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“Keep your spirits clear and lucid, tear off the masks of your tormentors, and fanatically serve the truth. Our struggle began long ago, and what we have sown will not be uprooted, since the children of our children will reclaim the torch for the great glory of Christ. Remain strong and united. Do not fear death or your adversaries. Human works are temporary.”
Originally compiled and published by Reconquista Press in 2017, Serviam: The Political Ideology of Adrien Arcand presents an anthology of the beliefs of this great journalist, thinker, and leader so dubbed The Canadian Fuhrer. Arcand (1899–1967) led the Canadian fascist movement as a fervent Catholic and Quebecois. The selected speeches and writings within Serviam are not constrained merely to the French Canada of the 1930s through the 1960s, although his response to the competing contemporary ideas is present, but his responses are universal. Arcand concisely and clearly offers critiques of communism, liberalism, materialism, etc. out of love for his people and God. Both a fascist and Catholic, Arcand pulls no punches in critiquing the state of Canadian government and Church leadership. Adrien Arcand demonstrates in his writings that he is first and foremost a servant of God, which informs his entire political philosophy. The title Serviam (meaning “I will serve”) refers to the cry of St. Michael made in response to the rebellious call of Satan, “non serviam” or “I will not serve.”
Complete with a preface, essay, and biography by three modern authors, Antelope Hill Publishing is proud to present Serviam: The Political Ideology of Adrien Arcand for the first time in English, translated from French by D’Entremont.
The book came as depicted, very carefully wrapped in 3 layers, intact and quite sleek looking!
First of all I would like to say that Antelope Hill did an excellent job with the cover. Carrying the book around gives off the appearance that you are reading an elite book, which you are. Reading Arcand’s political philosophy at length not only highly impressed me with his explanations on the folly (and sin) of liberalism, the dangers of communism and freemasonry, and the role the Jews play in these things, but also left a deep impression on me with his ultimate devotion to Christ and Christian ideals. His many insightful comments on various political and religious phenomena show him to be a very perceptive man.
The book isn’t always an easy read, since Arcand speaks at length on many complex politico-religious topics. However I highly recommend it as educational, insightful, exemplary, and inspiring. Keep in mind though that you need to already possess some background in the topics Arcand covers. This is not a book that is meant to introduce one to these issues for the first time. Also, this book is an anthology of Arcand’s political beliefs, so his excellent religious writings are mostly not included (except for one of the appendices that contains a prayer to the Virgin Mary which is frankly magnificent).
My one disappointment with the book is that the section “The Key to the Mystery” seems to sharply abridge the length of the original text and leaves out the list of quotes Arcand says he is referencing. I don’t think it would have been too long to include.
Antelope Hill has created an excellent edition that includes a preface by Fr. Olivier Rioult, a couple of appendices with further materials by Arcand, and a biography of the man by Remi Tremblay. The biography is I think the perfect way to end the book. It is sobering but also highly inspiring, and it leaves you wanting to imitate the honorable, courageous, devoted, and godly life of this great man.