Constantin von Hoffmeister on The Stark Truth

A few years ago I rediscovered some of Constantin von Hoffmeister’s old national futurism manifestos and essays from 2004-2006, which were gathering dust on some long forgotten webpages and forums. I found his views were in many ways similar to my own. Having grown weary of arguing with neoreactionary tradcaths and southern holy rollers, I welcomed the idea of National Futurism as a kind of secular, futuristic oriented nationalism my cohorts and I could get behind. At the very least, I thought the writings were interesting and should not be lost to the world. I asked Hoffmeister for permission to repost his old material, and he gave it to me. I created a National Futurism website to house NatFut related articles essays and books. Since then, there has been a resurgence of interest in National Futurism, with Robert Stark and others even taking it upon themselves to create a National Futurist political party in the US.

Constantin von Hoffmeister has been around the scene forever. He has always been known as an entertaining writer and eccentric figure in these dissident political circles, but in recent years has become more prominent. He runs the Eurosiberia Facebook group and recently gave a speech at the Identitarian Ideas conference in Stockholm.

Stark and I had the chance to interview Hoffmeister on a recent episode of the Stark Truth. The interview can be found here:
http://www.starktruthradio.com/?p=3913

Topics:

Constantin’s National Futurist Manifesto
How Futusim captures the Faustian Promethean nature of Western Man
Taking a materialistic over spiritual outlook toward identity
The Italian Futurist who wanted to re-create the glory of Rome in a futurist setting
The Dada movement, and Constantin’s flirtation with the concept of National Dadaism
The concept of Eurosiberia and Imperium Europa
National Bolshevism, Eurasianism, and Aleksandr Dugin
The European Migrant Crisis, and why Constantin is pessimistic about his home country Germany’s future
Why Constantin views Islamization as Europe’s primary threat, but America as a rival
How the election of Trump has improved Constantin’s view toward America
Constantin’s support for Israel and Secular Arab Nationalism as a bulwark against Radical Islam
The Cultural effects of Communism on East Germany and Eastern Europe
The Faustian Imperial Nature of Brutalist Architecture
Le Corbusier’s Plan To Overhaul Paris
Using Le Corbusier’s ideas to redevelop decaying suburbs into garden cities
The glitzy Neo-Brutalist Architecture of John C. Portman Jr, and his inspiration from the Champs-Élysées
London’s Architecture, Ernő Goldfinger’s Brutalist towers, Centre Point, and the BT Tower
The Bauhaus White City in Tel Aviv, Israel
Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and Mid-century modern
The Palace of the Soviets proposal in Moscow
The Russian Futurist movement
1970s Soviet futurism
New Arbat and Cyberpunk in Moscow
Constantin’s experience in India, and Le Corbusier’s Chandigarh, India
Constantin’s Poetry

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Strange Bedfellows – Defending Milo

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Robert Stark, Pilleater and I discussed the recent Milo controversy on The Stark Truth. The episode is available, here.

I hate having to write an article like this. I’ve never really been a fan of Milo (and have written so quite clearly in the past.) People who prioritize or spend a lot of time obsessed with political issues relating to what depraved activities they can or can’t do sexually, have always kind of annoyed me. Really, of all the problems in our society that could require attention, that’s what you chose to devote your activism to? Your dick?

Anyway, I’m just going to go ahead and say it…

Milo never defended “pedophilia.” It’s ridiculous to suggest that he did. In the video interview in question, he’s discussing teenagers. Pedophilia applies only to prepubescent children. Whether or not someone is legally a “minor” in a particular has nothing to do with these classifications. Age of consent and what constitutes a minor vary widely among different countries. In any case, debating the subject of attraction and consent relating to post pubescent or sexually developed minors cannot be construed in any way as being the same thing as “advocating pedophilia” (which would involve a conversation about pre-pubescent minors.) That a great many people are too dumb or ignorant to comprehend such distinctions, shouldn’t be Milo’s problem.

Now, to those who would accuse me of  just “splitting hairs” or claim that I’m talking about a distinction without a difference, I can only say that words mean things. Definitions matter. Categorizing ideas accurately is a critical component of civilized discussion. I can already hear people saying “Whatever. It’s all degeneracy! You sound like pedo apologist! Blah Blah Blah.”

Well, think about this…these same individuals are the ones who often complain that people mischaracterize them as Nazis, white supremacists, when they are merely white nationalists, race realists or in some cases even civic nationalists. “Whatever you’re all nazis! Trump supporters are all nazis. Bannon is a white supremacist! If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck..!”
Of course, we all know a civic nationalist is not the same thing as a white nationalist, and a white nationalist is not necessarily a white supremacist or even a biological race realist for that matter. When you claim that Milo was “defending pedophilia,” it is as ignorant and absurd as when the media labels some basic bitch republican like Paul Ryan a white supremacist. It just isn’t true. I don’t want to hear these people complaining next time they get categorized as Nazi KKK members just for advocating for a moratorium on immigration from the third world. “Like what do you mean, dude? Don’t you see how ridiculous and autistic you seem by insisting that people accurately characterize your views? What’s that? You say you’re not a white supremacist or neo Nazi? You’re just an ‘ethnonationalist?’ Haha, as if that makes your opinions any less disgusting, you Nazi apologist.”

Part of what has always attracted me to dissident politics was the willingness to honestly explore any topic relating to biology, human nature, or psychology, no matter how socially taboo. When some AltRight person says “I don’t know how anyone could defend Milo or his remarks at this point. The things he said were simply indefensible,” I have to wonder where their self awareness is. Do they not realize that the average person thinks their views and statements on race realism are just as indefensible (if not more) than Milo’s expressed opinions on age of consent? Indeed they don’t. Didn’t people say the AltRight could no longer be defended after the NPI “Roman salute” controversy? Look, if someone holds what you deem to be a disturbing opinion that runs contrary to your values, the solution is simple. You can disagree with them and state your case.

I suspect though that there are other things in play here. Milo has made a great deal of enemies and often talks a lot of shit. Therefore, people see it as an opportunity to settle old personal scores, and they salivate at the prospect of finally skewering him and getting revenge. This may be a good short term strategy, but I don’t see it playing out well long term. Anyone that unfairly has their lives ruined by the media for simply stating “weird” opinions, requires defense whether we like them or not. Though I admit Milo is easily unlikable, and I was never much of a fan of his obnoxious shtick or faux edginess, I relate to him slightly more now that he’s become genuinely ostracized and alienated like the rest of us.

Rabbit Returns (to The Stark Truth)

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After a long hiatus, I returned to do a few episodes of The Stark Truth. I decided a while ago to cut back on the number of podcasts I was doing. The show had started to move in a direction that wasn’t really aligned with my political goals and began to feature guests and topics that were outside the scope of my interests. I just don’t like participating in episodes if I have very little to contribute to the topic that’s being discussed, or if the guest being interviewed is someone I don’t like, and I feel as though I have to be polite (because it’s not my show) and not let the discussion descend into Morton Downey Jr territory.

Having said that, I still enjoy doing the podcast and will try to be on occasionally if they invite me, and I feel I have anything to add to the discussion. Robert and Pilleater have greatly improved the audio quality since the days when I was a co-host, and it no longer sounds like everyone driving through a car wash or caught out in monsoon dust storm.

Anyhow, here is a link to my rather uneventful “Rabbit Returns” episode, where we discussed a themeless assortment of innocuous and obscure topics.

Listen here:
http://www.starktruthradio.com/?p=3740

A Time Beneath the Surface

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I’ve seen a lot of morons on social media celebrating and encouraging political violence against people like Richard Spencer. The consensus among them seems to be something along the lines of “We can’t let this happen again. You saw what happened last time when we stood by as fascists rose to power. We can’t allow these people to have a public platform. They must be relentlessly attacked.” It isn’t surprising that they think this is some innovative or amped up approach, given how superficial most people’s knowledge of history is (Edward Gibbon spent decades of his life studying the fall of the Roman Empire in order to get a complete picture of just that one historical event.) I myself spent a couple of years obsessed with the Vietnam War, reading everything I could get my hands on that covered the subject, and I still feel like I only scratched the surface (maybe I’ll write more about this sometime.)

In any event, far from being an innovative or effective approach, the people encouraging violence are retracing the same steps and ironically are facilitating the expedited rise of nationalism. You always hear people talk about the Brownshirts and the Blackshirts as being these villainous thugs and bullies, jackbooted, Clockwork Orange level sadist gangs in uniform roaming the streets, terrorizing innocent people. Though they were made up mostly of normal working class people, 70 years of relentless post-war propaganda has mythologized them into monstrous legions of evil bogeymen. Yet you rarely hear people talk about why these groups were created. The reason why groups like the Blackshirts were formed in the first place was because nationalists were being heckled and attacked at their rallies. It was determined that protective groups had to be formed to prevent the rallies from being violently disrupted. Watch the 1967 interview below with Oswald Mosley, and tell me we’re not watching history repeat itself before our very eyes:

I doubt most of the people celebrating the gutless sucker punch on Richard Spencer have any clue what historical forces they’re re-unleashing. I doubt most of them would even know who Oswald Mosley was if they heard his name. The framework of most Americans’ understanding of WW2 history appears to be primarily shaped by Indiana (((Jones))) movies and a few weeks of hearing about the holocaust in school.

To get an idea of what we’re possibly headed toward, David Hines recently offered up an excellent Tweetstorm on the potentiality and form of future political violence in the United States. The only issue I would take is that he slightly overemphasizes the left/right paradigm in my opinion. Most major corporations endorsed Hillary. Democrat and Republican have become dated labels and are in the process of being redefined. Identity politics has proven to supersede mere class concerns. Wealthy CEOs who send jobs overseas and outsource are championed by the left so long as they promote non-whites into high positions in their companies and donate to social justice causes. Meanwhile, poor or middle class whites are vilified and now apparently even considered fair game targets for violence if they have they hold the “wrong” opinions on race, gender or just happen to be wearing a Trump hat in public. The divides seem to be more accurately pro-white vs anti-white, globalism vs nationalism or even pro-west vs anti-west. These three separate divides are intertwining to condense confused battle lines. It would seem that any white person who favors restricting immigration and promotes a protectionist trade policy will simply be categorized as far right from now on, no matter what their positions are on other issues.

Just to wrap things up, I support Richard Spencer, and I’m doing my part to move away from all the “factioning,” infighting and signaling, in order to better assist those that are out there taking the heat from people who hate all of us.

Strike a Blow Against Global Cubicle-ism!

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So I admit I’ve never been much into the donations racket, and I find it somewhat ridiculous when I see someone with a Patreon that has numerous devoted fans pledging to give like two thousand bucks per youtube video a person makes. I can understand if you’re involved in a project that requires expensive production or animation, as well as frequent travel accommodations, but if you’re just a dude that sits in front of a camera and rants for 15 minutes about subjects that won’t get you fired from any job in corporate America….demanding thousands per video seems seems kind of lame.

To quote Ray Bradbury once again:

Either you love what you’re doing, or . . . Look, I wrote for years, and I wasn’t paid. My love carried me through all those years. I sold newspapers on the street corner. When I was twenty-two, I was making ten dollars a week. When I started making twenty dollars a week from selling stories, I quit selling newspapers. You’re either in love with what you do, or you’re not in love.

I’m perfectly content with just barely scraping by if it means I get to do what I’m passionate about and be as weirdly creative as I want with the content I create. We live in an age of corporate censorship and the prospects for me ever being able to have a high profile normie job again (even if I wanted one) become incrementally bleaker by the hour. In fact, the paradox we face in dissident political and artistic communities is that the more prolific and prominent one becomes in the circles, the more isolated and ostracized they are from opportunities in the outside world. In the end, it’s simply a gamble. Can you go “all in” and still survive while being true to yourself, or do you keep your mouth shut and keep your head down, quietly collecting your direct deposit from the cubicle mafia? No offense to the actual mafia, (which I went through a phase of wanting to join after seeing Goodfellas in the 7th grade.)

Anyhow, if you have enjoyed the content on this site or any other sites and projects I have been involved with, I would appreciate a small contribution for my work. Even if you hate me and are pretty much disgusted by everything I say and do, but you still respect the spirit of free speech and are fed up with corporate busybodies enforcing ideological litmus tests of any kind on potential employees….well feel free to contribute a few bucks. Maybe someday you’ll find your opinions have run afoul of what’s publicly acceptable, and you’ll need someone to have your back. I’ll be there for you either way.

I’m not looking for thousands of dollars or anything, but it would be helpful to get my message out (or any message out) if you were to contribute at least a few dollars. I lead an incredibly minimalist lifestyle, so I don’t need much to subsist, but I do need something occasionally. I’m not even going to be that dude that’s like “you guys better start donating if you want me to keep updating this site.” I’m not even pretending to be offering you anything of significant value or some special content you absolutely can’t live without…just throw me a bone.

Ways you can contribute:

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The AltLeft “Tea Party”

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I know what you’re thinking, but no, I don’t mean “Tea Party” in the sense of the happy meal conservative movement that emerged in the early part of the Obama administration. Nor am I referring to anything relating to the Boston Tea Party or the American revolution.

I’m talking about the AltLeft and how for me it has come to resemble the tea party in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1972 version of course!) This film was always on HBO in the mid 1980s, even though it came out in the early 70s. I believe the reason they began to re-air it in the 80s was because the star, Fiona Fullerton, had grown up and re-emerged as a Bond girl in “A View to a Kill,” which came out in 1985.

Anyway, when I first got involved with the AltLeft about a year and a half ago, in my mind it was always meant to augment the AltRight, not outright oppose it. It was a way to view and examine the affects of multiculturalism and political correctness from a cultural and economically left lens as well as from a secular and futurist perspective rather than the radical traditionalist, socially conservative one that dominates right wing circles. In other words, recognizing the implicit whiteness that underpins the identities of progressive cities like Seattle or Portland, and asserting that it must become explicit to some degree in order for those places to maintain their culture, aesthetic and quality of life. It was to put forth the idea that someone can be pro-white without the albatross of traditionally conservative culture, pre-modern aesthetics, capitalist economics, or widely accepted republican historical dogma (“the 60s were bad,” “Vietnam draft dodgers were traitors,” “McCarthy was right,” “I hate modern architecture” etc.) If you hang around right wing groups for any period of time, you’ll find they have an assumed historical narrative that informs many of their beliefs. I say “assumed,” because they just take it for granted that everyone who agrees with them one issue such as race also accepts their historical framing of a wide range of other issues, such as economic systems, religious beliefs or aesthetic preferences (just as someone on the “left” might assume that anyone who supports trans rights and raising the minimum wage automatically accepts the idea that racial diversity is always a good thing.) Not everyone buys the package deal.

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Unfortunately, the AltLeft has instead attracted a wide range of bizarre characters, each with their own zany ideas about what the AltLeft should represent. Many of them never read any of the original manifestos that I or Robert Lindsay or anyone else wrote or bothered to do any research. They just started using the term like they’d started a new band without checking to see if some other band was already using the name. That would be understandable if this were the pre-internet days, but it seriously only takes like two seconds to Google. Others actually did thoroughly read this site and somehow managed to come to the conclusion their peculiar ideology was compatible with mine, despite it being a complete mystery to me what exactly was the point of agreement. The AltLeft has come to attract all kinds of eccentric personalities, each one adhering to their own pet belief system. Worse than that, many have joined the AltLeft for the purpose of militantly opposing the AltRight, which is something I never intended to do (hence the reason I still use the tagline “the left wing of the AltRight.”) Though I disagree with him on a few ideological points…I happen to support Richard Spencer and I have defended him numerous times when certain squeamish (and often prudish) factions as well as a few prominent figures of the AltRight unsuccessfully tried to throw him under the bus.

So when I interact with other people in the incoherent “movement” known as the AltLeft, it feels a lot like the sitting down at the tea party in Alice in Wonderland. It’s a group of outlandish castouts, contrarians and vagabonds that have little in creatural commonality other than their politically idiosyncratic tendencies and behavioral eccentricities. Part of me finds this demoralizing, wondering why I ever bothered going down this rabbit hole and whether I can just climb out and forget the whole adventure. Yet the other part of me just embraces the gathering of this zany cast of characters for the sheer chaos that it is unleashed, as we bounce off the wall ideas past each other and revel at the sight confounded normies that stumble into our world.