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

By Askr Svarte (Evgeny Nechkasov)

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538 pages. Coming soon in hardcover.

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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… 

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Table of Contents

Preamble

 

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

Icarus

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 

Biopolitics/Necropolitics 

Transhumanism: Away with the Human 

Feminism Against Humanity 

Das Man Plugged In

Flat Ontological Landscapes 

 

Artifacts and Primitive Peoples

Dreamscapes

 

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

Summary

 

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 

 

Depopulation 

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

 

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Askr Svarte (Evgeny Nechkasov, b. 1991) 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 the author of multiple books, such as Polemos: The Dawn of Pagan Traditionalism (PRAV Publishing, 2020), Polemos II: Pagan Perspectives (PRAV Publishing, 2021), and Gods in the Abyss: Essays on Heidegger, the Germanic Logos, and the Germanic Myth (Arktos, 2020). He lives in Novosibirsk, West Siberia, Russia.