The merchants are the biggest fool of all. They carry on the most sordid business and by the most corrupt methods. Whenever it is necessary, they will lie, perjure themselves, steal, cheat, and mislead the public. Nevertheless, they are highly respected because of their money. There is no lack of flattering friars to kowtow to them, and call them Right Honorable in public. The motive of the friars is clear: they are after some of the loot… .
Erasmus, From The Praise of Folly (1509)
Man should be educated for war, and woman for the recreation of the warrior; all else is folly.
Friedrich Nietzsche (via hierarchical-aestheticism)
Modern liberal dynamics will sever men from their natural connections or communities and ignore their insertion in a particular group. It promotes a new form of anthropology, in which men have to free themselves from their ancestral customs and their organic ties in order to achieve freedom. This separation from “nature” is considered characteristic of human nature. Unlike classical thought, conformity to natural order is no longer an ideal; the capacity to free oneself from it becomes the ideal. The modern liberal perspective rests on an atomist view of society, which is now constituted by rational, and fundamentally free individuals who are supposed to act as disengaged beings, liberated from any predetermination and likely to choose on their own the means and values guiding their actions.
"On Identity" by Alain de Benoist (via petite-zentropiste)