"Western Civilisation needs a complete overhaul or itwill fall apart one day or another. It has realisedthe most complete perversion of any rational order ofthings. Reign of matter, of gold, of machine, ofnumber, it no longer possesses breath, or libetry, orlight. The West has lost the sense of command andobedience. It has lost the sense of Action and ofContemplation. It h"Western Civilisation needs a complete overhaul or itwill fall apart one day or another. It has realisedthe most complete perversion of any rational order ofthings. Reign of matter, of gold, of machine, ofnumber, it no longer possesses breath, or libetry, orlight. The West has lost the sense of command andobedience. It has lost the sense of Action and ofContemplation. It has lost the sense of hierarchy, ofspiritual power, of mangods (...)Are liberation and renewal still possible in thiscrepuscular world? Is Europe capable today of thelevel of awareness necessary for such a task? Let usnot be mistaken: it is only after having understoodthe magnitude of the task that we will be able to act.The threatening reality of a destructive spiritualprocess, whose roots originate almost in the ground ofprehistory, whose culmination phases coincide withthose which contemporary men exalt as their essentialcivilisational values, and whose influences nowmanifest themselves in all fields of thought andaction, must be acknowledged. This is not a matter ofcompromises or adaptations. The power of a new MiddleAges is needed - a revolt, interior aswel as exterior,of a barbaric purity. Philosophy, "culture", everydaypolitics: nothing of all this. It is not a matter ofturning on the other side of this bed of agony. It isa matter of finally waking up, and getting up."147 pagesOriginal Italian title: Imperialismo PaganoGerman version: Heidnischer Imperialismus...
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heathen imperialism Reviews
An excellent book that can serve as a primer/introduction to Evolas thought. On par with his masterwork Revolt Against the Modern World: Politics, Religion, and Social Order in the Kali Yuga. Every page had essential thoughts and phrases which I will get back to continually for years to come.
"Heathen Imperialism" is one of Julius Evola's earliest works and this is apparent if you have read any of his later work. It is apparent in that Evola still has hope that the West might be salvageable as a true European and Aryan spiritual entity, not a materialistic and collectivist mass of the lowest common denominator. In "Heathen Imperialism", Baron Evola makes a diagnosis as to why Europa is sick as well as the symptoms of this sickness. Unfortunately, the Europe of today is much worse (naturally considering NS/Fascism lost the war) than Julius Evola could have imagined. One of the main points that Evola was trying to push in "Heathen Imperialism" was that Europe needed a Neo-Pagan anti-Christian fascist revolution that lacked socialism/collectivism (which Europe unfortunately adopted which was beneath them) and that was more in tune with the aristocratic hierarchy of the Germanic peoples of the past. I highly recommend checking this work out if you are even remotely interested. Unfortunately, the only edition of "Heathen Imperialism" that exists is a fairly poor production (the spine doesn't even have the title of the work) and it is also a pain in the ass to find. Find it if you can!
The version I read is a French translation of the Italian edition (it seems the content differs greatly from the German edition, and only the chapter titles are the same). As a warning you have to be aware that Evola opposed to its reissue during his lifetime.The book is really a mixed bag. The first few chapters are hard to read because they are badly written, the worst being the chapter 2 where Evola articulates wrongly the relationship between Judaism/Catholicism/Protestantism/Free-Masonry. On the other hand, the end is quite pleasant to read (chapter 4, especially its second half, and the final chapter). I think the book is interesting as a curiosity more than anything.
Though the beginning was a bit more inspiring than the rest, it still made my blood boil in ecstasy.
Must read book