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  • Hilaire Belloc

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    "Millions of modern people of the white civilization that is, the civilization of Europe and America have forgotten all about Islam. They have never come in contact with it. they take for granted that it is decaying, and that, anyway, it is just a foreign religion which will not concern them. It is, as a fact, the most formidable and persistent enemy which our civilization has had, and may at any moment become as large a menace in the future as it has been in the past."

    "The future always comes as a surprise, but political wisdom consists in attempting at least some partial judgment of what that surprise may be. And for my part I cannot but believe that a main unexpected thing of the future is the return of Islam."

    "We have reached at last, as the final result of that catastrophe three hundred years ago, a state of society which cannot endure, and a dissolution of standards, a melting of the spiritual framework, such that the body politic fails. Men everywhere feel that an attempt to continue down this endless and ever-darkening road is like the piling up of debt. We go further and further from a settlement. Our various forms of knowledge diverge more and more. Authority, the very principle of life, loses its meaning, and this awful edifice of civilization which we have inherited, and which is still our trust, trembles and threatens to crash down. It is clearly insecure. It may fall in any moment. We who still live may see that the ruin when it comes is not only a sudden, it is also a final, thing.

    In such a crux there remains the historical truth; that this our European structure, built upon the noble foundation of classical antiquity, was formed through, exists by, is consonant to, and will stand only in the mold of, the Catholic Church.

    Europe will return to the Faith, or she will perish. The Faith is Europe. And Europe is the Faith."

    « Ainsi vont les choses. Nous touchons, enfin, aux ultimes conséquences de la catastrophe de jadis, un État social qui se défait, et une décomposition morale, un désarroi spirituels tels qu’il n’y a plus de corps politique. Les hommes, de toutes parts, sentent que poursuivre cette route interminable et sans cesse assombrie, c’est accroître une dette inexpiable. Toute apparence de solution recule devant nous ; nos diverses formes de connaissance vont divergeant de plus en plus. L’Autorité, le principe même de la vie, perd son sens, et ce majestueux édifice de notre civilisation, dont nous sommes les héritiers, qui est commis à notre garde, chancelle et menace de crouler. Déjà se dessinent les lézardes. D’un instant à l’autre, il peut s’effondrer. Et nos yeux verront peut-être sa ruine. Ruine soudaine, mais ruine, surtout, définitive.
    En cet instant crucial, la vérité historique nous reste ; cette demeure européenne, la demeure de nos pères, élevée sur les nobles fondations de l’antiquité classique, ne s’est bâtie, n’existe, n’a de raison d’être et ne subsistera que par l’Église catholique.
    L’Europe retournera à la Foi, ou bien elle périra. La Foi, c’est l’Europe. Et l’Europe, c’est la Foi. »
    • Hilaire Belloc, « La conscience catholique de l’histoire », trad. Maximilien Vox, Le Roseau d'or (1925)
    Bernard Shaw, Hilaire Belloc and Gilbert Keith Chesterton

    "[The] control of the production of wealth is the control of human life itself."

    • Hilaire Belloc, The Servile State (1912), Cosimo, Inc., 2007 (ISBN 9781602068681), p. 11
    « Le contrôle de la production des richesses est le contrôle de la vie humaine elle-même. »
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