The Myth of the 20th Century
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Rosenberg's racial interpretation of history concentrates on the supposedly negative influence of the Jewish race in contrast to the Aryan race. He equates the latter with the Nordic peoples of northern Europe and also includes the Berbers from North Africa and the upper classes of Ancient Egypt. According to Rosenberg, modern culture has been corrupted by Semitic influences, which have produced degenerate modern art, along with moral and social degeneration. In contrast, Aryan culture is defined by innate moral sensibility and an energetic will to power. Rosenberg believed that the higher races must rule over the lower and not interbreed with them, because cross-breeding destroys the divine combination of physical heredity and spirit. He uses an organic metaphor of the race and the State and argues that the Nazis must purify the race soul by eliminating non-Aryan elements in much the same ruthless and uncompromising way in which a surgeon would cut a cancer from a diseased body. In Rosenberg's view of world history, migrating Aryans founded various ancient civilizations which later declined and fell due to inter-marriage with lesser races. This included the Indo-Aryan civilization, ancient Persia, Greece, and Rome. He saw the ancient Germanic invasions of the Roman empire as "saving" its civilization, which had been corrupted both by race mixing and by "Judaized-cosmopolitan" Christianity. Furthermore, he noted that the persecutions of Protestants in France and other areas represented the wiping out of the last remnants of the Aryan element in those areas, a process completed by the French revolution. In contemporary Europe, he saw the northern areas that embraced Protestantism as closest to the Aryan racial and spiritual ideal.
possibilities for profit. Repose is superior to motion, the weak overcome the strong; softness overcomes rigidity: These words contain the mood of an entire culture. They are the soul of the Chinese race whose ideas are embodied in the teachings of Lao Tse, who lived 2,500 years ago, and who speaks to us like some tired sage of today. No one will read the writings of Lao Tse without feeling himself enveloped by a wreath of essential truth. As one reads Lao Tse, he realises that this message is
know any organic spatial politics but only one centre: the Diaspora as community of the faithful. The pope, conscious of his duty toward the Myth, can therefore develop guidelines to strengthen, alternately, the Diaspora through the centre, and the standing of the centre through successes in the Diaspora. As a world state of faithful souls, Rome is without state territory, and commands power only through a symbol of right to earthly rulership. It is thus freed from all stirrings of will
protection of the honour of the folk there follows, as a most important measure, the protection of folk and race. This characterisation of the highest spiritual value coincides exactly with the essence of the various transcriptions of the German concept of law. As Gierke says: We cannot break with the great Germanic idea of the unity of law without abandoning our future. Bott Bodenhausen asks whether one agrees with replacing the concept of being with the concept of effect, and the
anything about Gothic Toulouse, the ruins of which still attest to a proud race? Who knows of the great ruling families of that city which were annihilated in bloody wars? Who is familiar with the history of the Counts of Foix, whose castle is today only a miserable heap of stones, whose villages are desolate, whose lands are occupied only by wretched peasants? The pope, declared one of these bold counts about 1200, has nothing to do with my religion, because the faith of each man must be free.
spuriously Christian forms. But Rosenberg's quarrel with the catholics was not simply or solely a matter of theology. There was in Germany a powerful catholic political party, the Zentrum Partei. Even Bismarck, in the nineteenth century, had seen the political nature of the catholics in Germany as a danger to the internal peace and newly won unification of the nation. It must be remembered that the Second Reich, which came into being in January 1871 and expired in November 1918, was never a