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Joséphin Péladan & the Occult War Against Liberal Decadence

Joséphin Péladan, as painted by Marcellin Desboutin in 1891

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France gave the world the French Revolution in 1789. It was an epochal event, albeit a symptom of a line of cultural decadence that gave birth to both liberalism and Communism, and which remains a pall over the entire West and wherever the West reaches. It is ironic that those who were condemned as “collaborators” in France during and after the Second World War were for years prior to the war the most vociferous in their lamentations regarding the decadence of the French Republic. Read more …

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Only the Pig Tastes Good:
Thoughts on Billy Joel’s “Only the Good Die Young”

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Like a lot of kids in my town growing up, I was really into the music of Billy Joel. There was a period in my early teens in which I listened to almost no one else. I loved the attitude, the craft, the variety, the cleverness. And I have to give Joel credit for being the first pop star to whom I seriously listened and whose work I avidly collected. Read more …

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Re-Kindling Alan Watts, Part Two

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Part 2 of 2. Part 1 here.

Partings II – Watts and The Church Today: Real Presence or Real Estate?

Watts was quite successful in his attempt to express the religio perennis in the language of Christian theology; not just in my opinion today, but among his Episcopal peers at the time (one bishop even called it “the most important book on religion in this century”[1]), Read more …

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Re-Kindling Alan Watts, Part One

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Part 1 of 2

Alan W. Watts
Behold the Spirit: A Study in the Necessity of Mystical Religion
New York: Pantheon, 1947; reissued with a new Preface, 1971
Kindle, 2016

“For God is not niggardly in his self-revelation; he exposes himself right before our eyes.” — Alan Watts Read more …

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The Soros-Bergoglio Axis

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I know that many readers of Counter-Currents are anti-Christian, as a subset of their larger rejection of universalist ideologies that are color-blind and race-blind. This was the position of the late Revilo P. Oliver, whose life-long study of religions had led him to the conclusion that both liberalism and Marxism were “succedaneous religions”— Read more …

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Men of Janus

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We are living in an age of dissolution. Every institution of government and society is in a state of seemingly terminal decline. At the individual level the notions of honor, personal responsibility, and self-sacrifice have largely vanished from public life. The cause of this malaise is not material inequality, but the collapse of faith. Read more …

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The National Dividend

C. H. Douglas, founder of Social Credit

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When, during World War I, C. H. Douglas was sent to sort out the accounting muddle in an aircraft factory in Farnborough, England he noticed that the factory was generating costs faster than it was distributing incomes. Replicating the process at a hundred other large British firms he found that the total costs were always more than the money distributed in dividends, wages, and salaries.[1]

Douglas became concerned that the men who labored in the factories producing the necessities of life could not always afford to purchase the items they had worked to produce, Read more …

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On Martin Luther & the Reformation

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Lucas Cranach the Elder, Martin Luther, 1529

Today marks the fifth centenary of the Protestant Reformation. In Germany, October 31 is an annual public holiday in five states, but this year a nationwide holiday has been declared in all states to celebrate the Reformation. A search for books about Martin Luther and the Reformation on Amazon shows that a vast number of books about him have been published in recent months. It seems right to commemorate this pivotal event in the history of Germany and all of Europe, and the man responsible for it.  Read more …

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 175
Greg Johnson & John Morgan
Martin Scorsese’s Silence

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René Guénon & Integral Traditionalism

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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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Government, Power, & Social Credit

Frans Francken II, The Miser Haunted by Death Playing Violin

Frans Francken II (1581–1642), The Miser Haunted by Death Playing Violin

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Usura slayeth the child in the womb
Usura stayeth the young man’s courting
It hath brought the young bride and her bridegroom
CONTRA NATURAM
They have brought whores for Eleusis
Corpses are set to banquet
at behest of usura. — Ezra Pound

Clifford Hugh Douglas of Social Credit fame tried to reform a system that was born in 1694 with the creation of the Bank of England. 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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Nicolás Gómez Dávila, Unknown Reactionary

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There are two purposes for this article. The first is to introduce the ideas of Nicolás Gómez Dávila to the English-speaking American and European Right. The second is to motivate a more profound approach to his works, in their original Spanish editions and in Italian and German translations. (Sadly, the English translation is deficient.)

His Life

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Debata o chrześcijaństwie

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English original here

Przedstawiamy tłumaczenie pierwszej części debaty dotyczącej związków między chrześcijaństwem a tożsamością europejską, która miała miejsce 18 kwietnia 2015 roku w Sztokholmie. Stanowisko tradycjonalizmu katolickiego zajmuje tu szwedzki publicysta Jonas De Geer, zaś jego adwersarzem jest amerykański przedstawiciel białego nacjonalizmu Greg Johnson.  Read more …

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Charles Maurras & Action Franҫaise

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Charles Maurras

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The following text is the transcript by V. S. of Jonathan Bowden’s last lecture, delivered at The London Forum on March 24, 2012. The original title was “Charles Maurras, Action Franҫaise, and the Cagoule,” but since he does not mention the Cagoule, I dropped it from the online version. I want to thank V. S. for transcribing a largely unlistenable audio track, and Michèle Renouf and Jez Turner for making the recording available. 

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Papal Sideshow:
Small Talk Amongst Les Petits Blancs in Philly

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Sunday 9/4/2015

Tonight I went to the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul. Three weeks before the Pope’s visit and already electric with excitement.

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White Nationalists Need Planned Parenthood, Not the Pope

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This past week has provided a number of interesting events that highlight what was once the most contested social issue in the United States.

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Franco’s Failure

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Arturo Reque Meruvia «Kemer»: Alegoría de Franco y la Cruzada (1948 - 1949)

Arturo Reque Meruvia “Kemer”: Alegoría de Franco y la Cruzada (1948-1949)

Translated by Guillaume Durocher

Translator’s Note:

This article is drawn from Dominique Venner’s history of the twentieth century, Le Siècle de 1914 (Paris: Pygmalion, 2006), 281–83, under the heading “Le retournement de l’Église.” The title is editorial. 
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Les Brigandes:
French Nationalist Pop

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Marianne Radio Brigandes 1 - Juillet 2015 - YouTube (02)A revolutionary movement seeking to destroy the current system and replace it with something better must contain within it both destructive and creative forces. In “How Traditional Catholics are Taking Back the Visual Culture of France,” I featured a vital, masculine cadre which destroyed the Piss Christ and the Christmas Buttplug. Read more …

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Life in the Hockey Imperium:
St. Joseph, Gordie Howe, & the Barber’s Part

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Gordie Howe

Gordie Howe

Editor’s Note:

We are publishing the following piece on implicit whiteness in the Hockey Imperium to coincide with the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Landmark Deal

I had true modest heroes, well suited for a good life.  Read more …

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Debate sobre el Cristianismo

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Traducción por Francisco Albanese y Aarón Garrido

English original here

Nota del Editor::

Este es el texto completo del debate sobre el Cristianismo entre Jonas De Geer y Greg Johnson en Estocolmo, el 18 de Abril de 2015. Read more …

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Thoughts on the Debate on Christianity

Hans Memling, "Angel Musicians," 1480s

Hans Memling, “Angel Musicians,” 1480s

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Recently, the text of a debate between Greg Johnson and Jonas De Geer appeared in these pages. Here following is my commentary on the thoughts expressed by both of the parties in the debate.

I find myself agreeing with points made by both men, Read more …

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Debate on Christianity

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Translations: Polish, Spanish

Editor’s Note:

This is the complete text of the debate on Christianity between Jonas De Geer and Greg Johnson in Stockholm on April 18, 2015. De Geer’s opening statement is reprinted from here. Johnson’s is reprinted from here. The rest of the text is a transcript by V.S. from the YouTube audio of the debate here.   Read more …

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The Loved One

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The Loved One (1965) is my all-time favorite comedy. Based on a 1948 novel of the same name by Evelyn Waugh, The Loved One stands alongside Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood (the book and the movie) as a savagely on-target, dark comic satire on American Protestant civilization.

Both Waugh and O’Connor, of course, were Catholic. Read more …

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The Bourgeoisie, Protestantism, & The Protocols:
The Anti-Democratic Thought of Erik, Ritter von Kuehnelt-Leddihn & Barone Giulio Cesare Evola

Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn

Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn

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Two books published in the early 1950s by two European aristocrats merit careful study by every contemporary European conservative since they express the authentic reactions of authentic noblemen to the revolutionary changes that Europe has for long suffered under the yoke of democracy and totalitarianism. These are Erik, Ritter von Kuehnelt-Leddihn’s Liberty or Equality: The Challenge of Our Time (1952) and Barone Giulio Cesare Evola’s Gli Uomini e le rovine (Men Among the Ruins) (1953).  Read more …

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How Traditional Catholics are Taking Back the Visual Culture of France, Part 2: A Tactical Guide

Piss Christ - Destroyed by Men of Avignon

Piss Christ – Destroyed by Men of Avignon

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Introduction

Part 1 of this article explained how the line between the domain of the religion and culture of Europe and the degenerate art of our invaders has been dramatically crossed after years of stability. Read more …

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How Traditional Catholics Are Taking Back the Visual Culture of France, Part 1

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Jeff Koons' Balloon Dog at Versailles, Property of François Pinault

Jeff Koons’ Balloon Dog at Versailles, Property of François Pinault

For most of my lifetime, the visual culture of France was not in dispute. It is not like in the United States, where nativity scenes were only recently ripped from the public square. Perhaps there was not a mutually accepted border, but for decades there has been a kind of line of control between all that was rooted in our culture and traditions and all garbage of the culture distorters. Read more …

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e-Caviar for the Masses!:
Olde Books for the Downwardly Mobile Elite

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Baron Corvo (Fr. Rolfe), Don Tarquinio: A Kataleptic Phantasmatic Romance 

Fr. Rolfe (Baron Corvo), Hadrian the Seventh   Read more …

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The Uniqueness of Western Civilization, Part 4 
The Construction of the Western Self

Clemency of Marcus Aurelius, detail, Capitoline Museum

Clemency of Marcus Aurelius, detail, Capitoline Museum

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Part 4 of 5

Ricardo Duchesne
The Uniqueness of Western Civilization
Leiden: Brill, 2011

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Othmar Spann:
A Catholic Radical Traditionalist

Othmar Spann, October 1, 1878–July 8, 1950

Othmar Spann, October 1, 1878–July 8, 1950

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Othmar Spann was an Austrian philosopher who was a key influence on German conservative and traditionalist thought in the period after World War I, and he is thus considered a representative of the intellectual movement known as the “Conservative Revolution.” Spann was a professor of economics and sociology at the University of Vienna, where he taught not only scientific social and economic theories, but also influenced many students with the presentation of his worldview in his lectures. Read more …

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