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The Counter-Currents 2015 Summer Fundraiser
The Politics of Nostalgia

Melancholia Detail

Albrecht Dürer, Melencolia I, 1514, detail

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Since our last update, on September 2nd, we have received 24 donations totaling $2,215.88, in amounts ranging from $7 to $650. Eight of these donations were merely the first of ongoing monthly pledges, which are especially helpful. Our total is now $16,374.88. We are thus $103,956.12 from our goal of $120,331 ($23,625.12 from last year’s goal of $40,000), with basically six weeks to go before the fundraiser ends on Halloween. I want to thank all our donors, new and old. You make Counter-Currents possible.  Read more …

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A Nice White War Movie

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Where were you when Adlai Stevenson died? It was the summer of ’65, and I was sitting in a dark movie theater in Plattsburgh, New York with some cousins, and we were watching a very long, complicated, black-and-white war movie called In Harm’s Way.

In Harm’s Way was way over my head. It was an Otto Preminger production, thus by 1965 standards it was racier than the average fare, chuggy-jam full of intricate subplots about rape, adultery, class-envy, and other grown-up business that left me cold. Read more …

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Guy Ritchie’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

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Readers of this website are aware of the fact that I am an aficionado of the ’60s superspy series The Man From U.N.C.L.E. But I awaited Guy Ritchie’s “reimagining” of U.N.C.L.E. with some trepidation. A big screen adaptation of the series has been in the works for around 40 years. And an execrable TV movie was actually made in 1983. The theatrical film project has changed hands many times, and innumerable scripts have been written. After Pulp Fiction, Quentin Tarantino announced that The Man From U.N.C.L.E. would be his next project (I reacted to this news with mixed feelings). Read more …

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Letting Go

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Alien to American heritage.

It’s a phrase I heard on a radio program a few days ago, and it got my attention. I thought about it a lot, because it pretty much sums up how many of us feel at the moment.

It doesn’t matter where I am, or what I’m doing, it’s always there. That sinking feeling. Read more …

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Toward a Right-Wing Hauntology:
Mark Fisher’s Ghosts of My Life

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Mark Fisher
Ghosts of My Life: Writings on Depression, Hauntology and Lost Futures
Winchester, UK: Zero Books, 2014

Jacques Derrida’s Specters of Marx was an attempt to resurrect Marxism. Published in 1993, just after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of communism across Eastern Europe, Specters of Marx was an attempt to disrupt the apparent flow of historical progression Read more …

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The Presence of the Past:
From Ancestor Worship to Hauntology

William Blake, "Hamlet and his Father's Ghost"

William Blake, “Hamlet and his Father’s Ghost”

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We never manage to bury the dead completely. Their words still echo down to us from beyond life’s event horizon in direct contravention of physical law. Our stance towards death is a determining factor in how the dead return to us; in what form and with what significance they haunt the living. Although they are always there, the ways in which they interact with us vary and shift through time. And, at the present time, there is a strange blend of residual religious funerary rites and atheistic materialism. It feels very much as though we go through the motions of dispatching the dead to the next world without believing a word of it. Read more …

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History, Action, & the Timeless

Willy Meller, Schicksalsstunde (Hour of Destiny)

Willy Meller, Schicksalsstunde (Hour of Destiny)

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Translated by R. G. Fowler

“Time, Space and Number
Fell from the black firmament,
Into the still and sombre sea.
Shroud of silence and shade,
The night erases absolutely
Time, Space and Number.”
—Leconte de Lisle (“Villanelle” [pastoral poem], Poèmes Tragiques)

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