Sunday, August 7, 2011

Me and Breivik's Manifesto. Preface: are you a legitimate military target

Manifesto p822 illustrating "Our Primary Objectives"

I've been writing a couple of interrelated longer essays about meaning in my work and life, and the tyranny of happiness (I have published some of it already on this blog). In the process I ran across the work of Anders Behring Breivik in whom I saw my uncanny double. We more or less read the same material and came to the exact opposite conclusions. His act of violence, his propaganda of the deed, declares war on me, and you. It's a war we've been in for a long time, one we see in the rhetoric of the right wing in this country, all of whom have had to denounce the attacks and try and distance themselves from Breivik, but who have had to admit that he mostly got the analysis right.

Perhaps the project of post modernity, Breivik's Cultural Marxism, is in fact a kind of unconscious suicidal cultural push; that what we “traitor whores” want is to burn the whole thing down. We have certainly created the cultural space for Breivik and his ideological fathers to do it for us. And much of our cultural life does have some aspect of fiddling on the Titanic.

Breivik killed 76 people in Norway. And these attacks are very clearly a manifestation of the theatrical/ performative nature of political violence.

In the immediate aftermath of the 9-11 attacks, composer Karlheinz Stockhausen described them as the greatest work of art by the devil. He was obliged to back pedal by the predictable response from an outraged and wounded population, but the reasoning of that statement still rings true, even if its sentiment is monstrous and inconsiderate of the very real trauma and suffering resulting from those attacks. In general it is clear that art and political violence have a close relationship at the level of intent. Art seeks to transform by means of an aesthetic experience. Political violence against civilians – whether by US UAVs, drug cartels, Al Qaeda, Christian extremists, or (once upon a time?) anarchists – seeks the same kind of impact through the (secondary) aesthetic experience of the (primary) act of violence. These are not equivalencies, but they are similar. This is to say that political violence exists as a theater of real cruelty in order to deploy widespread vicarious trauma through the ad nauseum re-presentation (in the media) of the primary act of violence. [This is something I have written about and considered at length since I first read about the Symbionese Liberation Army in college. Maybe I'll take it up in detail later]. And in that the media exists as a mirror/ generator of ideology as well as capital, we see an aspect of performative violence over looked by Stockhausen and explicitly stated by Breivik. Today the propaganda of the deed is merely the logical extension of the rationale of capital. It is marketing, a manipulation to manufacture desire. And Anders Behring Breivik left a fascinating and precise, thoroughly American document accounting for this performance. That's not quite right. It's more accurate to say that the act of violence was intended as a marketing tool for the document.

I have just about finished my reading of the document, skimming sections in which I have little interest or knowledge (if I didn't have a job I might have the time to read all of it). I'm pretty sure that Jeff Sharlet's article for Harpers, when it comes out, will cover the aspects I know very little about. This is him on Democracy Now!.

And here is a .pdf of the document in its entirety from a neo-con blog. I will be focusing on Breivik's presentation of the feminine; on it as a lament of castration and fear of the (feminine) other; on it's equation of feminism, pluraility and the philosophical traditions developing from Marx, Freud, and Nietzsche (even though he doesn't mention him); and on the future blood baths he promises that holy warriors and cultural conservatives will bring down on us, to make the world right again.

In case you are wondering if you're a legitimate target in this war (from pages 930 and 931 of A European Declaration of Independence):
This classification system is used to identify various individual cultural Marxist/ multiculturalist traitors. The intention of the system is to easier identify priority targets and will also serve as the foundation for the future “Nuremberg trials” once the European cultural conservatives reassert political and military control of any given country.

Any category A, B or C traitor is an individual who has deliberately used his or her influence in a way which makes him or her indirectly or directly guilty of the charges specified in this document: 1-8 [see page 770 for a detailed description of these 'crimes']. Many of these individuals will attempt to claim ”ignorance” of the crimes they are accused of.

Category A traitor: […] Political leaders (NGO leaders included)/ Media leaders (chief editors)/ Cultural leaders/ Industry leaders/ Punishment: death penalty and expropriation of property/funds [...]
Category B traitor
Category B traitors are cultural Marxist/multiculturalist politicians, primarily from […] parties who support multiculturalism […] They can be elected and non-elected parliamentarians, their advisors and any public and/or corporate servant who has been and still are indirectly or directly implicated […] Category B traitors can also be individuals from various professional groups (but not limited to): journalists, editors, teachers, lecturers, university professors, various school/university board members, publicists, radio commentators, writers of fiction, cartoonists, and artists/celebrities etc. They can also be individuals from other professional groups such as: technicians, scientists, doctors and even Church leaders. In addition, individuals (investors etc) who have directly or indirectly funded related activities. It’s important to note that the stereotypical ”socialists”, collectivists, feminists, gay and disability activists, animal rights activists, environmentalists etc are to be considered on an individual basis only. Not everyone who are associated with one of these groups or movements is to be considered as a cultural Marxist/multiculturalist. […] Many professionals such as f. example journalists, influential sociologists or university professors etc. are considered and categorized as category B traitors as we consider them political activists and not merely professionals. They will of course claim ignorance and state that they are a-political. This strategy might work for them until the day where they are visited by a Justiciar Knight - their judge, jury and executioner [my emphasis]

Punishment: death penalty and expropriation of property/funds. Punishment can be reduced under certain circumstances.

Category C traitor

Category C traitors are less influential and lower priority targets (often individuals who have facilitated category A and B traitors) but who are still guilty of charges 1-8.
Punishment: fines, incarceration, expropriation (considered as acceptable indirect casualties in larger operations where WMDs are involved). [again my emphasis]
Imagine your anti-Cultural Marxist neighbor, that young man down the street who listens to Rush all day, who gets his 'news' from Fox, who thinks that Glenn Beck speaks factually; who heard Pat Buchanan say that Breivik's analysis was right on, it was his actions that were wrong; who is frustrated because pretty white girls fuck black men instead of him; who thinks girls who won't talk to him at a bar are snobs who don't understand their place in the world (these last two are actually the concerns of the document, not mine)). Then ask yourself how much you trust that he will never decide that you are, in fact, a legitimate military target.

This has always been the climate I live in. I know for certain that some of my neighbors already see me as a target. I know for certain that one of our neighbors here in Knoxville gunned down 'liberals' in church, in part because those 'liberals' took his woman away from him. I know that shortly after that, a couple of men in clan outfits paraded in front of the same church. I know that we spent tens of thousand of dollars to protect the 'right' of Nazis to march on Market Square. I know that women, fags and queers are routinely threatened or attacked in this town (for instance a queer couple's house was burnt down, and a gay bar burned under suspicious circumstances).

Breivik's document and propaganda of the deed is a call to action by a very smart, thoughtful and analytic person. He is no nutter. What we do in response will determine the future of this country and the world.

Breivik's image (of himself) of a Justiciar Knight

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