Fredrick Töben looks at a MUST READ BOOK!
A REVIEW OF Tomislav Sunic’s
Postmortem Report: Cultural Examinations from Postmodernity
Wermod & Wermod, PO Box 1107, Shamley Green GU50WJ, United Kingdom
It is always refreshing to have a theoretical overlay perspective on matters that concern us, something British Empiricism has little time for but which is a matter of course within the French Rationalist and German Idealist tradition. Dr Thomislav Sunic does just that in his latest book. While empirical observations progress within a framework that permits cant and dissembling to take place, the other intellectual traditions demand a rationale and thereby activate the British Common Law principle of natural justice, i.e. it gives an individual the right of reply and so opens up a matter for discussion. For example, it should be known that the National Socialists aimed to raise living standards, lifting individuals into cultural endeavours that enabled them to appreciate the beauties of their heritage, their western culture. This is in marked contrast to the Communist-egalitarian endeavours that still seek to reduce individuals to the lowest common denominator – now so visible in the consumer society where uplifting world views crash into an abyss of infantile hedonism sublimated by a shroud of nihilism. The individual has the freedom to self-destruct but must not ask fundamental questions about life’s purpose, etc.
Professor Sunic’s 203-page book divides into five parts:
II: Cultural Pessimism;
III: Race/The Third Reich;
IV: Liberalism and Democracy;
V: Multiculturalism and Communism.
Endnotes and a comprehensive Index conclude Sunic’s reflections, which shed more light on the vexed problem, for example, of the ugliness of modern art foisted upon an unsuspecting public that is beginning to smell a rat – celebrating ugliness is not a moral virtue! Now, instead of my review of Dr Sunic’s book here is Professor Kevin MacDonald’s excellent FOREWORD wherein all matters of importance are considered.
This collection of articles and essays, previously published in a variety of journals and delving into topics ranging from race to literary criticism to philosophy of history, is most welcomed. Tom Sunic is an important intellectual – all the more so because there are so few intellectuals, especially in Europe, who are willing to dissent from the standard views of the left that have dominated intellectual discourse on issues relating to race, multiculturalism, and World War Two.
There are several qualities of his writing and his personal talent that I think are noteworthy. As an American, I greatly appreciate his European view of things. Every time I read one of his essays, I am introduced to a large number of authors who are unfamiliar to American audiences. Like most Americans, one of my (several) vices is that I am restricted to the English language. Sunic has read widely in French and German, and Croatian. This is a huge advantage in developing a broad perspective on European history and culture as a whole. So many intellectuals are confined to one little area- I think because they are afraid to be criticized by resident experts if they cross-disciplinary boundaries. The towering egos of so many intellectuals and their desires to defend their little territory against interlopers are huge barriers to progress.
Add to that his personal experience: The vast majority of Americans, myself included, have no experience of anything remotely resembling the brutal history of Europe’s recent past. Sunic grew up in Croatia under Communism and is personally acquainted with some of the darkest phenomena of the twentieth century. His family was persecuted by the communists and he clearly has a deep sense of the tragic aftermath of World War Two when the communist slaughtered many thousands of Croat nationals as well as nationals in other eastern European countries that came under communist domination. He discusses “the Aristocide of Bleiberg and other communist killing fields” – the point being that the communists murdered a considerable percentage of the Croatian elite. Indeed, he proposes that the murderous action of the communists probably had a dysgenic effect on the population as a whole.
As he points out, this murderous hostility toward the intelligent, the talented, and the physically gifted is the common denominator of the political left. Armed with theories of radical environmentalism (“the thesis that the social-economic environment engenders miracles) – what some have called “left creationism” and impervious to scientific fact and logic, communism has had a devastating effect wherever it has come to power.
Sunic is what has been called a “race realist” – someone who is not reticent in discussing the importance of race in human affairs based on scientific evidence and common sense. From ancient times, people have understood the importance of good breeding, and their perceptions of physical beauty and health have been adaptive in an evolutionary sense. The misshapen faces of gargoyles on the one hand and the ideal of the human form in much of western art tell a story of normal, healthy attitudes for much of our history. And it says much that the triumph of the left in world War two resulted also in the triumph of the abstractions and downright ugliness of modern art. This is art that ahs become established as high culture not because it naturally pleases the eye but because it pleases a corrupt, hostile, hyper-intellectualized, ethnically alien and politically motivated cultural establishment.
As Sunic reminds us, the defeat of National Socialism had devastating effect on the culture of the West – transforming it into a culture of suicide. In one of his most interesting essays, he shows that the art in Germany during the National Socialist period had strong classical themes. Whatever its faults – and there were many – the record shows that one strand of National Socialism was to preserve the traditional culture of Europe.
With historical hindsight, it is not too much to suggest that, unless there is a change in direction, the destruction of National Socialism represents the death knell of the West. This is because the culture of the post-World War Two West idolized White people with no allegiance to their people or their traditional culture, with no understanding of their own history. The books were burned and whatever was left of the old culture was anathematized.
Sunic writes that “the whole purpose of classicism and neo-classicisms, particularly in plastic art, but also in philosophy and literature suggested that Europeans had to abide by the cosmic rules of racial form and order. Whatever and whoever departs from order – brings in decadence and death”. The obvious implication is that to abandon this aesthetic is to accept death. The culture of the West has become the culture of Western suicide, and indeed there can be little doubt that that is exactly where we are headed.
Sunic goes where the very few post-World War Two intellectuals dared to tread: The idea that people of other racial backgrounds look up to Whites and behave accordingly. There is an envy and desire to mimic Whites: “The Western heritage, regardless of whether it is despised or loved by non-Europeans, is viewed either consciously or subconsciously as the ideal type and role model for all.”
This envy is also an aspect of the peril of European peoples. The ideology of the victors of World War Two has placed Europeans in a situation where their official ideology has as its central feature the moral imperative of cultural and demographic suicide. The racial resentment against the Western “other” that has often resulted in mimicry and emulation can also lead to violent retribution when the balance of power has shifted. Whites who fail to see all the signs of festering hostility of non-Whites who have been welcomed into Western countries under the aegis of wildly optimistic ideologies promulgated by hostile elites are simply not paying attention. It has a festering hostility of a large, deeply aggrieved Jewish population in the Soviet Union that led to the darkest horrors of the Twentieth Century.
Sunic understands the importance of race, but he does not think of the White race as a genetically homogenous group. Far from it. He rightly empathizes that central Europe has been a melting pot of different racial subgroups. Sunic points out that even during the Third Reich, the Germans did not think of themselves as a pure Nordic race but as a mixture of European racial sub-types. They recruited many different racial sub-types into high positions in the military, including a great many Slavs. As Sunic notes, the result was that the Wehrmacht and Waffen SS did not represent a very narrow racial type but included a great many Slavs and other people. The result was what he calls a “united European” fighting force. This departs quite radically from the received wisdom, and should have a major effect on how we think about World War Two.
Sunic also brings up things about World War Two that most of us are somewhat aware of but which are painful to read about. The psychopathic slaughters of civilians perpetrated on Dresden and other cities at a time when the outcome of the war had been decided are a monument of the viciousness of the Allies. The same can be said about the brutal treatment of German soldiers and civilians after the war, at least some of which was the result of Jewish influence. Indeed, it is apparent that if powerful Jews like Henry Morgenthau, Jun. (Secretary of the Treasury in the Roosevelt Administration) had had their way, many millions more Germans would have been murdered.
Sunic is one of those rare Western intellectuals who is willing to discuss Jewish influence openly and honestly. The real winners of World War two were not the Allies, including even the Soviet Union whose domination over Eastern Europe ultimately lasted less than 50 years. The real winners were the Jews.
Jewish power increased dramatically after World War Two. Israel was established in 1948 over the strong objections of the non-Jewish foreign policy establishment of the United States. Israel is now a regional power that is using its military capability and alliances with the United States to increase its territory.
After World War Two, anti-Jewish attitudes declined rapidly inn the United States and the West. There was a corresponding upsurge of Jewish wealth, political power, and cultural influence in the media, the arts, and the academic world. And a major facet of Jewish cultural power is that even by the 1940s Jewish influence became a taboo topic for anyone wishing to avoid social ostracism and penury.
Sunic presents a rational unbiased assessment of Jewish influence that is refreshingly free of the usual inhibitions without resorting to wild accusations and unverifiable assertions. In other words, Jewish influence should be discussed in a dispassionate manner of a social scientist just as it is with every other identifiable group. As Sunic points out, the only people who are allowed to discuss Jewish influence at all in the mainstream media are Jews. On the other hand, many Jews have achieved a great deal of influence as historians and critics of Western culture. The implicit attitude seems to be that Jewish history and Jewish influence are topics to be discussed, if at all, only within the Jewish community. It is a dialogue among Jews that non-Jews have no part in.
This is an inherently unfair situation, which has always had a tendency to lead to paranoia among non-Jews.
Europeans who have any allegiance to their people and the culture cannot stand by and accept this state of affairs. We are approaching an endgame situation in the West. In the United States, people of non-European descent will be the majority in just a few short decades, and the same will happen throughout Europe and other societies established by Europeans since the dawn of the Age of Discovery. At that point, centuries-old hostilities and resentments of non-white peoples towards Whites that Sunic discusses will come to the fore, and the culture and Europe will be irretrievably lost.
We must confront this impending disaster with a sense of psychological intensity and desperation. Reading Tom Sunic‘s essays will certainly provide the background for understanding how we got here and perhaps also for finding our way towards the future.
Professor Kevin MacDonald
Long Beach, California,
September 23, 2009.