Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn
"Great nations have fallen very low - the Jews when they rejected their Messiah; France, the “Oldest Daughter of the Church,” when it engaged in the Revolution, Pandora’s Box of centuries to come; “Holy Mother Russia,” when she fell for the abstruse ideas of German intellectuals; the “Germanies,” heart of the Holy Roman Empire, when they submitted to Hitler and his evil creed. Of course these peoples have no common guilt. There is no such thing as collective guilt. However, as Theodor Heuss has pointed out, there is collective shame."
"Even the Nazi practice of exterminating the insane seems to have had an early advocate in Luther, who was once questioned what one should do with a twelve-year old male cretin leading a purely animal life. Luther advised that he be choked to death. Someone having asked ‘for what reason?’ he replied, ‘because I simply think he is a mass of flesh without a soul.’"
- Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn, Liberty or Equality
« L’ignorance économique généralisée dans les pays catholiques, ainsi qu’une tendance à moraliser, a jadis conduit de larges cercles de catholiques à rechercher les causes de la pauvreté dans les principes moraux, et à faire de la « redistribution » le slogan de leurs programmes de réformes. Mais ni dans les pays développés, ni dans le tiers monde, la redistribution ne peut arriver à quelque succès que ce soit. »
- Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn, Religion & Liberty, Volume 4, Number 4, 1994, traduction Michel Kuttler, Institut Coppet
"The true rightist is not a man who wants to go back to this or that institution for the sake of a return; he wants first to find out what is eternally true, eternally valid, and then either to restore or reinstall it, regardless of whether it seems obsolete, whether it is ancient, contemporary, or even without precedent, brand new, ‘ultramodern’.
Old truths can be rediscovered, entirely new ones found. The Man of the Right does not have a time-bound, but a sovereign mind. In case he is a Christian he is, in the words of the Apostle Peter, the steward of a Basíleion Hierateuma, a Royal Priesthood. The right stands for liberty, a free, unprejudiced form of thinking, a readiness to preserve traditional values (provided they are true values), a balanced view of the nature of man, seeing in him neither beast nor angel, insisting also on the uniqueness of human beings who cannot be transformed into or treated as mere numbers or ciphers."
"It is touching to see how the New Left, a romantic movement not so unlike the one that “carried” young Marx, is engaged in a cult of heroes. These may only be lugubrious assassins or hairbrained intellectuals such as Castro, Guevara, Debray, Torres, Dutschke, Teufel, Cohn-Bendit, Mao, Ho Chi Minh or Thich Tri Quan, but they are literally worshiped. The New Leftists want leaders. Still, in summing up the situation, we must not forget that the New Left expresses certain truths and truisms and provides us with not a few straws in the wind. However immature, destructive, sterile, and confused, it is a cry of anguish and protest against a mechanized, profoundly leftish age. It is, in a sense, leftism to end all leftism."
- Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn, Leftism: From de Sade and Marx to Hitler and Marcuse