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Julius Evola

Julius Evola, 1898–1974, was an Italian philosopher and esotericist who became one of the major exponents of the Traditionalist school of René Guénon. From the 1920s to 1945, Evola hoped that Italian Fascism, the Romanian Iron Guard, and German National Socialism could offer both a critique and rectification of the problems of the modern world consistent with Traditionalism. After the disaster of 1945, Evola withdrew from active political engagement, but his teachings continued to influence subsequent generations of thinkers and political actors on the Right, including the European and North American New Right movements. His books include Revolt Against the Modern World (1934), Heathen Imperialism (1928), Introduction to Magic: Rituals and Practical Techniques for the Magus (1929), The Hermetic Tradition: Symbols and Teachings of the Royal Art (1931), The Mystery of the Grail: Initiation and Magic in the Quest for the Spirit (1937), The Doctrine of Awakening: The Attainment of Self-Mastery According to the Earliest Buddhist Texts (1943), The Yoga of Power: Tantra, Shakti, and the Secret Way (1949), Men Among the Ruins: Post-War Reflections of a Radical Traditionalist (1953), Eros and the Mysteries of Love: The Metaphysics of Sex (1958), Ride the Tiger: A Survival Manual for the Aristocrats of the Soul (1961), The Path of Cinnabar: An Intellectual Autobiography (1963), Fascism Viewed from the Right (1964), Meditations on the Peaks: Mountain Climbing as Metaphor for the Spiritual Quest (1974), and Metaphysics of War: Battle, Victory, and Death in the World of Tradition (2007).
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The Aryan Ethos:
Loyalty to One’s Own Nature

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Today, more than ever, one must understand that social problems, in their essence, are rooted in problems of ethics and world-view. Anyone who thinks that social problems can be solved through purely technical means, is like a doctor who only wants to treat the patent symptoms of a disease, rather than examining and treating its deep causes. Read more …

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Julius Evola, East & West:
Comparative Studies in Pursuit of Tradition

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Julius Evola
East & West: Comparative Studies in Pursuit of Tradition
San Francisco: Counter-Currents, 2018
198 pages

Release Date: March 26, 2018

Hardcover: $40

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The Mirror of the Jewish Soul:
Otto Weininger on the Jewish Question

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Otto Weininger

One of the most interesting, and yet least known, profiles of the Jewish soul was sketched several years before the First World War by Otto Weininger. Its importance lies in its superiority over the stereotyped formulas of the majority of militant anti-Semites, and in its effort to define the Jewish problem in universal and spiritual terms, prior to being a national, social, or even strictly racial one. Read more …

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O nacionálně politických výchovných ústavech „Napola“

Za hlavní úkol si školy Napola kladly výchovu člověka „v národního socialistu, zdatného tělem i duší pro službu národu a státu“.

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Považujeme za vhodné zabývat se na tomto místě několika novými německými iniciativami, vytvořenými s úmyslem převzít jistým politickým způsobem úkoly „kvalitativní“ výchovy, které byly v předchozí éře svěřeny několika málo soukromým institucím. Začneme nástinem tzv. „Napol.“ Read more …

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Judaism in the Ancient World

3,418 words

“L’ebraismo nel mondo antico,La Vita Italiana, July 1938
Trans. Das Gletscherkreuz

One of the tactical arguments most commonly used against those who bring up the Jewish problem today, is that anti-Semitism is a mere fad, an imported ideology, an attempt to emulate German racism and Nazism, something which has no real place in our country. Read more …

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The SS, Guard & Order of the Revolution of the Swastika

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Trans. anonymous

One of the most interesting, significant and perhaps least known creations of the German National Socialist revolution is the so-called SS corps.  Read more …

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A “Castle of the Order”

At Ordensburg Sonthofen

At Ordensburg Sonthofen

1,535 words

Trans. anonymous

Krössinsee (Pomerania), August 1939

In a kind of immense field opening up in the dense and unbroken mass of the Nordic forest, against the backdrop of the metallic colors of two large lakes, under a sky made particularly lofty by this constant horizontality and straightness, which, so to speak, constitutes the style of this Pomeranian landscape, stands a group of buildings. They are a singular mixture of the primordial, the archaic, and the modern. Read more …

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The “Napolas”

MellerEagle1,325 words

Czech version here

Trans. Anonymous

We believe it will be of interest to provide an account of some new Germanic initiatives, designed to take over in a particular political form the tasks of “qualitative” education, which in the preceding era were mainly entrusted to a few private institutions. Read more …

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Israel: Its Past, Its Future

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Trans. Anonymous

A work that definitely ought be brought to the attention of all scholars of the Jewish question, and, in general, of those who follow the anti-Semitic debate, is Herman de Vries de Heekelingen’s very recently published book: Israël, son passé, son avenir (Paris: Perrin, 1937). Indeed, few other publications have presented the essence of the Jewish problem with such clarity, such objectivity, and with such wealth of documentation.  Read more …

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Biological Youth & Political Youth

1,299 words

Translated by G. A. Malvicini

YouthA frequently discussed issue among Right-wing circles is the new generation and its relations with the previous one; “revolutionary” youth in relation to the men and ideas of the Fascist period. Some, in this regard, believe that the same phenomenon is met with here that can be observed more generally: the new generation no longer understands the generation that preceded it, the accelerated pace of events having interposed between the one and the other a mental distance much larger than that which in other times normally would have separated them.  Read more …

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The Hegemony of the White Races

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AN00440360_001_lTrans. anonymous

The problem of the origins, the foundations and the future destiny of the global hegemony of the white race is, of course, among the most exciting issues of today. We have in our hands a newly published large volume by Wahrhold Drascher, who, thoroughly knowledgeable, comprehensively informed and with an acute historical sense, takes on precisely this subject (Die Vorherrschaft der weissen Rasse, Berlin, 1936). Read more …

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René Guénon & Integral Traditionalism

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Rene-guenon-1925

Translated by G. A. Malvicini

Elsewhere (in La Destra, in May 1972), we have discussed the necessary relationship of an authentic, non-makeshift Right with the concept of Tradition. In the sense discussed there, references to authors with a traditional orientation may be useful in dealing with certain complex problems. Here, however, we wish to provide an account of the ideas of René Guénon (1886-1951), who was regarded as the proponent of “integral Traditionalism.”  Read more …

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Intelligent Stupidity

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André Martins de Barros, The Scholar

André Martins de Barros, The Scholar

Translated by G. A. Malvicini

The term “intelligent stupidity” was coined by a distinguished representative of traditional thought, F. Schuon (although G. Bernanos had already used an analogous expression, l’intelligence des sots, and another Frenchman had written that “le drame de notre temps, c’est que la bêtise se soit mise à penser” [the drama of our time is that stupidity has started thinking]), to characterize a form of intellectuality that has come to dominate large sectors of modern culture, and which is strongly represented in Italy. Read more …

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Power & Infantilism

Sombart

Werner Sombart

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Translated by G. A. Malvicini

Werner Sombart is an author who deserves to be studied more than he currently is. Sombart furnishes an example of a serious method for studying socio-economic phenomena, one that is far removed from the deformations and biases of materialist sociology (especially of the Marxist type). For Sombart, even economic life is composed of a body and a soul. Read more …

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Subliminal Influences

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TVTranslated by G. A. Malvicini

We have already had the occasion to point to the illusoriness of the claim that modern man, in general, has achieved an autonomy and self-consciousness he previously lacked. This illusion can in part be explained by the fact that attention today is primarily directed towards external conditions, to the disappearance of certain material limits to the freedom of the individual — Read more …

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The “Love of the Distant”

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fri_wandTranslated by G. A. Malvicini

In the domain of inner reactions and characterology, two basic forms may be distinguished. They can be designated, respectively, with the expressions “love of the close” and “love of the distant” (Nietzsche’s “Liebe der Ferne”). In the former case, one is attracted to that which is close to one, in the second, to what is distant. The former is related to “democracy” in the broadest, and especially the existential sense; the second is related to a higher human type, found mostly in the world of Tradition.  Read more …

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The Tarantula’s Bite

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Metropolis -- the Moloch MachineTranslated by G. A. Malvicini

They say that in a non-European country, but with an old civilization, an American company, lamenting the lack of assiduousness of the local work force, thought it had come up with an effective incentive: doubling the workers’ hourly wages. Read more …

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Faces & Mud

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Nikolai Vavilov

Nikolai Vavilov, “Counter-revolutionary”

Translated by G. A. Malvicini

One of the episodes that best characterizes the spirit of Bolshevism is the so-called “Vavilov case.” Professor Nikolai Vavilov was a Russian biologist who was deported to Siberia along with other colleagues of his, not for strictly political reasons, but simply for being an exponent of the theory of genetics. Genetics is a branch of biology that admits the existence of pre-formation in human beings, i.e., of predispositions and traits that are internal, congenital (based on “genes”), not derived from external factors.  Read more …

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Dionysus & the “Left-Hand Path”

Antinous as Dionysos-Osiris, 2nd century, Vatican Museum

Antinous as Dionysus-Osiris, 2nd century, Vatican Museum

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Translated by G. A. Malvicini

As outlined in one of Friedrich Nietzsche’s first works, the very suggestive Birth of Tragedy, the concepts of Dionysus and Apollo correspond very little to the meaning these entities had in antiquity, especially their esoteric meaning. Nevertheless, we will use their Nietzschean interpretation as a starting point in this text, in order to define certain fundamental existential orientations.

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The Decay of Words, Part 3:
Fate & Action

Engraving-of-Tyche2,024 words

Part 3 of 3

Trans. G. A. Malvicini from L’Arco e la Clava [The Bow and the Club] (Milan: Scheiwiller, 1968)

We will end these observations by examining the original content of three ancient Roman notions, those of fatum, felicitas, and fortuna.

15. Fatum. According to the most common modern usage, “fate” is a blind power that hangs over men, Read more …

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The Decay of Words, Part 2:
Work & Leisure

Seneca2,201 words

Part 2 of 3

Trans. G. A. Malvicini from L’Arco e la Clava [The Bow and the Club] (Milan: Scheiwiller, 1968)

10. Labor. Regarding changes in the value attached to words, changes that clearly indicate a radical change in world view, the most typical case is perhaps that of the term labor. In Latin, this word had a mainly negative meaning. Read more …

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The Decay of Words, Part 1:
Virtue & Vice

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Part 1 of 3

Trans. G. A. Malvicini from L’Arco e la Clava [The Bow and the Club] (Milan: Scheiwiller, 1968)

One of the signs of the fact that the course of history has, outside of the purely material plane, been anything but one of progress, is the poverty of modern languages ​​compared to many ancient languages. Read more …

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The Enjoyment of Vulgarity

Max Ernst, "The Virgin Spanking the Christ Child before Three Witnesses: Andre Breton, Paul Eluard, and the Painter, 1926

Max Ernst, The Virgin Spanking the Christ Child before Three Witnesses: André Breton, Paul Eluard, and the Painter, 1926

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Trans. G. A. Malvicini

One of the most indicative signs of the influence of the regressive processes that we have described in the preceding pages of this book [L’Arco e la Clava] with regard to customs and tastes, is the enjoyment of vulgarity, with its more or less subconscious undercurrent of pleasure taken in degradation and self-contamination. Related to it are the various expressions of a tendency towards deformation and a taste for the ugly and the base. A few observations with regard to this matter will perhaps not be devoid of interest.

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Christmas Special 
Christmas & the Winter Solstice

Sol Invictus crowned with a diadem of sun rays

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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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El Problema Judío en el Mundo Espiritual

DNSISolInvictus-45,973 words

English version here

En Italia no es muy sentido el problema judío a diferencia en cambio de lo que sucede en otros países, sobre todo en Alemania, en donde el mismo hoy, tal como todos saben, suscita profundas antítesis no sólo a nivel ideal, sino también en la esfera social y política. Las últimas leyes recientemente sancionadas, inspiradas en Göring, según las cuales en Alemania no sólo los matrimonios mixtos, sino aún la misma convivencia entre judíos y no judíos es prohibida y los judíos Read more …

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Negrified America

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NegrifiedAmericaTranslated by G. A. Malvicini

Not long ago, the newspapers announced that according to some calculations, by 1970 half of the population of Manhattan will be black, and that in the five boroughs that make up the entire city of New York, 28 percent of the inhabitants will be of colored race. Developments in the same direction have been registered in other cities and areas of the United States. We are witnessing a negrification, a mongrelization, and a decline of the white race in the face of faster-breeding inferior races.  Read more …

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The Jewish Question in the Spiritual World

DNSISolInvictus-45,631 words

Spanish translation here

In Italy, the Jewish question is not very keenly felt, unlike in other countries, in Germany in particular. There, as everyone knows, this question provokes deep tensions today not only on the plane of ideas, but also in society and politics. The most recent legislation, proposed by Göring, which bans not only marriages between Jews and non-Jews but also unmarried mixed couples, and permanently excludes Jews, or those already married to Jews, from all Nazi state organizations, are the ultimate consequence of these tensions.  Read more …

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Mussolini & Racism, Part 4
Racism & Other “Horrors”

Tullio Crali. prima che si apra il paracadute, 1939. Casa Cavazzini, Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Udine.

Tullio Crali, Before the Parachute Opens, 1939.

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I will take a recent episode of a personal nature as a starting point for the clarification of certain ideas. This clarification might be useful to those who, within the Right, are not only concerned with problems related to the more contingent forms of political struggle. The episode is the following. In Rome, an organisation of the MSI [Movimento Sociale Italiano][1] was planning to dedicate a conference to the ideas that I defend. Read more …

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Mussolini & Racism, Part 3
Blood & Spirit

MussoliniFuturist1,249 words

After Mussolini considered the arguments presented in my previous articles, I told him that his approval of my formulation of racial issues would be help me in initiatives that I had already begun abroad under my own responsibility. For a long time I was in contact with certain German circles, having been invited to give lectures and presentations, and racial issues were among the topics I had discussed.

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Mussolini & Racism, Part 2
The Myth of the New Italy

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Tato (Guglielmo Sansoni), Flying over the Coliseum in a Spiral (Spiraling), 1930

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While race is typically considered a fixed, naturalistic and fatal given, in my book [Synthesis of the Doctrine of Race] I argued a dynamic conception: new races can be formed, while other races may mutate or disappear as a result of internal, spiritual factors, or what I called the “internal race.” As an example, I pointed to the Jewish type, which isn’t derived from an original pure race, but was molded by a millennial tradition; Read more …

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