Or, what Karlheinz Drescher did not say in his book God and the Fascists regarding the Vatican’s complicity in abetting and aiding the rise of contemporary fascism, or direct and indirect involvement in “the Black Terror”. It needs to be said because it is still relevant to what is going down today.
There is an interesting article by David Shariatmadari in today’s Guardian about the contemporary conspiracy theory craze — “The truth is rushing out there“. It is worth spending a few moments on as a reflection on contemporary paranoid style which has become well nigh epidemic.
This seems like a fortuitous occasion, then, to draw a distinction between suspicion and superstition. “Every thing possible to be believ’d is an image of the truth”, William Blake recorded in one of his Proverbs of Hell. Conspiracy theory is a case in point, and also bears on what I call Khayyam’s Caution (after the Persian Sufi poet Omar Khayyam): “only a hair separates the false from the true”. I don’t think I can ever emphasise this enough as a corrective to a misleading dualistic way of thinking and perception.
I am currently reading a book — one of a few I have on the go at the moment — by Karlheinz Deschner entitled God and the Fascists. It was originally published in 1965 in German with the title Mit Gott und die Faschisten. It documents the various alliances between European fascism and the Christian Churches in Italy and Germany.
I’ve mentioned the Nazi programme and agenda of “Positive Christianity” in the past and the parallel alliance of Shintoism, Buddhism and Japanese fascism at the same time known as “Holy War Buddhism” or “Imperial Way Buddhism”, documented in Brian Victoria’s Zen At War. I decided I needed to do more research into religion and fascism given that these things are becoming, once again, very closely associated and even mutually entangled. If “Islamofascism” makes any sense as a term (and I think it is much abused) then so does Christofascism or Buddhist Fascism. Fascism is no more inherent to Islam than it is to Christianity or Buddhism. It is the psychology of fascism that needs to be understood, not the garb in which fascism adorns and cloaks itself.
Back in 2009 after Barack Obama was elected President of the United States, during the days of the old Dark Age Blog, I wrote then that I would judge Obama’s presidency by how quickly he moved to dissolve that obscenity called “Guantanamo”. After seven years of foot-dragging that obscenity is still operational, a reminder still of the stark (and dark) contradictions that exist between rhetoric about the nobility of “Western values” and the actual reality.
But then, such duplicity is the very meaning of “the new normal”.
I am saying that the individual self must become consciously aware of far more reality; that it must allow its recognition of identity to expand so that it includes previously unconscious knowledge. To do this you must understand, again, that man must move beyond the concepts of one god, one self, one body, one world, as these ideas are currently understood. You are now poised, in your terms, upon a threshold from which the race can go many ways. There are species of consciousness. Your species is in a time of change. There are potentials within the body’s mechanisms, in your terms not as yet used. Developed, they can immeasurably enrich the race, and bring it to levels of spiritual and psychic and physical fulfillment. If some changes are not made, the race as such will not endure. — Seth, The Unknown Reality
Let us for the moment focus on this paragraph, excerpted from a longer statement, to unwrap its fuller implications and significance. The warning, uttered almost half a century ago, may have sounded strange then. Today, it shouldn’t strike us as being all that odd.
Just after posting that last post on “Progressives and Conservatives”, I came across an essay by Rosenstock-Huessy, previously unknown to me, entitled “Planetary Man: In Memoriam Oswald Spengler” published in The New English Weekly, 1946. I don’t think that it’s an especially good essay, except perhaps for this novel conception — at least novel for its time, at the end of the World Wars — of “Planetary Man”. “Planetary Man” might be said to correspond to Jean Gebser’s conception of homo integralis. And homo integralis is, in many ways, Nietzsche’s “overman”, or Sri Aurobindo’s “supramental consciousness”, or William Blake’s “Albion”.
Since gender bias is pretty generally pronounced in Rosenstock-Huessy’s writings (and which I think presently limits its wider accessibility) I won’t speak of “Planetary Man” but rather of a genus — “homo integralis“.
The world is growing exceeding mad and whacky, is it not? Who can overlook the sheer lunacy of current events? The world is going COMPLETE. STARK-RAVING. MAD.
You have 30% of US conservatives wanting to bomb a country that doesn’t even exist — Agrahab. You have the unusual — surreal even — spectacle of two thorough reactionaries, Vl. Putin and Donald Trump praising one another. The multiple conflicts in Syria and Iraq are beyond intelligibility. A historical record 60 million people have been involuntarily displaced — worse than the world wars. The list goes on and on. The waning of the Late Middle Ages, with its mass hysteria, paranoia, and epidemic of destructive irrationalities, was nothing compared to this. And just when you think the madness has reached its limit and could not become more acute, it surprises you with some new shock.