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Sebastian Hennig: Nie zweimal in denselben Fluss

Björn Höcke im Gespräch mit Sebastian Hennig

Manuscriptum, 2018


HöckeDie Berichterstattung zu Björn Höcke besteht überwiegend aus Meinungen über ihn. Äußerungen von ihm sind den Medien eher selten zu entnehmen. Wenn es dann doch geschieht, werden seine Worte nur ausschnittsweise mit skandalisierender Absicht wiedergegeben. Derart wie ein bedrohliches Phänomen analysiert, kommt er als eigenständiger Autor seiner Äußerungen nicht in Betracht. Er dient nur als die harte Kante, an der die gegen ihn ausgesandten Signale zur Resonanz kommen. Keinesfalls soll er als Sender eines eigenen Programms wahrgenommen werden.

Vorliegendes Buch korrigiert das Missverhältnis, indem es Björn Höcke selbst ausführlich zu Wort kommen läßt. Seine Auffassung von den gegenwärtigen Verhältnissen ist dargelegt im Gedankenaustausch mit dem Künstler und Publizisten Sebastian Hennig. Beide Gesprächsteilnehmer gehören dem gleichen Jahrgang an, verlebten jedoch ihre Kindheit und Jugend in getrennten deutschen Teilstaaten. Die während eines Jahres geführten Gespräche spiegeln damit zugleich die Empfindungen einer Generation wider, die unmittelbar nach der deutschen Wiedervereinigung ihr Berufsleben angetreten hat.

Wir erfahren zugleich, welche politischen Ziele Björn Höcke verfolgt und welche Vorstellungen von der Welt er hegt. Darüber hinaus vermittelt das Gespräch einen Eindruck von der Person hinter dem diffamierten Politiker, zeigt auf welchen Erfahrungen und Erlebnissen seine Einsichten gegründet sind.

Über den Autor:

Sebastian Hennig: 1972 in Leipzig geboren, Studium der Malerei und Grafik in Dresden, 1998 Diplom, seit 2003 zudem als Kulturpublizist tätig, u. a. für Islamische ZeitungNeues DeutschlandJunge FreiheitDresdner Neueste NachrichtenDeutschlandradio KulturTumult und Cato, 2015 Buchveröffentlichung Pegida – Spaziergänge über den Horizont, letzte Publikationen: Unterwegs in Dunkeldeutschland (2017) und Kennst Du Theodor Fontane? (2018), lebt als freier Autor und bildender Künstler in Radebeul bei Dresden.

Joakim Andersen: Rising from the Ruins

The Right of the 21st Century

Arktos, 2018

Publisher’s Presentation:

AndersenThe liberal order that defined the latter half of the 20th century is collapsing under the growing weight of its conflicts and contradictions. It threatens to pull European civilization and the peoples who created it with it in its fall. This is no time for liberal reformism; the present moment is a Gordian knot of urgent crises. A significant part of our civilization lies already in ruins, if not always physically. Even so, there is reason for optimism: a number of challengers to the crumbling liberal order have appeared.

This book is both a depiction of the rubbled landscape surrounding us, and an overview of the challengers who are rising from the ruins. Touching on everything from the Italian CasaPound, Alexander Dugin and the Danish Tidehverv, to the New Right, the American Alt-Right and Donald Trump, this book analyzes the key success and risk factors of those men and movements that might lead our civilization and our peoples to create a new historical order.

About the Author:

Joakim Andersen is a Swedish writer and co-founder of the Scandinavian New Right think-tank Motpol. Together with his comrade-in-arms, Daniel Friberg, he is largely responsible for introducing the New Right and the concept of the metapolitical in Sweden. Joakim has been a regular writer at Motpol since 2006 and his articles have been published in a number of other Swedish publications.

About Me

The About page was becoming too long to usefully serve its purpose. I have now removed the summaries of my various positions regarding Spirituality, Arts & Humanities and Europe. The page now contains only the more basic and formal information about my work and publications.

Gamla Sture-Katten, Stockholm



I’m not very social on social media. That doesn’t imply any disrespect for or lack of interest in my social media friends and followers, but only that I find it impossible to regularly post birthday greetings and duly like photos and reports from their private lives, and even the truly important things they share. For I just don’t spend that much time online. I don’t like sitting by the screen too long. For this reason, I simply cannot follow regularly everything in my various feeds.

My virtual socializing, to the limited extent I did it when I first started using social media, therefore inevitably became irregular and indeed unfair, in the sense that I arbitrarily responded to some and happened to miss others of equal importance. To some extent I do follow everyone, however, and I mostly appreciate what I see. I hope everyone will understand why I’m so passive.

On Facebook I now post mainly articles by others, primarily on politics. I used to share much more philosophy, spirituality, art and music links, but the last few years I’ve found it increasingly difficult to prioritize that. Hence my timeline now gives a very limited and onesided view of what I do and what I’m about. Politics is not as important to me as it looks there. On Twitter, I share almost exclusively my own publications. But they’re at least comparatively varied with regard to their content.

On Instagram, however, I share photos. They’re not “social” either, really, and there’s nothing instant about my gramming them. Rather, they are, for the most part, photography as art; they transmit a way of seeing, a world, a truth. I may develop this further in terms of professional photography, and some of the motifs are such that I would have executed as, for instance, oil paintings, had I prioritized painting (I could opt to do that some day). There’s nothing pretentious about this. The reason it may seem somewhat strange is only the Instagram format, and the new possbibility to take these pictures with just a camera phone, without setting aside the time (and space, when travelling) for more advanced technology. In the latter sense, it could, I think, be seen as comparable to not prioritizing the canvas at present, although photography in general was clearly a main reason for the decline – and the modernist transformation – of painting with motifs that could be photographed. And today’s camera phones are more advanced than the early cameras.

It’s true that using only Instagram for my present photography purposes is not a good idea, just like using Facebook only, let alone Twitter, for one’s writing. I do plan to use the photographs elsewhere too – indeed, some of them already appear here, in the architecture category. But for now, most of them can be seen only on Instagram. There are other internet media for photography, like Flickr, which is better, and it’s possible that I’ll start using Flickr instead in the future. But that’s not a difference in kind, only degree. Both Instagram and Flickr have some of the advantages which I argued in the early years of this modest WordPress blog that it had in comparison with print publication, despite the fact that it’s probably difficult, at least for a writer of my kind, to reach a large readership with it, or even the readership that can be expected for my kind of writing, and which I did indeed reach when my work was published by conventional publishers. When I discovered the blog technology, I found it far superior at least as such, in itself, as it were. And in many different ways, not least through the comments sections and the possibility of precise, extensive debate that they made possible. That specific advantage Instagram has too, in fact – whereas Twitter does not.

But I also insisted blogs should be supplemented by print publication. I never read long texts on the screen, for the reason mentioned above. I think it damages our eyes, our minds, our brains, that it causes some kind of dementia (and it seems much in the state of our society after computers took over would confirm that). This is one reason why I don’t write so much, and in fact constantly consider going back to the typewriter and even handwriting. I don’t even use ebooks and e-readers. Long texts that are available only on the internet I always print and bring back to my armchair and cup of tea, where there are also ever-attractive piles of old-fashioned books. The situation could be different with images though. The optimal use of the screen might be for photography (for images of painting, it’s good too, but comparable only to printed art books).

I want to add here that I find it absolutely necessary to express this kind of conservative reservations and indeed general awkwardness with regard to the use of all of these new technical facilities. Not even for substantial contributions in the form of texts or images – or talk or music on YouTube – must one use these new technologies without feeling uncomfortable about what they replace. If we regard technological advancement in a larger, traditionalist perspective, we see the full extent of this, of what is in reality lost.

I find the compulsively felt need of some older people of learning all about computers and the internet absurd. The disruption it causes in their established habits is often a greater loss than the new advantages of internet communication. Had I been around when radio and TV invaded our homes, I would without a doubt have objected to the sudden lifestyle changes their use implied, and then constantly to their overuse, as I do today. Indeed, I would have objected to the overuse of newspapers when they appeared. Even of printing itself when it was invented: it clearly had an adverse effect on memorization and the oral tradition, and in that respect on intelligence. The extent to which we sit – or indeed lie, stand, walk – looking at screens today, often simply for the cheap availability, for distraction, for instant ego gratification, implies an enormous loss, indeed a destruction, of older and often better patterns of life.

Some of my Instagram photos, however, are more ordinary, “social” ones, with glimpses of places, conferences and other events, people. To some, comments of varying length are added; again, discussion is possible, even extensive discussion, although this function is, as far as I can see, rarely used. In fine, on Instagram it’s possible to find major parts of what I wish to communicate, and communicated in a manner that cannot be found elsewhere. Follow me at janolofbengtsson for a visual understanding of what I’m saying in other ways elsewhere. Right now, Instagram is the social medium where I am by far the most active. Although the activity is not particularly social there either, at least I put out my own stuff.

Alfred W. McCoy: In the Shadows of the American Century

The Rise and Decline of US Global Power
McCoyPublisher’s Presentation:
Explores the distinctive instruments of American ascent to global domination and hegemony – including covert intervention, client elites, psychological torture, and surveillance.
In a completely original analysis, prize-winning historian Alfred W. McCoy explores America’s rise as a world Power – from the 1890s through the Cold War – and its bid to extend its hegemony deep into the twenty-first century through a fusion of cyberwar, space warfare, trade pacts, and military alliances. McCoy then analyzes the marquee instruments of US hegemony – covert intervention, client elites, psychological torture, and worldwide surveillance.

Peeling back layers of secrecy, McCoy exposes a military and economic battle for global domination fought in the shadows, largely unknown to those outside the highest rungs of power. Can the United States extend the “American Century” or will China guide the globe for the next hundred years? McCoy devotes his final chapter to these questions, boldly laying out a series of scenarios that could lead to the end of Washington’s world domination by 2030.

Review Quotes:

In the Shadows of the American Century persuasively argues for the inevitable decline of the American empire and the rise of China. Whether or not one is a believer in American power, the case that Alfred McCoy makes – that much of America’s decline is due to its own contradictions and failures – is a sad one. He provides a glimmer of hope that America can ease into the role of a more generous, more collaborative, if less powerful, world player. Let’s hope that Americans will listen to his powerful arguments.”  Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the Sympathizer 

“[A] brilliant and deeply informed must-read for anyone seriously interested in geopolitics, the history of Empire, and the shape of the future.”  New York Journal of Books

“‘What is the character of this American empire?’, Alfred McCoy asks at the outset of this provocative study. His answer not only limns the contours of the American imperium as it evolved during the twentieth century, but explains why its days are quite likely numbered. This is history with profound relevance to events that are unfolding before our eyes.”  Andrew J. Bacevich, author of America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History

“Alfred McCoy offers a meticulous, eye-opening account of the rise, since 1945, and impending  premature demise of the American Century of world domination. As the empire’s political, economic, and military strategies unravel under cover of secrecy, America’s neglected citizens would do well to read this book.”  Ann Jones, author of They Were Soldiers

“Sobering reading for geopolitics mavens and Risk aficionados alike…”  Kirkus

“McCoy’s detailed, panoramic analysis of the past, present, and future of the American empire covers all spheres of activity including not just land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace, but also the netherworld of covert operations – and seasons all of this with some fascinating personal vignettes. His new book, The Shadows of the American Century, joins the essential short list of scrupulous historical and comparative studies of the United States as an awesome, conflicted, technologically innovative, routinely atrocious, and ultimately hubristic imperial power.”  John Dower, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Embracing Defeat, War Without Mercy, and The Violent American Century

“One of our best and most underappreciated historians takes a hard look at the truth of our empire, both its covert activities and the reasons for its impending decline.”  Oliver Stone

“In the Shadows of the American Century is a valuable contribution to geopolitical discourse that draws important lessons from history.”  Foreword Reviews

“McCoy’s latest book, In the Shadow of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of U.S. Global Power, provides an autopsy on a dying empire, which has squandered its moral capital by promoting wide-scale torture and mass surveillance…The end of empire scenarios relayed by McCoy in dark terms could in turn provide positive opportunities for societal change as the necessity for constant war is removed.”  The Progressive

About the Author:

Alfred McCoy holds the Harrington Chair in History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His 2009 book Policing America’s Empire won the Kahin Prize from the Association for Asian Studies. In 2012, Yale University awarded him the Wilbur Cross Medal for work as “one of the world’s leading historians of Southeast Asia and an expert on…international political surveillance.”

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Peter Phillips: Giants

The Global Power Elite

Seven Stories Press, 2018

Publisher’s Description:

PPA look at the top 300 most powerful players in world capitalism, who are at the controls of our economic future.

Who holds the purse strings to the majority of the world’s wealth? There is a new global elite at the controls of our economic future, and here former Project Censored director and media monitoring sociologist Peter Phillips unveils for the general reader just who these players are. The book includes such power players as Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Jamie Dimon, and Warren Buffett.

As the number of men with as much wealth as half the world fell from sixty-two to just eight between January 2016 and January 2017, according to Oxfam International, fewer than 200 super-connected asset managers at only 17 asset management firms – each with well over a trillion dollars in assets under management – now represent the financial core of the world’s transnational capitalist class. Members of the global power elite are the management – the facilitators of world capitalism, the firewall protecting the capital investment, growth, and debt collection that keeps the status quo from changing. Each chapter in Giants identifies by name the members of this international club of multi-millionaires, their 17 global financial companies – and including NGOs such as the Group of Thirty and the Trilateral Commission – and their transnational military protectors, so the reader, for the first time anywhere, can identify who constitutes this network of influence, where the wealth is concentrated, how it suppresses social movements, and how it can be redistributed for maximum systemic change.

Review Quotes:

“Adam Smith warned that the ‘masters of mankind’ will pursue their ‘vile maxim: All for ourselves, and nothing for other people.’ There could hardly be a more apt description of the recent era of savage capitalism, straining for new heights under cover of Trump’s antics. Who exactly are the masters? This remarkable inquiry lifts the veil, providing detailed and often shocking revelations about the astonishing concentration of private wealth and corporate power, its institutions and integrated structure – and not least, its threat to civilized and humane existence.”  Noam Chomsky

“Peter Phillips’s book is a timely reminder that as the transnational capitalist class/global power elite changes it is vital that critical researchers keep up with these changes. The reader will find impressive documentation of the institutions and personnel driving capitalist globalization in its destructive and relentless search for growth and profits.”  Leslie Sklair, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, London School of Economics and Political Science

“This innovative inventory of the globally networked power resources of mega-capitalists belongs on the book shelves and computer devices of every journalist and social activist. Thereby they can check global money laundering and business veiling strategies in terms of pervading power and exploitation.”  Peter Ludes, founder of the German Initiative News Enlightenment

“Meet the Giants who really run the world in this timely and important new book, a potent combination of scholarly research and citizen call to arms. Not since C. Wright Mills’s Power Elite has a single book had the potential to transform the way we think about globalization.”  Rob Williams, PhD, University of Vermont

“A tour de force of research and analysis on a frequently ignored but crucial topic affecting humanity’s future: the transnational capitalist class power elite. An extraordinary contribution.”  Dr. Laurence H. Shoup, author of Wall Street’s Think Tank

“The dire challenges facing people and planet are not accidents. They are products of a system in which a relatively small corporate elite use their domination of resources to increase their wealth, to control governments, and to marginalize or destroy those who might impair their power. Sociologist Peter Phillips goes beyond this generalization by identifying, in great detail, the actual people and corporations at the core. This book is a must read for those who believe that system change is necessary, who want to understand which players are most central to the system, and who are prepared to learn how the system can be transformed.”  Marc Pilisuk, PhD, Professor Emeritus, University of California, and faculty, Saybrook University

“Peter Phillips carefully uncovers the manipulative ways used by global class elites to keep the world safe for the Superrich – those who try to save capitalism from itself, a foul story we all need to hear and challenge. And Phillips does it splendidly.”  Michael Parenti, PhD, author of The Face of Imperialism

“In this important book, Peter Phillips has advanced progressive thinking about power in several ways. He has expanded sociologist C. Wright Mills’s model of social structure from the national power elite to the transnational capitalist class. He identifies key power-holders within that class, thus highlighting an ethic of individual as well as institutional accountability. And he does so within a consistent human rights framework that is much required in today’s political climate. Giants: The Global Power Elite is a crucial map for desperately needed social change.”  Prof. Robert Hackett, School of Communication, Simon Fraser University

“The unabated global concentration of capital and deepening inequality is putting humanity on the brink of extinction. The financial behemoths running this oppressive and violent economic order have largely operated in the shadows, but Peter Phillips names the names in his latest work.

Giants answers, in great detail, the commonly asked but rarely answered question: who really pulls the strings? This book outlines the handful of individuals who manage the most powerful think tanks, investment firms, and corporate boards, who make society’s decisions at the expense of the planet.

Giants is an essential tool to understand those at the reigns of empire and capitalist hegemony, so we can be empowered to fight for our survival.”  Abby Martin, host of the investigative news program The Empire Files

“Following decades of research on power elites, Peter Phillips’s book Giants exposes the power networks that link the world’s wealthiest individuals and organizations and the ideological justifications that sustain their power. Impeccable original research provides the foundation for an impassioned call to action that reflects Phillips’s abiding commitments to social justice and human rights. This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand socioeconomic inequality in the twenty-first century, and it is vital inspiration for those committed to creating a better world.”  Andy Lee Roth, associate director of Project Censored

“If the well-being and effective functioning of democracy is based on serving the peoples’ interests first, we must hold accountable parties who abuse public trust and resources under an impartial application of the rule of law.  Apart from the standard elected and government bureaucrats, Peter Phillips challenges us to re-evaluate the role of powerful financial interests in shaping American life. More than a discussion about an abstract elite, Giants enumerates key players by names, interests, and roles. Valuable material for people who like critical thinking.”  Loan K. Le, PhD, president and CEO of the Institute for Good Government and Inclusion (IGGI)

“If you want to know who is actually ruling the world – read this book.
“If you want to know the organizations they use and the networks that create them – read this book.
“If you want to know ‘what needs to be done’ to stop them from destroying the planet – read this book and then take action.”  David Cobb, 2004 Green Party presidential nominee, co-founder of Cooperation Humboldt

Giants: The Global Power Elite is an admirably accessible outing of the global oligarchy. The graphics work well and the writing is very clear and engaging. Peter Phillips has collected an awesome range of data and presents it really well. I salute his efforts here and hope the book finds many readers.”  William Carroll, professor of sociology, University of Victoria

“Dr. Phillips does an incredible job of detailing the seventeen global financial giants who carry most of the power and control in our world, those who contribute to many of the social problems we are struggling with worldwide, but who often remain hidden from accountability. As a radical sociologist whose work is reminiscent of the great C. Wright Mills, Dr. Phillips names these giants and gives the reader a useful primer for social activism. He details how these groups stay protected by private security firms and the ways in which media spin keeps them looking clean. Speaking truth to power, Dr. Phillips ends his work with an open letter to these global giants, which I proudly signed, inviting them to reimagine a more just society.”  Susan Rahman, PhD

Giants: The Global Power Elite is a must-read for anyone concerned with how the concentration of wealth in the hands of a small number of global political elites affects the well-being of humanity and the ultimate sustainability of life on earth. In the best tradition of political sociology with a strong, data-driven analysis, Peter Phillips demonstrates that a small global power elite has ‘rigged’ a global economy to serve its own interests at the expense of the well-being – even the longevity – of humankind.”  anthropologist Donna Brasset, PhD

“This book is a fearless expose of the ascendancy of a class of global elites and the power they wield around the world. Brilliantly argued and meticulously documented, the pages of this book lay bare the connections between power and wealth, and identify a system that allows a small minority of billionaires to control vast resources of the earth to devastating consequences. Phillips writes with compassion and humanity, and also tells us that unveiling mechanisms of power is a necessary first step in reshaping a global economic system to address the current crises of democracy, equality, and environmental destruction.”  Robin Andersen, professor of Communication and Media Studies, Fordham University

“The global elite, with their associated armies and police forces are, at an accelerating rate, destroying the planet based on their bottom line, which clearly appears to be corporate profit and power at all costs. Indeed, the planet, our children, and grandchildren are facing a very bleak future if these titans of global control continue to have their way. Their policies have already carried us to the brink, putting life as we know it in jeopardy. Giants: The Global Power Elite is a field guide to what these greedy destroyers are up to in the name of profit and global control of planetary resources. Read it and weep, and then act to resist it however you can. As Joe Hill said: Don’t mourn, organize.”  Dennis J. Bernstein, executive producer of the award-winning daily radio news magazine Flashpoints and author of Special Ed: Voices from a Hidden Classroom

“This book, a who’s-who of the global power elite, is a timely and important addition to the work on the Transnational Capitalist Class. Peter Phillips shows that a mere seventeen institutions of financial capital, and the individuals who run them, exert a stunning degree of control over the fate of humanity. Dominated by white males of European descent, this inter-connected global power elite ensures the continued growth of capitalism at the expense of the vast majority. It is a must-read for all scholars and activists committed to economic equality and social justice.”  Deepa Kumar, president of Rutgers AAUP-AFT faculty union, associate professor of media studies at Rutgers University

“We all know that ‘they’ run the world, or much of it; and we know that their only purpose is to make themselves still richer; and that this compulsive enterprise is killing all the rest of us, by spreading poverty, creating endless war, and terminally poisoning the earth.We know how powerful they are, and what it’s doing to us; yet we don’t know exactly who ‘they’ are – information that we very badly need, and that “our free press” has not provided us, nor is it regularly taught in any schools, because the press and schools are largely theirs. And so those of us who want to break their chokehold are indebted (in a liberating way) to Peter Phillips, thanks to whom we finally know the names and stories of those 199 lethal super-managers.

Picking up where C. Wright Mills left off with his invaluable dissection of the “power elite” that used to run America alone, Phillips thoroughly identifies the members of the “transnational capitalist class” that largely runs the world today, through the mammoth instruments of Western military force, an international “intelligence community,” and – not least – ‘our free press.’

It is a daunting explication of the fix we’re in today; and yet Phillips also gives us hope, by pointing up the possibilities for real resistance, and a path toward (real) democracy. For anyone who wants to know precisely where we are today, and why – and who knows that we can and must go somewhere else – Giants is a book to read, and recommend, right now.”  Mark Crispin Miller PhD, Professor Media Studies, New York University

About the Author:

Peter Phillips is a Professor of Political Sociology at Sonoma State University since 1994, former Director of Project Censored 1996 to 2010 and President of Media Freedom Foundation 2003 to 2017. He has been editor or co-editor of fourteen editions of Censored, co-editor with Dennis Loo of Impeach the President: The Case Against Bush and Cheney (2006), editor of two editions of Progressive Guide to Alternative Media and Activism (1999 & 2004). His most recent book is Giants: The Global Power Elite. He was a co-host of the weekly Project Censored show on Pacifica Radio with Mickey Huff from 2010 to 2017, originating from KPFA in Berkeley and airing on forty stations nationwide. He teaches courses in Political Sociology, Sociology of Power, Sociological of Media, Sociology of Conspiracies and Investigative Sociology. He was winner of the Firecracker Alternative Book Award in 1997 for Best Political Book, PEN Censorship Award 2008, Dallas Smythe Award from the Union for Democratic Communications 2009, and the Pillar Human Rights Award from the National Associations of Whistleblowers 2014. He lives in a redwood forest near Bodega, California with his wife Mary Lia.

Roger Eatwell & Matthew Goodwin: National Populism

The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy

Pelican, 2018

Publisher’s Description:

Eatwell GoodwinA crucial new guide to one of the most urgent political phenomena of our time: the rise of national populism

Across the West, there is a rising tide of people who feel excluded, alienated from mainstream politics, and increasingly hostile towards minorities, immigrants and neo-liberal economics. Many of these voters are turning to national populist movements, which have begun to change the face of Western liberal democracy, from the United States to France, Austria to the UK.

This radical turn, we are told, is a last howl of rage from an aging electorate on the verge of extinction. Their leaders are fascistic and their politics anti-democratic; their existence a side-show to liberal democracy. But this version of events, as Roger Eatwell and Matthew Goodwin show, could not be further from the truth.

Written by two of the foremost experts on fascism and the rise of national populism, this lucid and deeply-researched book is a vital guide to our transformed political landscape. Challenging conventional wisdoms, Eatwell and Goodwin make a compelling case for serious, respectful engagement with the supporters and ideas of national populism – not least because it is a tide that won’t be stemmed anytime soon.

Review Quotes:

“Compelling…Eatwell and Goodwin do a good job of demolishing lazy stereotypes about Trump and Brexit supporters being almost exclusively white and old…Measured and insightful.”  Sunday Telegraph

“A fascinating new study…the authors analyse the long-term demographic and socioeconomic trends shaping our age of upheaval. The attraction of this book lies in its cool, dispassionate tone. The authors intend to explain and inform rather than polemicise”  Jason Cowley, The Sunday Times

“Intelligent, counterintuitive…[ranging] far beyond Brexit and Britain…they put a parochial debate in a much bigger context”  Economist

“Valuable…A finely organised, lucid explanation of the elements presently constituting the most dynamic political movements in Europe and the US.”  John Lloyd, Financial Times)

“A useful corrective…it demolishes the myth that young people aren’t attracted to the populist right.”  Sarah Baxter, The Sunday Times

“A reality check to any clinging to the hope that populism is a passing political squall…Goodwin is one of the few academics to be vindicated by the political trends of the past few years. With a forensic grasp of the detail, Eatwell and Goodwin show how commentators have succumbed to ‘stereotypes that correspond with their outlook’ rather than evidence-based conclusions.”  Asa Bennett, Telegraph

“Convincing, powerful and very definitely worth a read.”  Robert Colvile, Director of CPS Think Tank

“An important and stimulating book…well written, well argued, highly accessible to the lay reader, and mercifully free of political science jargon…it leaves room for optimism for the future of our country.”  Roger Liddle, Progress

“An invaluable guide to the new politics of revolt…Eatwell and Goodwin draw attention to the historic problem that liberalism has faced in accepting democracy. They give us the theoretical framework to understand national populism’s rise…Compelling.”  Jon Holbrook, Spiked

“Informative and often compelling, providing clarity around a number of key debates within political science and political theory…Usefully, they provide copious evidence that rightwing populism has been a long time in the making.”  Will Davies, Guardian

About the Authors:

Roger Eatwell is Emeritus Professor of Politics at the University of Bath. He has published widely on fascism and populism, including Fascism: a History.

Matthew J. Goodwin is Professor of Politics at the University of Kent and a Senior Visiting Fellow at Chatham House. He has published four books, including Paddy Power Political Book of the Year 2015 (for Revolt on the Right: Explaining Support for the Radical Right in Britain). He writes regularly for The Times, Financial Times and New York Times, and has worked with more than 200 organisations on issues relating to European politics. He lives in London.

David C. Korten: When Corporations Rule the World

Berrett Koehler, 3rd ed., 2015 (1995)

Publisher’s Description:

Korten2Our Choice: Democracy or Corporate Rule

A handful of corporations and financial institutions command an ever-greater concentration of economic and political power in an assault against markets, democracy, and life. It’s a “suicide economy,” says David Korten, that destroys the very foundations of its own existence. The bestselling 1995 edition of When Corporations Rule the World helped launch a global resistance against corporate domination. In this twentieth-anniversary edition, Korten shares insights from his personal experience as a participant in the growing movement for a New Economy. A new introduction documents the further concentration of wealth and corporate power since 1995 and explores why our institutions resolutely resist even modest reform. A new conclusion chapter outlines high-leverage opportunities for breakthrough change.


A Choice for Life
Prologue: A Personal Journey
Introduction: Capitalism and the Suicide Economy
1. From Hope to Crisis
2. End of the Open Frontier
3. The Growth Illusion
4. Rise of Corporate Power in America
5. Assault of the Corporate Libertarians
6. The Decline of Democratic Pluralism
7. Illusions of the Cloud Minders
8. Dreaming of Global Empires
9. Building Elite Consensus
10. Buying Out Democracy
11. Marketing the World
12. Adjusting the Poor
13. Guaranteeing Corporate Rights
14. The Money Game
15. Predatory Finance
16. Corporate Cannibalism
17. Managed Competition
18. Race to the Bottom
19. The End of Inefficiency
20. People with No Place
21. The Ecological Revolution
22. Economies Are for Living
23. An Awakened Civil Society
24. Agenda for Democracy
Conclusion: A Living Economy for Living Earth
Epilogue: Our Need for Meaning

Review Quotes:

“This is a ‘must-read’ book–a searing indictment of an unjust international economic order, not by a wild-eyed idealistic left-winger, but by a sober scion of the establishment with impeccable credentials. It left me devastated but also very hopeful. Something can be done to create a more just economic order.”  Archbishop Desmond M. Tutu

“Anyone serious about the systemic crisis we now face ought to read this updated version today. Korten captures the devastating and increasingly threatening dynamics of the corporate-dominated global system and has offered a vibrant, well-written, and important strategy for moving us beyond its destructive economic, social, and ecological logic.”  Gar Alperovitz, author of What Then Must We Do?

“If every corporate leader who believes implicitly that consumerism is the path to happiness (and that rampant development is the road to global prosperity) were to read When Corporations Rule the World with an open mind, that world just might have a chance of becoming a better place for us all.”  Toronto Globe and Mail

About the Author:

David Korten, author and activist, is co-founder and board chair of YES! Magazine, co-founder and co-chair of the New Economy Working Group, president of the Living Economies Forum, an associate fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies, a member of the Club of Rome, and founding board member emeritus of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies. A 20th anniversary edition of his classic international best seller When Corporations Rule the World will launch in June 2015. His other books include Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth, The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community, and The Post-Corporate World: Life After Capitalism.

David has MBA and Ph.D. degrees from the Stanford Business School, and in his earlier career served as a captain in the US Air Force, a Harvard Business School professor, a Ford Foundation project specialist, and Asia regional adviser on development management to the U.S. Agency for International Development. He lived and worked for 21 years as a development professional in Ethiopia, Nicaragua, Philippines, and Indonesia.

Living Economies Forum (

Bengt Olof Bengtsson, 1931-2019

Bengt Olof Bengtsson

SvD 4:e mars:

Håkan Kronvall minnesruna SvD 4 mars

Tilläggas kan, för politiskt intresserade, att min far också var aktiv i Junilistan. Han återkom flera gånger i våra samtal till att han ångrade att han, när han efter den stora framgången i Europaparlamentsvalet 2004 satt med Nils Lundgren och någon till på ett café i EU-kvarteren i Bryssel och diskuterade om de också skulle ställa upp i det svenska riksdagsvalet 2006, inte tydligare insisterade på sitt motstånd mot denna idé.

Håkan Kronvall arbetade på Skolöverstyrelsen och var även verksam i SIEC.

My New Site

Since I wrote in January that WordPress Is Destroying This Blog, describing the problems that followed from the strange fact that WordPress suddenly no longer updated, supported or maintained my “theme”, K2-lite, and how this seems to me to be breach of contract, some functions that were then lost have somehow been restored, and also by measures of my own, such as removing images from the sidebar, i.e., by simply discontinuing my use of other functions that no longer worked as they should, it has been possible to continue to use the blog and not necessary to publish instead on the new Wix site I then created. I will keep the new site however, which, being more expensive, is far more technologically advanced, and continue to transfer posts to it, since recourse to it may still be necessary if K2-lite starts deteriorating further, but I have now removed the link to it in the sidebar.

Benedikt Kaiser: Querfront

Antaios, 2017

KaiserSeit Jahrzehnten kursiert ein Begriff, der nur selten klar definiert wird: Querfront. Zu ihren Akteuren zählen mittlerweile so viele Personenkreise, daß man keinen gemeinsamen Nenner mehr finden kann. Was hat es also auf sich mit der Querfront: historisch, politisch, ideell?

Benedikt Kaiser fordert eine undogmatische Herangehensweise und eine Neujustierung politischer Theorie und Praxis.

Benedikt Kaiser ist Jahrgang 1987, studierte in Chemnitz Politikwissenschaft mit europaspezifischer Ausrichtung (M. A.). Sein Forschungsschwerpunkt gilt den Faschismus- und Totalitarismus-Studien, der geopolitischen Lage in der Levante sowie dem Themenkomplex der “sozialen Frage”.

Kaiser unterstützt die redaktionelle Arbeit der Zeitschrift Sezession, publiziert regelmäßig in der österreichischen Quartalsschrift Neue Ordnung und arbeitet als Verlagslektor.

Sein Band Querfront erschien 2017 in der reihe kaplaken; in diesem fordert er eine Neujustierung politischer Theorie und Praxis im Sinne einer dialektischen Aufhebung von “rechts” und “links”. Nur so könne die “Neue Rechte” ideenpolitische Synthesen auf der Höhe der Zeit zustandebringen, die den mannigfaltigen politischen, wirtschaftlichen und gesellschaftlichen Herausforderungen des frühen 21. Jahrhunderts genügen.

Benedikt Kaiser, Alain de Benoist & Diego Fusaro: Marx von rechts

Jungeuropa Verlag, 2018


KaiserKarl Marx ist zurück! Und er überrascht viele seiner heutigen Leser. Denn noch immer sind viele der von ihm aufgeworfenen Fragen aktuell, noch immer finden sich in seinen Schriften Problemstellungen, die im 21. Jahrhundert besonders relevant werden.

Obwohl anlässlich des 200. Geburtstag des Philosophen im Jahr 2018 kein Mangel an neuer Marx-Literatur herrscht, wird doch deutlich: Die Linke kommt ihrem Auftrag als Verwalter des großen Werkes nicht mehr nach. Sie verliert sich in Detailstudien und ideologischen Sackgassen.

Alain de Benoist, Benedikt Kaiser und Diego Fusaro machen sich deshalb auf, unkonventionelle Fragen zu stellen und nonkonforme Antworten zu geben: Marx von rechts – das heißt Abschied vom Marxismus, ohne dem Neoliberalismus auf den Leim zu gehen.

Der Marxismus ist tot, es lebe Marx?

Mit einem Vorwort von Philip Stein.

Über die Autoren

Benedikt Kaiser:

Benedikt Kaiser, Jahrgang 1987, studierte in Chemnitz Politikwissenschaft mit europaspezifischer Ausrichtung (M. A.). Er arbeitet als Lektor für den Verlag Antaios (Schnellroda), ist Teil der Redaktion der rechtsintellektuellen Zeitschrift Sezession und schreibt regelmäßig für weitere Periodika des In- und Auslands wie Tekos (Belgien) und Neue Ordnung (Österreich).

Kaisers Forschungsschwerpunkte gelten den Faschismus- und Totalitarismus-Studien; er ist deutschsprachiger Experte für Pierre Drieu la Rochelle und paneuropäische Konzepte. Kaiser widmet sich zudem seit einigen Jahren dem Themenkomplex der “sozialen Frage”. Auf diesem Feld sorgten seine Veröffentlichungen wiederholt für Aufsehen. Sie gelten Beobachtern als Auslöser eines sozialpolitischen Bewusstseinswandels innerhalb der deutschen Rechten.

Bereits in dritter Auflage liegt Kaisers Buch Querfront (Schnellroda 2017) vor. In diesem kontrovers diskutierten Band der reihe kaplaken fordert er eine Neujustierung politischer Theorie und Praxis im Sinne einer dialektischen Aufhebung von “rechts” und “links”. Nur so könne die “Neue Rechte” ideenpolitische Synthesen auf der Höhe der Zeit zustandebringen, die den politischen, wirtschaftlichen und gesellschaftlichen Herausforderungen des frühen 21. Jahrhunderts genügen.

Kaiser ist dem Jungeuropa Verlag verbunden und hat bereits an mehreren Veröffentlichungen mitgewirkt.

Alain de Benoist:

Alain de Benoist, geboren 1943 in Saint-Symphorien (heute zu Tours gehörend), studierte Verfassungsrecht, Religionswissenschaften und Philosophie. Als Kopf hinter der 1968 formierten Denkfabrik GRECE gilt er als Gründer der französischen Nouvelle Droite (Neue Rechte).

Benoist lebt als Publizist und Philosoph in Paris. Er ist Herausgeber der traditionsreichen Buchzeitschriften Nouvelle École und Krisis, außerdem ständiger Autor des Zweimonatsmagazins éléments. Seine über 90 Bücher wurden in zahlreiche Sprachen übersetzt; die wichtigsten Werke sind dabei das zweibändige Opus Aus rechter Sicht, das europäische Manifest Aufstand der Kulturen sowie die nun erstmals seit Jahrzehnten wieder vorliegende Kulturrevolution von rechts; eine Schrift, deren Ideen für eine fundamental erneuerte Neue Rechte des 21. Jahrhunderts unverzichtbar ist.

In diesem Sinne der metapolitischen Erneuerungsarbeit wirkt Benoist bis heute als Leitfigur einer gesamteuropäisch ausgerichteten Denkrichtung, die die klassischen Links-rechts-Gegensätze nicht verschleiert, aber in Richtung neuartiger Synthesen “aufhebt”. Das Ziel ist dabei so klar wie weitreichend: die Überwindung des neoliberalen Denkens mit all seinen politischen, ökonomischen und gesellschaftlichen Paradigmen.

Diego Fusaro:

Diego Fusaro, Jahrgang 1983, studierte Philosophie in seiner Geburtsstadt Turin und promovierte in Mailand. Er lehrt dort Geschichtsphilosophie am Istituto alti studi strategici e politici (IASSP, Institut für strategische und politische Studien).

Fusaro, der als Schüler des marxistischen Forschers Constanzo Preve (1943–2013) gilt, beschäftigt sich seit Jahren mit nonkonformen Ideen jenseits klassischer politischer Trennlinien; großes Interesse bringt er Hegel, Fichte, Marx, Gramsci und Gentile entgegen. Vor allem auf dem Gebiet der klassischen deutschen Philosophie und in Bezug auf Marx ist Fusaro ein anerkannter Experte, dessen Wirken zunehmend auch außerhalb Italiens Rezeption erfährt.

2016 hielt Fusaro ein Gramsci-Seminar an der Harvard University ab, 2018 erschien erstmal ein Werk aus seiner Feder in deutscher Sprache: Schon wieder Marx. Die Wiederkehr der Revolution wurde im Westend Verlag (Frankfurt am Main) verlegt. Fusaro ist überdies Gründer der in Italien wichtigen Netzseite und Verfasser diverser Bücher, zahlreicher Aufsätze in Tageszeitungen und Fachzeitschriften sowie gern gesehener Gast in italienischen TV-Sendungen und Talkrunden.

Tage Lindbom: I Frithjof Schuons fotspår

Prisma, 2003


LindbomVilket budskap har världsreligionerna i dagens värld? Har de spelat ut sin roll eller kan de bidra med en andlig förnyelse? Har alla religiösa uppenbarelser en gemensam kärna eller avviker de rentav från varandra i sina grundantaganden?

Hur har sekulariseringen inverkat på vår förståelse av det heliga? Har metafysiken någon framtid och vilken roll fyller den i så fall i dagens filosofi?

Frågor av detta slag behandlas i föreliggande bok, vars syfte är att introducera och diskutera några huvudlinjer inom den religionsfilosofiska riktning som brukar gå under namnet philosophia perennis. Tage Lindbom ger här synpunkter på denna lärdomstradition och den visdom som utmärker en av dess nutida företrädare, den schweiziske metafysikern och mystikern Frithjof Schuon.

Inledningen har skrivits av Ashk Dahlén, f. 1972, som disputerade 2002 med en avhandling om den nutida diskussionen om muslimsk kunskapsteori i Iran. Han har även givit ut tolkningar av Jalal al-din Rumis dikter på svenska, Vassflöjtens sång.

Främre skyddsomslagsflik:

Frithjof Schuon (1907-1998), schweizisk religionsfilosof, sufier och författare till många internationellt uppmärksammade böcker om religiös mystik och filosofi, däribland De l’unité transcendante des religions, i vilken han utvecklar en lära om världsreligionernas gudomliga kärna. Schuon räknas till en av vår tids främsta språkrör för philosophia perennis och hans tänkande tillhör en samlad intellektuell tradition som går tillbaka till islams mystiker samt Platon, Shankara och Mäster Eckhart.

Bakre skyddsomslagsflik:

Tage Lindbom (1909-2001) var filosofie doktor och chef för Arbetarrörelsens arkiv. Han gav ut en rad böcker om religionsfilosofi, politisk filosofi och europeisk kulturhistoria, däribland Västerlandets framväxt och kris. Lindbom är mest omtalad för sin konservativa modernitetskritik och sin intellektuella uppgörelse med socialismen. Hans tänkande riktar sig mot det moderna sekulära kunskapsbegreppet från en religiöst präglad utgångspunkt och anvisar en väg ut ur vår tids andliga och intellektuella kris.

Lindbom har ägnat ett livsverk åt att introducera philosophia perennis i Sverige, där den förblivit en nästan okänd intellektuell tradition.

JOBs kommentar:

Denna bok utgavs posthumt av den föredömligt intellektuellt öppne och nyfikne Alf W. Johansson i hans serie på Prisma, i vilken också publicerades Carl Johan Ljungbergs översättning av några texter av Irving Babbitt och min inledning till och översättning av en av Eric Voegelins böcker.

Martin Lings: Muhammad

His Life Based on the Earliest Sources

The Islamic Texts Society, 2005 (Allen & Unwin, 1983); 2006 Inner Traditions edition on Amazon

From the Back Cover:

Lings“Before the appearance of this book, Western languages lacked  almost entirely a comprehensive and authentic account of the life of the Prophet Mohammad…Now, Lings…has produced a superb narrative that, in its sobriety and dignity of style and its scrupulous and exhaustive fidelity to authentic and reliable sources, constitutes a major addition to Islamic literature in English. While remaining close to the Arabic sources he cites, Lings shows himself able to render Arabic speech in comprehensible and idiomatic English that is neither markedly archaic nor jarringly contemporary, thus conveying what is, for Muslims, the essential timelessness of the events related. Highly recommended.”  Hamid Algar in Religious Studies Review

“Despite the vastness of the subject, this biography makes easy and absorbing reading for anyone interested in religion as such. For those interested in Islam in one way or another it is mesmerising.”  Seyyed Hossein Nasr in Parabola

“Muhammad is a true work of art, as enthralling and engrossing as the best of novels with the difference that this is no fiction but fact. With the magic of his pen, the author makes all the historical personalities of his book come alive…The skill of narration is enhanced throughout the book with the most regal and dignified English, inspiring the sense of majestic grandeur essential for any literary work dealing with Divine and Eternal Truths.”  The Islamic Quarterly

“This great book is a classic.”  Frithjof Schuon

“There is a freshness, clarity and gripping suspense throughout the book…As a text in the how and the why and the when of various revelations – both Koranic and Prophetic traditions – it is enlightening and authoritative…Our author’s familiarity with all the complicated inter-family links of tribal Arabia gives us the certainty that he knows his material thoroughly…This work should be translated into Arabic so that the whole Arab world may drink from it.”  Muslim World (Cape Town)

“A living and enthralling book. After reading it we put it down with the feeling that we have actually witnessed all the events.”  Hadi Sharifi in Nashr-i-Danesh

“I read it straight through, then re-read it, almost in its entirety, fascinated.”  Titus Burckhardt

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Tage Lindbom: Västerlandets framväxt och kris

Norma, 1999


LindbomTage Lindbom har en unik position i svensk idéhistoria och idédebatt. Under många decennier har han uthålligt diskuterat konsekvenserna av värdenihilism och ohejdad materialism i både socialistisk och kapitalistisk skepnad.

I den föreliggande boken Västerlandets framväxt och kris går han till de filosofiska och teologiska rötterna för den västerländska kulturen. Han gör därefter en genomgång av den europeiska idéhistoriens mest djupliggande strömningar ända fram till Europas utveckling under det sena 1900-talet.

Det hela formar sig till en synnerligen kvalificerad och unik studie av grundvalarna för förståelsen av det västerländska självmedvetandet.

JOB:s kommentar:

Detta är den sista bok Lindbom utgav under sin livstid. Baksidestextens beskrivning av dess innehåll passar för de flesta av hans böcker från det tidiga 1970-talet och fram till denna. Flera innehåller en del upprepningar i “genomgångarna av den europeiska idéhistoriens mest djupgående strömningar”, även om alla också utgör variationer, har olika tonvikter, och tillför nya perspektiv. Denna vid nära nittio års ålder skrivna bok är emellertid anmärkningsvärd i det att den innehåller så ovanligt mycket nytt. Den är av detta skäl en av hans allra bästa. Ja, kanske skulle den helt enkelt vara den bästa – med undantag för Sancho Panzas väderkvarnar, som dock är svår att jämföra med eftersom den i mycket är en annan typ av bok, inte en systematisk historisk genomgång som denna och så många andra av hans senare – om det inte vore för det bristfälliga redaktionella handhavande av manuskriptet som, till skillnad från böckerna utgivna på Norstedts från början av sextiotalet till början av åttiotalet, präglar de flesta av de sena böckerna utgivna av Norma. Dessa är dock brister som lätt kommer kunna avhjälpas i en ny upplaga. Lindbom säger hursomhelst här plötsligt en mängd nya saker om exempelvis den grekiska filosofin, och framställningen av den tidiga kristendomen skiljer sig i vissa icke oväsentliga avseenden från hans tidigare analys. För första gången anas också, vill jag föreslå, i någon mån ett islamiskt perspektiv på den västerländska historien, som går utöver författarens vanliga sufistiska referenser i linje med den traditionalistiska skolans – ett perspektiv som han mycket länge måste ha omfattat, men av delvis oklara orsaker aldrig formulerade och tillämpade i sina tidigare böcker.

Tage Lindbom: Konservatism i vår tid

Åtta idéhistoriska essäer

Norma, 1996


LindbomTage Lindbom har under efterkrigstiden varit den mest oförtröttlige och skarpsynte svenske kritikern av den moderna, sekulariserade och materialistiska kulturen.

För första gången utges här i bokform en serie essäer, ursprungligen publicerade i Coeckelberghs kulturtidskrift Jakobs stege.

I fem av dessa betraktelser över västerlandets historia sedan den franska revolutionen, porträtterar Lindbom några av denna utvecklings klarsynta – och av eftervärlden ofta försummade – iakttagare.

Boken innehåller också tre mer tematiskt orienterade essäer, i vilka författaren diskuterar fenomen som socialism, konformism och konservatism.

I vår förvirrade och vilsna tid, när så ånga av modernismens projekt havererat, torde Lindboms lärda och inträngande analyser vara mer angelägna än någonsin.

Boken har tillkommit med stöd av Konservativa Sällskapet och Arvid Lindmans 60-årsfond. Den är försedd med förord av Johan Andersson Sundeen och Jonas De Geer.

Tage Lindbom: Modernismen

Norma, 1995


LindbomI denna bok söker författaren ge en beskrivning av det vi kallar modernism. Han gör det genom att framställa modernismen som en kontrast, en polemisk negation av den kristna traditionalismen. Det är under medeltiden vi kan skönja de första konturerna av sekularisering, strävan till vidgad makt för det jordiskt mänskliga.

Tage Lindbom följer modernismen genom århundraden, ständigt erövrande mark på traditionalismens bekostnad, vetenskapligt, tekniskt, ekonomiskt, genom jaghävdelse och samhällelig makt med friheten och jämlikheten som främsta signatur. Därvid har ideologierna haft en genomgripande betydelse. Först möter vi liberalismen med dess individualism och dess samhälleliga atomisering, dess utopiska tro på att i all föränderlighet till slut ett jämviktsläge inställer sig. I socialismen utvecklas tron på att de kollektiva livsformerna skall, materiellt såväl som andligt, bringa högsta mått av rättfärdighet och lycka åt en jämställd mänsklighet. I puritanismen ingår kristen moral och privat egoism en märklig förening i självdisciplinens tecken.

Modernismen möter också reaktioner. I romantiken finns mycket av tvivel, men framförallt är det de fascistiska rörelserna som framkallat djup oro. Genom utgången av andra världskriget säkras emellertid modernismens slutliga seger över traditionalismen. Men vad gör nu den segrande modernismen med sin makt? Det är författarens slutliga fråga.

JOB:s kommentar:

En av de bästa av Lindboms sena böcker. Den svaga punkten är det förenklade, implicita accepterandet, med Guénon och Schuon, av den kristna medeltiden som representerande en traditionell kultur, som modernismen avviker från. Detta förbiser vilka faktorer det i själva verket var som verkligen representerade traditionalism under medeltiden, och utelämnar den djupare analysen av kristendomen och hela abrahamismen i ljuset även av traditionalismens generalla principer sådana de på ett tidigt stadium förklarades av Guénon själv. Förvisso har abrahamismen, i dess olika former, utvecklat högtstående former som förmedlat en med traditionalismen och philosophia perennis överensstämmande esoterik, och tillfört mycket till den europeiska kulturen och andligheten. De nämnda huvudföreträdarna för den traditionalistiska skolan, och Lindbom, menar emellertid – trots att de alla tillhörde islam – att även kristendomens exoterik, den kristna ortodoxin som sådan, på ett definitivt sätt ska accepteras som Europas “religion”, ja, att denna är specifikt anpassad och lämpad för européerna. För mig är det tveksamt om den exoteriska abrahamismen kan förstås som traditionalistisk överhuvudtaget, och mycket tyder på att även dess egen självförståelse var icke- och i viss mån antitraditionalistisk redan från början. Jag brukar ibland säga att jag, åtminstone i vissa centrala avseenden, är alltför konservativ (eller traditionalistisk) för att kunna acceptera kristendomen på det sätt även dessa traditionalister gjorde. Kristendomen var på många sätt primärt revolutionär under antiken, och den är det i flera av sina huvudströmningar än idag. Den berömmer sig av att vara det. I själva verket är den på flera sätt en pådrivande kraft i den allmänt definierade modernism Lindbom beskriver. Judendomen och islam har också ofta haft en liknande roll. Abrahamismen i dess helhet, och i synnerhet i de i väst historiskt dominerande formerna, har vid sidan av den till sitt ursprung och väsen grekiska filosofin alltid varit en del av västerlandets allmänna differentieringsprocess, och denna process är på flera sätt ett tvetydigt fenomen.

Tage Lindbom: Ett är nödvändigt

Norma, 1994


LindbomBibeln innesluter genom sitt Gamla Testamente även judendomens heligaste urkund, Tora. Dessa båda, den judiska bekännelsen med dess fem Moseböcker och det kristna evangeliet, Nya Testamentet, ger oss visserligen två bekännelser, den mosaiska och den kristna, men de är samtidigt förenade med den andliga traditionens band, som Jesus uttrycker i sitt ständiga hänvisande till lagen och profeterna.

En helig skrift är en vägledare i det andliga livet, den ger fasthet åt såväl kyrkornas som de enskilda människornas liv. Men en helig skrift har också en djupare innebörd, det som Jesus kallar Guds rikes hemligheter, detta som han delger sina lärjungar, de som skall bli apostlar och föra vidare det, som deras Mästare uppenbarat för dem. Bibeln har här stora rikedomar, och det är om dessa, som Tage Lindboms bok väsentligen handlar.

När apostlarna efter Jesu död och uppståndelse skall träda ut i världen med det kristna budskapet, kräver samtidigt mötet med denna värld en läromässig fasthet, en teologi. Det är Paulus, som lägger grunden, och innebörden i detta paulinska verk ägnar Tage Lindbom bokens avslutande kapitel.

JOBs kommentar:

Detta är Tage Lindboms mest bibliska bok. Det är märkligt att han så här sent, vid mitten av 90-talet, fortfarande inte publicerar mer om islam, som han formellt tillhört i flera årtionden. I alla andra böcker efter omprövningen på 50-talet och den nya, andligt förankrade positionens konsolidering, som var fullbordad vid 60-talets slut, har han dock haft en mycket vidare utblick tack vare sin traditionalistiska ståndpunkt i Guénons och Schuons mening. Inte bara sufistiska utan även vedantistiska perspektiv saknades aldrig. Denna bok framstår som ett märkligt begränsat undantag; kanske är den särskilt riktad till de kristna präster, som Christian Braw, som han hade ett gott och långvarigt förhållande till. Braw mottog också med tillfredsställelse boken som uttryckande “Lindboms teologi”. Men förvisso uttolkar han även i den, med det snävare fokus på den judisk-kristna traditionen, den “djupare innebörden”, vad som här uppfattas som “Guds rikes hemligheter”.

Wayne W. Dyer: Your Sacred Self

Making the Decision to Be Free

Harper Collins, 1995   Amazon

Front and Back Flaps:

DyerOne of the foremost inspirational leaders of our time and the author of the bestselling Real Magic and the classic Your Erroneous Zones encourages readers to look inside themselves for sustenance and to move to a new level of self-awareness where they are free to experience the joys of spiritual living.

In Your Sacred Self, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, whose previous books have touched the lives of millions, teaches readers how to tap into the power of their higher selves and live each of their days, regardless of what they are doing, with a greater sense of peace and fulfillment.

Developing the sacred self, Dr. Dyer explains, brings an understanding of our place in the world and a sense of satisfaction in ourselves and others. In Your Sacred Self, Dr. Dyer offers a three-step program that helps readers establish a spiritually oriented, rather than an ego-oriented, approach to life. Step by step Dr. Dyer shows us how to progress from emotional awareness to psychological insight to spiritual alternatives in order to change one’s experience of life from the need to acquire to a sense of abundance, from a sense of oneself as sinful and inferior to a sense of oneself as divine, from a need to achieve and acquire to an awareness that detachment and letting go bring freedom.

Your Sacred Self is an inspiring, hopeful, illuminating guide that can help everyone live a happier, richer, more meaningful life.

Back Cover:

“Wayne Dyer is one of America’s foremost teachers of transformational wisdom. In Your Sacred Self, he continues to guide us toward spiritual liberation.”  Marianne Williamson

“Wayne Dyer takes us on a sacred journey where the spirit triumphs over the ego. This book will serve as an extremely valuable guide to all those who seek the exultation of the spiritual experience and who value total freedom as the ultimate goal of life.”  Deepak Chopra

“I was mesmerized by the beauty and wisdom in Your Sacred Self. Wayne Dyer has written a book that is as meaningful, spiritually on-target, and engrossing as any I’ve ever read in my life. This is sure to go on that very small shelf reserved for classic works.”  Louise L. Hay

“In Wayne Dyer’s newest book he has given us the final ‘to do’, and that is to get outside of ourselves and stop selfishness by getting into other people and making them worthwhile. The sacred quest to that final freedom is the most important thing we’ll ever do in our lives.”  Pat Riley

“Wayne Dyer’s inspiring new book is a treasure of love and spiritual wisdom.”  Barbara De Angelis

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JOB’s Comment:

The Wayne Dyer Phenomenon

WordPress Is Destroying This Blog

I always found WordPress excellent for my purposes. The “happiness engineers” were simply fantastic: when some technical problem arose and I contacted them, they always responded within seconds, gave reasonable explanations, and provided solutions.

But last year, I discovered that various blog functions began to disappear, one after another. I could, for instance, no longer add links to other sites, and text and images in the sidebar were no longer aligned centre.

When I contacted the happiness engineers about this, they suddenly couldn’t do anything about it. For, as they explained, they no longer updated, supported or maintained my “theme”, K2-lite.

As I understood it, the loss of functions will continue, and the only way I will be able to save a few of them will be to pay more. They explained that “themes are retired when they become difficult to keep up-to-date with newer web standards, or have bugs that the creators are unable or unwilling to fix”.

This means this blog will be destroyed, and that I can no longer use it. WP has never provided any information about the possibility of this happening, and if they had, I would never have chosen to use WP nine years ago.

I did so precisely because I liked K2-lite. I want no other theme. K2-lite is what I have paid for. I regard WP:s termination of the support of K2-lite as breach of contract.

The loss of functions and the resulting lower quality of the blog are the main reasons why I have not written much here lately. I am very disappointed, especially since I have been so satisfied with WP and its services for so many years.

Anders Bergman: Humanismens födelse

Dialogos, 2016 (gå köp)

Förlagets presentation:

Anders BergmanI övergången från medeltid till modern tid spelade de italienska renässanshumanisterna en avgörande roll. Inspirerade av antika verk, som i många fall hade glömts bort sedan sekler i Europa, presenterade de nya idéer om etik, politik och pedagogik.

Till skillnad från hur fördomarna har gått i alla tider om humanister var framväxten av deras rörelse en direkt konsekvens av det allt mer urbaniserade samhällets behov av språkkunniga administratörer och politiskt insiktsfulla rådgivare. På så sätt blev deras tankar tidens viktigaste intellektuella strömning, karriärväg och statusmarkör. Men eftersom de verkade i skarven mellan de två stora epokerna i vår civilisation har deras insatser ofta marginaliserats, missförståtts eller förbisetts.

Det är inte att förundra att Humanismens födelse är den första presentationen på svenska om dessa modernitetens stigfinnare, utan vilka varken reformation eller naturvetenskaplig revolution kan föreställas ha ägt rum.

Om författaren:

Anders Bergman (f. 1980) är fil.mag. i litteraturvetenskap från Uppsala universitet.

Ryszard Legutko: The Demon in Democracy

Totalitarian Temptations in Free Societies

Encounter Books, 2016 (go buy at

Publisher’s Presentation:

LegutkoRyszard Legutko lived and suffered under communism for decades – and he fought with the Polish anti-communist movement to abolish it. Having lived for two decades under a liberal democracy, however, he has discovered that these two political systems have a lot more in common than one might think. They both stem from the same historical roots in early modernity, and accept similar presuppositions about history, society, religion, politics, culture, and human nature.

In The Demon in Democracy, Legutko explores the shared objectives between these two political systems, and explains how liberal democracy has over time lurched towards the same goals as communism, albeit without Soviet style brutalality.

Both systems, says Legutko, reduce human nature to that of the common man, who is led to believe himself liberated from the obligations of the past. Both the communist man and the liberal democratic man refuse to admit that there exists anything of value outside the political systems to which they pledged their loyalty. And both systems refuse to undertake any critical examination of their ideological prejudices.

About the Author:

Ryszard Legutko is a professor of philosophy at Jagellonian University in Krakow, Poland, specializing in ancient philosophy and political theory. His most recent book is on the philosophy of Socrates. He has served as the Minister of Education, Secretary of State in the Chancellery of the late President Lech Kaczynski, and Deputy Speaker of the Senate and is active in the anti-communist movement in Poland. He is currently a Member of the European Parliament, Deputy Chairman of the Parliamentary Group of European Conservatives and Reformists, and a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee.



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