“MUSEOLOGICALISATION: The transformation of a living tradition into a museum piece, which deprives it of an active meaning or significance.
We are living a paradox: everywhere it’s claimed that ‘patrimony’ is a matter of utmost concern, but all the while it is being passionately destroyed. In making museum pieces out of traditions, in petrifying them, killing them, freezing them, their character as ‘tradition’ (as something transmitted and evolving) is eliminated, As they are rendered into objects of erudition or curiosity.
There’s no question that preserving the patrimony is fundamental, but in itself this is insufficient, because a patrimony is constructed every day and can’t, thus, be conserved in a museum.
Modern society is paradoxically ultra-conservative and museological, on the one hand, and, at the same time, hostile to the living traditions of identity; Western modernity has proven itself similarly incapable (especially in the arts) of producing new works in continuity with tradition. So called ‘modern’ art or architecture hasn’t been modern for at least fifty years, it simply recycles the official academicism, which is nihilistic.”
— Guillaume Faye, Why We Fight: Manifesto of the European Resistance (pp. 199-200)
“TRADITION, traditionalism: Tradition is the ensemble of a people’s values and cultural structures, which are transmitted (tradere in Latin) from generation to generation — to form the scaffolding of its collective memory.
To destroy European traditions: this is the great enterprise of the regnant cosmopolitanism. It’s as if European man were intrinsically guilty, tainted by original sin. Cultural Americanisation, Africanisation, or Arabisation, the effacement of the European’s historical memory, Islamisation: Europe’s deculturation is perpetuated by media onslaughts and by the public schools. This is why the struggle to maintain our traditions is integral to conserving our spiritual and genetic identity. The essence of tradition is the ancestral heritage and its creative continuation. Every heritage has to bear fruit.
At the same time it shouldn’t be forgotten that tradition is a translation. To remain vital, tradition has to metamorphosise — changing its forms, while remaining true to its spirit. European culture — Faustian and Promethean — must balance its ancestral forms with the creation of new ones.
We need to defend tradition, as well as the notion of ‘traditional society’, but we refuse traditionalism. The latter appears whenever traditions die off, just as racism appears once a race declines. Traditionalism is the intellectualisation of tradition, as tradition ceases to be lived naturally or serve as an integral part of the living soul. It becomes folkloric, museological, a subject of scholarly study — in any case, something dead. Traditionalism is, paradoxically, foreign to the European tradition. The latter is metamorphic, always in the grip of innovation, always becoming, always in movement, appealing to what is greater.”
— Guillaume Faye, Why We Fight: Manifesto of the European Resistance (pp. 255-256)