(This essay appeared in earlier versions at Counterpunch.)
[Note: With its frequent references to the Devil and the work he oversees, this essay is certain to alienate many of those who fancy themselves ‘thoroughly modern, serious-minded readers’. So be it. A greater seriousness lies beyond our eyes.]
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” –Ephesians 6:12
“In making themselves real, entities (must) also manufacture realities for themselves: realities whose potency often depends upon the stupefaction, subjugation and enslavement of populations, and whose existence is in conflict with other ‘reality programs’. Burroughs’s fiction deliberately renounces the status of plausible representation in order to operate directly upon this plane of magical war.” —Cybernetic culture research unit
Invisible, non-material forces govern this planet while all that appears before our eyes is a compelling illusion. Dispassionate fact-gathering diverts us from the dark powers that employ materialism to conceal their best behind-the-scenes work. The prevailing ‘status of plausible representation’ is under sustained attack in our time. These otherworldly forces cast an eerie glow over world events. (Leading Islamic eschatologist Sheikh Imran Hosein consistently uses the term mysterious to characterize the higher dimension perturbations that seem to be impacting history at a quickening pace beyond what might reasonably be anticipated by strict human causation.)
Occasionally, a journalist will peer behind the facade to confront the spiritual energies that animate the latter. Such narratives split the distance between what our eyes would have us believe and what our hearts know to be true.
Asia Times correspondent Pepe Escobar had his x-ray specs on recently as he plumbed the murky realms of Oppenheimer regret, the covert alchemy behind rocket science and the CIA’s demonically-laced appetite for destruction. (See ‘How Twin Peaks Unveils Our World’, Asia Times, September 7th, 2017).
Speaking to the occult’s deep involvement in the military industrial apparatus, Escobar implicitly furnishes his own rationale for a pen that oscillates between adroit commentator on global realpolitik and globetrotting Bhagavad Gita-man.
First of all, Pepe’s not cracking up. He’s coalescing. The world needs more intrepid piercings of the veil. This is the dot-connecting our divide-and-conquer overlords take great pains to obscure lest the ulterior source of their power be laid bare. Some excerpts:
• “Enter the critical connection between ritual magic and modern science”
• “the US deep state tapped into occult, uncontrollable forces as it opened unknown time-space portals”
• “the cryptic, autocratic US deep state/industrial-military complex, via the first atomic bomb explosion in July 1945, opened a “crack”, a vacuum, a chasm (“between two worlds”) that allowed infernal/ metaphysical forces to enter our sphere of existence”
For their part, Perpetuators of the Rift promulgate fear in order to forestall a broad-based and comprehensive understanding. With the onset of alt-media this is becoming a tougher diversion to sustain, at least among a key and potentially decisive vanguard. As we shall see, there is a spirited rearguard action powering this resistance.
When it isn’t cobbling war consensus, the MSM proffers a diversionary parade of Godot-esque Groundhog Days propped up with whispers of Big News to Come. Interwar periods (to the extent they exist anymore) call for little more than mass distraction and broad consumption. Until the war drums beat again. Which they are so clearly doing now.
Hence the Russian obsession, as cheerleaders for the Bernaysian mono-narrative –the Blitzers and Tappers of Tele-Pharisaic CNN-world– struggle to install the Next Clear and Present Danger via talismanic repetition: Russian influence! Russian influence!
The forces of Perdition are probably right to demonize what many regard as the advent of the ‘Third Rome’ (Moscow). Having weathered the ravages of Bolshevism, a re-Christianized Russia presents a counter-cyclical phenomenon that casts molten lead in the Devil’s one good eye; counter-cyclical because Babylon must first consolidate power on earth before giving it all back again at the end of history.
Look to the system’s archest foes to find its keenest threats.
Might the Russia of Dostoevsky’s imagination be on the cusp of its special Christian mission, retaking perhaps the spiritual void left in the wake of a ‘multi-acculturated’ Europe, i.e. as a counterforce to Islamic jihadism? That would displease many dark princelings of this world. And might it and other Orthodox forms strike an alliance with the predominantly Shia wing of Islam as Shiekh Imran Hosein so passionately suggests?
[In an article that appeared subsequent to this essay, yet is simply too synchronistic not to recount], Father Andrew Phillips of Orthodox England Events blog states the plight of non-Orthodox Christianity rather bluntly:
“We see that Russia is today the last bastion of the Church of God and so of Christianity in the world. Our war is against those who have destroyed the Church in the West over the last thousand years and are now trying to destroy the Church in the Middle East, in the ‘soft’ Balkans and even in parts of the Ukraine.” –from ‘Russia’s Enemies Are Fighting a Spiritual War Against Russian Christianity’
Acting as an agent of restraint on the spirit of Antichrist (a phenomenon Paul in Thessalonians calls katechon), Russia can influence—and work to brake–a world hellbent on godless chaos. Oswald Spengler spoke of the Russian soul coming of age at some future propitious time. [In ‘Spiritual Roots of Russo-American Conflict’, Kerry R. Bolton offers an authoritative and fascinating examination of this subject matter.]
Russophobia expresses a spiritual aversion to which geopolitics acts merely as frontispiece. The stakes are existentially high, transcending empires and ideologies. No wonder our Gatekeepers sputter and fuss. Armed with the most tepid forensic evidence of Russian influence, they are charged nonetheless with pressing a spiritual war on ostensible geopolitical grounds, loath (for tactical reasons) to expose their dark, first-order spiritual affiliations. Invisibility indeed!
If, as Nicolas Berdyaev claimed, “independent Russian thought was awakened by the problem of the philosophy of history”, America’s purveyors of wickedness glossed our version of the history problem by consigning us to a deep sleep of irresolvable terror.
No ideas emerge unscathed through the churn of history, the ultimate sausage-maker. America’s Cold War synthesis, painted as unabashed victory was attenuated, by design, into a false proposition. Consequently, Bolshevism must be reengaged, this time on domestic soil. (Commentator Ben Shapiro likens America’s current schism to a reenactment of the Weimar’s Brown Shirts versus Reds; though in fairness, the latter is well-evidenced, the former less so.) Borrowing a recent headline from Adam Garrie of ‘The Duran’, Antifa is a terrorist group in the blood-soaked Bolshevik tradition. Amen to that, Comrade.
Farce compounds tragedy. Charlottesville is nothing less than an early skirmish against an ideology (Bolshevism) that might easily have remained consigned to the ashcan of history –-had history been allowed to wash up onto American shores. Had history been allowed to happen. As it is, the past has unsettled business with us. Nothing in America can advance until the account is brought current. There will be blood.
[Christian evangelist Chuck Missler has postulated that America’s striking under-representation in biblical prophesy could stem from God’s ‘abandonment judgement’. No American Christian, including myself, can relish this interpretation. Our love of country notwithstanding, one must ask, Has God responded to our vacating Him by vacating us?]
Contrast this avoidance strategy with the Russian experience, an authentically suffered-through and digested historical epoch which delivered that nation, by dialectical necessity, to a more advanced version of itself.
In a climate hostile to resolution, facile bumper stickers preside. PNAC’s 1997 Statement of Principles serves as apt blueprint to our nation’s conceptual paralysis. Ripe with hubris and devoid of introspection, it forced a triumphalism upon the natural course of dialectical progression, or is this reader missing circumspection born of authentic synthesis in the following proclamation?
“Having led the West to victory in the Cold War…[w]e need to increase defense spending significantly…”
Sounds more like a shell-game from here.
Refused her duly earned ticker-tape parade, America was presented instead, at war’s end, with the preposterous Neocon invocation to beat her sword into yet another sword. The interminable loop of permawar (itself an indigestible bit of ahistorical mischief) became America’s ‘way forward’. As for our supposed adversary, ‘terror’, it offers an inexhaustible emotional response to perils of the real, imagined and endlessly manipulated kinds. The Neocon catastrophe is now a matter of global record. The peace dividend was purloined by a unipolar will-to-power that metastasized into a monomania worthy of Ahab himself.
As surely as Peter the Great deflected Russia’s historical arc centuries before (Spengler called this artificial overlay Petrinism), Straussianism (with its steadfast insistence on an enemy, any enemy) imposed an inorganic trajectory here at home. Again, we struggle not with the American soul but with an imposition on the American soul; that being –to expropriate the words of Elder Aristocles rendered in a qualitatively similar time and place (early Bolshevik Russia)– a spirit from Hell.
Vestiges of Petrinism are traceable today in the Russian domestic scene where neo-liberal forces still seek to integrate Russia into the West’s global institutions (a faction known as Euro-Atlanticism). Needless to say, such a turn would constitute yet another calamitous, inauthentic and imitative path were Russia to undertake it. As it’s happened, the strategic bone-headedness of the Western sanctions regime (or can we use a more operative term, say, The Eurasian Integration Acceleration Plan?) succeeded in spurring Russian self-reliance more than it engendered servility. One has to ask, where did our gray-haired mandarins go?
International Relations pioneer Kenneth Waltz barely considered unipolarity, thinking it a practical impossibility. Earthly power must lever against one dialectical nemesis or another else it enters a Fukuyama la-la land of mock-completion. The Grail-like quest for Full Spectrum Dominance is nothing less than a Babelian, One-World assault on God’s infinite dominion.
Perhaps it’s no irony then that the propaganda onslaught may be reaching a cognitive saturation point as the Russiaphobia narrative founders for lack of anything other than pathological teeth-gnashing. As for the transformational power of the Alt counter-movements in America, such effects remain to be seen.
We encounter the same enemy in a slightly different context in Sheldon Wolin’s inverted totalitarianism –furtive, featureless and ubiquitous– that ‘wants everything’. Only a totalism that encapsulates soul, spirit and consciousness can truly be said to have eradicated dissent, as opposed to merely stifling it. Again, static inescapable monism is the quest, nothing less than Orwell’s “boot stamping on a human face – forever” where the dreaded boot has all the repressive kickback of an uninterruptible kiss. Endure your Master like a ton of feathers pressed against your soul.
A divided perspective is the Devil’s playground. Escobar with Lynch underscores how we contend with Science, no less than Geopolitics, in this world’s shadow-play. Oppenheimer’s dark underpinnings betray his true mistress, CERN’s threshold-greeter, Shiva. Science is in fact an egregoric pact the Enlightenment Lucifer hatched with Man allowing the latter to collaborate, with empirical detachment, in his own destruction. It’s not enough simply to destroy Man. Lucifer will only be satiated when God’s most prized creation actively destroys itself.
Arthur C. Clarke once remarked that, “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Better to say perhaps that technology remains a province of magic in both its disclosed and undisclosed forms. Indeed Science’s greatest trick may have been making us believe magic doesn’t exist.
As our eyes were seduced away from the luminous shell, superstition was repealed, souls became Freud’s appetitive egos and haunted eyes were made wards of the Pharma-State. The secular world seeks to steal the spirit world’s singular fire, to anesthetize it into Bolshevist collectivist pap. That old windbag Crowley and his whiz-kid Parsons may indeed have finagled a hole in the firmament. However the Devil wins battles, never wars. Firewalk with that.
Oddly, Russia inserts itself here. Of Orthodox Christianity, Berdyaev noted, “it remained apart from passionate religious battles for hundreds of years…and preserved its eternal truth from the destructive processes of world history.”
Stating much the same, Russian thinker Aleksandr Dugin recently described the unique interplay of the modern and the archaic in Russian history as a clear repudiation of the West’s “universal paradigm” of historical advance. In fact, Luciferianism is the replacement theology no one bothered disclosing to the West’s Christians. One day, prayer was allowed in school and Church was immersed in the affairs of State. The next day it was no longer like that though the myriad retreats were made to sound quite reasonable at the time:
“…one can imagine the archeomodern as a system like fractions: the numerator is the modern, and the denominator is the archaic. Western society went along a different path, in which the archaic and the modern are on the same plane. That is, modern and traditional society displaced one another. And the entire process of the modernization of Western societies consisted of the replacing of elements: monarchy by democracy, religion by secularity. But in Russia, from the very beginning all these things were not mutually exclusive, i.e. one could be modern and archaic. The Soviet period was at one and the same time both progressive and archaic, what the national-Bolsheviks called ‘Soviet Rus’.” –from ‘Interview with Aleksandr Dugin, the Russian Bete Noire of the Western Press’
The Luciferean entreaties concealed within Science and Reason that gnawed relentlessly at Western Christianity were largely kept from the Eastern forms. Russia was held in abeyance in a Spenglerian ‘primitive’ state, that is, with its cultural vigor looming still ahead and its powder kept dry. Until such time as its spiritual calling came of age. Until such time as now?
How did Russia snatch pole position from the West if an Orthodox Christian revival is in fact underway? (American commentator Matt Barber suggested recently that modern Russia “out-Christians our once-Christian nation”.) Blame it on the overweening success of such Luciferians as Voltaire and Rousseau. In a recent New Silk Strategies essay, Vince Dhimos touches upon both the Enlightenment’s uneven impact upon East and West as well as its covert and spiritually punitive agenda:
“…in its radical form, the word Enlightenment is a cynical misnomer. Yet in its moderate form, it is true to its name. The moderate school, which is a non-ideological problem-solving approach, has been all but eliminated in the West but thrives in the East…It was supposed to be a humanitarian movement…to replace religious dogma with rationality and enable the common man to overcome the overbearing influence of the rich and powerful, making everyone equal in an enlightened world….The radical Enlightenment in its real world embodiment was marked by a zeal not so much to solve problems but to eradicate old ideas and behaviors and to punish those who clung to them. Their targets were common sense and traditional wisdom, particularly of the kind associated with Christianity.” [my bold]
There’s no better depiction of Dhimo’s cynical radical form than Charles Baudelaire’s ‘The Generous Gambler’ (1864) where the West’s flight from Christian tradition is signaled in advance with eerie prescience. By his own account, Lucifer’s hands are all over Science. Indeed the Scientific Method toils methodically at delivering the latest spiritual setback cloaked as technological breakthrough. Combustion engines deliver greenhouse gases. Forward is back. Darkness is light. Mick Jagger is a sympathetic supplicant. Evil, increasingly a psychiatric catalog of aberrant behaviors, loses its moral primacy. Baudelaire’s account is simply too damned good not to depict an authentic encounter with The Old Boy himself:
“[Lucifer] complained in no way of the evil reputation under which he lived, indeed, all over the world, and he assured me that he himself was of all living beings the most interested in the destruction of Superstition, and he avowed to me that he had been afraid, relatively as to his proper power, once only, and that was on the day when he had heard a preacher, more subtle than the rest of the human herd, cry in his pulpit: “My dear brethren, do not ever forget, when you hear the progress of lights praised, that the loveliest trick of the Devil is to persuade you that he does not exist!”
The memory of this famous orator brought us naturally on the subject of academies, and my strange host declared to me that he didn’t disdain, in many cases, to inspire the pens, the words, and the conscience of pedagogues, and that he almost always assisted in person, in spite of being invisible, at all the scientific meetings.”–from The Generous Gambler [my bold]
Dhimos’ eradication of old ideas restates Baudelaire’s destruction of superstition, that is, the nihilistic drive to banish the spirit world from polite conversation under the false light of ‘enlightenment’. With modern culture’s assassination of ‘superstition’ a virtual fait accompli, the world of shadow-forms (Paul’s flesh and blood) acquires first-order status by default. Today, the Devil wins before he starts. A premonitory clue lies in the biblical description of Lucifer as “lightning fall[en] from heaven” [Luke 10:18]. The Enlightenment drapes the world in the darkness of godless materialism.
Brian Reis has another name for this sly costume change —satanic indifference— or if one prefers the official euphemistic parlance, secular humanism. Scientists, oblivious to the dark underwriter of their work, insist their paymaster doesn’t exist. Yet Hiroshima (next stop, Pyongyang?) shows us how the wages of science yield a scalable, dissociative sin that one-on-one fornication could never equal for aggregated iniquity.
At first, Baudelaire’s Lucifer voices wariness at the prospect of invisibility (obsolescence) in the glare of ‘progressive lights’. However this is an affected pose. Cut loose from the millstone of Miltonian hell-pits and lurid superstition, he knows an era of unfettered gains awaits him.
In this same vein of seductive onslaught, Heidegger saw the tangible yields of science (technology) enveloping us with irresistible convenience. Such solicitousness plays well to our innate laziness and hubris. The agenda was always to beguile and then surpass us once techne could stand unassisted on its own transhuman feet. (Transhumanism is Ray Kurzweil’s rhetorical avoidance for post-humanism. What deep wellsprings of self-loathing compel a man to perfect his artilect executioners?) The plan is for the superstition of soul to evaporate with the advent of the precocious silicon chip.
As evil adopts the stealth of dreary rationalism and consolidates the final lap in an orgy of mushroom clouds and fabric-splitting CERN colliders, many will die thinking it was the Dull March of Science –and Science alone– that killed them. The Damned will beg to differ.
The low-order functionaries of the demon world, unlike Man, intuit the future. In Matthew 8 they ask presciently of Jesus, ‘art thou come hither to torment us before the time?‘ It is a facet of angels, fallen and otherwise, that they are keen readers of the eschatological clock. Even for us, today, the narrowing path is becoming harder to ignore. The hour is late.
Only by acknowledging the renewed fever-pitch of the spiritual plane as it unfolds in earnest behind the geopolitical, scientific and technological presentations can a unified comprehension be achieved. During the walk’s final mile, adroit seekers will do well like Escobar and Lynch to keep one foot in the fire of Spirit, the other in the ice of facticity.
As for those with an unambiguous Christian calling (i.e. spiritually dispossessed White Americans such as myself), Russia may well be a nation writ indispensably large. So be it. The Eurasian Century beckons and no amount of Western denialism or affronted exceptionalism will stop history’s inexorable advance. Eventually, our culture will experience dialectical renewal once Pax Americana (i.e. the overtaken Idea of Empiric Unipolarity) relents to a synthesizing encounter with one competing antithesis or another—Holy Rus perhaps? Islamic scholar Imran Hosein suggests that Islam and the Eastern Orthodox Christian Church will form an alliance in the Final Days. In short, contrary to prevailing scholarship, the Quran’s Rum may not refer to the first Rome, but rather the third one, Russia’s Moscow. Stranger things have happened. Stranger things are happening (witness the strangest of bedfellows in the picture above from this linked article).
Even if it doesn’t stop at Heaven’s Gate, patriotism should take reverential pause before traversing that threshold. God’s country of souls brooks no earthly borders. Dostoevsky again: “Reduce God to the attribute of nationality?…On the contrary, I elevate the nation to God.”
Norman Ball is a Scottish-born American nationalist who sees the writing on King Belshazzar’s wall nonetheless. For more on his Baudelairean excursions, visit www.gettheebehind.me.