So I heard wind of this writer, who a certain people in a certain time and place were very fond of
Karl May (pronounced “my”) is an adventure writer from the late nineteenth century whom most Americans have never heard of
Ahhh this is a good sign- all the articles I’m finding on May so far are slanderous. … Yup, article after article they just keep insulting him and not saying much about his stories. They’re set in the Wild West. The Krauts had a fascination with it apparently. Seeing a parallel here at all? May, initially, seems like another Scott.
In this case it seems to have something to do with that old school adventure theorist Martin Green’s emphasis on the genre’s theme of manifest destiny.
I don’t think people can really wrap their mind around it, that idea from my previous post about how a certain “tribe” was frozen in the medieval age
What explains why they wanted to expand east in the way that Americans expanded west
The world political economy of the 1920s and 1930s was, as Hitler understood, structured by British naval power. British advocacy of free trade, he believed, was political cover for British domination of the world.
Land vs. sea struggle. And the British controlled their own economy, as we know.
This notion of expansion is the heart of evil in our time, yet that doesn’t stop globalists from expanding their empire wherever they see fit. I mean, it’s right in the name- they want the globe. Nationalists are the new Chippewas with tomahawks.
One of my main presuppositions with posts like this is that literature changes you. If reactionaries of previous eras found certain literature engaging then we can probably use it to change ourselves, i.e. reverse globalist programming.
I don’t think it’s a coincidence that this genre of “adventure” keeps popping up. The word itself means the opposite of docility, and that’s what they seem to want from everyone.
The Krauts’ relation to these stories wasn’t so simple. They also identified with the Native Americans who were resisting modernization
Winnetou is the quintessential German national hero, a paragon of virtue, a nature freak, a romantic, a pacifist at heart, but in a world at war he is the best warrior, alert, strong, and sure.
Again, this is similar to Scott’s novels.
This is a recent parody- counter-intuitive, no?
The forces of globalization could be felt even in the 1930s.
One of the most prominent characters in May is Old Shatterhand, a German immigrant in the US. He was friends, even blood brothers, with that Native American chief Winnetou. So one might imagine the Krauts reading these stories and identifying with both characters.
So there’s something somewhat paradoxical with this- the Krauts wanted to expand AS natives. They were imperial about their indigenous culture. I for one would prefer to be ruled by their tribe than the tribe we’re ruled by now.
They actually staged May’s novels at festivals like a gesamtkunstwerk. Go ahead and whine I always am talking about this sort of thing- are you really content with the media they put on the screens for your “entertainment”? It’s all globalist hogwash, I’m looking for alternatives.
Manifest Destiny never went away, the chances are that you are a product of the one that continues to exist today. Absorbing the type of material that people of the past who resisted that manifest destiny did is a way to claim independence from it. Globalist demands are getting caught in my dreamcatcher.