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Sex and Deviance Paperback – November 26, 2014
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"Above all, Faye has written a book that seeks to redress the imbalance of modern sexual mores and to install the family once more at the heart of such considerations. (...) Such wisdom is surprisingly hard to come by nowadays; Sex and Deviance should be read by anyone who seeks it." --Christopher Pankhurst at Counter-Currents
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Those subsequent analyses are good, and his descriptions of classical homosexuality (e.g. "Greece") are great, however, his occasional drops into Judeo-Christian rationalization by fiat make this a work that you couldn't use to help a "liberal" person understand why some parts of the modern corporate-homosexual agenda are culturally damaging. In short, as soon as he starts mentioning "God" or "nature," you'd lose those people utterly. I wish Faye had stuck to statistics; it would've made this book more rewarding overall.
As Faye mentions in his introduction, his book will offend [challenge to change & grow] the Left & Right, Christians & Muslims, etc. This is not a book for the easily offended! He courageously tackles such diverse, vital, subjects as the ethnomasochism inherent in allowing non-Western groups into Western countries, giving in to their every demand for preserving/recreating their culture in the western nation all while debasing the indigenous Western culture. See, challenging and likely offensive to some. He also tackles the issue of homosexuality being normalized, with very good coverage of the actual attitudes of various societies throughout history, and makes an excellent case for [real] tolerance while rejecting normalization (i.e., homosexuality as equivalent to heterosexuality).
In other sections, Faye deconstructs, sympathetically, Catholic church dogma in accordance with his self described Aristotelian world view. His chapter on feminism is iconclastic, with very good documentation and references, while offering positive alternatives. And the list goes on: errors in equating (i.e., no differences between the two genders) men with women, a deconstruction of the ideal of the bourgeoisie mariage that is very positive, and even speculation on future of eugenics, Island of Doctor Moreau humans.
If you are a pastor, counselor or teacher who has been looking for a reference on turning around the cultural & societal decay that we all complain about in passing, then buy this book. You will find it a valuable resource. For those who want to speak truth to delusion; this book is a good source of said truth.
This work is translated from the French, so maybe something is lost in translation with the above-cited quote. Then again, maybe it was a correctly translated moment of candor by Faye, a capstone to a scattershot outing.
I keep an open mind, and read everything from the far-right ("Counter-Currents") to the far-left ("Jacobin") publications. The reactionary nature of Faye's ideas isn't what is off-putting. In fact, Faye's thought is heterogeneous enough that even though he would (rightly) be classified as a creature of the right, he has enough problems with Christianity to make him unpalatable to most American conservatives (which might not be a bad thing).
The really unforgivable sin of this book is its scattershot nature, how one assertion will be given a paragraph-long footnote, and the next two or three bold assertions just seem to appear ex nihilo, and then lead to other tangents that barely get explored. There are philosophers who can unify many disparate threads to create a substantial web, but Faye isn't one of them, or at least he doesn't prove himself up to the challenge in this outing. He comes across as a more erudite version of a cantankerous uncle at a Thanksgiving party, who drunkenly tries to explain to you why, when we all die, there will be a different afterlife for different races. His thoughts on feminism and Islam are interesting, but not well-developed or well-integrated into the whole.
His thoughts on biological warfare are laughable (his rule, that if something is made, it will be used, doesn't bear closer scrutiny, else we'd all be vaporized or currently covered in buboes). Anything he says about posthumanism/transhumanism doesn't go much further than what you would expect an eager undergrad to recite after reading a couple of Wikipedia entries and following a hyperlink or two.
I'm still eager to check out some of Faye's other works, which I've heard good things about, such as "The Colonization of Europe" and "Convergence of Catastrophes" but this one was a wash for me. Still, I should add it is better than what got produced by the French postmodern philosophers on the approved list, like Deleuze, Lacan, Baudrillard, and the rest of the spinning cogs in the (unfortunately) still-operational nonsense machine, as I think Roger Scruton once dubbed it. Not recommended.