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America’s Health Fix:
Case & Deaton’s Deaths of Despair, Part II

Anne Case and Angus Deaton.

3,201 words

Part I

When Purdue Pharmaceutical introduced OxyContin, their marketing for the drug was aggressive, efficient, unscrupulous, and amoral. Resources were poured into advertising; the company spent $200 million on marketing in 2001. Sales grew from $48 million in 1996 to $1.1 billion in 2000, Read more …

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America’s Health Fix:
Case & Deaton’s Deaths of Despair, Part I

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During the 1970s and 1980s, when libertarian ideas were in the air, Ayn Rand a fashionable writer, Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher had romped to power, and the Chicago Boys were invited to demonstrate the merits of free-market economics in South America, a lively debate was being pursued in libertarian circles on how far freedom can go.

Didn’t free individuals have the right to take their own lives, Read more …

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Roger Scruton’s Death-Devoted Heart
Part Two: The Sacred

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Why does Scruton not examine the role of Melot in Death-Devoted Heart more closely?

Tristan und Isolde echoes themes from Romeo and Juliet and Othello, so it is unlikely that Wagner did not have both plays in mind when he composed his opera. The Othello theme is especially clear in the regrets expressed by King Marke that he could not clearly see, just as Othello could not clearly see. Melot, like Iago, faces death if he cannot make good the claim of adultery; Read more …

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Roger Scruton’s Death-Devoted Heart
Part One: The Personal

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Sir Roger Scruton, who died of cancer on January 12th, 2020 at the age of seventy-five, wrote more than fifty books, was the editor of the conservative publication The Salisbury Review, and in his final years was briefly chairman — dismissed and subsequently reinstated — of the Conservative Government’s “Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission.”

I once met Roger Scruton. He invited me to his flat in London in 1982 where I remember enjoying his excellent wine. Read more …

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 264
Four French Collaborationists:
Châteaubriant, Céline, Drieu, Brasillach

Alphonse de Châteaubriant

369 words / 58:30

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This is a lost London Forum talk by Michael Walker on four French artists of the Right: Alphonse de Châteaubriant, Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Pierre Drieu La Rochelle, and Robert Brasillach. Read more …

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It’s Population, Stupid:
Gunnar Heinsohn’s Söhne & Weltmacht

4,564 words

Gunnar Heinsohn
Söhne und Weltmacht: Terror im Aufstieg und Fall der Nationen
Zürich, Switzerland: Orell Füssli Verlag, 2020 (2003)

Robert Malthus’s essay on population growth is widely known and widely refuted, mostly by commentators who have not read it. In his Essay on the Principle of Population, Malthus argued that population growth undermined the achievements which technology had brought and was bringing to human society Read more …

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Alain de Benoist’s Against Liberalism

7,429 words

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Alain de Benoist
Contre le libéralisme: La Société n’est pas un Marché
Monaco: Éditions du Rocher, 2019

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Ailis

Henry Holiday, Dante and Beatrice (1883)

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Google threw up no results and that surprised him. She had been ambitious, determined to become a famous actress, but he had not heard anything about her since she disappeared. Disappeared? That seemed a hard word . . . The Internet told him nothing, or rather by telling him nothing, it told him that in that respect she had failed. Read more …

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What Capitalism Has Left to Say

4,996 words / 32:13

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Charles Robin
La gauche du capital: libéralisme culturel et idéologie du Marché
Paris: Krisis, 2014

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Confronting the Ethnomasochists on the High Seas:
Alexander Schleyer’s Defend Europe

3,363 words / 22:05

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Alexander Schleyer
Defend Europe: Eine Aktion an der Grenze
Steigra: Antaios Verlag, 2018

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National Masochism

5,736 words

Martin Lichtmesz & Michael Ley (eds.)
Nationalmasochismus
Steigra: Antaios Verlag, 2018

In the Platz der deutschen Einheit (German Unity Square) in Düsseldorf, someone has covered the street name with Simone de Beauvoir Platz. This is one example among many that anyone living in the Federal Republic of Germany may encounter – evidence of the hatred of their country which some Germans feel. Evidence is all around. Read more …

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Don’t Get Mixed Up with Racism

Martin Lichtmesz

4,895 words / 31:48

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Martin Lichtmesz
Rassismus: Ein amerikanischer Alptraum
Steigra: Antaios Verlag, 2018

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 227
Baby, Where Did Our Love Go?
Observations on the Unfolding Brexit Drama

5,280 words/ 34:08

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One thing was obvious about the referendum result of June 23, 2016 – namely, that neither side had expected it. Read more …

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 225
Now for My Next Writer . . .

5,673 words / 36:48

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Tarmo Kunnas
Faszination eines Trugbildes: Die europäische Intelligenz und die faschistischeVersuchung 1919­-1945
Brienna Verlag, 2017

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In the Valley of the Fat & Impotent

4,955 words / 32:02

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The political system of the German Republic is so fashioned as to favor long periods of stable rule under the same head of state, but even by its own standards the term of office of Angela Merkel (uninterrupted since 2005) has been very long. Read more …

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Now in Audio Version!
British Politics Today:
Optimism, Pessimism, & Realism

Theresa May trying (and failing) to be the multicultural Dancing Queen, a clear case of too much optimism.

3,745 words / 25:20

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Counter-Currents readers may be familiar with the name Tai Lopez. Tai Lopez runs commercials which regularly appear on YouTube. He is a self-made millionaire and latter-day preacher of the “God helps those who help themselves” school of economics: Read more …

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Now in Audio Version!
Environmentalism & White Nationalism:
A Shared Destiny

4,558 words / 28:30

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Andreas Meißner
Mensch, was nun? Wie wir der ökologischen Krise begegnen können
Münster: Edition Octopus, 2009 Read more …

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Now in Audio Version!
Mussolini, or the Will to Power

5,082 words / 33:16

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Werner Bräuninger
DUX: Mussolini, oder Der Wille zur Macht
Graz: Ares Verlag, 2018 Read more …

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 218
Rolf Peter Sieferle’s Epochenwechsel

10,814 words / 1:06:43


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Now in Audio Version!
Europe’s Dams are Cracking: A Review

9,362 words / 59:49


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Konrad Windisch, ed.
Europas Dämme bersten: Ursachen, Hintergründe und Folgen des Flüchtlings-Tsunamis
Pähl: Hohe Warte, 2017 Read more …

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 213
Populism: Beyond Left & Right?
Alain de Benoist’s The Populist Moment

The faces of European populism today: Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.

8,406 words

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Alain de Benoist
Le Moment Populiste: Droite-Gauche c’est Fini!
Paris: Pierre-Guillaume de Roux, 2017 Read more …

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 210
Interview with Michael Walker

550 words / 90:54


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Greg Johnson, John Morgan, and Michael Polignano reconvene for a new weekly Counter-Currents Radio podcast. This week, we interview author and founder of the British New Right magazine The Scorpion, Michael Walker. Read more …

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The Sound of Music:
The Outcome of the Austrian Elections

Sebastian Kurz

2,416 words

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One of the few things which can be stated with any certainty about the consequences of the recent Austrian elections on October 15 is that they are unpredictable, both for Austria and for European politics. The hard Left is out of parliament, the Social Democrats are in disarray, the anti-immigration course of the conservatives under a new, young leader has reaped dividends, and the “far Right” FPÖ has entered a coalition government. Read more …

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Going Somewhere?
A Review of David Goodhart’s The Road to Somewhere

6,100 words


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David Goodhart
The Road to Somewhere: The New Tribes Shaping British Politics
London: Penguin, 2017 Read more …

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The Devil in the Detail:
A Review of Ryszard Legutko’s The Demon in Democracy

5,650 words

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Not Going Gentle into That Good Night:
A Review of Two Books on Brexit, Part Two

2,588 words

Part 2 of 2 (Part 1 here)


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Not Going Gentle into That Good Night:
A Review of Two Books on Brexit, Part One

3,411 words

Part 1 of 2 (Part 2 here)


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Defeating Defeatism:
A Review of Derek Turner’s Sea Changes

4,007 words


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Derek Turner (Foreword by Tito Perdue)
Sea Changes
Whitefish, Mt.: Washington Summit Publishers, 2012 Read more …

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Now in Audio Version!
Understanding Brexit:
A Review of The Bad Boys of Brexit

4,098 words

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Arron Banks
The Bad Boys of Brexit: Tales of Mischief, Mayhem & Guerrilla Warfare in the EU Referendum Campaign 
London: Biteback Publishing, 2017

When I was asked last year by the German-language weekly Junge Freiheit to contribute to their “portrait” series with a piece on Arron Banks, I was in the embarrassing position of having to admit that I had never heard of him. Read more …

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The Spotted Owl & the Elephant in the Room

3,308 words

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In 1814, the Russian writer Ivan Krylov wrote a fable entitled “The Inquisitive Man”: a man visits a museum and observes all sorts of exhibits while completely overlooking an elephant on show. Read more …

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