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Meeting to Some Purpose:
The Second International Colin Wilson Conference

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As I have written about previously for Counter-Currents (as well as in a considerably revised and expanded version of this same essay that was included in North American New Right, vol. 2), the English philosopher, novelist, and compiler of eclectic knowledge of all kinds, Colin Wilson (1932-2013), is one of the most unjustly forgotten writers of our time. Read more …

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Neville & the Rebel:
Reflections on Colin Wilson & Neville Goddard

Neville Goddard

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Part 2 of 2; part 1 here

Earlier, I noted Wilson’s second thoughts, 45 years later, about Religion and the Rebel as an “overstuffed pillow”; he specifically felt that the early biographical material on Rilke was “unnecessary.” But actually, it supplies us with a remarkable parallel to Neville’s method, as well as a hint of Wilson’s future development.

Wilson says if Rilke had died at age twenty-five, no one would have remembered him. Instead, he willed himself to be a poet. Read more …

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Neville & the Rebel:
Reflections on Colin Wilson & Neville Goddard

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Colin Wilson

Part 1 of 2

“What was needed was not some new religious cult but some simple way of accessing religious or mystical experience, of the sort that must have been known to the monks and cathedral-builders of the Middle Ages.”–Colin Wilson[1]

“The serpent said that every dream could be willed into creation by those strong enough to believe in it.”–Eve to Adam, in Shaw’s Back to Methuselah  Read more …

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 208
John Morgan on Colin Wilson

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Greg Johnson and John Morgan convene another episode of Counter-Currents Weekly. Read more …

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Colin Wilson’s The Outsider

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The following review was published in The European, a journal owned and published by Sir Oswald Mosley and his wife, Diana, between 1953 and 1959, in its February 1957 issue. Read more …

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Blade Runner

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Czech translation here

Ridley Scott’s 1982 movie Blade Runner is a science fiction classic and surely the director’s finest work. Blade Runner excels on all levels. It is a highly imaginative vision of the future realized with a stunning visual style. The script is intelligent, even poetic. The cast is uniformly strong, with a number of powerful performances, particularly Rutger Hauer as Roy Batty. The gripping action sequences are acrobatic, balletic, and brutal. But the key to the film’s unsettling emotional power is its deep mythic subtext. Read more …

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Greg Johnson Interviews F. Roger Devlin on Alexandre Kojève & the End of History

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Alexandre Kojève in 1922

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Editor’s Note:

The following text is the transcript by V. S. of my conversation with F. Roger Devlin about Alexandre Kojève (1902–1968) and the end of history. To listen to the audio in a player, click here. To download the mp3, right-click here and choose “save target or link as.” To subscribe to our podcasts, click here.  Read more …

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Blade Runner

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English original here

Film Ridleyho Scotta z roku 1982 Blade Runner se řadí mezi klasická díla sci-fi žánru a představuje vrchol tvorby slavného britského režiséra. Blade Runner vyniká ve všech ohledech. Jedná se o velice nápaditou vizi budoucnosti, uskutečněnou v dechberoucím vizuálním provedení. Herci předvádí solidní výkony, někteří pak až výjimečné – především Rutger Hauer jako Roy Batty. Napínavé akční scény jsou akrobatické, baletní a brutální. Klíč k pochopení znepokojivé emocionální působivosti díla však spočívá v jeho hlubokém mytickém podtextu. Read more …

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Wilmot Robertson’s Obituary for Martin Heidegger

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Editor’s Note:

Although Instauration pieces are not signed, based on style and content, I believe this obituary for Martin Heidegger was written by Wilmot Robertson.

Martin Heidegger (1889-1976)

As far as we know there is only one atheistic philosopher whose thought ever triggered religious resonances in the soul of his readers. Read more …

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Notes on Nihilism

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Translations: French, Spanish, Czech

The Gnostic NihilistIt is often said that nihilism is one of the leading characteristics of the modern age, but what is nihilism? Nihilism means something like the “death” of God, the denial of objective meaning and value, the erasure of moral distinctions and hierarchies, the dissolution of a common world into individual perspectives, and the dissolution of a common culture into subjective “given preferences.”  Read more …

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Greg Johnson on Heidegger at Majority Rights Radio

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Heidegger modeling his Hobbit hat

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I talk to Guessed Worker and Daniel Sienkiewicz at Majority Rights Radio about Heidegger and the politics of identity here.

Topics include: modern politics and the abolition of limits, the necessity of a return to limits, the classical notion of nature, the notion of weighty historical contingency, Heidegger and the Conservative Revolution, Heidegger in relation to National Socialism and the New Right, Heidegger and authenticity, race and historical identity, Heidegger and Darwinism, and science in relation to philosophy and common sense.  Read more …

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Little Gidding

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T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets can be considered amongst the greatest English poetry of the 20th century, and arguably amongst the greatest English poetry ever. The four poems meditate repetitively and brilliantly on man’s relationship to time and eternity, and posit a religious solution to the problem of man’s need for meaning in the face of death.  Read more …

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A Leveling Wind:
Reading Camus’ The Stranger

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Albert Camus’ The Stranger had a powerful effect on me when I first read it at the age of 18. Recently I had cause to pick it up again when I re-read Bill Hopkins’ The Leap! (a.k.a. The Divine and the Decay) with the aim of writing an essay on it. Hopkins’ manner of constructing a plot out of seemingly trivial, tedious, and disconnected events that suddenly come together in an emotionally shattering climax — a climax that seems utterly surprising yet in hindsight utterly inevitable — brought to mind The StrangerRead more …

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Blade Runner

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Czech translation here

Ridley Scott’s 1982 movie Blade Runner is a science fiction classic and surely the director’s finest work. Blade Runner excels on all levels. It is a highly imaginative vision of the future realized with a stunning visual style. The script is intelligent, even poetic. The cast is uniformly strong, with a number of powerful performances, particularly Rutger Hauer as Roy Batty. The gripping action sequences are acrobatic, balletic, and brutal. But the key to the film’s unsettling emotional power is its deep mythic subtext. Read more …

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 78 
Greg Johnson Interviews F. Roger Devlin on Alexandre Kojève & the End of History

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A Heroic Vision for Our Time:
The Life & Ideas of Colin Wilson

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Colin Wilson, the English author of well over a hundred books on subjects as diverse as philosophy, literary criticism, criminology, and the occult, as well as many novels, essays and short stories, passed away last Thursday (December 5, 2013) at 11:45 PM local time, in the presence of his wife, Joy, and his daughter, Sally. He was 82.

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The Svadharma Doctrine & Existentialism

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Heidegger walks his path

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Translator anonymous

In an earlier essay I pointed out the importance of clearing up the points in which a connection between the doctrines of the traditional East and certain very advanced intellectual trends of the West emerges. I then said that in many cases a serious and not amateurish knowledge of the former might well serve to complete the latter, liberating them from their aspect as opinions of a purely individual speculative nature, and also from everything affected by an atmosphere of crisis, such indeed as is that of our own modern Western civilization. Read more …

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Zen & the West

Crow Screen, Japan, 17th century, Seattle Art Museum

Crow Screen, Japan, 17th century, Seattle Art Museum

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Translator anonymous, ed. by Greg Johnson

Zen may be regarded as the last discovery of Western spiritualistic circles in sympathy with Oriental wisdom. Read more …

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The Right to One’s Own Life in East & West

Peter Paul Rubens, "The Death of Seneca," c. 1615, Museo del Prado, Madrid

Peter Paul Rubens, “The Death of Seneca,” c. 1615, Museo del Prado, Madrid

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Translation anonymous, ed. Greg Johnson

In these short notes I shall not attempt to deal with the question of the right to life in general, but with the right to one’s own life, which corresponds to the ancient formula of jus vitae necisque; it is the right to accept human existence or to put an end to it voluntarily. I intend to compare certain characteristic points of view which have been formulated in this connection in the East and in the West. However, the problem will not be considered from a social point of view, but rather from an interior spiritual one, whence it appears in the shape of a problem of responsibility only to our own selves. Read more …

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Thoughts on Samuel Beckett

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Edited by Alex Kurtagić 

Editor’s Note: 

The following is excerpted from Jonathan Bowden’s Skin, a book he wrote in the early 1990s. The text has been lightly edited, mainly for punctuation, spelling, and capitalization.

In Samuel Beckett’s work . . . , which has become emblematic of the modern condition, Read more …

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Le primordial et l’eternel :
La Tradition dans la pensée de Martin Heidegger et de Julius Evola

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L’opposé de la tradition, dit l’historien Dominique Venner, n’est pas la modernité, une notion illusoire, mais le nihilisme [1]. D’après Nietzsche, qui développa le concept, le nihilisme vient avec la mort des dieux et « la répudiation radicale de [toute] valeur, sens et désirabilité » [2]. Read more …

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Podcast No. 3 
Interview with Andy Nowicki

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Editor’s Note:

Due to technical problems with the recording, we have decided it best to release only the transcript of our interview with Andy Nowicki.

Mike Polignano:  Welcome to Counter-Currents Radio. We’re joined here today by one of our authors, Andy Nowicki. Read more …

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