MEDITERRANEAN TRADITION AGAINST CHRSITIAN TRADITION
Julius Evola (Translation from Imperialismo pagano, Atanor, Todi-Roma 1928)
Anti-Europe is anti-Christianity.
Christianity is at the root of the evil that has corrupted the West. This is the truth, and it does not admit uncertainty.
In its frenetic subversion of every hierarchy, in its exaltation of the
weak, the disinherited, those without lineage and without tradition; in its
call to "love", to "believe", and to yield; in its rancor
toward everything that is force, self-sufficiency, knowledge, and aristocracy;
in its intolerant and proselytising fanaticism,
Christianity poisoned the greatness of the
Christianity - take note- is not to be confused with what passes today
for the Christian religion: a dead stump cut off from the inital
profoud impulses. Having disrupted the unity of
There is still more. Christianity's root sense of "passion" and orgasm was shaped by promiscuity of the Imperial plebes in an atmosphere of messianism and millenarianism. Opposed to the serene superiority of Roman rulers, to the Doric beauty of the Pindaric hero, to the harmonious, chaste intellectuality of philosophers and pagan initiates, Christianity has resurfaced today in the irrational cult of the "elan vital", in the chaotic impetuosity of contemporary activism and Faustianism. The latter are crude entities that overwhelm the individual and drive him toward what he wants least. Already theologized by Calvin as the equation between God's will in action in the world and the absolute predestination of beings, today this cult has become a religion: a religion of "Life", of "becoming", of the "pure act".
I have alluded to a Mediterranean tradition. This is no myth but rather
an archaic reality whose existence the profane historical sciences have only
recently begun to suspect. The epic and magical legacy of an affirmative and
active civilization, a civilization strong in knowledge and strong in science, this tradition first imprinted itself on the elites of
Egyptian-Chaldaic civilization, of ancient
Two destinies, two indomitable cosmic forces thus appeared, clashing over the legacy of Roman splendor.
The tradition of the mysteries, apparently overwhelmed, assumed a more subtle existence. It was passed from flame to flame, from initiate to initiate, in an uninterrupted though secret chain. Today it surfaces here and there (albeit in a confused manner) in figures such as Nietzsche, Weininger, Michelstaedter who feel crushed under the weight of a truth that, although it is too strong for them, will triumph with the advent of a new being who will brandish it, hard and cold, against the enemy in the great revolt and coming battle in which the West's fate will be determined.
Anti-Europe means Anti-Christianity. And anti-Christianity consists in the Mediterranean classical, and pagan tradition that is our own. This must be perfectly clear.
Without a return to such a tradition, no liberation will be possible, no
true restoration, no transfer of spirit, power, and empire into the realm of
values. But let not our "anti" give rise to misunderstandings. They,
not we, are forces of negation. They are the ones who sapped
No. The living and immanent spirit, spirit actualized as initiatory
knowledge and power, glory of kings and conquerors, was unknown to the Semitic
contamination. But not to the Roman, Hellenic, and ancient
Oriental races. And he who rebels against Christian corruption, against
all that plagues today's
So today in
Will we manage to feel that this is not about words, utopias, or romantic abstractions? Will we manage to believe that the most positive and most powerful realities are waiting to be unearthed by beings capable of anything and everything (realities that will dwarf everything fascism has accomplished to this point)? Can we persuade ourselves that all this is truly possible and that a thousand forces over in the darkness waiting for an outlet?
The identification of our tradition with either the Christian or Catholic tradition is the most absurd of errors.
Roman spirit is pagan spirit (Romanita' e' paganita'), and the imperial restoration of which I have
spoken would be meaningless if it is not, above all else, a pagan restoration. Nothing
could be more contradictory than to proclaim the resurgence of
So will fascism dare to take up the torch of the Mediterranean tradition
here where the imperial eagles began their conquest of the world under the
Augustan, solar, and regal power? Will fascism dare to take up the torch here
Better neither to hope nor to despair. Time will tell. Hegel said "the idea does not hurry", and what already is cannot be transmuted by what is not.
The values that we affirm are that circumstances and men present themselves such that they can shape a given period of contingent historical and temporal things; that such an event is of less interest to us than those whose truths are impeded by this historical contigency.