Postmortem Report: Cultural Examinations from Postmodernity

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Postmortem Report
cover
Cover of the first English edition
Author(s) Tomislav Sunic (author),Alain de Benoist (co-author), Kevin MacDonald (forward), Martin Locker (editor)
Cover artist Tor Westman
Country London
Language English
Genre(s) Political Science
Publisher Arktos
Publication year 2017
Pages 222
ISBN 978-1-912079-77-3

Cover Text

Along with his other published works, Tomislav Sunic is steadily turning his attention to a wide variety of topics affecting Europe’s cultural and political heritage, including such sacred and less sacred cows, as liberalism, the artistic legacy of the Third Reich, the religion of multiculturalism, the pathology of Communism, the works of Spengler and Schmitt, as well as the history of a failed multicultural entity known as Yugoslavia. Postmortem Report invites us to reassess the European past, from Antiquity to Modernity, through the lenses of a cultural pessimist. This collection of essays and translations will appeal to anyone who wishes for an honest, surgical approach to these topics, freed from the liberal academic agenda. It is a vital addition to Sunic’s prose.

About the Author

Tomislav Sunic was born in Zagreb, Croatia, in 1953. The son of a Catholic dissident, he studied French and English Language and Literature at the University of Zagreb until 1978. From 1980-1982, he worked as a “lobbyist” in Algeria for the multinational company Sequipag – Ingra, before receiving a Master’s degree at California State University, Sacramento, in 1985. He received a doctorate in political science in 1988 from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

From 1988 until 1993, he taught at California State University, the University of California, and Juniata College in Pennsylvania. Thereafter, he served in various diplomatic positions with the Croatian government in Zagreb, London, Copenhagen, and Brussels until 2001. He has also taught at the Anglo-American College in Prague. He currently resides in Zagreb, where he continues to work as a freelance writer, including as a contributor on political semiotics and the spirit of Communist totalitarianism to the French quarterly Catholica.

He has published a number of books, including Homo Americanus: Child of the Postmodern Age (BookSurge, 2007), Against Democracy and Equality: The European New Right (Arktos, 2011), and Titans are in Town (Arktos, 2017).

Table of Contents

Forward ix

Note on the Text xiv

Part I: Religion

Chapter 1: Marx, Moses, and the Pegans in the Secular City 2

  • A. Pegan Residues in the Secular City 3
  • B. Modern Pegan Conservatives 5
  • C. Peganism Against the Monotheist Desert 6
  • D. From Monotheist Desert to Communist Anthropology 9
  • E. Pegan Notion of the Sacred 12
  • F. The Terror of History 15
  • G. Pegans or Monotheists: Who is More Tolerant? 19

Chapter 2: Monotheism vs. Polytheism 21

Part II: Cultural Pessimism

Chapter 3: History and Decadence: Spengler's Cultural Pessimism Today 31

Chapter 4: "Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft": A Sociological View of the Decay of Modern Society 42

Chapter 5: Emile Cioran and the culture of Death 50

Chapter 6: The Right Stuff (Drugs and Democracy) 61

Part III: Race/The Third Reich

Chapter 7: The Beauty and the Beast: Race and Racism in Europe 67

  • A. European Gestalt: In Quest of Order and Form 68
  • B. In God We Trust: Ancient "Ethnic Profiling" 69
  • C. Beauty of the Beast 72
  • D. The Painful Otherness 74
  • E. The Jew vs. the Same 76
  • F. The Many Faces of National Socialism 79
  • G. The Beautiful Beast 80
  • H. German Endtimes 83
  • I. Expulsion of Germans from Czechoslovakia 84
  • J. Crying Wolf 85
  • K. Judicial Review or Racial Review 87
  • L. Race or Religion 91

Chapter 8: Art in the Third Reich: 1933-1945 95

  • A. The Political Apparatus in the Service of Culture 98
  • B. The Archaic Post-Modernity 99

Chapter 9: The Destruction of Ethnic Germans and German Prisoners of War in Yugoslovia, 1945-1953 102

Part IV: Liberalism and Democracy

Chapter 10: Democracy Revisited: The Ancients and the Moderns 112

Chapter 11: Liberalism or Democracy? Carl Schmitt and Apolitical Democracy 125

  • A. Liberal Parenthesis and the End of the Muscle State 126
  • B. Organic Democracy vs. Apolitical Democracy 129
  • C. The Rule of the People or the Rule of Atomized Individuals 132
  • D. Conclusion: "The Liberal "Dictatorship of Well Being" 135

Chapter 12: The Liberal Double-Talk and It's Lexical and Legal Consequences 137

  • A. Verbal Mendacity 138
  • B. The Legal Trap 142

Chapter 13: Historical Dynamics of Liberalism: From Total Market to Total State 146

  • A. Free Market: The "Religion" of Liberalism 151
  • B. Equal Economic Opportunity or the Opportunity to Be Unequal 154
  • C. Conclusion: From Atomistic Society to Totalitarian System 157

Part V: Multiculturalism and Communism

Chapter 14: America in the Eyes of Eastern Europe 162

  • A. The Passing of the American Age 164
  • B. American Vs. Soviet Man 167

Chapter 15: The Decline and Splendor of Nationalism 170

Chapter 16 Woodrow Wilson's Defeat in Yugoslavia: The End of a Multicultural Utopia 180

  • A. I. Yugoslov Civil War or a Serbian War of Aggression? 181
  • B. II. Americanism and Yugoslavism: The Endless Legalism
  • C. III. The Concept of the Political Revisited 185
  • D. IV. The Return of History 186
  • E. V. A Global Village or the Rights of Peoples 189

Chapter 17: A Global Village or the Rights of the Peoples? 189

Endnotes 197

Index 214

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