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Sorelian amalgams

Sorelian amalgams


Early twentieth century Sorelian amalgams within the Futurist art of anarchists, syndicalists, nationalists, revolutionary socialists and fascists cannot be explained in terms of today’s bogusly constructed left and right.
John Dunn

Make it new

Make it new


Who were the worms to Nietzsche and Sorel? They were the product of liberal democracy, whose spontaneity, invention, and creative will had been crushed by la petite science, the petty bureaucratic imposition of quasi-scientific rules upon society. Human no longer, these were the worms.


Superordered space

Superordered space


From puppethood to human meant a separation from nature, a victory over nature, a Victory over the Sun. Suprematic paintings don’t have the old bottom-top orientations that depend on gravity. Malevich’s Black Square is a new superordered space, a reality beyond the senses - perfect unchanging form.
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Strange borderlands

Strange borderlands


Stands against, but is yet a part of the world. Substance and thought are one. Thus we have Weininger the Spinozan monist who would have his cake and eat it. All this despite Weininger’s vitriolic comments about Spinoza who, by being a Jew, was predetermined in the Weiningerian schema to be ever a ‘slave and a determinist’.
John Dunn

Self-hating

Self-hating


Weininger elaborated the Nietzschean bifurcation. By fusing Judaism and feminism Weininger opposed man, or manhood, or humanness to the implacable spiritual foe and sexual nemesis.

The implacable foe within too: Weininger ‘diagnosed’, in a very Freudian manner, that the racism and misogyny in Sex and Character were the sub-conscious and projected self-hatreds of everyman.
John Dunn

At behest of usura

At behest of usura


Hyperborea was a mythical race memory of a ‘prelapsarian’ epoch without demiurgic intervention. Yet the polar ascent is blocked and mankind exists on the equator. Looking down upon the pole, the journey to be undertaken is from the outer circle of the henge to the unifying centre, to the place of sacrifice and immolation. Such a quest was echoed in the procession to Eleusis and the visions of the holy night. Either way, the goal was death and transfiguration.
John Dunn

In a straightjacket

In a straightjacket


This is the Weiningerian logic, that woman possesses no ‘I’, no ‘Kantian’ transcendental ego, no essence. Like some bundle of of sense-impressions she is defined by others, in particular she is defined by man’s attitude to her body as as a sex object, a commodity.
John Dunn

On the particularity

On the particularity


That this was the universalised state of modern times and not co-extensive either Jews or women, was insightfully recognised by the individualist-anarchist Dora Marsden. Weininger's genius, she says, was to recognise the two great oppositions, personality and amorphousness; his ‘boyish misstatement’ to locate these respectively in men, and in Jews and women.
John Dunn

Swayambhu suppressed

Swayambhu suppressed


Like Marx he believed that we were 'all Jews now' and, by his own inference, feminine, passive, unproductive, unconscious and amoral. Sickened by the world around him, Weininger committed suicide in the house where the archetypal creator Beethoven had died.
John Dunn

Swayambhu the 'Self-Created, the Self-Existent'

Swayambhu the 'Self-Created, the Self-Existent'


The world came into being in an act of spontaneity. There was no pre-determined reason for its creation, which was an act of total freedom. The spontaneity of this act was likened by Dante to a child at play who turns eagerly to what delights it. Such unrestrained freedom is the foundation for our own human freedom.
John Dunn

Sheep to the lampooners

Sheep to the lampooners


They who control the distribution of patterns also control the accord. Even the supposed revolutionaries are given the patterns. The 1960s counter-culture is the best example, but it continues today on the political left, through funded protest groups and lampooning comedians.
John Dunn

Quixotic confrontation with the rock

Quixotic confrontation with the rock


A child-like intervention is only without purpose in terms of the former equilibrium. In these terms, the creation of the Universe was an act of wilful frivolity.
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Something from nothing

Something from nothing


This was the Zarathustrian struggle, the eternal cosmic struggle. The oppositional forces of light and darkness symbolise man’s struggle to free himself from the shaping forces of external reality and find from within his own internal resources, the power to create something new where nothing existed before, the divine power to create something from nothing.
John Dunn

Ilyenkov and the question

Ilyenkov and the question


In the end, Ilyenkov fell back upon Spinoza’s Substance that thinks, the standpoint that thought is a property, a mode of existence of matter, in the same way that extension is a mode of existence of matter.
John Dunn

Consolatory counterweight

Consolatory counterweight


As a Marxist initiate, access to elite knowledge would serve as the consolatory counterweight to the new passivity for many years. After all where might the alternative to my materially derived knowledge originate? From the gods?
John Dunn

All is biography

All is biography


Facts from history, facts from nature, facts about lives. Biography, biography, all is biography. Association with the great is taken for being great and the mere collation of facts is mistaken for wisdom. The rise of the expert has marked the fall of knowledge.

Grail question

Grail question


This Grail is concerned with 'carrying on Christ’s effectiveness in this world,' as a vessel through which the divine can have its way. The inner Christ is Logos incarnated. This is the Grail. The Grail is there to be discovered, but first the individual must ask the Grail question - ‘who am I?’
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Sam Decker and the grail vision in John Cowper Powys’s Glastonbury Romance - some thoughts

Sam Decker and the grail vision in John Cowper Powys’s Glastonbury Romance - some thoughts


Perhaps the philosophy that Powys’s actively created self most closely resembles is that of Ernst Junger. Late in his life, Junger published a novel called Eumeswil which postulated the concept of the ‘Anarch,’ a concept that is modelled on Max Stirner’s idea of the ‘Egoist’, a model that too had a profound influence upon Powys.
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