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The Gordian Knot & Some Race History

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The term Gordian knot refers to a problem most difficult of solution. It is a metaphor for an intractable problem.

To “cut the Gordian knot” means to solve a problem in an entirely original way, perhaps with one swift action, by rejecting or violating conventional rules that define the problem and its accepted range of solutions.[1] It also means to cut to the heart of a matter without wasting time on superfluous details.

Alexander the Great famously cut the Gordian knot, which nobody else had been able to undo, at Gordium, the capital city of ancient Phrygia located where the Royal Road crossed the Sangarius River 47 miles southwest of present-day Ankara, the capital of Turkey, thereby fulfilling the prophecy that whoever undid the knot would become master of Asia.[2]

The Hittites (Turkey)

Phyrgia occupied a major region of what was formerly the Hittite Empire, the earliest known civilization in Asia Minor and northern Syria. The Indo-European Hittites, an agricultural people, invaded the central plateau of Anatolia, probably from the region of the Caucasus, around 1900 BC and imposed their language, culture, and rule on the earlier non-Indo-European-speaking inhabitants.

The Hittites were known for their advanced system of government. Their military, too, was leading-edge; their chariots were the lightest and fastest of the time. The Hittites were possibly the first people to smelt iron. Their building materials were mostly stone and brick, but wooden columns were also used. Palaces, temples, and fortifications were frequently adorned with intricate, stylized carved reliefs on walls, gates, and entrances.

Until the dawn of the 20th century the primary sources of information about the Hittites came from Egyptian records, particularly those of the 19th Dynasty, and certain passages in the Old Testament. But in 1906 the Hittite royal archives were discovered in excavations at Boğazkale, Turkey. These made it possible to decipher the Hittite language, revealing information about previously unknown aspects of the culture, including political organization, legislation, religion, and literature. According to Professor Roger Pearson’s Anthropological Glossary (1985):

The discovery of written Hittite records reveals the essentially Indo-European character of the upper classes, even though the indigenous peasantry retained their Hurrian language and customs. Practicing an essentially proto-feudal system, the Hittite kings granted large estates to members of the warrior nobility, who participated in the government of the empire by way of a council of nobles. As with other Indo-European societies, there was also a third political group which among the Hittites was known as the Pankus. This represented the assembly of the able-bodied heads of households [families!] of true Hittite descent. The subject Hurrians, who continued to live in their Zadruga-type collective villages, appear to have been without political representation.

Ancient Hittite records show that the language, literature, and system of government were all highly developed. The Hittites rarely employed the death penalty or bodily mutilation, both common in the Middle East. In the main, Hittite justice rested on the principle of restitution rather than retribution or vengeance. Myths were similar to the Greek myths contained in the Theogony of the Greek poet Hesiod, and may have served as their prototypes.

The Hittite Empire in 1340 BC. Note the major archaeological site of ancient Gordium on the Sakarya (ancient Sangarius) River near present-day Ankara, the capital of Turkey, on the northern edge of the kingdom.

The Hittite Empire in 1340 BC. Note the major archaeological site of ancient Gordium on the Sakarya (ancient Sangarius) River near present-day Ankara, the capital of Turkey, on the northern edge of the kingdom.

By 1380–1346 BC the Hittite Kingdom had become a great empire rivaling those of Egypt, Babylonia, and Assyria. It fell shortly after 1200 BC to Indo-European invaders known as the Sea Peoples, and Aryan Phrygians from the west. Many Hittite cultural elements survived until the Roman penetration into Anatolia in 190 BC, a century and a half after Alexander.

The Phrygians (Turkey)

The satrapy (province) of Phrygia was part of the Persian Empire in 330 BC. The empire’s center, the Iranian plateau, had been settled about 1500 BC by Aryan tribes from the Eurasian steppes, the most important of which were the Medes and the Persians. The empire itself, founded c. 550 BC, grew into the most powerful and extensive in the ancient world. Persians adhered to their own religion, Zoroastrianism, the central feature of which was dualism.

The Persians constructed a vast network of roads to unite their sprawling kingdom. Gordium, the capital of the Phrygian satrapy, was situated on the Persian Royal Road that led through the heart of Anatolia. This sophisticated road network enabled mounted couriers to travel 2,000 miles in only seven days; an army on foot might require three months to traverse the same distance. In his Histories, the Greek historian Herodotus (c. 484–425 BC) described the Persians’ extraordinary courier system utilizing these highways, akin to the famed Pony Express of the American West:

There is nothing mortal which accomplishes a journey with more speed than these [royal] messengers, so skillfully has this been invented by the Persians. For they say that according to the number of days of which the entire journey consists, so many horses and men are set at intervals, each man and horse appointed for a day’s journey. Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor darkness of night prevents them from accomplishing the task proposed to them with the very utmost speed. The first one rides and delivers the message with which he is charged to the second, and the second to the third; and after that it goes through them handed from one to the other, as in the torch race among the Greeks, which they perform for Hephaestus. This kind of running of their horses the Persians call angareion.

A variation of Herodotus’ phrase inscribed on the New York City Post Office—“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds”—is often thought of as the motto of the US Postal Service. A good account of the Persian Royal Road by a young scholar can be read here: “The Persian Royal Mail.”

The Phrygian kingdom supplanted the Hittite Empire in Anatolia. It was settled by the Indo-European Phrygians who entered the area from Thrace, the eastern Balkan Peninsula largely uncultivated and covered by forest, including parts of Macedonia and Bulgaria, seizing control of the whole central tableland around 1200 BC.

Early in the 1st millennium BC Phrygia encompassed most of the Anatolian Peninsula, but it subsequently split into Greater and Lesser Phrygia. Gordium was the capital of Greater Phrygia, a high, barren plateau, the most fertile part of which was watered by the Sangarius River. Grapes were cultivated extensively, and Phrygian marble, celebrated in antiquity, was quarried.

Phyrgia was a satrapy of the Persian Empire when Alexander invaded Anatolia.

Phyrgia was a satrapy of the Persian Empire when Alexander invaded Anatolia.

The first archaeological excavation at Gordium was conducted by the German brothers Gustav and Alfred Körte in 1900. Subsequently, Rodney S. Young of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology carried out extensive work between 1950 and 1973. Excavations have continued since then under the auspices of the Museum. Gordium is considered one of the most important archaeological sites in the Near East, on a scale rivaled by few others. The University of Pennsylvania maintains a website, Digital Gordion, containing a wealth of information about the excavations there.

Alexander the Great & the Macedonians

Alexander, the greatest general of the ancient world, was the son of King Phillip II of Macedon, a semi-barbarian, warrior state on the northern frontier of Greece.

Ancient Macedonians were an Indo-European people closely related to the Greeks, who lived in the area still known as Macedonia today and retained an essentially tribal monarchical structure long after Greece developed republican city-states. Though Macedonians proudly claimed to be Greek, they were considered somewhat uncouth and not fully part of the classical Greek culture by inhabitants of southern Greece. Thucydides and Herodotus regarded them either as northern Greeks, barbarians, or an intermediate group between pure Greeks and barbarians.

Attempts to classify the Macedonian language are complicated by the paucity of surviving ancient Macedonian texts, as it was primarily an oral language and most archeological inscriptions indicate there was no dominant written language other than Attic and later Koine Greek. Ancient Macedonian speech is thought to have been either a peripheral Greek dialect, a separate but related language, or a hybridized idiom. Apparently spoken Macedonian and Greek were sufficiently different that communication problems arose between Greek and Macedonian contingents, necessitating the use of interpreters as late as the time of Alexander the Great.

Preserving their cultural and genetic homogeneity, the Macedonians succeeded in subordinating Greece to their control and establishing a short-lived empire under Alexander.

Alexander ascended the Macedonian throne at age 20 in 336 BC. Temperamentally he was quite unlike his father. Philip had been a cautious, patient, often devious man who planned carefully before striking, whereas his youthful, headstrong son preferred to settle problems quickly. Like Hitler, Alexander acted decisively and with great speed, taking extraordinary risks in the process.

Originally intending only to destroy the Persian army, his objectives changed as his military campaign progressed; ultimately he decided to take over the entire Persian Empire and merge it with the Greek world, which he did.

Though tutored as a boy by the Greek philosopher Aristotle, he retained little of the latter’s philosophical bent. Alexander ultimately created a political confederation designed to rule a vast, multiracial empire, whereas his teacher believed the city-state to be the ultimate unit of civilization.

Expansion of ancient Macedonia immediately prior to Alexander’s conquests, 359–342 BC

Expansion of ancient Macedonia immediately prior to Alexander’s conquests, 359–342 BC

One of the imperial devices Alexander employed was intermarriage between Macedonians and Persians. “Alexander’s brides,” William Pierce wrote in Who We Are (2012), “and presumably those of his officers as well, were of noble Persian blood, which, even as late as the fourth century BC, meant most of them were White.” However, Pierce believed the bulk of the Persian population by that time was primarily mixed-race Asiatic, Semitic, and Aryan.

The Gordian Knot

In prehistoric times the legendary Gordius, the poor peasant father of the equally legendary Phrygian King Midas whose touch turned everything to gold, became king of Phrygia due to a divine omen involving an eagle and the pronouncements of an oracle. He happened to drive into Gordium’s public square during a period of great civil unrest. An oracle had foretold a king would arrive in the people’s midst in a wagon. Shortly thereafter Gordius appeared and was chosen king by acclamation.

Gordius tied his wagon in the temple of the god of the oracle on the acropolis, dedicating it to Zeus. An exceedingly complex knot was made, so that it was impossible to find the ends. An oracle declared that whoever untied the knot would rule over all Asia. Many tried to undo the knot, but failed. Alexander also tried and failed to unravel the knot in the conventional manner before cutting it with his sword. The tale of the Gordian knot bears a certain resemblance to the Arthurian myth of the sword in the stone.

Nevertheless, there seems no convincing reason to doubt the historicity of the event. It occurred at a known time and place, and though details vary from author to author and the backstory and oracular prophecy are rooted in legend, there is nothing supernatural about the description of the event itself, which is reported in natural terms by ancient writers.

Arrian, for example, states in The Anabasis of Alexander[3] that when the conqueror arrived at Gordium he had a strong desire to go up to the acropolis where the palace of Gordius and his son Midas was, to see Gordius’ wagon and the knot tied to its yoke. After recounting the “strong [prehistoric] tradition” of the farmer Gordius, the sign of the eagle from Zeus, the birth of Midas, and the establishment of the Phrygian dynasty on the basis of an oracular prediction, Arrian states that “there was [also] a story about the wagon, that whoever undid the knot of the yoke of the wagon was destined to rule Asia”:

Alexander was not able to discover how to undo the knot, but he did not wish to leave it still fastened, in case this provoked some disturbance amongst the many people there. Some writers say that he struck the knot with his sword and cut through it and claimed that it was now undone; however Aristobulus [a Greek historian who accompanied Alexander and wrote an account of his campaigns] says that Alexander took the peg from the pole, which was a bolt driven through the pole all the way, and which held the knot together; he then drew the yoke of the pole. I am not able to say for certain what exactly Alexander did about this knot, but he and his companions certainly returned from the wagon as if the oracle about the untying of the knot had been fulfilled. That very night there was thunder and lightning in the heavens; because of this on the next day Alexander offered sacrifice to the gods that had shown these omens and also how to untie the knot.

In his Parallel Lives the Greek biographer (but Roman citizen) Plutarch devotes a paragraph to the event:

After this, he overpowered such of the Pisidians as had offered him resistance, and subdued Phrygia; and after he had taken the city of Gordium, reputed to have been the home of the ancient Midas, he saw the much-talked‑of waggon bound fast to its yoke with the bark of the cornel-tree, and heard a story confidently told about it by the Barbarians, to the effect that whosoever loosed the fastening was destined to become king of the whole world. Well, then, most writers say that since the fastenings had their ends concealed, and were intertwined many times in crooked coils, Alexander was at a loss how to proceed, and finally loosened the knot by cutting it through with his sword, and that when it was thus smitten many ends were to be seen. But Aristobulus says that he undid it very easily, by simply taking out the so‑called “hestor,” or pin, of the waggon-pole, by which the yoke-fastening was held together, and then drawing away the yoke.

In sum, the episode of the Gordian knot is situated in history; it is typically not dealt with in books about classical mythology at all.

Cutting the Gordian Knot

Map of Alexander’s route. Gordium, where he arrived in 333 BC at the outset of his campaign, is shown. The “conquest of the known world” consisted primarily of Alexander’s spectacularly successful subjugation of the vast Persian Empire, the largest in the ancient world. The Empire was founded by the Aryan (hence “Iran,” which was the heart of the ancient state) Persians and Medes c. 550 BC, though they had first settled the Iranian plateau a thousand years earlier.

Map of Alexander’s route. Gordium, where he arrived in 333 BC at the outset of his campaign, is shown. The “conquest of the known world” consisted primarily of Alexander’s spectacularly successful subjugation of the vast Persian Empire, the largest in the ancient world. The Empire was founded by the Aryan (hence “Iran,” which was the heart of the ancient state) Persians and Medes c. 550 BC, though they had first settled the Iranian plateau a thousand years earlier.

The Gordian knot symbolizes an intractable problem, and “cutting the knot” means solving it in an unforeseen, unconventional, and, if necessary, arbitrary manner.

Despite the surprisingly nuanced historical background, in contemporary lore Alexander unquestionably fulfilled the prophecy by slicing the knot with his sword. That is how virtually everyone understands the tale. Indeed, Plutarch said that “most writers say” Alexander did cut the knot with his sword.

Consequently, the perception that Alexander’s cutting of the knot was illegitimate or underhanded is often expressed. As one online blogger put it: “To me this is at once brilliant—but also ‘cheating.’”

The 19th-century English Baptist preacher Charles Spurgeon referred to “many gordian knots which wicked men may cut, and which righteous men may try to unravel, but which God alone can untie.”

Popular science writer Martin Gardner, who specialized in mathematical puzzles and games, scathingly condemned the youthful conqueror’s “contemptible” “puzzle brigandage,” “the high-handed manner in which Alexander the Great, competing in a puzzle contest, proceeded to make himself the umpire and awarded himself the prize for his absurd solution.”

Similarly, the walleyed French Communist intellectual Jean-Paul Sartre alluded to German philosopher Martin Heidegger’s “abrupt, rather barbaric fashion of cutting Gordian knots rather than trying to untie them,” and French existentialist Albert Camus said that “It is up to us if the West is to bring forth any anti-Alexanders to tie together the Gordian Knot of civilization cut by the sword.”

While such views are easily understood, and make sense within the Alexandrian context, the more serious questions raised by the story in light of the necessity of a struggle against an enemy who refuses to fight fair are:

Who is the foe?

How does he think and behave?

Who specifies the crooked “rules” of the game? Is the enemy the only one who makes them—and then violates them as often as he pleases . . . i.e., most of the time?

What do you do when you are attacked by thugs, whether non-white criminal gangs, antifas, socially-sanctified Jewish destroyers elevated to the status of demigods, or authorities equipped with SWAT gear and military weapons backed by the full power of the state?

Our own partisans and problem solvers must deal, eventually, with the massive Gordian knot of genocide—for that is what it is—as well as the countless Gordian knots enshrouding it, all of which are impossible to unravel by conventional means following heads-they-win-tails-you-lose rules.

Ruthlessly cast out, exorcised before the knot can be cut and a new day dawn, must be the groveling mindset of the courtier, the bizarre conviction (even among atheists and anti-Christians) that Jews are demigods not to be treated like whites or members of any other race (Alexander, too, established himself as a quasi-divinity), reflexive conformity unto death, and blind obedience to perceived authority.

Desperately needed is the fortitude to see things as they are without illusions of any kind, intense outrage at gross injustice, old-fashioned Yankee ingenuity and creativity in the service of ideological-social-political objectives as opposed to technical, mechanical, or professional ones, and social and moral courage as opposed to the physical kind, which remains in such plentiful supply that it too often degenerates into simple foolhardiness and jack-asininity.

It has been said that Alexander justified his act by proclaiming that it did not matter how the knot was undone. While not true in his case, under different circumstances there clearly are situations where not unsheathing one’s sword and cleaving the Gordian knot is immoral.

Otherwise, you’re simply granting a license to evil.

Related Reading

Andrew Hamilton, “The No-Win Situation & the Kobayashi Maru Solution” (2014)

Andrew Hamilton, “The Racial Makeup of the Turks” (2011)

Notes

1. Instead of “in one swift action” I originally wrote “in one fell swoop.” The Phrase Finder informs us:

This is one of those phrases that we may have picked up early in our learning of the language and probably worked out its meaning from the context in which we heard it, without any clear understanding of what each word meant. Most native English speakers could say what it means but, if we look at it out of context, it doesn’t appear to make a great deal of sense. So, what’s that “fell”? [An example is provided of a hunting bird swooping to kill its prey.] It’s an old word, in use by the 13th century, that’s now fallen out of use other than in this phrase, and is the common root of the term “felon.” The Oxford English Dictionary defines “fell” as meaning “fierce, savage; cruel, ruthless; dreadful, terrible.” We have rather lost the original meaning and use it now to convey suddenness rather than savagery.

Fierceness, ruthlessness, and terribleness matching those of our foes are crucial—regrettably, there is no way around it—to the successful slicing of our own Gordian knot(s). The enemy has defined the deadly nature of the conflict, leaving us no choice but to accept their terms.

2. “Asia” in the prophecy referred to present-day Asia Minor (Turkey), not the rest of Alexander’s conquests or Western Asia as we define the region today.

3. Arrian (c. 86–160 AD) was a Roman-era, ethnically Greek historian from northwestern Turkey. His Anabasis, not to be confused with the Anabasis of the Greek military leader Xenophon from the 5th–4th century BC, is probably the best and most complete ancient account of the military campaigns of Alexander.

 

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11 Comments

  1. Andrew Hamilton
    Posted April 11, 2014 at 11:51 pm | Permalink

    I have not read that book. It is easy to imagine, though, that most Klan members were racial conservatives and law and order types who lacked a revolutionary mentality. Another fatal problem with most Southern racism that I was unaware of prior to reading the Nation of Islam’s The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews, Vol. 2 is that it was very simplistic. It was anti-black, but philo-Semitic. And this goes back a long time. It is deeply rooted in Southern history.

    When I hear the phrase “Black Run America” I just roll my eyes. Simpleminded anti-black racism or, in Europe, anti-Islamic bigotry, is almost irrelevant to me. But that’s due to differing objectives. Many Southerners were motivated solely by anti-black racism. But if one’s objective is white survival, that kind of thing serves very little purpose.

    Apart from David Duke’s Klan, the other 1960s-70s era Klan that most interests me is Sam Bowers’ secretive Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, which was anti-Jewish, militant, and came closer than any other I am aware of to developing a true revolutionary consciousness.

    Like the KKK members described by Cunningham, George Lincoln Rockwell was very trusting of the FBI. He viewed J. Edgar Hoover as a hero, and fed information to the secret police at times. Unsurprisingly, the Feds hated Rockwell and his group, and never reciprocated.

    Ed Fields, an anti-Jewish Southern militant and publisher of The Thunderbolt (later known as The Truth At Last), refused to have anything to do with Rockwell because of his FBI connections.

  2. White Republican
    Posted April 11, 2014 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    Andrew Hamilton,

    In a recent article, you wrote:

    “The authors make a point highly relevant to whites under the gun from Jews, government, the media, academia, and the Left: ‘It’s because of our inherent and unconscious trust that we leave ourselves open to exploitation.’ Using this behavioral trait, the FBI’s COINTELPRO program in the 1960s wreaked havoc among whites opposed to integration, thereby radically altering the course of history and contributing to the biological destruction of our race.”

    Have you read David Cunningham’s book There’s Something Happening Here: The New Left, the Klan, and FBI Counterintelligence (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004)? You might have had a pdf file of it forwarded to you. It’s an interesting and detailed work on the Cointel program.

    Cunningham makes it clear that the Klan organizations of the 1960s weren’t able to clearly see or recognize the FBI as an enemy and therefore couldn’t respond effectively. He writes (p. 165): “Klan leaders and members alike were deeply ambivalent about viewing the FBI as their enemy . . . This inability to understand why the state was attacking them made it exceedingly difficult for the Klan to respond to the challenge of state repression. By the time an organization like the UKA [United Klans of America] began dealing with specific counterintelligence activities (informants, interviews, anonymous postcards), COINTELPRO had been formally dismantled, Jim Crow was a distant memory, and the Klan’s mass base had been irreparably eroded.”

  3. Bruce
    Posted April 8, 2014 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    I think there was one person who actually did cut our Gordian knot, though sadly he was assassinated just as his movement was taking off: George Lincoln Rockwell. By donning the swastika and openly calling for sending Jews to the gas chambers he finally forced the media to pay attention to him. Very quickly, everyone in America knew who he was. They were curious enough to actually listen to him, and once they did, many people realized they agreed with him.

    Unfortunately, that trick is out of the bag, and won’t work again. But essentially, I think cutting the Gordian knot for us simply means finding some way for the mass of white people to actually hear what we have to say. Almost all white Americans have never heard a white nationalist present his point of view, nor do they know of a single white nationalist organization or leader.

    The implicit rules for breaking this Gordian knot are that we are “extreme” and therefore cannot hope that our message will appeal to “normal” people who reject our “extremism.” Many more people would support us than we tend to think, if they only knew we existed.

  4. Posted April 7, 2014 at 6:39 am | Permalink

    the not so hidden message of the Gordian Knot parable is: Deeds. Not words. The Jews use the Word to ensnare all others; not for nothing are they called “People of the Book”. Not for nothing are they a race of lawyers. Alexander refused to read the instruction book, and simply Acted according to his own Will. Indeed, he acted Violently.

    • Jaego
      Posted April 8, 2014 at 12:55 am | Permalink

      Well said. The pen is only mightier than the sword when it has a sword behind it. Above all we must become unpredictable and break the script as Alexander did.

  5. Fourmyle of Ceres
    Posted April 6, 2014 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    One quick observation:

    Gordian knots are, by linear definition, unsolvable problems.

    They remain so as long as their underlying premises and assumptions are not correctly questioned. The Gordian Knot of one level of Consciousness is a trivial problem, easily solved, at a higher level of Consciousness. To the child, the written word is a Gordian Knot. Raise the child’s Mind to a higher level of Consciousness – of understanding at a higher level of abstraction – by teaching him the alphabet with phonics, and that particular Gordian Knot is a problem solved.

    What does that have to do with our sad state of affairs?

    Most everything.

    Eric Hoffer was the first (to my knowledge) to write on Wordism, where our creations – words, tools used to describe – become our masters, in a very sophisticated system. Orwell described the abuse of this with 1984, and the Appendix to 1984, describing the use of speech as a political control system.

    We become so enslaved to the (false) definition of words, that we fight for the illusions that are destroying us, and this must change. While so many WNist writers spoke and wrote favorable of the injudicious and singularly ineffective use of force, few indeed (Covington, Strom. “Hugh” on VNN/F) spoke wisely of the use of power.

    The first battle against us is the battle for control of the Mind, and, sad to say, we have chosen to lose so often that it is as if we were guided to this state of affairs, this state of self-selected personal ineffectiveness, and collective impotence.

    We can Do Something about this, and in this, we owe a duty to our Posterity.

    The first step – the vitally necessary step – is to send money to counter-currents, each and every month, without fail.

    Ignorance, ineffectiveness, and impotence all have one thing in common.

    They’re free.

    Wisdom, effectiveness, and power all have one thing in common, as well.

    They all have a price, and it is one all too few of us are willing to pay.

    That’s why, collectively, we are losing.

    For now.

  6. Jaego
    Posted April 6, 2014 at 5:39 am | Permalink

    In Crumb’s famous graphic novel about Jewish Conquest, the Aryans retaliate by blowing up the world. A latter day Aryan Adam and Eve are shown. The Woman says, “Not that, surely not That! The Man replies, “Yes, That”, and presses down on the lever. This is also how Taylor defeats the Mutants in “Beneath the Planet of the Apes”.

    • Daniel
      Posted April 18, 2014 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

      What is the graphic novel called?

  7. Peltast
    Posted April 6, 2014 at 3:37 am | Permalink

    Great article Mr. Hamilton.

    Its interesting to look on the early Indo-Europeans like the Hittites, the destiny of the Aryan race seems to create Civillization and disappear through race míxing.

  8. rhondda
    Posted April 5, 2014 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    I figure cutting the Gordian Knot is like cutting the umbilical cord, is like leaving home to make your way in life, is like making a decision that effects the rest of your life, is like not submitting to someone else’s rules, is like seeing through the game and not playing it. It is individual because everyone knows what ties them to something. It is not cheating. It is saying ‘ this does not work for me’. One can go along so far and then one gets diminished if one continues. I suppose that is why I love the I Ching because it talks about taking care of how much you give to others without diminishing yourself. Here is the thing about loving your neighbour as yourself: If you don’t have a self to love, then how can you love anyone else? Cutting the Gordian knot is symbolically choosing your own path. There are always interuptions in life.
    Remember the movie Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid? The fight scene where Sundance has to fight this bigger guy and they talk about rules? The big guy says ‘What rules’ and Sundance kicks him you know where. To win, rules have to be broken because they no longer are adequate to the situation. Maybe that is survival of the fittest. Knowing when to break the rules and when to keep them. It is self knowledge.

  9. David
    Posted April 5, 2014 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    Not paying taxes?

    If all whites just stopped paying taxes tomorrow, the system would grind to a halt.

    Of course, the trick would be convincing all whites to do this, because they would be risking the (horrifying) wrath of the IRS and, even if it worked, a long period of infrastructure failure and malfunctions.

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