Monthly Archives: December 2019

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The Irony of Fate

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If you did an internet search of movies about or taking place on New Year’s Eve, the majority would most likely fall under the romantic comedy genre. Which makes sense, given that when you think about New Year’s Eve, your first thoughts are probably of drinking parties with friends, and more importantly, waiting for the clock to strike midnight with your significant other.

The Irony of Fate was a Soviet made-for-television romantic comedy that aired throughout the Soviet Union on January 1st, 1976. Read more …

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Ben Novak’s Hitler & Abductive Logic

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Ben Novak
Hitler and Abductive Logic: The Strategy of a Tyrant
Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, 2014

“Search your feelings. You know it to be true.”

Ben Novak’s Hitler and Abductive Logic is one of the most exciting academic books I have ever read, a daring and imaginative synthesis of philosophy, history, biography, and literature. Read more …

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Last Chance: Donate to Counter-Currents, Not the IRS

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Today, December 31st, is our American supporters’ last chance in 2019 to do like Robin Hood and take from the rich (the establishment) and give to poor freedom fighters (us), by making a tax-deductible donation to the Counter-Currents Foundation. Read more …

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Jewish Discomfort in New York

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Jews were faced with two uncomfortable events last weekend.

One was a black man stabbing Jews at a rabbi’s home in New York.

The other was a New York Times op-ed that said Jews were genetically smarter than other people.

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Why I Write
Bocca della Verita

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Orwell once wrote that “intellectual honesty is a crime in any totalitarian country; but even in England it is not exactly profitable to speak and write the truth.”

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Downton Abbey

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Julian Fellowes’ Downton Abbey is an extremely popular British period drama, set in the years 1912 to 1926, which ran six seasons (the Brits call them series) on television and is now a feature film set in 1927.

I very much enjoyed the first two seasons of Downton Abbey. Like many Downton Abbey fans, I felt an intense nostalgia for a country I had never known: George V’s England, an overwhelmingly white, unapologetically Eurocentric society Read more …

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Right Ho, Jeeves: A Double Review

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It’s a rare thing to discover a work of art transposed impeccably across genres. How this can be accomplished has always fascinated me. Peter Jackson’s film adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings is a great example because it captures not just the substance of Tolkien’s story but its spirit as well. Comic book writer Chuck Dixon and illustrator Gary Kwapisz have recently accomplished a similar feat, transitioning literature into the graphic novel format. Read more …

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Remembering Rudyard Kipling:
December 30, 1865 to January 18, 1936

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John Collier, Portrait of Rudyard Kipling, circa 1891

John Collier, Portrait of Rudyard Kipling, circa 1891

Nobel Prize-winning poet and novelist Rudyard Kipling was born on this day in 1865. For an introduction to his life and works, see the following articles on this site.

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Eastern European Women, IKEA Dates, & Airport Farewells

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I’m at the airport right now. Being in Eastern Europe for the past two years, I’ve spent a lot of time at various European airports. In regards to my personal life, I’ve found myself in a revolving cycle of meeting Eastern European women on Tinder, taking them on dates to the local IKEA, and then breaking up and saying goodbye to them at the airport. Read more …

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Jim Goad’s The Bomb Inside My Brain

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Jim Goad
The Bomb Inside My Brain
Stone Mountain, Ga.: Obnoxious Books, 2019

One thing White Nationalists need to change the cultural and political mainstream are people who are not White Nationalists but who nevertheless publicly support some of our claims and stand up for the legitimacy of our concerns, our right to speak our minds, and our right to participate in the political process. Read more …

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The Intelligent Person’s Guide to Race & Racial Differences

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Race has been discussed to the point of weariness, yet most discussion consists of little more than wishful thinking, contradiction, and outright malice: “All the races are equal, but whites oppress everyone else. Then again, race doesn’t really exist, which is why we must strive for greater racial diversity.” It is understandable that many people are at once confused by, and sick of, the entire subject—especially white people, the targets of so much blame and hostility. Read more …

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Definitely no logic:
Björk’s Debut

Björk

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Björk’s music is full of range and dimension. This is true both in the sense of her voice, which sweeps across octaves with equal helpings of elegance and coarseness, but also in her varied inflection and choice of songwriting material. One could plot her music on a chart with two poles that span innocence and seductiveness, alongside harmony and discordance, and find that she dances around in all four quadrants Read more …

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1676: A Year That Shaped White America

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Edmund Morgan
American Slavery, American Freedom: The Ordeal of Colonial Virginia
New York: W.W. Norton, 1975

Jill Lepore
The Name of War: King Philip’s War and the Origins of American Identity
New York: Vintage, 1999

The Dissident Right must take back American history. Read more …

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Looking Back at 2019

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I’m happy to say that I can look back upon 2019 with a great deal of satisfaction. In my private life, the one with the kids, the pets, the job, the mortgage, etc. I’ve made great strides.

After a great deal of drama and tough love, I was able to pull some teenagers out of less-than-helpful relationships that stressed me (and them) out a great deal. Read more …

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Encouraging Signs for 2020

Joseph Wright of Derby, A Philosopher Lecturing on the Orrery, circa 1766

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I believe that optimism is a sucker’s game. Motivation is for losers. If you cannot find motivation within yourself no amount of cheerleading will make you succeed. Optimism is the enemy of reality, and reality is the only path to truth. Likewise, the dire pessimism expressed by so many on the Dissident Right is a constraint on the perception of reality. Read more …

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You’re Going to Love Our New Country!

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Do you think guns are more dangerous than they are protective? Do you think 20 percent is a passing grade in mathematics? Do you think free speech is merely a tool whites use to spew racist propaganda? Do you think it’s good when smart whites don’t get admitted to good schools because room needs to be made for Pakistani immigrants? Do you love fetuses being removed, limb by limb from a mother’s womb? Then you’ll love our impending multi-racial utopia, coming now! Read more …

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“I’ll go make you a sandwich.”
Celebrating the Trad Wife in Emmerich’s Midway

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The best present I’ve given myself over this holiday season was the two hours and thirteen minutes I sat in a mostly empty theater on a rainy afternoon watching Midway (2019) the latest epic film by the great Roland Emmerich. Read more …

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Richard Jewell

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Everyone loves a good underdog story. It’s what Hollywood does well. Not to give Hollywood too much credit since I’ll posit that the underdog story is uniquely suited for cinema, regardless if it’s Hollywood or Bollywood or some independent genius shelling out the shekels behind the scenes. I suspect the reason can be boiled down to two words: “home cookin’.” With the right script and performance, filmmakers can get an audience to fall in love with a character despite his personality quirks and manifest flaws. Read more …

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My Five Favorite Books of 2019

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1. Steele Brand, Killing for the Republic: Citizen-Soldiers and the Roman Way of War (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019) 

This is an excellent work of military history that examines the tradition of civic militarism in the Roman Republic. Brand combines detailed analyses of battles with insights about Roman culture and society. His analysis of the Battle of Sentinum (295 BC), for instance, includes diagrams of battle formations as well as a discussion of the history of the devotio, Read more …

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Christmas at Counter-Currents
Gabrieli’s “Hodie Christus natus est”

Merry Christmas to all friends of Counter-Currents. “Hodie Christus natus est” (Today Christ is born) is my favorite motet by Giovanni Gabrieli (c. 1554/1557 to 12 August 1612). My favorite recording is an out-0f-print Decca release by Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford. This performance is the best I could find on YouTube. Enjoy! — Greg Johnson

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Christmas at Counter-Currents
Some Thoughts on Yule

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Yule is the midwinter festival celebrated by my ancestors and by Germanic neo-pagans today. Midwinter is a time when much of nature seems to die or to depart. The trees are stripped of their leaves. The birds abandon us, flying off to warmer climes. Bears, badgers, chipmunks, and squirrels hibernate. Water freezes over. The earth is covered in ice and snow, so that nothing can grow. The air is so chilled that when we are out in it for too long, death becomes something tangible, and we rush inside.  Read more …

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Christmas at Counter-Currents
Christmas & the Winter Solstice

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Translation and commentary by Cologero Salvo

In “Roma e il natale solare nella tradizione nordico-aria” (La Difesa della razza, 1940), Evola writes:

Very few suspect that the holidays [i.e., Catholic holy days] of today, in the century of skyscrapers, radio, great movements of the masses, are celebrated and continue . . . a remote tradition, Read more …

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Christmas at Counter-Currents
Living in Truth: A Yuletide Homily

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Philippe de Champaigne, “Saint Augustin,” 1645-1650

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The key problem of our age is disconnection from truth. This takes several distinct forms. The first, and most obvious, is the prevalence of lies. As everyone knows, modern, western civilization is founded upon lies about human nature, culture, and history. The most significant of these – underlying, in one form of another, most of the rest – is the equality lie; the myth of human equality, which is the chief myth of our age. (“Myth,” as most of my readers know, can have a positive or a negative connotation, as there are salutary myths; here, obviously, I am using the term in its purely negative sense.)  Read more …

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The Literal War on Christmas

Syrians celebrate Christmas as Israel rains down bombs

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Can you feel that magic in the air? It is the most wonderful time of the year. People from all over the world retreat to their hearths and homes to celebrate Christmas, to be with their families, to enjoy warmth, to remember good times, to reflect on the year past. It is a time of good cheer, of rest after a grueling 12 months of labor, Read more …

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All I Want for Christmas

Albert Chevallier Tayler, The Christmas Tree, 1911

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All I want for Christmas is for white men to be happy. Yes, you read that correctly. I want you, white man, to be happy this Christmas. Wherever you are and whoever you are with, I want you to be happy. What do I mean by this? Let’s find out!

I’ve had the opportunity to spend Christmas in various places in the world, Read more …

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My Five Favorite Books of 2019

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1. John Sutherland
Orwell’s Nose: A Pathological Biography
London: Reaktion Books, 2016

This small but brilliant volume is a joy to read, maybe the best single Orwell critique in recent years. “A Quirky and Snarky Treat” somebody at Amazon called it, and that it certainly is. “The lower classes smell,” Orwell famously offers as an upper-class folk belief, in The Road to Wigan Pier. Read more …

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What Impeachment Really Means

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It finally happened. Donald Trump has been impeached by Nancy Pelosi and her army of malcontents in the House of Representatives. Trump joins just two other presidents in all of American history to hold this distinction, the other two being Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton.

There is something far deeper and more sinister at work here than a sitting US President being indicted by Congress for a criminal act. Read more …

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Christmas at Counter-Currents
Christmas: Beauty in Life

Viggo Johansen, Glade Jul, 1891

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Translated by Greg Johnson; Spanish translation here

We are approaching Christmas (another name for the winter solstice). Associated with the evergreen tree, Christmas has always been celebrated in European countries since time immemorial Read more …

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Asgardsrei 2019:
A Stormride & Tribute to an Eternal Legend

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In order to fully understand the importance of this year’s Asgardsrei festival, one must understand the impact that the Blazebirth Hall scene, and in particular, its most prolific artist, Kaldrad, had on both NSBM (National Socialist Black Metal) and the overall sound of Eastern European black metal.

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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In memory of Raven.

Even I didn’t expect Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker to be this bad. It is simply a terrible movie: derivative, incoherent, arbitrary, superficial, and deeply boring and uninvolving—despite, or maybe because of, the frenetic action sequences, dazzling duels, and effects so special they’ll leave carbon scoring on your eyeballs. Read more …

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