To create, you must first destroy. That is the implication behind the French (but in reality European) New Right’s Manifesto for a European Renaissance, authored by Alain de Benoist and Charles Champetier thirteen years ago and recently republished in book form by Arktos Media.
Alain de Benoist and Charles Champetier: Manifesto for a European Renaissance, at Arktos Media.

The Manifesto traces the roots of modernity to Christianity. The movement, defined by individualisation, massification, desacralisation, rationalism, and universalism, is seen as ‘a secularisation of the ideas and perspectives borrowed from Christian metaphysics which spread into secular life following a rejection of any transcendent dimension’. Individualisation stems from the idea of individual salvation; egalitarianism from the idea that salvation is equally available to all of mankind; progressivism from the idea that the world has an absolute beginning and a necessary end; and universalism from the sense of ‘a manifest revealed truth which, valid for all men, summons them to conversion’. This means that Christianity, now ‘reduced to an opinion among others’, has ‘unwittingly become victim of the movement it started’. Indeed, ‘in the history of the West, Christianity has become the religion of the way out of religion’.
Modernity, however, is dead. It has by now nothing left to say, and survives as a zombie, condemned endlessly to re-iterate, recycle, refine, and even parody itself. Post-modernity is not really a movement after modernity, but is rather modernity on life-support. At a recent event, where I spoke about various models of collapse (an article is due soon to appear in The Occidental Quarterly on this same topic), New Right theorist Alexandr Dugin applied the term ‘delayed collapse’ to post-modernity. And this is apt, for in the arts we can recognise the post-modern movement as a capitulation, as an admission of defeat, by modern creatives. Are they not reduced to pastiche, collage, self-parody, scepticism, irony, and ‘language games’?
Kurtagic also responds to the question of American identity in an interesting (and what I would find refreshing, if only it would start coming from Americans themselves) way.

The New Right’s Manifesto poses an interesting problem for American readers, because it is by no means irrelevant to the American situation. In has, in fact, everything to do with it, and the values associated with it, because the United States is a spawn of ‘Enlightment’ liberalism—the ideas of John Locke, Adam Smith, Thomas Paine, Montesquieu, and so on. Founding Fathers Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams were all leading figures of the American ‘Enlightenment’. (I put the term in quotation marks because the term ‘Enlightenment’ is pure propaganda, since it effectively says: ‘you are benighted—you’re not enlightened—if you don’t believe in these ideas’.) It would appear, then, given the intellectual origins of Americanism, that a rebirth of European man in the North American continent would necessitate the prior destruction of the United States—at least as we conceive it today.


Given that the American nationality is the result of a European settler colonial project as well as a particular strand of European thought, and that, ultimately, because of this, the only ‘American’ is an European American, it seems ironic, does it not, that Americans will not save themselves from complete erasure down the line unless they recast themselves, think, and learn to act in ways that would today be considered ‘un-American’.
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