A friend who studies the right told me that he suspects Bannon reads Evola. He feels that the heavy lifters on the right, people like Bannon, are hip to Evola. As Kleist says, in the process of writing we can learn things we didn't know we knew, and I'm going to try that here. I have an inkling of what Evola is all about.
Now that Bannon is running the US, it may be important to understand Evola. Evola is dangerous.
He loved mountaineering, one of many values he shared with the Nazis. This was an interesting book:
German mountain movies: *Der Berg des Schicksals*, *Das Blaue Licht*, *Struggle for the Matterhorn*. InTarrantino's *Inglorious Bastards* a Nazi mentions *Die weiße Hölle vom Piz Palü* (Pabst).
The mountains connect to the Hyperborean theme. I'll get to that.
A list of books publsihed by Inner Traditions, in Rochester, Vermont is here-->
I have read around in three or four of these books.
I was also initiated into transcendental meditation in the early '70s, during my two years in Boston. During that time the Maharishi & his disciples were lecturing at Harvard. My father brought his entire family to those lectures. The goal of TM is *cosmic consciousness*.
Evola's writing reminds me of those lectures. Evola had great respect for esoteric Eastern spiritual practices, but he felt that Western culture also has entry points, and for a Westerner, it is more authentic to stick to those Western pathways.
He says the most nihilistic Western thinkers did not go far enough. I remember Evola praising mystics like Meister Eckhardt, Jacob Boehme, Albertus Magus.
Nietzsche, according to Evola, did much better than Sartre. Evola insists that niihilism must be pushed as hard as it can go--ride the tiger, and you have a chance of landing in that position of strength and power that was the goal of "traditional culture".
Evola's American publisher, Inner Traditions, is all about traditional culture. What does Evola mean by "traditional culture"? It was a high spiritual attainment, and modern culture is absolutely antithetical to it.
Evola would resent any handling of the subject that is so terse as what I am setting out to do here. On that I have to agree. He is concerned with important spiritual matters that are trivialized by words, by the verbal brain.