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The Ideology of Sameness

Author(s): Alain de Benoist

Alain de Benoist attributed liberalism and the individualism that stems from it to the idea of making man, a social animal, a being removed from the soil, uprooted from any community and therefore interchangeable. This essay gives Benoist the opportunity to return to this theme by developing a definition of what he calls ‘the ideology of Sameness’.

If we reject egalitarianism, should we accept all kinds of inequality? No, because equality is never an absolute. Men can be equal in certain respects — for example, their political membership in a community — and unequal in others. As communal beings, men must necessarily accept such forms of equality. What needs to be fought against, however, is the ‘ideology of Sameness’, which lies at the heart of modernity. This sinister dynamic aims at the complete annihilation of all differences, the neutralisation of the world, and the destruction of communities — all in the name of a purely mathematical vision of equality. This is a pathological distortion of the concept of political equality. Equality is not synonymous with Sameness.

The series Foundations is the result of a cooperation between Arktos Media and the Institut Iliade (Paris). The French original is published in the series ‘Collection Longue Mémoire de l’Institut Iliade’.

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What Is the Ideology of Sameness?

  • The Trials and Tribulations of Equality

  • The Ideology of Sameness

  • Ethnocentrism or the Principle of Diversity

  • The Rebirth of Identities

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L’Institut Iliade for Long European Memory


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