T.S. Eliot
*By Kerry Bolton *
*North American New Right *
*September 25, 2012*

(published in two parts in honor of Eliot's birthday)

*Opening excerpt *

"World War I brought to a climax a cultural crisis in Western Civilization
that had been proceeding for centuries, when, in the Spenglerian sense,
Money overwhelmed Tradition,[1] or, to resort even to Karl Marx, the
bourgeoisie supplanted the aristocracy.[2] Industrialization accentuated
the process of commercialization, with its concomitant urbanization and the
disruption of organic bonds and social cohesion, which has thrown societies
into a state of perpetual flux, with culture reflecting that condition.

This was-and is-a problem of the primacy of Capital. If Marxism is the most
well-known supposed opponent of Capital, to which many of the literati
turned, especially in the aftermath of the Great War, others who turned to
the Right rejected capitalism not only on the basis of economics, but more
importantly, in a transcendent sense, by rejecting the Zeitgeist of Capital
of which Marxism was merely a reflection rather than an alternative. Among
these was T. S. Eliot, one of the most influential luminaries of
contemporary English literature."