Ascending The Tower – Solo Climb 1 – Gnon

Anthony’s first foray into the world of solo podcasting tackles the concept of Gnon. He tries to answer everyone’s questions, from the hostile to the confused to the ignorant.

Solo Climb #1 is brought to you in part by generous donations from our listeners Edmund Burkenstock, Ursus, Gladio, Bermudan Reactionary, Edward of Arkansas and Walrus Aurelius. If you would like to sponsor an episode of Ascending the Tower, e-mail survivingbabel AT gmail.

Notes:
2:33 Introduction to Solo Climbs
6:19 Topic Introduction – Gnon
12:28 Whence Gnon? The forging of early NRx
24:47 The three-part creation of Gnon
35:02 What is Gnon and why is it a useful concept?
48:46 What Gnon isn’t

Related Show Links:
Music:
Opening Music: “Hard rock orchestrale” by -Poul’H- (excerpt)
https://www.jamendo.com/track/647350/hard-rock-orchestrale

Closing Music: “Ancient Forest” by Esther Garcia
https://www.jamendo.com/track/1221997/ancient-forest

Nick B. Steves’ Historical Notes collection (read the links)
https://nickbsteves.wordpress.com/2013/05/29/going-meta-on-meta/

Nick Land’s Definitive Gnon post
http://www.xenosystems.net/the-cult-of-gnon/

The genesis of Spandrell’s Trichotomoy
https://bloodyshovel.wordpress.com/2013/04/10/conflict/

Scharlach’s famous Map of the Dark Enlightment
https://web.archive.org/web/20130424060436/http://habitableworlds.wordpress.com/2013/04/21/visualizing-neoreaction/

South Park on The Cult of Everyone
http://southpark.cc.com/clips/9ckgw9/a-meeting-of-yelpers

WrathOfGnon’s excellent Tumblr of Reactionary image macros
http://wrathofgnon.tumblr.com/

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6 Comments

  1. @SurvivingBabel Just finished your solo climb. Questions incoming (some questions may be in the form of statements):

    1. Logos is a metaphysical phenomenon with physical consequences:
    therefore is Gnon the physical consequences of logos?
    2. Obedience to God should therefore include a subset of actions which are implicitly Gnon compliant?
    3. Is Gnon is a cold and apathetic concept because it does not consider whether natural law is for our benefit or that a higher purpose exists?
    4. Rather than denying the benevolence of God’s nature could Gnon describes how pure consequence cannot circumscribe the creator?

    1. 1. Compare to Athena, Goddess of Victory. Athena is the metaphysical phenomenon with physical consequences, but she is not the treasure taken nor the land claimed from the victory. Gnon is another form of/symbol for the Logos; the physical consequences could be understood as “gifts from the Gods”

      2. I would say that true obedience to the Word of God is the last stand of implicit Gnon compliance.

      3. Correct. The coldness is a feature, not a bug. It removes consequence from the realm of punishment (which would necessarily stir up all those arguments we are trying to quell). Gnon is just as indifferent to a flourishing society as he is to a foundering one.

      4. Gnon is neither the DNA nor the protein; Gnon is the sequence of DNA required to make the protein. If just one base pair is wrong, the whole thing breaks down. (Compare to a compiler spitting out garbage because of one misplaced parentheses in the code.) God’s benevolence is evident in the fact that the proper sequences of DNA lead to us. Gnon remains neutral in that moral reckoning.

  2. In fact, the whole of the human race was at the instance of Pope Leo XIII, in the Holy Year 1900, consecrated to the Divine Heart. It should be remarked also that much has been done for the recognition of Christ’s authority over society by the frequent Eucharistic Congresses which are held in our age. These give an opportunity to the people of each diocese, district or nation, and to the whole world of coming together to venerate and adore Christ the King hidden under the Sacramental species. Thus by sermons preached at meetings and in churches, by public adoration of the Blessed Sacrament exposed and by solemn processions, men unite in paying homage to Christ, whom God has given them for their King. It is by a divine inspiration that the people of Christ bring forth Jesus from his silent hiding-place in the church, and carry him in triumph through the streets of the city, so that he whom men refused to receive when he came unto his own, may now receive in full his kingly rights. -QUAS PRIMAS

    You guys are Jesuits!

    Ok. That’s a joke. Sorry if it didn’t add to the overall value of the intellectual discussion.

  3. Or let’s put it this way: You are doing the work the actual Jesuits would be doing if they hadn’t turned into complete universalists.

  4. The way i explain it to my children and god children is we have the old religion and the new and that I baptised them in goats blood before i gave them to the preist. as for ritual i explain that magic is bullshit the old religion is about personal power that is inherited and cultivated and i teach them how to do that.

  5. Every time you used the word Gnon in the podcast before, I thought you were talking about gnosticism. So while I appreciate the explanation, my experience is that the name missed the mark. If for every newcomer you have to say “Gnon, but not the gnon of gnosticism”, that means it is a weak term. I found explicit “Nature, or nature’s God” catchy and elegant enough. I know it is wordier, but that doesn’t bother me.

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