Update (3 October 2021)

The question of “Intellectual Property” seems to be an elusive topic to tackle. Or so I am led to believe. It may seem like it falls under a gray area between Productive Property and Personal Property, the two conceptions of Property Rights under Socialism, but everything still depends on whether the original creator was fine with other people pursuing the Transvaluation of All Arbeit with their own works of art. I may have to explore the concept further in the SMP Compendium entry on the elusive topic of the “World State Organization” (WSO).

I did not expect Part III of “Technology and the War Effort” to be as long as it was. There was a recurring pattern that continues to repeat itself over and over again: the size and composition of an armed forces is proportionate to the size and composition of their national economy. The experience remained the same throughout the Eastern and Western Bloc countries because the World Reserve Currency was always the Kapital and Schuld of the US Dollar. Whether the US Dollar was pegged to Gold or Schuld, it was still Kapital when the 20st century allegedly ended.

Regardless, there are now four entries left in the SMP Compendium that have yet to be finished. The other three entries require more meticulous planning and preparations because I want to finalize the consolidation of what amounts to ten years of research into the last three Compendium entries. Everything that I had discussed throughout the Compendium will be reintroduced in a single scenario to demonstrate how everything functions over the course of an entire year.

And for those who are wondering about Part II “On Hamiltonian Federalism and Friedrich Nietzsche,” I have been working on it for some time now. Whether I finish it and the Compendium entries will depend on the outcomes of this week and next week. Without further ado, here’s a preview of Part II:

  “Federalist Fortune Wheel (2021)” contra “Pyatoe Koleso (1991)”

“What, if some day or night a demon were to steal after you into your loneliest loneliness and say to you: ‘This life as you now live it and have lived it, you will have to live once more and innumerable times more; and there will be nothing new in it, but every pain and every joy and every thought and sigh and everything unutterably small or great in your life will have to return to you, all in the same succession and sequence – even this spider and this moonlight between the trees, and even this moment and I myself. The eternal hourglass of existence is turned upside down again and again, and you with it, speck of dust!’

Would you not throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse the demon who spoke thus? Or have you once experienced a tremendous moment when you would have answered him: ‘You are a god and never have I heard anything more divine.’ If this thought gained possession of you, it would change you as you are or perhaps crush you. The question in each and every thing, ‘Do you desire this once more and innumerable times more?’ would lie upon your actions as the greatest weight. Or how well disposed would you have to become to yourself and to life to crave nothing more fervently than this ultimate eternal confirmation and seal?”

-Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science, ca. 1882

The morning sun ascends over the pond beyond my backyard as I ponder over whether Vladimir Lenin was supposed to have been the 20th century personification of “Zarathustra” from Nietzsche’s Also Sprach Zarathustra. There is not one doubt in my mind about this incontrovertible fact. I now believe that Lenin was not a Marxist. He was in fact a “Nietzschean” who, like Oswald Spengler himself, was talking about the decline of Western Civilization.

It has been thirty years since the fall of the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc countries. All kinds of questions are still on my mind for the past ten years. Was Russian Bolshevism supposed to have been “Nietzscheanism-Leninism” instead of Marxism-Leninism? Did Lenin descend from the Swiss mountains like Zarathustra himself to proclaim before the whole world why every Socialism on Earth is in dire need of new values and new meanings? “Was Lenin a Mushroom” according to Sergey Kurekhin or was he in reality Nietzsche’s Zarathustra?

“In 1991, just months before the collapse of the USSR, Soviet audiences witnessed a shocking scene on television program Pyatoe Koleso (The Fifth Wheel). Two serious-looking men – Sergey Sholokhov, the host and his guest, an underground musician and writer introduced as ‘politician and actor’ Sergey Kurekhin were sitting in a studio discussing the October revolution of 1917. Suddenly, Kurekhin offered a very interesting hypothesis – that Vladimir Lenin, the Bolshevik leader, was not a human being but a mushroom.

Kurekhin started with a rambling discourse on the nature of revolutions and his trip to Mexico where, in ancient temples, he had seen frescos closely resembling the events of 1917. From there, he moved on to the author Carlos Castaneda who described the practices of Central American Indians of using psychotropic drinks prepared from certain types of cacti.

‘Apart from cacti, Castaneda describes mushrooms as special products with a hallucinogenic effect,’ Kurekhin continued and then quoted Lenin’s letter to leading Marxist Georgi Plekhanov: ‘Yesterday I ate many mushrooms and felt marvelously well’. Noting that Russia’s fly-agaric mushroom has hallucinogenic effects, Kurekhin assumed that Lenin was consuming these kinds of mushrooms and had some kind of psychedelic, mind-altering experience.

It was not only Lenin who dabbled in such fungi, but other Bolsheviks as well, Kurekhin claimed. ‘The October revolution was made by people who had been consuming hallucinogenic mushrooms for years,’ he said with a poker face. ‘And Lenin’s personality was replaced with that of a mushroom because fly-agaric identity is far stronger than a human one.’ Therefore, he concluded, Lenin became a mushroom himself.”

Contrary to Kurekhin, there are elements of Leninism which come across to me as Nietzschean.  

  • Slave Morality defines the “Bourgeoisie.”
  • Master Morality defines the “Proletariat.”
  • The Good and Evil that must be condemned are “Primitiveness and Economism.”
  • Eternal Recurrence encompasses everything about “Imperialism and Social Imperialism.”  
  • Amor Fati embodies “Heroic Realism.”
  • Faith in the Earth governs the “Democratic centralism” of a functioning Council Democracy.
  • The Übermensch (Overman) is the “Vanguard” or “Elite” of the Party.
  • The Blonde Bestie (Blonde Beast) is the “Premier” or “President” of the Party.
  • The Will-to-Power is total sum of “Communism” and the “Electrification of the Whole Country.”
  • The World Riddle is now the “World Revolution.”
  • God is Dead morphs into “Marx is Dead.”

Such bold rhetoric, if spoken in 1991, is the sort of spectacle which would have pleased everyday people oppressed by Neoliberalism and those disillusioned by the fall of the Soviet Union. How would people react to such revelations thirty years ago? When will the world realize that, legally speaking, World War II never ended in 1945, persisting for forty-five years as the “Cold War” and ended unceremoniously with a new Versailles Treaty that was signed on 12 September 1990? The world is dangerous because of the ignorance of those who do not know their own history. Even if people do not realize it nowadays, a Socialist world order will sooner or later.

Do people realize that one cannot fully appreciate the The Decline of the West without its indirect sequels, including Prussianism and Socialism and Man and Technics, and how they relate to Lenin? I mean, just watch as I juxtapose Decline of the West and this rare letter that Lenin wrote on 2 May 1922 about Spengler:

“Only ten years have elapsed! But measured in terms of our struggle and movement they are equal to a hundred years. For the pace of social development in the past five years has been positively staggering if we apply the old yardstick of European philistines like the heroes of the Second and Two-and-a-Half Internationals. These civilized philistines are accustomed to regard as ‘natural’ a situation in which hundreds of millions of people (over a thousand million, to be exact) in the colonies and in semi-dependent and poor countries tolerate the treatment meted out to Indians or Chinese, tolerate incredible exploitation, and outright depredation, and hunger, and violence, and humiliation, all in order that ‘civilized’ men might ‘freely’, ‘democratically’, according to ‘parliamentary procedure’, decide whether the booty should be divided up peacefully, or whether ten million or so must be done to death in this division of the imperialist booty, yesterday between Germany and Britain, tomorrow between Japan and the United States of America. (with France and Britain participating in one form or another).”

From “Tenth Anniversary of Pravda”

“The ‘Decline of the West’, which at first sight may appear, like the corresponding decline of the Classical [Read: Greco-Roman] Culture, a phenomenon limited in time and space, we now perceive to be a philosophical problem that, when comprehended in all its gravity, includes within itself every great question of Being.”

From “Decline of the West”

“The basic reason for this tremendous acceleration of world development is that new hundreds of millions of people have been drawn into it. The old bourgeois and imperialist Europe, which was accustomed to look upon itself as the center of the universe, rotted and burst like a putrid ulcer in the [First World War]. No matter how the [Socialists] and all the enlightened [Nationalists], who are capable of admiring (or even studying) Spengler, may lament [Western Civilization], [‘The Decline of the West’] is but an episode in the history of the downfall of the world bourgeoisie, over-satiated by imperialist rapine and the oppression of the majority of the world’s population.”

From “Tenth Anniversary of Pravda”

“Is there a logic of history? Is there, beyond all the casual and incalculable elements of the separate events, something that we may call a metaphysical structure of historic humanity, something that is essentially independent of the outward forms — social, spiritual and political — which we see so clearly?”

From “Decline of the West”

“Some infant Spenglers—I apologize for the expression may conclude (every variety of nonsense can be expected from the ‘clever’ leaders of the Second and Two-and-a-Half Internationals) that this estimate of the revolutionary forces fails to take into account the European and American Proletariat. These ‘clever’ leaders always argue as if the fact that birth comes nine months after conception necessarily means that the exact hour and minute of birth can be defined beforehand, also the position of the infant during delivery, the condition of the mother and the exact degree of pain and danger both will suffer. Very ‘clever’! These gentry cannot for the life of them understand that from the point of view of the development of the international revolution the transition from Chartism to Henderson’s servility to the bourgeoisie, or the transition from Varlin to Renaudel, from Wilhelm Liebknecht and Bebel to Sudekum, Scheidemanu and Noske, can only be likened to an automobile passing from a smooth highway stretching for hundreds of miles to a dirty stinking puddle of a few yards in length on that highway.”

-From “Tenth Anniversary of Pravda”

“Nothing is simpler than to make good poverty of ideas by founding a system, and even a good idea has little value when enunciated by a solemn ass. Only its necessity to life decides the eminence of a doctrine. A doctrine that does not attack and affect the life of the period in its inmost depths is no doctrine and had better not be taught.”

From “Decline of the West”

“At this most difficult moment it would be most harmful for revolutionaries to indulge in self-deception. Though Bolshevism has become an international force, though in all the civilized and advanced countries new Chartists, new Varlins, new Liebknechts have been born, and are growing up as legal (just as legal as our Pravda was under the tsars ten years ago) Communist Parties, nonetheless, for the time being, the international bourgeoisie still remains incomparably stronger than its class enemy. This bourgeoisie, which has done everything in its power to hamper the birth of proletarian power in Russia and to multiply tenfold the dangers and suffering attending its birth, is still in a position to condemn millions and tens of millions to torment and death through its white guard and imperialist wars, etc. That is something we must not forget. And we must skillfully adapt our tactics to this specific situation. The bourgeoisie is still able freely to torment, torture and kill. But it cannot halt the inevitable and—from the standpoint of world history—not far distant triumph of the revolutionary proletariat.”

From “Tenth Anniversary of Pravda”

“A boundless mass of human Being, flowing in a stream without banks; up-stream, a dark past wherein our time-sense loses all powers of definition and restless or uneasy fancy conjures up geological periods to hide away an eternally unsolvable riddle; down-stream, a future even so dark and timeless –– such is the groundwork of the Faustian picture of human history.”

From “Decline of the West”

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