Sunday, December 9, 2018

Ted Sallis Rides the Tiger

Reevaluating a concept.

Long time readers know that I am critical of Julius Evola, including his concept of Ride the Tiger, which many on the Right interpret as an excuse to do nothing except engage in hedonistic individualism.  I instead advocate Kill the Tiger.  However, the two concepts are really not mutually exclusive. Some IRL experiences in being faced with unpleasant situations – for example, working with psychopaths and having such people in positions of authority (similar to Der Movement, eh?) - has led me to reevaluate the Ride the Tiger concept.

Now, this essay contains within it all the types of “traditionalist” things I despise – nonsense about Kali Yuga, transcendence, left hand path, infiltration of South Asian cultural ideas into European thinking, the whole lot. But let us ignore the surface trappings and dig deeper. One must have the political maturity to look beyond aspects of a worldview one dislikes in order to find whatever is useful contained within it.  So, let us consider the concept of Ride the Tiger, and interpret it – in a minimalist Pareto Principle fashion – to its core constituents, and, then, formulate it to a Sallisian perspective.

If you are attacked by a tiger and you do not want to be killed by it, and yet you are not equipped to directly battle it, then you jump on its back where it cannot get to you, and you keep on riding it until it becomes exhausted.  At that point, you can safely flee, or, if so inclined, find some weapon and kill it.

Similarly, when faced with a situation that is unacceptable, but which cannot be directly challenged at the current time, you transcend it, ride it out, and wait for the situation to play itself out, at which time some action can be taken, a new direction can be followed.

Of course, there are problems here.  How do you know that the situation is one that you really cannot effectively battle?  Should you just pre-emptively surrender to it?  Conversely, how do you know you can safely ride it out?  Perhaps having the situation “play out” will end with total destruction, total and final defeat, and, even if defeat was inevitable in either case, it would have be more honorable to fight to the death rather than give up and “ride the tiger.”

Let us assume though that the following conditions are met: The situation is one that really cannot be effectively battled at the current time, AND riding it out does not definitively mean inevitable total defeat.  However, even here, the second point is equivocal, since even if it is not “definitive,” it may still be very likely. must take action while riding the tiger to make your own victory more likely, and that of the tiger less likely, once the riding is completed.  Riding the tiger has to be a more aggressive exercise than what Evola originally intended.

Let us more carefully define what we mean by Ride the Tiger, formulating it to a Sallisian perspective.  The Ted Sallis formulation of Ride the Tiger necessarily implies the following: (a) the riding will be active, it will be done in a manner so as to harass, annoy, tire, and weaken the tiger, it will done aggressively and not passively, it will be an indirect form of battle, guerrilla warfare; and (b) the ultimate objective of riding the tiger is to survive its assault and then tire it out with the final aim of killing it.

So, here, Ride the Tiger is a strategy aimed at the ultimate goal of Killing the Tiger. The idea is that the tiger is too powerful for you to defeat at the current time, so you must survive its attack and, at the same time, alter the power relationship so that you will emerge victorious in the end. That may well be a far more aggressive, in-the-world, and actively direct, interpretation than Evola intended, but I’m not interested in dogma or Evola-worship.  I am interested in creating and promoting an analogy helpful in guiding effective strategies – and my interpretation of Ride the Tiger fits that bill.

Of course, this strategy applies not only for Der Movement vs. the System, but for the Sallis Groupuscule vs. Der Movement. The relative power relations are the same – as the System dwarfs Der Movement in power, so does Der Movement dwarf the Sallis Groupuscule.  In both cases, Ride the Tiger – in an aggressive, Sallis fashion - is a viable option, and for the latter case, of Sallis vs. Der Movement, one can view EGI Notes through that lens.