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The Trial of Socrates: 
Introduction, Part 2

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Jacques-Philippe-Joseph de Saint-Quentin, The Death of Socrates, 1762

Part 2 of 2

Author’s Note:

The following text is a transcript by V. S. of the conclusion of the introductory lecture of an eight-lecture course called The Trial of Socrates. As usual, I have edited this transcript to remove excessive wordiness and filled in the gap between the two sides of the tape.    
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The Trial of Socrates: 
Introduction, Part 1

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Part 1 of 2

Author’s Note:

The following text is a transcript by V. S. of the introductory lecture of an eight-lecture course called The Trial of Socrates. The lecture was delivered on September 1, 1998. I have previously published six of the lectures, but the Introduction and the final lecture, on Plato’s Phaedo, were thought to be lost.  Read more …

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The Aryan Ethos:
Loyalty to One’s Own Nature

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Today, more than ever, one must understand that social problems, in their essence, are rooted in problems of ethics and world-view. Anyone who thinks that social problems can be solved through purely technical means, is like a doctor who only wants to treat the patent symptoms of a disease, rather than examining and treating its deep causes. Read more …

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Evola’s Nietzschean Ethics:
A Code of Conduct for the Higher Man in Kali Yuga

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The subtitle of the English translation of Julius Evola’s Ride the Tiger (Cavalcare la Tigre) promises that it offers “A Survival Manual for the Aristocrats of the Soul.”[1] As a result, one comes to the work with the expectation that it will constitute a kind of “self-help book” for Traditionalists, for “men against time.” Read more …

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One’s Nation as the Highest Truth:
The German Ethical Revolution, 1800–1945

Fichte addressing the German people on the importance of nationalism.

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“I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live. . .”

–Deuteronomy 30:19

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What Socrates Knew  
Plato’s Alcibiades I

Jean-Baptiste Regnault, "Socrates Tears Alcibiades from the Embrace of Sensual Pleasure," 1791.

Jean-Baptiste Regnault, Socrates Tears Alcibiades from the Embrace of Sensual Pleasure, 1791

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Author’s Note:

What follows is a transcription by V.S. of a lecture on Plato’s Alcibiades I. The  translation of Alcibiades I referenced is by Carnes Lord in The Roots of Political Philosophy: Ten Forgotten Socratic Dialogues, ed. Thomas L. Pangle (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1987). To listen to the audio in a player, click here. To download the mp3, right-click here and choose “save target as.”

Today, we’re going to be looking at Plato’s dialogue Alcibiades I. Read more …

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What Socrates Knew:
Socratic Ignorance, Eros, & the Daimonion, Part 2 of 2

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Author’s Note:

On August 31st, 1999 I gave the second lecture course called “What Socrates Knew.”  What follows is a transcription of the second half of that lecture by V.S. The readings referred to are passages from Plato’s dialogues Euthydemus, Apology, Theages, and Symposium. The thirty Socrates theses referred to are listed below, as are links to the audio of the lecture. 

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Navidad, la belleza de la vida

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Traducción por Francisco Albanese; English version here

Nos acercamos a la Navidad (otro nombre para el solsticio de invierno). Asociada al árbol de hojas perennes, la Navidad ha sido celebrada en los países europeos desde tiempos inmemoriales como la gran fiesta que presagia el renacimiento de la naturaleza y la vida después del reposo del invierno. Uno no puede dejar de pensar que Europa, también, algún día emergerá de su actual Dormición, incluso si es más larga que el ciclo de la naturaleza.  Read more …

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Christmas:
Beauty in Life

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Translated by Greg Johnson; Spanish translation here

We are approaching Christmas (another name for the winter solstice). Associated with the evergreen tree, Christmas has always been celebrated in European countries since time immemorial as the great feast presaging the revival of nature and life after the repose of winter. Read more …

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What Socrates Knew:
Socratic Ignorance, Eros, & the Daimonion, Part 1 of 2

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Author’s Note:

On August 31st, 1999 I gave the second lecture course called “What Socrates Knew.”  What follows is a transcription of the first half of the lecture by V.S. The readings referred to are passages from Plato’s dialogues Euthydemus, Apology, Theages, and Symposium. The thirty Socrates theses referred to are listed below, as are links to the audio of the lecture. 

The “Thirty Socratic Theses” are:  Read more …

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Living in Truth: A Yuletide Homily

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Philippe de Champaigne, Saint Augustin, 1645-1650

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The key problem of our age is disconnection from truth. This takes several distinct forms. The first, and most obvious, is the prevalence of lies. As everyone knows, modern, western civilization is founded upon lies about human nature, culture, and history. The most significant of these – underlying, in one form of another, most of the rest – is the equality lie; the myth of human equality, which is the chief myth of our age. (“Myth,” as most of my readers know, can have a positive or a negative connotation, as there are salutary myths; here, obviously, I am using the term in its purely negative sense.)  Read more …

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What Socrates Knew:
Thirty Socratic Theses, Part 2 of 2

Reyer van Blommendael, Xantippe Dousing Socrates, c. 1665

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Part 2 of 2 (Part 1 here)

Author’s Note:

On August 24th, 1999 I began a lecture course called “What Socrates Knew” with a lecture called “Thirty Socratic Theses.” What follows is a transcription of the second half of the lecture by V.S. The thirty theses are listed below, as are links to the audio of the lecture. 

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What Socrates Knew:
Thirty Socratic Theses, Part 1 of 2

Socrates and Xanthippe

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Part 1 of 2

Author’s Note:

On August 24th, 1999 I began a lecture course called “What Socrates Knew” with a lecture called “Thirty Socratic Theses.” What follows is a transcription of the first half of the lecture by V.S. The thirty theses are listed below, as are links to the audio of the lecture. 

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Christmas: Beauty in Life

395 words

Translated by Greg Johnson

We are approaching Christmas (another name for the winter solstice). Associated with the evergreen tree, Christmas has always been celebrated in European countries since time immemorial as the great feast presaging the revival of nature and life after the repose of winter. Read more …

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Temný rytíř

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English original here

Ve své recenzi Nolanova Batman začíná (Batman Begins, 2005) jsem napsal, že film dosahuje dramatického konfliktu navýšením sázek až do krajnosti: zničení moderního světa (ztělesněného Gotham City) tradicionalistickou Ligou stínů vs. jeho zachování a „progresivní“ vylepšení, o něž usiluje Batman.

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The Decay of Words, Part 2:
Work & Leisure

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Part 2 of 3

Trans. G. A. Malvicini from L’Arco e la Clava [The Bow and the Club] (Milan: Scheiwiller, 1968)

10. Labor. Regarding changes in the value attached to words, changes that clearly indicate a radical change in world view, the most typical case is perhaps that of the term labor. In Latin, this word had a mainly negative meaning. Read more …

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The Decay of Words, Part 1:
Virtue & Vice

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Part 1 of 3

Trans. G. A. Malvicini from L’Arco e la Clava [The Bow and the Club] (Milan: Scheiwiller, 1968)

One of the signs of the fact that the course of history has, outside of the purely material plane, been anything but one of progress, is the poverty of modern languages ​​compared to many ancient languages. Read more …

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Vydejte se, zachraňte svět

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English original here

Někdy v roce 2003 jsem se cítil velice unavený a uvažoval, že nechám práce na jednom projektu spojeném s hnutím a trochu se vyspím. Bylo půl třetí ráno a moc jsem toho poslední dobou nenaspal. Pak mě ale napadlo: „Na co se vlastně šetříš?“ Potřeboval jsem spánek, abych si zachoval svou krásu? Všechno, co ušetříme, stejně musíme vydat, jelikož smrt nikomu nic nenechává. Tím, že se budeme šetřit, svět nezachráníme – toho dosáhneme jedině tím, že se vydáme.  Read more …

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 149
The Pursuit of Happiness 
Pleasure, Part 2: Epicureanism

RomanMosaicSkullLarge40:21 / 156 words

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 148
The Pursuit of Happiness 
Pleasure, Part 1: Plato’s Gorgias

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Living in Truth: A Yuletide Homily

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Philippe de Champaigne, “Saint Augustin,” 1645-1650

2,587 words

The key problem of our age is disconnection from truth. This takes several distinct forms. The first, and most obvious, is the prevalence of lies. As everyone knows, modern, western civilization is founded upon lies about human nature, culture, and history. The most significant of these – underlying, in one form of another, most of the rest – is the equality lie; the myth of human equality, which is the chief myth of our age. (“Myth,” as most of my readers know, can have a positive or a negative connotation, as there are salutary myths; here, obviously, I am using the term in its purely negative sense.)  Read more …

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Christmas: Beauty in Life

395 words

Translated by Greg Johnson

We are approaching Christmas (another name for the winter solstice). Associated with the evergreen tree, Christmas has always been celebrated in European countries since time immemorial as the great feast presaging the revival of nature and life after the repose of winter. Read more …

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Prendre parti pour notre propre camp

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English original here

Nous pouvons tous avoir des partialités naturelles : pour la famille contre des non-parents, les amis contre les inconnus, les compatriotes contre les étrangers, les frères de race contre les membres d’autres races. Read more …

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A Brief Theology of Egoism

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Trevor Blake
Confessions of a Failed Egoist, and Other Essays
Baltimore: Underworld Amusements, 2014

Fred Wilkes
The Gospel According to Malfew Seklew: and Other Writings By and About Sirfessor Wilkesbarre
Ed. Kevin I. Slaughter, Introduction by Trevor Blake
Baltimore: Underworld Amusements, 2014  Read more …

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Lars von Trier’s Breaking the Waves

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I. (Minor Spoilers)

The opening chapters of Lars von Trier’s Breaking the Waves introduce the viewer to Bess and her little, pastoral Scottish community, which is pervaded and dominated by a highly austere Calvinist Christianity. In the very first scene, which features the elders of the church questioning Bess about her betrothed, Jan, a stranger to the community, the atmosphere is immediately stifling and rigorous. Read more …

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Czynnik moralny

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English original here and here

„Człowiek n i e dąży do szczęścia; czyni to tylko Anglik.”—Nietzsche

Najważniejsze pytania metapolityki dotyczą tożsamości, moralności oraz możliwości.

Jak dowodzi Carl Schmitt, polityczność oparta jest na rozróżnieniu pomiędzy „my” a „oni”. Pytanie dotyczące tożsamości brzmi: Kim jesteśmy? Read more …

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Znaczenie filozofii dla zmiany politycznej

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English original here

Tytuł tego eseju jest poniekąd mylący, ponieważ zamierzam dowodzić, że filozofia ma znaczenie dla wszelkiej ludzkiej aktywności, nie tylko dla polityki. Filozofia jest nie tylko metapolityczna, ale „meta-wszystko”[1]. Ale wiem, że moi czytelnicy zainteresowani są zmianą polityczną, zatem był to mój wybieg, aby zachęcić Was do lektury. Co więcej, twierdzę, że filozofia nie jedynie znacząca dla życia, ale jest sprawą najwyższej wagi.  Read more …

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Teoria i praktyka

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Aby zrealizować swoje cele polityczne, Północnoamerykańska Nowa Prawica musi zrozumieć właściwe relacje pomiędzy teorią a zmianą społeczną, metapolitkyą a polityką, teorią a praktyką. Musimy uniknąć dryfowania w kierunku bezczynnego intelektualizmu albo bezmyślnego – a zatem najprawdopodobniej przynoszącego skutki odwrotne od zamierzonych – aktywizmu.

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El Factor Moral, Parte 2

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Traducción por A. Garrido. Enlace original aquí

Parte 2 de 2 (parte 1 aquí)

“Esta no es ninguna fiesta.
Esta no es ninguna disco.
Esto no es un engaño a todo”
– Talking Heads, “La vida en tiempos de guerra”.

Alternativas al Hombre Burgués

Afortunadamente, no todos los hombres son del tipo burgués. Read more …

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El Factor Moral, Parte 1

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Félicien Rops, “Pornokratès,” 1878

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Traducción por A. Garrido. Enlace original aquí

Parte 1 de 2

“El hombre no lucha por la felicidad, sólo el inglés lo hace”. – Nietzsche

Las preguntas centrales de la metapolítica tratan sobre identidad, moralidad, y posibilidad.

Como Carl Schmitt sostiene, lo político está basado en la distinción entre ellos y nosotros. La pregunta sobre la identidad es: ¿Quiénes somos nosotros? Y: ¿Quiénes no somos? Específicamente, el Nacionalismo Blanco requiere una respuesta a la pregunta: ¿Quién es blanco? y ¿quién no lo es?  Read more …

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