History gives us precious few men and women who are supremely gifted and intellectually capable in ways which others are not. These types of leaders are the lynchpin which holds movements together and makes it possible for us to undertake rapid progress and development as a movement.
Francis Parker Yockey was one such person.
Yockey was born in Chicago in 1917, and would later attend American universities. He took a B.A. degree in 1938, and only three years later would would take a law degree from Notre Dame– graduating cum laude. This was not the limit of his education, because Yockey was also a concert-level pianist, a gifted writer, and one of the more notable philosophers of the last century. He was also deeply influence by the writings of Oswald Spengler‘s Decline of the West.
Francis Parker Yockey was not just an uncommonly intelligent man, he was what we call a polymath; a person who draws on a variety of educational disciplines to solve problems. The signers of the American Declaration of Independence were also described as being polymaths. A handful of brilliant men secured independence for the colonies, fighting the British against all odds. Yockey’s struggle was not much different in this respect. Against all odds, Yockey was able to publish his opus, Imperium, and his writing has been instrumental in liberating a new generation of activists, thinkers and youth.
Yockey’s beginnings were much more modest than the legend which he became in later years. The man that was Francis Parker Yockey is not particularly notable in appearance. W.A. Carto described Yockey as being exceedingly normal in all respects except for his uncommon intelligence.
“In stature he was about five feet, ten inches. He was light of weight, perhaps 145 pounds, and quick on his feet. His hair was dark, and starting to grey. The expression on his face — pensive, sensitive magnetic — this was the unforgettable thing.”
Yockey was not a physically formidable man, he was not a fighter, nor a hulking modern day descendant of the Norse tribesmen who conquered the frozen north plains. Yockey was a man compelled to action after witnessing the deliberate and calculated savagery committed against the German people after World War II. Carto’s introduction to Imperium explains Yockey’s moment of realization.
“In 1946, Yockey was offered a job with the war crimes tribunal and went to Europe. He was assigned to Wiesbaden, where the ‘second string’ Nazis were lined up for trial and punishment. The Europe of 1946 was a war-ravaged continent, not the prosperous land we know today. Viewing the carnage, and seeing with his own eyes the invisible effects of the unspeakable Morgenthau Plan which had as its purpose the starvation of 30 million Germans, and which was being put into effect at that time, he no doubt found ample reinforcement for his conviction that American involvement in the war had been a ghastly mistake.”
There are moments in a person’s life when he or she is caught in a series of irreconcilable conditions, and these things compel a person to act. Yockey was a man caught in that manner of conflicting conditions, and he could not ignore it. It consumed his life, and it became his calling. He found himself in a unique position to powerfully and effectively fight the Forces of World Subversion, Communism, and Zionism, and Carto described it as an all consuming flame which would not abate.
“After Wiesbaden, he returned to America for five months. but following this taste of weltpolitik [world politics] he was unable to settle down. He could not ignore an insistent feeling that he must immolate himself in the flames of controversy. And this conviction so destroyed his peace of mind that he knew he had no choice.”
Yockey returned to Europe late in 1947, and eventually settled in Brittas Bay, Ireland. He would then write Imperium over the course of six months. There are no footnotes, no bibliography, and no references for this 600+ page tome. Yockey was prophetically inspired, and his Imperium should be read as the intuitions of a wise seer.
After returning to America in 1960, Yockey was arrested on charges of passport fraud and for being an “important fascist with international links.” Yockey was denied the right to an expedient trial, and then allegedly under orders from Washington, U.S. Attorney Joseph Karesh (also a Jewish Rabbi) ordered Yockey held in jail for mental evaluation.
Yockey’s final words were, “I’ll sleep through ’til morning.”
The coroner report declared his death as suicide by potassium cyanide poisoning.
There are few men who could honestly be called a Saint and Martyr, and Yockey was one such person. Carto explained that the most compelling part of Yockey’s arrest, trial and subsequent suicide was the mysterious lifestyle change which the prosecutor would take.
“A surprising work on the Yockey affair came some weeks after his death, and was provided by the tight-lipped silence of the man who had been charged with railroading him to the insane asylum, the United States Attorney. Suddenly, inexplicably, he resigned his job, left his wife and children and joined a monastery.
Let us assume that at least one devoted servant of the Democracy has a conscience, even if displayed a little late.”
Such was the power of Yockey’s martyrdom. Yockey’s observations of world history, and his objection to communism, Zionism and the destruction of the German people by the Forces of World Subversion was righteous and powerful. Yockey was a man outside of time, outside of place, and with a transcendent knowledge which so desperately needed to be shared with the world.
Carto says that a reporter once spoke to one of Yockey’s sisters at the trial. The reporter leaned near to the woman and said to her, “Your brother is a martyr — the first of a long line of them if we are to take back our country from those who have stolen it from us.”
Yockey’s martyrdom is unfortunate, and he was taken from the world years before his time. His writings persist to this day, and have found a place alongside those of Julius Evola, Oswald Spengler, and others. His writings and observations continue to be a source of inspiration, guidance and wisdom. Let his struggle be ours as well; to take back our country from those who have stolen it from us.
Francis Parker Yockey: A Man out of Time by Thomas Buhls is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.