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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah

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If you’ve never heard of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, then you’re missing out on one of the leading lights of contemporary literature. If you don’t appreciate her, then you’re a bigger Philistine than the Biblical Goliath. If you’ve ever wondered what Dostoyevsky would be like if he was reincarnated as a Nigerian lady in modern times, or imagined Shakespeare with boobs and an Afro, then this is the one. Read more …

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From Massive to Passive:
George Lewis’s Massive Resistance

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George Lewis
Massive Resistance: The White Response to the Civil Rights Movement
London: Hodder Education, 2006

There are very few books that cover the white response to the “civil rights” movement very seriously. Professor George Lewis of the University of Leicester (UK) has done such a work. However, the book maintains the flaws of all histories of “civil rights,” Read more …

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Idiot Porn:
Anti-White Stereotypes in Nathanael West’s The Day of the Locust

2,781 wordsThe cover of Nathanael West's book The Day of the Locust.

Within the field of literature, Jews have often complained about negative Jewish stereotypes. There is a Wikipedia page [1] dedicated to the subject, and scholars have dedicated much time to researching this phenomenon. For example, in his 2005 article “How Racist Was Oliver Twist?” novelist Norman Lebrecht actually counted (or relayed someone else’s count of) the number of times Charles Dickens referred to his Jewish villain Fagin in the first thirty-eight chapters of Oliver Twist as “the Jew.” It was 257. Read more …

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The Expulsion of the Moriscos:
Matthew Carr’s Blood & Faith

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Matthew Carr
Blood and Faith: The Purging of Muslim Spain
New York: New Press, 2009

There is something about the Spain of centuries past that is so dreadfully modern. One situation was the presence of large numbers of Muslim Moors after the conquest of Granada in 1492. The Moorish community arrived in Spain during the Islamic conquest of Iberia which started in 711 AD. Read more …

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Tyler O’Neil’s Making Hate Pay

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Tyler O’Neil
Making Hate Pay: The Corruption of the Southern Poverty Law Center
New York: Bombardier Books, 2020

There’s a moment in the film 300 in which the Spartan defenders at Thermopylae allow their allies, the Arcadians, to take on the Persians. Despite recognizing their weaknesses as soldiers, King Leonidas begrudgingly gives the Arcadians credit for taking part in the fight. This is about how I felt upon reading Tyler O’Neil’s Making Hate Pay: The Corruption of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Read more …

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Don’t Learn This From the Germans

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Susan Neiman
Learning From the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil
Farrar, Straus, and Giroux: New York, 2019

Germans are notorious for their ethno-masochism. Their official identity is built on guilt and the need for atonement. Germans can only look back at their past with shame; pride is impossible. More Germans are challenging the national guilt cult, but it is still enshrined by the government and the culture. Read more …

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The Korean Burden:
Cathy Park Hong’s Minor Feelings

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Cathy Park Hong
Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning
New York: One World, 2020

Is it really wise to allow the immigration of people who find it so difficult and painful to assimilate into the American majority?
— Peter Brimelow

It would take a heart of stone to read the self-absorbed, neurotic words of Cathy Park Hong in her book Minor Feelings and not laugh. Read more …

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Treason Uncloaked:
Jordan & Stokes’ From Major Jordan’s Diaries

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George Racey Jordan & Richard L. Stokes
From Major Jordan’s Diaries
New York: Harcourt Brace & Co., 1952

Increasing numbers of the public realize the government doesn’t always work the way their civics classes taught. A government is only as good as the politicians and bureaucrats running it. There’s been much discussion about topics such as the Deep State, the globalist oligarchy, Read more …

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It’s Population, Stupid:
Gunnar Heinsohn’s Söhne & Weltmacht

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Gunnar Heinsohn
Söhne und Weltmacht: Terror im Aufstieg und Fall der Nationen
Zürich, Switzerland: Orell Füssli Verlag, 2020 (2003)

Robert Malthus’s essay on population growth is widely known and widely refuted, mostly by commentators who have not read it. In his Essay on the Principle of Population, Malthus argued that population growth undermined the achievements which technology had brought and was bringing to human society Read more …

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A Few More Spankings Needed:
Edward Dutton’s Churchill’s Headmaster

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Edward Dutton
Churchill’s Headmaster: The “Sadist” Who Nearly Saved the British Empire
Melbourne, Australia: Manticore Press, 2019

I recently discovered Edward Dutton when I listened to a series of Scandza Forum talks on an internet video service. Needless to say, I was intrigued by what he had to say, so I picked up a copy of his analysis of the headmaster of Winston Churchill’s boyhood school, the Reverend Herbert Sneyd-Kynnersley. Read more …

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Richard Weaver’s Ideas & Their Consequences

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Richard M. Weaver
Ideas Have Consequences
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1948
Expanded edition, with a Foreword by Roger Kimball and an Afterword by Ted J. Smith III, 2013.

The defeat of logical realism in the great medieval debate was the crucial event in the history of Western culture …. Read more …

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Richard Weaver’s The Southern Tradition at Bay

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Richard Weaver
The Southern Tradition at Bay: A History of Postbellum Thought
New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House, 1968

Richard Weaver’s The Southern Tradition at Bay has grown in both poignancy and meaning since its posthumous publishing in 1968. Originally Weaver’s 1943 doctoral dissertation at Louisiana State University, this work offers a survey of the most important postbellum literature produced by Southern writers until 1910 and ties it together with a philosopher’s breadth of vision. Read more …

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Searching for Transcendentals & True Knowledge:
The Enduring Legacy of Richard M. Weaver’s Ideas Have Consequences

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There are great thinkers, and then there are great thinkers whose prescience is so acute that they seem to operate on a precognitive, almost prophetic level. Included among the latter category is Richard M. Weaver (1910-1963). Weaver was a professor of English at the University of Chicago when the humanities were taken seriously, and nowhere were they taken more seriously than at UC in the two decades following the end of the Second World War. Read more …

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G. M. Flanders’ The Ebony Idol

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G. M. Flanders
The Ebony Idol
New York: D. Appleton & Company, 1860

Uncle Tom’s Cabin was the founding example of white guilt agitprop. Several books were written in response, including a work by Mrs. G. M. Flanders, The Ebony Idol. This obscure genre of counter-propaganda often is called plantation literature, though in this case, the main setting is an idyllic northern town, and effectively, it is more a critique of integration than of abolitionism. Read more …

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Alexis Coe’s You Never Forget Your First

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Happy Birthday, George Washington!
(February 22, 1732–December 14, 1799)

Alexis Coe
You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington
New York: Viking, 2020

For a lightweight, mildly scurrilous biography of George Washington, this has received an awful lot of advance publicity in recent weeks. Read more …

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Kevin MacDonald’s Individualism & the Western Liberal Tradition:
Aristocratic Individualism

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In Part 1 of my detailed examination of Kevin MacDonald’s Individualism and the Western Liberal Tradition: Evolutionary Origins, History, and Prospects for the Future (2019) I covered MacDonald’s argument in chapter one that Europe’s founding peoples consisted of three population groups: Read more …

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Kevin MacDonald’s Individualism & the Western Liberal Tradition:
The Indigenous Europeans

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Kevin MacDonald’s Individualism and the Western Liberal Tradition: Evolutionary Origins, History, and Prospects For the Future (2019) is the first book that employs an evolutionary psychological approach to explain the rise of the West — actually, it is the first book that aims to comprehend the dynamics of the entire history of the West from prehistoric to current times to explain as well the decline of the West, the ways in which the “egalitarian individualism” originated by northwest Europeans in hunting and gathering times planted the seeds of the West’s current decision to destroy its genetic heritage through the importation of masses of immigrants. Read more …

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Reconstruction by the Obama Court Historian:
Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s Stony the Road

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Although he was a supporter of President Obama, Henry Louis Gates Jr. did the President no favor when Gates made a scene and was arrested by a Massachusetts cop in 2009. Obama unwisely commented on the matter and had to hold a “beer summit” to smooth things over later. The cost of Gates’s temper tantrum was staggeringly high: In no small part due to their racial animus, Gates (and the President) turned a minor misunderstanding into a national firestorm, all during a massive economic crisis and while Obama was trying to navigate his health care reform through Congress.  Read more …

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Richard Rudgley’s The Return of Odin

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Richard Rudgley
The Return of Odin: The Modern Renaissance of Pagan Imagination
Rochester, Vt.: Inner Traditions, 2018

Richard Rudgley is a British author who has published several books offering unconventional interpretations of the ancient and prehistorical eras of Northern European history, as well as works on psychedelics. Read more …

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The Optimism of the Groove:
Stanley Crouch’s Kansas City Lightning

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Stanley Crouch
Kansas City Lightning: The Rise & Times of Charlie Parker
HarperCollins, 2013

“The double consciousness so fundamental to jazz: the burdens of the soul met by the optimism of the groove.” — Stanley Crouch Read more …

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Target: The 1964 Civil Rights Act
Christopher Caldwell’s Age of Entitlement

1,643 wordsCover of Christopher Caldwell's book, The Age of Entitlement.

Christopher Caldwell
The Age of Entitlement: America Since the Sixties
New York: Simon & Schuster, 2020

In 2015, Kim Davis, a frumpy county clerk from a Nowheresville in Appalachia, refused to issue gay marriage licenses and was briefly jailed as a result. Additionally, Davis and her fellow office workers were subjected to the cruelest of internet jokes. Ironically, in the months before Davis was bullied on a nationwide scale, Read more …

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Ash Donaldson’s Brother War

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Ash Donaldson
Brother War: A Modern Myth for Those of European Descent
Independently published, 2019
More of Donaldson’s work is available through the White Art Collective.

Ash Donaldson’s latest novel Brother War: A Modern Myth for Those of European Descent combines the best of history, myth, and fantasy to spin an unforgettable story about World War I. Not only is it his best novel to date, but Brother War is also the first in his Mythology Series designed for an adult audience. Read more …

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The Framing of Richard Jewell:
Kent Alexander & Kevin Salwen’s The Suspect

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Kent Alexander & Kevin Salwen
The Suspect: An Olympic Bombing, the FBI, the Media, and Richard Jewell, the Man Caught in the Middle
New York: Abrams, 2019

Richard Jewell was an obese Georgia homeboy who wanted to be a hero and serve in law enforcement. He got his wish: His short life was crowded with heroism. Read more …

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The World the Civil Rights Movement Wrought:
Caldwell’s The Age of Entitlement

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Christopher Caldwell
The Age of Entitlement: America Since the Sixties
New York: Simon & Schuster, 2020

The 1960s forever transformed America. Race relations, sexual relations, popular culture, music, foreign policy, trust in government, and urban life were all dramatically changed. Read more …

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Yoram Hazony’s The Virtue of Nationalism

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Yoram Hazony
The Virtue of Nationalism
New York: Basic Books, 2018

Yoram Hazony is an Israeli political theorist. He has a BA in East Asian studies from Princeton and a Ph.D. in political theory from Rutgers. While at Princeton, he founded a conservative publication, the Princeton Tory. An orthodox Jew and a political Zionist, he is the president of the Herzl Institute in Jerusalem. Read more …

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Drugs and Deindustrialization:
Nick Reding’s Methland

Cover of Nick Reding's book Methland.1,265 words

Methamphetamine is the drug for people in hardworking cultures. It was first synthesized in Japan in 1893. It was used by the German and American armies during the Second World War. Initially, meth was considered a miracle drug. It was a pick-me-up that also treated depression, obesity, and erectile dysfunction. Meth also helped a person work hard without breaks, food, or water. Read more …

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R. R. Reno’s Return of the Strong Gods

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R. R. Reno
Return of the Strong Gods: Nationalism, Populism, and the Future of the West
Washington, DC: Regnery Gateway, 2019

Most of the people who come to the Dissident Right do so in spite of the Dissident Right. It is a common experience for those who become red-pilled to discover that the hatred they have experienced from the Establishment for the “sins” of being white or heterosexual or male Read more …

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Tito Perdue’s The Node

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Tito Perdue
The Node
Charleston, W.V.: Nine-Banded Books, 2011

The Node is Tito Perdue’s debut in speculative science fiction. It is a tour de force of postmodern storytelling, examining the extremes of white fragility and resilience, apathy and defiance through the travels of an unnamed narrator: “Our boy.” Read more …

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Orwell on Screen

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David Ryan
George Orwell on Screen
Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, 2018

This book took me down a rabbit hole when I discovered it last June. For several days I didn’t want to do anything but watch old television dramatizations and documentaries about George Orwell’s works and life. There have been a surprising number of them, and most of the key ones can be found online or in other digital media. Read more …

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Tolkien’s Lost Chaucer

Cover of Bowers' "Tolkien's Lost Chaucer"2,268 words

“Tolkien knows more about Chaucer than any living man.” — John Masefield, Poet Laureate (1930-67)

John M. Bowers’ book Tolkien’s Lost Chaucer (Oxford 2019) finally puts paid to the recently concocted mythology propagated in spurious articles like The Telegraph’s September 2009 piece “J.R.R. Tolkien Trained as a British Spy” and Elansea’s J.R.R. Tolkien: Codemaker, Spy-Master, Hero: An Un-Authorized Biography (2015), that the creator of Middle-Earth was some kind of tweed-jacketed Indiana Jones, Read more …

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