Almost a year to this day I wrote a brief article titled “My take on the Jewish Question” about the Jews as a group and the relation of Jewishness with civilisational decline. In that article nothing overly noteworthy was said, aside from the distinguishing of myself from the torrent of vulgar anti-Semitism which permeates a portion of the discourse in white nationalist spheres, et cetera. I made it clear — and I will make it moreso in the following article — that the definition of “Jewishness” which deserves attention is more a spiritual orientation than a phenotype, biological creature or even a “race” in the normal sense of the word.
The main inspiration for this approach to the question is the racial theory of late esotericist Julius Evola. Mark Citadel, writing for Social Matter, exposed this theory in excellent detail, and I have referenced it many times. Moreover, the late philosopher Otto Weininger — himself Jewish — aids us in understanding Jewishness as a spiritual archetype as he himself saw it in such terms. I have mentioned Otto Weininger before, or, rather, I treated him as a case-study courtesy of traditionalist Anthony Ludovici’s words about him, in my article about antinatalism earlier this year. There I laid-out a brief outline of the man’s character epitomised by his suicide as means of him “overcoming” his Jewish life — a mistake, I must add, which I will explain shortly — following very logically from his extremely pessimistic philosophy.
Weininger was amid the “Holy Damned Ones” Evola saw as his main inspirations (the others being Otto Braun and Carlo Michelstaedter — another Jewish man who committed suicide), meaning a man unequal to the strength of his thoughts. One needn’t look far into the philosophies of any of these men to see where they run parallel to Evola. Weininger, writing in Sex and Character, claimed, quote;
Our age, which is not only the most Jewish, but also the most effeminate of all ages; the age in which the arts are only a rag for wiping its moods, and which attributes the artistic urge to animal games; the age of the most gullible anarchism; the age without a sense for the state and justice; the age of sexual ethics, the age of the most shallow of all historical methods (historical materialism); the age of capitalism and Marxism; the age in which history, life, and science are reduced to economics and technology.
One could easily mistake this as a quote from a man like Corneliu Codreanu or even Benito Mussolini. What is fascinating about a Jew like Weininger is his profoundly un-Jewish sensibility, something in life he tried to circumnavigate by converting to Christianity (Protestantism) among other things, which all ultimately proved futile. His suicide, however, being nearly the most honest and pure act he could ever achieve, is profoundly — as an act by itself — un-Jewish. Indeed, only Evola’s racial theory, which distinguishes between body, spirit and soul, can explain this phenomenon. A Jew with the soul of an Aryan, an Aryan with the soul of a Jew — such possibilities are found clearly manifest in our age of Kali Yuga. For why are most Westerns alive right now? Because they have nought to die for. An existence which equates to a kind of slumber, shuffling through life’s shopping malls and television screens, beholden to the basest instincts and their perpetual pleasing via money and nothing but money.
Because it is useless to try to hide it from oneself, people today are often wondering if the Jew isn’t ultimately a kind of scapegoat. The cases are so frequent in which the characteristics that our doctrine attributes to the Jews are fully and brazenly exhibited by “Aryan” speculators, profiteers, upstarts, and — why not — even by journalists, who do not hesitate to use the most twisted and disloyal means for polemical ends. ~ Evola, The Misunderstanding of Scientific Racism
This is the root of traditionalist dissatisfaction with much white nationalism; in such spheres there is not enough focus upon the character of a people. Being “white” is not enough, it is the quality of the man which matters. For if he is truly European — in a three-dimensional fashion, not a two-dimensional fashion — then that transcends his genes, his “matter.”
Evola believes that race is spiritual as well as physical. If a man comes to you and says, “Oh, I’m White! You should be looking after me, mate!” he would say “What is your intellect? What is your quality? What is your moral sense? What do you know about your civilisation? How far are you prepared to fight for it? What pain can you endure? Have you had understanding of death in your family and in life? Are you a mature and profound human being or are you part of the limitless universality (although you were born in a particular group which I respect and come from myself)?” — that’s the sort of principle that he would have. ~ Jonathan Bowden
Evola explains this well himself in his work, Three Aspects of the Jewish Problem:
Are “rationalism,” and “calculation” purely Jewish phenomena? If one wanted to answer “yes,” one would also be forced to believe that the first anti-traditional, critical, antireligious, and “scientific” upheavals of ancient Greece had also been introduced and supported by Jews; that therefore Socrates was a Jew, and that not only the medieval nominalists, but also Descartes, Galileo, Bacon, etc., were Jews. … Even if the passion for the lifeless number and abstract reason is an outstanding characteristic of the Semites … it nevertheless seems clear that one can speak of a Jewish spirit in this regard only if it destroys everything through rationalism and calculation, if it leads to a world that consists only of machines, objects, and money instead of persons, traditions, and fatherlands, and if one uses the expression “Jewish” in a symbolic sense, without necessarily referring to the race. In the concrete development of modern civilisation, the Jew can be seen as a force that worked together with others for the proliferation of the “civilised,” rationalised, scientific, mechanistic, modern decadence. But he certainly cannot be singled out as the single, far-seeing cause. It would be nonsense to believe anything of the kind. The actual truth is that one would rather fight against personalised forces than against abstract principles and general phenomena, because the former can also be attacked in a practical manner. And so people have turned against the Jew to the degree that he seems to embody a type that is also present in other areas, and even in nations that have been virtually unaffected by Jewish immigration.
The “Eternal Jew” easily becomes a bogeyman to the materialist constantly looking for something external to react against, leaving them vulnerable themselves to fall prey to this spiritual sickness characterised by the traits of this archetypical “platonic” Jew. For if one neglects the spiritual needs, they will be sated by filth and dirt. Indeed, this is something Evola warns us of in the introduction to his translation of The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion:
We want to mention right away that we personally cannot follow a certain fanatical anti-Semitism that sees the Jews everywhere as deus ex machina and finally ends in a kind of ambush itself. [René] Guénon himself has referred to the fact that one of the means used by the masked forces to defend themselves consists of directing the entire attention of their enemies in a tendentious way toward those who are only partially the real cause of certain upheavals. Once they have created a scapegoat in this manner, which suffers the full brunt of reaction, they themselves are free to continue with their intrigues. In a certain way, this is also true of the Jewish question.
And also in his Notes on the Third Reich, speaking about Nazi Germany, Evola explains the problem with Hitlerian anti-Semitism:
For Hitler, the Hebrew is the mortal enemy of the Aryan race, in particular of the German people. He is the bearer of a force that acts in a destructive sense, the subversive contaminator in the bosom of the cultures and societies within which he seeks, on the other hand, to assure himself power and influence. We should recognise that in Hitler anti-Semitism played the role of a true idée fixe, of which, in this almost paranoid aspect, it is not possible to completely explain its origins and which had tragic consequences. In his writings and speeches, Hitler over and over again attributes to the Jew the cause of every evil. He truly believed that the Jew was the only obstacle to the creation of an ideal German national society, and he made this obsession an essential ingredient in his propaganda. Apart from Marxism, for Hitler all Bolshevism has been the creation and tool of Judaism. The same holds true for Western “capitalist plutocracy” and the Masons. These are all theses of which he should have recognised the one-sided character early on. We may wonder whether Hitler, in his “fixation,” was not the victim of one of the tactics of what we have elsewhere called the “occult war,” a tactic consistent with turning all our attention to concentrate on only one particular sector where the fighting forces are acting, while distracting our attention from other sectors where their activity can continue almost undisturbed. When I say this, we do not mean that there is no Jewish problem… As Hitler professed it, however, displaying attitudes that had long been part of the so-called “German Movement,” anti-Semitism had the character of an obsessive fanaticism. It was the sign of a lack of inner control, and it is because of it that there is a stain that is difficult to remove from the Third Reich. The common error that racism and anti-Semitism are regarded by many people as synonyms also has its principal origin in Hitlerism.
Weininger, too, again in his Sex and Character, has words on this topic more generally:
One is not dealing with a race or a people, and even less with a legally acknowledged profession. One can only define it as a spiritual attitude, a psychic constitution, which offers an opportunity for all men and which merely found its most grandiose realisation in historical Jewry. Nothing proves the veracity of this statement more than anti-Semitism. The truest, most Aryan of Aryans, certain of their Aryanness, are no anti-Semites; they cannot even fathom hostile anti-Semitism, … on the other hand, one can always detect certain Jewish traits in the aggressive anti-Semites … It would be impossible for this to be any other way. As one loves only those traits in the other which one would wholeheartedly embrace oneself, yet can never fully attain, so one hates in the other only that which one never wants to be, yet which one partially retains. One does not hate something with which one has nothing in common.
It is a strange irony that much discourse on this topic is mired with fanaticism. Perhaps it speaks of our age which, as Weininger has said, is “the most Jewish.” This style seeps into all, whilst playing the part of a bogeyman, of an external enemy, it renders it actually invisible to those who’re under the spell. This idea of platonic Jewishness is the real enemy which acts as a destructive force; the Jewish (or more properly, Hebrew) people merely act as a conduit for this force.
To answer the question of why Weininger’s suicide was a mistake, I must draw the reader’s attention to one question: Which was his suicide closer to, or motivated by; Being or Non-Being? Clearly the latter. It was not a triumphal overcoming of his perceived inherent wickedness, but, rather, an undercoming; a submission to it; letting it consume him. One finds a similar idea, this undercoming of struggle, in antinatalism. Instead of the overcoming of life’s hardships one submits to them and allows them to wash over oneself — a sort of anti-Baptism plays-out in service to the Below. This idea of undercoming, of service to the Below, is found manifest in Jewishness in its own particular way — as Evola said in regard to “a world that consists only of machines, objects, and money instead of persons, traditions, and fatherlands…” and how these things are achieved via usury, ideology, and degeneracy Jews have been so prone to emitting for many centuries, something powered by their high I.Q.s and social roles as members, generally-speaking, of the higher bourgeoisie. That is not to say that Jewishness is bourgeois, but bourgeois sentiment, as opposed to heroic sentiment, is found amid the Jews disproportionately so. But this is, reader, a spiritual orientation; an attitude; a “psychic constitution,” as Weininger says. This undercoming, which runs in a foul, dark direction, which Weininger submitted to, which antinatalists submit to, which Jews as a group tend to perpetuate, which our modern world leans towards and is driven by, could be said to be Kali’s influence. I cannot think of another term or idea which quite captures this darkness. I can visualise it, but I do not believe the English language can adequately describe it.
Finally, I wish to propose a distinction inspired by a friend of mine, himself Jewish, between the Jewish and the Hebraic. The former is this particular darkness manifest through the lens of the Hebrew, where it finds its place amid moral corruption, subversion, etc., whilst the latter is the foundational identity, of three-dimensional being represented by the early Hebrew kingdoms and their people, as a place and form in space and time. My friend suggests that one of the particular and most important causes of the Hebraic mutating into the Jewish is the fact of diaspora, which facilitates the Jews’ place in the higher bourgeoisie and compels them to act in a divisive and manipulative way (such an idea is also found in Kevin MacDonald‘s work, The Culture of Critique). It is not that the Jews are the root cause of such things, but they are acting upon pre-existent fissures in the Western soul, like salt to a wound. Jews did not begin the present degeneration, but they have influenced it, irritated it, and the degeneration acts through them in an almost surgical way. The biggest victims, then, are not so much the “victims” of Jewry — they were victims of something evil before that — but Jews, Hebrews, themselves who, by some awful fate, have come to serve as a vessel for an un-Godly force. As for the answer to this madness, my friend says that the Jews must become a civilisation again; with a society, a homeland, a history, a religion, a purpose. This would close Pandora’s Box, so to speak, eliminate diaspora, remove Jews from the Western intelligentsia and elsewhere, and so on.
To close, I must remind the reader that the darkness manifest within Jewishness can and will manifest elsewhere. As the crusaders understood, there is the internal battle and the external battle; so it is with spiritual deterioration and political deterioration. The soul is the starting-point, the beginning. If it is clean and radiant, its light shines, like a sun, upon the golden plains and illuminates all. However, it doesn’t matter how many candles there are to illuminate the plains, for the light will flicker and dwindle if the sun itself is forever absent.