To fight the Empire is to be infected by its derangement. This is a paradox: whoever defeats a segment of the Empire becomes the Empire; it proliferates like a virus, imposing its form on its enemies. Thereby it becomes its enemies.
This will probably be the most ambitious series of articles so far for me, tying together as it does a whole wealth of material both new and old to me and to AB
The theme is very much in keeping with the Dick quote above, and hopefully the end result will be illuminating. Along the way we’ll check in with Islamic fundamentalism,and how it relates to the controversial ‘traditionalists’. With Julius Evola, El Duce, Hitler, the real meaning of ‘luciferianism’, Rudolph Steiner, Alien Archons, and my favorite whipping boy, the would be messiah “maitreya”. But since it’s topical, we’ll start with Al Qaeda, and Sayyid Qutb.
if you haven’t had a chance to watch The Power of Nightmares yet, go here since BBC seems to be having some ‘trouble’ with theirs. This’ll give you a nice intro to Qutb, and his reasons for disdaining the modern west.
Qutb is not identified as a ‘traditionalist’ as such by scholars, but it’s clear his motivations were very much in line with his precursors in Europe. In his own way, filtered through his own prejudices, Qutb saw very clearly the crass, materialist, superficial aspects of modern western culture. These days we tend to take this critique of western culture more seriously, so it’s not hard to imagine that Qtub saw the possibility of reality tv, ‘shock and awe’, cultural and moral decay, and spiritual vacuity, that while shocking to the 1950’s, is now our everyday reality. Indeed it is not hard to imagine Qutb saw all the horrors of our archon infested, counter initiate ruled society coming a long way off. We may not agree with his response to it. I know I don’t. But it’s hard to argue with the diagnosis of decay, now that we’ve seen how right he was. Qutb’s conception of Jahiliyya would be familiar to any gnostic. Same false consciousness, different name.
These are all serious questions and we can’t just dismiss the critique of our civilization as the freedom hating rantings of some ‘terrorist’. If we cannot take a critical look at our society, we’re no better than any other dogma cult. We need to ask ourselves if the unfortunate ‘side effects’ of liberal democracy are not really systemic features built in by the same old ruling class who claim we’re all ‘equal’ in the eyes of the law. A ruling class which only differs from the old in that they no longer have any social contract making them responsible for the poor. That, and they’ve managed to generate a more spiritually bereft, and materialistic society than ever before.
So perhaps we can make some allowances for old Qutb wanting to inspire the people to overthrow their unjust rulers. For wanting political authority tied to spiritual authority. Especially since his primary bugaboo was the CIA backed Gamal Abdel Nasser in Egypt.
It seems his time in jail radicalized Qutb’s politics somewhat, and that’s a theme we’ll see again. An intellectual critique colored by the dirty dealings of fascists, spooks and torturers. It’s hardly suprising that being smeared in fat and stuck in a cage with savage dogs would inspire Qutb to violence. It’s an unfortunate flaw in much conservative/traditional thinking that when lacking a compass in perennial wisdom, it often slides easily to reactionary conservatism, or outright fascism. Why that might be, we’ll discuss later.
Shortly before his execution, Qutb was able to inspire Ayman Zawahiri who was to become mentor to none other than Osama bin Laden. By that time, the desire to inspire a political vanguard became the pretext to murder the civilians that were originally supposed to be liberated from ‘false consciousness’.
The rest of the story is old news to the parapolitical crowd by now. Afghanis, CIA, false flag terror, pakistani ISI, manufactured terror events. 911, and now July 7 2005.
So, while it may seem alien to us now, and far removed, when we see Secret organization Group of al-Qaeda in Europe. We’re really seeing a critique of the empire, one of many, infected with that same derangement.