Wednesday, 21 June 2017

On the Question of Culture (Wilberg on Wednesday)

Is not the term ‘cultural Marxism’ an oxymoron, i.e. a term that in itself is a contradiction in terms? Marx would, I am sure, turn in his grave if he heard it! Cultural Leftism or Cultural Liberalism I can
live with - albeit with some important reservations - see below. But what on earth is there in Marx to support a notion of ‘cultural Marxism’.

Terms like ‘cultural Marxism’ or ‘multi-culturalism’ seem to me to have become unquestioned
alt-right phraseological ‘memes’. [SWPE needs to make clear] exactly how we understand these

In Gilad Atzmon’s views, if the meaning relates to LGBT, feminism etc. this is just a trick to
overcome the old (Marxist) understanding of a single universal contradiction between labour and capital (or in Atzmon’s view: Goyim versus Jews) and replace it instead with a ‘diversity’ of multiple but superficial contradictions: for example women versus men, blacks versus whites, LGBTs versus ‘straight’ heterosexuals (...and for that matter ‘English’ versus ‘foreigners’!). He regards this as an
entirely Jewish sponsored and funded development. By ‘Jew’ in this context, he means anyone whose primary self-identification is to be ‘a Jew’ - whether they are religious or not, whatever country they may live - and however this may conflict with a primary loyalty to the State of Israel.

Does not the term ‘multi-culturalism’ beg the question of what ‘culture’ as such essentially is, and with it, the question of what exactly constitutes ‘English’ culture?

Hitler was perfectly clear about what he meant by protecting German culture - it meant educating the German people (and not just a monied elite who can actually afford tickets to Bayreuth) to the great historic culture of German music, poetry and art. It meant making Germans more knowledgeable and appreciable of their own cultural heritage - in this way making them more cultured. That is why he built theatres and even had orchestras playing in factories. For me, as for Hitler, for a child to grow up without exposure to and education in appreciating great classical music- not least great German music - is perhaps the greatest form of cultural deprivation and impoverishment one can impose on any European people. In this sense I myself do not see the main issue as mono- versus multi-culturalism. I see the main issue as culture or no-culture.

I see today’s world as ruled not by multi-culturalism but by an American pop, celebrity and junk
mono-culture that is the death of culture as such.  Both Islamic and Hindu revivalism and extremism are in this sense an understandable reaction to this mono-culture, albeit a reactionary reaction, and one which, in its most extremist Islamic forms is itself a nti-cultural. Y et the fact remains that since the British and American orchestrated overthrow of social nationalist states in the Middle East - Islam has filled the hole this created by becoming also the single biggest opponent of both this global mono-culture and ‘multi-culturalism’ of the feminist and LGBT sort.

This is what must change! 
Instead Europeans needs to defend their own national cultures, which together, as exemplified in literature the arts and above all classical music, which constitute a unified and interwoven European multi-culture of nations that is actually a true culture - and not the death of culture. To me therefore, the protection of ‘ English culture’ must mean exactly that:‘English culture’, i.e. the wonderful heritage of Shakespeare, the English poets and also English classical music. My ethnic roots and values are essentially German. I am an ardent Wagnerian. But I have come to attune to, love and understand England in its special and unique ‘value feeling’ (Nietzsche) and in its distinct greatness principally through two Englishmen (Shakespeare and Edward Elgar - whom I rank as one of the greatest composers of all time). But without a Wagner or Brahms, there would be no Elgar - even though his music is quintessentially English in both its pastoral flavour and also its deep personal honesty - not in the purely jingoistic way it was heard and abused. This is also why I attach great importance of the historic, ethnic and also cultural English-German connection.

It was Bismarck who first recognised the importance of Lincoln in escaping debt-slavery and made Germany the first country in Europe to pass welfare laws protecting the rights of workers. Similarly it was Goethe who saw Germany as primarily a cultural nation and as a protector of both German and European culture as a whole - including English culture in its finest expressions. But Kaiser Wilhelm saw another, more sinister side to ‘Anglo-Saxon’ culture in England at the time - its particularly utilitarian, mammonistic and anti-cultural form of capitalist mono-culture or non-culture. That is why he saw the 1st World War not just as a German war, but as a war for the protection of culture as such
within European capitalism.

To sum up: I believe that the culture of any nation needs first to be re- cultivated - particularly and starting in families and schools - and with the massive backing of the state for education of the people in both English [and Welsh], German and European music and arts (versus mere preparation for wage slavery).

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