Wednesday, May 22, 2013

200 years of Richard Wagner

Today is the 200th birthday of Richard Wagner. In the 70 years that he lived he changed the course and the history of music, not only in a tonal sens but also in the way that is composed and put on stage. Once can with almost absolute certainty say that not only music but film and theatre as well, would not be the same if it hadn’t been for him, and some of the things in those art forms which we today considered natural, such as the dimming of lights in the audience and highlighting of the stage, were in fact his inventions.

Although his concept of „gesamtkunstwerk“ never really realized itself in the full sense, modern art, especially film, is steadily moving in that direction. Before Wagner, opera was dominated by singers and orchestras would adjust themselves to them. With Wagner, they were on equal footing, and each got it’s chance to shine during the performance, in a way a well structured sports team enables individual players to truly stand out.

Wagner was a controversial figure even in his lifetime, with many polemics going on about him, not only in the field of music and art. Perhaps his most notorious move was the publication of the essay called „Jewishness in Music“ ("Das Judenthum in der Musik") in which he attacks composers Mendelsohn and Meyerbeer on ethno-religious basis, generalizing what he saw as their flaws as artists onto the Jewish people as a whole, adding nasty and venomous remarks against Jews for good measure, all the while trying to represent this text as cultural and social critique. This earned him a reputation of a notorious antisemite. What happened in his lifetime, however, would be nothing compared to what was to come after his death.

Adolf Hitler was a notorious fan of Wagner, a fact he had never hidden. Wagner family helped the nazis from early on and racial theorist Houston Stewart Chamberlain, an undoubted intellectual pre-cursor of the Third Reich, married Wagner daughter Eva 24 years after the composer’s death. Together with Cosima, Wagner’s widow, he formed the so-called „Bayreuth circle“ which tried to connect Wagner’s art with the racist and chauvinist politics they promoted. All this created the perception of Wagner as the artistic prophet of nazism.

This perception, hovewer, is utterly incorrect. Chamberlain and Cosima Wagner twisted Wagner’s art and his prose writings(even „Jewishness in music“) for their own ends in a way simillar to Elisabeth Nietche and her apropriation of her brother’s work. Also, Wagner was misrepresented as an imperial German nationalist, whereas, in fact, he had been a socialist-anarchist who despised militarism and imperialism. And contrary to the popular belief that Wagner was the official composer of the Third Reich, the number of his performances declined by more then a third on the period from 1933 to 1939 with a further decline to come during the war. All this I will discuss in detail in some future entries. Today is the day to enjoy the music.

Herzliche  Gluckwunscen zum Geburtstag, Meister!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Food for thought over the weekend of April 13th and 14th

Jewish Nationalists understood what was coming last time. They understand what is coming this time. Yet no matter how many times they are proven right, the beautiful dreamers refuse to listen to the history which proves them wrong. They're still waiting for the European Union, the United Nations, for the dead hand of history to let go and the better world to be born out of the ashes of the old.

Daniel Greenfield, Sultan Knish

Any simmillarity to Serbia is purely...

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

And now a bit of wisdom from the patriotic side

Well, it took them 7 days of listening to the people who overwhelmingly demanded a rejection of the Brussels ultimatum to make the only possible decision, but at least they actually made it. And while they are, in their own words, trebling from fear now, that too might stop soon.

And we must help them at that. They are what they are, what is done is done, but if the west won't give them an exit out of this, we must do so, in spite of everything. We will reap no benefits from incessantly reprimanding our "leaders" for the mistakes they made or from repetitions of the mantra that "treason is only postponed".

The traitor clique in Serbia that has been created in the 1990-ties went into full standard mode during last week in order to squeeze out the one, final act of high treason. And in the process they used just about every cliche' in order to either seduce or intimidate the population into submission. If we agree their will be goods galore, if we refuse there will be isolation, poverty, wars...But now that it did not work it is necessary that Serb patriotic organizations employ a simmilar mode of putting pressure on the rulers. We can not and must not, of course, invoke powerful masters from abroad like the traitor coalition does but we can count on the will of the people which, as I already wrote, were overwhelmingly in favour of rejecting the ultimatum, so much so that even deputy PM Aleksandar Vučić publicly stated he feared the reaction on the streets.

It is, naturally, difficult to promise support to people who stated, wrote and even did scandalous and extremely detrimental things, but there appears to be little realistic alternative on the horizon. The only way nationalist and patriotic forces can take over the state is through a popular uprising or a coup and both of those are only possible after the treason actually occurs. Persistent attacks on Nikolić, Dačić and Vučić can only push them to the dark side. Whether one likes it or not, these three occupy Serbia's most prominent political offices and it is necessary to influence them in order to prevent them from making any more detrimental political moves. If they do not see a way out of this situation, it is us who must provide it, especially if it leads towards national liberation. 

On the other hand, we must be vigilant and not allow an acceptance of an "agreement" that is essentially the same with some cosmetic changes. This includes constant exposure of the so-called negotiations as a sham as well as what would be the consequences of a "reached settlement". That way we could pull the ruling trio away from the Brussels trap, where they, at least intimately do not want to be in the first place.

And let me finish as I began, with fear, but also with some hope added. The rulers of Sebia might still be trembling but more out of fear from their people then from EU and US. Contrary to what Stalin said, fear, however, is not eternal and ruling through it is tricky. It is therefore necessary to give hope to these Serbian rulers who have, however timidly, re-ignited the flame of resistance to EU and America, that in this course of action they will have the support of all of us who have decided to resist years ago and those who never stopped. They must be told that a potential U-turn on their part will not be used to settle old scores, personal or political. Serbia and it's people could only be damaged through such actions and their interests come first, don't they?

Monday, April 01, 2013

Lawrence Auster RIP

This morning I learned that Lawrence Auster, author and founder of the blog View From the Right passed away last Friday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Even though I did not agree with Auster on some issues, he opened up for me a unique perspective on many issues. I am particularly grateful for his insight on American politics and how he eviscerated not only the liberal left but also the "establishment right" and their both intellectual and especially in the case of the former, moral bancrupcy, as well as showing me, along with other authors, a part of America I did not know even existed. I will miss him and his texts which were unique in their originality and their astute analysis.

May The Lord grant him His Kingdom.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Food for thought over the weekend of 30th and 31st of March

"The idea of Peace in Our Time was conceived in Paris shortly after the Liberation..... I began to suspect that the physical effect of four years intermittent bombing is far less damaging to the intrinsic character of a nation than the spiritual effect of four years enemy occupation."

Noel Coward on the inspiration for one of his plays, Peace In Our Time, that depicts an alternate history scenario of Nazi Germany occupying Great Britain .

Again, it's up to you to choose whether any similarity to the situation of Serbia is coincidential or not.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Could it have happened to a nicer guy? Absolutely not!

No, not even Barack Obama, Hilary Clinton, John McCain or Lindsey Graham are as deserving as Bernard Henry Levy of this fate. The former at least have the excuse of being politicians. But hey, he got off lightly, unlike ambassador Stevens who was on the receiving end of full-blown gratitude on behalf of Lybia's jihad. 

Now that Levy has been demoted from useful idiot to useless nuissance(copyright: Daniel Greenfield) you'dcthink  he learned something? No way. He is still gushing over "free Lybia" and it is difficult to see which part of his paean to this fictional entity is more absurd. Is it his lavish praise to the  "leaders" that are "masters of all Lybia's parts", that in reality can barely master the buildings of their own so-called governement and which note as the official reason for banning Levi their inability to gurantee him safety from "islamists" which both Levy and the governement claim are "marginal"? Or the lavish praise heaped upon  the "moderate Islam of Benghazi  practiced by the people" which includes destroying churches and torturing priests and ordinary christian believers and, as previously noted,  killing from time to time the odd American ambassador?

But then, Levy himself in an absurd character who, presumably with a straight face, told Benyamin Netanyahu that those same people who won't grant him entry to Lybia would recognize Israel. And at least equally absurd is the fact that high-ranking officials are lending an ear, however unwilling, to this charlatan.

Now he wants to take his absurd act to Syria. With his track record, what could possibly go wrong? 

Friday, March 22, 2013

Food for thought over the weekend

War has an endpoint. Peace does not. A peace in which you are constantly at war can go on forever because while the enthusiasts of war eventually exhaust their patriotism, the enthusiasts of peace never give up on their peacemaking. Warmongers may stop after a few thousand dead, but Peacemongers will pirouette over a million corpses. 

Daniel Greenfield, Sultan Knish

Any similarity to the Serbian situation is purely...Well, you choose...

PS: I might make "Food for thought" a permanent feature on this blog.