You can't be a fully signed up member of the Alt-Right unless you have a copy of Julius Evola's "Revolt Against the Modern World" dutifully collecting dust on the top shelf of your bookcase (after being carefully read, of course). 

Now the classic of proto-Alt-Right thinking, originally published in Italian in 1934, is in the best-seller charts, thanks to an attempted hit piece in the Leftist New York Times that tried to use a casual reference Steve Bannon made to the traditionalist philosopher to depict him as a "fascist." 

Bannon referred to Evola at a conservative conference held at the Vatican in 2014, saying:
"When Vladimir Putin, when you really look at some of the underpinnings of some of his beliefs today, a lot of those come from what I call Eurasianism; he’s got an adviser who harkens back to Julius Evola and different writers of the early 20th century who are really the supporters of what’s called the traditionalist movement, which really eventually metastasized into Italian fascism. A lot of people that are traditionalists are attracted to that.

One of the reasons is that they believe that at least Putin is standing up for traditional institutions, and he’s trying to do it in a form of nationalism — and I think that people, particularly in certain countries, want to see the sovereignty for their country, they want to see nationalism for their country. They don’t believe in this kind of pan-European Union or they don’t believe in the centralized government in the United States. They’d rather see more of a states-based entity that the founders originally set up where freedoms were controlled at the local level."
"[H]e’s got an adviser who harkens back to Julius Evola" -- there, that's it! Hardly a sieg-heiling embrace of Fascism. 

Also, Fascism is all about centralization, but Bannon's comments show exactly the opposite tendency -- decentralization. Then those who actually know Evola know that he was quite a stern critic of Fascism. 

The NYT piece fails on so many levels, but thanks to this shoddy hit piece there has been a spate of renewed interest in Evola, with the result that his best known work "Revolt Against the Modern World" has now soared to the #1 slot in the Amazon New Age Reference section. Well done Trump haters. We can't stop winning, and you can't stop losing.
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