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Julius Evola

Julius Evola, 1898–1974, was an Italian philosopher and esotericist who became one of the major exponents of the Traditionalist school of René Guénon. From the 1920s to 1945, Evola hoped that Italian Fascism, the Romanian Iron Guard, and German National Socialism could offer both a critique and rectification of the problems of the modern world consistent with Traditionalism. After the disaster of 1945, Evola withdrew from active political engagement, but his teachings continued to influence subsequent generations of thinkers and political actors on the Right, including the European and North American New Right movements. His books include Revolt Against the Modern World (1934), Heathen Imperialism (1928), Introduction to Magic: Rituals and Practical Techniques for the Magus (1929), The Hermetic Tradition: Symbols and Teachings of the Royal Art (1931), The Mystery of the Grail: Initiation and Magic in the Quest for the Spirit (1937), The Doctrine of Awakening: The Attainment of Self-Mastery According to the Earliest Buddhist Texts (1943), The Yoga of Power: Tantra, Shakti, and the Secret Way (1949), Men Among the Ruins: Post-War Reflections of a Radical Traditionalist (1953), Eros and the Mysteries of Love: The Metaphysics of Sex (1958), Ride the Tiger: A Survival Manual for the Aristocrats of the Soul (1961), The Path of Cinnabar: An Intellectual Autobiography (1963), Fascism Viewed from the Right (1964), Meditations on the Peaks: Mountain Climbing as Metaphor for the Spiritual Quest (1974), and Metaphysics of War: Battle, Victory, and Death in the World of Tradition (2007).
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Fascism Viewed from the Right

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London: Arktos Media, 2013
126 pages

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In this book, Julius Evola analyses the Fascist movement of Italy, which he himself had experienced first-hand, often as a vocal critic, throughout its entire history from 1922 until 1945. Read more …

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Notes on the Third Reich

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London: Arktos Media, 2013
94 pages

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In the same manner as he critiqued Italian Fascism in Fascism Viewed from the Right, in this volume Evola analyses the German National Socialist movement, Read more …

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Races of the Soul & Spirit in Judaism

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Marc Chagall, “The Rabbi”

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The Race of the Soul in Judaism

The qualities of character reflect a determined style, which differs according to the races of the soul; furthermore, research in this direction can easily reach the more general concept that one cannot be a scholar, warrior, ascetic, merchant, or artist abstractly and in general, but there are distinct manners, conditioned by the internal race, of being a warrior, ascetic, artist, etc. One thus comes to the problem of singling out the various “laws of style,” Read more …

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Aspects of Racial Doctrine

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Giambattista Vico

Giambattista Vico

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In this text, Evola distinguishes the race of the body (biological race–race as such, in my opinion), the race of the soul (which I would call non-hereditary character types, shaped by culture, ideas, and education), and race of the spirit, which has to do with “vertical,” “superhistorical” heredity, i.e., man’s alleged descent from superhuman or divine beings. It is unfortunate that Evola speaks disparagingly of evolution as a “myth” — only to replace it with genuine myths Read more …

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The Races of the Spirit

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Some questions for discussion: Does the concept of “spiritual race” simply amount to types of character? If so, then why speak of spiritual races at all? Why not reserve “race” for the biological realm and speak of character types, which are shaped by culture, habituation, and ideas as well as genes?  Read more …

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Racialism as Anti-Universalism

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William Blake Richmond, “Electra at the Tomb of Agamemnon,” 1874

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Excerpt from part one of Synthesis of a Doctrine of Race (1941). Translator anonymous.

Racialism presents itself as greater than nationalism, because to feel of the same race, even when this expression is meant to be more of a myth than a reality, is greater than to feel as being of the same nation. As a political myth, race is the living nation, which is not enclosed in abstract, judicial or territorial limits, Read more …

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The Tragedy of the Romanian “Iron Guard”

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Legionari-9The car is leading us outside the suburbs of the city, on a long, wretched, provincial street, under a grey and rainy sky. It suddenly turns left, enters a countryside path, stops in front of a small villa with sharp outlines, the ‘Green House,’ Read more …

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The Japanese Hara Theory & its Relations to East & West, Part 2

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The relationships of microcosm and macrocosm as illustrated in Robert Fludd, Utriusque Cosmi Historia, 1619

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Part 2 of 2

An inquiry into the doctrine of the “center” in the West would indeed be of much interest for the purposes of a further comparison, but it presents special difficulties because esoteric knowledge in the West has taken the form of cryptograms, and has been clothed in abstruse symbols and myths of many meanings to which a uniform interpretation, such as modern critical thought desires, cannot always be given. We shall therefore only make a few references.

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The Japanese Hara Theory & its Relations to East & West, Part 1

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On first receiving Karlfried Graf Dürckheim’s book, Hara: Man’s Terrestrial Center,[1] we had thought of writing one of the usual reviews, calling attention to it as an interesting contribution to our knowledge of the psychology, the behavior, and the “existential morphology” of the Far Eastern, or rather of the Japanese, man; Read more …

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The Svadharma Doctrine & Existentialism

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Heidegger walks his path

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Translator anonymous

In an earlier essay I pointed out the importance of clearing up the points in which a connection between the doctrines of the traditional East and certain very advanced intellectual trends of the West emerges. I then said that in many cases a serious and not amateurish knowledge of the former might well serve to complete the latter, liberating them from their aspect as opinions of a purely individual speculative nature, and also from everything affected by an atmosphere of crisis, such indeed as is that of our own modern Western civilization. Read more …

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