Guillaume Faye is one of the premiere thinkers in the Nouvelle Droite, but his work has been little known outside his native France. Since the publication of his books in English starting in 2010 he’s made his way into the discourse of the British and American New Right. His works on the Islamic colonization of Europe have been especially prescient.
Why We Fight (Pourquoi nous combattons) was first published in 2001. The English translation was published by Arktos Media in 2011. The first section takes the form of a manifesto, the second part a metapolitical dictionary.
Modern discourse define words the way cultural Marxists want them defined. For socio-political topics, meanings of words have been completely reversed so what once was good is now considered bad. The propaganda machine of the mainstream media keeps up the ruse while academia brainwashes the younger generations. All this makes a metapolitical dictionary important for changing the discourse and calling out manipulative terminology.
Why We Fight is also useful for reiterating how important metapolitics is in modern discourse. Faye explains it succinctly: “Metapolitics is the occupation of culture, politics is the occupation of a territory.”
The idea behind metapolitics is that in order for public policy to change, the ideas first must be implemented culturally. Once college students, Hollywood, and national public radio are advocating for certain policies, getting related bills introduced and passed by legislators is simple. To be in charge politically, one must first take charge culturally. (Michael O’Meara, who translated the English edition of Why We Fight, has one of the best introductions to the importance of metapolitics in New Culture, New Right.)
Most entries in Faye’s dictionary are quite long, some a couple pages. The following are short excerpts from some of the most salient and relevant entries in Faye’s metapolitical dictionary.
“In the guise of combating racism and xenophobia, this doctrine encourages discrimination in favour of aliens, the dissolution of European identity, the multi-racialisation of European society, and, at root, paradoxically, racism itself. . . . Anti-racists use their fake struggle against racism to destroy the European’s identity, as they advance cosmopolitan and alien interests.”
“The attitude that approaches the future in terms of ancestral values, believing that notions of modernism and traditionalism need to be dialectically transcended. Archeofuturism opposes both modernity and conservatism, seeing them as versos of one another and believing that modernity is backward-looking, having failed to realise either its ideals or great projects.”
“The mental characteristics of the petty bourgeoisie, extended to the whole of modern society irrespective of social class. . . . Opposing the popular spirit, like it opposes the aristocratic spirit, bourgeoisism dominates our market society, with its morality of self-interest, its individualist pursuit of security and immediate well-being, its susceptibility to ephemeral fashions, its refusal of risks, its passive and conspicuous consumption, its conformity to the reigning doctrines, its concern with maintaining politically correct appearances . . .”
“The occupation and permanent installation of a people (or several peoples) on another people’s homeland. This term is preferable to that of ‘immigration’.”
“The declining values of courage and virility for the sake of feminist, xenophile, homophile, and humanitarian values.”
“This central dogma of Western ideologies stems from a secularisation of Judaeo-Christian claims that all men are in essence equal, atoms of moral, political, and social equivalence — and that equality needs to be realised in fact.”
“Political action in the historical sense, for the longue durée, that serves the people and its civilisational objectives. ‘Grand Politics’, a concept formulated by Nietzsche, opposes the ‘petty politics’ of politicians and parties, with their short-term career or monetary aspirations.”
“Emblematic figures of mythic or real personage representing the superior values of a people or a nation — who are willing to sacrifice themselves for their people’s sake. . . . Today, the dominant ideology tends to reject all notion of heroism.”
Legitimation (positive or negative)
“That set of media discourses, ideological and educational systems, and legislated arsenal of laws, which endeavours to justify the domination of a particular governmental regime and political system — through consent and legitimacy.”
“The transformation of a living tradition into a museum piece, which deprives it of an active meaning or significance.”
“The quality of transcendent collective values that are capable, through ritual and symbol, of provoking a psychological mobilisation. The sacred transcends the self, it appeals to a superior dimension, whatever the belief one holds.”
“Etymologically: ‘love of the stranger’. A fascination with the ‘Other’ and a neglect of those who are ‘Near’ — xenophilia is one of the great collective psychopathologies of contemporary Europe. . . . It comes from a perversion of the idea of charity . . .”
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Why We Fight is an enjoyable read and a great addition to a New Right library. And be sure to check out the website of Arktos for more books by Faye, including two released just this month, Understanding Islam and Archeofuturism 2.0.