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Book Review: Men Among the Ruins, Julius Evola

January 21, 2021
Men Among the Ruins: Post-War Reflections of a Radical TraditionalistMen Among the Ruins: Post-War Reflections of a Radical Traditionalist by Julius Evola
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is in one part a revealing historical document of the post world war 2 ruins of European ideas and values, in another an early warning of what was logically inevitable to come for western society by following the path we did, and in a third aspect it suggests some ways and means of resisting this disastrous state of affairs. For those with their ideological blinkers on, or who have only learned of Evola second hand, they will come to this work rushing to the usual leftist battle cry judgments of things they don’t understand and don’t want to understand. But for the rest of us, there are a mixed bag of views in here that don’t fit neatly with either right wing or left wing ideas as we have come to caricature them. He believes in and emphasises the importance of tradition, yes, but also based on community values, and he is very much against the profit motive of the selfish capitalism of today which he sees as just one aspect of the problem of the materialism of our time. He also promotes birth control as part of population control measures against the position of the Catholic Church. And hopes for a United Europe based on meaningful qualitative values to counteract, at his time, further US materialism and degeneracy and the red Machine of the Soviets.

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