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Anthony M. Ludovici

Anthony Mario Ludovici (1882–1971) was one of the first and most accomplished translators of Nietzsche into English and a leading exponent of Nietzsche’s thought. Ludovici was also an original philosopher in his own right. In nearly forty books, including eight novels, and hundreds of shorter works, Ludovici set forth his views on metaphysics, religion, ethics, politics, economics, the sexes, health, eugenics, art, modern culture, and current events with a clarity, wit, and fearless honesty that made him famous. A passionate, principled defender of aristocracy and conservatism and a fierce, uncompromising critic of egalitarianism in all its manifestations, Ludovici was consigned to obscurity after the Second World War. But in recent years, through the power of his thought and the promotional efforts of John V. Day, Ludovici's writings have found a whole new audience.
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Anthony M. Ludovici’s The Confessions of an Anti-Feminist

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Anthony M. Ludovici
The Confessions of an Anti-Feminist: The Autobiography of Anthony M. Ludovici
San Francisco: Counter-Currents, 2018
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On the Jewish Question

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The following text is excerpted from the forthcoming Counter-Currents publication of Anthony M. Ludovici, Confessions of an Anti-Feminist: The Autobiography of Anthony M. Ludovici, ed. John V. Day, ch. 8, “My Life Work.” The title is Editorial. The notes by John V. Day are marked “Ed.”

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The Secret of Laughter

LaughingMan9,356 words

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Since humor is one of the New Right’s most powerful weapons, we should welcome anything that might sharpen our attack, including a theoretical explanation of the nature of humor itself. Anthony M. Ludovici’s 1932 book The Secret of Laughter presents an entirely convincing theory of humor inspired by Thomas Hobbes and Charles Darwin.  Read more …

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As Cinco Virtudes Cardinais Femininas

Abbott_Handerson_Thayer_-_Caritas3,284 words

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Na mulher eu reconheço algumas das principais virtudes que garantem a continuidade da espécie humana no planeta:

(1) Constância irrefletida frente as demandas da vida;

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Religion for Infidels, Part 5 
Summoning Nature’s Powers

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St Dominic in Prayer El Greco

El Greco, “St. Dominic in Prayer”

Part 5 of 5

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In this final selection from Anthony Ludovici’s last book Religion for Infidels (London: Holborn, 1961), I have augmented John Day’s selections in The Lost Philosopher: The Best of Anthony M. Ludovici (Berkeley, Cal.: ETSF, 2003) with the concluding sections of the book. On Ludovici’s account, prayer is essentially meditation that mobilizes the deep forces of nature, Read more …

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Religion for Infidels, Part 4 
Life Finds a Way

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What, then, are the disconnected facts, the underlying relation of which would have vindicated Lamarck, shed important light on the evolutionary process and simultaneously explained many a problem connected with religion and religious practice?  Read more …

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Religion for Infidels, Part 3 
Intelligence, Power, & Problem Solving in Nature

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(f) The sixth conclusion to which a steady and careful study of Nature inevitably leads us is that wherever there is living matter, whether in the human brain or in a blade of grass, there also shall we find intelligence. Every particle of live matter is, we know, composed of cells which, individually and by the simple fact that they are alive, give evidence of intelligent activity. Read more …

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Religion for Infidels, Part 2 
Nature Red in Tooth & Claw

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Religion for Infidels (London: Holborn, 1961) was Anthony Ludovici’s last book. In it, he addresses the increasing population of individuals who have religious or spiritual inclinations and yet find it impossible to believe in revealed religions such as Christianity.  Read more …

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Religion for Infidels, Part 1

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Part 1 of 5

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Religion for Infidels (London: Holborn, 1961) was Anthony Ludovici’s last book (as opposed to essay collection). In it, he addresses the increasing population of individuals who have religious or spiritual inclinations and yet find it impossible to believe in revealed religions such as Christianity.  Read more …

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Jews, & the Jews in England, Excerpts

Simeon Solomon, "Judith and her Attendant going to the Assyrian Camp," 1872

Simeon Solomon, “Judith and her Attendant going to the Assyrian Camp,” 1872

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Excerpts from Jews, and the Jews in England (London: Boswell Publishing, 1938), published under the pen name “Cobbett.”

At the present conjuncture in world affairs, ‘race’ may have become a meaningless word. It may even be quite superfluous. If this is so, then by all means let us scrap it. But scrapping it will not remove those factors to designate which it has so far survived, possibly merely as a spurious counter. It will not remove the capacity on the part of non-Semitic Europeans to recognize the Jew as a type (desirable or undesirable). Read more …

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The Jews as a Race

Abraham and Isaac

Caravaggio, “Sacrifice of Isaac”

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This is the Introduction to Anthony M. Ludovici’s book Jews, and the Jews in England (London: Boswell Publishing, 1938), published under the pen name “Cobbett.”  

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Ludovici on the Jewish Question 
Change Society’s Values

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From Gentile and Jew: A Symposium on the Future of the Jewish People, compiled and edited by Chaim Newman (London: Alliance Press, 1945), pp. 165–85.

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From my earliest years I have, in one way and another, been indebted to Jews. The days of my childhood were enlivened by the music of Offenbach, most of whose more famous comic operas were made familiar to me. Read more …

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Em Defesa do Mal Gosto

Angelina Jolie, apotheosis by race-betrayal

Angelina Jolie, apotheosis by race-betrayal

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A fundamental falta de gosto da mulher é o fato ao qual eu atribuí os dois mitos de Pandora e Eva, nos quaias a mulher é representada como sendo a causa da queda do homem, e da introdução do mal na terra. Eu demonstrei esse mal gosto fundamental apontando para a inabilidade da mulher em selecionar e reconhecer os melhores homens e sua preferência geral por homens inferiores, Read more …

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Hitler & the Third Reich

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Ludovici published the following three-part article on “Hitler and the Third Reich” in The English Review in 1936. Ludovici describes his travels in the Third Reich in his autobiography, Confessions of an Anti-Feminist. Read more …

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Hitler & Nietzsche

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Much has been written and more has been said about the Nietzschean influence behind the new regime in Germany. Read more …

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My Education, Part III

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What follows are selections from Confessions of an Anti-Feminist: The Autobiography of Anthony M. Ludovici, ed. John V. Day, ch. 5, “My Education, III (1916–1959).” The section headings are my creations. Unless otherwise indicated, all notes are by Ludovici. John V. Day’s notes are marked JVD. Mine are marked GJ. Read more …

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Memories of Dr. Oscar Levy

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Dr. Oscar Levy (March 28, 1867–August 13, 1946), was a German-born Jewish physician and Nietzsche scholar who between 1909 and 1913, oversaw the publication of an 18-volume edition of Nietzsche’s writings in English translation. Ludovici translated several of Nietzsche’s books for this edition. Read more …

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My Education, Part II

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What follows are selections from Confessions of an Anti-Feminist: The Autobiography of Anthony M. Ludovici, ed. John V. Day, ch. 4, “My Education, II (1910–1916).” Read more …

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Whistler, Kant, & Modern Art

James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834–1903), "At the Piano," 1858–59

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Anthony M. Ludovici’s grandfather and father, Albert Ludovici, Sr. and Albert Ludovici, Jr. were celebrated and successful painters in England. Read more …

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My Education, Part I

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What follows are selections from Anthony M. Ludovici, Confessions of an Anti-Feminist: The Autobiography of Anthony M. Ludovici, ed. John V. Day, ch. 3, “My Education, I (1882–1910).” The section headings are my creations. Unless otherwise indicated, all notes are by Ludovici. John V. Day’s notes are marked JVD, and additional notes are marked GJ. Read more …

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Brooks Adams’ The Law of Civilization & Decay

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Brooks Adams’ work on The Law of Civilization and Decay[1] is a reprint of the original American edition published in 1896. It was the first of a series of similar treatises and started the line followed, among others, by Spengler. Briefly its thesis is this — “As the attack in war masters the defence, and the combative instinct becomes unnecessary to the preservation of life, the economic supersedes the martial mind, being superior in bread-winning. Read more …

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On Wuthering Heights

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Caspar David Friedrich, "Rocky Landscape in the Elbsandsteingebirge," 1822–1823

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The following is from Anthony M. Ludovici, Confessions of an Anti-Feminist: The Autobiography of Anthony M. Ludovici, ed. John V. Day, ch. 3, “My Education, Part.” Unless otherwise indicated, all notes are by Ludovici. John V. Day’s notes are marked JVD, and additional notes are marked GJ. The book remains unpublished, but we hope to raise funds to finally bring it into print later this year.

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Memories of Hitler & the Third Reich

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The following is from Anthony M. Ludovici, Confessions of an Anti-Feminist: The Autobiography of Anthony M. Ludovici, ed. John V. Day, ch. 5, “My Education, Part III.” The book remains unpublished, but we hope to raise funds to finally bring it into print The notes by John V. Day are marked with his initials.

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Memories of Orage, Gurdjieff, & Ouspensky

Alfred Richard Orage, 1873–1934

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The following is from Anthony M. Ludovici, Confessions of an Anti-Feminist: The Autobiography of Anthony M. Ludovici, ed. John V. Day, ch. 4, “My Education, Part II.” (The opening sentence comes from ch. 3, “My Education, Part I.”) The book remains unpublished, but we hope to raise funds to finally bring it into print.

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Memories of G. K. Chesterton

Gilbert Keith Chesterton, 1874–1936

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The following is from Anthony M. Ludovici, Confessions of an Anti-Feminist: The Autobiography of Anthony M. Ludovici, ed. John V. Day, ch. 7, “My Friends, Part II.”  The book remains unpublished, but we hope to raise funds to finally bring it into print.

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Ludovici on Feminism & Emasculation

Cristofano Allori. "Judith with the Head of Holofernes," 1613

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Each sex has the instincts, emotions and mental powers related to the kind of life that it will have to lead, and the corresponding limitation in selecting and rejecting. For instance, the male as the active par­ticipator in coition is the wooer and initiator; he has to awaken desire for himself in the female, and finds his pleasure in these roles. The fe­male finds pleasure in being captivated, in surrendering herself, in yielding to initiation, provided that she approves of the male.

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In Defense of Vain Women

"Vanity" by John William Waterhouse, 1849–1917

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Woman’s vanity, I take it, is not open to question. If no other proof of its preeminence in her were available, we should find one in her universally reported modesty, for who says modest, says also vain. Since, therefore, no-one has yet contested the modesty of women, I may take it that her vanity is by implication generally accepted too. Read more …

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In Defense of Domineering Women

Franz von Stuck, "Kiss of the Sphinx," 1895

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Woman’s love of petty power is obvious and hardly requires demonstrating. It arises from the species’ urgent need of some adult animal which, when the offspring is born, will take an instinctive delight in looking after it. Apart from the pleasant sensations that the healthy female, whether animal or human, derives from suckling, there must also be an instinct which makes it a pleasure to nurse, to fondle and to tend the infant of the species.

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In Defense of Bad Taste

Angelina Jolie and her adopted children

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Woman’s fundamental lack of taste is the fact to which . . . I ascribed the two myths of Pandora and Eve, in which woman is depicted as being the cause of the fall of man, and of the introduction of evil on earth. I demonstrated this fundamental bad taste by pointing to women’s inability to select and recognize the best men and their general preference for inferior men, the reason of this preference being the greater facility with which the latter are ruled and made amenable to women’s love of petty power.

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In Defense of Deceptive Women

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In the positive woman only those vices may be recognized which are inseparable from her functions as a promoter and preserver of life, for all the other vices she may or may not have in common with man. Those that are constantly characteristic of her are: (1) duplicity and an indifference to truth, (2) lack of taste, (3) vulgarity, (4) love of petty power, (5) vanity and (6) sensuality.

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