There are many things hidden and magnified within the pages of this energetic and swift manifesto, & it builds again and again to crescendo. I will give away only a little — it really MUST be read.
The senses perverted by fashion
A clear, blue sky, spangled with stars, will prove a homely and insipid object to eyes accustomed to the glare of torches, tapers, gilding, and glitter.
Populist electoral strategy
As Sorel foresaw, an energising but controlling social myth was created and deployed, but it was not that of the general strike, nor was it composed by the middle-classes, it was certainly not done in a salubrious way, & rather than uniting us, it divided us: the myth of freedom.
Ultras contra modernity
Understanding this timely and instructional work only as an action story, only a true description of a group of passionate men, and ignoring its context, which is described politically, socially and historically, leaves it still greatly edifying. Read this book.
A conscious worship
"The sunrise means daily restoration to the sense of passionate gladness and of perfect life, thrilling strength, purging evil, and spiritual good." In pursuit of these things should we worship.
Roman Interpretation & Folk-Art
Perhaps from amongst a healthy people uplifting stories will naturally occur, but we are no longer a healthy people. Therefore our Art — our Myth — must be salubrious, it must be moralising to us, and this must be consciously done.
Metaphysics without metaphor
In the mind of the European, Religion must now be metaphorical in order to be entertained. This must be overcome. And it will suffice to say that if one is to philosophise with a hammer, one must ere know where to best strike the first blow.