Of Possible Interest: The Degeneration of Right Order

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I am pleased to report that an essay of mine, René Guénon and Eric Voegelin on the Degeneration of Right Order, has appeared (Part I of two parts) at the Sydney Traditionalist Forum.  I hope that it might be of interest to Orthosphereans.  The essay discusses the disastrous cultural and civilizational consequences of the ancient empires, especially those empires whose ambitions intersected in the Central Asian region known in Antiquity as Bactria.  Both Guénon and Voegelin were fascinated by the seemingly perpetual flux and reflux of imperial ambitions in that region, where global powers remain locked in contention to the present day.  The essay explores Guénon’s discussion in Spiritual Authority & Temporal Power of the “Revolt of the Kshatriyas,” a social upheaval that weakened the Indian states in the Fifth Century BC and made them vulnerable to Persian and Macedonian intervention; it also explores Voegelin’s discussion in The Ecumenic Age of “concupiscential exodus,” exemplified by Alexander’s Asian campaigns, as a destroyer of the civilized order.  I argue in Part II, which will appear in the same venue next week, that the commentaries of Guénon and Voegelin on this topic are eminently applicable to the modern condition.

4 thoughts on “Of Possible Interest: The Degeneration of Right Order

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  3. Really interesting. Ecumene is a term with which I was unfamiliar, but it seems to describe a particular phenomenon quite well.

    • The term ecumene originates with Polybius (264 – 146), who wrote a history of imperial expansion. Voegelin comments extensively on Polybius in The Ecumenic Age. Incidentally, or maybe not, Voegelin argues that Gnosticism, a movement of the alienated soul, finds its milieu in the ecumenic wasteland of obliterated nations and societies. Whereas the polis, Voegelin neatly asserts, is a subject that organizes itself; an ecumene is a mere object-of-contention of competing imperial ambitions. “Wasteland” is therefore an apt synonym for “ecumene.”


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