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Remembering Carl Schmitt:
July 11, 1888–April 7, 1985

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Carl Schmitt was born on July 11, 1888 in Plettenberg, Westphalia, Germany — where he died on April 7, 1985, at the age of 96. The son of a Roman Catholic small businessman, Carl Schmitt studied law in Berlin, Munich, and Strasbourg, graduating and taking his state exams in Strasbourg in 1915. In 1916, he earned his habilitation in Strasbourg, qualifying him to be a law professor. He taught at business schools and universities in Munich, Greifswald, Bonn, Berlin, and Cologne.

During the Third Reich, Schmitt joined the NSDAP (on May 1, 1933). He was appointed Prussian State Counselor and President of the Union of National Socialist Jurists. He particularly enjoyed the confidence and patronage of Hermann Göring, but from 1936 on was regarded as ideologically unsound by some within the SS. In 1945, he was arrested and interned for more than a year by American occupiers. Schmitt refused “de-Nazification” and retired to the village of his birth where he continued to write, receive visitors, and quietly maintain his political contacts until the end of his life. Among his many visitors were Ernst Jünger, Alexandre Kojève, Guillaume Faye, and Jean-Louis Feuerbach.

Schmitt is now widely recognized as one of the great anti-liberal political and legal theorists, whose works are valued on the anti-liberal left as well as on the right. His books are steadily being translated into English. Available titles include:

Schmitt is one of the most significant political theorists for the North American New Right, and one measure of the embryonic state of our movement is that we are just beginning to come to grips with him. Counter-Currents/North American New Right has published a number of works by Schmitt online:

We have also published several studies of Schmitt:

The following essays make substantial reference to Schmitt:

In the coming years, we will considerably expand our coverage of Schmitt by commissioning studies of his various works as well as translations of literature by European New Right authors. All of this is contingent on our ability to raise the necessary funds, so please consider donating to our summer fund-raising campaign today.


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  1. Posted July 12, 2015 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    He lived a long life, like Ernst Junger….a most neglected legal mind in the West, by design of course..I admire him for refusing to take part in ‘de-Nazifying’….only an American could come up with that..term……thanks for uploading……

  2. Seneca the Welder
    Posted July 11, 2015 at 6:26 am | Permalink

    I wonder what Carl thought when all those ‘temporary’ gastarbeiter showed up in is homeland in the 60’s? Was it the same thought or maybe a darker one when those temporary workers were allowed to stay then reunited with their turkish relatives in Germany?
    The Germans were very hesitant to allow the turks into the country but we, the US, insisted. We were trying to build a relationship with the turks at the time. Has our government thanked the Germans for their patience and understanding?

    1985 was the year of Dr. Schmitts death. He did live long enough to hear Heidegger say ‘Nur noch gott kann uns retten’.

    I bought a copy of ‘The Concept of the Political’ not long ago and most of the introduction was referenced to the political journal Telos. That’s interesting. The context setting remarks to a conservative revolutionarys most famous political work was filled with references to the principle journal of the New Left (now known as cultural marxism).
    How gracious.

    Greg, should I ever become a publisher in a future identitarian state, I’d be sure to ask for your commentary to be included in republications of “Rules for Radicals” or “The Authoritarian Personality”.

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