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This is a fantastic book. Every page is pregnant with interesting ideas, and should prove stimulating to enquiring minds. Generally speaking the book will appeal to right-wing thinkers (even though Yockey wouldn't have identified as such); there is much to agree with and much to disagree with here, and it is unlikely that anyone will find themselves in complete agreement with Yockey. Nonetheless the central thesis of the book seems to be well-established. I would recommend this book to anyone, particularly on the right, with an interest in political philosophy and possible future developments in politics.
I great book on the history and culture of politics. The chapter on Cultural Vitalism is essential reading to understanding the history of the problems we face in society today. It covers culture pathology, parasitism, distortion, and retardation. "Was the author murdered or suicide the question remains..."
Imperium by Francis Parker Yockey is back in print, distributed by Invictus Books and is available at an affordable £15 or so from Amazon. I spent about a month reading and analysing Yockey`s first and most important published work. The first part of the book is quite heavy going where Yockey puts forward his analysis of 20th century historical and political outlooks before he moves on to describe and define his theory of Culture Pathology and the Culture Distorter. His discussion of America and its counterproductive and culture distorting role in European and world affairs could have been written yesterday and I had to constantly remind myself that this magnum opus was actually authored in 1948. His insights are so fresh for the time and are just as relevant today as they were in the late 1940s-very little has in fact changed. Yockey`s position on race is quite ambiguous and reminds me a little of Julius Evola`s concept of the race of the spirit. Yockey`s condemnation of vertical racism may be bewildering for some who may gravitate to this book but I would advise those who start to read it to continue to the end. My reading of this great work involved a rollercoaster of emotions but was worth it in the end. This work should be read in conjunction with its sequel, The Enemy of Europe and indeed this later work ideally should be read first to make some of the more difficult concepts in Imperium easier to digest. Those of you who are familiar with and appreciate the writings of Julius Evola will find much that is of familiar spirit in this great work.
The idea that the problems which arise from Politics, can be fixed with more Politics (of any shape or form) is a ridiculous notion.
Surely outdated, and with a focus primarily on the fleeting, temporal world, Yockey's ideas are short-sighted at best. That is not to say he is totally devoid of insight, for there is much common-sense and truth to be found here.
In the end though, it's just another slant of worldy-wisdom, wrapped up in seeking solutions to build up an earthly utopia...... something which will NEVER occur, I might add, when attempted solely by human means.
This is the problem with political/national Idealism of any kind: it presupposes that humanity can progress into a higher state than it is actually capable of becoming. It never occurs to these people that they could be wrong.
Conclusion: Politics are stupid, and can serve no positive contribution to the world on a global scale. We would have been better off entirely, without the garbage. This is my opinion, but it is one that has been formed through years of observing the bumbling ineptitude of politicians uselessly wielding their Craft, in futile attempts to better humanity (and themselves in the process).
One political cult is, therefore, just as good (and ultimately ineffective) as any other.
Imperium: Francis Parker Yockey Francis P Yockey was born in Chicago in 1917. He graduated in law from Notre Dame University in 1941. He joined the US War Department as a war-crimes prosecutor in 1946. He wrote Imperium: The Philosophy of History and Politics in Brittas Bay, Ireland in 1947, under the pen name Ulick Varange. After a brief collaboration with Oswald Mosley he founded the European Liberation Front. He worked for a time for Colonel Nasser in Egypt. When he returned to the US in 1960 he was interrogated by the FBI and sent to prison in San Francisco charged with passport fraud. He was found dead in his cell and a suicide note was found. I first read Imperium fifty years ago. It convinced me that Liberalism was the root of all evil and that Europe was the font of civilization. As a twenty year old a lot of it went over my head but enough of it stuck to influence the rest of my life. I have just re-read it to see if it had stood the test of time. Yockey’s bitter denunciation of both Russia and America certainly has a Cold War touch about it but in some ways it is timeless. His encyclopaedic knowledge of world history and his deconstruction of liberal democracy are still impressive. He rejected the pseudo-scientific racism of the Nazis in favour of assimilation and stressed the importance of culture but he nevertheless dismissed the Slavs as barbarians and the Jews as rootless cosmopolitans. He divided history into periods marked by the great advances in science, philosophy and economics, and he warned that there is no escape from destiny. In that respect his message is hopeful; despite the “Culture Distortion” of American materialism our future is assured. Younger readers might not be aware of the terrible conditions in post-war Europe. The conquering armies of America and the Soviet Union divided a starving continent between them. It took us twenty years to rebuild our cities, our factories and our railways. And seventy years later we are still divided. According to Yockey mankind has survived seven previous High Cultures and we are now entering the Age of Absolute Politics – the coming of the Imperium. He ends his epic on a positive note: “The West has two centuries and tens of millions of lives of the coming generations to give to the war against the Barbarian and the distorter. It has a will which is not only emerged unbroken from the Second World War, but is now more articulate all over Europe, and is gaining in strength with every year, every decade. Merely material superiority will do them little good in a war whose duration will be measured, if necessary, in centuries. Napoleon knew, and the West still knows, the primacy of the spiritual in warfare. The soil of Europe, rendered sacred by the streams of blood which have made it spiritually fertile for a millennium, will once again stream with blood until the barbarians and distorters have been driven out and the Western banner waves on its home soil from Gibraltar to North Cape, and from the rocky promontories of Galway to the Urals. This is promised, not by human resolves merely, but by a higher Destiny, which cares little whether it is 1950, 2000, or 2050. This Destiny does not tire, nor can it be broken, and its mantle of strength descends upon those in its service”. Imperium should be read by every serious student of politics, it is available from Amazon in paperback for £12.14.
This book is one of the most important works anyone will ever read. Formulated from the Spenglerian world-as-history perspective, The book provides a complete revision of the occupancies of western civilization, particularly the events of the twentieth century, free from cultural bias and out learned propaganda.
He starts off on another planet of thinking - to the point one wonders if they didn't somehow get tricked into reading some 'hippy metaphysical claptrap'. - Stick with it. He has to start that way so he can explain his views and predictions on the more familiar subjects that follow; and it REALLY picks up intellectual steam. The guy was a genius. Without a doubt. That's not to say I agree with everything, nor do I think he went about the best way of defining and explaining contemporary realities. And lets face it - the near 'conquering of the earth' by the globalists has at least delayed, if not smashed, some of his guesses. Take the 'materialists' shift to intersectionality, to keep the charade going, as an example. - With that said - he's so well read, you almost feel as if 'you can either read Imperium - or 100s of other books' just to end up where he did. The fact he was only 30 - blows the mind. - Truth seekers will get tons of new facts. Anti globalists types will have access to more great quotes than they know what to do with. - A goldmine of information. A juggernaut of knowledge. The REAL anti establishment Bible.
Clear-headed and concise. Placing the individual squarely with the understanding that Philosophy, like government, must serve the individual, not the individual serving Philosophy or government. No dodging solid logic and pure reason. Awesome book!