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Alain de Benoist

Alain de Benoist was born on 11 December 1943. He is married and has two children. He has studied law, philosophy, sociology, and the history of religions in Paris, France. A journalist and a writer, he is the editor of two journals: Nouvelle Ecole (since 1968) and Krisis (since 1988). His main fields of interest include the history of ideas, political philosophy, classical philosophy, and archaeology. He has published more than fifty books and three thousand articles. He is also a regular contributor to many French and European publications, journals, and papers (including Valeurs Actuelles, Le Spectacle du Monde, Magazine-Hebdo, Le Figaro-Magazine, in France, Telos in the United States, and Junge Freiheit in Germany). In 1978 he received the Grand Prix de l’Essai from the Academie Francaise for his book Vu de droite: Anthologie critique des idees contemporaines (Paris: Copernic, 1977). He has also been a regular contributor to the radio program France-Culture and has appeared in numerous television debates.
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Georges Sorel

Georges Sorel

1,639 slov

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U příležitosti 170. narozenin Georgese Sorela (2. listopadu 1847) přinášíme tento překlad pocty Sorelovi z pera Alaina de Benoista.

Přestože násilí nutně zůstává na pořadu dne vždy, 50. výročí úmrtí Georgese Sorela by prošlo takřka bez povšimnutí, kdyby nakladatelství Éditions Marcel Rivière nepřipadlo na myšlenku vydat znovu jeho Réflexions sur la violence [Úvahy o násilí] (Paris: Éditions Marcel Rivière, 1973). Read more …

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On French Politics, Populism, Trump, Hungary, & Being a Right-wing Intellectual

3,962 words

Translated by Garrett Deasy

The following is an interview with Alain de Benoist that was published by the Hungarian magazine Mandiner on November 4, 2017. It was translated from the original French. Read more …

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Alain de Benoist on Trump & Le Pen

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Editor’s Note: The following is a translation by Greg Johnson of an interview that was conducted in French between the Russian International Eurasian Movement and Alain de Benoist, the founder of the French New Right, in February. Read more …

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Now Available from Counter-Currents!
On the Brink of the Abyss

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Alain de Benoist
On the Brink of the Abyss: The Imminent Bankruptcy of the Financial System
London: Arktos, 2015
188 pages

Paperback: $22

Alain de Benoist argues that the problem with most discussions of the global financial crisisis that they focus on attempting to reform the present economic system in order to prevent such disasters from recurring. Read more …

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On Fascism

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cemeteryTranslated by Lucian Tudor

Translator’s Note:

In the present brief article, Alain de Benoist sets forth a basic definition of “Fascism,” challenging by implication the unacceptable generalizations of this term by certain Liberal and Leftist scholars today. Benoist also makes it clear that Fascism is a time-bound phenomenon which arose in very specific circumstances, Read more …

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Alain de Benoist o masakru v Charlie Hebdo

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Nicolas Gauthier: Co bychom si – kromě legitimního rozhořčení – měli vzít z masakru v redakci Charlie Hebdo? Měli bychom jej vnímat – jak se to objevuje v některých médiích – coby důkaz „totální války“ mezi islámem a křesťanstvím, Východem a Západem?  Read more …

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Alain de Benoist sobre la masacre de Charlie Hebdo

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Nicolas Gauthier: Pasando las legítimas indignaciones sobre la masacre en las oficinas de Charlie Hebdo, ¿qué lección podemos sacar de este evento? ¿Deberíamos verlo,  como algunos en los medios, como una evidencia de una “guerra total” declarada entre el Islam y el Cristianismo, entre Oriente y Occidente?  Read more …

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Alain de Benoist on the Charlie Hebdo Massacre

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Translated by Greg Johnson

Spanish translation here

Nicolas Gauthier: Beyond the legitimate indignation about the massacre in the offices of Charlie Hebdo, what lessons can we draw from this event?  Read more …

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Carl Schmitt Today

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Alain de Benoist
Carl Schmitt Today
London: Arktos, 2013
108 pages

paperback only: $17

“Alain de Benoist’s Carl Schmitt Today is a brief, lucid, and topical exposition to Carl Schmitt’s central ideas about enmity, conflict, and geopolitics. Read more …

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Pocta Dominique Vennerovi

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Důvody k životu i smrti jsou nezřídka totožné. Rozhodně tomu tak bylo v případě Dominique Vennera, jenž svým činem uvedl svůj život a smrt do hlubokého souznění. Dle svých slov se rozhodl zemřít způsobem nejčestnějším za daných okolností – tedy když slova nemůžou popsat ani vyjádřit pocity. Dominique Venner nakonec zemřel tak, jak žil – se stejnou vůlí a jasností. 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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Στρατιώτης, Εργάτης, Επαναστάτης, Άναρχος
Μία εισαγωγή στον Ernst Jünger

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Μετάφραση στα Αγγλικά: Greg Johnson

Μετάφραση-επιμέλεια κειμένου: Lohengrin

Τέσσερις μορφές εμφανίζονται διαδοχικά στα γραπτά του Jünger, κάθε μία από αυτές ανταποκρινόμενη σε μία ξεχωριστή περίοδο της ζωής του συγγραφέως. Αυτές είναι χρονολογικά ο Στρατιώτης του Μετώπου, ο Εργάτης, ο Επαναστάτης, ο Άναρχος. Read more …

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Φόρος Τιμής στον Dominique Venner

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μετάφραση Δημήτρης Παπαγεωργίου

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Οι λόγοι για να ζει κανείς και οι λόγοι για να πεθάνει, είναι συχνά οι ίδιοι. Αυτή ήταν σίγουρα η περίπτωση για τον Dominique Venner, του οποίου η χειρονομία σκόπευε στο να φέρει την ζωή και τον θάνατό του σε απόλυτη αρμονία. Είπε ότι επέλεξε να πεθάνει κατά τον τρόπο που ήταν ο πιο έντιμος στις συγκεκριμένες συνθήκες, ειδικά όταν οι λέξεις είναι πια αδύνατον να περιγράψουν, να εκφράσουν το τι νοιώθουμε.

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Tribute to Dominique Venner

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Translated by Greg Johnson

Translations: CzechGreek

The reasons for living and the reasons for dying are often the same. This was definitely the case for Dominique Venner, whose gesture aimed at bringing his life and death into deep accord. He said he chose to die in the way that was the most honorable in certain circumstances, particularly when words become powerless to describe, to express what we feel. Read more …

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Spiritual Authority & Temporal Power

Jacques-Louis David, “The Coronation of Napoleon,” 1907, detail

8,635 words

Translated by Jon Graham

Three authors considered as outstanding representatives of “traditionalist thought” turned their attention to the same doctrinal question. Read more …

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Georges Sorel

Georges Eugène Sorel (November 2, 1847 in Cherbourg–August 29, 1922 in Boulogne-sur-Seine)

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Czech translation here

Editor’s Note:

In commemoration of the birth of Georges Sorel on November 2, 1847, we are publishing this anonymous translation of Alain de Benoist’s tribute.

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Re-Reading Rousseau

Maurice Quentin de La Tour, “Portrait of Jean-Jacques Rousseau” (1712–1778), pastel on paper, 1753

10,607 words

Translated by Greg Johnson*

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712–1778) is a rather curious case in the history of ideas. After two centuries, he is still the object of truly passionate opinions (you either love him or you hate him), and few authors have given rise to as many contradictory interpretations. He is commonly seen as an inspiration for the French Revolution, but also as an influence on German nationalism. Read more …

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Critique of Liberal Ideology

Portrait of John Locke, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, 1697

8,580 words

Translated by Greg Johnson

Translator’s Note:

In “Critique of Liberal Ideology,” Alain de Benoist uses the term “liberalism” in the broad European sense of the term that applies not just to American liberalism but also to American libertarianism and mainstream conservatism, insofar as all three share a common history and common premises. Read more …

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Democracy:
Representative & Participatory

Bust of Pericles bearing the inscription “Pericles, son of Xanthippus, Athenian,” marble, Roman copy after a Greek original from ca. 430 BC

2,180 words

Translated by Greg Johnson

Representative democracy—essentially liberal and bourgeois—is the most widespread political regime in the Western world today. Read more …

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A Brief History of the Idea of Progress

John Gast, “Manifest Destiny,” 1872

3,641 words

Translated by Greg Johnson

The idea of progress seems one of theoretical presuppositions of modernity. One can even regard it, not without reason, as the real “religion of Western civilization.” Read more …

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Nationalism:
Phenomenology & Critique

Johann Friedrich Overbeck (1789–1869), “Italia and Germania”

2,087 words

Translated by Greg Johnson

There are probably as many theories of nationalism as there are nationalist theories. It is obviously impossible to give an account of them here. We will not take part in the false quarrel over whether nationalism is a pathological exacerbation of patriotism, Read more …

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Gustave Le Bon

Gustave Le Bon, 1841–1931

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Translations: English, German

Gustave Le Bon, Psychologie des foules

“A multidão é sempre intelectualmente inferior ao indivíduo isolado, mas do ponto de vista dos sentimentos e das ações que esses sentimentos provocam, a multidão pode, segundo as circunstâncias, ser melhor ou pior que o indivíduo. Tudo depende da natureza da sugestão à qual a multidão é exposta”.

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Gustave Le Bon

Gustave Le Bon, 1841–1931

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Die englische Übersetzung von Matthew Peters erschien zum Gedenken an Gustave le Bons Geburtstag (7.5.1841) am 7. Mai 2012 auf Counter-Currents. Das französische Original stammt von Alain de Benoist und erschien  in Vu de droite: anthologie critique des idées contemporaines (Paris: Le Labyrinthe, 2001 [1977]), pp. 282–284. Ins Deutsche übersetzt von Osimandia.

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Gustave Le Bon

Gustave Le Bon, 1841–1931

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Translated by Matthew Peters

Translations: German, Portuguese

Editor’s Note:

We are publishing this translation in commemoration of Gustave Le Bon’s birth, on May 7, 1841.

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Ernst Jünger e O Trabalhadorr:
Uma trajetória vital e intelectual entre os deuses e os titãs

Ernst Jünger and his brother Friedrich Georg Jünger

3,510 words

English version, Part 1 and Part 2

Ao evocar O Trabalhador, ao mesmo tempo que a primeira versão de Coração Aventureiro, o ensaísta Armin Mohler, Read more …

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Смерть у кредит

The Dance of Death, 1474, fresco painting (Church of St. Mary, Beram, Croatia)

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English original here

Езра Паунд, у своєму славнозвісному канто XLV «Через лихву» писав: Read more …

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Beyond Human Rights

Beyond Human Rights:
Defending Freedoms

Foreword by Eric Maulin
Arktos Media, 2011
118 pp

hardcover: $30

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Read F. Roger Devlin’s review here

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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Death on the Installment Plan

The Dance of Death, 1474, fresco painting (Church of St. Mary, Beram, Croatia)

1,297 words

Translated by Tomislav Sunic

Ukrainian translation here

Ezra Pound, in his famous Canto XLV With Usura writes:  Read more …

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The Problem of Democracy

Preface by Tomislav Sunic
Arktos Media, 2011
104 pp

paperback: $16

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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Листування Юнґера з Гайдеґґером

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Коли двоє великих людей – і яких людей, безумовно найвидатніший філософ двадцятого століття і один з найвпливовіших письменників – листуються між собою, що саме воно обговорюють? Read more …

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