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FTR #221 Interview with Kevin Coogan

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Fol­low­ing up on two pre­vi­ous inter­views with the bril­liant Kevin Coogan, this broad­cast fur­ther devel­ops mate­r­i­al from Kev­in’s book Dream­er of the Day: Fran­cis Park­er Yock­ey and the Post-War Fas­cist Inter­na­tion­al [2] (Autono­me­dia, copy­right l999.)

Begin­ning with dis­cus­sion of for­mer Goebbels pro­pa­gan­da min­istry offi­cial Johann von Leers, the pro­gram dis­cuss­es von Leers’ work for the “Under­ground Reich.” After the war, von Leers set up shop in Argenti­na and then Egypt. Work­ing for the post-war Third Reich under­ground, von Leers was one of the main con­trib­u­tors to Der Weg, one of the under­ground’s prin­ci­pal lit­er­ary out­lets.

The pro­gram delin­eates von Leers’ deep occult views, con­sti­tut­ing some­thing of a “Ger­man­ic New Age” phi­los­o­phy. From dis­cus­sion of von Leers. the focus shifts to the Ahnenerbe, an occult soci­ety that ulti­mate­ly became part of Hein­rich Himm­ler’s SS. Fol­low­ing analy­sis of the Ahnenerbe, the focus shifts to the pro-ecol­o­gy “green” wing of the NSDAP (the Nazi par­ty under Hitler).

Much of the pro­gram cen­ters on Julius Evola, an Ital­ian fas­cist and occultist whose asso­ci­a­tions ranged from the SD (the SS intel­li­gence ser­vice), to post-war fas­cists around the world. A believ­er in vio­lence as a vehi­cle for “spir­i­tu­al tran­scen­dence,” Evola and his milieu were fierce­ly anti-Amer­i­can, an out­look that per­vades that milieu and its affil­i­ates years after his death.

Pro­gram High­lights Include: the sun-wor­ship and Nordic occultism that lay at the core of the beliefs of von Leers; the Ahnener­be’s belief in “Aryan” suprema­cy; Ahnenerbe founder Her­man Wirth’s career; Walther Darre (the leader of the “green” wing of the NSDAP); the Roman­ian Iron Guard (the bru­tal fas­cist move­ment in Roma­nia which was allied with the Third Reich); Evola’s asso­ci­a­tion with, and admi­ra­tion for the Iron Guard; the Iron Guard’s phi­los­o­phy of “long live death”; Evola’s influ­ence on Ital­ian fas­cist ter­ror­ists such as Ordine Nuo­vo; the career of Ital­ian fas­cist Prince Borgh­ese, the “Atlanti­cist” (pro-Amer­i­can) ele­ments of Ital­ian fas­cism; Borgh­e­se’s endorse­ment of some of Evola’s work; Evola’s occult con­cept of “polar­i­ties”; Evola’s influ­ence on Fran­cis Park­er Yock­ey.