If anything characterizes our times, it is a sense of pervading chaos. In every field of human endeavor, the windstorms of change are fast altering the ways we live. Contemporary man is no longer anchored in certainties and thus has lost sight of who he is, where he comes from and where he is going.
If there is a single book that can shed light amid the postmodern darkness, it is Revolution and Counter-Revolution by Plinio Correa de Oliveira. In a masterly display of penetrating Catholic scholarship, this extraordinary Brazilian author and man of action traced the processes of history that have shaped postmodern man.
The book's impressive analysis of a revolutionary process born of pride and sensuality begins with a Middle Ages in decadence, proceeds to a neo-pagan Renaissance and pseudo-Reformation, then to the French Revolution, and atheistic Communism. The third part deals with the "Fourth Revolution," or the cultural revolution of the sixties that gave birth to our confusing postmodern times.
Perhaps the most important part of this book is the section on the Counterrevolution. Prof. de Oliveira showed how to implement truly counterrevolutionary action at the service of the Church. He discussed the tactics to be used and the pitfalls to be avoided. The highly acclaimed work is a veritable manual that all Catholics can have recourse in resisting the neo-pagan revolution of our days. It is a powerful tool for making sense of the pervading chaos.