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The Eternal Anglo:
Tocqueville’s Prophetic History of the United States, Part 2

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Alexis de Tocqueville

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The American Nightmare: A Stifling Middlebrow Dictatorship of Political Correctness

The talents of Anglo-Americans and the material wealth of North America predestined that nation for great power. But power is nothing, or worse, without wisdom. This raises the question: What is the character of the American? Read more …

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The Eternal Anglo:
Tocqueville’s Prophetic History of the United States, Part 1

Alexis de Tocqueville

Alexis de Tocqueville

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Part 1 of 3

An important project for the Alternative Right is the reclaiming of the ethno-nationalist and inegalitarian strands in Western thinking. This is often fairly easy to do: almost everything written before the 1960s was in some way or another politically-incorrect by the standards of today. I have previously attempted to do this regarding aristocratic, racial, and nationalist thought in Alexis de Tocqueville’s classic study, Democracy in America.[1] Read more …

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Democracy:
The God That Failed

John McNaughton, Obamanation (detail)

John McNaughton, Obamanation (detail)

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Editor’s Note:

This is the transcript by V. S. of Richard Spencer’s Vanguard Podcast interview of Jonathan Bowden about democracy. You can listen to the podcast here

Richard Spencer: Hello, everyone! Today it’s a great pleasure to welcome back Jonathan Bowden. Read more …

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American Patriotism

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Childe Hassam, The Flag Outside Her Window, April (Aka Boys Marching By), 1918

Childe Hassam, The Flag Outside Her Window, April (aka Boys Marching By), 1918

Translated by Guillaume Durocher.

Editor’s Note:

Taken from Alexis de Tocqueville, De la Démocratie en Amérique (Paris: Gallimard, 1986), vol. 1, “Public Spirit in the United States,” 353-56. The title is editorial. 

There exists a love for the fatherland which has its source principally in that unthought, disinterested, and undefinable feeling, which binds man’s heart to the places where he was born. Read more …

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Subliminal Influences

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TVTranslated by G. A. Malvicini

We have already had the occasion to point to the illusoriness of the claim that modern man, in general, has achieved an autonomy and self-consciousness he previously lacked. This illusion can in part be explained by the fact that attention today is primarily directed towards external conditions, to the disappearance of certain material limits to the freedom of the individual — Read more …

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Politics, Politics

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This is the transcript by V. S. of Richard Spencer’s Vanguard Podcast interview of Jonathan Bowden about the 2012 US Republican Presidential Primaries. You can listen to the podcast here

Richard Spencer: Hello, everyone, and welcome back to Vanguard and welcome back as well, Jonathan Bowden! Read more …

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Schopenhauer & Hitler, Part 2
Schopenhauer’s Critique of Democracy

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Schopenhauer’s political views were based on his extremely low assessment of the intellectual and moral quality of the great majority of mankind. One could not rule against the will of the people, therefore:

[T]he people is sovereign: But this sovereignty never comes of age and therefore has to remain under the permanent care of a guardian: Read more …

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The Fight for the Alt-Right:
The Rising Tide of Ideological Autism Against Big Tent-Supremacy

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bigtent-2The growth of what is termed the alt-right in recent months has lead to a growth of criticism and some debate over its meaning and scope. (We’re also on Wikipedia now). The “Alternative Right” is a 2010s political label with history I am sure most people reading this are familiar with, and if not it is beside the point. What I aim to discuss here is not so much alt-right history Read more …

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Applied Dysgenics

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BoschGardenSisterSowIt’s not often that a book gives you an idea for dystopian fiction; the last time I decided to write a dystopia, the idea came from a Pulp song. But the reprint of Applied Eugenics by Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson — a 1918 pop-science study of exactly what it sounds like — is an unusual volume.  Read more …

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Octave Mirbeau on Voting

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mirbeauTranslated by Ann Sterzinger

One thing amazes me prodigiously—I’d say it stuns me: that even during the scientific era in which I write, after umpteen examples, after all the newspaper scandals, there can still exist, in our dear France (as they say in the budget committee), a voter, one single voter—that irrational creature, unnatural and hallucinatory—who consents to interrupting his affairs, his dreams, or his pleasures, to go vote in favor or anything or anyone.  Read more …

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