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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions (January 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892819057
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892819058
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Men among the Ruins is Julius Evola's most notorious work: an unsparing indictment of modern society and politics. Evola rises above the usual dichotomies of left and right, liberal and conservative, through a trenchant critique of the metaphysics that lies at the base of modern values, challenging us to reconnect our lives and our institutions to the timeless spiritual standard that guided our ancestors. Men among the Ruins is not a work for complacent, self-satisfied minds . . . it is a shocking and humbling text that will be either loved or hated. Evola's enemies cannot refute him; they can only ignore him. They do so at their peril." (Glenn A. Magee, author of Hegel and the Hermetic Tradition)

"Not for the feint of heart. His writing typically demands a concentration of focus and a strong level of comprehension." (Robert James Buratti, New Dawn, July-August 2002)

"Evola is one of the most interesting minds of the [world] war generation. He has a really astounding knowledge at his disposal." (Mircea Eliade, author of The Sacred and the Profane)

"Evola writes in lively prose with fascinating detail. . . . To read his description of higher spiritual states is like watching a champion mountain climber on a vertical glacier." (Gnosis)

"Disgusted by the cruelty and artificiality of communism, scorning the dogmatic, self-centered fascism of his age, Evola looks beyond man-made systems to the eternal principles in creation and human society. The truth, as he sees it, is so totally at odds with the present way of thinking that it shocks the modern mind. Evola was no politician, trying to make the best of things, but an idealist, uncompromising in the pursuit of the Best itself." (John Michell, The New View Over Atlantis)

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Julius Evola (1898-1974) was one of the leading authorities on the world's esoteric traditions and wrote Revolt Against the Modern World, Introduction to Magic, The Mystery of the Grail, The Hermetic Tradition, The Yoga of Power, Meditations on the Peaks, The Doctrine of Awakening, and Eros and the Mysteries of Love.

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By New Age of Barbarism on February 14, 2003
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_Men Among the Ruins_ is the post World War II political reflections of the Italian intellectual Julius Evola. Continuing along the same lines as he had in his more famous _Revolt Against the Modern World_, Evola advocates a return to Tradition and radical counter-revolution. This translation is divided into three parts: an excellent introduction to the life and thought of Julius Evola, the text of _Men Among the Ruins_ proper, and Julius Evola's defense when brought in front of a court for charges of subversive activity.
_Men Among the Ruins_ has been called a "dangerous book" and Evola has been called a fascist; however, if we are unable to read these "dangerous books" and decide for ourselves what they have to say then we will never be able to learn anything from outside of the dull conformist mainstream. The introduction to this book explains much of Evola's thought and life, while at the same time explaining the particularly tricky issues of his involvement with fascism, his lectures in Germany, his racist theories (unlike the crass biological racism of certain components of the National Socialist regime, Evola advocates a spiritual notion of race), and his relationship with antiSemitism (including mention of the notorious forgery "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion").
_Men Among the Ruins_ advocates a return to Tradition and a rejection of modern day liberalism, Bolshevism, individualism, collectivism, and the ideals of the revolution. Against this, Evola proposes a return to an underlying Indo-European substratum, authority, and a re-recognition of the necessity for transcendence.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By zonaras on September 10, 2003
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The first half of this edition of _Men Among the Ruins_ is an essay by Dr. H. T. Hansen putting the controversial thought of the ultra-reactionary Sicilian nobleman Julius Evola regarding Nazism, Fascism, the Aryan race, the Jewish-Masonic conspiracy and the SS into an historical perspective. Evola's political theory is radically anti-modernist to the core; anti-democratic, instead idealizing the ancient tradition of the warrior caste, the Kshatriyas in Hinduism. The proper government should be a Hierarchy, Greek for "Rule of the Sacred." The government should look to the Above as a base for authority rather than to the common mass of humanity below. He comments on the demonic nature of the economy, as it brings people away from the true transcendent spiritual reality behind our mundane existence. In traditional historiography, events were looked upon as an unfolding dualistic occult war between the powers of Cosmos and Chaos, like the Christian view of history as an unfolding of Divine Providence, good versus evil, Christ versus Antichrist. There is a metaphysical dimension to history that needs to be taken into account but which never is nowadays. On the side of Cosmos are "form, order, law, spiritual hierarchy, and tradition in the higher sense of the world." To Chaos belongs "every influence that disintegrates, subverts, degrades, and promotes the preponderance of the inferior over the superior, matter over spirit, quantity over quality." Evola criticizes Catholicism in his native Italy as not being a universal creed, along with the Church's eager striving to "update" itself with the modern world.Read more ›
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By "nrkybill" on February 21, 2002
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This book is an excellent and intriguing sequel to Julius Evola's Revolt Against the Modern World. In it, Evola deconstructs and demolishes modern "liberal"-bougeoisie ideas of "freedom" and "individualism" and returns those ideas to their pre-liberal creative and Indo-European roots. While some of the chapters, such as Evola's commentary on the possibly future shape of a social economic system, seem like more a forced and overly technical response to his leftist and socialist critics, this in no way detracts from the brilliance of the work as a whole. The 100-page introductions and biography of Evola, and review of his works and ideas, is also of vital necessity in a time where the self-defined defenders of liberalism are working extra to force the label of "fascist" on a man who transcended all such labels and categories.
If you read only one work on occultism, read Evola's Revolt Against the Modern World -- but if you read two, pick up this sequel. It takes Radical Traditionalism and applies it to the restructuring of the political-spiritual sphere.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Adam Parfrey on February 12, 2002
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Americans love to talk about their freedom. And indeed we are free, free to speak about anything, anything at all -- just as long as radical ideas do not enter public discourse and are given credibility by, say, being written about with honesty by your morning newspaper.
Keeping this in mind, I can hardly believe that this book was published. Here it is, folks, proof that a tiny dimension of true ideological freedom exists in these badlands, one that allows for this extremely radical text to be published by a respected firm and carried by several dozen bookstores across the country.
In this text Mr. Evola destroys the standard definitions, presumptions and proscriptions regarding ugly words like "Fascism." This book is not recommended for those who enjoy watching television for the sake of tuning out their own thoughts.
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