Connecting the Dots

There are two great pieces from Lucius Helson here and here. In the first one, he shows how dangerously unhinged the G&R folk are and in the second he really connects the dots and shows what they’re trying to accomplish and why, and how we can resist that. 

This is a very thought provoking piece (and I love the Classical references — cherry on the Sundae for me). 

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Posted on April 21, 2016, in community, Polytheism, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I have concluded that awhile back but refrained from voicing my opinion since the Internet is so reactive. However, there seems to be an impulse to harmonise the Pagans into one coherent group. Everyone talks about the Umbrella but no one agrees on what entails.

    One article on Gods and Radicals, at least my reading of it, seems to contradict what has been said there previously. https://godsandradicals.org/2016/04/21/the-reawakening-of-tribal-consciousness-the-spread-of-ecological-wisdom-and-confronting-the-artifice-of-capitalism/ “The Reawakening of Tribal Consciousness, the Spread of Ecological Wisdom, and Confronting the Artifice of Capitalism.” by William Hawes

    “A new form of tribe is emerging, not the suffocating, tyrannical, stereotypical, monotype tribe of the kind we read about in school history books: new groups where tradition does not dictate every action of the individual, where individuals feel free to express their spirituality without the needed to conform to a group religion. An egalitarian tribe, where merit matters, not rigid hierarchy or nepotism. Most importantly, neo-tribal wisdom accepts the idea that ecocentrism is central: the idea that humanity is not center stage in a drama located on planet Earth; the idea that we are all part of a cosmic web, a sacred hoop in Native American terms; that the environment does not derive its worth from human value, but has innate value and should be protected from short-term exploitation. For Quinn, the new tribal revolution is distinctly post-modern: it signifies the end of meta-narratives, the end of the idea that, in his words “There is only one right way to live”: the end of the superficial, spiritually myopic way of the modern techno-capitalist state.”

    from the article –
    in other words, tribalism is good if it follows G&R’s definition. And, returning back to nature is good if it follows G&R’s definition instead of the neo-fascist ideas.

    “Indigenous cultures have been practicing these skills for millennia, passing on oral traditions and ecological and agricultural knowledge so detailed it would make the Library of Congress look insignificant in comparison. Much of this knowledge and ancient wisdom has been lost to the sands of time, victim of the uprooting of cultures because of colonial wars, epidemic diseases, the techno-reductionism of modern health and science, capitalism, and Christianity’s missionary engulfment over entire continents, and more.”

    Again this passage does seem to promote Polytheism and the idea of “folkishness” but of course, it glorifies “indigenous” i.e. non-white.

    “There are even wannabe theorists in the US who claim to have identified the tribal identities in the USA, such as Colin Woodward and Joel Garreau. You can find the facile representations of their findings here and here. Both authors appear to be older, white, privileged, and seemingly unaware that US culture is very homogenous, and perhaps didn’t consider that there are vastly less cultural differences between New York and California, a 3,000 mile trek, then, say, the short hop between Brussels and Amsterdam. Further, unsurprisingly, Garreau does not even have any territory set aside for the First Nations, the Native Americans whose ancestors lived here for millennia, while Woodward only includes land in Northern Canada and Alaska for First Nation status, apparently oblivious to the 333 federally recognized Indian Nations in the US that are not in Alaska.”

    Does this contradict the previous?

    It ends ( next to last paragraph) with
    “As Bodley shows, it is the tribal world that knows how to reproduce culture. Small-scale tribes are less likely to use organize violence as a tool for coercive and deadly clashes with rival nations, and much more likely to use sustainable farming and technology. A sharing and bartering society, with organic, biodynamic agricultural practices nourishing people materially and spiritually, would go a long way towards healing the open wounds of our mother Earth and the ethnic and sectarian tensions plaguing most nations. Rather than keeping food, housing, material and intellectual property under lock and key, a culture of abundance would allow unparalleled access to health, education, and scale-appropriate technology.”

    What my reading is that G&R are not against tribalism, and really want to promote them, BUT ONLY THEIR DEFINITION OF TRIBES. I.E. Polytheists need not apply if they don’t agree with sharing and bartering, etc. As a Roman Polytheist and urban, I believe I would not be able to apart of the G&R utopian society. But then again, utopias by nature are autocratic and rules directed.

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