Evola: about Work, Economy and Life

“This should be held firmly by those who today stand against the forces of the left. Nothing is more evident that the modern capitalism is subversion as much as marxism. Identical is the materialistic vision of life that is at the base of the one and the other; qualitatively identical are the ideals of both; identical, in both, are the premises tied to a world the center of which is constituted by technology, science, production, <<productivity>> and <<consumption>>. And as long as we only talk of economic classes, profits and salaries, production, and as long as we believe that the real human progress is conditioned by a particular system of distribution of wealth and goods and that, in general, it has to do with wealth or indigence, then we will not even have touched what is essential…”.

“It must be stated in no uncertain terms that everything that is economy and economic interest as satisfaction of the material needs and of the more or less artifical appendages of them, has had, has and will always have a subordinated function in a normal humanity, that beyond this sphere must differentiate itself an order of superior values, political, spiritual, heroic, an order that doesn’t know nor accepts simply economic classes, that doesn’t know neither of <<proletarians>> nor of <<capitalists>>, an order, only in function of which must be defined the things for which is really worth living and dying”.

“So it can be legitimately stated that the so called <<improvement of the social conditions>> has to be considered not as a good thing, but as an evil, when the price of it is the enslavement of the individual to the productive mechanism and to the social conglomerate, the degeneration of the State in <<State of work>> and of society in <<consumer society>>, the elimination of every qualitative hierarchy, the atrophy of every spiritual sensibility and of every <<heroic>> capacity in the more broad sense of the word”.

“The fundamental idea was that work did not serve to bind, but to release man: to allow him to choose more worthy interests, once regulated what is requested by the needs of the existence. No economic value seemed as to deserve that to it one had to sacrifice one’s independence and that the search for the means for existence committed beyond measure the existence itself”.

“The turning point has been the advent of a conception of life that instead of keeping the needs within natural limits in view of the pursuit of what is really worth of human effort, has had as ideal the growth and artificial moltiplication, of the same needs, but also of the means to satisfy them, without consideration for the growing slavery that, by virtue of an unavoidable law, this had to constitute, first for the individual and then for the community”.

“One of the features of the economical era according to its more sleazy and plebeian aspects is indeed this sort of auto-sadism, that consists in glorifying work as ethical value and essential duty, and in conceiving as work any form of activity. To a future, more normal humanity there is no perversion that will appear more unique than this, hence, again, the means becomes the aim”.

“The fundamental point, here, is indeed to be able to recognize that there is no external economic growth and social prosperity that is worthwhile and to whose flattery one should not absolutely resist when counterpart is an essential limitation of the liberty and space required so that each one can achieve what is possible to him beyond the sphere conditioned by matter and by the needs of the ordinary life”.

“In the modern world, if it has been deprecated the <<unjustice>> of the caste regime, even more have been stigmatized the ancient civilizations that knew slavery and has been ascribed as a pride of the modern times to have claimed the principle of the <<human dignity>>. What instead is worth to be put in relief is that, if there is ever been a civilization of slaves in large-scale, this is exactly the modern civilization. No traditional civilization ever saw such large masses condemned to a dark, disanimated, automatic work: slavery, that doesn’t even have as counterpart the high stature and the tangible reality of figures of lords and dominators, but that is imposed through the tiranny of the economic factor and the absurd structures of a more or less collectivized civilization. And since the modern vision of life, in its materialism, has taken away from the individual every possibility to confer to his own destiny something transfigurant, to see in it a sign and a symbol, so the slavery of today is the more gloomy and the more desperate of all those that have ever been known”.

– Julius Evola


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