Non Serviam (1992)

INTRODUCTION

ns22-print-1We will write a succinct introduction to place here soon. Until then Svein Olav Nyberg discusses the beginning and end of his Non Serviam journal on his i-Letters blog post here: http://i-letters.blogspot.com/

In what was referred to as an advertisement, Nyberg discussed the motivation for Non Serviam:

“Non serviam!” – “I will not serve”, is known from literature as Satan’s declaration of his rebellion against God. We wish to follow up on this tradition of insurrection.

In modern times, the philosophy of the individual’s assertion of himself against gods, ideals and human oppressors has been most eloquently expressed by Max Stirner in his book “Der Einzige und Sein Eigentum”.[1]

Stirner, whose real name was Johann Kaspar Schmidt [1806-56], lived in a time dominated by German Idealism, with Hegel as its prominent figure. It is against this background of fixation of ideas that Stirner makes his rebellion. Stirner takes down these ideas from their fixed points in the starry sky of Spirit, and declares all ideas to be the ideas of an Ego[2], and the realm of spirits and ideas to be the mind of the thinker himself. His heaven-storming is total. Even the idealist tool – dialectic, and the supreme ghost of Idealism, [Absolute] Spirit – are stripped of their status of intrinsic existence, and are taken back into the Ego himself. This is most clearly seen in Stirner’s main triad: Materialist – Idealist – Egoist. And the triad stops at its last link. Any further progress cannot negate Egoism, for – progress has been taken back into the individual, as his – property.

For Stirner, the solution to the “alienation”, or “self-alienation” of Idealism, is in self-expression, or – ownership. What cannot be one’s own cause, the cause that is not one’s own, is not worth pursuing. As Stirner says “Away then, with every cause that is not altogether my cause!”

Now, this is the philosophical starting point of this newsletter. For the more formal part, though the letter is centered on philosophy and ideas, articles on topics relevant to true egoists will also be admitted. The prime requirement is that the articles are not on-line ranting, but serious attempts to convey something of interest and relevance. Articles on literature through the ages will be very fine, stories will be welcomed if I see them fit, and I even think I might fall for an article on French cuisine made easy … However: If in doubt whether the article will be accepted, contact me by personal mail first. A waste of time is a waste of time.

I hope to be able to make each of the issues of the newsletter thematic, that is we have one main theme in each issue. The main theme is not meant to be the sole content, however, but more an inspiration for writing.

Editor & List owner: solan@nonserviam.com

[1]English title: “The Ego and Its Own”.
[2]Einziger – single individual.

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ARCHIVE/INDEX

Non Serviam #1:  WEB

Editors Word [What Egoism Means] John Beverley Robinson: Egoism
Ken Knudson: A Critique of Communism and The Individualist Alternative (serial)

Non Serviam # 2 : WEB

Editors Word
Svein Olav Nyberg: The Self
Ken Knudson: A Critique of Communism and The Individualist Alternative (serial: 2)

Non Serviam # 3 : WEB

Editors Word
Ken Knudson: A Critique of Communism and The Individualist Alternative (serial: 3)

Non Serviam # 4 : WEB

Editors Word
Ken Knudson: A Critique of Communism and The Individualist Alternative (serial: 4)

Non Serviam # 5 : WEB

Editors Word
Ken Knudson: A Critique of Communism and The Individualist Alternative (serial: 5)

Non Serviam # 6 : WEB

Editors Word [Stirner, Rand and Nietzsche] Ken Knudson: A Critique of Communism and The Individualist Alternative (serial: 6)

Non Serviam # 7 : WEB

Editors Word
Sidney Parker: Archists, Anarchists and Egoists
Ken Knudson: A Critique of Communism and The Individualist Alternative (serial: 7)

Non Serviam # 8 : WEB

Editors Word
Ken Knudson: A Critique of Communism and The Individualist Alternative (serial: 8)

Non Serviam # 9 : WEB

Editors Word
Ken Knudson: A Critique of Communism and The Individualist Alternative (serial: 9)

Non Serviam # 10 : WEB

Editors Word [Being Subject versus being Object] Sidney Parker: The egoism of Max Stirner
Ken Knudson: A Critique of Communism and The Individualist Alternative (serial: 10)

Non Serviam # 11 : WEB

Editors Word
Ken Knudson: A Critique of Communism and The Individualist Alternative (serial: 11)

Non Serviam # 12 : WEB

Editors Word
Ken Knudson: A Critique of Communism and The Individualist Alternative (last: 12)
SE Parker: On Revisiting “Saint Max”

Non Serviam # 13 : WEB

Editors Word [Celebration Issue] SE Parker: Preface
John C. Smith: Last and First Words
Frank Jordan: In Praise of Max
Paul Rowlandson: Stirner, Youth and Tradition

Non Serviam # 14 : WEB

Wm Flygare. To My Sweetheart
Svein Olav Nyberg: The Choice of a New Generation

Non Serviam # 15 : WEB

Editors Word
Dora Marsden: Thinking and Thought
SE Parker: Comment to Ken Knudson

Non Serviam # 16 : WEB

Editor’s Word
John A. Marmysz: A Prolegomena To Any Future Nihilistic Philosophy

Non Serviam # 17 : WEB

Editor’s Word
Chris Sciabarra : Ayn Rand – The Russian Radical

Non Serviam # 18 – Spring, 1999: WEB | PDF

Ken McLeod: What did Sid
Sid Parker: Comments, the union of Egoists
Sid Parker: Wm. Flygare (1916-1997)

Non Serviam # 19 : WEB | PDF (19&20)

Editor’s Word
Svein Olav Nyberg: Union of Egoists (reply to Sid)
Svein Olav Nyberg: Max Stirner – the great philosopher of Egoism (Part 1 of 2)

Non Serviam # 20 : WEB | PDF (19&20)  Jan-2000

Editor’s Word
Svein Olav Nyberg: Max Stirner – the great philosopher of Egoism (Part 2 of 2)
JW von Goethe: Vanitas! (translated by Wm. Flygare)

Non Serviam # 21 : WEB | PDF Dec-2001

Editor’s Word
Morten Blaabjerg Bio
Morten Blaabjerg: The Straitjacket of Humanity

Non Serviam # 22 : WEB | PDF

Editor’s Word
Stephen Clark: Commentary to Blaabjerg
Hans Trygve Jensen: Helge Kongshaug (obituary)
Sid Parker: Ernst Jünger’s Eumeswil
Svein Olav Nyberg: Ken MacLeod
Paul Kerin: Diceman

Non Serviam # 23 : WEB | PDF

Editor’s Word
Alexander Green: Stirner and Marx
Alastair Mcleish: Against Max Stirner
“Whoever is a complete person does not
need – to be in authority “!
The False Principle of Our Education

Non Serviam #24: WEB | PDF

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