At first glance, Marx, and Guenon are dominated by a certain linearity in the views on development. The first prevails in the ascending line, the second – descending. Marx sees history as the sequential ascent through different formations, the highest – Communist. Guénon insists that there is a “caste degradation, and humanity itself is heading inexorably towards its end, which is the end of a cosmic cycle.
The struggle against modernity is the essential ethic of the Radical Subject. You can’t do otherwise. The Radical Subject is at the center of the night – between past and future. It is in the present. Eugene Golovin, the Russian traditionalist, said: “wherever we are, there is the center of hell.”
The Metaphysical protest that led Guenon to opposition with the modern Western civilization, and Evola – to open rebellion against the foundations of the modern world, necessarily implies a willingness to stake one’s own life. The principles to which they remained loyal, were not temporal categories, not hastily proclaimed slogans, and pillars of their worldview and guiding principles of their existence.