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Natural Rights vs. Human Rights:
A Critique of Alain de Benoist

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Introduction

This essay examines Alain de Benoist’s book Beyond Human Rights, translated into English in 2011 by Arktos, originally published in French in 2004. This book is a powerful condemnation of the Western idea of natural rights, which it claims to be intrinsically associated with the idea that all humans across the world have human rights. It objects to the imposition of human rights obligations on an otherwise multicultural humanity. Read more …

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Alain de Benoist’s On the Brink of the Abyss

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Alain de Benoist
On the Brink of the Abyss: The Imminent Bankruptcy of the Financial System
London: Arktos, 2015

Alain de Benoist’s On the Brink of the Abyss is a collection of essays dealing with the capitalist system and its deleterious effects. Written in response to the 2008 crisis, it uses current events as the starting point to investigate how the trends of global neoliberalism, free trade, finance, and the general logic of capitalism have brought the world’s economy to the threshold of destruction, Read more …

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Stephen A. McNallen’s Asatru: A Native European Spirituality

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Stephen A. McNallen
Asatru: A Native European Spirituality
Runestone Press, 2015

The Good Preacher

Steve McNallen is a serious character. A former U.S. Army Ranger, he has hitchhiked across the Sahara Desert and traveled to such exotic locales as Tibet and Burma, usually to report on military conflicts. Read more …

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“The Name is Crowley . . . Aleister Crowley”:
Reflections on Enlightenment & Espionage

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Richard B. Spence
Secret Agent 666: Aleister Crowley, British Intelligence and the Occult
Port Townsend, Wash.: Feral House, 2008

“The great scientists, the artists, the philosophers, the religious leaders — all maniacs. What else but a blind singleness of purpose could have given focus to their purpose? Mania, my dear Mister Bond, is as priceless as genius. Read more …

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Eric Bogosian’s Operation Nemesis

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Eric Bogosian
Operation Nemesis: The Assassination Plot that Avenged the Armenian Genocide
New York: Little Brown, 2015

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To Cut Up a Mockingbird:
Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman

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Harper Lee
Go Set a Watchman: A Novel
Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2015

“I almost don’t care what the critics say as long as I can write another one.”[1]

Mockingbird is a classic, but you’ve probably read it before, and it’s no more relevant to your future legal career than 12 Angry Men is to picking a jury. Read more …

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Atticus in Bizarro World:
Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman

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Harper Lee
Go Set a Watchman: A Novel
Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2015

As nearly everyone knows by now, Atticus Finch, that steadfast attorney from Maycomb, Alabama, led the local Citizens’ Council in the 1950s. When agitators from the NAACP and Communist Party came south to stir up trouble after the Supreme Court’s 1954 Brown decision, he fought the good fight for segregation. Read more …

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The Long Crusade:
Profiles in Education Reform, 1967–2014

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Raymond Wolters
The Long Crusade: Profiles in Education Reform, 1967–2014
Whitefish, Montana: Washington Summit Publishers, 2015

In 2009, historian Raymond Wolters published Race and Education, 1954–2007, a book remarkable for eschewing moral sermonizing about desegregation in favor of recording its actual effects, both positive and (more often) negative. Read more …

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Review of For My Legionaries

Corneliu Codreanu with his wife, Elena Ilinoiu

Corneliu Codreanu with his wife, Elena Ilinoiu

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Corneliu Zelea Codreanu
For My Legionaries
Introduction by Kerry Bolton; Historical Overview by Lucian Tudor; with new appendices and photographs.
London: Black House Publishing, 2015

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From Bozo to Bertolucci:
How Not to Watch the Films of Ed Wood, Jr.

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Andrew J. Rausch and Charles E. Pratt, Jr.
The Cinematic Misadventures of Ed Wood
Albany, Georgia: Bear Manor Media, 2015

“Even a terrible piece of shit is somebody’s dream.” — Andre Perkowski

“It turns out that making movies is really, really hard.” — Joel “MST3k” Hodgson

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