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Christopher Pankhurst

Christopher Pankhurst has had essays published in Evola: Thoughts & Perspectives, Volume One (2011), Crowley: Thoughts & Perspectives, Volume Two (2011), and Helios: Journal of Metaphysical & Occult Studies, Volume One (2011). He also contributes to New Imperium magazine.
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Toward a Right-Wing Hauntology:
Mark Fisher’s Ghosts of My Life

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Mark Fisher
Ghosts of My Life: Writings on Depression, Hauntology and Lost Futures
Winchester, UK: Zero Books, 2014

Jacques Derrida’s Specters of Marx was an attempt to resurrect Marxism. Published in 1993, just after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of communism across Eastern Europe, Specters of Marx was an attempt to disrupt the apparent flow of historical progression Read more …

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The Presence of the Past:
From Ancestor Worship to Hauntology

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William Blake, “Hamlet and his Father’s Ghost”

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We never manage to bury the dead completely. Their words still echo down to us from beyond life’s event horizon in direct contravention of physical law. Our stance towards death is a determining factor in how the dead return to us; in what form and with what significance they haunt the living. Although they are always there, the ways in which they interact with us vary and shift through time. And, at the present time, there is a strange blend of residual religious funerary rites and atheistic materialism. It feels very much as though we go through the motions of dispatching the dead to the next world without believing a word of it. Read more …

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God Has Become Cancer:
Damien Hirst, Religion, & Death

Damien Hirst

Jonathan Yeo, Portrait of Damien Hirst, 2013

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For the radical Right the issue of contemporary art is something of a non-starter. The past century or so of developments in the fine arts have been dominated by American (and often Jewish) theoreticians who have fashioned a sensibility wherein anything that smacks of European tradition is automatically verboten, unless it can be refracted through a distorting lens of ironic detachment or disinheritance.  Read more …

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Posthuman Prospects:
Artificial Intelligence, Fifth Generation Warfare, & Archeofuturism

Giorgio de Chirico, "Les Masques"

Giorgio de Chirico, “Les Masques”

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The speed of technological development can be dizzying, and it has become natural for us to expect a never-ending stream of faster, more powerful devices. The future development of such technologies promises increasingly sophisticated machines that will challenge the very notion of man’s supremacy. The dystopian future of intelligent machines endowed with astonishing capabilities, whose very existence might cause them to supersede humanity, is being enthusiastically pursued.

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Transcendence

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Transcendence marks the directorial debut of Wally Pfister, Christopher Nolan’s cinematographer. Nolan is also the executive producer so the expectation is that this sci-fi project could aspire to the heights reached by Nolan’s Inception. Sadly, it fails to live up to the comparison.

Johnny Depp stars as Dr. Will Caster, a leading researcher in artificial intelligence (AI). His work is opposed by a terrorist group known as RIFT (Revolutionary Independence From Technology) Read more …

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La fin du monde présent

William Blake, "The Casting of the Rebel Angels into Hell," 1808

William Blake, “The Casting of the Rebel Angels into Hell,” 1808

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“La fin du monde présent” est le titre d’une conférence qui s’est tenue le 12 Octobre 2013 dans un lieu prestigieux de Londres. Les trois conférenciers étaient tous des sommités de la Nouvelle Droite européenne: Laurent James, Alain de Benoist et Alexandre Douguine. Le thème de la conférence s’articulait autour du déclin de la puissance américaine et de l’émergence du monde multipolaire.

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The End of the Present World

William Blake, "The Casting of the Rebel Angels into Hell," 1808

William Blake, “The Casting of the Rebel Angels into Hell,” 1808

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The End of the Present World conference was held on October 12th, 2013 at a prestigious London venue. The three speakers were all luminaries of the European New Right: Laurent James, Alain de Benoist, and Alexander Dugin. The conference was themed around the idea of the waning of American power and the rise of a multipolar world.

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The Poetry of D. Jonathan Jones

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D. Jonathan Jones
3 Paths Through Midgard: A Rune Poem
Portland, Or.: Ravenshalla Arts, 2010

D. Jonathan Jones
The Songs
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The Confession of Isobel Gowdie

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James MacMillan

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The Confession of Isobel Gowdie is an orchestral work by the Scottish composer James MacMillan. It was premiered at the 1990 BBC Proms where it drew instant and enduring acclaim.  Read more …

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The Story of 4AD:
Martin Aston’s Facing the Other Way

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Martin Aston
Facing the Other Way: The Story of 4AD
London: The Friday Project, 2013

Towards the end of Martin Aston’s monumental history of the 4AD record label he claims that one of the label’s later signings was “guilty of lacking transcendence” (p. 550). Read more …

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