Postmortem Report: Cultural Examinations from Postmodernity by Tomislav Sunic

Rating: 2 out of 5.

The essays presented in this volume have been collected from a number of original sources. 

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.

  • Marx, Moses, and the Pagans in the Secular City 
  • Monotheism vs. Polytheism 
  • History and Decadence: Spengler’s Cultural Pessimism Today
  • Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft”: A Sociological View of the Decay of Modern Society
  • Emile Cioran and the Culture of Death 
  • The Right Stuff (Drugs and Democracy) 
  • The Beauty and the Beast: Race and Racism in Europe
  • Art in the Third Reich: 1933–1945 
  • The Destruction of Ethnic Germans and German Prisoners of War in Yugoslavia, 1945–1953 
  • Democracy Revisited: The Ancients and the Moderns 
  • Liberalism or Democracy? Carl Schmitt and Apolitical Democracy
  • The Liberal Double-Talk and Its Lexical Consequences Historical Dynamics of Liberalism: From Total Market to Total State
  • America in the Eyes of Eastern Europe
  • The Decline and Splendor of Nationalism
  • Woodrow Wilson’s Defeat in Yugoslavia: The End of a Multicultural Utopia
  • A Global Village or the Rights of the Peoples?

The modern politically correct language, or liberal double-talk, is often used for separating the ignorant grass-roots masses from the upper level classes; it is the superb path to cultural and social ascension. The censorial intellectual climate in the Western media, so similar to the old Soviet propaganda, bears witness that liberal elites, at the beginning of the third millennium, are increasingly worried about the future identity of the countries in which they rule. For sure, the liberal system doesn’t yet need truncheons or police force in order to enforce its truth. It can remove rebels, heretics, or simply academics, by using smear campaigns, or accusing them of “guilt by association”, and by removing them from important places of decision — be it in academia, the political arena, or the media. Once the spirit of the age changes, the high priests of this new postmodern inquisition will likely be the first to dump their current truths and replace them with other voguish “self-evident” truths. This was the case with the communist ruling class, which after the break down of Communism quickly recycled itself into fervent apostles of liberalism. This will again be the case with modern liberal elites, who will not hesitate to turn into rabid racists and anti-Semites, as soon as new “self evident” truths appear on the horizon. 

God this book was boring. I was reading a menu at a restaurant that was way more exciting than this. If you want to put someone to sleep, just try and read these comments on religion, Nazi Germany, socialism and how Jews shouldn’t have been banished by Nazi Germans. The pro-semitic approach drew attention at the differences between Jews and other nations in a way that’s quite borderline aggressive. It almost feels like propaganda.

In view of this, Christian anti-Semitism can be rightly described as neurosis. As Jean Blot writes, it is because of its “predisposition toward alienation” that the West is incapable of “fulfilling itself or rediscovering itself.” And from this source arises anti-Semitic neurosis. “Anti-semitism allows the anti-Semite to project onto the Jew his own neuroses. […] In addition, the West also accused the Jewish people of attempting, in an apparent “deicide”, to obstruct this evolution. Many, even today, assume that if Jews were to renounce their distinct identity, “the Jewish problem” would disappear. 

All in all, I don’t recommend this book to my enemies, let alone my friends. 1/5

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