by Prof. Kevin MacDonald
As the editor of The Occidental Observer, it has been my great pleasure to post many of the essays by Michael Colhaze. To begin with, I must confess that I attempted to get Michael to write in the typical journalistic/social science style that fits my background and is characteristic for TOO articles. But Michael is foremost a painter and poet. His writing has a rhythm and a feel all of its own, and I quickly realized that it would be silly to try to change it. It is truly amazing that he, as a native speaker of German, is able to write English prose in a manner that flows so beautifully.
Michael’s essays on the history of art, including its descent into the depths of depravity in the 20th century as a result of the machinations of what he calls the Peddlers of Ugliness, are among the finest I have ever read. One thing that has struck me is his use of the despicable and talentless Lucien Freud as a particularly telling example of the disaster of 20th-century art (see Lords of the Ring and Romantic Commitments). Freud’s paintings are sheer ugliness— disgusting images that repel the eye. The fact that intentional depictions of ugliness—of paintings deliberately designed to offend the eye—have been successfully pawned off as great art is perhaps the most telling accomplishment of the Peddlers of Ugliness.
As an evolutionary psychologist, I accept the view that our aesthetic sense has been importantly shaped by our evolutionary history. Michael would say it has been designed by God. But there’s really no difference. We delight at the well- formed image, the beautiful human body. Our aesthetic sense is part of our very nature.
So it’s no accident that we thrill to the paintings of Botticelli—Michael’s exemplar of the heights of the Western artistic tradition. The fact that this tradition has been all but eradicated in the contemporary art world is yet another indication of the decline of the West into something that would be virtually unrecognizable to previous generations.
We have become the culture of ugliness—and designedly so. And accompanying the culture of ugliness is a culture built on lies.
In the social sciences, we see truth (e.g., eugenics, the reality of race and race differences in traits like IQ) held up as falsity.
In the area of political influence we see patently true statements, such as the overwhelming influence of American Jewry on U.S. foreign policy (including the war in Iraq and the looming war with Iran), held up in the mainstream media as grotesque examples of anti-Semitism and off limits for anyone who aspires to political power (WikiLeaks Leaks).
We see vicious attacks on anyone, such as Vladimir Putin, who is deemed as not favorable enough to Jewish interests (Of Russian Gangstas). We see financial manipulators like Ivan Boesky, Michael Milken, Lloyd Blankfein, George Soros, and Richard Fuld getting off with little or no penalty (Age of the Psychopaths).
We are aware of the reality of Israel as an apartheid state bent on ethnically cleansing the Palestinians; and we see expressions of Jewish superiority and enslavement of goyim emanating from entirely respectable Jewish sources in Israel (Letter from Camp Croc). Such statements are ignored by the Western media where Diaspora Jews feverishly promote multiculturalism as a model for the West while upholding Israel as a beacon of democracy and liberal Western values.
Anyone who dissents from our contemporary utopian fantasies about the boundless benefits of multiculturalism (Green Mould) is subjected to shunning, personal hostility, and, if at all possible, loss of employment.
Finally, I want to mention Michael’s German identity (To be a German). The 20th century is a story of the decline of German power. From dominating Central Europe and with robust Diaspora German communities in Russia and in large swaths of Eastern Europe, German culture is today little more than the culture of the Holocaust. It has become the culture of a degraded and defeated people, constantly bombarded by messages of guilt and unable to withstand demands that it surrender to the multicultural invasion. In that regard, Germany is like the rest of the West, only more so. Michael Colhaze lived through the war, and he presents a poignant story of survival and a deep understanding of the consequences.
The propaganda machinery continued for a while [after the war] at full pelt, presenting Hitler’s Germany to the world as a nation of aggressors, gangsters, murderers, barbarians, collaborators and petty criminals, to name but a few, and in short the beastly Hun of old who had fully deserved his terrible fate.
History is written by the victors, and even those who knew better clenched their teeth, shrugged, thanked God for their miraculous survival and busied themselves with clearing away the rubble. While those who were already duped into believing their implicit guilt thought it a reasonable price for a full belly and tried to look forward and never backwards again.
History is indeed written by the victors, and a fine example is the disgusting Winston Churchill as he was presented an award by the Germans in a city where his air force had killed countless civilians. I can only agree with the comment of Michael’s mother: “This man is responsible for the death of millions! What has happened to the world? Have we all gone mad?!”
Yes, we have. The ability to create artistic merit that completely violates the natural aesthetic sensibilities of normal people and the ability to generate the many lies that form the basis of the culture of the contemporary West show the awesome power of our hostile elites. For such people there are no limits, and that is a horrifying portent of our future. Michael Colhaze’s essays are a wonderful entrée to this world of manipulation and lies. I highly recommend them.
Some comments gleaned from the TOO commentary on Michael Colhaze’s TOO Essays
You are an excellent writer. You take an idea and with words paint a picture in my mind. Thank you. Helvena
I don’t believe I have ever read anything quite as beautiful as Mr. Colhaze’s writings. It is poetry. A poet sees life, its beauty and ugliness, its cruelty and injustice – and sees the noble spirit within Cultural Man. Heather Blue
These oblique fairytales aren’t worth the time it takes to read them. Rob
Your articles are an absolute treasure. Ciaran
I am in awe of this writer, as many are and many more will be, if exposed to his art. Phillip N.
Mr. Colhaze is a remarkably observant commenter, a writer of rare sensitivity, a profound thinker, and — unless appearances have completely deceived me — a genuinely good man. Pierre de Craon
This is one of the best blogs I have ever read! I understand this clearly and can relate to this plight. Thank God some of us still understand the Truth! Matthew Smithers