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Author: Daniel Spaulding

The Enemy of My Enemy

There is an odd syllogism that is, sadly, not altogether uncommon among alternative and New Right circles.

There is an odd syllogism that is, sadly, not altogether uncommon among alternative and New Right circles. It works something like this:

-Major Premise: Globalism is bad.

-Minor Premise: Islam fights against globalism.

-Conclusion: Therefore Islam is praiseworthy and an ally against globalism.

I was reminded of this syllogism after recently encountering the transcript of a speech given by the Russian Eurasianist theorist Alexander Dugin, in which he declared, “In today’s world, Islam is the world religion most actively resisting globalism’s force. It makes the Islamic factor extremely important for the front of traditionalism.” That is to say that Islam is an ally against globalism. Dugin speaks of Shi’ites (a minority Islamic sect mostly found in Iran and Iraq) and the Salafists (centered in Saudi Arabia, but now spread across much of the Arab world and increasingly in Western countries), indicating he prefers the former.

In another recent piece relating to the relationship between Western traditionalists and Islam, activist Matthew Heimbach of the Traditionalist Youth Network wrote that Christians should form a common resistance front (presumably armed) against Zionism with militant Muslim groups. He specifically singles the Lebanese Shi’ite militia Hezbollah out for praise.

“We are not separate peoples fighting alone,” Heimbach wrote. “We are all comrades in the struggle against International Jewry and the Zionist State. All comrades united fighting the same enemy, on the same barricades.”

(Oddly enough, while calling for an alliance with militant Muslim groups against Israel, Heimbach also wants a crusade against Muslim militants in Syria.)

A final example comes from Gabor Vona of the Hungarian nationalist party Jobbik, “I declare that today [that] mankind’s last remaining bastion of traditional culture is the Islamic world…if Islam fails the lights will completely go out. There will be no [enemy] against the darkness of globalism.”

With all due respect to Mr. Vona, if Islam is our only hope against globalism, then we should throw in the towel because Islam can’t and won’t save us.

Now I will mostly avoid the usual tropes that would seek to demonstrate that Islam is an inherently violent and intolerant religion, ala Robert Spencer of “Jihad Watch”. Rather, I think it more prudent to ask where is this Islam that is supposedly standing athwart globalism yelling “stop!”

Indeed a survey of the happenings among Muslims is quite revealing as to their alleged “struggle against globalism”. Rotherham revealed that numerous Pakistani Muslims had been involved in kidnapping white British girls in their early teens and, after raping them, forcing them into prostitution. (It should be noted, all of this was done with the utter indifference of the globalists.)

In Iraq and Syria the world has witnessed the rise of the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which has asserted its recently obtained power (made possible with Western backing of the Syrian rebellion) by mass executions, beheadings of journalists, and the violent purging of ancient Christian and Yazidi communities.

One could easily pull up countless more examples of a similar nature from Nigeria to Pakistan of violent Muslim resistance to “globalism” which consists of massacres, rapes, kidnappings, and bombing of Christian churches. In the West we routinely see Muslim clerics inciting violent hostility against their host countries, with Muslims bombing a marathon and beheading an off-duty soldier in the street. Indeed, contra Vona, one gets the distinct impression that if Islam were to succeed, rather than fail, the lights in the West and many other places would go out.

Now I’m sure Dugin, Heimbach, Vona, and David Duke would strongly deny these are the sort of Muslims they support or wish to ally with, but if not them, then who? Who are these Muslim defenders of traditionalism against globalism? Where are they to be found?

Iran, perhaps? Except that Iran has been quite willing to aid “globalism” (America) against its regional opponents Iraq and Afghanistan. Shariah states like Saudi Arabia and Qatar are closely allied with America and, other than not wanting to allow women to drive, have little problem with the globalist project. Most Muslim countries are willing to borrow money from globalist banking institutions and participate in globalist political institutions like the United Nations. And some like Kazakhstan seem to manufacture a seamless blending of a Muslim identity and bizarre Illuminati-inspired architecture.

The notion of plucky Islam standing up to globalism, after everyone else fell by the wayside, is most certainly a fairytale—and a dangerous one at that. Islam since its inception has been hostile and aggressive towards the West, long before globalism ever existed. The Muslim colonization, as Guillaume Faye correctly identifies it, of Europe and North America continues apace and is being done not with the aim of undermining globalism, but strengthening it, and we must not be tempted into succumbing to a short sighted “alliance” with groups that have a historical animosity toward the West, nor valorizing them as some sort of models that make of them something they’re not. 

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A Reflection on Freedom

Americans are told that they must forfeit their freedoms, the same ones the terrorists supposedly wish to destroy, in order be kept safe from the terrorists that the U.S. openly funds and arms. This state of affairs is telling both about oligarch-run Washington, which cynically creates both the problem and then offers a “solution”, laughing all the way to the bank, and the American people, who have become the proverbial frog in the slowly boiling pot.

Originally published at Soul of the East

The Fourth of July holiday (decreasingly referred to as Independence Day) is an opportunity for countless Americans to have a day off to gorge themselves on food and beer, watch fireworks, and utter a few superficial platitudes about freedom. Minimal thought is given to these assumed freedoms, and even less to the founding myth that lays behind them. As long as homosexuals can “marry,” everyone can fornicate in the manner of barnyard animals, and Wal-Mart remains stocked with cheap Chinese-made trinkets, the masses are content to believe they are free.

That this Independence Day takes place in the growing shadow of the violently rising “Caliphate” (an offshoot of al-Qaeda) in Syria and Iraq passes without notice by the proletariat, who would rather be entertained with televised sports. One can hardly fault them for this; the intricacies of Middle Eastern sectarian politics are in and of themselves irrelevant to their lives.

What is actually ominous is the genesis of this self-proclaimed Caliphate. The Caliphate and the resurgent jihadist movement that preceded it have been cited by the U.S. government as an immediate terrorist threat to the “Homeland”. Indeed, the “terrorist threat” has been continuously used by the elites to perpetuate and expand the surveillance state and peddle for more war in the Middle East, with the ever-lovable former Vice President Dick Cheney spouting that if America fails to reinvade Iraq, then the United States would suffer an attack at the hands of terrorists to dwarf the 9-11 operation of 2001. Thus our ruling elites assure us that we need more domestic control and more foreign interventions to keep us safe, what the late Gore Vidal termed perpetual war for perpetual peace.

That the same terrorists who now supposedly threaten our lives and our “freedom” have been sponsored and armed by the American government shows the level of willful ignorance that most of our citizenry is happy to live with.

Americans are told that they must forfeit their freedoms, the same ones the terrorists supposedly wish to destroy, in order be kept safe from the terrorists that the U.S. openly funds and arms. This state of affairs is telling both about oligarch-run Washington, which cynically creates both the problem and then offers a “solution”, laughing all the way to the bank, and the American people, who have become the proverbial frog in the slowly boiling pot.

For a people whose common perception of freedom is that it consists of self-gratification, such a program of elite manipulation is not only expected, but perhaps even deserved. But manipulative, technocratic elites and passive, subservient populations are not the final word. And while America’s Independence Day may be more myth than reality, there is indeed a true, spiritual freedom to be sought out and achieved.

The twentieth century Russian philosopher Nicholas Berdyaev proclaimedsuch a freedom. A freedom, in his words, that “presupposes the existence of truth, of meaning, of God.” He knew that “Truth and meaning liberate, and liberation leads to truth and meaning.” And that true freedom “must also be love, and love must be free.”

Unless and until Americans forsake mindless consumerism, nihilistic self-gratification, and allowing the corporate media to do their thinking for them, they will never attain to the true freedom spoken of by Berdyaev. Americans must realize that their true enemies are neither manufactured terrorists nor a revived Russia, but their own amoral, decadent elites, and even more so their own complacency and sloth.

Yet there is always hope that the people will awake from their spiritual slumber. May we lay claim to a true spiritual freedom and nobility that will shake the thrones of the parasitic elites and lead to the creation of a healthy, godly society.

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