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December 1972
No.6

CULTURE

We have so often used the word "culture" that it may be useful to define what we mean.
One of Webster's definitions is "the concepts, habits, skills, art, instruments, institutions etc. of a given people in a given period; civilization"; it also lists "culture" as "the training and refining of the mind, emotions, manners, taste etc."
In other words, "culture" involves the inherited concepts, traditions and inclinations of the particular people from whom you derive: your ancestors.
We are of the Western Culture; before us there have, in historic times, been seven High Cultures. Yockey lists the Egyptian as the first one, followed by the Mesopotamian, the Indian, the Hwan-Ho Valley, the Arabian, the Classical (Greco-Roman) and the Mexican-Peruvian.
All of these High Cultures have started with a concentration of ideas and energy, an expression of ambition and purpose and a will to form; these intellectual qualities mold themselves into a purely spiritual organism.
Each such organism has its own individual Culture-soul; it takes nothing from the other cultures and gives nothing to them. If an idea seems to be taken over by one culture from another, this is only apparently so; actually it is re-shaped and adapted to conform with the spirit of the proper culture-soul.
As far as that particular culture-soul is concerned, whatever is on its frontier is foreign, whoever is not absorbed into the culture is an enemy and a barbarian.
When our Western High Culture was formed, Western ships sailed the Seven Seas and Western explorers traveled to "the End of the Earth". Simultaneously, within the culture itself, the soaring lines of the Gothic cathedrals expressed the surging spirit of the times and philosophers and scientists slowly began unlocking the secrets of the soul and of nature.
The Culture-soul shaped for its own expression the nations of the West. To each it gave individuality, so much so that each in time thought it was a culture in itself, instead of being merely part of a High Culture.
The previous cultures have gone through certain noticeable stages, which also can be recognized in the development of our own.
There has in all High Cultures been a tendency to move from Faith to Reason. -- Yockey maintains that the cultures reach

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their highest point with the Age of Nationalism. At this point, Money allied with Rationalism contests for the supremacy over the Life of the Culture with the forces of Nation, Tradition and Religion. And so also in Western Culture. Subsequently the upholders of the culture-soul become subservient to an idea -- The State; Politics moves into the centre, new economic schemes are developed in order to support the politicians and the old Private Enterprise system merges into an industrialized economy. -- At the end of this path stands a ghostly and terrifying idea: Centralized Power.
When Rationalism and Money triumph over the traditions of Religion and Authority, -- when Intellect overshadows Instinct, then the culture has reached the "civilization" stage, as Yockey calls it. This is the period when life is directed by materialism and technical greatness; when giant corporations dominate and the public is held at bay by armed forces; -- when the inner life of religion, philosophy and art is overruled by the external principles of politics and economics; -- when there is strict control of symbolism and when feelings of cultural unity are thwarted.
All the Cultural Energy that previously has gone into the inner creation of thought and religion, of philosophy and science, of the great art forms, now goes into the outer life of economics, politics and the idea of power prevails in the highest places.
The wisdom that comes from the knowledge of the organic nature of a High Culture gives us the key to events, taking place before our eyes. It can be applied by us and our actions can thereby become significant as distinguished from the opportunistic or haphazard efforts of ill-advised persons who would try to turn Western civilization back in its course because stupid heads are incapable of adjusting themselves to the New Spirit of the Age.
The knowledge of the organic nature of a High Culture is simple and profound. -- Since a culture is organic it has an individuality and a soul. Thus it can only temporarily be swayed from its path, but cannot be influenced in depth from any outside force whatever. It has a destiny and a life cycle like all organisms. Because it has a soul all its manifestations will be imprinted with the same spiritual stamp, and because it has a soul this particular culture can never come again, once it has passed.
Since we are an integral part of the Western High Culture and imbued with its culture-soul, we cannot stay detached, but must take part in the power struggle whether we like it or not. Neutrality is no longer possible, our only choice is, as Yockey puts it "to participate as subjects or as objects."

 

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LOYALTY


What does it mean to be loyal?
There are many aspects to this question: What is its nature? How do we measure or judge it? What we shall be concerned with in this short treatise is: How does loyalty arise: and when may we expect it of people?
I think there are really two bases for loyalty. They come from different sources and give rise to slightly different obligations. I shall call these "contractual" loyalty and "natural" loyalty.
"Contractual" loyalty has some similarity with the commercial contract. The essential aspects of commercial contracts are that parties to them (1) enter, into them voluntarily; (2) agree on certain fairly well defined (though not always explicit) conditions and reciprocal obligations; (3) have the right to set aside the contract by mutual agreement; and (4) understand that the failure of one to fulfill his obligations will give the other recourse against him. It is never an implicit condition of a contract that the "reciprocal benefits" be equal to both parties, nor that they be the best possible benefits for either party. Of course the terms of a contract may be vague, allowing disputes to arise.
A good example of a contractual loyalty is that of an individual to his trade union, professional association, or to his employer. The reader will no doubt recognize that many loyalties are of a deeper nature than that.
"Natural" loyalties can at the same time be more complex and emotional than contractual ones, and yet they are very often of a simple and direct nature. What I call "natural" loyalties may impose very complex yet vague obligations

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on the people involved; they are often neither entered into voluntarily, nor can they be set aside by mutual agreement.
Benefits of natural obligations, especially material benefits, may be entirely one-sided. No basis exists for setting aside the obligations, such as parent-child relations and the natural loyalty among members of a family, clan, or tribe, existing in virtually all societies. The basis for these natural loyalties lie in the non-rational values of man as a member of the natural world. The "terms" of natural obligation and loyalty vary somewhat among the many human cultures, but this is not an argument for the non-existence of such obligations, even though it is commonly used by liberal dogmatists in the social sciences. The fact that men of every culture have recognized certain obligations and loyalties as natural, i.e. not questionable or open to negotiations, is existential proof of the reality of these natural loyalties, even though they may differ from one culture to another.
At this stage we might look at the problem of loyalty to one's country, which is a question raised quite often in recent years because of the many Americans who have evaded their country's conscription laws. -- By "country" we of course mean "state." There are actually two types of states insofar as this distinction is concerned, though it may be hard to choose a category in some individual cases. On the one hand there are "natural" states, or nations; and on the other there are "contractual" or constitutional states, which more correctly could be called unions or confederacies.
An excellent example of the first type is Japan, a nation-state in which virtually all the people share a common cultural and racial heritage. The United States on the contrary, is a state established on certain philosophical and constitutional principles, her citizens are of many and incongruous origins and she is therefore in the latter category. The Soviet. Union is another contractual state, although it could be argued that the Russo-Ukrainian peoples are so dominant as to make the U.S.S.R. a nation-state. Pakistan was a contractual state with the common bond of religion, but without other cultural ties. The European countries are still mostly nation-states. The point is that in a nation-state, people are bound by a natural loyalty which may be subjected to far greater demands than might be expected of citizens from a "contractual" state.
The problem of American "draft-dodgers" and the proclaimed low morale of United States troops in Viet Nam is of crisis proportions in that country. Putting aside the very important question of the righteousness of the war in the abstract sense, we can consider the problem of loyalty. Many Americans, especially the so-called "Middle-Americans" conceive their country as a nation-state; the common European background most of these people share, creates in their mind the idea of a "natural" loyalty and obligation to their country. Nevertheless, the American Republic is a contractual-constitutional state in form, and of even more de facto importance is the acceptance of the many people of extra-European culture that has rendered the emergence of an American nation-state impossible.We must therefore concede that the American draft-dodger is not constrained by the same loyalty/obligation as a native citizen of a nation-state. If a draft-dodger believes that the Viet Nam conflict is contrary to the spirit of the American Republic as embodied in its Constitution and Declaration of Independence there may be an argument for his reluctance to serve. In Britain, on the contrary, where the phrase "My country, right or wrong!" was coined. this argument becomes much less relevant.
I should allow at this point that natural loyalty to the nation-state does not mean unquestionable obedience to the leaders of the moment. It may occur that the leaders represent only a small oligarchical minority, or perhaps their personal self-interests, but then it is the leaders who are disloyal to the nation.
The main point in this discussion is that there is no substitute in political affairs for the shared cultural and racial history of a people.
When common ancestry is absent we cannot expect the citizens of a contractual state to be united in the same natural loyalty as a people would be who share their cultural heritage.

 

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IF YOU AGREE WITH
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BY ALL MEANS
DRIVE A FORD

 

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ACTION


Lest we should be misunderstood, let us here in the 6th issue of THE ODINIST restate our purpose:
During the last ten centuries Christianity has been the dominant religion in the Western world and throughout this whole period Western man has suffered spiritual malnutrition; he more or less willingly accepted religious attitudes which were foreign to his inborn characteristics, little by little he therefore lost his spiritual identity and is at the present time drifting helplessly back and forth on the strong current of atheism and collectivism.
It is our ambition through the Odinist publications to provide to those whose instincts are not yet completely destroyed, an acute awareness of their cultural heritage; we will do this as best we can through stressing the uniqueness of Western man's ancestry, bringing pertinent information which has not been taught in our biased schools or brought forth in our slanted news media, and by any other means available.
We believe that when people have become aware of the tremendous spiritual force which lies in the emotional experience of finding one's intellectual roots, -- a coming-back-to-life feeling -- they will instinctively take action; they will realize that the present order (or disorder) of things will have to be changed, and they will understand the importance of extending this awareness of identity to all who are able to under stand destiny-thinking.
But we are NOT going to organize it for you; issues vary from country to country and from province to province; -- YOU will have to decide what is most important in your area. We have great confidence in the intelligence and imagination of Odinists; we are positive that you will know what to do and when to start. Each person has special abilities, inclinations, and opportunities, and it is up to each individual Odinist to make the best possible use of these. As soon as you realize the importance of your ancestral heritage and understand the problems at hand, you will be so strongly motivated that you will find ways and means within the laws of your country to further your ancestors' religious beliefs and to strengthen the cultural awareness of our people.
And may the wisdom of Odin and the strength of Thor live in you!

 

Birka


During the Viking Age one very important trading center was the town of Birka; it was situated on an island in one of the large Swedish lakes, not far from Stockholm. It was governed by an assembly (a thing, or ting) and protected by walls, the remains of which easily can be seen to this day.
It is not quite clear why this particular location was chosen for the town; there may have been several reasons, but it seems that one was the fact that in those days foreigners were fair game. If you for instance killed one of your fellow-citizens you would have to pay "blood-money," but if you killed a foreigner it didn't cost you anything. It was therefore hazardous for foreign traders to venture into Sweden so if the king wanted trade with other countries he would have to offer a certain degree of protection.
In most towns and districts the laws were handed down from old times by word of mouth, and it would be hard even for the king to change these. The island on which Birka came to be located was lodged between three of the major districts and had originally very few inhabitants. New laws could therefore be imposed easier and the island was so close to the king's court that he was able to give protection in the form of armed men to all the foreign tradesmen coming to Birka. The island was also well protected from the outside through an array of small islands where now the city of Stockholm is stretched out.
Archaeologists have found many and varied objects in excavated graves, proving that traders from near and far came to Birka with their wares to barter and bargain, and goods changed hands on a scale that can hardly be imagined.
Birka's main period of importance seems to have been from year 700-800 to 950-1000 in our time reckoning; many objects have withstood the thousand years or more to prove that trade was carried out not only with countries like Germany and Ireland, but also with far away places like India and Egypt. But even so, not all merchants were welcome; only those who were known to bring goods of fine quality were allowed; the others were not given guides ("pilots") on their journey through the treacherous skerries for only honest traders and good merchandise were wanted at Birka.

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MAN AND HIS GOD

2. What is God?

 

Each man represents the gods as he himself is: the negro as black and flat-nosed, the Thracian red-haired and blue-eyed; and if horses and oxen could paint they, no doubt, would depict the gods as horses and oxen.

Xenophanes

When we realize that God is not a matter of belief but one of awareness, we may understand why the question,"What is God?"does not pertain to God but to man. Obviously, horses and oxen do not have a god. Lacking the capacity of human comprehension, they can neither conceive the existence nor form a concept of either the universe or of God. Whatever the time-spans of the universe, it existed totally unaware of itself. Not until life had evolved consciousness did the universe become awareness -- in the mind of man. Not until then did God become awareness -- in the soul of man. But awareness is a spectrum of the whole complexity of human life in all its variations. Hence to understand any of the innumerable God-concepts, we must first understand man. For each concept is a revelation of a different capacity, both as to kind and degree, of human awareness.
Ask any Christian how to find the "true" God and each will avow his own belief as the only way leading to his discovery. Yet none are in fact dealing with God but with a concept, and differences in belief are no indication of truth or falsehood but of method, not of divine but of human order.
Equally so, when men speak of God as being dead, they are merely declaring their alienation from a God-concept or total unawareness of God. Their state of belief in no way attests to or affects the existence of God.
For God, in relation to man, is neither matter nor person, but an experience in awareness. Can we say of life that it is a thing or a person? We see its manifestation in a leaf, an ant, in horse and ox and in man. We do not understand its nature but cannot doubt its existence. Neither do we understand God as a form of existence, but in natural law we see the variants of his will which as substance will forever remain beyond our grasp.
Do we believe in life, in natural law? To an intelligent being this, too, is not a matter of belief but of awareness. Neither ox nor horse could be concerned with it. Moreover, human awareness has obtained indubitable proof of the existence of the universe, macrocosmic and microcosmic. But science, by the very extent of its marvelous insights into phenomenal reality, has stated its limitations. The realization is dawning, ever more insistently, that the inner reality refuses to be corralled into the glaring light of rational exactitude exemplified by the laboratory. It can be known only by that science which is of its own nature: philosophy. Here there are no instruments, no cramming of data; here knowledge is imparted to the soul through the exaltation of awareness to its highest level: the super-conscious. Yet it is open to a crucial test of truth: its insights must agree with scientific truth. The balanced perfection of the universe must be equally balanced in the awareness of man.
Do we "see" the overwhelming experience that in a poet transcends the narrative of his epic, in a painter or composer co-ordinates immortality with time

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and space, in an inventor lays bare the outlines of a seeming mystery? Of course not; yet here is life at the peak of awareness -- drawing sustenance from the overall forces of creation. Here man becomes one with God in a manner consistent with the God-nature: gloriously free from all bonds of physical awareness, released from the fetters of time and space, absorbing insubstantial knowledge that will become the substance of his noblest thoughts, his finest deeds, through the mysterious process of "inspiration."
This state of awareness is possible only, of course, where Western man has achieved total integration of all levels of consciousness within himself and rediscovered his own identity. For, as Xenophanes clearly recognized, man's religion is an equation of the man-god identity.
This is not easily recognized in today's chaotic "social" existence, where men have neither awareness of self nor of God. It can be perceived more readily in tribal societies that once lived or are still living in an unadulterated form of selfhood. In his childhood days, how else could man perceive God but in semblance to the world of his senses? Thus he indulged in image-making.
God became a thing, a person, a spirit, the personification of good or evil. Where man lived in terror of nature, his gods were of a supernatural order; where he was unafraid but wise rather than knowledgeable, religious concepts found expressions in mythologies. All images or concepts of the Godhood, however, are. attempts by reason to harness the infinite into human dimensions and render concrete what forever flees rationalization. The image or concept thus created therefore does not reflect God but the creator of the image and his spiritual-intellectual state of development.
Obviously, there is no universal God-concept. It appears rather, if we are guided by historical and cultural evidence, that the God-insignia is imprinted on the plasma of heredity together with the coded insignia of the total genetic personality of race-organisms, not as form, of course, but as potential in principle.
This is why Christianity could never achieve universality. The Jehova-Christ-Holy Ghost figures, not representative of any indigenous concepts, met stiff resistance everywhere. To give an extreme example, not only as to the effects of baptism, but to illustrate the gravity-pull that causes misdirected God-searchers ever to return to the center of a given identity, let us cast a glance at the Congo.
As the heart of Africa, isolated for thousands of years, it evolved a cult in true conformity with its own nature. Grounded in fears of the unknown, it teemed with spirits lorded over by a tyrant god-figure, with whom the living dealt through magic, witchcraft and rituals of extreme cruelty. In the 15th century, Portuguese explorers attempted to Christianize the Congo and about 1,500 Blacks were baptized (with a hose by a Jesuit). 400 years later not a single Christian remained; all had gone back to their native god-beliefs.
The efforts to Christianize the West were more consistent -- and more cruel. -- Modeling Christ in the image of a "Thracian," usurping the high festivals of free tribal Europe, even burning and torturing millions of "heretics" did not exterminate the underground movement in search of God as an inner awareness, gradually guiding us to our present state of philosophic insights.
Having come to see God as an experience in awareness we have not only given up all images of a personal God; we move away from God as a concept as well. We identify God along two aspects. One: By such things as beauty, love, values of valour and virtue, justice, truth. It is these that transcend with glory the practical and material versions of life, -- from the sleeping rock to the vibrancy of a bird in flight, from the golden ray of the sun to the white crystal of a snowflake. It is these that are the genuine intoxicants of life, that infuse bleak reality with light and warmth, drudgery with sparks of joy, and, in a permanent state of God-awareness, make a paradise of earth. For these are the attributes of the Godhead as experienced in man; hence no less accessible to reason. than is God. We cannot know God except through our inner self, nor have full awareness of self except by being aware of God. Therefore, we cannot dispute the gods of other races. Interdependent with their own gods, they are subject to the same laws, each an entity in the man-universe-God complex of their subconscious-conscious-superconscious a-

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wareness that through heredity and acquired standards of knowledge may fundamentally differ from our own.
Yet we do not thereby abandon the material world nor the laws that bind us to it. We realize that, as there are two separate aspects of the universe-God complex, there are two separate faculties to comprehend it: mind and soul. Thus we are now at a stage in our culture where we can see the universe and ourselves totally integrated as to form and awareness. Nor have we deserted the beliefs of our forebears as contained in the pure simplicity of their mythology. On the contrary, it is from such biological-intellectual-spiritual origins that we have developed our present elevation of awareness and gained a deeper insight in to their wisdom.
For this reason it is with considerable nostalgia that we harken back to the Winter Solstice that thousands of years ago made the "tree" into the center of the Festival of Light. Yet, despite all modern commercial manhandling, it is heartening to see that the pagan custom has survived even if its ancestry is not recognized; and that more and more it outrivals the deification of the "Christ-child."
We wonder: is it only the glitter on the tree that stirs human hearts at Solstice time, or does it betray a subconscious yearning for a Light of greater magnitude, remembered from times of long, long ago?

 

Yes, Virginia --

YOU CAN FIGHT CITY HALL.

One of the most disturbing aspects of our society today is the defeatist attitude many people display. They, of course are aware that all is not well, (they are uneasy, - they would like to know why everything is changing for the worse year after year,) but many of our kinsmen cannot put their finger on the reasons for this sorry situation.
They try to rationalize, to explain away, to put their heads in the proverbial sand pile. The reason for this is primarily not that they cannot be bothered or that they do not want to change things. Most often they harbour a feeling of dejection, the unhappy resignation that comes from the idea that it does not matter whatever you do (or do not do) nothing is going to change anyway; a feeling of doom which the Christian church has foisted on unsuspecting Western man through preaching tolerance, meekness and the inevitable punishment of Original Sin.
People therefore have accepted more or less that whatever happens to them, they deserve it. This is the most discouraging effect of two thousand years of Christianity, because it keeps people in a stage of fear and slavery, and it creates the perfect climate for ruthless "one-worlders" to demand subjection of the once proud and dignified Western peoples.
The Odinist viewpoint teaches every person to stand up for what he thinks is right, to have the courage of his convictions and not to be afraid to buck the current.
If you don't want your teenagers falling prey to the drug culture, come out and say so, don't be shy, your neighbors most likely don't want their teenagers involved with drug pushers either.
If you don't want your seven to eight year old taught all the ins and outs of sexual intercourse, let the schools know about your feelings and get together with other parents who are equally concerned.
If you balk at being sent to sensitivity training before your next promotion, don't think something is the matter with you, it's the boss who is on the wrong track.
Do not be afraid of being accused of "over-reacting," it is a lot better than doing nothing when your cultural heritage and the mental health of your children are at stake.
Granted, you might be smeared by the leftists, but do not worry, that is our "mark of excellence;" also granted you'll have to get off that TV chair, and you might even miss a hockey game, but I will tell you it is worth it. When you begin to fight for your cultural heritage,what you are really doing is preserving your precious inheritance for your children; and do not think that our collective efforts will have no effect; the powers that be have feet of clay; when we get enough determined people together we will have a mud slide you can't imagine.
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sions of the West; we have a duty to protect our culture from internal as well as external foes; and we have an obligation to leave our treasure, if not enhanced at least intact, to coming generations.
Let it not be said we failed!

 

AN ODINIST FABLE


Once upon a very long time ago, when the Heavens and Earth had been fashioned, when Time and Space each were assigned their part and all the animals were created, All-Father decided it was time for his most important project: the creation of Man.
One day shortly after, All-Father was walking in the Garden of Earth, deep in thoughts, planning his next move; all of a sudden he felt the magic of the summer air and, giddy with the scented winds and the song of birds, he sat down under the big ash tree in the center of Earth to meditate.
No sooner had he done so than a little sparrow came to rest on his shoulder. "Dear All-Father," said the little bird, "rumours have it that you are going to put out a new creature," and while All-Father was wondering how that story had leaked, the sparrow went on, "and it is said that this new Whatchecallit won't be like any of us, but more like yourself and that it will be able to CHANGE things." And since the little gray bird had only one thing on its mind, its life-long envy of the peacock, it continued, "if this new creature will be able to do its own thing, change its clothes, its house and maybe even Earth, I don't think that is fair at all. Why are we being discriminated against. Why can't we change our feathers once in a while? This dear All-Father, is really most upsetting!"
All-Father had not noted any dissent in the Garden of Earth, but in order to smooth things over he said: "Very well, if you can find some feathers you like, you may wear them," and to himself he thought "have I really been prejudiced when I made up my colour chart? Now, if I were a creature instead of God . . .but that's nonsense," and promptly he forgot the incident.
What the sparrow had not realized was, that he was being used by the vulture. Knowing the sparrow's jealousy, he was the one who had incited the little gray bird to protest when therefore the sparrow returned from his successful mission the vulture immediately held council with his fellow-vultures. They drummed up a huge gathering of all birdfolk who claimed they were underprivileged, and a master plan was drawn.
The first victim was the peacock; then came the swan-feather-plucking festival, after that it was the bird of paradise, and so it went. Not even the lone eagle on his lofty perch was safe from the revolt below. The more populous bird-masses were now forming a united front and, under the ruthless leadership of the vulture they wielded more power than a solitary eagle or any other rare specimen could take on. Soon there was fighting in every tree, on the water and in the air, and the whole bird-world was one dreadful mass of ruffled feathers and plucked birdskins. And meantime the vulture just sat back and enjoyed the whole show, calmly drawing up the blueprint for his next action.
Sad as this may be, saddest was however, that the little sparrow felt he had been tricked into believing that if he put on the feathers of a peacock he would also acquire the peacock's eating habits, its strong voice and other characteristics; too late the sparrow realized that you don't become a king just by wearing the crown jewels!
And even worse, extinction threatened the bird-world. No longer did one bird recognize another, -- instability and trouble ruled. Nesting was forgotten, for who would think of building nests, laying eggs and feeding-the young in times such as these? -- And never know what kind of bird might be hatched in one's own nest!
The unrest spread; soon all four-footers were in on the new deal. For certainly, they said to themselves, what's for the birds is for us too.
First the King of Beasts was dethroned and while the tiger and the leopard traded stripes and spots, the fox and the hyena were busily scheming to form a coalition government. The clumsy bear thought how much easier he could catch his fish if he first took the sword from the swordfish; and on it went. And all the time the vulture was pushing for more

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change and rapidly everybody from mouse to elephant became more and more radical and then . . . suddenly All-Father awoke.
Yes, he had fallen asleep thinking about his next project. When he realized it had only been a bad dream, he was quite relieved and pleased. Not only did all the animals still know their identity, the plants did too. The palm tree still grew in the South and the pine in the North. the apple trees still bore apples and the cocoanut tree, cocoanuts. And then he remembered: the new project . . . that was it, of course! Ah well . . . the laws of nature had been set in motion, and if man were to destroy this lovely Earth . . .Well! . . . All-Father did not relish the thought of starting all over again, but still, there were other planets -- and time enough!

 

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WINTER SOLSTICE

 

Once again it is Winter Solstice, and we experience the time of year when Nature takes a rest.
It is a happy occasion, although if you have to travel through freezing rain or slush to attend the Solstice Celebration it is not very apparent; however, please bear in mind that from now on the sun will gain in strength and send down to earth her bright, warm sunshine; Spring will soon be here and fulfill her promise of yet another re-birth of Nature.
But it is also a time when it is natural to take stock, to examine our accomplishments and appraise our shortcomings. It is a time when we wish to honour those who fell in the fight for Western identity and for the preservation of our cultural heritage; to pay tribute to those who, each in his own way, are doing their very best to insure the continuance of our ancestors' ancient beliefs.
In this city a wreath-laying ceremony was held in the month of November; it was intended not only as a remembrance of those who died on all fronts in the two world wars-to-end-all-wars (which is done on Armistice Day) but rather in a small way to commemorate all those who at other times gave their lives for our Western culture, and last but not least to show our respect for and solidarity with the living dead who rot in labour camps in various parts of the world because they dared to stand up for Integrity, Independence and Individuality.

 

UNDER ATTACK

 

A lot of things and properties we have valued in the past are under attack today. What we here, however, are mainly concerned with is the mounting psychological assault directed at the thought-pattern of, especially, our college students.
Most of the "trouble" is, of course, blamed on the parents; they do not understand; they are old fashioned; they are too busy making money, too materialistic etc. etc., "the generation gap" you know. The apologists will tell you that there has always been a generation gap, that parents always think the younger generation is going to the dogs and so on.
It is true there always has been differences between the older and the younger generation, youth is naturally rebellious and so it should be; young people should not take over opinions and values from their parents without examining them and decide for themselves if they are worth adopting.
But this examination of cultural values should be carried out without undue pressure, without biased influence, and should be free from slanted political manipulation. Earlier generations have gone through a period of creative discussions -- pondering, questioning, analysing, but, although there has been the traditional generation gap, it was never so wide that it could not be bridged. This has changed drastically, and parents find it increasingly difficult to understand their sons and daughters coming back from college, giving vent to theories and postulates with which the parents are unfamiliar and in disagreement.
No wonder many parents throw up their hands in despair and do not understand what is going on on campus.
Most of these parents are unaware of the fact, that their sons and daughters are being subjected to the most severe psychological attack ever inflicted on young people. A college student is away from home, removed from parental influence and guidance, he does not have any other stabilizing factors such as the necessity of holding a job, and he has not yet started to raise a family. In this vulnerable period in his life, he is being bombarded with Marxist-Leninist-Maoist ideologies and doctrines which-

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every way he turns; at a time in his development when he has hardly found his bearings, he is being pressured into adopting leftist theories and viewpoints and it is not his friends who are doing most of the pressuring either, it is his professors.
And they are playing dirty pool too, for the student will find that if he tries to stick to the ideas and ideals of Western culture that he has absorbed at home, his papers will get low grades, he will be told that he has not quite "matured" yet,and he will be further indoctrinated, until he "understands."
All this is being done after the best Marxist-Leninist prescriptions and with great zeal; thus it is small wonder that there appears to be an un surmountable generation gap, artificially created and promoted by "liberal" professors who have become so powerful what they today are the decision-makers; they have in fact become the Intellectual Establishment; and it takes a deep seated awareness of cultural values, a strong realization of the importance of ancestral heritage and a bit of luck to go through a college education and come out unharmed.

 

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THE ROYAL SCYTHS

It seems the Soviet leaders realize that the world did not begin with Marx and that people need to have continuity in their historian outlook; they have found it is necessary for human beings to relate to the Past.
In recent times Soviet archaeologists have uncovered important finds in South Ukraine, thus a royal tomb from the time of the Scyths has been discovered unlooted.
The Scyths were a group of tribes ruling and roaming large areas of the Russian steppe from the Carpathians to the Don River. They lived partly as nomads but were also accomplished agriculturists. They seem to have disappeared about two thousand years ago, presumably through intermarriage and conquest. They did not leave any written records behind but several historians have related numerous tales and legends about their bravery and ferocity in battle; even their women seem to have been able to handle weapons handsomely and to fight along-side their men.
They had great riches in gold and bronze, whereas jewelry seems to have I been imported, traded for grain and cattle.
There is disagreement as to the racial origin of these people; some think that they came from the East adopting Aryan customs mixing with some of the Aryan tribes in the regions they occupied. Waddell however calls them Aryan and S. C. Coon suggests a Nordic origin. This may of course never be proven conclusively.
In the meantime Soviet archaeologists are digging and piecing together information from the recent finds and comparing with what already had been known for some time. In the newly discovered grave in the Ukraine a beautiful gold ornament has been brought to light, carved with many figures of animals and people, done with exquisite craftmanship; if the piece is of Scyth origin or has been imported has not yet been established. Several skeletons were found in the grave; also household implements, various ornaments, bronze vessels and other remains have been unearthed and support the tradition told by such old historians as Herodotus.
This valuable work by the Soviet archaeologists links regions of Ukraine and White Russia with the rest of the Western world in a common ancestry.

 

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Just as we put our lives into the hands of the surgeons and physicians when they perform their medical arts, so we constantly are putting our lives, property and the future of our children into the hands of the political leaders.
Would it therefore not make sense to demand of our politicians a training at least equally extensive and thorough as that which we demand of our surgeons and physicians?

 

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