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Make Cities Great Again

Times Square, New York by Arthur Clifton Goodwin. Late 1800s.

Arthur Clifton Goodwin, Times Square, New York, late 1800s

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James Traub’s history of Times Square in New York, The Devil’s Playground (Random House, 2007) provides – perhaps unintentionally – an excellent case study illustrative of when and how American cities went wrong.

In March of 1960, the New York Times ran a long front-page story under the headline ‘Life on 42nd St. A Study in Decay.’ Read more …

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Spengler:
The Numinous Genesis of Culture

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Oswald Spengler’s radical contribution to the philosophy of history was to observe that different Cultures and Civilizations are discrete life forms and that they all have a certain life-expectancy. The linear progression of history, from the Stone Age to the prevailing Western liberalism, is a myth. There is no single line of history running through all of humanity. Instead, Cultures are born, they grow to maturity, they age, and they die. Read more …

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The De-Judaization of France

The draft Statute on Jews of October 3, 1940, apparently toughened by the hand of Marshal Pétain.

The draft Statute on Jews of October 3, 1940, apparently toughened by the hand of Marshal Pétain.

1,988 words

Translated by Guillaume Durocher

Translator’s Note:

The following extracts are translated from Dominique Venner’s Histoire de la Collaboration (Paris: Gérard Watelet/Pygmalion, 2000), 118-22. The title is editorial.

Before creating something new, to ensure that the old regime is genuinely laid low, one begins by driving out those who represent a potential counter-revolution, the risk of a lapse backwards. Read more …

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The National Revolution of 1940

2,509 words

revolution-nationale-1942Translated by Guillaume Durocher

Translator’s Note:

The following extracts are translated from Dominique Venner’s Histoire de la Collaboration (Paris: Gérard Watelet/Pygmalion, 2000), 103-12. Read more …

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La Cuestión de la Raza en Spengler y su Significado para el Racialismo Contemporáneo

Michael Kunze, Oswald Spengler

Michael Kunze, Oswald Spengler

3,440 words

Traducción por A. Garrido. Enlace original aquí

Introducción

Es una tradición en Counter-Currents recordar al gran filósofo de la historia alemán, Oswald Spengler, en el aniversario de su nacimiento, 29 de Mayo. Este año, me gustaría tomarme el tiempo de reflexionar críticamente sobre los puntos de vistas de Spengler sobre la raza dentro de su obra maestra La Decadencia de Occidente (1912-22), y, en particular debatir sobre la importancia que estas ideas sostienen para los racialistas y etno-nacionalistas de los tiempos modernos.  Read more …

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The Question of Race in Spengler & its Meaning for Contemporary Racialism

Michael Kunze, Oswald Spengler

Michael Kunze, Oswald Spengler

3,206 words

Spanish translation here

Introduction

It is a tradition at Counter-Currents to remember the great German philosopher of history, Oswald Spengler, on the anniversary of his birth, the 29th of May. This year, I would like to take the time to critically reflect on Spengler’s views of race within his magnum opus, The Decline of the West (1918–22), and, in particular to discuss the importance these ideas hold for modern day racialists and ethno-nationalists.  Read more …

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Ways Without a Precedent

SculptureParts7,411 words

Editor’s Note:

One of the aims of the North American New Right is to promote a revival of the Right-wing artistic and literary subculture that gave us such 20th-century giants as D. H. Lawrence, Gabriele D’Annunzio, F. T. Marinetti, Knut Hamsun, W. B. Yeats, Ezra Pound, Wyndham Lewis, Henry Williamson, Roy Campbell, and H. P. Lovecraft (all profiled in Kerry Bolton’s Artists of the Right).  Read more …

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“I get my kicks above the waistline, Sunshine” 
Michel Houellebecq’s Sexual Anti-Utopia

3,443 words

ElementaryParticlesMichel Houellebecq
The Elementary Particles
Translated from the French by Frank Wynne
New York: Knopf, 2000

“I get my kicks above the waistline, Sunshine.”[1]

“The universe is nothing but a furtive arrangement of elementary particles. . . . And human actions are as free and as stripped of meaning as the unfettered movements of the elementary particles.” — Michel Houellebecq, Read more …

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Yukio Mishima

mishimalastday4,660 words

English original here

Yukio Mishima, 1925-1970, nasceu Kimitake Hiraoka em uma família de classe média-alta. Autor de uma centena de livros, dramaturgo, e ator, ele foi descrito como o “Leonardo da Vinci do Japão contemporâneo”, e é um dos poucos escritores japoneses a se tornar conhecido e a ser traduzido no Ocidente.  Read more …

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La Haute Culture Surhumaniste:
l’avenir de l’Occident

3,674 words

English original here

L’Occident et ses peuples peuvent-ils être sauvés ? Et que faudra-t-il pour cela – en particulier si nous recherchons une solution à long terme plutôt qu’une dernière digue « provisoire » ? Une nouvelle Haute Culture de l’Occident peut-elle naître pour assurer l’existence des peuples de l’Occident pour une longue durée ? Quelles caractéristiques une telle nouvelle culture devrait-elle posséder ?

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Podcast No. 6 
Jonathan Bowden’s “Western Civilization Bites Back”

77 minutes/11,138 words

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A Alta Cultura do Super-Homem:
Futuro do Ocidente

3,238 words

English original here

Pode o Ocidente e seus povos serem salvos? E o que será preciso para isso – particularmente se nós estamos preocupados com uma solução a longo prazo ao invés de um mero “quebra-molas”? Pode uma nova Alta Cultura do Ocidente emergir para garantir a existência dos povos do Ocidente por um longo tempo? Que características deve tal nova cultura possuir?

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A Música do Futuro

Arno Breker, "Orpheus and Eurydice"

2,833 words

English original here

Um interregnum é um tempo de máxima possibilidade. Aprumados como estamos entre o fim da velha cultura europeia e a possibilidade de uma nova e renascida cultura europeia é útil refletir um pouco sobre a direção que nossa nova cultura deve tomar. Read more …

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Musique du futur

Arno Breker : « Orphée et Eurydice »

3,096 words

English original here

Un interrègne est une époque de possibilité ultime. Positionnés comme nous le sommes entre la fin de l’ancienne culture européenne et la possibilité d’une nouvelle culture européenne renaissante, il est utile de réfléchir quelque peu à la direction que notre nouvelle culture devrait prendre. Read more …

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Music of the Future

Arno Breker, "Orpheus and Eurydice"

2,958 words

Translations: French, Portuguese

An interregnum is a time of ultimate possibility. Poised as we are between the end of the old European culture and the possibility of a new, reborn, European culture it is useful to give some thought to the direction that our new culture should take. Read more …

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« Seul un dieu peut nous sauver » :
Abir Taha’s Le dieu à venir de Nietzsche ou la rédemption du divin

Nietzsche and his mom

5,243 words

English original here

Abir Taha
Le dieu à venir de Nietzsche: Ou la rédemption du divin
Paris : Connaissances et Savoirs, 2005

“Nur ein Gott kann uns noch retten.”—Martin Heidegger, 1966 Read more …

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Yukio Mishima

mishimalastday5,070 words

Portuguese translation here

Yukio Mishima, 1925–1970, was born Kimitake Hiraoka into an upper middle class family. Author of a hundred books, playwright, and actor, he has been described as the “Leonardo da Vinci of contemporary Japan,”[1] and is one of the few Japanese writers to have become widely known and translated in the West. Read more …

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The Overman High Culture:
Future of the West

3,313 words

Translations: French, Portuguese

Can the West and its peoples be saved? And what will this take–particularly if we are concerned with a long-term solution rather than a last ditch “stop gap?” Can a new High Culture of the West arise to secure the existence of the peoples of the West for an extended time frame? What characteristics should such a new culture have?

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Yukio Mishima

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Yukio Mishima, 1925–1970

3,420 words

Yukio Mishima was born into an upper middle class family in 1925. Author of a hundred books, playwright, and actor, he has been described as the “Leonardo da Vinci of contemporary Japan,” and is one of the few Japanese writers to have become widely known and translated in the West. Read more …

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Spengler: Criticism & Tribute

Revilo Oliver in 1938

2,856 words

Editor’s Note:

Oswald Spengler’s Man and Technics and Revilo Oliver’s America’s Decline: The Education of a Conservative and The Origins of Christianity are available for purchase on this website.

Conceived before the First World War is Oswald Spengler’s magisterial work, Der Untergang des Abendlandes (Munich, 1918). Read more …

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Pessimism?

Oswald Spengler, 1880–1936

6,158 words

My book (The Decline of the West, Vol. I.) has met with widespread misunderstandings. In a sense, that is almost an inevitable concomitant of any novel approach which arrives at new conclusions. Such a reaction is all the more to be expected when the conclusions reached, or even the perspectives and methodology that led to them, present a serious challenge to the prevailing mood of an age. Read more …

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Spengler:
An Introduction to His Life & Ideas

4,116 words

Oswald Spengler was born in Blankenburg (Harz) in central Germany in 1880, the eldest of four children, and the only boy. His mother’s side of the family was quite artistically bent. His father, who had originally been a mining technician and came from a long line of mineworkers, was an official in the German postal bureaucracy, and he provided his family with a simple but comfortable middle class home.

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Nietzsche & Spengler:
Preface to Thinkers of the Right

1,900 words

Friedrich Nietzsche and Oswald Spengler loom large over the horizon of twentieth-century European thought. Nietzsche was influential in the thinking of Spengler, while either one or both had a major impact on the thinking of most of the writers we deal with herein.

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Nietzsche on Conservatism

180 words

Czech translation of this post: here

Editor’s Note:

The following is section no. 43 of “Skirmishes of an Untimely Man” from Friedrich Nietzsche’s The Twilight of the Idols.

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“Only a God Can Save Us”:
Abir Taha’s Le dieu à venir de Nietzsche ou la rédemption du divin

Nietzsche and his mom

4,511 words

French translation here

Abir Taha
Le dieu à venir de Nietzsche ou la rédemption du divin

Paris: Connaissances et Savoirs, 2005

“Nur ein Gott kann uns noch retten.”—Martin Heidegger, 1966 Read more …

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