Friday, February 27, 2015

Some Quotations on Liberalism's Power

Liberalism, it seems to me, has defeated all of its rivals with relative ease. Christianity was barely a speed bump and was defeated and humiliated so thoroughly that all Western Christian leaders, including the "conservative" ones, now agree that liberalism is the true inner core of the Gospel and that Christianity ought to be defended on the basis that it supposedly gave us modern liberalism and egalitarianism and without it we would fall back into the illiberal nightmare that was pre-modern Europe. Liberalism also defeated fascism and socialism without much difficulty, so I think liberalism has certainly shown that it can defeat faiths or ideologies that are more straightforwardly "positive." I see no reason to think that this will not be the case with Islam as well.

For the most part, liberals are not going after Muslims in Western countries too directly, as the concept of "Islamophobia" is still a useful cudgel with which to beat the few remaining pockets of partial resistance, but I don't think it's obvious that they will fare any better when the time comes. Many Muslims in European countries already listen to rap music and show other signs of becoming a part of the underclass, and in this role I think they will remain subservient to the white liberals who give them handouts for some time to come.

Source: Crusading Philologist, November 26, 2014 (7:45 p.m.), comment on ThomasTheDoubter, "
United Religions Back in the Spotlight," Fish Eaters Traditional Catholic Forum, November 25, 2014,


I think this is an important sentence to consider: "America has also put the view in which man is considered in terms of quality and personality within an organic system in opposition with that view in which man becomes a mere instrument of production and material productivity within a conformist social conglomerate." Individualism and collectivism are two sides of the same coin. Once people are separated from organic communities and institutions, they are at the mercy of the market, in which they are nothing more than, in Evola's words, "instruments of production" and, now especially, consumers. Authenticity and individuality become simple marketing gimmicks. This is very apparent in America, which supposedly prizes independent thought, the questioning of convention, creativity, and so on, but is in fact one of the most remarkably and thoroughly conformist societies in history. I think Martin Heidegger gives voice to a similar view of America in the famous passage from his Introduction to Metaphysics in which he asserts, "Russia and America, seen metaphysically, are both the same: the same hopeless frenzy of unchained technology and of the rootless organization of the average man." The belief that capitalism and communism represent opposite ends of the spectrum is false and needs to be overcome in order to properly understand the true state of affairs in the modern world.

At any rate, I believe that, for Evola, the alternative is an organic and hierarchical society in which the excellences, talents, and creativity of the person can be genuinely cultivated and appreciated in a way impossible in a mass society such as the United States. Also, I would consider that much of the Catholic Church has for quite some time been little more than yet another vehicle for the promotion of humanitarian moralism, and so it is understandable that non-Catholics [with anti-modernist views] who are otherwise correct on many points might see her as a hostile entity.

Source: Crusading Philologist, July 29, 2014 (7:53 p.m.), comment on Dirigible, "Regarding America," Fish Eaters Traditional Catholic Forum, July 20, 2014,


I've always found the way in which Western liberals talk about "true Islam" or a "proper reading" of the Koran to be somewhat condescending. Imagine a Jewish person letting us all know that he thinks that Presbyterianism is "true Christianity" and everything else is false. Who really cares what he thinks in the first place?

Source: Crusading Philologist, December 09, 2013 (5:49 p.m.) comment on Cambrensis, "Pope Francis on Islam," Fish Eaters Traditional Catholic Forum, December 9, 2013,


[L]iberal humanism is incredibly good at making converts. Yes, religious traditionalists might have a lot of kids, but you have to remember that most of those kids will grow up to be secular liberals who despise religion and want nothing to do with its medieval, homophobic nonsense. In truth, any sort of traditional Christianity is probably doomed in the West. I mean, even the Pope is going around telling us that he is in no position to judge anyone and that all that matters is that we each pursue our own unique vision of the good, and when even the head of the Catholic Church has been reduced to saying things that one might hear on Oprah, I don't know why we should think that anyone else will fare any better.

Source: Crusading Philologist, October 2, 2013 (2:19 p.m.), comment on Sigfrid, "The Pope's Interview in La Repubblica," Fish Eaters Traditional Catholic Forum, October 1, 2013,

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