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Victorian Respectability

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“On the surface, Bram Stoker was a pillar of late Victorian respectability. . . . But just below the surface, he had something on his mind.”

The preceding sentences are from Christopher Frayling’s BBC documentary on Stoker’s Dracula, which was broadcast on A&E in 1996.

In a more recent television documentary on M. R. James, Read more …

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Fašistický sen, část 2

Arno Breker – Fackelträger (1940)

1,059 slov

English translation here

Druhý díl ze třídílné minisérie, první část naleznete zde, závěrečnou třetí tady.

Fašismus v protikladu k tomu demokratickému předkládá svůj vlastní alternativní obraz člověka i pojetí svobody, od onoho velebeného demokratického velice odlišné.

Demokracie svobodu nijak neomezuje, snad kromě zákazu škodit ostatním. Read more …

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Forced to be Free:
The Case for Paternalism

Rousseau

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

626 words

Spanish translation here

Paternalism means treating people like children. Children lack the maturity and wisdom to make their own decisions. Thus they need parents — or people playing the paternal role — to tell them what to do and, on occasion, to force them to do it.

Most people have no problem with paternalism when dealing with actual children, as well as the retarded, the senile, and the insane. Read more …

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Now on YouTube
Answering Sargon of Akkad

92 words / 57:46

Responds to YouTube Skeptic Sargon of Akkad’s eight questions for White Nationalists. Read more …

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 207
Answering Sargon of Akkad

136 words / 57:46


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Millennial Woes leads Greg Johnson through YouTube Skeptic Sargon of Akkad’s eight questions for White Nationalists. 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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Decline of the Western Male, Part 2

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Part 2 of 2. Part 1 here

Transhumanism — The Final Showdown

The West, in its essence, is neither a human nor a natural society. The current debate – is gender real? – is not directed at finding truth but is instead a program of action – “we will make it so that there is no such thing as gender.” Masculinity and femininity, their polarity, will be abolished. Read more …

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Decline of the Western Male, Part 1

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Part 1 of 2

Martin Heidegger, Oswald Spengler – “Martin Spengler” – these two 20th-century thinkers provide the main source of inspiration behind this project. Both sought to understand the times we live in, and to bring into view the deeper historical and philosophical significance underlying many of the political, economic, social, and cultural issues before us today. Read more …

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I Scream, You Scream

Chinese ice cream.

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In case you missed it, I recently I got into a little tiff with one of my blogging idols, Kim du Toit. On April 28, Counter-Currents published an article of mine, “Kim du Toit and the Freedom Paradox,” in which I more or less introduced Kim to the Alt Right and took him to task in a nice and respectful way over our political differences. Kim was one of my favorite bloggers of the previous decade and was just coming off an eight-year hiatus, so I figured the time was right. Read more …

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The Alt Lite & the Spectrum Axis

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It is a very simple idea.

Remember that in the film Moneyball, the new Assistant General Manager, Peter Brand, said that “it’s all about getting things down to one number.” Like Spearman’s g, but for baseball. A single number which could establish a player’s objective worth. Read more …

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Reasons & Rhyme

Georgia Governor Lester Maddox, champion of segregation.

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I’m always thinking about how to express my reasons for supporting White Nationalism. Of course, there are many. But when you think about it, there really aren’t any reasons at all.

Does a human being really need to express reasons to have a home? A bed? Shoes and clothing? Food and drink? Personal effects and belongings? Basic freedoms and rights? I guess if you’re studying social studies for the first time in middle school, it might be useful to categorize the basic human needs and enumerate the objective grounds for meeting them. Read more …

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Pizzagate, Hegel, & Leonard Cohen:
Greg Johnson on Alex Fontana’s Fascist Pigs Podcast

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I joined Alex Fontana’s Fascist Pigs Podcast to talk about Pizzagate, sexual liberation, social decadence, Nietzsche’s conservatism, Hegel on will and freedom, liberalism, Rogue One, film as an art form, and Leonard Cohen. Click here to listen. Read more …

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Notes on Philosophical Dialectic

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Socrates

Part 1 of 2

The concept of philosophical dialectic is quite mysterious and intimidating. Even among professional philosophers, dialectic often has connotations of mysticism, obscurantism, and slight of hand. I wish to dispel this aura. I will lay out the elements of philosophical dialectic by looking at specific arguments in Plato’s Republic[1] and Hegel’s Philosophy of Right[2] and then employ Heidegger’s account of the hermeneutic circle Being and Time and Husserl’s account of the logic of parts and wholes in his Logical Investigations to clarify the dialectical process.  Read more …

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Țuțea on Equality

Petre Țuțea

Petre Țuțea

151 words

Translated by Guillaume Durocher

Translator’s Note:

Petre Țuțea was a Romanian anti-communist dissident. The following is one of the entries from his popular dictionary of aphorisms 322 de vorbe memorabile ale lui Petre Țuțea (“322 Memorable Words from Petre Țuțea,” Bucharest: Humanitas, 2009 [1993]), 45. 

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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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The Decay of Words, Part 3:
Fate & Action

Engraving-of-Tyche2,024 words

Part 3 of 3

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

We will end these observations by examining the original content of three ancient Roman notions, those of fatum, felicitas, and fortuna.

15. Fatum. According to the most common modern usage, “fate” is a blind power that hangs over men, Read more …

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The Fight for the Alt-Right:
The Rising Tide of Ideological Autism Against Big Tent-Supremacy

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bigtent-2The growth of what is termed the alt-right in recent months has lead to a growth of criticism and some debate over its meaning and scope. (We’re also on Wikipedia now). The “Alternative Right” is a 2010s political label with history I am sure most people reading this are familiar with, and if not it is beside the point. What I aim to discuss here is not so much alt-right history Read more …

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Ελευθερία, Αιτιοκρατία και Πεπρωμένο

eleu8eriboulisi1,352 words

English original here

Μετάφραση/απόδοση, για το Ιδεάπολις, του Νίκου Καρατουλιώτη

Ελεύθερη βούληση σημαίνει ότι έχεις να διαλέξεις μεταξύ πραγματικών επιλογών. Δεν έχει σημασία τι επιλογή θα κάνει κάποιος, ο καθένας μπορεί να επιλέξει διαφορετικά. Αιτιοκρατία (ντετερμινισμός) σημαίνει ότι δεν έχουμε πραγματικές επιλογές. Όταν κάποιος επιλέξει, δεν θα μπορούσε να έχει επιλέξει αλλιώς.  Read more …

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Libertad, Determinismo, & Destino

Isis as Agathe Tyche and Osiris as Agathos Daimon in serpent form

Isis como Agathe Tyche y Osiris como Agathos Daimon en forma de serpiente

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English original here

Tener libre albedrio significa tener verdaderas opciones de las cuales elegir. No importa que opción uno pueda elegir, uno pudo haber elegido de forma diferente. El determino significa que no tenemos dos opciones reales. Cuando uno elegí, uno no podría haber elegido de forma diferente.

Incluso si uno tiene libre albedrio, no todas las decisiones son libres. Read more …

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Freedom, Determinism, & Destiny

Isis as Agathe Tyche and Osiris as Agathos Daimon in serpent form

Isis as Agathe Tyche and Osiris as Agathos Daimon in serpent form

1,319 words

Translations: GreekSpanish

Having free will means having real options to choose from. No matter what option one may choose, one could have chosen otherwise. Determinism means that we do not have real options. When one chooses, one could not have chosen otherwise.

Even if one has free will, not every choice is free. Read more …

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Forzados a ser Libres:
El caso del Paternalismo

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English original here

Paternalismo significa tratar a la gente como niños. Los niños carecen de madurez y sabiduría para tomar sus propias decisiones. Por lo tanto necesitan padres – o gente que ejerza el rol paternal – que les diga que hacer y, en ocasiones, forzarlos a hacerlo.

La mayoría de la gente no tiene problema con el paternalismo cuando trata con niños, tanto como con retardados, seniles o insanos. Read more …

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Forced to be Free:
The Case for Paternalism

Rousseau

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

626 words

Spanish translation here

Paternalism means treating people like children. Children lack the maturity and wisdom to make their own decisions. Thus they need parents — or people playing the paternal role — to tell them what to do and, on occasion, to force them to do it.

Most people have no problem with paternalism when dealing with actual children, as well as the retarded, the senile, and the insane. Read more …

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A Sense of Crisis

Carlos Schwabe, Death of the Gravedigger

Carlos Schwabe, Death of the Gravedigger, 1895–1900

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Editor’s Note:

Because of the warm response to Bill Hopkins’ Angry Young Man manifesto, “Ways Without a Precedent,” we are reprinting one of its companion pieces, Stuart Holroyd’s, “A Sense of Crisis,” also from Declaration, ed. Tom Maschler (London: MacGibbon and Kee, 1957), 181–202. For some background, see Jonathan Bowden’s “Bill Hopkins and the Angry Young Men.” 

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Why We Meet as We Do:
Thoughts on Liberal Education

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Hendrick ter Brugghen, Heraclitus, 1628

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Spanish translation here

Editor’s Note:

This is the text of a talk that I gave on August 15, 1996 to an adult education class that I used to run in Atlanta, way back when I was in graduate school. I recall that the actual lecture was much longer and involved discussions of Rousseau, Kant, Schiller, and Hegel. If a tape comes to light, I will dub it and make it available. 

Why do we meet as we do? Read more …

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The Philosophy of Collin Cleary

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French translation here

Author’s Note:

The following essay is my Editor’s Introduction to Collin Cleary’s new anthology What is a Rune? and Other Essays, forthcoming from Counter-Currents.

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Waking Up From the American Dream 
The Fatherland vs. the Republic

John Singleton Copley, "The Copley Family," 1776

John Singleton Copley, “The Copley Family,” 1776

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Part 5 of 5

The French author Jean Raspail noted that his French Fatherland was betrayed by those who confused Republican values with the nation itself. In America, the process is far worse, because the nation was a flawed ideological experiment from the beginning. Read more …

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Waking Up From the American Dream 
Freedom vs. Identity

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Part 4 of 5

Turn on the television. Read a mainstream media website. Try and listen to a politician give a speech. This accumulated filth, this celebration of mediocrity, this Third World carnival of grotesqueries is America. Read more …

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The Fascist Dream, Part 2

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Czech version here

Translated by Greg Johnson

Part 2 of 3

Editor’s Note:

“The Fascist Dream” is the third and final part of Maurice Bardèche’s Qu’est-ce que le fascisme? (What is Fascism?) (Paris: Les Sept Couleurs, 1961). 

Fascism opposes another image of man to the democratic one, Read more …

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History, Action, & the Timeless

Willy Meller, Schicksalsstunde (Hour of Destiny)

Willy Meller, Schicksalsstunde (Hour of Destiny)

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Translated by R. G. Fowler

“Time, Space and Number
Fell from the black firmament,
Into the still and sombre sea.
Shroud of silence and shade,
The night erases absolutely
Time, Space and Number.”
—Leconte de Lisle (“Villanelle” [pastoral poem], Poèmes Tragiques)

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 57  
What Socrates Knew:
Plato’s Gorgias, Part 4 of 10

35.11.334:52 / 350 words

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