“The salvation of our civilization is based on a return to natural politics and supernatural religion”
Intelligence in danger of death is the description of a drama: the crisis of contemporary civilization. Marcel de Corte is trying to find a courageous synthesis of this immense tragedy. On the contrary, it does more: it prolongs its slow, inexorable progress, to the extreme limit of what could be called a clinical diagnosis, touching on the profound evil that has affected human intelligence and the threat of death. The analysis and arguments reveal their liberating strength in the passionate denunciation of the Mass Media,conditioning tools of today’s man who believes himself all the more autonomous and free than his predecessors, and is instead succumbed to a hidden power. I have to think with his own brain, he lazily prefers illusion to reality, so he is no longer able to know God, from whom every reality derives.
Impressed, expropriate in intelligence, which is the seat of all freedom, he is exposed to the dangers of any propaganda of a few “elected” maneuverers; he is so used to it that he does not see how the words that are sent to him on a daily basis do not coincide with the reality in which he moves. Marcel de Corte, therefore, is not afraid to say: ‘Our world is so un materialist thatit is, from head to bottom, even in its eroticism, a mental construction’.
Here is the sad fate of contemporary Man, who lives in the most terminal illusion while believing he is master of the universe, suffering as he is from a serious form of outsized… Unfortunately, every outsized person carries within himself his inevitable punishment.
Finally, for de Corte, as the most serious attack of all, the consequences for the Church and for humanity of that catastrophe that was formed within the Second Vatican Council, desired by ” a gang of Fathers with no compass intelligence ” will neverbe adequately measuresd. Something the Belgian thinker calls “a deadly mutation“.
Marcel de Corte’s present masterpiece is not only an energetic, sore warning, but also an act of courage that communicates a salutary vigour to those who read. As great as the bitterness of the denunciation is, the unalterable truths that inspire it make their life-giving presence felt on every page, and this is already more than a hope.
Author’s voice extracted from the book:
Today, more than ever, we are witnessing a second colonization, that of the soul, and a second industrialization, that of the mind, carried out by the sellers of information, knowledge and new education. It’s actually a mind-processing industry. The world and man, so considered, incited by propaganda, are prey who can no longer defend themselves against these dominant aggressions. The sacred represented an obstacle against which this will of power is broken, for this reason it was necessary to destroy it, eryping in its place positive science, which reaches only the sensitive and measurable, and “declergifying” the priest, in the abyss in which he burps when he subordinates contemplation to action. So corrupt, all things, and every human being finds themselves reduced to the state of mud, ready to take the form that the “dominators” will give them. It’s an abyss of iniquity, where there’s not the smallest place for intelligence. That even in the Church we have come to this, it is a sign that man’s highest faculty is struck at the root. Faith falters because intelligence falters, and reason wobbles because, devoid of its natural nourishment, it is content with substitutes, that the empty idol of false science and propaganda dispenses tirelessly to calm the emptiness that surrounds us. As a pigeon-like animal, this is what the man of mass society now awaits and desires: he wants information to communicate to him guidelines of thought and action, orthodoxy and orthopraxia. Being unable to act and understand reality on its own, it therefore feeds on words without checking whether they correspond to the realities they mean. ‘Evolution’ is one of the most effective, because it corresponds to the needs of change, to the state of continuous dissatisfaction of the self in relations with itself. All the art of governing is ultimately reduced to this, that is to say, to grasp the event that will allow the Government to deceive public opinion in its favor. In this way he obtains the accession he needs and without which he would collapse. The price to be paid is the permanent deformation of information, the lie that creeps into the event and disguises it. In short, we must conclude that democracy is essentially deprivation of the good that the human condition demands, and that it is life in an organic society, born of the demands of nature perfected by intelligence. It is therefore evil, it is therefore Death. This is my denunciation of the mortal danger that the human spirit runs in our age of darkness.
With introduction by d.Curzio Nitoglia
(264 pages with bands)
Marcel de Corte (1905–1994), born in Genappe, Brabant, graduated in philosophy and letters (Classical Philology) from the University of Brussels in 1928. He taught at the University of Santander, Quebec and Elisabethville. From 1949 he was full professor at the University of Liège (of which he also became rector) until 1975. A convinced monarchist, author of many volumes, contributor to magazines and newspapers throughout Western Europe, he is considered one of the greatest Tomist philosophers of the French language of the 1900s and one of the best exponents of a traditional movement that challenges social changes and transformations that since the French revolution have led to so-called “modern” society. For de Corte, egalitarianism, urbanization, globalization (and Marxism) are many manifestations of a single moral and intellectual disintegration of man, who, rejecting the natural condition for which he was created, is on the path of suicide. A vigorous spirit, of great intellectual loyalty, he penetrated, in the light of the Catholic faith, the secrets of the malaise that has struck today’s society, revealed its remote principles, following its developments to this day. He died in Tilff in 1994.
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