söndag 24 juni 2018

The God Concept of Actionism


I beleive in God. And my philosophy of life mirrors it.




Discussing God is like discussing gold – meaningless. You’re either moved by it or not. As symbols of “the best, the highest, the essential” they simply are.

And so, while you know that Actionism is theistic, while you know that I, LS, the creator of Actionism “believes in God,” that I’m feeling a divine presence in me, I don’t really have to elaborate on that. I’ve got nothing to prove.

However, some Actionist remarks on the subject of God can be delivered. It gets more interesting that way. Below I will venture out into that impossible grey area of trying to conceptualize God.

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“The chief purpose of life... is to increase according to our capacity our knowledge of God by all the means we have, and to be moved by it to promise and thanks.”

This was said by J. R. R. Tolkien. And it rather well sums up the feelings of a god believer.

And while Actionism isn’t primarily devotional like the attitude Tolkien intimates, neither does it exclude such sentiment. As shown in Borderline and the 2017 book the god concept of Actionism is in the realm of, “I have the divine light within,” “ye are gods” and such. But – an individual, human god believer, feeling “god inside,” being able to say "aham brahmâsmi = I am god,” of course isn’t above God. God has created him while he hasn’t created God. Thus, a little bit of devotion, like that of Tolkien seen above, is pertinent for an Actionist and for all divinely disposed people.

Tolkien was moved to thanks by God. Contrariwise, the lack of having someone to thank in this way defines the atheist: “The worst moment for the atheist is when he is really thankful and has nobody to thank,” as Dante Gabriel Rossetti said.

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This is about God. And to illuminate this complex concept, we may focus on its intimated opposite for a while, atheism, the stance denying the god concept.

So, what can be said about atheism from an Actionist point of view? – I think this quote from an unknown source sums up it up:
When people stop believing in God, they don’t believe in nothing – they believe in anything!
Atheism isn’t just “another world-view” along with theism and agnosticism. I’d say, the only viable atheism is the ontological, “Buddhist” one, even though it discards elements like “an eternal soul”. However, in Buddhism you nonetheless lead a life of awe and wonder, piety and kindness. Not that ordinary atheists can’t be kind – but – it’s their claim of being above essential reality that sets them apart. The delusion that they think they can explain away God, the source of reality, just like that.

You cannot get around the concept of God. I mean, you can be anti-clerical, attack the whole external aspect of religion like church and priesthood and such. Even St. Paul and Luther did that, advocating “the universal priesthood” where every conscious individual becomes his own priest in his personal relation to God. But – you have no ontological right to discard the existence of a supreme force, a supreme source for reality -- for everything.

Being in the grey area of agnosticism is better than being so sure of the non-existence of God.

Do you, as an individual, think you can triumph over creation?

A man is just “another being in reality,” another Seiendes im Sein. He can’t place himself above Sein merely with some casuistry.

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Atheism is the scourge of our times.

And I figure, people become atheists because of a lack of intuition, their brains suffering from a kind of “crossed paralysis,” being cut off from the invisible aspect of reality, lacking the ability to sound out their inner depths.

For its part, atheist materialism abounds in later-period, overripe societies. Ancient Rome and India also had the same strain: stoicism, epicureanism, mimansa. But perennial tradition (whereof Actionism is a part) conquers all, conveying as it does a timeless truth.

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So, where does this take me? I will end where I began, in quietly praising God. I will declare the divine side of reality, without trying to “explain”.

Shirley MacLaine called the nature of God “Divine God Intelligence Field”. That could remind you of Philip K. Dick’s theophany, leading him to call the divine force invading his life “Vast Active Life Improvement System”. His divine “1974 experience,” in the end beneficial but also harrowing and trying, I have covered in my essay Science Fiction Seen from the Right.

As intimated above (aham brahmâsmi, “I am god”) an individual human being has the divine inside of him. A man is a “god in being” by being created by the eternal light, having a fragment of this eternal light inside of him. You could say that a man is a god because of (1) having an eternal soul (2) having specific bodily proportions, being created in god’s image.

This means: to be a god in physicality, a physical angel. “A man is a mortal god, a god is an immortal man.” – Herakleitos.

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Having the divine approach in life is about seeing the invisible, seeing Beyond the Beyond, seeing beyond the conditioned. Fathom the unfathomable.

And faith is both to fall down in amazement before the wonders of the cosmos – and to elevate yourself above the blandness of everyday reality. "When I'm down on my knees that's when I'm closest to Heaven". And “humble pride” as the Prophet said, a fine oxymoron; being aware of your shortcomings as a human being but also feeling pride over what a man nonetheless can accomplish. Again: man as “a god in being”. “God-realization” as man’s most noble goal.

God is more than you can grasp mentally. But you can still be conscious of the immanent presence of God. This means having god-consciousness.

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Actionism is unity, holism, integration – not divisiveness, dissection, “critical theory” eating everything up and spitting it out as green goo. Actionism is spiritual gold mining.

Actionism means a divine approach, an integration into a divinely meaningful world: God-bred, spirit-led, inspiration-fed.

This is the world-view of god-given insights, inner voice, divine providence.

This is the world of the individual having a personal relation to God.

This is the world of believing in God: spera in deo.

The world of, “have no fear, just believe.” Of, “if you believe, anything is possible.”




Related
Actionism -- How to Become a Responsible Man (2017)
I Declare You the Spiritual Superman
Universal Acclaim for Actionism
Borderline -- A Traditionalist Outlook for Modern Man (2015)
Science Fiction Seen from the Right (2016)
Ascended Masters -- Some Notes

fredag 22 juni 2018

Some Notes on the Career of Charles Yeager


This entry takes a look at the career of American aviator Charles Yeager (1923-). The main source is "Yeager: An Autobiography" by Yeager himself and Leo Janos (New York: Bantam 1985). (A Swedish version of the post can be found here.)




We would like to say that Charles Elwood “Chuck” Yeager was courageous. Details aside, he represents courage in his roles as fighter pilot, test pilot and breaker of the sound barrier, a man being able to fly almost any plane after only brief instructions. The pinnacles of his career deserve some awe. You can’t just relativize it and say that “he was merely the right man in the right place, if he hadn’t done it someone else would have done it” – which, for its part, is an attitude ending up in a grey no man’s land where there is no bravery, no responsibility, no creativity, no zest, no pizazz, no glory – nothing.

Yeager was born in 1923 in West Virginia as a hillbilly; he uses the term himself in his memoirs, belonging to a stock of poor white mountain-dwelling people. But it was a happy childhood with time off spent in the woods, like hunting and fishing. In 1941 he enlisted in the air force, he started as a mechanic and became a pilot because of an opportunity that presented itself. It quickly became clear that he had an inborn talent for flying.

WWII was raging by this time and the pilot cadets were taught the basics in the plane Bell P-39, a single-seat fighter with nose wheel and the engine behind the cockpit; disliked by combat pilots it had been reduced to the role of trainer aircraft. Yeager for his part liked the plane but he knew the chant (technically a limerick):
Don’t give me a P-39
with an engine that's mounted behind.
It'll tumble and roll,
and dig a big hole –
don't give me a P-39.
When the training was completed Yeager was stationed in England as Mustang pilot with the 9th Tactical Air Command. The year was 1944 and the task was to escort bombers on raids over Germany, and thanks to the Mustang the fighter squadrons now could follow the bombers quite a long way – for previously, when only Spitfires were available, the fighter escorts had to leave and return home when reaching the German border because of shorter range for this aircraft type. The Mustang, however, had drop tanks assuring a longer range – and it had four to six machine guns and a sleek design, a fine example of “what looks good usually is good”.

Another American landmark plane now putting its mark on history was the Thunderbolt, a more ungainly design but this single-engine fighter was better than the Mustang in the attack and ground support role. For instance, in the battle environment the radial engine of the Thunderbolt could sustain machine gun fire better than the Mustang inline engine.

Yeager’s WWII service over Europe was dramatic but we’ll bypass it here and move on to his postwar career, which began no less dramatically with him being a test pilot for the air force. It was an interesting time with jet planes coming of age and the implicit approaching of the mystic sound barrier – the very barrier that Yeager would be the first in the world to break through. It would be done in 1947 in the Bell X-1, a rocket plane designated for this.

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The speed of sound is approximately 1,000 km/h (= Mach 1). Already when reaching 800 km/h, for example with a piston engine aircraft in a dive, it was noticed how the plane started shaking and how the controls seemingly “froze,” they got stuck. This was due to pressure waves being formed at the speed of sound, shock waves hitting rudder and stabilizer making the plane uncontrollable; many had crashed in these circumstances. For example, the Brits at the time were flying their tailless de Havilland DH 108 very close to “sound barrier velocities” – but – the three extant DH 108 prototypes eventually crashed, one after the other. Due to it having no tail, like a Me 163...? Due to the magical qualities of “the sound barrier”...?

The signs were ominous. It was thought by some that the sound barrier was very tangible, a solid wall that all planes slammed into when they approached 1,000 km/h.


The American company Bell tried to approach the problem of supersonic speed with the system Bell X-1, a rocket plane carried by a B-29 bomber taking it up to cruise altitude, 7,500 m. When released from the mother ship, the X-1 pilot would ignite the plane’s four rockets and attempt at Mach 1 in a climb, not a dive. Also, the whole stabilizer could be tilted, operated with a servo, avoiding the controls to be stuck when the pressure waves hit.

This, with Yeager at the controls, did it. It took many flights, many briefings and de-briefings to get to the heart of the problem (like actually using the tilting stabilizer), but they did it. “The best men will have the best machines” as Jünger once said. It was state-of-the-art technology and timeless bravery in cooperation; like, at one stage in the program Yeager had the feeling that he really would make it, that the sound barrier was a myth, and this “willpower-and-vision of the hero” is crucial to get things done in this world. This is material in writing history. You can’t sit in a lab (or an HQ, or a café) and plan success – no, you have to “get up and go” too, tangibly test the system in real life.

Yeager’s historical Mach 1 flight (actually Mach 1.07 = 1,126 km/h), the breaking of the sound barrier, was done at Muroc Air Force Base in California, on 14 October 1947.

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Yeager stayed on for some years as test pilot at Muroc, subsequently renamed Edwards, flying rocket planes and prototype jet aircraft, designs benefiting from the research data gained by the X-1 flight. For instance, he tested what would become the Century series, planes like F-100 Super Sabre, F-104 Starfighter and so on, titanium shimmering symbols of the jet age. F stands for “fighter” and as fighter pilot Yeager belonged to the US Air Force Tactical Command; there were also bombers in the Strategic Air Command and air defense of the US mainland in the Air National Guard. Next, after being a test pilot Yeager had to serve in the Air Force “cold war front line” for a while, being appointed squadron commander of a fighter group, based in Germany; it had planes of the type F-86 Sabre.

An event worthy of note is the Hungary Crisis of 1956 when all NATO airbases were on alert; Yeager’s group even loaded small atomic bombs on their planes and were prepared to fly towards the Soviet Union to bomb it if necessary. But the alert was called off and Yeager was glad of this, for instance, because of not having to go bomb Moscow and thus not having to walk back, the range of the F-86 being rather limited for missions like these. “Being forced to go home by foot when you’ve dropped an atomic bomb” may sound irrelevant but it’s details like these you as a human can relate to, while a thing like dropping an atomic bomb over the enemy is difficult to really imagine.

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In the mid 60s Yeager was commander of the air force astronaut school in the X-15-project, based at Edwards. This was a further development of X-1 the and other experimental planes of the 50s, this one intended as a spaceship that could land aerodynamically and not as a space capsule virtually fall right down after launch and orbit. The X-15 project was subsequently wound down precisely in favor of “capsules and rockets” but it did contribute to the later concept of the Space Shuttle. And the X-15 itself really did go out into space, like in 1963 reaching the altitude of 107,000 m, the legal limit for space being 100,000 m. The X-15 would be taken up to normal flight altitude by being carried under the belly of a B-52; then it was released, switching on its rocket engines, striving for 80-100,000 m altitude and then glide down.

Yeager never flew this plane, he technically never was out in space but he did make one attempt at an altitude record in a F-104 Starfighter used at this astronaut flight school, the aircraft being equipped with an extra rocket engine at the rear enabling the ship to reach 30,000 m altitude, an altitude were the laws of aerodynamics stopped being applicable and you had to have special nozzles with hydrogen peroxide mounted on the plane to operate it. Thus equipped the plane roughly reminded you of an X-15 which was the whole point, the astronauts getting used to near-space properties flying it.

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One day in 1963 Yeager got the urge to set a new altitude record for aircraft having started by its own engine. The Russians had the current record, 38,160 m – and Yeager took the specially treated F-104 and got going. In the film The Right Stuff (1983) this is well rendered, a last heroic feat, a “final shot at glory” by Yeager to end the movie, the drama having begun with his X-1 flight in 1947 and having the Mercury space program in between. Yeager also, of course, tells of this height record attempt in his memoirs – and, there we read that he took the plane up to 10,000 m with ordinary jet engine power – and then switching on the booster rocket to strive for 30,000.

However, in this critical phase he began to lose control, having neither the power to go further up nor the power to pitch down the nose to get a better angle of attack, this “pitching down” to be done with the peroxide nozzles. Because, the air around was still too dense for the trustors to have any effect, they only worked in vacuum or near-vacuum. And the ordinary rudder and stabilizer didn’t work in this thin air. So he lost control of the plane and went into a spin, being finally forced to emergency eject by the catapult seat, gliding by parachute to the ground.

Details aside it was a dangerous ascent, like Yeager when free off the plane being hit by the ejected seat itself and, also, having difficulties to breathe. All told, a heroic feat.

As for the purpose of pitching down the nose, it was intended at reducing the pitch angle just a little and then continue the ascent to 38,000 m and higher to beat the record. The problem with the weak nozzles began at 32,000 m height.

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Yeager also had a tour of duty in Vietnam, for instance flying fighter bombers and lecturing the pilots on how to do it. By this time he became Brigadier General, a rank he also had when he retired. He admits that he was a good pilot while also not so versed in the theoretical side of flying. The latter, however, is needed when being a test pilot – but – when Yeager was flying the X-1 he had one fine engineer ally, breaking down the facts and figures for him. Otherwise, Yeager had a fine technical instinct bordering on intuition.

We shall end this with a few anecdotes from the memoirs – Yeager.

Pro primo. When jet planes came of age Yeager went around demonstrating this new phenomenon to the public, flying a P-80 Shooting Star. He would then fool people that the plane was started like a blow torch, having to put something like a burning newspaper behind the exhaust. Someone in the audience was asked to do this, light a newspaper and hold it behind the plane, and then Yeager would sit in the cockpit and start it the usual, correct manner by switching on the engine, which no one saw.

Pro secondo. When Yeager was test pilot, his wife was so accustomed to him risking his life on the job flying jet prototypes, that when he one day came home pale and sweaty after work she thought that he had been in a car accident. She didn’t connect it to the flying activity but this time it was a near run thing, he had been close to crashing in an X-1 A rocket plane. 

Pro tertio. Yeager was familiar with Jackie Cochran, a woman record-holding pilot married to a millionaire. When the husband died, his last wish was to have his ashes scattered over the large property he had. Yeager and a pilot buddy decided to spread the ash by aircraft. Said and done and up in the air, where one was at the control and the other spread the dust through an open door – but then it was noticed that this was no good method, half of the ashes blew back into the plane because of backwash...




Related
The Legacy of Space
Actionism (2017)
(In Swedish) Same Text as in the Above Post, in Swedish
The aircraft on the book covers is Northrop F-20 Tigershark, a prototype developed from Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter.

söndag 10 juni 2018

Intervjuer med mig


"Podcast radio" är en fin uppfinning.




I våras gjordes tre intervjuer med mig.

Den första var i mars på Red Ice Radio. Den handlade om mina senaste böcker, Burning Magnesium och Actionism. Showens värd Henrik Palmgren är svensk men intervjun sker på engelska.

Samma språk är de andra två intervjuerna från i år gjorda på:
. Rebel Yell från sydstatsradion Identity Dixie. Samtalet rör Actionism, Burning Magnesium, Ernst Jünger, science fiction och mycket annat. Täcker in så gott som hela mitt författarskap.

. Unslaved, där jag medverkade i april. Här talas om Actionism, tillståndet i västvärlden med mera. Unslaved är så vitt jag vet Kanada-baserad. Samt något mindre radikal än de två ovanstående.
Så, in alles, här har ni lyssningsvärt material. Bara att luta sig tilbaka och njuta. Om man vill höra mig prata.

Vad gäller att göra intervjuer på svenska så gör jag det ibland också. Förra hösten var jag till exempel med i Radio Motgift.




Relaterat
Högerradikal science fiction på svenska
Actionism [presentation på engelska]
Burning Magnesium [presentation på engelska]
Intervju med mig själv på denna blogg, 2016, på engelska
"Pterodaktyl över lavaflod". Målning av Robert Svensson.

fredag 8 juni 2018

Timeline of Conservative SF and Fantasy


This is a timeline of conservative SF and fantasy. Of books and films in the genre of fantastika. Of works having some discernible relation to eternal values -- values like faith, duty, honor, courage, willpower, justice and modesty. [A Swedish version of the post can be found here.]




1910 – Burroughs, A Princess of Mars
1923 – first issue of Weird Tales
1926 – first issue of Amazing Stories
1927 – Lang, Metropolis (film)
1927 – Lovecraft, The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath
1934 – Williamson, The Legion of Space
1937 – Tolkien, The Hobbit
1937 – John W. Campbell becomes editor of Astounding
1937 – Smith, Galactic Patrol
1939 – Jünger, On the Marble Cliffs
1940 – Boye, Kallocain
1945 – Lewis, That Hideous Strength
1946 – van Vogt, Slan
1948 – van Vogt, The World of Null-A
1949 – Heinlein, Space Cadet
1949 – Jünger, Heliopolis
1950 – Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
1952 – Simak, City
1953 – Campbell’s Astounding is awarded the Hugo for best sf magazine
1953 – Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
1954 – Anderson, The Broken Sword
1954-55 – Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
1956 – Heinlein, Time for the Stars
1957 – Jünger, The Glass Bees
1959 – Heinlein, Starship Troopers
1959 – Dickson, Dorsai!
1960 – Anderson, The High Crusade
1963 – Simak, Way Station
1965 – Herbert, Dune
1965 – Campbell gets his eight and last Hugo for Astounding as best sf magazine
1968 – 2001, Kubrick movie and Clarke novel
1971 – Dickson, Tactics of Mistake
1972 – Spinrad, The Iron Dream
1973 – Raspail, The Camp of the Saints
1975 – Niven, Tales of Known Space
1977 – Jünger, Eumeswil
1977 – Lucas, Star Wars (film)
1979 – Pournelle, A Step Farther Out (essay)
1980 – Hodges, Flash Gordon (film)
1981 – Herbert, God Emperor of Dune
1981 – Boorman, Excalibur (film)
1984 – Holdstock, Mythago Wood
1984 – Lynch, Dune (film)
1997 – Verhoeven, Starship Troopers (film)
2001 – Kendall, Hold Back This Day
2001-2003 – Jackson, The Lord of the Rings (film series)
2004 – Wilson, Utopia X
2005 – Adamson, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (film)
2012-2014 – Jackson, The Hobbit (film series)
2014 – Vox Day’s “Hugo Wars” begins
2016 – Faye, Archeofuturism 2.0
2016 – Svensson, Science Fiction Seen From the Right (essay)
2017 – Svensson, Redeeming Lucifer




Related
Science Fiction Seen From the Right
Redeeming Lucifer
Heinlein and My SF Study
Jünger, On the Marble Cliffs
Ernst Jünger -- A Portrait (2014)

onsdag 6 juni 2018

Reflektioner på nationaldagen 2018


Det är nationaldag idag. Då är det åter dags för mina årliga nationaldagsreflektioner.




Nationaldag... verkligen?

För mig är varje dag en nationaldag.

Men OK. Något ska jag väl kunna säga, dagen till ära.

Och jag anser detta: kampen är förvisso hård. Kampen för ett fritt Sverige är inte över än.

Men.

Det finns en del orsaker till optimism.

Minns ni förra hösten...?

I USA, i kölvattnet av Charlottesville, rev man ner statyer i parti och minut.

Traditionella monument över sydstatsgeneraler vanhelgades och togs ner.

Och sedan kom samma syndrom hit.

Man försökte åtminstone.

Men se, det blev inget av det...!

Man hotade med att riva ner Karl XII från sin piedestal i Kungsträdgården.

Men det gick inte. Det hela rann ut i sanden.

Varje nationalist och Sverigevän måste glädjas åt detta. Åt att traditionella statyer i Sverige inte kan angripas och utraderas hur som helst.

Detta är en symbolhändelse av stort värde.

Sverige är inte USA. Vi svenskar är ett folk med mångtusenåriga traditioner i detta land.

Detta är vår fädernejord. Genom att vara här och hävda vår rätt, drar vi kraft ur jorden.

Man kan säga: genom att propagera och verka här, på vår mångtusenåriga fädernejord, sätter vi kraft bakom orden -- kraften från jorden.

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Mer som är...? Anledningar till optimism...? "Reasons to be cheerful, part two"...?

Jodå.

Vi strider ju lite till mans mot antivitismens olagligheter. Och det är inte bara en kamp i uppförsbacke. Ty kulmen för antivitt sentiment i det här landet kom, anser jag, i början av 2010-talet. Med Facebook-gruppen "Vita kränkta män" osv.

Sedan kom maj 2012. Då statsministern nämnde "etniska svenskar" i förbigående. Låt mig här citera ur Ett rike utan like:
Fredrik Reinfeldt nämnde svenskar i maj 2012. Inte bara det; han nämnde etniska svenskar som om de existerade. Detta lyfte oss, detta förde oss ur det skuggornas rike vi levat i sedan 1945 då svenskar skulle förtigas och mörkas.

Man frågar sig om Reinfeldt sa detta för att smickra en vaknande nationalistisk opinion eller om han försa sig. Jag börjar luta åt det senare alternativet.

Nu finns den etniske svensken åter. Vi sju miljoner etniska svenskar har officiellt sett dagens ljus ånyo. Vi har förstås alltid funnits. Det var bara Reinfeldts utsaga i maj 2012 som gav ”etniska svenskar” plats i debatten. Att någon debattör i TV sa att "etniska svenskar" är "ett oerhört farligt språkbruk", det ändrar inget.
Detta var kulminationspunkten i slaget mot antivitismen, så vitt jag kan se. Helle Kleins ryande om hur farligt det är att ens nämna "etniska svenskar", klingar idag ohört.

Etniska svenskar är idag ett begrepp.

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Det är inte helt mörkt. Kampen för ett fritt Sverige, där dess traditionella majoritetsbefolkning kan känna sig trygg, fortgår.

Man kan inte krossa det traditionella Sverige så lätt.

Detta skriver jag också om i Ett rike utan like. Jag går igenom hur "Sverige" varit ett traditionellt begrepp, även före den programmatiska nationalismens 1800-tal. Jag skriver bland annat:
Så, ärevördiga medieelit och akademiska historiker, finns Sverige eller inte? Har svenskar existerat som en historisk verklighet sedan urminnes tider? Har gult och blått förekommit som nationella vapenfärger sedan medeltiden? Ropade Karl XII vid Poltava ”svenskar, svenskar” eller inte? – Den som betvivlar detta har ett omfattande förnekelsearbete framför sig.
Detta sägs i kapitel 5 av Ett rike utan like -- Sveriges historia.

Detta är den enda svenska historiebok idag som säger att svenskar existerar som ett särpräglat folk.

Alla andra samtida historiker förnekar det.

Nu säger en röst inom mig att man kanske inte ska vanhelga nationaldagen med att sälja böcker under den. Men jag kan heller inte tiga om detta. Ett rike utan like är mitt statement som nationalist. Jag puffar för denna bok hela året, inte bara på nationaldagen. Därför vore jag ju galen om jag programmatiskt undvek att tala om den idag, 6 juni, Sveriges nationaldag.

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Sverige är mig kärt. Och nog har jag snappat upp en del nationalistiska memer under min levnad. Utan att jag för den skull varit organiserad nationalist.

Till exempel: i mitt föräldrahem under 60- och 70-tal rådde kanske inte programmatisk nationalism. Men heller inte "antinationalism".

Vi ärade Sverige helt enkelt, i en tyst men omisskännlig anda.

Under min ungdom tog jag till mig gamla, undanskymda och förtigna slagord som...

"Flamma stolt, mot dunkla skyar..."

"Sjung, svenska folk..."

"Varer svenske..."

Och sådana nordiska kraftord kommer åter för mig när jag nu, nationaldagen 6 juni 2018, tänker på mitt älskade Sverige, hånat och släpat i smutsen av ovärdiga makthavare.

Sverige av idag lider. Regeringen för en galen, antisvensk politik.

Men ännu finns i folkdjupet något av den gamla, nationella glöden kvar. Och konjunkturmässigt är allt inte svart. Se ovan, med mina reflektioner om statyernas icke-nedrivande i detta land och antivitismens kulmen 2012.

Så Sverige går ännu att rädda.

Folkets kamp är folkets hopp...!




Relaterat
Ett rike utan like
RF säger inte att Sverige är mångkulturellt
Högerradikal sf på svenska
Bloggens tioårsjubileum
"Svecia". Akvarell av Robert Svensson.

tisdag 29 maj 2018

Lennart Svensson: biografi med galleri


Lennart Svensson är en svensk författare.




Lennart Svensson föddes 1965. Vaggan stod i Åsele i Västerbottens inland. Från 1974 bodde familjen i Övik i Västernorrland.

1984-85 gjorde Svensson värnplikten vid I 21 i Sollefteå. Därefter styrdes kosan till Uppsala där han skaffade sig en kockutbildning och en fil kand.

Svensson började publicera sig i bokform 2007. Härmed ett urval av hans verk:
. Eld och rörelse (2007). Novellsamling som var Svenssons skönlitterära debut. Pdf:en finns fritt nedladdningsbar; mer info i detta inlägg.
. Antropolis (2009). Svenssons debutroman. Än finns ex att köpa av författaren.
. Till Smaragdeburg (2010). En roman à la Bunyans Kristens resa: en man beger sig genom ett psykologiskt landskap och möter på vägen olika typiska karaktärer.
. Ett rike utan like (2017). En historik över Sverige från Hedenhös till idag, allt med en radikalkonservativ vinkel. Mer info här.
. Trotylstorm i öster (2018). Ännu en historisk essä, nu över östfronten under andra världskriget. Läs om själva krigsförloppet, Sven Hassel, Alexander Kluge, Clausewitz mm. mm.

Resten av detta inlägg ägnas ett fotogalleri.





I svenska fjällen 1980 (Saltoluokta).





Studentexamen, Nolaskolan, Övik 1984. Svensson gick samhällsvetenskaplig linje.





Fanvakt på Svenska flaggans dag, Sollefteå, 6 juni 1985. Svensson är andreman från vänster.





Kock i Uppsala, 1988.





På besök i föräldrahemmet, januari 1989.





Semesterresa i Dalarna 1989.





Steninge slott, Uppland, 2004.





Bredvid en tavla målad av brodern Robert, från den senares retrospektiv i Sundsvall 2017.




Relaterat
Att vara Västerbottensförfattare
Lumpen
Fil kand i indologi
Memoarer

lördag 26 maj 2018

Tidslinje: konservativ sf och fantasy


In Swedish. -- Konservativ sf och fantasy: det är fantastika som bekräftar traditionella värderingar. Såsom tro, ära, plikt, heder, flit, storsinthet, ansvar. Härmed en tidslinje för sådan fantastika. Med lämpliga länkar.




1910 – Burroughs, John Carter -- krigsherre på Mars
1927 – Lang, Metropolis (film)
1927 – Lovecraft, Sökandet efter det drömda Kadath
1934 – Williamson, Rymdlegionen
1937 – Tolkien, Bilbo
1937 – John W. Campbell blir redaktör för Astounding
1937 – Smith, Galactic Patrol
1939 -- Jünger, På Marmorklipporna
1945 – Lewis, Vredens tid
1949 – Heinlein, Rymdkadetten
1949 -- Jünger, Heliopolis
1950 – Lewis, Häxan och lejonet
1953 – Campbell’s Astounding får Hugopriset för bästa sf-magasin
1953 -- Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
1954-55 -- Tolkien, Sagan om ringen
1956 – Heinlein, Stjärnorna väntar
1957 -- Jünger, Gläserne Bienen
1959 – Heinlein, Stjärnsoldat
1959 – Dickson, Dorsai!
1963 – Simak, Porten till stjärnorna
1965 – Herbert, Dune
1965 – Campbell får sin åttonde Hugo för Astounding som bästa sf-magasin
1968 – 2001, Clarkes roman och Kubricks film
1971 – Dickson, Tactics of Mistake
1972 – Spinrad, The Iron Dream
1973 – Raspail, The Camp of the Saints
1975 – Niven, Tales of Known Space
1977 – Lucas, Star Wars (film)
1977 -- Jünger, Eumeswil
1979 – Pournelle, A Step Farther Out (essä)
1980 – Hodges, Flash Gordon (film)
1981 – Boorman, Excalibur (film)
1984 – Holdstock, Mythago Wood
1984 – Lynch, Dune (film)
1997 – Verhoeven, Starship Troopers (film)
2001 – Kendall, Hold Back This Day
2001-2003 – Jackson, Sagan om ringen (filmserie)
2004 – Wilson, Utopia X
2005 – Adamson, Häxan och lejonet (film)
2012-2014 – Jackson, Bilbo (filmserie)
2014 – Vox Days "Hugo Wars" börjar
2016 – Faye, Archeofuturism 2.0
2016 -- Svensson, Science Fiction Seen From the Right
2017 -- Svensson, Redeeming Lucifer




Relaterat
Holdstock: Mythago Wood
Heinlein: Starship Troopers
Motpol: Om "Hugo Wars"
På engelska: Science Fiction Seen From the Right
På engelska: Redeeming Lucifer

tisdag 15 maj 2018

A Statement by Carl Griffensteen, Hero of "Redeeming Lucifer"


This is about my novel Redeeming Lucifer (2017).




Carl Griffensteen is the hero of my novel Redeeming Lucifer. He says:
I saw the city of gold and the city of fools, searched for Buddha's teacup and found the Rose that Never Withers.

I met Ringo Badger in a misty field, Morven in a gnarled oak wood, Parysatis in a bronze castle. I made Eustace le Jeune acting chief of the Army of the Light and I fought Maximilian Körner, the leader of the Army of the Dark.

And also, with God's help, I redeemed Lucifer.
That's what Captain Griffensteen says. More info about his adventures in this post.





Related
The Astral War
Redeeming Lucifer
Short Story: Johnnie Holt

söndag 6 maj 2018

Universal Praise for Actionism


My latest essay is a selfhelp guide. It's called "Actionism -- How to Become a Responsible Man".




"Actionism" is about willpower, responsibility and action.

This creed is traditionally bred, willpower-fed, divinely led.

And it's been well received by the readership. All (hitherto) three reviews on Amazon.com give it 5/5. And they read:
The author takes the perennial wisdom, Traditionalist (capital T), and Identarian movements as a basis for constructing an actionable philosophy of life. In contrast to the complaints that the broader dissident right is mostly a matter of resentment and victimhood morality, the author sets out to offer an approach to living those values in a positive and creative manner. This is a worthwhile book to read that has received too little attention thus far.

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A wonderful read! It opens many doors. I would recommend having some sort of esoteric foundation before reading.

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A surprisingly deep book that goes above and beyond, penetrating into the origins of the universe and subsequently builds up one's perceptions on how the will to power works. Essentially giving you a schematic to life. One will not find a purely nonintellectual self help book, nor will they find something purely theoretical; it is a self help book proven through advanced perennial philosophy eschewing secrets from very esoteric sources. It is also not hard at all to understand, I rate it a 5/5.
There you have it, on Amazon.com.

In other words, "Actionism -- How to Become a Responsible Man" is the book to read right now. More info in this post.




Related
Presentation of the Book
Ten-Year Jubilee of the Blog

onsdag 2 maj 2018

Hollywoods kurs i att skriva krigsberättelser



In Swedish. -- Härmed en speciell skrivkurs.




Jag har kommit över en instruktion i att skriva krigsberättelser. Utgivare: Hollywoods manusskribenter. Det gäller både film och romaner. Innehållet i denna instruktion är mycket enkel och kan sammanfattas i punktform:
. Du behöver inte ha någon kunskap om stora operationer, massverkan och "striden som tillstånd". Nej, ett litet löjligt kommandoföretag räcker, ett gäng grabbar på äventyr. Som i "Saving Private Ryan", "Kanonerna på Navarone", "Örnnästet", "Bron över floden Kwai" och "De nakna och de döda". All action i denna sista roman är ju koncentrerad till en patrull. Och de övriga fokuserar på liknande patrullföretag.

. Överhuvud taget är action inte så viktigt, nej koncentrera dig du på gruff mannarna emellan, lägerlivets nolltillvaro, "sergeanten är dum, majoren är dum" osv. Detta kan lösas genom att ha all eller stor del av handlingen förlagd till utbildning, som i "Full Metal Jacket".

. Känslopjunk är ett måste. Detta löses lätt i filmen med att ha smetig musik i bakgrunden till varje scen. I textform utförs det hela med introspektion i personernas psyken, gärna med tillbakablickar över vad som hänt innan, allt med målet att visa hur synd det är om dem.

. Ett tillgjort språk måste till. Kalla för all del inte en spade för en spade, nej sökta omskrivningar är alltid bäst. I film är detta lika med löjliga kameraåkningar, överdrivet långa inzoomningar på själsplågade ansikten och frosseri i militär formalia vilket ger en "ironisk" effekt.

. Du behöver inte känna till något om hur militära operationer och ledning går till, nej alla bara rusar i en skock och skjuter. Samurajartad coolness kan du strunta i. Däremot får alla soldater gärna skrika och kommentera vad de gör, à la "nu är det hett om öronen", "vi kommer aldrig att klara det här" (q.v. "Pearl Harbor").

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Så går det alltså till enligt handboken. Enligt Hollywoods manusskrivarmall.

Enligt den kort sagt skitdåliga mallen.

Men en god krigsberättelse då, hur ser den ut...?

Därom ska jag nu ge besked.

Vill ni ha en krigsstory som bryter mot alla dessa "regler" ovan -- en story som behandlar stora, sammanhängande operationer med befäl mitt i smeten som leder sina förband, utan fredsmässigt gruff och känslopjunk, med ett avskalat språk där en spade kallas spade -- kolla då in "Eld och rörelse".

"Eld och rörelse" är en novellsamling jag gav ut som pappersbok 2007. Nu finns den som fri pdf.

Titelberättelsen är en gråzonsberättelse från ingenmansland. Den bryter som antytt mot alla de regler och syndrom som idag gäller för denna konstform.

Här känslopjunkas inte, här skildras inte futtiga patruller. Här GESTALTAS. Här råder, mutatis mutandum, SAMURAJARTAD COOLNESS från början till slutet. Apateia, samatva, bushido. Döden som närvarar från första sidan till sista.




Relaterat
"Eld och rörelse" åter tillgänglig
"Det röda massanfallet"
"Trotylstorm i öster" (2018)
Kaninbibeln
"Burning Magnesium" (2018)

fredag 27 april 2018

Radikalkonservativ litteratur


In Swedish. -- Den här bloggen har funnits i drygt tio år. Den startades i november 2007. Här ska jag berätta om denna bloggs politiska sida. För att vara exakt ska det handla om länkar till diverse högerpräglad, radikalkonservativ litteratur jag behandlat genom åren. I vid mening högerradikala böcker avhandlas nedan.




Denna blogg är ingen nischblogg. Den innehåller inte bara politik.

Svenssongalaxen innehåller ett och annat. Gå till exempel till denna innehållsförteckning och botanisera. Först listar den engelska inlägg, därefter svenska. I förteckningen ges länkar till artiklar om bilar, om politik, om science fiction och annat. Ni finner inlägg om filosofi, esoterism, historia och mitt liv. Och ni finner noveller och poesi.

Men om vi nu pratar politik, vad har jag då att komma med där? Om vi, som utlovat, talar högermässig litteratur, vad kan jag bjuda på?

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Till vad kan jag guida er inom radikalkonservativ litteratur? Jo, detta.

Om vi börjar med högervinklad science fiction kan jag ge dessa tre länkar:

. Robert Heinleins "Starship Troopers" var en kontroversiell bok när den kom 1959, ja även senare. Den gav inblick i det operativa, viljedrivna sinnelaget. Mer här.
. Frank Herberts "Dune" kan sägas vara "arkeofuturism i aktion". Boken skildrar en ålderdomlig framtid, en framtid där det nya och skenbart ålderdomliga samsas. Här är texten som tolkar det hela.
. Min essä "Science Fiction Seen from the Right" (2016) diskuteras här. Varför skrevs den, vad är syftet?

Det om sf. Om vi ser till politiska essäer, vad har jag då recenserat? Jo, till exempel detta:

. Julius Evolas "Ride the Tiger" (1961). Det är en bok om att, som radikalkonservativ, i viss mening bejaka den moderna tidens nihilism och materialism. Förutsatt att man har ordning inom sig, och har en tro på högre värden, kan nihilismen vara en renande kraft. Mer här.
. Oswald Spenglers "Västerlandets undergång". Spengler såg, till skillnad från liberaler, inga "eviga framsteg". Nej han ansåg att kulturer lever upp, blomstrar och går under i ett fast mönster. Även om jag är mer av optimist än pessimist så är Spenglers syn berikande. Den är ett rungande alternativ till förnumstiga liberalers framstegstro. Gå hit.
. Friedrich Nietzsche var, utåt sett, en ateist-nihilist. Men under ytan fanns en tro på något högre, det fanns "gudomliga begär", "evig återkomst" och annat esoteriskt. Se här.

Nietzsche påverkade för sin del både Spengler och Evola. Och han påverkade Ernst Jünger, som jag skrivit en del om. Två av mina Jüngerartiklar är dessa:

. En biografisk skiss över Jüngers bravader tiden 1945-1998. (Han levde 1895-1998.)
. En recension av romanen "Heliopolis" från 1949.

Det var några länkar till högerradikala texter på denna blogg. Väl bekomme.




Relaterat
Ernst Jünger -- A Portrait
Ambrose: Eisenhower -- Soldier and President (1991)
Arméstaben: SoldF 1957
Göteborgs konstmuseum

Lennart Svensson, Author


This is a biographical survey of Lennart Svensson, the author of Ernst Jünger -- A Portrait, Science Fiction Seen from the Right and Borderline -- A Traditionalist Outlook for Modern Man.




Bio

Lennart Svensson was born in the north of Sweden in 1965. After national service at I 21 regiment he settled for a while in Uppsala, studying the classics and working in a restaurant. He left in 2010 as a trained chef and a BA in Indology. He now lives in Härnösand on the north-eastern Swedish coast.

In Swedish Svensson published some fiction in book form before switching to writing in English. On the Australian imprint Manticore Books he published Ernst Jünger -- A Portrait in 2014 and Richard Wagner -- A Portrait in 2015. In 2015 he also published the essay Borderline -- A Traditionalist Outlook for Modern Man on Numen Books. (Numen and Manticore just got merged into Hadean Books. In this link you'll find blogposts etc. by me on the Hadean site.)

A major essay of Svensson saw light of day in 2016: Science Fiction Seen from the Right. This was a literary study portraying the genres of sf and fantasy from a radical conservative viewpoint, as such, totally unique in the history of these genres. For they are otherwise totally imbued by a left-leaning, materialist-nihilist, reductionist mindset. With his essay, Svensson attempts to bring wonder and awe, right-wing style, back into science fiction.

Indeed, Svensson has a conservative outlook in life, appreciating traditional art and culture of the Nordic and Western kind along with the Sanâtana Dharma of India. Svensson aims at giving the audience his traditionally footed worldview in popular form, in both essay and novel form. A proof of the latter is the fantasy Redeeming Lucifer (2017). This is his novel debut in English. His first-ever fiction piece in this language was the story The Middle Zone, published in Morpheus Tales: The Best Weird Fiction, Volume 3 (2013).

Before this, before his career in as a writer in English, Svensson as intimated had published novels in Swedish. And he still writes in Swedish, like publishing his history of Sweden, Ett rike utan like, in 2017.




Bibliography (Selective)

. Ernst Jünger -- A Portrait, 2014 ("A biography of the very highest calibre", Living Traditions Magazine)
. Borderline -- A Traditionalist Outlook for Modern Man, 2015 ("Spanning from Plato to Castaneda, Svensson manages to not only capture the essential spark and esoteric meaning of conjectures regarding ontology—the nature of being—but he also manages to recast these conjectures in a new light", Juleigh Howard-Hobson in Heathen Harvest).
. Science Fiction Seen from the Right, 2016 ("a book which not just looks at literature “from the Right” but raises questions about what, ultimately, is the Right itself", James O'Meara in Counter-Currents).
. Actionism -- How to Become a Responsible Man, 2017 (this is my philosophy of life, a self-help guide, a moral completion of the ontology sketched in Borderline, see above).
. Redeeming Lucifer, 2017 (By the publisher the novel is described thus: "This is a classic, exciting adventure story for all ages of the battle between Light and Dark, told with unique imagination and acute historical detail.").
. Burning Magnesium, 2018 (a novel playing on the eastern front of WW2).




The Way Ahead

Svensson is currently planning more books, both essays and novels. Inspiration-wise he's not in the doldrums right now.

Svensson sees it like this: the world of today is in a mess. There are no politicians around worthy of respect. And even if there are, the zeitgeist is in the grip of materialist nihilism, reductionism and myopic scientism. Against this, Svensson proposes a holistic worldview, a spiritualist, energetic mindfulness where the will-thought and passion of the individual is given its due.

With the saying, "I AM," an individual affirms his divine nature. This is the centerpiece of Svensson's thought. Read about it in Borderline. And in Actionism -- How to Become a Responsible Man.

Svensson might be a mystic but he also acknowledges the role of modern science. As such, he has an archeofuturist outlook in life. Modern technology will continue to shape our lives. However, the mind of man must change its focus from believing in mere science to embrace wisdom. The natural science of today has great ways of examining the material reality. But when you make this scientism into a metaphysical belief system, it goes awry. A deeper understanding of man in the universe, of the relation between micro- and macrocosm, is given by the perennial thought of ancient tradition, of pertinent parts of Christianity, Hinduism, paganism and shamanism.

Today's cultural zeitgeist is soulless, flat and tepid. Against this, Svensson attempts at bringing pizazz, wonder and glory back into the picture.

This is mirrored in all of Svensson's works. So, if you want snug, self-righteous reductionism, don't bother reading his works. But if you want to set out on a journey of discovery, of the self and the whole universe in a new, willful, energetic manner, then do check this writer up.




Related
Actionism (2017)
Burning Magnesium (2018)
Redeeming Lucifer (2017)
Science Fiction Seen from the Right (2016)

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