Sunday, 5 April 2009

Union of National Socialist States of Europe (excerpt)

It is our great pride that this music is first art and then the expression of power... Music is war like anything else. Make beauty from an ugly task. With fire and sword carve out a new world, a new adventure...

According to Jean-Luc Nancy, ‘Nazism ... benefited from an encounter, which was not a chance one, with a certain musical disposition’. So what if?

August 2nd, 2014 exactly eighty years since Adolf Hitler gained supreme control of Germany, torchlight parades are held in a series of European capitals to herald the establishment of the newly formed UNSSE, the Union of National Socialist States of Europe. In spite of the passionate nationalism of these countries, the union of independent states was deemed necessary, following the collapse of the old European Union, to address the catastrophic effects of global capitalism, clearly beyond the resources of single nations, and to ensure that Europe remains forever pure and free from the twin evils of liberal democracy and multiculturalism. It is the end of history and the beginning of the new European century. A new world order and a new adventure have begun. Factories all over Europe are now brimming with workers, all Slavic Volksgenosse (ethnic or racial companions) freely giving their labour, indeed their very work making them free, in the joyful spirit of the new UNSSE. Eastern Europe is one large factory out-producing Southern China. Weapons and armaments factories fizz to heavy metal versions of Beethoven and Wagner, the virile soundtrack to the UNSSE, following the example of the neoclassical metal of Apocalyptica and Stratovarius.

The long-needed cleansing action of a new world war is just beginning. America is a crumbling, economic ruin, obsessed with protecting its boundaries, but the aspirations of Russia, itself a highly authoritarian state, are uncertain and its command of resources make it a formidable competitor. Negotiations concerning a non-aggression pact are ongoing, and the fate of the Baltic States and Ukraine uncertain. But the UNSSE has been quick to seize the initiative of world leadership by making a secret alliance with Iran and agreeing to the nuclear destruction of Israel in return for oil and strategic influence. UNSSE has also increased support for the radical Islamic coup in Pakistan and its escalating destabilization of India. The axis between UNSSE and the radical Islamist states is based on their shared hostility to ‘Judeo-Christian capitalism’ and their belief that ‘true diversity comes from monocultures existing independently’. Within the borders of UNSSE thousands of R&R Camps (Rendition and Repatriation) have been set up. The first ones were established by Alessandra Mussolini’s Social Action government in Lapudusa, Southern Italy, but their benefits are such that they have subsequently spread throughout Europe many on the grounds of the old Nazi concentration camps.

Now in Auschwitz, Jews and Muslims work side by side destroying all the evidence of Hitler’s holocaust, even as the former anticipate their own participation in the completion of the final solution. While Muslims are repatriated to the Middle East, there is no longer an Israel to accommodate Europe’s Jews, so at the forced and rapid end of their natural utility they join their forebears in unmarked mass graves throughout Europe. While in the original Auschwitz, Wagner was broadcast through the camp’s loudspeakers, Jews (and increasingly Christians) prepare for death to the soothing strains of Burzum’s later work, the ‘gentle symphonies that invoke ancient pagan and mystical feeling’. Particular favourites with the camp guards are Dandi Baldrs and Hlidskjalf, the latter, ‘a retelling of the loss of hope’. These albums were of course recorded by Varg Vikernes in gaol for his acts of murder, arson, and then yet again for paramilitary activity. Vikernes was finally freed when the prison was stormed by an NSBM death squad and all the prisoners released in the manner of the Bastille. Vikernes is now UNSSE Minister of Culture and has a quotation from Josef Goebbels above his desk in his office: ‘Art is nothing other than what shapes feeling. It comes from feeling and not from intelligence. The artist is nothing but one who gives direction to this feeling’.

How did this state of affairs come about? The collapse of Lehmann Brothers on 15 September 2008 marked the beginning of what would be called only six months later ‘the greatest financial crisis in history’ (The Times). Even then, the full extent of the crisis was generally unknown or not fully comprehended. Writing of the Wall Street crash of 1987, Jean Baudrillard noted that it did not lead to equivalent turmoil in the real economy because the ‘unchecked orbital whirl of [finance] capital ... causes no substantial disequilibrium in real economies’. It was assumed that ‘the realm of mobile and speculative capital’, that risked sums well beyond the combined gross national products of even the most advanced nations, had ‘achieved so great an autonomy that even its cataclysms leave no traces’. The idea that banks and national economies might be held to account for the untold trillions of speculative dollars placed at risk was unthinkable. Yet, when the Bush administration allowed Lehmann Brothers to fall banks looked long and deep into the fathomless well of each other’s toxic debt as if into the mirror of their own doom and suffered total paralysis. National economies were called to account. And national economies collapsed. With no agreement on a worldwide fiscal stimulus, the G20 of April 2009 proved to be a superficial ‘false dawn’. The extra money promised to the World Bank and the IMF failed to address the real problem: the estimated $3 trillion of toxic debt that continued to paralyze the banks and threatened bankruptcy to the national economies that depended on them.

A domino effect ensued following the sovereign default of a series of East European states, especially those which borrowed heavily through Austria thus causing a collapse of the Austrian banking system. Hungary, Greece and Ireland followed. And as had been predicted, two weeks after Dublin, London fell. What was once the fourth large economy in the world fell into sovereign default not least because its size was so dependent on finance capital. Mass unemployment and the collapse of public sector pay and of the pension system followed throughout Europe, but especially in the UK. A general election was called which was won by the Conservative Party by a massive landslide; the old new Labour Party was wiped out, even Gordon Brown lost his seat to the Scottish Nationalists. Too late to join the Eurozone, the Bank of England had begun ‘quantative easing’ (or printing money) early in 2009 promising the rampant inflation that caught fire in 2010 causing a dramatic rise in interest rates that precipitated record numbers of re-possessions and crippling amounts of negative equity, the legacy of the housing bubble of the mid-2000s in the UK. The impoverishment of the middle classes in Britain was profound and traumatic. Panic and rage spread throughout a population that for successive generations had never known such uncertainty never mind experienced poverty.

On the continent, the Eurozone itself began to disintegrate as an effect of mounting protectionism throughout Europe, initially through individual deals seeking to protect industries or powerful lobbies and then explicitly leading to panic-ridden unilateral action. In the USA President Obama’s ‘failure to present a credible response to the financial crisis or even assemble a proper economic policy team’ reflected the Democrats’ greater interest in addressing and withdrawing from the foreign policy disasters of the Bush regime, while being stymied where ever possible by many in the Republican Party who already in 2009 had begun ‘openly expressing their hope that the new President will fail and the economy collapse’ (The Times).

As the social and economic conditions worsened riots and street fighting broke out all over Europe and America, particularly in France where it became so uncontrollable that commentators compared Paris to the early days of Weimar with left and right-wing paramilitaries operating beyond the control of central government. The situation exploded when President Sarkozy and Carla Bruni (his ‘Marie Antoinette’), long the target of French socialist hatred and Gaullist scorn for his pro-Americanism, were both murdered in a car bomb, allegedly by Islamic militants, though the cause was never proved nor properly investigated. Rioting ensued across France as hard-line elements in the French security forces in an alliance with far-right paramilitaries use the opportunity to punish and crush socialist and ethnic protesters. In response the French unions declare a general strike.

Meanwhile, in Afghanistan, the British Army had become massively over-stretched, under-resourced and some felt virtually abandoned. In a disastrous sequence of events a large troop-carrying helicopter on its way to reinforce a beleaguered platoon in Helmand Province was shot down killing all 20 soldiers on board. The platoon of 35 Royal Lancashire regiment, left unsupported, were massacred by the Taliban, causing huge riots and mosque-burning in Oldham, Burnley and Blackburn, East Lancashire towns with a large Muslim population. In Parliament, backbench Tory MPs denounced the complacency of the Cameron Government and demanded tougher action on security and an end to immigration and the internment of Islamic militants. In June 2012 a massive bomb on Centre Court during the Women’s Singles Final at Wimbledon kills the members of the Royal Box and a host of celebrities and sports and political dignitaries of the British establishment. The perpetrators are believed to be British but trained in Pakistan where attacks on sporting events and sportsmen and women had begun early in 2009. There is a massive back bench rebellion that overthrows the Conservative government of David Cameron and his louche cadre of Old Etonians, replacing it with a new generation of hardliners representing and embodying the rage of ‘little England’, the meaner, nastier sons and daughters of the petit bourgeoisie, of Margaret Thatcher and Norman Tebbit, bent on revenge and the repatriation of everything un-English and non-white. They quickly form alliances with far-right groupings active across Europe in a paradoxical pan-European alliance to bring down the European Union and revoke all its laws and its Court of Human Rights.

The fascist renaissance in Europe at the beginning of the second decade of the twenty-first century was not caused by any single event, but emerged from the swamp caused by the huge financial crisis of 2008-9. The official fascist political theorists point to the decadence of capitalism and the American way of life, of the impotence of Nietzsche’s ‘last man’, the shame of obesity, the absence of virility, feminization, the indulgence of weak and inferior races, the destruction of the natural world and pagan traditions. Liberal political scientists and complexity theorists where they still exist in small pockets in Canada, New Zealand, South and Central America talk about ‘tipping points’ and ‘non-linear transformations’ in which incidents that might normally be inconsequential become crucial in different circumstances. Effectively, a feedback loop of ‘reaktion’ between elements of what the Marxists used to call the lumpen-proletariat and immigrant communities proved the catalyst, in the context of war and international terrorism, when combined with the catastrophic financial impoverishment of the middle classes that lost all hope of recovery when key nations went into sovereign default. Unable to stem the levels of discontent, legitimate government turns to illegitimate means and forces, paramilitary groups that run out of its control, that fuel and direct conflagrations in the street. It is in these battles that the future of Europe is decided. Crucially, in the UK the alliance of government and far-right paramilitaries is able to deploy the resources of the new anti-terror laws and systems of state security and surveillance introduced by the new Labour government of Tony Blair after ‘9/11’. This advantage proves decisive; the leaders of the left are tracked down, exposed, smashed, imprisoned, the leaders of the ethnic minorities ‘rendered’ to camps and interrogation cells in less ‘enlightened’ countries to be tortured and even executed. The UK, a beacon of hope and assistance to fascist groups across Europe, made the rest, as they say, inevitable.

From ‘From Forests Unknown: “Eurometal” and the political / audio unconscious’ in tba edited by Niall Scott,