Brief Reflection on Localist Legitimism

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Enrico Fratangelo, mayor of Castellino del Biferno in Mulise, is not a legitimist. He acts as a loyal public servant of the Republic of Italy and as he says he “sang the anthem of Italy at the top of my voice.” But in the past few months, due to the Coronavirus pandemic and subsequent crisis, Fratangelo is praticing what can only be called localist legitimist politics. He has begun printing money called ducati, bearing the Coat of Arms of the Kingdom of Two Sicilies, images of Our Lady or the Saints, and bearing the inscription:

“Flourishing and Peaceful community of the Kingdom of Naples, County of Molise, land of Workers and of Patriots called Brigands. From 1861, land of unemployment and emigration.”

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Prayers for the Emperor

A few days ago it was discovered that Archduke Karl von Habsburg-Lorraine, heir of the Holy Roman Empire, had contracted the COVID-19 virus or as it is commonly called coronavirus. I would like to ask for prayers on his behalf and for his family, and would especially encourage tradition and restoration supporting Catholics to renew this Good Friday and Holy Saturday the traditional liturgical prayers for the Emperor, saying them faithfully as private devotions. I would also like to encourage all to invoke the traditional defense against epidemic diseases,  The Cross of Saint Zacharias of Jerusalem, available in both Latin and English on the Tradistae website.

Regard also our most devout Emperor, and since Thou knowest, O God, the desires of his heart, grant by the ineffable grace of Thy goodness and mercy, that he may enjoy with all his people the tranquillity of perpetual peace and heavenly victory.

Exultet Prayer for the Emperor

The World of THE WAR FOR CHRISTENDOM: Updated Map

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I present the long-delayed rework of the map and commentary of my novel, Tower of Ivory. As part of my general revision, I have reworked my original conception of the political circumstances of the setting of the novel to (what is in my mind) a much more complex and realistic situation. This isn’t intended to present my predictions for the future of the current political order, rather it is world as it exists in the universe of The War for Christendom and its stories.

United Global Directorate: The Directorate is nominally the governing council of an alliance of independent populist nations encompassing the majority of the Western World. In reality, political and military power has been slowly concentrated by the General Director, Dietmar Eisengrimm into his own hands, now the ruthless head of a “democratic” totalitarian regime. 

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“His Empire Embraces All Men…”

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Thus the empire of our Redeemer embraces all men. To use the words of Our immortal predecessor, Pope Leo XIII: ‘His empire includes not only Catholic nations, not only baptized persons who, though of right belonging to the Church, have been led astray by error, or have been cut off from her by schism, but also all those who are outside the Christian faith; so that truly the whole of mankind is subject to the power of Jesus Christ.’ Nor is there any difference in this matter between the individual and the family or the State; for all men, whether collectively or individually, are under the dominion of Christ. In Him is the salvation of the individual, in Him is the salvation of society. ‘Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given to men whereby we must be saved.’ He is the author of happiness and true prosperity for every man and for every nation. ‘For a nation is happy when its citizens are happy. What else is a nation but a number of men living in concord?’ If, therefore, the rulers of nations wish to preserve their authority, to promote and increase the prosperity of their countries, they will not neglect the public duty of reverence and obedience to the rule of Christ. What We said at the beginning of Our Pontificate concerning the decline of public authority, and the lack of respect for the same, is equally true at the present day. ‘With God and Jesus Christ,’ we said, ‘excluded from political life, with authority derived not from God but from man, the very basis of that authority has been taken away, because the chief reason of the distinction between ruler and subject has been eliminated. The result is that human society is tottering to its fall, because it has no longer a secure and solid foundation.’

-Pope Pius XI, Quas Primas

Blessed Karl of Austria: A Virtuous Hero for Our Age

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Anyone who has escaped the clutches of catastrophe knows that he basically had the help of simple people to thank, people who were not overcome by the hate, the terror, the mechanicalness of platitudes. These people withstood the propaganda and its plainly demonic insinuations. When such virtues also manifest in a leader of people, endless blessings can result… The ruler reigns not by taking but by giving life.

-Ernst Jünger, The Forest Passage

Each one of us, as human persons, has a deep and lasting desire for virtue. Though this desire to conform one’s life to the good might be distorted by ignorance or completely perverted by vice, it cannot be erased from the human heart. It is this insight into the life of the human person that is the foundation of our Civilization, the guiding principle of the West. And because it is forgotten again and again, pushed aside by the cares and concerns that poison our world, Divine Providence raises heroic witnesses before the community of Mankind, to remind us what each and every one of us are capable of doing. For our own age, we have been gifted with the life of an amazing hero, Karl of Austria, to embody for us the call to virtue.
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Sub Specie Aeternitatis

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I sometimes feel appalled at the thought of the sum total of human misery all over the world at the present moment: the millions parted, fretting, wasting in unprofitable days – quite apart from torture, pain, death, bereavement, injustice. If anguish were visible, almost the whole of this benighted planet would be enveloped in a dense dark vapour, shrouded from the amazed vision of the heavens! And the products of it all will be mainly evil – historically considered.

But the historical version is, of course, not the only one. All things and deeds have a value in themselves, apart from their ’causes’ and ‘effects’. No man can estimate what is really happening at the present sub specie aeternitatis. All we do know, and that to a large extent by direct experience, is that evil labours with vast power and perpetual success – in vain: preparing always only the soil for unexpected good to sprout in.

So it is in general, and so it is in our own lives. …. But there is still some hope that things may be better for us, even on the temporal plane, in the mercy of God. And though we need all our natural human courage and guts (the vast sum of human courage and endurance is stupendous, isn’t it?) and all our religious faith to face the evil that may befall us (as it befalls others, if God wills) still we may pray and hope. I do.

-J.R.R. Tolkien,  The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 64

Abendland: A Post-Nationalist Vision of Europe

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The “Abendlanders” proposed the creation of a unified Europe, but they imagined it as an organic unity based on its shared Christian heritage, an association of “fatherlands”, reminiscent of the social order willed by God that was destroyed by the Reformation, the Enlightenment, the emergence of nation-states, and the nationalism that had resulted in the First World War. Their Europe was not merely a political and economic association but rather an ordered society giving way to “eine neue Lebensform des europäischen Menschen” (“a new way of life for European people”) and the restoration, even a genuine rebirth, of Christendom: a deep unity of Empire [Reich] and Church. The “Abendlanders” initially saw the ancient Carolingian empire or the Holy Roman Empire as their model, but they also imagined a connection with Classical Rome (Virgil) and early Christianity.

-John Carter Wood, Christianity and National Identity in Twentieth-Century Europe

The Alternative Left or How the Devil is in the Terminology

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[Those] that know not how to distinguish between their right hand and their left…

-Jonah 4:11

I walk on cliffs of marble, and as I look out on the wide coast of the Great Sea of Phantasia I remember the basilica of Our Lady of the Crescent engulfed in flames, I hear again the baying of the hounds and the horns of the city, I feel once more the changing wind like the tide of the war. It is the war between the now encroaching wilderness of nihilism against the very heart of Human Civilization. Chaos has dressed herself in the robes of Order and sits in judgment on the world. I turn once again towards the mountains, and the high escape that awaits me there… These images (or should I say dreams?) I have drawn from Ernst Jünger’s hauntingly prophetic 1939 novel, On the Marble Cliffs. It is his clear vision from which I hope to write on that most dangerous of topics, “Right” and “Left”, or the Personalist and the Totalitarian.

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