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Roman Law

Julius Caesar by Andrea di Pietro di Marco Ferrucci, ca. 1512

9,042 words

The following is the complete text of the second chapter of The Foundations of the Nineteenth Century, vol. I, originally published in 1899, which was translated from the German by John Lees in 1910 and revised in 1912. The original Cyrillic Greek words for “Spartans” and “Acheans” have not been included. The text was provided by A. E. Stern.

DISPOSITION

To define in clear terms what we have inherited from Rome, what out of that vast manufactory of human destinies still exercises a living influence, Read more …

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Religious Piety in Sparta & Rome

Augustus as Pontifex Maximus

1,847 words

As (post-)Christian moderns, we are twice handicapped in trying to understand the religions of the ancient pagan states such as Sparta and Rome. Where we tend to think of religious belief as universalistic, other-worldly, monolatrous, and dogmatic, ancient paganism was particularistic, world-embracing, polytheistic (almost ecumenical), and non-dogmatic (but ritualistic).  Read more …

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Why I Write
Putting the Pieces Back Together

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Ezra Pound: “Make it new!”

The great monologist Jean Shepherd used to remark, “In four thousand years, no one will know that you ever existed.” This statement is shocking for modern man, who — while not believing in an immortal soul — is convinced that technological advances will soon grant immortality to his physical being. Mortality might come as a shock to deracinated modern man — who is never more than a few feet away from a hand sanitizer or a “safe zone” to protect him from the challenges of bacteria or differing opinions — yet this was not always the case. Read more …

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Why the Confederacy Matters

James Henry Beard, North Carolina Emigrants: Poor White Folks (1845)

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As of late, a great deal of debate has occurred on the Right concerning whether certain aspects of white-European history possess any relevance to the contemporary white racialist movement or not. For example, many have questioned the merits of the perpetuation of National Socialist ideology in the postmodern “West.” Read more …

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Thoughts on Debt Repudiation

Merry-Joseph Blondel, 1781–1853, “Solon, Legislator of Athens”

2,349 words /15:14

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French translation here

In Ancient Athens, debtors who were unable to pay their creditors lost their land and were reduced to serfs who had to give their landlords one sixth of their produce in perpetuity. Read more …

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Christmas Special 
Christmas & the Winter Solstice

Sol Invictus crowned with a diadem of sun rays

611 words

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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The Mystique of Race in Ancient Rome

A fresco from the thermopolium of Lucius Vetutius Placidus in the city of Pompeii, depicting the spirit (genius) of the house central, flanked by Lares and Penates with Mercury on far left, Bacchus far right.

A fresco from the thermopolium of Lucius Vetutius Placidus in the city of Pompeii, depicting the spirit (genius) of the house central, flanked by Lares and Penates with Mercury on far left, Bacchus far right.

3,541 words

Translated by Cologero

Racialist literature has not failed to emphasize everything that shows the importance attributed to lineage, people, origin, and ancestry in ancient Romanity at that time, and has also conducted research to recover the Aryan or Nordic-Aryan element and type in Romanity and to follow its destiny.

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Oswald Spengler & the Faustian Soul of the West, Part 1

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Faust im Studierzimmer Georg Friedrich Kersting

Georg Friedrich Kersting, “Faust in his Study”

Part 1 of 2

If I had to choose one word to identify the uniqueness of the West it would be “Faustian.” This is the word Oswald Spengler used to designate the “soul” of the West. He believed that Western civilization was driven by an unusually dynamic and expansive psyche. The “prime-symbol” of this Faustian soul was “pure and limitless space.” This soul had a “tendency towards the infinite,” a tendency most acutely expressed in modern mathematics.  Read more …

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Les banques centrales et l’esclavage humain:
Les travaux de Stephen Mitford Goodson

historyofcentralbanking4,847 words

English original here

Stephen Mitford Goodson
A History of Central Banking and the Enslavement of Mankind
London: Black House Publishing, 2014

Stephen Mitford Goodson
Inside the South African Reserve Bank: Its Origins and Secrets Exposed
London: Black House Publishing, 2014

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Was Roman Citizenship Based on Laws for “All of Humanity”?

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Corpus Juris Civilis

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The claim that the Roman empire was a legally sanctioned multiracial state is another common trope used by cultural Marxists to create an image of the West as a civilization long working itself toward the creation of a universal race-mixed humanity. This is a lie to which patriots of Western Civ must not yield.

The majority of scholars agree that Rome’s greatest contribution to Western Civilization was the development of a formal-rational type of legal order characterized by the logical consistency of its laws, the precise classification of its different types of law, Read more …

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Central Banking & Human Bondage:
The Works of Stephen Mitford Goodson

historyofcentralbanking4,370 words

French translation here

Stephen Mitford Goodson
A History of Central Banking and the Enslavement of Mankind
London: Black House Publishing, 2014

Stephen Mitford Goodson
Inside the South African Reserve Bank: Its Origins and Secrets Exposed
London: Black House Publishing, 2014

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Decadence

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, "A Favorite Poet"

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, “A Favorite Poet”

2,428 words

Delivered to the H. L. Mencken Club, November 1, 2013

About two years ago, when I was still very young, I bumped into a copy of the abridged version of Arnold Toynbee’s A Study of Historywherein he tried to establish a taxonomy of civilizations, Read more …

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Estamos presenciando el fin del Imperio Romano

Paul Jamin, “Brenn and his Share of the Spoils,” 1893

1,864 palabras

English version here

Esta es la pregunta: “¿Estamos viviendo en el año 370 dC, 40 años antes de que Alarico saquease Roma?” O “¿Vivimos en el año 270 dC, poco antes de las drásticas medidas correctivas de los emperadores ilirios, que se apartan de la catástrofe, para prolongar la vida del imperio durante otros dos siglos? ”

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Licurgo e o Estado Espartano

3,651 words

English original here

“E Teopompo, quando um estranho continuou a dizer, conforme ele lhe demonstrou gentileza, que em sua própria cidade ele era considerado amante de Esparta, disse: ‘Meu bom senhor, melhor seria para ti ser chamado amante de tua própria cidade’.” – Plutarco [1]

Assim como Mussolini olhava para a Roma Antiga por um modelo de uma sociedade sadia e orgânica, os antigos romanos olhavam para Esparta. Read more …

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Lycurgus & the Spartan State

3,758 words

Portuguese translation here

“And Theompopus, when a stranger kept saying, as he showed him kindness, that in his own city he was called a lover of Sparta, remarked: ‘My good sir, it were better for thee to be called a lover of thine own city.’” – Plutarch[1]

Just as Mussolini looked to Ancient Rome for the model of a healthy, organic society, the Ancient Romans looked to Sparta. Read more …

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Paganism Without Swords?

Detail from Jacques-Louis David’s “Oath of the Horatii,” 1784

3,600 words

“When swords ran every which way like red-stained snakes, our fathers warmed to life; the sun of all peace seemed limp and lackluster to them, but the long peace caused them shame. How they sighed, our fathers, when they saw gleaming bright, dried up swords on the wall! Like them, they thirsted for war. For a sword wants to drink blood and sparkles with desire.” — Friedrich Nietzsche Read more …

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Podcast No. 12 
Matt Parrott, “Trayvon & the End of White Guilt”; Greg Johnson, “Thoughts on Debt Repudiation”

time: 30:38/55 words

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Segment One

Matt Parrott reads “Trayvon and the End of White Guilt” (6:08)  Read more …

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Réflexions sur la répudiation de la dette

Merry-Joseph Blondel, 1781–1853, « Solon, Législateur d’Athènes »

2,624 words

English original here

Dans l’ancienne Athènes, les débiteurs qui étaient incapables de payer leurs créditeurs perdaient leur terre et étaient réduits à l’état de serfs qui devaient donner à leur propriétaire terrien un sixième de leur production, à perpétuité. Si la dette excédait le total des biens du débiteur, lui et sa famille étaient réduits à l’esclavage. Read more …

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Thoughts on Debt Repudiation

Merry-Joseph Blondel, 1781–1853, “Solon, Legislator of Athens”

2,325 words

French translation here

In Ancient Athens, debtors who were unable to pay their creditors lost their land and were reduced to serfs who had to give their landlords one sixth of their produce in perpetuity. If the debt exceeded the debtor’s total assets, he and his family were reduced to slavery. Read more …

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Christmas Special 
Christmas & the Winter Solstice

Sol Invictus crowned with a diadem of sun rays

634 words

Editor’s Note:

This year, the Winter Solstice falls on December 22.

Translation and commentary by Cologero Salvo

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

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Brooks Adams on the Romans

Peter Chardon Brooks Adams, 1848–1927

1,241 words

Brooks Adams was an American historian and critic of capitalism from a classical republican/agrarian/populist point of view.

Brooks Adams was from an immensely accomplished family. He was a great-grandson of President John Adams, a grandson of President John Quincy Adams, a son of diplomat Charles Francis Adams, and the brother of Henry Adams, Read more …

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The Romans

12,616 words

Chapter 1 of The Law of Civilization and Decay: An Essay on History
Second Edition
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1896 Read more …

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Rethinking Democracy:
Alain de Benoist’s The Problem of Democracy

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Alain de Benoist
The Problem of Democracy
Arktos Media, 2011

This deceptively brief study of democracy begins from the familiar point that the term can no longer mean much in an age when all regimes claim to be democratic. Read more …

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Tacitus’ Germania

2,188 words

Übersetzt von Deep Roots

English original here

Tacitus’ Germania, eine kurze Monographie über die germanische Ethnographie, die ca. 98 n. Chr. geschrieben wurde, ist von großer historischer Bedeutung. Read more …

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Tacitus’ Germania

2,198 words

German translation here

Tacitus’ Germania, a short monograph on German ethnography written c. 98 AD, is of great historical significance. The transmission of the text to the present day, and certain adventures and tensions surrounding it, make for an interesting story.

Roman historian and aristocrat Cornelius Tacitus (c. 55–c. 117 AD) was the author of several works, more than half of which have been lost. Read more …

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Sol Invictus:
Encounters Between East & West in the Ancient World

2,563 words

Translation anonymous, edited by Greg Johnson

Franz Altheim’s latest book, recently published [Der unbesiegte Gott: Heidentum und Christentum (The Unconquered God: Heathenism and Christianity) (Hamburg: Rohwolts Deutsche Enzyklopädie, 1957)], should be of special interest to the readers of this review, for it deals with a significant encounter between the ancient civilizations of East and West.

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Wir erleben das Ende des Römischen Reiches

Paul Jamin, "Brenn and his Share of the Spoils," 1893

1,666 words

Übersetzung dieser englischen Fassung ins Deutsche: Deep Roots.

Dies ist die Frage: „Leben wir im Jahr 370 n. Chr., 40 Jahre bevor Alarich Rom plünderte?“ oder „Leben wir im Jahr 270 n. Chr., kurz vor den drastischen Korrekturmaßnahmen der illyrischen Kaiser, die die Katastrophe abwendeten, um das Leben des Imperiums um weitere zwei Jahrhunderte zu verlängern?“

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We’re Living the End of the Roman Empire

Paul Jamin, “Brenn and his Share of the Spoils,” 1893

1,683 words

Translated by Michael O’Meara

Translations: German, Spanish

Here’s the question: “Are we living in 370 AD, 40 years before Alaric sacked Rome?,” or: “Are we living in 270 AD, just before the drastic redressment of the Illyrian emperors, who staved off catastrophe to prolong the empire’s life for another two centuries?”

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