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Sunday, 17 Feb 2013

Ezra Pound on Staff and Scrip, Dr John Dunn.

Ezra Pound

For mores will be smashed without qualification, because I no longer feel inclined so to apologise. It is a freedom akin to being released from long confinement in a straight-jacket, from the darkness into light, from childhood into adulthood.

The struggle for anyone born in the West is to understand one’s place in an empiricist and materialist world. This must be the quest prior to any claim for freedom.

Starting as tabula rasa we can aspire to be no more than the sum total of our experiences – utterly passive and subject to manipulation by history, money and global economic forces.

Max Stiner showed the speck of contamination on the tabula rasa, the germ of an ego, the centre of choice. This should be nurtured, discarding all would-be influences on the self. From that embryonic speck would grow the self and all would become the ego and its own.

Fired by Stirner’s egoist bid for freedom, Marx at once wanted to both counter and follow the great loner. And yes man is alienated, but how is this fallen state to be overcome? For all collective bids for freedom entail the suicide of the soul.

Dear waif-like Dora Marsden, with Stirner as your guide, you abandoned the Freewoman to found the Egoist. You left behind the feminist hysteria of the Suffragists to seek instead the Godhead.

And from out of the vortex came the literary editor of the Egoist, Ezra Pound, genius polymath, self-proclaimed refugee from Usura in the idealism of Giovanni Gentile’s Italy, outspoken advocate for peace in the face of a crushing climax to the financiers’ war.

Transforming Marxian dialectics, Gentile discovered that the past, the present and the future are all our creation. The notion that we were born into a fixed and finished world – there to labour within the strict confines of a mind-independent reality – was a wicked and stultifying fiction, deliberately foisted upon us to imprison our minds in a living Hell. The world is ours when we act. How then to recover Eden? Action! Iconoclasm!

The ideal citadel of Gentile and Pound was religious in character and spiritual in its rejection of liberal agnosticism, for Pound knew what the latter would bring.

They have brought whores for Eleusis
Corpses are set to banquet
at behest of usura.
(Canto XLV)

For now we face the final push by the forces of Usura for the domination of the world and, more sinisterly, for the domination of man’s spirit. The onslaught in the Middle East against the Muslim world is an indication that here lies the last refuge of the spirit, the final enclave against Usura before it is forced underground. Religion will be co-opted into the service of liberal-democratic falsehoods and conformist egalitarian lies. A feminised priesthood will destroy the last vestiges of a soul in commodified man.

Roger Garaudy made the Gentilian transition from Marx to God, from materialism to idealism. He is an intellectual role model for any leap of faith; another guide through the permanent noviciate. He suffered for his questioning of official histories, victor’s histories, but held firm.

Ahead the foothills of hope rise above the mother earth. Guenon and Schuon showed how the spirit can escape the gravitational pull of Chthonic darkness. There, higher still, is the summit, scaled by the Maestro – Julius Evola.

Let hope reign supreme wherever the spirit bows to God and not money. Man can survive the uniformed conformity of the egalitarian Hell that is Kali Yuga.
"Like all propagandists, the apostles of tolerance, truth to tell, are very often the most intolerant of men. This is what has in fact happened, and it is strangely ironical : those who wished to overthrow all dogma have created for their own use, we will not say a new dogma, but a caricature of dogma, which they have succeeded in imposing on the western world in general; in this way there have been established, under the pretext of "freedom of thought," the most chimerical beliefs that have ever been seen at any time." (René Guénon)
John Dunn.

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