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The Masculine Preconditions of Individualism, Part 2

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Part 2 of 4

Conventional vs. Postconventional Morals

Europeans will never become tribal and collectivist in the manner and degree of non-Europeans. Having an individual identity, an awareness of one’s inner being, that one’s actions can be causally dependent on one’s free will rather than on preceding events, 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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Creating a Place to Be

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Matthew Crawford
The World Beyond Your Head
New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016

Matthew Crawford is a new but powerful intellectual. His debut in the public sphere began in 2009 with his book Shop Class as Soulcraft, which was affectionately dubbed “Heidegger and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” by Slate, and positively reviewed by Francis Fukuyama. Crawford’s second polemic, however, is more far-reaching, and stands to supplant his first work as his philosophical masterpiece. Read more …

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Trump Will Complete the System of German Idealism!

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A few months ago, a delightful eccentric was interviewed on the streets of New York, claiming that Donald Trump, if elected, would “raise Thule,” as well as Atlantis. This chubby-cheeked, curly-haired, manic moppet (who calls himself “Kantbot”) went on to predict that Trump would “complete the system of German Idealism.” The video went viral – at least in our circles.

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Natural Rights vs. Human Rights:
A Critique of Alain de Benoist

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Introduction

This essay examines Alain de Benoist’s book Beyond Human Rights, translated into English in 2011 by Arktos, originally published in French in 2004. This book is a powerful condemnation of the Western idea of natural rights, which it claims to be intrinsically associated with the idea that all humans across the world have human rights. It objects to the imposition of human rights obligations on an otherwise multicultural humanity. Read more …

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 122 
Interview with Gilad Atzmon

Gilad-Atzmon60:12 / 119 words

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Oswald Spengler & the Faustian Soul of the West, Part 2

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Part 2 of 2

Kant and the “Unsocial Sociability” of Humans

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Mein Kodex

Peter Paul Rubens, "The Four Philosophers," with a bust of Seneca, 1611-1612

Peter Paul Rubens: „Die vier Philosophen“, mit einer Büste von Seneca, 1611-1612

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Vor ein paar Jahren entschied ich, daß ich einen Kodex brauchte, um danach zu leben: eine Reihe von Prinzipien, die mein Leben leiten. Nun, es ist nicht so, als hätte ich nicht bereits einige Prinzipien entdeckt, die mir als richtig erschienen; es war nicht so, als ob ich im Blindflug unterwegs gewesen wäre, ohne irgendwelche Überzeugungen. Aber ich hatte mich nie hingesetzt und darüber nachgedacht, woraus genau mein „Kodex“ bestand, und das alles zu Papier gebracht. Read more …

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Martha Nussbaum:
Premier Citizen of the World

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Ecstatic with herself

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The world of academia is full of hyper-inflated academics with multiple titles, prizes, honors, publications, grants and “original” ideas. Martha Nussbaum, Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, is a typical case in point; Read more …

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My Code

Peter Paul Rubens, "The Four Philosophers," with a bust of Seneca, 1611-1612

Peter Paul Rubens, “The Four Philosophers,” with a bust of Seneca, 1611-1612

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German translation here

A few years ago, I decided I needed a code to live by: a set of principles to guide my life. Now, it’s not as if I hadn’t already discovered some principles that seemed right to me; it wasn’t as if I was flying blind, without any convictions. But I had never sat down and reflected on exactly what my “code” consisted in, and put it all on paper. So, I decided one day to do just that.

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 83 
The Pursuit of Happiness 
An Overview of the Course

bustamente-malecon-puerto-vallarta28:24 / 154 words

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Beginning in August of 1999, I gave a series of eight lectures on “The Pursuit of Happiness: Read more …

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D. H. Lawrence’s Critique of Idealism

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D.H.-Lawrence-21The Nature of Mind

“We are now in the last stages of idealism,” Lawrence writes in Psychoanalysis and the Unconscious, and he goes on to claim that psychoanalysis is conducting us through those last stages.[1] Furthermore, he also tells us that idealism is “the one besetting sin of the human race.”[2] What does Lawrence mean by idealism, and why is he so opposed to it?

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“All or Nothing”:
The Prisoner & Ibsen’s Brand

Patrick McGoohan in The Prisoner

Patrick McGoohan in The Prisoner

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A number of years ago I wrote an essay offering an interpretation of the cult TV series The Prisoner (anthologized in Summoning the Gods, published by Counter-Currents).

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Fichte & the German Nation

Johann Gottlieb Fichte, 1762–1814

Johann Gottlieb Fichte, 1762–1814

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Johann Gottlieb Fichte was one of those rare men who are both thinkers and heroes. His challenging Wissenschaftslehre (“doctrine of science”) remains one of the most ambitious attempts to encompass the world and its meaning in a speculative philosophical system. In his elaboration of Immanuel Kant’s philosophy of ethical idealism, Fichte achieved a compelling synthesis of the complementary values of freedom and duty. 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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Nacionalismo & Racialismo na Filosofia Alemã:
Fichte, Hegel & os Românticos

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1 – Fichte e o Destino da Nação Alemã

J. G. Fichte (1762-1814), o primeiro dos grandes idealistas alemães pós-kantianos, é uma figura importante na ascensão do nacionalismo alemão – e tem sido muitas vezes acusado de ser um dos pais fundadores do Nacional-Socialismo.

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Nationalism & Racialism in German Philosophy:
Fichte, Hegel, & the Romantics

Philipp Veit, "Germania," 1848

Philipp Veit, “Germania,” 1848

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Portuguese translation here

1. Fichte and the Destiny of the German Nation

J. G. Fichte (1762–1814), the first of the great post-Kantian German Idealists, is an important figure in the rise of German nationalism – and has often been accused of being one of the founding fathers of National Socialism.

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Somos Livres?

Norns by J. L. Lund (1777-1867)

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1. O Problema

Nós temos “livre-arbítrio”? Certamente isso me parece que eu livremente escolho o que eu faço em vida, com respeito a coisas tanto maiores quanto menores. Minha decisão de graduar no colégio, por exemplo, certamente parece ter sido feito livremente, sem nenhuma coerção de outros. Read more …

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Rousseau as Conservative:
The Theodicy of Civilization

Nicolas Poussin, “Et in Arcadia Ego,” 1637

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In 1762, Immanuel Kant did something unprecedented: he missed his daily walk. He stayed home to read Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s new book Emile, Read more …

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Prussians & Englishmen, Part 2

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Frederick the Great, King of Prussia

First installment here

In order to overcome man’s inborn lethargy, the Prussian socialist ethic maintains that the chief aim of life is not happiness. Read more …

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Are We Free?

Norns by J. L. Lund (1777-1867)

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Portuguese translation here

1. The Problem

Do we have “free will”? It certainly seems to me that I freely choose what I do in life, with respect to things both major and minor. My decision to go to graduate school, for example, certainly seems to have been one that I made freely, without anyone or anything coercing me. Read more …

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Whistler, Kant, & Modern Art

James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834–1903), "At the Piano," 1858–59

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Editor’s Note:

Anthony M. Ludovici’s grandfather and father, Albert Ludovici, Sr. and Albert Ludovici, Jr. were celebrated and successful painters in England. Read more …

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Liberalism as the Ideology of Consummate Meaninglessness, Part 2

Immanuel Kant, 1724–1804

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Part 1 here, Part 3 here

Immanuel Kant, the first to philosophize the “question of freedom,” approaches the world like Descartes. He begins with Cartesianism’s dehistoricized, peopleless subject, which is seen as an “ends in itself,” something that is to be “freed” for the sake of its “self-assured self-legislation.”

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