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Decadence

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, "A Favorite Poet"

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, “A Favorite Poet”

2,428 words

Delivered to the H. L. Mencken Club, November 1, 2013

About two years ago, when I was still very young, I bumped into a copy of the abridged version of Arnold Toynbee’s A Study of Historywherein he tried to establish a taxonomy of civilizations, Read more …

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Estamos presenciando el fin del Imperio Romano

Paul Jamin, “Brenn and his Share of the Spoils,” 1893

1,864 palabras

English version here

Esta es la pregunta: “¿Estamos viviendo en el año 370 dC, 40 años antes de que Alarico saquease Roma?” O “¿Vivimos en el año 270 dC, poco antes de las drásticas medidas correctivas de los emperadores ilirios, que se apartan de la catástrofe, para prolongar la vida del imperio durante otros dos siglos? ”

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Licurgo e o Estado Espartano

3,651 words

English original here

“E Teopompo, quando um estranho continuou a dizer, conforme ele lhe demonstrou gentileza, que em sua própria cidade ele era considerado amante de Esparta, disse: ‘Meu bom senhor, melhor seria para ti ser chamado amante de tua própria cidade’.” – Plutarco [1]

Assim como Mussolini olhava para a Roma Antiga por um modelo de uma sociedade sadia e orgânica, os antigos romanos olhavam para Esparta. Read more …

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Lycurgus & the Spartan State

3,758 words

Portuguese translation here

“And Theompopus, when a stranger kept saying, as he showed him kindness, that in his own city he was called a lover of Sparta, remarked: ‘My good sir, it were better for thee to be called a lover of thine own city.’” – Plutarch[1]

Just as Mussolini looked to Ancient Rome for the model of a healthy, organic society, the Ancient Romans looked to Sparta. Read more …

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Paganism Without Swords?

Detail from Jacques-Louis David’s “Oath of the Horatii,” 1784

3,600 words

“When swords ran every which way like red-stained snakes, our fathers warmed to life; the sun of all peace seemed limp and lackluster to them, but the long peace caused them shame. How they sighed, our fathers, when they saw gleaming bright, dried up swords on the wall! Like them, they thirsted for war. For a sword wants to drink blood and sparkles with desire.” — Friedrich Nietzsche Read more …

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Podcast no. 12
Matt Parrott, “Trayvon & the End of White Guilt”; Greg Johnson, “Thoughts on Debt Repudiation”

time: 30:38/55 words

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Réflexions sur la répudiation de la dette

Merry-Joseph Blondel, 1781–1853, « Solon, Législateur d’Athènes »

2,624 words

English original here

Dans l’ancienne Athènes, les débiteurs qui étaient incapables de payer leurs créditeurs perdaient leur terre et étaient réduits à l’état de serfs qui devaient donner à leur propriétaire terrien un sixième de leur production, à perpétuité. Si la dette excédait le total des biens du débiteur, lui et sa famille étaient réduits à l’esclavage. Read more …

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Thoughts on Debt Repudiation

Merry-Joseph Blondel, 1781–1853, "Solon, Legislator of Athens"

2,325 words

French translation here

In Ancient Athens, debtors who were unable to pay their creditors lost their land and were reduced to serfs who had to give their landlords one sixth of their produce in perpetuity. If the debt exceeded the debtor’s total assets, he and his family were reduced to slavery. Read more …

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Christmas Special
Christmas & the Winter Solstice

Sol Invictus crowned with a diadem of sun rays

634 words

Editor’s Note:

This year, the Winter Solstice falls on December 22.

Translation and commentary by Cologero Salvo

In “Roma e il natale solare nella tradizione nordico-aria” (La Difesa della razza, 1940), Evola writes: Read more …

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Brooks Adams on the Romans

Peter Chardon Brooks Adams, 1848–1927

1,241 words

Brooks Adams was an American historian and critic of capitalism from a classical republican/agrarian/populist point of view.

Brooks Adams was from an immensely accomplished family. He was a great-grandson of President John Adams, a grandson of President John Quincy Adams, a son of diplomat Charles Francis Adams, and the brother of Henry Adams, Read more …

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