Tomislav Sunic, Postmortem  Report: Cultural Examinations from Postmodernity ( Arktos, 2017), preface Kevin MacDonald

Along with his other published works, Tomislav Sunic is steadily turning his attention to a wide variety of topics affecting Europe’s cultural and political heritage, including such sacred and less sacred cows, as liberalism, the artistic legacy of the Third Reich, the religion of multiculturalism, the pathology of Communism, the works of Spengler and Schmitt, as well as the history of a failed multicultural entity known as Yugoslavia. Postmortem Report invites us to reassess the European past, from Antiquity to Modernity, through the lenses of a cultural pessimist. This collection of essays and translations will appeal to anyone who wishes for an honest, surgical approach to these topics, freed from the liberal academic agenda. It is a vital addition to Sunic’s prose. postmortem-report/


Foreword ix

Note on the Text xiv

Part I: Religion 1

Marx, Moses, and the Pagans in the Secular City 2

Monotheism vs. Polytheism 21

Part II : Cultural Pessimism 30

History and Decadence: Spengler’s Cultural Pessimism Today 31

“Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft”: A Sociological View

of the Decay of Modern Society 42

Emile Cioran and the Culture of Death 50

The Right Stuff

(Drugs and Democracy) 61

Part III : Race / The Third Reich 66

The Beauty and the Beast: Race and Racism in Europe 67

Art in the Third Reich: 1933–1945 95

The Destruction of Ethnic Germans and German Prisoners

of War in Yugoslavia, 1945–1953 102

PART IV : Liberalism and Democracy 111

Democracy Revisited: The Ancients and the Moderns 112

Liberalism or Democracy? Carl Schmitt and Apolitical Democracy 125

The Liberal Double-Talk and Its Lexical and Legal Consequences 137

Historical Dynamics of Liberalism: From Total Market to Total State 146

PART V: Multiculturalism and Communism 161

America in the Eyes of Eastern Europe 162

The Decline and Splendor of Nationalism 170

Woodrow Wilson’s Defeat in Yugoslavia:

The End of a Multicultural Utopia 180

A Global Village

or the Rights of the Peoples? 189

Endnotes 197

Index 214