Tim Romano wrote:
> I have a clear sense of the ideological foundations of Pound's racism. But
> the man does not seem to me to have been capable of this kind of
> monstrosity. Has someone assembled convincing evidence that Pound was truly
> this inhumane in his race-thinking?
> And to En Lin Wei: What is your understanding of the refrain: "Out of which
> things seeking an exit"?
While I am not ordinarily a political proponent of the worse the
better, I could see an argument for honoring the *Cantos* the more
if one saw *ego, scriptor cantilenae* as indeed this inhumane. Surely,
Mussolini in Ethiopia was no more inhumane, and far less hypocritical,
than the U.S. in (for example) Haiti up to and including the present.
If the *Cantos* is the "American Epic" (i.e., the epic of imperialism),
such fundamenal features of the nation as Haiti must at least be in
it at least implicitly. And this would provide a gloss on the line "Out
of which things seeking an exit." Pound must support or celebrate
the glory and horror of empire -- but (cf. Properitus & Mauberly)
needs also seek an outlet from the clutter of empire. Like most
intellectual "converts" to Fascism, he sincerely sees such a ruling center as
providing the framework within which "ordinary" people can: "dig well
and drink of the water / dig field; eat of the grain" -- people to whom
and for whom "Imperial power is? and to us what is it?"
P.S. Did Pound ever refer to Proudhon or indicate he had read him?
What I describe above is the core of Proudhonist politics.