Rock and Ice – 2

By Christopher Zoukis  Image courtesy aryan-buddhism.blogspot.com-

His real name was Giulio Cesare Andrea Evola, aka Baron Evola, aka Julius Evola.  When he died he was seventy-six years old, had never married, had no children and no remaining family.

Born in Rome into an aristocratic Sicilian family, Evola inherited enough wealth to make him independent.  A natural yet ultraistic intellectual, after participating as an officer of artillery in the Italian Army in World War I, he sought out the eccentric isms of his era, becoming part of the Futurist movement, which he quickly discarded.  Dadaism was his next depot; its meaninglessness inspiring his poetry, essays and paintings. 

Soon though, Evola decided that even the meaningless nothing of Dadaism was corrupt, since it was being cloned and marketed to the general public.  In protest, he stopped painting and writing poetry, limiting himself to prose alone. 

Seeking the newest new-thing, he immersed himself in soi-disant (so called) spiritual studies, which had assumed the grandiose name of ‘supra-rationalism.’  This mystical nonsense appealed directly to the elitism of his mind.  He believed he had found illumination in the esoteric books he purchased and devoured.  Books on the occult, alchemy, magic and Eastern mystical studies, such as Lamaism and tantric yoga.

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James von Brunn Goes Off the Deep End

By Christopher Zoukis

The lunch hour was almost over.  It was hot and humid.  People walked back to their places of work, eager to get out of the heat and into air-conditioned buildings.  Eighty-eight year old James Wenneker von Brunn steered his car into a parking place near the 14th Street entrance of The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C.  It was June 10, 2009.  James von Brunn / Image courtesy sezginalay.myblog.it

Von Brunn double-parked his car.  It didn’t matter, because he knew he wouldn’t be coming back.  The car would be towed.  Then it would sit in some impound yard, waiting to be claimed.  It would never be claimed.

The old man got out of the car and walked toward the building.  He carried something long and slender in his right hand.

Seeing the elderly gentleman approaching the entrance, Stephen Tyron Johns politely opened the door and held it.  Johns was a museum security guard.  His job was to protect the premises and all those in it.  Johns liked his job and he liked people, so he instinctively held the door open.

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The Heresy of Christian Identity

By Christopher Zoukis

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, 50 new right-wing militia groups have been formed in the U.S. in the last two years.  More than a few of them are located in Alaskan cities.  For example, the Second Amendment Task Force in Fairbanks boasts 7000 members.  All of who carry guns and rifles on Saturdays and Sundays, when they’re not at work.  These groups post speeches and combat exercise videos on YouTube.  The speeches promote fear and spread extremist propaganda, while the combat exercise videos advance violence as an alternative.  Most of these groups claim to be Christians.  And many of them subscribe to the beliefs of Christian Identity.  Image courtesy www.kingidentity.com

The April 2009 murder of three police officers in Pittsburgh was perpetrated by a white supremacist, whose personal belief system was based on the doctrinal tenets of Christian Identity.  The cop-killer was afraid he was going to lose his right to “keep and bear arms.”  And Political Research Associates – a Massachusetts think tank – states that right-wing extremists are responsible for nine murders since the election of President Obama.

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Will Science Exterminate Mankind?

By Christopher Zoukis

In the 19th century, Thomas Love Peacock, the author of numerous social satires, made the following observation.  “I almost think it is the ultimate destiny of Science to exterminate the human race.”  Approximately one hundred years later, having just witnessed the power of an atomic explosion, a famous physicist made a similar observation.  The physicist’s name was Robert Oppenheimer.  He said, “I have become death, the destroyer of worlds” (Sherwin 501).

Both men believed that Science, if left to its own devices, would probably annihilate mankind.  Many others agreed, while still others disagreed.  Literature is replete with end-of-the-world scenarios, in which humanity is responsible for its own demise.  And of course, Hollywood picked up on the theme, producing myriad apocalyptic blockbusters.  These books and movies reflect a simple proposition, that of cause and effect.  The effect is the extermination of the human race.  The cause is Science run amok. 

Science is responsible for thermonuclear weapons, bio-chemical weapons, the slow destruction of the ozone layer, and the pollution of the earth.  And even worse horrors are on the horizon.  Science is already engaged in genetic experiments, bio-engineering of foods, time-space travel, and promises that nanotechnology will soon be a reality.

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