fredag 18 oktober 2019

Snart är det tolvårsjubileum

Denna blogg har varit igång ett tag.

Denna blogg startades i november 2007. 22/11 var det exakta startdatumet.

Och än är det bara oktober.

Än är det lite tid kvar till bloggens årsdag. Till vad som nu blir TOLVÅRSJUBILEET.

Men i väntan på det kan jag ge er detta inlägg. Med diverse smakprov ur bloggens innehåll.

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Denna blogg har allt. Litteratur, polemik, reportage mm.

Till polemiken hör sådant som detta debattinlägg om en svensk kulturikon, Åsa Linderborg och hennes vurm för Lenin. Det handlar om hur hon ansåg att "Lenin öppnade för en ny kultur."

Själv tar jag ställning mot vänsterism, för en progressiv nationalism. Det visas till exempel i mitt årliga nationaldagstal. Länken går såklart till 2019 års tal.

Jag är också runt och bevistar event i landet. Som denna historiekväll på Svenskarnas hus i år.

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Jag far runt och gör saker. Jag åker Botniabanan. Jag går på sf-kongress. Jag bevistar kyrkor.

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Jag recenserar även böcker. Här är till exempel mina lästips för antiken.

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Det finns bortåt tusen inlägg på bloggen. Så ni har lite att browsa runt i. Mycket nöje.

Och, som sagt, 22/11 är det tolvårsjubileum... mer rotande i bloggens förflutna blir det då.

Min bok om science fiction: presentation på svenska
Min fantasyroman Redeeming Lucifer
Länkar till noveller här på bloggen
Tolkiens verk
Lovecraft-böcker på svenska
Tidslinje: konservativ fantastik
Illustration Robert Svensson

tisdag 8 oktober 2019

Good Reads, September 2019

Hereby some short and fast reading tips. This time, we give you "four fantasies" followed by "three realities". A similar post is this one.

C. S. Lewis. The Silver Chair (1953). -- One of the best Narnia books. Superficially it's a bit flimsy and lightweight; yet, seen as a whole, it's rather well-crafted and well-paced. A comparatively serious fantasy in popular, easy-read style. -- The plot is about a quest by two kids, heading for the north of the Narnian world, a quest accompanied by a "marsh-wiggle". They meet giants, they come to a mysterious city of ruins. And they go underground. And they finally meet the man chained to "the Silver Chair"... a very telling denoument of an elegant, witty novel.

Ursula Le Guin. The Tombs of Atuan (1970). -- I had low hopes for this one; however, it was as good as its predecessor, A Wizard of Earthsea (1968). Atuan has a female hero, a priestess ruling over a certain system of caves. A lot of the action is about lurking in these caves, which "drama-wise" might sound odd but it's actually rather exciting. Le Guin has a gift for the fantastic, even for things religious; that is, this isn't exactly an apology for being a trad-style priestess, rather the contrary, but the religious life as such is well depicted.

Roger Zelazny. Nine Princes in Amber (1970). -- A "tough guy" fantasy -- or, an outing into "active nihilism," so to speak. People in fancy renaissance garb battle for power in Amber, a higher realm, the only "real" realm; our world (and other, parallel worlds) are mere shadows of it. This ontological strain gives the book its edge. You might tire of the nihilism and cynicism but the whole of it is rather alluring. -- Zelazny reads like an American Moorcock; and, beyond that, the Yank is overall rather more energetic than the often dejected Brit.

Roger Zelazny. Lord of Light (1967). -- This is an oddity: settlers from Earth create a high-tech civlization on a remote planet, a world where they can style themselves as Hindu gods. How? With the aid of machines of course... So there is no holism, no will, no astral reality in this concept; instead, it's based on the operation of serially working machines. -- To the traditional mind this sounds like an abomination. Why read of plastic gods when you can have "the real thing" in Purânas and Mahabhârata etc.? However, from a literary point of view the story unfolds rather well. It comes to occupy a grey-area of myth and SF, a mix of the archaic and the modern. The mere stylish ability of Zelazny paints an alluring, magical world. So this is a kind of religious fantasy, having the SF basis as a mere, outer framework. -- To depict gods in latter-day fiction is hard. Wagner kind of succeeded in his Nibelungen opera, even though there was always the risk of dragging the figures down into "everydayness". Zelazny runs the same risk here but he kind of pulls it of -- at times. An odd novel, there aren't many like it.

Correlli Barnett (ed). Hitler's Generals (1989). -- Not exactly original but it was OK. It's a "polygraphy" = a collection of bios, written by several authors. On 550 pages we get to hear about cirka 20 German WWII generals. And there is some repetition and some divulging of not so sensational facts. However, some things were new even to me and I liked to read about these guys: Ludwig Beck, Franz Halder, Alfred Jodl, Walter von Reichenau, Erich von Manstein, Kurt Student.

Nick Carter. The Treason Game (1982). -- Of course the author isn't "Nick Carter". This is one of the modern Nick Carter novels, the "Killmaster" working for the fictitious US agency AXE. The author of the book is (according to this source) said to be one Joseph L. Gilmore. The book is rather unusual; it plays in the US (Washington DC; Utah; and not some in exotic outpost), and as the title intimates it's about treason. This time, Carter can't just operate and fulfill his task, no; due to infiltration of the US government Carter finds himself alone and double-crossed in his own land. But he keeps his honor clean, does some mopping up in the treacherous ranks and succeeds in saving the US in the end. Overall rather tight and comparatively credible. And, it's told in the first person; that's how Nick Carter novels should be. The third-person narrative just doesn't work so well in this series, giving a comparatively weaker and more pallid impression. -- In James Bond terms, this novel presents a philosophically interesting "license revoked" situation. Cf. the 1989 Bond film, "License to Kill," whose working title was "License Revoked". And I figure that, overall, a comparison with Bond is apt because Nick Carter was a viable American counterpart to James Bond. Carter was created with JB in mind (secret agent licensed to kill, the boss of the agency is a kind of father figure, some beautiful women are encountered during the operations, the Cold War is a constant reference etc.). Bond is British and Carter is American; Bond has his unique style, Cartes has his.

Cooper, Bryan (text) and Batchelor, John (illustrations). The Story of the Bomber 1914-1945 (1974). -- The prominent feature of this book is the illustrations. Except for a handful of photos every picture in this book is hand-drawn; profiles, perspective drawings, cut-away drawings, all done especially for this volume. In both black-and-white and color. This makes the book a good read in the realm of large format fact books. The text is also OK, telling the story of bomber aircraft from before WWI and up and until the end of WWII. The most interesting part was reading about the inter-war years, when in the 30's a great step toward modern aircraft construction was made by having all-metal monoplanes, symbolised by American designs like Lockheed Electra and Douglas DC-2. Before that the norm was (kind of) double-deckers of wood clad in doped fabric.

Good Reads, May 2019
The Faustian Era Goes Ever On

torsdag 26 september 2019

Book News: We've Seen the Same Horizon (2019)

A new poetry anthology is out. I'm in it. And so are many others. Because, as the title says, "We've Seen the Same Horizon"... A conceptual revolution is brewing in the West -- a transition from defeatism and materialism to willpower and vision.

The book is 151 pages in trade paperback. Buy it on Amazon.

The editor is Christina Finlayson Taylor.

In the foreword by Robert N. Taylor we read that the state of today's poetry is dismal: "In the academic world we have 'poets' being milled out from creative writing classes that presupposes that anyone can be a poet". Mediocrity, everyday babble, lines that doesn't sing and swing -- that's what the mainstay of Western poetry is today.

Also, it doesn't mean anything. It's a word game by tired dandies.

How different, then, with the current anthology...!

This is a clarion call for meaning and willpower, for seeking strength in your own cultural and ethnic heritage.

"We rise. And then we stand" as Juleigh Howard-Hobson says in "Per Aspera Ad Astra" [p. 12]. Truly unique words in today's poetry. Strong and arousing words.

My own poem "I Am the Holy Flame" tries to capture the same arousing feeling:
I am the Holy Flame,
I am the Holy Fire...

I am the flash in the firepan,
fire and movement preaching man.

Burning all materialism to ashes.

I will burn it to ashes, then burn the ashes.

[p. 28]
Arise, awake! The Northern heritage beckons you. As I say in "Palearctic Grandeur":
I awake at night in the peace of 62 degrees north.
The moon speaks in silvery runes about the
coming grandeur of the Nordic regions,
the Palearctic zone and beyond.

[p. 46]
And as for women, I say to them, "be a valkyria" -- for she might historically "be gone but her mindset lives on" [p. 126].

There is more. The book has some additional poems by me, and there are good ones by Siegfried Manteuffel (both in German and English, a fine gesture), Carolyn Emerick, Albie A. Gogel, Christina Finlayson Taylor, Jason O'Toole, David Yorkshire, etc.

In all, a very fine collection. I'd say: like the music of Bach, it's a unique mixture of strength and beauty.

Buy the book on Amazon.

Be Superman, It's Easy
Burning Magnesium

fredag 13 september 2019

Actionist Epigrams

These are epigrams. Laconic, succinct wisdoms. In the spirit of Actionism. -- To be precise, you won't find these sentences in that book, the 2017 basic document. These are "further adventures of Actionism"... -- A presentation in Swedish of Actionism is given in this post.

The thing becomes a symbol when BEING shines through.

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I walk around town with a body language that says, “I AM”.

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Keep going until the movement becomes a state. Then time and space will collapse into a black hole that is you.

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Honor death, cherish life.

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In both peace and war there’s no irony. They are elemental states.

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Transcending material reality and the empirical mood in favor of invisible forces, levels beyond space-time affecting matter...

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Contempt as a lodestar? Snobby indulgence? Why not. The world itself is a spectacle. The truth is gained, not in the hazy confusion of “the everyday world, the city square”. It’s gained in the sublime palace on the heights above the city. Here you can quote Nicolas-Sébastien Roch de Chamfort: "The best recipe of the philosopher for our attitude towards the world: cheerful irony and contemptuous disregard.” – To this we have the ideal of Swedish poet Bertil Malmberg: “Dignity, Ergiffenheit, contempt."

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Reading is breathing, breathing is reading.

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How to become a superman: just say to yourself, “I am superman,” again and again. How often you can say this depends on YOU – on your stamina, your willpower, your persistence of vision.

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This is the Way, the Golden Path... to majesty, peace and prosperity, everything: wishing it, wanting it, getting it.

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Actionist enemy No. 1: weakness of will.

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A man who has worked through at least 51% of his karma, who is C3 = Calm, Cool and Collected – and who can RIA = Rest In Action, is a virtual superman – a spiritual superman.

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The moment you discover WILL = a surging rush of power.

I Declare You the Spiritual Superman
Actionism -- How to Become a Responsible Man (2017)
In Swedish: En presentation av Actionism
Painting by Robert Svensson

tisdag 13 augusti 2019

Rapport: historiekväll på Svenskarnas hus 29/6 2019

In Swedish. -- I somras höll jag ett föredrag på Svenskarnas hus i Älgarås. Det var den "Historiekväll med Lennart Svensson" som tidigare utannonserats här på bloggen (DFS originalannons här). Härmed en rapport från evenemanget. -- Fotot ovan föreställer mig i talarstolen på Huset 29/6; foto Daniel Frändelöv.

När jag bjöds in av DFS att hålla föredrag på Svenskarnas hus tackade jag ja direkt.

Dels hade ju Daniel Frändelöv och jag gjort en historiepodd under våren. Ämnet var min svenska historia, Ett rike utan like. Och nu, för det event som skulle hållas, var ämnet samma sak, Ett rike utan like och vad den betyder. Så det kändes naturligt att runda av denna "historievår" med detta evenemang.

Dels hade jag följt etablerandet av Svenskaras hus sedan öppnandet tidigare i år. Det hela är en inspirerande grej helt enkelt, "ett plejs för såna som oss" som Ebba Grön sjöng en gång i tiden. Ett helt hus ägnat Sverigevänlig verksamhet. Dessutom helt öppet; inget hemlighetsmakeri behövs. "Här är huset, här är vi" liksom (även om säkerhetstänkande förstås ännu behövs).

Jag bokade in lördagen 29/6 och började planera. För föredraget gällde 2 x 45 minuter med paus emellan. Jag skrev lite stolpar att hålla mig till. Och så skulle jag ha med boken -- Ett rike utan like -- för vissa centrala citat att belysa det hela med.

Talet skulle gå bra, det kände jag på mig. Resesättet (50 mil fågelvägen) fick bli bil. Jag funderade iofs på om det skulle bli köer där i Sveriges hjärtland (Västerås-Örebro) osv. Risken fanns, det var typ första dagen på semestern för många. Men jag var tidigt ute så det gick bra.

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Jag körde alltså ner. Från Norrland till Västergötland. Vädret bjöd på lite regnstänk söder om Sundsvall men annars var det utmärkt. Det var kort sagt en ljuvlig resa, detta att köra bil på en sommarmotorväg med lagom trafik. Tåg och flyg kan nog vara bra ibland men för detta var bil det enda sättet.

Det var Actionism helt enkelt. Movement as a state.

Efter X antal timmar bakom ratten kom jag så till Älgarås och Svenskarnas hus. Solen sken, jag bekantade mig med folk. Bland annat Daniel Frändelöv och Dan Eriksson. Trevligt att mötas IRL.

Jag hade god tid på mig att förbereda mig för talet. Jag la även upp lite böcker för beskådande. Dels Ett rike utan like, dels lite annat smått och gott ur min produktion.

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Folk strömmade till och vid femtiden var det dags att hålla talet.

Först sa Dan några väl valda kring varför Ett rike utan like är så viktig: att det är en bok som förklarar för mannen på gatan att vi etniska svenskar existerar och har rätt till detta land. Det är en bok som kan väcka svensken ur sin slummer och ge henne en historisk identitet. Ingen annan nyskriven svensk historiebok, och få andra böcker öht, säger detta. -- Jag minns inte exakt hur orden föll men typ så.

Sedan gick ordet till Daniel Frändelöv som berättade om ett gammalt (900-talet) svärd som DFS fått sig till skänks. Jag tog sedan vid, höll fram svärdet och berättade vad svärd kunde betyda för vikingatidens personer, såsom Hervor i Hervarasagan. Hon, efter att ha fått sig sitt fäderneärvda svärd Tyrfing, sa ju att hon hellre hade ett gott svärd än var härskare över hela Norge...

Det är individens makt över världen och sig själv, symboliserad i att svinga ett svärd. Återigen, rena Actionismen.

Även sentida valkyrior har hyllat svärd, såsom Edith Södergran:
O du mitt goda svärd, som jag har fått från himlen, jag kysser dig.
Du skall icke vila
innan jorden är en trädgård, där gudarna drömmer vid underbara bägare.
Detta finns citerat på s. 427 i Ett rike utan like. Och nu kunde jag läsa upp det för publiken ifråga -- för historiekvällsbesökarna, där i hörsalen på Svenskarnas hus.

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Sedan höll jag huvuddelen av mitt tal. På temat "vi svenskar existerar och har rätt till detta land". Exemplifierat med den historiska begynnelsen i Tacitus' sviones (= svearna), dvs. hur vi, Sveriges germanska majoritetsbefolkning, levt i detta land sedan urminnes tider. Det handlar med andra ord om Sverige som nation (parallellt med Sverige som stat, kultur och rike).

Jag läste även ur boken från sidan 209 där det polemiska tonläget skruvas upp, à la:
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.
Sist citerade jag ur sluttampen i boken, där jag efter en tur IRL i Svealand sitter på Stockholms central, ser på de nationalistiska konstverken (Åreskutan, Leksands kyrka, Vadstena slott mm.) och reflekterar över traditioner.

Och de traditioner vi Sverigevänner stödjer oss på har ju flera tusen års hävd. Medan mångkulturismen bara är några decennier gammal. Därför kommer vi att vinna kulturkriget.

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Talet blev uppskattat. Många sa det till mig efteråt.

Efteråt blev det även tid för mingel, boksignering och förtäring av diverse. Man kunde sitta ute i den ljusa sommarnatten. Och det gjorde vi och pratade om historia mm. Väldigt trevligt.

In alles var det ett lyckat event på ett lovande ställe, Svenskarnas hus. Huset var i princip färdigställt även om detaljer ännu återstod att fixa. Intrycket var prydligt, ja riktigt ståtligt. Åk dit vetja, det måste ses på plats. Upplev stämningen,"feel the power" liksom. En unik institution i den Sverigevänliga rörelsen. DFS webbplats har ni här.

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Härmed lite bilder från eventet.

1. Entren till huset.

2. En infolapp om eventet.

3. Dan Eriksson och Daniel Frändelöv i baren.

4. Jag och Marcus Follin, även känd som "The Golden One". (Follin är i dagarna aktuell med boken Dauntless.)

5. Samkvämshörna.

6. Hörsalen.

7. Boksignering.

8. En episod från hemvägen: på söndagen vaknade jag utsövd på mitt nattläger. Klockan var typ fyra på morgonen. Och jag drog iväg i min bil. Frukosten bestod av en knäckebrödskiva och lite kvarbliven Festis... men jag tänkte att man framåt åttatiden kanske kunde fika längs vägen. Det var med andra ord en skir midsommarmorgon, med en tämligen tom motorväg sträckande sig framför mig, men situationen något svältbetonad pga. den påvra frukosten. Men se...! Efter cirka en timmes färd fick jag se en skylt längs vägen, en skylt som talade om en dygnet-runt-öppen bensinstation. Och den var verkligen öppen och där kunde jag få mig te, bulle och en chokladbit. Ett gudasänt näringsställe, på min ära.

9. På väg hem efter välförrättat värv.

Ett rike utan like
Actionism -- presentation på svenska
Det fria Sverige: hemsida
Min bibliografi

tisdag 6 augusti 2019

Lästips, augusti 2019

In Swedish. -- Det är dags för lite snabba boktips. Ett liknande inlägg är detta.

Niklas Zetterling. Blixtkrig! 1939-1941 (2008). -- En likstel skildring med negativa slutsatser: någon tysk doktrin fanns inte, någon revolution i krigföringen förekom inte, Ludwig Beck var inte negativ till strategisk pansaranvändning... detta är knappast epokgörande forskning. Läs Trotylstorm i öster istället. Jag har iofs inte forskat i några arkiv. Men jag har en relaterbar stil. Zetterling däremot har ingen stil alls. Att läsa Blixtkrig! är som att ta del av en robotskriven text.

Lars Wideräng. Stjärnklart (2014). -- Civilisationen går under... men K3 Commandos klarar skivan! Man måste med andra ord införa militärstyre. Endast det står för tillräckligt ansvar med auktoritet om allt går söderut. Detta sci-fi-verk (första delen i en trilogi) gör nästan författaren till en folkhemsk Robert Heinlein. -- Även Stjärnklart är en aning stelt skriven men inte så det stör. Underhållningsvärdet finns där onekligen, samtidigt som det plockas en del milt politiska poänger på hipsters, miljöpartister, dialogpoliser...

F. Scott Fitzgerald. Den store Gatsby (1925). -- Läsvärd, underhållande och stilmässigt elegant (och inte så lång, bara cirka 190 sidor). Dock lite nedslående i sin tomma materialism. Allt är meningslöst. Det enda som kanske ger lättnad är kvinnors kärlek... men inte ens det varar, inte i denna roman, inte för huvudpersonen. -- Så denna "bitterljuva salongsnihilism" är anatema för mig. Men med det sagt, som sklidring av denna värld är The Great Gatsby en njutbar upplevelse. Den ställvisa prosapoesin plus den vitala dialogen är det som fångar mig. Och min faustiska själ nickar åt Gatsby-personens myt, hur han liksom kommer ur ingenstans, en veritabel guds son. Detta sägs uttryckligen i texten. Plus att han hade snygg handstil, "ett kungligt drag"... så é de ju. -- När Fitzgerald höll sig ifrån alltför dystra, materialistiska "visdomar" och mer rakt på sak skildrade nyanser i 20-talets amerikanska medelklass- och överklassvardag, så var han tämligen outstanding.

Jan Myrdal (red). Jules Verne-magasinet – en antologi ur 1940-talets populäraste novellmagasin (1993). -- Detta är en riktigt bra samling översatta anglo-amerikanska sf-noveller från 30- och tidigt 40-tal. Nästan allt är läsvärt, underhållande och även tänkvärt. Och till saken hör alltså att det är texter ur en svensk tidskrift från 40-talet, Jules Verne-magasinet. Den var populär under krigsåren (upplaga som mest 80.000). Och det var sf-materialet som skapade profil. Sedan fanns även allmänna äventyrsnoveller, serier och diverse featurematerial (som träningstips och "veckans svenska stålman"), men det var sf:en som definierade magasinet. Som Edmond Hamiltons charmiga space opera, Kapten Frank, som alltid gick som följetong. Och översatta sf-noveller. Av dem som bjuds i denna antologi framhåller jag gärna, utan vidare kommentar, Walter Kubilius, Journey’s End, 1943, i JVM 31/1945 som “Resans slut”; John Russell Fearn, Secret of the Buried City, 1939, i JVM 8/1941 som “Den begravda staden”; Eando Binder, “Kapplöpning med tiden” i JVM 2/1941. Alla har dessutom sina originalillustrationer återgivna; slående sf-konst. -- För övrigt kan nämnas att Robert Heinlein hade sin svenska debut i JVM. Det var som pseudonymen Lyle Monroe med ”Varde ljus” (Let There Be Light, 1940) i 4/1941. Också denna ypperliga text återges i Myrdals antologi. Jan Myrdal har alltså gjort urvalet. Han bidrar även med ett förord som livaktigt berättar om den roll JVM spelade i hans och 40-talets svenska verklighet. Därtill finns en avslutande kommentar som ger en del basfakta för den som är helt främmande för sf, JVM och allt det där. Samt ett index över alla sf-noveller som förekom i JVM.

John-Henri Holmberg (red). Häpna! – en bok om 1950-talets tongivande science fiction-tidskrift (2015). -- Här har vi en bok som påminner om den ovanstående: ett äreminne över en svensk sf-tidskrift, i form av återtryck av några noveller samt förklarande bakgrundsmaterial, index mm. Jag gillade JVM-boken något mer men Häpna!-boken är för den skull inte fy skam. Tidskriften Häpna! introducerade begreppet "science fiction" i Sverige och den startade sf-fandom. Novellerna var genomgående, från början 1954 till slutet 1965, av god kvalitet: alltifrån idémässigt djärva koncept till underhållande berättelser. Dessutom förekom rätt många texter från Storbritannien; UK var inte negligerat på USA:s bekostnad. -- Jag äger själv några nummer av Häpna! och kan intyga att det mesta i dem är läsvärt. Rak, underhållande sf med tillräckligt spekulativ vinkel. Och ibland med litterär knorr. Så den som hittar Häpna! på antikvariat bör slå till. De kommer inte att bli billigare med åren. -- Holmbergs antologi är OK i sitt novellurval. Det är lite Clarke, Sheckley, Anderson osv. Än bättre är att svenska författare därtill återges, såsom Dénis Lindbohm med "Ljuset i dina ögon" (5/1958), en skarpskuren, lätt tragisk berättelse om utomjordingar som landar. Detta är Lindbohm när han är som bäst. Dessutom har vi Bertil Mårtenssons "Femte resan" (2/1964), om en rymdpilots vedermödor, allt med psykologiskt inträngande nerv. In alles en lovande text som pekar fram mot senare storverk. (BM hade för övrigt debuterat i magasinet i 12/1963 med "Urhemmet".) -- Boken ger förutom noveller även nyskrivet featurematerial som presenterar tillkomsten för Häpna! jämte dess utveckling, karaktär osv. Och man får veta en del om 1950-talets sf-utgivning, man får index och allt man kan begära. Så boken är värd sitt salt. -- För övrigt förekom min favorit Robert Heinlein rätt flitigt i Häpna! Novellerna The Long Watch, Logic of Empire, We Also Walk Dogs, Elsewhen, Misfit översattes och publicerades under magasinets karriär. Dock återges de inte i denna antologi. Och i strikt politisk mening har den radikalkonservative läsaren föga att hämta i denna bok. JVM-antologin är i så fall mer passande; här ges vi till exempel en del "superman heroism" i sf-form medan Häpna!-antologin är mer mainstream-sf till sin karaktär.

Noveller av Dénis Lindbohm
Bertil Mårtensson
Heinlein: Starship Troopers
Trotylstorm i öster

torsdag 6 juni 2019

Reflektioner på nationaldagen 2019

In Swedish. -- Det är 6 juni idag. Sveriges nationaldag.

Det är vår nationaldag idag. Idag hyllas det traditionella Sverige. Själv hyllar jag detta året om, 24/7.

Och jag gör det med denna bok, Ett rike utan like. En historik över Sverige från Hedenhös till våra dagar. En historik med traditionell vinkel.

Tag därför och läs den, om ni vill ha nationalism som sträcker sig bortom just denna dag, nationaldagen.

Jag bedriver nationalism året om. Med bok. Och med föredrag. Om allt går som planerat ska jag till exempel hålla ett föredrag på Svenskarnas hus snart. Det blir den 29 juni. Mer info i denna länk.

Vad som inte sägs i länken är att det även blir bokbord vid detta event. Nya och lite äldre Svenssonböcker kommer att säljas till rimliga priser.

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Så vad har jag då att tillägga? Idag, 6 juni, nationaldagen?

Jag säger som jag brukar vid dessa tillfällen: vi svenskar existerar och har rätt till detta land.

Detta är ett revolutionärt påstående i dagens Sverige. Men sanningen är alltid revolutionär.

Sverige år vårt. Vi tog det från inlandsisen.

De etniska svenskarna har rätt till detta land. Vi bestämmer vad som ska ske med detta "rike utan like".

Hylla därför idag det traditionella Sverige genom att hissa flaggan. Vi kan aldrig få för mycket av "gult och blått" i det offentliga rummet, i stadslandskapet, överallt.

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Vurm för Sverige har annars alltid existerat. Geijer var inte den förste svenske historikern. Olof von Dalin var igång före honom. Och före honom vurmade man för fornnordiska antikviteter; under 1600-talet.

Så blotta känslan för Sverige är inte något nyuppfunnet. Vi svenskar har alltid gripits av det förgångna.

Gripenhet... Ergriffenheit heter det på tyska.

Bertil Malmberg gjorde detta till en del i sin livshållning. "Värdighet, gripenhet, förakt" kallade han det.

Jag har i stort sett samma ambition: en strävan efter värdighet, av höghet. Att höja sig över platthet och vardagsfetischism.

Därtill en strävan efter gripenhet, att känna sig berörd av något annat än priset på köttfärs.

Och förakt: förakt för slentrian.

Detta är en gångbar attityd allmänt. Och för en historievurmare.

Med det önskar jag er en trevlig nationaldag.

Historiekväll på Svenskarnas hus
Nationaldagen 2017
Ett rike utan like
Bertil Malmberg
Akvarell: Robert Svensson

fredag 17 maj 2019

Good Reads, May 2019

Some good reads lately. Mostly way-out stuff. -- A similar post to this one can be found here.

Frank Herbert: Dune (1965). -- A reread. Damn good. "Every word a preachment, every paragraph a sermon, every chapter an epic"... Along with the Heinlein opus 1939-1959, C. S. Lewis's Narnia and space novels, and Tolkien, this is the core conservative fantastika. As I've said in this book. -- Herbert's novel (part 1 of the saga; even part 3 and 4 are kinda remarkable) astounds you every time, there's wisdom all over it (and drama, psychology, echology...). The style is a bit pedantic but everyone writes like this now, psychological introspection is the mainstay of almost every novel. Herbert does it within an enjoyable framework: a traditional, conservative framework, all with a futuristic twist. More about Herbert's Dune saga in this book.

Emerald Tablets of Thoth (1930 translation). -- Strong and shiny. And not so hard to understand if you've read The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life by Drunvalo Melchizedek (2000) first. -- Follow Thoth as he grows up on Atlantis and becomes a master of wisdom. Eventually he is taken to the mysterious, interdimensional Halls of Amenti where he meets the Lords of Creation. He even meets Death and after that becomes immortal. Then Atlantis goes under -- but Thoth and friends escape in a vessel and go east to found the Egyptian culture. He builds the sphinx, he builds the pyramids... This and more in an immortal perennial classic. Online version here.

Arthur C. Clarke: A Rendez-Vous with Rama (1973). -- This one came after 2001. And it turned out that Clarke couldn't write another 2001. Of course he couldn't. That one was "one in a lifetime;" in Rama he settled for less. And Rama isn't essential reading. However, it does have its allure... An alien object soars into the solar system and a mission is sent to investigate it, basically, this empty can of enormous proportions. 50 km long. The inside is explored. There's a city in it. Empty. And so the story ends without any special denouement. Disappointing. Yet, in the dry descriptions, and between the lines, there are some hints of alien presence, cosmic eternity and all that. More about Clarke in this book. And in this post, a review in Swedish of the Rama novel.

Ray Bradbury: The Fire-Balloons (1950). -- One of the stories in The Martian Chronicles. This one is about religion. Some narrow-minded Christians go to Mars to preach and missionize. However, in the wilds they encounter aliens in the form of fire balloons. Because these balloon fellows are advanced this is close to a cliché story (man to be lectured by aliens on his bad ways) but Bradbury almost steers clear of the pitfalls. I remember it as a warm story of belief, of faith. More about Bradbury in this book.

Good Reads, March 2019
Science Fiction Seen from the Right
In Swedish: Möte med Rama
Illustration: Robert Svensson

söndag 28 april 2019

Autointervju, april 2019

In Swedish, an interview with yours truly. An online audio variety is this one. -- Härmed en intervju med mig. Gjord av mig. En tidigare variant på temat är denna. "F" betyder fråga, "S" betyder svar.

F: Du har på senare tid publicerat en del inlägg om rymdens erövring. På denna blogg, på engelska. Som denna. Kan du här, på svenska, förklara vad detta handlar om?

S: Så gärna. Rymdens erövring har jag propagerat för länge och väl, sedan jag 1983 publicerade en fanzineartikel i ämnet ("Ut i rymden människa", augusti 1983). Rymdkolonisering är vägen: att människan ger sig ut i rymden, främst till Mars, och etablerar sig där permanent. Vad det än leder till (terraforming av sagda värld mm.) så är det en typ av STRÄVAN som den faustiska människan måste ha för att inte stagnera. Vi västerlänningar ska ta ledningen i äventyret kosmos: som rymdfarare, erövrare och kolonisatörer.

F: Satsa på rymdraketer alltså, rymdkadetter i det blå? Borde man inte satsa resurserna här på jorden istället?

S: Rymden är målet, jorden är medlet. Vi ska fostra en sund ungdom som tar ansvar och strävar mot högre mål. Vi kan inte ha det som idag med negativism, defaitism och stagnation.

I: Vad har du för bakgrund, Svensson? Du gör påståenden om ditt och datt men kan du "walk the talk"? Har du levt som du lär, med viljestyrka-och-vision?

S: Jag har försvarat detta land med vapen i hand. Se här. Militärlivet är en bra skola i viljestyrka. Vidare så har jag skolat mig till skribent, först i fanzineform, sedan som professionell skribent. Jag hade visionen att bli skribent, och jag satsade allt på att bli det -- och så blev jag det. Vidare så har jag skaffat mig kunskap om tillvaron genom liv och blod, inte bara genom att läsa om den. Jag har till exempel jobbat på krog 1986-1989 och utbildat mig till kock.

F: Du nämnde nyss "detta land", vilket är det?

S: Sverige. Ett land med ett strävsamt folk, de etniska svenskarna. Ett folk som historiskt med hårt arbete, vilja och vision gjort ett kargt land vid polcirkeln till en förebild av tro och tradition i samverkan. Historiskt alltså, fram till cirka 1950. Sedan bar det utför pga. elitens sinnesförvirring mm. Mer i denna bok.

I: Du är som sagt en rymdguru. En förespråkare för rymdkolonisering. Men du är även lagd åt spekulationer om detta, om rymd och framtid och okända världar.

S: Vad tänker du på nu...?

F: Jag tänker på detta: att du har gett ut en bok om science fiction. Och du skriver själv romaner, inom t.ex fantasygenren. Vad är meningen med denna del av din verksamhet? Är det fria fantasier?

S: Fantasier, ja, men inte fria fantasier. Man måste ha ett mönster, ett koncept. Och det har jag. Allt jag skriver är på sätt och vis exempel på Actionism. Jag har ett systematiskt credo inom moral och etik, baserat på en modell för verkligheten.

F: Jaha. Så du är även en moralguru?

S: Ja. Med boken Actionism.

F: Vad är kärnan i Actionism då?

S: "Projicera din vilja på skeendet", kan man säga. Ty vilja måste man ha. Detta är så elementärt. Men många idag har glömt det. De ifrågasätter över huvud taget viljans existens. De reducerar allt till begär... och det är en inskränkt metod. Ty vilja existerar och har gjort det sedan tidernas begynnelse, sedan före till och med Gud. I begynnelsen förenades Urviljan och Urtanken med Ljuset, och därvid uppstod Gud. Gör du detsamma, förena till vilja med din tanke och Ljuset ska skina i ditt väsen.

F: OK. Är det så enkelt?

S: Ja. En Actionist gestaltar sitt liv positivt på metafysiska grunder. Vilja och vision styr honom. Och vilja och vision är något elementärt, en fundamental kraft i universum – något grundläggande för verklighetens natur, för varandet – för den metafysiska basen. -- För, som jag just sa: i begynnelsen var viljan och tanken, ljuset och mörkret. Viljan förenade sig med tanken och valde sedan att gå till ljuset. Så uppstod Gud, sägande ”Jag Är” som bekräftan på denna union.

F: Minsann.

S: Ja. Och en Actionist, görande samma process (vilja förenas med tanke; man väljer sedan ljus istället för mörker) blir en gud i smått, en gud i vardande. Han gestaltar sitt liv positivt enligt fundamentala, ontologiska lagar.

F: Tack för denna utläggning. Nu vet vi lite mer om ditt credo.

S: Väl bekomme.

Actionism -- presentation på svenska
Ett rike utan like
Jag och sf-fandom
Target: Mars
Red Ice: Science Fiction From the Right
Bild: jag på Robert Svensson-retrospektiven i Sundsvall, april 2017.

onsdag 3 april 2019

World History -- A Short Summary

Hereby an outline of history, based on the thought of Rudolf Steiner.

This post takes a look at world history. It portrays the major events of the world from the beginning of recorded history to our times.

My main pattern is borrowed from Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925). I say “main pattern” and by this I mean a specific timeline that he used when discussing the development of man. And in this, it has to be noted that Steiner also had a somewhat peculiar terminology regarding this – regarding man’s inner faculties and its evolvement. Astral body, sentient soul etc. etc.

I don’t use that terminology in this post. However, like Steiner I do acknowledge that man is a spiritual being and that his “inner mind” – soul, spirit – is what defines him. He’s not just a walking, talking heap of meat.

However, this isn’t mainly a spiritual outing. The purpose of the post is to sketch a framework for tangible developments in political history, as well as for the history of religion, art and technology.

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So, for starters we will need a look at the Stienerian pattern. I mainly use it because it gives us some fresh angles, like letting our era (the Faustian) begin in 1413 – and, in sync with that, having the previous era, the Graeco-Roman, begin in 747 BC and end in 1413. For instance, this does away with “medieval times” as a focus; in the Steiner pattern the medieval era mainy becomes the afterglow of the Antique.

I base my pattern on Steiner. And he, what did he base it on? Where did he get this strict, succession of 2,160-year eras from? – He got it from “the Akasha Chronicles” (Steiner’s thought in this chapter after Shepherd, see literature list below). This was the collective conscious of man and gods and he could read in it, Steiner said; he could access this spiritual archive of everything that had happened, an immaterial bank of wisdom, stories and images.

To the critical reader this reference might sound like, “I found it in Shang-ri-la”... However, in some details Steiner could motivate his chronological lay-up with tangible facts, like having the appearance of Jeanne d’Arc as the portal event of the current, Faustian era.

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Steiner has depicted the development of man not only on Earth but in the solar system too. I will skip that in this context, concerned as I am with Earth history only. Also, Steiner sketched the development on mythical continents like Hyperborea, Lemuria and Atlantis, and he spoke about the eras of “Ancient Persian” and “Ancient Indian” (which in common terms were rather “pre-historic”). I will skip those eras too (although I personally, as an esotericist, hold these eras and their meaning as rather valid).

Instead, I will start the overview of the eras employed in this book with “the third Post-Atlantic era,” namely the Egypto-Chaldean, lasting (like the other eras) an astrological age, 2,160 years – specifically, from 2907 through 747 BC. The heartland of it was Egypt and Mesopotamia = the Middle East. That is, this was the era of dynastic Egypt and Sumeria, Babylonia and Assyria. Man now left the spiritual dreaming of the previous age and started to interest himself in his material surroundings. However, there were still some remains of mystery cults, originating on Atlantis, whose teaching gave man a sense of “Paradise Lost”. In the end, after many centuries, man would integrate that “Atlantean,” intuitive, spiritual state with the rational, sober attitude gained in later eras. Such a union is the goal of our current era: the merging of Atlantean clairvoyance with Faustian sobriety. In other words, it’s about the merging of holistic intuition with a rationalistic command of the material world.

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The Egypto-Chaldean era was followed by the Greco-Roman, beginning in 747 BC and ending 1413 CE. The carriers of this culture, Greeks and Romans, hadn’t been part of the civilizations of the previous era; they were strong and talented regarding material culture but somewhat lacking in spiritual talent. However, they too had mysteries and secret masters guiding them, like Hermes instructing Pythagoras and thus starting the whole era.

The Greco-Roman era was one of emerging rationalism and sobriety, giving their image of the divine a highly tangible, and rather beautiful form (q.v. Greek marble statues). However, for the common man this era soon developed into spiritual poverty and materialism, giving rise to a longing for a spiritual resurgence. This even arrived in the form of Jesus Christ, creating a new deal in man’s spiritual development. Spiritual secrets previously kept secret in hermetic societies now became attainable for the man in the street. Ideas of the immortality of the soul and even reincarnation (although the latter soon became suppressed in the West) were shaping the new zeitgeist.

Finally we have our era, the fifth post-Atlantic era, the Faustian, in the pattern used lasting 1413-3573. As intimated this era will be about fusing the intuitive wisdom of old, Atlantic times with the rational, practical, globe-encompassing material culture we call “Western”. Historically Steiner sees the pattern of this conflict, “man vs. nature,” as the main theme of the Western history – that is, as a conflict between the traditional, man-centered wisdom as maintained by the church – while the nature-oriented (and subsequent “materialist”) wisdom is the anti-clerical, “heretical” strain of “Western science”. This, he means, was even the drive between the conflict between Pope and Emperor in medieval times.

Be that as it may. I again stress that the meaning of the current era is this: to fuse Atlantic, ancient, intuitive thinking with the rational, sober thinking of Faustian man. To acknowledge man’s inner (his soul, his spirit) while at the same time being a critical scientist, observing and dominating the outer world. This can be seen as the Steinerian legacy and I, in this post and elsewhere, acknowledge it.

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Some spiritual outlook is needed, even in a world history. The current state of the West, with its official wisdom seeing only “the death of the body and the decay of matter,” can’t go on. A spiritual resurgence is needed. I won’t say more about it now, I have already talked about it in Borderline (2015), but I must for the record state that some spiritual, esoteric approaches is needed when making an outline of world history.

Also, it can be said, that Steiner (whose basic pattern I employ) had a kind of positive outlook on the development of man. Conversely, he wasn’t a pessimist. In a very general sense I of course agree with this. Now, another German who summarized history in sweeping gestures was Oswald Spengler and he was more of a pessimist. So, while not subscribing to his “smoking ruins, the West is doomed”-scenario I nonetheless state that some of his outlook is needed. Like, today, no historian talks of “decline”. Spengler, while maybe overindulging in it, nevertheless can be of some intellectual use when giving “decline” conceptual room.

Further, without going into deeper into the ontology of history, I see Marxist-materialist historians merely speaking of “transition” etc. from this mode of production to that (q.v. for instance Perry Anderson, Passages from Antiquity to Feudalism) as insufficient. How flat and insipid, how overly technical. As a mere counter-image to this I prefer the general Spengler attitude of “form, theme, life, gestalt, inner necessity,” of history and its forms as organisms and not just mechanisms.

Spengler, and Steiner, had feeling in their historical approaches and this is what I, too, hold as an undying ideal when looking at the development of man.

Outline of history
Egypto-Chaldean era: 2907 -- 747 BC
Greco-Roman era: 747 BC -- 1413 CE
Faustian era: 1413 -- 3573 CE

Shepherd, A. P. Rudolf Steiner och antroposofin (orig. A Scientist of the Invisible, 1957). Stockholm: Natur & Kultur, 1974
Stiener, Rudolf. Grunddragen av vetenskapen om det fördolda (orig. Die Geheimwissenschaft im Umriss, 1910). Stockholm: Antroposofiska bokförlaget, 1979

Borderline -- A Traditionalist Outlook for Modern Man
Some Notes on Spengler
The Faustian culture, symbolized by the classical shapes of the Härnösand dome. Photo by LS

torsdag 28 mars 2019

Target: Mars

This an article about Mars, space exploration and striving.

This is written in 2019. Imagine that: 2019...

A mythical year.

For, in the movie Blade Runner from 1982, "2019" was the mythical future it played in.

However, today I see no replicants in need of withdrawal, no rain-soaked urban congestion in eternal night, no space colonies on Mars etc. I don't see anything of that around me today.

But we still have planet Mars.

We can still go there and shine.

But you say, Mars is only an arid, cold desert.

OK. That's what you're saying. Because you lack the willpower and drive to go there.

Because, conversely, to have it terraformed and colonized is The Next Big Thing. For Faustian man, Western man.

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Mars beckons me and many others. "He awoke -- and wanted Mars." (Philip K. Dick, We Can Remember It for You Wholesale, 1966).

In the literary sense, Dick envisoned Mars as a human colony, as a goal for human endeavour and striving. And so did other SF authors like Arthur C. Clarke, Robert A. Heinlein, Rex Gordon, Öyvind Myhre, Ray Bradbury, Jack Williamson etc. etc.

Even today Mars epics are written. Like Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy.

I go for Mars. I'm in for Mars. Conversely, I don't care so much about space stations, Lunar colonies, Lagrange colonies of the O'Neill kind.

Faustian man wants a free, unbounded space to live in. A horizon to strive for. He doesn't want to live in closed quarters with a limited supply of food and oxygen.

OK, true: the first time on a colonized Mars would have to be lived out in underground, pressurized habitats. Because the atmosphere of Mars is too thin to breathe. And there is no magnetic field shielding the planet from cosmic radiation.

But after some centuries (many centuries), after due terraforming and creation of a magnetic field, we could live on Mars. Live and breathe, grow crops, work in every aspect of the human endeavour. Create a new culture, a new frontier for man. Strive, shine, as Faustian man is wont to do.

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Once man lived on Mars. 2 million years ago. Then he disappeared, leaving only the Cydonia sphinx and the nearby system of pyramids as evidence.

Now we're going back.

We can do it.

We must do it.

We will do it.

[Source for humans having lived on Mars: Drunvalo Melchizedek: The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life, 2000]

Johnnie Holt -- First on Mars
Science Fiction Seen from the Right
The Legacy of Space
Space Exploration
Robert Svensson: "Utfärd" (= "Venturing Out")

söndag 17 mars 2019

Actionism -- the Next Big Thing

My book Actionism is rather popular. All Amazon reviews give it 5/5.

On Amazon we read of Actionism: “A wonderful read! It opens many doors.”

Actionism is the probably only creed today advocating will. I say that will exists.

All others say that will is an illusion.

OK. If you say that, then don't read Actionism...!

Sum up your will, merge it with thought and you'll be going places. That's the gist of Actionism.

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In acronym form, these are the The Ten Basic Tenets of Actionism:
(1) C3 – Calm, Cool and Collected
(2) WTPOY – Will To Power Over Yourself
(3) MMM – Memento Mori Mindset
(4) ARYM – Action Raising You Mentally
(5) MAASOM – Movement As A State Of Mind
(6) WAP – Winning As Propensity
(7) RIA – Rest In Action
(8) RIR – Rest In Rest
(9) TIOHAN – There Is Only Here And Now
(10) ESWY – Everything Starts With You
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I am everywhere – and nowhere. I am everybody – and nobody. Call me – Actionist.

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Actionism is about shaping up and becoming a Responsible Man.

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Actionism is:
Winning as propensity –
action raising you mentally –
shaping existence positively –
in my willpower preachment monopoly.
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“Actionism is about summoning your Will (...)”

Thus it reads at the beginning of Actionism – How to Become a Responsible Man.

I preach will, the importance of will. And I’m rather alone in this. No other contemporary writer stresses the elementary importance of will.

Thus, you have to read Actionism to learn the power of Will, Thought, the inner light and all that.

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Read Actionism. And become a worshipper of Will.

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“Mr. Svensson, may I ask what the formula is...?”

“The formula?”

“Summed up in one, short sentence, what is Actionism?”

“It’s this: ‘I Am’.”

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The current state of the world is “a materialist hell”.

Actionism is come to save mankind from that hell.

Buy the book on Amazon.

Buy the book on Adlibris.

Presentation of the Book on This Blog
Burning Magnesium

onsdag 13 mars 2019

"Ett rike utan like" recenserad i Nya Tider

In Swedish. -- Nu har min svenska historik recenserats i printmedia.

Flaggskeppet i Sverigevänlig press heter Nya Tider, en veckotidning som funnits sedan 2012. Och i nummer 9/2019 har man dragit åstad och granskat min bok Ett rike utan like (2017).

Recensenten Åke Blomdahl är positiv till boken. Bland annat uppskattar han hur jag lyfter fram Gustav Vasas insats. Han säkrade Sveriges existens som stat och gav därmed svenska folket en trygg ram att existera i. I Polen däremot gick utvecklingen "friare" till och därmed utplånades landet i slutet av 1700-talet.

Recensenten noterar även den svenska bondefriheten som är en grundbult i Sveriges historia. Odalbonden är en realitet från hedenhös till idag. "När svenska bönder stred för sina svenska kungar stred de faktiskt också för sin egen frihet", säger Blomdahl. Och det är en aspekt i synk med min egen skildring.

Blomdahl tecknar som antytt en positiv bild av boken. Med passager som ovanstående. Och genom att notera dess kulturella porträtt och bakgrunder. Att jag till exempel framhållit Otto Hesselbom med "Vårt land" (1895, se bild) uppskattades. Detta är symbolen för svensk konstnärlighet, för Sverige självt, för allt vi håller kärt som svenskar.

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Ett belysande citat ur recensionen är detta. Det handlar om att tro på något. Och nationalism kan vara en sådan tro:
"Man måste ha ideal, man måste hylla transcendenta värden", säger Svensson, och försvarar en kristen hållning. Han är öppen för alternativa trosföreställningar, till exempel nyhedendom, men han tror att ateism och nihilism är både orsak och resultat av vår tids kulturupplösning. Det är en tanke som kan vara problematisk för oss som förlorat tron och blivit övertygade om det övernaturligas frånvaro av darwinism och annan naturvetenskap. Jag tror dock att just medvetenhet och uppskattning av våra historiska erfarenheter är just den bro mellan tradition och vetenskap som kan samla oss inför framtidens påfrestningar. Det gör Ett rike utan like till en viktig bok för oss alla.
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Recensionen är på en helsida, boken görs rättvisa i den och det hela belyses med citat. Citat ur boken. Som dessa:
Detta är mitt folk, mitt land; detta är historien om det traditionella Sverige i en tid när varje aspekt av detta förnekas av Makterna. (...)

Traditionalism är inte lika med att buga för tronen, altaret och penningpungen. Det är att söka sin identitet och bli den man är genom att spegla sig i nationens förflutna. (...)

Arkeofuturismen tar med sig det bästa ur det förgångna när den fortsätter sin resa mot framtiden.

Köp boken på Logik förlags hemsida.

Köp boken på

Köp boken på Radio Svegot.

Online-version av recensionen
Recension i Radio Motgift
Recension i Nya Dagbladet
Försmak ur boken: Slaget vid Narva
Verner von Heidenstam -- ett liv
Ett rike utan like (2017)

tisdag 12 mars 2019

Space Exploration: Reach for Infinity

This is about space colonization. Mankind must go to space. And he will do it. Faustian man has always been striving for the infinite.

Space colonization: to travel out into space, the great Beyond, and settle on worlds like Mars.

This is a powerful vision.

And I’d say, there is a “religious, spiritual” side to it, like “going to space = going to heaven”. In the figurative sense.

OK. Not everything becomes well just because we take a spaceship and go to another heavenly body. The backlash of the Moon era showed us that.

But the spiritual aspect of space exploration is clearly there. “The promise of space” remains an inspiring vision for modern man.

Thus, this entry of space exploration and what it could mean for us. Specifically, Faustian man has been the driving force in astronomy and space exploration since antiquity. Space exploration as we know it has been a predominantly Western venture.

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In my constant, ever-ongoing hobby of reading and re-reading books, a rewarding angle is to focus on certain authors. And lately, this has meant learning to appreciate Poul Anderson (1926-2001). Details aside, this “bard of science fiction” had artistic flair, as for instance seen in Time Patrolman, The Rebel Worlds and the short story Kyrie (and in his fantasy novel The Broken Sword). And in his non-fiction, he spoke of space exploration as a virtually spiritual goal – as in, stressing the essential, vital beyond-mere-practicality aspect of it. From Wikipedia’s Poul Anderson entry we have this: “Anderson firmly held that going into space was not an unnecessary luxury but an existential need, and that abandoning space would doom humanity to ‘a society of brigands ruling over peasants’.”

Anderson saw the space age come real. He and other men preached it, they virtually lived it. Men like E. E. Smith, John W. Campbell, Robert A. Heinlein, Gordon Dickson, Jerry Pournelle, Larry Niven... And even though space travel and tangible, human planetary exploration hasn’t come off the ground yet, it will. At the time of writing there is for instance the serious project of going to Mars by Elon Musk, a white man of South African origin.

Despite the backlash after Project Apollo (the Moon project in the 60s and 70s) and the Space Shuttle (near-earth orbit operations 1981-2011) space exploration is still alive. Satellites constantly fly overhead us, a space station is up and running since 1998, and probes go into the solar system and beyond.

As an Actionist I’m glad of that. We need that “high frontier” to beckon us. I even say: I, LS, as an Actionist, need that frontier to strive for – that striving for the infinite.

All told, space exploration is the leading myth of the future. Faustian man will conquer space. The history of astronomy, the rise of the Western world and the history of technological development, especially in the aerospace realm, indicates this.

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Let's start in antiquity. Back then we had a poet dreaming of space. And poets and dreamers must make up the vanguard in any human endeavor.

The name of the first “space poet” was Lucian of Samosata. In A True Story he told of a journey beyond the Beyond, first, going by sea, then, with the ship in question being lifted into empty space by a hurricane, going to the Moon and experiencing diverse remarkable adventures.

A True Story was written in the second century AD. Even before that Greek scientists had observed the world around them and, for instance, like Erathosthenes, concluding that the Earth is a sphere. This was done by comparing the angle of the sun at noon between a space in northern and southern Egypt. Thus, he could estimate the circumference of the Earth, close enough to call it an exact scientific observation given the means.

Did any other contemporary culture establish such a truth by scientific observation?

Western man had begun to show his bent of striving for the infinite.

He knew that he was living on a sphere, not a flat disc.

This knowledge survived “the fall of the Roman empire”. The studied western man of the medieval era knew that Earth was round.

And Faustian man kept striving for the infinite, soon to be uttered in the light-imbued interior of gothic cathedrals, the monotonous song of Hildegard of Bingen, and the expeditions of Vikings and crusaders: to go beyond the Beyond, meet God in the enormous spaces.

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I preach the striving of Faustian man. I can tell you of Petrarch, the Italian poet being the first to climb a mountain as a dedicated feat. This was in 1336. I can tell you of the hints of infinite space in Michelangelo’s Sistine chapel paintings. I can tell you of Leonardo giving the illusion of a distant horizon in the Mona Lisa background. And the selfsame Leonardo also made the designs of a flying machine – and of this, you can of course infer: if you have a flying machine then the first step to the spaceship is made.

The stage of development of the Western world we’ve arrived at, that of the post-medieval West, can be called “the Faustian culture”. The concept was coined by Oswald Spengler in his Decline of the West (two volumes, 1918-1922); he saw antiquity as separate from the medieval era. The symbol character of this emerging mentality was the Doctor Faust of Goethe’s play who wants to learn everything, experience everything, go beyond the Beyond as a true man of the West. And, the hero of this early 19th century play wasn’t the first of this kind. Not even the quattrocento characters of Leonardo and Michelangelo were pioneers in systematically striving for the infinite. No, this strain had been around since at least Lucian of the 2nd century.

Whenever it began, this is the Faustian culture: the West, the Occident, what has evolved into the current Western world. The culture that has come to dominate the world with its building style and other engineering infrastructure, its information technology, its economic and judiciary systems and of course its vessels conquering land, sea and the air. And space.

The East hasn’t conquered the world in the same way. The East is satisfied with seeking God here and now. Symbolically speaking, the East is a mandala, a circle; the West is a line striving for the horizon. The vanishing point...! Always active, always striving, with an Actionist Rest In Action -- RIA (q.v. Actionism) -- giving him a peculiar sense of rest while going to the ends of the Earth.

The West is the culture of central perspective and straight boulevards heading for infinity. Other cultures are satisfied with having cities as a grouping of neighborhoods.

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The West is willpower and vision. The Way of the West is a willful striving for the infinite, which can be called “a spiritual will for power”.

This is the Faustian spirit. This is Actionism. Will to power, will for the infinite. Will to acknowledge the divine light within: I AM.

The culture of the West mirrors this striving, or it simply is this striving: the music of Bach, Beethoven and Wagner, the literary heroes of Odysseus, Faust and Parsifal, the spirit of statesmen like Rienzi, Charles XII, Napoleon. The strain of going beyond the Beyond, reaching for the infinite, reaching for the impossible freedom.

And this striving hasn’t been in vain. Faustian man has conquered the world and he has begun to conquer space. Scientifically and tangibly, this is the history of white striving by men like Copernicus, Kepler, Galilei, Newton, Tsiolkovsky, Oberth, von Braun, Koroljov, Gagarin and Armstrong.

And specifically, what did these men do?

Copernicus replaced the geocentric worldview with the heliocentric. The sun, not the Earth, is the center of our solar system.

Kepler, using both observation through telescope and mathematic formulas, discovered the laws guiding the planets in their courses.

Galilei kept advocating the heliocentric worldview against the Catholic church, which held on to the geocentric view.

Newton studied the movement of bodies and laid down gravitational laws, applicable both on Earth and in space.

Tsiolkovsky and Oberth speculated on how to travel in space with rockets. von Braun and Koroljov where chief engineers in the American and Russian space program respectively. And Gagarin was the first man in space, Armstrong the first man on the moon.
There you have the history of space exploration in a nutshell.

There you have it. And it's no coincidence that the theoretical research and the actual expeditions, the ships and the men, those who built them and those who steered them, were of the same ilk. For, as Ernst Jünger said in Copse 125: “The best men will have the best machines and the best machines will have the best men; the two are inseparable.”

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Lucian dreamed of going to the Moon. And so did, through the early modern and modern era, writers like Francis Godwin, Cyrano de Bergerac, Baron von Münchhausen, Edgar Allan Poe, Jules Verne, H. G. Wells and Robert A. Heinlein.

The latter wrote his Moon story in the late 1940s: The Man Who Sold the Moon and the epilogue Requiem, estimating the trip as such to take place in the late 1970s. By the time of Heinlein writing it the development of rocketry, communications etc. made a trip to the Moon seem more than feasible. The current, late 40s, early 50s Western culture abounded in talk about space travel in general and heading for the Moon in particular.

The technological, engineering side of Heinlein’s story isn’t my focus here (though, as a side note, it is well covered in the story as are legalistic, corporate and commercial aspects of the trip). Instead, it is the visionary powers, the preachment side of it we’ll look at – the need to go to space for its own sake, as an inner necessity for Faustian man.

Heinlein doesn’t express it in Faustian, Western terms like I do. However, the gist of white man yearning for space is seen when the main character, the driving force behind the Moon expedition in question, Delos David “D. D.” Harriman, muses about his past and what made him into a space entrepreneur. No one of his nearest had shared his dream. “Go to bed!” his wife had said after a quarrel:
He hadn’t gone to bed. He had sat out on the veranda all night long, watching the full Moon move across the sky. There would be the devil to pay in the morning, the devil and a thin-lipped silence. But he’d stick by his guns. He’d given in on most things, but not on this. But the night was his. Tonight he’d be alone with his old friend. He searched her face. Where was Mare Crisium? Funny, he couldn’t make it out. He used to be able to see it plainly when he was a boy. Probably needed new glasses – this constant office work wasn’t good for his eyes. – But he didn’t need to see, he knew where they all were; Crisium, Mare Fecunditatis, Mare Tranquilitatis – that one had a satisfying roll! – the Apennines, the Carpathians, old Tycho with its mysterious rays. – Two hundred and forty thousand miles – ten times around the Earth. Surely men could bridge a little gap like that. Why, he could almost reach out and touch it, nodding there behind the elm trees.

[“Requiem,” quoted after Heinlein 1953, p. 119-120]
Again, poets must always be in the vanguard, pointing the direction where to go.

Heinlein wasn’t alone in preaching the need for space exploration. In the very book from which I quoted the above there is an introduction by John W. Campbell, the editor of the science fiction magazine Astounding where Heinlein came into his own from 1939 and where the above mentioned Poul Anderson also came to write, over the years joined by other space prophets like Gordon R. Dickson, Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle.

We also have Harry G. Stine. In The Third Industrial Revolution (1979) he talks about the need for utilizing the raw materials of the solar system, and solar power by way of certain satellites, to usher in the next industrial revolution after the one of coal and the one of computers. Details and practicalities aside, it meant “going to space” permanently, not just having it as a playground for communication satellites and unmanned probes. This was white man going to the new frontier. This was space-age preachment of the arousing kind, and this was the pay-off:
Of all the revolutions of yesterday and today, the Third Industrial Revolution is going to be the most fascinating and satisfying of all revolutions to be part of. – We can do it. – We will do it. – We must do it.

[Stine p. 217]
Note the “must” of the last sentence. That is necessity, that is what I call the inner necessity of white mankind, the same inner necessity that has made him construct boats and planes, cars and spaceships. It's not about “increasing BNP,” “creating better communications” (although it does that too) – it's about being what you are – a modern Faust, having to go beyond the Beyond as a matter of course.

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Heinlein’s D. D. Harriman dreamed of going to the moon. And he also went there in the end. He fulfilled his dream. Another spiritually gifted moon traveler is Fortunio in Ernst Jünger's 1949 novel Heliopolis. The exposition in Chapter One of Fortunio examining a moon carter full of precious stones is a strong vision of the fantastic future Jünger imagined, space exploration bringing us unimaginable adventure, creating a new spiritual renaissance for man.

That is the gist of the space travel side of Heliopolis, along with Fortunio also symbolized in the figure of the Blue Pilot, a space ship captain encountered at the end of the story. The conclusion of the novel is the hero, Lucius De Geer, leaving the city of his dreams due to political necessity and instead heading out into the endless spatial vistas in true Faustian fashion, seeking spiritual fulfilment in exploring everything, seeing everything, learning everything.

The Blue Pilot is human but he represents something “almost angelic” to Jünger, a radiant person further described thus:
In this face there was a curious mixture of sobriety and new power, bearing witness of verity, conviction. A Viking of the spaceways – and yet he had reached his goal. So many of the blue ships had caught fire and been devoured in the etheric ocean. Others, however, had found out the law with which to navigate the infinite spaces. Crammed into projectiles they had hurled themselves into a rational trajectory out into the abysses. Thus they must have found the wonderful realm Fortunio and the mining secretary had dreamt of – the realm where Earth was transformed into a treasure trove and knowledge to power. They found more than they had sought. Knowledge was like a drill in the hard rock having finally met mighty veins. They had increased their velocity even to the limit when it turns into either extinction or rest. In them something of the triumph remained, of the memory of a turning point like the one in the Red Sea once upon a time. According to Serner they had penetrated realms not touched by the curse of the apple. – There remained with them something of the spirit of departure, of the utmost daring with which man, his calculations done and without hope of returning, throws himself over a giant rampart toward nothingness.

[my own translation from the chapter “The Blue Pilot” of Heliopolis]
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In summation: Faustian man must go to space. He must reclaim what is rightfully his, the solar system.

He will do it.

He shall do it.

He must do it.

Because, it’s an inner necessity of his very being.

Actionism -- the Way of the Future
The Legacy of Space
Robert A. Heinlein
Ernst Jünger -- A Portrait
Illustration: Robert Svensson

fredag 8 mars 2019

Good Reads, March 2019

Hereby some new reading tips. Classics, newer stuff etc. The pic tells of books by Gordon Dickson and he is featured below. But the entry is about more authors than just him. -- Similar posts of this kind are this one and this one.

So then, some tips from my recent reading activity. Here goes...

Gordon R. Dickson: The Alien Way (1965). -- A tale of the first contact with an alien species, all of it with a brainy, restrained approach. A human being gets supra-sensual contact with an alien; it's not telepathy but he can see, hear and feel what the alien does. This is established by baiting the creature (by way of a space wreck that it encounters and lays its hands on) and then the intrigues are afoot: will the aliens get to Earth and once there, how to receive them...? This is a story rather well told, although I lost interest at the end when the hero went into preaching mode, telling his fellow humans how primitive they were in not being able to think outside the box as he could, the brainy know-it-all. Such an intellectual hero may be the mainstay of SF and even of Dickson's other SF -- and, even of his military SF series Dorsai. So you have to accept this, I guess. This is the way Dickson's stories go: a smart man figuring out a contrived plot and then telling all how smart he was in detecting it. It's like Hercule Poirot, Sherlock Holmes etc. However, in Dickson land there is also the element of the smartie using his sixth sense and this is kind of alluring. Dickson has a way of giving room for the unexplained. -- Not a book to actively seek out but it has its moments.

Gordon R. Dickson: Brothers (1973). -- Brothers is a novella, part of a book labeled as a novel, Spirit of Dorsai (and in the book we also have the novella Amanda Morgan, which I haven't finished yet). Brothers is a variety of the smart man solving a plot; the narrator is a police chief on a planet where Dorsai elite soldiers are deployed. A rebel movement kills one of the Dorsai in an ambush and the Dorsai are about to wreck the whole capital in search of the perps. However, the native police chief gets a respite of some hours to solve the crime, and along with his usual skills his sixth sense is employed. And in the process he's helped by the brother of the Dorsai being killed; Kensie Graeme is the one killed, Ian Graeme is the one who survives, and he is an archetypal hero of the usual Dorsai kind (q.v. the novels Dorsai, Tactics of Mistake): strong and silent. So, apart from the basic plot this tale is kind of convincing and inspiring in the heroic vein. There ain't many 1970s SF stories telling of military men in a positive light. -- All told, Brothers was better than The Alien Way (see above).

Gordon R. Dickson, Soldier, Ask Not (1967). -- Because it's part of the Dorsai series it isn't a complete waste of time. However, the psychological mumbo-jumbo drags it down. Goody-good bullshit, actually. There is some allure in the strains of intuition and sixth sense prevalent, but it isn't enough to make this a stand-out. Instead, read the same series' Tactics of Mistake and Dorsai: same pedantic approach, more tangible action.

Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land (1961). -- The 120 pages I've read so far are rather fine, of future-time intrigue around a man having been reared by Martians. The anarchic strain of Jubal Harshaw is rather refreshing: he realizes that there will always be governments but he doesn't have to like them. He values his freedom; he IS freedom embodied. Later we get to the hippy BS and IDK about that; Actionism is the way, not intellectualist-reductionist sunbathing.

Felix Steiner, Die Freiwilligen (1958). -- About volunteers in diverse wars. The chapter headings say it all: Idee und Opfergang -- Aufbruch der Freiwilligen -- Bewährung -- Zerreisprobe -- Tragödie -- Schicksal und Erbe. Details aside, Germans have a different approach, Germans kinda always have this philosophical strain. They aren't destroyed by the common-sense attitude prevalent in the Anglosphere.

Montgomery of Alamein: A History of Warfare (1968; in Swedish as Krigskonstens historia). -- Every word a preachment, every chapter an epic... This is just damn good. Monty wrote it with the aid of some experts, which could jeopardize the style and make it trite and pedestrian. However, on the contrary, the whole comes together beautifully: with summaries of politics and military development along with descriptions of certain landmark battles, seasoned with Monty's personal remarks. You can compare it with Fuller's Decisive Battles; this is also worth reading -- but -- Fuller's work is more ambitious and therefore falls flat sometimes, trying to capture the whole of (Western) history in its military history approach. Monty's book is more limited in scope and therefore, on the whole, more convincing. It even has a succinct chapter about ancient and medieval Eastern warfare. Which IDK about today. But it's there and it's succinct and like the rest of the book stylish, stylish as in "a text fulfilling its task, not a superfluous word".

Cyril Falls (ed): Great Military Battles (1972). -- This is a coffee-table book, in large format and with lots of illustrations. However, the pictures are rather well chosen. And the essays of the battles per se are succinct and convincing, making even marginal events interesting to read about. The focus is on the New Era (1600s and on), mostly Europe but the US and Asia get some chapters too. And most importantly: there is no moralizing about how evil war is.

Good Reads, February 2019
Good Reads, November 2018