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Ronald Beiner’s Dangerous Minds

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Ronald Beiner
Dangerous Minds: Nietzsche, Heidegger, and the Return of the Far Right
Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018

Ronald Beiner is a Canadian Jewish political theorist who teaches at the University of Toronto. I’ve been reading his work since the early 1990s, starting with What’s the Matter with Liberalism? (1992). Read more …

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Poznámky k nihilismu

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Často se říká, že nihilismus je jednou z nejvýraznějších charakteristik naší moderní doby – co to ale vlastně nihilismus vůbec je? Nihilismus znamená cosi jako „smrt“ Boha, popření objektivního smyslu a hodnot, rozostření morálních kategorií a hierarchií, rozklad společného světa na individuální náhledy i společné kultury do subjektivních „osobních preferencí.“ Read more …

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Libertarian Fake Psychology
& Other Thoughts on Recent YouTube Debates

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Good and Evil

One of the most popular lines of argument against our recent arguments in defense of paternalism (see here, here and here) goes something like this: “If evil doesn’t meaningfully exist as a choice, then neither does good.”

Where does anyone get off with such nonsense? Read more …

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Men of Janus

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We are living in an age of dissolution. Every institution of government and society is in a state of seemingly terminal decline. At the individual level the notions of honor, personal responsibility, and self-sacrifice have largely vanished from public life. The cause of this malaise is not material inequality, but the collapse of faith. Read more …

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Yukio Mishima’s The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea

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The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea remains imprinted upon the mind long after one has read it. It is one of Mishima’s shorter novels, but its tightly-woven narration heightens the intensity of the atmosphere, simulating a taut bowstring upon readying an arrow.

The novel takes place in Yokohama, Japan’s leading port city, during the American occupation, and unfolds mainly from the perspective of a 13-year-old boy by the name of Noboru Kuroda. Read more …

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Beauty & Destruction in Yukio Mishima’s The Temple of the Golden Pavilion

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In 1950, the Temple of the Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji) in Kyoto was burned to the ground by a young monk. The temple had been built in the fourteenth century and was the finest example of the architecture of the Muromachi period. Covered in gold leaf and crowned with a copper-gold phoenix, it projected an image of majesty and serene beauty. It had been designated a National Treasure in 1897 and was considered a national symbol in Japan. Read more …

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Q&A about Heidegger

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Editor’s Note:

This is the transcription by V. S. of the Q&A session after Jonathan Bowden’s lecture on Martin Heidegger, which has recently been published in Extremists: Studies in Metapolitics. — Greg Johnson

Q: I’ve noticed that Leftists systematically completely misunderstand what Heidegger meant by “nihilism.”  Read more …

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Between Pragmatism & the Transcendent:
A Review of Brett Stevens’ Nihilism

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Brett Stevens
Nihilism: A Philosophy Based in Nothingness and Eternity
Colac, Australia: Manticore Press, 2016

The title of Brett Stevens’ new book, Nihilism: A Philosophy Based in Nothingness and Eternity, inclined me to think that this work would be in the same vein as other works of pessimist philosophy such as Thomas Ligotti’s The Conspiracy Against the Human Race, or Eugene Thacker’s Horror of Philosophy trilogy. Read more …

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Mircea Eliade & the Rediscovery of the Sacred

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Mircea Eliade et la Redécouverte du Sacré (YouTube, Romanian subtitles)

Mircea Eliade was a traditionalist Romanian novelist and philosopher. Following the disaster of the Second World War, he moved to Paris and Chicago, becoming a respected and influential historian of religions. He acquired something of the status of a guru, as poignantly told in the 1987 documentary Mircea Eliade et la Redécouverte du Sacré. Read more …

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Albion’s Hidden Numina
Joy Division

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Joy Division left us with the most relentlessly depressing body of songs since Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder. In some ways, though, this singularity of approach, this lack of light touches to add color to the palate, is responsible for making them enduringly fascinating. Read more …

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Francis Bacon:
The Dark Theology of Meat

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Francis Bacon, 1909–1992

Francis Bacon, 1909–1992

Francis Bacon was an extraordinary and extreme artist and one of the greatest painters of the twentieth century. He was also a Right-wing elitist and individualist who approached the problem of creating art in the twentieth century with an honesty and intensity that have not really been matched. Generally speaking, it is probably true to say that most of the Right dismiss Bacon along with other contemporary artists mainly because of his unique treatment of the human form. But in my view his art enunciates a violent assault on the complacency of conventional thinking and perception that should be seen as deeply consonant with the project of the Alt Right. Read more …

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How to Be Grumpy:
Aaron Clarey’s The Curse of the High IQ

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Aaron Clarey
The Curse of the High IQ
CreateSpace, 2016

What’s it like to have nothing to lean on in this bleak world but nihilism?

Aaron Clarey’s new book, The Curse of the High IQ, takes an exceedingly unromantic look at the misfit misery of being too smart. Read more …

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A Waste of Space:
Some Thoughts on the Fabulous Career of Philip Johnson, Architect

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“Architecture is the art of how to waste space.” — Philip Johnson[1]

“You know I’ve always wanted to pretend to be an architect.” — George Costanza [2]

“Don’t be stupid, be a smarty / Come and join the Nazi Party” — Mel Brooks, The Producers

Damn you, Philip Johnson! Read more …

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Notes sur le nihilisme

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The Gnostic NihilistOn dit souvent que le nihilisme est l’une des principales caractéristiques de l’âge moderne, mais qu’est-ce que le nihilisme ? Le nihilisme signifie quelque chose comme la « mort » de Dieu, la négation du sens et de la valeur objectifs, l’effacement des distinctions morales et des hiérarchies, la dissolution d’un monde commun en perspectives individuelles, et la dissolution d’une culture commune en « préférences données » subjectives.  Read more …

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Yeats’ heidnisches „Second Coming“

Luc Olivier Merson, Rest on the Flight into Egypt, 1879

Luc Olivier Merson, Rast auf der Flucht nach Ägypten, 1879

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(Auf AdS nachveröffentlicht anläßlich des heutigen 150. Geburtstages von William Butler Yeats.)

William Butler Yeats verfaßte sein berühmtestes Gedicht, „The Second Coming“, im Jahr 1919, in der Zeit des Großen Krieges und der bolschewistischen Revolution, als die Dinge wahrlich „auseinanderfielen“, darunter hauptsächlich die europäische Zivilisation. Der Titel bezieht sich natürlich auf die Wiederkunft Christi. Read more …

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Aiming Higher Than Mere Civilization

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Emericus Durden
Aiming Higher Than Mere Civilization: How Skeptical Nihilism Will Remind Humanity Of Its Long Forgotten Purpose (Emericus Durden Philosophy Series Book 1)
Radical Academic Press, 2014

“I don’t want to be a product of my environment. I want my environment to be a product of me.”

— “Frank Costello,” The Departed  Read more …

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Heidegger sobre Nietzsche, Metafísica y Nihilismo

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El tema central de la filosofía de Heidegger tiene un gran número de nombres: el sentido (Sinn) o significado del Ser, la verdad (Wahrheit) del Ser, el claro (Lichtung) del Ser, el “sujeto indefinido”[1] que “da” Ser, y el “Ereignis” (“evento” o “apropiación) del Ser, refiriéndose a la pertenencia mutua del Ser y del hombre.[2] Read more …

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Heidegger on Nietzsche, Metaphysics, & Nihilism

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Heidegger’s central philosophical topic has a number of names: the sense (Sinn) or meaning of Being, the truth (Wahrheit) of Being, the clearing (Lichtung) of Being, the “It” that “gives” Being, and the “Ereignis” (“event” or “appropriation”) of Being, referring to the mutual belonging of man and Being.[1] Read more …

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The Prophet of Exhaustion
Being Yet Another Remembrance of
Bill Hopkins (1927–2012), Part 2

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Bill Hopkins

3. “The corrupt vigour of fascism.”

In early 1958, Time magazine ran a humorous squib titled “Sloane Square Stomp.”[9] It told how Colin Wilson (and presumably Bill) had attended a premiere of their friend Stuart Holroyd’s new play at the Royal Court Theatre. Bill and Colin’s onetime friend Christopher Logue stood up in the stalls with Kenneth Tynan, denouncing Holroyd and Wilson as fascists. During the interval, this led to a shoving match in a nearby bar. The whole thing was a tempest in a teapot, Read more …

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Notas sobre el Nihilismo

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The Gnostic Nihilist

Frecuentemente se dice que el nihilismo es una de las características de la era moderna pero, ¿qué es el nihilismo? El nihilismo significa algo así como la “muerte” de Dios, la negación del valor y del significado objetivo, la borradura de las distinciones morales y jerárquicas, la disolución de un mundo común a las perspectivas individuales, y la disolución de una cultura común a las “preferencias dadas” subjetivas.  Read more …

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Notes on Nihilism

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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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La Segunda Venida Pagana de Yeats

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Luc Olivier Merson, Rest on the Flight into Egypt, 1879

Luc Olivier Merson, Descanso en el viaje a Egipto, 1879

William Butler Yeats escribió su famoso poema, “La Segunda Venida”, en 1919, al mismo tiempo que ocurría la Gran Guerra y la Revolución Bolchevique, cuando las cosas realmente estaban “derrumbándose”,  principalmente la civilización Europea. El título refiere, por supuesto, a la segunda llegada, segundo advenimiento, o segunda venida de Cristo. Pero a medida que la leo, el poema rechaza la idea de tal acontecimiento de forma literal. En su lugar, afirma dos sentidos no-cristianos de la segunda venida. Primero, hay un sentido metafórico del fin del presente mundo y la revelación de algo radicalmente nuevo. Segundo, hay un sentido de una segunda venida pero no de Cristo, sino del paganismo desplazado por el cristianismo. Read more …

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Yeats’ Pagan Second Coming

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Luc Olivier Merson, Rest on the Flight into Egypt, 1879

Luc Olivier Merson, Rest on the Flight into Egypt, 1879

Translations: German, Spanish

William Butler Yeats penned his most famous poem, “The Second Coming,” in 1919, in the days of the Great War and the Bolshevik Revolution, when things truly were “falling apart,” European civilization chief among them. The title refers, of course, to the Second Coming of Christ. But as I read it, the poem rejects the idea that the literal Second Coming of Christ is at hand. Instead, it affirms two non-Christian senses of Second Coming. First, there is the metaphorical sense of the end of the present world and the revelation of something radically new. Second, there is the sense of the Second Coming not of Christ, but of the paganism displaced by Christianity. Read more …

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“Where are the People that Run this Place?” 
Arch Hall, Jr., King of the ’60s Psychos

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51Y2WBC1GALThe Sadist
1963; B&W, 93 minutes
Directed by James Landis
Starring Arch Hall, Jr., Helen Hovey, Richard Alden, Marilyn Manning, Don Russell

“The whole film is filled with a feeling of heat and agony, a constantly blazing sun shining down into a barren waste land of dead cars and dead bodies. Flashes of hope are rare and always beaten down with such hatred and force that the viewer almost hopes it won’t come back . . .” — (IMDb review)

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The Unnamed Civil War:
An Interview with Richard Millet

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September 22, 2011

Translated by Giuliano Adriano Malvicini

Father G. de Tanoüarn: Richard Millet, you are one of the rare novelists today who can be said to already have produced a significant oeuvre. Read more …

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Richard Millet the Accuser:
The Éléments Interview

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MilletInterviewed by Alain de Benoist, Fabrice Valclérieux, and Pierre Le Vigan

Translated by Giuliano Adriano Malvicini

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Stewart Home:
Communism, Nihilism, Neoism, & Decadence

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b-stewart-home-jpgThe following text is a transcript by V.S. of one of Jonathan Bowden’s most entertaining lectures, which was delivered to the 25th New Right meeting in London on February 13, 2010. Although Stewart Home is the principal subject, Bowden romps through a wide field of politically correct theories, ultra-Left sects, and decadent forms of modern art.

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Leo Strauss, the Conservative Revolution, & National Socialism, Part 3

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Leo Strauss

In the previous installment of this series, I examined Leo Strauss’s argument that the roots of what he called “German nihilism” — including National Socialism — were not nihilistic. Instead, it is rooted in a moral critique of the modern world. In this installment, I examine his argument that these non-nihilistic motives gave rise to nihilism because of certain contingent historical circumstances.  Read more …

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The Tyranny of Values, 1959

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The Reflections of a Jurist upon the Philosophy of Values Dedicated to Those who Were at Ebrach in 1959

Trans. Simona Draghici

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Reflexões sobre a Estética e Figura Literária do Dândi

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English original: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

Antes de entrar no assunto principal, eu gostaria de fazer três observações preliminares:

Eu hesitei em aceitar seu convite para falar sobre a figura do dândi, pois esse tipo de questão não é meu tema principal de interesse.

Eu finalmente aceitei porque redescobri um ensaio lúcido e magistral de Otto Mann, Read more …

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