David Myatt

David Myatt’s tract The Mythos of Vindex – finally published in its entirety this year {1} – is something of a hybrid text; a rather strange mixture of pro National Socialist sentiment together with polemics not only directed at the things – such as the State – that made National Socialist Germany what it was and might have been had the Axis won the Second World War, but also directed at the things that made the West what it is now: to wit colonialism, industry, and technology.

For it is as if the author is torn between two weltanschauungen, as well he might have been given the date of its composition (1998-1999) and the dates of its revision (2002-2005). For the years 1998 to 1999 marked Myatt’s transition from a neo-nazi to a Muslim, while 2002 to 2005 were dominated by his travels in the Muslim world, his overt support for Osama bin Laden, the Taliban, and Hamas, and of course his strategy to bring neo-nazis and radical Muslims together to fight their ‘common enemy’. For the tract reads as if it was originally intended for a specific audience – neo-nazis and those belonging to neo-völkisch groups – but with Myatt trying to offer something for his Muslim readers; hence perhaps the passages about the colonialism of the ‘White hordes’ (which are basically polemics directed at those foreign devils), his mention of the treatment of Muslims by those foreign devils, and his praise of the Mujahideen and of Mullah Omar.

There are also several apparent discrepancies in the text. For instance regarding the British Empire with Myatt dividing that Empire somewhat simplistically into ‘the old Empire’ (before the Victorian era, which began in 1837) and a later Empire, writing that “the true, respectful, civilizing mission of [the British] Empire gave way to a brute Imperialism based upon financial gain.” The old Empire he admires, the later one he lambastes even though he goes on to write that “to make the world truely civilized we need another Empire, created and maintained by honourable, idealistic people, who look to the examples of the Roman, the Islamic and British Empires for inspiration.” Perhaps he should have written ‘original British’ rather than just ‘British’.

Another apparent discrepancy is his praise for the tribal way of life in pre-colonial Africa which he says, without providing any dates, was “ruthlessly destroyed” by those damn “foreign devils” (the White Hordes of Homo Hubris) and yet he later writes, again without providing any dates, of British administrators ending “the bribery and corruption of officials which was endemic” in India.

Such quibbles aside, the main problem I find with the tract is that Myatt eulogizes the clan and the tribe, and rural life in general, and yet states several times that the fundamental aim of the new Imperium is the colonization of Outer Space. But just how would a society or societies composed of clans and tribes, and presumably a mostly rural way of life, achieve that without industrial factories, large corporations manufacturing technological products, large-scale – government sized – coordination and administration, and scientific, university based, research funded by a national-sized government which by necessity would have to tax its citizens to pay for such research, such universities, and such a complex administration? In addition, if profit was not the motive for such factories and such corporations then surely the only other option would be government funding, which leads one to enquire where and how would a government find the money? To pursue space-travel surely a prosperous and wealthy society – a nation-Sate, or several nation-States cooperating with one another – and thus a government or governments would be required. {2}

Which returns us to National Socialist Germany – a scientific and technologically advanced society with a national government – and what might such a society have achieved, in scientific and technological and social, terms had it been victorious in the World War Two. Which naturally leads to how National Socialist Germany came into being: through a political movement gaining political power.

Perhaps Myatt envisaged his Vindexian clans and tribes fighting and overthrowing a government and then forming a new government, for he does write of Vindex as “a modern and successful guerilla leader who devises new strategies and new tactics to defeat the armed forces of the Old Order,” and that “it seems increasingly likely that the first battles in the coming war against the forces of the Old Order will be urban ones and develope as a natural consequence of some urban gang gaining practical control of certain urban areas such that they become the effective and the visible forces of law and order in those areas.”

If that is indeed what he envisaged, as seems likely, then he perhaps should have spelled it out, as he did in earlier tracts such as his Practical Guide To Aryan Revolution in which he wrote about how to ferment chaos and insurrection and wrote of a guerilla campaign lasting at least a decade.

All that being said, The Mythos of Vindex has the potential to inspire a new generation of native Europeans who, seeing the failure over the past fifty years of right-wing political organization after right-wing political organization in places such as Britain, desire a new way to fight ‘the system’. At the very least it contributes, in a positive way, to the debate about neo-völkisch groups and their aims regarding reviving ancestral traditions and alternative ways of living.

R. Parker
May 2016

{1} Myatt’s tract is currently [May 2016] available as a pdf document at https://regardingdavidmyatt.files.wordpress.com/2016/05/myatt-mythos-of-vindex-v1.pdf

{2} It has been brought to my attention (kudos to Pasi R and Scott L) that in two articles, dating from around 2009, Myatt theorizes about how a society based on clans might develop a new ‘acausal’ technology that, in his words, does not depend on “the unethical abstraction of the modern nation-State and the un-numinous ways of living which go with such an abstraction,” and thus does not “involve large national or supra-national industries”, and is not “reliant upon the usury, and the supra-national trade and commerce, which all modern States and nations depend upon.”

Extracts from the two articles are available at https://regardingdavidmyatt.wordpress.com/clans-spaceflight-and-acausal-energy/