Wednesday, April 17, 2024

The Pagan Art of War


Today we are told that it is time to abandon this very ethic. So that we can better wage the coming wars.

Marek Jurek

Marshal Wiesław Chrzanowski1 always warned us that we would yet come to fight not only the atheist left, but also the pagan right. I didn’t really want to believe this, especially since writers of the type of Alain de Benoist were then considered rather eccentric. And even when one of America’s leading neoconservatives, Robert Kaplan, proposed that “for the sake of waging future wars” we should change our ethics from Christian to pagan, I didn’t take those words seriously either. And now the ideas are traveling under thatched roofs.

The TV show “Vikings” and “Vikings: Walhalla” are not only acrimonious anti-Christian propaganda, in which Nordic superhumans are magnificent, even when they murder, and Christians are repugnant in their weakness, even when they are murdered. It’s also an impressive apotheosis of paganism. Human sacrifices have nothing to do with collective rape, they are sublime, which is further emphasized by beautiful and atmospheric music. And of course – “Vikings” is also a pop-Nietzschean pamphlet on Christianization. Throbbing with resentment, the Christian sub-humans, when they gain strength, become not only brutal, but also perversely cruel. And to make their (i.e. our) image most vile – the worst qualities of Christianity are concentrated in Saint Olaf, the Norwegian king, martyr and hero of Christian Scandinavia.

But what was it really like? Prominent Viking historians Professors P.G. Foote and D.M. Wilson explain that evangelization progressed because “it could soothe the grief over the loss of loved ones and the innocent,” and “Christianity’s most striking gift to the North became the awakening of feelings of pity in the lives of hard-hearted people, who before had been taught only admiration and condemnation, but not compassion.” However, today we are told that it is time to abandon this very ethic. So that we can better wage the coming wars.

1 Wiesław Chrzanowski was Speaker of the Polish Parliament between 1991-93. Prior to that he served as the Minister of Justice and Public Prosecutor General