Authentical political ends are mostly autonomous ones (i.e., not derived from something else): they are connected to ideas and interests different from those of peacefull living, pure economics, and physical well-being, pointing to a higher dimension of life and a separate order of dignity. This opposition between the political and the social domains is fundamental.”
Men Among The Ruins p. 124
As you may have noticed, this “blog” is pretty much filled with quotes. There are a few ideas behind them. First, in some cases I want to show you what I am currently reading, so that you may look forward to a review of the book when I finished it. Of course the quotes are also given because they appeal to me in some way. That doesn’t mean that I always (fully) agree with them, but especially in ‘extreme cases’ such as Evola or some of Guénon quotes (see below), they definately could set readers to think about certain things. That certainly is a purpose for the quotes and you may feel free to “comment” your reactions.
Indeed, right now I am reading Men Among The Ruins, the English version (2002) that became known in ‘my musical scene’ because of the involvement of Michael Moynihan and Markus Wolff. Many years ago (2002) I wrote an article about Evola, mostly on request, which result can be found in the articles section still. Earlier I had read the famous Hermetic Tradition (a subject I was very much interested in at the time). It took many more years before I read something else: Revolt Against The Modern World (about a year ago). I didn’t really intend to read Evola’s political works, but somehow I still wanted to read Men Among The Ruins, so got a copy of it afterall. I have just finished the magnificent 100 page introduction by H.T. Hansen and started with the first chapters. Hansen gives a great view on the radical, Italian thinker. Evola didn’t have too many allies while he lived and even less so when he died. Evola was not thought of highly by the Fascists (Italy) or National Socialists (Germany) for the greater part of his life, but of course ‘leftish’ thinkers hated him for being as radical as he was, alligning with Fascism (for some time) and especially, for being extremely aristocratic. The biggest problem for both: Evola looked beyond the material and aimed for the Divine. He truely was an “anarchist individualist reactionary” as Hansen ends his introduction. However still ‘not done’ in the minds of many, Evola and his ideas seem to interest a growing number of scholars, intellectuals and not-too-radical (youthfull) thinkers (the radicals of today and yesterday cannot stand Evola’s criticism towards their ideas). Many ideas of Evola are not mine, but he sure has a whole bunch of good points. Oops, can I say that in the year 2007? Hopefully a growing number of people can read that without starting to throw prejudices and are able to form a balanced view on a controversial thinker. I have tried it before (see my article), not everybody agreed that I succeeded (some said that I was trying to raise sympathy for the fascist ideas). After reading Evola’s only really political book (and in Riding The Tiger he himself called it a failure and the became apolitical), you may find in my review the thoughts I have on it.
In a certain sense, the author stands outside the disputes and divergences of commonplace politics – between fascism and antifascism, liberalism and communism, capitalism and socialism – because he refuses to let the discussion unfold on the essentially materialistic plane chosen by our adversaries.
J. Valerio Borghese in the introduction to the Italian version.