06 September, 2007

Prussian Socialism

In December of 1920 Oswald Spengler published his political program in a book, "Preußentum und sozialismus.”

His program, which he called “Prussian Socialism,” is still a paradigm of value to National Bolsheviks and worth summarizing here:

• Anti-Democratic
— Democracy as we know it in the West is no more than Plutocracy with wealth controlling the press and molding mass opinion to serve the money power. Governments must be constructed on a Republican basis, with money power kept scrupulously out of politics, and the franchise limited to the educated and responsible elements of society. Rule by a natural aristocracy of talent is superior to the Bourgeois rule of money.

A dishonest characteristic runs through democratic theory from Rousseau on: [it’s proponents] are silent about the organization of government by the people, or they indulge in hollow words, because they do not have the courage to admit the utopian nature of the word ‘self-government’.
In reality, it is always a dozen gifted people who rule.

• Anti-Imperialist
— Imperialism is a failed project and must be renounced. Rather than trying to impose our money power upon the rest of the world, the West must concentrate upon protecting its cultural heritage. This means limiting immigration, rejecting “multi-culturalism” (which he called “Megalopolitanism”), and assimilating (not co-existing with) those non-western elements permanently resident in the West.

• Socialistic but not materialistic —
Marx’s thesis that high cultural achievements, such as religion, law, and art, are superstructurally dependent upon the economic base is only convincing to Marx’s readers because of the decline of religion and traditions in a materialistic age. The Soviet experiment failed because it was godless and put economics before culture, just as Bourgeois culture today is godless and without culture. Culture and spiritual values must come first!

The task is set: it is imperative to free German Socialism from Marx.

• Autarchy (economic self-sufficiency) —
the West is foolishly de-industrializing and sending the economic future overseas while, at the same time, it is becoming ever more dependent upon imported resources. (He calls this the “betrayal of technics.”) The West must strive for economic self-sufficiency as there is no guarantee that even the money power can impose its will upon the global economy for long.

• Dirigism (government direction of industrial growth) —
The Dirigiste economists, Ben Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, and Friedrich List must be embraced and the Free Trade policies of Adam Smith rejected.

• Production for Use —
The economy must be made to serve the people not the money power. Consumerism is environmentally catastrophic. Globalization leads to the destabilization of societies the world around. Money has no home and thus the money power cares nothing for the people. Credit, investment, the tax structure all of these must be made to serve the national interest, not the money power.

• Pacifism is foolishness, but Imperialism is profitless.
The West must defend itself and not alienate the rest of the world by playing global policeman
• A German socialism.
French socialism is mere putschism, sabotage, and social revenge, English socialism is mere reform capitalism, Russian Communism is Asian and thus alien to our Western soul — only Prussian Socialism constitutes a genuine Western world-view.

Socialism or destruction
• Spengler prophetically rejected corporate globalization.

… a system of peoples, who possess ‘self-government’ according to the English style, that means in reality a system of provinces whose populaces are to be exploited by a business oligarchy with the aid of purchased parliaments and laws.

• Cultural supremacist, but Anti-Racist. Spengler calls anti-Semitism “petty, shallow, narrow-minded, and undignified.” Racism is only useful to the money power, as it is a way of diverting the people from their real interests. Culture is everything, race is nothing!

[Racial sentiment does not represent] a foundation for high politics, with which a country should be governed or saved.

• Pro-Family — Our consumer culture has made having a family into an expensive proposition and, as a result, the more education a Western woman has the fewer children she has. This trend is nothing less than catastrophic! Every effort must be made to restructure society so that the best elements therein are having children at replacement rates or better.

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