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Now Available: Aristokratia IV – D’Annunzio, Nietzsche, Stirner, & Social Revolt

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Aristokratia IV

D’Annunzio, Nietzsche, Stirner, & Social Revolt

Edited by K. Deva

January 2017

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aristokratia manticore pressPsychohistory, Physiology, and Social Revolt
| Gabriele D’Annunzio: Nietzsche, Politics, and the Ubermensch in Italy | Max Stirner: The Consummate IndividualistFrom Heroes to UnderdogsHomage to Zola | The Idea of the CentreMagick for Housewives: The Not-So-New, and Rather Traditional, Thought of Neville Goddard | Ontological Historicism | Nietzsche: The Physician of Culture | Do Not Believe in Yourself (or Tearing at the Seams of a Flower)

Aristokratia returns for volume IV in 2017 featuring the following articles:

Psychohistory, Physiology, and Social Revolt  [K R Bolton]

“The 1917 Bolshevik Revolution in Russia sent shock waves throughout the world, not least because of the attendant violence, including the summary execution of Czar Nicholas II and his family. This upheaval was frequently described as a “ revolt against civilisation,” not only an ideological affront to the old order, but a destruction of the most violent type. It was suggested in psychohistorical manner that Bolshevism was the ideological rationalisation for the unleashing of atavistic urges normally repressed by cultural and judicial veneers. Once the restraints had been removed by a small cadre of determined revolutionists, a deliberate policy of evoking those atavisms among a mob to eliminate vestiges of the old order was encouraged by the Bolsheviks.”

Gabriele D’Annunzio: Nietzsche, Politics, and the Ubermensch in Italy [Gwendolyn Taunton]

D’Annunzio  refused to be identified with any particular political ideology. He promised a “politics of poetry” and was content to allow the meaning of the phrase to remain obscure. “I am beyond right and left, as I am beyond good and evil”, he declared (acknowledging his debt to Nietzsche with the phrase). He stood as an independent candidate, describing himself as “The Candidate for Beauty.”

Max Stirner: The Consummate Individualist [René Walter Pletat, translation Alexander Jacob]

“The idea of God and priestly commandments are, according to Stirner, to be replaced by the true will of the “I”. Likewise, just as one does not free oneself from anything that is considered pleasant and highly convenient, men need intellectual guidance really only for individualistic and egoistic reasons, and it is again egoists who economically and politically exploit this apparent need among the widespread credulity of the masses. “Egoism”, that is, “selfness”, according to Stirner, is the creator of everything.”

From Heroes to Underdogs [David Müller]

“In consideration of the decline of man, there is perhaps no greater example than in literature to show the fundamental transition from the aristocratic principle to the state of the common, the underdog, and the antihero. In the past, man idolised and exalted the state of the heroic, those valiant beings that transcended the very limits of understanding and common human capacity to attain a higher spirit. In contrast, the modern world has brought about a rejection of this ideal, or to the decline of the heroic to suit a lesser position entirely.”

Homage to Zola [Louis-Ferdinand Céline, translation by Alexander Jacob]

“When we have become normal, in the sense that our civilisations understand and desire it and soon demand it, I think that we shall finally explode also with wickedness. We will have been left with only the instinct for destruction to divert ourselves with. It is that which is cultivated from school and that one maintains throughout what is still called life. Nine lines of crime, one of boredom. We will all die together, with pleasure altogether, in a world that we will have taken fifty centuries to barbwire with constraints and anxieties.”

Magick for Housewives: The Not-So-New, and Rather Traditional, Thought of Neville Goddard  [James J. O’Meara]

“Public opinion will not long endure a theory which does not work in practice. Today, probably more than ever before, man demands proof of the truth of even his highest ideal.”

Ontological Historicism [Lukas Kubena]

“Western man and the civilization he created have been defined by the Faustian yearning for truth at all costs which eventually led him towards the Age of Exploration, global proselytism through missionary conversions, and universalist creeds of morality and socio-economic doctrines. His cargo ships sail all the world’s oceans, his airplanes roar across the skies, his satellites in untold numbers orbit around this earth-ball and his spacecraft have pierced the veil beyond the solar system and his global networks have encased the entire planet in a web of information. But, like Faust who sold his soul for ultimate knowledge, Western man now finds that it was all an illusion— he has become soft, decadent, self-hating and apathetic— the empires built by his forebears are no more, his cities are unrecognizable from how they were a mere generation ago. He has become tired of life. The boundless speed and energy of his Culture has made him prematurely old and he can do nothing but lie down in his heated-bed and mope in resentment over the foreigners who have appropriated both his cities and his great works.”

Nietzsche: The Physician of Culture [Gwendolyn Taunton]

“Nietzsche’s Dionysus is also a reconciler of opposites, who absorbs the characteristics of his counterpart Apollo into himself, in order to establish form from his own state of natural formlessness, becoming whole when the two creative drives merge into one. Von Stuckrad also makes it clear that Apollo does not disappear from Nietzsche’s work, but is instead merged with Dionysus: “Apollo, it is true, more and more loses his name to the other god, but by no means the power of his artistic creativeness, forever articulating but the Dionysian chaos in distinct shapes, sounds and images, which are Dionysian only because they are still aglow with the heat of the primeval fire”.”

Do Not Believe in Yourself  (or Tearing at the Seams of a Flower) [Jarrad Ackert]

“This is the Theatre of the Circle, where gestures and utterances grow and decay upon each other; the caterpillar and butterfly, undistinguishable before an audience of ghosts…”

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