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Remembering Jack London:
January 12, 1876–November 22, 1916

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Jack London was born John Griffith Chaney in San Francisco on January 12, 1876. An adventurer and Jack of all trades in his youth, London achieved fame and fortune as a fiction writer and journalist. But he never forgot his working class roots and remained a life-long advocate of workers’ rights, unionism, and revolutionary socialism. (See his essay “What Life Means to Me.”)

But Jack London was no ordinary leftist, for he was acutely racially conscious (see, for example, “The Yellow Peril“) and had such a marked Nietzschean/Social Darwinist ethical sensibility that Ragar Redbeard’s infamous Might is Right or The Survival of the Fittest was widely, though mistakenly, attributed to him. Thus London is also a favorite writer of New Rightists and White Nationalists, particularly West-Coast White Nationalists and those who hope for the re-emergence of a racially conscious left.

Jack London, age 9, with his dog Rollo

London’s best known books are Call of the Wild and White Fang, drawing upon his experiences in the Klondike Gold Rush; The Sea-Wolf, a psychological thriller and portrait of a brutal sea captain; and The Iron Heel, a dystopian novel about oligarchy and revolutionary socialism which became one of the literary inspirations of William Pierce’s The Turner Diaries.

The Library of America has published two handsome hardcover volumes of London’s principal works: Novels and Stories: Call of the Wild, White Fang, The Sea-Wolf, Klondike and Other Stories and Novels and Social Writings: The People of the Abyss, The Road, The Iron Heel, Martin Eden, John Barleycorn. The Portable Jack London is a well-chosen single-volume paperback selection of his writings. James L. Haley’s recent biography Wolf: The Lives of Jack London is a true tale as exciting as London’s best fiction. The best online resource on Jack London is The World of Jack London,, which contains virtually all of his writings plus invaluable secondary literature.

In 1905, Jack London bought a ranch in Sonoma County where he experimented with ecologically sustainable farming and ranching techniques. In 1916, Jack London died of kidney failure. He was only 40 years old. He left two daughters, plus 20 novels, 10 collections of short stories, three plays, three collections of essays, two autobiographical memoirs, and countless other works.

Counter-Currents has published the following works by Jack London:

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  1. Proofreader
    Posted January 15, 2016 at 4:17 am | Permalink

    One of Jack London’s most interesting essays would have to be “Wanted: A New Law of Development,” in which he set forth his socialist and social Darwinist views. As this essay shows, he wanted “a new law of development” that would resolve the contradictions between these views. (There was no American equivalent of Ludwig Woltmann or Georges Vacher de Lapouge for him to draw upon.) The essay is included in his book, War of the Classes, and the text can be found at:

    In chapter 38 of Martin Eden, London has his alter ego call for a new law of development. One of the most striking passages reads:

    “It was Sunday night, and they found the small hall packed by the Oakland socialists, chiefly members of the working class. The speaker, a clever Jew, won Martin’s admiration at the same time that he aroused his antagonism. The man’s stooped and narrow shoulders and weazened chest proclaimed him the true child of the crowded ghetto, and strong on Martin was the age-long struggle of the feeble, wretched slaves against the lordly handful of men who had ruled over them and would rule over them to the end of time. To Martin this withered wisp of a creature was a symbol. He was the figure that stood forth representative of the whole miserable mass of weaklings and inefficients who perished according to biological law on the ragged confines of life. They were the unfit. In spite of their cunning philosophy and of their antlike proclivities for cooperation, Nature rejected them for the exceptional man. Out of the plentiful spawn of life she flung from her prolific hand she selected only the best. It was by the same method that men, aping her, bred race-horses and cucumbers. Doubtless, a creator of a Cosmos could have devised a better method; but creatures of this particular Cosmos must put up with this particular method. Of course, they could squirm as they perished, as the socialists squirmed, as the speaker on the platform and the perspiring crowd were squirming even now as they counselled together for some new device with which to minimize the penalties of living and outwit the Cosmos.”

    Jewish socialism is unnatural, degenerative, and dysgenic.

    • Greg Johnson
      Posted January 15, 2016 at 11:30 am | Permalink

      Thanks, I am going to publish excerpts from this essay.

  2. Peter Quint
    Posted January 12, 2016 at 9:24 am | Permalink

    We need a writer of Jack London’s caliber for the white nationalist movement today, someone whom is able to express white angst.

  3. witty tongue
    Posted January 12, 2016 at 2:39 am | Permalink

    What? No mention of one of the Jack London’s novels from a WN point of view, especially dealing with the jewish question/problem/supremacism, The Mutiny of the Elsinore? Dr. David Duke analyzes it here:

    Btw, I just saw the DVD version of a TV mini-series The Sea Wolf last week on a plane trip home from a holiday trip.

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