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A Broken Circle

Nicolas Poussin, A Dance to the Music of Time (Dance of Human Life),  1639

Nicolas Poussin, A Dance to the Music of Time (Dance of Human Life), 1639

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The circle can symbolize perfection and eternity. It can also symbolize identity, since every circle has an inside and outside, an “us” and a “them.” Of course every line divides, but the circle turns back upon itself and “eternalizes” itself, for a circle has no beginning and end. But every vital identity seeks to eternalize itself as well.

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Waking Up From the American Dream
The Fatherland vs. the Republic

John Singleton Copley, "The Copley Family," 1776

John Singleton Copley, “The Copley Family,” 1776

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The French author Jean Raspail noted that his French Fatherland was betrayed by those who confused Republican values with the nation itself. In America, the process is far worse, because the nation was a flawed ideological experiment from the beginning. Read more …

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Waking Up From the American Dream
Freedom vs. Identity

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Part 4 of 5

Turn on the television. Read a mainstream media website. Try and listen to a politician give a speech. This accumulated filth, this celebration of mediocrity, this Third World carnival of grotesqueries is America. Read more …

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“We Are at the End of Something”:
The American Renaissance Interview

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American Renaissance: You have said that modernity is the enemy of identity. Could you explain this idea further?

Alain de Benoist: When one considers modernity, one must consider two meanings of the word. The first is known to everyone: It is the changes of life that come with more material wealth. But modernity is also the product of an ideology that appeared in the 17th and 18th century with the Enlightenment. Read more …

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Does Identity Depend on Sovereignty?

Roland (right) receives the sword, Durandal, from the hands of Charlemagne (left)

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Translated by Greg Johnson

Author’s Note:

I reproduce here in full a seminal article that I published in Le Figaro on February 1, 1999, under the title: “Sovereignty is not Identity.” This article was part of the debate provoked by the Amsterdam Treaty and discussions about the future EU. Read more …

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Community of Destiny or Community of Tribes?:
Alain de Benoist’s Nous et les autres

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Alain de Benoist
Nous et les autres:
Problèmatiqu
e de l’identité
Paris: Krisis, 2006

Distinct to modernity — particularly to Europe and the European world of the last 200 years — is the question of identity.

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