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A Mainstream Primer on Populism

1,973 words

John B. Judis
The Populist Explosion: How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics
New York: Columbia Global Reports, 2016

Following the collapse of the Warsaw Pact in 1989 and, two years later, of the Soviet Union itself, there was a widespread sense in the West that the free market had conclusively vindicated itself Read more …

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The Plot Against the Hero:
Colin Wilson’s Absurd Magick

7,981 words

Colin Wilson
The Age of Defeat
London: Aristeia Press, 2018 (reprint; original edition 1959)

“You get to be a superhero by believing in the hero within you and summoning him or her forth by an act of will. Believing in yourself and your own potential is the first step to realizing that potential. Read more …

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History through the Traditionalist Lens:
Alexander Wolfheze’s The Sunset of Tradition & the Origin of The Great War

2,116 words

Alexander Wolfheze
The Sunset of Tradition and The Great War
Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2018
£67.99 (sale price £33.99 until December 1)

Of the major (and even several of the minor) European languages, the Traditionalist school of philosophy – that articulated by René Guénon and Julius Evola and their offshoots – was a latecomer in the Anglophone world. Read more …

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The Enemy of my Enemy:
Vox Day’s Jordanetics

2,418 words

Vox Day
Jordanetics: A Journey Into the Mind of Humanity’s Greatest Thinker
Castalia House, 2018

I have a confession: I was once a fan.

I was recommending the works and lectures of Dr. Jordan Peterson to friends, strangers, and family. Read more …

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Colin Wilson’s The Outsider

6,580 words

The following review was published in The European, a journal owned and published by Sir Oswald Mosley and his wife, Diana, between 1953 and 1959, in its February 1957 issue. Read more …

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Stanisław Wyspiański’s Wawel Plays

Stanisław Wyspiański, Self-Portrait

2,302 words

Stanisław Wyspiański
Acropolis: The Wawel Plays
Translated by Charles S. Kraszewski
London: Glagoslav Publications, 2017

Stanisław Wyspiański was a Polish dramatist, painter, and poet and is widely regarded as the father of modern Polish theatre. He was a central figure in the Young Poland movement. Read more …

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Evola’s Other Club:
Mitch Horowitz & the Self-Made Mystic

7,841 words

Mitch Horowitz
The Miracle Club: How Thoughts Become Reality
Rochester, Vt.: Inner Traditions, 2018

“I don’t want to be a product of my environment. I want my environment to be a product of me. . . . When you decide to be something, you can be it. That’s what they don’t tell you in the church.”[1]

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Attack of the Bugmen!
Heinlein & Verhoeven’s Starship Troopers

2,269 words

Robert Heinlein’s novel Starship Troopers is a genre-defining classic of science fiction. First published in 1959, Heinlein’s work is audacious in propounding aristocratic militarism, will-to-power, social inequality, and contempt for liberal and mercantile values. Starship Troopers describes the path of a young man, Johnny Rico, from uncertain recruit to achieving the rank of Field Officer in an interstellar war against the “Bugs,” a species of giant arachnids. Read more …

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Tucker Carlson’s Ship of Fools

2,393 words

Tucker Carlson
Ship of Fools: How a Selfish Ruling Class Is Bringing America to the Brink of Revolution
New York: Free Press, 2018

Many on the Dissident Right have a thing for Tucker Carlson. Like Ann Coulter, Carlson is one of the few mainstream media personalities whose positions seem to conflict very little with our views. Read more …

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A Letter from a Colorado Supermax

1,633 words

Matt Hale
The Racial Loyalist Manifesto
CreateSpace, 2016

Greg Johnson’s White Nationalist Manifesto (2018) is a big hit. It remains in the top ranks of the Political Philosophy category at Amazon. According to the publisher, it is selling “like gangbusters.” After reading this book, I decided to take a look at Matt Hale’s work with a similar name, The Racial Loyalist Manifesto, to see how the two books compare. Read more …

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Why Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Matters

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Surely, Ian Fleming’s final book, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, is also his finest work of fiction. Published 54 years ago this month, shortly after Fleming’s death, it is visibly superior to the James Bond books in so many ways.

For one thing, it has pictures. Fleming and his editors struggled long and hard to select the right illustrator. The drawings by the illustrator who was eventually selected, John Burningham, are note-perfect and meld perfectly with the text. Read more …

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The Postville Pogrom – that Nobody Admits was a Pogrom

Sholom Rubashkin, one of the former managers of Agriprocessors, who was serving 27 years in prison until his sentence was commuted by President Trump.

3,607 words

Stephen G. Bloom
Postville: A Clash of Cultures in Heartland America
New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2000

Many readers might not know that a surprisingly nasty fight took place in Postville, Iowa between whites and Jews more than a decade ago. The affair – or at least the lead-up to the climax of the affair – was described by the Jewish Professor of Journalism Stephen G. Bloom of Iowa City in his book Postville: A Clash of Cultures in Heartland America. Read more …

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Blut & Boden: An Aryan Allegory

1,567 words

Ash Donaldson
Blut and Boden: A Fairy Tale for Children of European Descent
CreateSpace, 2018

Mythology has always been the tie that binds. Familiar stories from long ago featuring archetypal characters and illustrating universal themes, as well as those specific to a particular race, nation, or tribe, provide common reference points among extended kin. Read more …

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الأمريكان ذو الأصول الأوروبية واليهود، فيتنام ونيبال

2,989 words

English original here

بقلم : سي. إف. روبنسون

ديفيد مارانِس
مضوا إلى الشمس: الحرب والسلم، فيتنام وأمريكا 1967
نيويورك: سيمون و سكوستر، 2003 Read more …

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Bonfire of the Dunces

1,901 words

Gordon Peter Wilson
Quench the Smoldering Wick
CreateSpace, 2018

I want to fit in!” — Patrick Bateman, American Psycho

Whatever one’s opinion of A Confederacy of Dunces, it surely must be the funniest book ever to take place in New Orleans, a city that seems to attract a more somber muse, such as Tennessee Williams or even Anne Rice. Read more …

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كيف احتالت اسرائيل للحصول على القنبلة الذرية

3,279 words

English original here

بقلم: سي. إف. روبنسون

روجر جَي. ماتسون
سرقة القنبلة الذرية: حال دانيال وخداع الجيش الاسرائيلي
خلق الفضاء، 2016 Read more …

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Triumph of the Nomads:
A Race-Realist View of the Australian Aborigines

2,621 words

Geoffrey Blainey
Triumph of the Nomads: A History of Aboriginal Australia
Woodstock, N.Y.: Overlook Press, 1976

Is it possible to romanticize aboriginal peoples and still tell the truth about them?

Geoffrey Blainey did his best to find out with his absorbing study, Triumph of the Nomads. Despite being subtitled A History of Aboriginal Australia, it really is nothing of the sort. Read more …

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The Identitarian Dispensation

2,587 words

Mark Lilla
The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics
New York: Harper, 2017

I have been reading Mark Lilla since the 1990s, when he published his first and best book, G. B. Vico: The Making of an Anti-Modern.[1] Lilla has made a career of reading reactionary thinkers—Vico, Heidegger, Schmitt, Strauss, Voegelin, Read more …

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Protocols of the Puppies of the Alt Right

5,872 words

Ex Ignum Sapientiae
The Alt-Right-Hand Path
Amazon Digital Services, 2018

“[Leo] Strauss relished his role as a guru to worshiping disciples, once writing of ‘the love of the mature philosopher for the puppies of his race, by whom he wants to be loved in turn.’”[1]

This book had an interesting effect on me; a positive effect, but I’m not sure it’s the one the author intended. Read more …

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Cass Sunstein, the Unprincipled Man

Cass Sunstein

2,345 words

Cass R. Sunstein
Conspiracy Theories and Other Dangerous Ideas
New York: Simon & Schuster, 2014

Do people actually read Cass R. Sunstein? Millions, maybe, are vaguely aware of him as a talking head on cable TV. Others might recall that Sunstein held an obscure but sinister-sounding sinecure in the Obama administration (Administrator, White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, 2009-2012), or that he is frequently touted as some kind of esteemed legal scholar at Harvard Law School. Read more …

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Adjustment Day:
An Introduction to the Right

1,357 words

Chuck Palahniuk
Adjustment Day: A Novel
New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 2018

Adjustment Day is Chuck Palahniuk’s love letter to the Alt Right, describing millennial men joining forces to rub out modernity and its masters in a violent revolution, fragmenting the United States into independent homelands: Blacktopia, Gaysia, and Caucasia. Read more …

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Thomas J. Main’s The Rise of the Alt-Right

3,029 words

Thomas J. Main
The Rise of the Alt-Right
Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 2018

Thomas Main interviewed me for this book, and I enjoyed our conversation. Main did not represent himself as anything but a critic of White Nationalism, but I found his questions to be stimulating and looked forward to reading the final product.  Read more …

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Now in Audio Version!
Environmentalism & White Nationalism:
A Shared Destiny

4,558 words / 28:30

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Andreas Meißner
Mensch, was nun? Wie wir der ökologischen Krise begegnen können
Münster: Edition Octopus, 2009 Read more …

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“Most Likely You Go Your Way & I’ll Go Mine”
Stephen King’s Fight Club

3,820 words

Chuck Palahnuik
Adjustment Day: A Novel
London: Jonathan Cape, 2018

“Ears, gentlemen. Sandinista ears.”[1]

I had almost reached the massive iron door, hidden behind a construction dumpster, that serves as the entrance to the abandoned glove factory that has been my squat for the past several years Read more …

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Tolkien’s Last Book: The Fall of Gondolin

1,085 words

J. R. R. Tolkien (Christopher Tolkien, ed.)
The Fall of Gondolin
New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018

The Fall of Gondolin is Tolkien’s final posthumous publication and the third of his “Great Tales,” alongside The Children of Húrin and Beren and Lúthien. It was compiled and edited by his son and literary executor, Christopher Tolkien, and contains multiple versions of the story, Read more …

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A Greater Gift than Fight Club?
Chuck Palahniuk’s Adjustment Day

5,323 words

Chuck Palahniuk
Adjustment Day: A Novel
New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 2018

The characters and plot of Chuck Palahniuk’s new novel Adjustment Day are thoroughly grounded in the politics of the New Right.

Here you will find withering parodies of feminism, “diversity,” and political correctness, Read more …

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Weed-Burning

1,542 words

Augustus Sol Invictus
Set the World on Fire
Self-published, 2018

Full disclosure: Augustus Invictus is a personal friend.

They say that you can only judge a piece of art by its internal consistency and integrity. The surreal work of Salvador Dalí and the raw unreality of Picasso are abysmal by any standard which judges art according to its ability to encapsulate the actual appearance of the real world. Read more …

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A West Indian Hindu Looks at Islam

2,005 words

V. S. Naipaul
Among the Believers: An Islamic Journey
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1981

The further to the political Right one gets, the easier it is to connect with the mentality and ideas of those of a Hindu background while becoming increasingly alienated from the Bible’s Old Testament and its vicious cast of desert-dwelling thieves, murderers, perverts, and swindlers. Read more …

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Hitler & Film

2,002 words

Bill Niven
Hitler and Film: The Führer’s Hidden Passion
New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018

This book is a great companion to Frederic Spotts’ Hitler and the Power of Aesthetics. The only shortcoming of Spotts’ book was that it did not discuss Hitler’s interest in film and his involvement in the German film industry. This book does just that. Read more …

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Noble Truths for Modern Mad Men

4,562 words

Andrew Lynn
Classic Philosophy for the Modern Man
Classic Spirituality for the Modern Man
Howgill House Books, 2017

“In a time of universal triviality, seeking answers to the great questions of existence is . . . a revolutionary course of action. Those who have the humility to ask the question ‘Could it be us who have gone astray?’ are the true radicals.”–Andrew Lynn Read more …

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