“The Counter-Revolution Is Negativistic”

July 16, 2020

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Some of the many signs showing support for homosexual “marriage” at the 2016 March for Marriage in Washington, D.C.

B. “The Counter-Revolution Is Negativistic”

According to another slogan of the Revolution, the Counter-Revolution, by its very name, defines itself as something negative and therefore sterile. This is a mere play on words, for, based on the fact that the negation of a negation corresponds to an affirmation, the human spirit expresses many of its most positive concepts in a negative form: infallibility, independence, innocence, and others.

Would it be negativism to fight for any of these values just because of their negative formulation? Did the First Vatican Council perform a negativistic work when it defined papal infallibility? Is the Immaculate Conception a negativistic prerogative of the Mother of God?

Painting of the Proclamation of the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception by Francesco Podesti in the Hall of the Immaculate within the Vatican Museums.

If insistence on negating, attacking, and continuously watching the adversary is termed “negativistic” in current speech, then perforce the Counter-Revolution, without being merely a negation, has in its essence something fundamentally and wholesomely negativistic.

Pro-life and Pro-choice clash…March for Women’s Lives, 2017.

It is, as we have said, a movement directed against another movement, and it is unthinkable for one adversary in a fight not to have his eyes fixed on the other, maintaining an attitude of polemics, attack, and counterattack.

Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira,  Revolution and Counter-Revolution (York, Penn.: The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property, 1993), Ch. VII, Pg. 92.

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