Wednesday, 24 October 2012

The counter-productiveness of arguments for the reactionary

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Reactionaries must eschew argument - ever more as they lose more ground; since arguments are the food of secular Leftism.

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...Gómez Dávila’s use of aphorisms was also motivated in part by polemical considerations. In the modern age, the reactionary cannot hope to formulate arguments that will convince his opponent, because he does not share any assumptions with his opponent. Moreover, even if the reactionary could argue from certain shared assumptions, modern man’s dogmatism prevents him from listening to argumentation. Faced with this situation, the reactionary should instead write aphorisms. Gómez Dávila compares his aphorisms to shots fired by a guerrilla from behind a thicket on any modern idea that dares advance along the road. The reactionary will not convince his opponent, but he may convert him.

http://don-colacho.blogspot.com.au/2010/01/brief-overview-of-nicolas-gomez-davilas.html

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We are fully convinced only by the idea that does not need arguments to convince us.

"Don Colacho" (Gomez Davila) - http://don-colacho.blogspot.co.uk/2011/02/2828.html

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