Italy: Julius Evola
Speaking about Julius Evola's Civiltà, Christopher Jones writes: WAISers can find more at the website of the Evola Foundation http://www.fondazione-evola.it/ , which is re-publishing the works of il Barone. Randy's biography is quite correct, although I would add that Evola began life as an artist in the Dadaist movement before volunteering to serve in the Italian mountain artillery during the First World War. During his military service, he began conceiving his notions about heroism that caught the eye of a Bersagliere soldier -- Benito Mussolini. He began a long lasting friendship with the Duce although (I believe) he disagreed with the Italian leader's 1929 concordat with the Vatican. While researching freemasonry for the Waffen SS in Vienna, ( I have often wondered if this was the Ahnenerbe section, SS Obergruppenführer Wolff, Himmler's chief of staff died of old age in 1984) Evola was wounded and confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Rivolta conto il mondo moderno is certainly his best book however, he also wrote Le mystère du Graal (the mystery of the Grail) which is very, very interesting. Over time, Evola gradually mellowed towards Catholic Christianity: however he drew a strict line between decadent "semitic" Christianity and his "heroic" helleno-Christianity of the Crusades, and medieval Europe (I suppose we will leave this one for another day.) For somebody fascinated with things Carlist, the traditionalist Evola is a must. One final word, the founder of the MSI in Italy, the highly respected Giorgio Almirante, (The MSI was the forerunner of the Alleanza Nazionale) once said of Evola: "Our Marcuse, only better."
RH: Christopher is a Carlist, a supporter of the political heirs of Don Carlos, the conservative Catholic pretender to the Spanish throne.
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