Web Censorship Is The Modern Day Book Burning

 

I found it hilarious to see the book sales of George Orwell’s 1984 skyrocket just after the election of President Donald Trump.  This happened mostly because big name liberal journalists, in a hysterical tirade, issued a number of meltdown pieces over the similarities between the totalitarian novel and our current state of political affairs.  But anyone who has read (and comprehended) the novel would instead trace similarities of the preceding administrations and Orwell’s terrifying prophecies.  They include – but are not limited to – 1984′s established world of mass surveillance (not unlike the mass data collection Obama’s NSA was revealed to be doing on Americans), the elusive visual enemy of the people Goldstein (who parallels Osama Bin Laden’s Western symbolism in the Bush era), and the main character’s career in the “Ministry of Truth” where he is resoponsible for deleting historical data (similar to Google’s deletion of certain websites from its search results, in away the archives of modernity).

But in the events leading up to and following the election, another favorite book from my youth seemed to better define the times: Farenheit 451.  Centered on the themes of book burning, alternate history, mainstream media distractions, disconnect with actual world events, and ultimate dystopian horror, Farenheit 451 is worth revisiting now more than ever before.  This is because we’re seeing all of these things in our current way of life.

As editor of Death Metal Underground during the Tulio Baars DDOS attacks, I learned first hand that the modern West is living out what every early 20th century dystopia warned us we could become.  I saw 1984’s Winsten Smith seek to cross my writings out of history, but even more appropriately witnessed Farenheit 451’s Guy Montag attempt to burn the most honest and extensive archive of heavy metal history off the face of the Earth.  Those of us who had the mental capacity to process what we learned in High School English classes (outside of memorizing answers) know that a miserable dystopia is descending upon modern metal, the only question is if we will be able to enlighten the masses before the damage has already been done.

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Kvedulf Gunnar Larsson The Alternative of Real Ecology

The present book claims to be a presentation, an advocacy, but nothing more. It is not a discussion, a justification or the beginning of a debate, all of which are pointless and do not constitute the carrying out of actions that actually make a difference. Discussing, debating and justifying, argues Larsson, are within the realm of popular environmentalism, which is nothing else but a flavor-of-the-week, feel-good tapping on the back of those who claim to care for the environment but do not care enough to set aside the delusion of human privilege (including the trend in ‘Green’ products, and the necessity to pander to what is popular, rather than necessary or real). Despite a certain radicalism inherent to Real Ecology (‘radical’ by virtue of being ‘real’), it is clearly distinguished from so-called Eco-Terrorism, because of its completely ineffectual, short-sighted action that simply remains all-too-human: undecisive because of its avoidance of doing actual harm. Real Ecology, is rather the personal choice of non-contribution, as in the reduction of one’s eco-print to the minimum.

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James Theodore Stillwell III Power Nihilism: A Case for Moral & Political Nihilism

Power Nihilism is a ruthless yet entry-level application of logic to religious, moral and political superstitions of all kinds.  Central to this exposition is the clarity given by the ‘is-ought gap’- something apparent to independent minds given to logical thought which is also commonly known to students of philosophy (themselves apparently often unable to come to this logical conclusion on their own) as Hume’s Guillotine.  The idea is basically that one cannot derive absolute ‘oughts’ from ‘facts’, since the latter are simply ‘descriptions’, while the former are ‘prescriptions’. “The only ‘oughts’ that are cogent,” argues Stillwell, are those conditioned by a formula entailing the wish of an effect based upon causes (if one wants ‘A’ to come about, then ‘B’ ought to be brought about).
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The Devil’s Cradle Out September 15th

The English translation of Tero Ikäheimonen’s comprehensive Finnish black metal book, Pirunkehto – Suomalaisen black metallin tarina, is coming out September 15th on Svart Records with the English title The Devil’s Cradle. The book features interviews and career retrospectives of Beherit, Impaled Nazarene, and a bunch of other bands who do not count and have no reason to be in the same book as they suck and play crossover thrash with high-gain guitar pedals and RAC/oi themed pop-punk . These modern black ‘n’ roll bands aren’t even from the same era; they are just poseurs.

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Thy Invocation of Hell In-stock at Analog Worship

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Thy Invocation of Hell zine 21st anniversary reprint from Afterlife Productions is available in the United States from vinyl specialist distro Analog Worship. The zine is packed with interviews conducted in the early, formative days of legends like Beherit, Blasphemy, Varathron, Immortal, and Emperor. Afterlife Productions themselves are down to their last 30 copies for those close to Malaysia.

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Thy Invocation of Hell Reprint

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Malaysian label Afterlife Productions has restored and reprinted Southeast Asia’s first black metal zine, Thy Invocation of Hell. It’s packed with interviews from tons of legendary bands, all conducted in their early and formative years, before wannabe rockstar egos and commercialism took hold. Buy it. From the label’s Facebook page:

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Hells Headbangers Restocks Nihilism

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Brett Steven’s Nihilism: A Philosophy Based In Nothingness And Eternity sold out quickly at Hells Headbangers’ metal distro so Hells Headbangers has just restocked it! You know you want it hard. Now you can get it hard fast again with DHL international shipping! Believe in nothing and take it like man! How do you expect to reach emptiness without mentally climaxing into the vortex? Are you man enough?

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