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Anissimov’s Critique of Democracy

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Michael Anissimov
A Critique of Democracy: A Guide for Neoreactionaries
Zenit Books, 2015

Neoreaction is a philosophical movement, which emerged from social media in the past few years, seemingly in response to the hordes of social justice warriors that haunt the realms of message boards, blogs, and Twitter. Read more …

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El Filósofo está dentro
Fuerza y Derecho

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Albrecht Dürer, hombres salvajes de los paneles del Retrato de Oswald Krell, 1499

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Nota del Traductor:

“Might is Right” se conoce generalmente como “la ley del más fuerte”, pero por una cuestión de concordancia traducimos “como fuerza y derecho”.

Un lector me preguntó mis pensamientos sobre la relación entre la fuerza y el derecho. (Dicho sea de paso, yo soy feliz de responder cuestiones filosóficas).

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The Philosopher is In
Might & Right

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Albrecht Dürer, wild men from the side panels of the Portrait of Oswald Krell, 1499

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A reader has asked me for my thoughts on the relationship between might and rights. (By the way, I am happy to entertain philosophical questions.)

What are rights? Rights are principles defining political freedoms and obligations. If rights are political, what makes rights “natural” as opposed to conventional? What makes rights natural is an argument deriving them from human nature. Thus natural rights are socially instituted, protected, and enforced freedoms and obligations that are rationally grounded in nature, Read more …

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Cohesive Societies Check State Power:
On Francis Fukuyama’s The Origins of Political Order

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The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution
New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012

There’s so much meat in Francis Fukuyama’s The Origins of Political Order that someone could teach a college class on it, and someone should. It’s an expansive study of different political systems that attempts to develop a general theory of political development, and explain why different societies have formed different kinds of states — or none at all. Read more …

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Notes on Liberal Democracy & its Alternative

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Carl Schmitt, 1888–1985

Carl Schmitt, 1888–1985

The political regime under which much of the world labours (and the entire Western world) is called “Liberal Democracy.” Francis Fukuyama has praised the ever widening expansion of this regime over the globe as “the end point of mankind’s ideological evolution and [it consists in] the universalization of Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government.”[1] The source of Fukuyama’s thesis, the Russian Hegelian Marxist, Alexandre Kojève, called this End State the “universal and homogeneous state”: it is the ultimate goal of both Liberalism and Communism.  Read more …

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Violence is Golden

Graphic by Harold Arthur McNeill

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A lot of people like to think they are “non-violent.” Generally, people claim to “abhor” the use of violence, and violence is viewed negatively by most folks. Many fail to differentiate between just and unjust violence. Some especially vain, self-righteous types like to think they have risen above the nasty, violent cultures of their ancestors. They say that “violence isn’t the answer.” They say that “violence doesn’t solve anything.”

They’re wrong. Every one of them relies on violence, every single day. Read more …

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Beyond Human Rights

Beyond Human Rights:
Defending Freedoms

Foreword by Eric Maulin
Arktos Media, 2011
118 pp

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Beyond Human Rights is the second of Alain de Benoist’s book-length political works to appear in English. Read more …

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The Problem of Democracy

Preface by Tomislav Sunic
Arktos Media, 2011
104 pp

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The Problem of Democracy is the first of Alain de Benoist’s book-length political works to appear in English. Read more …

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Rethinking Democracy:
Alain de Benoist’s The Problem of Democracy

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Alain de Benoist
The Problem of Democracy
Arktos Media, 2011

This deceptively brief study of democracy begins from the familiar point that the term can no longer mean much in an age when all regimes claim to be democratic. Read more …

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Why We Fight:
Manifesto of the European Resistance

Translated by Michael O’Meara
Introduction by Michael O’Meara
Foreword by Pierre Krebs
Artkos Media, 2011
274 pages

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Guillaume Faye was one of the leading thinkers of the French New Right in the 1970s and ’80s. Read more …

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