Dead David Bowie, French Nationalists, Antinatalism, and the Meaning of Life

I was already glum about the Charlie Hebdo anniversary when David Bowie became mortal. I’m American, but like all good Americans I remember why I’m no longer subject to the crown; no matter how many times our elder, shorter, Gallic brother gets in the quicksand, it’s our sacred duty to pull him out. French was the only foreign language my shitty little high school offered, and I’m a congenital language buff, so it was a perfect storm. Depending on which idiot team you bat for, feel free to shout at me till you’re blue about colonialism or cheese-eating surrender monkeys; you’re a subnormal, and anyway, as I was born and raised in Wisconsin, I take the cheese-eating thing a bit personally.

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Why is “cheese-eating” even an insult? Cheese is DELICIOUS.

Fast-forward 25 years: some of the articles I’ve written lately—ever since the Islamofascists made it abundantly clear that they intend to pose a threat to French sovereignty—led one friend to prod me: Ann, how can you be a French nationalist and an antinatalist? What do you care if one horde of doomed souls overruns another?

My answer at the time was pretty much “Er…stupid brain!” On the face of it, what else would you have to say? These two notions seem to have little in common, yet they both make sense to my brainham (or, as I call it, Bartleby). I couldn’t figure out what the damned organ was up to, even if I am its owner and it does chatter in my ear all day every day.

But the day after David Bowie, substitute father for my generation, went to fully merge with Ziggy in the stars, I realized that the answer is, coincidentially, rather… Camusian.

I know, I know: Camus’ little dodge against the emptiness of the universe—”Life has no intrinsic meaning, but you can make a meaning up as you go along, and trickily that is the intrinsic meaning”—has been roundly debunked in antinatalist circles for at least a decade. But how do you get through your day, then? Another suicide attempt? Being perfectly logical in all areas will be of little comfort to you when jumping off a bridge leaves you paraplegic.

So I’m not ashamed to say that when Bowie died, a noticeable percentage of the color drained out of my universe. He was one of the things that tricked me into thinking the stars gave a shit for a second. I concentrated roughly 70 percent of my lifetime Bowie-listening during the few years in which I was treated to about 70 percent of my lifetime illusions; then time and people yanked the latter away, as they will.

But it wasn’t just my paltry life on which the duke cast his romantic sheen. Ziggy Stardust first gave stage directions to the shadows of nuclear and environmental doom that clouded the mid-20th century; earth was really dying, but there was still a hero of sorts. Then when my generation came of age, discovering Bowie’s old records in the shops meant finding the father figure who was missing for many of us—a father with the power to turn a garden apartment into a spaceship—as well as a “leper messiah.” We might have felt like the entire 1990s were a leper colony, but we could still look up at the stars.

Sure, you can still play the records. But up till a few days ago, Bowie was actually there, in the background radiation, seething with the possibility of drama.

As an antinatalist, I struggle to find the transcendental. This is where the rubber meets the road: where a romantic begins to regret worshipping logic as well. The twain are hard to reconcile, but reconcile them we must, or become the dead-eyed Ligottian puppets we fear we are anyway. If the death of one European artist can wipe so much indigo from the night sky, what would life be like with all of them muffled?

What’s coming to Europe isn’t just a human tide, not just a tax burden: It is an idea, and an idea that is antithetical to art, romance, and Gothic cathedrals. It is the idea that affairs here on Earth should be dictated, not by the heavens directly, but by Allah’s self-righteous, prudish, finger-wagging representatives down below.

Europeans were infected by a similar virus a few hundred years ago; but in the face of the demonstrable hypocrisy and selfishness of God’s avatars—foibles of the clergy which were dutifully recorded by generations of satirists—even the believers eventually reasoned that perhaps God should be trusted to watch over human affairs on his own schedule, not that of the priests. Robespierre might have been a nasty guy, but if we were to allow the establishment of a new theocracy in Europe, all the blood he shed would have been in vain. Our freedoms have been won so horribly hard. And while all life might be meaningless, it’s a hell of a lot more boring without free speech and miniskirts. Having your head sawn off is considerably worse than ennui.

“But,” says the hardened humanist: “We can’t stop letting in migrants! Because the children! The real refugees! The human suffering in the Middle East! If we try to stem the tide of terrorists pouring into Europe, we will also condemn innocent people to death! Do you only care about the innocent dead when they look like you?”

You’re close: I care more about the innocent dead when they think like me. (Well, I’ll settle for at least not thinking I deserve to be raped or die, at this point.) I care more about innocent eyes which see unique individuals such as David Bowie and Voltaire as geniuses—not as decadent Western faggots who were only born to be silenced and tossed off a roof.

Yes, in theory, one human life is worth as little as another; but that’s not how our brains work, is it? I don’t know why it’s such a big deal for any Westerner to “admit” this, but here we go: I care more about people who care about the things that give my life meaning, however illusory, than I care about people who think a rock in the desert is telling them to shoot cartoonists.

So. Motherfucking. There.

Do you think the Islamofascists are any more neutral than I am? Au contraire; there are now oceans of proof that they place so much negative value on the existence of each infidel that they’re willing to cash in their lives to take a few of ours. And aren’t we getting a little tired of being the bigger man while the things that get us out of bed every day are smirkingly trodden underfoot? Like Bowie’s records, Voltaire’s books would still be readable if European civilization were replaced with a caliphate. But would they mean anything?

Colonialist cheese-eating nothin’, jackasses. Without thousands of years of cultural development in Europe, you wouldn’t have the legal protections that allow you to mock and degrade Europe or Bush or Obama or Cheetos or whatever the hell you want—nor would you likely enjoy the technological advances that led to the computer you’re reading this on so that you can fume about what a Nazi I am. (Aside: does anyone else find it bitterly hilarious that Marine le Pen is getting called a Nazi for challenging German hegemony in Europe? I can’t quit laughing over my vermouth at that one.)

And without Camus, you would have neither Stephin Merritt nor the clove cigarettes he makes fun of his seventeen-year-old self for smoking, nor much of the fashionably faceless humanist culture you enjoy while you bloviate about multiculturalism.

Yes, my sole tiny human life is meaningless in the grand scheme, and we’re all going to be enveloped by the sun. But damned if I’m not sitting on a beautiful pile of satirical tracts, hoisted by centuries of free speech, and standing on the parchments of giants to a height where imaginary birds braid my hair with typewriter ribbons like Thackeray in drag as Snow White.

Illusory? Yes. But if Allah’s little wankers want to take it away from me I’ll be keeping a very real baseball bat behind my back.

Comments

  1. asterzinger

    On the OTHER hand (and I wish I’d worked this nuance in, now that I think about it) since the highest compliment the current Western culture can pay an artist is to say they’re a marketing genius, fuck it, I’m not sure if it’s worth fighting for or if I should just go have a Ligottian gallon of vodka or two.

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      1. Jeff Howe

        Is maestro gender specific? ref: I’m biting my tongue to restrain myself from calling you maeSTRESS of the malaPROP but then I don’t want the bald truth to be that I’m taken for teasing you and not my rapidly thinning hair?

  2. machiaevil

    The Charlie Hebrew fucks fully deserved what they got, the Muslims who carried out the massacre deserve congratulations for removing such vile scum, and the Paris attacks have nothing to do with your neocon/liberal “Islamofascist” narrative, but rather with the traitorous French government getting its due payment for following blindly US policy thinking it can pour terrorists into Syria to top Assad and expect them to be model citizens once they’re back. Try to understand for once what de Benoist is talking about, you stupid stupid girl .

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    2. asterzinger

      Ah, another one of those master logicians who conflates disagreement with his opinions with stupidity. He also thinks that deliberately making a malapropism is an argument. Adorable.

        1. asterzinger

          Another fantastic argument. It’s like one of those nightmares where you’re back in fourth grade. Do I smell bad as well?

        2. asterzinger

          But just so as to be clear on what you’re attempting to argue by saying “stupid stupid”: So you prefer Muslims to Western atheists because both of you believe the sky man is telling you to do stuff? Your only argument with them is over which volume of the trilogy is best. OK. (Pinches bridge of nose, closes eyes.) I guess this is why you can’t come up with any rational arguments for your position.

        3. asterzinger

          -snort- You aren’t actually arguing with de Benoist either. You say he’s “out of his depth” on this issue (he’s situationally stupid, in other words), and go on to spout your opinions as though they were written in the Gospels. I must be in serious procrastination mode to even pay attention to this nonsense. Then again… my statements are threatening that which gives your life meaning, aren’t they? It’s understandable that you would be angry. That’s what this piece is about, funnily enough. But you’re no more right than I’m right about the giant stack of parchment I imagine I’m sitting on.

    3. Three Stars

      Benoist is a cretin cretin faggot who built an anti-modern narrative more or less out of thin air with the sole purpose of offering an enticing alternative to the ’68ers. While his conception of the world touches on some issues that are important to the greater reactionary right it thoroughly lacks any “weapons” to combat the anti-reason, anti-moral, anti-everithing-redeeming-about-humanity that is the pile of pig dung cult of the pedo Mohammed (piss be on him!).

      Most of Benoists’ movement already dissolved, useless to White and Nationalist interests as it is now. Yet, some of you still proselytize. Pathetic!

      1. machiaevil

        Cretin faggots are (were) the Charlie Hebrew Marxist-leftard, atheist, degenerate, liberal extremist, ultra-Zionist culture-retards with a fixation for sodomy who acted as apologists of both the Jewnited Snakes of America Middle East wars for the benefit of Pissrael that created the problem in the first place, as well as supporters of third world immigration to Europe which is the other part in the invade the world-invite the world agenda of their paymasters. Establishment whores attacking anyone the US/Pigsrael empire doesn’t like, they have done more damage to western societies than any radical jihadist could ever do. Those fuckers were killed by those same people they welcomed as rapefugees or encouraged to “integrate” to make France “multicultural”. Talk about dumb fucks, like yourself. They and their liberal/cuckservative supporters like yourself deserve to end up with a jihadist AK-47 up your sodomite ass, and I do hope the jihadists finish the job, assfaggot.

        1. Three Stars

          You seem to have a thing for false dichotomies. An you imitated my overuse of adjectives, which is kind of flattering, I guess. But there’s only one adjective required to wholly describe you: “idiot”.

          1. machiaevil

            Apparently your weakling ego has much need for flattering .Too bad that ass-faggot, whore, retard, illiterate moron, doesn’t even begin to describe you.

          2. Three Stars

            No, but you are a big enough worthless idiot to do it involuntarily. Come to think of it, it’s a good thing you’re supporting Benoist. You’re making him look bad by association.

            Had to laugh at “illiterate”.

          3. machiaevil

            You are actually worse, like a retarded kid that someone spares a couple of hours on a weekend, talking to you and your ilk of Guillaume FaGAY/Greg Kohnson/Colin Liddle-man alt-fags feels like charity.

  3. David Mulch

    Those Francophone Commie wankers did not deserve what they got; That ever bankrupt Francophone Commie Mad Magazine got them martyred. This came complete with millions of French Twitter idiots, who can;t write in cursive, holding up their last writing implement like Hogwarts Students seeing off Dumbledoor. Charlie Hebdot’s view of press freedom was” For Me and not for Thee.”

  4. Three Stars

    It’s “humanitarian”, “humanitarian” got dammit!

    “Humanism” has a bunch of definitions but according to my favorite one humanism is the belief that human action, brought about through human will and more or less informed by human reason, is the prime force shaping the world.

    I wonder if its constant misuse gave it an additional meaning synonymic with humanitarianism. That would be just sad.

      1. Three Stars

        It’s self-denying the moment you ask “why are people important?”. Then that value becomes the important bit and people who don’t share to much of it become irrelevant.
        [*sigh*] If more cat ladies would ask it when watching photos of future rapists washed out on the shore…

        1. MRDA

          Your assumption that the kid would’ve been a rapist just reads as your way of trying to lionise your callousness in a nice tidy, virtue ‘n’ villainy narrative, instead of owning it for what it is.The presumption of cultural determinism as a salve.

          1. asterzinger

            I was going to say: When have I EVER tried to mask or lionize my callousness toward small children? If I could have worked in a way to call him “it” I would have.

          2. Three Stars

            How liberals don’t have anything in the way of mind theory never ceases to amaze me. It’s almost creepy, to see an assuming adult individual incapable of realizing that others hold different values and have different perspectives than his own.
            I don’t need to rationalize anything, since I don’t find not caring for a foreign individual in any way objectionable.
            The problem with the boy incident was that it was used to emotionally blackmail the public into accepting a detrimental situation being *forced* upon itself. It was an emotional cudgel against reason and pragmatism.

          3. MRDA

            I’m a “liberal”? News to me!

            I’m more than aware that you and I don’t see eye to eye on this, Stars. I wasn’t questioning the sincerity of your general stance, but more your perceived need to glamorise not giving a shit about foreigners with some speculative bullshit about Aylan being destined to rape.

            That said, I agree that his death has been milked to short-circuit long-term thinking on the wider migration issue and wing in the rule of whim and emotionalism. Merkel is simply the embodiment of the mutability of public sentiment, whether stance one subscribes to on the matter.

          4. asterzinger

            I’ve noticed that calling libertarians (and anyone else who isn’t obsessively paranoid about Jews) “liberals” and “neocons” is the new thing.

          5. Three Stars

            You took my statement regarding the boy way to literally. No speculation intended, just underlining some aspects of Middle Eastern culture. That should of been clear enough to most people.

            I’ve noticed however that liberals tend to get triggered and entirely miss even the most obviously symbolic message. Glad to hear you aren’t a liberal btw.

  5. David Mulch

    More specifically,[ Ann Sterzinger ] are you sure that you can’t get on with the other SWPL’s I mean, I ran into you on a Greg Johnson podcast and if you’ve been banished to the Alt Right we are going to have to build one massive insane asylum when the Revolution comes.

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  7. Perpetuum Mobile

    One of my favorite bloggers likes your books, so I’m inclined to take you seriously, but there is so much wrong with this that I hardly know where to begin.

    For a start, Bowie came from Britain. France has never produced a rock star to speak of, let alone one to rival Bowie. What you’re actually defending is the country that produced Johnny Hallyday, so when he dies that will give you a more appropriate opportunity to eulogize French culture – not that they need help from Americans who can’t tell which side of the channel they’re on.

    Bowie came from a community in South London that has seen mass immigration since the 1950s, and this was a massive influence on his music. He famously criticized MTV for favoring white artists and for much of his career he had a multi-racial band. More importantly, he was married to a Muslim. All this is to say that he emphatically did not think like you. Which means that by your own criteria, you shouldn’t be upset by his death.

    Finally, the Paris attacks were not carried out by refugees – many of whom are fleeing the exact same “Islamofascism” you’re railing against. Rather, they were carried out by French and Belgium nationals. Stopping the boarders would not have kept these people out – they were born here. I know that all brown people probably seem the same to someone who can’t tell the difference between London and Paris, but Arabs are a pretty diverse bunch. The issue of Islamic extremism in Europe isn’t going to go away because we let people of a similar hue who are fleeing conflict drown in our waters.

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      Ann Sterzinger

      Do you make a habit of disingenuously attacking people for things they never said? Or are you really that bad at reading? Let’s begin with the fact that, for Christ’s sake, I never called Bowie French. I am eulogizing European culture as a whole. As the title of this article humorously implies, I’m throwing in everything but the kitchen sink, from British musicians to antinatalist ideas to French satirists to the meaning of life. I wrote under the assumption that anyone reading this would already know he was from Britain as general knowledge. What part of this sentence went over your head?: “If the death of one European artist can wipe so much indigo from the night sky, what would life be like with all of them muffled?” To transition to the larger topic, as one does in essays, I called him “European,” because I’m beginning with Bowie and extrapolating toward the rest. (Granted, the UK is a bunch of islands, but you’re so close that Europe proper can’t seem to get rid of you.)

      Now we can move on to the idiocy of extrapolating from the fact that I dislike Islam’s shitty IDEAS to imply that I would not think it’s a fine idea to engage in a multi-RACIAL artistic collaboration when, in fact, I’ve done so myself. (And how many times do we need to repeat that ISLAM IS NOT A RACE before it sinks into some of the thicker skulls?) And were you honestly under the impression that Johnny Hallyday was the only important French musician of the 20th century? If you don’t like Leo Ferre, the door is that way (points at an open sewage pit).

      Finally, aside from the fact that evidence very strongly implies that there WERE refugees involved in several capacities in the Paris Friday the 13th attacks—although the jury is still out—did I even MENTION those attacks in particular, much less focus on them as the sole problem that recent Islamic immigration is causing in both America and Europe? I hope you’re not a rape denier; I don’t even know what to say to that. In the future, if you wish to argue with me, you would look less stupid if you argued with statements I actually made instead of inventing things to be self-righteous about.

  8. MRDA

    I’ve been thinking about this a bit more today, and still think it falls short as a reconciliation of fundamentally at-odds positions. Even if all the violent, predatory, and repressive residents of Dar al-Islam all calmed down/killed themselves/got deported, the disparate elements conceptually united under the banner of “French culture” would still ultimately be doomed under an ethos of zero propagation, along with every other cultural cluster. I suppose one could act as a curator or remnant, preserving as much Francorobilia as one could manage, but…for whom: the alien archaeologists curious about the Species That Was on this person-purged rock?

    As I said elsewhere, reconciling the two positions leaves one with the mini-manifesto: “Leave ’em alone so that they can die out in peace!”

    (All that said, this works somewhat better as an egoistic case for cultural preservation.)

    1. asterzinger

      Oh, sure, your NORMAL comment posts, but the hilarious one with the guy who’s foaming at the mouth arguing with things I never said—DISQUS decides to swallow that one into the abyss. I have a mind to repost that just for fun.

      THAT BEING SAID, I probably should have made more explicit the fact that I’ve kind of given up on ever getting rid of humanity, or even getting it to slow down or reverse its demographic race to the bottom, until of course it accidentally exterminates itself in some spectacularly horrible Holocaust that will make World War II look like kids in a sandbox. All will become clear if I ever manage to finally review Sarah Perry’s book…

      1. MRDA

        She called my comment “NORMAL” – oy vey und zut alors!

        But yeah: Is this the end of Ann-tinatalism? Has the acerbic anti-breeder been irrevocably co-opted ‘n’ corrupted by a pronatalist propaganda posse? Find out in the next exciting episode…or the episode after that…or wheneverthefuck!

  9. asterzinger

    Right: So Disqus swallowed this hilarious comment and my response. So I’m reposting this hilarious comment and my response. Pull out your abacus and count the straw men! He seems to be pretending I’m spewing right-wing boilerplate so that he has an excuse to spew his left-wing boilerplate; very sporting of him. Quote:

    Perpetuum Mobile

    One of my favorite bloggers likes your books, so I’m inclined to take you seriously, but there is so much wrong with this that I hardly know where to begin.

    For a start, Bowie came from Britain. France has never produced a rock star to speak of, let alone one to rival Bowie. What you’re actually defending is the country that produced Johnny Hallyday, so when he dies that will give you a more appropriate opportunity to eulogize French culture – not that they need help from Americans who can’t tell which side of the channel they’re on.

    Bowie came from a community in South London that has seen mass immigration since the 1950s, and this was a massive influence on his music. He famously criticized MTV for favoring white artists and for much of his career he had a multi-racial band. More importantly, he was married to a Muslim. All this is to say that he emphatically did not think like you. Which means that by your own criteria, you shouldn’t be upset by his death.

    Finally, the Paris attacks were not carried out by refugees – many of whom are fleeing the exact same “Islamofascism” you’re railing against. Rather, they were carried out by French and Belgium nationals. Stopping the boarders would not have kept these people out – they were born here. I know that all brown people probably seem the same to someone who can’t tell the difference between London and Paris, but Arabs are a pretty diverse bunch. The issue of Islamic extremism in Europe isn’t going to go away because we let people of a similar hue who are fleeing conflict drown in our waters.

    HERE’S what I tried to post in response; fuck you, Disqus:

    Ann Sterzinger

    annsterzinger.com

    In reply to Perpetuum Mobile.

    Do you make a habit of disingenuously attacking people for things they never said? Or are you really that bad at reading? Let’s begin with the fact that, for Christ’s sake, I never called Bowie French. I am eulogizing European culture as a whole. As the title of this article humorously implies, I’m throwing in everything but the kitchen sink, from British musicians to antinatalist ideas to French satirists to the meaning of life. I wrote under the assumption that anyone reading this would already know he was from Britain as general knowledge. What part of this sentence went over your head?: “If the death of one European artist can wipe so much indigo from the night sky, what would life be like with all of them muffled?” To transition to the larger topic, as one does in essays, I called him “European,” because I’m beginning with Bowie and extrapolating toward the rest. (Granted, the UK is a bunch of islands, but you’re so close that Europe proper can’t seem to get rid of you.)

    Now we can move on to the idiocy of extrapolating from the fact that I dislike Islam’s shitty IDEAS to imply that I would not think it’s a fine idea to engage in a multi-RACIAL artistic collaboration when, in fact, I’ve done so myself. (And how many times do we need to repeat that ISLAM IS NOT A RACE before it sinks into some of the thicker skulls?) And were you honestly under the impression that Johnny Hallyday was the only important French musician of the 20th century? If you don’t like Leo Ferre, the door is that way (points at an open sewage pit).

    Finally, aside from the fact that evidence very strongly implies that there WERE refugees involved in several capacities in the Paris Friday the 13th attacks—although the jury is still out—did I even MENTION those attacks in particular, much less focus on them as the sole problem that recent Islamic immigration is causing in both America and Europe? I hope you’re not a rapecaust denier; I don’t even know what to say to that. In the future, if you wish to argue with me, you would look less stupid if you argued with statements I actually made instead of inventing things to be self-righteous about.

    1. MRDA

      Geez! That comment’s worse than I’d been led to believe; the bloke pulled so much out of his arse, he practically prolapsed! Must be a Guardian reader.

      Also: Misspelling “boarders” won’t make ’em go away, Mobile, for better or worse.

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