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Remembering Julius Evola:
May 19, 1898–June 11, 1974

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Baron Giulio Cesare Andrea Evola was born on May 19, 1898 in Rome. Along with René Guénon, Evola is one of the writers who has most influenced the metapolitical outlook and project of Counter-Currents, which is reflected in the fact that Evola is one of the most-tagged writers on this website. In commemoration of his birthday, I wish to draw your attention to the following resources.

Counter-Currents has published the following writings of Evola’s: 

The following articles deal exclusively or principally with Evola or employ him as the main frame of reference:

For those wishing to read Evola’s books, I would suggest three different starting points. For those who want to jump in at the deep end, begin with Evola’s magnum opus, Revolt Against the Modern World. For those who want to wade in, I recommend starting with one of Evola’s slimmest, most beautiful, and most seductive works, Meditations on the Peaks: Mountain Climbing as Metaphor for the Spiritual Quest. For those who prefer to begin with an overview of Evola’s life and works, I recommend his The Path of Cinnabar: An Intellectual Autobiography. I recommend the following websites on Evola:

Finally, as a treat, here is a video of the elderly Evola being interviewed in French on Dadaism.


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  1. Dr ExCathedra
    Posted May 19, 2016 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    I have done graduate work in Aquinas and Heidegger so I am no stranger to reading with effort, but I have never come away from reading Evola with anything that stayed in my head. All I can think of is “spiritual aristocracy and Tradition” and I don’t know what he means. Same is true when people try to explain Evola. It just doesn’t take. Maybe I’m just not aristocratic enough…

    • Matthias
      Posted May 20, 2016 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

      “It just doesn’t take. Maybe I’m just not aristocratic enough…”

      If Evola was right, your potential is a given, but YOU decide if you will actualize some measure of the heroic archetype.

      Posted May 24, 2016 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

      This is an unusual reaction. Evola is full of startling and memorable ideas: one which I found particularly noteworthy just in the last few minutes of reading was his suggestion that young ladies who wear blue jeans should be sent to concentration camps. Oh, you meant *sane* ideas? Yeah, I’m drawing a blank.

      The far right is having a growth moment right now, and so there’s a scramble to define and fill the roles which come up when you suddenly go from a fractious collection of marginal subcultures to a viable political movement. One problem is that there is no single ideology or organization which speaks for the far right, just a lot of people who agree (in a general sense) on issues of immigration and identity, and who share a contempt for a decadent and corrupt ruling class. In a rush, we reach for what is at hand: the totems which gave comfort in those long years in the wilderness. Or, overwhelmed with ressentiment, we ape the forms of the enemy, and become self-satisfied, obscurantist, aesthetic, orientalist, and vulgarly transgressive. Evola seems to combine these two faults in a single unappealing package (and one, I now see after watching the videos above, with sublimely bad teeth).

      I’m obviously not a fan; our host is. Oh well. I think the counter-currents project is brave and worthwhile, even if not every aspect of it necessarily deserves indulgence. The ruling class is being truly threatened for the first time in my lifetime, and the future seems potentially far freer and more hopeful than the present. Essentially the entirety of western thought has been abolished from elite opinion for various sins against “equality” (if you don’t believe me, read a modern college syllabus some time, or talk to ), which leaves a lot of potential intellectual allies – all of them, by my count. A lot of them make a lot more sense, in the American context at least, than Evola, and I think even his admirers would agree with that. Intellectually, tempermentally, and – perhaps most importantly – orthidontically.

  2. John Smith
    Posted May 20, 2016 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

    You should really add this full interview of Evola to the article.

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