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A Tale of Two Monsters and Four Elements: Variations of Carl Schmitt and the current global crisis
We have a class of scientific technocrats directing the work of a class of politicians without honour, who utterly subordinate everyone else. Only a spiritual revolution will save us now
Introduction This essay is divided into two distinct parts. In the first I shall explore the complex way in which Carl Schmitt’s thought was split three ways: between a Catholic universalism that extends the ‘law of humanity’ to the whole of the globe; a modern defence of the normativity of the absolutely sovereign nation state and finally a stress upon the primacy of a more limited civilisational land-mass, smaller than that of the whole planet but larger than that of the state. In this third case, it is actually ‘empire’ that is covertly to the fore and supremely the Western land-based empire that had once been Christendom. The third idiom corresponds roughly and for genealogical reasons (which will be indicated)...