Tradition and Future Shock: Visions of a Future that Isn’t Ours


SKU: Tradition-Shock


By Askr Svarte (Evgeny Nechkasov)


538 pages / Released February 2023 / Available in hardcover and paperback.


Artificial Intelligence, cyberpunk cinema, Virtual Reality goggles, and the smartphone in your pocket are not just passing fads and mere gadgets. They are visions of a future that does not belong to us. The QR-coded Matrix of Technological Singularity and the “Great Reset” is already upon us — an imminent future in which “us” and “the world” become a problem for troubleshooting. How did we arrive at the abyss of technological dystopia? What is technology? Who are we?

Available only in private circulation until now, Askr Svarte’s Tradition and Future Shock: Visions of a Future that Isn’t Ours has been called “the most dangerous book in the world” because it poses these questions and exposes their nerves to the extreme at the last minute. The very idea of “progress” is shattered, the concealed nature of technology is exposed, and apocalyptic landscapes are charted through a cutting-edge hermeneutics between the ancient worlds of Myth and the Postmodern “reality” of screens and cyborgs.

Tradition and Future Shock is a finale for the last humans, an awakening right before midnight, a last sacrifice for the sake of a new beginning…


Table of Contents



Part I: Technology as Fate


Tekhne and Gestell

Poiesis and Mythos

The Marginality of the Enlightenment

The World as Ready-to-Hand

Tekhne and Technology


Progress from the Point of View of Tradition

Watches With and Without Chains

The Contemporal Rhizome

The Excess and Monotony of Novelty

Against Reality

Waking Up Before Midnight

Archetypal Figures

Prometheus and his Humans


Doctor Faust

The Worker

Dizzied Achilles

Baldr Slain


Our Nature

The Man of Tradition: Maximal Humanism

Intermediate Forms

The Humanism of the Last People

Dividing the Indivisible


Transhumanism: Away with the Human

Feminism Against Humanity

Das Man Plugged In

Flat Ontological Landscapes


Artifacts and Primitive Peoples



The Economy is Not Fate

The Spirits and Demons of Things

The Economy of the Dead

The World as the Accursed Share


Part II: Visions of a Future that Isn’t Ours


Dystopia Here and Now


Hermeneutics of Cultural Prototypes

Dwelling in Virtuality

Dreaming as Identity

Simulacra Again

Surrogate Eros

The Reproductive Barrier

The Cyberpunk Hero

Cyberpunk Religions

Dan Brown’s Apocalyptic Dilogy

Several Realistic Scenarios


The Future That Isn’t Ours Is Already Here

A Closed World

Total Transparency

Augmented Reality

Novelty Instead of Event

Fast Time

The End of Nature

The Ecological Fiction

Towers, Planes, and Streetlights

Two Extremes of Techno-Paganism

The Death Agony of Music

Against Museums

Artificial Intelligence

Black Miracles



Part III: Perspectives for Resistance


Posing the Questions


Deconstructing Primitivism


The Critique of Civilization

Culture and Civilization per Spengler

Simplification: Tolstoy and Thoreau

Romantic Escapism

The Weak Argument of Luddism

Alain de Benoist’s Anti-Growth Ideology

Kaarlo Pentti Linkola’s Ecofascism

The Strategy of Theodore Kaczynski

Julius Evola’s Ride the Tiger

Ernst Jünger’s Forest Passage

John Zerzan and the Rejection of the Symbolic


Remarks on the Fields of Primitivism



Overpopulation: Strengthening Alienation

The Metaphysical Arguments of Anti-Natalism

Who Are All These People?

The World-Without-Us

Remarks on the Fields of Depopulation

Fear of Death and the Right to Death

The Theology of the Dead Divine


The New Catacombs

In Search of Zomia

A Word on Tribalism

The People of the Underground

Final Moods


Selected Bibliography


Askr Svarte (Evgeny Nechkasov) is a Russian Traditionalist philosopher, pagan activist, and the founding head of the Svarte Aske community. Descended from Bessarabian Germans exiled to Siberia in the early 20th century, since 2009 he has been a practicing pagan in the Germanic-Scandinavian tradition and an active voice in the rebirth of paganism in Russia and Europe. Nechkasov is the founding editor of the journals Warha and Alföðr and since 2017 has been a featured guest in Russian media as an expert and defender of paganism. He is the author of numerous works in Russian and English, such as Gap: At the Left Hand of Odin (Fall of Man Press, 2019) and Gods in the Abyss: Essays on Heidegger, the Germanic Logos, and the Germanic Myth (Arktos, 2020). He lives in Novosibirsk, Russia. PRAV Publishing has published his Polemos: The Dawn of Pagan Traditionalism, Polemos II: Pagan Perspectives, and Tradition and Future Shock: Visions of a Future that Isn’t Ours. Nechkasov is a member of the editorial board of PRAV‘s series Passages: Studies in Traditionalism and Traditions.