Tom Sunic: Announcing Postmorten Report: Cultural Examinations from Postmodernity

Author: Tomislav Sunic
Foreword: Kevin MacDonald
Title: Postmortem Report: Cultural Examinations from Postmodernity (Collected Essays)
ISBN: 978-0-9561835-2-1
Pages: 224
Imprint: The Palingenesis Project
Publication: 11 February 2010
List Price: £14.99
Edition: Paperback
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Tomislav Sunic is one of the leading scholars and exponents of the European New Right. A prolific writer and accomplished linguist in Croatian, English, French, and German, his thought synthesizes the ideas of Oswald Spengler, Carl Schmitt, Vilfredo Pareto, and Alain de Benoist, among others, exhibiting an elitist, neo-pagan, traditionalist sensibility. A number of themes have emerged in his cultural criticism: religion, cultural pessimism, race and the Third Reich, liberalism and democracy, and multiculturalism and communism. This book collects Dr. Sunic’s best essays of the past decade, treating topics that relate to these themes. From the vantage point of a European observer who has experienced the pathology of liberalism and communism on both sides of the Iron Curtain, Dr. Sunic offers incisive insights into Western and post-communist societies and culture. Always erudite and at times humorous, this highly readable postmortem report on the death of the West offers a refreshing, alternative perspective to what is usually found in the cavaderous Freudo-Marxian scholasticism that rots in the dank catacombs of postmodern academia.

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31 Comments to "Tom Sunic: Announcing Postmorten Report: Cultural Examinations from Postmodernity"

  1. Xanadu's Gravatar Xanadu
    February 16, 2010 - 2:50 am | Permalink

    This new book by the inimitable Tom Sunic is one I shall have to read, especially if it touches on such fascinating topics as “the cavaderous Freudo-Marxian scholasticism that rots in the dank catacombs of postmodern academia.” Well put.

    I am somewhat baffled, however, by the description of Dr Sunic’s thought as one that represents and exhibits “an elitist, neo-pagan, traditionalist sensibility.”

    Surely that an oxymoron?

    Traditionalists, as far as I know, have never been “neo-pagan”. European traditionalists (“Whites” for short) have always tended to be Christians who hold traditional Christian values.

    What type of person would describe himself as a “neo-pagan”?

    I think this description would apply to the following categories:

    1. Left-wing liberals and Jews.
    2. Hedonistic secular humanists.
    3. New Age enthusiasts who dabble in things like witchcraft and Satanism.

    None of these descriptions would apply to Tom Sunic except perhaps Number 2. But if Dr Sunic is a hedonistic secular humanist, he is hardly a “traditionalist.”

  2. AngryJew's Gravatar AngryJew
    February 16, 2010 - 4:04 am | Permalink

    Sometimes Sunic writes something worth-while, but generally, he doesn’t.

    Cannot be compared to J. Taylor or Kevin MacDonald. Sorry to break it to you. He is the problem with White movements. The Jew obsessed, Polar-centric type, who defines Whiteness in terms more exclusives than the Nazis.

  3. AngryJew's Gravatar AngryJew
    February 16, 2010 - 4:09 am | Permalink

    I’d also add, the “neo-pagan” stuff is another part of the problem. What do you want to do, say that Western and White civilization (two are the same), are worthless because they were infected by a Semitic bug?

    Sorry to break another thing to you, agriculture itself was a Semitic bug. Are you going to now proclaim mud-huts the wave of the future?!

    I mean what gives? What the hell is the attraction in something as inane, and primitive, as paganism? Are you seriously saying “One G-d, how silly!” and being even sillier? Or can you really not tell the difference between the two?

    I mean more marginalization, more cult crap. The endless recipes for listening to shit-music like Heavy Metal – whose content cannot be distinguished from Rap, and piercing your nose and letting your hair rot.

    Who do you expect to read this crap, or join your movement? Teenagers.

    Unbelievable. If you at least had a degree in the field, and had something worthwhile to say. But it’s just 19th century racist nationalism. Racist in the sense that the French butchered the Germans because they had “fundamentally different national souls”.

    Bullshit and crap. And it’s what two thids of Sunic, a pseudo-pundit, spews forth.

    Come on!!! Stop marginalizing yourselves. There are millions of normal, rational, educated white males and females out there, who want their interests to be represented, and all you can do is piddle around with Celtic totems?

    You can’t get the Jews, because you can’t even get the White female with a degree with this kind of gibberish.

  4. Geiseric's Gravatar Geiseric
    February 16, 2010 - 4:37 am | Permalink

    AngryJew: surprisingly good point(s). Stribog and Perun are simply not good enough for the 21st century.

  5. me's Gravatar me
    February 16, 2010 - 4:43 am | Permalink

    Goodness gracious, I agree with AngryJew. The neopagan stuff is non-sense and if he wants to remove/destroy Christianity from the identity and fabric of the west hes no better than a marxist revolutionary.

  6. me's Gravatar me
    February 16, 2010 - 5:06 am | Permalink

    prof macdonald:: off topic but did you see steve sailer’s article about crypto-jews in the Ottman empire/post WWI revolution:
    http://isteve.blogspot.com/2010/02/donme-jewish-converts-muslim.html

  7. Tom Watson's Gravatar Tom Watson
    February 16, 2010 - 6:26 am | Permalink

    The Jews are an ancient pagan temple cult. You can’t get anymore cultish than the cult of the Jews. LOL.

    How many pagan cults committed deicide?

  8. Neoboudica's Gravatar Neoboudica
    February 16, 2010 - 11:36 am | Permalink

    It would be nice if Sunic would come and answer the questions posed by everyone and talk about his book. I’m curious to read the book before expressing opinions about it. Rather than opinions I am sure I would be asking questions because this is difficult subject matter for me.

    angryjew is very concerned about Western Civilization and about White people out there whose interests are not being served. Yeah right.

    This is how we know there is a difference between us and that you’re not white angryjew. You don’t have to worry about the Irish and the Italian, the French or the German having problems, none have any problem assimilating and being Americans.

    We never got so involved between England and Ireland that we caused the IRA to come to America and commit a terrorist act on 9-11. We can live together quite well and no White group ever does anything to undermine or hurt America in favor of a foreign country.

    Hyphenations are used for us merely for historical accuracy and not because our differences cause problems. We will stand together when the time comes to defend the West and the people we will be fighting will no doubt be Jews.

  9. NR's Gravatar NR
    February 16, 2010 - 2:45 pm | Permalink

    It brings a smile to my face to watch indignant Christians and Jews bash traditionalists such as Dr. Sunic. Of course, the (Neo-)Pagans are more traditionalist than the Christians, or the Jews for that matter, could ever be and are simply beyond their comprehension. The Abrahamics are vulgar upstarts to put it mildly. Behave yourselves, Xanadu and AngryJew, or we shall be forced to include you in our next hecatomb.

  10. Captainchaos's Gravatar Captainchaos
    February 16, 2010 - 2:49 pm | Permalink

    Noting Sunic’s abiding admiration for and sympathy with the Krauts I’m willing to bet he is willing to give palingeneticism at least a semi-stout thumbs up, assuming it is of the life affirming variety. Which will no doubt annoy English nationalists everywhere.

  11. Xanadu's Gravatar Xanadu
    February 16, 2010 - 4:03 pm | Permalink

    NR @ February 16, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    Behave yourselves, Xanadu and AngryJew, or we shall be forced to include you in our next hecatomb.

    How have I misbehaved? I’ve been scrupulously polite and respectful toward Dr Sunic. I just thought it was an oxymoron — a contradiction in terms — for Tom to describe himself as a “neo-pagan traditionalist.”

    You can be a neo-pagan or you can be a traditionalist, but I can’t see how you can’t be both. That’s a bit like saying, “I’m a trendy, old-fashioned person! I’m so with-it I’m out of date!”

  12. Xanadu's Gravatar Xanadu
    February 16, 2010 - 4:09 pm | Permalink

    Sorry, that should read: “You can be a neo-pagan or you can be a traditionalist, but I can’t see how you CAN be both.”

  13. me's Gravatar me
    February 16, 2010 - 4:37 pm | Permalink

    NR- neo ‘paganism’ is a bunch of made up new age nonsense. Sorry your crackpots don’t compare to Luther, Thomas Aquanious, Augustine, Calvin, etc etc.. you are just as intent of destroying western civilization as any marxist.

  14. Randy's Gravatar Randy
    February 16, 2010 - 5:48 pm | Permalink

    I finished a work by Sunic recently (Homo Americanus), and from what I read I’d be surprised to hear Mr. Sunic describe himself as “neo-pagan”.

  15. Captainchaos's Gravatar Captainchaos
    February 16, 2010 - 6:47 pm | Permalink

    Um, “neo-pagan” is just a fancy way of saying that Sunic is an atheist who recognizes the role faith can play in modeling adaptive behavior for the lemmings. What he wants is for the great works of the Western literary tradition to form the canon of that faith.

  16. Barkingmad's Gravatar Barkingmad
    February 17, 2010 - 8:21 pm | Permalink

    “Agriculture itself was a semitic bug”? What is that supposed to mean? You are now taking credit for agriculture?

    As it happens, neither you nor I were there when agriculture began, but it’s generally believed that agriculture started at roughly the same time in various parts of the world, including the Americas.

  17. Verbal Origami's Gravatar Verbal Origami
    February 17, 2010 - 10:15 pm | Permalink

    Barkingmad, you know the tribe, they twist and contort things in incredible fashion in order to take credit.

  18. AngryJew's Gravatar AngryJew
    February 18, 2010 - 4:13 am | Permalink

    Anyone who thinks neo-paganism is “traditionilst” is missing the Latin vocabulary.

    NEO. As in new.

    99percent of the crap is an invention of the 19th century. If you want pagan tradition take a trip to Angola. That’s what your “pagan” ancestors looked like.

    Was Judaism itself a kind of cult. Religiously, no. Historically, one cannot argue against the volumes of evidence.

    But everyone moved on. Hopefully for the better.

    Agriculture, as far as Europe is concerned, came from the Fertile crescent, and the available genetic evidence shows that it came with a new population that displaced the locals. The drunkard types living under highways with uncropped hair, are the nomadic offspring of those disposed. White Trash we call them.

    Sunic’s work is nothing to “read first” since it is a cheap compilation of his tedious essays posted everywhere on the net.

    Of course I give the man his due – let him speak his mind and have his beliefs. But when the future of Whites is at stake, he is not helping us.

  19. Barkingmad's Gravatar Barkingmad
    February 18, 2010 - 9:36 am | Permalink

    “99percent of the crap is an invention of the 19th century. If you want pagan tradition take a trip to Angola. That’s what your “pagan” ancestors looked like.”

    That is why it’s called “neo”: intelligent people KNOW that you cannot return to your traditions completely, only to a degree. Nothing wrong with that as far as I can see. You know – reject the unsuitable stuff from the distant past, and retain what’s right for today. Of course one could argue that what we are today is all of a piece, an omelet that can’t be unscrambled. All grist for the mill.

  20. Andrew's Gravatar Andrew
    February 18, 2010 - 1:06 pm | Permalink

    @AngryJew
    “Anyone who thinks neo-paganism is “traditionilst” is missing the Latin vocabulary.”

    My take is that Dr. Sunic believes that the West would benefit if a new pagan-type religion replaced Christianity. The new religion would incorporate the warrior traits of the Old Ways. This is something I disagree with strongly, as I am a pro-Christian.

    “99percent of the crap is an invention of the 19th century. If you want pagan tradition take a trip to Angola. That’s what your “pagan” ancestors looked like.”

    This is beginning to become a common theme for you, AngryJew. You are convinced that the Europeans were sloven barbarians living like animals, while your beknighted herdsman ancestors lived a life of high culture. I will take my valiant barbarian warriors over your wandering sheep herders, thank you very much.

    “The drunkard types living under highways with uncropped hair, are the nomadic offspring of those disposed. White Trash we call them. ”

    The anti-White theme continues. European ancestors no good, Jewish ancestors good.

    “Sunic’s work is nothing to “read first” since it is a cheap compilation of his tedious essays posted everywhere on the net. ”

    The anti-White theme continues, but this time targeted against pro-White authors. Tom Sunic no good. Kevin MacDonald no good (from your other comments).

    “But when the future of Whites is at stake, he is not helping us.”

    Ah, a new theme! No, wait, its the same old one, Tom Sunic no good.

  21. Justin Huber's Gravatar Justin Huber
    February 18, 2010 - 3:06 pm | Permalink

    Wouldn’t “neo” be a word derived from Latin, the language created by the originally pagan Romans? Who, by the way, also conquered Judea and destroyed Solomon’s temple.

  22. me's Gravatar me
    February 18, 2010 - 3:47 pm | Permalink

    i think angry jew has a point, without a Christian ethos, there is a good chance that infanticide and other barbaric practices would still be commonplace -as they are in Non-Christian (and to be fair non Muslim) parts of the world – for example China and India – both non-monotheistic – it is not uncommon to kill newborn daughters.. . Is it a coincidence that the more secular the more likely one is believe in late late term abortion which amounts to infanticide? is it any coincidence the more secular the less fertile and more decadent (like the Etruscans and late empire romans)

    Justin: Your point? do you have any?

  23. AmusedEuro's Gravatar AmusedEuro
    February 18, 2010 - 10:19 pm | Permalink

    Captainchaos

    “neo-pagan” is just a fancy way of saying that Sunic is an atheist … [who] … wants … the great works of the Western literary tradition to form the canon…

    If that is the case, I would hope they would spend more time telling us heroic stories about the classical gods and heroes, and less time attacking Christianity.

    If this is your battle, the battlefield is art and literature. Tell us parables about Zeus, and paint us pictures of the pantheon.

  24. Xanadu's Gravatar Xanadu
    February 19, 2010 - 3:13 am | Permalink

    Captainchaos: “Neo-pagan” is just a fancy way of saying that Sunic is an atheist who…wants…the great works of the Western literary tradition to form the canon of that faith.”

    AngryJew: “Anyone who thinks neo-paganism is “traditionilst” is missing the Latin vocabulary. NEO. As in new.”

    Justin Huber: “Wouldn’t “neo” be a word derived from Latin, the language created by the originally pagan Romans?”

    Please note the following:

    1. NEO comes from the Greek word ‘neos’ (= new). ‘New’ in Latin is NOVUS.

    2. “Neo-pagan traditionalist” would seem to be a contradiction in terms, given that traditionalists hold to the values of the past — the mores and wisdom of our ancestors — whereas “neo-pagan” definitely connotes the new-fangled and the hedonistic, i.e., the rejection of Christian mores and traditional values.

    Which ever you look at it, the phrase “neo-pagan traditionalist” is nonsensical. Or else, to give Dr Sunic his due, it’s some kind of ingenious paradox to which only Dr Sunic is himself privy. (And he’s not letting us in on the secret!)

    3. The difference between NEO-PAGANISM (= the new paganism) and PALAEO-PAGANISM (= the old paganism) is that the new pagans wear makeup and jeans and enjoy promiscuous sex with condoms, whereas the old pagans smeared their faces with woad, wore gowns and togas, danced round maypoles, practised phallic worship, witchcraft and satanism, and had sex without condoms. Oh yes, and the old pagans drew sexy pictures on cave walls, from which they derived their kicks, whereas the new pagans prefer getting their jollies from internet porn. Subtle difference, you see.

    I hasten to add that I’m not suggesting Dr Sunic himself conforms to this description of a “neo-pagan” — he would obviously reject that idea out of hand.

    What I’m saying is that the average person who would describe himself (or herself) as “neo-pagan” nowadays is usually a hippie type who dabbles in things like astrology and the occult.

    When I was Number 9 Adepta in a Witch’s Coven in my early twenties (I had to supply my own broom), we witches and our warlock (Lord Maximus Weirdo) would describe ourselves as “neo-pagans.” We were extremely proud of that designation. It allowed us to do exactly as we pleased, free from the trammels of traditional morality.

    Our motto was the Satanist slogan: “DO WHAT THOU WILT”.

    I’ve put all that behind me, thank God — youth is the time for such follies. I’ve learnt since from bitter experience that the values of our ancestors, derived from aeons of experience in the School of Suffering, are the values we should cleave to and live by.

  25. me's Gravatar me
    February 19, 2010 - 6:52 am | Permalink

    If that is the case, I would hope they would spend more time telling us heroic stories about the classical gods and heroes, and less time attacking Christianity.

    Amen. Like Alan Dershowitz’s “judism” it their neo-paganism seems to be defined as hatred of Christianity .

  26. Captainchaos's Gravatar Captainchaos
    February 19, 2010 - 11:59 pm | Permalink

    “If that is the case, I would hope they would spend more time telling us heroic stories about the classical gods and heroes, and less time attacking Christianity.”

    Personally I don’t give a rat’s ass about Christianity so long as one’s adherence to it doesn’t compromise the interests of our race. Do right by the race, and after that, to each his own.

  27. Lucy Skipping's Gravatar Lucy Skipping
    February 20, 2010 - 2:05 am | Permalink

    Captainchaos: “Neo-pagan” is just a fancy way of saying that Sunic is an atheist who wants the great works of the Western literary tradition to form the canon of that faith.”

    AngryJew: “Anyone who thinks neo-paganism is “traditionilst” is missing the Latin vocabulary. NEO. As in new.”

    Please note:

    1. NEO comes from Greek, not Latin.
    NEOS = NEW in Greek. NEW in Latin = NOVUS.

    2. “Neo-pagan traditionalist” is a contradiction in terms. Traditionalists, by definition, hold to past traditions. (There’s no such thing as “present tradition” or “a future tradition”.

    3. “Neo-pagan” definitely connotes the new-fangled and the trendy; it also connotes the earthy hedonism associated with paganism. It therefore constituutes a complete rejection of Christian mores and traditional values.

    Conclusion: “Neo-pagan traditionalist” or “Traditional neo-pagan” is a contradiction in terms. It’s like describing oneself as “an old-fashioned trendsetter.”

  28. February 21, 2010 - 4:25 am | Permalink

    I came accidentally across this site and was shocked by all the anti-Pagan comments I read here. As a Pagan, I respect all other Religions, and I would like that other people could respect my believes. I do not think that any Religion is the ultimate truth. All have their flaws, because all are made by man.

    Now saying that Paganism is “as intent of destroying western civilization as any marxist” like was said here can just come from someone who doesn’t have the slightest idea what Paganism is all about.

    Or should I be happy that there was no comment yet which said that Pagans are some loonies that run naked around a fire once a year … ;)

  29. barkingmad's Gravatar barkingmad
    February 21, 2010 - 5:54 pm | Permalink

    “Heathen” is a better word. It doesn’t have the slimy connotations of paganism, neo or otherwise.

  30. November 6, 2010 - 5:16 am | Permalink

    TY for the useful info! I would not have discovered this on my own!

  31. Paul's Gravatar Paul
    March 29, 2011 - 6:41 pm | Permalink

    Everyone denouncing Tom for his ‘neo-pagan’ sympathies must first learn what real Paganism actually is. The sort of Paganism Tom is talking about is not rituals, fire-breathing, witches, magic, Covens, Druidic practices or ‘nature-worshipping’. It is Nietzschean, elitist and healthily ethno-centric. This essay by him is particularly insightful : http://aryanfuturism.blogspot.com/2006/10/dr-tomislav-sunic-on-paganism.html

    If one would like to read more on the New Right’s criticisms of Christianity and advocacy of Pagan values and weltenshauung I highly recommend Alain de Benoist’s ‘On Being a Pagan’ which is particularly good for those wishing to find out the origin of the New Right’s criticism of Christianity as archaic Bolshevism. Also, ‘Against Democracy and Equality’ by Tom Sunic which has recently been republished by Arktos Media.

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