Friday, 1 July 2016

DEATHWISH or The Tribute that Power pays to Reason

The following is the unedited version of an exposé currently featured in the 20th revised edition of Malleus Maleficus'  [title withheld]. If you wish to report intrusiveness, racism or inaccuracies, please email MalleusMaleficus@aol.com  To make a formal complaint under IPSO rules please contact IPSO directly at ipso.co.uk .  


            An adverse theory, even if attested a thousand times over, will never find favour with those it disowns. And yet, there are without doubt certain parallels to be found in Ayn Rand’s contempt for altruism and self-sacrifice; for any form of surrender thus understood, is an extremely defeatist conviction - if not, in truth, an unconditional  acceptance of some of the most regressive cultural practices still exercised by a number of our troglodyte co-civilizationists. How do you reconcile archaic Islamic doctrine with modern notions of human rights, including freedom of speech, freedom of association and female emancipation? Every other religious founder, it has been said, reacted against violence; Muhammad practiced it. "War was an instrument of his spiritual purpose!" Indeed, no one has ever won an argument by saying "submit", but, undoubtedly, because of the nature and centrality of its divine authorship, Islam will continue to be resistant to secularization. 
          Intolerant, intransigent, bereft of spirituality, dogmatic to the point of brutality, shorn of a gracious God and demanding unremitting submission, it stands between
death and oblivion. Religiousness is a trait of the soul, but Islam is a doctrine. Its religious and political functions, - practical as well as legislative - are intertwined. And nowhere is this more evident than in the gulf between the two hemispheres thus expressing themselves. In the event, there has been no other instance, to date, of one ethos paying to another, long since superannuated,  such deference in matters of religion as ours has paid to the Islamic. Indeed, it is a western conceit, that our culture may continue to absorb an apparently endless stream of Islamic immigration, while scarcely heeding the fact that the vastly more humanitarian and democratic ethos of the Caucasian West falls victim to its occupiers. For to sit down with a succession of human anachronisms that are testing and probing the will of the West and deal with them as representatives of enlightened and equal cultures, is to deny one’s own, if not to invite the calamities their indulgence will bring upon it.
            In fact, one can hardly imagine a greater tragedy for the West and the free world than the debacle of running down our own civilization for the benefit of those archaic cultural traditions which demonstrate the intolerable consequences to  humanity of the surrender of will much more compellingly than they ever proclaim the nobility of ‘the  tribute that power pays to reason’. But astonishingly, it is a tribute - indeed a doctrine - that remains a central tenet of the post-colonial cult of victimhood in the West. Never before has an indigenous intellectual ethic  been so comprehensively penetrated. In actual fact, if the politically correct revolution can absorb the seats of academic power, the problem of decline is coming close to the attrition of something that ultimately exists in the inner soul and constitution of the State. And in this respect the post-modern West is clearly unrepresentative of the spirit of evolutionary vitality and masculine virility such as the rise of the great Western Empires exhibited in the course of their irresistible progression.
            Had the biggest players in the history of the world passed their peak? There was no buoyancy left. No inward strength. No vivacity or flamboyance. No fruitfulness. This world was just a passing regret, the taste of the loss of faith in a future. Indeed, it  was all so different from what I had imagined. For I too, have always felt somewhat  protective about our relationship with the past. To some extent, perhaps even my own life seemed in some minor way allied to the overall Promethean design that I know to be, wittingly or unwittingly,  in the unconscious of almost every human being. But it  took me a while to wake up and get over this politically correct wretchedness. So, I too, wanted to make it absolutely plain at this point that the necessary question of our future had gone completely unanswered.  And I rather fear it was this last thought that decided me:




            “It’s a fucked up world,” I said. “But as long as you’re nothing but a ghost of the future that never was, it’s all we’ve got!”

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*** Malleus Maleficus is an advocate of English liberal democracy, and the  anonymous author of an historiographic apology of the British Empire.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Very biased and unobjective article. Prophet Muhammad never practiced violence as the Quran permits fighting only in self-defense: "And fight in the way of God those who fight you but do not transgress. Indeed. God does not like transgressors." [2:190]
It commands to treat peaceful non-Muslims with kindness and justice: "God does not forbid you from those who do not fight you because of religion and do not expel you from your homes - from being righteous toward them and acting justly toward them. Indeed, God loves those who act justly." [60:8]
It commands regarding peaceful non-Muslims exactly as Muslims: "and do not say to one who gives you [a greeting of] peace "You are not a believer,"" [4:94]
It commands rescuing non-Muslims if they seek refuge in us even when they are fighting us and that we should escort them to a safe place: "And if any one of the polytheists seeks your protection, then grant him protection so that he may hear the words of Allah . Then deliver him to his place of safety. That is because they are a people who do not know." [9:6]
And it commands taking the initiative of peace and mending relations with our enemies: "And not equal are the good deed and the bad. Repel [evil] by that [deed] which is better; and thereupon the one whom between you and him is enmity [will become] as though he was a devoted friend. But none is granted it except those who are patient, and none is granted it except one having a great portion [of good]." [41:34-35].

Few worldviews are more spiritual than Islamic Sufism. God's most prominent name, Ar-Rahman, means the Gracious. The Quran says that women are fully equal to men: "The believing men and believing women authority of one another. They enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong" [9:71] and it commands to treat women with kindness: "And live with them in kindness." [4:19].

The Quran guarantees the freedom of thought and consciousness for all people: "There is no compulsion in religion. The right direction is henceforth distinct from error." [2:256]
"And say: The truth is from the Lord of you. Then whosoever will, let him believe, and whosoever will, let him disbelieve." [18:29]
"You have your religion, and I have mine" [109:6]
"So remind them, for you are but a reminder. You are not a warder over them." [88:21-22]
"And if they argue with you, say: God is best aware of what you do. God will judge between you on the Day of Resurrection concerning that wherein you used to differ" [22:68-69]
"And he says: O Lord! Those are a folk who believe not. Then bear with them and say: Peace. But they will come to know." [43:88-89]
"And if your Lord willed, all who are in the earth would have believed together. Would you force people until they are believers?" [10:99]
"We have revealed unto you the Book for mankind with truth. Then whosoever goes right it is for his soul, and whosoever strays, strays only to its hurt. And you are not a warder over them." [39:41].

The Quran advocates democracy as a form of government: "So pardon them and ask forgiveness for them and consult them in the matter." [3:159]
"And those who have responded to their lord and established prayer and whose affair is [determined by] consultation among themselves, and from what We have provided them, they spend." [42:38]

The Quran also advocates the rule of law: "Make due allowance for man's nature, and command by common law; and leave alone all those who choose to remain ignorant." [7:199]