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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 155
The Arts & Metapolitics
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John Morgan of Arktos joins Greg Johnson to interview David Yorkshire, editor of Mjolnir Magazine, a print journal dedicated to cultivating artistic creativity from a European identitarian perspective. Topics include:
- The role of the arts in metapolitics or “cultural struggle”
- David’s background. education, and intellectual journey
- Different ways of fostering artistic creativity
- Important contemporary artists of the Right, e.g., Tito Perdue, Charles Krafft
- Important contemporary mainstream artists who touch on Rightist themes
- Thomas Carlyle
- T. S. Eliot as critic
- Music and film
- Modernism and the Right
- Artistic and cultural policy in Mussolini’s Italy vs. the Third Reich
- Mjolnir Magazine‘s website: http://www.mjolnirmagazine.com/
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Fascinating discussion. ‘Mjolnir’ is new to me, but sounds interesting.
Will be sure to check out David Storey. Was aware of him, but for some reason always confused him with the Leftist novelist David Caute. From Mr. Yorkshire’s description it sounds as though he shared many characteristics with his fellow Yorkshireman, John Braine, about whom James J. O’Meara has written eloquently on this site.
Would recommend the poet and novelist Robert Nye as forgotten/undiscovered rightists – though I have no doubt he would disclaim any such label. His early novels ‘Falstaff’, ‘Merlin’ and ‘Faust’ are poetic, erudite and utterly, utterly filthy – among the best recommendations I can think of!
With regard to rightist cultural critics, I have read a little by C.H. Sisson (‘The Avoidance of Literature’) which seems to ring the right bells, although written from a conservative Anglican perspective, rather than that of the Radical Right. He tends to be popular with ‘The Salisbury Review’ crowd.
(A) Ezra Pound Speaking: Radio Speeches of World War II
#20 (March 26, 1942) U.S.(B23)
“A plot was outlined years ago to blot out classical scholarship, to blot out the historic sense. It went
about on soft paws, making no noise, it was DEADLY.
It worked while the nations slept. A contempt for the Latin authors. The idea Greek [was useless. The
concentration on innocuous authors. Erotic poems and NOT the state of life as shown in the Athenian law
The aesthetic angle, that the whole of my generation grew up in, all LOOKING harmless, so
To similar effect, passim.
(B) Bryan Sykes: “Blood of the Isles: exploring the genetic roots of our tribal history” (CORGI, 2007, p.78)
“And it is the case that in ‘New Age’ bookshops around the world, titles on Celtic spirtuality are found on the same shelves as Aboriginal and Native American material in the same genre. However, be warned that I heard the distinguished American sociologist Michael Waltzer in a recent lecture dismiss excess spirituality as ‘the solace of a conquered people’.”
This was very useful. One wouldn’t get such a clear and measured vision from artists. But from publishers, minding their bills, a clear and measured vision is all in a day’s work. It’s helpful to know what artists and writers they consider essential to the lineage that they’re carrying forward. Then an aspiring contributor can learn the core constants, the timeless touchstones, the milestone maestros while having fun with his own personal variables. In this way, one’s creative daring is properly beholden to past masters, and one isn’t just another ego-maniacal asshole trying to be more original than God.
I now know I must read Carlyle. I had the inkling after the Bowden podcast. But I got a more intimate sense of the man, as it was explained that Carlyle wrote his philosophy with an artist’s consciousness and put beauty into the work. I’m reminded of the German industrial welder who cleans his burs and excess. It’s a sensibility. It’s an aesthetic sensibility and dignity brought to one’s labors. Which is what the New Right is all about, regardless if Hitler preached the same principle to the elation of his volk.
Morgan is right. It’s art, and not rational argument confirmed by facts, the inspires people to act. Or, in the case of beauty, cease acting like vulgar nobodies. I think only profound beauty, and the divinity within it, can free whites from the utterly pedestrian equality principle. However, unless one is Ptraxiteles, beauty needs a germ of ugliness or it will be as static as National Socialist art. Like the devil, ugliness is a catalyst. Censors beware. Idealists, too.
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