Excerpts from Nicolás Gómez Dávila’s “Escolios a un texto implícito” (1977)
The existence of the authentic reactionary is usually a scandal to the progressive. His presence causes a vague discomfort. In the face of the reactionary attitude the progressive experiences a slight scorn, accompanied by surprise and restlessness. In order to soothe his apprehensions, the progressive is in the habit of interpreting this unseasonable and shocking attitude as a guise for self-interest or as a symptom of stupidity; but only the journalist, the politician, and the fool are not secretly flustered before the tenacity with which the loftiest intelligences of the West, for the past one hundred fifty years, amass objections against the modern world.
Where Christianity disappears, greed, envy, and lust invent a thousand ideologies to justify themselves.
The modern metropolis is not a city; it is a disease.
Society until yesterday had notables; today it only has celebrities.
In the modern state there now exist only two parties: citizens and bureaucracy.
Fashion, even more than technology, is the cause of the modern world’s uniformity.
Democracy has terror for its means and totalitarianism for its end.
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