Myatt, Vindex, And A Return To Physis

With the publication of his translations of and commentaries on eight tractates of the Corpus Hermeticum in 2017 {1} followed later in the same year by his two monographs on Greco-Roman paganism {2} it seems to me that David Myatt’s antinomian life has come full circle.

In his 1984 text Vindex – Destiny of the West {3} he wrote that

              “Adolf Hitler is as central to Imperium as Caesar was to the Roman Empire, and while the founders of the Imperium may not call themselves National Socialists or use as their symbol the swastika flag, they will nevertheless be the heirs of National Socialism. In this bond lies the key to the creation of Imperium […] To pretend that National Socialism or Adolf Hitler are  not important for the West is absurd: National Socialism (or perhaps more correctly, Hitlerism) cannot be ignored and any movement, political or which has as its aim the creation of a Faustian Imperium, will never succeed as long as it ignores the importance of this philosophy for the sake of temporary and, finally, illusory gains.”

He goes on to explain that “Philosophically, National Socialism represents the revaluation wished for by Nietzsche – a return to Nature (the physis of the Greeks) as an unfolding in the sense of the pre-Socractics […] Such a returning is a return to the dynamic paganism that pre-dated Christianity.”

For what Myatt has done in those 2017 publications and in his other translations of classical works (from Aeschylus to the Pre-Socratics) is to enable us “to appreciate and understand the classical, pagan, ethos and thence the ethos of the West itself.” {4}{5}{6}

In other words, Myatt has explained in his translations the philosophical basis of the pagan “returning” that National-Socialism represented politically and otherwise.

Importantly, in his Classical Paganism And The Christian Ethos he wrote that “the quintessence of such a weltanschauung, of the paganus ethos, is that ethics are presenced in and by particular living individuals, not in some written text whether philosophical or otherwise, not by some proposed schemata, and not in some revelation from some deity.”

Which brings us to two things. First, Myatt’s admiration of modern warriors (and National-Socialists) such as Waffen-SS General Leon Degrelle and Otto Ernst Remer. Of Remer he wrote in his 2013 autobiography Myngath {7} that “I admired his honour and his loyalty and his commitment to the duty he had sworn an oath to do. Here, I felt, was a modern-day Greek hero.”

Second, Myatt’s life-long commitment to the principle, the ethic, of personal honour, stating in 1998 that “the only law I believe in and strive to uphold is the law of personal honour.” {8} Which concept of personal honour also runs through his 1998 interview with a then official representative of an anti-fascist organization, with Myatt “on his word of honour” saying in that interview that he is not Anton Long and that he has never been in any practical way involved with the Occult group the Order of Nine Angles. {9}

In what I personally regard as one of Myatt’s most important works, he writes in his Classical Paganism And The Christian Ethos, that

            “The paganus weltanschauung, ancestral to the lands of the West, that has emerged is one which, shorn of technical, Greek, and metaphysical terms, many may find familiar or already be intuitively aware of.

            “For it is a weltanschauung of we human beings having a connexion to other living beings, a connexion to the cosmos beyond, and a connexion to the source of our existence, the source of the cosmos, and the source – the origin, the genesis – of all living beings. Which source we cannot correctly describe in words, by any denotata, or define as some male ‘god’, or even as a collection of deities whether male or female, but which we can apprehend through the emanations of Being: through what is living, what is born, what unfolds in a natural manner, what is ordered and harmonious, what changes, and what physically – in its own species of Time – dies […]

            “Such a developed paganus weltanschauung – in its ethos and its ontology, ethics, and epistemology, and thus with its virtues of personal honour and empathy combined with a respect for the numinous – is quite different from Christianity and other revealed religions, and certainly does, in its noble simplicity and practicality, seem to be more human in physis, more balanced, and could well be more productive of a healthy personal ψυχή, than Christianity and other revealed religions.

            “Such a modern paganus weltanschauung may also be a means to reconnect those in the lands of the West, and those in Western émigré lands and former colonies of the West, with their ancestral ethos, for them to thus become, or return to being, a living, dwelling, part – a connexion between the past and the future – of what is still a living, and evolving, culture. Perhaps the future of that culture depends on whether sufficient individuals can live by the high personal standards of such a modern paganus weltanschauung.”

That is, he seems to me to be not only re-expressing what he wrote about Christianity, paganism, and physis, in his much earlier Vindex – Destiny Of The West but also presenting us with the philosophical foundations of “a return to the dynamic paganism that pre-dated Christianity.” A dynamic  and a new paganism that has the ethic of personal honour at its heart and which ethics are thus “presenced in and by particular living individuals, not in some written text whether philosophical or otherwise, not by some proposed schemata, and not in some revelation from some deity.”

Ethics presenced in individuals such as Waffen-SS General Leon Degrelle and Otto Ernst Remer. Which leads us back, in my view, to what Myatt wrote in Vindex:

                      “that National Socialism – what it was, not what propaganda has made it appear [to be] – was an expression of Faustian resurgence and nothing is more indicative of the influence of the Magian ethos […] than the fact that National Socialist Germany perished after only twelve years of existence because of a war that neither Hitler nor the German people wanted. This war resulted in the enslavement of half of Europe to Communism, destroyed the British Empire, and left the world divided between the materialism of America and the materialism of Soviet Russia. 1945 was a turning point for our civilization; the old values which created the West and which inspired the National Socialist movement began to disappear from the hearts and minds of Europeans.”

Rachael Stirling
April 2021 ev (132 yf)

All URL’s given below were valid as of April 2021 ev

{1} Corpus Hermeticum: Eight Tractates, ISBN 978-1976452369. Available as a gratis pdf document at https://wyrdsister.files.wordpress.com/2020/05/eight-tractates-v2-print.pdf

{2} Classical Paganism And The Christian Ethos, ISBN 978-1979599023, and Tu Es Diaboli Ianua, ISBN  978-1982010935. Both available as gratis pdf documents at https://wyrdsister.files.wordpress.com/2021/04/belief-and-reason-v7-print.pdf and https://wyrdsister.files.wordpress.com/2021/04/tua-es-diaboli-ianua.pdf

{3} A facsimile of the 1984 published text is available at https://wyrdsister.files.wordpress.com/2021/04/myatt-vindex.pdf

{4} The quotation is from Re-discovering Western Paganism, in Western Paganism And Hermeticism: Myatt And The Renaissance of Western Culture, available at https://wyrdsister.files.wordpress.com/2021/03/myatt-and-paganism-v4-print.pdf and as a printed book, ISBN 978-1986027809

{5} In regard to the Pre-Socratics, see for example https://wyrdsister.files.wordpress.com/2021/04/pre-socratic-and-aristotle.pdf

{6} In regard to Physis see (i) https://davidmyatt.wordpress.com/aristotle-metaphysics-1015α/ and (ii) https://davidmyatt.wordpress.com/aristotle-metaphysics-987β/

{7} https://wyrdsister.files.wordpress.com/2021/04/david-myatt-myngath.pdf

{8} The statement is included in his 20 page polemic A Matter Of Honour published in 2012, and available at https://wyrdsister.files.wordpress.com/2021/04/a-matter-of-honour.pdf

{9} The interview is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZZeuPoplu4


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Image Credit:
Ouroboros, from Folio 196 of Codex Parisinus Graecus 2327 (c. 1478 ev)