Richard Spencer’s Nazi Solar Cult

Yesterday I put up clips of an Alt-Right meeting at the weekend at which the movement’s founder and self-declared ‘father’, Richard Spencer, delivered a speech. It’s very chilling footage, as Spencer talks in openly Nazi terms, beginning with the cry of ‘Hail Trump! Hail our race! Hail victory!’ He’s now issued a statement today that all this was supposedly ‘ironic’.

Yeah. Right.

The Young Turks have pointed out that it would be ironic if the Green Party did it, or some other left-wing group. As it is, it isn’t ironic at all. It’s just Nazi.

Spencer also went on to eulogise the White race, stating that we were a race of ‘strivers, explorers and conquerors, who went up and up’. Well, so did any number of other civilisations, from whom we learned, and adopted and adapted their achievements. Like the great civilisations of the Ancient Near East, Babylon, Phoenicia, India, Ancient China, the Arabs and so on.

But Spencer also described Whites in another manner, which has distinct Nazi connotations, which no-one else so far appears to have picked up. He described Whites as ‘the children of the sun’. It’s a bizarre comment, as for most people, Whites are the children of the temperate or cold climates. ‘Children of the sun’ seems a description more appropriate to the indigenous peoples of the tropics, like Black Africa, south and south-east Asia, South and Central America and Australia.

The phrase looks to me like it comes from Nazi pagan sun worship. The swastika is believed to be a representation of the sun’s movement across the sky during the day. The Germanic neo-pagan cults, which partly influenced the Nazi party, were themselves strongly influenced by late 19th century Monistic philosophy, which viewed the planets, and the life that subsequently developed on them, as created from the primordial sun. This produced in its turn a volkisch cult of the sun. In the late 19th century, for example, one of the Austrian neo-pagan groups buried a series of bottles laid out in the shape of the swastika as part of a ceremony designed to adore the sun as the visible body of the ancient Norse God, Baldur.

Donald Trump has today issued a statement renouncing the support of the Alt-Right, assuring people that he believes in racial equality and wishes to be a president for all Americans. Unfortunately, he still has Steven Bannon, a Breitbart executive known for his anti-Semitic and White supremacist ‘Alt-Right’ beliefs. If Trump wishes to reassure Americans that he is not a White supremacist or Nazi, he should sack him and anyone connected with the racist Right.

But this is also an issue that confronts the Christian religious right. Much of the polemics made by right-wing religious and political pundits, like Glen Beck, has involved denunciations of Nazism for its explicitly pagan, anti-Christian nature. I know that this view of Nazism is challenged and rejected by many atheists, who point to Hitler’s statement in Mein Kampf that he was doing God’s will, and the disgraceful and odious support given to Hitler’s regime by the churches. The support Hitler received from the churches is indeed an outrageous scandal. Hitler himself wasn’t a Christian, however. Academic historians instead believe that he was a pantheist, who believed in an impersonal God as the forces of nature. He wasn’t a Christian, but he wasn’t quite an atheist either. Rather, he had views similar to the Monists mentioned above. There were pagan cultists within Nazism, mostly in the SS, whose leader, Heinrich Himmler, invented pagan ceremonies for them, and in certain sections of the Reich, such as the borders with occupied Poland, the gauleiters embarked on a deliberate policy of anti-Christian persecution.

Glen Beck and the other leaders of the Republican religious right see Nazism as synonymous with ‘socialism’ and state interference. But Spencer and his stormtroopers claim to defend private industry – which, incidentally, Hitler also did. But they’ve also made their Nazi beliefs very evident, including a revealing reference to their paganism. If the Christian religious right does not denounce them for their Nazism and paganism, but continues to support them because they supposedly defend and protect laissez-faire capitalism and anti-welfare policies, then it shows that they are nothing but hypocrites, who have no compunction against supporting a murderous political ideology and the pagan cultists, who wish to implement it, purely because they like their economic views.

I realise that not all pagans by far are Nazis. The impression I’ve got from meeting them and reading about their beliefs is that many have absolutely normal political views, and a large number are left-wing, peaceful hippy types. I’m not try to demonise them, or pantheists. My point here is to expose the hypocrisy of the Christian religious right, who make much noise about standing up for Christianity and Jews against pagan and Nazi persecution, but look like doing absolutely nothing about it in practice at this very moment.

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6 Responses to “Richard Spencer’s Nazi Solar Cult”

  1. Florence Says:

    Another thought provoking blog. One thing is the use of the term Alt-right. I have just seen a discussion where there are strong arguments against adopting this term. The consensus is that we have to call them what they,are – fascists, white supremacist, etc. The term Alt-right could be considered camouflage. I’m not sure, but appreciate the adoption of a slightly “hip” new name can sanitise.

    • beastrabban Says:

      Thanks, Florence. I’ve seen those arguments as well, and I think they’re right. It is time to call ’em what they are – Fascists and White Supremacists. I think they adopted the monicker Alt-Right, or Alternative Right, as I kind of rebrand, and to indicate that, unlike traditional Far Rightists, they were hip with the internet, and so more intellectual and sophisticated that the average goose-stepping thug. As if that made any real difference. You can bet that if Goebbels were alive today, he and Hitler would be hanging out at something like

  2. watermelonbloke Says:

    Yep, good stuff.

    I think it’s important in general discussion about the nazis (as opposed to more “regular” fascists) to note their rabid obsession with the occult, a fascinating topic.

    • beastrabban Says:

      Thanks for the appreciation, Watermelonbloke. There is a fascination with the occult in the Nazi right. Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke has written two excellent books about it, The Occult Roots of Nazism: Secret Aryan Cults and their Influence on Nazi Ideology (London: I.B. Tauris 1992), and The Black Sun, which is a study of modern neo-Nazi occultism.

  3. Arthur Bentley Says:

    — Anton Bruckner,Gottgläubig And National Socialism —

    “Third, the image of the devout Bruckner as a ”visionary mystic” was exploited after the breakdown of relations between Berlin and the Vatican in 1936. The National Socialists formulated a new religious confession, called ”God Believing” (”’Gottgläubig’), which recognized German nationalist identity as a religion in itself. Bruckner’s symphonies were to be its sacred language, though his important religious works and, indeed, the very identity of Bruckner as Catholic had to be ignored. The symphonies, especially the slow movements, which surpassed even Schubert’s heavenly lengths, were deemed a religious experience, and only those who shared the same blood and soil could fully comprehend the message.

    So it is no coincidence that only hours after the Regensburg ceremony Hitler used the word ”Gottgläubig” for the first time at a large political rally, cleverly connecting a National Socialist religion with German expansionism.”

    “It can be seen from the above accounts that Goebbels Regensburg address focused on four important points.

    Providing a link between Germany and Austria which would help in securing the subsequent annexation or ‘Anschluss’.

    Promoting the blood and soil ethic exemplified by the Volkische ideal.

    Gaining support for the recent ban on art criticism, and Promoting Gottgläubig as the new religion.”

    Gottgläubig (deistic or religious; literally, God-believing), was a pantheistic religious movement of those who broke away from Christianity but kept their faith in a higher power or divine creator.

    By the decree of the Reich Ministry of the Interior of 26 November 1936, this religious descriptor was officially recognized on government records. It was last recognized in the 1946 census of the French Occupation Zone.

    The historian Richard J Evans wrote that, by 1939, 95% of Germans still called themselves Protestant or Catholic, while 3.5% identified as “Gottgläubig.” The bulk of this 1.5million neo-pagan group consisted of party members.

    • beastrabban Says:

      Thanks for that, Arthur. That’s really interesting. I’d never come across the Gottglaubiger before.:)

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