Friend Of The Devil

Steve Bannon’s reading-list has had our Brahmins on the fainting-couch. In this item, for example, Jason Horowitz of the the New York Times, searching for the “roots” of Mr. Bannon’s “dark” and “apocalyptic” worldview, notes with horror that our new presidential adviser has not only heard of, but has actually read Julius Evola. (So have I, for that matter; a while back I posted this deeply insightful passage from Men Among The Ruins on the horror of totalitarianism.)

Imagine: a well-read man of the Right, with brains and a plan, whispering into the President’s ear! In other words: we now have our very own Valerie Jarrett — and this scares the bejesus out of them.

Over at Social Matter, Arthur Sarsfield asks (my emphasis):

If Trump is the devil of America’s liberal civic religion, how can anything be worse than the devil? How is anything noteworthy beyond Satan being Satan in building a case against Satan? Is reading Evola worse than being literally Hitler? … If Hitler is in power, why should anyone care that Evola is his adviser?

Why, it’s almost as if Mr. Sarsfield’s been popping in at my place. Read the rest of his post here.

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  1. Whitewall says

    Julius Evola is worrisome to that Times writer, but another Italian author/politician Antonio Francesco Gramsci was and is just peachy keen? Gramsci had a method-The Long March-named for him as a how to for the 20th century Left. They actually did it.

    Posted February 16, 2017 at 5:58 pm | Permalink
  2. The same Valerie Jarrett, who raved about ♀bama’s “God-given talents”, gave him a verbal BJ because, you know, there’s a bit of a technical problem …

    Posted February 16, 2017 at 10:04 pm | Permalink
  3. Minor editorial note: The author of the Social Matter article is Arthur Sarsfield. Because he is a new guest author. The emails sent out have Editor-in-Chief Hadley Bishop’s name attached to them for some reason. I bet that’s what happened here. It happens to me a lot… in my line of work.

    Posted February 22, 2017 at 3:04 am | Permalink
  4. Malcolm says

    Thanks, Nick, that is indeed what happened. I will make the correction.

    Posted February 22, 2017 at 9:55 am | Permalink