A Question Of Interpretation

David Myatt

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We provide here two quotations from one of David Myatt’s post-2011 works {1} which echo what he wrote in his autobiography Myngath, {2} in parts two and three of his book Understanding And Rejecting Extremism, {3} and in other works such as Some Essays And Effusions, (4) and Extremism And Reformation. {5}

We ask readers of such quotations and of such works by Myatt the pertinent question of how they respond to them. Do they believe – along with those such as anti-fascists – that such writings by Myatt are deceptive, a ploy, the work of some “evil genius”, and thus that – as one anti-fascist propagandist wrote – “the presumption must be that [Myatt] is still actively involved” in neo-nazism?

Or do they believe that such writings are those of a man changed for the better by personal experience and who thus has rejected all types of extremism?

RDM Crew
May 2020

{1} Questions For DWM, 2017, https://regardingdavidmyatt.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/dwm-questions-2017-v1b.pdf
{2} https://regardingdavidmyatt.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/david-myatt-myngath.pdf
{3} https://regardingdavidmyatt.files.wordpress.com/2020/03/dwm-rejecting-extremism-v3.pdf
{4} https://regardingdavidmyatt.files.wordpress.com/2019/08/dwm-essays-and-effusions.v3b.pdf
{5} https://regardingdavidmyatt.files.wordpress.com/2019/09/reformation-extremism-v3b.pdf

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Two Quotations
Questions For DWM, 2017

It was a personal trauma that forced me to confront myself for who and what I was. In the hours following the tragic death of a loved one in 2006 I was so starkly reminded of the tragic death of another loved one some thirteen years before and how I felt in the hours, the days, after her death in 1993. I on that day in May in 2006 knew – starkly, gravely, bitterly, beyond words – that I had learned nothing meaningful in the intervening thirteen years.

It was as if in those intervening years – when I pontificated, when I sallied hatefully violently forth on behalf of one abstraction after another and incited hatred, violence, and terrorism, and caused others to suffer and die – I had sullied, demeaned, the life, the suffering, the love, the death, of a woman (Sue) who had never harmed anyone in her whole life and who had loved me in a simple, genuine, unaffected, loyal way. I just intuitively understood that they – those two woman who died too young – were far better human beings than I was or could ever hope to be […]

My peregrinations were unplanned, the mostly wilful but sometimes unwilful journeyings and explorations of an arrant, selfish and arrogant, individual who certainly does not believe or assume that he, after decades, has achieved some sort of a ‘synthesis’.

Instead, my supposition is of still being flawed, of still learning; of still striving – and so often failing – each day to live as I feel I should, as an honourable, compassionate, tolerant, person wordlessly aware of and appreciative of the numinous.

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Christianity and the Aryan Way

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Conventional Religion, Christianity, and the Aryan Way
(pdf)

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We reproduce here chapter 13 from Myatt’s 1990s, and neglected, tract The Complete Guide to the Aryan Way of Life . The chapter deals with the difference between “the Aryan way” and Christianity and contains some interesting insights.

Myatt’s idealistic and at times polemical tract begins with the statement that

“To be Aryan is to be of Aryan descent and to uphold and follow the Aryan way of life. The decadent and ignoble way of life which exists today in all nations is the total opposite of this Aryan way of life.

An Aryan is someone who behaves and thinks like an Aryan; someone who upholds and who lives, day after day, by Aryan customs and who is aware and proud of their Aryan culture and heritage. Above all, an Aryan is someone who judges everything by Aryan standards, and who strives to do what is Aryan.”

Myatt goes on to state that the Aryan way is the way of Honour, Loyalty and Duty, and that

we use the term Aryan instead of “White”. White refers just to the colour of the skin; Aryan refers to our culture, our heritage, our character, our Aryan way of life.

A true Aryan is much more than just a “White” person: a true Aryan is a White person who has an Aryan character; who has an Aryan “soul”. A true Aryan is a White person who behaves, who thinks, who lives, like an Aryan: that is, in accord with our own Aryan traditions, our own Aryan heritage, our own Aryan way of life.

RDM Crew
2019

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A Warming Fire, One English November

David Myatt

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Recently, in the cold of an English November, I was seated before a fireplace of warming burning logs {1} pondering on the writings of a certain David Myatt.

Reading such works of his as Tu Es Diaboli Ianua, {2} and Classical Paganism And The Christian Ethos, {3} his translation of and commentary on chapters one to five of the Gospel of John, {4} and his translation of and commentaries on various tractates of the Corpus Hermeticum. {5}

A short walk away from this fireplace, my rooms in an Oxford college where centuries of scholarship seep out from the Oak panelling, from the books on the bookshelves, from the elder wooden desk, and even (sometimes) from the digital texts that “a computer” almost miraculously make visible to me.

For such is how I came to read before a certain warming fire certain “heretical” texts, relevant as they seemed to be given my predilection for Greco-Roman culture and its literature, and sent to me as those Myattian texts were by an Oxfordian colleague.

What astonished me, after reading those unpolitical texts, was – as I discovered – how Myatt was prejudged by various political factions who seemed to make assumptions about him and his past activities without having commented upon – or perhaps without even having read – his texts such as Tu Es Diaboli Ianua and his translations of and commentaries on various tractates of the Corpus Hermeticum.

Where, I wondered, were their comments – their scholarly analysis – of such texts of his? Apparently there are no such comments, no such scholarly analysis. Instead, all they offer are tirades based, apparently, on their adoptive slogan НЕ ЗАБУДЕМ! НЕ ПРОСТИМ! (Never Forget, Never Forgive) and on their “fake news” {6}, that is, upon lies, disinformation, and propaganda. Such a tribute, it seems, to our modern world.

Where, for example to provide just one example among dozens, is their rational comment on what Myatt describes in his monograph Tu Es Diaboli Ianua as the fact that the

“culture of pathei-mathos reveals to us the beauty, the numinosity, of personal love; the numinosity of humility, and compassion; and the tragic lamentable unnecessary suffering caused by hubris, dishonour, selfishness, inconsiderance, intolerance, prejudice, hatred, war, extremism, and ideologies. A world-wide suffering so evident, today, for example in the treatment of and the violence (by men) toward women; in the continuing armed conflicts – regional and local, over some-thing – that displace tens of thousands of people and cause destruction, injury, and hundreds of thousands of deaths; and evident also in the killing of innocent people by those who adhere to a harsh interpretation of some religion or some political ideology”.

Where is the understanding, the empathy, of Myatt the author by those who politically declare they are championing hope not hate? There seems to be no such understanding, no such the empathy. Instead, there seems to be propaganda, accusations, based on the Soviet slogan НЕ ЗАБУДЕМ! НЕ ПРОСТИМ! – “Never Forget, Never Forgive”.

For such politicos make accusations about individuals and then move-on to whomsoever else they declare are transgressing whatever boundaries – whatever denotata – they themselves in what they believe is their “righteous crusade” are fighting and thus are in opposition to. For according to them, with their idealogical certitude: Never Forget, Never Forgive.

Thus are they, unknowingly – or perhaps knowingly – cultivating, causing, hatred rather than hope. Cultivating, causing, conflict based on their stereotyping of whomsoever they with their hubriatic certitude of knowing declare are their enemies.

For myself, I take refuge in reading – before a warming fire of logs – Myattian texts such as Tu Es Diaboli Ianua and his translations of and commentaries on various tractates of the Corpus Hermeticum, intuitively aware as I am (rightly or wrongly) that over centuries such wisdom as such scholarly texts reveal transcends such political, such unempathic, such hateful, slogans as НЕ ЗАБУДЕМ! НЕ ПРОСТИМ!

JB
Oxford
2019

{1} Using a Defra approved wood burning stove.
{2} https://regardingdavidmyatt.files.wordpress.com/2019/11/tua-es-diaboli-ianua.pdf
{3} https://regardingdavidmyatt.files.wordpress.com/2019/11/classical-paganism-v2-print.pdf
{4} https://davidmyatt.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/gospel-of-john-1-5.pdf
{5} https://davidmyatt.files.wordpress.com/2018/03/eight-tractates-v2-print.pdf
{6} https://regardingdavidmyatt.wordpress.com/fake-news/

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So Much Remorse

David Myatt

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So Much Remorse
(Extract from a letter to a friend)

So much remorse, grief, and sorrow, within me for the unwise suffering-causing deeds of my past. Yet all I have in recompense for decades of strife, violence, selfishness, hate, are tears, the cries, alone – and words, lifeless words, such as this; words, to – perhaps, hopefully – forewarn forswear so that others, some few, hearing, reading, may possibly avoid, learn from, the errors that marked, made, and were, my hubris.

Such an elixir of extremism [1] which I, with paens born of deluded destiny, refined, distilled, made and – like some medieval fake apothecary – saught to peddle as cure for ailments that never did exist.

Then her – Francine’s – death that day late May such that for so long a time such feelings of remorse, grief, and sorrow, overwhelmed so that Sleep when he deigned to arrive arrived to take me only fitfully, slowly, back to Night and usually only after I, in darkness, lay to listen to such music as so recalled another aetheral, beautiful, older, world untainted by the likes of me; a world recalled, made manifest, to me in the sacred music of Josquin Desprez, Dunstable, Tallis, William Byrd, Tomás Luis de Victoria…

Such a longing then in those lengthy days longer nights to believe, to reclaim the faith – Christe Redemptor Omnium – of decades past to then presence, within, a sanctified expiation that might could remove that oppressive if needed burden. Of remorse, grief, sorrow, guilt. But was it only pride – stubborn pride – that bade me resist? Or some feeling of failures, before? Some memory primordial, pagan perhaps, of how why Night – She, subduer of gods, men [2] – alone by Herself brought forth day from dark and caused us all to sleep to dream to somewhere and of necessity to die? I do not know, I do not know that why.

For there was then only interior strife until such time as such longing for such faith slowly ceased; no words in explanation, expiation. Ceased, to leave only the pain of a life mis-spent, left in memories of tears that lasted years. No prayer, no invocations; not even any propitiation to redeem, protect, to save. Only, and now, the minutes passing to hours to days as Sun – greeting, rising, descending, departed – passes from to return to the dark only to be born again anew; each newness unique, when seen.

I have no excuses; the failure of decades was mine. A failure of compassion, empathy, honour. A failure as a human being. There are no excuses for my past, for deeds such as mine. No excuses for selfishness, for a hubris of personal emotion. No excuse for deceit, deception, lies. No excuse for extremism, for racism, for the politics, the religion, of hate. For the simple truth – if so lately-discovered by me – is that the giver the bringer the genesis of Life is Love.

Awed by her brightness
Stars near the beautiful Moon
Cover their own shining faces
When She lights earth
With her silver brilliance
Of love… [3]

David Myatt
February 2012

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Some Notes (Post Scriptum)

[1] It might be useful to explain how I, in the light of my forty years practical experience of and involvement with extremism, understand terms such as extremism. By extreme I mean to be harsh, so that an extremist is a person who tends toward harshness, or who is harsh, or who supports/incites harshness, in pursuit of some objective, usually of a political or a religious nature. Here, harsh is: rough, severe, a tendency to be unfeeling, unempathic. Thus extremism is considered to be: (i) the result of such harshness, and (ii) the principles, the causes, the characteristics, that promote, incite, or describe the harsh action of extremists. In simple terms, an extremist is someone who lacks empathy, compassion, reason, and honour.

Racism is one example of extremism, with racism being a prejudice and antagonism toward people regarded as belonging to another ‘race’, as well as the immoral belief that some ‘races’ are better than or superior to others, and that what is termed ‘race’ defines and explains, or can define and explain, the behaviour and the character of the people considered to belong to some postulated ‘race’.

[2] Homer, Iliad xiv, 259 – εἰ μὴ Νὺξ δμήτειρα θεῶν ἐσάωσε καὶ ἀνδρῶν

[3] My translation. Sappho, Fragment 34 [Lobel and Page] –

Ἄστερες μὲν ἀμφὶ κάλαν σελάνναν
ἂψ ἀπυκρύπτοισι φάεννον εἶδος,
ὄπποτα πλήθοισα μάλιστα λάμπῃ
γᾶν [ἐπὶ πᾶσαν]
[…] ἀργυρία […]

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Article source:
https://davidmyatt.wordpress.com/2012/02/21/so-much-remorse/


Extremism And Reformation

David Myatt

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In line with the ‘open source’ policy of providing both gratis digital (pdf) documents and, where feasible, printed books for those who prefer hardcopies, a printed (paperback) version of the third edition of Extremism And Reformation has now been published, priced UK £ 5.70, US$ 7.00.

David Myatt, Extremism And Reformation, 2019,
79 pages, ISBN 978-1691707423

While currently available, as are his other books, from a large on-line bookseller it is also available for US customers through the “Indiebound” network of local bookstores.

Contents
° Preface
° A Premature Grieving
° A Perplexing Failure To Understand
° Concerning The Abstractions of Extremism and Race
° Some Notes on The Politics and Ideology of Hate
Part One: According to the Philosophy of The Numinous Way
Part Two: A Personal Perspective – My Uncertitude of Knowing
° Some Philosophical and Moral Problems of National-Socialism
° Suffering And The Human Culture Of Pathei-Mathos
° Persecution And War
° The Matter With Death
° Appendix I: Physis And Being
° Appendix II: Pathei-Mathos: Genesis of My Unknowing
° Appendix III: A Matter Of Honour

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Gratis Open Access Digital Version:

Extremism And Reformation
(pdf)

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Myatt: Humility, Tolerance, and Islam

David Myatt

David Myatt

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According to Myatt he has republished the texts below “since the problems and the attitudes described in them six years ago are still relevant – if not more relevant – now.”

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Humility, Islam and The Need for Tolerance
(pdf)

Contents:

§ Prefatory Note
§ Of Learning Humility and Tolerance
§ Of Respect for Islam
§ Terror and Al-Quran
§ Of Islam and Violence
§ Conclusion

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Islam, The West, Prejudice, and Islamophobia
(pdf)

Contents:

§ Prefatory Note
§ Prejudice, Extremism, Islamophobia, and Culture
§ Toward A Balanced View Of Islam and The West
§ Concerning Islamophobia

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Source:
https://davidmyatt.wordpress.com/2019/07/17/humility-tolerance-islam-and-prejudice/

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The Poetry Of David Myatt

David Myatt

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The Poetry Of David Myatt
(pdf)

Extract:

“Of the many neglected aspects of the life of David Myatt perhaps the most neglected is his poetry. Hitherto, academics and especially the many critics of Myatt – from journalists to anti-fascists – have concentrated on his former “extremist” years and thus on his extremist writings and activities as a neo-nazi and as a radical Muslim […]

In order to understand Myatt, beyond anti-fascist propaganda and beyond the populist and often biased interpretations of journalists, a review of and appreciation of his autobiographical poetry is necessary.”

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Related:

Myatt: One Exquisite Silence
(pdf)

Myatt: Four Forgotten Poems

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David Myatt And The Jews

Abdul-Aziz ibn Myatt

Abdul-Aziz ibn Myatt

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The following extract from an article published in January 2019 in the prestigious academic journal Studies in Conflict & Terrorism provides an interesting analysis of Myatt’s move from National Socialism to Islam.

Add to this analysis the fact of Myatt’s life-long belief that the Shoah is a modern myth and it is not surprising that he was and still is hated, reviled and the target of false, malicious and libellous allegations by Zionists, by anti-fascists, by Establishment journalists, and by others.

RDM Crew
June 2019

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Myatt eventually lost hope in the far right’s ability to combat Zionism […] He explained that he now believed there would never be a successful uprising “in any Western nation, by nationalists, racial nationalists, or National Socialists because these people lack the desire, the motivation, the ethos, to do this and because they do not have the support of even a large minority of their own folk.”

This disillusion contributed to Myatt’s turn to Islam. [He] drew a straight-line connection between his fight against the Jewish people as a neo-Nazi and as a Muslim.

Much of Myatt’s public writing during his time as a Muslim focused on encouraging enemies of the Jewish people to unite under a single banner. He exhorted “all enemies of the Zionists to embrace the Jihad,” referred to Islam as the “true martial religion,” and claimed that it “will most effectively fight against the Jews and the Americans.” Myatt praised Osama bin Laden, describing the al-Qaeda leader as “an exemplary warrior who has forsaken a life of luxury to pursue his Islamic duty.”

[The] thrust of his argument [was] that “the primary battle against the Zionist occupation government (ZOG) has shifted from the West to the Islamic world.”

Myatt provides an example of how one’s commitment to anti-Semitism can bridge the ideological divide between Nazism and jihadism.

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Source: Daveed Gartenstein-Ross & Madeleine Blackman (2019). Fluidity of the Fringes: Prior Extremist Involvement as a Radicalization Pathway. Studies in Conflict & Terrorism. Taylor & Francis. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1057610X.2018.1531545

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Questions For Anti-Fascists

David Myatt

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Given that we know the political anti-fascist “pressure group” styling itself “Hope not Hate” monitor this blog, we the RDM Crew have some questions for them given their Media hyped 2019 report in which they, without providing any evidence whatsoever, made libellous assumptions that David Myatt was still a neo-nazi and that he was involved with the Order of Nine Angles (O9A, ONA).

We wonder what answer they have to items such as (i) Analysing National Socialism and (ii) Selected Essays And Effusions and (iii) Extremism And Reformation and (iv) Catholic Still In Spirit?

Will so-called “Hope not Hate” in their prejudice, and with their anti-fascist hatred, propagandistically declare that “David Myatt is a liar” and that such Myattian works are some sort of “sinister ploy” designed to defect attention away from what they claim is his so-called “satanist” agenda? Or will they in their paranoia and in their hatred – and yet again without providing any evidence – claim that any author who accepts Myatt’s rejection of neo-nazism and extremism is Myatt himself or some O9A-aligned satanist?

If so, then perhaps they would comment on the following which appeared in the prestigious academic journal Studies in Conflict & Terrorism:

“Myatt eventually came to reject both Islam and extremism in favor of a new philosophical outlook that he dubbed the Way of Pathei-Mathos.” {1}

That those anti-fascists – and others like them – have never provided any evidence for their claims and their assumptions that Myatt’s post-2011 rejection of extremism is fake, nor their claims that he is a Satanist, is indicative of just how propagandistic and how politically motivated – and how dishonourable – their anti-fascist claims and assumptions about Myatt seem to be.

That “Hope not Hate” – et al – give former extremists such as Joe Pearce the benefit of the doubt {2} while claiming that Myatt is a manipulate lair is both interesting and seems to be indicative of their prejudice, their hatred, their anti-fascist bias. So much therefore for their propagandistic claim to represent “hope” not “hate”. For a Christian hope would surely give Myatt the benefit of the doubt.

However, given that their much Media hyped 2019 propagandistic report contained over twelve basic errors about the O9A and Myatt {3} we do not expect them, prejudiced and hateful as they seem to be, to either acknowledge their mistakes or to ever give David Myatt the benefit of the doubt.

RDM Crew
June 2019 ev

{1} Daveed Gartenstein-Ross & Madeleine Blackman (2019). Fluidity of the Fringes: Prior Extremist Involvement as a Radicalization Pathway. Studies in Conflict & Terrorism. Taylor & Francis. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1057610X.2018.1531545

{2} https://regardingdavidmyatt.wordpress.com/two-reformed-racists/

{3} https://regardingdavidmyatt.wordpress.com/2019/03/04/twelve-basic-errors/

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Myatt: Analyzing National Socialism

David Myatt

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Analyzing National Socialism
(pdf)

Contents

° Preface
° Some Philosophical and Moral Problems of National-Socialism
° Hitler, National-Socialism, and Politics: A Personal Reappraisal

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As Myatt states in the Preface,

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Republished here are two essays – both written in January 2012 and respectively titled Some Philosophical and Moral Problems of National-Socialism and Hitler, National-Socialism, and Politics: A Personal Reappraisal – whose genesis was the development and the refinement of my earlier ‘numinous way’ into the philosophy of pathei-mathos.

The essays, although now somewhat dated, are republished because they may have some relevance for those interested in my rejection of extremism, and because the writing of the two essays enabled me to express the thoughts and feelings about the particular extremism named National Socialism engendered by the insights of that ‘numinous way’.

As I noted in Some Questions For DWM 2014,

“My writings, post-2011, were and are really dialogues: interiorly with myself and externally with a few friends or the occasional person who has contacted me and expressed an interest.”

In addition, as I wrote in Letter To My Undiscovered Self, published in 2012,

“That it took me four decades, and the tragic death of two loved ones, to discover [such] simple truths surely reveals something about the person I was and about the extremisms I championed and fought for. Now, I – with Sappho – not only say that,

I love delicate softness:
For me, love has brought the brightness
And the beauty of the Sun….

but also that a personal, mutual, love between two human beings is the most beautiful, the most sacred, the most important, the most human, thing in the world; and that the peace that most of us hope for, desire in our hearts, only requires us to be, to become, loving, kind, fair, empathic, compassionate, human beings.”

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Article source: https://davidmyatt.wordpress.com/2019/06/05/analysing-national-socialism/