” vegetarianism by robert eisler -:- philosophical anthropology “

In reality, there is no ‘absolute necessity’ for a carnivorous diet. Vegetarians never tires of asserting that it is a wasteful process to pass vegetable food through animal bodies and then to absorb the meat thus produced, and that the earth could support a larger population of strict vegetarians than of omnivorous meat-eaters.

Of the total weight of 1.60 lb. of an average Englishman’s pre-war diet 0.80 consisted of beet, 0.30 of veal and mutton, 0.20 of pig products. At Brighton meeting of the British Association of 9 Sept. 1948 Professor A. Fleisch of Lausanne, President of the Swiss Federal Commission for Nutrition, spoke of six years’ experience of war rationing and its results on the 4 million inhabitants of Switzerland. Statistics had shown tha large amount of calories, proteins and fats, formerly considered as the optimum, and attained in such countries as America, Britain, and Switzerland, to be utterly unnecessary.

Mr Henry Bailey Stevens of the University of New Hampshire sent me in 1947 a typewritten summary of a book. The recovery of culture trying to demstrate that a return to a frugivorous diet is entirely possible:
‘The shift in food demands would reduce by at least 80 per cent. the amount of land plowed for food purpose. In modern orchads under the sod-mulch system no plowing is required, but the cuttings of grass are spread each year under the branches. To remove the hay is to rob the trees. many growers even add materials such as refuse, manure, seaweed, sawdust or finely chopped bushes in order to mantain a ggod supply of organic matter.

‘ Several million farmers would be relieved of their present confining routine of service to animals 365 days a year. Agriculture would tend to shift back to a way of life in which families had their own gardens, small orchads and ornamental plants. The unhealthy concentration of people in large cities would be greatly reduced. With the disappearance of livestock the total human population would be greatly increased, but more important, it would spred out over the land.’.

 

The magazine Time of 6 Sept. 1948 reports that the american Vegetarians are running a candidate of their own for that year’s Presidential election, one John Maxwell, an eighty-four-year-ald Chicago doctor of ‘naturophaty’. The party advocates extermination of all cattle and conversion of their grazing lands to food production.’ This vegeratian party is apparently non animated by ethical motives and Dr. Albert Schweitzer’s respect for the sanctity of all life, but by purely pratical motives. Far from being impossible, the advocated ‘exyermination of all cattle’ was very nearly achieved in Soviet Russia when the muzhiks slaughtered and devoured the live stock they did not want to see nationalized. The consequences were not such as to recommend the procedure as exemplary.

I am not a hunder of any kind. I have, as a boy, shot a roebuck but, having looked into the beautiful eyes of the dead animal, gave up this sport for ever. But I also know that that over-preservation of wild life and not shooting any of the lovable creatures of the wild is absolutely impossible. It would ruin not only agricolture and orchardry, even if fields and gardens were fenced, but the forest themselves. There was in my country a great forest-owner, Cont Überacker, who enclosed a large deer-forest and stopped alla shooting. A completely ruined forest with the bark rubbed off the ghostly white, dead trunks of the finest trees used to stand there as a monument of well-meaning human folly. I do not know what became of it after the Nazi invasion of Austria. Nor are sacred cows in India, dying a ‘natural death’ with carrion crows and vultures feeding on their emaciated bodies while they are still alive but too weak to defend themselves a very edifying spectacle.
If the killing of animals – in the ‘humanest’ possible way, of course – is apparently unavoidable, meat-eating would seem to be at least excusable. Anyhow this note is concerned with ‘description not prescription.’

 

(Robert Eisler, MAN INTO WOLF an anthropological interpretation of sadism, masochism, and lycantropy, a lecture delivered at the meeting of the Royal Society of Medicine – 1949)

Robert Eisler had a distinguished and tragic life. He was born in Vienna in 1904, educated there in leipzig, and gained his degrees and doctorates summa cum laude on each occasion. He was a fellow of the Austrian Historical Institute, travelled widely and studied the excavations at Ephesus, Miletus and Cnossos. From 1915-1931 he was in Paris working at the League of Nations, and lectured at the Sorbonne 19127-1928, on Christian Origins. He devoted the next six years, living in Upper Austria, to research work, and 1938 was appointed Wilde Reader in Natural and Comparative Religion at Oxford, but the Anschluss prevented him from assuming this appointment. He was arrested by the Gestapo and endured fifteeen months in the concentration camps of Buchenwald and Dachau. he was released, came to England, lectured at Oxford in the following year and subsequently, but the terrible results of his treatment in Germany made themselves felt more and more, and he died in 1949. His mind worked to the end with unfaltering energy. He was the author of many works in German.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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howard unruh a berserk in new jersey ( robert eisler )

Somebody think that only in a village into the savage jungle of Malaysia it is possible that a man with a knife kris thru a street can stabbing everybody. Perhaps it is useful a reading of this reportage by New York from the newspaper “Daily Express”. The assassin is a descendant of the german poet Fritz von Unruh that was also a prussian military become famous years ago because a drama of incest between sister and brother. The theatrical piece was on stage for long time in Berlin. This descendant of whom I am talking about maybe is the “black sheep” of the Unruh family but his deeds could be been usual during the Reichsmordwoche (“The night of the long knives”, Germany 1934) or in the extermination camp of Auschwitz.

 

Below it is describe a multiple homicide happened on September 7 1949. The name of the murderer was Howard Unruh, 28, he was a former soldier high tall. In german language his surname means “uneasy”. He killed 12 persons and wounded 5. That day he was parking his car near a drugstore without thinking that the owner of drugstore Maurice Cohen, 40, denied the permission to parking there in front of the shop. Unruh was a student of chemistry, well dressed with white shirt and tie but also with a gun Luger in his pocket.

 

Thus he went upstairs the Cohen house and he shoot to the mother of Maurice (age 63) , she was on bed. Rose (38), the wife of Maurice, scared hides his son Harold (12) in his bedroom. Done this she was hit and killed by Unruh with a bullet stright to the heart. Then he went to the laundry and killed a young bride in white dress, then was the turn of the man of shoeshine to be killed. In the barber shop of Clark Hoover there were three children, one being was able to escape but the other two were killed because they wait at the red light of a traffic light. A man went out of the car for helping the child but Unruh killed him. Also two women stopped there were killed then Unruh entered a bar, the bartender took his own gun but he miss the shot. Unruh killed another woman. In all this it was five women, five men and two children killed. Howard came back to his apartment that after short time was surrounded by fifty agents of the police department of New Jersey. The policemen threw tear gas inside the house.

Hence Unruh said, ‘I surrender me to you! Don’t shoot!’. The whole event took 45 minutes then the neighbors came out to River-road, Camden yelling, ‘Kill him! Kill him!’ while the policemen put Howard into the police car. The police was able to bring away Howard, out of the crowd.

 

The neighbors remembered Howard as the man  often walking the River-road reading the Bible, a quiet man, but in his basement there were a lot of guns and he was always to the shooting range. The hobby of Unruh were the guns.

 

In the cell of police department Unruh said that he was thinking to kill people from a long time because the people in the street talks about him in impolite way. The legal charge was first-degree murder. He pull the trigger of the gun against people like a hunter shoot to ducks without thinking he was really firing against human beings. Howard Unruh died october 19 2009, age 88, imprisoned diagnosed with insanity.

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(adapted text curated by rinaldo rasa from man into wolf. an anthropological interpretation of sadism, masochism, and lycantropy by robert eisler 1951)

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Tuesday March 14 2017