Thursday, January 31, 2013

A grim anniversary and a moral(if you can learn from history)

Italian journalist Indro Montanelli held once a bust of Stalin in his office. since it was a known fact that his political persuasions are quite iopposite of communism, one of his friends asked him why he held this bust and  Montanelli replied: "Nobody killed as many communists as Stalin did". If I was a Europe-hater and an anti-white racist I woud emulate Montanelli  by having a portrait of Adolf Hitler in my home or study. Nobody killed as many white Europeans as Hitler did nor has inflicted such destruction on Europe, in material, spiritual and moral sense. Even today his evil legacy soils, one way or another, political and social discourse and other areas of life such as science, economy, jurispudence and even art.

The 80th anniversary of Hitler coming to power yesterday passed somewhat unnoticed even by me. What reminded me was a text by Srđa Trifković in Chronicles. Particularly interesting is Trifković's description of the events that lead to Hitler being appointed. I could not help even though I knew the facts already from other sources being dumbfounded all over again by the sheer cynicism, superficiality and short-sightedness of some of the participants:

Until the first few weeks of January 1933 Hindenburg repeatedly stated that he would never appoint Hitler as Chancellor, whatever the circumstances. As late as January 26 he declared to a group of friends and associates, “Gentlemen, I hope you will not hold me capable of appointing this Austrian corporal to be Reich Chancellor.” But Chancellor Franz von Papen—ostensibly a master manipulator—thought that if need be he could use Hitler as an expedient tool, a brute who would be kept on a short leash by the forces of the traditional Right.
Having patiently made his way into Hindenburg’s inner circle, Papen kept amusing and flattering the old man. By early 1932 he was considered not only trusted but indispensible. After the November 1932 election, which saw the Nazi vote drop from 37 to 32 percent, and after Papen was forced out of Chancellorship in December, Hindenburg’s importance in resolving the looming crisis grew out of all proportion to his declining faculties and deteriorating health. After another meeting with the Nazi leader, in the final weeks of 1932, Hindenburg declared dryly that “a cabinet led by Hitler would necessarily develop into a single-party dictatorship, with all the attendant consequences for an extreme aggravation of the conflicts within the German people.”
Papen begged to differ, however. He came to believe that he could build up Hitler yet control him from behind the scenes, bring him down at an opportune moment, and take the top post for himself yet again. He then persuaded Hindenburg’s influential son Oskar of the merits of his plan, and spent the last two weeks of January bullying Hindenburg into appointing Hitler Chancellor. On January 30, 1933—eighty years ago today—Hindenburg relented and swore Hitler in as Chancellor at 11 a.m. This was no Machtergreifung, no active seizure of power, no revolution. Hitler’s appointment was the fruit of Papen’s intrigue. Essentially it was theMachtübertragung, handover of power.

The cynical manipulators of today are showing that they have learned absolutely nothing. They live under the delusion they could have their own brutes to use as a stick to beat their political and ideological opponents and do not change their behaviour even when chickens come home to roost.  Which is why history threatens to repeat itself, but contrary to Marx's theory the second time might be even a bigger tragedy then the first.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Who is it that they admire and who is it they persecute?

It is often said that the quality and health of a society can be measured by seeing who it's most prominent are.   The fact Hilary Clinton has recently been proclaimed  "Most Admired Woman" by Americans in the traditional  Gallup poll bodes ill for the US society as a whole.

Sadistically gleeful reaction to the savage murder of Ghaddafi should have signaled to the world at large that she has a fundamentally sociopathic if not psychopathic personality. The other day she showed again that component of her in a sentence that for sheer cynical callousness takes some beating. "What difference does it make?" was her reply when she was asked whether she still thought some obscure video caused the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi.

Putting aside the objections specific to the case itself, such as the political imprisonment of the maker of the aforementioned film on trumped-up charges as a direct consequence of Clinton's false statements, her reply is even more egregious from the general philosophical point of view. If we apply this monstrous logic to it's logical end anything resembling morality would soon be erased from society and soon civilization itself would collapse. Let's take the preservation of law and order as an example: according to Hilary Clinton's warped view it is useless to hunt down murderers because once the person is dead it does not matter whether he or she was murdered or died of natural causes. 

In history this kind of thinking would produce even more monstrous results. Following Clinton's logic it really does not matter why millions of Jews died during World War Two, their deaths are tragic regardless whether  they were murdered by the Nazis or died of some general, vague "horrible wartime conditions". This is in fact a line promoted by those Holocaust deniers who seek to cover themselves with a cloak of respectability.

There is another side to this story and it concerns who, on the other hand, is reviled by that same society. The answer is: a person who displays sanity, logic and clarity in judgement. For more then a year Michelle Bachmann has been maligned as a "bigot", "crank", "redneck" and "islamophobe" for  refusing to look at the events in the Middle East through rose-colored glasses and expressing legitimate scepticism and concerns over possible future development. Now that she's been vindicated to a great extent, you'd think that some people would at least retreat from the public discourse(nobody is so gullible as to think they would actually apologize). But no, the media lynching of Michelle Bachmann continues unabated and will continue in the forseeable future.

Hilary Clinton revered, Michelle Bachmann reviled. As said in the beggining, says more about the society that treats them this way then about the women in question.

Monday, January 07, 2013

Christ is born!

And behold, a voice from heaven said,"This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased." - Matthew, 3:17

Merry Christmas to all my readers who celebrate it according to the Julian calendar!

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Happy New Year!

All the best in 2013 to all my readers. As a gift, in honor of the year in which we mark the Richard Wagner bicentennial, I give you Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg
, Bayreuth 1984(back in the days when their production was still worth something)