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Alain de Benoist

Alain de Benoist was born on 11 December 1943. He is married and has two children. He has studied law, philosophy, sociology, and the history of religions in Paris, France. A journalist and a writer, he is the editor of two journals: Nouvelle Ecole (since 1968) and Krisis (since 1988). His main fields of interest include the history of ideas, political philosophy, classical philosophy, and archaeology. He has published more than fifty books and three thousand articles. He is also a regular contributor to many French and European publications, journals, and papers (including Valeurs Actuelles, Le Spectacle du Monde, Magazine-Hebdo, Le Figaro-Magazine, in France, Telos in the United States, and Junge Freiheit in Germany). In 1978 he received the Grand Prix de l’Essai from the Academie Francaise for his book Vu de droite: Anthologie critique des idees contemporaines (Paris: Copernic, 1977). He has also been a regular contributor to the radio program France-Culture and has appeared in numerous television debates.
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“We Are at the End of Something”:
The American Renaissance Interview

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American Renaissance: You have said that modernity is the enemy of identity. Could you explain this idea further?

Alain de Benoist: When one considers modernity, one must consider two meanings of the word. The first is known to everyone: It is the changes of life that come with more material wealth. But modernity is also the product of an ideology that appeared in the 17th and 18th century with the Enlightenment. Read more …

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Στρατιώτης, Εργάτης, Επαναστάτης, Άναρχος
Μία εισαγωγή στον Ernst Jünger

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Μετάφραση στα Αγγλικά: Greg Johnson

Μετάφραση-επιμέλεια κειμένου: Lohengrin

Τέσσερις μορφές εμφανίζονται διαδοχικά στα γραπτά του Jünger, κάθε μία από αυτές ανταποκρινόμενη σε μία ξεχωριστή περίοδο της ζωής του συγγραφέως. Αυτές είναι χρονολογικά ο Στρατιώτης του Μετώπου, ο Εργάτης, ο Επαναστάτης, ο Άναρχος. Read more …

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Φόρος Τιμής στον Dominique Venner

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μετάφραση Δημήτρης Παπαγεωργίου

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Οι λόγοι για να ζει κανείς και οι λόγοι για να πεθάνει, είναι συχνά οι ίδιοι. Αυτή ήταν σίγουρα η περίπτωση για τον Dominique Venner, του οποίου η χειρονομία σκόπευε στο να φέρει την ζωή και τον θάνατό του σε απόλυτη αρμονία. Είπε ότι επέλεξε να πεθάνει κατά τον τρόπο που ήταν ο πιο έντιμος στις συγκεκριμένες συνθήκες, ειδικά όταν οι λέξεις είναι πια αδύνατον να περιγράψουν, να εκφράσουν το τι νοιώθουμε.

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Tribute to Dominique Venner

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Translated by Greg Johnson

Greek translation here

The reasons for living and the reasons for dying are often the same. This was definitely the case for Dominique Venner, whose gesture aimed at bringing his life and death into deep accord. He said he chose to die in the way that was the most honorable in certain circumstances, particularly when words become powerless to describe, to express what we feel. Read more …

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Spiritual Authority & Temporal Power

Jacques-Louis David, “The Coronation of Napoleon,” 1907, detail

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Translated by Jon Graham

Three authors considered as outstanding representatives of “traditionalist thought” turned their attention to the same doctrinal question. Read more …

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Georges Sorel

Georges Eugène Sorel (November 2, 1847 in Cherbourg–August 29, 1922 in Boulogne-sur-Seine)

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Editor’s Note:

In commemoration of the birth of Georges Sorel on November 2, 1847, we are publishing this anonymous translation of Alain de Benoist’s tribute.

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Re-Reading Rousseau

Maurice Quentin de La Tour, “Portrait of Jean-Jacques Rousseau” (1712–1778), pastel on paper, 1753

10,607 words

Translated by Greg Johnson*

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712–1778) is a rather curious case in the history of ideas. After two centuries, he is still the object of truly passionate opinions (you either love him or you hate him), and few authors have given rise to as many contradictory interpretations. He is commonly seen as an inspiration for the French Revolution, but also as an influence on German nationalism. Read more …

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Critique of Liberal Ideology

Portrait of John Locke, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, 1697

8,580 words

Translated by Greg Johnson

Translator’s Note:

In “Critique of Liberal Ideology,” Alain de Benoist uses the term “liberalism” in the broad European sense of the term that applies not just to American liberalism but also to American libertarianism and mainstream conservatism, insofar as all three share a common history and common premises. Read more …

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Democracy:
Representative & Participatory

Bust of Pericles bearing the inscription “Pericles, son of Xanthippus, Athenian,” marble, Roman copy after a Greek original from ca. 430 BC

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Translated by Greg Johnson

Representative democracy—essentially liberal and bourgeois—is the most widespread political regime in the Western world today. Read more …

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A Brief History of the Idea of Progress

John Gast, “Manifest Destiny,” 1872

3,641 words

Translated by Greg Johnson

The idea of progress seems one of theoretical presuppositions of modernity. One can even regard it, not without reason, as the real “religion of Western civilization.” Read more …

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