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"Proletarian violence, carried on as a pure and simple manifestation of the sentiment of class struggle, appears thus as a very fine and heroic thing; it is at the service of the immemorial interests of civilization; it is not perhaps the most appropriate method of obtaining immediate material advantages, but it may save the world from barbarism." p.85 Georges Sorel, Reflections on Violence (1908)

"Myth is filled with the most violent emotions and the most frightful visions." --The Myth of the State, p.48

"Civilized man is, of course, subject to the most violent passions, and when these passions reach their culminating point he is liable to yield to the most irrational impulses. Yet even in this case he cannot entirely forget or deny the demand of rationality. In order to believe he must find some “reasons” for his belief; he must form a “theory” to justify his creeds. And this theory, at least, is not primitive; it is, on the contrary, highly sophisticated." --ibid. p.280

Charlemagne, without Mohammet, would be inconceivable."[...]

"Machiavelli asks this: How can one replicate the kind of unqualified commitment that Christianity manages to elicit from its adherents, and redirect this commitment toward the political sphere? It would require in this sense a civil religion to displace Christianity and render it irrelevant to the same extent that Christianity displaced Judaism and paganism and rendered them irrelevant. (Is Islam a civil religion in this sense, and is that why Islam looks so attractive to later Machiavelli-inspired theorists such as Rousseau and Nietzsche?)" --Civil Religion: A Dialogue in the History of Political Philosophy, Ronald Beiner, 2010

"The various modes of worship which prevailed in the Roman world were all considered by the people as equally true; by the philosophers as equally false; and by the magistrate as equally useful." --Edward Gibbon

"De uiteenlopende manieren waarop in de Romeinse wereld godsdienst werd beleden werden door de bevolking alle als even waar, door de filosofen alle als even onwaar en door de magistraat alle als even nuttig beschouwd." --Vertaling D. M. Low

"Forgetfulness, and I would even say historical error, are essential in the creation of a nation." --"What is a Nation?", Ernest Renan

"Everybody continually kills the Mandarin" --Émile Chartier

"Se non è vero, è ben trovato"

"All efforts to render politics aesthetic culminate in one thing: war." –Walter Benjamin

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

"Mythe, meute, Europa" (2018, English "Myth, mob, Europe" is a paper by J. W. Geerinck written for Masterseminarie Filosofie en samenleving Universiteit Antwerpen, 2017-18.

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