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Changes Afoot at Counter-Currents

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Since mid-March, major changes have been afoot at Counter-Currents and in my life more broadly. I have been trying to keep these hidden to outside eyes, but our more perceptive readers have noticed certain signs, e.g., a slight decrease in the number of articles at Counter-Currents, a specific decrease in my own articles, a worsening of my already spotty correspondence skills, slower comment moderation, some site outages and glitches, and the like. 

These have prompted concerned inquiries, which I have had to put off until now. Specifically, some readers have expressed the fear that a “sabbatical” might be imminent. There has certainly been enough disgusting “movement drama” of late, but no, I am not taking a break from the battle — at least not until our enemies do. But there has been a temporary slowdown — which will last until June 1st — due to two unavoidable problems.

First, I have been dealing with a family health crisis that has consumed a great deal of time, money, and energy. That problem is now largely resolved. Second, I have been forced to move. This is time-consuming and expensive under any circumstances, but in my case, it was a Herculean task because of my large personal library as well as Counter-Currents’ stock of books. Moving, as well as serious injury or illness in the family, are two of the greatest causes of stress. Dealing with them back to back — and often simultaneously — has been overwhelming. But it is almost over, and I am quite pleased with how well I have handled everything so far.

I want to thank our faithful writers — particularly James O’Meara, Andrew Hamilton, and Gregory Hood — for keeping me well-supplied with high quality material during this time. I also want to ask the indulgence of my many correspondents, including authors, customers, and donors, for my tardiness and oversights. I receive hundreds of emails a day, and if I am distracted even briefly, it is easy for your communication to be lost in the shuffle. Feel free to send me gentle reminders.

I am now free to disclose what has happened so far because, as of Saturday, May 10th, I have shaken the dust of San Francisco off my feet, and I am now officially homeless (which is a good thing).

The main reason for leaving San Francisco is economic. Mike Polignano and I were both living in San Francisco when we founded Counter-Currents 4 years ago, and the city’s high cost of living was burdensome when starting up a new business — especially one peddling unpopular ideas — with virtually no capital during the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

But despite compelling economic reasons, I never quite made the move. The long term benefits of moving were always outweighed by the short term costs and disruptions. I went from paying high rent in order to live in San Francisco to paying high rent in order to avoid moving somewhere else. I also hoped that if I simply focused on work, I would outgrow my money problems, and, indeed, each passing month was a little bit easier.

The deciding factor that finally precipitated the move was a campaign of “antifa” would-be terrorism that began in October of 2012. I will tell the full story another time.

I won’t pretend that it wasn’t unnerving at first, even though their efforts were sometimes buffoonish. And of course I took sensible precautions and counter-measures. But ultimately I took it all in stride. After all, did I really expect no opposition? Besides, better men than I have suffered far worse. And, although I probably should not admit it, the whole thing added an edge of excitement to my life.

But my former neighbors and landlord were genuinely frightened, and although my heart is cold, it is not made of stone. So in the end, I learned a valuable lesson: if the antifa can’t get to you directly, they are content to hurt innocent bystanders.

But now that San Francisco and the bulk of the work of moving are behind me, I can take solace in the fact that this move ultimately benefits Counter-Currents, the broader movement, and myself personally. (I am also, of course, aware that this will be just dismissed by some as brave talk.)

I have put most of my possessions in storage. I am now working on outsourcing and virtualizing Counter-Currents operations. I will maintain a PO Box and corporate home in California, but for the foreseeable future, I will be homeless. (Don’t worry: whether as a house-sitter or a house-guest, I will have a roof over my head for some time.)

My goal is to be able to run Counter-Currents from a laptop so that I can travel widely, speak at various conferences, meet our readers and writers, and organize community-building events. As I said, this process will be complete by June 1. Until then:

  • The print editions of Jonathan Bowden’s Western Civilization Bites Back and James J. O’Meara’s The Eldritch Evola will be postponed.
  • I will not be able to fulfill orders for any non-Counter-Currents titles, with the exception of books from Wermod and Wermod.

Once this process is complete, Counter-Currents will be transformed. We will be more engaged in the community-building aspects of metapolitics — without in any way curtailing our commitment to ideas.

Thank you for your loyal readership, patience, and support — now, more than ever. I want to thank our donors in particular, since during this difficult and expensive time of transition, your support is indispensable.

Greg Johnson
Editor-in-Chief

 

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35 Comments

  1. Ben
    Posted May 19, 2014 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    Haven’t read much of this site before, but after some reviews, I have to honestly say I’m not only very happy to hear about how things are going for you, but sincerely hope that this trajectory not only maintains itself but accelerates in the future.

    • Greg Johnson
      Posted May 19, 2014 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

      Does this mean you’ll give me and my dog a place to stay for a month?

  2. Coenradt
    Posted May 18, 2014 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    I wish you much luck, Greg. As someone who has recently found himself in a very similar situation (though no antifa were involved, thankfully), I sympathize. Very few of us choose to blaze our own trail in life as you have done, with all the uncertainty involved in that decision. They say times of peace register as blank pages in the history books, and that can be applied to individual lives as well, I think. Your road may be bumpy, but it is unlikely to be dull or uninspired.

  3. Donar van Holland
    Posted May 17, 2014 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    Dear Greg, how awful you have to go though this! As a closet WN I can only send you some money. I hope it will help you a bit! Please hold on!

  4. Simon Lote
    Posted May 17, 2014 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    As someone who is also involved in the long drawn out process of moving home I certainly sympathise with your stress.

  5. Vacant Serif
    Posted May 16, 2014 at 12:38 am | Permalink

    Though I have vehemently disagreed with your stance on The Ukraine as of late, I credit CC with opening my eyes to a whole world of radical thought I had not known existed. As the juxtaposition of the Jackboots and Ballet slippers show an example of how important the aesthetic vision of the site hasbeen in attracting people like myself. I wish you all the best in your endeavors.

  6. Sandy
    Posted May 15, 2014 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    Unbelievable that the hated filled antifas would make a pet owner and his dog homeless. Their hatred of animals is well documented on Facebook on such sites as The Animal Rescue Site , Animal Equality and Animal Petitions amongst others.

    We need stronger anti animal cruelty laws to curb the likes of antifa and their allies.

  7. Marc
    Posted May 15, 2014 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    This perfectly understandable. I wish you and your family well and anxiously await your full return.

    Regards,
    Marc

  8. Javelin
    Posted May 15, 2014 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    As always, thanks for fighting on the frontlines for truth. So glad to hear that things are on the mend. From my experience and observation the so-called “antifa” consists of grossly misguided, generally brainwashed people. As such, these wannabe thugs are quite vicious, dangerous, and devoid of values/reasoning. I highly suspect antifa groups are ultimately funded and directed by a small, wealthy group(s) of people too cowardly to visibly join in the fray. These individuals/institutions should be identified and exposed for all to see.
    All best wishes to Counter-Currents and you, Dr. Johnson.

  9. Thomas Stuart
    Posted May 15, 2014 at 12:38 am | Permalink

    Best of luck with all of the personal and professional changes, Mr. Johnson!

  10. Gunnar Tyrsson
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    There are really only a handful of sites on the Internet worth the time, and this is definitely one of them. Good luck, Greg. You have a loyal, solid readership. We won’t let you down.

    • Posted May 15, 2014 at 8:42 am | Permalink

      I’ve found this next to IHR and CODOH the only 3 sites worth reading in the english WWW. I’m another loyalist.

  11. WWWM
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    Oh I was worried there for a bit. The slow down started to remind me of Voice of Reason radio. Glad all is well. What a trooper Greg is. Hail Counter-Currents!

  12. Mike
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

    I was about to allow my emotions free reign and write some very vicious comments directed at God’s Chosen Parasites but decided to look at the matter objectively. We, tho few in number and “spare in purse”, must be an extremely serious threat for so many to throw so much at so few. I do know that we are the most intelligent and moral people on the planet. I do know that ideas, not numbers or dollars, have always been what separated us from the rest. I do know that while the others grub for power, wealth and influence, we, The True People, are constantly searching our souls for the meaning of truth. That must be what keeps these other people awake at night. Certainly, had there never been a white race the force of darkness would have long since conquered all. We have always been their prime enemy. We have always stood in their path to total dominion. We, our intelligence, our hearts and souls, our morals, our thirst for truth, our strength of character, have always blocked these people in their bid for complete control.

    But perhaps we have reached a time in our struggle when many of us, like Dr. Johnson, should cut loose from our moorings and drift “toward the rising sun.” William Gayley Simpson suggested that we are never truly free spiritually until we free ourselves physically from everything we value–our homes, our income, even our families–that these thing we so love and treasure pull us down like heavy chains and cause our minds–the most beautiful gift on earth and our greatest asset–to all but shutdown. Only when we free ourselves from material chains, does the mind find the seedbed needed for creation. And only a strong, fearless and unfettered mind can become a weapon more powerful than all the bombs and guns ever used in all the wars that ever were. Ideas can end wars, ideas can ring in eternal peace, ideas can more than make up for our lack of numbers or wealth or power; that one right idea that has been out there and undiscovered since the dawn of time can transform the world overnight; that one right idea can drive the force of darkness back under its rock forever. Perhaps too many of us are neglecting the great power of the mind and the earth-shaking ideas it is capable of.

    In any event, I have made a very modest contribution to a man who I consider one of the leading lights of the movement. I hope my fellow sojourners, each according to their means, can do the same.

  13. Lee Carroll
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for the update. I can only offer you my continued support. As a regular user of Counter Currents and one who has printed off essays, downloaded your lectures and other podcasts the small donation I am about to send can in no way reimburse the wealth of knowledge and education that I have gleaned from the site. Thank you and good luck. I shall be checking in as usual.

  14. NND
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    I understand your situation right now very well; but take this moment as a time for reflection. If you have nothing, you have nothing to lose.

  15. rdub
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    Best of luck, Greg.
    Looking forward to what comes next.

  16. Peter Quint
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    In the near future I plan to increase my donation from $40.00 to $50.00 per month.

  17. The_Brahmin
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    Antifa are the true dregs of the universe, corroding mother Earth with their constant whining!
    Wish you all the best, Dr. Johnson.

  18. Melissa
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 7:49 am | Permalink

    Thank you and all the luck in the world to you!

  19. Chris
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 6:31 am | Permalink

    Thank you for the update and all the best.

  20. R_Moreland
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 5:45 am | Permalink

    Not too long ago I showed a friend some of the articles from Counter Currents. He’s an activist going back quite some time for what would today be called the “alternative right.” His response to the articles? Let me quote:

    “This stuff is fantastic! Why don’t we see this sort of thing in the mainstream media?”

    (Questions I have asked, also!)

    Thing is, you are getting through to a growing audience.

    Keep up the great work.

  21. Zac Van Thustra
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 2:28 am | Permalink

    Thank you for your efforts Greg. I noticed the slowing of the site, and thought it was either you focusing on a new work, or these life pressures had come to a fork in the road. I’m so happy to hear that things are on the up for you and your family.

    A bit over two years ago I lost everything in a house fire. As I watched the house go up in flames, I didn’t feel any negative emotions, and I still haven’t. It’s just stuff. I saw it as a new start, a new opportunity to focus on what I really wanted and to change my priorities. I have been living light, and living well since then. The things that I own are only the things that I need. I have no doubt that this change will only be for the better. All the best, and thanks for the years of inspiration.

  22. An actual Australian
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 1:27 am | Permalink

    “There has certainly been enough disgusting “movement drama” of late, but no, I am not taking a break from the battle”

    Thank you.

  23. Terry
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    Having only recently discovered CC, I have been reading the many fantastic essays and articles daily. Seeing the title of this piece caused my heart to sink, thinking that CC was going under. Despite severe personal turmoil, Mr. Johnson is soldiering on! I offer my sincere thanks for your efforts sir and wish you all the best. I also have put my money where my mouth is and became a subscriber. I challenge all CC readers to step up right now and do likewise. Please support this important work and lighten the load of a brave kinsman who is trying to awaken our people!

  24. Leon
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    “We will be more engaged in the community-building aspects of metapolitics”
    Could you elaborate more on this?

    • Greg Johnson
      Posted May 13, 2014 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

      Organizing events where readers in a particular area can meet one another.

      • Rocky
        Posted May 13, 2014 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

        I will say I am very excited to hear this, I hope I am able to contribute financially as my own personal affairs are put in order this year. I wish the best to you Dr. Johnson.

      • Shaun
        Posted May 14, 2014 at 9:18 am | Permalink

        I’m looking forward to this, thank you for staying in the fight. I’m sorry for your recent troubles.

      • Fred
        Posted May 14, 2014 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

        “Organizing events where readers in a particular area can meet one another.”

        I wonder how this will work for countries in which free speech is not permitted.

        ie., soviet kanuckistan?

        • Greg Johnson
          Posted May 15, 2014 at 9:02 am | Permalink

          Good question

        • me
          Posted May 15, 2014 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

          As for Canada, there is some form of free speech. One can gather peacefully. Ask Paul Fromm.

          And there’s always various nationalist groups in Europe & Oz/NZ.

  25. Saylor
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

    Living lean and green is the way to go, especially in your line of work. I appreciate the frank letter to your audience; I am a CC donor and have been somewhat concerned about the amount of material you’ve been outputting lately. I know that things wax and wane over time, but at no time have I had doubts about the sincerity of your convictions or your long term commitment to our struggle. Your personal revelation might actually persuade me to increase my donation, since now it will stretch a lot further in promoting analog activism.

    Thank you so much for moving your program to the road in an effort to network us. That is exactly what is needed to continue moving us forward. For my part, if you are ever travelling across the country, you are welcome to crash at my house.

  26. Catiline
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

    I’d like to express my solidarity with Dr. Johnson. Also, I look forward to future endeavors he will be involved in.

  27. Rodney
    Posted May 13, 2014 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

    Good luck. Take care.

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