Sunday, 10 June 2012
Guillaume Faye On A "Convergence Of Catastrophes"
From the blog Islam v. Europe:
Recently, reading Guillaume Faye's book "Why We Fight", I found what he had to say on the topic of "Convergence of Catatrophes" interesting, particularly as he wrote it in 2001.
The converging lines of civilisational rupture that in the course of the Twenty-first century will consume the ‘modern world’ in a great planetary chaos.
For the first time in history, humanity as a whole is threatened by a convergence of catastrophes.
A series of ‘dramatic lines’ are coming together and converging, like merging river streams, in a perfect concomitance of ruptures and chaotic upheavals (between 2010 and ’20). From this chaos — which will be extremely painful at the planetary level — there will emerge the possibility of a new post-catastrophic world order — the painful birth of a new civilisation.
Briefly summarised, here are the principal lines-of-catastrophe:
The first of these is the cancerisation of Europe’s social fabric. The colonisation of the Northern Hemisphere by peoples of the South — which is becoming more and more imposing despite the media’s reassuring affirmations — is creating an extremely explosive situation; the failure of multi-racial society, which is already increasingly multi-racist and neo-tribal; the progressive ethno-anthropological metamorphosis of our Continent, a veritable historic cataclysm; the return of poverty to the West and the East; the slow, but steady progression of criminality and drug use; the continued fragmentation of the family; the decay of the educational system and especially the quality of instruction; breakdowns in the transmission of cultural knowledge and social disciplines (barbarism and failing competence); and the disappearance of popular culture for the sake of that mass cretinisation which comes with ‘spectacular’ culture. All this suggests that European nations are headed toward a New Middle Ages.
Factors of social rupture in Europe will be aggravated by an economic-demographic crisis that will culminate in mass poverty. Beginning in 2010, the number of active workers will no longer be sufficient to finance the baby-boomers’ retirement. Europe will teeter from the weight of its senior citizens. Her ageing population will then experience an economic slowdown, handicapped by the need to finance the health needs and pension requirements of her unproductive citizens; such an ageing population, moreover, will dry up techno-economic dynamism. Add to this the Third-Worldisation of the economy that comes with the uncontrolled mass immigration of unskilled populations.
A third dramatic line of the modernist catastrophe: chaos in the Global South. In pursuing an industrialisation that comes at the cost of their traditional culture, the countries of the South, despite their deceptive and fragile growth, are creating social chaos that will only get worse.
The fourth dramatic line of catastrophe, recently explained by Jacques Attali, is the threat of a world financial crisis, which promises to be qualitatively more serious than that of the 1930s, bringing another Depression. Stock market and currency collapses, like the East Asian recession of the late 1990s, are signs of what’s coming.
The fifth line of convergence: the rise of fanatical, fundamentalist religions, especially Islam. The upsurge of radical Islam is a repercussion of modernity’s excessive cosmopolitanism, which has imposed on the whole world its model of atheistic individualism, its cult of merchandise, its despiritualisation of values, and its dictatorship of the spectacle. Against this aggression, Islam has been radicalised, as it returns to its tradition of conquest and domination.
The sixth line of catastrophe: a North-South confrontation, highlighting ethnic-theological differences. With increased probability, this confrontation will replace the former East-West conflict. We don’t know the exact form this confrontation will take, but it will be very serious, given that its stakes are much higher than the former, rather artificial conflict between U.S. capitalism and Soviet Communism.
The seventh line of catastrophe: the uncontrollable pollution of the planet, which threatens less the planet (which has another four billion years before it) than the physical survival of humanity. Environmental collapse is the fruit of the liberal-egalitarian (as well as the Soviet) myth of universal economic development.
To this should probably be added: the likely implosion of the European Union, which is becoming more and more ungovernable; nuclear proliferation in the Third World; and the probability of ethnic civil war in Europe.
The convergence of these factors on our extremely fragile global civilisation suggests that the Twenty-first century will not witness a progressive extension of today’s world, but rather the insurgence of another. We need to prepare for these tragic changes, lucidly.
Source: "Why We Fight
" by Guillaume Faye
Posted on 06/10/2012 9:09 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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