“It’s not the side effects of the cocaine,” sang David Bowie on the eponymous named album Station to Station. Which is the opposite of what the late rocker would claim about some of his rather outre political statements from the 1970s. That being said, Bowie’s flirtation with fascist symbols and “far right” rhetoric tells us more about the vacuity of the 1960s “counterculture” and its inability to give birth to anything more meaningful than a boring new artistic and intellectual orthodoxy which still plagues us today.

With his own caveats out of the way, let’s explore the Thin White Duke’s critique of liberalism on its own merits. For Bowie, rock and roll was about shaking the artistic cobwebs off of his time. Here’s how he characterized its original goals in 1975:

“The original aim of rock and roll when it first came out was to establish an alternative media speak voice for people who had neither the power nor advantage to infiltrate any other media or carry any weight and cornily enough, people really needed rock and roll.

And what we said was that we were only using rock and roll to express our vehement arguments against the conditions we find ourselves in, and we promise that we will do something to change the world from how it was. We will use rock and roll as a springboard.

But it’s just become one more whirling deity, right? Going round that never-decreasing circle. And rock and roll is dead.”

Rock in the seventies had become just another part of the panorama liberal culture at the time. Disco, which was just emerging, was described by Bowie in another interview as merely being a “dirge” (despite his own success with the format). But what were these dirges for?

Bowie gave us that answer in 1975:

“There’s some form of ghost force liberalism permeating the air in America, but it’s got to go, because it’s got no foundation at all, apart from a set of laws that were established way back in the bloody ’50s and early ’60s…”

This is a statement that could easily have been made at Radix or any other identitarian/alt-right publication today. Regardless of whether these were Bowie’s actual thoughts, they betray a true artist’s implicit understanding of his era. A mark of artistic genius is to reflect one’s times back in a meaningful statement. For Bowie, this manifested itself in being on the cutting edge of every new “rock” movement from psychedelia to new wave.

If Bowie gave us hymns to celebrity or top-of-the charts disco dirges, it was in reflection of our own culture’s debased values. As Bowie reflected:

“This whole particular period of civilisation … it’s not even decadent. We’ve never had true decadence yet. It borders on Philistine, really.”

When we get philistine art, it’s because we allow philistine tastes to rule us. From Tracey Emin to Star Wars our culture has become a self indulgent swamp for that “ghost” liberalism. Bowie, of course, flirted with imagery and lyrics from the far right to shock this moribund husk.

Bowie showed real prescience about the nature of a mass media’s effect on the inner life of it’s consumers as well. From the same 1975 interview:

“I mean, to put on pornographic movies in a truly free society is one thing; to put on pornographic movies in America is very dangerous because it intimidates and ridicules the average family man. He watches himself being portrayed six inches tall on TV every night, and he wakes up the next morning and he feels six inches tall, he thinks he is six inches tall.”

The simulacrums used to stimulate, sterilize. The hegemonic media of Bowie’s age has only grown to a galaxy in our own times. Atomizing and alienating who we are from our own identites. But all hope is not lost.

Through our own trolling, culture jamming, and identitarian situationist actions we have started to fight back. Like Bowie, we shock the “mainstream” mandarins of managerial multiculturalism. Unlike Bowie, we don’t represent merely ourselves but a new cultural counter attack he prophesied back in the ’70s (even if he wasn’t “serious”).

In Archeofuturism, Guillaume Faye argues that rock will stay around because of its chameleon-like nature. Nobody embodied that more than Bowie. And it’s because of this that we can reinterpret aspects of his work in an identitarian manner. Over at the usual places, you will find peans about how Bowie made it cool to be “weird.” What’s left out is that he once made it cool to be “fascist”—or at least to dabble in far right-of-center ideas. It’s something most want to sweep under the rug.

Then again, it’s cool to be underground. Let’s embrace the Thin White Duke if for just throwing some of his own fashy statements back at the (now grown) children he despaired of in the 70s.

The days of the Thin White Duke who once sought to “make sure white stays” are over. But for us, our fight has only just begun. “We can be Heroes,” he sang, yes we can. And to close with some watchwords from the Duke for all of us Alt Right Don Quixotes out there:

”I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.”

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Gubbler Chechenova
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What relevance might Freudianism have today? Isms change meaning over time. Marxism itself went through many variations. Russian Revolution violated the theory of Marxism, but Leninism was promoted as advancement of Marxism. And later, Marxism became less a formula for revolution but of critique. So, a Marxist intellectual might focus on class issues without believing in necessity or desirability of communist revolution. “Cultural Marxism” is a strange creature, and I’m not sure those labeled as such would accept the title. Freud’s core theories about childhood are no longer taken seriously. And psychoanalysis isn’t considered a science, if it ever was… Read more »
Ken Skalding
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I suppose it would be suitable for a subversive “alt-right” site to promote fascism via androgenous effeminate race mixers who ultimately embodied breeding out the White race. Is Frank (Cohen) Collins in the editing room?.
http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/david-bowies-teenage-daughter-lexi-7834778
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3550547/David-Bowie-s-widow-Iman-reveals-24-year-marriage-touching-interview.html

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These quotes of Bowie are important to cite, but you read your own agenda into a mis-hearing of the lyric of “Station to Station:” the line is “making sure white STAINS,” which is a reference to something written by Aleister Crowley. Also. the plural of “simulacrum” is “simulacra.” “the inner life of it’s consumers” should be “the inner life of ITS consumers.” The song “Heroes” was not created during Bowie’s Thin White Duke character-phase. The phrase “We can be heroes” is qualified by “just for one day” – meaning, we can share the fleeting illusion of person triumph, or as… Read more »
America is Kiked
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“The phrase “We can be heroes” is qualified by “just for one day” – meaning, we can share the fleeting illusion” — based on the rest of the song, i’d say he meant “we can be heroes briefly, then they will kill us”

Riopel
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This guy was a fruitcake. He looks like a lesbian in that photo.

Sarcosuchus
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A Yiannopoulos of his day.

Roof Top Voter
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Wow, this article surprises me. I was a teenager in the 70’s and I was also a Bowie fan. I’ll admit I willfully ignored his more *ahem* alternative lifestyle phases.

Laguna Beach Fogey
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A cool cover of my favourite Bowie song:

Aesir
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I can’t see David Bowie as being any kind of symbol of White identitarianism or why anyone would even consider such a thing from his androgenous persona to the reality of his mixed race marriage. If anything, rock music in the 60’s and onward were used to break down White identity and destroy the minds and sensibilities through a hypnotic haze of drugs, sex, cultural Marxism and endless loops of associative pop culture to rewire the larger American culture with something akin to false archetypes. There’s so much more music and musical artistry in the world beyond the “market” of… Read more »
America is Kiked
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“The vast resurgence of “folk metal” coming out of Europe now is far more powerful as symbols to White identity nationalism than anything that has happened in the last 50 years.” — no it’s not

Nathan Norman
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Iman is a caucasoid. She has European facial features as do many from the horn of Africa.

Nathan Norman
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Recall that at the RNC, the GE Smith band played “Station to Station”.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=S6WSfEWvxNQ

I’m not sure if Trump had any input on the selection but it fit perfectly. “The European Canon is here!” The song is underappreciated and the album is Bowie’s best until “Blackstar” came out last year.

Laguna Beach Fogey
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Thanks for this, I was totally unaware they played this at RNC. It’s kind of an obscure song. I’m surprised they played it. Weird.

He had a lot of great albums. Station to Station was among the top 3. I’m also partial to ‘Heroes.’ Both of those releases had a special sense of European consciousness.

Theodora Angelina
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David plays his 12-string.

hipchick
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Intriguing mind…Even more of an intriguing man, because of his marital choice…

Hipster Racist
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vainpill
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“Britain is ready for a fascist leader…I think Britain could benefit from a fascist leader. After all, fascism is really nationalism…I believe very strongly in fascism, people have always responded with greater efficiency under a regimental leadership.”
~David Bowie

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I spent some time posting various videos after his passing on forums and blogs. I got the impression that people too young to haven’t experienced the era perceived Bowie as PC. Coming out today with ficticious characters that are androgyneous and bi-sexual can indeed be percieved as PC. But in the early to mid-70’s it was different. I can’t remember any of my peers who percieved him as PC. Rather the opposite. The times are a-changing as another rock icon of the time did put it. I think him one of the greatest artists of all time. Even greater than… Read more »
Zazz
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David Bowie, one of the young dudes. Liked some of his earlier stuff (Zig) as well as bits and pieces of his middle career (Low). Almost always looked to gay for hardrock compared to ELP, Yes, etc. For those interested the Enoch Dox is covered on todays Rebel Yell https://radio.therightstuff.biz/2017/01/18/rebel-shoah-fashy-struggle-session/

P Luggo
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Great read. I was hearing this bowie song rolling in my brain yesterday.

Laguna Beach Fogey
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Love this. My favourite artist.

America is Kiked
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Did you here that fat k!ke rat Enoch and SeventhSuck trashing Bowie and his fans when he died, because he mated with a negress (which I’m not really bothered about in terms of listening to him, because she had no affect on his music) and that offended Kike Enoch of kikewife fame?

Hannibal Bateman
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Have been reading Vile Bodies this week LBF!

Laguna Beach Fogey
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Great choice! Esquire and the Guardian recently chose it as one of the funniest books of all time.

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