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Alain de Benoist’s Against Liberalism

7,429 words

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Alain de Benoist
Contre le libéralisme: La Société n’est pas un Marché
Monaco: Éditions du Rocher, 2019

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Pinkera Brzydzą Biali Nacjonaliści

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Steven Pinker
Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
New York: Viking, 2018

 Wraz z publikacją “Enlightenment Now” (Oświecenie Teraz) Steven Pinker zdecydowanie ustanowił się jako główny intelektualista publiczny w Stanach Zjednoczonych. Read more …

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Fake Hitlers on Parade

1,331 words

Michael Hoffman
Adolf Hitler: Enemy of the German People
Coeur d’Alene, Id.: Independent History and Research, 2019

I don’t really get the “Fake Hitler” trope, but apparently it’s very seductive for some people. There is this compulsion to believe that the German Reichskanzler wasn’t the real Adolf Hitler. No, he was a body-double, a mole, a trickster, a false-flag actor, a judas goat sent out among the crowds to lead them astray. Read more …

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A Beautiful Mind

3,329 words

Infinite Potential: The Greatest Works of Neville Goddard
Introduced and edited by Mitch Horowitz
New York: St. Martin’s, 2019

All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible. — T. E. Lawrence[1] Read more …

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The Madness of the Awokened Crowds

2,226 words

Douglas Murray
The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity
New York: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019

I discovered Douglas Murray when he was interviewed by the Hoover Institute’s Peter Robinson. What struck me about Murray was that he used phrases found in Counter-Currents articles. Read more …

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Antisocial: A Review

2,484 words

Andrew Marantz
Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation
New York: Viking, 2019

For the past five years, New Yorker scribe Andrew Marantz has been working a steady beat, writing about Internet trolls and dank memes on the Far Right (which in his mind is still the “Alt Right”). Antisocial is a compilation of some of those writings, strung together with some outtakes and new material.

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The New Right: A Review

2,746 words

Michael Malice
The New Right: A Journey to the Fringe of American Politics
New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2019

What do you get when you have an anarchist diaspora Jew from the former Soviet Union who cannot abide the hypocrisy of the Left, but who is really nervous around the Right? Add to this someone who likes to write about himself, gonzo-style, as he tries to get a handle the important political issues of the day. Read more …

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Kevin MacDonald’s Individualism & the Western Liberal Tradition

3,107 words

Kevin B. MacDonald
Individualism and the Western Liberal Tradition: Evolutionary Origins, History, and Prospects for the Future
Self-published, 2019

Kevin B. MacDonald is famous – or notorious, depending on who you ask – for examining the Jewish ethnic group from a genetic, Darwinian, and cultural perspective. Read more …

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Stacy Abrams & the Union’s Most Unstable State

1,421 words

Stacey Abrams
Minority Leader: How to Lead from the Outside and Make Real Change
New York: Henry Holt & Co., 2018

If you are a white American, you are – right now – engaged in the Racial Holy War. You might not be interested in this war, but this war is interested in you. Bearing that in mind, one should read the books of our racial enemies to gain an important understanding of what they are thinking and plan to do. Read more …

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The Roots of Liberalism’s Contemporary Crisis

2,657 words

Patrick J. Deneen
Why Liberalism Failed
New Haven, Ct./New York: Yale University Press, 2018

Patrick Deneen, a Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, wrote the present study in 2016, completing it shortly before Donald Trump’s election. In February 2019, a paperbound edition with a few revisions and a new Preface was published.

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The Karl Muck Scandal:
A Study in Ethnocentrism

3,940 words

Melissa D. Burrage
The Karl Muck Scandal: Classical Music & Xenophobia in World War I
Rochester, N.Y.: University of Rochester Press, 2019

This year saw the publication of a curious little history about a curious little event from the First World War. Karl Muck is a name that might not be on the lips of many people these days. Read more …

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Ash Donaldson’s From Her Eyes a Doctrine:
A Review

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Ash Donaldson’s novel From Her Eyes a Doctrine accomplishes several striking things which make it stand out among dissident literature. For one, it does what all novels should do: It tells an entertaining story – although in this case, we have multiple stories, some new, some old, some present, some past. A few of these stories are discrete; others are dropped off and revisited later. Read more …

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New Notes on The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft

4,119 words

The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft: Beyond Arkham
Foreword and notes by Leslie S. Klinger
Introduction by Victor LaValle
New York: Liveright, 2019

It doesn’t take much to confuse me, I guess. Having enthusiastically reviewed Leslie Klinger’s previous The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft,[1] I now find he has put out another New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft, distinguished only by the subtitle, Beyond Arkham (which sounds like a graphic novel). Read more …

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Race & Psychopathic Personality

2,246 words

Richard Lynn
Race Differences in Psychopathic Personality: An Evolutionary Analysis
Augusta, Ga.: Washington Summit Publishers, 2019

Herrnstein and Murray’s The Bell Curve (1994) demonstrated that racial differences in rates of social pathology in the United States – including crime, poverty, long-term unemployment, out of wedlock births, and welfare dependency – can in part be explained by differences in average intelligence. Read more …

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Mighty Whitey:
Might is Right as Holy Writ

4,165 words

Ragnar Redbeard
Might is Right: The Authoritative Edition
Introduction by Peter H. Gilmore; annotations by Trevor Blake
Baltimore: Underworld Amusements, 2019

From Sandy Hook to London tower
From Jaffa to Japan,
They can take who have the power
They may keep who can.
— Ragnar Redbeard

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The Beckys of Yore

2,135 words

Elizabeth Gillespie McRae
Mothers of Massive Resistance: White Women and the Politics of White Supremacy
New York: Oxford University Press, 2018

It is unlikely a book titled Mothers of Massive Resistance would have been published at all except for the fact that white women voted against Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election in enough numbers to sink her election chances. Read more …

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White Rock III:
Towards an Aesthetic of Musical Softness

4,534 words

Greg Prato
The Yacht Rock Book: The Oral History of the Soft, Smooth Sounds of the 70s and 80s
London: Jawbone, 2018

“They kind of moved it away from just mellow/hippie/campfire music and into something new – something that was consciously pursuing the aesthetic of softness. Read more …

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The System that Kills the Peoples:
The Birth of Neoliberalism

2,744 words

Quinn Slobodian
Globalists: The End of Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism
Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2018

One of the seminal ideological battles of recent history has been that between internationalism, in one form or another, and nationalism. Countless words have been devoted to dissecting the causes, effects, merits, and drawbacks of the various incarnations of these two basic positions. Read more …

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Nineteen Eighty-Four Revisited, Part II:
What Orwell Can Still Teach Us

2,995 words

Part 2 (Part 1 here, Part 3 here)

3. The Denial of Reality and the Control of Language

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Mishima’s Life for Sale

1,153 words

Yukio Mishima
Life for Sale
Translated by Stephen Dodd
London: Penguin Books, 2019

This past year has seen three new English translations of novels by Yukio Mishima: The Frolic of the Beasts, Star, and now Life for Sale, a pulpy, stylish novel that offers an incisive satire of post-war Japanese society. Read more …

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Chapo Trap House is Too White Even For Me (And I’m a White Supremacist)

6,335 words

Chapo Trap House, Felix Biederman, Matt Christman, Brendan James, Will Menaker, & Virgil Texas
The Chapo Guide to Revolution: A Manifesto Against Logic, Facts, and Reason
New York: Touchstone, 2018

Point of personal privilege . . .

Chapo Trap House is a stupid name for a podcast. It would be a stupid name for a shitty punk band. Read more …

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Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness

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H. P. Lovecraft’s novella At the Mountains of Madness, serialized in Astounding in 1936, is one of his greatest works. The tale recounts an expedition to Antarctica in 1930 in which scholars from Miskatonic University stumble upon the ruins of a lost city. Read more …

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Nineteen Eighty-Four Revisited, Part II:
What Orwell Can Still Teach Us

6,674 words

Part 1 (Part 2 here)

1. Introduction

Everyone thinks he knows what’s in Nineteen Eighty-Four. Is there really anything left to say? It’s as if George Orwell’s masterpiece has been sucked dry. At least, that’s what I thought until I recently reread it, for the first time in over thirty years. Read more …

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Free Press & Cookies:
A Review of Proud Boys & the White Ethnostate

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Alexandra Minna Stern
Proud Boys and the White Ethnostate: How the Alt-Right is Warping the American Imagination
New York: Beacon Press, 2019

I never really saw the wisdom in how the Left typically ignores Dissident Right ideas until reading Alexandra Minna Stern’s Proud Boys and the White Ethnostate: How the Alt-Right is Warping the American Imagination. Read more …

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“Matryona’s House”:
Solzhenitsyn’s Love Letter to the Russian People

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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn seemed to write novels like a historian. It’s as if he didn’t always know which details were more important than others, and so erred on the side of quantity rather than quality. Not that his novels don’t contain great stuff – rather, they tend to lead the reader through long and uneven passages in between the moments of greatness. Read more …

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What Capitalism Has Left to Say

4,996 words / 32:13

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Charles Robin
La gauche du capital: libéralisme culturel et idéologie du Marché
Paris: Krisis, 2014

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The American Race War of 1968

2,512 words

Clay Risen
A Nation on Fire: America in the Wake of the King Assassination
Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons, 2009

“Events have unmistakably shown that any municipality in the country with a Negro population is susceptible to a racial outbreak.” — From an FBI report dated May 26, 1967

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Agents & Agency in Naked Lunch

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Quotes from the Naked Lunch film are unreferenced. Quotes from the text have a chapter reference, as page references are different between the various published editions and formats.

Naked Lunch is David Cronenberg’s 1991 adaptation of William Burroughs’ novel of the same name. It is likely as close to a direct adaptation of the novel as possible, given that Naked Lunch is a postmodern piece of fiction with many asides and no clear narrative structure. Read more …

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Chatty Cathy’s Poison Pill

3,082 words

Jill Lepore
This America: The Case for the Nation
New York: W. W. Norton, 2019

The theme of This America isn’t what Jill Lepore thinks it is.

Jill Lepore is a Harvard Professor of American History, and an incredibly prolific author – twenty-five books, and many essays in The New Yorker – with a fluid, appealing writing style. Read more …

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Grow Up, People!

1,792 words

Ben Sasse
The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis – and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance
New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2017

Senator Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska) has come out with a book that is needed and should be taken seriously by any Rightist. This is because Senator Sasse has had an extraordinarily successful career. Read more …

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