The Art of Being Ruled

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Chatto and Windus, 1926 - Problèmes sociaux - 434 pages

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The first thing I read is from the final chapter and it's as if were written for the
present moment. Even the major party contenders Hillary and Donald of the 2016 election are given precise literary avatars!
"NO logical future has taken pictorial shape in these pages. All that has been done is to lay down a certain number of roads joining the present with something different from itself; yet something necessitated, it would appear, by its tendency. Both what is desirable and what is not in it contribute contradictorily to this impression. It is this double movement (proceeding from combined disgust and satisfaction) that must make the planning of these roads so difficult.
Like all engineers, we are of sanguine disposition. To build even a bridle-path across No Man's Land with the Trump of Doom sounding in our ears is evidence of that."
90 years ago this modernist Nostradamus wrote of "No Man's Land" vs "Trump of Doom". I mean that is bullseye level prescience. I hope you find this as great and important a resource as I believe it is.
Lewis gives readers a warning in his Introduction that I believe is also important to include here:
"A book of this description is not written for an audience already there, prepared to receive it, and whose minds it will fit like a glove. There must be a good deal of stretching of the receptacle, it is to be expected. It must of necessity make its own audience; for it aims at no audience already there with which I am acquainted."
Finally, here is a line about "The Art of Being Ruled" in an essay on Lewis from the London Review of Books:
"Lewis meant The Art of Being Ruled as a survival guide, an antidote to Machiavelli. So intent was he on tough-mindedness, however, on a thorough-going decontamination of liberal pieties, that he came to regard the imminence of Fascist rule with an equanimity which could easily be (and was) mistaken for endorsement."


nique of industry
The phantom man of democratic
Bolshevism and the West

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About the author (1926)

Wydham Lewis: November 18, 1882 -- March 7, 1957 Distinguished and highly original, Wyndham Lewis was known for his sharp wit and sardonic insight. A modern master of satire, Lewis was born off the coast of Nova Scotia in his English father's yacht on November 18, 1882, and grew up in England with his mother. He was associated with Roger Fry and Ezra Pound on the vorticist magazine, Blast (1914--1915). Lewis served in France in World War I, and his dynamic paintings of war scenes soon gained him wide recognition for his art, now represented in the Tate Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and in the Museum of Modern Art, New York. After the publication of his naturalistic novel Tarr (1918), he became prominent as a writer. His major work of fiction is The Human Age (1955--56). He also wrote Doom of Youth, The Hitler Cult, and The Jews, Are They Human? Lewis died in London on March 7, 1957.

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