Violence, myth and mysticism as heterogeneous forces


Let me present to you a number of poetically beautiful statements from Georges Bataille’s Programme of Acéphale. For academics today an intruiging ‘historical’ document, for us a huge source of inspiration. We must not forget that Bataille truly captured the accelerationist spirit, the spirit of speed and violence of the early 20th century.       

Georges Bataille:

“I assume  the function of destruction and decomposition, but as an accomplishment not as a negation of being.

Take upon oneself perversion and crime, not as exclusive values, but as integrated with the human totality.

Affirm the value of violence and the will to aggression insofar as they are the foundation of all power.”

The Enlightenment regarded the human animal’s inborn cruelty and his will to aggression as ‘primal’ and ‘atavistic’, and from that moment onwards Western man should have become a most moral, ‘civilized’ and elevated being.  From that moment onwards destruction, decomposition and crime were to be seen negative and inhuman acts and therefore banished.  Together with this ‘ethical turn’ the West had to be desacralized as Nietzsche’s statement ‘God is dead’ was seen as a sign to get rid of religion and mysticism. This all in favour of the human and exact sciences. Violence suddenly  became a relict, a bestial trait, though still present and dormant in the human psyche, one was convinced that  it could tamed and treated through various kinds of psychological therapies[1]

Nietzsche however taught us about the Eternal recurrence, an unconditional and eternal ‘yes’ to whatever happens as the wheel of birth & death, creation and destruction, Fire & Ice is turning round and round; the Ouroboros biting its tail and guiding the path of the Sun through the Alchemical Seasons.  This is essentially a Pagan[2] awareness: a connexion with Nature, the Heimat and the Cosmos.

Thus we can state that decomposition and destruction have always been part of the Cosmos & Nature, and although self-consciousness separated us from Nature, man is confronted throughout his life time with birth and death[3], creation and destruction. Modern ‘civilized’ man, of course, regards this as an utter negation of the beauty of Being: according to the ‘humanist’ Being is no longer a Divine gift. Being has become man’s invention and it is up to him to control Being.  Man has killed God and has taken his throne, and thus humanitarian ethics have become the new dogma. 

Bataille however was intrigued by an exalted vision which he shared with Nietzsche, in whom he saw a Dionysian madman proclaiming humanity’s “maddest and most infinite possibilities, aimed at “life and thought transformed into a festival”.[4] He saw those dormant cruel forces as pure Evil and luckily untainted by a humanist or an ethical drive. As an a-Gnostic, Bataille recognized the emanation[5] of a pure Evil, as fiery forces of evolution & change, and in his criticism on modernity, Bataille was not ashamed to glorify these powers[6] and seek for their revival through a new religion based on Sovereign Violence and Sacrifice. Even more than an accomplishment of Being, we could add that these ‘blackening’ forces[7] transcend our mundane being itself, and prepare the re-connexion with the perrenial realms of the  Sacred or the Numinous. 

As Bataille witnessed the pre-war society in Europe he saw nothing but an ever-growing homogeneous society[8]. ‘Useless’ elements were ‘locked up’, and taken out of society in order to protect it from harm: murderers, madmen, occultists, alchemists, the insane, antinomian and decadent artists, prophets, cult leaders, strong leaders were frowned upon and some locked up. Everyone and everything needed to have a proper purpose within the democratic[9] framework. We can see that today’s liberal society is faced with exactly the same situation and even worse: digitalization has even emphasized the need to be a useful element, and if man does not want to fit in, robotics will take his place. More than ever technics (Spengler) have become dominant.  

The unwanted elements, such as madman, poets, prophets, kings, emperors, sadists, are  called ‘heterogeneous’ because they are impossible to assimilate. Bataille states:

Violence, excess, delirium, madness characterize heterogeneous elements to varying degrees: active, as persons or mobs, they result from breaking the laws of social homogeneity.” and he continues a “heterogeneous reality is that of a force or shock.”

From the point of view of the Antinomian/Sinister Sacred:  every hermetic act is a heterogeneous one, as it does not comply with the useful standards of the homogeneous society. The Sinister represents those acausal forces which cannot be reckoned with in a rational manner: it simply is a reality that shocks, that transcends and destroys the mundane order, and it represents, with the words of Bataille,”‘something other”, “incommensurate” and they cause a shock as energy flows from the acausal to the causal causing a shock wave.

On a higher level, that of a civilization and its society, Bataille realized that something had to change:

the society was in dire need of “a force that disrupts the regular course of things, the peaceful but fastidious homogeneity powerless to maintain itself”. A force that disrupts the status quo; a most Sinister Force that breaks laws and is able to unleash “knowledge of a heterogeneous reality as such to be found in the mystical thinking of primitives and in dreams.”

And Bataille knew instinctively that this force could come from “the transcendent, heterogeneous nature of fascist action”. Bataille was captivated by fascist aesthetics, its violence and irrationalism.[10]  

Bataille’s view on violence is furthermore characterized by its Sovereignty[11]: sovereign means non-utilitarian and this contradicts the modern-day idea of utility, usefulness, a material enslavement of the masses (bread & games-approach). Violence in this respect is not ordained by a human ‘need’ or ‘goal’, but is ordained by the Divine and is, because of its esoteric essence, most Sadistic. A Sadist authority uplifts itself, and is devoid of any humanitarian needs. It is one of the darkest Forces ever imagined. In the Sinister Tradition these Forces are attributed to the acausal. At first the forces unleashed by (proto-)Fascism and National-Socialism were non-utilitarian, most savage and together with their aesthetics and their occult background these forces could be seen as direct manifestation of the acausal, shock or a force disrupting the homogeneous. For Bataille Hitler and Mussolini at first embodied ‘something other’. [12]

After WWII Bataille and the other adepts of L’Acéphale were highly disillusioned in the utilitarianism of the fascist movements and their emphasis on industrialism.  Bataille however was intruiged by the SS and the mystical elements of their school and training centres. We cannot deny the persistent mystical and non-utilitarian elements of proto-Fascism and proto-NS (valorization of myth the non-utilitarian use of violence, the sovereignty of everything martial, the exaltation of a pure Origin, the destruction of Hubris, an anti-civilization[14] ethos, the importance of the Heimat and its traditions). Evola was attracted to these elements as well.

Like Heidegger Bataille believed in the possibility of a Resurrection of the tragic community, a community infused by the Sacred in which man as Dasein does not play a dominant role. The Fascist State however became a well-oiled machine, a most Apollonian construction totally devoid of  ‘tragic’ elements, and as a Dionysian revolution, as an aeonic Event[15] these antagonistic forces were soon evaporated.  

We must therefore learn from it, and seek out these Mythical and Sovereign elements that have always been present, and which still belong to the history of our Abendland. These elements are not lost, for they are still lurking beyond the threshold. But we must be strict and keep in mind the lessons learned: totalitarian ideologies are capable of, namely capturing a Sacred Event and turning its heterogeneous elements into a dominating and homogeneous Weltanschauung. This all in the service of some utopian belief in human progress for the sake of humanity alone.

The Sacred violence, the myths and mysticism of our European history mean so much more, and they transcend our being here on Earth. The mythical elements of the West will always prevail because they keep on recurring eternally. Civilization are born and they die, nature has its seasons, the Heraclitean Fire enflames the European Spirit again and again…  As future tribes of the new European Imperium it will be our solemn Duty to treasure and worship the forces of the Heterogeneous and only by doing so we will effectively become, once again, authentic embodiments of the originary European Spirit.

Sal und Sieg!

Von Sanngetall

[1] Foucault studied the rise of biopolitics and the psychological studies formed an important part. Man’s behaviour was rationalized and became fully understandable.

[2] Derived from the Latin: Paganus. David Myatt refers to the concept as well. Paganus means ‘from the countryside’ / everything related with farmers and those working/living in the countryside. Thus the Sacred connexion with one’s homeland, one’s Heimat.

[3] Man’s Dasein is a Being-towards-Death (Heidegger) and one should accept this nobly.

[4] A. Irwin, Saints of the Impossbile, p. 23

[5] Bataille’s Gnostic vision has its origin in the Alchemical Prima Materia, which Bataille calls ‘Base matter’. ‘Base matter’ is a form of black energy which contaminates and turns actions and material into taboo. It is a source of pure Evil, a kind of Evil which cannot be understood as a human category. It is a kind of evil beyond ethical lines.

[6] The academic world therefore accuses Bataille of Fascist’ affinities. Bataille does sympathize with some elements but he remained most critical of the instrumental and polticial neopaganism as employed by the ideologues of the Reich.

[7] With the term ‘blackening’ we refer to the Alchemical stage of the Nigredo.

[8] By homogeneous Bataille meant  a ‘productive’ society, with civilizians doing their duties, being useful and serving the growing industrial and capitalist system.

[9] Our critique of the democratic system is exactly this: democracy defends the greater good, the popular voice, the most economical, the homogeneous. Through its parlimentarianism everything is reduced to opinions and votes. Mediocracy is luxuriating. Of course, we do not defend any totalitarianism for this is the most radical form of a homogeneous society: the other is totally excluded, killed, … We have no choice but to await a possible Palingenesis through which a tribe-like way of living might re-appear, might see the light again for mankind is not made to form organizational forms such as nation-states and the like. These become either ‘democratic’ or ‘totalitarian’. They both exclude ‘the other’. 

[10] For Bataille and Conservative Revolution war plays an important rol because it ” dissolves the principium individuationis: the principle of subjectivity on which the homogeneous order of bourgeois society—a world of anomie and fragmentation—depends.” Like Bataille we emphasize that “general movement of life is […] accomplished beyond the demands of individuals.”. Of course, like Jünger Bataille aimed at an non-utilitarian interpretation of military combat. A most romantic point of view, but one that elevates the warrior above mundane men and women. The warrior becomes one of the principle castes of European traditionalism. “For similar reasons, Bataille praises unreservedly those premodern “warrior societies in which pure, uncalculated violence and ostentatious forms of combat held sway. Under such conditions, war was not subordinated to the vulgar ends of enterprise and profit—as in the case of modern-day imperialism—but served as a glorious end in itself.” (Wolin 2004) This is the type of combat that is honourful and based on strict rules and efficiency rather than profit. This kind of war is not a mechanical kind and its violence can be seen as an art form, for instance the esteemed warriors of the East. 

[11] Sovereign means ‘non-utilitarian’ and this contradicts with the modern-day idea of utility, usefulness, a material enslavement of the masses. Bataille’s of ‘sovereign’ is thus a most aristocratic one.

[12] Jung and Serrano attributed specific powers to Hitler as well. A most sinister force embodied him and this ignited the force.

[14] Civilization as seen as a form of co-existence, of being-with-others, a caring-for-other in which an overly big emphasis lies on ‘the civilized’, the one who seemingly has been freed, cured from violence, from bloodshed, from War, from murder and so on. The birth of the fascist movement exactly lies in this ethos, this will-for-Violence but it ended in a most regulated state according to race, birth, … In the end a most Apollonian state with a heart of darkness.

[15] We refer to the philosophical interpretation of the Event as a historical moment in which subterraenen forces re-emerge due to the circumstances, due to the specific occult Nature of these circumstance. We regard our civilization as something organic, as something which has a consciousness as we do, for we do not regard the human species as something ‘special’. Energy flows through us, and we as a combination of particles, transmit energies as well. The civilization which we form as a whole has a specific occult energy as well. Such a theory, such an idea is of course seen as heretical for this means that through heretical means aeonic changes can be brought about.

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