Friday, 16 March 2018

ANTIFA V Black Metal

There’s no doubt that the Black Metal scene has become more right-wing in recent years, and I reckon Antifa must shoulder a good part of the blame. By seeking to get gigs of bands they see as “offensive” shut down, they are driving fans of those bands into the arms of the far right through the ‘my enemy’s enemy is my friend principle’. This happened to me back in the 80s, except in reverse. Back then the main threat to my freedom to listen to and read what I wanted came from the right. You had Tipper Gore and the PMRC trying to get metal bands censored and Mary Whitehouse and co making it impossible to get uncensored gore and porn. This naturally drove a lot of people who valued freedom of expression towards the left, indeed I became actively involved in the anarchist movement for a while. It took me a few years to realise the Left and Right just represented different facets of the same Christian ideology I thought I had rebelled against and that all political ‘wings’ or movements are inherently hostile to true individualism.

Many of today’s Black Metal fans are too young to remember the 80s, their first experience of having someone else trying to decide for them what forms of expression are acceptable comes courtesy of left wing organisations like ANTIFA and political correctness in general. So they get pushed to the right, just as I was pushed to the left back in the 80s.

I’ve heard it suggested that if bands like Burzum and Graveland hadn’t brought racialism into Black Metal, and just stuck to singing about Satanism, the left would never have had a problem with it. Utter nonsense! The left stands for egalitarianism, taking from the successful to prop up those who can’t support themselves. Satanism is an expressly elitist, social Darwinist philosophy that stands for allowing society to stratify itself to the point that those who can’t cope on their own perish through their own inability. The Church of Satan’s ‘five point plan’ PentagonalRevisionism, written by our found Anton LaVey and Satanism:The Feared Religion by our current High Priest, Peter H Gilmore, make this explicit. Passages like “Practical application of this doctrine would see the complete cessation of the welfare system, an end to no-strings attached foreign aid and new programs to award and encourage gifted individuals in all fields to pursue personal excellence” leave no room for misinterpretation, despite the best efforts of a certain pseudo-Satanic group whose name I shan’t lower myself to mentioning! In other words, even if Black Metal had stayed strictly Satanic, I believe the conflict between it and the far left would be as inherent as the conflict between science and religion.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Satanic Self-Defence

I think the term ‘self-defence’ is misleading when it comes to Krav Maga, certainly for the attitude I train with. It implies that the system is all about reacting to attacks, and remaining passive until the attacker (I shall use this term to mean the other person, whether they are actually physically attacking or not) makes a physical move etc. When in fact pre-emptive striking is an integral part of the system and much of our training centres around developing power and speed with our strikes and honing our fighting skills.

As I see them the principles of self defence are.

(a) You have the right to defend yourself when attacked.

(b) An attack is any unwelcome action by another person directed at you, whether physical, verbal or psychological. This incidentally is in line with my workplace diversity ethos – it is how your actions are perceived by the other person, rather than how you perceive them, that decides whether they are acceptable or not.

(c) Successfully defending yourself means making the attacker either unable or unwilling to continue their unwelcome action.

(d) I will ascend as far up the Scale of Force as I need to accomplish the above goal. The Scale of Force describes the 5 levels of human interaction – 1. Nice 2. Assertive. 3. Aggressive. 4 Assaultive. 5. Lethal.  Hence an attack does not necessarily have to involve physical violence to elicit a physical response. Indeed, attack is the best form of defence and the best time to attack is before the other person!

Another principle of self defence is ‘It is better to avoid than to run away. It is better to run away than to de-escalate. It is better to de-escalate than to fight. It is better to fight than to die’. Of course, in real life avoiding and running away are not always options. De-escalating a verbal conflict does not mean any kind of weak ‘please stop being mean’ kind of talk. It corresponds to the assertive and aggressive levels of the Scale of Force. Going into a modified version of my fighting stance (hands chest rather than face high, palms towards the attacker rather than clenched fists) and firmly (but preferably without inflaming the situation by swearing) telling the attacker I find their conduct unacceptable, to leave me alone etc. Then stepping to the aggressive level if that doesn’t work, hands come higher, voice gets more forceful etc. Then if that still doesn’t work, maybe giving an ‘educational block’ a firm heel-of-hand push to the chest while digging fingers into their super sternal notch. A similar thing can be used with someone who insists on leaning too close over you, using the power of your legs as you stand up to drive the push. If that sill doesn’t work, then I strike! To use the rattlesnake as an analogy, the assertive level corresponds to rattling the tail, aggressive to that and hissing. The optional educational block is like a dummy bite, final FINAL warning!

In effect, the only difference between defending against someone being verbally irritating and a potential killer or rapist is how far up the Scale of Force you must go to arrive at a situation where the attacker is unable or unwilling to continue. The more violent the attack, the higher you usually have to go. I say usually because sometimes a potential violent attacker or even killer can be put off by an aggressive verbal display. Similarly, someone (for example a manger in the workplace) may be so convinced their higher status or rank gives them the right to dominate you that verbal assertiveness and aggression don’t work and you end up having to knock them out. So be it, the only thing not ‘on the table’ is submission as far as I’m concerned!

Of course, this is very much informed by my own radical individualist ideology. I am a Satanist, a member of an organisation (The Church of Satan) that in effect deifies individuality. I came to Satanism via the anarchist movement after becoming disillusioned with collectivist ideology. I realised there was never going to be a revolution, most people need someone or something to do their thinking for them and simply don’t want the responsibility that genuine freedom brings. I have never seen the fact that someone tells me ‘you have to do this’ or ‘you can’t do that’ to be an adequate reason for either doing something I don’t want to do, or not doing something I really do want to do. That mindset is what got me involved in the anarchist movement and in the quarter century or so since I left, it has only become hardened. Both by me getting stronger and more confident (mentally and physically) as an individual and by becoming increasingly disillusioned with people in general. I just hope no one is ever stupid enough to piss me off and then ignore my verbal warnings to the extent that I need use my Krav Maga on them. Both for their sake and my own! But if it comes to it I shall not hesitate, keeping in mind the following quotes from The Satanic Bible by our founder, Anton Szandor LaVey.


“Give blow for blow, scorn for scorn, doom for doom—with compound interest liberally added thereunto! Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, aye fourfold, a hundredfold! Make yourself a Terror to your adversary, and when he goeth his way, he will possess much additional wisdom to ruminate over. Thus shall you make yourself respected in all the walks of life, and your spirit—your immortal spirit—shall live, not in an intangible paradise, but in the brains and sinews of those whose respect you have gained.“


“Stop the way of them that would persecute you. Let those who devise thine undoing be hurled back to confusion and infamy. Let them be as chaff before the cyclone and after they have fallen rejoice in thine own salvation. Then all thy bones shall say pridefully, “Who is like unto me? Have I not been too strong for mine adversaries? Have I not delivered MYSELF by mine own brain and body?”

Friday, 8 September 2017

Some Random Thoughts On My Political Stance, Will and Technology

1. This is my life and I will live it however I want. Anyone who tries to tell me what or whom I can say, think, read, watch, listen to, love or hate, is my ENEMY. This is why I take no sides in the tiresome Left vs Right struggle. Not because I am ‘sitting on the fence’ but because I see both sides as being equally hostile towards that which I value the most, my individuality.

2.  W I L L – 4 very important letters. 4 letters that mean the same to me in English as they do in German. In German will is the first person present form of the verb wollen – to want. Ich will gehen = I want to go, a statement of desire. In English I will is a statement of fact. For me the 2 are synonymous, if I want to do something and I have the physical means to do it I will. The only authority I respect that can make me do something I really don't want to do, or prevent me doing something I really DO want to do is - superior physical force. To prevent either of those situations arising, that is one of the main things that keeps me motivated to keep training at Krav Maga and  working on my strength.

3.  I grew up reading (and still read) a lot of Science Fiction from the 40s – 70s what I consider to be the Golden Age of sci fi. Those authors generally had 2 visions of how humans would be using technology in the 21st century. Either to make life easier such as robots doing dangerous/demeaning work, flying cars or hypersonic transport. Or the dystopian vision of nuclear warfare, sentient robots and computers trying to wipe out mankind etc. It seems neither has really happened, instead technology has mainly served to make life less PRIVATE, it is easier than ever for governments, employers and business to monitor what we are up to, where we go, what we buy etc. Meanwhile we work just as long as we did before all the IT technology came along, and for many the way it has made it easier for their employer to keep tabs on them has meant work has become even more, not less stressful!

 It’s as if our thinking has got smaller, no flying cars, inter-city moving walkways or hand-held laser blasters, but hey, let’s all get excited about a computer the size of a credit card! If anything things have gone backwards with the abandoning of the Space Shuttle program and the grounding of the Concorde and Tupolev supersonic airliners. What a damning indictment of modern small thinking it is, that you could fly across the Atlantic faster forty years ago than you can now!

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Negative Labels

The older I get the more terms like ‘atheist” and ‘non-believer’ are starting to grate on my nerves. They imply that having theist beliefs is the normal state of affairs and that people like me are somehow lacking something because we don’t believe in supernatural mumbo-jumbo. As far as I am concerned the opposite is true, I HAVE something that the theists lack. Namely the ability to think for myself and formulate my own values in accordance with my own needs, rather than being enslaved by someone else’s values. I look forward to the day when we revaluate our terms – those who are now called ‘atheists’ and ‘non-believers’ will merely be labelled ‘rational’ or ‘logical’ while the god-believers will bear negative labels like ‘irrational’ and ‘non-logical’!

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Why I'll Be Voting In the 2017 General Election

 I’ll be voting in the General Election for the first time in the 29 years I’ve been eligible to do so and I’ll be voting Labour. Purely out of self-interest, I have not become a ‘leftie’ and have the same Social Darwinist outlook as I’ve had since I stopped taking drugs and realised that anarchy would actually mean what Hobbes called ‘the war of all against all’, rather than everyone living in happy little communes growing their own food and ‘herbs’.

I’m a Civil Servant, and like most of my colleagues (exceptions being some senior execs and managers) I haven’t had a pay rise that’s kept pace with the cost of living since 2004-2005. Every year since then it’s been a below-inflation pay rise every year (in other words a pay CUT) plus we have had numerous attacks on our working terms, our pension contract was torn up so now we have to pay more each month, wait longer to get it and it will be less than was originally agreed. This process of driving down our wages and conditions started with ‘New’ Labour, at a time when the economy was strong and continued with the Coalition then Cameron’s Tory government, the economic downturn just gave them an excuse to turn the screw even more. Also the department I work for is self-funding, we charge fees for our services and usually make a healthy profit for the Treasury – this has made us a prime candidate for privatisation and we’ve fended off a couple of serious attempts to sell us off.  As we’ve seen from other civil service departments that have been privatised, this would have led to even worse pay and conditions and job losses. Throughout all this our staunchest supporter in Parliament has been Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, probably Jeremy Corbyn’s strongest ally. Corbyn has made it clear he does not share the ‘private sector good, public sector bad’ ideology that has driven previous governments so for once I feel there is enough of a difference to break my principle and actually endorse the farce that is democracy. By that I mean the people who actually run the country (those who control the wealth, permanent secretaries in Whitehall, the senior judiciary etc) don’t put themselves up for election, the whole parliamentary system is a ruse to fool people into thinking they actually have a say in who runs the country.

Also, Theresa May has made it clear that she supports fox-hunting. As far as I am concerned, anyone who harms or kills animals for pleasure is the lowest kind of scum. That alone would be good enough reason for me not to vote Tory. Plus Jeremy Corbyn wants to re-nationalise the railways. Having travelled in numerous other countries where the railways are under State control, cost a fraction of what ours do and run far more efficiently, all I can say is ‘about time’! As I have said, I have a basically Social Darwinist outlook, I believe society should be allowed to naturally stratify itself without government interference according the laws of nature. The function of government should be merely to maintain law and order, national security and the infrastructure such as public transport networks and power. The idea of having the national infrastructure in the hands of private companies (especially when most of those companies aren’t even British!) being run for the benefit of those companies’ shareholders rather than the British public seems absurd to me. Now I’m fully aware that Labour are more pro welfare than the Tories (in order for stratification to occur the welfare system would have to be dismantled) but as I use the railways almost daily and (being realistic here) am more likely to find myself requiring welfare than being in one of the upper tax brackets who will be more heavily taxed under Labour, self-interest makes my choice obvious. Only a fool puts ‘principles’ before their own self-interest!

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Some Thoughts Following The Terrorist Attack In Manchester May 2017

It doesn’t matter who sold what arms to what countries or intervened where. RELIGION, that is the one thing that is to blame for atrocities like Manchester. As long as there are people going around thinking that the universe was created by a sentient being that has nothing better to do with its time than worry about what individual humans do with their genitalia, what food they eat or do at certain times of the year (a concept which has not relevance ANYWHERE else in the universe except on this speck of dust called the Earth!), there will be those who feel they have a right to kill those who don’t conform to the standards of their particular deity. Especially as these deities (can’t say I’ve ever read the Koran, but being brought up in a Christian household I am very familiar with the Bible) act like fairytale cosmic Hitlers, striking down anyone who offends them in the slightest way, and encouraging their followers to wipe out any individual/tribe/nation that refuses to conform to their wishes.

Which brings me onto another thing, this distinction that we’re always asked to make between ‘moderate’ and ‘extremist’ religionists. Seems to me like making a distinction between the tail and head of the scorpion that stings you – when you consider the nature of the fairy-tale figures they grovel to, ANY theist is a potential ‘extremist’.

As for the notion that the extremists are ‘perverting’ their religion, again when you consider how their deities behave in their own fairytales (scriptures), it’s actually the ‘moderate’ theists who are ‘perverting’ their religions by damping down their inherent intolerance, sexism and homophobia to fit in with modern values. The bottom line is, until the day comes when theistic religion is consigned to same dustbin of history as the flat earth theory, atrocities like Manchester will keep happening.

There is a war being fought that has been fought for thousands of years, between reason and unreason, science and superstation, knowledge and ignorance, enlightenment and religion, light and darkness. Not for nothing did the early Christians adopt Lucifer, the Roman god of wisdom and enlightenment (Light of the Morning) as their symbol of ultimate evil. Those yellow-bellied liberals who talk the language of appeasement towards Islam need to take a good long look at themselves and consider which side they are on.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Democracy And The Left

I think for a lot of people, particularly those on the liberal left side of the political divide, Democracy is something they prefer the idea of to the reality. It makes them look cool and liberal to champion democracy (particularly when it is being fought for abroad, most especially against undemocratic governments that are backed by the West), but they don’t seem so keen on it when it’s closer to home.


Before 1972 Britain had a democracy that was envied and copied around the world. In that year Prime Minister Ted Heath took us into what was then the EEC, something which he promised the British public was just about economic and not political union. Long before he publicly admitted that he had lied about that, it had become obvious that political union was very much on the agenda and power was gradually and irreversibly being devolved away from our democratically elected government to a group of unelected and largely unaccountable officials in Brussels. Fast forward to 2016 and we have a referendum on our membership of the EU, and the supposedly democracy-loving Left are leading the call for the UK to remain in the EU, rather than taking back control of its own affairs and borders. Even more hilariously, when the result of the referendum went against them, many called for it to be ignored, citing that fact that the Leave campaigners told lies as a reason for annulling the result. If the fact that one party lied was a reason for annulling an election result, we would never have joined the EEC/EU in the first places, and I’m guessing a lot of General Election results would be declared null and void too!


Personally I’m not particularly fussed when we stay in or leave the EU, I can see up and down sides to both options. I do however think that if we end up remaining we should just drop the pretence of democracy. Think of the money we’d save if we didn’t have to pay the wages and expenses for 650 MPs and have elections every 4 years. We could just add rubber-stamping EU legislation to the Queen’s list of duties and turn the Houses of Parliament into a museum. I think it’s the most beautiful building in London and it would be fantastic for the public to be able to access it fully.


The hypocrisy of the Left in this matter shouldn’t come as a great surprise though. These are the same people who are quick to condemn (and call for the censorship of, while at the same time claiming to champion free speech) of anything they deem sexist or homophobic. However they are also the first to defend Islam (a religion which sanctifies patriarchy and homophobia) and assure us that those who commit terrorist acts in the name of Allah do not represent the views of ‘real’ Muslims, they’ve even invented a word (Islamist) to separate ‘bad’ and ‘good’ Muslims, so terrified are they of being portrayed as racist (a word which carries the same stigma as ‘paedophile’ in today’s PC society) should they be seen to be criticising Islam. It’s no wonder European and American politics have shifted so much to the right in recent years. Weakness and cowardice are probably the 2 least desirable qualities that people wish to see in their leaders. I think what has happened has been less a move towards the Right, more a recoiling in disgust from the Left!