A Brief Book Review


Fredrick Töben  Adelaide, 20 May 2007



Dr Tomislav Sunic and his latest book



Homo Americanus: Child of the Postmodern Age


- 2007 – www.booksurge.com


Anyone who writes about >Americanism< at the beginning of the 21st century is propounding a world view, and for me that means having to get past the view formulated in 2000 by Jacques Barzun in his classic, From Dawn to Decadence: 1500 to the Present: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life.


Multi-lingual Croatian-born and US-educated scholar and former diplomat Tomislav Sunic does not mention Barzun in the index of names of his 214-page paperback book, nor is Barzun’s book mentioned in any of the 230-footnotes.


This may be because Sunic is far more modest in his attempt to bring into focus the elements, the myths and legends that make up the USA where >political correctness< has gone overboard. For example, by enshrining in law aspects of the 2001 US government official conspiracy theory that >Arab terrorists< perpetrated 9:11, it is more difficult to investigate the various events surrounding this tragedy. If insurance companies pay on claims made by victims of 9:11, then that supports the conspiracy theory and sets events and incidents in legal concrete. To chip away at such legal structures is thus essential because they effectively distort societal realities. In his book Sunic does not shy away from such an enterprise.


When I began reading Homo Americanus I recalled that Barzun spent relatively little time on illuminating the post-World-War I-II period, something that Sunic does in some detail. Barzun, for example, in less than a page skims over the period that Revisionists literally have thrashed to death: the Holocaust-Shoah that has brainwashed the German people with a sense of guilt to the point of self-destruction. Imagine, you are accused of having been part of a nation that allegedly killed millions of Jews, but then you are not legally allowed to question for truth-content any aspect of this allegation. The last time this psychological mechanism was used with devastating effect at a national level was in the Soviet Union and ist satellite states, and before that during the infamous Christian witches’ trials. Sunic surmises that such state of affairs is already well entrenched within the US body politics.


It is almost as if Barzun’s sweeping view of Western human endeavour has distilled the essentials that have produced the degenerated human condition called consumerism-hedonism without specifically focusing on the Jewish question, i.e. the role played by Jews in establishing >the Jewish century<, something that is picked up and elaborated upon by Sunic.


Barzun's vision spans more than just the proverbial three generations, and it comes close to that still operating within Chinese history where a six-thousand-year written perspective operates where the dominant value is harmony. Hence the Maoist period of upheaval >revolution< is contextualized as a mere aberration not really of any significance - though tell that to those individuals and families who suffered personally during this catastrophic period of upheaval.  In his world view Barzun would not find, for example, Dr David Duke a significant person on the stage of US public life, while Sunic, and evolutionary psychologist Professor Kevin MacDonald - in his Foreword to the book – regard Duke an important figure because Duke-hatred illustrates the mechanism of >political correctness< within US academic and political circles.


Hence Sunic's focus is more microscopic, and by his reasoning the Jewish question deserves to be addressed, something Barzun in his sweep of Western civilization would regard as merely one of a number of factors determining the USA decline.


Sunic goes to great lengths to contextualize the perceived decline of the USA through its self-destructive multiculturalism and immigration policies, and shows how a belief in the >Holocaust-Shoah< has dismantled and replaced, at least in public, the once dominant concepts of Christianity.


The recent death of one of the US’s leading Christian Zionists, Jerry Falwell, gives lie to the much-celebrated division in Western societies between church and state. Even here in Australia, where we have a secular state structure, the current government is well known to be courting Christian fundamentalists who are much like the Christian Zionists in the USA that blindly support the racist Zionist state of Israel.


In theocracies, such as the Islamic Republic of Iran, the unifying universal concept that holds the country together is Islam itself, while in the USA it is, as Sunic notes, a somewhat infantile materialistic secularism where >political correctness< masquerades as intellectual prowess. He labels this state of affairs as >soft totalitarianism< that he regards as just a step away from the communist-Marxist totalitarianism that Sunic knew so well from his Croatian times.


That Jewish interests thrive on secularism is all too obvious because for Jews it eliminates any competition, such as Christianity and Islam. Any opposition, any resistance has been neutralized by concepts such as >egalitarianism<, >liberalism<, >human rights<, democracy< and >freedom, among others. That Muslims adhere to their religion, in private and in public, is not pleasing to the Jews who know the world of Islam does not fear them as does the Christian world. The world of Islam thus remains closed to Jews while the Christian world is easily manipulated into eliminating itself. The term >Judeo-Christian< speaks for itself.


This realization enables Sunic to perceive the intimate connection between Judaism and Christianity. Interestingly, devout Christians would reluctantly admit that they spend an inordinate amount of mental effort to intellectually separate Judaism’s impulse called >Christianity< from Judaism proper. Some would even go so far and formulate a new concept in order to retain the intellectual distinction between Judaism and Christianity, instead of viewing this religious impulse as a refinement, a development of a primitive ideal, which in essence was that Christ eliminated the concept of scapegoating and materialism by augmenting pure hatred with the concept of love.


The label >Churchianity< is supposed to explain away Sunic’s focus on the Puritan problem. Sunic does not see any relevance for having to go down this sterile path in order to illuminate his concerns. Anyone who is worried about this issue is invited to research this matter and discover how many Puritans were also Freemasons. This would clinch the Sunic argument because via Freemasonry there is a direct link to Judaism. To this day all Freemasons once a month proclaim that their mission, among others, is to help rebuild King Solomons Temple in Jerusalem.


Tom Sunic, who has had first-hand experience living under communist control calls the political developments in the USA >soft totalitarianism< because to date the First Amendment that guarantees free expression still operates, but only just.


The attack on this pillar of >western democracy< is well under way by splitting free expression into >free speech< and >hate speech<. Once the latter is established, then the usual words that make up the conceptual prison begin to grip: haterHolocaust denierantisemiteracistneo-Nazixenophobe, and the latest - terrorist.


The reliance on such explain-all concepts to gain political consensus inevitably fails because an individual's self-reflective intelligence is suppressed by their use only for a while. As thrusting minds refuse to be stifled, refuse to be switched-off, in such insipid battle of the wills, the inevitable then occurs and is already in progress in the western world:  stifled political activism will not be held back and >soft totalitarianism< is forced to implement draconian legal measures in order to crush dissenting minds. Full-blown Soviet-style totalitarianism influenced by a Talmudic mindset begins to destroy basic relationships that make up the body politics, starting with marriage, the family, the local community. As Sunic points out, we saw this in the USA when Revisionist academic Germar Rudolf was forcibly removed from his wife and baby girl on grounds that his application for US political asylum was >frivolous<. The US bureaucracy handling his case had already fallen in line with the German bureaucracy that delights in punishing anyone who refuses to believe in the >Holocaust< narrative. Sunic elaborates at pp 54-56:


>>Nowhere is this sign of American hyperreality more visible than in the constant verbal and visual featuring of Jewish Holocaust symbolism, which ironically is creating the same saturation process among the audience as was once the case with former communist symbolism. Soviet communist truth, which also consisted of endless antifascist body-counting, eventually triggered the opposite result from what the Soviet politicians had initially expected. Homo sovieticus did not believe in communist victimology, even when that victimology contained elements of credibility. The best proof of communist mendacity was, ironically, laid barren not by the proverbial counterrevolutionaries or the world bourgeoise, but by former communist apparatchiks themselves. This explains why after the breakup of the Soviet Union the same apparatchiks did not have qualms in rapidly converting to Americanism and anticommunism. One may conclude that if they so skillfully betrayed their self-evident beliefs once, very likely they will equally quickly discard their newly adopted American ideology - when time becomes ripe for new >self-evidences<.


>>In a similar fashion, the American visual description of the hyperreality of Auschwitz will not enhance a better understanding of the Jewish question; it will cause more anti-Semitism. >It is the perpetuation of it in a different guise, under the auspices not of a site of annihilation but a medium of discussion,< writes Baudrillard. The larger postmodern narrative about the Holocaust runs thus the risk of no longer representing a historical event, but of turning into a massive media non-event.<<


>>If something is >self-evident< it does not need to be repeated ad infinitum, it need only be stated once. Communist systems were replete with >self-evident< truths and questioning that truth could land a dissident in jail ... if an ideology or a political belief is founded on frail evidence, its enforcers and disciples are obliged to resort to its constant repetition. The censorial intellectual climate in the American media, so similar to old Soviet propaganda, bears witness that American elites, at the beginning of the third millennium, are worried about the future identity of the country they rule.<<


To that I would add my personal observation that I offer Iranian students during my visits to Mashhad and Teheran. If you hear the US president talk about >freedom< and >democracy<, then be careful and think of unbridled predatory capitalism producing unrestrained consumerism that ends in enslavement to debt finance. In the case of Germany and Japan one can add another factor: US military occupation for over a 60-year period - and on-going. In Germany's case, as Sunic points out, the mind is also occupied, something that the Japanese resisted quite effectively. The Japanese talk the talk, as required of them by the US but they do not do the walk, something the Germans so shamefully engage in, which David Brockschmidt captured in his quip: >>The Germans went from national socialism to national masochism, feeling guilty about being alive when they don't have to feel guilty.<<


Tomislav Sunic's Homo Americanus content page indicates how he has approached this fascinating topic of observing a nation in transition where generational thinking is frowned upon and where the quest for immortality and the fear of death is the defining value. Extreme make-over is all the rage, where physical enhancements are possible but mental enhancements whither tragically because the belief is that such will automatically follow a physical tuck here and a tuck there. To date no voice-tuck nor a brain tuck has been successful.


Still, no matter how perverse the quest for existence becomes, there is hope wherever the inexorable life-giving impulses still cry out for fulfillment within a value system that is life-affirming rather than one wherein life-denying impulses gain the upper hand through hedonistic consumerism backed by naked military might. After all, there is more to life than just having >a good time< and >looking beautiful< and >making money< and >dominating< others.


Wherever blatant materialism rules without being tempered by cultural leavenings, the brutishness of human existence thrives and ugliness rules supreme. Tomislav Sunic knows well the lesson Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen teaches us all: the quest for truth and beauty is a life-long process, and you can't force anyone to love you, and lusting for power in the guise of the master-servant role is a poor substitute.




            Preface - ix   

            Foreword by Professor Kevin MacDonald - xv

Chapter I: Americanism and Anti-Americanism - 1

- Race and the ‘Cull’ of the Wild - 9

- Prime Americanism and anti-Semitism - 24

Chapter II: Twin Brothers: Homo sovieticus and Homo americanus - 29

- America in the Eyes of post-communist Europe - 40

- The Meta-Language of Americanism - 50

Chapter III: The Origins of Political Correctness and America’s Role in its Perfection - 63

- Brainwashing the Germans - 65

- Publish and Perish - 75

Chapter IV: The Biblical Origins of American Fundamentalism - 85

- In the Land of Hypermoralism - 89

-“Judeo-American” Monotheism - 93

- American Neurosis: Love or Hate for the Jews? - 95

- American Neo-Paganism - 104

Chapter V: In Yahweh We Trust: A Divine Foreign Policy - 115

- The Insular Mind vs the Continental Mind - 119

- A War Crime of the Bible - 128

Chapter VI: Post-American and Postmodernity - 143

- Real and Hyperreal America - 146

- US calling: A Revocable Nostalgia - 156

Chapter VII: E Pluribus Dissensus: Exit European Americans - 165

-Southern Comfort: White Man’s Discomfort - 169

- Postmodern Agrarians - 174

The Oddity of American Democracy – 185-88

Notes: - 189

Index of Names - 209 



Now, may I suggest you explore and read the details yourself, but let me be politically incorrect by stating that a note of caution is in order here. If you do not have an intellectual framework, then the book will not be an easy read, i.e. if you have just bungled along through life, moving from one particular event to the next without having developed an overarching conceptual structure that guides your mental processes, then you will be confronted with conceptual issues that you may find >offensive< to your value system.


So, mentally challenge yourself and be politically incorrect and get your copy of Dr Tomislav Sunic’s Homo Americanus: Child of the Postmodern Age at:





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