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Oswald Spengler & the Faustian Soul of the West, Part 1

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Faust im Studierzimmer Georg Friedrich Kersting

Georg Friedrich Kersting, “Faust in his Study”

Part 1 of 2

If I had to choose one word to identify the uniqueness of the West it would be “Faustian.” This is the word Oswald Spengler used to designate the “soul” of the West. He believed that Western civilization was driven by an unusually dynamic and expansive psyche. The “prime-symbol” of this Faustian soul was “pure and limitless space.” This soul had a “tendency towards the infinite,” a tendency most acutely expressed in modern mathematics.  Read more …

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Types of Courage

"Free soloists don't use any ropes or other gear—their skill is their only protection."

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Courage—especially social courage—and adventure or thrill-seeking are not the same thing.

Courage is a quality most needed by members of the white racial movement. Conviction and the strength and spirit to stand up to totalitarian authorities and the crowd (often a lynch mob) are more important by far than conventionally “brave” danger-seeking traits.

Whites as a group rank high on the adventure/thrill-seeking scale, but true courage is in short supply. Read more …

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Sir Vivian Fuchs & Sir Edmund Hillary,
The Crossing of Antarctica

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Sir Vivian Fuchs and Sir Edmund Hillary
The Crossing of Antarctica: The Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1955–1958
London: Cassell, 1958

After Ernest Shackleton’s attempt at crossing Antarctica during the Great War, it would be nearly half a century before a new transantarctic bid would be made. Read more …

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Roald Amundsen’s The South Pole: An Account of the Norwegian Antarctic Expedition in the Fram, 1910–1912

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Roald Amundsen
The South Pole: An Account of the Norwegian Antarctic Expedition in the Fram, 1910–1912
London: Hurst & Company, 2001
(First Published in 1912 by John Murray)

Having reviewed Apsley Cherry-Garrard’s account of Robert Falcon Scott’s Terra Nova Expedition, and having over the Yuletide read Scott’s diaries from the latter, I deemed it opportune to read Roald Amundsen’s account of his pioneering journey to the South Pole. Read more …

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Shackleton’s Forgotten Men

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Lennard Bickel
Shackleton’s Forgotten Men:
The Untold Tragedy of the Endurance Epic

London: Pimlico, 2001

The heroic age of Antarctic exploration ended with Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance expedition of 1914–1916. And this, no doubt because of the relatively recent film starring Kenneth Branagh, is nowadays probably the best known of the many incredible adventures experienced by the early Antarctic explorers. Read more …

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The Worst Journey in the World

Apsley George Benet Cherry-Garrard, 1886–1959

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Apsley Cherry-Garrard
The Worst Journey in the World
London: Pimlico, 2003

I remember watching the 1948 film Scott of the Antarctic at some point in the early 1990s and marveling both at its grimness and the sheer Englishness of its sensibilities. Read more …

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