The timing for the presentation of this interview couldn’t be more perfect. Now that the Iranian people is getting to the streets to protest against the tyrannical islamist regime in power in Iran, recalling the 2009 Green Revolution, it is time for the Iranians to rediscover their origins, their history, their culture. To sum things up, it is time for them to rediscover their soul. Nobody is in a better position to help them to do so than their great spiritual figure and national hero, Zarathustra. One of the great founders of civilizations, Zarathustra created a new religion based on his observations of human nature, of life and of spiritual experience. The ethos of Zoroastrianism is different from the one of other religions such as Hindouism, Bouddhism, Judaism, Christianity or Islam. As a matter of fact, to my knowledge, that ethos is specific to Zoroastrianism. It doesn’t exist anywhere else, not in this form anyway. It will be a long way before Iranians can get rid completely of Islam on their land. It will be a long and very painful battle. And it can only be accomplish if the people of Iran, individually and collectively, descend deep inside their souls to rediscover who they really are, suppressed and choked by decades and centuries of islamist tyranny. Jorjani says about Zarathustra that he was seing himself as somebody fighting against ‘forces of ignorance and deceit’ and ‘forces of darkness’. Jorjani begins the interview by recalling the immense service that the great German philosopher Nietzsche made to modern consciousness by writing a novel about Zarathustra in which he is its central character. The time has come for the Iranian people to awake from their sleep. Freedom is calling, to open the doors of consciousness, enlightenment and intelligence. The Kingdom of Persia never was a democracy, we all get that. But at least its citizens were free to be Iranians with their culture and civilization and that’s a lot. The time has come for the islamist regime to pack up its boxes and leave. History is waiting for the great return of Zarathustra and its ethos. If it is the first time that you hear Jason Reza Jorjani, I suggest a couple of interviews he gave on their airwaves of Red Ice Radio in recent years.
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The picture that you can see here in this post by anti-fascist researcher and radio host Dave Emory is reminiscent, as he points out, of the fascis, « a bundle of rods bound together with an axe head joined to it ». The fascis was chosen by Mussolini to describe the Corporate State. As it is rightfully brought to our attention by Mark Ames in this article, the new « Minister of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks », Makis « Hammer » Voridis, was seen and photographed during his youth chasing down leftist students with a hammer on campus in Greece. He was the leader of a group of fascist students called « Student Alternative » at the University of Athens law school. The character of Voridis himself and his use of a hammer/axe is exemplarily relevant in this context and it opens the doors wide open for me.
Fascism, in its essence, is not a Christian phenomenon. Although it has shown signs of affection for crosses and other Christian symbols, we can’t really say it implies any particular relationship with Christianity. On the contrary. Fascism, and we have seen it in full light with Nazism, is derived rather from the Norse/Scandinavian and/or Germanic mythology, expressed notably in the sacred books of the Eddas. This mythology is centered on the need and the desire to wage war, to prepare for battle, to conquer. There is nothing « Christian » about it. The symbols chosen by Nazi Germany, the torches, the swastika, the crosses, the flags, all these things were realigned to satisfy the needs of a religion of war, destruction and bloodshed. The fact that Mussolini chose the fascis to describe his project for Italy is not incidental and the fact that Makis Voridis used such an instrument in the past is literally a sign, even if it is a bad one, from the heavens to give us a clue. As Emory points out, a fascist junta took power in Greece in 1967 and its leaders were drawn form the residua of WWII collaborationists who were running the local government for the Third Reich.
But there is something that speaks volumes even more. One of the main characters of Norse/Scandinavian mythology is Thor, son of Odin. Well, it just happens that Thor always goes to battle with his favorite companion, Mjöllnir, a hammer… Thor was even integrated in the more modern mythology of Marvel Comics in the sixties. A blockbuster film was made last year about it. And when we know the business connections that exist between American and German corporations and their influence in the rise of fascism in Europe, it is not a surprise. More specifically in terms of Germanic mythology, Odin has its equivalent in the god Wotan. Great psychologist Carl Gustav Jung has written a text on the cult of Wotan and its relationship with the rise of Nazism in Germany and his contemporary criticism remains certainly as valid today as it was yesterday. Wotan is the « the god of storm and frenzy, the unleasher of passions and the lust of battle; moreover he is a superlative magician and artist in illusion who is versed in all secrets of an occult nature ». Sounds familiar with a guy named Hitler? Jung analyses several important aspects of German culture and literature, such as Nietzsche and his masterpiece Thus Spake Zarathustra, the inheritage of Meister Eckhart, the relationships between Wotan and Dionysus, among other things.
So, my friends, I would ask you, is Makis « Hammer » Voridis, an incarnation of Thor, descending form the skies…or just another puppet of a fascist takeover of Greece that is to come really soon?