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The Noble Savage & the Downfall of Western Man:
A Review of The Mosquito Coast

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Paul Theroux
The Mosquito Coast
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1981

I always find it interesting when different people make similar observations based on the same data, yet come to completely different conclusions. Allie Fox, the main character in Paul Theroux’s novel The Mosquito Coast, seems at first to have much in common with many on today’s Dissident Right. He’s disgusted with the ubiquitous commercialization of modern society. Read more …

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Interjú Greg Johnsonnal

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English original here

A szerkesztő megjegyzése:

Ha csak most ismerkedik a Counter-Currents internetes folyóirattal, kitűnő kiindulási pont az alábbi interjú, amelyet Laura Raim francia marxista újságíró készített Greg Johnsonnal. Read more …

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On Rousseau’s Discourse on Inequality

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In order to embrace the Right, whites must first overcome their shame and embarrassment when contemplating race. Our most difficult and dangerous hurdle, I believe, but also our most important one. Much of this involves resisting the temptation to impute a typical white temperament onto non-whites, especially primitive non-whites. 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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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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Greg Johnson Interviewed

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Editor’s Note:

If you are new to Counter-Currents, the following transcript of Greg Johnson’s interview (audio here) with French Marxist journalist Laura Raim is an excellent place to start. It is the first interview in Greg Johnson’s new book, You Asked for It: Selected Interviews, vol. 1, now available from Counter-Currents.

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The Enigma of Whittaker Chambers

Whittaker Chambers, underground man.

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(Written in the style, if not quite the spirit, of senior TIMEditor Chambers’ weekly newsmagazine.)

Rumpled, paunchy Whittaker Chambers (April 1, 1901-July 9, 1961) has long merited haughty sneers and raised eyebrows on America’s nationalist Right. Reasons: his shifting ideologies, his inscrutable motives.

Among the most compelling critiques of Chambers we may count those of Classics professor Revilo P. Oliver. Read more …

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Greg Johnson Interviewed by Laura Raim about the Alt Right (Transcript)

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spoonbillEditor’s Note:

This is the transcript by V. S. of Greg Johnson’s interview with Laura Raim on the Alternative Right. To listen in a player, click here. To download the mp3, right-click here and choose “save target or link as.”  Read more …

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 161
Greg Johnson Interviewed by Laura Raim about the Alt Right

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Between Two Lampshades
Michael Enoch Interviews Greg Johnson, Part 3

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Part 3 of 3

Editor’s Note:

What follows is the transcript by V. S. of Michael Enoch’s Between Two Lampshades interview with Greg Johnson on The Right Stuff. You can listen to it here

GJ: There’s another argument that I want to make about laissez-faire capitalism: Read more …

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Forzados a ser Libres:
El caso del Paternalismo

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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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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 126 
Greg Johnson & Hugh MacDonald
Vanity, Pretentiousness, & Snobbery

John William Waterhouse, Echo and Narcissus

John William Waterhouse, Echo and Narcissus

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Introduction to Plato’s Republic, Part 2

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Author’s Note:

The following text is based on a transcript by V. S. of a lecture on Plato’s Republic. As usual, I have edited his transcript to remove excessive wordiness and corrected a couple of small mistakes.  

Plato writes in his Seventh Letter that he never set forth his own philosophy in any of his writings. That’s a pretty extraordinary statement for one of our greatest philosophers to make. Read more …

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 79 
An Introduction to Plato’s Republic, Part 2

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Part 2 of 2

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 59  
What Socrates Knew:
Plato’s Gorgias, Part 5 of 10

thethreefacedhekate45:21 / 361 words

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Note: This installment has a somewhat choppy quality in places because of extensive discussion, Read more …

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Romanticism & Classicism

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I want to maintain that after a hundred years of romanticism, we are in for a classical revival, and that the particular weapon of this new classical spirit, when it works in verse, will be fancy.[1] And in this I imply the superiority of fancy—not superior generally or absolutely, for that would be obvious nonsense, but superior in the sense that we use the word good in empirical ethics—good for something, superior for something. Read more …

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T. S. Eliot, Part 1

Wyndham Lewis, Portrait of T. S. Eliot, 1938

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Part 1 of 2

The First World War brought to a climax a cultural crisis in Western Civilization that had been developing for centuries: money overwhelmed tradition, as Spengler would have put it[1] (or, to resort to the language of Marx, the bourgeoisie supplanted the aristocracy).[2] Industrialization accentuated the process of commercialization, with its concomitant urbanization and the disruption of organic bonds and social cohesion. This has thrown societies into a state of perpetual flux, with culture reflecting that condition.

It was—and is—a problem of the primacy of Capital. Read more …

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Paganism & Vitalism in
Knut Hamsun & D. H. Lawrence, Part 2

Ludwig Fahrenkrog, “The Holy Fire”

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Part 2 of 2

Translated by Greg Johnson

The Paganism of Hamsun and Lawrence

If Hamsun and Lawrence carry out their desire to return to a natural ontology by rejecting rationalist intellectualism, this also implies an in-depth contestation of the Christian message. Read more …

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Paganism & Vitalism in
Knut Hamsun & D. H. Lawrence, Part 1

Knut Hamsun

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Part 1 of 2

Translated by Greg Johnson

The Hungarian philologist Akos Doma, educated in Germany and the United States, has published a work of literary interpretation comparing the works of Knut Hamsun and D. H. Lawrence: 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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Re-Reading Rousseau

Maurice Quentin de La Tour, “Portrait of Jean-Jacques Rousseau” (1712–1778), pastel on paper, 1753

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Translated by Greg Johnson*

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712–1778) is a rather curious case in the history of ideas. After two centuries, he is still the object of truly passionate opinions (you either love him or you hate him), and few authors have given rise to as many contradictory interpretations. He is commonly seen as an inspiration for the French Revolution, but also as an influence on German nationalism. Read more …

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Louis de Bonald’s On Divorce

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Louis de Bonald
On Divorce
Translated and edited by Nicholas Davidson
New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers, 1992

On the European continent, Louis de Bonald has long been named alongside Edmund Burke and Joseph de Maistre as a foremost first generation critic of the French Revolution and founder of modern conservatism. Read more …

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