This is a english version of this portuguese post.
The obviousness of the need for producers is so rampant (at least fot those who live and toil to undertake projects in the real world) that there’s not much to talk. In ths sense, we’ve compiled short simple thoughts on the need of producers, seeking expose to a greater number of people of our communities. They are thoughts and may be treated as such.
1. If is vital for the contemporary paganism the resurgence of the Warrior Class, we can speak futher of the Productive Class. The basis, the foundation, thick and flat rock. The rigid and rustic block, massive and powerful mass, builder of empires and armies, of what is grand and imposing, that demonstrates the will of the people and keeps a standing order. We need producers: true producers.
2.Do not hold for producers dozen “hippies”, who mistakenly someone relate as expoents of our productive class. No. In the past as today, the Producer is the peasant, the manual workers (at its lowest level), the small trader (at its middle level), the artisans, craftsmen masters, technicians and perhaps, even, musicians, artists and lower level poets (at its high level). The service class are producers, the industrial class, the exployers of primary resources. Even the “élite” of engineers and businessmen that our society see as equivalen to priests and intellectuals, surpassing, often, them in status. It is necessary to understand that the big businessman, alleged member of the “élite“, is not a member of élite in its traditional meaning, but a member of the bourgeoise “élite“, ie. the member of an “economic elite”. He is part of the productive class, a part that, by the dream and fantasy of the bougeoise alienation, see himself as different people, ontologically, of his employees.
3. It is necessary start the eviction of the Working World, colonized by Communism. We must see the alternatives (Ernst Jüngerm “Der Arbeiter“) eclipsed by the “victorious” communist and liberal theories. We must also consider what in Marxism is a valuable substratum. The Paganism needs its own Theory of Work, one that departs from the traditional view with its philosophical reflections (Aristotle’s Politics, Plato’s Ion, etc.) and may transpasses the materialist modenism (liberal and communist), from worker unions to consumerist fetiches, towards a new and archaic mindset, a technological pagan traditionalist one. It is necessary to understand the ancient lesson that the Midas Touch (the Stateless Capital that everything it touches turns to gold, to commodity, depriving of spirit, life and transcendent value) just will be ended with the return to the Sacred and not by its complete removal (as the Communists want, and their fellows Anarchists help to, even if they don’t know what are doing).
4. Let’s go back and look to our “past” (in a cyclical conception of time, it – the past – has other consequences than in the agostinian linear meaning of time): corporations of craftsmen, guilds, arrangements and solutions for the Field and the City. Remember, again, the great virtue of the Producer is temperance. What the warrior has at war, the producer has at work; this is his war, the work is the battlefield where his virtues can flourish and his valour can bright, this is his route for askēsis, for illumination.
5. Herein, in the complaint of the possible perversity and alienation of the productive world and how it is controlled by a financial elite that subjugates the world, there is a useful in the socialists and they must be understood. Effectively, they (all the Left) are the subjects that most worked to understand the harmful effects of the modern economy – their diagnoses are valuable, but the recipe remedies they show us (Communism), proved a deadly poison. It not heal, just kill. Maybe for erros of understanding how capitalism truly works (Ludwig von Mises and Austrian School), or perhaps by the lure of the messianic utopian “King of Heaven on Earth”, ie. an error or ending (wich determines the means, at least aming the Left, see Trotsky “Moral and Revolution“).
6. It’s necessary too not fall into easy scapegoat plot – jews, George Soros, etc. – because, as much as will fit in certain positions (an in fact, are responsible in some cases), we cannot underestimate the auri sacra fames, a poison that can, a priori, infect any person in any class and from any source.
7. We need, rather, builders, masons, engineers. We need to return to build temples. altars, transform the idea into matter, matter that condenses the life force. Already there is bijou and hippies mediocre craft, but this is not what we need. We need masters, craftsmen who pruduce works for eternity, who immortalize and lift up themselves towards the Divine by they works.
8. The idea of an autonomous religious community requires, fundamentally, producers. We need a food planted an harvest under the aegis of our gods, meat consacrated to them, our houses and built spaces reflecting our views and undertandings, clothes, drinks, tools, untensils, material culture. Here is a honest thought for our days: a pagan mason, even a mediocre one, is more valuable than 10 mediocre bloggers, who will repeat the more of the same litany.
9. There are many interesting outlets today. Many space for innovation and creativity, many tools and access to the technical knowing, to helpful information. We live in a century with universities and technical schools acessible and innumerable, we live in a century of permaculture, bioconstruction, “archaeofuturism“, etc. Information is no the problem.
10. Many who are close to our religions maybe do not have a mostly productive nature. Perhaps, in these years, we main attract more priests/scholars, few warriors and few producers – cause, after all, restorarion, traditionally, begins from above, as a “avantguarde“. But, perhaps, it isn’t just this – there may be many confused people about their real nature, alienated from himself, by the distance to a healthy life within Nature, by the ultramodern poisoning of the large cities, the middle-bougeoise fantasy of life, by the “holy” commodism and consumption, by instantaneous satisfaction of the apepetites. Maybe. We must realize that the standard-fat-us-american-perfect-comsumerist is not a model for us, it’s not our goal, and doesn’t matter how seductive and “social justice” his discourse looks like. We, as the people who looks at the stars, look at our past heoic models wandering for the future. Only when one leaves the cartoon, of make belive where everything is bought and quick came into being, and we delve into the real, where not everything has a price and time requires unwavering discipline, is that we’ll know well the real causes. We need the producers assume their productivity, recognize that they are neither warriors or priests, or better, recognizes (because of their predominant nature) that they are better producers, than warriors or priests (or they are, in truth, warriors at work and priests in the magic of working).
11. Ancients conceive that certain gods preside productive activities or parts of it. It is necessary and essential reattach them to the design of working in its entirety. Without this, the unholy pattern of replacing transcedent powers by materialist ones will repeat, the “deification” of Consumption, Market, Salary, Brand. No. Let us worship the gods once again linked to production and fair trade, let us direct our minds once more to the Shining Ones, let us take the divine mystics of transforming raw materials into Art, craft, the true magic, the sacred dimension of production, the “Secret of Steel”. Do not fall us into the illusion of empty simulacrum, the hollow idol, product of the semitic radical dualism. No. Let us reconsacrate the sickle, the hammer, like the sword and the papiry! Once again, let us have the images of our gods minted in our coins.
12. And understand: in this (holy) task, the communist (and its variants) will not be with us. The radical capitalist neither. If we live, in fact, in an aevum ruled by the Worker (Hanna Arendt’s homofaber), it is crucial to be aware that such outpus (which are not merely political, but constitutives worldviews itself in our time) are not natural derivations of the visions of our ancestors, but something different, derived by the introduction of allogeneic something. It is the duty to the pagan scholar clarify what constitutes the Work in the pagan world, what consisted in the catholic one (which had own symbiosis with the previous pagan) and which consisted the vision of the Work since the Protestant Reformation (Max Weber). Without this, the producer runs the risk of being emptied inside, corroled by the radical materialism (which disguises itself with rhetoric escuses each time), of the “everything is money”, “in the end money is what realy matters”, “be a winner” in the hollywoodian fashion of the sucessful bussinessman who despises, arrogantly and triumphantly (in an iconoclastic and deep prideful hybris), all that does not earn his money. These guys are cheat best, for allegedly still preserve an ethos of competition and supposed merit, “war” and “fair play”, but no. No. This is not the producer deification, his exaltation, and there is no moralism hiden here. Make no mistake by the propaganda of the useful idiots, in service of Big Capital, or of Communist Hoax.
13. The exaltation of the Producer is throught the exercise of this virtue and throught his expertise/excellence in a particular craft. Without moralizing. Here’s what immortalized Phidias, here’s what immortalizes Kalashnikov. Here’s what we shall aim: the work, the posterity – make for the future in the present. This is the key to Horace aphorism (following Hippocrates) “ars longa, uita beuis“, ars as τεχνή, fundamentally. And this just happens where planned obsolescense don’t occur, this only happens when one produces in a non-capitalist way (even if formally within a capitalist system). When one follow the path of excellence the producer achieves the status of Craftmaster, equating him in prestige, in the time of our ancestors, with the best of priests/wises and warriors. The emancipation of the skilled workers, the differentiation of ordinary workers and peasants, their individuation from the uniform and anonymous mass. Here are the true emancipation through work, for the horror of Marxist rhetoric.
14. It is important to know about the myth and holy aura created around the producer. The producer is the one who compose the mob, the mass, the populace. As I already pointed out (in other texts), initially, it was understandable that the Rousseau’s vision of “bon sauvage” formed the rustic and illiterate peasant against the decayed afeminated french nobility. But it has lost its original meaning and the Producer was transformed by the socialist idealism into a perfect being, the holy and always right class, always abused, exploited and misguided. Suddenly, the Producer has become the measure of what exists: his need is the need, his vision the vision, his complaint the complaint. This came rightly from the Christian appeals towards the poors for which the Kingdom of Heavens was promissed, and now, for the proletarian, the World was promissed; with the difference that in Christianiy, at least, is the poor a sinner by nature, while the “worker” does not seem to suffer from any vice – if by chance he is guilt of something, the guilty is not for him, it is for other thing out (the bourgeoise and alienation, lack of opportunity, education, etc.). He always stay clean, pure. No, the Worker also has its negatives features (like the Wise and the Warrior), he is not a “saint” completely free of defects and responsabilities, or a doomed who must redeem himself in the afterlife. As Kai Murros said “A handful of brilliant students or egocentric intellectuals are not the people – we must always remember that”. We do not take other people’s religious views as ours (even when it goes on as pseudo-scientific or atheistic thought), let us bring our own.
15. It is surprising that our religions have the public who currently own. It is surprising. Maybe it would be cause of concern, but also, perhaps, of hope. We should be occupying the fields, but not completely abandoning the polis – creating fortresses there, but, even more, creating roots, breathing well, repaganizing the pagus. We must be aware of the tactical moving. We must reach branches over the asphalt, but we need nurture ourselves in the dark fertile soil and with clear waters. The trees growing over pollution and toxic fumes are increasing exhibiting congenital deformations (a few hours in Facebook show it for anyone), a kind of atrophy that makes these trees to became plastic. More and more ornamental plastic. We need the best people, more than ever, and organized according to nature and to avoid the “plastification”. For we cannot lost our reactive and mobilization capacity, for we cannot turn ourselves in a meek and exotic garnish, harmless and dead, a stuffed animal.
16. Let us pray to the Mighty Ones, sacrifice and make libations. Let us work to (re-)build temples more than blogs, multiply statues more than “facebook likes”, cultivate more gardens and fields than funny memes, let us come back, also, to the concrete world of the Producer.