By Sam Vaknin
It is a sequence of articles written and released in 1996-2000 in Macedonia, in Russia, in Egypt and within the Czech Republic.
How the West misplaced the East. The economics, the politics, the geopolitics, the conspiracies, the corruption, the outdated and the recent, the plough and the web – it's all right here, in prose, as provocative and vitriolic and loving and longing as i'll make it.
From "The brain of Darkness":
"'The Balkans' – I say – 'is the subconscious of the world'. humans cease to digest this metaphor after which they nod enthusiastically. it's right here that the repressed thoughts of heritage, its traumas and fears and pictures stay. it truly is right here that the psychodynamics of humanity – the tectonic conflict among Rome and Byzantium, West and East, Judeo-Christianity and Islam – remains to be simply discernible. we're seated at a brand new Year's eating desk, loaded with a roasted pig and unique salads.
I, the Jew, simply part overseas to this cradle of Slavonics. 4 Serbs, 5 Macedonians. it truly is within the Balkans that every one ethnic differences fail and it's the following that they succeed anachronistically and atavistically. Contradiction and alter the one furniture of this tormented region.
The girls of the Balkan – buried lower than provocative mask-like make up, unfashionable hairstyles and too slender clothes. the boys, clad in sepia colors, quaint fits and switch of the century moustaches. within the historical past there's the crying online game that's Balkanian tune: liturgy and folks and elegy mixed. The smells are heavy with musk-ular perfumes. it truly is like time trip. it's like revisiting one's childhood."
How have been the articles and essays contained herein – a lot of them translated and released in neighborhood languages – bought by way of humans everywhere?
My readers from the Balkans reacted to those essays with an admixture of rage and indignation. They erected shielding barricades of self-aggrandizement and of my devaluation. and so they permit their ingrained paranoia run rampant (Jewish conspiracies, Western spies, international plots). I requested a resident of this tortured quarter to write down the foreword to this booklet. humans from different elements, from significant and japanese Europe, have been extra argumentative and considering, even though less passionate. And Westerners – specifically people with curiosity in those areas of the realm – reacted with nice, cathartic enthusiasm.
In examining this booklet, I want upon you the enjoyment and the revulsion, the darkish fascination of this zone and its surrealist goals and nightmares. this is often what I adventure day-by-day the following and it truly is my wish that I succeeded to show the siren's music, the honeyed catch, the trap and the attract of this tortured nook of the earth.
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Elections were used (more often, abused) simply to queue the looters, organized in political parties. The mass devastation of the state by everyone – the masses included – proceeded apace, financed by generous credits and grants from unsuspecting (or ostrich-like) multilaterals and donor conferences (recall Bosnia). If anything, materialism – the venal form of "capitalism" that erupted in the post communist planet – only exacerbated the moral and ethical degeneracy of everyone involved. Western governments, Western banks, Western businessmen and Western institutions were sucked into the maelstrom of money laundering, illicit trading, corruption, shoddiness and violence.
Israel is a world leader in agriculture, armaments, information technology, research and development in various scientific fields. Yet, it is a desert country, smaller in area than Macedonia and with much fewer and lesser natural endowments. It was subjected to an Arab embargo for more than 40 consecutive years. On average it had c. 3 million inhabitants throughout its existence. Israel's secret was the Jews in the Jewish Diaspora the world over. From its very inception – as a budding concept in the febrile brain of Herzl – the Jewish State was considered to be the home of all Jews, wherever they are.
They are the inertial power – rather than the counterfist of reform. They are involved in politics of the wrong and doomed kind. The Balkan would have been better off had they decided to remain aloof, detached in their archipelago of universities. There is no real fire in Balkan intellectuals. Oh, they get excited and they shout and blush and wave their hands ever so vigorously. But they are empty. It is full gas in neutral. They get nowhere because they are going nowhere. They are rational and conservative and some are emotional and "leftist".