…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
“I turned my back on the rulers when I saw what they called ruling: bartering and haggling with the rubble … Among all the hypocrisies, this seem to me the worst: that even those who commanded feigned the virtues of the serfs.” Not my words, but those of Nietzsche in Thus spake Zarathustra.
Using the words of wiser men: “Like the true state, the hierarchical, organic state has ceased to exist. No comparable party or movement exists, offering itself as a defender of higher ideas, to which one can unconditionally adhere and support with absolute fidelity. The present world of party politics consists only of the regime of petty politicians, who, whatever their party affiliations, are often figureheads at the service of financial, industrial, or corporate interests. The situation has gone so far that even if parties or movements of a different type existed, they would have almost no following among the rootless masses who respond only to those who promise material advantages and “social conquests”. When striking these chords does not suffice, the only influence over the masses today – and now even more than ever – is on the plane of impassioned and sub intellectual forces, which by their nature lack any stability. These are the forces that demagogues, popular leaders, manipulators of myths, and fabricators of “public opinion” count on. In this regard we can learn from yesterday’s regimes in Germany and Italy that positioned themselves against democracy and Marxism: that potential enthusiasm and faith that animated masses of people, even to the point of fanaticism, has completely vanished in the face of crisis, or else been transferred to new, opposing myths, replacing the preceding ones by the sole force of circumstances. One must expects this from every collective current that lacks a dimension of depth, inasmuch as it depends on forces I have mentioned, corresponding to the pure ‘demos’ and its sovereignty – which is as much to say, literally, “democracy”. Julius Evola – Ride the Tiger – a survival manual for the Aristocrats of the Soul (1961).
Despite my best intentions, it actually ended up like a commentary on elections both in Australia and America. Who would have thought?