Bannon’s reading eventually led him to the work of René Guénon, an early-20th-century French occultist and metaphysician who was raised a Roman Catholic, practiced Freemasonry, and later became a Sufi Muslim who observed the Sharia. There are many forms of traditionalism in religion and philosophy. Guénon developed a philosophy often called “Traditionalism” (capital “T”), a form of anti-modernism with precise connotations.
Mysticism anarchists rests on a special Gnostic formula. The gist of it boils down to this: there is not one reality, hierarchically arranged, harmonious, good in itself, but two (or more). Immanent reality rests on usurpation, on the attempt to pass the worst for the best, the only and uncontested. And so the immanent power is the power ontologically wrong, unjust, evil. The early Gnostics relied on the Apostle Paul “because our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this age, against spiritual maliceheaven” the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul “TO the EPHESIANS” Chapter 6 (similar the mind Jn.12,31; Jn.14,30; Eph.2). The Christian version of the Gnostic anarchism rests on this Foundation.
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.