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Translations

Thanks to the significant effort of volunteers and Nihilists around the world, The CounterOrder has been translated into Spanish: ¿Qué Es El Nihilismo?, Manifiesto, [Pamphlet], and portions into other languages such as Dutch Nihilisme?, Visie, and Turkish: [Manifesto]

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Recruitment & Élan Posters

This is a collection of graphic designs that can be printed out as posters or stickers,  or used as digital desktop backgrounds. The black and white designs are fairly simple and should work on most any printer. The remainder are for color printers or digital 'walls' and computer desktops. Poster 3 was created by Qaox, 6 by Corpson, 23 by Kevin, and 31 by Daniel and #28 is a stencil for painting surfaces.

These graphics can be printed and distributed freely but please don't crop or cut them (except on the stencil where necessary). Put 'em on the wall, in a window, or the flat surface of your choice. Add a phone number on the bottom and get questioning (or threatening!) phone calls, be imaginative.

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  7. Toss 'em out! 8. Post to minimize harassment from Mormons, Jehovas Witness', etc. 9. General purpose Nihilism banner or sticker
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25. 26. 27. I am a Nihilist, screen graphic / poster 28. You can paint the town red with this Nihilism stencil
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...and justice for all, by Freydis 2005.
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Nihilistic Detonation, by Freydis, 2010
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Keep Creationism out of Schools, by Daniel Gervais, 2010

If you'd like to order a poster or sticker visit Freydis' Art Shop. Not every poster is available now but if you have a specific request just send an email to Freydis through the link in the name at the very end of this page, just copy and past the address if necessary.

Special Edition: sticker designs from 'The Heart of the Beast: America Inside-Out', subverting religious and patriotic fantasies with a little nihilistic reality.
Note: item J is meant to look like the 'JESUS' stickers and signs.

A. B. C. 'B Godless America' altered reader-board
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G. Make your own subversive bumper sticker with a hi-resolution image H. I.
J. K. L.'Need Violence? Call a Cop' bumper sticker by Freydis, 2012
M.'Love Oppression? Thank a Vet' bumper sticker by Freydis, 2012    

Nihilism 'business card' designs
When words fail let the card do the talking

This consists of word.doc files that are pre-formatted for printing business size cards on special paper that you can buy at the office supply store. I recommend using card paper made for printing on both sides, then you can put quotes on one side and the Nihilism, or symbol designs, on the other.

The text, and especially the images, can be difficult to get centered on the card because the document's appearance does not directly match the printed product. I've formatted everything as accurately as I can, but depending on your printer settings and the type of paper you use it might require slight adjustments.

 

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A Note on Media Resources

Although nihilism is not new, it arguably has more significance now than ever before, and yet the material that reaches into the mainstream of public awareness is usually inconsistent, or just plain inaccurate. A small amount of coherent classic literature and philosophy remains easy to find, mostly from Turgenev, Dostoyevsky, Kafka and Nietzsche. A fair amount of serious and in-depth research and discussion exists in large libraries, like those in universities.

The vast majority of content applicable to the discussion of nihilism is tangential which makes finding it difficult because the expected keywords are often missing. To put it another way, most of the material of interest on nihilism is nihilistic rather than directly nihilism, and thus much of the content on this page falls into that category. Two pages the reader should also view locally are So You Want to Learn About Nihilism? , a primary reading list, and Historical Nihilism, concerning the 19th century Russian Nihilists.

Film & TV

Action & Drama:

'Virile Games' by Jan SvankmajerJan Svankmajer is a creative and influential Czech dada and surrealist artist and animator, often criticizing authoritarian government and herd behavior with his fascinating and subversive films. Of his short films, one of my favorites is Virile Games (1988) a dark comical affront to spectator sports and team sport violence. Ossuary (1970) is worth mention as well, featuring a (real) chandelier made out of human bones ... lots of them.

In Lunacy (2005) unconventional animator Jan Svankmajer uses live action interspersed with stop-motion animation (mostly of meat) to deliver a superficially bizarre and horrifying caricature of the French Revolution. Set in a lunatic asylum, Jan uses imagery and philosophy from the Marquis de Sade and Edgar Alan Poe to contrast the extremes of total liberty against harsh authority, creating an unconventional, disturbing and surreal film with an underlying intellectual element. Lunacy is primarily an artistic statement with Jan's pessimistic view of the human condition thrown in for cohesion; it may not be a perfect film but it does get explained by the end, and it has a rebellious attitude and distinctively nihilistic characteristics that make it worth considering.

The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008) is a phenomenal movie that reenacts the highs and lows of the Red Army Faction, otherwise known as the Baader Meinhof Gang, that fought against militarism, unrestricted corporate influence, and punitive government in Germany, and around the world, between 1968 and 1998.

Although character development is weak, mostly assuming the audience already knows the outline of the RAF history, the film makes an effort to show the groups internal dynamics, such as the tensions between the reasoning journalist Ulrike Meinhof and the emotional Andreas Baader:

Gudrun Ensslin: “We’re forming a group. We’re going to change the political situation.”

Ulrike Meinhof: “-- How is that possible?”

Andreas Baader: “What a fucking bourgeois question! We’ll just do it, or we’ll die trying.”

The RAF was not anything as detached and isolated as some tried to make them appear. According to a poll one in four Germans under 30 supported the RAF. Nor were they nearly as easy to marginalize through simplistic political labels:

Gudrun, after a bank robbery: "Ulrike should write a statement to make it clear that this is the money of capitalists, that the average Joe is unaffected."

Andreas: "Okay, write some bullshit like that. The liberal jerk-offs love that shit."

A police poster of wanted RAF membersThe film covers a wide expanse of events and really relies on a prior understanding of the people portrayed, so in many ways it may not do much to explain a misunderstood group and movement, but it does at least create an exciting and informative narration that covers the highlights from the period, generating greater interest and making these events relevant in a contemporary setting of unchecked government brutality and foreign terrorism.

As for [Jürgen] Ponto [head of Dresdner Bank] and his [unintended] shooting, we say: "We never fully realized that these guys who start wars around the world and exterminate people, when faced with violence in their own homes, are dumbfounded."  - Susanne Albrecht

The RAF recognized that the docility and limitless tolerance of the masses isn't the question – we know most will put up with anything just to achieve a momentary feeling of security, just look at North Korea. The real issue is who’s willing to stand up and do something about it, to fight back with words and actions? In other words, if you’re waiting for the public to rise up and revolt in collective indignation, you’re just holding your breath. And even when they do spontaneously resist it’s inevitably hijacked by regressive and counter-revolutionary authorities, the alliance of mass-media and money. And if you’re organized effort makes you reviled by illegitimate authorities in the process, that’s really a badge of honor.

Say what you want about the RAF, criticize their tactics and strategy, call them terrorists or freedom fighters, but nonetheless they were the rare few with the courage and smarts to do something, even if it meant to die trying. They took the violence that police and military use with impunity around the world and turned it back against the ruling elite. The bottom line is: when passive resistance fails and protests go unheard, alternatives still remain.

Rope (1948) Two wealthy college-age types decide to enact the philosophical views of their mentor professor and commit a murder in the belief that "moral concepts don't hold for the intellectually superior”. They then hold a party and discuss the merits of murder. The conversation goes, if murder should be allowed, but only committed by the superior against the inferior, then who defines superior and inferior? "Me". The professor deduces what really occurred and is horrified at what his words have been twisted to support. The ending of the film reveals the little flaw in the philosophy, the main reason why we don't freelance murder -- you just reap what you sow. Apart from the story the film is still interesting for the experimental format (in color) that Hitchcock used to turn his movie into a play without edits.

V for Vendetta (2005), is rewarding entertainment for anarchists and nihilists alike. The movie, based on Alan Moore’s graphic novel and character of the same name, follows V as he sets about to exact revenge and take-down a sinister police-state in fictional near-future England. V uses a series of ingenious schemes to foil authorities while simultaneously motivating the people to seize back control from a despotic elite exploiting religion, fear and television to placate the public. The film does a keen job of depicting the use of spin on video news and entertainment by nefarious authorities in order to always depict their angle of events, forming a monopoly on false-truth. V: “Beneath this mask is more than just flesh, beneath this mask is an idea. And ideas are bulletproof.” Although just a fictional story, the movie nonetheless reminds us that  a calculated campaign of terrorism can be quite effective at undermining a corrupt and violent establishment, as shown through the masked and theatrical character of V.

Personally, the most entertaining Batman remains Batman the Movie (1966), and of course the television series of the same time-period, now that’s hilarious fun! But when you get tired of the laughs there's the 2008 film The Dark Knight (Blu-Ray) for nihilistic mention. Dark Knight makes full use of the film noir elements of contemporary Batman to make a dark and intense action flick where the villain, the Joker, adopts aspects of nihilism to act as an interesting foil against the quasi-hero of Batman. Although the Joker is portrayed as a criminal psychotic, by the second half of the lengthy film he begins to explain his motivations and indeed much of the Joker’s efforts are an attempt to show how foolish authorities are to try and control every aspect of society, going so far as to portray himself as an agent of chaos; “You know, the thing about chaos? It’s fair.” At another point the Joker sets fire to a mountain of the mafia's money saying, “It’s not about money, it’s about sending a message: everything burns.” The Joker points out that the way people behave under duress is often radically different than under typical circumstances, that civilization is composed of tenuous and often illusionary elements that only serve to mask true human nature. Of course the overall presentation could easily be considered anti-nihilist because the Joker’s character is intended as an emblem to be reviled, nevertheless this fictional film clearly portrays how a ‘madman’ can shatter illusions and radically reorder popular assumptions.

Punishment Park (1971) directed by Peter Watkins and shot in documentary style, the film is set in the early 70s where Constitutional law has been suspended and political ‘criminals’ are overloading the prison system so Punishment Park in the desert is created as an alternative. Convicted in a bogus court they race to reach a U.S. flag in hopes of being set free while being hunted by the police and military. This is a film that will spark discussion on the issues of authority, politics, oppression, and violence within  society.

From the 1966 film: 'Daisies'Daisies (1966) There’s an enchanting personal attraction to any artistic creation that is so innovative or outrageous that it defies categorization. The 1966 Czech film Daisies directed by Vera Chytilova is just that and, not surprisingly, it is considered a nihilistic film. The two main characters, both bored young women named Marie, conclude from what they see around them that the world is bad, consequently they should be bad too and so they proceed to engage in a series of silly and destructive antics. They date older men just to get a free meal then ditch them on the train, hold an existential discussion in a bathtub full of milk, and mostly eat like messy pigs anywhere and everywhere with unusual and creative film and sound techniques in between. Daisies is part Kafkaesque surrealism, part social commentary with a comedic flair.

No Man’s Land (2001) This movie came to my attention as recommendation from a reader of this website. It reveals the absurdity of events within a civil war by placing both sides together, a Bosnian and a Serb, trapped between lines. It’s a war film but with a very distinct difference in that it criticizes not just a futile conflict but all of the other participants as well from peacekeeping forces to the mass media, while also challenging the myth of political neutrality. The film doesn’t offer any particular resolution to the basic problem but it does poignantly demonstrate that once involved in a conflict there may not be any practical way to get out, a message especially germane to another civil war -- the one in war-torn Iraq.

Falling Down (1993) features the delightfully unappealing Michael Douglas as one angry dude pushed way past his limit and set against an inhospitable society. Leonard Maltin gives it two and a half stars!

For a wild ride try David Lynch's Eraserhead. It's intriguing, odd and you'll probably need to see it twice. I would call it Kafka-esque but you might use other words. But if that's too weird see the over-the-top movie Diabolik, also titled Danger: Diabolik, from the 1960s. Diabolik is like a nihilized version of James Bond who's sole interest is self-enrichment and defying authority. "This criminal paranoid [Diabolik] seems to have dedicated himself to a one man fight against our society!" The sex-scene in piles of money is unforgettable, who says positive media role models don't exist anymore?!

Shell-shocked film director Oliver Stone has had plenty of misses and a few hits to his credit. The realistic Vietnam movie Platoon (1986) and the easily misunderstood, not-so-realistic Natural Born Killers (1994) are two films worth mention here. Oliver Stone in his own words (audio clip): Natural Born Killers & social hypocrisy

Trainspotting (1996) directed by Danny Boyle is a satire that follows, in graphic detail, the lives of a group of young grade-A fuck-ups as they roller coaster through the dizzying highs and terrifying lows of heroin addiction in Scotland. Trainspotting reveals, perhaps unintentionally, the latent desperation for context and the urgent need to feel something, anything, amidst an absence of meaning in the synthetic, desensitized realm of post-modern pseudo-existence.

A good indicator of a stereotypical nihilistic film or story is one where all or most of the main characters die at the end. Think of Hamlet for instance, that’s a good example but just a suggestion not a recommendation; never liked the guy (Shakespeare). Instead watch the far more entertaining movie Red Zone Cuba (1966), and at least the characters die trying! See the Mystery Science Theater 3000 version of Red Zone Cuba (1997), it’s hilarious.

Documentaries:

Life after People (2008) is an unusual documentary that uses digital animation to depict what the world might look like after humans suddenly disappear, from a few days out to several hundred years. Would any evidence of human civilization remain besides plastic trash, and just how tenuous is our civilization anyway? Plant and animal life would rapidly take over the space that our towns and cities occupy if human activity was no longer occurring. Along the way, the show highlights the temporary, but also dynamic and growing, quality of our artificial existence. The process commonly called decay is one of change in form and, biologically, one kind of life superseding another. From the film 'Stranded: I've Come from a Plane That Crashed on the Mountains'

The 2007 film Stranded: I've Come from a Plane That Crashed on the Mountains describes the amazing story of a small group struggling to survive in the Andes mountains after their plane crashed in 1972. The film consists of reenactments and revealing interviews. Watch this film and then try Module 1 in the School of Nihilism.

An informative documentary worth viewing is The God Who Wasn’t There by Brian Flemming (2005) DVD. Flemming is a former Christian who realized that the contradictions and overall absurdity of Christianity, and religion in general, are simply too much to believe in. He goes on to explain the origins of Christianity, how it became a myth through centuries of elaboration, and that Jesus Christ may have never even existed. The movie is only about an hour but the DVD extras more than make up for it.

The historical recreation film Downfall (Der Untergang) of 2004 is a vivid but bleak account of the chaotic final days of Hitler and his staff and the insane behavior that inevitably emerges from an authority structure where allegiance is based on faith and unquestioning obedience.

A movie definitely worth watching is called Baraka (1993). I think it has a nihilistic quality in the way it tries to show things as they naturally are without any overt bias or propagandistic twists. Baraka is a very anti-Hollywood movie, it doesn't even have a script or any kind of story arc, although certain elements are connected inside the movie.

Mondo Cane 2 (1964) DVD, meaning 'a dog's world' or 'dog’s life', in Italian. This film features the same cynical narrator as the first film (1962) but a more finely tuned production and of course even more extreme human behavior, ridiculous religious rituals, fashion and foolish fad, violence and stupidity; “... the film tended to shatter values.” Mondo Cane 2 is a lot of low-budget entertainment, "holding up the mirror to human nature at its most savage", but it also presents a different, interesting, and unorthodox perspective on the world.

Science Fiction:

You want a film that will knock your socks off? Try Forbidden Zone (1980, colorized version 2008) by Richard Elfman, an outrageous live-action cartoon musical sci-fi-like comedy that defies categorization, with a nihilistically gratifying break-all-the-rules attitude.

Creation of the Humanoids (1962) This is an obscure, thought-provoking film (reportedly Andy Warhol's favorite!) that addresses the fundamental human issues of memory, identity, self-perpetuation, and physical form. Once you get past the mushroom clouds and the comical robot history scene, the story is that a brief but devastating nuclear war irradiates the planet lowering the reproduction rate of humanity. Robots are constructed to fill labor needs, become advanced to the point of similar appearance and behavior, and then steadily overtake the human population ... but things are not what they seem.
This is not an action film, it's mostly a talking film, but nonetheless it has a fascinating quality to it, it is in color, and it’s surprisingly intelligent considering the genre and the time period. Who, or what, will replace you when you die?

From the film: 'Zardoz'Zardoz (1974). Although superficially a rather odd sci-fi movie, Zardoz is one of my favorites and it has a pretty powerful message, or at least it did for me. It's about a future dystopia, knowledge, revolution and some well-placed nihilistic destruction.

The Black Hole (1979) is a sci-fi adventure but not in the all too typical phony see-no-evil, everyone lives happily ever after way. The dark atmosphere and serious tone set this film apart to make it the most anti-Disney of Disney films. The nihilistic quality of the film is evident through the fantastic slogan "The journey that begins where everything ends." How exciting to imagine an entirely new world on the other side where all the rules in this one no longer apply! You may not be surprised to learn this was a very influential film to me as a kid.
The Black Hole borrows heavily from Star Wars and 2001 A Space Odyssey but it’s a kids film that’s entertaining and sparks the imagination, it’s not meant to be scientifically analyzed for technical errors.

Television:

The Golden Pince-Nez (~1994) is the title of a Sherlock Holmes TV story featuring Nihilists. Although 19th century Russian Nihilists are the feature characters in this particular story, the Sherlock Holmes series by Granada British TV, with Jeremy Brett as Holmes, is very well produced, intelligent, and quite entertaining. Another example, The Illustrious Client (1991) is about the blindness of love – and the hazards that follow from it

For a different kind of TV series watch Bullshit where Penn & Teller, being familiar with flim flam and fakery themselves, use a blunt (and rather abrasive) mixture of comedy and criticism to illuminate the fraud and hucksterism of pop-culture's worst excesses, from end of the world beliefs and alien abductions to phony medical cures and beyond.

Sledge Hammer! (1986) TV series on DVD. David Rasche plays Sledge Hammer, a renegade cop and self-described nihilist who talks to his revolver, uses the wall of his apartment for target practice, drives to the scene of the crime in a bullet-hole riddled car and generally acts as destructive and over-the-top as possible. The series is basically a spoof of the classic Dirty Harry / Magnum Force rule-breaking cop films; it's hilarious thanks to dead-pan delivery of Sledge Hammer lines like, "Trust me, I know what I'm doing," "I'm not afraid of anything ... except world peace," and "I'm a nihilist not a [hair] stylist."

What the Hell?:

What is Nothing? A short educational film produced in 1973 with comedic commentary added by the Rifftrax team in 2011. The title says it all, but if you're looking for something, you’re watching the wrong film. “I hope the nothingness consumes us after Sesame Street.”
And then, when you're through discerning the defining attributes of nothing, slip further into the void with another short film:
County Fair; but don't say I didn't warn you. Yes, 99 cents gets you onto one of these carnival rides, but it won’t get you off. Bwahahahahaha, ahahaha!

Music

The significance of art and music shouldn't be underestimated. History has shown that the beginnings of revolutionary movements are often preceded by sympathetic artistic expression. That and since tragically few read anything edifying anymore most contemporary nihilism is audio or video based. Post-modern nihilism and pseudo-nihilism alike is mostly cookie-cutter pop plastic but a few efforts are worth mention even if for no other reason than because I happen to like the product. Another page the reader should also view is the art section titled Beyond Recognition.

Some music suggestions:
Agnostic Front; Dead Yuppies  * Bad Religion; Against the Grain, Recipe For Hate, Process of Belief - "
The process of belief can be an elixir when you're weak...." * The Clash; Give 'Em Enough Rope * Devo; NewTraditionalists * Dope; Felons & Revolutionaries * The Faint; Danse Macabre * Gary Numan; Sacrifice: Question of Faith - “When children kill children don’t it make them wonder, don’t it make them question their faith?” – A , Exile, Pure *  Gang of Four; A Brief History of the Twentieth Century * Green Day; Insomniac, 21st Century Breakdown * John Lydon; Pyscho's Path *  Information Society; Don't Be Afraid * Jello Biafra & Nomeansno; The Sky Is Falling & I Want My Mommy *

Jerry Jihad & The Evildoers – Mine is Not a Holy War, "Time to jump ship, Time to scream and shout!" Mine is Not a Holy War is set of a dozen Devo style protest songs from Gerald Casale reincarnated as Jerry Jihad, a fictional caricature for the 21st century under George W. Bush. You may even notice that two songs are remakes of Casale circa 1974-1977 (see Hardcore Devo Volume II).

Marilyn "shock is all in your head" Manson:
"When you create chaos, ideas are turned upside down, and everybody looks at things in a different way."

Metal Machine Music by Lou Reed, 1975. Probably the most controversial album ever released; it's not music but it may well be a monumental work of dada art - or something else entirely!
"... once you hear Metal Machine Music, it frees you up. It's been done - now you can do anything."
- Reed

Like Metal Machine, Hardcore Devo Vol. 2 (1974-1977) by Devo is another great album because the only commercial marketability either one has today is due to the fact neither one has had any commercial marketability in the past! There's a certain appeal to things that are so different they can't be sold because current audiences lack the context to assimilate them.

KMFDM * Nine Inch Nails; [With Teeth], The Hand that Feeds - "Just how deep do you believe?" * The Offspring; Ignition, Smash * Pink Floyd; The Final Cut, Another Brick in the Wall * The Pixies; Doolittle, Debaser - "I wanna grow up to be, to be a debaser, debaser!" * Rancid; Let's Go, Nihilism - "Release me from moral assumption, Total rejection total destruction..." * Amused To Death by Roger Waters * The Sex Pistols; Never Mind the Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols, The Great Rock and Roll Swindle, The Swindle Continues *

SNOG: referred to as the "soundtrack for Nihilism" with songs like Hooray!!, Justified Homicide and Old Atlantis - "Let's see some storms, I'd like to see some rain, or better still, let's burn it all down again."

* Tears for Fears; Elemental, Break it Down Again - "No revolution maybe someone somewhere else, Could show you something new to help, With the ups and downs, I want to break it down, Break it down again ... Break it down again, No more sleepy dreaming, No more building up, It is time to dissolve..."

... and the award for most nihilistic song goes to:  Burn “I don't believe in your institutions…” by Trent Reznor. Winner of the least nihilistic song award (drum roll): I'm a Believer by the Monkees!

Books

Fathers and Sons, by Turgenev
It's a running narrative written in a typically Russian way but not overly long. Turgenev romanticizes the role of the Nihilist to create an entertaining novel.

The Career of a Nihilist, written by Stepniak, 1890. This novel provides insight into the lives and actions of the 19th century Russian Nihilist revolutionaries

The Assassination Bureau, Ltd, by Jack London. A good novel to read, shows his nihilistic side.

Notes From the Underground, by Dostoyevsky. A first person exposition of life in (or at least near) the gutter.

And just about any of Franz Kafka's novels although my personal favorite is The Trial. The Trial is a neat book but it's difficult to explain. It explores the irrational nature of bureaucratic life in Kafka's uniquely phantasmagoric style.

For a detailed examination of the nature of nihilism and its evolution into the 'anti-Nihilist' archetype read Nietzsche's The Will to Power.

God and the State, by Michael Bakunin; where anarchism meets nihilism. Sometimes rambling narrative covers religion as slavery, science in society and other topics.

Also the works of Soren Kierkegaard are good for a perspective on nihilistic emotion, existential philosophy. The biographical perspective may be as good or better for the average reader.

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.

To get an idea of how Andy Warhol viewed the world try The Philosophy of Andy Warhol, by A. Warhol 1975. To me it was a little frustrating to read because it barely scrapes the surface of what he was really about, especially in the nihilistic sense. But it's a good start.

it doesn't mean if you don't believe in nothing that it's nothing. You have to treat the nothing as if it were something. Make something out of nothing.
B: if you know life is nothing, then what are you living for?
A: For nothing.

For a detailed and fascinating look at the nihilism and nihilists active within the dada art movement as witnessed by one of the founding members read Dada art and anti-art, by Hans Richter, Thames & Hudson world of art, 1964, 2004 reprint.

Interested in fiction? Read epic author H.G. Wells' excellent novel The Island of Dr. Moreau, because the main character, Edward Prendick, becomes a nihilist after enduring the harrowing terror of the island then escaping and returning home to England. The endemic and chronic terror, pain and fear of Dr. Moreau's island is an allegory for the product of artificial law and technological progress contradicting natural equilibrium which characterizes our modern world.
Also, Wells' powerful short story The Country of The Blind demonstrates the tenacity of self-limiting ideology or theology, the force of social conformity and the futility of direct argument with true believers blind to knowledge and reason. "It may be beautiful," said Medina-saroté, "but it must be very terrible to see."

Also:

  • H.P. Lovecraft, various

  • Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, 1999.

  • Sylvia Plath - “She views death as an escape from the sadism of life." Sylvia Plath was a tortured poet. Her story is an interesting one because she had an almost perfect life in a physical sense but the reverse was true in her mind. I especially like Mad Girl's Love Song.

Incidentally here's two great sources for books, the first is free and the second is very affordable.

  • The Digital Library has online texts free for download, but personally I don't think the digital format is that convenient to read in.

  • Which is why I prefer Dover publications; many books are only a few dollars, like Turgenev and Dostoyevsky for instance.


Nihilism & Related Internet Links

Nihilism is usually either unknown or misunderstood so not surprisingly the Internet resources are spotty at best.  What I've found worth visiting is listed here:

Although not specifically about nihilism these links may be useful and edifying for Nihilists, or those just interested:


Nihilism in Quotes

"True genius is creative and makes all from nothing." Jean-Jacques Rousseau

In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own. – Thomas Jefferson

Faith: Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel. – Ambrose Bierce

Habit: A shackle for the free. – Ambrose Bierce

“There is no one as dangerous as he or she who has nothing to lose.” – Rebecca Solnit, 2013

“When the rich steal from the poor it’s called business. When the poor fight back it’s called violence.” – Cory Rae Shaw, Oakland  California, October 2011

Immoral: Inexpedient. Whatever in the long run and with regard to the greater number of instances men find to be generally inexpedient comes to be considered wrong, wicked, immoral. If mans notions of right and wrong have any other basis than this of expediency; if they originated, or could have originated, in any other way; if actions have in themselves a moral character apart from and nowise dependent on, their consequences—then all philosophy is a lie and reason a disorder of the mind. – Ambrose Bierce

Inexpedient: Not calculated to advance one’s interests. – Ambrose Bierce

"We want to sing the love of danger, the habit of energy and rashness." / "The essential elements of our poetry will be courage, audacity and revolt." – F. T. Marinetti

"No such thing as good luck, Must all face the fact, You reap what you sow, It’s just a natural fact" – The Hedonist by Daniel Ash

"[R]eligious concepts are parasitic upon moral intuitions." Pascal Boyer

Which other major religion is based on the Godhead incarnate being whipped, tacked to a cross, stabbed? Only the Marquis de Sade could have made up a sicker religion. It's no wonder that those brought up in such a culture hate life and enjoy inflicting pain. All societies are sick but some are sicker than others. Christian societies are certainly the sickest. Gore Vidal, 1977

“Without hesitation, holding nothing sacred, strike out both right and left, only illusions will be shattered." Blackheart, 2010

A widely held criticism of law is that it is a tool used by those with power to serve their ends. Rather than upholding principle, law thus distorts our shared values and common sense by its application of rarified opaque terminology and legalistic logic, rooted in arcane precedent and procedure, which drives outcomes which often defy what makes good sense. – William A. Cohn, 2010

"Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice."  – Barry Goldwater, 1964

"The powerful feed ideology to the masses like fast food while they dine on that most rarefied delicacy: impunity." Naomi Klein

"The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference." – Richard Dawkins

"What can be broken, should be broken." – Dmitrii Pisarev, Nihilist spokesman and 19th century Russian literary critic.

"Break, beat up everything, beat and destroy! Everything that's being broken is rubbish and has no right to life! What survives is good." – Dmitrii Pisarev on dysfunctional society and culture

"Don't accept the old order, git rid of it." – Johnny Rotten

[T]he force of culture shapes both behaviour and biology across generations. Culture has been confused with genes because behavioural studies are short-term, while culture operates on the scale of generations with a kind of tyranny and force that has not been widely recognised. – Sue Savage-Rumbaugh

"If God really existed it would be necessary to abolish him." – Mikhail Bakunin

"Hell is other people." – Jean-Paul Sartre

"Traditional history appears to be the defacto recognition of every evil deed that failed to be stopped or eliminated." – Dagobert D. Runes, from the book: Despotism, page five, 1963 Philosophical Library Inc.

"He causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and unrighteous," said Jesus, Mathew 5:45 (Bible)

Those who profess to favor freedom, yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. – Frederick Douglass

"No system has ever as yet existed which did not in some form involve the exploitation of some human beings for the advantage of others." – John Dewey 1921.

Nothing is more delightful than to confuse and upset people. People one doesn't like. What's the use of giving them explanations that are merely food for curiosity? The truth is that people love nothing but themselves and their little possessions, their income, their dog. This state of affairs derives from a false conception of property. If one is poor in spirit, one possesses a sure and indomitable intelligence, a savage logic, a point of view that can not be shaken. From:
Dadaism by Tristan Tzara, 1918 and 1922.

FUBAR – slang acronym - Fucked Up Beyond All Repair

"Destroy first, and construction will look after itself." – Mao

"If you ain't angry, you ain't paying attention." – Mumia Abu-Jamal

"It is by examples not by arguments that crowds are guided." and,

"The precise moment at which a great belief is doomed is easily recognizable; it is the moment when its value begins to be called into question." – Gustave Le Bon

"We are constantly wondering if we should reproduce with this person or not, whether we should eat or not eat, but insects are pure action. They are horribly perfect. That's why they are scary and why we hate them so much." – Film Director Guillermo del Toro.

"Like other lifeforms, we [humans] exist only to replicate ourselves." – George Monbiot

"Coincidences, in general, are great stumbling blocks in the way of that class of thinkers who have been educated to know nothing of the theory of probabilities." From: EA Poe's The Murders in the Rue Morgue.

"Prudence therefore consists in knowing how to distinguish degrees of disadvantage," – Niccolo Machiavelli.

"A great deal of time and intellectual force are lost in the world, because the false seems great and the truth so small and insignificant." – Maria Montessori

He who experiments must, while doing so, divest himself of every preconception. It is clear then that if we wish to make use of a method of experimental psychology, the first thing necessary is to renounce all former creeds and to proceed by means of the method in the search for truth. – Maria Montessori

"All human victories, all human progress, stand upon the inner force." – Maria Montessori

If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties. [Therefore] read not to contradict and confute; Nor to believe and take for granted; Nor to find talk and discourse; But to weigh and consider. – Sir Francis Bacon

"Dear God, we paid for all this stuff ourselves, so thanks for nothing." – A dinner prayer by Bart Simpson.

"There is no evil, but that it brings some good." – Russian proverb

"All good things were formerly bad things; every original sin has turned into an original virtue." – Friedrich Nietzsche, GM III, 9.

It doesn't seem to me that this fantastically marvellous universe, this tremendous range of time and space and different kinds of animals, and all the different planets, and all these atoms with all their motions, and so on, all this complicated thing can merely be a stage so that God can watch human beings struggle for good and evil – which is the view that religion has. The stage is too big for the drama. – Richard Feynman, physicist

"There is nothing so absurd that it has not been said by philosophers." – Cicero

"We must overthrow the material and moral conditions of our present-day life. . . . We must first purify our atmosphere and completely transform the milieu in which we live; for it corrupts our instinct and our will, and constricts our heart and our intelligence" – Mikhail Bakunin

I am against nationalism, and I am against patriotism. They are both the dark side. It is time not simply to redefine a kinder-and-gentler patriotism, but to sweep away the notion and acknowledge it as morally, politically, and intellectually bankrupt. It is time to scrap patriotism. – Robert Jensen, 2004

 "If you want to scare people, you talk about evil.” – Noam Chomsky

"Show me a population that is deeply religious and I will show you a servile population, content with whips and chains, … content to eat the bread of sorrow and drink the waters of affliction." – Hubert Henry Harrison (1883-1927)

"True enlightenment is not photogenic." – Corpson

"The laws of history tell us that only when the old is gone can the new take its place." – Wei Jingsheng

"Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal." – Albert Camus

“Hitting bottom isn't a weekend retreat, it's not a goddamn seminar. Stop trying to control everything and just let go! – Tyler Durden in Fight Club the movie.

Suffering is a byproduct of evolution by natural selection, an inevitable consequence that may worry us in our more sympathetic moments but cannot be expected to worry a tiger – even if a tiger can be said to worry about anything at all – and certainly cannot be expected to worry its genes. – Richard Dawkins

"One cannot be a part-time nihilist." – Albert Camus

破旧立新 (Destroy the old, establish the new)

"Destroy or be destroyed—there is no middle way! Let us then be the destroyers!" – Mikhail Bakunin

"Belief and seeing are both often wrong." – Robert McNamara

"Meanings generating meanings - the process has backed us into a particular corner, a kind of cave, where sunlight seldom enters." – Tarthang Tulku

"A promise to go to heaven won't put salvation in sight." – Tim Armstrong

"[S]ince there is no wrong or right, you just reap what you sow." – Peter Murphy

"The modern mind is in complete disarray. Knowledge has stretched itself to the point where neither the world nor our intelligence can find any foot-hold. It is a fact that we are suffering from nihilism." – Albert Camus

Now that we have nothing, we can begin; To be the revolution - now, Be the revolution – now ... – David J (David Jay Haskins)

The gun livens things up. The colonized European comes alive, not to the subject and problem of the violence of our circumstances, but because all armed actions subjects the force of circumstances to the force of events. – Andreas Baader, 1973

"We are all atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further." – Richard Dawkins

“Regimes collapse when people are no longer afraid and think they’re no longer alone.” – Gordon Chang, author.

In a society that has abolished all adventures, the only adventure remaining is to abolish society. [Graffiti from 1968 French Student Protests]

The great soul of power extends far beyond states, to every domain of life, from families to international affairs. And throughout, every form of authority and domination bears a severe burden of proof. It is not self-legitimizing. And when it cannot bear the burden, as is commonly the case, it should be dismantled. – Noam Chomsky

“You don’t realize all the things you have in this world, much more than you need, and you do much less than you can." – Roberto Canessa

"Words divide us, action unites us." – Tupamaros

 From Freydis:

The Nihilist says, I want to see things as they really are.

The fact that reality is both consistent and comprehensible is utterly devastating to philosophy.

Imperialists rarely miss the opportunity to hijack an honest revolution.

Nihilism is where you go when you can't find anything to believe in.

People respond to nihilism in different ways.

There is no natural evil, and no malicious intent exists within the forces of the universe.

The will to live is biological; the will to die is psychological.

The universe does not operate according to human values.

People commit suicide all the time; being a nihilist is not a prerequisite.

A Nihilist does not 'believe' in nihilism because nihilism offers nothing for anyone to believe in.

Life has no point, it’s pointless; life is a process not a destination!

Nihilism: when everything is wrong and you can’t find what's right.

Violence is a universal language.

Chaos is where the opportunities are.

Ignorance is conservatism.

In this dangerous world, intelligence and cunning are your only true allies.

Absurdity is its own message.

The Nihilist mindset: Break it down, what do you get? Turn it upside down, what sticks and what falls out?

Nihilism is the organic, sensible response to artificial chaos.

Not even the healthy are safe in a forest of disease.

It's often the case that the answer you get depends on the question asked; perspective is important.

Change is just another word for opportunity; the creation of change is the creation of new opportunities.

Until you think for yourself you won't have control over your own life.

Every sunset is someone else's sunrise

Nihilism: Faith not required

If you don't see the appeal of nihilism then you still have something you believe in.


A Chronology of Nihilism (the book) by Freydis

Every version of Freydis' book Nihilism is different, the changes vary by edition but most are short updates or spelling and punctuation corrections. Some editions were produced to include new material. Get the book 'Nihilism', by Freydis

None of the editions prior to the current one are published anymore, so if you can find it used, or have one already, you've got a limited edition collectors item right in your hands. A particularly fortunate few even have books signed by the author.

First Edition, August 2008, 271 pages

 

Second Edition, September 2008, 281 pages

 – Punctuation, spelling and other minor edits made.

 

Third Edition, April 2009, 292 pages

– 'Family and Nihilism' and 'Revolution into Evolution' chapters added, various edits and corrections

 

Fourth Edition, October 2009, 292 pages

 – 'A Brief History of Power' & 'Power, Sex, Revolution' sub-chapters added, 'Art & Nihilism' chapter dropped for space, some graphics added and rearranged.

 

Fifth Edition, May/June 2010, 299 pages

 – Various updates and edits, some new art added

 

Sixth Edition, January 2011, 302 pages

 – Various updates and edits

 

Seventh Edition, January 2011, 311 pages

 – 'Profiles in Nihilism' chapter added, 'Nihilism in Art' reintroduced in a condensed form, 'Bakunin's Atheist Manifesto' Appendix dropped for space, some articles in 'Nihilism and Beyond' dropped for space, some graphics moved to save space.

 

Eighth Edition (hardcover only), March 2013, 280 pages (6x9 inches)

Revised introduction, 'Is life pointless?', 'Do we have freewill?', soldiers come home and kill, Juju, Scientology,  'Nihilism and Depression', Bitcoin, Mormon child-rapists, and more. Note that due to the larger size format this version has fewer pages.

 

Second hardcover edition, May 2013, 279 pages (6x9 inches)
Atheist Church added, index expanded, a few alterations done to meet international publishing requirements (such as listing author on cover and making last page blank).

The first edition in Spanish, Nihilismo, is now available.

 

Q: Is Nihilism the book ever going to be available for download as an e-book?

A: I haven't planned to make Nihilism as an e-book, partly because much of it is already available online here at The CounterOrder website, and mostly because to make it an e-book to me it feels like a waste of my effort, to go to all the trouble to format and publish, and then turn right back around and make it digital again. I tell everyone I can that it really does make a difference to have a physical copy in your hands that you can read, make notes on, carry around, etc. If at all possible get the printed book.Get 'The End of Zionism', by Freydis

I have made my second book, The End of Zionism, available as a downloadable e-book, partly as a test to see reactions. So, I'm not ruling out going to an e-book version for Nihilism at some point in the future, I'm just stressing that the printed version is where I'm putting my emphasis now.

 

As a final note, get the book directly from the publisher (Lulu), not from Amazon or another re-seller, because the book is printed and sold by Lulu so your order will be processed more efficiently and because the resellers take about 75% of the amount of money I make on the sale.

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take a walk, take a walk through the city at night

see the scum and the vermin walking upright

see them wave their flags of filth in the air

so damn ignorant they just don't care

 

see the drones, see the proles

see the t.v. slaves down on their knees

ready to be saved by a machine that is nothing but lies and hate

they got their seats they just can't wait

 

this planet is made of shit and this world is insane

– planet of shit, by SNOG

 
   

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