The Shock of History by Dominique Venner

Dominque-Venner

Arktos have recently published an English translation of Dominique Venner’s The Shock of History. Dominique Venner was a prolific writer and historian but so far little of his work has been translated into English aside from a few tantalising snippets and quotes.

Before he was a writer Venner was a soldier and political activist. He served as a paratrooper, fighting on the French loyalist side in the vicious Algerian war. Then he was a member of the dissident far-right paramilitary Organisation of the Secret Army which tried to overthrow the de Gaulle government.

He lived as an outlaw, and did hard time for involvement with the OAS. Venner was far from the typical bookish historian. Upon his release he continued his aggressive activism and became a part of Alain de Benoist’s Nouvelle Droite school of political thought.

Venner’s take on European identity is that of the 30,000 year primordial tradition of the Indo-European people which still resides, albeit largely forgotten, in our subconscious. As such he leans heavily on pre-Christian influences and cites The Iliad as one of his sacred texts, and Europeans as the sons of Homer and Odysseus.

Venner was opposed to Christianity, although he rarely mentions it. He reserves his plentiful scorn and vitriol for the forces of modernism but his brief criticism of Christianity is measured and useful. He describes Christianity as a strength while Europe was is in its ascendancy and sought to impose itself on the world, but which has since become a source of universalist guilt and offers no moral defence against the massive alien influx we are now suffering in our decline.

‘Europe has been thrown, naked and defenceless, into a world aching to vengefully humiliate her’

-Dominique Venner, The Shock of History

Venner urges Europeans to return to a deeper, underlying identity beyond a mere personal relationship with God to give us the necessary moral defence which modern Christianity is unable to provide. There’s none of the boorish hostility of the militant atheist and there is enough value in his writing that Christians should not be put off from reading him.

After a lifetime of danger, rebellion and political activism, Venner committed suicide in 2013, shooting himself in the head in Paris’ Notre Dame cathedral. It was a decision apparently provoked by the deterioration of his native France and the rest of Europe, and the seeming inability or unwillingness of Europeans to successfully resist its colonisation. It was not however borne out of despair, but a conscious decision to remain in charge of his destiny until the final moment, and a rousing call to action to all Europeans. Suicide is one of the themes of this work, and foreshadows Venner’s own suicide shortly after.

Religion, Memory, Identity

The book itself is a transcript of an interview between Venner and historian Pauline Lecomte. Venner answers questions and navigates across a broad spectrum of ideas concerning thedormition of Europe following the First World War and the forces of Americanism and Communism which have occupied and suppressed Europe ever since. He finishes with a discussion on The Iliad and The Odyssey, which he sees as the origin of European Tradition.

Despite the gloomy subject matter, Venner remains optimistic. This corrupt and unnatural system cannot last. The ‘shock of history’ for which the book is named is the conspiring forces that we are experiencing today and which will awaken Europeans and compel them to confront and accept their identity and energise their will to survive. The unfolding catastrophes of globalism, massive immigration and poisonous ideologies will become impossible to ignore. Even moderate Europeans will be forced to look beyond the communist-capitalist duality in order to reclaim our lands and resume the struggle for our destiny which has lain dormant since 1914.

The Third Position

Venner talks of the Conservative Revolution and the Third Position ideology that arose in Europe following World War One and the deconstruction of the old aristocracy. These early revolutionary thinkers, many of them veterans of the First World War, foresaw the coming catastrophes of Communism, capitalism and the dangers of the increasing mechanisation of war.

It was not just Germany that was defeated during the World Wars, but the whole of Europe. Venner identifies both Communism and Americanism as two hostile forces which consumed the smouldering ruins of Europe following her disastrous twentieth century conflicts. Both of these alien forces hated the old Europe, its ways and its men. They both sought to divorce the European man from his roots and in his place build ahomo economicus who was valued only for what he could produce and consume. While ideologically opposed, and using differing methods, Americanism and Communism have very little to tell them apart in terms of their terrible toll on Europe.

‘Homo economicus of the future: the zombie, the new man, homogenous, devoid of depth, and possessed by the spirit of unlimited universal commerce. The zombie is happy. He is told he will find happiness in satisfying his desires, because his desires generate revenue.’

-Dominique Venner, The Shock of History

It may be jarring for some to hear Americanism indicted as an ideology as toxic to Europeans as Communism but it’s a crucial part of understanding identitarian and Third position thought. Communism has fallen in the East and Faith and Tradition are rising again. Americanism hasn’t gone away. The famous American pursuit of happiness has become the nihilistic pursuit of fun, sex and money. The West is still labouring under mindless consumerism, rootlessness, atheism, broken families and warped morals even while it cowers in the face of a foreign invasion. It suggests that Americanism is even more persistent and hostile to Tradition than Bolshevism ever was.

The Religion of Humanity

The West is now suffering under the false and secular religion of Humanity. This religion teaches the dogma of ‘human rights’, or as Venner calls them, the ‘right to zombification’. Modern man becomes obliged to submit to the doctrine of individualism, liberalism, egalitarianism, moral degeneracy, diversity, almost anything at all which might be monetised and weaponised to serve those in power.

Utterly proscribed by this religion are ideas of identity and racial solidarity for Europeans, which stand in the way of the corrupt elite’s dreams of power over a homogenous slave race. Those who do not bow to Humanity’s false idols are hunted by a ‘pitiless inquisition’, and suffer a ‘social and civic death’.

‘Men exist only by what distinguishes them: clan, lineage, history, culture, tradition… Every civilisation has its truths and its gods, all respectable so long as they do not threaten our existence.’

-Dominique Venner, The Shock of History

Hidden and Heroic Europe and the Adventurous Heart

Venner talks about what he calls the hidden Europe. Even while Europe suffers and declines there will be a small number of men for whom the primordial European tradition is still alive in their consciousness. This small, secret elite will be in constant rebellion against the forces of modernism and carry the flame of Tradition into the future.

Nobility is not merely a question of blood and wealth, but one of merit and of spirit. The aristocracy was not, as it is portrayed by class warriors today, one of lazy, effeminate rule, but there to protect as well as to command. Nobility serves as an ideal for all men to aspire to, whatever their birth. Before 1914 even the German bourgeoisie was vested with noble Prussian values, and that freedom and duty are aspects of one another.

The Kingdom of Prussia had its origins in the Ordenstaat, the militaristic, monastic state carved out by the knights of the Teutonic Order. Through a combination of conquest and service, these Holy warriors created a nation, and their values were guarded and handed down by their descendants for centuries. It is this ascetic, martial spirit which lurks in the heart of European men and from which our future will spring.

Conclusion

This book has broad appeal. It is a great introduction to European identitarianism and for those curious conservatives beginning to question why mainstream conservatism has been such a dismal failure. For seasoned Reactionaries and dissidents it’s well-trodden ground but Venner has a unique voice that brings clarity to complex problems.

The conversational back-and-forth and Venner’s articulate expression lend the book an accessibility even to those who may be new to Third Position and New Right ideas. His career as a soldier and rebel provides steel and realistic pragmatism that is absent from the work of more detached philosophers. Occasionally the interviewer changes tack just when Venner has the bit between his teeth on a particular topic. I would have liked to have heard Venner’s thoughts at greater length but they cover a lot of ground in a relatively short book, so some degree of brevity is necessary.

In The Shock of History, Venner manages to weave together the rare combination of an accurate appraisal of our current problems and a way out of the darkness. Above all it is a message of optimism and faith that Europe will prevail.

It’s available directly from Arktos. For those in the United States or elsewhere outside of Europe then Amazon may be a better option.

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    • Yes, I’m still using it, but I was gone for a while because my computer went on the blitz back in early January and now I’m back.

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  1. Reblogged this on The Stoker's Blog and commented:
    Loverly stuff right up mon strasse. Europe has been under Mediterranean attack for millenia. Even before Hesiod and Homer. All forgotten just like the Atlas henges. BTW USofA corp the same delinquent fly blown Mediterranean pastoralist degenerates have had a firmer and longer grip on the Americas than the true Europeans.

    Just to clarify; Mediterranean is short hand for the wandering child sacrikillers of Ba’al Hammon money whorshippers. Provisionally ID’d at my other shops as ancient Apiru and more recently as iYAHWEH’s traumatised spiritually emptied retards..

  2. “He describes Christianity as a strength while Europe was is in its ascendancy and sought to impose itself on the world, but which has since become a source of universalist guilt and offers no moral defence against the massive alien influx we are now suffering in our decline.”

    I am a Christian and I have offered more than once the defense which Venner was looking for. It’s not that difficult and it doesn’t require “hating” anyone , call for violence or even a suggest that we as Christians need to do anything with regard to the intruders which goes against the teachings of Christ in order to spare ourselves of being overrun by them.

    I submit to you that the vacillating, wishy washy, namby pamby misconception of Christianity as a religion of absolute pacifism or cowardice is as much a contrivance of Hollywood as it is the product as anything else.

    Venner as much as admits them himself:

    “The West is now suffering under the false and secular religion of Humanity. This religion teaches the dogma of ‘human rights’, or as Venner calls them, the ‘right to zombification’. Modern man becomes obliged to submit to the doctrine of individualism, liberalism, egalitarianism, moral degeneracy, diversity, almost anything at all which might be monetised and weaponised to serve those in power.”

    The denominations of “Christian” churches, including the Catholic one, have been infiltrated by the same folks who have introduced the anti-Christian cultural rot elsewhere. I don’t need the proof myself. It’s easy enough to see.

    “The famous American pursuit of happiness has become the nihilistic pursuit of fun, sex and money. The West is still labouring under mindless consumerism, rootlessness, atheism, broken families and warped morals even while it cowers in the face of a foreign invasion. It suggests that Americanism is even more persistent and hostile to Tradition than Bolshevism ever was.”

    I agree with that assessment. But I would take issue with him in how I personally define “Americanism”. I make a distinction between ideals and people the same way I differentiate between the doctrines of Christianity as they are found in the New Testament vs the people who attend churches and those folks from liberal seminaries who purport to be teaching them “the way”. There is all the difference in the world.

    “While ideologically opposed, and using differing methods, Americanism and Communism have very little to tell them apart in terms of their terrible toll on Europe.”

    The flag waving politically correct version of what the media pawns off as patriotism is hardly distinguishable from the imperialism the US has been accused of practicing. Only the mind numbed masses don’t realize it because they suffer from ignorance and a nationwide media censorship.
    They derive their “ideologies” and “religion” from the Jewish controlled pop media and faux news sources far more than from “Christian” institutions.
    And those who do attend these “Christian” services are more likely to be fed the false doctrines of millennialism than not.
    IF these doctrines could be attacked and their fallacious premises premises exposed, then the mass hypnosis of the Zionist spell might stand a chance of being broken at least as far as the “Christian” Zionists who enable them.

    Unfortunately, pop culture, drug abuse, public school indoctrination, and burgeoning Secular Humanism as the national credo in conjunction with the “prosperity” doctrines espoused by televangelist hucksters prevent the kind of examination that books of the Bible such as Danial and Revelation need in order to clear these misconceptions up.

    People prefer tabloid sensationalism in their “religion” as much as in their private lives and are therefore not interested in anything which doesn’t offer the action packed excitement of a three ringed circus. They don’t want to be taught the kind of Christianity which requires them to carry the cross to the end.

    I find as many aspects of this reality as disagreeable as most if not more so. But there is nothing in this world which offers a brighter hope than the promise of eternal life with Christ. All the things which this world offers in the way of a panacea amount to little more than the kind of “opiate” which Karl Marx promised, the very things Mr Venner would condemn as amoral pursuits, and a shallow hope and cheap reward at that.

    Just as you saw the Jewish hand in the Bolshevik revolution and in the invention of communism, you can see it equally using the nomenclature and blue prints of capitalism and US “patriotism”.

    There is no difference between taking a bayonet from a “fascist” or “communist” as far as the effect goes.
    One could just as easily argue the virtues of communism from a moral perspective. Share and share alike, etc.
    However, the practical reality of Marxism in establishing a serfdom for elitists differs not a whit from the “aristocracy” of Russia that the Bolsheviks murdered as far as the type of regime they accused them of running.
    The Politbureau lives high on the hog while the proletariat are made equally poor.

    Jews, above all, do not hold the political and religious terms which Anglo Saxons venerate.
    Our culture, our religion, and our “establishments” mean nothing to them, much less the terms we use to describe them.
    Call it capitalism or call it communism. A thief is a thief, a liar a liar, and a murderer a murderer, whether he calls himself .

    But “Woe unto him who calls evil, good, and good, evil”.

    It’s these two terms, I believe, which our Judaized culture has the biggest problem in defining with any objectivity.
    Attempting to erase the logical foundation for an objective definition of both, will not provide a solution to the problem.

    “American pursuit of happiness has become the nihilistic pursuit of fun, sex and money.”

    One can’t fault the doctrines of Christ for instilling these values in the minds of our youth. But one can hardly argue that the entertainment industry has had no influence at all.

    “The aristocracy was not, as it is portrayed by class warriors today, one of lazy, effeminate rule, but there to protect as well as to command.”

    Neither was Christ the cowardly effeminate rabble-rouser nor the licentious lunatic that he has been portrayed to be by modern “scholars”. But many people continue to frame him as such, despite all the records to the contrary.

    “He taught as one having AUTHORITY”.

    I suppose, that like the ancient Jews, the reason why so many people have trouble attributing this notion of authority to Christ is that he didn’t come “kicking ass”, as many of them wished. The Chosenites are still looking for a asskicking Messiah to put all the gentiles in their proper places.

    “He describes Christianity as a strength while Europe was is in its ascendancy and sought to impose itself on the world, but which has since become a source of universalist guilt and offers no moral defence against the massive alien influx we are now suffering in our decline.”

    Indeed, one of the tiredest arguments heard in opposition to Christianity pertains to the conduct of wayward Crusaders.
    You can still hear it over the din of media and neo-con pundits who are calling for every able bodied Goy in America to go to war in defense of “freedom and the American way”.

    Ironically, what they still seek is total control of Jerusalem and conquest of the entire region which was promised to the original Israelites.

    Only this time the war is not being waged on behalf of the Pope, but to “secure the realm” for greater Israel and thus ensure the coming “Mashianic Age”. And the role of pope is now played by the Neo-con establishment.

    “It was not however borne out of despair, but a conscious decision to remain in charge of his destiny until the final moment, and a rousing call to action to all Europeans. Suicide is one of the themes of this work, and foreshadows Venner’s own suicide shortly after.”

    That certainly sounds like “despair” to me. Or it would seem to me that if one was that concerned over the decline of his country that he could find more “noble” ways of trying to reclaim it.

    There is nothing “Christian” in the way this globalist, Marxist, “multi-culturalist” agenda is being rammed down our collective throats. There is nothing especially virtuous about voluntarily swallowing it either, especially when it is being force fed by Neo -Bolsheviks!

    As much benefit as Jews have reaped from their “guilty” benefactors, they never tire of attacking the central message of New Testament Christianity which enabled them to rise to the point where they now.

    There is none of that “turn the other cheek” for them. No way.
    They much prefer the vengeful and sword wielding “G-d” of the Old Testament, but only as long as it used against those they despise.

    Unfortunately for the Zio-xtian community, they fail to acknowledge that the same God who went to the cross was the same God of the Old Testament whom the Jews still DENY!
    If God wasn’t pleased with their rejection of him then, what makes them believe he is today unless they think that God is a respecter of persons based upon their racial composition?

    They forget the way that Jehovah dealt with the “back sliding heifer” called Israel and that the promises he made to them were completely fulfilled long ago, but that the Jews FAILED to abide by the CONDITIONS of those promises and therefore FORFEITED the prize.
    Why would God seek to restore “the promised land” to a bunch of people who by their own insistence are the descendants of those who not only crucified his son, but continue to reject him?
    And if the Lord so earnestly desires for this to happen, then why does he require the blood and treasure of the US to do so?

    The mercy of God has been revealed to the Jews as much as anyone. One can accept it or reject it. But the potential wrath of God is equally as real now as it ever was.
    The God of the Old Testament and the God of the New Testament are one in the same. God’s personality did not change. His testament did.

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