Teze şi antiteze: Despre stalinismul naţional

21/11/2016

Este conceptul de comunism naţional relevant pentru cazul României? Sau suntem nevoiţi să reconsiderăm noţiunile tradiţionale şi să căutăm o caracterizare corespunzătoare profilului acestui regim, una care să accentueze dezastrul generalizat al socialismului românesc, mimarea naţionalismului ca diversiune politică şi ierarhia neo-feudală a puterii atât în partid, cât şi în stat? Socialismul dinastic al lui Ceauşescu – oficial prezentat prin formula „societatea multilateral dezvoltată” – a fost un amestec de rituri politice bizantine, metode staliniste manipulante şi duplicitare, precum şi de fantasme resentimentare tipice Lumii a Treia. Spre exasperarea liderilor comunişti din Blocul sovietic, Conducătorul român practica o versiune personală de socialism, în care individul era anihilat nu numai în favoarea partidului mesianic, ci şi pentru a satisface apetitul insaţiabil de putere şi extravaganţele neroniene ale unei familii conducătoare unanim detestate. Tocmai din aceste ratiuni propun conceptul de stalinism naţional.

http://www.europalibera.org/a/28131152.html

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In dark times: Winston Churchill on the Olympian virtue of fortitude

13/11/2016

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”– Winston Churchill

In December 1941, he spoke to the US Congress. He praised “the Olympian fortitude” of the American people. Let us all hope that this virtue is still alive…


In Memoriam Leonard Cohen

11/11/2016

For Mircea Mihaies: Leonard Cohen was one of the great poets and singers of our times. All tributes to him are fully deserved, no doubt. They are equally an expression of a very deep, truly painful, sense of homelessness and hopelessness in a world in which populist, in fact bombastically stupid Fascistoid demagogues, rise to power. May he rest in peace and may we all survive decently in these “interesting” times…

 


Fierbinte auto-scrutare: Batranul Cioran despre tanarul Cioran

06/11/2016

Burning self-scrutiny, old Cioran on young Cioran: “We were a band of desperate individuals in the heart of the Balkans. And we were doomed to fail; our failure was our only excuse… [The Iron Guard] was the only sign that our country could be anything but a fiction. It was a cruel movement, a mixture of prehistory and prophecy, mystique of prayer and of revolt. And it was persecuted by all authorities, and it wanted to be persecuted … It had been founded on ferocious ideas: it disappeared ferociously. Whoever between 20 and 30 does not subscribe to fanaticism, to rage, to madness is an imbecile. One is a liberal only by fatigue, and a democrat by reason.” (E.M. Cioran, “Mon pays,” cited in Alain Finkielkraut, “Cioran mort et son juge,” Le Messager Européen, no. 9, Paris: Gallimard, 1996, pp. 66–67)

This passage is included in my essay titled “The Metapolitics of Despair: Romania’s Mystical Generation and the Passions of Emil Cioran,” and will be appear in the volume “Ideological Storms of the Twentieth Century,” co-edited with Bogdan C. Iacob