First posted Monday, 9 April 2012 at 11:59
René Guénon and Frithjof Schuon
Does Roger Garaudy* represent a transitional phase or the end of an era? He treads in the notable footsteps of René Guénon and Frithjof Schuon in seeking sanctuary from the modern world. Even more notably, Guénon influenced Baron Julius Evola most decidedly.
Roger Garaudy, representative of the modern world par excellence as a Marxist, crossed into traditionalist Islam via a reawakening of his childhood Catholicism. My personal feeling of affinity with Garaudy is immense, having myself, after a long and tortuous intellectual journey, only lately discovered what too many suppressed histories could have told me from the start. I have concluded from my own isolated analysis that Marxism has long been co-opted by the current ruling neo-liberal elite as its underpinning cultural raison d’être.
Islam cannot resist the economic and militaristic imposition of the ‘modern world’, i.e. neo-liberalism, debt-financed banking, Zionism and cultural Marxism. The Eurasianism coming out of Russia, led philosophically and theoretically by Aleksandr Dugin, holds out a hope of a last bastion against a complete and final neo-liberal strangle-hold on the world, but the chances of its survival, let alone success, appear remote.
Sanctuary will have to be found within the system, amongst the ruins as Evola put it, rather than without, for there will be no ‘without’.
Starting from where we are now, at the lowest point of the kali yuga, if traditionalist alternatives to neo-liberalism are to have a chance of survival and ultimately revival, it is likely that Evola-inspired, metabiological formulations of what it means to be a traditionalist going forward will have to be developed. Nostalgia will have no place in this development, only an awakening to suppressed histories and cycles of involution.
*Since this article was written, Roger Garaudy died on 13 June 2012