other half is the same reason that J.D. Salinger, Elena Ferrante and Thomas Pynchon were recluses, which is that too much focus on the person obscures the focus on the work.
Before we kick off please let us know your top ten heavy metal albums.
Distilling this genre to ten is really difficult, so let me instead just list ten favorites that are perhaps more frequently listened to than any others around here:
- Sepultura – Morbid Visions/Bestial Devastation
- Bolt Thrower – The IVth Crusade
- Ildjarn – Forest Poetry
- Deicide – Legion
- Incantation – Onward to Golgotha
- Beherit – Drawing Down the Moon
- Iron Maiden – Killers
- Demilich – Nespithe
- Slayer – South of Heaven
- Burzum – Filosofem
Each of these recommends itself to repeated listening for enjoyment, and so I frequently throw them on. I imagine there are 50-70 releases from the genre that are of the can’t miss category, and the rest at this point are probably adequate if you are determined to listen to heavy metal, but you will not suffer if they evaporate from your consciousness.
Why did you decide to write a book?
Originally I wanted to publish on the net alone. It became clear to me early on, like 1984 or so, that at some point every person on the planet would have a computer and use it to read things. This, to me, suggested a way to reduce paper waste and update manuscripts to correct errors and so on, eliminating two of the most vexing problems of books. What I did not know at that time was how powerfully destructive democratization is: when you invite everyone in the world onto the internet, they immediately cover it with spam, emotional responses, angry compensatory insults and the like. Having watched the internet go from barely usable in 1992 to highly useful in 1998 to barely usable in 2014, I feel it is time to put my words in print and leave the internet to be what it has become, which is daytime television for those with a lack of purpose in their lives. Poor souls.
Is this a collection of articles or a complete text?
Nihilism came about because of a suggestion by Manticore Press editor Gwendolyn Taunton that I should compile older works. I had a book in progress at the time which eventually became Parallelism, but realized the backstory was all missing, and that I had written it in the late 1990s but never relied on it because it was online and not in print, and because there were a number of editorial emendations I would need to make before I thought it was ready for a reader accustomed to my current texts. I went back through the materials I had written over the past twenty-five years, chose a selection of pieces that expressed the depth and nuance of these concepts, and then edited them thoroughly adding references and quotations and clarifying murky bits. On top of that, I added an extensive introduction which creates a mise en scène in which those earlier pieces each take an important role. This then serves as a good entry point to my second work, Parallelism, as will a third manuscript which also compiles earlier writings.
For all the uninitiated please explain what “nihilism” is according to Brett Stevens.
Nihilism is extreme realism and anti-humanism. This is a form of consequentialism, or recognizing that results in reality, and not our feelings or judgments about them, are what matter. Things established in reality change the principles and ideas by which we live, and those guide us more than anything else, so receding into the mind and ignoring reality is the most destructive and most typical of human behaviors.
Nihilism escapes this by re-orienting us toward external reality and the patterns within it as a means of figuring out how it works, and deprecates the human tendency to use hive mind emotions and social compulsion to enforce a false reality on others in order to keep the group together. It is a recognition that most human individuals, and most groups, use human-centered thinking which is why they end up with empty lives and doomed civilizations.
How long have you had the idea of writing this particular book?
Conceptually, since the far half of the middle 1980s. As far as putting these particular ideas into a book as a compilation, only about a year ago. I have been writing on very similar topics for the duration of this time mainly because it is not understood, and yet when people do understand it, they find their view of the world has entirely changed. A convenient all-in-one compilation seemed in order. Parallelism does the same for the philosophy that nihilism has enabled me to see, and the politics that result.
How long did it take you to write it?
Each of these pieces was written the same way: I would walk for hours in a semi-wilderness near where I lived and conceptualize a seed of an idea, then flesh it out into a mental outline which I could understand as one understands a shape in the dark by the touch of the hands alone, and then I went home and wrote based on that. In addition, behind each of these pieces are hours of thought on the ideas themselves as I explored what I knew, could verify, and could reasonably anticipate as true based on the patterns I had seen elsewhere in reality. Varg Vikernes refers to this as “syncretic eclecticism” but I know it simply as (part of) esotericism.
I know I do, but did you find the re-writings irritating?
I once saw an artisan who worked in laquer. He took out a brush, thought for a few moments, then made a basic shape with color. He then layered that with clearl laquer and paint in alternating layers, so that what was once a red-orange squiggle slowly became a quasi-three-dimensional goldfish. My writing fits the same form: a lot of thinking, a clear concept, and then layers of editing and re-writing to give it readability and nuance that supports the point rather than being chaotic like most writing.
Please tell us more about the other two titles.
The idea of nihilism hit me in full force when I was fifteen, but I had been mulling over the concept for many years already: the collision between what humans convinced themselves was true and then the plain reality in front of us. It took some time to get over the hurdles that this imposed, namely a somewhat tedious materialism followed by the eternal human tendency to streamline a complex series of situations into a single universal principle, like an ideology or mystical theology. The first book, Nihilism, compiles writings that I have been augmenting since the late 1980s, and the second, Parallelism, investigates — with all-new text — the consequences of nihilism and the thought system that results when one gets past those hurdles. The third, Solipsism, is another collection of essays previously published but with commentary and introduction describing the mental state in which most humans naturally fall that is nonetheless the opposite of what their intuition tells them.
Why did you select Manticore Press as your publisher?
Manticore Press editor Gwendolyn Taunton has worked with me in the past and demonstrated quality professional judgment as well as a focus on literature outside the mainstream which upholds the standards of great publishing houses of the past. It was a natural choice to write to her first and mention that I thought her idea a good one and had a compilation of texts ready.
What are your favorite books?
Most likely this question is best handled as the heavy metal one was, which is to look at not some abstract idea of “best” but books that are revisited frequently. For that, clearly Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs, Brave New World and The Perennial Philosophy by Aldous Huxley, Elementary Particles and The Possibility of an Island by Michel Houellebecq, all of Jane Austen and William Faulkner, anything Fred Nietzsche or Julius Evola wrote, and some recent discoveries, like the intriguing Barbara Pym.
Do you have any more books planned for the future apart from the three you already did?
Several projects occupy me right now. They take the form of exploration of human psychology as it relates to patterns in nature. It is unclear at this time what form they will take and so it is unwise for me to promise much of anything as it may change. However, it is likely that I will keep writing, both for print and on Amerika.
Any more comments.
Thank you for this interview. It was fun to answer. Maybe throw on some classic death metal and read about nihilism?
Traditionalist/esoteric publisher Manticore Press has announced that it will publish Nihilism by Brett Stevens in 2016. This is my first published book, consisting of two decades of writing on nihilism expanded, edited and distilled with a new introduction and more extensive references.
The synopsis describes the book as follows:
Most people see the world in binary categories. They believe that there is either an inherent moral good that we must all obey, or there are no rules and life is pointless anarchy. Nihilism argues for a middle path: we lack inherent order but are defined by our choices, which means that we must start making smarter choices by understanding the reality in which we live more than the human social reality which we have used to replace it in our minds.
A work of philosophy in the continental tradition, Nihilism examines the human relationship with philosophical doubt through a series of essays designed to stimulate the ancient knowledge within us of what is right and what is real. Searching for a level of thought underneath the brain-destroying methods of politics and economics, the philosophy of nihilism approaches thought at its most basic level and highest degree of abstraction. It escapes the bias of human perspective and instructs our ability to perceive itself, unleashing a new level of critical thinking that side-steps the mental ghetto of modernity and the attendant problems of civilization decline and personal lassitude.
While many rail against nihilism as the death of culture and religion, the philosophy itself encourages a consequentialist, reality-based outlook that forms the basis for moral choice. Unlike the control-oriented systems of thought that form the basis of contemporary society, nihilism reverts the crux of moral thinking to the relationship between the individual and the effects of that individual’s actions in reality. From this, a new range of choice expands, including the decision to affirm religious and moral truth as superior methods of Darwinistic adaptation to the question of human survival, which necessarily includes civilization.
Inspired by transcendentalist thinkers and the ancient traditions of both the West and the Far East, the philosophy of nihilism negates the false intermediate steps imposed on us by degenerated values systems. In the footsteps of philosopher Friedrich W. Nietzsche, who called for a “re-evaluation of all values,” nihilism subverts linguistic and social categorical thinking in order to achieve self-discipline of the mind. As part of this pursuit, Nihilism investigates thought from writers as diverse as William S. Burroughs, Aldous Huxley, Arthur Schopenhauer and Immanuel Kant. For those who seek the truth beyond the socially-convenient explanations that humans tell one another, nihilism is a philosophy both for a new age and for all time.
Manticore Press made a name for itself distributing series like Aristokratia, which compiles writings on Tradition, occultism, Nietzsche, Plato and other topics familiar to readers of this site. I look forward to seeing this one in print. This is the first of three manuscripts I have prepared, and consists mostly of previously-published work which has been upgraded with significant editing and introductory material that is all-new and states its theories more compactly.
One of these three manuscripts, Parallelism, for which I am currently seeking publishers:
Parallelism consists of all-new material that goes beyond the fundamentals established by my writings on conservatism, (raging) realism, nihilism, solipsism, crowdism and individualism. It is a longer text with more to offer for the reader of philosophy, politics or history.
Pancriollismo has translated two of my articles, “El Animal en el Hombre y la Lógica en la Naturaleza” (“The Animal In Man And The Logic In Nature”) and “Moralidad Versus Conformidad” (“Morality Versus Conformity”). It’s great to see them live on in another language.
One of the tenets of pan-nationalism, or nationalism for each ethnic group, is that your own language is the most important in the world. If you are in Japan, Japanese language, culture and values are the most important in the world bar none. If you are in Germany, the same is true for German. The same is also true in Israel where the Jewish culture, religion and race are the most important in the world. There is no center of the universe, and no one race that matters in some “objective” and “universal” light above all others.
For this reason, I really enjoy these translations.